Monday, 18 June 2018

Caseapp Giveaway!


Anyone that knows me will tell you that I'm much more of a Summer girl. The first hint of sun and I' doing the school run in a vest top and I'm soaking up that vitamin D! 

This is why it was totally out of character that I still had a Christmas themed phone case on my iPhone. Usually  as soon as Christmas is over I'm counting down to longer days and getting some flights booked.


So when Caseapp got in touch asking if I would like to make my own custom iphone case I saw that as fate telling me to sort my bloody life out. It was time to update my phone case at least. It's been fun Christmas case, but it's June and it's time for us to part ways mate.



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All I knew was that I needed a case that was more suitable to this time of year, and thankfully Caseapp had loads to choose from. I love a good window shop so I really enjoyed browsing. There's hundreds of great designs like marble prints, animals, hearts, flowers and flags if you're feeling patriotic (perfect timing for the world cup!).

You can upload your own images to create something personal or go for a pre-made design. It's all so customisable so you can get something you really like.



You can upload any picture you want, you can make a photo or collage or even have a little scroll through pinterest to find a quote you love for some inspiration. I used to have a Disney themed case which worked out really well when M was little as it meant he looked right at my phone when taking pictures of him - a very handy tip there!

I opted for a marble background and used a few of their 'clip arts' along with a picture from our holiday to Greece last year. 

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It was so easy to make and I had a great time creating it, I love stuff like this and it was nice to make something really unique and personal to me. I really like the overall look and it feels very me. The quote 'Go Live' really speaks to me at the moment - I'm all about creating memories and having experiences. As the great Jack Dawson said 'Life's a gift and I don't intend on wasting it.' 

You can chose a glossy or matte finish, I went for matte as I prefer it. The case is really sturdy, I was really impressed with the quality- my iPhone is protected and it looks great too! 


Now it's not just for iPhones, you can create a case for a range of phones including HTC, Nokia, Samsung and OnePlus. I was also able to make a new MacBook skin.


This was another one I created myself and I used to logo from our new little business venture. Anyone that follows my Instagram will see me mentioning the PacVan which is a popup gaming cinema. Basically we bring everything you need for an evening of gaming with your mates to play where ever you want. There's a big screen loads of games to choose from and we can create tournaments or basically just leave you all to it. It's perfect for parties, stag do's and weddings.


If you can't do a shameless plug on your own blog where can you?!

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It was great to be able to customise the MacBook to fit in with the branding of the company and it looks great. The laptop skin is delivered in the form of a sticker that you easily peel off and apply yourself. I’m not the best at things like this so it was a two man job to apply to the laptop with Sam positioning it while I smoothed down any air bubbles. It looks SO GOOD! Imagine customising your laptop with your blog header - how professional would that look while writing in Starbucks? 



It arrived in no time (only about 5 days I think!) and the package was small enough to fit through the letterbox - always a plus as I miss a surprising amount of deliveries for someone who works at home!


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If you want to place and order yourself you can use code JENNIFROST20 and that will get you 20% off.

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If you want to create your own custom laptop skin or phone case I've also got a little giveaway over on my Instagram. The winner gets one free product from the Caseapp website so head over if you want to be in with a chance of winning.






*I was kindly gifted these products but all thoughts are my own 




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Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Hidden Holiday Gems


As you might have noticed I'm well into holiday mode. When we get into Spring and the sun is shining a lot more I'm counting down the days to the time where I get to take that trip to Gatwick, get a new perfume from duty free and hop on a flight to somewhere new and exciting.


 It's lovely having the sun in London but given the option to swap the feel of the grass between your toes on Clapham Common for the sand beneath my feet on a beach in the Balearics I will jump at the chance.


I mean, are there many things that aren't improved by a little break away? If I have a bad day I'm looking at prices of flights or researching new places to add to our travel wish list. It's that feeling of escape and immersing yourself in something new.

I don't really like to visit the same place more than once. There's a big wide world out there and I want to experience as much of it as I can. Even when you talk to someone who's been to the same place as you you find out there's so much to see that you both had very different holidays by discovering different places to visit. Every holiday is unique.

The great thing is you don't have to go far to get a real change of culture. Short haul trips are so appealing as there is less time on the plane and more time for adventure! That adventure could range from discovering a new cocktail that tastes excellent but doesn't give you a painful hangover (we can dream) to visiting stunning cathedrals full of history- that's the beauty of doing things your way when on holiday. 



Even if you're on a package holiday you don't have to be restricted to your resort. 
I wanted to share a couple of places that surprised me while away on my travels over the years.

Stalis, Crete
Even if I opt for a more relaxed all Inclusive break I still like to explore my surroundings and get out to see what's nearby. We went for a break to Crete in October and spent most evenings or lunchtimes walking along the beach to try out the local bars and meet the locals. It was glorious, I'm an absolute beach-bum and the beach is my happy place.
 One restaurant that really stood out was the Ocean Bar in Stalis. The pale blue and white theme was completely my aesthetic. The seating area was made of old sailing boats and looked fantastic. Something so simple really gave it a magic touch.  I admit it was the fact it was so Instagrammable that drew me inside in the first place! There was a great selection of food and cocktails and it was right on the beach so had perfect views and excellent photo opportunities. It ticked all the boxes for me.

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Everyone is so friendly in Greece. I'm slightly upset that we're not heading to any Greek islands this year actually, I love the atmosphere and it's all just so beautiful. Somewhere like Rhodes or Zante will be on the shortlist for next year for sure. 

Magaluf, Majorca
Given it's party reputation I was really surprised by Magaluf beach. I think I expected something  a little more tacky but it was so clean and modern. If you take a little stroll you find nice calm quiet spots which were perfect for the relaxing days to balance out the livelier nights that I was used to back in my youth! It's definitely not a place to go for the culture but if sun and sangria are what you're after this is the perfect location.  
Also.. FUNFACT The Inbetweeners movie was filmed there (not Malia which is where the film is set) so there's a little nugget of knowledge for you. Who said this blog wasn't educational? 



Sal, Cape Verde
We're off to Cape Verde this summer; It's somewhere I've wanted to visit for a few years now and I always hear really great things. The beaches look beautiful and it's such an up and coming destination. It's slightly further away but the flight time isn't as ridiculous as going to the Caribbean but we'll get to experience a complete different culture to anywhere in Europe.  Their motto is 'No stress' which is absolutely perfect for us. 
It was the chance of seeing some great wildlife out here that sold it to me; There's a charity that protects the turtles and you can see them hatch and head off down the sand to the sea which sounds incredible. The Turtle nesting season is from late June so fingers crossed we time it perfectly. There's some great chances to go whale watching too. 
Another place I'm hoping to visit while out there is ‘Olho Azul’, which in Portuguese means ‘Blue Eye’. It's basically a saltwater pool inside a lava-encrusted rock and when the suns rays hit the water just right, the cave lights up and looks like a gigantic blue eye. To me this sounds like the ultimate hidden gem! I don't like to wish my life away but I really want July to hurry up!


For a bit of holiday inspiration click here. I can't wait to visit some new places and discover a load more hidden gems this Summer!









*this post is sponsored but all thoughts and photos are my own




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Tuesday, 15 May 2018

The Holiday Essentials -Swimwear

It's around this time of year I start getting excited for our Summer holiday. 

After the initial booking of the holiday there's usually a little wait before getting in the real holiday spirit. But then the sun comes out, we start applying suncream, we spend more  of our lunchbreaks outdoors then we realise that the months have whizzed by and it's time to start the holiday countdown! The holiday playlist goes on and I'm mentally planning my outfits.

Once the countdown starts so does the holiday shopping. I always pull out the summer wardrobe of the year before and while I re-wear (and re-wear and re-wear... seriously, some things are older than my son!) some items I always buy a new bikini for the occasion. I guess I could go through and name each bikini. My Strapless green one is my Mexico bikini, my stripy blue and white one is my  Cuba one, My bight coral one is my Crete one...even the years we didn't go away when M was tiny I still bought new swimwear 'cos it was just tradition. Luckily that year was pretty hot and I spent Masons nap times in the garden imagining we were somewhere tropical.

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I always like to take something with me to cover up later in the day while on holiday, even in the Caribbean I get cold in the evenings -I'd say maybe I'm getting old but I've always been like that! Cover ups are great for nipping to the pool bar or the bathroom too.

Hunkemoller have a great swimwear collection from bikinis, swimsuits to cover-ups. You can even grab some sunglasses, beach bags and sandals while you're there - I really love a place where I can get lots of things ticked of the checklist easily. 


They kindly sent me this halter neck bikini by Doutzen. The pale pink colour is so perfect - I am already imagining how lovely it will look with a tan. 


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I'm a big fan of halterneck bikinis, I like the freedom to easily untie the neck strap while sunbathing to avoid strap marks. It's such a flattering style, the underwiring keeps you held in (what is it with all the swimwear on the high street having no support recently?!) and I really love the textured detail that gives some subtle mermaid vibes. Combined with the matching bikini bottoms it's a beautiful set. I mix and match a lot of my bikinis so this is a good style to go with my plain black and navy bikinis too. It's available in an A-E cup and the bottoms go from XS to XL.


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The larger band around the hips is the style I like to go for but there is a string bikini bottom option too if you like something a little more skimpy! 

Look out for this bikini in action on my holiday to Cape Verde in a couple of months. I guarantee there will be pictures all over Instagram! I can't wait to wear it by the pool sipping cocktails! 







*I was kindly gifted this bikini but all thoughts are my own




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