Saturday, 29 November 2014

L & B Christmas Guide- Gifts under €30

On a budget this year? Do you have a Kris Kindle in work? Or want to put something nice in the stocking?
Here are my top Gifts for guys and gals under €30! 

P.S- Loads of sites have 20% off almost everything etc. on the checkouts this weekend- so avoid those shopping queues and click away while your in your pj's....your welcome!

Happy Shopping!

L & B Gift Guide- Gifts under €30

Hologram Make-up bag (ASOS)

Oasis floral drop earrings (ASOS)

Camo print clutch (Missguided)

Cuff Braclet (ASOS)

Jewelled Beanie (BooHoo)

Anti-Social Network Journal (Urban Outfitters

I'd rather be at the beach notebook (Urban Outfitters)

Skull and roses money bank (Urban Outfitters)

Geisha smoothing towel (Urban Outfitters)

Round sunglasses (Zara)

Models Own nail polish (ASOS)

Jewel body cross bag (Zara)

Faux leather and fur hat (Zara)

'1984' by George Orwell (Easons)

Nice Parking cards (Jack Spade)

Eat cake for breakfast mug (Kate Spade)

Monday, 24 November 2014

L & B Christmas Guide- Gifts for Her

I hate starting the Christmas business too early as I feel it taints the actual day! But trying to be better with my funds, I'm buying 1-2 presents a week in the run up so I'm not totally broke for the whole of the Christmas holidays. My gift guides have been one of the most popular posts to date on this blog, so thought I would do them again this year! Have you somebody you need an idea for? Is there a gift guide you would like to see?

Today's 'Gifts for Her' post is really a gifts for me post lol! Hey, at least I'm honest! What's on your Christmas list? Happy Shopping!

L & B Christmas Gift Guide- Presents for Her

Grey maxi Kimono (Folkster)

Vintage Chanel Vanity Case (NastyGal)

Patent court shoes (Topshop)

Girl boss book (Easons) ps- really want this lol!

Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow primer (Brown Thomas)

Leopard print pelmet skirt (Topshop)

Nars Multiple (Brown Thomas)

Nike free run 2 (JD Sports)

Jurlique cleanser (BeautyBay)

Sleevless Ponte Jacket (Topshop)

Babyliss Pro Porcelain wand (BeautyBay)

Rainbow fur bag charm (ASOS)

Cocktail earrings (Folkster)

Moleskin notepad (Easons)

Chanel Coco Mademoiselle perfume (Boots)

Saint Laurent wallet (Net-a-porter)

Le Specs D-Frame (Net-a-porter)

Carton House Spa Package (Carton House)

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

L & B goes to Budapest

For my 8 year anniversary with my boyfriend, I decided to book a few days away to Budapest, Hungary. My mission is to try and get to visit as many cities over the next few years before I have to eventually grow up and be a responsible adult! We had been told Budapest is a beautiful city and wanted to try somewhere in Europe completely new- plus, this wasn't going to be a shopping filled trip. We wanted to do tourist things, eat out and go for long walks the entire time.

Budapest is stunning. And no photo can do it justice. It like a cross of 1920's London and romantic Paris. The city is so clean, easy to get around... and the people are (genuinely...) friendly! The architecture is out of this world and with a city filled will an unbelievable amount of history- they have taken pride in preserving their buildings.

We stayed in the old historic centre of Budapest within the Castle walls (I was obsessed with the cute doors along each street!) in a chic boutique hotel called 'Baltazar' that's right next to The Fisherman's Bastion (which looks amazing lit up at night) and near the Castle - We stayed in one of the suites, which was designed in a loft style open plan, with quirky furniture pieces (that I just wanted to rob!), L'Occitane beauty products and this i-could-stay-forever-under rain shower! We ate at the Baltazar Grill- that is attached to the hotel and had a very delicious meaty hearty menu- think veal tongue stew with dumplings, bone marrow and pumpkin puree . We also ate at 21- another Hungarian gastro style restaurant, Tokyo- for some Japanese and had the most yummy street food- Kürtőskalács (a cinnamon sweet bread) and gyros were just some things that lined our bellies! So good!

I packed lightly and appropriately- Budapest was dry, but cold! Here are some of my favourite looks that I wore:

Night Look- Black polo- Missguided || Zara strappy lace up heels- similar here || Topshop Green midi skirt- Similar here || Metallic box clutch by Primark/Pennys

Day Look- Camel Cocoon coat- Topshop || Zara city messenger bag- similar here || Black coated Joni jeans- Topshop || Topshop Chelsea boots- similar here || Pom Pom key ring- River Island

(Yep, this is a toilet shot!) Travel Look- Primark/Pennys black trench coat- Similar here || Black coated Joni Jeans, as before || Black grandad shirt- Topshop || Airmax 90's- Size || Zara city messenger bag, as before || Pom Pom key ring, as before

Things to do and tips-

-Do visit the baths. We went to the Széchenyi Thermal Baths- which are highly recommended and spent five hours there because we just couldn't get enough of them! We also booked at cheeky massage in as well (well after all that walking, you need to look after the body...)

- Do get a bus tour- preferably a hop on hop off one! They hit all the top stops and give you a great insight into parts of the city. I just would recommend another bus company instead of the Big Bus Tour company, as buses weren't as frequent as other companies!

- Do bring your walking shoes and something really warm. I wore a lot of faux fur and my airmax 90's to cross the bridges by foot! 

- Budapest takes euro nearly every where, but change is given back in HUF.

- Do try and say small words in Hungarian- they really appreciate the extra effort!

- Have a good camera with you- we were snap happy on the bus tour taking pictures of the dated architecture, the river Danube and the many museums that are so beautifully lit up.

- We didn't get to visit the Jewish quarter so would love to hear how people go on there?