how to do a ‘girl’s night in’

Last week was my final week at my job. I have now left the office for the life of a full-time blogger, and I simply cannot wait to get started! I am hugely excited about this, and so I wanted to throw a little get together with the ladies to celebrate my new beginning. This blog post is all about how to do a ‘girl’s night in’ with style and I have some amazing companies that are a definite must for anyone planning on throwing the perfect party.

First up, you need to think about a theme. A theme is a great way to get everyone excited and will also help your guests to decide on a dress code too. My theme was carnival, so lots of bright colours, frozen cocktails and pineapples! I found an amazing company who helped me with the event, and they are Talking Tables. Talking Tables are an online retailer who specialize in party accessories and decorations. They have so many ranges for any occasion- birthdays, weddings, tea parties and of course an array of excellent goodies for a girl’s night in. I decorated the flat with fiesta fan garlands around the doors and sofa in wonderful bright colours, and we had a few parrots adorning the tables and chairs!

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For the main table, we had the most amazing pineapple accessories, from pineapple picks for the giant cocktail glasses to pineapple sunglasses! We also had some flamingo ones too for some epic selfies. You can’t go wrong with some silly props to get everyone having some fun!

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Talking Tables really do have such great quality items, even the patterned plates and wooden spoons helped to tie the whole carnival theme together.

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For food, I went for something really easy and simple that you can’t go wrong with- chilli. I made a meat as well as a veggie chilli for everyone in less than 30 mins. You don’t want to keep your guests waiting ages for food, and getting a takeaway for large groups is pretty expensive. The ingredients for the chilli (mince, tomatoes, kidney and baked beans) plus rice will have you and your guests covered for under £15 which is a great budget, especially if drinks are happening!

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Onto the drinks, I went for frozen cocktails. You can get these at all the major superstores and they are the perfect thing for a carnival theme! Fruity drinks are always going to be popular in the summer months, and it’s a great way to keep everyone happy without spending a fortune on spirits and taking up your time by making cocktails on the night. I want to thank Talking Tables for providing such a fantastic array of party accessories which made the night, the giant cocktail glasses were just perfect for our cocktails to share!

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When planning how to do a ‘girl’s night in’ the right way, I wanted to organise something fun for us to enjoy as well as the selfies, drinks and food. This is where my second guest comes in- My Showcase.

Founded by 2 great women, My Showcase is an online store for luxury beauty products, but they also host parties so you can have a My Showcase expert come in with their products to talk you through them. This was such a nice surprise for my guests who didn’t know what to expect, and we had a wonderful time trying on makeup and spraying ourselves with wonderful scents! A few stand out brands of the night were Connock London, New CID and Aurelia.

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To get more info and to host your own My Showcase party, click here. A massive thanks to our Stylist Katie for bringing her My Showcase selection for us! Plus a huge thanks to all my ladies who helped to make the party so great!

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So there you have it, my how to do a ‘girl’s night in’. I would say to sum up, a mixture of the right theme, good home-cooked food plus a surprise for your girls will make your perfect night in!

Saharasplash x

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The Dubai Series: Day Three

So onto The Dubai Series: Day Three – the last day of our 72 hour holiday. Let’s start with some pretty awesome hair if I do say so myself…
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So I did a mixture of French braid to the nape of my neck, and then I tied them up and did fishtails to the ends. I really liked the results of this spontaneous do! I think it went really well with the look from day three.
Paul and I took a taxi to JBR, the Jumeirah Beach Resort on our last day to spend some time with each other. We had a sizeable lunch at the Cheesecake Factory, I absolutely love their raspberry lemonade! The marble table at lunch provided a perfect opportunity to show off my second pair of nail wraps from Thumbsup nails, on the Dubai Series: Day Three I’m wearing ‘Mars’.
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After that, we ventured out to find a great location to do some shooting.

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I’m wearing a biker jacket with chiffon fall from Her Boutique, I love how unique the jacket is with this extra bit of detail. I decided to pair this with some crochet trousers from Primark. They are super comfy and perfect for hot weather down at the beach.
We found a stunning staircase and so we took advantage!
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Underneath the jacket I’m wearing a bikini from Boohoo.com
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As we made our way down to the beach, we spotted some camels walking towards us!
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Here is the Boohoo.com bikini in more detail:
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Now this post is quite a special one, not just for the fabulous fashion, but because I have some news to share with you all…

 

On the beaches of Dubai on the 2nd May, Paul proposed to me…   And I said yes!!!

 

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I know, so exciting- we are getting married at the end of this year and I am so happy! I’m ecstatic I can finally share this news with you all on my blog and make it a part of the Dubai Series: Day Three as it’s been killing me to keep it a secret!

 

And there’s more too! On to my final outfit of the trip, plus a close up of my ring…
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My pantsuit is from Primark, and my clutch is from Next. My engagement ring is courtesy of my mother.
I’m sure you can agree that this was a very special ending to a very special trip. I want to thank everyone mentioned in my five days of blogging, I couldn’t have done it without you. And lastly a shout out to my husband to be, thank you for supporting me, my blog and being the best camera man I could ask for!

 

Saharasplash X (bride to be!)

 

If you’re not caught up on Day 1 and Day 2, take a read to see the rest of my time in Dubai!

 

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My ‘Today I’m Me’ Story- An Urban Girl’s Diary

I have been wanting to tell you all for a while now about my most recent collaboration with a company called Today I’m Me. Today I’m Me are a brilliant brand who I have the pleasure of working with all this year. I’m so happy to announce that I’m going to be writing and blogging for them as a part of their ‘Urban Girl’s Diary’ series! Once a month I will be posting unique content for their blog as well as blogging on here. It’s all very exciting and I can’t wait to get started on my Today I’m Me story!

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My first post will be going live very soon on their brand new site, so make sure to stay tuned on Twitter and Instagram.

I had a fabulous time creating this first piece of content for them with a bag from the Panels collection, and I’m proud to share these images with you now. This is just the beginning of my ‘Today I’m Me’ Story!

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I wanted to show off a range of looks- from elegant to sportswear- just so you can see how many ways there are to style up one bag!

Saharasplash for Today I’m Me also has a YouTube video!

I hope you will love the bags and the brand as much as I do. They are so unique and I will be doing some more videos as a part of my Today I’m Me story. Go and check out their brand new site and you will guarantee to have the most stylish bag at your next event! If you are an urban girl like me, you will fall in love with the brand and want a piece from each collection. My first Today I’m Me Story will go live on their blog very soon!

Until next time,

Saharasplash x

If you liked this post, I’m sure you will love what I got up to at the Blogger’s Hangout Tea Party at the PopUp Patio in Hoxton with TrousseauDiaries!