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7 Ideas For A Romantic Night In


Happy Valentine's Day!


With Valentine's being in the middle of the week this year, I thought I would share a few ideas for the perfect Valentine's night in!

Valentine's isn't something I usually get flustered over and prefer them to be a chilled affair. Unless you book way in advance it can be quite hard to get a table at a nice restaurant and I prefer to save that level of fuss and dressing up for something like an anniversary. So, I had a little think about some cute ideas to have the perfect, romantic night-in!

1.  Video Game Tournament!
Got a game that you've been itching to play? Or do you finally want to have a go at FIFA? Playing games together can be so much fun especially when you try new ones! If you can, play games on different consoles- the Wii is especially good fun for this!

2. Go old school and play board games!
Board games can be just as fun as video games, especially if you're keeping a running tally of who's winning. Maybe make up your own game by printing off your own board? Seeing as it's Valentine's maybe even play a naughtier one to wind the evening down!

3. The most important part of the evening: The Food.
Eating at home can be done so many ways and that is the best part of a Valentine's night in! Maybe order from different takeaways and have a real mix of cuisine and have your own mini buffet?
Or you could both cook together? There's nothing more romantic than cooking a delicious meal together! My favourite and the most romantic eat in idea is : living room picnic. Throw down a blanket, get the candles out, a cute movie and make a little picnic for yourselves!

4.  Spa Night.
Crack out all of those face masks and head down to Lush and get a massage bar and some bath bombs! Burn some candles or even some incense and get cosy in your pyjamas. Give each other massages whilst watching a romantic movie and you'll have such a chilled night out.

5.  Cuddle up and have a Netflix marathon.
Have you been wanting to binge a particular series? This is the night for it! Maybe have a romantic movie marathon or if you're all for equality, watch something picked by each of you!

6. Stick a romantic playlist on and just have a dance.
Now if you're not into all the romantic playlists, even just having a silly dance around with a glass of wine together will be a sweet memory to remember. Make a playlist that has both of your favourite music. 

7. Have a creative photoshoot.
How you do this can be done so many ways! Valentine's is a great time to have a photoshoot and if it's just the two of you, even better! It can be such a great way to have fun and really appreciate what you find attractive in your partner! Build each other's confidence by taking portraits of each other, take some cute instax pictures and get lots of romantic props! Grab some balloons, petals, flowers, chocolate and anything else you've got in for Valentine's and enjoy taking photos with each other! Maybe pop out to a beautiful spot and do a little evening photoshoot as the sun sets, or maybe even try taking some photos like the amazing Brandon Woelfel!




(Can I just say that it so true when people say never work with children or animals! This little monster kept nibbling the fairy lights and ripped the petals off the roses!)

Hope you all have a nice day!

Shay x
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So as you may know, January has not been entirely kind to me. I've struggled with multiple losses this month as well as starting a fresh semester and in all honesty, I feel kind of down in the dumps. But I've had a few days to myself to focus on dealing with all of this. For the past few days, I've been focusing on finding happiness and I have a book I want to share with you all...


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The Google Pixel 2 Party with InTheFrow!

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Friday was a night I'll never forget. I met my biggest blogging inspiration, Victoria Magrath, or as we all know her, InTheFrow. I still can't quite believe this happened to me! It's such a weird thing to know that I met someone who I admire so much. Even stranger to think I'm writing a blog post about being at her event! This was definitely not a blog post I ever imagined writing but it is definitely one of my favourites!

On Friday morning I found out I had won a place at her Google Pixel 2 Party in Birmingham. I took this chance to start my 2018 Vlogs off with a bang- so give it a watch below! A cheeky subscribe wouldn't go amiss either! 




Meeting Victoria and Alex was an amazing experience and I can't believe a highlight of 2018 happened so soon into it. But I have to admit, attending this Google event was awesome in it's own right. I'm such a big fan of technology and especially phones and cameras. I love how much phone   cameras have come on and the Google Pixel 2 is exceptional.

Now don't get me wrong, I love my Iphone 7. It's amazing in it's own right but the unedited photos from the Pixel 2 are insanely good. To the point that I'm considering getting one either for work or after my contract is up. The Google Pixel 2 has many amazing plus points to it, especially if you're a blogger.

UNLIMITED.PHOTO.STORAGE. Three glorious words that make the photographer in me very happy. Yes it's through the cloud and google Photos but wow!

To test the camera out, we had a little photoshoot. Meet Sophie and Lexi- two lovely girls I met at the event! One of the Google team took our photos (sadly I didn't get all of them from him!) and to be honest, they were incredibly impressive. 

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 The event itself was just gorgeous. Flowing drink and delicious canapes whilst everyone had a dance or played with the Google tech. I was so glad I had the confidence to go as it really was such a special experience. 

We spent ages playing with the Google VR headset. Dinosaur-mad me was in my element when I found one that let me be a T-REX. 

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They say 'never meet your idols' and I can tell you that this is totally wrong. I couldn't believe it when the message arrived telling me I had won a place at the Google Pixel Party in Birmingham, hosted by my favourite blogger InTheFrow.

A few hours later and I got off the train and booked into my hotel for the night. A quick nap, some makeup and a change of clothes, I was on my way to the Marco Pierre White Champagne bar.

With a glass of prosecco in hand, I began to look out at Birmingham as it shone in the dark. High up, you can see the entire city and what a gorgeous view.

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A real 'Pinch me' moment! When we reached the front of the queue, it was amazing how much Victoria is definitely herself in her vlogs and content. It was such a strange thing to see someone in real life when you've watched them on a screen for years! She was so excited to meet everyone and spent time chatting with everyone without rushing anyone along. Plenty of selfies were taken that night!

When I spoke to her, I was so nervous! But she immediately put me at ease and was so shocked to hear that I'd come all the way from Newcastle! I could really tell it meant a lot to her and she made sure that not a single person was missed, even the mums and boyfriends who had been brought along. It was amazing to chat with her and feel that warmth and friendliness in person!

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The same with Alex! I got to chat to him about cameras and get photo tips from him and it was so great to get that information first hand. I can't wait to put them all into practice!



Such an incredible event and I am still pinching myself that I met one of my favourite bloggers. I left the event feeling so proud of myself, so motivated and also really inspired.

Thanks for Reading! 
Shay x
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