Hot Interior Trends For Summer 2021*

by Nikki LLL Blog, April 02, 2021
Thanks to the pandemic and everyone staying at home, 2020 fostered renewed interest in interiors. And now, in 2021, many of those ideas are maturing into exciting concepts. In this post, we take a look at some of the hot interior trends to expect this coming summer. 

Getting On The Property Ladder*, #WednesdayWisdom

by Nikki LLL Blog, March 09, 2021

Owning a home is the dream for so many people, but I can confirm that as a renter (and a skint renter at that!), the thought of getting on the property ladder induces feelings of pure stress. Property is by no means cheap! And neither are all the fees that come with purchasing one. Gah!

Some slightly brighter news on the 2021 horizon though, when it comes to buying your own gaff - the recent budget announcement has introduced the idea of 95% mortgages... which means the prospect of putting down just a 5% deposit. The stamp duty holiday has also been extended, meaning that those purchasing property between now and the end of June could potentially save themselves thousands. It seems that ‘generation rent’ is finally being given the opportunity to become ‘generation buy’. And I'm here for it!

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Just like everything else in our lives right now, Valentine's 2021 is gonna be unprecedented. We can't book meals, trawl the shops for the perfect gift, head out for drinks at your favourite bar or God forbid book a mini-break. Some couples may be forced to celebrate the big day via Zoom. Some couples may not celebrate it at all. And some of us (like me) may be totes single and opting to choose self love, and celebrate Galentine's / Palentine's this year instead. 

No matter how you're spending Valentine's Day - and no matter who with, things are going to be different this year. But they can still be special, they can still be romantic and they can still sit within your budget; with Jack's.

How Jack’s Can Help Make Valentines At Home Special This Year Lovelaughslipstick Blog

New In Beauty: Jolie Beauty Highlighters*

by Nikki LLL Blog, February 01, 2021

It's been a hot minute (or not so hot, in my case) since I've done a blog post about makeup. Or let's be real, a blog post about... anything. My life is chaotic AF right now and this lil blog has took not just a backseat, but has probs more accurately been banished to the boot; in my metaphorical life / car analogy.

2020-2021 - Where Have I Been? Grab The Tea Huns 🍵

by Nikki LLL Blog, January 31, 2021

Lol if you've clicked on this expecting pure goss, you're about to be as disappointed as I am every time I check my bank & realise I'm still not a millionaire. However, if you're here for the ranting and tea, HIHIHI let's be m8s. 

I haven't meant to be quite so terrible at keeping up with blog posts and social media over the past year or so. I really haven't. My channels have suffered due to my lack of posting - and I've dropped followers faster than Imma be droppin' it like it's hot as soon as we're allowed to hit the club dancefloors again. I've lost relationships with brands, PRs and similar contacts. I've been snipped firmly off many a PR list, and probs blacklisted from a fair few too. Loooooool.

No matter where in the house it goes, art never looks out of place. It’s the perfect thing to hang on the walls to bring a room together and make the space feel a little more homely.

Of course, certain art styles or colour schemes work better, depending on where you put them. For instance, a cool-coloured landscape tends to suit a bathroom more than a vibrant surrealist piece.

When it comes to the office, abstract art can be a good way to go. Why is that, though, and how do you pick artwork that suits the room and creates a more homely atmosphere?

Choosing The Right Abstract Art To Make Your Office Feel Homely

5 Marketing Tips for the Self-Employed*

by Nikki LLL Blog, January 24, 2021

When you first set up a new business your main aim will be to create interest and attract customers. You may be offering the best product or service on the market, but if no one knows you exist then sadly your business will never make it off the ground. Below are some helpful tips to consider if you're going into business on your own. 

Marketing Tips For The Self Employed Lovelaughslipstick Blog

2020: That's A Wrap!

by Nikki LLL Blog, December 30, 2020

Christ. Dunno why I've even challenged myself to write this post, cos my lawd this year's been a maddun hasn't it. 

I could come to some pure philosophical, wise and positivity-fuelled conclusion and go full girl-boss-MLM-lifeiswhatyoumakeit on you, but I won't. You can't polish a turd. THIS YEAR HAS BEEN SHITE IN SO MANY WAYS, and I'm not gonna gloss over that and not address the huge BEAST of an elephant in the (metaphorical) 2020 room. I hate the Rona, I hate whoever decided to scran a bat and I hate that these past 12 months have limited so many people; in so many ways (and f*cking killed so many, too.)

AD | The Ultimate Gift This Christmas: Abelini Jewellery*

by Nikki LLL Blog, December 12, 2020

Christmas, the time of year we all get a bit spendy and treat the special people in our lives. It can be hard thinking of new and exciting gifts for someone (especially your bae)... I mean, where do you look to find something they won't have already seen: - something meaningful, memorable and personal. BAH. 

If you're looking to buy ya bird something beaut this Xmas (or perhaps a female relative / friend / colleague - jewellery isn't just for lovers) Abelini Jewellery - a lovely London-based jewellers; offer a range of stunning diamond pieces. 

AD | Vitamin D - Are You Getting Enough?

by Nikki LLL Blog, December 06, 2020

Yes, that title is filled with innuendo and clickbaity-ness. But if you've clicked on to this post because of that, please stick around to learn more about the importance of actual Vitamin D in your diet & lifestyle. 

After the absolute disaster that was 2020, the importance of health and doing what we can to help ourselves remain well has never been more prevalent - so if one of your goals for 2021 is to start a healthkick and treat your body to much needed vitamins, nutrients and other goodness; don't underestimate the importance of the D as part of this. Vitamin D.

AW20 | New Season Glam With GODDIVA*

by Nikki LLL Blog, November 29, 2020
Wow. It's like I blinked and the entirety of 2020 was just gone... and I've not been anywhere or done anything notable to remember it by, except stay indoors and swerve socialising for the best part of 9 months 😂 

I don't know about you, but as we come out of yet another lockdown, I've never wanted to dress up and enjoy new season fashion more than I do right now. Christmas and New Year are undoubtedly going to be different this year - no parties, nights out in Alma and no huge gatherings with friends / family... but any chance of glamming up & socialising in any form, I will be seizing with both hands and going full glam for. 
When compared to shaving and waxing, by subjecting one’s skin to an effective laser hair removal treatment from a renowned clinic, the days of worrying about flaunting one’s body are over as laser body hair removal arrests the activation of the hair follicles for a long time after the treatment has been administered to the recipient.

On that note, these days, men are also moving towards laser body hair removal treatment as it offers a lot of benefits over traditional body hair removal techniques. 

Everything You Need to Know About Opening a Beauty Salon*

by Nikki LLL Blog, November 26, 2020
If you've spent any time in a beauty salon, you'll be well aware that they can be an absolutely magical place. Clients might walk in looking perfectly ordinary, but they are transformed and walk out looking like they're headed for the red carpet. Whatever it is that a client wants - whether it's aqua blue hair or goddess braids, beauty experts are always up for the challenge. But before you open your own enchanting beauty salon, there's a few things you'll need to know. 

Marketing Yourself For A Successful Job Opportunity*

by Nikki LLL Blog, November 23, 2020
When it comes to marketing yourself for a new job, we know it can be a challenge and there are many things to think about. If you are a shy person at heart the idea of bigging yourself up to a prospective employer might be a mean feat, but it is worth it if it gets you a once in a lifetime opportunity. 

Today we want to talk about selling yourself for a new job, and just a few of the things you can do to help yourself find a job you love and one that doesn’t make you feel stressed out each and every day. 
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