Meet my advertisers | March 2016

March was the first month I offered advertising here on Beauty, Books and Babble, and let me tell you: my first group of advertisers were a wonderful old bunch! With an author, a nerd, a music lover and some bookworms, there’s plenty of fun for you to look through with these guys! www.faisalansariauthor.com / www.twitter.com/ansariauthor Whilst Faisal Ansari spends most of his day to day life dealing with paperwork and legal documents, in his spare time he has a passion for reading and spends his time indoors reading until his eyes bleed. He transferred this passion onto the pages of his…

The Ultimate Printable Twitter Chat Timetable

Today I’m treating you all to a printable which will come in very handy in the blogging world. Maybe I’m tooting my own horn a bit when I call this timetable the ultimate timetable, but I have spent quite a lot of time not only trying to find every chat I can, but also going through numerous hashtags, old and new, to find out which chats are still active in the Twittersphere. What is a Twitter Chat? A Twitter chat is basically one huge public conversation between whoever wants to join in on the world of Twitter. They are usually…

Let Me Tell You This #4

Obviously I’m gonna start with a big, fat “Happy Easter!” to you all. I hope you’re all merrily stuffing your faces with lots of chocolate (or maybe Easter cake) and taking it easy today. I’ve had a nice chilled out week this week and so have come across some good stuff to share with you guys… I started reading Me Before You this week, which I’ve been informed will bring me to tears quite a lot. Though I’m still early in the book, I can just tell I’m gonna love it. You know when you read the first chapter of…

A luxury weekend in Paris thanks to Boohoo.com*

If you saw my first Let Me Tell You This post back in January, you’ll have read that lucky ol’ me won a holiday to Mexico (I’m still pinching myself!). So imagine my surprise when just a couple of weeks later, I received an email from Boohoo letting me know I’d won a luxury trip to Paris in their #myboohoobae competition, complete with Boohoo clothes and £300 spending money. (Yes, they say good things come in threes… I’m waiting patiently for holiday prize number three to come along!) Needless to say, I was ecstatic, and was bouncing around university like…

12 super cute kawaii wallpapers for your phone

Back at the start of high school, I was obsessed with anything remotely kawaii. Like, I’d save random pictures from the internet and print things out to stick out on my school books. I even used to attempt to make my own pixel art, and Pucca was just about my best friend. (I know, I was clearly a cool kid, right?) The obsession slowly died down for a while as I went through sixth form, but now that I’ve started using my planners and scrapbooks again, all of my kawaii stickers and washi tape have come out to play, and…

Mountains of Meat and Getting Dirty at Smoke BBQ Leeds

“Ashton – do you want to get dirty?” This was the subject of the e-mail that led me to Smoke BBQ in Leeds last month. After opening the e-mail and realising that it was an invite to a blogger event complete with free food and free beer, my answer was yes. Yes, I want to get dirty. Sign me up. After their Sheffield restaurant went down a storm and was a huge success, Smoke BBQ opened it’s next restaurant in Leeds late last year. They work hard to find the best meat that Yorkshire has to offer before adding a…

An Easter gift guide without the calories

Easter is drawing closer, and with Easter comes chocolate. Lots and lots of chocolate. We find ourselves surrounded by chocolate eggs, and chocolate bunnies, and chocolate everything. So what do we treat ourselves, or others, to when we inevitably get sick of eating chocolate? (Okay, I’m totally lying about getting sick of chocolate, but let’s pretend.) Here are eight cute gift ideas that work perfectly… 1. Bunny Cake Candle – Yankee Candle – £21.99 2. Bunny Ballerina Slippers – John Lewis – £16.00 3. NPW Easter Stamp Kit – John Lewis – £6.00 4. Flopsy the Bunny Cushion – Sass…

Cut Down the Smoking with Vape Shoreditch*

It may seem a little odd for me to be posting about a vape pen since I am not a smoker, nor have I ever been a smoker in my life. In fact, I’m one of those really annoying people that tells all of my friends that they should quit smoking constantly. But when Vape Shoreditch got in touch and offered me a vape pen* and three liquid flavours* for a friend or family member who smokes to try out, I immediately thought of my brother, and so I was sent a Shoreditch Two pen* to pass on. Naturally, I…

Let Me Tell You This #3

You may have seen at the end of January that I started a new feature called Let Me Tell You This; a post where I simply rounded up my week by telling you about fun things I’ve read, significant points in my life as well as any entertaining links I thought you guys might like. Well, useless old me only kept it up for two weeks (seriously, just twice), and now I wanna bring it back. Maybe not every week – I might have some pretty boring weeks where I can’t write anything – but as much as I can.…