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The Selfie Bag review

A few months ago, I was sent the Selfie Bag to try out and review. As you will know by now, I like to give things a proper go before I review them fully, and I like to also take my time to consider how I will show you a product or service. I never want to seem pushy to you, and I will never talk positively about something I don't like just because I got sent it for free. Your trust is integral! 

I want to start off by saying that I really like the design of the bag. The black with the gold gives a modern face lift to the typical reusable cotton bag. The size is great, perfect for grabbing and using on the go, whether that be for shopping, days out or visiting the beach. It has an inside pocket, which is great for a few small items such as a lightweight purse etc. I say lightweight as the bag doesn't have a lot of structure obviously, so if you put something in the pocket that is heavy, it weighs down the one side and makes it kind of flop over - if that makes sense. With that said, it's a given with this type of bag, and I do like that it has a pocket as many don't. It means you can take this out shopping, but not have to take a separate bag for your keys or purse. 

So what makes this a "selfie bag" I hear you ask. Firstly, it has a holder for a selfie stick, which is cool and different if you have one. I don't have one anymore, but it would be good for a tripod or something similar. I blog and vlog, so a designated, easy to grab space for something like that would come in handy for sure. 

The other "selfie" aspect of this bag is the reflective screen inside. It is like a mirrored sheet which can be used to reflect light, and thus create the perfect ambiance for your selfie. When I tried this out, I don't think it made a huge difference to any pictures I took, but maybe given a different lighting set up, it could help, if you had some really bright lights that you wanted to evenly light you up, or only a little bit of light where you were wanting to spread it out a bit more. 

Overall I like this bag, more for the bag part than the selfie part. I think it's a nifty little thing, and if the extra features work for you they are just an added bonus. I see myself using this mainly for picnics and beach days etc, where I need a good size "chuck it all in" sort of bag. 

Bye for now,
Tamzin xxx

*this product was sent to me free of charge. In no way does that shape or form my opinion! :)

Turtle Bay Sheffield review (Vegan/Vegetarian perspective)

Yesterday me and my Mum went to Turtle Bay in Sheffield to try out their glorious new menu.

Loaded with an array of fabulous vegan and vegetarian options, we were in our element. My mum is a vegan and I am vegetarian, so it was very refreshing to see a chain restaurant that has more than 5 fully vegan choices.

I actually attended Turtle Bay's launch party a few months back, and you can check out that post here. If you aren't already aware, Turtle Bay is a chain of Caribbean restaurants in the UK, serving up many different meals with true authentic twists. 

To drink, I had a rum based cocktail (I had to go for the rum, obviously) and my mum had an elderflower crush (she was driving). Very refreshing, and perfect for a Caribbean setting. I have actually been to Jamaica, so I had high expectations for the food and drink to live up too.

To start, I had the sweetcorn fritters, as I had tried these at the launch party, and my mum had the doubles. I loved the fritters, they are similar in consistency to dumplings and they tasted great. Completely vegan and not compromised on taste at all!

After we had had our starters, the mains took a little while to come, to say it was a Monday night. However, it was a little busy in the restaurant, and I think they were just experiencing a few delays/set backs which made the wait more than normal. 

I ordered the chickpea and calaloo curry, which was yummy. It was quite hot, so if you are not into spicy food this may not be for you, but I do love a bit of a kick so I really enjoyed it. My mum got the other vegan curry (yes, there are two Vegan curry options!) which was aubergine. Hers was more of a creamy coconut base, so if you like something milder, this one would be for you.

I got the dumplings as my side (I really do love dumplings) and they were delicious, and very kosher. My step mum's mother is Jamaican and she has cooked me dumplings in the past, and I have to say, these were very similar. My mum got the dirty curry fries without cheese to share too, and they were really good. Think re invented chips n curry from the Chinese, they were epic! Loaded with spring onion, which is a personal favourite as well.

When it came to dessert, the Vegan option was the one that really caught my eye. It was a rich, salted caramel brownie with a vegan chocolate ice cream and a sprig of mint. My mouth is watering at the thought of it again. It was so gooey and gorgeous, the ice cream really complimented it. The only complaint I would have would be the mint, it seemed to have really infused into the brownie and it's not really to my taste. However I could see past this and enjoy it none the less!

I hope you enjoyed this round up of some of Turtle Bay's vegan/veggie options and my thoughts on their truly scrumptious food. Have you been yet? Or are you planning to go soon?

Bye for now,
Tamzin xxx

*I was invited to try out the food and service complimentary. In no way does this shape or form my opinion! :)


Oh you're changing your heart?

I couldn't help but quote 1234 by Fiest with the title. It is such a bop.

I am sure at least one person reading this has had to deal with the ever fun situation which is as follows. You're talking to a guy or girl, everything is going a - okay, and all of a sudden, they "change their mind". A polite way of saying, they led you on.

How are you meant to deal with such situation? IT SUCKS. You're there, thinking that they are the love of your life, and that is not how they see it at all. You're planning the wedding, thinking of baby names, decorating the nursery, and boom, tis no longer.

Something I realised recently after going through this quite a few times, is that you don't want to be with them anyway. You honestly don't. Effort is a two way street and you don't want to be the one putting it all out there. Even if something does happen between you and your crush, beau, or whatever the kids call that awkward "talking" stage nowadays, you are going to know in your hearts of hearts that you were the one that orchestrated this situation and they are not putting their all into it. Like I said, effort is a two way street and if the other person isn't prepared to give their all, you shouldn't be expected to either.

Thinking back on the great memories I have of being led on, and always being the effort giver - I learnt one thing, however much you want something - you can't make someone else want it too. Could have probably put that more poetically, but I am struggling with the ol' words. As the ever gorgeous Sam Clafflin once put it (he was in character in Love, Rosie, granted) "You deserve someone who loves you with every single beat of his heart, someone who thinks about you constantly, someone who spends every minute of every day just wondering what you're doing, where you are, who you're with, and if you're OK." DON'T SETTLE FOR LESS!

But lets talk about the flip side.

As my mum always says, being the libra that she is, "you only get out what you put in". 

If you're honestly, truly, completely in love with them (sorry, I can't stop quoting Love, Rosie, it is my *all time* favourite film) then yassss girl (or boy) go get it. Show em what you're made of. Show em that you are da one. Maybe they are just not used to love. Maybe they are blind, and can't comprehend why you'd love them. Maybe they just need showing that you are right. It does really depend on the situation.

So now I have realised that me writing this blog post is probably useless because I have just counteracted my own argument, I want to know why us humans are so prone to these situations. How do people find themselves in such fairytale states that it all works out in the end. Unrealistic I tell you.  One day, you'll find the Alex to your Rosie (just watch the film if you haven't already), the Gavin to your Stacey or the Jim to your Pam. (If you understand all of these references, you are 100% meant to be my boyfriend, just saying)

I guess what this post was meant to be was a gentle reminder. (Like all my posts)

A gentle reminder that you will find your person! You will find someone that makes you happy, loves you back (that one is key) and that will put the effort in back. If they don't put the effort in back, maybe a) they aren't the one. or b) they need to be shown how to love. Maybe they just aren't very good at it. Communicate, and let it work itself out. Advice: if you're a stubborn (or fixed) star sign, avoid other stubborn signs. LET. ME. TELL. YOU.

It is navigating that and figuring it out which is the complicated part. Knowing if they are a or b. I'll leave that down to you.

Bye for now,
Tamzin xxx


Feeling confident with Norvell Ultra Vivid Colour Collection

Summer is a time of short shorts and cute bikinis. Unfortunately, short shorts aren't my thang, and cute bikinis show off too much of my body for my liking. One thing that does make me feel better when I get my body out though, is fake tan.

I only converted to the world of fake tans recently, after a few brands sent me theirs to try in the run up to summer. Not being blessed with being able to tan well too, all the fake tans did come in handy. What is it about being more tanned that makes you feel SO much better?!

Norvell recently launched their Ultra Vivid Colour Collection, and I have to say it certainly will put a pep in your step.

This range covers all ground, and with just this collection, you'd be set for life. It includes a 1 hour rapid tan, my personal favourite, which is perfect for those last minute summer outings. We also have the tan extender, which is great for me too as a gradual tanner. I love my self a gradual tanner, they are so low maintenance and easy. If you are new to tanning, I would really recommend starting off with one or something along those lines. The Amplify PH equaliser is a nifty and cool product too, you apply it before your fake tan to help even out your skin tone. Think of it as a base coat for the best application. The Hi-Res Colour Creater is really fun product too as its a spray which is best used like a spray tan. An at home spray tan. So convenient! The last product is the Skin Refining Scrub, and if you know me, you know I love me a good body scrub! Especially when it comes to tanning, it is crucial to start off with a clean slate, as well as having the scrub handy for getting rid of the tan when it is time to put a new layer on.

I really hope you enjoyed this post of me talking through all the new products. Be sure to check them out. I love all of Norvell's tans in general, the make some of the best out there in my opinion. Both me and my mum are obsessed, she has stolen my Norvell face one as she loves it to death!

Bye for now,
Tamzin xxx

*these products were sent to me free of charge. In no way does that shape or form my opinion! :)
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