Making My World More Ribenary | Doodle Your World App

As a blogger, I'm constantly glued to my laptop or phone so I'm always on the look out for fun new apps to help make my imagery or video content more interesting. With this being said, I've been having lots of fun playing around with the Ribena Doodle Your World app and making my day to day life much more Ribenary! Ribena are encouraging adults of all ages to embrace the fun in every day life and not take life too seriously - something I think we all need from time to time when daily life gets a little stressful.

I've being a big Ribena fan since I was a child so I'm more than happy to be involved in their Ribenary campaign and make my own day to day life a bit more Ribenary too! I used to drink those little cartons of Ribena virtually every day whilst growing up and I must admit, I still love them to this day. Even as an adult, you just can't beat an ice cold carton of Ribena, can you? Their 'light' version is just as tasty too and one I'll often grab when I'm on the go! Also, warm Ribena in the winter? Please tell me I'm not the only one who loves this? Such a soothing drink - especially if you're feeling a little bit under the weather!

To show you how I recently had the task of sorting out my makeup collection and organising it neatly into my Muji drawers. Surprisingly, this isn't something I enjoy doing. You're probably thinking 'being surrounded by makeup - living the dream' but when there's piles of it and you have to somehow squeeze it into a limited number of drawers, it can become quite the frustrating little challenge. It usually ends with me giving up halfway through and shoving it all in a drawer. However, using the Doodle Your World app make the experience all the more fun - and Frankie the Flamingo (that's what I'm calling her) joined in to help and I somehow managed to get it looking half decent! If you want an in depth post all about my makeup collection and how I organise it, just let me know.

After my makeup was sorted, I was straight back to work doing lots of admin and emails - another part of my day to day life that isn't the most fun! However, I had the Doodle Your World app adding a  bit of fun to my office desk with this cute little animation. How cool are his flower sunglasses? Haha!

After working all day, it was finally time to sit down in front of the TV and watch the Love Island final - who else has been addicted to the show this year? I decided it was only right I celebrated the occasion in style with my fave takeaway and a glass of fizz. I was missing strawberries so I added one virtually with the app - how cool? I love that you can add doodles onto anything - I've been getting so creative trying to think of the best ways I can include them in my day to day life.

So, want to get involved in all this Ribenary fun and make your world a little brighter? Well, you're in luck as I've teamed up with Ribena to host an amazing competition over on my Instagram account. To enter and be in with the chance of winning some fabulous Ribena prizes, all you need to do is download the Dooble Your World App, get creative and make some awesome doodles, upload it to your instagram account and tag me @kayleighjcouture along with the hashtag #ribenary for your chance to win!

The app is really simple to use - it's free to download and you simply select your doodle from the options available (you can unlock extras along the way too), drag it and then it'll do its thing while you take a photo or record a short video. The options of how you can include the doodles is endless. 

I'll be judging your posts and choosing a winner based on creativity and what makes me laugh/smile the most. I'll pick the winner from the tagged images in a weeks time and will notify you via Instagram if you're my winner! So what are you waiting for guys, go and get creative to be in with the chance of winning an amazing prize!

This post has been supported by Ribena® but all thoughts and doodles are my own.

Our Engagement Party | Abbey House Hotel & Gardens

So if you follow me on Instagram (@kayleighjcouture if you're not already), you've probably seen me spamming my feed with photos from mine and my fiancé Matt's engagement party. They had so many lovely comments on them so I just wanted to thank you guys for all the love you've shown us - it means the world to me. I thought it'd be nice to share a few photos from the party and most importantly, the venue. When we first got engaged, we weren't sure if we wanted a small gathering at our house or if we wanted to go all out with a big party so it took us some time to get round to actually booking something. In the end we decided a big party was the way to go as there was so many people we wanted to celebrate with and you only get engaged once, so why not go all out?

Although we now live closer to Manchester, we're originally from the Lake District and as most of our family and friends live there, we decided that would be the best location to have the party. When thinking of venues I knew I wanted somewhere modern but also somewhere that has character and  nice accommodation for our guests travelling from away. With this being said, I knew Abbey House Hotel was the venue for us. Situated in the south lakes, it's a beautiful hotel that's recently been renovated meaning everything about it is perfect, for want of a better word. The hotels grounds are absolutely stunning and the wedding suites are insane (more on those in a separate post).

We went to meet with John, the manager at Abbey House for a chat so we could decide on a date and also give him more info on what we wanted in terms of decor, food, entertainment and the number of guests we'd have attending. He was so welcoming and couldn't do enough for us - he was happy to answer any questions we had and provided us with lots of suggestions for the party and what they could do that would really impress our guests. He also showed us their two function rooms - The Cavendish Suite and The Great Hall. Both rooms are stunning with The Cavendish Suite being the bigger and more modern option of the two. We had around 120 guests in total so we decided The Great Hall would be the best option for us as The Cavendish Suite held a lot more guests and we didn't want the room to look empty, despite John informing us they can dress the rooms to make them look smaller, which is always good to know. We also felt the The Cavendish Suite was more suited to a wedding so we thought it was best to save that for the big day. 

 After deciding on the room and Friday 30th June as our date, it was time for the fun stuff. I've never planned a party to this extent before so I didn't have a clue what was available but John told us all the options and we were honestly blown away by the different things we could do. Everything  from as selfie mirror to magicians and even a Jager station were on the list. We decided to go for all those things as we thought it'd get people talking and be a bit of extra fun for our guests. We also asked for a welcome drink to be served as it's always nice to be handed a free drink when you arrive a a party! Abbey house arranged prosecco for the ladies and beers for the guys, which went down a treat. We also decided on a hog roast with all the trimmings as the food option, alongside veggie kebabs for the vegetarian guests and cute cake pops for dessert.

As you can see from the photos, The Great Hall is an amazing space - it has loads of character with panelled walls, high ceilings and a really great lay out. It has the main room where there's more than enough space for a dance floor, entertainment and seating, a small walkway which is great for serving the welcome drinks, the bar and a huge terrace leading out onto Abbey House's beautiful gardens. Perfect for a marquee! That was a big selling point for us - with it being Summer, we figured it would be lovely to give people the option to sit outside and for the children attending to have somewhere to run around and play. It's safe to say it didn't disappoint and most guests were outside until the sun went down and they were ready for a dance. We also had the food served on the terrace under a marquee which was a really nice touch. We were very lucky with the weather too which was a huge bonus as it allowed us to take advantage of the whole space.

The night began with guests arriving to a welcome drink out on the terrace followed by entertainment from magician Joel Dickinson which got everyone asking 'how on earth did he do that?' - he was crazy talented and I heard nothing but praise for him from our guests! Next up was the delicious hog roast and lots of dancing in the main room thanks to DJ John Norcotte and the Jager station. I think we may have gone through two whole bottles by the end of the night. Everyone loved it and it definitely got people up on that dance floor after a shot (or five). It was definitely worth the sore head the next morning. 

I loved that everyone was taking selfies at the selfie mirror throughout the night too as we got a copy of all the pictures that were taken put into an album with a message from our guests. I think this is such a lovely idea and it was amazing to look through the next morning. I'm definitely considering something similar for the wedding day. It was hilarious to see people's selfies get more and more silly as the night went on too - that's what all those Jager shots will do to you, haha.

During the night, Matt and I headed out into the Abbey House grounds to get some photos with our amazing photographer Erin Browne and I just have to share some of them as I'm so in love. I've been a massive fan of Erin's work for years now so when she offered to take photos at the party, I jumped at the chance. She's one of the most talented and creative photographers I've ever come across and she always thinks outside of the box whilst making you feel totally comfortable. She whisked us off into the woodland area a short walk away and got snapping. We had balloons for props and had so much fun - as you can see by the big smiles on our faces, which were totally natural and caught in the moment. As I said, I'm so in love with how the pictures turned out - they'll definitely be getting framed! If I'm this happy with the engagement photos, I can only imagine how she'll capture our actual wedding day - I'm already so so excited. If you're looking for a photographer for any kind of special occasion, be sure to get in touch with Erin and follow her on Instagram @eriinbrowne to see examples of her fantastic work!!

We had an absolutely fantastic night and couldn't have asked for anything better. Abbey House took all the stress away from us and organised everything to perfection so the night ran completely seamlessly. If you follow my social, you'll have seen that I had quite the surprise during the night when my dad turned up. He lives in Australia so I didn't think for one minute he'd be there as it's such a long way to travel for an engagement party. As you can imagine, I got the shock of my life when I walked outside to greet family and turned around to see him standing there - after he'd been hid behind a car, might I add. Sneaky! Thank goodness we had our amazing photographer Erin there to help capture the moment. As you can see from the photos, I think the look on my face followed by lots of tears says it all. It's a moment and a night I'll never forget!!

So there we have it guys, a little look inside our engagement party. I hope you enjoyed reading all about it - now it's time to start planning the wedding, arghhh! Thanks so much to Abbey House and all the suppliers for helping us celebrate our engagement in true style - we loved every minute of it! I've linked the venue and all the suppliers who helped make it a fantastic night below incase any of you are interested in contacting them for your own event.

Venue: Abbey House Hotel & Gardens
Photographer: Erin Browne
DJ: John Norcott from Ntertain
Photobooth: Photobooth Cumbria
Cakes: Angela Couture Cakes
Facebook: @Angelascouturecakes

My Must Have Summer Beauty Products

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When summer rolls around, I find myself getting into more of a structured beauty routine. I think it's because holidays and more exposed skin are looming over us, it gives us that little kick up the bum we need to get into a solid routine. Of course we want to look our best all year round but because the weather is better in summer (if we're lucky that is), I find myself wearing less products than I would in the winter months which means looking better naturally. I'm all about stripping it back to the bare essentials and using a few essential products that help give me a radiant and healthy summer glow.

The first products I can't be without would be my favourite Simple Kind to Skin face wipes which I take with my wherever I go as well as my elemis pro collagen cleansing balm - my skin cleansing dream team. There's nothing worse than feeling caked in makeup when you're hot and sweaty so I always have these two products with me to ensure I can remove my makeup thoroughly and easily. I'm also pretty lazy when it comes to skincare so they're ideal for a quick freshen up when I'm in a rush. I also find them really hydrating which is great on days my skin has been faced with any kind of sun exposure. The cleansing balm has been a favourite for years now - it literally melts makeup away with the tiniest amount, leaves my skin soft and radiant and it smells amazing too. 

To add an extra glow and some colour to my skin, I use the Khiel's midnight recovery concentrate before bed which gives my skin that added boost of moisturise it craves after sun exposure. This is one of those products that makes a difference after one use and leaves the skin so radiant and glowing - I can't recommend it enough. I've also been loving the Tan Luke self tan face drops which I mix into my moisturiser before bed. It contains a tanning ingredient so when mixed with moisturiser, it acts as a self tanner for the face without being quite as dark and unnatural looking as some regular tans. I always feel like my skin looks ten times better with a tan so this has been such a good find for me - I use it for a few days if I feel like my skin is starting to look a little drab and the colour lasts for a good week before I need to re-apply.

Another product I've been using every day recently is the Sensodyne Pronamel Strong & Bright enamel toothpaste. Much like my skin, I want my teeth to look good all year round but for some reason, I always want my them to look their best in summer. Maybe it's something to do with being more tanned and smiling more because the sun is shining and I'm happier? Who knows but either way, good teeth are a must for me and toothpaste is something that's often overlooked as a beauty product despite it being one of the must-haves for our overall health and appearance.

I wore braces for years to get my teeth straight, so keeping them in tip top condition is something that's really important to me. I've also suffered from worn enamel (which can be caused by too much acidic foods in our diet like fruit - something we probably all eat more of during the summer months). With this being said, I'm very fussy with the toothpaste I use and Sensodyne Pronamel has always been a brand I can rely on to do what it says on the tube. I used to use their Pronamel Daily Protection but their new Strong and Bright has the addition of polishing away stains as well as actively helping to strengthen enamel for healthy, whiter teeth* - the two key features I look for in a toothpaste. I mean, who doesn't want their teeth to be healthy, strong and white?! 

A couple of body products I use all summer round would be my Palmers Cocoa Butter natural bronze gradual tanner as this is the most natural looking gradual tanner I've come across and you only need a couple of applications for a nice healthy colour. I love to use this after I've been away to keep my tan topped up too! Not to mention is smells good enough to eat. 

To enhance a tan even further, I love using highlighters and my absolute favourites are No.7 shimmer body oil for the body and MAC Soft & Gentle for the face. These two paired together give the perfect glow that goes so perfectly with sun-kissed skin. Seriously, I'd bathe in the stuff if I could - you can never have too much highlighter, right?

Finally, summer fragrance. For me, it's all about the sweetly and fruity of citrus scents and one of my faves at the moment is definitely the Missguided 'Babe Power' - I was super sceptical about it at first but it's actually really nice! It has a fresh fruity scent - total summer vibes. Not to mention it comes in a rose gold bottle shaped like a can. YES!

What are your Summer essentials?! I'd love to know so let me know in the comments below.

You can pick up Sensodyne Pronamel Strong & Bright Enamel toothpaste here or at your local Boots

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