Black Friday is not only a calendar staple for anybody who likes to shop, but also for those being super-savvy and getting in their Christmas presents early and at a cheeky discount! With it being only two days away (27th November), TNT have sent me a #littleblackbox to celebrate their Black Friday campaign. 

It includes: 
-Moleskin notebook and pen
-Barry M Lipstick
- Barry M Nail Polish
-Tea Lights

...And they all share one thing in common...the colour black! My favourites are definitely the notebook (what blogger doesn't love stationary?), the chocolate and the nail polish...Winter always means black nail polish! 

Last year, so many brands including Apple, Asos and Boots had incredible offers on, so I'm really excited to see what's in store this year! Let me know if you bag a good bargain, and what your favourite product is out of this cute little goodie box! 


*Sample sent for review purposes, all thoughts are my own.

Every day, one question arises repetitively that I have to try and answer - what shall I have as a snack? My greedy belly immediately screams "CRISPS, YOU LOVEEEEE CRISPS" and I have to put my body in combat mode to settle with a cereal bar or piece of fruit that I really don't enjoy that much. Working in an office, it's hard to come prepared with lunch, snack and drink alternatives to what is sold on the high street - too much preparation time and not enough handbag storage will leave you in the lurch a little. There are some alternative fruit bars that I've been reaching for, but I'm yet to find something that will keep my hunger at bay and leave a pleasant taste in my mouth.

The Primal Pantry has been produced to support a Paleo diet, and includes 'high quality, tasty and simple ingredients, devoid of synthetic fillers, sweetening syrups or over processed fruit purees.' 

Paleo is still a bit of a foreign concept to me. I understand that it is healthier, more natural food that's easier for our bodies to digest, but that's about as far as my research has gone. The Primal Pantry have a great page that helps explain it HERE. But basically, these bars are an incredible healthy snack to put in your bag. 


I was sent three flavours to try which all had a solid consistency. I really liked this as it meant no mess and felt like I was eating something quite substantial. If anybody has tried Nakd bars and enjoyed them, then you'll definitely like these.

1. Apple and Pecan - Didn't get much of the apple taste coming through but did get a lot of the pecan which was lovely. 
2.Coconut and Macadamia - My favourite bar that I tried. Loved the texture and flavour of the coconut coming through and made me feel like I had bitten in to a cheeky Bounty.
3.Brazil Nut and Cherry - The cherry was slightly absent in this flavour but got a great taste of the Brazil nuts which I happen to love, so this bar was a winner 


I loved these bars! I feel like the flavours were slightly lacking, but they still tasted great and most importantly, filled me up for a few hours between breakfast and lunch. The Coconut and Macadamia flavour was definitely my favourite as it really felt like a guilty pleasure, even though I had 0 to be guilty about! They are the perfect size, travel-friendly and mega healthy - what's not to like?

You can buy these bars in Waitrose, Sainsbury's, Tesco and Ocado, or go to The Primal Pantry website :) 

Oh...and if you want £5 off an order from their website, the code is "primalfive"...just thought I'd slip that one in there...

*PR Samples sent for review purposes, all thoughts and opinions are my own!

Sometimes you have to get a little out your comfort zone in the name of fashion. I never thought i'd be someone tempted by such an accessory - pirates, victorians and the older generation came to mind before embarking on such a purchase. I even told my boyfriend about my checkout history, and his response was:

 'Oh that thing that Fred from Scooby Doo wears. What's it called? An ascot.'

So there we go. Here's to being a little different, and to finding out you resemble much more than your grandmother. 


It's been my absolute mission to find a chocolate shake/meal replacement that I actually like, so when MaxiNutrition contacted me about trying some of their products, I knew exactly what to go for. Immediately I was impressed; a bottle came free with my order ( most companies charge you extra for them) and the delivery was incredibly quick (I think it was 2 days).

I decided to try the Sculptress meal replacement shake as I find them easier to incorporate into my lifestyle as I can have them for lunch when I'm in the office. Designed to help support weight loss, I hoped this would be the kick I needed to get me back on my health kick. 


At first I was a little disappointed with the taste. Not only was it quite bitty, but also quite sickly. Luckily I stuck with it and found it more pleasant by the mouthful. As the week went on, I started to really enjoy the taste and almost thought of it as a guilty pleasure because it felt like I was getting my chocolate fix, when really it was good for me!


I'm sticking to doing home exercise at the moment using my own strength and weights, rather than cardio, so during my Sculptress trial I did 3 half hour sessions of exercise a week which is pretty normal for me. 
I tried replacing one meal a day using the product but unfortunately life got in the way a little and I probably only did it 4-5 times a week for the last two weeks. If I had more of a routine in my working life, I think I would have stuck to it more but living out of a bag/commuting 3 hours a day definitely didn't help me stick to it! 

I find motivation is definitely something I've struggled with since starting work and commuting. I find that because I have very little downtime, I want to be chilling out in the evenings or seeing my friends, rather than dedicating that time to the gym. MaxiNutrition have a great article on 'How to Increase Mental Strength' for the Rugby World Cup, which got me thinking about ways I could increase my mental strength to help me achieve my goals. The article talks about being prepared and visualising your success and I think these are really helpful pieces of advice. 

Preparing your meals or getting your gym bag/routine sorted is definitely something that helps with motivation as when you get up in the morning, there's less to do and so it's easier to stick to your fitness routine! Visualising your success is also a great thing to do; whether it's imagining yourself at the gym with those positive endorphins running through your body, or challenging your usual reps with the dumbells, or even imagining that end goal getting closer and closer, it's a powerful mental trick to keep your mental state strong!

Personally I love Pinterest for keeping me motivated. Not only can I find new exercises and guides through looking at fitness boards, but I can also stare at my dream body all day...that jealousy definitely gets me in the right frame of mind.


The shake filled me up for about 2/3 hours before I found myself getting hungry again. I don't think this is too bad considering sometimes I can have pasta for lunch and before work is through, my stomach is rumbling. It also meant that snacking was easier as the snacking calories combined with the Sculptress equivalated to my usual lunchtime meal by itself, so it was definitely a good way to stay healthier during the day. 

In terms of the weight loss, I didn't see a massive result. I lost a pound in the first week which I was pleased with as I have found my weight to really stay the same the last few months. The second week's weigh-in was the same as the first, so at least I didn't put any back on! 
I think if I used the product a little more and tried to be a little more active, I definitely would have seen better results with this product as the first weeks results showed me it had hope. I also became less bloated on this product - which is usually a standard for most meal-replacement shakes.

Overall Thoughts

I really like this product. Not only was I impressed with the service, but also the taste. I loved how the tub also included some daily meal guides to help you on your weight-loss journey...those extra touches are great in making me want to use the product again. I'm definitely going to carry on with this product and hopefully lose a little more weight-I'll keep you guys updated!