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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Why we're abandoning pods to grow our following


You will all have heard about the horrible, not-so-recent changes to Instagram with its algorithm of doom. For many this has been disastrous for engagement and we have seen lots of you on Twitter talking about how your following growth rate has died and influencers have reported massive drops in likes and comments. The non-chronological feed is certainly a prime culprit, and there is little motivation to post and even keep up with new content when you cannot even be sure you will see your fave account’s most recent pics on your feed. It is so demoralising, and as Instagram is reluctant to revert to how things were we explored alternative methods of growing our following and improving engagement and joined some Pods.

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Soeurs de Luxe Turned 6!


As if it's been 6 years! Just last month we celebrated our 6th year bloggiversary. How better to celebrate than with a personalised cake, delivered straight to our door?
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Thursday, August 17, 2017

How I Got My Smile In Time For My Wedding


You will have read my post on my ceramic adult braces, so you'll know just how long I have wanted straight, white teeth. For years I felt ashamed of my smile, not just because it was wonky and my front teeth stuck out, but also because they were a bit yellow and it just meant I never smiled - like, ever.

I'd tried pretty much every teeth whitening trick out there, from Crest strips to a Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda paste, but nothing gave me quick enough results or long-lasting enough whiteness.

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Thursday, August 03, 2017

Introducing Beefeater's Summer Menu | Stevenage


This post has been a long time coming, and it's mainly due to our super incredibly busy schedules what with the wedding, holidays, new jobs, uni etc. So our backlog is getting crazy! This post for example was due to go up about 2 months ago! Such bad bloggers we know! Rather than admitting defeat and accepting it won't go up in time, we feel like this one really has to as the food was just so damn good!

I'd never been to Beefeater before this, that I know of. A branch opened 2 minutes from my house over a year ago and I still didn't go, for literally no other reason than not being able to find the time and it was always booked up whenever we did decide to go. I mean, the idea of a restaurant dedicated to beef, literally sounds like my kind of heaven, so when Beefeater* told us about their new Summer menu, we jumped at the chance to sample it!


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Saturday, July 29, 2017

How I Chose the Perfect Wedding Ring


I can't stop looking at it now the wedding's over. It all went by in a bit of a haze and I kind of feel sad that I've not got the wedding to look forward to anymore. What am I going to do with all my time now?

If you read my post on Buying an Engagement Ring on a Budget, I outlined the 4 C's of diamond buying - Cut, Clarity, Colour and Carat. All are very important when finding the perfect ring for your big day and also need to be taken into consideration if you're looking for a wedding band with stones in. Of course, the 4 Cs only really apply to Diamonds, so if you're just getting a plain band, don't give yourself the added stress!
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Monday, July 24, 2017

Photo Diary and Things To Do | Dubrovnik

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You know you are a terrible travel blogger when you literally go on 12 trips in 12 months and don't write up about a single one. I get so caught up in planning my next trip that I never sit and reflect about the adventures I have taken and I suffer terribly with wanderlust and holiday blues that I don't like to bask for too long in the memory of the beautiful places I have seen because it makes me kind of sad.
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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Places to Visit | London's Hidden Gems


Growing up in London was great, we learnt common sense, street smarts, navigational skills and independence. But as we were so young, we never got to explore the city the way you can when you're a bit older. We moved to Hertfordshire back in 2006, when I was 13 and Kirsty, 15. The time for exploring the capital and our home city came a bit later, but as tourists - sadly.


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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Fixing my Skin with Bee Venom

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In this heat there is nothing more soothing than putting my feet in a bucket cold water and chilling with a face mask. My skin is all over the show at the moment and it seems to be in that icky stage between acne and ageing where i only a few short days a month without some sort of problem area on my face and given the current temperatures the last thing I can tolerate is heavy full coverage make up. I am riding the wave of making an effort with my skincare regime and I have really gotten into masks recently, sheet masks are an absolute staple because I am lazy and they are very easy to apply and don't require any clean up afterwards.
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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

#BloggersXmas is back | WIN last year's goody bag!

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It's around this time of year that we start looking at venues, emailing round brands and PR companies and posting feelers out to measure interest for our annual Christmas blogger event BloggersXmas. 

With over 200 bloggers in attendance each year and having worked with over 40 brands last year alone, we're super excited to get an amazing line up for you all this year. From beauty brands, to lifestyle, fashion, travel and food, there'll be something there for everyone!

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

We Tried Hot Yoga! | Westminster Lodge, St. Albans

 

In the run up to the wedding, I've gone through periods of being super motivated and trying every exercise possible, and then being super lazy and eating like an oaf - not good when I've got my final dress fitting coming up (and a holiday!). Looks like I'll need to cut carbs in the few weeks before the wedding!

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