Christmas Party Beauty Sorted With Blow

Blow Ltd has been called the Uber of the beauty world, able to deliver fabulous hair, nails and beauty makeovers in the comfort of your own home, simply by using a downloadable app. But now, just in time for Christmas, a Blow Ltd salon has opened in Debenhams in the Bullring, Birmingham, ready to perform those express miracles for all your Christmas party needs. I went along last week to check out the blow dry service, and couldn;t believe the transformation that was achieved.

The new salon is large and bright, with stations for hair, beauty and nails. Blow Ltd offers a menu of services, with a range of different blow dries and updo’s for the hair, manicure and pedicures for the nails and make up looks that range from a healthy daytime golden look, to an after dark cocktail hour makeover. In addition, it also has a quick fix menu for eyes, mini mani’s and braids.

I opted for Starlet waves, an old style Hollywood hair makeover in the style of Veronica Lake and other 1940s goddesses. The beauty of Blow is that it really is designed for the modern woman who may have just a short period of time to get their hair/nails done etc before moving onto the next task. So blow dries can be done on dry hair, but there is also the option to have your hair washed beforehand if you wish.

I had washed my hair that morning and was on a strict time frame due to another event that day but was pleased that my hair was totally transformed in 25 minutes. And when I say transformed, I mean transformed. My usually poker straight locks was a mass of film starlet curls in the style of Marilyn Monroe, it was totally unrecognisable from when I went into the salon. The 25 minute no wash blow dry costs £25, which makes it an affordable treat if you have a special night out planned.

If you want to find out more about Blow Ltd, their salon and their mobile services, visit their website here.



Dream Honeymoon Destinations

If you were to produce a list for the criteria for dream honeymoon destinations, what would be in the list? White sandy beaches? Endless days of blue skies? Idyllic romantic hideaways where you and your loved one can spend quality time away from the crowds? Restaurants where you can enjoy candlelight suppers? I’m guessing all of these things would be somewhere in the list.

Here are three dream destinations that would probably tick all the boxes to create that dream honeymoon.

The Maldives

The Indian ocean Islands of The Maldives could well illustrate the definition of paradise in any dictionary. A dream Maldives island holiday is a tropical delight, with many secluded islands where you and your loved one can enjoy the peace and tranquility of the crystal blue warm waters that are perfect for snorkeling and diving, the softest of sandiest beaches and hotels that often combine spa facilities too.

With 1,190 small islands making up The Maldives, you can be sure that you will be able to enjoy tranquility, but can still combine this with watersports, snorkeling the coral reefs and even enjoying night swimming. A perfect honeymoon destination.


Lindos on the Greek island of Rhodes is an ideal honeymoon destination for those who like to experience history and culture as well as beautiful beaches. Lindos has a wonderful Acropolis which can only be reached on foot or on a Lindos donkey, as well as many other beautiful churches filled with priceless treasures.

Due to the narrow streets, cars are not allowed through the town of Lindos, which adds to its sleepy feel. A visit to St Paul’s Bay is also a must, the clear waters are just wonderful for those who love to swim in the sea.


The gondolas may be a bit of a cliche for many, but it remains a fact that Venice is one of the most romantic cities in the world, an otherworldly, mysterious place. Thee best time to go to Venice is February, when the city is alive with the fabulous, vibrant carnival, but at any time of the year Venice is a special place, where you travel by water buses and taxis to get from a to b. A visit to Venice can also be extended to the beautiful islands of Murano and Burano, famous for glass and lace respectively, the ideal place to pick up a piece of jewellery or a beautiful scarf for your new bride.

Whatever your taste, whether it be for sun, sea and sand, or a touch of culture and learning, a honeymoon should be the most special time in an unforgettable place. Lindos, The Maldives and Venice certainly fit that bill.


Christmas Gift Ideas: Gifts For Football Lovers

Christmas is about finding that gift that the recipient will love and appreciate, and today I am focusing on gifts that would be perfect if you have a football lover in your family and friends list.

These gifts move away from the football strip and tickets to the game that can be costly in the extreme. All the gifts featured cost under £30, with some less than £10 making them wonderful ideas to put in the Christmas stocking. In addition, the gifts from Find Me A Gift have a great range of early Black Friday offers attached to them so you can make a further saving.

There are gift ideas from Boolino and Mitre along with football ideas from Amazon.

Happy Shopping!

Find Me a Gift

The silver money box is a really special piece that could be good for a baby’s first Christmas.

Football Money Box – Silver Plated Was £10.99 Now £9.99 Click to visit Find Me A Gift

A pair of novelty socks always make a good stocking filler, this pair are less than a fiver and come in UK sizes 6.5-10, as the site says, they will fit any team member. They also look pretty great too.

Ball Socks – Football Was £4.99 Now £3.99 Click to visit Find Me A Gift

If you know someone who owns a signed shirt, this frame is a great way to display it, and to keep it safe at the same time.

T-Shirt Frame Only £24.99 Click to visit Find Me A Gift

When you’re watching the game from the comfort of your sofa, what could be better than some homemade popcorn. This is a gift that will be sitting in Joe’s stocking this year as it combines two of his fave things, football and popcorn!

Football Popcorn Maker Was £29.99 Now £28.99 Click to visit Find Me A Gift

Slippers are a favourite gift idea for dad or grandad, but these slippers are a cut above – they actually resemble a football boot. Super warm and cushioned, these are just the sort of thing to wear when you’re sitting in front of the sofa watching football.

Men’s Football Slippers Was £14.99 Now £13.99 Click to visit Find Me A Gift

Mitre Star Wars Scriball

If you have a child who loves colouring in, football and Star Wars, then the Mitre Star Wars Scriball is the perfect gift, combining all these things in just one package. The Size 3 ball is a great size for smaller feet, and you can combine colouring the ball on a dark winter’s day, and then playing with it when the weather gets warmer. There are a range of Scriballs that include characters who fight for good, and those on the dark side.

Mitre Star Wars™ Mini Darth Vader Scriball £12 Click to visit Mitre

Goal by Dorling Kindersley

If you have a member of the family who thinks they know all that there is to know about football, then Goal! from Dorling Kindersley is the perfect Christmas afternoon read. It is packed full with everything you need to know about football, from technical tricks and tips, to ‘did you know’ facts and figures, through to information about the best footballers in the world. This is a bright, beautifully presented hardback book that would be a really special choice for any football lover.

Goal!: Football As You’ve Never Seen It Before £10.39 Click to visit Boolino


Amazon is always a great one stop shop when it comes to Christmas, and they have a really fabulous selection of football related gifts that suit all ages. I’ve ordered the ‘grandad’ football book as a gift to my dad from my son, and the Lionel Messi range of toys are always popular with footie mad kids. The Football Guess Who was a gift I got for my boy last year and proved to be a big success.