Creating the Perfect Stationery Collection


Stationery is my weakness. Since a young age I've always been interested in new pads, pens and pencils to the point where I'd never actually use them incase they got dirty. The thought of using a rubber to erase something I'd written would give me anxiety knowing it would no longer be crisp.


With stationery, I often get sucked into the prints, designs and full collections - Oh and if they're Instagram worthy, then it's always a must! I'm a pretty organised person and stationery plays a huge part in planning my daily tasks and my overall life.


I love using pretty notepads to write down my ideas and plan all of my blog posts. Since I've got older, I've found myself shopping for stationery in niche shops where I end up buying into the whole lifestyle of collections and the latest designs. I also love browsing through collections that I can relate to. Whether it's a quote or pizza, if it plays a huge part in my life then I'm sold.


I recently discovered this website called Central 23 where they sell a variety of products such as notepads, candles and greeting cards. Literally everything I could ever ask for. I was having a look through their notepads and journals and couldn't decide on which one I wanted. It was such a hard decision between the Constellation Daily Journal, Everything You Like, I Liked Five Years Ago and No Bad Days. In the end I went for a leaf print design which unfortunately is no longer on their website. However if it's one you're interested in, tweet me and I can find out whether it will be coming back into stock. 


I love this notepad as it's the perfect size for me to carry around in my bag. In the past I've bought larger size notepads and have always struggled to carry them or squeeze them in along with everything else I put in my bag. Inside the notepad the pages are lined with sections for you to fill out the day, month, notes and to-do lists. It's quite handy as I always find myself trying to section off my daily notes and to-dos whereas this daily journal has already done it for me.


The print is made up from shades of greens and black which makes accessorising a whole lot easier! Whether its a green or black pen, black stapler or green sticky notes, you can build a very classy collection around this notepad. Having a collection of stationery always motivates me to get things done and gives me more inspiration to come up with new ideas. 

Have you bought something from Central 23? What are your stationery essentials? Tweet me and let me know.

Love Robyn xxx

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Black Friday Weekend - The Beauty Sales



Bare Minerals

Iconic London

Benefit Cosmetics



Further brands participating in the Black Friday Weekend Promotion;

NARS Cosmetics
20% off until 27th November. Just enter your email address and you'll receive your discount code. Shop the collection here

Omorovicza
30% off until 28th November. Shop the collection here.

Charlotte Tilbury
Up to 55% off until 27th November. Limited stock available. Shop the collection here.

Bondi Sands
30% off until 27th November. Shop the collection here.

Molton Brown
Up to 25% off until 27th November. Get 20% off every order using the code 'UKBF20'. Get 25% off orders £80 and over using the code 'UKBF25'. Shop the collection here.

Urban Decay
50% off selected items until 26th November. Shop the collection here.

The Body Shop
40% off hundreds of items plus free delivery on orders over £5. Shop the collection here.

Lola Makeup
30% off everything until 27th November when you use the code 'LBF30' at the checkout. Shop the collection here.

Bobbi Brown
20% off everything and free delivery on all orders. Spend £60 or more and you'll also recieve a free full size mascara worth £24.50. Ends midnight Sunday. Use code 'TAKE20' at the checkout. Shop the collection here.

Feelunique
Up to 25% until 27th November. Shop the collection here.

Love Robyn xx

MUA Stocking Fillers Under £5


As christmas is fast approaching, I thought I’d give you a bit of gifting inspiration and put together a list of stocking fillers under £5. As we all know, Christmas can be very expensive and after all, stocking fillers are only made up from token gifts. Here’s a list of MUA Makeup products that you can pick up for under £5 this festive season.


Prism Strobe Cream, Flash £4.00
The highlighting cream adds radiance to all complexions and is said to lift and brighten up the natural highlights of your face. 



Luxe Light Lustre Duo, Majesty £5.00
The MUA Luxe collection is one of my favourites and their products are my go-to for highlighters. The superior lightening duo powders can be used to create ultimate radiance to the skin. Having 2 shades within a palette makes them great value for money this Christmas.


Pro Eyeshadow Palette, Green Goddess £5.00
Going out for New Years? With this eyeshadow palette, you can create a variety of different evening looks with 15 shades to pick from. 


Prism Highlighter, Solar Flare £4.00
Lift your complexion this season with the MUA Prism Highlighter. Your highlight will look brighter than my future!


Luxe Velvet Matte Lipsticks £3.00
Recently, I tend to opt for matte lipsticks as I love the finish and they're so on trend at the moment. MUA Luxe have created 12 different shades to pick from with a guaranteed full coverage.



Prism Loose Powder Highlighter £5.00
Looking for a face and body highlighter? Then look no further as this MUA Prism Powder Highlighter creates shades of pink, purple and gold depending on where the light hits your skin.


Professional 6 Shade Eyeshadow Palette, Dusky Curiosities £3.50
6 shade eyeshadow palettes for under £5? Sounds great to me! The palette consists of glittery browns, pinks, nudes and grey so it’s the perfect combination if you’re looking to experiment with new colours.



All items can be bought online or in stores at Superdrug.


Love Robyn xxx

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A 3 Day Travel Diary of Krakow, Poland


I've always been a creature of habit when it comes to holidays and haven't often ventured out from the standard Spanish beach resorts. However as you know from my previous Naples blog posts (read here: 1-2-3-4), recently I've been exploring new places and wanted to share my latest experience with you. Last week The Blogger Programme took a group of bloggers away for a long weekend to Krakow located in the south of Poland. 

Day One

The weekend started as it meant to go on with my first alarm set on Friday for 2:30am. Of course me being me, I left a bit of my packing to the last minute and found myself having a shower, fake tanning and getting ready at silly o'clock. I then drove to Luton airport were I met TBP family and jumped on the plane to Poland. We flew with Wizz Air, a low cost airline which offers over 500 different routes within Europe. If you're looking to get away for a bit, I'd certainly recommend this airline as the whole process was simple, quick and easy from Luton to Katowice. 


When we arrived in Poland, our driver from Krakow Trans Tours was there to greet us and load all of our cases into the car. By this point, it was about 2pm and we were all hungry and ready to have a half hour chill out before moving onto our next adventure. When we arrived at our hotel in Krakow, we were amazed by its location and architecture within the main lobby. We were staying in the Sheraton Grand Hotel which overlooked Wawel castle and the river so as you can imagine, our bedroom views were beautiful. The Sheraton hotel is part of the Hilton chain and the staff there were extremely helpful. It’s situated just on the outskirts of the city making it less than a 15 minute walk into the main square.


Once we arrived at The Sheraton Grand Hotel, our suitcases were taken to our room and we spent some time relaxing in their exclusive lounge where they laid out a selection of snacks, biscuits, drinks etc that we could help ourselves to throughout our stay. We then set off to our rooms where we had lots of gifts laid on our bed provided by The Blogger Programme - as you can imagine we were so excited about these! The gifts included the likes of makeup pallets from Urban Decay, a purse from MyWalit, hair texturing spray from Maria Nila, Mascara from Xlash and many more little treats.



Whilst we were chilling in our room, a guy from the hotel knocked on our doors with two big bags for myself and Emma. When we opened them, we found a letter and a Sheraton Grand Hotel travel pillow with the words ‘Sweet Dreams Robyn’ embroidered into it. The letter read out something along the lines of ‘because our beds can’t be with you everywhere you go, we’ve given you this to remember us by and to keep you company throughout your travels’. Very cute and a nice touch!



We spent some time in our room freshening up before heading down to dinner. At the front of the lobby, there was a restaurant which was designed like a sports bar. The vibes were so relaxing and the food just kept coming! It got to around 11pm and we were all so tired after waking up at 2:30am and spending our day travelling. We headed off to our rooms, got changed into our Figleaves pjs and hit the deck ready for the next day ahead of us. 

Day Two

We started the next day early with a walk into town and a bite to eat before setting off to Auscwitz. We had a tour around the camps and it literally broke my heart hearing about what happened just under 100 years ago. It was extremely hard to believe what people had gone through and I can’t quite get my head around it.



We then headed back to Krakow where a few of us grabbed food and went for a stroll around the city at night. An hour went past and it was time to jump on our segways for a private tour around Krakow. We spent about half hour all taking it in turns to drive the segway to get use to the feel of how it works - It looks a lot harder than it actually is! Once we all had a test run, we set off into the town for a tour thanks to the guys at Tell Me Travels.


Once the tour was over, we went back to our rooms to change and get ready for our last dinner altogether. We had a table booked for us at an Italian restaurant called Boccanera. As you know, an Italian couldn’t have suited me anymore! However it’s weird, when I’ve been away recently, I’ve found myself totally loosing my appetite. Does anyone else ever get this or is it just me?



After dinner, we all went back to our room in an attempt of having an early night. By this point, the lack of sleep had really caught up on us and we had our alarms set early in the morning to pack and catch our flight. 

Day Three

I had my alarm set for 6am local time and literally threw on my tracksuit and trainers. I wanted to be as comfortable as possible and knew I had lots of work to catch up with on the minibus and on the plane.



I went to Poland thinking it was going to be a lot colder than it was in the UK. However I was totally proven wrong and the weather was actually quite nice for this time of year. It was sunny throughout the whole of our trip and the temperature was actually a few degrees hotter than the UK. So if you’re thinking about going to Poland, we went in the beginning of November so I would suggest that’s a good time to go.



Primark were the main sponsors of our trip to Krakow, Poland so before we came away, they each gave us £150 voucher to spend in one of our local stores in preparation for the trip. We all know Primark and we all know how much stuff we can get for £150 in there! I had a huge basket full of pjs, clothes, heels, accessories etc and when I took it over to the till, it only amounted to £80. So I went for round two and discovered lots more things I didn’t see the first time.



I had so much fun throughout the trip all thanks to my bae’s at The Blogger Programme! It was amazing having everyone together and getting to travel new cities with new friends and faces.

Love Robyn xxx

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