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Monday, 2 May 2016

The Samsung Galaxy TabPro S 2-in-1 Laptop



For the past year, I've been lucky enough to be part of #CurrysCollective (you may remember some of my posts about it) and I've been trying out some student tech over the course of this academic year, including the Olympus PEN E-PL7 and the HP Pavilion 2 in 1 laptop. This time, I'm trying out the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S, a brand new tablet/laptop hybrid aimed at combining everyday usability with high performance. For the last couple of weeks I've been using this to do a lot of my everyday bits and pieces including university work, blog post writing, general internet browsing (aka window shopping online) and just general bits of things to get a real feel for the laptop. I even took it to Whitby on my glamping trip last week so it's safe to say I've now gotten to grips with this lil hybrid. 
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Sunday, 1 May 2016

Salt and Chic 18k Giveaway: Win a £75 Dorothy Perkins Voucher and Some Surprise Goodies!




Sooo this week I finally hit 18k on Instagram! Woop woop, I'm now well on my way to achieving my huge goal of 20k so I can't tell you how pleased I am about that. It's absolutely crazy to think that literally thousands of people are following lil old me on social media and I am honestly so thankful for all of the opportunities and amazing things that have come my way thanks to my blog and social media channels. 

As a little thank you, I've put together a giveaway for you all! The prize includes a £75 Dorothy Perkins voucher that can be spent in any Arcadia store (so that's Topshop, Topman, Miss Selfridge and, of course, Dorothy Perkins) and I'll also include some surprise little goodies for the lucky winner! All you have to do is enter via the Rafflecopter below and I'll announce the winner on my Twitter.

Good luck to everyone who enters!

Amy x
a Rafflecopter giveaway

TERMS AND CONDITIONS
1. The competition will run from 1st May 2016 and will close at 11:59pm on 22nd May 2016.
2. The winner will be randomly selected and will be announced on Monday 23rd May on @saltandchic Twitter account.
3. The winner will receive a Dorothy Perkins gift card with a balance of £76.50 and some other small prizes to be determined by Salt and Chic.
4. No cash alternative is available. 
5. The winner will be contacted by email or through Twitter once drawn. In the event the winner does not respond within one week of being contacted, another winner will be drawn at random to take their place.
6. Entries from multiple accounts will be disqualified.

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Friday, 29 April 2016

The Fat Hippo Durham



Back in March, I reviewed The Fat Hippo Jesmond and it was no secret that I absolutely loved it (macaroni cheese burger. Need I say more?) so you can imagine my delight when I heard that a Fat Hippo was opening in my little hometown of Durham. In case you don't know, the Fat Hippo is a favourite in the north east, serving the best kind of burgers. You know the kind - the messy, finger licking, juicy kind, both veggie and meaty. I was lucky enough to be invited along to the Durham branch's VIP sneaky peek before the restaurant officially opened last week and I couldn't believe the transformation of the former cafe. 
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Thursday, 28 April 2016

The Not Good Enough Mentality


The other day I realised that the blogging world, and the world in general, is full of the "I'm not good enough" mentality and I know I'm one of the worst culprits for it. Even when I know that I'm good at something, there's a little voice in my head that says "nope, you're definitely not good enough for that" and I realised it even more so the other day when I was talking to Karl about what I was going to do after graduation. He suggested full time blogging and my immediate reply was "I'm not good enough to be a full-time blogger" and that's when it really sunk in that I am my own worst enemy. Because why the hell am I not good enough to be a full-time blogger? Why am I not good enough to pursue a career that I'd love? Why am I not good enough to pass all of my exams? I think that now in the age of the internet where people are constantly bragging about how much money they earn, comparison can kill our positive attitudes.

You can barely scroll down Facebook without seeing someone uploading a photo of their flash new car or their new designer handbag (heck I've done this myself!) or even their payslip showing how much they earned that month (yes, really) and in the blogging world this can be even worse. Of course, I'm over the moon for anyone who is successful and see them as an inspiration. However, in the age of social media and the internet, it's difficult to escape from the braggers and the talkers and those people who just like to shove it in your face how great they are and although the people who purposely do this aren't too common, the way that life is portrayed on social media can easily make you feel inadequate.

I have those days where I look at my blog and my photos and my Instagram and think "am I ever going to be successful?" I don't have a wardrobe full of Chanel handbags, I don't have super edgy pastel colour hair and I don't live on a pretty London street full of fresh flowers. I'm not in a "girl gang" and I don't have loads of famous blogger friends. Oh how I wish I could have all of that and I'm not slating anyone who does but it can be difficult not to compare yourself to these Instagram feeds and think "that'll never be me."
But you know what? Someone said to me on Twitter the other day "stop it! Comparison will kill you" and it's beyond true. There's always going to be someone who is more successful, prettier, taller, edgier and that's just life but just because they're successful doesn't mean you are not. Someone else's success does not take away from your own and that's something I've been learning recently. I'm nothing but happy for the people who have become their own success but there has always been that little part of me that has been envious and has felt crappy about it. It's so important that we realise that social media is not representative of real life. No one's life is perfect no matter how successful they are and if we try and stop comparing our bodies, our success, our money, our labels, our faces, our skin and every other materialistic thing you can list, I have a feeling we'd all be much happier in ourselves and we could beat the "not good enough mentality" that plagues so many of us.

"if not me, who? if not now, when?' - Mikhail Gorbachev 

Amy x
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Wednesday, 27 April 2016

The Art of Dressing Like A Toddler




DENIM DUNGAREE DRESS: BOOHOO / PRINTED SHIRT: ZARA / *BLACK ANKLE BOOTS, *WHITE BACKPACK: c/o NEW LOOK / AMY WATCH: MICHAEL KORS

Do you ever look in the mirror and think "I probably would have worn this when I was 6"? Yup, me too but some days you just gotta release your inner child right? I love cute lil dresses like this and adorable ice cream prints and am I going to stop wearing them just because I look 15 years younger than I actually am? No sir, no I am not.
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Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Alice's Pig




*KIM'S WILDERNESS BLAZER: c/o ALICE'S PIG / *BLACK BODYSUIT, *PATENT BOOTS: c/o NEW LOOK / *H BUTLER BAG: c/o HOUSE OF FRASER / RIDLEY JEANS: ASOS 

As much as I love an all black outfit, I do love a bright statement piece and I can't think of anything that makes more of a statement than this beautiful glam grunge blazer from Alice's Pig. Yes all black is great but sometimes it's nice to have that really edgy, loud piece in your wardrobe that just screams "look at me!" and thanks to all of the bright colours and the bold paint splatter pattern in this piece, it does just that.
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Monday, 25 April 2016

#StudentBreakSquad: UNiDAYS Unboxing And Competition!



So it's the start of the last term of the student year, exams are looming, dissertations are due, people are feeling the pressure....However, it's not all doom and gloom - it's student loan time and there's no better time of the year for us to treat ourselves, especially with all of the fantastic exclusive discounts UNiDAYS has to offer us. I'm sure that, if you are already a student, you'll know how much of a holy grail UNiDAYS is for us, offering us discounts on some of our favourite brands, including GHD, Cambridge Satchel Co and so many more. They sent over a Student Break box full of goodies and as you can imagine, my little hands couldn't wait to rip open the package!

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