Black Friday Fashion Deals UK 2015

Friday, 27 November 2015 London, UK

Hey guys! So this was meant to be a Christmas gift guide for her, however, for obvious reasons I had to put that on PAUSE and share my Black Friday Fashion Deals with you. 

ASOS - 20% Across website, enter promo code CYBER at checkout. Shop here
 30% using code: 'BLESSED' US/CANADA ONLY.  Shop here



River Island Snakeskin Boots - RRP £75. Get 20% off by clicking here


Asos Ribbed Maxi Dress - RRP £60. Get 20% off by clicking here


Rose Gold Love Moschino Clutch RRP £75. Get 20% off by clicking here


Faux London Parka Coat RRP £145. Get 20% off by clicking here


Glamorous Slip Ons RRP £28. Get 20% off by clicking here

Topshop - Up to 50 % off for 5 days!

Topshop Oversized Hooded Cape - RRP £48 now £25. Shop by clicking here



Scuba Marble Printed Dress by Rare - RRP £49.00 NOW £39.20. Shop by clicking here

Topsop Clutch Bag RRP £32 now £25. Shop by clicking here

River Island 



£100 to £50 here

From £28 to £12 here

Miss Guided - 20% off everything use code 'CYBER20'


Purchase this coat here


Purchase this V neck here


Purchase these Pom Pom Heels here

Boohoo - Up to 50% off everything (no code needed) - shop here


Public Desire - 20% off the whole website. Shop here

use code 'CYBERBAE' at checkout




Other Discounts


20% off Yankee Candles here

Up to 60% off experience days (afternoon tea etc) here

Save 20% on UGGS & Converse

Save up to 20% on selected laptops here


(They stock Anastasia Beverly Hills, Huda Beauty etc)

£10 off when you spend £60 using code 'MERRY10' & shopping here 
£20 off when you spend £100 using code 'MERRY20' & shopping here 
£45 off when you spend £200 using 'MERRY45' & shopping here 
£75 off when you spend £300 using code 'MERRRY75' & shopping here 


Items are selling really fast so make sure you grab a bargain! Leave a comment below or tweet me if you've managed to find a great deal using the above links :) 




What's in My Chocobelle Box*

Monday, 23 November 2015 London, UK

So I'm back to posting normal posts now all my holiday ones are over *sad face*, I'm seriously missing the sun and shocked at this cold weather. Like what even? Anyway, on the plus side this means I can focus on my usual posts to include; beauty, fashion & lifestyle which you'll see a lot more of! Anyway today I bring you a review, which honestly I don't do much of so this is clearly something that I really really like. 

Right, so a few months back I had come across this subscription box by My ChocobelleIt was the first of it's kind that I had seen to dedicate a box specifically for 'women of colour'. The box features popular skin, hair, nail and other cosmetic products whilst also introducing you to niche beauty brands. I'm not into the whole monthly subscription box hype to be honest with you... I mean I can't even remember my last subscription? Actually I can, back in 2013 or something when I was ordering the You Beauty & Glossy Boxes haha. However, I was intrigued with this box as I knew that the products included in the box would be well suited to my hair, skin tone and texture! That my friends is true, here's what was included in one of the recent boxes: 


From left to right; Cantu coconut oil mist - Oh my, this product has to be one of my favourite discoveries of 2015, no seriously. I've stopped using Cantu for about two years now (no idea why) and since I've taken out my weave this has helped with de-tangling and hydrating loads. Whenever this is done, I'll be sure to purchase another! 

Technic Natural Lashes  - Lately, I've been so into false eyelashes in comparison to a few months ago when I couldn't even apply them haha. These ones by Technic I think are a bit more darker and fuller than my other natural ones but I am definitely keen to give them a go!

Isa Marie Skincare Cherry Lip Scrub - Again another great discovery. I have the driest lips especially during winter months which is highly annoying. As soon as I wake up my lips are flaky so this scrub is perfect for helping me to prep before I apply any sort of lip colour. To seal I received the Malibu Lipcare Balm in watermelon, this lip balm is so smoooth and let's face it, who can resist a bit of wadaaamelon hey?

The Last full sized product I received was the Shea Butter Cottage African Black Soap. I've known this brand from my natural hair blogging days, however, don't think I've tried anything from them truth be told. In the past though, I have tried this soap in its purest form which was a go to in our household when I was going to school. If you didn't know, this soap helps with things like discolouration, scars from acne, exfoliates and can also be used on hair as a shampoo. I also received a few other hair and beauty samples which I'll be using on my pamper days! :) 


Worth the £12? My verdict YES! Like this subscription box better than the others? Make sure you visit My Chocobelle Box here. One off boxes / £12.00 - Christmas box / £15.00


Nautical Stripes ft Boohoo

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

*Reminiscing* this was such a good day! We went under the sea to have a look at all the beautiful fishes and you know me, I had to come dressed fit for the event! I definitely planned this outfit and knew I'd get some gorgeous snaps out of this excursion. All outfit details can be found below! 



Shirt DressBoohoo

Handbag - Longchamp 

ShoesASOS

SunglassesQUAY


Other Egypt posts...

 


How To Haggle In Egypt

Monday, 16 November 2015 London, UK



Hi, I'm back again! Sorry I haven't been posting as consistent as I should be... you know life and all. Anyway, I've always wanted to do a post on haggling and thought that this would be  the perfect opportunity as my mind is still fresh from Egypt. Now, these tips can be adapted anywhere in the world however, the post is of course based on my recent.


As many of you may know I'm half Moroccan so haggling is like second nature to me. From a young age, I'd always see my aunt doing her best to bring down prices of items drastically, and then my dad in the distance with his shades and polo on looking like a total tourist in his own country of birth haha. From this, I have learnt a few tricks especially when visiting other North African countries, I know the worth of souvenirs ans other things such as home furnishings, textiles (basically I'm the best person to travel with if you want a bargain). 

So moving on, when I was in Egypt I did a lot of shopping in Naama Bay which is where a lot of tourists like to visit for shopping, well known cafes and restaurants, clubs etc. On the way to Naama Bay which was a short walk from where our hotel dropped us off, we had a guy follow us and lie basically saying that Naama is closed today for political reasons so to "come over here for shopping", as always a simple "la shukran" (no thank you) does the trick. So we journeyed on to Naama Bay to find that the place was still open, however shop owners were just tidying up from the floods I mentioned in my first post here. After 3 visits to Naama I most definitely would say I was a pro at haggling, often the guys giving in quoting they're haggling with me instead of the other way round haha.


Top Tip 1: Analyse the time of year you are visiting Egypt or any other destination. When it's low season you perhaps can get away with cheeky discounts but vendors are also known to take prices up to about 3 x more. 

Top tip 2: Know what you want! Browsing is great, but indecisiveness will have shop keepers bump prices up even more, believe me! Go in knowing what you want and roughly how much you want to pay for it.

Top Tip 3: Don't be afraid to ask! Ask for prices for all the items you want and keep them mentally noted. I often ask for prices a second time round just to make sure they were giving one amount instead of two, I did actually catch some people out. Naughty!


Top Tip 4: Shop around, don't settle! Often when you convert a first offer into pounds you think you're getting a really good deal, but let's face it that was only your first offer why accept it? Many times I'd come back to the first few vendors saying "your friend down the road is offering this for 10 EGP less" then generally they'd reply saying "Okay I'll give this to you for 45 instead of 50" only taking 5EGP off the price so obviously I'd then say "I'm going to shop with your friend instead". He'd then say he'd match the other vendors price where I'd then ask for a further discount as I hadn't haggled down the road yet (not entirely the truth), and basically get what a want! Hey presto!

Top tip 5: When shopping, never let shop keepers look in your purse! They'll size you up generally on how much you have to spend and charge you extra.

Top tip 6:  Arrive near the end of the day. Often, especially during low season vendors may not make much money in a day and happy to accept an offer - just make it reasonable!

Top tip 7: Come back at the end of your holiday! Why? These vendors will be happy to see you again and if you reccommed a friend to them are likely to give you a further discount for items inc your friend's... win win!


So those are my tips! Do you have any top tips for haggling whilst abroad? Share them with me below.



Check out my other Egypt posts...

 





Egyptian Goddess

Sunday, 8 November 2015 London, UK

If you haven't already, you might want to take a look at my holiday to Egypt here. As mentioned in the post I'll be doing a series of different posts to help those of you who'll maybe plan a holiday to Egypt in the future. It's been said that other parts of Egypt are okay to visit, but personally, I'd avoid the destination for some time. 

Anyway, today brings you a fashion post which I've been dyingggg to share! Let me first start off by saying how amazing it when you get a tan and don't have to wear any makeup? I'm wearing lipstick only in the pictures below as my skin has finally matched my foundation (which was 3 shades darker than me originally) #goals! Enjoy the post...


So when I first saw Motel Rocks dress* I fell completely in LOVE with it! I knew the print and high neck would be a perfect fit for my holiday destination and was thrilled when it was sent to me in the post. 

Paired with my ASOS gladiators and effortless Quay Australia Sunnies, I truly felt like an Egyptian Goddess on these grounds. 


This dress I feel is so versatile and can be styled up many ways! The tie belt for example can be tied at the front and for Autumnal days, this can be worn as a long top instead. Oh let's not forget the flared arms, something that's always on trend! #WINNING 

Dress - Motel Rocks 
Gladiators - ASOS
SunglassesQUAY
Lipstick - The Balm Cosmetics / Devoted Bright Red

What do you make of this outfit? Are you going on a Christmas Holiday and perhaps this is inspiration for a post? Let me know! I love hearing from you :) 





REVIEW: The Grand Hotel, Sharm el Sheikh.

Saturday, 7 November 2015 london

Hey guys! So I'm back from Egypt - wahoo. I've been back for a few days now busy on emails and have finally got some time for my blog. If you follow me on social media you'll know that I magically arrived in Egypt one Saturday evening (literally) and so wanted to share my Egyptian experience with you. Now, I have a series of posts I'm going to do on Egypt from Fashion to reviews etc and first up I'm starting with a flight + hotel review. As you know, I say things how they are and never sugar coat anything so expect this post to be very real. 

Let's first start off by talking about checking in with Monarch Airlines (this is not a sponsored post btw). I've never flown with the airline before, but have to say check-in was very smooth. We made sure we checked in as soon as we got to the airport and were lucky to have 4 seats close to each other. We then went through security and headed for some lunch. Before we knew it, it was time to board our plane again, a very smooth process - thank you Monarch. 

Finally, after 5 or so hours we arrived at Sharm el Sheikh where we were reunited by our luggage and met with our hotel representative. We then boarded our coach and made our way through Sharm to our The Grand Hotel. When we arrived I was like "wow", everything was very grand hence the name and I could tell I was going to have a really good time here.. or was I?  





We entered the hotel and again I just remembered walking in like wow, I mean even the lobby had a water feature and lamps dangling from the ceiling. We left our luggage outside with "security" they seemed more interested in smoking tbh and sat down in the waiting area where we were told we could have some dinner. The food was awful, however, we were grateful that they had prepared a dinner for us despite the late arrival. 

Next one of the hotel staff helped to take our luggage to our rooms... let me just say I completely underestimated the walk from the lobby to our room. I'm not even kidding, with all the steps and distance it easily felt like a 10 minute trek! During our little walk I couldn't help but smile at how beautiful everything was, from the bars to the pools and even the stairs - yup the stairs. So anyway, we finally arrived to our block, then our room and opened the door. We had a lovely little hallway, large bathroom to the right, large bed, flat screen TV etc. Mind you there were 4 of us so that bed ideally was for two people, and so we would have expected two single beds in a sufficient amount of space, well not at this hotel. I couldn't believe my eyes. One of us were told our bed was the sofa and the other with some plank of wood, with a mattress on top and wheels at the back of the 'headboard' - I was fuming. I went to the reception desk the next morning and was told that this is all they provide 'extra guests' - erm no. No one is an 'extra guest' you book a room for four people, you get the size they require... I could go on (floors are never mopped, bed sheets are not changed) but this was this was minor compared to what happened next. Anyway, the rest of the room was fine, we were located on the second floor had a balcony with beautiful views which is an important element for me when I go away.



So anyway, we just dealt with what we were given as we had no plans to spend the majority of our holiday in our room. The next morning we got a real taste of the hotel in daylight, from all the views to food and finally the pools. After breakfast we actually booked an a la carte Thai restaurant and headed straight for the pool area to sunbathe. Later on that day, 32oc and some lack of sleep had got the best of us, so we napped and got ready for dinner later on. It was raining. It was Mother******* raining... my thoughts at the time "I did not come on holiday for it to rain, I need a tan" haha. I thought the rain would have stopped but no it just got worse. So bad that our rooms completely flooded and we had an utter nightmare trying to sort it all out, it wasn't just rain... it was a storm! Our poor room attendant was basically sweeping the water out of our room for it only to come back in. Again, I went to reception explained the problem we were having and was told "It's not just your room that this has happened to, its everyone else's too", which I completely understood so patiently waited for some help. Moving on, we were hungry and went for our Thai, never did I think there'd be a problem there too. We were seated at this beautiful table when I realised drops of water all over the table, I sat down thinking maybe they hadn't cleaned it after the people prior to us when I realised even more water dripping. I was like seriously WTF, the restaurant was pretty full at this point and the guys wouldn't let us sit at the bar. Finally, they pulled up a table and chairs and we were able to eat in peace. In my head I was thinking, how TF is this a 5* hotel when they don't even have the basics covered? Water in rooms and now this? It was Sunday and I was seriously pissed off.

After dinner was over, we went to the lobby to connect to the internet and what not. You've seen how beautiful the lobby is - imagine part of the ceiling coming down, yup that actually happened! Anyway, due to the problems everyone was out of their rooms and my surroundings were very atmospheric even when all the electricity cut off countless amount of  times, yep that happened too. We stayed in the lobby long enough so headed back to our hotel rooms in massive puddles wearing flip flops! Again the room was flooded and at this point I'd truly had enough. I rang up reception and demanded for a room change. The receptionist a very friendly man; "I'm so sorry maam and I understand the frustration but we currently have no rooms of your size available". After some 2 hours arguing over the phone and with other staff, we were moved to a smaller room opposite us that hadn't been hit by the rain - much smaller to the one originally paid for. We were able to spend the night there, I won't go into what happened next as it was just so ridiculous, but we were finally allowed to enjoy our holiday by Tuesday despite arriving on Saturday evening.

Ahh can we go on to the positives now? Apart from dodgy beds, floods and not so helpful hotel staff I have to say the hotel grounds were just so beautiful. 8 swimming pools, countless places to eat from a la carte restaurants to drinks & dessert bars and so much more. We were fortunate enough to be located more near the sea with the most spectacular views. Our mornings usually started at around 8:30 am where we'd get showered and head to the reef to have breakfast, which consisted of a variety of food all prepared fresh daily. I went for a crepe nearly every morning (I'm sick of them now) or eggs on toast with heaps of olives! A typical day just at the hotel would then have us lounging around for the day, having lunch at my favourite seafood restaurant, swimming with the fishes and then going for dinner. After that, we'd watch some seriously bad hotel entertainment then try and find a good spot in the lobby to connect to the wifi haha.







Overall, from Tuesday onwards I made the most of my holiday and was truly grateful to be out of London. Sadly, upon departure news hit that over 200 people had died due to a plane crash from Sharm to Russia. I was really nervous to travel back home and didn't realise that some of the travellers on board weren't actually aware of the disaster. I just thank God that I made it out of the country before all of the havoc had broken out (people not being able to get back home). I pray that all of those stranded are able to get back home safely and that the government get to the bottom of this ASAP!

Make sure you stay tuned to see all the lovely things I got up to whilst I was here in Egypt! 




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