The Ultimate Prom Prep List

Getting ready for any occasion is stressful, so can you imagine the pressure teens feel when they are getting ready for prom. Prom is one of the most memorable nights in the life of any young adult and there’s no denying that there is an intense amount of pressure on teenagers to make sure they look perfect for the big event (and social media hasn’t helped either.

In the U.K, some colleges refer to prom as an ‘end of year party’ but it still comes with the same excessive amount of pressure. Everything has to be perfect: outfits must make a statement, skin must be glowing…the list is endless. In this post, I’m going to be sharing some tips on getting ready for your prom. If you know any teenage girls, please feel free to direct them to this post and I hope these tips help:

Plan ahead – Prom is one night and once it’s over, that’s it. You will never have another prom. Start planning 2-3 months in advance. By planning, I mean searching for dresses online, looking for makeup inspiration on Pinterest, finding out how you are going to get to the venue, who you will be going with etc. Planning is so important. The last thing any girl wants is to find that she has a whole week or two to get herself together for prom. It is stressful and the last thing you want is for it to show.

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Beauty, beauty, beauty – I remember being a teen and all the struggles I experienced with my skin. The skincare and cosmetics industry has really developed since the mid 2000’s and it’s so easy to find a product that is suited to your skin type. If you don’t know what your skin type is, you have two options: 1) do a quiz (which I know may be vague but it does help in a way) or 2) go to a beauty counter and have your skin checked. Also when it comes to makeup, choose the brand that works best for your skin. Don’t forget to exfoliate (not just your face, but your body) and do a facial the night before. This is one of my favourites.

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Hair – Perfect hair is the secret to nailing any prom look. Book your appointment well in advance and make sure you use good quality hair. Having to sort out your hair a day before the big event isn’t ideal at all. If you want some more advice on prom hair styles, click here. One thing I would say when it comes to hair is to stay true to what you like. Don’t do anything too bold and also use a stylist that you trust to do a good job. Lastly, avoid putting too many pins and things on your hair. This will take attention away from your outfit.Keep it simple.

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Stay healthy – When the weather begins to change, eating and drinking the right things are essential. Drink as much water as you can, eat lots of fruits and vegetables. If you want to go the extra mile, opt for fruits and veggies that give your skin a special glow. Work out two to three times a week and get enough sleep. If you are struggling to sleep, try switching up your routine, using meditation or drinking some chamomile tea so you can get the ‘zzz’ you need.

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I hope you have enjoyed reading this post. Don’t forget to like, comment and subscribe.

Kel xo

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Tips For Decorating Your Home

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Every millennial has become accustomed to hearing about the rising house prices in London. Whether we end up renting or buying, decorating a home is inevitable. Every homeowner (or renter) has envisioned what they would want their home to look like. Personally, I am a self confessed DIY enthusiast who loves the concept of putting things together (and then enjoying a nice glass of wine afterwards). Here are some decorating tips that may come in handy:

Stick to one colour palette – Coordination is so important when it comes to colour. Having a different colour for each room can really help to change the mood of each space. Also when choosing a colour, try to stay away from bold and vibrant hues. Stick to light and neutral tones, so you don’t find yourself painting the walls every couple of years. Neutral tones also provide great decorating flexibility.

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Embrace the arts – Having beautiful pieces of artwork in your home creates a really relaxed atmosphere. My house is adorned with various artwork and my favourite has got to be a picture of this gorgeous sandy beach with palm trees in the background and a crystal clear sand which is accompanied by the beautiful blue sea. Every time I look at this picture, I’m reminding of all the times I’ve travelled and I’m also inspired to book a beach holiday (which will be happening in 2019). Another important part of choosing the right art to compliment your home is making sure it’s suited to your tastes, for example if your thing is pop art , don’t opt for a portrait.

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Be brave – Another important part of mastering the art of decorating is to work with the space that you have. Be brave, be bold. Your home should be a reflection of your personality so think about the things you like: what makes you happy? what colours do you like? what kind of decor will you have?, it’s all about being true to yourself because you are the only person who will live in your space. Also, websites like Pinterest are a great source of inspiration if you’re ever stuck for ideas. For more inspiration on living spaces, Click Here.

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Classic is best – When it comes to finding the perfect items for your home, opt for the classics. They will never fail you. Buying something and then feeling like its updated soon after is just a huge waste of money. Sometimes there is comfort in simplicity. When it comes to classic pieces, I have to say that I am a huge fan of Ikea  because they have something to suit everybody.

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Nature is refreshing – This is the best way to balance out contemporary furniture. Natural elements are a refreshing addition to any home. Choose plants and other items that compliment the overall look of your home. Don’t invest in a plant just because it looks pretty. If you have a very hectic schedule, you might want to opt for an artificial plant.

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Don’t neglect exteriors – The first thing anyone sees when they pay you a visit is your front door area, so keeping things elegant and simple is so important. A front door really does set the tone for the rest of the home so bare this in mind. For more information on how you can brighten up your lovely homes, click here.

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Decorating a home is very easy to master – you do not need to be an expert. Play up to your home’s strengths and cover up it’s flaws. You can freshen up the interior (and exterior) of your home without breaking the bank and without going outside your comfort zone.

I hope you liked this post and let me know if you’d like to see more home related posts on the blog. I love to hear from you all so please leave a comment.

Kel xo

5 Signs You Shouldn’t Go On That First Date

First dates can be quite daunting. You’re never sure of what to say or what to expect. They are definitely an air of mystery. If you decide to date, you should prepare yourself for anything. So much emphasis is placed on dating in today’s society that nobody really pays attention to the fact that warning signs can rear their head before a meeting has even taken place!

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What inspired this post was a tweet I saw a few weeks ago. A young lady was telling a story about the worst date she had ever been on. Before she went into detail regarding the events, she revealed that she wasn’t attracted to the guy who had been pursuing her. A wave of shock came over me. I just couldn’t believe that women are still dating for the sake of ‘dating’ in 2018. Free food, unwanted attention and wasted time will get you nowhere and I’m a big believer in the importance of protecting your energy. Here are some signs that you shouldn’t go on the first date:

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A man with no plan – A man without a plan is a big waste of time. Never put yourself in a position where you find yourself out and about and your potential suitor has no idea where they want to take you. It is insulting. If a man has shown interest in you and decided to pursue you, it is HIS (yes, his) job to show you how serious he is about being in your life. As you get to know each other, you’ll both get an idea of what your likes and dislikes are and a guy should be able to use this information to make informed choices. If you’ve been talking for a while and he doesn’t know where you’re going to go, then he’s got to go!

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Awkward conversations – This has got to be one of the biggest signs women ignore. In the run up to your date, you’ll obviously be communicating every other day via phone or text. Pay attention to what he says. If he has nothing good to say and spends a lot of time talking about himself, that gives you a glimpse as to what your date would be like. The frequency of communication is also important. If he only gets in touch in the evenings or at weekends, ditch him. This may be an unpopular opinion but communication in the early stages of a relationship should comprise of calls and texts. Solely relying on texts is a huge dealbreaker. There’s something about phone calls that’s very intimate. You definitely get to know who you’re dealing with a lot quicker.

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Research and Vibes – These days, it’s very easy to keep up with someone online. I’m not saying you must turn into the FBI, but just keep in mind that your safety comes first in any dating situation. If you are not happy with what you know or if you’re concerned about what you don’t know, then don’t go on the date. Also, pay attention to the vibes you are getting. From personal experience, if I go on a guy’s social media page and 80% of his following are women, I wouldn’t date him. You can get an impression of someone by checking their social media pages or seeing if they’ve been mentioned online. In these times we live in, it’s 100% necessary, so do some research before you commit to a meeting.

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Hearsay –  Impressions mean everything and if someone you trust has had any kind of encounter with your potential date (or even has some serious tea on them), think about reconsidering. Of course, you have the option to confront your date but at the early stages, it’s definitely a bit extreme. Be vigilant and be cautious. Not everyone is trying to destroy every good thing that comes into your life. Trust that the people who love and care about you will do their best to look out for you.

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Compatibility – Do you know the quote ‘ When someone shows you who they are, believe them’? That’s what compatability is in a nutshell. We all have the ability to be ourselves. Even if we put on a facade, it will only be a matter of time before it fades. Actions speak louder than words so if someone is making you feel like you are an option and not a priority, then chances are your gut is serving you right. Compatibility isn’t about you and your date being the same person. It’s about being able to connect, being well suited in addition to having a good amount of chemistry. As a wise person once told me ‘ when you know, you know’.

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We are weeks away from a new year and one thing I always will aim to do on this blog is tell it like it is. If you know that you need to change your attitude towards dating and relationships, take action now. Speak to a friend or someone you can trust, watch YT videos (this is one of my favourites), read books. Do whatever you need to do in order to address what may be holding you back. Don’t take dating too seriously, use it as a learning experience. If something great comes out of it, then embrace it, but forcing a connection or an interaction is a huge no no, ladies. Just don’t do it. Let this be your entire mood for 2019:

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Your time, space and energy are the most valuable resources you will ever receive on this earth, so use them wisely.

I’d love to hear what your thoughts are on this post. Do you have any pre-date dealbreakers of your own? Please feel free to leave a comment and don’t forget to like and subscribe to my space!

Kel xo

The Best Christmas Money Saving Tips

Happy December! ‘Tis the season to be jolly as I will be sharing some fabulous money saving tips that you can all abide by this Christmas! As joyous as Christmas is, it is so easy to do everything in excess, especially where money is concerned. I felt that this was the right time to share my tips with you as I believe that you don’t need to break the bank to have an amazing Christmas!

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Make the most of the sales – The biggest misconception with shopping for Christmas gifts is that they have to be expensive. I actually believe that this is the reason why many people are quite selective with the gifts that they give. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with being particular regarding who you give gifts too but always remember that you can shop around. If you happen to find something similar to your planned gift that happens to be on sale, take advantage of that! You’ll save money in the process as well as being first in line to avoid the much dreaded January blues. Just remember to follow these golden rules before you buy your gift: Try things on, read reviews and always keep a receipt!

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Put some thought into your gift – There’s nothing worse than receiving a gift and then later realising you have no use for it! Of course, any gift should be received with gratitude but don’t forget to make sure your gifts for your loved ones have a purpose. For example, if your significant other is into photography, a ring light or a photography course would be perfect for them! Another example is if your son or daughter wants to be a part of the golf crowd , you may decided that these kids golf gifts are perfect for them! Think about what your loved ones are passionate about and channel that energy into giving them a gift they will remember for many years to come. I was a huge Roald Dahl fan as a child and my godmother bought me The Roald Dahl Treasury, which was a collection of every single book he had written. I was overjoyed and reading the treasury definitely ignited my love affair with books and ultimately, writing as a whole. If you find that choosing a gift is difficult, you have the option of buying a gift card instead.

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Make a list – I swear by lists every single day, especially when I’m at work, so I will never stop ranting about them. As someone who has worked in Marketing, let me tell you this, a lot of brands partake in psychological pricing . Psychological pricing is a strategy which is based on a theory that certain prices have a psychological impact. For example, £5.99 would because it’s less than £6 and so on. The whole idea of psychological pricing is to get you to part with your money, fast. It’s one of the best strategies out there in addition to 3 for 2 offers. Before you head out on your Christmas shop, make a list. Go over it and stick to it! Don’t be swayed by all the promotions because you will end up buying things that you don’t need. This goes for food shopping too!

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Prepare in advance – If you are planning to travel, book your tickets in advance. Whether you’re spending Christmas with your family or you want to leave your city for a day, planning ahead will save you so much money and hassle. Trainline is one of the best websites for decently priced train tickets but do look around so you can make comparisons (journey times, cost etc).

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Shop online – I have saved the best tip for last. Shop online. Shopping online will make your life so much easier. Who wants to be walking down Oxford Street a week before Christmas? Searching for gifts online is always a good idea. As mentioned in one of my previous posts, brands will reward you with £ off when you subscribe to their mailing lists. Of course, you can always unsubscribe if you don’t want to be inundated with emails. The only thing you really need to be cautious of when shopping online is delivery dates.

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What are your Christmas money saving tips? I love to hear from you all so please do leave a comment and don’t forget to like and subscribe too!

Kel xo

My Dining Experience At Ma Petite Jamaica

I asked, you responded and I listened! I’m back with another restaurant review.

I had the pleasure of going to Ma Petite Jamaica, a Caribbean restaurant in the heart of Camden. Camden is famed for being one of London’s most vibrant districts but not much emphasis is placed on the fact that the area boasts an offering of many different cuisines (South African, Asian etc). I wasn’t aware of any Caribbean restaurants in the area so I was taken aback when I discovered Ma Petite Jamaica.

Since 1985, the restaurant has been serving authentic Jamaican food and proudly calls itself ‘London’s first Caribbean diner’. As I walk into the restaurant, there is something about the atmosphere. Beautiful pictures of Jamaica and the country’s flag are complimented by brightly painted chairs and decor reminiscent of that in the islands made me feel at home instantly. It was a Friday night and the restaurant was buzzing and I couldn’t help but notice the fantastic cocktails that were on offer. In the meantime, I received a warm welcome from the manager and was shown to my table. As I waited for my cousin to arrive, I couldn’t resist trying a Pina Colada. Fruity, strong and sweet: it was everything a Pina Colada should be.

The customer service was very impressive. As soon as my cousin arrived, we were asked what we wanted for our starter. We chose saltfish fritters and jerk wings. From observing the menu, I knew that Ma Petite was a jerk specialist so I had very high expectations for my chicken wings. They were beautifully presented on a rectangular plate and they had a delightful taste. You could taste the mouthwatering spices and the sweetness of the jerk sauce – the combination was absolutely divine.

The saltfish fritters didn’t disappoint either and what I liked about them is they weren’t greasy and flat as they can be in some Caribbean restaurants (hey, I’m just being honest) but they were very soft, round and the fish was just quality. Personally, I loved that the fritters were not crispy and the mango chutney was a nice addition to the dish. My only recommendation would be to perhaps serve the mango chutney on the side as a dip instead of using it for decorative purposes. Either way, both starters were sublime.

All of the mains are served with rice and peas, coleslaw and plantain. I had the Quarter Jerk Chicken and my cousin had the Jerk Red Snapper (fish).

The jerk chicken was absolutely delicious. I liked that it was fairly hot and you could taste the lovely array of spices. It was very succulent. The rice was also full of flavour and paired with the sauce, it tasted even better. The plantains were soft and the coleslaw was fresh and crunchy. The whole meal was extremely appetising. I felt very full before I had even finished half of my plate.

The jerk red snapper was crispy and fresh. I didn’t get a picture of it but like the chicken, it was also paired with a tasty sauce. It was excellently cooked. By the end of our meal, it was very clear to see why Ma Petite was a jerk pit. You can feel the passion and expertise they have for creating jerk dishes from their mouthwatering food.

The cocktails served were all amazing. As mentioned earlier, my pina colada was refreshingly sweet. My mojito was also refreshing and I just couldn’t get over how fresh the mint was. I also liked that it had the right amount of sugar. None of these cocktails disappointed me so it was clear to see why the bar was full of people enjoying drinks after a week of working.

For desert, we opted to share a carrot cake. It was warm, sweet and the perfect way to finish our meal. One thing I couldn’t help but notice was how soft it was, it literally melted in our mouths. The icing wasn’t overbearing and it was beautifully presented on the plate.

Overall, it is clear to see why Ma Petite Jamaica is one of the finest Caribbean restaurants in London. Every dish was cooked to perfection, the atmosphere is relaxed and natural, the pictures and architecture set the mood and it is clear to see the friendly and attentive team enjoy what they do. It was an experience that I won’t be forgetting anytime soon and I highly recommend visiting this restaurant.

Rating: 9/10

For more information about Ma Petite Jamaica, click here .

I hope you have enjoyed this review. Do leave a comment to let me know what you think and also don’t forget to like and subscribe to Its Kelle’s Space.

Tips for Creating Content For Your Blog

Last week, I asked fellow bloggers how long it takes them to write a blog post.

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Here are the results:

Everyone is different and content creation isn’t something you’ll get to grips with immediately. You will toy around with many ideas/themes before you find the one that is right for your blog. In this post, I’m going to share some tips about content creation with you all. You don’t need to follow them intently but these are some things that have worked for me.

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Ideas – As soon as you have an idea for a post, don’t start blogging. Take some time to think about it. Think about what you will say, whether you need to change your writing style and most importantly, if your readers will be able to relate to your content. I think as bloggers we sometimes need to remember to focus on the quality and not the quantity. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve started to write a post and decided to trash it soon after because I just felt it wasn’t particurlarly something that my readers needed. Stats are also a great way to determine what your readers like. Check them regularly so you are aware of which posts are outperforming others.

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Plan – Once you have an idea for your post and you are confident that your readers will be enticed, you need to create some sort of plan. Think of it like writing an essay (yes, I know no-one wants to remember their uni days). You’ll need to introduce the post and share what your intentions are. Now, this is where you need to be honest with yourself. If you are a rambler (we all have a tendency to be from time to time), then I highly recommend using bullet points. For example, if you are reviewing lipstick, you may want to focus on longevity, colour, price and packaging. By focusing on specific points, you are able to get a better understanding of what you would like to let your readers know.

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Word count – What I’m not going to do is tell bloggers how many words their blog posts should have. It is completely up to you, however, depending on the type of post you create, you may want to think about your word count. In my case, when I’m reviewing a product, I try not to exceed 500 words (550 max). If you’re reviewing a destination, like I have done with BerlinParis and most recently, Venice, you’ll feel inclined to write more because obviously there is more you’ll need to share. There are exceptions but trust me when I say, keep your content concise. Think about the topic and your niche and plan whatever it is you want to share (only if you need to).

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Stay worry free – We all aspire to be the world’s best content creators. In a perfect world, we’d be spending a LOT more time on our blogs, creating content, sharing it 24/7 and receiving an immense amount of comments and likes. The reality is that none of this is possible (unless you are a full time blogger and many of us are not). You can do the absolute most but your blog will still take time to grow. Trust the process, connect with others who are on the same journey as you and be patient. There are so many groups out there for bloggers, my favourite is this one. If you have any concerns or queries, you can leave a post on the group’s wall and someone will get back to you in no time. The blogging community is a very special one. You’ll be surprised at how many supportive bloggers there are out there.

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Do you have any challenges when it comes to creating content? If so, then what are they? Maybe you have some words of wisdom to anyone who wants to develop with content creation? I always love to hear from you so please do leave a comment below.

I hope you have enjoyed this post.

Kel xo