Valentine's Day Gift Guide 2019

 It's time for my annual Valentine's Day Gift Guide. You can find last years HERE. This time around I've mostly taken my own photos of the items and it will include a variety of items, not JUST the usual chocolates and flowers! 

*Items marked with a star were gifted items for the purpose of this post. +Items marked with a plus are affiliate links which means I get a small commission on any items you buy through my links. All opinions are of course my own.

Right now that that's out of the way, let's get on with it.
 Vie Gourmet Coconut Bowls & Spoons
These coconut bowls would make a great addition to anyone's kitchen. Each one is unique and handcrafted from reclaimed coconut shells and would make a great talking point at any gathering. They can be used for breakfast, serving or just general decoration. They come in a set of 2 or 4 or you can buy a set of 6 spoons on their own.
Vie Gourmet Coconut Bowls & Spoons
Botonique - Botanical Drinks For Wine Lovers
Want a totally unique drink that is similar to wine but actually isn't wine? That's what Botonique is. It's made for wine lovers and has super interesting flavour notes. The crisp dry white includes; high notes of citrus and basil, base notes from pananx ginseng and milk thistle seed, with a host of flavour notes from many herbs and spices in between. The blush version has flavour notes of strawberry, rose and bramble as well as a complex array of herbs and spices.
Black Leopard For Men
 *Black Leopard For Men
 Black Leopard is an Australian brand that has recently launched in the UK with its men's products and skincare line. They have various products that every man should want. It is described as a high-performance range, is good quality and its ingredients are naturally derived and scientifically proven. 
Black Leopard For Men
Levi's X Justin Timberlake Blue Beanie Hat
 *Levi's X Justin Timberlake Blue Beanie Hat
As soon as my boyfriend saw this hat that I was sent from Mainline Menswear he fell in love with it. I imagine he is going to be wearing it a lot from now on and rightly so as it is this amazing bright blue colour, and collaboration between Levi's and Justin Timberlake can only be a good thing, right? Mainline Menswear also stock some other great branded stuff so be sure to check it out as you will definitely find something you like. 
Levi's X Justin Timberlake Blue Beanie Hat
Pommery Brut Royal Champagne
*Pommery Brut Royal Champagne
This is more a gift to share with each other on the day and that's exactly what I'll be doing this year. You can't go wrong with a bottle of champagne and it's definitely the best thing to celebrate with. Pommery has various versions in their range so you should definitely check it out to find out exactly what you are looking for.
RapidLash Eyelash Enhancing Serum
 *RapidLash Eyelash Enhancing Serum
The perfect gift for any beauty lover, especially those who have short/damaged lashes and cover them by getting fake lashes. Why not get them RapidLash to try? It is said to nourish and strengthen your natural lashes as well as grow them and make them fuller looking in as little as 30 days.
RapidLash Eyelash Enhancing Serum
TanCream
 *TanCream
 A great gift for any fake tan lover is this TanCream. As well as tanning it has SPF50 and 5* UV protection so will also protect your skin when you are out in the sun. It is also odour free which is always a great thing when it comes to fake tanning products and on top of all that is anti-ageing too!
TanCream
 Posterhaste Personalised Heart Star Map Print
 *Posterhaste Personalised Heart Star Map Print
The most personalised of all gifts is this amazing heart star map which shows the star map of a certain day, along with accompanying words all of your own choice. You can also choose the colour of the heart and the background as well as having it framed or just a print along with what size you want.
Posterhaste Personalised Heart Star Map Print
Sanctuary Spa Shower Burst
 Sanctuary Spa Shower Burst
Sanctuary Spa is fast becoming my new favourite skincare brand. I'm currently loving their shower burst range, so much so that I bought 3 versions after trying their 3-day long lasting moisture one (The orange one). I'm also loving their *Cloudberry & Lychee Blossom Body Butter which is a saviour for my dry winter skin. If you know a skincare lover, then this is a brand they should definitely try!
Sanctuary Spa Shower Burst
Tesalate Rio Carnival Beach Towel
 *Tesalate Rio Carnival Beach Towel
Want the most fun towel on the beach? Then definitely check out Tesalate. They have a collection of vibrant, eye-catching beach towels that are ultra absorbent (over 1 litre of water), rapid drying and also sand doesn't stick to them. Each design is double sided so you can switch it up depending on your mood plus they come in a little bag for easy transporting.
Tesalate Rio Carnival Beach Towel
 Tesalate Rio Carnival Beach Towel
Let me know in the comments below which is your favourite item from this gift guide as well as what you are buying your significant other for Valentine's Day.

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Steal Their Style: Kendall Jenner
2018 Wrap Up And 2019 Goals

Steal Their Style: Kendall Jenner

Steal Their Style: Kendall Jenner
 I'm back with another Steal Their Style post in the series and this one is going to be Kendall Jenner. So far I've done Gigi Hadid and Bella Hadid, both of which you can find by clicking the links. I find Kendall Jenner's style is more on the casual side (Think jeans, hoodies & darker colours) so it was a little harder for me to find inspiring, fun outfits to use. Hopefully, you still like the ones I have picked.

To see the items I have picked just click on the outfit and they will appear underneath. To see more of the outfits click on the big + button. Let me know in the comments below which is your favourite Kendall Jenner outfit from the ones I have shown (Mine is the mom jeans, cropped leather jacket and Gucci belt combo) and also please leave some suggestions for other celebrity styles you would like me to steal in future posts.

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2018 Wrap Up And 2019 Goals

 
With the beginning of the New Year, I decided I want to reflect on my blog stats, goals and achievements from 2018 as well as have a written record of my 2019 goals for this time next year. I don't really do 'New Year Resolutions' as such but I do like to have goals to strive towards.

Number Of Books Read in 2018


Goal: 50
Achieved: 55

I managed to read 55 books in 2018 (I keep track on Goodreads and if you are an avid reader I definitely recommend doing the same if you don't already). I had the same goal in 2017 and just about managed to do it as well but as it got closer to the end of the year I felt more pressure to finish as I was behind. This meant that I read some 'Quick Reads' books to catch up.
If you would like to see a blog post talking about the individual books that I read then please let me know in a comment below.

 2019 Goal: 30

I decided to have a much lower goal this year because as I mentioned above I was rushing to finish so would much rather this year feel more relaxed and less pressured. 

Blog Pageviews


Goal: No Set Goal
Achieved: 69,575
I didn't have a goal set for page views this year but thought I should mention the amount I actually achieved so I can compare next year. I am really happy with this amount as I expected a lot lower seen as I have been sporadic with my posts this year.

2019 Goal: 100,000

I think this will be achievable as I'm hoping to be more consistent with my posting and hopefully have a higher number of posts this year too.

Social Media Followers

Instagram Goal: 10,000
Jan 2018: 10,200
 Achieved: 9,790

I started the year on 10.2k but through the latest algorithm, Instagram being rife with follow/unfollow and my inconsistency I lost tonnes of followers throughout the months.
2019 Goal: 10,000

I'm setting the same so hopefully, I can get back up to that number. I have changed up my theme for 2019 and I am hoping to get back into a consistent routine.

Twitter Goal: 2,000
Jan 2018: 1,600
Achieved: 2,150

I began using Twitter more frequently in 2018 and I am hoping to keep that momentum going. 

2019 Goal: 2,500

I'm keeping the goal low as it goes in line with how many many followers I received in 2018. 

Pinterest Goal: 5,000
Jan 2018: 3,800
Achieved: 6,600

I'm really happy with my momentum on Pinterest and really love the platform plus it became one of the biggest sources for my blog traffic last year as well as one of my biggest sources of affiliate income (more on that later). 

2019 Goal: 10,000

I am going big and saying my goal for 2019 is 10,000. With the rate at which I'm growing on the platform, I say this is easily achievable. 

 Tumblr Goal: 10,000
Jan 2018: 8,800
Achieved: 17,000

My biggest surprise was how fast my Tumblr grew. I don't really do much on there in regards to linking back to my blog but it's a fun platform and full of inspiring images.

2019 Goal: 20,000

I feel the momentum definitely slowed down with their latest update (i.e. they are no longer allowing nude content) but I feel I can still grow as that was never a concern of mine on the platform anyway. I intend to link back to my blog more often and maybe implement some affiliate links on there too.

Brands I Worked With


Goal: To work with some of my favourite fashion brands
Achieved: Yes

I worked with many more fashion brands in 2018 than I ever have before and ticked a bunch off from my 'Top 10 Brands I Want To Work With List' including Shop Dixi, Boohoo, InTheStyle, Tobi, Quiz and River Island.

2019 Goal: To work with the other 4 brands from my list. 

This is one of my main goals and I have already had discussions with one of the brands to do so, so here's hoping that comes through!

Money Earned Through Blogging


Goal: £1000
Achieved: £972.06

I fell just short of the £1000 goal but at the time that was a very high goal and one that I didn't think I'd even get close to hitting. This came from a mix of sponsored posts (£252.25), social media posts (£261.66), guest posts (£395) & affiliate income (£64.15). I haven't added exactly how much affiliate income or ad income I have earned, I have only included what has physically gone into my bank account as some are still below payout threshold amounts. The income fell off in the last few months of the year as I ended up being majorly busy and slacked on blog work.

2019 Goal: £1000

I am going to say £1000 again as I feel that is a good amount to aim for.

General 2019 Goals


- Be more confident with my body and style when selecting outfits
- Get back into my workout routine to get stronger again
- Visit another place I've never been to abroad
- Work with a bigger variety of brands (travel, lifestyle etc)
- Upload more natural, in the moment photos
- Start the process of buying a house
- Keep up the momentum of trying more foods
- Attend another blogging event
- Write a bunch of blog post drafts ahead of time
- Start a YouTube channel (This was a 2018 goal that I didn't manage to achieve)
- Organise my blog information into more spreadsheets
- Go an a review trip

What are your goals for 2019? Let me know in the comments below. 

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Blogmas 2018 Day 7: The Bloggers Secret Santa Experience

 
For day 7 of Blogmas, I'm going to be showing you what I received from the Bloggers Secret Santa I was a part of this year. Before I start I just want to thank Casey from casestreetx for planning it and organising it all. You should definitely go check her blog out and give her some love. I've loved being a part of it and I am definitely going to be participating if she does it again next year. 
 Above you can see the items I received. I got a super cute unicorn hot water bottle, a Yankee Candle in Strawberry Buttercream and a book called 642 Tiny Things To Write About.

We used a website called Elfster which is where we were matched together and on Elfster there was a section to add items to your 'wishlist' so that the Blogger you were paired with could see what sort of items you were interested in and vice versa. The candle I received was one I added to my wishlist and I must have added a bunch of unicorn items because a couple of people in the group chat mentioned that I must be obsessed with unicorns, which is clearly true and did make me laugh quite a bit.
   I'm super happy with the candle I received as it is one of my favourite Yankee Candle scents. It smells absolutely gorgeous. It smells a little like vanilla which is also one of my favourite scents in general and my parents thought so too as I gave them a blind smell test of it.
The book was a lovely choice and I can't wait to start using it! Like the title implies it has 642 tiny things to write about such as 'Think of your worst rejection. Write a thank-you note to the person who rejected you' and 'You made the first machine that turns water in gold. You've got one minute to pitch investors on what your machine is. Go.' The very first one in the book is 'Write yesterday's fortune cookie. It got everything wrong'. It will definitely help spur my creativity when I need some inspiration and was definitely a great choice for a gift.
    The unicorn hot water bottle is so so cute. I'd been wanting another hot water bottle for a while now and this one is literally me in a nutshell. It's a unicorn for starters and secondly, it's in pastel rainbow colours which are my fave and the type of thing I'm drawn to the most. It's very soft and cosy and I am very excited to use it on cold nights.

Overall I think my Secret Santa did a great job and clearly knows me well from what I posted on my wishlist and what I generally post online. I'm very happy with everything and I want to say thank you to her, so thank you Secret Santa if you are reading this!

If you want to potentially take part in next years Secret Santa then you should definitely follow Casey on Twitter and let her know. You can also read her Secret Santa blog post HERE.

Let me know in the comments below the best and worst gift you have ever received from a Secret Santa or if you have never done one then any gift in general.

If you want to read more from my Blogmas 2018 Series you should check out the links below.
https://www.sunsetdesires.co.uk/2018/12/blogmas-2018-day-6-christmas-bakes.htmlhttps://www.sunsetdesires.co.uk/2018/12/blogmas-2018-day-5-20-christmas-films.htmlhttps://www.sunsetdesires.co.uk/2018/12/blogmas-2018-day-5-20-christmas-films.html

Blogmas 2018 Day 6: Christmas Bakes Recipe Roundup

  For day 6 of Blogmas, I'm going to be doing a Christmas Bakes Recipe Roundup. Hopefully, you will find something to inspire you when you come to do any Christmas baking over the holiday break. On each number, you will find a link to the blogger's recipe. Please go over, visit their blogs and give them some love.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Let me know in the comments below which recipe sounds the yummiest to you as well as whether you made any of them and also be sure to check out some of my other Blogmas 2018 posts.