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The Treat Yourself Day



You know that mood you get in when you're feeling crappy and it feels like there's a black cloud hanging over your life? It usually happens to me when I'm stressed or feeling overwhelmed, but sometimes that mood just comes around like an unwelcome neighbour when you least expect it, and it feels like a slap in the face. Yeah, not so enjoyable.

When I'm in one of these moods my favourite way to lift my spirits is to treat myself. I won't buy myself a Porsche or anything but I'll definitely indulge in a little massage, a trip to the hairdressers (it's been way too long) or a sneaky online purchase. Call me vain or call me crazy, but it's what genuinely makes me feel happier.

I've been in a bit of a funk lately and usually my go-to 'treat yourself' move is to give my nails a quick file and a fresh coat of polish, but after being contacted by Vaniday and offered a voucher for a salon treatment of my choosing I felt like it was some kind of cosmic sign that I should take a step back from things, treat myself and throw my hands in the air like I just don't care. So I threw my nail file out the window (not really, my Manicare nail file is the bomb.com) and hopped on the Vaniday Website to book myself something special.



Apparently I've been living under a rock because Vaniday has dedicated websites for Australia, the UK, U.S, Italy, France, Russia and Brazil yet I only found out about them recently.

For those who don't know, Vaniday lets you pick from a bunch of different beauty services and salons and book everything online. Each salon has a profile so before you book anything you can check out prices ahead of time, suss out store photos, see all available appointment slots and even see which staff work which days (perfect if you're a control freak like me).

I loved booking online, mainly because it means avoiding what I like to call the 'long awkward phone call' between me and a salon where we go back and forth a million times trying to find an appointment slot that's open and actually suits me. "No, that 12.04pm appointment on Friday doesn't work for me...what about 1pm Wednesday? Oh, That's booked too?" Ain't nobody got time for that.

In the end I chose to book myself a princess treatment pedicure at the Hand Spa Concept Salon in the city because A.) the salon looked nice, B.) my feet are fine but I can't say touching them is something I enjoy doing and C.) the salon only uses OPI products so I felt like I'd be getting some quality polish.



I headed into the salon on a Monday at midday, popular time right?

Before my pedicure I got to pick the shade I wanted from a gloriously large wall of OPI polishes and a bunch of nail swatches. I landed on the bold red 'Tasmanian Devil Made Me Do It' which is an old favourite. An oldie but a goodie.

I loved that there were so many shades to choose from in a brand I actually know and trust. I hate when you treat yourself to a manicure/pedicure and then you're made to pick from 20 unappealing shades of polish from brands you've never heard of...



The treatment itself went for about 45 minutes but it felt like 5, why couldn't time have gone that quickly when I was in school?!

I have to say, getting my feet massaged, scrubbed and soaked in a mini spa before having my toe nails painted was glorious. Plus, have you seen what comes off your heels when they use a pumice to rub off all the dead skin? 'Ew' would be an understatement, as the pumice was rubbing off the dead skin it was creating a disturbing 'snow-like' effect. That's definitely something I have no desire to do myself!


Needless to say that as I sat down with my feet up (literally) while someone tended to my tootsies, I definitely felt like the queen of the castle.

This was my first time booking a salon treatment entirely online and pre-paying. After the pedicure was done it did feel a little strange to just walk out of the place without whipping out my wallet, but strange in a good way. My toenails were shiny, my spirits lifted and my feet as soft as a baby's butt so it was a win win all round.


I don't often do things like this but it's inspired me to have 'treat yourself' days more often. A very wise woman or a L'Oreal ad once said, "You're worth it" and it's true. So whether you're uber stressed or just looking to add an extra kick into your week, consider taking some time out to treat yourself. As I'm writing this I'm actually eyeing up a few other treatments to get in future...

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  1. What a stunning colour. I love red nails!

    Jenn | Jennifer Jayne

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    1. Me too, I think you can't go wrong with a classic!

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  2. Yes, a pamper and a little bit of a shopping really neutralizes the frustrated mood! Great post!

    Chaste & Beautiful

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    1. Thank you! Happy to hear I'm not the only one that cheers myself up that way :)

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  3. Ooh this is such a gorgeous nail colour for toes! And the Vaniday website sounds so good - nothing beats a bit of a pamper when you are feeling run down and feeling low, it always manages to cheer me up :) x
    Charlotte's Road

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    1. Me too, honestly thank goodness something as simple as a pamper sesh can cheer me up!

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  4. I love this post! I am all about treating yourself and I agree, retail therapy is totally a type of therapy! When I'm having a crappy day I will always give myself a special treat, get my nails done or do something that will cheer me up.

    Hope you're having a better day today x

    Margarita Chi | MARGARITACHI.CO

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    1. Thanks Margarita, you always leave such lovely comments :)

      I'm definitely feeling a lot better, nothing a pedicure and some retail therapy couldn't fix!

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  5. A little pamper session always boosts my mood. This is such a stunning shade and looks great on.

    Keisha xo
    The Chrysalis Gal

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    1. Thanks so much Keisha, I think this shade would flatter a lot of people :)

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  6. Such a lovely color your feet look so pretty .
    My blog: RumelaTheShopaholic

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    1. Thanks Rumela, I don't think I've ever had someone tell me my feet look pretty!

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  7. I so related to this post and completely agree! It's important to have days where you treat yourself. Plus- this is a gorgeous color :)

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    1. I feel the same way, I think we often feel guilty when we do things like this just for ourselves, but you're right that it's so important to do it at least once in a while :)

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  8. Wow such a perfect treatment! Your nails are so gorgeous in that OPI red!! ^-^
    I checked on the website but unfortunately in my vicinity is not available any beauty salon :(
    HAve a lovely day!
    www.milleunrossetto.blogspot.it

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    1. Oh that's so unfortunate! Hopefully they'll expand to your vicinity soon :)

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  9. Thats exactly how feel when I do my meni-pedi. I feel that the whole session of 60 minutes ended in like 6 minutes. But Thanks for sharing I loved reading your post.
    xoxo


    Anam xoxo | ksabeautyhaul.blogspot.com

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    1. I know, it's funny how so often things we enjoy fly by and things we hate seem to drag on forever...

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  10. This is so lovely and it's always nice to treat yourself! It makes a difference and really does make you feel better too! So cute, loving this post!!!

    Hope you're well and having a wonderful week so far :)

    Layla x

    http://www.sprinklesofstyle.co.uk
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    1. Thanks Layla, things like this really do make me feel better- hope you have a wonderful week as well :)
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  11. Lovely post! I didn't know about Vaniday either but, since I live in France I would definitely use it, it seems to be a great way to avoid every awkward moment which always seem to happen when we go to a salon, hairdresser..., I like this colour as well, it really compliments your pale skin!

    https://fannyanddailybeauty.wordpress.com/

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    1. Thank you, it's a lovely shade isn't it? :)

      Hope you enjoy using Vaniday as much as I did, it really does help you avoid all those awkward moments!

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  12. Beautiful photos :) loved this post and you've picked the perfect polish for December! You can't go wrong with red xx

    Jenny | www.krystelcouture.com

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    1. I can't believe I didn't click until now that red really was a good choice for December, so festive!

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  13. You're just like me! Haha. Love the nail polish shade! :)
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  14. beautiful nail polish totally up my street :)

    http://allornothing-blog.blogspot.co.uk/

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  15. Your toes look so happy in their orange nail varnish :) A lovely shade and you clearly have very HAPPY FEET :) www.shehearts.net xx

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  16. I love a good 'Treat Yo Self' day! Your photos are amazing too!

    www.blushandnoise.com

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  17. Oh, this sounds like such a lovely experience. Everybody needs a little "me time" once in a while, and enjoying a pedicure sounds like the BEST way to do that! Girl, I think you've just inspired me, haha.

    Stephanie ● Sartorial Diner

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    1. Haha good! Feel free to use me an an excuse to treat yo self ;)

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  18. Whenever I'm about to purchase something that I know I probably shouldn't buy (i.e., I really can't afford it), I always justify the purchase with "treat yo'self."
    Ha ha, good on you for finding the time to relax! We all deserve it every once in a while.

    -Alex
    A Northern Light

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    1. haha that's perfect, if you watch Parks and Recreation then the 'Treat yo self' saying has even more of a kick!

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  19. Feel like I must be living under a rock too, because this is the first I've heard of Vaniday! But it is an amazing idea and something I'll perhaps have to look into, either for myself or even as a gift for someone.
    When I'm having a hard day usually my solution is to go to bed, which is kind of pathetic, but I did actually do my nails yesterday as a solution so I'm thinking of new avenues!

    Kyah - www.weekendtempo.com

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    1. I don't think that's pathetic! If I'm feeling really really down sometimes I find the best thing to do is to actually take a nap or something and just wake up with a refreshed perspective.

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  20. Just looking at my toe nails and feet right now and me thinks I need some pampering. I get annoyed with the phone talk back and forth trying to find a time that suits too. I'm a very visual person and think better when I can see the options available in front of me. Will have a look at that Vaniday site and see if anything tickles my fancy. BTW I love the photo of the OPI color swatches ( the fake nails swatches)- it makes me feel the excitement of a kid in a lolly shop - so many choices and colors

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    1. Choosing from the huge wall of OPI polishes definitely made me feel like a kid in a candy store, perfect example there! I think you should treat yourself to a pedicure as well, you'll love it! :)

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  21. This looks awesome! It's so important to treat yourself every once in a while. I love the shade you picked out too! Only OPI polish definitely sounds like a great idea to me!
    xo Kiki
    http://colormekiki.com/

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    1. Yeah I think it's a great concept for a salon, I'd love to go somewhere that only had Essie nail polishes as well!

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  22. I didn't know about Vanaday!! I've been living under a rock or what! Thank you so much for sharing!

    Beatriz // Classy and Trendy

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  23. This sounds so good and you picked such a great salon. I can imagine it would take me ages to decide which nail colour to choose! x

    franklyflawless.com

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    1. I was a little sneaky and googled different OPI shades before I went in, purely because I know how indecisive I can get! haha

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  24. I love this idea when you're feeling down! It's always so nice to just take some time out for you, especially in these busy and stressful months. Also your nail colour is gorgeous and the nail salon look amazing.

    - www.veebzboo.com
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    1. I agree, this time of the year especially is the perfect time to treat yourself :)

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  25. I am dreaming of a good pamper. I will indulge myself on my holiday as the past few weeks had been manic. Xx

    eLLa
    every LiTTLE thing07

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  26. Beautiful photos! Everyone deserves a lovely day to relax and treat themselves! XO

    Courtney | Courtselizabeth | Instagram

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    1. Thanks Courtney, really happy you're liking the photos :)

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  27. I love the nail polish color~! It's super pretty <33

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  28. Ah, it sounds like you had such a good time! :) I've never actually gotten a pedicure (I'm too ticklish, I can't imagine how that would go) but I do love pampering myself. It's sort of a way to get back to your body after a roll of stressful days and nights and say "thank you, you deserved this". Also, OPI nail polish names make me giggle.

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    1. I love the OPI nail polish names as well, I feel like it would be such a fun job to sit there and think of all the funny names.

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  29. super cool and super usefull post! The nail polish color is so pretty<3

    purpleglasses22.blogspot.com

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  30. Like you, my go-to for a treat myself day is a pedicure. I wished there was Vaniday near where I am. Would be so helpful and convenience.

    www.blushingkay.com

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    1. Vaniday is actually just the site where I found the salon, so you could pop on the site and check if they have something in your area :)

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  31. great post! loving the idea of a treat yourself day!

    lifeisashoe

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    1. Thanks, I think I want to start having these kinds of days more often! Haha

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  32. Great post! I love a good 'treat yourself' day :D I love the colour you chose :)


    VioletDaffodils
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  33. I can imagine how odd it must have felt pre-paying and so walking out without handing anything over, though like you said, in a good way! I love the colour you chose and I can understand why you chose this salon thanks to the OPI shades used :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice
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    1. It was a weird feeling, but I think I could get used to it pretty quickly. It'd be nice to not have to bring my wallet everywhere actually!

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  34. SUCH A CUTE POST!!

    www.haveyouseenten.com

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  35. Love this post! Beautiful photos too! xo

    www.aimeroseblog.com

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    1. Thank you! It always makes my day when people like my photography :)

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  36. When I am having one of these down days, instead of treating myself with mani/pedi, I eat useless stuff! Your way is actually better than my way :) Tasmanian devil made me do it is a gorgeous shade and I LOVE the name of it :)

    www.elabellaworld.com

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    1. Haha don't worry I do that as well sometimes! Caramel popcorn is actually so dangerous for that, it's so easy for me to just eat a whole bag at once.

      www.thesundaymode.blogspot.com.au

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  37. Little treats are an easy way to perk yourself up. I always like to have my toe nails painted, great colour too
    Lauren
    livinginaboxx | bloglovin

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    1. Thanks Lauren, I love that something as simple as painting my nails can cheer me up. Thank goodness for the little treats in life!

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  38. I just painted my nails today myself but it is much nicer to have someone else do it for me lol. Love the colour on your toes!

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    1. I agree, I always paint my own toenails but I don't really like feet so I'd way rather someone else always do it.

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  39. I've never heard of Vaniday, but I love the concept! That color is stunning, by the way! ;)

    Paula
    Thirteen Thoughts

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    1. Thanks Paula, it's such a nice vibrant red. Perfect for Christmas!

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  40. I love this! I've never heard of Vainday, but everyone should relax and treat themselves sometimes!!'

    xoxo www.touchofcurl.com

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  41. Your pedicure looks pro! And...now I'm going to paint my nails :)..

    Macarons and Mischief

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  42. You have lovely cute toes! <3

    x, Kat of Nested Thoughts
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    1. I've never heard that one before, but thank you! :)

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  43. Love the colour! I always find getting my nails done makes everything that little bit better!

    ARABELLA.CO.UK

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    1. Definitely! It's funny how something so small can make you feel really spoilt :)

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  44. Awesome post! I think it is so important to have days set aside entirely for yourself all about treating yourself! I have been in a bit of a rut lately myself, so I am working on focusing on a lot of self care at the moment! Hope taking a day for yourself brightened up your mood! And you are so right, we ARE worth it!

    Rae | Love from Berlin

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    1. I loved this comment so much, I agree with everything you've said! We're all willing to spoil other people but then we hesitate when it comes to spoiling ourselves? Makes no sense!

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  45. This sounds like SUCH a treat, how lucky of you! It's great to take the time to treat and pamper ourselves. Also, that nail collection selection - ah-mazing, and love that they have nail swatches ready for you so you know as well. Hope you get more opportunities to do this again in the future :)

    Cindy | www.cindyhyue.com

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    1. Me too! It was so nice having a day to treat myself :)

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  46. Gorgeous shade, perfect for Christmas!

    http://liz-breygel.blogspot.com

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    1. That's exactly what I thought, thanks Elizabeth :)

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  47. I love the color you picked out! I haven't gotten my nails done in the longest time, but I remember it as being a really nice, relaxing experience. It's crazy how much stuff we can do online now! It definitely makes things a lot easier now.

    Angelina Is | Bloglovin'

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    1. Agreed! I feel like before you know it we'll be able to get manicures and pedicures online without even leaving our houses. haha

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  48. Your nails look so pretty ♥

    summerdaisy.net

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  49. This sounds like the ideal treat yourself day! I love it, especially how easy it is to do all of the booking online.
    Your polish color is perfect too!

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    1. Thanks Faith, it was definitely ideal day for me!

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  50. Gorgeous nail color. So important to have treat yourself days. I'm trying to make more time for that, especially this month!:)

    ~Krisztina
    http://www.krisztinawilliams.com

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    1. Tell me about it, I think this month especially it's so important to take some time out to treat ourselves :)

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  51. The nail color looks great! The winter weather condition can cause some damage to feet so definitely need to take care of them!

    Claire | vonvogue.com

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    1. For sure! It's summer in Melbourne but I think it's still really important to look after your feet, especially because it's sandal weather!

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  52. I know what you mean about having off days.. I have them to once in a while, and it always helps me to get a little pick me up :) I usually do like you, buy a new little something something. Like a new lipstick or get a coffee at my fave place, or just take some time off to watch a movie <3

    It's so cool that you can book online. That saves a lot of hassle! I also really love the color you ended up picking. I'm not a true red person.. I like an orange red color :)

    Hope you will feel less stress after your day :)

    xo
    https://stylehue.wordpress.com/

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    1. I like orange red too, there's something about it that feels more vibrant than a true red?

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  53. That's such a great service, especially for gifts! Great choice of polish colour.

    Tiffany Tales – A British Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

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  54. You know what I'm doing right now?
    I'm treating myself in front of the TV :)
    Because I'm worth it :D
    Thanks for the post!

    xx
    Kat

    www.teastoriesblog.com

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    1. Yes! That's exactly what I want to hear :)

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  55. You know what? Good on you for knowing when to treat yourself and finding the time for yourself girl! I always find that I am swept up in all this madness juggling blogging and full time work!

    Hope you're feeling better though girl! Always here to listen - just shoot me an email xx

    On another note - just uploaded my skydiving video on the weekend on the blog and would love to hear your thoughts xx Have you been before?

    Helen
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    1. Nope I've never been skydiving, but I'll be sure to check out your blog Helen :)

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  56. I love those nail polish. Yes for treating ourselves we need it!
    Xo, Christianne
    Http://simplychristianne.com

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  57. I've never heard of Vaniday up until now! Definitely agree with treating ourselves, it's an absolute must. My big treat is the occasional blow-dry or when I get "the works" (i.e. cut, colour, blow-dry), I end up sashaying out of the salon like a model haha.

    That wall of OPI polishes *eyes light up*

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    1. Haha I think that's the best thing I've ever heard, I want to sashay out of a salon like a model!

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  58. Amazing color! xo

    www.eatlovemerry.com

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    1. Thank you, I was pretty happy with my choice :)

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  59. Wow, that's what I was searching for, what a stuff!Women are always concerned about their nails. I give my nails a makeover with Sakare's nail treatments and am very satisfied with the results.

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  60. It's about time we had a service like this in Australia, huh! I love how easy it is to book everything online now - restaurants, doctors appointments and now pamper sessions! YAY!

    Kiara xx // www.lioninthewild.com

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    1. Exactly! Excited to see what else we get in Australia over the next few years :)

      Hooray for embracing the 21st century!

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  61. I do love a little pamper session to cheer myself up and get myself out of a funk. Will have to give Vaniday a go! x

    VanessaVonJames | Fashion Blog

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    1. For sure, it's a great way to get yourself out of a funk :)

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  62. Loved all the photos and yes, booking everything online is definitely the way to go - hate having to talk on the phone! I hope you're feeling refreshed and are soon out of your funk lovely :)

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    1. Thanks Daniela, I definitely am. So glad to hear I'm not the only one who hates talking on the phone! I just find it so awkward.

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  63. I love the pamper days, I try to make sure it's at least once a month! xx, adaatude.com

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  64. I have to say I know exactly what you mean. Some days it (at least) feels like you can't do anything right or you fail an exam and you just want to cry, and then you feel stupid for crying about falling an exam (ok maybe that's only me).
    My go to is also always nails! But also - pizza, especially now that I Live in Italy (where we apparently have vaniday!)
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    1. I completely understand that feeling, I'll often cry about something and then feel stupid for letting it upset me that much.

      Oh I love Italy! If I lived there I would probably eat pizza everyday!

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  65. That colour is gorgeous! Pamper days are so important x

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