Amii @ Thirty

Lifestyle blog by a thirty-something city dweller


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Sampling Beauty #2

I chose a broad range of products in March’s Feel Unique pick ‘n’ mix samples and my Love Me Beauty bag. Whilst I’m completely sold on a few of the picks, some of the products were just a step too far from my humble beauty routine. From Googling ‘what is cleanser for?’ to the far-from-ideal consistency and look of a body cream-gel, it was a month full of new product experiences for me. Continue reading…


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New menu tasting: Bodega, Birmingham

There’s one restaurant in Birmingham that whenever I hear the name mentioned, the response is always along the lines of: ‘I love that place!’, ‘the food there is amazing’, ‘ahhh, I love their food’, ‘yes, definitely recommend it’. I’ve genuinely never heard anything bad said about this restaurant. Well, apart from the fact that it can be difficult to get a table!

My own response has always been the same too – I’ve never had a meal there I didn’t thoroughly enjoy.

Which is why, when the opportunity came to try out some of the new food and cocktail menu at Bodega on Bennetts Hill, I jumped at the chance. Continue reading…


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Top Tips for Event Planning

In the job I currently have, this time of year is always hectic because I deliver our annual client event for 65+ people. Although I’m a Marketing Manager, I’ve loved events and event planning for as long as I can remember. Even a simple dinner for friends is so much more to me than that.

I think the first ‘big’ event I organised was for my 18th birthday. I planned and hosted a black-tie, masquerade party complete with awesome home catering (thanks Mum and Grammie!) and a live band. The bug caught me from there and whilst I’ve only spent 6 months in a direct event management role, I’ve used the same skills and experiences in other roles over the years too.top tips for event planning, event management, amii at thirty, gala dinner, conferenceFor anyone looking to plan and manage an event – no matter how big or small, at home or at a venue, personal or business – these are my top tips for event planning… Continue reading…


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6 awesome shows to watch on Netflix

Like millions of other people, I’m pretty obsessed with Netflix. I love being able to catch up with great programmes (and movies) as and when I want and I’m pretty partial to full days of binge-watching shows – who isn’t?

Episodes of my favourite shows also get me through hours at the gym – when my mind is on tv, I don’t even notice how long I’ve been cycling or running for.

In today’s post, I’m sharing my thoughts on 6 awesome shows to watch on Netflix. (it’s Netflix UK for me but I think a lot of these shows would be available worldwide)

Don’t worry, no plot spoilers here, just overviews and opinions…. Continue reading…


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International Women’s Day: Taking inspiration from the women in my life

I’ve felt really uninspired over the past few weeks to post anything. I’ve sat down to write numerous times and just haven’t been satisfied with anything I’ve come up with. Today, however, gives me every reason to feel inspired. Why? Because 8th March is International Women’s Day.

And, if ever there’s a group of people who have inspired me from day one and continue to do so today, it’s the amazing women I get to call my family.International Womens Day, women, family, amii at thirty, lifestyle blogThey say (for girls) that as you grow older, you turn into your mother. If that’s true, I have absolutely nothing to worry about. Continue reading…


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Sampling Beauty #1

I’m pretty clueless when it comes to beauty products. I like what I know and I don’t tend to stray from my (very) little collection of tried and tested favourites.

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This year, I’ve decided to try and be a bit more adventurous when it comes to beauty though. I want to try new brands and products but don’t fancy buying full-size, full-price items just for me to have a bit of a trial. Continue reading…


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What I learnt from Tinder

About a year ago, I’d come out of a relationship and was at the point of feeling as though I should be trying to date again (totally wrong feeling for many reasons but I’ll save that for a later post). I let the pressure and views of people around me make me think that I should be ‘putting myself back out there’. As a busy, working, 30-something who doesn’t have the opportunity to meet new people very often, I was encouraged by friends to set up a profile on Tinder.

For those of you who have been living under a rock, Tinder is a dating app. The basic premise is that as human beings we are totally superficial and so desperate for convenience in our lives that being able to quickly view photo after photo (usually with minimal profile details) and accept or dismiss them with a swipe of the screen is a highly-favoured method for dating in the 21st century. Continue reading…