MERRY CHRISTMAS

A big Merry Christmas from me to all my lovely readers! I hope you’ve all even well and truely spoiled. 

Sorry I have been out of touch, I’ve been enjoying an amazing Christmas with my family on a beautiful island on the west coast of Ireland and what a treat we had, and amazingly beautiful place that made feel so grateful to be able to experience it with all my loved ones.

I really hope all of your Christmases were filled with family, food and fun!

Here’s a quick video I put together of my time there, please don’t judge my editing skills as it has all been done on my iPad!*

 
 
* please note the music is by an amazing artist Ben Howard and it is not mine.

Birthday Surprise

IMG_2847 copyThis year for my Birthday I was in for a lovely thoughtful surprise from Josh. All I knew was that the Tuesday before my Birthday I was to have nothing planned after work that evening and that he would meet me at work. That Tuesday came, we walked through Hyde Park and I still had no idea what we were doing or where we were going I was looking at everything and suggesting that it might be it…

However we then showed up outside Claridges, I was so excited to be so lucky to be dining in such an amazing place (whilst feeling slightly under dressed). We walked into such a Grand Entrance that just sparkled. We were shown to the restaurant where we left our coats and bags in a cloak room and made our way into Fera a 1 Michelin star restaurant (ahhhh I was so amazed happy and excited and this point). We were treated so well with a glass of Champagne waiting for us. We were having a set menu which came with a nicer price tag and a great variety of foods.

The Service was out of this world, we had some delicious taste warmers followed by a tasty 3 course meal! I was in a foodies heaven.

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Chocolate Treats

The Other weekend me and Josh were setting off to Central London, for some shopping and to see the iconic Harrods Christmas lights! They really do make you feel christmassy. We then went in to see if we could see any decorations for the tree that tickled our fancy, and on the way to the Christmas hall, got completely distracted by the Godiva Chocolate Cafe, and boy what a great distraction it was. With so much chocolate around I think anyone would struggle not going in there.

We were seated really quickly, but then we were left with the difficult decision of what type/form of chocolate should we get? Hot chocolate, cold chocolate drinks,white, Milk or dark, fondue, cake, crepes or chocolates. I mean seriously I’ve never seen such a variety of ways chocolate can be done. So finally having spent a fair bit of time choosing our decisions were made. I opted for a white hot chocolate and josh a dark hot chocolate, along with a chocolate cake layered with mouse and genâche served with a hot chocolate sauce. Essentially chocolate on chocolate.
Yes, it was delicious, yes it was sickly!  It really is a great place to take that Chocolate lover in your life.

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‘Tis the season to be jolly

So I’m sure if you follow any of my social media accounts you’ll know I’m fully embracing the Christmas spirit this year! I am so excited… The tree is up my Christmas jumpers on, just the presents to finish buying.  

  

But I wanted to take the time to write this post to really think about what Christmas is for me. Yes it’s about the giving and the sharing, it’s about everyone, including all of those people who are less fortunate than us all around the world. It’s about helping others in ways that you can, to spread this Christmas spirit. It really makes you realise how lucky we are to have amazing people around us roofs over our heads and the Internet to even be able to read this post.

Today I have done some small things to try and help in my own way, donated to a food bank and brought a big issue, yes they’re only small things but the more people that do all these small things the bigger the community spirit and the more people able to enjoy Christmas. 

So here’s a Christmas challenge, don’t just walk by that big issue seller, help them out and buy that edition, buy some extra mince pies and give them away so we can all help those less fortunate around us, and enjoy doing it. 

DIY Advent

 
Happy Advent! This is by far my favourite time of the year. Time to officially get festive and enjoy the season of giving. This year, with the help of KhrissieLoves I have made some really cute advent calendars, which allow you to customise the daily treats. This is really simple yet really cute and easy way to be able to have a bespoke calender.So for starts you will need;
1. Cork Board
2. Drawing board Pins
3. Ribbon
4. Pegs
5. Parcel Tags (optional)

To start, take the ribbon and cut 5 pieces to the width of the cork board. Then spread these evenly down the board, Using the drawing pins, pin the ribbon on the positions you’re happy with. The next thing to do is position your pegs, I opted for some advent calender specific ones, but you could DIY the pegs too! Then of course the filling, this could be anything from things that make you smile to a daily treat, the great thing is you get to choose!

Have fun making…

  

Yoga Time

So yes it has been a very very long time since I last managed to get pen to paper but I have got lots to tell you but I thought it best to start with this post to stretch off and limber up.

So in October I was off to Alexandra Palace with the Lovely Victoria from Fitique, for the OM Yoga Show. We went along to the show to take a look at all the amazing brands available and all the lovely new styles. We met some great brands and caught up with some of the stores stockists. These are some of my personal favourites and what we got up to throughout the day.

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First stop to grab some delicious juices to get our energy up and ready to see lots of exciting exciting brands.

 

 

 

 

 

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We came across the amazing designs form Dharma Bums and these were my ultimate favourite shape style and pattern leggings, I couldn’t ask for more in a legging.

We also got to meet up with the lovely ladies from Emma Nissim and admire all the lovely t-shirt designs that she has here

 

 

 

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As well as getting shopped out we also got to see some amazing yoga and if you want there are plenty of yoga classes to join in on (this isn’t something I realised you could do).

 

 

 

I can highly recommend this yoga to anyone at any level to get themselves to the show next year! Who knows maybe see you there next year! Don’t forget to check out the beautiful view with a sunset on your way out… IMG_3857.JPG

 

Busy bee…

The week before last was such a busy week with so many blogging events. Starting on the Saturday at #bloggersfestival. It was a great opportunity to meet some amazing brands and get to understand and discuss their products in more detail. I went along with Khrissie Loves to find out all about the different brands. Here are a few brands I got to spend time with and found really interesting:

myself and khrissie loves waiting to go into the bloggers event

 

The first stall we visited was browhaus. A London based agency focusing on eyebrows and eye lashes. At this stall we were able to have a brow make over which really was a brilliant make over (see my before and aftershocks below). The technique used was threading, this was the first time I had ever had threading done and it was great, for me it was less painful and was very accurate. Browhaus really are the experts in their field and even though we weren’t in one of their salons gave me a great experience. ( I also won their competition so watch out for a post on this). 

before during and after

 

Our second stop off was jewellery box a really cute online shop, with some of the most adorable jewellery. If you’re local to London they currently have a pop up shop open at Brixton Pop (which I have been to and it’s amazing, I wanted to buy everything) here is a few things that’ve created by them. The jewellery comes in this really cute box, I just can’t. Get enough of how lovely all their items are, perfect for presents of all occasions.  

Another great brand I got to meet was cloud nine hair straighteners and curlers made by the founders of GHD I was really interested in the products they had available in particular a set of hair curlers that you heat individually and they literally take seconds to heat. They are also not hot to touch, they release their heat once in the hair. They also used one of their products the ‘magic potion‘ which left my hair feeling so lovely and soft.  
  

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After Saturday I was pooped and had so many bags and so much information to get through. It was thoroughly a brilliant day out and so much fun! The following Monday after work I was off out again with my partner in crime Khrissie! This time to #BLFW, Bloggers Love Fashion Week. This another brilliant event organised for a load of us bloggers to meet some completely different brands and learn all about their products, and be able to give them all a try. 

I got talking to a company called magitone where we got to see their facial cleansing brush in action. I was initially apprehensive as the brush bristles look really stiff but to touch they are silky soft. This is now on my list to buys, it’s something I really want to try to be able to get that deeper cleanse. Once I get one I’ll let you know what it’s like!

Another gorgeous brand we were lucky enough to speak to was Miglio, a South African jewellery company, with a great concept. They sell the chains separately to the pendants, that can be then changed. The chain we were showed could also be worn at 2 different lengths which is great when you wear different necklines. All the jewellery they had on show was high quality and there was something that would suit everyone! Here’s some of the collections, they’d make a great Christmas gift!

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There are so many more and as I the products I will get some reviews up! I love these blogging events and meeting such amazing people and brands. Here’s to next time!

Bargain Beauty Bits…

So lately I have been on the search for some great skincare treatments that are well priced and are great products. Here are 3 I have been using and have had great results.

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  1. Miscellar Cleansing Water from Garnier: This is a brilliant cleansing water to remove your make up, quickly an effectively. I have very sensitive skin and I have not had a reaction from this. The remover is very soothing on the skin. This is a staple for your skincare.
  2. Eye Make up Remover: This L’oreal eye make up remover is not as good as the Lancôme remover (my usual and  all time favourite), however at half the cost this remover does do the job, and is a good budget buy.
  3. With sensitive skin I struggle to find a good moisturiser that doesn’t make my skin overly greasy. At this bargain price this product is one of the best I have found. It’s calming to the skin and smells divine!

Well, my first beauty products review, I hope you like it!

Lambeth Country Show

Well hasn’t the weekend just flown by? What a busy one it has been too. This weekend Josh and I got the chance to spend a few hours exploring the Lambeth Country show, and what fun it was. There was so much to see, from Vegetable and Cake competitions to Owls and then some great live music! The show was at Brockwell Park right by Herne Hill Station so very easily accessible,and it’s free. Everyone at the festival was in great spirits and the music and activities really brought it alive. My favourite band were a brass band playing modern songs, they had a great crowd in front of them dancing too!

It is a must if you didn’t get the chance to go this year!

Here are a few pictures…

I love Lambeth sign, some award winning beans and a Vegetable Sculpture

I love Lambeth sign, some award winning beans and a Vegetable Sculpture

Running Bug – the training

So this is my first proper week of training for the Bournemouth Marathon, that’s taking place in October ( yes this does seem a long time away but it really isn’t when I’ve got to get through 26.2 miles) 

  
This week I have found the most difficult of all running as I now know I have to run. So the week started terribly! Monday and Tuesday I was a complete lazy bones and didn’t once put my trainers on. Wednesday I managed to drag myself to yoga and Thursday I got the trainers on and got out there and started, I must say once I was running those hills it all got a lot easier! Today I managed 5 miles and tomorrow I am hoping to tackle a park run with KhrissieLoves… *fingers crossed*

I have tried out some new recipes this week also so watch out over the weekend for these yummy delights and more!

 
All you runners out there keep going!