Sunday, 13 December 2015

MOVIE NIGHT IN WITH PLUSNET AND BFI

PlusNet and the BFI have teamed up to to promote their blockbuster 'Love’ season, which sees the BFI showing classic love films across the country.

I was sent all the essentials for a move night in including facemasks and popcorn, as well as an account for the BFI player, everything required to watch a classic love film!


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Sunday, 22 November 2015

Andersen Boutique Hotel Copenhagen Review

Andersen Boutique Hotel, Copenhagen is located on Vesterbro in the heart of Copenhagen, a short walk from the central station, close to the city centre, metro, parks, shopping and a vast array of restaurants.

Upon arrival at the hotel, I was greeted with the offer of a glass of wine as I checked-in. It turns out that this hotel runs 'Wine Hour' - free wine for guests between the hours of 5 and 6 every evening.

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Saturday, 21 November 2015

#LittleBlackBoxes

Black Friday is one of the biggest shopping days of the year - with it’s roots in the USA, Black Friday is held on the first Friday after thanksgiving when retailers slash prices in the run up to Christmas.

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Sunday, 8 November 2015

Made in Brasil Restaurant Review - Camden Town

Last Friday I met up with some old school friends for dinner - we hadn’t booked a restaurant, so after a little bit of last minute online research I suggested ‘Made in Brasil’ in Camden.


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Tuesday, 20 October 2015

long blonde hair problems - tame the mane

Wow you have such thick hair, you're so lucky!

I do love having thick hair, it's just quite a lot of maintenance, washing/styling/haircare in general. I have very fine hair, but a lot of it, so I can quite easily end up with a big ball of tangled blonde hair that just makes me want to chop it all off! This month I've tried some new products to tame my mane.


tangle teaser wet hair

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Thursday, 15 October 2015

Glyfada, Athens - Greece

Last month I went to visit one of my best friends who lives and works in Athens. She surprised myself and another friend with a weekend in the beautiful beach town of Glyfada (Greek: Γλυφάδα).



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Monday, 12 October 2015

Irresistible Me Hair Extensions

Who doesn't want longer, thicker, fuller looking hair?! I certainly do... So I've given hair extensions a go.

My hair extensions were ordered from Irresistible Me - I ordered the 20inch Remy hair extensions in golden blonde. 5 days later they arrived...

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Sunday, 11 October 2015

Perkin Reveller Restaurant Review

London in Autumn can be truly beautiful. Walking along the river, just past the Tower of London is a little restaurant named Perkin Reveller. Rather understated from the outside, but with spectacular views I was expecting it to be quite over priced, I was however misinformed.

savoury strudel
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Saturday, 10 October 2015

Backstage with Laura Geller New York

I’ve always been a fan of Laura Geller Make-Up having tried her ‘Spackle’ (primer) back in about 2010. It’s a pretty hard brand to get hold of in the UK, so i’ve only ever bought it off QVC - I’m all for buying product online, but with make-up I like to actually try the product out in store if i’m buying foundations/concealers etc. as my skin is so pale I find colour matching a real issue.


Last weekend I was lucky enough to be invited to the Laura Geller launch at House of Fraser on Oxford Street for a Carnival Spectacular and to meet the make-up artists.
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Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Kiehl's Epidermal Re-Texturizing Micro-Dermabrasion

Currently obsessed with Kiehl's Epidermal Re-Texturizing Micro-Dermabrasion - at a hefty £40 I was expecting a wonder product and that is exactly what I got!


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Sunday, 6 September 2015

Andrew Barton S.O.S. Hair Repair Review

Over the past 2 weeks I've been treating my hair to the delights of the new Andrew Barton haircare range 'S.O.S. Hair Repair'. This deeply nourishing range of haircare contains Moroccan Argon Oil and Shea Butter which has worked miracles on my hair.



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Thursday, 3 September 2015

Cauliflower Pizza

I've seen all the hype - so I thought I'd give it a go myself!




Verdict... tastes OK but you need a pretty good garlicy tomato sauce to mask the fact that it is califlower not dough.

Would I eat it again? Yes definitely - as long as I didn't have to make it. The process, and the cooking times were both loooooooooong, especially considering Pizza is usually the easy option for dinner with friends.
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Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Holidays 2015



Where to next? I'm pretty excited to be going to Athens in a few weeks to see a really good friend of mine who moved over there to teach.

In November I have a mini-break booked to Copenhagen.

I hope to go back to Paris in December - this has become a bit of an annual trip. Eurostar seems to have deals on all the times these days! 

So expect more holiday pictures and hotel reviews as I document my way through my next adventures.
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Sunday, 30 August 2015

Happiness in a box #EmergencyHappiness

The last few weeks have been pretty grim weather wise, constant showers and soggy shoes.

I was really excited to come home from work one day and find a parcel with my name on it and a big #EmergencyHappiness hashtag.




What was inside the emergency happiness box?...
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Saturday, 1 August 2015

SURE MAXIMUM PROTECTION CHALLENGE - SPORT STRENGTH

Sweating...we all do it. 2015, the first year in a long time that I've been a regular gym-goer, and my everyday deodorants just weren't cutting it, so I was looking forward to trialling the new Sure Maximum Protection Sport Strength Deodorant.

Sure Maximum Protection Sport Strength Deodorant
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Friday, 24 July 2015

Le Coeurisier, Le Thor - Avignon, France

During my recent holiday in the South of France I stayed at Le Coeurisier. Le Coeurisier is in the little town of Le Thor, about 20 minute by train from Avignon. I stayed in the chamber d'Agathe, which is designed to accommodate 3 people, so was more than spacious for just the 2 of us. This eighteenth century farmhouse is exceptionally clean and spacious, and restored to the highest quality.

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Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Experience in Luberon - Tour of Provence

A great way to get around in this heat is a guided tour, where you're driven around in an air conditioned car. The tour that I decided to go on was called 'Experience in Luberon' - and was priced at €90 per person, and with just 4 people on the tour it felt like great value for what was almost a private tour.

senanque abbey -  provence - france

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Friday, 17 July 2015

Le Thor - Avignon, France

I am currently in the gorgeous (and very warm!) Avignon, France. Avignon is in the Provence region, set on the Rhone River. The area in which I am staying is actually called Le Thor, it's about 20minutes on the train from Avignon City Centre. 

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Thursday, 2 July 2015

Beauty Rituals by NSpa


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Sunday, 28 June 2015

Radox creamy range

Smell can have a real impact on your sense of well being, bursting with fresh fragrances to transform your mood is the latest from Radox, the new creamy range.


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Saturday, 13 June 2015

What exactly is Dermaroller?

If you are interested in reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, or even cellulite dimples on your skin, a Dermaroller (or Derma Roller) treatment might be a good option for you, but what exactly is it? More importantly, how does it work and how effective is it?

Image Source: dermarollerneedles.com
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Thursday, 4 June 2015

A weekend in riga, latvia

I spent the second bank holiday weekend in Riga, Latvia. Fantastic weather, beautiful architecture and such a rich history.

Top tip: go on the paid for walking tour (15 euro per person) it includes trying some of the local spirits, and the guides don't mind going a little 'off tour' to answer your questions. I took all of the below photos whilst on the walking tour.

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Thursday, 14 May 2015

Jackson + Rye


A quick pit-stop for some Brunch at Jackson + Rye...
jackson + rye brunch soup and bacon


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Monday, 11 May 2015

Hotel Birger Jarl Stockholm Review | Travel Sweden

Last weekend I visited Stockholm for my (26th!) birthday. My Mother and I stayed in the Hotel Birger Jarl Stockholm - which is just a 20 minute walk from the Central Train Station.
Hotel Birger Jarl is a 4 star hotel offering a variety of accommodation, with 271 rooms ranging from single rooms for those on a budget, to suites and apartments. The pure scope of rooms available means this hotel is great to stay for business, leisure or I should imagine would be great for families if you’re booking an apartment.
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Sunday, 10 May 2015

My Birthday in Stockholm, Sweden

I turned 26 last week (crikey!) and for my birthday present from my parents I asked for flights to Stockholm. Mum joined me for the weekend visit, here are just a few pictures from our trip.

beautiful boats water stockholm
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Saturday, 2 May 2015

Kew Lates - Late night at kew gardens

I went to Kew Lates with a few of the girls from work. Kew is actually on the District Line, so it’s pretty east to get to from anywhere in London. 
Kew Gardens has hundreds and thousands of tropical flowers, and for just 3 nights a year Kew opens up its glasshouses for an evening of botanical cocktails, interactive workshops and scintillating talks on nature’s alluring colours, scents and shapes.
kew lates london
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Thursday, 30 April 2015

Valdis Ice-Cream - Reykjavik, Iceland

Just a short stroll past the Marina (conveniently, just next to where I stayed), Valdis Ice-cream shop is amazing - I had 2 scoops, baileys and peanut butter m&m ice-cream.


Valdis Ice Cream

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Wednesday, 29 April 2015

art classes - The Art Academy Friday mix

I recently took a series of evening classes called 'Friday Mix' at The Art Academy in Borough High Street, East London. 

art class london the art academy friday mix
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Monday, 27 April 2015

royally good april birchbox: whats inside?

With Royal Baby #2 almost due, BirchBox have teamed up with Tatler and designed a Royally Good box for April. 

If you know me, you'll know I am a little Royally obsessed... so I was very excited for this to arrive in the post.



royally good blue birchbox april review

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Icelandic adventures - Reykjavik

I went to Iceland last week with an old Uni friend Abby, to see an old Uni friend Lara. Lara is finishing her PHD in Iceland, and living with her Icelandic boyfriend. So I was lucky enough to get very knowledgable tours of the City.

Reykjavik iceland
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Sunday, 26 April 2015

ICELANDAIR HOTEL REYKJAVIK MARINA REVIEW

The Location: Icelandair Hotel Reykjavic Marina, is, as you'd expect, located in Reykjavic's Marina - a very central location just a 5 minute stroll from the main square and tourist office. The hotel itself from the outside, isn't anything extraordinary to look at - with some areas having a facelift at the moment. But, WOW those views.

Reykjavic-Marina

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Saturday, 25 April 2015

Sunshine and Blogging


sunshine-blogger-grass-product-reviews

Work has been pretty hectic the last few weeks, and I've been having a lot of mini-breaks (that isn't being ungrateful, I've loved my trips away... it just means I've gotten a little behind on my blogging...)
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Sunday, 29 March 2015

Weekends...

Weekends were made for brunch, unicorns and nail care!


flourless-banana-pancakes-brunch-gluten-free
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Saturday, 28 March 2015

Marrakech Morocco | Maroc - By Rail

Marrakech, the tourist heart of Morocco! The last leg of the holiday :(

I have been to Marrakech before, so everything felt familiar. However, I stayed in a different part of the City this time, and in a tranquil Riad rather than in a bustling hostel. 

There is so much to do in Morocco, definitely read up on TripAdvisor  - however, as I'd been before I spent much of my time here relaxing, drinking fresh juice, and slowly wondering through the Markets.

marrakech-morocco-maroc
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Casablanca Morocco | Maroc - By Rail

Another early start, and off to the station to catch the train to Casablanca. Train tickets in Morocco are really good value, so we booked first class. The difference between first class and standard being that in each cabin in standard class are 8 seats, and in first class you have 6. The train ride Fes to Casablanca was around 4 hours long, and the first class ticket cost around £12.

Casablanca's, for want of a better word, main attraction is The Hassan II Mosque or Grande Mosquée Hassan II Arabic: مسجد الحسن الثاني‎ nickname: "Casablanca Hajj".

casablanca-morocco

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Monday, 23 March 2015

Chefchaouen - The Beautiful Blue City of Morocco

Chefchaouen/ Chaouen (شفشاون/الشاون‎) is a Blue City in North-West Morocco, in the Rif Mountains, and is quite possibly the most magical place I have ever been.

Chefchaouen/ Chaouen (شفشاون/الشاون‎)

I had seen photos of the place on Instagram, and had to visit. I did my research, and booked a day excursion - it cost the equivalent of around £80 for the two of us, this included private car (driver, and petrol), and a tour guide upon arrival at the City. 

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Sunday, 22 March 2015

Fes, Morocco | Fez, Maroc - By Rail

It's been a few years, but I'm back in beautiful Morocco - and this time I'm starting my trip in Fes (Fez). I decided to begin my journey in Fes for several reasons...
- Last time I was in Morocco, the locals of Marrakech told me to visit there
- The flights were very cheap, I guess it's not as much of a tourist go-to as Marrakech

ibn Danan Synagogue rooftop fes morocco

Fes Palace, Morocco, Marac

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Sunday, 8 February 2015

Simple Skincare Haul #AboutFace

Dry, dull, sore. This harsh cold and windy weather is playing absolute havoc with my sensitive skin bringing me out in blemishes and dry peeling patches so I was in desperate need of some quick fixes, which is where the  #AboutFace campaign from Simple skincare came to my rescue...

My latest Simple skincare includes; kind to eyes - soothing eye balm, kind to skin - soothing facial toner, kind to skin - smoothing facial scrub, and kind to skin + brightening - eye makeup remover pads.


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Sunday, 25 January 2015

Madisons Restaurant | The Washington Mayfair Hotel

Just a short walk from Green Park tube, you'll reach The Washington Mayfair Hotel in which is Madisons restaurant.


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Saturday, 24 January 2015

LASER HAIR REMOVAL - TREATMENT 5 OF 6 | DESTINATIONSKIN KNIGHTSBRIDGE



I have been having laser hair removal done since August 2014, and I have just had treatment 5 of the course of 6 that I booked. I'm really starting to see the results now, the hair is much finer that my legs never feel stubbly so I'm able to leave it several weeks between shaving.
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Eat My Dust | Andaz Liverpool Street Hotel

The Penultimate Instalment of ‘Room With A View’ Debuts at Andaz Liverpool Street Hotel

My new outlook on life for 2015 is not only to kick start with a big old dollop of health, but to live a little more in terms of arts and culture. It’s always something that I want to do, but fail to make time for.

East My Dust by ILoveDust is an artistic expression said to typify the soul of the East End, oozing the character and personality that this diverse and colourful part of town emits.


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Thursday, 22 January 2015

Let’s go bananas!

It’s 2015, and I’m on the same health kick that I should imagine a good 50% of the country are on. Thus far I have:

- almost completed dry January (9 days to go!)
- joined the gym (and actually been)- had fruit and veg smoothies every morning for breakfast (I’ve been doing that since mid-November, definitely feeling more alert)
- cut down on the junk.

With the majority of my office being on a health kick, recipes have been shared and a great one I've picked up is banana ice-cream without as many of the bad calories.

Chop some bananas up, freeze them and blend. Et voila, ice-cream!! I had a little difficulty actually getting the frozen bananas to blitz/blend, so I added some yoghurt for moisture, and a dash of vanilla to enhance the flavour.

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Monday, 12 January 2015

A weekend in Brussels - Mini Break!

Good friends, beautiful city, too much chocolate, impressive moustaches...

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Monday, 5 January 2015

RITUALS Samurai Anti-Age Cream

I always struggle with what to get my Dad, my sisters always get him a jumper and shirt, so those ideas are always taken. This year I stuck to getting him grooming products.

Dad isn't exactly what you'd call metrosexual, he's your typical almost 60 type bloke. Thus I had to make sure what I got him wasn't too complicated! I decided on some Magnesium BetterYou Bath Flakes, and a bottle of RITUALS Samurai Anti-Aging Cream. I loved the packaging of the RITUALS moisturiser, with the wood effect lid.

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