Beauty, Fashion, Lifestyle

29 October 2016

Halloween Fun with Johnny Loves Rosie*



I was recently sent these gorgeous Halloween face stickers* from Johnny Loves Rosie.  I've always been a huge fan of Halloween, I enjoy snuggling up with a scary movie on the TV and a frothy hot chocolate in hand, or having pumpkin carving competitions with our families.


Recently I've been seeing everyone's amazing creations on Instagram, and really wanted to join in the action. However, I just don't have the tools, or the creativity to replicate them. This is what I adore about these Sugar Skull stickers from Johnny Loves Rosie, they are easy to use and really effective.




It literally took me minutes to apply these stickers to my face. I followed the layout exactly as it was displayed, which made the whole process even easier. You simply peel them individually off the plastic, then gently press them down where you want them on your face.

The detail and design is impeccable, and despite my made up face they stuck on fairly well! The red gems around my eyes are my favourite thing about the look, they catch the light perfectly and really add that extra something to the overall look.

Whether you're going 'out out', or just cosying up at home in your fancy dress, I would definitely recommend these face stickers.





Johnny Loves Rosie not only do intricate Halloween accessories, they also do stunning jewellery and accessories. I definitely have their gorgeous chokers on my wish list!

 If you fancy checking them out for yourself you can find them at http://www.johnny-loves-rosie.com/

What are you dressing up as this Halloween?
 
*Items in this post were gifted to me. All opinions expressed are my own. 
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25 October 2016

Wedding Jewellery Shopping at Goldsmiths, Intu Derby *



I was recently invited along to Goldsmith's brand new store, in Derby's Intu Centre, for a wedding jewellery consultation. If you don't already know, I get married in under a month!  I arrived bright and early, so that I could maximise my time in the store, and also get some perfect snaps to share with you.

I was greeted warmly by the store assistants, and was given the opportunity to browse, take some photos and see if anything in particular caught my eye.




The store was bright and clean, painted in luxurious pale gold, with stunning metallic accents. The overall atmosphere was professional, clean and elegant.

I was instantly drawn to the many glass cabinets that encased magnificent, twinkling displays. It left me wondering how on earth I was going to be able to narrow my choices down, I loved everything!



I wandered over to the table, ready for my consultation, head swimming with ideas. I was offered a cup of delicious, rich, coffee before we began, which definitely helped soothe my mind.

I was looked after by Sarah, she listened to my many ideas, asked about our wedding and what our theme was. She really got to know my style, and how I envisioned my wedding to be. After carefully taking in everything we discussed, she pulled some pieces that she thought would fit with what I had told her. I felt completely comfortable and relaxed.


Sarah brought over a tray adorned with the items she had pulled, and I was able to 'try on' some of the styles, with the use of clear earring holders. Again I was torn by various styles, I loved the elegance of the pearls, but was drawn to the glamour of the diamonds too. Both beautiful, but very different.

We discussed what I liked about each piece, and I was given plenty of time to work my way through what I liked, and didn't like.

By the end of my consultation, I had finally made my choice, after much deliberation, and I can confidently say I'm in love with what I've picked. I cannot wait to wear them on my special day, and know that they will be a treasured item for years to come.


Once I had finished my consultation, Sarah asked if I had any questions. I had heard her mention Jenny Packham had a bridal jewellery range, and as her dresses are stunning, I had to find out more.

The Jenny Packham collection features classic styles with beautiful modern twists. I learnt that on the sides of all her rings, there are some tiny diamonds, and that her name is engraved inside the bands. All these little details quantify the thought, and effort that has been put in to designing such an opulent collection. Sadly, with prices ranging from £750 upwards, it was out of my budget. However, if you are looking to treat yourself, or a loved one, to an extra special piece of jewellery, I would highly recommend this collection. It is exclusive to Goldsmith's, and only selected stores have the range in house, Goldsmith's at Derby Intu being one of them.



I had such a good experience with my consultation, I felt welcome and that my vision and concerns had been listened too. This enabled me to narrow down all my ideas, and helped me choose what it was I was looking for.

There is no appointment system in Goldsmith's, but the store assistants will endeavour to help you. I would recommend visiting as early in the day as you can, perhaps also on a week day.

If you're interested in seeing what I ended up choosing, I am posting a whole separate post about my jewellery, my wedding vision and how I made that ultimate decision. This will hopefully help all of you who are also getting married make your decision too! Keep your eyes peeled for that post coming soon.

x
 
 
 
 
 
*Items in this post were gifted to me, all opinions given are my own.
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19 October 2016

48 Hours in Canterbury


A couple of weekends ago, we escaped daily life for a weekend away in Canterbury. It was a glorious weekend, that was spent eating yummy food and exploring.

I thought I would compile a mini travelogue of where we stayed, what we did, and where we ate, in case any of you are thinking of visiting and need some inspiration!


Where we Stayed:

 We decided to stay at the Travelodge Chaucer Hotel, which is literally a stones throw from the main streets of Canterbury. Nearby there are plenty of shops, bars and restaurants. As well as an abundance of quaint, cute cafes! We stayed in a standard double room which was spacious, warm and quiet. The perfect base for exploring.


What We Did

 We arrived early Saturday morning, eager to make the most of our indulgent weekend away, and filled with excitement for our mini adventure. After dropping off our bags we headed off to see the sights. Of course no trip to Canterbury would be complete without a trip to the iconic Canterbury Cathedral. It really is a work of art to look at, and full of history.
 
Here are some other interesting activities to get up to;
 
- Take a boat tour down the river Stour. A fantastic way to see the sights and hear some great tales! Also if you're feeling a bit romantic, you can pay extra to hire the boat for just you and your loved one, pack a picnic, sit back and relax. Bliss.
 
- Visit the Canterbury Tales. A fun for all the family attraction, telling some of Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury tales accompanied by some funny animations, and very odd smells!

- Grab a fresh juice & stroll through the Westgate Gardens, take a picnic blanket and sit a while.

- Explore the ruins of the Norman Castle.

These are just some of the things we got up to on our weekend visit. However, if you have longer there is so much more to see and do! There's plenty of; shopping, walking tours, ghost tours, Howletts Animal park to name a few. Not to mention all of the quaint pubs and mouth watering restaurants to try out!



Where we Ate

Kitch - Kitch is a quaint, healthy café, offering delicious food that's made with the best ingredients. We stopped by for Brunch, and were so glad that we did! I have written a whole blog post dedicated to Kitch as we loved it so much, if you fancy a read, and a drool at the gorgeous food (there's pancakes!) you can find the post here. Let's not forget the insta-worthy marble tables too!


The Refectory - Another gorgeous Brunch place! We sat outside in the lovely morning sunshine, watching the world go by. All whilst drinking a flat white, and nibbling on French toast. It was glorious, and I would highly recommend sitting outside, weather permitting of course!


 
The Skinny Kitchen - A healthy food restaurant serving zingy fresh juices, skinny pizza's and healthy puddings! Pizza and pudding? yes please! The décor here is amazing with a monochrome and green style, adorned with copper accessories.  I'm popping up an entire blog post about this place soon, as it does some amazing food, so keep you eyes peeled for that one!
 

 
 
So that concludes my mini travelogue of 48 hours in Canterbury! I hope that you found this interesting/helpful, and if you liked the style of this post let me know. I love to travel and share them here on my blog, but i'm not sure how to set up my posts. Sometimes I like to set them up as a photo diary, where I share all of our photos, then other times I like to share our travels in a more informative travel guide style! Let me know which way you would prefer to see my future travel posts, or if would you like to see a mixture of both? I'm off on Honeymoon to the Dominican Republic soon, and thought that it would be more suited to a photo diary format?
 
 Let me know your thoughts!
 
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9 October 2016

How To Nail Transitional Dressing



There's a chill in the air, stores are stocking up on those classic chunky knits, and everyone's got that twinkle in their eye for the festive season ahead. Yet at the same time, summer is desperately clinging on with it's last moments of warmth, and we're looking at our wardrobe in deep confusion.

It's too cold for that floaty, boho, summer dress, but too warm to pull on those cosy, roll neck jumpers. We are in the grey area of transitional dressing. One day the sun's shining, the next it's cold and gloomy. We're battling to keep warm, then sweltering under too many layers. How can we find the perfect compromise?

Here are my top tips for nailing transitional dressing;

1. Light layers are your best friend. Whether its a thin knit, maxi cardigan, or a structured, light-weight trench coat. They can be popped over a t-shirt for day's when it's still warm, or over thick, chunky, knits, for another layer of cosiness. 

This baby pink, boyfriend fit, Primark trench is the ideal transitional coat. It's light weight, relaxed fit, makes it an easy layering piece. I wear it with chunky cream jumpers, pretty dresses, and ankle boots. It's also perfect for making an outfit feel put together.


2. Tonal Dressing is the way forward. Classic pieces in creams, camels and browns make ideal pieces for transitional dressing. They are classic, easy to wear tones, and will last you all through the winter and into those early days of spring. They are also light in colour, making them wearable for those rare warm days. Pick breathable fabrics that can be worn over, or under other pieces. Cotton, linen and chiffon are great for this.

 I picked up this pretty, ruffle detail, cream chiffon shirt from New Look. You can wear a nude, or white, vest underneath it with just a leather jacket, or cardigan on top, for a warm (but not stifling) outfit. Or take layering to the next level by adding an on trend, flannel shirt on top, under that leather jacket. Swap the boyfriend fit, light wash jeans for a well-fitting pair of dark, skinny jeans. Et voila, perfect for all occasions.



3. Accessories are key. A classic pair of sunglasses can take you from summer to winter with ease. They are one of my wardrobe essentials, that I love to have in my bag at all times. Especially for those days when the winter sun is out in full force.
 
Thin scarves are also perfect for those cooler days, for that bit of warmth around your neck, when you don't want the restriction of a permanent roll neck. If you get too hot it's easy to take off and pop in your bag.
 
4. Look at what you have already, and only buy what you need. When winter hits, I have a habit of wanting to buy so many new clothes. Then I realise that I actually have some pretty good pieces already. Always look through your wardrobe and see what you can keep, and how you can make them work for autumn/winter.
 
 

Pink Trench Coat - Primark | Ruffle Shirt - New Look | Jeans - Asda | Bag - Primark
 
 
 
Hope you enjoyed my tips to nailing transitional dressing!
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3 October 2016

Brunch Goals | Kitch



I recently escaped to Canterbury for the weekend to celebrate my wonderful Fiancés Birthday. We stumbled across Kitch, the most Instagram-worthy Brunch café I have ever seen. I was sold before we even went in!
 
Kitch prides itself on serving fresh, homemade food, using healthy natural ingredients.
 




Kitch has perfect white walls, adorned with picture frames, cute shelves of plants, books, mirrors and more. A very modern take on shabby chic. I particularly loved the marble tables, the perfect design for that brunch flat lay, which, as you can see, I definitely took advantage of!
 




We were seated in the huge bay window. The perfect spot to get the sun on your face, and watch the people below us amble along.

After some deliberation over the menu, we made our choices. I opted for the Buckwheat Pancakes, with berry compote, greek yogurt and granola. Stephen chose the Salmon and Poached egg on Sourdough bread.

I was so impressed when it arrived. It was packed full of flavour, with the creamy yogurt and the tangy burst of the berries. Mix that with the crunch of the granola, and the fluffiness of the pancakes, you have heaven on a plate.

Stephen's egg was cooked to perfection, and it satisfyingly oozed over the bread on first cut.

I can honestly say that it was one of the best Brunches I've ever had, and if we go back to Canterbury again, we will definitely be paying Kitch another visit!

 
Where's your favourite brunch spot?
















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