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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!

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!


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?


28 September 2016

A/W16 VIP Blogger Event With Intu Victoria Centre, Nottingham.

Last week I was invited along to an exciting, behind the scenes, VIP Blogger Event with Intu Victoria Centre. The event was all about the new A/W Launches that were happening in the centre, and we were going to be treated to a sneaky preview before they hit stores.

I have been fortunate enough to attend all of Intu Victoria Centre's Blogger events along side the lovely Sherry from Sherry Scribbles, and every time they get bigger and better, so I was extremely excited to see what they had in store for us this season.

 As I approached the Blogger Box I could see that it had been beautifully decorated with an array of golden, orange leaves, and mannequins sporting the latest styles. I gave my name and headed straight over to the cocktail station!

We were spoilt with a selection of delicious, mouth watering, canapés from Thaikhun, that perfectly accompanied their rainbow coloured cocktails.
Drink in hand I headed over to the Super+SuperHQ Flower Crown making station. The table was full of autumnal coloured flowers, pearls and gold glittery accessories. I decided to go all out and make a full crown of stunning, sumptuous, purple flowers, with pearls delicately dotted in between them. If you want to see how it turned out, check out my Instagram. I loved the finished look!

With my new headpiece in place I wandered over to the Boots Beauty stations. There were beauty experts from; Clarins, Benefit, Estee Lauder, Liz Earle & Lancôme there to talk to us about their brand. It was really interesting to hear the stories behind the collections, and also find out what new launches they had in store.

Estee Lauder are launching a breath taking new scent in October, by the name of  Modern Muse Nuit, which is autumn captured in a bottle! The scent is described as 'A contrast of hypnotic florals and addictive woods, seductive as the night', completely sold by the description alone!

 Another intriguing fact, did you know that Liz Earle's packaging is that stunning blue shade because it was inspired by the sea view from her first ever store?! It was amazing to see how much thought goes into every aspect of these brands.

I have booked myself in for a few consultations, and beauty treatments with a selection of the brands, and cannot wait to try out some more of their products.
We were able to chat and network with some of the other bloggers before the John Lewis Catwalk Show began.
This A/W John Lewis are launching a new brand that's exclusive to themselves, by the name of Modern Rarity. We were treated to a preview of what the collection has to offer.



 Modern Rarity is a brand that takes a modern twist on classic, timeless pieces. The colour palette consists of soft, muted neutrals such as, blush pinks and creamy camel tones. The collection is designed around premium quality, luxury fabrics and precision tailoring. The aim is that you can wear the pieces season upon season.
  It took two years to create Modern Rarity, with every design decision having immense thought put into it. You can see the effort being exuded by the clothing as the fit and textures are sensational.
I fell in love with the long camel Notch Collared Coat and the Gorgeous Cashmere Funnel Neck Jumper. Two classic pieces that I would love to add to my A/W16 wardrobe.
 Being a luxury, premium quality, brand means that these pieces are investment wardrobe staples. The collection ranges in price from £60 onwards. However, the price is indicative of the high end quality.
Overall, Modern Rarity is a classic, fresh take on timeless, staple, wardrobe essentials. A luxurious, perfectly put together, premium brand featuring; precision tailoring, flawless exclusive design and limited edition collaborations. What more could you want from a brand.
You can shop the collection online here, or better yet, head over to John Lewis in Intu Victoria Centre to experience the opulent collection in the flesh.
As the event drew to an end we were gifted a gorgeous goody bag by Sostrene Grene, a cute homeware store, full of home décor goodies and Boxed water! Which is very LFW.
A Huge thank you to Intu Victoria Centre and Cartwright Communications for letting me be part of the Intu Victoria Centre VIB Night, and also for all the hard work and effort that's put into every one of their events.
 I have Vlogged the event too, so keep your eyes peeled on my YouTube Channel for that Vlog!

19 September 2016

Be at One Nottingham Opening Night

When I heard that a new cocktail bar was opening in Nottingham, I knew that I had to go and try it out. Nottingham has a vibrant night life already, and I was excited to see what this new Cocktail Bar had to offer.

We arrived down some low lit stairs into the spacious bar, as soon as we entered the room the staff were extremely attentive, handing us a menu and asking us about our evening. It was amazing to be made to feel so welcome.

The décor has a sophisticated, art deco vibe. There is plush red leather seating, deep green walls and amazing light fixtures. The bar was impressively stocked and the lighting provided a brilliant atmosphere.

Even the toilets were incredibly beautiful, I took a sneaky Instagram picture which you can see here!

We took our seats and browsed the cocktail menu, and wow! There is definitely something for everyone, with an impressive 150 cocktails to choose from!

It took us some time to decide, we were hugely spoilt for choice. In the end I went for the very decadent Brazilian Monk. An Ice Cream cocktail made up with; Vanilla Ice cream, Frangelico (Hazelnut Liqueur), Crème de Cacao (Chocolate liqueur) and Kahlua (Coffee liqueur). I can confirm that it was divine, like drinking a rich frozen chocolate milkshake. We also had the bonus of it being Happy Hour, so I got the pleasure of having two of these heavenly delights!

Stephen opted for The Raspberry Lynchburg. This cocktail was a fruity, fizzy concoction of; Jack Daniels, Chambord, Raspberry puree, Lemon Juice, Egg white and Lemonade. This cocktail was right up my street! I often opt for the sweet, fruity cocktails and this ticked all the boxes, it definitely tantalised the taste buds.

For round two, Stephen had a mocktail by the name of Bean, all of the buzz, with no alcohol. This is perfect for all of you designated drivers! Bean is made up of; Espresso, Milk, Cream, Sugar Syrup and Orgeat Syrup.

I on the other hand opted for another cocktail and chose the Blueberry Muffin, which literally tasted like Christmas captured in a cocktail! This delicious drink delivers a mix of different notes. On first taste you get the burst of Blueberry Jam, sweet and tangy. Then as the drink goes down you can really taste the warmth of the Gingerbread Syrup. Extraordinarily tasty. I could have definitely drank more of these!

Be At One has a fantastic atmosphere, and the staff were really enthusiastic, inviting and helpful.
Unfortunately we only managed to sample a drop of the 150 fabulous cocktails on offer, but we definitely plan on making another visit very soon. Popster, the Popcorn topped cocktail, is top of my list for the next visit!

For delicious cocktails, good service and a brilliant atmosphere I would highly recommend stopping off at Be at One.
What Cocktail would you go for?
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