Thursday, 27 August 2015

St. Brides Hotel and Spa | Saundersfoot


Last week I had a whole week off work. A WHOLE WEEK. I had been waiting for it since I booked it off back in April. I had no plans to go abroad so me and mum booked a night away in West Wales and just kept our fingers crossed for warm weather. It worked and was exactly how an August day should be...for the first day we were there. Day 2 could have been mistaken for November. 

Thankfully it was the first day that we had decided to make the most of St. Bride'ss outdoor thermopool and spa which overlooked Saundersfoot beach. 


I was so smug staring out at this view knowing that everyone was slaving away at work. Sorry! 


The spa also had a sauna, salt infusion room, sensation shower and an ice fountain all with the aim of flushing the toxins out of your system. After sweating it out in the salt infusion room it felt like it was working - I wasn't so sure about rubbing ice from the fountain all over myself afterwards though. 


You know you're living the high life when the hotel you're in has robes. Less glamorous was the fact that it was literally like a robe for giants and I looked like a child playing dress-up. 


In the evening we took the short trip to Tenby to have dinner (and cocktails) at the South Beach Bar & Grill. Obligatory burger was as always on the cards but I was too hungry to take the obligatory photo. 

We had a lovely relaxing stay. The staff couldn't do enough for us, the rooms were everything you could want and they had Nutella at breakfast. If that's not reason to convince you to book your stay now I don't know what is. 

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Wilderness Festival 2015


Muddy wellies, questionable liquids thrown in the air and landing in your hair and a distinct lack of toilet paper...festivals aren't completely my bag, unless of course it's done in style.

Last weekend myself and my work bestie headed off to Wilderness festival for a relaxed weekend of eating, drinking and lazing around - exactly the sort of break we needed after a painfully delayed train from Paddington.

I hadn't heard much about the festival before, or of many people on the line-up, but I was still keen to see what it was all about and I wasn't disappointed. Named one of 'Britain's poshest festivals' it's a little different to the lad-filled, student friendly festivals I'd previously experienced. Well I mean, it comes complete with champagne orangery, spa and a sit-down banquet. Fancy.









The festival is set in the rolling fields of Oxfordshire and seems to attract what my mother would refer to as 'those hippy types' - which is fine by me. Wilderness is about more than just the music with a strong focus on health and wellbeing (minus the burger offerings). It's not unusual to walk past a group of people doing yoga as you're on your way the the main stage, or getting a massage as they sip on their Laurent-Perrier.

I know a few beauty bloggers were invited along by Neal's Yard - and we were given a nice little envelope of samples from them before heading down to the spa by the lakes. You could swim in the lakes as well - but that didn't sound so appealing to me once I was in the warmth of the tub.



Food-wise there was everything you could every really want, whether it's a sit down three course dinner, a burger from a Patty & Bun van or a plate of fully-loaded nachos. If you are as greedy as me - all three will do just fine.





I had a great weekend and I'd definitely recommend going next year if you get the chance! 


Saturday, 20 June 2015

Amigos | Shepherd's Bush


If there's one thing I love it's a good burger. You could give me a menu full of exciting fancy things and I'd probably still pick a burger every time. They are the main reason I couldn't go vegetarian. Sorry cows. So if you're like me, and a new burger joint opens round the corner from you, you go there...and you take photos of it.


Amigo's Burgers and Shakes does what it says...burgers and shakes, but with a cool 'vibe' that stands out among the, um, questionable calibre of eateries on the road - to put it nicely. There is a strong 'hat' theme throughout the decor...randomly.


We went just a few days after it opened and it was pretty clear that the staff were still figuring things out. We were told we could only select from a limited menu as they hadn't had everything delivered yet. That was a shame because we really wanted the sweet potato wedges but had to have the 'boring fries'. I'm not being rude, that's genuinley what they are called on the menu and they kind of lived up to their name. The burger was really good though. Plus points for bricohe bun and burger sauce, minus points for clearly frozen chips.


I'm not really in to shakes but there is a pretty extensive menu of those as well - I'm talking oreos, snickers, m&m's - you name it they have it. Well they might have it, apparently nothing is certain in this place. 

The food was actually really reasonable too which was great so I'd definitely go back - I think I'll just wait until they've got themselves sorted with the menu first!

Sunday, 31 May 2015

Birthday Snapshots



It's only been a week and it already feels like my birthday was forever ago. Colin the caterpillar cake has been eaten, Prosecco has been drunk and despite my, rather successful, attempt to drag one day out for over 2 weeks the excitement has finally come to an end. So to finish things off nicely I'm going to share a little round-up of birthday related iPhone snaps. Some more instagram worthy than others...


A very lucky girl with a new camera...hopefully meaning better blog photos...hopefully. 









Yeah, More prosecco. 




Gail's bakery treats are the best. Seriously. 





Sunday, 10 May 2015

Exploring London | Holland Park


I honestly believe one of the best things about living in London is that when the hustle and bustle of city life gets too much there is always somewhere just round the corner that you can escape to. Pretty much right round the corner from me is Holland Park - hidden away among the type of houses celebs would definitely live in. Occasionally I like to wander around the area and pretend I live there too. So last weekend, when my parents were visiting, I decided to show them what exactly I'd been harping on about. 



The great thing about Holland Park, I think anyway, is that it's not just a big ol' field. There's different areas to explore (and somewhere to eat which is always a bonus). My favourite, and probably what the park is most famous for, is the Kyoto Gardens (aka the Japanese gardens). There's actual koi carp and everything. I kid you not there were groupe of people doing martial arts just round the corner - it's that kind of place.



If you're lucky you might just spot one of the peacocks roaming around. Yeah they're super pretty but they kind of seem like dicks and  make a  surprising amount of noise. I wasn't going to get too close - thank god for 'zoom'. 

   

Now I don't to get all hippy and spiritual on you but see what I mean when I say you don't expect to find somewhere so peaceful and green in the middle of London?...it feels more like being at a country manor. 


It was a little gloomy on the day we went but I bet when the sun is shining on a Sunday this place is packed of full of city people trying to get away from it all, without actually getting away.


Have you been to Holland Park before? Where is your favourite place to escape from city stress? Let me know in the comments.



Thursday, 30 April 2015

Beauty Wishlist


May starts tomorrow. The sun is making its way (occasionally) out from the clouds and thoughts of summer and how shit and pasty everyone looks are currently in the air. I crave, like I'm sure many others do, glowing, golden skin at this time of year. Note that I'm writing this pale as a ghost, not so much glowing as sweating and snotty from my current illness. What a lovely image for you. And yes, this post has taken way too long to write as I keep needing 'rests' after every couple of words. Let's keep it short and sweet then. Basically these are a few things I've been lusting after recently. Anything to help me look like I haven't just come back to life after being pulled out from the underworld. Hercules reference...anyone?

1. Pixi Glow Tonic -£18
Back a few months ago, years even, this was all beauty bloggers and vloggers talked about. It dropped off the radar a little and the packaging has had a revamp but it still promises to give that much sought after glow. For those that haven't heard of it before it's a liquid exfoliator, getting rid of those pesky dead skin cells but without the harshness (or annoyance) of a facial scrub. Oh and Zoella included it in a favourites video recently so of course it is very firmly back on everyone's radar.

2. Real Techniques Bold Metals Flat Contour Brush - £22
I'm not 100% sure but I think this might be the most popular brush in the Real Techniques Bold Metals range because it seems to be constantly sold out. I wouldn't be surprised due to how crazy everybody is about contouring these days. It seems like the perfect size to get right under that cheekbone. Oh and it helps that it's rose gold. Pretty.

3. Clarins Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster - £19
Starting to think that I would buy anything with the word glow in the name. There was alot of fuss about this last year. Apparently a few drops in your regular moisturiser will leave you looking like a golden goddess. I want in.

4. Anastasia Brow Wiz -£15.50
Yeah OK I'm very late to the party not trying this yet but £15 for an eyebrow pencil when I know there are alternatives puts me off. I've tried what is supposedly the Sleek dupe for this and it was pretty good but I do still want to see what all the hype is about with the Anastasia Brow Wiz.

5. Model's Own Colour Chrome Nail Polish in Rose - £5
Because why not match your nail colour to your new make-up brush?

Have you tried any of these before? Let me know what you think in the comments. 



Thursday, 16 April 2015

Current Wishlist | Fashion

It's official - the weather is changing. Away with the roll necks and extra thick socks, it's finally acceptable to wear sunglasses outside without looking like a dickhead. Ok, so I'm not quite ready to release my pasty legs from their denim comfort and my toes are still staying firmly covered but it's time to start looking towards more weather-appropriate clothing. Saying this, even though spring is now firmly on the cards, my current wishlist isn't exactly full of the pretty pastels and brights you might expect. I don't know why, I guess it's just because they are easier to wear, but I'm still gravitating towards the monochrome and neutral tones. I'm not quite ready for the neons yet but here's a few things I have been lusting over recently..





I blame Beautycrush's Sammi for this one - though she obviously looks way cooler than I would in it. Missguided have recently put up a mustard version too - I want both. 

For the majority of spring/summer you'll see me in a some form of white tee and jeans - I need to add this one to my collection. 

Possible birthday night out dress? Hmm..

An alternative to the roshe runs every one has at the moment. Also if you fit in to the junior size they're a bargin. Yay for childlike proportions! 

The ultimate 'jeans and heels', drinks with the girls top. 

Ooo shiny. 

What have you been loving recently?


Saturday, 11 April 2015

Afternoon Tea at Cathedral 73 | Cardiff



After four days back in work the Easter break already seems like a lifetime ago but I still wanted to share a few photos from the lovely afternoon tea we had on the Saturday at Cathedral 73. It was actually a belated Mother's Day celebration but seeing as my sister was away that day we decided Easter would be just as good a time as any.

If you know Cardiff you'll find Cathedral 73 on Cathedral Road, and if you don't, well, google it. Mum had raved (or dropped hints) about the place after visiting with her friend so we booked the afternoon tea (which costs around £15 each) as a nice little surprise.


As expected there was a wide variety of tea on offer and for the first time I thought to myself 'dammit I wish I liked tea!'. You could say it was wasted on my but those scones weren't going to eat themselves. 


The usual afternoon tea suspects were all there with finger sandwiches, scones, mini brownies, mini apple and cinnamon cake, mini raspberry deserts, mini macarons. I swear - things do taste better when they're mini. 


The reason we liked it here so much was not only because of the very, very good scones but because there's just a nice calm, clean atmosphere. I think we're over the days where afternoon tea has to be served in a vintage style with a Cath Kidston tablecloth aren't we? Outrageously camp displays of peacock feathers on the other hand...


Loving the Easter decoration too but also can't help thinking what a waste of chocolate egg and rainbow drops!

To conclude - I recommend if you're looking for somewhere different in Cardiff to treat your mother (or any loved one for that matter).

Did you go anywhere nice over the Easter weekend? Let me know in the comments!

Sunday, 29 March 2015

YUMMY MARSHMALLOWY BISCUITY THINGS


Catchy title right? 

The other day I made these wonderfully sickly marshmallow biscuit fingers and they were too good not to share. OK, so the photo doesn't exactly do them much that much justice - not a disaster but definitely taste better than they look. In the words of my housemate, 'they just smell like they are bad for you'...and they are. So, a slightly delayed disclaimer: do not read whilst dieting / attempting to kick the sugar addiction. For those living on the wild side, here's all you need:

350g  Digestive Biscuits
125g Plain Chocolate
225g Butter
25g Caster Sugar
2 tbsp Cocoa Powder
2 tbsp Honey
55g Mini Mashmallows
100g White Chocolate Chips 


If I'm honest I didn't really stick to the measurements. Whilst I would like to claim that it's because I'm such an excellent chef it's more likely because I didn't check how much I actually needed before I popped off to the shop. (P.S. this post if not sponsored by Tesco but if they're offering...). It all seemed to work out so don't panic if you're a couple of mini marshmallows down - though it's definitely a case of the more the merrier in my eyes. 

The first step is to break the digestives in to small pieces. By all means go with the recipe recommendation of attacking them with a rolling pin but breaking them by hand (due to lack of rolling pin) seemed to work just fine for me. 


Next, melt the dark chocolate (broken in to pieces), butter, sugar, cocoa powder and honey together in a saucepan until, well, it looks how you imagine such a chocolately mixture should look and your kitchen smells like some sort of chocolate heaven, then remove from the heat to cool. 

Once your mixture is slightly cool (sidenote: that was what they called me in high school) add in your crushed biscuits, marshmallows and chocolate chips and mix well.


The next stage is where it could all wrong. Not because there is another particularly complicated step in the recipe but because it's the stage that involves practicing self-restraint. Try, if you can, fighting the urge to now take your saucepan of goodness over to your sofa (or bed, I dont judge) and spoon feeding yourself the mixture until your stomach is in turmoil. Instead the 'recipe' *rolls eyes* says you should turn the mixture in to a square baking tin (or lasagna dish if your are improvising like myself) and leave to set for 2-3 hours. Yes, 2-3 hours! That's stupidly long to go without so allow yourself a snack or three until the time comes. 


I added a few more marshmallows and chocolate chips to the top for aesthetic (and greed) reasons. Once it feels hard to the touch just simply cut your square of chocolate gloriousness in to fingers and serve (to yourself and/or a friend).

And there you have it, wonderfully sickening anti-diet Marshmallowy Biscuity Treats.

Disclaimer: I am in no way a baking/cooking expert, please consult an actual recipe and do not contact me should you develop any form of food poisoning. I have no money for you to sue me for.

Enjoy!

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