Thursday, 14 July 2016

My Croatia Photo Diary

Last week I came back from one of my favourite holidays I've ever been on, and have a serious case of the holiday blues. I woke up very early on Monday morning at 3:30am for our flight to Dubrovnik, and to be honest I wasn't looking forward to it all that much. However after an easy flight and a quick taxi to our hotel I was in full holiday mode. We stayed at the Hotel Dubrovnik Palace, a really lovely 5* hotel with 3 pools, beautiful views and a bus stop right outside that took you straight to old town. It was pretty much perfect. We were there for 5 nights and I could have easily stayed for another week, there was plenty to eat and do in the Old Town. For vegetarians and vegans I would highly recommend the restaurant Nishta, which was great value for money and delicious food. A highlight of my trip was visiting Lokrum Island, a short 20 minute boat journey will take you to a beautiful island which is known for its rabbits (a dream come true for me). We spent most of our second day there and only managed to cover half of it, it was definitely one of the best days we had in Croatia. Other things you must do include taking a pit stop at the 'cold drinks' bar on the edge of the cliff and making time to visit the city walls to see the most amazing views of the Old Town. 

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Hello Kitty Afternoon Tea - Cutter and Squidge

Not too long ago I spotted on Twitter that Cutter & Squidge were collaborating with one of my favourite characters ever, Hello Kitty! So as soon as I knew it was available to book, I asked a friend if she wanted to come along and then all that was left to do was to wait. The day finally arrived, and we wondered in to the shop excitedly to see what our afternoon had in store for us. 
On arrival we were given wristbands a bit like we were going to attend a Hello Kitty festival (I've still got my band pinned to my cork board). We were lead down the stairs and shown an enchanted 'garden' filled with flowers, tables and all things Hello Kitty. The cakes were served in dim sum style boxes to make sure the afternoon tea felt right at home, I loved that it was presented in a different way rather than the traditional tea stand. In terms of the food, it was a little bit hit and miss for me which was such a shame as I had been really looking forward to it. I really enjoyed Mimmy's Pink Lemonade marshmallow as I don't get to eat marshmallows very often as I'm a vegetarian, so that was a lovely treat! The savoury cheese scones and Strawberry milkshake biskie were also really delicious. However every thing else on the menu I sadly didn't love that much, I think it was just too many strong flavours to be eaten at once. If you have a really sweet tooth then I do think you'll love it, as everything is super sugary. I loved the whole concept, the shop looked absolutely amazing and I was able to take the cakes I didn't eat home with me and share with my family. I really hate having to write something negative as I love Hello Kitty, plus Cutter & Squidge are such a lovely little company. I just wanted to be completely honest about my experience and share what I loved and what didn't quite take my fancy, but this doesn't mean that you won't like it too! 

The Hello Kitty afternoon tea finishes on the 31st August and is £40 per head. 

Hello Kitty Afternoon Tea Cutter and Squidge
Hello Kitty Afternoon Tea - Cutter and Squidge
Hello Kitty Afternoon Tea - Cutter and Squidge
Hello Kitty Afternoon Tea - Cutter and Squidge
Hello Kitty Afternoon Tea - Cutter and Squidge

Sunday, 12 June 2016

How I Style A Pink Leather Jacket

Of course as I'm writing this blog post it's absolutely chucking it down with rain but June is here which means it's summer!! As you may have seen in my last blog post I went to Brighton a few weeks ago and whilst I was there I popped into Zara and found this pink leather jacket. I had seen it on Instagram a week before and knew it had to be mine, as soon as I knew where it was from I went straight to the Zara site then found out it was sold out online. So when I saw this in the Brighton store I practically jumped for joy and raced straight to the tills. With the weather being so unpredictable at the moment this pink leather jacket is the perfect thing to take along with you on days and evenings out. I was a little bit scared that I wasn't going to wear it that much but I've worn it 4 days in a row in the last week so I'm glad I've been getting some good wear out of it!
Another piece I've been loving is this month is this striped dress from Lazy Oaf, I have absolutely been loving their latest collections. Every time an email pops into my inbox I fall in love with something else from their new range. I can't wait to see what else they're going to release over the next few months, as everything has been so good recently.
Rather ironically after writing about clothes for so long I'm actually on a spending ban for the whole of June. I tried to do wardrobe clear out but failed as I still wanted to keep everything! However I would love to know about your favourite places to shop as I'm off on holiday in July and I keep on finding myself placing ASOS orders and being disappointed with my order once it arrives. Let me know your favourite shops in the comments below! 

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Pink Leather Jacket
Pink Leather Jacket
Zara pink leather jacket
Striped lazy oaf dressStriped Lazy Oaf dress

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Sunday, 29 May 2016

Artist Residence Brighton - Review

A review of The Artist Residence - Brighton

Last weekend my sister and I packed our bags, headed for the seaside and treated ourselves to a weekend away in Brighton. I've wanted to stay at The Artist Residence hotel for a couple of years so when we were booking our trip I knew we had to stay there. We stayed in one of their cosy double rooms and when we arrived we were not disappointed. The room was lovely and the toiletries were supplied by Bramley who are a brand I really like, I'm always so pleased to see their products in hotels. Any room that is stocked with Tunnock's caramel wafers is bound to be a winner with me, my sister loved that they had nice quality peppermint teas too. As we booked through the hotels website it meant that we were treated to a free breakfast each morning. The menu offered stacked pancakes (which I had both mornings), yoghurt, berries & granola, a mini English breakfast and plenty more! The hotel also has a bar called The Cocktail Shack connected onto it, which had some delicious cocktails on offer. I really wanted to try one called 'Charlie and the cocktail factory' but I just didn't have the time! 

The hotel is beautifully decorated with lots of artwork everywhere, I fell in love with a painting of a hare in the cafe area. I believe they have artists come in and decorate some of the rooms on rotation so the artwork always changes, which I think is such a nice idea. The location of the hotel is super handy too, it's bang in the middle of Regency Square which is practically opposite the West pier and is only a 15 minute walk away from The Lanes and the main Brighton pier. 

Finally, let's talk about the main event, sleeping. I can't fault the bed which had plenty of room for two people (despite how small it looks below) and had wonderfully fluffy pillows. We opened the windows before bed which meant that we were woken up by seagulls in the morning, but what else do you expect from the ultimate seaside town? 

Artist Residence Brighton review
Artist Residence Brighton review
Artist Residence Brighton review
Artist Residence Brighton review
Artist Residence Brighton review
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Artist Residence Brighton review