Sunday, 4 December 2016

Life Lately #118

Hello lovelies!

A few weeks back I met up with Gemma, Ollie, Cathy & Boop at Nandos. It was so nice to catch up with them over dinner. Gemma & Ollie had just got back from holiday so I hadn't seen them for a while. Gemma's little bump had grown so much! Almost 3 months to go!

Last Sunday, I organised for the girls & I to go to the Christmas market in our local town, followed by a roast at the pub. The actual market was quite small, with a few Christmassy stalls & a food hall, where we had a catch up over a hot drink & a Rudolph cookie. We also saw a pug in a Christmas jumper.. need I say more!?

The roast after at the pub was so delicious too. They sat us right next to the log fire, where we nearly fell asleep after our meal!

Our pantomime this year is Aladdin, so we've just put up our lanterns at work. It's so pretty in the evenings when people are coming in & out to the cinema & we're counting down the days till opening night! It really does feel like Christmas when panto starts!

On Thursday, James & I celebrated our 4 year anniversary together. He totally spoilt me with flowers, a pamper kit & nail varnish. My treat to him was lunch at Giggling Squid, which is one of our favourite places to eat. It's a beautiful Thai restaurant - I'd highly recommend their Sleeping Honey Duck & Chicken Satays if you get the chance to go!

James has started his new job working at the Royal Mail sorting office at the beginning of the month, so is currently working 3-10pm Monday - Saturday, so after lunch, he headed off to work. I'd arranged to put up our Christmas tree & decorate the house with mum, so we spent the evening together, enjoying some festive music while putting up the decorations. I've started vlogging a bit this month too. Last year I vlogged Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & Boxing Day, but I've decided to film throughout December this year, when we have fun things going on. I'm not promising anything, but hoping they'll be a video up at the end of this month!

Finally, yesterday we visited James' mum & husband Barrie to help put up their Christmas lights & have a catch up. We had brunch at this beautiful tea room in the local town. I was so impressed, I'm thinking of holding my birthday there. I'll keep you updated ; )

How is your month going so far lovelies? Have you put up your Christmas tree yet?

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

What I've Been Wearing On My Nails #36

Models Own - Aqua Violet Beetle Juice 
I re-discovered this nail polish when I was having a sort out the other week. Isn't the most fabulous colour? It looks like a normal blue shade, but you can see glitter running through it when it catches the light. So perfect for these colder months.

Barry M - Silver Foil
I remember purchasing this after seeing Patricia reviewing it on her YouTube channel many years ago. It's still one of those polishes that I reach for, as people always comment on it.

Ciate Mini - Gold Digga
This shade just screams Autumn to me! It's the perfect colour for wearing on those cold wintery nights, wrapped up with a hot chocolate.

Ciate Mini - Gold Digga & Models Own Nail Art Pen - Silver
Ah & these were my Halloween nails this year. You might remember a few years ago I did a mixture of designs, but this year I went for spiders & webs. Sometimes I think the simplest of designs are the best for nail art. 

What have you been wearing on your nails this month?

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Primark Nightwear Wishlist

Ok, so can you believe this set is only £10. Yup, that's right. £10. I seriously couldn't. It's one of those sets that I've seen so many bloggers rocking on Instagram in posh hotel rooms that I've completely fallen in love with them! They just look so glamourous.

Who could say no to a fox onesie? They have a load of onesies in store this year, mostly animals of the woodland variety, but I think this one is my favourite. The ears & heart belly sold it for me! 

Deer are my favourite woodland creatures, so when I saw these PJ bottoms, I was immediately drawn to them. I only tend to wear PJ bottoms with cuffed legs (unless they have Dachshunds on & are mind-blowingly cute!) as I find other ones will just ride up your leg in the night & I always wake up freezing! Does that happen to anyone else?

Have you ever felt a Primark dressing gown? If not, stop whatever you are doing & find one! I've never owned clothing as soft as their dressing gowns. I purchased one at the end of summer, which I literally live in, it has Thumper on the hood. Its the most cosy, soft, warm item of clothing I own, so I really want another one to add to my collection!

& finally this sexy little number. How beautiful is this? I know we're in the middle of Winter but I think it will be perfect for Spring / Summer next year.

Have you got any nightwear items on your wish list this Christmas? Please link them below, I'd love to see!

Monday, 21 November 2016

Life Lately #117

Hello lovelies,

At the beginning of the month, myself & my work colleagues travelled up to London to attend the annual Spektrix Conference at the Lyric in Hammersmith. I've never been before but felt so inspired when we got home. We had a range of inspirational talks by speakers & users of the system, plus theatre royalty from all over the country. I can't stress how amazing it felt to be apart of the theatre community & I'm already counting down the days till next year's event. The only downside was the travelling. I'm sure if you live in the south of England & regularly use trains, you'll feel my frustration. A journey that would usually take us an hour from London to home, took almost three. We had cancelled & delayed trains & eventually got picked up (thankyou to Tracey's husband & James for coming to get us!) from a station that was 20 minutes away from the one we usually would come into. Nightmare. I sympathise with you if you get trains to work everyday..

You might remember me mentioning before, that James' dad & partner Maria are getting married in June next year. They had a food & drink tasting session a few weeks ago so we drove them to & from their chosen venue. As it's about a 45 minute drive from home, we had a meal at a local pub to save us going back & forth. It was so delicious. Just look at that pudding..

Ah & straight on to another pudding.. oops! I met up with Ricka last Wednesday night & we went to ASK Italian. Ricka had never been before, so of course I introduced her to the Chocolate Etna. Oh my god, have you ever had it? It's seriously the best thing on earth.

My grandad turned 89 on Thursday! We had a family meal the Saturday before, but went up for tea & to give him his presents last Thursday. Just look at him in his hat!

James & I also went Christmas shopping last week & I managed to nearly finish buying everything! We bought dinner & a bottle of wine to celebrate! Have you started your Christmas shopping yet?

Yesterday night James & I went to a comedy night at our local theatre. It was so funny! There were three acts; our favourite being a guy called Markus Birdman. If he ever comes to a comedy club near you, go & see him. We were in stitches! 

Oh just look at Honey here. She is just the cutest thing. With everything that's been going on lately, she is always there to keep a smile on my face. This time of year can get stressful or actually quite depressing with Winter sneaking in, but she is never too far away for a cuddle.

What have you been up to this month?

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Afternoon Tea At The Hickstead Hotel

Hello lovelies,

For my birthday earlier this year, James kindly bought me an 'afternoon tea for two' voucher at The Hickstead Hotel in West Sussex. After saving it for ages to try & find the right day & time to go, I finally booked it for the end of August on Bank Holiday Monday.

My Mum & I drove down to the hotel, only a short 30 minute drive from where we live & were booked in for tea at 2:30pm.

The hotel itself is beautiful & right in the heart of the countryside.

Our voucher entitled us to an array of finger sandwiches, cakes, scones with cream and jam as well as a selection of teas and coffees. Just look at this spread!

We started off with tea & coffee, before diving into the sandwiches!

This meringue / strawberry concoction was my favourite. It was one of the most delicious things I've ever tasted!

We also got to sample some macaroons, which were strawberry flavoured with a lemon centre. They were amazing too! Nothing worse than too much lemon, but this was subtle & refreshing. 

We went for a short walk around the hotel after we had finished. (I'm surprised we could still walk as we ate so much!)

You can actually see the South Downs on a clear day from the tea rooms, so we took a few snaps with the view in the background.

I'd highly recommend this hotel for afternoon tea. The food & service was amazing, I really couldn't fault it from the moment we arrived, till moment we walked out the door.

I would actually love to go & stay there, it would be the perfect place in the Winter time, surrounded by snow with a log fire.

Have you ever been to this hotel or one similar for afternoon tea? : )