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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!
 
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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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14 September 2016

Twenty Travels In My Twenties


If you know me, then you'll know how much I love to travel. I've been very lucky to visit so many incredible places over the past few years that it has just furthered my passion for travel. My favourite travel memory so far has been backpacking for a whole month around Europe with my wonderful Fiancé. We saw all the sights, ate all the food and had the most wonderful adventure together.

 I tell Stephen almost weekly about another place we need to go to and start dreaming up all things I would love to do in said place. Over the past few years i've read plenty of travel blogs and followed all their Instagram's so I decided to write up this post to put all of my own my Travel Bucket List plans in one place. I want to explore more of what our world has to offer, so why not start now? Here are my Twenty in my Twenties;

1. Visit New York at Christmas, take an empty case and fill it with all my amazing finds.

2. Spend the day listening to the crystal blue Caribbean sea lap the pure white sand, all whilst losing myself in a good book.

3. Spot a bear whilst camping in Canada.

4. Search for the Big 5 on an African Safari.

5. See the stunning Northern lights in Iceland.

6. Have a Helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon.

7. Place a bet in Vegas.

8. Take one of Trek America's sensational tours.

9. Go Glamping in the beautiful British countryside.

10. Stroll through the white washed buildings of Santorini.


11. Drink Mulled wine at a German Christmas Market.

12. Spend a Crisp autumn weekend in a log cabin, fire roaring and a hot chocolate in hand.

13. Get spendy in Milan.

14. Take a Gondola ride in Venice.

15. Bathe in the Blue Lagoon in Iceland.

16. Hike the Inca trail to Machu Picchu.

17. Have a beer at Oktoberfest in Munich.

18. Go on a cruise.

19. Have afternoon tea in London.

20. Take in the beauty of the Duomo di Firenze, Florence.



So that's my current list for travel I want to achieve in my twenties, it's always growing and changing, so i'm excited to see what I manage to tick off!

I also love writing reflective posts as they just remind you of how far you've come, so I thought I would include some of the things I've already been fortunate enough to tick off on my Bucket List!

- Drink Guinness in Dublin.




-  Climb Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh


- Explore the Markets of Barcelona


- Admire the View from the Eiffel Tower in Paris


- Eat Pizza in Rome (and tiramisu, gelato & coffee..woops!)


- See the leaning tower of Pisa


- Visit the Baths in Hungary.


- See the Berlin Wall.


- Watch the Astronomical Clock in Prague.


- Dodge the Bicycles of Amsterdam.


- Discover ancient Egypt.



So there we have a handful of my most memorable travel moments. A lot of these photo's were taken before I got into blogging, hence the quality difference! But I felt like I really wanted to share them on here, as they are very important to me. I look forward to tackling this twenty in my twenties list and have a go at improving both my travel photography and writing.

 
What's your most memorable travel moment?
x
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6 September 2016

Covershoot Cosmetics Review*


When I was contacted by Covershoot Cosmetics to see if I would be interested in trying out their new line of cosmetics, I jumped at the chance. I love discovering brands and trying out new looks with my make-up. I'm constantly changing it up, and striving to improve my skills. Covershoot Cosmetics are a newly emerging, affordable, make-up brand, that already have a few products released in Savers and Poundland. I was intrigued to find out more about their range.

When my Blogger Box arrived, I couldn't wait to get stuck in and test out the products. I loved the presentation, from the simple classic box, to the pretty pink paper. There had definitely been some thought put into the whole presentation.

 Inside my box, there was; An eyebrow kit, A contour kit, a grey smokey eye palette, a neon bright eye palette & a Twist Pot nail varnish remover.



 
I first tested out the Grey Smoky eye palette. I love the smooth, easy to blend texture of these shadows. They apply so easily, and the pigmentation is buildable, from a subtle smoky look, to a striking, glamorous evening look.  Another thing I love is the shade range. To say that the palette only has 5 shades, they cover all angles perfectly. You have the lightest shade for your brow and inner corner highlight, two lid shades (if your going for a more subtle look, you could use the lighter lid shade all over, and the middle one as your crease defining colour). Then there's two crease colours, again, depending on how striking you want the look to be, you can use either, for two completely different looks. The packaging is simple, easy to clean and compact, making it convenient to pop in your make-up bag. It's the perfect little travel palette.
 





I'm not going to lie, this palette scared me a bit! If you've read my blog for a while, you'll know that I'm a huge lover of a neutral smoky eye. So being faced with the prospect of a neon palette really daunted my play-it-safe self. However, that being said, these colours are going to be perfect for creating unique make-up looks, and gave me an amazing idea for a Halloween look that I will be creating very soon - Keep your eyes peeled! Similarly to the grey smoky palette the pigmentation is good and very buildable. They blend together easily and apply smoothly.
 


The Contour Kit is one of my favourite products by Covershoot Cosmetics. It consists of three cream colours; one dark contour colour, one medium bronzer and one highlight colour.
 
For my paler skin, I decided to use the bronzer as my contour, which was the perfect match. It applied so well and didn't smudge my other face products. It was easy to build up the colour, and achieve the look I wanted. Another bonus to this contour kit is it wasn't orange and there's no shimmer in it, which I was really pleased about. It really creates a lovely warm natural glow to the face. What I also love is the fact that it comes with a 'how to' guide on the inside of the lid, which shows you where to apply the products. This is great if  your new to the world of contouring and highlighting, as you will find it much easier to use! It's the perfect little kit for any starter make-up bag and I would say it's definitely a make-up staple.
 
 
 The Eyebrow Kit is similar to the contour kit in the fact that it comes with an easy to follow guide, perfect to help you get those brows looking striking. I particularly love how it's a complete set, containing the cutest mini tweezers and handy angled brush. Again it's perfect for those of you who are looking to build the foundations of your make-up kit, or for travelling, as it's so compact, yet has all you need! The pigmentation, like other Covershoot Cosmetics powders, is really lovely and very buildable. However, unfortunately for me, the beige colour is still a tad too dark for my very blonde brows, but it's the perfect kit for those of you lovely dark browed ladies. Since Brows have been the fore front of every beauty regime this year, this palette would be really useful at making applying your brows in the morning effortless.
 
 
 The final product I got to test out in my Blogger Box is this little beauty! The Twist Pot Nail Varnish Remover. This is seriously my new holy grail nail product, I've never found it easier to remove my nail varnish. You simply dip your finger inside the pot, which has sponges soaked in nail varnish remover inside, give it a few twists, remove your finger, Et Voila! The nail polish is all gone. No faffing around with cotton wool stuck to your fingers, or using half a bottle of remover on one finger. So simple to use and mess free! It doesn't smell too bad either which is always a bonus!
 

 


 
 
Overall, I'm really impressed by Covershoot Cosmetic's range of products, and because they are a new brand I'm excited to see what the future holds for them. I already have my eye on their Baked Highlighters. I will also definitely be keeping the Twist Pot in my every day essentials, as it's such a lovely concept and so easy to use!
 
 

 
If anything has taken your fancy, you can find out more about Covershoot Cosmetics range on their website Here, or if your a social being like myself, you can also find out more via their Twitter account Here.
 
A huge thank you to Covershoot Cosmetics for sending me these gorgeous products to try out!
x
 
 
 
 
*Items in this post were gifted to me, all opinions given are my own.


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