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31 March 2017

Chino Latino Birthday Party

I was invited along by Cartwright Communications, to a night of celebration at Chino Latino. I donned my best Black and Red outfit, including my brand new, red, structured tote bag, that I'm seriously obsessed with, and we headed out! Due to working a long 12 hour shift, by the time we had arrived the night was already in full swing. We entered through the huge glass doors, into the electric main room. Chinese lanterns hung delicately from the ceilings, as the people buzzed underneath them. Everyone was dressed impeccably, and I marvelled at some of the gorgeous black and red outfits people had put together.

We made our way over to the dessert table, because who can resist food at a party! There was an amazing array of macaroons, brownies, fresh fruit with chocolate fondue, and so much more. We were absolutely spoilt for choice! I tried a melt in the mouth macaroon, which was seriously divine, but then I could possibly have inhaled the whole table. I briefly saw some of my wonderful East Midland Blogger friends, who looked like they were having an incredible time too.

Unfortunately, due to the fact I couldn't arrive any earlier, I had missed out on the impressive fire and dragon display, which I have to say, looking at the photo's, looked incredible!

  We grabbed a drink, which I really wish I knew the name of, as it was a gorgeous fruity cocktail (I guess I will have to taste test the cocktail menu to find out, wink wink). Drink in hand we decided to have a mingle and walk round. There were numerous food stations, which my husband happily tucked into. The décor was striking, with the bar taking centre stage. I loved how it had luminescent bottles as the backdrop, which really caught your eye. There were also low light fixtures hanging from the ceiling, giving a very romantic hue to the room.

It was the perfect atmosphere to unwind and let my hair down after a long day at work.

Tummies full, we grabbed another drink, champagne for me, and then spent the rest of the evening dancing away. The DJ was amazing, he played such a good mix of music, there was something for everyone! The fabulous drinks and vibrant atmosphere made for a perfect evening.

We were given a wonderful goody bag to take home at the end of the night, which contained some lovely treats including some Miji Sauce, which I'm excited to do some cooking with!

I would like to thank Cartwright Communications for inviting me along to celebrate such a wonderful evening. I am desperate to go back and try some more of Chino Latino's delicious food, and of course cocktails!

Have you been to Chino Latino?

17 March 2017

How to Style the Bralet with Boohoo | AD

[AD] I was contacted by Boohoo with the challenge of styling the bralet for their underwear as outwear campaign, aptly named 'Peek-a-Boohoo'. Gone are the days of that faded old t-shirt bra, that you used to live in, now it's time to don bra's that are made of intricate lace, exotic patterns and adventurous designs. I was excited to take on the trend and share how I like to style the bralet.

I'm not as daring as those who can rock the bralet with nothing but a suit jacket, though I wish I was, they look amazing! Instead, I like the Peek-a-Boo style, where you can just see a bit of lace peeping out under an outfit. So I got to work scouring their lingerie page, when I finally settled on a delicate, black, long line, lace bralet. There was so much choice in design and styles, that it was hard to choose! You can have a look for yourself here.

I decided to style three of my favourite things together; Leather, Lace and Leopard Print. I think that the femininity of the lace looks great contrasted with the toughness of the leather. The leather jacket*, also from Boohoo, fits like a glove, I love the zip detailing and stitched piping, which really enhance the jacket.

Underneath I popped on an extreme plunge neck black t-shirt* which really shows off the stunning black lace bralette.* Going for the all black everything look, I also wore some staple, black, skinny jeans. I wanted to let the lace and the leopard print do the talking, therefore, I kept the rest of the outfit fairly plain and simple.

Following my Leopard print obsession, I came across these beautiful boots in Primark, for £6.00! What an absolute bargain. They really compliment the overall look, as well as giving it a pop of colour.

I wanted to style this outfit as an everyday, casual wear look. This is because at first, when given the challenge I immediately thought it had to be evening wear, but then when I thought about it more, why not style a bralet for everyday wear! Wearing pretty lingerie always make me feel 100% more sassy and put together. This is what I came up with! I hope you like it.

I'd like to thank Boohoo for giving me the opportunity to share with you how I style this season's Bralet trend. Let me know how you would wear yours!

*Items in this post were gifted to me. All opinions are my own.

12 March 2017

A Hidden Gem | The Little Shed, Allestree

This little slice of heaven is tucked away on a pretty street in Allestree, Derby. I discovered it through Instagram, and I couldn't believe I had never been before! If there's two things in life I love (other than of course my Husband, Family & Friends) It's home décor and cake. I'm always dragging My husband to oodles of afternoon tea's, quaint cafes and picturesque towns. So when I found out this little gem was right on our doorstep I knew we had to pay a visit.

It was a dreary Sunday morning, and despite not making a reservation, we set off to The Little Shed, in hope that we would chance upon a table.

As we pulled up outside, I couldn't get over how pretty it was, with a little gated patio area and sage green exterior. We made our way inside, and I was even more smitten with the interior décor. There were cute little trinkets like cotton lights, wooden stars and framed quotes everywhere. I frantically made a mental note of all the things I wanted for my own home!

We were very lucky to get a table for two as it was a busy Sunday morning. I would suggest booking a table in advance, which is what we will definitely be doing next time. Luckily for us we had turned up at exactly the right time!

 We were seated at our little wooden table, which had some exquisite fresh flowers on it, complete with a gorgeously designed striped menu. It didn't take us long to decide that we were definitely going to go all out and have the classic afternoon tea. I mean it was Sunday after all..
We ordered two coffee's to start with, whilst we waited for them to prepare our platter. Even the cups and plates were adorable, with little stags on my mug and Alice in wonderland themed plates. The attention to detail was spectacular.

When our afternoon tea was presented to us, my mouth dropped at just how much food there was! We had a selection of sandwiches, scones with jam and cream, and finally my favourite part of afternoon tea - CAKE!

We munched our way through the sandwiches, savouring the rich flavours of the cheese and red onion chutney, salmon and cream cheese and ham.

 Once our bellies were full of savoury goodness, it was time to move onto the cakes, starting with the scones. Served with lashings of cream and oodles of sweet sticky jam, they were mouth-wateringly good. If that wasn't enough sweetness, we then had an array of gorgeous cakes too! Our bellies could only hand the salted caramel brownies, which I have to say were divine, the rest we took home in a little box to have later.

We were brought more coffee as we chatted and ate, which was fantastic. I couldn't think of a more relaxing and perfect way to start off a Sunday, especially when this particular Sunday was pouring it down with rain. It was the perfect hideaway to wile away an hour or two in such a pretty setting.

One of my favourite ways to spend Sunday's is relaxing and re-charging for the week ahead. I like to catch up with family, my husband and also to pamper myself. The Little Shed is the perfect place to enjoy a moment of relaxation.

What's your idea of a perfect Sunday?
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