December 14, 2013

the christmas gift guide

With Christmas creeping ever closer as usual I wanted to share a few lifestyle related gift ideas with you all, if you haven't already checked out my beauty gift guides then head over here.

For the fancy pants of gift givers this Bill's food hamper is a dream come true, though in all honesty you are better off just snapping one up just for yourself to enjoy over Christmas. The hamper includes red wine, toffee oaties, rosemary & thyme biscuits, strawberry jam, chutney, fudge, italian cafetiere coffee and a massive chocolate coin, and best of all the price includes delivery too.

This genius gadget is an ideal way of fooling people into thinking you are a desperate houswife when it comes to baking, you can have a go with lots of different flavours and they will all be ready quickly and easily, fuss free baking is the way forward. 

If I'm stuck on what to give someone for Christmas I usually push a bottle of booze in their direction, my tipple of choice around this time of year is good old Malibu and Coke. Be sure to check out the J├Ągermeister set in Tesco stores too as it's cool idea especially with the shot glasses included. 


Expensive chocolates are the best way to anyone's heart, I get the Charbonnel et Walker Rose & Violet Creams for my mum each year and it always puts a huge smile on her face. My personal favourites are the Marc de Champagne Truffles in both the milk and pink varieties. The little boxes from La Maison Du Chocolat are really special too and include a variety which is great if you are unsure of what someone's favourite flavour is.

October 20, 2013

the autumn evening outfit


At some point last week I received this beautiful silk blazer from to style up with an outfit, it's not something I would have usually looked at so I was really pleased to see how nice it looked on and how well it fitted. It has a really luxurious feel despite the affordable price and is absolutely perfect for Autumn due to it's burgundy colour, I've been on the lookout for a jacket to style up my black playsuit with for a long time and this blazer is definitely it's perfect companion. I've never owned a piece of clothing from Very before but have been super impressed with the quality of this jacket and just how well it fits so I will definitely be checking out what they have to offer from now on. have some stunning pieces as part of their Definitions collection which are all perfect for the party season, there are lots of little black dresses that I have my eye on which are all at great prices too. Check out the video below for a little preview of the range.

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October 16, 2013

kesgrave hall

A few weeks ago I had the absolute pleasure of staying at Kesgrave Hall in Suffolk for a night in their best room. I've stayed at a lot of places in my time and I have to say that without a doubt this was the fanciest suite I've been in, you will see what I mean when you look at the photos below.

The suite is an absolutely huge room with a double sink area and bathroom to the left and a shower section off to the right, with a roll top bath placed in the middle for good measure. I wouldn't have changed a thing about the room, it had just the right balance between a modern chic look and a cosy feel. The bed was also incredibly comfy and was like sleeping on a giant marshmallow, and I promise you that is no exaggeration.

The mini bar was stocked with complimentary local juices, I always love to see when posh hotels remember it's the little touches that impress the most.

We had the most delicious food for dinner including a wild garlic risotto ball with panzanella salad to start, followed by mains of wild mushroom tagliatelle with truffle creme fraiche & pistachio pesto and cod rockefeller with tonka bean pannacotta & rhubarb sorbet for dessert.

For breakfast we decided that we just had to take full advantage of our beautiful room by ordering breakfast in bed and having a tray delivered to the room. Included was fresh croissants and toast, cranberry juice, smoothie shots and a meat free cooked breakfast, the perfect hangover cure for one too many cocktails in the bar the night before.

Kesgrave Hall are currently offering a great deal costing £100 per person including bed, breakfast and a three course dinner for a midweek overnight stay in the best room they have available at the time of booking. Otherwise, prices start from £125 for a standard room to £275 for the suite as featured in this post. If you are looking for somewhere to stay for a short romantic break then Kesgrave Hall ticks all of the boxes, I guarantee you will enjoy your stay just as much as I did!

October 12, 2013

the lust list #1

In an attempt to put my excessive online browsing to good use I've decided to start featuring the current pieces I have my eye on every now and then. At the moment I'm craving cosy knitwear, comfy pyjamas and snuggly coats along with anything to keep wrapped up from the cold in. Let me know if you enjoy posts like this and if you'd like me to do more!

October 05, 2013

apple picking and beach walking

Last week I headed off to stay at the seaside in Norfolk for a few days, I had no internet access for all the time I was there which made it all the more relaxing. I spent the first day picking apples at a farm that I've been going to for years, nothing beats biting into an apple picked straight from the tree.

I then discovered how fun crushing fallen apples under wellies is..

On the last day I took this little rascal on the beach for a long walk, he is the most energetic little thing and refuses to ever give in to tiredness, but if you catch him at the right moment he gives the best snuggly cuddles! He isn't mine but I was so very tempted to steal him.