Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Feeling Every Bit the Lady in Lady V

Now that the new Year is well under way and Spring is fast approaching, I’m looking back at some of my favourite looks from this winter. First up just had to be this stunning
Lyra dress from Lady Voluptuous

Now, I’m relatively new to wrap front dresses, fearing they’d make me feel frumpy. With this dress, that was far from the case. With a silky, heavy like fabric that not only hugged my curves beautifully, it hung in the most wonderful way. The skirt swayed as I walked and gave me that child like irresistible urge to twirl around over and over again to make the skirt fan out. I love how the wrap detail at the bust and the 3/4 length sleeve helped to elongate my frame. Although now sold out in the teal, Lady Voluptuous sell a range of beautiful dresses in all manner of styles and patterned fabrics. These are my current favourites! 

I’d love to hear about your favourite outfit or item of clothing from this season. Maybe you wore something special for Christmas Day or New Year? Xx

Although I was sent this item to review, all opinions are my own.

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Harbour & Browns Review

With so many fantastic new restaurants opening what seems like a weekly occurrence here in Bristol, I felt the easier option to choose a suitable restaurant for my husbands birthday would be in the Cargo development at Wapping Wharf.
After salivating over various menus, we decided on Harbour & Browns. Having previously tried their bottomless brunch at their sister site, Brace & Browns onWhiteladies Road, (review here) we knew that we’d be getting great quality food and an affordable price. Something that we needed right now, given how close my husbands birthday is to Christmas! 

Keeping in mind that each restaurant in the Cargo development is in a shipping container, it really does blow my mind how each unit utilises their space so well, not only creating great food but providing a cosy yet somewhat spacious atmosphere.

Starting off with a Sloe Gin Fizz to warm ourselves up, for starters we chose two options and shared them both.

We went for the garlic, chilli and brandy prawns which were the perfect texture. Deliciously light but flavoursome. I loved the addition of the brandy, which seemed to give the dish an extra level of richness. And as huge cheese lovers, we just had to have the baked Camembert with dough balls. Unfortunately the cheese just wasn’t gooey enough for me. Having to cut the cheese and spread it rather than dip the dough balls in. Other than the texture, the cheese was beautiful in flavour. 

The mains was the real deal stealer for us. My husband chose H&B purely for the beef rib and it did not disappoint! 

Two beautiful big ribs, with meat so tender that it literally fell off the bone as the plate was placed in front of us. With Bloody Mary and honey bourbon sauces on the side and topped with crunchy parsnip crisps, this dish was perfection. At only £16 for the sharer, I felt it was great value for money.

We went for 2 sides, maple glazed root vegetables and charred cauliflower with cheese sauce. Both of which I couldn’t fault. The depth of truffle flavour in the cheese sauce was probably the best thing I’ve had in a long time and had to keep batting my poor husbands fork away! 

We were offered dessert but unfortunately we were just too full. After seeing the doughnuts on the next table, we’ve decided to return in the New Year to try them as they looked incredible. Overall our meal was a lovely treat, and the staff were attentive and super friendly, even though they were hosting a Christmas party the same night. 

Harbour & Browns also offer superb roast dinners and bottomless brunch options which you can find here, should you wish to book. 

Christmas Relaxation at Bristol HarSPA

A couple of weeks ago, Bristol Harbour Hotel hosted a wonderful blogger event in their basement spa.
Set in the old vaults of a former bank, under the hotel, this beautiful spa is the perfect retreat from the Christmas shopping madness that’s on the streets above. 

At the event we were treated to delicious canap├ęs and Prosecco and got to try a ‘Christmas Pudding’ cocktail courtesy of the hotels Gold Bar. We were also shown the spas upcoming new range of ESPA products which smelled amazing! 

With the lead up to Christmas and some personal family issues, I couldn’t of been happier to receive a mini treatment on the night. I opted for the hand and arm massage which was quite frankly, heavenly. I’ll admit that I’ve never had a proper, professional massage before and now I’m wanting more! The 2 therapists that massaged mine and another bloggers hands, were just the sweetest girls. We had a good natter and a giggle and I almost forgot I was there as a blogger.

At the end of the event, we were each given a goody bag which contained a hand cream sample, a hotel signature chocolate bar and a voucher for a 2 hour visit to the spa with a plus 1. In need of some serious down time, my daughter and I returned just 2 days later.

I’ve previously visited the spa before so I was super excited to be returning to my new favourite spot, knowing just what to expect. 

I just adore the warmth and the coziness of this spa. There’s no dash for towels or the changing rooms between using the spa as it’s just so warm! With little quiet nooks, perfect for reading a book and a cheeky doze, it’s lack of size really makes you feel safe and almost homely. 

HarSPA have some great offers on this Christmas. You can find them here, or gift vouchers would make the ideal gift for someone who could really use a touch of pampering or relaxation. 

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Elomi Bijou Flirt

Once again Elomi have killed it with this stunning Bijou Flirt set. With the thin strap detail that cradles my curves and keyholes around my navel, it definitely lives up to its name!

I’m wearing a size 38GG and it’s a perfect fit. The briefs are generous in size but maybe a little low in the waist to what I’m used to but given the detailing, I’m happy to overlook that. You can find Bijou Flirt here  x

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

The Decanting Club

Now, I’m more of a food than a wine lover but I do enjoy the odd glass in the evening every so often. And adding to that, I’m a pretty safe bet, sticking to what I know and like as I’ve never really explored different wines. Of course, they vary from every aspect such as grape variety and region they’re grown in. And although I’m not looking to boost my knowledge in such areas, I was keen to try out new things. I’m always a little envious of those I know that have a vast knowledge of wine or have found a rare gem that they keep stored away, rather than me who usually picks up something white and is on a supermarket offer.
This is where The Decanting Club stepped in. This amazing company sent me a weekly glass of wine, through my letter box, for me to try, with all the information I needed to know, such as perfect foods to pair it with, without the need to leave the house! Bliss!

The Decanting Club offers its members a new wine to sample each week, with the option of buying a full bottle or case. Of course, I loved having a glass of ‘surprise’ wine dropping in to my doormat each week for me to try but I also really enjoyed learning about the various techniques involved or the grape variety for that particular wine and seeing if I could successfully pick up the taste notes.

The weekly wine subscription could even be purchased as a gift. Perfect for those family members that seem to have just about everything! 
You can find the Decanting Club here. 

B Block Pizza Launch

Earlier this month, we got to see the launch of the new B Block Pizza in the newly developed Chocolate Quarter in Keynsham which stands on the former Cadbury’s Chocolate factory site. 
This stylish new pizzeria is open throughout the day, serving up breakfast and lunch and dinner and although boasts an impressive pizza selection, they offer much more. 
Pizza chef Ben, formerly of award winning pizza restaurant Flour & Ash, and his team have created an amazing pizza menu that I was fortunate to try. 

Here are just a few that was on offer 

B Block only use the freshest of ingredients in their cooking and with the vegetables and meat coming from Bristol based suppliers and the flour from Gloucester, you are guaranteed that what you’re eating is as fresh as it can possibly be! 

B Block are open 7 days a week but do close at 9pm Tuesday-Friday, 4pm Monday and Midday Sunday due to being located in a residential building. 
You can find them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @bblockpizza

Block Cafe
The Chocolate Quarter
Trajectus Way
BS31 2GJ

Thursday, 19 October 2017

What A Treat! With Manon Baptiste at Navabi

It's not often I win competitions but last October, I was lucky enough to win a £200 voucher to spend with Manon Baptiste at Navabi. With it, I purchased this little beauty!

I'm so in love with the side leg pleats, drawstring waist and the fact it's knitted makes it perfect for Autumn. I added a cute clip on velvet bow to the waist and felt like a Christmas gift! You can find the jumpsuit here but it's in the sale and sizes will be limited x