Monday, 14 November 2016

Christmas Snacking with Tyrells

So usually I'm posting new outfits, recent purchases or an event I've been to, but today I'm talking snacks. More specifically, crisps and popcorn. I'd like to think my body is chistled out of a combination of the two and with Christmas lurking around the corner, I thought 'why not!'

The fab guys over at Tyrrells  kindly let me sample their two new seasonal flavours. Three Bird Roast crisps and Bellini Poshcorn. These just scream Christmas and no doubt in 6 weeks I'll be slumming it in stretchy pants, reaching for a bag whilst watching cheesey movies under a blanket OR I could be dressed in my favourite party frock, heading to a family house party, armed with my new decadent flavoured snacks. My family loved the Three Bird Roast flavour best and the Poshcorn was actually fizzy! It was very subtle in flavour too, perfect to accompany drinks.

 


Seasoned to perfection, Tyrrells is giving traditional roast turkey a splendiferous twist, with the traditional Christmas trio of roast chicken, duck and turkey brought to life on a characterfully curly Tyrrells crisp. Avoid 'foul-tempers' at Christmas and fill up your bowls with this entertaining sharing sized pack!

 


It's Tyrrells Poshcorn Cocktail hour! Put the glamour into Christmas with this fun, frivolous and ever so slightly fizzy cocktail delight from the popconnoiseurs at Tyrrells. Available in generous sharing sized 75g pack, Bellini Poshcorn is carefully popped in small batches at Tyrrells Court Farm using gold standard kernels, Tyrrells Bellini Poshcorn is available from CoOp, Ocado and independents nationwide. 

Thursday, 10 November 2016

A Babe in the Woods with Lovedrobe

 


There's something so soul warming about walking through the woods in the Autumn. It's my ultimate favourite month with my wedding anniversary, beautiful colours and those festive feelings building up towards Christmas.
When Lovedrobe offered to send me a little Autumnal blouse, who was I to refuse?!

 
This stunning mustard coloured blouse is slightly sheer, perfect for layering up and has the most beautiful pleated back. I've not owned anything like this and can see me wearing it through to Spring quite easily. 

 
 

I teamed mine with a simple pull on skirt, tights and over knee boots. 

You can find this blouse here and is available in sizes 16-30 x

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Afternoon Tea at Hotel Du Vin



 



Since moving to Bristol, there's nothing my husband and I love to do more than check out new or interesting places to eat at.
Earlier this month, I was kindly invited along to sample Hotel Du Vin newest afternoon tea menu and I couldn't of been more thrilled! 
I headed on over to the Grade ll listed former sugar warehouse with anticipation, to not only dine on some delicious afternoon tea but also catch up with some other Bristol based bloggers. Something I always enjoy.
After a welcome glass of Hotel Du Vins own brand Champagne, we got a brief lesson in the history of the building and a run down of the beautiful looking tea. We were shown to the private dining room and took our seats. The room itself was simply decorated but still had such a grand atmosphere to it, perfect for small weddings, functions and meetings.

 
 

So about the food. The savoury selection- Always my favourite course- did not disappoint. With mini brioche sub rolls generously filled with egg and cress, ham and cheese croissant, a Severn & Wye smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel, goats cheese and spinach quiche and a tomato gallete, I was so thrilled. Everything was so light so there was definitely room for the desserts! 

 


In between courses, I went on a short tour of the bedrooms in the hotel. The transformation from a disused warehouse to a hotel was amazing yet still featured so many of its former elements, only adding to its charm. The best was the Veuve Clicquot suite. A loft style room that was sumptuous and cosy, with twin roll top bath tubs on a mezzanine level that overlooked the bedroom, was just stunning.





 

After heading back downstairs for the rest of our afternoon tea, we got to meet Dan, Head Mixologist, who talked us through his newest cocktails. One being the Breakfast Martini containing Earl Grey syrup, Chase Vodka, orange juice and buttered Bourbon. I also got to try Dan's signature Buttered Bourbon on its own. Both were gorgeously silky - and strong!

Buttered Bourbon

Feeling a little tipsy, I attempted the desserts. My favourite being the Gin & Tonic jelly and dark chocolate and raspberry teacakes. There was also mini lemon meringue pies, rhubarb and custard doughnuts and of course fresh baked scones with clotted cream, Bonne Maman jams and Lescure butter. The finishing touch was the sweet little sticks of apple candy floss on top which really set it apart from any ordinary tea.



I had such a lovely time at this event, with special thanks to all Hotel Du Vin for their hospitality and Heather Cowper for the invite. I'm already making plans to return for an evening in the cozy Sugar Bar to try more cocktails at Christmas, or perhaps even treating my husband to a cocktail making masterclass

Afternoon tea prices start at £20 per person with upgrades and run from 12 to 6pm daily, menus, gift vouchers and further details can be found here.

Friday, 21 October 2016

Bristol Cider Shop Launch

Last week I was fortunate to attend the launch of Bristol Cider Shop* in their brand new premises at the new Cargo development at Wapping Wharf.
Previously occupying their former shop on Christmas Steps since 2010, Bristol Cider Shop will now not only be selling their award winning, locally produced cider and perry but will now focus on food too. With the emphasis on food pairing and locally sourced produce. 
Working with their new neighbours, Lovett Pies, they aim to create their own pork and cider pie range. The new Shop also features a cider cafĂ©, serving Cider related food by day and cider tasting in the evenings. 

With private tasting parties becoming increasingly popular, Bristol Cider Shop will now be able to cater tastings for groups up to 20 people at the very reasonable price of £20 per person. This includes 10 award winning ciders, Somerset Cider Brandy plus bread and cheese. I've already registered! 

It was so great to not only hear what was in the pipeline for The Bristol Cider Shop but also to meet
the producer of a particular cider I was drinking!
Certainly a new firm favourite of mine


 

I got to sample some amazing cheese such as Buffalo Gouda, Devon Blue and Ogalshield, local breads and Bishopston Supper Club chutneys and of course plenty of great ciders but by far my favourite was my first mulled cider of the year. Paired with a wee little gingerbread man, I was instantly put in the festive mood. I had no clue that the two went together so perfectly!

 

Thank you to Pete, Seb and the rest of the team for a wonderful evening and I'll be in to see you all soon x

*The shop was named the UK’s Independent Cider Retailer of the Year at the Drinks Retailing Awards 2015.
 

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Embracing Autumn in Boohoo Beatrice Shirt Dress

Did summer even happen? As I'm sat here, wondering if I should turn on the heating or wear a blanket, I can barely remember more than a few hot hot summer days this year. How depressing! So instead of wishing for warmer weather, I'm just going to embrace the weather we do have!


 
This beautiful shirt dress just screams Autumn. 

This sheer shirt dress with a dip hem and embroidery detail, comes with a little slip dress underneath that is removable so you could also wear the dress with a vest and over jeans/trousers. With 3/4 length sleeves, it was light enough to wear when the sun comes out without feeling too bulky. You can find this little Boohoo beauty here.


 

I did find the dress very short even though I sized up by 2 sizes, I wasn't sure if the actual length before I purchased but I like my shirt dresses oversized. I'm only 5'4 so if you are taller than me, I'd strongly suggest sizing up. x


Embracing Autumn in Boohoo Beatrice Shirt Dress

Did summer even happen? As I'm sat here, wondering if I should turn on the heating or wear a blanket, I can barely remember more than a few hot hot summer days this year. How depressing! So instead of wishing for warmer weather, I'm just going to embrace the weather we do have! 

This beautiful shirt dress just screams Autumn. 

This beauty is Beatrice. This sheer shirt dress with a dip hem and embroidery detail, comes with a little slip dress underneath that is removable so you could also wear the dress with a vest and over jeans/trousers. With 3/4 length sleeves, it was light enough to wear when the sun comes out without feeling too bulky. 

I did find the dress very short even though I sized up by 2 sizes. I'm only 5'4 so if you are taller than me, I'd strongly suggest sizing up x


Monday, 19 September 2016

Sorento at sunset with Want That Trend

I wasn't going to post about my time at this years Curve Fashion Festival as I attended for leisure over blogging purposes but if there's one thing I did want to share is that I finally laid my hands on the ultimate dress. 

  


Want That Trend caters from sizes 16 to 32 (in selected sizes) and as soon as I saw this beauty hanging up, I knew I had to have it! I was extremely fortunate to be gifted this wonderful dress. I opted for a size 20, although it fit very well, I would recommend to size up. 

 
 

The dress is stretchy and has plenty of boob room on the top. A little too much for me as I struggled to keep the wrap top from gaping as its cut very low. Nothing a cute pin or a vest underneath wouldn't fix though. 
I love the full length sleeves and the dress length was just perfect on my 5'4 frame. I can't wait to wear this over the festive period. You can find this dress
here and many other gorgeous pieces at Want That Trend x