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Sunday, 14 December 2014

One Saturday evening...

If you follow me on twitter/instagram, you will already know this by now but if not, then I have some wonderful news...I got engaged *cue a Monica moment with me shouting from the rooftops*

The OH and I have been together for 10 1/2yrs and had resound myself to the fact that this day would probably never happen so this came as a mega surprise indeed but a very very welcome one!

The proposal wasn't anything spectacular but it was just perfect for us - it happened on a Saturday night whilst we were chilling out at home. I'd just taken off all my make-up, settled in for the evening to watch Xfactor in my onesie and we were having a snuggle on the sofa before turning the tv on and he asked that magical question!


I have always said I wanted to be proposed to in my worst state because if someone wants to ask that question then, they must really love you and that's exactly what he did!

He had been planning it for quite a while - since I went to Barcelona in fact, that's when he started ring shopping etc. His plan was to propose in Paris whilst we were there in October however madam over here was full of cold and feeling very poorly and passed it on to him so he decided it wasn't the right time and held off until it was (which I'm very glad about as we really wouldn't of been able to enjoy it that much in Paris in the state I was in).

So, there we have it, I am now a finacee and I'm absolutely over the moon about it! My pinterest obsession has gone absoutely crazy and all our spare time has been taken up doing weddingy stuff!

I've decided to make my own wedding planner as I just couldn't find one I liked enough or had the right inserts so this way I can do what the hell I like. I popped in to staples yesterday and had oodles of fun at the Martha Stewart section and very much looking forward to getting started!


I will be sharing some of our plans with you as we go along so watch this space for lots more weddingy posts to come!

Friday, 21 November 2014

The Christmas Tag

That's right, it's that time of year where Christmas is everywhere and I could not be happier! In my world, Christmas starts pretty early (the Michael Buble album actually started playing in July in my car - oops) and it really is my most favourite time of the year!

I cannot wait to start decorating the house which will take place next weekend and got fully in the mood today when I decorate work. So, whilst I was in the festive spirit (there is no reason necessary to be honest) I thought I'd give 'The Christmas Tag' a whirl after seeing it over on Victoria's blog recently.

1. What is your favourite Christmas Movie/s?
Miracle on 34th Street - it has to be for me! It's just so magical and reminds me so much of Christmas' as  youngster. I'd also have to give an honourable mention to Home Alone too - it's just a great film and set my love alight for New York that's for sure. Seeing THE tree at the Rockerfeller Centre was a real moment! 


2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
We're allowed to open 1 present on Christmas Eve and it's usually a present from under the tree, so not one from Santa. 

3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
I think it probably has to be when I was about 6 or 7 and we had a white Chrismas! Santa gifted me a bike and I spent lots of time in our little village with my big brother and friends from the village playing in the snow! 

4. Favourite festive food?
Left over sandwiches - turkey is a must for me at Christmas, not necessarily on the day but we HAVE to have some that I can use for leftover sandwiches! Scrummy fresh bread, turkey, brie, roast potatoes, pigs in blankets, cranberry & gravy - it sounds horrendous I know, but try it, it's soooooooo good! 

5. Favourite Christmas gift?
I don't think I have one stand out gift to be honest - there have been so many over the years. 

6. Favourite Christmas scent?
Christmas tree - as a child, I was always told we couldn't have a real tree because the central heating would make the needles drop and it wouldn't last. Well that's not true at all - since having my own home I have made sure we get a 'real' tree every year and you just can't beat the smell! And FYI, I have central heating and have no problems whatsoever with the needles dropping - no problem at all! 


7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
I do indeed! We always get a chinese take-away, mainly so no-one has to cook as obviously on Christmas day, there's lots of cooking to be done. This is so much of a tradition that when I spent Christmas in Canada at my Nanna's a few years ago, I made her go out for chinese as no-where delivered nearby and it's now become a tradition for her too! Then, once stuffed, I head on out to a local village pub to catch up with my best friends. They then go to Midnight mass and I head on home to bed before I bump in to Santa. 

8. What tops your tree?
At the moment, a red and white felt star but I'm not happy with it - I am on a mission this year to find something more suitable and more us! 

9. As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?
A horse - still waiting on that one! 

10. What's the best part about Christmas for you?
 Everything about it! I love the run up with all the twinkly lights everywhere, the festive scents, the christmas songs. I also love searching out gifts for others - it's one of my favourite things to do full stop - I love watching people open their presents too (weird?). And I love the food - ALL THE FOOD! 

SANTA - I know him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ahhhh I'm so in the Christmassy mood now! 
Let me know if you do 'The Christmas Tag', I'd love to read it! 

Monday, 17 November 2014

Visiting: Paris part 2

If you missed part one of my travels around the beautiful Paris then don't worry, you can read all about it here - if not, then read on to catch up with the remainder of the trip.

Day 3
Suitably refreshed after our mega early night, we preened ourselves and headed out to explore this wonderful City. We stopped at the nearest patisserie we could find and grabbed a couple of croissants for breakfast - what else would you do when in Paris and made our way to The Louvre.


We decided to get this out of the way first thing before it got too busy and boy were we right to do so - by the time we were ready to leave the queues were mahoosive so there's a big tip for you! If I'm honest, wasn't overly impressed-it was just too big for me, you really needed to have a plan of what you wanted to see but saw the Mona Lisa so it was a tick of the list. Not sure about you, but when I'm visiting somewhere, especially for the first time, there are certain places that NEED to be seen/done and this was one of those trips, there was a check-list of things that needed to be ticked off!

Once out, we headed over to Pont des Arts to be a complete cliches and add our very own padlock - it just had to be done! There was something very beautiful though seeing all the padlocks and being in such a romantic city!



We then jumped on the hop-on-hop-off bus and started our tour of the City. We jumped off at various places - Notre Dame, Champs Elysée (with a re-fuel in Laduree of course) before venturing up the Montpernasse Tower.




We made the choice not to go up the Eiffel Tower and instead, go up the Montpernasse Tower as it looks out at the Eiffel Tower therefore you get that in your view (similar to going up Top of the Rock in New York and seeing The Empire State Building). We went up just before dusk to catch the city transforming from day-to-night which was just beautiful.



Dinner was next and then a wander to check out the Moulin Rouge which in all honesty, was a bit of a let down - it all seemed a little tacky, not really my cup of tea.

Day 4
We pretty much had another full day as our Eurostar home wasn't until 21:15 so we headed to see the catacombes - not my choice of morning activity and in all honesty, didn't like it at all, it was all just a bit creepy! To chill things out a bit we headed off for our cruise along the River Seine and another viewing of the Eiffel Tower - I told you, I just couldn't get enough of it.



Late afternoon, we decided to head on over to the Sacré Coeur which was just stunning. Word of warning here guys - there are a LOT of steps to get up the Sacré Coeur, A LOT. We really weren't prepared for just how many and after 3 pretty much full days of walking around Paris and full of cold, it was tough going - BUT, there is a monorail that you can catch, not something we were aware of until we got to the top so I'd recommend taking that if you're not up for walking the hundreds of steps (that might be an exaggeration, I'm not sure the exact amount of steps).


Then it was home time - boo hoo hoo!

I truly loved Paris - it was just beautiful in so many ways and I will most definitely return that's for sure. I'd highly recommend the Eurostar if you can, it was sooooooo simple and quick and with their frequency, you can really make the most out of short trip away!

Hope you've enjoyed a peek in to my travels to Paris - at the moment, our next adventure planned until isn't Christmas 2015 when we shall be venturing to New York which seems so far away now but hopefully there will be something else in between!

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Visiting: Paris Part 1

A couple of weeks ago, the OH and I took a few days out and headed off to Paris (squeal)! Neither of us have ever visited Paris before so it was very exiting for both of us. Before we get on to the trip, I shall pre-warn you that there may (definitely) be a fair few pictures of the Eiffel Tower - I loved it, totally & completely fell head over heals in love and basically took photo's from every angle! I'm splitting this up in to 2 parts again - we only went for 3 days but I ramble so don't want this to be a novel for you to read!

So pre-warning given, on to the trip...

Day 1
As we had decided to travel via Eurostar (OH has never been on it before - I have but it was to Euro Disney so that doesn't really count) we had to get ourselves from our cosy little pocket of North Wales down to the big smoke that is London. We started pretty early but still didn't make it to Londres until nearly 4pm - driving in London is just madness, 1hr 20mins to get 20miles WHAT THE HELL??? You can tell I'm not a city girl! Anyway, once arrived, we headed on in to Central London to meet up with one of my closest friends and head for dinner. We ended up eating at The Joint in Brixton Village which was just delicious - pulled beef brisket bap, need I say any more?! Then it was off to bed pretty early for the majorly early start we had the next day.


Day 2
Day 2 started pretty darn early - 4:45am to be precise. This is not a good time for me - I am no morning person that's for sure and with a cold starting, I wasn't a happy chappy that's for sure. Regardless, we readied ourselves, jumped in an Uber. Oh yes, our first experience with Uber and I bloomin well loved it - from the booking, to the tracking, to the ease of just sitting back and travelling in style (on a side note, you can use this code for a free ride up to £10 - I also get the same too d7bur - I used a code from someone else and it made it sooooooo darn cheap to get around)!
Anyway, sidetracked...our Eurostar was an early train, 07:01 in fact which meant we arrived in Paris for just after 10:30 so had a pretty much full day there. we headed straight to the hotel which was literally a couple of minutes walk from the Gare du Nord - really was a perfect location. We couldn't check in yet as we were too early so we just dropped our luggage and off we went.
The first day was the OH's day and we headed to the Paris Expo Centre for the Paris Motor Show. Luckily, I'm quite a car fan myself so this wasn't too much of a bore. By the time we'd completed all the exhibits, we were pretty knackered so we decided to go a take a look at the Eiffel Tower and then head on back to the hotel.
This was it for me - holiday made! The Eiffel Tower was truly magnificent. if you've seen it then I'm sure you'll know where I'm coming from but it most definitely has presence. I wasn't expecting it to be so big or the colour it was - I don't know what I was expecting but it surpassed everything that's for sure!



Once the OH had had enough of me snapping away, we headed back to the hotel to check in. We stayed at Hotel Mademoiselle and it was so lovely. Perfectly decorated, equipped and amazing location for getting around.
The night ended with a quick bite to eat at an amazing burger place (I know, not really Parisian cuisine but we were so tired we just needed something) and bed by 9pm.


Monday, 20 October 2014

Visiting: Barcelona Part 2

If you missed the adventures of part 1, you can pop on over here to catch up on that, if not, here's part 2 of my recent Barcelona visit.

Day 3
Today was a beach day - my compromise. I'm not a beachy person - I get bored so so easily and with a fish phobia, the sea isn't my best friend! But, it was on the list of things to do from my friends so compromise we did. The weather was absolutely gorgeous so we decided to get to the beach on bikes so headed to our closest rental shop and got the cutest bikes I ever did see! We absolutely adored cycling through the Barcelona streets and down La Rambla (even if all my friend could shout was "we're going to die" constantly).



Day 4
Today was another beach day - boo for me but it was another glorious day weather wise and the other 2 wanted as much tan time as they could get. Once they'd suitable topped up, we headed back to our apartment, beautified ourselves and ventured out to find a fancy place for dinner and came across Sagardi which was very yummy indeed! Once stuffed and with plenty of prosecco, we headed off to Fon Magica. WOW! It was truly amazing. Throughout the year, on different days, they put on a wonderful light/music display! It really was one of the highlights of the holiday!



Day 5
Our final day. We had a late night flight so decided to take ourselves off to the zoo for the day - I'm a big zoo fan, I always try and visit wherever I go. If I'm honest, it's not the best zoo - but it did have a dolphin show which was pretty awesome.



So that was it - our Barcelona visit in all it's glory! We had a wonderful time and would recommend visiting to anyone who's look for a city break away!

Next up Paris!

Thursday, 9 October 2014

The Milkman

I'm not really a handbag kinda girl - I'm sure the OH would disagree but I'm not really compared to others. But I have seen 'satchels' around for quite some time now and there's just something about them that just makes me want want want!

I've held off for so long now ummminh and ahhhing over them because lets face it, they're not cheap - not for someone who's not a bag person and just spends a few £ in Primark usually! But the Brit-Stitch brand have always been one that's taken my eye and I always have a little browse but never commit...until now! 

During London Fashion Week, Brit-Stitch had a sample sale on their website where certain items were 50% off so it was time to take the plunge! 

I opted for the Stormy Sea Millkman and it's the perfect size! I absolutely love it! The colour is just perfect for A/W! The quality is pretty darn good too - all handmade in Britain it feels like a very solid bag that's most definitely going to last a good old while.  




This won't be my everyday bag I'll be honest, it just isn't big enough but it's perfect for my weekend bag or for my travel bag - for some reason, I always opt for a satchel of sorts when I'm on holiday and this will be the perfect addition to my collection. 

And it's going to have it's first holiday jaunt very soon when we head off to PARIS next week! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH I'm so excited - I have never been and I am so happy I'm finally going to see all it's beauty in person!

Let me know what you think of the Milkman and if you've got any Paris recommendations - I'm all ears! 

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Visiting: Barcelona Part 1

So recently, I packed my up my new suitcase and headed away for a few days with 2 of my bestest friends to Barcelona!

We decided on a girlie holiday as it's probably the last chance we'll get for this 'type' of holiday now marriage and babies have happened/ are on the horizon (neither of these are on my horizon just FYI) and boy was it difficult to decide on a location! We played with a few ideas but decided FINALLY on Barcelona and it was a very good choice!

First of all, I just want to give a mention to my new suitcase - nothing fancy at all but I needed a new one before jetting off and this one ticked the necessary boxes! The honourable mention however is for the 4 wheels - how have I travelled with a suitcase of just wheels! There was no greater feeling that 'walking' my suitcase along! Ok, so not that important, but boy was I impressed!

Anyway, on to the actual holiday!

Koala-Barr in the obligatory plane photo
(Koala-Barr is our best friend Barr who lives in Australia and couldn't join us) 

I'm a planner; a list person; the one with the itinerary - yup, I'm THAT person! The other 2, not so much so I took on the role of planning our days! The one request I was given was at least one beach day - blah blah blah!

I like to 'do' things on holidays - I don't enjoy sitting by a pool/at the beach - I get far too bored but compromise was required and made!

FYI I booked everything separately after plenty of research to see how to get the best deal! We flew out with great flight times which arrived early morning and departed late night which meant there was no time wasted with travelling!

OUR APARTMENT:
We opted to stay in an apartment over a hotel so we had the flexibility to eat in etc. We booked the Eric Vokel Gran Via Suites apartment which were just amazing! We were on Gran Via (hence the name of the apartment) which was a fantastic location - about 20mins walk to La Rambla/13mins to the Font Magica! We booked a 2 bedroom suite and it was so much more spacious that we were expecting! When I think of city locations, I expect them to be compact but this was just perfect for what it was used for! As we booked direct via the Eric Vokel website we also had breakfast thrown in - this was a typical croissant/toast/ juice breakfast so we picked up some cereal and we were sorted everyday!

Lounge/Dining area
 Bedroom #2 with balcony
Balcony view
 Freebie corner - free tea/coffee/fruit/toiletries etc

DAY 1:
So day 1 was a busy one - we arrived, grabbed the Aerobus in to the city (very cheap transfer option at 5.90), checked-in, quick refresh, change and straight out to grab our lunch reservation at The Hard Rock cafe! Once suitable stuffed (which we definitely were), we jumped on the hop-on-hop-off tour bus and headed on our first part of Barcelona! This is a great way of seeing a new city - I do this every time I visit a new place, just to get my bearings and tick the boxes of all those sights that are typically touristy!
We hopped off at La Sagrada Familia and wow, what a place! It was just breathtaking walking around and taking it all in! FYI - book this in advance - the queue's were absolutely massive so it saved a lot of time!


 


DAY 2:
We joined part 2 of our bus tour today and picked up my friends parents who's cruise had docked for the day in Barcelona. We saw the sites, took the cable car up to Montjuic Castle, ate tapas and drank steins of beer!




To be continued...

Saturday, 30 August 2014

My thoughts: John Frieda Frizz Ease*

So I have to admit, I'm not very picky when it comes to hair care - I usually just pick up whatever's on offer (unless it's Aussie-my scalp does not agree with any of their products unfortunately).

I was offered the chance to try out a few of the John Frieda Frizz Ease products and have been using them for the last few weeks. I've used the John Frieda Sheer Blonde products before so knew that my little scalp should be fine with these products.
I'm very lucky (or lazy, which ever way you want to look at it) and only need to wash my hair once or twice a week-my hair very rarely gets greasy so if I don't have to wash my hair, I won't (lazy, that's what I am). Saying that, I have had these products a few weeks because I wanted to give them a good few go's before I wrote anything about them - otherwise, what would I have to say???

I was sent 3 products - the Smooth Start Lissage Anti-frizz hydrating Shampoo & Conditioner and the Straight Fixation Smoothing Creme. I don't really suffer much with frizzy hair as you would first think of frizzy hair, but I do have quite damaged hair from bleaching it so much (oh the joys of being blonde-or bottle blonde) so don't have the smooth straight hair I would like, so was looking forward to see if this made any difference to my 'frizzyness'.



Shampoo & Conditioner:

I've used the shampoo and conditioner combo quite a few times now and I'm liking both products. They have a very lovely scent (I really do rate a product on their scents-I hope I'm not the only one). The shampoo lathers pretty well - I love a good lather from a shampoo, nothing worse than massaging a shampoo in to your hair and nothing really happens! They state they're hydrating and I wouldn't say they're not, but I didn't necessarily notice a huge difference in my hair-but as I mentioned before I have bleached hair so it's quite dry. I'm not saying it didn't hydrate my hair, but it wasn't any kind if miracle worker.

Smoothing Creme:

Now the smoothing creme is definitely my favourite product out of these 3. I'll be completely honest, I started using this without actually reading the back at all and was using it before I straightened my hair, so on dry hair  but since then, have read the directions on the back and it's supposed to be used on wet/damp hair before styling. Both ways work in helping to smooth my hair down and getting rid of any fly-away frizzy bits and keeping them at bay during the day but I suppose using it on wet/damp hair is probably best and gives the heat protection a better chance to work especially as I blow-dry then straighten my hair.

I like this product a lot and will probably re-purchase. A little goes a long way, I use about a small pea sized amount before I blow-dry, but I have used it a few times in the evening just to give a quite smoothing before heading out for dinner (which has worked really well and doesn't leave my hair looking greasy).
Again, the smell is very nice, doesn't last too long but I have been able to smell it every now and then as the day goes on.

Have you tried any of the Frizz Ease range? What are your favourite products? If you're interested in giving them a go, you can find them on their website (click here).

* Received for review purpose

Monday, 25 August 2014

Celebrating Love

Well hello there lovely readers - long time no type! I've been a busy little bee of late (hence my silence) but I have just got back from a truly wonderful break and wanted to share with you some of my tales!

This weekend, of my bestest friends stood in front of her nearest and dearest and married the love of her life and it was just perfect!

We all headed down to Cornwall (my first ever trip) for a weekend full of love, happiness and lots of tears! I've said this before but these girls truly mean the world to me and spending time with them really is one of my most treasured past times.


We stayed together in a lodge in the middle of the Cornish woods and enjoyed getting each other ready for what turned out to be one of the most special days in our 10 year history!

I opted to get my hair done professionally - I had it in my head how I wanted it (thanks pinterest) and knew I would never be able to achieve it! It turned out perfectly, exactly how I wanted it and I felt so pretty!


Then there was the ceremony and our first glance at the most beautiful bride. She had kept her dress a secret from us so it was a real surprise on the day which inevitably ended in a few (a fair fair few) tears from our pews!

Now, the reception was a good old hour and half away from the ceremony but that didn't matter when we got to travel in style on a very quaint old fashioned London double-decker bus - their London twist to their Cornish wedding! With prosecco flowing and wonderful views, the journey wasn't nearly half as bad.


Then we arrived at the wonderful setting of Mount Edgecumbe - what a setting! We arrived to more prosecco and scones -just what was needed! After enjoying the surroundings, we settled down to speeches first, which in a nutshell, we're slightly traumatic! I'm a weeper to say the least so when the Bride took to the floor first, I was already a goner. But when she gave a special mention to us girls that was it, the table lost it and there were sobs, uncontrollable sobs!


Once composed we enjoyed a delicious dinner and spent the evening dancing the night away!



It really was a wonderful wedding, topped off with a truly spectacular walk through the Cornish valley the following day!


I'm now curled up on the sofa enjoying the extra day off (it was a very long day of travelling home yesterday) reminiscing about the past few days!

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Life lately

Now I realise I am totally ripping off the lovely Rosie and Katy here with this post but I love these types of posts - they remind me that life isn't all that blah blah blah all of the time and even if I'm feeling naff, there are actually good things going on. So here goes with my take on 'life lately'

Enjoying...time with my bestest friends. I'm sure I've mentioned before but the friends that I made at uni really are the best thing that ever came out of that time in my life - I hated uni except for these 5 girls that made it worth the 3 years spent there! Last weekend one of the lovely ladies had her hen do' down in London and it was the first time in about 2 years that we've had some time, just us 6 girls and it was just brilliant! It was a rather emotional weekend with lots of revelations, but it reminded us all that we are so lucky to have each other when things aren't all that great!


Admiring...my nails this month - completely forgot to upload my NOTM post earlier on in June but I love my nails this month - such a beautiful colour with a lovely glitter overlay!


Crying...it's been an emotional week or so with lots of good and not so good things happening, topped off with one of my besties asking me to be her Maid of Honour *cue tears over curry last night*

Planning...with the task of MOH comes the planning of the Hen which started this morning. Yes, the wedding isn't until 2016 but there is no harm in getting a head start surely?

Reading...The Fault in our Stars. I'm reading this in little chunks-I'm an emotional person and after the last week, I haven't had the emotional strength to read it this week but I think I shall pick up where I left off this evening and get it finished!

Wearing...my new OnePiece*-I was recently offered the chance to choose a OnePiece from the S/S collection and after loving and wearing my original OnePiece to death, it was very much welcomed! I opted for the stripe onesie, a very bright blue/pink/yellow option and I love it! These really are the most comfortable things to wear-it's currently my go-to evening attire, perfect to just chill out!
You can treat yourself to 15% off a OnePiece using the code POCKETDREAMS01 at checkout!



Eating..lots of strawberries and cream - it is Wimbledon time afterall!


Drinking...iced coffee! I am addicted to this stuff - far too refreshing to resist.


Working...my butt off in the gym. I still hate it and it's not getting easier, but I'm still going so I'm giving myself a pat on the back - I deserve it!

Applying...for so many jobs! Damn bloody recruitment sites leaving jobs live when they've already been fulfilled-I'm sick of hearing that! I am living by good things come to those who wait so I shall keep waiting but I would like a job change rather soon please Mr Perseverance.

Pondering...a new car. I love my little Guiseppe (aka Fiat 500) but I keep seeing lovely Audi A1's whizzing around and find myself longingly pondering about a change.