Monday, 29 February 2016

MOTHERS DAY GIFT GUIDE 2016

It’s almost mother’s day, and I for one will openly admit that I fully take advantage of my mum being the absolute angel that she is. She makes me a healthy lunch for work every day, taxi’s me to my friends’ houses before a night out, does all my washing and ironing, supports me in EVERYTHING that I do (including dropping out of uni and embarrassing myself on reality TV…lol) so the absolute LEAST I can do is to spoil her on mother’s day. I can guarantee that the majority of you reading this are nodding your head in agreeance, so I have filmed a gift guide to give you some inspiration on how to treat your mama this year.




RRP £49
Benefits include:
-Gradually helps to fade areas of discolouration
-Improves the appearance of photo-damaged skin -Immediate measurable increase in clarity and smoothness
-Improves the appearance of sun-damaged skin -Immediate results with increase in clarity and smoothness of skin


Jan Marini Green Enzyme Cleanser

RRP £32
-Gradually fades areas of discoloration
-Improves the appearance of sun-damaged skin
-Immediate results with increase in clarity and smoothness of skin
-Assists in removing follicular retention and aids in clearing acne lesions

RRP £28.40
Turn your bathroom into a spa with this indulgent gift set. Box includes:
Happy Buddha Foaming Shower Gel
Touch of Happiness Body Cream
Good Luck Scrub Body Scrub
Fortune Oil Shower Oil

RRP £32.97
Anything that VB is a fan of is good enough for me! Choose out of loads of cute designs on the website, or find them on the shelves in Harrods and Selfridges.

Prices vary.

RRP £42
Also available to personalise with engraving for that special extra touch!


*All items have been gifted to me for this gift guide, with the exception of the Jo Malone candle. However I am always 100% honest in my reviews :)

Monday, 8 February 2016

VALENTINES GIFT GUIDE: FOR HER

VALENTINES GIFT GUIDE

Slightly depressing to put together this gift guide as this is the first year that I have been single for three years! (WAH) So anyone who is secretly in love with me speak now or forever hold your peace!

I didn't want me wallowing in my own self pity to affect my gift guides so here you go you lucky gals! (or should I say lucky guys/clueless boyfriends who have absolutely no idea what to buy their other half this V-Day...I got you.)

Starting top left-clockwise


AGENT PROVOCATEUR LINGERIE SET. Come onnnnn, if Valentines Day isn't a day to rock the AP then I don't know what is!


WILDFOX SLEEP MASK. I love everything from Wildfox. Yes, its a little pricey but this little token is practical, AND cute. #winner


ESSIE POLISH IN 'FIJI'. Big advocate for nude nails atm, and this colour is bound to match anything your girlfriend wears on the big night.


BANDO PASSPORT COVER...Or.....a holiday! Ok, maybe not 3 weeks in the Dominican Republic, but if you've been together a while then why not treat her to a city break? A couple of days away won't cost you more than £200 if you shop around for a good deal. 


VALENTINES CARD. I have to admit, I'm a massive card freak and I always spend ages choosing a really nice/funny/cute one from Paperchase or Urban Outfitters. I just think it makes the gesture of a gift extra special and thoughtful. I like to try and keep them all in a drawer, but now that I am typing this it sounds really weird...Like when am I EVER going to spend the afternoon sat on my bedroom floor looking through all my old cards? If that ever happens then I'm going to need to have a serious word with myself :| or therapy.


NAKED 3 SMOKEY. A smokey eye is SO sexy. Valentines Day all over.

GIORGIO ARMANI 'SI'. I had a lil spray of this in the airport when I was on my way home from Dubai last month and fell in love. Such a gorgeous scent- perfect for date night.

KATE SPADE JEWELLERY PLATE. Kate Spade home ware is just delicious. All of it. And this jewellery plate is the ideal shape for a valentines gift.


So there you have it. Enjoy your day ya filthy animals! (not bitter at all....nope, not me)

Thursday, 4 February 2016

#DREAMBIGGER: ASIAN HIGH TEA @ GRAND PACIFIC, MANCHESTER

Whilst I was living it up in Thailand last month, it made me realise just how little of the world I have actually seen. I've been on holiday every year at least once since as long as I can remember, but apart from living in America for six months when I was in school, I rarely venture out of Europe. The Virgin Dream Bigger campaign was a perfect way for me to gather inspiration for my next exotic getaway. Simply choose up to 8 experiences bucket list style experiences, and your Dream Ticket destination will be unlocked. 

As much as I loved back-packing through Thailand, I do prefer the finer things in life so it was no surprise that my dream destination was Dubai! I would love to brunch in style at the incredible Burj Al Arab, overlooking the glamorous cityscape. However, until I win the lottery I will have to make do with the best that Manchester has to offer.



I decided to take my Mum for 'Asian high tea' at Grand Pacific in Spinningfields, Manchester. I have been lucky enough to dine at Australasia (the restaurant downstairs) before, and absolutely loved it, so I knew I was in for a treat. As you can gather from the name, it's an Asian twist on a traditional afternoon tea. The courses come in 'waves', the first consisting of savouries, and the second, sweets. The high tea also includes a glass of 'Spee Wah', which is Australian champagne.


As a HUGE fan of sushi I was in my element! The 'wave' included salmon, prawn and tuna nigiri, various California rolls, a delicious tofu dish, tuna tartar, prawn wonton, teriyaki (I think!) pork aaaaaaaaaanddd.... a PIGEON spring roll. The thought of eating pigeon does send a little shiver down my spine, but the waitress raved about it so much that I couldn't leave without having a little bite. I can confirm it was DELICIOUS and I ate the whole thing. I can't help thinking though- where do they get the pigeons?!!? I hope it isn't Picadilly train station!


Ladies who lunch


After we had inhaled the first wave, we had a little drink break. I ordered the 'lychee lemonade' which was incredible- not too sweet, and not too strong. I could have drank about ten, but I had to keep reminding myself it was only 1pm on a Sunday. My Mum went for the jasmine flowering tea, which came in the cutest little glass teapot so we could watch the flower 'blossom'.

Stunning!


The best part of the meal! Although I loved the first wave, I am the proud owner of the biggest sweet tooth in the North West, so I couldn't WAIT to see what little Asian delights were going to be presented to us. And I was not disappointed! Starting from the bottom tier, there was a lemon-choux-bun-thing, carrot cake, coconut panna cotta with citrus, frangipan, raspberry meringue, and finally..CHOCOLATE FUDGE CAKE. The richest, densest cake I have ever tasted. And the best part was, each dessert was so tiny that I didn't leave feeling like I needed to book myself in for a gastric bypass. It was just right. My favourite had to be the chocolate cake or the panna cotta- which I have never had before but was pleasantly surprised! 


We finished off our high tea by sharing an Irish coffee. You know- cos it goes so well with sushi :| (My Mums choice). Ignore my fluorescent face- I haven't fallen asleep on the sunbeds, we were sat under the heaters so it was hard to get a photo without looking like I've just had a chemical peel!

I would recommend the Aisian high tea to anyone wanting to try a unique dining experience. It's a great opportunity to spend some quality time with friends or family and the service, atmosphere and food is absolutely faultess.



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