Friday, 24 June 2016

The AM/PM Tag!

am to pm blogger tag questions

I love a good blogger tag post, also known as the 'I don't know what to post about so let's post a tag' post! Jokes aside, I think they're a great way of getting to know the being behind the blog! Plus, I'm just really nosey and I figure you are too! I found this tag over on Sophies blog; Essential Twenty, so make sure you stop by and check out her answers too!

In the AM

What is your morning beauty routine?
I try and keep it quick and simple, the sooner I’m ready the sooner I can get out of the door and on with the day! Plus I’m half asleep for most of the morning so anything that is bleary-eyed friendly is a winner! I cleanse with No7 foaming facial cleanser, then follow with my Derma V10 eye cream and Olay beauty fluid. Done!

What’s for breakfast?
Porridge is my go-to most morning, topped with chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds and honey. When I’ve got a bit more time, I love having eggs for breakfast, usually part-boiled with soldiers - yes, I still call them soldiers!

Coffee or tea?
Tea - green - after my detox drink. I start every morning with a cup of half hot, half cold water with honey, cinnamon, matcha and a slice of lemon mixed in. It kick starts my body and helps to flush out any toxins without giving you an upset stomach - just a really big wee!

How long does it take to get out the door?
I get up at 7am and I’m out the door by 8.30am, but I do have a pretty laid back morning. I can be up and out in 10minutes if I have to be, just don’t expect my shoes to match!

What is your go-to makeup look on a fuss-free morning?
Mascara. Done. I don’t tend to wear a full face most days, so a lick of mascara is all I need to feel that touch more put together. Is that fuss-free enough for you?

In the PM

What is your evening beauty routine?
It depends on the day! Most nights I cleanse with Lush’s Ultrabland, but twice a week I use Murad’s AHA/BHA exfoliator. I follow with my Derma V10 eye cream and Origins Night-a-Mins. On the nights I’ve exfoliated, I use Origins Drink up Intensive overnight mask

Snack time! What’s in the bowl?
Lately, cake! I’ve been having a slice of my Mums homemade bun loaf most nights with a cup of tea. Bun loaf is basically a fruit cake with lots of brandy in it, Mum makes them every Christmas and they mature over time and taste better the longer you let them mature! It’s so good!

How do you wind down and prep for bed?
I love to read and write before bed. It’s something I’ve done for years and it really helps me sleep. The writing helps me dump onto paper anything that might be bothering me, thoughts that might keep me awake, and reading has always relaxed me!

Cozy up! What are you wearing to sleep?
Pjs! I don’t mind shorts or a full-length bottom, but I have to have a full t-shirt, I can’t stand stringy vests or tanks!

What are some things you must do before hitting the hay?
OK! This might sound odd but before I even think about going to bed I end up doing a quick pick up around the house, putting dishes away, cleaning the sink, emptying the kettle, checking the windows and doors are shut, then I can start getting ready for bed! I’m not the only one, am I?

I tag YOU!

Until next time,

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

*Royal Afternoon Tea with Browns Bar and Brassiere.

royal afternoon tea browns

The Queen and I have a few things in common, our regality (ok, a girl can dream, can’t she?), our taste for the finer things in life, and using our birthdays as reasons for month long celebrations. With celebrations having run throughout the month of June up and down the country, Browns Bar and Brassiere have launched a limited edition Royal Afternoon Tea fit for a queen, or anyone who fancies themselves one for the day!

royal afternoon tea browns

I popped along to my local Browns in Liverpool One this weekend, the Mr in tow, promising him an afternoon of sophistication, and scrumptious goodies. I love a good afternoon tea, and after being thoroughly spoilt the last time I had one, over at The Tea Parlour, the bar was already set high. Mid afternoon on a Saturday was putting their service to the test, the place was booming so it was a good job we had a reservation. We were seated quickly and had a British Royal Cocktail put in-front of us before we had even gotten comfy. Vodka, prosecco, rose hip and rhubarb cordial with a splash of apple juice and topped with blackberries, it was so refreshing after the heated hustle and bustle we fought through to get to the restaurant and strong! 

After putting in our hot drinks orders, we were presented with a three tiered art deco tower jam packed with delicate delights. On the bottom tier; coronation chicken, smoked salmon and, egg and cress. Each served up on a sweet brioche roll, the coronation chicken was a clear winner, a filling that has been added to the menu in celebration of our dear Queenie. 

royal afternoon tea browns

Moving onto what I was most looking forward to, the cakes! On offer; lemon and early grey cake, salted caramel profiterole, Pimms jelly topped creme brûlée and a red velvet. The clear winner here was the profiterole, it even impressed the Mr and he really doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth. The lemon and early grey cake was nice, though a bit dry, and the red velvet really creamy and sweet, which I loved but the Mr could take or leave. The Pimms jelly creme brûlée was…interesting. I really couldn’t get my head around the taste or texture, it was something totally different and unexpected. 

royal afternoon tea browns

Finishing off, the scones! No afternoon tea is completed without a scone smothered in jam and cream. We had one fruit and one plain each. The scones were easily the best part of the whole thing! They were still warm and baked perfectly. The clotted cream and jam tasted great, but the question here is; how do you spread yours? Cream then jam or jam then cream? Answers on a postcard (or a comment will suffice!). 

royal afternoon tea browns

Available throughout the month of June, Browns Royal Afternoon Tea is an absolute treat, coming in at *£17.95 per person, you’ll get a British Royal cocktail each, an afternoon tea for 2 people, and a hot drink of your choice. It’s a truly British way to celebrate our Queens birthday, to chill out after a shopping spree and to thoroughly spoil yourself like it’s your birthday!

Do you prefer a more traditional afternoon tea or something with a weird and wonderful twist?

Until next time,

Browns Bar and Brassiere kindly provided the afternoon tea in exchange for this review. All thoughts and opinions are 110% my own :) For more information, see my disclaimer here.

Monday, 20 June 2016

Pandora #MakeitRose with Marie Claire Magazine

pandora rose gold jewellery

Last week I popped along to my local Pandora store in Liverpool One for their #MakeitRose launch with Marie Claire magazine. I’m like a magpie when it comes to anything and everything shiny, and am slowly building what I would consider a very meaningful and shiny jewellery collection. One thing it’s severely lacking is some rose gold - which as a blogger, is probably some kind of sin - #bloggerfail. So I went along hoping Pandora and Marie Claire was going to save my blogging soul and give me some rose gold inspiration for my collection. 

The season of the ring is upon us folks, and though I’m not much of a ring wearer, my hands are just so childlike, I can’t find anything that really suits my little fingers, Pandora have brought out some too lovely to ignore pieces that are so dainty and delicate, even my little fingers could pull them off. I was especially taken with their dazzling daisy band (£75) that screams Spring Faerie, and their signature bow ring (£55) that is dainty beyond words. This year it’s all about stacks and mixed metals, and I saw many a sales assistant, and the Marie Claire fashion editor herself sporting silver stacked with rose, and gold stacked with silver rings of all sizes, from your traditional ring to rings that came just past your nails. Not exactly my cup of tea size wise, but I love the look of the metals mixed with each other. 

pandora rose gold jewellery

Pandora is one of my favourite jewellery brands, I am obsessed with their charms, especially their leather wrap bracelets, of which I have acquired several since they launched a while back. I have pathetically tiny wrists that make bangles and traditional bracelets difficult to wear, but Pandoras wraps and charm bracelets fit like a glove. Their current rose collection has several delightful charms that would look stunning on any charm bracelet. Everything about the collection screams sparkle, it all catches the light superbly and instantly glams up the simplest of outfits. Pandora jewellery is all about being able to treat yourself with affordable luxury pieces that are timeless, effortless and meaningful, of which I might have treated myself to a little something on the night purely because I decided I deserved it. Why the hell not? We all deserve a little luxury now and then!

pandora rose gold jewellery

Flighty feathers are bang on trend this year but don’t think that means wearing a simple set. Oh no. It’s all about mismatching, mixing, the imbalance of a stud in one ear and a bold statement piece in the other, think a laid back rock and roll Kate Moss. Mismatch your pieces, mix up your metals and make your own statement. Now, thats a trend I can get on board with! It’s also a great way of recycling some older pieces, giving them new life by mixing them with one or two new statement pieces in your collection. 

Remember I told you I might have treated myself on the night? I ended up coming home with these stunning Pandora Signature earrings (£65). My inner magpie, and the enabling voice that was Danielle wouldn’t let me leave without them. They are ridiculously shiny for something so small and catch the light even on the dullest of days. Though I’ve paired them with a dainty silver necklace, I already have my eye on the matching Pandora Signature charm (£45). Shopping with Danielle, Danielle and Katy was so much fun, even if I did end up doing a little damage to my credit card haha!

pandora rose gold jewellery

The rules are out the window this season, so how will you #MakeitRose and stack your style?

Until next time, 

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