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19 October 2016

48 Hours in Canterbury


A couple of weekends ago, we escaped daily life for a weekend away in Canterbury. It was a glorious weekend, that was spent eating yummy food and exploring.

I thought I would compile a mini travelogue of where we stayed, what we did, and where we ate, in case any of you are thinking of visiting and need some inspiration!


Where we Stayed:

 We decided to stay at the Travelodge Chaucer Hotel, which is literally a stones throw from the main streets of Canterbury. Nearby there are plenty of shops, bars and restaurants. As well as an abundance of quaint, cute cafes! We stayed in a standard double room which was spacious, warm and quiet. The perfect base for exploring.


What We Did

 We arrived early Saturday morning, eager to make the most of our indulgent weekend away, and filled with excitement for our mini adventure. After dropping off our bags we headed off to see the sights. Of course no trip to Canterbury would be complete without a trip to the iconic Canterbury Cathedral. It really is a work of art to look at, and full of history.
 
Here are some other interesting activities to get up to;
 
- Take a boat tour down the river Stour. A fantastic way to see the sights and hear some great tales! Also if you're feeling a bit romantic, you can pay extra to hire the boat for just you and your loved one, pack a picnic, sit back and relax. Bliss.
 
- Visit the Canterbury Tales. A fun for all the family attraction, telling some of Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury tales accompanied by some funny animations, and very odd smells!

- Grab a fresh juice & stroll through the Westgate Gardens, take a picnic blanket and sit a while.

- Explore the ruins of the Norman Castle.

These are just some of the things we got up to on our weekend visit. However, if you have longer there is so much more to see and do! There's plenty of; shopping, walking tours, ghost tours, Howletts Animal park to name a few. Not to mention all of the quaint pubs and mouth watering restaurants to try out!



Where we Ate

Kitch - Kitch is a quaint, healthy café, offering delicious food that's made with the best ingredients. We stopped by for Brunch, and were so glad that we did! I have written a whole blog post dedicated to Kitch as we loved it so much, if you fancy a read, and a drool at the gorgeous food (there's pancakes!) you can find the post. Let's not forget the insta-worthy marble tables too!


The Refectory - Another gorgeous Brunch place! We sat outside in the lovely morning sunshine, watching the world go by. All whilst drinking a flat white, and nibbling on French toast. It was glorious, and I would highly recommend sitting outside, weather permitting of course!


 
The Skinny Kitchen - A healthy food restaurant serving zingy fresh juices, skinny pizza's and healthy puddings! Pizza and pudding? yes please! The décor here is amazing with a monochrome and green style, adorned with copper accessories.  I'm popping up an entire blog post about this place soon, as it does some amazing food, so keep you eyes peeled for that one!
 

 
 
So that concludes my mini travelogue of 48 hours in Canterbury! I hope that you found this interesting/helpful, and if you liked the style of this post let me know. I love to travel and share them here on my blog, but i'm not sure how to set up my posts. Sometimes I like to set them up as a photo diary, where I share all of our photos, then other times I like to share our travels in a more informative travel guide style! Let me know which way you would prefer to see my future travel posts, or if would you like to see a mixture of both? I'm off on Honeymoon to the Dominican Republic soon, and thought that it would be more suited to a photo diary format?
 
 Let me know your thoughts!
 
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3 October 2016

Brunch Goals | Kitch



I recently escaped to Canterbury for the weekend to celebrate my wonderful Fiancés Birthday. We stumbled across Kitch, the most Instagram-worthy Brunch café I have ever seen. I was sold before we even went in!
 
Kitch prides itself on serving fresh, homemade food, using healthy natural ingredients.
 




Kitch has perfect white walls, adorned with picture frames, cute shelves of plants, books, mirrors and more. A very modern take on shabby chic. I particularly loved the marble tables, the perfect design for that brunch flat lay, which, as you can see, I definitely took advantage of!
 




We were seated in the huge bay window. The perfect spot to get the sun on your face, and watch the people below us amble along.

After some deliberation over the menu, we made our choices. I opted for the Buckwheat Pancakes, with berry compote, greek yogurt and granola. Stephen chose the Salmon and Poached egg on Sourdough bread.

I was so impressed when it arrived. It was packed full of flavour, with the creamy yogurt and the tangy burst of the berries. Mix that with the crunch of the granola, and the fluffiness of the pancakes, you have heaven on a plate.

Stephen's egg was cooked to perfection, and it satisfyingly oozed over the bread on first cut.

I can honestly say that it was one of the best Brunches I've ever had, and if we go back to Canterbury again, we will definitely be paying Kitch another visit!

 
Where's your favourite brunch spot?
















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6 September 2016

Covershoot Cosmetics Review | AD


[AD] When I was contacted by Covershoot Cosmetics to see if I would be interested in trying out their new line of cosmetics, I jumped at the chance. I love discovering brands and trying out new looks with my make-up. I'm constantly changing it up, and striving to improve my skills. Covershoot Cosmetics are a newly emerging, affordable, make-up brand, that already have a few products released in Savers and Poundland. I was intrigued to find out more about their range.

When my Blogger Box arrived, I couldn't wait to get stuck in and test out the products. I loved the presentation, from the simple classic box, to the pretty pink paper. There had definitely been some thought put into the whole presentation.

 Inside my box, there was; An eyebrow kit, A contour kit, a grey smokey eye palette, a neon bright eye palette & a Twist Pot nail varnish remover.




I first tested out the Grey Smoky eye palette. I love the smooth, easy to blend texture of these shadows. They apply so easily, and the pigmentation is buildable, from a subtle smoky look, to a striking, glamorous evening look.  Another thing I love is the shade range. To say that the palette only has 5 shades, they cover all angles perfectly. You have the lightest shade for your brow and inner corner highlight, two lid shades (if your going for a more subtle look, you could use the lighter lid shade all over, and the middle one as your crease defining colour). Then there's two crease colours, again, depending on how striking you want the look to be, you can use either, for two completely different looks. The packaging is simple, easy to clean and compact, making it convenient to pop in your make-up bag. It's the perfect little travel palette.






I'm not going to lie, this palette scared me a bit! If you've read my blog for a while, you'll know that I'm a huge lover of a neutral smoky eye. So being faced with the prospect of a neon palette really daunted my play-it-safe self. However, that being said, these colours are going to be perfect for creating unique make-up looks, and gave me an amazing idea for a Halloween look that I will be creating very soon - Keep your eyes peeled! Similarly to the grey smoky palette the pigmentation is good and very buildable. They blend together easily and apply smoothly.



The Contour Kit is one of my favourite products by Covershoot Cosmetics. It consists of three cream colours; one dark contour colour, one medium bronzer and one highlight colour.

For my paler skin, I decided to use the bronzer as my contour, which was the perfect match. It applied so well and didn't smudge my other face products. It was easy to build up the colour, and achieve the look I wanted. Another bonus to this contour kit is it wasn't orange and there's no shimmer in it, which I was really pleased about. It really creates a lovely warm natural glow to the face. What I also love is the fact that it comes with a 'how to' guide on the inside of the lid, which shows you where to apply the products. This is great if  your new to the world of contouring and highlighting, as you will find it much easier to use! It's the perfect little kit for any starter make-up bag and I would say it's definitely a make-up staple.


 The Eyebrow Kit is similar to the contour kit in the fact that it comes with an easy to follow guide, perfect to help you get those brows looking striking. I particularly love how it's a complete set, containing the cutest mini tweezers and handy angled brush. Again it's perfect for those of you who are looking to build the foundations of your make-up kit, or for travelling, as it's so compact, yet has all you need! The pigmentation, like other Covershoot Cosmetics powders, is really lovely and very buildable. However, unfortunately for me, the beige colour is still a tad too dark for my very blonde brows, but it's the perfect kit for those of you lovely dark browed ladies. Since Brows have been the fore front of every beauty regime this year, this palette would be really useful at making applying your brows in the morning effortless.


 The final product I got to test out in my Blogger Box is this little beauty! The Twist Pot Nail Varnish Remover. This is seriously my new holy grail nail product, I've never found it easier to remove my nail varnish. You simply dip your finger inside the pot, which has sponges soaked in nail varnish remover inside, give it a few twists, remove your finger, Et Voila! The nail polish is all gone. No faffing around with cotton wool stuck to your fingers, or using half a bottle of remover on one finger. So simple to use and mess free! It doesn't smell too bad either which is always a bonus!







Overall, I'm really impressed by Covershoot Cosmetic's range of products, and because they are a new brand I'm excited to see what the future holds for them. I already have my eye on their Baked Highlighters. I will also definitely be keeping the Twist Pot in my every day essentials, as it's such a lovely concept and so easy to use!




If anything has taken your fancy, you can find out more about Covershoot Cosmetics range on their website, or if your a social being like myself, you can also find out more via their Twitter account .

A huge thank you to Covershoot Cosmetics for sending me these gorgeous products to try out!
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*Items in this post were gifted to me, all opinions given are my own.


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12 July 2016

A Weekend Escape | Baytree House, Harrogate



We set off Friday morning for a long weekend in Harrogate for my Birthday and a bit of R & R.  After what seemed like an eternity, we pulled up at the stunning Baytree House, a strikingly beautiful B&B situated on the corner of a picturesque street. Our home for the weekend.


If you follow me on Instagram, you'll have gathered that I'm home décor obsessed. Baytree House did not disappoint! You arrive through a pretty floral front garden, which leads up to the beautiful porch. The pale grey door and chandelier entrance are captivating. I already knew I was going to love it here before we made it through the second door!




We were led up to the second floor and shown to our room, number 10. It was bright, spacious and inviting. We had a huge sleigh bed, and a little snug single bed! A perfect corner for a coffee and a good book!






The bathroom was exquisite, with gorgeous tiles and a generous sized shower, it was everything you could want. I particularly loved the little extra touches; the mini shampoo & shower gels, as well as the shoe bag on the door. It's the little things that make a place so much more homely.


After returning back to the B&B from our first day of exploring, we dove straight into our big comfy bed, and fell into a peaceful slumber, almost immediately!


Morning came all too soon, but breakfast was on the cards, and we were excited to see what there was on offer. Plus, I had spied the pretty dining room when we first arrived, and couldn't wait to have a proper nosey around it!




The dining room is so homely and is very country chic in design, with little ornamental hens dotted around, and flowers on the tables.


There was a wide choice for the continental breakfast which included; home baked bread, fresh fruit, yogurt and a good selection of cereals. There was also a cooked breakfast option, which had so much variety to choose from too. There was; eggs benedict, a full Yorkshire breakfast (which also had a vegetarian option!), porridge and more!


We opted for the Yorkshire breakfast and Porridge with Honey, and it was delicious! Also how cute is that honey pot!










 We were very impressed, it was super filling and delicious. A good hearty way to set us up for another day of exploring.


  Overall, we had a wonderful stay at Baytree House, and I would definitely go back again. The location is perfect, as you can just walk straight into Harrogate centre, where all the bars and restaurants are. The owners are brilliant, they made us feel comfortable and welcome from the moment we arrived, and most importantly the room was perfect.


  We had the best relaxing stay, which was much needed amid the hectic wedding planning we have going on right now - as well as home renovations! Life is all go, and a break was just what the doctor ordered, we feel re-charged and ready to carry on!













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27 January 2016

Our Stay at Ox Pasture Hall Hotel*


 Last weekend I was invited to Scarborough, to stay at the stunning . I jumped at the opportunity to be able to spend time with my partner in such mesmerizing surroundings. The approach to the hotel itself was beautiful, long winding roads steeped with lush, green countryside, I was in awe. We arrived around 2:30pm and we were warmly greeted at the reception desk. We then were led through two picturesque court yards, which would make ideal spots to relax in during summer,  to our *.



 We were shown into our room and I was immediately blown away by how impeccable it was. With huge windows over looking the grounds, and pretty, rustic chandeliers, it was impressive. What I admired most about the room was the attention to detail, and how the décor fitted so perfectly with the surroundings. It definitely captured that luxury country feel.


 The first room you enter is the sitting room. The focal point of this room is definitely the view, I loved being able to look out over then pond and watch the geese in the morning. It had a lovely comfortable sofa, large TV, CD player and a well equipped Tea station. Again it was the sweet little touches that grabbed my attention, such as the bottles of water and the little bag of delicious fudge. It's these little touches that made our stay at Ox Pasture Hall so memorable.

 

Just off of the sitting room was the bedroom, which also featured a captivating view, alongside a huge king size bed. After the mandatory bed test I was delighted to discover not only an iron and proper ironing board, but also two white fluffy robes! It's safe to say they didn't stay in the wardrobe long!





 Last up is my favourite room, the luxury bathroom. It is dreamy, featuring not only a free standing, rainfall head shower, but also a deep glossy bathtub and twin sinks! As you can see I put the huge bath tub to good use and indulged in a sensationally relaxing bubble bath, it was nice to have a bath where the water actually covered you completely!

  Included in our stay was the chance to dine at Ox Pasture Hall Hotel's Courtyard Restaurant.
We were seated in the cosy bar, in front of a roaring open fire, whilst we perused the menu.








 We were taken into the dining area and presented with a lovely bottle of Prosecco on ice. We had chosen our three courses*, which were served promptly and piping hot, just the way we like it. For starters I chose the Vegetable Soup and my partner chose scallops, both of which were packed full of flavour. We were also given an accompaniment of freshly baked breads in the flavour fruit and nut, and cheese and chive. The cheese one was my favourite!

  For mains I opted for Whole Hartlepool Landed Lemon Sole, and the Mr chose the 8oz Rump Steak. My Sole came with Brown Shrimp, capers and potato dumplings. My palette is, what I would call, quite juvenile, in the sense that I can be a fussy eater! I was apprehensive as to whether I would like my main, but it was very delicious and full of flavour. The Mr vouched that his steak was exquisite, as he polished off his plate.

 Dessert came around, and it's my favourite part of any meal! I opted for Passion Fruit Cheesecake with Lemon Tart Ice Cream and Frozen Pina Colado. This was super sweet and tangy from the lemon and passion fruit, it was the perfect dessert to finish the meal.  My other half chose the classic, Sticky Toffee Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce, which I may, or may not, have had a nibble of, and can happily say it's the best I've ever tasted! We Finished our Prosecco and headed back to our room for tea and bed.


 
Ox Pasture Hall Hotel is situated in 17 acres of land, right on the North Yorkshire Moors. It's the perfect base for exploring- and dogs are welcome! Why not bring your furry friend along and enjoy strolling through the moors.
 
 If this doesn't whet your whistle, Scarborough Town is only 2 miles away, where you can pop in and out of the cute boutique stores, or take a walk along the pier with fish and chips in hand (Watch out for those seagulls!). We enjoyed walking along the beach up to the pretty colourful beach huts and finished the day with fish and chips at Winking Willies Famous Fish & Chip Shop.
 




 We decided to make a whole weekend out of the trip and also pay a visit to the pretty seaside town of Whitby, which is only a 20 minute drive from Ox Pasture Hall Hotel. We went up to the famous Whitby Abbey (make sure you have your walking shoes on, it's 199 steps up!) and saw the stretch of embankment where Dracula was said to have landed. Afterwards we went in search of more food! The Mr munched away on Scampi, whilst I had fish cake and chips! It was very much a weekend of indulgence in all senses of the word!



 Overall, we had the best weekend away. It was refreshing to escape from it all, enjoy nature and spend time together. I would highly recommend a stay at Ox Pasture Hall Hotel, it is the perfect base for exploring, as well as being a brilliant hotel to relax in luxurious surroundings. The staff are all friendly and attentive and we loved the attention to detail the hotel has. We would definitely love to visit again, especially in summer, as I can imagine just how beautiful it would be to sit outside in those courtyards!
 
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*All Items marked with the asterisk were gifted to me. Opinions given are all my own.

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