It’s almost the most commercialised, tacky day of the year!

I kid…

What I mean to say was… Soon it shall be the 14th February, the day St Valentine (supposedly) shot you in the ass and you found some love.

Whether you’re spending it with the one you love, your mum or your best girl friends, Veeno is definitely the place to spend it!

Veeno was brought to us by Nino and Andrea, lovers of football, quality wine and authentic food. They only opened their first wine bar in 2013 and have taken the UK by storm, opening 10 bars since then! I was ecstatic to hear that one was opening in Leicester as I love the Nottingham one so much! 

I was kindly invited along to their Selezione Wine Tasting back in November, and it was amazing! It consisted of two white wines, one rose and two reds, accompanied by a platter of appetisers that were specifically chosen to compliment each of the wines. All of this was finished off with a dessert wine and their homemade tiramisu (WHICH WAS TO DIE FOR). All of Veeno’s wines come from their family vineyard in Sicily, Italy, ensuring only the best quality wines make it from their vines to your glass!

It was such a great experience to meet other bloggers, bring my love along and try so many different wines, I never knew I liked rosé until I went Veeno! But I am a red girl at heart ngl.

Anywho, back to the point!

Get booked in as soon as you can, even if it’s not for Valentine’s day. It’s great for all social situations, I even went after work to catch up with my gal pal! (hey Izzy) where we tucked in on a mini cheese board and talked the night away at a little instagrammable table decorated with corks! Such a beautiful place I tell ya.

Veeno really is the perfect setting for a Valentine’s date – for only £26.90pp you and your significant other can partake in this incredible Selezione experience, I am definitely going to book in again. They also cater for vegans & vegetarians too so you wont feel like you’re missing out!

Also, if anyone wants to join me on the Blind Wine Tasting they have on offer, let me know! I’m desperate to try it!

Are you feeling Christmassy? I’m feeling DAMN Christmassy.

We’ve finally touched down in December and now it’s all about mulled wine, blankets and endless amounts of food.

So what’s better than trying out all the new Christmas menus our favourite food retailers have to offer? Nothing I tell you, nothing. Especially when you get to meet some of this lovely lot…

I was invited by the lovely PizzaExpress to check out their newly renovated digs and to try their new Christmas menu. What’s really cool about PizzaExpress is that each of their restaurants are individually designed, and are usually based on well known places, people or historical events from the area. I couldn’t wait to check out what they had done with the place and get my hands on some new fancy food!


Starter: 
Terrina Festa: “A soft terrine of salmon, crab and prawn, served with rocket, house dressing, a wedge of lemon, fresh parsley and flat bread”

Fresh and fishy… in a good way! The nicest starter i’ve had in a while. This was incredibly refreshing and you get a good portion of terrine to use with PizzaExpress’ amazing bread. I would definitely recommend this to fish lovers, ridiculously tasty!


Main Course: 

Cauliflower Cheese Romana: “Roasted cauliflower florets, Pecorino cheese and garlic oil on a creamy cheese & mustard sauce base with pink Tropea onions and pine kernels, finished with fresh parsley and shaved Gran Milano cheese”

I had the Cauliflower Cheese Romana (within minimal cheese hello lactose intolerance) and it was INCREDIBLE! For my fellow lactose intolerant sufferers, you know when you sometimes play the risky game of eat the dairy if you think the food is worth it? This is worth it. I will say I wasn’t fully convinced with cauliflower on a pizza to begin with, but I am never looking back. The mustard in the base was probably my favourite part, it gave the pizza a warming spicy kick… now I’m drooling. Yummy.

Dessert: 

Snowball Dough Balls: “Our famous Dough Balls with cinnamon and icing sugar, served with a vanilla cream dip and a chocolate straw”

Due to stuffing my face with the starter and main there wasn’t much room left for dessert, but did I let that stop me? HELL NO! I absolutely love the famous dough balls at PizzaExpress, so this was a good choice for me. This is great as a sharer as I feel I couldn’t eat al the cream dip to myself (though I did try).

Now I know you’re all frantically putting your shoes and coat on to get down to PizzaExpress as soon as you possibly can, but wait! PizzaExpress have given me a 30% off voucher (now expired) for my readers! Enjoy your little Christmas treat! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did 🙂

 

 

 

 

*A huge thank you to PizzaExpress for inviting me along for a complimentary meal. All words are spoken from the heart and accurate.

 

 

 

This post is incredibly hard for me to write, and not for any other reason than not being able to afford all the hot-as-fuck items in my basket. Whilst trying to save for a trip to Dubai, save spending money for Amsterdam and upgrade my camera I am sobbing into a cup of tea browsing all the beautiful items that could be on my feet, round my waist or resting on my shoulders. But fear not, I will just show you through a really botched paint job what I love about what is in my dreamy basket!

So, instead of taking pictures of me attempting to strut my stuff in my new garms, I will have to compensate by showing the blogger world what I lurve.

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MUCH NICE VERY GOOD I LIKE IT

This little beauty is made to make me feel like a lady, I know it. Fitting in with the autumnal vibe by sporting a beige and yellow jacquard hem, I know it would be worth the 6,500 pennies it is retailing for (for those bad at math, £65). If I owned this, I would wear it with a black winter wooly hat and feel like Taylor Swift.

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MORE JACQUARD? MORE BOMBER? YES PLZ

Ok so every blogger and their dog wants this jacket I’m sure, I first saw it on Asos Anna (dream girl) a while back and I instantly fell in love, I have more recently seen it on Pages By Megan (dream girl #2). At £65 I am hoping it will go into sale, deep down knowing it never will… SOB

freshpaint-0-2016-10-06-09-31-38SO CASUAL SO NICE DRESS UP DRESS DOWN YOU CHOOSE

This tee is amazing, and only £20?! Maybe I can buy this…? I adore the long sleeves and oversized style, oversized is a staple of mine so whenever I have a food pouch no one will know! I am big on embroidery this season, and this tee is fuelling the passion I have for stitching. Missguided Y U DO DIS 2 ME!

freshpaint-0-2016-10-06-09-43-36THE WARMTH, I CAN FEELS IT

I am a cold AF person, so every year I buy about 6 scarfs, and I even wear them during summer. For reals, I do. This scarf is amazing, it is the perfect colours for autumn, it’s huuuge and oooozes style. I need to stop finding stuff that is decent prices, otherwise I will just buy them! This scarf comes at a bargain of £20, and I’m pretty sure there is a matching bag too. HOW ADORABLE.

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Hi, don’t mind me, just in shoe heaven… 

These shoes are something else. I adore the colour, style, heel, material and the laces are dope. These shoes definitely warrant being on my wist list, as they come at a hefty price of £96. Man, I can’t put into words how much I would love to rock these beauties with the oversized embroidered t-shirt dress from Missguided! Help me! Ahhh these would also go so good with the ASOS bomber in my list too! Double SOB!

 

SO there you have it, my tears and dreams condensed into one blog post. I was planning on listing 10 but it’s just too much, I can’t bear it.

Thanks as always for reading you delicious bunch xoxo

Hey all! I have been nominated by the beaut that is Jessica Kennedy to take part in this new challenge, I need to give 7 facts about myself then proceed to nominate 5 bloggers that have less than 1000 followers (i’m basing this on twitter) SOooOoOO here it goes!

  1. I am a full-time Digital Content Officer at De Montfort University, I also studied there and graduated in 2014 with a BA in Media and Communications
  2. I have a severely autistic brother, he is 6″3 but I still give him piggybacks and think he’s my little baby
  3. I love sports, I have played netball since I was 11 years old, and have won trophies for basketball cos I’m a boss 😏
  4. I am in a long term relationship with this guy that’s pretty hilarious and really good at making music, check him out here <3 02.10.2009 <3
  5. I’m a lactose intolerant pescatarian, lol
  6. I am planning on travelling with Native Lingo at the beginning half of next year (hopefully!) so my blog may be taking a bit of a different turn in the next year!
  7. One for the #EastMidsMeetUp girls! I once found a baby pigeon and took it upon myself to raise it. My friend and I did extensive research on how to raise a baby pigeon and 5 or so years later, she still has him! Big up Errol

So hopefully you feel like you know a little bit more about me, although it’s not all that interesting! I am nominating the following babes:

Enjoy girls! Can’t wait to read your 7 facts!

I’m still beaming from my lovely weekend, and not just because I went to IKEA (sejfhns,kdfsjd I LOVE IT!) but because I went to an amazing blogging event called #EastMidsMeetUp based at Manhattan 34 in Leicester!


I have only just stepped into the blogging scene, very new and intrigued by everything I read and who I meet, so I was pretty much pooping my pants heading to the meet up alone, especially because I knew that there were going to be plenty of people I hadn’t met (which by the way, was 99% of the people)

I walked up to Manhattan to join the queue, and thankfully arrived the same time as my gal pal Izzy! (A Dose Of Chatter). With a sigh of relief, I collected my icebreaker and entered the event.

It was the coolest vibe, all my anxious feelings were washed away when I heard Becky Bruce‘s beautiful voice narrating the wave of bloggers capturing their cocktails! I realised I was surrounded by like-minded people, and I had absolutely nothing to worry about.

I went to the bar with Izzy and scoured the menu for anything that included gin. The Secret Garden was absolute heaven. It was so good I basically chugged it whilst I walked over to Angel Eyes’ beauty corner, which was around a 10 second stroll… Oops.

I was lucky enough to have had the chance to trial individual lashes by Angel Eyes. Founder and director Marie (who is an absolute babe by the way) told us about their process, any salon that uses Angel Eye’s lashes need to go through thorough training, so if you’re like me and have seen/heard horror stories of girls losing their eyelashes, feel confident that you can trust Marie’s system, I have been wearing my lashes for 5 days now, not one has fell out and I forget I even have them. Well, until I catch myself in the mirror!

Now I don’t want to over excite you, but there was also a raffle, YES A RAFFLE! Amazing prizes from Peter’s Pizzeria vouchers, tea set for 2 with baked goods, a voucher from Angel Eyes for the bomb-ass eyelashes above, and the mother of all prizes… The Happiness Planner.

Of course, Izzy who mentioned to me moments before her ticket was called out THREE TIMES that she never wins anything bagged herself some vodka jelly, the angel eyes voucher AND The Happiness Planner! I will forgive her one day for stealing my dream. All wasn’t lost though, as I scored myself a No7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Brush which I am obsessed over already <3

So if that wasn’t enough of a highlight, gal pal Izzy and I got chatting to a couple of girls from Danique Hair‘s pop up stand (shout out to Jazzie and Bray) and Bray (more like bae) transformed my hair from a used toilet brush into amazing bouncy curls! She was also rocking an amazing pastel green colour, and I cannot wait for her to get her hands on my hair!

Finally, I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to Emma (Carpe Diem Emmie), Kirstie (Behind The Scent), Lianne (The Brunette Says) and Kirsty (Kirsty Ralph) for organising this amazing event, for the INCREDIBLE GOODIE BAG* and raising money for Rainbows Hospice and Bowel Cancer UK. You girls are absolute inspirations, and I feel extra lucky to have met Emma, Kirstie and Charlotte first in this world we call blogging, because they have opened to many doors for me, meeting amazing girls as I did at this event, so thank you all!

To the girls I didn’t get to speak to, you are all fab, and I cannot wait to get to know you all at the next event!

 

* just want to give a separate shout out to the amazing goodie bags we received! I was honestly over the moon!

  • Matalan – ‘Love is’ wall hanger, heart shaped candle holder AND Mason Jar (could they be any more amazing?!)
  • LAB2 – brush set (cruelty free and SO GOOD)
  • No7 – Stay Perfect Amazing Eyes pencil – (so glam I love it)
  • Carex – ‘Love Hearts’ handwash (so yummy)
  • Lush – Soap bar (I mean, do I even need to comment on how good this is?)
  • Cover Shoot Eyebrow Kit (AMAZING – I bloody love eyebrow kits)
  • Vita Coco water – (I love this forever <3)
  • Merumaya Melting Cleansing balm + temp tattoos (so amazingly cool)
  • Busy B –  pencils (I love anything classed as stationary)