Monday, 29 July 2013

Holiday packing... Argh.....!


My holiday is fast approaching and my insanity journey is coming to an end! I can't believe how much better I feel in myself and I vainly find myself checking out my flat stomach in the mirror when I get the chance :p it's amazing to think that with a little effort and some healthier food choices you can make such a change in such a small space of time. It might seem like a mountain at the beginning but in reality in time it becomes more of a steep hill and you CAN and you WILL conquer it. 

Now, onto the purpose of this post... Holiday packing. The worst part of holidays. Well if its got you all in a panic, I'm here to help! Follow my ten basic steps to perfect holiday packing:

1. Start with the essentials, track down your passport, your travel insurance documents (if you haven't already got any get it sorted NOW, its just not worth the risk!) travel money, camera, phone, chargers. 

2. Next it's time to get down to the fun part! Your outfits: you need to create a mini capsule wardrobe so pick pieces that you can mix and match.

3. Try to make your outfits multifunctional, think beach to bar, day to dinner. Versatile dresses can be worn during the day, then whack on some wedges and some show stopping jewellery and you'll be away! 

4. Cut your makeup down! It's most likely going to be hot. So you don't need alllll those lotions and potions. I know us girls like to be prepared, but treat your makeup like your wardrobe, you wouldn't wrap up in a sweater during the height of summer so don't slap your face full of products that will just slide off in the heat. My favourite summer product is BB cream as its light and still offers good coverage. 

5. Scarves! Take one. They double up as sarongs on the beach, a headscarf to stop scalp burn and a cute colourful accessory to brighten up your outfits!

6. Take lots of bikinis or costumes! Pick ones that make you feel confident. They are small and take up hardly any space so you don't need to worry about over packing those. 

7. Everyone says mums know best and my mum always told me "always pack as if you're going away for 7 days, no matter how long you're going for and you'll always have enough" 

8. When narrowing down your choices, lay everything out on your bed so you can see each piece you're keeping. Now be ruthless and cut what you're taking in half! You'll cut out all those pieces you probably won't wear. 

9. Pick one bag to back. You'll already probably be taking a handbag, so you only need one small bag for evenings. Same rule applies to shoes, unless you live in heels, narrow it down to one pair of dressy sandals, a pair of flip flops and one pair of heels.

10. If all else fails, get a friend to sit on your suitcase and do the zip up! At least I tried :p

Until next time! 

Enjoy your holidays! 

B x





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Saturday, 27 July 2013

Wine is fine, but cocktails are better...

Friday night I had the pleasure of attending a cocktail tasting at spirit wine, hosted by the chester wine school.

Before we got a taste we got a run down of each of our spirits, then the fun began! 


























The first was disaronno and we tasted my favourite cocktail of the night! Disaronno sour! If you'd like to try it the ingredients are 25ml disaronno, 1 teaspoon of sugar, 1/2 lemon squeezes and Ice! As simple as that! 


We also got some beautiful cupcakes which were an unusual cocktail of flavours. I think my favourite was the sailor jerries and cinnamon! 

All in all I had a fab night of giggles and learnt a lot. 

Remember bloggers, enjoy drinking responsibly! 

Until next time!

B x 




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Thursday, 18 July 2013

Another gorgeous weekend...

Last weekend I got the pleasure of attending my boyfriends sisters wedding reception at the beautiful Shrigley hall. With cascading hills and stone lions to boot this place screamed total luxury from the second you ride up the winding hill drive.




















We started with some drinks out in the terrace which has a BBQ and drinks shack so you don't even need to leave the sunshine. 

Once we settled in the dining hall we were greeted with our beautiful wedding favours, a mix of chocolates, just married rock and love hearts. A great on budget alternative to do it yourself favours! 




For my meal I selected tomato soup to start, chicken for main and cheesecake for dessert. I couldn't fault a morsel. The cheesecake being my personal favourite. (although I am a bit of a cheesecake fiend) 

If golf is your thing then this picture may do it for you: 



However if relaxation is more your thing, I've heard great things about the spa too! If all else fails the amazing decor will get you at hello! 





How gorgeous is this staircase? I could just imagine a beautiful bride descending it on her big day.


Until next time, 

Enjoy the sunshine 

B x

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Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Teeny tiny bikini...

Hello blogosphere... If my blog title has you in deep sweats of panic, imagining your holiday just weeks away... Then don't worry! I'm here! Incase you hadn't heard, I'm jetting off on holiday in a few weeks time and I can't wait! To get me in the holiday mood I thought I'd share my favourite bikinis I've spotted this summer: 



I absolutely love this bikini! It's perfect for the curvier girl, Whilst still allowing her to look chic and have fun with the colour. The detail is so fun and its top of my list this summer as the go to bikini! £34 - Topshop




I love how pretty this swimming costume is. It's great for the days where you need to cover up from the sun, whilst still looking on style (Daisy's are big news this summer) £24.99 - New look - Kelly brook range





For you bustier ladies, do not fear, whatshedid is here, I've got you covered! Check out this gorgeous coloured number from asos mix and match. Available in DD+ £14 - Asos





For all you international skinny Minnie's this is the knockout bikini for you! Chic, but cheeky, why not dare to bare in this blue glue bikini! I discovered this brand on none other than Instagram and I just love all of their stuff! Prices available at blue-glue.com 




Working a fresh tan? Show it off with this scuba style bikini in a daring colour! £25 -River Island. 

Still at River Island... And for all you English rose girls out there check out this gorgeous flowery number...



River Island - Top - £18



Polka dots are so cute and I can't get enough of this beaut from very.com and what's even better the bottoms lift your bum! 


Hope this helps you girlies on a hunt for your perfect summer bikini... Next blog, how to perfect your bikini bod... 

Until next time 

B x











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