Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Bank Holiday Monday fun in the sun...

OOTD: Blazer: from my VBF, Top: Asda (old), Jeans: Levi's, Bag: Primark (new) £6, Shoes: Primark (old)
 With another Bank Holiday Monday approaching (yippeeeee!!) I thought I best get my skates on and show you what I got up to during the last one!!  These photographs were taken at Seaham, down by the sea front (hence the incredibly windswept hair!), and for all it was a little chilli it was such a lovely day.  There's a new cafe in Seaham right down beside the mariner and lifeboat centre called 'The Lookout' and it is absolutely gorgeous.  They do the best tray baked cakes ever (their mint Aero cake is like a party in your mouth!) and the best part is that the location is perfect! On a sunny day you can sit on the balcony and admire a beautiful sea view! For those with pets, you can even take your dog along with you (as long as you sit in the outdoor area).  A word to the wise however, as it's a great little place, on a lunch time it gets really busy, so be prepared to wait for a seat...but to be honest you'd be mad not too!  After we'd had our delicious cheese and ham paninis, and shared a bucket of chips, we decided to take five and chill by the sea...oh I do like to be beside the seaside!! You can check out 'The Lookout' here, and if you get chance to visit...I'd love to hear all about it!

For those who will get the chance, have a fabulous Bank Holiday Monday!

xxx

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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Lush-Immaculate Eggception a quick review...

So, those of you that have been reading my blog for a while will know that I absolutely adore Lush stuff, I honestly cannot get enough of it, particularly the bubble bars and bath bombs.  I wrote in my Easter blog that my lovely Mama L bought me an 'Immaculate Eggception' bath bomb as a little Easter present, so I thought I'd do a little review.  The egg was huge, even though it looks teeny in the top photo (apologies for the dullness of the photos, the light in my bathroom is rubbish!), and it smelled absolutely devine!  I left it in my office room at home for a couple of days before I used it as I couldn't get enough of the smell, it smelled like sweets and good enough to eat...although I probably wouldn't recommend it...think of the pink froth that would be inside you ha ;).  When my Mam bought the bomb, the girl told her that if you smashed the egg it would do more than one bath, as there was a second part to the bomb inside which you could hear when you gave it a rattle.  This is personal preference but I wanted to use it all in one go.  A cute little extra as well, on the label it said you would have either a bunny or a chick inside, and mine as you can see from the photos was obviously the chick.  Okay, so first of all, I loved the array of colours that came out of the bomb when I dropped it into the bath, particularly when the chick popped out and left a lovely yellow glow all around it!  Second, and the best part, once the bomb was dissolved, it made the water silky smooth, so when I got out of the bath my skin felt and smelled amazing!  I was really pleased about this, as I was a little underwhelmed by the Valentine's Locket bomb I bought earlier in the year, which basically just coloured the water and apart from that, you couldn't really tell that I'd used a bomb at all!  On the whole I was really pleased with this little Easter beauty and I think it's well worth its £6.95 price tag, so I'd definitely give it a good solid 8 of out 10!  Fancy trying one for yourself? They're still available here!

What's your favourite Lush product?
xxx

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Sunday, 20 April 2014

Hope you had an eggs-cellent Easter...

Hello lovelies...

Today I received the best Easter present I could've wished for...I Dream of Coco, this little blog, has reached 80 followers on Bloglovin'!!! I know compared to some blogs that is a relatively small number, but to me it means the whole world that people are interested in my fashion and lifestyle ramblings...so to all of the lovely people that take time to read, THANKS SO MUCH!!!  And if you're new, hi! How're ya doin'?

Anyhoo, today's post is a quick roundup of how I spent my Easter.  I feel like I owe you about six blogposts, I've had so much going on that my head is buzzing with ideas, but I thought I'd keep it current ha!  So, we don't really make a big deal of Easter to be honest, but we always visit my Mister's parents in Richmond, North Yorkshire and have a lovely Sunday dinner and tea there, and this year was no egg-ception (sorry I'll stop now!).  I always like to contribute to the meal in some way, so this year I baked a cake for after tea...what do you think?

I made a similar one last year and was really pleased with how it turned out, and it's dead easy to make.  I used the base part of a Giant Cupcake silicon mould to make the cake itself, and I doubled up the ingredients to make it a bit bigger (8oz/200g of margarine, 8oz/200g self-raising flour, 8oz/200g caster sugar and 4 medium eggs).  If you want a Victoria Sandwich recipe (I always use one for making my sponge) there's a great and simple one here!  Most Giant Cupcake moulds come with a separator which you fit on top of the base mould, then when the cake rises it creates an inverted dome shape in the top of your cake...in this case perfect for a birds nest!!!  With this cake, I sliced it in half when it had cooled and added raspberry jam and butter icing to the centre, then used the remainder of the butter icing on top of the cake as the base of the nest.  To create the nest effect, I just used broken up Cadbury's flakes and then added Mini-Eggs to the centre and voila! Your very own bird's nest cake (and it was yummy too, even if I do say so myself!).

We arrived in Richmond at dinnertime, had a cracking Sunday dinner, then headed off for a lovely walk around Easby and Richmond to make room for tea!  Here's what we saw...


Most of the pictures are the remains of Easby Abbey, and although I've seen it a few times, I always find it quite breathtaking.  I absolutely love Richmond, and I must have a million photographs of views of the river Swale, but yet I can never resist taking more!  Richmond is so picturesque so if you haven't been, choose a nice day and visit...but it's the hilliest place on Earth so don't wear heels!!! 

After our little stroll, we headed back and chilled out before tucking in to Sunday tea, then before long we were back in the car and heading home again.  It goes so quickly, but its always nice once in a while to spend a lovely day with family.

I was pleased with my little Easter gifts too.  My Mister bought me an appropriate Easter egg about a month ago.  I'm not going to lie, it only lasted long enough for me to take a picture of it, I'm not going to pretend I only ate it today!! But even so it was yummy...


A egg fit for a fashionista perhaps?!

And I also got some lovely gifts yesterday and today...
 
The creme egg Easter egg is from my Mister's Mam, we'll call her Mama P :) she spoiled us rotten today with some lovely food then sent us packing with a lovely Easter treat!  The Lush egg (which I am super-excited about using!) is called Immaculate Eggception and was a present from lovely Mama L.  I'll do a quick post about it after I've used it, but I can tell you now, it smells absolutely amazing!! And last but not least, the Lindt Carrot is from my lovely VBF.  I absolutely loved these when I saw them in Tesco's and Fenwicks and was talking to her about them, and unbeknown to me she'd already bought me one...! Psychic sisters methinks...thanks lovely <3

I hope you've had an amazing Easter, whatever you got up to! I'd love to hear all about it...feel free to tell me all about it!
Happy Easter lovelies 
xxxx

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Sunday, 13 April 2014

Mother's Day treats for my special lady...

Ola!

Gosh I've been busy! I can't believe I've had a week off, my feet haven't yet touched the ground! So sorry for neglecting you my lovelies.  So, how is everyone?!

I feel like I have so much to tell you, and I was going to do a goodies post (things I've purchased etc etc) but thought I'd start with this one instead.  Yes, I know I'm a bit late, but I want to tell you about Mother's Day!  My Mama L is my everything, so this Mother's Day I decided to take her for an extra special treat.  A new Jamie's Italian has just opened in Newcastle, and what better way to celebrate a day with your Supermam, than with a bit of retail therapy followed by a spot of dinner?

We started off in our usual hotspot...Fenwicks, for a wander round the designer section (a girl can always dream...even when she's saving for a holiday!!!) then up to the craft section so Mam could treat herself to a few bits and pieces.  My Mam is an avid crafter, and extremely good at it too, so there's always something she needs for card-making and whatnot! Then from there we browsed the makeup counters and Quel Surprise, I couldn't resist treating myself to another new Chanel lipstick...what is wrong with me??!!! Ha! I chose No 46 Liberte this time, another lipstick from the Rouge Coco Shine collection, and gorgeous on the lips! Quite subtle, with a warm orange tone to it and perfect for every day! I'm not going to lie, I don't know a lot about makeup, but I love the Chanel counter...maybe I should start walking past it with my eyes closed?!  I also enjoyed talking to the lovely girl who served me about Chanel's apartment at 31 Rue Cambon...I cannot wait to go to Paris, eeeeeek!!!

 A little swatch to give you an idea...and I love a Chanel giftbag!


After much wandering, and scouring Primark for the perfect little monochrome bag (my little £6 bargain of the day!) we stopped for a coffee and a leg rest at Costa, then wandered some more before heading to Jamie's at 5.  We were a little early, so dabbled in a spot of afternoon drinking (mocktails for me, don't drink and drive kids!) before we sat down for our meal.  I always love visiting a new Jamie's, as every one is different from the last, and I love the layout of this one.  But you don't need me to explain...take a look for yourself...




From top to bottom: Pretty lights and the bar, then upstairs in the restaurant




A few drinks at the bar with my gorgeous Mama L, and a Mama/Daughter selfie!
My Mocktail was a lovely 'Berry Blast' mmm so refreshing!

Another Mocktail..Ginger Mojito <3
 A bread basket and Olives to share, followed by a yummy Lasagne and a Prawn Liguine for Mama L!  Doesn't she look funky in her Vivienne Westwood tee?

We had a really great day, I always love shopping with my Mam, it's always nice to spend some quality time together! As for Jamie's? I'd really recommend it! The York restaurant is still my favourite, but this one is a close second! If you're going to go I'd recommend you book; they're always so busy! You can check out the menu and book here! 

Last but by no means least, here's a shot of my bargain bag...I can't wait to use it.  After all, you can never have too many handbags, right...?

Current line: Primark £6
I hope you had a lovely day with the special lady in your life, whatever you got up to!
xxx

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