Thursday, 25 June 2015

A post-anniversary trip to York...

Hello lovelies!

Those of you that are regular readers of my blog (thank you muchly btw!) will remember that for our ten year anniversary my Mister and I visited Dublin (here and here).  What was meant to be a fun and romantic trip away ended in disaster as poor Mr P was ill and bed bound pretty much the whole time we were there.  We don't have the best track record with holidays as it goes, but I'm always determined for us to have a good time so when we returned from Dublin, I booked an impromptu trip to York to make up for the disaster!!  I figured that at least York isn't far from home, so any bed bound related illnesses this time could easily be rectified!

York, thankfully, was perfect!  We stayed at the absolutely gorgeous Best Western Dean Court Hotel, a four star that is literally about twenty paces from York Minster.  The breakfast room overlooks the Minster too, so it was lovely to dine with such a beautiful view.  We spent Sunday afternoon at the York Designer Outlet (read about it here!), one of our favourite places for picking up discount designer goodies.  We returned later that afternoon to chill out in the hotel with a glass of champagne (a Christmas present I'd been saving) complete with amazing Strawberry Popaball bubbles floating to the top (think Bubble tea but better!).

For our evening meal, we opted for Rustique as we are massive fans of French cuisine.  We've visited the Richmond Rustique before, so we were keen to try the original in York and it did not disappoint.  We chose the set menu and each chose pate to start, followed by duck leg with mustard potatoes and the most amazing creme brûlée to finish.  The set menu is great value for money (I think three courses was around the £20 mark) and the food was absolutely delicious!

We ended our evening with cocktails in Missoula and All-Bar-One (one of my favourite cocktail places!).  It was lovely to enjoy and drink and a giggle with my Mister and thankfully the weather stayed lovely too!  There's nothing worse than going out and getting soaked!!



One cocktail too many Kayleigh? I'm such a lightweight!!

Sunday morning began with one of the best hotel breakfasts I've ever had.  Yes, I did just have porridge but for some reason, porridge in hotels in a million times nicer than at do they do it?  It was absolutely delicious and the view made it taste even better!

 The view from the front of the hotel! How lucky we were!

After breakfast we spent the whole day shopping (we did stop off for pizza for lunch and then a late afternoon cake at Patisserie Valerie) and as it was a Monday, it's the quietest I've even seen York centre.  It was lovely to wander around, take it all in and relax.

On our travels we visited 'The Fudge Kitchen' and watched the fudge being prepared.  The smell was absolutely amazing, so amazing that obviously we had to buy some!  The slabs are sold by weight, so we took advantage of the four slabs for £12 offer and opted for White Chocolate, Salted Caramel, Strawberries and Cream and Toffee (you can freeze it so we saved some in the freezer at home for later!).  My favourite was definitely the strawberries and cream, so fruity and smooth, it was perfect and melted in my mouth!

Our fudge!

Before we left to come home, I was treated to some Lush goodies (thanks Mr P!), and I managed to pick up a cute little summer top from H 'n' M.  Unfortunately I also had to buy an umbrella as the rain decided to come just before we left.  We had an amazing couple of days though, and although I've been to York a million times, I'd definitely recommend it for an overnight stay; it's such a gorgeous city!

Our post-anniversary trip was definitely worth the wait! Have you ever stayed over in York?



Thursday, 18 June 2015

#MGVintage: The Vintage Fashion Collection at York Designer Outlet

Hello lovelies!

A few weekends ago, I went to York with my lovely Mister for a little mini-break (post to come!).  When we visit York, we always like to pop across to York Designer Outlet (part of the McArthurGlen group) to try and pick up some designer bargains.  I love designer clothes, but designer bargains are even better! York Designer Outlet is great as it has so many amazing brands under one roof; Paul Smith, Ted Baker, and now French Connection and Michael Kors to name a few.  It really is a fashion lover's dream.  I only wish I'd visited when they had a Burberry *sigh* but I suppose it gives me an excuse to visit Cheshire Oaks!!

Well, you can imagine my excitement when on arriving, I realised that there was also a Vintage Fashion event taking place!  I'm talking real high-end vintage fashion too; Chanel, YSL, Louis Vuitton etc!  Yes, Angelo Caroli had brought his amazing vintage collection to the UK.  Caroli has been collecting and selling Vintage clothes since the 70s and his shop A.N.G.E.L.O in Italy is renowned across the world.  And the best bit? You could rummage through it via a pop up shop that had been erected especially for the event! I wasn't expecting to be blogging about such amazing pieces of fashion so please forgive my messy iPhone photography but I had to share it with you all!

The pieces worth photographing were in the middle of the shopping mall, all in glass cabinets.  These were some of the rarer, more exclusive pieces that you'd imagine seeing in a museum, not in a shopping centre.

Christian Dior
A brand that needs no introduction, everybody knows Dior.  A symbol of timelessness and elegance...

I took a keen interest in the YSL pieces.  A designer that was prolific in the 60s and 70s, famous for his smoking jacket tuxedo for women and dresses with artist inspired prints, such as the Mondrian dress, a collection of his clothes is going to be arriving at the Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle next month.  I've been invited along to see the collection and review it, so in the interests of research it was good to see some Vintage YSL in the flesh.  The safari jacket shown is sophisticated yet understated.  Beautifully cut and finished, I'm excited to see how well tailored the rest of the collection will be!

Ah Chanel.  I love Chanel.  My blog title is even in Coco's honour.  I could look at Chanel pieces for hours and there was plenty to look at at York Designer Outlet.  Below you can see an original 2.55 bag, before the clasp took on it's well-known 'CC' format.  There's also a newer 2.55 so you can see the comparison.

A gorgeous Chanel suit!

Gabrielle Chanel at the famous mirrored staircase in 31 Rue Cambon.  I visited Rue Cambon when I went to Paris last year and stood at the bottom of the famous staircase.  Steeped in fashion history, it was my pilgrimage to Chanel!

Louis Vuitton
A globally recognised print, who wouldn't want to own some LV.  One day, all of my luggage will carry that monogram.  One day...

This is the Kelly bag.  Many Hermes bags are incredibly rare these days, with the Birkin bag known to reach several thousands of pounds at auction.

I would've taken more photos, but my Mister was keen to shop and was racing away as I was trying to take the best snaps!  I did however visit the pop-up shop.  I may not have been able to buy anything, but it was nice to touch and feel the quality, particularly of the Vintage Chanel.  I was like a kid in a sweet shop.  One day I'll own it all...I'm a real dreamer!!

I may not have been able to afford Vintage, but I did bag myself an amazing Levi's shirt that I've been after for ages, and a fab little t-shirt from the Paul Smith store.   Thanks York Designer Outlet, you never fail to impress us!!!

The Vintage Fashion Event is now finished but you can find out more about York Designer Outlet here and sign up for their Privilege club here for an extra 10% off on your next visit!


Wednesday, 17 June 2015

The London Series: What I bought on my London trip...

Hello lovelies!

Just a quick one today to wrap up my London series with a little what I bought post.  I feel as if I've been blogging about London forever, but we did so much and had such a fun time in good old LDN that I didn't want to miss out a single detail!  But if you're like me, you'll love nothing more than a good old nose into someone else's shopping bags!!

My first purchase was this amazing (I'm not exaggerating or anything!) English Rose lipstick from Burberry Beauty Box in Covent Garden.  English Rose is one of the new lip colours from the Burberry Kisses range.  I'm a massive fan of hydrating lipsticks; I can't bear dry lips, so I couldn't resist this purchase after trying a free sample in a different shade.  Perfect for every day and a nice price at £25.  Plus Burberry Beauty is always fun to visit.  If you're in London, pop by and play with their lipstick and nail colour computer, it's so much fun!  I was also excited by the Burberry gift bag!

Whilst in Covent Garden, I also visited Jo Malone and purchased my first ever fragrance, 'Earl Grey and Cucumber' (£42).  I've heard a lot of bloggers talk about this scent, and after spritzing it in Fenwicks earlier in the the year I knew I HAD it have it.  It was almost a life or death situation!  I simply couldn't live without it.  Trust me it's that good!  Super citrusy and perfect for this time of year, spritz before an afternoon tea with your best girls.  I love it!

Apart from food and the obvious purchase of Laduree macarons, my next purchase was a bit touristy...

I wanted a little keepsake from The Shard and a lot of the gifts were overpriced tat to put it bluntly, but I really liked this black and white postcard (I'm a sucker for a black and white photograph!!).  It set me back about 79p so it didn't really break the bank, just what I was looking for!

My biggest purchase of the weekend was my new handbag.  I love Vivienne Westwood handbags, but I'm quite a picky handbag shopper; I've got to LOVE LOVE LOVE it before I'll part with my cash.  Before I went to London, I spotted this bag on the Selfridges website and absolutely loved the print, so when I visited and tried it on I was absolutely smitten!  It was the last one too, so after my amazing VBF suggested it to the nice sales guy, he agreed to knock 10% off the price, so it ended up being a bit of a steal at £126.  And to be honest it was free anyway; my lovely mister had given me some money for our ten year anniversary which I'd saved for my London trip so that bought my bag.  Guilt free shopping, my favourite kind!  The bag is sold out online, but there's a similar one in the Selfridges sale here, get it quick before it disappears!!

Sunday's purchases were made at the V and A.  I bought myself the accompanying book from the Savage Beauty exhibition, as well as a colour postcard of the Philip Treacy butterfly headdress and my own little butterfly.  I love fashion books and have so many now that I need to invest in a bookcase to house them all!  The Savage Beauty book was £25 and worth every penny!

So there you have it, my London trip in purchases!

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