Strictly Ballroom: A Review

I always feel very classy going to the theatre, I really should start dressing appropriately lols, I always walk in with my converse and ripped jeans so maybe if anyone reading this who goes to the theatre often could tell me what they wear?!

Anyways, I went to watch Strictly Ballroom at the theatre recently and it was just one of the most uplifting and colourful shows I’ve seen! Similar to Kinky Boots (read my review here), it is a musical based on the film of the same name. I was lucky enough to receive a complimentary ticket from London Box Office.

I hadn’t seen the film before watching the musical and I still understood the plot etc, so I don’t think it’s vital to watch the film beforehand (although if you get lost with plays then it may be worth it!). The cast were just amazing and I think it was just a feel-good show – one of my favourite kinds of shows!

The one thing (/person?!) that surprised me was Matt Cardle. I’d heard that he was going to be in the show, before him was Will Young who I would have loved to have watched, so many childhood memories! But I didn’t really think much of Matt Cardle. When he won X-Factor, it was when I was slowly going off the show anyways so I wasn’t as invested, and although I knew he was a good singer, I’d never really cared too much about him.

I was honestly blown away at how much I liked him. He was crazy good! I wouldn’t say that if he wasn’t performing, I would have hated it because the cast members were insanely good, but he was definitely cherry on top!

Have any of you watched Strictly Ballroom (the movie or the show)? Did you enjoy it as much as I did?

Kinky Boots: A Review

 

I don’t think I’m alone when I say I love the theatre. I just have so much there, it’s classy and it’s an escape. When you’ve had a long day at work, it’s truly one of my favourite after-work pastimes. So when London Box Office got in touch and asked if I wanted to review a show I’d been wanting to watch forever, I couldn’t say no!

The show that I was lucky enough to review (as you can probably guess from the title – duh), was Kinky Boots.

I’d heard mixed reviews about the show so I wasn’t really too sure what to expect. I had a quick read of the synopsis as I like knowing what the story is going to be about, but apart from that I was ready to be surprised.

I can hand-on-heart say that it was one of the most amazing shows I’ve ever seen in London.

It was bright, it was in your face and it left me feeling uplifted.

I won’t give away the entire story but it truly is a feel-good watch, it made me feel so happy and I laughed a lot, the one-liners are truly hilarious. The characters are complex and the songs are super catchy. It’s very rare for me to leave the theatre humming and ready to break out in dance, but if any show is going to do it, it’s going to be this one for sure.

It’s currently playing in Adelphi Theatre and will be running until 12th January 2019, so go and book your tickets ASAP!

The Kings Arms | Ealing

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Having lived in London by whole life, one thing I do love about the countryside are the lovely old-fashioned pubs. So when I was asked to review The King’s Arms* in Hanwell, Ealing in West London, I jumped at the chance! Not only did I use to work very close by, but also it’s not too far from where I live, so it would be perfect for a little weekend jaunt.

We arrived around 4pm on a Saturday afternoon whilst England were playing France in the Six Nations (awkward that France won, but that’s by the by!). The first thing I noticed when we walked in was the decor. It had such a homely, family feel and people had brought their dogs too, so that helps to give the pub that friendly vibe.

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After looking at the menu, we ordered a bottle of white wine, which was a Pinot Grigio and went down veryyyy smoothly! So I apologise for the misleading blog title, I’m just not a fan of beer in general!

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I really liked the fact that the menu wasn’t overly extensive. It was simple and it just made things easier. They also focus on pizzas for food, which if you’re looking for a pub with a range of dishes then this isn’t the place for you. However, the quote ‘if it ain’t broke, why fix it?’  springs to mind.

For food, we ordered two pizzas: the serrano, which was a pizza with cured serrano ham, marscapone, shaved parmesan and rocket – yum! And the calzone lombardy: which had lombardy ham, mushrooms, ricotta and truffle oil.

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The area we were sitting in, didn’t have a TV, which at first surprised me as most people we were surrounded by were craning their necks to watch the rugby. However, there are 2 dedicated areas for people to watch sports, so the area we were sitting in were perfect for a chilled time.

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All in all, I had such a perfect Saturday. I love spending time in a chilled environment and this was the ideal place for me. So if you’re ever in the West London area, I would totally recommend this pub.

What would be your perfect Saturday?

*THIS POST CONTAINS A FREE MEAL BUT AS ALWAYS ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN – PLEASE SEE MY DISCLAIMER FOR MORE INFO

My 24th Birthday

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Every year, without fail, I get stuck by the age-old question: what do I want to do for my birthday this year?

Welllll, this year I made a very organised decision, and thought instead of celebrating my birthday for the entire month (!!!), I’d do 3 separate events with the people I love most in the world!

(No shade to anyone who celebrates their birthday for the entire month – I’d love to have the time and money to do that!)

Unfortunately, I wasn’t feeling the best (I complained multiple times on social media so you missed out on those moody tweets if you don’t follow me on Twitter then you are missing out pal!), so I had to make the best out of a bad situation.

The first thing I wanted to do was go away for a weekend, with my sisters and my Mum. I did want to go with my Dad too, but unfortunately he couldn’t get out of work. I wrote a whole post on my trip to Edinburgh, which you can read here as I can never resist adding to my Travel Diaries haha, you may have noticed that the travel part of my blog is my absolute fave! I won’t bore you with the details of the trip, but it was actually one of the nicest trips I’ve been on and Edinburgh was absolutely stunning!

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I took the day off on my actual birthday, which was on a Wednesday so a lil’ mid-week break was a-calling! We stayed in the Holiday Inn Kensington and it was such a perfect stay. The hotel is on Kensington High Street so there is no shortage of shops and restaurants, and the area is always buzzing with people. I spent the Tuesday evening in bed eating a burger from Five Guys (which is making my mouth water just thinking about it), and I woke up on my birthday feeling so content with life.

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I had a massage booked at the hotel’s spa which is Imagine Spa (one of my favourites), and as per usual, their service was amazing. I opted for a Raindrop Massage, which is their signature massage and it was incredible. The therapist poured hot oil on the backs of my legs and on my back, and gave me a deep tissue massage and exfoliation. It was just so good, I wanted to stay there forever. The actual spa itself was really nice too, with a big pool, a hot-tub, steam room and a sauna that was actually located in the changing rooms. I don’t know what it is about spas, but I genuinely just love them, they make me so bloody happy.

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The last thing I did to celebrate my birthday was go to a bottomless brunch. I love daytime drinking, it’s just so much fun! I invited my bestest girlfriends along with my sisters and I just had the nicest day. We went to Galvin Hop in Spital Square and I had avocado on toast and the pecan pie. I was quite ill so it wasn’t ideal as I couldn’t taste much, but the food looked great, albeit slightly small portions, but what are you gonna do eh? Also the rye bread was a *touch* too sweet for a savoury dish but apart from that, the prosecco went down a treat!

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So that was my 24th birthday! How do you celebrate your birthday?

11 Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

I know Valentine’s Day is not for everyone, and it is also very commercialised (trust me I know, I share my birthday with the damn day!), but I also think that it encourages people to make effort and give yourselves and your partners a lil’ treat! You may or may not agree, but as much as I do sometimes wish it wasn’t my birthday on the same day, there is something a little bit cute about it.

I know that not everyone has a lot of cash to splash, especially to endorse a commercialised holiday such as Valentine’s Day but if you do want to do something and not break the bank, I’ve split these suggestions into ‘Budget Ideas’ and ‘Higher End Ideas’ to make it easier!

Budget Ideas

Organise a Scavenger Hunt – I love this idea so much, it can be tailored to any kind of budget, and you can be as creative as you like! It could be around your house, around your garden or even as adventurous as around your town. If you wanted to, you could leave little presents at each checkpoint instead of a big present at the end – it’s totally up to because you can customise it!

Outdoor Cinemas – This is all the rage now especially around London, and I think this is a lovely idea. When it’s chilly you can snuggle up to your significant other and watch a romantic movie. I know the prices can range from about £12 to £30 per person, so if you can spare it then it is definitely worth it. I visited the Winter Garden outdoor cinema in Clapham Common before Christmas to watch The Holiday and it was so cute! I really want to visit the Backyard Cinema next!

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Photo taken from Backyard Cinema

Dinner & a Movie – This classic date idea is a classic for a reason. If you’re feeling a little bit broke then you can buy fresh ingredients and make something from scratch, such a good idea because it shows that you put effort into it! Also now that Netflix and Amazon Prime are so readily available, I don’t really buy DVD’s anymore, but if you have a favourite movie as a couple, it might be a good idea to invest so that you can always watch your favourite movie with your favourite person (alllllll the cheese).

Volunteer – Everyone needs a little love at this time of the year, and I have been donating a lot of time recently to various different charities and homeless people. Maybe organise a day that you can spend some time volunteering at a soup kitchen or a homeless shelter and give something back together. I’ve volunteered at Crisis London many times, and it’s a fab thing to do.

 

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Photo from Crisis London

Build a Fort – Just because we’re adults, that doesn’t mean we can’t behave like children sometimes! Get some blankets, pillows, fairy lights and set up in front of the TV with lots of films and you’re sorted! Bonus points if you have red wine, cheese and crackers, turn it into a lil’ indoor picnic and go wild!

Higher End Ideas

Salsa Class – I used to take salsa classes through my office until the teacher couldn’t teach the class anymore. I found it so much fun and with the right partner it can be very sensual. If you haven’t done anything similar to this with your partner then it can be a great way to have some fun and relax after a long day at work. It can also get your super fit so get booking a class and shimmy the night away! There are lots of options, especially in London, so LondonSalsa is a great place to start!

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Photo from London Salsa

Spa Day – I am in love with spa days, I think they are the perfect way to relax and with options to have couples massages, it is the nicest way to spend an afternoon with your beloved. They can be quite pricey so keep a lookout for any cheaper deals you can find. I know SpaBreaks always have some good deals.

Wine Tasting – If you read my ‘What I Got For Christmas 2017’ you will know that I received a voucher for a wine-tasting experience, and I just think it’s such a great idea to do something like with your partner. Obviously it’s a bonus if you and your OH like drinking wine, but even if you didn’t it might be the perfect opportunity to try it and see what you think. Either way, it’s something totally different and fun!

Cooking Class – This would be my ideal date night, maybe that is because I just love cooking and it really does soothe me. But also, I think it’s quite cool that you can learn a some new recipes. It’s quite sweet that you can go home and make that kind of food again and again and always be reminded of a cool date! Groupon always has some great deals on.

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Photo from atelierdeschefs

City Break – This can definitely be a pricey one, especially if you want to leave the country and visit a European city for example, but there are plenty of lovely cities in England that would make for an amazing weekend break, such as Oxford or Bath. You can always look for cheap airline deals online, and look for Air BnB‘s instead of fancier hotels.

Bonus Date Idea

Lastly, you can re-create your first date. Now this is a bonus date idea because everyone’s first date is totally different and of course different budgets. But generally if it’s something you can re-create, such as a cinema and a pizza date, then why not? It’s such a romantic idea and it will show that you’ve thought about it and put some effort into the idea.

So those are my Valentine’s Day Date Ideas! Which of these are your favourites? Do you have any plans for Valentines Day?