The Body Shop VIP Bloggers Event | Westfields, Stratford

If you’ve been around for a while, you’ll know that I am most definitely not a beauty blogger, but when I was invited to the Body Shop VIP event, I couldn’t say no! I have used the Body Shop products for years and years, it was one of the first brands I ever bought from (old-school body butters and lip balms FTW!). The event was held at Westfields Stratford, and I had the loveliest evening.

It started off with James who had organised the entire evening, giving us some background on the Body Shop and some info on some of the new products, as well as the amazing news that they had finally been able to get the 8 million signatures in order to go to the United Nations and try and get the laws around testing on animals changed – which is just amazing news!

After that, we were free to shop! We were given a 30% discount for majority of the items in store and if we spent over £25, we were given a free gift!

Here are some of the things I bought:

The free gift was an Almond Milk and Honey Shower Cream: £5 and an Almond Milk Body Yoghurt: £8.50 – the Almond Milk scent is my favourite, it’s super light and subtle, and the Body Yoghurt was one of my favourite products that I’ve ever tried from the Body Shop! It absorbs into the skin so well and doesn’t feel sticky like some body moisturisers do.

What are your favourite Body Shop products?

 

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?