Saturday, 20 September 2014

Boux Avenue

A few weeks ago, I popped down to Churchill Square to casually look at pretty undies and sip bucks fizz with Theo Paphetis (as you do). He was there to officially open the new Boux Avenue in Churchill Square, and I went to have a first look at boudoir-esque store. It's full of beautiful lingerie, cosy nightwear and gorgeously scented body lotions, candles etc. There's even a free fitting service on offer. Having drastically changed shape and size recently, I immediately booked in for a fitting with intentions of re-stocking my entire underwear drawer. 

Steph, who did my fitting, was so lovely and put me at ease right away as she showed me into my fitting room, which was super luxurious- fluffy carpets, crystal hooks and even different lighting options to choose from! After we had found my perfect fit, I had a wonder around the store to pick out some pretty designs to try on. I tried on three beautiful pink bras but ended up choosing an absolutely stunning monochrome embroidered balconette bra  and thong set*. I fell in love with the pretty floral design as soon as I saw it! The bra is lightly padded and so comfortable plus it has a cute little frill running under the bust, and the thong has matching embroidered detail on the front and back. I couldn't resist feeding my pyjama obsession either, and ended up buying these super cute bunny PJs. The leggings are fleece lined and so snuggly! I'm wearing them as I type :-)

I have a love/hate relationship with underwear shopping - as lovely as it is to slip into something pretty in the mornings, I can't bear to part with my hard earned pennies on something that nobody (well, hardly anybody!) will see. I usually end up in some cheap, ill-fitting Primark undies that fall apart after a couple of washes, but I think that will become a thing of the past now that Boux Avenue has opened in Brighton. Their basic (but very pretty!) bra and knicker sets are just £25, with the more luxury lingerie costing around £28 for a bra and £12-15 for knickers, which isn't too bad for something so special. Plus, the customer service and shopping experience is worth paying out a little more for! I also signed up for a VIP loyalty card, so I'll be saving up my points for one of their lovely candles! 

Have you been to Boux Avenue? What's your favourite underwear shop?

Friday, 19 September 2014

Holiday Snaps from Dorset

I'm suffering from the back to work blues after spending a lovely week away chihuahua-sitting in Dorset. Say hello to Foxy...
and Dexter...
We took them on some lovely walks, my favourite being around the old Iron Age Hill Fort of Badbury Rings, where I found a swing tied to a tree and obviously couldn't resist having a go!   

One day, we took a day trip over the border to Wiltshire, to Stourhead House and Gardens – a stately home set in the most idyllic of gardens. We’ve got a Downton box set obsession at the moment (I’d never seen it before so have watched series 1-3 back to back! The Christmas special and series 4 are in the post to me as I type. Yay) so I loved looking through all the rooms at how people lived in the olden days! My favourite room was the library, filled from floor to ceiling with lovely old leather bound books.
It was a beautiful day for a nice long walk around the gardens, which were like something right out of a fairytale.  Surrounding the huge lake are loads of buildings and structures like an ice house (an old school fridge - big dome in the ground filled with ice and straw to keep food cold) the cutest little gothic cottage which I am ready to move in to, and a ‘grotto’ chamber with beautiful views over the lake. After all this we were starving and stopped for a cream tea.. mmmm.

Other activities included eating ice cream and shopping for sea shells at Poole Quay, eating smores and having a fire on the beach, eating Mexican and drinking mojitos, eating chocolate, eating cookies, eating bagels, eating pretty much anything in sight and watching loads of trash TV. I also bought a nice pink bodycon dress in Oasis, but will have to wait until I’ve undone a week’s worth of eating junk before showing you a picture of that!

What have you been up to?

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Pizza Express, Jubilee Street

Although Brighton is jam packed full of cute and quirky places to eat, sometimes you just can't beat a good old Pizza Express. There are about four Pizza Express restaurants in Brighton and Hove, but my favourite is probably the one on Jubilee Street, which has an open kitchen so you can watch the chefs prepare your pizzas in their stylish Breton tees! (I want one!)

We were welcomed by lovely waiter, Mike, (who was ever so friendly!) and seated next to the window, overlooking Jubilee Square. We ordered a bottle of Pinot Grigio and some olives to pick on as we looked over the menu. To start, I went for something a little different from my normal order of doughballs, and ordered the Bruschetta Orginale - topped with fresh tomatoes, red onion, basil and pesto. It was so good I decided to carry on with trying something new when it came to ordering the mains, and instead of a pizza I had the Calzone Salami e Salsiccia which was basically like a huge Cornish pasty filled with Italian meats, peppers, tomato sauce, spinach and melting mozzarella. It was so filling but too delicious not to finish! Rich went for the 'Pollo Forza' pizza: spicy chicken, chili and roquito peppers. It was HOT! He left a couple of slices, which Mike The Waiter promptly boxed up in a doggy bag and Rich polished off for breakfast...

Despite being absolutely STUFFED! we couldn't resist the dessert menu. In fact, it all looked so nice it was tough making a choice! Eventually, Rich decided on the cheesecake (which looked DIVINE) but I couldn't help being a big kid and choosing the Chocolate Glory - a glass the size of my head filled with chocolatey goodness... Smooth vanilla ice cream, warm chocolate sauce and chunks of gooey brownie... Mmmm! Mike The Waiter offered told us that we could have a free coffee with our puddings (which is an offer Pizza Express are doing until the end of September!) but we skipped the coffee and headed next door to Merkaba for cocktails (the Pistachio Mustachio is heavenly, you must try it!).... Before going home to watch an episode of Downton! Rock 'n' roll! 

What's your favourite thing to eat at Pizza Express? 

Essie @ The Beauty Shed

Last Friday I enjoyed some well-deserved pampering time at my favourite little salon in Hove. I've had quite a stressful few weeks at work, and barely had time to keep a fresh coat of paint on my nails, so a relaxing manicure and pedicure was just what I needed! The Beauty Shed has just had a load of lovely Essie colours added to their wide range of nail polishes, and choosing a colour was thirsty work! Luckily, Georgie had whipped me up a fresh fruit smoothie to sip on as I tried to make the tricky decision, testing out almost every colour before going for the very first ones I was drawn to (obvs)

On my fingers I had China Doll, a metallic lilac toned pale pink. It initially reminded me of the type of peel-off nail varnish I used to love as a littlun! But once applied, it looks super pretty and sophisticated rather than little girly. For my toes, I picked Rose Bowl- a gorgeously creamy, pinkish red with the shiniest finish. It's the prettiest colour I've had on my nails for a long time, so I'm going to have to make sure a bottle makes its way into my nail polish collection! 

After my mani & pedi, I had a quick browse of the new bits and bobs on sale in The Beauty Shed shop, and was kindly given a little Catseye goody bag filled with a set of cute nail files, kitsch tissues and a slice of homemade chocolate cake from the 2a Cafe which I scoffed on the bus home! 
What are your favourite Essie colours? 

Friday, 5 September 2014

Pisces & Pandora

 Do you believe in star signs? I don't, particularly, but Pandora have just launched a Zodiac Wheel  app in celebration of their latest jewellery collection, and it's spookily accurate! The wheel allows you to read up about personality traits and compatibility associated with your star sign, and let's you read your monthly horoscope. I'm a Pisces, and my reading for September looks spot on! But best of all, you can enter the competiton to win a Zodiac Charm from the new Essence Collection. As I love my Pandora moments bracelet, and the birthstone rings, this new collection excites me just a little bit....

The Essence Collection is based around the 'inner self' and as well as Zodiac signs, there are charms to represent spirituality and personality traits like balance, joy, prosperity etc. The Essence Collection is designed for a new, thinner bracelet which, I think, would look amazing layered up next to my Moments charm bracelet. I've got my eye on the silver ball bracelet, to which I'd add the Pisces charm and the joy, passion and spirituality charms.

I'm not generally a massive jewellery person, but I do love special, sentimental pieces of good quality jewellery and love how Pandora allow you to customise and personalise your jewellery so that it means something. Each of the charms I have collected since I received my bracelet for my 18th birthday remind me of a person or moment in my life. 

What's your star sign? Is the Pandora Zodiac Wheel accurate for you? 

*Collaborative post

Friday, 29 August 2014

Legology Air-Lite Daily Lift

A magic leg cream that promises to banish cellulite and leave your pins looking toned and feeling refreshed –what a load of rubbish, right? Well, I must admit I laughed when my colleague passed me the unwanted sample of Legology Air-Lite Daily Lift* that she’d received and I read that it promised to ‘restore nimbleness’ (what does that even mean?!) improve skin tone and tone and tighten and tone the entire leg.

But after smashing an uphill 6k on the treadmill, I was drawn to slather some on in an attempt to soothe my burning legs. With it's cooling gel-like texture and refreshing lemon scent, the cream got to work instantly by soothing sore and tired muscles. It leaves behind a silky smooth feel and the uplifting 'Capri Crush' scent and it's quickly become my favourite thing about 'leg day'!
I may have been sceptical of it's claims, but a few weeks of using the cream after working out, and I'm starting to actually understand what they meant by "restoring nimbleness". (Turns out I was never very 'nimble' in the first place!) Massaging the cream into tired legs relieves that heavy 'dragging' feeling and has made my legs feel light, bouncy and energised. I feel quicker and sprightlier on my feet, and even if it's just psychological, it's helping me to push myself to run faster and longer.
In terms of its' promises to tackle cellulite and tone your legs, and my legs are far less wobbly than they used to be. I'm not convinced the cream has any part to play in this - more likely the hours of running, squats and lunges, sorry! - but I have noticed a big difference in my skin tone after use. My thighs, in particular, tend to get a little lumpy and blotchy at times, but I've noticed an improved colour and smoother surface on my skin.
It's a lovely, luxurious product that's a dream to use and does deliver some results, but it's not going to magically transform your legs from wobbly to wonderful, and at £60 a pot, it's not a must-have miracle worker. But, if you're an avid runner or suffer from bad circulation or heavy, tired legs - it could be a sensible investment, or if you just fancy splashing out and treating yourself to the ultimate indulgence in leg care!
Would you spend £60 on a luxury leg product? What's your favourite post-gym skincare?
Legology Air-Lite Daily Lift is available to buy from The Treatment Rooms in Brighton, on their website, or from Liberty.

Friday, 22 August 2014

I'm baaaaaaaaack!

It's been a very long time since I've posted on here, but after a catch up at the Gourmet Burger Kitchen this week with some of my favourite blogging girls, I figured it was about time to make a comeback!
I'm not going to go in to detail about where I've been and what's been going down, some things are best kept private - and I'm sure will eventually be revealed during the forthcoming rambles on this blog! But in short, the past few months have been a  bit of whirlwind...!
  • I got promoted at work to Marketing Executive and have been busy busy busy trying to run things while my boss is off recovering from an op.
  • I've lost three stone and a lot of my spare time has been spent in the gym. I never thought I'd be somebody who actually enjoys exercise, but working out has now become something I look forward to. I'm sure I'll be blogging a little more about health and fitness from now on too.
  • I've moved into my very own flat, and been super busy decorating, cleaning and organising. It's nice and big, and the rent is an absolute steal - but it's in need of a lot of TLC!
  • And my personal relationships have undertaken some dramatic changes to say the least...
So, not only has all that left me with no time to blog, but I just haven't wanted to. I didn't want to bring negativity and drama into my positive space, and didn't feel like rabbiting on about lipsticks and hairspray when my mind was full of so much STUFF. And, if I'm being honest, I've really enjoyed stepping away from the internet for a moment and just living real life!
Having said that, I'm excited to start this new chapter of my life and want to take my blog along for the ride!

So - what have I missed in the #bbloggers world since I've been away?!  


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