Month: July 2013

Smart Shopping: Ebay Picks

I always refer to myself a ‘weekend millionare’ as I’m that friend who on a night out tends to go a little cray cray with the ole bank card splashing out on drinks and treating my friends. However lately I’ve found this also applies to my shopping habits. Over the  past 18 months I’ve really taken to online shopping and boy, it is dangerous! It is so easy to click add to basket, enter a couple of numbers and 5-7 days later, Mum comes home from work (this is where everything get delivered to when we’re all out at work) with yet ANOTHER package that sometimes I don’t remember buying- yup that has happened! My bad! So, in a bid to curb my shopping habits, (but not all together, that’s just silly!) I am trying to shop a little smarter and more importantly, cheaper. And thats where Ebay comes into the equation. I know in the blogging world, Ebay is raved about and my friend Natalie is a complete convert, but its taken me a …

Flowers in bloom: National Trust Days Out

Wow, a whole week ago now I attended the Vintage Festival at Speke Hall and Garden. Until the festival I had never heard of or been to Speke Hall before so I was looking forward to seeing what they were all about. It is a National Trust property and is described as a hidden oasis on the edge of Liverpool. Located next to the airport it really is a fantastic little hideaway just outside the city. Speke Hall is a unique Tudor mansion with rich Victorian interiors and is set within the most beautiful gardens. With a shop, restaurant, maze and play area for big and little kids, it is a fantastic day out. Whilst we were there we saw lots of families young and old, enjoying the sunshine and warm weather with picnic’s and dogs on leads enjoying a relaxing Sunday. We made our way around the gardens, looking at all the beautiful flowers in bloom and then went into the Hall. Unfortunately photography is banned inside the Hall, but I took plenty on our …

Vintage Festival: Let’s go shopping

Sorry if this is getting repetitive but this is the second to last post from the Vintage Festival at Speke Hall on Sunday. I have focused previously on the cakes stalls and the classic cars, however this post is all about the two stalls we treated ourselves to a little something from- ‘Vintage Fairytale’ a stall selling vintage china stands and gifts including china tea cups and saucers made into candles and bird feeders and ‘Cat Approved Crafts’ selling hand crafted cards, gift and jewellery. Anyways enough of me waffling- let’s let the pictures do the talking!        

For the foodie fans: Vintage Festival

Following on from my post earlier this week from the Vintage Festival at Speke Hall, this is the 2nd post from the day. There was so much to see I ended up taking nearly 100 photo’s and rather than reduce them down to one post, I feel it’s only fair to split them into a couple of different posts to showcase just how much was on offer! In my last post I spoke about the classic cars on display and a fantastic local company, Indigo Stitch. So. today I am following on from that with a foodie posts featuring a couple of photo’s I took of the two amazing cake stalls that were there on the weekend. Cupcakes are such a big deal at the moment and cakes and baking really seem to having a ‘moment’, so upon seeing the two stalls we were drawn in immediately! The two cake stalls were ‘Bijou Cakes’ and ‘Cakes For All Seasons’. Both are North-West based businesses and showcased a super yummy and scrummy range of edible treats! …

Speke Hall: A very vintage day out

Recently I was lucky enough to be invited to the Vintage Festival at Speke Hall in Liverpool which took place this weekend at a fantastic National Trust property featuring a restored Tudor house and gardens. The festival was on for 2 days over the weekend and my bestie Natalie and I took a trip over today to see what the second day had to offer. Speke Hall is located next to the airport and really easy to find. The festival had a range of retro cars on show, stalls selling array of things to look at from trinkets, brick-a-brack and our personal favourites, homewares, jewellery and cakes. I will probably split our visit out into a couple of different posts focusing on the stalls and the festival and then a second post on the house and garden which were beautiful. But first the Vintage Festival! Having never really been to a vintage festival I was intrigued to find out what would be on offer. The festival was held on a large field close to the car park, just outside …

Summertime Dreaming

With the heatwave reaching its peak this week and it being so hot whilst we’ve been at work I was definitely ready for a lazy Saturday spent chilling in the garden and re-reading this week’s magazines and soaking up the sun. Seems Mr Weatherman had a different idea with clouds appearing and keeping the sunshine away, boo. However a lazy day is still under-way and when I don’t really have a  plan- I online shop. Well, today I’m browsing. Payday is still 6 days away and I’m off to a Vintage Festival tomorrow which I’m sure I’ll blog about next week so this is merely my dream wishlist if I happened to get rich and quick. A girl can dream right? Daisy dresses are a huge hit at the minute and having invested in the red Primark daisy dress last year, I’m loving the black prints that seem to be dominating the high street lately! This little beauty from Asos has been a favourite within my saved items for a while! Micheal Kors handbags are …

Under the Sea: North West days out at Sea Life Manchester

Follow my blog with Bloglovin This week to beat the Monday blues, my bestie and I decided to take advantage of the gorgeous weather and book a holiday off work and take a trip to the Sea Life Manchester which has recently opened at Barton Square at the Trafford Centre in the North West. My bestie’s little girl is 14 months and starting to walk and understand different animals and her latest favourite is fish so what better place to visit! When we first arrived at the Trafford Centre, we drove down to the John Lewis end, but I must admit it isn’t sign-posted too well so we struggled to find exactly where the Sea Life centre is located.  We decided to go for brunch in Giraffe and then made our way over to Barton Square. There were quite a couple of parties of school kids visiting also which slowed us down but all in a all it was a good day. We used the family of 2 ticket with a child under 3 free for £28. …

On a Sunday afternoon….

Lazy Sundays are the best and with 2013 treating us to a proper summer in July, weekends spent in the sun with your favourites just seem that little bit sweeter. And today was one of those. A little relaxing in the garden started the day and then the afternoon kicked off with a visit to The White Lion in Wrightington, near Wigan for lunch. Gorgeous food, quite a rural area and a beer garden-essential for a little al fresco dining! After lunch we took a trip to the park for ice-cream and then rounded off the afternoon with shopping. Just perfect don’t you think?!

The beauty of magazine samples

Magazine samples are a thing of wonder but more often than not, I cast them aside. As an avid magazine buyer, (we’re talking around 5 each week), the stick-in samples can stock up. However, over the past couple of weeks I have been collecting them rather than binning and keeping in an old Glossybox- turns out they also come in handy for extra storage! They are a fantastic way to try before you buy many of the most popular beauty brands including Nivea, L’oreal and Herbal Essences. The  Nivea In Shower Moisturiser is a new one I’ve never seen on my trips to Boots or in magazines. As a keen moisturiser, I appreciate that sounds odd, I was intrigued by a moisturiser you can apply after using your usual body wash and then wash off. It didn’t leave my skin with any moisture from the touch, but apparently I don’t need to use a 2nd coating of moisturiser. A 2 in 1 I suppose! Another surprise sample was the new Herbal Essences Bee Strong Shampoo and …

Nails Ahoy

I’ve spoken about my love for nail varnish on my blog before, but it cant hurt to talk about it some more! I’m one of those girls who can’t have what I call, ‘naked nails’. Each to their own, but to me looking down and seeing nude nails is just vile. I love colour and painted nails fits into that box perfectly. I am quite loyal to a couple of brands, namely Essie and Barry M. Barry M is such a drugstore beauty; cheap and cheerful but with masses of staying power. I often favour a Barry M for my toes, but just recently a Barry M gelly green and dark green saw me through the 5 days at Glastonbury with minimal chips- ideal to hide dirty nails! Essie is a little more expensive but long-lasting and gorgeous colours. I find I have to travel to a larger Boots store to get a wider range as I seem to have bought out my local store’s stock, but they release new shades every couple of months …

Glastonbury 2013- Another year at Worthy Farm!

Glastonbury is over for another year and I have returned a broken woman. The weather was truly amazing. After becoming a little obsessed with BBC Weather prior to the festival, the sun did indeed shine and it made for a fantastic 5 days. Highlights included Dizzee Rascal, Mumford and Sons, Chase and Status and Ben Howard. However since returning home I have come down with a summer cold, (I know, what is that all about?!), so I write this from my poorly sick bed before I make my, fingers crossed, return to health and to work tomorrow! But, before I well and truly wish goodbye to Worthy Farm for another year, here is a very quick round-up from Wednesday-Sunday at what really is one of the world’s best and biggest festivals! Unfortunately I didn’t take many pictures this year, I think I enjoyed it more without trying to take the perfect picture of each band! But there we have it, Glastonbury 2013- roll on next year!