Year: 2018

Food // Wagamama, New Mersey Retail Park

Wagamama’s is one of those restaurants that you visit time and time again, yet every time you re-remember why you enjoy it so much. Our recent move to the Speke area and South Liverpool has massively been improved, thanks to the New Mersey retail park, literally just down the road. So, when an email dropped from Waga’s invited us along to the new restaurant launch, it was a resounding Hell Yeah! Making an average Tuesday night greatly better, Darren and I went along with zero expectations, except that of us hoping to try a couple of new dishes. The lovely in-house team were super welcoming and went above & beyond to ensure we got a real Waga’s experience and left with full bellies! First up, I love the decor. With a cool, industrial vibe and varied seating options – booths, tables outside and longer benches towards the back of the restaurant, Waga’s caters for all group sizes. We also love a restaurant with an open kitchen – watching food being cooked and taken to each …

Life // May Favourites

It’s been a while since this blog had a strong beauty focus, and I mean even though I’m currently not evening wearing make-up to work, I’m letting my love for beauty and skincare products take over. Being in the new house means I love finding new corners to take photos and share on here and across on my IG. So, in the spirit of getting back to regular blog posts and creating the type of #content I want to share, here’s a handful of things, I’ve been loving lately – #BABESOFGLORY campaign Last month I was selected to join the fab Soap & Glory #babesofglory blogger campaign. Aimed at smaller, micro-influencers, I loved the idea behind it and as a long, long-time user of the brand, I thought it suited me and the posts I like to create, down to a T! I’m excited to learn more about the brand and share new launches with you! Lydia Millen x Take Flight podcast I’ve been following Lydia’s content for years now and I always look forward …

Beauty // Indeed Labs Skincare Review

I’m sure you know how much I love discovering new skincare launches and trying new products. Whilst I’m brand loyal when it comes to some products; Estee Lauder for foundation or L’Oreal for mascara for example, I think the skincare market is huge and there are so many cool brands bringing new things to the market. Indeed Labs got in touch and I was excited to explore the brand a little more and I’ve been trialling two of their skincare products for the last few weeks. The two launches -are due to launch in Boots stores this month and they’re stocked on the brand’s website too. Moisture Jelly Moisture Serum Both of the products are designed to be applied to freshly cleaned skin in the morning and once again at night. I’ve been wearing the serum as a primer underneath my make up and the moisture jelly to almost give my skin a drink at the end of the day. Using just a thin layer of each, the translucent skincare gliders into the skin. The …

Beauty // Bathroom Makeover & Evening Routine

When we bought our house, we had a plan for the majority of the rooms but our bathrooms (yep, plural!) we had no idea. Our main bathroom was a blank canvas and we’ve enjoyed looking for accessories to make it a little more homely. We were both sold on the colour scheme – white and grey. Clean, serene and calming was the vibe I had in mind and I think we’re on our way to achieving it. Whilst I do have plans to add a large mirror above the sink and more tiles along the bath, blinds and greenery from faux plants, I’m pleased with how it’s looking after just 4 weeks. Having an en-suite on the top floor with a shower means this bathroom is very zen and used mainly in the evenings when we’re getting ready for bed. I have a selection of products that I’m using currently that have either been gifted or I have received via my Birchbox subscription. So, I thought whilst I’m showing off my bathroom, I’d share the …

Spa // Macdonald Craxton Wood Spring Spa Indulgence Review

I don’t know about you, but a spa day is such a welcome way to relax in my world. The last few months have been all go with lots happening; house moves, engagements and turning 30, so a day of relaxation in beautiful surroundings was certainly needed. The Macdonald Craxton Wood hotel & spa is located on the Wirral, about half an hour from Liverpool city centre. Upon arrival, I was taken by the beautiful countryside surroundings and the calming décor. The spa and hotel are completely separate and I liked the fact that we arrived at a separate entrance, which made our visit feel special for non-hotel guests. We were invited along to enjoy the Spring Spa Indulgence spa day, which included – 55-minute ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Age Defy Facial 2-course lunch Glass of prosecco Full use of all the facilities Towels, robes and slippers I’m quite the luxury bitch in that I’ve attended quite a few different spa days and I’m partial to a facial every now and again, so I can tell a …

Beauty // Aldi Lacura Anti-wrinkle Day Cream, Review

Blog posts are few and far between around here at the moment whilst we still continue to live without the internet in our new house (thank god for free wifi on buses and trains) but it’s been so long since I’ve posted about beauty and I’ve really missed it. Not that I’ve bought many new products lately… Enter Aldi. The mecca of all things amazing. Cheap food, a fantastic middle aisle filled with gorgeous homeware and all the stuff you didn’t realise you needed. I think our entire home is 90% Aldi and I’m not mad about it. But I was yet to try the beauty and skincare products until recently… I love trying new skincare. I’m sure that nothing new if you’re a regular reader. High-end or supermarket – I’m a fan. And whilst Aldi is somewhat a dupe one-stop shop, I thought it was time to try out their skincare. Since we moved house, we’ve found our local store which I’m guessing is quite new thanks to the fab layout and huge beauty …

Men’s Grooming // Disposable vs Double Edge Razors #AD

It’s been a while since I’ve posted about men’s grooming, but as we hit the mid-way point of 2018, I’ve been planning my content for the next 6 months and this is defo a subject I want to talk more about. Especially getting my fiance (that felt weird to write…) to share his opinions about all things beards! If you are someone who chooses to shave, then you know all about the fuss of deciding which razor to buy. You stand in the shop for ages looking at all the different types with no clue what the difference is, apart from the fact that some have fancy patterns on them. So how should you decide what razor to use? I’ve been doing some research and found out about Double Edge Safety Razors, a more long-lasting solution to your shaving needs. I decided it would be worth looking at the benefits of switching shaving styles and put them in a post for anyone else who is having the same issue as me. So here it is, …

Travel // The Most Scenic Places to Visit in England #AD

England is so much more than its busy capital. It’s more than bustling cities of Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham and Newcastle- as fantastic as these places are, they don’t show the entire picture of the UK. England is full of truly sensational scenery and landscape, and if you want to be wowed by the views or take some pretty pictures, here are a few places you could consider visiting. The Peak District The Peak District is most famous for its interesting terrains such as its stepping stones and limestone valleys. Located in Derbyshire in central England, there are plenty of Derby hotels where you can enjoy a relaxed stay in the country for easy access. When visiting the Peak District you get the chance to hike trails, explore caverns, visit a reservoir or view the opera house and other historic buildings. Nearby you have stunning Pavillion Gardens where you can see stunning landscaped scenery, beautiful greenery, plants and wildlife. Nearby you have a local village where you can soak up the quaint English way of life, …

Recipes // 4 Easy Dinner Recipes

It’s been so long so I lasted posted recipes on Ruth Writes. Nearly a year I think. If you know me in real life you’ll know I love to cook. I’ve followed Slimming World for nearly a year now and having successfully lost (and kept off!) 1 and ½ stone, so cooking tasty dinners that taste naughty yet nice is a must! So, expect lots of new recipe posts about meals I’ve tried, tested and enjoyed making. Just like these four… Sausage Casserole Sausage casserole is a firm fave in our house. I used Aldi’s skinny sausages, threw in loads of chopped veggies – courgette, mushrooms, leeks, peppers and onions along with paprika, chilli flakes and chopped tomatoes. Served with mash, this is a winner one-pot dish. In-a-hurry Curry Fried Rice Taken from my Joe Wicks, Lean in 15 cook book, this recipe does what it says on the tin. It’s really simple to make and fast too – great if want to eat fresh without spending all night in the kitchen. I love the …

Interiors // Dressing Room Decor

If you caught up with my last post or follow me over on Instagram, you’ll have seen that Darren and I have moved house. Into our first very own owned home. Leaving renting behind is a fantastic feeling but now comes the task of decorating an entire house! Whilst we’re lucky that we already have all of our furniture, decorating each room and maximising our newly found space is the next job on the list! We’ve utilised the different rooms, meaning Darren has a man cave and I get a dressing room, winner. Today I thought I would begin by sharing little snapshots of my dressing room / spare room as it comes together and my plans for the room. Dressing Table I’ve wanted a dressing table for so long – my own space to house my skincare, makeup and perfumes, without Darren leaving his stuff lying around. Over the coming weeks, I plan to add prints to the walls, a full-length mirror and a comfy chair to this room so I can use it …

Life // Things I Loved in April

Life lately has been busy. Manic, in fact. Whilst I do plan to talk in full about everything that’s been going on (if you follow me over on Instagram, you’ll see we bought a house and got engaged. Yep). Whilst our move is still on-going, I thought I’d check-in and share what I’ve been up to in April across Liverpool! We’ve moved to South Liverpool so with a new house comes a new area to explore, dog walks to try and restaurants to eat at. Throwing our 30th birthdays into the mix too, it’s all go. Things and places I’m loving lately The Florist Unless you’ve been under a rock recently, you must have spotted the latest opening in Liverpool city centre. The Florist is beautifully decorated making it an Instagrammers dream. We went along to try their Sunday Roast, which was spot on. You can read my full post about The Florist in Liverpool here. Hale Village Coastal Walks We’ve moved house not far from Hale Village. Tucked away in one of the most …

Fashion // Outfit Ideas For Brunch With The Girls

If you are going out for brunch with the girls, whether it is on a Friday or a Sunday, choosing the right outfit is crucial. The problem with brunch is that you may not know whether you are supposed to dress up or dress down, but the truth is that this all depends on the venue that you are going to. If you want to get some ideas then you can find out everything you need to know right here. Sophisticated If you know that the brunch you are planning on going to is very sophisticated then it’s a good idea for you to go with a cocktail style dress. This is great for summer and it is also great if you want to pair it with a number of accessories as well. For the shoes consider going with a pair of strappy heels or even a pretty dress. If you have thinner ankles then it’s a good idea for you to opt for mules with a bit of embellishment. This will really elongate those …

Travel // Why Everyone Should Solo Travel

Travelling the world is a very exciting experience but when you try and make plans with a group then this can make the whole thing that bit more difficult. After all, you have to make sure that everyone is free on the same day and that everyone is up for the activities that are present as well. If you find yourself a chance to travel alone then this may not appeal to you at first, but if you think about it, there’s absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t take advantage of this. Bucket List Moments Have you ever wanted to do something so bad, only to be let down because nobody else wants to do it with you? Maybe you have always wanted to go to the Grand Canyon or maybe you have been interested in Hajj packages but you have never found someone to go with. Either way, you should always take advantage of chances like this because it may be the only chance you’ll ever get to go and live your dream. You’re …

Food // The Florist, Hardman Street, Liverpool

When a Pinterest worthy eatery or venue opens, there’s always the worry that what they’ve compensated for in decor, there must be some scrimping going on somewhere…either food or drinks. So, popping along to the newest Insta-worthy launch on Hardman Street, The Florist was a pleasant surprise. The decor is goals, the use of space is fab and after sampling their Sunday lunch menu over their launch weekend, it’s pretty great too. You know a venue plans to go big when their launch event takes place over two days, inviting the city’s blend of bloggers and press to sample the drinks menu and try a delicious roast dinner. I think they even said on their Instagram, the cocktails were truly tested. We headed over on Sunday afternoon to road test the roast dinner menu – beef, pork, chicken, lamb and a veggie tagine took centre stage on the menu and an assortment of sides – we opted for the creamy leek, garlic and make and carrot and turnip mash to sit alongside our beef and …

Travel // 4 Great Spa Destinations to Visit This Year

Winter takes a lot out of us. The days are dark, our immune system is stretched to its limits, and we want to make changes to our lifestyle to stay more active and healthier. There’s no better way of embarking on a journey of transformation than visiting a spa resort or a remote retreat for a few nights. If you feel like your mind and body need a bit of TLC, check out the below destinations for a great relaxing spa break. Bath, UK The traditional spa town is full of culture and great quality boutique hotels. Whether you are looking for quiet nights and long walks, or want to take on yoga, try some of the best treatments for rejuvenating, this is the place to be. You will love the narrow streets of Bath and the small shops, as well as the designer boutiques in the city center. You can book a tour, visit the gardens and parks, and learn more about the city’s history retracing the steps of Jane Austen. Queretaro, Mexico If …