Month: April 2018

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 …

Beauty // April Cath Kidston x Birchbox Review

It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed my monthly Birchbox subscription, but as a long-time fan of Cath Kidston I couldn’t not mention this one…. As usual the box include x5 beauty products – Cath Kidston hand cream Model Co Baked Highlighter BB Crean Shaving Cream Brow Gel For me, the two stand-out products from this month’s Birchbox are the Baked Highlighter and the Cath Kidston hand cream. The hand cream makes a new addition to my desk at work as it smells so lovely when applied throughout the day!

Interiors // Top 5 Dreamy Interior Picks

Earlier this month, Darren and I began a new journey of becoming potential homeowners. Something we hadn’t thought we would be doing anytime soon, but as our 30th birthday’s approached, we bit the bullet and began to look for somewhere to call our own. As we continue down the very stressful road of buying our first home, I’ve begun to think about what I want from our first home. After years of renting multiple properties, it’s so exciting to potentially have rooms and spaces we can transform into our own tastes…no magnolia walls in sight! Top 5 Dreamy Interior Picks Dressing Table The first thing on my list is a dressing room/blogging space. In our current and previous rented home, we didn’t put much thought into the layout of the house and things we would like to have. But, the property we’ve been viewing has space for me to have my own dressing table and space to do my make-up, blog and store my handbags. I’ve been getting some inspo ideas on Pinterest and love …

Travel // Easy Holidays For A Stressed-Out Family

When you are keen to take your family away on holiday, you want to make sure that it all goes as smoothly as possible. The truth is that getting this right can take some time and effort, and some decent research, but as long as you do that you should find that you are able to find some pretty decent holidays which are easy for your entire family. This is great news if you are starting to feel that everyone is a little stressed out and it’s time for something truly relaxing to do together. So which destinations are best for this kind of easy all-family holiday? Let’s take a look at just a few ideas to get you started. Spain There is a good reason that Spain is always such a favourite holiday destination for families: it is tourist-friendly and easy to visit and travel around. It is also one of Europe’s great destinations for soaking in the sun and sea, so it’s no surprise that it remains an eternal favourite year after year …

Travel // Top 4 Favourite Exotic Foods

*Collaborative post It’s around this time of year my thoughts begin to turn to holidays and if we can afford a trip abroad and somewhere new to tick off the bucket list. When we go away, I love to experience the culture and try new foods. It’s all part and parcel of the holiday. Whether you enjoy travelling close to home or on far-flung getaways, exploring exotic or ethnic foods is a great way to step out of your comfort zone. We all grow up with comfort foods that we know and eat from childhood, so trying new foods is a great way to explore culture’s different to our own. Marrakech, Morroco We ticked Marrakech off the bucket list two years ago. The vibrant culture, juxtaposition of old and new towns and myriad of souks to explore made it a fantastic holiday. Kebabs, tagine, fresh orange juice and mint tea are just three foods/drinks synonymous with the country and we certainly experienced our fair share. The street food in the Medina was amazing, combining the …

Food // Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Chester, Photo Diary

A couple of weeks ago I shared my first post from our stay at the DoubleTree Hilton in Chester. You can catch up on that post here. Today , however, I’m sharing a photo diary of the wonderful three course meal we were treated to in the on-site Marco Pierre White Steakhouse restaurant. All I can say, is wow. Wow. Camembert, squid, the most decadent mac and cheese and melt in the mouth steak and chips. On paper, the dishes above would definitely feature in both mine and Darren’s ‘death row’ meal line up and if our time was up, I would certainly put a request in for the mac and cheese. Amazing. *We received a complementary three course meal each, as part of our stay at the DoubleTree Hilton in Chester. It was just as delicious as I’ve described in the post. Thank you.

Life // Blogging, Earning Money and Saving For a House Deposit

Today’s post is slightly different to usual but about a topic I wanted chat about. Earning money from blogging and sponsored posts. I’m lucky enough to get contacted by brands and PR/SEO agencies alike, wanting to work with me and my blog. A hugely flattering request and one I always consider carefully. Making money from my blog will always be a perk and whilst I don’t accept every offer that lands in my inbox, over the coming months you may notice a rise in sponsored posts. In a bid to remain truthful and in full-control over the content I feature on Ruth Writes, this is because we’re in the process of looking to buy our own home and the money earned from blogging is all going into the deposit savings pot. Saving for a house deposit, alongside currently renting feels like an upward struggle. It’s hard and whilst I get that my life on Instagram looks like it’s all liquid lunches and drinks, the majority of it is for reviews to showcase to you guys. …