Monday, 28 July 2014

Handbags and Watches

A couple of weeks ago I went on a little trip to Harrods to spend some earnings! Whilst browsing all the beautiful concessions, my wish-list grew and grew and I couldn't decide on just one purchase as there were so many gorgeous handbags, purses and watches, choosing something to spend that much money on was very hard. I always said that when I got my first proper pay cheque I would splash out on a designer handbag. However, the dream is so very often not the reality when you realise you will not be able to survive if you spend your money on a handbag! Therefore, this dream was soon squashed. But what's the harm in dreaming? I find it quite hard to part with my hard earned so when I know I am going to be making an investment, I will make sure I always do my research and spend a lot of time thinking about it. As many of us are guilty of, I often rush into purchases and my wardrobe is over-run with clothes, shoes and products which I never wear or use. Therefore, I have decided to think about a potential purchase a lot, and if I am still thinking about it in a couple of months then it must be love! Therefore, I have put together a little wish-list for when I've made the big time and can afford to indulge in one of these luxuries.


As you can see, it's all about the classic handbags for me with a couple of watches thrown in for good measure. I am definitely a bag girl rather than a shoe girl! I also think you can't go wrong with a classic black bag and therefore I will definitely be investing in a black one when my time comes! Although, I am completely in love with the blue Givenchy one, I just don't think I would get as much mileage out of it! I think my favourite out of these is the Hugo Boss one as it is such a simple classic, but who knows, in a few weeks I will have probably changed my mind! What do you think? 

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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Tortilla Review

Last weekend my boyfriend and I were treated to a lovely lunch from the wonderful people at Tortilla. We decided to visit the Oxford Circus branch as we were busy splashing the cash on Oxford Street on Sunday and a trip to Tortilla was just what we needed after all the strenuous shopping we endured.

If you haven't heard about it before, Tortilla is a fast food restaurant which serves delicious Californian style Mexican food. I must say, I think Mexican food has to be my favourite type of food at the moment and there's nothing I love more than a huge burrito or black bean salad for lunch. Therefore, I was super excited to try what Tortilla had to offer to see whether it would sway me away from my fist love: Chipotle. 

The first thing I noticed when entering the restaurant was the amazing decor. The place had a really cool, laid-back vibe with lots of cool art work on the walls and the most amazing chandelier made out of Corona bottles! What could be better! We then went to order our food, and if you have ever visited Chipotle, it was a very similar concept. Choose what you want- Burrito, Naked Burrito (a bowl/salad) and then you go along the line and tell the lovely lady exactly what you want inside. I went for the 'Naked Burrito' (which is all the good stuff without the calorific wrap) and Ben went for a large burrito (of course).  

The food was absolutely delicious and we both made many appreciative food noises as we devoured it. The portion was pretty big but we both still managed to finish it all off and were very satisfied afterwards. You don't get that horrible sick feeling afterwards when you know you have just eaten too much of something very naughty as the bowls are a pretty healthy lunch option. I must say, I still don't think the food was quite as tasty as Chipotle, however, the decor and ambience of Tortilla was a lot nicer and a huge plus point if you want to go somewhere to enjoy you meal rather than just a grab-and-go kind of place. Overall, we had a very nice lunch and Tortilla is the perfect place for a quick lunch date with delicious food where you know exactly what are you are going to get. Thumbs up from me. 





Saturday, 19 July 2014

U.S.A

Finally! I can share with you my holiday photos from America! I have been back now for nearly 3 weeks and have been a very bad blogger as life has just got in the way. However, I have finally got round to uploading my thousands of photos from the trip and sharing with you a select few.

We started our trip in Princeton, New Jersey, which is where my grandparents live. Three days of spending some quality time with them in their gorgeous new home and exploring the beautiful city of Princeton was a great introduction to our trip. I absolutely love Princeton and the university is just idyllic. We spent a lot of time admiring the architecture and soaking up the atmosphere of the Ivy League town.


We then went onto the place I had been most looking forward to: New York. I have been lucky enough to visit New York quite a few times before and have done all the usual touristy things, therefore this time I wanted to do something a little different. After lots of research and tips from friends I planned out our itinerary. We were only there for 2 nights so had a lot to cram in! We managed to walk the High-Line, which is the old industrial railway line running above the city which they have now turned into a lovely walkway with beautiful gardens. It is like an oasis above the streets, a real must-do if you are in the city. It was also here that I bumped into the Made in Chelsea crew filming for the new series! We then went to Chelsea Market which is the coolest place ever with loads of funky cafes, bars and shops in an old renovated biscuit factory. We also walked around the Meatpacking district and Chelsea which is just a really cool area and you will notice a lot of locations from Sex and the City. Over the three days we were there we also did the Staten Island Ferry which takes you up close to the Statue of Liberty, we saw the 9/11 memorial which was just stunning and so moving to see. They have done an amazing job there and I would highly recommend a visit. We also hired bikes and cycled around the WHOLE of Central Park! This was a nice idea, however, it started to chuck it down with rain half way through... so didn't end up quite as fun as planned!! We also saw a Broadway show- If/Then with my absolute favourite Idina Menzel. The show was soooo good and we bought the soundtrack and I can't stop singing the songs! We also just walked EVERYWHERE which is the best thing to do in New York as we just saw everything. Bryant Park, New York Library, Radio City, the Rockafella Centre, South Street Seaport are all also musts to visit. We also had some yummy meals and ate LOADS of food! As well as seeing some more family members and being served by my cousin in a restaurant (5 Napkins - best burger I have ever had!!) Anyway, rambling over- that was New York and it was amazing! 

The Highline
Stevie!!
Central Park 
9/11 Memorial
Central Park
We then went back to Princeton for one night and retrieved the car and headed on our road trip. We drove up to Massachusetts first to stay with family in a place called Manchester-by-the-Sea. (very different from Manchester here..) This place was beautiful with the most gorgeous beach! From here we visited Rockport which was the cutest little town where they filmed the Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds film The Proposal. It is a bit of a tourist trap but still absolutely beautiful. A couple of days later we headed up to Maine which was my favourite part of the trip. We were lucky enough to stay in my Uncle's holiday home which was just ridiculous. It was the ultimate American beach house and an absolute mansion!! It had the sea right at the end of the garden with a dock to swim off. Here, we spent a lot of time chilling out, sunbathing, kayaking and drinking wine on the dock! We also drove to some remote islands and had lobster in a tiny littler restaurant on the end of a pier in the middle of nowhere! It was idyllic. 

Rockport
Recognise this from The Proposal?
Manchester


After a couple of days of relaxation we then started our drive back down to Boston. We stopped off at a few places on the way. One of my favourites was Portland, which was a really cool city on the sea. It was just really pretty and had a proper American, laid-back feel to it. We finally arrived in Boston and we were staying in the Harvard area in a gorgeous Air BNB. I absolutely love Boston and we did all the typical things like a trolley bus tour around the city, a harbour boat trip and explored the grounds of Harvard university. We also had some amazing meals here with Boston being a hub for yummy restaurants and bars. 

Harvard Square
Harvard Football Stadium 

Finally we drove back down to Princeton for the last couple of nights to spend more time with the grandparents before heading home. 

All in all I had the most amazing trip, and it was so nice to spend some quality time with my mum and dad and our family over in the states as well as seeing some stunning places. This is a very quick and edited version and I am sure I have missed LOADS of stuff out but if anyone is visiting any of those places, let me know cos I have loads of tips and recommendations!! 


Friday, 13 June 2014

I'm Going to America! - What's In My Suitcase?

I am off to America tomorrow (woohoo!) so I thought I would share a little 'what's in my suitcase' post with you! I am such a loser when it comes to packing and love planning what I am going to take weeks in advance and lay it all out on my bed very prematurely. However, this holiday, I left very to the last minute. I think because it is not my usual summer holiday to a hot destination where all I need to think about is flip flops and bikinis. I found packing for this trip very tricky as I have no idea what the weather will be like and I need a lot of practical clothing.

I am off to New Jersey to visit family before heading to New York for a few days and then I will be doing a little road trip up the East Coast to Boston, Maine and exploring New England. I am hoping the weather will be nice and hot so I am mostly taking summer clothes, with a few pairs of trousers and boots chucked in just in case!


 The thing I am most excited about is being able to wear my new bikinis. I have got 2 new bikinis recently just for my holidays and I can't wait to wear them. I received my Triangl bikini from my boyfriend for my birthday which I was very happy about! I also received this gorgeous tassle bikini from George at Asda which I am in love with! I just hope I have enough time to wear them both! Both bikinis are super flattering as the Triangl one really holds you in and pushes you up in all the right places. And the George one is perfect for my slightly pear-shaped body as all the tassles makes it look like I have boobs and the high cut pants are really flattering on my chunky thighs!


Working in beauty PR, I also have an abundance of beauty products which I now can't live without. Therefore, my toilet bag seems to take up half of my suitcase! I always try as hard as I can to take as few products as possible and condense them down into small bottles for space saving. I think I have done quite well this time, and especially as me and my mum will be sharing a lot of things, I have managed to be quite concise. Here are just a few of my favourite holiday minis. I love buying mini versions of products to take on holiday with me. As well as saving much needed space, they just look so much cuter as well don't they!?


After looking through the clothes I am planning to take, it seems the colour theme I am going for is blue, white and black! This wasn't planned but I suppose works out quite well. Hopefully I can manage to make a few good outfits out of this lot! So there you have it, a little insight into what I am packing. Of course, I have plenty more clothes, toilettries and bits and pieces coming with me but that's the boring stuff! Have you got any holidays coming up?