Thursday, 31 July 2014

A Sunny Weekend In London, What I Wore & What I Got Up To ♥

| *Palm Tree Print Kimono - Best Clothing - Link | Bracelet - Present From Friend |

At the weekend me and the husband got the train down to London from Manchester to stay over for the night.
Originally we were one of the many who had payed for a ticket for the "Secret Cinema Presents Back To The Future" event that was taking place over the next two months, however us and the thousands of others got the bad news that they were having to cancel the event for the week due to unforeseen circumstances.
Well secret cinema you can kindly kiss my ass, despite the bad news and the money wasted, we still had an excellent weekend in London.

We stayed at the Hilton Hotel At Canary Wharf, which we got a good deal for on along with 10% cash back which ended up paying for our breakfast the next morning.
The hotel was lovely, with all this warm weather we've had, it was actually a relief to have air con in our room which also meant we got a good nights sleep.
The rooms were spacious and had all the amenities you'd expect including a pretty good hairdryer and a shower I couldn't get out of the next morning.
We really enjoyed our night here and we'd stay again.

Our hotel was situated right next the underground which was only a 5 minute walk over the bridge and the view overlooked the O2 Arena, so this hotel was placed in the perfect area really. 
There was also a big shopping center nearby which also had a Tesco Metro - the perfect place to buy some goodies to take back to your hotel - I just can't justify mini fridge & room service prices.

When we arrived, we were able to check in early instead of the 2.00 pm time we were given at the time of booking, that gave us chance to leave our suitcase in our room and go out and explore.
Because we were meant to be going to the Secret Cinema event, we didn't have any plans of where we were going go or what we were going to do, so we went with the flow and decided to see where the day took us.

I really wanted to go to Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium but we had tried to make a booking online a few months before but it was booked up completely, we decided to go down anyway on the underground just to see if there was any cancellations and would you believe it there was - trip to London made - I'll be putting up a separate post about the kitty cafe hopefully sometime next week so keep your eyes peeled.

We had bought a day ticket for the underground so we used that to go everywhere on the Saturday, we visited Leicester Square to do all the typical London sightseeing, 
Then we had a walk along the River Thames, we weren't fussed about doing any tours or the London eye because we've done and seen it all already so we just had a bit of a walk about really, there was quite a lot going on down here and there was a Festival Of Love on which which was celebrating the same sex couple act.
We ended up walking from the London Eye to The Tower Bridge- I think I burnt about 1000 calories just walking around today.
Luckily it was really gorgeous weather, a whopping 28 degrees too, which we aren't used to in England.
After a bit of sight seeing, we went back to our room and relaxed for an hour, I had a sneaky 15 minute nap.

In the evening we got ready to go out, we got the underground to the O2 Arena, it was my first time here so I wasn't prepared for how big it was.
We ended up in good old TGI Fridays, we figured they wouldn't let us down and they didn't....
We got two huge cocktails to drown our sorrows - it worked because we forgot all about you secret cinema.
We both shared some appetizers and got the "Jack Daniels Sesame Chicken Strips" and "Garlic Bread " 
Then we both ordered out mains "Fridays Double Glazed Jack Daniel’s" - Jack Daniel’s sweet ‘n’ smoky glaze, Monterey Jack cheese, Jack Daniel’s 
candied bacon and Fridays mayo served with Crispy Fries - I'm drooling thinking about it again.
Daz tried his best #BURGERFACE.
The food was amazing, and we'd eaten pretty late so we headed back to the hotel for a few drinks back in our room before hitting the bed - we were pretty tired after today - and full.

We woke up early the next morning so we could have breakfast, grab a shower and get ready so we had a bit more time in London before our train home later.
After we had checked out we left out suitcases with the hotel and we got onto the underground to Camden so we could visit the Camden Markets, again I have never been here before but it is a shoppers paradise. There was food everywhere you went which didn't help because not only did it look and smell good, I was still full from last night and breakfast - but it didn't stop me eyeing up the doughnut stand.
I loved all the little market stalls in Camden, there were some really unique shops, I'd love to come back when I had more time and money.

After a few hours here, we headed back to the underground and got on it to the O2 Arena again.
 Daz really wanted to go on the Emirates Air Line which gave you a fantastic view of London from a cable car, it was about £13.50 for a return journey for both of us, we also got 25% off because we had bought day tickets from the underground.

We got off on the other side but there wasn't much to see or do, there was a few bars and a little beach area but we didn't really want to eat or drink still so we had another wander before we jumped back onto the air line again and headed back towards the O2.

When we got back to the O2, we walked about to see what else there was to do other than eat at all the bars and restaurants and we came across the Sky Studios where you could go behind the scenes of the show, which was all completely free.
We got to take some silly photos against a green screen and even had a go at presenting some of the latest headlines on camera which they recorded, they told us to go online later so we could download it to watch, we weren't pro's but it was a good laugh - and that video is staying on facebook.

We had a nice nights break in London and we did plenty, you may have disappointed your customers Secret Cinema but London didn't disappoint us.

Friday, 25 July 2014

My Birthday at Biddulph Grange Garden And What I Wore ♥

| Floral Skort - Primark - £7.00 | Blue Camisole - Select - £6.00 | Orange Peeptoes - Primark - £6.00 |  Pink Bag - Primark |

On Monday the 21st of July it was my birthday, I think I'm getting to the point now where I am enjoying birthdays less unless I'm sat on the beach in Barbados with a cocktail in each hand.

The weather was lovely
 so I really wanted to get out and enjoy it, its not often I get a Monday off and it is actually sunny - we got lucky with all this nice weather.
Me and the hubby drove up to Staffordshire to visit Biddulph Grange Gardens, my grandad had told me all about here and suggested I should visit.

Owned by The National Trust these gardens have some of the prettiest flowers from all over the world.
Created by James Bateman to show his collection of plants from all over the world these gardens take you on a journey all over the world, to Italy, the pyramids of Egypt, China and a recreation of a Himalayan Glen.
One of my favourite parts of these gardens was the victorian vision of China, this was where my outfit photo was taken, it was just so colourful and different to anything I'd seen before.

We took a picnic with us and sat by the lake for half and hour in the sun, by then the clouds had shifted and the sky was blue, it was a nice way to spend a relaxing birthday and I had a lovely afternoon.
I would recommend a day here when its nice, its a nice little walk too and if you have little one's and want a nice family afternoon out.
Admission is £7.50 per adult and £3.77 per child you can read more on the website here - link.

Thank you for all the birthday wishes on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook too, if your following me on instagram - xxmrschaddertonxx - you can sneak a peek at what I got for my birthday.

If you have a camera these gardens are perfect, I got some lovely shots which I included in this post.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Brazilian Fever With The Bodyshop ♥

I don't know if many of you had to put up with watching the world cup, I was one of the lucky many who had to watch it anyway because my hubby is obsessed with any game that involves a football - I'm actually glad its over now - I just can't get into it I'm afraid.

When I did manage to avoid a few football games, I also had the opportunity to have a few relaxing nights myself  getting in the Brazilian spirit and using these essentials from the Body Shop - they have been pure luxuries these past few weeks when I have been having my relaxing baths while watching Pretty Little Liars in between on my Kindle.

Left to right - | * The Body Shop Scrub - £13.00 - Link |
The Body Shop Nutriganics Drops Of Youth - £28.00 - Link |

In Rio's famous Ipanema and Copacabana beaches you will see that plenty of locals like to rub fine sand all over there bodies as they sunbathe, this smooths out the skin, flushing out impurities and helping to reduce the look of cellulite - I don't know about you but when I'm in a bikini on holiday that sometimes is one of my biggest insecurities straight after not having a flat enough belly - I'm not blessed with rock hard abs mainly due to the number of sweets and chocolate I can not give up.

You can get very similar results to the locals if you use a good scrub at home, especially like this shea body scrub from The Body Shop.
These scrubs are great exfoliators, they stimulate skin micro circulation and buff away the dead sin cells which in turn leave you with lovely silky soft moisturized skin.
I particularly love using this scrub on my legs and arms.
 The Body Shop sell a number of different scrubs in different scents, this particular one featured is very fitting for the Brazilian theme and has a sweet nutty smell.

Ever wondered why Brazlian women always have beautiful skin??
 Babassu Oil is an ancient Brazilian beauty secret, this oil is extracted from the nuts of the native babassu plant and is used by Brazilian women to soften and hydrate skin.
You can enjoy these benefits yourself by using these Nutriganics Drops Of Youth from The Body Shop available in two different sized bottles, they contain Community Fair Trade babassu oil - I have already seen the benefits myself.
I reviewed these drops not long ago on my blog - you can read more about these drops here - Link.

Have you ever wanted  Latina style radiance??
 You can achieve this by using The Body Shop Beautifying oil - this mango oil smells divine.
Multitasking, this oil helps you achieve perfect hydration to your skin and hair with a shimmering finish -perfect if you want to achieve that Brazilian Glow.
I loved using this on my legs and arms, especially after a long day out in the sunshine - pack a bottle of this in your suitcase for summer holidays.
I found this oil is also perfect to use in the ends of your hair if it is feeling a little dry.

With the football now over I'm still going to keep using these products - if you splurge on a few beauty products this summer, these should be your top three to go to.

Have you used any of these products?
What did you think??

*Some wording has been used from The Body Shop press release.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Celebrity Puppets ♥

 As a fashion blogger I do love to shop online so when I do have a browse I always have a look on My Voucher Codes to find some of the best available discounts from my favourite online retailers, every penny saved means I'm getting a bargain and who doesn't feel that bit more smug knowing they payed less.
The amount of times I have bought things in-store to find out I could of actually saved money by buying them online for an even better price - if you see an item you like instore, always try and check to see if you could get it cheaper online.

My Voucher Codes have recently created 10 celebrity puppets using celebs with easily distinguishable features that have appeared in celebrity gossip recently for a bit of fun.

Can you tell who they are meant to before looking on the right???

Celebrities that have been featured are the likes of:

Justin Bieber
Lady Gaga
Will Smith
Russel Brand
Ed Miliband
Kimye (Kim Kardashian and Kanye West)
Steven Tyler
Miley Cyrus
Sylvester Stallone
The Rock (Dwayne Johnson)

What do you think??are they a likely resemblance??

My Voucher Codes is the leading voucher, coupon and discount deal website in the UK - be sure to check them out if you are online shopping and you want to see if the retailer you are purchasing off has any latest discounts or vouchers available before purchase, you'd be surprised what you can save.

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