Beauty, Life, Style

Getting Organised

There's something about a trip to Paperchase that always makes me feel more organised and efficient. I popped in the other day and found this genius little planner. I love the cute watercolour polkadot design and have received so many compliments. 
There are 4 different types of page design. You can take notes, make lists, keep track of appointments and plan your day. If you're heading back to uni this month or just need a little daily structure, then you need this in your life. 
I can't find this on the website but I'd highly recommend popping in to your local store.
What are your top tips for staying organised?


Going Blonde

Yes! I have gone blond, and I. Am. Loving it. This isn't my first foray into a more honeyed hue. I was a blond at uni and for some reason I just hadn't been feeling my brunette locks for a while. 

So knowing that a shit tonne of bleach on your hair isn't necessarily the best way to create lustre and shine, I nipped down my local boots and picked up a few products help make my hair journey as smooth and tangle free as possible. 

I have been obsessed with the L'Oreal Leave In in Conditioner for years. It's by far the best leave in conditioner I've ever tried. Non sticky, detangling and a total bargain. Next I picked up the Garnier Ultimate Blends The Sleek Perfector Oil. Not quite as good as Morrocan Oil but still lightweight and non greasy, and also a fraction of the price. Plus, anything that smells of coconut-y deliciousness gets a thumbs up from me.  

Meet my new BFF - the John Frieda Colour Renew Tone Correcting Shampoo has brought me back from the brink of brassiness more than once, reducing yellow tones with it's vibrant purple tint. It's become a bathroom staple. However, while I would 100% recommend the shampoo, the conditioner has left me underwhelmed. Firstly, I wonder if the slight purple tinge actually makes any difference at all and secondly, it's just a bit weak when it comes to detangling an unruly mane.

Aaaaand finally, no haircare regime would be complete without a hair mask.  I'm a big fan of the Toni and Guy Cleanse: Dry Shampoo so I thought I'd branch out and give the Nourish Reconstruction mask a whirl. Now, this mask isn't the most intensely moisturising mask, but it leaves hear feeling soft and bouncy, not greasy and heavy like others I've tried. I love that I can put this everywhere, including my roots my for quick shot of moisture.

What are your favourite hair products? Comment below with your recommendations!


Sunday Brunch at the Cosy Club

On Sunday we were kindly invited to Brunch at the Cosy Club, Coventry. Having never visited before I was unsure what to expect.
Eclectic portraits lined the walls beneath the twinkling stars.
We decided to pep up the morning with a Watermelon Iced Tea and a Berry Delight, a delicious combination of apple juice, Frobishers bumbleberry juice and and freshly squeezed lime.
Dave went for Cosy Club Breakfast. Everything you'd expect from a great full english, the sausage and black pudding were particularly good. 
I couldn't resist the Avocado Brunch. Sourdough toast, avocado smashed with lime, chilli and tomato topped with a runny poached egg. Bloomin' marvellous! And so (deceptively) filling we couldn't eat again all day. 

I really enjoyed our brunch at the Cosy Club. The service was fantastic and the food was great, especially for such a reasonable price. You can check out the menu here or find your local restaurant here


Crabtree and Evelyn Hand Cream Review

My dry hands have been killing me. Cracking, flaking... it's disgusting and painful in equal measures. But I have found a miracle product that is saving me from gross granny hands.

Many thanks to Dave who spotted an Amazon lightning deal (having been subjected to my continuous bitching for a month or so) and picked up this gorgeous little set for me.

The Crabtree and Evelyn Lovely Hands Hand Therapy set is a beautiful treat for yourself or a loved one. In the box you get 6 hand creams:
  • Pear and pink magnolia
  • Tarocco orange, eucalyptus and sage
  • Pomegranate, argan and grapeseed
  • English honey and peach blossom
  • Verbena and lavender de Provence
  • Citron, honey and coriander 
They all smell incredible but my favourites so far are Citron, honey and coriander and English honey and peach blossom.

These hand creams are super moisturising, transforming my gross, dried out prune hands in to a vision of smooth, juicy, dreaminess. They drink this stuff up in seconds which means there's zero stickiness. I also love that they are the perfect handbag size.

Here's the bad news. I can't find this set anywhere, but Crabtree and Evelyn currently have some sets of 3 on sale at £6.25. Bargain if you ask me.

I absolutely adore these and will be repurchasing the minute I run low. Love, love, love.


The Yorkshire Meatball Company, Harrogate

Oh, how I love a bank holiday weekend. And this one was particularly glorious wasn't it? Just what we needed for day out in Harrogate. We headed north, picked mum and dad up on the way and spent a leisurely day wondering around the shops, picking out beautiful chocolates at Farrah's and meandering down The Stray. We showed Dave our old house, where we lived when I was little, then headed off to the Yokshire Meatball Company for an early dinner.
I heard about the Yorkshire Meatball Company about 6 months ago though Twitter. They serve one thing... meatballs! The concept is pretty simple. You choose your balls, sauce and side. The decor is a bit industrial with cheese graters used as light shades and brown paper menus that double as place mats.

Now here's the clincher for me... The Yorkshire Meatball Company was able to cater (from the standard menu!) for my mum who is gluten free, dairy free and egg free. In restaurant terms, this is like finding a unicorn. And with a main course costing £9.95, this is one reasonably priced unicorn.
Me, Dave and dad opted for the Sunday roast which gave us a good selection of their sides in one go.
Fortunately I was able to steal a little bit of everyone's food so I can give you a bit of a run down.
  • The Yorkshire balls are the traditional meatball made of beef and pork - Good and exactly what you would expect.
  • The Hot balls are made with pork shoulder and a hint of chilli. These are delicious. If you aren't a spicy food lover don't be put off by the mention of chilli, there's barely any heat here just utter meatbally goodness.
  • The Smokey balls are the winner for me though. The lamb shoulder seasoned with smoked paprika was beyond good.
If you're looking for a reasonably priced restaurant in Harrogate that's laid back and delicious I would definitely recommend the Yorkshire Meatball Company. If you're looking for somewhere than can cater for special dietary requirements then it's a no brainer.

I'd also like to say thank you the fabulous staff who were so lovely and patient with us.

You can view the menu here and find their Horrogate and York location information and booking details here


April Favourites

Hello! It's been a while hasn't it? Well I'm back, and with a few little April favourites. First up is a book called Meet Me in Manhattan by Claudia Caroll. It's a chick lit rom-com. If you're looking for a light, funny, easy read, I'd highly recommend you give this a go.  

Sweet potato, leek and bacon cakes

This is how I like my food, delicious and a little rough around the edges. Today I thought I'd share a recipe with you. It's filling, healthy(ish) and super tasty. If you're being good you can skip the hollandaise sauce but it adds a tangy creaminess that works beautifully with the sweetness of the sweet potato and the saltiness of the bacon.

Serves 2 - 4


3 small sweet potatoes (the kind you get in a bag at the supermarket)
5 rashers of bacon
1 leek
4 eggs
A generous sprinkle parsley
A pinch of oregano
Salt and pepper to taste
(Optional) 4 generous teaspoons of hollandaise sauce - I use the jar stuff. You can make your own, but aint nobody got time for that.

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