Thursday, 21 May 2015

Before Sunset

I'm not sure what it is but at the moment, I just want to shop... Usually I'm rather restrained and just pick up a few pieces a month but recently I've been filling up virtual baskets like nobody's business!

I wore a few of my newest additions for dinner with one of the my best friends last weekend in the countryside just outside of London (after we went to the Harry Potter tour because we're so cool, don't judge). The weather was absolutely beautiful so we took advantage and went for a wander around the lovely grounds of the hotel, it was the De Vere Hunton Park hotel if you're heading to Harry Potter and want to stay somewhere nice close by!

I have a real thing for asymmetric hemlines and this F&F top is my new favourite, it's so easy to wear and will definitely be coming with me on holiday next month, as will the shoes! I've had so many people ask me where my shoes are from when I've worn them, and they're only £25! I adore these J Brand jeans too, they are the best fitting, most flattering jeans I have ever owned. They were expensive, but totally worth every penny!

If you fancy a weekend away with your best friend, Get The Label are running a competition to win a Glamping weekend away! Find out more about it and enter here.

Right, I'm off to decide what to do with my currently overflowing ASOS basket, wish me luck...

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

DIY Beauty Treats for Dry Hair

Everyone wants beautiful, shiny and healthy hair but we can't always afford expensive treatments and products, why not try some of these easy peasy recipes you can make at home? You don't need to spend a fortune as there a great number of natural treatments that you can use to improve the condition of your hair, most of which you'll probably already have in your kitchen! These are some of our favourite recipes for hair masks that work amazingly well but cost very little...

Creamy Avocado Mask

If you have a dry hair that is in desperate need of moisture, then try this creamy avocado mask. Avocado is one of the nature’s super foods as its oils and proteins will smooth and moisturise your locks.

Mix one avocado and a few drops of olive oil in a bowl, then add an egg yolk and a teaspoon of natural yogurt, then mix until it becomes a green paste. Once mixed, apply it on your hair, leave for around 15 minutes and wash it off with your normal shampoo. Dry your hair as normal. You hair will become super soft and much healthier looking!

Honey Mask

This honey hair mask is amazing for nourishing, moisturising and softening your hair. First, mix half a cup of honey with a teaspoon of yoghurt. Then add a tea spoon of olive oil and one egg, blend all of the ingredients together. Then, apply the mixture on your hair evenly throughout your hair focusing on the ends of the hair (as it will help to prevent split ends). Leave it for around 15 minutes then wash your hair as normal.

Banana Mask

Bananas can work absolute magic on your hair and scalp, the oily texture is great for nourishing and moisturising dry and damaged hair. Start with mixing banana with one tablespoon of olive oil in a bowl. Mash it together until it gets to be smoothie-like puree and apply it on your hair and scalp. Leave it for around 30 minutes and wash your hair thoroughly with shampoo, the perfect excuse to relax in the bath with a magazine!

Pumpkin Mask

Now, if you like cooking roasted vegetables and have some pumpkin (or sweet potato) left over, then you can you can make an amazing pumpkin mask for your hair and face. Make sure your pumpkin leftover does not contain salt before you prepare your mask though.

Pumpkin contains superb ingredients such as Vitamins A and C, Potassium, Zinc as well as beta-carotene, which gives it that lovely orange colour. To prepare your hair mask add 1-2 tablespoons of honey to a cup of pumpkin puree and mix it together. Apply to your hair and scalp, then leave for around 15 minutes. Rinse your hair and wash with shampoo as normal. Pumpkin is so nourishing that you can also apply it to your face for that extra special treat!

Coconut Oil Conditioner

Coconut is full of wonderful properties which will do wonders for your dry hair. Coconut oil is heavy, so use it sparingly if you have fine or thin hair. To start, mix coconut oil with two egg yolks till it becomes a creamy gold paste. Then wash your hair and massage the mixture you have made throughout your hair ensuring the ends are also covered. Leave for 15-20 minutes and rinse out with water for shiny, soft and tropical scented hair, yum! 

Apple Vinegar conditioner

If you feel your hair isn't as shiny as you'd like and feel it needs an extra boost, then try this amazing Apple Vinegar conditioner! Add an egg to a half tea cup of Apple Vinegar, one tablespoon of Olive Oil and a few drops of glycerine to make this rich nourishing mask that will leave your hair beautifully soft and shiny. After shampooing your hair, apply it throughout and leave for 30 minutes. Rinse off with warm water and then style your hair as you usually do. This mask will do miracles to your dry and damaged hair!

After trying any of these DIY treatments you will see your hair nourished from both the inside and outside, and looking glossy, soft and healthy again! Let me know if you try any of these recipes out, I'd love to hear what you think!

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Sunday, 17 May 2015

A Weekend at Clevedon Hall

Have you ever been to a place that is almost entirely perfect? Where the sun is shining when the rest of the country is in the shade, the grass is greener, the food tastes amazing, the decor is perfection and the people are some of the nicest people you've ever met. Clevedon Hall is one of those places.

Nestled in the heart of Northern Somerset, hidden behind stone walls and trees, Clevedon Hall sits atop a hill beside the seaside. It is a beautiful Victorian mansion that has recently had a £3 million refurbishment, which saw each of its 25 rooms and suites renovated to an incredibly high standard, each with their own unique design.

Clevedon Hall is primarily a wedding venue but can also host conferences or business events, it would make THE most beautiful wedding venue, just think of the photo album... I might have to start dropping hints to The Man just so I can go back!

So let's take a tour of the grounds, bedrooms and, most importantly, the food...

I was lucky enough to be invited to experience the luxury of a night at Clevedon Hall (thanks to Terri for suggesting me, she's a good one), I took one of my best friends Sophie as we were in dire need of a proper catch up and she was in need of a treat! 

We arrived at Clevedon hall in the late afternoon after a quick trip to the nearby beach (which consisted of driving near it, realising it looked a bit rubbish and deciding to head straight to the hall...), the weather was amazing so we wandered around the grounds, taking in the beautiful architecture and gardens (and the fun swing seat!) before heading inside to see what more delights awaited us.

The staff were incredibly friendly and helped us up to our room with our bags, but as soon as the door closed behind us we let out little squeals of delight and started exploring the room, it was a-mazing! Each of the rooms are named after birds and we were in the Stork room, which happens to be named after Harold, the stork who lives in the lake in the grounds and can be found on the coasters in the room and lapels of the staff, he's kind of a big deal. 

Remember, this is a standard room, I repeat, this is standard. It's one of the loveliest hotel rooms I've ever stayed in, from the beautifully soft yet perfectly firm four poster bed to the roll top bath and the giant velvet sofa, the Neal's Yard products in the bathroom and the most complicated toilet I've ever seen...

We had grand plans of exploring the grounds and the surrounding areas but as soon as we discovered the fluffy robes, we decided that a cup of tea and a face mask was in order! We relaxed and took advantage of the amazing shower before spending inordinately too long doing our make up, as is our want, before heading down for dinner. 

Here's a couple of snaps of what we wore for dinner, I opted for a black velvet playsuit c/o Rare and Sophie wore a floaty, silk top from ASOS which I am definitely stealing from her!

Now it's time for the good stuff, the food. Alan Jones has recently joined the Clevedon Hall team as Head Chef, with a Michelin star background and trained under Marco Pierre White, we were pretty excited about what would be served up for dinner. And rightfully so.

The evening's culinary delights began with Prosecco in the ebbing sunlight in front of the hall along with a few other lovely bloggers including Terri and Emily, with incredible canapes including salmon mille feuille, quail egg on toast and duck erm... balls. I'm not sure what else to call them, but despite their less than savoury name I've given them, they were amazing! Tender duck surrounded by crispy breadcrumbs? Yes please. All day.

We moved into the library, an incredible room lined with books (sadly, not real books...) and took our seats for dinner. Our wine glasses were filled and our palettes were excited by fresh bread and lobster bisque presented in tiny espresso cups, an amuse bouche of sorts!

The starter was an incredible beef carpaccio with cherries and walnuts, it was light but completely delicious.

And now for the main event, the one I had been waiting for, the main. Pork belly with potato puree and apple sauce, dream. I adore pork belly but because it's so, so bad for you, I tend not to have it very often at all, but when in Rome! It was exquisite, the meat fell apart as it should and the crackling with just the right amount of crisp. The apple shone through and the spinach offered a welcome cleansing taste. Can I order one to go please?

The dessert was the only course that left me a little deflated, on paper it sounded amazing, vanilla creme with rhubarb jelly in a rhubard and champagne soup? Intriguing to say the least. But it didn't quite work for me, it was quite creamy after such a rich main and the fizzy soup was quite an odd sensation. But delightful nonetheless!

The Head Chef popped out to join us for coffee and truffles but we decided to slink off to the room to take advantage of the amazing bath before bed time, we're naughty sausages. We snuggled down in the amazing bed and were asleep pretty much as soon as our heads hit the pillow!

We rose bright and early in the morning for breakfast overlooking the beautiful grounds, even the classic full English was taken to the next level. Incredible sausages (aptly described by Terri as 'dense'), delicious bacon, naughty black pudding and perfectly grilled tomatoes. We were in heaven. 

Find out more about Clevedon Hall here, it is an absolutely stunning venue not far from Bristol and if you're even contemplating getting married or hosting an event, you should definitely take a closer look! Prices and further information can be found on the website.

*Our stay was courtesy of Clevedon Hall but, as always, all opinions are my own.
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