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Friday, 28 December 2012

As explained in this post, every December my sister takes me into London for a birthday surprise and each time she always thinks of something quirky or different to do. I always end up having an amazing day as somehow my sister seems to know me better than I even know myself and these little trips are somewhat the reason I adore London so much. So on the 15th me and my sister headed into London for the first part of my birthday surprise - getting some yummy food.

We're both pretty obsessed with hot dogs so she arranged for us to grab a bite to eat at top London restaurant Bubbledogs. It's this really cute quirky place - it's all American themed and is centered around a hot dogs and champagne menu! I love the idea behind of it and couldn't wait to get there as already I'd heard many people raving about it.

She warned me in advance that there would be a small chance we wouldn't get in, being that Bubbledogs is very much an 'IT' restaurant at the moment and they don't take bookings for people in small groups. Nonetheless we got there a bit early and saw that no one was yet lining up before it was open, so headed around the corner to get a quick drink until it opened its doors. Clearly we were mistaken though because when we walked back at 5:30pm, there was a long line to get in! So we knew the food must good! We were very lucky because we got the last two seats in the house thankfully.


We were ushered in and took our seats and were presented with our menu's. The restaurant had a really American feel to it - it had just brick walls with various drawings on the walls, each in random different sized photo frames. It very much made me think of an arty Brooklyn apartment! It was small but very cosy with a lovely friendly atmosphere. The menu had a wide range of gourmet hot dogs, including a special Christmas one, each with Americanized names. I ordered the classic Sloppy Joe hot dog and despite the fact that I don't even like chilli, it was delicious! Between us, myself and my sister also ordered all three sides - coleslaw, tots (hash browns) and sweet potato fries. Let me tell you, the hash browns are absolutely to die for! I don't even like hash browns either but hand on heart they were one of the most delicious things I've ever tasted in my life and my tummy rumbles just thinking about them. The hot dog was delicious too obviously and I found that even though you're only really eating a hot dog - perhaps with sides if you order them - it's just the right amount. Surprisingly enough for what looks like not much it was really, really filling. 


The food arrived in little classic red plastic baskets and I really loved how the food was very much finger food. Apart from a fork with our coleslaw, we were given no cutlery. Being that it was such a stark contrast drinking it with classy champagne, I really loved this. It was just so quirky and different - the idea of messy hot dogs that you can buy on a street corner, eaten with celebratory champagne - it was really cool. It was also perfect for London which is a city that constantly has contemporary and edgy restaurants popping up everywhere.

I looked on foursquare not long after leaving and found loads of other people raving about the Sloppy Joe's hot dog (clearly I chose well!) and the 'Tots'. I also read that apparently a lot of the staff are trained mixologists so paired with the fact that I thought the staff were very friendly, I could definitely see this being the type of place where you set up shop at the bar after eating and just spend an evening in a friendly/relaxing atmosphere drinking. It actually wasn't too expensive either, obviously it cost more than your average pub grub meal but I think considering the fact that you're paying for champagne and having such a different experience, the price is more than worth it. The restaurant also provides take out if it's too busy to sit in.

It's a very popular restaurant at the moment and although I think all the fuss will die down eventually once the idea is not so 'new', I believe the delicious food and quirky theme to it will definitely keep it a success. It was without a doubt a great experience and I'll definitely be dropping in again next time I'm in London!


Hot Dog Joint
70 Charlotte Street
London 
W1T 4QG
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Tuesday, 25 December 2012


Merry Christmas everyone! This is just a quick post to wish all my followers a merry Christmas. I hope you all have a lovely day and get everything you asked for :) I've had a super busy week working constantly, then celebrated my birthday this weekend just gone with a night out Saturday, after finally buying the last of my presents and I chilled with some friends and family on the actual day. Today (well, yesterday by the time you've read this) I was working twice at both my jobs so I was exhausted  by the time I got in! I then finally wrapped all my presents and I guess I am at  last ready for Christmas. There's a whopping eleven of us for Christmas dinner tomorrow so it's going to be a bit hectic! I'm back at work Boxing day (boo) but once all the festivities are gone and everything is calmed down I'll blog about everything, as well as how I spent my birthday in London. I've got some great reviews coming up of what I did.

Anyway, I hope you all have a lovely day and enjoy spending time with your loved ones!  

P.S The photo above is our beyond weird Christmas tree decorations myself & my sister bought in Bruges! Mine is the star one (as it has blue eyes like me!) and Mamaw isn't best pleased that it's now sitting on the tree...

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Friday, 21 December 2012

There is nothing more beautiful than Christmas in London. The cold weather paired with the festive lights and decorations is just the nicest way to spend a winter evening this Christmas and I must say, I'm forever thankful at living so close to the city, especially at this time of year. Ever since I was little, my sister has always taken me out in London to celebrate my birthday with some form of surprise, and I think that's probably what has caused me to love the city so much during winter.

London is also great during winter because there is so many things to do - most of which are seasonal. There's ice skating at Somerset House or you could visit a real Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park. There are even bus tours that take you around the city at night specifically to see all the various lights and decorations all around the city. There's always something to do for the whole family and there's always something for everyone - be it traditional, quirky or contemporary.

One of the first times my sister took me for a special birthday surprise in London, she took me to the London Dungeons, which has since become a firm favourite attraction of mine, so much so that I must have been for a total of at least six times over the years since. Although I actually celebrated my birthday surprise in London with my sister this weekend just gone - which I will blog about - I was also offered the opportunity to pop down to London and visit the Dungeons to blog about them recently, which I accepted without hesitation. Despite having gone so many times before, the Dungeons NEVER get old or boring for me and it's always a little bit different at London so this blog post is why I'd suggest paying them a visit this Christmas.


Please note, any photos on this post are not mine but were found via Google or the official Dungeons website. Photography within the Dungeons is prohibited and although I would have loved to take some photos whilst lining up inside, where you are allowed to take photos, my camera had already died and unfortunately my iPhone doesn't take good quality photos on the dark. Apologies! 

I LOVE visiting the Dungeons and would thoroughly recommend them to anyone - especially at Christmas. They offer that perfect mix of learning about London's gory past but with lots of jumps, scares and fun in the process. It really is something quite different with various actors taking on historical characters and scary sets that have astounding attention to detail. It's like a live show that you are part of but it's so much fun. As well as learning about things such as The Great Fire, Jack The Ripper and Sweeny Todd, there are also 'rides' within the Dungeons walls such as a boat ride and a drop ride. All in all, it's a real laugh exploring around the Dungeons and despite having been so many times myself, I never get bored as there is always something new to learn. They're continually taking on new parts of London's history or adding on to the whole interactive experience that it never gets boring.

What I really love though is how it's so interactive with the audience - the characters joke around with you all, pulling people up for a mock trail to reflect how things were settled in courtrooms during the 18th century. There is up to 14 shows on the 90 minute tour, including 'Fog Freeze' which is new for this winter. At Christmas they also have a slightly odd 'Santa' who gives you gory gifts! What's also great is how the actors will take note of their audience too - if there are little children on the particular tour, they'll take note and lessen the jumps, instead making the show a bit more humorous. Likewise if you're all adults, they try to scare you more! But I'd still say the Dungeons has something for everyone - it's not scared out of your wits scary, instead it's very humorous and is definitely the type of thing to go to in a group. It really is so much fun and better yet - it's cheap!



You can save up to 20% when booking in advance online, and the Dungeons are literally right next to London Bridge Station, so it's all easily accessible. Despite always being busy, you never have to wait long either.

I've also heard that the Dungeons are genuinely haunted too which is interesting! Over all I really love the Dungeons, the attention to detail is just spectacular and the way everything comes together to create a spooky and on edge atmosphere is amazing. I'd definitely recommend the Dungeons this Christmas if you're ever in London.



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Monday, 17 December 2012

I was recently contacted by the team behind luxury online boutique Amara.co.uk and was offered the opportunity to review one of their many gorgeous themed candles. I was really pleased because I'm forever buying new candles for my room - my room is pretty much my sanctuary filled with everything I love so it's always nice to have a delicious smelling candle or two burning to help relax me. I particularly love having one burning in the evenings when I blog as it helps get me into a more relaxed mood.

First of all I checked out the website and immediately fell in love with the boutique. Amara is like a quirky and more luxury version of IKEA come Not On The Highstreet in my eyes - everything is very upper class and glamourous, but it's all affordable and I also found loads of different quirky hidden gems whilst shopping around the website. It definitely the type of website I could end up spending loads of hours on, buying loads of Christmas presents for my friends and family. I like it because it suggests everything is just that little bit more glamourous - as in if you purchased a gift from here for someone than that someone must be really special to deserve something just that bit more luxurious. It's mostly home accessories and gifts but I love how you can shop by room and I especially love the Christmas gift guide section - it's all so lovely and seasonal. Among the website you'll find labels such as Ralph Lauren and Ted Baker so it's got a lovely mix of higher end stuff as well as cheaper stuff too.

I was offered the chance to review one of their many candles (what a collection!) and immediately the collection of Wanderlust Candle's caught my eye. Firstly because I just love the word Wanderlust and the definition behind it and secondly because I've definitely caught the travel bug lately. There were four to choose from - London, New York, Paris and Rome. I chose New York because it's somewhere I've always wanted to go to and plan to visit next summer and I couldn't wait until it arrived. When it did, it was beautifully packaged and as soon as I lit it the smell just washed over me - it had a really nice scent! I didn't know if it actually smelt of New York or not as I've never been, but I did love the idea that the scent was supposed to represent the city, so it's nice to know that if I left it burning and closed my eyes I could probably imagine myself there! At £21.00 it's well worth the price as I received it about a week ago and have had it burning pretty much every night since and it's still got loads of um burn left in it (if that's the right way to describe what I mean!). It has a gorgeous Vanilla and fruity scent and additionally it's really pretty too!


I've definitely been thinking about purchasing a few of these candles as gifts for friends and family and there are also quite a few things I've spotted on the website that I think would be great for certain people! 

The last date to order in time for Christmas delivery from Amara is before 3pm on the 21st December.

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Sunday, 16 December 2012

Last Sunday I had my work's Christmas party which was really just going out for a meal at a place in town. It was a nice night - I work in Admin so I'm always in the office or stockroom so I don't actually see much of the staff at work! We had a giggle anyway and the food was nice. I bought a new dress from H&M to wear to it because most of my dresses are a bit too casual/too short for a work party and considering all my co-workers and managers were there, I thought it would be a good idea to wear something more smart. I love the dress, it's a nice colour for Christmas and I think I might wear it for Christmas day too. It also looked great paired with my leather jacket!


I added my trusty belt to the dress and wore my favourite heels - I didn't want to go over the top as it was just a meal and a couple of cheeky drinks. Besides, by the end of the night I typically ended up spilling gravy down myself!


Unfortunately I didn't manage to get a photo of my makeup because the meal wasn't until 8 and I headed down a bit early for pre-drinks - so with it being dark out and using my iPhone, the lighting wasn't good enough to get a clear photo. It's a shame because it was nice! I did try to but all the photos came out blurry - I really need my own photographer! Plus I was in a bit of a rush too as the new boiler was only being installed that day so I had to get a shower down at my Nan's again then get back here to get ready. Nonetheless my hair looks nice!


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Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Everywhere I look at the moment I seem to be faced with oversized extra fluffy corny Christmas jumpers. I love it! If I had the budget, I'd be living in such jumpers 24/7. Not only would they keep me extra warm but despite how corny they are, they're all so adorable. I'm really, really hoping I can pick up a few in the January sales to wear next Christmas (by then knowing my luck they'll be out of fashion again!). Here are some of my favourites that I think capture the right Christmas spirit without being too over the top.

From L-R
Top Row - Pink Kiss Me Jumper (Perfect for under the mistletoe!), White Snowman Face HoodieSoul Cal Deluxe Robin Jumper
Bottom Row - Blonde & Blonde Rudolph JumperJacquard-knit jumper (ideal for a stroll in the snow!), Noelle Fairisle Snowman Jumper

I want them all! I think perhaps my favourites are the 'Kiss Me' jumper from River Island or the Soul Cal Deluxe Robin Jumper from Republic. I can just imagine wearing them snuggled warm! Fingers crossed I can still nab a few in the January sales...



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Saturday, 8 December 2012

Yet again, I'd like to apologize for the lack of posts this week! As if we haven't had enough bad luck recently - my Dad hit a deer and so we had to get the car fixed, our hoover has just broke & we currently don't have any hot water or heating since our boiler broke - my laptop charger decided to break! But I've got a new one now and we're managing alright without heating/hot water for the meantime, plus its Christmas so who can be miserable at Christmas? Things could be a lot worse! But yes, that's why I got my blogging mojo back recently but then was unable to post this week haha!

Me and my friends have become avid bingo goers, though I think it's more down to the fact that it's held in a pub which serves delicious food and cheap drinks! Anyway, here's just a quick post about what I wore when we went on Sunday (it's definitely become a somewhat weekly tradition for us!). 


I was given an early birthday present in the form of this oh so sexy leather jacket! Do you like it?! I told Mamaw I'd spotted one I wanted in Miss Selfridge and she purchased this one, showing it to me to ask me if she'd got the right one for my birthday present. It's not the one I originally had my eye on but I tried it on and had a think and absolutely love it - I've decided I prefer it to the one I originally saw. So Mamaw let me have it early :) It's so sexy isn't it?!


I didn't take many photos as I hadn't actually planned to turn this into a Look Of The Week post. But I just loved the overall look too much - especially with my skinny fit jeans that are an old favourite pair that I haven't been able to fit into years - I swear I used to wear them constantly a good few years back so I'm very pleased with it! Overall I loved the very 'rock chick' look - leather jacket, skinny jeans, black pumps, my favourite deep red lipstick (although it doesn't look that dark in the photo above because of the light!).


So overall a very basic look but just right for a quiet Sunday night down the local :) 

Outfit 
Top : River Island
Jacket : Miss Selfridge 
Jeans : Unknown
Shoes : Unknown

Make Up 
Foundation : L'oreal Paris infallible brush in 015 Porcelain shade
Cover up : Dream Matte Mouse in 030 Sand shade
Bronzer : Benefit Hello Flawless in Beige shade
Eyeliner : Collection 2000
Mascara : 17 Peep Show Mascara
Blusher : Maybelline Dream Mouse Blush
Lipstick : Kate Moss Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in shade 107

Accessories 
Bracelet : Republic
Spiked Bracelet : Stella & Dot

Other 
Nail Varnish : Ruby & Millie Red 430P


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Thursday, 29 November 2012

As explained in my previous post, I recently spent a mini weekend away in Bruges with my sister and my mum. Over all the weekend was fairly cheap - we went from Friday morning to Sunday afternoon and because we travelled by Eurostar, generally the travelling part of the weekend was cheap.

We realized however that Bruges as a city isn't actually as cheap as we hoped! The food is quite expensive and other than sightseeing, the main thing to do in this beautiful city is to shop - so off course it wasn't as cheap as we thought it would be. However we managed to stay in a really cheap B&B and managed to find really cheap places to eat at and cheap things to do so in this post I'll tell you all about these places if any of you ever choose to go!

Accommodation 

We stayed in the beautiful B&B Maison de la Rose which was more than ideal for us. This cosy Bed & Breakfast is only a five to ten minute walk away from the city centre (Bruges is a very small town) and we found that the brief walk was actually enjoyable because it involved walking down lovely cobbled streets and seeing loads of picturesque sights in the process. The B&B is family run and has three large rooms - one of which is family room - as well as a loft/apartment. We stayed in the family 'Grey' room and had more than enough space for just the three of us - we had two large double beds (one of which was made up of two single beds which we could pull apart if we wanted to), a desk, fridge, TV etc and our own en-suite bathroom. Off course the room was warm and clean and was from €63 per night, an extra 10 euros for breakfast which we had on our first morning. The breakfast was delicious and filled us up for the day and we found the owner to be lovely - he gave us a guidebook with all his personal recommendations in it, and we loved that he suggested not only cheaper places but also places that were less for tourists and more for locals which I thought was nice.


B&B Maison de la Rose
Ezelstraat 11, B-8000 Brugge, België

Eating Out

We found that generally, as beautiful as they all were with their crackling fires and festive decorations, most of the restaurants within the main square were quite expensive. So I googled and had a look on trip adviser to find somewhere to eat and we found the recommendation for this real local bar/restaurant called Bierbrasserie Cambrinus. It was literally on one of the streets just behind the main square and we walked in to find it extremely busy and filled with locals, wishing we'd thought to book a table ahead of time. Luckily they had one table spare for an hour before it was reserved again so we took that table and we immediately understood why it was so busy. It had such a warm and friendly atmosphere and we weren't the only English people in there so despite being a favourite for locals, we felt very welcomed. It had an impressive menu of local beer and the waitress recommended some delicious beers for us and was very helpful. We ordered quite a lot for just the three of us - we decided to share everything between us so ordered a selection of hot and cold snacks, some garlic bread and a salad with Goats cheese & Bacon served with Raspberry vinaigrette (whatever that is!). Everything was delicious and overall the food came to just €38 between the three of us. So cheap, especially compared to everywhere else!







Cambrinus,
Mgr Roelensstraat, Ardooie, Flemish Region

It tasted SO good!

On our second day we were quite full up from breakfast so just caught something on the go - we had some beyond yummy hot dogs from one of the stands at the Christmas market (they also did the most delicious Bailey's hot chocolate) and we found there were a few English places to eat too such as a chip shop, Starbucks and Subway. We also stumbled across a craft fayre one of the local schools put on for charity which was situated in one of the beautiful old buildings and they had a Bistro set up there too. That was really cheap and the food was so nice that we went back twice - the coffee was only €1!

Places To Drink

Obviously because we went as a family, going out drinking or clubbing wasn't really on our to-do list but we definitely wanted to try some of the local beer and found one nice bar which we spent a few hours in. Belgian Beer Pub Don Quichotte (what a mouthful!) was this tiny bar we found just off the main square but I loved it, it was so tiny and quirky! There was a nice atmosphere and it was really decked out in some funky deco, as well as having a large selection of beer and loads of different flavours (including chocolate!). Oddly enough, as we first arrived and propped ourselves up at the bar (it was so, so tiny but cute!), I felt like I was in America! We ambled in with our coats, scarves and gloves and it was so warm and inviting that we pulled them all of immediately and got ourselves ourselves comfy at the bar. You could tell it was a real genuine local place, some people had brought board games to play with them! However saying that, again it felt very welcoming and even had the English football on. It really reminded me of the type of pub you'd stumble across out in the cold then come into and just get warm and spend your whole evening in good company, chatting and having a laugh. Naturally I loved it.

Image NOT taken by me, image taken from 365pubs.com, please click image for link.
Belgian Beer Pub Don Quichotte, 
Eiermarkt 14, Brugge, West-Vlaanderen 

Although we didn't actually go clubbing/drinking, whilst in this pub we were obviously in the more lively area of Bruges where people do go for a night out as we spotted loads of pubs and clubs in this area.

Things To Do

Attraction wise, there isn't actually much to do in Bruge. We found some leaflets for an Aquarium and theme park - though we didn't know how far away these were - as well as a show/museum in the centre but this had quite bad reviews. We were quite content strolling around and just enjoying exploring though and getting involved with the culture. We found a lot of guided tours being offered - walking tours, bike tours and even Segway tours! There were also horse drawn carriage rides which I thought were beyond romantic as these ran into the evening when it was dark and all the lights were on. We would have loved to have gone on a bike tour but the weather wasn't nice enough - though really everything was in walking distance anyway.

We did go on a boat tour though which I would absolutely recommend. Bruges is filled with canals and waterways and there's so much you don't see just by walking around - we saw a completely different side of Bruges by boat and it was so lovely.





I can't remember how much the boat trip cost and there were a few different companies offering them but they were all really affordable. Each trip lasted maybe 20-30 minutes and included a commentary about the history of Bruges. It was really nice and something I'd definitely recommend.

Because the city didn't offer many attractions apart from museums and art galleries, I'd definitely suggest visiting during Christmas when there is a lot more on. The Christmas fayre was beyond pretty - each stall had decorations, food, hot drinks etc and then off course there was the actual ice skating rink as well. It was really lovely grabbing a hot chocolate or a hot dog and just wandering around the fayre slowly in the evening, everything lit up, or stopping to watch the ice skaters with Christmas music in the background. It really put me in the Christmas spirit.

And that's another thing about Bruges - they play music EVERYWHERE! Most streets have speakers along them so you'll hear the radio or different music playing as you stroll around - it's all really cheery!

The Chocolate!

Bruges is best known for it's chocolate (and beer, and er lace) and you'll discover that as there are chocolate shops everywhere. You literally cannot get away from them and each and every one was so cosy and inviting, luring me in with many delicious smells and displays of chocolately goodness...yum! Our favourite one however was Chocolatier Dumon - a place we actually found by accident but was so thankful for! We took a different route home one night and stumbled across it, peering through its windows with all it's beautiful displays. It was beyond tiny too, it was literally just one room and a second one kind of on a lower floor. An elderly couple stopped and looked too and told us they knew the owners and had had it recommended it to them - therefore we HAD to find it again the next day when it was open. We did so and were very glad because the chocolate was absolutely delicious and actually quite affordable to! I think we loved it so much because it was recommended to us - a lot of other chocolate shops we found were clearly there for tourists, but this was very genuine and obviously another favourite of the locals.


Chocolatier Dumon, 
Eiermarkt 6, Brugge, Belgium 8000, Belgium

So overall, we had a really nice weekend which was actually quite affordable once we looked around a bit and took into consideration other people's recommendations. I hope that if anyone reading this chooses to go, this post helps a bit! Bruges can be expensive, especially for tourists, but it doesn't have to be if you really want to fit in with the locals. I would also without a doubt recommend visiting around Christmas time too - we went from the 23rd November which was actually just as the Christmas markets started which was very lucky. It's worth noting as well that despite being in the middle of winter, it wasn't actually that cold. Even though it rained a lot one day, because it was such a picturesque city, I don't think it was really a problem as it was a city break as opposed to a summer weekend away to sunbathe!

We had the most amazing time and would definitely go again and visit some of the places listed in this post.

P.S Feel free to check out the travel tag for some more travel related posts!

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Tuesday, 27 November 2012

I recently went out and purchased Kate Moss Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in shade 107 and it has fast become one of my favourite lipstick shades ever. Not only is it affordable but I absolutely love the shade and the vintage feel it has to it. I've been after a deep, dark red shade for so long now - it's so hard to find a deep shade that isn't a bright red or doesn't make you look like a clown - so I'm so glad I've found it, I just wished I'd found it sooner!


I can't get over how beautiful the shade is - although it may not look it in the photo, it's a really dark gothic shade and just gives me that edgier look when I wear it, especially if I'm feeling particularly rocky that day, dressing in *those* type of clothes. It feels really nice on as well, my lips feel soft after using it and it's really long lasting. My only concern would be that it could be considered a bit of an out there shade so it should be only worn if you're feeling really confident or dressed to impress - i.e I wouldn't say this is a day to day casual shade to wear at work or something.


Isn't it just such a lovely shade?! I only wish I'd purchased it before I went to The Maine gig a few months ago as for ages before hand I was looking for a shade exactly like this in the hopes to wear it to the gig! Nonetheless I've worn it loads since, especially to other gigs and I've constantly been getting loads of compliments on how great it looks and how edgy it is.

There are four other shades in the Kate Moss Matte Collection - ranging from a light nude shade to a summery coral shade - but with the collection being launched back in October, you probably have all already read loads about the collection. However I just can't get over how beautiful this shade is and I've definitely listed this as one of my best/favourite beauty purchases of 2012.

This (and the other lipsticks in the collection) retail at an affordable £5.49!

P.S Feel free to check out the beauty reviews tag for some more beauty related posts and beauty reviews!

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Monday, 26 November 2012

Over the weekend myself, my sister and my mum went to Bruges, Belgium for a lovely girly weekend away over Christmas. It was a really nice city break - we went Friday to Sunday afternoon and came back feeling very much in the Christmas spirit! Overall it was really cheap too as we travelled by eurostar, something I continually recommend to people. It's such a cheap, quick and easy way to travel - it's so stress free and easier then flying! The whole journey took about half a day which was perfect because we left early and arrived in Bruge for the afternoon, meaning we still had time to look around, rather then spending the whole day wasted by traveling.

Bruge is the most beautiful city ever - it's so oldy wordly and filled with narrow cobbled streets and small local bars - it's really ideal for weekend breaks, especially over Christmas when everyone has their decorations up. For a start, the buildings were just amazing. They were all different with odd roofs and most with a victorian feel - it was like walking around in a different time era!












We went at just the right time - the Christmas markets were just starting and it was really like walking through a magical world with so many beautiful fairy lights and decorations everywhere.



In the center they had a beautiful Christmas market which was filled with stalls selling decorations, local beer and Bailey's hot chocolate - yummy! There was also a lovely ice skating rink and it all looked so pretty and seasonal lit up at night with Christmas music blasting out too.

Attraction wise there wasn't actually much to do there other than looking around museums and shopping - but it's such a nice town just for sight seeing. In Bruges there are two main town squares and everything is in walking distance with sleepy boutiques and shops in side streets leading off each center.

This post was just to show you some pretty photos of the picturesque town - all throughout the weekend I couldn't stop commenting about how beautiful it was! Later during the week I'll put another post up explaining more about what we got up to and our recommendations for where you should visit should you ever choose to come here. We found Bruges to be a very expensive town but luckily found some cheap and affordable places to eat!

P.S Feel free to check out the travel tag for some more travel related posts!


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Monday, 19 November 2012

I can't deny the fact that one of my favourite parts of Christmas (although I love EVERYTHING about it) is giving and receiving presents. I'm quite lucky because my birthday is only two days before Christmas so not only does it mean extra celebrations but it also means extra presents! Here's what I'm hoping for this year...

Leather Jacket, Miss Selfridge

I've wanted a leather jacket for ages now, something long lasting and that will keep me warm and as soon as I spotted this in Miss Selfridge I fell in love. At only £52.00 it's also a bargain - for a leather jacket anyway - and would be perfect to keep me warm on the way to/fro all my gigs!

Exaltation, 8123

Exaltation is a collaborative project between my favourite man at the moment - John O'Callaghan of The Maine, and Dirk Mai, a friend of The Maine and a photographer who the band continually work with. John O'Callaghan has become my idol lately, not only because he's so amazingly good looking and has an amazing voice but he also writes the most beautiful lyrics and comes out with inspiring quotes all the time. Exaltation is a book filled with his poems, accompanied with photography by Dirk Mai, and what I love about the book is that each poem or photograph is printed on a piece of card so you can either keep it as a book or frame or stick your favourite poems on the wall. I just know it's going to be amazing.

Giraffe Onesie

I know they're really geeky but I just really want a onesie to keep me warm this Christmas...

Black Converse Trainers

I don't actually own a pair of trainers so I would love a pair of these for just casual wear. I actually used to live in converse trainers when I was a teenager - I had a pink pair that I used to wear everywhere. I actually recently found them in the attic and it's really funny because I've scribbled loads of random crap on the white bits which I used to do when I was bored in school and I've listed all my favourite bands and music on them ha!


Instant Camera for iPhone, www.the-impossible-project.com

It's still being developed but I'm really hoping it's ready to buy by Christmas or at least before my big American road trip next year! This fab idea is a instant camera you can attach to your iPhone so that you can print photos out instantly - how nifty is that?

John O'Callaghan

And finally...this man. I would KILL or pay thousands to have this man. Not even naked in my bed but to just have him in any way possible - even if that's just the opportunity to have a coffee date with him. This man is literally the sexiest man alive and I don't care who you are but if you managed to get me a date with him (or more!) I would marry you and like spend my whole life being your slave or something. Not just because he's sexy, or has an amazing voice, or even because he writes & sings beautiful things. He just seems like a genuine nice person (and trust me, he is, I met him) with such a great insight to life and such an amazing inspiring attitude. Plus you just know by looking at him that he would be amazing in the bedroom, just saying. And even better, he wants me too, it was so obvious when we met. He remembered me and gave me a kiss and singled me out by talking to only me in the crowd throughout the whole gig. If that's not a rockstar wanting me then I don't know what is...

There are off course loads more things I'd like (that I can't think of right now!) but this is the main gist of it. I will also do a dream wardrobe post soon as well! What are you all hoping for this Christmas?


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