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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

I wasn't actually going to blog about this - and this certainly isn't a review by any means - but I had so much fun at this sci-fi exhibition yesterday that I just had to pop up a little lifestyle post about it. Stockwood Discovery Centre, which is situated just outside of Luton currently has a small exhibition on called 'Invasion', which features props from famous sci-fi movies and the like. Although the exhibition only runs until this Sunday, the rest of Stockwood Discovery Centre has a lot to offer too. There are some beautiful gardens that are lovely in whatever weather, and all year round exhibitions too. It was a pretty gloomy and miserable day yesterday so, as I had the afternoon off work, I decided to go along and check it out so I could geek out a little! 

I'm not a MASSIVE fan of sci-fi movies but I had a lot more fun then I expected to and because my Dad is a big fan of them, I kind of grew up watching them. I was surprised to recognise so many of the props from the films actually. Entry to the exhibition only cost £3.95 and entry to the rest of the gardens and museum was free, so it was a really cheap day out.

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I mostly had fun acting like a child, running around and trying to complete the quiz and squealing with excitement when I recolonised a prop. I instantly recognised costumes from films such as Mars Attacks & Lost In Space (personal childhood favourites!) and more popular sci-fi films such as Star Wars, Star Trek etc. Some of the costumes and masks were super creepy though...

I also got a bit snap happy with, er, snapchat!

After a million laps of the exhibition to ensure we had all the answers to the quiz, we took a quick look around the rest of the museum then spent longer exploring outside. The gardens were really gorgeous and even though I'm not interested in gardening, I've always had a soft spot for pretty gardens. I love the idea of following down half hidden winding paths to discover secret gardens, and Stockwood had lots of these! I couldn't help but think how pretty it would all look lit up at Christmas.

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Even though I've lived in Luton all my life, I can't believe yesterday was the first time I'd ever visited Stockwood Discover Centre! Luton doesn't have much to offer in terms of culture, so it was a surprise to find something so fun and interesting right on my doorstep. I'll definitely be returning this winter if they have any Christmas events on.

Have you ever discovered anything fun right on your doorstep that you didn't know about previously? Or have you (or would you?) ever go to a sci-fi exhibition like this? Let me know!

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Monday, 25 August 2014

I've never really been one for playsuits, fearing they'd never suit me, but after spotting this effortlessly cute one in H&M I just had to have it. It's soon become my favourite staple piece because it's just so simple and versatile. It's plain, but the little lace detail on the chest stops it being too boring. It is a tad short, but because it's not a dress I think I can get away with the length.

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I've really loved how versatile it is and have worn it on a number of different occasions since purchasing; from mini music festivals to grotty rock clubs & nights out with my friends. It can so easily be dressed up or down and today I'm going to show you how in a mini 'One outfit/two ways' guide & outfit post in one.

I wore this at a local music festival recently and really dressed it down as much as I could. I opted for layers and accessories to liven it up a bit. The loose kimono made it a lot more casual, whilst the stacked bracelets and jewellery gave it a slightly boho hippy look which I loved. With the addition of a hat and a belt to clinch the playsuit in and give me more shape, it dressed up the whole thing and really emphasized how it can be worn as a simple staple or beginning piece.

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I really love the contrast been the bold, basic black and the pastel, floral & floaty kimono (another H&M find)

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For the evening look, I kept everything a lot more simple. Because it was a rock club we were going to, I kept the same belt and shoes and instead focused on my makeup to glam things up a little. I added my studded silver bracelet (my other clustered one being long lost on the beach in Brighton....) and a long beaded necklace from Accessorize. Again, since the playsuit is fairly short and has a lace front, there wasn't too much I needed to add to glam it up for a night out.

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Heavy eyeliner and a deep red lipstick (which admittedly looks pink in these photos) was more than enough to create a simple 'vixen' like look. Much like the little black dress, I've come to find that the little black playsuit is an effortless and easy alternative for a night out (although a little more stressful when it comes to having beer bladder & having to almost remove the whole thing off every time I need the loo).

I think this affordable playsuit is the perfect option for day-to-night events too. It's so easy to just throw a loose kimono on over the top with a few accessories, and pack maybe a pair of heels and a deep bold lipstick for the evening. It saves you having to wear jeans and a top in the day, having to change into a dress or something similar in the evening. It's also perfect for lazy days spent at the pub with a pair of sandles, or even for a family or formal event with the addition of tights!

What do you think? Do you have a staple playsuit that you can dress up or down easily? Let me know!


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Saturday, 23 August 2014

Recently - on behalf of UK Bloggers - I was invited to attend the launch of Pizza Expresses Christmas menu. I couldn't wait. I love all things food and I love all things Christmas so this was the perfect opportunity for me. Like most other people, I also think the Pizza Express garlic dough-balls are to die for!

I arrived at the event, being held in their Spitalfields restaurant, only to be greeted with fake snow, Christmas music and a glass of delicious Bollinger Champagne. I wasted no time in working the room and trying the different dishes they had to offer. 

Their Christmas menu boasts three brand new pizzas, as well as some new starters, desserts and some new drinks too - Bollinger Champagne and Aspall Blush Cyder! There is a wide range of starters on the menu this winter, from Melanzazine (a mini starter version of Melanzane & including marinated aubergine, passata, Gran Moravia cheese & more in a little pot!) to Pork & Pancetta Croquettes served with a delicious spicy Arrabbiata sauce. And lets not forget - be still my beating heart - the ever so amazing Dough Balls Formaggi (aka cheesy dough-balls!). 

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Dough Balls Formaggi!
For main, Pizza Express have really outdone themselves. There's the delicious Carbonara (which is basically what you'd find in carbonara pasta but on a pizza instead - it doesn't sound too yummy but it's delicious, trust me!), Anatra  - a mouth-watering pizza combining pulled duck and a light plum hoisin sauce and, perhaps most exciting of all, Festiva. This pizza is the ultimate Christmas pizza and includes a creamy b├ęchamel sauce brie, mozzarella, fresh rocket, Gran Moravia cheese and more.

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Carbonara Romana (top photo) & Melanzane Romana (above)
Unfortunately, I didn't have time to stick around for the desserts (but doubt I'd have been able to eat them anyway), although from the pictures I've seen, they are just as amazing. No matter what type of sweet tooth you have, you'll be spoilt for choice between the Chocolate Tartufo, the Mince Pie Cheesecake or the - can you believe it - Snowball Dough Balls! I am gutted I did not have time to try these but I guess it means I'll just have to book myself in for a visit for when the Christmas menu launches on the 11th November....

Many of the menu options are also gluten free or suitable for vegans and vegetarians which is ideal, and Pizza Express will also have two low-calorie Leggera dishes this winter, perfect for anyone who wants to keep an eye on their calorie intake over Christmas!

I must also mention that Pizza Express are also launching their own Pizza Express Homeware range! For all you budding chefs, the range includes a pizza stone, a wooden serving platter, an oil drizzler and more. Being so cheap and coming wrapped beautifully, there's no doubt I'll be buying some of these as gifts this Christmas!


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Some goodies from the homeware range
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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Some of us haven't yet had a holiday this year, which means the idea of a long weekend/mini break somewhere is ever so tempting this winter. I've never been a massive fan of sun or clubbing holidays and enjoy the idea of going on an adventure or visiting somewhere where I can really soak up the culture, which is probably why a city break always sounds so appealing to me. Even in the middle of winter with cold weather I think these type of mini weekends away can be really fun. And if you're really not planning to go for a full week, even a short Thursday-Monday break can be really cheap whilst still giving you enough time to get a perfect taster of a city.

Luckily it's not too late to arrange something with your girlfriends, family or other half for towards the end of this year. But the tough part is deciding where to go! Here are some places I think are definitely worthy of a little visit this autumn/winter.

AMSTERDAM
We're actually hoping to go to Amsterdam towards the end of next month and, despite what people say, I think there's a lot more to this scenic city then just drugs and sex! Amsterdam is actually really cultural and filled to the brim with museums (Anne Frank House, Van Gough Museum & Museum Van Loon are just a few) and it also has a lot to offer in terms of art galleries too. The city is super stunning with many canals, which are perfect to ride alongside on a long bike ride, and tons of open air green spaces, that some of which host free music concerts in the evenings. I'd suggest slumming it in a cheap hostel when in Amsterdam to really get a feel of the place when saving money.

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A beautiful view of Bruges from a boat tour
BRUGES
Bruges is one of the most beautiful cities I've ever visited and with being such a short journey away with the Eurostar, it's no doubt a place I'll definitely return to. In terms of culture, other then it's museums and galleries, the place itself doesn't have much to offer, but if you go close to Christmas then you really won't care. The stunning city is transformed into a total winter wonderland come Christmas with Christmas markets, a huge ice skating rink and even horse drawn carriage rides. The decorations are out of this world and Bruges is also great just for sight seeing. When my mum, my sister visited last Christmas we spent long walks along the canals and would definitely recommend a boat tour along them, to see an alternative view of this Belgium wonderland. We stayed in a town house kind of hotel which was right by the center and was really cheap too.

YORK
York is a little closer to home and is one of those places that will make you feel like you've traveled back in time. For lack of a better explanation, it's all very oldy worldy with lots of narrow cobbled streets and hidden gems like beautiful boutiques and an actual open-all-year-round Christmas shop. York has a rich history and you'll find yourself spoilt for choice here. There's the gorgeous York Minister, the York Castle Museum (you'll need a whole day to look around this!), the York Dungeons, and my personal favourite, Haunted - which is a genuine haunted house over 700 years old. There's also lots of outdoor stuff too such as a walk along the walls or a creepy ghost walk. If you're going to visit here then the best place to stay would be in a cosy and local B&B which are super cheap and always hosted by lovely people.

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A hidden gem found when exploring York
If you're looking to go all out, then somewhere like Paris or New York is your answer. Paris is beautiful whatever the weather but being so popular it isn't that cheap! The Gothic Quarter is particularly ideal for wandering around and the Catacombs and Monmatre should also be visited too. I've never been to New York but I really don't think there's much I can recommend because the top attractions are pretty straight forward! I will say that I'm absolutely itching to spend a Friday night watching some obscure band in a typical American dive bar though...

However, if your budget can't quite stretch to cover a weekend away in somewhere like Paris or New York then hopefully Amsterdam, York or Bruges will be on your 'must visit' list this winter! If you could go anywhere on a city break this Christmas, where would it be?! Let me know!

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Monday, 18 August 2014

I'm at one of those points where I have so many ideas about things to blog about but I just simply don't have the time to get around to it! So for the meantime, I thought I'd have a go at Shona Louise's tag that she created, since I haven't done a 'personal' post in a while. Additionally, as she stated in her post, I think sometimes it's far too easy to forget what things make you happy when you're having a bad day.


WHO MAKES YOU HAPPY?
My family and friends make me happy. I'm a real home body, so some nights I'm happiest just sat at home watching a movie with my parents or going out to dinner with my family. It might sound boring, but it's true. A few weeks ago, everyone got together for a family wedding and we had a great time. My friends make me happy too and I feel I can rely on them for even the stupidest of things. If I need a night out to let my hair down, we'll go out. If I need to chill after a long week at work, then we'll have a quiet evening at the pub. My friends are great at advice or just helping distract me from what's wrong, and I don't know what I'd do without them.

WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY?
Music makes me happy! No matter what mood I'm in, there's something I can listen to to make me laugh, cry, think, or even just escape my own mind. It also helps me in other ways too. Music has brought me closer to friends, has helped me make new friends and has even sent me on fun adventures that have left me with amazing memories. Other things that make me happy are movies, food (haha) and big hugs. Sometimes you just need a big hug.

3 PLACES THAT MAKE YOU HAPPY
My local pub is one because me and my friends always seem to migrate there, whether its for a summer drink, Rock 'n' Roll bingo or our yearly Christmas meal. We've had so many great memories there and even if we're just stopping for one or two non-alcoholic drinks on a quiet Sunday evening, I still find myself leaving with my cheeks hurting from laughing so hard at our many topics of conversation.
South Shields beach - although I no longer live up North - always has been and always will be a favourite place of mine. It holds so many great memories and just signifies an important three years of my life.
Finally, don't judge me, but my bed makes me happy! Obviously I love catching up on sleep but I love reading in bed or watching a movie or even just snuggling up in the warmth and listening to music on the rare occasion in the middle of the day!

What makes you happy? I'll certainly refer back to this post when I'm having a bad day and do something mentioned here!

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Friday, 15 August 2014

To help celebrate Woolovers 25th birthday, I thought I'd do a little post today on some of my favourite picks from the site. At work, we're beginning to bring in our autumn wear which has me longing for those cold winter nights when I can finally start wearing some lovely fluffy jumpers! Being that it rained almost all day yesterday, I'm definitely eager to put away my summer clothes and admit defeat; it seems summer has been and just about gone, and so come out the jumpers.

Luckily, Woolovers have a wide range to offer and I love how much variety they have in terms of colour. Here are some of my favourite picks that I'll no doubt be purchasing come payday.

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A thick striped top is first on my wishlist because I've really been loving the whole nautical look lately. This will take the place of the favourite stripy vest top I wear for casual, as a vest top is just going to be too cold this winter. This jumper will keep me warm and is a perfect example that jumpers don't have to be plain and boring.

I also absolutely adore this ladies fair isle jumper because it's SO cute and stylish! I love how it's seasonal without being too over the top. I think we had our fair share of corny Christmas jumpers last year and this is a subtle nod to that trend, without actually trying to re-create it and thus being out of date. It's colours are really cute and I can just imagine wearing the cream one on Christmas day, going for a long walk in the countryside - or even just in the last month leading up to Christmas!

Finally, you can never go wrong with a simple and basic crew neck jumper. It's fitted, it's long sleeved so keeps you really warm and these are often quite stylish too. What I like about these jumpers is that they're great to wear just on their own - you don't necessarily need to keep this kind of jumper just to throw over something else.

These are just three of many jumpers that have caught my eye and I am very sorry for talking about Christmas and winter already, but with the horrible and gloomy weather yesterday, I have to admit, I'm really in the mood for winter now!

What do you think? Is it too early to start thinking about winter fashion, even though the shops are beginning to stock their autumn ranges? Have you got your eye on any knitwear from Woolovers? Let me know!

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Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Although beauty boxes began the trend, it seems there's a monthly subscription box for everything these days. Recently I've heard about craft boxes, sweet treat boxes and even a box called 'Mantry' (I absolutely love the name) which is aimed at men! There's not really been a box I've felt worthy of subscribing to so far though as some can be quite pricey and I've not really seen the point in wasting money on something I won't use.

But when I came across Simply Cook, I changed my mind. I'm not a great cook, EVERYONE knows that. I mean sure, I can make basic things like pasta dishes or beans on toast but that's where my culinary skills end. I don't think I'll ever be the type of person who can look in the fridge, see a bunch of random ingredients and just throw something together.

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But Simply Cook caught my eye because it offers such a wide variety of food. I like how I can use it do discover new recipes from different cultures and none of it is typical dishes we all know how to make anyway, or things that many people are familiar with but just have a new twist on them. It's a great way to not only widen your food choices but to improve your cooking skills too. It really does offer food from all around the world.

The box basically contains enough for a meal a week and includes three ingredients for each recipe, more so the spices or sauces for each. So you have to provide the basics or the fresh food like the chicken or beef or whatever, although I've found so far that when purchasing the additional ingredients of each recipe, it's never cost me much more then £5ish.

Most recipe cards state that the portions are for two people, but I've managed to cook for myself and my parents on these. The recipe cards are super cute too and I absolutely adore how you can rip off the ingredient list at the bottom of each and just pop it in your purse! It's actually really cheap too at only £10 a month with free shipping which I think is more then worth it considering how many meals you get out of it.

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However you can get your first box half price using my referral URL here, and once you've received one box, you can then go on to choose what you want your next box to include. So if you're feeling stumped about what to cook or maybe you're just a beginner like me, you should try Simply Cook.

It really has helped me improve my cooking skills and has helped me actually want to learn to cook new things. I've definitely become more confident in the kitchen after subscribing to this!

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Friday, 8 August 2014

Once again, I feel like I'm in a real life version of The Truman Show because as usual a great idea I've had has been nicked by someone else. This time, it's Primark. Sort of.

Many years ago I told my mum I wanted to try nail art using lace after seeing a photo in a magazine, although if my memory serves me right the photo was of a lace nail art effect without actually using lace (to my knowledge anyway, it's entirely possible that it was actual lace and therefore Primark did not nick my idea as it wasn't my idea in the first place). None the less, I kept saying I'd buy some lace and try it out.

I did not.

The other week when I was mooching around Oxford Street Primark, I saw that they'd brought out their own Lace Manicure kit, so of course I bought one. The end result was fiddly, slightly messy and annoying (and it got more messy and more annoying the longer I wore them)...but it looked damn good, at least before it got too messy.

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I spent Wednesday evening at a gig, seeing the ever awesome Blink 182. I've waited at least ten years to see this band and honestly cannot fathom how happy I was to finally be able to see them live. They'd always been on my band bucket list - the one ultimate band I'd never had the chance to see but was always desperate to. When they split up I thought my chance was over, and as happy as I was when they reformed, I simply didn't have the money to see them then. So it was a really lucky day for me when I was able to get tickets this time around and of course, doing my nails like that was partly for the gig.

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They're soooo pretty and gothic and edgy. I used Nails Inc 'Hero Shade' as a base colour and then once that was dry, used a top clear coat before adding the lace. I cut off any excess lace and added a final clear top coat to help secure it. Some nails needed going over more than once, but for the most part, the clear top coat really held the lace down well. However for some of the nails, the thicker bit of lace came off & strands loosened more easily like when I was using my hands a lot and doing delivery at work. In future, I'll probably cut the lace less like the lace on my thumb and perhaps more like the lace on my forefinger - so that no 'thick' bits are at the very end of the nail. It was kind of hard cutting the lace to the correct size too, but the hardest part was doing my right hand (I didn't even attempt it, my sister did it for me ha). 

The end result looked fab, but I am considering maybe using some stick on designs that aren't actual lace. I think that'll be less fiddly, although at the same time I really like that it's actual lace and not just a painted on pattern!

None the less, that's my nails of the week and I've had lots of compliments on them. I do think with more practice they'll be less messy. From afar they look fine, but if you look closely overtime you can see where strands of lace have come up and loosened a bit on the end of my nails. But, I doubt anyone will be bothering to look that close!

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Monday, 4 August 2014

With the weather being so beautiful lately, it's no surprise that I've got serious Instagram envy. Usually when I'm on the bus on the way to work, I scroll through the app and find myself faced with photographs and memory making from people having a clearly better time then me, enjoying the sunshine. I've seen photo after photo of ecstatic and eager crowds soaking up the atmosphere at Warped Tour over in America, something I've dreamed of attending since I first discovered rock music. I've felt pangs of jealousy as I see #nofilter photos of stunning sunsets taken in the countryside, no doubt after a relaxed day of picnics, gentle walks and maybe even a BBQ. I smile as I remember my own visit to Brighton earlier this year when I study photos of that beautiful blue sky overlooking the pebbled beach and pier.

And each of these photos make me want to go back to those memories; to eat chips hungover on the steps leading down to Brighton beach, the same beach myself and my friends had a bonfire with my favourite band only the night before. I think about last summer when I'd visit my sister and we'd take long strolls around the countryside where she lives, or when I house sat for a week and my friends came to visit and take advantage of drunken karokie at the pub literally a 30 second walk away. And although I'm missing Warped Tour in America, it'll never really beat my own little tour of the UK in November, followed by some pretty awesome VIP treatment at London's own Warped Tour.

I may still have time to make some more amazing memories this summer, or at least for the rest of 2014. So I seem to work on every day it's sunny, but that doesn't mean I'll never get a day off again at the same time as my friends, which will surely be spent tanning up by the outdoor pool followed by a lush pub lunch. September will see my first long weekend away to Amsterdam, which will hopefully be followed by some more little adventures with my favourite American rockers. And I've also been invited back as a VIB to Bloggers Fashion Week again, so I have a lot to look forward to.

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I think sometimes when times get tough, it's hard to look ahead and see what you've got to get excited about. I think sometimes the hardest thing is feeling guilty for wanting to be happy again; for wanting a distraction and to still enjoy your life even admist all the madness and chaous and downward spirals happening around you. But it's important to remember that even in the hardest times, you've still got to find a way to smile and somehow keep that zest for life. Even if you haven't got much to look forward to, you can always rely on good memories. 2013 into 2014 was a pretty good year for me and gave me some epic adventures and memories I'll never forget. Hell, I experienced things that no one else has and it's some of those reasons alone that keep me upbeat and positive. Just today I was on the bus on the way home, bored, when suddenly it hit me once more that some of my biggest idols know me by name, that I have repeatedly been drinking with them and hung out with them and forged some form of 'friendship'. This might sound corny to you, but to me it's a source of many good memories and a glimmer of hope of further good times to come, more memories to make, more laughs to be had, more beer to be shared.

And though sometimes some people think don't necessarily agree with my random little adventures, some say I should grow up and stop wasting money on things like this, I see no reason to stop doing what makes me happy. Everyone has their vices. Some people waste all their money on holidays, some on drink. I spend my time and money on adventures, trying new things, meeting new people and doing the type of thing not everyone gets to do. And that makes me very, very happy,

2014 may not be the best year for me so far, but I'll make damn sure I'll still create some good memories to come from it...and I'll certainly await a fresh and hopefully happy start in 2015.

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Saturday, 2 August 2014

Warning - this post is for the girls! Boys, look away now!

I think there are a few (sort of) necessary steps to take in life to really feel like a woman. These necessary steps include splurging a ridiculous amount of money on something not-needed-but-wanted-oh-so-bad like glamorous lingerie, a new dress you'll only ever wear once etc, owning lots and lots of shoes and having your first ever bikini wax. 

For a long time, I didn't understand the latter. Okay, I got the whole concept of the benefits you get with it (silky smooth skin, feeling so womanly and sexy, looking bloody awesome in a bikini and not having to worry about looking 'untamed' at certain angles) but there was always one very big negative that stopped me from taking the plunge and that negative is simply OUCH. That's not to say I don't already keep myself 'neat' so to speak, or that I haven't attempted my own methods of hair removal (especially when there's been the possibility of peen making a visit) but generally I've been lead to understand that shaving or using an epilator just doesn't do waxing justice.

The benefits sound great, but is it all really worth having hot wax poured over your most intimate area and then violently having the hair ripped out?

The answer is yes. Yes it is.

A few days ago I decided to go for it, courtesy of the lovely Hannah who has just opened up a waxing salon in the uber-cool Soho, called The Golden Touch. I was nervous, to say the least, but luckily Hannah put me completely at ease. She explained what she was doing throughout, kept me chatting away to distract me from any pain and generally was all round fab. Once the first strip was off and I knew what to expect, I relaxed completely. It's really not as daunting as you think, yknow, considering you've got it all out for a complete stranger to see and you're basically having hair ripped out of your bajingo. In actual fact, the sheer fact that I felt incredibly more sexy and womanly and just all round better afterwards made those tiny negatives seem like nothing at all.

But onto the important stuff; Hannah did a great job. I was left feeling silky smooth and although I was a little sensitive afterwards, there was no further pain. I honestly could not fault her in the slightest, but I do feel the salon itself has a little way to go in terms of what you'd expect to see in a salon. Don't get me wrong, I felt completely relaxed in the room that I was in, but it wasn't exactly a 'spa' setting, which I'm not sure you're supposed to have when it's just a waxing salon. Being that she's only been open for a few months though, this is entirely expected and I've no doubt that it won't be long until we start to see plush sofas in there with darkened lights and incense burning throughout. However, she is also in the awesome area of Soho, which is cool in it's own right of course, but is also just around the corner from Oxford Street!

I'd without a doubt recommend popping along to The Golden Touch for all your waxing needs, especially if it's your first time. You'll want someone you can trust and who will make you feel at ease, and Hannah is exactly that. Luckily, Hannah was lovely enough to send me a Golden Ticket for Inspire Magazine, offering all you lovely readers discount. It's the perfect incentive to head down!

Inspire Magazine Online - UK Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle blog | Review // Intimate Wax @ The Golden Touch; Inspire Magazine; Inspire Magazine Online; The Golden Touch; Bikini Wax; Hair Removal

So what are you waiting for?! 

What about you guys? What were you like for your first ever bikini waxes? Let me know!

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