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Beauty: Recent Post

Introducing Noble Naturals

Something I love about blogging is discovering brands I’ve never come across before. I love reading other bloggers posts about products they’ve tried, and trying out new products myself too. Blogging has not only opened my eyes to a whole load of other companies and brands that I’d never heard of or come across in my tiny local Boots store, but also to ingredients that these products contain.

A brand I’ve not come across before, Noble Naturals, got in touch about something I’d never heard of before was the nano minerals concept, which are apparently something our bodies need and can do a whole load of super amazing things. What are these super amazing things they do? I hear you ask, well their product Nano Silver, is described as being a uniquely formed mineral water which contains silver particles, and the said particles kill bacteria and fungus within minutes. Not only that, but it can be used for a range of issues, including burns, skin conditions and bug bites – and the handy 15ml spritz is perfect to take on holiday with you for those pesky mosquito bites.

Noble Naturals also have another interesting product, the L’Ords des Pharaons Face and Body Mist. This also contains no allergens or chemicals, but has purified and revitalised water with added nanoclusters of pure gold, platinum and pure zinc in instead. This is to be applied on the skin before any of your make-up or skincare, so that the ingredients are absorbed deep into the skin layers. This way L’Ordes Pharaons can combat visible signs of aging at cellular level, helping to rejuvenate your skin and defying the effects of time – pretty great right?
Something else interesting about this that I didn’t know before, was how gold is used in skincare. Gold used to be considered a gift from the gods, and if you go back to the times of ancient Egypt, the gold of the Pharaohs would be used to create face masks to help preserve the skin, which was used to rejuvenate and extend the lifespan of a human.
I think this sounds pretty interesting, and I’m pleased blogging can bring to light products like this to me! I’m interested to see what else Noble Naturals come out with!

Fashion: Recent Post

What I Wore For Christmas Day


Christmas already feels like it was ages ago now, although it was only a few days ago. Although Christmas day was spent at my parents house eating lots of food and not going anywhere, I still like to dress up and wear something nice. My main problem is that I don’t have anything to wear. Yes I have a wardrobe full of clothes, but I have nothing to wear. I have loads of lovely summer dresses, but when it comes to winter I have nothing warm to wear so just end up in millions of layers in an attempt to keep warm. 


Recently George challenged me to their reworked wardrobe campaign, by making one of their dresses suitable for the winter, and I thought using it to wear for Christmas would be the perfect occasion! 



I do love George for clothes, but sometimes it can be a little tricky to get anything flattering in their ‘plus sizes’, but luckily on this occasion there were a few things I could chose from. When it came to choosing a dress I decided to go for this embellished knit tunic, as I loved the beady bit around the top. When it first arrived I was a little worried about the fit, as being a larger lady I tend to pick things with an empire line to flatter my shape a little more, but this sat on me nicely while still looking flattering, hurrah. To help rework the dress to make it suitable for the winter, I styled it with some jeggings, although I don’t have any decent photos as it seems my other half as much as I love him, won’t be a fashion photographer anytime soon.


And to help my winter reworked look, I picked out these biker boots to go with it all. Winter is always so wet and cold, and usually I end up buying a cheap pair of boots from Primark that either turn out not to be waterproof, or just fall apart straight away. So to have a pair of sturdy biker boots to get me through the winter will help. 


So that’s my reworked outfit that I wore on Christmas day, not only was I super warm compared to what I would be in one of my summer dresses, but I also had a very pretty dress to wear for the occasion! Thanks George for the fun campaign to work on, and giving me an opportunity to rework my wardrobe.

*Post in collaboration with George 

Food: Recent Post

The Snug Hitchin

I’ve always been a girl who loves her food, but recently I’ve had a much bigger interest in food, which you may have noticed on my little blog. Since I’ve moved out of my parents house I’ve been cooking a lot more, I’m still no Gordon Ramsay, but I’m enjoying experimenting. As well as cooking my own food, I’m also enjoying the cooking of others a lot more too. When it comes to eating out I’m usually quite boring, and I tend to stick to big chain restaurants where I know what I like, but lately I’ve been trying to get out and explore more of what’s on offer around me and where I live.

Hitchin is about 30 minutes away from where I live, and is a gorgeous town that I really need to explore more of. And tucked away down one of the side streets, is a cute little bar that serves cocktails and food, called The Snug. I’ve walked past The Snug a few times and I always thought it was more of a cocktail bar than anything, but recently they invited me to come and try out their new menu so I was excited to experience what their food was like.
 

As someone who loves cocktails and food just as much as me, I decided to bring along my friend Jen, who’s actually been raving about their St Albans branch to me for a few weeks now. Once we arrived we were given choice of where to sit, and as it was a quiet Tuesday evening we had plenty of choice. We chose to sit in a quite corner, which was decked out with super comfy chairs and fairy lights, it really did feel quite snug. There were a couple of others eating around us, and a few groups of people enjoying some cocktails, but the atmosphere felt relaxing and cosy, a lovely place to come and visit.
 

There was a huge cocktail menu for us to look through, and each page was broke up into different sections; gin, vodka, whiskey etc. At the moment I’m going through a bit of a love affair with gin, so I chose a Hendricks Summer Garden, while Jen chose a Cherry Jack. Lucky for us, The Snug had a happy hour on 2 for 1 cocktails between 3pm and 9pm, so there was a good opportunity to make our way through the cocktail menu.
 

When it came to looking at the food menu, I spent just as long trying to decide what to eat as I did what to drink, there were so many delicious sounding options. In the end Jen and I decided to pick one of the small dishes each and share them between the two of us, so we picked the mozzerella chunks and houmous and wholewheat pitta. I’m a big fan of cheese, but the mozzerella chunks were something else. They were perfectly chewy, and the breadcrumbs made them really crunchy. The pitta and houmous was equally delicious, and came warm and toasty.
 

When it came to deciding mains I knew I had to have a burger, the problem was deciding which burger to chose as there were so many interesting burgers to chose from! I love burgers, and 95% of the time if they are on the menu I will order them, so I always have high hopes for a good burger, and these certainly didn’t disappoint. In the end I picked the snug burger, while Jen chose the texas ranger, and of course we both decided to have sweet potato fries. I was amazed once our burgers came out of the kitchen, because wow, just look at them! These were quite the monster burgers, and boy did it take a while to tackle them. The snug burger was a classic bacon cheese burger, with onion rings and house burger sauce in a brioche bun, and was honestly the most delicious burger I’ve ever tasted. The mix of the sweet bun and salty bacon was wonderful. The texas burger also came in a brioche bun, with BBQ sauce, black bean and onion rings, and was equally as delicious.
 

Despite stuffing my face with the worlds largest burger, Jen convinced me to get pudding. We both decided to get a sundae, I picked an Oreo one and Jen picked a brownie one. I wish I was better at describing food, because my oh my were these delicious, and were the perfect ending to our meal.

Once we finished eating we sat for a while, mostly because we were too full to move, but it also gave us a chance to enjoy some more cocktails in the cosy relaxed setting. The Snug was a lovely place to visit, and I’d highly recommend if you’re in Hitchin or one of their other locations.  I’ve already got plans for another visit!

*I was offered a meal at The Snug in exchange for this review, all thoughts are my own

Lifestyle: Recent Post

Travel Annoyances*

It’s been quite a while since my last holiday, and the last time I went on a plane was way over 5 years ago now. But prior to then I was a well seasoned traveler of sorts. Before I went to university and became really poor, I’ve been on some great holidays with my family, including holidays to India, Rome and New York.

Although holidays and travelling is great, I find that there sometimes are things that really bug me about travelling. Recently Cheap Flights shared some of their travel annoyances, and I found them so amusing I thought I’d share a couple of my own.



Packing

I absolutely hate packing. I love to put it off, and then suddenly it’s the morning of the day you’re going away, and nothings been packed. Then I find myself running around like some sort of crazy lady, just throwing things into a case, and then there’s always something I’ve found I’ve forgotten once I’ve arrived at my destination. Always.

The fear of not having your passport or tickets

On the rare occasions that I am organised and I’ve packed properly (pretty much never), I then panic that I’ve not packed my tickets or my passport and have to check about 500 times that it has yes, been packed.


Forgetting my sunglasses

I must own so many pairs of sunglasses, but somehow I always forget to bring them with me. Recently I bought a new pair of retro glasses from ASOS to take on holiday.  However when it came to going on the holiday I completely forgot them, but refused to buy any more so spent the whole holiday squinting. Brilliant.

Not understanding how to get around

I know London’s tube system really well and if  I’m not sure I check out this website that helps me plan my journey’s around London. But if you put me in a new city where I have to navigate around on trains or buses, and I have no idea where I’m going. How does everyone else make this look so easy?!


Having to change plans

I’m that annoying person who plans a holiday in such fine detail, that I know when and where we’re meant to be every day. And if I suddenly have to change plans due to unforeseen circumstances, it can be pretty annoying.


Being ill

There is nothing worse than being ill when you’re far from home. Once on a family holiday in India I was so ill that my family had to go off the day out we had planned without me, on Christmas Day. That was a great holiday…

What are your biggest travel annoyances?

*Collaborative Post

Introducing Noble Naturals

Something I love about blogging is discovering brands I've never come across before. I love reading other bloggers posts about products they've tried, and trying out new products myself too. Blogging has not only opened my eyes to a whole load of other companies and...

read more

What I Wore For Christmas Day

Christmas already feels like it was ages ago now, although it was only a few days ago. Although Christmas day was spent at my parents house eating lots of food and not going anywhere, I still like to dress up and wear something nice. My main problem is that I don't...

read more

Travel Annoyances*

It's been quite a while since my last holiday, and the last time I went on a plane was way over 5 years ago now. But prior to then I was a well seasoned traveler of sorts. Before I went to university and became really poor, I've been on some great holidays with my...

read more

The Snug Hitchin

I've always been a girl who loves her food, but recently I've had a much bigger interest in food, which you may have noticed on my little blog. Since I've moved out of my parents house I've been cooking a lot more, I'm still no Gordon Ramsay, but I'm...

read more