Pages

Search This Blog

Monday, 23 October 2017

Going on holiday blog plans

Today I am jetting off on holiday to Gran Canaria with Ellie for a week of sunshine and relaxation. We are staying quite off grid in a small hotel with no wifi *gasps*. I'm planning lots of exploring, lots of laying on a sun lounger and making a huge dint in my Kindle to-read list.

Going on holiday - airplane window photograph

When I go on holiday I sometimes have guest posts like this one or this one and sometimes I make sure I have my own content pre-written and ready to post. I really don't like not being able to promote my posts or my guest posts whilst I am away though.

So, this time I am doing something different and having a weeks break. No blogging, no social media and no working at all. Part of me has the fear of missing out what is going on on Twitter and Insta. The other part is so ready for the break. It is going to be so nice to cut myself off from the world and just enjoy spending time with Ellie and our holiday.

I have lots of new posts planned for when I am back. And after a week exploring a new island there will be lots of new travel posts too.

I genuinely love my little blogging life and the friends I am making and I am going to miss reading everyones blog this week.

I'll catch up with you all in a week.

 

Helen xo

0

Friday, 20 October 2017

Italian wine tasting at Veeno Leeds

*AD-GIFTED* This weekend me and my bestie had a girls night out at Veeno, Leeds for their Selezione wine tasting. I have visited a Veeno before for a blogging event and have been dying to go back and try it again. Especially in a much more relaxing setting whilst the bar is open to customers. The Selezione Italian wine tasting at Veeno Leeds is a tasting of 6 wines and accompanying spuntini.

Italian wine tasting at Veeno Leeds

Italian wine tasting at Veeno Leeds - The wines

There are 6 different wines in the Selezione Italian wine tasting at Veeno Leeds. They look gorgeous sat at the end of the table ready to drink.

Italian wine tasting at Veeno Leeds The wines

Italian wine tasting at Veeno Leeds - The spuntini platter

The platter as the Selezione Italian wine tasting at Veeno Leeds is amazing. The arrangement looks stunning and it's mouthwatering to see all laid out.

Italian wine tasting at Veeno Leeds The spuntini platter

Timpune Sicani Grillo with mozzarella di bufala

The first wine is Timpuni Sicani Grillo and its pairing mozzarella di bufala. This is Veeno's driest white wine. The wine is dry and oaky. The mozzarella is super creamy and delicious. Dry wine isn't my favourite but I do like this one. I think the creamy mozzarella takes away some of the dryness.

The Grillo is my friends favourite of the two white wines.

Italian wine tasting at Veeno Leeds Timpune Sicani Grillo with mozzarella di bufala

Italian wine tasting at Veeno Leeds Timpune Sicani Grillo with mozzarella di bufala

Corte Ferro Sicani Zibibbo with pecorino

The second pairing is the Corte Ferro Sicani Zibibbo with pecorino cheese. Veeno call this the wine of love. It is a light, smooth and fruity wine. The pecorino cheese is a strong sheep cheese and the perfect accompaniment.

The Zibobbo is my favourite of the white wines.

Italian wine tasting at Veeno Leeds Corte Ferro Sicani Zibibbo with pecorino

Tasari Sryah with speck

Next at the Selezione Italian wine tasting is the Tasari Syrah with speck. This is Veeno's house rose wine. The wine is fresh and fruity and the speck smoke ham is salty and smokey. They pair together so perfectly.

This is one of my favourites of all of the wines on the night.

Italian wine tasting at Veeno Leeds Tasari Sryah with speck

Italian wine tasting at Veeno Leeds Tasari Sryah with speck

Sachia Sicani Perricone with bresaola

The next course is the Sachia Sicani Perricone with bresaola. Veeno say this is for experts only. It is a rich, red fruit wine with an almost liquorice taste. The bresaola salt beef is salty and chewy. They go together perfectly.

The Perricone is both mine and my friends favourite wine of the night. I definitely have a new fave wine and will need to get this whenever I need to take a bottle somewhere!

Italian wine tasting at Veeno Leeds Sachia Sicani Perricone with bresaola

Italian wine tasting at Veeno Leeds Sachia Sicani Perricone with bresaola

Cutaja Le Selezioni Nero d'avila Riserva with gorgonzola

Next up in the Italian wine tasting at Veeno Leeds is the Cutaja Le Selezioni Nero d'avila Riserva with gorgonzola. This is Veeno's richest wine. The Nero d'Avola Riserva is a rich, spicy, fruity red wine. The gorgonzola with rocket and walnut is rich and creamy and works really well with the wine.

This was another favourite from the wines of the night for both me and my friend.

Italian wine tasting at Veeno Leeds - Cutaja Le Selezioni Nero d'avila Riserva with gorgonzola

Italian wine tasting at Veeno Leeds - Cutaja Le Selezioni Nero d'avila Riserva with gorgonzola

Tagos with tiramisu

Our last pairing is Tagos with tiramisu. Tagos is a sweet dessert wine (sherry) with homemade, creamy and sweet tiramisu. Whilst dessert wine isn't something I usually drink this is a nice end to the night. The tiramisu is amazing, I will definitely return to Veeno just for this!

Italian wine tasting at Veeno Leeds - Tagos with tiramisu

Italian wine tasting at Veeno Leeds - Tagos with tiramisu

Italian wine tasting at Veeno Leeds - My review

Both me and my friend loved our night at Veeno. It's a brilliant, central venue with friendly knowledgeable staff.

The Selezione Italian wine tasting at Veeno Leeds is a brilliant way to spend a few hours. Whether you are a huge wine connoisseur, would like to just try new things or looking for a different night out it will be perfect. It is a great idea for a girls night out, date night or a mum and daughter date.

Each wine serving is 70mls which is a very generous tasting measure and there is a great variety of wines.

The spuntini platter of food is huge, it is all really tasty and fresh. I love that as well as each wine pairing there is bread, crackers and oils too.

Veeno have bars all over the UK so if there is one near you I definitely recommend booking a table.

Italian wine tasting at Veeno Leeds


0

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Christmas crafting at the Viking Arty Party

*AD - GIFTED EXPERIENCE* Is it too early to be thinking about Christmas already? Erm no! Is it too early to be Christmas crafting in a Christmas jumper and eating Christmas food? Definitely not! I was super excited to don my fave festive jumper and head down for Christmas crafting at the Viking Arty Party this weekend.

Christmas crafting at the Viking Arty Party

Christmas crafting at the Viking Arty Party - Calligraphy Christmas cards

Christmas crafting at the Viking Arty Party Calligraphy Christmas card

My first workshop at the Viking Arty Party is brush writing (or calligraphy) with Artsy Nibs. This is the workshop I had been most looking forward to. Calligraphy is so beautiful to look at and is such a pretty, girly craft.

After learning the basics of brush writing and individual letters I am quickly realising brush writing is not a craft I am good at! Although I know how I want it to look and what I need to do it just doesn't seem to come out on the paper. I have made a little Christmas card though and I am proud of my effort.

Christmas crafting at the Viking Arty Party Calligraphy Christmas card

Christmas crafting at the Viking Arty Party - Block printing files

Christmas crafting at the Viking Arty Party block printing with Tea and Crafting

My next workshop Christmas crafting at the Viking Arty Party is block printing with Tea and Crafting. Block printing isn't something I know much about so, I wasn't sure what I was expecting. It is so much fun. Getting messy with paint is always good and I really love how easy but effective it is. I do wish I could have practiced the stamping on something first as I definitely got better as it went along. This is something I will definitely be doing more of now I know how to do it. You just know I will be stamping all the things!

Christmas crafting at the Viking Arty Party block printing with Tea and Crafting

Why not try decorating your own magazine file and brightening up your desk?

Christmas crafting at the Viking Arty Party - Christmas advent calendar crackers

Christmas crafting at the Viking Arty Party Christmas advent calendars with Tea and Crafting

My last workshop Christmas crafting at the Viking Arty Party is making Christmas advent calendar crackers. I always make Ellie an advent calendar so I have been really looking forward to learning how to make crackers and jazzing her advent up.

I really love how my cracker has turned out and I have everything else I need to make another 23 so I will be busy doing that on a night.

Christmas crafting at the Viking Arty Party Christmas advent calendars with Tea and Crafting

This glitter paper is just what you need for your own crackers.

Christmas crafting at the Viking Arty Party

Spending a day Christmas crafting at the Viking Arty Party has really got me in the mood for Christmas now. Whilst calligraphy isn't my thing I had a lot of fun trying it out. The block printing and crackers are definitely something I will be doing more of at home.

Do let me know if a guide on making the crackers is something you would like to see here in the run up to Christmas.

Which would your favourite craft be? Is there a craft you have always wanted to try yourself?

Christmas crafting at the Viking Arty Party Christmas crafts
0

Monday, 16 October 2017

Make Up Revolution Shop launch in Superdrug, Leeds

*AD - GIFTED* Something exciting is happening in Superdrug in the White Rose Centre, Leeds. There is a newly open Make Up Revolution shop inside the store. On Friday I was invited down to the Make Up Revolution shop launch. Make Up Revolution is a brand I already know, use and love. I love that their products are budget friendly and good quality too.

Make Up Revolution shop launch, Superdrug White Rose Leeds

Make Up Revolution shop launch, Superdrug White Rose Leeds

The new Make Up Revolution shop inside Superdrug is a huge area full of all the MUR products you know and love. I'm not sure if every Superdrug is the same but the previous stand was tiny and I could never find what I was looking for. As Make Up Revolution has grown it is more than ready for a huge area of its own.

Make Up Revolution shop launch, Superdrug White Rose Leeds

Make Up Revolution shop launch, Superdrug White Rose Leeds

Make Up Revolution shop launch, Superdrug White Rose Leeds

Make Up Revolution shop launch, Superdrug White Rose Leeds - Meeting Carmi MUA and Soph Does Nails

Superdrug and Make Up Revolution made sure the Make Up Revolution shop launch was even more exciting by having special guests there. Carmi MUA and Soph Does Nails were there to meet their fans and sign autographs. Both Soph and Carmi regularly use Make Up Revolution in their videos so they the ideal guests.

Make Up Revolution shop launch, Superdrug White Rose Leeds Meeting Carmi MUA and Soph Does Nails

Carmi is fierce AF! His make up is just amazing and he is so bubbly and friendly. Soph is just the loveliest person and is so pretty and genuine. I came straight from work to the event and feel quite disheveled next to them both!

Make Up Revolution shop launch, Superdrug White Rose Leeds - The Soph eyeshadow palette

Whilst I was there I got to see the Make Up Revolution and Soph collaboration eyeshadow palette. It's stunning, lots of gorgeous Autumnal colours and they are all super wearable. The Soph eyeshadow palette is just £10 so I would definitely recommend picking one up.

Make Up Revolution shop launch, Superdrug White Rose Leeds MUR Soph eyeshadow palette

Make Up Revolution shop launch, Superdrug White Rose Leeds MUR Soph eyeshadow palette

Make Up Revolution shop launch, Superdrug White Rose Leeds

I was already a huge fan of the brand so I really loved the Make Up Revolution shop launch in Superdrug. The shop looks amazing and I love how much choice there is now and how space there is to look at everything. Meeting Carmi and Soph was a real treat as I'm a huge fan of their make up tutorials and instagram pages.

What do you think of the Make Up Revolution shop inside Superdrug? Will you be treating yourself to the Soph palette?

0

Friday, 13 October 2017

Pampering myself with a Lush haul

 What is your favourite way to unwind and pamper yourself? Mine has to be pampering myself with a Lush haul and soaking in a gorgeous smelling, luxurious bath. Lush is my go to choice when I am stocking up with bath goodies. I have had an unspent Lush giftcard that has been calling to be spent so this week I have been and treated myself to some new bits.

Pampering myself with a lush haul

Pampering myself with a Lush haul - Rose Jam bubble bar

Pampering myself with a lush haul - Rose Jam bubbleroon bubble bar

The first item in my haul is the Rose Jam bubbleroon bubble bar. Whenever I am pampering myself with a Lush haul this is always in my basket. It is a lemon, rose and geranium scent with cocoa and shea butter. It smells amazing, leaves the skin gorgeously soft and turns the bath a beautiful shade of pink. As it is a bubble bar you only need to crumble in a little at a time so it lasts ages too.

Pampering myself with a lush haul - Dark Arts / Secret Arts jelly bomb

Pampering myself with a lush haul - Dark Arts / Secret Arts jelly bomb

The next thing in my Lush haul is the Dark Arts / Secret Arts jelly bomb, which is one of Lush's newer items. It has a warming cinnamon and orange scent. Sweet almond oil leaves the skin super soft. It starts off turning the water black before it turns bright pink to make a gorgeous glittery purple bath. It wasn't quite as I expected though, there was only a little bit of "jelly" that sits on top of the water but it does soon dissolve. Despite the lack of jelly tt's a perfect fragrance for Autumn as it has a really warming, spicy scent and is super moisturising too. 

Unfortunately it does make the bath incredibly slippy and does stain the bath. After a relaxing bath having to bleach and scrub isn't what you want to be doing. 

Pampering myself with a lush haul - Dark Arts / Secret Arts jelly bomb

Pampering myself with a lush haul - Mmmelting Marshmallow Moment bath oil

Pampering myself with a lush haul - Mmmelting marshmallow moment bath oil

The last product always finds its way into my basket whenever I'm pampering myself with a lush haul. The Mmmelting Marshmallow Moment bath oil. This tiny little melt dissolves into a super moisturising marshmallow candy floss scented water. My skin always feels amazing after using this and I adore the strong scent that lingers long after the water has gone down the plughole.

You just can't beat pampering yourself with a Lush haul and their gorgeous smelling, moisturising baths.

Have you tried any of these bath products? What is your favourite Lush product?

0

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Exploring the Holy Island of Lindisfarne

 Exploring the Holy Island of Lindisfarne is something I have been wanting to do for the longest time. After reading about a remote island totally cut off unless the tide is out I have been wanting to see it for myself. Travelling over a coastal road, seeing a town cut off from the world and exploring the place people go on pilgrimage from all over the world is so exciting. Staying in our Airbnb cottage was the perfect base for a day at Holy Island / Lindisfarne and was our main reason for our visit to Northumberland.

Exploring the Holy Island of Lindisfarne

Exploring the Holy Island of Lindisfarne - The coastal road causeway

The causeway to Holy Island starts at Berwick upon Tweed. You are only able to drive or walk across during certain times of the day and the times change daily, as the tides do. Holy Island has a great timetable of exactly when you are able to cross that you must stick to. There have been lots of incidents of people having to be rescued by the coastguards as they have ignored the tidal times. The tide comes in quick and doesn't wait for your car or legs.

Exploring the Holy Island of Lindisfarne The causeway

The drive across the causeway is surprisingly longer than I thought. It is quite eerie to drive along such an open space and see the sea at either side of you. The views along it are absolutely stunning though.

Exploring the Holy Island of Lindisfarne The causeway

Exploring the Holy Island of Lindisfarne The causeway

Exploring the Holy Island of Lindisfarne - Lindisfarne Priory

Our first stop exploring the Holy Island of Lindisfarne is Lindisfarne Priory. If you have ever seen any photographs of Lindsifarne or heard anything about it the Priory will be it.

Exploring the Holy Island of Lindisfarne - Lindisfarne Priory

Exploring the Holy Island of Lindisfarne - Lindisfarne Priory

Admission in to Lindisfarne Priory is £6.50 and £3.90 for kids. You can spend a good few hours wandering round the museum and exploring ruins so the entrance fee is more than worth it.

Exploring the Holy Island of Lindisfarne - Lindisfarne Priory

Seeing Lindisfarne Priory I can't help but wish I had seen it before it became a ruin. It is stunning now so must have been so impressive before.

Exploring the Holy Island of Lindisfarne - Lindisfarne Priory

Exploring the Holy Island of Lindisfarne - The coast line

Above Lindisfarne Priory is a watchtower where you can look out along the coast line of Holy Island. It is well worth the climb up to see the views from there.

Exploring the Holy Island of Lindisfarne - Lindisfarne coastline

Exploring the Holy Island of Lindisfarne - Lindisfarne coastline

From the tower you can see the beach and in the distance the seals. So, naturally me and Ellie had to climb down and explore ourselves. It is a very rocky coastline and quite a tough walk to the shore.

Exploring the Holy Island of Lindisfarne - Lindisfarne coastline

As you get closer to the shore you quickly realise it is no longer stones under foot but thousands of muscle shells. It is quite an awful noise and feeling walking over them but they are dried out. It isn't a solid surface though and water seeps up as you are walking.

Exploring the Holy Island of Lindisfarne - Lindisfarne coastline

After the long, wet walk you finally get to the front and can see the seals. They are so noisy! Unfortunately they are just a bit too far out for my camera and phone to get a good photograph, you can make out their heads in the water and them sunbathing on the sand.

Exploring the Holy Island of Lindisfarne - Lindisfarne coastline

If you are planning on walking down to the seals I really do recommend wellies or waterproof walking boots. Or this happens.....

Exploring the Holy Island of Lindisfarne - Lindisfarne coastline

Exploring the Holy Island of Lindisfarne - Lindisfarne town

The town of Lindisfarne is lovely to walk around. There is everything you need on a day out, pubs, cafes, shops, a post office and lots of gift shops. Everywhere we went has really reasonable prices and lots on offer for tourists.

Exploring the Holy Island of Lindisfarne - Lindisfarne town

Exploring the Holy Island of Lindisfarne - Lindisfarne town

Both me and Ellie loved our day exploring the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. After dreaming about visiting for so long it doesn't disappoint at all. Unfortunately whilst we were there the Lindisfarne castle is still under renovation so has scaffolding and tarpaulin around it. It is still something I would love to see so I will definitely be returning once that it done.

Have you ever been to Holy Island? Or any of the other coastal islands off the UK?

You can read more of our Northumberland adventure in exploring Bamburgh and find out about our Northumberland cottage.

0

Blog Archive

Categories

Featured Post

Of His Bones by Tracey Scott-Townsend book review

*AD - GIFTED* Of His Bones by Tracey Scott-Townsend book review Today is my stop on the Of His Bones by Tracey Scott-Townsend book tour.  Of...

Search

Social

Total Pageviews