Monday, 24 April 2017

Yo! Sushi Chester: New Menu Launch

I've said it before, I'll say it again. Blogging isn't all free dinners and prosecco drinking, but sometimes it is. So I was really excited to be invited to Yo! Sushi to try our their new menu. I LOVE Sushi!

Do you know what I also love? Prosecco, so when I turned up and was greeted by a glass of fizz I knew I was on for a good night. I spotted my gorgeous friend Tori (What's the Stori) and then we were told to tuck in. Well, who am I to argue?

Yo Sushi Chester



Yo Sushi Chester


I feel like this is a beginning to be a list of things I love, so apologies in advance. But I LOVEEEE salmon and I LOVEEEE hot sauce. So the Yo Roll: Salmon rice roll with a drizzle of mayo and siracha hot sauce was always going to be a winner. Honestly, it's been a week and I'm still dreaming of this, I could probably eat it every day and never get bored. 

Yo Sushi Chester


As I was busy eyeing up the rest of the conveyor (and playing my usual game of 'what's veggie, chicken or fish and what should I avoid?) I was joined by the beautiful Sarah (Four for the Road) and Kat so I joined them for more Sushi and prosecco. 

We really went to town. I especially loved:


Yo Sushi Chester


Furikake Fries - I know it sounds odd to have fries with sushi. But these were amazing. Potato fries coated in siracha mayo (there it is again) then sprinkled with yuzu furikake, sesame, aonori and smoky bonito flakes (I've never heard of 3 of those ingredients but I'm a fan!) Basically, they had a bit of a kick to them but they were really good and definitely something I want to recreate in my own kitchen. Partly, because the chefs looked like they were having so much fun throwing bowls of chips around to coat!

Yo Sushi Chester


Osaka Style Squid - Do you know what's quite fun about Yo! Sushi when you haven't ordered from the menu? Not really knowing exactly what you're eating. I had had calamari in the past, but this was next level! Spicy pepper squid topped with bonito flakes, aonori, beni shoka, mayo and tonkatsu. Again, I have no idea what those ingredients are but I can tell you that combined they make for a really fresh, tasty dish that I could eat again and again.

Malt Chocolate pot - In general, I am much more of a savoury girl and rarely buy dessert. But these cute little pots couldn't be ignored. If you grew up eating rolo yogurts you should go get yourself a malt chocolate pot immediately, in fact, even if you didn't, go get one. They're little pots of dreams. 

Yo Sushi Chester


Overall, the whole evening was a real treat. We were plied with prosecco, treated to amazing live music and got to dress up for the photo booth. It made for a really fun, girly night out that I can't wait to repeat.

Yo Sushi Chester


Yo Sushi Chester


Plus, we were lucky enough to come away with the coolest goody bag, including a siracha key ring (yes, I have added hot sauce to everything this week)

Thank you Yo! Sushi, Chester for the invite and to the whole team for treating us so well and for an amazing night.

The new Yo! Sushi menu launches tomorrow (25th April) - do go pay and visit, and feel free to invite me!! 

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Wedding Wednesday - Beautiful Wedding Favour Ideas

Hellooo! The gorgeous Roxana is joining us again today to share some beautiful wedding favour ideas. What will you choose? Or what wedding favours did you have?

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I don’t know why, but apparently themed weddings and receptions have become extremely popular lately. And there is nothing better to highlight your unique wedding than beautiful and unique wedding favours. It will help you make your special day even more memorable, plus, it will end your celebration on the highest note. Here are some of the best ideas I could find.

1. Edible wedding favours

This one is number one for a good reason. Nobody can resist food. If your wedding is in April, Easter chocolate goodies would be ideal for you, since you will connect the Easter haul with the happiness of your special day. This gesture will also show your guests that you really care about them. If on the other hand, your wedding is not close to Easter, you can go with something like S’mores kit with a nice note, since they are inexpensive and adored by everyone or maybe heart shaped doughnuts with a mouthwatering glaze no one can resist to. It is all up to you.
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2. Practical wedding favours – a mini “Hangover kit”

If you are not a fan of all those cute and aesthetic favours, and your friends also know you as a practical person, you can always opt for something practical and classy that will remind your guests of your special day every time they see or use it. My personal favourite is definitely a mini “Hangover kit”, probably because it is so funny and encourages them to enjoy the night to the fullest and be wilder than ever. This kit includes Gatorade (the ultimate hangover cure), Ibuprofen and an eye mask which will help them sleep longer. You can have those masks embroidered with your names or the date of your wedding. But, if you want them to really use them, opt for a versatile embroidery such as “Love” or something like that. Trust me, they will thank you in the morning.
If you are not into this idea, here you can find some more ideas you might like.
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3. DIY funny favours – vintage candles

If your friends and family members know that you two are a couple that is all about arts and crafts, the best thing you two could do is to roll up your sleeves and create something fabulous for them.
You can transform tea cup from thrift store into fabulous vintage candle by placing a waxed wick at the bottom of it and pouring melted wax into it. Make sure you leave about 1 cm space from the cup lip. Plus, you can make your vintage candles even better by adding scented oils to them such as lavender, vanilla, chocolate etc. – anything you like the most.
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4. Cork coasters

This is the classic, but always popular wedding favour idea. Apart they are super practical for the wedding itself, they will always remember your friends and family members of you and your big day. I would recommend you to go with heart shaped coasters that are made out of strong and quality material and finish them off with a nice and meaningful quote for both of you and your names on the other side. Trust me, everyone is going to love them.    
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That would be it. How do you like these ideas? Did you find what you were looking for? Do you have any other ideas? Let me know in the comments.
P.S. I hope you two will have a fabulous wedding and a long-lasting marriage. Cheers!

Monday, 17 April 2017

Iceland: Staying at Hotel Ranga



Second to the Blue Lagoon, the other thing on my Iceland dream list was staying at Hotel Ranga. I cannot tell you how much time I have spent on their website looking at all the beautiful rooms, suites and of course.. hot tubs.

As South Iceland's only 4* hotel it boasts a certain luxury we didn't get staying in the city centre and the hours drive out into the countryside left me hopeful for some Northern Lights spotting. As well as a 4* stay and fine dining, they offer a Northern Lights wake-up call and an observatory for stargazing, all set within beautiful grounds complete with the winding Ranga River and the shadow Mt. Helka volcano. 





We arrived around 1pm, via Super Jeep transfer, a little early for check in. The lady at reception gave us a whole host of information about our stay, maybe a little too much to take in, and then we were shown to the bar and restaurant. You're given a welcome drink upon arrival, but the bartender encouraged us to pay for our tea and coffee and enjoy a glass of wine on the house later (who am I to argue). 

I'm going to do a whole separate post on dining at Hotel Ranga so I won't talk about it too much here other than to say we had the loveliest lunch before being shown to our room. Because were staying on our honeymoon I'd asked for some special decorations: rose petals, candles and a bouquet of flowers, we were kindly not charged for this and it was a lovely surprise for Andy.




The hotel is built out of wood and has a real log cabin feel. Our room was small but perfect for chilling with a comfortable bed, nice bathroom equipped with fluffy towels and bathrobes and just a matter of steps from the outdoor hot tub. It's got perhaps a bit more a rustic feel than your traditional luxury hotel but that felt very in keeping with the whole stay. 

Staying at Hotel Ranga was the perfect opportunity to just chill. While I would recommend renting your own car so you can explore the local area at your leisure, we just spent the few days we were there treating it like a duvet day. We watched daytime television, I took naps and read, Andy played football manager, we drunk hot chocolate in the day and wine at night. It was bliss.

We explored the grounds as well, walking out towards the road in the face-numbing cold to get better pictures of Mt Hekla and Andy made some friends with the locals. 







On our second day, we were treated to a light smattering of snow and hail which I took as my opportunity to make good use of the hot tub. Sitting there, snowflakes drifting around me, Russian hat and bikini-clad in almost complete darkness was completely magical.  






My only small complaint was our room was right by reception which meant it could be noisy, even at night, with people coming in and out and walking outside our room. I was also on tenterhooks for the Northern Lights wake up call (unfortunately the clouds were against us!) so sleeping at night wasn't quite as relaxing as hoped, thankfully, we had the daytime to nap and relax. I'm also confident that had we been less British about it and mentioned this to the hotel staff they would have been very accommodating. 



Overall, our stay at Hotel Ranga was every bit as wonderful as I had dreamed and as far as I'm concerned, if you're looking for some luxurious relaxation while staying in Iceland this is the only place to stay. 

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

What Are Your Spring Colours?


Hello, lovelies. How are you? How is the weather?


I spent a few hours on Saturday lying in the communal garden by our flat, reading in the sunshine. While I am definitely not a "suns out, best put my tiny shorts on even if there is still a bit of a chill" type of person, I am very excited to see some sunshine and feel like Spring is on the way. 


Then, of course, the clocks when forward and the light evenings are here. I am so excited. Bring on the evening walks, after-work picnics and the beer garden drinking. 


It also means it's time to retire the big, cosy jumpers and the thick leggings (at least for a week or two.. don't put them at the back of the attic or anything crazy) and start thinking about spring fashion.


The wonderful people at Bonobos (better-fitting, better-looking men's clothing and accesories) have got spring colour choices all sorted, they've even shared some men's outfit inspiration so I can come up with my own lighter, brighter outfit featuring all the spring-style colours. For more men's fashion check out their bestselling trousers collection



Bonobos - Menswear


Bonobos - Menswear


Bonobos - Menswear

For me, the colours that really stand out are dark denim blue (who doesn't love a denim shirt), khaki, pastel pink and of course that amazing dark/burgundy purple colour, not a colour I normally associate with Spring but it really works. 


They got me thinking and inspired me to plan my own spring colours outfit. 

Purpley-red skinny jeans, a pale pink t-shirt and a denim shirt to throw over the top so I don't get chilly. Teamed with a slick of vampy, burgundy lipstick. What do you think?


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What are your spring colours?

Friday, 24 March 2017

Face Your Fashion Fears With Dia&Co

Ladies, it is try-day Friday! Are you ready?

How many times have you tried to create a new outfit for a night out or an event, that feels a bit out of your comfort zone or your usual wardrobe, only to chicken out last minute and pull out the old favourite? Try-day Friday is about upping our confidence and trying new styles. 

For try-day Friday the lovely people at Dia & Co have challenged me to face my fashion fears and share what clothing item I've always wanted to try but have been scared to.

For me, it has to be the tulle skirt. I dream of being swathed in layers of tutu like elegance, twirling around like a ballet princess, recreating the opening credits to Sex and the City (without getting soaked by a puddle and definitely wearing a bra!). 

Can I be really honest, since we're facing our fears, I own one! I've worn it once and I felt so unconfident in it that I haven't worn it again since. 


Time to make a change and face my fashion fears.  Like a true blogger I've taken to Pinterest and fellow bloggers for some inspiration and anxiety-reducing preparation:









What do you think? How would you wear it?

So, feeling inspired and ready, as part of try-day Friday, tonight I will be facing my fears, digging out my skirt, channelling my inner Carrie Bradshaw and wearing the heck out my tulle skirt. Keep your eyes peeled on my Instagram where I'll be sharing my full facing-my-fashion-fears outfit, accompanied by a nice glass of prosecco!

What are your fashion fears? Are you ready to face them next try-day?

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Living Life Unfiltered


Living Life Unfiltered

I currently follow 780 people on Instagram. Some are real-life friends, others have become friends, some are bloggers or slimming world members, some I follow for home inspiration or fitness.

I spend hours on Instagram, I'm not ashamed to admit that. But occasionally I do get jealous. I berate myself for my lack of aesthetic! Some people have these picture perfect accounts, a brand. All their photos in the same stunning filter, the beautiful flat lay, the ability to throw rose petals on to their kitchen side in an arty manner or make their morning porridge look like a work of Monet.

And I aspire to be like that. Editing photos, rearranging and retaking. Filtering and cropping, then despairing when it only gets a few likes. Telling myself to "curate" my profile so that it's all one style, with perfect tones and a colour palette.

I do envy those people, but I'm trying to instead be inspired by their photography. To learn how to use my iPhone better, to combat my shaky hand. But to still capture the real. The messy hair and untidy living room. The tasty, healthy meal that went straight from pan to bowl with little thought for anything except wanting to eat. The excited, frantic blue of my mum's cocker spaniel as he greets me after months apart. My inability to take a selfie I'm one hundred percent happy with. The one handed unboxing of my Birch Box because I am so excited by receiving post but I also have work to do! The reality.

Please don't think I'm criticising. I know one of my blogger followers personally and she really is that graceful in real life, I can fully believe her house is Homes magazine perfect. But I don't want people to look at my photos and think I'm faking it. 

I know the phrase journey is so cliched, but I want people to follow the ups and downs, the mess and chaos, the exuberant joy and the darkness. 

I want to live a life unfiltered. 

Monday, 20 March 2017

Mayberry Jamberry Picks March 2017


Hello! How are you?

You may remember me talking allll about Jamberry Nail Wraps a little while ago. Well, since then my beautiful twin sister has become the ultimate in Girl Boss and set up her own Jamberry business.

Each month she'll be sharing her wrap of the month, exclusively here! So shall we get started? Over to you.. Chloë.. 

With over 300 designs to choose from my favourite Jamberry wrap seems to change on a daily basis.


Copper Sea Jamberry Nails

But... ever since I saw copper sea in the new catalogue sneak peek I have absolutely fallen in love with it!
I'm a huge fan of navy so it ticks that box... and my motto in life is if in doubt add glitter so yeah that box is ticked too.
Plus the designs on the wrap sheet mean you can wear the glitter in a really understated way if it's not you thing! It's just such a classy wrap.

I have a few weddings coming up this year and I think this is definitely on my list for wedding manicures!


Even better it pairs beautifully with some of our other wraps. I'm thinking it'd make a great accent nail with sapphire and I've also seen it paired with one of my other favourite wraps kimono.


Kimono Jamberry Nails



Shop the full range at my shop or find me on facebook Mayberry Jamberry.

Thank you Chloë, see you next month. 

Take a look and let me know what your favourite wrap is this month (believe me you'll have another new favourite within a month or less!)
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