Friday, 4 December 2015

Beautiful Blooms from Appleyard London

Appleyard London Bouquet

There's nothing I really love more than a beautiful, fresh and vibrant bouquet of flowers! Now that I've moved into a new apartment I've become a little house proud, and it's rare that I don't have a colourful bloom sitting on my dining table.

Appleyard London Bouquet

So of course when Appleyard London got in touch to see if I'd like to have some of their beautiful flowers delivered I jumped at the change to dig in to their gorgeous range of autumn bouquets. It was so difficult to choose, because they were all so pretty (and the styling on the website makes me want them all!) but I eventually settled on the Peach Parfait.

Appleyard London Bouquet
Appleyard London Bouquet

Isn't she pretty!? Now my flower arranging skills are pretty sub-par, but I still think I did quite a good job, don't you? Even Arthur approves!

Appleyard London Bouquet

What impressed me about Appleyard is how fast I received the flowers. They were on my doorstep within a day of making my difficult choice - next day flower delivery is definitely something I'd take advantage of as I'm notoriously last minute when it comes to gift giving!

Appleyard London Bouquet

There's nothing quite like a lovely late breakfast on a Sunday, a hot cup of tea and a bright bunch of flowers to brighten up the day, as it gets gloomier towards winter!

Appleyard London Bouquet

If you'd like to brighten up someone's day in these colder months, why not send flowers? Best of all and very much in the spirit of Christmas, I've got a little gift for you! Appleyard London have very kindly provided a 33% discount for all of you lovely lot to use on their range of luxury bouquets* - just pop BLOG33 in when you get to checkout!

Happy shopping!

*Excludes the 'Flowers by Post' range

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Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Overnight Thermos Coffee at Foundation

I was recently invited to put Thermos well and truly to the test.

I woke up one glorious morning (seriously have you seen the sunrise at my new place?) to a mysterious tweet from @Thermos letting me know that I'd enjoy some lovely hot coffee that evening, which would still be warm the next day...
Foundation Thermos Overnight Coffee
Foundation Thermos Overnight Coffee
I arrived at the beautiful red brick building that houses The Foundation Coffee House in the Northern Quarter and settled down in front of my giant Thermos flask to have a sip of the coffee that was freshly brewed for me earlier that day. Delicious and hot!
Foundation Thermos Overnight Coffee
Foundation Thermos Overnight Coffee
Foundation Thermos Overnight Coffee
Foundation Thermos Overnight Coffee
Foundation Thermos Overnight Coffee
Foundation Thermos Overnight Coffee
Foundation Thermos Overnight Coffee
We were ushered over to the main counter to be given excellent tuition in all things coffee. We were expertly taken through the steps to make delicious coffee using all of the weird and wonderful methods of brewing that Foundation has to offer.

We chose the beans we'd like to try, watched the processes from start to finish, and got to sample the final results - which were absolutely excellent, by the way! I had no idea that black coffee could have so many complex flavours. Colour me impressed.
Foundation Thermos Overnight Coffee
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Also, can we just take a moment to admire how gorgeous the interior design of The Foundation Coffee House is. There's something I find very soothing about natural textures and geometric designs. I love that this place breaks the mould of traditional coffee houses (I'm thinking cozy, warm & gently lit with comfy looking sofas). I found the open, airy and light atmosphere very calming and refreshing. It's almost as if the venue left me with a bit of 'pep in my step' - although maybe that was all the coffee!!
Foundation Overnight Thermos Coffee
The next morning, I cracked open my Thermos flask to see if my overnight coffee was still warm. As promised (much to my surprise!), it was indeed still lovely and warm. A smooth and delicious cup of coffee with my first salted caramel brownie made for a very indulgent start to my morning.

Thank you so much to Thermos & Foundation for inviting me along to such a fantastic evening at a beautiful venue. I've definitely become a coffee convert, and my Thermos is now surgically attached to my arm! It's great to be able to make a hot drink during a busy day, and have it stay hot for hours.

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Sunday, 4 October 2015

Manchester Pride with TC Airlines UK

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Is there honestly anything that makes you happier than a rainbow? I don't think so! 

A few weeks ago I was kindly invited along to the happiest, most rainbow filled event you can imagine as a guest of the main sponsors Thomas Cook Airlines. I excitedly grabbed my best mate and we made our way into the city centre for Manchester Pride 2015.
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We snaked our way through the streets in search of the Gay Village, and finally knew we were on the right track when we started to see a hint of colour, turning into a fully fledged rainbow explosion!
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We made a beeline for the perfect empty spot to watch the parade. We grinned from ear to ear as the beautiful, weird and wonderful stomped through the streets of Manchester. The happiness was contagious.
Manchester Gay Pride Thomas Cook
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Manchester Gay Pride Thomas Cook
After the parade we wandered through the streets some more, heading for the Gay Village, and even bumped into some colourful characters along the way!
Manchester Gay Pride Thomas Cook
Manchester Gay Pride Thomas Cook
Manchester Gay Pride Thomas Cook
Manchester Gay Pride Thomas Cook
Manchester Gay Pride Thomas Cook
Manchester Gay Pride Thomas Cook
Manchester Gay Pride Thomas Cook
Fallout tee from GamerPrint

We slowly made our way around the jam packed village streets - indulging in some people watching and picking out the perfect spot for a nibble and a drink, before deciding where to head next...
Manchester Gay Pride Thomas Cook
Manchester Gay Pride Thomas Cook
Manchester Gay Pride Thomas Cook
Manchester Gay Pride Thomas Cook
We scooted over to the main stage to grab a good viewing spot, crack open some summer cider and get ready to musically blast away the summer holiday blues. I'd just got back from two fun filled weeks in Ibiza, where I saw some incredible artists - Karen Harding was amazing live at Ibiza Rocks Hotel and I was excited to be able to see her again so soon, as well as DJ Fresh who is one of my favourites!
Manchester Gay Pride Thomas Cook
We danced until our feet hurt, and then headed (a little wobbly) off into the sunset to rest our weary heads.

Both of us had such a fantastic time at Manchester Pride, huge thanks to Thomas Cook Airlines for inviting us. It was my first time at Pride, but I'm already excited for next year. It was a weekend filled with nothing but contagious happy vibes and we've left chock full of laughter and great memories.

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Friday, 5 June 2015

A Royally Good Birchbox

I've never subscribed to a beauty box before, and I never really thought I would because I'm not heavy on the beauty side of things (read; I don't really know what I'm doing!). I have my handful of staples which I repurchase like the apocalypse is coming, and I don't often stray onto pastures new. All of that sort of changed recently when I was very kindly sent the April Birchbox to review (I know it's June now - some time off blogging and an impromptu holiday got in the way - forgive me?).
Royally Good Birchbox April 2015
Of course, it was royal baby themed, in light of the little prince or princess who was still a mystery at the time - including some fabulously royal brands like Percy & Reed and Laura Mercier. Keep scrolling to have a sneaky peek inside and see what I thought of it all...
Royally Good Birchbox April 2015
Included in the box:
  • Bliss - Fabulous Foaming Face Wash 30ml (197ml £19.50)
  • Korres - Bergamot & Pear Shower Gel 40ml (250ml £8)
  • Lola Barcelona - Nail Polish in Garcia (full size exclusive)
  • Laura Mercier - Longwear Creme Eye Pencil in Violet 0.8g (1.2g £18)
  • Percy & Reed London - Smooth, Sealed & Sensational Volumising No Oil Oil 30ml (60ml £14)
  • Inner Me - Energise Me Vitamins (full size £10)
Also; a discounted subscription to Tatler magazine, a handy card with all the products details and some tips on how to get the most out of the products.
Royally Good Birchbox April 2015
Royally Good Birchbox April 2015
Royally Good Birchbox April 2015
Royally Good Birchbox April 2015
Royally Good Birchbox April 2015
Royally Good Birchbox April 2015
Royally Good Birchbox April 2015
Overall, I was really impressed with this box! The packaging was adorable - and I love that some people got pink and some got blue because we didn't know if the royal babe would be a boy or a girl yet. The products inside are all stuff I'd definitely use, or at least give a try. I've used the nail varnish a lot already (of course) as it's a gorgeous vibrant summery colour. The foaming face wash is also great and was the perfect size for me to take away on holiday with me. I've even had a little play with the Laura Mercier eyeliner which is a really pretty colour and actually quite subtle which is nice. I'll likely pop up individual reviews/swatches of the products in the next couple of weeks - if there's anything you really want to see let me know!

This box has definitely made me think twice about beauty subscriptions and come pay day I think I'll be subbing up to Birchbox myself! Do you receive any beauty subscription boxes?

I'd love your comments and thoughts below, or: @justrachblog // justrachblog@gmail.com

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