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Tuesday, 5 September 2017

A WEEK IN THE NORFOLK COUNTRYSIDE - WHERE TO VISIT & EAT



Ever since I was a little girl I have visited Norfolk. My great aunt owns a cottage in Holme-Next-The-Sea minutes from Hunstanton which she rents out to friends and family to be able to get away for a while and enjoy the countryside, and let me tell you, it is absolute bliss!

It has always been somewhere I love to go to recharge my batteries, clear my mind and just live in peace for a while. Plus it's full of cute farm animals and if you are such a huge animal lover like me, how could you say no!?


It's a place full of things to do and see. I visited for a week recently and even though I fit in a lot of days out, I could still of had plenty more to see if I had of stayed another week. Boo, I wish I could have. Especially as the weather was so lovely and warm. I have got some lovely recommendations I have been looking forward to sharing with you all.

Days Out

Snettisham Farm Park - Now I know you're probably thinking 'What? aren't farm parks for kids?' but out of all the days out this has to be my all time favourite. As well as there being things to do for the kids there is also so much for us adults with an inner child inside ha ha. You can purely visit just for the cafe if you wish to which provides some lovely food such as sandwiches, jacket potatoes, cakes and drinks etc which over looks the paddocks and the fields, or you can pay to enter the farm and deer safari. We decided to do everything as I feel you get an experience here you do not get in any other farm. You can help feed the lambs and put them back in their pens, groom the rabbits and other rodents, help with farm work and go on a 45 minute deer safari on a tractor where you can hand feed all the 100+ deer in a large open field. Even my boyfriend enjoyed this day, though he won't admit to it!

Burnham Market - This has to be the prettiest, classiest village I ever have ever been to. If you are looking for somewhere upmarket with pretty shops, full of crafts and interiors, pretty flowers and modern restaurants .. this is a must visit! It is also a huge hit with the celebs, Made In Chelsea stars visit regularly as well as Amanda Holden. I visited all the shops first, one of which was Jack Wills, then I found the most gorgeous interior shop I have ever seen and could have spent thousands in! Though I was so in to it I completely forgot the name. Silly me. Then we settled down for a drink at 'The Hoste' which is absolutely stunning and well worth a visit - just if you are visiting for lunch or dinner ensure you have a decent amount of money with you as it can be pretty expensive. They have tables indoors but also a gorgeous area outside with large parasols if the weather is nice. I felt like a millionaire in that place, if only..

Hunstanton Pier & Arcades - Just a two-three minute drive from where I was staying you have the Hunstanton pier and arcades. You can ensure you will never get bored down there. There are absolutely tons of arcades, rides on the seafront, a SeaLife centre, leisure centre with an indoor swimming pool, skating and restaurant. Shops that sell every candy and ice-cream flavour you can imagine, especially old fashioned sweet shops. There is also the U.K's largest joke shop which is a must visit because some of the products in there are hilarious!

Wells to Walsingham Light Railway - Again, you would be thinking it's a day out for the kids. But this steam train (worlds smallest public railway) takes you on a 30-40 minute journey from Wells to Walsingham through gorgeous countryside with themed items to look out for if you do have children, which is a nice change to just driving there and it's very cheap. Walsingham is another cute and quaint village, though not a lot to do there is still nice places to visit. We had lunch in a lovely pub overlooking pretty cottages and a church in the middle of a square. There is also stunning gardens to visit which is lovely for a picnic and you can even pick up a key there to visit an ancient underground prison in the dark. I know, what was I thinking? But I am actually glad I went in as it was an experience that was quite interesting. Great if you are really in to your history.



Places To Eat

The White Horse Inn / Holme-Next-the-Sea - We stopped off here for some last minute dinner after finding everywhere we had originally planned and thought of was fully booked. The staff were very accommodating and I am so glad this is where we ended up because the food was absolutely gorgeous! I had a chicken, ham and leek pie for my main which is one of the nicest pies I have ever tried, and I do love a pie! For dessert I had honeycomb ice-cream which was also yummy and everyone else I was with also loved their dishes. Reasonably priced also.

Big G's / Hunstanton - I had never heard of this restaurant before until I visited this time. Having spoken to the lady who owns it we found out it is newly opened. It is an all you can eat buffet with foods ranging from pizza, pasta, salad and desserts such as chocolate pizza. Mmm! It was around £8 per person, which I think is pretty reasonable if you have a big appetite. You can also have unlimited drink refills at a little extra cost. All the decor is based around the seaside with booth style tables to resemble beach huts which is so cute! It's such a lovely atmosphere as well. Perfect for anyone who cannot decide what they fancy to eat!

The Black Lion Hotel / Walsingham - Another stumble upon. We had walked for ages to try and find somewhere nice to eat, as my Dad ended up getting us lost believing that there was a lovely cafe nearby. Which had in fact closed down, lol. We had never seen this hotel / restaurant before, but it is set in the middle of a stunning square surrounded by pretty cottages and churches. There are tables set up out the front so you can enjoy the scenery whilst you're eating. I had a sausage and pickle sandwich which came with a side salad and crisps - it was delicious! What I had also noticed about most eateries in Norfolk is that you can bring along your dog with you if you wish to. Perfect.



I hope that some my recommendations could be helpful to any of you visiting or wanting to find somewhere lovely in the U.K to add to your travel list.

Is there any places you have you always visited and gone back to? 



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Saturday, 12 August 2017

MY TOP FIVE HAIR CARE ESSENTIALS



 Hi huns, it's been a while. But I am back, and this time for good.

I have all of a sudden had a crazy overflow of ideas because I have been finding and using items and products that I just cannot wait to rave about.

It's that horrid time of the year where your hair can quite frankly become a bit of a mare in the heat and the sunshine, and well, who wants a frizzy mop? No thank you!

I have been for the past what feels like forever now but realistically its been about two / three years been trying to grow out my fringe and be a lot nicer to my locks. I have always been the kinda girl you would not see without her hair pin straight and I would not leave the house until it was perfect. *sighs* I wasted so much damn time and effort lol. 

Buttt, I have actually succeeded and these days you will see me with all my hair scraped back in a ponytail (no more fringe hurrah!) or half and half in a pony or bun on the top of my head. It is so much better to maintain now, in fact I love the simple care free hair life! I used to have to wash my hair daily (BIG no no!) because I was so worried that it looked greasy or wasn't perfect. Basically I was just a pain in the ass when it came to my hair.

Although I managed to change my bad habits myself, I do have Palmers to thank as their Coconut hair care range has literally changed my life! All of their products do not contain any parabens, sulphates, phthalates, mineral oil, gluten or dyes. And trust me, it makes a HUGE difference. It's also nice to know I am not using any nasty chemicals that may cause harm. (I managed to run out of them just as I was preparing my post, typical. But I will have a separate review on these products very shortly.)

Anyway, here are my top five hair care essentials that I also love and keep on purchasing..

#1 Amargan Oil

My Mum has kept on buying and using this for years from our local hairdressers but I was always put off using products that contain oil due to the fact I have such fine hair and it can weigh it down. Though I was proved wrong because I absolutely love it now and it's like a saviour when I need a bit of extra hydration / moisture. It doesn't weight my hair down in the slightest, in fact its more of a powdery oil than a sticky oil. I apply a pump to my damp hair after washing it and then dry it off with my hairdryer. It leaves me with baby soft hair that's so much straighter and easier to maintain/style. Winner!

#2 Colab Dry Shampoo

I'll be honest, when I bought this I bought it purely on the fact the bottle is so pretty! Who could resist this design sitting on their dressing table?! Plus that I got it on offer when it was launched for around £1 on Superdrug because I had spent a certain amount. I had wanted to try another dry shampoo but I was skeptical because personally I have never really got on with them, especially Batiste as it left my hair practically looking like I had died it a patchy white! (Not a good look huns lol) But this did make me change my mind. It smells AMAZING! In fact I could smell it before I had even sprayed it. Imagine being on a Caribbean beach and getting that fruity tropical coconut smell? This is it in a bottle.. delicious! It also doesn't leave you with any horrid white patchy streaks (Batiste you have some serious catching up to do!) and I actually felt like it had cleansed my hair. For that reason I will always return to good gorgeous Colab. 

#3 VO5 Ultimate Hold Hairspray

Now that I am wearing my hair up practically alll the time, I needed something to hold back those annoying wispy baby hairs that just seem to appear and get right in your face. *grits teeth* I firstly tried a brand named Fudge and okay it was alright, and it smelt amazing, but I was left with a horrible sticky residue on my hair which made everyone around me worry for my sanity asking when I had last washed my hair (when I had just done it!) so I switched it up and found VO5 in my local Tesco's. (Which by the way is on offer at the moment for £3 - thank me later!) As you can see I always get drawn in by the pretty bottles, oops. But I was impressed the first time I used it. It's described as being a fine spray that is weatherproof, has ultimate hold and has a lovely fragrance. Which is what it is and all you really need from a hairspray. So if you're looking for a good one that isn't too expensive I highly recommend it.

#4 HeadJog Wide Tooth Comb

Nothing special, but it is an essential for me to get my hair perfected just the way I want it. I usually purchase it from my local hair trade centre because I have an account with them due to being a qualified beauty therapist. Although recently I have been finding them on E-Bay even cheaper and they arrive within a day or two. I do go through them quite often as I am terrible at taking them out with me in my handbag and then losing them. They just seem to be better than any other I have tried, because although a comb is a comb, it grips my hair back a lot easier and also quicker. 

#5 Diva Professional Twilight Hairdryer & Straightener Set

Saving the best till last! Who thought it would be possible to fall in love with a hairdryer and straighteners? But hey, I have! My boyfriend used to work in hair and beauty wholesale and I remember him showing me a photo of the new range and I just knew I had to have these! They are so different to any other electrical hair range I have seen as I was fed up of the basic colour ranges available and wanted something a bit different. Although I could not see me owning them for a while due to the price tag *gasps* They work out at £109.99 for the Straighteners and £69.99 for the Hairdryer. A little over my price range at that point. Butttt, I woke up on my Birthday morning with my boyfriend passing me presents, not expecting a single thing as we had told each other no presents this year as we want to save, and what a darling he had bought me the full freaking set! They are both infused with Macadamia, Argan Oil and Keratin as well as a high power Ionic jet for super shine. The straighteners also come in a handy sparkly black pouch to store them in and doubles up as a heat mat. Since using them I can definitely notice a change in how soft and shiny my hair is. My favourite hair care essential ever.


So there we have it, all my must have essentials! I hope this post has helped some of you find some new products to try out, and if you do please do comment below and let me know your thoughts on them! Also if there are any more products like these you think I would love, please let me know as I love finding new ones.


Love, H. 
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Thursday, 10 August 2017

I WAS A BRIDESMAID FOR THE FIRST TIME | BRIDESMAID SERIES PT I




  So on February 25th, I finally got my chance to be a bridesmaid, ahh! 

I had been waiting for this day for so long and when my best friend of thirteen years asked me I felt so honoured and just could not wait. The party girl in me came out and there I was planning her hen and getting myself prepared for the big day. I just knew from when she was planning it that it would be beautiful.

The night before

The night before I stayed over at her house so we could pamper and preen ourselves ready for the big day in the morning. Typical gals, us saying we must be in bed asleep by 10pm so we aren't tired in the morning. Well, we ended up getting to sleep at 1am, LOL. 

We made sure the dress was perfect, steamed and back in its bag. Decorated the hangers with personalisation (although mine went missing at the venue *cries*) hung up all the bridesmaid / page boy outfits and then ended the evening with a lovely relaxing rose scented bubble bath with thanks to her fiancé who went shopping to get us some goodies.

The bride to be couldn't fall asleep due to last minute jitters, I was sleeping in her little girls bed and during the night banged my head on the iron surrounding so we both ended up with banging headaches and absolutely shattered come the next morning ha ha!

The big day 

So the big day finally arrived and we were up and out and arrived at the venue by late morning. The make-up and hair team arrived first and it was lovely after all the panic the night before for us both, especially the bride to be, to just relax and enjoy our makeovers. I asked for a natural yet dramatic look and I absolutely loved what the artist did, and of course my best friend looked stunning!

Then it came to me helping prepare the other bridesmaids and before we knew it, what felt like hours until we had to go downstairs for the ceremony turned in to 'you literally have five minutes!' and a crazy rush to get everyone positioned and ready. Thats when the nerves set in. They say it's normal for the bride to get pre jitters, but where do you ever see the mention of the bridesmaid?! Well you have now, I'm telling you I was sweating, felt like I couldn't breathe and even though I couldn't wait to walk behind my best friend down the aisle, quite frankly another part of me also just wanted to run away. Gosh, being a bridesmaid for the first time is nerve racking. I was panicking what if she falls and then I have to try and hold her up, what if I trip on my dress and fall and ruin her special day?!

Though I needn't of worried, it went perfectly and the whole ceremony was amazing and once it was over, we both wanted to do it all all over again.


The rest of the evening we sat down for a delicious three course meal with a starter of soup, main was a roast dinner and dessert was chocolate profiteroles, mmm. Then there was the speeches, the bar then opened and that was us for the rest of the night - dancing away on the dance floor and making complete tits out of ourselves dancing to the macarena lol. It was all perfect.

Have any of you been a bridesmaid?




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Sunday, 31 May 2015

HELLO





Hello lovelies!

I think it's about time I start posting as it's been so long since I started my blog, but with studies and just life getting in the damn way it's had to be put on a list of 'things to do'. However I finally decided to kick myself up the butt and get posting!

I am a fully qualified Beautician so as well as seeing fashion and lifestyle posts expect to see lots of beauty posts too! I'm also planning on making YouTube videos in the near future as it's something I have wanted to do for a long time, so keep an eye out.

I've got a list of posts planned which include hauls, product reviews, travel diaries and ootd etc.. but if there is anything specific you would like to see, please let me know.


Love, H.




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