Tuesday, 31 January 2017

A Day & Night in Bath

I wanted to take my husband away for his birthday, somewhere special but not a million miles away.
I remember going to the City of Bath when I was a child and I loved it. My partner had never been so I thought that it would be a brilliant birthday destination. We left pretty early and it was a pain free journey. When we got there we found parking easily enough for a weekend.

Glorious blue skies and beautiful buildings where ever you looked. Apart from the heavens opening briefly leaving my fluffy white coat a soggy mess. The weather was lovely for the rest of the day.
I bought a purple poncho during the down pour. Which my husband was disgusted by, this made the poncho even better!

We happily pottered around the shops and it was nice to just have a look without really needing anything. I managed to get a beaut of a silver skirt for more than 50% off!
What I would say really stood out to me, were the authentic Victorian shop signage. The whole city had a preserved history vibe about it.

Another thing that was great for us, was that everything was a stones throw away. We did a lot of walking but the main attractions, including the Roman Baths and the Puleney bridge were all central.
I wanted to go somewhere to eat that wasn't a chain. I think it is much nicer to go to independent places. It definitely adds to the tourist feeling. 

We stopped off for a bite to eat at Thewholebagel which was a brilliant find!
They had a selection bar where you could pick your own fillings but we opted to sit, in the little kitch seating area upstairs. Where you can pick from a variety of beautifully made bagels. You can pick your own style of bread as well. Always a bonus! My husbands eyes lit up when he realised there was a bacon and bre bagel. Your lunch comes in cute little brown packaging on a board with a side of fresh potato salad. I also added a delicious chocolate milkshake. I tend to judge eateries (lunch time ones anyway.) by the standard of milkshake. This place scored highly! 

After another few shops and a visit to the park we decided, we were tired and wanted to check out the hotel. 

I booked The Combe Grove Hotel. My... was it impressive! Honestly one of the most beautiful hotels I have been to. I would thoroughly recommend it!  
It was everything I wanted out of a surprise birthday treat. Classy and well styled. 
We had a lovely little chalet room just a small walk from the main building. We liked this as it was private and very comfortable. We also got to see the stunning grounds. 

We had booked a meal in the restaurant but as we were feeling a little lazy. So we decided to take our time and go for bar food and some drinks. 
The food was incredible. My husband had steak and he stated it was the best he has had in a long time. (Strong words!) 
I had the classic fish and chips and it was divine! So fresh and not too heavy. 
The fish just crumbled it was so soft. 
I was a very happy bunny! An extensive cocktail menu also makes me very happy. 
A feature that we enjoyed was the build your own Martini part of the menu. Where you can add all the frills you like. 
The cocktails were a little unusual as well not just your standard Cosmo. 

One last element that stood out was that they have a list of little extras you can add to your room in case of a birthday or special occasion. 
I went for the sweet plate which came with brownies, meriange drops, raspberries, beautifully handmade coconut truffles and a giant macaroon... oh and fudge! We were extremely satisfied with this.
Although I could of eaten them three times over!

A pot of Mushroom and Truffle oil popcorn on the cabinet was also really cute touch.

If you would like to find out more about The Combe Grove Hotel click here

Where is your favourite place to go for a weekend away?

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Mark Hill Pick n Mix Wand Review

I wanted to share this little beauty with you. If you have read my blog before, you will know that I am beginning to have an addiction to curling tools. I recently saw this one on Instagram and I have seen a lot of good feedback.
I was lucky to receive the Mark Hill Pick 'n' Mix Wand handle and two barrels for Christmas.

I am usually a big loose curl kind of girl but I really wanted to try the tight ringlet look, that seems to be around a lot lately. I also wanted to try a larger barrel than I have owned previously to add some volume to my hair.

This Mark Hill creation is a separate curling wand handle and a choice of five interchangeable barrel heads. Which are sold individually. I think it is a great idea as this product really gives you the choice and creativity to create so many different looks using the same handle.

The barrels are easy to change and fit comfortably into the handle. For a quick change of style if needed.

The Cork Screw Barrel head. 


As you can see this one is very slim and so light to manoeuvre. I thought it would take ages to curl my whole hair. As my hair is not exactly short, I was very happy with how quickly the product styled my entire hair.
Even when I was curling small sections at a time. The wand heats up within minutes, which is brilliant for an impatient girl like myself.
Although the curls were tighter than I have ever had before, they were not crazy.
I did not want to look like a doll which has happened before. These curls were no trouble to brush out a little without ruining the style. I use this barrel a lot these days.

The Ellipse Wave Barrel head. 

This barrel head creates a more subtle style. My hair was a little flat and lifeless this morning so I gave it a go and really liked the look this barrel provided. A big bouncy curl but delicate and feminine. It instantly added some lift to my hair and a new lease of life.
Again I managed to curl my whole hair very quickly. I found to give my hair some more texture,  I curled larger pieces aswell as smaller sections. Then using the wand higher in some parts and lower in others. This created a lovely flow to my hair.

I would really recommend this wand to anyone that wants a bit of variety to styling their hair.
If you use straighteners to curl your hair and are looking to dip your toe into the world of curling wands. This product is perfect as there is so much choice.

To find out more about this product click here.

Sunday, 15 January 2017



I know it is a few weeks into the whole 'New Year New Me" thing.
I think resolutions often fail because the bar is set too high.
Especially when getting back into the reality of routine, can be a hard enough task on it's own.

This year I want to focus on improving my prospects and reducing my excuses.
I can be a procrastinator but nothing will change with just moaning about it.
Or saying I will do that next week, month... never.

 I do have a few resolutions but I would say subtle life changes instead of huge leaps.

Eat healthier - I am not saying I am going to cut out all the fun stuff but the sheer amount of crap I have been consuming lately. Has not had a good impact on my body inside and out
It makes you feel groggy and unmotivated. When you can't seem to physically stop, and you know you have just eaten.
Something needs to change!

Create more - I am always full of ideas and it excites me thinking of new things I can create, draw or looks I can interpret through makeup. When I actually do complete some art work or create a new look I am really proud of myself and realise what I can achieve. So I have got to push myself and stop making so many comparisons. As once I get into something art wise. I really enjoy it.

Cook from scratch - I started this today and I was so happy. It doesn't take that much longer to prepare food from scratch, than cooking processed food. You learn so much quickly. So this year I really want to step out of my comfort zone and start cooking properly. Plus it is so much nicer knowing what is in your food.

So there is the few little goals I have set myself.
What are your resolutions? Let me know if you have any tips for keeping them all year round!

© As told by Emmi
Maira Gall