Friday, 27 September 2013

Portobello Market

Portobello Market has become a staple part of Notting Hill as well London over the past 20 years. Having heard its great representation I couldn't wait to check it out on my most recent visit to London. Streets lined with small market stalls and boutique shops were what I had in mind and I certainly wasn't disappointed. It's authenticity to my imagination is what really engaged me and made me fall completely in love with the area.

Just a short walk from Notting Hill Gate tube station, it's central location only adds to the parallel world that Notting Hill is in relation to the built up city. There were a range of items on the stalls from vintage cameras to fruit and veg, there really was something for everyone.

I wasn't really going with the hope of buying anything but stumbled across this beautiful dish that was made in Stafford. Its perfect to fill up my everyday rings with. I coincidentally found this really cute stall selling a large selection of rings, I've been on the hunt for an infinity ring for quite a while, so couldn't resit picking one up for the bargain price of £5. There are a vast range in prices at each stall so would recommend looking at a few before committing to buy one particular item.
Although there is a huge amount of variety there is a large focus on vintage pieces, whether that be clothing or bric-a-brac. I am a huge lover of anything that has history or its own story and there was so much traditional pieces to take a look at. One of my favourite stalls was filled with vintage or second hand shoes and jackets. Levis jackets and Doc Martins in various colours filled the rails and floor, I swear I was in heaven!
I think the main thing that I loved about Portobello was the overall atmosphere. Its something that you don't experience down the local high street or shopping centre. Every stall had a different selection and you never knew what you where going to find or what treasure you where going to uncover


Saturday, 14 September 2013

Centre Parcs Nottingham



Today I returned home from a great 5 days in Nottingham. Having not had much chance to spend with my family this summer, my mum decided to book a mid-week trip to Center Parcs in Sherwood Forest knowing full well that the three of us would fully enjoying it. I've been to Center Parcs 3 times before all of which was in Cumbria twice with my Dad over 3 years ago and once when I was about 8 and it was simply called Oasis. For anyone who hasn't heard of Center Parcs it is a wooded area full of lodges, cabins and tree houses (although the price for those is slightly out of my league). They have a huge amount of activities on offer from fitness classes and sport events to pottery making and bowling. For me it is the perfect mix and there is something for everyone, perfect for my family of oddbods.

Knowing what we had in store I couldn't wait to arrive and explore what there was to offer. We were staying in one of the new lodges and I couldn’t believe quite how nice they were, the perfect size for my little family. There were so many activities on offer it was difficult to pick; we ended up playing badminton, table tennis, full size snooker (at my brother’s request) and bowling. Me and my Mum also opted for Aqua Zumba, something I personally had never heard of and was quite interested in trying. I would highly recommend it as you can completely embrace every part of the class without feeling that you are making a fool of yourself in front of everyone else. Of course, there is a whole tropical area complete with pool, Jacuzzi and rides, that is completely free so for me a real winner, I mean, who doesn't love a wave machine?!

Unfortunately my brother became sick near the end of the holiday so we couldn’t do all of the activities that we had planned but we all had a great time. It’s such a magical place and there was constantly wildlife sat outside the patio door. I think that most surprising was a massive swan that seriously scared me out of my skin. Along with that were squirrels, rabbits and various species of birds. It was beautiful to see something so natural right outside you door. Although I have been to Center Parcs before, I really felt I appreciated it on a different level this time as an adult. I really can't wait to go back and was hoping Christmas would be an option, however have a butcher (turkey galore) and a coffee shop manager (turkey dinner galore) for family members makes the timing extremely limited. Plus of course the clear price increase. Boo! I do however, hope to go back very soon and look forward to perhaps taking my friends there at some point. Going to Center Parcs has really revived my love for the most natural things in life.


Thursday, 5 September 2013

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Lip Stain


I'm not sure about anyone else but I always buy lip products when I go into shops, it one of the things that I am most drawn to. I know that some people have an abundance of nail polishes or eye shadows where as for me it always lipsticks and balms. You can then of course imagine my delight at finding Revlon lip stains. I'm a fan of Revlon products and they always seem to work really well. So when I saw these beautiful balms I knew I had to try them.
I initially bought the shade honey as this is usually the shade that I go for when it comes to most lipsticks and balms, it has hints of pink but is still quite natural and perfect for wearing during the day. After trying it out for a couple of days, I was blown away with how great the product it, it stay on your lips for ages and I think that it is personally the perfect combination between a matte and shiny finish. One thing that surprised me was the smell of the balm, it is quite minty, almost reminding me Polo's. However being a lover of everything mint it was really nice to have a scent to the balm which you don't get with a lot of lip products. I recently picked it up in the shade 'rendezvous' which is a great coral colour perfect for autumn. At the moment I am wearing them most days and really think they are a great product. I can't wait to see what other colours are available to add to my collection.

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