We may still be in August but I am writing this post whilst sitting snuggled up all cosy in my PJ’s and a duvet. The weather outside is miserable and the rain has been on and off continuously for the past week or so. So, if you’re in a sunnier part of the world then please don’t judge me for sharing the comfiest, cosiest slippers in the middle of what should be summer.

I have always been a fan of UGG boots, whether they look good or not is irrelevant because they are insanely comfortable…okay? So, when I was contacted by Luxury Gifts & Designer Homeware retailer, Amara I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to get my hands on some UGG slippers.

I am a fan of snake skin, but only when its used discreetly so as you can imagine, I was super excited when I spotted the Women’s Scuffette Snake Slippers. In the past, I’ve always had the traditional UGG Scuffette slippers but they always get dirty so easily so the fact that these slippers have a leather upper is a huge win for me, and that they’re black so they don’t show too is a win too.

The slippers have a sheepskin collar and the UGGpure lining and oh my goodness, they are so comfortable and warm. What I potentially love most is not only how great they look but also how practical they are. By not showing every part of dirt and having a hard rubber sole, the slippers can be worn without the need to keep replacing them which you have to do with most slippers (sooo annoying!)

These slippers were originally £85 but have gone down to £55 so are such a bargain. You can get your pair here.

Amara

*Please note that this product was gifted to me by Amara for the purpose of this review however all opinions are my own.

There are few things that make me happier than a weekend away, so when I was invited to visit Clarendon Royal Hotel back in July, I knew this was an offer I couldn’t turn down.

Clarendon Royal Hotel is located in Gravesend, Kent and overlooks the river Thames so isn’t too far from where I live in Essex. We stayed in the Pocahontas suite which overlooked the Thames and were lucky enough to visit on a sunny day so the view was beautiful.

The suite included one bedroom which had a beautiful four poster bed in (which was incredibly comfortable) as well as a bathroom and open lounge/diner. Our initial reaction to the room was the amazement at how large it was…it was bigger than our entire flat at home!

One of my biggest tick boxes when staying away is the cleanliness of the room so after a quick inspection, I was very pleased to give this a big tick.

In addition to staying in a beautiful room, we were also invited to dine with Clarendon Royal Hotel for dinner and then breakfast the next morning. The staff could not have been more accommodating or welcoming, taking the time to talk to us about the hotel and its history as well as the future plans.

All in all, we had a brilliant stay with everything from a luxurious room, delicious cocktails and a view to take your breath away.

Thank you Clarendon Royal Hotel, we’ll definitely be back.

 

*I was given this stay for free in return for a review on www.foodandfancies.co.uk however, all views and opinions are my own.

 

 

Being an Essex countryside girl, I am a huge fan of a good pub meal. There’s something very comforting about a traditional countryside pub and when you throw some good food into the mix, you can’t beat it.

I regularly eat out at pubs and one of my favourites is The Cricketers in Eight Ash Green, Colchester, Essex. The Cricketers is known locally for its delicious food and it wasn’t until recently that I visited for the first time. Since then, I’ve already been back because the food is so delicious.

On my first visit, I had the Tempura Chicken Strips with chilli sauce for starters. Sometimes, battered chicken can be greasy and I was worried that this would be the case. However, I was completely proven wrong. The chicken was not slimy or greasy at all and I couldn’t fault the strips at all. The only small thing I would have changed is swapping the dip for sweet chilli sauce instead of chilli sauce as it was very spicy!

I loved the Tempura Chicken Strips so much that on my second visit, I had them as part of my main dish.

Cricketers

For mains, I went for the steak…of course. The steak came with onion rings and thick cut chips. There are very few things that I love more than a pub chip. The chips were beautifully fluffy on the inside and perfectly crispy on the outside. I ordered the steak medium/well and although it was a little too well done it still tasted amazing and the meat was obviously of a high quality too.

Cricketers 2

The dessert menu looked amazing and I was gutted that I was too full to try a dessert but I will definitely be going back soon and saving room to try something.

Are you a fan of a pub meal? Where is your favourite place?

Last weekend, we were invited to review a new bar/restaurant that has launched in Southend, Revolution. The chain of bars all have a similar feel with good music, amazing cocktails and a cool atmosphere. I have been to a couple of Revolution bars in the past however only for a night out, and never for dinner, so I was excited at the thought of being able to try the menu.

We started with a welcome cocktail. I’ve always wanted to try a Pornstar Martini so this is what I went for and I was not disappointed. In fact, I think this could be a new contender for my favourite cocktail. The cocktail menu was huge so it wasn’t easy to decide what to try next. I went for the Quacktail which was amazing, I love a sweet cocktail so this was perfect for me. Unfortunately, the bar was short on bar staff so there was quite a long wait between each drink so we didn’t stay for a third cocktail. However, our waitress couldn’t have been more apologetic about this.

Revolution cocktail 1 Revolution cocktail

For starters, we had three small plates to share. We went for the garlic bread, nachos and fried halloumi. It was all amazing but the halloumi was on another level, it was perfect. Sometimes, fried halloumi can be a bit sickly however both myself and Liam agreed we could have eaten even more it was so good.

Garlic bread Fried halloumi Nachos

For mains, I went for steak with garlic butter and garlic fries…Can you tell I like garlic yet? The steak was delicious but the real star of the show was the garlic fries. I hate soggy fries and I expected these fries to be soggy as they were cooked in garlic but they were crispy which is just how I like my chips. I had to share these with Liam because as soon as I’d let him try one he just kept eating them, they were that good.

Liam ordered the meat beast pizza which included pulled chicken, pepperoni, bacon bits, garlic butter, roquito peppers, mozzarella, chilli sauce, crème fraîche, rocket. He said the pizza itself was amazing but very spicy so he didn’t manage to eat it all due to his mouth being on fire but that’s just his personal taste.

Revolution 1 Revolution 2

After our starters and mains, it was time for dessert. I had been looking forward to the brownie but unfortunately, it had nuts in but the team were very sweet and just did me some vanilla ice cream and the portion was extremely generous so I couldn’t finish it all. Liam had the brownie and said it was lovely so I was very very jealous.

Brownie

Overall, the meal was amazing and we’ll definitely be returning. Thank you to Revolution for having us.

 

We’ve now been home owners for just over a week and in that time, we’ve learnt a lot. A week may not seem like a long time but it has certainly felt like it!

 

We’ve gone from living completely rent free with my parents and having to do pretty much nothing around the house straight into having to pay bills and do everything for ourselves. It’s been a shock to the system but I am loving owning my own home and having our own space that we can do whatever we like with.

 

Here are five things that I’ve learnt over the past week…

 

  • There is always something to do – Whether this be cook dinner, hang out the washing or clean the bathroom, there is always something that can be done. I never thought the day would come that I feel guilty if I’m sitting around watching Love Island whilst there’s dishes to put away!
  • Things don’t happen overnight – We moved in on the Friday and I expected to have a fully decorated lounge by the following Friday. Boy, was I wrong. I hadn’t even began to think about how long things like stripping wallpaper, plastering the walls and painting take. Admittedly, we are expecting to have the lounge completed by next Friday so two weeks is still very fast but I was being completely unrealistic before.
  • It’s not all fun and games – The novelty of washing up wears off, as does the novelty of doing everything for yourself. Even in the space of just over a week, we’ve both had to do some serious growing up.
  • Priorities change – Going out for dinner vs. Buying a pot of paint? That’s a dilemma I never thought I’d find myself facing yet here I am… surrounded by paint pots!
  • Having your own space is amazing – This is one novelty that has definitely not worn off. I love the fact that everything is our choice; what we have for dinner, how we decorate, when we wash up – everything!

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