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22/05/2016

Pizza Party At The Stable, Birmingham | FOOD

This month I was invited to make some pizza and drink some cider at The Stable in Birmingham at their first blogger event, so off I toddled in the car to the Midlands capital with my camera and empty tummy in toe.  
So what is The Stable?  Basically put, its a rustic feel eaterie a stone's throw from New Street station that sells fresh pizzas and pies, with an impressive cellar full of ciders from around the country.  The decor is simple and chic, with floor to ceiling glass windows that are thrown open in the sunshine.  It's a great meeting point for friends and a last stop before hitting the train home after a day of high street shopping.






During the afternoon we were given various samples of different ciders, with a talk from a chap from Hogan's Cider about the industry and how he brews his own brand.  For someone who only typically drinks Strongbow at festivals it was nice to try out some different flavours, the restaurant offer a 5 cider sampler plate which proved super popular on the day - I personally loved the mango flavoured brew! Light, sweet and delicious!
I was also given the opportunity to pop behind the food counter and try out some pizza making for myself, I chose to go off menu and throw on peppers, spinach, chorizo, jerk chicken and a fist full of cheese (you can't stimp on the cheese on a good pizza).  I tentivley enquired about popping an egg on the top to the chef on site who told me to make a little well and a decisive crack/split.  
James shovelled his own pizza into the oven, I let the professionals do it - I'm also dropping things in my own kitchen, no one needed an eggy mess some blogger had created on the floor...





And then we broke out to the tasting, and my gosh - the pizza was incredible.  Light, crispy, packed with the right toppings (if I do say so myself) and cooked to perfection.  I'd never had an egg on pizza before as I always thought it was a bit odd, but man it was good.  Revolutionised pizza. 



If you love carby treats and cider, this restaurant is right up your alley.  Food starts around £8 for a pizza and half a pint of cider start as low as £2, so this doesn't have to be a payday treat.  

The Stable, 115 John Bright Street, Birmingham. Tel: 01216438918

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21/05/2016

Erin Condren Stationary Swap Haul! | LIFESTYLE



Planning and scrap booking has become a recent thing I've got into, I became obsessed with 'plan with me' videos on YouTube and watching others decorate their diaries with precision and creative flair.  I took the leap in March and ordered myself an Erin Condren planner (there's a cheeky incentive code at the end of the post), and I haven't looked back since.

As part of my slightly obsessive love of all things washi tape and kitsch stickers, I joined a group on Facebook who connected fellow enthusiasts with each other and offered to host swaps. Through that I met Berenice, a young twenty-something mom of two from Chicago who owned enough washi tape to fill hobby craft twice over and had also made her first Erin Condren life planner purchase.  We got chatting and agreed to swap a box to the value of $20/£15 at the end of the month, I scurried around Paperchase and Tiger with my pennies to send her a box and eagerly awaited mine.

If you would like to order your own EC planner then hit this link and you'll get $10 off with your first order!  It's TOTALLY worth it, do not hold me responsible for your future obsession!

And wow, what a box she sent!  I was so chuffed that I thought I'd do a little sit down video to show you...


19/05/2016

The Weekly Vlog (16) | YOUTUBE



Another week, another vlog!
This week we went off to The Stable for a pizza making and cider tasting food event (which, I must say, was pretty darn tasty), and headed off to Alton Towers for a Monday day off work.  Come along with us for laughter, food and a little chat about plus size limitations...

Click here to go the video on my YouTube channel or hit play on the video below!



08/05/2016

Wedding Outfit Fashion With Evans | FASHION


I'm lucky enough to live in one of the most green areas of the country, Worcestershire has a number of woods and picturesque picnic spots scattered everywhere.  A colleague of mine stumbled upon a bluebell wood one day and remembered I was looking for somewhere to shoot some outfit photos, so when Evans also offered to send me a surprise outfit to style for a wedding it seemed the fates had aligned.




One of my friends, Leah, is actually getting married very soon to her partner and we're invited to a chilled reception in a park so I was in the market for something floaty and floral for Spring.  Generally with weddings I choose to go with chiffon floaty dresses or tops for ease and practicality - no one wants a body con sticking to their body whilst they're smashing the dance floor with their Thriller moves - and this tunic hits the spot with just that.  It floated with the breeze and skimmed my hips with ease, I was super girly and I loved the colours.
Now, this is not a neckline I would normally opt for having such a large upper area (and yes, I'm including my chin in that) so had I have been in store choosing this I would more than likely have passed by it.  However, life is about challenging yourself and pushing your fashion barriers so I popped it with some leggings and these super black heeled sandals for a really simple, yet feminine look.





I would thoroughly recommend fixing up with this type of fabric, it can be restricting with no stretch, if you size up generously the extra fabric will act as a float anyway and work with the type of dress.  This design isn't live on the website just yet (from what I can see) but it will coming on very very soon!
If you're like me and you over heat in the Summer heat I would thoroughly recommend something light and loose for your occasion, sweat stains aren't a great accessory and trust me you'll be feeling smug as heck when you see Aunt Mabel mopping her brow or cousin Rachel hobbling around in her stilettos.  Low heels, light fabrics, massive smile.




If you would like to check out the amazing occasion wear collection at Evans then hit here to visit, I have so many bits from them I've collected over the years that just last due to the quality so I heartily recommend them.

*Items were gifted for review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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