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Lifestyle: Lush Christmas Blogger Event

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A few weeks ago I was invited to attend a blogger event at Lush in Crawley. It was refreshing to have an invite to something local to me, and only 15 minutes drive down the road. 

My sister was going to attend with me, however had to pull out last minute as she wasn't feeling very well which struck me with all sorts of anxious thoughts about whether I should go or not. I'll be honest I was very close to pulling out as was nervous about turning up on my own and not knowing anybody - stupid I know! 

Anyway, in the end I plucked up the courage and knew once I arrived I would forget I was even worried in the first place. 

Upon arrival I was greeted by the very warm and friendly welcoming staff at Lush Crawley - Mark, Elena and Laura. The blogger event was for us to get a first-hand preview and feel for the new Christmas range at Lush, explore the new products on offer and of course have a go at making our very own Butter Bear!

I was instantly at ease when I realised it was to be a very small and intimate event with only a handful of local bloggers, who were all super lovely and chatty!

I'll be honest, I'm not a huge beauty hauler, mainly because I've always had such sensitive skin which in the past has been very prone to allergic reactions so I tend to find my products and then stick with them as its a much lower risk strategy for me! 

I guess I'll admit a little naive, I've always assumed that because Lush products are so bold and colourful in their appearance they must be full of all sorts of ingredients and colourings which would likely react with my skin - little did I know all Lush products are freshly handmade, 100% vegan and against animal testing! 

At the event, the Lush Crawley team were stationed at different areas in the store where we could freely make our way around and explore the Christmas products on offer. Elena was on hand to talk us through the range of shower jellies - there was even a HUGE shower jelly snowman who were wobbling all over the place. 

I expressed my concerns about wanting to use Lush products however unsure about how they would react with my sensitive skin and Elena assured me they experience lots of customers who were worried about sensitive skin, who all have had very positive experiences when using Lush products. 

Laura was on hand to show us how to make our very own Butterbear bath bombs, which was really fun and we got to take home our very own creation, while Mark was happy to demo the new bath bombs and how they transformed once in water. 

There is so much on offer in the new Lush christmas range and I'll definitely be considering products as stocking fillers for friends and family. All in all, I had a lovely evening and was really pleased I plucked up the courage to attend as I also met some really lovely local bloggers!

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Travel: The Brudenell Hotel - A Enviable Spot On Aldeburgh's Seafront

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Looking to enjoy four-star luxury on the seafront in Suffolk? 

The Brudenell hotel treats you to just that! 

Me and Alex have been fortunate enough to visit Suffolk a couple of times in the past few years, luckily we have friends living in the beautiful Woodbridge and have also visited the famous medieval town of Lavenham before. 

However, visiting the Suffolk coast-line was still on our list of places to tick off the travel bucket list, so when we were invited to experience a well-known Suffolk seaside town, we welcomed the opportunity with open arms! 

The Hotel:

The Brudnell Hotel is located in the quaint and charming coastal town of Aldeburgh. The hotel is managed by the TA Group, a group of award-winning, luxury hotels located across the beautiful country of Suffolk, who I have been fortunate enough to stay with before, on my trip to luxurious Swan Hotel and Spa in Lavenham, don't miss my review here.

We were excited to be visiting the Suffolk coast and to be staying in a four-star hotel that was just a stones throw away from Aldeburgh's pebbled beach front. 

Although parking spaces are limited at the hotel, we managed to secure one of the undercover parking bays opposite the back entrance of the hotel. Otherwise, on the seafront side of the building there are many more spaces, all free of charge with no time-limits - sure makes a change from the city!

The Room:

We were placed within one of the deluxe sea-view bedrooms which featured all things nautical, a beautiful large bay window overlooking the Aldeburgh pebbled beach front, a captains look-out window to the right side of the bed and a personal sitting area to indulge into the views as long as we liked. 

Hidden behind the lavish floor-to-ceiling curtains was a side door leading us out onto our very own balcony, although very cosy in size, I can see how this would prove the ideal seating spot on a warm summer's day or evening, essentially, all you would need is a glass of wine in hand and then you could sit back and listen to the waves lap and the seagulls chirp merrily!

The en-suite was ideal as it provided both a walk-in shower as well as a separate bath so there were no issues with the morning (or evening) bathroom slots. 

The hotel kindly accommodated us with this room due to my request of a 6 foot king-size bed. Alex is very tall and can usually end up more out of the bed than he is in, so when going away it's always essential for us (when room facilities permit!) to have a bed which is big enough and spacious enough for the two of us to fit, and most importantly stretch out and get a good nights sleep!

The luxurious bed, more than big enough for two, was finely furnished with duck feather pillows and extra thick mattress toppers for refined luxury. 

The Food:

For dinner we dined in the hotel's Seafood & Grill Restaurant, which has panoramic sea views across Adelburgh's calm beachfront.  

The dinner menu, perfect for any seafood lover, features Suffolk oysters, south coast scallops and Norfolk crab. 

With a bottle of white wine served, we started with a few appetisers to share; Penny Bun Bakehouse bread basket, olive oil, balsamic vinegar (£2.50), Chorizo, honey & sesame (£3) and Tempura prawn, lime & chilli mayonnaise (£1.75) - an ideal variety of nibbles, all reasonably priced to help get our taste-buds tingling for the main course. 
After debating the menu choices I decided upon the salter and king beef 180g fillet (£35) served with fluffy hand cut chips, sun-ripened tomatoes, fine beans and cafe de paris butter, not to forget minus the mushrooms! I choose a peppercorn sauce to compliment. 

The fillet steak was perfectly cooked to my liking, medium rare, pink and tender and the fluffy hand cut chips were oh so soft and a melt-in-the-mouth experience. 

The Location:

Don't be fooled by Aldeburgh's quiet beachfront exterior. There is always plenty happening on the road that runs parallel to the seafront, with an arty high-street full of antique shops, Suffolk brewery outlets, fashion boutiques and not to forget the local fish and chip shop which is always brimming with satisfied customers. 

With the Aldeburgh Fish and Chip Shop (aldeburghfishandchips.co.ukdo expect to queue as its clear that they like their fish and chips around here! We stumbled upon just at the right time, our bellies rumbling for a quick satisfying snack, as dinner was still a few hours away. 

After all, its tradition to grab fish and chips wrapped in greasy paper bag when visiting the seaside! The pub next door, Ye Old Cross Keys allowed you to take your chips and grab a perch in the outdoor seating area, not forgetting to grab a cider too! 

What to do?

If you enjoy walks and exploring the local area then its definitely worth taking the beach walk to Thorpeness. This will stroll you past Maggi Hambling's famous stainless-steel Scallop, a memorial to Benjamin Britten, who founded the Aldeburgh Festival. 

The quaint little coastal village of Thorpeness is worth a visit itself too, whimsical by nature - there is even a boating lake complete with islands inspired by Peter Pan! 

We had a thoroughly enjoyable stay, made all the more comfortable by such welcoming staff, a beautiful location, plus it was even better that we had the warm weather on our side!

For more information see below: 

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To make a reservation call The Brudenell on 01728 452071; details can also be found on www.brudenellhotel.co.uk; B&B from around £165 per room per night for two sharing, dogs welcome.

(*) My overnight stay and dinner at the The Brudenell Hotel was provided on a complimentary basis in exchange for an honest review on my blog. All opinions expressed here are my own (*)

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Lifestyle: Weekly Instagram Snapshots #1

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I love Instagram as a visual channel and at the moment I'm posting a couple of updates on the daily, so I thought it would be a good idea to introduce a weekly round-up post on my blog called "Weekly Instagram Snapshots" for those of you who may have missed the odd update here and there.

Let's be frank - with the new algorithm in place its proving slightly difficult to keep up-to-date with all my favourite Instagrammers through the feed itself so hopefully this will help you keep on top of mine with some extra updates here and there.

Enjoy xo.
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Instagram Snapshots #1 - *Picture descriptions from left to right*

Ice-cream pyjamas
I'm quite in love with my new pyjamas from ASOS which are covered in ice-cream cones from top to toe - as you can see I'm not quite ready to let go of those summer vibes just yet!

Vita coco mocha cafe latte
I've been trying out some of the Vita Coco products (*) provided by Taste PR and the mocha cafe latte with coconut water, an espresso shot and a splash of skimmed milk - super tasty!

Coastal mini-break in Suffolk
We recently stayed for a mini-break in the beautiful coastal town of Aldeburgh on Suffolk's coast, when the sun came out we took a stroll along the pebbled beach front and I stopped to take this squinty shot!

Flower surprises
Some gorgeous and bright flowers I received from Alex's mum this weekend - they headed over to ours on Sunday for dinner out and she always surprises me with a lovely bouquet of fresh blooms!

Room-service breakfast
On the weekend we stayed at the luxury five-star Chelsea Harbour Hotel where I was doing a review stay for Luxury Lifestyle Magazine. On Saturday morning we decided to order a room-service breakfast which was delicious, the view overlooking the marina from our suite wasn't too bad either!

Mischievous kitten
A naughty little kitten who is always up to mischief - she'd just run away with some cotton earbuds right before this photo was taken!

Pink magnums
I recently tried a pink magnum. It's full of raspberry goodness - I'm so glad we've finished the box otherwise I don't think I would have been able to stop snacking on these as an after-dinner treat!

Leisurely beach strolls
Another shot from our leisurely stroll on Aldeburgh beach :)

Sweet desserts
A yummy dessert from the weekend at Chelsea Riverside Brassiere - a white chocolate and apricot mousse! 

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Travel: 'Souvenir Challenge' With Jurni - Luggage For Young Travellers + GIVEAWAY

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Don't you just love seeing all the weird and wonderful souvenirs and local goodies that people bring back from their travels? 

Me too - but maybe I'm just nosey? 

As you all know I recently travelled to South Africa for a two-week trip and while I was out there I worked with Jurni and took part in a “£50 Souvenir challenge”.

The main focus of this challenge was to find and purchase some local South Africa goodies and souvenirs using the budget provided, which I could then bring back with me and showcase to you guys afterwards on the blog - what a great idea huh?

I've then gone ahead and tried to pack all of these into my Jurni pod to show you how it can be used for your own adventures.

Before I go into details on the souvenirs, first, let me give you the low down on my new carry-on luggage!

So What's All The Fuss About?

The Jurni itself, is a new concept of carry-on suitcase purposely designed for the next generation of young and connected travellers - perfect for those always on the move, like you and me!

With a quick access pop-out pod (you can see the pink pod used in my photos above), a seat to rest on, in-line wheels to glide-along and flexible storage solutions, this is a great carry-on solution perfect for all those short and frequent weekend trips I'm making at the moment.

Jurni's main aim is to offer stress-free travelling and the clever folk at Jurni have done so by creating your own 'travel space', whereby you can sit, chill and have instant access to your travel must-haves via the innovative detachable pod, keeping your travel essentials safe and in one place.

There's a couple of features I'm most excited about:
  • No more standing or sitting on the floor in endless check-in queues - it's fine because I can just perch on my Jurni suitcase instead.
  • Perfect cabin luggage - its approved to IATA Check airline. 
  • There's two years free warranty!
  • The portable pod means I always have quick and easy access to all my travel essentials - at the airport, on the plane or even on the go. 

So what about the souvenirs? When travelling around South Africa most of the tourist destinations like the Panoromic Route, are covered in cute little shacks with locals looking to sell their handmade goodies.

I was keen to buy from the locals as I knew I would be able to give something back and help with their local trade etc. After all, they do spend hours on end (mostly in the heat) hand-crafting these beautiful replicas of the south african wildlife.

On my travels I managed to pick up a family of south african wildlife - a giraffe, a hippo, a elephant and a rhino, I was almost there with the big five only a leopard, lion and buffalo to go!


So how about your very own Jurni carry-on suitcase in a colour of your choice?

The guys at Jurni are giving you the chance to win your very own Jurni carry-on suitcase in a colour of your choice, worth £80! The suitcase is currently available in three colours; pink, red or blue so if you win you'll be able to pick which colour you prefer :)

Entry is via the rafflecopter giveaway below:

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Terms & Conditions
  • Competition will run from 20/09/2016 at 8pm and end on 20/10/2016 at 8pm GMT.
  • Competition is only open to residents of the UK.
  • My souvenirs are not included within the giveaway prize.
  • Prize is non-refundable and no cash alternative will be offered.
  • The winner is chosen at random using Rafflecopter. 
  • Entries will be moderated to ensure they meet the winner entry requirements. 
  • The winner will be contacted via email and will need to confirm their acceptance of the prize within 7 days of the competition ending.
To find out more about the Jurni suitcase and it's cool features, visit the website

Good luck!

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Travel: Motswari Luxury Lodge On The Timbavati Private Game Reserve, South Africa

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Looking to experience morning and evening game drives like no other in an open top land rover with professional field guides and trackers? 

Motswari - your gateway to the Greater Kruger National Park and host to Africa's Big 5. 


Mostwari is one of South Africa's jewels nestled within the Timbavati Nature Reserve, transversing an area of approximately 15,000 hectares sharing an open boundary with the Kruger National Park. 

The game lodge itself can accommodate e up to 30 guests at one time, across 15 luxury en-suite bungalows dotted around the camp. There is also the Geiger's Camp - which offers four luxury rooms, its intimacy  perfect for individuals or small groups of up to 8 people. The Geiger's camp is described as "the epitome of hospitable exclusivity". 

How do you get here? We travelled by road from Johannesburg, which is about a 6-7 hour self-drive, however there are some options to arrive by air which you discover in more detail here

Whats the Mostwari Game Lodge like?

We reached the lodge entrance at around 2pm after our long drive from Johannesburg that morning, from the moment we arrived we were greeted by the reception staff who radiated a friendly and warm energy and were ready to make us feel very much at home in the middle of the South African bush. 

It was clear from the moment we arrived that the staff couldn't do enough for you. With Motswari being such an exclusive lodge, only offering accommodation to 30 guests at any one time you definitely feel an immediate sense of serenity in your surroundings. 

After our greeting were given an overview of the daily schedule and then led over to our luxury en-suite bungalow, each room is named after an animal, ours was Nyala. 

The room was magical and the naturally-furnished interiors reflected the wonders of nature which exist just outside the windows. As Motswari is a four-star luxury lodge there are lots of little luxurious touches throughout, with hand-picked rose petals scattered across the bathroom and over the bed, even the mosquito nets draped over our beds looked graceful! 

I'll admit, upon arrival I felt slightly nervous because I was quite out of my comfort zone (anxiety levels racing!) and the thought of the first 3 hour afternoon game drive looming on the horizon did fill me with a little bit of fear.. 

I mean what happens if I needed to stop for the toilet? Where would I go? 

The truth of the matter was, I would just have to put those fears aside and if the moment arises I would need to experience my first bush-wee! For all of you wondering, yes I did experience my very first "bush-wee" - ha!

However, 3pm soon approached and we were off.. five minutes in and I'd soon pushed all my seemingly insignificant worries to the back of my mind, too busy being mesmerised by the beauty of nature all around and in awe of our very enviable spot on earth, right at that very moment. 

Thats enough of a teaser for now... I'll be covering the private game-drives in more detail in their own separate post soon! 

So facilities? Apart from the obvious - the wildlife and scenic African bush in abundance all around, if that's not enough to entertain you, there's two fully licensed bars, a swimming pool, gift shop, a library and an art gallery. The library also provides full internet access and 24/7 wifi for those who cannot bare to be too far from reality and their email inbox. 

Personally, I was just happy to sporadically litter my Instagram feed with plenty of pictures which inspired wanderlust and travel envy across the globe I'm sure! 

Meal-times are another unique experience. Depending on the season, evenings can be spent dining in the bush or inside the Boma. Meals are an truly exquisite experience, spent conversing over dinner with the other guests who share your game drives and even your game driver will join you (if you so please), which all adds to the extrodinary experience. 

Again - I will be coming back to this in a separate post! 

Daily Schedule: (Winter)

So what can you expect from a typical day staying at the Mostwari private game lodge? We stayed end of July / beginning of August so at the time it was their winter. 

The daily schedule for winter is as follows: 

Wake up - 05:45

Tea and coffee served in the verandah - 06:00

Morning game drive departs - 06:30

Game drive returns - 10:00

Breakfast - 10:00

Guide talk (mon, wed, fri & sun) - 13:30

High Tea - 14:00

Afternoon game drive departs - 15:00

Game drive returns - 18:30

Pre-dinner drinks - 19:00

Dinner served - 19:30

(You'll never be hungry that's for sure!)

Do bear in mind, the day itself is quite full on, and it can take a little while to adjust, especially if your not used to getting up so early even at home. However there is a solid 3-4 hour gap in the middle of the day which you can use to do as you please. 

For us, these couple of hours were usually occupied with pure relaxation, either taking nap back at the room, sitting out on the veranda with a drink in hand or spending a couple of hours by the pool with a midday swim. 

The Game Drives

Our excellent guide - Godfrey and our tracker, Jacky were a superb duo and made the private game drives an unforgettable experience, always full of knowledge and excitement at every turn. I can hand on heart say I have never experienced anything like this before. 

Again - as I've mentioned I will have a separate post which goes into detail all about our daily morning and afternoon game drives with Godfrey and Jacky. 

South Africa travel posts

Seeing as I took so many pictures and have so much to stay, I've decided the only reasonable option is to split out my stay at Mostwari into several separate posts. 

I'll have a post on; 

The private game-drives with pictures of all the animals we saw
A post on the bush boma dinners - just because I have so many photos of this too!

PPS. An added bonus - while staying with Motswari me and Alex were invited by Ethos Marketing (who do the marketing and PR for them) to stay in the Giraffe's Nest for the night - it's basically a treehouse, a unique sleep-out experience, in the middle of the south african bush that they offer. 

Have you ever been to South Africa? If so, where did you stay? 

Let me know in the comments section!


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