Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Mission Comfort; Chaffree Review

You’d expect to see anti chub rub reviews pop up nearer to summer, when underwear shorts are needed as the days get hotter and that dreaded feeling of chafed thighs begin. But I’ve surprised myself in finding that I’ve worn them just as much during the winter.
I discovered Chaffree Knickerboxers shorts just before Christmas and really wanted to test them out. Not only as an anti chaff solution but as an all rounder pair of knickers that I’d actually get use out of on a weekly basis. 
As a bit of a scrimper/bargain hunter, I initially thought that £18 for a single pair of knickers/shorts was a little steep but I think I’ve actually changed my mind on that. So not only are these shorts designed to stop the rubbing that so many of us endure- summer or not- they are made with COOLMAX®️ which is a performance fabric to keep the skin cool and dry. 
I don’t know about you, but when I get my period, I suffer with irritability and often bloating. It’s never nice having a pair of uncomfortable knickers digging in to your tummy, so these shorts were just perfect for such times. They sit nice and high above my stomach, are extremely stretchy and I could wear them under a T shirt around the house without feeling overexposed.

I not only found these perfect for wearing under my dresses- without the need for tights or knickers- because these are essentially just big pants, afterall. But also in the fact they are seam free. So unless you were actually feeling my body, you’d have no idea! 

These Chaffree Knickerboxers came in handy to wear under my popper seam trousers too. 

You can find the full Chaffree range here for both men and women in briefs and shorts.

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Happy Bird Bristol

Last week I was kindly invited to attend the pre opening launch of Happy Bird, Clifton Down’s newest offering. This chicken restaurant prides itself on using only the finest and freshest of ingredients, whilst being incredibly healthy, it still feels a little naughty! The restaurant itself has that on trend urban/faux industrial feel but with the addition of clean stark walls and neon lighting. Very American diner circa ‘86

I started the evening with a much needed cocktail. Punchy, summer flavours from this rum punch was just what  I needed after a day at work. 

We took our seats to ready ourselves for the first round of dishes for tasting. Two beautiful crunchy salads, topped with grilled chicken and halloumi. These were definitely the more healthy option, full of kale, baby leaves and cherry tomatoes. And a portion of honey and chilli glazed chicken wings that were super sticky and tasty although in my personal preference, I do prefer my wings to be a little more cooked and crispy. 

Feeling a bit too healthy and ‘veggie’, I was craving a decent bit of chicken. Afterall, this is what I came for. Then I spotted the trays of food and I couldn’t be happier! 

With individual trays loaded with the best part of the entire menu, we chomped our way through chicken tenders, a portion of skin on dirty fries (light cheese sauce and fresh chillis), a small bowl of spicy rice, a super plump and crunchy drumstick, housemade dipping sauces and a buttermilk fried chicken thigh burger. Nice!! So let’s talk about this chicken. It’s clear from first bite that this isn’t your usual cheap, low quality chicken you’d find in your local fast food chains. The chickens used are free roaming, fed on corn and herbs and are grown for longer, resulting in the most superb meat, both moist and flavoursome. And Happy Bird have really mastered that herb/spice/crunch combo that we know and love. I’d say that the menu was a little out of my price range for what you get (around £10 for a chicken burger and fries) but if quality is what you’re after, then look no further. Burgers- both fried or grilled, could also be pimped up with added extras such as bacon, cheese or avocado etc...and with 10 homemade sauces to choose from, you can really create your own unique burger. Prices around £1-£1.50 for added extras.
We finished our meal with an off menu exclusive- the chicken salt-ed caramel milkshake. Yep, you read that right. Flavoured with ground, salted chicken skin, this was a milkshake like no other! Very rich and a little ‘meaty’ with vanilla notes. 

You can find Happy Bird on Whiteladies Road, right by the Clifton Down Shopping Center entrance, offering both dine in and take away options. 

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Feeling Every Bit the Lady in Lady V

Now that the new Year is well under way and Spring is fast approaching, I’m looking back at some of my favourite looks from this winter. First up just had to be this stunning
Lyra dress from Lady Voluptuous

Now, I’m relatively new to wrap front dresses, fearing they’d make me feel frumpy. With this dress, that was far from the case. With a silky, heavy like fabric that not only hugged my curves beautifully, it hung in the most wonderful way. The skirt swayed as I walked and gave me that child like irresistible urge to twirl around over and over again to make the skirt fan out. I love how the wrap detail at the bust and the 3/4 length sleeve helped to elongate my frame. Although now sold out in the teal, Lady Voluptuous sell a range of beautiful dresses in all manner of styles and patterned fabrics. These are my current favourites! 

I’d love to hear about your favourite outfit or item of clothing from this season. Maybe you wore something special for Christmas Day or New Year? Xx

Although I was sent this item to review, all opinions are my own.

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Harbour & Browns Review

With so many fantastic new restaurants opening what seems like a weekly occurrence here in Bristol, I felt the easier option to choose a suitable restaurant for my husbands birthday would be in the Cargo development at Wapping Wharf.
After salivating over various menus, we decided on Harbour & Browns. Having previously tried their bottomless brunch at their sister site, Brace & Browns onWhiteladies Road, (review here) we knew that we’d be getting great quality food and an affordable price. Something that we needed right now, given how close my husbands birthday is to Christmas! 

Keeping in mind that each restaurant in the Cargo development is in a shipping container, it really does blow my mind how each unit utilises their space so well, not only creating great food but providing a cosy yet somewhat spacious atmosphere.

Starting off with a Sloe Gin Fizz to warm ourselves up, for starters we chose two options and shared them both.

We went for the garlic, chilli and brandy prawns which were the perfect texture. Deliciously light but flavoursome. I loved the addition of the brandy, which seemed to give the dish an extra level of richness. And as huge cheese lovers, we just had to have the baked Camembert with dough balls. Unfortunately the cheese just wasn’t gooey enough for me. Having to cut the cheese and spread it rather than dip the dough balls in. Other than the texture, the cheese was beautiful in flavour. 

The mains was the real deal stealer for us. My husband chose H&B purely for the beef rib and it did not disappoint! 

Two beautiful big ribs, with meat so tender that it literally fell off the bone as the plate was placed in front of us. With Bloody Mary and honey bourbon sauces on the side and topped with crunchy parsnip crisps, this dish was perfection. At only £16 for the sharer, I felt it was great value for money.

We went for 2 sides, maple glazed root vegetables and charred cauliflower with cheese sauce. Both of which I couldn’t fault. The depth of truffle flavour in the cheese sauce was probably the best thing I’ve had in a long time and had to keep batting my poor husbands fork away! 

We were offered dessert but unfortunately we were just too full. After seeing the doughnuts on the next table, we’ve decided to return in the New Year to try them as they looked incredible. Overall our meal was a lovely treat, and the staff were attentive and super friendly, even though they were hosting a Christmas party the same night. 

Harbour & Browns also offer superb roast dinners and bottomless brunch options which you can find here, should you wish to book. 

Christmas Relaxation at Bristol HarSPA

A couple of weeks ago, Bristol Harbour Hotel hosted a wonderful blogger event in their basement spa.
Set in the old vaults of a former bank, under the hotel, this beautiful spa is the perfect retreat from the Christmas shopping madness that’s on the streets above. 

At the event we were treated to delicious canap├ęs and Prosecco and got to try a ‘Christmas Pudding’ cocktail courtesy of the hotels Gold Bar. We were also shown the spas upcoming new range of ESPA products which smelled amazing! 

With the lead up to Christmas and some personal family issues, I couldn’t of been happier to receive a mini treatment on the night. I opted for the hand and arm massage which was quite frankly, heavenly. I’ll admit that I’ve never had a proper, professional massage before and now I’m wanting more! The 2 therapists that massaged mine and another bloggers hands, were just the sweetest girls. We had a good natter and a giggle and I almost forgot I was there as a blogger.

At the end of the event, we were each given a goody bag which contained a hand cream sample, a hotel signature chocolate bar and a voucher for a 2 hour visit to the spa with a plus 1. In need of some serious down time, my daughter and I returned just 2 days later.

I’ve previously visited the spa before so I was super excited to be returning to my new favourite spot, knowing just what to expect. 

I just adore the warmth and the coziness of this spa. There’s no dash for towels or the changing rooms between using the spa as it’s just so warm! With little quiet nooks, perfect for reading a book and a cheeky doze, it’s lack of size really makes you feel safe and almost homely. 

HarSPA have some great offers on this Christmas. You can find them here, or gift vouchers would make the ideal gift for someone who could really use a touch of pampering or relaxation. 

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Elomi Bijou Flirt

Once again Elomi have killed it with this stunning Bijou Flirt set. With the thin strap detail that cradles my curves and keyholes around my navel, it definitely lives up to its name!

I’m wearing a size 38GG and it’s a perfect fit. The briefs are generous in size but maybe a little low in the waist to what I’m used to but given the detailing, I’m happy to overlook that. You can find Bijou Flirt here  x

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

The Decanting Club

Now, I’m more of a food than a wine lover but I do enjoy the odd glass in the evening every so often. And adding to that, I’m a pretty safe bet, sticking to what I know and like as I’ve never really explored different wines. Of course, they vary from every aspect such as grape variety and region they’re grown in. And although I’m not looking to boost my knowledge in such areas, I was keen to try out new things. I’m always a little envious of those I know that have a vast knowledge of wine or have found a rare gem that they keep stored away, rather than me who usually picks up something white and is on a supermarket offer.
This is where The Decanting Club stepped in. This amazing company sent me a weekly glass of wine, through my letter box, for me to try, with all the information I needed to know, such as perfect foods to pair it with, without the need to leave the house! Bliss!

The Decanting Club offers its members a new wine to sample each week, with the option of buying a full bottle or case. Of course, I loved having a glass of ‘surprise’ wine dropping in to my doormat each week for me to try but I also really enjoyed learning about the various techniques involved or the grape variety for that particular wine and seeing if I could successfully pick up the taste notes.

The weekly wine subscription could even be purchased as a gift. Perfect for those family members that seem to have just about everything! 
You can find the Decanting Club here.