Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Aspinal of London Classic Travel Wallet

I am very luck to have received this beautiful black croc and red suede Travel Wallet a gift this year. Never did I expect to be opening anything from Aspinal of London let alone this beauty. Everything from the suede lining to the handles of the gift bag this is pure luxury at its best.  I am not one to show off about gifts but I thought it would be a crime against the blogging community to not share my new love.

Being the organised gal that I am I may have dropped the odd hint that I would like a travel wallet. Somewhere to keep passports, tickets and other documents. I had my eye on this one from Dune as its sleek, pretty and affordable and never imaged I would be lucky enough to receive the Aspinal of London one. 

Handmade from Italian leather and lined with stunning red suede the wallet comprises of four tabbed sections each titled for tickets, passport, documents and other bits you may need (insurance). There is also a large zipped compartment for currency. I don't usually get excited about gold font but even I have to say it is pretty amazing.  The large flap is fastened at the front making the wallet very compact and perfect for any travelling occasion.

Is it really sad I haven't even managed to give up the box yet?

Saturday, 9 January 2016

Sleep Chic + Adore Me

For anyone in the mist of dealing with post-Christmas syndrome, I feel your pain.  I have pulled together some quick tips to help us get through these tough evenings and to feel great while doing it. Winter Blues be gone...

Sleep Chic
Winter nights do not need to be the enemy any more, with the beautiful Adore Me sleepwear and lingerie ranges you can feel you can channel your inner Beyonce whenever you want. With a varied colour palette and styles to suit everyone a late Christmas present could be just want we all need. All you need to do it sign up and complete the quiz, especially as there is a Valentines Special running at the moment, and you could be collecting members points in no time.

Girlie Nights
What's better than a sleepover with the girls?  Films, gossip and chocolate (not forgetting Channing Tatum, he's always invited) is a Friday night at its best.  Plus the girlfriends always appreciate a lovely set of pajamas when they see one.

Me Time
One of my favourite evenings is when I'm chilling on my own and relaxing.  Nails painted, face pack on and finally getting round to using that expensive moisturiser I have saved for 'special occasions'. The midweek stress buster.

Try Something New
This could be anything, a new television series, book maybe even that film that everyone talks about but you never found time to see it. You may have even seen a new dish you want to recreate. 

Whether this is with your pet, boyfriend or even that one friend in the group that always goes away over the holidays.  Get a good film that you enjoy, a hot chocolate and cuddle up to watch it.  Its amazing what a good hug can do.

Friday, 8 January 2016

Selfridges Forest Bar and Resturant on the Roof

On the fifth floor, the exclusive lift opens up to a wooden heaven. Dimly lit trees And beautiful passageway make you feel like you have been transported to a real life secret garden. 

When you walk into the cafe you can feel the rustic vibe but it opens out to be less private than I originally thought. I really liked the decor and thought it had been done in good taste. 

As we had booked for afternoon tea I didn't get a chance to look at the regular menu. The afternoon tea menu comprised of regular £20 or fizzy afternoon tea £25. Personally I think this is very reasonably priced for where you are and how full we all were.

The lady reeled off the extensive list of teas Selfridges had to offer, being the adventurous person I am I obviously choose English breakfast. To be honest the table was too small for the 4 of us and for all of the pieces needed to fit on the table. Being peak timing I'm assuming theu have tried to accommodate a few more tables than usual. Having said that it did feel more snug than uncomfortable, so just don't expect a lot of space.  

The afternoon tea consisted of a pot of tea each with a bottle of milk to share . A three tier cake stand between two people with various sandwiches and cakes including a brioche chicken roll, salmon sandwich, apple tart (decorated with cress), banana bread with honeycomb and a strawberry macaron. There was also a tray of scones, very dough like almost like cakes, and enough for two each. Clotted cream and raspberry coulee appeared alongside the tray in very generous sided pots. 

I am so pleased we went as I did really enjoy it. I think I feel a Christmas tradition starting.
If you have been please tell me what you thought and most importantly, what did the menu contain?
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