Thursday, 25 May 2017

Spring Menu at Square Kitchen Clifton

Last month I spent the evening at The Berkeley Square Hotel, Clifton with some local bloggers.
Once we had all arrived, we got to order a cocktail from their extensive menu whilst we had a little look around the cosy, members only Square Club. I loved the decor which mixed a slight Morrocan feel with that classic urban look. (Think stripped wooden floors and glass bricks with an intimate nook full of rich colours and plush fabrics) I opted for a refreshing Champagne gin mojito. 



We were taken back upstairs to be seated for dinner in The Square Kitchen. The restaurant itself was light and spacious with plenty of diners even midweek but yet felt quiet and intimate enough if you were to dine as a couple. 
Here's what I ordered;


Ham hock terrine appetiser

 
Starters; Wild garlic soup with slow cooked egg, prosciutto dust

 
Mains; Slow roast pork belly with crispy squid, globe artichoke, white polenta, capers & gremolata

 
Dessert; chocolate bomb filled with banana mousse and peanut butter parfait

Starters range from £6.50-£9 and mains £12-£18.50 which I thought was very reasonable for a boutique hotel in Clifton.
The whole hotel is steeped in modern art and unique furniture. After 8 years of living in Bristol, I'm shocked I didn't know of its existence and I've already recommended to my friends and family. 
I had such a lovely time, not just eating but catching up with some familiar and new bloggers. Thank you to The Berkeley Square Hotel and Heather Cowper for inviting me.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Yours Store Opening Taunton

This month I had the absolute pleasure of yet again opening another Yours Clothing store, this time in Taunton Somerset. 

Arriving just before the official ribbon cutting, I was met with a queue of eager shoppers, all waiting to get their hands on the latest plus size fashion pieces. Something which sadly has become less available in most high street stores. 
Here are a few snippets from the day;

 
The wonderful staff 


 
 First customers cutting the ribbon

 
    The lucky prize winner of £100 gift card 

 
Taunton also stocks BadRhino men's range

You can find this store in the Orchard Shopping Centre, Taunton

Monday, 15 May 2017

Vegan Cupcakes by 280 Bakes

This weekend I attended a small, low key hen party with some new friends. What better way to introduce yourself to a new group of people than coming armed with a box full of delicious chocolate cupcakes. Not only that, but vegan friendly too.
280 Bakes is a small, independent bakery company in Bristol that specialises in homemade cakes, particularly vegan and gluten free for a majority of their customers and pride themselves on being able to deliver on the same day of ordering. Firm favourites include their Fair trade banana loaf and chocolate peanut butter cake (omg!)

 On choosing our cakes, I went for the cupcake variety as I had to travel quite a fair distance and knew these would most likely last the best. And of course it had to be chocolate! 

 
 
 The cakes themselves were beautifully moist and full of flavour. They seemed to go down a treat! There's something so special and comforting about home made cakes rather than shop brought and it's great if you lack the spare time to make them yourself, especially when it's so simple to have them delivered to your home or work address. 
 
The 280 Bakes page can be found here where you can find many more of their Bakes on offer, and details of upcoming events in and around Bristol that they trade at x


Friday, 5 May 2017

Double Denim ft Lovedrobe

No doubt you've seen the current trend of embroidered everything. Well I hadn't really paid much attention to half of it as I didn't really feel it was for me. Wrong! I now absolutely love it!
Lovedrobe kindly gifted me an item of my choice and I decided to go for this gorgeous embroidered denim shirt to challenge myself in wearing it slightly different than that safe option of just worn over leggings. 


 
 
Double the denim; double the fun!

This shirt is not only super lightweight but also quite long. I could easily wear this over a simple strappy dress or even swimwear in the summer. 
But for this look, I tied the shirt up and teamed it with my new jeans (sale find from Very).
I loved the beautiful embroidery feature on the front and across the back. Sizewise, it runs small. I ordered a size up to make sure it was oversized and comfy but should of gone up by 2. That said, it still looks fab and no doubt will wear it again and again. 

 


 

Looking a little country! What do you think? X

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

My Top Picks from Yours Clothing

Now, I'm here to admit something; being a 'smaller fat' I have often overlooked some stores, purely because I can shop in most high street stores that cater up to an 18. Yours Clothing was a shop that although catered to my size and bigger, felt that sometimes their range was just a little too tame for me. Never frumpy, just styles which I'd class as safe and not to my liking.
But then Bristol opened up their new store in The Galleries, Broadmead and I'd occasionally pop in and find an item I liked. So I'd look online and find even more! 
With this in mind, I thought I'd share some of my favourite finds for Spring. 


 
This cold shoulder sweater dress is my new go to. As a stay at home mum, it's not all glamour 24/7 and I do need something that looks good as well as being practical. I know the cold shoulder trend isn't for everyone and I know it can be frustrating if your shoulders are 'problem' area when it comes to confidence. But for me, I really don't mind them. 


 
This gorgeous mesh bodysuit is bang on trend, with its embroidered flowers. I wore this to the opening of the new Yours store in Yate, Bristol. Teamed with a maxi skirt (old Primark) and a pair of tassled boots. 


 
 This hoody and jogger set is next on my list. Again, cold shoulders but this is just screams ultimate laid back casual and I'm all about that! 

 
I LOVE this mesh dress. Not only would I wear it over a top and jeans but I'd also wear it over my swimwear by the pool.


Have you seen the latest looks that have arrived at Yours recently? Let me know your favourites x

Friday, 21 April 2017

Anti Chafing Knickers - My summer must have!

The sun has finally started to come out and so have my skirts. Which means it's time to start stocking my wardrobe with some essentials. First on the list would have to be anti chafe shorts. If like me and thousands of other women, suffer from the dreaded 'chub rub' then we can all wince at the mere thought of the burning pain we endure after a warm day. So to warn off said thighs of fire, I usually wear some kind of anti chafe wear.
This year, I'm trying out the anti chafe, short leg knickers from The Big Tights Company

 

Now for me, the length was perfect. I've previously found that if the shorts are too long, my skirt sticks to them and end up bunched between my legs. Not a good look!
I opted for the short leg in hope that this wouldn't happen and I'm so happy that nothing stuck. These are actually knickers but I wore them as shorts as I felt as though I had forgotten to put my underwear on-personal preference! They are super comfortable and stretchy, as they are no designed to be shapewear, there's no 'sucking in' effect. 
I also like that the waistband isn't high waisted, unlike some which can make you feel too layered in the hotter months. They sat just above my naval and against normal waistband. 

 

 

These knickers come in sizes 12-36 in black, white and natural in both long and short leg, with or without lace trim and can be found here.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Yours Store Opening In Yate

Last week I got to pop down to my local shopping centre, West Walk in Yate and cover the opening of their brand new Yours store. 
Getting an email from head office asking if I'd like to cut the ribbon and give style advice to their competition winner was such a surprise to me that I had to re-read it over and over until it sunk in. No big deal to some bigger, well known bloggers, but for me, felt it was a pretty big deal and such a great opportunity. I mean, in my eyes, my blog is pretty small and basic and I often doubt its potential or impact. 

I arrived early to find customers eagerly awaiting the opening and once we were almost ready, a queue grew quickly, spreading down the length of the shopping centre, attracting much attention from other shoppers. 

 

Now as you know, I suffer with anxiety and this did affect me on the day. I had to arrive an hour early in order for me to calm my nerves and as I struggle in social situations, had to really push myself to let my confidence shine through the nerves. Once I was there and chatting to customers, my anxiety soon eased. 
I decided to let the first customer in the queue to cut the ribbon, the lovely Stacey. 

 


 
  One lucky customer who received a £50 voucher in her goody bag 

 
  Competition winner with her £100 gift card 


I got to chat to local press about the store, current fashion trends and a little about my blog. 
It was so lovely to see customers so excited to be able to try on clothes for their size. With no other plus size retailers in the area, Yours was eagerly anticipated and the feedback from customers was so positive. 

You can read more about the opening on the Yours blog 
here