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22.4.15

Sneak Peek Into My New Home!

Green placemats - Wilkinsons (£7 for a set of 4)
Tulips - Sainsburys
Brown Shimmer Rug - Next (£80)

Corner Sofa with Pillows - Oak Furniture Land
Cream throw - Ikea
Wooden Coffee Table - Cargo 
Rug - Next
Cream Jug - Sainsburys

Round extending dining table - Oak furniture land
Cream fabric scrollback chairs - Oak furniture land
White table runner - Wilkinsons
Orchid - Sainsburys
Candles - Ikea
Candle Tray - Ikea




Green patterned cushions x 3 - C/O of Clarke and Clarke
Pink cushion - Primark
White cotton duvet cover and pillows - Marks and spencers
Honeycombe bed throw - House of fraser

Hope you enjoyed this sneak peek of my new home!

I'm completely in love and feeling so over-the-moon about it all. 
Me and Alex, nearly a month ago, moved into our first home together, and its so so perfect. 
Having a mortgage is a big step, and buying a house was a very stressful process, but its all been worth it now we're here, enjoying it in all it's glory! 

I've detailed under each photo where some of the items featured are from, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised that a lot of these items won't break the bank.. at all!

So far we've made most of our home decorative purchases through a mix of high street shops which I'm constantly trawling through, these shops include; marks and spencers, house of fraser, john lewis, wilkinsons, sainsburys, oak furniture land, cargo, tkmaxx, next and ikea.

I've been pretty bowled over by the home sections in both wilko's and sainsburys which literally have me going back for more every-time.. never thought I'd say that, but they really do have some really lovely home decorative bits and accessories. 

Not to mention I buy my weekly supply of tulips from there, and all the orchids which feature in my home are from there too :)

Do let me know if there's any other home bits you'd like me to post about, more home-ware posts? Advice & tips on buying a home? etc?

Filling up my home is my new favourite thing!

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21.4.15

Spots & Stripes.


glamorous striped trousers

black and white casual outfit
leopard print sandals primark
right up my street fashion blog

striped peg trousers uk glamorous
mirror selfie stripes
Strap top - Primark
Leopard print sandals - Primark

So as most of you may know, I've moved into my first home!
New home, means new GARDEN! 

Which means, new backdrop for my outfit photos. I haven't posted for a while, because I've been so busy moving my life from A to B it feels. 

Now I'm living a grown up lifestyle, I''ve got to take on all the grown up things that come part and parcel, including; a mortgage, bills, more bills, boilers, washing up, buying furniture and so many things you never thought you'd have to think about buying..like, toilet bins and brushes!! The outgoings are endless! 

However, I won't lie, it's bloody exciting, life-changing stuff. 

Fashion has taken a bit of a back seat recently, as you may have noticed on my Instagram, fashion has been quickly swapped out for homeware and home decor, which have quickly crept in as my go-to insta-snaps. 

My next post will be a peek into my new home which I can't wait to share with you all :)

Today I bring to you fashion, and these amazing black and white striped trousers from Glamorous. 

These luxury tapered trousers bring bold emphasis to any plain outfit. I was really jammy as I managed to win a 'retweet' twitter competition with glamorous for a £100 voucher to spend on their site and I bought these beauties and lots of other snazzy bits!

I paired them with my delicate dainty leopard print sandals from Primark to give the ultimate spots and stripes clash.

Keep your eyes peeled for more fashion posts!

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13.4.15

Six course taster menu at The Gallery Restaurant @ The Black Swan, Helmsley

The Gallery Restaurant
The Black Swan Hotel
Helmsley
North Yorkshire
YO62 5BJ
amuse bouche taster menu
beetroot goats curd taster menu

white and brown crab meat
ham hock with wild mushrooms

the gallery restaurant the black swan helmsley

gressingham duck, sweet potato and plum sauce

watermelon vokda sorbet
chocolate tart pistachio icecream

















On the Saturday night of my stay at The Black Swan Hotel, we were treated to the six course taster menu at the gallery restaurant in the hotel.

Quoted as ideal for those "who simply can't choose what to order!" - which is perfect for me and Alex as we always some many dishes on a menu we'd love to try and like trying a little bit of everything. It meant we were able to experience a wide selection of dishes from the A la carte menu.

The six course tasting menu is usually priced at £55.00 per person, with the addition beverage pairing price at £30.00 per person. Within our review the tasting menu was included, however, we paid for our own drinks and decided to just have wine separately.

Below is how our taster menu followed through (in order of the photos too!)

We actually ended up having an eight course menu (whoops) as we both included a cheese board at the end, anybody else would have been full by this point, but no not us! & the surprise amuse bouche and watermelon vokda sorbet took us up to 8 dishes!


Amuse Bouche 
Beetroot Red/ Golden/ Candied/ Goats Curd/ Caraway Seeds/ Charcoal/ Soft Herbs
Crab Oyster/ Black Olive/ Yuzu/ Granny Smith Gazpacho
Ham Hock with Mushrooms, Jellied Mushroom, Fig 
Gressingham Duck Breast/ Sweet Potato/ Beetroot Collection/ Quince/ Peanut Brioche/ Plum Sauce
Watermelon Vokda Sorbet
Chocolate Tart 2015/Banana/Lime/Vanilla-Lime Sorbet
Selection of English and European Cheeses from our extensive Cheese Trolley

All the dishes were exquisite! 

It was a really fab experience, I'll admit about half the courses we probably both wouldn't have opted for during a normal sit down meal, so it was great to take ourselves out of our comfort zones and explore our taste buds and the complimentary flavours within each dish.

Our only regret is not having the beverage tasting menu alongside the taster menu, as we think this would have complimented the dishes even more. 

You can tell a lot of thought, research and experimentation has gone into creating these fine courses with a cosmopolitan twist

I tried crab for the first time, which was pleasantly surprising. 
I had both white and brown crab meat, which were both enjoyable and actually resembled the taste of chicken - I think I will definitely now be more open to trying a crab dish again.  

My favourite course was the Gressingham duck breast, duck is by far my favourite meat, tender and bursting with flavour, combined alongside sweet potato and plum sauce, it was such a sweet concoction, my mouth is watering just thinking about tasting it again. 

We were seating for dinner for over 3 hours, it was such a very different dining experience and definitely a night to remember. Plus our waitress for the evening was so pleasant and helpful, so I'd like to say thank you to Malika for her fine attention to detail and for looking after us. 

I would definitely recommend a tasting menu for a dining experience with a twist. 


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