Monday, 23 February 2015

MSC Canaries Cruise

“What shall you do all your vacation?’, asked Amy. "I shall lie abed and do nothing", replied Meg.” ― Louisa May AlcottLittle Women

My Mum had the great idea of booking onto a cruise during half term and so research done, reviews read and agonising hours later - our plan was born and our romantic (?) Valetine's family cruise was booked.

We chose, round the Canary Islands for a 7 day trip.  We booked one indoor and one outdoor cabin and started packing.  I found a purse with 40EUR in from my 2014 Valencia trip which started things off nicely and then it was just a case of deciding which shoes to take (6pairs for 7days is fine, right?).

It was SLIGHTLY windy in Fuerteventura, our first stop off, but we enjoyed a chocolate milkshake in the town and got a little sunburnt too.

There were plenty of sun loungers on deck, along with 2 pools and a jacuzzi  - although I mainly devoured books and drank cocktails.
The food was delicious and there was fresh pizza available 12 hours a day, which basically made my week.  Oh and pancakes for breakfast as standard made getting up a bit easier too.
We had cake and champagne to celebrate Mum's special occasion, the staff decorated the table and made a fuss of us, although we're pretty sure they thought it was her birthday!  It was also formal night, so we dressed up and made sure we did a few corridor poses too.  Speaking of which, the corridors were so long that we got lost several times.  The ship has been renovated and extended recently so there was lots of space to explore.

On the one or two windy afternoons we retired to one of the lounges, our favourite was the piano bar, to have a game of scrabble - I nearly won but my sister beat me by 4 points!
This is the video of the ship extension if you're interested;

Have you been on a cruise? How did you find it?


Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Birthday drinks at Earlham Street Clubhouse

“There is still no cure for the common birthday.” 
― John Glenn

I had a lovely time celebrating my friend's birthday at Earlham Street Clubhouse last week.  They play 90s music, 90s films and name their pizzas and cocktails after 90s icons. What's not to love?
I'm rather partial to their giant sharing pizzas and Rollin' with the Homies cocktails.

The birthday cake was one of the best cakes Ive ever eaten (and I've eaten a lot).  It was from Peyton and Byrne and it was DELICIOUS. Here's the link if you've got anything you can possibly think of to celebrate (cake).  It got devoured immediately so I'm pretty glad I nabbed a slice.
They have a nice size area at the back that you can reserve for a party, or just grab a table in the bar.

We had great service, free shots and a pretty awesome time.
Plus I even left with a cheeky membership to the ESC getting me a discount on my future visits - I'll be back for sure!


Saturday, 14 February 2015

Valentines Schmalentines

"Hearts will never be practical until they can be made unbreakable." - The Wizard of Oz

So it's February 14th again and my instagram feed is full of love hearts and #luckygirl hashtags.  

I saw this on Buzzfeed which made me smile so I thought I'd share it with you in case, like me, you might be sending yourself a card.

As a pre Valentine's treat I ordered some photo magnets from Sticky9  who have given me a 15% discount code to share with you.  I went for a mix of recent pics with friends and a couple of neon signs from my Instagram that I love and they're now in pride of place on my fridge.
So if you're going to order use this cheeky code; FRIENDWSU5 and nab a little deal.

There are a few Anti Valentine's parties in London. I'm definitely steering clear of those, which I have visions of being like some kind of live Geordie Shore episode and instead am setting sail on a romantic cruise.. with my mum.. haha.
anti valentines card

Doing some research for this post lead me to this, which made me laugh out loud so I will leave you with Peggy and Viola.

Oh and Happy Valentine's Day - may you eat chocolate until you feel sick 


Sunday, 1 February 2015

A Catch Up

January has been a busy ol' month, so here are a few pics from my last couple of weeks.. I've been partying, visiting, skating, eating, learning, chatting and working of course!

I had great fun at a friend's glam rock birthday party last weekend and last night went for cocktails with my best friend to celebrate her new job.  I even went to a very messy pub golf crawl party - there are no pictures from that evening!

pornstar martini


Monday, 19 January 2015

A fleeting visit to Salisbury

I had a work trip to Salisbury this week so I made sure I left just enough time for a whizz round the City centre so see the sights... and as I'm so generous, I took a few snaps to share with you.
The sun even came out briefly, it felt like a very cold Spring day!


Friday, 16 January 2015

Words to live by

After some of the things my friends and I have been dealing with in the last couple of weeks, here are a few quotes to live by!

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Pink String

"I work on the assuption that a house is successful if it's plesant to live in."  —Designer Alexandra de Garidel-Thoron

When the cabin fever got too much we took a stroll around a picturesque local village and had a good rummage in our fave homeware shop 'Pink String'.
They have such beautiful home items and always laid out beautifully.  I couldn't resist snapping away so here's some treats for you to look at.

Find info on them here, but they don't seem to have an online shop (they should definitely get one!)