Thursday, 22 January 2015

Comfy cosy outfit

Images by Anthony Kaye

Joggers- Aritzia
Sweater- Adidas
Shoes- Caterpillar

This is a more casual outfit for me. Since I've got back from Canada I've definitely taken to dressing a bit more for the weather. I worn these Cat boots everyday over there. They're just so comfy and weather proof. I'm going away this weekend to somewhere a bit further north and after the UK weather this week I'm definitely packing lots and layers and toasty socks! This is going to be my traveling outfit for sure.

This hat was another thing I bought in Canada and I've barely taken it off since. It was from a shop called Roots, a Canadian lifestyle brand. 

This week has been a bit of a let down after a series of poor nights sleep and yet another cold has made me feel a bit dreary.  Certainly looking forward to escaping from it all at the weekend. Those january blues won't get me!

Thursday, 15 January 2015

My Highlights of Whistler, Canada

Just after Christmas I went away for a week with my family to Whistler Village, Canada to go skiing. There is really nothing more magical than going away after Christmas and seeing some real snow. I was looking forward to this holiday for a very long time as it's the first skiing holiday I've been on in a while.

Whistler is a picturesque resort town up in the mountains in British Columbia. The Canadian people are just so lovely, warm and welcoming. Even the people over the airport tannoy sounded wayyyy more cheerful than any I've heard before. We stayed in the Hilton in Whistler village. I shared a room with my three sisters which was pretty manic but so much fun. My only complaint is that we were just not there long enough to fully adjust to the time difference. I was pretty jet lagged the first few days and New Years Eve was the latest I managed to stay up! I've done a summary of my highlights below along with some of my favorite pictures.

The Village lit up at night- Instead of eating in the hotel every night most nights we ventured out. My Mum did some research before we went and picked out some different style restaurants for us to try out. At night time in the village it some times reached -10. No amount of jumpers and layers could shield me from that cold. I think the pretty lights were just enough of a distraction from the freezing cold although at times I wished I could wrap my scarf round my eyes.

The Mongolie Grill- I think this restaurant was a unanimous favorite between us. It was self service, you pick up a bowl and add whatever you fancy from their selection of vegetables, meats, noodles and spices, then add a sauce and then you que up to where the grill is and they cook it in front of you. Each portion is charged by weight. We ended up going to this place twice. It tasted amazing and it was so fun to watch. Apparently there are places like this in England although I've never come across one.

The Breath Taking scenery- I can't really say enough things about how beautiful this place was. Just so stunning at times I had to pinch myself.

The shops- On the days we didn't go skiing we kept ourselves entertained by browsing the local shops.  My two favorites were a Canadian lifestyle brand called "Roots" and another shop called "TNA" I purchased a few things which I'll be wearing on the blog soon. We also had a kitchen in our room so it made sense to make ourselves breakfast, which was also quite fun to shop for. It is safe to say my heathy eating went right out the window and was replaced by a solid diet of pancakes, waffles and maple syrup.

My desert on fire on NYE- We had a really fancy 5 course meal in the hotel on New Years Eve, not totally my cup of tea especially as I'm vegetarian but I thought the desert on fire was pretty interesting. On this plate there is a homemade macaroon, Ice creams covered in cream with rum poured over and some sort of fruit/sauce?

The Skiing!!!- I was pretty nervous about going skiing for the first time in 3 years, however what I found was that the runs we did whilst not being steeper than the runs I did in Switzerland, were much easier because there was far more snow, less ice and they were wider. This meant I felt a lot more confident about going faster and I just enjoyed it a lot more overall. I'm not the kind of person that has any desire to throw myself down double black diamond black runs and hope to make it down alive so I kept in my comfort zone with the easier runs. Maybe next time I'll challenge myself a bit more!

Our Mad hatters cocktail at Earls-I was told by our Canadian relatives that we met up with while we were there, that Earls is a big chain of restaurants in Canada. When the women came over to greet us she listed their specials and this crazy cocktail was on the list. As soon as she mentioned the Mad hatters cocktail my sister and I looked at each other and said "lets get that!".  It arrived in a large tea pot and tasted so refreshing. I can't remember all the ingredients but it's the first time I've had tea and vodka in the same drink!

Cheese fondue at Table 81- This was our last evening and having been to the Mongolie grill for lunch it was a bit of a squeeze to fit a second large dinner in although we all rose to the challenge! I'm a massive fan of cheese fondue. We also had a hot pot fondue, which is where you have a pan of oil and a selection of meats and vegetables which you cook in the oil and then there are a selection of sauces to dip into, this was followed by a chocolate fondue for desert. So we were completely stuffed but it was a perfect way to spend the last night.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

More Yellow

Image by Anthony Kaye

Jumper- TNA
Leggings- River Island
Necklace- Richard Ayes

Yellow is my new favourite colour. It's slowly taking over my wardrobe and I'm loving how much of it there is in the shops at the moment. I spotted this coat when it first came in the shop but I didn't buy it because I was saving money on the run up to Christmas. I was absolutely thrilled when my amazing boyfriend bought it for me for Christmas and I haven't taken it off since! I love the bold coloured fur and the skinny patent sleeves, it also has black faux fur lining in the body so it's surprisingly cosy. It's also now in the sale although there aren't many sizes left.

I'm feeling a bit delirious today after having two nights of poor sleep. I think somehow after a week of being home I'm jet lagged all over again. It's so strange how jet leg messes with your body. I even feel like eating at really odd times. 

This was a sweater I bought in Canada in a shop called TNA.

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Vapelux Review*

I was really quite thrilled when I went to the Motel rocks party and found a pack of luxury shisha sticks in my goody bag and I was even more thrilled when the company which sells them, got in touch to see if I would like to review them on my blog.

One of the issues I had with my old e-cigg was continually topping it up and buying replacement cartridges as well as remembering to keep it charged. I eventually forgot to replace the cartridge and before long I'd forgotten about it. These eshish's are disposable so you can buy them when you fancy and dispose of them once you’re done. Each one has 300 puffs. There is also the benefit of not having to turn them on and remember to switch them off.

One thing I always loved about smoking e-ciggs was the fact I could sit in my bedroom, have a drink and not have to go outside for a cigarette. These shisha sticks don't contain any nicotine. They did offer me an option to review an e-cigg with nicotine but I actually loved the flavors of the ones I got for free so I was curious to try more. For this reason I picked out the luxury shisha sticks in a mixed flavor pack. It's really very relaxing to sit and smoke the eshisha's inside despite the fact they don’t contain nicotine.

Lets talk about the packaging. All the disposable eshisha box designs caught my eye; I struggled to pick one because all the boxes were so fancy. They are way prettier than a regular packet of cigarettes. The box is slightly larger and narrower than a packet of cigarettes and it is heavier. The actual shisha sticks are heavier than a cigarette but look very similar to one. My favorite thing is the jewel on the bottom of the shisha stick, which lights up with each puff, which is particularly satisfying.

My box came with 5 flavors, Blueberry, Strawberry, Apricot, Grape and Apple. I thought that all the flavors were quite recognizable. You inhale the vapor into your mouth and then as you blow out the smoke you can taste the flavor. The flavors are refreshing and light. They taste nice without leaving an aftertaste. They are odor free so there is no lingering smell and they seem to last a surprising amount of time. (Unless you sit and chain-smoke them in bed, which I sometimes do!)

My main only to these e-ciggs is that to me the concept of a disposable e-cigg is not environmentally friendly and therefore I would push manufactures to create some way of recycling them.

Check out for these and other e-cigarettes. They have some good offers on at the moment too.