Monday, 31 October 2016

Moddershall Oaks

Okay so its 4:30pm and I have been sat at a computer all day. My eyes, brain, and body ache. It's at this point that I am craving a relaxing evening by a pool sipping Prosecco whilst waiting for my 7:30pm back massage. This was me last Thursday, except that I was lucky enough to actually have an evening booked at Moddershall Oaks; a country spa retreat in Staffordshire. I was booked in for a date night package - which covered you from the moment you arrived, from a body treatment of my choice, and even a two course dinner.

I arrived at the spa around 5pm and hastily ditched my bags and headed for the outdoor pool. I was given a brief itinerary in the form of a massage at 7:30pm and dinner at 9pm. Perfect. Now, I have been to a couple of spas before - but no pool had a view like this. What could be better than being in a pool with views like this? Being handed a glass of Prosecco. Which is exactly what happened. 10/10 for timing.

One of the things I dread (exaggerative) is being in a pool and then having to hop foot it across to where your towel and gown are. This just wasn't an issue at Moddershall Oaks because right next to the pool was a heated area with a log fire. Not only was this the cutest setting possible when overlooking the rolling hills, but it also helped to keep the cold at bay whilst I dried off. The spa wasn't overcrowded at all, so this was great for mooching around and getting a seat right in front of the burning fire. Hibernation mode: activated.

Not only has Moddershall Oaks got amazing nooks and crannies where you can go to relax, but it also has the most incredible grounds. I had a little wander (nothing too strenuous, of course) around the lake which was just so peaceful. I felt like a nice little stroll broke the evening up nicely and didn't make me feel too guilty about settling in for the night.

Once I had finished up outdoors and the sun had set, I ventured inside to...well...relax some more. I was given fresh towels (I had misplaced mine somewhere in-between getting into the pool and drinking my Prosecco!) and magazines to browse through. To make me feel even more cosy, I experienced the log fire from the other side, which as you can imagine, was just as nice following my dip.

Just before I headed to my treatment, I found what seemed like an underground spa area, which had everything from pools to steam rooms, and even hot beds. This area had such a great ambiance, with twinkling lights above the pools to add that extra bit of tranquility. 

Before I knew it, it was 7:25pm and I had to head to the treatment suite for my massage (I use the word "had" as though it was a chore!). They had a whole host of treatments available, and even offering some limited edition winter packages - one of which I opted for; a Gold Honey Back Massage. It was a 30minute massage which really relaxed me. In addition to this, the therapist also noticed that I had a lot of tension in my feet (something which I have been moaning about for a long time now) and spent five minutes seeing if she could ease the tension. This was obviously really great for me as she didn't have to go out of her way to do that! She also recommended some Elemis oils to try from reception which also helped with my tension. What's a girl to do next in-between her massage and dinner?...relax!

There was one part of the spa that I was especially obsessed with, and this was called "The Snug". This was an area where they host treatments and parties. It even had a dressing area with a mirror that lit up - every girl's dream! Getting a group of your friends together and heading to the snug with some bottles of wine...perfection. Check out the packages that they do in the snug here.

To top off a really lovely evening, the only thing left to do was to get showered and head to dinner. We sat in the restaurant which again was tranquil, whilst we enjoyed our two course meal. There were plenty of options on the menu and in true style I opted for a good old fashioned steak. The food came to our table promptly and we didn't have to ask for anything. A couple more glasses of Prosecco later and I think we were finally ready for our bed...

If you're looking for a great spa break to wind down and restore, check out Moddershall Oaks to see all of the different packages and events they have going on! Especially for special occasions.


Thursday, 27 October 2016

Halloween at Home

If you're looking for some Halloween inspiration - then look no further. I sometimes struggle when trying to create my own cocktails because, well, I like to add a little bit more of everything than I probably should (eyes and belly and all that!) - but that is where Funkin Cocktails step in. Their pre-made mixer means that the only stress on you when creating the perfect drink is to just add the alcohol (best bit, right?). This cocktail creation consisted of vodka, a Margarita mixer, and some grenadine (aka - “genuine poison”). Sure, you can drink these out of any old glass, but why do that when you can get a glass skull and then use it as an ornament post-halloween? 

Head over to Funkin Cocktails here to order your party kit in time for the weekend! Thank me later.


Sunday, 23 October 2016

Easy Tiger

Nothing quite says hangover like an oversized jumper and a pair of kicks. 

I spent yesterday drinking beer and dancing on tables at Oktoberfest in Manchester - hence the conscious pull towards comfort today! I have been fairly productive with my day, despite the subtle reminder of my alcohol intake yesterday in the form of a persistent headache. Days like today call for the comfiest jumper, and this one definitely ticks that box. Teamed with my non-prescribed clear lens aviators to hide the dark circles under my eyes and my freshest pair of trainers - I actually felt like I could tackle the day head on! 

Now to sit back and enjoy the rest of my Sunday as the roast cooks in the oven...Bliss!

Jumper: Missguided (Buy here)
Jeans: Topshop (Buy here)
Shoes: Vans from ASOS (Buy here)
Glasses: ASOS

Monday, 17 October 2016

Food for Thought

It's Monday! They soon come around, don't they?

So, there are two main hobbies that I have in life - eating and shopping. Ok ok, three main hobbies that I have in life... eating, shopping, and sleeping. So on Sunday when we found ourselves with a free day, we decided to take a little trip to Manchester in search of good food and a couple of shops. Now, I have been to Manchester many times, but I have never eaten in Tattu. I'm not going to lie, I had seen pictures on Instagram which is where my desire to go originated (classic Instagram research...makes a change from Pinterest searching I guess!). Tattu 100% lived up to expectations! Not only is the setting perfect (who doesn't want a giant pink tree hanging over them whilst they eat?!) but the staff couldn't help enough, and the food really was AMAZING. It was one of those situations where you have no idea how much of what to order, but you know that you definitely want one of everything. I wish I could advise more on the dishes but I can tell you that the choices we went for were just perfection, these were; 3 Dim Sum (Black Cod and Prawn, Spicy Pork Wonton, and Chicken Truffle Shumai) and 3 small plates (Chinese Barbecue Chicken, Singapore Noodles, and Caramel Soy Beef Fillet). If you haven't been already...go! Especially if you have a special occasion coming up that you want to celebrate. You won't be disappointed. Maybe heading to the shops post Dim Sum wasn't actually the best idea in the world, in terms of actually being able to fit into the new clothes you want to buy. Hey, you live and you learn!


Friday, 14 October 2016


When I woke at 7am this morning. It was dark. DARK. Ok, it wasn't really dark but it definitely wasn't as light as it was this time a week ago. Anyway...there is only one winter warmer I am grabbing before I leave the house lately, and that is this dreamy aviator jacket. I've had my eye on a couple for a while now, but I am SO happy with the fit of this one. I like my winter jackets to be a little oversized, so that I can go to town with my layering! This jacket seems to have the right balance between weight and warmth, and kinda feels like an instant hug when you throw it on. It is fleece-lined on the inside which contributes to the extra-snug feel. Plus, who doesn't feel like a biker chick when you have buckles on your sleeves? Partner this with a pair of Dr Martens and boom. Biker mode activated. 

Aviator Jacket: boohoo (Buy here) // Scarf: ASOS (Buy here) // Jeans: Topshop (Buy here)
 // Boots: Dr. Martens
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