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One of Hull’s hidden gems: Stanley’s Brasserie

Hi there! Now, this is the fourth year I’ve lived in Hull to study at the university, so I’ve had ample time to sample and savour the local delights in wonderful restaurants dotted around the city. On Saturday it was my birthday (which is a completely scary thought…where has that year gone!?) and my parents headed over to help me celebrate with a meal out (I know, I’m a lucky girl!). We wanted to book a table in a local restaurant for the occasion and decided to try Stanley’s Brasserie in Hull. I’ve never been before and always admired its cosy atmosphere from afar.

I’m so so glad I booked that table, because it was absolutely amazing.

I’m a fan of most foods. I like to be adventurous, and it’s always great to try new things. I was fortunate enough to have an upbringing filled with many different types of food and cuisines from all over the world. As I’ve got older I’ve become a real fan of seafood, and fish – when it’s well-cooked – is one of my favourite meals.

Well, little did I know when I sat down at the table that I’d have one of the most delicious fish dishes I’ve ever had.

We kicked off the meal with cocktails, and I chose the Espresso Martini.  If you’re a big coffee fan, this is definitely the drink for you. Delicious! In fact, it was so good I forgot to take a picture. Woops!

To start I ordered the Hot Mozzarella. I’m a huge fan of cheese – cheese and biscuits is one of the best parts of Christmas day for me – and when I saw that this came with Italian prosciutto, I knew it’d be right up my street. I wasn’t wrong. It was fantastic; oozy, salty mozzarella in crunchy breadcrumbs, surrounded by fruity tomatoes and a good drizzle of pesto and topped with some delicious prosciutto, which is definitely one of my favourite things in the world.

It was divine, and it tasted even better than it looked.

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Next up, I had the seabass fillets, which came with a spinach and potato gratin and a dressed side salad. This was literally the best fish I have ever EVER tasted. The skin was crisp and salty; the fish itself was succulent and tender, and the gratin and salad was the perfect accompaniment.

It was truly divine, and is definitely one of the best things I have ever eaten.

Because I enjoyed it so much I didn’t even stop to take a picture which is a real shame, but wow. I would go back just for the seabass.

To finish mum and I shared a little lemon meringue pie. I think it’s true what they say; you definitely have a separate stomach for pudding! I did take a photo of this one.

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Again, beautifully presented and also extremely delicious. It had a crisp, buttery pastry case, lashings of tangy lemon curd, sweet marshmallowy meringue all topped with a generous helping of whipped cream (although we could have had ice cream but I think mum would agree the cream was a great option!).

All in all this was seriously fabulous. If you’re around this part of the world be sure to drop by; it’s feeling very festive at the minute, and the fairy lights definitely help!

You can check out their menu online here.

I hope you’re having a fabulous Wednesday.

Heather x

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Today has been great…

…although it didn’t necessarily start off that way. This morning I was sore and cranky but I took some painkillers and made it into uni (after some cuddles with guinea pigs of course). Here’s one with smudge which is super cute, if I do say so myself .

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Emma has been here since yesterday which is super lovely. It’s great to have a catch-up with my best friend, especially when ice cream is involved. She accompanied me to my pain management so we went for hot waffles afterwards which were as good as they look. And yes, they are m&ms on the top…and cream….and chocolate sauce. And I had two scoops of gelato; banana and nutella. I know, I really do have a big sweet tooth!

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If you’re ever over this way, be sure to visit caffe gelato. It’s a popular haunt for families and students alike, and when I was battling my way through final year it became a fabulous incentive: unhealthy perhaps but delicious all the same.

Emma is a really creative and crafty person, and she crocheted me a purse which is amazing!! I love anything handmade; it’s so thoughtful, and no-one else will have the same thing.

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It was nice to have pain management today because I’ve really been missing it and feeling it, too. I had an orthopedic appointment last week which is useful because they’re going to review my spine, which I think is needed. It will mean having a full spine mri but hopefully all will be well and I won’t have any more problems with the vertebrae in my spine to deal with. Fingers crossed!

Things are looking up, and this week I feel on top of all my work and errands which makes a change.
Although admittedly, I still feel like being an adult is hard, and I still think I’m about 6.

Shame I turned 22 the other day!

Anyway, I better get going. We’re going to chill out tonight with some films and snacks.
It’s so lovely to have a little bit of a break in my schedule.

Has your Monday been going okay?

Let me know, and keep your eyes peeled for my Wren Kitchens post…it’s going to be a good one!

Heather X

Ps here’s a cute pic of Patch…I know. I’m officially a crazy guinea pig person.

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Al Porto*

Hello there. Sorry It’s been quiet this way; so many deadlines are approaching at once and I’m getting into a bit of a flap over them. I’m sure they’ll get done but I’m a chronic worrier so I’m always doubting myself!

In light of this (and in light of all the dreadful things that are happening around the world at the minute, I thought i’d bring a little bit of festive cheer to you all.

Just over a week ago I was invited to Al Porto restaurant in Hull to sample their 2015 Christmas menu. I knew it would be a treat, and we weren’t disappointed!

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I was joined by Kathryn , Chelsea and Steph for an intimate, cosy Christmas meal for four and a glass of prosecco was just the thing we needed to kick-start the celebrations.

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We even had crackers which was a real treat!

The menu was long so it was more of a tapas-style affair; I think I could have eaten much if we hadn’t shared plates!

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First up was the chestnut soup. I don’t know about you but chestnuts always remind me of Christmas. I have fond memories of wandering around Christmas markets with a bag of piping-hot roasted chestnuts to nibble on and to keep my hands warm! I’ve never had them in soup but it was absolutely wonderful; it was like bowl of Christmas, and I couldn’t stop eating it! Definitely one of my favourite things on the menu, I must say. I’m already planning to order it when I go back!

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Up next we had the smoked salmon roulade. Admittedly, smoked salmon isn’t always something I enjoy but I was pleasantly surprised and actually really liked it. The filling was creamy yet fresh, which cut through the richness of the smoked salmon beautifully. If you’re a smoked salmon fan you’re bound to love this.

mlanzane parmigianaNext up; a delicious vegetarian option. Above is Melanzare Parmigiana, which is aubergine layered with tomato and cheese. I knew i’d like this because my mum often makes this and it is seriously delicious. If you’re into punchy tomato sauces, you’re in for a treat here. I’d even bet that people who don’t like aubergine  could have a go with this; really wonderful and filling.

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Next, it’s onto the mains. This was my favourite dish of the whole night; it was the roasted guinea fowl with rosemary, red wine and mixed wild mushroom.

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This was spectacular; it really was. The guinea fowl was cooked to perfection. It was tender, juicy and perfectly accompanied by the red wine jus. Simply roasted potatoes and vegetables freshened everything up, and the wild mushrooms were a luxurious touch. I couldn’t stop eating and I’m definitely having this when I go back. Believe me; you will not be disappointed! It was the ultimate in winter comfort food.

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Next, a traditional Christmas dish enjoyed by almost everyone; the classic roast turkey dinner. This was a little bit special though, and was stuffed with chestnuts and topped with rich cranberry jus. Admittedly we don’t usually go for turkey at Christmas because I find it can dry out, but once again this was moist, succulent and delicious. The crispy skin on the outside was the perfect finishing touch, all served with seasonal roast veg. What’s not to love?!

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One for the red-meat lovers: beef wellington with mashed potatoes, fresh vegetables and that delicious red wine jus that’s so moreish and rich. What a treat! Beef wellington is something i’d never make at home; it seems far too time confusing and when dealing with such expensive ingredients I’d worry about messing up. Al Porto hhave nothing to worry about as their chefs are clearly fabulous; tender beef, crisp puff pasty, smooth potatoes…what a fantastic way to bring in the festive season!

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One for the fish-lovers; pan-fried halibut on a radicchio risotto with a pesto drizzle and prawn. I’m a huge fish fan (although smoked is something I’m not always a fan of) so this was beautiful! Halibut is a delicious fish and I don’t get to eat much of it so I loved trying it here! It was everything a good piece of fish should be: crisp on the outside and moist on the inside, sitting on top of a very moreish risotto freshened up  by a good helping of pesto. How divine is that?! Another favourite meal of the night.

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Above you see the veggie equivalent to the beef wellington; a Chestnut, spinach and blue cheese encroute. I’m definitely not one of these people that thinks a meal without meat isn’t a meal; one of my best friends is a vegetarian and I’d like to think I know a little bit about veggie cuisine. I don;t eat meat everyday  of the week and sometimes i just completely fall out with it and won’t eat it for a few weeks, and I know Vegetarian food is just as exciting and wonderful. If you’re feeling going meat-free for a change this would be just the thing. Crisp, flaky puff pastry, Christmassy chestnuts, creamy blue and earthy spinach; delicious.

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Luckily we had just about enough room for dessert, and were treated to homemade chocolate roulade, tiramisu, and minced pie gelato (not pictured). The roulade is a real chocoholic’s delight; filled with a rich, creamy chocolatey ganache that just melts in the mouth. The tiramisu was creamy yet light; which is wonderful considering that we had filled up on some really indulgent food! The mince pie gelato was also amazing; it is everything good about a mince pie with the added creaminess of authentic Italian gelato. Just fabulous! I am a real chocolate-lover so i’m eyeing up the roulade for next time…my mouth is watering just thinking about it all!

All in all it was an absolutely fantastic experience. Al Porto is definitely not to be missed; it’s a gem in the hustle and bustle of Hull, and is just the perfect place to take some time out to relax and enjoy the festive season with family and friends. Their Christmas menu is £24.95 during the day and £28.95 during the evening for a three-course meal. I really do recommend it.

A big thank you to Al Porto in Hull for having us, and for Lisa arranging the event. It was truly wonderful. Don’t forget to check out Al Porto’s website here.

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I hope you’re having a good weekend. Stay safe wherever you are.

Heather x

*cost of meal and drinks provided by Al Porto. As always, my posts are honest and this does not in any way influence my review.

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Hello, you. It’s Thursday and I’m in bed working. I put the guinea pigs into their pen and they’re currently nibbling on hay and being squeaky and generally very cute. As far as days go, recently things have been Good; because it’s bonfire night tonight I’d usually be very worried about the loud noises and bangs and things but right now I’m feeling okay, although I have no doubts that my startle reflex will be playing up nicely of course. But it’s okay, because right now I am feeling positive and good, albeit ever so sleepy.

Anyone who knows me personally will know I’m a proud mancunian. I LOVE my hometown of Manchester; it’s vibrant, bright, dynamic and just generally very wonderful and most importantly it’s home. When I was looking around universities I looked for ones very close to Manchester because I knew I might need a little support from time to time, but when people found out that I was coming to the University of Hull, many were skeptical at first.

You see, Hull doesn’t have the greatest reputation in the UK. People seem to remember it from its fishing days; ‘Hull smells a lot, I remember that!!’ or seem to think it rather run-down, lacking in amenities and things to do. In my leavers’ book someone wrote a comment about Hull being grey and dull, and whilst I won’t lie and often the skies may be grey and foggy this time of year, the place is anything but dull.

This will be my fourth year living in Hull, so I think I’m qualified to correct those who think badly of it. There are lots and lots of things to do here (and remember, I’ve lived in Manchester for most of my life and I think that’s a great comparison!). There are a number of restaurants to visit (including the lovely Al Porto, which will be featured in an upcoming post! There are bars, pubs and clubs where you can dance the night away/drown your sorrows/sing badly on karaoke. There’s places to go bowling, watch the latest films, play laser quest and you can even go and visit some penguins at The Deep which is a stunning aquarium (trust me, I love going there and would go every week if I had the time). The centre of Hull is also home to 3 indoor shopping centres and historic Old Town, so there’s plenty of places where you can go and enjoy some retail therapy. Newland and Princes Avenues are full of interesting boutiques, bars, cafes and restaurants, and it is a lovely bustling part of town near to the university. If you’re partial to a charity shop haul then there’s plenty to choose from down Newland. I have spent many an afternoon on the lookout for books/clothes/furniture I probably didn’t really need in the charity shops that are dotted along it, usually followed by a coffee in one of the numerous cafes on either Newland or ‘Prinny Ave’.

The university itself is beautiful with a mixture of old and new buildings, and currently campus is covered with a blanket of golden leaves that crunch satisfyingly underfoot. My department (English) in particular is wonderful; they are incredibly supportive of their students and will help in anyway possible. If you’ve been reading you’ll know my mental health has made things difficult for me, but my department has always been there to support me when needed. I love attending university; I’m always learning, always developing and I’m always pushing my boundaries, and no doubt the English department has been integral to that process.

Every time I return to Hull from Manchester I get that rush of excitement when I approach the Humber Bridge. It has been a place where I have grown, changed, and (hopefully!) developed as a person. Things haven’t always been easy whilst living over here, but it is the place I will always remember. So much has happened since I’ve been living here and I’ve become so incredibly fond of it. Although it’ll never be my ‘hometown’ I think I’ll always have a special place for Hull. All I ask is that you take your time to get to know the place before you slate it. I know this is only a short post, but I really fell like I need to stick up for the place. It is unlike anywhere I have been before.

Hull, has been good to me.

I hope you’re having a peaceful Thursday and enjoy yourself if out watching fireworks. Stay safe!

Heather x

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Personal Planner* and MRes Update

Hello there! It has been really busy over here, and my MRes degree has finally started which is of course ridiculously exciting and amazing! I’ll be sure to update my progress on here if you’d fancy reading it (public engagement and all that!) but I thought this would be a rather light-hearted post.

I thought I’d share with you one of the products I’ve really been enjoying, and it’s perfect for the academic year:

Personal Planner* ( see their fabulous website here !)

The lovely folks over at Personal Planner treated the Hull Bloggers to an exceedingly generous £27 gift card that we received at the summer Hull Blogger’s meet. Personal Planner have a range of organisers, calendars and notebooks that can be personalised to suit you and your needs. I’ve been desperate for a big wallplanner to plan my academic year with (I LOVE anything to do with organisation and already live out of my Filofax) and Personal Planner came to the rescue! Their website allows you to customise an awful lot, which means the product is completely tailored to you! I got to choose headings for each of the columns, pick my own picture to decorate it with and even got to customise the little lists at the bottom of each page. It arrived within a few days of placing my order and I can’t fault it in any way.

I used a relaxing picture from my recent visit to Whitby to adorn the front cover, and it is printed on quality glossy paper. The pages of the planner itself are substantial and provide plenty of room for me to jot down my daily errands. I’ll leave you with a few pictures…i’m sure you’ll agree it’s just fabulous!

Hope you’re having a great Tuesday evening,

Heather x

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Lab2 Makeup Brushes*

Hello there! I’m currently writing on a very rainy and dull Monday evening, so I thought I’d blog about something a little bit different! If you’ve been reading for a while you’d know I usually like to blog about things lifestyle/health/mental health, but every now and then there’s other things I want to talk about, particularly if I feel like sharing something new. Though I don’t blog about makeup/beauty (well, not very often, anyway!) I recently had the opportunity to try out some of Lab2’s makeup brushes, and I have to say I’m thoroughly impressed!

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Because we were oh-so-lucky, we received three different sets: I know, it felt like Christmas day! Here we have ‘The Triple Threat Multi Purpose Brush’, the ‘On a Powder Trip’ brush, and the ‘Strokes of Genius’ eye brush set…wow!

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Above we have the ‘Strokes of Genius’ brush set, which contains a whopping 5 different brushes (and one of which is double-ended) and is the perfect variety of brushes for applying all sorts of eye makeup.

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First things first; the packaging. I think overall the packaging is really effective. It’s eye-catching, professional, and oh-so sleek. The matte black outer of the boxes gives the product real high-end appeal, and I love the flashes of fluorescent orange card as a welcome contrast to the black on the inside. What is also rather lovely is the added instructions on the back (which you can also cut out and keep) and overall I think the design is rather modern and fun.

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The packaging is very similar for both the ‘On a Powder Trip’ brush (as above) and the ‘Triple Threat’ brush, albeit for a few minor details. Again, they look really sleek and smart, and the contrast of colours is sure to be eye-catching sitting on a shelf!

The ‘On A Powder Trip’ brush is lovely and fluffy, whilst the ‘Triple Threat’ (below) is great for contouring with its angled edges and flat top. the triple threat

What is really fabulous about these brushes is how soft the bristles are; they feel really luxurious on the face, though I do have to admit the ‘On a Powder Trip’ brush did shed on initial use. However, since the initial use it has stopped shedding completely. The handles of the brushes are soft and coated with a matte and easily-holdable (is that a word?!) coating. What is really useful is that each of the brushes is labelled on the handle, so you’ll always know what they’re meant for.

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The brushes use ‘Fiber-luxe’ technology, which is why they’re so soft on the skin whilst ensuring an even application with very little fall out, which is always a bonus. This is all explained on the package, which is very useful if you really want to be sure of what you’re buying!

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All-in-all I think these brushes would be fabulous gift or a little treat to yourself. I’ve always been loyal to ecotools and have a great selection of their brushes, but it’s great to widen my horizons a little bit and try something new and I’m sure these brushes will have a place on my dressing table for months to come! Let me know if you decide to try these. I hope you’ll love them just as much as I do. Check them out over on Superdrug ; there’s a sale on them at the minute so have a look and grab a bargain!

Hope you’re having a great Wednesday!

Heather x

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Event: #HBAlPorto

Hello there! If you’ve been reading my posts recently you might be aware that I recently attended the Hull Bloggers’ Summer meet. After months of anticipation, the day finally arrived and it definitely didn’t disappoint!

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The event was held at a fabulous venue called Al Porto, situated overlooking the marina in Hull’s city centre. They are passionate about creating and serving delicious and authentic Italian cuisine, in a down-to-earth, rustic atmosphere, which suited our event perfectly! Judging by the lovely nibbles we got to try, their food is obviously crafted with care and attention. You can check out their website here.

On arrival we were greeted by the lovely Alex, Jenny and Kat, who organised the event, and it was great to catch up with bloggers I’ve previously met and make friends with the newbies of our little community! The event started with a good old natter (obviously!) accompanied by a rather delicious #HullBloggers cocktail, which was perfect for cooling us all down on such a humid day. There were a few brands set up to provide several demonstrations; some of which were familiar and others perhaps not so recognisable to some, which included Lush, Weleda and Viridian. On the picture above you can see the array of fabulous raffle prizes that were on offer over the course of the day, and all proceeds went to a very worthy cause: The Eve Appeal .

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After some lovely demos from each of the companies, it was raffle time! Some of the products donated to the raffle were absolutely gorgeous, and included gifts from one of my favourite jewellery companies; Links of London and Pandora. There were many different prizes on offer, including make-up, premium skincare, accessories and even underwear! I was extremely lucky to come away with something I’ve had my eye on for a long time: a MisfitWearables Shine Fitness Tracker! InstagramCapture_1fc6d1e9-7925-4997-90ae-01b3ef414ee4I have been wearing the device daily since I won it, and a review will soon follow. Spoiler: I am extremely impressed so far!

At the end of the raffle Alex presented some spot prizes, which ranged from ‘The Best Pre-meet Selfie’ to ‘The Most Excited Blogger’. To my astonishment I was given a spot-prize as ‘The Loveliest Blogger’, and I have to admit I was completely shocked and didn’t see that coming at all! It was a very thoughtful thing and my prize consisted of some very interesting-looking chocolate goodies courtesy of IQ Choc; I can’t WAIT to try them out!

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All-in-all I’d say the event was a complete success, and to top it off we went home with an impressive number of goodies to try out! Here’s a little sneak preview of some of the brands that were generous enough to get involved in our fantastic event.

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This is just a tiny selection of products that we were fortunate enough to get to try; stay tuned for reviews in the near future…it’s going to take a while but believe me, I’m so excited to try such a plethora of gorgeous things!

I’m also going to include the blog links of the lovely #HullBloggers who attended the meet, so don’t forget to check them out!

Alex: Champagne and Lemonade

Kat: The Kats Paws

Charley: Rambling of a Beauty Blogger

Sarah: SarahXSarah

Mars: Curling Stones for Lego People

Rachel: The Inelegant Wench

Carl: A Blokes Eye View

Chelsea: Hair Guru Chels

Jennie: JennieEmma

Hannah: Ha-Pea-Days

Megan: StudentStyleXO

Kate: Pieces of Kate

Kelly: Adventures in Tea and Cake

Emily: Em Paws

Lewis: LDWBlondeAtHeart

Courtney: Retro and Thrift

Becky: Just Becky

Danni: Danni Serendipity

Ashton: Beauty, Books and Babble

Maisie: Thoroughly Modern Maisie

Lucy: Lucy Jane Webb

Anna: AnnaLueFook

Stephanie: Running Life

I’m so incredibly sad that the event has been and gone but so unbelievably grateful to have been a part of it. Many, many thanks to Alex, Jenny and Kat for organising what is sure to be an unforgettable event.

I hope you’re having a great Wednesday, whatever you may be up to!

Heather x

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Something Sparkly

Hi there! If you’ve been reading you may remember me mentioning my recent graduation from the University of Hull with my Ba Hons degree. It was a wonderful day, and because I’m a super lucky girl, I was treated to a gorgeous piece of jewellery to celebrate!

Now, if any of you know me, you’d probably know that I’m really rather fond of jewellery, particularly if it’s sparkly. It’s definitely a favourite thing of mine and I’m extremely lucky to own some truly gorgeous pieces. Jewellery is something that holds so many memories for me, and I truly take comfort in wearing pieces that mean a lot to me. I have pieces that have been handed down through family, and also from a range of designers including Links of London, Pandora, Daisy and lesser-known designers, like Charlotte Verity. I also have a gorgeous, bold and bright ring by Thomas Sabo. I bought this for myself when I completed my A-Levels, and it was the first piece of Thomas Sabo I had the pleasure of owning. It’s very ‘me’; bright, unusual and definitely not subtle. Plus, I love a good strong red lip so it was just the perfect ring for me.

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The ring itself is solid sterling silver, and is enamelled over the top with a bright, shiny red enamelling. Considering I’ve had it for nearly four years and have worn it regularly, it has barely scratched at all and has remained bright and in-your-face ever since!

I’ve known that Thomas Sabo has long been famed for quirky, unusual designs and this definitely matches that description. For a long time I’ve been lusting over a gorgeous green tree frog ring, and to be honest, when dad kindly offered to buy me a graduation present I was hoping to find that very piece! After a few hours of searching, I couldn’t actually track it down, so I decided to look elsewhere. Being a big Links of London fan, I was thinking about getting one of their Skull friendship bracelets, like the rose gold version here. But, I have many Links of London bracelets including a silver sweetie, worry beads silk bracelet, and rose gold vermeil xs effervescent friendship bracelet, and as much as I love them, I thought I’d search for something a little bit different. That’s where Thomas Sabo came in and saved the day!

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Every time I’ve been into a Thomas Sabo store, I’ve gazed longingly at their huge selection of adorable, intricately detailed charms. There’s a charm to suit everyone; from sparkly, zirconia-encrusted animals to tiny red cabriolets and simple silver initials, the choice of charms on offer is enormous! As I was browsing through House of Fraser, I came across a Thomas Sabo stand with a gorgeous sterling silver necklace on display. I soon learnt this necklace was created so that the wearer could wear multiple charms on it, and this really intrigued me! My mind was made up; the necklace was something really unusual and special, and i could continue to add to it in the years to come. So with my mind made up, it was time to pick out some wonderful charms!

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Dad suggested I pick out three (I was completely spoilt, I know!) and so the first I chose was a pretty obvious choice…a seriously cute mortarboard, complete with a tiny tassel!

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The mortarboard itself is enamelled in a bright, shiny black enamelling, with a tiny, moving tassel attached to the top. It’s the perfect charm to remember my graduation day by.

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The other two charms weren’t really at all related to graduation, but they are extremely intricate and very lovely! I saw a tiny, sparkly wonderful octopus charm, and I just new I had to have him!

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The octopus is also crafted from sterling silver, but is covered in a gorgeously sparkly green zirconia pave. He also has lovely black zirconia eyes, and he’s seriously very sweet. Though he is small, he is indeed perfectly formed, and if I’m honest my photos really do not do him justice!

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I still had one more charm to find, and so I popped into Hugh Rice jewellers to see their selection, as sometimes the charms on offer differ from store to store. Again, there were so many wonderful charms to gawk at, but one in particular caught my eye because it is so unusual. It is the gorgeous caviar charm, and is definitely a little bit of something special!

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caviar

The charm itself resembles a pot of caviar, and so the front is enamelled to emulate that. The ‘lid’ of the charm is plated 14k gold, and when flicked open, reveals a glistening pot of ‘caviar’ studded with black zirconia and crafted out of sterling silver. It’s seriously gorgeous, and such a stunning and unusual piece. All three charms attach to the rings on the necklace with sterling silver lobster clasps, so it’s easy to remove/add new charms whenever you fee like it!

I have been enjoying this piece very much, and I’m so fortunate to own such a gorgeous item. You can see if any of the charms take your fancy over on Thomas Sabo , or pop into a jewellers and ask to see their selection of items as they vary store to store. I’ll be sure to post some pictures of the necklace on an outfit post or similar, as it is very long, but I really recommend checking out Thomas Sabo if you fancy something unusual and very intricately detailed.

I hope you’re having a great week whatever you’re up to!

Heather x

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Graduation Day

Hi All! This week has been pretty momentous as far as weeks go, because I graduated from the University of Hull with a BA Hons degree in English! If you’ve been reading for a while you’d know I’ve come across some difficulties, so this is an achievement I’m really proud of.

we are hull

Thankfully it was a wonderful day; not too hot and thankfully not too cold, so it was just perfect. Graduating was a really odd experience. Of course I had at least an idea about what it would entail but somehow it seemed almost an anti-climax! It wasn’t as scary as I’d anticipated it to be (and I didn’t fall over, so of course that’s a bonus!). The ceremony lasted about two hours, and we got robed and had photos taken in the Guildhall in the centre of Hull. Hull’s buildings are actually breathtakingly beautiful, and it was a real treat to see inside such historic landmarks of the city. We graduated in Hull’s City Hall which was also rather grand and lovely.

Hull's city centre

City Hall

My boyfriend also graduated in the same ceremony which was lovely. He also graduated with a BA Hons degree but in History. I think he also really enjoyed the day.

Drew Graduation

My Graduation

Drew and I

I can’t believe how quickly these three years have flown by! It only seems like yesterday that I finished my A-Levels. Next year I’m hoping to move onto a masters degree, if I get my offer…keep those fingers crossed for me! What have you been up to this week?

Mum and I

Me and Dad

keep your eyes peeled for the next post (also graduation-inspired) especially if you enjoy a little bit of something special!

Have a fabulous Sunday whatever you may be up to, and congratulations if you have also graduated/are due to graduate this week!

Heather x

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Happy Days

Hello there. I hope you’re having a great week! The sun has finally decided to appear and the weather has been absolutely gorgeous! Typically though I’ve left a lot of my summery clothes back home but I can’t wait to get my hands on them. I’m heading back tomorrow for a week’s visit home before coming back to my university house to sort out my postgraduate applications and other admin stuff, like doctor’s appointments and boring things. But I do have to say things have been really lovely and relaxed since my essays have been in. There’s been lots of catching up with people and good byes and celebrations, but it’s been really great to have a change of events. As much as I enjoy writing essays it can get a little monotonous at times, but I know very soon the boredom will kick in and I’ll be itching to do some more reading!

Last weekend was the end of year ball on my university campus. The end of year ball is a big event at the end of the academic year where hundreds of students gather together for a night of celebrating. There was live music (and the first time I’ve seen Tom Odell), chocolate fountains, a fun fair, burger stalls, and the inside of the union building was transformed into a fantastical underwater-themed world. It was really great. Of course, I drank a little too much, especially considering I’m not supposed to be drinking at the moment, but it was a really good laugh and it was wonderful to bump into some of my friends. It’s really sad that I won’t get to see everyone as frequently as I’d wish to, but I’m sure our paths will cross again. Here are some snaps from the end of year ball. I decided to go for a long flowing printed lace dress in navy and cream, and I accessorised with some bright red accessories to give a pop of colour. Any one who knows me will know how much I love the colour red; it is my favourite to brighten up an outfit, particularly if worn as a bright red lip!

me and juliet two

This is me with my wonderful friend Juliet who I miss already! My dress is by Fire Los Angeles and I bought it at TK Maxx for a mere £16.99! I’m really into bright prints and I thought this dress could be dressed up or down. The lipstick I’m wearing is one of my favourite red shades, and is the Bourjois Rouge Edition in No.13. It’s finish is satiny and very moisturising. I also recently purchased Barry M’s nail paint in Bright Red, which was a perfect match. My bag is by Golunski and was also from TK Maxx…can you guess how much I like it there yet?! It was great to get dressed up for a change; unfortunately this doesn’t happen as much as I’d like!

me and amy

This is my wonderful friend Amy, and I’m very fortunate to have bumped into her as I don’t see her very often. This was just after I scoffed a burger waiting for my friends to go on the dodgems…the perks of not being able to go on funfair rides I guess! Burgers are always acceptable, right?

me izzy ash beth two

Well I think it’s safe to say we were all a little bit tipsy on this picture, but these are some of my other lovely friends and it was a pleasure to spend the night celebrating with them.

me end of year ball

This is my make up look. I kept my eyes fairly simple to let the red lip stand out. Luckily my hair was behaving and dried to soft waves, so I didn’t actually style it at all! It was a really enjoyable night and I’m sad it’s over if I’m honest!

Yesterday was a fantastic day. I got to see Amy (pictured above) for one last little coffee catch-up. It was emotional having to say good bye but I’m so glad I met her. She’s such a wonderful person, and never fails to put a smile on my face. I’ll miss seeing her around so often. I also got together with a few of the Hull Bloggers for some retail therapy and a good natter. You can check out their blogs; Charley , Jenny and Beckie . It was lovely to spend the afternoon with them wandering around Hull, especially as the weather was so beautiful. I’m hoping we’ll have another catch-up very soon!

Well I came to my room about an hour ago and vowed that I would start packing/tidying up…unfortunately that hasn’t happened and I’ve just been watching friends and eating Angel Delight. Send me some motivation; I’d seriously appreciate it!

Hope you’ve been having a great week.

Look after yourself!

Heather x