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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Thai Cooking Masterclass at Thaikhun Nottingham

Fresh Ingredients,
Bursting with flavour,
IntuNottsBloggers Thai Masterclass.



Hello Lovelies;
I wouldn't say I'm the most adventurous when it comes to food, but Thai has to be one of my favourites when it comes down to preparation and flavour.
I've been to Thaikhun, in the Intu Nottingham centre a few times, and indulged in their vibrant atmosphere, which feels as if you're stepping into that part of the world; And their food has been fantastic every time, with lunchtime offers and treats for the kids, it's really a place for everyone.  
I was kindly invited, with a handful of Nottingham Bloggers, to attend a masterclass at the restaurant. Not exactly knowing what to expect, I will admit I was a little hesitant, but built the confidence to give it a go!
We were welcomed by the staff, who were bright and bubbly, One of them which was Drew, whom hosted our evening; And offered us a fruity cocktail which I believe was named the 'Full Moon'. It was ideally the perfect setting, as we were drinking cocktails on the outdoor terrace, the sunshine lightly beating down upon us. 
With our drinks in tow, we were shown to where all the masterclasses happen; Yes I was pretty much petrified as I regained flashbacks of cookery lessons at school! But, thankfully due to such patient and understanding people around me, I actually realized I can do this, although I don't exactly cook when I'm at home! We had our own little work stations, as well as chef hats and aprons. After being kitted up, we were introduced to one of the Chef's Named M, who was guiding us through the wonderful world of Thai Cuisine. 
The first dish we were making, were fresh prawn rolls, using rice paper, prawns, cucumber, carrot and lettuce. I love prawns, so this was an exciting starter for me to re-create. We cut the ingredients into fine slices while the rice paper was placed into a bowl of water to turn into a slimy/workable texture. We followed the chef step by step, sadly my rolls weren't photography worthy, but did taste scrumptious!
Now we were onto the main course! We were taught to make, Thai red curry. Our workstations were once again set up with the fresh ingredients, and the best thing about this dish, was that we could alter it to our own preference of spice. The maximum heat I ever go for is a korma! So we found out the only way you increase the spice is by adding red chilies to the curry. It was fun to test out the flavour along the way, I actually couldn't believe I made something that tasted ever so good! It was a sweet yet subtle savory sauce and complimented the chicken well whilst it marinated.

And viola! This was definitely picture worthy I think; we plated up our creations and were then led back up to the restaurant area. We were kindly given a bowl of sticky rice to accompany our red curries; I could have eaten this meal over and over again, I was so proud of myself.  I felt that was the best part about the experience, that it doesn't matter how much or less skilled you are in the kitchen; Their masterclass caters for all. Nottingham's Thaikhun provides a cooking school every 2nd Sunday of the month, from 11-1pm where you can also learn to cook a starter and a main. You can find out all the different Thaikhun locations and classes they have to offer here.

They also have an amazing opportunity up for grabs, where you and a friend can win a trip to Thailand! The competition is called #BestSummerEver and just by filling out your details of interest you can get a free Pad Thai! With other scrumptious prizes up for grabs it's something not to be missed.

I'd love to say a big thank you to the Intu Nottingham team for arranging the event and for Thaikhun for the fantastic experience, one which I'll never forget!

Love Ellie xo

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

#Paperhaul - Crafty Creatives Subscription boxes Review*

Hello Lovelies!
So, one of my passions in life, is arts and crafts; and when I spotted #Paperhaul also known as Crafty Creatives, reaching out to bloggers about their subscription service, I couldn't resist!
I have heard, as well as come across, many subscription boxes, from food to beauty, but to hear about a monthly subscription to beautiful themed stationary, is something quite new to me.


I received the package swiftly, in a firm envelope. The contents were held together by duo toned string, and it was clear to tell what the theme was for July! Mermaid Magic, which is something I'm loving at the moment too. With a welcome card on top, I would give a huge thumbs up for the presentation, which personally is key with subscription boxes.
The set contained a handy lined notebook, two postcards, a large card and envelope and three small cards with envelopes. Precious golden waves and seashells marked the selection, with mystical mermaids and seahorses galore.


The stationary itself is stunning; I love the prints used as well as the colours, and they compliment each other so well. The quirky slogans give it more of a unique touch, and are perfect for a greeting card or a special note for someone.
The quality was beyond my expectations, from the card's texture to the actual print. For £10 a month + £2 for your P+P within the UK, it is simply worth it.


Overall I think this is something I'd be interested in signing up to, from viewing the past boxes the themes just keep getting better and better, and I love how they work closely with artists; To showcase their work I find that in itself a powerful impact. I'd love to see more of the vintage style too of course, but I like the fact that each month it's a guaranteed surprise.
When signing up to your first #PaperHaul box, feel free to use the code 25OFF for 25% off!

Do let me know what your favourite type of subscription box is in the comments, I'd love to know!

Check out #PaperHaul over at - https://www.craftycreatives.com/paperhaul/

Love Ellie x

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Blogger masterclass at Cabella Nottingham

Glamorous Glitters,
Make-up Goals,
Tips & Tricks!


Hello Lovelies! 

Now you may have recalled a previous visit I had at the beautiful Make-up boutique within Nottingham; CaBella is in the heart of the city center, just a stroll up Bridlesmith walk, and it's a perfect place to go to if you're looking for make-up tips and tricks, needing your make-up to be applied for a special occasion, or just a treat for you and the girls!
When my friend, Sarah, notified me about the CaBella ladies putting together a blogger's evening, I was more than excited to inquire about attending. As a lot of you may know, my biggest passion is make-up, and growing up I always wanted to become a make-up artist. Over the years my obsession with palettes, lipsticks and much more has grown and I'm keen on learning something new, so I'd love to share my experience with you all at this informative event.

Upon my arrival, I was greeted by the talented team that are Dannica, Jordan and Charlie; three individuals which all live and breathe glamour and passion for their job. With complimentary prosecco, I made my way to the rest of the excited bloggers and took a seat; each seat was laid with detailed information about each presented look for that evening as well as generous goody-bags from CaBella and Kieh'ls, which I'll include more about them further on!
The first look on one half of the face, was done by Dannica on Charlie. This was their signature smokey look, which had more of a wow impact and was ideal for long lasting wear, preferably for an evening out or for a special occasion/event. Dannica walked us through every step of the way, indicating that it's ideal to apply your eye shadow before your foundation incase of any fall out, and to start off with little application, to further build up the pigment and effect.  The glitter pigment that she used was one of my key favourites, this was in the shade, Champagne kisses by Glitter Eyes. It was amazing that every product used was fully pigmented, a little went such a long way and you can see how it was well worth the money, on lasting and value.
This was the completed look on Charlie; with an insight of how to contour best for your face shape, the famous selfie light picked up the best highlight and sparkle! I would love one of these beauties for my further selfies that's for sure!
For the next part of the masterclass, Jordan then demonstrated a lighter application on the other side of Charlie's face. This was a look which showcased their own brand new line of pigments and eye shadow palettes. The main pigments used for this look were Sphinx and their luxurious gold in Vegas for that added pop in the eye's corner. We were then given the chance to see every new pigment swatched onto Charlie's arm and there were plenty of 'oohs' and 'ahhs' as our to-buy lists were slowly growing!

This was both of the overall looks created by Dannica and Jordan, I just adore how both were so different but yet with their added CaBella flair. I had to also grab a shot of the pigmented arm Charlie was sporting for us! It was great that they were so patient in letting us take photos and ask questions where needs be. I found it an informative and fun evening, with serious girly envy of their decorated location. I'm sure I'll go by again and pick up a few make-up essentials, and apply their techniques to my own look in the future.
Below is an overview of the kind goody bags given to us on the night; With information on other independent businesses, which CaBella also support. There were two samples provided by Kiehl's, which were an eye balm and the ultra facial oil free cleanser. As you know, I'm loving trying out the Kiehl's range so these will come in handy!

In the CaBella goody bag, there were great discounts and offers from local businesses, a scrumptious white chocolate truffle from Studio Chocolate, some samples from Bareminerals, although the foundation shade is very dark for my skin, it was interesting to see the consistency and something I could trial out in my matched skin tone. And kindly given to us was a random selected pigment from CaBella! I was shocked to find the shade Twilight in my bag, this is a purple shade with silver reflects, and would compliment my green eyes if I went for a bold look!


This is the shade Twilight in just two strokes! I will have to post an overall make-up look on my Instagram feed using this pigment, so do keep an eye out for that!
A massive thank you to the ladies at CaBella, for hosting such a great evening for us all!
Find out more about their masterclasses and prices especially if you're local, here.

Love Ellie xo

Monday, 14 August 2017

The Beauty Temple Mapperley - Blogger Evening


Splashes of glitter,

Cocktails and cupcakes,

Pampering to perfection!



Hello Lovelies!
When I was contacted for the chance to attend the newest beauty salon within Nottingham, I was in my complete blogging element. As you may recall my blog post in regards to the Nottingham fashion press event, that was held at The Beauty Temple; well, this is their latest establishment in Mapperley; Just a 15 Minute bus journey from the city center, with their doors opened on the 27th of June this year!

I attended the event with my two blogging buddies, Sarah and Stacey. Luckily, Sarah's husband works not too far from the location, so I felt more at ease when she was able to guide us in the right direction!


Upon arriving at The Beauty Temple, we were greeted by the staff and the PR team; where we were given an insight on the evening and our treatment times. While it was still quite early this gave us the perfect chance to have a wander around and snap some pictures! The decor and the colours used were stunning, and felt completely luxurious, just how they intended with their royalty themed packages.




One of the services which the Beauty temple provides, is their blow dry bar. With this service a treatment you can have is a semi-permanent colour named 'The Royal Indulgence colour cocktail' they use the brand Milk_shake, to create mermaid vibe effects to your hair!
We were given a live demonstration of how this product is applied and used; it was interesting to watch and learn about, due to being a person that likes to colour her hair whenever she gets chance!


Just take a look at the beautiful colour swatch wheel that can be created! For best results and a more vivid shade, it's ideal to be used upon lighter hair. Yet it gives a stunning hue on darker shades as it glistens in the right lighting.


Just from the side of this, one of the treatments we could have chosen to have, was the glitter application; A member of staff provided a selection of glitter which the client could choose from, and it was applied to the face with beautiful effects. Festival vibes were flowing as we indulged our glitter bomb cocktails and the in house DJ was spinning the latest hits.



On the other side of the salon, there were two nail stations neatly set-up, with two members of staff smartly dressed in their salon uniforms; In turn we were called over, firstly Stacey, then Sarah, then myself.
 We were given the chance to choose which nail varnish shade we'd like and I had to go for the more coral/orange undertone, it just screamed summer to me! 
My nails were neatly filed and shaped, then the base coat and varnish was further applied; I had such a lovely chat with the beautician, but sadly I didn't catch her name, but she couldn't do enough and made me feel at complete ease. She kindly also painted my toe-nails the same shade, so I felt extra relaxed and refreshed and brave to wear sandals!


Just like the main salon in the city center, they have a bar set up in the corner and we were treated to delightful miniature cupcakes and canapes. I find this such a fun and girly touch to a pamper session! And it's definitely a unique concept to a beauty salon.


The beauty temple is ideal for a well earned pamper for yourself, your family and friends; with plenty of packages to choose from and all at affordable rates too.
They also stock and use the following brands -  Elemis, Delilah, CND Shellac, ST.Tropez, LVL Nouveau lashes and HD brows just to name a few!
I had a marvelous time and felt like an official VIP for the evening with a big thanks to the team; Blogger's pamper day is definitely on the cards!!


As we left the salon, we were generously handed goody-bags which contained in depth information about the new salon including treatments and packages; a beautifully created tiara shaped cookie, a CND nail varnish in the shade Mauve Maverick #206 and a leave in treatment by Milk_Shake! I'm excited to try all of these and I'll be sure to let you all know how I get on with them. 
For more information about the Beauty Temple, including price-lists, packages and pop-up parties feel free to click here

 Love Ellie xo




Thursday, 29 June 2017

Catch up with me / Spring Edition

Hello my lovelies;
 I thought I'd put together my blogging experiences over the Spring, into a blog post, which I will pre-warn you, It will be photo heavy!
I've had some amazing experiences during the past couple of months; I still feel honored and grateful for each moment and friendship that I have made along the way.


Nottingham In Fashion - Official Catwalk Shows










This event that took place in Nottingham, which I previously spoke about here, was a fabulous array of models, fashion and music. I attended two out of the three shows on the Saturday, and caught up with some of my lovely blogging gals. During the same day, Intu Victoria, invited us along to a taster which involved fruity Bellini's at Caffe Rizzoli, an insight on the best spring pieces and how to turn an outfit from day into night wear; A thrilling challenge which I actually had a crazy rush around the center which was pretty entertaining, and to be topped off with a meal at the Handmade Burger Co. We were truly spoiled and I couldn't have been more grateful, for all that the Intu Team do. 




Kiehls Counter Opening In Leicester 






During the Nottingham In Fashion event; Outside the venue in the Market square was a fabulous double decker beauty bus, as well as a beautiful Kiehl's on wheels bus! I've not tried much of Kiehl's before, yet there's a lovely store within the center of Nottingham. The ladies on the stand were warm and informative, about the effects of Kiehl's and the way it can treat all skin types. A quick consultation about our skin and experience with the brand, then determined which samples we could take away and try! We discussed about staying in touch and left our contact details with the team, in regards to their upcoming counter opening at Leicester.
 I traveled to the location with Stacey, Sarah and Loren in which felt like a bloggers road-trip! (Something I'd love to do some day!) The counter opening was within the Highcross, but for the event we were to meet outside, to be greeted by Hannah and Saff and their tour store. There was a lovely set up of tables and chairs, with brown paper goody bags and black satin ribbon beautifully tied, with heartwarming words written on tags. As we all started to form together, Hannah and Saff gave us deep information on the Kiehl's history and their most loved products by customers. 
Did you know, That their Midnight recovery oil, sells one globally every 10 seconds?! Unbelievable!
We were given products to pass around and try out on our hands. We used all of our senses to see the progress before our eyes. We also had a fun quiz to test how much we learnt, from the talk, and I won a Kiehl's lipbalm! *Super proud of myself* 
Hannah and Saff took us to see the new counter, which is within Debenhams in the shopping center; It is well lit and easy to find the products, due to the uniformed merchandising.  Kiehl's definitely is a brand that I'll be trying more of and will be sharing my thoughts with you over time.


Lush Event - Nottingham 





During May, I heard that Lush Nottingham, were holding an event to introduce their Spring and father's day range. I was extremely excited when I was accepted to the guest list, since Lush is one of my favorite brands for empowering others and glorious bath and body products.!
The evening consisted of a welcoming arrival, which included doughnuts from the marvelous Doughnotts local company, fruit infused water; Talks from the passionate staff who also provided treatments from foot pampering to hand and arm massages. Basking in the heavenly scent I opted for some TLC for my feet, the lady who performed it was immensely informative and allowed me to choose from recommended products. My key ideal product used, was the Pink peppermint foot lotion; For one it's Pink! But the consistency was sleek and quick absorbing. After an amazing massage, foot mask and exfoliant, I truly felt like I was walking on air!
Each location of the shop had someone there to advise on the products and offered consultations, which is perfect if there's a certain product or line you'd thought about trying. 
I feel like a kid in a candy shop whenever I hear about new releases and the father's day range really was beyond all my expectations; They had a complete manly feel to them, with retro and pop art designs and quirky names. These made brilliant gift ideas!


Another new release was the reformulated Think Pink bath bomb; This was such a girly, glittery ball of gorgeousness! We had the chance to see this in action, it bubbled away and created a radiant rose tone to the water. 



Towards the end of the evening, we were surprised with goodybags of our choice of either a bathbomb or shower gel, a self-preserving product and a father's day bath bomb or bubblebar!
I chose the Plum rain shower gel, the mask of magnaminty facemask and the Superdad bath bomb, which I gave to my dad for father's day!

I hope you enjoyed this look over what I've been up to, and thank you to the companies for having me! I'll be back soon with some exciting posts so keep a look out on my Twitter and other social sites!

Love Ellie xo
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