Friday, 24 November 2017

the travel diaries: B A T H ✨

Coming back to work after over a week off has been a struggle - let me tell you that now. But whilst I was enjoying my week off, Christopher and I decided to take a weekend trip to Bath, a place that neither of us had been to before - and we thought why the hell don't we go away for the weekend? So we drove down on Friday night, and came home late Sunday morning.

Friday night, by the time we got to the Air BNB we stayed in, it was about 11:30pm so we went just went straight to bed. Because we'd been to the midnight showing of Justice League the night before we were quite tired, and because we're both really old and can't handle getting in at 3am and not being tucked up in bed by 11 o'clock.

Then we woke up on Saturday and then drove into the centre Bath, parked the car and then we went to Patisserie Valerie for a little bit of breakfast after walking around the shops and deciding how we were going to spend the day.

We did the Roman Baths, paid for our tickets and had a little look around which was quite interesting.  Obviously you could go into the spa that was around the corner but when we walked past the queue was huge! We hadn't thought that far ahead and Saturday is probably not the best day to go when it's really busy, so we left it - but then we can always go back!


We then did a little bit more walking around the town centre, we went in a few more shops. I bought some tiny baubles from Paperchase that I've put up in my room on my string of photos and a few postcards because if you don't know I'm a huuuge postcard hoarder - yeah I'm not sure why either. 🀷🏼‍♀️

We took a little walk to the Circus, to the Royal Crescent and then we stopped in a pub for a drink and headed to another small cosy pub for lunch. Then we headed back to our Airbnb after more walking around. And ohmygod, I had no idea that Bath has an Anthropologie shop!! It was heaven, and why do I not have my own house that I can FILL with their homeware?? 😱

Bath was a lovely city, we had a lovely weekend and it was such a shame that the Christmas markets weren't open because that would have been so dreamy and festive! πŸŽ…πŸΌ although we did get to see the lights coming on as it got darker in the early evening. We then went back to our Airbnb where we  watched some TV, played against each other on Mario Kart and I then went to bed early because I felt   poorly and full of cold/

We drove back early on Sunday morning, stopping at a Starbucks when we got stuck in a little bit of traffic and spent the rest of the day chilling out at Chris', playing games, watching TV and then we watched the first episode of I'm a Celeb - which I'm actually watching too as I write this, I'm obsessed. πŸ›

Deffo would recommend Bath for a weekend trip away, and can we talk about how pretty the buildings are? 😍

Enjoy the snaps. πŸ“Έ✌🏼


Love, Danielle ♡
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Monday, 13 November 2017

MONDAY THOUGHTS : N O V E M B E R ☃️


I wanted to hit you all with a chatty post this evening, not literally in the face but here ya go. A chatty post - from me to you. Feat the only selfie I've taken this weekend, I swear I don't take nowhere near as half as many as I used to. πŸ˜‚

I would do a Life Lately post but not that much has happened, so we'll make do with a Monday Thoughts post. Enjoy! 

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Monday, 6 November 2017

☃️ 37 THINGS I LOVE ABOUT WINTER ☃️

Y'know how some people are like in love with the summer months, they live for the hot(ish) weather that we get very occasionally and they cannot wait for that pub-garden-after-work time-let's-have-a-cider time of year?

That's not me. Act like a wasteman...?πŸ˜‚

I'm excited for the summer to roll around (eventually), don't get me wrong. But I just love winter so much, I love it when it's cold, I love the build up to Christmas and I even love the dark mornings and early dusk. Not such a fan of de-icing my car in the morning, but it is all swings and roundabouts after all.

πŸ‚πŸπŸ‚πŸ I made a post like this last year, about autumn - which you can read by clicking here πŸ‚πŸπŸ‚πŸ

Read on for a list of 37 things I love about winter...

Every single jumper I own can come out of the storage box, baggy, cosy, fluffy, Christmas... the list goes on

Fireworks on bonfire night

Wrapping up warm, scarves, gloves, hats, a new coat - it's the perfect excuse to go shopping

Starbucks Christmas drinks ☕️

Having nights in, snuggling up with a hot drink and Netflix

When the sky is grey, but the shine is shining... one of those days

New winter PJs - Next know where it IS AT with their Christmas jarmies

Cosy slippers, dressing gowns, fluffy blankets

the central heating will go on, yaaas. I've only been waiting since bloody September. ☃️

Those lush winter walks where the air is so crisp and cold

Waking up to frosty/foggy mornings πŸŒ¬❄️

The feeling it's getting closer to Christmas πŸŽ„

When the shops bring out everything seasonal and it's just the best thing ever

Starting to play Christmas music. I mean Novembers not too early right? πŸŽ…πŸΌ

Dark red nails and lips

THIS coat I bought from Primark, it's the cosiest coat EVER.

the winter playlist coming out of hiding... oh and the Christmas one obvo

Buying one hundred thousand Christmas jumpers. My name's Danielle and I'm a Christmas jumper addict.

More time spent indoors, spending time with family.

Board Games - why do they only come out this time of year?? Board games all year round please.

Ice skating - I'm not very good but it's the taking part that counts, amIright? ⛸

Shopping for a Christmas Day outfit, I can't be the only person that does this.

Cold enough weather for hats. Every girl should own at least 5924321 bobble hats.

Buying fluffy socks from Primark, cause they're less that £2 and will last forever (or until next winter)

Cosy evenings spent at the pub πŸ₯‚πŸ»

Roast dinners - it's just not the same in the summer. I'm sorry, I said it.

Christmas Markets and the beginning of Winter Wonderland.

That people won't judge me for wearing a Christmas pudding hat.

Cuddling up underneath a REALLY heavy duvet and every single fluffy blanket you own.

Mumma Debs' homemade leek and potato soup. It's the best thing on a chilly day. 🍡

Fairy lights and candles πŸ•―

Wearing tights. I rarely ever wear dresses in the summer, but the winter months are where it's at. Especially a cosy knitted dress.

The new year approaching. 2018, I'm ready.

The heated blanket we have at work. Having a massage on that couch is just wonderful.

Buying other people's Christmas presents 🎁

Deciding a wrapping paper theme. I mean, they've just got to match.

Driving round to look at Christmas lights. It should be acceptable to put them up inNovember, jussaying.


What do you love most about winter?

Love, Danielle ♡
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Sunday, 5 November 2017

WHAT WE ATE AT TURTLE BAY 🍴

Last weekend I was kindly offered the chance to try out Turtle Bay's new restaurant that opened at the end of September in Northampton, and I was so excited. We went on Sunday afternoon and I took along my boyfriend Christopher, my sister Abi and her boyfriend Dave.





After visiting Turtle Bay for the VIP Preview evening, which y'know if you haven't read it already you can read it here πŸ˜‰, I couldn't wait to go back and try out even more food and even more cocktails. Our table was booked for 3pm and although it was a weekend, it wasn't overly busy but when we left a few hours later it was starting to fill up with people coming in for drinks.

It was also 2-for-1 on cocktails until 7pm where it stopped and started again at 10pm. I mean, you just can't go wrong. Our waitress came over to the table, where she took our drink orders, and then came back a few minutes later to take our food orders. I didn't get her name, but she was really lovely and was helpful when we were ordering by offering to recommend when we were struggling to decide.

Chris was driving so he opted for the Passion Fruit Cooler, I went for the Reggae Raspberry cocktail, and was offered the choice between vodka or rum. I chose vodka because I prefer it to rum. I cannot deal with drinking anything that's not sweet, so this was definitely the cocktail for me! 🍹


Abi went for the Vanilla and Passionfruit Mojito and Dave asked for a Red Stripe but they didn't have any so he went for a live Caribbean beer. Once he'd drank that he went up to get himself a mojito, which means that he got two - I am living for the 2-for-1 cocktails, seriously.

The starters arrived quickly just after the drinks, everybody else went for fish. Abi had prawns and Dave and Chris both had the squid. I went for the duck rolls because I don't like fish. 🐟 I had my eye on the garlic and herb flatbread, but I wanted to go for something that was a little bit different that what I would normally order and try something new. The duck rolls were really nice although a little bit spicy, but not too much to spoil it for me.


Ever since the Preview Evening when I was sent the Turtle Bay menu, I've had my eye on the Jerk 'N' Pull Pork Bun with sweet potato fries and Turtle Bay's Caribbean slaw and let me tell you, it did not disappoint. I love pulled pork so there was no doubt about whether I would enjoy the food or not and inside the bun it also had a sweet onion chutney and herb mayo - so dreamy. Next time I go to Turtle Bay, I might have to try one of the curries another time though, they do look delicious.

Abi went for the the Babyback Pork Ribs with sweet potatoes fries, and she's a bit like me, we don't do massively spicy food, so she chose the pineapple glaze. Dave chose the Jerk Chicken, he went for a half chicken with the classic jerk glaze, and he went for spiced fries. Chris picked the Prawn &Mango Wrap from the Lunch 'N' Lighter section of the menu, also with spiced fries.


As mentioned in previous blog posts, I am a huge fan of dessert. Give me anything sweet and I'll be happy. After trying the taster desserts last time, I had my heart set on the Dark Chocolate Brownie so that's what Chris and I ordered. If you're a massive chocolate lover, I would highly recommend ordering this! We had ours served with coconut ice cream, which I don't know is a regular thing because on the menu it said vanilla, but the coconut was still good and it did compliment the brownie.


Dave ordered Caymanas Upside Down Rum Cake, which we all tried because Dave's not a huge desserts person, and it was really tasty. You could definitely taste the rum so it wouldn't have been my  favourite choice of dessert - I'm a chocolate girl obvo. I did enjoy the little bit I did try though. I had tasted the brownie and the cheesecake that Abi ordered before, so it was nice to try the Rum Cake which was something new. Abi had the Banana and Toffee Cheesecake - if you're into that kinda thing this will be your new fave dessert, trust me. 😍




I cannot wait to get back to Turtle Bay for cocktails, more delicious and intriguing food and even more delicious desserts. There's such a chilled out vibe and for me it was the perfect way to end the weekend and get ready for a busy week ahead. I love the interior with all of the fairy lights and bright colours, the staff were all really friendly and the atmosphere was very welcoming. I would definitely recommend it to everyone.

I'd like to thank the team at Turtle Bay Northampton for letting us all come along and trial the menu and the cocktails and also to Maya and Cat for making this possible. πŸ˜

Have you been to Turtle Bay in Northampton yet? What do you think of the menu?


Love, Danielle ♡
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Thursday, 12 October 2017

MII COSMETICS | HEAVENLY BRONZING GEL, ILLUMINATING FACE BASE & BROWS BY MII: SCULPTING BROW BUILDER πŸŽ€


I love trying new beauty products and since we sell this make-up where I work I thought I would get a few new bits to try and it's a no-brainer because I didn't have to go to any shops. I've used Mii Cosmetics before and I love the products, I love the brand, I love the packaging, it's super simple and pink! I love the products that I've used before, so when I got a voucher for make-up from everyone at work, I thought I'd try some new products. ☺️

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Wednesday, 11 October 2017

NORTHAMPTON TURTLE BAY PREVIEW EVENING πŸŽ‰


Turtle Bay opened it's doors to Northampton at the end of last month and previous to this I was lucky enough to be invited to the VIP Preview Evening. There was an £800K investment in the new restaurant and it has created 50 new jobs, and it's a pretty cool place.

There is actually a place called Northampton in Jamaica too and it's so lovely because the restaurant took inspiration from Northampton in Jamaica, so I think that's really quite special. The decor was amazing, there was tonnes of bright colours, and the restaurant definitely had a beachy and lively vibe goin' on - exactly what you need when you're the furthest point in the UK away from the beach, and don't actually live in or have ever been to the Caribbean.


You don't have to eat there - there's a stand alone bar, which is great when you want to go out in Northampton on a Friday or Saturday night, just for some cocktails, get your groove on, I dunno. The bar has a menu of over 40 Caribbean rums, all used to create the coolest cocktail list. Happy hour is from 11:30am-7pm and then starts again at 10pm! Hello, happy hour, am I right? 😜🍹

BUT, you should try definitely the food too if you're going - the signature dishes include their famous jerk chicken and curried goat, but there is plenty other options like salads, burgers, and a whole range of options for vegetarians, vegans and gluten free diners!

I was actually running late to the event, working in Milton Keynes and trying to get into the town centre of Northampton when the M1 was shut in the middle of rush hour, I was never going to be there on time - but then again when I am ever on time even without traffic? πŸ˜‚

I took my best friend Em along and when we entered about 45 minutes late (whoops!😳) we were took straight over to the bar and offered complimentary cocktails, me and Em both went for the same cocktail which was the Reggae Rum Punch and apparently we missed out on the little nibbles that were going round whilst everyone trialled all of the many cocktails, but we were assured that they were delicious.



We had time to drink our cocktails and then we sat down with the other guests to sample some of the Caribbean food on the menu.

Unfortunately we didn't get to try any of their curried goat because there wasn't enough for our table, but we did try a few of the vegetarian and vegan curries - they were surprisingly tasty and full of flavour. I'm definitely going to go back and try the Goat Curry, I feel like we deffo missed out on that, I'm not sure how I feel about the Goat Curry, but I'll get back to ya on that one.

We tried a few of their beach salads, which were lush - I do love a good salad and a lil bit of avocado πŸ₯‘ I tried the Avocado, Butternut Squash and Mango Salad and their Spinach, Rainbow Beets and Watermelon Salad.

And we tried their sweet potato fries which were obvo great. 😍

I was driving so I couldn't really have too much to drink, so I only had one cocktail, Em tried one of the mojitos, the vanilla and passion fruit one and I tried the watermelon crush - which was a smoothie and then the pineappleade which I really, really enjoyed.

Then we tried the Jerk Chicken. It was served on huge boards and all of the chicken was stacked up, it came with four different sauces so you could really spice up your chicken or not and it was served with coleslaw. The pieces of chicken were huge and tasty, and we both began to feel quite full.

Then it was my favourite part of any meal, the desserts!! 🍨 We had a choice between Dark Chocolate Brownie, Banana and Toffee cheesecake and Passion fruit pie. All of which were delicious and since we were full up on all of the other delicious food, we struggled to finish them!

My absolute fave, was 100% the chocolate brownie - it was so rich and dark and one of those oh-my-god-I-can-only-eat-one-of-these-or-else-I'll-be-sick kinda brownies.



This was my first restaurant opening I've been too, and I was not disappointed. It was a fab evening, well organised, with lovely staff, delicious food, if only there'd been more cocktails but unfortunately I was working the next day and driving 😒 but the soft drinks were amazing too!

I would definitely recommend Turtle Bay, it was such a good atmosphere and a lovely restaurant and I can't wait to go back and try more food and more cocktails!

Love, Danielle ♡
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Monday, 18 September 2017

ONE WEEK BOOK CHALLENGE | IT by STEPHEN KING


There are 1166 pages, in this book. The writing is very little and there are about 456 lines on a page. I love how the paper feels, I personally love Stephen King, and myself and Christopher John have set me a challenge to read it in a week.

I absolutely love reading and last week I saw the film IT and Chris bought the book for "both of us"(his words, not mine) although it's probable he'll never read it, or he might I don't know. 🀷🏼‍♀️

I have already begun reading and I am currently on page 114.

The film was really good, I've never read IT before, I didn't see the old mini TV Series that was on, so I was new to it, and I thought it was a good film. It was a lil bit jumpy but it definitely didn't give me nightmares or keep me awake or anything like that which is always a good thing when I used to be scared of the tiniest little things. Pennywise, I can see was a really creepy character for the kids in the movie and if I was ten, I most definitely would have been shit scared to suddenly see him pop up in the darkness.

I'm excited for the book because I love detail, and boy oh boy is Stephen King good at describing, and so far the book has touched on Georgie and Bill's story with the paper boat and Pennywise in the sewers, another incident which has happened that was not seen in the film (which I won't post about due to spoilers if ya gonna read it) and is now set when they are adults. 27 years later.



So far the film has done a great job of putting the right image in my mind. Normally directors can create something different, because they have a completely different vision of the book, whereas in this film the director Andy Muschietti, has literally made what I read about the paper boat and Georgie come alive.

Wish me luck. ☘️

Have you read IT? What did you think of the film? 🀑🎈

Love, Danielle ♡
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Tuesday, 5 September 2017

🌻 AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND 🌻

I freakin' love bank holidays, especially when I've booked the Saturday off and actually get a three day weekend. Yaas. πŸ’ƒπŸΌ

Last year I spent the bank holiday out with some work friends, where me and my friend drank about four bottles of white wine between us, that was then accompanied by some tequila shots (only I was drunk enough to think 'yeah this is a great idea!' It wasn't, it really wasn't.

This bank holiday I spent the Saturday morning shopping at Rushden Lakes which is my new home, apparently, with Em, and then I went and got my nails and toes done and then we all went out on Saturday night to celebrate my 2️⃣1️⃣πŸŽ‰πŸŽˆ birthday, which now is most definitely over. πŸ˜’


Here's all of my pals, and if you're wondering where my jumpsuit from it's from New Look. 😍

On the Sunday me, Em and Chris went out to get a breakfast – I say breakfast it was past 12 but we went to an all day breakfast cafe in Northampton. Chris went home to watch the F1 and Em went back to hers and I went back to mine, I chilled out a lil bit, wrote a blog post (which is this one, incase you haven't seen it). Me and Christopher did end up watching Moana with a huge bucket of popcorn that was only £2 from Morrisons! And then we went to bed really early because we got up at 6am to go to the SEASIDE πŸ˜πŸ–




Hope everyone had a lovely bank holiday (I do realise that it was over a week ago now loool πŸ˜‚ but we do all know me!)

Love, Danielle xx

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MY LATEST TV OBSESSION πŸ“Ί

First it was American Horror Story, the SAW movie franchise, Skins, Gossip Girl, Stranger Things, Jonathan Creek, Riverdale then most recently it was Gavin & Stacey, but now it's Misfits. It aired in 2008 first, but it was an 18 rated show and only being twelve then, it's not hard to see why I didn't watch it the first time around, because I'm not going to lie – I was most definitely still watching Disney channel then. πŸ˜‚ Hey I've got no shame.


I would like to personally start by blaming Christopher John who bought the entire five series of the show on DVD and told me that we should watch it and now, I'm hooked. It's all I want to watch and that is my only trouble with DVD Boxsets and shows on Netflix that have the entire collection of episodes because why would I want to watch anything else??

We watched two episodes last night, began watching series two this morning and watched two episodes in bed whilst I had a cup of tea and munched on some biscuits. We will probably end up watching some more tonight (which I hope we doπŸ˜‹) and for the rest of the next few weeks until the series are all finished.

I will be really sad when we come to the end of Series 5 and I probably won't know what to do with myself BUT in October the new series of Stranger Things starts and so does American Horror Story, gawd I bloody love the Hallowe'en season. πŸŽƒ 

Have you ever seen Misfits? What is your current TV show obsession? Let me know in the comments or tweet me!

Love, Danielle ♡
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