Say It With Flowers

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Appleyard London

I absolutely love this gorgeous bouquet from Appleyard London! I don’t know anyone who doesn’t appreciate flowers. Flowers always lift my mood and make me happy.

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Appleyard London are UK’s premier luxury online flower delivery and gifting retailer, born out of a passion for boutique floral designs. It came beautifully and lovingly packaged. I have to say this was the highlight of my weekend.

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Sitting proudly on my home office desk and cheering the place up. Beauty is all around us.

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Make sure you check out Appleyard London website below and show that special someone in your life that they are the flower that fragrance your world.


http://www.appleyardflowers.com

My Perfect Occasion Wear

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UKBA

The UK Blog Awards is almost upon us, how exciting! It gave me inspiration to put together my dream outfit for the occasion from Debenhams. I love shopping at Debenhams there’s so much choice. If money was no object I would be bursting with fabulosity. (Inserts laugh emoji)

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Dress

I decided to go with a royal blue and gold theme in honour of the Queen’s 90th birthday. I adorbs this stunning Quiz royal blue ribbed asymmetrical skater dress. It’s contemporary and directional and makes you stand out from the crowd while still looking stylish and feminine. Perfect for the milder evenings.

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You can find it on Debenhams website where it retails for an affordable £59.99…Wahey!

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Sandals

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I paired it with these Kurt Geiger gold Horatio high heel sandals because gold compliments royal blue beautifully. These beauts retails at £140.

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Clutch

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No outfit is complete without the perfect accessories so I teamed it with the Dune metallic gold fold over clutch. Retail price £140. A great little investment piece that will transcend the season.

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Ring

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This Mood gold reversible statement ring was so chic, I simply couldn’t resist! It retails for a pocket friendly £8.00.

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Earrings

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I then chose these great looking pair of earrings in 9 carat gold which were made in Italy as I love everything Italian. It elongates the face and came in at £320. What can I say, I have exquisite tastes.

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All items featured can be found on Debenhams website.

http://www.debenhams.com/

Cheers To The Rise

Blogger: Tearoze

Venue: O2 Academy Brixton

Website: http://www.o2academybrixton.co.uk/

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It was a great evening at the O2 Academy in Brixton on Friday night. O2 Academy, Brixton, is one of London’s leading music venues. Situated in Brixton, South London, it has hosted a range of leading acts since becoming a music venue in 1983. The maximum capacity is 4,921 with 3,760 standing downstairs and 1,083 seated and 78 standing in the circle. I chose stall standing as I can’t see the point of going to a gig to sit down. I have to be right where the action is and get into the groove. The show was completely sold out so the venue was packed to capacity.

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Andra Day

Andra Day, a Grammy nominated singer/songwriter, was opening for Leon Bridges who was the main act. With the spring weather setting in nicely, it was perfect for a night out. I was really looking forward to the incredibly talented Andra Day’s performance.

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Her outfit was a relaxed trouser suit that closely resembled a pair of comfortable pyjamas. This was accompanied by a fur coat thrown casually over her shoulders when she started along with her signature head wrap. I’m not a fan of real fur but for the majority of the gig, it stayed on the sound box behind her until the end of her set. Click the link below to check out her amazing rendition of “Rise Up”.

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She didn’t disappoint as she belted out a string of hits and engaged with the audience. Vocally, she represented herself well. I’m a huge fan of hers and was ecstatic to get the opportunity to see her live. Her debut album “Cheers To The Fall” with her hit single “Rise Up” is one of my favourite so far this year. Stream it on iTunes here: http://smarturl.it/CTTFAppleMusic

Make sure you go and support her and check out her website here:

http://www.andraday.com/

Leon Bridges

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Leon Bridges was like an old soul. He was energetic and upbeat and has the smoothest moves I’ve ever seen. He delivered a number of songs that transported me to days gone by. It’s like a completely different genre of music. His dance moves matched the mood of his songs and I thoroughly enjoyed watching him as he entertained the crowd. I must admit, however, that I knew none of his music before this event but after his performance, I’m now a convert. I love his energy. Click below to check out Leon’s unique dance moves.

Leon Bridges in his element

Get a copy of his album “Going Home” and show him your full support. He’s legendary. http://smarturl.it/ComingHomeiT

Check out his website here:

http://leonbridges.com/

I highly recommend the O2 Academy in Brixton to everyone that’s looking for a great night out and who enjoys live music as much as I do. Cheers to the rise!

Keep up to date with upcoming shows on their website: http://www.o2academybrixton.co.uk/

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The Ocado Life

Featured: Ocado

Blogger: Tearoze

Website: http://www.ocado.com/

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I had my first Ocado shopping delivered and I was extremely pleased that I decided to give them a try. It was my daughter’s birthday and I liked that it was convenient and I could get everything in one place. The beetroot and white chocolate cake was divine and the decorations and card put a huge smile on her face. The food items were fresh and had a use by date that ranged from 3 days to well over a week. They have a wide range of products on offer and deliver your order for free once you spend £40 or more. You get £20 off your first shop with a minimum spend of £80. Ocado also pays 5p for each carrier bags once you give it back to them. Ocado’s products include groceries from Waitrose supermarket chain as well as their own Ocado brand, but also a selection of name brand groceries and other items, including flowers, world wines, household essentials, toys and magazine.

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Smart Pass

Ocado is a food delivery giant frequented and loved by the middle classes. They usually hold a smart pass. Smart passes are annual or monthly subscription ranging from £6.99 to £109.99 which enable customers to save 10 per cent on groceries and get priority deliveries. For my first shop, I didn’t have a smart pass as I’m not middle class. It wasn’t a problem. Their driver Jerome was extremely polite.

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Where they excel is when you order a product and it’s not in stock, they immediately suggest suitable alternatives which I find helpful and efficient. I’ve shopped with another online supermarket before and the invoice would simply say out of stock or I get a text message informing me that the products were unavailable after placing the order which I found quite frustrating. Sometimes there’s no invoice or text and I have to email to query the missing items. With Ocado, however, you know from the get go.

History

Ocado is a British online supermarket. In contrast to its competitors, it has no chain of stores and does all home deliveries from its warehouses. Ocado was launched in January 2000 as a concept and started trading as a business in partnership with Waitrose in January 2002. Ocado has been voted the best online supermarket in the UK by Which? readers every year since 2010 and with good reason. Their customer service is exemplary. You can get everything you need delivered straight to your door at a time convenient to you. If you’ve never tried shopping online for your groceries, give them a go. You may fall for the Ocado life.

Follow them on Twitter @Ocado.

Visit their website here:

http://www.ocado.com/

Anna Thursdays

Featured: Anna de Codorníu Blanc de Blancs

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http://www.codorniu.com/en/

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Arbina was the place to be last night, for the launch of Anna de Codorníu Blanc de Blancs Cava in a night dubbed “Anna Thursdays.” Anna Thursdays means that on select Thursdays from March 10th onwards, the first ten ladies along with one of their friends, will be treated to a complimentary glass of Anna de Codorníu Blanc de Blancs at participating restaurants and bars nationwide.

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It was an intimate setting with a rustic charm. Colourful tulips decorated the walls adding to its ambience alongside an amazing host Ellie, who made us feel very welcome with a glass of Cava upon arrival and her charming personality.

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Anna was smooth and unimposing, very easy on the palette. It was elegant and stylish with notes of tropical fruit and citrus, and aromas of toast and brioche. Anna de Codorníu Blanc de Blancs has fine, delicate bubbles perfect for sipping with friends. It reminds us that every day is indeed a cause for celebration. It is the perfect sparkling choice for any occasion, whether on its own, at a meeting, girls’ night out or an elegant soirée. Javier, the Spanish waiter kept our glasses topped up. I had two glasses which I thoroughly enjoyed.

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An ibérico ham hung between the ceiling of this quaint Spanish gem. Cava and Spanish nibbles were available throughout the night. The canapés were delightful. There was a lot of finger food including mini burgers, cheese, olives, croquettes, divine desserts and much more.

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There was a nice atmosphere and everyone seemed to be having a great time. I met Nikki, from Singapore and we all mingled and made it a good night.

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We were each given a goody bag on our way out containing mini bottles of this delicious and beautifully bottled Cava.

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Don’t forget to check out their website!

Oh What A Night!

Blogger: Tearoze

 

London nights

 
This weekend my friends and I were so excited to attend Candy Shop launch at Love and Liquor club in West London. It was raining and very cold and I almost changed my mind from going as I had slipped and fell and ruined my entire outfit and had to go back home to change. But because Candy Shop so generously offered to put me and four of my friends on the guest list, once I tweeted them, I decided to go regardless of the bad weather. 

I should have stayed home in the warmth, tucked up under my duvet with a cup of Earl Grey instead as it all went downhill from there. I knew something would go wrong, I just couldn’t put my finger on it. Two people cancelled then I had to get two more to replace them. That was one sign. There were so many signs along the way and I completely ignored my gut feeling. Don’t ever do that. It’s an inbuilt indicator.

My two friends had got there earlier and told me they gave both mine and their names but was told I wasn’t there so they still had to pay £20 each to get in. They paid and went in and I told them once I got there I’ll clarify the situation. 

Bottle Spend

 

£120 for a £44.95 bubbly

 
Upon my arrival with my date, I was asked if I was on the guest list. I replied that I was and gave my name. I was then told to wait by one of the burly security guards who then went and got the woman with the clipboard. She identified my name and told me I was late so it’s £20 each to get in. How am I late for a club after midnight when it closes at 3:30? Did I say I wanted to spend 5 whole hours there? It’s hardly like I was heading to an important meeting. A couple of hours is more than enough for me. She told me to wait while she went and got another female from inside the club who could make the decision of allowing my date and I into the club. 

They stood in the corner for what seemed like an eternity, whispering, then the woman with the clipboard came back and asked if I was doing a bottle spend because that’s the only way we could get in. She told me I was down for two bottles of Veuve Clicquot champagne and they were £120 each. Blimey! Do I look like I was a relative of Richard Bronson? I don’t think so.

My date offered to pay the £120 for the champagne as the hostess kept insisting we would not get in unless we did a bottle spend. So as he reached for the money, I told him its bullshit, I didn’t feel welcome and didn’t want to go in at that point, as a matter of principle. We left, got into his car and before he drove off, I rang my friends and told them to come out of the club because we were leaving and we would drop them home. They decided to stay since they had already paid their money to get in. My date and I left. They rang me an hour later saying they were leaving but we were in Brixton by then so they made their way home. The following weekend, I reimbursed my friends the £40 that they paid to get in Love & Liquor. I was left out of pocket. 

The Night That Never Was

It was a terrible experience for my first (and last) time attending Candy Shop at Love and Liquor club. Very pretentious and overpriced club. Very snobbish attitude of the staff. It is clearly a club for the rich and glamorous. Maybe you’ll have a much better experience than I did.  

Shard View

Featured: Shard View

Website: http://theviewfromtheshard.com

Blogger: Tearoze

  

  

Enchanting

I’ve recently visited The Shard, which is the tallest building in Europe. I’ve been meaning to for some time now but kept putting it off. It was quite the experience. My family and friends knows how petrified I am of heights but I decided to take the plunge and faced my fears. After all, how bad can it be? As long as I didn’t look down too much or go to the edge and bring my parachute, I should be fine. 

Upon entering The Shard, videos were on display telling me all about it. I relished the experience. I loved that I was being informed. The staff were exceptional and extremely helpful and polite which helped to put me at ease. 

A true marvel

It was absolutely beautiful! I was escorted to the queue with my plus one. I almost felt important. Almost, not quite…Haha:) I had to go into the lift then transfer to a second lift to get to the viewing gallery. They were so quiet and quick. A high speed elevator takes you to the best view of London, 68 stories above the hustle and bustle of one of Europe’s busiest cities. The best views of London are from the viewing platforms with an unrivalled 360 degree view of the city.

Unrivalled view

The 95 story Shard is an architectural marvel and the tallest building in the European Union, which makes it the 87th tallest building in the world. Designed by world renowned Italian architect Renzo Piano, The Shard’s distinctive shape has redefined the London skyline. It felt like I was on top of the world. I was amazed at the level of security at The Shard. I basically had to strip, well not in every sense of the word. I had to take off my jacket, belt and handed in my bag, all of which were passed through the metal detectors. I had on a bracelet so I had to put my hand up in the air while going through. I felt really safe and secure. 
  

Tried to capture the essence in the loo as you do

There were queues which we had to join. Really odd, due to it being a weekday. We were given a handheld device with a lanyard attached to it that guide you through the history of The Shard. I simply held it in my hand, then passed it off to my friend. The views were breathtakingly beautiful! London is such a magnificent city. You don’t really appreciate its true beauty until you’re half way up in the sky looking down on its creation. 
 

This was a small queue but the ones inside were packed

 

Of course I had to cheer the event with a glass of champagne. I went into the loo (as you do) and did a quick video because it had the best lighting. Inside The Shard was dark because that’s how you get to see London in all its splendour. 
I was surprised at how many babies were there. One of them took a shine to me and proceeded to pull my hair while smiling sweetly. I struck up a conversation with his mum and grandparents and found out they were Americans living in London but not a fan of the weather. I understand. You don’t move to London for the weather.      
Photographers were on hand offering to take pics with the city as the backdrop. You can buy these on your way out. They cost £30 each and £40 if you wanted to take a few on a memory stick. 
 
 

Gift shop

 
 
Everyone should go there at least once! It’s truly remarkable. I have no hesitation in recommending The Shard. Entry costs £25.95 for an adult E-gift card and £19.95 for a child. Champagne is extra at £10 and £12 per glass. The booklets are £9.99 each. There are other momentums such as cups for your tea that you can also purchase. 

  

It’s interesting to see how the colour changes as I was leaving.  It went from white to fuschia to red. 

  

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Really enchanting experience. Make sure you put it on your “must do” list. You can’t visit London and not check out The Shard! You will love it! 

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Microbarbox

 Featured: Microbarbox 

Blogger: Tearoze

Website: http://microbarbox.com/

What’s a Microbarbox?

  
Microbarbox tasting club is a bar in a box with a subscription service where you get gift boxes each month, containing cocktails, alcoholic drinks and snacks. The perfect way to treat yourself. 

Featuring the most exclusive spirits and mixers, these boxes are a treasure chest of extraordinary treats.

It’s perfect for when you just want to unwind or even as a taster for those special occasions.

They include trial sizes of various cocktails, mixers and spirits. Each monthly box content is different so you’ll always be surprised. Exciting, I know! You get to try so many different flavours. Once you’ve had the trial sizes and you like it, Microbarbox can source the full size bottle for you. 

What’s In The Box 

Everything you need to make a fabulous cocktail! Did someone say cocktail? That’s right up my street. 

Grapefruit Jasmine

The contents include:-

Les Olives du Marche’

I love olives and this was my favourite item in the November Microbarbox. They were both green and natural black olives, pitted and marinated in EVOO (extra virgin olive oil). They were a real treat. 

Lyme Bay Apricot Brandy

  
I found this brandy quite pleasant tasting and would get a full size bottle to keep in my cabinet so I can impress my family and friends when they pop round unannounced. It had a sweet, distinctive flavour which was easy on my palate. 

Vodka Negroni

I found this vodka very strong but lovers of vodka would appreciate it. 

Chase potato vodka 

Very smooth but too sharp for me.

  
Campari soda

It left a weird taste in my mouth. I’m not a fan. 

  
Schweppes 

Small can of Schweppes.

Martini

I like mine shaken, not stirred. I really enjoyed the martini and highly recommend it. 

The contents were meant to be shaken and strained then garnished with the lovely olives but as I’m not a huge fan of strong alcoholic liqueurs, I sipped mine slowly over the course of a week. Lightweight, I know. 
These can be used to make the Americano, the first cocktail James Bond drank in his debut film, Casino Royale. It can also make the Vodka Martini, using Chase potato vodka. It’s really smooth. 

Subscription

To be completely honest, I’ve never been a fan of subscription services but for Microbarbox I made an exception. I decided to support them because I know this business has great potential. 
Be sure to check out their website. You can try different flavours then choose the ones you like. Happy flossing! 

A Sign You Can Trust  

Featured: Red Tractor

Website: http://www.redtractor.org.uk/

Blogger: Tearoze

Trust The Tractor 

I am thrilled to be involved with Red Tractor’s #TrustTheTractor social media campaign. It’s a brilliant concept! The Red tractor logo means assurance. They ensure the food you buy is traceable, safe to eat and has been responsibly sourced. 

  
The flag in the Red Tractor logo tells you where the food was farmed and processed. Products bearing the Red Tractor logo have been produced to some of the most comprehensive and respected standards in the world. They do all the legwork for you so you don’t have to. You can shop in complete confidence wherever you see the Red Tractor logo because it’s a sign you can trust. 

Promotion

Throughout October to the 1st November 2015, Red Tractor are running its largest on pack promotion of the assured produce scheme. The promotion has the potential to be the biggest in the UK, appearing on millions of pounds worth of assured food. It aims to highlight the standards behind the scheme and raise awareness of Red Tractor to consumers. The on pack stickers give shoppers the chance to win a Farm Stay mini break worth £350, everyday for 49 days. 

  
A social media campaign to highlight the #trustthetractor message will run in conjunction with retailer activity, encouraging shoppers to look for the Red Tractor logo and in-store promotion. They will also be hosting weekly social competitions on FB & Twitter to win many more prizes. These include £100 Aldi Voucher, £50 Cooperative vouchers, meat goody bags and much more.
  
The campaign will run across all Red Tractor pre-packed branded goods, including meat and poultry, dairy, cereals and fresh produce, and is available in the major supermarkets. 

  
 History

Red Tractor was established in 2000 and has grown to become the UK’s leading farm and quality food assurance scheme. Red Tractor was launched by the food industry to promote clearer labelling and ensure food originates from a trustworthy source. They trace it so you can trust it. 

Red Tractor work with people at all stages of the food chain to ensure food complies with their standards. This includes farmers, retailers and packers, through to environmental and animal health and welfare groups.

  
Get Involved

You can get involved by choosing foods that has the trusted Red Tractor logo when you do your weekly shop as well as recommending them to all your family and friends by word of mouth. The next time you go food shopping, look out for the Red Tractor logo and rest assured that you are supporting farmers whose produce is ethical and traceable. 

Here are the links to Red Tractor social accounts. Make sure you check them out. 

 

https://twitter.com/RedTractorFood

https://www.facebook.com/redtractorfood

https://instagram.com/redtractorfood

Premier Estates Wine

Featured: Premier Estates Wine

Blogger: Tearoze

Website: http://www.premierestateswine.co.uk

Premier Estates source the best wines from around the globe to bring you a variety that suits every taste and budget. I will be reviewing three of their wines on my blog. 

Italian Prosecco Extra Dry

  

Premier Estates Prosecco would be ideally suited for any unforgettable occasion. It’s an award winning Prosecco that’s crisp and sparkling with good acidity and a light, creamy flavour. It’s an extra dry, spirited Prosecco with a zesty lemon freshness. The pleasing bubbles will definitely have you reaching for another glass. It has an 11.5% alcohol volume.

Whether its birthdays, weddings, private or corporate events it would not be out of place. The Prosecco was my absolute fave! It’s very smooth and easy to drink. This is an excellent way to celebrate those special moments without breaking the bank while still doing it in style. I was extremely pleased with the lovely aromas. I love the design of the bottles which were very eye catching. Premier Estates Prosecco was right up my street. I have no hesitation in recommending it. 

They retail for £7.99.

Chilean Sauvignon Blanc

  

Premier Estates Sauvignon Blanc originates from The Valle Central region of Chile. It is a fresh, crisp and dry tasting wine with citrus fruits and a zingy gooseberry flavour showing a lime and passion fruit finish. This highly refreshing dry white wine delivers an array of tropical fruit and mouth-watering gooseberry flavours to make the tastebuds tingle. It has an alcohol content of 13% and retails at a pocket friendly £4.99.

Grand Rosé

  

The first thing I noticed was how gorgeous the design was. This lively, sparkling wine has a lovely strawberry hue with a bouquet that’s intense and elegant. Its flavours of fruity raspberries and red cherries provided a crisp, dry finish. If you’re on a budget, this wine doesn’t only look the part but tastes amazing. It’s the perfect partner for main meals. Premier Estates Grand Rosé retails at £7.99.

Don’t forget to check out their website: http://www.premierestateswine.co.uk