Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Huggle Up Polaroid Pics

I don't know about you, but I look longingly through Pinterest and Tumblr at lovely bedrooms and offices and want to recreate such loveliness for myself!

Huggle Up can assist with printing your Instagram/Facebook/any pictures really and presenting them in a beautiful, display-worthy style.

I opted for 20 polaroid style pictures that I took from my Instagram account, a mix of personal photos, inspirational messages and random stuff that I know I will enjoy looking at from day to day!

I now have my eyes on the mini polaroids for my office at work :)

If you are after a unique gift for yourself or a friend, then I would really recommend Huggle Up Pictures, the service was easy to use, quick to arrive and I love mine so much! It's amazing how something so simple can bring a smile to your face every day!

Thursday, 15 January 2015

January Detox at The Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester

Sienna Spa - The Ultimate January Detox*
Last week, I enjoyed a heavenly detox treatment from Sienna Spa at the Radisson Blu Edwardian in Manchester.

Designed to help you relax and detox in a blissful two hours, the package is made up of a body wrap and facial. The treatment is currently on offer for £80 which given the duration, high quality products and insanely luxurious surroundings I thought was very reasonable!

I was shown through to the changing rooms, given a lovely fluffy robe and headed to the treatment room for an initial consultation. We discussed any skin concerns so that they could be addressed. I had felt that my skin was very dry so we agreed to concentrate on getting some hydration back into my skin!

I have never had a body wrap so I must admit I was intrigued as to whether I would infact be wrapped in cling film.. this was not the case! I was settled comfortably on a plastic sheet on the bed before my skin was brushed, buffed, exfoliated, massaged and then covered in a clay. I was then wrapped up in the sheet so that my body temperature was raised, releasing the dreaded festive toxins I had no doubt accumulated over the Christmas period. Whilst the mud was working it's magic, I was treated to a scalp massage that was lovely. I was then asked to shower off the clay and settled back onto the bed for a nourishing body oil massage.

In terms of the body wrap there are some things I think potential visitors need to bear in mind. It is a full body treatment so if you are a little body shy then this is something you need to think about. Your modesty is preserved at all times, but it does include exfoliation of the stomach area and pretty much everywhere. It is also quite an 'active' treatment, in that you do have to move around on the bed so that all areas can be treated, plus you are required to get off the bed and have a shower mid-treatment. If you would prefer a treatment where you are lay still for a couple of hours then this perhaps isn't for you and you might prefer one of the many other treatments on offer.

After the body wrap was done I lay back ready for my facial. My face was exfoliated, massaged and various lotions and potions applied! My skin felt lovely and bright afterwards and that was probably my favourite part of the entire treatment.

My only observation on the facial would be that the products are very fragrant (Espa products are used) so if this is something you don't like then again this may not be the facial for you. That said, I had a really lovely time and I don't want anyone reading this to see my things to consider as criticism or negative. It is very much personal preference and I always think you should know exactly what is going to happen during a treatment that whilst is good value, is still a lot of money!

I would highly recommend the Sienna Spa, it is super relaxing, really beautiful surroundings and the therapists are friendly and professional.

Thumbs up from me!

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Fun and Fizz at Cloud 23 with Huawei

Huawei Ascend Y550 Device on O2
I love new gadgets, so when Huawei approached me to sample their newly launched Ascend Y550 Smartphone I jumped at the chance!

The phone has fantastic features; including 4G, a large touch screen, all the apps you know and love, for the super cheap price of £100. As a part of the launch, Huawei set a team of Bloggers a challenge to show what you can get up to in the UK on a budget of £100 and capture their day on the Ascend Y550 Device.

As soon as I was set this challenge I knew what I wanted to do, and that was to visit somewhere with incredible views and a few treats for me and my pal who came along with me.

Cloud 23 is situated on the 23rd Floor of the Beetham Tower in Manchester. Offering panoramic views of the City, I thought this would be the perfect location to spend my New Year’s Eve afternoon as a treat. We had Champagne Afternoon Tea and watched the sunset and all the lights coming on and it was a really lovely experience. The food was delicious and we really enjoyed taking in the views and bottomless hot drinks!

Huge thumbs up from me in terms of the afternoon spent at Cloud 23 and I have to say I am really very impressed with the phone too. I was able to connect easily to wifi, take pictures on the phone and I have saved their upload until this post so you can see the quality of the camera! Granted it’s not quite as high resolution to more expensive smartphone alternatives, but I genuinely really found the phone to be a pleasure to use.

Huawei have kindly offered me the opportunity for one of you guys to win an Ascend Y550 device of your very own!

All you have to do to win is write your perfect day out with a budget of approx. £100 in the comments below and for the most creative; I will select a winner to receive the phone! Please also include your Twitter Name (if you have one) and an email address so I can get in touch with the winner!

The deadline for entries is Friday 30th January 2015. Winners will be contacted on Saturday 31st January by email.

Good LUCK!

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Faux Fur Faves from @OfficialPLT

Oh the weather outside is frightful... Sad Face.

It's cold and dull and those January blues have well and truly hit. I love nothing more than wrapping up warm to ward off the icy winds and my favourite winter warmers currently take on a rather fluffy form.

Providing a luxurious addition to any outfit, faux furs are everywhere at the moment! I maybe biased.. but some of my faves have come from Pretty Little Thing! Easy on the eye and on the purse, above are a few of the treats online!

PLT have shown that you don't need to spend a lot to get gorgeously soft furs!

Brooke Black Furry Chain Bag

Fur Scarf (The one above has sold out but this one is similar)

Felix Green Fur Collar Duster Coat

Chelsea Mongolian Fur Scarf

Velia Brown Furry Keychain

My fur obsession is real!! :)
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