Friday, 28 November 2014

There's No Place Like London: Part One

On Monday, I took a rare trip away from home and spent the night in London to have some fun.

I don't get to travel or have fun very often these days, as I struggle to cope with my spinal pain when I'm out of bed. I manage the odd couple of hours here and there, but most days I'm lucky if I can push through five minutes. It makes it difficult to go out and do the things I enjoy most in life, but every so often I need to push myself to my limits for the sake of my sanity, and say "fuck it."

And that's exactly what I did on Monday, when I went to London with my best friend and my older sister to see Linkin Park live at the O2! It was exactly what I needed to put a smile back on my face.

My sister and I left home around noon, hopped on a train, and made it to our hotel in Covent Garden by half two. My best friend arrived soon after. We made it to London so early so that I could rest for a few hours before the show, to have the best chance of making it through the evening. It was a wise decision and the perfect excuse for a catch up.


The trip was only possible because I won a night's stay at a Travelodge hotel on Rachel's blog a couple of months ago. I don't actually live far from London; our journey only takes about an hour and a half by train, but I wouldn't have managed all the travelling and shenanigans in one go. Winning the competition could not have come at a better time! It meant that we could all afford a night away, even with Christmas on the horizon. It allowed me to get plenty of rest before and after the show, and to see my best friend who I'd not seen for almost a year, and we were / are all so grateful for that. 

We stayed in the Covent Garden Travelodge on High Holborn Road, which is in the theatre district and about a quarter of a mile from Covent Garden, and a mile from Westminster Bridge. It's about half a mile from Oxford Street and Leicester Square, too, so it's a great location to stay in if you're visiting London for sight-seeing, shopping, and a show.


It was the first time any of us had stayed at a Travelodge hotel, but it didn't disappoint. The staff were friendly and helpful, the room was clean, and the hotel was well maintained. We had a good-sized room, which, although simple, was all we needed for a night's stay. The room had a double bed and two single camp beds, which we all found comfortable. There was plenty of storage space for clothes and luggage, and a large wooden counter to work from or do your hair and make up from. It also had tea and coffee making facilities, a TV, and a decent-sized bathroom with a bath and shower (over the tub).






The best part about the room, and we all agreed, was the view we had from our tenth floor windows. There was so much to take in! We could see modern office structures alongside beautiful old buildings, with a little bit of nature and a couple of landmarks in between. Everything looked like it had been squeezed in between each other in no particular order and I loved how mis-matched it all looked. It's something I've always loved about London; the way new and old exists alongside each other.



Over the rooftops to the left of the window, we could see the tops of some of the buildings and ships along the nearby river Thames. I think the structure with the flag on the top is one of the bridges, but I'm not sure which one. 

To the right of the window, was the BT Tower, which let's face it, is a bit of an eye sore. It looks so out of place towering above everything else.

It was grey and cloudy when I took these photos on Tuesday afternoon, but when we arrived on Monday, the sun was shining and the sky was blue, which made the view look so much prettier.

We all had a great stay at the Travelodge, and I just wanted to say a big thank you to Rachel for hosting the giveaway, and to Stephanie from Talented Talkers who was organising my stay and so kindly allowed a third person to tag along. Thank you both so much! I still can't believe I won, but it allowed me to spend a rare night away from home, and I really appreciated the opportunity to escape reality for a day. We all had a fantastic time, so thanks again!

I'd happily stay in the Covent Garden hotel again next time I stay over in London, and I'd gladly recommend the hotel to you guys. It has everything you need for a comfortable night or two away from home, and you really can't beat the central location!

This is only part one of my London adventures. Tomorrow I'll be back with part two, when I'll be talking about what I got up to while I was there.

Have you ever stayed at a Travelodge hotel?

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Wednesday Wish List

Hi guys!

I'm sorry for the radio silence these last few days. I managed to spend Monday and Tuesday morning away from home doing something fun for the first time since the beginning of the year, (more on that tomorrow), but I didn't have the time to finish and schedule posts before I left. I'm a bad blogger!

I've got plenty of posts planned for the next few weeks, though, and I'm going to do my best to catch up on everything this week. I'll also set aside some time to go back and reply to all of your comments and emails when I stop feeling like I've been hit by a bus. It's all gotten away from me lately, and it's just not good enough. New Year's resolutions; get organised and keep up! 

Right now I'm shattered and in a lot of pain, so I'm going to keep the rest of this post short and sweet. You guys know the drill with my wish lists; everything is either amazing, gorgeous, or pretty! Ha ha! This week it's all about blues, reds, and black. You'll find the links below the collage.


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Sunday, 23 November 2014

Sunday Favourites #109

I haven't spent as much time hoarding images on Pinterest this week as I would usually do, but I've still gathered some gems, and I think you're going to like them... 

I love these pencil shaving illustrations. So simple, but so effective!


It's true!


Who doesn't love a rainbow colour palette?


I love this pretty pastel street.


These ice cream cone cake pops are so cute.


These raspberry meringue sandwiches with whipped dark chocolate ganache filling look so beautiful.


I'll admit I get scared of moths when they fly at me, but I still think these textile moths are amazing.


So cute!



A blind owl with stars in his eyes! So beautiful.


This made me laugh! A lot! I think I've found my spirit animal!


Sasha Unisex's Maine Coon tattoo design is stunning, and the little fox pilot is adorable.


A picture says a thousand words...


These little foxes are the cutest.


I love this eye make up look.


I would never have the guts to wear green lippy myself, but there's something about that shade of green I can't help loving.

Louise's Lovely Links

♥ Sarah from The Temporary Secretary shared her tips on how to make a good first impression as a blogger.

♥ Becky of Does My Blog Make Me Look Fat? asked do plus size brands care or are they just cashing in?


♥ Lauren of Goodbye Hollywood wrote a great post on false compliments entitled 'Beauty Is Beauty.'


♥ Doesn't Harlow Darling look fabulous in her gorgeous tomato print dress?


♥ I love Katie and Amanda's floral and flamingo themed outfits.


♥ Megan of Briar Rose shared 4 ways to wear a (velvet) turban. I wish I had her gorgeous red locks! 

♥ I enjoyed reading this infographic on the evolution of women's hair styles from the 1920's to today.

♥ Blaming the pressure from social media, one young woman has blown £10,000 on clothes in six years because she won't be seen in the same outfit twice. I wonder just how many people are led by the same pressure. Most of us, to some extent?


♥ I read an interesting post from Ali Thompson who compared and contrasted the price tags of identical straight size and plus size garments in several American stores. The results were disgraceful!


♥ These photos of wounded soldiers taken by singer Bryan Adams are beautiful and incredibly moving.


♥ How does one person exercise his 16 dogs at the same time? Watch the video via the link and find out. I'm amazed by how well trained his animals are!

♥ It's no secret that shops use a bunch of tactics to make us shop a particular way, but in case you missed the memo, have a read of this: 8 ways your fave shops are trying to make you spend more.


and, finally,

♥ 10 ways to become confident. I agree that wearing clothes you love and feel good in can help enormously.

Thanks for reading! Have a great day!

Thursday, 20 November 2014

New Plus Size Clothing Collection: Missguided Plus

If you've been following the plus size blogging community this week, then I'm sure you've heard the good news: there's a new plus size collection in town by the name of Missguided Plus!

That's right; established fashion brand Missguided has finally launched it's own plus size collection! About time, right?

Missguided Plus caters to sizes 16-24 UK, and is made up of trend-led pieces that are similar to those in the straight size range. There's no shortage of colour, short hemlines, and fashionable prints in the current selection, and the prices are reasonable, too. 

Here are some of my favourites:


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My favourites are these stunning velvet dresses, which would make the perfect Christmas party frocks. I'm particularly taken with the blue and oxblood wrap dresses.


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For all of you nineties loving ladies, there are a couple of gorgeous burgundy bodysuits to be had.


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Oh how I love these cosy looking jumpers! One of each, please!


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These skater dresses tick all the right boxes.


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I love the selection of skirts with matching crop tops or jackets. If the co-ord trend isn't really your thing, there's no need to worry; each piece is sold separately so you can style them however you like.


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I love both of these jackets, but especially the checked jacket with the PVC sleeves. Come to mama!

These jackets are so different to each other, and I think it's a good example of how diverse the collection is; there's something for almost everybody... well, for those who wear sizes 16-24. 

It's a real shame that Missguided Plus have stopped at a size 24 instead of extending their sizes further to include the larger ladies. I don't know why so many plus size brands exclude sizes beyond a 24 or a 26; especially when the selection of brands available over these sizes is still so limited. They could be making a killing! Ladies over a size 24 deserve beautiful clothes, too, and there are plenty who want to spend their hard-earned cash on clothes like these! I hope Missguided Plus extends the sizing of their clothing, if the new range does well, (and I think it will)!

I'm already impressed with the selection available, and have fallen in love with most of the collection. It's fashionable, it's fun, and the pricing is great! I think we can expect good things to come from Misguided Plus!

What do you think of Missguided's new plus size collection? Do you have a favourite piece?

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Wednesday Wish List

With Christmas just over a month away, I'm sure I'm not the only person who has banned herself from shopping for anything but Christmas presents and necessities. And, when I say 'presents', I mean for others; gifts to myself aren't allowed, either! Not that it's stopped me from window shopping online and adding dozens of pieces to my wish list! Twenty pieces made the post this week, and I may be biased, as I chose them, but there are some real beauties on this week's list. Don't take my word for it; let's take a look...

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These two tea dresses from Lady Vintage are absolutely stunning. The red rose design is my favourite, but I'll be adding them both to my Christmas list.


I adore this lace body from Junarose; it's so beautiful! I don't think I've ever owned a body, at least not that I can remember, but this one makes me want to start wearing them!


I wish I had somewhere to wear this stunning gown from Little Mistress. It's so elegant. Though, sadly, I am not!


Lindy Bop keep making amazing dresses, and I'm loving the crane print on this one. I don't know why, but it's reminding me of the beginning of The Lion King, when all the animals are heading to Pride Rock to see newborn Simba.

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I love these heart-elbow-patch jumpers from ASOS Curve; the black one is my favourite.

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These novelty bags from Skinny Dip, Liquorish, and ASOS (all via ASOS), are amazing! I need the pink popcorn bag in my life; hint, hint, Santa!

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I'm also crazy for these two unicorn clutch bags from New Look. I can't decide which colour way I like best.

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New Look are killing it with novelty bags and purses right now. If milkshakes, doughnuts, and unicorn bags weren't enough, they've now gone one step further and brought out a Christmas bauble clutch bag (and matching purse)! Oh how I need it in my life! It would be the perfect bag for the festive season! The snowman bauble purse is adorable, too, and I'm hoping to see a matching clutch bag appear in time for Christmas. 

ASOS also have some cute novelty Christmas purses at the moment, including the cute Christmas pudding purse above.



One of my favourite finds of the last week is this amazing Christmas necklace from Tatty Devine. I've never seen a necklace quite like it before. I would wear it with all of my Christmas outfits. It's just a shame I haven't got a spare £50 to spend frivolously. Boo!


And finally, this penguin print T-shirt from ASOS Curve is absolutely adorable. With the John Lewis advert warming the nation's hearts with adorable penguins, I don't see this tee sticking around for long!

What's on your wish list this week?

Which of these are your favourites?

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