Travel With Me: Cologne, Germany

At the end of June, me and my boyfriend went to explore the city of Cologne. It’s actually taken me this long to write this post because I am still in denial about being home and back to reality.

I’ve been to Berlin but Cologne was never really a place that jumped out at me but oh my god I am so glad we decided to go as I have fallen in love. As I said, I have been to Berlin and I loved it but Cologne was extra special, from the little cobbled streets surrounded by bars to the padlock bridge stretching across the river, everywhere you turned there was something more to love.

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We arrived and went straight to the hotel to dump our luggage so we were free to explore. Obviously the first spot on our agenda was the cathedral which was so breath taking; I actually forgot the amount of times Jack and I said ‘It’s so big’, but it really was. We then had a little stroll towards the river and luckily found ourselves at the Lindt chocolate museum which was like stepping into Willy Wonker’s chocolate factory.

Day 2 was zoo day! Cologne is quite famous for its zoo so we couldn’t miss giving it a visit. After getting a little confused with the trains and contemplating a 50 minute walk, we soon arrived and I was like a child at Christmas. The whole day was perfect including the weather and the top highlight was seeing a racoon as I think they are adorable and one of my favourites. We finished the day off perfectly with dinner and a few drinks before an early night to recoup for the next day which was visiting the city of Bonn.

Like with Cologne, I didn’t have much expectations when it came to Bonn, but again I was very surprised with how beautiful it is. A city that was once the capital and the birthplace of Beethoven now holds a place in my heart. Bonn is full of little cobbled twists and turns and quirky bars and bistros and a Sephora that I had been excited for ever since we booked the trip.

Our last day was bittersweet; our flight wasn’t until 10pm so we had a full day but I couldn’t shake the feeling of dread and sadness knowing we were heading back to reality and eventually back to work. We did however make our last day the best it could be so we headed back to some of our favourite spots and visited a house that belonged to the Gestapo in WWII which had been covered into a museum – that was such an eye opening experience and I’m so glad we did it.

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I already can’t wait to go back to Cologne and the whole trip is definitely up there with one of my favourites.

– Hannah Xx

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South East Blogger Club Event

Last Thursday, I was kindly invited to the South East Bloggers Club’s latest event; a bloggers and brand networking event. The evening was held at Jump Street in Chelmsford (which is hands down the coolest place to have an event) and was the perfect night to meet up with local bloggers and brands to meet and chat. These events are always my favourite because I love meeting local bloggers and making new friends.

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I arrived at the trampoline park completely unaware of what to expect especially as I went on my own; but I was greeted by the lovely girls from SEBC and immediaely felt at ease. To the left, there was a room full of bloggers and brands ready to mingle.

The first brand that I went to see was Happy Fabric where we were able to decorate our own little canvas coin purse/pouches. I like to think I am somewhat creative so this was great for me. On the front I added a decal that said ‘girls just want to have funds’ and on the back I decorated it with a pink glittery H and a few silver glitter flowers. Honestly, there was so many vinyls I could have used but I didn’t want to go too over the top so I had to limit myself.

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I then went to speak to the lovely people over at Chelsea Candle Company because duh, who doesn’t love a scented candle. There was so many beautiful scents and I honeslty could have bought them all there and then. They are all made out of Soy wax so the burn time is insane!

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The lovely people at Orthosole were also on hand to showcase their amazing orthopedic insole. A few years ago, I had a bit of a fall and tore the ligaments in my right ankle so I was quite excited to have a chat and find out a bit more about their insoles and if they could help when my foot gets a bit sore.

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The whole night was so fantastic and I had such a laugh. Thank you so much to he lovely lot at the South East Bloggers Club for inviting me!

– Hannah X

Makeup Revolution Birthday Party

Every year Makeup Revolution host an amazing birthday party tha is probably my favourite event of the year and this years didn’t disappoint. Held at the beautiful venue of One in Marlybone, the party was everything I could have dreamed of and more.

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Upon arrival, after we were met with cocktails and prosecco, me and my sister, Holly, scoped out the room to see excatly what was going on. Surrounding the bar in the middle of the room was a space where you could have your makeup done, check out makeup revolution products and as always make your own gif; oh, and how could I forget to mention the wall of doughnuts that you could have your picture taken in front of.

It was so lovely to spend some time with my sister dancing and drinking endless Cosmopolitans and seeing so many familiar faces including the lovely Vixie from http://vixiebeauty.blogspot.co.uk

Makeup Revolution and the whole team know exactly how to host a party and make everyone feel welcome and I’m already looking forward to the next one.

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Happy 4th Birthday Makeup Revolution and for the invite!

-Hannah X

Makeup Revolution Halloween Party

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Being the ultimate wuss, Halloween is one of my least favourite holidays (after Valentine’s Day) but of course I couldn’t turn down an invite to the best Halloween party of the year, Makeup Revolution’s Halloween party.

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Every year MUR, hold, hands down the best party and this year was no exception. The party was held at One in Marylebone and from the minute I arrived I knew it was going to be amazing. Upon arrival, me and my sister; Holly, we’re greeted with a choice of drinks from wine to special ‘Bloodtini’s’ and other cocktails. The room was full with all kinds of spooky decorations like coffins which displayed Halloween makeup on, to a long table full of spiders and pumpkins.

 

Upstairs led to the ‘Creepy Convent’ which was full of actors walking around scaring everyone. Honestly, I spent the first 10 minutes standing with my back to the wall because I was so scared, but it was actually so much fun.23030912_10155912893379244_732086262_o

The whole night was spent dancing and catching up with my sister who I don’t get to see nearly as much as I’d like to as she’s away at uni doing her Masters. It was great to also catch up with Sophie who I met at MUR’s birthday party earlier in the year.

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Thank you so much Makeup Revolution for inviting me; I had the best time and I already can’t wait for next years!

How did you celebrate Halloween this year?

-Hannah X

South East Bloggers Club Event

I absolutely looooove going to blogger events, probably because making new blogger friends is one of my favourite things to do. Last Thursday, I was kindly invited down to spend the evening at Layer Marney Tower to celebrate the launch of the South East Bloggers Club.

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The minute I arrived, I was blown away with the venue, a historic tower situated in the Essex countryside; it was perfect! At the door, we were greeted by the lovely girls behind the SEBC along with various drinks from prosecco to milkshakes and a lovely goodie bag filled with information about all the local brands that were at the event.

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Each brand had their own space so it meant you could spend ages chatting and getting to know them and it was great to see how interested they were in our blogs and how much they valued building a relationship. The range of businesses there was amazing too including Betty Booths photo booths, Perrywood Garden Centre and Secret Hamper so there was a real mixture of people to talk to, which was great.

I loved chatting to and networking with local businesses including some local charities like Brainwave; I even had my first bit of Christmas pudding; thanks to Lillypuds. It was so great to be surrounded by so many positive, creative people and to finally celebrate the launch of the SEBC. I can’t wait to see what you girls have up your sleeve, but I’m so glad to be a part it; thanks for the best evening.

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-Hannah X

Lush Spa

To say I love Lush is the biggest understatement; as I’m sure you know from the amount of Lush themed posts I have. The other weekend me and mum went to the Oxford St. store to have a treatment called ‘The Good Hour’. I don’t want to give anything away but let me just say, it definitely lived up to it’s name.

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Our treatment was a themed, 70 minute full body massage and it was the most amazing experience of my life. We arrived at the Spa and was greeted by the lovely Frankie and Emma who sat us down and told us all about the treatment and the products that would be used. It was great because we were able to say if there were any specific areas that we wanted them to focus on; to which I said the top of my back because I’ve been quite tense/stressed lately. We were then led down a cosy, dimly lit hallway to the different treatment rooms.

Once inside we were given a moment to get undressed and ready under the towel before ringing a bell to allow the treatment to begin. Now, as I said, I’m not going to ruin it by going in to a lot of details (although I’m sure you all know how a full body massage works) but the next 70 minutes were pure heaven. I completely zoned out and forgot that I was in a store on Oxford Street. It was so peaceful and tranquil and I didn’t want it to end. From the minute me and mum got up, I’m pretty sure the only thing we managed to say was ‘Oh my god’ because we were so relaxed!

Once we got dressed, we made our way back out into the kitchen area where there was a giant wooden table full of flowers and products and a little lounge area where there was a table with two cups of tea waiting for us. We sat there for a while basking in the atmosphere while talking to a lady who had just come out of a facial (which I think is going to be my next treatment)

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IMG_8765Honestly, I couldn’t recommend the Lush spa enough, I came way feeling so happy and relaxed. I’m already planning my next trip. Also a huge thank you to Frankie and Emma for making me and mum feel so comfortable and welcome.

-Hannah X

Doing Things Alone

Recently I went to see my favourite musician in concert; John Mayer. It was the 3rd time I had seen him live and I was beyond excited but this time was different to the last 2; this time I went alone. When the tickets went on sale, I didn’t even bat an eyelid about only getting one ticket because the only thing I cared about was seeing my favourite artist live.

Nearer the time, while I was blissfully telling the girls at work about how excited I was to be going to my first concert of 2017; I was greeted with the question of ‘who are you going with’ and when I told them, I could see the bewilderment in their eyes because “omg, you’re going alone?!” I naively responded with the classic and cliche “life’s too short and no one I know likes him enough to pay Β£60 for a ticket so why should I miss out?”; but it did get me thinking about the whole stigma surrounding doing things alone.

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The excitement I had leading up to the event was enough to mask any anticipation I had but the minute I stepped on the tube, I couldn’t help but feel a little nervous as the realisation of what I was doing hit me. I mean, you might be reading this and think I’m over reacting but apart from the odd shopping trip or appointment, I’ve never really done anything by myself before. I had the day off work so I decided to take myself off to the O2 a little earlier so I could grab some dinner and a few drinks before heading in to the arena.

From the moment I walked through the O2 doors, I felt like I was walking around with a flashing arrow that screamed the word ‘ALONE’ for everyone to see; but I walked my way through the groups of friends and loved up couples and headed to get food. I sat down and halfway through dinner, rang my sister to have some form of human communication; during which she informed me that the reason people were looking at me funny was probably because it looked like I was on a date and had been stood up.

Still with a couple of hours to go before even the support act, I headed to the Sky bar to get myself a much needed cocktail, which again I thought was a good idea before I actually did it. I orderd my drink and found a table in a quiet corner but it wasn’t long before I was surrounded by couples, families and groups of friends. Desperately trying not to look like a complete loner, I whipped out my phone and messaged my friends who I knew I could rely on to keep me company until it was time to go in.

Once I was inside and the lights went off, it was a completely different story; I wasn’t bothered about being on my own or what people were thinking. I was just so happy to be in that arena, singing along to my favourite songs; in fact I completely forgot that I was sitting next to a complete stranger.

I think my mind definitely went into overdrive and thought I stuck out being alone more than I actually did. To be honest, I would probably go to a concert alone again, just maybe eat before I go haha.

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Have you ever gone to a concert or done anything alone?

-Hannah X

Makeup Revolution’s 3rd Birthday

Makeup Revolution is one of my favourite makeup brands so when I received an inviteΒ to their 3rd birthday, I jumped at the chance to go. As always, I arrived at the venue pretty much as soon as the door opened, so while I waited for some friends I took a browse at all of the Tam Beauty products that were displayed in glass cases around the room. I got so excited looking at some of the new Revolution products, they are so stunning and just scream Charlotte Tilbury at me.

 

After meeting up with Pao, Harriet, Megan, Sophie and Victoria it was time to really get into the party mood. We naturally found a Photo Booth that created gifs so we were engrossed with that for ages and must have made about 6 or 7 different ones haha

It was so nice to see Adam, the owner of Makeup Revolution and get to mingle with so many great bloggers and just dance the night away. I had such a fab night and definitely made some friends for life!

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Thank you for the invite MUR

-Hannah X

Halloween Crafting with Paperchase

Halloween is fast becoming one of my favourite holidays, after Christmas of course; soΒ I was super excited to attend a Halloween themed evening with Paperchase at Intu Lakeside. After meeting up with my favourite blogging sisters Lauren and Rachel, we all entered the Intu Lakeside offices where we were greeted with two lovely ladies from Paperchase and a table full of card, ribbon and tissue paper.

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After finding out we were making Mexican candy skull headbands, we got stuck straight in. We began by picking the main colour for the headband itself; I chose black so that I could add all the colour when I got to the flowers and it wouldn’t clash. We also had to add some card to the sides of the large ribbon so that we could attach some tassels; for this I chose purple because I had decided I wanted a pink/purple/blue colour scheme.

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We cut smaller pieces of ribbon for the tassels so to stick to my chosen colour scheme, I opted for blue but I also decided to pair it with silver as I think the colours really compliment each other. The really fun part came with making the flower pom poms to go on the front. After a bit of fiddly cutting and folding, I had somehow managed to make 5 flowers that looked pretty okay (for the record, I am the least artistic person…ever!). Using double sided tape, we stuck them to our headband and voila, they were complete; and I was pretty proud with how mind came out.

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Thank you so much to the lovely ladies from Paperchase and Voice Communications for hosting such a fantastic event, it was so much fun and I had such a great time. Now I have a Halloween costume for every year.

-Hannah X

Christmas in July

Mentioning the big C word this early in the year is pretty strange but companies and brands are already beginning to showcase all of the goodies they have coming out over the festive periods. I was kindly invited two ‘Christmas in July’ events; one for Tesco and the other for Not On The Highstreet; both of which, I must admit have now made me so excited for December and the festive season.

The Not On The Highstreet event showcased a while host of products from Chocolates that are shaped like Brussel Sprouts, glittery cushions and Prosecco themed Christmas jumpers. My personal favourite were the rose gold martini glasses that decorated the long dining table in the centre of the room. There was so much selection for everyone including men and children which I thought was great as it really gave you a good view of what NOTHS have coming on their site. Each room that you went into was escorted with Christmas trees and other decorations and the quite hum of Christmas songs couldn’t help but make you feel a little bit excited.

 

The Tesco event was slightly different as it focused a lot on the food, which I definitely thought was great. The event was designed to take you through the stages of Christmas from the night before, the morning and the evening when everyone finds themselves way too full and asleep on the sofa. It was great to learn about all the new food and treats that are making their way into stores and to be able to try them. I don’t want to give too much away but all I’m going to say is red velvet muffins! Again, it was so surreal to be walking around trying turkey and stuffing, listening to Christmas music while it was boiling hot outside but it did make me feel super festive. I even had my first mince pie of the year!

 

 

Thank you so much to NOTHS and Tesco for inviting me to come along and see what great things are coming from you both!

-Hannah X