Lifestyle: Urban Coffee*

Lifestyle: Urban Coffee*


Recently Katrina and myself took a little visit to Urban Coffee, which for those of you who don't know is a chain of a coffee shops located in Birmingham- but these are coffee shops with a difference offering cocktails, live events and a range of lovely food! During out visit we had a chat with Beth (the assistant manager) who told us lots of interesting information about the company! The company was founded by Simon and Amir two guys who work in IT and had no idea about retailing coffee until they started their own brand- Urban Coffee. Both love lot of coffee and loved the independent retails within in London but struggled to find the same quality outside of London so created their own brand. It doesn't stop there they stepped it up a notch with alcoholic drinks and making it a venue where events happen and although I only visited one of their branches I'm sure they all have same feel about them, homely and the staff are so lovely and smiley! On the Urban Coffee website their are ten facts and a picture about all of the staff that work in their branches- which I think is great and gives it that bit of an extra personal touch. Although I don't actually like Coffee I had a hot chocolate and it was fabulous, and I loved the little touches throughout the shop such as the little milk bottles, chalk boards and benches, I thought you guys would you enjoy some of the snaps I took!



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Sunday Summary

Sunday Summary


So it has been forever since I have done one of these, but I have a few different things I've been doing and wanted to share the blog love, this also has a few things from last weekend. So what have I been doing? Well last weekend I had a lovely night in with one of my best friends and ended up getting quite drunk and the rest is history, but I find some funny photos of us on my phone (not my best picture gotta admit!) Managed to get through a bottle of Cactus Jacks, that stuff is amazing. I have been having a LOT of driving lessons in preparation for my test which is coming up at some point this week *nervous face*. I decided it would be cute to put some lemonade in a jar because who wants to use a glass when you can use a jar?! & finally my cat decided to get herself into the paper and just chill and I found it so funny that I just had to share.

Blogs posts I heart: She Might Be Loved- Sophisticated Curves, Beautrina- The Secret Gardens, The Beauty Baker- MAC The Osbournes Range & Rachel Nicole- Ocean Stripes
Tune of the week: The Vamps Ft Demi Lovato- Somebody To You.
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The best of the body butters!

The best of the body butters!


Who doesn't love a good body butter? I spend hours on end in body shopping smelling and looking at their huge selection of body butters only to normally come out with the same two- chocolate and orange although I want to experiment with what they have to offer I always go for one I know I love. I thought in today's post I would share with you my three favorite body butters, two I have repurchased for a long time and one is a very new one to my collection but it is fab! 


Superdrug Body Butter- Cherry & Macadamia* £3.99
So this is the newest body butter to my collection but I instantly fell in love with it, the smell is such a nice one and reminds me of sweets (not sure if that's a good thing to smell like) even my boyfriend said he liked it! The pricing of this Body Butter is £3.99 so the cheapest on the list but still achieves the same great results, if you aren't a fan of sweet smelling body butters they offer many different ones such as vanilla and coconut. I found the body butters to be very moisturizing and my body felt super smooth and smelt gorgeous after, only thing I did notice compared to the others is that it left your skin feeling slightly more greasy, but only a tad and it isn't the end of the world! This body butter also contains macadamia oil which some of you may of heard of as you can also use it for the same thing but for hair- so a big bonus. Final thing I will say about this product is that it is cruelty free so for all of you who are looking for a cheaper cruelty free alternative to the body shop this is definitely one to go to!

Soap & Glory- The Righteous Butter £10.50
If you haven't tried out this body butter yet you are seriously missing out! Most of us bloggers are big fans of Soap and Glory, they have the most amazing products and although they're a big more pricey than other high street alternatives I can say that anything I have bought from them I've hands down loved! The body butter has such lovely packaging the and invites you in! It's not my favorite smellnig body butter I'll be the first to admit that, but for what it does offer it's worth the money. The body butter itself contains "softening shea butter and aloe vera" things that both great things to have in a body butter. You get your moneys worth for the size of the pot. After using this for a few days after showering my skin did feel softer and it is easy to rub in and doesn't leave the skin feeling greasy.

 The Body Shop- Satsuma Butter £13.00 (the one pictured is a mini from a gift set)
When I was looking for my full sized version of this for the picture I could not find it anywhere! So you got the mini version instead, so Body Shop Butters, these are something I've been using for at least 3 years and I've owned just about every one there's something about the smell of them that invites you in, there's so many different ones to pick from so you're not short for choice- my favorites being the satsuma and the coconut ones. You may of noticed it's a little more pricey than the others so I do usually snap them in up the sale when they are £5- much more reasonable. I have never found any problems with them other than that, they are always very moisturizing, smell delicious and don't leave your skin feeling at all greasy.   

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Lifestyle: A few days in Blackpool!

Lifestyle: A few days in Blackpool!


It's happening again, another post about a recent trip to Blackpool in the past month I've been Blackpool twice and hadn't been for years before that, I tried to get some pictures but that failed as I spent most of my time in pubs or arcades which isn't great for taking photos in! But being a blogger I did manage to get a few snaps. So I went to Blackpool for one of my best friends birthday, Blackpool was a drunken choice (true uni student coming out in me!) it was actually a lot better than I was expecting considering the price of the hotel was less than the trains! We spent the first day trying to get to grips with the town, and looking in some shops then going out clubbing! Then on the second day whilst recovering from the night before had a HUGE breakfast followed by mini golf and a meal at Bella Italia and on the third day we just walked from Arcade to Arcade whilst waiting for our train back, it doesn't sound as fun as it actually was in the post, but it was so funny and I had a great time with my friends!

Before the night out!

 During the night out
 
Mini Golf!


 On the beach

 The mother of all breakfasts!


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Spy Love Buy Wishlist!

Spy Love Buy Wishlist!


I used to weekly post wishlists but then took a break with posting them, but with so many gorgeous things being around at the moment I decided I would start posting them more often again. I recently came across Spy Love Buy and fell in love they have so many gorgeous pairs of shoes and I just want them all, it's not often I post about shoes- mainly because I spend my life in flats and converse but as I am getting older I want to change this and wear more heels and wedges whilst looking through Spy Love Buy, I found at least 10 pairs of shoes I want on my feet, but I decided compile it into a wishlist of gorgeous shoes, the amazing thing about Spy Love Buy is the fact that all of their prices are so reasonable and much cheaper than most high street stores. 

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June Catch Up!

June Catch Up!


If you follow me on twitter you may be aware that I have been posting considerably less than I usually do which is strange for me as I always nearly manage to a lot everyday so it's fair to say I've had a very busy month I am unsure where June has gone at all to be honest this year is just flying by and it's very strange to know that we are now in July but I am also happy about this as it means it is getting closer to my Florida holiday each and every day does a little dance. So what have I been doing this month which has made so busy I hear you ask? Well lets start from the beginning of the month. I started the month snowed under with university work and I am happy to say I have passed my first year and although it hasn't been easy at times I am proud of myself for sticking with it and passing, then my contract changed at work which means working for longer hours but less days which means I end up missing some blogger chats some weeks but it also gives me a lot more time when I do have to blog and do other things. 

Then I booked in my driving test for later on in July which means I have been having as many driving lessons as humanly possible to make sure I am up to standard when it comes to my driving test, I have also been organizing a blogger meet up with my lovely friend Katrina which is happening on the 19th of July in Birmingham (tweet me for more info!) and if that wasn't enough I went on two trips away and hardly used my phone at all, the first was to visit my grandparents in Yorkshire and as I hardly see them I wanted to make the most of it and they took me to Blackpool for the day, if you want to read about that click here and when I got drunk with one of my best friends we decided for her birthday we would plan a spontaneous trip to Blackpool, so I spent a few days there and hardly looked at my phone at all as I was having so much fun drinking, arcading and eating (another post to follow soon) so basically I just thought I would write this post to let you know where I've been and that I will be throwing myself back into my blog 110% for the rest of summer until I go to Florida, and I would love to line up some guest posters for when I go Florida so let me know if you would be interested! I hope you have enjoyed this post which is a bit more personal to me and if you would love to read more posts like this do feel free to let me know in the comments!
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