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30.6.15

Travel: Nice



Around six weeks ago, I went on a short break to Nice with my mama and it was pretty beaut! I had recently got over my fear of flying and wanted to give it a go (and I'll find any excuse for a holiday). We went to Nice for a long weekend and I loved every minute of it. The approach for the airport is amazing, although I only saw it when leaving as we had loads of cloud when we landed. For May, the temperature was around 24 degrees which suited us fine and meant we got some time on the beach (with amazing turquoise sea. Seriously, no filter on the pics above!) It was the perfect short break with so much to see and do.

Shopping

My biggest mistake? Not leaving enough room in my bag! Nice has a maze of shops and department stores. From big designer brands to independent boutiques, Nice has got you covered and you could easily spend the day shopping. Galeries Lafayette is worth a visit, even if it is just to stare at the beautiful Michael Kors bags!

Food

I'm shocked I didn't take any food photos. I am usually that person taking a photo of every meal and Instagramming it instantly! Basically, you will not be short of places to eat in Nice. My tip would be to try some of the smaller independent bakeries for lunch. I wish I could remember the one we went to, the lady was lovely and even rewarded me with free macaroons for ordering everything in French! Their homemade eclairs and pizzas are to die for. We also ate at the restaurant on the rooftop of our hotel which was amazing (Le Splendid - check out my review)

Language

As with most European places, the people of Nice do tend to speak English although it does vary from person to person. We found everyone to be friendly and polite, however, if you're prepared to brush up on your merci's and sil vous plait's I've found you do get more brownie points! I can speak a little French anyway but even just saying bonjour and trying to order food in French can earn you more respect and a smile (or some free macaroons, y'never know).

Day trips

One of my favourite days was Monaco. It was about a 20-30 minute train ride straight into Monaco and the view from Monaco's station was incredible (bottom left photo!) We wandered round cobbled streets and down to the modern marina, we saw all the grand prix areas as it was taking place around the time we visited, we trekked up so many hills and found a lovely royal palace to wander round. Everyone says Monaco is expensive, but we did find a cheap place to eat and some cheaper shops. If you get the chance, Monaco is well worth doing and the train only costs about 7 euros for a return.

Beach

One of the main things that drew us to Nice was the fact it was a city break and beach break all in one. The beach in the city is pebbly so we ended up going to one of the private beach areas and renting out a couple of sun beds and parasol (I think it was 30 euros in total for half a day). These tend to have restaurants and bars too which is nice if you're going to spend the afternoon there. There are sandy beaches outside of Nice if you don't mind a short journey for the feel of sand between your toes. 

I can't wait to go back for a longer holiday as I would love to do Cannes too. Have you been to Nice/have any recommendations for the area? 

Katie x

23.6.15

To the ball




Okay, let's start off by saying sorry to my brother! This is probably not the most flattering photo of him, but it was the only decent one of me. So I had no choice...(sorry Sam)...I went to a charity ball last weekend which turned out to be a great evening. I spent forever trying to find a dress and snapped up this Missguided beauty when it came back in stock, after many dress fails and some brands that made it incredibly stressful with their total lack of customer service. AND BREATHE.

I love the simple style of this dress, the slim flit and the elegant neckline. I did have my eye on the red version but unfortunately it was sold out so I went for classic black and paired it with my hot pink clutch. It's not often I get to glam up so I really enjoyed donning a ball dress, taming my mane and whacking on a bright lip (Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick - literally my holy grail of lipsticks. It's insanely matte). Also, can we just give Missguided a high five for the length of this dress. At 5ft8 I have a tough time finding floor length dresses and I'm not quite tall enough for Tall ranges - you see my dilemma. 

I went for these Miss KG shoes which you can't really see in the pics and I totally forgot to get some photos of. Yep, they're flats. Heels made the dress do the not-quite-floor-length-now thing so I rebelled and left the glass slippers at home. Not quite Cinders, but there's always next time. 

Katie x

13.6.15

Saturday night in


Sometimes I love having a Saturday night in with nowhere to be and a few mojitos on the go. I was gifted this casino set from bgo a few weeks ago and it turned out to be the perfect entertainment without having to move off the sofa! I've never been good at casino games or betting, mainly because I tend to guess and hope for the best. I'll admit, I lost twice and ran out of chips within minutes but it was good fun! 

The kit itself was pretty impressive for its price of £10. You get a full on roulette table complete with the spinning wheel and chips. I think the chips could be a bit nicer/more realistic looking to complete the casino vibe, but overall for the price it provided hours of entertainment (and some disappointment in my case!) I am quite a competitive person so I'm going to have to up my game. Definitely good entertainment for a night in with friends or family with some cocktails on the go, we'll be using it for some pre-drinking games before heading in to town too. 
Katie x

P.S. Please gamble responsibly! For more information on responsible gambling please visit http://www.gambleaware.co.uk/ 

9.6.15

Sourced Locally


I'll be honest, I had a great time with this blog post (mainly because it involved me eating two puddings in one sitting). I was contacted by the East of England Co-op PR team offering me the chance to get involved with their Sourced Locally Fortnight. I'm usually the type of person who grabs whichever brand is on offer, I don't usually give much thought to my weekly food shop so it was nice to actually take the time to see what local produce was available. I stocked up and decided on a summer dessert theme. (I may or may not have a sweet tooth. And a dessert obsession).


I used some of the ingredients seen above (c/o East of England Co-op) to create Eton Mess, Cookie Sundae and Berry Lemonade. I then went on to eat it all in one evening - totally advise against this as you will feel like a beached whale, I promise you. I've included the recipes below, I'm quite a lazy chef so like to throw things together quickly, which is why all of the recipes take 5 minutes or less!



My favourite local products have to be the ice cream (so creamy and you can taste that it's homemade), the chocolate, fresh strawberries and the lemonade, although I'm yet to give the jam a try! Sourced Locally Fortnight is on until 14th June and you can find loads more about it (and some recipes) here. I'm off for a second helping of Eton Mess, which will probably be followed by rocking a food baby and crying in to my bowl. 


Katie x