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M&S is well known for its incredible food and adverts that make your mouth water instantly. There's no such thing as boring food when it comes to Marks' and they could even make a loaf of bread look like the best you've ever seen. In addition to this they always manage to come up with new flavours and ideas that we can enjoy each season. To celebrate the launch of their brand new summer range, me and the Southampton Bloggers girlies went down to meet Jane Devonshire, Masterchef winner in 2016, to talk about her new book and try the new range. 

Some of you may be thinking what has the Hampshire based chef Jane got to do with M&S? Well she entered their rally to come up with the Best Ever Burger for the summer and created her own masterpiece recipe, so lets just say she's in with the crew! 

I chatted to her about her brand new book coming out, with ALL Gluten Free recipes from her family experiences cooking for her son. She found that he sometimes didn't even get invited to children parties because they didn't know what food to make, so took it upon herself to educate the masses. There's even Gluten Free donuts in her book! 




At home it became really, really important that I cooked meals that everybody could eat.

"I didn't cook gluten free on Masterchef because I'm not gluten free, I'm not celiac, I did it for me. I do eat mainly gluten free as I see it as healthier but if I go out I do love a good pizza. It's nice to have it as a treat! Everyone was asking, when you do your book what are you going to do? And I thought hmmm well I don't want to just do something for the sake of it. And I think it has to mean something to people who want too buy that book as well as me, they have to understand why you're doing it, not just another book. 

So it took me a while, and then I started writing a gluten free book, sort of tongue in cheek about it, and then the wonderful thing was that celiac UK heard the story and knew I wasn't just jumping on a bandwagon, so for their 50th anniversary they endorsed the book! They are a fantastic charity and they do so much good, they are just a small charity. I like working with smaller charities."




So what do you think you'll do next? Any other books or shows?

"I'd love to do another book, even though I found the process quite hard to be honest as I'm used to just adding ingredients as I go and not having to remember what I put in! So I had to go back and rewrite things often but I really enjoyed it. Everybody wants to have their own show, and of course I would jump at the chance if I was given it but the realism has to be set in and I am in a niche market as I do do gluten free food. I'd love to do a YouTube channel, but I'm so technically inane I would have no idea how to do it! I never even had a Twitter account before I won Masterchef!"

As well as chatting to Jane, we got to try the new Summer range and there was so much yummy food I had to roll out of there .....

The different meats and crackers tasted like perfect picnic food, and the olives just disappeared..... into my mouth! Of course there was an endless supply of classic Percy Pigs, as well as their new tiny little fruity meringue tarts. There was also an array of cheeses we all flocked to taste, with chilli and seaweed making an appearance in some!

The M&S food never fails to disappoint and we had a great time trying it all and chatting about what we liked the best! Get down to Marks & Spencer this Summer for all of your picnic and food needs!


Visit the M&S website here: www.marksandspencer.com




(Image: Holly Broadway)

All food was gifted as part of the event but all interviews and opinions are my own!

Summer Food with M&S and Jane Devonshire

Saturday, 14 July 2018


M&S is well known for its incredible food and adverts that make your mouth water instantly. There's no such thing as boring food when it comes to Marks' and they could even make a loaf of bread look like the best you've ever seen. In addition to this they always manage to come up with new flavours and ideas that we can enjoy each season. To celebrate the launch of their brand new summer range, me and the Southampton Bloggers girlies went down to meet Jane Devonshire, Masterchef winner in 2016, to talk about her new book and try the new range. 

Some of you may be thinking what has the Hampshire based chef Jane got to do with M&S? Well she entered their rally to come up with the Best Ever Burger for the summer and created her own masterpiece recipe, so lets just say she's in with the crew! 

I chatted to her about her brand new book coming out, with ALL Gluten Free recipes from her family experiences cooking for her son. She found that he sometimes didn't even get invited to children parties because they didn't know what food to make, so took it upon herself to educate the masses. There's even Gluten Free donuts in her book! 




At home it became really, really important that I cooked meals that everybody could eat.

"I didn't cook gluten free on Masterchef because I'm not gluten free, I'm not celiac, I did it for me. I do eat mainly gluten free as I see it as healthier but if I go out I do love a good pizza. It's nice to have it as a treat! Everyone was asking, when you do your book what are you going to do? And I thought hmmm well I don't want to just do something for the sake of it. And I think it has to mean something to people who want too buy that book as well as me, they have to understand why you're doing it, not just another book. 

So it took me a while, and then I started writing a gluten free book, sort of tongue in cheek about it, and then the wonderful thing was that celiac UK heard the story and knew I wasn't just jumping on a bandwagon, so for their 50th anniversary they endorsed the book! They are a fantastic charity and they do so much good, they are just a small charity. I like working with smaller charities."




So what do you think you'll do next? Any other books or shows?

"I'd love to do another book, even though I found the process quite hard to be honest as I'm used to just adding ingredients as I go and not having to remember what I put in! So I had to go back and rewrite things often but I really enjoyed it. Everybody wants to have their own show, and of course I would jump at the chance if I was given it but the realism has to be set in and I am in a niche market as I do do gluten free food. I'd love to do a YouTube channel, but I'm so technically inane I would have no idea how to do it! I never even had a Twitter account before I won Masterchef!"

As well as chatting to Jane, we got to try the new Summer range and there was so much yummy food I had to roll out of there .....

The different meats and crackers tasted like perfect picnic food, and the olives just disappeared..... into my mouth! Of course there was an endless supply of classic Percy Pigs, as well as their new tiny little fruity meringue tarts. There was also an array of cheeses we all flocked to taste, with chilli and seaweed making an appearance in some!

The M&S food never fails to disappoint and we had a great time trying it all and chatting about what we liked the best! Get down to Marks & Spencer this Summer for all of your picnic and food needs!


Visit the M&S website here: www.marksandspencer.com




(Image: Holly Broadway)

All food was gifted as part of the event but all interviews and opinions are my own!





I am no stranger to eating food in the sky (see here) but this time I wasn't watching sunsets eating dinner and drinking wine, I was up there for pancakes, eggs and tea at the crack of dawn. Luckily we have had a bit of a month long heatwave here in Southampton, some may call it *Summer* so the weather has been so enjoyable. Dine High Club is a brand new kind of dining in the sky, with an actual restaurant type setup rather than just chairs with your feet dangling. I took my Grandad along for the excitement and here's what happened:

We were shown through to the bar area to wait for our departure to be ready. Then we were taken to our 'couples table' (cute) by the edge of one of the sides. We had nice comfy seats with a little table in the middle and a great view of Guildhall square. We were then hoisted up slowly, with belts and seats all checked, up to 100ft in the air.

All we could see were ants below us and the rest of Southampton on the horizon. There was something so peaceful about being up there! We were served tea and juice, then patiently waited for our food. 

(Read more below)














I went for the Eggs Benedict and my Grandad had the pancakes and both looked absolutely insane! Our chef Tom Peters from the 2017 Masterchef really had a way with the food and it was perfect even at that height. No complaints with the quality at all! The eggs were soft and the sauce was so tasty, and the pancakes disappeared pretty quick so I can assume they were amazing too.

The whole experience was just so cool and despite the early start, it really didn't matter, I was loving life watching everyone else wake up and start their day from above. You can check out all of their tour dates and where they will be visiting next here, and maybe you can have food in the sky too?!

Thankyou so much Dine High Club for such a cool time and I look forward to the next one!

See their website here: www.dinehigh-club.co.uk

See the Instagram here: www.instagram.com/dinehighexperience/


WATCH THE YOUTUBE VIDEO!



This experience was gifted for the purpose of the view but all views and opinions are mine!

Breakfast With A View: Dine High

Saturday, 7 July 2018






I am no stranger to eating food in the sky (see here) but this time I wasn't watching sunsets eating dinner and drinking wine, I was up there for pancakes, eggs and tea at the crack of dawn. Luckily we have had a bit of a month long heatwave here in Southampton, some may call it *Summer* so the weather has been so enjoyable. Dine High Club is a brand new kind of dining in the sky, with an actual restaurant type setup rather than just chairs with your feet dangling. I took my Grandad along for the excitement and here's what happened:

We were shown through to the bar area to wait for our departure to be ready. Then we were taken to our 'couples table' (cute) by the edge of one of the sides. We had nice comfy seats with a little table in the middle and a great view of Guildhall square. We were then hoisted up slowly, with belts and seats all checked, up to 100ft in the air.

All we could see were ants below us and the rest of Southampton on the horizon. There was something so peaceful about being up there! We were served tea and juice, then patiently waited for our food. 

(Read more below)














I went for the Eggs Benedict and my Grandad had the pancakes and both looked absolutely insane! Our chef Tom Peters from the 2017 Masterchef really had a way with the food and it was perfect even at that height. No complaints with the quality at all! The eggs were soft and the sauce was so tasty, and the pancakes disappeared pretty quick so I can assume they were amazing too.

The whole experience was just so cool and despite the early start, it really didn't matter, I was loving life watching everyone else wake up and start their day from above. You can check out all of their tour dates and where they will be visiting next here, and maybe you can have food in the sky too?!

Thankyou so much Dine High Club for such a cool time and I look forward to the next one!

See their website here: www.dinehigh-club.co.uk

See the Instagram here: www.instagram.com/dinehighexperience/


WATCH THE YOUTUBE VIDEO!



This experience was gifted for the purpose of the view but all views and opinions are mine!


What is dating these days? We've got lost in a whole menagerie of words for situations, like 'seeing someone' or 'dating someone' or god forbid actually being someone's 'GIRLFRIEND'. And for a lot of people that is a super scary thought. Weirdly I don't share their fear. The fact that someone can go from Girlfriend to Ex in a second doesn't phase me and no extra pressure comes with a word, but millennials really seem to have it hard. Our generation has something against commitment, but if you're too busy to actually go out and meet someone, what's your choice?

Everyone wants that special someone. Someone to say "I could never let you go" (yes I quoted Gossip Girl but who the hell cares) and cuddle you to sleep at night. We've all tried the whole Instagram follow/like photos and start a conversation thing and there's some lucky people it works for. Tinder and Plenty of Fish are sometimes a good choice, but I find they are littered with catfishes and strange unsolicited photos no one wants to see....

So what's my next choice? 







For privacy reasons I obviously blotted out my matches name, but Meetchu is a brand new app that actually lets you video call. Forget giving someone your number straight away, this app actually lets you video call people. And the best part? You can't get catfished!! They can't hide behind a little screen anymore!

I set my description, I set who I wanted to look for and got to work swiping. I finally got a match and we started chatting, then finally had a video call and it wasn't all that nerve wracking, definitely not as bad as having to just 'meet' someone. The whole idea is to meet before you meet and I love it. I'm quite a picky person and awkward dates just don't do it for me, so to be able to video chat someone, with the privacy of them not knowing my number yet.... it's fabulous. 

You can even 'Zap' conversations from yours AND the other persons phone if you decide they aren't for you! It's genius! I'm sure we have all sent a few messages we never wish we had. 

So whether this turns into anything or not with my match, I've found a dating app I can trust and isn't that what relationships are all about? 

I'd love to hear how you think using apps help, and how they improve your chances when you have a busy life like mine!! 

Get 1 month PREMIUM MEMBERSHIP FREE here: 

Because there's no harm in trying right?

Follow them on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/Meetchu/

Follow them on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/MeetchuDating

This is a sponsored blog post but all opinions, dating profiles and matches are definitely my own!!

A Better Way To Date Me: Meetchu

Saturday, 30 June 2018



What is dating these days? We've got lost in a whole menagerie of words for situations, like 'seeing someone' or 'dating someone' or god forbid actually being someone's 'GIRLFRIEND'. And for a lot of people that is a super scary thought. Weirdly I don't share their fear. The fact that someone can go from Girlfriend to Ex in a second doesn't phase me and no extra pressure comes with a word, but millennials really seem to have it hard. Our generation has something against commitment, but if you're too busy to actually go out and meet someone, what's your choice?

Everyone wants that special someone. Someone to say "I could never let you go" (yes I quoted Gossip Girl but who the hell cares) and cuddle you to sleep at night. We've all tried the whole Instagram follow/like photos and start a conversation thing and there's some lucky people it works for. Tinder and Plenty of Fish are sometimes a good choice, but I find they are littered with catfishes and strange unsolicited photos no one wants to see....

So what's my next choice? 







For privacy reasons I obviously blotted out my matches name, but Meetchu is a brand new app that actually lets you video call. Forget giving someone your number straight away, this app actually lets you video call people. And the best part? You can't get catfished!! They can't hide behind a little screen anymore!

I set my description, I set who I wanted to look for and got to work swiping. I finally got a match and we started chatting, then finally had a video call and it wasn't all that nerve wracking, definitely not as bad as having to just 'meet' someone. The whole idea is to meet before you meet and I love it. I'm quite a picky person and awkward dates just don't do it for me, so to be able to video chat someone, with the privacy of them not knowing my number yet.... it's fabulous. 

You can even 'Zap' conversations from yours AND the other persons phone if you decide they aren't for you! It's genius! I'm sure we have all sent a few messages we never wish we had. 

So whether this turns into anything or not with my match, I've found a dating app I can trust and isn't that what relationships are all about? 

I'd love to hear how you think using apps help, and how they improve your chances when you have a busy life like mine!! 

Get 1 month PREMIUM MEMBERSHIP FREE here: 

Because there's no harm in trying right?

Follow them on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/Meetchu/

Follow them on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/MeetchuDating

This is a sponsored blog post but all opinions, dating profiles and matches are definitely my own!!


Face peels have always scared me a little, especially after watching that Sex and The City episode where her whole face turns red and she can't go anywhere.... My worst nightmare!! 

But it turns out that that's not always the case, and there are much lighter ones that just help to revive the skin and freshen it up without using invasive chemicals. When I heard about the NeoStrata products on offer at Dr Xaviers Clinic on Oxford Street, I thought why not! I was assured it would be light and not really noticeable and have a benefit to the skin so I went for it. 

I went for a consultation and she explained the whole process to me, the 'recovery' time and what to do and expect. I booked my appointment and came prepped with the afternoon off so that I could get the full effect of the peel. (Above is my before shot)





I laid on the bed and she removed my makeup with cleanser, popped on a headband and began the process. It's so simple that all she does is paste the chemical on your face with a brush two times and that's it! You're done! Its does have a bit of a strong smell to it, and it can tingle but I didn't feel anything. I let the chemical dry and she explained to me that I had to leave it on for 4 hours, then rinse off with warm water after. This way it would give it all time to work.

I wasn't allowed to go directly in the sun without protection for a couple of days, and they give you a NeoStrata face protector to use under your makeup etc for a couple of weeks after. I needed to steer clear of my usual face washes and scrubs, just for about 5 days, to make sure I don't irritate my skin! 

My skin gradually started to peel after about 3 days, but it wasn't anything too drastic at all. It was just as if I had a little sunburn (without the tan!). 




I then put make up on after about 4 days and it wasn't too bad but it was noticeable. I didn't think anyone would see unless they really looked at my face to be honest and it wasn't THAT offensive but it was there. After a couple more days it started to ease off and I didn't try to peel it at all! (That can cause pigmentation if the skin isn't ready to come off and it's forced off). 

My face felt super soft afterwards and it definitely made my skin feel a lot fresher. I had really bad skin last year and I just felt like it took off a layer of all the rubbish on my face. I may get a peel every month just to keep my face rejuvenated! 



I have actually continued to use the sun protector on really sunny days, it just feels light and nice and i know it has very good coverage. Great for days when I'm outside a lot like Tennis on the weekends! 

All in all I really am not scared of peels anymore, and I think I will make them a little more regular. It's a nice feeling to have a fresh layer of 'face' underneath makeup and it feels a lot cleaner when I'm just pottering around with no makeup on. 

Find Dr Xaviers Clinic Website here where you can book in for your peel!
http://www.xavier-g.com

Find the NeoStrata website and all of their great products here:
https://www.neostrata.com

This peel was complimentary by NeoStrata for the purpose of this review, but all views are my own!

Peeling Off An Unwanted Layer

Monday, 25 June 2018



Face peels have always scared me a little, especially after watching that Sex and The City episode where her whole face turns red and she can't go anywhere.... My worst nightmare!! 

But it turns out that that's not always the case, and there are much lighter ones that just help to revive the skin and freshen it up without using invasive chemicals. When I heard about the NeoStrata products on offer at Dr Xaviers Clinic on Oxford Street, I thought why not! I was assured it would be light and not really noticeable and have a benefit to the skin so I went for it. 

I went for a consultation and she explained the whole process to me, the 'recovery' time and what to do and expect. I booked my appointment and came prepped with the afternoon off so that I could get the full effect of the peel. (Above is my before shot)





I laid on the bed and she removed my makeup with cleanser, popped on a headband and began the process. It's so simple that all she does is paste the chemical on your face with a brush two times and that's it! You're done! Its does have a bit of a strong smell to it, and it can tingle but I didn't feel anything. I let the chemical dry and she explained to me that I had to leave it on for 4 hours, then rinse off with warm water after. This way it would give it all time to work.

I wasn't allowed to go directly in the sun without protection for a couple of days, and they give you a NeoStrata face protector to use under your makeup etc for a couple of weeks after. I needed to steer clear of my usual face washes and scrubs, just for about 5 days, to make sure I don't irritate my skin! 

My skin gradually started to peel after about 3 days, but it wasn't anything too drastic at all. It was just as if I had a little sunburn (without the tan!). 




I then put make up on after about 4 days and it wasn't too bad but it was noticeable. I didn't think anyone would see unless they really looked at my face to be honest and it wasn't THAT offensive but it was there. After a couple more days it started to ease off and I didn't try to peel it at all! (That can cause pigmentation if the skin isn't ready to come off and it's forced off). 

My face felt super soft afterwards and it definitely made my skin feel a lot fresher. I had really bad skin last year and I just felt like it took off a layer of all the rubbish on my face. I may get a peel every month just to keep my face rejuvenated! 



I have actually continued to use the sun protector on really sunny days, it just feels light and nice and i know it has very good coverage. Great for days when I'm outside a lot like Tennis on the weekends! 

All in all I really am not scared of peels anymore, and I think I will make them a little more regular. It's a nice feeling to have a fresh layer of 'face' underneath makeup and it feels a lot cleaner when I'm just pottering around with no makeup on. 

Find Dr Xaviers Clinic Website here where you can book in for your peel!
http://www.xavier-g.com

Find the NeoStrata website and all of their great products here:
https://www.neostrata.com

This peel was complimentary by NeoStrata for the purpose of this review, but all views are my own!







Sometimes it doesn't matter where you live, it's just nice to spend a night away from home and relax. Holidays are great but not all of us get to have them a lot of the time. When you have a busy life it's nice to have places to go to work, to chill out or to stay even just for one night. And if you're away on business? An even better chance to 'live' somewhere for a night or a few just to feel less like you're away from home. 

Room2 Hometel in Southampton opened a couple of weeks ago and I have to say the whole concept blew me away. A 'home away from home' (or just down the road for me) with it's own kitchen, bedroom and living room is just what the blogger ordered and I enjoyed it beyond belief. I had spent some time working in their cafe and working space and was then invited to the opening launch to stay. The first of it's kind in the world, Room2 offers rooms that not only have comfortable beds but also a TV with Chromecast, a kitchen and a breakfast situation that doesn't require you to be there within set times. 

A 24 hour turnover means you can come and go when you please and I promise you won't feel like you're in a hotel. More like a swanky London cafe with bedrooms. 

AND OH BY THE WAY - did I tell you you're room key is .... your PHONE!!!

The launch consisted of speeches by the architect, the Southampton Mayor, the managers and the founders as well as Gin from a local distillery and cocktails. I even got to make my own waffle!! We had a treasure hunt around the rooms and got to see what they looked like, as well as then being able to go upstairs and sink into one of their sensational beds. 

Read more below:
















It feels less like a hotel and more like a dorm with friendly staff, a gym and your own laundry facilities. The kitchen allows you to comfortably make your own food which is great when you're sticking to a meal plan or just prefer your own cooking and it feels like a little sanctuary, the only thing missing is the resident puppy, which by the way you can bring your own if you come in for chilled drinks (yeah!). 

I applaud the whole team having come up with this concept and I'm so happy we have this in Southampton, another reason for me to be proud to live in this city. I imagine I'll be spending a few random nights here when I just want a different setting, and I'll be working in their Living Room with lots of coffee to pass the day doing my work. WAY better than sitting in Pret! 

Thankyou so much to the team for letting me stay and I cannot praise this place enough. If you want my advise, go check it out. And if you work from home some days, choose home to be here as much as you can. 

Find their website here: http://www.room2.com/southampton/

Find their Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/room2hometels/

This stay was gifted for the purpose of the launch and my review, but trust me, I'll be here a lot more off my own accord!

A Home Away From Home

Thursday, 21 June 2018








Sometimes it doesn't matter where you live, it's just nice to spend a night away from home and relax. Holidays are great but not all of us get to have them a lot of the time. When you have a busy life it's nice to have places to go to work, to chill out or to stay even just for one night. And if you're away on business? An even better chance to 'live' somewhere for a night or a few just to feel less like you're away from home. 

Room2 Hometel in Southampton opened a couple of weeks ago and I have to say the whole concept blew me away. A 'home away from home' (or just down the road for me) with it's own kitchen, bedroom and living room is just what the blogger ordered and I enjoyed it beyond belief. I had spent some time working in their cafe and working space and was then invited to the opening launch to stay. The first of it's kind in the world, Room2 offers rooms that not only have comfortable beds but also a TV with Chromecast, a kitchen and a breakfast situation that doesn't require you to be there within set times. 

A 24 hour turnover means you can come and go when you please and I promise you won't feel like you're in a hotel. More like a swanky London cafe with bedrooms. 

AND OH BY THE WAY - did I tell you you're room key is .... your PHONE!!!

The launch consisted of speeches by the architect, the Southampton Mayor, the managers and the founders as well as Gin from a local distillery and cocktails. I even got to make my own waffle!! We had a treasure hunt around the rooms and got to see what they looked like, as well as then being able to go upstairs and sink into one of their sensational beds. 

Read more below:
















It feels less like a hotel and more like a dorm with friendly staff, a gym and your own laundry facilities. The kitchen allows you to comfortably make your own food which is great when you're sticking to a meal plan or just prefer your own cooking and it feels like a little sanctuary, the only thing missing is the resident puppy, which by the way you can bring your own if you come in for chilled drinks (yeah!). 

I applaud the whole team having come up with this concept and I'm so happy we have this in Southampton, another reason for me to be proud to live in this city. I imagine I'll be spending a few random nights here when I just want a different setting, and I'll be working in their Living Room with lots of coffee to pass the day doing my work. WAY better than sitting in Pret! 

Thankyou so much to the team for letting me stay and I cannot praise this place enough. If you want my advise, go check it out. And if you work from home some days, choose home to be here as much as you can. 

Find their website here: http://www.room2.com/southampton/

Find their Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/room2hometels/

This stay was gifted for the purpose of the launch and my review, but trust me, I'll be here a lot more off my own accord!

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