April has been a full-on month for me! It started well; the easter holidays and a lovely trip to Montenegro! But the last few weeks have been MAD and I’ve been a bit stressed and slacking on my blog and videos. Here’s a look at what we got up to this month – in pictures!

I received my gorgeous GLITZBOX delivery and this little beauty!

First day in Montenegro.

Sun worshipper.

Kotor Old Town.

Got my hair done at Rush Wimbledon Village.

Filmed making these gorgeous chocolate Cornflake cakes!

Had an amazing time visiting family in the new forest – such a pretty place

Finished off the month instyle with a lovely trio to the #BWBLaunch event in town!

What did April hold for you?

 

 

Hello lovelies! I hope you are coping okay with Monday morning!

Today I’m sharing some of my talented husband’s photography with you.  He’s an excellent photographer and loves getting out and about and taking pictures of our beautiful city!! These were taken before Christmas, but it’s amazing how beautiful London looks even on the greyest of days! The made me smile so I hope they do the same for you.

Enjoy!

 

The London Eye & Houses of Parliament

Trafalgar Square

The London skyline!

The National Gallery

Just as beautiful at night time

Photography Credits // Paul Erler

    

Who doesn’t love a groupon?! And with V-Day coming up they’ve got a ton of fantastic deals for couples and non-couples alike. So if you’re stuck for ideas for a Valentine’s Day date then here is my low down on the best deals on Groupon right now which are guaranteed to impress.

Six course tasting menu + prosecco at Nivana Kitchen, Marble Arch £49

I actually bought this deal when it was available last year so I’ve got first hand experience – and they be brought it back for Valentines Day. You can read my full review here, but essentially this is an absolutely winner for a classy atmosphere, impeccable service, 5* food and a decent price!

5* afternoon tea at the O2 £39

Impress your other half with an afternoon tea for a King/Queen at one of London’s best known landmarks! Cakes, scones & sandwiches – a classy date for a classy couple.

Couples massage in Bond Street £29

Having a couples massage is a super romantic treat and having one at a salon in Bond Street is even better!

Crazy Bear hotel break with dinner & champagne £229

Push the boat out and treat someone special with a quirky hotel break in one of the Crazy Bear hotels! The hotels are unique, decadently decorated and a real experience! With dinner and champagne included you can’t go wrong.

Two course meal with drinks at The Trafalgar, Greenwich £29

Maybe I’m biased because this is our local! Nevertheless, it’s a lovely traditional pub situated in picturesque Greenwich with an impressive view of the Thames. The food is good quality here and for a two course meal with drinks for two people this is a real steal.

Three course meal & sparkles for two, Hoxton £39

This deal caught my eye because the food looks super swanky! A fine dining experience for two in the trendy Hoxton district. Delicious!

I hope these ideas might have given some ideas to those who are perhaps lacking! It just goes to show that you can get amazing experiences in lovely places without taking out a mortgage to pay for them! Whether you love it, hate it or love to hate it I hope that you have a fantastic Valentine’s Day full of lots of love and laughter!

Mwah!

    

So, just to fill you in, it was my graduation on Monday! I finished my course and got my results and everything back in the summer (I’ve already moved on to my post grad) but the official ceremony was saved until last week. Although it may seem late, I quite liked it that way because it gave me something to look forward to!


I graduated from the University of Greenwich with a first class degree in Primary Education. The course, the uni and me had it’s ups and downs but I couldn’t have been prouder sitting in the chapel in my hat and gown with my friends ready to receive our official awards. Getting a degree is no mean feat and everyone who does should be super proud of there acheivements.

It was a lovely, if a little chilly, Autumn day and as graduates of the Uni of Greenwich we are lucky enough to have our ceremony in the Old Royal Naval Chapel. This stunning building has been the backdrop for many films and is extremely iconic, so I was chuffed to have it as the background for my graduation photographs.


Now, the important stuff, what did I wear?? Well, I got in a bit of tizz. It was difficult – I’ve got so many dresses but I wanted something on the formal side for this occasion. Although not too formal. And something that wouldn’t look silly with a mortar board and black gown! Tricky. In the end I decided on my prom dress. Yes you heard me right, my prom dress from when I was 16 years old (I’m now 25) which hasn’t seen the light of day for 9 years! I was really proud that it fitted me after all these years! I think it was just the right mix of formal and casual for the day.


Of course, my parents came up to watch me graduate. They are very proud and I couldn’t havnt done it without them. They have supported me throughout my entire education and have always been there. I owe them a lot. My glamourous Gran also made the trip. It meant so much to me that she could be there as she’s a huge inspiration to me. My brother, uncle, Pauls mum and dad and of course Paul himself were all there watching the ceremony from a screen cheering me on. It’s lovely to feel loved.


I’m so pleased to graduate and I have really enjoyed my time at the University of Greenwich, made wonderful friends and loved living in this exciting part of London. I can’t wait to see what the next chapter of my journey will bring!

Have you graduated recently or is it something you are looking forward to in the future?

I love cats. I’ve grown up with them as pets and it breaks my heart that in a rented flat with no garden we can’t have a kitty of our own. Clearly, a lot of people in London feel this way – cue the rise of the cat cafe!

There are a few of these cafes in London, but the original is Lady Dinah’s Emporium in Shoreditch which is cutely named after Alice’s cat from Disney’s Alice in Wonderland. The idea being, you can come to the cafe and enjoy some tea and cake whilst being entertained by and petting the cats. I was sold!

We booked to go last month – you have to book so don’t try just turning up. It’s obviously popular with tourists as it’s a bit of a novelty and they have strict rules about time slots (90 minutes) and capacities. Also, children under 12 arn’t allowed.

We went in the afternoon and paid in advance for their afternoon tea experience in the downstairs cosy cat room. It’s dark and all decorated kind of quirky and Alice in Wonderland-esque which really added to the experience. You don’t have to have the High Tea option and if you choose not to it only costs £6.50 entry to the cafe which goes towards the welfare of the cats, and then drinks and food are chargeable on top. However, I would highly recommend the High Tea especially for a special occasion. It costs £35 pp and it’s absolutely gorgeous!!! Freshly and home baked cakes, scones, luxurious sandwiches and fruit teas – the best part?? It’s all bottomless during your time slot! You can ask for refills of any of it. Although there is so much of it in the first place I challenge you to refill the food platter!!

The experience itself was wonderful. The cats were so lovely to watch and the best thing was that you can tell they are so well looked after , if a little spoilt! They are happy and pampered and there is even a lady there who is the ‘cat keeper’ who comes round to chat to you (should you wish) about the cats, where they came from and how they care for them. There are 13 cats and it’s really lovely to hear how most of them were really sick or mistreated when they came to the cafe and to see how happy they are now.

The one thing which was a bit of a shame, although totally understandable – they are animals with their own agendas after all – but the cats are very .. Let’s say nochalent!! I had visions of them being like my own cats, desperate for human attention, rubbing up against my legs and jumping into my lap, but these cats have so much attention on tap they are a lot less bothered! They were mostly sleeping but I did get to stroke this cutie.

Overall, it’s an amazing experience for any cat lover! If definately recommend it – unless you are allergic to cats of course!

Have you been to a cat cafe??

If you want to know more about Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium click here.


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