Marking the Start of Summer With Aperol - Brighton!

Sunday, 28 June 2015

It's finally beginning to feel like summer! Here in Brighton, summer is all about meeting friends after work at the beach or pub, and enjoying a few drinks and some delicious food. 

There's no end to the choice of places you could go in this fair city for a drink, dinner, or both (check out some of my Brighton restaurant reviews), but if you're in the city the latter part of this coming week (2-4th July) , or at the end of July (30th July-1st August) then pop along to Jubilee Square as Aperol will be there, complete with a pop up bar, Instaprint booth, treasure hunt, ping pong, and foosball tables. There will also be a rickshaw taking people around the city, and Radio 1's Clara Amfo will be opening the event with a DJ set on Thursday 2nd July.

Aperol kindly invited me to the Brighton launch of the Aperol Social events. They fed us with scrummy food (see above) and watered us with numerous Aprerol Spritzes (see above too!). We also learnt how to make the perfect Aperol Spritz, and tried to make the fastest one too!!

If you want to make the Aperol Spritz at home, here's the recipe!

Aperol Spritz

Serves: 1

Fill a large glass with ice.

Then fill with the following:

·                3 parts Prosecco (75 ml)
·                2 parts Aperol (50 ml)
·                1 dash of Soda Water (25 ml)

Garnish with a slice of fresh orange, sit back, relax and enjoy.

There are also a number of other cocktails you can make with Aperol, such as an Amber Road (featuring bourbon, lemon juice, Angostura bitters, mint, soda, and maple syrup), in a Negroni (swapping out the Campari for Aperol, gin, and vermouth), drinking it on the rocks, or with vodka.

If you don't live in or won't be visiting Brighton when Aperol are in town, then they are also visiting London and Bristol.Check the Aperol Spritz Facebook page for more details.

New Home Decor Ideas and Inspiration

Sunday, 31 May 2015

I'm writing this sitting on my own bed in my own place (OK, rented, but I'll be a home owner again one day!), glad to be not sharing a place any more. There's still lots to do to the place to make it feel more homely, and I thought I'd share some of the home decor ideas and inspiration that I like currently.

neon pink and neon blue lined lampshades

I'm loving the neon lampshade at MADE.COM (£29), aren't they lovely? The larger rooms in my flat have 2 ceiling lights, so I wouldn't have to choose between pink and blue, score.

watermelon duvet covers and pillow cases
Image: Asda Direct

As a big fan of watermelon (how is tastes, looks, smells...) I think this watermelon duvet set from Asda is a must buy!

Silver and copper rose gold wall clock

This Aurelia wall clock, by MADE.COM is gorgeous in both silver and copper. I think I'm loving the copper slightly more, and they are a stylish steal at £29!

pastel woven bath mat primark
Image: Primark

I'm a big fan of Primark, and this pretty pastel bath mat is just £6!

pastel green teal vase
Image: Amazon*
fluoro pink dipped vase
Image: Amazon*

These PT Fluor Pink* (£32.35) and Pistachio* (£23.63) vases would look great with flowers in or placed on a shelf or desk in a craft room, storing all kinds of bits and bobs. Wouldn't the colours look so good with all of the craft materials which are currently on trend?!

a beautiful mess corner gallery wall diy

As well as things to buy, as a crafter I'm really inspired by things to do. I really love this guide on How To Style A Corner Gallery Wall by Elsie Larson at A Beautiful Mess. As my kitchen and living room are conjoined, it's important for me to be able to split the spaces as much as I can, and having a corner gallery wall would be an ideal way to highlight the living room section and also show off lots of art at the same time.

What homeware have you been lusting after recently? Is there anything you'd love to show me or share with others you think they'd like? Or do you have a home decor or DIY tutorial on your own blog or website? I'd love to see it! Link me up or tell me about it in the comments below!

February 2015 Favourites

Sunday, 22 March 2015

February favourites - Tea, Cake and Make

Hello all!

Apologies that this is a little late, but I really can't fathom how March has gone so quickly! I've been in a little work bubble, and outside of that I've been in a bit of a funk to be honest - more about that in a future post, however.

I thought I'd share with you a few things which made February 2015 a little brighter or easier for me. Let me know in the comments below what you've been loving recently!

king thali at chilli pickle in brighton

Lunches at the Chilli Pickle, Brighton

In February I had not one, but two lunches at The Chilli Pickle! Let's just say that I love King Thali's and the fact that I can get discount with my Brighton Fringe Festival Platinum membership (read more about that here). I've tried the lamb and fish variations so far, and am sure I'll be back to work my way through the others soon!

pretty pastel skull candles
Image c/o Ember Candle Co

Cute Skull Candles

I was looking through Instagram and saw that a shop I follow was having a special offer - I'd not bought from them before but had them on my wishlist, so thought "what the heck" and ordered myself some gorgeous pastel coloured skull candles. A lilac, parma violet scented skull, a pastel pink cherry scented tiki skull, and an even lighter pink candy floss scented skull. The tiki skull candle was free in the special deal, which also included a set of scented wax melts - I chose cherry scent again as it's one of my favourites!

White stuff and metro deco afternoon tea brighton
Image c/o White Stuff

White Stuff Tea Party

I was invited to the Brighton launch of the new Tea Ceremony clothing range at White Stuff. It was great fun and I got to catch up with some lovely local bloggers such as Sophie, Amy, and my lovely chum Jess.

Beautiful Bexhill sea view from De La Warr

A Trip to Bexhill

The De La Warr at Bexhill currently has an amazing exhibition on about Ladybird books - Ladybird By Design, which is on until May 10th. It was awesome to see some of my favourite books as a child, and some of the original design plates. I was a bit miffed that they didn't have my ultimate favourite Ladybird book 'Princess and the Pea' related items to buy in the shop, however!

So despite feeling rather gloomy on a number of occasions, there were some great favourites from February!