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Is your car safe?

With a heatwave just around the corner, chances are you are already planning a few trips down to your local beach or perhaps escaping for a little staycation. But have you thought about caring for your car and tyres?

Whilst many of us are already aware of what precautions we need to take when temperatures plummet during the winter, it is easy to take your car for granted. I have had my car for just over three years now and despite passing its MOT with flying colours, I have still yet to actually get round to do a full service on it. As for my tyres I probably should check their pressures and tread. If you are like me then, here are a couple of things we can all do to ensure that we stay safe on the roads and can get back to focusing on those BBQ’s or trips out.

  • Ensure your tyres have sufficient tread, no cuts or bulges. For brand new car tyres that are in perfect condition you can get online from DAT Tyres here 
  • Check the pressures against the manufactures recommendation on a regular basis before a long journey and when the tyres are cool.
  • Check that your car has good quality tyres that meet the driving requirements.
  • Carry plenty of water both for you and your car in case it overheats.
  • Wear a hat and sunscreen if you drive a convertible.

    When was the last time you checked your tyres?

With the wedding approaching, both Al and I are penny pinching, but if there is one thing that is worth investing in then it is some decent tyres. Not only do they reduce your fuel consumption, helping you to save more money in the long run, but they could also save your life!

 

 

Love Emma

Do you have any trips planned over the next few weeks? Let me know in the comments below.

 

Disclaimer: This post is collaborated by DAT Tyres

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Renowned for creating the world’s most expensive perfumes, the Clive Christian perfumery has delivered some of the finest ingredients from its independent house since 2006. This impressive achievement is just one of many, as the man himself has also received an OBE in 2012 along with founding an interior business back in the late 70s.

Whether you are seeking a summer scent for your wedding day or want to treat your Dad to something luxurious for Father’s Day then Clive Christian has something to meet all tastes. The latest collection offers a gift set that is guaranteed to be equally as unique as its recipient.

Described as “an alluring assortment”, the original twist discovery set is presented in six individual illustrated 10ml bottles, making them ideal for long haul trips to destinations that are just as exotic as the ingredients that are incorporated into the range.

Moreover, these limited edition fragrances offer a modern twist on the classic No. 1, 1872 and X scents which have been inspired by rare and precious ingredients and contains up to 20-25% of pure perfume ensuring that your fragrance retains its scent for longer.

This latest collection offers the following fragrances:

1872: Jasmine and Geranium

This elegant scent honours the original 1872 fragrance with a combination of sparkling grapefruit, sweet geranium, white jasmine, herbaceous cypress and woody petitgrain, to help create a delicate floral citrus twist.

NO.1: Water Mint and Cardamom

The timeless refinement of the classic No. 1 fragrance has been given a contemporary finish with water mint, spicy cardamom, aromantic rock rose and rich benzoin to help capture a masculine fragrance.

X: Mate Tea & Patchouli

The intensity of the smoked patchouli along with the richness of Mate Tea makes this sensual fragrance an exciting addition to the latest collection.

The set includes Jasmine and Germanium, Water Mint and Cardamom, Mate Tea and Patchouli.

Looking for something more feminine or perhaps a special house warming present? Then don’t forget to pay their site a visit where you can discover more summer scents and a wider range of gifts. Clive Christian can also be found in selected Selfridges, Fortnum and Mason or Harrods stores.

 

Love Emma

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Have you tried Clive Christian before? What fragrances would you recommend? I would love to know in the comments below.

 

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I have never been a morning person, but if there is one thing that I do love, then it has to be good tasting food and that is something that The Ivy Castle View Guildford serves in abundance.

When I was asked if I would like to attend their Bloggers Breakfast earlier on this month, I knew I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to sample some of their culinary delights, especially since I had already heard so much about The Ivy Castle View from several friends. So, naturally curiosity got the better of me and I found myself being rudely awakened by my alarm come morning, as you can probably guess, it didn’t take much encouragement from Al for me to get out of the warm bed, as I was already so eager to see the stunning brassiere for myself.

I was not disappointed either, from the moment I walked across the threshold, I was immediately greeted with warm smiles and five-star service that really was second to none. After being welcomed, I was led upstairs to the looking-glass dining room where I was immediately blown away by the stunning vintage prints, colourful art-deco style interior and gorgeous pendant style lighting. Every detail has clearly been refined to create an ambience of glamour.

Shortly, after taking my seat and becoming acquainted with some of the lovely bloggers at my table, I was offered a selection of fresh juices, coffee and still water. This was promptly followed by miniature pastries, butter and preserves. Our host Daniel was both attentive, knowledgeable and professional, coupled with the picturesque views overlooking the River Wey and Guildford’s historical castle it really is the perfect spot to enjoy a bite to eat day or night.

 

What I had

  • Green Juice – Avocado, mint, celery, spinach, apple and parsley
  • Mini pastries with butter and preserves
  • Hot buttermilk pancakes – strawberries, raspberries, blackberries with greek yoghurt, lemon balm and warm strawberry sauce
  • Gluten-free organic granola – puffed rice, buckwheat, quinoa grains, apricot, coconut and toasted seeds with almond milk

 

 

 

Thank you to the general manager Daniel Murton, the talented chef Sean Burbidge and the staff at The Ivy Guildford for having us!! The food was incredible and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting all of the other lovely Bloggers at the event. Make sure you also follow these lovely ladies and gents for more gorgeous snaps of this Insta-worthy brassiere? Surely, worth a visit for the decor alone? Not to mention the buttermilk pancakes which were my absolute favourite.

 

For more information on The Ivy Castle View in Guildford and their private dining room which seats up to 30, simply click on the links below:

 

Website: www.theivyguildford.com

Instagram and Twitter: @ivyguildford

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*I was invited to the event by The Ivy Castle View Guildford and Wickerwood PR. However, all views and opinions as always are my own.

 

 

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Saturday 3rd February saw me and Al traveling 227 miles up to Tatton Park in Cheshire, where Bride: The Wedding Show was being held in association with Cheshire Life. I have been eagerly waiting for this event to come around, as I was curious as to what exactly made this show the leading wedding event in the North West. From the moment we arrived, we were greeted by deer roaming around in the 1,000 acre park and despite the grey skies and drizzly weather we needn’t of worried about our spirits being dampened.

When we saw the huge white marquee, nothing could have prepared us for what was to come. It was everything a bride imagines at her first wedding show and more! I instantly fell in love with the magnificent 4 Weddings Gospel Choir and String Infusion, who sounded like angels singing. And despite the event attracting hundreds of couples from across the UK, we were greeted by a lovely gentleman who directed us to the VIP desk for our tickets to the Fashion Show – more on that later!

Confetti and Crumbs

After collecting our tickets, we proceeded through the main entrance where I was given my very own copy of the latest Cheshire Bride magazine and a showguide which outlined over 150 exhibitors that were showcasing as this year’s event. With the show in its 16th year, brides and grooms where spoilt for choice and really could plan their whole day under one roof.

Whilst, I was eager to meet all of the incredible exhibitors, Al was keen to grab a beer from the Prosecco Pot and locate the toilets – we had just travelled non-stop for over 4 hours. So we headed to the other end of the marquee, with me ohhh and ahhing as we went, poor Al. Once we had freshened up we took a moment to soak in the show, whilst listening to Six15 Events who totally changed my perspective of jazz music and made me reconsider my music choices. The prosecco went down a treat and got me in the mood for exploring, first we made a beeline for Church Mouse Cheeses who do the cutest cheese cakes and actually got Al excited. I swear you mention food, beer or cars and his ears go up!

Red Floral Architecture

Owen House Wedding Barn

The Prosecco Pot

Church Mouse Cheeses

The lovely John from  Church Mouse Cheeses was incredibly helpful and told us a bit more about what they offer and explained that delivering to the South East where we reside, wasn’t an issue at all. I might have been nibbling on some of the rather tasty cheddar, whilst digesting this information. John’s passion for the product left us both feeling excited about the prospect of a ploughman’s buffet for our wedding in the evening.

 

Everywhere we looked we were amazed by the incredible designs and floral arrangements from Springbank Flowers, Red Floral Architecture, Owen House Wedding Barn and Knutsford Bloom.

After a jam-packed morning full of inspiration, sensational performances and prosecco, it was time to make our way to the VIP area for the choreographed catwalk show which featured Cheshire Bridalwear, 7th Heaven Bridal, Maria Modes, J&J Designs, The Bridal Lounge, Knutsford Wedding Gallery, Nigel Rayment, Slater Menswear and Groom. All of the models were absolutely brilliant and made the show feel relaxed, fun and professional.

Sadly, like all good things, the event flew by in a haze of beautiful dresses, entertaining performances, delicious food and drink, friendly faces and breathtaking floral displays. Bride The Show really did live up to its reputation as the leading wedding event in the North West. Whilst, my bank balance is begging me not to go planning the renewal of my vows just yet, if you are lucky enough to be planning your wedding, then make sure you check out one of their shows, that are up and down the country, and definitely book VIP tickets for the fashion show – it’s not to be missed!

 

I would love to know how your planning is going. Leave a comment below.

 

Love Emma.

XxXx

 

I was invited to this event by Carousel PR, however all opinions and photos are my own.

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* Thank you Katie Kirk for kindly letting me use your images from the event.

Last Saturday was a very exciting day for me, in the morning I went and gave notice for our wedding later this year and in the evening I travelled down to Chichester, where the lovely Katie Kirk and the Jo Malone team had put on a stunning bloggers event, in the local House of Fraser store, as part of the launch for their new limited edition fragrance collection – English Fields.

Play. Combine. Create.

 

First, we were encouraged to mingle with the other lovely ladies whilst sipping on grapefruit prosecco, fresh grapefruit juice and delicious tiny morsels such as miniature scones with jam and cream, shortbread and biscuits that were all lovingly prepared and served to us by the incredibly talented Wild Mint Kitchen Café.

“Quintessentially British” 

After catching up with some familiar faces, Peter – the store manager – and the team at the local Chichester store spoke to us about the 5 new fragrances that had been created by Celine Roux and Mathilde Bijaoui as part of the new English Fields collection that had been inspired by fresh florals, cereals and grains from the English countryside.

We were each provided with an opportunity to take in the new scents which included Poppy and Barley, Green Wheat and meadow-sweet, Primrose and Rye, Honey and Crocus and Oat and cornflower.

I instantly fell in love with two of the new scents, first the striking freshness of rich red poppies which was softened with powdery notes of musk. The warmth, cheerfulness and happiness that this scent evoked, instantly made it perfect for a Spring day.

Next was Primrose and Rye which immediately had me drifting off to some exotic beach in the Indonesian ocean. This fragrance is warmed with gold corn, brightened with mimosa and softened with vanilla notes and rye. The best way to describe all of the new scents for me personally is “sunshine in a bottle”.

“Poppies Dancing In The Wind”

 

 

“Five Captivating Scents”

Peter was such a lovely host and made us ladies feel like VIPs for the evening, topping up our glasses of prosecco and offering us more delicious scones, whilst we all enjoyed a beauty pamper from Bobbi Brown as well as hand and arm massages from the lovely ladies at Jo Malone. What more could you wish for?

Having been a fan of the Wood Sage and Sea Salt cologne for quite some time now, I was eager to try out some new scents and when Lyn, the House of Fraser beauty manager, told me that the Jo Malone collection had been designed so that you can combine more than one fragrance, to help create a scent that reflects your mood and personality, I was excited to try it out for myself!

Despite, sadly losing all of my data on my iPhone (more on that in a separate post) I was left feeling rejuvenated, pampered and eager to get my hands on the new collection. Having met all of the team in Chichester, I will defiantly be travelling back down there for my complimentary bridal consultation and to purchase my very own personalised bridal fragrance – Peony and Blush Suede is already a firm favourite.

After an evening of pampering, delicious food and wonderful company, we were each given our very own gift box, complete with our own personal blog hashtag stickers and ceramic tags which had our initials embossed on. I will confess, I am absolutely terrible at gift wrapping, so it came as no surprise to me when I couldn’t nail the traditional Jo Malone bow. Luckily for me, the lovely team were on hand to help me out.

The new English Fields collection is expected to fly off the shelves fast within the next three weeks. So, if you want to experience the essence of the English landscape, make sure you get your hands on one of these beautiful and captivating scents from £47.00 for 30ml.

Make sure you check out these beautiful ladies who I had the pleasure of meeting at the event:

Katie

Lauren

Emily

Amelia

Georgia

Georgia K

Hannah

Beth

Eliza

Charlotte

 

Have you tried the new English Fields collection yet? What is your all-time favourite scent from Jo Malone? Leave a comment below.

 

Love Emma

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Thank you so much to the Jo Malone Team in Chichester for having me. It was a fantastic event and I can’t wait to see you all again soon.

 

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