New Gin On The Block

2 Comments

New Gin On The Block

A marble and gold bar cart-worthy bottle of gin has just launched itself in a handful of farm-shops, bars and restaurants. Pin Gin is Lincolnshire's very first and only handcrafted distilled gin in the whole of the county. For those that don't know, Lincolnshire is pretty much the county the world forgot and headed straight to Yorkshire for all of the fabulous things it's tourism board and historical city has to offer. For those passing through, Lincolnshire is mostly fields with pops of towns and small villages dotted around the North, East, South and West of the County. 

2 Comments

Glossy Box April

Comment

Glossy Box April

I vowed that 2017 would be the year which I start to take my skincare routine a little more seriously, as the road to 30 is less than a year away, and it's a well known fact that skin doesn't get any younger. 

After taking a break from spending copious amounts of money on makeup and skincare when I lived in London a few years ago, in January I decided to take the plunge and commit to a beauty box or two. I was fed up of my non-adventours beauty shelves looking bare and running out of shampoo and conditioner mid-shower...

Comment

Rhubarb, Rose & Strawberry Pie

Comment

Rhubarb, Rose & Strawberry Pie

Rhubarb is pretty much available all year round here in the UK, thanks to growers producing forced rhubarb which is more well known for coming from Yorkshire. The rhubarb is grown in dark pots, which helps to create a warmer and rhubarb-grow-friendly climate.  

The tartness of the rhubarb is paired perfectly with sweetness of the strawberries, which are just starting to come into season. All combined with a crumbly sweet pastry and lashings of homemade custard, this hearty dessert will take you back to summers of the past.

Comment

Birchbox April

Comment

Birchbox April

I caved into the Birchbox trend a few months ago back in January in a bid to fill my bathroom shelf with some new and exciting beauty products. I'd managed to mess up my details for the first month so unfortunately didn't receive it. With Birchbox you can sign up for 1 month, 3 months, 6 months or a year, with the bigger your subscription, the bigger the saving!  I've subscribed for 6 months just to see what all of the fuss is about and to get a feel for the different products you receive each month.

Comment

Easter Shortbread Biscuits

Comment

Easter Shortbread Biscuits

These super cute animal and egg shaped biscuits are the perfect treat for Easter weekend. Made with the most simple of shortbread recipes and decorated with crushed mini eggs, sprinkles and melted chocolate, they're perfect to make with even the messiest of bakers!

Comment

Adler Thermae, Tuscany

Comment

Adler Thermae, Tuscany

Our flights threw our first few hours in Italy into limbo, and our first afternoon was a bit of a blur spent mostly catching up on the days sleep that we'd lost. The following morning, we open then balcony doors, and we're in Tuscan paradise, nothing but the rolling green hills of Italy and the villa used as Maximus's home in Ridley Scott's Gladiator in the far distance. The prospect of spending 4 days doing nothing more than relaxing in our soft robes, provided by Adler, slippers and swimwear is pretty welcoming...

Comment

Babe Balm, The Multitasker

Comment

Babe Balm, The Multitasker

Self named, but completely deserved, Clean Beauty Co have titled their new Babe Balm as their Hero product. This orange pot of vegan-friendly kokum butter, monoi, squalene, hibiscus, calendula and Brazilian pequi oil is designed to fix a multitude of sins. From dry elbows and ankles through to sun-damaged lips and dehydrated cuticles, Baby Balm is your one pot wonder skin emergency fixer, which also doubles up as a makeup remover and all over body moisturiser! 

Comment

Lavender, Pistachio & Cream Éclairs

Comment

Lavender, Pistachio & Cream Éclairs

These delicious pastel, sweet, cream-filled fingers are perfect for any summer picnic or party.  Lavender can be slightly overpowering, but when used in the right quantities and combined with sweet cream, it's beautifully light and florally. It grows in abundance in our garden and regularly features in cocktails and recipes throughout summer.

Comment

Where to Visit this May

Comment

Where to Visit this May

Peru.

May has to be one of the best months to visit Peru, the rain season has ended but the land is still green and lush, with main holiday-goers not arriving until June and July. Tackling the Inca Trail is the best way to see the Lost City of the Incas, but make sure you plan ahead and book your trail as permits are needed a month in advance! Tours and Hikes cover 26 miles over 4 days. Leave your tent and sleeping bag for an hour or two's hike up Machu Picchu in the darkness for an unforgettable misty sunrise...

Comment

Byredo Rose Noir

Comment

Byredo Rose Noir

My love affair for native Swede, Ben Gotham began 5 years ago when my friend Dan had clasped my hand and dragged me over to the Byredo counter in Liberty. I remember this moment quite distinctly as it's one of only two time's that I've fallen in love at first sight (or in this case, first whiff)...

Comment

Ibiza

Comment

Ibiza

I have vague memories of a family holiday to the island before I’d even hit 10, we’d stayed in an all-inclusive, and I remember very little than being grumpy over sunburn and being forced into a children’s club that was 5 years below my age. 20 or so years later, I find myself laid on a bed somewhere in Sant Jose drinking champagne under the sun with friends celebrating their consecutive 30th’s after a night in Space. From club hopping and parties on the beach, through to hunting for jewels in Ibiza Old Town and yoga retreats dotted in the hills, this Island with a name for itself has to be hands down my favourite. 

Comment

Dark Chocolate & Cherry Pavlova

Comment

Dark Chocolate & Cherry Pavlova

This dessert is nothing short of centrepiece worth when it comes to dinner parties. Meringue done well, is one of the simplest dessert basis to create, with nothing needed other than sugar and egg whites! If you've a lover of any thing dark and chocolatey,  then give this recipe a shot. If you're not a chocolate or cherry fan, play around with the cream and toppings to create your flavour heaven. For a summer alternative, try pistachio's, elderflower and raspberries...

Comment

New Year January Blues

Comment

New Year January Blues

There’s nothing more deflating than heading back to work after the build up to a jam packed festive season and long Christmas break, so this month, we’re visiting the top places to beat the New Year blues. Whether you’re looking for a weekend European break, a week on a hot beach, a mountain to skii down or a swanky New York shopping spree we’ve got it covered thanks to Secret Escapes.

Comment

Five star family retreats & romantic breaks, Barbados bound

Comment

Five star family retreats & romantic breaks, Barbados bound

Sitting along Barbados’ west coast, lie some of the island’s most beautiful and luxurious hotels.

An island full of versatility, comprising of the east coast’s surf-ready waves, the west coast’s tranquil white beaches, super friendly locals and the capital, Bridgetown, boasting the romantic, sun-filled island’s heritage. While away hours in the Caribbean sun with a cocktail in hand, or in the pool at one of the most idyllic locations on Barbados’ renowned Platinum West Coast, Crystal Cove - an all-inclusive resort nestled on a beautiful beach front cliff. A natural haven with lush gardens of Frangipani and Bougainvillea, it’s the perfect neighbour to the resort’s crystal clear waters.

Comment

Panettone

Comment

Panettone

"The baking of panettone dates back to the Middle Ages, but its origin is the stuff of legend. The name is believed to be a shortened form of pane di Tonio (Tonio’s bread), from the story of a poor Milanese baker who invented the loaf as a dowry for his daughter after she fell in love with a nobleman. Others suggest Tonio worked for a court chef – who, with no dessert to offer at Christmas, devised a bake with all the ingredients he had available."

Comment

Packing Light for a Cold, Winter Holiday

Comment

Packing Light for a Cold, Winter Holiday

Wear your thickest clothes on the plane

Aeroplane’s are notoriously cool, so don’t be afraid to layer up and save on that all-essential space and weight limited in your case. Although it’s a bit of a nightmare going through the scanners at the airport and having to remove most items, if you’re an over packer and have plenty of time to kill in the airport, it’s worth the extra space you’ll save!

Comment

Lemon & Pepper En Croûte

Comment

Lemon & Pepper En Croûte

A tasty supper dish, quick to make using pre-prepared puff pastry.

You can use frozen or fresh pastry for this dish.  If using frozen, defrost overnight in the fridge beforehand or in the microwave according to the packet instructions.  BigFish Brand salmon fillets do not require defrosting before cooking and can be used in this recipe straight from the freezer...

Comment

Seven Days in Santorini

Comment

Seven Days in Santorini

Santorini is one of the most spectacular places on earth. The intensity of her multi coloured volcanic cliffs are peacefully contrasted with the beauty of her white cubist villas, stacked one above the other. With wineries and archaeological treasures, buzzing taverns, fine dining restaurants and boutiques, there’s enough entertainment to see any traveler waltz through a week in Santorini. For those who want to rest, there’s calm beaches, and crystal waters beckoning...

Comment

Mushroom Pappardelle

Comment

Mushroom Pappardelle

Pappardelle has to be one of my favourite forms of pasta. It has substance and is a great base to build delicate flavours on. Mushrooms & parmesan may not sound too fancy, but seasoned well and reduced in thick cream, it's a delicious and earthly flavour combination, perfect for the autumn months. I love the simplicity of this dish, but play around with its flavours by adding lemon zest or basil...

Comment