Monday, April 27, 2015

OOTD | The shirt dress

Necklace - River Island
Bag - Topshop
Shoes - office
Watch - Olivia Burton

I hope you all had a fab weekend, it's typical that the weekend in Plymouth was plagued by dull weather but I definitely made the most of the sunshine last week so it's not all bad! The new obsession in my life at the moment is the shirt dress (as well as pink blossom!), it's amazing how such a simple item of clothing can look so good! I absolutely love denim anyway and I'm so happy denim shirt dresses have made a come back, they are THE easiest thing to wear which is why I love them so much. I love the bagginess of them as I'm not much of a fan of tight clothes as I find them too restrictive, they really don't need to be dressed up much either. For only £27.99 it's not going to break your bank (but there are cheaper ones elsewhere-primark!) and I have already worn it numerous times, I think I'm definitely going to have to go back and invest in all of the other colours they have, I especially love the camel coloured ones! Teamed with a pair of lace up flats or heels and you've got an effortlessly stylish outfit..

Do you like shirt dresses? What is your fashion obsession this season? Do you have a shirt dress? Do you like pink blossom?
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Saturday, April 25, 2015

The Stable Plymouth - Pizza, Pies & Cider!


The-Stable-PlymouthWhen I heard at the end of last year that The Stable would be opening up in Plymouth I was beyond excited, I am familiar with The Stable in Bristol by the harbour and knew that Sutton Harbour in Plymouth would be the perfect location for it. The Stable have other restaurants in Bridport, Weymouth, Poole, Fistral Beach, Falmouth, Bath and Bristol, with more opening up later this year too. They are the home to Pizza, Pies and cider, I love the idea of this simple trio and they all really do work well together. It is true that Pizza really does make the world go round. Needless to say I couldn't pass up an opportunity to head down to The Stable and taste some of the delicious pizzas, ciders and pies for myself!
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We were warmly greeted with drinks of prosecco and local cider and led into the spacious dining area.
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Where the magic happens...
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I loved how they used an old singer machine for a napkin holder, I absolutely loved the little quirky touches they had like this throughout The Stable.
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They have a wide selection of ciders on offers at the bar, and if you cant decide on one they do a cider tasting board which I think is a great idea, the board has five different cider samplers for only £7.50 which helps you to find the perfect cider to suit your taste buds.
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The artwork in The Stable is just fantastic, the flying pigs led us up the stairs..
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Even the toilet sign was arty!
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There was further seating upstairs so there is plenty of room, I love the wooden benches , there is definitely an old school, medieval kind of feel to the place that makes it feel like a feast or banquet. It instantly makes it different to most other chain and independent restaurants, it's refreshing to see something different for once.
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I don't drink alcohol so unfortunately couldn't test out the cider, but it did smell delicious! I guess I felt a bit like going to Nandos and not having any sauce on my chicken...
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The face behind The Stable Nikki Cooper gave a little talk whilst we started to tuck into our pizzas and she warmly welcomed us all into The Stable!
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By the time we had mingled and grabbed a bench I was more than ready to try some pizza! In each Stable restaurant they name the different pizzas after local names which I think is so cool and really personalises it to the location. If you are local to Plymouth you will find their names hilarious, especially The Plympton Pecker..
The Billy The Kid, also a vegetarian option had goats cheese, caramelised onions, mushrooms, spinach leaves, tomato, mozzarella and roasted hazelnuts.
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The Barbican Blaster, very fitting with the location of the stable and equally as stunning, This pizza combines spicy chopped pork, naga chillies, garlic, red onion, basil leaves, mushrooms, and tomato and mozzarella. If you like spicy food then this is your one, my mouth was literally on fire after eating this.
The Devonport Docker is the pizza for all you fish lovers, I passed on this one as the closest you'll get me to eating fish is a fish finger..This one is full of mackerel and salmon, spinach and tomato and mozzarella.
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This slice was literally like heaven in my mouth, low and behold the Sir Francis Drake pizza which contained blue ticklemore cheese, roasted spanish onions, English spinach and fresh tomato sauce and mozzarella. This was without a doubt my favourite, the roasted potatoes on top are something a bit different to anything I've had before, plus everyone loves a roast potato!
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I think this may have been slice 6 at this point..or 8...
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 After consuming my body weight in pizza we headed out onto the terrace area to drink in the views... I honestly cannot think of a more perfect location, it is the perfect little sun trap. The Barbican is one of my favourite places in Plymouth, it's so care free, its by the sea and it's beautiful in the sun. The Stable really has combined everything that I love in life.
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Did I mention that I LOVE living in Plymouth?!
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I then proceeded to eat more slices of pizza..
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Oh one more wont hurt...This was the traditional Hawaiian pizza which was just delicious!
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The 'Stable hands' were lovely and friendly too, it's always good when they are bringing round slices after slices after slices of pizza.. I am usually a boring margherita type of girl when it comes to pizza and never order anything different in case I don't like it, but by trying out the different slices it was great to be able to try different toppings for once and actually discover that I do like other pizzas!
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I even got to have a chat with Nikki Cooper, she was so lovely and down to earth and I loved hearing all about The Stable, they are due to open one up in Southampton at Above Bar street shortly and I only wish it was there when I was at university in Southampton! 
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'The Stable' sign is amazing and even lights up, so you'll always be able to spot it at night time in the dark!
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The evening drew to close and everyone slowly subsided,  we didn't even leave empty handed and were each given a lovely goody bag filled with cider, apple juice, a lovely tea towel and the menu! I will treasure my stable bag for life, the graphics on it are fab! 

I love trying out new restaurants in Plymouth and we are lucky to be getting a few new places now, but the stable is seriously a stand out for me, the renovation of the building is phenomenal to what it used to look like when it was Vauxhall Quay and the whole atmosphere inside, the food, music and staff were amazing. If you are in the vicinity of Plymouth I urge you to head down and as a heads up they have Tuck Tuesday offer which is coincidentally on a Tuesday, and is £10 for a pizza, salad AND cider - such a fab deal!  I'm definitely going to become a regular down at the Stable, breathtaking views, delicious pizza, fruity cider and pies, what more could you want in life?
Have you been to The Stable before? Would you like to try out The Stable? What pizza would you like to try?
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

#LauraAshleyCrafts blogger event!

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On the weekend I headed down for a weekend of shopping and blogging in Bristol, it's only 2 hours on the train from Plymouth and when a blogger event comes up that isn't in London, then a) it's a miracle and b) something that cant be missed! Joe Blogs Network organised the event, you've probably spotted @joesbloggers on your twitter feed at some point, they are a great network for bloggers and have lots of fab opportunities and events always in the pipeline, I've always had to turn down invites before as the locations of the events have been too far for me to travel. However, this time I was in luck, and a day of crafting with Laura Ashley and their beautiful fabrics and wallpapers were in store for me and all of the other lovely bloggers that attended the event.
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The event was held at At Bristol which is like a massive science museum really, so much fun and definitely worth a visit if you ever get a chance. 
I headed into the lift and was transported upstairs to the room that the event would be held in. It was such a great venue, and I had fun as soon as I stepped into the lift, does my head look big in this?
We were greeted by the Joe Blogs team, Laura Ashley and The Crafty Hen who organise crafting workshops and were running the #LauraAshleyCrafts workshop for the day. 
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The first bit of crafting for the day was decorating a notebook with Laura Ashley summer fabrics and wallpapers, and adding embellishments with all the other pretty ribbons and buttons that they had laid out for us.
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 The Crafty Hen team were on hand to guide us through each step and to step in and help with any tricky techniques!
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 I've never seen a room full of so many pretty 'Laura Ashley' esque dresses, there was a quick rush to the fabrics to choose which ones we wanted for our notebooks, it was one of those bees swarming to the honey pot moments!
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 I opted for pink (of course!) stripey fabric and a lovely floral wallpaper, as well as the cutest pastel pink buttons.
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 The bloggers were all hard at work, doing their thing - Instagramming, chatting and crafting!
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 My finished notebook!  I added a little corsage to it that I made with a simple running stitch on some lacy ribbon and attached some ribbon onto the notebook too, I think it looks so cute and is very 'me', I'd like to think I would resemble something pastel coloured if I was an object.
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 I think its definitely going to be my new blogging notebook, I have so much catching up on blogging to do!
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All of the bloggers finished notebooks, so many pretty pastels and florals, and I love everyone's different takes on decorating their notebook. There were also Laura Ashley prizes for the most creative notebook and accessory!
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We had a quick break for lunch and we were then onto creating Suffolk puff accessories! They are sooo easy to make and you really didn't need any previous sewing skills to make these.
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We were all fully immersed in crafting, I absolutely love crafts but with work/blogging and every day life I just don't have any time to enjoy it anymore so it was amazing to be given the opportunity to have a day devoted to it, with the help of Laura Ashley and The Crafty Hen!
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 I made this adorable suffolk puff brooch which is just the cutest, I love the matching ribbon and button! It will take pride of place on my notice board where I keep all of my blogging bits to look back on. Some bloggers made some fantastic hair pieces which would definitely not have looked out of place in their hair at the races!
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Having the pleasure to use such beautiful fabrics and wallpaper was generous enough, it was so kind of them to also  put together a little goody bag for us each to take home, which contained a lovely soap and hand cream stand and their catalogue, my mum was ecstatic when I also brought her home some of the leftover Laura Ashley material! 
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It was then time for a group picture with everyone and I left with a big smile on my face having made some more blogging friends and had the chance to use some beautiful materials to get creative with! A massive thank you again to Joe Blogs Network, Laura Ashley and The Crafty Hen for such a fabulous crafternoon and for inviting me along! Laura Ashley have also written a great blog post on the day too that you can view here. It wouldn't have been the same without meeting all of these other lovely bloggers too, I'm really looking forward to more events like this in the future, that are slightly closer to home!
Did you attend this event? (Link me up to your post if you did, I would love to have a read!) Do you like Laura Ashley fabrics? Would you have a go at making these things?
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