Monday, October 31, 2016

10 Of The Best Places For Breakfast In Plymouth

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After the success of my 10 of the best independent coffee shops in Plymouth post I thought it was about time I did the same for breakfast places in Plymouth! After all, who doesn't love a good leisurely brunch on a Sunday?! Going out for breakfast wasn't actually something I ever used to do until earlier this year. I guess I got bored of evening meals in the same restaurants, and with so many places that serve breakfast in Plymouth, it's definitely something I look forward to on the weekend! A sunday well spent brings a week of content right? Especially when it involves fluffy pancakes and copious amounts of tea! You'll probably be like 'surely this is just the best places for pancakes in Plymouth?' I like pancakes, OK? But I think it still gives you an idea of how nice their other breakfasts are too, and if you like pancakes you're onto a winner with this post! If you're a local, new to the area or popping down for a holiday, this really is the definitive list of the best places to tuck into breakfast in Plymouth! In no particular order...

#1. The Bakery - Royal William Yard
I write this with a solemn heart, as unfortunately The Bakery shut down about 2 weeks ago, which is so sad as I loved the concept of The Bakery, the location and the delicious breakfast pastries. Even though it has closed, I'm still including it as I'm holding my hopes out that they may reopen again? The Bakery served up a fine selection of pastries and a selection of hot dishes, you just help yourself, get your drinks, and pay at the end - it's really that simple! Think croissants the size of a dinner plate and pain au chocolats oozing with chocolate, and the atmospehere of this place is the best bit, set in the heart of the industrialised buildings of Royal William Yard, I'm certainly sad to see this place go. There's proof that I really do love this place so much as I devoted a whole post to The Bakery a couple of years ago! 
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#2. Boston Tea Party
You've probably come across a BTP Cafe somewhere on your travels, and I know it's not an independent restaurant, but they have that quirky edge, industrial interior and a breakfast menu to die for. There is plenty of seats both inside and outside, so you don't need to worry about it being full up on a Sunday morning. I've had porridge and pancakes in BTP Plymouth, and they were both delicious. They definitely cater to those who want to have a nice breakfast out that is still healthy. There's lot of different toppings that you can choose for your porridge too, so it definitely makes it more exciting than your every day porridge routine at home. 
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#3. The Dock
Situated in the ferry port, The Dock has a delicious brunch menu and breathtaking views. I would recommend visiting on a sunny day as you can also sit outside and take in the stunning sea views. Their menu caters for everything, from healthy granola dishes and pancakes, to full English breakfasts. The granola comes with yoghurt and fruit that is more filling than you would think. I was a little pig and got a croissant to go with it too! They also have a Danish basket which only costs £5 and is filled with lots of yummy, buttery pastries - you can't really go wrong with that! 
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#4. Rumpus Cosy
I've lost count of the amount of times that I have proclaimed my love for Rumpus Cosy. It goes without saying that it is my go to place for tea, cake and a little bit of peace and quiet. Situated in the city centre, you can't miss Rumpus Cosy and it's the perfect place to grab some brunch on a Saturday morning. They only started serving breakfast earlier this year and their compact offering really works. I of course stick to the pancakes in Rumpus Cosy as they're insta friendly (OBV) and they taste amazing. It's nice to be able to get traditional pancakes for once as most places just serve American style pancakes which don't get me wrong I also love! The prices are pretty reasonable for a delicious brunch and I couldn't think of a better place to start the day!
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#5. Seco Lounge
Royal William Yard is actually home to 3 of the places mentioned in this post, the yard really is the place to be when the weekend comes around. Whether you want some tea and cake, breakfast or an evening meal, Seco Lounge caters to everything and there is plenty of seating inside. Like most restaurants in the yard, they still have the original stone walls, and high ceilings - filled with lots of cosy chairs and wooden tables that are perfect for flatlaying your food! The pancakes at Seco Lounge are some of my favourite, and they're not the type that make you feel sick from feeling so full afterwards!
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#6. Monty's
You can find Monty's on the cobbled streets of the Barbican which has been a favourite among people in Plymouth for years. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely loved Monty's, but it's not the place for you if you're looking for a dish that's instagrammable. I may sound obsessed, but this is a big deal for me. The lighting, table and presentation of the dish is imperative to me, as well as how it tastes!If you like full English breakfasts then you'll love Monty's, and I hear they're a great hangover cure! I actually love the pancake/bacon combo and this was the first place that I actually tried it. Presentation skills for me were a 3, but the pancakes were delicious, and I would definitely recommend.
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#7. Bistrot Pierre
Bistrot Pierre was one of my favourites for pancakes, it was also the first time I'd ever tried out this restaurant and it's definitely the slightly more upper class, refined place for breakfast. It's not all about full english breakfasts here! Situated in the historic Royal William Yard, we had one of the best seats by the window and I could have stayed there all day watching the world go by. As far as drinks go, tea and coffee are such a great choice as they offer unlimited refills, really justifying being able to take your time and relax with your breakfast. The pancakes were beautifully presented and they even brought out a massive jug of maple syrup which a lot of other restaurants don't offer unless your pancakes come with bacon!
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#8. Rocksalt
Rocksalt was one of the first places that I sarted on my breakfast tour of Plymouth, and of course in true fashion I started off with their American pancakes that I had heard so much about. Rocksalt is really tucked away, I didn't even know it existed until I started seeing rave reviews about the restaurant. It also has a sister restaurant in Plymouth called Salumi. They have an extensive breakfast menu with lots of hot options. Hats off to Rocksalt for creating such an insta friendly restaurant, table setup and presentation of the food was spot on. The American pancakes were like nothing I had ever tried before, the stack of 3 was wayyyy too much for me too eat as they were almost thick enough to be doughnuts! Despite being defeated, I'll definitely be popping back, but maybe to share a stack next time?
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#9. Jacka Bakery
Oh Jacka Bakery <3 I have been meaning to visit this quaint little bakery on the Barbican for quite some time, it is in fact the oldest commercially working bakery in Great Britain, and I just love the history, charm and character that this bakery has. As expected, they have quite a selection of homemade breads, cakes, pastries and a few hot breakfast dishes. It was a similar selection to The Bakery and I went for a fail safe hot chocolate and pain au chocolate, a winning combo for a cold Sunday morning. Jacka Bakery is very small inside with only a few tables, they also recommend coming early during the day as their produce sells out quickly, which is no surprise when they've built up a fantastic reputation in Plymouth, and their baked goods are second to none. This was one of my favourite places for breakfast, as it really offered it all. So simple, SO tasty and tucked away in one of my favourite places in Plymouth.
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#10. The Boathouse Cafe
The Boathouse Cafe is a great all rounder for me, they also made it into my top 10 independent cafes post! This was also my last stop on my breakfast tour, and what a way to finish. Situated next to the harbour on the Barbican, it really is breakfast goals, especially when the sun is shining! They have a really good breakfast menu, and it is probably one of the most extensive out of all of the places. Their bacon baps are also amazing, and of course the pancakes with bacon and maple syrup, mmmm! I had to end as I started after all...
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So there we have it, 10 of the best places for breakfast in Plymouth, what a great bunch! I think it's important to point out that I wasn't sponsored or invited to any of these to review, I generally just love trying out and discovering new places in Plymouth, and I loved writing my best cafe's post so much so that I wanted to delve into the brunching world, and boyyyy do I love it! I love how Plymouth is home to some of the cutest and most quaint places for breakfast, and it's even better when it's in the sun on a Sunday morning, Plymouth really is rather special isn't it?


Have you been to any of these places before? Do you have any other recommendations for places to eat breakfast in Plymouth?

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Lush Halloween 2016 Haul

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There's honestly nothing I love more about winter than long, hot lush baths - don't they just make everything better? After my local Lush Halloween & Christmas preview, I was inundated with bath products that I wanted to pick up, I try to buy the whole collection of the seasonal ranges as I just love trying them all out, and this years collection has 100% outdone last years. I was also lucky enough to get the big Pumpkin gift for my Birthday, so I have plenty of bath bombs, bath melts and shower gels to get stuck into. You'll be in for a bewitching bath time treat with this little collection, but the question is, will I be able to use them all up before Halloween?
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Okay, so this little cutie is part of the Christmas range, but I couldn't wait to show you this little guy! Jester bubble bar wand comes with a dinky little bell and ribbon, with just the cutest little face. I love bubble bars as they're so long lasting, I can usually get 5 baths out of them at a push. Swish it around the bath for plenty of bubbles and lots of colour, this one smells like zesty tangerines, yum!
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If you're #TeamTwilight you are going to LOVE their new additions to the twilight range. I have been hankering after twilight shower gel since the first limited edition ones came out almost 4 years ago. To be reunited with the body lotion that is scented like twilight is heavenly. It is the most mousturising and gorgeous smelling body lotion I have ever used, unfortunately this is also going to be a limited edition item so I'm going to have to stock up on this one before it goes. It's the perfect post bathtime skin treat, before slipping on my fav cactus pjs! 
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I always love the seasonal shower gels they release, Rose Jam was one of my favourites from a couple of years ago which is also back this year! Bubbly shower gel certainly packs a punch, it's super fruity, zesty and scented with sweet orange oil and fresh grape juice! 
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I rarely pick up soaps from Lush as I'm very much an anti-bac soap girl, I definitely have a minor OCD when it comes to washing hands, especially when I'm trying to avoid colds in the office... But I got given these little samples of Santas Postbox and Shooting Stars soap at the blogger event. Their soaps do smell sooo amazing though and I'm already giving Shooting Stars a try! I'm currently keeping Santa's postbox in my drawer and it is smelling amazing, I can't wait to get it out for the run up to Christmas, eek! 
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Sparkly Pumpkin is back for another year and it will always remain as my bubble bar of choice for the actual day of Halloween. It's super glittery and it produces a carrot coloured, bubbly bath. But if glitter isn't for you, they've also released a plain pumpkin bath bomb this year!
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Oh, Boo! You were wrong if you didn't think their selection could get any cuter! Boo is the cuest mini bubble bar around, this ghoulish guy is scented with mimosa, and earthy warming ginger. As it melts into the bath it leaves behind a ghoulish, noursishing cocoa butter trail.
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Lord of misrule is back with a vengeance this year after being slightly redesigned, I love the colours this one fizzes out when it's popped into the bath. It features a spicy herbal blend of patchouli and black pepper oil for a fragrant bath. This years version also contains popping candy in the middle, what's not to love?
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For those who just want a good old classic for Halloween, this pumpkin bath bomb will do just the trick. Besides from being super cute, it is scented with a comforting vanilla absolute and spicy cinnamon scent, I can't wait to have a soak with this one on a cold, rainy night! 
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The thing I love most about Autumn is all the beautiful colours we see from the falling leaves, and Autumn Leaf bath bomb beautifully captures this. As it slowly fizzes away like a cartwheel it continues to release more autumnal colours, it's probably one of the most colourful from the Halloween collection. It's a real winter warmer! 
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Monsters Ball bath bomb is a new addition to the Halloween collection this year and he is just perfect!! He reminds me of Monsters Inc with the colouring and cyclops eye! I used this one at the weekend, and loved the beautiful mix of colours that fizzed away, even once the bath bomb has fizzed you won't miss the little eye that peeks through the bubbles!
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The Halloween products are hauntingly good, and I'm so ready to embrace the cold, dark winter nights now. Nothing seems too bad when you have a colourful, fragrant bath bomb to indulge in after a day at work. I'm not going out in fancy dress for Halloween this year, but you'll find me having a bath or two with one of these guys over the weekend! 

Have you picked up anything from the Lush halloween collection? What are your plans for Halloween?

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

OOTD | Oops I Did It Again...

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Shirt - Primark
Embroidered Skirt - New Look
Bag* - Boohoo
Heels - Primark

You'll probably understand the context of this posts title if you've been following my most recent outfit posts, but if you're still in the dark, I have an embroidery addiction. It started off as an innocent thing, I didn't realise how much I was going to like it, but I feel a shopping ban is imminent as I can't walk into any shop without being drawn towards the embroidered items, and buying them. But embroidery is just so nice, and I've paired this little beauty from New Look with a PJ style shirt from Primark, I love how I have intertwined my two favourite trends for Autumn, so stylish and so cosy.

Asides from my embroidery addiction, 2 other things I learnt this weekend were; 1) It's definitely too cold to not wear tights anymore and 2) My legs look ghastly white, since when did that happen? I swear I was just coming back from my cruise last weekend with glowing skin! I hate to admit it, but I'm one of those people that craves some sun during the winter, but as soon as it's summer I just want to be snuggled up at home waiting for Christmas to arrive. This is one of the reasons why I need mindfulness and hygge in my life, as I need to cherish the moment I'm in and not think about what's ahead, I think that's so important when life is so hectic and the world is constantly changing, appreciating the little things in life is often what we forget to do. It might not be summer, and I might not have a tan, but I'm relishing in the start of winter and the many lush baths and snuggly nights in to come!

Are you an embroidery fan? What's your favourite thing about the winter?

*Products marked with an asterix (*) have been sent to me for review. However, all opinions in this post are 100% my own
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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Satori Salon, Plymouth Blogger Evening

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The last 2 weeks have been a whirlwind of blogger events which is amazing because hello, I live in Plymouth! It's also been pretty exhausting too, especially as I have to rush straight from work and make my way into town, but last Friday provided me with the type of relaxation I was in desperate need of and my evening at Satori Salon definitely didn't disappoint. Satori is situated in Drake Circus and is renown for being Plymouth's premier beauty salon for men and women. Despite being a regular visitor to my local shopping mall, I'd never paid a visit to the salon before, probably because I'm usually on a rampant shopping haul in Primark, so this evening was a first for me, and surrounded by a handful of some of the other lovely Plymouth bloggers, we were ready for an evening of discovery of all things threading, microblading and having our face analysed at the Elemis skin lab...
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When you step inside the Salon, you wouldn't think you were in one of the busiest shopping malls in the South West. It's like a little haven from the hustle and bustle of life, and it's so lovely.
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The major attraction for the evening was watching a live demo of microblading, most people have heard of this treatment at some point and most definitely googled it, because I know I have. In Asia it's known as eyebrow embroidery, but it's actually known as semi-permanent eyebrow tattoos in the UK. I don't think it's a treatment for me, but I was intrigued to see how it was done, and whether it really was as painful as people make it out.
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A microblading treatment requires two application sessions in order to achieve the best results, and one session can take around 90 -120 minutes to complete, with the treatment lasting on your eyebrows on average 12-18 months. This is a pretty long time that you can have some relief from drawing your eyebrows in so I can definitely see why it's a great solution for some. But it's not just for people that have fair eyebrows or those who want more definition. I hadn't really thought of it before, but Stuart, the co-owner of Satori said that a lot of people who are going through chemotherapy and have lost their hair opt for this treatment. Brows really do shape your face, and to be given something like this back when you've lost your hair is something that will go a long way with your self confidence. 
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Gemma was the guinea pig for the microblading and had previosuly had microblading on her brows, for her this has meant she has an extra 20 or 30 minutes or so in bed every morning because she no longer has to spend any time making her brows look perfect! That has to be good, right? The most popular question for this treatment was, does it hurt? Whilst some people can feel uncomfortable, most feel no pain at all and to put you at ease, 2 anaesthetics are used in this procedure, which is topped up regularly during the treatment.

The treatment is done in such a lovely environment that you would immediately be put at ease. During the first application, they will make sure that you are 100% happy with the shape before you leave which is nice to know, as I've had a proper mare with an 'eyebrow specialist' before! 
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This is what Gemma's brows looked like immediately after the treatment, it looks just like she's had them tinted, there isn't much redness, and the shape looks amazing! The colour will initially look darker and your eyebrows may be slightly swollen, but as the skin heals this will subside and your eyebrows will get slightly lighter. The best thing was that you really couldnt tell that Gemma had had this treatment done, but her eyebows looked visibly more defined and darker. 

A microblading session at Satori costs £250 which is actually reasonable when you think how much your brow products cost over time. It's definitely a fantastic option for girls who have had enough of drawing their brows in day in, day out! 
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If this isn't the perfect setup I don't know what is! Food, prosecco and foot spas were just a taster of what the rest of the evening had in store for us!
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Like a traditional salon, you can also get a full manicure and pedicure at Satori which is a much more suitable treatment for the faint hearted like me! Their gel nail treatments all use OPI nail polishes and CND shellac. They've just had a swoon worthy collection of Autumn polishes come instore which are to die for!
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We were also shown around their beautiful range of Deliah cosmetics by Daisy, I mean if it has rose gold packaging I'm already sold! They have lots of beautiful blushes, lipsticks and a very similar retractable eyebrow pencil with brush that looks identical to the Anastasia Beverly Hills version! 

Satori charge a really reasonable £20 for a make over which is redeemable against a product purchased when your makeup is completed. The best thing is that they still offer this service even during the busy Christmas period which is perfect for those Christmas parties! I know where I'll be heading before my Christmas work meal this year...
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Some serious swooning was done over the OPI nail polishes!
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We then had a chance to have our eyebrows threaded which I was particularly excited for. To be honest I have spent the last 4 months growing my brows out and I'm now really happy with my shape, I'd given up with waxes as I felt it gave a really sharp edge, they always end up taking off too much and I've had a really bad experience with waxing before... But anyway, I wasn't in the need for threading my brows as I had spent so long growing them out, but I'd always been intrigued as to how they do it and how it feels. Natasha suggested just getting the middle of my brows tidied up, and for such a small area I was literally astounded at the difference it made!
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Obviously, I had a smaller area done than you would with brows, but it 100% did not hurt like waxing does. It felt more like a light scratching and was almost a little bit ticklish. Threading is mostly painless and is a great option for people with sensitive skin like me because you're not adding any products to the skin which can irritate it. I am definitely a threading convert and I never really realised I even had hair in my 'monobrow' area before, but my makeup has gone on so much smoother and has made such a difference. You can also get your lip area, chin and cheeks area threaded which I'm really tempted to do if I have a special occasion coming up as I have a lot of fine, white baby hair on my cheeks, and the thought of how flawless my makeup would go on afterwards is like a dream!
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The Elemis Skin Lab was by far the most popular area of the evening, I think every blogger tried this out and loved it. The skin lab provides your skin with an individual analyis by taking a picture of your skin. All the bloggers were gathering around everyone's readings and comparing in admiration or commiseration. The analysis prints out a full skin analysis score of spots, wrinkles, texture, pores, brown spots and red areas. Also can we just have a look at how long my hair is in this picture?! I forget how long it looks as I never really see the back of it!

I was mostly worried about brown spots as I have had a lot of exposure to the sun and have damaged it a lot in the past, but it was surpisingly one of the better areas which I was so relieved about. Based on your scores for each area, it then recommends a full list of lovely Elemis products to help you streamline your skin care, and of course improve your readings. It was really helpful as sometimes you can spot things on your skin, but not know what your skin is really in need of. My major problem was skin dehydration from not using a hydrating facial cream, I also need to work on those damn pores, I think I'll book in for a facial so the hard wortk can be done for me!

The Elemis Skin Lab was only in Satori for a flying visit, but it will be back again on Friday 25th November from 9am to 2pm so they can provide an additional analysis and recommendations. The perfect time to check your skin to see how it's faring before all the Christmas parties commence! 
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Satori have also recently announced an exciting parternship with Hartley Clinic in Mannamead who can provide facial fillers, anti-wrinkle treatments and bespoke teeth whiteneing. This means that Satori can now offer an enhanced beauty offering to their existing and new clients. I for one am definitely considering teeth whitening in the next year or so, I blame my love for Nakd bars and braces for this! 

A big thank you to Stuart, Natasha and Edd Jones (from Hartley Clinic) for putting the evening together. I had such a fantastic time taking a peek inside the workings of Satori and learning more about their amazing treatments. I'm now a threading convert, in desperate need of a good facial and have a penchant for OPI nail polishes. I'll be back in to see you guys soon for some much needed relaxation at this busy time of the year!

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Have you visited Satori before? Have you tried threading before? Are you tempted by microblading treatments? 

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