The Phantom of the Opera.

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Two weeks ago we set off for London with my Nana. My sister and I said we would accompany her on a trip to see her favourite show; The Phantom of the Opera. I knew the story but not the original show. We set off the day before so we could see the city and do some shopping. My Nana had not been back to London for the best part of 20 years even though she was south of the Thames born and bred. This was so exciting as we could show her new London and was able to show us the old. The city has grown and grown and is more exciting than ever. It took us a while to teach her the Underground, confident enough as we are using it, we would nearly second guess ourselves when asked why we were switching. In the end Nana nearly had it down!

Our hotel, The Shaftesbury, had the most friendly and helpful staff. Very central and easy to hop on and off Paddington tube. Our room comfortably slept 3 people and had a shower with great water pressure! I must also mention the beautiful street it was located on- tall, white buildings, not unlike the ones found on MIC. With every type of Porsche and Lamborghini parked outside. Nana was very impressed with this find. Our breakfast was complimentary each morning and although able to get it delivered to the room we chose to eat in the Hall. Best choice I have seen since The Breakfast Club in Brighton. No pancakes, but decent food that will get you through a day of exploring until dinner.

Speaking of dinner, you might have seen my write up of Balans Soho Society where we ate on Monday night. Great food, great service. By now you also may have noticed that my blog posts will revolve around where I can eat, it had been two days since I had pizza and I was jonesing. Pizza Hut has been promised for Tuesday- most exciting. So that morning we took to Oxford Street, anyone who knows my Nana knows her ability to shop. We had a few hours of snooping until we headed for Liberty. This is where I fell in love.

Valentino.. Black… Tassels.. Leather.. Suede?  Just take my money! Be still my beating heart. With a sinking feeling I put back the jacket of dreams after my sister said she saw something like it in Primark. Well that saved me three grand.

Pizza as promised and quick trip home to jazz ourselves up, we took off for the Haymarket. My Nana was so excited, she was finally going to see her favourite musical. Her Majesty’s Theatre itself has a beautiful front but is sadly covered in scaffolding. The interior was exquisite. We were sitting in the Royal Circle and had the best view. From the set design, to the impeccable voices- I am now a fan. The actors were perfect. It sent shivers down my spine.

I will go on about it for ages yet, if you can please go, it is an amazing experience! A great few days was had and hopefully as my flying nerves are getting better, so are my Nanas and we can take more trips!

Until the next trip-

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Balans Soho Society- Run, Don’t Walk.

Whilst we were away we needed somewhere to eat and boy, did we eat! I had done some research beforehand and booked a table at Balans Soho Society . I was drawn in by their food, absinthe cocktails and décor. It didn’t disappoint.

We hopped off the Underground on High Street Kensington and walked the 500 yards to the restaurant. Greeted by a team of genuinely nice staff members and seated at our table. Menus swiftly opened- we kind of knew what we wanted already but when we heard the specials we instantly changed our minds. Starters consisted of baba ganoush, seared tuna and quesadilla.

Mains of steak sandwiches and red curry were ordered with a bottle of Pinot Grigio. The music was great and we chatted and ate our way through our dishes- eagerly awaiting our main courses. I very rarely cook red meat at home so this was such a treat, although after our first bite we instantly went sour. Our lovely waiter had forgoten to mention our sandwiches would be smothered in HORSE RADISH. Yuck. Feeling like utter fools we had to send them back but we were assured it wasn’t an issue. This is service you just don’t get in Ireland. They were changed within minutes while we munched our double-dip chunky chips. (I would recommed these to everyone and would order them as my last meal on earth BTW). The red curry was also unbelievably good and devoured. We nearly considered not having dessert until we saw the sticky toffee pudding with salted caramel ice-cream. Just delicious!

I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed going for a meal like this. 5 stars! Contact these lovely people on Twitter- @BalansLondon and Instagram- @balanssohosociety. Check them out the next time you visit London, found in Kensington, Soho, Stratford and Shepard’s Bush.

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Joico Colour Infuse Review

My hair has been growing so quickly since I decided to leave behind the days of being blonde. As much as I miss it, I have been tempted with the beautiful copper, caramel tones that suit brunettes. I have been psyching myself up to get it cut for a few weeks now but can’t bring myself to part with the inches!

When JOICO sent me some ‘Colour Infuse Brown’ shampoo and conditioner to sample I was a bit hesitant as it was for brunettes. I wondered how the ‘Colour-depositing’ products would effect my blonde ends. The only way to know was to use them and I was surprised by the outcome. Not only did it colour my hair but my walls, shower curtain and nails!! (This stuff means business) I would not advise it to anyone with blonde they want to keep blonde BUT I quite liked the colour I got.

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The science behind it all:

Anionic Dye Technology– Exclusive technology that enhances colour attachment to hair fibres.

Multi-Spectrum Defence Complex– Infusion of green tea, antioxidants and sunscreen that protect hair from both physical and environmental factors.

Bio-Advanced Peptide Complex– JOICO’s powerful reconstructive technology repairs existing hair and resists further damage from styling for up to 25 shampoos.

I kept using the shampoo and conditioner and the colour has stayed a soft caramel colour, nearly 4 weeks later I still like it. It has balanced out my natural colour too which has always looked a little mousey. It got rave reviews on Xposé this week and I know that the range is certainly worth looking into- especially the Red Colour Infuse. The conditioner works wonders, I find my hair is softer and is less easily damaged by heat. Just remember to scrub your nails and cuticles afterwards!

My next purchase may have to be the new Colour Balance Blue Shampoo and Conditioner once I top up my ombre. JOICO is stocked in salons nationwide and is rrp €16.95 each. More information found at XpertPro.

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Kiko Haul Giveaway!

Hello everyone, last week I ended up in one of my favourite make up brand stores- Kiko. I love their products from lipstick, blush to loose pigments. Pigments are so popular at the minute and it is clear why. I love how easy they are to apply and how they blend beautifully with the mixing solution! So I went a bit mad and decided it was time I did a giveaway.

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Included is: 2 X Infinity Eyeshadows in 223 and 212, 2 X Pigment Loose Eyeshadows in 05 and 08, Mixing Solution, 2 X Smooth Temptation Lipsticks in 01 and 03 and Eyebrow Fibers 01.

How to enter below…..

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Rules:

  • Like my Facebook page- Comment on photo and share.
  • Competition also open on Instagram– Follow and like the picture to double your chances.
  • Open to ROI and UK residents.
  • Winner will be chosen at random and contacted on 31st March.
  • Should the winner not reply within 3 days, the raffle will be held again.

Good Luck!

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Busy busy!

Things have been very quiet on here for the past 2 weeks. Work has kept me very busy and I have been throwing myself into being as active as possible. I’m glad I’ve taken that step as last night I went out and felt really good. It was definitely a mix of the company, cocktails and running- I’ve noticed such a difference in my confidence which is the biggest pay off. Outfit is from Penneys girl. Black suede skirt €12 and t-shirt €4- Bargain!

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We were in Cork for my friends birthday- too much Prosecco, too much dancing and too much late night pizza but it was so worth the sore feet today! I love those ladies. I also found my new favourite cocktail- Voodoo Grog. I felt like a Viking though, the glass was as big as my head…

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Attempting to pack 4 nights into one carry on as I’m flying to London in the morning- a mini break with my sister and Nana. So excited to be bringing her on a girly trip and will document our travels. I’m a wimp when it comes to flying and my Nana is worse so I feel really sorry for my sister. Ha!

Next week it’s giveaway time- Stay tuned!

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The Home Board and Paint Charts.

If anyone follows my Pinterest boards, you will know my love for interiors. Anything white, grey and black is pinned, coveted and dreamed about. When I found some new images I decided I would put up a post with some of the looks and items I’m loving right now. Kitchen layouts- I love the idea of having the sink or oven in the island counter. Having plenty of room and a designated baking area! Along with being a total push over for a glossy finish cabinet, I also adore red brick and industrial features and in the dream kitchen I will have to incorporate them.

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Ikea kitchen

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From my Pinterest Board

 

You would also notice that the walls in nearly every picture are grey- my home will literally be 50 shades. Farrow and Ball are my favourite and have the beautiful Easy Greys range, classic and neutral greys that shall adorn the walls of my doll house. Follow them on Instagram for inspiration.

Purbeck Stone no.275, Ammonite no.274, Wevet no.273, Cornforth White no.228

Items I am lusting over this month are from Oliver Bonas, it took everything in my power not to buy the store when we were in England last month. Thankfully my luggage restrictions helped and I’m not sure how customs feel about copper phones!

Peach Woven Stripe Cushion £32, Grey Block Striped Cushion £32, Metallic Copper Phone £65- all available at oliverbonas.com

I love Ikea, I am aware this can touch a nerve with some people. I am perfectly happy assembling flat pack furniture, I could do it for a living! My Mum has a set of drawers in her bedroom that are perfect and are so deep that they become a display area for photos, hat boxes and such. They are a bargain price too!

Hemnes 8 Drawer in Blue, Black/Brown or White €205.00

Further fuelling my love of dark wood- I think it’s in the name- the Pax wardrobe is a classic, simple style that would work in any setting. Quite masculine but very elegant.

Pax wardrobe €555.00

The range of bedding available is astonishing, although you have to literally write down your measurements before you go as it can get confusing! I adore their striped duvet covers and even have a soft spot for their louder prints. My picks are again white, grey and black- am I too predictable?

One of my favourite sites is Ikea Hackers, a site dedicated to the amazing things you can create with simple Ikea furniture. Anyone who is looking for hacks to upstyle or change up their purchases- it is really easy! Check it out, you won’t be disappointed. Although you may catch the bug and before you know it the whole house is getting ripped apart.. sorry!

I’m off to pour over Pinterest for another few hours, I hope I’m not the only one who does this!

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