Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Bluestone Fourplay Blogger Weekend ♥

A few weekends ago Liam and I were lucky enough to go on one of the most perfect weekends ever courtesy of the lovely people at Bluestone Wales. After a (ridiculously) long journey to the far corner of south west Wales, we arrived late in the evening and were greeted and directed to our own little lodge in the resort. The Bluestone resort has a no car policy but they allow you to drop off your bags and then move the car to the main car park. I thought this might be a bit of a pain but it was actually really nice taking a stroll through the gorgeous surroundings to the car when we needed to.

The Lodge

We arrived at the gorgeous big Ramsey Lodge and I was so excited to have the place all to ourselves. The accommodation included two bedrooms and two bathrooms downstairs, with a nice big open plan upstairs with the kitchen, living and dining area. The kitchen included everything you needed for a self catering holiday; although we stuck to making grilled cheese on toast! The bedrooms were large and airy with big comfy beds and dark furniture. There was a bathroom with a normal bath and one with a wet room shower, which was my favourite! I loved the lodge we had, and it looked onto the trees in the forest and had some stunning views onto the Steep Ravine. The final bonus was that we also got free wi-fi throughout the lodge, so I kept updating my Instagram with plenty of photos!




Excite

Bluestone booked us onto their new adult weekend package called Fourplay, which includes four different elements: amuse, excite, taste and relax. Unfortunately because we arrived so late on the Friday evening we missed the 'taste' event, so our first package element was 'excite', which I was looking forward to the most! After a peaceful long sleep we woke up in the morning ready for our first adventure; we were booked in for the high ropes assault course at the Steep Ravine! Liam has worked in the tree tops in the past and I'd been with him a couple of times to Go Ape, and we both really enjoy this kind of thing. We set off after a lot of 'training' and it started with a steep zip wire over the ravine, which I was fairly confident with but I'd imagine for a first timer this might have been quite scary! We went around the whole course which included all kinds of tricky exercises and but I loved it! I'm not usually a very outdoorsy person but this is so much fun and me and Liam had quite a few giggles (mainly at my struggles)!


After a quick shower back at our lovely lodge, we investigated the stunning village in the centre of the resort. It's set out like a traditional little Welsh village with adorable pastel coloured terraced houses and shops. It has its own historical pub, shops, bakery and a few varied restaurants. We went to Millers Bakery to pick up a little snack of pastries, and explored the quaint shops. We then walked up to the main car park to explore outside of the resort, and we visited the beautiful town of Narberth. The town was heaving with people as there was a local food market on, but the busy main street was lined with quite a few lovely little gift type shops. We stopped off at a Spanish delicatessen called Ultra Comida and had some delicious baguettes for lunch; ham, brie and chutney for Liam and chorizo, emmental and sun dried tomato for me.



After this we rushed back to the resort as we wanted to go to the Blue Lagoon Water Park before it closed. It's part of the Bluestone Resort and therefore you have free unlimited entry to the water park throughout your stay. We love water parks and this was obviously an indoor one, however it did have some slides that went outside which were really good (and not cold). The park included a wave machine pool, a rapids river ride, two water flumes that go outside, and a lazy river that takes you to the heated pools outside. Despite the water park probably being aimed towards younger visitors, I actually found it really fun, even as a grown up (kinda) and Liam loved it too!
 

Amuse 

We had a busy day on the Saturday, as after the water park, and another hot shower, we had an evening out planned. As part of the 'amuse' element of the Fourplay package, we were invited to a Blogger party down at Camp Smokey in the Steep Ravine. I wasn't really sure what I was going to think of this event, which was described as 'toe-tapping, glass-clinking entertainment and tasty barbecued food'. To be honest, it was exactly that, which I thought Liam might hate, but as he is a lover of folk-type music and cider, he loved the evening! It included a lot of jumping up on the dinner tables and clapping and shouting, and of course he was the loudest in the group. The food wasn't too exciting; a burger and a sausage and some boiled potatoes, but we also got plenty of hot cider and lager, poured from teapots into jars. After we'd eaten and had a little dance to the live music, we toasted some marshmallows over the open fire and then after a super long day we had another nice long snooze to prepare for the next day.
 

Relax

Luckily the next day was the 'relax' day, which meant we were able to unwind at the The Well Spa Retreat in the resort village. I'd never been to a spa before, and I don't really think spa days are my thing to be honest. We didn't spend too long there, as all of the sauna and steam rooms were way too hot and uncomfortable for me, so we had our lovely fresh breakfast and spent some time in the jacuzzi pool, and then decided we better set off home. The spa was 5 star and I'm sure it's great, but it wasn't really my type of thing to enjoy.
 

Once we had come to the end of our amazing stay at Bluestone resort, before the long 7 hour drive back for me, we decided to visit the absolutely beautiful town of Tenby. This was only a short drive from the resort, and we were so lucky with the weather the whole weekend, but on our last day the sun really shone and the skies were bright blue. We went to the beach which looked completely perfect and amazing. I never really went on UK beach trips as a kid, and it was only when I was 18 that Liam took me to Cornwall for my first coastal holiday. Before that I always thought of British beaches as being cold with murky brown waters and strewn with litter and seagulls. But Tenby beach was so stunning, it looked like it could have been a hot Mediterranean sea side resort. I'd love to visit again, but we just spent a little while enjoying ice cream sundaes on the sea front.

This post has taken me over 2 hours to write (admittedly whilst watching Waterloo Road and The Apprentice) so I think I better end it here. We had the most amazing romantic weekend away at Bluestone Resort, and it was great to get away before Liam went on deployment to Kenya with the Army. We spent some quality time together and had plenty of laughs along the way, I only wish Bluestone was closer to me! But I'd love to book a trip away again in future, and stay for longer, as a rushed day and a half just wasn't long enough! Thank you so much Bluestone for having us.


Instagram Photos

The lodge | Steep Ravine

Camp Smokey | Steep Ravine

At the 'Amuse' evening | Cider from teapots

Spa day | Spa breakfast

Antique shop in Narberth | Yummy lunch



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Monday, 20 October 2014

AliExpress Orders ♥

I did a blog post a few months ago on the purchases I had made from AliExpress, the Chinese online marketplace. I was pretty happy with everything I had bought, so I still keep my eyes peeled for any snazzy new items that I may need in my life. It's a pretty easy website to use once you get the hang of it, and I've only had one poor experience where the seller didn't post my item, but I just got my money back, which was no hassle at all (unlike eBay/PayPal). They sell a few faux designer items which I am always extremely curious to see in real life, as they're so cheap they're often cheaper than Primark pieces. Here's what I've bought....

 If you search for 'Mulbe' you will find a few of these faux designer purses, and I picked this deep berry red shade for autumn. It's actually pretty sturdy and reasonable for the price (I bought mine for £5.86 with free postage) and it comes in a few different colours. 

 I'm not really sure why I bought these floral watches because I rarely wear watches and I don't actually like these ones much! But I was tempted in by their £1.42 price tag and they found their way into my basket.


A search for 'MJ' watch will bring up loads of these in various styles, and I picked this rose gold version which I do love but it's a bit too blingy for me. Again the quality is really good for the price, and only £9! 

And finally, I bought this for Liam as a bit of a jokey going away present. He has always said when he's rich he wants a Louis Vuitton luggage bag so I surprised him with this much cheaper version! He actually really likes it and has used it loads already, and it was only £21.85 and actually I now kind of want one myself!



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Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Recent Life in Instagram ♥

Because who doesn't love a nosy little Instagram update post?

This floral bedding I bought from Primark for only £7  |  I decided to ditch my ugly TV from my pretty dresser space

 
Stork sent me an amazing hamper of baking goodies as part of their Blogger GBBO competition My challenge was to make a raspberry and chocolate tart! 

 
Liam treated me to some beautiful roses  |  Merl on the wine after a hard day

 
My stunning new bicycle! (more on this soon)  |  Tenby beach in Wales on a sunny Sunday

 
Me & Liam spent a weekend in Bluestone resort (blog post coming soon)  |  MAC Maleficent flaming rose nails

 
 A little purchase from the Cath Kidston outlet shop, only £22   |  Cupcakes I made for a charity bake sale at work

Steak and stilton pie from Lidl  |  Cute heart gift from Liam

And finally.. if you would be so kind as to please vote for my butterfly cupcakes in the Bake Off Challenge I'd be ever so grateful :) x

Photo: Please vote for me in the #GreatSummerBakeOff competition! Thank you x :) (quick click!!) > http://bingo.ladbrokes.com/en/news/great-summer-bake-off-challenge



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