Alphabet Dating - U is for USA themed restaurant

Alphabet Dating – U is for USA themed restaurant

Alphabet Dating – U

…I wasn’t prepared to go Up anywhere. And I wasn’t prepared to go Underwater. The budget unfortunately didn’t stretch to a holiday in the USA so we had to make do with a dinner date at a USA themed restaurant.

We decided to pay a visit to Friendly Phil’s – an American inspired diner. Sadly not one like where Monica from Friends worked (with the rollerskates and singing) but a really nice place nonetheless!

Friendly Phil's diner

Friendly Phil’s serves all the typical American favourites – burgers, hotdogs, mac n cheese, wings…

We found a good Groupon deal that gave us a burger of choice each, a side of choice (fries obviously!) and a milkshake. Sounds like your typical fast food kind of fare but it was alot tastier and much better quality.

What made the date a little more USA A-OK was that our waitress was actually American! We didn’t ask her about it but we have since been back and have been served by English people, so we know it wasn’t just a gimmick.

milkshake

Burgers and fries

I will definitely be returning to Friendly Phil’s (infact I already have several times) but its given us a hankering for a USA road trip… so you never know, if we do alphabet dating again we could be in the USA for real next time ‘U’ rolls around!


To read some more of my alphabet dating adventures, check out my series.

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Femme Luxe Finery Haul

As I had such a fabulous time before, Femme Luxe asked me if I fancied collaborating again. And did I? You bet I did! They’ve added a whole host of new outfits to their website so I picked a few little numbers to try on.

Click each image for a direct link to the product.

Navy Rolled Sleeves Shirt Dress – Noa

Navy Rolled Sleeves Shirt Dress - Noa Navy Rolled Sleeves Shirt Dress - Noa

By far my favourite piece of clothing was this Navy rolled sleeves shirt dress which is so versatile! I’ve worn it to work, a meeting and for a nice meal out but there are plenty of other occasions where this outfit would suit. Sleeves can be worn rolled up or down and it comes with a little sash so you can cinch in the waist. I’ve chosen to team mine with a pair of leggings and some simple black shoes. I feel so chic in this shirt dress… and chic is not normally a word I would use to describe myself. Plus navy is not normally my colour but I think I’m now a convert!

Black Slinky Long Sleeve Off the Shoulder Belted Jumpsuit – Nina

Black Slinky Long Sleeve Off the Shoulder Belted Jumpsuit - Nina

Having never worn a jumpsuit before I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with this one, however I was pleasantly surprised! I love that this one has a little off the shoulder sass to it so I feel more like Sandy from Grease and less like a contestant off the Crystal Maze. This would probably look hot with any colour heel but I went for a pop of blue so tell me about it stud!

Dusky Pink With White Stripe Lounge Wear Set – Lexi

Loungewear set

I adore the other loungewear set I got from Femme Luxe Finery so I thought I’d try another. I must admit to being a little disappointed with the colour. On the website it looks dusky pink and even in my photo its pink however in real life its much more a darker orangey-pink tone than a pretty dusky pink. However the fit is fine and comes with a little hoody. Sadly I don’t have the abs that I used to but as its loungewear I think I can get away with it!

Red One Shoulder Midi Dress

Red One Shoulder Midi Dress

Move over the LBD because there’s just something about a little red dress isn’t there? Such a sexy colour, not that I look particularly sexy posing awkwardly in my garden but there you go. Femme Luxe are known for their vast array of dresses but I chose this one because 1. It’s red and 2. I love a little one shoulder number. Team it with some red lippy and you’re good to go!

Disclaimer: This post was a collaborative post with Femme Luxe Finery but all opinions are my own.

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4 of the best UK destinations for nature lovers

For many, holidays conjure up images of jetting off into the sunshine and sipping on a cocktail beside the pool, so it may surprise you to learn that an estimated 41.7 million tourists visited the UK in 2018. There is clearly plenty to love about the UK, so why not consider a ‘staycation’ for your next break? With a coastline stretching over 7,000 miles and 15 national parks covering nearly 9,000 square miles, the UK is the perfect place to get closer to nature and discover an abundance of wildlife.

Anglesey
The isle of Anglesey is one of the UK’s best kept secrets. Accessible via the Menai Suspension Bridge, off the coast of mainland Wales, this island is known for its beaches. In fact, in 1966, the entire coastline of Anglesey was designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, protecting its varied landscape and habitats from inappropriate development. You can actually walk along the coastal path, taking in limestone escarpments and sand dunes on the south coast, with dramatic sea cliffs in the north. From Anglesey, you can also take a boat trip to the uninhabited Puffin Island, a special protection area for wildlife.

Photo by Dil on Unsplash

The Lake District
Home to vast lakes and magnificent mountains, the Lake District in the northwest of England is certainly deserving of its status as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Of the sixteen lakes that make up the Lake District, the largest, Windermere, holds an astonishing 300 billion litres of water! The landscape here varies greatly with the seasons but, regardless of when you choose to visit, you will marvel at the natural beauty the Lake District has to offer. Cosy up in a lakeside café and sip on a hot chocolate as you peer through the mist towards the snow-capped mountains on a winter’s day. Visit in summer and enjoy a lake cruise as the sun glistens on the waters below.

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Jurassic Coast

With rocks that record 185 million years of the Earth’s history, this 96 mile stretch of coast from Exmouth to Dorset feels like a walk through time. The fossils and layers of sedimentary rock here can tell us a lot about prehistoric life and how the landscape was formed over time. As a result, this spectacular coastline became a World Heritage Site in 2001. There are plenty of things to do here, from coastal walks and fossil collecting to visiting the museums that delve into our natural history.

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Snowdonia

This mountain range in the north of Wales offers breathtakingly stunning views of the open landscapes and valleys below. Whether you choose to climb to the summit of Snowdon at 3060 feet or take a more relaxing journey on-board the mountain railway, you will certainly be in for a treat. Mountains are not the only feature here; Snowdonia is also home to an abundance of Lakes. The largest, Llyn Tegid (Bala Lake), also has its own railway allowing you to take in its natural beauty at ease.

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Written by Clayton Miller

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Feeling fine in Femme Luxe Finery

When it gets to this time of year, I’m always looking for a little revamp, be it my skin care routine, a new hair cut or a few fabulous new pieces for my wardrobe! In fact, I’ve ticked all those boxes this year but it’s the new wardrobe that I want to talk about today.

I was recently contacted by women’s online clothing retailer Femme Luxe Finery to see if I would like to try on some of their clothes for size. I’ll be honest, I hadn’t heard of them before but I thought I could be onto the next big thing in online retail therapy here, so thought why not give them a whirl!

And you know what? I’m glad I did! I was pleasantly surprised. You never quite know what you’re going to get when you order online (speaking from past experience elsewhere) but I can honestly say I am feeling fine in Femme Luxe Finery!

So what little beauties did I get?

Rose Fluffy Long Sleeve Crop Jumper – Jada

Femme Luxe Finery Rose Fluffy Long Sleeve Crop Jumper

I do love a fluffy jumper and this top is perfect for dressing up or down. I teamed it with a vest top of a similar colour and some ripped jeans – great for a sunny and surprisingly warm Saturday in February! I could quite easily dress this jumper up for the office and wear it with my high-waisted white pencil skirt and a pair of heels too – very versatile! The crop is a little shorter than what I would normally wear (let’s be honest, I don’t have the abs of a 19 year old anymore) but I didn’t feel uncomfortable in this jumper… plus it’s oh so soft!

Red Long Sleeve Bodycon Dress – Michelle

Femme Luxe Finery Red Long Sleeve Bodycon DressFemme Luxe Finery Red Bodycon Dress

This bodycon dress is another great example of a piece of clothing that can be dressed up or down. I’m a big fan of a simple red dress and decided to wear it on a casual night out with a burgundy jacket and some leopard print boots. I also styled it with a black belt and black tights as the material is quite light which makes it a little too see-through to wear on its own. My husband approved of the outfit and I felt pretty good wearing it too! This is definitely the perfect number for a casual dinner date.

Black with White Stripe Off Shoulder Loungewear Set – Shani

Femme Luxe Finery Black and White Loungewear Set

I am all about comfort. Sometimes a little too much. I go to work in a pretty dress and heels and by the time my husband gets home I’m already on the sofa in my pyjamas or scruffiest ‘not leaving the house’ clothes. So why have I not got myself some attractive loungewear before?! This black and white loungewear set is not something I would necessarily have looked twice at in a shop as I’m not normally too keen on matchy matchy but it’s really comfortable and it still looks good! I reckon I’ll be wearing this one alot and might even venture to my yoga class in it too. Thumbs up!

Black One Shoulder Ruched Slinky Midi Dress – Savannah

Femme Luxe Finery Black One Shoulder Ruched Midi Dress

Lastly is my favourite item from my Femme Luxe Finery haul – a black one shoulder ruched slinky midi dress. I feel super elegant and sexy in this – two words I would never in a million years use to describe myself! The dress is quite tight to put on but once it’s on it’s actually quite comfortable as the fabric has a bit of stretch to it. I am planning a big night out in the middle of March for a friend’s birthday and fully intend on wearing this dress then, teamed with a bit of red lippy and some shiny heels, I absolutely cannot wait! I’ll also hopefully get some better photos on the night too instead of these ones of me cringing and pretending to be a model/real fashion blogger where all my neighbours can see me prancing about haha!

Femme Luxe have quite a large selection of dresses on their website – casual and glam – so I will definitely be having a browse on there for future outfits for big nights out.

What do you think of my haul? You can shop the items here.

Disclaimer: This post was a collaborative post with Femme Luxe Finery but all opinions are my own.

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My top TV show recommendations

As it’s pouring with rain today, and sadly the glorious summer seems to have ended, I thought I’d share my top tv show recommendations because y’know, what else you gonna do on a rainy day other than snuggle up infront of the tv?!

Ok I confess, maybe I do spend too much time watching tv but when the programming is this good can you blame me?

Dark

It’s not often I get fanatical about a programme but Dark was SO GOOD. It’s a Netflix Original sci-fi thriller and I have been recommending it to everyone. It’s a German language series but we just watched the dubbed version as we find subtitles too distracting (and the only German I know is how to order a small chocolate milkshake! ha!). The story begins in the year 2019 and starts with a young boy who goes missing. It then centres around four families and their connections to each other in the fictional German town of Winden. The show is a little reminiscent of Stranger Things (which I also love) but takes on a much different twist several episodes in. I can’t say much more without major plot spoilers but if there is one show to watch on Netflix right now it is Dark.

Dark Tourist

Sticking with the dark theme, we happened across a series called Dark Tourist. It is presented by David Farrier, a journalist from New Zealand, who explores the phenomenon of dark tourism. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, it is basically defined as tourism to a place of death and tragedy. Farrier travels the world and satisfies the morbid curiosity in all of us. One of the most notable things he does is take a bus tour to the area of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan – where eventually the radiation levels read so high on the geiger counters that the tour is then halted. He also meets drug lord Pablo Escobar’s number 1 hitman in Colombia and takes part in an Indonesian funeral ritual involving digging up a corpse, among many other things. Some of the viewing is not for the faint-hearted but it is an intriguing watch.

Lee Daniels’ Star

I’m currently in the middle of watching season 2 of this drama about a girl band trying to make it big in Atlanta, USA. This show tackles almost every issue under the sun from violence, drug abuse, transgender identity and toxic relationships, all of which are intertwined with the highs and lows of trying to make it in the music industry. It features some relatively fresh faces to acting who hold their own alongside some big names such as Queen Latifah and Benjamin Bratt. Oh and the soundtrack is pretty fab too!

RuPaul’s Drag Race

I am very late to the party but I can’t get enough of RuPaul’s Drag Race. If you’re unfamiliar, it’s a competition hosted by iconic drag queen RuPaul, to find America’s next drag superstar and has had 10 seasons already. The programme is the perfect mix of funny, sassy, creative and touching, I feel more sparkly just by watching it. I’ve only managed to watch the 3 most recent seasons as that’s all Netflix have got now, so if anyone knows where I can watch the older series please let me know! If I can find it on an android tv box or something I will be very happy.

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What are you watching on tv at the moment? Leave me your recommendations below.

This was a collaborative post with Latest Deals.

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