Saturday, 28 November 2015

Lifestyle: Lorraine Wood Flowers Festive Wreath Workshop

One of the many things I love about blogging is the opportunity to try new things and last nights festive wreath making class at Lorraine Wood Flowers is the perfect example.

Lorraine's studio is tucked away in Linwood retail park where she offers a number of services including Wedding, Event and Corporate Flowers. Her new venture however, is the launch of her floral workshop which I was there to find out about on Thursday night as Lorraine is running a festive wreath making class over the festive period. 

When we arrived at the studio we were greeted with a glass of mulled wine and then headed through to the workshop where Lorraine talked us through the making of a wreath. Lorraine really is super talented and made it look so easy however, when it was my turn it was not quite as easy as it looked but fear not, Lorraine and her assistant were on hand to help and advise throughout the workshop.   

Lorraine working her magic
Lorraine and her festive wreath
I started with this base 
My wreath starting to take form
The finished result 

Throughout the night we were topped up with mulled wine and with the Christmas tunes playing in the background I really got into the festive spirit.

The workshop lasted for around two hours but the night absolutely flew in as I was really enjoying myself while decorating my wreath, sipping mulled wine and chatting away. 
Big thanks to Lorraine and Lisa from Palampo PR, I had a lovely night. 

Lorraine is running these festive wreath making workshops every Saturday from the 28th November to the 19th of December where you can make your own Christmas wreath to take home for £55. To book a place you can phone 01505 323 769 or email 

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Monday, 23 November 2015

Lifestyle: Napiers Wintertime Tea Blend

We all know that Winter is the time of year we are most likely to catch a nasty bug or cold so it's good to be prepared to help our body fight it off. 

A great way to do this is by taking herbal remedies and Napiers the Herbalists have a great range of natural medicines and supplements including the Wintertime Tea Blend

"A pleasant tasting and stimulating tea to give you a boost when you are slowing down".

The Wintertime Tea Blend is a made from a number of active herbs which include, echinacea, lemon balm, liquorice, sage, nettle, pau d'arco and calendula. Echinacea helps to boost the immune system as it increases the number of white blood cells which fight infections. Lemon balm is know to have a calming effect and encourages a good nights sleep. Liquorice, Calendula and Nettle help inflammations and is often used to sooth sore throats. Sage is powerful antioxidant which can help kill bacteria and pau d''arco is another immune boosting herb.

To ensure the herbs preserve their quality it is sold loose so you will need a tea strainer to serve. I used two teaspoons of the herbal tea in my little tea pot which makes the perfect amount for one person, left to steep for five minutes and poured through a tea strainer. I then added a teaspoon of honey (or you could add lemon) to taste.

I was surprised at how nice the tea actually tasted as I normally find teas that are good for you taste horrible but this was something I could actually enjoy drinking. 

As I do find myself reaching for herbal teas in the Winter and even more so when I feel a cold coming on, it's nice to find a tea I will enjoy drinking rather than screwing up my face with every sip.

So far, I have managed to avoid catching any nasty winter bugs but I can't say for sure whether this is down to drinking the tea or just luck.  However, I do believe that being healthy is all down to the lifestyle you lead and when do catch something (which at times is unavoidable) you will have a lesser strain of it and recover quicker than a person that does not lead such a healthy lifestyle and the herbs found in this tea will help you do just that.

Are you a fan of herbal tea?

*This was sent to me as PR sample.  

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Friday, 6 November 2015

Fashion: Saddle Bags Under £35

With 70s fashion making a come back for Autumn/Winter we have seen the return of the saddle bag this season. Not only are they super stylish, they are actually really practical and the cross body strap makes it much easier for carrying than a clutch or a tote bag.

I have absolutely fallen in love with this Chloe saddle bag but as you can imagine it comes with quite a hefty price tag of £750. Fear not ladies the high street also have a great range and I have found some absolute beauties for under £35 saving you £715.

Chloe bag £750, NET -A- PORTER

Saddle Bags

New Look, £16  / Mango, £34.99 / Dune, £29.50 / River Island, £27 / Accessorize, £29 / ASOS, £22

Which is you your favourite?

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