Sunday, 27 November 2016

Kilner pop up shop at REX Liverpool


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I wish there was at least 2 more days in the week, then maybe I could get EVERYTHING that I want doing and never be behind. A 9 day week sounds like heaven. I haven't been able to put as much time into my blog due to being bogged down with college work and the Christmas build up.

However! I do have a lot of posts that are waiting to be written, Kilner being the first on my current list. Not because it is the post that I should be writing about first but because I had such a great time that I'm more eager to mention it.


  

 The pop up event was hosted in REX Liverpool on Bold street.
Rex is a creative concept store which offers spaces to unique brands to create and collaborate with them.
Learn more about the store here.

The Kilner pop up shop will be there all week with their versatile range of glassware. I have the drink dispenser above on my Christmas list and a little birdy says I've been good enough too!

We were greeted by an array of cocktails, shot samples and even a freak shake workshop. It was so much fun. The pop up shop and workshops are running all week too. So if you can, get there and join in with the workshops! I spent the evening in awe at all of the lovely products and had a fab catch up with some of my favourite local bloggers Allie, Sarah and Steph and met some new bloggers too!

The Chocolate Cellar joined in on the evening providing tasters of their satisfying confectionery. I tried a freshly made chocolate turkish delight and had my name wrote on a plain bar of chocolate too. The chocolate cellar are Wirral based and often frequent local markets too. They would be a fabulous choice for gifts and parties, check them out on Facebook here.




Bakchich who are also located on Bold street in Liverpool, provided deliciously rich Lebanese street food. Which perfectly complimented the Kilner storage jars. We all tucked in and were able to pop our empties in our goodie bags, for home use. I'm a big fan of meal prepping so these have come in handy already. I've been using mine for overnight oats and Greek yogurt variations.

At the end of the evening, after enjoying our refreshments and product viewing, I decided to buy a spiraliser because I love cooking and GADGETS! 

No brainer.

The staff member who served me called Natalie had a chat with me and I asked her about the grotto downstairs. To which she offered me the opportunity to have a peek, even though it wasn't open officially yet. I invited the girls down who I was speaking to at the time and we couldn't have been more excited to see it!



The night was a bloggers dream so thank you to Rex, Kilner UK, Bakchich and The Chocolate Cellar for making it amazing :)
& to you the reader..

Thanks for visiting Times2style!
                                      


Wednesday, 16 November 2016

#VoodouChristmas


So much is happening this year leading up to Christmas, there is a fresh kind of excitement oozing out of everyone already and it's still November. I'm loving the buzz and it's encouraging me to get stuck in with my Christmas planning early.

Although the Voodou salons are well known for their creative vibes and experimental hair styles, they have really raised the bar with their Christmas offerings!

In the run up to Christmas they are offering a selection of pretty unique, styling options.

There's ribbons, sparkles, beads galore so if you're looking to impress this December, you won't be disappointed by their fabulous selection of hair designs.

During the evening we were all treated to one of hairstyles on their poster display. Now, although I adore the glitter roots, I chose the ribbon braid instead because I wasn't going out afterwards and I didn't want to stand out too much on my way home. However, if I was going out I would definitely rock the glitz!




Tom, my hair stylist worked wonders on my hair and I was literally SO impressed with his client care. Although the room was packed with chatty bloggers, some of which were waiting to be styled by him next, he still managed to stay cool and totally focused on making sure that I was completely happy with my hair.

I didn't feel rushed in anyway and even though my hair is naturally super fine he managed to back comb it like nobody's business! Book in with him if you can because your hair will 100% get the TLC it deserves.

While I was getting my hair worked on, I also had a lovely chat with another member of staff regarding the treatments which are available for fine hair. One of them was called Cerafill Defy, so this may be worth a try in future.



I thought the store was so versatile, because they have so many options available, stock wise. Its a dream!
Redken are heavily used in the salon and along the high end products is also a range from independent brand Hippy Club. While I was at Voodou, I got to speak to the owner all about the brand, their ethics and history. Which was quite insightful. I couldn't resist their deal on the night, which was a dry shampoo and hair trinket for £10. I've used the dry shampoo quite a lot already because not only is it great between washes but it also helps give me a little more volume even when my hair is freshly washed.



Among all of that, I also got to spend time with my sister, mingle with lots of fellow bloggers and fabulous goody bag too. Suffice to say we all had an amazing night and the event was perfectly composed by the marketing team! Thanks so much to everyone at Voodou Liverpool for the evening.


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Friday, 4 November 2016

Metquarter Unwrapped


Kicking off the Christmas excitement, last week Met quarter hosted a wonderful press day showcasing a whole variety of dazzling stock. Met quarter is Liverpool's most stylish shopping mall and they delighted many bloggers with the preview, throughout the day. Of course we were treated to sumptuous nibbles and flutes of bubbly, it really was a privilege to be invited! 


The room which hosted the day was beautifully presented. A Christmas tree stood in the window modeling many of the decorations, which are now available at Paperchase. They are are currently on offer at 3 for 2 so they would be a great option to personalise your own tree, to your own choices.

The furniture which complimented the festive vibes were selected from Made.com who produce bespoke, designer furniture and homeware.

Although I should have asked, I was itching to know where the 3D pictures were from, that were hanging on the wall. They are so eye catching and homely.




We were in our element with the style offerings. dresses, jewellery and menswear too. From fabulous high end labels such as Diesel, Armani Exchange, Kurt Geiger mixed in with independent designers including Olivia Divine and Francesca Couture.


We were beyond spoilt with shopping inspiration!


We got one of the first glimpses of Mac's holiday collection, which is out now! I absolutely love the nutcracker design although it is pretty festive, it is also timeless meaning it will see you through Christmas and throughout many other seasons too.

I had my make up done by a make up artist from Mac and was so impressed. Her name was Jane or possibly Jayne and she really helped make my eyes and lips pop, with the use of vampy tones. A woman named Charlotte took over as Jane was due a break, Charlotte finished off my look with glamorous highlighter.

I didn't manage to get good lighting to take many pictures and we were also heading to the Radio City tower, straight after for a view of Liverpool.


I took this picture later on in the day, although it doesn't showcase the make up too well it does show how confident and happy I felt.


A silly one of me and my sister, we went up the tower afterwards with another of our sisters and our nephews. I have since returned with my daughter too and we all thought it was a great experience. Liverpool is overall a great city to visit and you can also maximise your shopping experience and have fun this Christmas!

Thank you to the Metquarter and Carousel PR for a fantastic press day!
I could go on all day about the fabulous brands and designers on offer, however you will have a much better time by visiting and seeing for yourself.

Thursday, 27 October 2016

MoRunning 2016 Support The Movember Foundation




November is fast approaching and with that comes a few exciting dates for me, of course the obvious Bonfire night then it is my youngest sisters birthday, shoutout to AMY.. and now, I am also adding MoRunning to my list of upcoming events! MoRunning support the Movember foundation which has become massive over the last few years - and rightly so!

Although the Movember foundation is primarily known to be a charity, which raises funds for prostate and testicular cancer, the foundation also cover funding for premature deaths in males; due to mental health and suicide. They are the only global charity focusing on men's health on a global scale. Given that a man dies every minute due to suicide it is paramount that these figures reduce, which is were your funding plays a part!


Due to the popularity of Movember it is now common place for Men to grow their moustaches in November and Mo Sistas (their female sponsors and reps) can don joke shop facial hair all in bid to spread awareness. In the past I have donated to the charity and also shared silly selfies to get involved however this year I will be showing my support by taking part in the charity 10k race in MoRunning 2016. I love that women can participate and get involved to support the cause.

The fun run is being hosted on various dates this November in A MASSIVE 17 LOCATIONS over the UK. It is so easy to join in!! 


Could you run a 5k or 10k for Movember??
Click here to sign up!

The dates to participate:

Leeds Saturday 5th Nov 10am
Dublin Saturday 5th Nov 10am
Swinley Forest Saturday 5th Nov 10am

Belfast Sunday 6th Nov 11am
Newcastle Sunday 6th Nov 2pm

Edinburgh Saturday 12th Nov 10am

Battersea Park Sunday 13th Nov 10am
Glasgow Sunday 13th Nov 10am
Cardiff Sunday 13th Nov 11:10am

Birmingham Saturday 19th Nov 10am
Liverpool Saturday 19th Nov 10am

Nottingham Sunday 20th Nov 10am
Manchester Sunday 20th Nov 10am
Milton Keynes Sunday 20th Nov 10am

Brighton Saturday 26th Nov 10am
Greenwich London Sunday 27th Nov 10am

 Please visit my Just Giving page and donate if you possibly can.  JustGiving - Sponsor me now!

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Lush Brazened Honey Fresh Face Mask Review



Last week, I posted about the Lush event that I attended with lots of other vloggers/bloggers. Well since then, I have been making the most of the goodies that we received; by taking the time out to pamper myself. As a Mammy I find it even more important now to squeeze in time for myself, it keeps my mind healthy and my moods level.

This fresh face mask is supposed to be stored in the fridge, so this is a great one to apply - first thing in the morning. The cool, refreshing mix wakes me right up! Although the mask is quite grainy with the exfoliating properties; I still find it quite gentle on my skin. Meaning that I can use it a couple of times throughout the week. It is packed with beautiful smelling ingredients aside from honey, you can also benefit from the detoxing effects of the herbs and spices too. 

Since I have had a good experience with this mask, I'm likely to buy more from the fresh face mask range. It is a complete treat for my skin and keeps my complexion at its best!

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Eggy bread pizza recipe


 I'm always on the look out for new recipes, due to my infatuation with food and cooking. When I was younger, I would always request that my uncle make me eggy bread for lunch.. this snack is quite nostalgic for me. In its basic form, I usually cut it into soldiers and then dip it into tomato sauce. 

However, after seeing a recipe floating around somewhere.. the idea of having an eggy bread pizza stuck in my head. I think it is well worth a share and it's super simple to cook!


Ingredients to make 1:
 1 egg
2 pieces of bread
As much grated cheese as you require
Tomato puree, mixed herbs, garlic puree, pepper and chilli flakes.
 
(You could also add pepperoni or any other meat filling, if you fancied but it is nice enough without too.)

Begin by putting a frying pan on medium heat with a little oil in.
 
  

Once you have grated your cheese, whisk one egg in a container that is wide enough for a piece of bread. Then mix a tablespoon of tomato puree with a half a teaspoon of herbs, pepper and chilli flakes. Afterwards, spread the puree mixture onto one side of bread.

Next pop it into the whisked egg, lifting and dropping it back in, to gather the egg on the underneath only.

  

Now you can carefully place this piece in the frying pan and proceed to add the grated cheese on top.



 Go ahead and grab the other piece and submerge it on one side only, in the whisked egg. Turn this upside down and place on top of the other piece in the frying pan. So that the egg covered side is facing upwards.



Allow to fry for a few minutes before turning it over. Continue to carefully flip the sandwich a couple of times to cook both sides fully.


Enjoy!

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Healthier Spaghetti Bolognese Recipe



My favourite comfort food in the world is Spaghetti Bolognese. I'll usually have it for a meal weekly, luckily for me - my daughter is also a big fan. Which means that I can please everyone; instead of making different meals. I like it with lots of pasta, garlic bread and parmasan cheese so, it is understandable how quickly that the calories AND carbs can add up! Rather than continuing to bloat up on my favourite meal, I figured I could create a less traditional version of the Bolognese... by making swaps such as: beef for lean turkey mince (this is a good way to get leaner meat for cheaper too!), white pasta for wholewheat (I don't notice the difference) and making your own sauce, instead of buying a ready made jar.

The sauce is SO easy to make.

Here is a list of  the ingredients!


  •  450g-500g Turkey Mince
  • Wholewheat spaghetti (as much as you like)
  • Half a teaspoon of garlic puree
  •  A tablespoon of dried mixed herbs
  • 1 bay leaf
  • A level tablespoon of tomato puree
  • 2 tins of plum tomatoes
  •  Pepper
  • 1 Large onion
  • Olive oil 
  • 1 Oxo cube (Beef stock cube)
Optional extras (peppers, mushrooms, celery, glug of red wine.)
To serve (garlic bread, parmesan, fresh basil leaves)


Begin by warming up a little olive oil in a frying pan. Then fry the mince on a medium heat until it is cooked through. Meanwhile chop the onion while the mince is frying.. then once cooked transfer to another pan or bowl while you begin to fry the onions.

You can quickly drain and wash the frying pan prior.


Just as the onions are cooked, drain any excess oil and add half a teaspoon of garlic. Cook for a minute more and then pour in the tinned tomatoes, break them up with a wooden spoon or spatula.



Allow this to come to the boil then simmer. Boil a kettle of water while this is simmering ready for the wholewheat pasta.



Now add the mince back to the sauce once it is warmed through, along with the tablespoon mixed herbs, bay leaf, pepper and crumbled oxo cube.


Let the sauce simmer away and start to boil your pasta on a high high then once it is bubbling away, lower slightly. This would also be a good time to put garlic bread in the oven. Both should take around 15 minutes to cook.


When you are happy that your pasta is cooked well, mix it into the sauce if your pan is big enough and serve. Then WALAH, you are done, bon appetite!