Monday, 16 March 2015

Afternoon tea at The Ritz // Nans 100th Birthday

Last week my nan turned 100 years old, a Century! Of course we as a family didn't want this to go un-celebrated and wanted to do a few extra special things. 

We decided on her actual Birthday to visit The Ritz for afternoon tea, it was absolutely lovely.

I've never been in The Ritz before but the building itself is just beautiful, while waiting to be seated I found myself wandering down the foyer and up the corridor just taking it all in. We sat down and had multiple waiters, choosing tea was a tricky one as there was so so much choice! It was lovely that each of us individually had our very own tea pot of our chosen loose tea.
We then had the trays bought out, little eyes light up of these treats being placed directly infront of us.

One thing I really do appreciate and want to note about visiting The Ritz is how accommodating and just overall delightful the staff were, not only with serving but how helpful they were with helping my Nan get from the car and seated. They also came out with a book signed by the staff as a gift to my Nan, along with a birthday cake bought out with the piano playing Happy Birthday, it was amazing. 

For anyone who has food allergies, I also want to note how amazing they were again. My mum and I had asked for a gluten free version for ours and this is another really big thing that was so good about our afternoon.
The waiter made sure we knew which was gluten free. From odd past experiences of eating sphelt bread, gluten free bread, lots of different types of bread, I have never found one that quite matches up to the good old standard bread. I found the gluten free bread of the sandwiches were actually nice. Gluten free bread used to be pretty bad and cardboard like but it's slowly improving now it's becoming more recognised in supermarkets. I doubt anyone would really notice it was gluten free if in a taste test, it was that nice. Sweet plates were also made up of gluten free treats as well as the scones (huge thank you and props to The Ritz)  

The Ritz was just a beautiful afternoon, I never wanted it to end and I'm already looking in my diary so I can go and enjoy it again (21st Birthday, maybe?) 

For anyone thinking of visiting The Ritz for afternoon tea, do it do it do it! It was such an experience, I doubt you would be dis-appointed. 

I think I now have a little afternoon tea bug, I just want to go and enjoy it everywhere. 
I also want to add, the powder room was just beautiful. I want my very own bathroom like that!

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Sunday, 1 March 2015


A post a little delayed, but I'm home and have a second to blog, yay!
For Valentine's evening, Jack and I were un-decided on whether to stay in for pizza, go for a movie, go for a meal or just go for drinks.
I'm not one for massive she-bang of the commercial side of it all, but I of course wanted to do something nice together. 
After a rather cool morning treasure hunt of little things he'd bought me and having eggs and soldiers we chilled during the day.
Annoyingly my m.e decided to work against me and hit on Valentines and I struggled to move, lucky me Jack said we'll have our own Valentines the next day and instead we'll be in pj's and order pizza together instead. Dream guy. 

For our Valentines take two, Jack came up with the idea to dress up, go see fifty shades and then go for a meal and it was up there as one of the loveliest evening we spent together. 

We went to a restaurant with an american feel on Mill Road, it's one of the yummiest and best meals I've had in ages. For someone who hates eating in restaurants, I want to go back so bad. 
Full up of chilli fries, chicken wings (which were so good, we went back for more later in the week) and burgers.

I also la la love the birdcage veil Jack bought me for Valentines. I'd spotted it and left it in a shop when I was previously there for my University interview a month before and he went back for it, swoon.

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Thursday, 26 February 2015

Life lately #003 - A University update

I haven't posted an update about my journey to University since October/December, shock a lot has progressed since then. January has been my biggest month and I've had a lot of important things to focus my time on so un-fortunately my wee' blog took a back seat. 
 I'm now back from Cambridge with tiny amount of time to spare and thought I'd finally blog! 

I decided to vlog the interview invite process (below) hoping to carry it on- but I truly wanted to focus on the interview and not have the extra stress of trying to film. 

My first interview was in Cambridge after the New Year and my favourite choice. Luckily I had Jack to chill me out before hand, as for anyone un-aware, he lives and studies there. I drove down with the mother and all strolled down to the University. It actually went really well and it was a lot more chilled and chatty then I had expected. It was nice to discuss and talk through my work and I left feeling really confident that I had shown my potential.
I heard back the next day that they wanted to offer me a place, yay! I then completed my other interviews in Norwich and Epsom. Norwich was the quickest and most laid back out of them all. I was in such a laid back and incredibly good mood, compared to normal states I get in for occasions such as interviews, there were no anxiety attacks or last minute panic, yay. I was in a group of 5 and had to enter and display my portfolio and work how I wished, leave the room and be called back in with another candidate for an interview, yes I was in the room with another person at the same time being interviewed, I didn't initially like the idea but when I started chatting I focused on selling myself and honestly forgot about a stranger being there too.

It's all going very fast, the realisation that I could possibly be in the city I (was) currently typing this post in, living full time next year is odd. Saying that, I really have the excitement for it. I feel ready within my self and age to take the leap of moving out on my own and running my own little house and life. Just living with Jack for a couple of weeks proves I can do it, I know I am capable and at 20, little old me is ready for this exciting journey. 

 I now have to make the biggest decision of confirming my first and insurance choices, so excitingly scary!
*update, the day or two after beginning and having to draft this post, I heard back from my last choice and took the huge leap to edit my firm and insurance choice. I'm now decided on my firm choice of where I'll be attending in September and applied for where I'll be living. How exciting and nerve wracking! 

Hope everyone else applying and going through this has the choices they wanted!

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Monday, 26 January 2015

Instagram what I wore #003

Dress - H&M (in the sale) 

Just a really simple one, but I'm loving this dress. I did pretty rubbish in the boxing day sales this year. Jack got an absolute haul of amazing things, I came home with a perfume gift set, then picked this up in H&M when we went back with his family. It was only £7 and I've actually been meaning to find a simple black pencil dress with long sleeves so was pretty happy to pick this up. 

I actually wore this for New Years as a simple outfit. Jack and I actually decided to stay in together and have a chilled evening so I wanted something comfy but still show my shape. I really like picking up these kind of staple dresses, they are so easy to dress up or down casually, it's so comfy and has lots of little ridged horizontal lines, love.

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