Afternoon Tea at The Ritz!

Hello there lovely readers!

Aaah the Ritz...well I couldn't very well do an afternoon tea series on my blog & NOT include the infamous & quintessentially English institution that is "Tea at The Ritz" now could I? ;)

The world famous Ritz hotel in Mayfair is well known for its award winning afternoon tea affair & tis one that is on many afternoon tea fans 'must try' list including mine! So of course I was excited to finally be able to attend for mumma bears birthday last year. (yes its taken me THIS long to write about it...bad form Aysh)

Our reservation was booked for 1pm during the weekday, yet despite this it was still completely full! I'd wager bookings have to be made a good few months prior for the Ritz which makes sense. We arrived at the hotel after a lovely stroll down Bond Street perusing the shops & were led to the breathtakingly & beautifully decorated Palm Court dining room where we would be partaking in our afternoon tea. There is a smart dress code at the Ritz, so no jeans or trainers folks!

Once seated we spent some time simply gazing at the pretty surroundings (seriously the stuff of pastel & baroque gold dreams) & enjoying the pleasant background music provided by a live pianist amongst the other guests chatter, before our waiter arrived with the tea menu which consists of up to 16 intriguingly flavoured teas to choose from. We were recommended to try the Ritz Royal English special blend, especially as the mother ship bless her, despite being as avid a tea drinker as I, doesn't like anything too 'complicated' & we were very happy with the choice!

Despite being obviously fully booked, our afternoon tea arrived promptly which was a good thing as our tummys were very much protesting at this point. The tea is brought out & poured for you from a stunning silver tea service with accompanying pretty china crockery.

There is a lovely mixed selection of sandwiches served on a variety of breads, including the classic cucumber with cream cheese & smoked salmon which are always favourites of mine. You can request of course at the time of booking if you have any special dietary requirements, be it vegetarian, halal options etc.

The assortment of sweet delights on offer were so pretty to gaze at & even more wonderful to sample. The classics such as macaroons & custard slice went down a treat! Of course the ever present scones where served also, both sultana & plain, accompanied with Cornish clotted cream & strawberry preserve.

At this point we were naturally close to reaching food coma stage & were happily sat back in our seats sipping on our tea which was refilled for us regularly. However it was not over yet as our waiter then came through the Palm Court with a trolley filled with even more intriguing cakes to consume! Of course we couldn't refuse as that would have been extremely rude, so mumma bear & I managed to partake in a wee slice of cake each as well, which it goes without saying...was DELICIOUS.

Absolutely fit to burst by now but utterly content we partook in a final teacup of chai before heading home most satisfied. One thing to be aware of is that The Ritz doesn't allow you to take any unfinished food home with you, some sort of legality issues I believe, so do make the most of your tea. 

Overall the whole experience at The Ritz was divine, we were very well looked after by the waiter & truly enjoyed our time there.  Yes at £54 per person it is an extravagant treat but one I definitely recommend everyone should try once :)

Lotsa love to ya!


NOTD - Chameleon Chrome Nails with Magical Unicorn Dust!

Hi there lovely readers!

Now I'm sure that you've all seen by now the chrome nail trend that looks like your rocking molten metal on the talons & is the current obsession in the nail world. Seeing these stunning mirror finish metallic sci fi nails on my Insta feed has me itching to get in on some of that shiny action!

My only dilemma  has been that the majority of chrome powders I've come across work with UV Gel polish only. I do own a UV lamp, but the idea of using gel polishes, for me & I'm sure others, is just a bit much, especially seeing as I chop & change my nails so often. Though for this there is also a solution, that being using a peel off basecoat...this way I could easily remove said gel polish after a few days if I wish. 

But for now, like Indiana Jones hunting for the Holy Grail, I've been searching for a chrome powder that works on regular polish & I've just ordered one which I think may be exactly what I've been hunting for....but until then I thought I'd share with you a lovely & very budget friendly alternative you can get to achieve a futuristic finish to you nails & is courtesy of Born Pretty Store.


New Shades From True Brit London - Seaside

Hey there my lovely readers!

Time to share another one of the pretty new shades recently launched by the nail polish brand True Brit London, today I have a shade that is just so perfect for summer I know I will be rocking this both on my fingers & tootsies for sure & is the so very suitably titled...*Seaside!

ALL THE HEART EYE EMOJIS. Isn't it puuuuuurdy?! 


NOTD - Cute Kawaii Chicks!

Hello there lovely readers,

So this post is going up a tad delayed, I had initially planned on Good Friday but unfortunately I was hit with some very sad news on Thursday. if you follow me on social media you'll know that last week I lost my beloved Miss Kitty. I can't even begin to explain how devastated my family & I are with the loss of my sweet Hoshi, those who know me well know how much my little furbaby meant to me, but my little one was just too poorly & it would have been cruel to keep her with us. She was such a big character its hard to think her gone & I was so overwhelmed & touched with the thoughtful messages received over the Easter break, it truly meant a lot to me so thank you so so much. RIP my little star.

On to todays post...despite it being a bit late I couldn't very well let Easter pass on through without some form of suitably themed nail art now could I? As always nail-spiration is in abundance with pastels, speckles & cute creatures galore, I so love creating something fun every year. Have a peek at some of previous Easter themed nail art including, Cheeky Bunny Booty nails which remain a firm fav for obvious reasons, my Easter Minion Chicks Tutorial for a fun take on the design as well as a wee White Wabbit Tutorial featuring some speckled goodness too.

This year I decided to go down the chick route again but with a slight kawaii twist & created these cute little newborn chickadees popping out of their shells with their curious faces & batting us with their eyelashes :)


New Shades from True Brit London - Nostalgia

Hey there lovely readers!

I'm excited to share with you a few of the divine new nail polish shades that have been released by one of my favourite brands True Brit London, these new additions have recently joined their already stunning array of lacquers available. 

Its no secret how much I adore this brand, True Brit London nail polishes really are something else.  Not only are the shades & formulations top notch, but they really have nailed it in the packaging stakes with their gorgeous chunky ice cube shaped embossed bottles that exude luxury, only without the hefty price tag. I also love their quintessentially classy vibe, seeking inspiration for their collections in all things from history to traditionally British themes. You can check out my previous True Brit London posts & swatches HERE.  

I have four of the new shades to share with you but I wanted to give each shade the attention it deserves so will split up each post individually. To get the ball rolling we are starting things with the distinctly unique Nostalgia*.


Current Winning Cleansing with Vichy & The Beauty Kitchen

Hey there lovely readers!

Okay confession time...when it comes to skincare I'll admit I've not given as much attention as I should, especially considering I'm now in my late twenties. There was also the slight problem of it all just confusing the heck out of me! I'd find myself reading posts of bloggers skincare routines containing 152613 different products & my mind would implode! However this is something that I plan on rectifying & I've slowly realized that it doesn't have to be complicated rocket science & discovered a few skincare gems that have been a delight to use. One can only pray to the skincare gods that I've not let my tardiness cause any long lasting effects haha!

My skin has thankfully never been too problematic which is a blessing considering my neglectful ways, other than being sensitive & a tad on the dry side. Another admission for you seeing as I'm on roll....I've only in the past 5 years actually made the effort to remove my makeup before bed *cue gasps of horror*...I know. Again this just falls down to my utter laziness so when it came to finding the right product to remove my makeup the USP for me would be speed & ease. Enter at this point CLEANSING OILS! Discovering these bad boys was a definite game changer & I actually found myself anticipating my makeup removal come evening...what can I say? My oddness knows no bounds.

A few of my tried, tested & loved favorites include the NUDE Perfect Cleansing Oil (RRP £28), No7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Oil (RRP £11) & one which, until recently, beat them all, The BodyShop Chamomile Silky Cleansing Oil (RRP £12). This stuff was the bees knees of cleansers, removing even the most hardcore of mascaras without irritating the eyes quickly & effectively. However I had one MAJOR gripe with it...the pump bottle packaging! I took this on a weekend away with me & the oil LEAKED EVERYWHERE. Not fun. I've even appealed to the lovely BodyShop peeps about this because I love it so much, hopefully they'll work on changing it!

However until they do, they have themselves some serious competition as I've now discovered a new cleansing oil that may have reached HG pedestal status it is THAT good. Enter at this point Vichy Beautifying Cleansing Micellar Oil (RRP £13.75)


NOTD - Golden Chrome Nails with Jamberry Nail Wraps & Champagne

Hi there lovely readers!

Chrome nails were a BIG trend last year & still going strong. I'm sure you've seen the Youtube & IG videos showing how to achieve this metallic look using the magical pot of powder. However a lot of these chrome powders seem to only work with gel polish & I've yet to try them myself, but I've ordered a pot to play with from Born Pretty Store that supposedly works with regular polish so I will report back! In the meantime I'm finding easier means to get me some chrome metallic goodness on my mani's with a little help from Jamberry nail wraps & Models Own.


NOTD - Rustic Rose Trellis Nails

Hello there my lovely readers,

There's nothing that makes me happier than wearing a feminine floral manicure & my favourite way to achieve such a look on the nails is by adding a few roses onto them, giving your mani a vintage kitsch vibe! And now that we are into Spring well...I have the powers of foresight & I predict a lot more floral mani's to come!.

There's many different ways to freehand roses, adding a few drops of a light & dark colour on top of one another & swirling until you form petals, drawing a whole rosebud like I did on my Beauty & The Beast manicure HERE...One of my favourite ways lately is applying little curved swirls around a dot of polish to create a rustic rose with petals like I've done today.

I am also seriously loving this colour combination, a mix of gothic vampy burgundy & sweet subtle pink giving a gorgeous contrast to look


NOTD - Pink Chevron & Pretty Lace Nails

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I've found myself with the rare treat of free time on my side of late which has given me opportunity to take part in a few nail art challenges that I've come across, not only are they fun to do but also such a great way to connect with other nail obsessed lovelies!

They also give me a chance to challenge myself with different designs, especially freehand. Todays nail art that I have to share with you is an entry I've done for a competition that my nail art Queen Yagala is holding at the moment. The challenge being to recreate one of her designs.

Haha if only the competition happened a few weeks ago when I recreated this Jewel Bloom Ornament Nail Art which I was inspired to do by Yagala herself. But hey I was up for the challenge again as I adore all her designs so after having a sift through her gorgeous Instagram feed, I came across this pretty Pink Chevron & White Lace Design that was just so gorgeous I definitely wanted to give it a go myself

And I'm actually so chuffed with how it came out! Of course it is in no way anywhere near the league of the guru herself, but for a first attempt at this type of design I was really happy with the result.


NOTD - Pointed Angles & Polka Dots!

Hello there lovely readers!

Today's nail art was one of my "extreme acts of randomness....just go in with a few magic spells and hope for the best" type designs & features a simple geometric style with pointed triangles & a few polka dots thrown in for luck. I find the combination of sharp pointy edges mingled with with soft round circles strangely satisfying 


Disney Nail Art Series - Beauty and the Beast!

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Now this is something that I have been wanting to do on my blog for the longest time & for various reasons prolonged but now I am finally on it huzzah! As you may know about me, one of my great loves is Disney. It played a huge part in my upbringing & still to this day I love nothing more than taking a break from adulting & indulging in a Disney movie marathon, immersing myself back into that magical world. One of my best holidays was Christmas spent in Disneyland Paris 4 years ago & I am yearning to visit Florida's offering one day. So it would only make sense to channel this passion of mine through another love which is of course....nail art!

I already have a few Disney themed manicures that I cannot wait to share with you, I'll be exploring all sides of Disney, both Good and Evil in my nail art series, so this will include not only Princesses but Villains & additional characters as well, if you have any requests then please do let me know! But to start off my Disney Nail Art Series I thought I would begin with of course the main movie remake that EVERYONE is talking about at the moment....Beauty and The Beast which I went to see last Friday!


NOTD - Blue & White China Nails

Hello there lovely readers!

Now you know how much I adore my afternoon teas, the numerous reviews on here would be a dead giveaway...One of my favourite parts of a good tea, other than the food of course, is the pretty crockery used to partake. Call me crazy (many do) but I do feel a cup of tea tastes better when sipped from a pretty cup & saucer ;) I adore intricately patterned teacups & have a somewhat odd addiction you might say of accumulating said crockery, a habit that drives my mother bonkers as I guess it ruins the aesthetic of her neatly ordered cupboards with my random finds. There is a point of me talking about this topic by the way & that point leads naturally to my other addiction...nail art! 

Many times I've found myself inspired to create nail art using some of the designs I've come across on my teacup & saucer adventures.


NOTD - Jewel Bloom Nail Art Tutorial

Hello my lovely readers!

A wee tutorial for you today, I want to try & do more step by step pictorials for you to show just how easy it can be to create fun & fabulous designs on your nails! My favourites this year so far have to be my Flamingo Nails, they just make me smile so much & I'm itching to do them again. But of course Mother Nature will play a big part in allowing this to happen & whenever she doth bestow upon me decent lighting & time for photos I will make sure to take advantage!


NOTD - Marble Flames

Hello there lovely readers!

So I have recently rediscovered the love for dry marbling nail art. Still feeling somewhat daunted at even the thought of attempting water marbling, I WILL man up & try it one day I'm sure, but until that day arises dry marbling on the other hand is one nail art technique I am totally on board with. 

Not only is it super easy to do but the results can be so pretty as well. I love having a play around with different colours & tones to see which ones mesh well together. You can see some of my previous dry marbling manicures HERE.

To do a dry a marble all you need is two polishes, or more if you wish to have a mixture of more colours & a tool to create the marble. This can be either a toothpick, dotting tool or brush. You can have a peek at some of my previous marble nail art posts, in particular my favourite one HERE, where I've done some more in depth step by step pictorials on how to create this effect.

I personally prefer to use a brush as it allows you a lighter hand when marbling your colours together on the nail. Whenever I've used a dotting tool or toothpick I've always found myself pressing too hard & going straight through the polish to the nail bed.

The color combo I've used in this manicure is red & gold, I absolutely love mixing these two jewel tones together as the colours really contrast & stand out so beautifully creating a fab flame like effect.

My red polish of choice is Bitten from old indie brand Cult Nails, & was part of the Behind The Closed Doors collection, a stunning raspberry red glossy shimmer. This polish is just so gorgeous, I'm an absolute sucker for these kinds of gothic-y reds & I can't wait to use it again. Apply one coat of red & then apply your second coat ready to marble!

Whilst your second coat of polish is still wet, add about two drops of gold, here I've used Models Own 25 Carat Gold, & then using your brush or whichever tool you prefer, swirl the gold in to the red using light strokes, not blending too much that you lose the gold.

If you think you've applied too much gold you can always add a couple of drops of red & blend some more, careful not to overload the nail with polish though otherwise you'll end up with puddles of polish in your cuticles. 

Once you are happy with the design seal with topcoat. Done! I have lots of ideas floating around for some more marble designs so keep posted. Let me know if you give it a try!

Thanks as always for reading!

Lotsa love to ya!


Afternoon Tea at The Red Lion Henley On Thames

Hello there my lovely readers!

Pinch punch & all that jazz! How is it March already?! One of the things I will most definitely be continuing on this old blog of mine this year is reviews of my favourite pastime....afternoon tea! I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I do writing & of course experiencing them ;)

Now a lot of the afternoon tea reviews I've written about on HERE have mostly been experiences that can be done in London as there really are so many great ones to try in the capital.

However today I though I'd branch out of London for a moment and review a delightful afternoon tea my friends & I went to not long ago at the lovely Red Lion Hotel in Henley On Thames.

My friend lives in Henley & as I was dropping her off home one evening, we passed the gorgeously gothic looking Red Lion hotel sat by the riverside & I decided we simply had to come for afternoon tea here. Henley itself is just so quaint & pretty with its cobbled streets & pretty buildings, I could happily spend the whole day exploring its delights. So a table I booked & off we went!

My two chums and I arrived at the hotel & after a short wait we were taken into the lounge where our tea would be taken. The decor is very warm & homely with a mixture of table & sofa seating, which was lovely & we were fortunate enough to be able to choose where we wanted to sit, we opted for some of the cosy couches by the window so plenty of people watching could be done in comfort :) 

Once sat we were  asked what refreshments we would be wanting to accompany our food, I went for a pot of English Breakfast tea as did one of my friends whilst the other (who isn't a tea drinker) opted for a latte. We were given the choice to chop & change if we wanted which was nice, so I also enjoyed a nice pot of coffee at a later stage as well.

We didn't have to wait long at all for the Afternoon Tea itself to arrive, which it did swiftly in all its three tiered glory. The sandwiches offered were smoked salmon (always a good un!), egg mayonnaise & tomato & cucumber. Simple offerings to be sure & I won't lie, a bit of cheese would have been a nice inclusion in the tomato sarnies but tasty nonetheless. One of my friends is a vegetarian who also does not eat eggs, we mentioned this to our waiter who very kindly bought out more sarnies for her. 

On to the sweets....the scones were very generous in size & scrumptious in taste accompanied with the clotted cream and jam. 

For the final tier we had delicate slices of lemon drizzle cake, fruit cake & profiteroles with fresh cream and strawberry pieces which all went down an absolute treat!

Throughout the tea, our waiter would occasionally pass by and replenish our drinks as needed. We were able to enjoy a really nice & relaxed afternoon tea here for a pleasant couple of hours without feeling rushed at all, which is always the sign of a good afternoon tea in my opinion.

The Red Lion Hotel Afternoon Tea is just £19.95 per person, a very decent price for what was a lovely afternoon experience.

Thanks as always for reading!

Lotsa love to ya!


NOTD - Gothic Vines

Hello there lovely readers!

I was wearing a neutral manicure not too long ago as I had an event to go to & something low key was order of the day. As much as I do love a sleek & chic simple nude mani, I probably lasted about a day after said event before I was already itching to add something to it haha!

So to jazz up my nude pink manicure, which was pretty while it lasted by its onesie & came courtesy of Nails Inc Alexa Chung's collection polish in Pink Cashmere, a delicate & feminine shimmery pink, I decided to freehand on a simple vine design.

For my vines I opted to go for a dark gothic purple creme polish from brand Filthy Gorgeous in the shade Pulp.

To create your vines is super simple. Using a fine nail art brush, I first applied two swirly lines vertically down the whole nail.

Then using the same brush I just added on some teardrop like shapes for the leaves to my vines.

Still feeling like something a bit more was required I dug out one of my favourite textured polishes from Barry M in the shade Duchess which is an almost rose gold chunky glitter, so pretty! I added on a few sparkly rose gold leaves in between the purple.

Don't forget a slick of topcoat to finish. Hope you liked this quick & easy design to jazz up a plain mani! Thanks for reading!

Lots of love to ya!