Sunday, 31 January 2016
New York has been at the top of my travel list for the longest time. I visited during a sixth form trip and have been itching to get back ever since! Ice skating in Central Park and having the best view from the top of the Empire State Building while it began to snow are memories I'll never forget. Bodyform are offering us girls the chance to win the trip of a lifetime. Get you hands on one of ten Pink Tickets hidden inside a promotional pack of Bodyform and you'll win a trip to New York for you and a friend. Amazing, right?! Bodyform sent me everything I'd need for New York themed girly night in. I settled down with the SATC girls, plenty of American candy and started to plan the sights I'd love to see if I won. There are just so many iconic locations that I'd love to take a selfie at! The hustle and bustle of Times Square is a must. I'd also love to visit the Chrysler Building - although the building is used as office space, you can still have a peek in the lobby to catch a glimpse of the Art Deco architecture. The lucky ladies who find the Pink Tickets will receive return flights from London, a three night stay in a NYC hotel with transfers and breakfast thrown in. You and a friend will receive a choice of sightseeing passes with opportunities to experience the views from the top of either the Empire State Building or the Rockefeller Center. You'll also get to visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island or enjoy a boat cruise. Every promotional pack of Bodyform also includes a £10 voucher towards a Golden Moments experience. So if you haven't been one of the lucky ones to find a Pink Ticket, there's still a treat waiting for you! I've got my fingers crossed for you all!
Sunday, 29 November 2015
Date nights for us usually involve a film. We're either snuggled up in front of Netflix or at the cinema. So you can imagine how excited we both were to be invited to the launch of the Reading Showcase Cinema De Lux. The complex has been fitted out with reclining seats in every screen and we couldn't wait to try them out! On entering the cinema, we made our way down the red carpet and enjoyed glasses of Prosecco and canapes. I was really impressed with the refurbishments that have been made. Everything looks sleek and modern and there's a really chilled vibe. There's a seating area downstairs to enjoy traditional cinema snacks and a plush Costa if you need your caffeine fix! We then headed up to the Lounge Bar for another glass of fizz! I think this is a really lovely addition. The decor is elegant and chic which makes it a relaxing space to enjoy a cocktail or two before a film. The extensive drinks menu allows you to really make a night of it!
Photos provided by Showcase.It was then time to make our way to the XPlus screen, where we were treated to an advance screening of Steven Spielberg's Bridge of Spies. We settled down with our goody bag of popcorn and chocolates and adjusted our reclining seats. I have to say that it's the most comfortable I've ever been in a cinema. What's best is that there's no extra cost for the comfort the new seats provide! The Xplus auditoriums have a 60ft wide wall-to-wall screens. Dolby Atmos sound technology also allows the sound to be precisely directed to different parts of the room. These two elements combined create such a powerful viewing experience. I loved Bridge of Spies. If you like films inspired by real life events then this is certainly for you. Tom Hanks stars as a lawyer called upon to defend a Soviet spy during the Cold War. The film is full of drama and action. I loved the characters and the humour. But overall, Mark Rylance's performance blew me away. Just perfect! We both thoroughly enjoyed our movie date night! I can wholly recommend checking out a Showcase Cinema De Lux near you. The experience feels special and it's ideal for a date or a girly night with friends!
Showcase kindly invited me and a guest to the launch event which included tickets for the film.
Sunday, 22 November 2015
As the night's are drawing in, I've been longing for Christmas films, snuggly blankets and festive candles. Now is most certainly the time to be thinking about this year's Christmas decorations. With so much inspiration on the high street at the moment, I've settled on a look that plays with textures. I love the contrast of natural materials and delicate metallics. Larger hanging Christmas decorations are great for adding festive cheer to any room. Wilko always have a good selection at budget prices. This mistletoe heart is adorable and would make a fab addition to any entrance way. Any excuse for Christmas kisses! I'm also in love with their polar bear ornament. He's just too cute! In my opinion, nothing marks the start of the festive season better than a good old candle. The festive spice scent from Next is an old favourite and TK Maxx have some stunning candles in at the moment. However, the Neom Christmas Wish candle has won my heart. This luxe offering is the ideal treat to yourself for cosy evenings this winter. I'm always really envious of my neighbour's Christmas wreaths. We've never had one on our door but I would love to change that this year. I like the rustic look of this alpine wreath from Next. I can imagine it making our house look lovely and welcoming. I'd even be tempted to add some fairy lights amongst the pinecones and berries. I couldn't do a home wish list without including some copper. First up is the Strala table light from IKEA. It's battery powered so you could pop this light anywhere. I really like the understated glamour of the design. If you're after something a little more traditional, then a copper lantern is for you! These baubles are beautiful. I love that the mercury glass bauble is hinged so that you can add in a little gift. The glass egg bauble is so Gatsby with it's decadent gold detail. These would make great presents to put in someone's stocking. Last on my list is this gorgeous faux fur stocking from House of Fraser. I've spotted it a few times in store and can confirm that it's as super soft as it looks. I still hang a stocking from the mantlepiece, but have had the same one since a child. I think I'm overdue an upgrade!
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