Monday, 5 October 2015

London's Cake & Bake Show 2015

I spent my Saturday at The Cake & Bake show, held at London's Excel Centre.

It's the first time I've visited this particular show so I was a little unsure exactly what to expect from the exhibitors.

There were a whole host of food stands selling all sorts of things from marshmallows to sausage rolls.

Macaroons to bread.  There was a whole heap of tasty food and treats I wanted to buy up and feast upon.

Moving away from the food market and into the centre of the exhibition hall, the aisles were lined with beautiful bunting overhead, it looked so pretty.

We mooched around the stalls, taking in what each of the stands had to offer, admiring the workmanship that had gone into the products.

As we wandered around we stumbled upon the BB Afternoon Tea Bus, a London double decker bus providing a tour around London while serving afternoon tea.  I've followed them on Instagram for some time and have looked into visiting, I was really pleased to see one of their buses in real life.

I shall be booking up a visit for sure.

From there we wandered around some more, looking at what else the show had to offer.

And then of course there were the cakes.

Lots and lots of cakes.

The competition cakes were pretty impressive too.

There were so many great efforts, too many to show them all, but trust me they were fantastic.  

It really was a great, cake filled day, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.  If you missed the show fear not, Cake & Bake Edinburgh takes place 30th October - 1st November and Cake & Bake Manchester 12th - 15th November.  you can book your tickets via The Cake & Bake Show website.

Happy Baking

~ Gem x

Monday, 28 September 2015

The Dolls House on The Hill Tea Room

I love visiting tearooms.  It's been a while since I've been to one, so with a visit planned to see my Nan in Harrow, and having been following The Dolls House Tea Room in Harrow-On-The-Hill on Instagram, it only seemed right to combine the two and I'm so pleased we did.  From the minute we arrived outside I knew I was going to enjoy it.  It looked beautiful.

Stepping inside the door we were greeted by friendly staff and a dresser filled with beautiful things to buy, although immediately I was thinking ahead to visiting at Christmas and it being filled with decorations and gifts.

The staff really were amazing.  We felt so welcomed and they were all so friendly, the service was really quick.  The food was delicious.  I went for a bacon, brie and cranberry panini with crisps and a still cloudy lemonade.

Of course it would have been rude not to have tried out their cakes too.  The selection was fantastic, it took a while to decide what to pick.  In the end I opted for a slice of red velvet.

I can honestly say it was the best red velvet cake I have ever eaten.  The portion was huge.  Too big to finish after lunch, so they boxed it up for me to take home.  The bonus to this of course is that i got to enjoy it twice.

If ever your in the area I'd recommend a visit.  I'm certain you won't be disappointed.

~ Gem x 

Monday, 24 August 2015

Bath & Beauty Products I'm Loving Right Now

I've recently discovered a new brand while shopping at Home Bargains, not quite sure why I've overlooked it until now, but I'm glad I've picked it up and finally discovered it.  Firstly Creightons Vanilla and Macadamia Cocoon Shower Burst.  I cannot tell you how divine this stuff smells.  It also lathers up pretty good too.

Another of their products I'm using and loving is their Keratin Pro Shampoo and Conditioner.  Again the smell is amazing and it leaves my hair feeling so soft and shiny. 

Lastly onto a fragrance and a product I have been using for a few months now, Suddenly Diamonds from Lidl.  It actually reminds me very much of the perfume Ghost and is a fraction of the cost at £3.99.  I've used a few beauty products from Lidl and Aldi in the past and have always been impressed, they are definitely worth giving a go. 

It just goes to show that you needn't spend a fortune on beauty products.  

~ Gem x

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

A New Found Obsession with LUSH

I have never been a bath person, I've always preferred a shower but since being on Instagram I've always been slightly envious of those people sharing dreamy pictures of their baths using gorgeous LUSH products.

I've always loved the smell of their stores and have been in on numerous occasions to check out their shower products, but have always been put of by the boring black tubs and never before bought anything.

There was nothing for it but to bite the bullet and buy one of their bath bombs, I had to see for myself what all the fuss was about.

The first one I tried was one of their Easter themed bombs, 'Hoppity Poppity'.  I couldn't leave this little fella behind in the shop, he was just way too cute.

I spent a good hour or so soaking with my book and actually found that I quite enjoyed it.  Who knew!

The next product I tried was one of their bubble bars.  For me, how something looks definitely has an impact on whether I would buy it or not.  I know all about the cliché - never judge a book by it's cover but I just can;t help myself, image is pretty important.   

Personally I wasn't too impressed with this one.  I didn't get nearly as many bubbles from it as I was expecting which was a shame.

More recently I've tried this one 'Bubblegrub .  Another bubble bar.  It reminded me of my childhood.  Stories of the hungry caterpillar and my dad telling me all about Cecil the caterpillar, I just had to buy it.

Again not as many bubbles as I'd hoped for but the colour of the water was very interesting ha-ha.

I've still a few more to use before my next shopping trip, these ones are both bath bombs, 'Little Baby Bot' and 'Butterball'. 

I think it is safe to say though that I have been converted to the odd occasional bath every once in a while.

Are you a fan of LUSH products?  What ones are your favourites?

~ Gem x

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