Natasha Audrey

Sunday, 8 July 2018

I won tickets to BlogConLDN!

I heard about BlogConLDN earlier on in the year and was definitely interested in going! I'd just started my blog and I thought it might be cool to get some hints and tips on how best to improve my posts going forward. Being typical me though I talked myself out of going and didn't book the tickets.

I follow the organiser Scarlett on instagram so stumbled across a giveaway for tickets to attend the event a few months later. She has a very pretty instagram and lots of followers so I thought my chances of winning the tickets would be pretty slim, but I entered anyway just to try my luck.

To my amazement I was scrolling through my emails later that evening and I noticed I had an email from Scarlett herself! Somehow I had won the giveaway, and had received two tickets to attend BlogConLDN the following weekend. 

Cue me thinking of the reasons why I couldn't go or shouldn't go! I didn't know anybody else going and I definitely didn't feel brave enough to mingle with new people and brands! 




Luckily I have a very supportive husband or who always pushes me to better myself and get out of that comfort zone that I desperately love to be in.  He insisted it was possible for us to go to the event and that I should email Scarlett back and put our names on the guest list ASAP. 

Once we had arrived at the event and got over our initial nerves it was absolutely fine.  So just like every other time I've stressed out about a social event I soon realised I was okay and COULD mingle and socialise with everybody. 

The event itself was lovely, and all of the brands had put together beautiful displays on their stands, so I really enjoyed snapping some really cute photos. 



The first brand I spotted was  Johnny Loves Rosie,  they had some super cute accessories and the girls on the stand were super friendly so that made me feel at ease. They are a premium lifestyle, jewellery and accessories brand and have some beautiful items to add to your collections.  













The next brand I spotted was Light Bites (they were giving away sample crisps, so can you really blame me?!) The girls on the stand were lovely and probably could tell that crisps are the way to my heart as they kept offering me bags to take away with me!

The great thing about these is that they are a healthier snack but still taste amazing!





One of my next favourite stands was the Chelsea Candle stand, as a massive fan of candles this was right up my street! The perfect thing about these candles is that they are made from 100% soy wax and you can also recycle the votive glasses they come in.

There was definitely lovely smells coming from this stand, and you could also get the labels personalised so make wonderful gifts for friends and family.












The Tea Rose London stand was also beautiful and everything was a variation of pink. The stand was very flowery, so I really enjoyed talking pictures of their accessories. Also they were giving away the cutest macaroons so that for me was a massive thumbs up!

The pouches were so cute, and I really wanted the 'My Cup of Tea' pouch. I'm not a massive handbag girl but they were lovely and you could tell they were such good quality just by looking at them!









I'm so glad that Robert insisted we went to the event and I got to mingle with new people as it gave me a massive confidence boost and it is so important to get out of your comfort zone every now and then!

I can't wait for my next blogging event now! If you went to BlogConLDN then leave a comment below, I'd love to hear what you thought of the day and who your favourite brands were.




Lots of Love
Natasha 

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Sunday, 10 June 2018

Summer Ball


We got invited to a ball! 

Robert's friends are members of the local Rugby Club and  every year in June they hold a Summer ball, and this year they kindly invited us to attend with them. 

The event was Black Tie so Robert had to wear a Tuxedo and I wore a dress (something that I'm not usually comfortable with haha!)








So before the ball started we were invited to our friends house for Prosecco and nibbles which was fun and I always like to have some pre drinks before I go to an event (just to take the edge of my nerves - anyone else get this?!) 






The event was held in a massive marquee with lots of table decorated like a wedding and it all looked really beautiful! ( I should have taken photos of the room before it started filling up but I was having too much fun)





Obviously the best part of events like this is always the food! 

It was a lovely three course meal which I really enjoyed. 

I forgot to take a picture of my starter because I was hungry and excited that the food had been served. 





Overall it was a really fun evening and the live band they had playing were fantastic so it was fun to have a dance with my hubby! :)

I hope you have enjoyed seeing our pictures of us all dressed up! 

Lots of Love

Natasha

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Sunday, 29 April 2018

It's my Birthday...


April is my birthday month and this year I'm 28. Robert wanted to make my birthday special, so he planned a whole day in London for us. He booked us both tickets to see Disney's The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre and made a reservation at The Sartoria on Savile Row, Mayfair in London.

All ready for London. 

We live really close to London so we are able to jump on the train and in 40-45 mins be in Central London. Which I personally love because we get to do all of the fun things that London can offer without living amidst the hustle and bustle of the capital! Robert had booked tickets for the matinee so after a chilled morning at home we decided to head to the train station.  


Robert outside the theatre :) 






Me outside the theatre 







I really love anything Disney related and so I was super excited to go and see The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre. I have seen it before a couple of years ago and know it was a fantastic production so could not wait to share the experience with Robert. I honestly believe it is a production that you can see over and over again as it really is breathtaking!

I won't say too much about the production itself as I don't wish to spoil it for anyone that has it booked, however I do want to share with you all my favourite parts and characters within the show. 

Firstly as a massive Disney fan I have seen The Lion King 15769779707 times, so for me the production had to stick to the film as much as possible, and in that sense the show really does not disappoint. All the iconic parts and characters are present in the production and I believe that is what makes it truly magical. 

My FAVOURITE  part of the show is 'The Circle of Life' scene right at the start. The costumes for all of the animals are incredible and they join the stage from various doors and entrances and even join the stage by coming through the audience. Which enables you to see the costumes at such close range and the amazing work that has gone into creating them. It really helps immerse  you into the story from the word go and only gets better from there on in!  

I highly recommend for any Disney fan or theatre lover to book tickets to see this show because it really is worth every penny! 





Robert has booked us a reservation for dinner later on in the evening, which gave us time after the show to just have a wonder around and have a relaxed evening rather than rushing from one place to the other. The show started at 1:30pm and with the interval finished at around 5:30pm (just to give you an idea of how long the show is on for and if you are planning a trip to London you can make your reservations to suit you).  



Sartoria - Birthday Meal :)
I was actually super nervous about this reservation as Robert had only told me we were going to an Italian restaurant on Savile Row and that it was slightly posher then our normal kind of dining place. I don't know if it is just me, but I don't always enjoy going to super posh places as I feel like I don't really belong there?

Having said this though, I actually enjoyed every single second in Sartoria and cannot wait to go back again with Robert!

THE nicest Spaghetti Carbonara I've ever had.. 

How cute is this Tiramisu :)

Sorry that my photos of my food are a little dark and they really don't do them justice at all however  this was the NICEST Spaghetti Carbonara and Tiramisu I have EVER tasted. If you go to Sartoria for dinner then you should definitely try these!
I am so lucky to such a lovely husband who spoils me and makes my birthday so special. It was a wonderful day and I hope you have enjoyed sharing my day with me. 

Lots of Love 

Natasha
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Sunday, 22 April 2018

Tea at Harrods

My brother kindly brought Robert & I  a 'Virgin Experience Day' at Harrods and the whole experience from start to finish was lovely! 

You receive the iconic red envelope and inside is the voucher for whichever experience you have brought/or been given. The voucher is very easy to register on the website and from there  it gives details on how to book your experience. 

We originally had the experience booked for a couple of weekends before but had to reschedule with Harrods due to bad weather. So our Cream Tea for Two was rescheduled for the Saturday of Easter Weekend. 

We booked our Cream Tea for 1:30PM and decided to travel to London a bit early to have a browse around Harrods before heading up to The Terrace, we have been to Harrods many times before but really enjoy having a look around especially in the food hall! 

Happy Easter from the bakery! :) 
After a little look around we decided to head up to the fourth floor to The Terrace where we had a reservation for our Cream Tea. The Terrace has a dress code of smart causal and a reservation is probably advisable as the Afternoon Tea is very popular.

All ready for his Crean Tea :)



Now which tea to pick? 
With our Cream Tea we were able to choose a pot of tea each which is great because Robert and I like different types of tea :)  The size of teapot is quite large so it's definitely generous and worth the money for the experience! Plus if you really like your tea, you can purchase it downstairs in the Harrods food hall if you want to!

Earl Grey is my fave! :)

Now that looks so yummy!

With our experience we were given a plain scone and a fruit scone each, with cute little bowls of preserves (Clotted cream, Rose Jelly, Lemon Curd and Traditional Jam). I personally liked just the traditional cream and jam on my scones, but they all tasted nice so I guess it is down to personal preference.  

NICEST Scone ever!

Happy with a full tummy! <3

We really enjoyed the experience and would definitely recommend if this is something you would enjoy. You can book directly with the Terrace if you don't want to use the Vrigin Experience gift cards, either way I'm sure you will have a great time if you do decide to go for Cream Tea at Harrods. 

If you have been to Harrods for Cream Tea then let me know in the comments below what you thought :) 

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Sunday, 11 March 2018

Terror at Alton Towers



Before I start this blog post I want to say this isn't a sob story, this isn't to slate Alton Towers and it isn't to put anyone off going to the theme park. This is my blog and I want that to be a true representation of me and my life experiences so I have vowed to be honest and genuine with every post I write. I started a blog to have a space to write how I think and feel about things so that is what I am going to do in this post. 

Robert works for John Lewis and because of that he gets some good perks and benefits. Once a year, before the season starts, John Lewis hire out Alton Towers for the day so their partners can purchase discounted tickets. 

I'm not a massive ride fan, and would most definitely not describe myself as a thrill seeker! However because the tickets were so cheap compared to normal entry price I agreed to go along with Robert. He really likes rides and had been before a long time ago so we thought it would be a nice day out together. 



When we arrived it wasn't exceptionally busy so we were able to enter the park without queuing too much and go start on the rides. We went straight to Runaway Mine Train as Robert thought that I would like this ride compared to any of the other bigger rides. It was lots of fun and I'm glad we went on this first as the queue time for this ride increased later on in the day. 




Next Robert wanted to ride Galactica so we headed over to the that part of the park. The park is set in the Staffordshire countryside and is a very picturesque location however it is very spread out so be prepared for lots of walking. On route towards Galactica there is a cute spot with a bandstand which looks over the grounds towards Alton Towers, nice spot for a selfie haha! 




Before we arrived at Alton Towers I had said to myself I would go on every ride apart from Oblivion (how hilarious that is now) so had planned to ride Galactica but as soon as I saw the ride I could feel my anxiety increasing and was talking myself out of going on. Also when we got to the ride entrance it said you had to wear the VR headset (I later found out this wasn't true) which I wasn't keen on as I sometimes suffer with motion sickness, so I decided to wait for Robert outside whilst he enjoyed the ride. 


Top Tip:  Go on the App store and download the Alton Towers App as it has up to date queue times 



Next we went over to the section of the park where Rita & Thirteen are, at this point I was feeling quite annoyed with myself that I had only been on one ride. So decided I would at least attempt Rita. In my mind Rita just shoots you at high speed (I believe 62mph) and then goes back to the station however this isn't quite what happens (I think I was actually confused with the ride stealth). So again I was looking at the ride and thinking I don't want to do this. Robert talked me into going on the ride so i joined the queue and luckily the queue length wasn't very long at all,  5mins-10mins tops!

Unfortunately when we got through the barrier and were climbing into the ride, I freaked out and decided I couldn't go ahead with the ride. Yet again poor Robert had to ride alone! I must say that all members of staff that I came across were very friendly and didn't come across as judgmental which was very nice.

Robert was VERY white when he came off of Rita and I'm not even 100% sure he really liked it that much so perhaps it was a good idea that I came off when I did haha.

Next was Thirteen and by this point I just thought to myself there isn't any point queuing for the ride so I waited for Robert whilst he went ahead with this one. I did meet a lovely lady and her sons whilst waiting for Robert and she told me she also didn't like rides and was happy to be the bag holder for the day. Her husband was also riding Thirteen solo, so I didn't feel quite so guilty about Robert doing all of the rides by myself. Talking to this lady made me feel a lot better as I was feeling quite stupid for coming to a theme park when you don't like rides haha!




Once Robert  had finished riding Thirteen (he told me, it drops you down in the pitch black, no thanks!) We checked the queue times and noticed Oblivion had only a 5 minute queue time  so rushed over to that part of the park so Robert could ride that and I wouldn't have to wait a long time for him




There is a very cool spot just in front of Oblivion where you can film and photograph the ride coming down, I stood here for awhile as I wanted to see if I could see Robert coming down on the ride. He is so brave going on this ride as it literally hangs you over the edge and then drops you straight down, something I know I would absolutely hate. 

Because the queue time wasn't very long for Oblivion or Smiler I was able to wait inside the Smiler shop whilst Robert went on both rides, I will warn you though the song they play around the ride and in the Smiler shop is very very annoying and will get stuck in your head! 

By this point we only had about an hour left until the park was due to close at 5pm and Robert wanted to ride Galactica again, and I thought I might give it a go as I had only been on the one ride all day. This time I joined the queue and had convinced myself I could go on the ride and nothing bad was going to happen to me and if I hated it then it would be over in a few minutes. 

The queue time said an hour but it was more like 20 minutes so this was good in terms of my anxiety building up. We reached the front of the queue very quickly and soon it was our turn to ride. I sat down in the seat and a member of staff came over to strap my harness down over me. As soon as he did this I panicked and felt trapped and really wanted to get off of the ride. Luckily for me people were still taking their seats so a member of staff was able to come and unlock me. I didn't ride Galactica and I'm still really annoyed at myself for letting my anxiety and fear build up that much, but who knows maybe one day I'll give it a go. 






Personally I feel that Alton Towers has lots of family rides aimed at small children with CBeebies Land and they have lots of big rides for true thrill seekers and not a lot in between for people like me who like some rides, but not the crazy big ones.   

Please don't comment on this post and say why did you go to a theme park if you don't like rides because as I previously said I only went along as the tickets were heavily discounted with John Lewis.  Also i think it's important that in a relationship you do things the other person likes and it just so happens that Robert likes rides and had a really good time! 

If you are going to Alton Towers in the future or have been before then please feel free to leave a comment and let me know what Galactica is like and whether I should brave it next time. 

Lots of Love 

Natasha
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Sunday, 4 March 2018

Our Snow Day!



So this weekend we were supposed to be going to Harrods for a cream tea, as my brother had kindly brought us a virgin experience gift! Unfortunately we had to reschedule our experience as the UK has been battered by the "Beast from the East" and "Storm Emma"! For most of the week we thought we had got away lightly compared to the rest of the country but by Thursday/Friday evening the snow had hit us to! 

Work sent me home earlier on the Friday so that I could get home safely which was kind of them, as it had taken me 90 minutes to travel a 30 minute journey the previous evening! Although we might have been able to travel to London by the Saturday morning we both felt it would be safer just to reschedule and enjoy the experience without stressing about the weather! 

So instead we decided to embrace this weather that had hit us and head out into the back garden and build a snowman together! We are both big kids and don't care what anybody thinks when it comes to having fun! Although I would say that Robert is definitely the bigger kid (I like to think I'm the serious one haha)

We have been together seven years this month and I don't think we have ever built a snowman together! 






















Hope you all had fun and enjoyed your snow days! I vote that now is a good time for some warmer weather and some summer vibes!

Lots of Love, 

Natasha
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