Wednesday, 24 April 2019

45 things not to miss on the Wirral

Now, the title of this post may cause a bit of a discussion because nobody (especially those of us that live here) can ever decide whether it's THE Wirral or just Wirral, and then is it ON the Wirral or IN Wirral/the Wirral? Anyway, if you're taking a trip to the paradise peninsula, Liverpool City Region's Borough of Culture 2019, here's 45 things to do on the Wirral including activities, food, drink and more...

Food on the Wirral

Chows Eating House, Parkgate (the best Chinese food ever)
Claremont Farm, Bebington (home made goodness)
Marino Lounge, New Brighton (varied menu, dog friendly, cute decor)
Home, Oxton (lovely interior and lovely food)
Rise & Grind, Wallasey (recommended by Laura)
Cabovino, New Brighton (tapas, recommended by Faye)
Brasserie 1593, Leasowe Castle (check out my review here)

chicken and waffles on a plate
Chicken & Waffles @ The Harvester
The Jug & Bottle, Heswall (decent pub grub in a nice setting)
Poseidon, Wallasey (Greek food - check out my review here)
Lino's, Hoylake (Mediterranean food)
The Harvester, New Brighton (mostly for the all you can eat salad bar)
Lazaros, Moreton (more Greek food!)
Hickory's, West Kirby (American style BBQ meat & shakes)
Rockwood, New Brighton (everyone I know loves it here)
The Viking Pub & Bakehouse, West Kirby (delicious food and Scandi decor)

Bars & coffee shops on the Wirral

Stanley's Cask, New Brighton (excellent live music all weekend, normally full of dogs during the week)
Elephant Coffee, Parkgate (recommended by Lydia)
Lighthouse, Wallasey (huge beer garden for the summer)
Driftwood, New Brighton (cutest tea shop)
Three Stags, Spital (very cosy vibes)
The Bow-Legged Beagle, New Brighton (huge range of beer and also dog-friendly)
Blooming Skull Coffee, Bebington (cool Instagram vibes and good coffee)
The Sea Shanty, New Brighton (excellent free-from options and gorgeous decor)

two men singing and playing guitar in a pub
Live music @ Stanley's Cask
Whitt's End, Hoylake (cocktails AND sports on the TV)
Bake My Day, Upton (lovely tea shop vibes)
Remember When, Wallasey (afternoon tea recommended by Lyndsey)
Benty Farm Tearooms, Birkenhead (cute and very dog-friendly)
Oxton Bar & Kitchen, Oxton (such a chilled atmosphere)
The Wro, West Kirby (it has a loft)
Bluebelles Tea Room, Wallasey (excellent cake)

Things to do on the Wirral

Championship Adventure Golf, New Brighton (it's not that hard and the view is nice)
Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight (lovely art in a lovely building)
Birkenhead Park (because it influenced the design of Central Park and that's quite cool)
Tam O'Shanter Urban Farm, Birkenhead (loads of lovely animals)
Venture out to Hilbre Island (recommended by Lydia)
Port Sunlight Village (just to wander around and admire the beauty)
'Beatles across the Mersey' tour (they played their biggest UK show on the Wirral, so)

a mini golf course with fake beach huts, fencing, and mini golf course under a blue sky and houses in the background
Championship Adventure Golf
Brimstage Hall (tiny cute 'shopping centre' with loads of small businesses)
Walks to the viewpoint in Thurstaston (also recommended by Laura)
Linghams Booksellers, Heswall (books!!!!!)
The Floral Pavilion, New Brighton (book in advance obv but there's always cool shows on)
Get the ferry over to Liverpool and have some fun (recommendations here, if you need them)
The Rose Garden, Vale Park (very chill especially when the weather's nice)
Get an ice cream from the famous Nicholls ice cream parlour in Parkgate (amazing views too!)
The Potting Shed, Birkenhead (paint your own pottery, very wholesome)

Wirral friends if you have anything to add to this, comment below or message me! If you're travelling to the Wirral soon to visit friends or to check out the Borough of Culture 2019, and that's how you found this post, I hope it was helpful for you and you've found some things to do, places to eat, and somewhere to get a bit tipsy.


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Friday, 19 April 2019

AD | Yankee Candle Sunday Brunch with Candles Direct

This post was sponsored by Candles Direct but all words & opinions are my own.
Like most millennials, I love a good scented candle - and it's no secret that Yankee Candle are everyone's favourite brand. They've recently released their new Sunday Brunch collection, and I've teamed up with Candles Direct to tell you aaaaallll about it...

Yankee Candle Sunday Brunch collection

There are 8 different scents in the collection - four foodie scents and four floral scents. The foodie ones are Belgian Waffle, Grilled Peaches & Vanilla, Honey Lavender Gelato, and White Strawberry Bellini, and the floral scents are Floral Candy, Blush Bouquet, Market Blossoms and Sweet Morning Rose. All of the scents are available as wax melts, votives, and small/medium/large jars. So, onto the most important part - are they any good?

The floral scents

Floral Candy* reminds me of sugared almonds and sweet Spring flowers, and it's lovely - so fresh and just the epitome of a sunny weekend morning! While floral scents are never my personal go-to, I really like this one so if you are a floral lover, you'll LOVE it. 6.5/10

Sweet Morning Rose* is actually my least favourite of the collection, but it's still not completely awful which I think says a lot. I usually hate the smell of rose but I can just about deal with this one, as it has hints of pear, lily and musk too. It's much less cloying than your typical rose scent, so I think it's one that a lot of people will enjoy. 5/10


Blush Bouquet* is pink and therefore will look amazing in my office, and it smells lovely too - it's very floral, but it reminds me of grown-up perfume which makes sense as it has notes of amber, which is a really mature scent if you ask me. It also has cherry blossom and other flowers in the mix, and it's genuinely really lovely - perfect if you're hosting brunch for your favourite gal pals. 8/10

I actually haven't had the chance to sniff Market Blossoms yet, but apparently it contains notes of berries, apples and patchouli so I can imagine it being sweet and fruity and absolutely bloody lovely. I'll update this post if I manage to pop into a Yankee store any time soon!

The foodie scents

White Strawberry Bellini* smells like strawberry, obviously, but not in that sickly fake way that strawberry-scented things usually do. It's subtle, and mixed with notes of champagne, sugar, and other fruits. Truly an absolute delight! 8/10

Grilled Peaches & Vanilla* is, you guessed it, peach scented - but again it's subtle, and you can smell brown sugar and and sweet honey too. I like that there are so many different scent notes (in all of the candles, not just this one) because it makes for a less overwhelming experience. 7/10


Honey Lavender Gelato* smells very lavender-y which is a dream for me because lavender has been one of my favourite scents since I was little. This also has notes of blackberry, which you can definitely smell - they make it sharper, which is cool, and the honey adds sweetness. This is 100% one of my favourites from the collection. 9.5/10

Belgian Waffle is my ultimate favourite from the whole Yankee Candle Sunday Brunch collection - I actually already owned this one before Candles Direct reached out to me, and I love it. Really it's just dessert in a candle - cinnamon, vanilla, sugary perfection. 10/10

All in all, I'm a big fan of the collection as I'm sure you can tell - Yankee Candles might be a little more pricey than your average candle but the scents really carry, and the burn time is long enough that it's so worth it. Make sure you check out Candles Direct to pick up the Yankee Candle Sunday Brunch collection, or any of their other scents!


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Wednesday, 17 April 2019

My current Netflix recommendations | april 19

It has to be said, I bloody love Netlix - but sometimes it takes forever to find anything worth watching on there. With that being said, I thought I'd share my current Netflix recommendations in case you're having a night in or just need something new to binge watch...

Agatha and the Truth of Murder 

My aunty got me into Agatha Christie when I was younger (Death on the Nile is one of my favourite films) and she said this was pretty good - and it is. It's an imagining of what might have happened when Agatha Christie, famous mystery writer, disappeared for 11 days. The 1920s fashion is lovely and the storyline is great, AND it has Neil from the Inbetweeners in it.

The Secret of Crickley Hall

I popped this on on a whim because it has Suranne Jones in it and she never disappoints - and I absolutely loved it. It follows the story of a young family who's son disappears, and they move to a big old house to escape London for a bit. Turns out the house is a bit haunted and used to be an orphanage, and we get to see flashbacks to the 1940s. It's such a clever series and I just loved it.

graffiti on a wall in liverpool

Collateral 

This is a 4-part BBC thriller and it's sooooo good. It has Carey Mulligan in it and she's investigating the murder of a pizza delivery man, which spirals into some pretty big shit. It has some major sub-plots and it's a bit difficult to follow along with, but definitely worth a watch.

Dumplin'

My mum and I watched this on mother's day and I absolutely LOVED it. It's such a feel good film - quite emotional in parts but full of love and laughter and Dolly Parton references, and the storyline is just gorgeous. I'd definitely recommend this for a girly night in with your pals. Biggggg love.

In the Dark

This is another BBC drama, about a pregnant detective investigating the disappearance of a young girl in her hometown. It drags up all sorts from her past and her present, and it's such a twisty-turny series. Definitely a good one to watch!

Honourable mentions to Line of Duty, Bodyguard and also the Disappearance of Madeleine McCann which are all also on Netflix, but more widely spoken about than the above. If you're sick of trying to find something to watch on Netflix, check out the above and enjoy...


Monday, 15 April 2019

Top 3 eyeshadow palettes to travel with

When it comes to travelling, and specifically packing, one of the hardest parts of it all is the lack of space - making sure you've got the essentials, but still have room for the not-so-necessary items. With that in mind I wanted to put together a list of my top 3 eyeshadow palettes to travel with, especially when you're short on space!


Wet n Wild Comfort Zone palette

I think they might have changed this palette since I bought mine, because when I googled it the results are a bit different - it's the same 8 shades, but with two added transition shades. I love mine, and the new one looks great too, so it doesn't really matter which one you have. It's a neutral palette with pops of green and blue, but not bright in your face green and blue, you know? The palette itself is thin but sturdy, and it's cheap enough that if it does get broken in your suitcase it doesn't matter *too much*. The eyeshadows are buttery soft and blend so easily, and it's just an all round good palette - especially to travel with. It comes in two other variations in case you're after something a bit different, too. click here to buy

Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette in The Glamour Muse*

These little quads from Charlotte Tilbury are great, and there's 10 different variations with a range of colours in them. There's mattes, shimmers and glitters, and the palettes are SO tiny that no matter how short on space you are, you should be able to fit one of these in. Being a high end brand, the Charlotte Tilbury luxury palettes are pricey but they're such good quality both in terms of the packaging and the eyeshadows themselves. click here to buy


Pixi x Weylie Hoang Dimensional Eye Creator palette*

I love Pixi eyeshadows, and this little palette that's part of their collab with Weylie Hoang is the perfect eyeshadow palette to travel with; you get 6 neutral shades, ranging from light to dark, some being matte and some being shimmers. It's so easy to create a nice look for day or night, and it's not too big or too chunky. Pixi make up is amazing quality, too, so you know you're getting something good. It is currently sold out, but hopefully it'll be back in stock soon... click here to buy

As you can see in the picture at the top of this post, I've got the perfect travel toiletry bag* now - it's a gorgeous clear bag from Emma Lomax, with a neon pink aeroplane on the front. It's bold and bright and I absolutely love it; it's perfect for your travel minis, and these palettes, and for your favourite lipsticks. Stick it in your hand luggage or your suitcase and you'll be absolutely fine; so if you're looking for a sturdy travel toiletry bag that's much more stylish than those clear bags the airport give you, head to the Emma Lomax site now and get your mitts on one of these!

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Saturday, 13 April 2019

Wok to Walk, Liverpool | review

Noodles usually wouldn't be my go-to in terms of picking a type of food to eat when I'm out and about - but honestly, my mind has been changed since I was invited to try out the new Wok to Walk on Bold Street, Liverpool. With it's stylish interior and varied menu, it's a boss take on fast food and one that fits in well with the Liverpool food scene.


Wok to Walk, Liverpool

Originally opening in Amsterdam, Wok to Walk now have locations around the world - and Liverpool is one of thirteen UK stores. Fitting in perfectly on Bold Street, there's plenty of choice when it comes to food and you can either stay in and eat or, as the name suggests, take it away with you. The food comes in those cardboard containers that are so synonymous with noodles and Asian food in general, and you get chopsticks too. Don't worry, though, if you're a chopstick-phobe like me; there are forks available!



The menu

All of the ingredients are completely fresh and also free from MSG - plus you can watch them prepare your dish right in front of you. First of all, you choose your base: there are 4 different kinds of noodle to choose from (egg, whole-wheat, rice or udon) or you can go for actual rice or a vegetable mix. Then you can add whatever fillings you want: chicken, tofu, bacon, baby corn, mushrooms, nuts and more. Pick from 8 different sauces, and then choose your topping as well. Prices start at just over £4, and it gets slightly more expensive the more fillings you add - but still not megabucks!



My verdict

I went for egg noodles with katsu chicken, saigon sauce and sesame seeds on top - and it was absolutely incredible. There was sooooo much in the box and it was warm with a generous amount of chicken; the sauce wasn't too runny or anything, and the sesame seeds just gave it the perfect finishing touch. 10/10 genuinely couldn't fault it.



So if you're looking for the best noodles in Liverpool, I think I might have found them - I'll definitely be heading back there ASAP...

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