Tuesday, 15 August 2017


Cake Cake Cake...



Unless you've been completely walking around your city with your eyes shut you would have realised that dessert shops are popping up everywhere and by everywhere I mean everywhere. Town centres, villages, shopping centres, high streets... everywhere!!

Whether you're one scoop or two, a strawberry and white chocolate crepe, an Oreo waffle or peanut butter cup shake, the dessert shop phenomenon is taking over and I quite like it.

After a 5am wake up call and a full shift at work (on a Sunday may I add) the girls and I planned for dessert, to simply get us through our Sunday and well.....'cause we love cake. 

And then there was Eis Cafe - Small Heath, Birmingham. 







Eis Cafe is owned by four Spanish brothers who had dreams of owning an ice cream parlour and coffee shop when they were younger. Two of the brothers moved away to Germany for a while before all of them made their move to the UK.
It was then that Eis was born...The guys wanted to bring something new to the cafe phenomenon and with no experience they still knew that they wanted to be innovative and knowledgeable in all aspects of desserts and ice cream.

What we ate..


I had a peanut butter Pizookie ( pizza cookie which is cookie dough with toppings ) with Ferrero Rocher ice cream and M&Ms , the cookie dough was to die for however, my eyes were much bigger than my belly. My friend Kayleigh had a smores Pizookie, with a red velvet ice cream while Tammy had one of the famous Loco shakes,the Red Velvet loco shake to be exact. The shake looked amazing and was made up of strawberry pavlova, red velvet crumble cake and strawberry marshmallows. 





If you're ever in Birmingham or fancy the trip to Small Heath, Eis Cafe is a must! Infact the guys will be branching out in Dusseldorf in 2018, soon to be taking over Europe if they have their way.

xxx



Thursday, 10 August 2017


Not Just : The Ordinary (take two)




Approximately 4 weeks ago, back when the sun was shining, our skin was glowing and our toes perfectly polished in order to prance about in this seasons sandals , I purchased two items from the much raved about The Ordinary.

As discussed in a previous post Not Just : The Ordinary I purchased both the High -Adherence Silicone Primer and the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% via ASOS. The primer was a god send during our mini heat wave and firmly kept my face in place (read all about it above). However, today's post is regarding the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% that I’ve now been wearing for two weeks. 

The product is a high strength vitamin and mineral blemish formula which is:

  • Nut-free
  • Alcohol-free
  • Vegan
  • Oil-free
  • Cruelty-free
  • Silicone-free

The formula contains Niacinamide, otherwise known as vitamin B3, which is meant to reduce skin blemishes and congestion. While the addition of Zinc is present to balance aspects of the sebum (oily substances, to you and I ).

I followed the guidelines of completing a patch test before initially applying the product, as I get far too freaked out at the thought of something going terribly wrong.
The liquid is in a frosted glass bottle along with a pipette for an easier application. The formula itself is very smooth, lightweight and glides upon the skin, it took about 10 minutes before I felt that it had completely sunk in.

I've now used the product both morning and evening for two weeks, minus the few days that I forgot.I have noticed that my pores now appear smaller and most importantly my skin seems a lot brighter, even in just under 14 days. I'd like to continue using the product to see if it can improve the unevenness in my tone, fingers crossed!

The formula is priced at only £5, which if you think about it is the same price as a large glass of Pinot ...no reason for you not to try it.

xxx

Sunday, 6 August 2017


Bits of plus size loveliness..


Having recently started a new job, a job that I really do enjoy I’ve felt that this is the perfect excuse to peruse my favourite ( yet limited ) online stores, revisit those ever growing baskets and treat myself to a few bits of loveliness of the plus size variety.
For someone of my size and age I dread to think that I may ever look frumpy but also that I may appear to be trying too hard. I’m very conscious that people do look at me, judge me even and I’m terrified of fuelling that judgement and dare I say comments because of the way I choose to simply be me.
As discussed previously in my blog Hey, Hi, Hello, I’m not the most confident of girls, especially in the skin that I’m in however, a few of my basket treats have even surprised me. Don’t get me wrong, I will not be baring the tops of my arms nor will I be showing off my chubby brown and oddly pigmented legs anytime soon but at least I’m not saying never ( and that’s a big deal for me ).


Let’s face it ,shopping is hard at the best of times when you fall into any of the additional categories such as plus size, tall, petite, maternity let alone having on trend fashion thrust into your face knowing that it will not cater to you. My advice to you and I would be to at least try, you may even surprise yourself.

Happy Shopping,

xoxo 

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Chung Ying's Bloggers Banquet



I was recently invited to Chung Ying Garden, for a bloggers banquet. The event promised 100 Dim Sum, yes 100!!! I was really excited at the thought of the menu and being invited along via East Village. However, the thought of this being my first event was making me a little anxious.

Fast forward to the event and I'd met up with a lovely blogger, Becky and found myself a beer from the bar. Many smiling and welcoming faces greeted me and so it began..

James, the managing director of the Chung Ying Restaurant Group (yes, there are three of them ) began the night by discussing the Dim Sum dishes, both traditional and many that had you stepping outside of your comfort zone. 

And then there was food, so so much food...






My many favourites from the evening included the steamed scallops and king prawn dumplings and the steamed spare ribs in black bean sauce. I was not into the idea of the chicken feet which many people were trying but in order to try something out of my comfort zone, I tried the baby octopus and surprisingly enjoyed it.

I'd like to come back again with friends and get them to sample the many delights of Dim Sum at Chung Ying's Garden, to me a definite location for a social dining experience.

Xoxo





Friday, 28 July 2017

My Mane, under control..

My Mane



HOW?! How has it been 6 whole months since my last hair cut, my last colour?
I seem to go through phases of keeping on top of my regular trims, colours and the odd blow dry and then nothing. I guess maybe , just like everybody else life gets in the way. Family, friends, work commitments, ridiculous hours and money can impact every aspect of your life and apparently my hair maintenance too.

I've recently had a few months away from work to work on me and my health. Lots of free time, no fixed monthly income and a few holidays that were already planned have meant that certain things have had to be cut back financially, hence the state of my hair.

Things are now thankfully brighter in my world, with a new role that I adore however, not as bright as my hair it may seem.
It appears that after 6 months of no treatment, even silver shampoo can't save you and your balayage. My hair was looking more like a lion's mane than an actual head of hair, it had to change and quick.

My regular salon - Six One Six, who I totally trust with my hair, often show images of the amazing work of their apprentice via social media. Then it dawned on me... Apprentice = discounted rates but still with my salon expertise. 



A lightener, toner, cut and blow dry later and my hair felt amazing.
Especially after the state it arrived in, freshly washed, barely brushed and bright ginger in places. 

All in all, Thursday was a good day. New hair, my first ever blogger event followed by drinks with friends at The Botanist, Birmingham.

Hope your weeks going well,

xoxo 





(Can you tell I've started to watch Gossip Girl again? )




Sunday, 16 July 2017

Not Just : The Ordinary.

Not Just : The Ordinary. 



After yet another day of my make up slipping down my face following a warm and muggy and may I say long day I decided that a new primer was needed.

As per, whether you know me or you're getting to know me I'd rather cheap and cheerful over some ridiculously priced pretty packaged item that doesn't do it's job, can you tell I've had horrid experiences before? 

I've seen various blogs regarding a brand by the name of The Ordinary and vaguely remembered that there was a primer within their range however, I didn't have a clue where it was sold. A quick google search lead me to Asos and a £4 primer, The Ordinary High - Adherence Silicone Primer to be exact.

The following day my goodies arrived, not only did I order the primer but also The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% which is a mineral blemish formula. Don't worry , I shall tell you all about this another day but first my primer. The product itself is :


  • Nut-free
  • Alcohol-free
  • Vegan
  • Oil-free
  • Cruelty-free


After following the guidelines regarding the patch test I applied the primer as a base. The product is self is very smooth, not clumpy or thick. It has a very
subtle smell and glides on very easily, feeling almost silky upon my face. I continued to apply my make up for the day, with the same products as I would do on a daily basis.

14:44

I'd normally take a look at my face and decide whether I needed to slightly blot or top up, surprisingly I didn't need to do neither. My face appeared still quite matte and my normal shiny oily nose hadn't yet made an appearance.

22:46

Post seeing my best friends, stuffing my face with a chippy tea and a bottle of Pinot I can confirm that my 'face' was very much still in place and matte bar a section on my nose which is very prone to becoming more oily throughout the day.

For me this product is a definite 4/5 , the price, the packaging and the product are just wonderful. I'm just yet to find something to assist with my personal oily spot, for now I'm more than happy with this primer but I will endeavour to continue my search.

Try it, its £4, what are you waiting for..

Trace 

xoxo

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Saturday Sunshine at Kenilworth Castle

Saturday Sunshine at Kenilworth Castle



I'm not sure what exactly is happening with our weather right now but I guess I'm meant to embrace it before the Parker Coat and knitted scarf are called for once more. I do adore the sunshine but not when its at the stage that I'd rather sit around in my pants than get my glow on in a beer garden. If I'm refusing a beer garden you know there's a concern, remember this.


On Saturday, thankfully a more bearable heat allowed my two best friends and I along with their three children to enjoy a day at Kenilworth Castle. As mothers they arrived very prepared with picnics in hand and enough fruit shoots to have the children bouncing around on E numbers for days. I personally decided that the grounds and scenery called for a cream tea, are you a jam or clotted cream first kind of reader?

The grounds themselves are quite extensive, there's so much to look at, the castle itself holds so much history and has been at the centre of England's affairs for much of its 900 year history. Along with castle you also have access to the most beautiful Elizabethan gardens.

After many a photo opportunity, climbing the towers and doing roly polys around the grounds, we decided to head off to our friends wonderful Pub The Wharf Tavern, Hockley Heath which is canal side and offers a lovely play area and more importantly gave the moms a break which was very much needed.Did I mention that I had a second dessert? It was merely to keep me cool, honest.






Overall a wonderful, local day with friends, suitable for both adults and the over excited children. 

If you're local, go check it out..

Tracey






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