Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Travel: Hampton by Hilton Hotel, Sheffield & 1D!

At the end of October, I spent a couple of days in Sheffield with my friend Becca. The main purpose of the trip was to see One Direction (They are my guilty pleasure and Bec is their #1 fan!). I was in charge of booking a hotel and as I'd never been to Sheffield before I had no idea where was best but most hotels were around £60 a night, but I chose the Hampton by Hilton as breakfast was included! 
The hotel was situated a couple of streets away from the high street and down a BIG hill (which wasn't fun walking up), We arrived about an hour before check-in, but they were more than accommodating and found us an available room. Neither of us had stayed in a Hampton by Hilton Hotel before and I had a preconception that it would be quite basic as it's a more affordable option, but the hotel was absolutely lovely and definitely not your basic hotel. 
We had a twin room, which was quite spacious with a TV, tea making facilities, a desk and a big wardrobe equpited with a iron and ironing board! The bathroom was gorgeous and perfect lighting for selfies (which is very important). Whilst we are on the subject of selfies, the room had an amazing big mirror which was perfect for outfit photos (#bloggerproblems). 
Whilst getting ready for the big concert, we decided to check out Marco Pierre White's restaurant which was downstairs. I know Marco has a couple of different restaurants but this one was a Marco's New York Italian so I decided to order a margertia pizza with a cheeky side of fries. Becca went for the Roasted Mediterranean Vegetable Salad which looked delicious. The food was brilliant but very filling and the service was great there. It was a lovely restautant! 
We then got an Uber over to the Sheffield Arena which was only about £6 (If you're interested in getting your first Uber ride free then use my code 'rachels7679eu'). We caught the end of Jamie Lawson who was the support before the boys came on. The show was really good and I had a brilliant night!
It seemed that everyone in the hotel had breakfast included in the price which is really good. There was a large selection of cereals, fruit, pastries and cooked items. We both took advantage of the breakfast and had a bowl of cereal followed by a couple of cooked items which tasted great. I didn't get many photo's as it was a pretty busy. I loved how the food area had a great big breakfast bar in the middle. 
Our stay at the Hampton by Hilton was short but sweet but very worth the money we paid. For £59 for both of us including breakfast and a stay in such a lovely place, I personally thought this was a brilliant deal. In future, when booking hotels I definatly will keep my eye out for Hampton by Hilton and would recommend it! 

Have you stayed at an Hampton by Hilton Hotel before? Did you see 1D this year? 



Sunday, 22 November 2015

Lifestyle: Favourite TV Shows with Freeview Play

I absolutely love that the term "Binge-Watch" is the Collins Dictionary word of the year. I am very guilty of binge watching TV, especially when I get going with a new show, I can't stop and I always end up watching five seasons in a week. Freeview Play recently contacted me to share this little GIF to show how TV has changed throughout the years and to divulge my favourite TV Shows so I decided to do my Top 10. 
10. New Girl - I don't think I've seen the latest season of New Girl but I really love this show. How funny is Schmidt? I love Zooey Deschanel and her adorkable personality in New Girl, I'm not sure how I feel about Megan Fox replacing her for a season!
9. The Inbetweeners - Probably one of the best British Comedies, this show is the typical lives of British lads in college. This show has me in stitches and I love everyone now just repeats all the jokes. Oooo.. Friends! The movie's aren't half bad either!
8. Keeping Up With The Kardashians - My absolute guilty pleasure, I used to watch a ton of reality TV but this is the only reality show that I really watch nowadays. I just find the Kardashians hilarious and at the same time I can lust after their wardrobe's!

7. First Dates - Me and my Mum love watching First Dates which is on Channel 4 and shows the first dates of different people. It's a really interesting watch to see how people get along and there's been some big disasters too!

6. Once Upon A Time - I've just got into watching Once Upon A Time and I'm only mid-way through season two but if you're a Disney fan it's one for you. It's hard to explain but real life is entangled in with the fairytale land and there are plenty of Disney characters. 
5. Pretty Little Liars - Everyone always goes on about Pretty Little Liars, It always manages to shock me and I binged watched like 5 seasons in a month it was so gripping. Without spoiling anything, I was pretty disappointed in the last episode but I am now quite looking forward to the next season which starts in January. On a separate note, I want to be Ashley Benson. Total Babe. 
4. Modern Family - I love Modern Family, It's such an easy watch and utterly hilarious. I could binge watch this all day! 
3. The Big Bang Theory - Another American Comedy on my list. I didn't even think that The Big Bang Theory would ever be my thing as I have 0 interest in science and all that but I love it. Sheldon is such a hilarious character and really makes the whole show. 
2. Gossip Girl - You know you love me, XOXO. Gossip Girl was my teenage years and I spent most of the time wishing I was Blair Waldorf with my minions on the Upper East Side. I actually was in New York and saw them filming the last ever episode in Central Park, I obviously sat on The Met steps and pretending to be Blair Waldorf.  
1. Friends - Of Course, Friends is my favourite TV Show. I've seen every episode like a hundred times and I never get bored of re-runs. It still makes my laugh and I can't get through life without a good old Friends quote. 

What are you favourite TV Shows? Fan of Friends?

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Friday, 20 November 2015

Fashion: My Christmas Day Look

Christmas Day? Yes, I know it's Mid-November but I have seriously started thinking about what I'm going to be wearing on Christmas Day and on New Year's Eve. I really love dressing up around Christmas and I genuinely get excited when all the festive dresses start lining the shelves in my favourite shops. 
George at ASDA recently contacted me with the task of putting together the perfect Christmas Day look and I obviously couldn't say no. I decided on this lovely knitted sequinned jumper with a cute fox on it. I love wearing a bit of sparkle, in fact I ALWAYS wear sequins on Christmas Day but as this is knitted, I'll also be warm and cosy! I couldn't resist pairing it with an adorable matching fox bag, isn't this just the cutest thing ever?! 
Personally, I love Winter as I am able to wear so much faux fur and tuck up and keep cosy in the cold. My latest addition is this black faux fur headband from George at ASDA, It's one of my must have items this season and Yesterday I even convinced my Grandma to buy one!

Whether dressing up in your gladrags is your thing or keeping it comfy in some wooly pj's, George at ASDA has some lovely bits in at the moment. They are on point with their Christmas jumpers, be sure to keep your eye's peeled for potentially the cutest Christmas jumper next week. Don't forget I currently have a giveaway going where you can win a Tanya Burr Advent Calendar here

What is your perfect Christmas Day Outfit? Do you dress up or keep it casual?



Thursday, 19 November 2015

Christmas Gift Guide: Stocking Fillers

Today's Gift Guide is some great ideas for Stocking Fillers or even Secret Santa's. Everything on this Gift Guide is under £15 except the amazing Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick Charms which are currently 15% off in John Lewis. 
If you'v been joining in with the latest trend of colouring books, a Harry Potter one was just released and is only £4.99 on Amazon. If you're a beauty lover like myself, Nuxe have got some great sets including their Christmas Cracker and Tanya Burr has some inexpensive Nail and Lip sets in Superdrug. I also want to mention that there is some great Too Faced giftsets in Debenhams which aren't too expensive. I've put them ALL on my Christmas wishlist. 

Harry Potter Colouring Book - £4.99
Girl Boss Mug - £9
Goodnight Floral Eye Mask - £8
New Look Fluffy Pom Pom Earrings - £3.99
Colour Dripping Candle - £5
Lulu Guinness Tangle Teezer - £13.50
Marble A4ish Notebook - £6
ASOS Leopard Print Make-Up Bag - £15
Hotel Chocolat Tiddly Penguins - £5.50
Accessorize Black Pom Pom Mittens - £15
Tanya Burr Candy Cane Trio - £6
Alphabet Candle - £9.50
ASOS Liquid Glitter iPhone Case - £12

I hope you've enjoyed my little Christmas Gift Guide series, If you're looking for more ideas here's my Guide for the Ladies and for Beauty LoversLet me know what your favourite item from my Gift Guide is and what you are hoping for this Christmas. Don't forget I currently have a giveaway running where you can win a Tanya Burr Advent Calendar here.


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