Rose Necklace by The Eternity Rose

I love nature inspired jewellery, I have lots of flowers, leaves, and butterflies. My husband gave me a couple of silver geckos and a frog as gifts in the last couple of years. So, I was delighted to be asked to review a gorgeous Rose Necklace by The Eternity Rose. How amazing is to review jewellery?

Rose Necklace by The Eternity Rose

I knew the brand, but, even so, when I had a look on their website, I was enchanted by their products. Their range includes beautiful roses dipped in gold, silver or platinum. The roses come in a beautiful wooden box. Those roses look so precious and they are long lasting, hence the name eternity. I also liked the fact that the roses are available on many colours, so there is plenty of choice. I think these are amazing as a gift, or for a special occasion, like Christmas or Valentine’s Day.

For men there are a couple of gifts too, like a playable Golf Ball & Tee set dipped in gold and a 24 karat gold-dipped poker cards. Quirky and fun gifts, aren’t they?

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Very Christmas Party

I’ve been invited to the Very Christmas Party last weekend. I will talk about the event and, after that, about the amazing goodie bag I received. All the brands in the goodie bag are available on their website, and, of course, all the party dresses that you see in the pictures.

Very Christmas Party. Mixed clothes and accessories

How lovely is their product showcase display? I love it. It feels glamours, perfect for a Christmas blogging event.

Bloggers at Very Party

I saw some bloggers I already knew and that is always fab, I also met a couple of new bloggers. It’s very nice to have a chat. A couple of lovely ladies from Very asked me for tips for the party season. I had no idea what to say. All the things that went through my mind were more suitable for a talk about fashion for over 80s, like make sure the clothes are the right size. Nobody can see the label, but everybody can see how the clothes look like on you. I still don’t know what party season tips I would give. My approach when it comes to clothes is: feel amazing, feel comfortable. For me, comfortable means wearing high heels, but that is only a plus when it comes to fashion.

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Malpas

Malpas is a small village in Cheshire, close to the Welsh border. I blogged about The Bull Pub, a lovely Victorian pub nearby. I would definitely recommend it.

Malpas village

I wanted to visit Malpas because is one of those cute villages with stunning old houses, a cross in the middle and a beautiful church. I find walking around these kind of villages very relaxing. Malpas is French for “bad road”, a reference to the wildness of the territory, vulnerable to Welsh raids. There was a castle, but not anymore.

The village doesn’t appear in the Domesday Book, but a reference of it is made in 1121. So the village appeared between that dates as a “planned town” after the Norman Conquest. A bailey castle with a motte was made. Under a Royal charter of 1281 annual fairs were allowed and a weekly market was held near the Cross. The nearby properties began in the medieval period as burgage plots for the local people to rent.

Feature on an old building

Sir William Brereton, one of the sons of Sir Randolph Brereton of Shocklach and Malpas, was groom of the chamber to Henry VIII. He was beheaded on 17 May 1536 for a suspected romantic affair with Anne Boleyn.

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The Bull Pub, Malpas

For my birthday, my husband and I went to The Bull Pub, Malpas for lunch. We had a big breakfast, so we only took some starters and a side dish to share. I loved the food so much that I want to go back and sample more. Their vegetarian range is amazing. The prices are good too, we’ve spent around £20 on the food and coffee. More information about them on their website.

The Bull Pub Malpas, from outside

The Bull Pub is located just outside Malpas, in the rural hamlet of Shocklach. The Victorian pub, dates from 1850. From what I saw on their website, dogs are allowed inside too. The pub is child friendly and we saw a couple of families with small children having their lunch.

Table, picture with a horse and the fireplace beside them

We ordered what we wanted and went to sit at the table. I took advantage and took pictures from inside the pub. Some of the pictures I took on our way out, when the tables were free.

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Telescope Phone Lens

I received a Telescope Phone Lens from Paladone* to try and I am delighted with it. It was the first time I’ve tried a phone lens and I wasn’t sure what to expect; how good the pictures will look, how easy was to install.

Paladone Telescope Phone Lens ready to take a picture

I tried the lens for the first time at home. It wasn’t great, indoor the lens will not work as good. I tried to take a picture of something that was only 10-12 feet away, so too close. I think it might have worked if I would have tried to take a picture of something outside, but it was dark. So, I said I will try the lens outside. A telescopic lens is meant to be used outdoors anyway.
Another issue I had when I tried at home was that the pictures were blurry because the phone was moving when I was pressing the screen to take the picture. I needed an app, to have a shutter delay. With the 5 seconds delay, there is enough time for the phone to re-focus and take a good picture.

Paladone Telescope Lens with box

In the package, besides the lens is a stand, and a cleaning cloth. The stand is very important. If you fancy the lens, you can get it from Paladone’s shop.

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My birthday

A few days ago I’ve celebrated my birthday. I received an amazing gift from my husband, and we had a lovely day out.

Cake with drinks, a bunch of flowers and candle

First of all, I’m going to start talking about the cake. I made Tschumi’s Chocolate Cake. It’s a cake made by a Swiss chef to the Royal Household, called Gabriel Tschumi. He made this cake 100 years ago for Queen Mary’s birthday and from that day, this is the Royal birthday cake. I love its story and, after trying the cake, I loved it too. Have a look at the recipe if you fancy trying it.

Gifts, a book and a chocolate birthday card

My husband bought a book for me, something that is always appreciated, but this book is a very special book. I’ve read it when I was a teenager. I think saying that it changed my life sounds a bit much, but this is what happened. I knew I wanted to study Psychology before that, but, after reading the book, I realized that I enjoyed learning about concepts too. The book also made me question things I thought before. I can’t wait to read this book again. My husband said he is eager to read it too.

Besides the book, my husband gave me a lovely chocolate birthday card. I’m yet to try it, as we had a very chocolatey cake, but I will try it soon.

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Las Iguanas

My husband and I tried the vegetarian burritos at Las Iguanas recently. I though I should share my experience because I was very pleased with the food and the staff. We went to Trafford Centre for lunch. I think I mentioned Trafford Centre 10 times in the last month, but we are really happy with it. It’s not far from us (a bit further than Liverpool city centre), but it comes with free parking, in addition to lots and lots of shops and restaurants.

Las Iguanas Trafford Centre

One of the most beautiful things at Trafford Centre is the food court. The decor is beautiful, exotic and over the top, but it works.

Las Iguanas vegetarian burritos

I like Mexican food a lot. Their vegetarian burrito is made with Sweet potato, butternut squash & chickpea chilli. It came with guacamole, roasted tomato sauce, sour cream, and salad. The salad had lovely unusual types of pepper, called schinus if I remember correctly. The waitress told us about the pepper when we asked, a round pink pepper I’ve never seen before. The staff was friendly and the food and the drinks arrived quickly.

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