2015 | July / August Highlights

I can’t believe August has now come to an end and let’s not even talk about July, hence the ‘two in one’ highlights post. We have been really busy and the time has just flown. It has been a quick eight weeks full of both highs and lows. 
London // Yes Mr. London crept up on us again surprise surprise, it’s seems to be becoming a regular thing however we are not back there now till mid September. This time it was all pleasure and no work I went for a girly weekend with my mum. Hampton Court Flower Show, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at Drury Lane Theatre and catching up with my brother were just some of the highlights.
Travel // On saying it was hectic and apart from London, I didn’t get to far away from apart from York, where I went to stay with family. Luckily it was a baking hot weekend, we went all out at lunch for some wedding talk and chilled in the garden at night for a BBQ. The next day we headed into York to do a bit of shopping and sightseeing, before catching the train back home. A whistle stop visit this time, however any time spent in York is precious, a beautifully English City, quaint in every aspect with everything you could ever need. Apart from the Lake District I think it is one of my favourite place in England. See you soon York!
Events //  The last two months were quite eventful to be fair. Aswell as all the adventures in London, we had lots going on from family birthdays, to a funeral and a wedding. It certainly has been quite the summer for us. I think one of my highlights was of course seeing our beautiful cousin get married but also sneaking in a quick trip to see Cats the musical, again! Such a good production. For now I think September is going to be fairly quiet so I am looking forward to lots of chills. 
Blog // If  you missed any posts over the last few weeks here are some of our faves. The cute July and August beauty boxes from You Beauty Discovery, an affordable box which isn’t to be missed. Looking for a little bit of home or gift inspiration on the lead up the Chirstmas? Our trip to the Spirit of Summer Fair could be the one for you. Finally what girl doesn’t love a bit of jewellery? The Bling Minx treated us to a gorgeous piece from their collection. Check out their page when you have two ticks.

Work // When is work ever not crazy, I had a funfilled few weeks in the office doing social media and tempting your tastebuds with all things interiors as usual. I also got the chance to spend a bit of time working on Millefiori & Modello, being able to do the flowers for my family’s funeral and wedding was both a pleasure and an honour; and hard work haha! Millefiori now has a Twitter and Instagram, if you want to follow for all things floral and design. Would love to see you over there. 

Well what a summer hey.
Here’s to September, lets make it a good one. 

Hannah  

My Little Road Trip Box | July

It was that time again for my little Parisian delivery, excited as ever I was delighted to see a My Little Road Trip Box. If you knew the real Hannah before my current job role you will know my nickname was the holiday queen. Travelling every few months and absolutely loving the adventures along the way and in between. So as you can imagine, to see a travel based box I was quite delighted. 
If you didn’t know My Little Box are a lifestyle subscription box company, gifting us each month with a bunch of goodies which are always a little different from the norm. Cute? Yes! Quirky? Yes! For you? Why not give them a try.

This month was travel based however as always there was a selection of handpicked beauty bits which as usual were on point, no let downs here. 

The Goodies..
1.  First up, a handy travel sized 125ml bottle of Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water, which is honestly one of my top five makeup removers to use before a proper cleanse. 
2.  A set of DCER Temporary Tattoos, I haven’t tried these before however they will be super cute for a party or festival look. 
3. Next was a full size Essie nail varnish, a very bright and cheerful shade which will definitely be having a trial on my toes soon. 
4.  Lastly a 100ml Summer Sorbet After Sun Gelee which doubles up as a moisturiser from the My Little Beauty range. This goes on really smoothly and dries instantly, definitely one to put aside for my next holiday.  

The lifestyle gifts this time were a Bic Cristal Stylus pen and Ready To Send notebook set, perfect for jotting down memories of your trip or sending back home if you’re on your travels. Lastly was a passport holder / travel organiser, such a handy piece for keeping all your important documents and spends together on your journey. These always come in really useful so this was great. 
Overall a fairly good box this time, it hasn’t be my favourite from My Little Box, however I will definitely get my use out of the Micellar Water and the wallet. I wonder what will come of the next box, things are going to get all cosy soon I guess for the Autumn editions. 
What has been your summer essential this year? 

Hannah  

A day at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show


 Outfit Details
Sunglasses – Max & Co. Necklace – BlingiMinx. Top – Missguided. 
Shorts – River Island. Backpack – Kenneth Cole. 

A few weekends ago I headed down to London with my mum for a girly weekend packed full of adventures and chills. One of the days we hopped on a short train journey to Kingston Upon Thames; one of my favourite towns in the South of England to attend the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show who were celebrating their 25th anniversary this year. Unknowingly we chose one of the hottest days of the year so far, so it was sunglasses and shorts all round for the crowds. We arrived at Hampton Court Palace in the morning and took the short walk down the river to the side entrance. Tickets collected we headed in, first stop was the drinks van. 

With our show guide in hand and fully refreshed we headed  to the show gardens before the crowds swooped in. There were far too many to show in one blog post however here are some of the highlights. 

Equilibrium, best conceptual garden.

The Macmillan Legacy Garden

Agrumi Garden

Scotty’s Little Soldier Memorial

Hadlow College Garden

We then headed through the gardens to stumble across a whole area of eateries from fresh pulled pork and gourmet burgers, to hand made fudge and Deli crisps. There was something for everyone, I don’t think anyone went hungry that lunch time. With a another refreshing tipple in hand and a quick stop at the First Aid tent we headed back on track to see what was around the corner.  

We found lots of little independent stalls selling everything from ornate sculptures and tools, to wellies and sun hats. The lady selling hats and parasols seemed to be non stop busy the whole time on such a baking hot day. 

We then headed in to a marquee where the exhibits from floral design colleges we set out. The brief this year was films, it was great to see the displays close up some of them were amazing. Here are a few of our favourites, see if you can guess the films. 
Happy 25th Hampton Court Flower Show
We then headed to the Floral marquee which turned out to be my favourite part of the day. Even if you’re not the biggest flower lover, the sheer amount of flowers, the fragrant aroma and amazing atmosphere within the tent would have you enthralled. There was flowers of every kind in every colour for as far as you could see. 

There were some amazing sights and I took far to many photos to show you, look out for some more in depth posts on my new floral and design website launching soon for Millefiori and Modello. Late afternoon soon crept up on us and it was time to head back to London. Not before a cuddle with Mr Tickle and a walk though Hampton Court Palace Gardens, of course!

Have you been to a RHS Flower Show or Hampton Court Palace before? 

Hannah  

2015 | June Highlights

Well, what a month June was I can’t quite believe it is over already! I haven’t stopped but that means lots of exciting adventures and busy times. 

Blog // Locked In A Bow was a busy little spot this month, a few of my highlights were two great subscription boxes from My Little Box and You Beauty Discovery both completely different yet equally exciting….who doesn’t love a special parcel through the post. Another great discovery was the brand Kiss Air Candles, I have been enjoying their new summer range ‘The Ice cream Parlour’ definitely one to check out if you want the sweet smell of summer in your home. Another little gem I shared was our visit to the Hampton By Hilton, the perfect spot if you are taking a trip to Liverpool or the Echo Arena.

Work // I worked far too much as usual (or I think so, haha).  With a busy few weeks at work aswell as completing assignments for Uni, it was pretty crazy. I managed it all, just some more exciting practicals to do over summer, so much better that essays ha. 
London // I was in London quite a few times this month for lots of exciting reasons aswell as a few less fun ones. I was able to top up my interior fix and went to see what was happening at the Spirit of Summer Fair in Olympia. I also went along to a Beauty Blogger Workshop hosted by Antonia Mariconda. A thoroughly valuable day, where I caught up with friends, met new ones and soaked in a whole load of knowledge regarding the online world and all it entails. London is also always a chance to catch up with my brother usually involving lots of food too, ha!
Events // The beginning of the month started off with a bang I went to the Ideal Home Show in Manchester with my mum, which you may have already read about. It was another chance to see the best of the best of all things ‘home’. Cocktail Making Masterclasses were also on the agenda at the IHS, a definite highlight of our day. We also had lots of family birthdays to share so many good times were had in June, which is always fun.

Woah, I feel like that was a chaotic month, here’s to a quite July please.

Did you get up to anything exciting this month? 

Hannah  

A weekend at the Hampton by Hilton | Liverpool

We recently went to Liverpool for a long weekend. The main reason for the trip was to see Russell Howard and to shop of course. We wanted a hotel that was close to the Echo Arena aswell as not to far from the city centre. 
Alas, the Hampton which is part of the Hilton group was just across the road from the arena behind the famous Albert Docks. It was also only a five to ten minute walk to Liverpool One, where it was all going on. Perfect! 
We received a warm welcome by the reception team, who checked us in and directed us to our room. We were pleasantly surprised the room. A small but perfectly adequate space, with double bed, en suite and seating area. We also had a view, to be fair we were near the centre of the building so don’t bank on it. However we had buildings to the left, yet looking over to the right we could see the docks perfectly. As many of you know sunset is our favourite time of day. We needn’t stay in the room though, just fifty metres walk away and we we sat on the docks with a cocktail watching the day sneak away.

Anyway, back to the room. The bed was firm yet comfortable with extra pillows and covers on hand, each side had a lamp, with a switch and plug socket. Yes it is something very simple yet so essential.
All of the room have a flat screen tv, easily adjustable climate control and free wifi aswell as an ironing board and full size hairdryer. It is these little things that really make or break a comfortable stay in my opinion. This hotel was really pleasing us so far. It was nice to have a seating area too where we could sit in the morning or at night without having to sprawl on the bed balancing your phone and your drink at the same time. 

Our bathroom was spotless, all be it quite small however it had everything we needed and a full size shower with mega water flow, top stuff! You were give complimentary flannels, towels, tissue and toiletries each day, so no need to worry if you forget something! The Hampton’s got it covered. The only things that was a little snazzy was the sliding frosted door, it did give you full privacy just something to be aware of if you are not stopping over with a partner. They will be able to hear you singing in the shower for sure, haha. 

We headed back downstairs to the reception lounge to grab a drink before heading out to explore, the area is spacious and modern, again with wifi and electric points allowing for easy connection whenever you need it. Snacks and bar food were also available throughout the day and evening. Service was quick and pleasant each time. 

On the first floor the was a quite reading area which overlooked the breakfast tables aswell as a conference room and fitness centre. 

Come morning we headed back downstairs, breakfast is normally my thing to early in  the morning, at home I wouldn’t normally eat till 10am. However with a busy days ahead I always give it try when in a hotel. The Hampton put on a great continental spread, with cereals, fresh fruits, breads as well as pastries and yoghurts. They also provided hot cooked breakfasts and toast alongside tea, coffee and juices. 
I went for a yoghurt and fresh fruit on the first morning, and gave scrambled egg and beans a whirl the next day. Dave went for a full English as you do when away. All the food we had was served was fresh, hot and was good quality. Just enough to get us ready for the day. The breakfast area was spacious enough with the manager on hand making sure things were running smoothly and every had had a pleasant nights sleep. 

The service throughout the Hampton at all times was impeccable, its was spotlessly clean and visitor friendly. For us it was in the ideal location and made our overall stay in Liverpool a fantastic one. If you are needed a hotel close to the city centre or the Echo Arena we would definitely recommend The Hampton. We shall be coming back next time. 

Have you stayed in Liverpool before? 

Hannah