The Club and Spa Hotel, Jersey Review

Tuesday, 26 June 2018


Hello south of France, is that you?

Well whilst geographically you are making your way over to our European neighbour, in fact this is part of Britain.

Welcome to Jersey.

What To Expect At Polo In The Park

Friday, 15 June 2018



I’ll get straight into it. Polo has not been on my radar previously. I didn’t attend a private school or ride horses growing up, so it seems quite alien to me. I guess I held the preconception that it was a upper class sport and events surrounding it were only attended by those who run in those sort of circles. I mean sure, lets be frank the Royal family play polo so it’s hardly the sport of those kicking it down the local recreation park. However the overall game and events surrounding it are open to everyone and is far more inclusive than I let myself believe. 

Which brings me onto Polo In The Park. Polo In The Park is bringing polo to a wider and newer audience. Whilst the event is still a classy affair, it is more accessible to everyone who wants to enjoy the refined game in a fun setting. 

How to have the perfect summer picnic

Tuesday, 12 June 2018



The funny thing about the British weather is when it’s bad, it’s pretty darn bad. But when it’s good, oh it’s glorious. And the last two weekends, how glorious has it been? I mean, not so much during the week, when your rammed onto the tube commuting, but when you have the whole day to do as you like, it is a dream.

There are many things you can do with your summer weekends, but one of my absolute favourites has to be the great British picnic.

There is something about eating outside that just feels so right. Maybe it’s being amongst nature, maybe it’s the fresh air, or just the fact that it’s a break from routine.

So, at the weekend, off I went for my first summer 2018 picnic.

How contact lenses can really help you when travelling

Friday, 8 June 2018

Ever since I was a kid I wanted to travel and see more of the world. We didn't get to go abroad as a family when I was young, but I patiently waited, knowing my time would come. What I didn’t know was that travel would become such a big part of my life, that I actually got to include it in my work. Fast forward to today and I now go away roughly 8 times a year which for someone with a full time corporate job is pretty good going. 

I’ve found with travel not just as a blogger but as a general trend, we tend to be less switched off than we used to be. Whether that’s using our phones as maps and guidebooks, updating social media on what Instagrammable moment we are having, or taking endless photos and then editing them on a computer. 

Whilst all of these might be helpful to us, fun for us or just part of our jobs, we have to ask, what impact is this having on our eyes?


I’ve always struggled with bad eyes. From when I was young and my Dad saying I was blind as a bat, to at work when I was trying to give a presentation and I realised I couldn’t see the numbers on the screen, my eyes have plagued me. I’ve been standing at an airport alone and had to ask someone to read the flight gates to me as I couldn’t see that far. 


Fast forward to a year ago I finally relented and got glasses. To be fair, they are pretty smart, Chanel ones, and boy can I see, but that vain feeling still remains- do I look like a librarian?

I have to admit, I don’t wear them as often as I should. Yes, I have that warped perception that I’m prettier without them, and look geeky with them. I would never go to a party or a bar wearing them and even if I wasn’t quite so vain, I do sometimes find them inconvenient. Going to the gym, I can’t really be jumping around in glasses, or taking photos, you just can’t look through a view finder with glasses. Minor things, but its lots of little minor things that add up.

And so I have come to discover the world of contact lens, and you know what? Why didn’t I go down that route before?

So let’s start from the beginning shall we? I went for a fitting of ACUVUE Oasys 1-Day with HydraLuxe and immediately at that appointment I learnt more about my eyes than I had ever known. In a nutshell my eyes were quite overworked basically from the constant strain of using screens. I work in technology during the day so am on my computer for 9 hours a day, then on the tube I’m on my phone, then when I get home I’m usually on my laptop blogging, and so actually never off a screen, which had led to near constantly strain on my eyes. No only was my vision bad, my eyes were incredibly dry. My left eye in particular is very dry and I needed to stop straining it, and fast.

And so wearing ACUVUE Oasys 1-Day with HydraLuxe would do two things. One, I was more likely to wear these everyday and for longer and so wouldn’t be straining my eyes as much on screens and trying to read things at a distance, and two, they actually help keep your eyes hydrated and fight the effects of straining.






So why are these so good for traveling?

UV protection

Did you know ACUVUE Oasys 1-Day with HydraLuxe lenses have the highest level of UV blocking available in a contact lens on the market? When you go away you put on sunscreen right? Well think of this as that but for your eyes. It never occurred to me before but now it makes perfect sense to protect them.


Wearing sunglasses

Hello sight and sunglasses! This has been a huge problem for me! It’s bright sunshine, I need sunglasses and yet as soon as I take off my glasses I can’t see properly. Sure you could get those sunglasses with your prescription but then you are limited to just one pair of glasses, and come on, there's so much choice out there!


Photography

This was a huge thing for me, and actually a sort of wow moment when I first looked through my viewfinder wearing contacts. First of all, my god was my focus off! Suddenly I could turn the dial and see the image I was about to take so sharply. This has helped my photography no end, as before I couldn’t look through my camera with glasses on, and taking them off made it difficult to see if a photo was truly sharp or not. As someone who not only loved photography, but also gets paid to take photos, it’s paramount that they are perfect. With contacts I can quickly take photos on the go and no faff about with my glasses and hoping the images are sharp. It even gets to the point now where I’m frustrated if I’m not wearing a pair, as I know I could be missing out.

Ease of use

I was worried they were going to be really tricky to put in, but honestly they are incredibly simple. I mean sure, not everyone is comfortable putting things near their eyes. Luckily, I’m quite comfortable with things near my eyes. I think use women have a natural advantage here as we are used to a mascara wand going close to our eyes. It took me only one attempt to be able to put it in, and only a couple of attempts to take one out. This coupled with the fact that as they are only one day use, there's no messing with solution on the road. Just pop a packet in your bag, and each day just put in a new pair. And don’t worry they really are comfortable, so much so in fact I just forget I’m wearing any.


Honestly, wearing Acuvue contact lens has been a game changer for me when travelling. I know that my eyes are going to be protected and that I can actually see clearly and work smarter now. I recently went to Athens and for the first time, I left my glasses at home and just wore contacts. I was worried that in very hot weather they might get irritated but I didn't find that at all. Infact my eyes didn't have that dry tight feeling they usually do in hot climates.

Athens has some truly incredible sights, and trust me, I want to be able to see them in all their sharp, focused glory.

If you’ve had your eyes tested but haven’t been offered contact lenses, don’t be afraid to ask - they may be suitable for you too. To get your own free trial of ACUVUE® OASYS 1-Day Contact Lenses, head to: https://www.acuvue.co.uk/free-contact-lens-trial

This post was sponsored by ACUVUE® OASYS 1-Day Contact Lenses but as always the content, words, photos and opinions are my own.

The perfect summer garden pop up with Laurent-Perrier

Monday, 4 June 2018



One great thing about London is that it loves a good pop up. Every night of the week there is practically a new pop up somewhere that will get everyone racing down. We’ve had a hallumi cafe, an avocado restaurant, and now theres a Laurent-Perrier bar.

Ah my love for Laurent-Perrier continues. Regular readers will know that it has been my favourite champagne house for many many years now. Birthdays and celebrations are always accompanied by a bottle… or two. 

Which is why I had to head on over to their new summer garden pop up at Icon Balcony Bar.

I had actually never heard of Icon Balcony Bar before, but it’s right in the centre of Leicester sure over looking the fountain. The bar is part of the Empire casino, but you’ll feel worlds away from a casino. 


The pop up represents a summer garden. With soft “grass”, deck chairs and of course plenty of flowers. The day we went it had been raining in the morning and was still quite grey, however we decided to still sit outside as honestly what is better than sitting out on a terrace drinking champagne? Plus they do offer you blankets if you think you might need one, although after this weekends weather, I’d say that won’t be necessary. 


The balcony terrace is a cute little space, with fairy lights strung up and flowers wrapped around the balcony. But the most striking and of course, photogenic piece is the huge pink birdcage that sits on the balcony. The birdcage represents Laurent-Perrier as it is part of its signature style. The birdcage is actually a small seat for 2 although again as it had been raining sadly I didn’t sit down in it. 


But onto the main event, the Laurent-Perrier. So the deal is, 1 glass of Laurent-Perrier CuvĂ©e and 2 Laurent-Perrier cocktails of your choosing, with some paired popcorn by Joe and Seph for £23. £23 for three Laurent-Perrier champagne drinks is great value as you’d usually pay about £14 a glass for Laurent-Perrier.


I decided to go for Amaretto, cherry, lemon, blackberry as I love cherry, and Hendricks, elderflower, apple, passion fruit as it sounded so refreshing. The cocktails are on the sweeter side here and will certainly get you into the summer mood. My paired popcorn was Eton Mess and never having had Joe and Seph before I was quite impressed. They are an award winning gourmet popcorn company and having tried the Eton Mess flavour which was delicious I can see why.  I could also certainly have ate another pot so thats validation.  


I naturally had a sip out of everyones drinks, for research purposes of course. Most of them were delicious and actually my favourite of the night was the Monkey 47, lemon, violette, sage, pomegranite, rosemary drink. Who would have thought that one would have been the winner? But honestly it's so refreshing. Although sadly I’d say maybe don’t order the cherry cocktail which is a shame as I love cherries, however it was incredibly tart and did actually taste just of cherry juice. For me it was too overpowering. 


With all those drinks flowing we decided to order a platter. The platters aren’t strictly part of the pop up and are from the regular bar menu so some might not think chicken wings and champagne go together, but I beg to differ. 


The balcony terrace is a great little venue, and I’d definitely recommend sitting outside, and with the weather we’ve been having this weekend, it would be the perfect summers day treat. 

Tickets can be booked on Design My Night now until end of July.

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