I’m always on the look out for the perfect little escape from London as unlike most of my friends I don’t have much family in the UK outside of London. The perfect place doesn’t take too long to get to, is affordable, has great food and is somewhere I can go on great walks.

Last month I found just the place; The White Horse in Dorking. It took less than an hour and a half to get there (I’m North of the river in London but if you’re not it’ll take even less!) and it’s situated in the small town of Dorking, between the North Downs and Denbies Estate and Vineyards. As the name suggests it was a coaching inn, the property has undergone an overhaul recently and is looking really beautiful.

I will mention, before we get to deep into this blog post, that my boyfriend went away with me for this mini break, but sadly he was pretty sick both en route and once we got there which is why there aren’t quite as many photos as I’d hoped. We probably should have cancelled but he was a star and made the effort to come along with me.

I wanted this mini-trip to be quite a chilled one, it’s nice to be in a new environment for a few days but I didn’t want to do too much. We checked in around 3PM, ate snacks, played board games on the giant bed and watched some TV- not the most adventurous day but it was exactly what we wanted.

(Little peak at what skincare I’m using)

The room was a nice size- with a desk, little table and a large, super comfortable bed. The bathroom didn’t have a bath which I do usually like but the shower pressure was great and I do enjoy a shower once I’m in it. The hotel is located in the town and we were on a lower floor which left me nervous in terms of noise but we slept well all night with no noise.

For dinner we headed down to The Dozen restaurant in the hotel, there were actually a lot of locals in there also having dinner which is a great sign and I’d recommend The Dozen for dinner even if you’re not staying in the hotel. The food was honestly amazing! Michael had to leave me half way through the meal (as he was still unwell) and I’m honestly sad that he didn’t get to experience the food with me. To start we ordered a bread basket and Mac N Cheese balls which were DIVINE- I’ve been dreaming about them ever since. I then went for the fishcakes which I was a little unsure about but it was such a good decision as they were truly delicious. Of course, I also got a side of chips and I’d recommend you do the same.

In the morning, once Michael was feeling a little better we made the most of the delicious breakfast, I went for a full-english which was one of the best I’ve had in a while and included lots of local produce.

Just before checking out we decided to go for a little wonder around the town. It has lots of independent shops as well as a few chains which are great for picking up some car snacks (M&S obvs.)

Before heading home we headed to Box Hill, I hadn’t heard of Box Hill previously but if you visit The White Horse or live fairly local I would say it’s a must. We went for a long muddy walk, enjoyed the sun and indulged in an Ice Cream. Essentially, Box Hill is just a hill with a nice view and an interesting walk (especially for kids) and maybe it was just because we were lucky to get a nice day but it’s one of the nicest walks I’ve been on near London. If you’re in South London I think lunch at The White Horse and a walk around Box Hill is simply the most perfect weekend activity!

Huge thank you to The White Horse for my lovely stay, it’d the perfect place for a little mini-break!

To book to stay or eat at The White Horse, click here, room rates are affordable! 

I really had no idea what to call this post or even how to go about writing it but it’s something I’ve always wanted to write a little bit about, ever since starting my blog a good few years ago.

I’ve been blessed or cursed (which ever way you want to see it) with a bigger bust (typically a 32FF), it’s never really bothered me as I think they fit proportionately to the rest of my body but buying bras that fit has always been a bit of a challenge.

The first thing I have to recommend is getting measured, every time I try a new place I get measured! Your bra size is likely to change depending on your weight, hormones, age and simply because our bodies change. A good bra is always essential, bra fitting services are free and most places offer it. I promise it’s not at all scary!

Many years ago I use to love La Senza, they were great until they got bought out and no longer stock my size nor do I quite understand the whole sizing concept. Everyone tells me to go to Marks & Spencer and they do have beautiful bras but I think the fact they also have some not so nice ones has put me off a little bit especially as I find they only have a handful of nice ones in my size.

My most recent discoveries have been Next and Rigby & Peller both very different but great for anyone looking for a bra thats a DD+.

I’ll start with Next who have really upped their game in almost everything recently, I use to think of Next as a shop my mum might shop at but all my friends have been raving about their clothes and homewear section whilst I’ve been raving about their underwear. I’ve got the Lizzie and Phoebe designs which are both very different but excellent quality, affordable and really comfortable. I find the whole range to be the perfect balance of sexy and practical.

Onto Rigby & Peller which are more of a luxury brand and a store I’d never been in because I thought it was too expensive. When I went in I did find it to be more expensive than highstreet stores but not quite as expensive as I imagined, it’s largely still affordable although I would probably just buy a few staple piece instead of all my underwear.

The quality of the bras is really what you pay for, theres a great attention to detail, the materials are all luxurious and I love almost every style they carry. They even taylor underwear so if they don’t have your size in the exact bra you want you can get one altered to fit! I picked up a beautiful black lace one from Maison Lejaby which is one of the prettiest bras I own and a Simone Perele one which is the most comfortable one I own, I would happily wear it every single day!

Since it’s party season I have to also recommend the Wonderbra Strapless bra, I wouldn’t bother with anything else. All other strapless bras don’t offer me enough lift, are uncomfortable and really flatten my boobs but this does the opposite. I’ve had a few of these over the years and they’re excellent!

PS. I also like Ann Summers, they also have lovely great comfy items not just the kinky stuff.

As you may already know British Fashion designer Giles Deacon has collaborated with Ann Summers to create a range of lingerie.

The range is super sexy and bold but still quite wearable and is made up of four key ranges all as beautiful as each other. The range is eclectic and unlike anything I’ve seen on the highstreet and also includes hosiery also featuring the unique prints and patterns.

Each range has it’s own story but have all been created using luxe fabrics and bespoke patterns. Although this range is a little more expensive than Ann Summer’s usual range I really do think you are getting quite a luxury product without the highend price tag. Prices start at just £20 and go up to £145 for standalone pieces in sizes 8-16 and 32A-36DD. For more info check out the Ann Summer Giles Deacon video here.

The attention to detail is beautiful on each piece, sadly the cup sizes could be a little bigger (no bigger than a DD I’d guess but I think you’d find that’s a common problem) they have detachable straps and made from what feels like really nice material.

I am very excited to be hosting a giveaway to give you the opportunity to win £150 worth of Giles Deacon and Ann Summers products including a set, hosiery and sexessories. To win simply follow the RaffleCopter below and don’t forget to read T&C below.

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With just a few days until Valentine Day I thought I would share my picks of products that are just that little bit more exciting than the classic roses (which are nice as an extra, of course). These are perfect as a gift to yourself but even better if you manage to drop a few hints to your other half.

 In my opinion jewellery is always a nice present and I always look for something expensive enough which won’t break the bank. Lola & Grace is great for items like this as they are great quality but won’t cost you a weeks wage. This dainty heart necklace and bracelet are great but they have lots of different options if you aren’t looking for something themed.

Alternatively if you do want something cheap and cheerful/an extra every woman (and most men) love chocolates and I am absolutely addicted to the Tesco’s Finest Praline Hearts, somehow they are even better than Lindt Lindor!

 Of course I have to feature some good old beauty products in this post. If you are looking for a really special gift that they probably don’t have but isn’t terribly expensive my first pick would be the Clinique and Lulu Guinness Collaboration which I have blogged about. Other than that a Chanel (or other high end brand) lipstick is always perfect and a real treat weather as a gift from someone or from yourself; if you don’t know what colour to buy I think a red is always a good option. The Chanel Rouge Allure was actually a gift and I love it; it’s the perfect red in the colour Incandescente.

For something rose scented as a present to yourself I’d recommend checking out the Dr. Hauschka Rose day cream which not only smells amazing but is a really hydrating product. Alternatively Jurlique have great skincare products from cleansers to their famous Love Balm. Don’t forget to keep your lip soft and kiss-ready with the Burt’s Bees Honey Bee favourites.

Underwear is always a nice present both to wear and look at, recently I have been loving Boux Avenue as their size range is good even for bigger busts (I’m a 32FF which is often hard to find) they are affordable but good quality. I’ve had my eye on this set in particular for a while and I am surprised by just how comfortable it is!

I’ve also put together a quick Valentines Manicure post using Nailtiques Tahiti which is the perfect pink that applied perfectly in just one coat.

If you are looking to purchase a perfume DKNY have released some great new scents in their be delicious range; Ultra Violet and Rooftop Peony are perfect. I also really like L’Occitane Cerisier Rouge which is a beautiful cherry, sweet scent.

Have you done all your Valentine’s day shopping? What are you hoping to get? Will you be buying yourself a gift?
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