Saturday, 6 June 2015

Choccywoccydoodah Secret Rooms

Hello Everybody,
Today I thought I would do a post about something a little different, and that is about Choccywoccydoodah's Secret Room. I specifically went to the one down Carnaby Street (it was a little tricky to find, but none the less we still made it) however, I am aware that more recently a secret room has been opened near there original store in Brighton.
Anyway, I thought I would share my experience on the place with you, as it could give you a slightly more unique idea of what to do when you plan your next trip into London.
When I walked into the secret room, which from the outside, I kid you not,  looked like a cupboard or a stock room, I was in awe. How could anybody be so clever as to be able to turn what was most probably a manky old space into something so beautiful?
There were climbers running up the wall and intertwining on the ceiling. Flowers blooming from every corner of the stunning space. A water feature- with no water- that seemed to fill the room with quirkiness. Chairs in different shapes and sizes, that before I would have never thought would work together, and swings hanging from twines of leaves.
Best of all, was the grand table, which was filled with sweet goodies, and the most delicate looking mis-matched cups and saucers my eyes ever did see. The teapot was enormous, and covered with a pretty Cath Kidson-esque, design, it was so beautiful that if it was little bit smaller I probably would have tried to snoop it home in my handbag.
I sat down and started tasting the samples of the cakes and chocolate and the sweets and biscuits, when the host asked us what would like to drink -followed by the statement of "You can have as much as you like". I ordered a fresh strawberry milkshake, and it was heavenly. However, never had I thought in my life that it was possible to become full within 15 minutes of a 2 hour sitting; I blame my small stomach for that.

It was overwhelming, just smelling the chocolate. So whilst I let my nose get used to the smell that may well have been putting me into some slightly delirious trance, I snooped around the room. Admiring the flowers and trinkets that were that were ever so cleverly placed. I very quickly fell in love with a life size ornament of an flamingo, which I am sure I will be finding a replica of to place in my room at some point in the future.
There was also a secret door behind where I was sitting which revealed a grass covered wall, with a large key hole shape sitting in the middle. When I looked "Through ta key'ole" I saw the most fascinating adornment staring up at me; it was a rabbit with antlers. The host of the secret room later explained to me that it was the mascot of Choocywoccydoodah, but I was just so astonished by the creativity of the idea. As well as that, there were grand old mirrors, stylishly placed as to make the room seem bigger then it already was, and cute little garden tables, placed around the room.


Later, after cleansing my palette on a number of different flavoured lemonades, more ice-cream and cake came out. And the winner of the day, the banana split. Even if you do not want to spend £250 with 10 of your friends (between you) to spend 2 hours over-indulging on the sweet deliciousness of Choccywoccydoodah, at least book a table at the cafĂ© and try one of their banana splits, because it tastes absolutely divine. I wish I could eat a Choccywoccydoodah banana split everyday, and I am sure when I go for my trip in the summer to Brighton I will be having it again, and if I decide to go to the University of Sussex next year (albeit I make the grades) my pocket my be feeling a little bit light.
However, if you are planning on having a girly day out with your friends sometime in the future I highly recommend booking a secret room, it is £250 for a maximum of 10 people and an extra £25 for anyone extra, thus I believe it is definitely worth the £25 each in which it costs. Just be sure to go with an empty stomach, and don't over do it if you have to travel far back home.
Also, you will get given little boxes to cram any leftovers into and take home with you. I didn't do this because after the amount of food I had consumed I didn't think it would be possible for me to ever be hungry again -big mistake- do not turn down the box!
I hope this helped you decide whether you want to use Choccywoccydoodah's secret room, whether it is for a special occasion or just a fun day out, and do let me know whether you have used this service before.
Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x


Friday, 22 May 2015

Mermaid Hair// Bleach Ldn. Washed Up Mermaid. Hair Crayon.

Hello Everybody,
The other day whilst prowling the shelves of boots I found myself looking down the hair aisle, which doesn't often happen because I've usually already filled my basket with tonnes of makeup products and can't bring myself to splurge on anything else. However, I noticed that Bleach London was stocked in this particular Boots and was very excited. I mean, if you had the opportunity of trying out mermaid hair for the day you would, right?
I decided to try out the Washed Up Mermaid Hair Crayon, as it was only £4 and I had enough points on my advantage card to get it without paying anything "GO BOOTS!". Also, I knew that it would only be something I could wash out which I wanted in case it made my hair look gross and mouldy.
The product is actually really good and the colour does really suit me, however you do need quite a bit to cover even the tips of your hair if you have a lot of hair like mine. The product itself however, is suited for bleached hair, which I cannot bring myself to do as I am still growing my hair, thus the product would probably come out better if my hair was bleached.
The product is non-permanent and can stay in your hair for 1-3 hair washes, but to be honest with my hair it just fades out throughout the day anyway. Although, I wasn't expecting too different considering the instructions even say "Apply to bleached hair".
The application is super easy. All you have to do is draw on the colour onto dry hair into your desired place, and then rub off any excess that might be on your hair. Be sure to wash your hands immediately after though otherwise you will make everything you come into contact with blue. I also highly recommend doing this with an old t-shirt on or a towel around your neck, as it can stain clothes. Oh, and one more thing, if it rains, take an umbrella, it runs.
I should also mention something that I didn't notice about the product. At the bottom of the box is a jumbo pencil sharpener, so you can sharpen the product. I didn't see this to start with, and was a bit of an idiot and tried to sharpen it with a knife and made a bit of a mess.
Overall, the product is really good if you want to only have the ends of your hair or stands of your hair coloured for special occasions. I would say that it would be a particularly great product for going to a festival. I personally would like to try something a little more long-lasting so I think I will be giving Bleach London's actual hair dye a go this summer.
I hope you enjoyed this little review and you can purchase the product here for only £4.
Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

We're Two!!

It feels weird saying it, especially when I haven't been a particularly great blogger over the past few months. Managing my time so I can maintain and half-decent blog, job, hobbies and a-levels certainly hasn't been a walk in the park and unforunately it has meant that my blog has taken a bit of a back burner since November time. I have tried to be a good blogger, but I stopped planning, my posts became more random... mostly because I didn't want them to be forced, but maybe my relaxed approach was taken a little too far. Before I start with all of the celebrations of my blog turning two (it was actually yesterday but it has taken me until today to think of what to write) I want to make a promise to you all, a promise that I haven't given up on this blog, a promise to say that I will make more of an effort. Whether that means blogging only once a week, maybe even less, I will still be here. And once my AS exams are over I hope to have more time.
This year I felt as though I was in need of more challenge, a bit like when I first started this blog. Starting to blog was scary for me because it was to show a side of me that many people didn't know: slightly girly and also a little bit random, but I like that, and now, I am glad I have shared that part of my personality. But on the other side of this screen is also a normal 17 year old girl who likes adventure, a girl who likes to take on new challenges.
This year has consisted of a lot, in August I blogged every single day, and much to of my astonishment now, I succeeded. I tried again in December, however that was a bit more of a fail, but that was because at the same time as taking on that challenge I was doing many other things. Firstly, I had just picked up my first part-time job, thus had started to lose some of my spare hours in the day. I actually thoroughly enjoy my job, because the people I work with are great and also I get a little more money then I used to, it does nonetheless mean that I don't have as many free hours throughout the week. I also turned 17 and started to learn to drive, which takes up a few more hours in my week.
Not only that, but I was  also continuing with my normal weekly hobbies, Explorer scouts, helping Cub Scouts and playing Hockey, I also became managing director of one of my schools Young Enterprise companies, and started to do the Silver Duke of Edinburgh. To top all of that off I have more recently been appointed one of the school's Head Students.
I wouldn't necessarily say I took on too much either, yes, there have been points that I have felt tired, and that is one of the reasons my blog has taken a bit of a back seat, and my body may have said otherwise as I picked up an overuse injury in my iliotibial band. I would say that I have been learning that it is better to do things now rather then never. Once upon a time I was scared, I was that girl who hated change, that girl who sat in the classroom quietly hoping the teacher didn't chose her to speak, and also that girl that would rather stay inside on her own rather then go out and have a little bit of fun. I have even signed up for a ski trip and I have never been more excited about something in my life, as well as deciding that I do actually want to go to uni.
Yet, I also want my blog to grow, I want to be able to write more for you. I have been blogging for over two years now and I hope that I can continue to keep this going. I would like to bring more lifestyle posts to you... I have one in my mind for you all already. As well as advice posts, and my fashion posts, as that is something I have really gotten into this year.
I hope that you can stick around with me, and persevere which I start to get back into bringing content to this little space on the internet. Although, while you wait for that to happen you can also follow me on twitter and instagram both of which I regularly update with my life happenings.
Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x

Monday, 27 April 2015

Random facts about me!

It feels like an eternity has passed since I last spoke to you all. It also feels like an eternity ago since I told you some facts about me. However, this afternoon, I sat here and started thinking about how well people really know me. To be honest, I'm not even sure people that close to me know me that well. I'm a bit of a closed book you see, almost a bit of a conundrum for others. I puzzle people, confuse them.
I like a lot of things, I have a lot of hobbies, I do a lot of stuff - as you may call it. I actually think I am quite an interesting person, but I also have this weird fear of boring people, of being that monotonous person who shares a lot about their own life, but has a lack of interest and enthusiasm for another individual. But, this is my space on the internet, albeit small, I feel like every person who reads this minuscule part of the internet must have some interest in who I am... nonetheless, is probably thinking, "Shut up with this tedious ramble and get on with telling me stuff about you!"

1. I have this bizarre fear of biting into peppercorns. I actually like peppercorns, but the taste that comes out of them if you bite into them is revolting.
2. I spend about an hour a day window shopping online, and creating outfits in my mind, even if I have no intention on buying them.
3. I am a girl of routine by nature, if things seem out of place, I don't like it.
4. I love thinking of gift ideas for people, even though I find I put a lot of pressure on myself to get the gift right.
5. I have a really weak bladder and I will not survive a laughing fit without having to run to the toilet.
6. I do AS Applied Buisness, Finance, Economics and Food Technology.
7. I have a twin brother, and I can assure you telepathy most definitely doesn't exist.
8. I tried sushi for the first time ever this month, and if was out of this world!
9. I think I'm a bit superstitious... I always make a wish at 11:11, I will never walk over three drains in a row, and I get really excited when there is an eyelash on my cheek and I can make a wish!
10. I am a little bit of an adventurous person, yet I am also a massive whimp, so even if I seem to be doing something a little bit crazy, I am most likely to be pooing myself.
11. I am going skiing for the first time in February.
12. I want to study Business Management at University.
13. I have really epic dreams. Once I had a dream about being a stunt pilot and another time I had a dream about being a penguin trainer.
14. I have a love/hate relationship with the vending machine in the sixth form common room.
15. I like going on random outings, that have no meaning or occasion. For example, I went to Pizza Express the other night with a couple of my friends and we just had a lovely chilled time.
16. I do a rather nifty David Attonborough impression, however it only gets performed on special occasions.

I think that is enough facts for now, otherwise this post may become a bit overwhelming for both you and I *we don't wanna be like them*. Also, 16 is a factor of four, and I'm sure you all know by now that I like factors of four.
Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Weekend Morning Routine

Hello Everybody,
Today I thought I would share with you my weekend morning routine, as I see morning routines circulate around Youtube a lot but there never seems to be written versions on blogs, so I thought I would be a really kind human being and write one for you today. I wouldn't necessarily say that my weekend morning routine is set in stone as it really depends on what I am doing on the specific day as to what I will actually do when I get up... everyone's allowed a pajama day every once in a while... no?

Waking up

I like to think it is nice to wake up more naturally on a weekend, as in without that terrible fright of the alarm going off like it does every other day of the week. Besides having a lie in every so often is just perfect for the weekend. But, I have a problem, whenever I have a day where I can lay in I seem to wake up really early... I mean, what is that all about? But, when I wake up I tend to spend a good hour catching up with social media, particularly as I have very little time during the week, and in the evenings to do so now.

Getting up

The first thing I do when I get out of bed is normally run to the toilet because by this time I have waited too long and am now bursting for a pee. After that I like to splash my face with cold water *Oooh! Refreshing!* and cleanse my face with my Clearasil face wash. I will then head back to my room.

Time to beautify!

Sometimes at weekends I skip the whole makeup thing and just moisturise and put some eye brightener under my eyes to wake me up, but when I do I'm either really lazy or experiment too much and end up looking like a demented clown... thank meatballs that makeup isn't permanent! I will also do my hair, sometimes I wash it in the morning if I am feeling extra gross, but most of the time it is just a quick fix job of a top knot, french plait or hair straighten.

What to wear?!

Okay... this is the bit that takes me the flipping longest, no matter how many times a buy new clothes *which I am really trying hard to refrain from because I am saving up for two holidays next year* I never seem to have anything I want to wear! I blame magazines, I see something nice and fashionable, which most of the time I would never be able to pull off anyway, and want to have it for myself. So then I look at all of my clothes and wonder why on earth I bought them... why do trends change? Honestly though, I think sliders are gross, I think flares are gross, yet I still want to wear them because they are cool, you see my dilemma?

Breakfast and stuff...

Anyway, after what seems to be an hour long palaver I tend to opt for the most boring outfit ever and head down for breakfast because by this point my stomach is having whole ranty conversations with me about how hungry it is. I tend to go for cereal, but if I am feeling a little more adventurous I might have a bagel or some scrambled egg, or even both like I have today.
The very last thing I do is brush my teeth, and then do whatever I wish with the rest of my time.

The End... just joking but it does feel like I've written a novel aha!! Well done for getting to the end if you have got this far, because I don't often write this much but I am in a rambly mood, probably because I've got homework to do but am procrastinating instead.
Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Em!! Where you at?!

Damn it! 
I am officially one of the worst bloggers ever! But, I promise I haven't quit, I am coming back... I just need time, and I need to justify myself. I need to think about what I want my content to be like on this blog, who I want to be reading my blog and when I am going to find the time to post, because I want to do so much all the time, but I know sometimes I need to stop, lay back and just chillax for a little while.
Life has been pretty busy for me, mostly with my job and school work. I like to think it is because I am making the most of my time and to be honest I am so happy at the moment and am looking forward to so much. I've been making the most of my time, enjoying things and gaining experiences. I have got to that part in my life now where I realise I won't be young forever; I only have a year and a bit left and I will be going off to Uni, and I want to have fun, I want to do things.
I am the sort of person that really doesn't want to live with regrets, that wants to do things, see things but most importantly have fun. I also want to give my all in everything that I do, but something is bothering me... my blog. True, I haven't been working very hard on my blog, and I'll admit at this point in my life it seems the least important. It is something that was meant to be a hobby but was becoming more of a chore. I don't want to lose love of blogging because I love it, but a few months back it had got to the point where I would spend hours on a single post, and it just wasn't fun anymore. But, I think my problem wasn't with my blog... I've always been happy with my content and have never copied anyone else... it was the weather.
If there is one thing that I like to get right on my blog it is my photos, and it is blooming difficult to get them to look good when 90% of the day it's too dark and the other 10% of the day you are at school or pursuing another hobby or activity. However, there is so much I want to do on my blog, I want to get to the point again where I know I don't have to go out and spend money to make my blog good... like the good ol' days before I had an income. I want my blog to be bright, happy and positive. I want my blog to be somewhere where people come for unique content, where people come for my writing style.
I am going to try my best to start posting regularly without it seeming like a chore. This means that whilst I am picking this hobby back up my posts won't be scheduled, they will be a bit more spontaneous, that way it takes the pressure off. To make it easier for you to keep up to date with when I have posted you can follow me on Bloglovin' and I will try and keep you guys up to date on my Twitter too. I hope I can still keep you all as my loyal readers and that this works out a bit better then my schedule that I was finding all too much before.
Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Blue Sky- A makeup Tutorial!!

Emily's doing a makeup tutorial! Saaayyy waaaaaatttt?!
Yep, today I thought, what the heck! I will do my makeup all pretty, ready for a hockey game, there is absolutely no logic in that, but this is me... so I'm allowed okay?! Good! I have just realised that I missed a couple of products out of my photo and you can't see the eye makeup that greatly, but, pfft, never mind, it is just a picture and I need to write this post before I go and whoop some ass in my hockey game.

Face

For my face I used my holy grail foundation which is the Rimmel London Match Perfection Foundation in Light Porcelain. I am literally so white that this is the only foundation that I can wear in the winter and not look like an oompa-loompa. It is also really glowing and brightening so it makes me look much more awake then I probably am. For my concealer I used the ever so raved about Collection Lasting Perfecting concealer. I put this on any blemishes, because yes, I do get them like any other girl on the world *cheers mother nature* and under my eyes.
To make my cheeks more defined I use the Soap and Glory Peach Party blush, which is such a lovely glowy colour, and the Bourjois Bronzer under my cheekbones to contour a little. I tend to buff this out with my real techniques buffing brush, as apposed to my Zoeva brushes which I use for everything else. I then use the Maybelline Fit Me powder to set my look.

Eyes

For my eyes I wanted to go for a blue look so I pulled out my Stila In the Light Palette (my new little baby) and firstly used kitten on my browbone to highlight. I then used bubbly on my main lid and the beautiful blue eyeshadow called night sky in my crease. For my waterline I used the Bourjois Neon Blue Contour Clubbing Waterproof eye crayon and for my winged liner on my top eyelid I used the Eyeko Skinny Liquid Liner in Navy. Then for my brows I used my lifesaver Soap and Glory Brow Archery.

Lips

Finally on my lips I used my old favourite nude, which I have rediscovered after having a bit of a Creme Cup obsession and that is the Maybelline Colorsensation Lipstick in Sweet Pink.

I hope you enjoyed this little post today...
Toodles,
EmilyBelleBlogs x
PS: I wrote this yesterday!!