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The Perfect Hen Do

Last week I went to one of my best friends hen party. We haven’t spoken in a while and it’s rare we manage to see each other now, but every time we do it’s like we haven’t been apart. I’m so excited for her to get married (although it’s not until next year!) and I was definitely never going to miss her hen do.

Of course every hen party is different, it has to reflect the bride in some way, and this one suited the bride to be perfectly! The maid of honour did an amazing job!

It took place in Leeds, always a great night out, and so I drove 3 hours up the motorway with my rushed-to-pack bags and full of excitement. I stopped off in my home town (just 40 minutes away from my destination) and had a quick lunch with my mum, catching up on everything before she gave me a lift to the train station.

I was told to look for the pink that I ‘couldn’t miss’ at the station. I promptly walked right past them all, completely oblivious to the garish veil and excitable ladies. I soon found them though and we all tottered off to the hotel with me leading the way (quite how I, with no sense of direction, ended up with the map i’ll never know). Somehow I got us there, we we’re staying at the Ibis. It looked nice enough and had an amazing view of leeds from our rooms, but the rooms were very small with very awkwardly placed plug sockets. Whoever designed these rooms did not plan for girls to be curling their hair in the mirror, in fact they couldn’t have made it any more difficult. Next time I should take a spare mirror.

The view

The maid of honour brought out some amazing party bags she had put together. The bags themselves were leopard print with pink paper inside, already off to a good start. Inside was a great assortment of treats for us all!

Lip Gloss – Literally the glittery-ist lipgloss I have ever seen. It’s like a glitter ball on my lips and I LOVE it! It even tasted like cherries. Definitely the kind of thing we all wore when we we’re 12, I doubt that will stop me from wearing it though! (It’s just so sparkly!)

Terrible photo – Awesome Lips

Party Feet – I was SO happy to see this in my bag as i’d actually forgotten to pack mine! These gel cushions are such a great idea to keep everyone partying throughout the night. Such a life saver!

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Bling – The bride is well known for her love of gold bling and so we all got to share in her passion with one of these plastic gold rings! The bride to be herself received a pretty little necklace. Even though this ring is obviously cheap it is a little bit of fun and I actually really like wearing it on my thumb, i think it’s looks quite simple and pretty.

Condom – Hen do’s often have the tendency of getting…messy. But at least we would all have been prepared for that eventuality, and with a smiley face!

Name Badge – To proudly show that we are with a hen do!

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Fortune Cookie – To either give us hope for the future or to tear us down. Luckily mine had a very good message about promise in my career…but will that be ‘The Penguin Theory’ or the day job? I guess time will tell!

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Penis Straw – Every hen do needs a penis straw. These one’s were a little more reserved than some i’ve seen, the classier spectrum of the penis straw (if that’s even possible).

Dare Card – Again hen parties need a bit of cheek (no pun intended)! My dare was to pinch as many guys bottoms in 1 minute as possible. A few of the other ones included getting a girls number, kissing the shortest/tallest guy and even rubbing your face in a hairy chest! However we all seemed to forget about these once the alcohol started flowing…

Wine – Each bag contained the start of our drinking with a mini bottle of wine! It was delicious!

Energy Drink – For a quick pick-me-up the morning after.

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After we had all finished our wine, and polished off a bottle of bubbly, we tottered into town and went to Vodka Revolutions. There we had a table reserved with a food platter and drinks, and oh my was it amazing.

The platter was superb and had more food than we could manage with chicken strips, scampi, chips, mini beef and chicken burgers, pizzas, breaded cheese and a good selection of dips. It was all so yummy and easy to pick at, but it still defeated us.

We we’re also given 3 large cocktail pitchers of our choice to share, shots and some sort of bomb (energy drink in which you drop a shot into before downing it in one gulp). All we’re delicious and a great start to the night!

Next we moved on and we’re going to go to a drag show, something the bride to be loves, but unfortunately the bouncer wouldn’t let us in as we we’re a hen party and in a large group. This had been checked on the website before we went but they must have changed their policies. It was a shame but we wouldn’t let that ruin the night!

Eventually we found ourselves in a little, but lively, pub. All the furniture was miss-matching, they we’re playing old classics like Queen and The Offspring as well as newer songs and the cocktails were delicious! We got talking to some guys out on a stag do, they we’re so lovely and such a laugh! One fell asleep and we may have drawn on his face with lipstick before he woke up and showed off his dance ‘skills’. It was a lot of fun but all too soon it was time to move onto the clubs.

The gorgeous bride to be!

We found ourselves in a gay club because, lets face it, they always have the best music, best dance moves and are just generally so much more fun. There was no worrying how you were dancing, everyone just went for it. There were the best tunes to sing and dance along to, podiums, poles, so much smoke you couldn’t see (no seriously, it was a definite challenge until your eyes adjusted). It was such good fun and we we’re all having a good boogie.

We all had a picture with the veil doing the bride-to-be’s signature thumbs up!

Soon though I started to flake. I haven’t been out in such a long time that my stamina wasn’t what it once was (well I guess I did last until well past 2am!), and i had been feeling a bit ill all night, not even finishing a lot of my drinks. My self a few of the other girls toddled off back to the hotel to climb into our nice warm beds. The bride to be and the other half of the hen party carried on into the night meeting a drag queen and having a great time from the sounds of it!

The next morning we all got up early for breakfast. Our hotel did a £5 all you can eat buffet, but when we went to look we we’re not impressed. For one, there was barely any food there, 2 it was only cereal and some toast. That is not the food to cure a hang over. Instead we wandered next door to steak place and all bought various types of fried breakfasts. Just what we needed!

All too soon it was time to catch the train home.

I had another nice chat with my mum, went for a quick visit to my grandparents and then started the long drive back to london. I would have loved to stay an extra night (especially as my mum was cooking roast beef!) but I have so much to do it just wasn’t possible.

I had such a great time and I just cannot wait for the wedding!

It was definitely the perfect hen night for the bride, which is exactly what makes the night even more perfect! It made me start wondering what my hen night would be like if I ever decided to get married…I imagine it would be quite adventurous and action packed with a bit of crafting involved.

What would you do on your hen night?


Ties Fit for a Queen

…or maybe not.

I had planned to sew some ties for my workfriends as we we’re all going to Royal Ascot together. However silly me forgot about it until the day before!

This meant I had a big rush to sew 3 ties, with difficult silk fabric, and work during the day.

I was defintiely rushed off my feet and didn’t get nearly as much sleep as I needed that night, but the ties we’re made in time! Ok, so they were a bit wonky, and one had a slight hole in the stitching, but the boys seemed pretty happy! 🙂

Don’t they look Dapper!

Royal ascot itself was a brilliant day. Ash didn’t join me as he doesn’t really agree with or like horse racing but i planned to meet him when we all got back.

I wore a white lace dress with a black jacket (which promptly came off as it was so warm) and some black wedges. I even wore a pretty little anklet which jingled when I walked, there was no losing me that day! I wish I had some better pictures but no one has uploaded theres onto facebook yet! Boo.

We got to the pub around half 8 and had breakfast, champagne and a good ol’ chat. Soon the coach arrived and we we’re off! Already a little tiddly, and with lots more alcohol to drink, it was unlikely we would end the day looking so refined.

When we got off the coach it was boiling hot! I am definitely glad I wasn’t wearing a shirt, girls definitely have it much easier in the hot weather at events like this.

We all slapped on the sunscreen and carried on having a good time. I betted on the horses with silly names but won nothing. Soon we ended up moving to the shade as it was so warm. We got a few ciders (for vast expense) and just chilled and chatted.

All too soon it was time to go home. As soon as I sat down on the bus I seemed to pass out and I slept for most of the journey home, waking up just as we were getting back.

Ash came to meet me but then everyone decided to go home anyway, as we were tired from a long day.

We got home and just cuddled up with some movies. The perfect end to a fun filled day! 🙂


A Busy Weekend!

Sorry for the brief absence, between long hours at work and being sociable I seem to have neglected my blog. I promise I made the most of my free time whilst I wasn’t updating though.

Wrapped up warm, eating chocolate!

Last weekend I met my sister on the southbank and went to a chocolate festival! There were so many stalls selling all kinds of chocolates! Gifts, snacks, quirky little things, big delicious things, solid things, liquid things. You name it, they had it (in chocolate at least).

I bought an amazing Lion shaped chocolate I just don’t dare eat (i will have to take a photo for you all to see!) and we bought a bag of flavoured chocolate lollypops.

 

Giant Chocolate Nougats

Emma and I then decided to retreat to the warmth of a pub and chat over a bottle of very tasty wine. Ash and my sisters boyfriend then met up with us for some lunch. Ash and Sam were men and had steaks, I had some delicious scampi. It was really nice, and the first time the four of us have done something together. The boys talked gaming and we all had a nice chat about TV shows we watched, soon though we had to leave. My sister had a party to go to and we’d invited some friends to a RollerDisco, the very same place Ash and I went on our first meeting.

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The Rollerdisco was brilliant as usual although we left earlier than I wanted, probably for the best as I had work the next morning. Again we didn’t dress up and again I wished I had! There were some truly awesome outfits, lots of flares, bright colours, super heros. My favourites by far were the group dressed as retro games. My two absolute favourites being Twister and the Rubix Cube.

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This girl had made a very pretty dress out of twister fabric. It was simple but it didn’t need anything else. She also wore a Twister board on her head, very creative although it looked a bit like she had just graduated!

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Rubix Cube

This outfit was just so quirky and brilliant I couldn’t resist a sneaky shot! I wussed out at actually going up to the girl and getting a picture with her though, kinda wish I had now. She wore a Rubix Cube on her head and had a matching handbag. Her dress was a retro, colour block number and was pretty stylish as well is fitting in with her theme! I think I might have to steal this in future, i just loved it! She looked fab!

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‘Till next time!


A Late Valentines

I wish I could say that this was the outfit I wore for my Valentines date, but unfortunately not.

Any lookbookers? Click the picture to see my ‘Valentines’ look.

I didn’t get to spend valentines with my boyfriend as I was working a 10 1/2 hour shift! Luckily I’m not a big fan of Valentines day, personally I see as just a day for all the rubbish boyfriends to buy cheap tat to try and prove their failing love. If I want a guy to romance me I don’t want him to do it because he was told to!

Still, I decided to buy us the 2 for £20 meal deal from Marks and Spencers for when I got home, Ash had been wanting to eat steak for a while and it was such a good deal I couldn’t resist!

Luckily I went in early, things like this always sell out. When I passed the M&S later on there was a massive queue of cars coming out of the entrance. I definitely made the right move to go early!

Unfortunately the Wetherspoons I work in also had a Valentines deal on. I knew it would be busy but I didn’t actually realise how busy we would be.

It was absolute mayhem all night. Luckily we had one extra staff member as a girl didn’t realise her shift had been changed and turned up. She regretted it soon enough.

To put this all in perspective for you, a £300 hour is super busy for us, as in the bar will be full (sometimes 2 or 3 people deep) and we’ll be so rushed off our feet we don’t have time to wash any glasses, tidy up the bar or floor, or generally do anything other than serve.

We managed a £340 hour JUST ON FOOD. It was horrible. We ran out of the Steaks, a curry, cheesecake and all but our red wine from the deal around 7pm. This left 3 hours of serving (including a booking for 18 people) with a very limited menu. The managers did everything they could to help the irate customers, (although most were still in good spirits) and we did somehow manage to keep serving until 10.

Matters weren’t helped when customers kept moving seats and not telling us where so that we didn’t know where the meals were going. Near the end of the night a gentleman came and told us he was moving tables, we about nearly hugged the guy right then and there! He was definitely the favourite customer of the evening, I kinda wish we could have given him free dessert or coffee or something! (But that’s out of my control)

I was so knackered when I home that I actually found it hard to eat this delicious menu that Ash cooked in time for my arrival. Some how I managed it though and it really was superb!

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For starters I know Ash loves his salmon, so I managed to find these strange salmon things in the offer. Apparently they were a pea, spinach and wasabi mousse topped with Creme Fraiche and smoked salmon pieces. I was a bit dubious about them, mainly because I had no idea what they could taste like, but oh wow we’re they good. Extremely fishy and creamy. Absolutely delicious! Unfortunately I was struggling in my tired state and gave my last couple of mouthfuls to Ash.

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For the mains we had steak, I think the starter had woken me up a bit my this point (first thing I’d eaten for quite a while) and so was able to manage this course. Ash has been complaining for so long about having steak so it had to be done! I got these Rump Steaks with Peppercorn Sauce and a side of Gastropub Chunky Chips. First off, the chips were fantastically chunky. Light and fluffy on the inside, crunchy on the outside! Perfect! The steaks were also delicious! Ash cooked them to perfection! They were so tender and moist, it’s actually making my mouth water thinking about them!

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Unfortunately I did learn that I dislike Peppercorn sauce. It’s just far too peppery! I”m not a big fan of pepper anyway (I know, what did I expect?!), but this was just horrible! I ended up scraping it off my meat so that I could taste it! It is a very overpowering sauce. However I don’t believe that was anything to do with M&S, I doubt I’d like any kind of peppercorn sauce!

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For pudding I bought us these Milk Chocolate and Praline Pyramids. Chocolate mousse with a blob of praline cream in the middle, sat on a praline wafer base and topped with some Dark chocolate.

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We didn’t actually eat these until the day after, but they were so yummy (although a little sickly)! It was delicious! Wonderfully smooth and chocolately, just what I needed!

I still haven’t even drunk my wine (I chose Petit Chablis as it was the most expensive wine that wasn’t a red) or eaten the little heart shape chocolates that came with the deal as well! I look forward to those.

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Straight after our meal I fell asleep. I was so tired there was no keeping me up.

We decided that we hadn’t really seen much of each other and so yesterday decided to go on a nice little date together. We had a lovely meal at a local Harvester and spent some quality couple time together. It really was very nice.

I wore my new cape, Ash’s favourite dress to see me in and even did my nails all valentinesy!

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Today I have another 12 hours of work, tomorrow I have an even longer shift! At least I have my pretty nails to keep me happy…

This really is getting too tiring, I just want to sew!!

Hopefully I will be able to update again soon!

Until next time!

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A little bit of drama…

Pretty Smiles!

A lot has happened since my last post…I’m definitely managing to live my life to the full, only hopefully i wont create a bad name for myself.

This wasn't such a good idea...

Sunday night a guy came over for a few films. Unfortunately he’s a friends ex and she got word that he’d stayed over.  It’s not like i’m getting with him or anything, he’s not exactly my type. She came up to me last night and started having a go at me because you ‘never get with a friends ex’. Personally i’ve never understood that rule, i mean Ok if they’re like your best friend and theres a lot of animosity between them and the guy, but seriously, i barely talk to this girl anyway. I really felt like i was back in secondary school again. Surely if two people fall for each other then no-ones got a right to break them apart. I would never dream telling the Ex’s new girlfriend (who was kind of a friend) to back off despite how much they’ve hurt me, i don’t have that right. Nobody does.

Boob is trying to escape...

Yesterday was average, just at uni doing uni things. Then i went out to party. Unfortunately i was on wine, which i’ve figured really does not end well. I barely remember anything, and the things i do remember are really fuzzy.  I did how ever manage to get with a guy i’d been talking to all winter. I hope he’s not just after one thing as i actually think i could really like him. I guess i’ll find out.

Today has been a typical hangover day. Didn’t get up till late, didn’t get dressed for quite a while, failed at doing any work in the library. Now i’m having to quickly do 1000 words for our Choreography Proposal which needs to be handed in tomorrow. I’m so tired it’s likely to be crap, but oh well. I don’t think it goes towards my grade. Lets hope not anyway.

Better actually get on and write this proposal so i can go to bed.

It is going to be so hard to get up for a 9 O’clock tomorrow.

Stay happy!