10 December 2014

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A year is never complete without an annual trip to what I always consider to be my second home - Sheffield. Sheffers. Sheffland. Whatever you want to call it, Sheffield has a very special place in my heart and I was very excited to go back! I drove up there, which I swore down I would never do in my life, but I did it... And I bloody hated it. Regardless of that, my first ever visit to Cocoa Wonderland was an absolute delight. The hot chocolates are SO rich and delicious, the brownies are yummy and I couldn't resist buying some truffles to bring home with me!

We stayed in the Hampton by Hilton Sheffield Hotel, which was just fab. It's really nice inside and the staff were very friendly which makes a nice change! They knew it was my birthday and I ended up chatting to one of the staff members about Sheffield in general, reminiscing about my favourite haunts!

One of my favourite restaurants in Sheffield is Antibo, an Italian restaurant. We tried to book it with my Tastecard but for some reason they decided to create their own rule and not accept it. That's a complaint for another day. I still really like this restaurant and the food was gorgeous. The cocktails went straight to my head though.

Before we left to go home, a trip wouldn't have been complete with going to Meadowhall. Annoyingly, we have recently been to Trafford Centre so Alex was comparing them and wasn't massively impressed... I just loved walking round, remembering my old work place and enjoying an Ed's Diner milkshake!


Another birthday tradition is going to Bicester Village with my mum, and this year I dragged Alex along to (well, he did say he'd buy me something)! Carluccios for breakfast, some shopping, and birthday cheesecake at Villandrys. Now, there's nothing exciting in that Le Creuset bag, unfortunately (I really wanted to buy a cast iron casserole dish but, instead, I bought a heat resistant pot holder. I KNOW RIGHT) but the Vivienne Westwood bag? Just you wait...




I do feel incredibly lucky to receive some lovely gifts from my family, boyfriend and friends. From the ghd Curve wave wand, tickets to watch One Man Breaking Bad (actually really excited about that), a lovely Pandora ring, beauty goodies from Laura Ashley and Elizabeth Arden, an Accessorize scarf, DKNY earrings and everything else in between, I just love everything and couldn't be more grateful.

As for the beautiful Vivienne Westwood bag at the top? All hail it and my mum who found it.




After Bicester Village, Alex cooked for me (which he is more than capable of doing, but he officially banned me from the kitchen that night. First time ever) and surprised me birthday cake!

We then went out to meet some of my amazing friends for a couple of cocktails. I never thought I would enjoy drinking a Pornstar Martini so much.


I'll be posting this outfit separately on another day, but a sneaky peak of what I wore during my birthday meal with all the family! Topshop strikes again. Can you tell I'm obsessed with the bag yet?

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