Hey Little Cupcake Manchester

Hey Little Cupcake and The Hut


thehutxheylittlecupcake-1 There are a few things in life that you just don’t turn down; a brew and the opportunity to spend an evening surrounded by cake. A few weeks ago I received an invitation to join The Hut at Hey Little Cupcake in Manchester for a cake decorating class and you can bet your sweet-behind I said yes!

Hey Little Cupcake is an adorable little cafe in Spinningfields and if you’ve never been before I highly recommend taking a visit. The smell of freshly baked cakes that greeted me when I opened the door was incredible and it has the sweetest decor. Our decorating class was ran by head baker Sean who showed us how to create little roses out of icing as well as how to hollow out cakes to put in fillings and how to properly use an icing bag! My first rose was an absolute fail (I am not a cake decorating natural) but Sean very kindly let me have the rose he’d made to show us what to do.

It was quite an intimate event, which meant it was lovely to have a nice chat and giggle with everyone whilst we learnt how to decorate our cupcakes from the master, Sean. The thought behind the event was that a cake decorating class would be something that customers of The Hut would like to do and I can confirm – it was an absolutely lovely way to spend an evening!

Thank you so much to Lily from The Hut who invited me along and for Sean for being a fabulous teacher – I’ll be putting roses on my cupcakes forevermore!

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Brantano stores up and down the country will be opening their doors on Friday, September 30 from 9am with shoppers invited to chomp down on delicious cake and gulp down refreshing drinks for Macmillan’s Biggest Coffee Morning.

Brantano aims to raise £40,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support, its chosen charity for this year, so make sure if you’re near a Brantano store tomorrow you pop in for a brew whilst you’re looking at shoes! Shoes, coffee, cake and helping charity – could there be a better way to spend a Friday morning?

The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is hosted by charity Macmillan Cancer Support. Last year’s event raised £25 million.

MDMflow x Beauty Bazaar

MDMflow Liquid Lipsticks

MDMflow Harvey Nichols

MDMflow Lipstick Making Liverpool Bloggers

Making Beautiful Lipsticks with MDMflow

The Saturday before last I was invited by Liberty at MDMflow to the launch party of the brand at Harvey Nichols Beauty Bazaar in Liverpool. The event began with a glass of prosecco and involved a Q&A with founder, Florence, and live lipstick making.

We were able to have a look around the collection of MDMflow lipsticks before being being invited to watch as Florence started her lipstick making masterclass. I’ve never seen lipstick being made before and I have to say, it was an amazing experience! Florence showed us her lipstick making process step-by-step; from melting the lipstick base and adding the colour pigments and scent to setting the lipstick before fixing them to the golden MDMflow bullet. Needless to say, we each watched in awe every step as Florence made a nude (named ‘Snog a Blogger’) and an amazing sparkly pink (‘Unicorn Barbie’).

If there is any better way to spend a Saturday afternoon than with a glass of fizz, lipstick and fellow bloggers then I’m not too sure what it is to be honest! A huge thank you to Liberty, Florence and the MDMflow team for inviting me to a fabulous launch event. You can find out more about MDMflow – and shop the range – on their website.

When it comes to spring and summer, it’s all about floral and pastel dresses that compliment a tan and are floaty enough to help keep you cool. With the seasonal shift comes a change in dress styles on the high street; florals are swapped for lace and pastels make the change to shades much deeper on the colour spectrum. The below three going out dresses are from the Quiz clothing autumn/winter 2016 collection and are perfect for any autumnal events right through to Christmas parties.

Going Out Dresses from Quiz Clothing

Berry and Black Frill Shoulder Bodycon Dress – £22.99 // Navy & Cream Crochet Trim Two Layer Dress – £24.99 // Grey Glitter Lace Sweetheart Neck Skater Dress – £34.99

The berry bodycon dress would look perfect with black accessories for an evening of drinks – a black clutch and black heels are all you’d need as the frill adds some excitement without having to go over the top with accessories. The navy crochet trim dress is perfect for any work Christmas parties (there I go with the ‘C’ word again… sorry!) with cream accessories. The grey glitter lace dress is my favourite of the three, I just love adding some sparkle to my wardrobe when it comes to autumn/winter dresses!

Harry Potter Studio Tour Bus Watford Junction

Hogwarts Castle Model Studio Tour

Like many a muggle, I’m forever in a state of devastation when I realise that my letter to Hogwarts will probably never arrive and I’m unlikely to be headhunted to become digital marketing manager at the Ministry of Magic. Sigh. So, you can imagine my disbelief when on the 24th August 2016 – my 25th birthday – I received my letter from Hogwarts. A mere fourteen years late. The letter may have been fabricated by my boyfriend and arrived via Ford Fiesta rather than owl, but it was there and I was to be heading to Hogwarts.

The letter was still not my actual Hogwarts acceptance letter but it was a letter inviting me to (finally) visit the Harry Potter studio tour and to have breakfast at Hogwarts for my birthday!

I’ve wanted to visit the Warner Brothers Studio Tour ever since it opened all those years ago, but have never had the chance to visit. Every time they’ve had a special event on (especially their Valentine’s meal) I’ve been desperate to go, so when I saw they were hosting Breakfast At Hogwarts on two select dates in August I got incredibly excited. Unfortunately with only 300 guests being able to go to each event, by the time I got to the site and told my boyfriend about it, the tickets had all sold out! As it turned out, sneaky Lee had already called up and booked tickets for us. Boyfriend points right there.

Breakfast at Hogwarts: The Breakfast

Breakfast at Hogwarts Castle Model

The event was fantastic, we arrived at the studio early (at 8:30am) to register – and for me to get an ‘It’s My Birthday’ badge! – before heading in for breakfast. Breakfast was served around the amazing Hogwarts castle model canape-style including little pots of yoghurt and compote, fruit kebabs, bacon/sausage rolls, hash browns and pastries amongst others. Drinks were tea/coffee or bucks fizz. Obviously, being my birthday, I indulged in a few glasses of bucks fizz. The atmosphere was lovely, with music playing in the background and the lighting being used to represent dawn breaking over the castle.

After breakfast we were taken in groups to begin the studio tour. I was very glad to be in the last group so we could fully enjoy the atmosphere and experience of breakfast around Hogwarts. When we entered the tour, the Great Hall was set up for breakfast with toast and boxes of Pixie Puffs and Cheeri Owls on the tables. We got to take a photo of us having breakfast at Hogwarts with a Hufflepuff and Slytherin student – of course I went for the Slytherin side of the breakfast table.

After our photo-op we were able to enjoy the rest of the studio tour, which took us a good three and a half hours to walk around. I won’t go into too much detail, because I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone but it is just amazing. Even Lee who isn’t too familiar with Harry Potter loved it!

Breakfast at Hogwarts was a special event but you can find out more about it on the Warner Brothers Studio Tour website here.

Breakfast at Hogwarts Castle Model