A Greek holiday to Ixia in Rhodes
A couple of weeks ago I headed on the first summertime ‘package’ holiday I’ve been on in years! We headed to Ixia in Rhodes, Greece and stayed at the very cute Hotel Nathalie. It was incredibly hot whilst we were there, with one day hitting a massive 44 degrees in the shade, so being a bit lazy was the order of the holiday! We did however visit Rhodes town on a few of the days and joined an excursion to historic Lindos also.
We opted for bed & breakfast so we could indulge in some Greek cuisine, which was new to me as I usually go for all-inclusive breaks and I was concerned about the cost of food and drink. Luckily, food and drink is incredibly cheap in Greece so I needn’t have worried, and we enjoyed some very delicious meals – my favourite, surprisingly, coming from a Chinese restaurant not far from our hotel!
Bikini from George at ASDA
Have you visited Rhodes before? Are you heading on a summer holiday this year?
Whilst the best things come in small packages, sometimes you just want to give the illusion that you’re a little bit – well – bigger! It’s well known that if you want to lengthen your torso, legs or body that clothing with stripes that go up and down (or top to bottom, however you look at it) will give the illusion that you’re taller. If you have a petite frame and you’re looking to add some items to your wardrobe that will have you looking longer then the below items from Topshop’s petite fit range may be just what you’re after…
Torso Lengthening Dresses for Petites
First up and perfect for wearing to work or out for casual drinks is this Patch Pocket Midi Dress (£55), whilst usually midi length skirts can make you look shorter, on this dress the tie around the waist works with the black and white stripes to give the illusion of longer legs. You could even get away with wearing a pair of flat sandals and still have your legs look like they go on for miles!
This Cami Mini Dress (£42) is the perfect summer dress. The lengthening stripes automatically make your torso look longer, and as it’s a mini dress the hem will sit above the knee – meaning there’s nothing cutting across your shin or knees which can make legs look shorter. Wear this with a pair of heeled sandals and your legs will look endless!
Not only will the stripes on this Airtex Stripe Dress (£55) give the illusion that you’re taller and the cinched waist will again give the illusion of lengthened legs, but the stripes around the bust will *ahem* enhance the assets of even the most flat-chested of us.
These are just three of my favourites from the current range at Topshop Petite that are perfect for giving us shorter-ladies the illusion that we’re longer than we really are. Do you have any tips on dressing to make yourself look longer? Which of these dresses are your favourite?
The Perfect Summer Body Care Range – The Body Shop’s Pinita Colada
Is there anything better than that summertime holiday smell? You know the one; smells of coconuts and pineapples that makes you long to be on a sun lounger somewhere exotic? For their newest collection, The Body Shop have done the wonderful and have bottled up this exact smell. Last week I went along to their Liverpool One store to try out the range, appropriately named Pinita Colada.
The range includes a body sorbet, body wash, body butter and exfoliating scrub. The exfoliating scrub is blended with pieces of coconut for a very natural exfoliation; perfect for keeping your tan in tip top shape this summer without being too harsh! The shower gel is lovely and light; perfect for a quick shower after a day in the sunshine before heading out for drinks. The sorbet is a light and gives skin a refreshing boost of moisture that sinks into the skin quickly. I don’t need to say much about the pinita colada body butter really, do I? It’s as fabulous as each of the other body butters in the range, but with the fabulously tropical pinita colada scent giving you a boost of moisture that we all need at this time of year!
If this range sounds right up your street then head over to The Body Shop’s website to buy – I know what range I’ll be using this summer!
Traditional Afternoon Tea in Liverpool at The Tea Parlour
I don’t know about you, but sometimes there is nothing better than a cake and a brew. As nice as a shop-bought cake and a cup of Yorkshire Gold is however, every now and again the occasion calls for something a little more.
I’m heading back quite a few months now to January (so, um, quite a late write up…) when the call for a good brew and cake was certainly there (for the lovely Jackie
‘s birthday no-less) but the occasion, obviously, called for something a little more than an hour people watching at Starbucks. So arranged by Hannah
, myself, Sarah
and of course, Jackie headed off to The Tea Parlour
for a spot of afternoon tea.
The Tea Parlour is hidden away behind a red door on Liverpool’s famous Matthew Street and afternoon tea is available from Tuesday – Sunday. We visited on a particularly dreary, drizzly Sunday afternoon and entering through that red door was like entering into a little slice of heaven. The smell of freshly baked cakes that greeted us as we pushed down our umbrellas was an absolute treat and as the Tea Parlour shares it’s entrance with an art gallery, there was a number of interesting paintings and portraits on the wall to guide us on our way along the corridor and up the stairs to our afternoon tea. Being in The Tea Parlour is quite literally like entering another world. The decor is ornate and a piano player provides the background music which perfectly adds to the rooms ambience.
We were greeted by an incredibly friendly member of the Tea Parlour team who took mine and Hannah’s coats (we got there first) before taking us to our table and getting us a glass of elderflower water (yum!) Once Jackie and Sarah arrived, the afternoon tea was explained to us; we could choose from earl grey or english breakfast tea and we would receive three sandwiches each as standard (cucumber, egg & cress and ham) and we could choose a fourth of either beef or salmon and cream cheese. We would also have two scones each; a plain and a fruit and a selection of cakes. The cake stands were shared between two, and the servings were incredibly generous. The sandwiches were small but not too dainty, there was an incredible selection of cakes and the scones were oh-my-good-lord-please-let-me-have-twelve delicious. The cake serving was actually so generous that we each ended up taking home a box of leftover cakes (side story: my leftover cake box which was safely sat in the passenger seat unfortunately got into a bit of trouble on the road when I had to emergency stop… I will from now on be sure to put a seatbelt on any cake boxes I have as passengers.)
I would highly recommend The Tea Parlour
for anyone on the lookout for a special way to spend an afternoon in Liverpool. Prices are reasonable (£20 for their traditional afternoon tea), tea is plentiful and the food is glorious. The Tea Parlour also cater to a variety of diets (vegan, gluten free, vegetarian? No problem) and the parlour can be booked for private hire and special occasions.
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