Tuesday, 29 December 2015

2016 NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS //


So I crossed off a fair few things on last year's resolutions list - have a read here - and I love being able to recap the things I've achieved over the last year. There's so many more things I want to do in 2016 and here's a few of them. If I write it down and showcase them to you lot, I'm more obliged to do them, right?!


- Finish my ETM course
Need to allocate more study time to this and get it out of the way so I can start teaching!

- See more of the world
I've a couple of travel plans for 2016 but the more the merrier.

- Earn money through freelancing
Either as a designer, a dance instructor or blogging. Y'know just, more money and experience please.

- Build a capsule wardrobe
Blah, blah, generic blogger goal but seriously, I need to sort this out. Tips welcome!

- Decorate
We can finally start making the flat exactly how we want it. We need a LOT of white paint.

- Make the most of my time
This doesn't mean I'm going to cancel ALL Netflix marathons but I do want to start doing more with my time and making it count. Probably towards completing the rest of these resolutions.

- Meet my Goodreads challenge goal
I am terrible at this. I need to read at least 30 books this year. Minimum.

- Drive
I passed my test four years ago and I'm terrified of driving. I don't need to drive but it would make seeing friends and family much easier for me, so I'd love to get over this!


What are your resolutions for 2016?

leanne

x


Friday, 25 December 2015

TASTE COCKTAILS //


I'm no stranger to a good cocktail or ten so when Taste Cocktails sent me their espresso martini kit, Christmas Eve seemed the perfect afternoon to try it out.

Espresso cocktails are a huge trend at the minute and I've not yet jumped on the bandwagon, so I was excited to give it a go. We grabbed all our ingredients (note: cocktail shaker and coffee is NOT included) and put our mixing skills to the test. There's a number of cocktail mixtures to try using the liqueurs in the kit and don't forget the ice!



This kit is a really easy way of creating a few great cocktails without the price tag of purchasing all your own alcohol and leaving the bottles at the back of the cupboard for the remainder of the year. Come on, we all have that bottle of martini/whisky/baileys that we bought to experiment with four Christmases ago, right?

We decided on creating the classic 'Espresso Martini' and a long 'Toasted Almond' for our celebrations. Surprisingly, you don't need espresso freshly brewed from a fancy machine to create a fab cocktail. Instant coffee works just fine (although I'll be testing my mum's brand new Nespresso alongside Taste Cocktail kit later in the season, for sure!)

Mix some instant with 25ml of water per cocktail and follow the simple steps. Hot coffee dilutes the ice and creates the perfect taste. We even frosted the rim of the martini glasses using the frangelico liqueur then dipping it in sugar; just call me a mixologist extraordinaire (insert sassy emoji here).




Taste Cocktail kits make a really great gift for a loved one who are partial to a well made cocktail. I'll definitely be whipping out a cocktail kit in the run up to New Year and keep these in mind for birthday's and dinner dates with friends over 2016.

Check out their range of cocktail kits on the website here and get creative (and a bit tipsy).
I even left a martini out for Santa ;)

What's your favourite cocktail?

leanne

x



This post features products sent to me for review. All opinions are my own.
Please remember to drink responsibly!

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

M&Co FASHION // LEARNING THE CHARLESTON


M&Co have launched their new line of party dresses for Christmas and they're not your average glitter gown. Using the 20's 'flapper girl' as inspiration, they have a beautiful selection of fringed dresses to suit many shapes and sizes. 

Myself and some lovely bloggers were kindly invited to a workshop where we got the opportunity try on some of the new range and wait for it... learn the charleston. I love dancing and I particularly love trying something completely new, so armed with feather boas and tassels galore, we all lined up ready to go.



t-shirt - primark // shoes - m&co

Katie from The Dance Studio in Leeds was our wonderful instructor for the night and had such a huge amount of positive energy, it wasn't long before we were all laughing out loud at moves such as 'the scarecrow' and shimmying ourselves silly.

Mastering the 'twist' wasn't as easy as we'd anticipated but after letting my hair down a bit (not literally, that'd be impractical) I was twisting with the best of them. So much so, that I was given a certificate for 'Most Promising Dancer' at the end of the class, how lovely! Eat your heart out, Bugsy Malone. I have to thank Jenna, my wonderfully hilarious partner in crime with spirit fingers and probably also Primark - for the very apt, fringed t-shirt that might just have swung the award my way.

The beautiful Kristina showing how the 20s style should be done!

All the dresses were gorgeous and wearing them makes you want to shimmy in a spotlight constantly. My favourite is the blue ombre number which can be found here. I grabbed one of the black, jewelled pieces in my size and with the stretchy material and glam feel, I guarantee it's the kind of party dress you'll be out till the early hours in (assuming you're also wearing comfy shoes). 

Huge thanks to Jennie for the invite and Katie for being a fabulous instructor and incredibly patient with a giggly group of dancers bloggers. By far one of the most unique events I've been to!

Have a look at the whole range of dresses here and if you fancy learning a new style of dance yourself? The Dance Studio timetable is on their website.

So tempted to try pole dancing next!

leanne

x