What is better for a sunny Sunday afternoon than a market? In this case, it is my local market that often pops up the The Square for no reason what's so ever, and no warning at all. So I thought I would take you around with me, and show you all that I found.
Now the first stall that me and Geran stumbled across was the pastry stall, and I have to say that it was such food porn! It was set out like a pick and mix, but with pastry and all you had to do was grab a bag and get carried away with choosing food. Of course me and Geran dug in, and I fell in love with the lemon stuffed croissant.
The next stall that we stumbled across was the organic soap stand. I can't explain to you how many different soaps and bars there were, and how amazing they smelt. Each one had a different colour and smell, and some smelt so good you could eat them! Me and Geran were oddly fascinated with the scrubber and couldn't help standing and squeezing it for ten minutes to the strange looks of other customers.
The next stall was a home-made toiletry stand, and I cannot explain to you how many soaps and bottle cascaded the shelves with the most sultry scents. One for every occasion. Me and Geran fell in love with the natural scrubber and almost cried when we noticed the price. I wanted twelve of them!
Now the food that was being cooked and served was all served in big pans, sizzling happily away in front of you. Everything from Thai to Indian to Crepes, they truly had everything. Walking past each stall set your stomach rumbling, especially the hog roast! It was an entire pig, and the lovely man offered everyone a free sample which of course I couldn't resist!
The next stall that I fell in love with was the home and wear mis match, and it had such a cute vintage vibe. The jewellery stands were separate to the home ware but they were so unique and full of oddities that I had to include them! If you are anything like me then you love to stand there and look through all the earrings and necklaces, fall in love with them and then see the price and run far far away. I adored the mugs and as an Elephant is my favourite animal, I made a small yelp at the sight of these statues.
On the handbag stall I fell in love with this little critter which is a coin purse. I imagine his name is Harold and he has lived a troubled life. Don't ask me why, but I name every animal I see old man names.
Now to my favourite stand of all. The stand fall of everything wooden, natural and smells like incense. I fall in love with these stalls and shops everywhere I go, and I always have to collect a wooden cat ring holder each time I visit. (Geran brought me the black and white spotty one you can see on a photo below). I of course fell in love with all of the elephants, and the metal bangle was gorgeous!
I adore all of the wooden figures, and intricate designs. A true rummage stall.
Now I was ready to go for a cup of tea at this point, as the weather couldn't make up it's mind whether it was raining or not when I stumbled across the stall below with the biggest strawberry cables I have ever seen! Not to mention the flumps! To some of you this must be completely boring, but I really am a child in a candy store so these fascinated me.
The only way to end a happy Sunday relaxing, is with a nice cup of tea. This time, we decided to visit one of our favourite coffee shops called Off The Square to have a pot of tea. I adore the funky looking teapots and the plant pot looking cups, not to mention that they do a wonderful pot of tea.
And of course the obligatory selfies however today it is a no makeup selfie due to my skin just not behaving today!
What are you doing this Sunday?
Much love x
Another day, and another follow me around. This time - Birmingham.
Due to my iPhone 5 deciding that it liked to make music by loosening the camera so it sounded like a Lego brick was clunking around inside, and that Siri decided to chat to me of her own accord at three in the morning, me and Geran made the decision to take it to an Apple store.
Well, lucky for me, we don't have an Apple store in Shrewsbury, so off to Birmingham we trotted. Other than the hour and a half long wait in the Apple store, (We were however served by a lovely young man who couldn't do any more to help us) we decided to make a day of it, so I thought I would bring you guys along!
This may seem familiar, but this is a common sight to me on a train ride. Everytime that I go for a journey, there are two drinks that I have to consume... That made me sound like a monster needing to consume darkness but just wait until they have run out... Monster unleashed!
Nothing can beat a cup of tea, and the Naked Juice, is one of the nicest drinks I have ever tasted. It may look like dirty toilet water, but it has nothing but pure fruit and vegetables. Nothing else. Even Geran decided to give it a go after all of the yummy noises I make when drinking it.
So, one of the first things that me and Geran did after visiting the Apple store, was go for a wander. Every time that me and Geran visit Birmingham we tend to do all of the mainstream shops and end up hot, bothered and bashed by crowds, so this time we decided to do the outskirts and take it easy.
One of the first little places we found was this gorgeous little shopping strip. Just a row of shops that are full of unique and kooky places which I adore. The outside alone was beautiful and full of art.
The first shop that drew my attention was a small vintage shop that was full of all things peculiar and white washed furniture which I adore. The Alice in Wonderland teapots are on my official wish list. BONUS GAME *** Spot the Geran in the mirrors whenever I tried to take a photo.
Now, the next shop isn't for everybody but definantly my style. I love all things kooky, and different and these are no exception. Irregular Choice is the best shoe shop for all things...well...irregular! They have shoes with all different designs, heels and colours, and it is one of my personal aims to have a collection of these. Please excuse the window shots but I could resist taking thousands of photos.
My favourites have to be the unicorn heeled shoes, and the bride and groom. Which pair are your favourite?
Now we did have lunch, however I believe I stuffed it into my mouth before I even whipped out my camera, and I doubted that you would like to see the crumbs on the plate. However, if you are ever in Birmingham then find the Food Court which is next to one of the Waterstones. They serve the best Calzone, and I can't go anywhere else when my stomach has the rumbles only Calzones can satisfy.
Well, as my boyfriend is well known for being a massive technology nerd, our trip to Birmingham was no exception. Geran decided that he wanted to visit his old work place in a different town and eye up the Pebble smart watch he was after so off I (was dragged) went. The one thing that I will say for the Birmingham in CEX is that I love the design of the art work in the shop.
You can't run for so long on an empty stomach (And by that, I mean coffee) so we decided to find out way to the Cafe outside of the Oasis market, and on the way we found some amazing Graffiti. I have to say that I love the robots.
I had a normal Latte, and Geran had a Chai Latte and did more playing with the new toy, than drinking but I have to say that they were delicious. They came with little chocolates, that I saved for some reason and they melted in my bag. Please tell me that I am not the only one that squirrels away little packets of sugar and jam for no reason? Yes? Dam it.
So of course after we popped into the Oasis market afterwards, which again is a shop full of random goodies, and the smell of incense. I fell in love with the evil Skull bunny, and I spent around an hour staring at all of the gorgeous necklaces they have. I couldn't get any pictures of the jewellry though as I was getting strange looks from a lady stood next to me.
Now there are only a few places in the outskirts we could look through before the weather got the better of us so we decided to go closer to the town centre where we went into urban outfitters. They have some gorgeous items this time, as usually I am not too fond of their brand. They had a massive photo booth in the middle of the shop where customers could take their photo and stick it to the machine. They also had the best water bottle in the world which made me ridiculously happy.
Now of course I couldn't visit Birmingham without raiding the Make up counters of Sephora, and of course my favourite - superdrug and found some wonderful goodies which made me dribble all over the make up artists counter. I am convinced that's why they have tissue boxes around. Not for removing the product but to remove dribble from envious customers.
Of course here are some of my favourites - especially my benefit obsession.
However they did have a huuuuuuge Moschino teddy, that was twice the size of me to celebrate the release of their new scent which of course I stood sniffing over and over.
House of Fraser (Being right next to Superdrug) was of course the next stop for me where I found out that sparkly shoes are apparently the range at the moment, and that they have some of the cutest stationary that even Geran enjoyed rifling through.
And finally, the last thing that we did was look through the main shopping centre where we ooh'd and ahh'd at the Build a Bear Factory and I found the most kawaii stationary shop that ever lived. I can't for the life of me remember what the name of it was but if any of you know please tell me! There is a milk carton pencil case I must have in my life.
And of course the obligatory selfie of the day.
So there you have it! I apologise for the ridiculously long blog post, and photos galore but I hope you enjoyed following me around.
Where is your favourite place to go for a shopping spree?
Much love xx
Now, I won't claim that my life is very exciting, but IKEA? Now that is exciting! When I had the chance with work to visit IKEA, I jumped at the chance. Then I jumped into a van and headed off to Birmingham with my trusty companions.
Now, if none of you know what IKEA is, well, it's the homeware heaven for all of you out there, like me, who sit and dream of your perfect home. I swear that I spend all of my money on housewares and cosmetics. IKEA has all of it's furniture laid out like an already made home, and it feels as if you are wandering through someone else's home, and it is so big that you need a map to get around.
So, in my excitement I took hundreds of photos and I thought I would share it with you.
The weather was gorgeous, and even though we were on the motorway, I still enjoyed the journey. Of course there was the obligatory funny selfie moment, where I decided to document us all, and the fun that we were having in traffic.
We stumbled across this building, which fascinated me! It looks like a giant Rubix cube, and trust me, the photo does not show how big it is.
Then finally, after around an hour and a half, we arrived. Excuse the dodgy photo but it was through a van window (as I was excited and for some silly reason, I forgot to take a photo of it on the way in).
We arrived around lunchtime, and if any of you know about IKEA, the meatballs are famous. I didn't know this until I entered this massive eating hall full of tables, food and children covered in face paint from the overly friendly yellow and blue covered IKEA assistants. Upon grabbing a tray and queuing for the food, I realised why they are famous.
This, believe it or not, is a small portion. Geran had a large, and he had to use separate plates to have it all on his tray. I can't tell you how gorgeous this tasted, and even though it looks slightly strange, I can promise you that they are famous for a reason.
Now as there were no labels, or descriptions, I had no idea what desert I was choosing but I thought that chocolate was a safe bet. I couldn't be more right, as this chocolatey, creamy, crunchy goodness caused me to dribble after one bite. Geran's however, was not a safe bet.
Now we had not a clue what this was, but Geran is the biggest oddball, and of course chose this one. This dome was full of a light, fluffy cream that had hints of lemon with a little biscuit base. It reminded me of a tea cake, but swedish. It was amazing.
Now after food, we decided to go through all the ready made up rooms that they had, and I spent the entire time just dreaming, and wishing that all of these rooms were mine, and swearing to Geran that we will have a place like this. I may, or may not have tried to live in one of the rooms and got dragged out by Geran laughing. Here are some of my favourites - Have a flick through!
IKEA, being so well known, relies on the quality of their furniture so much so that they have a butt test. Oh yes, this machine you can see below "sits" on the chair hundreds of times a day to guarantee that the sofa will last. Which, of course I found hilarious.
Then once again, I found something else that made me cry with laughter. These mirrors reminded me of the hall of mirrors in fairgrounds and I stood giggling to everyone else's bemusement.
I of course could not resist buying some furniture and home items, so I will have a mini haul up soon with what I bought.
Well, I hope you have enjoyed looking around IKEA with me! What was your favourite room?