360 Champagne and Cocktail Bar – A people-watcher’s paradise

Intu Lakeside. It’s the Essex girl’s mecca. One of first out of town shopping centres (opening in 1988) and something of a precursor to Westfield, I haven’t needed much of an incentive to “go dahn Lakeside babe” for, like, the last 20 years.

But if you have fallen out of love with the Thurrock mall, well, the arrival of the 360 Champagne and Cocktail Bar will iron you right out.

Sat right in the centre of the shopping centre (by the lifts) it’s not easy to miss. And you shouldn’t.

Katy Pearson - 360 Lakeside

It’s a cocktail. In a coconut. With candy floss popping out of it

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Marvellous Moddershall

I am firmly of the belief that, in life, there are two types of spa guests.

There are those for whom a trip to a spa is a chance to be super-healthy. They crave foul-looking smoothies full of super-foods, want to be bullied into new healthy regimes, measuring the success of their mini-break in inches and/or lbs lost.

And there are those, like me, for whom a spa trip is all about indulgence. Continue reading

All you need is…

There is A LOT of affirmation wall art around at the moment. And I’m as susceptible to a good one as the next person. (In fact, a cursory glance around my lounge/diner – where I am sat typing this – reveals that I have no less than three different types of affirmation art within reading distance.)

And while there is an argument that one can overdo it with the affirmations, I spotted this one today in Flutterbyes, Lakeside, and it made me smile. So I thought it only fair to share… (This one is £19.95 by the way…)

Affirmation wall art

Very true, I reckon…

Cocktails at TESCO?! Yes really…

So supermarkets. They haven’t exactly been the first word in glamour over the years, have they?

They’re cold (damn those fridge and freezer aisles), vast (just how many different types of toilet cleaner do you need?!) and you ALWAYS end up pushing a trolley with a wheel that’s having its own little party.

Safe to say, I don’t exactly relish doing our weekly shop.

But yesterday, things changed a little.

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