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Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Holland & Barrett Slumber Party

Holland & Barrett Slumber Party

If you follow my Instagram or my Twitter account, you might have seen that I spent all of last weekend spamming your feeds with photos of my trip to Manchester with Holland & Barrett. It was a a weekend of firsts for me; having never been to Manchester nor a blogger event before, I decided to propel one stone at two birds and say yes to doing both in one go. I would also like to apologise in advance for how blurry all of the photos are from this trip.

The Midland Hotel, Manchester
The Midland Hotel, Manchester

Holland & Barrett invited myself and five other bloggers to stay at The Midland Hotel in Manchester to indulge in a little pampering and delicious food. Upon arrival we were treated to a selection of Holland & Barrett goodies and there seemed to be a definite lavender theme, what with the lavender oillavender and rosemary soap and lavender Scentchips. Out of the non-lavender-related products, I'm looking forward to giving the argan oil shampoo a go and letting you know my thoughts in a few weeks, and the same goes for the Cocowhite. I am very curious about this stuff. One of my friends is obsessed with swilling her mouth out with coconut oil and has been haranguing me to try it for ages. Helen, I've got no excuses left so I hope you're happy now.


After settling in we made our way down to the hotel's spa for some arm and hand massages. No photos of this I'm afraid because A) I was in zen mode and B) it was black as night down there. Afterwards, feeling very chilled and content, a few of us headed into the city so us Manc-virgins could see the sights. ('The sights' being the insides of Boots and Selfridges. Very nice. Highly recommend them.)



There was just enough time for a blurry mirror selfie.


Then came the purpose of the trip: eating food. Holland & Barrett ain't just your number one stop for picking up your vitamins and minerals; it turns out you can make a feast out of the products Holland & Barrett's got on offer, and that's exactly what we got to experience. For my starter I had the honey baked feta with pistachio kernels, barley grass powder and almond butter. Why has no one told me about the magic that comes from combining feta and almond butter? For my main, I had my favourite unpronounceable whole food (qui-no-ah? key-nwah?) served with duck and pumpkin seeds. Whenever I try and cook quinoa it either ends up looking like soup or a blackened, hardened pancake, so it was nice to eat some that was made by an actually competent chef. Turns out it tastes pretty bloody good. We were all rammed full of what we'd eaten by this point, but, being polite guests, we couldn't refuse dessert, which was a delicious green tea and ginger cheesecake. This was actually made using the Clipper green tea we were given as part of our goody bags, as well as with crystallised coconut nectar and crystallised ginger.


It was an amazing weekend and I loved every moment. I was already a Holland & Barrett fan - their herbal teas, particularly Higher Living's Green Tea Chai, are so, so good - but this weekend made me love 'em even more. Now I only wish I was a better cook.


P.S. Go check out the blogs of the lovely girls I spent the weekend with:
Sarah  from Temporary Secretary, Sindy from Article 21, Siobhan from A Girl & A Beauty Blog, Laurie from Laurie Elle & Wande from Wande's World.


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Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Holland & Barrett Slumber Party

Holland & Barrett Slumber Party

If you follow my Instagram or my Twitter account, you might have seen that I spent all of last weekend spamming your feeds with photos of my trip to Manchester with Holland & Barrett. It was a a weekend of firsts for me; having never been to Manchester nor a blogger event before, I decided to propel one stone at two birds and say yes to doing both in one go. I would also like to apologise in advance for how blurry all of the photos are from this trip.

The Midland Hotel, Manchester
The Midland Hotel, Manchester

Holland & Barrett invited myself and five other bloggers to stay at The Midland Hotel in Manchester to indulge in a little pampering and delicious food. Upon arrival we were treated to a selection of Holland & Barrett goodies and there seemed to be a definite lavender theme, what with the lavender oillavender and rosemary soap and lavender Scentchips. Out of the non-lavender-related products, I'm looking forward to giving the argan oil shampoo a go and letting you know my thoughts in a few weeks, and the same goes for the Cocowhite. I am very curious about this stuff. One of my friends is obsessed with swilling her mouth out with coconut oil and has been haranguing me to try it for ages. Helen, I've got no excuses left so I hope you're happy now.


After settling in we made our way down to the hotel's spa for some arm and hand massages. No photos of this I'm afraid because A) I was in zen mode and B) it was black as night down there. Afterwards, feeling very chilled and content, a few of us headed into the city so us Manc-virgins could see the sights. ('The sights' being the insides of Boots and Selfridges. Very nice. Highly recommend them.)



There was just enough time for a blurry mirror selfie.


Then came the purpose of the trip: eating food. Holland & Barrett ain't just your number one stop for picking up your vitamins and minerals; it turns out you can make a feast out of the products Holland & Barrett's got on offer, and that's exactly what we got to experience. For my starter I had the honey baked feta with pistachio kernels, barley grass powder and almond butter. Why has no one told me about the magic that comes from combining feta and almond butter? For my main, I had my favourite unpronounceable whole food (qui-no-ah? key-nwah?) served with duck and pumpkin seeds. Whenever I try and cook quinoa it either ends up looking like soup or a blackened, hardened pancake, so it was nice to eat some that was made by an actually competent chef. Turns out it tastes pretty bloody good. We were all rammed full of what we'd eaten by this point, but, being polite guests, we couldn't refuse dessert, which was a delicious green tea and ginger cheesecake. This was actually made using the Clipper green tea we were given as part of our goody bags, as well as with crystallised coconut nectar and crystallised ginger.


It was an amazing weekend and I loved every moment. I was already a Holland & Barrett fan - their herbal teas, particularly Higher Living's Green Tea Chai, are so, so good - but this weekend made me love 'em even more. Now I only wish I was a better cook.


P.S. Go check out the blogs of the lovely girls I spent the weekend with:
Sarah  from Temporary Secretary, Sindy from Article 21, Siobhan from A Girl & A Beauty Blog, Laurie from Laurie Elle & Wande from Wande's World.


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