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THINGS TO DO IN & AROUND RUTLAND AT CHRISTMAS

20.11.16

Living in the country's smallest county, it can be difficult to find things to do with the family at Christmas time unless you constantly search through the local papers and magazines. With lots of village, pub and fair events taking part this festive season, I thought I'd list them all for you so you know exactly what's going on and when in and around Rutland this Christmas.

Find out what's Christmas related event are happening in and around our cute little county this Christmas.
November:

Wednesday 2nd November - Sunday 18th December
Serving Christmas Lunch and Afternoon Tea over the Christmas season.

Saturday 19th November - Saturday 24th December
Twinlakes transforms into all-things-Christmas with a magical Winter Wonderland with a grotto, sledging, gingerbread decoration, festive workshops, reindeer's, candy cane mazes and more!

Sunday 20th November
What's better than Christmas related food and drink? Enjoy Leicesters craft fair, workshops, concerts, music and more in the run up to Christmas with the decoration town centre and Town Hall square turned into a Winter Wonderland!

Thursday 24th November - Sunday 27th November
Gift galore at the Burghley House Christmas Fair, a fair of winter wonder!

Saturday 26th November - Friday 23rd December
When I visit Digby Farm it's officially Christmas in our house!
There's nothing better than tree day. Picking the perfect Christmas tree in the cold with the family followed by a browse around the Digby Farm Christmas Shop before the decorating begins.

Saturday 26th - Sunday 27th November
The stunning Victorian Hall hosts a Victorian Christmas fair and market.

Saturday 26th November

Magical Christmas Fair - Market Overton Bowls Club, LE15 8QZ
Saturday 26th November

Stamford Christmas Festival - Town Centre, Stamford
Sunday 27th November

December:

Thursday 1st December
Something for all the family with children's ice skating, face painting, dance shows, craft fair, shopping, food and reindeers, Uppingham is the place to be on December 1st.

Friday 2nd December
With over 60 Victorian Christmas stalls with unique products and produce, live entertainment from local schools and bands, there's fun for all the family.

Christmas Festival Gala - Langham Church, LE15 7JE
Friday 2nd December

Mince Pie Morning - St Josephs Church, Oakham, LE15 6QU
Friday 2nd December

Christmas Extravaganza - Oakham Baptist Church, LE15 6AY
Monday 5th December

Monday 5th December

Wednesday 7th December
Enjoy Christmas spirit, past and present with a festive theatre performance.

Secret Santa Musical - St Hallows Church, Seaton
Thursday 8th, Friday 9th & Saturday 10th December

Wednesday 14th December
Join in the Great Hall with Christmas Carols and music performed by the Cantus Choir and Orchestra.

Uppingham Christmas Carol Society Concert - Uppingham Parish Church
Friday 16th December

Sunday 18th December
With Santa, Mrs Claus and dancing elves, games, buffet, craft workshop, disco and more there's fun for all the family at Twinlakes' Party in the Park with Santa event this December.

Saturday 24th December
Wave Santa on his way with a true family festive event at Twinlakes, magically transformed into a Winter Wonderland! But make sure you pre-book!


There you have it! All the must see events in and around Rutland this Christmas time with something for everyone! If new events arise they'll be added to this list to keep you all up to date.

Merry Christmas!

Thanks for reading,

Charlie xo
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COUNTRY LOUNGE, A47, RUTLAND | RESTAURANT REVIEW

9.11.16

Formally a Little Chef, the Country Lounge Café Bar opened in July 2015. You cannot compare it to its former self, and no longer look anything like the tired Little Chef that once was.

I've been to the Country Lounge many times, and even spent New Years Eve there last year.
However, more recently I'm aware it's had a change of hands as well as a few changes and renovations. So, on our way to pumpkin picking the other day we stopped in for lunch, and it's the first time I've eaten there since the change of management.

The decor of the Country Lounge is divine and totally up my street with rustic decor, mix/match chairs and tables, varied seating and amazing hand drawn wall art and quirky light features.


The Menu is great and staff are so welcoming, there really is something for everyone on the massive A3 double sided menu. Most of the food is Italian style with the odd English dish thrown in there.

Seated service is quick and kind with very happy and welcoming staff members. However, once our drink order was taken we waited a really, really long time for our drinks and our meal order wasn't taken for a painful amount of time, despite trying to get staff member attentions.
Eventually we had to take ourselves up to the bar to place our order.

Once our order was finally taken, food took an average amount of time but was worth the wait.


My partner ordered a lasagna and I ordered a Pizza, as they the Country Lounge have a huge pizza oven and I'm a pizza fanatic.

Tom polished off his lasagna in no time and said it was delicious. As was my olive and onion pizza, which took me straight back to Rome and was the most similar pizza to the ones I'd eaten there last year when visiting Italy.



Overall the Country Lounge is a great place to visit for lunch or dinner and being on the A47 is a great stop of for travellers with loads of parking and plenty of seating too.

The only thing I think the Country Lounge need to address is the order times, as it was quite awkward. We were on our way to Chesterton and decided to stop off at the Country Lounge last minute but the stop took a lot, lot longer than we had hope due to the staff being a little slow.

The food though, is fantastic and the selection is fab. Prices are reasonable and portions are great for what you pay for each dish and drink. The Country Lounge is a great place to take the whole family, and you can be confident everyone will find something they fancy.


It's the little things that impress me about the Country Lounge, especially the attention to detail with the decor and sweet little ideas like displaying and selling local produce and giftware that really gives the restaurant the unusual edge that is very memorable.


I would highly recommend trying out the Country Lounge Café Bar on A47 near Morcott in Rutland. But my only tip would be leave a little extra time depending on staff service that day.

Thanks for reading,

Charlie xo
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9 UNIQUE HALLOWEEN MAKEUP LOOKS

27.10.16

In recent years I've fallen in love with Halloween as I got older. Which is something quite fun as you'd think you grow away from dressing up for Halloween however I now do it every year, more than I did as a child or teenager.

Check out my 9 favourite unique makeup looks for Halloween.
Year on year, my best friend and her boyfriend host a Halloween Party and it's always epic.
Tom and I always dress up for the occasion of course, however Tom hasn't been a fan of dressing up until this year, where we are both going all out with Halloween makeup looks instead of costumes.
So I thought I'd share with you 9 Unique Halloween Makeup Looks you could try this Halloween!

1. Cracked Doll
I'm a big fan of these cracked and broken looks this year and I think they are so effective.
Especially when it's done with the 2-faces-in-1 effect like this makeup look, with a glamorous side and makeup free side.

Picture Source: Pinterest
2. White Sugar Skull
Sugar Skulls looks have been hot for a couple of years for Halloween but this unique white take on the traditional idea is so awesome. Imagine it paired with a black wig and black dress - wicked.

Picture Source: Pinterest
3. Mermaid Goals
Mermaid hair has been a big thing on Instagram and on social media recently, with loads of mermaid inspired homeware hitting the shelves too. But when I think of mermaids, I think of Sophie Hannah Richardson. Sophie completely nails mermaid makeup and if you're after a slightly more girly and unique look this Halloween then why not try this bedazzled mermaid makeup.

Picture Source: Pinterest / @sophiehannahrichardson
4. Little Red Riding Hood
Similar to my chosen costume last year, I love this take on the childhood classic, Little Red Riding Hood. If you've seen Once Upon a Time on Netflix then this is going to be your favourite Red look with an evil edge, perfect for Halloween with some fake scares and cuts, easily make with latex kits.

Picture Source: Pinterest
5. The Bearded Lady
A lover of illusion makeup I think this bearded lady makeup idea is perfect for Halloween and a unique costume you can almost guarantee no one else will come as!

Picture Source: Pinterest
6. The Cheshire Cat
Why not take the childhood favourite costume of a cat to the next level this Halloween and channel your inner Cheshire cat from Alice and Wonderland with a cheeky smile and purple stripes.

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7. Pinocchio
Dolls are a great choice for Halloween but I'm particularly fond of this clever makeup trick to create the look of a wooden doll I think is so effective.

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8. Face Swap
No the same as your favourite Snapchat filter but how amazing and creepy is this half-and-half makeup look which will confuse everyone this Halloween.
I can't stop looking at it...

Picture Source: Pinterest
9. The Joker
Grab the green hair chalk this Halloween and your favourite villain outfit and do you makeup messy for once and become a super sexy female Joker.
I want green hair.

Picture Source: Pinterest

What are you going as this Halloween?
Which of these makeup looks is your favourite?
Let me know in the comments.

Thanks for reading,

Charlie xo

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GINGERBREAD CHRISTMAS CANDLE FOR UNDER £3

23.10.16

I love candles and I love Christmas, so you can imagine what I'm like with Christmas scented candles - a nightmare. I collect far to many every years and I've already started my collection this year.

I'm not a huge fan of food candle scents and I much prefer floral or fresh scents when it comes to burning them in my home. However, recently on a trip to Home Bargains I came across a huge selection of Wickford & Co Christmas Candles for only £2.99 and fell in love with a Gingerbread Candle!

 Gingerbread in a candle = Heaven.
They're the same size as the Yankee Candle large jars and for only £2.99 are an amazing dupe for Yankee Candles. Although they have less burning hours, you save nearly £20 per candle when buying the Wickford & Co ones instead. What a saving!!

They have Christmas scents in mulled Wine, Gingerbread and Christmas Spice all for only £2.99 each! Fragrance wise they're as strong as Yankee Candle as from the ones I smelt are on point with their flavourings and scent selections.

These Pickford & Co large years have a 95 hour burning time which is around 50 or so less hour than the Yankee Candle large jars, but you can't even buy a Yankee Candle small jar for under £7!

If you're a candle enthusiast (yes, I do consider that a thing) too, then I highly recommend popping to Home Bargains and checking out their candle selection as I also picked up a Halloween Candle for 69p as well as two more candles I'll be Blogging about very soon which are alcohol flavoured - yes, yes I know! Eek!

Let me know you favourite candle and if you've tried Wickford & Co Candles before and if you rate them for the price!


Thanks for reading,

Charlie xo

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HOUSE TOUR & TIPS TO' COSY' YOUR HOME FOR WINTER

19.10.16

For me, Autumn and Winter is the time of year where I focus on my home decor more and concentrate on making my rooms cosy and homely ready to spend night in the colder seasons.

I've had a good response on social media at the moment about my home decor and style, so I thought I'd do a mini house tour of my kitchen and living room.

Scroll down to see my Top 3 Tips to 'Cosy' your home for Winter.
I have a rustic/eclectic interiors style which I'm quite adventurous with but it's not to every ones taste.
I designed my kitchen in December last year (which you can read more about here) where I chose modern kitchen units in a green/beige colour, made to look more rustic with the addition of pewter cup handles and a rustic solid oak top for a more rustic look.
I love the unique style of my kitchen as it's not the style you see every day.

I designed my kitchen with a rustic theme in mind in keeping with my Victorian cottage.
Continuing the rustic/eclectic style through to my living room, sticking to the age of our 1890's Victorian cottage with original doors and flooring. I love leather, antiques and all things vintage which is why my living room is full of, including my collection of decanters and bar area which can't be seen in this photo.

My furniture is all vintage or antique with my bureau which I picked up for £35 from British Heart Foundation and my vintage oak coffee table I got from Newark Antiques Fair for £40.

We have a log store and log basket to store the wood for our log burner we use daily in the winter, completes the perfect cosy home.

My favourite piece in my living room is my vintage red leather chesterfield arm chair I bought when I was 19 from Newark Antiques Fair for £150.

My living room might not be every ones style but I love how cosy and homely it feels.
Winter is the season I like to make my home homely and cosy addition new items and changing decor. Here are my Top 3 Tips for How to 'cosy' your home for Winter:

1. Rugs
Rug change the look and style of a place so quickly and are an inexpensive way to update a room.
In our house, Tom and I change our rug probably 2 to 3 times a year, it just completely changes the look of the room. We bought our current rug (LOHALS Rug from IKEA £65.00) is a lovely lightweight and comfortable neutral textile perfect for summer and giving our living room some light.
For Winter we're looking for another Persian Rug which we adore or a Turkish Kilim Rug which we also have in our home.

2. Pictures and Photographs
We recently put all our photographs, pictures and shelving up on the walls. As the nights are getting darker and the winter closing in I was feeling that our house looked a little dark and bare without accessories on the walls. I was okay with this in the summer as it was light and airy.
Winter for me is the perfect time to fill your walls with sentimental photographs and unique art.

3. Blankets and Cushions
Essentials for Winter and keeping cosy, blanket and cushions are ideal for transforming your room into a seasonal haven of warmth. Try a combination of soft and textures fabrics to add dimension to your room with different colour combination in layers on your sofas and chairs with either matching or contrasting blanket you can cosy up in in the evening, draped over the sofa arm.

 They're my Top 3 Tips to 'cosy' your home for Winter!

Thanks for reading,

Charlie xo

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