Park Farm Country Hotel & Leisure| Hethersett, Norwich

We booked to stay at Park Farm for my partners birthday after receiving some vouchers for Christmas. I looked online and decided to book there “Spring Break” deal which included; glass of prosecco on arrival, spring themed flower arrangement, three course gourmet dinner in The Seasons restaurant, stylish bedroom, full use of indoor spa/leisure facilities and breakfast. It was my partners birthday so we paid a little bit extra and upgrade to the Cedar Suite.

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When I arrived at the hotel I didn’t really know expect in all honesty. We were greeted by a polite lady on reception who took our payment details whilst confirming we had been upgraded again to one of the new luxury lodges- The Aspen. We weren’t offered a glass of prosecco on arrival but the upgrade sure made up for it! The lodges have only been available since last Autumn, oh my gosh there amazing- perfect for any special occasion, family break or girly weekend away. Both The Aspen and The Birch are detached, set to the side of the hotel offering fantastic field and woodland views.

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We were escorted to our lodge, I was lost for words… We walked into the kitchen/lounge area which had the comfiest L shaped sofa, large flat screen TV on the wall and the most beautiful decor. The  The en-suite bathroom was just a lovely boasting a four piece suite comprising; spa bath (which nearly lead to me flooding the place!) and a walk-in shower. The lodge are of a Scandinavian them, decorated in subtle tones accompanied by fabulous lighting and lots of different textures. The interior was designed and installed by Swank Interiors who are an award-wining interior design practice based in Norwich but provide a bespoke interior service to clients across Norfolk, Suffolk and the UK.

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After dragging ourselves off the sofa we decided to head to the pool/leisure facilities. We both decided to give the gym a swerve, I mean after all we wanted a relaxing break away. I spent majority of the time in the hydrotherapy bath whilst my partner thought he would get a few lengths in- by a few I mean two! We spent the rest of the time in the sauna, steam room and just chilling out by pool- I have to say Park Farm’s pool side facilities were fantastic they offer the perfect place train or unwind.

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After a lovely afternoon of relaxing we headed down the bar area where we ordered a drink and viewed the dinner menus. We were advised we could order in the bar before being seated in the restaurant- I thought this was a brilliant idea. It meant there wasn’t massive delays between each course. The bar area had a great atmosphere, it felt warm and cosy. Once the restaurant was open we were showed to our table and our starters were served in the matter on minutes. I ordered smoked chicken and ham hock with plum and apple chutney served with crisp onion bread whilst my partner opted for salted duck on a plum sauce topped with roasted plum and parma ham. They both came perfectly presented not on leaf out of place, and yes mine definitely tasted as good as it looks. It was then time for the main course, Matthew ordered pan fried chicken breast stuffed with oyster mushroom and leek mousse on red wine and pancetta with chateau potatoes whereas I went for grilled cod fillet on haricot beans and cabbage fricassee with creamed potato- I was trying to be as healthy as I possibly could so I didn’t feel as bad looking at the dessert menu! If you’ve read any of my previous blog posts you’ll know I love a dessert and I have a thing for anything lemon… So when I saw limoncello cheesecake on the menu I didn’t need asking twice! I think my partner was slightly jealous after trying a little bit of mine but having to return to his chocolate and salted caramel opera cake. After feeling super full we headed back to our room watched a bit of TV in bed and had the best night sleep in our super king size bed- it was so bloody lovely.

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Before I knew it, it was morning, time to head back to the restaurant for breakfast. I was still full from the night before so just went for a boring bowl of bran flakes with a peppermint tea (in the hope it would sort my bloated stomach out). My partner on the other hand was in his element because it was there was an array of cooked and continental breakfast options mainly on a help yourself basis- I’ll let you imagine what his plate looked like, lets just say it was very Instagramable!

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Once breakfast was over we headed back to the room to pack and then went to reception to check out. I will definitely be returning to Park Farm the rooms are stylish and contemporary, the pool is the ideal place to relax and unwind. I didn’t make use of the spa facilities on our stay so that’s something I would love to book in during our next visit.

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Dinner at Delia’s

Fosters solicitors kindly invited a small group of us for Dinner at Delia’s restaurant and to watch Norwich vs. Aston Villa in the Fosters Box at Norwich City Football Club.

The restaurant itself was beautifully decorated; it was simple, yet elegant. On arrival we were greeted by the reception team who asked if we would like to put anything in the cloakroom. We were then given the option of going straight to our table or having a few drinks at the bar. A couple of my colleagues were coming from North Norfolk so we had a couple of drinks at the bar whilst we waited for them to arrive.

A well mannered waitress directed us to to our table and took another drinks order whilst we all looked over the food menu.

I chose smooth chicken liver pate to start, followed by chicken breast with wild mushroom and bacon stuffing and marsala sauce, served with buttered new potatoes with herbs and fine beans. Then for dessert, my favourite course of all, was chilled lemon and lime mousse cake with softly whipped cream- oh my god it was amazing!

I have to say the presentation of every course was spot on and I actually left the table full- unlike other fine dining restaurants the portion sizes are generous. All three courses were delicious I finished every single one; the pate was full of flavour, the chicken was succulent and the mousse cake well I have no words.

Delia’s restaurant & bar only openings on a Friday and Saturday evening for the general public. They open from 6:30pm until late, you can opt for either a three course dinner followed by coffee and something sweet for £39.95 per person or a two course dinner for £29.95 per person. Then menu changes regularly I think we ordered from a corporate menu organised purely for the Norwich vs. Aston Villa game. As the evening was hosted by Fosters Solicitors everything was complementary but I think generally it’s very reasonably priced.

After dinner we made our way to the Fosters box to watch the game where Norwich proceeded to win 2-1… Come on you yellows!

To avoid disappointment I would say booking is essential, you can book online or simply call on 01603 218705.

“Food is for eating, and good food is to be enjoyed… I think food is, actually, very beautiful in itself.” Delia Smith

White House Farm | Pumpkin Picking

I’ve never been pumpkin picking up until this year, I feel like I missed out for a whole 26 years! Usually I would just buy my chosen pumpkin from my local supermarket. This year I managed to persuade my partner to go pumpkin picking, obviously there was a deal done- we’d go pumpkin picking in the morning but be back home by the afternoon so he could watch football. I did a little bit of research the night before to find the best place to go, I found three local farms offering pumpkin picking but decided on White House Farm. So Sunday morning came Matthews was starving- Obviously! So it made perfect sense to go to the closest farm with a fabulous café…

On arrival we headed straight for the café, Matthew always needs persuading with food before I ask him to take 368,783 photos of me. He goes in full force for there full English! Me, I just settle with a latte because I’m so anxious to get outside in the field- I’m like a big kid. I have to say their cakes looked so good, well in fact everything did- everything is freshly made on the farm and all the meat is directly from there White House Farm Butchery. I have to say, I didn’t realise how much White House Farm had to offer, its almost got its own little shopping complex. There is a great range of business including; The Hair Boutique, The Barn Beauty Rooms, Beautifully Gifted, Knowles Dance & Fitness Studio, Lois Reloved, Jax & Hadley, Once Upon a Time Nursery School & Beacon IT.

Within minutes of arriving I began to understand how popular pumpkin picking really is! It was so busy with families, couples and doggies… People were loading there wheel barrows, taking photos and generally just have a lovely time- who knew autumn could be so fun! I have to say I was expecting to see a range of different pumpkins; some white, some green, some odd shapes but I have to say they looked exactly how they did in the supermarket- but triple the price! I guess for the wonderful experience you should expect to pay a little bit more.

White House Farm pumpkin patch is now closed for 2018. If you missed out this year I would definitely recommend popping to your local farm to pick your own pumpkin next year! I’m most certainly going to be heading back to White House Farm for there Christmas market on Sunday 18th November hopefully look forward to seeing some of you there.

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Coat (Next)

Jeans (Next)

Roll Neck (Next- last season)

Belt (Karen Millen- last season)

Boots (Carvela)

It’s time to reboot with LaRENA…

I’ve finally called off the search for the perfect statement boots…

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I’ve been searching for some red statement ankle boots since saw a pair in River Island last season- I brought them in black but the left the red ones behind and I’ve been gutted ever since. This season I began the search again. I knew I wanted them to be bright red, have a block heel and not be to high- I’m all about comfy shoes!

When I spotted these LaRENA ankle boots I knew straight away I had to have them. These are there ‘Selma Red Gold Button Heeled Ankle Boots’ are exactly what I had been looking for, they’re reasonably priced at £32.00. I ordered my normal size and they fit perfectly. Yay! The boots are super comfy with side zip fastening which makes them so easy to wear. I paired the boots with a cropped, straight leg pair of jeans from Primark to show the slouch detailing off. I think they would also look great with a pleated leopard print midi skirt and perhaps a black roll neck. I’m so glad I found these boots just in time for winter! LaRENA have a fantastic range of on tend footwear, you can view there full range by clicking here.

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Boots (LaRena)

Jeans (Primark- this season)

T-shirt (Levi’s via House of Fraser)

Blazer (Zara- last season)

3D Lipo Review | Norwich Face & Body Clinic

Last week I was kindly invited to the opening launch event at Norwich Face & Body Clinic which is situated in the heart of Norwich on St. Benedicts Street. For everyone that hasn’t heard of Norwich Face & Body Clinic it a new clinic that offers a range of non-surgical aesthetic treatments including 3D lipo, sleeping beauty light therapy facial, wonderlash eye extensions, facial aesthetics (botox), eyebrow microblading and a variety of holistic therapies such as Reiki and Indian head massage.

Lauren McKaig, the director, got in contact last week prior to the opening and asked if I would like a complimentary treatment, I jumped at the chance to try the 3D Lipo machine. I had heard 3D Lipo after watching The Apprentice (2013), the year Leah Totton won and was able to pursue her business plan, a cosmetic clinic co-owned by Alan Sugar. So basically 3D Lipo reduces body fat by destroying fat cells instead of merely breaking them up and releasing them into the body.

On arrival I had a personal one to one consultation with my therapist who went through my medical history, targets and aspirations. Usually at this stage the therapist would design there client a tailor made programme, however I was here purely on a trial basis so we skipped straight into talking about three different treatments I could opt for;

  1. Crylipolysis which is for fat reduction. The fat cells are frozen- the extreme cold aims to destroy fat cells, which can then be “disposed of” by the body naturally in the weeks following the treatment.
  2. Ultrasound Cavitation which is for skin tightening. The ultrasound ruptures the fat cells, turning the cells into a liquid which is then carried away as waste. The cavitation is used to help with inch loss and to target pockets of fat.
  3. Radio Frequency which is for cellulite. It selectively heats skin tissues, which can cause collagen fibers to contract and produce new collagen. Designed to provide tighter looking skin. 3D Dermology and Radio Frequency can then be used to drain away useless fat cells through the lymphatic system, by using a special vacuum suction and rollers.

The treatment can be used on various areas of the body to improve the appearance; abdominal, thighs, knees, arms, hips and buttocks. I decided to have Crylipolysis on my lower abdominal area- I mean doesn’t every girl want that washboard stomach! The treatment didn’t cause me any discomfort at all, because the treated area is lowered to a temperature of -6 degrees of course initially it feels very cold but after 5/10 minutes the coldness disappears. The treatment lasted for around 60 minutes. After the treatment I advised to consume plenty of water and avoid drinking alcohol, caffeine and eating large meals. I was also advised there could be some bruising and numbness depending on how sensitive my skin was, thankfully I didn’t have any. I think its important people realise this isn’t a magical machine you need to change your thoughts and habits as well as maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle to get the best results post-treatment. You should start to see visible results after 8-12 weeks. It was great to experience how the machine actually works and all the different treatment available, I think it’s very clever that it can be programmed to suit the needs of the patient and give the results required. Lauren made me feel completely at ease throughout the whole process, she explained what she was doing at every stage and was completely honest in regards to the treatment and results.

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To view there full treatment and price list please click here.

Use my discount code ChanaNFBC to receive 50% off your 3D lipo treatment/s. Simply put the code into the booking notes when booking your 3D lipo consultation.

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Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Range | Review

I’ve been using the Tea Tree & Witch Hazel range from Boots for about 2-3 weeks now, and I haven’t been disappointed…

I felt it was time to change my skincare range when I had a small breakout on my forehead, there not spots but little under the skin bumps- so frustrating and I need them gone. I’m pretty sure the breakout isn’t anything to do with my old skincare routine, but more to with my doctor changing my pill- why do they do that, it’s so annoying haven’t they heard the motto ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!’. Anyway I thought it was about time I reviewed my skincare routine, I have very sensitive skin, and have suffered with eczema since a young age so I have to be extremely careful what products I use.

I’ve been using six products from the Tea Tree range; foaming face wash, exfoliating face scrub, cleansing & toning lotion, shine control day moisturiser and night treatment gel.

MY NEW SKINCARE MUST HAVES…

Foaming Face Wash (150ml £4.19)

Being one of the best sellers within the range I had high expectations for this product. I’ve been using this every morning and evening, I have to say it’s incredible! It leaves your face feeling super fresh, hydrated and removes makeup so easily.

Exfoliating Face Scrub (150ml £4.19)

I’ve only used this a couple of times so far as I tend to exfoliate once a week, but again happy with the results. Its not harsh like other face scrubs I’ve used! It left my skin so feeling so smooth.

Cleansing & Toning Lotion (150ml £3.99)

I’ve been most impressed with this product only because up until now I’ve not used a toner in my skincare routine. Personally I think the lotion is extremely effective, it removes any last traces of make-up and cleanses your skin at the same time. After using it my skin feels super clean, and completely refreshed. The only thing I would say is be careful using it close to your eyes because the strength of the Tea Tree makes your eyes water slightly- well it does mine.

Shine Control Day Moisturiser (75ml £4.19)

I’ve been using this daily after I have cleansed my skin within minutes my skin is soft, smooth and shine free. It works great as a make-up base however because of its silky gel texture, make sure you allow it a few minutes to absorb fully before you start applying your make-up. I have to say when I first purchase this I was apprehensive about the texture, as all the other moisturisers I have tried over the years have been more of a cream formula. Now that I have seen the results I won’t be using anything else.

Night Treatment Gel (75ml £3.29)

This product is literally incredible, the first time I used this I was astonished by the results. I’ve been applying this every night before bed, when I wake up in morning and I can definitely see that any spots or blemishes have been dramatically reduced! I have found the gel texture melts effortlessly into my skin leaving it feeling incredibly fresh and moisturised.

Spot Wand (3.5ml x2 £4.49)

I tend to use this on top of the shine control day moisturiser or night treatment gel if I have one or two noticeable spots. I think you can feel it work straight away from the moment you apply the product. I love the fact it has a day and night formula- I do however think the night works better than the day in my opinion.

I’m so happy I decided to change the skincare routine, I feel the Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Range has changed my skin for the better. The range is very reasonably price and is usually in the 3 for 2 promotion Boots run on selected skincare and indulgent body care. I’ve still got the small bumps under my skin on my forehead but no spots! I will be revisiting the doctors to see if I can be put back on my old pill, hopefully then I will start to see more positive changes. I’ll keep you updated with how my skincare routine progresses over on my Instagram.

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Demi Simmonds Flawless Faces Everyday Look Masterclass | Review

I recently attended Demi Simmonds everyday look masterclass which was held at BMW Norwich, I thought I would tell you a bit more about my experience. For those of you that don’t know Demi is a make-up artist based in Norfolk that specialises in glam make-up, she has her own studio based in Spixworth but will travel for weddings.

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With the venue being BMW it was obviously very clinical, sleek and well lit. Demi done a great job with the set up. On entrance you were served a glass of bubbles, offered the cutest cupcake and gifted a goodie bag. The masterclass started at 6:30pm there were no delays. Demi started by introducing herself and moderated throughout so we in what order she applied her daily make-up, the products she was using an how she applies them. We received two pieces of literature; one was a voucher offering us £5.00 off voucher for all Flawless Faces services and the other was a print out of the products that she was using on the evening.

Eyebrows

Dip Brow Pomade (4g) by Anastasia Beverly Hills £19.00 shade medimum brown

NYX Professional Make-up control freak eyebrow gel (9g) £6.50 shade clear

Face

Lait Creme Concentre Nourishing Moisturiser by Embryolisse (75ml) £19.50

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation (30ml) £32.00 shade 7

Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer (6ml) £8.99 shade light

No-Colour powder (85g) by RCMA £13.00

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder (8g) £34.00 shade 2 medium

Mac Mineralize Skinfinish Natural powder £25.00 shade dark deep

Benefit Hoola Bronzing Power (8g) £25.50

Primark blusher shade desire

Doll Light Highlighter (12g) shade shine bright £15.00

Spritz.Mist.glow (Set 3 x 118ml) by Mario badescu £16.00

Eyes

NYX Professional Make-up Matte Liquid Liner £8.00

Khloe False Eyelashes by Doll Beauty £10.00

Revlon Precision Lash Adhesive White (5ml) £4.99

Lips

Primark nudes lip kit gloss £3.00 shade mesmerize

Rimmel Exaggerate Lip liner £3.99 shade addition

After Demi had finished showing us her everyday look she then demonstrated how she transitioned it into a evening look by simply adding a small amount of bronzer over the lid and brightened the lip using a red lipstick rather than nude gloss. I have to say it was very simple but very effective. As well as telling us her most rated product she also let us in on her top tips! My favourite being her Iconic London Illuminator duplicate; she mixes Superdrug’s Vitamin E Hydrating Mist (150ml £2.99) and Barry M Dazzle Dust bronze (£4.59) she uses to spritz her face and body to give an all over summery glow.

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Overall I was really impressed with the whole experience. Demi came across very well, she seems like a down to earth girl with a great understanding and major passion for what she does. Follow Flawless Faces on Instagram to be kept with future masterclass, booking availability and more…