Shelley Morecroft

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Planning a staycation? This is why you should pick the Hallmark Queens Hotel in Chester


Discovering new cities in your own country can be just as fun as going abroad sometimes. For once I treated the boyfriend to a little stay and we headed to Chester for a night to unwind from our busy Uni schedule and have some time for us. The Hallmark Queens Hotel is ideally located just outside the Train station which makes it very easy for people like me who have a suitcase for a one-night stay. Additionally, the town centre and a current Christmas market are just a few minutes away.

Little Tip, you can walk past the canal to get to the town centre which makes for a romantic little stroll.



The Executive Kings Suite at the Hallmark Queens Hotel







My boyfriend's surname is King, but that's not the only reason why he deserves the best so I opted for the King's Suite which is just stunning. The suite was luxurious, spacious, elegant and reflected the Victorian heritage. The eye for detail is exceptional, everything is in red tones with golden detail and a bed as soft as clouds. The bathroom was worthy of the Queen and definitely the highlight of the room; with a tub big enough for 2 and a shower the size of my uni room.

Despite the luxurious look, the room is equipped with all the important appliances from a satellite TV, iron, free Wi-Fi and climate controlled air conditioning. Additionally, on arrival, you will find free bottled water on your table and hot drinks with biscuits (you had me at bottled water, haha). But room service is available too and that from 10pm-10am for the late night snackers as well - amazing, right?? Pizza or naked dogs in bed, watching TV and snuggled in the biggest bed I have ever slept in - what a dream!



Kings Grill at the Hallmark Queens Hotel in Chester




Toby is such a foodie and loves his steak, so it comes as no surprise that he couldn't hold back on the compliments after trying it (He also mentioned that its the best steak he's ever tried). The music was beautiful and in combination with the soft atmosphere, it delivered a romantic setting which was perfect for our little date night.

After a meal at the Kings Grill, you will quickly realise why they pride themselves on their award-winning food because it's much more than your average hotel food.

Additionally, the Hallmark Queens Hotel also has another bar called the Waiting room with the longest Cocktail list in Chester and yet another delicious food menu.


The Interior






One word: Mesmerizing.

It's hard to put down to words what the interior makes you feel or think. I was speechless walking through the door seeing the reception desk, accompanied by beautiful marble floor and a Christmas tree prettier than you could ever imagine. At every corner, you will find another spot that makes you think WOW. Just the walk to our room was more special than I could ever imagine; on the left, you find old Roman statues and on your right, you have a lovely look onto one of their gardens.

If you are planning a staycation this year consider the Hallmark Queens Hotel in Chester; the location makes it easily accessible, it has a wonderful Christmas Market and the hotel itself is more than just perfect and makes me want to plan another trip there!

Book your stay through the link here.


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The perfect ski holiday and how to plan it

My boyfriend has taken me away 7 times in the last 12 months, yes 7 times. How many times have I taken him away? None. I am, therefore planning the perfect little getaway for both of us and what better holiday than a ski trip during winter? Let's embrace the cold weather and do the best with it by having fun in the snow. Fingers crossed that this little dream will soon become reality!

Funny enough, my dad used to represent the Army at the snowboarding and ski competitions so I think it's time to make him proud in the snow and show off those (hopefully) inherited skills.

But first, let's get the planning started. I think we all know that the wrong resort or hotel can really make or break the hotel. Additionally, it's important to see what training or lessons they have available as my last ski holiday was a few years ago and I think that a bit of a top-up is needed!


1. Budget

First of all, before anything else, it's important to think about the budget. This is the most important factor to consider and will determine what type of a holiday you will have - hotel, self-catering or maybe a cool Airbnb. Don't start looking at expensive holidays that are way out of your budget and remember, companies like RyanAir who now also offer holiday packages always have a sale on - yay! If perhaps you don't fancy looking yourself you can always ask a travel agent as they will only offer you holidays within your budget (which will give you more time being excited and talking to everyone about your upcoming holiday, anyone else do that or just me??)


2. Location

Where, what, when?? Once the budget is set you can find that location that will get your heart raising, your creativity going (probably only for me 'cause I take pics of EVERYTHING, ask my boyfriend) and makes minutes feel like hours because all you can think about is the getaway.

When looking at resorts make sure to check the lift costs: are they included, do they offer deals or will it put a massive dent in the budget? Especially as a beginner, it would be unnecessary to splurge out on an expensive pass when you won't be able to explore all the areas of the resort. I would, therefore, recommend finding a resort that caters your needs and your level of experience.


3. Equipment

Buy? Hire? To find an answer just ask yourself one question: How often will I sky? If there is a high chance that it's less than every year than you will be better off renting at the resort. If, however, you are a ski pro and go at least every year then it could be good decision to invest in your own equipment, but do consider transportation costs.

Additionally, remember key pieces which you will NEED to bring: Goggles, socks, gloves, ski trousers and jacket and warm mid-layers.


4. Lessons

I would recommend to every beginner to take part in a few classes or take some lessons. No ski pro has fallen from the sky yet and skiing can be dangerous so understanding how to move on the snow is a pretty good idea to prevent accidents.

Trust me on this! The last time I went skiing my friend twisted her knee due to her not knowing how to stop, she wanted to save a few pennies on lessons and thought that watching a few YouTube videos would be enough, but unfortunately, it wasn't really. So please take this tip and consider it when booking your skiing holiday.


5. Beauty and Accessories 

I'm a beauty lover and always like to look on point as you all know, so a ski trip means that I will need to take care of my skin and make sure that I keep it well nourished whilst out there. Remember creams and lip balms, they will be your best friends out there.
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My Pretty Little Thing Black Friday Must Have Guide


Autumn/Winter is my favourite season for so many different reasons: Firstly; you can wear thigh-high boots with dresses and coats all day. Secondly, it's the shopping season starting with Black Friday on the 24th of November (4 days after my birthday, just an FYI). With so many shops offering amazing deals it can be a bit overwhelming to find the perfect pieces, so why not instead just sit back, get yourself a cup of tea, a biscuit or two and let me find the perfect picks for you on Pretty Little Thing. 

Autumn Winter 2017 is all about the aviator coat and if you don't have one already then please get yourself one. It's a must-have and goes with ANYTHING, whether it's a romantic tea dress or a slogan tee with a skirt/jeans. It's the perfect staple piece this cold winter and should be in every wardrobe - I'm totally not exaggerating here. Same goes for the slogan tee but let's not get into that too much right now. Pretty Little Thing has the perfect Aviator Coat selection and offers them in different price ranges (starting from £40) and colours, so there will certainly be one for everyone!

use code SHELLEY20 for 20% off. 


Shop below my outfit and alternatives





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Halloween is right around the corner; need some inspo? 

The flat is decorated, everything (and by everything I mean everything) is in a pumpkin print and the ghosts can come 'cause we are ready! - well nearly... the main, tiny little thing that is missing is the outfit and I bet that I'm not the only one. Personally, I'm not keen on full-on costumes and prefer smaller accesories to show that I still make an effort without going head-to-toe crazy.

However, I've always found it quite difficult to find the right Halloween outfit for me that gives me the best of both: Dressed up, but not dressed up. Until now -> because Boohoo has answered my daily prayers and has introduced the ultimate Halloween collection from £3. It includes everything from cool slogan tees to sexy dresses and the perfect accesories - something for everyone.

Check out below my favourite pieces from the collection and shop them here:
Witch dress
Star bodycon dress
Slogan Tee
Glitter
Catsuit
Floral hairband




3 Halloween outfit ideas for the lazy girl


Like I mentioned above Halloween for me doesn't mean full on costumes, but rather a more settle approach. I, therefore, opted for accesories and glitter (loads of glitter ) - beware my basic costumes. 

The (Basic) Cat 



Never have I seen such perfect cat ears before. Just look at that embellishment, how gorgeous! For the outfit, I opted for a black bodysuit and added a choker - simple, but effective!



The Dead Bride



The Dead Bride is another classic and super easy to recreate. Firstly; do a normal contour but with black and white powder to add a more 'deadly' vibe and definitely don't hold back with the black eyeshadow - the more the better in this case! To finish the look I styled it with a black lace dress - an easy but stunning Halloween outfit!

Head crown - alternative


A Disco/Glitter Queen 




It might be Halloween but that doesn't mean everyone has to walk around in scary costumes, right? So why not turn yourself into a walking disco ball and cover your face with glitter instead. All you need is some vaseline, glitter and a brush (but your finger would be fine too). Smudge some vaseline on your face or put vaseline on your brush and then cover that with glitter; it's easy and super cute!

Bodysuit
Glitter


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Lanzarote Outfit Guide - what I wore on holiday


Holiday blues have well and truly kicked in and I'm already on the hunt for a new beach destination. But unfortunately, Uni is in the way and I first have to get my final year out of the way - education first and that kinda stuff. So until then, I will just continue to be bitter and miss the sun.

Instead of being bitter for the next year now I have instead decided to battle the holiday blues by sharing my favourite holiday outfits - be aware, they wanna make you go on holiday too. 



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Gingham Style 


Is the Gingham gone yet? I don't think so. So instead I rocked a full-on Gingham Bikini that made me feel like a mega babe and also a Gingham wrap dress that is perfect for a beach day. Don't let them tell you otherwise; Gingham is still on trend.






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The Backless Swimsuit 


Hello, idiotic tan lines. Helloo there amazing Instagram pic courtesy of the boyfriend who did extremely well. I'm such a sucker for anything backless and loved this beauty that I found in the sale for less than £10. It has beautiful lace and embroidery detail on the front and was such an eye-catcher with the open back. 





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Sandy Bums


The big thing on Insta in 2017 has definitely been sandy bums so obviously I needed a pic like that too, 'cause helloo Instagram addiction. However, what a stunning plunge swimsuit that was ( which also does wonders for a girl in the boob department). Again, found in the sale for amazing £9. The good thing about a late September holiday is definitely the fact that most swimwear is already on sale so you won't feel too guilty buying a new wardrobe for your holiday! 





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