Pretty IN Pink Returns

Since the start of the year, I’ve somehow managed to spend every weekend in London doing various things which has meant I’ve spent a lot of time searching for places for me and my friends to stay, and the Hotel District website pretty much saved the day.

This past weekend the folks at First Choice invited me down to Mayfair for dinner at Hakkasan, an AMAZING oriental restaurant with some of the best food I’ve ever eaten. It was one of those situations where I just wanted to eat everything that they had on the menu (I made a pretty good attempt, let me tell you) and the cocktails were to die for. I ended up starting the nice with a Passionfruit Bellini, followed by something called a Japanese Fon Fon and finishing with a Green Glory, a kiwi/cucumber/apple/bison grass vodka concoction which was like heaven to my tastebuds. Seriously considering selling my soul for the money to live in Mayfair now, I’ve had a taste of luxury now and I don’t want to go back to my hum-drum life! I ended up staying at the Holiday Inn at Oxford Circus, located just off Bond and Oxford Streets, and two doors down from beauty bloggers favourite, John Bell and Croydon. I actually had a really good night, making the most of having a double bed again for the first time in 6 months, making myself a glorious pillow fortress in the process.
A few weeks ago I’d headed off for a weekend away with my friend Josh, and we managed to come across Go Native after getting booking a Lansing Limo for Josh’s birthday the week after. It was a set of mini apartments in Suffolk Gardens, close to Hyde Park. This cost us marginally more than a standard room would have, and although it didn’t leave much to the imagination decor-wise, it had a fully working kitchen (complete with washing machine and dishwasher no less!) which I can imagine being perfect for a couple looking to save some money on eating out while in the city.

There’s an amazing range of places to stop if you’re heading down to London, next time I definitely have my sights on the Milestone, budget allowing that is!

Back in 2011, myself and my university housemate headed into Birmingham to do some shopping and we found ourselves shopping around the perfume section of Selfridges, where I happened to stumble across Prada Candy, and it was love at first sniff. With its gourmand caramel scent, it was super sweet as you’d imagine a vanilla caramel to be, and I headed to the tills with it. Now onto my second bottle of the original, when Fragrance Direct got in touch to see which perfumes I thought would make perfect Valentine’s presents for some special ladies this year, I knew that the newly released Prada Candy L’Eau was going to have to feature on my list.

Release back in April last year, Prada tweaked the notes of my much loved scent to create another playful and seductive perfume, this time featuring more of citruses and florals. With top notes of fresh Italian citruses, followed by the floral heart of sweet pea and the signature base of benzoin, white musk and caramel from the original Prada Candy. This leaning to lighter, more floral notes to me makes this perfect for Spring, and would work well as both a daytime and nighttime scent. Being an Eau de Toilette I find that it isn’t the longest lasting, with it fading away after around 4 hours, although when spritzer onto clothing (usually a scarf or pashmina for me) it lasts well over a day, which is perfect for me as I hate carrying perfume bottles around with me in my bag. Teaming a sweet scent with a cute and stylish pink bottle, this would be a perfect Valentine’s gift to yourself if you’re a single-pringle, or as a gift from your loved one!
Prada Candy as a range does seem to divide the masses, but if you’re all about sweet, vanilla-rich scents then this should be right up your street! Fragrance Direct stock the 50ml here for £42.50, as well as the 80ml bottle here for £55.95, both with at least 15% off the current high-street retail price.
Have you ever tried the Prada Candy range? What is your favourite fragrance at the minute?
Last night myself and my friends Sam, George and the music crew from UOB’s Burn FM headed off the the O2 Academy 2 for the Wireless Festival Launch Party. This year the folks at Live Nation have announced that the festival will also be happening at Perry Park in Birmingham as well as Finsbury Park in London, which is pretty exciting considering that this here fine second city of the UK has never had any major festivals grace us with their presence! As this is major news for us Midlanders, the O2 Academy in Birmingham teamed up with Free Radio last night to throw a party to celebrate.

There was a ‘surprise guest’ from the line-up which was announced yesterday morning which turned out to be the amazing Ella Eyre. For those who may not who know she is, she’s the incredible female vocals behind Rudimental’s ‘Waiting All Night’ and Naughty Boy and Wiz Khalifa’s ‘Think About It’, along with an AMAZING cover of Scrubs by Bastille (my personal favourite). She’s since been announced as part of the BBC’s Sound of 2014 list, a list of 5 artists that are set for huge things this year, and it’s not hard to see why. She played 6 of her songs, including her current single ‘Deeper’ and closed with ‘Waiting All Night’, much to the crowd’s excitement (myself included). Teaming her incredible voice with Motel’s Annie A-Line Monochrome Mini Skirt, Mindy Turtleneck Crop Top and hair that Beyonce herself would be jealous of, her stage presence was awesome and I think she’s going to go down a storm at Wireless this summer.

Following her performance we stuck around to have a few drinks courtesy of our VIP passes and listen to the DJs, occasionally bustin’ out a few moves to DJ Fresh and Jay Z, much to the embarrassment of my friends. Wireless will be heading to Birmingham from the 4th to the 6th of July, with the 3 days being headlined by Drake, Bruno Mars and Kanye West respectively. Tickets go on sale this Friday, and can be picked up here!

-pink lady

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