31/08/2018

London


Hello my lovelies, 

Almost two weeks ago my boyfriend and I headed off on our first holiday together. Ok it was London, but it was still a wonderful holiday. We only went for a few days, Sunday through to Thursday. We arrive on the Sunday at 11pm ish had room service whilst watching Ted 2. 

The reason we arrived so late is because Euston station is having some work done on it, and so rail replacement buses are in service due to no trains in and out of Euston. We left MK at 17:45 and arrived at 23:00. It was a tiring journey, especially when I’ve only ever been to Euston station. So finding my way from other stations was daunting. However, saying that the hotel was amazing The Tower Hotel is right next to Tower Bridge and St Katherine’s Dock. Sadly we didn’t have a view of the bridge, but we did have the view of the docks, which was much quieter than the bridge side. 





Our room was really clean, the bathroom was amazing, towels and toiletries were all provided as was a hairdryer and not your travel hairdryer most hotels have, which I was so thankful for. I was debating whether to take mine or not, but didn’t have the space in my suitcase


Day one consisted of going to the Imperial War museum, Tower of London and London Dungeons. We did plan to go on the London Eye, but the queue was so long. So instead chose the London Dungeons. I can remember going when I was a teenager, but it has changed since then and they’ve added new areas. It was a great experience, I did have to hang onto my boyfriend a few times, especially when flashing lights happened. Now I’m not photosensitive and lights flashing don’t cause my seizures, but I didn’t want to risk it. I was a bit upset that they didn’t warn people about the lights until the end of the tour. At that point I was like I’m going to sit this part out and went through the freedom door and into the gift shop.




Day 2 we ventured to the British Museum and I’m sad to say I wasn’t that impressed with it. The Egyptian section wasn’t as big as I remember it. It was also really crowded, but being the summer holidays I expected that. The Grand Court area is something I can’t remember seeing when I was younger and I was very impressed with it. I took the typical blogger photo on the second floor so I could get everything in. 


After the British museum we ventured to M&M world and purchased quite a few bags of M&Ms some in colours I didn’t know you could get. Then it was off to Forbidden Planet where I purchased quite a bit. I got a Demiguse pop funko and a visual history of the labyrinth film. As well as a few other bits and pieces. We decided to go back to the hotel a little earlier than what we thought we would. However, on the way my boyfriend suggested we went to king cross station and to platform 9 3/4. Knowing I am a huge fan of Harry Potter he indulged my geeky side. 

On the journey there I was planning on asking someone where to find it, by saying the exact same words from the film “excuse me can you tell me how to get to platform 9 3/4?” But sadly, my boyfriend found it before I could find a station worker. I had my photo taken at the trolly. Then went inside and it was amazing. It’s degisned to look exactly like Ollivanders. It had the wands all in sections and you can select what one you want. Sadly, you don’t get the whole lights and wind experience that Harry got when he found his perfect wand. I also got my acceptance letter to Hogwarts. All personalised as well. When we got back to the hotel, we made a reservation at the hotel restaurant, then went back to our room and watched Big Bang Theory until dinner. 

Dinner was amazing we were seated by the window so we had an amazing view of the Thames and Tower Bridge, it was very “romantic” watching the sun set as boats went on their merry way along the Thames. It was a perfect end to a perfect day.



Day 3, was our final day. I felt bad about the British Museum not being as good as I made out due to not being closed off, so I let my boyfriend plan the final day. It consisted of going on the HMS Belfast. I’ve only ever seen this from shore, so it was an experience. I’m not one for heights so this, along with The Tower of London, were My worse nightmare due to high spaces. Especially the Tower as we were going up over 300 steps and in tight spaces. My hands sweated a lot on both experiences. On the Belfast we were going up and down small ladders having to watch our heads. The corridors were small, it was amazing to think that during WW2 it was packed with sailors. We got lost at one point, but thankfully one of the workers came along and told us which way to go and then told us that there was a perfect spot to see the Tower of London. 


Once we finished on the Belfast we headed over London Bridge to Monument station. On the way we walked by the monument to the Great Fire of London.


I’ve never seen this monument before so being this close to it was amazing. I’ve been to London a number of times, but only went to museums and London eye, London dungeons so seeing this part and Tower Hill was wonderful. Anyways, we went to monument station and got a train to Upton Park I think it was, we went here because my boyfriend wanted to go to the Who shop. Now for those who don’t know, it is a shop dedicated to Dr Who. It’s a tiny shop, but it has a tardis, a Darlek and loads of memorabilia. We then saw a sign saying tv and film museum so we enquired about this and was shown by one of the workers to the tardis. My boyfriend was given a key to open the tardis and we both stepped inside. On the other side was another room (like a real tardis) this room was full of props and costumes from Dr Who and Tourchwood. I’m not a fan of Dr Who, but I watched Tourchwood, so seeing all the props and stuff was amazing. They even had information on who played the character, what episode and what year. 

Once we finished there we made our way to Whitechapel. Now the reason for this is because there is a Jack the Ripper museum. We walked about 19 minutes from Whitechapel station to the museum. In the museum a wonderful woman tells you what you can and can’t do and how to navigate the museum. We followed the instructions and went on our way. The first floor was a crime scene with mannequins and a map of his crime scenes. The second floor is what people think Jacks house would have looked like. In this room we were allowed to touch things and wear the costumes. My boyfriend put a hat on and I said to him. “Just think of how many people have worn that,” he just looked at me still wearing it. “How many of those had head lice.” Was my next sentences, to which he took of the hat and said “ok spoilsport.” 

The third floor was a mock up of a police station. You had letters from Jack both different in the spellings, which led us to believe that there may have been a copycat killer. In one cabinet you had all the police equipment that the cruel policemen who found the first victim owned. The family donated it to the museum. The top floor was a mock up of a bedroom. Around the room you had pictures of the women and a little bit about them. All bar one had left their husband and children. The last one was a widow. So I don’t know if that had anything to do with why they were targeted. 

The final floor was the basement, it was a mortuary and was located right by the toilet so it stunk. I had to put my hand over my nose and mouth to block out the smell. In this room it had the final pictures of the women, so after they were killed. Before you go in the room you see a sign saying please be respectful. Underneath each woman is how they died. One died in hospital after being attacked and stabbed. Another one had over 39 stab wounds. The others had slashed throats, one had two which showed hesitation. Once we finished, and walked back to the hotel, which took 7 mins from the museum. Don’t know why we didn’t get off at Tower Hill station to be honest, by hey ho. We got back to the hotel and had a good old natter about the museum. My boyfriend came up with some good theories. But, I won’t bore you with them now, we then had some food, and packed our bags for the following day. Laid in bed we watched Night at the Museum 3, which is set in the British Museum. My boyfriend hadn’t seen it before and said it was false advertising for the BM as there wasn’t a medieval section, nor was there any dinosaurs. 

Day 4 consisted of us having breakfast in bed, then finalising everything and heading back to MK. The journey home was much quicker than the journey there. I had a wonderful time as did my boyfriend. We both agreed to go back sometime in the future and to see other parts of London and other museums. I think I’d stay in the Tower Hotel again. It was nice, clean and the staff were all very polite and friendly. The only strange thing was they charged you for the tray if you had room service. 

I was sad to go home, but I have the memories and pictures. As well as future plans for another trip. Please comment below if you have any tips for our next adventure to the Capital. When that will be I don’t know.


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25/06/2018

Arbonne 30 days and beyond health range


Hello my lovelies,

This is a two part post, the reason being will become evident further on in this post. 

Two months ago I attended the MK fashion show and was lucky enough to meet a lovely lady called Kimberley Thompson. She is an ambassador for Arbonne. Arbonne is a company that does a variety of products, ranging from cosmetics (cruelty free and Vegan), men's cosmetics, baby products and healthy eating products. 

The healthy eating products is what this post is all about. After talking at the fashion show and exchanging business cards we starting talking on Instagram. A few weeks later a lovely parcel came to me in the post. 


Looking through the products I was pleasantly surprised with every thing. I didn't expect to get so many samples. Here is a run down of the products.


So first of all is these four caffeine free teabags. Now, I'm not normally one who drinks caffeine free tea. In fact, the last time I had decaffeinated tea, I was literally sick from caffeine withdrawal. So I am hoping these ones won't make me react the same way I did last time. Also these are good to have before bed, that way your body is not getting hit with a dose of caffeine.


Next up is this immunity support supplement. I was looking forward to using this. However, due to my epilepsy medication I can't, as it has milk thistle in it and it will react with the medication. I was tempted, when I first found out about the milk thistle to just go for it and drink it. Then I thought, actually I don't want to risk having a seizure just to try something. 


These are fit sweets, they are chewable. I have tried one and I don't know if it was because they weren't sweet enough for my liking, but I just didn't like them personally. Every one is different so if you decide to get them, you might like them. So, don't let my review put you off trying them.


This is a meal replacement. I had to contact Kimberley to find out how I make it as the instructions had rubbed off. You put three scoops in with non dairy milk, so like almond, soya, coconut etc. The amount pictured is enough for a few days. I haven't tried it yet, due to various reason. The most recent is being in hospital. However, I have the next week off work and the summer holidays coming up so I can try it then.


These are energy fizz supplements. I haven't tried the blackcurrant ones yet, but I love blackcurrant so I'm looking forward to trying them.


Now protein shake vanilla. I've heard a lot about protein shakes and I'm excited that I have a sample in the pack. I have no idea how to use it, so I guess I'll need to read the instructions beforehand. 


Here we have a mind health fizz drink in I think cherry flavour and a digestion plus drink fizz stick. Again, I have no clue as to what they are for. But, they sound intriguing. If the digestion one is for what I think it is for, then I am looking forward to using that. Sorry if that's TMI. 


Now, two more energy fizz sticks. One is orange flavour, which I have tried and it taste lovely. It actually tastes like Fanta. That fizzy orange taste. The one underneath is pomegranate flavour. I'm just recently getting into pomegranates, I scatter them over salads. So, to have a pomegranate flavoured drink is something that is interesting and I look forward to drinking it.



This white box isn't anything to do with the healthy eating range. In fact it is to do with cosmetic range. 



Inside you get these three little goodies. They are face cleansers. I have tried all three and I can tell you now that my face has never felt so clean and vibrant. I still have some left, as I don't use them every day. I like to top and change my face routine depending on how bad my acne breakout is.

So now you know the products I have and I hope you understand the reason behind having to do two posts. Now I am not one to discuss my weight online as I don't really like talking about it. However, seen as this is a post about healthy eating, I have decided it need to. This range is said to help you lose weight, obviously you need to do exercise with it and not just rely on the products you get in the 30 day eating plan.

So, here it is. My weight that I am currently at is 14st 5lb. I admit that I don't exercise as much as I should and I do tend to eat stuff for the sake of eating, and when I do eat it is out of boredom or because someone else in the family is eating. 

 As you can see from the pictures to the left and right, I have a muffin top, back boobs, chunky arms and a fat belly. I admit that at times I feel ashamed that I have let myself get to this stage. I'm only 31, and I've let myself get fat. I could blame it on university, but that would be a lie as I graduated 8 years ago. Yes, I gained 3 stone at uni, but I have since lost a stone, and then gained three more.

I'm hoping that these samples as well as the 5 day free gym pass my boyfriend gave me will help me find the motivation to lose the weight and get down to my dream weight of 11 stone and drop from a size 18 to a size 12.

If you are interested in the Arbonne range then feel free to contact Kimberley. She is a wonderful person and is willing to discuss the products you are interested in, as well as talk about her journey with the range. Just contact her on the details below and start your Arbonne Journey today.


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05/05/2018

Fashion Show MK 2018

   
 
 
Hello lovelies,
 
 
Last Saturday, April 28th,  the fifth Fashion Show MK was held at Jurys Inn. I was lucky enough to attend as a VIP. The night was filled with so much fun and so many wonderful designers. Here are just a few:
 
WR Apparel @WR_Apparel. 
           
               
 
The design hub
 
 
These are but a few of the designers and pictures I took. Sadly, I was not able to get shots of designers towards the end of the evening as my phone died. As I was taking so many picture and live streaming on Instagram. 
 
The night was amazing, there were pop up stalls all around the room, with the catwalk in middle. Our lovely commentator wore the most beautiful dress, whilst she sung beautifully before the show started.              
 
The models were all beautiful and amazing. We had a special guest in the form of Danielle Mason reality star and model.             
It was a pleasure to share the evening with so many amazing new designers and so many other bloggers. I spoke to a wonderful business owner Kimberley Thompson. She has a small company Arbonne cosmetics. Which is vegan make up and it also has a nutrition and baby range. I am hopefully going to do a post about the company at a later date.
 
 
I was also lucky to get a goodie bag, which I haven't had a look through but I do know there is a small box of strawberries from Fruit Blooms @fruitbloomsmk
 
 
Also some cookies from Oh My Cakery. Two amazing companies. I look forward to eating those little goodies. The rest of the goodie bag had some booklets and business cards.  
 
The night was split up into sections so that the models had a chance to relax, and obviously change into different outfits without rushing. It also gave us, the audience, a chance to get more drinks and freshen up our make up if need be. The area where we waited for the doors to open was so beautiful, it had a big Love light sign. A flower curtain that we took pictures against, almost as though we were on a red carpet, and also a photo booth which looked like a mirror, but actually took pictures. Sadly, I didn’t use this wonderful device. I will remember to do it, should it be at the autumn winter show.
 
In the meantime, Gemmedia Events are holding a Bridal Fashion Show. So any future brides out there who are looking for inspiration, why not pop along and enjoy a wonderful, fun filled evening. Who knows you might even find the perfect wedding dress.
 
 
 
If you attended the evening please feel free to add me on instagram @rosiesvintagechic or twitter @RoseVintagechic. I would love to talk to you and meet up.
 
If not, and you want to see more pictures from the night, just pop over to my instagram or Gemmedia Events page https://www.instagram.com/fashionshowmk
 
 
 
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26/03/2018

Milton Keynes Fashion Show

 
 
Hello my lovelies,
 
 
Long time no see, sorry for that. Anywho, this coming April Gemmedia Events are holding a fashion show in Milton Keynes. I am working with Gemmedia and have put together a little giveaway. 
      The giveaway is 2 FREE, yes that is right FREE tickets to the show. VIP tickets cost £30 and General cost £15. So prices are pretty good. But, if you wish to win two free tickets then all you have to do is complete the rafflecopter form below.     Good luck. I will announce the winner over my social media accounts. a Rafflecopter giveaway
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06/01/2018

New Year!

 
Hello my lovelies,
 
 
Happy New Year. Yes, it is 2018. So a New Year can mean only one thing. Resolutions. Now, I always make them and with in a month or two they have been broken. Each year I say “I’m going to stick with them this year!” And I never do, now I may not be the only one who does this, but it is really hard - I find -to stick to them. Especially, if they are ones to do with cutting out food and what not. However, this year I will make new ones, and this year I will stick to them....(yeah right Rosie)! So without further ado here are my resolutions.
  Blog Where Rosie’s Vintage Chic is concerned I want to improve it massively. Up until a few months ago I fell into a bit of a stale patch with my blog. I didn’t know what to do with it. I wasn’t posting as much as I had hoped, so I got into the mindset of do I want to continue. This led to taking some timeout and I thought about what I wanted. As you can tell I decided to keep my little corner of the Blogosphere. After all, three years have been put into this baby, yes I know it hasn't been nonstop posting, but hey at least I do post. So this year with my ickle baby that is RVC, I actually plan to sit down and make a list of posts I want to do throughout the year. I will do a planned schedule list, I might even do a little series of linked posts on certain days. This year will be the year I actually start to take this hobby seriously, I have business cards for the blog so that’s one step.  I also plan to do vlogs, thats right I’m stepping into the realm that is Youtube. Now, when I started RVC I did do a Youtube channel, yet I didn’t use it. Well, actually I did, there is a video up that was posted two years ago. It was a video for my university project, so if you want to have a peak just head on over via the button on the righthand side panel.  
  Personal Right personal resolutions or goals as I prefer to call them. This year I actually plan on losing weight. Over the last year my weight has slowly started to creep up to a stage where I am no longer comfortable and its not really healthy for me. I have clothes in my wardrobe that don’t fit and I’m reluctant to go out and buy bigger sizes. So this year is my year to lose weight. I’ve set myself a target of losing 4stone by the end of the year. If I manage to lose more then fantastic, but four is my main goal. I want the old me back. The me that was bubbly and basically, not depressed. I also plan to travel more (somehow), even if it’s just places in the U.K. I’d love to go to London for a day or weekend and stroll round the museums and galleries. I really want to go to the Harry Potter exhibition at the British Library before it closes. So that maybe a February half term thing I do. For those that don’t know, I work in a school so can only do things during the school holidays. I do have a wanderlust list I’d love to tick off places from that. There are a number of geeky conventions I’d love to go to this year. One unfortunately, is in America so that will be a lot of money and to be honest I don’t know if it will be one I’m able to attend this year, I’ll keep you posted on that. One in particular I want to go to is about the tv show, The 100. If you haven’t seen it I highly suggest you do. My favourite character is going to be there and I’d love to meet him, but, anyway enough geeking out. I’m sure there are more goals I will probably think of once this is posted, so if I have to update it I will let you all know.  
Going off the subject of goals, I just wanted to say how amazed I am, at how much my audience has grown over the last few months. I’ve recently started joining blogging, instagram and other social media groups, on facebook and taking part in Twitter chats regularly. Doing these things and sharing my posts or even just links to my social media platforms has increased my following, not dramatically, I’m not in the thousands on any of them...yet. But, it is still nice to get notifications to say ‘you’ve got a new follower’ or ‘your tweet or post has been liked’. So, if you are someone who follows one of my social media groups then thank you. It really means a lot. When I first started RVC, I never once thought anyone would actually read what I post, so again thank you for reading my little rants and rambles.
Also want to say a huge thank you to Cherry Wallis, a lovely vlogger who I have subscribed to and follow on practically every platform she is on. Like me, she is a huge Harry Potter fan and we’ve spoken on Twitter and I even got a card from her at christmas and I sent her one as well. So, it is nice to be apart of that little community that goes beyond the universe that is the internet. As I type this I’ve just remembered another goal I want to achieve, and that is to go to more blog meet ups. I have seen so many nice photos and comments from the Milton Keynes Meet up that happened in December, and I was really bummed that I couldn’t go. I was also bummed that I couldn’t attend a fashion show, that I had won tickets to, due to being ill. But, this year is my year I can feel it.  
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