Shoes to see you into Summer

Now the weather has finally picked up a bit, it’s time to move my usual trainers and brogues to the back of the wardrobe to make room for pretty sandals and more open shoes.

The fact that I’m pregnant has added to the need for comfier shoes so getting to shop for new shoes has been a lovely treat for my feet. I have picked 3 very different styles of shoes from Simply Be that I’ve chosen as my perfect shoes to transition into the nicer weather.

1. Sole Diva Tassel Loafers – £25

These are perfect for the office or work and what makes them even better is the fact they are wide fit. I chose black because it’s a colour that will go with most outfits especially with office wear.

2. Sole Diva Pom Pom Sandals – £28.00

These are my absolute favourite sandals I think I’ve ever owned. They look incredible on and would be great paired with a white summer dress. Hubby is not a fan of them but who cares – I love them!

3. Sole Diva ruffle Ballerina shoes – £18.00

Again I chose this pair because they work with jeans or office wear and once again they are wide fit – perfect for what could be some very swollen tootsies going forward.

I am always spoilt for choice when choosing items from Simply Be and after seeing advertising on the television so much, it made me more aware of some of the brands they sell on their site. If you are on the lookout for some new sandals/shoes or even wedges for summer then check them out.

Laura x

*This has been a collaborative post with Simply Be, the shoes were sent to me in exchange for an honest post and as always all content and photos are my own*

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Bidvine – Getting the best service

We’ve owned our home for coming up to a year in July and it’s crazy how time has flown. One thing that is apparent as a homeowner, is all the little jobs you never really knew about.

When we moved in, we had to pay for someone to come out and replace the boiler as well as having the fascias painted (the edging round your roof/garage etc). You don’t want to spend a fortune on these things but equally you want to get the best service possible without being ripped off. That’s where the power of the internet has come in these last 10 months and search websites like Bidvine have become ever so useful.

Bidvine works in a few easy steps:

Tell us what you need

Answer a few service-specific questions so we match your need to the right pros for the job.

Get bids and hire

Compare multiple bids as well as company profiles and reviews.

Expect great service

Hire and work with the pro directly. Review their work on Bidvine.

It’s as simple as that.

Some of the services offered on the site include:

Photography: portrait photography, headshot photography, family photography, wedding photography

Learning: Piano, Guitar, and Spanish lessons

Home: interior painting, handyman help, man with a van

Fitness and Wellness: personal training, yoga, nutritionist, and massage therapy

I used this when looking for some painting work on the exterior of the house. It asked me some simple questions such as the type of property, how many levels, how big the property is and so on before asking me to create account before the work was put to the pros. It is simple and a really great way to find professional service at the click of a few buttons. Perfect for the working professional themselves who always has their phone on them to correspond.

So if you’re looking for some work or need a professional to do a job for you then look no further.

Laura x

*this has been a collaborative post with Bidvine, all content is my own*


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Carluccios York Grand Opening

A few weeks ago, Bobby and I were lucky enough to be invited to the newest restaurant opening in York: Carluccios.

Having never been to a restaurant grand opening before, neither of us knew how to dress or what to expect but off we went after work on a Friday evening to see what it was all about.

We were greeted by the lovely staff and taken to the first floor area that had been set up for the grand opening whilst downstairs was open for business as usual to paying customers. We were offered a drink of champagne (orange for me) and then had the chance to mingle and take photos before the event began.

The view from Carluccio’s first floor (prime location near Betty’s may I add)

The fantastic bar set up

A gorgeous Italian style set up overlooking Betty’s

The evening then kicked off with a shed load of canapes coming out and they all tasted incredible. One waiter realised Bobby is like a Hoover and eats everything virtually so once clocked, he kept Bobby very food happy. He also had his glass topped up several times which he loved as it’s the first blog event he’s ever been to.

The evening then went on to Mr Carluccio himself who was celebrating his 80th birthday and had some fantastic opera singers for the occasion. They treated us to some incredible singing which was a great surprise and another huge tick for Bobby who loves Classical music as well.

We also got talking to the international operations manager who was a star and made me up an amazing non-alcoholic drink after telling him I was with child.

The evening was an incredible success and we went home with full stomachs from all the canapes we had gorged on. Thank you Carluccios for inviting us to this amazing opening.

Laura x

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