Kew Gardens, the beauty of nature.

Kew gardens is a well known, world famous Botanic Garden. With beautiful buildings, plants and architecture Kew gardens offers a beautiful day out.

  

Last Friday i took my first trip to Kew Gardens and was astounded by the beauty that nature has to offer us. Hopping on the train to about 30minutes outside London, i really didn’t know what to expect from the day. Yes, i like flowers, i mean, i’m a 24 year old girl. I love a bunch of flowers on the table but how was i going to like a day full of wandering round Kew Gardens?

Well, any doubts i had at first were soon wiped out of my mind when i stepped into my first building. The Palm House, as we opened the door, the imitated tropical climate hit my face and my camera instantly fogged up. This place was hot. Inside tall palm trees filled the air and many other exotic plats from all over the globe lined this stunning building.

 

As we wandered around this beautiful building we reached a spiral staircase that led down underneath the room into a basement type room. In there was the marine aquarium, which was completely the opposite temperature. Cold and very blue the sea-life creatures were swimming around aimlessly enjoying life. Having the marine down here , made the perfect escape from the heat and a great chance to learn more about sea-life plants too.


After looking around the whole of The Palm house we head outside and walked around the gardens more, perhaps we went in circles a few times but it was so beautiful it didn’t matter.


We found ourselves at the Orangery restaurant next and grabbed a bite to eat, the food was good and i even had a chocolate cake, well, the most chocolaty cake EVER. Dark chocolate, chocolate sponge, chocolate topping, you name it, it was on that cake.


After indulging in a light lunch we moved onto the highlight of the visit, The Princess of Wales Conservatory. In here was the Orchid exhibition, ‘a spectacular carnival of dazzling Brazilian colours’ Grand displays of orchids and perfectly poised sculptures filled this conservatory. It really was a colourful spectacular. The oranges, to reds, to greens, purples and blues offered a spectrum of coloured orchids. Perhaps this would be easier for me to show you rather than explain its wonder ;


See! It’s all incredibly beautiful and charming.

The rainforest tree’s had been covered in hundreds of delicate little flowers. I was mesmorised by nature. So pretty. So perfect.


The front part of the conservatory however was the complete opposite, it was full of cactus’s. All different shapes and sizes, i was surprised by how many different kinds there were . Here in England they aren’t the most popular of plants to be popping up but here there were an incredible amount. Resisting the urge to touch them was difficult.

Just look how cartoon-ish they appear. It’s almost humerous.

 

Finally as it was quite cold we decided to hit one more attraction before heading on the train back home.
What did we go for? You guessed it.

The treetop walkway!

Getting to the top of this walkway does mean you will have to climb over a hundred steps , but it is so worth it! Even on this cold windy day, being able to take a moment and look over the park felt somewhat surreal. The view is pretty and i can only imagine in the summer it will be even better! We walked around the whole treetops and admittedly at a few points i did freak out about the swaying of the walkway, all in all it was a lovely moment.


Have you been to Kew Gardens?

Let me know in the comments below,

Thanks for reading!

Danielle Jade

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A guide to exploring Copenhagen.

Hello everyone, i’m back with another travel blog!

Todays post is about my recent visit to the wonderful city of Copenhagen in Denmark.

 
I was lucky enough to go for my 24th birthday and whilst away on our short trip together Naomi and i managed to fit in as much as possible. Now first of all let me just say, If you’re debating the trip over to Copenhagen, then stop now, just get on skyscanner and book those (usually found cheap) flights. Its a wonderful little city and i fully enjoyed every single second we were there.

Now let’s take a look at my trip to COPENHAGEN (points to you if you said it like Brittany Snow does in Pitch Perfect Two)

Upon arrival we hopped in a taxi to our hotel, we were staying at the Ascot Hotel, right by the Tivoli Gardens. (The taxi was super cheap and cost about £20) When we arrived at the hotel, we were shown to our room, put down our bags, sorted ourselves out, put on our coats, grabbed our umbrellas and head out. We only had the evening of the first night so we head straight to the city centre and walked amongst the shops of the beautiful Strøget. The streets were lines with beautiful christmas decorations and fairy lights lit up the front of many grand shops.

 

Hungry from our flight we head into a beautiful little restaurant/cafe and pulled up our little table for two. As soon as i saw it on the menu, i was ready for it, Espresso Martini. OH boy, this was delicious just look at it;

 
It was exactly what i needed. Here i am, the birthday girl with my favourite birthday drink.

As it was my birthday Naomi had paid for us to go watch the Dans2Go performance whilst we were over there, they were doing the White Swan adagio of Swan Lake at The old Stage in Copenhagen.

 

It was a beautiful stage, for an excellently performed ballet and a perfect evening. I adore ballet, i alway have, i always will. You know that feeling you get when you see something you love so much and you feel instant joy, i felt that way throughout the whole piece.After the ballet finished, we were both very tired so called it a night.

The next day we were up early, hitting the breakfast in the hotel and ready for the day! Now, my friend Laura had just been to Copenhagen and recommended that we take the train up to the north  to Humlebæk and visit the Louisiana Art Museum. When we got there it was beautiful! The museum over looks the sea and it was stunning.

 
The exhibition that was on at the time we arrived was Yayoi Kusama, I highly encourage you to google Yayoi Kusama and bathe in the wonder of her life. Here’s a few of my favourite moments around the museum.

 

You see the first picture, all the colours are made up from singular sticky dots. You take your sticker and place it wherever you desire. It was such a cool experience.

After we had a look around the shops (I’m looking at you Sephora) we decided we would head back to the hotel. We wrapped up warm before heading for food and to what i was most excited to explore on this trip, the Tivoli Gardens. For those of you who may not already know what Tivoli Garden is, it is an amusement park that come December time is turned into the most magical Winter Wonderland.

 
Just look at the architecture;

 
The little huts, hosting different shops and stalls were the perfect escape from the bitter cold. As we wandered around the whole of the Tivoli Gardens we realised just how much time you could truly spend in the wonderland. There were a lot of different aspects to the park, you could go on the rides, shop the cabins, grab a bit to eat in the restaurants, indulge in the chocolates and treats or like we did, stroll aimlessly for hours and then grab a hot chocolate to warm up.


Perhaps what i found most amazing about the Tivoli Gardens was that it wasn’t crowded AT ALL. It was perfect, maybe that’s because we did go early afternoon but it was already dark by 5 so we didn’t miss the winter atmosphere.

As the time went by it was becoming later and later and my stomach was rumbling.
We head to the Meat Packing district in Vesterbro and found the best place for pizza EVER (bold but true statement) called Neighbourhood. Naomi and i love to eat well and these pizza were all organic! AMAZING. Also did i mention they were huge!
Check it;

  

After that we moved onto a hidden  almost speak easy cocktail bar called 1656. We had looked up places to get a drink and this one just kept popping up on the list. Now let me tell you something, this place was not easy to find. It is extremely hidden away. You would not know that this is a bar.


At first i didn’t trust Naomi when she suggested we just walk in, i was convinced it was the door to someones home! We saw one person exit and peeped around the door before entering. Once we got inside, it reminded me of a bar you’d find in Cabaret. It was very dark, with only minimal dim lighting and old chesterfield furniture filled the place. Moving on to the best part of the night, the cocktails there….OH MAAAAA. They were incredible! See for yourself;

 
They were truly delicious. Mine of course was gin based, it had in elderflower and was dressed with edible flowers. So refreshing. So adorable. After we had a few cocktails, we decided to call it a night and enjoy the walk back to our room.

The next morning we got up super early and again head down for breakfast. With it being our last day we packed and got prepared to spend out last hours in Copenhagen sight seeing. We head back through amongst the shops and carried on walking to hit some of the most popular tourist attractions.

This part of Copenhagen is called Nyhavn. Here are the little houses you think of when you picture Copenhagen . FUN FACT: Hans Christian Andersen lived in three different houses on this strip.Nowadays though there are very few (if any) that are used for living in and most have been turned into restaurants and pubs. All boasting different music, atmospheres and genres this strip is a must see for anyone looking to eat in Copenhagen.

 
Our next stop was to admire the beautiful scenes around The Royal Danish Opera House. The view here is breathtaking, you have to get a boat over to the Opera house. The calm ambience that surrounds this area can only be compared to a dream. The walk from here up to the Little mermaid statue is long but peaceful. It was a perfect sightseeing walk and a chance to relax and collect your thoughts. (Side note; If you don’t want to be silent for a while i suggest you get bikes, this journey felt long!)

 
Walking past the Royal Danish Playhouse we arrived at the Little Mermaid statue. Honestly the main reason i went to admire this statue was because my best friend adores the Little Mermaid and there was no way i was leaving without getting a photograph for her. It was busier than i expected at the site of the statue, with not a lot more around i expected it to be quiet but it was a whole group of people climbing down the rocks to pose for a photo with the mermaid.

  As we sat on a bench by the mermaid it dropped cooler and we decided to head back down to the centre, this time walking amongst the houses and heading through a beautiful park to see the Amalienborg Palace. This palace was outstanding, so grand, so elegant and as luck should have it we arrived just as the guards were changing and watched their changing of the guards parade.

 
Continuing down we head back towards the meat packing district to find somewhere to eat, after what felt like hours of hunting, we decided on a little cafe/pub and we ordered a lot of food! We had a starter of bruschetta to share, each had a main with a glass of Prosecco then a chocolate pudding and a hot drinks to finish. It was going to be our last meal in Copenhagen so we did treat ourselves. Did i need the hot chocolate? Probably not. Did it taste delicious. YES.

 
As we wandered around Copenhagen taking the scenic route to our Hotel, i was sad to be leaving. What i admired most about this trip was that it didn’t feel like i had gone away from home. Everyone is so friendly,so individual, and as a city it really does give off the vibe of such a relaxed place to be. I didn’t feel like i had any pressures or worries whilst i was there. Given, i was on a birthday break, so i literally didn’t, but also because it isn’t the largest of places to explore therefor it’s easy to navigate around and most importantly it feels safe. Copenhagen was very tranquil and very beautiful. I went in winter when it was pretty cold and i admired the markets, the theatre, the museums, the restaurants. Everything. I think it’s perfect for a weekend break. You can get a lot done in a few days because it isn’t too big. Next time i’ll be sure to ride a bike around Copenhagen as that appeared to be the most used mode of transport. Honestly, didn’t get this at first and nearly walked into a GROUP of bikers. Not my finest moment.

 
I hope you enjoyed reading my Copenhagen blog.
Let me know in the comments if you have or are planning to visit Copenhagen.

Thanks Danielle Jade

X

 

 

 

The Bloggers Hangout – LFW- Event. What caught my eye?! 

Hello beautiful people, todays post is a look back on my day at the Bloggers Hangout event i recently attended.

The event was at 1pm and by that point i think i had spent enough time applying every highlighter i just purchased before putting on my new favourite all black Noisey May dress and requesting my Uber. The theme was all black chic which is perfect for my 99% black wardrobe.

Once my Uber dropped me off i was immediately lost! Perfect, well done Danielle. Luckily a fellow blogger was there to endure the hunt for the venue with me and we did eventually make it, even if we did think we were walking into someones back garden at one point.

The venue was smaller than i imagined but i do think that added to the atmosphere. It created the hustle and  bustle of an almost indoor market feel whilst maintaining the peace and ambience  any compact and well organised event would.

There were so many fabulous brands within the building and i loved chatting to everyone. All the tasters i tried were truly delicious, it would be so hard to pinpoint a favourite!

 
I did come away with some items, that i just have to share with you all though, as some of these really did catch my eye.

First up,

Cranes. This company is set up by twin brothers that put the focus of their ciders into the hands of tiny little cranberries. They have three very distinct yet very different flavours; original cranberry, strawberry and kiwi and my favourite raspberry and pomegranate.

 

 Not only do these ciders taste, crisp, clean and ultimately delicious, they are only 99 calories a bottle! Perfect for those of us who want to cut down on sugar.
The gift box of three retails at £8 which i think is perfect pricing, less than £3 per bottle for this unique cranberry cider.

Next up is a brand called get buzzing. You may have heard of these guys before, they are making delicious flapjacks with no nuts at all in the product. With 100% natural ingredients these snack bars are perfect for people on the go. They are also vegetarian which is an added bonus.

 
I took away the peanut butter flapjack as I didn’t understand how this could taste anything like peanut butter if it contained no actual peanuts.The flapjack tasted mainly plain at first but the more of the bar you eat, you get a sense into the fact that there is some peanut butter flavour incorporated.Now if I was to be super picky I’d say more peanut butter flavour please, but the point of this product isn’t for it to taste 100% like peanut butter it’s to create a taste illusion for people who may be allergic to nuts and that is brilliant.

Onto the next bar that truly fascinated me, the crobar.

 
Watching people’s faces as we are told this product contains cricket flour was one of my personal highlights within the whole event. There’s the immediate, ew. Followed by the temptation to try it, the questions of why!? Then the actual taste.
Fascinated I opted for the peanut flavour in hopes it would have a weaker taste than raw cocoa and I was correct.

 
I actually enjoyed the taste of this bar but not the texture. This product won’t crumble is an almost wet dough like texture that squished together. For me that texture is what I couldn’t get my head around more than the fact it had cricket flour in.

Next up, another favourite of mine. Bluebird tea co gave me two samples to take away. Immediately I loved the packaging. I drink tea nearly everyday. Peppermint tea has become my hangover remedy.

 
The Mojitea, is delicious! Peppermint and lime are two of my favourite flavours and I let this brew until it was quite strong to really keep in those flavours. I wouldn’t say it tastes exactly like a mojito but it is as close as a tea can get.

The morning kick tea, I wish I hadn’t brewed it for as long. Ginger can be quite a hit or miss flavour for myself and I think had I taken the tea bag out sooner I would have enjoyed this more. The smell of this tea however is incredible! It really does make me feel ready for the day.
Finally I started with a drink so I’ll end with a drink. (Well jelly)

 
From cocktail mania, Jelly shots. I’m sure on the day these girls had a mission to get everyone drunk, I obviously happily obliged. How could I say no?

 
Alcohol and colours that look like they came straight out of Willy Wonkas  factory. I’m in. The flavours were delicious. I would like all the flavours at every future party I host please!

Other brands I didn’t bring away testers from but highly adored include Co-Yo and the protein drinks co and Ross and Ross.

 
These brands certainly caught my eye, I found their products were fascinating and the brand representatives very informative and relatable. I wish I could post more about them however I’m afraid I didn’t take away products to fully review for you all now.

 
I had so much fun at the event, I think I’m starting to get the hang of these now, and going on my own isn’t half as scary as I think it’s going to be.

Thank you to the team over at Bloggers Hangout for inviting me. I cannot wait to see what else you have in store!

Thanks for reading Danielle Jade

(I better go eat now, I’m super hungry after this)