Hollows Farm Vintage Tearooms, Leicester

*I decided to write this post. It is not in collaboration with anyone.*

I feel like you would only know about Hollows Farm Vintage Tearoom if you lived nearby or a friend told you about it. That’s how my family have came across this little gem. My mum heard about it from a friend at work and although this sweet place is down the road from us, we didn’t know it existed until then! So, I thought why not spread the word, so that Hollows Farm can be enjoyed by all!

I guess you would not think to drive down a farm track, but tucked down a country lane just off the Desford crossroads sits this pretty tearoom.

It definitely has the right to have vintage in the name. As soon as you walk through the door, any vintage-obsessed heart would swoon. From the delicate flowers on the wall, to the matching china cups and teapots, the interior is calming and makes for a wonderful atmosphere to treat yourself.

If I don’t already have a reputation for enjoying a spot of tea and cake, I definitely will have now. To be fair, the past few times have been at the suggestion of my parents, so I can always blame them for me eating lots of cake! I have to say though, I do not regret the cake at Hollows Farm because it was delicious!

The array of tea and cake on offer is fantastic. I’m a traditional English Breakfast kind of girl, but if herbal or fruit tea is your thing, then this is still the place to come. Choosing the cake was the difficult part. All the classics were an option such as Victoria Sponge and Lemon Drizzle, but there were also treats such as a chocolate gateau and an Oreo cake. You can imagine having to make the decision was very hard, but in the end my mum and I both went for the chocolate and orange layer cake, which was certainly no mistake. The only way I can think to describe it is Terry’s Chocolate Orange in cake form!

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I need not say more 

If Terry’s Chocolate Orange in cake form does not make your mouth water (why wouldn’t it?), then have a visit to Hollows Farm and experience this lovely place for yourself.

Megan x

 

 

 

 

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Restaurant Review: The Grey Lady, Newtown Linford

If you haven’t already gathered, I am definitely one for comfort, whether that is clothing or food. My Instagram profile is proof of this. I am a roast dinner and apple crumble kind of person and have never been too fussed about going to restaurants that serve what I would regard as ‘posh food’.

However, this weekend we had a family gathering as a very belated birthday celebration for my uncle. We of course wanted to go somewhere special to eat and The Grey Lady in Newtown Linford was one of the suggestions to pop up.

The restaurant is perhaps not your choice for an everyday place to eat, but it is affordable and offers exclusive, sophisticated dining.

Whilst I was unsure if there was anything that I would like to eat there, the restaurant is lovely. The interior is really calming and as we were a bigger party, we got a room to ourselves, so it did not feel noisy. The room was beautifully decorated, with champagne bottles covering the walls and lighting suspended from antlers. I was even impressed by the toilets, which had individual towels for you to dry your hands on and Rituals hand lotion and soap.

Moving on to the actual food, I did like quite a few things on the menu.

Before we had even been served our choices from the menu, the waitress gave us all a small glass of hot tomato veloute with a rosemary foam. Although you drank it, it was like tomato soup and a nice way to begin the meal.

For my starter, I had smoked ham hock, with potatoes, hollandaise sauce and poached duck egg. I have to admit that I am not too keen on the texture of egg, so my dad did eat that part, but the rest of it was absolutely delicious and it was the first time I had ever had purple potatoes! The presentation was stunning as well and definitely worth photographing, despite the low light.

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For my main course, I went vegetarian. The vegetable lasagna with garlic bread wafers, chargrilled lettuce and balsamic glaze was gorgeous and just the right size. I could not have eaten any more!

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Sadly, after two courses, we were very full and could not manage dessert, despite the fruit crumble and dark chocolate brownie looking very tempting. If I go to The Grey Lady again, I have to choose a main and a dessert!

I highly recommend The Grey Lady for any of you seeking high-end cuisine at an reasonable price. With a stunning setting next to Bradgate Park overlooking the Charnwood countryside, The Grey Lady is a fantastic dining experience.

Megan x

 

LeOne Designers

It is not often that you find independent shops in the middle of a big commercial shopping centre. However, LeOne Designers in Highcross, Leicester has broken this tradition. Situated next to the likes of Mango and Karen Millen, LeOne is a prime example of handmade, high-end, couture fashion right on your doorstep. The shop also sells accessories such as jewellery, hats and scarves handcrafted by local designers, which is fantastic because you can support your community when you purchase anything.  The LeOne Designers was set up and is run by a fashion designer and a millinery & accessories designer. When you go into the shop, you are not just meeting any random sales assistants, but you are meeting the designers themselves, which is really unique.

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Excuse my lack of makeup!

The company is just starting to put their products online at http://leonedesigners.uk/shop/ and I have been lucky enough to sample some of their fabulous clothing and provide you with a 15% discount code MELIFESTYLE15 to be used when you buy anything from LeOne’s online boutique. I will be posting regularly on my social media to show you how diverse the clothes and accessories are. You really can wear them for any occasion!

Black Leggings with Gold Elastic Waistband

http://leonedesigners.uk/shop/ladies/black-leggings-gold-elastic-waistband/

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I am wearing the leggings in Small Petite

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These leggings are truly one of a kind. They are pure luxury and are limited edition, so if you think these take your fancy, I would certainly buy them now.

The legwear with the LE ONE branded brass tag is definitely worth every penny. Whilst a lot of clothing is made from cheaper fabric imported from elsewhere, the fabric used for the leggings is made right here in the UK in Nottingham and the leggings are designed in Leicester. The fully certified Supplex fabric used to make the leggings takes them to the next level. Cotton tends to lose its shape and fade over time, but Supplex gives you the same feel as cotton, whilst maintaining shape and colour, in addition to being breathable and quick-drying.

If the leggings do not already sound like a must-have wardrobe essential, do not forget that you get them in a variety of sizes to suit your legs, from small, medium to large. You can choose what length you want too, with petite, regular and tall (custom order waiting list) all an option.

If you are like me, cotton leggings can get annoying, especially when they become see through or they have massive seams running down the side. LeOne’s leggings, however, do not have these imperfections as the seam is on the inside.

To top it off, they are so comfortable, which is my absolute priority when buying new clothing!

Black and White Polka Dot Dress

http://leonedesigners.uk/shop/ladies/black-and-white-polka-dot-dress-2/

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I am wearing size 10

This gorgeous dress is designed by Ryte, one of the amazing inhouse designers of LeOne and made in Leicester, so you know where your purchase is coming from.

The sizes range from 8-14 in this dress, so is perfect no matter what your figure.

I love the monochrome tone as it has a real air of sophistication. My mind wanders off to Audrey Hepburn when I see this dress.

There is the added benefit of the non-crease fabric, which ideal is you are going on holiday or like me, are a student and hate ironing! Imagine, the elegance of Audrey Hepburn and the pleasure of no ironing. What a winning combination!

LeOne Earrings

http://leonedesigners.uk/shop/ladies/le-one-earrings/

These stunning earrings of the LeOne logo are exclusive to LeOne Designers’ Boutique. They are nickel free and the hook is gold plated, so your ears will be in good company!

I think they are great as either an everyday earring or for a special occasion. You can even match them with the logo on the leggings.

If you want to see of LeOne Designers find them on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Instagram.

In the meantime, use the discount code MELIFESTYLE15 and discover what LeOne has to offer.

Megan x

 

 

 

 

 

Guildhall Christmas Craft Fair, Leicester

Hello everyone! First of all, I am sorry for not posting yesterday. After I got home, I spent about 5 hours writing an essay, so I was too tired to blog after that! Never fear though, not only am I doing this blog post, but I will be vlogging today and tomorrow!

If you haven’t already guessed from some of my previous posts, I am a fan of craft fairs. This weekend, there is a Christmas craft/gift fair at the Guildhall in Leicester, so I really wanted to check it out, as the atmosphere sounded lovely given it is in one of Leicester’s oldest buildings.

Being an old building meant that the stalls were in several different rooms, which was exciting because you didn’t know what you might find. There were so many gorgeous stalls, but unfortunately I couldn’t afford to buy everything. I did take some pictures of the inside, so you can see just how impressive the interior is.

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Great Hall

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How splendid is that fireplace?!

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Latex necklaces were a highlight

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This was just the impressive array of stall in one room!

The Guildhall also has a little courtyard in the middle, where you could pick up some yummy looking burgers and sausages for lunch.

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Nothing like barbecue food to keep you warm

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A sweet little balcony

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The drainpipe spoils the look

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CHRISTMAS TREE!!

 

Although it was cold, the sun was shining, so I managed to get a photo of Leicester Cathedral.

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Of course, the sun had to go behind the clouds for the big wheel!

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If you think that the Guildhall Christmas Craft Fair sounds right up your street, then there is still time, as the fair is running throughout tomorrow.

Megan x