My Top 5 places to eat and drink in York.

When we decided to take a road trip from London and head on up to York I had no idea what to expect and once I started telling friends and colleagues about our little getaway, without fail, they ALL said what a lovely, historic city it is with quality pubs, restaurants and bars lining the streets…. They weren’t wrong! I had a work colleague send me a list of places to try and so these places are based on those recommendations. We ventured into other bars too but these listed venues were our favourites.

1). Revolution York: This bar is an iconic building with an amazing view as it is right on the river. There are 2 levels and it is very spacious which as we saw on the Saturday night, is required because it can get so busy! There were hens parties everywhere! If you’re trying to meet a lady, it’s the place for you…. obviously don’t go for the women wearing the veils and ‘Hen’ sashes. The decor is trendy and hip and you can walk through the patio doors to wine or dine outside. We were in luck with the weather and everyone was out enjoying the warmth of the sunshine! On Fridays they have 2 for 1 cocktails and we had the best Espresso Martinis (in my opinion)! On the Saturday we had an Espresso Martini in a funky reggae bar, Turtle bay…. It didn’t compare with Revolution. The food at Revolution was very tasty too… We enjoyed a burger with fries/sweet potato fries. Overall, fantastic view, ambience and cocktails!


2). The Evil Eye: A lounge/bar specialising in my favourite beverage, gin, and they’re popular for their cocktails. I had a sensational gin (a double) and started giving Kurt the eye so we had to go. 😉




3). The Three Legged Mare: We stumbled into this pub on our way home Friday night for ‘one last drink’ and we were so glad we did! There was a group of locals casually playing the most epic folk music! They were amazing! We danced and we danced… Ok, I danced and I danced. So, I recommend heading along on a Friday as they have open folk music night every Friday.

4). Mumbai Lounge: an Indian restaurant suggested to us with impeccable service! The food was superb too. We shared some garlic and cheese naan as well as Chicken Tikka. When I saw another couple’s meals come out before ours I was concerned the one meal wouldn’t be enough but it was the perfect portion for us to be satisfied, full but not bursting at the seams needing to undo our buttons full.

5). Mannion and Co. Kitchen: A popular brunch venue which we found through Trip Advisor. We arrived at 9:45 to see they opened at 10 and there was already a queue! We took this as a good sign and they did not let us down! I enjoyed a yummy Eggs Benedict with ham and Kurt enjoyed a Yorkshire Rarebit (melted cheese and bacon on toast) as well as a sausage roll which was also very tasty. We took a slice of Rocky Road for ‘the road’ and ohhhh myyy goodness…. DELICIOUS!!


Please, do let me know if you go to these places or if you have been. York is such a beautiful, old city and we also loved the Museum Gardens (where they have the best little ice cream stand), walking the walls, seeing Clifford’s Tower and also admiring the York Minster. 

Annemarie Borlind; Natural Beauty from The Black Forest, Germany.

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Annemarie Borlind is an innovative clean skincare and makeup brand you need to keep your eyes on. The brand was established in 1959 and has received more than 60 industry distinctions and awards and over 40 “excellent” ratings in tests. In 2014 in Latvia, they were awarded the Cosmopolitan Beauty Award for Anti-Aging Make-Up in the category, “Best Liquid Foundation”. They received the BSB Innovation Prize in 2015 for the “Most Innovative Natural Product”. These are just two of their many awards…

Annemarie Borlind is a family business which was established in the Black Forest in 1959. One thing that really appeals to me is the integrity of this business… It is still a family business and they STILL source ingredients from the Black Forest AND the products are still produced there, which I love. INTEGRITY.

The products are NATURAL, VEGAN AND FREE FROM (animal extracts, mineral derivatives, fragrances).

Over the past few weeks, I have been trying their ZZ Sensitive System Anti Stress skincare range and this is a review based purely on my experience.

First, to gain a thorough understanding of my experience, you should know a little about my skin. I have a skin condition, psoriasis, which I am under biological treatment however due to traveling and living in the U.K. and being away from my specialist in Australia I have not been able to keep my doses up and my psoriasis has flared; meaning I get dry, red patches which look like spots over my face and body. Thankfully it is mostly under control except for a few annoying spots right in the middle of my forehead. Being Winter and with the cold, dry air lately, it has been inflamed, sore and flaky. I have always struggled with finding skincare and makeup products that ‘fit’ with my skin. I have tried drug store brands, organic brands and high end products too. I find that I have to change it up sometimes depending on the season and how my psoriasis is responding. I would say generally, I have balanced skin but if my psoriasis is flaring it is sensitive and dry. This can be difficult as I near 30 because I want to ensure I am also benefiting in terms of anti-ageing.  To be honest, I also love some brands that aren’t necessarily completely natural BUT my skin feels best with more natural products so I try to use natural skincare and makeup more often than not.

Alongside Kora and Arbonne I now know that Annemarie Borlind is another soothing natural brand on my ‘safe’ list.

I was thrilled when my Annemarie Borlind products arrived. The packaging itself is sleek and luxurious yet simple. I received the Mild Cleansing Emulsion, Strengthening Facial Gel, Regenerative Day Cream, Fortifying Night Cream and the Regenerative Eye Cream. I love that they are in glass and not in tubs open to germs. For me, the pumps on the cleanser, gel and day cream are a huge plus for this same reason – I am not having to dip my fingers into product (or a spatula repeatedly) and you can control the quantity easily.

cleanserMild Cleansing Emulsion: If I could bathe my whole body in this I would. It is incredibly soothing, gentle and it feels somewhat milky. It feels amazing. When I wear makeup, I cleanse twice to thoroughly clean my skin. I was also given a cleansing sponge which I was using initially but when I washed my face in the morning, some makeup was still coming off so I then started using the sponge for the first cleanse and then my usual cotton pads for the 2nd cleanse so that I could see when there was nothing else coming off my skin. Cost £19.50

Strengthening Facial Gel: This gel is refreshing to apply after a shower. It is a gel consistency (obviously) but I didn’t find it gooey like other gels I previously tried. This gel prepares the skin for both the day and night creams. Cost £23.5

Regenerative Day Cream: This glides on very smoothly and it has a nice, light consistency. It feels really lovely on and it is very soothing. The natural ingredients promote cell renewal. I found it didn’t take much for it to settle into my skin. Cost £33.5

Fortifying Nighnight-creamt Cream: This is another product I really like! It has a slightly thicker consistency than the day cream but again, after massaging in, I can really feel my pores soaking it in. This cream has a prebiotic and probiotic complex which work to bring your flora and PH back into balance. Golden Orchid is one of the primary ingredients in this beauty… An ingredient which is in Guerlain’s Orchidee Imperiale range but sold at a fraction of the price! Cost£24.5eye-cream


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: I love this eye cream! I find it especially feels nice when applying in the morning because it’s not too thick and it really feels soothing. It also contains Golden Orchid which also works to strengthen the skin’s natural protection mechanisms. It does also assist with reducing wrinkles… Yes please! Cost £20.50

Overall, the ZZ Sensitive range is very soothing and I would recommend it to others who have sensitive skin. I did find that in Winter in the UK with my psoriasis being inflamed, and my skin feeling much drier that I would really benefit from a thicker day and night cream. The Annemarie Borlind team are amazing and initially we did discuss trying a different system which targets dry skin but because of my concern with my skin being sensitive and because I was trying this brand for the first time, I went with this range to be on the safe side. I know I will love using this range when it is Spring and Summer. I had absolutely no reactions or breakouts!

If you are wanting to order some products or explore their ranges, click here. If you’re unsure of the range for you, just contact their team and I’m sure they will be more than happy to help you with your concerns.

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What makes you feel ALIVE?

I find it so interesting when you see something in particular and then whatever it is, pops up all around you! This literally just happened… I posted a dancing video on Instagram and noted that it makes me feel alive. NEXT THING I see one of my favourite bloggers, Lottie Murphy using the word ‘alive’ in a brand new blog and the Lorna Jane Active Instagram posted about feeling ‘alive’ just minutes after my post?!?! I think it is pretty amazing. I’m about to get ‘airy-fairy’ (for some) BUT I really believe when you send messages out to the Universe, the Universe returns those thoughts and feelings, multiplied.

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Dancing has been one of those things, probably the number ONE activity and time when I feel COMPLETELY ALIVE. I let loose. I lose control of my feet. My legs are going. My hands are going (think spirit fingers). My hips don’t lie and, well, baby got back! My husband thinks I’m hard to dance with BUT I just can’t help it… When an upbeat song comes on, I have to get my wiggle on. I’m suddenly full of confidence and don’t have a care in the world. I’m probably hopeless but I don’t care because I’m having fun and swinging my hips to the rhythm of the night. I actually love pulling out the old school dance moves too… Filling up the shopping trolley, the sprinkler… You know the ones?

My most treasured childhood memories have included dancing… Dancing in the lounge room with my mum as a child, dancing with grandparents at New Year celebrations, dancing to Britney Spears with my primary school friends, learning the finale song from Dirty Dancing with a bestie, teaching my dance moves to my younger sisters and dancing around the kitchen with my husband.

I often wished I went to some type of dancing class as a child… I actually did a couple of times. I think I went to a ballet class OR I just had a new, yellow tutu… I have evidence of this tutu but unfortunately I fell into a pond one day and ruined it. We moved to Groote Eylandt not long after that when I was 7. The only dance class offered there was line dancing… Which I did. Of course. In high school I remember having to learn the Tango and we were assessed too. I was a fairly quiet girl yet you wouldn’t have known it when it was time for our assessment. We were paired up and filmed… I vividly recall our normally conservative English/ Drama teacher positively remarking on how ‘raunchy’ it was. I could tell she liked it. I think she was quite bemused. As I said, dancing just makes every part of me feel alive! I would say generally I’m quite reserved yet it’s like I’m a completely different person when dancing. I realise it IS very much me… Without inhibitions; without fear of judgement or failure. I don’t care if I make mistakes because it is SO much fun!!

You can feel alive in different ways though. Walking amongst nature also makes me feel alive as does swimming in the ocean and yoga (which I need to practice more often). These activities don’t have me openly and energetically sharing my love of a rhythm and a beat but they certainly make me feel present.

So, what makes YOU feel alive?

Hubby and I during our First Dance. Image by Figtree Pictures, Queensland