The Cauldron cocktail experience and London ventures

Well hello to you my reader chums! I love visiting London; where I live, I'm lucky enough to be just over an hour away which means a trip there can come with ease. Despite how many times I've been to London, I always find more things to see and do such as the Cauldron cocktail experience. I originally found it when I was googling 'Lord of the Rings activities to do' and it popped up. My boyfriend is a big fan of Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter so I thought it was a great idea for one of his Christmas presents.

The Cauldron cocktail experience

I booked the day for the first week of January as I thought it'll be a lovely way to kick-start the new year and I was right as we both had the best ever-day. Here's what we got up to...

We headed to London in the late afternoon after a relaxing morning and went to Flat Iron to get ourselves a table slot before having a mooch round Covent Garden. Flat Iron is a renowned steakhouse in London and it was our first time here. For those who haven't visited before, be aware that you can't reserve a table, however, if it's busy on arrival, you can put your name down and they'll text you when the table is ready. 

Flat Iron

Flat Iron

Flat Iron

Flat Iron

My boyfriend loves steak so I thought Flat Iron would be the perfect early dinner spot. I have to say it certainly lived up to every good review I've heard. I'm not the biggest meat eater, however, the steak there was super yummy and the side dishes complimented it well. We ordered delicious strawberry cocktails and to finish, they give you free ice cream - you can't go wrong!

Covent Garden exploring


Covent Garden exploring
Covent Garden exploring

Covent Garden is one of my favourite spots in London. It has the quaintest shops, a few markets and plenty of side streets to find little trinkets. Even if you're not in the market to splurge, it makes for a lovely place to window shop and watch live entertainment. For more things to do in Covent Garden, check out my guide.

The Cauldron cocktail experience


The Cauldron cocktail experience

Now for the main event of the day, The Cauldron cocktail experience. The Cauldron was located around a 5-minute walk from the Elephant and Castle tube station in a cool looking building/tent. As we walked into the building, the entrance/hallway had all fantasy-themed decorations which really got us in the spirit of things. We then got handed robes and our wand for the evening - all suited and booted for our magic lesson.

The Cauldron cocktail experience

The Cauldron cocktail experience

Once we entered the tent, we were both amazed at the entire interior. It looked ever so rustic with a themed combination of all the famous fantasy novels running through. There were wooden tables, fairy lights, piles of books and plant-looking decorations.

The Cauldron cocktail experience

The Cauldron cocktail experience london

We got sat at our table (number 3.5) and in front of us was a magical box and a list of cocktails to choose from. We picked a tequila-based and rum-based one, and the staff then brought out the first group of ingredients to make the cocktail. Making them was super fun! We had to do a combination of mixing liquids, using magic to open secret doors and heating up condiments to make smokey looking cocktails. Every stage was like a 'wow' moment especially when the staff produced fire from their hands and the cocktails lit up. My favourite cocktail was the rum one as even though it was very strong, it had a lovely aroma of cinnamon and oranges. 

The Cauldron cocktail experience london

The Cauldron cocktail experience london

The Cauldron cocktail experience

The Cauldron cocktail experience

The Cauldron overall was a really exciting and interesting experience! We had the best time crafting cocktails and being immersed into magical fantasy land. If you're a fan of Harry Potter or not, I'd highly recommend. It's certainly something different to your usual cocktail class.

I hope you enjoyed this insight into our London day out and Cauldron experience. Have you visited before?

Thank you for reading <3




Current favourites

Well hello to you my reader chums! January and the new year is officially here, and as I feel it's a bit too late to write December favourites (as I usually write favourites posts in the first few days of each month), I've decided to share everything I've been loving at the minute. The past month or so have been pretty busy, however, I've tried a few new things out that I couldn't wait to share with you.

Here are my current favourites...

Current favourites

Mac's 'Amber Lights' eyeshadow 

An oldie but goldie, Mac's 'Amber Light's eye shadow will forever be a favourite of mine. I go through stages in wearing it all the time to not wearing it at all. If your blue eyed like me, the copper colour will compliment your eyes incredibly well. The shadow is intensely pigmented, blends really well and works for a lovely winter look.

Bath and Bodyworks snowflakes and cashmere shower gel 

Every blogger and Youtuber hype about Bath and Body works, however, I hadn't got my hands on any of their products until my best friend ( who recently moved to Dubai) brought me back a few bits. I was so excited and couldn't wait to try them! The shower gel was as dreamy as the bottle described and has that subtle festive scent. It lathered well and the scent lingered - I'd describe as vanilla with a hint of spice and sugar.

Fabriah haircare 

I recently got sent an exciting haircare range, Fabriah Beauty. They sent it a month or so ago and in the last few weeks, I've really got to grips in testing out and actually loving it. Fabriah Beauty's range is a little different from your standard shampoo and conditioner, and their products are named things like 'cleanzer' and sealer. After trialling the products for a few weeks, I've loved the difference they've done to my hair. It's a lot softer and has that sleek look - which doesn't really happen to my naturally curly/frizzy hair. I'm going to do a full review of these products outlining the steps on how to use them and my detailed thoughts - so keep your eyes peeled for that.

Natural line eye makeup remover


When it comes to waterproof mascara and mascara in general, I always find it's the most stubborn product to get off and that's why a good makeup remover is essential. I was recently sent this Natural Line eye makeup remover and found it really did the trick. Usually, I use the Micellar water to take all my makeup off, however, found this one does a more thorough job. Also, it's hardly got any scent and feels natural on the skin.

Current favourites

Korres shower gel in 'Pear'

I've been wanting to try Korres products for years that when I got my hands on a few shower gels, I was beside myself with excitement. I got given a few mini ones all in different fragrances including my favourite, the pear one. The shower gels feel ultra-natural and luxurious on the skin, and have such lingering fragrances. I hope to try more of their products in the future!

Driving 

If you've read my 2018 highlights, then you'd know late last year I passed my driving test and I still couldn't be more thrilled. The past month or so, I've absolutely been loving driving. I've got myself an old Corsa and it's the cutest little car I've named Evie. I've driven her to so many places already and love the freedom driving has brought.

Planning my travels 

If you've also read my New Years resolutions, then you'd know this year I'm heading off to southeast Asia for a few months in February and literally couldn't be more excited. At the minute, I'm planning with my boyfriend all the things we're going to do out there and what we want to see. It's all very exciting!

Tartan scarves 

I've been a lover of Tartan scarves for years, they're my go-to autumn/winter accessory and I love adding more to the collection. My best pal got me a gorgeous colourful scarf for Christmas and I've love being able to pair it and inject some colour into my outfit.

I hope you enjoyed my current favourites. What are you loving at the minute?

Thank you for reading <3

New Years resolutions - hello 2019

Well hello to you my reader chums and welcome 2019! Every year I always love to document my resolutions online so I'm able to check back throughout the year and see if I'm still achieving them.  I've got a lot of plans for 2019 and have a great feeling about it. I can't wait to see what the next 12 months have in store! 

Here are my new year's resolutions...

New years resolutions - hello 2019


Look after me more -  In 2018, life was a bit of a rollercoaster and at times really busy that I often didn't take care of myself in the way I should have. I'm talking in terms of self-care, ensuring I eat a good diet, work-out regularly, take the time to do efficient skin care and have a lot of 'me' time, to unwind. This year, I want to make more of an effort to eat good food and take the time every evening to ensure I fully relax and get a lovely sleep. 

Document every bit of my travels - This year I have a lot of exciting travel plans coming up. In February, my boyfriend and I are travelling to southeast Asia for two months. We're planning to visit Dubai, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam. We've both never visited Asia before so I can't wait to experience the different cultures, food, and sights. As we'll be gone for such a long time, I want to keep a written log of everything we do so that when I return home I can read back to our first few days and share everything on my blog. I also want to include other travel plans in my travel journal as it's a lovely way to share my thoughts in that particular moment.

Build my business - If you saw my 2018 highlights post then you'd know I began my own baking business last year with my sister and have loved every minute of it. After my travels, I have big plans on how we can grow it and different things I want to do! Follow along with our journey over on Twinnies Bake Facebook page.

Stop caring about little things - As I've gotten a bit older, I've learned to stop worrying about the little things, however, I've still got a long way to go. People's words can still hurt and I overthink a lot of things. I hope to change that by altering my mindset over time, and learning what's really important, and what really matters.

Spend more time in the moment - In the social media world we live in, I get wrapped up in taking pictures or videoing things for the Instagram stories instead of simply just enjoying them. Towards the end of 2018, I began to step away from doing it so much and it's something I want to carry on pursuing. There's a lot of pressure to have the perfect feed and show off on social media that I often forget that's not what life is all about. It's about living and spending it with the ones who mean most.

Blogging - Blogging is my favourite thing in the world, come April I would have been running my blog for 6 years, and to be honest I never want to stop. This blog has given many opportunities and the chance to share and grow my writing skills with an online community. As I'll be travelling for two months, I won't have the access to blog and it's going to be the strangest feeling, however, once I'm home, I've got loads of content planned and can't wait to grow and build 'Della Loves Nutella even more.

I hope you enjoyed reading my resolutions! What are your goals for 2019?

Thank you for reading <3

2018 highlights

Well hello to you my reader chums! 2018 was a crazy year; it had many highs, lows and more change than I ever expected. However, it was a period in my life that has taught me so much and guided me into the next exciting chapter. The past year had many laugh-out-loud moments, holidays and days out I've adored, that I can't wait to share them.

2018 highlights


Here are my 2018 highlights...

Aladdin the musical 

The new year kicked off with a lovely and exciting trip to London, to see Aladdin the musical. I got my boyfriend Dan it as a Christmas present and couldn't wait to see his reaction to the show. Prior to the show, I also found an Aladdin themed afternoon tea at Cutter and Squidge, a quaint bakery tucked away in London's busy streets. We both adored the tea; they were really creative with all the food ideas and the decoration was insane. Unfortunately, they don't do that tea anymore but offer a wizard one there instead.

Aladdin the musical

Aladdin afternoon tea

The show was a production that really blew us away. It was a combination of bright colours, electric songs, dances, and hilarious characters - we especially loved the genie.

Paris 


5 day guide to paris

For our first Valentine's Day together, Dan and I whisked off to Paris for a few days and had the best ever time. Paris really is a completely unique city and has a charm you can't find anywhere else. I fell in love with its quaint streets, adorable cafes and historic churches. It's simply a lovely place to stroll around. We did all the candid sights, visited Disneyland and explored all the backstreets. It's definitely a Valentine's we'll never forget. Find out more in my 5-day guide to Paris and 8 things you need to know before visiting Paris tips post..

1st anniversary 





In March, Dan and I celebrated one year of being together and did it in such a memorable way. Dan surprised me to a Beauty and the Beast afternoon tea (my favourite ever Disney film) and then dinner at the Shard. I felt like the luckiest girl on earth to be spoilt with such luxuries. We then did a day two of celebrations where I treated us to a spa day and dinner out. We're coming up to two years together now, and I still count my lucky stars every day that I've found someone like him.

Lisbon 


3 day guide to lisbon

In April, I jetted off for a few days in Lisbon with my favourite gal pals. We explored all the famous sights, soaked up the sun and drank all the wine in sight. It was a lovely few days surrounded by people I adore in a city I grew to love. Lisbon has a very quirky and alternative vibe with its traditional trams and quaint streets. Find out more in my 3-day guide.

Copenhagen 


3 day guide to copenhagen

Every year, my twin sister and I love to go on holiday together for a few days and this time we chose Copenhagen. I've always heard the loveliest things about the city that when I saw a flight offer, we decided to jump at the chance. Copenhagen really lived up to its name. It's probably one of the only cities I've visited that doesn't feel touristy at all and has the loveliest calm appeal. Despite that, there are still plenty of things to see and do, and a whole culture to explore. Find out more in my 3-day guide.

Ed Sheeran and Demi Lovato 



I'm a bit of a concert addict, I absolutely adore seeing my favourite artists live and singing along with a large crowd. In June, I was lucky enough to see my two favourite artists, Ed Sheeran, and Demi Lovato. Ed lit up Wembley with his heavenly voice and Demi brought sass to the 02. They are two nights I'll never forget and cherish in my heart forever.

Brighton


2 day guide to brighton

As someone who was brought up by the coast, I'm most certainly a beach baby. Being at the seaside is the most calming thing ever and my happy place, that when my boyfriend surprised me with a few days in Brighton for my 22nd birthday, I couldn't be more thrilled. Brighton is my favourite city in the UK as it has the seaside appeal as well as the city vibe. We had a lovely few days exploring, eating good food and celebrating the year of 22. Find out more in my Brighton guide.

Belfast


3 day guide to belfast

3 day guide to belfast

For my boyfriend's birthday, I surprised him with a few days in Belfast. I mainly booked the trip to go on a Game of Thrones tour but also to explore the beautiful Irish city. It was our first time in Ireland, and we loved the combination of city and country vibe Belfast had to offer. Check out our adventure in this guide.

Dan's graduation


In September, Dan graduated with his degree and I couldn't be more proud of him. It was a lovely and celebratory day surrounded by his family, and I'll cherish it always.

Tenerife




Also in September, and as a final holiday of the year, I jetted off to Tenerife with Dan's family. It was one of those trips that were ever so relaxing and we spent most of it chilling and socialising, which made a big difference in doing loads of things when away and I loved it. For once, I could just de-stress and enjoy.

Twinnies Bake



Twinnies Bake

2018 was also the year my sister and I started our business, Twinnies Bake. After an unfortunate job loss, we decided to take the plunge and finally make our dreams a reality. So far, we've been loving to run the baking business and hope to do big things with it in the future. We began with our specialty brownies and have continued adding items to the menu such as cookies, cupcakes and celebratory cakes.

Passing my driving test



My biggest accomplishment of the year, however, has to be finally passing my driving test. I've been learning on and off for years now so to finally have a certificate and car to my name means the world to me.

I hope you enjoyed this highlight style post. What were your 2018 highlights?

Thank you for reading <3

8 things you need to know before visiting Paris

Well hello to you my reader chums! The famous city of love and a must-see for everyone, Paris is a city like no other. I visited last with my boyfriend in February and fell in love with the city. Paris has something for everyone; the hustle and bustle near the sights, quaint tucked away streets and shops galore. It's a large city but not too large you're unable to see it in a few days - and whether this is your first or second time in the city, here are 8 things you need to know.

8 things you need to know before visiting Paris

Food is expensive

It may sound obvious, but with any city break you can expect the food to be expensive, but Paris, however, is on another level. As it's a popular city and flocked with tourists every day, food in the city centre can be on the pricey side. Choose to stay away from that; don't dine right next to tourist attractions as that's where you'll be stuck with the hefty price tag.

Invest in a tube pass

Travel in the city is personal preference to many, however, I would highly recommend investing in a tube pass. It can be useful whether you're staying right next to the Eiffel Tower or further out in the city, as you're able to get to every area of the city with ease. Like any city, they sell them over a course of a day or a few days and cover various zones. I'd recommend the one that focuses on the main centre (I think that was zone 1-3) as then you're able to get around all the sights for one price. The tube system is similar to London's with fewer lines and is a lot easier to navigate. They also have interactive maps at each station which show the stops near the attractions.

Be aware of the scams 

It's always important to be safe and wary in a city as these are the places scams can occur, especially in Paris. My boyfriend and I got stopped a few times before we realised it was actually a scam going on - older women would come up to ask and ask us to sign a petition for a 'charity', they would then demand money and ask for more and more. You have to simply walk away and not make eye contact otherwise they can follow you.

Take advantage of free sights 

In the same breath, make sure you take advantage of free sights. Even though Paris is an expensive city, there are hundreds of things you can do for free. For example, the Notre Dame has free entry and The Louvre museum is free for EU citizens under the age of 26. The Sacre Coeur has free admission and you can also find a few free galleries. Paris is also home to many pretty shopping streets such as the Champs-Elysses, and many gardens to explore.

8 things you need to know before visiting Paris

Pre-book attractions 

Paris is a very busy city during the course of the year and especially at peak times so if you're planning on visiting then, pre-book attractions. Sights such as the Eiffel Tower, river tours, and Disneyland.

Its secluded hidden gems 

Although Paris is generally a very busy city, one of my favourite things about it was the hidden gems. I'm talking about when you walk off the beaten path and discover quaint cafes, bakeries and trinket shops. They had a real authentic feel and I loved exploring them. My favourite area was around where the Notre Dame is - the spot is full of all the characteristic things I mentioned, perfect if you were looking somewhere private to eat.

Dinner times 

Regarding eating out for dinner in Paris, many restaurants open their dinner menu a lot later and if you aim to eat around 5pm, you'll probably be the only one in the restaurant. However, this can be a good thing if you love privacy! 

Disneyland advice

One of the reasons a lot of people can come to Paris is of course for the magical Disneyland. On our trip, we took a day out to do just that - visit the park and we both loved every minute. It's as magical as they all say, with the exciting rides, beautiful castle, characters, and the famous parade. A few tips for Disney I would say: firstly, buy your tickets in advance as it can save a lot of money and time when you enter the park. Secondly, if you're travelling from central Paris via train, ensure your tube pass covers the zone Disney is in. We made that mistake and didn't have tickets for the right station when we arrived. Disney is in zone 5 so when you're buying the tube ticket, ensure to get the zone 1-5 instead of 1-3. Also, food is pricey so bring your own if on a budget or if you wanted to dine in one of the cool restaurants, book in advance.

8 things you need to know before visiting Paris

To find out what there is to see and do, and where to eat in Paris, check out my 5-day guide to the city.

I hope you enjoyed this Paris post. Which other tips do you have about visiting the French capital?

Thank you for reading <3

La Biosthetique Paris vegan haircare range review

Well hello to you my reader chums! When it comes to hair care, I'm always really excited to try new products, as my hair naturally is rather frizzy and dry. This means I love to find anything that can prevent the frizz and leave my hair feeling, and looking ultra silky. 

When Biosthetique Paris got in touch to try a few of their hair care products, I couldn't wait to give them a go. I hadn't heard of the brand before, however, they informed me all the products were vegan and made of natural ingredients. I love that because you have the knowledge that you won't be putting any additional chemicals onto your hair.

La Biosthetique Paris vegan haircare range review

After trialling them for a few weeks I couldn't wait to share my thoughts...

Product packaging

As all the products I received were in 100ml, they are the perfect size for travelling with and taking on the go. I stay at my boyfriend's house regularly, so it comes in handy if I'm trying out new products for them to be smaller to travel with. The packaging looks very luxurious and simple, the writing is clear, and the packaging feels well made.

'Hair Balancing Shampoo'

 Out of all the products, I wasn't too sure about the shampoo at first. It had quite a thin consistency that you needed to lather it up a lot and ensure the hair was very wet to apply correctly, otherwise, you'd need more and more product. However, I did love that it was unscented, as it meant no additional products on my hair. The bottle has a different opening compared to usual shampoo bottles like a little nib which I loved, as it meant no product waste, and a small amount coming out when you squeeze it.

La Biosthetique Paris vegan haircare range review

'Hair Gentle Conditioner'

As I previously mentioned, I'm always on the hunt for products that will keep my hair looking and feeling healthy that the leave-in conditioner went down a treat. After I've washed my hair, I'll dry it a little with a towel and spray the conditioner over the ends of my hair and brush them through. The conditioner has a lovely fresh, lemongrass scent which adds to the natural appeal of the brand. I really did notice a difference with this product - it helped my hair feel silky and smooth, that I loved running my fingers through it even more.

'Hair Intense Mask'

Out of the three products, the intense mask has to be my favourite  - it's literally a dream worthy product. The steps say: apply the mask over the hair, leave for ten minutes and wash off, so pretty standard really. However, the effects are genius. The scent is exactly the same as the conditioner - similar to lemongrass and very fresh. Its consistency is ultra creamy and coats the hair very well. Once it's been washed off, my hair felt extremely soft, and that softness stays when my hair is completely dry, for a day or two.

Overall, I really loved these products. They are more luxurious than your typical high street brand and are very natural which I love. If you are vegan and looking for something a bit upmarket, I'd highly recommend - especially the intense mask. Discover more of their products here.

I hope you enjoyed this review. Have you tried La Biosthetique Paris brand?

Thank you for reading <3



Christmas present ideas for every travel lover

Well hello to you my reader chums! I'm a bit of a travel addict and love anything travel related, that when it comes to presents I'm full of ideas. If you have a friend or partner who is massively obsessed with travel and you're still unsure on what to get them for Christmas, here are a few suggestions.

Christmas present ideas for every travel lover

Trip away

It goes without saying but if you want to go all out this Christmas for your travel-loving partner or pal, a trip is a right step forward. It could be a hotel stay to a new city, somewhere abroad or a local country town, whatever you fancy. Deals will be flying about all over the place for next year now - so see what you can find and create that dream Christmas present.

A day out/experience

If you don't have a massive budget but still want to give a 'doing' gift then an experience or day out is a perfect choice. It'll mean you also give the gift of time together as their present and doing something they love. It could be a trip to the theatre, going to a cocktail class, go-karting, to the spa or even for a lovely afternoon tea. There are plenty of day out ideas available and websites that offer exciting experiences.

Personalised passport holder and luggage tag

For the travel addict, a passport is kind of like their best friend so a cover and luggage tag would come in handy. There are millions of really cute designs online that you can buy, however, if you want to make it a little bit more special, get a personalised cover. You could add their name a little travel quote or their initials - be as creative as you'd like.

Christmas present ideas for every travel lover

Travel journal 

One of the exciting things about travelling is documenting it all to look back over time. If your friend or partner loves to write or document what they're doing during their travels, treat them to a beautiful travel journal. Again, you can find plenty of different designs online on places like Etsy or Paperchase.

Scrapbook/photo album

Another way to document travels is through photos. If you and your partner travel a lot, put together a photo album of all your favourite travel photos or put the photos and things you've collected along the way together in a scrapbook. I'll make for a very special and sentimental gift they can treasure for a lifetime.

Wall prints

Continuing with the photo theme, another option is to have those all exciting travel photos printed out and put into frames, as a canvas or a collage on the wall. There are loads of different ways you can present photos in your home, and it's also something you can look back on to remind you of those good times.

Scratch-map

For any travel-loving person, a scratch-map is a must. It means they can scratch off all the places they've visited and continue to tick off new countries on the bucket list. And, if they keep it on the wall, people can ask about the countries they've visited.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Do you have any more travel present ideas?

Thank you for reading <3