So at first I wasn’t all about the ripped jeans trend but I’m actually really feeling it now. Firstly because I hacked at these myself and found it to be a wonderful stress reliever and secondly because it makes it 100% easier to bend down in skinny jeans. Oh and they’re pretty cool too.

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Jacket Limited, Top Zara, Jeans Vintage,

Shoes LK Bennett, Bag Jenny Packham

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So when I received my invite for this I remembered that George Clooney was in the adverts for Nespresso and I had my hopes up that he might make an appearance. Alas he was a no show but that didn’t seem to put a damper on what was an amazing coffee filled day.

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We started with lunch which was the most incredible and very healthy spread by the team at Waterloo Tea, I’d never been there before but I loved it. They stock every tea imaginable and they also make some pretty wonderful cakes (I sampled at least 3) so if your in Cardiff I would definitely check it out. After that we began the workshops, there were four including coffee cocktails (absolutely!), coffee cupping (not as strange as it sounds) and a latte art workshop (not my strong suit). You can see my Latte creation above, it’s the blobby leaf to the left, so much harder than it looks! Even with the barista trying to instruct me I think I would’ve needed months of practise before I could master the technique.

The coffee cocktails were great fun, we learnt to make some interesting tipples combining coffee with things like Toblerone, cinnamon and Baileys which were delicious. As for the coffee tasting I had no idea, as much as I love coffee I found it hard to guess the different blends however it was really interesting to learn more about the range of flavours and the origins of coffee.

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We also had the opportunity to use the Nespresso machines while we were there to make drinks, I opted for the Vanilla flavour which was incredible but the Ciocattino chocolate flavour was also pretty divine. They were so easy to use and I’ve actually already decided to add the Inissa machine to my Christmas list. It comes with a separate milk frother called an Aeroccino which you can use for things like hot chocolate and works really quickly. Also when you purchase a Nespresso machine you instantly become a member of the Nespresso Club, giving you exclusive contacts with coffee specialists as well as 24hour customer service should you have a problem with your machine or need to place an order.

When it was time to leave we were given some stylish little espresso cups to take home with us which I was so grateful for as once I purchase my coffee machine they will for sure come in handy! Curry’s have also written a post about the event which you can check out on their blog HERE

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So a little skin care review today and it’s the Avène redness relief moisturising protecting cream with SPF20. For those who haven’t heard of Avène before, it’s a French skincare brand known for its Thermal Spring Water, which is incorporated into all their products and targets irritated skin. I’ve been looking to update my skincare for winter and needed something very hydrating and nourishing that I could put on before my makeup in the morning and this was the perfect find. It’s nice and light, absorbs quickly and it’s not sticky either so you don’t have to wait to apply makeup up. There isn’t an instant difference but I’ve noticed a significant reduction in redness throughout the day as well as keeping my skin hydrated just from one application in the morning. The SPF20 is also great as the foundation I’m using at the moment doesn’t and it’s just enough sun protection for the winter months. If you’re looking for a little skin pick me up I would definitely go for this, I feel like I’ve found a new beauty staple in this cream and will definitely be repurchasing.