Roomzzz, Nottingham

June 20, 2016

Travel

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David and I went home this weekend to visit my school friends, and stayed in a hotel behind my all-time favourite club, Rock City. With the booking being affordable and not very well researched, and the name having z’s in it, we expected something Premier Inn style upon arrival – nice enough but nothing to write home about. What we got instead was a comfortable, homey space complete with a power shower, a kitchenette with hob, dishwasher, microwave and more, a flat screen TV, a sofa, an ironing board, the list goes on.Roomzzz Nottingham City Hotel Review Grande Studio. Fox Socks Lifestyle Blog Roomzzz Nottingham City Hotel Review Grande Studio. Fox Socks

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These images are taken from the Roomzzz site, as I was far too busy eating cheese, dancing to Evanescence and rehashing 14 years of friendship with my oldest BFFs to take any photos. So credit to them for their photography skillzzz, alongside their hoteling skillzzz.
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Impressive, no?

Roomzzz is close to the city centre, a 30 second walk to Rock City, quiet despite its location and decked out in such a way that you feel like you’re renting a little apartment, not just a room. I felt very at home, and can’t help thinking it would be a great choice for business travelers that have to sleep in hotels all week long. The difference having your own hob and dishes makes is insane. My only complaint really would be that the room was listed as bed and breakfast, when breakfast was in fact a basket of ‘grab and go’ bits placed in reception until 10am. We got there at 9:45 and everything was gone. Our hungover selves were very sad.Roomzzz Hotel Manchester Penthouse Suite. Fox Socks Lifestyle Blog. Roomzzz Hotel Manchester Penthouse Suite Roomzzz Hotel Manchester Penthouse Suite. Fox Socks Roomzzz Hotel Manchester Penthouse Suite. Fox Socks Lifestyle Blog Roomzzz Hotel Manchester Penthouse Suite. Fox Socks Blog(As a side note, the Roomzzz Manchester Penthouse Suite, above, also looks divine.)

I’ll be staying here again.

A couple of things to do when staying in Nottingham: Visit the Kitty Cafe and say hello to Heathcliffe, the enormous 1yo Maine Coon. Visit the castle walls – they’re impressive (the interior of the castle itself… not so much.)
A couple of places to drink when visiting Nottingham: Boilermaker. Pit and Pendulum.
A couple of places to recover from drinking when visiting Nottingham: Lee Rosy’s. Delilah.
A couple of places to eat when visiting Nottingham: Annie’s Burger Shack. Dolce.
And a couple of things to remember: We love Robin Hood and we love Brian Clough, don’t question it. ‘Tabs’ are ears. A bread roll is a cob. We are in the midlands (yes, that is a real place.) Aaaaaand, our statues are there to be posed with – enjoy. 😉

Pink-Slippered-All-Containered-Semi-Precious-Eagerness

June 19, 2016

TV & Film

Like Crazy bed sceneI thought I understood it
That I could grasp it
But I didn’t
Not really
Only the smudgeness of it
The pink-slippered-all-containered-semi-precious-eagerness of it
I didn’t realize it would sometimes be more than whole
That the wholeness was a rather luxurious idea
Because its the halves that halve you in half
Didn’t know
Don’t know
About the in between bits
The gory bits of you
And gory bits of me

During a very dramatic period in my life a few years back, the movie Like Crazy was kept on a loop. Today, it has been reported that the male star of the show, Anton Yelchin, has sadly passed away aged 27. In tribute, I thought I’d share the above poem, which is from Like Crazy, and which I completely adore for so many different reasons, to the point my last blog was named after it.

To those of you that didn’t see this film, watch it. It’s lovely, and a real testament to this guy’s talent. To Anton Yelchin himself, RIP, and thank you for being so awesome.

Topshop Unique, Giving Me Butterflies

June 13, 2016

Fashion

Campion butterfly moth dress Topshop Unique 2016… Or are they moths? Either way, this dress is adorable, and would be at the top of my ‘considering this for that July wedding’ list were it not £225. (I love the pattern, but am not keen enough on the style to part with that amount.) The illustrations are undeniably gorgeous, so I had to share. Available at Topshop Unique in pink, here, and blue, here.

In other news, I am spending every spare moment right now either planning or writing, and it’s making me sleepy. Oh and last night David and I left our comfy sofa to jump around in the storm in our garden, just because. #YOLO.

Currently reading: Lolita
Currently loving: Grey v-neck plain tops, and Cherry Me Baby Lips tinted balm
Currently eating: Chocolate biscuits. YES!

Love, Rosie

June 7, 2016

TV & Film


So we went to the cinema on Friday to catch a release day screening of Me Before You and it… wasn’t the worst film I’ve ever seen. That’s all I’ll say on the matter aside from that the book was better, Emilia Clarke has the most distracting eyebrows in show business and, last but not least, Sam Claflin really knows how to pack an emotional punch.

Scrolling through Netflix on Sunday I came across another Sam Claflin movie, ‘Love, Rosie.’ Realising it was based on Cecelia Ahern’s ‘Where Rainbows End,’ which I read years ago and quite liked (though the letter/e-mail/text message/never anything in person format drove me a bit mad) I gave it a go. I had very low expectations. And those expectations were exceeded 100 fold, because I absolutely loved it.

The story of Rosie and Alex – lifelong best friends who are completely in love with each other but keep missing/screwing up their chances – Love, Rosie is an incredibly British rom com about finding the one. With heart, sarcasm and relatable f* uppery in abundance, I couldn’t help but get sucked in, and went from watching to pass the time to needing to see it through to the end. Although completely predictable and not particularly original, I’d say this movie is also pretty special, and if you enjoy British humour delivered by the likes of uber talented Lily Collins (/the not particularly gifted Suki Waterhouse), it’s definitely one for your watchlist.

If you have Netflix, I’d recommend. I’ll be watching again very soon. ♡♡♡

Related note: Cecelia Ahern’s ‘How To Fall In Love,’ which sadly isn’t a movie, is also fab. You should read it.

Renovations at The Ritz Paris

June 6, 2016

Interiors

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“When I dream of afterlife in heaven,” Ernest Hemingway once wrote in a letter to his friend and fellow writer A.E. Hotchner, “the action always takes place in the Paris Ritz.”


– The New York Times (visit for more images)

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P.S. On a Parisian related note, I’ve been looking for an excuse to share this ancient Google video, below. It is adorable.

Lily-Rose Depp For Chanel

June 5, 2016

Fashion

Lily Rose Depp for Chanel. Pandora Sykes Celebrity Children. Fox Socks Blog Lily Rose Depp for Chanel. Pandora Sykes Celebrity Children. Fox Socks London Fashion Blog Lily Rose Depp for Chanel. Pandora Sykes Celebrity Children. Fox Socks Lifestyle Blog Lily Rose Depp for Chanel. Pandora Sykes Celebrity Children. Fox Socks London Lifestyle Blog Lily Rose Depp for Chanel. Pandora Sykes Celebrity Children. Fox Socks Fashion BlogThe incredibly fabulous Pandora Sykes (who can be found among my favourite bloggers, here) recently published a piece entitled ‘Celebrity Offspring: Is It Peak Over-Exposure?’

Within this article, she discussed the fact that celeb babies/teens have become an obsession among the everyday masses, given opportunities that many work decades for and treated like the royalty they (in most cases) aren’t. I couldn’t agree more with the points made and, for me, the (overindulged, over-everything-else-that-makes-a-kid-self-righteous) Smith kids are a prime example of this – if I have to read one more thing about Willow (15) or Jaden (17) thinking they have all the answers, I will scream. I will literally, out loud, scream.

Excerpt of Pandora’s piece can be found below, the rest can be read here.

“I work in an industry where 16-year-old Anais Gallagher sits front row at fashion shows, purely by dint of being Meg Matthews and Noel Gallagher’s daughter. Before the Mulberry show, I watched as a limousine pulled up to the entrance, whilst everyone was queuing. Who could be inside? I ruminated with my editor. Out hopped a gleeful teenage girl. In a sort of sideways swipe at nepotism, so does Lottie Moss (lovely girl, I am sure, but is she sitting front row at Topshop because she is Kate Moss’s sister, or is she sitting front row at Topshop because she is Kate Moss’s sister?) Cindy Crawford’s 14-year-old daughter Kaia Gerber, is such a presence on the scene that you can find slideshows of ‘Kaia Gerber’s hottest looks’ on the internet and stories about how she changed her hair colour.
SHE’S 14. WHY IS NO-ONE FREAKED OUT BY THIS?”

However, exceptions can be made. And I’m willing to make such an exception for Lily-Rose Depp. Somehow more graceful, elegant, or maybe just more French than her Jenner counterparts (something just doesn’t sit right about Kendall’s speedy rise to runway fame) there’s no denying that Lily-Rose was initially picked up by Chanel because of their long standing relationship with her mother. However, she did such a great job on her first campaign for them, above, that I think she deserves the re-hire that has her fronting their new fragrance.

I, for one, can’t wait to see what Lagerfeld does with her next. Let’s hope he ropes in Choupette.

Have A Big Heart

May 30, 2016

Fashion

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I’d like to round off this long bank holiday by sharing a t-shirt I found hanging on the wall of an artist’s workshop in Bolton this weekend, pictured above. Said artist is none other than Rael Gough, David’s good friend who has somehow escaped the effects of the digital age, and as a result has zero internet presence. Which means I can’t link you to the rest of his work, which is a shame, because he’s a dab hand at many the artistic endeavour and his work is truly awesome, but we’ll always have Paris my friends, and now also this blog post. As I said I saw this t-shirt hanging on his wall, and I had to have it. As the two gentlemen caught up over Ribena (it was the middle of the working day… We are clearly not hardcore) I kept looking over at it, and when I asked the price Rael very kindly gave it to me for free. It is now my favourite night shirt, and I completely adore it. Do you like? 😀

This weekend I: Celebrated David’s 30th birthday with a bbq and a garden party with all of his family and friends. He’s an old man now ♡
Also: Check out how cheap this northern pizza was!!!
Today we: Looked into areas in Manchester for potential house buying
And watched: Still Alice. Which is every bit as heartbreaking as the book

A Splash Of Colour

Interiors

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A Splash Of Colour
/splaʃ ɒvˈkʌlə/

1. an interior design website.
2. an opportunity to decorate your entire home around your favourite colour.

If I’ve not mentioned this before (I have, both here and 100% in person if we’ve met) I had this amazing dusty pink feature wall in my first London home, painted by my gay BFF one random weekend when we decided to break contractual rules on a whim. It was beautiful, and here in my grown up home, I miss it dearly. I hope the very lad-like man that took over my room appreciates its greatness. *Breaks into a sad song about loves lost.*

When I came across this website, I was reminded of said wall, and overcome with the desire to decorate everything here in pink. I won’t, because as I said, grown up home, but that doesn’t stop me perusing the site. You can visit it for yourself, here, and create a fantasy home based around your own favourite colour (or around mine, your call). Pretty times, y’all. What a great concept.