Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Travel Post - Austria - Kitzsteinhorn Glacier








After a not so ideal start to our summer holiday this year (our car had issues and we were stranded in Germany for a weekend) we finally got stuck into some sightseeing and exploring what Zell am See and the surroundings areas such as Kaprun had to offer. 

Martyn and I can't resist a cable car and we went on plenty on our trip to Austria last year. We have visited the Kitzsteinhorn before but on a very cloudy day with poor visibility so we weren't able to make the most of the wonderful views you get once you have ascended the Kitzsteinhorn glacier

What I loved about my second visit was that Martyn and I were able to experience a winter wonderland even in summer. The temperature reached 27° at the base but it was closer to 9° on the glacier. We were a little unlucky with the weather again, we were only able to go up two levels because a storm was brewing and there were 100kpm winds at the top so it wasn't safe for the final cable car to operate. 

The Kitzsteinhorn glacier reaches 3203m and can be used for skiing or snowboarding almost all year round. It is covered in snow ten months a year. Martyn and I enjoyed riding around in the cable cars, exploring the glacier, taking in the views and tucking in to some apple strudel in the cafe. We also enjoyed sliding down the snow slide on a sled! I think a lot of people only think to visit this region to ski but it is a perfect destination for a summer holiday and there's lots to do on the glacier even if you aren't sporty. 

If the weather is a good you can visit the exhibition "Gipfelwelt 3000". You can walk into the  mountain to find out more about the history of the Kitzsteinhorn and flora and fauna to be found there and go out on to the viewing platform at an altitude of 3000m.

I highly recommend a visit to the Kitzsteinhorn for phenomenal alpine views deep into the Hohe Tauern National Park. Stunning!

Have you ever been to Austria? 



Gemma
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Monday, 20 June 2016

Curvissa June Blogger Challenge - Outfit Post

Curvissa has been around for five years now and have constantly been offering some great plus size clothing collections. My denim pinafore dress from Curvissa is one of my all time favourite wardrobe additional so I was exciting when Curvissa set me a little challenge – to style an item from their holiday range three ways. 

Now this was an interesting challenge for me because I wear black all year round, rarely rock a casual look as dressing up is my thing and I'm more of a city break girl than relaxing on a beach type of girl.

Rather than opting for a beach style dress that I could only wear once or twice a year I opted for this classic striped little number from the Holiday section. It's a jersey material so perfect for rolling up and packing in your suitcase. It's just the right length to wear on its own or over some leggings or jeans and you really can't go wrong with stripes, the nautical trend never dies. I would recommend sizing up once or twice in this as the shift shape of the dress isn't as roomy as a skater style.

This is look number 1 and is how I wore the dress on my holiday to Austria. I made the dress a little more practical by pairing it with leggings as we spent most of time time up a mountain or or a cable car. 


Dress:c/o Curvissa - Bag:David Jones - Shoes:Converse - Jacket:Charity shop 
Badge:Punky Pins - leggings: New Look




Ten points to anyone who know what these badges are all about...

Look 2

This is how I would style the outfit for a city festival like Field day, Wireless or Dot to Dot. Sadly we can't guarantee Cochella weather here in the uk so some showerproof boots and jacket are a must.


Look 3 is a more typical beach look and would work well on a holiday in the south of France or even on a day trip to Barry Island or Brighton this summer. Perfect for beach stroll or hitting the 2p machines in the arcade. 




This dress definitely gets 5 stars and a big thumbs up from me. Very comfy and versatile. 

What items will you be packing for your holiday this year? How would you style this dress?


Gemma
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Friday, 10 June 2016

GIVEAWAY - Rose Gold iPhone SE

The rose gold trend is is one of the big looks for interiors and fashion this Spring/Summer. It’s a new take on classic gold and this year’s answer to 2015’s big copper craze. Rose gold works perfectly in the home against white back drops or will compliment a grey or cream outfit. 

With the above in mind I'm really excited to announce that I've teamed up with the guys at Three to giveaway a Apple iPhone SE in the 'on-trend' beautiful rose gold colour. One of you guys will be the lucky winner of rose gold iPhone which is functional and a bit of a fashion accessory. Three have summed up why it's a fun and stylish phone in this post.



This is a picture of a rose gold iPhone

To be in with a chance of winning all you need to do is fill in the raffelcopter form below. I'm going to be eternally jealous of whoever the winner is as I think this is a pretty exciting prize.  I wish you all the best of luck!




a Rafflecopter giveaway

iPhone SE competition with Three – Ts&Cs.
1.    These terms and conditions are the rules which apply to this competition. By submitting their entry, entrants will be deemed to have agreed to be bound by the following terms and conditions.
2.    This competition is run by Fat Frocks in conjunction with Hutchison 3G UK Limited, operating as Three, Star House, 20 Grenfell Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1EH.
3.    To enter the competition entrants must fill in rafflecopter form before midnight on Friday 24th June.
4.    Entrants must be aged 18 or over.
5.    This promotion is open to residents of the UK, except for Three employees, their families or anyone else associated with this competition.
6.    No responsibility can be accepted for entries that are lost or delayed, or which are not received for any reason.
7.    Winners agree to participate in publicity as Fat Frocks and Three may require.
8.    The prize on offer is a 16GB iPhone SE (rose gold) and a Three Sim card loaded with £10 of credit.
9.    The prize is only as stipulated and cannot be transferred and/or exchanged for cash.
10. Confirmation of the prize will be made by email to the winner by Monday 27th June.
11. Reasonable efforts will be made to contact the winner. If the winner cannot be contacted, or is unable to comply with these terms and conditions, Fat Frocks and Three reserve the right to offer the prize to another eligible entrant. Failure to respond and/or provide an address, or failure to meet the eligibility requirements may result in forfeiture of the prize.
12. Fat Frocks and Three reserve the right to amend these terms and conditions at any time. If we do this, we will publish the amended terms and conditions on the competition page.
13. Fat Frocks and Three reserve the right to end this promotion at any time, and without notice.

Gemma
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Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Wahaca - Summer Menu Market Treats #YearOfTheTaco



This is a photo of Wahaca anco chicken taco

This is a picture of cornbread with a cheese dip

This is a picture of the bar area of Cardiff Wahaca


This is a picture of devon crab tostado with avocado and relish topping

For 2016 Wahaca are celebrating their absolute favourite handheld flavour hit, the humble taco. I haven't visited the Cardiff Wahaca store since its opening so I thought it would be the perfect time to visit as the menu has been updated for the summer with a brand new selection of tacos inspired by the beaches of Baja.

I'm sure most of you will be aware of Wahaca. There's more than 17 across London and they now have restaurants spreading across the UK in destinations like Brighton and Liverpool. If you haven't heard of it before Wahaca is the brain-child of Masterchef winner Thomasina Miers and offers laid-back tapas-style Mexican street food. At the start of our visit the waiter explained that the best way to order is to choose 2-3 small plates per person and share them out amongst the table.

It was a gloriously sunny day in Cardiff so I wanted to try lots of fresh, summery items off the menu and opted for the summer specials which are a chorizo and cheese taco and a crab tostada and shared these with Martyn. The chorizo was sweet and delicious and Martyn and I both enjoyed our first taste of crab. The crab is from Devon and it's great to know items on the menu are sourced in the UK.

Once we had a little more time to peruse the menu we ordered some ancho chicken tacos, cornbread and scallop and shrimp ceviche.

A classic Yucatecan ceviche was served with fresh orange & lime cured fish, diced cucumber & fresh summer herbs, served with crisp tostadas. This felt pretty indulgent as I would never serve scallops at home and was light and fresh. 

The toasted cornbread was accompanied with chipotle honey butter and whipped goats cheese. I love it, it was very subtle after so many mini dishes with varying flavours. It felt more like eating a cake (it looks like lemon drizzle) which worked out well because there was no way I was going to be able to eat dessert as I was so full but I was tempted by the churros. 

I really enjoyed my visit to Wahaca and I can't wait to see what's on the specials menu next time I visit. 


Our food & first round of drinks were complimentary All opinions are my own

Gemma
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Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Summer Holiday Trends


Sunglasses: Ray Bay - Swimsuit: Curvy Kate - Sandals: Clarks
Dress: Lindy Bop - Shoes - Swedish Hasbeens (available here)
Hat: h&m - Dress: New Look Curve - Bag: h&m

Sunnier times are on their way, and there’s definitely a slew of new summer fashion trends to go along with it. I'm currently counting down the days until I head off to Austria to celebrate Martyn's 40th birthday in Zell am See and I've been picking up some new bits and bobs to wear whilst we are there. Without really thinking about it most of my picks are pretty on trend and my suitcase is filling up with some stylish items.

During the house move I've managed to lose my swimming costume, it's probably in a box in the attic somewhere but I've had to buy a new one. It's definitely an exciting year as a lot of new swimwear-only brands popped up this year. In the end, I opted for a neon pink/coral swimsuit from Curvy Kate which incorporates both the neon and crochet beach trends that feature in all the festival and beachwear ranges this year. I'll be paring my swimsuit with some chunky sandals and classic wayfarers when I'm lounging next to Lake Zell. Kenzo and Burberry summer collections both feature chunky sandals this year but I've got a budget friendly and comfy pair from Clarks. 

As soon as I saw the Venice print swing dress I knew I had top have it. I'll wear it on holiday but this won't get stored away with the rest of my holiday clothes when I get home as I'll be paring this with a cardigan for work or with my patent red pumps for weekends away with friends. This dress isn't really on trend but 50s style never rely goes out of fashion. 

My final outfit is going to be perfect for a post dinner evening stroll when we are on holiday or on the days when we go and visit cities nearby. The utility trend is is all over the high street at the moment and is a little more stripped back and minimal than my normal look. I prefer not to be overly fussy when I'm on holiday and the temperatures can reach about 27/28 degrees so this light dress will be prefect. I picked up the khaki shirt dress from New Look Curves but I've seen some great ones in River Island too.

Are you heading off on a summer holiday this year? If so, what will you be packing? 


Gemma
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