Whittard Chelsea in Leicester

Hello beautiful people!

I am really excited but also very scared… Whittard’s has opened in Leicester Highcross!
I spotted it at the weekend when I was supposed to be going town with the lover to pick up contact lenses only… I am sure you can guess where I spent some of my money!

I had to  get a few treats! I couldn’t say no!

It all started when I spotted a variety pack of the hot chocolates. I had wanted this set since seeing it on QVC UK at about 3am one morning! Just one of those things you kind of forget about! This was £22 – yes I know…. £22 on hot chocolate!
120g each you get 6 flavors including: Rocky Road, Luxury Hot Chocolate, Mint, White, Salted Caramel (one of my favs) and Orange flavour!


To get me past the £25 threshold I ended up getting a Latte Macchiato spoon. This was £3. It comes with mini marshmallows. I was a little worried it would taste too coffee like, gosh was I wrong. It was a lovely creamy drink. Realistically you can’t bulk by these and have a drink at £3 a pop… but for a special occasion its really worth it!

Then I spotted a big tub of the marshmallows. Ok this is where I started getting carried away. The mashmallows were £5.50!!!! eek! I can get a tub from Aldi for £2!
They are lovely though and just the perfect size!

Finally I got a tasty freebie. As I spent over £25 I got a free gift which is actually pretty awesome. A tin of teas all from the Wellness Collection. This should be £15! so what a awesome gift. It holds 32 individually wrapped tea bags. Flavors include: Super Fruits, This Rocks Detox, Cleanse Tea & Sleepy Tea.


I already have my eye on the cutest ‘personal’ brewing teapot!
If you haven’t tried Whittards before I would suggest trying the hot chocolate this Christmas! If you are a fan of tea I would 100% advise popping into the store so the staff can advise on different tea options for you!
A personal Favourite Tea of mine is Milk Oolong tea (No 880)

Happy shopping! 🙂


Secrets The Vine Cancun

I have just got back off holiday!

Just thought I will start off with a hotel review of Secrets The Vine. I will be following up with other reviews, images and videos of my happenings in Mexico but I know I haven’t been around for 2 weeks so heres a quick one to get you started!


My partner and I stayed at Secrets The Vine for 2 weeks (25th August – 8th September).
Just to give you a bit of an overview – we booked with TUI and was only able to select the deluxe ocean view room, this is the most basic room you can get. We were able to upgrade to a Preferred Ocean view Junior Suite which was incredible. We had budgeted for this and was able to get a good deal as we left it up to the very last minute.
This was our second stay in Cancun, we previously stopped the same 2 weeks last year at the Beach Palace. I am hoping to cover everything possible and things I would have liked to know before booking this hotel. There are lots of pros and a few cons but it is dependant on what you are actually looking for in a hotel.


First of all looking at the location of the hotel. It is located between Sandos Hotel and the Hard Rock Hotel on the Cancun hotel strip. It is set back to the road so please do be prepared that there is pretty much no curb appeal whatsoever.

In comparison to our previous hotel (Beach Palace), Secrets is in the middle of nowhere.  When you leave the hotel if you turn left (walking towards the Hard Rock) you can walk to a few restaurants including Freds House and Cancun Crab House. If you continue walking you will pass a garage and also a Mc Donald’s. Please note – we had McDonalds from here one day and we did get a upset stomach from it. Then finally if you continue to walk there is AquaWorld. This is a great place to book excursions and activities. We did the Speedboat Jungle Tour which was amazing, it included driving speedboats through the lagoon and out to the ocean where you are able to stop  and snorkel around a protected coral reef.  I will follow up with a more in-depth review of this.
If you turn right outside of the hotel  there are again some restaurants one that we went to was called Puerto Madero which was a seafood restaurant. It was nice but I am not sure if it was worth the money, again I will follow up with a more in-depth review. Further up on the right (I would suggest via bus) there is Luxury Avenue Shopping Mall which has various Designer stores. Shortly after that there is La Isla Shopping  Village which again has designer shops but also includes cheaper trinket shops (look out of Playa la Fiesta stores).  Further down there is Playa Totogas which is a ferrty port which takes you to various islands. We used this to go to Isla Mujeres (much cheaper to do on your own).  The buses in Cancun are really easy to use, the buses cost $12 Pesos per person one way. The bus stops for this hotel are located outside the Hard Rock Hotel and for the other side of the road opposite Hard Rock but slightly more to the left.


Secrets The Vine can be described as a modern adult’s only all-inclusive resort. As mentioned the hotel doesn’t have much curb appeal but as soon as you walk through the doors you  will be faced with high rise ceiling and beautiful décor in the lobby. We were greeted by a member of staff with a glass of sparkling wine, we were then led to reception where we checked in and processed an upgrade for our room.

The hotel is pretty easy to navigate; there are 2 sets of elevators which take you up to your rooms.  There is a preferred Guests elevator which takes you to floors ‘Lobby, 12, 21 and above. The other elevators take you to Lobby, 12, 20 and below.
The hotel has good security, if you ever leave the hotel you will be asked for your room number on exit and entry. There are a good selection of pools, if you enjoy peace and quiet the best place for you is the preferred pool on the 21st floor. The other pools outside on lobby level are quite loud. The beach is beautiful, not as beautiful as the one at Beach Palace. There are lots of sellers on the beach which you have to continually say ‘No’ to.

Very modern

Air Con is not very cold


Our room was stunning we stayed in 2205 which was on the 22nd floor 3 rooms back from the beach front. We had an amazing view of the Sea as well as a clear beautiful view of the Lagoon. We were able to see the sunset from this room. We were facing the Hard Rock and there wasn’t too much noise, noise could only be heard when there was entertainment on in the pool below which usually ended before 110/11. I would advise anyone staying at Secrets to book a room on Hard Rock side. Sandos Hotel side seems to have generators and fans which are VERY loud (if you go to the preferred bar for a drink and sit on the balcony you will see what I mean).
Our room was impeccable, we had a daily clean and a daily turn down service. The room was cleaned to a very good standard – our maid was Angela. We accidentally left money and phones out one evening and nothing went missing which again is a big plus in my eyes.
We had the preffered junior suite which had 2 large spacious closets as soon as you walk in, his and hers sinks with additional amenities including toothpaste and shaving cream etc. A huge walk in shower with rainfall shower head and a secondary smaller shower head. The only downside tothis was the water pressure for the shower. It was near impossible to get the right temperature especially if you wanted to change the heat of one shower the other would also change. The shower and the WC is not see through, You can see your feet and head but you cannot see through as it is frosted glass. We had a tablet in the room which could be used to order room service, browse the net, find out about restaurants and also entertainment.
There is also a lounge chair and some seating outside on the balcony.
The Balcony was not very private – the ‘wall separating the balconys from room to room were not soild (which in a positive way made the balcony feel bigger) this means if you sit on your balcony your neighbour and see and hear everything you are doing a little awkward.
The mini bar is restocked daily with glass bottled drinks, if you are in preferred club you can ask the butler to customise your mini bar to your taste.

Maid Service – Clean & Turn down
Preferred club – additional snacks
Glass bottles of soft drinks
Large Room with lots of storage
Safe facilities
The Mini Bar was stocked daily with bottles

Shower pressure/heat
No IPod docking station
Not very cold air con
Open balcony
Could do with an updated hair dryer


Preferred Club
When we booked we questioned if preferred club was worth the extra money. We have come to the conclusion it depends on what type of holiday you are after. We loved preferred due to the higher room which means a quieter room with a better view. We also loved it because it gives you access to the 21st floor private pool which is a very quiet pool away from all the hustle and bustle of party people. We also liked that we had someone to go to if there was any problems, I found the butler service not overly helpful. It was a nice thought but it depends who is on and if you needed help enough. I didn’t really – so it felt a little waste of money. The additional amenities in the room such as soaps etc we didn’t use them but we did love the packet of Pringles and M&Ms we got on a daily basis.

Preferred guests also get access to an additional restaurant called Olio. We unfortunately didn’t get the opportunity to go here! There is a premium drinks bar on level 21 – We used to grab our premium sprits from here such as grey goose etc

The service was not bad at this hotel, some areas of the hotel were exceptional and others very disappointing. After visiting Beach Palace we expected it to be at least on par possibly better but sadly we were left disappointed and this is where the hotel let us down.
Let me start with the good: at the preferred pool there is a umbrella man I believe his name is Miguel? He is absolutely lovely, really hard working, a joy to speak to and couldn’t do enough for you. The waiters/waitresses around the preffered pool were consistently good. Replenishing drinks, asking if we were OK and if there was anything we needed etc.
The receptionist who did out room upgrade was great, we were however told we would be treated to a ‘romantic breakfast’ but this never did materialise which was a shame.
Other good service includes Raoul who works on the bars. He always mad my partner and I laugh – he also does fantastic martinis which were amazing!

The restaurant staff let us down on a few occasions, especially a certain waiter in the Bluewater Grill. We were left waiting for a very long time with no drinks or anything. The problem seems to be if you do not want to order wine (which comes at an extra cost) they are not overly fussed about you. Sadly my partner and I do not drink wine, at all… So we never did experience exceptional service in any of the restaurants. We did receive decent service in Dragons the first evening we ever ate there.
I also feel that some of the staff expects to be tipped. Now I come from the UK where we don’t usually tip unless the service is exceptional. The only people I found worthy of a tip were the above and our maids.

You can tell who loves their jobs
Some staff go over and above

Expectation of tips
Slow service or poor service in restaurants
Push on wine
Some days felt invisible
Very robotic response to any praise – ‘It’s a pleasure’



There are a large selection of restaurants so there will be something at least for everyone. The biggest grip for my partner is that you must wear sleeved tops and trousers. With it being so warm it is a big pain for my partner. We had to go out to eat, go back to the room and get changed and then go back out.  Not at all convenient.

Let me cover room service first of all –
Mediocre – usually we always have at least 1 thing ordered wrong.  They use a under table oven to keep things warm but it doesn’t always work – everything is luke warm at best. One thing I do like is that all the condiments come packed up in little jars that be pull tabs (so completely fresh). The wait time for room services is always at least 60 minutes.

The restaurants – You either need to eat early if you want a decent meal with OK service.
If you arrive at 7ish – be prepared to be given a buzzer and be sent on your way for 45 minutes  to wait until the buzzer goes off. Or you can eat late and not have a very tasty meal. Bluewater Grill I believe is the busiest of all of the restaurants. You will notice that it has the most consistent food.

Just a quick run down of the resturants we visited (there are more but we didn’t go to all)

Bluewater Grill –
This is always quite busy, the cuts of meat are good but the portion sizes of the side dishes are quite small. On a few occasions my partner and I had the beef tenderloin with Potatoe croquets, mushrooms and rice. Very plan and simple, cooked well.
Out favourite desert of the whole hotel was the Orange crepes from here.
4/5 Stars

Dragons Oriental –
This was always slightly quieter they had a mixed fusion menu some Chinese, come Korean as well as sushi. From here we ordered a few different things… Chicken Rice was alright – not great. The Spring Rolls were really tasty. I had the spider roll – this was tasty but there was not much meat.
This place is hit and miss dependant on the chef. Better service in this restaurant thiough.
3/5 Stars

Market Café –
Only ever been here for breakfast – probably the best meal of the day – there is an omelette station. The lady who works on here doing eveyones eggs is lovely – does great omelettes. There is a nice selection of fruit and again the service is a little hit and miss here. Seem to always be trying to flag someone down for some coffee!
4/5 Stars

Nebillio Italian –
Not the kind of quality food I would have been expecting. Certainly, not for us. We barely ate anything here. Service was fine but food was not good enough standard.
2/5 Stars

Sea Salt Grill –
We had lunch here early on in the holiday I did not enjoy the food but my partner didn’t mind it!
3/5 Stars

Barefoot Grill –
We went to have a look what they were serving midday and looked like paella, however it was difficult to see beneth all of the crows (birds) nibbling out of the serving bowl. After seeing that I was glad I never tried anything from there.
0/5 Stars

Vine Bazzar Café –
I love love love this place. There is a lovely lady who makes my Mocha in the morning, very sweat lovely lady I wish I could remember her name! Rest of the staff are OK but not very pleasant.
They do muffins and cakes. Love a muffin in the morning or last thing at night as a treat!
4/5 Stars

Overall for the restaurants the service was poor in comparison to our previous experience at Beach Palace but the food quality was a little higher. I would not say this is gourmet dining.
We ate out on a few occasions visiting the steak house across the road as well as traveling to Bubba Gump Shrimp and Outback for a change.


There are a selection of bars you can visit but we didn’t go to all of them.
As mentioned the small premium bar on 21st floor has premium spirts for preffered guests.
The lobby bar can get quite busy but it’s a good place if you want a quick drink if you are waiting for a spot at one of the resturants.
Half Time sports bar – great place to go if you like sports, pool and cocktails. A cheeky tip is that this bar does food after 4/5 as its delicious. Things like burgers etc but its so much better than anywhere else!

Lobby bar


As any all-inclusive the entertainment is not our bag. Light shows and things are not for us so where ever the shows are… we are not!
The best entertainment over the whole 2 weeks was a wedding function and the DJ was playing amazing songs. We stood on the balcony and enjoyed some actual decent music!!


We ended up going to the Spa for a 50minute Wine Therapy massage. The prices are absolutely extortionate. Please ensure you get yourself a deal! We went the day before we were leaving and found the whole experience amazing. It was an amazing massage and we were so relaxed we didn’t want to leave. We tried to by some of the wine therapy oil but the champagne version we wanted they had ran out of! I would suggest using the facilities maybe a day or so before the massage.

Spa Package - GET A DEAL!
Final things
While we were here on our last night there was 8.1 Magnitude earthquake and the whole building swayed. There was no evacuation, no one was advising us what to do… at gone midnight we were standing on the street outside the hotel with no idea what was going on. We were not told any more than ‘its safe to go inside’ the lack of evacuation (or lack of) was very very very poor.


Thanks for reading my loves!
Sorry about the short and snappy blog but thought it best to get something out there as soon as possible on this!
Is anyone going on holiday soon?

Don’t get jelly

My count down is on for my holiday to Cancun.
I will be pulling together a bit of a Vlog when I am back as well as lots of content on Cancun nightlife, food and excursions.
I will also be doing a full video and blog breakdown of the hotel.
You may know that my partner and I save all year round to afford one nice big holiday a year! I hear great things about this hotel, however when researching I felt that I couldn’t find all of the answers to my questions that is why my hotel blog/vlog and review will be quite significant – so anyone planning to visit will have all of the information they could possibly want!

This is the hotel website:

This is the current Trip advisor page:

As you know I am big on Trip advisor with over 75 reviews placed I am very active and have over 50,000 readership! That is pretty awesome that I have helped so many people!

I am very excited to share hints, tips and general information with you all! Not to mention some seriously amazing pictures!

I probably won’t have the opportunity to blog before I leave so I will see you in just over 2 weeks!

Sending you all love and best wishes
K x


Learn a lesson from my pain!

Problems in paradise!

The past week or so I have been sick… pretty darn poorly but not ill enough to be off work. I have continued to push on through trying to get through the day to day…
Saturday comes round and I am feeling really poorly, so poorly I was going to spend the day in bed. I decided to put a face mask on to try and get rid of my illness spots (I break out when poorly).  Little did I know I was going to have my face burnt off!

I tried out Dermalogica – Charcoal rescue masque.
Rescue masque? More like burn all the skin off your face masque….

Have a sneak peak of what it did to may face. The picture doesn’t really do the burn justice.

Burnt to a crisp

Lucky for me I didn’t put it all over my face. If I had it would have been so much worse.
I didn’t do a test patch but I never do unless its recommended.
I literally had to lay in bed for 2 hours with a bag of frozen peas on my face.
What I ended up getting was a phase 1 chemical burn, so not just an allergic reaction but actual burn. Its now Monday evening and I am still sore.

Just a little warning to you all!!!! Test patch any new products first!!!
I would hate for anyone to go through what I have!

Sending love and best wishes to you all!
have a blessed week!

K x

Did you know I am pet mad?

Hello gorgeous people!

Again I am a pain in the bum and have been neglecting my blog!
However I have lots of juicy content coming up because….

Today I am going to share with you some of my favorite pictures of my children (fur babies).

First of all I am going to share with you some of my favourite pictures of Bloo.
Bloo is now a 7 year old German Shepard Dog. He had a big bark but he is as soft as anything. He loves nothing more than a back scratch and gets sick of me asking for kisses.


Billy is up next…
Billy is a 4 year old Staffy. We adopted him from my uncle as sadly Billy was stolen from his garden by dog-nappers. We did a Facebook search add and ended up finding out where he was taken. He is a very soft, timid dog. Any loud noises and he runs and hides. He loves nothing more than sitting on your lap cuddling up for a stroke.


Not forgetting my miniature babies!
OJ & VK were my first and last hammies. Sadly they have both passed away now. VK was a spider hammie – loved to climb up the cage walls. OJ sadly was put to sleep due to a tumour which was growing on his stomach. He had medication to stop pain and I treated him like a god for the 5 months he had left, at that point he struggled to walk so the most humane thing to do was let him pass over the rainbow bridge. around 6 months later VK passed away.
Dave & Scruff were my first ever Guinea Pigs. We initially adopted Dave from my uncle because he brought him for my little cousin but unfortunately he works away quite a lot and he thought he got quite lonely. We agreed to look after him as there was always someone in the house. We still thought he was lonely so shortly after we decided to adopt another guinea pig to keep him company. We adopted Scruff from an adoption centre and they instantly got on really well. Scruff was up for adoption because his owner couldn’t afford to look after him. These two have the most pampered lives. My granddad (may he rest in peace) absolutely loved the guinea pigs – I never seen him smile as much as when he had the piggies on his lap!
Finally there is my current guinea pigs. Pippin & Zeus. Pippin originally was the leader of the pack when I picked him up and Zeus was the runt of the litter hence my naming him Zeus! They both have very distinctive personalities… Pippin loves sitting with me chilling he will lay on his back while I feed him parsley and give him tummy rubs!
Zeus is very skittish! He runs away at any opportunity but he does love to play the touch guy with Pippin!


Based on the above images you probably think I am a bit nuts! I probably am!
I have a dream that one day I am able to open a animal sanctuary for all of the animals that don’t have a home! On top of that I would love to own a farm!

Sending you all my love!
Have a blessed day!


Travel Wahhh?

Travel Wallets.
Everybody needs one.
Not any travel wallet…
An Aspinal travel wallet!

Okay maybe I am getting too excited? But my gosh I do love a bit of organisation especially when it comes to holidays.

Let me hook you up with the site:


I ended up with the Jet Black Lizard with Red Suede. Now before you have a heart attack at the price… let me tell you I  am a thrifty son of a B…. I got my wallet for £40. Okay £40 squid is a lot of money.  But I was originally looking at travel wallets from Disaster Designs:


This is plastic and it is £34… for an extra £6 you are getting real leather and suede, plus something a little more classy and is going to get better with age, not worse.

Now if you are still with  me I bet you are wondering how I  got my wallet so cheap?
Well it was all down to ebay. I went onto ebay and sourced some wallets that had never been used. There are lots of faulty ones or ones which have been embossed. Forget those!
I got mine from a seller who had it all in the box it was just left on the window sill for a year and they were selling it cheap because the box had discoloration. The Wallet itself is in absolute pristine condition. If however you are going to look on ebay you need to be prepared for accepting what ever colour is available. I wanted a the blossom pink but this is not a common colour. What ever you decide I am sure it will be lovely.

Why is it so good I hear you ask!
Wellllll take a look at the pictures first!

The quality – They are handmade Italian leather and luxuriously lined in suede.
It features one large gusseted compartment for currency .
There are four tabbed sections for safe storage. These are labeled up as:
Tickets, Documents, Passports & Other
There is also an open pocket for boarding passes and a zipped compartment for coins.
If you got it from the actual website they will personalize it for you with your initials. I am sure if you took it to Timpsons or somewhere they could emboss it if wanted.

Do not be fooled by the size it is quite large which helps if you are traveling as a couple. If you are like me and my partner there is usually one organised person and a really chilled out person. I am the organised. I am able to fit in both passports, all of the flight, hotel, insurance information in here. Plenty of space. I will personally keep my foreign currency in this travel wallet and then swap over my currency into my actual purse when we get to Mexcio (or wherever in future).

For me this is piece of mind having everything in one place and not having to rummage through our bags to find out passports or papers or tickets.

I will be using this when I go Mexico in August so I will report back about how it works in action! So far its a 5/5 from me!

Lots of love




Wheres Kirstie?

I am so sorry I haven’t been keeping you up to date on my arts, crafts and juicy things I have brought! In between being a bridesmaid, trying to have a social life, earning that ca$h money, maintaining a long distance relationship and not being disowned as a member of my family… I really do not have much time!

To keep you in the loop I have done a flash post to share a few little things I have been doing, brought and even completed….

First of all today…
I found myself running though the streets of Saffron Lane Estate in my Beauty & the Beast PJ’s… First off – Saffron Lane Estate isn’t exactly the most… (how can I put this nicely?) desirable of areas. Secondly I was in a frantic panic as my dogs had seemingly got out of the house and decided to go roaming the streets!
I know it is awful to say but there are lots of not very nice people out there at the moment who snatch up dogs for breeding (sorry puppy snatchers they have no balls), as well as using them for dog fighting. Luckily they were found at the top of the street after a lovely man saw them and tried to mush them back home!
Here is a cheeky picture of the naughty boys!20170523_133530_resized

Another exciting thing was my auntie got to go on holiday (with work). When I say with work… she is a carer for my brother who is on the severe end of the autism spectrum.
My auntie and grandma look after my brother for work. Nice to know that he is in capable and caring hands.
Tracey brought me back a little treat from the airport! Paco Rabanne Olympea! How I love this smell!
A very light smell very different to the Lady Million (which I also love) but subtle and wearable for everyday!


Another exciting thing was I went to my works Summer party which to be completely honest I wasn’t very hyped to go to. It ended up being a really lovely night with some amazing work friends. When I say lovely… I was on my way home at 11 as I was way to drunk to continue the night haha!


I posted about this little dress a while ago… It was sat in my draw unfinished and I  spend one Saturday night watching horror films and completing the final touches to my first ever pattern. I will be doing the written pattern when I get round to it but its all completed and I am pretty proud of my first creation by eye! YAY

Last but 100% not least I brought a travel wallet! I have an upcoming post and review on this as it so darn amazing! So I wont give too much away! Keep posted!


I am hoping you have all been well and have enjoyed the bit of warm weather we have had (UK friends)! Hope everyone else has had a lovely weekend! Back to the grind tomorrow!

Have a blessed day and lots of love !


Miss Saigon – Standing ovation

I have always been into musicals, theater and even opera…
Sadly as I have grown up I do not have as much time as I did when I was younger. The last show I went to see would have been The phantom of the opera in London. That show absolutely blew me away. The phantom of the opera soundtrack, story, production and even through to the film have been one of my many favorites of all time. The show was the icing on the cake for me.

I will start this review with – Miss Saigon shocked me.
I expected it to be good, but I never imagined it would or could be executed and performed in such an amazing way.
I will give Miss Saigon 5/5. It is #2 of my favorite shows I have ever seen.
Let me go into a bit more detail of the story and why I feel it was executed so perfectly.


The Storyline

Based on Madame Butterfly, the show tells the story of an American solder during the Vietnam War who falls in love and marries a Vietnamese girl. They are torn apart during the fall of Saigon and the communist take over of the country. He doesn’t know if she is dead or alive…. in turn after grieving he eventually moves on with his life in America, marrying a new woman and falling in love once again.
While he is building his new life; she is fighting her way out of the country and trying to reunite with her love as well as tell him about their young son.


The Cast

Each member of the cast brought something special to the stage.
I could gush about the cast for ages but a few things that really stood out for me were:

Sooha Kim – She executed her role flawlessly, not only did she portray a innocent young girl but she had passion, power and fire. Sooha Kim made her professional debut in this recent production of Miss Saigon at the Prince Edward Theatre where she covered the role of Kim before going on to play the role in the Japanese production.

Ashley Gilmour – He worked extremely well with Sooha. The emotion not only in his face and voice but also in his movements and touch had the audience convinced his loved her. Ashley Gilmour also appeared in Miss Saigon at the Prince Edward Theatre. His most recent credits include playing Link Larkin in the national tour of Hairspray.

Red Concepcion – He was the clown of the show, someone who you love to hate! His acting is second to none and the way that he conducted the audience was superb, it felt like you were the only person in the room. Red Concepcion’s many theatre credits in his native Philippines include Adam/Felicia in Priscilla Queen of the Desert for which he won the ALIW Award and Gawah Buhay Award, Tommy in TheNormal Heart and Alan Strang in Equus as well as the musicals West Side Story and Hairspray.

Ryan O’Gorman – He was a mans man, a young lad that wanted a laugh. His transition from the young naive boy to a caring, trusting man was exceptional. I felt with Ryan you could see his journey although they didn’t show ‘too much’ of it. Ryan O’Gorman is currently starring in the UK tour of Rent in the role of Tom Collins. His other theatre credits include Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera and Billy Elliot.

Zoë Doano – Zoe’s character all be it relatively small on the grand scheme of things; touched me. Her pain, love and uncertainty was portrayed flawlessly, so much so it had me shed a tear.  Zoë Doano’s many West End theatre credits include Cosette in Les Misérables, Johanna in Sweeney Todd and most recently Grazia in Death Takes A Holiday. She has also appeared in the national tours of The Sound of Music and High Society.

Marsha Songcome – Not only the most stunning but her power, determination and the fact she is totally disillusioned is shown perfectly. The show wouldn’t have been the same without her. Marsha Songcome returns to the musical after playing Gigi at the Prince Edward Theatre in London’s West End. Other theatre credits include Disney’s Aladdin and Mamma Mia!

Gerald Santos – I have to say I didn’t warm to Gerald immediately, I felt his performance lacked something… My first impressions were totally wrong. He owned the performance and really had me on the edge of my seat at points.  Gerald Santos was the youngest ever winner of the biggest singing contest in the Philippines, Pinoy Pop Superstar. He has released five studio albums and has won numerous awards including winning twice Best Male Concert performer at the prestigious ALIW Awards.

Who is it for?

I would definitely say don’t take young kids. I went with my partner and the copious amounts of scantily clad women dancing around and (dare I say it) recreating sexual acts was reoccurring. The positive is that he enjoyed the ladies and I enjoyed the show!
I could see some old couples shifting uncomfortable in their seats but we need to be realistic. This show portrays a brothel, prostitutes, abuse and foreign policy. It is not to be taken lightly especially when you become so engrossed in the show.
I do have to say though at some points I felt emotionally whip-lashed… There were dancing girls with Red singing making jokes but then we cut to a very serious and emotional scene which took me a little time to get used to!

The special effects

Would I call them special effects? I am not sure. There is the helicopter which was absolutely fantastic along with the dances and transitions between sets. At points I did catch myself sitting on the edge of my seat with my jaw pretty much on my lap!


Flawless in every way. From the orchestra through to the vocals… I couldn’t even try to nit-pick even if I wanted too! Everything was perfect and the songs were so moving as well as some being extremely entertaining.


Miss Saigon is a show of contrasting extremes. At one end of the spectrum is the purity of Kim’s love for Chris — with touching faith and courage, she waits three years for his return to rescue her and the son of whom he knows nothing. At the other end is the shady opportunism of ‘The Engineer,’ the Eurasian pimp who sees the half-American boy as his golden ticket to an elusive U.S. visa.
Love or hate the original version… I guarantee you will kick yourself if you don’t get a chance to see this show!

There are seats still avalible at the Curve Theatre Leicester up until 22nd July.

Don’t Quote Me…

I am a fan of quotes.
Half the time I quote Sex and the city, but the other half I would like to say I am a little more philosophical.

This post is based on 7 quotes I enjoy and why they are special to me!

  1. Ever Thine. Ever Mine. Ever Ours.
    Taken from Beethoven’s “immortal beloved”.
    This was first brought to my attention in the Sex and the City show, where Carrie reads to Big from the book ‘Love Letters of great Men’ (which is a fictional book) and as you can see its gorgeous, the entire letter is, but the last 3 sentences just hold your breath… Ever Thine, Ever Mine, Ever Ours…


    The letters basically state how he regrets being so far from her but distance doesn’t keep his thoughts and feelings away.  He only feels happy with her and no one else will compare.  With this letter he is that much closer to her.  He talks about one day being with her solely.  Living with her and being lovers.  She is his life and will love her unconditionally. He is ever hers as she is ever his… they are ever one.

    This resonates with me because my partner and I have been together for 8 years but have lived long distance. I will love him unconditionally for the rest of my life and no one will compare to him. No one is as smart, kind or caring… no one will ever love me as much as he does.

  2. I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter.
    Walt Disney

    Walt Disney

    I am not familiar with when or where Walt Disney spoke these words but it really strikes a cord with me. I do try to be optimistic however at heart I am a realist. I take things as they come and am rarely disappointed because I know things will never go the way they are intended. I do get a surprise if they ever do go well!

  3. Family is the most important thing in the world
    Princess Diana

    Princess Diana

    Princess Diana has always had a piece of Britain’s heart and I think her words are true and felt by many.
    Family is really important. The family you grow up in, the family that you create, the family you can also choose is most important. I know many people would choose family over a lifetime of wealth.

    I had a… different upbringing. I was brought up by my grandma and my auntie.
    I spent the most of my life believing my step dad was my actual dad and my actual dad being someone I occasionally waved too on the street. Very Jerry Springer.
    I am so thankful to my grandma and auntie for the way I was raised. I can only hope and pray that they are proud of what I have become.

  4. Education is the key to unlocking the world, a passport to freedom.
    Oprah Winfrey

    Oprah Winfrey

    Education is so important not only personally to continue to develop your mind but also to allow you to spread your wings and fly.
    I tried in primary school, I wasn’t great at everything but I did try, I went to secondary school and I got into the wrong crowds and education was a second thought to having fun. After finishing college I was working jobs that I couldn’t see my self in for years to come. I was bored tired and depressed, spending my weeks working a job I hated and spending my weekends (and cash) on going out partying.
    The realization came when I was pushed to continue to continue my studies. I went to university got my degree and now work in a job with the related subject and am in a better place. I now have a chance to  build a good life for myself.
    Education is great even as an interest or hobby, I will be studying a home course on Animal Care; just for fun! its great to keep your mind active and open all these new doors.

  5. My Zen teacher also said the only way to true happiness is to live in the moment and not be worried about the future. Of course, he died penniless and single.
    Carrie, Sex and the city

    Carrie, Sex and the city

    This one is a little joke to myself.
    My names Kirstie, I am a self confessed control freak.
    I am told that I need to live more in the moment and not focus on planning things. Let the chips fall where they may.
    I TRY very hard to not be controlling. I have always wanted to get married by 28 (I turned 28 in May, you can see where this is going right?)
    I wanted to have a mortgage by 30… not sure that is going to happen.
    Been with my partner 8 years and we still don’t live together.

    Forget trying to relaxed… Deep down I  am embracing the control and now trying to drive myself forward to those goals.
    No one else is going to put themselves out to help you achieve your goals! They are too busy on theirs.
    Lets face it… no one wants to die penniless and single.

  6. My dear, religion is like a penis. It’s a perfectly fine thing for one to have and take pride in, but when one takes it out and waves it in my face we have a problem.
    Maggie Smith

    Maggie Smith

    So this one makes me chuckle.
    Maggie Smith is bloody amazing in every single way.
    This quote completely covers my view on religion.
    I call myself a modern Day Buddhist, I meditate, chant and believe in cause and effect. At the same time I do not go around forcing my views upon people, causing uncomfortable situations with people. Everyone is entitled to their beliefs but it doesn’t mean you should be forcing people to partake or feel guilty for not doing so.

  7. The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams
    Eleanor Roosevelt

    Eleanor Roosevelt

    Again this is about believing in yourself and making your dreams a reality. If your dreams are positive and will help people they are beautiful.
    People believe that dreams happen by magic but in reality it takes a lot of determination, blood, sweat and tears. You can do it, anyone can do it if you believe it is possible.

    I have a dream that one day I will have my own Marketing agency, make my money there and then open up an animal sanctuary to rescue and rehabilitate abandoned animals. We can all dream.

    Thanks for reading everyone! Sending lots of love, peace and power to you all!
    Have a blessed day


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