Testing the ALDI festive tipples range

Bit late in the day to pick up festive booze? Nah! And technically, you could have most of this at any time of year….

Yup, that’s right – for the first time in about 5 years I’ve decided to see what else is out there for my Christmas delectation that’s not from Marks & Spencer….

Traitor! Nope. I live closer to ALDI, they posted a leaflet through my door showcasing their range which peaked my interest, and I’ve done a blog post in M&S drinks for the last 4 years or so, so it’s definitely time to mix it up

Spiced Plum & Clementine gin

I still wouldn’t say I’m a gin lover (although you will remember that I liked it before it was cool) but I’m drinking it more by default as people around me are.

This doesn’t taste like gin at all, the infused plum and orange flavours are great, almost like you’re drinking something non-alcoholic. When paid with lemonade, garnished with an orange wedge and served over ice, this makes a pretty nice drink all year round.

Candy Cane gin liqueur

A drink like this can go either way can’t it – either a delicious minty treat or summat that you’d rinse and spit after brushing that you bought on sale at the pound shop (the reviews on the ALDI website are pretty polarising).

If you give the bottle a shake it shimmers which definitely gets you in the Christmas spirit before you’ve even had a drop!

If you wanted to go full on cocktail with this drink, there’s a recommended recipe on the ALDI website

Ballycastle Chocolate & Orange Irish Cream

Basically the ALDI own version of baileys, which I love, and as you’ll k ow from my previous post all about orange flavoured chocolate this is a flavour combo I’m rather fond of.

As well as being served the more traditional way as a short over ice, which is how I’ve been enjoying it, this would be the perfect edition to a nice warming cup of hot chocolate to give it an extra little kick (you could use this recipe I posted a couple of years ago and simply sub this is in)

There’s still time to pick these up before the festivities kick up another notch at the weekend, so happy drinking (but responsibly and for enjoyment) during the most drunken time of the year!

Thanks for reading and seasons greetings,

J xx

BLOGMAS 2018 / Day 6 – testing Marks and Spencer festive drinks, groundbreaking.

I’ve said that the subject this post is ‘groundbreaking’ for 2 reasons:

– M & S always do a cracking festive drinks selection

– I have posted about the M & S festive drinks range virtually every year since I’ve been blogging.

Pre- night out cocktails: Spiced apple pie martini

An easy breezy drink that requires zero effort to prepare – chuck some ice in a glass, pour and enjoy. It’s the perfect tipple that looks like you’ve made loads of effort when you haven’t, it’s a super sweet and full of festive spices. Nom.

After dinner tipple: Millionaire shortbread cream

If you’re a fan of Baileys/Irish cream drinks and have a bit of a sweet tooth, this is for you. It has the creamy alcohol vibe we all know and love, but the notes of caramel make it feel extra luxurious and festive as God and the Marks’ product development team intended.

General festive merriment: Clementine & Cranberry Buck’s Fizz

If you’re a long time reader of my blog, you’ll know that I’m fiercely loyal that the M&S standard Buck’s Fizz, it’s the best on the market and is often on offer at 2 bottles for £5. However I spotted this, thought the bottle looked pretty and bought it simply so I’d have something a bit different to talk about this year!

Gotta be honest, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by this and I liked it more than I thought I would – the tartness of the cranberry gives it a really nice finish and makes it feel more of a cocktail. It doesn’t replace the original but it’s been a nice change in between.

see you again tomorrow,

J xx

BLOGGING/ Sisterhood of the World Tag


One of the things that I like about blogging is that it can form a little community and bond people from everywhere…yes it’s not without its cliques etc like regular life, but I choose to see only the goodness in us! That’s why I like the many blog awards and tags that we hand out amongst eachother – we get to show off who’s blog’s we enjoy and introduce other people to them too which shares the love and Browns the friendships far and wide. How lovely!

Thanks Ashleigh for tagging me in the Sisterhood of the World! Now, here’s a few lil things about meeee

1- Who is Your Favourite Author?

I’ve been sooo stuck in books for uni forever now that i don’t think I’ve read a proper book for fun in almost a year! I’ve always enjoyed Sophie Kinsella , I spent my teens and early twenties glued to the Shopaholic series and I also enjoyed Remember Me.

2- Which song/artist did you listen to last

I’ve had #Spotify on shuffle (I’ve got fairly eclectic taste) and it was this. Reminds me of my honeymoon  

3- Can you cook/bake? If so,  what’s your signature dish?

I can cook and bake. I’m not a culinary whizz but I do nice Fat Rascal scones, lasagne and home made burgers with fries.

4- Where is your favourite place to socialise and why?

I’d probably say a cafe bar because it’s nice to get out the house (especially when you’re holed up in it working a lot) and there’s usually food involved! My current hometown faves are Fudge and Sleepers but Home Sweet Home in Manchester is also the bomb dot com.

5- Who would you want to attend your dream dinner party?

I may just be the only person in the world who hasn’t bout of this answer before now! Erm…if it was happening like, this weekend: Khloe Kardashian, SJP (with all the shoes she didn’t want anymore) Gok Wan, Dan Wootton, Sarah Millican, Ant and Dec. we’d eat gorgeous bread, followed by pizza and finish with cakes and ice cream. Washed down with Mojitos and martinis.

6- Ideal holiday destination? 

Bahamas- I mean, look at it! It’s been mine and Mr Alice’s dream destination since we couldn’t make it there on honeymoon  

7- Who’s your favourite YouTuber and why?

Confession time…I don’t catch up on YouTube that much! 

8- If you could own five items for the rest of your life, what would they be?

Hmm…my wedding ring/engagement ring, passport, a nice house, a great bed and a timeless pair of shoes.

9- Who do you admire most in life?

Probably Mama Alice – she’s strong, ambitious and mostly level headed. A great role model  

10- What was the last lie you told?

Probably the one I’ve been telling myself “I have loads of time to get my uni work done” 

And thats me! I’m tagging some of my fave girlies

Charlotte – Style Leaked

Bethany – Une Femme, Une Fille

Holly – Rock on Holly

Sass – What Sass Says

Alex – Champagne and Lemonade

Charley – Rambling of a Beauty Blogger

And these are your questions

1- What is your ultimate treat meal?

2- What are your three favourite items of clothing?

3- Share your best beauty tip.

4- What is your guilty pleasure to watch on TV?

5- What would your autobiography be titled?

6- Are there any trends you’d love to try but daren’t?

7- Finish this sentence “you should all read my blog if….”

8- Where do you see yourself one year from now?

9-  Describe yourself in five words.

10- How do you fit blogging around your other life commitments?

I look forward to reading the answers!

Stay Stylish

J 😘xx

FOOD / Eat and Drink Your Way Around London

It’s one of the fash hubs of the world, but #london also has a variety of pretty awesome experiences for massive foodies like meeeee! Here are some of my current faves

This is basically cold tea drinks with tapioca bubbles in it that add a really interesting texture (or bubbles, if you will) to your drink! A great lil’ pit stop at any time of day
Lola’s Cupcakes

I adore cake soooo much that I went underground to buy these beauties from the Kings Cross tube station…true story! They’re sold in other places too and have some really unique flavours – this selection includes peanut butter and apple crumble, and the frosting is uh-may-zing.
May Fair Kitchen

Situated at the popular May Fair Hotel, they do a three course Sunday lunch for a fantastic £29.50pp which has really decent portion sizes. I used the ‘Bookatable’ app to make a reservation for Mr Alice and I’s anniversary, and as you can see they were lovely in marking it for us. Brilliant service from all staff, and their head chef is from (my home town for those of you who don’t know) Hull! Little tip – after your meal, pop across the lobby to the bar and sample one of the hotel’s yummy cocktails
The Red Lion

If the Prime Minister popped out to his local pub, this would be it. It’s right between Downing Street and the Houses of Parliament and they claim a wealthy of politicians (including Winston Churchill) have been fans over the years. After trying their food, I’m not surprised! Proper British food, as I’m such a pie fan I couldn’t resist…and it did not disappoint!
Houses of Parliament

Probably not where you’d imagine having a good experience in London per se, but it’s definitely one that not everyone does! This is afternoon tea served in a marquee on the terrace overlooking the Thames. It can only be booked as an extra with a tour of the building (which is an experience I unexpectedly enjoyed, it’s a stunning place) and the fizz is also extra as tea is included as standard.
A very diverse range of eats and drinks, for me that’s one of the beauties of London Town! There are soooo many more great ones.
Have you tried any of these places, and where else would you recommend to eat or drink in London?
Stay Stylish
J 😘xx