22 Apr 2016

Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens is somewhere my mother has talked about for years and how she went often when she was little and would love to take me. At the time I just thought it was another Royal Park in London, so after researching and finding it has the world's largest collection of living plants I was sold - just a shame it is almost at the end of the District line a whole 2 hours away from my Essex surroundings... 
So it was quite fortunate that I have two weeks job-free before starting my new adventure and am certainly making the most of it. My mother and I set off yesterday where I would finally visit this stunning exotic-jungle in the outskirts of London. When you go through the gates at Kew the vast scale of the gardens is breathtaking - you are greeted by a huge greenhouse lined with rows and rows of colourful tulips on the lawn in front which overlooks a stunningly quaint lake.
Make sure you grab yourself a map but don't walk around with your head lost in it as you'll miss all the best bits! My advice is to lose yourself in the gardens as there is something different at every turn. You can go from walking through the Canadian mountains stretching your necks to see the top of the Redwood trees to skipping through the english countryside laced with bluebells and English Oak trees. 
Be sure to venture inside the smaller greenhouse to the left of the larger 'Palm House' to see the largest range of cactus' I have ever seen (serious plantslut envy!) it looks small from the outside but don't be fooled. I really hope you chose to see Kew Gardens this spring/summer if you haven't already been as it is a national treasure. We spent a whole 4 hours walking around and I am still sure we didn't quite see it all..

Try to go in Spring to catch the Cherry Blossoms!


13 Mar 2016


After many a late night over the last few months I am proud to say CARMEN & COCO launched on 12th February and we are pleased to finally share it with you guys! All of our prints are printed on 190gsm silk paper and wrapped in acid-free black tissue paper, sealed with a CARMEN & COCO branded stickers and placed into resilient white tubes before posting. Our quoted prints are £16.99 and our marble prints are £19.99 with fully trackable delivery being only £3.99 extra.

I would love your feedback about our site and if you would like to see other prints available, so please email us at: enquiries@carmenandcoco.com 

I can also give you guys an exclusive and reveal that we are working around the clock to get an Etsy shop open where you can digitally download the prints and print them yourselves. This way we will be able to offer you a much wider range of prints. Stay tuned! 


12 Mar 2016

National Wedding Show with Debenhams

A few weeks ago I was kindly invited to The National Wedding Show at Olympia thanks to Debenhams. Since being engaged I have been to only one other wedding show which was at the Excel and I have to say this one was on a whole different scale. The venue was huge and each individual stand was beautifully curated but with enough room between them which was key to not feeling overwhelmed and compact. Having already bought my wedding dress a few months previous I was seriously tempted to try some on but that could have been dangerous! Instead I opted for trying on some gorgeous but different headpieces just for fun. We were lucky enough to be given the VIP treatment so after swooning over almost everything my mum and I sat down in the VIP lounge for a glass of champagne and a flick through the magazines. 

The whole day was wonderful and a huge success as I managed to even order my wedding ring! If you are a bride on a budget I suggest you seriously check out Debenhams bridal section online or in store as they have some of the most stunning wedding gowns I've seen for just a few hundred pounds!


17 Jan 2016

Doddle says Relax with Secret Santa

When I was asked back in November to take part in a secret santa challenge in participation with Doddle trailing their Runner app exclusive for Londoners I was very much interested. If you haven't seen Doddle's cute 'santa's little helpers' adverts posted all over the tube network then you'll be sure to find one at a popular railway station near you. Doddle are a parcel company which aims to make sending and receiving parcels easy. They also offer a 'Runner' service exclusive for Londoners.

For this challenge I was asked to visit another bloggers website to get a feel for what would make them relax across the festive period. For my secret santa I chose a luxurious candle which I knew was sure to bring peace and relaxation to anyone's home. In return I received a Cath Kidston kit including a very english mug (perfect for my cuppa!) a makeup/wash bag and some lip balms. Although it was a lovely gift Cath Kidston couldn't be farther from my taste so unfortunately I felt the gift didn't quite represent me or my blog, but the mug is a definite winner as I love my tea & coffee!

Back to Doddle, one of the friendliest and most efficient parcel companies I have used in recent years. Using the runner app which I downloaded in the Appstore on my iPhone, I simply signed up (this took a couple of mins) and took a photo of the item I wished to send, typed in my pick up address (this has to be within one of these London postcodes; EC1-4, WC1, WC2, SE1, SW1, W1, W2, (it can be a coffee shop, work or home address) and the delivery address (this can be anywhere in the UK). The app will then assign a runner to you and an estimated time of when they will collect. The staff are extremely friendly and explain how the entire process works, all parcels are sent next day delivery. Within 2 hours of me ordering the collection someone was at my work address to collect, with it arriving the next day.

Doddle is certainly a must-try especially for those important parcels which need to be delivered quick when you don't have time to queue at the post office! For more information on Doddle stores and the Runner App check out their website.

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