Date Night at Reading Showcase Cinema De Lux

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Date nights for us usually involve a film. We're either snuggled up in front of Netflix or at the cinema. So you can imagine how excited we both were to be invited to the launch of the Reading Showcase Cinema De Lux. The complex has been fitted out with reclining seats in every screen and we couldn't wait to try them out!

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On entering the cinema, we made our way down the red carpet and enjoyed glasses of Prosecco and canapes. I was really impressed with the refurbishments that have been made. Everything looks sleek and modern and there's a really chilled vibe. There's a seating area downstairs to enjoy traditional cinema snacks and a plush Costa if you need your caffeine fix!

We then headed up to the Lounge Bar for another glass of fizz! I think this is a really lovely addition. The decor is elegant and chic which makes it a relaxing space to enjoy a cocktail or two before a film. The extensive drinks menu allows you to really make a night of it!

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Photos provided by Showcase.
It was then time to make our way to the XPlus screen, where we were treated to an advance screening of Steven Spielberg's Bridge of Spies. We settled down with our goody bag of popcorn and chocolates and adjusted our reclining seats. I have to say that it's the most comfortable I've ever been in a cinema. What's best is that there's no extra cost for the comfort the new seats provide!

The Xplus auditoriums have a 60ft wide wall-to-wall screens. Dolby Atmos sound technology also allows the sound to be precisely directed to different parts of the room. These two elements combined create such a powerful viewing experience.

I loved Bridge of Spies. If you like films inspired by real life events then this is certainly for you. Tom Hanks stars as a lawyer called upon to defend a Soviet spy during the Cold War. The film is full of drama and action. I loved the characters and the humour. But overall, Mark Rylance's performance blew me away. Just perfect!

We both thoroughly enjoyed our movie date night! I can wholly recommend checking out a Showcase Cinema De Lux near you. The experience feels special and it's ideal for a date or a girly night with friends!

Showcase kindly invited me and a guest to the launch event which included tickets for the film.

Christmas Indulgence Home Wish List

Sunday, 22 November 2015

As the night's are drawing in, I've been longing for Christmas films, snuggly blankets and festive candles. Now is most certainly the time to be thinking about this year's Christmas decorations. With so much inspiration on the high street at the moment, I've settled on a look that plays with textures. I love the contrast of natural materials and delicate metallics.

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Larger hanging Christmas decorations are great for adding festive cheer to any room. Wilko always have a good selection at budget prices. This mistletoe heart is adorable and would make a fab addition to any entrance way. Any excuse for Christmas kisses! I'm also in love with their polar bear ornament. He's just too cute!

In my opinion, nothing marks the start of the festive season better than a good old candle. The festive spice scent from Next is an old favourite and TK Maxx have some stunning candles in at the moment. However, the Neom Christmas Wish candle has won my heart. This luxe offering is the ideal treat to yourself for cosy evenings this winter.

I'm always really envious of my neighbour's Christmas wreaths. We've never had one on our door but I would love to change that this year. I like the rustic look of this alpine wreath from Next. I can imagine it making our house look lovely and welcoming. I'd even be tempted to add some fairy lights amongst the pinecones and berries.

I couldn't do a home wish list without including some copper. First up is the Strala table light from IKEA. It's battery powered so you could pop this light anywhere. I really like the understated glamour of the design. If you're after something a little more traditional, then a copper lantern is for you!

These baubles are beautiful. I love that the mercury glass bauble is hinged so that you can add in a little gift. The glass egg bauble is so Gatsby with it's decadent gold detail. These would make great presents to put in someone's stocking.

Last on my list is this gorgeous faux fur stocking from House of Fraser. I've spotted it a few times in store and can confirm that it's as super soft as it looks. I still hang a stocking from the mantlepiece, but have had the same one since a child. I think I'm overdue an upgrade!

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Super Easy Photo Printing With CHEERZ

Friday, 20 November 2015

Cheerz is a photo printing service which allows you to print your images from a range of sources. Fancy hard copies of a few Insta shots but also have some snaps lurking in your Dropbox? No problemo.

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It's not only poloroid style prints either. Cheerz have a wide range of different products. Maybe you want your photos printed onto magnets to adorn your fridge? Or perhaps you're after a more traditional poster or framed moasic? There's something to suit everyone.

The super friendly team at Cheerz kindly sent me a Christmas Cheerz Box. I couldn't resist the gold foil and the adorable ribbon! This limited edition cutie holds 30 polaroid style prints. Each image is printed onto thick, high quality Fujifilm paper. You can also customise each one with text and different colour borders.

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I can't wait to try out some cute DIYs with my prints. I'll be using some in my Project Life scrapbook and I'm sure there'll be some bakers twine and mini clothes pegs making their way onto my walls sometime soon!

With Christmas right around the corner, Cheerz have some fantastic ideas for original and personalised gifts. What's better than receiving memories of friends and family for Christmas.
Cheerz kindly sent me a Christmas Cheerz Box for review.