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posted on: Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Sponsored post in partnership with American Express® 

 Hey everyone! Being brought up in a small town, I've always been a fan of small businesses and supporting their growth. Small shops, restaurants and cafés really help build the character of an area, often going above and beyond to serve customers and offering exclusive signature products or added touches of customer service which keep me, and other loyal customers going back again and again.

With Christmas fast approaching, there’s no better time to start ‘shopping small’ to get your hands on those personal, thoughtful gifts that won’t be found elsewhere, discovering new tastes, flavours and experiences at the cafés, restaurants and bars, all whilst supporting the local community.

 We're coming up to Small Business Saturday this week, a day when people across the country are encouraged to get out and support their local small business. That's why I'm extremely excited to have teamed up with American Express, founder and ongoing supporter of the initiative, to show you all exactly why 'shopping small' is a great way to pick great gifts for friends and family this Christmas, and all year round. I’ve chosen six of my favourite small businesses in the Leicester so I can share their signature products and services with you:

 Gelato Village 

 Gelato Village offers a little taste of Italy in the centre of Leicester. It opened in 2014, perfect timing as this coincided with my first trip to Rome which resulted in serious Gelato withdrawal. Not only did it help me beat my Italy blues but it’s become my go to place for when I’m craving authentic Gelato and I cannot get enough of the Pistachio Gelato made using milk from a local dairy. 

Karinas Flower Studio 

There’s something about buying and receiving flowers that makes me really happy, the colours and smells always lift my office room and it’s always amazing finding a florist who understands that feeling too. Karen, the florist at Karinas Flower Studio has been working at the store for over 20 years, and creates everything from lavish bouquets to beautiful bespoke arrangements for loved ones or as a gift to yourself. As a signature piece, Karen creates a beautiful Orchid Corsage, which is great for weddings or proms

Deli in the Square 

Situated in the heart of St Martins Square, Deli in the Square house over 60 different cheeses sourced from small artisan producers. Cheese glorious cheese! With this much choice, a little help is needed and the staff here are great at lending a helping hand with their expertise. We selected a trio of cheeses to accompany some crackers and chose the Perl Las, Cornish Yarg and Durrus that would make the ideal cheese board for parties.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about some of my favourite small shops in Leicester, if this has inspired you, visit amexshopsmall.co.uk to get inspiration and ideas for your Christmas shopping and find out more about ‘shopping small’. And what’s more, if you are an American Express Cardmember you could be rewarded for supporting your local high street. When you spend £10 or more in a single transaction on your American Express Card at a participating small business during the campaign period (3 to 18 December 2016) you will receive a £5 statement credit. There is no limit to the number of participating businesses you can receive your £5 statement credit from, however, you can only claim it once at each small business, terms apply.

Promoter: American Express Services Europe Limited has its registered office at Belgrave House, 76 Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 9AX, United Kingdom. It is registered in England and Wales with Company Number 1833139 and authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority


posted on: Sunday, 10 April 2016

Hi Guys!

I had the pleasure of being invited to Seven Dials in London to explore what it has to offer. Coincidentally, Seven Dials is one of my favourite spots in London. I mean, Hello? It's home to Monmouth Coffee, of course it's one of my favourites!

I had an amazing day going from store to store and having a look through the products. I started off by visiting Fresh, which is dedicated to natural ingredients and I was treated to an amazing lip treatment that I've been obsessed with using since.  The first step was using their Sugar Lip Polish to exfoliate my lips, followed by using the Lip Serum and finishing with some lip balm and you guys, my lips felt so smooth and lovely that I didn't even feel the need to re-apply my lipstick.

We then had lunch at Homeslice and wolfed down a whole 20" pizza, and devoured every last bit. We decided to go for half Margerita and half with Calabrian Peppers, Chervil and Lincolnshire Poacher Cheese. After scoffing our faces and filling our bellies, we headed to Miller Harris for a divine hour of testing and sniffing out every perfume they have to offer. We were offered Sparkling Elderflower Tea (which was amazing btw) and sifted through the collection to find our signature scent. I opted for the Poirier D'un Soir which is a gorgeous citrus-sy scent and I've been using this religiously.

After teasing our noses, we popped by Pixi Beauty and I was given a makeover by the lovely ladies who completely brought me out of my comfort zone and lined my lids with... BLUE. Yes, Blue. Surprisingly, I really liked it. I was in awe of all the super cute beauty bits at Pixi and had so much fun playing around with everything. The Glow Tonic is one of their bestsellers, and has become an essential part of my skincare routine. You guys know I love that glow for my skin, and this has helped me towards gaining that healthy look.

Our last stop was Skinny Dip , I had so much fun here. The entire store is just incredibly youthful and quirky, the store has endless cute personable goodies to offer. They have all the essentials to take your phone case and accessories to that next level, and would be my go to place for all things Tech/Gift/Accessory related. I selected a phone case and personalised it with my own Initials for that finishing touch.

I was already a huge fan of Seven Dials, but after my recent visit I only just realised how many hidden treasures there are here and how much variety the streets have to offer. I left feeling like a kid in candy land and had a wonderful time getting to understand the brands and meeting the incredibly friendly staff. It's no doubt a spot that I will continue to visit time and time again.

DISCLAIMER : This post is not sponsored. 


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