A Quick Trip to Newquay

by Elizabeth Sellers on 31 July 2014 · 1 comment

Birds flying through sunset

Last week we made a spontaneous trip down to Newquay for a few days following a kind invite from a friend of ours to stay at her apartment near Fistral Beach. A bit of R&R was very much needed and we managed to squeeze in some lovely stuff in just 48 hours.

Now, of course, I am seriously pining to get back to the seaside.

The next best thing is to share some of my snaps and blog about my quick trip down to Newquay.

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Blogging Code of Ethics

by Elizabeth Sellers on 30 July 2014 · 0 comments

Do we need a blogging code of ethics | Blognix

This is a quick head’s up to let you know about the Blogging Code of Ethics FREE download I wrote for the Blognix website. I originally wrote the code back in December/January time when I first ran my Big Blogging Bootcamp e-course. It went down really there and I figured that it would be rude not to share it!

It’s still a work-in-progress so I wanted to make the Blogging Code of Ethics free for anyone to download and use as a guide but also to offer their feedback and input.

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Social Eating House, Soho

by Elizabeth Sellers on 29 July 2014 · 1 comment

Social Eating House Soho

About a month ago I bid a farewell to an old friend who has emigrated to the UAE to start a new life and adventure. Just before he left he took me out for a slap-up dinner and cocktails at the Social Eating House in Soho. It was an unexpectedly delicious evening of quirky cocktails, more-ish food and totally buzzing atmosphere. And the company of my friend certainly helped!

Last Tango in Paris cocktail

Who doesn’t love a quirky cocktail? This one is the Last Tango in Paris and it comes in a juice box with a straw! It was just one part of the experience that makes the Social Eating House so fun to spend time at.

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Super Rainbow Salad Recipe

by Elizabeth Sellers on 24 July 2014 · 6 comments

This is a guest post from my brilliant and super-inspiring friend, Jessica Brookes and her collaborators at The Shanti Space, Laura McBride and chef, Flora Nichol. 
Rainbow Salad Recipe

OUR STORY

It began in early 2012 among the Himalayan backdrop of Parvati Valley, India. A group of nature lovers united together to create a space for relaxation and wellbeing at a music festival to raise awareness of the importance of conservation and donations to support programs in the village.

We did it for consciousness. We did it for love.

OUR MISSION

The Shanti Space creates spaces for ‘shanti’ (Sanskrit for peace) with the belief that peace in our outside world starts from within.

OUR SPACES

From hammocks in the Andalusian hills to thin airs of the Himalayan mountains; we take you in to spaces where you can tune in, reflect and rejuvenate.

The Shanti Space provides a range of services including retreats, yoga workshops, creative coaching, meditation & invigoration workshops, health & wellbeing,  massage & beauty, energy & sound healing.

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VIDEO: Review of Hotel la Tour, Birmingham

by Elizabeth Sellers on 17 July 2014 · 0 comments

Disclosure: I was invited to stay as a guest at Hotel la Tour. Words, thoughts and images are my own. Thanks for supporting Rosalilium!

Hotel La Tour Review

Back in June we stayed at my favourite hotel in Birmingham, Hotel la Tour, whilst organising Blognix. It was the perfect spot to relax in between the mayhem of the conference.

Hotel la Tour is an independent luxury 4 star hotel in central Birmingham. It’s ideally located just a few minutes from the Bull Ring shopping centre and the train stations. And just a 10 minute walk from the Custard Factory, where we hosted Blognix.

As the organisers of Blognix, we needed a hotel that was guaranteed to give us a good night’s sleep, feed us quickly with delicious breakfast in the morning, and with a enough space in the room to get the final bits and bobs sorted for the conference.

Hotel la Tour totally fit the bill.

We arrived around lunchtime on the Friday before Blognix and checked in with reception. They do have some rather snazzy self check-in machines which must be perfect during busy periods. But it was super quiet when we got there so we checked-in via the receptionist. She was incredibly professional and helpful, and we even got to request to be in a top floor room so we could see some views.

We made our way up to our gorgeous room. Quickly hung up our clothes for the following day and made a dash to the venue to set-up.

The room itself is a comfortable size with a large bed, two different textures of pillow (some prefer soft, some hard), there’s a thin wardrobe for hanging clothes along with an iron and ironing board. A small tea/coffee area and a safe.

There’s no overpriced minibar here. If you want refreshments they are more than happy to bring some to your room. As someone who has never used a hotel mini bar, I was fine with that.

The room had a decent-sized desk/dressing table next to which was an array of sockets for charging all kinds of devices. An essential these days! My favourite was the plug socket next to the bed – I was practically chained to my smartphone over Blognix weekend so I need access to battery top-ups constantly.

The room also has a bluetooth system, that hooks up to the TV. So after watching a bit of news in the morning we were able to listen to our Spotify playlists via the speakers. Hoorah! Much needed when getting psyched up for a full-on conference.

Let’s not even get started on how awesome the bathroom was! It was spotless, something that I find lacking so often in hotels. The bathroom was pristine with gorgeous finishings, a huge shower with a powerful rainfall shower-head, perfect for waking me up on the morning of Blognix after just 5 hours sleep.

And of course, as I mentioned before, the food at Hotel la Tour is brilliant. We had breakfast included both days and it was an utter godsend for our weary bodies. We loaded up of delicious barista-made coffee, helped ourselves to fresh pastries and filled up on a cooked breakfast. I knew we wouldn’t get much to eat over the day so this was a blessing; a perfect start to the day.

I’ve made a cute little 2 minute video of our time at Hotel la Tour including a sneak peek at the breakfast and inside our room. Hope you like it!

I can honestly say Hotel la Tour is one of my favourite hotels, and certainly my favourite in Birmingham. I have been there a few times, staying at the hotel, eating in the Aalto restaurant and sampling their afternoon tea. Every time I have been to this hotel I have been impressed by the impeccable service, stunning decor and excellent food. I’d happily recommend it to you.

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Recipe: Indian Prawn Curry

by Elizabeth Sellers on 15 July 2014 · 2 comments

Indian Prawn Curry Recipe | Rosalilium

Don’t you just love it when you’re experimenting with food and stumble across the best Indian Prawn Curry you have ever tasted in your life?!

It was a pretty standard mid-week evening not long ago and we were trying to come up with something for dinner. As I mentioned before in this post, we’re eating clean and quitting sugar so we sometimes struggle with coming up with new ideas for food. It would be so easy to fall back into our old food repertoire but we are determined to try this thing out.

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Video: Craft Tutorial – Tissue Paper Pom-Pom

After a short hiatus I am back in business on my Youtube channel. Now, I know video isn’t for everyone. Hell, I was really unsure about it for a while. But since I got my iPad mini for my birthday this year, I do love a good Youtuber session in the evening. It’s becoming a […]

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Be Yourself, Unless You Can Be a Unicorn

Disclosure: this is a collaborative post. Words, thoughts and images are my own. Thanks for supporting Rosalilium! It would seem the sartorial stars have aligned and great things are starting to happen to my wardrobe. It feels good, real good. There are so many things about this outfit that are exciting me right now. Firstly, I’m […]

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Giveaway: Vintage Map Wall Chart

It’s no secret how much I love a good map or globe. I’m geography obsessed! See my Map and Globes pinterest board for my inspiration/obsession. I’m not sure whether it stems from my love of travel and adventure or just my serious desire to learn as much about the world as I can. Either way, […]

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Why (and how) I’m (almost) Quitting Sugar

Did you know 100 years ago we ate about 1kg of sugar a year, and nowadays we eat nearer 60kg of sugar a year? That’s a pretty scary statistic. Especially given all the health problems prevalent in society.  Following some health concerns the boyf and I are making some big changes to our food consumption, […]

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