Monday, 15 October 2018

What we wore to Chester Races | F A S H I O N




Recently, we were lucky enough to head to our first ever ladies day at Chester Races. The guys at Foxy Bingo, Capital and Chester Races put on an amazing day... I'll have a post about the event going live next week so keep your eyes peeled and follow our social media to keep up to date. 

This is a first for Toris Edit! We never and I repeat never branch out into Fashion, you #fbloggers are way too fashionable and on trend for me. But recently I have found myself loving my wardrobe, picking up some versatile pieces and quite frankly kinda feeling my style! (It's the little things in life) So I thought I would branch out into some Fashion posts and see what the reception is. If you guys hate it I'll obviously go back to our regular niche...

I should point out that the day we went was bizarre weather, it was cloudy and cold one moment and the roasting the next... BLOODY NIGHTMARE TO DRESS FOR!! I opted for the above ensemble and Andy chose to go classic in his suit. 

Outfit Details:-

Tori


DRESS  - Boohoo - This is the Boutique Crochet Panelled Bodycon Dress in Grey, although as you can see from the picture it is a very light grey colour. It cost me around £20 with my student discount, but can be brought here for £20. They also have it in the cutest red colour, which would be perfect for Christmas. 

SUNGLASSES - Rayban - My trusty £40 Duty free Bargain when we headed to Budapest and they are my babies... The cheapest I can find a similar pair for you guys is £86, and they can be brought here

SHOES - ASDA - My first pair of actual Court shoes (legit Court shoes) and they were £20. I got these five years ago for my first trip to Court in sixth form. I have found a similar pair for £30 from ASOS. They can be brought here

There is also this very similar pair from New Look for £19.99 although mine do not have the snakeskin strap, which I actually think is a cute touch. You can purchase the New Look version here.

CLUTCH - ASDA - Again a cheeky shopping bargain. This was brought years ago and is a timeless piece that goes with almost every outfit I own. I haven't been able to find a dupe for this at all unfortunately. There are lots of clutch bags for cheap in places like Primark and even Ebay. 

I didn't accessorise my outfit on the day bar my Michael Kors rose gold watch and Pandora rings, which I rarely leave at home. Solely because our taxi came early and I needed to rush out the door.


Andy

SUIT - Topman - We brought Andy's suit for a window last year and I cannot find the exact one. (The importance of being on trend I guess). You can buy a very similar one here for a £100

SHOES - Burton - These were brought at the same time as the suit, but Mens shoes very rarely go out of fashion. These can be brought here for £35. 

The beauty about Ladies Day was that anything went Fashion wise. Everyone celebrated their own unique style and not one person questioned it. I do wish I had worn something longer or more elegant, but it was a last minute decision to go! Watch this space for next year!! 




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Until Next Time 
Tori 
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Sunday, 14 October 2018

The Alchemist | S P I N N I N G F I E L D S




I thought I'd start my return to the blog with a bang... or in this case, with Fire! 

If you're an avid follower of my Instagram account @torisedit you will know that I regularly visit the Alchemist. Either in Chester or Spinningfields in Manchester. Myself and Andy regularly celebrate anything and everything with drinks and the Alchemist is a firm favourite pre-drink venue! (Pre note- I will apologise for the grainy photography, I have tried everything to clarify the images but they were screenshots from video footage of the night. The joys of being the secret blogger of the group...)



Black Jack - This was a really cool drink that comes with a string and brown bottle of alcohol. You pour the brown bottle in first and as you can see from the picture it is a clear liquid. You then squirt the syringe, which also has clear liquid in, and your whole drink goes black. To me this tasted like liquorice and rather amusingly is called a BJ (note my giggles following this). Black Jack contains Bacardi Carta Blanca rum, Briottet blue curacao, raspberry, lime, zombie mix.





Colour Changing One - Cc This drink was pretty cool and reminded me of A-level chemistry. You pour the blue coloured one into the glass first and then the clear one. There was some fizzing and smoking (due to the dry ice) and the colour changes from blue, to purple to a dusky pink. It is crazy to watch and I loved it. This drink contains : Reyka vodka, apple, soda, lime, magic.


Smokey Old Fashioned - S1 - A unique twist on an old favourite. A circular ball of dry ice with a Whiskey that also contained dry ice. There is something interesting about Whiskey that smokes... Woodford Reserve whiskey, maple syrup, dilution, Jerry Thomas bitters. Smoke. The original.




Lightbulb Moment - Lm - This smokey one was so amazing. Th first drink I ever had whilst at the Alchemist. You are given a lightbulb shaped glass that is just smoke and the glass becomes warm really quickly. I poured all of it into my glass pretty much immediately so couldn't get a nice photo. I have been told that we will be going back for Halloween so I will make sure we try some new cocktails and take much better photographs!! This drink contains : Tanqueray gin, Pimms, ginger beer, raspberry, lemon, mint.

And Finally...

Caramelised Rum Punch - Cp (The picture at the top of this post and the most showy). This honestly tasted like Christmas to me! I'm not a fan of rum, but I really enjoyed this one and thought the craftsmanship that goes into creating this drink was amazing!! This drink contains : Appleton Signature rum, Grand Marnier, watermelon, lime, pineapple. Fire.


Thank you for reading our first post back and apologies if it wasn't to our normal style, especially the photography, I will be writing much more in the next few weeks and promise things will be getting better!! Do let me know what you recommend from the Alchemist as I'm always looking for new drinks to try! 

I hope to see you in the next post!


Until Next Time
Tori 
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Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Maybelline Baby Lips (Intense Care) Review | Beauty



This is a bit of a surprise on the blog. Toris Edit has had a Beauty section since we were established in July 2017, however with having so much Travel and Lifestyle content I put Beauty on the back burner. There are so many amazing Beauty bloggers out there already that I didn't believe 'Toris Edit' had a place so to speak. After taking some time away from Beauty and really soul searching I have concluded that Beauty posts were one of the main reasons I first started blogging (years upon years ago) and I wouldn't want to lose the main reason for beginning blogging. So without further ado here we go with our first Beauty related post (Please be kind as we have been out of it for quite a while!)


As girls we are absolutely over run with the sheer volume of choice we have for lip products. I am an avid purchaser of lip-balm, mainly because I lose every tube I bloody own, and when I say I have tested the market I am pretty convinced I have tested the whole market. I purchased this little yellow tube of sunshine from the Superdrug near my work after forgetting my trusty vaseline. I didn't want to splurge as quite frankly I knew I would provably use it for the day, leave it in my work drawer and completely forget about it. Baby lips was on sale at the time for £2.99 and I had seen so many people rave about it on Twitter so I thought why not. 

At first I must admit I wasn't too sure about the formula. Other lip balms feel very nourishing without feeling oily, however Baby lips made mine feel a mixture of moisturised, but slightly oily. It was a great product for when my lips were overly dry and needed deep nourishment. It also worked great when I had a cold and needed to moisturise my nose, but hadn't brought any moisturiser to work with me. A multi-functional lip balm is always a necessity and the picture above shows how much I do genuinely love this product (not very bloggeresk, but at least you know this post is authentic and the product tried and tested). 

My favourite use of this lip balm is to use as a base for lipstick. I find lipsticks can really dry my lips out so whilst doing my other make up I use Baby lips as a nourishing treatment or lip mask. After the rest of my make-up is complete I dap my lips with a tissue to remove any excess product, line my lips and then apply my lipstick. This helps my lipstick last for hours without needing to be topped up which is also a bonus. I do like to use Baby lips as a topcoat to some of my lipsticks if I fancy a more glossy look, this doesn't make the lipstick feel sticky like some glosses can, has the same effect and ensures I have lovely lipstick for most of the evening. 

Would I re-buy Baby lips? At the moment, no as I have so many other lip balms that I want to try and test, however as this is one of the few lip balms Andy will use other than vaseline I think I will need to purchase another tube in the next few weeks. I think I'll have to branch out and purchase some other variations though. 

Overall I would rate this product an 8/10. It is a great handbag companion and has been a saviour during work hours. There is a 3 for 2 offer on Baby lips at the moment and I have seen this offer in a few stores. I do love a good bargain!

I hope you have liked one of our first beauty posts! You can find the Beauty section of 'Toris Edit' here so keep your eyes peeled for more content that will be dropping soon! I would love your feedback on my posts so please feel free to contact me via my social media channels or look on the 'Contact' page. 

Until Next Time
Tori 
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Monday, 26 March 2018

Amsterdam | Travel Time



We're back with another Travel Time post that unfortunately concludes the series for the trips we took in 2017!! With the prospect of purchasing a home in the very near future this means that we haven't planned any trips for 2018. At least we're ending with a bang! 

In December myself and Andy took a little trip to Amsterdam and not for the reasons that 99.9% of you think! Amsterdam is one of the most insane places I have ever been. Everything there seems like a whole different World and in a very good way. The people are so relaxed and the coffee shops are cute and cosy. Everyone cycles, which to be fair is very common in European cultures. We decided to walk everywhere as after seeing a lady get hit by a car on the first day I figured my two legs were much safer than my two wheels. We were extremely lucky with our Hotel as it was very close to the local amenities and the centre where all the action happens. Our Hotel was only a ten minute walk from the centre, which was great for us. 



(Please excuse my VERY dark Scouse Brows... Unsure why I thought this was a good luck for me!) 

I was going to do a day by day itinerary, however I wanted to enjoy this trip and not focus too much on the blogging side of things. 

As you can see from the pictures above we visited the Amsterdam Sign, which was absolutely crowded hence the crazily bad pictures we managed to quickly take. As we went during the Christmas period there was an ice rink and a Christmas Market which really got me and the Grinch into the Christmas Spirit. They had log fires surrounded by chairs and trust me this was needed as it was freezing! We had a few drinks surrounded by the log fire and it was a really nice way to relax as we had quite a jam packed schedule with everything we had crammed in over the three days we were there. 




On the second day we headed to the Heineken Factory to do their Tour. If any of you have ever been to the Guinness factory it is a very similar concept with interactive games and lots of information about how Heineken is made. Now I will be the first to admit I was never a fan of Beer or Lager, but since meeting Andy that has completely changed and yes Heineken does taste better in Amsterdam!!! I didn't win the Pint pouring contest, but I did manage to get a photo of me looking like an idiot pouring beer... I did it for the Insta so please enjoy this god awful photograph! 




The Heineken sign is a pretty sight at night and was a welcome sight for me as I knew our apartment was not too far away from here. We did so much walking during this holiday that I was exhausted and having 5-6 hours sleep every night made this even worse. It was all worth it though as we managed to cram everything that we wanted to do into those three days and it was just long enough that we actually appreciated the City and cannot wait to go back!!

In the evening we headed to the IceBar. Andy's parents kindly brought us this as a gift for my Birthday and I must admit we had so much fun. The theme is a pirate ship where you're heading to explore the Antarctic. You get to have a drink before hand and you can chose from Cocktails, Beer or Spirits. I chose a 'sex on the beach' cocktail which was lovely. You are then summoned at the allotted time slot into a small room where you get your jacket and gloves to keep you warm. (Let me tell you, your legs will bloody freeze and you end up very cold!)




As you can see I was bloody freezing!!! -9.4'c does not agree with ya gal at all! I had so many layers on under this and I still couldn't cope. At one point I remember Andy asking me something and I was so cold that my brain could not physically process what he was asking me. I just had to walk out without saying anything to him as I needed to warm up. It was a very bizarre experience, however the vanilla vodka was lovely. You do have to shot this though and the glasses are made from Ice which is a pretty cool touch. I would suggest drinking your drinks quick as the bottom of my Beer froze!!



Lastly, I wanted to discuss our visit to Anne Franks house. I would highly recommend purchasing tickets months in advance as they sell out super quickly and you cannot buy tickets on the day. This was by far one of my favourite parts of our trip as it was such a moving experience. We were taken aback by the small size of where Anne and her family managed to live and the extracts from her diary were rather heartbreaking. She tried to stay positive during such a trying time and used her writing as an escape.

I found her story really emotional and it was such an honour to be able to visit her home and see the real history behind what I had learnt. The tour took about an hour and you also have the option to use the audio tour. I have slightly skimmed over this part of our trip as I am wanting to write a post fully dedicated to this part of our trip.

Amsterdam is like no other City I have ever visited. Everyone is so relaxed and kind. You can sit outside under the heaters with a Beer and just forget all your troubles. The food was amazing too, although I didn't take any photographs as I was hoping to enjoy this holiday as opposed to Blog the experience and not have chance to make the memories.

I hope you have liked this post and apologies it is rather skimmed over. Our next trip will be heavily documented, but I wanted to throughly enjoy one trip and I am so thankful I made that decision as myself and Andy really enjoyed our trip and took some time for ourselves. As some of you may know from following my Social media, this was our last trip before we are forced to truly'Adult'! A bit cryptic, but all will be revealed in another post!

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Until Next Time
Tori & Andy
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Monday, 5 March 2018

Sunshine Blogger Award| Tag


I was so happy when Kerry from 'Step in Time' invited me to partake in the Sunshine Blogger Award.  Please check out her post using the link above. The credit for the header goes to the creator of The Sunshine Blogger Award and also to Kerry as this was taken from her post. As far as I am aware this has been doing the rounds for a while and so many of you have sadly already done this Tag... That being said I didn't want to let the girls down so decided that if you read this and fancy being tagged let me know and I'll come up with 10 questions for you to answer and tag you in this post. There are a few simple rules- Tag the lovely blogger who nominated you, answer there questions, create 11 of your own and tag other bloggers who you'd like to see their answers! (As mentioned above I haven't created any or tagged as I am super late to the party on this way- Sorry!) 

Lets get into the questions!

1) What TV series are you hyped about at the moment? 

I have watched so many TV shows at the moment it is actually rather disturbing... If I had to chose one it would have to be Life and Death Row on BB2. It follows the legal battles of inmates who are sentenced to Death via Lethal Injection and follows them and their families up until the date of their execution. It is helping highlight the Death Penalty in America and show how inhumane this practice genuinely is. It is rather emotional and frustrating to watch at certain times, but certainly educates people and may even deter those who are attempting to reinstate the Death Penalty in the UK (something I am 100% convinced you will never do, but that is for another day and certainly not a topic I would wish to discuss here). I would highly recommend you give it a watch! 

2) If you could move and live anywhere in the world, where would you chose? 

One place has stolen my heart and I would love to move to Australia. I have family who currently live there and they are just living the dream. 6AM beach runs and cocktails after work, they are just living their best life right now and I am so jealous. I need a warm country as I am convinced I am part reptile due to my inability to produce heat like any other normal human being. There legal system is pretty similar so I wouldn't have to do an awful lot to convert my degree either. Definitely a retirement goal or if I'm lucky a goal for the next 10 years! 

3) What is your dream job? And what was your dream job when you were younger if it has changed?

I have always wanted to be a Solicitor. Probably stems from the fact that I very much look up to my eldest cousin who is like a sister to me (I'm an only child!) and whilst I was growing up/choosing my career she was already way into her studies and working at a law firm, so I think the idea stemmed from there. I have this crazy need to help people... So I guess helping them resolve their legal issues or ensuring they had a fair trial and that justice was actually done will help satisfy this. 

4) Your staple product and why?

My NARS foundation... I love love love it! It is one of the best purchases I have every made and although it has a £32 price tag it is definitely worth every penny. The colour is a perfect match and lasts all day. It is lightweight, but has heavy coverage and the concealer paired with the foundation leaves a blemish free canvas to work with. Absolutely perfecto! 

5) If you could change one thing about the blogging community, what would you change?

The bitchiness... I am so sick of scrolling through Twitter and seeing people throwing shade at each other. A tip, Drama doesn't make you relevant! It just pisses off those of us who have been around for a while and miss how things used to be. I can't describe how different things are from how they used to be! I know a few people will be like what?! and disagree, but we've lost so many wonderful bloggers for this very reason. One of my all time Favourites 'Birds Words' left and her last post just summed everything up... (I can't currently find the post so not sure if her Blogspot blog has now been removed). I've had  few different blogs and have been around for a few years to sort of be able to comment. I'm not a 'popular blogger' but that's okay! I'm happy doing me and sharing my crazy thoughts with you all. 

6) What do you love to read about most and why?

I literally love reading all sorts of posts. I love a good scroll through my Twitter feed with a brew and nosying at what you've all being doing. I think I like travel posts, because I love planning my next trips and I have become a tad obsessed with Home renovations too since we're planning to move shortly! 
7) Favourite disney film and character?

This is tough... I suppose Pocahontas or Elsa and Frozen. Pocahontas taught us about strong women who fight for what they believe in and it wasn't all about the romance. Elsa is a queen and represents real 'girl/women power'. 'You can't marry a man you just met' like Yes Girl!!! Throw that shade at previous Disney princesses... I think a deeper meaning I took away was that it's okay to ask for help if you're struggling and family can help you overcome your problems. Elsa attempts to deal with her power on her own and struggles, but once Ana knows she finds ways to help and Elsa can then use her powers for good. The sisterhood bond is also strong in this film and Olaf, the dancing snowman, really brightens my day!

8) Which is your go-to social media?

Facebook or Instagram. For my blog it is Twitter, but personal use is mainly the first two. I don't really have a reason why as I just scroll aimless through both and waste my life, but hey ho what other 22 year old doesn't?

9) Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

I would like to own my own home and hopefully be a fully qualified solicitor! A girl can dream as currently both of those are slipping away faster than that Raccoon loosing his candy floss in the water (I can relate to that little guy so much!)

10) Why did you start blogging?

To cope with exam stress last year. I had other previous blogs, but none had clicked as my own identity and I couldn't really make them work sadly. I then created Toris Edit and it clicked as a brand and is something I am now extremely proud of!! 

11) If you could go back in the past, would you change anything? If so, what and why? 

Truthfully, nothing! I never thought I would say this, but everything in my life is where I want it to be. I live with a wonderful man and we're about to purchase a home. My career is going much better than expected and fingers crossed my degree will go well and I can achieve a 2:1! Everything in my life has led me to this moment and I couldn't be happier! 

I hope you liked this post... We don't often do tag videos here so I'm really happy that we've been able to do one! As I have messed up my blogging schedule this week you'll be getting two posts waheyy! 

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Until Next Time
Tori 
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Monday, 26 February 2018

Relaxing at Home & My coping methods for dealing with Stress | LIFESTYLE


Sometimes things in life get stupidly tough. Trying to balance a job, university, the doomed search for a Property to purchase and the stress of having a boyfriend that is neither interested in buying this f***ing Property and quite frankly whose biggest concern is whether the lads go up a division in FIFA... Basically I think he wants to purchase the Property, but with a minimal amount of effort on his behalf. Cue 'super Tori' who attempts to juggle a million and one things whilst failing miserably.

The stresses of daily life have really built up recently and I personally knew I needed to change this, because I was feeling so lethargic and had no motivation to do anything. My whole body seems to shut down with stress so I decided to treat myself to a pamper night.

Frustratingly, we have a water tank in the flat that pre-heats water... This means we have minimal hot water (another major factor in my desperation to leave) so I have to fill the bath with all the water and then 20 kettles of boiling water to get a minimally warm bath... FML! After the difficulties I faced in even getting the hot water for the bath I was ready to give up on the whole idea and down a bottle of wine as an alternative. I persevered with the difficult task at hand and eventually, and after much swearing, I was ready to settle into my bath with a Lush Bathbomb and Sarah Knights 'Get your Sh*t together'.



I then settled in for 45 minutes of me time with several Yankee Candles and a cup of tea... (Wine is also a great option here, but I already felt sh*t so didn't fancy adding alcohol to the mix). I must admit I felt considerably better after a little pamper session. You can pick up most Lush Bath Bombs for about £6. This was one I received for Christmas and is the 'Frozen' Bath bomb which isn't available on the website currently. As a quick word of warning this bath bomb is likely to stain your bath blue and require one hell of a bleaching afterwards...

The nspa mask was brought in ASDA for £6 around 6 months ago. The mask purifies skin, helps to unclog and tighten pores. I apply mine using an old foundation brush as it can get quite messy attempting to use your fingers. After 15 minutes my skin was left exceptionally refreshed and feeling smooth. I love the feeling after a good facemask and I always feel like I have my sh*t together for afterwards for some reason.

That leads me on to the book I read whilst in the bath. Reading is one of my favourite ways to escape, but whilst studying for your degree in any discipline you tend to only read for academic purposes. I decided to reignite my love for reading and escape into an alternative world, only to realise I had no fiction books in the Flat. Then I remembered I had brought my first ever Self Help Book (yeah... life got that bad that at 22 I was consulting the self help section of my local WH Smiths). A few months ago every blogger went nuts for the 'magical art of not giving a f*ck', but to be honest I'm already pretty chill and I realised it is likely better to read a book about getting my shit together... If I was more organised I probably wouldn't be as stressed as I am right now (I'll write a post about this rather strange book at a later date as honestly I wasn't sure it was worth the cost). To some extent the book helped me feel less stressed as I believed I was doing something towards curbing my destructive behaviours. That being said it hasn't had too much effect so perhaps if I had more self discipline this would work out better. I would advise a nice fictional read whilst trying to escape my life during a pamper evening or pop on your favourite Netflix movie/series and indulge in being able to switch off for half an hour. I know not everyone has the luxury of doing this, but I do find it helps.

These are just a few things that I like to do when I feel very overwhelmed. For those who have gone through the hell of studying for a degree or purchasing a house you can understand my frustrations and why I feel like I could implode at any given moment. Hopefully a few of my coping methods will help when it all gets too much for you guys. Keep your eyes peeled for more posts about 'Buying your First Home', because I have so much material and tips on that
 it's unbelievable.

Until Next Time
Tori
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Monday, 12 February 2018

Moose & Moonshine | Food Review


Recently I met up with a friend who I hadn't seen in years and we headed to the Moose and Moonshine for food. I posted on Instagram a long time ago about the lights they had in their ceiling and how much I loved them. The food here is honestly gorgeous. I opted for their Bacon, Egg and potato hash. I always ask for the Hash without the Djion Mustard as sometimes it is so over powering that you can't physically taste anything else. I always love the two eggs, but I was extremely peckish and chose a poached egg to go on the side so I could had poached egg on toast. The calories were super worth this as they always manage to serve some wonderful food. 


I always have two cups of tea as I am addicted... I always end up having one whilst waiting and one with the meal. Moose and Moonshine is relatively cheap too and this whole meal cost me £12. The cafe has such a lovely atmosphere and enabled me to catch up with a friend who I hadn't been able to see in years. 

Moose and Moonshine is very popular with students and is always jam-packed so ensure you get there early or be prepared to wait 10-15 minutes for a table to come free. There are other restaurants within the immediate vicinity so if the worst comes to the worst you can pop there. I would highly recomend a visit the next time you are in Liverpool. 

Until Next Time
Tori
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