Monday, 30 November 2015



Read on to find out what we love doing at Christmas...

We're beginning to get very excited as the festive frivolities start to begin! Whether you're a Christmas party animal or prefer chilled out Mulled wine time with friends, there's so much to do in the run up to Christmas. Here's some of our top tips on how to get the most from the festive time...


Feel like you need a decoration overhaul... fed up of silver tinsel and hand-me-down fairy lights? Time to get creative this Christmas and there's so many ways you can do. Red Magazine has lots of tips on how to make the most of festive design, such as getting crafty with making your own candles, Christmas stockings and wreath. Plus, they're not as hard as they sound! Check out the full article here.


If you've pulled the short straw and are hosting this year, then don't fret. This is your opportunity to have Christmas exactly how you want... no playing by anybody else's rules - this is your day! Start by carefully planning out the menu as soon as you can and feel confident with what you're going to be cooking. If there's anything you haven't tried before, you can't beat a Sunday session pre-Christmas road-testing the recipe out on a willing partner or friend (plus, it just means more excuses to treat yourself to good food!). Nigella Lawson has some sumptuous Christmas recipes that are sure to keep everyone happy and of course, most importantly, make sure everybody brings a bottle!


Nothing quite beats the warm smell of mulled wine on crisp, cold nights and Christmas markets are now central to pre-Christmas buzz up and down the country. With many of them getting bigger and busier, how do you find the best places to rest your feet after a busy day's shopping? One of our favourite places in London is Belgravia. Its charming cobbles are transformed into a winter wonderland, with a handful of festive events taking place across Pimlico Road and Elizabeth Street. It's the perfect place to meet up with friends for a truly festive experience and you avoid the big crowds of Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland!


You can either love it or hate it but you can't escape it... Christmas shopping is part and parcel of the whole festive experience. With many of London's pavements just too much of an ordeal to deal with, try some of the hidden gems that we recommend here and you're sure to find some amazing gifts. Broadway Market is great for quirky and kitsch gifts, Camden Passage is perfect to find something special for antique and vintage lovers and in West, Marylebone High Street is only a ten minute walk from Bond Street but has an array of cool, classy shops that are sure to find you something good enough to give.
For the best Christmas shopping experience, make sure you sit back, relax and head over to ourChristmas Gift Guide to find your ultimate gift!

Friday, 20 November 2015



Tempted to enter our Barcelona giveaway? Here's why...

As part of our #bluebellaloves series, we're running our biggest ever giveaway and giving one lucky Bluebella fan a weekend away to the Catalonian capital of culture, Barcelona! Think of it as a pre-Christmas treat to yourself! But why did we pick Barcelona? Not only because Bluebella and Barcelona has lots in common - we're both exciting, spirited and beautiful - but also because Barcelona is packed full of amazing things to do.
Here we run down our best bites of Barcelona and after you've read it, we guarantee that you'll be more than tempted to enter our giveaway!


Our giveaway wouldn't be a proper giveaway without an ultra chic hotel for you to relax and unwind in and Hotel Pulitzer is one of our favourites. Being a destination in its own right, the boutique hotel is nestled in the heart of buzzing Barcelona, a stone's throw away from Plaza Catalunya. With an awesome location surrounded by the best cultural attractions and the most exclusive shopping, it's also at the hub of the city's transport network making it super easy to get around. Make sure you enjoy the hotel's bar and terrace before you head out to paint the town red.
Picture cred: Hotel Pulitzer


It may sound cliche, but Barcelona really does offer some of the best Tapas in the world. If you're a foodie aficionado, then you'll love the array of local cuisine, fine wines and sloshes of Sangria. As in any place away from home, it's always better do it like the locals and some of the best you'll taste are hidden gems tucked away where the tourists don't see them. Top choices include Morryssom, which is always packed full of locals enjoying the late afternoon sunshine (the best time is after the lunchtime rush) and Tossa. Even though the latter is located near the Sagrada Familia church, it's never busy with tourists and its relaxing terrace provides the perfect place to rest your weary legs after a long day's walking.
Picture cred: The Guardian


If you're into literary, then Barcelona has lots of history. Many a writer has been inspired by the lower Raval, which was once the underworld of the city. Now it's full of hipsters and even though it still retains its historic past, it is now a hub for urban culture, music and good food. Here is where some of the city's essential cultural nourishment thrives, including Barcelona's Contemporary Culture Centre, the city's Contemporary Art museum and the library. If you want to mix with the trendiest locals, then this is the area for you.
Picture cred: Timeout


If you love live music, then Barcelona caters from everyone; from classic concerts to the best festivals. It boasts some of the most wonderful, breathtaking concert halls in Europe, including the Gran Teatre del Liceu which is decorated with luxurious gold leaf, plush red carpets and ornate carvings. A tip is to check out the programmes as shows aren't always as expensive as you think. The Palau de la Musica Catalana is another must visit, celebrated for its modernist architecture. However, if you're more of a festival kinda girl, then Primavera Sound and Sonar are two of the biggest, internationally renowned music festivals in the world. There really is tons to choose from!
Picture cred: Sonar Festival


If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city then heading upwards to one of Barcelona's many viewing points will allow you to breath in all of Barcelona in all of its glory. Many restaurants, parks and monuments provide vista points where you can take everything in from above and allow for a full picture of just how colourful and vibrant the city is. If you want to head where there's less tourists, head to Mountjuic Mountain which is the perfect place for a leafy stroll and stunning views.
Tempted? It couldn't be easier to enter our giveaway, just enter here. Good luck!

Thursday, 19 November 2015



Here at Bluebella HQ, we love nothing more than jetting off on weekends away and exploring what our world has to offer. As part of our #bluebellaloves series, where we share with you who, what and where we're loving, we're giving one lucky Bluebella fan the ultimate early Christmas present!
What do Barcelona and Bluebella have in common? Both are spirited, exciting and beautiful and we want to give one lucky winner the chance to experience Catalonia's cosmopolitan capital! The winner will be staying at the uber cool Hotel Pulitzer, a boutique affair nestled in the heart of Barcelona, surrounded by the best cultural attractions, bustling bars and exclusive shopping. What isn't to love?
All you have to do to enter is sign up to our Mailing List. For further information and to sign up, click here.
Good luck!

Saturday, 7 November 2015



Wherever you are in the country, there's always a new watering hole to try...

Now that the nights are drawing in, there's nothing better than cosying up with good friends and a bottle of wine. Whether you have your trusted local or like to experiment with different places, we've got the low-down of the tried and tested bars up and down the country that you may not have thought about before. Here's your pick...


Quirky pub Flight Club opened in the City last month so if you're into your hot new openings then this is the one for you. This new beer hub is a modern twist on the old pub with its bar-like spaciousness and trendy decor, but has taken the favourite pub past-time of darts as inspiration for its overall theme. If you think darts is an old man's game then think again! Flight Club aims to revolutionise the tradition and has kitted out the whole place with huge dart boards and slick touchboard screens. Even if you don't fancy a game, there's always the cocktail menu to keep you amused...


The Wardrobe is by far one of the city's gems. A firm favourite with locals who know all about where to go, this bar transforms into a live music venue at night and plays host to the likes of Soul, Motown and Jazz artists. Perfect for after-work drinks, it has a inviting and relaxed ambience and has a gorgeous array of wines. Its food is just as famous as its music with the aptly named Soul Kitchen to wet your appetite, serving classic dishes from the deep South, Caribbean and Creole. You'll end up finding yourself there all night!


If you want some fun, then Manchester's new The Wash House is definitely for you. As the name suggests, it is actually a working launderette but don't be fooled! If you know where to go and what to say, you'll actually be led beyond the washing machines and tumble dryers into the secret cocktail bar at the back. The tip is to look out for the old phone and press the button.. you'll then be led into the exclusive bar at the back. Serving an array of moreish cocktails, The Wash House is not only one of the coolest bars around, its mysterious and fun entrance makes it all the more exclusive. We dare you...


If you're after a chic and stylish place to have a catch-up with friends, then Bath's trendy Circo Bar is the perfect place to head for a post-Saturday shop drink. Mixing the old and the new, it's lush decor oozes class with cool grey tones and luxurious Chesterfields and has contemporary classics on the soundtrack for a chilled-out vibe. Having recently extended its capacity, it now includes a low-lit cellar bar and features one of the most expensive back bars in Bath.


This relatively new bar is situated in an old Victorian Pump House and is in the heart of Edinburgh's gorgeous Old Town. Bursting with character, it keeps Scottish tradition by serving the best Whiskeys for spirit lovers (over 200 different varieties!) If you'd rather not taste the burn, then they have an extensive cocktail menu with inventive creations such as Days in Velour and Rogue Trader (which we hear are tasty!) We love Edinburgh and when we're next there, we'll be heading here...