Since the 1st March, I have been on medication for my muscular and nerve pain and have been unable to combine these with alcohol. Doing so makes me pass out and exacerbates problems with my vision. Once I have been able to go out to events and social gatherings, always under the supervision of friends and family, I have been restricted to the mocktail menu and a lot of water. Usually, mocktails are an overly sweet affair and two seems…

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I don’t venture into Solihull as much as I would like to but on a recent visit there to show the area to my mum, we stopped for a bite to eat at Missoula. I’ve never been to a Missoula before and neither had my mum so we thought it would be nice to give it a go. The restaurant is a few minutes walk from the Touchwood shopping centre where we had parked and were shopping. The restaurant has…

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There is something about living in the city centre that is exciting and convenient though I do end up paying the price for it. Not only does my ageing skin have to deal with dehydration and my on-the-go lifestyle but the added stress of being exposed to city pollution for the past 15 years. The Caudalie Vine Activ range claims to be powered by “anti-pollution” technology, which intrigued me greatly. I do try my best to look after my skin…

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Clarins Skin Spa in Selfridges Birmingham is hidden away but worth seeking out. I headed there for a Tri-Active Facial Plus as I am in need of some pampering and self care. The appointment began with a consultation discussing my skin care regime, preferences and what (if anything) from the Clarins range I had tried before. I am a huge Clarins fan and do use a number of their skin and body products (less so of their makeup). My favourite…

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The spring menu at Malmaison Birmingham is a tasty two or three course affair depending on your choice. I went along to try how the spring menu measures up as a dairy-free diner and I had a really good experience. If you require a dairy-free option then it is best to let Malmaison know when you book the table. This gives them a chance to work out some alternatives for each course if needed.┬áThe spring menu has a number of…

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