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My Favourite Things To Do In Birmingham

 If you follow me on Instagram, you will know that I recently moved to Birmingham.

I say recently, it’s been about 6 months, but I still feel like a newbie…

Over the last few weeks, I have been out and about trying loads of new things and I thought I would share some of my favourites. Whether you fancy cocktails, bowling or being trapped in a small, kind of sweaty room for an hour – I’ve got you. 

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Imagine a retro arcade, only there are no kids and there’s A LOT of alcohol. I’ve been here twice now and loved it both times! You can go bowling, hire out a karaoke room, play beer pong or even hit the dance mats – all with a frozen strawberry Daiquiri in hand. It’s a little pricey, but really good fun.

I would recommend booking in advance because it gets BUSY, but it is worth it. Afterwards, you’re a short walk away from the Mailbox and loads of really cute cocktail bars (Aluna is a personal favourite! I also really like Gas Street Social, but I would recommend there for bottomless brunch in the day time).

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GHETTO GOLF

Like cocktails? Like street food? Like mini golf? 

If you answered yes to any of the above, the ghetto golf is for you! (God, I should be in sales…) 

In all seriousness, Ghetto Golf might be the most fun night out ever! I am not a huge ‘club’ sort of gal, so cocktails and mini golf is a great way to have a night out without having to hit up Broadstreet *shudders*. It has a really relaxed vibe, super cool decore (perfect for the gram) and a variety of different DJs, street foods and cocktails.

10/10 would recommend.

ESCAPE LIVE 

On my very first week in Birmingham, I went to Escape Live with work and it was so much fun! Terrifying, but so much fun. There are 3 rooms to choose from – I would recommend opting for Room 13 (the scary one)  – and you have an hour to crack the codes and break free.

If you don’t want to find yourself being scared sh*tless, don’t worry, the other two rooms aren’t made to be scary so you’ll be fine!

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We make it out, of course. 

DIGBETH DINING CLUB

Digbeth Dining Club might be the coolest eatery in Birmingham.

Okay, so I haven’t been to every eatery in Birmingham, but it’s got to be up there! 

Every Friday and Saturday from 5PM, some of the best street foods from around and about all head to Digbeth Dining Club. What’s on offer varies every week, so you will never get bored, and I have never been left disappointed!

The place itself has such a chilled out, relaxed vibe, with different DJs and artists performing each night and a very well stocked bar. It is the ideal place for a chilled night out!

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THE GIN VAULT

I like gin. I reeeeeally like gin. So, let’s be honest, I was going to LOVE The Gin Vault.

It is situated along the canal and has a really cool historic, ‘underground’ vibe. It is small enough to feel cosy and intimate, but not so small you’re sat on your next door neighbours knee. Not to mention, it is also independent, which I always opt to support over chains whenever I can!

Let’s be honest though, you’re not here to read about the decor. Let’s talk gin.

They have over 200 different flavours of gin, and the staff really know what they’re talking about when it comes to the stuff. They also have a tapas menu which, although I have yet to try, has got some really good reviews from some of my nearest and dearest.

If you’re a gin lover, it’s a must. 

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EVERYMAN CINEMA

Take your cinema experience to the next level with the Everyman Cinema at the Mailbox. I swear, even if the film is bad, the night will still be good! No need to worry about leg room, or that annoying tall person who inevitably chooses to sit right in front of you.

The Cinema has three different screens, all with fancy sofa seating and armchairs so you really can sit back, relax and enjoy the film.

Oh, and did I mention you get table service?

Yep, that’s right, TABLE SERVICE. I’ll have a rhubarb gin, please and thank you. 

Narrowing down a list of my favourite things to do in Birmingham was actually quite tough as there is SO MUCH choice. These are just a few of my recent faves, but if you want to keep up to date with all the fun things I get up to then head over to my Instagram, where I share well, basically everything… 

What are your favourite things to do in Birmingham? Let me know in the comments down below.

Jamie x 

Favourites Of The Month | September.

I swear I say this every single month but HOW is it already the end of September. It seems like just yesterday I was walking around with so much sweat between my thighs I constantly thought I’d weed myself, moaning about the sunshine and waiting for the delights of pumpkin spiced syrup. Nice image for you there, ey. Seriously though, it is mad how quickly this year is going. It is also mad how I have managed to do favourites of the month consistently now since March. Well done me.

By this point you’re probably getting the hang of these, so let’s just get straight into it. 

Fashion

It will probably come as no surprise to you that this month’s fashion favourite is from Gymshark (something tells me that this is going to become a reoccurring theme). A few months back Gymshark released their Slounge Collection and quite literally as soon as I got into the office and saw these sets in the flesh I knew I HAD to get my hands on them. I went for all three components of the set in the grey but can also vouch for the other colours (I was really torn but decided that grey would go with more). They are possibly the comfiest joggers I have ever owned and yet they still manage to have such a flattering, bootylicious fit. The whole collection is an absolute game changer for Gymshark and I cannot rave about them enough. They are perfect for rest days, casual days out and for smashing your gym session now it’s getting a little colder – the perfect all rounder outfit.

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I wear a size S in all three components and they fit perfectly. I am usually a size 10 in bottoms and around an 8-10 in tops.

Make Up 

When I first bought this product I was a little disappointed. Not because it was bad quality because it is definitely not (it has such a silky smooth formula – I cannot fault it) but because it was a little too golden for my skin tone. I am talking about the cult favourite from Laura Geller, the Baker Gelato Swirl Highlighter in Gilded Honey. This glow is one of the best I have ever owned but the colour just wasn’t quite right. HOWEVER, that all changed this month. I have been consistently using my gradual tan and so I have a bit of a glow. Plus, now my make up as transitioned from the dewy, summer, barely there look to a more intense, winter look, it is perfect. It goes so well with deep brown lids and burgundy/berry lips. The product has a little bit of sparkle and a LOT of glow. It makes my make up pop and my skin look super healthy even in the colder weather.

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I would seriously recommend having a look at this product if you haven’t already because I really can see why there is such a hype surrounding it.

Skin Care

As you will know if you’ve read these posts before, I get really dry skin and this only gets worse as the weather starts to get colder. My absolute go to over the past few weeks has been Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Concentration Cream. It is the most delicious, nourishing formula that smells like melted chocolate. It has a thicker texture than usual moisturisers and feels so silky smooth, which I really like. This product has made it into my daily bag, which is a HUGE achievement for a moisturiser so well done Palmer’s – I tip my wooly bobble hat to you. The collection is HUGE so have a browse and see what floats your boat.

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Exercise

It surprises me to say this but this month my love for the deadlift has returned. I really went off deadlifting when I pulled my lower back due to some dodgy form and seriously overestimating my capabilities (sure I am pull 100kg after 2 weeks off, no worries…). Since then I admit I have avoided it but since starting training in Solihull I have really started to love them again. Rather than going super heavy like I was doing before, I tend to do high reps with a lower weight (50-60kg) and I am really enjoying them.

If you’re not deadlifting here’s why you definitely should be doing:

  • It works your full body.
  • It helps with fat burning
  • It can help improve your posture (as long as the form is correct) 
  • Helps increase grip strength
  • Makes you feel BAD ASS.

Entertainment (Book) 

This one way easy this month. My September favourites when it comes to entertainment has to go to the Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson. The first book in this series is the one that The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo film was inspired by. They are such fantastic reads – trippy, engaging and totally unpredictable. If you get the chance and enjoy crime fiction then I would seriously recommend giving these books ago. Larsson has such an original writing style that will have you hooked from the first page!

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This has actually been the easiest favourites of the month EVER! I usually find myself really torn but I am loving all of these things so much that they were unrivalled this month. What have you been loving this month? Did you treat yourself to the Gymshark slounge? On the hunt for an intense moisturiser to get you through the winter months? Let me know in the comments below. 

Jamie x

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Birmingham Christmas Market

Hey, hey, hey! Another festive cracker for you guys today. I had my first Christmas Market experience of the festive season (just to warn you, it’s the first of many…). I go to Warwick University, which is technically not in Warwick but happens to be very close to Birmingham. So, myself, Conor and my lovely friend Sophie (you can find here blog here – check it out she is amazing!) hit Birmingham’s German Christmas Market. Consider this a pre-game to the Cologne Christmas market next week. 

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If you get chance to visit Birmingham Christmas Market, you have to go! It’s super cute and festive and they have loads of German stalls and places to grab yourself food and a mulled wine. There’s 20 inch sausages (naughty), German donuts, fudge, pulled pork, hot chocolate, hot wine, hot pretty much any alcohol beverage you fancy. Not exactly a wide variety of choice for a vegan/plant based diet but a lot of choice for meat eaters! Forget about those macros for the day and enjoy yourself!

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In terms of stuff to do, like any Christmas market, if you don’t like stalls with baubles and scarves, you’re pretty limited BUT… If you do then you’re in for an absolute treat. I got Mum and cute little bauble and Conor picked up a little surprise for his parents (I won’t give any spoilers, just incase they’re reading…). We opted not the take the trek to the ice rink considering than none of us can skate and I was already on my second alcoholic tipple, however, it’s there! It’s not where it was last year so it would be a bit of a walk if you fancy it but, let’s be fair, walking round shops and seeing Christmas lights isn’t exactly a hardship.

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I love a good Christmas market! They make me feel so Christmassy. Is it just me that prefers to lead up to Christmas more than the day itself? Christmas shopping and pre-Christmas day festivities are so lovely and can be really inexpensive. It cost us under £4 on the train and there is no need to pay for entry in Birmingham. Food and drink is quite expensive (an average of £6 for a hot dog and about the same for an alcoholic drink) but the donuts were £1.50 and I paid just over £2 for a cute little handmade bauble. The whole thing cost me under £20 and that was with food, drink and presents, so not too bad and super worth it. If you fancy giving it a go the market starts literally around the corner from Birmingham New Street Station so it’s super easy to get to. Pretty much everywhere is done up for Christmas so it’s so easy to make a day of it and get yourself some Christmas shopping on your travels.

I absolutely loved it and feel super festive now. Plenty more Christmas Market posts will be coming up during this year’s Blogmas so don’t you worry. Roll on Cologne… 

Jamie x