Barcelo Teguise Beach | Lanzarote Hotel Review

A few weeks ago myself and my best friend Debra went away on a girly weekend! You may have seen our antics on my snapchat (add me @kayljcouture if you don't already follow me on there) and it's safe to say we had a great time enjoying lots of cocktails in the sunshine! We looked around at different hotels and decided we wanted somewhere that was pretty much guaranteed to have good weather so the canary islands was a bit of a no-brainer as they're famous for their all year round sunshine! I'd never visited Lanzarote before but always heard good things about it and Debra had been once but to a different area than the one we were looking at so it seemed like a good option.

We came across the Barcelo Teguise Beach adults only hotel which is situated in Costa Teguise, an area of Lanzarote I've not heard too much about before. However, we wanted a few chilled days and this place looked perfect - bright modern interiors, a gorgeous infinity pool and a spa. The fact it's adults only was also a huge bonus - I have nothing against children (just to clear that up haha) but when you want to totally relax, noisy children running around isn't always ideal.

When we arrived at the hotel, we were really impressed with how clean and modern everything was. As you can see from the photos, the reception area is stunning and - it's bright, white and has a marble floor and pops of colour from the huge velvet sofas. There was also a lovely welcome drink waiting for us of champagne, water or juice. We obviously went for the champagne, haha. After we'd had our drink and checked in, a lovely member of staff showed us to our room which was located on the third floor and was one of their top of the range junior suites. When we walked in to the room, we were so impressed by what we found. Firstly, there was a bottle of fizz and fruit waiting for us - ideal. The room had the most lovely open plan layout with one side of the room having a living room area with sofa, wardrobes and the mini bar and the other side a huge king size bed, large bathroom area with double sinks and a separate wet room style shower and toilet. I'm a big fan of open plan interiors so this style of room was right up my street.

As if the room wasn't good enough, we also had a humongous balcony with views of the sea, a seating area and a hot tub. Yep, a hot tub. For me, hot tubs in hotel rooms are such a novelty and I'm always more inclined to book a room if it has one. The other side of our room overlooked the main pool area which as you can see from the photos, was absolutely beautiful. It was lined with palm trees, had a waterfall feature at the top and also sunken sun loungers so you can sunbathe in the pool. We did try these a couple of times but they weren't the most comfortable, it has to be said. However, there was also amble of sun loungers around the pool and we never struggled to get some, even when we didn't go down to the pool until 10am.

There was also the option to pay extra to get a balinese bed or a four poster bed which we did on two of the days we were there. At first we weren't going to as it cost 40 euros but when we worked it out, to have a prime bed for the whole day which is way comfier than the standard loungers, it made sense to spend 20 euros each. It also included a bottle of bubbly which wasn't available on the all inclusive menu and a fruit platter which the staff came and served to your bed. It was definitely a nice treat and something I'd recommend doing at least once if you're staying at this hotel. We even watched Love Island whilst chilling on the bed as it was a completely private area where you weren't disturbing anyone if you wanted to play your own music or watch things from your phone. Ideal! We even ended up bumping into a girl who follows me whilst chilling on the beds one day which was really cool / surreal.

As well as the pool I've just mentioned, the hotel also has an infinity pool with more sun loungers. We didn't really sit by this pool too much as I felt it didn't have the same atmosphere and because it was on the sea front, it was really windy up there. It was a stunning pool though and nice for a quick dip in throughout the day as it's only a short walk away from the main pool area.

There's a few board options available at the hotel so you can choose exactly what you want. As we were going for a chilled holiday and weren't planning on doing a lot of exploring or eating out, we figured the all inclusive option would be best for us. I find all inclusive to be hit and miss at hotels but I have to say the options available at Barcelo were excellent and it's hands down one of the best all inclusive hotels I've ever stayed at. The meals were buffet style in the main restaurant and there was also two restaurants where you could grab a light bite for lunch and order from a menu. This was a lovely touch as it meant it was never repetitive. They even had a little ice cream truck so you could go and help yourself to ice creams throughout the day.

As you can see from these images, we definitely didn't go for the healthy options throughout our stay but hey, if you can't eat like a pig when you're on holiday, when can you? These photos were taken in the hotels two restaurants where you chose from a menu and were served, as opposed to the buffet (other than the first image which was taken in the buffet). I wish I'd have gotten more photos of the buffet as the options were endless but it was always so busy when we were there and I didn't want to get my big camera out and start snapping while people were trying to get their food. However, they had so many options and different cuisines to choose from including Asian, Indian and Mexican foods.  I was honestly spoilt for choice every night. Breakfast was great too as you could get freshly made omelettes, toasties and pancakes as well as a huge range of fruits, cereal and pastries. Trust me, if you go for the all inclusive option at this hotel, you won't be stuck for choice as there really was something for everyone.

Our absolute favourite part of the all inclusive would have to be the drinks menu as unlike other hotels I've stayed at which only offer basics like wine, beer and soft drinks, Barcelo included a whole cocktail menu, spirits, a large selection of wine and beers and even shots. Yes, we may have had a cheeky jaeger once or twice. Our absolute favourites cocktails were the Strawberry Mojitos and  Daiquiris. Both of these were divine and went down far too easily! They were also presented really nicely which is another rare occurrence in all inclusive hotels. Usually you get standard plastic cups  when having drinks by the pool and although these were in plastic cups (for safety reasons of course) they weren't your bog standard ones and you'd think they were glass if you didn't know otherwise. They were also nicely garnished - Instagram dream right there, haha! In the evening, there was two places you could go for drinks - the sports bar which was really lively and had sports on the big screens during the day and live entertainment at night or the cute cocktail bar which had a more calm and civilised atmosphere. Again, something for everyone. We personally loved the liveliness of the sports bar and spent most nights in there making us of the all inclusive drinks. The entertainment was actually really good too - we loved the Abba tribute haha!

The last thing I want to mention about the hotel is their gym and spa facilities. I know a lot of people don't like to work out while they're away on holiday but for some people who want to indulge without the guilt, it's an important part of booking a hotel - knowing there's somewhere they can work out each day. Barcelo had the most lovely gym - it was a stones throw away from the main pool and had a great open plan style. I didn't personally use it when I was there but Debra did go down one morning and said it was great. As well as the gym, they also have a spa with a huge menu of treatments available so if you fancy a luxurious treat one day, this is a great option to have. We had a full body massage one of the days we were there called the 'lomi lomi' and it was an experience to say the least. They had us laying on a water bed which was quite a strange experience but it was nice to experience!

As well as the extensive facilities available at the hotel itself, Barcelo is also in a really good location and a short walk away from the beach and lots of bars and restaurants. We went out for a meal one of the nights we were there just for a change of scenery and ended up eating in a lovely little Italian place that was on a square full of bars and restaurants. One thing we noticed is that there wasn't many places to 'party' or go clubbing - something young couples or groups of friends might want when on holiday. However, we may not have been looking in the right place as the barman at the hotel told us there was some clubs nearby. Just something to bare in mind if you're looking for a party holiday.

So there we have it, a summary of our stay at Barcelo Teguise Beach. It was honestly such a lovely hotel and I wouldn't hesitate to go back for a few more days of relaxation. They had pretty much everything you could need for a chilled few days in the sunshine!!

Do you like the look of this hotel?! You can see more info and prices here.

Healthy Breakfast With Aveeno At Neals Yard & Yoghurt In Your Skincare Routine?!

If you follow me on social, you may have seen that I recently headed to London for a lovely breakfast with one of my favourite skincare brands Aveeno®. The event was hosted at the super cute 26 Grains on Neal's Yard - a part of London I've never visited before but one well worth checking out as it's super pretty with colourful buildings on every corner. We were greeted by the lovely Aveeno® team and Alex Hely Hutchinson, founder of 26 Grains. Alex created two healthy but delicious recipes to go alongside Aveeno's new products with the main ingredient being oats, as 26 Grains is famous for their range of oat/grain based dishes. Oats are also an ingredient in Aveeno’s skincare due to their many benefits for the skin including soothing sensitivity, restoring moisture, cleansing and protecting. With this being said, it makes perfect sense for Alex to partner with Aveeno® on this launch.

You may have read a post I wrote in collaboration with Aveeno® last year called ‘Inside & oat’(read it here if you missed it) which was all about the belief that healthy, beautiful skin is a reflection of your overall health and wellbeing and a big part of that is what we put inside our body, as well as the products we put on it. After all, great skin starts from the inside and what you eat plays a huge part in that. I know that if I eat too many pizzas or drink too much wine, my skin starts to pay for it. However, with a combination of healthy eating and Aveeno's daily skincare products that contain natural and skin beneficial ingredients, you can nourish your skin from the inside and out and be well on your way to a beautiful glowing complexion. 

With this being said, we were offered a choice of two breakfasts to enjoy at the event - both of which were healthy yet delicious, showing there's no excuse to not eat foods that are good for our general wellbeing and of course, our skin! There was a yoghurt, oat, honey and apricot cake or oats with pepper, parmesan and olive oil to choose from and they were both fabulous. I usually go for savoury over sweet but the cake was too beautiful to ignore. As you can see from the photos, it looked amazing and it tasted even better. I can't believe it was healthy - I definitely need to recreate this at home.

As I mentioned, the event was to launch some new additions to the Aveeno® range and oh my gosh, they have to be my favourite yet. I'm a big fan of all the products and have never tried one I haven't liked but these are definitely my favourite so far. Aveeno® is all about creating products with ingredients that are proven to be beneficial for the skin and this new range is based around yogurt concentrate - an ingredient known to keep the skin nourished and hydrated and one that is perfect paired with oats - makes sense to mix them together right? I wasn’t aware of the benefits of yogurt in skincare before attending the event but Dr Shefali Rajopat, a consultant dermatologist, says “Yogurt contains a rich mix of powerful nutrients such as vitamin B12 and riboflavin, protein, calcium and Vitamin D.” Interesting, right?

I was kindly gifted some of the products to take home with me and I’ve been using them ever since. I’ve been trying the new Aveeno® Daily Moisturising Body Yogurt, Yogurt Body Wash and the Aveeno® Daily Moisturising After-Shower Mist and as I said, I’m in love. The yogurt-like texture of the products is perfect - it’s thick and creamy but also really light at the same time and sinks into the skin almost immediately. What I find with Aveeno® is that the products do exactly what they say on the bottle - they’re simple and straight to the point, and I like that. I’m not one for an overly complicated skincare routine and I know I can rely on these products to do exactly what you’d expect from them - moisturise my skin, leave it feeling soft and supple and provide a radiant healthy glow. I’ve been especially impressed by their new after-shower mist as I find this so easy to use after showering and it’s given me the push I need to moisturise my full body more regularly.

As well as having the same amazing ingredients as Aveeno’s other ranges and the addition of yogurt concentrate, these new products also have divine new scents - Apricot & Honey and Vanilla & Oats. I’m a big fan of sweet scents so both of these are right up my street and seriously, they smell good enough to eat. Thank goodness I had the cake to keep me going at the event or I might have been half tempted to dive right into them, haha. I also think they’re the perfect scents for Summer as they’re sweet but also really fresh and uplifting - perfect for an early morning boost.

I’m such a big fan of these new Aveeno® products and I know they’re going to be a staple in my daily routine for the foreseeable future. Are you a fan of Aveeno®? Do you like the sound of these new products? For more information visit

PS - watch the video below for that delicious cake recipe.

*Sponsored post. As always, all opinions are my own.

Missguided Holiday Wish List

Missguided is my number one go-to for online shopping so whenever I have a trip coming up, it's the first place I turn to for a new holiday wardrobe! I find their items affordable, on trend and good quality. With this being said, I thought I'd put together a little wish list of my current faves - some of which I've already ordered for my upcoming trip to Marbella next weekend. All of the images above can be clicked on and it'll take you straight to the item on the website. 

 As you can see, I'm loving bright colours at the moment - lime green, yellow and oranges are so on trend right now and they're the perfect kind of colours to wear on holidays! Bright and fun. I'm also loving satin fabrics (those twist front dresses are amazing!) and anything that has a boho feel to it. Think crochet cover ups and cute floaty dresses. I'm also a massive fan of the tailored look at the moment so a pair of wide leg trousers and a blazer were essential - I think they're perfect for a chic evening look. 

 I've also included two jumpers in there which I know is probably odd for a holiday but I thought these were perfect for airport/travel outfits. They're both lightweight knits that can be worn over a vest top to keep you warm on those overly air-conditioned flights and be removed when you land in sunnier climates. What is it with freezing cold flights? I once travelled in a vest and short denim skirt and won't be making that same mistake again, I was freezing the whole way. Plus, when I've worn them for travelling, they'll also be the perfect piece to start transitioning my wardrobe from Summer to Autumn. 

 Basically, I love everything on here and will probably end up buying it all! I can't be the only one who ends up buying virtually a whole new wardrobe for every holiday? GUILTY! Also, can we take a moment to appreciate that beach ball? I need it!! 

 What's your favourite item? Do you love Missguided too? Don't forget to click the images in the post to be taken straight to the item on the website.

Making My World More Ribenary | Doodle Your World App

As a blogger, I'm constantly glued to my laptop or phone so I'm always on the look out for fun new apps to help make my imagery or video content more interesting. With this being said, I've been having lots of fun playing around with the Ribena Doodle Your World app and making my day to day life much more Ribenary! Ribena are encouraging adults of all ages to embrace the fun in every day life and not take life too seriously - something I think we all need from time to time when daily life gets a little stressful.

I've being a big Ribena fan since I was a child so I'm more than happy to be involved in their Ribenary campaign and make my own day to day life a bit more Ribenary too! I used to drink those little cartons of Ribena virtually every day whilst growing up and I must admit, I still love them to this day. Even as an adult, you just can't beat an ice cold carton of Ribena, can you? Their 'light' version is just as tasty too and one I'll often grab when I'm on the go! Also, warm Ribena in the winter? Please tell me I'm not the only one who loves this? Such a soothing drink - especially if you're feeling a little bit under the weather!

To show you how I recently had the task of sorting out my makeup collection and organising it neatly into my Muji drawers. Surprisingly, this isn't something I enjoy doing. You're probably thinking 'being surrounded by makeup - living the dream' but when there's piles of it and you have to somehow squeeze it into a limited number of drawers, it can become quite the frustrating little challenge. It usually ends with me giving up halfway through and shoving it all in a drawer. However, using the Doodle Your World app make the experience all the more fun - and Frankie the Flamingo (that's what I'm calling her) joined in to help and I somehow managed to get it looking half decent! If you want an in depth post all about my makeup collection and how I organise it, just let me know.

After my makeup was sorted, I was straight back to work doing lots of admin and emails - another part of my day to day life that isn't the most fun! However, I had the Doodle Your World app adding a  bit of fun to my office desk with this cute little animation. How cool are his flower sunglasses? Haha!

After working all day, it was finally time to sit down in front of the TV and watch the Love Island final - who else has been addicted to the show this year? I decided it was only right I celebrated the occasion in style with my fave takeaway and a glass of fizz. I was missing strawberries so I added one virtually with the app - how cool? I love that you can add doodles onto anything - I've been getting so creative trying to think of the best ways I can include them in my day to day life.

So, want to get involved in all this Ribenary fun and make your world a little brighter? Well, you're in luck as I've teamed up with Ribena to host an amazing competition over on my Instagram account. To enter and be in with the chance of winning some fabulous Ribena prizes, all you need to do is download the Dooble Your World App, get creative and make some awesome doodles, upload it to your instagram account and tag me @kayleighjcouture along with the hashtag #ribenary for your chance to win!

The app is really simple to use - it's free to download and you simply select your doodle from the options available (you can unlock extras along the way too), drag it and then it'll do its thing while you take a photo or record a short video. The options of how you can include the doodles is endless. 

I'll be judging your posts and choosing a winner based on creativity and what makes me laugh/smile the most. I'll pick the winner from the tagged images in a weeks time and will notify you via Instagram if you're my winner! So what are you waiting for guys, go and get creative to be in with the chance of winning an amazing prize!

This post has been supported by Ribena® but all thoughts and doodles are my own.

Our Engagement Party | Abbey House Hotel & Gardens

So if you follow me on Instagram (@kayleighjcouture if you're not already), you've probably seen me spamming my feed with photos from mine and my fiancé Matt's engagement party. They had so many lovely comments on them so I just wanted to thank you guys for all the love you've shown us - it means the world to me. I thought it'd be nice to share a few photos from the party and most importantly, the venue. When we first got engaged, we weren't sure if we wanted a small gathering at our house or if we wanted to go all out with a big party so it took us some time to get round to actually booking something. In the end we decided a big party was the way to go as there was so many people we wanted to celebrate with and you only get engaged once, so why not go all out?

Although we now live closer to Manchester, we're originally from the Lake District and as most of our family and friends live there, we decided that would be the best location to have the party. When thinking of venues I knew I wanted somewhere modern but also somewhere that has character and  nice accommodation for our guests travelling from away. With this being said, I knew Abbey House Hotel was the venue for us. Situated in the south lakes, it's a beautiful hotel that's recently been renovated meaning everything about it is perfect, for want of a better word. The hotels grounds are absolutely stunning and the wedding suites are insane (more on those in a separate post).

We went to meet with John, the manager at Abbey House for a chat so we could decide on a date and also give him more info on what we wanted in terms of decor, food, entertainment and the number of guests we'd have attending. He was so welcoming and couldn't do enough for us - he was happy to answer any questions we had and provided us with lots of suggestions for the party and what they could do that would really impress our guests. He also showed us their two function rooms - The Cavendish Suite and The Great Hall. Both rooms are stunning with The Cavendish Suite being the bigger and more modern option of the two. We had around 120 guests in total so we decided The Great Hall would be the best option for us as The Cavendish Suite held a lot more guests and we didn't want the room to look empty, despite John informing us they can dress the rooms to make them look smaller, which is always good to know. We also felt the The Cavendish Suite was more suited to a wedding so we thought it was best to save that for the big day. 

 After deciding on the room and Friday 30th June as our date, it was time for the fun stuff. I've never planned a party to this extent before so I didn't have a clue what was available but John told us all the options and we were honestly blown away by the different things we could do. Everything  from as selfie mirror to magicians and even a Jager station were on the list. We decided to go for all those things as we thought it'd get people talking and be a bit of extra fun for our guests. We also asked for a welcome drink to be served as it's always nice to be handed a free drink when you arrive a a party! Abbey house arranged prosecco for the ladies and beers for the guys, which went down a treat. We also decided on a hog roast with all the trimmings as the food option, alongside veggie kebabs for the vegetarian guests and cute cake pops for dessert.

As you can see from the photos, The Great Hall is an amazing space - it has loads of character with panelled walls, high ceilings and a really great lay out. It has the main room where there's more than enough space for a dance floor, entertainment and seating, a small walkway which is great for serving the welcome drinks, the bar and a huge terrace leading out onto Abbey House's beautiful gardens. Perfect for a marquee! That was a big selling point for us - with it being Summer, we figured it would be lovely to give people the option to sit outside and for the children attending to have somewhere to run around and play. It's safe to say it didn't disappoint and most guests were outside until the sun went down and they were ready for a dance. We also had the food served on the terrace under a marquee which was a really nice touch. We were very lucky with the weather too which was a huge bonus as it allowed us to take advantage of the whole space.

The night began with guests arriving to a welcome drink out on the terrace followed by entertainment from magician Joel Dickinson which got everyone asking 'how on earth did he do that?' - he was crazy talented and I heard nothing but praise for him from our guests! Next up was the delicious hog roast and lots of dancing in the main room thanks to DJ John Norcotte and the Jager station. I think we may have gone through two whole bottles by the end of the night. Everyone loved it and it definitely got people up on that dance floor after a shot (or five). It was definitely worth the sore head the next morning. 

I loved that everyone was taking selfies at the selfie mirror throughout the night too as we got a copy of all the pictures that were taken put into an album with a message from our guests. I think this is such a lovely idea and it was amazing to look through the next morning. I'm definitely considering something similar for the wedding day. It was hilarious to see people's selfies get more and more silly as the night went on too - that's what all those Jager shots will do to you, haha.

During the night, Matt and I headed out into the Abbey House grounds to get some photos with our amazing photographer Erin Browne and I just have to share some of them as I'm so in love. I've been a massive fan of Erin's work for years now so when she offered to take photos at the party, I jumped at the chance. She's one of the most talented and creative photographers I've ever come across and she always thinks outside of the box whilst making you feel totally comfortable. She whisked us off into the woodland area a short walk away and got snapping. We had balloons for props and had so much fun - as you can see by the big smiles on our faces, which were totally natural and caught in the moment. As I said, I'm so in love with how the pictures turned out - they'll definitely be getting framed! If I'm this happy with the engagement photos, I can only imagine how she'll capture our actual wedding day - I'm already so so excited. If you're looking for a photographer for any kind of special occasion, be sure to get in touch with Erin and follow her on Instagram @eriinbrowne to see examples of her fantastic work!!

We had an absolutely fantastic night and couldn't have asked for anything better. Abbey House took all the stress away from us and organised everything to perfection so the night ran completely seamlessly. If you follow my social, you'll have seen that I had quite the surprise during the night when my dad turned up. He lives in Australia so I didn't think for one minute he'd be there as it's such a long way to travel for an engagement party. As you can imagine, I got the shock of my life when I walked outside to greet family and turned around to see him standing there - after he'd been hid behind a car, might I add. Sneaky! Thank goodness we had our amazing photographer Erin there to help capture the moment. As you can see from the photos, I think the look on my face followed by lots of tears says it all. It's a moment and a night I'll never forget!!

So there we have it guys, a little look inside our engagement party. I hope you enjoyed reading all about it - now it's time to start planning the wedding, arghhh! Thanks so much to Abbey House and all the suppliers for helping us celebrate our engagement in true style - we loved every minute of it! I've linked the venue and all the suppliers who helped make it a fantastic night below incase any of you are interested in contacting them for your own event.

Venue: Abbey House Hotel & Gardens
Photographer: Erin Browne
DJ: John Norcott from Ntertain
Photobooth: Photobooth Cumbria
Cakes: Angela Couture Cakes
Facebook: @Angelascouturecakes

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