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Review: Cotton Bag Co. The Foodie Bag

Please note: This product was sent to me for review. 

The Foodie Bag was kindly sent to me from Cotton Bag Co and it just happened to be perfect timing for me. With Cooking Travels Talks already in Season 2, I thought the bag would be great to up my food photography game!

I have never been one that takes amazing photos when going out to eat or dining at home, but I am trying, and I think this bag might be a good start for me to find my style.

Who are Cotton Bag Co?

Cotton Bag Co is based in Wiltshire and creates bags for lots of wonderful business, including Wagamama, M&S, Schuh and many other well-known high-street and household brands.

What’s in the bag?

This bag has been created for those that enjoy taking pictures of their food including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Are you a fellow foodie? Then #TheFoodieBag is just the thing for you. The bag was developed for foodie enthusiasts in mind. It includes some fantastic features including stylish backdrops, some handy photography tips to help you take pictures that will really make your food photos stand out compared to all the other food bloggers!

  • The stylish 12oz black canvas bag with internal pockets comes with a:
  • Mesh divider and zip closure,
  • A 5 in 1 pop up reflector,
  • An 8 postcard set with handy tips on how to take photos and finally,
  • 4 photographic backdrop
Foodie Bag

Everything you need to take and share the most beautiful Foodie pictures.

What the Foodie Bag can be used for?

I’ve used the Foodie Bag for numerous food photos, mainly for my Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter. The Foodie Bag costs only £39.95 and can be purchased via Paypal – easy.

What will I be using the bag for?

There are so many places I will be using the Foodie Bag for. I’ve already been using it for my food collaboration posts at home, and will certainly be considering using the bag for my travels. It will certainly provide a useful tool when out on my dinner dates with my camera.

#TheFoodieBag for any posts you put out on socials.
Please note: This product was sent to me for review.

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Bulgaria Bansko: My First Ski Weekend Trip

Bansko is great for a ski trip. It is a town in South-Western Bulgaria, located at the foot of the Pirin Mountains. It is known to be a popular ski resort for all levels.

I always wanted to go skiing but never did I think it would be me going this year in Bulgaria.

Despite the world outbreaks, I knew that I wanted to make 2020 my year of travels! So when Jess of Road2culturedom asked me to join WindCollective and MountNoireLdn on a ski trip in Bulgaria, I struggled to say no. I mean who says no to such adventures?

ski trip in Bansko
Adebola and Jess

Honestly, never in a million years did I ever think I would go skiing! I mean little old me that grew up in Swindon! hahah.

If you have been following me on my socials, you would have already seen a few snaps of my ski trip in Bansko. I have a few posts lined up for ya’ll, but today I wanted to focus on how my ski weekend getaway in Bansko really went down!

Why Skiing and not Snowboarding ?

To be honest with you I head snowboarding was so much harder than skiing, and I wanted to look cute while learning a new activity. So yes I choose skiing.

How much did it cost?

I managed to get a fantastic deal with WindCollective for £699 – bargain or what! This is what the trip included:

  • 4 days & 3 Nights shared occupancy ski resort and chalet accommodation*
  • Swimming pool, sauna, steam room and hot-tub
  • Breakfast every morning
  • 1 Dinner
  • Return airport transfers from Sofia Airport to Bansko Town
  • Flight arriving in the morning (before noon) recommended for the 28th Feb. Flight departing after 5 pm recommended for the 2nd March.
  • 2 day ski pass – access to all slopes
  • 2 ski lesson – 2 Hour Morning/Afternoon Lesson
  • Ski equipment rental – Ski boots, ski polls & skis/board
  • Games Night
  • A Wind Collective Photoshoot sessions
Please note flights were/are not included – I purchased my flights on my favourite website Sky-scanner

Day 1 – Arrival and Picking Up Ski Equipment

I landed early at Sofia airport for pick up at 1.30 pm. This was my first organised group trip, so I was a little nervous about meeting new people. However, everyone was so nice and welcoming, I was instantly put at ease and felt like I was with family.

I was already tired from waking up at 3 am to catch a 6.25 flight so was ready to have a nap on the coach to the ski resort. The drive from Sofia to Bansko was around 3.5 hours. We had a little break on the way there, where I was able to try some Bulgarian MacDonalds.

We arrived at our hotel – Bevelery Holiday Club and was assigned our rooms, dropped our bags and headed over to collect our ski equipment!

ski trip in Bansko
Tips: I was asked about my shoe size and how much I weighed for my skis. So I would suggest before you go skiing you know precisely how much you weigh and your shoe size.

The night ended with some good chat and dinner! With an early night for me!

Day 2 – First Ski Lesson in Bansko

Today I woke up at 7 am – an early start! It had snowed the night before, so we were instructed to wake up early for a photo-shoot with WindCollective! Here are a few photos from the shoot below!

After the shoot, it was time for breakfast and then a quick stop to collect our ski equipment for our first ski lesson!

The ski lesson was so much fun! At the end of the class, I can say that I just about learnt how to stop with a technique known as the pizza! However, I won’t lie and say I didn’t fall or crash into a few people to many times. Sorry!

We ended up having dinner in a lovely Bulgarian restaurant where I had a lush cooked dinner. The night didn’t end we headed out to the clubs! The club we ended up in was called Oxygen a disco-bar.

Follow me on Instagram to catch some of the clips from the clubs! I managed to get home around 4 am with only 2 hours sleep for our next ski lesson !!

bansko ski weekend

Day 3- Not enough sleep

I woke up 2 hours later to get ready for my second ski lesson! I was shattered! My whole body was shaking; I struggled to get up a little hill of snow! The ski class went pretty well despite no sleep! I learnt to stop better and only dropped once! I also learnt how to do a slight bend! Woop!

After our ski lesson, we had another photoshoot! OMG! This was like heaven – see below for some of the shots!

windcollective photoshoot
ski crew - black girls ski too

The night ended with a farewell dinner by WindCollective and MountNoire at a restaurant called Fondue Swiss Restaurant. It was so cute we had all type of fondue, cheese and chocolate for desert! I loved it! If you know me, you know I do enjoy me some fondue. The night ended with cute speeches and lots of laughter!

Day 4 – Farewell to my first ski trip in Bansko, Bulgaria

Another early start with some breakfast and a quick photo shoot in my swimsuit!

ski trip in Bansko

I booked an earlier flights than everyone else so left before lunchtime to get to Sofia airport.

And there you have it! My ski weekend in Bulgaria. I hope you enjoyed my quick spin on what went down. I will be touching on what you should know before you go skiing for the first time. So do yourself a favour and subscribe to be up in the mix!

I would like to thank Tog24 for my ski wear. It was absolutely amazing. 

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