Sunday, 19 October 2014

Monday Night Music

Last Monday I headed over to Hoxton for a live music gig by Bloc Party legend Kele. I have been pretty absent from blogging for the last couple of weeks as I have just moved into a lovely new flat in London so life has been pretty hectic trying to get everything organised. We moved in last weekend so I decided to make the most of my first week day night of not having to face the long commute home and went along to the event with my flatmate. 

The exclusive album launch party was held at The Macbeth and sponsored by Jack Daniels who have partnered up to create 'Jack Rocks The Macbeth'. The music campaign sees the venue holding a mixture of specially-curated live performances and stripped down acoustic sets from a number or performers from La Roux to Claire Barrow. The 150 year old live music pub holds up to 300 fans so each gig is very intimate and personal.

Kele performed his new album 'Trick' to the 250 strong crowd with the album also being launched on the same day. 

I had a great night hearing some new music and drinking the special Jack Daniels cocktails all night, including my new favourite- Jack Honey and Lemonade.

If you fancy heading down to The Macbeth for some intimate live music, be sure to follow NME and the Jack Daniel’s Twitter page who will be announcing the live acts and details will be given about 
how fans can attend and get involved in the activities planned there. 

Saturday, 4 October 2014

My Hair Care Essentials

I have extremely thick hair and although I know people always want thick hair, it has always been such a big issue for me. First of all, my hair goes HUGE as soon as it gets any moisture, think humidity hair, think Monica-from-Friends hair. Ever since the age of about 10 I coined the phrase 'poofy hair'. This seems to cover all situations when my hair isn't as dead straight as I want it to be. Ever since the age of 13 when I got my first pair of hair straighteners, I have been a straightening devotee! I always straighten my hair to get rid of the 'poofiness' that seems to overtake it. However, I think I have finally found the right products to suit it and make it the best it can be Therefore, I thought I would share with you my favourite hair products and recommendations.
First of all, my recently discovered and now favourite product: Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment. If you don't have the budget for Morrocan Oil, then this is a slightly cheaper alternative and definitely the next best thing, if not better. I apply it after washing my hair when it is still slightly damp and it makes my hair so shiny and healthy.
My next all time favourite hair product is Aussie 3 Minute Miracle, which does exactly what it says on the tin. This hair mask is an absolute miracle worker, leaving your hair feeling silky smooth! I have been using bottle after bottle of this for about 5 years now and nothing else can even compare!
Another of my fail-safe products is L'Oreal Elnett Satin heat protection spray, an absolute must for all the straightening fans among you! I use the '3 Days Straight' version and again, I have tried others but keep coming back to this one every time.
I always finish off styling my hair with a little bit of serum to try and keep the frizz under control! My favourite at the moment is the Kiko Restorative Hair Serum which smells yummy and seals the hair cuticles to keep my hair shiny and frizz-free all day long.
Finally the all time best solution for poofy hair is the ultimate pair of straighteners, GHD's. These are absolute life savers as I am sure you are all aware. As far as I'm concerned no other hair straightener can touch it! I would be lost without my GHD's and find myself taking them everywhere and I find it impossible to use any other brand- ultimate brand loyalty... I got my first pair at 15 and I am already on my 4th!
So there you have it, my product guide to luscious locks. You may never be in love with your hair but there are definitely many ways to make the most of what you've got.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Black and White

I seem to have a bit of a thing for a collarless coat. I have this pretty much identical coat in three different colours and they are all I wear at the moment. A light coloured coat is my perfect transitional piece to take me through to autumn as I have sadly come to the realisation that summer seems to be over. I wore this outfit for celebratory drinks at home the other night as I have just put a rental deposit down on a beautiful flat in London! I am beyond excited to be moving in with my 3 lovely friends next month and just want to move up now! I am so over the commute to London every day so having our own little home will just be idyllic! I have already started buying little bits and pieces and have been planning out how I want to decorate my new room with far too much time spent on pinterest! It's like moving to uni again but now I'm like a proper grown up! Very exciting stuff! All I need to do now is try and decide what out of the 3 wardrobes full of clothes to take with me... I see a blog sale/ebay session coming up!!
Jumpsuit- Topshop
Coat- H&M
Necklace- Treaty Jewellery
Shoes- Topshop

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Southbank, Poppies, Brixton and Briefs....

Last weekend I went up to London for a girly day with my mum and my godmother who was over visiting from Australia. We had such a lovely day and crammed so much in so I thought I would share some of my photos with you. 

We began the day at Southbank and having a look round the Festival of Love that is currently on there. I love Southbank, especially in the summer when there always seems to be something going on. We had pre-booked tickets to go to a show in the evening at the London Wonderground so we collected our tickets for the evening (more on that later...!!) and then headed to Le Pain Quotidien for a spot of breakfast. Le Pain is one of my favourite places for breakfast and the food is always to die for. I went for a naughty scone which was ridiculously good, and then balanced it out with a super healthy green juice! 

After breakfast, we headed over to the other side of the river to the Tower of London to see the Remembrance Poppies. I have seen lots of photos of the poppies but it was absolutely stunning in real life. It was quite shocking to see the number of poppies knowing that each poppy represented one person who died in WW1. I think its a beautiful way to remember those who died and I would recommend going to see it for yourself. 
We then caught the tube over to Brixton. My mum and godmother were slightly sceptical as they didn't know much about it so they were pleasantly surprised when I took them to the ever-cool Brixton Village with the huge array of cool eateries and funky shops. Brixton has such a cool vibe and I loved jut wondering round and seeing all it had to offer. There are so many amazing looking restaurants and smells, it was impossible to decide on just one! We eventually chose a small Thai restaurant for lunch which was incredible. It was proper, authentic food and it definitely felt like we were on holiday while we were sitting there eating! 
We then caught the tube over to Oxford Circus where we managed to squeeze in a little bit of shopping on Carnaby Street  (how come you always spend the most money in the shortest time!?) and then went to my favourite little spot, Kingly Court, for an afternoon 'shake' at Moosh. 
We then headed back to Southbank where we squeezed in a few happy hour cocktails at Las Iguanas. We decided we definitely needed a bit of liquid lubrication before going on to the next part of our day! The show we had booked to see was called 'Briefs'- described as boy-lesque... basically a cross between magic mike and drag queens. I was slightly apprehensive about seeing this with my mum and my godmother but it was absolutely hilarious!! We had the best time and didn't stop laughing the whole way through. I think the best way for you to know what I am talking about is to watch the trailer for it here! I would 100% recommend seeing it to anyone with a liberal sense of humour!! Plus, there is some great eye candy ;)
We finished our night off with a quick dinner and drink on Southbank and I met up with my boyfriend for more drinks at the London Wonderground and my mum and godmother headed back home. 

All in all, we had such a fun day! Everyone go and see Briefs - you will love it! 

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

'A Bit of Everything' Blondie

To commemorate the long bank holiday weekend, I decided to bake! What better time than on a bank holiday,when you have nothing else to do and nowhere else to be, to bring out your culinary skills in the kitchen! I spent my extra day of holiday going on an intense bike ride in the rain, followed by a nice hot bath then made these delicious blondies to counteract all my exercise and spent all afternoon on the sofa eating them whilst watching a film!

I decided to have a go at making some blondies after being inspired by Helen from The Lovecats Inc. She recently put up a recipe of her chocolate bar blondies and I had to give them a go.They are pretty easy to make, especially for those not so skilled in the kitchen department, like myself, so the perfect baking fix in an easy form! 

I adapted Helens recipe slightly by adding pretty much every chocolate I could find! This recipe includes Crunchie, Mars Planets, Malteasers, Oreos and Peanut Butter Cups. I also used some 'Fluff' which I bought back from my recent trip to America. This made the Blondies super gooey and sticky- just how I like them! I also doubled the quantities because I am a fatty! Ha... it actually wasn't intentional to double the quantities, I added too much baking powder so instead of fishing it out from the normal flour, I just added extra of everything else, makes sense! So lets get on with how to cook these little beauties...

250g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
350g light brown sugar
1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
Pinch of salt
150g unsalted butter, melted
1 tbsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp fluff (optional)
2 eggs
Chocolate- I used 1 x bag of Mars Planets, 1 x Crunchie bar, 1x bag of Maltesers 1 x packet of Oreos and a few Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. 
Begin by pre-heating your oven to 175C and line a baking tray of your choice with tin foil or baking paper. Chop up all your chosen chocolate into random chunks. I left some of my malteasers whole and chopped up some, depends on what you feel like, go crazy with it!
Next, mix together you flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and pinch of salt in a large mixing bowl. 
Melt your butter in a saucepan and then add to a separate bowl, along with the sugar, vanilla essence and a whisked egg. 
Add the contents of the bowl to your flour mixture and fold together. Add in a few spoonfuls of Fluff (if you have it). I used about 2 tablespoons worth. 
Finally add in the chopped up chocolate and then pour everything into the baking try and spread evenly.
Bake the mixture for about 35 minutes, or until they look like they are cooked...
Finally leave to cool for at least 15 minutes before chopping them up into chunks and indulging to the extreme. 
So there you have it- simple and easy to make and will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth and make you feel very naughty but in a really wonderful way. Enjoy!

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Navy and Yellow

I look a bit like I've been sponsored by Zara here as the dress and the coat are both from there. This outfit features some of my favourite 'dressy' pieces, perfect for a sophisticated dinner. I actually got this whole outfit back in May for my birthday! The dress was a present from my Mum, the coat was from my boyfriend and the bag from my brother and sister-in-law! I have wanted this Whistles bag for absolutely ages but could never justify spending that much money on a present to myself- so my birthday was the perfect time for me to get my hands on it. I also wear this coat all the time and although literally everyone has it (I sat next to someone on the tube recently wearing exactly the same one!!) I absolutely love it! I never thought I would wear yellow but it surprisingly goes with a lot of things and brightens up any outfit. I wore this at the weekend when I went out for dinner and to the theatre with my boyfriend. This was actually another birthday present from my Mum (notice a theme here) that I have finally got round to redeeming! We went to see Wicked which is one of my all-time favourite shows and out for a lovely dinner at Dim T. We had such a nice evening and now I'm busy planning my next theatre trip! 
Dress- Zara
Coat- Zara
Shoes- Topshop
Bag- Whistles
Watch- Uniform Wares

Friday, 15 August 2014

Costa's #HelloSummerMoments Blogger Challenge

All this week I have been taking part in Costa's #HelloSummerMoments Blogger Challenge. The challenge was to document a number of 'Summer Moments' whilst enjoying the new summer menu from Costa Coffee.

The new menu is amazing with a ridiculous amount of yummy cakes and ice drinks, I had to try most of them before deciding on my favourites! Here is my Selfie with my favourite iced drink from the new menu- the Caramel Latte Coffee Cooler.
I then created this summer outfit inspired by the colours of the Strawberry and Lime Fruit Cooler- another personal favourite of mine. 
Skirt- Zara
Jacket- Camden Market
Shoes- Topshop
Bag- Alphabet Bags

The next challenge was to create a 'Costa Summer' inspired manicure. I hold my hands up as being the worst nail-art painter in the world, so this was more than a challenge for me!! I decided to try and keep it simple and I used Essie's 'Haute in the Heat' and 'Tea and Crumpets' to create this lovely design (ahem) inspred by the most delicous cake you will ever try! The Raspberry Ripple Fancy' - I have got through 3 of this week... ! 

Finally I took out the newest member of the family- my brothers adorable puppy- to the park for some fun in the sun with my boyfriend whilst we enjoyed our Caramel Latte Coffee Cooler. The  drink was so good, even she wanted a piece of it and she very much enjoyed licking the condensation off the outside of the cup!

So there you have my #HelloSummerMoments Blogger Challenge. I had a really fun time doing all the challenges and had even more fun eating lots of cakes, coffees and coolers. However, now I am not going to be able to go a day without thinking about that Raspberry Ripple Fancy....