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Saturday, 23 May 2015

Join me for a Kingsman Twitter party

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To celebrate the release of Kingsman on DVD this Sunday, I've partnered with Kingsman and I'm inviting you to a little Twitter party. 

At 6pm there is going to be a Kingsman Twitter party with some of your favourite bloggers and actors from the film. So grab your a take out, your best friends, some wine and join in the live chat with bloggers around the country as we talk film and probably other random stuff no doubt.

The idea is to just have fun and have a virtual girls movie night. 

Need more incentive to join in the Twitter chat? OK go on then. You can also win some great prizes throughout the chat which will be randomly given away.

Details:
  • When: Sunday 24th
  • Time: 6pm- 8pm
  • Hashtag & account: @Kingsman UK #KingsmanDigitalHD
So grab a glass of wine and come say hi as we tweet. It's going to be a blast

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Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Bravas Tapas

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When the sun peaks its head through the clouds, everyone dashes for every inch of outside space; parks, beer gardens, even the garden wall.

But if you are in London, there is a somewhat hidden little gem called St Katherine's Dock. A beautiful little harbor, just behind the Tower of London, filled with shops, bars and restaurants.

It's rather glorious in the sun.

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So with the weather in my favor, I headed out for some lunch, and what better cuisine in the sun, than tapas.

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Necklace- Etsy
Top- ASOS
Leggings- Similar
Waistcoat- Similar

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But enough playing in phone boxes, as the sweet, sweet smell of tapas drew me in.

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Today's lunch was at Bravas Tapas, a rustic, intimate restaurant, with a great authentic Spanish feel.

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And guess who was with me? Caroline!

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I think this calls for Cava.

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Bravas Tapas specialise in true to Spain dishes. Small, flavorful dishes.

So we ordered rather a lot, starting with Spinach Croquetas.

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My favourite, Foie Gras with cherries, serrano ham, all slathered on between toasted brioche buns. Oh that was fantastic. Rich, hearty, yet sweet. 

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You can't go to a tapas place though without ordering bravas patatoes. It's basically an unwritten rule. Luckily you will actually want to order these as they are spicy, crispy and fluffy inside. 

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When I went to Barcelona, I discovered cheese, and a lot of it. I never realised cheese in Spain was so big. So it seemed only fitting to order that too. After all, cheese is my main diet staple.

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There was moreish pork belly skewers. 

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And wild sea bass with salsa, that was gorgeously fresh and clean.

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Finally we dipped into a tiny bucket of calamari. Cute as a button, yet packed a punch in the taste department. 

Everything you could ask for in a Mediterranean summers brunch when your still in good old Blighty. 

That reminds me though, I really must get myself some abroad sun. Any recommendations?

BRAVAS TAPAS
SAINT KATHARINE DOCKS
EAST SMITHFIELD
LONDON 
E1W 1AT


Monday, 18 May 2015

Do It With PayPal

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Ah shopping, like most women I love shopping. Although funnily enough I hate shopping in shops. I find it way to stressful. No for me, it's got to be online. In bed. Wrapped in my duvet.

Which was why when PayPalUK asked me try online shopping from a random place, I didn't really have to think twice.

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Jacket- Day Birger et Mikkelsen c/o Repertoire*
Glasses- Ray Ban
Top- Hobbs
Shoes- Similar from New Look
Cuff- Azuni

I'll be honest, when I thought of PayPal, I thought of eBay, but PayPal is far more than that. 

Without having to type in your debit or credit card details and address details every time you shop online on most websites, be that Argos, ASOS or even Dominos Pizza.

Basically means you can shop much faster and safer whenever you get that urge. Surely it's not just me who is browsing a fashion blog on the bus and just has to have that skirt like right now!?

So to prove you really can shop anywhere, I was heading onto the Emirates Air Line Cable Car, to do some online shopping. You don't need to ask me twice.

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If you aren't familiar with the Emirates Air Line in London, it's a cable car than crosses the Thames in the East.

Part mode of transport, part tourist attraction, I'd never been on it before, let alone shopped on it.

So with Nessa with me and tickets in hand (or you can use your Oyster but the queue is much longer) it was time to go UP UP AND AWAY!

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Thankfully we had a glorious day.

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You really do have to class the cable cars as only part tourist attraction, as I'll be honest with you, Greenwich (where one of the entrance/exits is) really doesn't have a whole lot of landmarks to see. There is the O2, but you can't really see much of what people want to see- The Shard, The London Eye, Westminster- but the views are great, just maybe not of what you'd think.

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But what is also great, is mobile shopping.

So I whipped out my phone, and proceed to open up PayPal.

It's not necessary to have the app to purchase things, as you can link your debit/credit card meaning you don't have to actually have to have credit in your PayPal account, so it's alot more straightforward.

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Then it was off to my favorite, ASOS.

I'm off to New York in less than a month, so I need to get a summer wardrobe.

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I never thought I'd say this but I'm really into crop tops at the moment. I used to get to conscious about my stomach, but paired with a high waist skirt, I've gotten more confident. I like this River Island one for casual days. Maybe with a pair of high waist jeans?

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This was my 'Oh it's done already?' face. No entering card details, or address details. Just a quick PayPal login details and it was done. My ASOS goodies were on the way! 

Google may be working towards getting sites to be more mobile friendly, but it's still a pain in the arse to type in all your personal info on a tiny keypad. Well I can confirm using PayPal instead was so much easier.

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So next time you and I spot something on a blog you like the look of, you can buy it much quicker with PayPal.

This could be dangerous for the bank balance...

Have you ever shopped in any bizarre location? Let me know below, be funny to hear!


Thursday, 14 May 2015

The Polo Bar

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One statement you can guarantee doesn't go with me is clean eating. Me of burger scoffing, cocktail guzzling and eating pizza wrapped in my duvet. 

However lately I have in fact started to eat rather well. I've been going the gym everyday, and adopted a Keto diet. God those words sound so alien to me. Doing this though does somewhat limit you social life, so I decided to give myself a night off and have a good girls cocktail catch up with Ness. 

With my new diet I've also been treating myself to some new clothes too to go "encourage" me. 

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Dress: Lavish Alice
Heels: Topshop
Cuff: Azuni

I adore the lace up sleeves on this fitted dress, classy, yet quirky. I just discovered the brand Lavish Alice and have fallen a bit in love.

But it's these heels that have got me in lust. Topshop have done it again, it really was love at first sight!

Just as well as I was taking Ness out in Mayfair, so a little effort was required.

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The Polo Bar at The Westbury is an award-winning bar inspired by the Art Deco period. Chic and opulent without being pretentious, it has a relaxed feel to it- even if it does have Swarovski Crystal fittings and custom Fendi detailing!

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We started with The Polo Bar's most famous drinks. Their gold flaked cocktails. 

I had a Mayfair Gold which was made of Tanqueray gin shaken with fresh lychees and elderflower, splashed with Moët Brut Rosé NV. It was sweet, without being sickly, a really well balanced cocktail. 

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Ness had the Pomegranate Deluxe, made with Bombay Sapphire gin shaken with elderflower, lemon and freshly squeezed pomegranate juice.

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Now though this is where the bar just becomes a genius. 

Us girls, we love to share, passing around our cocktail from person to person. Well The Polo Bar have devised a way to not let you loose precious liquid and also not get a thousand different lipstick marks on your glass. 

By giving a small shot of your cocktail with it, so your partner can try it all for themselves! What a genius! Sold!

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After a couple of rounds we found ourselves gossiping about people, love and my most ridiculous silly but fun trip to Bournemouth with work. 

Running into the sea at 4 in the morning? It completely made sense at the time! Sometimes you just have to not care and just kind of be in the moment.

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Which is why when a pile of smoked salmon and caviar cones arrived, I just let go of that clean eating and dived right in.

Oh boy these are good!

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It is always best to eat when drinking cocktail I've discovered, so a platter of prawns coated in Panko breadcrumbs was ordered. They were the biggest prawns I've seen in ages. 

You know, the meaty kind that you can really wrap your mouth round. They were a winner in both our books. 

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But that isn't to say the duck spring rolls weren't worth ordering. In fact the dipping sauce was fab.

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It was a sort of unwritten rule that the classic, drier cocktails are seen as for those we know their stuff, whilst fruity fun drinks are more for drinking and not caring. 

I'd love to know my cocktail A-Z, but half the time I get scared ordering. So here is my tried and reviewed drinks for you.

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I had the El Prèsidente, a mix of Havana blanco, orange Curaçao, stirred with Cocchi Americano vermouth and homemade grenadine. Strong stuff.

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Whilst Ness had a Corpse Reviver #2 made of Sipsmith gin shaken with Absinthe, Cocchi Americano vermouth, Cointreau and lemon. 

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The winner? The Corpse Reviver #2. It honestly tastes like lemon meringue pie, no word of a lie!

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Finally we finished on some more dessert-y cocktails- like a three course, liquid meal.

Ness had the Brazilian Kiss. Leblon Çachaa shaken with freshly muddled blueberries, vanilla syrup, a touch of lime and topped up with Moët NV. A gorgeous long, fruity drink.

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However I ended the night on a high. I found the most wonderful drink. It's called Sweet Almond and is made of Amaretto Disaronno with strawberry infused Port, shaken with lemon and sugar, and is just perfection. Seriously this is the drink of the night.  

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OK yes so I may have said about a liquid 3 course dinner, but I couldn't leave my cheat day behind without indulging is some actually dessert, could I?

Think of your summer ice cream cones, just a little more Mayfair. Black Forest Cornetto Sweet cones filled with Kirsch flavoured cherries and Chantilly cream.

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Now that's worth cheating over.

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We may have ended the night on a repeat round of our dessert drinks. 

The Polo Bar is a fantastic venue, chic, yet much more relaxed than you might think.

Plus the staff are actually the friendliest people- if you go, ask for the GM, he will tell you everything you want to know about everything, and has such time for his patrons. 

THE WESTBURY HOTEL
BOND STREET, 
MAYFAIR 
LONDON, 
W1S 2YF

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