Monday, 20 October 2014

Red Lace

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There is something about red lace that such screams sensual and seductive. I usually think of red lace as something worn in the bedroom, however not one to flash my knickers and bra in public, I was on the look out for a subtle but sexy outfit. 

Oh OK, maybe I do flash my bra a little it would seem...

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Keep things classy with a knee length pencil skirt and a buttoned up blouse, and the hints of flesh below are more seductive than slutty. 

Perfect for all those impending office parties that are soon going to mount up. Confident, powerful, beautiful, without giving your boss an eyeful. 

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Stilettos really would ramp up the sophistication, however by adding a pair of edgy, funky heels it tones it down and keeps it young and playful.

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Photo credit: http://www.four3one.com/

Blouse- c/o Rare London*
Skirt- Rare London
Heels- Zara
Earrings- Topshop
Bra- H&M

While this is one hot night outfit, I may have got a few looks while wearing this at 12:30pm on the tube on my way to my photoshoot with Four 3 One. Fashion eh?

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Friday, 17 October 2014

Drinking from Camden to Belgravia

Me and Dan had date night on Wednesday.

Because of my surgery, it had been a while. So in an effort to make up for lost time, we decided to go all out and try not one but two new places.

Is Wednesday the new Friday? Hey, it’s London, every day is the new Friday.

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The day before I ask Dan what his favourite spirit was, he said he didn’t know and that he’d just see what he fancied off the menu.

Well there was a slight hitch in his plan. Where we were heading, there was no menu and no booze.
No alcohol is a bar? Say what?

Let me bring you up to speed. BYOC is a bar that has no licence. Instead, each patron pays an entrance fee, brings a bottle or two of their favourite tipple, and then all night, the master bartenders make cocktails with your spirit based on your likes and fancies. All completely off menu, and individual.

We decided to bring down a bottle of Belvedere Vodka, and a bottle of Cointreau, as I have no idea what to do with it to be honest with you.

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Their second venture after the success of the Covent Garden bar, the new Camden bar is much bigger, and with a 1920’s casino theme.

Patrons sit around one of the multiple bars, tell the bartender what they have, what they like, and then they work their magic.

With fresh daily made jams, syrups and organic juices. It’s practically a laboratory. 

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We decided to start strong with our 50% vodka. I usually like sweet, girly drinks, but I thought no. Let's see what they've got. 

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A few shakes and stirs later, and this was prepared. A vodka, line, ginger beer and absinthe cocktail. Wow. Now that was a way to start a night. We're not talking fluffy, fruity things that barely contain any alcohol, this is serious drinking. 

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Now a tip for you is to make friends with the people next to you. Swap alcohol and you get to try new drinks. I over heard the couple next to us mention the word Vermouth. Now you might remember my love affair with Vermouth in Barcelona. Gasping at the cocktail, the couple kindly let me steal a bit, and so me and Dan found ourselves with shooters. Got that hedonistic 1920s feeling yet?

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Next up was my dusty bottle of Cointreau.

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I said I wanted something cherry based. I just love cherry's, yet Dan hates them. So he decided to have a Cointreau twisted Old Fashioned, whilst I had a cherry and Cointreau cocktail infused with clove. Never have I had clove in a drink, and yet it works. It's like Christmas in a glass.

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Next was my favourite of the night. Oh boy could I drink this again and again and again. It's my new favourite drink... well if only I could remember all the ingredients. The is the problem with no menu and off the cuff concoctions.

However I do know it was my Cointreau and the most amazing palmer violet syrup the bartender had decided to make that morning. Best drink, hands down.

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Now remember what I said about not remembering? I thought taking notes might me a bit sad, so sadly I don't know what this was now. But trust me when I say everything was great.

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This is a bar for those who are serious about their drinks. Fun, classy with old school glamour. For the ladies, the drinks will keep your attention. The men... the poker table may be a distraction.

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You think someone's been practising their poker face?

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Mine, not so much.

The night was still young and we'd got more in-store for our night. We had been invited to the launch party for Salmontini, one of the hottest new openings to happen, so we waved good bye and bundled ourselves into a taxi headed for Belgravia. 

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If you fancy something a bit more upbeat and lively, plus without the need to provide your own booze, then head on down after dark to Salmontini.

Known on the luxury dinning scene in the Middle East, with restaurants in Lebanon, Jeddah and Dubai, they've finally settled down in London- about time I say.

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With a buzzy, Friday night atmosphere, we headed straight for the bar, him walking, me wiggling along to the in house DJ.

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This time with menus to hand, we ordered their signature Espresso Martini, which boy do they do a mean one.

Finally, Dan got his classic Old Fashioned. I think it's the suit, he's come over all Mad Men.

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However if you fancy a bit of the off the menu vibe, go right ahead. I ordered a cherry Mojito because well, I just can;t resist cherry's.

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However Salmontini isn't just a cracking bar, no it just happens to be one of the most coveted new restaurants in town. Coming down late, we got a taster of things to come with some nibbles. My favourite was the goats cheese rolled in seaweed. I think I ate most of them.

Serving fresh fish, sashimi and meats, they had me a fresh fish, so I'm betting next date night I might find myself booking in for a meal. Watch this space.

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If though like this man below, you started to flag and need a little rest, there is a quiet, secluded lounge area to just chill out. And I thought it was women who complained that 'They're feet hurt'.

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It was nice to get out of the house, as lately our date nights have consisted of epic runs of Breaking Bad. Wow though, that show. I'm on season 5, episode 6, so it's all kicking off.

However as the clock edged towards midnight we had to make our swift exit as work loomed the next day, although secretly I could have kept going for hours more. Maybe I will move date night to Friday after all.

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Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Foxcroft & Ginger

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I've got a cracking recommendation for you today. Nothing complicated, nothing "art nouveaux" and all that fancy smancy stuff. No, I've got a damn good tasty Brunch option for you instead.

And let's be honest, which do you really prefer?

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Jacket: Day birger et mikkelsen c/o Repertoire* // Tshirt: Matalan (Mens) // Leggings: Zara // Nike WMNS Dunk Sky Hi Liquid Gold

I don't often do casual wear, but some days you roll out of bed, a tiny bit Hangry (angry with hunger) and you just need some bruch. Like now. 

Cue leggings, and a quirky tee. But come on now, its these absolute beasts that are the centre of attention. 

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I mean these beasts are truly amazing. Nike Dunk Sky Hi “Liquid Gold”. Liquid gold! You could only buy them in this one boutique in NY a while back, but I'll be the first to admit I'm a lucky lady, as the boyfriend may have bought me a pair. If I'm somewhere where heels are just not appropriate, these are on my feet. They also make me the most flashy person in my local Sainsburys when I call in for a pint of milk.

You can noly buy them on Ebay now, however here are some gorgeous alternatives: Ash Bowie Gold // Michael Kors Helen Gold

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However it was time to put these babys to use and get walking into Foxcroft & Ginger.

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Situated in the heart of Soho, near the Wahaca, it’s a rough and ready kind of place. Exposed brick, reclaimed wood, and with exposed cabling as decoration.  

They have an extensive menu of classic brunch items, with a twist, as well as a counter full of freshly baked cakes and pastries that I swear they waft the scent over to tempt me to sin. 

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But first up on the agenda is always a drink. Usually I’m a black coffee kind of gal. But I was swayed by the promise of hot chocolate with secret spices.

Traditional hot, comforting chocolate with a hint of a kick to it; It was pretty good.

Cold drinks are served in cute milk bottles too.

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Oh go on then, more drinks were ordered before we'd even looked at the menu. The waitress must have hated us, for the amount of times "5 more minutes" was said.

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Eventually we got down to business and ordered.

Nessa plumped for smoked salmon, avocado and rocket on freshly made sourdough toast with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.

I eye balled the salmon. It did look damn fine. Did I make a mistake? Was I going to get food envy?

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No. No I was not. Arriving was my ham and cheese french toast. Oh boy, if there was ever a use of the word food porn, it would be right now.

That oozing cheese, so filthy.

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Multiple pictures were obviously required of the french toast. It was too good not too. It was just too damn tasty. I call it the money shot.

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Now I'll be honest, I made a slight greedy mistake. In my head, I pictured a dainty piece of French toast with ham and cheese on top. Thinking this, I thought, hmm it could really benefit from a bit of salty bacon to take away the sweetness.

So yes, I ordered a side of bacon.

And no, it was definitely not needed with that hunk of a mound! (FYI, it was still devoured)

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Me and Nessa have know each other for 5 years now. In those 5 years we’ve barely been apart. First, 2 years of university, then by chance we found ourselves both living in Ealing on our internships, purely by coincidence. Then 1 more year of uni and now, we probably see each other once every 2 weeks. Yet, I bet you girls can relate, we still can talk for hours and hours and hours. I don’t know how we find enough stuff to talk about.

So by this point we had been there fore about 2 and a half hours I kind you not, and yet, we still had so much more to discuss. So what was the logical step next? Coffee and cake of course!

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Oh who am I kidding, it was another one of those hot chocolates.

In an effort to burn off those cheeky cakes, after 3 hours, we left the poor staff at Foxcroft & Ginger and headed for Oxford Street. Full and very happy, we knew dinner was going to be underwhelming after this delicious feast.

Foxcroft & Ginger
3 Berwick St
London 
W1F 0DR
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