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Sunday, 18 September 2016

Tapas and Dinner at Revolucion De Cuba & OOTN ♥

A few weeks ago after work I went for a little evening out and girlie catch up with Hazel.  We went for an amazing Cuban meal at cocktail bar and restaurant Revolucion De Cuba in Milton Keynes.  We'd been once before and we can always count on it for a fun evening with a great atmosphere. We went on a Wednesday which is their Salsa night and there was an amazing group of dancers in the middle of the restaurant dancing the night away! 

I always like the atmosphere at Revolucion De Cuba because it's a lively bar as well as a sit-down restaurant, there's always music playing and there's always helpful friendly staff on hand.  We sat down at our table and was shown the menu along with the wide range of drinks and cocktails available. We decided to try the mocktails as we were driving, and I enjoyed the Apple and Raspberry Mojito which was a refreshing mix of fresh fruit and mint served on crushed ice.


My favourite thing about eating at Revolucion De Cuba is the starters! They have a tapas menu featuring some of my most favourite things and I always love trying out new thing as well as old favourites. We opted to have three starters between us and we chose the chicken quesadilla, patatas bravas and Cajun cream mushrooms. 

The quesadillas were crispy torillas filled with chicken, cheese, onions, peppers and salsa, and we had two of these each. The patatas bravas are a Spanish favourite; fried potatos topped with spicy tomato and garlic sauce.. yum! But my absolute favourite has to be the mushrooms, which are sautéed garlic mushrooms in a rich Cajun cream sauce topped with kale and are so SO morish! Three of the little tapas dishes between the two of us worked out well as a starter but I was also really looking forward to our main course.

 I can never resist a good steak so I picked the 8oz Aberdeen Angus sirloin which was served with sweet potato fries and a creamy peppercorn sauce. I thoroughly enjoyed this, the steak was bigger than I had imagined and the fries were cooked perfectly! Hazel decided to go with the big plate of paella which was rice topped with chicken, prawns and chorizo. It looked delicious!


Finally, we decided to share a dessert as we were very full up towards the end of the evening! I don't think we could have managed a pudding each. We chose to share a churro cheesecake which was not actually a cheesecake at all. Instead it was layers of Spanish doughnut sticks along with fresh strawberries, cream and a rum and caramel sauce. This was perhaps a bit too sickly for me after all the food I had already consumed, but it was deliciously sweet!


 As the weather was still lovely and sunny in the evening when we went for dinner, I decided to wear my new dress from Rock My Vintage.  This cute little navy blue daisy dress is designed by fashion brand Little White Lies. 

The little flowers are embellished using tiny white and yellow sequins which reminds me of Marc Jacobs 'Daisy'.  I like the cute casual style with a skirt flared from the waist and soft t-shirt sleeves.  The dress also has a slash cut out back too which makes it ideal to wear on summer evenings out.  I wore the dress along with a tan Nica grab bag, some tan coloured summer strappy wedges and Ted Baker sunglasses.




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Thursday, 8 September 2016

Life in Instagram ♥


I love buying stationery and recently though I'd treat myself to some new bits from Paperchase after finding a £5 birthday gift from them in my inbox. I decided to pick a few bits from their amazingly sparkly 'purrmaid' range for work. I ordered a plastic drinking cup, a notebook and a clipboard all from the range and I just love the quirky pattern.. so cute! 
 
I also treated myself to a few new bits from the Cath Kidston Highgate Rose range using the gift card that I received from work for my birthday! I now have quite a few bits and pieces but I keep them safely packed away because I'm weird like that and don't actually want to use them...


If you're passing a Poundland any time soon, make sure you stop and take a look at their cosmetics section! I've found some real bargains recently including these branded items. The Burt's Bees tinted lipbalm is £6 in M&S, the Max Factor lip pen sticks £7 in Boots, eyeshadow £2.49 in Superdrug, and even Nails Inc in Motcomb Street is usually £11! I also thought I' try out the ice lolly flavoured Lip Smackers but I've not opened them just yet!


I can never resist buying cute homewares and I recently found these gorgeous pieces. The plastic flamingo pitcher and tumbler set was only £3.99 from QD Stores! I don't usually go in there but I was hunting these out after seeing them online and I'm so glad I found them. Not sure when I will ever use them but it's such a cute set! 
 
The white wooden tray I actually found in the Card Factory in their gift section for only £4.99 and it's nice and sturdy! I also bought myself a new picnic hamper and I found this floral beauty in Home Bargains. It's insulated and it folds down completely flat, and I bought the polka dot plates, napkins, cups and plastic cutlery from Poundland to make up the set.


If you're looking for a cute pyjama set, look no further than Primark! These two really cute short and vest PJ sets were only £5 each and I just couldn't resist the cat and anchor patterns!


Primark also have some lovely new Autunm/Winter items in now too. I bought this ribbed stripey top for only £3, the cord skirt for £8, and the suede heeled ankle boots for only £15! My new favourite outfit is under £30! 

Also, as of today I have started Slimming World.  I went to my first ever group on Monday but then I needed to go food shopping etc so today has been my first proper day.  I had scrambled egg on toast for breakfast, fruit as a snack, home made tomato and bacon pasta bake for lunch, and jacket potato with beans and Philadephia Light for dinner. Yum!
 
I'm still getting my head around it a bit but I've saved some recipe ideas onto a Pinterest board and find that using the online food diary is really helpful. If you have any experiences with Slimming World or any top tips please leave a comment!
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Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Leeds Festival 2016 + Festival Fashion ♥

So another August Bank Holiday meant another weekend as Terri's plus one to Leeds Festival! This was my third year in a row going and although the line up wasn't as good for me as previous years, I still got to see some amazing live music whilst having general drunken fun in a muddy field.

#LeedsfestivalHurray the rain has stopped at last 🌞 #Leedsfestival

We arrived on the Thursday afternoon after stopping off for a Burger King to tide me over for the weekend. The weather was pretty rainy when we arrived but luckily a couple of nice guys came to help us put up our tent which was nice! The Friday was lovely weather and it was sunny and warm all day but then on Saturday it absolutely chucked it down with rain which was a bit annoying but luckily our £20 Tesco tent kept us relatively dry! 

Yay! #Leedsfestival#Leedsfestival #ootd

The first act I saw on the Friday was State Champs followed by Fall Out Boy and Good Charlotte! FOB put on a good show with lots of fireworks and singing all the old favourites, but one of the biggest surprises was Good Charlotte! 

I used to love GC when I was 13/14 but I was pretty sure I was in the minority, but nope, there was a massive crowd trying to get into the tent to see them! We had to stand just outside where we couldn't see much but I enjoyed reliving my youth and forgot how many of their songs I actually knew.

#Leedsfestival#Leedsfestival 

On the Saturday we watched Die Antwoord on the main stage which was pretty amazing. Literally the weirdest thing I've ever seen, but so so good! I can't even describe it, they're just nuts. Possibly one of my favourites of the whole weekend though was getting to see Asking Alexandria! I used to listen to them a lot at uni so was really excited to see them and they did not disappoint! Such a good atmosphere and they played a couple of new tracks mixed in with my old favourites. 

Saw #askingalexandria tonight. So good 👌👌Welly boots #Leedsfestival #Barbour #floral #gingham 

There wasn't anything for me to see on the Sunday... until You Me At Six announced a secret set in The Pit tent a few hours beforehand! I absolutely love YMAS and I booked tickets for their new tour only last week so I was chuffed to get to see a little impromptu set from them. It really made my weekend and I was so happy to see them, and by the looks of it, hardly anyone knew they were performing!

 

Aside from the live music and all the rain, we had a jolly time exploring the street food area and drinking lots of prosecco and fruity cider.  I always dread the thought of food at festivals but this year they had some really great independent food sellers on site and it was reasonably priced considering too! I bought a tub of mac and cheese for £5, a burrito stuffed with chilli and rice for £6 and a sloppy beef sandwich with horseradish mayo for £8! £2.50 for a little bottle of Pepsi though.. eek!

#Leedsfestival

Packing Essentials


With regards to packing, there's always a few essentials when going to a festival. The big one is wellies. Even if it looks sunny. Even if no rain is predicted.. take wellies! It's amazing just how muddy a big field can get with thousands of people walking through it all weekend! And make sure they're comfy too; I find wearing thick socks and packing some plasters are a life saver! 

A reasonable sized dome tent and an appropriate sleeping bag is also a big must! There's nothing worse than a leaking tent or an awful cold nights sleep. A cheap but waterproof tent is recommended along with a cosy sleeping bag; if you're off to a festival Blacks do a great range of camping equipment! I would also suggest taking a few packs of wet wipes, toilet roll, and dry shampoo and shower gel. And don't forget the sun cream!  Polo shirts are also handy to take with you as they're comfy and easy to wear. I love the Fred Perry polo shirts which are available in loads of different colours.



Festival Fashion

Festival clothing wise you can pretty much wear anything you like, although I prefer to layer my clothes at festivals. It can be sunny and warm all afternoon but once the sun goes down it can get awfully chilly! I took my Joules waterproof coat which was a necessity on the rainy days, and then underneath just wore a light cardigan with a thin base layer dress underneath.  I think you can never go wrong with a classic pair of denim shorts at a festival and these look great paired with an embroidered top or kimono.

 One of my favourite parts of festival fashion is the accessorizing.  This year I noticed loads of glitter eye make up and metallic body tattoos were on trend.  Move over flower crowns!  When packing for a festival, make sure you take a little handbag that you can keep your money, sunnies and phone safe in. Bum bags or over body satchels are ideal! And don't forget to take a pair of sunglasses, I love this Ray-Ban aviator pair!

Here's my ideal Festival Fashion outfit put together with Simply-Be:
 Denim Shorts | Fringed Kimono | Feather Necklace | Metallic Tattoos | Embroidered Satchel | Hunter Original Wellies | Ray-Ban Aviator Sunglasses


* Collaborative post


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Monday, 29 August 2016

House of Florrie Watches ♥

I've been keeping an eye out for a new watch recently but I hadn't found anything that really stoo out for me until I discovered House of Florrie. I wanted something soft and feminine with a simple design but nothing too plain.


House of Florrie is a collection of beautiful timepieces that feature intricate hand drawn elements, complemented by a neutral colour palette.  All of their stunning watches have a vintage, boutique, timeless feel to them, have been beautifully designed with love and come with a three year warranty. The packaging for the watches is so pretty and intricate, which includes a brown gift box with an eye-catching metallic gold print and branding.  


This gorgeous watch is the Eleanor Rose Gold Polka design and I absolutely love the rose gold metal with satin finish. The leather strap is interchangeable which allows you to create your own style and there are lots of other pretty straps to collect. The printed leather strap is made from real leather I think the cream and pink polka dot print is just so cute! I also really like the large but simple watch face featuring the golden House of Florrie logo.


When I fancy a change, I can mix it up using the Eleanor Rose Gold Cream leather strap which is so easy to swap around. You can simply 'thread' the straps through the metal loops on the back of the watch face. I really do love the simplicity of the design and how easy it is to change the strap over depending on my mood or outfit etc.  

I've been wearing the watch for a few weeks now and I've received loads of compliments on it! Overall it's a really unique timepiece and I'm already putting the tan leather strap on my Christmas wishlist! Thank you House of Florrie!




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Monday, 22 August 2016

WIN Emma Bridgewater VQ Hepburn Mk II DAB Radio ♥

If you follow me on Snapchat then most likely you will have noticed my new favourite gadget! This is the beautiful VQ Hepburn Mk II DAB Radio which has been given an Emma Bridgewater makeover using the adorable Rose & Bee print. Isn't it the prettiest thing you've ever seen?!  I absolutely love the retro styling and the colourful pattern.




I've been trialling the radio for a couple of weeks now and I can't tell you how happy it makes me to be able to listen to Kerrang after a long day at work! But not only does it have all of your favourite radio stations, but it also has bluetooth and USB connectivity so you can also connect your phone and use it as a speaker, which is great for when I want to listen to my Spotify playlists.

The radio is very quick to set-up and easy to use thanks to the brilliantly designed controls, and the sound quality is very clear considering it's such a compact product. Although I do live in quite a poor signal area so the aerial has to be right up to get a good connection to some channels.  One of my favourite things about the radio is that it shows you the song artist and title on the light up display so if I like the sound of a new song, I can check out who it is.



The radio is just so stunning so it takes pride of place on my dressing table in my room beside my bed. And I am really excited to be able to offer one lucky reader the same radio in my new giveaway! As well as the chance to win a radio for yourself, I also have a discount code for the VQ website offering 15% off all products until 30th September; the code is VINTAGE15. To enter the giveaway, please enter via Rafflecopter below.





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