Thursday, 28 July 2016

London Eats // The Artisan Bistro, Chelsea

The Artisan Bistro Chelsea, lobster linguine

Throughout summer I enjoy the fantastic perk of finishing work early on a Friday afternoon at 3pm. This effectively gives me half a day extra each weekend and not wanting to waste it, I always try to make the most of this bonus time each week, especially if the weather’s nice. So last Friday I popped down to Oxford Circus, had a wander around Topshop, bought a new pair of loafers (coming soon) and then caught the central line over to West London. Here I enjoyed a complimentary fresh trim and blow dry (soon to be reviewed) and left feeling fantastic ready to meet Stew for dinner and drinks.

As we meandered through the side streets of Chelsea, I couldn’t help but take a few photos on route to The Artisan Bistro on Hollywood Road. I absolutely love this area of London. The architecture is beautiful, the streets are lovely and still, and there are so many cute pubs and coffee shops to people watch from. As we turned onto Hollywood Road, I immediately spotted The Artisan Bistro and couldn’t help but take a quick snap of my outfit outside.

Upon arrival we were greeted by the owner Plamen, who gave us the option of either sitting inside or outside in their stunning terrace. It’s not very often you get the opportunity to dine alfresco in England, so as it was a warm evening we jumped at the chance to eat outside in this beautiful space.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Recipes // Beans on toast with a twist!

Posh beans on toast

Normally at the weekend either Stew or I will plan a nice breakfast or brunch for us to enjoy on Saturday morning. It's the only day of the week where we have the time to make something a little more fancy than our usual dish of cereal and fruit. However this weekend just gone, we both found ourselves busy on Friday, dining at The Artisan Bistro in Chelsea (review coming soon), and so neither of us had bought anything or really thought about what we were going to eat at the weekend.

So Saturday morning, when we wake up, we're fancying something a little more exciting than our regular weekday breakfast. After having a hunt around in our pantry we decide upon beans on toast, but not just any beans on toast. We always keep a variety of tins of beans in the cupboard - red kidney beans, black eyed beans, butter beans etc. So we decided to add some butter beans into the mix, along with one red pepper and of course baked beans. Plus a splash of tabasco and worcestershire sauce. Hey presto, we have a spicy, flavourful, 'posh' beans on toast!

Super easy to make, super tasty and you can really put your own spin on it with whatever you happen to have in your cupboards.

Monday, 25 July 2016

Lifestyle // Beautiful, The Carole King Musical with Amazon Tickets

Beautiful The Carole King Musical

Just over a week ago I had the fantastic opportunity to watch Beautiful, The Carole King Musical, courtesy of Amazon Tickets. One thing I absolutely love about London is the theatre. The West End fascinates me. I love strolling around, people watching. Everyone always looks so elegant, especially on a Friday night. Men are in tuxedos, women in dazzling floor length gowns. You feel like you’re in a film. It’s so nice to just stop and take it all in sometimes.

Up until this point I had only seen two musicals, both being very different, but equally as mesmerising. I have never laughed so hard, sang so loudly, clapped so intently. It really is a fantastic experience, one that everyone should do at some point. Even the most unlikely people, such as my boyfriend, who had huge reservations before seeing a musical, absolutely loved it! So that’s true testament to just how fabulous they are.

On this occasion I took my friend Chloe and we made the most out of our evening by getting a quick manicure after work and grabbing a bite to eat at nearby Cay Tre, a Vietnamese restaurant on Dean Street. Our showing was at 7.30pm, at the Aldwych Theatre, located just off the strand near Somerset House. This is a truly beautiful part of London, and the theatre itself, built in 1905, didn’t disappoint. Walking up the carpeted staircase to the grand circle, you are instantly transported back in time and can only imagine what it might have looked like back then watching a show.

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Outfit // Lasula off the shoulder top

Off the shoulder top
Top - Lasula* // Skirt - ASOS // Sandals - ASOS // Choker - ASOS

How cute is this bardot top from Lasula? I have fully emmersed myself in the whole bardot trend this summer. I really can’t get enough of it! One thing I haven’t been a fan of is that they tend to slip down or rouche up, so I’m left constantly fiddling with them every time I move. I don’t know whether it’s because I have small shoulders, but they don’t seem to sit well on me.

That is however until I found this revolutionary style from Lasula. I don’t know if you can tell in these pictures but this top has a secret, it is actually joined together under the arms. So effectively you slip the body of the top over and then put your arms down through the arm holes. It was quite an odd experience putting it on and getting the hang of it, but it is amazing! It means that the arms stay where they should be and don’t slip down or try and pop up anymore. It’s much more comfortable and you also feel much more supported. No longer am I worried that my top might fall down entirely and flash everyone!

Thursday, 21 July 2016

London Eats // Tombo, Soho

Matcha soft serve, Soho London

Last Tuesday I had the pleasure of popping into Soho after work for dinner with Michelle. We headed to a new spot that’s not long opened on D’Arblay Street, called Tombo. With a sister restaurant in South Kensington, specialising in sushi and Japanese style tapas, this new venture concentrates on Poke and matcha.

Inspired by trips to New York and Tokyo, Tombo is Soho’s first Poke bar. A Poke bowl is essentially a sushi bowl – a fuss free way of eating. Layered with either rice or courgetti plus a range of different meats, fish and vegetables, the menu is small but perfectly formed. There are 6 signature flavours available including Spicy Mayo Prawn, which Michelle tried, and Teriyaki Chicken Poke, which I opted for. We thoroughly enjoyed both of these, tasting a little of each, but there are also salmon, tuna and vegetarian options available. Plus, if you’re feel adventurous, you can also make your own! I have a tendency to go a little wild if left to my own devices, as I just want to try everything, so instead I opted for a signature bowl, as I figure they have mastered the best mix of ingredients.

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