Friday, 24 April 2015

Lifestyle // Celebrating at Zizzi!

Zizzi, Zizzi Tuscan Mojito, Zizzi Good Times

What with moving to London last weekend, starting a new job this week and saying goodbye to my parents once again, I decided to treat them to dinner at Zizzi. 

Zizzi has always been a family favourite in restaurants for us so I knew they'd appreciate a thank you meal for all they've done for me over the last 6 weeks, since returning from my travels. 

Zizzi, Sea bass baked in parchment paper, Zizzi Strozzapretti Pesto Rosso, Zizzi Rustica Pulled Pork Napoli, Zizzi good times

You can read my full post on what we ate and see more photos on the Zizzi blog here. Hope you like!

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Thursday, 23 April 2015

Lifestyle // What to wear to Royal Ascot

What to wear to Royal Ascot, Royal Ascot outfit
Missguided floral dress // Missguided nude clutch // ASOS straw hat // Boohoo mid heels

After watching both the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Grand National on TV this year, I found myself wishing I was there experiencing the buzz! Everybody heard the story about a ‘friend of a friend’ who put £50 on a 100/1 shot and walked away with £5,000, and I always dream that somehow it will be me. Not that I've ever won a penny on horse racing, or would ever bet more than £2 on a sure favourite, but the festivities always look like a lot of fun - getting dressed up with friends, having a few glasses of prosecco, and of course buying the ultimate in big hats!

Next on the racing calendar is Royal Ascot from 16th - 20th June - more details here. Founded by Queen Anne in 1711, Ascot racecourse has always been popular with young ladies and hosts an array of outfits. So I thought I'd create a 'what to wear' post. Looking immediately towards my favourite online fashion stores I soon found myself dreamily looking at multiple dresses and handbags. But alas I narrowed it down to the outfit above. This cute floral dress from Missguided is an absolute steal at just £12 and cannot be missed! Florals are always in season come Summer and are always a favourite at the races. Team with nude accessories and an oversized floppy hat, and you have yourself a winning outfit! Which will hopefully transcend into some winning bets! :)

Ascot actually have their own dress code page on their website too. Gentlemen are seen to usually wear a jacket with a shirt and tie, whilst women of course dress up for the occasion. Whilst everyone wants to look good, Ascot do have a few dress code no-no's. Sadly for all those guys who think dressing up as an Irish lemming for race day, fancy dress is banned. As is novelty, or even branded clothing. You can view the full list of dress requirements on this page, so no excuses if you get turned away at the gates.

Will you be attending Royal Ascot? Have you been to any racing events before?

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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Lifestyle // Trollbeads

Trollbeads, Trollbeads charm bracelet, Sterling silver charm bracelet

Having heard of Trollbeads a couple of years ago, when one of my favourite bloggers Amy visited their head office in Copenhagen, I was pleased to see an email from this unique jewellery brand appear in my inbox.

Monday, 20 April 2015

Lifestyle // Charbonnel et Walker Sea Salt Caramel Truffles

Charbonnel et Walker, Charbonnel et Walker milk sea salt caramel truffles, Charbonnel et Walker dark sea salt caramel truffles
Charbonnel et Walker milk sea salt caramel truffles // dark sea salt caramel truffles

When it comes to blogger mail, chocolate is probably the best gift to receive, if you're a foodie like me. And when it comes to chocolate, nobody does it quite like Charbonnel et Walker! 

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Outfit // Duo mock croc leather sandals

Sweet Monday, Outfit, Duo Boots, Duo Corvi mock croc tan leather sandals
Top - Australia (similar here) // Jeans - ASOS // Sandals - Duo* // Ray-Ban's - Pretavoir

This week Stew and I made good use of the weather and went on a picturesque stroll through the surrounding countryside, near my parents house. As it was so warm, I decided to take my new mock croc sandals from Duo for a spin! These beautiful tan leather sandals make perfect footwear for these hot Spring days. Being made of real leather, they were a little stiff to begin with but after a few wears they have softened and are very comfortable. You may recognise the name Duo for their vast collection of stunning boots. Little did I know they also design loafers, wedges, Mary Janes and many other styles of shoe.

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