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    Saturday, 17 March 2018


    When I very first started this blog, I had every intention of using it to share fashion and style posts. I first got 'into' blogging reading fashion blogs by the likes of Lily Melrose and Lily Pebbles but I quickly found that I was much more comfortable writing about food and restaurants, than I was standing in front of a camera myself.

    Despite this, I've always been really passionate about personal style - and I say this all the time - but I really want to try and showcase it more on my blog. I've started sharing more outfit photos on Instagram and I took all the photos in this post myself with my trusty tripod and self-timer so let me know what you think of my efforts!

    Anyway, the reason for these ramblings goes back to a couple of weeks ago when the lovely team at Cari's Closet got in touch, offering to send me a dress to style for my blog. They have the most incredible occasion-wear dresses (like this killer Self Portrait dupe that I chose) but rather than just showing you the dress I picked, I wanted to show you the multiple ways you can style it to get as much wear out of it as possible: 

    The Classic Party Look
    So this first look is pretty much straight off the hanger - how the dress was intended to be worn. It's got really delicate straps, a gorgeous raw lace hemline and pleated silhouette - oh and did I mention it has POCKETS! It's perfect teamed with a pair of strappy heels for a party or wedding and the dropped waist is super flattering too. 
    Cari's closet red dress
    cari's closet red dress wedding style
    The Toughened-Up Look
    As the dress is super feminine, for this next look, I've toughened it up with a leather biker jacket and black sock boots. I love pairing pretty dresses with jackets and flats as an instant way of making them more wearable. It means you get way more milage out of an outfit as you can wear things you'd usually reserve for nights out during the day. It's also still 'dressy' enough that you could wear it on 'date-night' or out to dinner but without looking too 'formal'.
    cari's closet red dress rock look
    Where to buy: Jacket Dress Bootsred dress leather jacket selfie
    red dress close up
    The Casual Work Look
    Finally, my favourite way of styling this outfit. I love layering jumpers over dresses so they double up as skirts - it's the easiest way of getting more wear out of them and people hardly ever notice that you've worn it before! I would totally wear this outfit to work or to go shopping with my friends. This is also the simplest way of taking an outfit from day to night as you can whip your jumper off and add a pair of heels then you're good to go!
    cari's closet red dress jumper gucci belt
    Where to buy: Jumper (similar) / Belt Dress Bootscari's closet red dress gucci belt jumper
    cari's closet red dress jumper casual look
    Which style is your favourite? Let me know how you would style this dress in the comments section below!

    *I was gifted this dress by Cari’s Closet in exchange for this post 

    Thursday, 15 March 2018


    If you follow me on Instagram, you might have noticed I’ve become somewhat obsessed with a new local restaurant called Fego. I’ve been steadily making my way through the breakfast menu so I thought I’d share a round-up of my favourite dishes for my local foodie followers (or those of you willing to travel a little further west).

    First up is this veggie take on the traditional full English breakfast. It’s packed with nutrients and far lighter than a regular fry up for those days you want to be a bit 'healthier'. You’re served two perfectly poached eggs alongside grilled halloumi, peppers, mushrooms, avocado and pesto-marinated tomatoes, and the whole thing is finished off with spinach, rocket and a generous hunk of toasted focaccia. Delicious.
    Fego Breakfast Dishes
    The eagle-eyed among you might have spotted this dish in the background of most of my photos because my mum ALWAYS orders it - Eggs Royale. The portion here is super generous with two poached eggs, two English breakfast muffins and a whole pile of smoked salmon. They’re also pretty liberal with the hollandaise which is never a bad thing...
    Fego Breakfast Dishes
    My absolute favourite. Every time I visit, I struggle to order anything else. Two eggs baked in a spicy tomato sauce with roasted peppers, grilled aubergine, tahini and sourdough toast. I mean, any dish that arrives in a saucepan is a winner in my book....
    Fego Breakfast Dishes
    Now, I have to confess I haven't actually tried this dish yet BUT it's next on my hit-list. It combines all my favourite things in one bowl: smoked salmon, poached eggs, hash browns, spinach, crispy onions and a cheese glaze. How bloody INCREDIBLE does that sound?

    A spicy twist on your standard scrambled egg on toast. This version combines jalapenos, avocado, confit cherry tomatoes, baby spinach, sauteed red onion, both feta and cheddar cheese and rocket. It's packed full of flavour and definitely a contender on the rare occasions I don't fancy eating a whole pan full of shakshuka!
    Fego Breakfast Dishes
    So have I tempted you to pay Fego a visit? The majority of their restaurants are out in Bucks (Gerrards Cross, Marlow or Beaconsfield…which is only 20 minutes from Marylebone) but they also have a London branch over in St. Johns Wood. I promise that Shakshuka is well worth the train ticket though.

    Fego Caffe
    2 Station Rd, Beaconsfield HP9 2PB
    Fego Caffe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Tuesday, 13 March 2018


    If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll have seen that Tom and I took a trip over to Dublin in January - and I absolutely fell in love with the city. I’ve always loved Ireland and everything about Irish culture. I went to a Catholic college where the majority of my class-mates were second generation Irish so I spent a lot of my weekends in and out of the Irish pubs around Kilburn and Cricklewood and I've always been desperate to head to Dublin to experience the 'real deal'.

    Before our trip, I did a LOT of research into the various places to get the BEST food while we were there (naturally) so I thought I’d share my recommendations with you:

    It seems only natural to kick this list off with a killer breakfast place (and arguably my favourite meal in Dublin) right? It’s a trendy brunch spot called Sophie’s and it’s a must-book if you’re planning a trip anytime soon. The restaurant is located on the rooftop of the trendy Dean hotel, just a stone’s throw from the Grafton Street shopping district. The restaurant is essentially a glass box, which on clear, sunny days, offers the most incredible panoramic views all across Dublin whilst you eat.

    The restaurant has a really laid-back New York style vibe and the food is delicious! If you’re heading there for breakfast/brunch, I highly recommend the French toast with fresh berries (and LOADS of maple syrup) or the traditional Irish breakfast which is great for soaking up all the Guinness from the night before!
    33 Harcourt St, Saint Kevin's, Dublin 2, Ireland
    Sophie's Dublin
    One of the things which surprised me most whilst we were in Dublin was how many burrito bars there were! Honestly, there seems to be a burrito bar within a 10-minute radius of wherever you are in the city so keep your eyes peeled for some of the city’s favourites: Boojam, Tolteca and Pablo Picante. We stumbled across Burrito and Blues on our last day where the Burrito Bowls (all the goods minus the tortilla) were perfect for helping to shift a delayed hangover before our flight. 
    2 Wexford St, Dublin 2, D02 HY47, Ireland

    For me, the true test of a cities food scene lies within its burger bars. Hell-bent on making sure we tried only the BEST when we were there, I did a lot of pre-trip research and found there really was only one option: Bunsen burger.

    They have two locations in Dublin and the menu is so succinct it comes simply printed on a business card. We chowed down on double cheeseburgers and hand-cut fries and oh my god, are they good. Perfectly seasoned and absolutely oozing with molten cheese and bacon, you’d be mad not to plan a visit. Bleecker Burger even gave them a shout-out on my Instagram post – so you know they’re good. 
    36 Wexford St, Dublin 2, D02 DY20, Ireland
    Bunsen Burger
    As our trip was a Christmas present for Tom, I wanted to treat him to one ‘fancy’ meal while we were over there. We both love steak and the place I’d seen most highly recommended was Irish butchers and steakhouse, FX Buckley. They have five sites across the city, serving up the family’s self-reared Angus and Hereford beef.

    The menu immediately reminded me of the Hawksmoor and I have to say, the quality and food stands up to the comparison. We kicked off our meal with fresh oysters followed by huge 14oz rib-eyes, wilted spinach and baked potatoes. My steak was a bit under-seasoned but the accompanying bĂ©arnaise sauce more than made up for it. It’s not cheap but definitely worth the investment if you’re going for a special occasion.
    Various locations
    FX Buckley steakhouse
    Now this isn’t strictly food related but I couldn’t write a guide to Dublin without including a mention of Temple Bar. Rather confusingly, Temple Bar is a pub, as well as an actual area of Dublin, most known for its night-life. Its namesake, The Temple Bar, is one of the most popular spots but all the pubs have live music and bands playing throughout the day and into the night. It really is a must-do as part of your trip and perfectly sums up the spirit of the city. I mean who doesn’t love a sing-song at 4 o’clock in the afternoon belting out the words to ‘Wild Rover’ at the top of your lungs…
    47-48 Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland

    I really loved Dublin. There isn't a huge amount to see and do compared with a city like Rome but I absolutely love the people and the culture. Plus, the flight only takes an hour meaning you can squeeze a flying visit into just a day or two. There really is no excuse not get booking!

    Saturday, 3 March 2018


    So there's been a lot of recipes and restaurant reviews here recently (which I know you all love), but now it's time for something completely different...

    A couple of weeks ago, Megabus (you know the people who offer the discount coach journeys) got in touch with a rather cryptic invitation, asking me to spend the evening with them. The details were kept super secret and all I was asked was to bring myself and my mystery solving skills on the night.

    So, feeling intrigued and slightly sceptical, I donned my pink 'detective' coat and headed over to the Radisson Blue Hotel in Marylebone to learn more...
    Dublin Ireland
    On arrival, I was greeted with spring rolls and a glass of wine (so we were off to a great start) and briefed on our task for the evening. In true, Sherlock Holmes style, we were being whisked across London, aboard a crime-fighting Mega Mystery Bus no less, to foil a trap laid by the evil Moriarty...MegaBus Mystery Tour Bus
    Starting at Westminister and making our way across Trafalgar Square and Covent Garden, we had to work in teams to gather clues...
    MegaBus Mystery Tour Trip
    interrogate key character witnesses...
    MegaBus Mystery Tour Trip
    MegaBus Mystery Tour Trip
    and even partake in a little sing-song or two.
    On Board the MegaBus Mystery Tour
    I'll be honest - to begin with, I didn't have a bloody clue what was going on...
    On board the MegaBus Mystery Tour
    But I was in great company as my 'Totally Sherlocked' team rose to the challenge, even hunting down Sherlock Holmes himself to mine him for information..
    MegaBus Mystery Tour blogger trip
    And I got to share a glass of wine with Mr.Megabus himself at the end!
    MegaBus Mystery Tour Puppet
    I don't think I've ever spent an evening quite like it in London, so thanks again for a great night Megabus - it's certainly not one I'll forget in a hurry!
    MegaBus Mystery Tour group shot
    * I was invited to take part in the #MegaMysteryBus in exchange for this post
    All photos by Matt Chappell and Search Laboratory