Saturday, 26 July 2014

It's My Birthday!

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food blog, lifestyle blog, no5 bridge street, winchester restaurant
food blog, lifestyle blog, no5 bridge street, winchester restaurant
food blog, lifestyle blog, no5 bridge street, winchester restaurant
food blog, lifestyle blog, no5 bridge street, winchester restaurant
food blog, lifestyle blog, no5 bridge street, winchester restaurant
food blog, lifestyle blog, no5 bridge street, winchester restaurant
food blog, lifestyle blog, no5 bridge street, winchester restaurant
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food blog, lifestyle blog, the black bottle winchester,  winchester restaurant
food blog, lifestyle blog, the black bottle winchester,  winchester restaurant
what i'm wearing: dress and shoes Zara // necklace Topshop 

Yesterday I celebrated another eventful year on this planet - I'm officially 24! My gorgeous group of friends arranged a fantastic evening for me which included delicious food and tasty wine - they know me well!

We started the evening at No5 Bridge Street in Winchester, Hampshire - a British themed restaurant with seasonal dishes and a long list of wines and cocktails. It's the perfect place to spend a Friday evening with both indoor and outdoor tables and in the recent heatwave the outdoor tables were just the most fantastic place to be. Every Friday there is live music from 9-11pm, and the singer from last night had a voice which sounded very much like Bastille, covering songs like John Legend's 'All of Me' and Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines'.
We went all out with the food and got a three course meal, because the food all looks so yummy - you just want to try it all! I went for the Salt 'n Pepper Squid for the starter and it was all you could ever want from a deep fried squid - tasty, soft and accompanied by chilli jam! For my main I just had to go for the Greenfields Pulled Pork burger with a blue cheese topping and that was just the most filling, satisfying burger ever. The pulled pork was delicious with a hint of sweetness, and the blue cheese balanced it out bringing some heavier bitter flavours - oh yeah! Dessert for me was a trio of sorbets: elderflower, lemon and orange. I love having a sorbet as a dessert as I find after a heavy meal it's nice to have something cool and zingy. My friends also surprised me with a delicious dark chocolate brownie and a 'Happy Birthday' tune!
PS The birthday badge I was given had to stay on my chest because if I took it off I had to pay a penalty of a shot. If I drink shots, I literally feel like my life will end the next morning so the badge stuck firmly on my chest for 99% of the evening!

After our meal, we made our way next door to a fantastic wine bar called The Black Bottle. It really is an upper class wine vending machine bar and works like this: you go through to the bar and you are given a chip card which you will use throughout the evening. Top up the card with however much money you'd like and remember that even if you don't use all the money on your card you can always use the card again! Then you make your way through the building which is beautifully decorated to represent an old manor house and pick the room in which the vending machines dispose your favourite wines: red, white, rose, sparkling - you name it! You use your card in the machines and select the wine you'd like to try, which come in different sizes so you can always have a taster before you commit to a glass. I love the idea of The Black Bottle, and it's a really nice atmosphere to be in. I was surprised by the bar managers who gave me a glass of prosecco as a birthday treat!

I had a lovely evening and would recommend those two places to anyone visiting Winchester for an evening. Although very delicious and high standard, neither No5 nor The Black Bottle charge high prices - rather an average price point for quality, atmosphere and a great time!


Monday, 21 July 2014

Festival Fun with Talolo Boots!

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Talolo Boots, cowboy wellies, festival outfit, what to wear to a festival
Talolo Boots, cowboy wellies, festival outfit, what to wear to a festival
Talolo Boots, cowboy wellies, festival outfit, what to wear to a festival
what i'm wearing: printed kimono Primark // tassel top Primark // shorts Topshop // wellies Talolo Boots* // bag Primark (really old!)

Hey guys! Let me just start this post by telling what I've just done. I've just gone and accidentally deleted the photos from the evening pictured above and these are the only photos I have left since they have uploaded before IDIOT here pressed the button and deleted the whole lot. I'm GUTTED as all my photos with my friends from that whole night are gone - and there were several images which I absolutely loved! Le sigh.... 

Anyway, life goes on. On Saturday I went to a local beer festival which I used to really enjoy when I was younger but this year I think we lasted like an hour, two tops, before we retired. That is after trying the world wonder which is a beetroot cider! It's like really weak beetroot juice/water... Most definitely an quires taste but worth a mention, so give it a go if you're at a local food fest! Also, my couple of hours was enough to fall for me to fall in love with my new wellies from Talolo Boots! 

Wellies have always been a festival staple, no matter if you're at Glasto, Reading, or a small local get together - the weather is England taught us from a young age to carry and umbrella and wear suitable footwear. I remember once I thought it was a good idea to wear mega light canvas shoes to a muddy, wet festival. Nope, it ended with wet and soggy feet and a stroppy Lana.

I was so excited to see the email about Talolo Boots land in my inbox - these cowboy style wellies are not only mega cute but also so comfy and practical! The paisley print on the boots really adds to the festival vibe, and they look amazing worn with skinny jeans, or a dress. I have wondered around quite a lot in them already, and unlike some wellies which can feel heavy and uncomfortable, Talolo wellies make any walk to a tent, or to a nearby shower, amazingly comfortable. 

I'm actually a little excited for some more festival fun in the rain and mud because I don't have to worry about muddy and soggy feet. For more designs, check out @TaloloBoots on Twitter, or on their website and let me know which design is your favourite! 



Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Home Made Coconut & Banana Hair Mask

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coconut hair mask, DIY banana hair mask, beauty blog, homemade hair mask, natural hair mask
coconut hair mask, DIY banana hair mask, beauty blog, homemade hair mask, natural hair mask

I've been really getting into DIY beauty products such as masks, scrubs and lotions since I had so much fun making my first one, that I have decided to experiment with this homemade coconut and banana hair mask. It's a really summery masks which smells like a cocktail you'd sip on whilst on a Caribbean holiday and the best thing about this hair mask is that it is 100% natural. I picked the ingredients not only to suit the summery theme, but also because banana (when used in hair masks) has many benefits such as: decreasing hair loss by aiding the scalp and soothing itchy/flaky scalps, softening the hair, preventing split ends as it contains vitamins A, B and C. Coconut oil hydrates the hair, and Argan oil is a known miracle worker for any type of hair as it smooths flyaways, nourishes the hair and softens it.

What you will need:
2 bananas (preferably really ripe, to the point where they're brown)
1 coconut
100% pure Argan Oil (I'm using Argan Oil by Nouris*)
1 lemon (if you're blonde/fair haired as lemon lightens the hair!)

This isa really quick and simple mask to do: you've got to mush the bananas and the coconuts to a complete paste. I find that buying an older coconut, or waiting until it's pretty old is the best, as then more oil comes out from it. You absolutely must mush these ingredients into a smooth paste, otherwise (like I found out the hard way) some bits get in your hair and although it's not a hard job to brush them out, it's not really an experience that you want. I use a pestle & mortar to blend the paste together, and work off any anger.
Once both of these ingredients are in a paste form, mix them together. Now add a tiny bit of lemon juice, just a quick squeeze! Follow by a few pumps of Argan oil - judge how much you need by the length of your hair.

Once you've got the PASTE, remember PASTE otherwise be prepared to pick stuff out of your hair, wet your hair and smooth the paste on. Leave it there for about 15 - 20 minutes and follow by your usual hair wash routine!
I love how natural this hair mask is, and how strong a revived my hair felt after it. If you make too much, remember you can always freeze this mask and use it another week!



Sunday, 13 July 2014

Dorset Seafood Festival 2014

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Dorset Seafood Festival, food blog, lifestyle blog, food festival
Dorset Seafood Festival, food blog, lifestyle blog, food festival
Dorset Seafood Festival, food blog, lifestyle blog, food festival
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Dorset Seafood Festival, food blog, lifestyle blog, food festival
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Dorset Seafood Festival, food blog, lifestyle blog, food festival
Dorset Seafood Festival, food blog, lifestyle blog, food festival
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Dorset Seafood Festival, food blog, lifestyle blog, food festival
Dorset Seafood Festival, food blog, lifestyle blog, food festival
Dorset Seafood Festival, food blog, lifestyle blog, food festival
Dorset Seafood Festival, food blog, lifestyle blog, food festival
Dorset Seafood Festival, food blog, lifestyle blog, food festival
Dorset Seafood Festival, food blog, lifestyle blog, food festival
Dorset Seafood Festival, food blog, lifestyle blog, food festival
Dorset Seafood Festival, food blog, lifestyle blog, food festival
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what i'm wearing: Cleo Swim by Panache Carmen swimsuit* // h&m linen shirt // Urban Outfitters shorts // colour block clutch Just Fab* // Havaianas flip flops // Topshop chain necklace (current sale) // River Island toe rings

Since visiting the Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival last year, it's safe to say the trip has become a summer tradition. Being a big lover of seafood, it's this kind of fresh local produce that gets me really excited to visit the festival which is held in Weymouth annually. I absolutely love Weymouth for it's beach and relaxed atmosphere, and of course this Seafood Festival which is hosts every year!

The festival lasts for two days - Saturday and Sunday - and although it is easier for the Southerners of England to get to it, I'd recommend this time next year take a break even if you're based in the North because it will be worth your while. For anyone travelling around the South - get ready for traffic jams. We got stuck in three jams in total, adding an hour onto the journey - but once you're there you can relax and enjoy yourself with some mega fresh seafood and delicious drinks which include ciders, wines and of course champagne!

I have to say the highlight of the festival for me is always the oysters - they're so delicious and although you can get really nice oysters in good restaurants, nothing beats an oyster which has just come from the water. So fresh and tasty with a little bit of lemon juice and tabasco sauce!
I also really enjoyed the sea bass tortilla wrap - I've always limited myself to just chic hen fajitas, but now I am going to experiment putting white fish or prawns in it because who knew the combination of sea bass, jalapeƱos and salsa was so delicious?! It was also the first time I tried whelks - oh hell yums! I had the deep fried whelks with tabasco which were just to die for, and fresh whelks in a salsa mix. If you haven't had them before and like things like squid and snails, then you've gotta give these guys a go!

Besides food which you eat at the festival, there are always several stalls where you can buy gifts and goodies to take home with you - from cheeses, to sweets, oils, specialised cutlery and even clothes! There's something for everyone there - unless of course you cannot handle seafood, in which case this really isn't the food festival for you.

I'm already looking forward to next years festival and this time I probably will even make a little weekend break and stay in Weymouth over night to enjoy not only the glorious seafood at the festival, but also the sandy beach and a few evening cocktails!