Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Slug and Lettuce ★★★★★

I have to admit as soon as I'd heard of the Slug and Lettuce it didn't sound so appealing, picturing an image in my head of a plate arriving at the table with a slug on the corner. Don't let the strange, yet interesting name fool you into thinking this isn't a good restaurant however, because I can confidently say this is one of the best restaurants I've been to and that's why I have given it a 5 star rating. Not only is this sophisticated place a restaurant but also a bar as people gather for the end of work drinks during the evening. The music taste of smooth indie rock and pop jamming in the background really adds to the chilled out atmosphere as people stare in awe at the impressive cocktails frothy layers. I went with a group of uni friends and with 7 of us there it was a night I really enjoyed!

With cheeky cocktails at 2 for £8 you can't really say no, after all you can never have too many cosmopolitans. I was absolutely spoilt for choice with the drinks menu that when the waitress came to take my order I just had to lucky dip which 2nd cocktail I'd choose (which was a Strawberry Woo Woo, and probably the best lucky dip choice I made, heaven). Now that the table had embraced several shades of pink it was time to order the main. At a respectful £9.95 I ordered the Italian chicken which came with a tasty garlic sauce, peppers and potato wedges. However, this dish looked more than just chicken and chips towered on top of each other, it resembled a work of art, something I actually felt bad starting for ruining the inviting beauty of the dish. A toilet break later and with the cocktails having only a sip left at the bottom of the glasses it seemed time to order the dessert, and again at 2 for 1 it only came to around £2. Now, we all know the deal with deserts at restaurants, charging an expensive price for one scoop of ice cream and a tiny piece of cake that could probably last only two mouthfuls. But not at The Slug and Lettuce, no Sir. Placed in front of me was a piping hot bowl of delicious chocolate sponge with a generous dollop of ice cream.

This meal truly had me filled to the brim, but after forcing the last mouthfuls of chocolate down me I really felt I had got my moneys worth. Walking away only £20 sorter I felt I'd ran away without paying the full amount, as though I'd just stolen a precious stone from a jewellery store, but no it really was that cheap! This is one of the very few restaurants that have impressed me so much that I've already planned 2 more meals with friends and flatmates these next 2 coming weeks.

With a round of beer pong later, shots of vodka and a hangover that lasted throughout the whole night, I'd honestly do it all over again! But what did you expert from a University Student living in a city.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

My everyday make-up routine

Whether you're in the mood for a new make up routine or simply want to improve your own, take a look into my morning make up run and feel free to take some tips!

1-Cream of the crop

The great thing about Clinique liquid foundation is how long it lasts. My previous bottle lasted a good 3 months, and for £25 a bottle it's worth every penny. Yes, £25 does sounds a little hefty for a tiny bottle of make up but you really do get your money's worth. However, it wasn't the long lasting specialty of the bottle that attracted my attention, it was the fact that it is completely oil free. Being a person who has oily skin and was constantly having breakouts, I was getting to the point of feeling guilty for wearing make-up and plastering my skin in something it didn't want to be in. After using Clinique my skin has now behaved with no harsh or huge breakouts, hallelujah! For application use a cotton swab to dot the make up around your face and simply rub in for a natural look. I'm already 100% certain me and Clinique are best friends for life.

2-Cover it up

No matter how much foundation we apply there's always that one little mark from a bully of a spot that's still lingering on your skin. Even though the blemish is not ready to say goodbye just yet, using Maybelline cover stick concealer can hide it for the rest of the day. Its simple and effective to use as long as you blend it well into the rest of your foundation. Also, being in the shape of a lipstick comes in really handy to keep in your handbag. Forget the trademark red lippy as the life saver in the handbag, its time for the concealer stick to do some saving of its own.

3-Maybe its matte maker

Even though the Clinique make up is saviour in itself, my skin sometimes does have a shine to it on the cheeks. With a brush of Maybelline matte power across my skin its bye bye reflective cheeks, hello airbrushed blemishes. Not only does it remove any signs of shine, it balances out your skin tone and hides blemishes more to make your day a little stress free. By picking the lightest colour it can also act as a highlighter to achieve the contouring make-up, but only to a certain extent does it work. If you're after that kind of look a highlighting cream will be much more beneficial.

4-Power of the powder

Contouring has been a major hit with all the celebs for bright and structured make-up. In fact the idea of contouring had come from the make-up artists at Hollywood, but now its time for Hollywood to come to us. Obviously we're not going to go all out with the highlighter every single day as that's pretty expensive stuff, but using a simple dark blush on your cheekbone helps to give your face more depth and shape. TOP TIP: When you're choosing your blusher make sure you opt for a non-shimmer version or else you'll be looking like a fairy, which I'm guessing isn't the look you want, unless you're Tinker bell that is.

5-Pop-eye

I've never usually been interested in using eye shadow during college, however when the summer holidays returned I found myself becoming soaked up by the world of eyeshadow, and in a way disappointed I hadn't tired it sooner. With a flick through magazines tutorials and a quick watch of Zoella's step by step guides, I became a pretty confident eye make-up guru. There's never a day goes by without me applying my nude eyeshadow kit, which can also add to the contouring around the eye area. With great blending, comes great outcomes. Eye make-up is truly an art in itself.


6-Smooth and simple

I've always been a fan of the 1960s styles, and one of the major trends that still is used today in our make-up from that era is the cat flick eyeliner. There's many different styles to try, and to be honest it depends how steady and balanced your hand is on the day of applying it, you're either going to have a neat thin line, or a thicker style due to having a little wobble of the hand (but shhh no one knew that!). I find the eyeliner with the most control is the Rimmel London brand as it has a secure brush that gives excellent results. As for the bottom lashes, using a pencil is best I find, due to how quick you can apply it. The only problem in all of this is of course is getting the eyes to match, that can only be achieved by the make-up master of the eyeliner. (If you count yourself as the master you're either highly gifted with an extraordinary balanced hand, or you're a little cocky thinking your good enough).


7- MASS-cara

In a previous blog post I'd written about a make-up haul where I bought the Rimmel London Wonderfull mascara, and let me tell you it's the most "wonderfull" mascara I've ever used. Not only does it boost up and volumes your lashes, but it lasts for months without going lumpy or bumpy. It's around £7 in Boots stores, however sometimes is available on offers with their cards, so if you're not signed up for a Boots card I'd highly suggest you get one. Even though I'm only on about £3.50 saved I've still the option of buying some kind of toothpaste or nail polish for free, life could be worse.

8-Boost up those brows 

In the past few years the eyebrows have only just started to become one of our major worries in the make-up routine. Before Cara came along with her beloved pet twin fuzzy eyebrows we felt little need to colour them in, but now Cara's more popular than ever it's become a huge part of our make-up routine. Some people like to go all out with eyebrow kits, but I feel a natural and better result comes from using a simple eye brow pencil. I bought the Rimmel London eyeshadow pencil around 1 and a half years ago and I'd say I've still got another 2 years left on that pencil. It lasts for ages and does the job just as it says on the tin (well pencil).

9-Chap chap

Even though a lot of girls fantasise about the lipsticks, I somehow find lipsticks and lip glosses a little annoying to wear. I feel as if I've just broke the girly rule number 1, but I'd rather use a chap stick to avoid the lipstick on teeth disaster or the hair plastered to lip scenario. Not only does the chap stick heal your lips if you have a habit of biting the skin on them like me (I should probably stop that), but they also come in AMAZING FLAVOURS that if they were acceptable to eat I probably would. Personally, this chap stick in my make-up routine is a present from family, but there's plenty out there for very low prices, much cheaper than a lipstick. My motto is nude by day and bright by night, it makes more sense to shock and stun your fellow friends with a bold lippy on a night out.

10-The finishing touches

Even though the make-up has finished you still can't go out without your finishing touches. Its like serving a cake without the icing, a pudding without the custard, you just wouldn't feel complete. I know if I had forgotten to put my perfume on there's a sense of disappointment that I can't stride around smelling of Burberry Weekend. Instead there's a sense of anxiety and anger trudging around sticking like a skunk all day, even though I probably showered in the morning. The same goes for hand cream and my personal favourite is the Soap and Glory Hand Food.



Sports casual

2015 is definitely the year of the trainer. We've already seen a glimpse of them in 2014, rising in popularity, but now they're stomping all over the place. We know they're here to stay seeing as many designers such as the big Burberry paraded them down the S/S 2015 catwalk. This can further show the rise of the unisex clothing ranges between both genders as the girls are starting to take the boyish look into their wardrobes. Sometimes it is a little difficult to master the trend without looking as though you're about the pop off for a gym work out, but with matching sportswear up with accessories and oversized jumpers you'll master this trend in no time.
Pants: Zara/ Bobble: Topshop/ Polar neck: New Look/ Shoes: Topshop/ Jumper: George at Asda/ Bag: Zara

Jumper: Zara/ Trainers: Primark/ Watch: Ebay/ Trousers: Mango.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Weird and Wonderful

We know in fashion design there are the beautiful garments and down right outrageous ones. Turning up at fashion shows can give you a mix of elegant evening gowns, to models walking around in a lobster shaped dress all in one collection. Weird yes, but almost captivating and more memorable to look at. Who says you can't have a little fun in fashion design?

The Pre Fall Moschino collection has been released. In the past, Moschino have raised many an eye brow for their collection in A/W 2014 which showcased models wearing bags and clothing which resembled food items such as the McDonalds chips, however not so much a 99p thing anymore with a Moschino label being on it. Therefore, for their new collection they had to make another bold impression, which they certainly did. With tape measure belts, iron marks and printed measurements on the clothing this was a strange, yet clever collection from Moschino. Even though it's a little bit of fun, it takes into consideration the sewing and work that goes into the clothing from the workers point of view, although I wouldn't particularly like to walk around the city with the measurement of my bum going across my body.

Even though the ideas were quirky, the style was kept sleek and simple with monochrome being a hit once again. They also pictured some more, if you like, sensible clothing to show the different varieties for the collection such as brightly coloured coat and metallic and shiny inspired pieces. The orange coat in the picture above has a matching look of Holly GoLightly's (Audrey Hepburn) coat in Breakfast at Tiffany's, so I'd definitely be keen to try on that piece, however not so much the iron marked dress.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

2015 Trend Forecast

2015 has arrived at our door stop, but sometimes we become a little at odds how to greet it. With either a "I'll eat more fruit and veg" or "I'm going to join the gym" these seem to be the obvious and often most broken promises we make to ourselves. Not that you shouldn't be determined to have a goal of becoming more healthy, but aren't there more excitable things out there to get your new year off to a uplifting start? What about promising yourself to stay up to date with fashion trends? What about having a goal to save up for a designer handbag for your end of the year gift to yourself? These might seem pointless resolutions to the ordinary person, but for us fashion folk this makes perfect sense. Why drown yourself in endless celery and protein shakes, when you can kick off the new year with a shop window adventure? 

To help you out, here's some top trends forecast for 2015.
Drop those heels, and put on those flats.
Out goes the window of the question "are you wearing heels?" before an eventful night around the town. Say Goodbye to the bruises and blisters you discover the morning after and Hello to a comfortable easy walk pair of flats. At S/S 2015 Fashion week most of the designers such as Burberry, Chanel and Marchesa involved trainers and tailored shoes like brogues and monk shoes. It's all about the comfort this new year, and that's what we like to hear.
Available at: Zara, Mango, Topshop, Nike, Office

Mad for monochrome

People instantly think black and white is the "boring" and "safe" option, but it's far from that, don't listen to those people! Monochrome has been a strong trend throughout 2014 and is here to stay in 2015, seeing as half of the designers at S/S Fashion Week paraded some kind of black and white colour scheme down their catwalk. Even though the two colours clash being at different sides of the colour chart, they instantly match when put together like a pair of long lost twins. The key trend at the moment is staying tailored and the monochrome colours make you smart and sophisticated straight away. With a neatly cut black blazer and slim white A line dress you can't go wrong. 
New Look, Netaporter, H&M

Sheer bliss

Now that we can finally say Summer is only 6 months away it's time to start preparing for the summer wardrobe. Sheer fabric was a major hit throughout fashion week by over half of the designers as they dyed it, embellished it and cut it in all different shapes. There's nothing they didn't do. The great thing about sheer fabric is the way it can be worn for any occasion. Let me explain, for a summers day on the beach a simple A line sheer dress with block patterns, but for a formal party an elegant embroidered gown to the floor. Whichever you pick you'll be on top of the 2015 trend, just make sure you try it on first. Not because you're unsure of the size, but to make sure it covers the naughty areas, you'll thank me later. Better safe than sorry. 
Netaporter, Dorothy Perkins, Topshop, House of Frazer