Dinner with Brewhouse & Kitchen – Autumn Menu

I sometimes find it hard to be a personal style creator/blogger/writer/stylist, alot of my time is spent by myself and around people who don’t really understand why I’m on my phone all the time or want an outfit shot taken. However sometimes you get together with like minded people, and it’s the more rewarding thing ever, more importantly with bloggers and creators. I’ve been part of the Bournemouth blogger network for year and years and have met so many cool people that I love. Yes, I read their blogs on the regular too. Bournemouth bloggers were invited to try the new Brewhouse and Kitchen menu. Our location was, you guessed it, the Bournemouth location.

We were taken to our table upstairs , which had beautiful views of the Bournemouth at sunset. The vibe of B&K  is super relaxed and quirky. With bottle lighting and cinema light boxed advertising what beer they have to offer. I think the aesthetics of a place really decided for you if you’ll be returning. I definitely will. We were greeted with a glass of prosecco, which for me quickly changed to root beer. Tara from Face the Fun ordered an actual beer which she loved. I believe Bewhouse and Kitchen craft their own beer.

I’m someone who loves a starter but can never stomach a started and a main. But can’t bare missing out a main meal. B&K have really shown me that I can have starters and not feel left out.

From the starters I tried, and believe me there were alot, the bruschetta -with heritage tomato and basil pesto was fantastic. The mini goat’s cheese and roasted shall coulis were delicious served with crostini. Two starters that you would more classical see on a menu were really delicious. The black pudding scotch eggs were so flavourful that I really didn’t taste the ‘black pudding’ element which is a relief. Of course I wouldn’t be myself if I didn’t mention ribs. The sticky half stack of ribs – English style ale were of course the favourite. I’m a creature of habit, what can I say?

After indulging just a little too much, it was time for the mains. A plethora of different cuisines came to our table. To sample everything would have been a mammoth task. My selections were based off of what I wanted to sample and trying new things. To me a burger is pretty much a burger unless you go artisan and pay the price. For a change I tried the veggie burger with a vegan bun. Which really blew me away, the bun was a little dry but it was still so tasty. I’m sure I’d get it again next time and shock everyone with my choices.

The B&K Classic burger

The Lamb, Pea & Mint Pie. Super tasty but I’m sure I’m allergic to pea so didn’t really have that much.

The best Caeser Salad I think I’ve ever had.

Tried the Chargrilled broccoli and  Quinoa salad and don’t rate it at all. It is one of the two main dishes that are vegan and gluten free so it has it’s merits. I would have preferred it as a warmed salad.

The mother load! A full stack of ribs with mini cobs and homemade slaw. Again can’t go wrong with ribs at all, they have been made to total perfection. But skip the slaw, you don’t need it.

The veggie burger with vegan bun. It’s a stacked burger, six veggies in this bad boy. It still felt like I was eating a hearty meat burger but way healthier. Would have moved to have had the whole thing to myself and added the slaw into the burger for extra veggies and to take the edge of the dry bun.

An honourable mention comes to another veggie dish that I loved, the wild mushroom and thyme risotto that came on a butternut squash. A dish with some many of my favourite things in it. Mushroom, risotto rice, butternut squash. The squash was a little al dente. I don’t you can’t say that about food that isn’t rice of pasta but it was a little to the tooth for me. I’m used to it being mush softer. But still such a good dish, no picture because Tara had already gone to town cutting it into nine for us to all sample some.

Lemon and Garlic Roast chicken.

Our pudding taster was a chocolate and orange tart with vegan vanilla ice-cream. So delicious I personally find alot of chocolate vegan puddings very corse is texture but this was a smooth delight and the vegan Ice cream could rival any dairy one.

Thoroughly stuffed we wandered into the garden to admire the beach huts and have a group photo and of course outfit shots for me.

A thoroughly enjoyable evening with the best food, company and staff. I can’t wait to come back and try the christmas menu and maybe sample some beer next time.

Thank you to Brewhouse & Kitchen for having me.

Of course thank you to Emma and the Bournemouth bloggers for making the evening so much fun and organising everything.

Revolución De Cuba

In the heart of Southampton you can new step over into Cuba. Revolución de Cuba has come to Southampton. I attended the opening ( even though they’d been open for a week previously) to have a look around and sample some cocktails and food. Didn’t end up actually having any food because I couldn’t see any. Maybe I wasn’t looking hard enough.But there were tapas style eats. The decor was what you’d expect bright colours, palm patterned wallpaper. A huge canvas of Che Gavara hanging in the stairwell. Amazing tiles and soft furnishings. The Shots I’m going to take when i go again with my loves are going to be heaven.

Cocktails ….. My fave drink of all time is a Piña Colada, I tried two at RdC and loved them all. I ordered one which they didn’t have the main ingredient for which was a bummer but everything else was amazing.

The blue from the butterfly stained my drink so i left it. I’m sure it was edible but didn’t want to eat blue ink. Was delicious even so.

Dear RdC family please may you deliver this daiquiri fountain to my house and make me the happiest girl, please.

I ordered a few different drinks, but all are amazing. I also spoke to a food blogger . Keith  and his friend.

 

 

 

Mexican in Bournemouth

 While doing my research before going to Mexigo (everyone does research before they eat at a place, right?) I found that the distinction between traditional Mexican food and Tex-Mex has blured. Mexican food is a very broad term and encompasses a lot of different dishes within the name. Tex-Mex is Mexican food via Texas, which is another type of Mexican food. Confusing, right?

Mexigo isn’t confusing. pick how you’d like your burrito, tacos, nachos, bowl, fajitas or quesadilla (ke-sa-de-ya) add guac, add salsa.  Chose from the menu or Be bold and get your server to recommed something you wouldn’t normally pick.  Also GF and V options if you wish.

My favourite was Beef and sweet chilli and the vegan burrito.

This vegan burrito tasts amazing, I’m not vegan but this burrito is really worth getting.

 I sat with food blogger Michelle from bellemichelle.food and Kelly from Mama of a Cool Kid. Who sampled a frozen margarita and daiquiri, which looked so delicious. We chatted and laughed and eat so many nachos and burritos together.

I went for a 7up instead and missed out on the opportunity to try a Jarritos. Kelly tried the lime and said it was great. I want to try the Guava next time. How beautifully bright are the bottles all in the fridge.

Thank you to Darren Northeast PR, Bournemouth bloggers and Mexigo for inviting me along to have dinner with you. I can’t wait to see where we go next. #bournemouthbloggerssupperclub

I’m so inspired and really want to go to Mexico. If you’ve been, where did you go? where did you stay what’s the best food?

Ginjams Gin Tasting

Ginjams in a new wine and gin bar, in the heart of Westbourne. Walk past the restaurant chains and boutiques and you’ll see the bright orange beacon of hope standing waiting for you. Step through the orange and into a world of wine and gin, get lost listening to Chris recommend and talk about gin for hours. Knowing the best tonic accompaniments and garnishes each gins backstory and distillery knowledge. Created by Chris and Thomas, you can read their full story over on ginjams.co.uk. ( more eloquently written then anything I could write) they are really lovely friendly guys that are clearly passionate about their creation.

My first taste of gin was at a festival, I was given a free gin token from Hendricks but at 18 I had no clue what gin was and didn’t get it at all. I was at a festival so needed cider. But I want back the next day and ordered another. This past December my love for gin was reignited when we went to Edinburgh.

With over 65 gins Ginjams is really the place to go for your gin and wine fix. Go as a couple with your gal pals. Or go alone like I did to the Bournemouth bloggers event held for National Gin Day.

We were given tokens to trade-off for the different G&T’s we wanted to try. A little passport to remember what we had. I decided to pick gins I had never had before, and completely forgot to use my passport but I did take photos so at least I’ll remember that way.

I follow Lilliput Dorset Gin on Instagram as I live round the corner, but never tried their gin before. Seeing is LDG was up for tasting I knew I had to try. Through the tasting, I discovered that my gin preferences really lie in more savoury tastes. Lilliput Dorset Gin is a Mediterranean gin, think olives, thyme and rosemary. I mixed mine with the mediterranean Fever-Tree tonic and it was perfect.

You could say I’m a fan.

The interior is gorgeous, perfect modern wine bar meets cool gin hide out. The front hosts the bar and a more communal setting, step further into Ginjams and find more intimate snug corners and tables for two. At the back you will find the gin garden as a hothouse vibe.

Empty bottles festoon the garden creating the best art installation going. But back to the full bottles.

The Botanic tastes like jelly babies, I amped up the sweet taste with Elderflower Fever-Tree tonic. It was so sweet and delicious. Honourable mention to British Polo Gin and Jinzu Both very different. From my tasting the BPG is very traditional where as the Jinzu had sake and cherry blossom in it.

I really want to go back for dinner with H and with the girls. Thank goodness for Ginjams, they also do a G & Tea which sounds perfect.

Do book a table to avoid disappointment, the weekends are busy Ginjams

 

An Evening with Lush

Did you guys know that I used to work at Lush? During my late teens I worked my butt off in their digital sector and it was amazing, made some great friends and gained lots of knowledge about all their products.It was a great job, and I miss it. I love that I get to work on this blog but it’s lonely sometimes and Lush was so much fun.

I along with the Southampton Bloggers were invited to Lush in West Quay to have a little pamper session, make a face mask and have a personal daily routine created for each of us.

(massaging Kristy from The Violet Blonde over on Instagram)

My skin care routine hand picked by Lizzy. One of the fresh face masks that I’ve always avoided was the blueberry one but it’s such a calming mask and so soothing. I have a small sample of the Cup o Coffee for my dark eye bags, and so many other samples. So I can bring back all the Lush I’ve missed in my life.

We made the face mask CUPCAKE. Cupcake is such a calming facemask and really helps to keep your skin calm. You need to keep it in the fridge and is so cold to put on your face it’s beyond relaxing.  Cupcake is filled with some many relaxing and calming ingredients. For me it’s the perfect for after being in the sun all day with makeup on.

Ingredients:

Rhassoul mud, linseed infusion, glycerine, talc, cocoa powder, fair trade organic cocoa butter, fresh mint, slandalwood oil, vanilla absolute, spearmint oil, peppermint oil, limonene and perfume.

We added vegan chocolate into ours for a little extra. Full disclosure I ate some of them when i got home. Curiosity killed the cat, am I right?

You need to keep your Cupcake in the fridge and it is such a cool consistency that it applies like finger paint to your face. Wait till it’s dried, and either wash it off or crumble it off really gently like I did.

A few bits of redness but, oh my! My skin is so much smoother and calmer then sun really makes my skin unhappy but Cupcake has calmed my skin so much.

Ears – Red Panda from The Body Shop

 

Slam Dunk 2018 – In Photos

Slam Dunk 2018 – Hatfield

 

The family

Tin Tin, Law, Josh, Law’s friend, Matt, Me and H

My favourite set was for sure Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes. I’m obsessed with Modern Ruin and to see them live was such an unforgettable experience. Being in the middle of the circle pit bought back Pendulum nightmares. I was so worried I’d fall over again and get stood on. But listening to everyone sing I Hate You back to FC&TR was beautiful. I was shouting at the top of my lungs. It’s such a motivational song.

“This track is for that one person, that single person in your life that keeps you going and pushing forward just so that you can hang on long enough to see them fall. We’ve all got that person, so listen to this song and take a minute to enjoy how much you hate them. You’ll feel better for it”. Frank Carter  and The Rattlesnakes  via YouTube

The most cathartic song!

Of course I got Some FC&TR merch, how could I not?

( ^ bought a model Millennium Falcon for £10 to hang in our house when H and I move out)

As well as FC&TR I saw Knuckle Puck, Me vs Hero, Roam, Trash Boat, Twin Atlantic, and a little Good Charlotte. I really wanted to see Pavis but took H to the emergency tent to get his ear fixed. His piercing got ripped through and there was blood everywhere. Have to take care of your #1 first.

I want wait to go next year, get an Air BnB and make a get away out of it.

The Barn at Avington

I’ll be honest, I though weddings or my wedding was a bit “off brand” for me personally and professionally. But I’ve been to a few family wedding and I loved them all. So romantic and unforgettable. I guess weddings are 100% up my street “on brand”.

I’m 24 and my cards are still on the table, so I don’t know what kind of wedding I want. I always dreamed of eloping but someone, i’m looking at you H is a million percent not having it. So I guess I’ll be surrounded by my loved ones as they congratulate me as i get married. Nothing sounds worse, then having a beautiful day in a dress getting married in-front of my family and friends and telling everyone i got hitched and smiling and laughing at the best day of my life… come on.
Enough of me talking about myself, The Barn at Avington is why we are all here.
A new wedding venue that has spring up out of the Winchester countryside is The Barn at Avington. A beautiful newly renovated barn with more space then most, surrounded by rolling hills, local cottages and beautiful woods. There is also a lake, incase you thought this place didn’t have everything. Just over the lake you get a glimpse of a local vineyard. It’s beautiful and idyllic, it’s perfection manifested in a wedding venue.
 With on site cottages for family to stay in, sleeping up to 14 and the glamping site just up the road there is really no need to stay at a hotel and drive to the wedding the worry about getting back to your hotel after a glass or two, a destination wedding without the plane ticket.
The concept of the Barn is to have a really bespoke unique wedding. There is no conveyer belt service here. The idea is to take your time have a week or weekend at The Barn have a decorating party first day you arrive get everything ready. Time to relax then get married and party the night away, Wake up have a BBQ relax pack down, to finally drive home when safe to do so.
The Barn have really gone that one step further and curated a really expensive list of suppliers. Don’t be fooled everyone on the list has be vetted. From all different types of bands to light up signs to live sketches, everything as been thought of. You want it? The Barn will help you find it. The resources they have at their finger tips is really something to utilise.
I arrived for a press day not really knowing what to expect, When people say barn, I automatically think mud. There was no mud in sight. It is a barn but it’s so much more.
On the press day tables were set by local suppliers and arranged with such flourish that I wanted them to decorate my home. The tableware really stole it for me Crystal Hire Ltd had the most beautiful pieces that it really added a more decadent feel the the rustic aesthetic. The whole place was styled by Linen and Lace Events, who I’d like to style all my birthdays from now on.
We were given a tour and treaded to drinks and snacks then we walked the few steps it took to the ceremony space outdoors by the late. Soon to be pontoon to have your ceremony out on the late. No officially wedding license (yet?) but you can get married in Winchester and have a ceremony at The Barn, a jumping the broom, or trying the knot.
We were invited to visit The Glade also which is a really show piece. An A frame structure fit for 2. Possible a newly married couple? Nestled within a bluebell forest with magnificent views. The out door living space gives you a truly open kitchen and a bathroom right into the woods. An optional seating area at the first pit or would you prefer the old stone water tank to take in your evening view of paradise?
Thank you The Barn at Avington ( Rebecca)lin for having me, please have I have my Birthday here? It’s not in wedding season.
For more information : http://www.avingtonholidays.co.uk/the%20barn.html

Pom Pom Jumper & Palm Dress

Squint and I’m at some cool garden party networking brunch, but in reality i’m in my grandma’s garden. She’s got such green fingers her garden looks amazing all year round.

I’m feeling this look so much, worn for my mums birthday to just communicate that she means more to me then me wearing my usual boring uniform. When your mum has a birthday, you pull the stops out you make an effort. Show your appreciation through your outfit choice. If you saw in my Insta stores I wore this look to Stewarts Garden Centre then Networking (it’s the outfit for every occasion) It’s the versatile outfit of the season, you saw it here first ( kidding).

This look was such a talking point at the networking even i went to,  that someone said I made their day by wearing it. When you are self employed you can wear what you like, you can break the mould of suits and corporate wear.

I wore

jumper – H&M || dress – Kaliko similar  || shoes* Converse || bag – Lulu Guinness || charm -Lulu Guinness

Harmonics

Harmonics in Space at the NOW Gallery in Greenwich London.

Such an immersive experience, shoes removed and head phones in, you are encouraged to spend time just being in the space. Harmonics in Space was designed by Fred Butler to combat SAD and to slow yourself from society. The cinematic music was created by Nature Boy to fill your head, and to calm yourself within the 30minutes you have in the space.

I wore

mom jeans – Primark | striped blouse – Zara | necklace – here

Kate Spade in Paris

Just arrived back from Paris and couldn’t wait to show you all the photos I took. This is the look I wore to Premiere Vision on Thursday. I spilt breakfast down my shirt 10 mins after putting it on, what are you going to do?

I wanted to dress smart because it was my professional day going to Premiere Vision so I picked a monochrome look and this Top Shop coat for the pop of colour and excitement. Hair was in Plaits because Paris was so windy and it was much easier to just tie it up. Tie the plaits together for a twist on the classic look.

There will be more Paris posts coming your way soon, so hold on for them. I can’t wait to go back. Hayden and I are thinking in Summer and go to Versailles too.

I WORE

Shirt – Kate Spade

Jeans – Primark

Coat – Topshop

Trainers – Converse*

Back – Calvin Klein

Necklace – Gift from Hayden

Photos taken by Hayden outside of L’Escargot