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?

Office Hours

Taken after 5 plus G&T’s and a burger and fries.

Probably the happiest I’ll ever looking having my look photos taken. It helps having had a few gins when you have an audience watching H take photos of you.

I wore

Turtle neck – H&M | Trousers – Next | Sneakers – Converse* | Bag – Calvin Klein | Earrings – H&M | socks – Topshop

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

 

Small Shades

Anyone else jumped on the small sunglasses trend? I tried the trend with these Romwe ones that were super inexpensive. If I become a fully fledged member of the Small Shades Gang I’ll be investing in some more. The black ones are really easy to wear. I got them in red too, but haven’t found the right moment to wear them yet. They are so much harder to style. I’m feeling all kinds of confident and am really excited to develop some great looks for summer.

My aim for the summer is to save some $$ to move out this year and get to the beach. I’m also interning over summer, possibly going to Italy and having a few stay-cations.
What are your plans for summer? Are you working or spending it sat on the beach somewhere?

I wore

Dress- Topshop | Bag – Calvin Klein | trainers – Converse* |Sunglasses – Romwe

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.

Mom Jeans and Nasty Gal

I dress for myself and if you aren’t you are missing out. Savour the bridesmaid’s dress /uniform etc that has to be worn. After that, there is really no excuse. Being comfortable in what you are wearing will make you more confident. I love dressing in what I like, over what I should wear.
‘I don’t think you should wear that’ translates to me ‘you should wear that right now, go change’.
I love tucking t-shirts into jeans, my body shape traditionally would have meant that I should try and conceal my bod at all times. F’ that!! I love this Nasty Gal shirt and wanted to show off my jeans, so tucked in it is. I feel confident and am living for it. ( anyone else watching RuPaul season 9?)

I wore

T-shirt – Nasty Gal | Jeans – Primark | Jacket –LOTD | Shoes – New Look | bag – Fiorelli 

Comparing, Compromise and Confidence

A post in the parts

Compare – ‘to examine two objects in order to note similarities and differences’.
Is it natural to compare myself to others constantly? Noticing where my friends succeed in comparison to my failers? The continuous notion of feeling a lesser version of myself based on an outward portrayal of others. This is easily manifested in social media. Watching people I digitally admire galavant around the world through my phone screen. Does this enrich my life or more importantly my personal well being?
In so few a words. Yes.

Knowing where I sit in the world is comforting, comparing yourself, if done right, motivates me to achieve and succeed. Does it matter that my friends have finished university at 22 and I still have a year left at 24? No. It matters that I am at university doing what I love and we are in the same position of working out where we stand in the world together.
Comparing yourself to be like someone else is a waste of time. You will never be that person. So don’t waste your time trying to be. Be inspired or motivated by your comparisons, but be who you are. Find your interests and use them to your advantage. In primary school, I used to get bullied for wearing clothes I loved. I questioned my choices and actions and tried to fit in with the ‘popular people’. Even after these modifications, I was still me but in the wrong body. I wanted to wear my favourite clothes but wore what everyone else had, and was still picked this time for trying to fit in. I learnt from my mum that if you can’t join them beat them. I wore exactly what I wanted and stopped comparing myself to people who aren’t my peers.
I compare.

Compromise.
Compromise – ‘acceptance of standards that are lower than is desirable’.
I hold myself to the highest standards, on purpose because I know my capabilities. I’ve always known what I’ve wanted and stuck up for it. I don’t compromise, my personal feelings or my outward emotions. If I’m pissed off, you’ll know.
that saying ‘If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all’. Is total rubbish, if you’ve been hurt, pissed off, or mad as hell, let it be known. Shout from the roof tops. My voice won’t be quashed by being polite, I won’t compromise for the benefit of not hurting you when you have hurt me.
I won’t compromise.

Confidence
‘the feeling or belief that one can have faith in or rely on someone or something’.
Having confidence within in yourself comes with time, I’ve learnt that the hard way. I was never confident in my capabilities, knowledge, personality, any part of my life. I was a shell of who I was meant to be. That awkward teen stage hit me hard. I retreated within myself. I felt like everyone was so together and charming, yet I couldn’t string a sentence together in front of a stranger. Then I got my first job, working in a clothing shop and earning some pocket money gave me freedom and confidence to do things I’d have never done before. The unattainable was now within grasp. A Lulu Guinness bag I had wanted for months was my first purchase when I got paid, it cleared my account but it didn’t matter. I had this bag and nothing could stop me. The bag was symbolic of my arrival into myself. My confidence came from a purchase that meant something to me and it just went from there. I tried new things and sucked at most of them, then tried more, made friends had adventures. not I can crack jokes and be charming in front of strangers and not care.
I am confident.

I WORE

Dress- Miss Suki | Jeans – Primark | Shoes – Dr Martens | Bag – Stella McCartney | Earrings – ( old sorry) sunglasses – Forever21 (old)

60’s Summer Dress

If only this was my bike and I could have ridden around all day with Hayden not having a care in the world. Instead, we explored by foot.

I’m trying out headscarves at the moment, what do you think? Are they past it? As a teen, I used to always wear something in my hair and have since lost the skill.

Dress – Vintage ( there are dresses on Etsy, from Lazarus) | head scarf – vintage | trainers – Converse* | Bag – Fiorucci | Earrings – Tommy Hilfiger

An Interview with Peter Becker

Peter Becker is playing Fredrich in War Horse currently at the Mayflower Theatre, in Southampton from the 16th May to 9th June. I’m so humbled to have been given the opportunity to interview Peter on an overcast summers day.

Dressed in his War Horse costume, a World War 1 German Uniform, Peter looked statuesque and comfortable in his costume. I was greeted with a beaming smile and a firm handshake.

 

We interviewed in the Mayflower’s bar, in deep red velvet chairs, by big sash window. Peter not looking out of place against the decor. We quickly established our mutual connection, Germany, of course.
Peter spoke openly about his hometown and how he was influenced by theatre at a young age. His childhood home has one of the largest open-air theatres. Throngs of people descended on the town to visit each year and naturally drew Peter there too. Peter has worked on countless German plays, tv shows and movies and is currently in some UK shows, that will be aired soon. You would have seen Peter in Babylon Berlin and Der Untergang der Pamir (The sinking of the Pamir)

Peter is the first German person to play the role of Fredrich in War Horse. The weight of such a position was not lost on Peter. He felt that there is such little remembered of the German soldiers that to highlight their role in the war was important to document with integrity and dignity. ‘Giving a voice to the German soldiers’ to decipher what ‘unites them not separates them’. Of course what unites them is Joey and on some level Tophorn. A play that is really Europian a communal acknowledgement of the First World War.

Speaking about the connection Peter had with the Joey was really astounding. Peter improvised with the puppeteers two weeks before production. Uniquely Peter improvised in German with the puppet. Joey responded to the German commands with lit Peter’s eyes on recollection. Peter had’ always wanted’ to be in War Horse ever since seeing it in London.

Finally to conclude I asked Peter what memento he would take with him, from the experience. I was thinking what answer I would give if the roles were reversed. I would take part of my uniform, or Joey. Peter laughed when I suggested Joey. ‘I wouldn’t be able to see the TV, he’d fit on my balcony though, there are a few trees he can nibble on’. After a moments thought Peter settled on a photograph of his wife and daughter. In the play Fredrich is missing a daughter he’s not seen in years. The stanislavski method of acting, if my A-level drama knowledge is what it used to be.

If you have the opportunity to see War Horse in the Mayflower or anywhere on tour please do. It’s such an important play to see, beautiful puppetry, incredible story and visible dedication and skill from everyone.

Thank you, Peter Becker, for the opportunity to talk to and interview you. To the Mayflower Theatre for making this interview happen.