Monday, 11 May 2015

Dresslink Wishlist

Hello from Cyprus!!

I'm over here for the week as my best friend from back home is getting married, so this'll just be a quick post today. Make sure you're following me over on Instagram to see all the goings on whilst I'm away!

Last week I was contacted by Dresslink . This site is one of those Chinese site which sell super cheap clothing. They've offered to send me some items to review for them, but first I  thought that I would do a quick wishlist post to introduce you to them before the bits arrive. These sites can be a bit hit and miss with the sizing and quality, but I think I've ordered from enough that I (hopefully) have a good eye!

I'm not usually a pink person, but this dress has a cute 60's vibe going on. It's a great, cheaper take on this Valentino number .

Think of all the important things I could carry in this bag! It's simple and stylish, and will go with pretty much anything. It is also available in pink, green, beige and rose red, and is very cheap, so why not get one in each colour?!

I am such a sucker for chiffon shirts and I really love this floral one with the detailing on sleeves and collar. The black version is also pretty lush too!

There is some serious color blocking going on with this Dress! It looks so easy and effortless to throw on during the hot summer months. The tied bow waist helps to make sure you don't look like a sack of potatoes.

This two piece adds some fun to stripes. They look great together, but would also match well with other pieces. I really love the poncho shape to the top and cut out shoulders.

Another monochrome stripey number, but this one is a little more elegant. Sometimes The SIZES from Chinese These sites Can Arrive A Little on t he Small Side. This Dres  ooks Long Enough That IF IT does Come up Small, Would not IT BE SO devastating. The Yellow Around The HEM Is A fab Touch!

Here's a great co-ord if you've got a holiday coming up. Co-ords in simple patterns consisting of just 2 or 3 colours are really handy as they can be easily mixed and matched with other pieces from your wardrobe. This also helps with saving on suitcase space.

I don't know about you but I always feel slightly uncomfortable running around in the summer sun in short dresses and skirts. These flirty shorts are perfect if you're worried about flashing your knickers in the summer breeze. I'll leave you to decide which of the 3 colours ...

This season I seem to be gravitating more towards orange and earthy tones. The popular psychedelic trend might have something to do with this. This dress would also get you through the colder months with some burnt orange tights and a black blazer.

So there we have it, my little dresslink wishlist. You'll have to wait to see what item/s I've chosen, along with my honest review. Until then why not take a gander for yourself of their website!

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Street Feast at Dalston Yard (and my Outfit of the Day!)

Last week, my new blogger pal Leanne from Broke in the Big Smoke won 2 tickets to the launch of Street Feast at Dalston Yard, and she very kindly asked me along. I knew there would be lots of food so had prepared myself for the evening by not only eating little snacks at work, but also with my outfit too...

You may remember seeing this dress in a previous post. However, this time I decided it was best not to wear a belt because there was going to be lots of stuffing my face later and my inevitable squidgy tummy did not need accentuating! I picked up this dress from the Stradivarius online sale towards the end of last season. The boots were another sale purchase last year, this time from New Look. My fabulous friend Scarlet who DJs at my favourite place for a dance, Arts Theatre Club, gave me the leather jacket, originally from Topshop. My Primark socks were also a perfect match!

 It was still a little bit chilly outside, but as I'm forever cold in the office, I had a spare jumper lying about, and luckily it layered over my dress wonderfully and really brings out the other colours in the pattern (plus it kept me warm!).

Right, so how about this food then?!

As we arrived at Dalston Yard, we were handed little cards which entitled us each to one free Frontier craft lager and one Jose Cuervo tequila slushy. We grabbed a beer and took a wander around the open market and tried to decide where we should start.

Our first stop was Sambal Shiok. If there is any food involving peanut butter (or sauce in this case), I am on it like Sonic!! How could we resist a chicken satay slider each when they are smothered in peanut sauce. We definitely started on a high. The sweetness from the mini brioche buns really brought out the peanut flavour. This was, without a doubt, my favourite dish from the evening. This doesn't mean I'm still not going to gush about the rest of the food we ate!

Next up was Rola Wala who do twisted Indian street food. They had a special deal when you buy their 3 naan breads , each with a different topping, so we ordered one of each and shared. The first one was Goan pulled pork which I found to be quite chewy but it had a nice amound of spice to it. Next up was the Keralan Dal. I didn't feel that the flavours really came through with this one. Lastly was the Kashmiri chicken tikka, mine and Leanne's favourite of the 3. This one had a great little fruity kick to it with the mango chutney.

Le Bun had a fun looking stall set up with a retro radio and a little tv showing 90's classic True Romance. First up was Le Duck Frites. This consisted of pulled confit duck, straw frites, bearnaise spread, duck sauce, champagne slaw all inside a seeded brioche bun. This was yummy indeed. I particularly liked the champagne slaw which really went well with the pulled duck. Butter milk chicken was quite popular around the yard, but we were sold with Le Bun's version in their Truffles 'n' Waffles. The chicken was accompanied by shaved winter truffles, house waffles, truffle butter and rosemary maple syrup. This was a different take on a chicken burger, but utterly delicious. It almost felt like I was eating more of a dessert, which my sweet tooth was very happy with.

Having already had 3 dishes, we had a little walk around to help digest so we would be ready for dessert. There are lots of little seating areas hidden around corners and up stairs on balconies overlooking the rest of the yard. You'll be sure to find somewhere to grab a drink and people watch. I thought the open fires were a great touch for making this feel even more relaxed.

Finally, it was time for doughnuts! You Doughnut have a great little system for ensuring you get exactly what you're craving. To start with, you pick your size. We went for a small which was 2 mini doughnuts. Next you pick the sugar (vanilla or cinnamon - of course it had to be cinnamon!), then the sauce (we both went for the salted caramel, but they also had strawberry & lime), and finally a topping. There were 4 toppings to pick from; hazelnuts, marshmallows, sprinkles or pistachios. Again, we both went for the sprinkles. Leanne also opted for a scoop of vanilla ice cream with hers too. These doughnuts were the perfect end to our evening. They were scrumptiously sweet but also light, so we didn't quite feel like heffalumps!

I'd highly recommend visiting Street Feast whilst it resides at Dalston Yard every Friday and Saturday right up until September 26th. I'd also recommend going with someone who is up for trying a bit of everything, or at least someone with similar tastes to yourself, as the dishes are all quite small but are easy to share, not to mention the prices can become quite steep too. That way you get to try as many of the dishes as possible, whilst sharing the cost.

A massive thank you to Leanne for inviting me along, and also to Time Out for picking her as their winner!!

If any of you do pop along, do let me know what you try and what you thought!

Thanks for reading :)

Monday, 27 April 2015

Paris (Part 3) - Sacre Coeur & Moulin Rouge

Paris happened a month ago, but I am still going through my photos and, slowly but surely, getting them edited for the blog. This is part 3 of 4, so I'm nearly all done! Be sure to check out part 1 and part 2 :)

On day 5 of our holiday, we headed North to the area of Montmartre. We passed some pretty strange shop windows on our way to the Sacre Coeur...

The streets leading to the church get steeper and steeper, until you are finally met with the steps that take you to the top. There is a monorail which takes you up in no time at all, but we're not ones to take the easy way out, so up we climbed!

The stairs don't look like that much hard work, until you get halfway up! It's all worth it in the end when you are met by this glorious sacred building. We did take a wander inside the Sacre Coeur, but unfortunately no photos are allowed, so you'll just have to visit it for yourselves. The view from here was pretty spectacular too. It's a shame the Eiffel Tower is mostly hidden by trees.

More on my outfit a bit further down :)

All those steps had made us hungry, so it was back down we went, passing by the Moulin Rouge, surrounded by an array of tourist stores (and sex shops), whilst we looked for somewhere to lunch.

I really do love the Moulin Rouge, I only wish we had the time (and money) to go inside for a show. I'm definitely going to save up for my next trip. The foyer is decorated with lively photos from the evening shows, and paintings by one of my favourites, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec. He captured the vibrant lifestyle so perfectly.

For lunch, my Nan and Aunty Jean both went for ham and cheese toasties, topped with a fried egg. This dish is quite popular in France, we spotted it on most menus. In French it is called Croque-Madame. There is also a version without the fried egg on top called Croque-Monsieur. Absolutely delicious! Of course I had to go for yet another créme brúlée. I've lost count which number this one was.

Across the road there was a restaurant decked out like the 1920's  which very nearly shared my name. My name is French, so it's probably not that surprising...

A few months ago, I attended a special shopping evening at Joy in conjunction with Stylist magazine. You may remember I picked up this beautiful Louche Elisha Dress. I bought it to wear to my best friends wedding in Cyprus, but I thought I'd give it a trial run in Paris first. As the weather was still a bit chilly, I paired it with some dark navy wool tights and a white cardigan that I got from a clothing swap. I do love this cardigan, but it does leave fluff on everything! My outfit was completed with these white brogues from Matalan.

Make sure you give me a follow on Bloglovin so you can see how I style this dress for the wedding in Cyprus in 3 weeks time!

We took a nice long walk back towards our apartment, passing by the Cirque d'Hiver, arriving in our neighbourhood just in time for dinner. After a little wander around the corner, we stumbled across a small but stylish restaurant, La Vache Acrobate. The decor was very hip, with drawings and sculptures by new artists hanging on the walls, and hundreds of corks lying in the window beds. This place had a lovely relaxed atmosphere, which suited us perfectly after a long day of walking, and all those stairs!

We ended our evening back at the apartment, carrying on with our puzzle over another bottle of wine.

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