Friday, 27 March 2015

Fun Things To Do in London

I've been living in London for a couple of years or so now so I don't really know why I haven't thought about doing a post like this before. I guess I just forgot about it being a place that perhaps not everyone is in all the time and perhaps some of the things I was getting up to really was pretty cool. I'm totally used to living here now, but don't get me wrong, that completely doesn't mean I don't appreciate it, I really do. I love it here and right now in my life I don't want to live anywhere different. London is love for me and I don't want that to change any time soon. 

Wandering in London

So anyway, I thought about rounding up some of my favourite things to do while I'm in the big city and I hope it'll help you if you're looking for something fun or cool to do but first I just wanted to talk a little about just wandering around because this is totally one of my favourite things to do (if the weather is okay!). I'm not going to talk specifics (though pictured from left to right is Wembley Stadium, St. James Park and of course the London Eye). Just wander around, you'll find something beautiful I just know it. Or you could take it that step further and go on the Borris Bikes, I love going round Hyde Park in the summer on them! Total fave. 

Eating in London

As a foodie, this is probably my favourite part of this post, and pre-writing this, I'm going to assume it'll be the biggest section. There is so much to talk about. I'm going to start by saying just don't go to the usual chain places you can get elsewhere in the country while you're here. There are so many other cool and super delicious places to go to that you can't get elsewhere. There's a time and a place for a Nandos or a Pizza Hut but trust me, it isn't here. 

I'll start by talking through some of my favourites. If you've got a hankering for Pizza then there are three places you NEED to go to, yes need, not want, need. I'm talking in no particular order, Pizza East (pictured first) for their super delicious and crispy bases, Pizza Pilgrims for the most delicious pizza well ever and Home Slice for the biggest pizzas I've ever seen with the most amazing toppings (the mushroom one is to die for). Burgers, and I'm talking the vegetarian option as ya know, I don't eat meat. Shake Shack is the best, hands down, full post coming soon on this and I'm excited for it. The Diner is probably my favourite restaurant ever. Big words, but trust me it's amazing. I have been so many times and it's always amazing. Go to the one off Carnaby St. it's the best. So many choices and I won't tell you what to order because it's all just as good. If you're fancying something more on the asian side then Bi Bim Bap is amazing for Korean, Ping Pong for Dim Sum, Busaba Eathai for Thai, ChamporChampor for some fancy Thai/Malay fusion and now I'm totally racking my brain to work out where else I love. When it comes to desert there are some amazing places to get cake. Pick up your Cronuts at Dum Dum Donuts and your cakes at Primrose Bakery and the Hummingbird Bakery

On the other hand, if you're feeling something a little more exciting and completely different to what you'd get elsewhere, have a look for what pop ups are on around. I'm talking things like the Porridge Cafe that was here this month and things like the Owl Cafe that's coming soon! (Sign up here for your chance to get a ticket!). I would mention the Cat Cafe, but I'm going to steer you away from that. I had the worst experience there and the less I say about it the better, but I'd just recommend not to go to that one. There's also the Fox Cafe that's coming (and don't forget to sign up here to get tickets). Perhaps animals aren't really your cup of tea and maybe something a little more hands on, then there was the UK and Ireland Poker Tour Kitchen that popped up recently allowing you to win you're money back for the price of you're meal with a little bit of Poker. Why go to a normal restaurant when you could go to one of these? Though obviously these aren't around all of the time there's bound to be something else while you're here so keep your eyes peeled on social media etc. for those! 

Drinking in London

Drinking in London is something that just has to be done. There are so many amazing cocktail bars and I would always recommend going at Happy Hour to get yourself 2 for 1. Give it a google depending on the area you're in and you'll find something a few minutes away. So worth it and they always taste delicious! 

Going Out in London

There are so many things to do albeit in the day time or at the night time in London. I'd always recommend going to a few galleries in the day time and heading to a gig in the evening. There is always a gig going on, there are often free venues that will let you discover something new or you know, you could always come down when you've got a ticket for your favourite. Make it a bit more special, you know. 

Beauty in London

Last but not least, I couldn't resist adding a little bit of beauty up in here. Well it is me we're talking about right? London is one of the best places for shopping and I just couldn't not mention that. Clothes etc. you've got it but I wanted to talk about my favourite beauty haunts in the city and well, that's just one of the reasons why I love it. My favourite spots are Liberty, Space NK and Selfridges. Predictable but oh so amazing for all your beauty buys. Why not have a little pamper while you're here and get your hair done at my favourite salon, Richard Ward or perhaps have a little pamper at a spa, my favourites are the Ajala Spa and the Agua Spa. So luxurious. 

So I hope that's helped a little and I just know I'm going to kick myself for not mentioning some other favourites but that'll just mean there'll have to be another post like this. There's so many things to remember and my memory is like a sieve so we shall see! 

What are your favourite things to do in London?  

Lorna x

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Wishlist: The Battle of the Clutch Bags

I don't know what's happening to me, I mean I haven't been a handbag kinda gal since I was a child but everything seems to be changing and I'm beginning to feel a little bit like I used to. I usually use a couple of different bags depending on what I need to bring with me instead of what I want to look the best. Often practicality comes over look when it comes to this and I have a larger backpack, a smaller one and a clutch bag/over the shoulder strap bag that I use. But I'm feeling like it's time to change that up and I'm thinking about getting a little spendy in the handbag department but I just can't decide which to get my hands on when I've fallen in love with so god damn many of them. Bags are practical but that doesn't mean they can't be beautiful too right? That's why I'm eyeing up all of these beautiful clutch bags because they're just so pretty. 

Going left to right through the image above, I'm going to talk you through these babies and tell you a little bit about why I've fallen in love with them. 

Okay, maybe I wouldn't use this as a clutch bag. Maybe more of a put awesome things in to put into your bag, if you know what I mean. This would be THE coolest makeup/'crap' bag to put in your bag well ever. It's super pretty, really comical and I just love it. This comes from ShopBop, a website I'm not even sure how I stumbled across recently but oh boy, just look at the bags. SERIOUSLY. It's bag heaven. I'm not usually one for high end bags, but I'd put that down to me not ever browsing them and perhaps not coming across the right ones. That changed and I've featured a few on here because, well, I just couldn't resist. 

Of course I had to feature something from my beloved Topshop. I've been trying to steer away from the site recently but after browsing a few other sites I just couldn't resist having a browse despite the usual pull it has on me usually getting me to spend that bit too much money. This bag is heaven. As you can see I've got a thing for black and perhaps I'm feeling the tassel's a little here too. I love the detailing on this and it looks so much more expensive and high end than Topshop. I think it might be love... 

Okay, another fringed bag but this is too nice also. I'm totally imagining wearing these this festival season. I'm probably thinking a little bit far in advance but I'm praying for the sun so these are helping me feel as though it's that bit closer. The usual black fringing detailing got me hook line and sinker and I can't help but want this one alongside the previous Topshop one. They are different so I can justify wanting both right? 

Oh boy, there's just something about the white against the black on this that got me. It's flipping beautiful. I love a bit of monochrome, it's a necessity in my wardrobe and I'll go as far as saying it's uniform for me. Forever wearing it and so I can imagine this budget bag will fit into my wardrobe nicely. 

Not my usual kind of thing but if I'm going to steer clear of wearing ALL black then why not go all out and wear this? I'm imagining how gorgeous this iridescent clutch would look with an all black outfit. Yes please. 

Do I need to even explain why I love this? The black and stud detailing is heaven and if you hadn't already guessed - ahem, Studs and Dreams, ahem - then you'll know I'm quite the fan of anything with a bit of studded detailing. This is my kind of luxe and high end hand bag. Its luxe but with a bit of an edge and I love that. 

Okay okay, I've fallen in love with them all and I just don't know how I'll choose. Perhaps it'll be down to budget (meaning it will definitely be down to budget) but I don't have to stop dreaming right? I mean it is a wish list after all. 

Go on, add a few more bags to my wish list. What hand bags have you got your eye on at the minute? 

Lorna x

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Beauty, Fashion and Home Haul: NARS, Missguided, LUSH and more

So I've been doing the naughty and do a little bit (a lot) of shopping. I'm talking new beauty items; new lipsticks and eye shadows, new NARS, and so many other items that I'm falling deeply in love with. On the Fashion front there's a little surprise that I think you might like and I suppose the same goes for the home items too! 

What have you been picking up lately?

Lorna x

Monday, 23 March 2015

Eating in London: Barber and Parlour

didn't really know how to title this post as Barber and Parlour* is a little bit of everything. I'd say eating is only a small part of that but I just couldn't not feature it in my 'Eating in London' series as - spoiler alert - the food was amazing. 

Barber and Parlour has a little bit of everything. A gorgeous restaurant and bar, a cinema, a barber and a nail/hair salon alongside a little quirky shop. I went along recently to sample their restaurant and cinema and oh my god, impressed doesn't quite cover it. Is there a better word to describe it? 

I took my Dad into London for the day, treating him to lunch and a trip to an uber luxe cinema as he totally deserved it and needed to see a little of the fun part of what it's like to be a blogger. I thought it'd be pretty cool to take him to the Shoreditch branch of the Electric Cinema as I had fallen in love with Barber and Parlour before and well, he just needed to see it. Starting the day with a bite to eat to sample what the kitchen had on offer. I opted for the Quinoa, Radish, Avocado and Walnut salad (so delicious and so filling which I totally didn't expect it to be) and my Dad had the Vegetable Lasagne and he described it as the best one he'd ever had and trust me, he wasn't just saying that. It melted in your mouth and I had total food envy. Definitely ordering that the next time I go! For drinks we had to try out the juices, I went for the Green juice to just add to the health intake that little bit more and my Dad tried out a smoothie and went for the Awake one on the lovely waitress' recommendation. It's a little sharp though so would definitely be amazing for a morning drink to wake you up! 

Onto the cinema and my Dad is a massive cinema fan but doesn't go often, I mean sometimes he'll go with his friends but that's rare so I knew I had to take him for this as it's not just any old cinema. Imagine the comfiest armchairs you've ever sat in with a luxe table separating you from the person next to you, the softest cashmere blanket laid over you with whatever food and drink took your fancy. We're talking wines, cocktails, juices etc. Whatever the Barber and Parlour bar and kitchen has, you can have down there with you too. How cool is that? We went to see American Sniper and it was amazing, but that's not what we're really discussing here. I'm really not a cinema fan and before this trip I can't remember the last time I ventured into a cinema. I don't like it that much, I find it all a little weird if I'm honest as I'd much rather watch a film in the comfort of my own home but this changed anything. I think it's the comfort factor and my love of blankets and well, the whole experience just feels that bit more special. 

I loved it, can you tell? 

I'm a massive fan of the space and I'd love to head back soon to try out the nail and hair salon. Perhaps I will, for your benefits right? (Eek, justification all over. I need to go back stat.) 

Rave review out. 

Have you ever been to Barber and Parlour before? 

Lorna x

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Skincare Saviours for Dry Skin

I have become obsessed with Jurlique lately - the first post I wrote on some other beautiful products is linked here and is well worth a read - (I'm putting it down to an amazing facial I had so watch this space for a post on that coming soon) and honestly, I'd say obsessed is putting it lightly. I've been struggling with my skin being a little dry lately and after a telling off at my facial, again more on that coming soon, I've been realising how important it is to make sure my skin is as hydrated as I can. 

First up I'm going to talk about my favourite product of the bunch and the one I just can't stop using is the Jurlique Rose Moisture Plus Daily Moisture Balancing Serum*. I've never been one for adding that extra step into my skincare regime as honestly I didn't ever have the time as I thought it would take so much longer but really it didn't and it makes such a difference. I've been making sure I use this before I moisturise with my beloved A-Derma moisturiser at night and honestly it feels so nice and I can't believe I wasn't doing it before. It doesn't add the extra time I thought it would, it just makes my skin feel that much more hydrated. It seriously makes a difference and if you suffer with dry skin then you need this in your life trust me. It has quite a strong rose scent and although I don't love this, I find it bearable and worth it for the added hydration. 

My skin works so well with a gel textured product and the Jurlique Rose Moisture Plus Revitalising Gel-Lotion* and the Jurlique Herbal Recovery Antioxidant Gel Mask* are perfect for that. I don't use the gel lotion every day but I do on occasion as I don't want to use too much of the rose scented products on my skin but this is literally the most refreshing moisturiser I've ever used. Its perfect for those mornings where you need waking up and it's super hydrating at the same time. Onto something that's a little bit more of a treat for the skin and that's the Gel mask and this is so lovely. It's a great alternative to a cream hydrating mask as it has little beads in the gel mixture that work as an antioxidant to release Vitamin E. This mask leaves your skin feeling so hydrated and so radiant! Really recommend this one as a treat for every now and again. 

I'm literally so impressed with Jurlique at the moment and I can just see them being a firm favourite in my routine for some time now. These are amazing for getting me out of my dry skin rut and I'm so happy for that. Definitely recommend the brand. 

Have you tried Jurlique before? What are your favourite products from the brand or what do you have your eyes on? 

Lorna x

Friday, 20 March 2015

New In Hair Care: Trilogy Shampoo and Conditioner

I'm a total shampoo and conditioner junkie but not in the way that I am with skincare. I love trying out new skincare and can usually tell whether it makes a difference or not to my skin but with hair care, I find that my hair is in pretty good condition anyway so it's very hard. I'm forever trying out new hair care and rarely stick to one. If i've not got anything in to try and review then I'll often just pick up something on offer in Boots and there's always a massive bottle of the hydrating Treseme conditioner somewhere in my bathroom. It's a kind of does-a-job product for me, so I've rarely ever stuck to the one and so I'm forever trying something new and of course, that's where this post comes in. 

The latest additions to the shampoo and conditioner spaces in my shower are the Trilogy Refresh and Shine Shampoo* and Conditioner* and they have been nicely welcomed. I usually opt for something really hydrating when it comes to haircare, though I say that I don't solely stick to that. This is targeted at normal hair so it's great for anyone as an every day regime. It's quite a nice change from the super hydrating ones as my hair is super soft anyway and so probably doesn't need it every day as I notice it weighs my hair down a little and so I like using this as an alternate one and probably use it every other day instead of a super hydrating one. It's really nice and my hair comes out feeling really lovely. 

Would definitely recommend this as a great every day addition to your shower! 

What shampoo and conditioner are you using at the minute? 

Lorna x

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Space Savers: Multi-Use Nail Additions

If there's something beauty wise that can be used for more than one use then I'm always game. Space is a major issue and with my ever growing collection of not only beauty, but just stuff in general (yes I'm admitting to being a massive hoarder, but I'm blaming my Dad for that, he is too!) so I'm forever looking for multi-use products. We're talking the new multi-use beauty hacks I've got my hands on and trust me they're worth a look at. 

I've been really into Stylfile since last year and actually, they made a little feature in my 2014 favourites and rightly so for their innovative introduction into the nail file world. I'd have never thought the curved edge of a nail file would work, would be good, or would even be worthy of being added into a favourites. To put it lightly, I thought it would be a total gimmick but how wrong was I. I've not looked back to the usual straight files since as these curved files make it that bit easier and as you may know, I'm a total lazy gal when it comes to nails and these make that laborious process that much better. 

Stylfile have recently released a couple new additions to their range and we're talking the Push, Cut and Shine Stylfile* and the Stylfile Infuse*. The Push, Cut and Shine is a 4-way nail buffer with a nail tool on the inside allowing you to do all of your cuticle work. It's super easy so perfect for any nail noobs out their like me and again, it's so much in one tiny space. Perfect for travelling right? Now the Stylfile Infuse is a little more luxurious for me. There's something about a cuticle oil that feels that bit more indulgent as it's something I don't do all the time (which I probably should) so this is great for that. The oil is great, really hydrating and so easy to use with the added bonus of the nail file on the top. The cuticle oils are refillable so you don't have to shed out for the whole tool again, so you can use on and on without even thinking about it. 

I'm always up for a beauty hack, a multi-use product and this is great for that. 

Have you found any multi-use products that you can't get enough of? 

Lorna x