Friday, 22 May 2015

Drinking in London: Lima Floral

I am such a cocktail fan. I'm not the biggest drinker anymore, I'd usually opt for a soft drink over an alcoholic one but if there's something fancy on the menu like an amazing cocktail then I will hands down always go for it. I was so excited to head down to the Pisco Bar in Lima Floral at Covent Garden, London*. The menu looked so enticing and I was excited to give their cocktails and Piquoes (sharing dishes) a go as it all looked amazing. 

I'm not going to say this was the best experience I've ever had however there was one thing that made up for it, the amazing cocktails. These were incredible. We went for the Maracuya Pisco Sours, Clasico Chilcanos and the El Señor De Sipan and all were amazing. I love cocktails that don't taste like you're drinking a shot and these definitely weren't that. They had the perfect balance and they tasted like heaven. I couldn't recommend this place for drinks enough. It's one of those after-works drinks kind of places or maybe for a quick drink on a date night. However that being said, I'd steer clear of the food, it was terrible and I really don't want to have to say that, the service wasn't up to scratch either but the amazing cocktails made up for it. Instead of grabbing something to eat here head to somewhere else, or maybe just get an extra cocktail or two because they're great. 

Lorna x

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Carnaby x Grazia Shopping Party Edit

I am probably one of the biggest lovers of shopping there is. I can't get enough. If I spy a Topshop or another shop I like I'm usually drawn in like a magnet... It's verging on an obsession. I live in London so there's shop after shop tempting me to come in and spend my dwindling bank balance, but there's one place I always end up and that's Carnaby Street. It is shopping heaven. I'm not talking all of the usual haunts we see all the time, a few, but mixed in are a few gems like Monki and Brandy Melville that you can only find in other countries around the globe! 

It genuinely is a place I know and love, I forever bring my non-London based friends here and they always fall in love just like I do! So you can only imagine my excitement when I was invited down for a day of shopping with the gorgeous Yanin by Sisteris and Carnaby to get our shop on and tell you all a little bit about a very exciting evening event they've got coming up.

The outfit above was all bought on the day of our little shopping spree and I ended up falling in love with the area even more than I thought I already could (and I may have popped in again later to pick up a few more bits I spied that day, oops!). I actually picked up all these bits from places I already knew and loved (Monki for super cool clothes that you won't see elsewhere, Brandy Melville for amazing quality style staples, Office - well you all know Office and of course American Apparel because it's American Apparel, right?) but don't narrow yourself down to just these, there's so many more amazing stores including Dahlia and Lazy Oaf

Carnaby Shopping Party

If you fancy heading down to Carnaby for a spree just like we did, then you NEED to head down on Thursday 28th of May from 5-9pm for their shopping party with Grazia magazine. I know, you're probably wondering, what on earth is a shopping party? But we're talking 20% off in the majority of stores, restaurants and bars in the area, free drinks, goody bags, a live photo shoot and so much more. To find out what else is happening on the night click here and don't forget to sign up for your free ticket here

I'll be heading down, will you? 

Lorna x

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

My New Hair: Balayage / Ombre Hair

If you know me, I've been saying for a very, very long time that I've wanted to go a bit more blonde but I'm usually terrified to do anything too much with my hair which is why I usually stick to ombre from the L'Oreal box I used to know and love and that was that. I'm definitely not an all over head dye kinda gal, as for one I just don't know if I'd love it and two, I actually really like my natural light brown hair colour. I thought about just topping up my ombre with the same kit, but I decided to go with something a little different this time. I headed down to the Mowgli Hair Salon* in St. Johns Wood, London to get my new do, but first up, I just want to give a mention to this lovely area of London. If you haven't been already, then you must (and there's a Space NK opposite the salon, if I ever need a reason it would most definitely be that...). 

I've been to Mowgli a few times with my work at BeautySpotter. and got to know the lovely stylist Dario through doing that. And it's totally worth noting that I've never had my hair dyed in a salon, not because I didn't want to pay the money, just because I couldn't quite put my trust in someone I didn't know for something that was totally a massive deal and after awful experiences with hairdressers cutting and styling my hair in the past, I thought I'd never put all my trust in one to dye it and for years I didn't. I always had my friends to do it, which for some would probably be a little weird as they've had no training and all that, but they dye their own hair and I trusted them and they always did it amazingly as although I always went for ombre, there was never no blunt line between my natural colour and the new blonde that we had added. Though this was probably down to my constant nagging making sure they 'don't forget to blend' - oops! 

Dario asked me if I'd like to come down to the salon and have him do my hair, and this got me thinking. Could I finally trust someone to do my hair in a salon? Would I finally give in to temptation and go for a bit more blonde in my hair? The answer was of course yes, and I bit the bullet and did it and guess what? I wasn't nervous at all. 

Once I got there, I sat down with Dario, cup of tea and biscuit in hand, and chatted through what we were going to be going for. I'm totally inexperienced when it comes to hair and like you know, all I've ever gone for is an ombre, so I'm probably terrible at explaining what I want but Dario handed that beautifully and we decided on a mixture of a balayage and an ombre. With regards to the shade of blonde, I let Dario decide as I honestly have no idea. When it comes to the L'Oreal kit, it's kind of a one shade fits all so I really wouldn't know where to start in choosing a colour. I was super happy with this, and felt totally at ease as I'd seen his amazing work before and knew it would be on the same par. The colour was applied and put into foils, Dario made sure to backcomb the strands of hair before to make sure there were no blunt lines like I mentioned before. This idea is genius and it worked like a charm! I then waited a little while while the colour worked its magic, with magazines and a complimentary hand massage to keep me amused (how amazing is that?!) I was so relaxed. The colour was washed out and then a toner and treatment was applied. The chair had a back massager on, this was heaven and made the experience so much better. Totally soothed my aches and pains (I was super poorly while I was here, but this and copious amounts of peppermint tea and water made it all better!). 

Onto the cut and blow dry and we decided we'd go for about an inch off the ends, with it coming up a bit higher at the front with voluminous and bouncy curls as they would last longer, and also make the colour look incredible (and they totes do). Usually my pet peeve when it comes to blow dries is the stylist curling my hair with straighteners like I do at home. I usually want to come away with something that I don't feel like I do myself but this was totally different this time. Dario clipped and set the curls and I shook the curls out instead of brushing them through. I was so happy with the end result and the curls looked amazing. And guess what? It actually lasted. I honestly couldn't believe it. Usually I wash my hair every day, though I've been trying and struggling to do every other day but with this one, I went two whole days without washing. I swear that must be some sort of record for me, and even on the last day I felt happy with how my hair was looking. 

I'm honestly so in love with the whole cut and colour. I'm really happy I put all of my faith in Dario's hands as he really has made me super happy with him. I actually sent him a message to let him know of his hair wizard-ing ways. This is the perfect colour for the spring and summer, and the shade works perfectly with my skin tone, just like Dario said it would. I didn't venture too far from what I was used to but now I'm just so much happier with the end result and you know, I've found a stylist that I can trust and that's a major part of it all. We've all heard many hair salon horror stories haven't we? But don't worry, you won't find it at Mowgli. If you're after a new do, then I couldn't recommend Mowgli and Dario enough, they're all magicians there, they literally work wonders with your hair. And I'm not just saying that, I promise... 

What do' are you getting for Spring/Summer? 

Lorna x

*Hair cut and colour provided in exchange for this review, but as always all thoughts are my own and honestly, I really do love my new hair!

Monday, 18 May 2015

Eating in London: Pizza Express (New Spring Menu)

Pizza Express is one of those places that we've probably all been to but perhaps we forget how great it actually is because there are so many of them out there. So perhaps although I included this post in my Eating in London series it's perhaps more an Eating in all over England post, if you get my drift? 

My mum is probably one of the biggest fan's of Pizza Express that I know so of course I had to take her to do this review meal. We've been countless times and I think the fact that we go back so often shows how great it is. We headed down to the Basingstoke branch in Festival Place, so not actually in London, and we've been here a few times already and it's usually great and this time was no exception. Pizza Express recently had a re-jig of their menu for Spring and also introduced the make your own pizza competition that you just need to give a go so we headed down to try the new Romana 65 pizzas and see what else the menu had to offer*. 

For start we decided to share and got our favourites the Dough Balls Formaggi, the cheese-y dough balls that taste like heaven and go amazingly with the garlic butter and the starter that I've been ordering for years and years, the Bruschetta Con Funghi. Imagine the amazing Pizza Express dough with creamy mushrooms on top with red onions and a balsamic glaze. I've had this countless times and if you've not tried it yet then trust me you need to! I can't come without having a bite or two of this. 

For the mains, we got to try the new Romana 65's and after trying them out at the menu launch in London recently I couldn't wait to get my hands on a whole pizza, and maybe add a few extra toppings to add a little bit of spice. My Mum went for the La Regina, topped with smoked ham hock, chestnut mushroom, buffalo mozzarella, olives, garlic oil and black pepper on a bechamel sauce with parsley and black truffle oil. She said it was amazing and obviously as I don't eat meat I couldn't give it a go but she was so happy she did as it was a little bit different from the one she goes for usually and wouldn't have tried it if i hadn't told her how much my friend Lettie loved it at the launch. New favourite! I went for the Margherita Bufala, a new take on a firm favourite the normal margherita, but this one is so much better. It's topped with buffalo mozzarella, tomato, basil, garlic oil, oregano and black pepper and with fresh tomatoes and more mozzarella. I added some jalapeños on as I love a little bit of heat on my pizza and it was heaven. It's literally the biggest pizza ever and it was so big that I could only manage half and took the rest home for dinner the next night, bonus! For sides we got the amazing coleslaw and broccolini which both went amazingly with the pizza. We finished these right up... Quickly. 

I was so full by this point so went for a light Vanilla Panna Cotta, so delicious and a firm favourite of mine and my Mum went for the Honeycomb Cream slice, super sweet but so delicious. We left feeling so full but so satisfied. 

Pizza Express might often be the easy option, but you always know you'll be getting amazing food. And although I wouldn't say go there all the time, there are some amazing new places to try if you have the chance, I wouldn't say never go again. The food is delicious and it's of course a safe bet as it's such a household name and for good reason. Head there soon to try out the Romana 65 pizzas, they are massive and so delicious. You just need to!

What's your favourites at Pizza Express?

Lorna x

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Sponsored Post: Mandarin, Nut and Cream Celebration Cake Recipe

You might remember this post with Stork where I told you that World Baking Day was a thing? Well guess what? Today's that day, and I'm back again to talk you through what I've baked, how I baked it, and who I baked it for... 

Pictured is honestly my favourite cake in the world, and definitely the one I associate with my Birthday though this was the first time in a couple of years I got to have a slice. It's definitely not my creation, one my Mum always makes so I got her help on this one as it was the cake I just HAD to tell you about. And I'm totes not going to lie and pretend that I did this all by myself, lets just say I was my Mum's sous chef, but you know, it wouldn't be the amazing cake it is without her help. Just saying. Plus, most of the fun of baking is doing it with someone right? 

We baked it for my Dad who's birthday it was a couple of days ago, but I totes chose it for me, oops!

So here it is, here's the recipe for this wonder cake. Trust me, it's heavenly... 

Mandarin Sponge Cake


6oz/170g Self Raising Flour
6oz/170g Caster Sugar
6oz/170g Stork Margarine
1oz/28g Icing Sugar
3 Eggs
12oz/350g (drained weight) Mandarin Segments (this is two 300 gram tins)
300ml Double Cream
Bag Chopped Hazelnuts or Mixed Nuts

To Bake Cake

1.   Pre-heat the Oven to 180C.
2.   Grease & line two sandwich cake tins (7" tins).
3.   Cream together the butter & sugar until light and fluffy.
4.   Then gradually add/mix in the eggs.
5.   Fold in the flour.
6.   Once all mixed in, divide the mixture equally between the two sandwich cake tins and level off the mixture in each tin.
7.   Place on middle shelf in oven and cook for 20-25 minutes until golden brown and springs back when touched.
8.   Leave to cool for 10 minutes in the tin before taking out of tin and allowing to cool further on wire rack.

For Decoration

1.   Toast the nuts in a dry frying pan, taking care not to burn them. Keep your eyes on them as the minute you take your eyes off the pan they will burn!
2.   Whip the double cream and add icing sugar to sweeten slightly to personal taste. Be careful not to over whip.
3.   Drain mandarins. Keep best segments to decorate the top of the cake and roughly chop the remaining segments (remembering to discard the liquid created when chopping).

The Cake

1.   Once the cake is cool spread an even layer of cream on one half and the top with the chopped up mandarins. This is the bottom half of the cake.
2.   Put the other half of the cake on top so the layer of cream and mandarins is in the middle.
3.   Evenly cover the sides with cream.
4.   Spread the nuts on some parchment paper.
5.   Pick up the cake and then roll the sides of the case in the nuts until the sides are evenly covered.
6.   Spread the cream evenly on the top and decorate with the mandarin segments.
7.   If you had cream left over, if you wished you could pipe the cream on top of the cake for further decoration and to make the cake extra special. 

Finally - Eat and Enjoy

Trust me, this cake is incredible and you need to make it! If you do, send me a photo, I'd love to see!


What's your favourite cake?

Lorna x

*This post is sponsored by Stork, but as always, all views are my own!

Friday, 15 May 2015

Essentials for Summer Beachy Waves

It's coming to that time of year where the undone look is in and I'm always looking for ways to create that. I'm talking how to get beachy waves without a trip to the beach as you know, we can't all have that all the time as much as we may like to. So if you're wondering how to get waves hair with little effort then you're in the right place. 

It's so important to start with a great shampoo and conditioner and for this look, I'd completely recommend the John Frieda Beach Blonde range and their shampoo* and conditioner*. Don't be put of by the the name, this range isn't just for blondes. In fact I don't really know why they called it that, but you know, they did, but all of you that are lusting after beachy waves then this is totally for you. These cleanse and hydrate your hair while adding texture and shine and that's just what you want for this look. Onto the actual drying of your hair and to get the beachy textured waves in your hair that your after, then you need a good salt spray and again the John Frieda Beach Blonde Sea Waves Sea Salt Spray* is great and so is the Schwarzkopf got2b Beach Matt Mermaid Look Texturising Salt Spray* so I couldn't not mention that too. Both of these work in the same way, you just spritz it onto towel dried hair and dry, but what I'd recommend doing is twisting your hair into long strands as you go and dry it that way and you'll get even more of a beachy wave in your hair with a little bit more texture. I love this look, it's perfect for the spring and summer and it helps me feel a little better about not heading to a hot beach as I can have the amazing hair that you'd end up with as a result of it anyway. Such an easy look to do and just about everyone can pull it off. You can pick all of these products up on the high street, so don't worry about breaking the bank on this look. It's a total bargain!

Beachy waves are just around the corner with a little help from these friends... 

Have you got a hankering for wavy hair? 

Lorna x

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

New In: NARS Dual-Intensity Blush

NARS Dual-Intensity Blush

NARS Dual-Intensity Blush

Just look at these. Just look at them! They are some of the prettiest pieces of makeup I've ever seen. The new NARS Dual-Intensity Wet/Dry Blushes* are gorgeous. It was love at first sight for these beauties. I spied them in a press release or on the internet long before they came out and I just needed them. I fell in love with the NARS Dual-Intensity Eye Shadows a while back and you may remember the post I did on them. Excitement was putting it lightly... And so with my new found love of blush and highlight I just knew I would love them, and guess what? I do, I definitely do, with my whole heart. 

On first glance, you'd probably think that these are a little daunting. The coloured blushers especially look like they pack a whole lot of punch on the pigmentation front and although they can do that, they can also be on the subtle side of the pigmentation scale too. That's where the wet and dry part comes in. These beautiful blushes can be applied either wet to pack a bit more of a punch which will increase the pigmentation, where for more of a subtle colour then apply them dry. These are very build able which is why I love them so much. They are so easy to apply and it'd be really difficult to get that overdone look with these. If you apply a little bit at a time then you won't have any issues. I wouldn't recommend applying the coloured shades wet, I'd stick to the highlight shades as I don't think they really need it. Though, when you apply the highlight shades wet, something beautiful happens and that beautiful highlight that you would have gotten from applying dry is kicked up a notch and you're left with an even glossier highlight. I love this so much. Again it's build able so you don't have to worry about applying to much, and anyway, as long as your applying it to the high points of your face, you can't really have too much highlighter in my opinion anyway. 

The shades I got my hands on are (L-R in the picture above) Craving: a beautiful sparkling seashell pink highlight/ shimmering bronze duo, Jubilation: a duo great for highlighting featuring a sparkling yellow gold highlighter and a shimmering soft nude peach highlighter, Frenzy: a gorgeous highlight/blush duo featuring a sparkling soft pink gold highlighter and a shimmering bright tangerine orange blush shade and Fervor: a shimmering soft pink blush and a deep coppery rose (I totes have my eye on this for an eye shadow shade in the winter!). I love them all and I have been getting so much use out of them all. I'd completely recommend applying the highlighters over a matte brush and the bronze shade in craving would be great for skin tones a little darker than mine, though I do add a tiny bit of this to my makeup to add a little somethin' somethin' extra. Though don't be heavy handed on this pale gals, you could end up looking a little too bronzed if you know what I mean. My favourite blush shade is the orange in the Frenzy palette because I'm totally loving this shade for spring/summer and Fervor will definitely be the firm favourite for the colder seasons (though, I still crack this out on the colder and rainy days). 

You get so much for your money with these blushes. You get two shades in each palette and they are so multi-use with the wet and dry formulation so you won't find these go unloved. Add one or two to your collection and trust me, you'll find yourself addicted like me wanting more. 

Perfect for the spring/summer!

What shades of the NARS Dual-Intensity Blushes have you got your eyes on? 

Lorna x

*PR Samples

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Eating in London: Dozo Sushi

The latest in my Eating in London series is one for the Japanese and Sushi lovers out there. Perfect for the vegetarians and pescetarians too, as there is so much choice! The reason why I love this cuisine is because I'm a massive fan of trying lots of different things, I love tapas for that reason and this is right up there with that. I headed down to Dozo Sushi in Soho, London* to try out some of their dishes. Great location and it's so cool. There are tables with a hole in the ground to fit in your leg to nod to the authentic Japanese restaurants. Such a different place to go because of that and spoiler, the food was incredible.  

I'm the biggest fan of edamame there ever was. I've definitely mentioned it before in this series, so you'll notice that if you've read any of the other posts in the series then you'll probably know that so as soon as I spied the Spicy Edamame on the menu we just had to have it. It was in a spicy kimchi sauce and it was incredible. The portion size was massive and I enjoyed it more than I can explain. We got the Vegetable Gyoza, really tasty dumplings with a delicious filling. A great start to the meal. I'm not usually a fan of Sashimi or anything too raw so I wasn't sure how I'd be with these but the Maguro Tataki, seared tuna with an apple dressing was amazing. I think the mixture of it being slightly cooked around the edges and the amazing dressing made it better than the raw things I'd tried before. 

For sushi we got the Ebi Tempura cut rolls, this is one of my favourites and it's filled with tempura prawn, avocado and mayonnaise. These were delicious and definitely didn't disappoint. The Shitake Robata Yaki (mushrooms on sticks) were gorgeous, so simple but so delicious and of course we had to get the Yaki Hotate (Grilled Scallops with apple dressing, grapeseed oil and kizami wasabi), this was incredible. I've recently been getting totally into scallops and these completely didn't disappoint. If you go you need to get these. We finished off the savoury items with some tempura and went for the Tempura no Moriwase, to let us try the tempura prawn, fish and vegetables. It tasted lovely dipped in the sauce served with it! But the star of the meal, was completely the Gindara Saikyomiso (Grilled black cod marinated with saikyomiso). I've never tried black cod before but now I know what I've been missing out on. Imagine the butteriest fillet of fish that you've ever eaten and add a bit extra and you've got this. It was incredible and so worth the money. 

To finish off the meal we had some plum wine and the Mochi platter. So yummy and the coconut, chocolate and raspberry flavours were totally the best. I'd recommend leaving it a little while though as it's so cold on your teeth if you dig in straight away. 

Such a delicious meal and I'd definitely recommend everything we tried! No complaint there and if you're wondering what drinks to order I'd totally recommend the fresh lemonade with mint if you're looking for something non-alcoholic and the plum wine if you're fancying alcohol. So delicious. 

Where's your favourite place to get Sushi? 

Lorna x

Monday, 11 May 2015

How Do You Choose A University That Is Right For You?

How To Choose Which University Is Right For You

Choosing a University is one of the biggest decisions you'll have to make at this time of your life and honestly, it could effect a lot of your future too. I've been through it all which was why I felt like this post was so relevant and honestly, I'd have loved to have read something like this from a more relatable point of view when I was going through it, which I hope will be the case. 

When I was at college and doing my A Levels (I did Art, Photography and Film Studies alongside a BNA in Media Studies) I knew I wanted to go to University, it was the most natural form of progression, and I just assumed I would do Art as I had always done it, loved it, and I suppose been a little bit good at it. It was just the idea of what I would do after University that confused me a little. What would I actually do with that Art degree that I had always assumed I would go and do? With this confusion, I went on to do a Foundation in Art and Design at my college, though some people choose to do this at a University which actually is a great idea as it gives you a feel for University without having the 3+ years timeline, a university taster year if you will. 

Doing the Foundation it gave me time to think a little more about what I liked doing, what I was good at and what I saw more potential with for jobs in the future. My love for Photography was growing at this point and I ended up deciding that I would go down that route. Onto the difficult bit, which University? And the main point for this whole post. You hear a lot about University rankings, and as great as that actually is, it's not the be all and end all. If you're not in a University that is suited to you then and you end up hating it and potentially dropping out, then the University rankings really made no difference in the end. My college tutors really emphasised this to me when I was choosing my University. They wanted to make sure that you were in one that you were happy with, while still reaching your full potential too. University ranking and happiness, I suppose work on a very similar level of importance in that respect. I spent so long deciding which University was right for me. Countless trips up, down and around the country to check out the Uni and courses at open days and honestly, I found this to be the best way. Sometimes you'll go to one and fall in love and others you will just know it's not right for you. It's all about the feel of the place and you can't feel that without visiting and by looking at your computer screen or at a brochure. That's in the end how I made my decision about where I wanted to go, that instant feeling of falling in love and the amazing location was just a bonus. I go to the University of Westminster and study the BA (Hons) in Photographic Arts and I'll leave my experience and all that jazz for another post or video. Just think a lot about the location and what you're going to study. If you're a photography student heading to a small town, it's likely you'll run out of things to photograph pretty quickly. Add this thought into the mix too...

Once at University though, it's a great idea to get involved in as many things as you can do. St Mary's University* have launched a campaign titled 'Be Part Of It', asking current and former students why they wanted to 'Be Part Of It' to help the newbies like you currently choosing your University. These videos show how important it is to have a proper look at a Uni, chat to students who are there and see the University yourself. Just like how I did. 

University is a time of you're life that you'll never be able to get back again. So make the most of it, you're spending enough so you want to make the right decision, but you know, don't sweat it if you don't. Again it's not the be all and end all, there are things you can do. Much like with picking a course, I don't now want to be a Photographer (but again I'll leave all that to another post another day)  but a lot of jobs nowadays just like to see that you have a degree, so focus on getting yourself a 2:1 and it won't be a waste of your time and money. Trust me! 

How are you getting on with choosing your University? Let me know where your currently thinking of heading!

Lorna x

*This post was written in collaboration with St. Mary's University, but as always all views are my own!

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Eating in London: Chilango

I love guacamole. I felt like that was the only way to start this Eating in London post, right? I'm talking the Mexican fast food joint, Chilango*. I headed to the branch in Islington, London to get my hands on one of their burritos to see whether it hit the spot. I love me some Mexican food, and it's not just because of the guacamole (okay, it pretty much is) but I just love the flavours and the heat and all of the gorgeous spices. 

Chilango is one of the coolest restaurants I've seen. I don't know how to quite describe it, but it's one of those places that you just need to go down and see for your self. The decor is super fun and we weren't stuck for things to look at while we waited for our burritos to be made. As soon as I spied the prawns on the menu I was sold. A spiced prawn burrito with extra guacamole, yum! You get to pick your own toppings and the staff will happily let you know what goes best with your selected filling. As I've mentioned before I don't eat meat, though I do eat fish (so a pescetarian) so I would have either gone for the vegetarian option, or what did go for with the delicious prawns and I was more than happy with my choice. As you can tell by the chicken in the picture above, I didn't take that snap as it was too difficult to take an appetising picture of a burrito with extra guac, so you know, this one will have to do, and of course all credit goes to Chilango. You'll just have to imagine the prawns, mmm! I can't remember the exact other toppings I went for, but just go with what you fancy and it all really depends on how hot you like it! 

Great quick food, I actually took mine home to eat on the sofa in front of a good movie but glugged the fresh lemonade they had on offer on the way home as it was just too delicious not too. I'm not much of a fizzy drink fan so whenever I spy a fresh lemonade I'm always so excited and this one totally lived up to my expectations. It's really great food, perfect for grabbing to take home for dinner or for a quick meal while your out, though I would say it's a little on the pricey side but the taste was great so no complaints there. 

Where's your favourite Mexican Fast Food restaurant? 

Lorna x

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Summer Ready Lips

I don't often opt for a glossy set of lips but there's just something about the new additions to the Bourjois Rouge Edition range that has got my head turning and well, my lips glossy. The latest launch from the range are the Bourjois Rouge Edition Aqua Laque's* and as you can see from the pictures and the gorgeous packaging that they look a whole lot like their matte sisters; the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet's. 

The new liquid lipstick collection boasts a whole range of shades ranging from lighter, nuder and shades for day-today to more bold, bright and deeper shades for when you fancy a bit more oomph. At first I felt like a lot of the shades weren't that wearable for a bright lip kinda gal like me, but there's just something about the finish that makes me actually get use out of all of them. I know right, ME wearing a PINK LIP. Shocker! But it's gorgeous, and I actually feel as though I can get away with it, and the rest... You can see the entire range of shades from 1 through to 8 above with swatches. 

You apply these Bourjois liquid lipsticks like you would a lipgloss (or the sister range, the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet's) with the doe foot applicator. You can apply enough product to pack a punch or you can blend it out with your finger to get something a bit more subtle. I love doing both of these depending on what else I've gone for on my face. The finish starts off super glossy like a lipgloss, it feels super hydrating on your lips and I absolutely love the feeling of these! The best bit though? The colour payoff doesn't end there, once the gloss has gone, it leaves a little stain on your lips so you're still left with the colour you applied earlier. Easy for re-application or you could just leave it as is. 

I'm such a big fan of these and I can tell already that I'll be getting a tonne of use out of these throughout spring and summer. In love! 

What shade would you go for? 

Lorna x

Friday, 8 May 2015

Sponsored Post: World Baking Day

I am not the kinda gal that always gets the baking bug, but when I do, trust me, I really do! I'm not one for a weekly bake, sometimes I honestly just don't have the patience but like I said before when I feel like baking one thing just doesn't seem enough (I end up making about 5, and a massive mess in the process, oops!). The only other exception is if I'm baking for someone else. Maybe a birthday or someone's having a bit of a crappy time, then a cake or a few biscuits will always cheer them up and then it feels pretty good getting your bake on in the kitchen if you know that'll be the end result. 

To celebrate World Baking Day on the 17th of May, so not long away people (get planning!), Stork have come up with the 'Worlds Happiest Cake' and by the looks of it above, I can definitely see why. Not only would this cake make people happy through the process of eating it, baking is actually said to be therapeutic. It gives you a chance to be creative and mindful which is great for mental wellbeing. It gives you that chance to forget about everything going on in your life and just focus on what you're doing then and now and while in the process of making something amazing for your friends and family which will be spreading happiness even further. I'd never really thought of baking in this way before. I suppose when you think about it, it's more of the process of making something for someone than the end result. It's the thought of making it that makes them happy, not necessarily the end result, so don't worry if you're not that great in the kitchen (i'm pretty bad when it comes to baking so don't worry, you're not alone!) your friends and family will love what you've done anyway - and as the saying goes, it's the thought that counts, right? 

I'm so excited to get involved with this campaign and I am pledging to bake a cake for my Dad on the 17th! It's a couple of days after his birthday and actually I won't have a chance to see him until the 17th when we head to Cornwall for a little week away, so I'll be sure to bring a sweet treat for him then. Perfect timing right? And of course, I'll let you see what I decide to bake!

You all should totally get involved too with this amazing campaign from Stork, bake for someone special on World Baking Day and make sure to include #worldbakingday to get involved. Send me a tweet or tag me too as I'd love to see what you make. Always looking for baking inspiration, that's probably why I love Pinterest so much. ALL THE AMAZING CAKES. The dream right? 

Stay tuned for my bake on the 17th and of course I'd love to see yours too!

Who will you bake for? 

Lorna x

*Post sponsored by Stork, but views are my own as always!

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Eating in London: Dirty Bones

If you're looking for good grub in a super cool restaurant then Dirty Bones* in Kensington, London is the one for you. It's one of those cool joints that I can imagine will get super hyped up if it hasn't already, and I can totally see why so I just had to include it in my Eating in London series as not only is it delicious, it's a super fun place so you're bound to have a good evening. 

As you might know if you've caught a few other posts in this series all about London restaurants then you may know that I don't eat meat but do eat fish so there's something here for all you vegetarians and pescetarians out there as I know it can be quite hard to narrow down the good meat restaurants from the ones with great vegetarian options too - I mean, we want super tasty food too! Dirty Bones is full of options so trust me you won't feel like you're missing out whether you eat meat or not. 

Like I mentioned before, this restaurant is super cool. It's perfect for hanging out with your friends with some amazing food and cocktails and is also amazing for date night too! The lights are super dim, so not perfect for taking food snaps (but with a little help from the iPhone torch, I got there) but perfect to enjoy your evening. You NEED to try some of their cocktails. We went for the You Chicken? cocktail with rum, mint, cucumber, apple juice, ginger beer and finished off with a chilli salt rim - this cocktail is amazing and right up my street for my not to alcohol tasting taste buds, and the Mutt's Nuts with bourbon, cinnamon and vanilla maple syrup, angostura bitters with lemon and apple juice, a little sweeter but equally as lovely. 

For starters we got the Salt and Pepper Squid with a smoky lemon mayo and the Padron Peppers in a chipotle and citrus glaze. These were heavenly. I'm a massive squid fan and always order it if I spy it on the menu and I got so excited when I spied it on the menu this time. It was delicious and it was right up there with the good ones. I'd never tried Padron Peppers but oh my god, I'm now totally obsessed. I could eat them all over again, and again, and again.... and again? Okay overkill, but they were heavenly. 

Onto the main event and of course, the hot dogs you might have spied in the pictures above. You pick the sausage you want out of pork, beef and veggie and then you pick the type you want. We went for a Classic Yankee with caramelised and spring onions with mustard and ketchup and The Asian with kimchee ketchup, wasabi mayo, crispy seaweed, pickled sushi ginger and sesame seed and both were amazing. Obviously we went for the veggie sausage and they were delicious. I guess it just depends the toppings you're feeling at the time but I'd probably edge towards The Asian if I went back. 

For sides we got the Chilli Fries, fries seasoned in chilli salt with fresh chilli and dirty bones hot sauce and the Mac & Cheese with a spice mix on the topping. They were both delicious and and went amazingly with the hot dogs. Don't miss out on these amazing sides, just don't do it to yourself. They make the meal and you need them in your life (and stomach). 

Onto deserts and oh boy, these were something special and rounded off the meal amazingly. We went for the Peanut Butter Cookie Cup with salted peanut gelato, caramelised chocolate ganache and dark chocolate cookie chunks and the Coffee Donutini, an espresso martini served with a hot sugared donut for dipping. Both were amazing. I'm such a nut and chocolate fan so the Peanut Butter Cookie Cup was heaven but the Coffee Donutini is the perfect desert if you're out with friends. The best way to end off a meal with a drink and a desert - bonus!

I am so impressed with Dirty Bones and I just know I'll be going back when I need my veggie hot dog fix. 

Lorna x

*The costs of the meal were covered by Dirty Bones for this review

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

The Perfect Date Night In

I'm all for going out on a date night. I mean one of my favourite things to do, well ever, is going out for dinner (as you can probably tell from from my Eating in London series) but I'm such a grandma at heart so I love staying in equally as much, but I suppose it's one of those things I don't really think of as a date night as it's just staying in, you know? 

Jacamo got in contact to see whether I'd be interested in having them send me a date night in package* to go alongside their latest campaign 'Let Your Shoe's Do The Talking'working with the idea that the first thing women notice is a mans shoes. I mean I'm not one for this, I'm sure I'd notice if the guy had terrible shoes but it's definitely not the first thing for me. Though saying that I have friends who totally live by this so I can definitely vouch that it's the case for some ladies out there! So, of course I said yes to getting my hands on the package. I wanted to see what they thought would be the perfect date night in, but there was one catch, I had to give all hands over to my boyfriend. Of course I obliged, but I'm terrible with surprises, I wanted to know what was in the box as soon as we got our hands on it, but for the sake of the post and the idea Jacamo was going with, I let it slide this time. 

The package included a step by step plan of the evening and included things like wine, chocolates, a candle, a movie and more comical things like a chat up line book. The evening was lovely, though not too far from what my boyfriend and I do already. Starting the evening off with a bubble bath, then onto some dinner and a movie. Perfect! 

For dinner, of course we opted for a takeaway. I ALWAYS order on JUST EAT*. I think it's been a bit of a habit ever since I discovered the sit in my first year of University. It's one of those things I know really well and it's never let me down so I just go with it each time. There are great deals on the site and the best bit, it's so easy to order and lets you pay online. So none of that realising you don't have any cash on you 10 minutes before the delivery is due to arrive! Just Eat have got their new app which makes it even easier. Sometimes I even order before I get home! All you have to do is search by location or postcode, and then you can pick the kind of food you're in the mood for - they've got it all - pizza, Indian, Chinese, whatever you want, they'll have it and then you order. Easy! I love that you can also check out the reviews as although the website is great, I can't say that for all of the takeaways, just make sure you check these out and you shouldn't have a problem. 

As you can tell my perfect date night in is pretty simple but it's perfect and there's nothing I would change it for! 

What makes your date night in's so perfect? 


*Date night in package was sent by Jacamo and I was given a voucher for Just Eat for review, but all views are my own, promise!

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

The Coffee Machine You Need In Your Life

I am so so excited to be writing this post. This is one of the most, if not the most, exciting contraptions I own for my kitchen. I'm talking the Dolce Gusto Oblo Black Coffee Machine* by Krups. Just look at it, it's amazing isn't it!? I'd never thought about getting a coffee machine before. I love the taste of coffee, but I'd had a little bit of a thing with caffeine recently with it making me feel a little bit funny so I took a break and came back guns blazing with this machine. It looks super stylish, I've not seen anything quite like it before. I thought it'd be really complicated to use but I couldn't be more wrong. It's so simple. You basically just fill it up with water, pop the pod in and click the on switch until your cup is full. The only thing I would say is that I'm terrible with measurements so made sure to get my hands on some latte mugs to make sure they didn't end up too watery. I got the pack of 6 Latte Glasses for Tea or Coffee from Home Treats UK* and they are perfect for this! I'm obsessed with my new little coffee collection. 

As for what pods I'd recommend for the Dolce Gusto Coffee Machine, I'd go for the Grande and espresso's for the coffee lovers out there, the latte's are amazing, and for those of you that aren't fans of coffee then the chai tea latte is heaven as is the choccochino. I've not tried them all yet, but I am planning on a bulk order very soon! Will update across social media on the other ones I love. 

As for the price, I think the Oblo is really affordable, I actually would have expected something of such quality that produces drinks just like you get in a coffee shop and that looks this slick to be so much more expensive. It's worth every penny as are the drinks. I think you just have to think about how much it'd cost you to pop down to Starbucks and get your regular against these and I just know the pods would work out a whole lot cheaper. 

I'm so impressed with this machine and I am so happy to have gotten my hands on one. It's incredible!

Lorna x