Wednesday 30 September 2015

Vans x Eley Kishimoto

I'm usually an all black kind of shoe girl, but there's just something about the Vans x Eley Kishimoto range that has got me hook, line and sinker. I've been really getting into trainers lately, in fact it's becoming a bit of a thing and this has only egged me on into wanting more... and more... and more. I like shopping, okay? 

The Vans x Eley Kishimoto range is filled with some of the most incredible designs. I actually went along to the launch party in the House of Vans with ASOS as you can see in the weekly vlog above - it was super fun, great to see the collection and the space is incredible and so it was a great night out. I need to go to the House of Vans again - love love love it. 

I got my hands on a couple of pairs of shoes from the range, you can see the first pair featured in the video. It's the Vans x Eley Kishimoto Authentic Canvas Plimsoles* in a blue and slightly nautical print. Super cool, and so so comfy. My favourite from the range though are the ones pictured above and are the Vans x Eley Kishimoto Authentic Canvas Slip-On's * in this incredible print. I've fallen in love and love wearing these with a super simple outfit so all the focus lays on the shoes. 

An incredible collection and I am already eyeing up a few of the other pieces. I need to get my hands on the Vans x Eley Kishimoto Flash shirt from the range, I just need to find somewhere that stocks it... 

Lorna x

Monday 28 September 2015

Eating in London: Canvas Chelsea

This isn't your average dinner out. This is an experience. Canvas Chelsea* offers a 6 course surprise tasting menu and it's potentially one of the most exciting taste experiences I've ever been on. I was a little sceptical at first, I mean I'm not that picky. I don't eat meat, I do eat fish - I'm a pescetarian so I wasn't sure if that would be able to be dealt with (but spoiler, it totally was) and you know, I like to know what I'm going to eat usually. But actually, I think this is what made the whole experience that but more exciting. 

We were seated at the chef's table - a whole other experience in itself. Each dish would be delivered, and explained by the chef himself allowing us to see it being prepared and being able to ask any questions about it. 

The menu is always changing, so don't worry, this shouldn't give away any spoilers - but just incase. I won't delve into each dish too much, I wouldn't want to ruin it. 

We started with some of the most incredible bread served with seaweed butter (as pictured above), it was actually insane. Fresh bread can be my downfall, and when it tastes this incredible, why the hell not. 

Moving on to the dishes we started with mussels in an escabeche sauce (as pictured above), followed by a mushroom cappuccino. Both incredible and unlike I'd ever tasted before. 

Then onto a strawberry salmorejo with mussels and crab (picture no. 1) - this was incredible, it almost looked too pretty to eat, but of course I really did eat it. After, we had the lemon marinated trout with black olive soil and celeriac cream (picture no.2) - this was out of this world and my favourite dish of the entire menu. I'm not an olive kind of gal, but this dish worked perfectly and I've been dreaming about it ever since. Eee Canvas, can I come back and eat plates of this please? 

Onto the ravioli with roasted vegetables, smoked aubergine, parmesan foam and tomato crumble (pictured above) - parmesan fans, this is definitely one for you. 

Followed by pan fried scallops, green asparagus and pine nut mayonnaise (picture no.3) - this was a close runner up to my favourite dish. I'm such a massive fan of pan fried scallops and this did not disappoint. 

Onto the crispy skin smoked cod fillet, marrow-red pepper cream and Jerusalem artichoke​ (pictured above) - really interesting and super filling and the last savoury dish on the menu. 

A pre-desert then came out in the form of poached rhubarb, strawberry, vanilla crumble and buttermilk foam. Super delicious and just the right size. 

Followed by passion fruit cream, Pina-colada parfait, matcha tea feuilletine and mango chunks​. I wasn't sure how I'd find this. I usually steer clear of anything matcha but it worked really well with all of the dishes we'd eaten already and I am a massive mango and passion fruit fan so that worked incredibly in my favour. 

By this point, I wasn't sure I could eat any more but the Petit Fours (Rose macaroon, lime marshmallow and Cayene chocolate cashew) came out and I just couldn't resist. Super light and the perfect way to finish off the meal. 

It was such an experience and a total special occasion meal. Canvas Chelsea was super delicious and the gorgeous venue makes it perfect for date night. You just need to visit. 

Lorna x

*The meal was complimentary but as always all views are my own

Sunday 27 September 2015

Introducing City Swish

Manicure, Salon, Mani, Pamper

I am such a putter-offer, if that makes sense at all. I hate going to the doctors and so I put off that. I like going to get my hair done, but I put off that too. It's the same with everything. And I just cannot stop. Procrastination apparently is my best friend. 

Anything that can make these things I blooming love procrastinating for, that little bit easier and that bit more convenient is always greatly welcomed - which is why I think I fell in love with City Swish*, the beauty salon service that comes to you (if you live in London in zones 1-3), the first time I gave it a go. 

It does pretty much what it says on the tin, you pick your service (think manicures, pedicures and massages) and the City Swish therapists come to your door for the treatment that you've booked. I went for a gel manicure to prep me for Glastonbury (best decision I ever made, hence the raving about it in a recent vlog) and a pedicure. The Gel mani was insane. Beautifully done with a great choice of shades (something I wasn't sure about with it coming to you) though the pedicure was less to write home about. Not quite the pedicure you'd get in a salon, with only a quick file and paint but it did the job so no complaints really.

I'd definitely use the service again, and would completely recommend it for it's convenience. Also, you don't have to worry about being too relaxed post massage or smudging your newly painted mani getting home as your already home. Total bonus and I may be a little bit in love with the concept (as you can probably tell). 

Lorna x

*The treatments given were complimentary, but as always all views are my own

Thursday 10 September 2015

Sponsored Video: An Ode To Batiste

Batiste has been a brand I think I've grown up with. Beauty hasn't always been a part of my life, but it almost feels like Batiste always has been. I mean I could be completely wrong, but it's one of those brands I don't ever remember getting into, I just feel like I always was... I can't remember it not being there. 

If you ever ask someone for a can of dry shampoo, then it's about 90% likely that it's going to be a can of Batiste that they're going to hand you. It's a household name and rightly so. It's super affordable and it really does do the job. There's so many scents and variations on the range now so that if perhaps you find you don't like a particular scent, there will be a different product for you, or perhaps you don't like the tint it leaves in your hair, well, there's something to combat that too. They have even launched a whole heap of other products into the range to work alongside other hair woes, and although I haven't quite got the experience within those that I can say I do for the Batiste Dry Shampoo range that I know and love, but I can imagine, if that range is anything like the new products, then I just know they will be worth picking up. And the best bit though? It doesn't break the bank. If you find you don't like a product, then you can just pass it onto a friend who will. 

I wrote about how I loved using the Batiste Dry Shampoo and the John Frieda Dry Texturising Spray together back in 2014, and that only touches the edges on how long I've loved it for. It's been in my life for a long time, and trust me, I don't see it going anywhere anytime soon... 

Lorna x

*This post has been sponsored by Batiste, but as always all views are my own

Lorna x

Wednesday 2 September 2015

Where To Buy Phone Cases

Society6 iPhone 6 Case by Amy Sia

Phone cases are one of the most exciting things about getting a new phone. I like to buy something decent that I fall in love with so that it will last me a little longer. They are pretty inexpensive compared with how much a phone actually costs and it's a really fun way of adding some sort of design to your phone while protecting it at the same time. 

I always thought I'd be the kind of person to chop and change my phone case all the time as there is just so many designs out there, but that's actually what stops me. I find it really hard to find something I love that I won't forever be seeing attached to someone else's phone. I like a bit of originality, me. That's where Society 6 comes in and I have been obsessed with the site ever since I got my first iPhone all those years ago. 

Society 6 is essentially a site that features a tonne of designers and you can get their prints on things like phone cases and pillows. I fell in love with the site and scrawled through until I found the designer Amy Sia and since have been obsessed with her prints. They're super bright, super interesting and so cool. I had the Geo Gem iPhone Case design on my first iPhone and now I've got the Fluro Floral iPhone Case. Her designs are so stunning that I felt that it was worthy of its own post. 

The phone case is sturdy, protects my phone and I've never experienced it breaking like I hear with other cases! I've only ever had 1 case for each phone and I just can't see that changing any time soon. 

If these designs however aren't your kind of thing, then I'd recommend checking out the rest of the websites designs as there's so many different things. 

Lorna x