25 March 2015

Orla Kiely Bibi Shoes | Clarks

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The Orla Kiely for Clarks Bibi Shoes*

As soon as I saw the new Orla Kiely for Clarks range, I fell in love. All of the shoes are beautiful (as you would expect from an Orla Kiely collection) but one pair in particular jumped out at me and convinced me that I could never be satisfied with my feet again until I was wearing them. The Bibi shoes in pink leather are what dreams are made of - the cut out details, the chunky block heel and the sugary sweet colour, wowza!

So when I was offered the opportunity to take a pair of Clarks shoes for a spin I couldn't resist the chance to add these beauties to my wardrobe. I tried them on in the store and almost didn't want to take them off so the sales assistant could take them to the till. Lucky I did though, or i'd have missed out on the amazing printed shoe box - I'm definitely reusing it for storage purposes.

The shoes look great with tights, but I'm really looking forward to being able to team them with bare legs and pretty summer dresses when the weather gets a bit warmer. If you're on the lookout for the perfect pair of pastel shoes I'd definitely recommend browsing the Orla Kiely range, but Clarks have got all sorts of other styles available too - I also spotted these in pale yellow, some cute preppy loafers in powder blue and these sporty chic suede pumps.

*I was gifted a Clarks voucher which I put towards these shoes, however as always - all views are my own! (these shoes are really that dreamy)

3 March 2015

Easy Peasy Wavy Hair

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Never having been a morning person, I've always tended to have my hair in one of two ways before heading for school, then uni and now work on a daily basis. Either I brushed it and left it down, or I tied it up in a ponytail. No elaborate french braids, extensions or backcombing for me - that's at least an extra twenty five minutes that I could be spending in bed. 

Recently though, I have come across the simplest way to achieve wavy hair - and it takes less than ten minutes, four minutes of which can be spent multitasking and doing my makeup as well. The photographs are pretty self explanatory I think, but just in case I've included the 'steps' below:

Works best when hair is not freshly washed

1. Brush hair and tie up into two high ponytails on either side of the head. If you have a side parting, make sure that you have less hair in the ponytail on the side of the parting, otherwise the waves will look uneven

2. Spritz with hairspray

3. Using a curling wand or straighteners, begin to curl sections of one pony tail (I split them into three sections on one side, and four sections on the other) 

4. Pin the curls up as you go so that they keep their shape as they cool

5. Do the same thing on the other side, and then do something else for a few minutes whilst all of the curls cool completely

6. Let down your hair, and spritz each curl with hairspray

7. At this point you'll be looking a bit like a mixture between Hermione Granger and one of those porcelain dolls with the ringlets - go ahead and fiddle with your hair until it looks how you want. I combed mine with my fingers and added a little serum to smooth some fly-aways. 

8. DONE!

There you have it - I told you it was easy! The good thing about this is that you can control how curly your hair ends up, I only wanted beachy waves so I didn't leave the heat on my hair too long - they lasted all day too!

2 March 2015

Bourne & Hollingsworth

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One of the best things about living in London, is that because it's such a hip-hop-happening place, a lot of people end up moving here for work. That includes a pretty high number of my best uni buddies, which is lovely because it means we get to catch up fairly often. One of our number is slightly (make that much) more organised than the rest of us, so he tends to get lumbered with the organisation of everything. Which is great for me, because he always picks somewhere that does great food.

On Friday after work I headed in the direction of Angel to Bourne & Hollingsworth, a restaurant that I had previously heard nothing about. As soon as I walked in I was very happy that I had bought my camera, as it is almost like it has been made to be blogged about. The decor is all mismatched chairs and hanging ceiling plants, there's a hollowed out piano at the front of the restaurant where you wait to be seated, the sink in the ladies is a repurposed claw foot bath(!) and my cocktail was served in a mini metal flower pot.

Speaking of cocktails, I'd recommend going for these alone - they're UHMAZING. I had two, but could have tried almost all of them, as they all sounded delicious. They're not cheap, but...London. The one above was some mixture of lemon, ginger, vodka and sugar and it was bloody delicious. There was a whole slice of ginger as a garnish though, and curiosity got the better of me and I took a bite out of it. I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS. IT BURNS.

Food wise, I had a rabbit and hazelnut terrine with fruit toast for starters (delicious), a posh cheeseburger and fries for main (delicious and the chef actually listened to me and cooked it rare - if it's not bleeding, it's not worth eating as far as I'm concerned), and then a caramel fondant for dessert. Which, I couldn't get a good photo of it but I couldn't not include the last image - LOOK at the caramel oozing out of that. Mmm.

If I had to give a grade, it would be an A+. It's not cheap, but I'd say it's worth the money, especially once in a little while. We left a few hours later to head to a pub round the corner, which might have resulted in two of us choreographing a seat based routine to the whole of My Heart Will Go On. What else are Fridays for?
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