Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Meat Liquor - London

A couple of week's ago I headed South to London for the Real Techniques launch party and of course a trip to London meant I had to try somewhere new for food. Overtime Ray & I visit a new city, we seem to have created some kind of tradition of eating burgers, and after hearing so many good things about Meat Liquor, we decided it was time to tick it off the bucket list!

Set back from Oxford Street, it is really easy to get to, but not so easy to find. From the outside it looks more like a club than a restaurant, a deception which continues inside also... it's very dark, with (as you can see from the photos) red lighting, lots of graffiti art and loud music. We were greeted at the door by some really friendly and welcoming staff who sat us at a large bench table.

The food menu is small, but has everything you could want from a burger joint, plus a large cocktail menu (which sounded amazing, but unfortunately I was driving home from the train station, so had to settle for a Coke). I ordered the bacon cheeseburger with a side of fries and Ray went for the green chilli cheeseburger and fries, both of which arrived in a matter of minutes, on a tray which was placed in between us. I found it a little odd that we weren't given our own plates, but it's not the first time I've experienced this kind of service (it's not always a bad thing).

One thing I really didn't like was the fact that I couldn't see my food properly due to the strange lighting... especially when it comes to meat, I like to check that everything looks okay before I eat it, so I was feeling a little uneasy and found myself picking at my burger rather than tucking in. I was also really disappointed with the fries... I always say chips can make or break a place, and unfortunately for Meat Liquor they sealed the deal for me, they just tasted like frozen McDonalds chips, nothing impressive at all.

I'm sad to say that I only ate about half of the meal, and although the staff were more than helpful, I didn't enjoy it at all. Maybe there are better choices on the menu, and I'd gladly place my bets on the fact that the cocktails would impress more than the food, it seemed like the perfect place for a few drinks with friends but for burgers I'll stick to Patty & Bun.
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Elle Style Awards 2015 Best Dressed

Forget The Oscars, I'm more interested in the Elle Style Awards!
There were some really beautiful dresses on the red carpet, this year saw a complete mixture and variety of styles and colours.
Diane Kruger and Olivia Wilde went for muted, girly dresses. 
Diane's contrasting dress of floaty and structured lace is really beautiful, I love the pink and white colour palette with the subtle silver detailing which was tied in with complimenting silver shoes and bag. This is the perfect pretty, prom style look.
Olivia's dress is by H&M believe it or not! The simple top against the printed flowing skirt is unlike anything else worn by any of the other celebrities and it looks incredible. The metallic waistband adds a little something extra, and Olivia's simple hair and makeup look lovely... this is definitely my favourite outfit of the night.
Abbey Clancy proved that being pregnant doesn't stop you from looking good! The layered monochrome dress is cute and quirky, which when teamed with understated accessories works really well.
Daisy Lowe worked gothic glamour in the best way possible, I love the sheer panels of the dress with work to break up the all black look, and the layers and textures just make the outfit even more interesting. 
Jessie Ware's outfit is probably going to be quite a controversial one, I think it's a bit of a love/hate kind of look, but personally I love it. The dress is another which mixes fabrics, textures and patterns, but because of the basic black and grey palette, it works really well. 
Isabeli Fontana looked absolutely stunning from her hair, to her makeup and her dress. I love the light floral pattern against the sheer black fabric of the dress and the high neck and long sleeves give the outfit a very classy yet still sexy vibe. This almost beats Olivia Wilde's dress for me, the only thing I don't love is the yellow/gold clutch.
Taylor Swift was the most photographed celebrity at the awards. I've heard quite a few people saying they don't like her choice of dress, and while it's not something I would choose to wear myself, I think she can do no wrong, she looks amazing. I love the colour of the dress, teamed with the smokey makeup, slick hair and chunky shoes, it's no wonder everyone's talking about Taylor!
Last but not least, Atlanta De Cadanet's outfit was pretty much the opposite to Diane Kruger's, yet I love it just as much. It's another prom style dress, but this is the bad girl version in comparison to Diane's princess dress! The mesh and puffy skirt are very 80's and with the bold print and chunky boots it' a real statement outfit.

Who's outfit did you like the best?
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Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Real Techniques Bold Metals Launch Party


When  it comes to being invited to events through my blog, because I live in the North East, I sadly have to say no to so many, however when the invite to the Real Techniques Bold Metals launch party landed in my inbox, I knew I had to say yes.
I decided to make a day of it, and after dropping Elodie off at school, I dashed home to get changed and set off to London with Ray.

The event was held at the stunning Mondrian Hotel on London's Southbank. The room we were in was breathtaking, on the 12th floor of the hotel with a full length wall of windows and a balcony overlooking the Thames we had amazing views. The room itself was dimly lit with the most amazing lights in the centre of the ceiling, lots of seating booths, it's own bar, photo booth and a giant screen playing videos of Sam & Nic using the Bold Metals brushes.

The waiters and waitresses constantly kept fresh drinks, all of which had names inspired by the Bold Metals brushes in our hands and constantly offered us metallic themed appetisers - everything was so perfect and almost too pretty to eat!
After a short speech from the ladies we were left to mingle, play with the brushes and have fun in the photo booth... unfortunately the evening flew by, and before I knew it, it was time to head back up North.

I'm sure you've all seen the brushes themselves now, but they really are all beautiful, I have a separate post planned to go into more detail of what I think of each brush.
Have you tried any of the brushes yet?
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