24 September 2014

Giveaway | I Could Have Danced All Night... Giveaway ft Scholl

As you all know by now, my Birthday was a few weeks ago and whilst I might not want to ever make a fuss of it, I always fully intend to dance the night away and this year was no different in that respect. What was different was the fact that I hadn't kicked off my heels by midnight, replacing them with my trademark flip-flops, flats or even a handy pair of slippers (yes, that did happen once!).



When the people at Scholl contacted me to kindly offer some products to try I jumped at the chance. The shoes I wore for my birthday had pretty thin soles so the Party Feet Ultra Slim gel cushions* act similar to some shoe insoles by offering extra padding and support to your trussed tootsies. 



My friend Kala suffers with terrible blisters and you can guarantee she will have a blister before we're even on our first train and being typically awkward she's also allergic to plasters! How she's made it through two marathons with her blisters is a mystery to us all! Whenever she wears heels she tends to get blisters around her heel area so I gave her the Party Feet Heel Cushions* to trial. She insisted they were delightfully comfortable and "actually make wearing heels bearable" but in true Kala fashion she still picked up blisters on the back of her heels!

The gel cushions are so super comfortable - I tried something similar a few years back and had an absolute nightmare with them; they were bulky and uncomfortable and just didn't fit! The Scholl Party Feet cushions are super slim yet still offer a wonderful cushion to the soles and balls of your feet, they fit perfectly into my shoes and they're discreet which is everything I wanted them to be.

Because I enjoyed my products so much (and so did Kala!) Scholl have kindly offered to let me host a giveaway for some super Scholl goodies like the ones I was lucky enough to try! All you have to do is fill in the Rafflecopter below, a winner will be chosen at random and contacted directly. Good luck!


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Vicky x

* PR Sample. Prize is from PR company.
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19 September 2014

Recipe | Bacon and Avocado Toast

This is my favourite brunch and makes a great snack in the week too. It's super simple and tasty and you'll be left wondering why you've never tried it before!





Ingredients
  • A small sourdough loaf
  • 2 small, ripe avocados 
  • As much streaky bacon as you want (I use unsmoked)
  • A good handful of cherry tomatoes
  • The juice of half a lemon
  • Chilli flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Instructions

1. Cut your avocados in half, remove the stone and squeeze them out of their skins into a small bowl. Mash the avocados up before adding in a sprinkling of chilli flakes, the juice of half a lemon and a pinch of ground sea salt and cracked black pepper. I like to do this first so that my avocado can sit in the flavours whilst the bacon cooks.

2. Turn your grill on high (don't make my mistake if you have a grill/top oven and turn the oven on and wonder why nothing is happening for five minutes!) and cook your bacon for around ten minutes until golden and crispy, make sure you turn it at least once. 

3. Place a few cherry tomatoes on the grill with your bacon, I like to start them whole and then when I turn my bacon, I take them out, chop them in half and pop them back under the grill.

4. When your bacon is nearly done, slice your sourdough and toast well. Whilst your bread is toasting, roughly chop some fresh cherry tomatoes into quarters. 

5. Remove your bacon and tomatoes from the grill. Slather your toasted sourdough slices in avocado, top with bacon and freshly chopped cherry tomatoes. Add your grilled tomatoes and an extra slice of bacon to the side and tuck in.

Obviously you don't have to add the bacon, it's still delicious without it. If I opt not to have bacon I like to add in some fresh mozzarella and some basil leaves.

Vicky x
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14 September 2014

Lifestyle | Birthday Weekend: 24

So on Monday I turned 24 and as you'll know, I'm not the biggest fan of my own birthday because I dislike the attention but as always, I managed to drag the celebrations out for an entire weekend! This is going to be quite a picture heavy post (with even a video or two!) so sit back and enjoy!


For me, birthdays are a great time to catch up with friends and family and bring different people in your life together. As you get older you realise you have quite distinct friendship groups (or at least I do): there are the people you went to school with who know you better than you know yourself and still have photographic proof of that awful blue eyeshadow you were so enamoured with and those hoop earrings that you used to wear - keep these people on side, not least because they can expose the true you at the drop of a hat; then there's the previous work colleagues that transcended the typical colleague boundary and became genuine friends, I also group some college friends in here too and finally you have the current colleagues and the grown up friends you make through your new connections and the networking you never realised you could do! It's lovely to celebrate with them individually (and it prolongs the whole celebration!) but it's also nice to bring everyone together.


On the Friday I headed off to my favourite birthday haunt, Brickyard in Essex. You guys all know how much I love this place by now, I go there so frequently I should probably ask to buy shares in the place but for me, especially for a celebration, it is spot on. The staff are wonderful, the cocktails are mixed perfectly, the food is divine and the atmosphere is always on the money. You can have an entire night out in one place, dinner and drinks first and then dancing the night away.


I opted for my Three Floor dress that I wore to Aqua Shard a few months ago (post here) because I'm still besotted with it and I had my hair super straight for the first time in years and decided I actually quite liked it. I kept my makeup simple but defined and wore my new favourite Eyelure lashes (#141).





Here's two videos of my never-ending birthday sparkler!







On Saturday I headed back to Hakkasan which also remains one of my favourite restaurants. I wore another dress by Three Floor, this time it was the City Lights dress and I can honestly say it's probably my favourite thing that I've worn so far this year.


I accessorised with my favourite embellished clutch from Accessorize and these beautiful sandals from New Look.


I used the Hyperlapse app to film this mini Outfit of the Night post which shows the dress a lot better.






So that's my birthday done and dusted for another year. Another year older, not remotely wiser. 

Vicky x
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1 September 2014

Restaurant Review | Mad Hatters Tea Party at The Sanderson Hotel

A few weekends ago my friend Natasha and I decided to visit the Mad Hatters Tea Party at The Sanderson Hotel for one of the most popular afternoon tea sessions in London.

I absolutely love afternoon tea and I'd wanted to visit the Alice in Wonderland themed Mad Hatters Tea Party at The Sanderson for so long that in the excitement I didn't even think to try and take decent blogging photos, I grabbed a few quick snaps on my iPhone which I'll be sharing in this post but it was such a great day that the only way you can truly do it justice is to visit for yourself - I know I'll certainly be going back.

When we arrived our table wasn't ready so we sat ourselves at the bar and indulged in a few bellinis (anybody who knows me will know how much I love a bellini!) which were mixed to perfection. The bar itself has a great vibe and atmosphere and I think it would be great for pre-night out drinks with the girls.

The menu is presented inside an old book and we had a quick peruse before we chose our teas, neither of us were feeling adventurous enough to try the proffered fruity teas and opted for "normal" tea instead. If you've not had tea brewed from leaves before you're missing out, it's the perfect cuppa.


The menu being stuck in the middle of a book added to the fairytale magic.


Look at me inching as close as possible to those delicious cakes and sandwiches!


The 'Drink Me' potion was delicious and probably my favourite part.


Who wouldn't love zebra dinnerware? 


A riddle to solve...


I absolutely loved the presentation of the sugar cubes in an old wind-up jewellery box!


Who doesn't love a teapot wearing a crown?


The food was absolutely delicious and we were regularly asked if we would like any more but for such small bites, they're super filling so we didn't take advantage of this. The sandwiches were lovely although I did accidentally bite into a salmon roll and for somebody who doesn't eat fish I felt like a veggie who had just eaten meat by accident. The scones were divine, I particularly liked the savoury ones with a herb butter and I think I'll whip a batch up myself.

There's a two hour limit on the tables but as they were super busy and running behind we were allowed to stay as long as we wanted and more cocktails were consumed!

All in all, it's a wonderful day out and a really nice treat. I'll definitely be going back! At £38 per head the price is reasonable for what you receive, I'd say it was worth every penny.

Have you been?

Vicky x
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