16.03.2018- On the Menu: 40 Maltby Street

Friday, 16 March 2018

I don’t know about you, but by the time the weekend arrives, there are few things I enjoy more than spending Saturday scouting out new foodie favourites. Gone are the mornings of trekking to Oxford Street (these days I can think of nothing worse!), supplanted instead with leisurely wanders and perusing the menus of some new dining discoveries. Last Saturday, before heading to the theatre, Hannah and I made a pit-stop at 40 Maltby Street to sample their small but perfectly balanced selection of dishes: 

With a tiny menu served out of an equally tiny kitchen, 40 Maltby Street is a wonderful option for a leisurely weekend lunch, but somewhere it’s worth arriving at early to avoid the queues which build up as the neighbouring market gets busy. We selected a handful of dishes to share between us- celeriac croquettes which were wonderfully flavoursome, and pork rilettes served with fresh bread baked by St.John- one of the most moreish dishes I think I’ve ever tasted! We also sampled some fresh fish in the shape of monkfish fritters served with seaweed, and oat crusted mackerel- both of which were delicious. With a perfectly relaxed atmosphere and a regularly rotating selection of dishes, 40 Maltby Street is definitely a new favourite, and one which I’m sure I’ll be heading back to soon. 

Have you visited any new restaurants recently? 

(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.)

14.03.2016- What I Wore Today #328

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Now that it feels like spring is in the air at long last, I’m eagerly anticipating packing away my winter coats for another year, and rediscovering some fair-weather wardrobe favourites too. For now, however, we’re trapped in that tricky transitional limbo where it seems to be gloriously sunny one day, and tipping down with rain the next, making it almost impossible to plan what to deck yourself out in in advance. It’s at times like this that I’m always grateful for those wonderfully versatile style staples which lend themselves so well to switching up for all occasions:
Jacket- Zara 
Jumper- Whistles 
Trousers- Espirit (via ASOS) 
Shoes- Nike 
Bag- Oliver Bonas 

The first trip out of the house of the year sans coat always feels a little bit preemptive, but in an attempt to will spring on just that little bit faster, last weekend I threw caution to the wind and plumped for this check jacket from Zara. Slightly oversized, it’s perfect for layering-here I popped it over a recent purchase in the shape of this Whistles ‘Le Weekend’ knit- a new staple which I’ve worn almost every Saturday since I bought it towards the end of January. Finally, this bag from Oliver Bonas, offering a much welcome burst of colour! 

Have you picked up any new fashion favourites recently? 

(Image credit: Hannah Hobson, please do not reproduce without permission.)

12.03.2018- Beauty Buys: Glossier's Lidstars

Monday, 12 March 2018

New beauty launches always tend to provoke a flurry of excitement, and over the last year or so Glossier’s have definitely been deserving of the hype. From their debut into the UK market towards the end of 2017, to their pop up shop in London, they’ve well and truly cracked the stealth marketing game. No surprise then, that their most recent unveiling received a suitably stellar premiere last weekend, debuting for the first time on the Oscars red carpet. Step forward, Lidstar:

I'm usually a creature of real habit when it comes to eyeshadows, but this launch well and truly piqued my interest, thanks predominantly to the cross-section of colours on offer. For my first Lidstar duo, I opted for Moon and Cub- an almost sheer pearl and warm rose gold respectively. It's early days, but so far, so promising- they're surprisingly long lasting, and the colour payoff is great- Cub in particular is a great alternative to a lot of the more neutral browns which I tend to reach for. My only gripe thus far is that the wand which they come with feels a little bit cumbersome for a clumsy bug like me, but practice makes perfect! 

Have you tried any new beauty bits recently? 

(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.)
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