Flowers are blooming all around us, including in our closets :) Roses, daffodils, daisies and orchids are a big fashion trend for Spring/Summer 2012. Floral prints have been all over the runways by designers from Prada to Dolce & Gabbana to Valentino. The floral print trend is feminine and fresh, and a great look to ensure you stand out from the crowd this summer.
You can mix up the colours to suit your mood, whether you feel like wearing bold colours such as red and blue, or more subtle colours, such as white and black. The floral trend is completely versatile, so you can adapt it to suit your personality; so don’t think floral is only for girly girls or grandma’s; it can also be an edgy bold look!
From the runways the floral trend has also hit the high street and I just couldn’t resist picking up this floral print floaty top from ZARA a little while ago. I am not normally one for girly prints but I seem to received lots of lovely comments from people when I wear this top so I am glad I added this cute top to my summer wardrobe. Here a recent outfit of the day:
Silk sheer floral ruffle long sleeve top by ZARA
Light blue jeggings from H&M (as seen here)
My arm candy: Watch by Michael Kors (find online at ASOS here) // Silver lucky clover bracelet (as seen here) // white crocodile bone ball bracelet (my parents bought it for me on their recent holiday to Cuba) // Gold cable bracelet with heart by Regina Pierallini (link) // Heart charm chain bracelet by Tiffany & Go // Turquoise and pink bracelets by H&M
Beige leather pump wedges by Invito (on sale now for €49.99 here)
I honestly can’t enter a ZARA store at the moment without buying something! These are some other florals items from ZARA that I have my little eye on….
I absolutely ADORE the white floral blazer…….What do you think of the floral print trend; will you be adding some blossom to your wardrobe this summer?
A few weeks ago it was my flatmate’s birthday so we decided to celebrate this special day together the only way we could think possible….over good food!! We are both real foodies so for her actual birthday night I got us a booking at one of London’s top Italian restaurants that had been on our to-go-to list for a while but warrented a special occasion and this was certainly a perfectly good reason to spoil ourselves to a lovely evening out!
The River Café is located along the north bank of the London Thames near Hammersmith and Fulham and was set up by acclaimed British chef and cookery writer Rose Gray (together with Ruth Rogers) in 1987. Since then the restaurant has become a bit of a London institution for its simple, unpretentious but delicious flavours of Italian home cooking with an emphasis on the finest ingredients. The restaurant earned a Michelin star in 1997 and is also known as a breeding ground for a number for successful chefs that have trained in its kitchen; Jamie Oliver, Sam and Sam Clark of Moro and Ed Baines of Randall & Aubin; just to name a few!
The restaurant is a not an easy find, being a bit hidden off the main roads but well worth finding because when you arrive you are bound to love the outdoor garden terrace (which we decided deserves a re-visit for a sunny outdoor weekend lunch sometime this summer!) and the stunning view overlooking the Thames.
Here is the birthday girl overlooking the river by a pretty spring sunset!
I have to say from the moment we walked into the restaurant we were wowed by the customer service of the super friendly and helpful staff. The restaurant has incorporated the bar, dining area and kitchen area into one big space housed in a warehouse. I loved the modern, fresh and light interior and felt the place had a great buzzy atmosphere!
The menus at the River Café change twice daily to respond to the seasons and what is best in the market, with simplicity being key to their food. Signature dishes include the wild mushroom risotto; Dover sole and John Dory smoked in the restaurant’s own wood stove, plus the must have rich Italian desserts including lemon almond cake or the chocolate “Nemesis” cake (but more on that later…)
Now onto the menu for that day…
Each menu is is set out in a traditional Italian way with antipasti, primi, secondi, i formaggi and dolce e gelati. Each dish looked so mouth watering..we definitely took a while to decide what to order on the menu, we wanted to try everything!
But first things first…… a prosecco to toast to the birthday gal :)
Washed down with beautiful home cooked bread and their own to-die-for olive oil!
We decided to share two entrees….
The antipasti with the most amazing mozzarella I’ve ever tasted. It just melted in my mouth!
And char grilled scottish scallops with fresh chilli and rocket and broad bean salad.
For the mains I had the grilled Sea Bass and my flatmate the perfectly cooked lamb.
All the food was delicious and let’s say those plates left our table sparkling clean hehe. It just proves how very simple ingredients can make the most amazing meals.
Then even though we were pretty stuffed after all that food, we just HAD to make room for dessert:
1) it was her birthday
2) their signature dish the ‘Chocolate Nemesis’ sounded too good to resist and
3) we are both huge dessert lovers and we are often heard saying ‘there is always room in that seperate compartment of your stomach, reserved just for dessert’ ;)
I had told the restaurant it was her birthday so they were very sweet and brought the dessert out with a candle and Happy Birthday written on the plate! ♥
This was truly a spectacular cake! It is part flour-less chocolate cake and part melt in your mouth chocolate mousse..nommmmmmm. It’s light, fluffy and incredibly moist but definitely very chocolately and filling at the same time. I am glad we shared this dessert because we couldn’t have had a whole piece of this indulgent cake after our dinner. I loved this dessert so much that I tracked down the recipe to try to re-create this epic cake for a dinner party some time to wow my guests socks of with!
Here is the recipe if you want to give it a whirl yourself and please do let me know how you get on :)
Melt the chocolate and butter together in a bain marie. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Preheat the oven to 160 degrees and line a 27cm springform cake tin with foil.
Beat together the eggs and sugar with an electric mixer for five minutes until they’ve quadrupled in volume. Fold the chocolate and butter mixture into the eggs and sugar and stir thoroughly. Pour the mixture into the prepared cake tin.
Place the cake in a large roasting tin in the oven, then pour enough boiling water into the tin to rise 3/4 up the side of the cake. Cook in the preheated oven for over an hour, then turn the oven off and allow to cool completely before removing. Serve with crème fraiche.
Make a wish birthday girl :)
We had an amazing evening and it’s definitely one of those restaurants that makes you want to get a 150-hours-a-week job as an investment banker, just so you can afford to eat here every day!
If you are a fan of Clinique’s Chubby Sticks you will be happy to learn that from the 1st of June they are adding eight new shades to the range! Clinique Chubby Sticks are very popular, even winning an ELLE Beauty Award, because their multi-tasking, nourishing balms are packed with nutritious ingredients to keep lips soft, while also providing a sheer hint of colour.
I’d never had the pleasure of owning one of these, so as you can imagine I was very excited to see if its reputation lived up to its hype when Clinique sent me of their new colours ‘Mighty Mimosa’ to try.
The Chubby Sticks is basically a moisturizing lip colour balm that gives your lips a nice wash of sheer colour. It comes in a pencil style applicator that rolls up for ease of use.
Mightly Mimosa is a gentle natural pink which feels super soft on your lips because their award winning formula is packed with Shea Butter, Mango Seed Butter and Jojoba Seed Oil.
Clinique Mighty Mimosa
Top: swatched on hand
Mid: natural light
Bottom: with flash
FOTD makeup used:
Bourjois Healthy Mix Gel Serum Foundation (review here)
MAC Warm Soul as highlighter on my cheekbones (review here)
Urban Decay Sin (applied all over lid)
Urban Decay Naked & Buck (applied to crease and along lower lashline)
MAC Espresso eye shadow (lightly in outer V)
L’Oreal Super Thin Liquid Liner
17 Va-Va Voom Mascara
Conclusion? I have been wearing this lip balm quite a lot recently and think the Chubby Sticks live up to their reputation; a lip balm in a pencil shape that keeps your lips from drying out whilst providing them with sheer long lasting colour! Perfect :)
The other new shades in the collection include; Heaping Hazelnut, Bountiful Blush, Two Ton Tomato, Oversized Orange, Curvy Candy, Pudgy Peony and Voluptuous Violet.
Have you tried one the Chubby Sticks before?
Priced at £16 each, the new shades are available at Clinique counters nationwide from 1st June, 2012 or visit www.clinique.co.uk for more information.
For a while now I have been lusting after some RayBan Wayfarer sunglasses and with summer coming up I wanted to bite the bullet and splurge on some new sunnies. I found my perfect pair online at SmartBuy Glasses.
RayBan Tortoise (RB4105) Folding Wayfarers (link)
Denim Jacket by Bershka
Gold scarf by LK Bennett
Earrings by Regina Pierallini (link)
I just love them!! I have always been a fan of the Wayfarers shape but I found that the RayBans original frames have quite a predominant slant to them which doesn’t really suit my face shape. That’s why I am so happy I discovered the folding Wayfarer style because they are a very similar shape to the originals but without the heavy slant. The soft tortoise design is also a nice change from the standard black I think.
The lenses are also polarized which means they reduce glare reflected at some angles off shiny non-metallic surfaces such as water, aka perfect for my upcoming sailing holiday in Croatia this summer :)
These sunnies are really light weight and you might be wondering ‘folding’ sunglasses, what does that mean? Well it means they fold down so you can store them easily in your back pocket or handbag – very convenient for travel I think!
Do you like my new glasses and are you eyeing up any new sunnies this summer?