Monday, 16 May 2016

Bottomless Brunch at Urban Coterie

 The other day, I went for a lovely bottomless brunch at Urban Coterie in Shoreditch. As you'll know if you've been reading my blog for any time at all, I am a really big fan of high up restaurants and bars. I've tried a surprisingly high number of them, and yet for some reason Urban Coterie wasn't even on my list!

I was really impressed with the interior of the place. It's beautiful, clean yet colourful and with some lovely lighting. I really liked it and thought it had a great atmosphere.

As part of the bottomless brunch you get two hours of unlimited Mimosas (which really were very delicious) and your choice of three dishes.

I started off with this duck egg and salmon meal, which was really very delicious.

This was followed by waffles, bacon and a poached egg. I was disappointed by this - I thought the bacon's texture was off and the waffle just didn't taste great.

For my final course I picked this chocolate and hazelnut delice - which was good, but really small.

Overall? I was pretty disappointed. This cost £32 and I will say that the mimosas were delicious, but the food I'd say was pretty average. There were three plates but they were tiny and really not filling at all. After eating it I'm disappointed to say I went straight to a supermarket to buy more food as I was still really hungry - and this was bearing in mind the fact that I did also have breakfast before I left the house! The actual restaurant was nice and I would perhaps consider returning again for something else but I really didn't consider the price worth it overall.

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Friday, 13 May 2016

Doofy Dinos Phone Case - from Etsy!

The other month I finally decided that enough was enough, I needed a new phone case. I'd put it off for over a year as I've got the HTC One M8 - more specifically, I've got it in the limited edition blue colour which I think is an absolutely beautiful colour. In fact, that's obviously the reason I bought it in that colour - because I like it! However, I just keep managing to catch the corners in my bag and in my pocket and decided it was about time I got a case for it.

Us Android users definitely have less choice than Apple users when it comes to getting pretty cases for our phones, so after having an unsuccessful browse I decided to look on Etsy. Which is when I came across these lovely doofy dinosaurs!

As you can see, it's a beautiful case. It doesn't clash with the blue at all and it's solid so you can't see any of the blue coming out through it. The dinosaurs are cute (I especially love the chubby t-rex) and I've had lots and lots of compliments on this case already. People at work are constantly asking where I got it from! The fit is pretty good - it does feel a tiny bit loose as you can move it up and down, however I've gotten used to this and don't actually notice it anymore. More importantly, the phone does feel completely secure and I don't see it somehow slipping out any time soon, and there's good access to all of the buttons. It came really quickly as well - only a couple of days after I ordered it!

If you'd like your own doofy dinosaurs, I got them here for £13 from EmSeeItch's store. Do browse the rest of the store, as the dinos are available for lots of different types of phone, and there's plenty of other designs available if dinosaurs aren't quite your thing!

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Spring/Summer Clothes Haul; Featuring Gap, New Look and Quiz!

I had a real bad week the other week and so the way I decided to cheer myself up was the old fashioned way of going and buying some new clothes. I spent a bit more than I actually intended to, but I've been getting a lot of wear out of most of these clothes already so no regrets at all here!

Let's start with Gap. First of all I bought this beautiful orange hoodie, which I'm wearing as I'm writing this. It's more orange than these pictures suggest and it's such a nice shade that goes surprisingly well with my colour. It's also super comfortable and probably ideal for warmer evenings as even though I'm wearing it indoors right now it's a little chilly with it on but still super comfortable.

Next up I got this shirt. I LOVE the feel of this shirt. This is one of those tops that I looked at and wasn't entirely sure as to whether I wanted to buy it, as you can get clothes in similar patterns in much cheaper shops like Primark. However, as soon as I put it on I knew I wanted to buy it. Again, it is SO comfortable. The material is super soft and just feels lovely on your skin, and makes me feel a little bit like I'm wearing pyjamas in public but also like I just don't care about that!

My final Gap purchase was these jeans. It took me so long to find these jeans, jeans just don't fit me. I think I'm weirdly sized when it comes to leg length to hip width ratio as I just really struggle to find anything that fits. Luckily, Gap have like a million different sizes and styles and so I took advantage of the fact that I was shopping at an odd time of day and therefore the store was empty and tried on about 14 pairs of jeans. Finally, this pair fit me! Ironically the day after my trusty skinny jeans that I've had for about ten years decided to rip, so it's a good job I bought these ones afterall.

Just one item from New Look, and it's this bikini. I really like this bikini as I think it looks a lot like the range Victoria's Secret sell, but for a significantly lower price. I will say that the top doesn't make the most attractive shape on you, but I really like the colours (and there are other options available if you're not keen on the blue!) and it more than does the job.

And finally, we have two items from Quiz! I mentioned last month that I was really impressed by what Quiz had been bringing out lately, and this month was definitely no exception. They have such bright, beautiful colours at the moment and I'm just loving the design choices. I managed to narrow it down to just two items, the first being this beautiful top.

The final item was this dress, which was really hard to picture. Basically, this dress is multiple lengths. One side of it goes down to my ankles, one side is much shorter, with a sort of inbetween layer to make it all come together. The fabric is lovely and I think this dress will be so versatile. It's also great for people like me - maxi dresses look absolutely ridiculous on me but for some reason this dress doesn't!

Ta-da! What do you think? All items purchased in person from Gap, New Look and Quiz Clothing.

Friday, 6 May 2016

Follow Friday 009

001. This week I'm featuring Chloe for the first time, as I just loved her post on being a makeup hoarder. I threw away so much make up when I moved house last month and for the most part I have no idea how I ever accumulated it. I found this to be a really funny post, and will probably ring true with a lot of you!

002. I seem to be getting into make up again lately, and Hayley's post about Urban Decay's new Alice in Wonderland collaboration definitely made me want it. The palette looks so beautiful, though I'm not too sure about the lipstick colours!

003. Angie's blog is always the one you go to if you want to see something luxurious, and her post on Sake No Hana was no exception. Look how beautiful the whole place looks!

004. I'm featuring Erin on Follow Friday for the first time for her wonderful post all about ClueQuest. Things like this are events that a lot of friends of mine do but they've just never appealed to me. I see them and I think they look like so much fun, but I just don't think I'd enjoy them myself. However, this post has definitely inspired me to think more about it!

005. I do love a bit of a ranty post. When people are annoyed with products, I really, really enjoy reading them. Therefore I really enjoyed Corinne's post all about what she definitely wouldn't include if she made her own beauty box, following a particularly disappointing GlossyBox!

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Dog Time, with BorrowMyDoggy!

As some of you may know, I had to give up my dog, Robbie, when I moved house two months ago. Don't worry, he's perfectly safe - my previous housemate and I were his joint owners for four years, and as she works normal hours and was buying a new house whereas I work shifts with no potential for buying whatsoever, it just made way more sense for it to be him who kept him.

However, I have been very sad without my doggie time, and though I of course miss Robbie very much I wanted something there to fill the void. And that's where BorrowMyDoggy comes in! And before I get started with this, I figure I should mention that I'm in no way being sponsored to make this post, nor have I been asked to. I've just been using the website and decided to give them a mention!

BorrowMyDoggy is basically a site where busy people who own dogs allow other people to borrow them. There are all sorts of different arrangements there, but in the vast majority of cases in my area at least, the people that want their dogs to be borrowed are looking for people like me - basically, people who work unusual hours and are therefore there to give their dog some attention during the day while the owner is at work. Again, this probably varies by area, but in my area at least there are also a surprising amount of puppies where the owners want the pups to be well socialised, and a significant majority are small dogs. There are really a bizarre amount of labradoodles and smaller breeds in my area, apparently!

Basically, how the site works is simple. There is a small membership fee to pay which covers the cost of your insurance. Then, you make your profile, and you start having a look at what dogs are in your area and take a look at their profiles. Profiles include some information about the dogs, what the owner wants, and when the owner wants you to come and borrow the dog. From contacting multiple owners, there's a real variety there - in the case of my dog, the owner would like me to come on a particular day each week. Some are happy for you to come as and when, and some specifically want people on certain dates that they're not around.

Then, there's the awkward bit. After exchanging some messages, off you go to meet the owner and their dog. I was worried that this would be super awkward and it felt an awful lot like I was preparing to go on a date with someone, but actually it was completely fine. We went on a walk together and it really wasn't awkward at all as we had a very obvious thing in common - we both really liked dogs. Therefore it was really easy to talk about the dogs I had owned, the dogs I used to look after when I worked at a dog shelter, etc etc. And luckily, me and the dog got on too - so this is your little introduction to the very beautiful dog that you can see in the photo up top, the lovely husky that I now borrow!

For me, one dog is enough to borrow. She's 11 years old, but still a husky, so still an active and stubborn dog! In my case, the owner has neighbors look after her a couple of days a week but doesn't have anyone to look after her on Wednesdays and Fridays. I would struggle to commit to both days but borrow her on most Wednesdays when work allows it, and if the owner is going to be late coming back on a Friday she will ask me if I can pop in to see her or to give her her food which is fine by me. In my case, I also have a key for the house but this is probably largely because my hours are completely bizarre and because it specifically makes more sense in my case for me to look after her during the day, especially being a big and active dog.

It's great having some animal time in my life again. It sounds very silly to people who don't like dogs or who aren't used to having them, but I really look forward to my time visiting my borrowed doggie - especially now the weather is getting nicer and I'm happy to have an excuse to take her for a long walk or to come jogging with me!

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