Monday, 25 July 2016

Dinner at Lima Floral, Covent Garden

I've posted before about my dinner at Lima, London's michelin starred Peruvian restaurant. Well, as I was such a big fan of Lima, we decided to give a go to their smaller restaurant, Lima Floral.

The cocktail was a very strange one! It was a spicey one, which is what you get when you just read the names and don't actually read what is in it. It may have been a bit of an acquired taste, but by the end of the drink I actually really loved it! But perhaps not enough to order a second...

Overall, this was a great meal, and I would honestly say that the quality is not far below Lima. I also much prefered the decoration and atmosphere of Lima Floral - I loved the bright colours!

The food was delicious, although our desserts were most definitely odd. As is always a must in these sort of places, we each ordered something completely different so that we could sample as much of the menu as possible, and the desserts were decisively strange. Not bad, but strange, and I probably wouldn't order either of them again. However, the rest of the meal was absolutely spot on. My friend hadn't tried Peruvian food before but decided to go, and he absolutely loved it as well!

The price wasn't bad at all - For two of us it came to around £80, and this would have been less if we hadn't gone for the cocktails.

When compared to Lima itself, this is a difficult one to pick a favourite. I would probably go with Lima simply because the tasting menu we had there was a really great deal, however I think both offer great menus and a great atmosphere.

Have a look at the menu and make a booking over at their website, here!

Friday, 22 July 2016

Follow Friday 011

001. Hayley's posts always end up being very popular with me. Even though I don't typically read beauty blogs all that much anymore, hers is one that I always end up taking a look at. Recently, she posted all about how being a full time blogger isn't for everyone. As always, this is such a fantastically written post on an area that most bloggers just don't cover. I have no interest whatsoever in being a full time blogger though I can see why people would, but I found her perspectives very interesting!

002. Becky always posts the most beautiful pictures, and from her instagram I was already pretty certain I wanted to live in her house. Her newest post which was a look around her kitchen further cemented this to me. I mean - just look at this egg house! Who even knew egg houses were a thing?! So much need.

003. This is the first time I've ever featured a post from Laura here, but her latest post was just SO funny. It's all about dressing like a Pokemon trainer, right down to carrying a little egg around you. Maybe it sounds silly, but as you know I'm very much into the Pokemon addiction (had my preorder for Pokemon Moon since February now, just sayin) and this post was just such a funny read.

004. Another Pokemon post? Oops. Well, this time it's Cat's post on how you know you're a Pokemon Go addict. I found it a very funny read!

005. Hayley uploaded this post all about relateability as a blogger - and, going against what seems to be the norm these days, explained why she really didn't care about how relateable people are. This is an interesting read as it's the opposite side to what you normally view in these sort of posts!

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

A Summery Apricot Fashion Wish List

I've mentioned recently about my love for clothing store Apricot - a store I hadn't actually heard of until I stumbled upon one of their shops, and now their cute fashions are slowly taking over my wardrobe and may actually steal the crown of Favourite Fashion Store away from Oasis. It's time for a bit of a shopping day soon, so to get some inspiration I decided to have a look online to see what was available and try to narrow down my choices a little. Here's my 9 favourites - to view the item, just click the name and price to head on over to Apricot's website to purchase it yourself if you so wish!

Navy Watercolour Blossom Print Structured Dress - £29
First up, we have this beautiful dress that's a little bit different to the majority of the summery dresses out there at the moment. I have an Apricot dress already that looks very similar to this design though with differing colours - it's white with orange and yellow flowers - and it is one of my favourites by far. It's such a flattering style and I get so many compliments on it. Despite already owning basically the same dress, I'm very tempted to get this one as well!

Khaki Multi-coloured Brushstroke Floral Print Skater Dress - £32
This dress is very different to anything else I already own as khaki and similar colours are ones that I tend to avoid. However, I think this is a really pretty print and I think this would be a really flattering dress.

Mint & Grey Floral Watercolour Print Tea Dress - £34
This dress is one of those rare versatile ones that manages to work really well for both summery day wear and dinner wear. You could get away with a print like this in all sorts of occassions, and it looks so nice and light too - definitely a must right now!

Black Multi-Coloured Bright Rose Print Kaftan - £15
I have a few tops like this already and I just love them. I think a dark coloured top with a bright print over the top looks great, and this one is so loose and flowy looking that I bet it'll be super comfortable. This would look great paired up with a simple pair of jeans and again, I could see myself wearing this both at work and to go and socialise afterwards.

Red Multi-Coloured Tribal Print T-Shirt - £18
This top is one of those rare ones that you look at and just think, "wow." And for once, not for a bad reason! This top is SO vibrant and colourful and the design on it is so intricate that I just love it. I'm a big fan of statement tops and so this is a must have for me!

Charcoal Gem Stone Starfish Necklace - £8
I posted very recently about the fact that I'm really not a jewellery person. So you know this one must be a good choice if I've decided to pick it anyway! This necklace features five crystal embellished starfish, and I think it's just so pretty. To be honest, I'd struggle to know what to pair it with as I am hopeless at that sort of thing, but I want it to figure it out with (or just, you know, to sit there and look at) anyway.

White & Navy Vine Print Kaftan Top - £10
I love the print on this, and the style is one I haven't really seen before. I'd like to wear more stomach showing tops as it's my boyfriends' favourite part of me and he is constantly trying to encourage me to show it off a bit. However, most the tops out there I just wouldn't feel comfortable wearing - whereas one like this is still a stomach shower but I think looks much better and much more natural. It's also over 50% off so is a great price!

Feather Print Dip Hem Cut Out Back Blouse - £7
This top is simple and yet manages to be a little bit over the top at the same time. There's lots to look at, and yet I wouldn't feel out of place wearing it at work. I do really like the style to this as well - I'm getting much more into clothes that use different lengths to their advantages, and I think this is definitely one of those! Plus, again, it's over 50% off so is a great price right now!

Stone Multi-Coloured Diamante Heart Print T-Shirt - £10
9 times out of 10, when I mention Apricot to people at work they've never heard of the brand. I didn't realise how lucky I was to live so near one of their stores! However, this one was the exception, as the other day someone I work with wore this beautiful heart shirt in to work. And she looked great! It's such a nicely fitted shirt and the heart print is pretty without making it seem too young.

View these and the full range over at Apricot's website!

Which is your favourite?

Friday, 15 July 2016

Follow Friday 010

So, this post seems a little bit late. And it really, really is. See, I scheduled this to post a couple of weeks ago, but for whatever reason it didn't actually happen. Grumble grumble.

But I don't want you to miss out on some of the fantastic posts here, so even though it's a little bit late, I hope you enjoy finding some new posts in this anyway!

001. This week, I'm featuring Angi for the first time with her beautifully over the top kawaii blog post all about the lovely goodies she picked up from Tofu Cute. Some of the products she bought are just so cute that I wish I could find a way to fit them into my flat!

002. Another first time inclusion to #FF is Jessi, a travel blogger. She posted a wonderful post looking at some of her instagram photos and posting the reality behind what happened in them. I really love posts like this, I think they're so funny and it's definitely nice to be reminded that a perfect life rarely actually exists!

003. Rebecca posted her advice and reflections relating to mental health and exercise. I think this is a good post to read, as I think most people know that exercise is considered one of the best treatments for depression - however, of course, it's also incredibly hard to motivate yourself to do it when you're feeling down.

004. Hayley has made a post all about ASOS's new beauty range - and it's SO INCREDIBLY CUTE. Korean make up and beauty products seem to be the in thing right now, and Hayley's look at what's coming up really makes me want to give some a try. Especially as they remind me of Paperchase products, and Paperchase has been one of my favourite stores for a long time!

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Pokemon GO - A Review

If you know me at all, you probably know I'm a massive Pokemon fan. I wouldn't consider myself a big gamer, although there are a few games that I do get addicted to - and you know what, that may well be a post for another day! But Pokemon is one of those games that I will always buy and that I will always love.

I've been waiting for the release of Pokemon Go for quite some time now, and was very excited when it finally came out! (And for fellow Europeans, just google for the APK if you use android and you too can use it since there's no sign of our release date right now!)

What IS Pokemon Go? Well, it's a mobile game and it's very simple. It features the original 150 pokemon and your aim is, of course, to collect them all.

Depending on where you live, different options will be available to you. There are Pokestops, where you can spin a dial to win items such as Pokeballs and eggs, and there are gyms. I'm quite lucky as I live in central London, which means there are zillions of Pokestops and from my flat alone I can see six gyms. My Essex living friend has probably about half the amount I have from his house, but still more than enough to get playing with, but I imagine the further out you are the less there will be for you to play with. You walk around the map, and as you walk your avatar will walk with you and will allow you to interact with the different items.

Here's a look at mine!

Of course, the main part of the game is collecting your Pokemon. As you can see in the bottom corner, this tells me what Pokemon are nearby and how far away they are. If I click on it, it'll show you...

So as you can see from this, there are two Pokemon nearby. The nearest Pokemon isn't in my Pokedex yet, but next to that there's a Ratatta which is visible as I've already caught several.

That's another thing - different areas have different Pokemon in them. My area seems to have a bit of variety of the basic Pokemon, but my high street appears to have a major Ratata problem. I went for a walk along the canal yesterday and got attacked by Zubats, whilst at work I've found quite a few Nidorans. Meanwhile, the DLR network seems to be quite full of Drowzees. To catch the Pokemon, you just throw Pokeballs at them. To catch my initial Charmander this took bloody ages but it's easy to get the hang of when it comes to aiming and throwing the ball the correct amount.

The best thing about all this though? Seeing the Pokemon in real life. It works through your camera, which is brilliant as you get to picture having the Pokemon near you. Which is basically ALL I EVER WANTED. I've got pictures of a Zubat hovering ominously above a co-workers head, of three Ratatas in the shopping centre, and of a Drowzee sitting on a tube platform. Here's my favourite though, of a Haunter trapping me in a bathroom.

To evolve your Pokemon, you need a certain amount of points which you can then use to evolve them. Of course, there are also gym battles, which I'll say as much as to say that this is not at all the same as it is in the normal DS games, but I'll make a separate post on that another time. Battles would definitely be better if they matched the games more!

Overall, this game is a lot of fun for the simple joy of seeing Pokemon around you and getting to collect them all over again. It is, however, a definite battery drainer. I left for work fifteen minutes early this morning so that I could catch some Pokemon in the local park (I know how lame that sounds. I KNOW. You don't have to tell me.) Then, when I got off the tube near work, I caught a couple more on my way in. So let's assume I played for a total of thirty minutes, though it was probably a little less than that. Aside from that, I did exactly the same as I always do. I did notice by lunch time that my battery was definitely less than it normally was. Normally I charge my phone at around 9pm onwards, however today I needed to charge it from 6:30 pm, and to be honest I probably put off using my phone as much as I normally do later on because I could see it dropping and wanted music for the journey home!

However, still a lot of fun and worth it, but do be prepared for the battery drain. If your phone already struggles, this is probably not the one for you!

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