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Showing posts with label review. Show all posts
Showing posts with label review. Show all posts

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Toolkit or hair clip?!

Leatherdos review

This is a very important hair clip. The moment I came across this hair clip with built in tools, I knew that I had to have it. I am a big fan of functional fashion, and this pretty much ticks all the boxes. I wasn't alone since after finally finding and ordering it on Animi Causa, I received an email telling me that there would be some delay in shipping due to unprecedented demand. But I really didn't mind waiting for such a nifty little item.
I've been obsessed with Swiss Army knives, penknives and multi-tools since I was a tiny child. My Dad gave me my first Swiss Army knife and I wore it attached to my Brownie Guide culottes, until I was told I wasn't allowed to bring a knife with me (which is fair enough really). It's not so much that I am really into any of the specific functions of tools or knives, it's more that I love being prepared for anything. I love the idea that with this hair clip, I could saw up some twigs or bits of string, I could repair my own glasses (another piece of functional fashion), or I could measure something tiny in the forest!
Another thing I adore about this hair clip is the fusion of unfathomable bad-assery (yeah, that's a word now, I decided) and something inherently innocuous and 'feminine'. The pictures on the website show it as a Kippah clip (to fix the skullcap traditionally worn by Jewish men to the crown of their heads), but the glowing reception this hair clip has received online has mainly been from women as far as I can tell. This simple hair clip is so much more than it seems, and for some reason that resonates with me.
I've tried out the little saw, the ruler and the small screwdriver, and they are all great. I've not tried using it as a trolley coin yet, and I'm a little skeptical about that part, since it is a US-designed product. I don't know if it will work in a UK trolley. Follow me on Twitter and I'll keep you updated! For now, I shall stop waxing lyrical about a hair clip, but suffice to say I think it's awesome. Can you tell?

pale wrist veins
red hair don't care
hair clip with tools

This hair clip can be purchased at Animi Causa, which does free worldwide shipping. I was not paid to review this product, not was I sent it for free, but hey, Animi Causa, if you wanna hit me up, I 'ain't gonna say no!

Monday, 10 December 2012

Goats' Cheese Delight! House Gallery Café - Camberwell

I've lived in the Camberwell area for over a year now, but until the other day, I'd not found a really wonderful cafe south of the river. I noticed the House Gallery Café when I went past it on the bus on the way to Peckham one evening, and made a mental note that I had to go back there at some point as it looked intimate yet airy, and had a slightly alternative look to it. Recently, I've not been being very creative with my outfits so I thought I'd mix it up a little bit to go to a new cafe! Why not?!
teal tulle skirt We visited the House Gallery Café with our lovely friend Emma, on a crisp, bright and blustery day and it was warm and welcoming inside. I immediately ordered a Soy Chai Latte which is my go-to cafe order. It was foamy and frothy and smooth. I really like Chai Lattes and this one did not disappoint. I've tasted very sweet, honeyed Chai, and very savoury, spiced chai, and this one sat somewhere between those two extremes.
house gallery cafe
bacon sandwich south london
goats cheese sandwich south london
Dan ordered a luscious, breakfasty bacon sandwich on soft white bread, and I ordered a Goats' Cheese, bacon and avocado sandwich, also on white bread. At first, the guy behind the till told me they'd run out of Goats' Cheese, and so I said I'd be happy with ordinary cram cheese. To my delight, when my sandwich arrived, the guy told me that he'd run out to buy Goat's Cheese especially for my sandwich because I'd looked so crestfallen before! What a top lad! The sandwich was soft, the bacon was crunchy and it was ace with the rocket salad.
The House Gallery Café, as the name suggests, is also an art gallery, and the profits from the café go towards the running of the gallery. It's a great space, the staff are attentive and friendly and I can't wait to visit again. Next time, I think I'll have to try one of their fresh, home-made milkshakes.

belted jumper

*Tartan Shirt - Topshop*
*Black Jumper and Teal Tulle Skirt - YesStyle.co.uk*
*Leather Belt - Topshop*
*Deer Brooch - A gift from my Uncle* 

I've also reviewed a Korean cafe in London, and a vintage cafe in Brighton. Check those out, if you like!

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Blackbird Tea Rooms - A Slice of Brighton's Past!

I've been in Brighton for a couple of days on tour with the Gorilla Perfume bus. Stay tuned for a post about what we've been up to, and how beautiful all of the new fragrances smell. Until then, I've got INCREDIBLE NEWS about a new tea room in Brighton.
blackbird tea room
In case you hadn't already noticed, my life is spent in constant pursuit of whimsy. When it comes to anything twee, I am basically sold. That said, I like to think I can be at least a little bit discerning with these things. Perhaps I am a connoisseur of whimsy. I like that title - let's stick with that.
My stepdad, Andrew, had been recommending me Blackbird for a while, and yesterday seemed to be the perfect time for a vintage pick-me-up. Blackbird is situated on Ship Street, nestled among several other lovely cafes and eateries. There's Marwood which caters to the slightly scruffy, absurdist, coffee aficionado, Cafe Coho which is much more slick and trendy-looking, as well as Bagelman (my all-time favourite Bagel shop on the planet). I love all of these places, and I really hope that they ALL manage to survive in a competitive area!

vintage photo collection
vintage tea collection
The interior of Blackbird manages to address my craving for all things vintage, whimsical, and ever-so-twee, whilst still seeming somehow 'fresh'. It's very easy for a vintage-style tea room to become cloying or sickeningly twee, or aggressively vintage. Blackbird avoids this completely, pairing the vintage collections of photos, postcards and tea paraphernalia with white walls and mirrors, giving the place a light and airy atmosphere.
vintage china vintage postcard collection

Andrew and I chose to sit by the window which gave us a good view of the Fabrica gallery as well as some of the cafes I mentioned above. All of the china is vintage, and matches in a delicately mismatched sort of way. I really like mismatched crockery. In fact, I'm a big fan of mismatched EVERYTHING!!
The menu offered a suitably vintage array of cakes, teas, and savoury snacks. The couple at the table next to us ordered some gorgeous little sandwiches which came cut into triangles and carefully arranged on plates. I was very tempted but it seemed like a tea-and-cake sort of an afternoon. We ordered a pot of Earl Grey for two.

Vintage Earl Grey

Andrew had a slice of the Blackbird cake, the cafe's signature cake which was essentially a Victoria Sponge with blackberry jam instead of strawberry jam. I tried a bit and I've concluded that I prefer this sort of Victoria Sponge to the original type. I ordered a coffee and walnut cake, which was fluffy and perfectly sweet. Both cakes came with mixed berries scattered around the plate. We all know how much I love cake, and this cake was mindblowing.

Ship Street Brighton coffee and walnut

Yes I know, this is two photos of the same cake from different angles. Rather gratuitous, I know, but it was a glorious cake and as such it was necessary to capture its wonderment! In the background of the photo on the right, you can see the Blackbird cake that Andrew ordered.

blackbird brighton blackbird cake

As we paid, the beautiful woman at the till asked me if I was based in Brighton as they are starting up a craft evening. I was heartbroken to have to tell them I lived in London now. Can I justify moving back to Brighton so I can drink tea, eat cake, and do some knitting with these lovely ladies? You should check out their website and facebook page for more photos and information - this may well be my favourite vintage tearoom in the country and I've been to a fair few! I will definitely be visiting again when I'm next in Brighton, and so should you - especially if you love all things vintage, waitresses with victory rolls, incredible cake, and a well-decorated toilet! (Yes, even the toilet is perfect!) I'm in love!

Monday, 28 May 2012

Retail Therapy - Cosmetics

As I said in my post yesterday, I indulged in a spot of retail therapy to celebrate the end of my placement. I had been planning my perfect 'end-of-placement' weekend for the best part of a term, and I had factored some fairly heavy shopping into the equation. Let's see what I got then, shall we?
So, as well as buying birthday presents for my Dad and my Stepdad (I won't show you, as I've not given the presents to them yet, and I don't want to spoil any surprises!) I also treated myself to some new makeup, brushes, and handcream.
Looking at the photo above, it may have become clear to you that I chose to buy my makeup from Bobbi Brown this weekend. If you made that deduction, well done! I salute your investigative powers. I really do. However, having spent a fairly sizable wedge of money on the setting powder, blush and eyeshadows pictured above, I couldn't justify buying high-quality Bobbi Brown brushes, so I bought my blush and powder brushes from the Boots basic/cheapo range. They aren't bad brushes, although they (like the foundation and concealer brushes from the same range) tend to lose a couple of bristles with each use.
I went to the Bobbi Brown counter in the John Lewis on Oxford Street, and a very helpful sales assistant took me through what shades would suit me, and showed me how to apply them. Pictured, is the white setting powder, and a palate including (left to right) Blush - Nude Peach; Metallic Eye Shadow - Champagne Quartz, and Eye Shadow - Taupe. All of the colours appear darker in this picture, as it is taken indoors, with minimal natural light.  So far, I am very pleased with these products. If only I'd known how useful a setting powder could be, before now! Plus, I was always against blush or rouge of any kind, believing it went against my desire to cultivate my pallor. I couldn't be more wrong - I can stay super-pale how I like it, and the blush just makes me look less like I am on death's door. It doesn't make me orange or clownlike, as long as I am sparing!
I really enjoy any procedure where someone is doing something nice for me (oo-er), such as waxing, eyelash tinting, or having my makeup done. As a result, I can't recommend the Bobbi Brown sales staff enough! I've always had good experiences with them, and they know what they are on about, which definitely enhances the experience. Of course, they are trying to make a sale, but as I've got older, I've become more confident to say what I do and don't want.
Now, I don't know if this photo is really going to help to sell any makeup to anyone, as I am not exactly Kate Moss, but I was looking for really natural-looking makeup, and I definitely got it. I get a lot of joy from applying makeup; it is like art, in a way. I find all of the blending and matching great fun, which is one of the main reasons I wear makeup. In addition, I've been feeling fairly down about my appearance of late, and it is amazing what taking the time to apply makeup to one's face can do if one is in need of some self-care.
Finally, here is the Burt's Bees Almond Hand Cream that I bought. I wanted to get this a long time ago, but the school in which I was working, was a 'nut free zone', including cosmetics. I didn't particularly want to be responsible for anyone having an attack of the bad-nuts, so I held off on this purchase despite it smelling like HEAVEN. Oh good LORD, it smells good. I mean, if you don't like almonds, you'll hate it, but if you are an almond-enthusiast like me, it is your new best friend. The consistency is fairly greasy, which is to be expected from a heavy-duty hand cream with a beeswax base, but the incredible smell makes the greasiness worth it until it sinks in. LAHVLEH!
Stay tuned, folks, for more posts about my perfect weekend, including Eurovision funtimes, and an introduction to our beautiful new kitten!

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Seoul Bakery Review.

Today's blog photos are brought to you by Instagram. That's not to say I've come into the 21st century and become a technology savvy person with an iPhone or anything - I do however have an iPod, and so I thought I'd download the Instagram app to see what the hype was about. It's proved much better than Hipstamatic so far, but the photos aren't as good as from an iPhone 4, so you'll have to bear with me!


Seoul Bakery is located on St. Giles High Street, in London, between Soho and Covent Garden. It is a tiny little place, and I've heard that it isn't uncommon to have to queue for food/seats there. Dan and I love Japanese food (see our attempt to make okonomiyaki) and have always been curious about Korean, so we chose to go at about 2pm on a Saturday. We were incredibly lucky that two people were just leaving when we arrived. There are roughly ten seats in the whole restaurant, which gives it a very intimate atmosphere. At one point, I felt compelled to ask the guys sitting next to me if they minded my blowing my nose... 
The two photos above show the front of the restaurant. This crowded, eclectic aesthetic was continued inside the shop, as you'll see!

I don't know if visitors are encouraged to leave messages, but they certainly DO. All of the walls are covered in notes and post-its, in an array of different languages. Some messages are even recommending dishes from the menu, which I think is sweet. I ordered the Teokbokki, despite having NO idea what it was - I had never experienced any Korean food before, so I figured it didn't really matter WHAT I got. Dan got a dish called Kimchi Chiggae, but I didn't manage to get a picture of it.
We also got some Gimbap, which is essentially Korean Sushi. 



My Teokbokki turned out to be noodles, rice-cakey cylinders, and tofu in a spicy chilli sauce, with some cheese on top, and an egg. I don't really know how else to describe it, but it was very nice, and extremely filling. For the price, it was incredible. Dan loved his dish too, which was a sort of broth, with big lumps of tofu in it. We were full of food and joy by the end of it all!
The service was attentive and prompt, and the whole experience was great. Part of me doesn't want to recommend this restaurant because I want to keep it to myself, but that would be doing it a disservice, and it really was excellent.
If you are ever curious about Korean food as we were, I reckon it's a good place to start, and if you are hungry and skint in central London, give this restaurant a go for sure! I will certainly be going back in the next few weeks, to try more Korean cuisine!

Soon, I'll be devising a 'schedule' for my blog updates, so everything will be regular and predictable! Hurrah! How about looking at other cafe reviews I've done, such as the Blackbird Tearooms in Brighton, or the House Gallery cafe in Camberwell?