Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Rooftop Cinema - Bussey Building

A few weeks ago during a particularly strong London downpour I very optimistically booked tickets for the Peckham rooftop film club to go see High Rise last weekend.

And I got SO LUCKY. Look at this beaut!
The film club runs all summer on the rooftop of the Bussey Building, and it's a very slick little operation.
Sponsored by Nespresso, all the deckchairs are branded and the staff hand out blankets for when the sun sets. There's a cute little popcorn and chocolate shack too!

But the best bit... Is the view.
The other half of the rooftop is a bar, with food popups and a Nespresso sponsored photo booth.

Went a bit cray.

Forza Win are currently in residence serving up mega steak aioli sandwiches, which I'd recommend eating before the film starts/sun sets otherwise it's a bit messy. Tasted incredible but not exactly the best thing to eat on your knees people.
All that was left to do was sit back, relax, snuggle up in our blankets and watch Tom Hiddleston in a very disturbing film. Set in the 70's and very beautiful to look at but omg... Bizarre. Bussey was the perfect setting to watch a film set in a high rise block though!

I would definitely go again, maybe to watch a horror movie... The setting is incred and you really get your money's worth. Book here asap!

See you there!



Wednesday, 20 July 2016

July Faves

Gosh I take back what I said in my last post, summer has finally arrived!

I thought I'd round up a few of my current faves after using these religiously over the past few weeks.

Gap Nap t-shirt - I totally forgot about Gap's loungewear... it's so good! The materials are all so soft and they have some great mix and match pastels at the mo. I have been living in this nap t-shirt I love it so much.

Bumble & Bumble Tonic Lotion - I got this to help me achieve a slightly more "finished" look when I blow-dry my hair and omg it's amazing. Completely revives my hair and smells lovely.

Clinique Super City Block - This is a broad spectrum SPF 40 tinted cream. It's described as a great base for a makeup primer but somehow I don't need foundation over this. That's never happened to me! It's slightly tinted and goes on sheer but seems to even out my skin tone with a very natural finish. I seriously can't live without it, I'm so impressed.

Gold Royal Jelly Eye Patches - Hydro gel eye patches in a sort of Ying&Yang shape, blended with gold and royal jelly. I use these under a sheet mask for double indulgence, they depuff and refresh the eye area in 5 mins. Plus they're fun!

Kurt Geiger Espadrilles - I love espadrilles but they're always quite thin soled and itchy, I wanted something more like a shoe but with the same look. These have a thick espadrille base a bit like platform sandals, but are leather inside. I love them! They are so zingy and go with jeans and summer dresses super well. There are lace ones also available which look dreamy. Also the shape and platform height really enhance your legs. Nab some in the sale!


What about you guys? Any faves you can't live without?

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Brunchin' @ Dalloway Terrace

I'm getting a little bit fed up of waiting for summer to arrive in London. I keep pushing back stuff like pergola on the roof and picnics because of the rain and then I thought.

Enough! We are going for an outdoors brunch if it kills me!

And I'm so glad I did. This little gem is nestled in a side street off Tottenham Court Road, the area at the moment looks like a warzone, but Dalloway Terrace is its own little oasis of calm and instaprettiness.
I love this kind of vibe, very Selfridges rooftop, the terrace was full of trees and climbing vines intertwined with twinkly fairy lights.
The restaurant is part of the Bloomsbury hotel which is fabulous in itself so I was expecting great food! Insert anticipation face below.
Eggs royale for him, French toast with bacon for me. We shared a side of truffled asparagus and they were probably the highlight of the day! I'm definitely going to recreate this toast at some point, it soaked up way more syrup than pancakes and didn't fall apart. So delicious.
The only potential downside to brunch would be the coffee. It's nowhere near "artisan" but I actually didn't mind as it tasted like the kind of coffee you get on holiday in big hotels so we really felt like we were on a mini break!

It's a beautiful little place, I'd highly recommend for a romantic dinner with the twinkly fairy lights and indoor trees! Book here right now!

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Hor-moans?

After dealing with a pretty bad bout of PMS the other week I realized sheesh, I have quite the arsenal to fight against this shit now.

Even if you don't suffer from it, these little treats below are sure to perk you up anyway!

Rescue

Glamglow Supercleanse - This stuff is amazing. Turn the shower on and apply this clay mask once your skin has steamed a bit, leave on for a few mins and wash off. It turns into a foam cleanser and my skin looks really bright and clear afterwards. I would use it every day it's so good, but I'm a bit precious with it due to cost so I only use it for emergencies! Love the whole Glamglow range, it really works.

Aesop Fabulous Face Oil - I love doing a mini facial massage before bed and this oil is the best I've come across. It smells really botanical and soothing, which relaxes me but the ingredients invigorate my skin so that I don't wake up puffy faced in the mornings. Win!

Origins Out Of Trouble - For more localised problems like spots or blackheads I use this. Always after cleansing in the shower so that my face is prepped, I apply it all over or on specific zones. Clay has really come a long way in the beauty industry and this mask is really good at drawing out impurities. And like it says, only takes 10 mins!

Origins Super Spot Remover - This is tiny but I've had it for a few months and still have tons left, so don't worry. I use this as a last step in cleansing, before I apply any night products. It stings, but I like feeling a product is working, and it creates a protective bubble around the spot. In the morning any redness is gone, and the spot seems to be super concentrated into a white pimple, so much more manageable. I'd say a normal spot lifespan is 4 days for me; this cuts it down to 2.

Relax

Distract yourself - Even looking at a glossy mag's cover lifts my mood, all the shopping possibilities, the makeup tricks, the shoes! Combine with some chocolate and put the boyfriend on mute. I've been really into the Liberty colouring-in book lately as well, the designs are so beautiful and in no time at all I've gone into Slow Breathing Zone.

Magnesium oil - I bought this a few weeks ago and have been applying it every night. It's magnesium infused with relaxing oils, and the combo is supposed to help you nod off quicker and achieve a better sleep. I've noticed I don't wake up with the birds singing at 4am anymore so it must be doing something. The science behind it can be found here.

Go out! - Whether for a brisk walk or a long brunch just do it. You'll come home later thinking, well that was just, so, nice! I recommend somewhere pretty like Dalloway Terrace, it's stunning.

Surround yourself with pretty things - In my case, peonies. The pinker the better!



What are you pms-busting tricks?




Thursday, 30 June 2016

Which water are you?

Remember when coconut water exploded onto the scene a few years back and everyone had little Pret or vita coco cartons on their desks and peeking out of their instabags?

AND IT TASTED GROSS?

Ya. Well. Don't get me wrong, I think coconuts are Mighty Foods; I have coconut sugar, flour and oil at home, but the water... Cocono.

Which is why I got super excited to try the new 'What a melon' water, recently launched. I went to Planet Organic where they were handing out samples of birch water as well... Wha? Then I saw cactus water in the fridge and I was like oh hellll no I gotta try all these babies.


Birch Water - 3kcals/100ml - This is pure tree sap! The birch drinks up all the water during the rainy season and collectors just tap into the bark to collect the sap. Smells like play-doh and tastes like really cold river water that has been stored too long in a thermos. Not unpleasant but a bit strange.

Maple Water - 10kcals/100ml - Same as above and below for bamboo, pure tree sap. No smell whatsoever but it's slightly sweet and seemed to warm my throat like a lemon ginger tea effect. Not very refreshing though, due to the sweetness but a really good option to make ice tea with I reckon!

Bamboo Water - 0kcals/100ml - Oddly tasted like very weak green/jasmine tea. More refreshing than the other two Siberi options, as it was a little bitterer.

Cactus Water - 9kcals/100ml - I'm annoyed at this one! It's only 20% of the actual cactus fruit (and it's from concentrate!), it has "natural flavourings" (mmm) as well as natural colouring made with beetroot. Tastes like a strawberry Ribena so it didn't feel very healthy. Shame.

What a Melon - 29kcals/100ml - Really thought I wouldn't like it because watermelon has that weird taste that lacks usual fruit acidity. However this includes squeezed lemon and they've got the balance just right because it's delicious! I also used some in my Nutribullet instead of coconut water and it really made my smoothie zing. Love it, I'm totally converted. Now make bigger bottles people!

What's your latest fave drink craze?!

Monday, 20 June 2016

Bare Minerals - Skin Longevity

I was walking past Bare Minerals in Covent Garden last week and saw their ad for their new skincare range, which looked interesting. A bit Herbal Essences but hey. I used to love the mineral foundation way back when it first exploded on the scene, but they've got great new additions I hadn't heard of until now!

Namely, Skinlongevity Vital Power Infusion. I went in to have a look, was immediately sat down with some "deluxe samples" and proceeded to have a mini consultation.


The lady started by cleansing my skin with the Clay Chameleon, which had a very Origins feel (my fave brand). It goes on like a clay mask but as you massage it in, it transforms into a cream. My skin immediately felt smooth, fresh and tingly. You can also use it as a detox mask. I love a good multi-tasker!


Next on was the Skin Longevity serum. Super lightweight and immediately sank in. I've been using it for the past week and it's been really easy to add in to my routine before my moisturiser. So quick! My skin feels awake, soothed, and any sleep puffiness is banished.

The main ingredient comes from the Okinawa island in Japan, apparently known for its oldest living (and youngest looking!) female inhabitants... *Googles if supplements exist*.


Lastly, the smoothing lightweight emulsion went on. This almost had the same light texture as the serum and is not much to shout about. I would probably give this a miss and use a more luxurious moisturiser + SPF.

Overall quite impressed with this new line, and the clay cleanser was a revelation. Pay day can't come soon enough!

Do you use any anti-aging treatments?


Monday, 13 June 2016

Father's Day - Gift Guide

Judging by these gifts I've picked out below my dad apparently loves a drink, can't be relied on to dress nicely himself, always loses stuff and has a penchant for chocolate.

Quite accurate really! 



1. Fitbit activity tracker - I think every dad in the land will receive one of these on Sunday! Excellent little fitness gadgets, find all the different ranges on Amazon (cheaper!) - here.

2. Whisky stones - To chill is favourite tipple without diluting it. Loads of different ones online!

3. Gingko Alarm Clock - Stylish little clock for his bedside or desk at work. Voice and touch activated, found on Amazon here

4. Draft beer on tap by Fizzics - I think this is a genius gadget and I was immediately imagining myself basking in the glory of giving such a great gift and being the envy of my siblings. However the price tag might make you wanna go halves with someone... #myideathough.

5. Facial Fuel - Let's face it when do normal men ever buy skincare. Give him the best with this Kiehl's anti-aging moisturiser.

6. Keysmart key organiser - What is it with men and tiny knives? We'll never know, but this invention is practical and cool! Make sure you select the extended version, made for foreign keys, and you can personalise them too.

7. Bluetooth Trackers - Tracking tags to keep your belongings safe. Loads of different ones available online, XY Find It seem to be the coolest.

8. Hotel Chocolat The Beer Collection - Chocolate, with beer. Need I go on? Also makes for a great party game! Have him close his eyes and guess the type. Not so Mr Trivial Pursuit now are ya dad. 

9. Posh Stationery - I love embossed leather accessories, especially for travel. Find the best at Aspinal or Smythson.

10. Summer Wardrobe - "Are we ready to go?" omg dad go back upstairs you are not wearing that. Avoid last minute panic with some nice posh cotton shirts. Your mum will thank you millions.

11. Fun Bits - The stocking filler type of gift that everyone enjoys! The Shed especially appealed to me, but there's also The Loft. One for next year...


Have a lovely Father's Day everyone! Although i bet all those dads out there would much rather be left alone to watch the footie in peace and quiet this Sunday... Don't plan any pub lunches girls!