Monday, 24 November 2014

Yes or No?

Shirt c/o Hawes and Curtis, Jacket Topshop, Jeans Gap, Bag c/o Dorothy Perkins, Shoes Office, Ring c/o Gemporia

Is there anything better than wearing a men's shirt? No, is the answer. Well, there probably is but we'll ignore those things for now... I love pinching one of The Man's shirts on a Sunday to potter around the house. All you have to do to suitable for human eyes is add a pair of jeans and a jacket, you're sorted!

This is exactly what I did at the weekend, except I've started my own collection of shirts with my newest addition from Hawes and Curtis, dream. I added jeans, heels, leather jacket, jewels and my new clutch from Dorothy Perkins. The 'NO' side of which works amazingly well on a night out when you're being harassed by questionable gentleman, I thoroughly recommend it.

Also, can we all just take a moment to appreciate my new favourite lipstick? I ventured to Selfridges for a quick peruse around the beauty floor, hunting for the perfect winter shade and ended up with this beauty. It's YSL Rouge pur couture the mats in shade 205 (here) if you're interested, it has barely left my lips.

This week is going to be crazy busy, it's full of events, one of the biggest weeks of the retail calendar which means crazy busy days (and nights) in the office and I can only assume very little sleep. Roll on Christmas, can you believe it's only four weeks away? Argh.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Tweet Eats: Jamie's Italian, Manchester

 A couple of weekends ago, myself and The Man were invited to try out Jamie's Italian in Manchester. We'd been meaning to try it out for ages, so this was the perfect excuse! We opted for an early dinner on a Saturday before we ventured to WWE (don't ask, The Man got free tickets through work and it was as silly as it looks!).

We pottered around town to work up an appetite and made our way to King Street for a little indulgence...

The building itself, a converted bank, is incredible. With huge ceilings, beautiful marble walls and new lighting that just brings the whole building to life. We were seated in the balcony so we had an amazing view of the whole building, including the bar and kitchen in the centre which was covered with wine, cheese, meats and chillies all just waiting to be ordered.

To begin, we shared olives on ice, they were giant green olives with a black olive tapenade which was kind of amazing. On the menu they are called 'the world's best olives', which I can't quite support but they were pretty bloody lovely! My favourite part was the tapenade on a shard of the poppadom-esque bread that accompanies it.

We both opted for starters (why not!) of which I had the meat plank. Jamie's Italian is covered in wooden planks, they are everywhere, on the menu, at the bar and even available to buy so it would have been rude not to try one out. It arrived on a mini plank with a selection of cold meat alongside kale-slaw (coleslaw made with kale), chilli mozzarella and a slice of parmesan with chilli. Now I've written it all out, it seems like quite an odd combination for a meat plank but when eaten together, it tastes amazing. There is just the right blend of chilli heat, amazing quality meat and the addition of a little cheese on the side is always welcome in my book.

The Man had squid rings (classic Joe) but as he isn't used to all the blogging lark, managed to eat most of the them before I got a chance to take a photo, but just take my word for it, they were yummy!

Honestly, is there anything more comforting than a big bowl of pasta? No, is the answer. We both chose pasta for our main and neither of us was disappointed, we sat in silence only interrupted by pasta induced appreciation for at least a few minutes. Probably the best sign of a good pasta dish!

I had the Sausage Pappardelle, a ragu of slow cooked fennel, organic sausages and parmesan with the most divine handmade pasta. Pure, delicious comfort. I also loved the shape of the pasta, you can see in the photo above, it had a frilly edge which caught all of the delicious flavours making it an incredibly flavourful pasta.

The Man opted for chicken liver tagliatelle which was on the specials board, I asked The Man what his opinion of the dish was and his reply was 'fucking delightful' so I'll take that as a positive review!

We spent the rest of the meal digesting the food and the surroundings of the building, drinking a little wine and wondering what treats WWE had in store for us. We should have stayed in Jamie's Italian to be honest, the wrestling was quite an experience...

I'd thoroughly recommend Jamie's Italian, it's perfect for a late lunch or family meal during the day and maybe something a little more special at night. I reckon the private dining room in the vault would make the perfect location for a Christmas meal with friends, I'll be booking mine very soon!

To find out more about Jamie's Italian and to book, visit the website here. You can also take a look at the menu here.

*Jamie's Italian treated us to vouchers for the meal but all of my opinions are completely mine (and a bit of The Man's)

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Review: Jurlique Nutri-Define Multi-Correcting Day Cream

Oh winter, why must you take out your anger on my face? The weather is making my skin so confused, one moment it's dry, the next it's as oily as an oily thing. To combat this I've been trying out a few new products to see if they can make a difference, I'll be posting about the ones that have made a difference (hallelujah!) in the next couple of weeks.

First up is Jurlique's Nutri Define Multi-Correcting Day Cream, finally a moisturiser that I can actually feel working! It instantly absorbs into the skin, plumping and smoothing out all the lumps and bumps.

It is jam packed with nourishing ingredients including rapeseed, a powerful anti-oxidant with essential fatty acids which works to bring the glow back to your skin after winter has had its wicked way.

The cream itself is quite rich, but perfect for this time of year, it retains moisture amazingly well. I probably wouldn't use it in warmer months though as, with my skin type, I imagine it would feel a little too rich.  But it has been my skin saviour this winter!

It comes with a little tiny spatula for you to scoop out a pearl size amount, rub between your hands and massage onto your face. I tend to skip the spatula and go straight for the face as the tiny spoon like tool is a bit odd for me!

I'd recommend this to anyone who is suffering from dry skin that is in desperate need of a moisture boost during the winter months. It also has great anti-ageing properties (something I'm actually starting to take notice of now I've turned 26, sigh) as it plumps and smoothes your skin.

This Jurlique day cream is available on Lookfantastic and Beauty Expert if you fancy taking a look!


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