Russian Red

Friday, 27 February 2015

Russian Hat: Vintage
Lipstick: MAC Russian Red

Winter sun like we've had today and in these pictures is so pretty! Reminds me that spring is just around the corner...

I've always loved red lipstick for amping up the glamour factor and usually turn to my classic MAC Ruby Woo for a night out, or my creamy Revlon Red for a daytime look, but I recently bought the Russian Red. While still a matte lipstick, it is much creamier than the Ruby Woo and thus glides on easily straight from the bullet and doesn't dry out quickly at all. A bright red, I found it had more cool undertones against my complexion than the Ruby Woo or other reds, which is nice for a change, particularly in this colder weather.

The hat was lent to me by an ex...needless to say they never got it back! Looks better on me anyways haha!

Eat: Riding House Cafe

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

I'm starting with this picture because I just love it! So happy and sums up my friendship with these guys - always full of laughter. We took our friend Lyron out to brunch at The Riding House Cafe just behind Oxford Circus. I'd wanted to try the place out since trying to get in and being denied because we hadn't booked a table. This time I booked a table!

Open kitchens and a large central bar dominate the main room, but we were seated in the quieter room on the left, luckily.

Sleek wooden tables and plump leather couches as well as wonderfully attentive staff give the restaurant an added air of luxury.

Pictures can be deceiving...I was so hungover! So dressed in this fabulous dress and glam lippy to try and hide it...and then gave in to peer pressure to drink more cocktails!

Vanilla Apple Sour - Stolichnaya Vanil Vodka, Stolichnaya Citros Vodka, egg white, apple juice, lemon. Perfectly light, sweet and refreshing. Not too alcohol-y tasting which was just what I needed!

Red Rum - home spiced rum, cranberry and plum shrub, Taylor's Velvet falernum, lime. An amazing chest-warming, spicy after taste. Yum.

Twinkle - Stolichnaya Vodka, elderflower cordial, Devaux champagne. Vodka and champagne sweetened with elderflower. Sparkly sweet with a kick.

Lyron and I both went for the MacaroniCheese Fritter with leek, tomato and caper dressing. Sooo cheesey and the leeks were a surprisingly good accompaniment.

Buttermilk pancakes with berries, vanilla clotted cream and maple syrup. So good you have to see em again!

Chorizo hash brown with mushrooms and poached eggs.

Moreish fries and butternut squash with crushed amaretti. I found the amaretti a strange combo but the squash was tender and sweet.

After some quick shopping, we ducked into Market Place for more drinks. We always have good nights raving it up downstairs but this time we stuck to a few drinks upstairs - as usual we were the loudest people in the whole bar :/ The others weren't impressed with their cocktails but my milkshake was beautifully thick and vanilla tasting and the bottle of prosecco we polished off before we left had no complaints either. A Saturday afternoon celebrating with the besties, who could ask for more?

Winter Baby Blues

Monday, 23 February 2015

Baby blue coat: Primark, £10 in sale
Arran wool jumper: Car boot sale
Jeans: Topshop
Boots: Mums!

What happens when you wear heels in the woods? Yeah, you sink in the mud...the outtakes from this day are hilarious! And even though the leopard print boots I nabbed off my mum kinda blend in with the leaves, they actually gave this outfit a real pop. 

I needed a black coat. I bought a baby blue one. I make no sense I know, I know...
Baby blue and cream just work so well together though!

G.I JANE: Khaki Boiler Suit

Friday, 20 February 2015

Khaki Boiler Suit: currently £9 on H&M website
but I actually picked it up for £7 in store!
Wedges: River Island (old)

Khaki is huge this season. And while I don't usually care about trends or what's in, I fell in love with this boiler suit when I saw it in the sale, a natural extension of my love of jumpsuits really. It could easily be worn buttoned up and with trainers for a casual day, but it can also be sexy! Pop open a few buttons for a hint of cleavage and throw on some heels....