25/07/2016

Bomber jacket || Floral and Lace


F&F bomber jacket lace floral fashion

Here we go with another fashion post. Sorry they've been a bit few and far between. I really want to do more but I just don't feel very comfortable in front of the camera you see, and as Mr C often tells me, I'm just not that photogenic, and that's not cruel, it's true, he has to take at least 200 shots to get two or three decent ones! But, as I've picked up a few new items recently I thought I'd get back in Britain's Next Top model mode and strut my stuff down the country lane.

F&F bomber jacket lace floral fashion

Bomber jackets are literally everywhere right now in an array of styles and fabrics, they're the style for this season. Satin, suede, embroidered, college style, feminine, there's a bomber jacket for every occasion. I wanted to show you this one from F&F. It's a delicate lace design with a pretty floral pattern and perfect for summer as it's really lightweight, great to pop on for those cooler evenings. It's fully lined but to be honest it won't offer much warmth, just nice to keep off that chill. 

F&F bomber jacket lace floral fashion

It's the perfect choice for an evening out. I wore it the other night with a pretty dress, statement accessories and the jacket draped over the shoulders, stylish and classy. OR why not keep it casual with ripped jeans and trainers. Either way, it's easy to wear and slightly different to all the other ones out there.

F&F bomber jacket lace floral fashion

The vest top I'm wearing is from H&M and currently in the sale in store. Total bargain at £3!!!!!

F&F bomber jacket lace floral fashion

F&F bomber jacket lace floral fashion

The jeans are a pair I picked up from Joules in their sale but when I look at them in these photos I realise they don't do anything for my ever increasing in size thighs! Although if anything, it's encouraging me to get back on the fitness train, I've been hopping on and off too much recently and I need to get back on track for sure. I want my slim self back. My shoulder has more or less healed now so I have no excuse. 

Anyway I digress, if you fancy the lace bomber, you can find the details here and the jeans here. You'll need to be quick though as the jeans have been reduced yet again. 



Do you like the versatile bomber? Have you got one in your 
wardrobe? 









18/07/2016

LUSH Ultrabland facial cleanser

LUSH ultrabland review skincare cleanser natural organic

I have to tell you about my love for this cleanser. Back in May when we were going on holiday to Spain I realised I had run out of my regular cleanser that I use for my first cleanse. We were only taking hand luggage and knew I could only take a small pot or tube anyway so when passing my local LUSH store I popped in. I'm going to hold my hands up here and tell you I was being real sneaky because all I wanted was for them to give me a tester pot with a cleanser in it as I knew that would get me by the week I was away and I'd sort a new cleanser when I got back. I had no intention of buying a cleanser from LUSH that day. Bad I know, but look, you know I pride myself on honesty on this blog! However LUSH came good in the end and I redeemed myself because I fell in love with it and after I got back from my holiday I went and got the small size and I have just in fact repurchased for a second time with the larger size. That's the thing with LUSH, they're always more than happy to give out samples which is just the best, it's great to find out what works for you without wasting your hard earned cash.

LUSH ultrabland review skincare cleanser natural organic

Ultrabland is a simple facial cleanser. Made with almond oil, rose water, beeswax and honey it removes all traces of dirt and makeup with stripping your skin and it's ideal for all skin types. I love the consistency of this, a thick cream that feels luxurious. I like to give a good massage with this one, remove it with a muslin cloth, then follow with my second cleanse. It takes off make up so well, it just melts it away. You'd probably think being an oil based cleanser it would leave your skin greasy but it doesn't as long as you remove it all properly. I really am not a fan of wash off cleaners so that was my reason for choosing Ultrabland. That, and the fact it removes my eye makeup too.  It does a fabulous job of removing my mascara as it has the almond oil in it, no pulling and rubbing my lashes.

LUSH ultrabland review skincare cleanser natural organic

Whilst we're on the subject of lashes I SWEAR (even underlined it!) this has made my eyelashes grow. I've always had very long eyelashes (everyone used to ask if they were false) but as I've gotten older I've found they're not growing like they used to, to the point where I've been considering getting one of those products you paint on to boost growth. I don't need one of those anymore. My lashes look healthier and are most definitely longer and I'm positive it's all down to Ultrabland. The oil is obviously nourishing the eyelashes and giving them the boost they need. So, the best value ever as it turns out to be a two in one product for me. I'm not making any bold claims here, let's just point that out, it just happens to have made my eyelashes grow!

If you're in the market for a new cleanser, give this one a go. Pop in a get a sample :) 



Are you a LUSH fan? What's your favourite product? 












13/07/2016

Bodega Cantina review || St Martins Square Leicester

Bodega Cantina review food Leicester St Martins Midlands

Last week I was invited to another restaurant preview/press launch in Leicester. Bodega Cantina is the newest addition to the Bodega family, with one already in Birmingham and Worcester. It's located in St Martins Square which is fast becoming a foodies delight. Not only is it home to a growing collection of independent eateries, there are also plenty of bars and individual boutique stores too. 

So, Bodega Cantina serves up the most delicious South American food and lethal but oh so lovely cocktails. I can confirm the bit about the cocktails as between us bloggers we managed to get through a good selection let me tell you! We have no shame. It's work though remember so we are obliged to try everything going, right fellow bloggers? 

Bodega Cantina review food Leicester St Martins Midlands cocktails

And when a margarita is offered to you the minute you walk in the door it would be rude to refuse. Just saying!!!! 

Bodega Cantina review food Leicester St Martins Midlands

The thing to hit me first was the vibe they've got going on. Vibrant, bold, fun, warm and welcoming. A place that draws you in

Bodega Cantina review food Leicester St Martins Midlands

Bodega Cantina review food Leicester St Martins Midlands

The menu offers fresh, authentic and popular street food such as nachos, quesadillas and burritos. The menu is quite large so we were treated to a small selection with my favourite of the night being the chicken quesadilla, oh my goodness I could have eaten it all! If you fancy being a bit more adventurous then try the Xim Xim, a Brazilian dish with chicken and prawns served in a creamy peanut butter sauce and nachos on the side. This was my second favourite. They also offer a small vegan menu. 

Bodega Cantina review Mexican food Leicester St Martins Midlands

Bodega Cantina review Mexican food Leicester St Martins Midlands

Bodega Cantina review food Leicester St Martins Midlands

Bodega Cantina review food Leicester St Martins Midlands

For the very brave there were hot peppers to try. JalapeƱo peppers stuffed with cream cheese and coated in a crispy batter. I like hot and spicy food so right up my street and the heat was certainly bearable. I fancy trying the Venezuelan chocolate chile chicken, oh and the desserts too, ALL the desserts. Especially the white chocolate and mojito cheesecake, they're good enough reasons to go back if ever there was one! Not that I need one. 

Bodega Cantina review food Leicester St Martins Midlands

Bodega Cantina review food Leicester St Martins Midlands beer

Bodega Cantina review food Leicester St Martins Midlands tequila

With the South American vibe going on you need cocktails and they have a fabulous selection on offer as well as wines, spirits and beers originating from South American countries. They can also help educate you on the vast range of tequilas, with quite a lot of it being in their cocktails. 

Bodega Cantina review food Leicester St Martins Midlands cocktails

Just look at that mojito! ⬆︎ Go on, have another look, I could drink that right now (please note I am typing this at 10pm not 9am, so that would be totally acceptable!).

Bodega Cantina review food Leicester St Martins Midlands cocktails

Err....... they also do a raspberry and white chocolate mojito... not sure on that one but I'm happy to give it a go. 

We got to have a good chat with Matt, the owner. His passion was evident and he was doing a real good job of spreading that among his staff, they were all so lovely, friendly and smiley, a real tick in the box for me in any restaurant. 

In my opinion the food does the talking here but the delightful staff and cocktails are close runners up! 



Got your tastebuds going? Then make sure you visit soon, kick back, chill and have yourself some tasty food. Fancy a look at the menu? You'll find it here


Huge thanks to all the staff at Bodega and Ruth at Limegreen communications for inviting me. I will be back and that's a promise!