Food: Australasia Manchester

I was recently invited to review Australasia Manchester, not only have I been dying to go but this meant I could tie in a full weekend at home with family and friends too. Plus, spoil my mum and take her along for the review.

I'm not kidding when I say that neither one of us left any evidence of food on any of the dishes that we ordered. It was absolutely beautiful. The environment was gorgeous, white and relaxed and our waitress was like a tiny fountain of food knowledge - she also managed to get the the sauce mum had dropped down her cream dress out!

I mean it's quite easy to see the standard of food from the photos but I'd just love to tell you what we ordered:

-Mixed sushi California rolls
-Black tiger prawns
-Black cod
-Bok choi with oyster sauce
-BBQ lamb cutlets
-Beef teriyaki
-Chocolate bomb
-Passionfruit cheesecake- I would love to show you what this looks like, but mum broke the golden rule and ate it whilst I was in the loo so I couldn't take a photo. Needless to say, she found herself hilarious.

The black cod dish won everything. I can't describe just how amazing it was.
I honestly couldn't recommend Australasia any more. It was one of the best meals I've had in a long time.

Thank you so much for reading and do let me know if you've been or are going!

How to: Pinafores for Spring/Summer

As Spring approaches, granted it seems to have stopped in it's tracked this past week or so, I have developed a very big girl crush on the pinafore dress. Not *just* the pinafore dress, but this particular way of wearing it. They don't have to be girly! I've ordered mine with the intention of styling it with a slouchy white t-shirt underneath and white leather trainers. A nod to Spring, a nod to Tomboy and it can be dressed up on holiday with some incredible wrap around sandals.

You can shop my edit below and I will be styling these looks very soon!

1. Whistles Gita apron dress £140
2. ASOS White pleat dress £75
3.Axel Arigato clean white trainers £152
4. COS apron skirt £69
5. COS kimono t shirt £17

Thank you so much for reading and I hope you're having a great week.

finding my denim soul mate with 3x1 denim

I always find denim is so tough to find and then fall in love with. I can't tell you just how many pairs I own that are ill fitting, and how many pairs I've tried on. In fact, it's my most hated shopping trip. I always wanted to be one of those women who has had the same loved and lived in pair for years. Like a denim soul mate.

A few months ago, I saw a pair of jeans featured in one of the many magazines I surround myself with each month, and those jeans were by New York based denim brand 3x1, who specialise in custom made, premium jeans. Jackpot.
I had to email them, if I was to have any hope in finding my denim soul mate, this was surely going to be it. The wonderful girls on the press team couldn't have been more helpful and they sent me a denim care package. 

What you see here is the result of the first pair of jeans that I have ever loved. They're called the Crop Fringe Tango Jean. They fit like a dream and the raw and ripped hems are just incredible. Boyfriend, comfortable, cool and black washed denim that I just know will wash out into the best faded black.

Fit wise, they are right on the money. I'm a size 28, so that's what I asked for and they just couldn't fit me any better. 
The price point of 3x1 denim is something to write home about too, they aren't asking for a fortune per pair as some other premium denim brands are. They come in at around £205, and let's face it, denim is an investment. 

I've got another pair to share with you, and they might possible be the best skinny jeans I've ever seen.

You can shop 3x1 here.
Follow @3x1 on Instagram for a daily dose of denim inspiration. You can thank me later.

Thank you so much for reading and I hope I've inspired you to find your denim soul mate.

Photos by the wonderful Comb.

Waking up with Eight hour Studio at The hoxton hotel

Last weekend myself and Megan took ourselves off to The Hoxton hotel in Holborn for a serious girls night in. You know how in friendships people often say "we're the same person"? well, we actually are. Every bump in the road, every success, it happens to us both and at the same time. You can't plan that.

We decided it was about time that we took some time back for ourselves, to appreciate looking after ourselves, and each other. Life can be tough, it's a fact. I don't know anybody on this earth who hasn't experienced something rough at least once in their lives. When you live your life at 100 mph, it's hard to get perspective and it becomes so easy to lose yourself to exhaustion or saying "yes" to everything that comes your way.
We thought the Hoxton would be the most perfect, cool and relaxed place to hang out, eat, and talk until we fell asleep. We were right, it was. And I'm not ashamed to say we were in bed before midnight! and on a Friday! There's such an amazing, relaxed but buzzy environment throughout the bar and restaurant at the Hoxton, then on the flip slip upstairs in your room awaits the best shower and a wonderfully comfortable bed.

To top off our girls night in, we both proudly wore pyjama's by Eight Hour Studio, which certainly helped us to sleep more soundly. Beautifully made, luxury pyjama's that are hand printed with love. The fabric is so soft and I am seriously wondering why I own any other pyjamas at all!

You can shop my set here and here
Shop Megan's night shirt here

Photos by Comb.

I hope you've enjoyed this post and that it gives you a nudge to stop what you're doing and take some time back for yourself.

At home with Aida Home ware

On a very sunny Sunday this weekend I got to welcome the team from Aida Shoreditch into my home ahead of their second home ware launch. It was such a wonderful way to start Sunday morning, and the collection is absolutely beautiful. It sat so well, too well in my flat! The girls at Aida are a force of loveliness and positivity to be reckoned with and when they got in touch with the idea to launch it from my home, I couldn't have said "yes" any more.
So here we are, from Kinfolk to candles, it's everything your home needs to feel special. Oh, and I can't get enough of the cushions that one of the very talented girls, Rhianna designed, she's amazing. Each piece in the collection has been carefully curated by the wonderful team at Aida in a bid to support independent and emerging designers and that's something I absolutely love about Aida.

Here are some of the wonderful designers they have on board:

Inspired by the wilderness, each vessel is unique and hand built in East London.

Uplifting scents and thoughtful ingredients of therapeutic grade essential oils.
Made in Sheffield
Woven in India by MoralFibre using Fairtrade certified fabric.  Sewn and hand embroidered by FabricWorks a social enterprise in London. Design by Rhianna Sizeland.

Made using 100% New Zealand Wool in Nepal by skilled artisans working in a Fairtrade workshop that supports artisan communities and small businesses.

Traditional heritage woven blankets, made in Donegal, Ireland.

You can shop in store and online from today!

Head in for a coffee and the girls will talk you through it.
Thank you so much for reading and I hope you've had your daily dose of interior inspiration!

Spring notes

Spring, where the hell have you been and what the hell are you playing at?
Finally, it's warming up and my wardrobe couldn't be happier. I feel like I'm wearing so much colour in this outfit, but really, there's just a hint and I'm being dramatic.

A couple of weeks ago as part of a campaign with Bicester Village, they sent me on a hunt to find my perfect shoes. Let's just say it didn't take me too long to find myself in Celine, and then Marni, you get the picture.
I have wanted these high top Celine trainers since they were released but I could never find them in my size. It seems like fate to have found them this time around, and at an outlet. They still have them in stock, FYI.

I couldn't go to Bicester without stopping off in Marni. They are one of my absolute favourite brands and I couldn't leave the store without this incredible mustard clutch bag. What a dream of a bag for a S/S update.

I'm wearing a relaxed shirt from H&M trend, and Levi 501's via Coggles. Paired with a basic grey marl t-shirt.

There's a video haul for Celine and Marni coming soon to my YouTube channel, so subscribe to catch it!

Thank you so much for reading and have a wonderful week!
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