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The Cambridge Satchel Company

Hurrah! My green satchel has arrived. That means today is a really good day.

I received the classic style satchel in 15 inches from The Cambridge Satchel Company: http://goo.gl/q9jC0A This is the perfect size for carrying a laptop, a few bits of make-up, mobile phone, notepad and laptop charger. I’ve always loved green and gold as a duo so after deciding on the green leather I chose the gold heart and LW embossing.

My bright and bold beauty!

My bright and bold beauty!

Green is one of this year’s hottest colours due to the 1970s having a massive comeback.

Acne Studios SS15

Acne Studios SS15

Marni SS15

Marni SS15

Louis Vuitton SS15

Louis Vuitton SS15

Chris Stein/Negative: Me, Blondie, and The Advent of Punk Exhibition at Somerset House

On the occasion of Blondie’s 40th anniversary, Somerset House is showcasing a series of iconic and previously unpublished photographs by Chris Stein, co-founder of Blondie, providing a behind the scenes look on life in the trailblazing band, from their underground early days to global sell-out shows and chart domination.  Blondie and other icons of the 70s and 80s new wave world, including Andy Warhol, David Bowie and The Ramones, are captured intimately and inimitably by Stein.  Featuring over 50 images, the exhibition serves as a snapshot of the punk scene that Blondie pioneered and shows how their influence on music and fashion is just as relevant today as it was four decades ago.

The exhibition is on till 25/01/15 – free entry.

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My New Vintage Shoes

Vintage clothing has always played a massive part in my wardrobe and my boyfriend’s. That’s why on Sundays we venture to Brick Lane for vintage shopping, a pint of Guinness and a feed in the indoor food market.

On Sunday, whilst browsing the rainbow of retro shoes in Absolute Vintage (www.absolutevintage.co.uk) a pair of shoes caught my eye and instantly transported me back to being five years old, hopping round my mum’s bedroom in her 1980s floral M&S heels. I purchased them and spent Sunday evening hopping round my bedroom in my new 1980s floral M&S heels.

I told mum about the shoes and she got her ones out of the attic and has started wearing them again! They are exactly the same. What a fab vintage find. They’re super comfy and have been getting lots of admiring compliments since.

Vintage floral M&S high heels

Vintage floral M&S high heels

The “Deluxe Sophie Wrap Playsuit” from Fiona’s Boutique. www.Fionas-Boutique.co.uk

When I DJ at events I like to wear something a little more jazzy than my usual casual clobber I DJ in, especially when it comes to Notting Hill Carnival. This year I wore the deluxe Sophie wrap playsuit from Fiona’s Boutique:

http://www.fionas-boutique.co.uk/product/preorder-deluxe-sophie-wrap-playsuit

It’s a funky Hawaiian print playsuit with flattering lace trim layered shorts, and cross-over t-shirt sleeve top half.

Legs Eleven!

Legs Eleven!

Fiona's Boutique - Deluxe Sophie Wrap Playsuit

What first caught my eye was the colour – a stunning bright royal blue. Perfect to compliment a summer tan and great with my white creepers!

www.Fionas-Boutique.co.uk

www.Fionas-Boutique.co.uk

Flash!

As you can see the flash was quite strong in the sunshine. I’m not complaining mind! Sunshine in London is always a good thing. Especially when you have a gorgeous playsuit to celebrate!

Say CHEESE!

Say CHEESE!

Now I’ve found Fiona’s Boutique I’m hooked on browsing their gorgeous clothes online.

Have a look here: www.Fionas-Boutique.co.uk for your next purchase inspiration. I’ve got my eye on lots of things!

The deluxe Sophie wrap playsuit from Fiona’s Boutique £32.

http://www.fionas-boutique.co.uk/product/preorder-deluxe-sophie-wrap-playsuit

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Habanera Restaurant Review – 280 Uxbridge Road, Shepherds Bush. Mexican Taco & Tequila Bar.

On sunny Sunday we decided to swap the pub for something new; Habanera – Mexican Taco & Tequila Bar, on the Uxbridge Road in Shepherds Bush. Being a huge tequila fan I needed no persuasion from the boy, off we went. 

Upon arrival I was instantly over excited by the open front of the restaurant. The wooden bar at the front connects the shop directly on to the pavement. What’s better than sipping a cocktail and taking in a few good hours of people watching? Speaking of cocktails here is what we ordered…

Red Pepper cocktail & Frida's Amarilla cocktail.

Red Pepper cocktail & Frida’s Amarilla cocktail.

Both were absolutely delicious! Not too sweet, not too strong tasting or sour. The flavours worked incredibly well together. I had to hold myself back from gulping my red pepper and raspberry cocktail all down in one. They really were delicious.

For lunch we started with a small bowl of guacamole. I have to say, although it was delicious, it was very small indeed. We were served about one tablespoons worth of guacamole to go with quite a few large thick corn chips. As a main course I chose the blackened salmon salad with avocado, cilantro, corn & lime, served in a tortilla bowl. The boy had tacos which seemed to disappear so fast I didn’t have time to snap a photo of them. I have taken this as two thumbs up from him. On the side he had sweet potato chips, (which I ate my fair share of ), these were delicious. Not too soggy or oily.

Blackened salmon salad.

Blackened salmon salad.

The service was excellent. Our waitress was very smiley and polite, which I think always makes the food more delicious!

The boy does a sturdy job of holding down the receipt.

The boy does a sturdy job of holding down the receipt.

The bill came to £43.25 which included a £4.80 tip. This worked out at £19.22 PP, which I thought was a good price for one delicious cocktail, a delicious main and a small starter from the snack menu. Habanera – Mexican Taco & Tequila Bar – We shall be back!

Habanera Restaurant: 280 Uxbridge Rd, London W12 7JA

How To Make Delicious Hummus. The Yummiest Hummus Recipe Ever… True dat.

  • 1 tin of boiled chick peas, washed
  • The juice of 2 limes
  • 3 tablespoons of tahini
  • 2 pinches of sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon of sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 large handful of cashew, hazelnuts and almonds

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Start by toasting the nuts in a pan over a medium heat til they become a darker shade and you can smell the yummy toasted nuttiness coming off them. This will take you about 5 mins only. Keep tossing them to make sure all sides are nicely toasted.

Toast them nuts!

Toast them nuts!

Squeeze the 2 limes in to a blender/smoothie maker, add the chick peas, tahini and salt. Give this a quick mix with a spoon then add the oils. Blend till 60% smooth and add 1/3 of the toasted nuts. Blend till 90% smooth, then decant the hummus in to a bowl.

Sprinkle the remaining toasted nuts and serve with raw veg.

Sooo limey, sooo yummy.

Sooo limey, sooo yummy.

If you like it spicy add jalapenos or half a teaspoon of Encona hot sauce.

Don’t Bossa Nova Me Around – OPI Nail Polish

Toe nails are always painted red, finger nails are a last minute colour grab. Last week it was baby lime, this week it’s Don’t Bossa Nova Me Around by OPI. Say whaaaaat? How awesome is that name?

My caucasian summer skin seems to get a deeper shade of brown every year. As soon as I step outside I tan, really deeply nowadays. It is lovely because I don’t have to wear much make up. The only downside is that people keep asking me if I have been on holiday, and being a girl I instantly read in to this. Do people think I lie about in my garden soaking up the sun? I am a self-employed social media entrepreneur don’t cha know! I would actually quite like a holiday at some point this year but with my sister’s wedding and being wholly responsible for everything said by/to my clients online there’s absolutely no way I can leave my desk for the next few months.

Rant over…wowza.

I mentioned my skin tone because this nude shade of nail polish really compliments a summer tan. I also really love this light shade as it reminds me of the 1960s, and if  you’re a frequent reader of my blog you’ll know I’m a sucker for all things 1940s-1970s. This OPI polish is lovely and thick so two coats leaves nails with one clean shade and an even coat. It has also proven to be a tough polish and so far lasted me a few days, which is very rare for me. The quality is great.

Two (neatly painted) thumbs up from me.

I'm loving the name!

I’m loving the name!

I love to go nude.

I love to go nude.

Vichy DERMABLEND Make-Up

DERMABLEND is a range of products recommended by dermatologists and used by make-up artists to help women with skin concerns i.e. burn marks, birth marks, acne, skin diseases or even tattoos to cover up. The range has been around for 30 years and specialises in expert high-coverage foundations, concealers etc. Vichy have joined forces with charities and organisations to utilise the strength of their product and help those who need to, feel more comfortable in their skin.

All products are water and sweat resistant and come in 5 different skin shades.

To stress how effective it is, Zombie Boy used it to cover his tattoos.

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Watch the video here:

After watching Kevin the make-up artist show us how to use the different products, we were given a selection of products to take away and test. After using each this morning to sample, I have to say I am incredibly happy with the result. I am fortunate enough to not have problem skin but for people who do I recommend using the below.

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Corrective stick 14HR.

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To find out more about this range of miracle products, or to buy some visit their website: https://www.dermablend.co.uk/