Summer Dining at Aubaine

Hello you beauts,

The past week has been absolutely lush in London.

With highs of 34 degrees, I’ve been living it up as much as I can, and hopefully this week will be no different – fingers crossed☀️

When the suns out, I’m up for having a good time, as long as I’ve got some water and a twister ice lolly at the ready I’m good lol! (random side note: what’s your favourite summer ice lolly?)

After spending a lazy day, chilling in the park with my family over the weekend, my boyfriend and I wanted to make the most of the hot weather, so we headed into Wimbledon.

I occasionally take trips into Wimbledon, but, I’ve never really had the chance to explore Wimbledon village, which is why we headed up there in search of some good food!

The boyf and I had a lovely stroll, looking for something that tickled our fancy, bearing in mind we weren’t THAT hungry, after picking and nibbling on picnic food.

We always pass a place called the White Lion, but annoyingly it’s always packed, so we decided to venture a bit further and ended up at a place called Aubaine.

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Aubaine is literally the prettiest restaurant I’ve ever been to – offering fantastically laid-back couture French inspired atmosphere, that was chic and sophisticated.

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“Aubaine is a true blend of cosmopolitan style and French cuisine. Combining the elegance of a Parisian salon with the relaxed ambience of a Provençal bistro Aubaine serves both simplicity and style.
Superb food, urban yet rustic interiors and personable service give Aubaine an air of relaxed sophistication and an aura of chic. Evolving from the quest to find perfect French bread in London Aubaine still holds true to its philosophy of simple luxury: “simplicité c’est beauté”.”

This description literally hits the nail on head. 

When we arrived, bae and I received the best hospitality and customer service (if customer service is as important to you as it is to me, you’ll love Aubaine). We were shown to our seats and then given enough time to talk between us, and decide what we wanted to order.

Due to one too many rum punch’s at the park, we both decided to have a virgin cocktail -their virgin Mojito was so refreshing, just what I needed after a day in the sun!

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Serving french cuisine they had a set menu to commemorate Bastille Day, along with their normal menu. We ordered off their set menu, as it was only £15.50 each, for two courses.

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I’ve always had a sweet tooth, so I got a main with desert, while babe got a starter with main.

We have a rule that we can’t order the same thing – so we get to try more things on the menu lol – anyone else do this? 🙈

He started with beautiful Salmon Rillettes, Asparagus Salad and Crostini which was really nice and light, yet packed full of flavour – nice for a hot day, where you really don’t want to feel heavy or full.

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Soon after he finished, our mains arrived. He went for the Braised Duck Leg whereas I went for the ‘safe’ option of steak, rustic chips and peppercorn sauce – so adventurous, I know!

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I never really know how to order steak as everywhere cooks it slightly different, but I went for medium, as I really didn’t want to see blood on my plate. The texture was perfect and not tough or chewy, but, I did spot a bit of blood🤐🤐 😷.

Nevertheless, all our food was cooked just how we ordered it and all the flavours complemented each other seamlessly.

Next up was desert, my favourite course!

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To be honest, I was very disappointed, as on this menu there were only two options – chocolate eclairs and macarons – two things I wouldn’t normally order, but opted for Macarons – I needed to embrace the French theme after all, and what can I say, of course they were tasty.

Aubaine was a really lovely dining spot, nice for a quick lunch or dinner with your after half, especially as their decor has a lovely romantic air. The set menu was so affordable, but I would definitely go again and order off their normal menu. 

Do you have any summer dining recommendations, I would love to know?

My Beach & Swimwear Wishlist

This week is set to be hot, hot, HOT and with my second holiday of the year fast approaching my mind has been on buying the perfect pieces of sexy beach and swimwear.

When it comes to holidaying abroad, I love re-inventing my style, as it gives me a chance to really experiment with things I already have in my wardrobe as well as choose things that I wouldn’t normally get to wear in the UK.  However, I would say my downfall is definitely beach and swimwear – I mean who doesn’t want to look 💯 sipping on a cocktail next to the pool or sunbathing on the beach?

As I’m sure you all can agree, when going away things can get a little out of hand, especially when shopping for clothes – things can quickly start to add up, which is why I’m so excited to share – Lovethesales.com with you!

I recently found about about lovethesales.com and I’m so surprised I hadn’t heard of it earlier. If you love designer brands, they have plenty of favourites like Missguided, Ted Baker, Converse, DKNY, All Saints and so much more with heavy discounts – it’s actually crazy!

So of course, I had to peep any deals I could get for my holiday! I love expensive looking swimwear, what can I say I have expensive taste 😩

Lovethesales.com, have a great selection of swimwear for all body types, plus cool kaftans for when you’re simply lounging around, at great price points.

I tend to always go for bright colours and prints as they go great against my skin once I’ve caught the sun, but I do love packing a good mixture all-in-one swimsuits and bikini’s so take a peek at my wish list…

Which piece do you think I should treat myself to?

If you’re off on a summer getaway, I highly suggest checking this site out, and maybe even treating yourself to a little luxury for less – my purchases are currently pending!

See you on my next one x

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Lean Greens Unboxing & First Impressions

If you’ve read my post about some of my recent lifestyle changes and keep up with me on Twitter, you will know that I’ve been in the gym, trying to get my waist right and thighs tight -the right way!

In the past I’ve been about some crazy and unrealistic fad diets, juicing and extreme workouts. While these may have given brilliant results, the amount of prep and planning that goes into it, I just didn’t last. It was just an unrealistic way to loose weight.

As a person I know that I can change my physique quickly, which is my downfall as I’m hella lazy and know that I can do it later… that old chestnut!

Although I go to the gym 2-3 times a week, I still suffer from uncomfortable bloating which I feel is down to my diet, which is where Lean Greens come in…

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Last week I was sent a special package from Lean Greens! I previously saw their product through the Bloggers Hangout and knew I needed to try it.

Lean greens is one of the UK’s leading green powders that are designed to help with reducing bloating, killing cravings, naturally increasing energy and cleaning up the health of the gut.

Lean Greens is the daily nutritional supplement that everyone can benefit from.

To be completely honest, I was really dubious to try Lean Greens, but after reading plenty of reviews and researching what goes into their green powders I grew confident on what it could do for me. All the ingredients were natural and contained properties that would help in areas my body needed an extra boost in – like energy!

Once I started the shakes, I began to receive daily emails from Tim, which were so motivational and witty – no one likes a boring email. They included tips and pointers on how to stay on the straight and narrow, great articles and funny anecdotes, perfect for days when your struggling, or would risk it all for a chocolate biscuit!

I was gifted their starter pack, which included the Lean Greens Shaker and the Lean Greens Powder worth £49.99.

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The shaker had so many compartments, but I was sent a helpful video on how to use it.

Once that was all sorted, I tried the shake. The powder had a light green colour and had a faint smell of green tea – which pre- warned me how the actual shake would taste.

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On the powder tub, it gave instructions on how to take the shake. Fill a glass on cold water (the colder the better, in terms of taste), add a heaped spoon of green powder, shake well and drink immediately – and that’s exactly what I did.

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The colour of the shake was a bit off-putting as it was a dark green, however, the taste was similar to green tea with a subtle hint of vegetables, more specifically, broccoli. The shake wasn’t as offensive as I thought it would be, from its initial smell, but the only way I can describe it was like normal water with an after taste of green tea lol.

The taste isn’t great, but not horrible either – it just takes some getting used to, but after doing more research on how I can drink this supplement, I found that I could mix the powder in with a home made fruit smoothie, and still enjoy all the benefits of the powder – so it’s totally versatile, and great for any taste palette.

After I had the shake, there weren’t any immediate effects, but I did notice I didn’t get as tired and fatigued throughout the day as I would normally (I’m one of those people who struggle to keep their eyes open at my desk at work) – and I think this is down to the active ingredient of Spirulina and Chlorella, which helps boost energy.

So far, I’ve used the shake every other day, but I’ll continue to use the shakes every day in the next week and give you another update – hopefully, I’ll notice an end to my bloating.

Have you tried any Lean Greens product, what do you think of their products?

My Beauty Travel Essentials

Hey Lovelies,

With summer teasing us here in the UK, I’ve booked my next holiday to Dubai!

As a semi-seasoned jet setter (lol I wish!) I’ve teamed up with my blogger babe – Lani Rae all the way from New Zealand to bring you a fashion and beauty series to help you prepare for your summer travels – so make sure you head over to her blog for the fashion segment!

As I have just come back from Thailand, I thought I’d let you in on my top holiday beauty essentials, as I’m sure all you girlies can appreciate how hard it is to decide what beauty faves we should pop in our suitcase, while taking into account that we may get a tan – I mean, do we really need a brand new powder from duty free 3 shades darker? Yes, I hold my hands up, I am guilty of this – never again!

I love the countdown to a holiday for two reasons; it’s a chance for me to escape to an idyllic location, away from the hustle and bustle of London and the stresses of work so I can relax, but, also because I know it’s a great chance to treat my skin to plenty of Vitamin D as well as calm down on the makeup so my skin can breathe and repair itself.

It’s good to note that while on the plane, it’s wise to take off any makeup. Air con on the plane is a MF and completely dries out the skin. So pack makeup wipes and a great moisturiser – I quite like Nuit Polaire, although a night cream, it’s very moisturising without being heavy, and really sinks into the skin – great for a long haul flight.

For the most part of any holiday I go on, I rarely wear much makeup, however, I do have a few beauty essentials I need to let you all in on, so keep reading!

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Now I always over pack, no matter where I am going – is this just me?

An absolute essential for me is sun protection. Many people think that black people don’t need sun protection but everyone should protect themselves against UV rays, which is why I love Ultrasun.

Ultrasun have a massive range of sun protection – which I get for the face as well as the body. The formulas are not too heavy either, which is great as no one wants to feel like a grease ball in the sun.

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Next up is a CC Cream. Before I went to Thailand I was on a mission to achieve golden shimmery sun kissed skin. It didn’t really work out as planned but on my hunt, I did manage to bag The Body Shop’s new Instaglow CC cream.

I’m surprised at how much I actually loved using this as I’ve never believed in CC creams. However, I found it worked well to give me a more even skin tone, while looking quite natural, perfect for when you plan on lounging around the pool, but don’t want to go completely commando on the face.

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In the evening, I mixed the the CC cream with a dot of my usual foundation for fuller coverage, and set with my Bare Minerals powder.

When on holiday a highlight needed to accentuate your sun kissed glow! And it’s easily achieved with the perfect products and the right brush.

I hadn’t found the perfect highlight, before going to Thailand so I used a bunch of products to give me a nice shimmery glow anyway, which became my go to beauty finish.

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Fan brush and Makeup Bag gifted by Spectrum Brushes

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Just look at that highlight! I used a combination of Lush’s Feeling Younger Golden Highlight on my cheekbones, followed by Bobbi Browns golden shimmery eyeshadows.

My next beauty essential has to be a brow pencil. I was talking to one of my blogger compadres, Shannon Kara, and we both agreed that while foundation isn’t a must on holiday, having well-groomed fleeky eyebrows and a nice lip colour is an absolute must. While I was using my MAC eyebrow pencil, during my next getaway I will definitely be packing my magical Benefit brow productshave you read my review?

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I normally tidy up my eyebrows with my foundation, instead of concealer as it makes for less packing and I hate the halo effect round eyebrows.

As I previously said, I like to keep my makeup to minimum and being away in a hot country is the perfect opportunity to show you skin some TLC, so cleansing and moisturising products are much needed essentials. I always pack a charcoal face scrub by Garnier, as the fine exfoliants really get every inch of dirt off my face. I then moisturise my face with a light moisturiser – Drops of Youth from The Body Shop so my skin has a clean base for any products to go on if I choose to put on any makeup.

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When on holiday there’s no doubt you’ll probably go out on the town at least once, which is why a nice lippie and an eye shadow palette suitable for every occasion should be part of your beauty essentials. Keep things simple as no one has time to sweat off their whole face  – it’s really not a good look, but make it effective. I love packing my Ruby Woo as it screams sophistication and let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a red lip?

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So there you have it – my holiday essentials. Simple yet effective. What are you beauty essentials? Leave a comment and let me know x

Don’t forget to check my girl – Lani Rae’s collab post all about fashion essentials too!

Brow Game Strong with Benefit

This is a story all about how my life got flipped, turned upside down and I’d like to take a minute, just sit right there, I’ll tell you how…my brow game is now strong with Benefit *dab*

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Precisely My Brow Pencil used on my brows for Not On The High Street Christmas in July event

So, last week I went to the Bloggers Hangout event and in the midst of doing my makeup my MAC eyebrow pencil ran out. FFS! Such convenient timing ey!

Has this ever happened to you before? I was literally in a state of panic, how could I go to an event with one eyebrow?! The search began for anything else that could possibly fill in my right brow.

After rummage around my makeup stash, I was sweating my already done makeup off, but I  found an alternative – my brow zing palette from Benefit. Hallelujah! I used to use this brow palette years ago, when bold brows started to become a thing, but kinda just discovered other things. I remembered I really liked it as it was so easy to use and I liked that it had both a wax and a powder.

Each brow looked slightly different, but I finished off, sealed my right brow with some hope and concealer and left for the event.

While I was out I knew that I needed another pencil, but of course there wasn’t a MAC store in sight, so I settled on Superdrug where I found a really good eyebrow pencil by L’oreal. I would have never thought to try such a product but I was actually surprised at how good the quality was, plus had a wax pencil on the other end and it was only £5 so I couldn’t go wrong. Or so I thought (btw. I am getting to the Benefit products lol)

I used the pencil about three times, before I had to sharpen it (why isn’t every eyebrow pencil self-sharpening?) When I started sharpening it, I didn’t stop, the pencil kept breaking. I literally had nothing left. Luckily the same day, ASOS (good ole asos) sent me a 20% discount code, and long story short I treated myself to a few Benefit products.

I don’t actually know why I stopped using the Brow Zing eyebrow palette, but this new Benefit eyebrow range has got me hooked again. They just do the most with their packaging and after reading plenty of reviews I decided to take the plunge.

I was a bit dubious with ordering an eyebrow pencil online as I didn’t know what colour to get- there are currently six shades to choose from, but after going back and forth for about an hour I chose- Dark 5 – which was a the perfect shade for me – Not too dark and not too ashy.

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I ended up buying 3 cool brow products: Precisely My Brow Pencil, Goof Proof Brow Pencil and Ready Set Brow.

Once they arrived I so excited to open them up. Isn’t the packaging EVERYTHING? I love that they make creating the perfect brow a magical experience through the packaging alone.

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Once taken out of the cardboard packaging I was left even more thrilled. The products just looked so pretty and sassy with its sleek silver finish – It left me wanting to do my eyebrows lol.

So far I’ve been really impressed with the quality of each product, although, I’ve never been disappointed with Benefit. My favourite product has to be Precisely My Brow Pencil, which was actually described as a pen on ASOS. I thought I’d prefer the Goof Proof Pencil but this one has a much smaller tip, that lets you create a precise brow shape. I’m so heavy handed so it suits me well as I initially used the Goof Proof, but when I too a step back from the mirror my brows looked way too bold.

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After playing around with the two pencils, I would definitely say that the Precisely My Brow Pencil is my new go-to simply because I cant get too carried away with it, plus I think if you’re like me and still get your brows done, it will accentuate the shape more naturally.

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Using Precisely My Brow Pencil

However, I would say the Goof Proof Brow Pencil is really nice to use as it has a angled tip, perfect for adding a sharp arch or a fluid curve to the brow. This pencil would be great for me if I’m going out and want to make a strong statement with a cool eye makeup look.

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I also feel that the quality of the pencils are so much better for my skin than MAC’s eyebrow pencil. As I’ve got oily skin I feel MAC’s eyebrow pencils creamy consistency makes my eyebrows look shiny. However, although Benefits pencils have a nice consistency which allows them to glide over your brows easily, and when set with the Ready Set Brow gel it lasts all day, without smudging of sliding (even in hot weather)

I’ve never thought to use a brow gel, but after using the Ready Set Brow, I’ve seen the light. The gel is easily and neatly applied using a comb and once applied doesn’t go hard when it dries, which has always been a thought that’s turned me off.

Each pencil was around £18 on ASOS, which is quite steep, especially as MAC’s pencils can be bought for £15, but they can be bought at a cheaper price at QVC. Saying this I feel you get more for your money, as the pencil seems to be longer and you get a spooky at the end of them too – how thoughtful!

If you’re looking for a brow alternative, or wan a give the new Benefit brow range a go, I would highly recommend. Think of it as an investment in your brows lol.

Have you tried this range? What are your thoughts?

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Would you rather? | The Beauty Tag Edition

Everyone has played Would you rather…? at some point in their life. I’ve always chickened out when it comes to me answering any type of embarrassing question, but as I’ve been seeing this beauty tag doing it’s rounds on the blogs, I thought why not give it a go, some of you guys answers are sooo funny! I’ve loved reading people’s tag, so I hope mine are just as entertaining for ya…

1.Would you rather wear foundation that’s five shades too light or foundation that’s five shades too dark?

I would definitely wear a foundation that’s five shades too dark. I would much more prefer being darker than what I am, than trying to be lighter, plus, I really don’t think anyone would notice – My lipgloss be poppin’ and my melanin on fleek! 

2. Have one eyebrow for a week, or apply lipstick to the outside of your lips, clown style for a week?

I actually LOL’d when I saw this question. Let’s be honest, it would be one hell of an embarrassing week if I picked either, but I think I’d rather have one eyebrow. Can you imagine the looks I’d get with lipstick applied outside my already full lips. Nah mate, I’ll pass.

3.Would you rather wear one lip colour for the rest of your life, or wear one hair colour for the rest of your life?

This one’s easy. One hair colour. After all the trouble I’ve had with my hair and trying to colour it, I’d gladly take one even hair tone any day #sadtimes

4.Would you rather have free shopping spree in Boots or have a free shopping spree in MAC?

Is this even a question? Boots! Boots has to be everyone’s choice. They have a diverse range of makeup brands that I can experiment with. Plus, I’m not here for the rudeness you often get in MAC.

5.Would you rather sneeze every time you put on mascara or always have lipstick on your teeth?

Haha. This had me in deep thought. It’s a painful choice but I go for sneeze every time I put on mascara. I have OCD when it comes to mine and others teeth. It’s so cringe when I see things stuck or in other peoples teeth. Like when’s the right time to say – ‘oh, you’ve got something there’ -AWKWARD

6.Would you rather be stuck with the same makeup forever OR be stuck with the same clothes forever?

If I perfect my ideal everyday makeup look, I’d gladly stick with the same makeup forever, but I’m always at a loss for what to wear even when I’m chilling at home, so I’d much rather be able to buy new clothes when I want.

7.Would you rather have your favourite eye shadow palette smash on the floor or have your favourite lipstick discontinued?

I have a serious love for my Tarte In Bloom 2 palette right now and if that broke I’d genuinely be devastated – I recently had a near miss. The palette is too nice (and expensive) for it to just shatter. I’ll rather have my favourite lippie discontinued – there’s a dupe somewhere out there.

8.Would you rather always have your makeup look like it does at the end of the night or do your makeup in bad lighting?

I’ll take a pass on my sweaty, shiny, end of night face and do my makeup in bad lighting. I kinda already do that, my bedroom has very little natural light.

9. If you had $1000 to spend, would rather spend it all on makeup OR on clothes?

Clothes, more specifically a designer bag, which clothes my arm… no?

10.Would you rather shave your eyebrows and never have them OR sharpie them in every day?

Sharpie all the way. Ain’t nobody got time for NO eyebrows. If I got a fine point brown sharpie, I’m sure I could nail light strokes and perfect a fleecy eyebrow

If you liked, I tag you! See you on my next one x

Weekly Rundown #2

Hey y’all,

I’m back for the second week with my weekly rundown. It’s been a busy week for me personally with the blog, with work and in the news, and even as I write this, I’m in the midst of my family celebrating my sisters belated birthday – (she’s really milking this 16th birthday business isn’t she!)

So, without further ado, here’s what’s caught caught my eye in the news (I’m done with Brexit btw):

So, sadly a few days ago the world woke up to the terrible news of Instanbul‘s terror attack. I’m really just speechless, as it’s quite scary how frequently these things are happening, but all we can do is send positivity towards Instanbul at the moment.

On to a lighter topic, last week was the BET awards (I still haven’t watched it 🙈) but I HAVE seen bae’s… ugh I mean, Jesse Williams, amazing, heartfelt speech – Check it out!

If you’ve read my post about my lifestyle changes, you would know I’m all about staying happy and laughing at LEAST 5 times a day – so if you’re like me and love Kevin Hart, you’ll appreciate this, if you havent seen it already. – Kevin Hart & Dwayne Johnson Impersonate Each Other

Lastly, I read a very interesting and quite disturbing article from Broadly, that I thought I’d share with you all – Why cant I consent to sex with my brother?

I hope you all have a great Sunday, and let me know if you’ve found any cool articles for me to add to my reading list too!

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