Sunday, 24 May 2015

Food: Sunday Lunch at Malmaison, Birmingham

Back in March for Mother's Day, My family and I visited Malmaison which is located in The Mailbox. I've been a couple of times before and was really keen on taking my family. Malmaison offers a three-course menu for £20 (£30 on special occasions such as Mother's Day). Although there is a raised price for special occasions, my Mum and Grandma both was treated to complimentary champagne and several gifts to take home!
For Starter, we were explained to go to the Chef's Table which had different pastries, bread, cheeses, meats and soup of the day. We also ordered Waffles which were brought to the table. As a fussy eater I didn't get a great deal but there was a brilliant selection.
I love how many different options there is for Main Course! Not only does the menu feature the traditional Roast Beef and Chicken dishes, there is Burgers, Fish and also breakfast/brunch options. I can't resist a good Sunday Roast so I went for the Beef which was served with caramelized vegetables and a Yorkshire Pudding. The meal was absolutely delicious and so filling. 
I couldn't say no to desserts and there was a fantastic array of options from Sticky Toffee Pudding, Créme brúlée and I decided to go for the Mal hot chocolate. It's not your average hot chocolate but if you are a chocolate lover like me, you'll be in heaven. Vanilla ice cream, marshmallows and cream covered in melted chocolate. Incredible.
Malmaison is perfect for a special occasion or just treating yourself, It's quite on the expensive side but as the starter is help yourself and the portions are huge, it's really worth it. Booking is essential and I believe they book up quite quickly! You can find out more here.

Have you ever been to Malmaison? 



Sunday, 17 May 2015

Fashion: Elephant Print Smock Dress

I've been looking for a lovely Smock Dress for a couple of months and came across this one from Boohoo. The Elephant print is so cute and it's also perfect for festivals, paired with a floral headband and big backpack. Boohoo have some lovely dresses online at the moment, especially for vacations and festivals. The batwing sleeves are slightly out there for me but in the past couple of month's, I've been stepping out of my comfort zone with outfit choices and experimenting with trends. 
Boots* - Quiz Clothing
Bag - Primark

Hope everyone has had a lovely weekend!



Saturday, 16 May 2015

Fashion: Festival Summer Essentials

If you thought festivals were all about wet jeans and waterproofs, then think again. The summer festival season is the perfect time to dress up in the latest style, have fun and be seen. But with only a small rucksack to fit in all your essentials, which pieces should you take for the ultimate festival look? Whether it’s Glastonbury, Bestival or T in the Park, here are the top five festival accessories.
1. Hot pants
If you take one thing, make it a pair of denim hot pants. They are this year’s number one wardrobe essential, and worn with or without tights, they'll make a great base for any outfit. There’s some lovely embroidered pairs on the high street right now, or you could  go authentic and make your own from an old pair of jeans.

2. Slip dress
A simple slip dress is a festival fashion staple. Not only are they light to pack, but they'll help add a touch of feminine chic. At festivals it is all about standing out, so use the opportunity to be bold and go bright and busy with fantastic Aztec and floral prints.

3. Kimono
Forget jackets or rain ponchos, this year when it comes to covering up it is all about the kimono. Silk maxi kimonos will give your festival outfit a touch of glamour, or you could choose a tasselled or retro kimono for a more understated appeal.                                              
4. Wellies
If you can count on one thing at a festival in the UK, it’s mud. So be prepared, and dress for the occasion. Festival footwear doesn't get more classic than a pair of hunter wellies. They come in an array of colours so you can be sure to find one to match your personality. Not only will you will look really cool, you’ll also have lovely dry feet.
5. Sunglasses
OK, so sunshine isn't always guaranteed in Britain but even if it’s raining, a pair of shades will help hide a multitude of ‘morning-after-the-night before’ sins, particularly if you haven’t been able to find a mirror! Fun novelty shades are most definitely in, so go wild and release your inner child.

Of course, once you’re at a festival and the music is pumping, the last thing on your mind will be how you look. Pack these essentials, go have fun, and there’s every chance you will stand out from the crowd.
*This is a guest post - Images by marfis75 and fussy onion used under the Creative Commons license*


Thursday, 14 May 2015

Travel: Five European City Break Ideas for Summer

Little things make a big difference when you travel to a foreign country. Yes, you have to make time to see the big attractions that people rave about - of course you do.  But it's really important just to soak up the atmosphere, have a coffee in a quirky local cafe, sit in a park or even take a bus ride. Listed below are some perfect European cities in which to people-watch, promenade through and play around in this Summer.
Paris: The style capital of the world, not just Europe, this city of romance and art is one of the most popular destinations in the world. While the crowds gather at The Eiffel Tower and the Louvre, make your way to Montmarte and wander around the narrow streets and lanes that once inspired the Parisian Avante-garde.
Rome: Rome, the capital of the ancient world and a city where every second person you meet is simply breathtaking to look at. Once you've seen the famous Sistine Chapel Ceiling and waited in line to bumble round the Colosseum, sit yourself down in the first square you can find and take a long look through your sunglasses at the fashion trends on show in this gorgeous city. 
Edinburgh: This picture postcard capital is full of historic monuments and ancient buildings like Edinburgh Castle. Once you've had your ticket stamped and taken a few photos, slink off to the Grassmarket and visit Armstrongs Vintage Clothing Emporium. This landmark business began trading in 1840 and is full of stylish bargains.
Dubrovnik: Beautiful and historic at the same time, this coastal Croatian city will charm you with its easy flare, trendy restaurants and vibrant inhabitants. Flights to Croatia are inexpensive so it's a great place to book a student holiday or a low cost summer break. if you plan on travelling to the city, forget the showpiece churches and go for a hike along the coastal walking paths, you never know who you might meet along the way.
London: What can I say about London? It's big, it's bold and it's incredibly classy. Yes you could go to Madame Tussauds on your visit and ride the London Eye till your head starts to spin. But why not take a tube to the East End and admire all the different outfits on show or visit one of the city's famous street markets and look for some hidden treasure.
OK, so you could stop at the first Mcdonald's you see on your way to the first attraction that your guidebook recommends and that would be fine. But maybe you won't come back to a city for a few years - maybe you'll never go back - so it's important to get see the real character of a place by gently lifting up its underside. Anyway, enough philosophising. Wherever you choose to go this summer, have a great time!
Have you got any trips planned for this Summer?
*This is a guest post - Photo's belong to Rachel Nicole*

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