Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014
If you read my post from Monday you will see that I visited Harrods for Champagne afternoon tea – which was delicious! Of course I couldn’t pay a visit to such a wonderful store for food alone, especially not when it holds one of the best beauty departments in London town!
Harrods has a fantastic collection of departments, with many of my favourites featured alongside brands I had not yet heard of. Taking a look at the variety of products on offer and finding out more about the brands is a great way to fill many hours.
One of the new brands I stumbled across during my visit is Natura Bissé. Natura Bissé are a brand that began in Spain in the late 70′s, created due to the founders interest in the positive effects of collagen proteins. By the 90′s their products had entered the American market and were surprising many with their fantastic effects on the skin.
Taking a browse through their range I found some of their best selling products, although they were perhaps a little out of my price range! One of their most popular products is the Diamond Cream, retailing at £226 this product isn’t cheap but what girl doesn’t want to introduce diamonds in to her skincare routine!
This cream is, according to the brands consultants, meant to “spectacularly diminishes expression lines and wrinkles” – which if it does live up to its claims shows just why their products are so popular.
If looking for a brand that exudes luxury and elegance, Natura Bissé would be my first choice.
Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014
This amazing weather seems to be lasting, if you ignore the occasional rain showers, and I am making the most of it! Summer is my most favourite season and it just never lasts long enough, so when it does make an appearance I try and spend as much time out in it as I can – even if that does leave me with various odd tan lines!
Of course, to enjoy the summer properly you need 3 essential items: a bikini for sunbathing and enjoying the sea of a pool, sunglasses you shade your peepers from harmful rays and flip flops, the most noisy shoes possible.
I love cheaper stores for essentials like these but sometimes you just want something a little bit different, especially so when you hit the beach you don’t see 3 other girls in the same bikini! Protest, a design-led company from Holland, have a great range of both Summer and Winter essentials that are all unique, with different patterns and styles available.
I have fallen hard for this bikini (from £24.99) from their Sunny South Petite Fit range. It fits perfectly well and is true to size. Whilst the top is not cup size but dress size I find that is fits comfortably and doesn’t slip or slide off. There is of course some stretch to the top meaning it will fit slightly larger busts.
The colour and pattern of this bikini are really cute and unique; this is going to be the perfect item to take away with my for my long weekend away in a few weeks time!
If you’re looking for flip flops (from £9.99) to brighten up an outfit then these need to feature in your wardrobe. The pattern radiates Summer and the rope detail strap is something you don’t see very often and is a unique twist that Protest have added to this particular product.
Sunglasses are something I have an issue with every year; I just can’t find any shapes that suit my face! Instead I settle on a couple of pairs that I like the look at and give up caring if they suit me or not – at least my eyes are protected and I don’t have to spend my days squinting!
I am really impressed with the range at Protest and will certainly add them to my favourites bar for when I need Summer or Winter essentials at reasonable prices.
Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014
Last night I went for an impromptu dinner with a friend at The Palm Tree in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex. I am currently trying to eat a little better and so wanted to go somewhere that would offer meat that wasn’t covered in a cream sauce or batter.
I am a huge fan of Mediterranean and Greek food, I could eat it everyday, so as soon as I thought of The Palm Tree I was eager to get there and dig in!
We booked a table for 7pm but were the only people in the restaurant for the duration of the visit. This doesn’t bother me particularly as it means you can talk quietly rather than feel like you need to shout. The staff did say that it was a massive contrast to the previous Monday where they were fully booked! It was a hot day however and I suppose people were happy with a salad whilst sat in the garden.
The restaurant itself is tastefully done and not overtly tacky like some Greek restaurants could be. Table accessories were silver and the tables were covered in crisp, white linen. It made for a very enjoyable setting.
For starters we decided to share the Karisik Meze Dips (£6.50) which was a selection of homemade Humus, Tzatziki and Dolmades (stuffed vine leaves) served with Pitta Bread. This was absolutely delicious and I think these were one of the best Dolmades I have ever tried! They were so tasty and refreshing after spending the evening in the sun.
I would say that the portion was adequate but there wasn’t a huge amount, especially between two people. The plate included 4 quarters of pitta bread, 2 Dolmades and probably about 2 tablespoons of each of the dips.
For main we decided to share two of my favourite Greek dishes ever – the Moroccan Lamb Tagine (£14.95) and the Cypriot Kleftico (£14.95). If you do decide to order these dishes please note that you will literally just receive the meat itself and need to order any vegetables or potatoes separately. We decided to avoid carbs and just eat the meat alone.
Both dishes were incredible, they were so tasty and the meat melted in your mouth. The flavours of the various herbs and spices used meant that you wanted to eat it all quickly but at the same time didn’t want it to end!
The size of the Kleftico was more than adequate for one person, however I think it would have been nice for the Tagine to come with some form of rice accompaniment – especially for the price.
We complimented the meal with a bottle of bubbly and it set it off perfectly.
Overall I was impressed with The Palm Tree and would visit again. It was slightly pricey and not somewhere I would necessarily go frequently, but it is definitely a great place to head to if you are looking for a special treat. Saying that, they do offer a smaller and more limited set menu during the week which is a little more reasonable.
Monday, July 21st, 2014
Occasionally my blog becomes quite personal, detailing great events in my life or just big changes, but generally I tend to stay away from giving too much information away about just what is happening in my life.
However, I really enjoy reading other peoples posts about what they have been up to and so I think I might start sharing a little bit more about my life and focusing less on just reviews.
It’s Monday morning again, they always seem to role around too quickly, and after such a great weekend I am on a definite come down!
This weekend was spent mostly catching up with friends and enjoying the sunshine – in between rain and thunderstorms!
On Saturday I paid a visit to Harrods in London for a Champagne afternoon tea. After spending the day walking between Knightsbridge and Oxford Street a nice cold glass of Champagne was exactly what I needed!
The selection for afternoon tea was good, there was a range of sandwiches including cucumber, salmon and cream cheese (oddly, served in pink bread), coronation chicken, egg and salt beef with Stilton cheese. This was then followed by two scones with clotted cream and jam, then topped off with a great selection of cakes and macaroons.
I was really looking forward to sampling the macaroons but unfortunately I didn’t enjoy them. They seemed to be filled with strawberry jam and it was all a bit too much, especially after the preceding sandwiches and scones.
Overall though we have a nice time and the Terrace restaurant at Harrods is a really lovely, grand place to enjoy some food and drink.
We also popped to Liberty of London on the hunt for a gift. This is my favourite store in the whole of London, not least because of the beauty of the building it is housed in. You feel a little bit like you have stepped back in time!
On Sunday, I went to Lakeside in the afternoon after plans for a picnic in the park were curtailed by bad weather. We had not long arrived before we decided to stop for a drink at 360 Champagne bar. Drawn in by the thought of a cold glass of Champagne or a cocktail, we soon settled on a drink each: a Mojito for him and a Candy Floss Martini for me.
Served separately, the martini was delicious and sweet enough without the need to add the candy floss addition. However I really liked having the small shot glass of candy floss with the drink as it was really tasty and reminded me of childhood days spent eating too much of it by the sea!
We then moved on to Wagamama, my first time at the restaurant! I was excited because after my trip to Japan a few months ago I have totally fallen in love with their food and have missed it ever since.
We started with Chilli Squid and Chicken Gyoza which were absolutely delicious! I then had the Chicken Katsu Curry – a real favourite of mine – and was not disappointed. In fact there was far too much and I sadly couldn’t finish it, but I cannot wait to go back again!
I hope you had a good weekend too, what did you get up to?
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