Sunday, September 27, 2015

Charles Petillon's Heartbeat / Covent Garden Walks

(Hat - Topshop (very similar here) | Cardi - Scotch & Soda | Necklace - Bauble Bar | Dress - Jack Wills | Shoes - Clarks | Bag - Zara)
Hello everyone - thank you for all that great feedback about my desk, who knew you could get such a response from an inanimate object?! Although I'm not too surprised, since I would totally jump in a conversation about copper coloured baskets from Scandinavia or something... 
Anyway enough chitter chatter, let's get down to some description of these pictures! YES IT'S ANOTHER SHOT OF COVENT GARDEN AND THE BALLOONS. I gotta take advantage of this and get some blogger action shots aight?! Anyway there's supposed to be 100,000 balloons in this suspended exhibit about challenging the way we see ordinary objects, and a metaphor (I literally googled this so don't ask me more) - I suppose I could see the appeal, it's also installed with pulsating white light, mimicking a ~heartbeat~ . I brought WengYee from 9outoften (cough blogger support cough) when she was in London last week, and she thought it was pretty cool too so I guess I wasn't the only one. 
Matt and I shot this on a weekend, and there were so many people shooting me looks, as if I was crazy looking at balloons... what can I say, I look like five after all. The installation is up till 27th September (today) so if you happen to chance upon this today, you still have some time - I'm not the most time-conscientious blogger as we know! 
Mid-season weather like these, I like to throw on my usual oversized cardi and a hat to keep the wind from messin' up the hair and a casual bag for a quick stroll around town :) and don't you just love how cute and classy my Zara messenger bag is, big enough for all the crap I bring out but small enough to not weigh my weak and skinny shoulders down! 
What are your usual autumn/cold weather get-up? Also am I the only one who isn't looking forward to it?!?! Aaaah! 

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Desk Essentials

Hey folks, no photos of my face this time (I know it was such a seller) but I was feeling lazy and not like a million bucks so I thought I'd show you a couple of my desk 'essentials' (it looks much messier than this though). But as you can see, my desk is pretty messy, it's stuffed with two screens because  I'm blind, and I usually research/read on one screen and type on the other.... 

Anyhoo! Got to love nice big bouquet of flowers to freshen up the scene, these pink chrysanthemums I bought from Waitrose on half price (booyah) and was a little treat to myself one fine evening. Behind my desk I have my lovely sort-of duck egg blue Anglepoise lamp that Matt bought me for my birthday last year and is the best investment your basic Ikea desk needs! 
Next are my absolute 'go-to' items: I NEED MY HAND CREAMS 'cause yo girl have really dry hands (because I wash too many dishes truestory) so I have this little one from Melvita from their L'Argan Bio range, which came in a cute little pouch I featured previously before :) And of course, what better way to distract yourself from work by having nail polishes dotted around your area? I have the Sally Hansen Maximum Strength base coat (dries super fast so I don't feel guilty for leaving work too long) and then my most recent accolade of the OPI That's Hula-rious from their Hawaii collection that my mum got me as a gift... 
And what would I do without a watch? If you're ever BFFs with me, you'll know I'm a lover of watches and I've been going back to this Gold Casio digital watch which I think is pretty trendy and chic, and keeps time well! Other small bits include mismatched earrings because I always misplace my earrings so different ones on different ears it is... And finally, pretty much the only ring I wear is my Pandora birthstone ring since it's the only one that fits my horribly skinny fingers! I love it to bits and how dainty it looks despite it having a stone on it, and I know yada yada lots of people have it etc. but I still like it so that's that! 
What do you think of my pretty lame desk essentials? Do you have anything like these? Does it make you want to get a gold Casio watch (cough hipsters cough)? How do you like to work and what kind of things are comforting for you? I should stop with the questions. Talk to me and let's have a party in the comments section y'all, DFTBA! 

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Birthday Dinner: London's Chiltern Firehouse

Okay so technically my birthday was 8 months ago, but this was long time coming - being a Christmas eve baby means no birthday celebrations, being overshadowed by the festive season (but it's not to say I'm not a fan) and traveling and New Year's, Valentine's, rubbish bank holidays, Easter break, summer holidays etc. etc. I'm sure you get the idea you guys. Anyway I've wanted to hop over to Chiltern Firehouse for a while now, after seeing it being talked by a few foodie friends, so Matt and I decided to make a booking, and see what the fuss was all about!

In the heart of where A-list celebs hang out (I think, I don't actually know), we trotted off to Marylebone, walked past the Monocle shop and headed through a very nondescript and unassuming building which was once, as the name suggests, a firehouse now turned into fashionable dining spot. 

I wore my flowy red dress which I hadn't worn since my graduation last year and my trusty trench from Zara! I love the old school vibes where we shot these pictures, on the Bakerloo line, reminding me of another era entirely :) 

(Wearing: Dress - Warehouse | Trench coat - Zara)

First thing I have to say: damn son, this place is exclusive as hell. We went on a Tuesday evening for dinner, and were greeted by a flurry of trained waitresses/waiters and she held up the velvet-y curtains to reveal everyone who's who and their extended rich families dining and sipping posh cocktails. The entrance had some dude armed with an expensive dSLR (pap alert) to snap away if a celeb turned up (no one did, not that I recognised anyone because I'm bad at keeping up) I realise this sounds condescending because we're basically throwing ourselves in there anyway, but I do like poking fun at the mega-rich$$$.

I thought I was overdressed but phew - thankfully didn't turn up in a baggy t-shirt because these diners got their outfits game on!

That's besides the point. We were shown our fancy seats at the ~Chef's Counter~, which is apparently, one of the 'best seats' in the house – I'm guessing it's because you could see the chefs cook/do things with fire etc. but I was pretty nonplussed about it. I was more excited about eating.

AND IT WAS GOOD GUYS. I had a strawberry daiquiri (sans alcohol because we don't drink) as accompaniment and then picked our starters.

We were recommended the crab doughnuts (?!?!? FANCY?) and Matt had a southern-fried chicken plate and we happily nommed away. I have to say, the doughnuts were alright, but I did enjoy the subtle tanginess it had. As for the chicken, chicken will always be chicken. And fried chicken is fried chicken and it was good. But the main courses were the highlight, I was smiling like this :)))) (and more, you get the idea)

Not wanting to repeat orders (puh lease I know everyone does this too) - I had the chargrilled (I honestly don't remember the fancy titles) lamb with roasted buckwheat (??? ok I love buckwheat actually) and broccoli purée, Matt had the roast pork with crafted barely-cooked broccoli.

BOTH WERE AMAZING. This is what I'm talking about. Not doughnuts, not chicken. This meat was superb! My lamb was tender but not raw or overly pungent, and melts into your melt like... cotton candy? They could've done without the buckwheat but I did enjoy the purée to go with it. Palette perfection. The pork was likewise cooked to a nice soft texture (none of that overcooked crap) and paired nicely with the broccoli :)))) (here we go again) and om nom nom we went, watching the chefs busily put together other patrons' dishes over the yells of the head chef...

JUST LOOKIT THAT. Granted, it's just a man + his pork. But it smelled so good. AND WHAT IS UP WITH THE UPSIDE DOWN ROSEMARY BOUQUET?! Overhead rosemary infusion.... this is some serious business we're talking about. It was a delight watching them man each of their stations, doing everything in quick succession like there was no tomorrow. It was fun!

The crème de la crème of the evening was obviously our poo-shaped meringue and crème brûlée with apple shaved ice. Obviously not named that... but c'mon, look at it. Not gonna lie, I didn't eat the meringue. Because I hate meringues. But I was hoping that the ratio of meringue to creme bruelee would be more equal, y'know? Nonetheless, I was pleasantly surprised by the light flavour of the apple-flavoured ice and the much thicker, much creamier consistency of the creme brulee (not pictured because was inside of poo-shaped meringue obvs). AND I WAS A FAN OF THE CREME BRULEE. It was good.

In all? Great buzzing atmosphere, you get to feel like you're in the upper echelons for about an hour and a half while eating great pork/lamb (seriously delicious) and end the night with a casual reminder of what you truly deserve in life = poo (as if you didn't see that coming). But seriously, I had a fantastic time dining at Chiltern Firehouse, and it's a marvelous place for extra-special occasions or a birthday or anniversary, but remember to book in advance because they're especially busy! I'd definitely recommend bringing your rich uncle whom you want to suck up to so you can get into the family will, or just a pleasant family meal if you ever chance by the Marylebone area! It's slightly pricey, but definitely worth splashing the cash if you're feeling like a true treat :)

I wish I could say I got paid to write this, but I didn't because would a serious food critic write about poo-shaped desserts (they so would)?

What is everyone's plans this week? Have you been to fancy establishments such as this one? Or just chat below! I realise this is a drastic change from my previous post about frolicking through lavender but when it comes to food... no one shall stop me. Holler at me if you agree.
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