Saturday, 19 December 2015

Dinner at Long-Reach Beefeater Whitstable

beefeater restaurant review

Leon and I are pretty simple and low maintenance when it comes to choosing restaurants. Mainly because Leon refuses to eat vegetables so it kinda narrows down our options! More often than not we end up at Long-Reach Beefeater in Whitstable* as you know what you're getting and the food is delish!

Beefeater have refurbished their restaurants so when given the opportunity, it was only right that we went and had a nosey. The decor is so different and features lots of scandi-inspired loveliness with lots of rustic touches. Basically my kind of Pinterest inspo! Think of lots of grey panelled wood mixed with heavy rustic oak and painted brickwork, industrial lighting and grey and mustard faux leather booth seats. Beefeater has certainly had a very stylish makeover and looks nothing like you would imagine it to.

beefeater restaurant review

beefeater restaurant review

The Beefeater menu has also had a little makeover in time for the festive season and as meat lovers we were very happy about that as the grill section has been notably revamped and expanded on. Saturdays are always popular, but this one was particularly busy and we had to wait a while for our table and again for our food, but once it arrived it did not disappoint.

We always share a starter so BBQ wings were first up, followed by some gigantic steaks and chunky chips. I plumped for a gorgeous tasty rib-eye whereas Leon had the newly added porterhouse steak which was absolutely huge! It was about 18oz or something crazy like that but the boy did good and finished the lot. I never manage to finish my main course but I still have to have a dessert because why not. I always finish a sundae, that's for sure. An Eton mess it was for me and a chocolate and honeycomb sundae of Leon that I had major envy of so I think I'll have to go for that next time.

beefeater restaurant review

beefeater restaurant review

beefeater restaurant review

beefeater restaurant review

beefeater restaurant review

beefeater restaurant review

I'd highly recommend a visit to your local Beefeater as the food is amazing, but beware, you will end up wanting to run off with the decorations at the end of the night. Oh, and those bell jar lights. Swoon!

Laura

The post Dinner at Long-Reach Beefeater Whitstable appeared first one Lelore.
Share:

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Coffee With Currys & Nespresso

Coffee With Currys & Nespresso

Coffee With Currys & Nespresso

A couple of weeks ago I went to a Currys and Nespresso blogger event which was organised by the lovelies at the Joes Blogs network. Despite having to hop on a train up to London and be practially up the road to my office on a Saturday, it was such a lovely day. It was held at The Fable in Holborn, which I've never been to before but it's such a lovely bar and restaurant - one I definitely have to find an excuse to go return to. The toilets were total bathroom inspiration with gorgeous sinks and cocktail recipes written on the mirrors.

Coffee With Currys & Nespresso

Coffee With Currys & Nespresso

We were all split into groups and began an afternoon packed with coffee related activities. First up my group had cocktail making. Bloggers, coffee and alcohol - what could go wrong? Unfortunately it meant I was clumsier than ever, slopping cream about and generally spilling everything I touched. Yup, I cannot be trusted! We created two cocktails that featured coffee, so we had to get to grips with using the Nespresso machine to pour our own espressos. The machines were super easy to use, yes, even for clumsy 'ol me! We do have a coffee machine at home but after using one I really want a Nespresso now, especially the one that can froth milk too. They look so sleek and they're not too chunky either.

Fancy giving these cocktails ago yourself? Here are the recipes:

Coffee With Currys & Nespresso


KRAKEN COFFEE

50ml Kraken rum
1 Dharkan espresso pod
20ml gomme syrup
2 tablespoons of peanut butter
Chocolate powder

Coffee With Currys & Nespresso

VANILLA SKY - MY FAVOURITE!

50ml Black Label Johnnie Walker
50ml vanilla gomme
1 Dulsao do Brasil espresso pod
100ml cream - go easy as it will go everywhere!

Coffee With Currys & Nespresso

Coffee With Currys & Nespresso

Next up we went onto coffee tasting with a couple of the guys from Nespresso. We tasted some different coffees and paired them with some rather Pinterest worthy chocolates to bring out their individual flavours. The pink one was definitely my favourite! I'm not a fan of really strong coffee so it was really interesting to test my tastebuds which definitely concurred with that!

The last activity was latte art and I got to use the rather scary barista style coffee machine to pour a latte and then dust some chocolate powder on it. I don't think I'll be applying for a job in Starbucks any time soon but it was great to learn exactly how to make a good coffee from one of the pros.

I'm literally going to stalk Currys over the next few weeks now in case one of these bad boy Nespresso machines go into the January sale. The pods work out at about 30p each which is a hell of a lot cheaper than I thought. I really want to try out all of the different flavours, mainly as the coloured pods are drool worthy and I think they'd look pretty good all lined up in my kitchen! Nespresso are also a very sustainable and environmentally friendly brand. Their standards are actually higher than Fair Trade - bet you didn't know that either?

Laura

The post Coffee With Currys & Nespresso appeared first on Lelore.


Share:

Friday, 11 December 2015

Winter Hair Care

winter hair care

My hair routine is pretty minimal as I'm not the greatest at styling it and I find that it easily looks too overdone if I'm not careful. I've been growing my hair for the last few months so I'm really concentrating on keeping it healthy and happy for now. I thought that as I'm really happy with the products I'm using at the moment I'd share my winter hair care routine with you today.

I have super fine hair so I feel like I'm always looking for the ultimate shampoo and conditioner pairing that will keep my hair feeling really clean and light, but adding a bit of volume and shine into the mix while also keeping the frizz at bay. Now that's a lot to ask for so surprisingly its an ever growing search, but I think I've finally found the right products for the job.

I start off with the Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Shampoo and Conditioner which are designed to improve the condition of your hair over time. Basically it's perfect hair in a bottle! The Perfect Hair Day range keeps your hair cleaner for longer as the products manage to repel dirt, meaning that I can get an extra day out of each wash before reaching for the dry shampoo. My hair feels really fresh after using these and not at all coated or weighed down as there's no silicone or sulphates in there - perfect for my coloured tresses. Before drying my hair I work a small blob of the Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Night Cap Overnight Perfector into the lengths of my hair and this totally removes any frizz and once blow dried my hair is ready to go. The results then last until your next wash. The only downside? The Night Cap Overnight Perfector isn't available in the UK at the moment. Escentual carry a few bits but apparently the range is properly launching in the new year under a different name so that will be a happy day for me!

winter hair care

I also religiously apply a hair oil to the tips to help the condition of my hair and to add a bit of shine and I'm still working my way through the O&M Frizzy Logic Shine Serum*. It smells amazing and although this little bottle is nearly empty, it's lasted me absolutely ages. I'll definitely be picking up another one of these. I recently reviewed the Colour Excellence Hair Detox and I've now added the Colour Excellence Highlights Brightener* into the mix. This treatment is great to use once a month or so and it removes product build up, leaving coloured hair and highlights more vibrant. It's especially designed to not strip colour and makes my copper hair really shine.

As I'm trying to look after my hair I only use the Wet Brush* on it. It doesn't snap or pull my hair and it's even safe to use on wet hair - hence the name of course! I really like paddle brushes too, so to have one that doesn't damage my hair is awesome. On the rare occasion I heat style my hair I spray some of the Bumble & Bumble Does It All Styling Spray into my hair before putting a few very messy loose waves in with my GHD straightener. This is a bit of a miracle worker as it's light, but definitely helps my hair hold a curl as short of putting super dooper strong hold hairspray in, nothing else does. I hate crispy hair and need some help in the hold and texture department which Does It All does to a T. Plus the can is mahoosive so it should keep me going for quite a while yet!

Laura

The post Winter Hair Care appeared first on Lelore.

Share:

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Brow Faves


how-to-get-perfect-brows

A brow routine is something that I tend to be quite loyal to for a few months and then a new product comes along and its all change for the new few months. There's just something about finding a great product or two that work so well together I think.

I've been growing my brows out for the last couple of months after getting a bit tweezer-happy and they're finally starting to grow into a shape that I think suits my face. They're still too straight for my liking but I'm too nervous to start messing around with them again! I need a pro to fix that one for sure. I've been going for a more natural look of late and I've found the perfect duo of brow products to do that.

To define the shape and fill in all the sparse areas I use the Rodial Glamobrow in Ash Brown*. This is such a good colour match for me, not too brown and not too warm. The spoolie on the end is super useful for combing my long brow hairs in place before using the fine nib to draw little individual hairs in. It's quite a bit more pricey than a lot of pencils I've used in the past, but this is a firm favourite of mine now and one that I will definitely repurchase. Rodial Glamobrow never looks harsh and I doubt you could ever go crazy with it and end up with marker pen brows!

Because my brow hairs are crazy long (whyy?), I have to add a brow gel to set them in place and stop them from blowing around in the wind, as who wants that? For this I'm currently using the HD Brows Brow Beater*. This is a fine setting lotion that slicks my brows into place all day, but without any stickiness or crispy brows. In fact, you can't see it on there at all but it certainly does the job. As with all clear brow gels, the HD Brows Brow Beater clings onto any other products you use beneath it so it looks a bit gross in the tube now, but for perfect brows I think I can overlook that!

Have you used either of these?

Laura

The post Brow Faves appeared first on Lelore.

Share:

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

The Blemish Survival Kit

blemish-survival-guide

With winter comes dry and sensitive skin for me and this year is shaping up to be no different. I've had a stressful couple of months thanks to a very drawn out house buying process which is still not there and the result is that my skin is absolutely horrendous and breaking out like crazy. Just what I need to help make me feel positive and happy!

There's two ways of dealing with this, a pity party for one or to take serious action. I decided to toughen up and I've put together a pretty good blemish survival kit which is really helping sort things out.

The Exterminator
When I was in New York last month I was desperate to try a few things from Kate Somerville as Sephora don't ship the brand to the UK (sob). One of a few things that I picked up was the Kate Somerville DermalQuench Clear Anti-Acne Treatment. Looking quite odd in the can, this is an aerosol that releases a foam that once applied to my skin instantly cools and soothes. It contains salicylic acid to deep clean and unclog pores and prevent future breakouts. It also hydrates while restoring the skin's natural pH balance which helps limit any further skin irritation, as quite frankly I don't think I can take any more!

The Moisture-Giver
Masks always benefit my skin greatly when its under attack and I have been reaching for the Nip+Fab Kale Fix Clay Mask* two to three times a week to deeply hydrate my skin. Formulated with the superfood kale and witch hazel to heal, this gentle clay mask really calms my skin and restores it with much needed moisture. I find that one of the key steps to healing blemishes is to ensure that they are as hydrated as possible. When my skin freaks out it dries out like a prune and looks super grey, so I'm piling this one on as much as I can.

The Protector
Another great find from the US is the Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer. My next Sephora order is probably going to include a couple of tubes of this little baby as my skin absolutely adores it. Infused with coconut water, this rather wonderful primer adds seals an extra layer of moisture to my face, smoothing over the lumps and bumps while creating an extra layer to protect from further aggressors. It really perks things up and helps hide the devastation underneath. My skin is much more radiant and glowing and I find that my foundation glides over the top and lasts all day without separating, disappearing or caking.

The Eraser
The final part of the puzzle is the Rodial Airbrush Concealer*. This arrived the day of my horrendous breakout (fate, obviously!), and I am so thankful that it did. It's a waxy formulation that seriously covers everything, but without being heavy or cakey. I've been using it both over blemishes and to brighten my under eye area and it does both incredibly well. Best applied with a clean finger, it melts into the skin and blends incredibly well. I build up a couple of thin layers over more troublesome areas and it stays put all day and doesn't dry out my skin like a lot of similar potions have done in the past. And, it's also quite a stunner in it's gorgeous little compact.

What's in your blemish survival kit?

Laura

The post The Blemish Survival Kit appeared first on Lelore.
Share:
© Lelore | All rights reserved.
Blog Design Handcrafted by pipdig