26 July 2015

Festival Beat Goddess: Face Centre Stage

So you're off to the land of sleeping bags, face wipes, toilet roll accessories and swigging a water bottle of vodka coke whilst shaking what yo'mama gave you to Ella Eyre. Hello Festival Season!  It's all very predictable and whilst every girl fancies her hand at rockin' the oversized floppy hats, bell-sleeved flowy tops, au-natural beaded braids and more boho attire than Florence and the machine, jumping onto the Kate Moss bandwagon now seems somewhat passé.

Instead of opting for the classic hippie-chic look, the S/S '15 and A/W '15 runways saw a flashback to '90s rave wave in the throes of colour explosion! Try your hand with a dash of neon cool, rainbow inspired wigs and shiny old-school classics and waltz your way into the world of techno-colour eccentricity! I've scampered together some inspiration for some crazy but approachable looks to get your creative fingers dancing and take your look into the dazzling limelight. 

Time to get a little playful with the paint as you head to the festivals for some unforgettable field fun...You utter scamp! As if you need reminding but the party don' start till you walk in...

  • Take a graphic hit with a pop of colour on the eyelid, slinging your hair up into a colourful top knot or gathering into a high pony with lashings of mascara to let your look do all the talking.
  • Slick on a bright pink stain of lip colour for a real neon rave boom and you're good to get movin' groovin' and shakin'.
  • Team seductive cat eyes with metallic gems and splatters of reflective colour to take your look futuristic like an Egyptian minx queen. 
  • Lavender and silver accents dancing around your eyes will give you an oh-so-pretty princess air of allure...blast away those naive accents with some not-so-innocent moves in the rave tents. Everyone loves a touch of minx underneath the innocence! 
  • Paint splatter effect: Split splat with a smattering of paint pot colour! Combining a pale sky blue splattering of paint across your face with a deep navy blue lip blushing, copious amounts of deep midnight lashes to flutter and top knot miley buns will take your festival look to a whole other covetable level.
  • Simply take a paintbrush or make up brush, dip into some colourful water-based liquid eyeshadow and using your fingers to pull the brush bristles away from you, splatter the colour onto the side of your face for a messy-expressive playful look!
  • Total Wash Out: Why not try the simple-but-effective colour fade wash upon your luscious locks? Get your hands on some pastel hair chalks or spray-in colour wash aerosols and create some funky colour graduations to make you shine amongst the crowds! Let the colour start with its darkest intensity at your roots and slowly fade the pigment out towards your ends. Sultry violet purple is having a glorified fashion moment so take to the aisles of Boots and snag some striking shades of imperial colour! 
  • Create a smoky look upon your lids using the same graduated effect with a smearing of glitter to catch the light towards your inner eye lid. Pop on a contrasting colour like burnt orange to your lips and you'll be one eye-catching vision of fun bobbing in the crowds!

  • Pair makeup rainbow brights with poker straight locks slicked back at the roots to get people talking in all the right ways! There ain't nothing poker straight n'boring about this look...you'll look like a naughty pixy tease fluttering about in mesmerising allure! Not only will you be a vision of envy and temptation but it'll keep those pesky flyways out of your face whilst you're busy moving your hips to the beats. Sexy yet practical!

[Photo Source Inspiration: Pinterest, refinery29.com]


23 July 2015

A-Z Of Little Old Me

You know those days that just seem to slip away before you can even crack your sleepy-dust eyes open and get crack-a-lackin with being somewhat productive? Well this week seems adamant in making every day feel like it's waving goodnight before the sun can even shine! 

With time whizzing away and my attempt at trying to make the most of seeing people whilst they're galavanting in the south vicinity before upping to sunnier climes, I thought I'd try my hand at a different type of post to end the week! I ran into this A-Z blog survey whilst perusing my usual morning blog reads and thought it was a fabulous way to let you all know a little bit more about me,  myself and I. 

With a resounding drum roll and without further adieu let's get ready to rumble...

A - Age: Feelin' 22. I know, I look 12.

B - Biggest Fear: Being sick, losing all those closest to me.

C - Current Time: 8:02

D - Drink You Had Last: Matcha Green Tea.

E - Easiest Person To Talk To: My lovely Lucy. 

F - Favourite Song: Right now I've got 2AM - Astrid S (Matoma remix), Pony - Ginuwine and Sigma - Glitterball (ft. Ella Henderson) [S.P.Y. remix] on my repeat radar.

G - Grossest Memory: It probably was when we were living in Barbados as kids! So there I was happily cleaning my teeth before tottering off to school and because of my stellar amount of height, I was hitched up on the bathroom cabinet with my leg tucked near the sink. Lo-and-behold my troublesome brother suddenly graced my poor, innocent leg with the contents of his breakfast and other unmentionables. Not even a generous dousing of my mum's Chanel No.5 parfum could mask the slight scent that lingered with me the entire day and it certainly did nothing to crack a flasher upon my frozen face. Chanel couldn't even make this girl happy. How tragic. 

H - Hometown: I was born in Winchester, lived in the Caribbean as a child before moving back to Hampshire.

I - In Love With: Ice cream, fro-yo and CandyKing. That is the extent of my romantic entanglements.

J - Jealous Of: If I'm perfectly honest - every one. I appreciate that you've gotta work with what ya mama gave you but I'd love to just know what it feels like to really love yourself and truly believe in your abilities. To feel confident in myself and not give two hoots what anyone else thought would literatly blow my mind! 

K - Kindest Person You Know: My Mum. She has a heart made of pure selfless gold and remains to be my diamond rock through life. I'm cute, I know. 

L - Longest Relationship: Does my deeply intense relationship with ice cream count? Currently on-going.

M - Middle Name: Don't have one! It's because I'm cool and cool people don't need a back-up name.

N - Number Of Siblings: Dos. Two older brothers....hola bodyguards! All you guys should be quivering out there, the five hundred-odd of you.

O - One Wish: That my family and all those special to me are safe and live happy, self-fufilled lives. A close second would be to love and believe that I am good enough.

P - Person You Spoke To On The Phone Last: Gary from Topshop customer service. We're tight ya see...oh yeah, we go waaaay back!

Q - Question You're Always Asked: "What even is a blog?" or "What does the world look like all the way down there?"... Oh I'll tell you, pretty fudgin' great ta. 

R - Reason To Smile: In reality there are many - no matter how small - which is why I definitely should do it more often. The beautiful sunshine smiling away in the blue skies is enough right now! I'd also like to include Channing Tatum in this appreciation list. 

S - Song You Last Sang: Oh sugartits this is a good'un...Goldigga by Kayne. I entirely blame Nick Grimshaw. To be fair I actually belted out a complete gobble of undistinguishable words because what the heck is the dude saying anyway?

T - Time You Woke Up: 6.30am. Up and at 'em!

U - Underwear Colour: Black and white lace. Oh-la-la.

V - Vacation Destination: I really want to go to Amsterdam and Italy... a holiday to the Maldives wouldn't be too shabby either. Any willing offers?

W - Worst Habit: Worrying and over-analysing everythaaaang! If anyone has a spare box of chill-pills then I'm currently taking charity donations. Gracias. 

X- X-rays You've Had: Elbow, skull, all-over bone scan.

Y - Your Favourite Food: To name a few...Strawberries, watermelon, berries, sea bass, yogurt, ice-cream, froyo, pick n'mix, veggies, fresh salad, BBQ sauce. 

Z - Zodiac Sign: Aquarius! Shout out to all my water sisters out there...we're secretly mermaids don't you know? Yeah we gather on a weekly basis, climb onto rocks and flick our hair about in seductive ways hoping to catch the roaming gaze of our prince charming. And so the hair-flouncing continues..

[Photo Source Inspiration: Pinterest, Personal]

21 July 2015

Take To The Skies: World's Best Rooftop Bars

Inebriation should be dealt with as much class as possible when the Summertime rays shine loud n'proud. So whilst you pour yourself into the sumptuous cocktails dancing about in hand, drink in the delicious landscapes and views of some of the World's most mesmerising rooftop drinking haven hideouts! 

With gorgeous sweeping sunsets and tongue-tantilising cocktails to make your heart merry, take a seat in front of the World's most stunning skylines and indulge in a taste of the breathtaking highlife...

SushiSamba, Bishopsgate, London Fields
With a scrumptious Japanese-Peruvian-Brazilian inspired tasting menu and a truly extensive cocktail list, this stylish London hotspot will take your expectations to new heights in its' glass-coved elevator. Located on the tummy-tingling 38th floor, this bar is the perfect after-works hideout with its' beautiful views and classical-chic decor.

AER Lounge, Four Seasons, Mumbai
Tucked away from the hectic hustle and bustle of Mumbai rests a stylishly sexy hub of delicious happy hour. Bag yourself one of the City's hottest seats and chill out as you throw your head back, sway your hips to the beats of smouldering house club music and scamper around with a naughty glass in hand. This seductive hideout infuses true fairytale romance with Cosmopolitan chic but just remember..what happens in Bangkok, stays in Bangkok!

Radio Rooftop Bar, ME London City
Perching elegantly atop London's ME Hotel on the tenth floor lies the sweeping views of London's finest skylines. Sip and slurp your way through the well-stocked bar and unwind yourself from the perils of life as hazy sunset dances in your backdrop illuminating London's twinkling stars from St Paul's Cathedral, The Shard, Somerset House and many more.  

Rock Bar, Bali
Undeniably one of Bali's most picturesque and buzzing post-dinner bars with an extensive list of accolades, rests this widely popular luxury watering hole. With dramatic designs set into the rock-cliff face of the sweeping Indian Ocean, this rooftop bar boasts stand-out innovative concoctions, beautifully untouched views and impeccable service. Chill out and move to the grooves of the wildly acclaimed and spectacularly accomplished mixologists purely dedicated in ensuring your troubles slowly diminish as the sunset blazes upon the horizon. 

Mondrian, Blackfriars, London
This stylish-contemporary rooftop bar lies atop London's new Mandarin Hotel nestled in the lively South Bank side, adjacent to the River Thames. Inspired by the decadent glamour of the 1920s cruise ships, this laid-back hideout vibrates with energy and speciality cocktails to hit the spot! Strike a pose, sip on a fruity chilled tipple and bask in the warming sun rays of Britains' summertime finest!

Bar 54, New York
Featuring a rival-worthy cocktail list rustled up by hailed mixologist Julie Reiner sits a classically modern cocktail lounge 54 stories up with impressive views of the New York skyline to make you swoon. Eclectic and elegant, this rooftop bar will have you clinking icy tipples with some of the City's' coolest hipsters in one of the best seats in the house!

Sky Bar at Sirocco, Lebua Hotel, Bangkok
Boasting a sweeping panorama of the impressive city lies an unforgettable hideout destination for a truly fabulous evening spent soaking up the big city lights and alluring ambiance radiating from the cosmopolitain cozy corner of infectious chic vibes. 

Le Bain, The Standard, New York
Overlooking the Hudson and Hideout sits this penthouse discothèque and rooftop hideout promising nothing short of sweeping chic, jaw-dropping panoramas of the city and world famous DJ's. Engulf yourself in class and cocktails and you'll be swaying in an eruption of tantalising cool underneath a mesmerising blanket of twinkling night sky stars. 

Ozone, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong
With unrivalled views and a truly buzzing atmosphere towers the highest rooftop lounge to grace the world. Sip your way through the Ritz-Carlton's impressive cocktail list whilst you gaze across Victoria Harbour and not only will you drain away your life woes with the swirling-glass walls of stylish decor but your quivering bank balance will take a draining bash too! 

Vogue Lounge, MahaNakhon Cube, Bangkok
Studded with sophisticated marble, brass and seductive leather is Bangkok's newest watering-hole destination pouring up nothing short of unforgettable memories! The world's first Vogue lounge buzzes with unrivalled glamour, decadence, class and style and guarantees to have you flirting over flutes of bubbles as the world and its troubles bubbles beneath you. 

Hotel Bagues, Las Ramblas, Barcelona
A chilled rooftop hideout settled atop the five-star boutique hotel located in the heart of Las Ramblas lies this magnificent poolside bar. Drink in the panoramic views of the Catalonian sites and revel in the legendary exotic ambiance of the city with some of the best cocktails to grace vibrant Barcelona. Ay Caramba!

Who ever said the skies were the limit? Drink Up, there's some fun tomfoolery to be had...

[Photo Source Inspiration: Pinterest, Tatler.com, jetsetter.co.uk]

17 July 2015

Coffee Bean Hunter: UK's Best Coffee Houses

The humble coffee house is set to trump and replace the old wildly British and traditionally raucous pub. But which delicious havens are worthy of usurping the crown of our trusty weekend tipples?

In need of a caffeine shot pick-me-up but don't want to succumb to the predictable watery blends of Starbucks and Nero? 

With an eager scouring eye, I've plucked out the best independent houses brewing up the best of the blends! I invite you to ignite and brew your coffee caffeine addiction in the UK's purest Capital highlights with mugs of intense flavour explosions of powerful Espressos, punchy Americanos and champion Cappuccino blends to get your tastebuds tingling.

Time to get your java fix roasting...

London Town...

Monmouth CoffeeCovent Garden
With highly celebrated accolades, this cosy haven of delicious aromas whips up ethically and sustainable sourced coffee like no other. With a family of staff all hailed as complete coffee nuts, you can divulge in deep, smooth and dark conversations about every coffee bean to your hearts content! The ultimate way to set you up for the day in the big smoke! 

WorkShop Coffee, Holborn
Hailed as one of the top coffee roasters worldwide, this little nugget house goes above and beyond to ensure that nothing but delish coffee is steaming away in front of you. Not only do they credit their art in the care taken in brewing the beans but the detail in frothy presentation is enough for you to just want to sit staring at the beautiful marshmallow froth.

Coffee excellence is the aim of the game for this Artisan roasters coffee shop! With an array of highly trained Baristas and owned by a Kiwi coffee enthusiast, coffee here comes with a touch of special treatment! With a pair of 'slow-brew' specials that changes daily, this beautiful space hits the spot for a dribble-worthy caffeine fixture. 

Alchemy Coffee, Ludgate Broadway
Located in the densely packed streets of Ludgate Broadway stands loud and proud a space filled with grinning Baristas whipping up a plethora of some of the best damn coffee to grace the busy Capital. With such an enthusiastic and cheery atmosphere, this is the golden spot for clued up caffeine fiends looking for something special to wake them in the morning and a resounding coffee debate to rival the geeky level knowledge of Sheldon himself. 

Climpson & Sons, Broadway Market
Situated on Broadway market, this newly refurbished cafe is hailed as a true dedication to the coffee craft community! Roasting their own locally sourced coffee beans within the same street in London fields, this little hub quietly covets quite a range of accolades for coffee that'll keep you coming back time and time again.

Flat WhiteSoho
Nestled in the heart of Soho, this vibrant artisan style coffee house is quick becoming a haven for coffee lovers seeking a damn good caffeine fix with high-roasted house blends and resounding Antipodean distinct flavours. 

Kaffeine, Great Titchfield
A true coffee oasis tucked away in a location that feels more at home in Berlin or Paris than London serving up nothing short of coffee excellence! Boasting a truly memorable espresso, this cafe is leader of the pack if you're looking for an outlet to catch up with friends and waste several hours whilst slurping on some outstanding coffee!

Prufrock, Greater London
This spacious cafe buzzing with an electric atmosphere serves up an extensive range of bespoke brews with a family of Baristas whose knowledge of the coffee world will leave you in awe. There's no better way to enjoy a proper cup of Joe in a spectacular space that goes to great lengths to make some beautiful quality coffee and long-lasting friendships. 

Across the UK...

Laynes Espresso, Leeds 
An outstandingly delicious independent coffee shop taking the Kings' crown in Leeds is this charming venue. The electric success is down to the sourcing of its beans and the precision-engineered passion of its Barista, Dave. His expertise and refinery will keep this beauty close to your heart. 

A beautifully contemporary cafe where the minimalistic decor is made up for in the exquisite detail poured into every process, roast and brewing method of coffee flavour. 

Cafe Boscanova, Bournemouth
This buzzy haven covets a chilled bohemian vibe and remains to be a hailed gem for all those coffee lover fanatics. Fabulous coffee, fabulous food and fabulous company...all roasted to perfection!

Brewing up exceptional speciality coffee blends, let the Baristas be your guide when visiting the eclectic city and burst into a world of tantalising unadulterated indulgence and total satisfaction.  

A hidden gem with a charming and mesmerising atmosphere that'll leave you wanting more. Led by a passionate entrepreneur whose beans come from one of Britain's most renowned roasteries, this coffee house is hard hit not to make an impression!

The Window Coffee, Norwich 
The perfect place to relax and unwind in and the ultimate way to wash away your niggles with a delightful cup and a half of liquid happiness. 

Coffee #1, Cardiff
If you're looking for quality and something a little extra special then Coffee #1 is the place to get your bum perched. With exceptional coffee and specialist teas, this quirky space will leave your tastebuds dancing in glory. 

Brew Lab Coffee, Edinburgh
A truly innovative speciality bar boasting some of the finest artisanal produce, Brew Lab Coffee is a big-stoned, sharply shabby-chic Artisan coffee house that'll satisfy your bean cravings and more. 

Espressini, Falmouth
Sourcing seasonally-changing coffee and brewing it to near liquid perfection, this nonchalantly stylish artisan coffee bar is winning the hearts and tastebuds of locals and tourists alike. Wildly knowledgeable and wildly delicious, this coffee hub is worth a trip for!

If you're a little further afield across the waters then try these exotic havens....

KronotropIstanbul, Turkey

Truth CoffeeSouth Africa

Heart Coffee Roasters, Portland, Ore

Cafe Taf, Athens, Greece 

[Photo Source Inspiration: Pinterest]

13 July 2015

Romancing Reality: It's Not Like The Movies!

We all know what we want from the opposite sex - primarily being what is largely broadcasted in our heads when we hit the snooze button and enter the land of no boundaries. Sadly that bubble is well and truly burst when we awake from our slumbers and face what it actually is. Less toe-tingling, heart-thumping and ecstasy screaming and somewhat unexpectedly mediocre with a hefty dose of sarcasm you pay for. 

I've taken it upon myself to lay down the reality of modern day romance by using the number 1 rom-com movie of magic that has 100% in every way obliterated the golden light of lust for any man attempting to trump the book of love...

#1. Noah writes a letter to Allie every. single. flippin'. day. without. fail. (FYI: that's 365 pain-stakingly hand written declarations of profound adoration...lucky bitch.)

Modern Reality: Your boy finally gets round to gracing you with a response to your last text sent Monday at precisely 3.42am on Thursday. #Eager.

#2. Noah and Allie's first date consists of furtive stolen glances at the movies proceeded by a slow back-drop waltz in the street where they undoubtedly fall in love lying under the stars.

Modern Reality: Your "first date" was a cruise down to the local carwash that your boy won free in a work raffle whilst you both text other people the entire time the soapy suds outdoors experience more dirty action than you do. 

#3. Allie and Noah's first awaited kiss is nothing short of fiery, passionate, straight up against-the-wall steamy. Oh, the dream!

Modern Reality: Your last lip encounter involved a lot of vodka, a lot of spittle and the proceeding week spent religiously nursing your lips back to health with a trusty pot of vaseline. Always a let down when your aim for a touch of lust becomes a river of slobber running down your chin. All you wanted was a kiss; not a facial wash.

#4. An argument between Noah and Allie consists of a short sharp bickering for all of 10 seconds immediately followed by jumping back onto the bandwagon of love with kisses for days.

Modern Reality: Forgiveness appears to be a foreign adjective in your relationship. A whole lot of ugly-crying, stubborn silence, several tubs of Ben & Jerry's and the fight continues after 7 days straight...

#5. Romantic gestures come as naturally as farts for Noah. Of course every girl can count on their guy sweating it out by building their dream house by his bare hands and rowing them through a river scattered with snow-white swans...

Modern Reality: Out of the pure kindness of his heart, your guy tells you about the incoming forest regrowth of your eyebrows whilst you're watching the Sunday grand prix. How thoughtfully romantic. 

#6. Sex for Allie and Noah is as smooth, intimate, un-awkward and all good doses of nervous fumble as it comes. Precisely the way it pans out in your dreams every time. 

Modern Reality: Getting down n'dirty for you involves a whole lot of jammed zips, getting your foot inexplicably tangled in something resembling a bed sheet, a wholly unfortunate knee jam in his left testicle (total accident, honest!), a squeaky headboard and a mad chicken dash for something resembling a condom. And we moan that true romance is dead these days...

#7. Noah always says the most adorable things to Allie like it's as natural as needing to pee. Ahem, the classic example being, "If you're a bird, I'm a bird." #swoon.

Modern Reality: On a rare dinner date to none other than Chimichangas, your boy snorts on his hot n'spicy tex mex sauce over his heart-melting declaration, "If you're a burrito, I'm a burrito." Witty. #Foodporn and wordplay - what more could a girl wish for?

Alas not all romances follow suit and some really are hilariously special in their quirky, awkward ways! In fact I would go as far as saying that whilst Noah and Allie represent the ultimate power couple of pure love, it's as predictable as your Nan's weekly Sunday roast. It's a touch bland, lacking in flavour and just a bit boring. Give me someone imperfect, a dose of irony, a whole load of sarcasm and belly-laughs and I'll be like star-struck putty in your hands! 

[Photo Source Inspiration: Pinterest]
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