Bring on the Burgers

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 I have always admired a good burger and with niche little restaurants popping up everywhere. the foodie in me thought it was about time to indulge in some burger time. I never knew what all the fuss was about, until I made a visit to Honest Burgers.

One very tough decision you are faced with when visiting London is 'WHERE TO EAT?' Luckily, I was visiting with the biggest burger enthusiast I know, so that whittled it down to a handful of meaty places to pick from. After a quick Instagram search to judge who had the best chips, Honest Burgers had won our vote.

As shopping is the hardest cardio around, by 3pm our bellies were rumbling and we were in much need of some good grub and a gin.

I went for the chicken burger and Sophie went for the beef special, every mouthful was followed by a sigh of utter delight from both of us, then an even bigger sigh when we managed to stuff a chip in the side, they were the most glorious sticks of salty goodness! I inhaled it all rather quickly and had an amazing honest cocktail to wash it down with. 

So from this moment forward, I can now confirm I have been converted to the burger side. 

Pray for my waistline


The Vogue Factor

There is nothing that excites me more than a bookshop. As a little one, I would get so excited at the thought of Waterstones I would almost wee myself. My mum could leave me in the colourful corner, do the whole of her shop and return to me happily sitting in a beanbag with my head in a book. 

This is still the same now, except you won't find me in the kids section in a beanbag, as that would just be weird (sadly.) So in being a grown up book worm, you will now find me power walking through town with my latest literary purchase to get home and pop the kettle on. 

Fashion books get me every time, when there is a woman and a pair of shoes involved, consider it sold. The Vogue factor was my latest read and it was bloody brilliant!

Deciding to study fashion at uni was a hard one, the thought of a class full of high fashion, bitchy girls was not my cup of tea, luckily it wasn't like this at all and I had an absolute ball, but the fashion industry? well that's just a completely different ball game altogether.

Any look into behind the scenes of fashion gets me all excited and this book is spot on for that. 

It is an honest account from Kirstie Clements who was editor at Australian Vogue. 
From its brutal lows to unimaginable highs, for anyone who wants to work in fashion, it is a must for your reading list. 

From the outside, the fashion industry looks like the most luxurious, glamorous and fantastic world to be apart of, I imagine it can be so amazing at times but its rare to see the other side to it; The ugly side, it's as if we know its there but we choose to ignore it. 

Kirstie says it how it is and you can easily imagine every scene and harsh comment, which makes it such a page turner and refreshing to read.

Fashion bunnies, if you haven't already, GET THIS BOOK!

It makes you admire all the extremely hard work that goes into creating a magazine, a photoshoot, a catwalk show and want to hug every busy bee behind the scenes, especially Kirstie. 

What a women, what a book.


Totally inappropriate but appropriate goodies

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Give me anything that reads something highly inappropriate and I am all over it.

My two latest favourite finds do this perfectly.

Thimble and Bobbin and Jolly Awesome Art.

Thimble and Bobbin bare some very wise and inspiring words for us ladies, they are very much suited to myself and my girls after a gin or 5 - Just call us Destinys Child (if they couldn't sing..)

'Ghetto Fabulous Meets Granny Chic' 

I want to be reminded of the question "What would Beyonce do?" as I reach for that extra square of chocolate - Actually I don't think this would stop be but isn't it FABULOUS?!

If Fetch ever happened, these would so be it.

A major downfall of mine is card shopping; I could spend hours reading every single hilarious card to then have about 256784 to choose from. Jolly Awesome makes this a lot easier, with the ability to swag up a pigeon and suddenly make them cool, you can't beat them for fantastic cards. Me and my boyfriend simultaneously bought jolly cards for each other this year, its nice to see what he thinks I resemble... 

So don't be afraid to channel your inner ghetto goddess/god and go and check these goodies out


The best Italian Around!

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"CARBS, GET THEM AWAY" I hear you cry. I am afraid that is far from what is happening over here.

After reading Eat, Pray, Love it became one of my missions to go to Italy and eat carbs and gelato until my jeans no longer fit; Sadly this still hasn't happened. By that I mean Italy, I have definitely managed to make my jeans not fit..

Anyway, I wanted to tell you about a little gem that I discovered Saturday. In amongst the bustle of Wellfield road, you will find a little pasta restaurant with steamy windows and a divine smell that you will be met with half way down the road.

With Italian accents and long stringy pasta being served as we walked in, I was in love already. Armed with bottles of wine (Its a bring your own policy) we marveled at the menu and took our pick.

We chose a handful of starters and I ordered the pasta special which was an Italian sausage pasta in a dreamy, creamy sauce.

Down to my indecisiveness the waitress even came out with the most amazing big trays of freshly made pasta for me to pick from.

Then the starters came. Warm, squidgy bread with olive oil, olives, calamari and the most amazing aubergine bake. We wolfed it down in minutes!

I didnt manage to take a picture of my main as I was too preoccupied but it was a gorgeous, rich, creamy dish scattered with chunks of sausage.

But then came the best part..dessert.
You can see the chef preparing all the dishes and the precision that goes into the presentation is amazing! Our dessert platter was to die for. I went for the chocolate torte with pistachio ice-cream; So just imagine it, a hot, molten chocolate sauce oozing out of a perfect bundle of chocolateness, topped with a dollop of pistachio ice-cream - I don't think I even stopped to breathe. We also had panecotta which was equally as mouth watering.

The staff were brilliant and so passionate about food which makes the atmosphere of the place amazing. We were the last to skip out, all full up and content. 

Now I feel my Eat, Pray, Love mission is complete, as I definitely came away having to unbutton my jeans...SUCCESS!

I couldn't recommend this place enough, So Roath/Penylan folk


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