Sunday, 19 July 2015

Solita Didsbury Review

When it comes to going out for food, me & Liam are always on the hunt for Manchester's best burger, so it only seems fair to start my restaurant reviews off with one of the best, Solita. They've got a couple of locations with more on the way, but my favourite one has to be their Didsbury joint, partly because it's just down the road from us but I'm also in love with all their quirky decor and prints (mainly by one of my 10 illustrators - Stanley Chow) and the staff are super friendly and attentive too.

So onto the food... I ordered my usual Bacon Double Cheese with an actual shard of candied bacon, and Liam opted for The Big Manc, plus we both upgraded to the brisket chilli fries (goodbye diet). You really can't fault the burgers in this place, they're served medium so still a bit pink in the middle, they're super fresh, you can tell that they've been handmade, and to top it off, they're absolutely huge! The Big Manc was everything we expected and more, they've certainly perfected that secret sauce, and I'd say calling it 'big' is a bit on an understatement.

Because it was date night, we didn't opt for any starters so that we still had room for plenty of cocktails in the nearby bars after, but from previous trips I can definitely recommend the Cheeseburger Spring Roll (yes, you heard right!) and Deep Fried Mac 'n' Cheese Balls which are both incredibly indulgent. For drinks I opted for a Big Wave because I'm sure this is one of the only places I can get hold of the thing, followed by a couple of cocktails too. The Honey Nut Shake is to die for (JD Honey, Amaretto, vanilla vodka, cream) and is something that I'm working on perfecting at home, but next time I'll definitely be trying the Twelve Dollar Shake (The bartender’s milk shake. Amaretto and Maker’s Mark Bourbon and cream) you just can't beat a creamy cocktail, right?

Also, can we just take a moment to appreciate this amazing jacket* from Boohoo. The heeled boots* are also from there too, along with this little number* that I originally planned to wear but I decided to rock my Motel Rocks LBD instead as I thought it would hide any food babies a bit better. You just can't beat a true 90s getup!

Have you ever tried SoLita before? Where's your favourite place to grab a burger?

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

TIGI Catwalk Oatmeal & Honey Review

Recently I've been loving John Freida Brilliant Brunette, I find it's one of those products that I'll revisit and think this is genuinely an amazing little thing, but since having my hair ombréd it just doesn't fit the bill anymore. So in my search for a new product that could bring some life back into my bleached hair I stumbled upon this beautiful little TIGI Catwalk Oatmeal & Honey set.

They're packed full of acacia honey, wheat protein, and vitamin E to both smooth & repair dry and damaged hair, and although I've only been using these for a week I can honestly feel the difference, plus the super sweet honey and oatmeal fragrance is to die for! I'll definitely be buying the bigger bottles once I've finished with these ones. The packaging is really cute, and I love the twist cap rather than than a flip top so it's much easier to use in the shower when you're virtually blind. Oh and I love the fact that the conditioner is 50ml smaller than the shampoo because I've got soooo many half empty bottles of conditioner lying around simply for the fact that I prefer to always use matching products. You can pick this set up from Hairtrade for almost half the RRP, so I seriously recommend you pick one up.

Have you tried this set before? Do you have a bible product for repairing damaged hair?

Thursday, 14 May 2015

A Blooming Brilliant Bouquet

I've reviewed Debenhams range of Next Day Flowers a few times in the past but still each time they still manage to blow me away and amaze me with how beautiful their bouquets really are, and their Spring bouquets are certainly no exception. I received their Spring Awakening Flowers by post, and I don't think I could of picked a prettier bunch, such an elegant mix of roses, tulips and blue hyacinths that have been sitting perfectly in our pretty monochrome living room.

A week on now, and they're still looking just as pretty as they first did, if not even prettier than they originally did because now the tulips have all bloomed. The thing I've loved most about these flowers is the super floral fragrance that I've genuinely been able to smell every time I walk into our little home, we've had visitors round who've asked where the scent was coming from too, so they really are pretty powerful. I'd definitely recommend treating yourself to a little flower delivery treat next pay day, but if you can't wait until then you can use the code DFBLOG25 to save yourself 25%.

Do you love having fresh flowers around the house? What do you think of this bunch?

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Flamingo Gifts

Flamingo gifts is one of my go to places for gifting, and the same website I used for most of my wishlisting too, I know it's one my mum used at Christmas to pick out gifts for me like these lovely Orla Kiely planters, and this amazing retro phone which have all settled in nicely in our little home. So when they asked if I'd like to try out a few pieces and review them on my blog I literally jumped at the chance! As summer is sneaking around the corner I thought it would be nice to freshen up both indoors and out, and I've certainly been able to do that with the lovely selection of items that flamingo sent over!

The easy star of the show has to be the Thoughtful Gardener Birdhouse, which I cannot wait to get stuck up in the garden, we're lucky enough to have quite a large garden with a couple of trees so I'm really hoping to entice a few little birds in with this, my Orla Kiely bird house and this cute geometric bird feeder that I already have hanging up. That said, I've also got my eye on their matching bee house too, so it's not all about the feathered friends. I especially love the little folded up sheet that came with the birdhouse that tells you the type of tiny birds the house is likely attract.

The gardening gloves will definitely come in handy as that's the next big house project that we're working on, and if you've got to wear gloves then you may aswell look fashionable at the same time right?

Have you ever shopped with flamingo gifts before? What's your go to gift shop?

Friday, 8 May 2015

It's Baaath Time again

If you've been a long time reader of my blog, you might remember me trying out a few products from It's Baaath Time, if not then you can click the link here and have a quick gander, but basically, they're an amazing little family business headed up by mummy Lisa, who creates the most amazing soaps and beauty products from their farms goats. There's a really cute back story here which you can read, and it will seriously melt your heart, such a perfect family!

Lisa contacted me and asked if I'd like to try some more of her products and I just had to say yes. I knew how much I'd enjoyed them last time, and if I'm honest I'd say this has probably been the fiancée favourite products to try out since I started blogging. I as sent a cute little package containing their new Goatylocks Shampoo (seriously, how amazing is that name?!), cinnamon and orange soap, geranium soap and my absolute favourite cherry almond bath soufflé. I was really interested and a little dubious at the same time with regards to trying out the shampoo bar, just because I've never really tried using soap in my hair but I was pleasantly surprised. It left my hair looking and smelly super clean, my skin a lot less dry and I was pretty pleased with how much it lathered up and how easy it was to remove too.

I've not tried the geranium soap yet but if it's anything like the orange & cinnamon I'll be more than happy. I just love how creamy & fragrant they are, and they genuinely leave my skin super soft with little need to moisturise after. Have a little mosey on over to their online shop, everything's so reasonably priced, not one of the items I was sent was more that £5, and I'd easily pay double for everything I've tried from there, especially the bath melts which are a bargain at £1.99 each!

Have you heard of It's Baaath Time before? Will you be giving them a go now?