Breakfast/Brunch, Food

The Folly

March 28, 2015

Breakfast or brunch at The Folly is a serious affair. Of course you will find all the usual, such as scrambled eggs on toast or bacon butties. But if you are up for the challenge you have to try one of their bigger breakfasts. Danny and I did just that last weekend when we went for brunch around 12pm. Inside The Folly it is much larger than its sister restaurants and has two large floors, bars and in general just a really lovely seating area to chill out in on the weekends. Downstairs I can see being very busy on Friday evenings as it is in the Central London area.

The Folly

I started off brunch with a fresh orange juice and Danny decided on a pot of English breakfast tea, I just love those teapots.

Orange Juice at The Folly

Teapot The Folly

The breakfasts to really consider are the ‘Proper London Fully Loaded’ which I went for. This includes grilled sausage, streaky bacon, roasted tomato, mushroom, baked beans, black pudding and two eggs of your choice with unlimited toast. I chose the scrambled eggs and opted for no baked beans, I have a weird thing about them so we shall move on. The toast is unlimited but with it you get plenty, so I never needed to ask for anymore. For £7.95 this is a full on breakfast that will really fill you up!

The Proper London Breakfast The Folly Review

The Folly Proper Loaded Breakfast

Danny decided to do one better and challenge himself to the ‘The London Market Breakfast’. This breakfast has the very best cuts from the butchers Allens of Mayfair and for £15 you won’t quite believe the quality. You will get a 4oz Scottish rump steak, 6oz bacon chop, Londoner sausage, smoky baked beans, field mushrooms, grilled plum tomatoes, two fried eggs, hash browns and fried bread, oh and a big bone full of bone marrow.

London Market Breakfast The Folly

London Market Breakfast The Folly

We weren’t quite expecting the bone marrow when it arrived at the table and I was pretty unsure what to do with it! Danny on the other hand knew to scoop out the marrow. This was a meaty breakfast and Danny actually managed to finish most, I did however steal the pork chop from his plate, which was rather tasty. There was actually no fried eggs on Danny’s serving, which we only realised afterwards when looking back at the menu. Which I’m not too sure why!?

Bone Marrow The Folly

After all the food we enjoyed some of the signature cocktails, a Raspberry Daiquiri and Julep. I then went onto to have maybe the prettiest looking cocktail which was a Skinny Hummingbird Cosmo,this was a twist on the Cosmo with gin and elderflower.

Cocktails The Folly

Raspberry Daiquiri

Julep Cocktail The Folly

The Folly

The Folly

Skinny Cosmo

And I don’t normally take pictures in the toilets but I just couldn’t resist this one. Plus the toilets really are something to been seen, with a tree in the middle.

The Folly

The Folly got busy very quickly which was good to see, but one thing to note is they only do brunch till 2pm on weekends if they have bookings, unlike the menu states online. So make sure you book or head there earlier or you may be left disappointed.

More info and to book visit www.thefollybar.co.uk.

Mens Lifestyle

Trevor Sorbie Stay Sharp Hair Clipper Review

March 26, 2015

It’s not something I would recommend many people to do, but home barbering is sometimes a necessary evil for me. When it comes to my hair I am pretty impatient and when growing my hair on the top, I often dislike how thick my hair gets around the sides and the back. I have probably owned around 15 pairs of clippers in all shapes, sizes and prices and having spent a long time in barbers and talking to numerous hairdressers over the years I actually have an interest in hairdressing and the skills that go into it.

Trevor Sorbie Hair Clippers Review

So when I received the Trevor Sorbie Titanium + Ceramic Professional Hair Clippers to review I was pleasantly surprised. It has four detachable combs and also has five different length settings on the clippers themselves, so if you would like a longer length for trimming you can use the adjustable length on the clippers and add the relevant detachable comb to ensure you manage the length.

Trevor Sorbie Hair Clippers Review

Since my recent visit to barbers Gentlemen’s Tonic, I have been trying to grow some length back on top and having my hair cuts high and tight, meaning the length on the sides has usually been a two (6mm) at the barbers and trimming down the sides. After a month or so with varying lengths, typically a five or six (adjusting to 2mm length on the clipper and adding the 4 (12mm) comb) this allows me to take the weight out easily and loosely connect the sides and top so that I can grow out the top in between barber visits.

Trevor Sorbie Hair Clippers

Something what I have found with other clippers that I have tried, is the weight or the shape is not ideal for cutting or trimming your hair. This Trevor Sorbie clipper however is easy to use; it is a good shape in the hand and being lightweight it really is nice and easy, especially being cordless you don’t have an annoying cable to get in the way or to worry about. I have trimmed my hair a few times with the clippers and found them to be everything you might want in clippers for home use. Although these clippers are bigger than my dedicated beard trimmer, the varying lengths are great to keep your beard nice and trim and if you have a real man’s beard it is great to trim a longer fuller beard.

Trevor Sorbie hair Clippers mens Review

I’m far from a trained barber so I would recommend a visit to a good barber or hairdresser, but if you like your hair short or very neat and are a confident with cutting hair at home these light-weight clippers are well worth the money and offers an affordable durable pair of cordless clippers that will last.

Beauty, Hotels & Spas, Lifestyle

What’s In My Spa Bag?

March 25, 2015

I had never been on a spa day until last year, I know bring out the violins. So when it came to packing everything up for my first spa day, I was sort of left thinking, what do I need to take? There was the obvious things like swimwear but of course you do forget a little beauty thing here or there. It was only from actually going and experiencing a spa myself that I then worked out what I would need to take. Plus each spa varies, you never know quite what you will find in your locker when you get there. Some spas are complete luxury, take ESPA Life at Corinthia for example, where you will find pretty much everything you need in the toiletries department, or at Chuan Spa where they even have ghd straighteners.

What's In My Spa Bag

So whether you are a first time spa goer and puzzled what to take or an experienced goer who fancies a nosy, here is what I pack in my spa bag.

Bag – The bag itself is an all important factor. My first trip I just took my usual handbag but now I pack everything in my Longchamp Le Pliage nylon bag, it’s the perfect size i.e HUGE and just packs everything in so well. I always use this bag when travelling so I’m now counting spas as a mini break too.

Swimwear – I chop and change my swimwear, sometimes I feel more comfortable in a swimsuit but on my last trip I took this brand new bikini from Gossard. The Hot Tropic set has such beautiful colours and is a fantastic fit. Just everywhere you want it to fit it does, the bottoms come in a tie brief or high-waisted, I opted for the high-waisted which really pulls you in at the middle and gives you a great shape. It was perfect when dipping in the pool and jacuzzi and easy enough to untie when getting a massage or facial. I will definitely be packing this for my summer holiday, which we are yet to book, any recommendations welcome!

Gossard Hot Tropic Bikini

Brush – Definitely pack a good brush with you. I’d take a ‘Wet Brush’ which is perfect for brushing hair when wet funnily enough and gets all the tangles out, plus it’s really great for drying it too. I was slightly scared of getting my hair wet as the fear of drying it without all my usual products ( I have the frizziest wavy hair naturally) but this really makes it an easy job. I have a Tangle Teezer and the Wet Brush I have to say is much better, I like the handle it gives a good grip and just seems to get the knots out better.

Headband /Hair Bobbles – I like to get all my hair off my face for using all the facilities like the steam room or jacuzzi. So I always make sure I pack a headband and bobbles to tie it all up.

Wet Brush | What's In My Spa Bag

Perfume/ Scent Spray – After all the relaxation and then a shower, it’s great to leave the spa smelling fresh and happy. I like to pack a small bottle of perfume like this Shay & Blue fragrance in Blood Orange. It is so uplifting and really smells so much of oranges, very fresh and citrus, I just love it!

Moisturiser – I don’t apply any make-up when I leave the spa, so I like to take a moisturiser instead. I have just recently been trying out this Embryolisse Lait-Creme, which has been created by dermatologists in France and now I couldn’t live without it! It is such a fantastic cream, it can be used as a moisturiser, primer, anti-ager, face mask, cleanser and even baby balm so it really is multi-purpose. I have sensitive skin so it’s really good for that and restores skin balance, treats dryness and protects against any environmental damage. Never mind spa bag, this should be in every handbag!

Lip Balm – I normally take a small tin of Vaseline or a lip balm just to keep my lips moisturised after the spa. My favourites at the moment are these Hurraw! lip balm sticks, the coconut flavour is so lovely and is packed with coconut oil. They come in all different flavours and so easy to carry around.

Embryolisse Lait Creme

Deodorant – Definitely pack your deodorant so you can feel fresh after having a shower. Sometimes spas have these but sometimes they might not, so I always pack one. I’m not organised enough to have a little one, but I recommend picking up a travel size one to take with you. My favourite deodorant at the moment is the Garnier Mineral invisible.

Face Wipes – You can’t go wrong with a pack of face wipes to freshen up after treatments or to take off your make-up when you get there if say you were coming from work. I am loving these cucumber hypoallergenic wipes from YesTo, they are packed with green superfoods and are 95% natural and free of parabens. These are great as I don’t always use face wipes but it’s just so much easier at the spa, so I know I’m not upsetting my skin when I use these.

Yes To Cucumber Face Wipes | What's In My Spa Bag

In the spa changing rooms you will find most other things; shower gels and shampoos, cotton buds, toothbrush kit, disposable underwear, headband, soap and shower sponge, robe, slippers – only one time have I had to take my own flip-flops but could be worth checking before you go.

I hope this helps you prepare for your next spa visit and remember, relax and enjoy!

Events, Lifestyle

Sky Garden

March 23, 2015

At the top of 20 Fenchurch Street is where you will find the Sky Garden, London’s highest public garden, taking you into the clouds for spectacular views over London. From outside you would never imagine this exists in the office type building block, but as you exit the lift you are greeted with a whole other world. This is what can only be described as a giant greenhouse and is home to a beautiful garden area, with a bar and cafe to relax in and 360 degree views around the city.

Sky Garden London

Sky Garden London

Sky Garden London

Sky Garden London

Sky Garden View

SkyGarden

SkyGarden

The LDN Diaries Sky Garden

What I Am Wearing 

Bershka Blanket Cape (old) |  Zara Sweater | ASOS Ridley Jeans (old) | ASH Jalouse Boots (old) | Zara Shoulder Bag | Marc by Marc Jacobs Rocket Science Necklace

Get The Look

Danny Sky Garden

Fenchurch Seafood Bar Sky Garden

There are two restaurants in the Sky Garden, these are the Fenchurch Seafood Bar & Grill and the Darwin Brasserie. In the main section there is also the Sky Pod Bar, which serves up breakfast, lunch and even afternoon tea.When we first arrived it was a very misty Friday over London, so Danny got the drinks in and after cocktail or two and a chocolate brownie the sun started to show itself and the view got all that much better.

Sky Garden

SkyPod Bar Sky Garden

As I waited I loved the fact someone had saved a little space with a cookie for their morning view!

Sky Garden view of The Shard

I opted for a bubbly one and Danny went for a tomato based cocktail.

SkyPod Sky Garden

SkyPod Bar Sky Garden

SkyPod Bar Brownie

SkyPod Bar SkyGarden

The LDN Diaries Sky Garden

Don’t forget to look out but also UP…

Sky Garden London

Sky Garden

The Sky Garden is free to enter, which I think is so good as it offers just as a great a view, if not better in my opinion than that of The Shard which you can see straight across. You also don’t feel rushed to leave and can just enjoy your day taking in the views and enjoying food and drink.

See what you can spot from the views?

Gerkin Building from the Sky Garden

Sky Garden

Sky Garden View London

View from Sky Garden

Sky Garden

Tower of London view from Sky Garden

The Shard from Sky Garden

There are still tickets available for this month and April, but not many, so make sure to book now.

Beauty, Beauty Reviews, Make-Up, Videos

Sleek Limited Edition Del Mar Volume II i-Divine Palette & Tutorial

March 22, 2015

Sleek Makeup’s newest eye palette launches this week on the 25th March and you better make sure you grab it quick as this one is a limited edition summer eyeshadow palette. The Del Mar Vol II follows on funnily enough from Vol I, little bit like a CD collection and as you would expect from the name the colours are very Ibiza inspired.

Sleek Makeup Del Mar Palette

Each colour has a unique Ibiza inspired name such as the San Antonio vibrant orange, the Ibiza Rocks yellow and the Ocean Beach turquoise green which is probably my favourite from the palette. The 12 eyeshadows are a mixture of matte shades and shimmers and come with an applicator brush. These are great for a Ibiza inspired summer look. Anyone else getting holiday fever right now!?

Sleek i-Divine Palette

So with that in mind the Del Mar palette has inspired me and I’ve put together an Ibiza look with bright coloured eyes and coral lips and cheeks. Oh and a peek at these awesome gold temporary tattoos from Seekers of the Sun that I just know you will love!

The NEW Sleek Limited Edition Del Mar Volume II i-Divine palette launches Wednesday 25th and is priced at £7.99 from Boots or Superdrug.

Sleek Makeup Del Mar Palette Seekers of the sun tatoos

Watch the video below to see how I use the palette and remember I have a YouTube giveaway running right now to win a Benefit mascara trio, all you have to do is be a subscriber so do check that out.

Enjoy the video!

Beauty, Beauty Reviews, Face, Skincare

Tried & Tested – Night Creams For All Budgets

March 21, 2015

If there is one part of my skincare regime I will always make sure I use, it’s a night cream. It’s an easy one to remember to do just before bed and of course this is when your skin can reap the most rewards as you sleep. I love nothing better than lathering my face up in cream, especially as for me my skin is more on the drier side so this is the time when it can repair itself. So whatever your budget, here are some of the best night creams I have been trying out recently.

Budget

For me on the budget end of the spectrum, there was two night creams that really stood out for my skin type. These were The Beauty At Tesco Pro Formula Hydrating Night Cream and the Lacura Expert Regeneration Night Cream from Aldi. The Pro Formula is for sensitive/dry skin and is enriched with almond oil, shea butter, hyaluronic acid, oat extract and vitamin E complex to deliver hydration to the skin overnight. For just £3 I was so surprised this had hyaluronic acid in it, which for me is a vital factor to look out for in a night cream for my dry skin. It had a lovely feel to it and my skin felt soft in the morning. The cream also has a very light scent to it so nothing overpowering.

Night Cream Aldi & Tesco

The Lacura from Aldi, was a real winner for me. I absolutely loved using this cream. Weirdly it smells a bit like sun cream which put me off at first. This one is again packed with hyaluronic acid and also shea butter for hydration. It also offers anti-ageing benefits, with a trio of Mimox X to prevent skin cell damage, antioxidative white tea to reduce damage from free radicals and cell-to cell communicator to boost collagen and elastin production and renew skin firmness.

Aldi & Tesco Night Ceam

For just £3.99 that is a lot of benefits! My skin seemed to respond well to the cream and I could see a difference in the morning. For the anti-ageing benefits I would definitely have to continue to use this. It says after 4 weeks to notice a difference in wrinkles or elasticity, so I might have to stick to it and try it every day for full results.

Mid-Range

In the mid-range price range there is definitely a lot of night creams to choose from. I tested out Time Bomb Flashback Night Cream £33, Merumaya Overnight Recharge Night Cream £33.50 and MyChelle Revitalizing Night Cream £26.

Mid Range Night Cream

Aside Time Bomb’s trendy packaging, inside you will find a cream that is a unique combination of phytolipids, oils, hyaluronic acid, anti-oxidants and vitamins. This cream acts like a paraffin treatment by forming a light rice bran waxy barrier on the skin overnight, to give skin a plump, dewy and well-rested look by morning. I was excited to use this one with all the benefits stated. The cream was nice to apply, has a lavender scent, which is good for relaxation at night and my skin looked great by morning, a real winner for me. I paired this with the Time Bomb cleanser and was really happy with the results of the two products together.

Time Bomb Replenishing Night Cream

Merumaya’s night cream is designed for essential moisturisation, to help restore and repair skin and also firm and lift.The cream contains two different molecular weights of hyaluronic acid for moisturisation and active ingredients such as Prodizia to repair skin while you sleep and tackle fatigue – great for dark circles. Idealift lifts and firms and Sytenol improves lines and elasticity. Again my skin felt hydrated after using this one, the only thing I wasn’t so keen on was the strong natural smell, but if you like natural smelling product then you would love it.

Merumaya Night Cream

Lastly MyChelle, this is an American brand and the night cream in this range promises reduction in wrinkles in 4 weeks, alongside skin firmness and increased hydration. This one has a light scent, sort of like lavender and quite natural. I have now discovered they also do an unscented version which I’d be keen to try as I really liked this cream but would prefer it without the scent. It had a cooling effect to it when applied that felt nice after a long day and my face felt like it was soaking it up and really reaping the hydration benefits. Again it is packed with superb ingredients like Monk Pepper for a radiant glow and Goji Berry for the all important antioxidants.

MyChelle Night Cream

Luxury

After using Rodial’s Glamtox cleansing balm, I knew the Rodial Glamtox night £90 would be a treat to use. It has the same idea as a night cream would have, yet is slightly more gel in formula and it goes on thick without being too heavy on the skin. It really is like nothing I have used before. Rodial Glamtox reduces pore size, pigmentation and thickens skin overnight. It contains retinol microspheres to smooth out wrinkles and lines and also vitamin c which acts as an antioxidant. Overnight the skin reduces crows feet, lines and wrinkles, plumps and nourishes and brightens the skin for a glow in morning. When used with or without the Glamtox cleanser I was happy with the results of this. It really did feel like a luxury treat when applied to the face and I couldn’t wait to use it again.

Luxury Night Cream

Artistry Ideal Radiance moisture cream £53.65 isn’t labelled as a night cream as such but can be used both morning and night. In the morning the illuminating properties give you a nice glow underneath make-up, whilst at night my skin benefits from a slightly thicker application. The cream is ultra-hydrating, so during the day it protects where as at night it prevents dehydration for the day ahead. This cream was a sure fire winner for me, it just felt absolutely lovely on and I felt like my skin really benefited from it.

From testing out all of the above, it was hard to pick a favourite but I think Artistry really stood out for me, mainly as I can use it morning and night. However the Lacura from Aldi was such a surprise, it felt so lovely on and at such a fantastic price I was pretty blown away by how good it was!

Do you have a favourite night cream?