Dinner, Food, Italian, Lunch

Mayfair Pizza Co

February 8, 2015

Mayfair Pizza Co is the ideal place to go to escape the busy shopping streets of Central London. Nestled in Lancashire Court just up from Hush restaurant, Mayfair Pizza Co is as you may have guessed from the name, an Italian restaurant serving up not only their signature pizzas but numerous Italian dishes such as meatballs and chicken & prosciutto milanese. Inside the restaurant it’s lovely and bright, with the ceiling window letting in lots of light. On Friday it was a beautiful sunny day, bar being cold outside so it was an ideal setting in the restaurant. The kitchen is open-plan and therefore you can watch the chefs cook up your pizza in the big wood fire oven.

After building up an appetite shopping, Danny and I went for lunch around 1.30pm. It was really packed at this time, always a good sign, but this didn’t reflect on the service at all. It was spot on and we were really looked after. Now let’s get to the food as my belly is rumbling looking at these pictures again.

Mayfair Pizza Co

We began off with a couple of starters, I had the salt & pepper squid with saffron aioli, I’m not going to lie, this was one of the best squids I have ever had. The reason why? It was cooked perfectly, not chewy and just so moreish. The only complaint, there wasn’t enough of it, but I guess I was eating squid for breakfast as I hadn’t had any. Danny started with the buffalo mozzarella, tomato and basil which looked amazing and tasted it too. We also shared some bread and of course a bottle of wine, is was a Friday lunch after all.

Salt & Pepper Squid

Buffalo Mozzarella, tomato and basil

Sauvignon Blanc

Starter with Bread

For mains we opted for pizzas, how could you not in a pizza restaurant and with this amazing selection!? For me I like my pizza pretty plain so chose the Margherita with buffalo mozzarella, it was absolutely perfect. A wood fired base, not too over cooked and the flavours were spot on. Danny had the Gourmet, which was something a little meaty with spicy meatballs, prosciutto and chilli flakes which all added a smoky taste.

Margherita Mayfair Pizza Co

Gourmet Pizza at Mayfair Pizza Co

At this point I was pretty stuffed but just had to try the dessert sweet pizzas. There are plenty other desserts on the menu including sorbet, ice-cream and cheesecake, however the sweet pizzas really stole my heart. The problem was deciding between strawberry, white chocolate and basil, nutella and marshmallow calzone or a chocolate and hazelnut with pistachio ice-cream. Eventually Nutella won out.

Nutella & Marshmallow Calzone

Nutella & Marshmallow Calzone

Now you may think surely not another pizza, but the calzone with the sweet flavours tastes totally different. Oozing full of nutella and marshmallow it’s the perfect dessert. Think of it as more of a crepe, only it doesn’t taste like a crepe at all – I’m really helpful here. You just need to try it to understand, you won’t regret it, I promise!

Nutella & Marshmallow Calzone

Nutella & marshmallow calzone

We ended with no better way to end an Italian lunch than a shot of Limoncello.

Mayfair Pizza Co is a great place for lunch or dinner and I know we will definitely be going back. To view the menu or to book visit www.mayfairpizzaco.co.uk

Limoncello

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Fashion, Splurge vs Steal

Splurge vs Steal – Pointed Glitter Pumps

February 7, 2015

Whenever I see anything sparkly my eyes go all big and a slight ‘ooh’ comes out! That’s what happened when I saw these glitter heeled pumps from Marc by Marc Jacobs. This was just before Xmas and I resisted and didn’t buy them, which then in turn ended up in a pair of glitter sneakers instead!

Anyways enough chat, I found these little beauties today on Forever 21 that are a pretty close copy for the Marc by Marc Jacobs heels so I thought I would share with you all.

So will you be splurging or stealing?

Splurge vs Steal Glitter Heels

 Marc by Marc Jacobs Glitter Heels £234.50 | Forever 21 Glitter Heels £17.00

Beauty, Beauty Reviews, Hair, Make-Up, Vlogs

Valentine’s Date Make-Up & Hair Look

February 6, 2015

Whether you are single or courting (don’t you love that word, my dad used to always say it) this Valentine’s, you may either be heading out on a date or a girl’s night out. So I have put together a look that could work for both. I was sent this beautiful ‘Soft Rose’ gift box from MeMeMe cosmetics, the colours in it are absolutely perfect for Valentine’s, all being soft pinks, so I decided to work a look around this. Inside you get a highlighter, shimmer stack – which was my absolute favourite from this, light me up illuminate gloss, opulent eyes quad palette and a nail polish in a gorgeous nude colour. They all work perfectly together, the shimmer stack is great for contouring for blush and highlight and the quad palette shadows are so easily mixed together. I wasn’t sure what they would come out like but in the end I am really happy with the results.

Valentines Make Up Look Me Me Me Cosmetics Stila

I’ve also used a few other bits and bobs alongside to recreate this. Look out for a brand new product from Stila cosmetics. This is an all day brow gel that I got to try out last week, it launches early Feb and it really does stay on all day, plus comes with a brush to apply it. For the hair I’m using the Lee Stafford Jumbo Argan Oil tong to create some soft tousled waves.

You can subscribe to my YouTube channel by visiting it here and I hope you enjoy the video!

Remember I also have a Valentine’s giveaway running to win £150 at Joshua James jewellery so do enter to treat yourself or a loved one Val’s!

Beauty, Beauty Reviews, Face, Skincare

Argan+ Skincare

February 5, 2015

You might recognise Argan+ for its range of bath care products and shampoos & conditioners. But now the range has brought out a selection of skincare products. There are six products within the range; a skin awakening cleansing oil, refining face scrub, lift & renew clay mask, radiance lifting serum, multi-action eye-cream and a super charged day cream.

The range prides itself in being made in England and blends all-natural 100% Moroccan Argan Oil with anti-ageing ingredients for younger looking and a more radiant complexion. These include Baobab, Kukui, Moringa and Sachini Inchi oils which have been carefully selected for their nourishing properties. I tried out three from the new Argan+ range, the super charged day cream, radiance lifting serum and also the cleansing oil.

Argan+ Skincare Review

Argan+ Super Charged Day Cream £16.99 for 50ml. I really enjoyed using this cream, the things I liked about it was firstly that it has a creamy but not too heavy consistency. With a day cream I don’t like it too thick as my make-up starts to slide off all over the place, but this one as I mentioned was creamy but lighter, so it sunk into the skin really quickly. Secondly the smell, I really don’t like fragranced products and this has a slight smell to it but nothing off-putting. It also added a highlighting effect to my skin which I really liked.

Argan+ Argan Oil Super Cgarged Day Cream Review

Argan+ Skin Awakening Cleansing Oil £10.99. I have always been a fan of cleansing oils and this one from Argan+ is fuelled with Argan Oil and antioxidant olive oil. To use you apply over a dry face and massage in, then apply water to turn it to a milk and rinse off. I felt when the water hit it is when it really started to work and removed all my make-up successfully. The cleansing oil is said to help unclog pores and also nourish thanks to the rosehip oil. My skin felt lovely and soft after this and not greasy in the slightest, which I think is a big misconception about cleansing oils.

Argan+ Skin Awakening Cleansing Oil Review

Argan+ Radiance Lifting Serum £15.99 for 30ml. This was my favourite product of the three I tried. The serum was super soft to the touch and left my skin feeling pretty amazing. My skin is in definite need of hydration and this is what the Argan Oil promises to do. It also has bee venom to boost collagen and includes sodium hyaluronate to hydrate and improve skin’s elasticity. In a routine it would fit nicely after cleansing and before moisturiser. Again it has a very light fragrance which I think is from the Argan oil.

Argan+ Radiance Lifting Serum Review

If you liked the Argan+ bath and shower products before, I reckon you would love these. I’d love to hear if you have you tried any of the new skincare range yet?

Argan+ Skincare is available exclusively at selected Waitrose stores and online at www.waitrose.com.

Fashion, Style Guide

50 Shades Of Grey

February 4, 2015

50 Shades Of Grey is a prime example that grey doesn’t have to mean boring. The film hits cinemas on Valentine’s Day and whilst I won’t be going to see the movie, sorry but I only made it a quarter of the way through the first book. I thought I’d put together, not quite 50, but a few shades of grey that could be whittling their way into your wardrobe this season. I never realised grey could be so fashionable!

50 Shades of Grey fashion

 1. Whistles Felt Fedora Hat £60 | 2. DKNY Drape Coat £410 | 3. H&M Ribbed Polo Neck Dress £29.99 | 4. MANGO Message Print T-Shirt £19.99 | 5. Converse Trainers £54.99 | 6. Givenchy Medium Antigona Bag £1618 | 7. OPI 50 Shades of Grey Nail Polish £11.95 | 8. H&M Super Skinny Low Jeans £19.99

Which are your favs and will you be going to see the movie this Valentine’s?

Remember to enter my Valentine’s giveaway for £150 to spend on jewellery at Joshua James!

Cocktails & Drinks, Dinner, Food, Lifestyle, Lunch, Tapas

Date Night At Iberica

February 3, 2015

Danny and I decided to go to Iberica for dinner for a bit of a ‘date night’ as I like to call it. Often when we go out we will be reviewing an event or somewhere to eat that it’s nice to not have to feel that pressure and just relax and enjoy each others company. However I had been to Iberica once before and loved it, that I couldn’t resist taking my camera for a few cheeky photos to blog!

Iberica if you haven’t heard of it is a Spanish restaurant in Central London. They have actually just opened a new branch in Farringdon but we couldn’t get a table there so reserved one at the Great Portland Street restaurant. The restaurant is laid out over two floors and is very open plan so you can even watch them cut the Spanish ham off the bone. The menu as you would expect is tapas and pretty much all sounds delicious. When I go for Tapas I have my favourites so I always seem to end up ordering the same things just from different places!

Let’s delve straight in with a bottle of Villarnau Brut Reserva Rosé NV!

Iberica London

What we ordered:-

Mini burgers with Piparra peppers

Padrón peppers with Maldon salt

Ibérica’s serrano ham croquettes

Potatoes with spicy brava or alioli sauce

Toasted Bread with tomato

Fried fresh squid with alioli sauce

Fried chorizo lollipops with pear alioli sauce

Iberico ham (I’m not sure which as our original choice wasn’t quite cured, so they offered us another to try instead, which was delicious!)

Mini Burgers at Iberica

Peppers at Iberica Tapas

Croquettes at Patatas at Iberica London

Tomato Bread

Fried Squid

Chorizo Lollipops

Chorizo Lollipops

Iberico Ham

Everything was to such a high standard, I think my favourites were the ham croquettes, these are melt in the mouth, seriously you need to try them!

We finished off with lemon and raspberry sorbet to share between us, as my eyes were definitely bigger than my belly for all the tapas.

Lemon and Rapsberry Sorbet

Afterwards we made a pit stop for cocktails at The Gilbert Scott in King’s Cross. This bar is so beautiful, just look at the bell ceiling. Here we had ‘A Pear-itif’ which was Grey Goose poire, cucumber, Sipsmith gin, lime and elderflower – I’d highly recommend this one. Not sure what Danny’s was called but similarly was just as good.

The Gilbert Scott Bells

Danny Denhard

The Gilbert Scott Cocktails

For more info or to book Iberica visit www.Ibericarestaurants.com and similarly The Gilbert Scott at www.thegilbertscott.co.uk.

NB: To the woman next to us in Iberica asking her husband why is ‘she’ taking pictures, I hope you are reading this, hello!

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