Spring 2015 LookBook: Superdry White

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FashionFake, Superdry dresses, summer style, fashion bloggers
FashionFake, Superdry dresses, summer style, fashion bloggers
FashionFake, Superdry dresses, summer style, fashion bloggers
FashionFake, Superdry dresses, summer style, fashion bloggers
FashionFake, Superdry dresses, summer style, fashion bloggers
FashionFake, Superdry dresses, summer style, fashion bloggers
FashionFake, Superdry dresses, summer style, fashion bloggers
what i'm wearing: dress* Superdry // shirt Primark // shoes Topshop // watch Michael Kors

Recently I attended a Superdry press event which has opened my eyes to the store's fashion collections, as well as on trend comfort wear. I have always liked Superdry but it's not somewhere I would usually go in for new dresses or shoes, but rather more like hoodies or joggers, and definitely comfy flip flops.

At their AW15 showcase, I saw a lot of tailoring and party wear which to me was unusual for Superdry so I was actually very excited to go and explore what they had in store. Superdry also kindly gifted me with a £50 voucher to spend in their Regent Street store so whilst I was in London for a blogger event, I popped in to see if there was anything I fancied - and there was a lot!

Of course the store is full of classic Superdry pieces like logo t-shirts, cosy looking joggers and warm hoodies but there were also the pieces which intrigued me at the event which included sequin mini skirt, boho style maxi dresses, and tailored jackets.
I absolutely fell in love with this white dress, there is also a black version which I was so tempted to buy as well! It's made from a really soft cotton material and is so comfortable to wear - plus it has the most gorgeous cut out pattern on the back. I was inspired by one of the mannequins I saw in store for this outfit which is also great for summer weather as you can layer the denim shirt over the dress when it gets cooler in the evenings.

My love for Superdry has been reignited and I'm definitely going to visit the store more often for fashion pieces, as well as sport and comfort wear. What do you think of Superdry - do you shop there for fashion pieces, or comfort and sportswear?
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Spring 2015 LookBook: Head to Toe Khaki

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FashionFake, how to wear khaki, khaki jumpsuit, fashion bloggers
FashionFake, how to wear khaki, khaki jumpsuit, fashion bloggers
FashionFake, how to wear khaki, khaki jumpsuit, fashion bloggers
what i'm wearing: jumpsuit Primark // shoes Zara (old) // bag JustFab* // necklace Primark // watch Michael Kors 

In one of my previous posts, I mentioned that when I was looking at key trends for SS15, khaki did not excite me. However, on a recent shopping spree I went and bought half of a new wardrobe in khaki colours - including this jumpsuit. I tried it on and fell in love: the colour, the shape and the price was perfect. Every time I go into Primark, I find one absolutely stunning piece which looks like an expensive piece but in reality costs me around £15.

This khaki jumpsuit can be dressed up or down: add heels and a clutch bag like I did and you're ready for an evening out; or add sandals and an oversized shopper for a day out shopping.
I love the details in the jumpsuit - the tailoring is very flattering and the pockets add a little extra depth into the design.

I love pairing my khaki items with an orange lip stain and bright eyes - khaki also looks great with all skin tones and hair colours so it's a hard colour to get wrong!
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Restaurant Review: Big Easy Bar.B.Q and Crabshack, Covent Garden, London

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Big Easy review, Covent Garden
Big Easy review, Covent Garden
Big Easy review, Covent Garden
Recently we visited Big Easy Bar.B.Q and Crabshack in Covent Garden for a spot of some food and a couple of cocktails. Ever since discovering this eatery, I just had to go and find out if it was really as delicious and tasty as the photos on their Instagram page so I booked a table after a blogger event in London. 
I loved the atmosphere of the place - from the moment you stepped into the shack, it transported you out of London and into a Southern US small town bar, from the music to the decor, everything suited. We ordered a couple of Pina Coladas to start and dug into the menu. 
From BBQ ribs, steaks and seafood  - there is a variety for everyone. Granted, if you're a vegetarian then this probably isn't the best place to go as the veggie dishes are very limited, but pescetarians will do just fine. 

Big Easy review, Covent Garden
Big Easy review, Covent Garden
Big Easy review, Covent Garden
Big Easy review, Covent Garden, food bloggers
Big Easy review, London
Big Easy review, Covent Garden
As a started, we ordered the Grand Appetizer Platter for two to share which consists of Voodoo chicken wings, Pit-smoked BBQ wings, Hush Puppies, Calamari and Deep Fried Jumbo Shrimp. The jumbo shrimp were huge and delicious- I could easily eat a whole bucket of them. The platter came with 4 types of dips which were a mix of spicy, cool and I think a blue cheese sauce to go with the wings which was delicious. Hush Puppies are deep fried balls of cornmeal batter and come with a smoked chilli jam - this is the first time I tried them and I liked them very much! These are also vegetarian friendly. I also loved the squid which was cooked perfectly and tasted so good. 
This platter cottoned everything which I would struggle to choose from as a starter, so it gets a massive 10/10! 

Big Easy review, Covent Garden
Big Easy review, Covent Garden
Big Easy review, Covent Garden
Big Easy review, Covent Garden, Food bloggers
Big Easy review, Covent Garden
Big Easy review, Covent Garden
Big Easy review, Covent Garden
Big Easy, Covent Garden, Food bloggers
As for the main, we were quite full from the sharing platter and because both me and Liam are pickers (get a variety of things on the table and pick at different foods to taste as much as we can), we ordered the Crabshack Combo which is a beautiful medley of Crab Claws, Mussels, Clams, New Potatoes and a peel-n-eat giant shrimp, all cooked in a hot and spicy sauce. 
The dish was delicious and all the seafood was cooked to perfection - nothing was overdone or rubbery. The sauce had a hint of spice but wasn't overwhelming - I just wish we thought about ordering some bread to mop up the sauce at the end of the meal, do that if you go for the same dish! Flavours of the sauce were incredible because all the seafood juices come together, then theres the lemon juice and the freshness of herbs sprinkled on top - yet another 10/10. 

I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Big Easy in Covent Garden - not only was the atmosphere great, the food was spot on and delicious, but also the service was faultless (friendly, attentive and really good at advising what food to go for). We will definitely go back to Big Easy to taste their steaks and BBQ (now that we've conquered seafood!).
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Spring 2015 LookBook: Casual Khaki

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Fashion bloggers, how to style khaki, Spring Summer 2015 trends
Fashion bloggers, how to style khaki, Spring Summer 2015 trends
Fashion bloggers, how to style khaki, Spring Summer 2015 trends
Fashion bloggers, how to style khaki, Spring Summer 2015 trends
what i'm wearing: khaki top H&M // skinny high white jeans H&M // shoes Topshop // bag Zara // sunglasses Primark // necklace Zara (similar here)

Khaki was one trend I really didn't expect I would fall head over heels for this season. Maybe a dress, but on my latest shopping spree I could not stop buying khaki items and then I realise that I'm slightly obsessed with this military inspired trend. 

I wanted white skinny high waisted jeans for ages, but I couldn't find a pair which fitted me nicely and were a reasonable price. I didn't want to spend a lot of money on white jeans as I wasn't sure just how much I would like them so when I found this pair from H&M priced at £7.99 I was sold - even though they're pretty plain, it was exactly what I was after. 

You've got to be careful with white jeans as not only are they are super easy to get messy, but also you have to wear flesh coloured pants with them which a huge amount of people just don't do and end up flashing their undies to everyone on the street. Teenage boy films like Superbad may expose a black thong with white trousers as somewhat attractive but believe me, it's not. 

I love this casual and comfy outfit which will keep you stylish throughout the day - add an oversized shopper and you've got everything you need for a long, sunny day ahead!
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April Lush Haul

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April Lush Haul, Lush skincare review
 A couple of days ago, I got my hands on some Lush goodies which I had to share with you. I dragged my mum into our local Lush store - she has always been opposed to visiting the shop as it always smells too strong for her when we walk past it, but she decided to give it a go and I'm so happy she did because she fell in love with the products.
So many bloggers use and write about Lush products, and I love reading Lush reviews because it gives me ideas on what I want to try next and what's coming to stores for seasonal specials. So I decided to share with you my April Lush favourites and hope you will be inspired to pick up a couple of bath bombs or try the Lush skincare products.

April Lush Haul, Lush skincare review
Golden Egg bath bomb (Easter Special) // Space Girl bath bomb £2.35

I have seen some reviews of the Golden Egg bath bomb and I really wanted to try it because it sounded awesome with all the glitter and sparkles packed inside the product. This is the first bath bomb I tried from this haul, and it didn't disappoint. The water was turned a beautiful gold colour with lots of glitter (if you don't like glitter, don't get this bath bomb because the glitter gets everywhere and stays on your skin after the bath) and it smelt of gorgeous honey and toffee. The smell was strong which is a huge bonus because I hate it when the scent disappears after a minute of soaking.
Space Girl bath bomb was so cute and intriguing that I just had to try it. The bath bomb is filled with space dust (popping candy) so it fizzes around and makes a crackling noise once you drop it into the water. The bath bomb has uplifting fragrances of grapefruit and bergamot oil, and has essential almond oil to nourish the skin.

April Lush Haul, Lush skincare review
April Lush Haul, Lush skincare review
Amandopondo bubble bar £2.75 // Creamy Candy bubble bar £2.75

As far as pretty bath bombs go, you can't get much prettier than Amandopondo which has a small dry rose as a decoration. It's an uplifting and romantic bath bomb which uses rose absolute from the Damask rose - it gives you a feeling of well-being and smells delicious. The bath bomb also has lemon and sweet orange oils which are known for heightening the mood and chasing away the blues.
I smelt Creamy Candy in the store and just had to buy it. In fact, I had to stop myself from buying two! The bubble bar smells like sweets and candy, and has a blend of almond and cocoa butter to help your skin feel smooth and nourished. I loved using this bubble bar because my bathroom smelt gorgeous and I could really feel the benefits of the essential oils on my skin.

April Lush Haul, Lush skincare review
Ocean Salt self preserving face and body scrub £7.75 // Herbalism fresh cleanser £6.75

I started using Lush products as an essential part of my skincare routine a couple of years ago and I recommend them to anyone. I have problem skin so I'm really careful with what I use, but I love the fact that Lush uses natural ingredients which have never given me a bad reaction.
Ocean Salt is a new one for me - it's a face and body scrub made from sea salt which is rich in minerals and is perfect for scrubbing away dead skin. The other ingredients include: avocado butter, coconut oil and seaweed which keep skin soft, nourished and moisturised; fresh organic limes steeped in vodka and grapefruit which act as an anti inflammatory agents. I love using this scrub and I probably use it twice a week to keep my skin clear and refreshed. It smells good and does good - massive thumbs up!
Herbalism in an old favourite of mine (you can read a review I wrote on it when I first started using it here). The ingredients include ground almonds which exfoliate the skin, nettle, rosemary, rice vinegar extract, rice bran, gardenia extract, rose absolute and chamomile blue oil - which are all renowned to be great fro problem skin. I have been using this scrub every day and it really helps my skin look clear - I would definitely recommend it to anyone who suffers with spots, blackheads or even if your skin is clear, this is a great natural way to keep it like that!
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Spring 2015 LookBook: Blue Vanilla Pink Poncho

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FashionFake, a UK fashion and lifestyle blog. Blue Vanilla create the best cover up for Spring - a pastel pink, tartan patterned poncho, perfect for those chilly Spring days when you need an extra layer.
FashionFake, a UK fashion and lifestyle blog. Blue Vanilla create the best cover up for Spring - a pastel pink, tartan patterned poncho, perfect for those chilly Spring days when you need an extra layer.
FashionFake, a UK fashion and lifestyle blog. Blue Vanilla create the best cover up for Spring - a pastel pink, tartan patterned poncho, perfect for those chilly Spring days when you need an extra layer.
what I'm wearing: poncho* Blue Vanilla // jeans Primark // crop top New Look // shoes boohoo.com (old) // bag Just Fab // necklace Zara // watch Michael Kors

Last week I posted a look featuring this pink poncho from Blue Vanilla, which I styled very girly and cute. To give you an idea of how diverse the poncho is, I also styled it in a more casual way in this post - ripped jeans, cropped top and relaxed hair.

You can make this look even more everyday friendly by swapping heels for platform sandals which help your feet avoid getting tired and feeling painful if you're walking around lots, and replace the clutch bag for an oversized shopper. Then you're ready for a truly cosy fashion experience!

This post has been in collaboration with Blue Vanilla and e-Tail Blogger Network - if you haven't already, check them out and sign up to start working with brands and enter exciting competitions!
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FashionFake Cooks an Easter Feast: Pulled Cola Beef Burgers and Herby Lamb Roast

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FashionFake a UK fashion and lifestyle blog. This Easter, I cooked up a feast of pulled beef slow cooked in cola sauce, and a roast lamb with a crust of garlic and herbs. These recipes are easy and delicious - perfect for a family get together!
This Easter was a celebration in our house: Liam finally got back from his time working away for 6 weeks which made the weekend extra special, and it's also my brothers birthday today so I cooked up a massive feast to feed the boys and for me and mother to indulge in. 
I bought a 2.25kg leg of lamb from Aldi for a mere £8 which was amazing so I would strongly recommend visiting Aldi for bargain roast meat finds (and the meat was delicious!) - it's a shame doggies can't have cooked lamb bones as I think Harvey would have been in heaven to have it! Waitrose is also a brilliant place to find special cuts of meat like beef brisket or marrow bones for a great price. It's all about shopping around and finding where the best and cheapest places are - this way you can have delicious gourmet food without breaking the bank! 
Without further delay, here are my two delicious and easy recipes for a great family or friends get together! These recipes feed 4/5 people. 

Pulled cola beef burgers

FashionFake a UK fashion and lifestyle blog. This Easter, I cooked up a feast of pulled beef slow cooked in cola sauce, and a roast lamb with a crust of garlic and herbs. These recipes are easy and delicious - perfect for a family get together!

What you'll need:
0.5kg beef brisket
Tabasco Chipotle and Cola sauce
boiled water
For the burger:
5 brioche burger buns (you can get those from Aldi and they are DELICIOUS!)
4 gherkins
1 pot of coleslaw
2 beef tomatoes
4/5 lettuce leaves
1 red onion
250 grams grated cheddar cheese
selection of sauces to top the burger
FashionFake a UK fashion and lifestyle blog. This Easter, I cooked up a feast of pulled beef slow cooked in cola sauce, and a roast lamb with a crust of garlic and herbs. These recipes are easy and delicious - perfect for a family get together!
Brown the beef in a hot pan - I didn't put any oil in mine, but instead placed the fatty side down first and let that oil the pan naturally. You only need about 30 seconds on each side - it's important not to overcook it at this point.
FashionFake a UK fashion and lifestyle blog. This Easter, I cooked up a feast of pulled beef slow cooked in cola sauce, and a roast lamb with a crust of garlic and herbs. These recipes are easy and delicious - perfect for a family get together!
Once the meat is seared, place it into an overproof dish with a lid. I used this Tabasco Chipotle and Cola sauce which you can buy from your local supermarket as flavouring to cook in. Pour about 3/4 tablespoons of sauce over the meat - you can add less or more, depending on how intense you want the flavour to be.
FashionFake a UK fashion and lifestyle blog. This Easter, I cooked up a feast of pulled beef slow cooked in cola sauce, and a roast lamb with a crust of garlic and herbs. These recipes are easy and delicious - perfect for a family get together!
Pour boiling water over the meat and make sure the meat is completely covered. Stir the sauce into the hot water, you start getting a saucy stock together.
FashionFake a UK fashion and lifestyle blog. This Easter, I cooked up a feast of pulled beef slow cooked in cola sauce, and a roast lamb with a crust of garlic and herbs. These recipes are easy and delicious - perfect for a family get together!
Cover the pot with a lid and place in the oven at 170c for about 5 hours. On the packet it says 2/2.5 hours, however I find if you cook it for about 5 hours or more (just keep an eye on it to make sure the meat doesn't dry or burn) it becomes so soft that it just melts in your mouth.
Whilst the meat is cooking, use a large platter to make your burger station: brioche buns, thinly sliced gherkins, tomatoes and onions, spoonfuls of coleslaw, grated cheese and anything else you want to include!

Roast lamb with a zesty herb crust

FashionFake a UK fashion and lifestyle blog. This Easter, I cooked up a feast of pulled beef slow cooked in cola sauce, and a roast lamb with a crust of garlic and herbs. These recipes are easy and delicious - perfect for a family get together!
What you'll need:
2.2kg leg of lamb
1 onion
2 garlic cloves
bunch of fresh thyme
3 fresh mint leaves
1 lemon
salt to season
olive oil
FashionFake a UK fashion and lifestyle blog. This Easter, I cooked up a feast of pulled beef slow cooked in cola sauce, and a roast lamb with a crust of garlic and herbs. These recipes are easy and delicious - perfect for a family get together!
First you'll need to make your herby paste: in a cup, mix about 3 tablespoons of olive oil, the zest of one lemon and half a lemon juice, salt, thyme and mint. Mash this all together and use a cooking brush to spread the paste all over the lamb. I also score my lamb to ensure the flavours really get into the meat.
FashionFake a UK fashion and lifestyle blog. This Easter, I cooked up a feast of pulled beef slow cooked in cola sauce, and a roast lamb with a crust of garlic and herbs. These recipes are easy and delicious - perfect for a family get together!
Slice half of the onion and cover your lamb with them like I did in the image above. Then cover the dish in cling film and leave to marinade for at least 30min - the flavours will develop and the meat will become soft and perfect for roasting.
Preheat the oven to about 190c, remove the cling film and replace with tin foil, then place the lamb in the oven to cook. A leg this size usually takes about 3 hours to prepare, but about halfway through, remove the tin foil and onions from the lamb (to ensure they don't burn and add a bitter taste to the roast) which this gives the lamb a crispy crust.

To go with my lamb I make roast potatoes with the lamb juices, steamed parsnips and carrots and spring veggies which are asparagus and cabbage with lemon and coriander butter. And of course, an all important red wine gravy!

FashionFake a UK fashion and lifestyle blog. This Easter, I cooked up a feast of pulled beef slow cooked in cola sauce, and a roast lamb with a crust of garlic and herbs. These recipes are easy and delicious - perfect for a family get together!
FashionFake a UK fashion and lifestyle blog. This Easter, I cooked up a feast of pulled beef slow cooked in cola sauce, and a roast lamb with a crust of garlic and herbs. These recipes are easy and delicious - perfect for a family get together!
FashionFake a UK fashion and lifestyle blog. This Easter, I cooked up a feast of pulled beef slow cooked in cola sauce, and a roast lamb with a crust of garlic and herbs. These recipes are easy and delicious - perfect for a family get together!
FashionFake a UK fashion and lifestyle blog. This Easter, I cooked up a feast of pulled beef slow cooked in cola sauce, and a roast lamb with a crust of garlic and herbs. These recipes are easy and delicious - perfect for a family get together!
FashionFake a UK fashion and lifestyle blog. This Easter, I cooked up a feast of pulled beef slow cooked in cola sauce, and a roast lamb with a crust of garlic and herbs. These recipes are easy and delicious - perfect for a family get together!
FashionFake a UK fashion and lifestyle blog. This Easter, I cooked up a feast of pulled beef slow cooked in cola sauce, and a roast lamb with a crust of garlic and herbs. These recipes are easy and delicious - perfect for a family get together!
FashionFake a UK fashion and lifestyle blog. This Easter, I cooked up a feast of pulled beef slow cooked in cola sauce, and a roast lamb with a crust of garlic and herbs. These recipes are easy and delicious - perfect for a family get together!
FashionFake a UK fashion and lifestyle blog. This Easter, I cooked up a feast of pulled beef slow cooked in cola sauce, and a roast lamb with a crust of garlic and herbs. These recipes are easy and delicious - perfect for a family get together!

Once everything is ready, plate up and let the feast begin! Everyone can dig into whatever they fancy and pick and mix what they're going to have - this is a delicious feast which can be made for any occasion! The cola beef is juicy and just falls apart in your mouth - it absorbs all of its own flavours and the flavours of the sauce, the tiny bit of cola makes it sweet and savoury. The lamb is tender on the inside and crispy on the outside, zesty and herby - just perfect. Top it off with a red wine gravy and you have the most incredible tasting lamb. 
I ate way too much but I have to say there wasn't much left after we all filled out bellies! 
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