Luckily this year, I broke up from university in time to come home for Mother's Day. Today, my family (and another family we are close friends with) celebrated with a three course meal in the Italian restaurant 500: Cinquecento in Archway/Upper Holloway. The restaurant is pretty much a hidden gem on the north end of Holloway Road, so I thought it was worth sharing and raving about on here.

These were the gifts me and my sister gave to my mum: a box of Charbonnel & Walker pink Marc de Champagne truffles and we hand-picked some daffodils from the back garden.

So for lunch we all headed to 500: Cinquecento, which from the front looks a bit deceiving with its blacked-out windows, but inside it was nicely decorated and the food was lovely!

The service was also great too, and we started the meal off with a celebratory glass of prosecco. Whilst waiting for our starters, a bread board was brought out with a selection of Italian breads. My favourite on there was the Pizza Bianca which is typically found all over Italy (and someday I hope to find the perfect recipe and make it for myself) and it was perfectly drizzled with a bit of olive oil and seasoned with some herbs. For my starter, I opted for the gnocchi with pork ragu which was served with parmesan and was amazing! For those of you who don't know, gnocchi is a soft pasta made from potato, and it simply tastes of Italy. My sister went for the tageteille with garlic pesto, which she described as being quite oily, and she wishes that she went for the gnocchi.



For my main course I went for the stone bass, which was served with spinach and walnuts. I really enjoyed this healthy main, and I felt that it didn't need any carbs in it, after having the gnocchi, since it was quite filling. One of the specials today was rib-eye steak, served with sautéed potatoes, rocket and parmesan and this was what my sister chose.
Finally, for dessert I chose my favourite dessert ever, tiramisu. And this homemade one did not disappoint. The recipe saw that it was quite rich and went quite heavy on the cream. My sister went for the spicy dark chocolate mouse, which was served with a scoop of lemon sorbet on a bed of breadcrumbs. Having tried the mouse myself, it did live up to its spicy name and being quite sensitive to spice I don't think I could have finished the pot if I'd have had chosen it. Nevertheless the presentation was brilliant for all the plates, and it just seems that my sister didn't chose that well, as everyone else loved their food! I'd really recommend this restaurant as it really was a pleasant surprise to find it, and the meal really was the taste of Italy!


















Unfortunately, my mum didn't like the picture of her, but I thought I'd attach a quick OOTD to show what I wore to lunch.

Vest: Topshop, Lace Shirt: Forever 21, Necklace: H&M, Earrings: Blue Zirconia Swarovski studs by Estelle (my first pair as I finally got my ears pierced this week - woo)

I hope all mothers enjoyed their day today, what did you do to celebrate? 

Mother's Day: Daffodils, Italian Food and OOTD

30 March 2014

Luckily this year, I broke up from university in time to come home for Mother's Day. Today, my family (and another family we are close friends with) celebrated with a three course meal in the Italian restaurant 500: Cinquecento in Archway/Upper Holloway. The restaurant is pretty much a hidden gem on the north end of Holloway Road, so I thought it was worth sharing and raving about on here.

These were the gifts me and my sister gave to my mum: a box of Charbonnel & Walker pink Marc de Champagne truffles and we hand-picked some daffodils from the back garden.

So for lunch we all headed to 500: Cinquecento, which from the front looks a bit deceiving with its blacked-out windows, but inside it was nicely decorated and the food was lovely!

The service was also great too, and we started the meal off with a celebratory glass of prosecco. Whilst waiting for our starters, a bread board was brought out with a selection of Italian breads. My favourite on there was the Pizza Bianca which is typically found all over Italy (and someday I hope to find the perfect recipe and make it for myself) and it was perfectly drizzled with a bit of olive oil and seasoned with some herbs. For my starter, I opted for the gnocchi with pork ragu which was served with parmesan and was amazing! For those of you who don't know, gnocchi is a soft pasta made from potato, and it simply tastes of Italy. My sister went for the tageteille with garlic pesto, which she described as being quite oily, and she wishes that she went for the gnocchi.



For my main course I went for the stone bass, which was served with spinach and walnuts. I really enjoyed this healthy main, and I felt that it didn't need any carbs in it, after having the gnocchi, since it was quite filling. One of the specials today was rib-eye steak, served with sautéed potatoes, rocket and parmesan and this was what my sister chose.
Finally, for dessert I chose my favourite dessert ever, tiramisu. And this homemade one did not disappoint. The recipe saw that it was quite rich and went quite heavy on the cream. My sister went for the spicy dark chocolate mouse, which was served with a scoop of lemon sorbet on a bed of breadcrumbs. Having tried the mouse myself, it did live up to its spicy name and being quite sensitive to spice I don't think I could have finished the pot if I'd have had chosen it. Nevertheless the presentation was brilliant for all the plates, and it just seems that my sister didn't chose that well, as everyone else loved their food! I'd really recommend this restaurant as it really was a pleasant surprise to find it, and the meal really was the taste of Italy!


















Unfortunately, my mum didn't like the picture of her, but I thought I'd attach a quick OOTD to show what I wore to lunch.

Vest: Topshop, Lace Shirt: Forever 21, Necklace: H&M, Earrings: Blue Zirconia Swarovski studs by Estelle (my first pair as I finally got my ears pierced this week - woo)

I hope all mothers enjoyed their day today, what did you do to celebrate? 

I love pretty much love all things Topshop: the clothes, shoes, jewellery and make-up! I've always joked around with my friends saying that if I had a sort of Narnia at the back of my wardrobe, it would lead to the Topshop Flagship store in Oxford Circus. Anyway, here are my top picks of their gorgeous metallic nail polishes: Solar and Eclipse.
[From left to right: Solar and Eclipse]

Both of these polishes were gifts, but I love how aptly named they are and the coincidence of the names going so well together. I'd describe Solar as an alien/mermaidy green. In the bottle it looks a lot more blue than it does after application, and instead it has a very gold tint to it, especially in the light. 

Eclipse looks more like it does in the bottle, and I'd describe it as a warm, sunset gold. Like Solar, the polish is two-toned and instead of gold being its second sheen, gold is its first colour and pink the second. 

I love how glossy these nail varnishes are, and with just two coats they give a lasting, metallic finish. It takes The only slight fault to them is when you hurriedly apply the polish, as the brush can leave quite prominent brush strokes if you don't take enough care. Overall, I'd really recommend trying the metallic range and the next shades I have my eye on are Blue on Blue and Hidden Treasure


ps. Sorry for the poor condition of my cuticles I have been neglecting them a bit
pps. I'm also sorry for the awkward hand positions, I'm still trying to master how to hold the bottle in a way that shows off the pretty polish

Nails on Sunday: Solar Eclipse | Topshop Metallic Nail Polish

I love pretty much love all things Topshop: the clothes, shoes, jewellery and make-up! I've always joked around with my friends saying that if I had a sort of Narnia at the back of my wardrobe, it would lead to the Topshop Flagship store in Oxford Circus. Anyway, here are my top picks of their gorgeous metallic nail polishes: Solar and Eclipse.
[From left to right: Solar and Eclipse]

Both of these polishes were gifts, but I love how aptly named they are and the coincidence of the names going so well together. I'd describe Solar as an alien/mermaidy green. In the bottle it looks a lot more blue than it does after application, and instead it has a very gold tint to it, especially in the light. 

Eclipse looks more like it does in the bottle, and I'd describe it as a warm, sunset gold. Like Solar, the polish is two-toned and instead of gold being its second sheen, gold is its first colour and pink the second. 

I love how glossy these nail varnishes are, and with just two coats they give a lasting, metallic finish. It takes The only slight fault to them is when you hurriedly apply the polish, as the brush can leave quite prominent brush strokes if you don't take enough care. Overall, I'd really recommend trying the metallic range and the next shades I have my eye on are Blue on Blue and Hidden Treasure


ps. Sorry for the poor condition of my cuticles I have been neglecting them a bit
pps. I'm also sorry for the awkward hand positions, I'm still trying to master how to hold the bottle in a way that shows off the pretty polish
I have been meaning to do this review for quite a while now as I received it as part of my Christmas present from my sister. I was very pleased when I found this under the tree, because to say I LOVE LUSH would be an understatement. It breaks my heart a little bit whenever I walk past one of their shops and have to keep going despite the gorgeous inviting scents pouring out the door, luring customers in. So this is what Mr Punch looks like: 

This particular piece was not actually cut down in the shop, which explains the odd shape. Nevertheless, this soap was appropriately named, smelling just like a summery fruit punch (minus the alcohol) and leaves your hands smelling just the same. This was a brilliant addition to my bathroom for that reason, as it was a hint of summer even on the greyest wintry days, or as the website calls it 'sunshine on a rainy day'. Another great aspect of the soap, is that it doesn't dry out my skin. Sometimes I can find soaps to leave the skin on my hands feeling tight, but this on the other hand was quite moisturising. The only downside to this product is the mess it leaves behind, as unfortunately its left little purple pieces of melted soap on the side of my sink. So a soap dish is a must with this, but it would be worth investing in quite a cheap dish, just because the soap itself is lovely. So if you are looking for a new Lush product to try or a quick pick-me-up I'd definitely recommend this. 

Review: Lush's Mr. Punch Soap

20 March 2014

I have been meaning to do this review for quite a while now as I received it as part of my Christmas present from my sister. I was very pleased when I found this under the tree, because to say I LOVE LUSH would be an understatement. It breaks my heart a little bit whenever I walk past one of their shops and have to keep going despite the gorgeous inviting scents pouring out the door, luring customers in. So this is what Mr Punch looks like: 

This particular piece was not actually cut down in the shop, which explains the odd shape. Nevertheless, this soap was appropriately named, smelling just like a summery fruit punch (minus the alcohol) and leaves your hands smelling just the same. This was a brilliant addition to my bathroom for that reason, as it was a hint of summer even on the greyest wintry days, or as the website calls it 'sunshine on a rainy day'. Another great aspect of the soap, is that it doesn't dry out my skin. Sometimes I can find soaps to leave the skin on my hands feeling tight, but this on the other hand was quite moisturising. The only downside to this product is the mess it leaves behind, as unfortunately its left little purple pieces of melted soap on the side of my sink. So a soap dish is a must with this, but it would be worth investing in quite a cheap dish, just because the soap itself is lovely. So if you are looking for a new Lush product to try or a quick pick-me-up I'd definitely recommend this. 

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