Our dinner at Jackson + Rye, City, London

Last week we had our dinner date at Jackson + Rye restaurant in London City.

Location:

Jackson + Rye restaurant and bar has multiple locations is London: Soho, Chiswick, Richmond , Kingston, Bank. In addition, they recently opened a new restaurant in  Guildford. We decided to visit it’s City branch which is situated just around a corner from Bank station.

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Atmosphere:

We booked our table for 6:45 p.m. When we entered the restaurant, we were welcomed by a friendly hostess who introduced us to our waitress-Kinga. She took us to our table and took our drinks order. To start our evening, I had a glass of Bellini and my husband ordered some beer.

The decor of Jackson and Rye’s restaurant is simple and welcoming. in addition, throughout our meal there was a romantic music playing in the background.

Starters:

We decided to have some Jumbo Shrimp with American cocktail sauce to share. In addition, I ordered some Crunchy Chorizo Prawns that were served with a mango chili mayo. My husband had some buffalo Chicken Wings which were presented with three homemade sauces: BBQ, peri peri & blue cheese. All starters were tasty and prepared to our liking. I loved the blue cheese sauce-it’s a pity that you cannot buy it in shops!

Mains:

For our mains we both had a steak. I had a tender fillet steak whilst my husband had some Rib Eye.

Both mains were absolutely gorgeous and cooked to perfection. They were accompanied by some Green slaw and sweet potato fries that we’ve ordered separately. As always, I really liked my sweet potato side… I could have it everyday…

Dessert:

If you read my blog regularly then you will see a trend in here. For my dessert, I ordered (surprise, surprise 😉 ) a sticky toffee pudding. It was delicious!

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My husband, decided not to have any dessert as he was absolutely full after his starter and main.

I really liked the food at the Jackson + Rye restaurant. The restaurant has multiple locations around London, the service was good and the food was delectable so I will definitely visit again soon!

Address:

30 Old Jewry, London, EC2R 8EB

For more information and to book visit:

http://www.jacksonrye.com/

I hope you enjoyed reading this review!

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Pauline

Our lunch at Peix Vermell restaurant

On the third day of our mini-moon in Palma, after sightseeing the most beautiful sights the city has to offer, we decided to have a lunch at the traditional fish and seafood restaurant – Peix Vermell.

Location:

Peix Vermell is conveniently located in the Old Town on one of the most symbolic streets in Palma, just around the corner from the famous boutiques and Louis Vuitton store.

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Atmosphere:

We booked our table for 1:30 p.m. On our arrival, we were greeted by a restaurant Manager-Mihail. He took us to our table and introduced us to our waiter who was friendly and attentive.

I was impressed by the restaurant lively, colorful decor and I loved some of the amazing modern paintings that are displayed on its walls.

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The menu:

Before we started our meal we had a glass of champagne to celebrate our mini-moon in Palma. While we were sipping our chilled sparkly goodness we looked at the great selection of fish and seafood dishes available to order.

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To start with we had a selection of recommended starters including:

  • Shrimps with garlic oil;
  • Small green peppers of Padrón;
  • A mixed salad.

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Our starters were really tasty and gave us an opportunity to try some local delicatessen.

Mains:

For our mains we decided to have some seafood paella and some baked sea bass with garnish. Our waiter brought both dishes to our table and divided them equally for me and my husband.

When we have first seen the amount of food we ordered, we were wondering how we could potentially finish it all however as both dishes were full of flavor and delectable, we cleared our plates clean.

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When it comes to our seafood paella it was definitely the best paella I’ve ever eaten! It was full of flavor and seafood, absolutely perfect!

Desserts:

After our massive meal I was unsure if I want a dessert however as soon as I’ve heard about the homemade Tiramisu, I changed my mind and ordered some. It was lovely….

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My husband went for some crema catalana which he really enjoyed.

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If you like seafood than you should definitely visit Peix Vermell. The restaurant offers a wide variety of competitively priced fish and seafood dishes in addition to a vast selection of wines. Their seafood paella was absolutely amazing so you should definitely try it next time you are in Palma.

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We both really liked the food, service was spot on and surroundings were modern. I am definitely not surprised that TripAdvisor awarded the restaurant the Certificate of Excellence 2016 as they definitely deserve it.

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Address:

1 Montenegro str or entrance from 7 Sant Feliu str., 07012 Palma de Mallorca

For more information and to book visit:

http://peixvermell.com/

I hope you enjoyed reading this review!

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Pauline

Image Consultant Review: Morlands Glastonbury Leather boots

As it’s getting colder outside, I decided to get some new, leather boots. They are my number one footwear during the autumn and winter. There are many boots options available—flat, over-the-knee, heeled, wedge, pointed toe etc. There is a boot to go with every outfit and occasion. You can wear them with a dress or your favorite pair of jeans and you will always end up looking elegant.

Depending on your style, a classic pair of black or brown boots could be all you need.  I recently came across Morlands Glastonbury. It a luxurious English brand offering a selection of ladies and men’s slippers, Sheepskin boots and accessories including beautiful gloves and a selection of Lambswool and Cashmere Scarves.

Brand:

Morlands Glastonbury was established nearly 150 years ago and quickly become renowned for the excellence of its sheepskin products. The core principles and John Morland’s legacy remain to this day and the company produces incomparable well-known products from the selection of soft, high-quality, natural skins.

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Boots:

I decided to order a pair of brown Sandra boots from Morlands Glastonbury’s Ladies Sheepskin Collection.

http://www.morlandssheepskin.co.uk/sheepskin-boots/ladies-sheepskin-boots-37/sandra

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When I firstly opened the box, I discovered that these signature sheepskin boots are exceptionally soft in texture, warm and extremely comfortable.

They are inspired by the English countryside and classic equestrian footwear, making their style timeless and elegant. I have bought hundreds of pairs of boots before, but my feet have never felt so good in any of them. When I firstly put them all, I knew that they would be my new favourite pair and their tall height gave my legs a flattering, lengthening appearance. Morlands Glastonbury Sandra boots are delicately detailed to reflect their contemporary, elegant style. Delicate, suede panels add detail around the middle.

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Due to the fact that they are made from the high-quality leather they can be worn during the winter as they are lovely and warm, as well as in the summer as they are breathable. Morlands Glastonbury Sandra boots are  extremely comfortable even when worn all day.

Overall:

I really enjoy wearing my new boots and I believe that they would appeal to any sophisticated customer who wants to get a luxurious, high-quality riding boots. Morlands boots are made from the finest quality leather so as long as they are properly looked after, they will last you for a long time. What I like the most about them is that they are lined with luxury Morlands sheepskin. As I have to wear heels at work most of the time, they provide my feet with the ultimate indulgence after work.

I hope you enjoyed reading this review!

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Pauline

Image Consultant suggestions: kay me dresses

Are you tired of work-wear that is uncomfortable, inflexible, needs to be dry-cleaned and creases easily? If your answer is yes than you should check the Japanese fashion brand that is specifically designed for the busy businesswomen.

I was recently provided with an excellent opportunity to view and try on kay me’s new autumn / winter collection and meet designer and founder-Junko Kemi in London. Let me tell you a bit about the brand and their dresses.

Brand

kay me is an anglicized version of the founder’s name ‘Kemi’ and also represents ‘me’ being the customer always at the heart of the service.

Founder and Lead Designer – Junko Kemi

After graduating from Waseda University in Tokyo, Junko worked in several international companies before founding kay me in 2011. She struggled to find a workwear that follow her simple rules:

1) was machine washable so she didn’t need trips to the dry cleaners or complicated cleaning regimes.

2) was made from flexible, stretchy fabrics as the inflexible suit materials gave her stiff shoulders after sitting at a desk for a long time

3) was suitable to wear for social events after work too.

kay me was born in one afternoon when Junko couldn’t stop feeling frustrated through the lack of clothing that ticked all of the boxes so she decided to create her own.

These days, there are thousands of designers whose clothes are unwearable… That’s not the case with Junko’s collections. Every item sold by kay me is personally worn and tested by Junko herself. Resembling to Victoria Beckham’s motto, if she doesn’t feel that it’s something she would personally wear, the item never makes its way to the shop floor or online.

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Manufacturing:

All of kay me products are manufactured by artisans in Japan. kay me is able to combine traditional hand sewing techniques with cutting-edge textile technology. In 2015, the kay me team perfected a new, machine washable, 100% silk material. kay me believes that the intricate beauty and design of kimono fabrics empower women to be happier in both their professional and personal lives.

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My showroom experience:

When I entered the showroom, I fell in love with Junko’s collection. I was immediately impressed by the quality of the dresses and how stretchy and fashionable they were so I decided to try them.

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All kay me dresses meet five key criteria:

  1. Stretchy
  2. Machine Washable
  3. Business ready
  4. Made in Japan
  5. Kimono inspired

First of all, I tried 3 dresses from its vibrant and stylish Contemporary KIMONO by kay me collection. This collection combines functionality with classic Japanese beauty. The range is absolutely flawless for the modern but busy businesswoman. I was personally looking for a range of business wear like that for a long time as I wanted to have a collection of dresses that are easy to care for and look fashionable.

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Secondly, I decided try a simple black dress from key me work-wear range. It was a love at the first sight! Dress was exactly what I would like to wear to work and I gave me an ultra-flattering fit.

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Would you like to see or buy any products from key me range?

You can view the collection and order it online:

www.kayme.co.uk (free global shipping and 14-day returns )

I hope you enjoyed reading this review!

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Pauline

Image Consultant Suggestions: Leggsington leggings for gym goers

Are you looking for some new leggings? I believe that every woman needs a few pairs of good quality leggings in their wardrobe as they are comfy and affordable. If, like me, you are sick and tired of boring leggings then you should head to Leggsington.

Leggsington is an online shopping destination for diverse designer fashion that was established 5 years ago. The aim of its founders was to fill in a gap in leggings offerings and provide customers with quality, chic and functional leggings for all occasions:

  • super stretch jersey for the fitness bunnies,
  • luxe lounge pants in the finest French Terry cottons,
  • plush velvets,
  • flattering faux leathers for day or night.

Do you find yourself feeling totally uninspired by your workout clothes? While there is no need to be a fashion muse at the gym, I was looking for some new leggings to wear to my workouts. When considering buying some new clothes for the gym, your goal should always be to mix comfort with function and feel good in it.  I wanted to add some ‘fun’ and colour to my regular outfit but I didn’t want to buy anything fancy or expensive so I decided to go for Leggsington’s ‘Corey Black dot’ and ‘Amy’ soft jersey leggings.

They are made from a brushed soft-to-touch jersey fabric (90% Polyester, 10% Elastane). They are also Anti-bacterial and you can wash them in your washing machine so they are perfect for the regular gym goers.

I love how they look and they are extremely comfortable so I will definitely order some more soon.

You can order any leggings directly from Leggsington’s online boutique:

http://www.leggsington.co.uk/

Prices:

£16-28

I hope that you enjoyed reading this review.

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Pauline

Tried and Tested: LIQ C Serums and Eden Semilla’s essential oils

To start with this week, I would love to tell you about the LIQ C Serums that I tried recently. LIQ C is a brand of LIQPHARM – a cosmetic company operating out of Poland. I am a fan of Eastern European beauty so when I found out about this brand and the fact that it collaborates with the prestigious Medical University of Gdansk laboratory I couldn’t resist trying its products. I decided to try LIQ CC Serum and The Vitamin E Night Serum-Mask.

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Firstly let me tell you about the LIQ CC Serum.  As I have combination skin, I decided to go for a light version of this serum. It provides deep skin revitalization due to the fact that it contains 15% of the active vitamin C. As part of my morning skincare routine, I applied two drops of these serum under my moisturiser and my skin looked fresh and radiant. As I got married recently, I have had a few breakouts due to stress.  After a week of using this serum they all faded and the serum improved the clarity of my skin. I really like what I achieved in such a short period of time- the texture of my skin has softened, the tone has improved and my skin has taken on a luminous glow.

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Secondly, I tried the Vitamin E Night Serum-Mask which is suitable for all skin types. It relaxes and soothes your skin while you sleep due to its Bi-Phase consisting of 15% Vitamin and Hyaluronic Acid. This luxurious night-time Serum-Mask transformed my skin overnight and left me with a brighter, refined complexion.

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Verdict:

If you wish to try a range of good quality, affordable cosmetics that will give visible results then you should definitely put LIQ C products on your shopping list.

Website:

All LIQ C products can be ordered directly from LIQ C official UK website:

https://www.liqc.co.uk/

and also from Amazon.co.uk:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/LIQC/b/ref=bl_dp_s_web_10354561031?ie=UTF8&node=10354561031&field-lbr_brands_browse-bin=LIQC

Price:

£17.90 for a 30ml bottle that should last at least a month. Very affordable.

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Secondly, I would love to tell you about the essential oils I recently ordered. As some of you know, I love all kinds of oils and I use them on my body, face and hair.

I recently came across the essential oils range from Eden Semilla and decided to try a selection of different oils to find my new favourites. So, how can you use them? The essential oils can be used in many ways and you can:

  • Add a few drops of oil to a warm bath.
  • Make a hot or cold compress by soaking a towel or cloth in water, adding essential oils, and then applying to the desired area.
  • Add oil to a lotion or moisturizer and then apply to skin.

Eden’s Semilla Essential Oils collection contains 12 of the most popular plant extracts used by aromatherapy professionals? I ordered 8 oils from the sets described below in addition to 4 separate oils. They were packed in a nice small box so you could easily store them. All Eden Semilla Essential Oils are 100% essential , pure and natural. They are sourced from A Grade plants and extracted using the most up to date manufacturing processes of steam distillation or suppression. These luxurious, reasonably priced oils all had a powerful aroma and were all of great quality.

SET 1 consisted of these oils:

  • TEA TREE – well-known for its powerful antiseptic properties and ability to treat wounds. It is great for treating any spots and I previously used it on my blemishes to reduce the redness.
  • LEMONGRASS – is used as aromatherapy to relieve muscle pain, externally to kill bacteria, ward off insects, and reduce body aches, and internally to help your digestive system. Great to add to your gym kit.
  • ROSEMARY – is part of the mint family. In recent research, it’s been shown to boost nerve growth factor and support the healing of neurological tissue and brain function.
  • FRANKINCENSE- is known to help relieve chronic stress and anxiety, reduce pain and inflammation and boost immunity.

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SET 2 consisted of these oils:

  • PINE TREE – known for its ability to reduce inflammation and associated redness, protect against sinus infections, clear mucus and phlegm, cure skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis, boost the immune system, fight fungal and viral infections, stimulate the mind and body, and protecting your home and body from a wide variety of germs.
  • LAVENDER – most commonly known for its relaxing effects on the body.
  • BERGAMOT – is great to use while showering-inhale it deeply to experience its calming aroma while enjoying its purifying skin benefits.
  • CINNAMON – can be used as a tonic and digestive aid.

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I also received these 4 separate oils:

  • Sweet Orange – has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antidepressant, antispasmodic, and diuretic properties. The oil can also help heal wounds to prevent any fungal or septic infection while disinfecting the lesion.
  • Eucalyptus – well-known and wide ranging, and its properties include anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, decongestant, deodorant, antiseptic, antibacterial.
  • Sandalwood – The health benefits of Sandalwood essential oil can be attributed to its properties as an antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, diuretic, disinfectant, emollient, expectorant, hypotensive, memory booster, sedative and tonic substance.
  • Peppermint – gives a cooling sensation and has a calming effect on the body, which can relieve sore muscles when used topically.

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Please note that these oils were given to me by the seller for an honest and unbiased review, in no way has this influenced what has been written.

I hope you enjoyed reading this review.

Thanks,

Pauline