Monkey World!

28 September 2014

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OK so Carrie really knows how to do birthdays.  While most of us wrack our brains thinking of fun stuff to do, she sticks to the tried and tested formula of visiting Monkey World every year with her family.  Job done.  It's the perfect combination of doing something you're passionate about and helping a good cause (many of the animals have been rescued from living in horrible conditions).  This year the four of us tagged along for the ride and even though I was missing the theme park aspect (why did I think their might be a rollercoaster somewhere) by the end of it I was fascinated by these complex creatures.  I gave a few of them Creature Comforts style voiceovers and even ended up blowing kisses to one of them through the glass.

Visiting Monkey World in Dorset
Red Grafea backpack
Visiting Monkey World in Dorset
Hobbs Bronze Agatha Brogue
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Visiting Monkey World in Dorset
Celine red Audrey sunglasses
Autumn outfit ideas

Dress - Antipodium
Necklace - Tatty Devine
Sunglasses - Celine

These photos were shot a few weeks ago when I was a keen member of the #notightsclub.  Now I'm wavering slightly, sticking to culottes and longer lengths that don't make me seem quite so attached to Summer.  I've had such a good time over the past few months that I'm sad to let go and get used to the reality of Autumn, but equally I'd like to kick my work ethic into gear and go all guns blazing until Christmas.  It's nice to have a day out with friends every so often though, we spend so much time chatting in our thread online that it gets a bit overwhelming when we meet up, hence some of the silly photos.  We're planning more trips together as a five so watch this space over the next few months!

Wish Wish Wish cat dress
Visiting Monkey World in Dorset
bloggers having fun
Oshine Monkey World in Dorset
bloggers having fun
Visiting Monkey World in Dorset
Bloggers' day out
What Olivia Did

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Smokey Eye School

26 September 2014

smokey eyes in the daytime

I have a strange relationship with the smokey eye.  Whenever I'm asked about my favourite make-up look, it's just so easy to explain and a universal term that never dates.  I love its transformative effect but I still don't feel confident enough to try it out for myself, ending up with a slightly half-arsed effort whenever I go out.  When I was asked to collaborate with Bobbi Brown on their new Smokey Nudes campaign, it was a bit of a no-brainer.  It's a brand I've been wanting to try out for a while (I've heard good things about their BB Creams and shade variety) and I even have the Make-up Manual sitting on my shelf for a bit of theory reading.  There's something about the way Bobbi gets across individual beauty and really breaks things down for noobs like me.  I've worked out what I have, what I need and the areas where I can improve and there's nothing like giving yourself a little challenge to broaden your horizons.

TIME TO LEARN

I popped into the snazzy Westfield store for an in-store appointment with the lovely Hannah.  Every so often I like to book a make-up lesson to freshen up my skills and pick up some tips, plus they're usually free or redeemable against purchase.  It's a win-win situation!  She showed me the colours that would work best with my skin tone and a novel way of applying one of the shades to my lid, before using the Kajal eyeliner to create the smokey effect.  With five coats of mascara (Bobbi swears by it apparently), the look was complete and the transformation seemed workable for the daytime.  There's just enough drama without looking like I was going straight out to a party, though it would have been perfectly fine if I'd eventually ended up in Shoreditch as per usual.  It was quite a nice beauty look for my pared down monochrome ensemble; a lot of people associate me with colour but I like to mix it up sometimes!    

Bobbi Brown Westfield in store appointment
Bobbi Brown Everything Eyes book
Bobbi Brown Westfield in store appointment
Bobbi Brown Westfield in store appointment
Bobbi Brown Westfield store
Bobbi Brown in store appointment face chart
Bobbi Brown Westfield in store appointment
Monki Grid print matching set
smokey eyes in the daytime
how to wear culottes
Necklace - Tatty Devine
Make-up - All Bobbi Brown


Have you used any Bobbi Brown products before?  I'm going to have a little practice with the palette for a night out on Saturday before giving you all an update in a few weeks time, wish me luck!

Making, Seeing & Eating

25 September 2014

sushi making class at Sozai cookery school

There's nothing quite like a unique culinary experience to whet your appetite.  Whilst I'm eating my slightly bodge-job leftovers this evening, I'll be casting my mind back to some of the places I visited during the month of September.  Take me back!

sushi making class at Sozai cookery school
sushi making class at Sozai cookery school
sushi making class at Sozai cookery school
sushi making class at Sozai cookery school
sushi making class at Sozai cookery school
sushi making class at Sozai cookery school


SOZAI COOKERY SCHOOL


Part of me likes to think that I've made sushi before but once I went to the Sozai cookery school for a Flickr event, I realised that it wasn't sushi at all.  I still don't know what it was.  Most of the times when I attempt to follow a recipe, I end up substituting a lot of the ingredients (I think I may have used ordinary vinegar) so it was nice to see the real deal and take in the process step-by-step, sticking to a few elements.  We got to be really creative after each demonstration, filling our rolls with all manner of fresh seafood and veg and nibbling in between.  There was also a food photography expert on hand, giving us the best tips on how to capture everything successfully.  I finally figured out the best way to get an aerial shot (tilt the camera up slightly), so there shouldn't be too many duds to delete in the future now.

The Colour Palate dining experience
The Colour Palate dining experience
The Colour Palate dining experience
The Colour Palate dining experience

THE COLOUR PALATE


I thought I'd seen it all until I experienced The Colour Palate.  Billed as a bit of a multi-sensory evening, each course had been inspired by a different colour with drinks, lighting, props and music to match.  I've never really thought much about it before, but colour is more than just seeing.  Personally when I think of yellow, I think of Tuesday but in this case it meant turmeric marinated seabass, cumin chickpeas and saffron yoghurt.  Even the white course seemed quite accurate, not necessarily bland but definitely a more muted and gentle flavour, a major contrast to to the black course which consisted of us eating soy aubergine in darkness.  We were invited by the Rainbow Club, a brand that allows you to dye a shoe any colour you want, so the connection was definitely a strong one.  I only wish there were some chunky heels, this could be the answer to my prayers!

Nozomi London Knightsbridge sushi review
Nozomi London Knightsbridge sushi review
Nozomi London Knightsbridge sushi review

NOZOMI


After learning how to make sushi at the beginning of the month, it only seemed right that I was treated towards the end and brought the best in the business at Nozomi.  With Harrods and Harvey Nichols as close neighbours, this place is definitely a special treat (apparently Usain Bolt has been spotted chowing down) and turns into more of a destination as the evening goes on.  Definitely a place to come to if you like to people-watch.  It's been recently refurbished with a slightly 1920s Art Deco theme and we were sat by an amazing skylight that would have been lovely during the day.  Alas the big blogger dilemma, the evening light although atmospheric was not conducive to my DSLR skills.  Once I'd admitted defeat, I just concentrating on enjoying my meal and attempting to pinpoint some of the new flavours.  If you ever visit, you must try the black cod in a slightly sweet miso sauce as well as the steamed spinach with sesame dressing.  The sushi and sashimi were also highlights and presented some new flavours, with the moreish tempura maki.  The lunchtime bento boxes might be the thing I try next, if I'm ever in the area and feel like a bit of affordable luxury.  It has been known to happen... 

Bring on some more food fun in October!
 
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