Monday, 29 November 2010

Cafe Luc - London

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The final installment of my adventures from my recent weekend in London. My absolute favourite time to go out on the weekend, whether I am in my home city of Newcastle upon Tyne, or on a city break around the country, is late afternoon. There is something so comforting about starting a Saturday night's proceedings with a relaxed meal in a nice restaurant, knowing you have all the time in the world to chat with friends over good food and an even better bottle of good wine.

So the restaurant of choice was Cafe Luc in Marylebone. Described as a modern European Brasserie, it boasts references from French and Mediterranean dishes. Not just a great vibrant area but also with lots of good shops and boutiques to check out before meeting at the restaurant. I wish I had known just how good as I definitely would have got myself there a lot earlier to spend a little more time in the shops.

As it happened, on a day pouring with rain, we did arrive at the restaurant a little too early before our booking but the ever gracious staff allowed us, after a very brief wait, to go straight to our table. This is a restaurant that I would imagine is rarely ever not busy, so there were not many empty tables but instead it had a very warm and inviting atmosphere with lots of people simply enjoying their food and the company of friends and family.

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This being a late lunch (around 4.30pm), we skipped a starter and I ordered a Creamy Risotto, Cèpes Mushrooms & Mature Parmesan with a side order of Pommes Frites - there is nothing more comforting on a rainy day than a feast full of carbs! And my friend's choice was Roasted Chicken & Tarragon Jus, Green Beans & Roasted Potatoes with a side of Pomme Puree. As I follow a vegetarian diet, I am more than used to a limited menu but luckily there was still plenty of choice for me as well as the bonus of one of those dishes being my favourite risotto. To me, there is nothing better than simple food cooked incredibly well and this restaurant certainly excels.

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Of course, if I had to choose just one part of a meal, my choice would always be the dessert. Really, we were spoilt for choice. The 'salted caramel' description of the ice-cream swung it for me - Homemade Salted Caramel, Vanilla & Speculoos Ice-cream and my friend's dish was Creme Brulee au Nutella. Mmm, they were so good I can just taste them now reading the description.

To finish we enjoyed our Cappuccinos, feeling quite relaxed and content in our surroundings, quite happily sitting chatting in a very non-rushed setting. This is a restaurant I wish we had in the city I live, so perfect for a relaxed Saturday afternoon, getting us slowly into the mood for the evening ahead.

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Saturday, 27 November 2010

Lately...


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Some sweet treats and fruit to counterbalance. Mini gingerbread men brought to me as a gift. A letter written by a sweet blog friend. Lots of crochet whilst watching the first six Harry Potter films. New make-up by MAC. And sending a gift in Fashion Week newspaper 'wrapping'.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Teal

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The vintage cape that I recently bought at the flea-market made it's first appearance last weekend. Actually, it made an appearance on both Saturday and Sunday - I like it that much. Teal is a shade I am particularly fond of, I always find myself drawn to a 'cooler' palette of colours, to fit with my pale skin tone. I tried the belt that came with the cape but as I'd thought, I much prefer the loose shape of it without. Also the shoulders aren't quite as big as they appear here, that was down to the overlapping on the shoulders of the lace playsuit underneath.

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Vintage wool & mohair cape ~ Top Shop lace playsuit ~ Patent sandals (old) ~ Tabio 110d black tights ~ Chanel handbag ~ Vintage ring

Monday, 22 November 2010

Car Boot Loot

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Yesterday's haul from the car boot wasn't the most extensive I have to say. The weather was appalling and had to have been the reason for the poor turn out of sellers. Thankfully, I didn't come away empty handed. I have been looking for a teapot for a very long time and finally found exactly what I was looking for. Bought for a very good price and with a free glass dish thrown in no less, it definitely wasn't a wasted journey!

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Mad Men Yourself

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I know this is a little old news but I thoroughly enjoyed 'Mad Men'-ing Myself! I managed to find for my character a hair bun, eyeliner, red lipstick, huge bow, cute bag and a cocktail - which are most certainly defining characteristics of mine. Have you done it yet? I would love to see if you have, please send me a link!

You may remember a recent post on a Virtual Mad Men Cocktail Party I attended. There was also a competition to make the whole event more fun... and I came third place in the Best Drink-a-Like - thanks to anyone who voted for me!

For the prize, I won a beautiful Eve Arnold photography book and a pink bow leather cuff from Maikitten. The book is in German, unfortunately my brief stint learning German at school was not enough for me to be able to understand any of it but the beautiful photographs are the most important part of the book and also it's quite interesting in itself to own something in another language. Dotti who co-hosted the party, also sent me a couple of very lovely vintage scarves. Thank you both for inviting me!

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Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Military

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It seemed very fitting that I should be out photographing my new Blue Inc Military Jacket on Rememberance Sunday. Shamefully though, it was without a poppy. I very much like the style of this jacket - the tailoring, glossy buttons and high collar. Even though I rarely wear jeans, I think the two compliment each other quite well. It's a perfect weekend outfit... even though I doubt I'll be walking very far in these platform heels. And apologies for my solemn expression, I ended up taking these photographs unintentionally near a very busy road, so was far too aware of people slowing down their cars to see what I was up to!

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Blue Inc Military Button Coat ~ Black jeans (old) ~ Reiss jumper (unseen) ~ Top Shop platform shoes