Friday, 29 November 2013

Lifestyle | Restaurant Review - Hawksmoor Air Street

It has become tradition for my boyfriend and I to treat each other to a really good steak dinner for our birthdays. I took him to Gaucho for his birthday last year (absolutely incredible – everyone needs to eat there!) and he took me to the smaller, independent, but still amazing Casa Milevo in February for my birthday. So when investigating where to go this year, I checked out TimeOut’s list of London’s Best Restaurants for Steak list and saw Hawksmoor’s four locations dominate spots 1 – 4 (Spitalfields, Air Street, Guildhall and Seven Dials).  I chose number 2 – Hawksmoor Air Street and was expecting great great things.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Midweek Manicure | Fake Tattoos – Paper Aeroplane Mani

High flying nails

So you may have seen last week I posted about the temporary nail tattoos* I was sent by I was super excited to try them out and start playing with some fun designs! I had planned to try out lots of different looks and show multiple here, but I was so impressed with the one I went with first, and it lasted so well, I didn't want to take it off! So I will do a mini series of designs to show you all the different looks I try out. Here’s number 1 – the classic Paper Aeroplane Mani!

Monday, 25 November 2013

Fashion | Accessorize Love / Heart Rings

I love my heart rings!

Rings are my all time favourite type of jewellery. I think they can totally transform not only your hands but an entire outfit. So when I was given an Accessorize / Monsoon gift card by my Uncle I knew exactly what I'd buy with it...MORE RINGS!!!

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Midweek Manicure | Little Mix by Collection - Perrie's Nail Polish

Move to get these nail polishes!

You may have seen at the beginning of the month that I FINALLY got my hands on the much coveted Perrie lipstick from the Little Mix by Collection range (review here). I instantly fell in love, and thought I'd have to check out the nail varnishes from the collection too. Last week I did a little Superdrug haul, and picked up Perrie's Nail Polish. Now would it capture my heart like the lipstick did?

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Fashion | "Mimic Dance" Knee High Boots - Clarks

Classic Clarks, Beautiful Boots

What's the best thing about the miserable cold, rainy weather we've been having?! Its provided me with the perfect excuse to buy myself some new boots! Hurrah! And as winter is well and truly here, I thought  some new knee highs were in order! Enter these stunners I picked up from Clarks - the Mimic Dance boots.

Monday, 18 November 2013

Beauty | Nail Tattoos - Fake Tattoos

Fake tattoos, real cool designs!

I really love nail art, but often find my designs don't translate onto my nails quite as neat and perfect as they look in my head! So when the lovely people at offered to send me some temporary nail tattoos* to try I was really excited! Perhaps now I'll be able to pull off all the amazing patterns I see on Pinterest!

Friday, 15 November 2013

#OperationBlogger | Operation Christmas Child - My Shoe Box

Charity at Christmas

Last week I posted about #OperationBlogger, part of Samaritan's Purse UK's #OperationChristmasChild campaign, where you pack a shoe box of presents for an underpriveledged child. I have been busy shopping for all my gifts and wanted to share them with you all, before I take my shoe box to be shipped off.



Thursday, 14 November 2013

Fashion | Modalu Chantilly Cappuccino Grab Handbag - bought from TK Maxx

If it's good enough for Pippa Middleton...

I absolutely love Modalu bags. I have a couple (the shark coloured large Pippa bag, and a cappuccino coloured small Pippa grab bag) and they are beautifully made. The leather is soft and buttery, the detailing is exquisite and they are always set at a really good and affordable price point (especially their sale items - woah nelly you can pick up a bargain there!) So whilst browsing the TK Maxx website the other day, I was super excited to find that they now stock a selection of Modalu bags and purses. I just couldn't bypass this beautiful handbag which was a snip at only £80!

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Midweek Manicure | 6 New Nail Polishes

3 for 2, it'd be rude not to!

As you may have gathered, I'm a HUGE fan of nail polishes. And as I seem to find myself drawn into a Superdrug most days, it was no surprise that yesterday I cracked, and found myself taking advantage of their 3 for 2 across all cosmetics offer they currently have running. I picked up 6 new beautiful shades, and I'm a little bit in love with each of them!



Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Fitness | Ozeri Precision II Digital Bathroom Scale

No fail bathroom scale

As you may have seen last week, I’m embarking on a bit of a pre-Christmas fitness spree. I have been getting into very bad habits of eating lots of sugary snacks and doing very little exercise, and am keen to try and get myself a little bit fitter and healthier before Christmas (when I am quite sure I will spend lots of time eating lots of sugary snacks and doing very little exercise!) So when Moderna Housewares offered to send me an Ozeri Precision II Digital Bathroom Scale* to try out I thought it was the perfect time.


Friday, 8 November 2013

Lifestyle | Making Screen Printed Bags - Drink, Shop & Do

Happy National Sausage Week!

What a wonderful week eh?! I've been meaning to share my own designed screen printed bag for a while now, and thought when better to but during National Sausage Week! But how does a screen printed bag link to National Sausage Week I hear you cry?! Read on Pickles!

If you read my Liebster Award post, you'll know that I absolutely love sausages! (No euphenism jokes please!) They've been my favourite food since I was little, and I even named my favourite doll Sausages too (crazy child!) So when I went along to the amazing Drink, Shop & Do in Kings Cross for a "Make Your Own Screen Printed Bag" night, there was only ever one design I was going to choose! Now it's certainly not the neatest design ever (I never was very good at bubble writing!) But I do always get compliments whenever I use this bag! And it's so satisfying to be able to say I MADE IT :D

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Lifestyle | Pre-Christmas Health Kick

Witness the fitness

As you may have seen, I'm a MASSIVE fan of baking, and for the last 10 weeks have undergone my Emsypickle's GBBO Challenge- whereby I've baked along with the theme of each week's The Great British Bake Off. Needless to say, I've definitely eaten more than my fair share of sweet treats over the last couple of months and am not feeling my best! With 7 weeks till Christmas (wahooooo!) I really want to try and get a bit fitter and healthier before the Season of Overeating begins!

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Midweek Manicure - Barry M Matte Nail Paint - Vanilla

Vanilla, but definitely not boring

You may have seen a little while ago I picked up a couple of the new A/W13 Matte finish nail paints by Barry M. Well I couldn't wait any longer to give them a try, and decided to wear the gorgeous pale neutral shade Vanilla. The word "Vanilla" is usually quite a negative to me - as it makes me think of boring, unadventurous and plain things, however this is definitely not true of this lovely polish!

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

The Great British Bake Off Challenge | Final Week - Picnic Pie

Too good for a teddybear's picnic!

Well all good things must come to an end, and here is the last instalment of my Emsypickle's GBBO Challenge! I loved watching the final of the show, and it was clear quite early on which of the 3 final challenges I would try my hand at. A three tiered wedding cake seemed slightly excessive haha, and whilst I enjoyed watching the pretzel technical challenge, I fancied making something a bit more substantial, so Picnic Pie it was! I love a good pie me! I had a look on the BBC Good Food website and cane across the delicious sounding Chicken and Stuffing Picnic Pie and was sold!

Monday, 4 November 2013

#OperationBlogger | Operation Christmas Child - Samaritan's Purse UK

Charity at Christmas

Christmas is fast approaching, and whilst I love getting caught up in the festive whirlwind of frivolity, fun and overindulging, I think it's also an important time to think about those less fortunate than myself. So whilst investigating ways in which I can give back this year, I was very excited to find out about #OperationBlogger, part of the Samaritan's Purse UK's campaign Operation Christmas Child.


Friday, 1 November 2013

Beauty | Perrie Lipstick - Little Mix by Collection

Purple power

If you follow me on Twitter (@emsypickle) you may have seen me hunting high and low to get my hands on the Perrie lipstick from the Little Mix by Collection range. As soon as I saw a picture of it in a magazine I knew I had to have it, and it seems I wasn't the only one as I couldn't find it anywhere! In the end I ordered it off the Superdrug website. But would it live up to my expectation?!

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