Nosebag resturant, Oxford review

The Nosebag resturant Oxford review

Suprisingly, I have never been to the Nosebag resturant in Oxford. Located up a flight of stairs on Saint Michael’s street, this resturant has an incredibly homely feel with wood furnishing, quaint decor and carafes on each table. The environment is welcoming and relaxed. – it has even been around since the 1970s.

With a ton of seating inside, it is perfect for groups and a fab stop for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as offering cakes and alcoholic drinks. The Nosebag resturant offers a limited but varied main menu which also caters for vegetarians and vegans.

You order at the till, choosing your dish and salad or sides as you wait for your plate to be made up. If the item needs a little preperation, you pay and leave and sit with a number. I personally really like paying beforehand as it makes the dining process that little bit swifter.

So, what did I think of the Nosebag resturant Oxford?

For my first visit, I devoured a homemade vegetarian quiche with two side salads. The salad bar selection at the The Nosebag is quite simply amazing, with a creative mix of fresh, delicious and vibrant side dishes. I have to be honest, I would come in for salad alone.

The following week, I savoured a jacket potato with cheese and beans – I am a giant child you see. My boyfriend had the burgandy lamb with seasonal vegetables and thought it superb.

Both occasions, these simple and wholesome dishes were great and the fresh salad bar really is such a fabulous addition to the resturant.

I will be returning to this charming little eaterie again. I think I may have just found my new favourite place for lunch within Oxford.

Have you been to the Nosebag resturant, Oxford? Do you like homemade cuisine in resturants? 

Stephanie xox

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Ego Shoes Studded Boots in Oxford - River Thames - The LDN Gal

Boohoo Jumper  – Topshop Jeans – Ego Shoes Boots

OOTD: Studded Boots with Ego Shoes

Me and Ego Shoes have a little bit of a love affair. Pretty new on the scene, Ego Shoes offer an incredible selection of affordable, stylish and quirky shoes.

Whether you are looking for pretty flats, enviable boots or sky high heels, Ego Shoes certainly have it and they have it in an array of styles and a variety of designs.

When I first saw the Jack Gold Studded Detail Biker Boot In Black Faux Leather, I instantly fell in love. I have to admit, they are pretty edgy but so much fun to dress up and down.

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So, what did I think of the studded boots by Ego Shoes?

These gorgeous biker boots feature allover stud detail, faux leather outer, thick soles and an easy slip on fit. The embellishment features a variety of different shaped studs, making for an interesting look.

They are literally so much fun to dress up and down – fabulous in the day with jeans and a cosy knitted jumper or great with a little black dress to evening drinks. Whether for a walk by the river or cocktails into the early hours, these boots have you set.

If you are looking some something a little more subtle, Ego Shoes have an incredible selection of studded boots.

What do you think of these studded Ego Shoes boots? Do you like the studded style? 

Stephanie xox

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Revolution Beauty London party - Marylebone, London

Revolution Pro launch

Last Thursday I had a very exciting evening indeed. I attended the Makeup Revolution 4th birthday and launch of Revolution Beauty London (formerly Makeup Revolution) and their newest range.

It was a fabulous affair, with hundreds of bloggers in attendance, beauty adorning every corner and delicious food and drinks. It was a night embellished with cocktails, chatter and fun.

Plus, I got to meet some absolutely wonderful girls and guys in the process.

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So, what do I think of Revolution Pro?

Most excitingly, the launch of Revolution Pro was announced with a stunning new collection which includes:

  • Foundation drops (18 shades)
  • Foundation mixers (4 types)
  • Full colour camoflague foundation and concealer (18 shades each)
  • Primers (10 types)
  • Supreme highlighter (3 shades)
  • Eyebrow cushion (8 shades)
  • Supreme eyeshadow palettes (4 types)
  • Regeneration palettes (9 types)
  • Supreme matte lip pigment (30 shades)

I simply cannot wait to make my way through the new collection and have already treated myself to the gorgeous Revolution Pro Regeneration Palette in Trends Celestial.

Expect a mini-haul any day now! You can check out the Revolution Pro video here.

What do you think of Revolution Pro? Which items will you be snapping up? 

Stephanie xox

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Degustabox UK review March 2018 | The LDN Gal

Degustabox UK March 2018 review

I always feel so much joy when my Degustabox arrives at the door. It is like a little foodie gift to me each time and full of new and interesting things to try.

If I didn’t recieve it, I probably wouldn’t discover half the quirky foods I now eat.

Here is what I discovered in my latest Degustabox UK March 2018 box:

So, what do I think of the Degustabox UK March 2018?

Mr Lee’s noodles (dragon fire vegetables) 

The initial smell of this pot was a little grim. However, I was impressed with its contents and the taste. Inside, you will find a combination of ribbon noodles loaded with a good mix of vegetables. I really liked the indication for noodle preference, showing you where to fill for a more soupy or solid noodle cup, as well as the addition of green beans. That was pretty neat.

Tenzing

I am always hesitant with energy drinks but this pleasantly surprised me. It proved refreshing and bursting with natural taste without the usually harsh tang. It also had the same caffeine as a cup of coffee so proved perfect for a daytime venture into London.

Smarties and Milkybar Eggs

Fab, simply fab. What a combination and perfect just in time for the up-and-coming Easter festivities. These chocolate Smarties and Milkybar eggs were pretty sizeable and lasted about a solid day. Oops.

Haverfoll flapjack

This was certainly another treat and it tasted just like Christmas with a hint of cinnamon and brimming with chunky nuts. A perfect go-to snack for vegans and vegetarians from a fabulous German brand.

Canny milkshake

This tasted like a cocoa-rich milkshake. Rather refined to the usual choco-milk affair. It might have something to do with the fact that it contains date nectar. It is a Northern brand so expect lots of slang and fun.

Shreddies Max

This protein-boosting cereal is a great morning pick me up. These granola bites are packed full of oats and embellished with Shreddies pieces. After a bowl of these, you will be set till lunchtime.

Cirio pasta sauce

This authentic Italian sauce was spectacular, infused with delicious parmesan cheese. It made for a spectacular spaghetti bolognese one evening.

Ribena (pineapple and passionfruit)

Ribena is famed for its blackcurrants but this pineapple and passionfruit affair is pretty wonderful. A very adult squash to say the least. Bursting with flavour, it lasted about a week.

Encona hot sauce

I made the boyfriend try this one and it was certainly a spicy affair, it pretty much set his mouth on fire. A good condiment for those dishes requiring a little shazam. Made with the Carolina reaper chilli, this limited edition sauce is not for the faint of heart.

Roald Dahl (orange juice)

The perfect lunchtime treat from Frobscottle Swiggle – refreshing and quirky. The illustrated cartons are very fun and the juice was simply delicious.

Overall, this was a great box with a great mix of European products. I’d have probably skipped on the hot sauce but that was simply down to personal preference.

It was great to try an array of products and many of them were new to me. I would pretty much buy everything again – minus that sauce! 

Like what you see? You can order the next Degustabox here.

What do you think of the March Degustabox? What item would you go for first? 

Stephanie xox

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OOTD: Boob crop t-shirt by JEMIMASARA

When I discovered JEMIMASARA, I fell a little bit in love. An online store brimming with fantastic feminist and iconic clothing, tote bags, jewellery, prints and accessories, adorned with wonderful illustrations throughout.

Their unisex collection includes a selection of illustrations inspired by the ‘martini ladies’, and generally they are pretty quirky. The boob crop t-shirt is certainly a fun addition to any wardrobe, with a fantastic feminine print and rough cut finish.

I was very lucky that the wonderfully talented owner of JEMIMASARA, Jemima agreed to answering a few questions about her brand:

A JEMIMASARA interview

How did you go about establishing the brand?

2016 seemed a bad year for us all and for me it was a time when I personally hit rock bottom. I had forgotten all sense of self-love and confidence, due to a number of negative situations happening at the same time, and I had no idea how to bring these key elements back into my life. That’s when I realised I was drawing these naked ladies who “had martinis and loved themselves”. Overtime, I started becoming one of these carefree ladies, thus my alter ego was born. The illustrations helped me find my own confidence and self-love, so I wanted to share this. I want to share this path of recovery for others to use. In the future, I want to break into fashion, testing its conventions by not conforming, just as a ‘Martini Lady’ would do.

Have you always had an interest in illustration and fashion?

The word ‘fashion’ always scared me a little, I think of the film ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ with the main character being this scary lady and a non-accepting environment. So no, I guess I didn’t, but now that I am creating fashion designs and illustrations and selling ready to wear collections; fashion and illustration has changed in my mind. Fashion and illustration is a way of expressing your thoughts, fears and passions for people to wear and have. They can express it in their own unique way too and this is something I have always wanted to do. I have always wanted to influence people and their life – to make them live a happier one and inspire them.

Your tops are fun and some even a little risque – what is your inspiration behind them?

The brand celebrates the female form through the creation of the “Martini Ladies” illustrations. These are positive, fun loving and risqué ladies with few boundaries, ladies who love themselves just the way they are. My clothing and designs is based on these women, just owning their life and doing what they want. My work seeks to find realism within the female form. I take influences from the Renaissance divine, Henri Matisse and the pin-up ladies of the 1920s. These influences have created my vision for ‘The Martini Lifestyle’.

What are ‘martini ladies’, did you coin the phrase? 

The brand celebrates the female form through the creation of the “Martini Ladies” illustrations. These women boast of their uninhibited self-worth for others to take inspiration from. The humorous illustrations I create are of positive, fun loving and risqué ladies with few boundaries, ladies who love themselves just the way they are!

The message of the ‘martini ladies’ is that I want everyone to feel beautiful, elegant and confident in his or her own right and I want to support and celebrate women around the world. So yes, I created the phase of ‘martini ladies’ or ‘the martini lifestyle’ so express this.

You promote self-love and confidence – what makes you feel confident? 

For me, self-love is about acceptance. Acceptance of your beautiful, individual imperfections. The things that make us who we are. That could be a scar, freckle, your little toe, bad habit or a hobby. These individual imperfections are always something we as humans find hard to accept, especially in our day and age where social media plays such a massive role in our life. For me, the most important daily aspect of self-love and confidence, is not to see yourself as a whole but to look at the things you enjoy about yourself and your strengths. It might be your eyes, your elbow or your goofy laugh, I don’t know, but to look at that ‘thing’, whatever it may be, and see it as a unique entity.

As I said before, self-love is about acceptance and for me that’s accepting something I like about myself every day. I usually do this in small ways as the main thing for me is accepting I am an artist and that others may appreciate my works. My designs/illustrations themselves were a road of recovery for me; they are my way of learning more about a different side to me which I am wanting to share and others to be influenced by. When I write the words in those speech bubbles, I feel empowered and actually it’s my way of accepting myself every day, making me feel more confident in my everyday life.

What is the future for JEMIMASARA?

I want JEMIMASARA to break into fashion and lifestyle and I want to break fashion conventions and traditions. JEMIMASARA is all about campaigning to empower women and men too – freeing themselves of boundaries imposed by modern life through illustrations and designs.

Do you have a message for the girls reading this? 

To any girl out there, just know that everyone struggles with themselves, you wouldn’t be human if you didn’t. We all grow at different rates; we are all beautiful unique individuals. Don’t worry if you find it hard to get up in the morning, its normal. I find it hard every day and I preach self-love and confidence. Just know that acceptance is important. Accepting yourself and what you do.

Understanding that you, your hobbies and habits are beautiful and you are constantly moving forward and reaching for the stars.

What do you think of the JEMIMASARA boob crop t-shirt? What questions would you put to JEMIMASARA? 

Stephanie xox

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I, Tonya film review - The LDN Gal

I, Tonya film review

As soon as I saw the trailer, I knew I had to see I, Tonya. The biopic, starring Margot Robbie as the lead protagonist tells the tale of famed and shamed 1990s US figure skater, Tonya Harding.

Full of angst and passion, the chronological story details the interviewed accounts of Tonya, her abusive partner Jeff Gillooly (Sebastian Stan), and downright distant mother LaVona Golden (Allison Janney) in her early life as a competitive figure skater.

From start to finish, this controversial journey, and these relationships are raw and full of emotion. The tale is relatable, as we watch Tonya chasing her dreams relentlessly, despite her socio-economic status, unkempt style, and brash attitude constantly hindering her progression in a sport known for its grace and even snobbery.

As an impoverished woman from a broken home, the odds are against her. With fame comes a media storm, tearing her apart at any given opportunity and pitting her against her rivals, particularly fellow US figure skater, Nancy Kerrigan. Surprisingly, Tonya was quite the success and the first ever US figure skater to land a triple axel in competition.

So, what did I think of I, Tonya?

Within the film, a plot is hatched by Tonya’s partner, Jeff, to rid Tonya of her competition, aiming to scare Nancy with death threats so that she will not continue to compete. However, things take a turn for the worst when Nancy is indeed injured quite dramatically in an orchestrated attack.

To this day, Tonya’s prior knowledge of this scheme is still debated and the actual Tonya heavily rebuffed these accusations until recently in the ABC documentary, Truth and Lies: The Tonya Harding Story.

However, the film encourages an alternative viewpoint to the infamous scandal in the early 90s, that makes the audience sympathise with Tonya throughout. The scandal thwarts Tonya’s future and ultimately leaves her disgraced and ousted in the world of competitive figure skating. Fact.

I, Tonya ensures a degree of genuine emotion and leaves the audience bitter as the angsty and passionate Tonya continues to give it her all, despite the world seemingly being out to get her. Throughout, the film leaves us rooting for Tonya, an impoverished, misunderstood and talented woman that perhaps just deserved a little bit more from life. The reality of the real-life events and Tonya’s responsibility is for you to decide.

Have you seen I, Tonya yet? What do you think of Margot Robbie as Tonya?  

Stephanie xox

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