Hot Pink Ankara

Hey guys!

Another wedding, another outfit post, am I right?

I got to have an outfit made out of this vibrant hot pink and gold ankara material for a friend’s wedding. I wanted a midi dress with bell sleeves, which I am loving lately, and here is the result.

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I paired them with rose gold strappy heels. They were out of my comfort zone and a little more daring than I’m used to, but the more I looked at them, the more I liked them.

My husband got to use the material to make something too, so we went to Elom Doussey Tailoring, and he designed and hand made this shirt.

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You can check out his Instagram page for more of his work.

I love getting to make whatever I want out of African material. It gives you a chance to be creative.

What do you think?

Mich x

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Back at Bill’s

A date night with the man was way overdue. I told him to pick the destination and he chose Bill’s, just a hop, skip and a jump away from us.

I’ve been to Bill’s twice before – once for breakfast and again for dessert from before I was dairy-free, which you can read about in this post.

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Calamari for starters. Always. You just can’t go wrong. Is calamari ever not good?

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And Dakkochi Chicken Skewers for the hubby. Of course chicken, with a spicy Korean barbecue glaze. I had to try some.

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Look at that smile!

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My main was a flat iron steak with caramelised red onions, chimichurri, and a smoky tomato, olive, red pepper and rocket salad and fries. I only wish that the steak had been well done, but they said it would take longer to prepare. Excuses if you ask me. The steak was chewy and I didn’t enjoy it as much as I wanted to. But it was edible.

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Hubby went for the steak, egg and chips. No problem with his being well done. Look at that beauty.

Overall, it was nice to spend time with the man. I wish I’d ordered differently, and next time I will.

Have you ever been to Bill’s?

Mich x

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A Parisian Getaway

At the start of the year, the hubby and I booked a two-night stay in Paris. I was so excited because it would be my first time going to the city of love.

We stayed at a four-star hotel called La Bourdannais situated close to the Eiffel Tower. I picked it because I purposefully wanted to be near to one of the main attractions of Paris. I have a bone to pick with hotels because everywhere that I have been on holiday so far, there has always been something wrong with the room, from getting two single beds instead of the requested double bed, having ants in the room (yes! On our anniversary trip to Alicante, there were ants in the room. I don’t think I mentioned that in the Alicante Photo Diary post), no english TV channels and so on. However, I loved our room from the minute we walked in. I’d heard that hotel rooms in Paris are small and this one was, but it was also cozy. We had a gorgeous double bed, an amazing en suite, a mini bar, english channels on the TV, and a view of the Eiffel Tower as requested.

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On our first night, we went to see the Eiffel Tower, which is amazing in the dark, and other monuments including the Monument des Droits de l’Homme and the Wall of Peace. Then, we had dinner at La Terrasse restaurant. I recently saw that Aimee Song took pictures outside this restaurant during Paris Fashion Week.

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I took this picture the next day

Whilst having dinner, I remembered that a friend had moved to Paris with her husband, so I reached out to her and we were able to meet the next day. They took us to one of their favourite restaurant called Hippopotamus. The food was delicious and you could choose as many sides as you wanted!

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Before meeting up with them, the hubby and I did a little sightseeing and went to see the Louvre Museum and Palace. The weather was so good. The sun was out and it wasn’t too cold. Everything in Paris is beautiful and I love the architecture.

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For our last morning in Paris, we decided to be adventurous and find somewhere to have breakfast. We’d had breakfast in the hotel the morning before, but there was a lack of variety and it was overpriced. I really wanted pancakes, so I did a Google search the night before and found Holybelly Cafe. After checking out their menu, we gave it a thumbs up, and set out the next morning.

I usually don’t venture out of the area I’m in when I go to other countries due to a fear of getting lost, but the Metro is very easy to use and we found our way around with no problem at all. Tickets are even cheaper than a one-way journey on a London tube. Anyway, our decision to go somewhere different was so worth it! The food was amazing! We both got the pancakes, bacon and maple syrup and my hubby kept raving about their bacon. Even as I’m writing this now and reminded him about it, he said we have to go back for the bacon haha.

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The staff spoke perfect english and the vibe of the cafe even reminded me of brunch in London on a Saturday morning. But what really took it home for me was that I could order my coffee with oat milk and if you check out their Instagram, they use the exact same Oatly Barista Drink that I use at home! Even though I’m not supposed to eat pancakes because of the dairy products involved in making it, I didn’t care because it was so good. I drank so much water to compensate, so I didn’t react much apart from a minor itchy throat.

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I enjoyed every moment in Paris. Out of all the places I’ve been to, which isn’t many, it’s the only destination that I want to go back to. Now when asked what my favourite city is, I can finally say Paris, oui?

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Have you ever been to Paris?

Mich x

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What’s in My Bag: Rose Gold Edition

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I never thought I’d do a post like this, but I only recently realised that there is a colour scheme going on in my bag: rose gold.

I know this colour has been popular among millenials, but I didn’t think much of it until I found myself gravitating towards it whenever I had to choose something. Even my leaving card from my previous job was designed in black, white and gold because my friend said that she noticed those were the colours I wore the most (gold in accessories).

The two rose gold pouches are part of a trio that I impulse bought in Primark. It comes with a larger one, which I took with me to Paris (blog about my trip coming soon).

In the bigger pouch, I keep my larger essentials, such as body spray, deodorant, a hairbrush, hand cream and a discreet tin for sanitary towels/pantyliners. I take a lot of things to work with me, so it’s more organised to have them all in one place.

In the smaller pouch, I keep mints, a mirror, a pack of tissue, a Vaseline Lip Therapy tin and my travelcard when I’m not using it.

I specifically bought this purse for 2018. New year, new purse. It’s all about your mindset and how you see things, so there was no way I was starting 2018 with a crusty old purse.

For Christmas, I got a John Lewis gift card and some money, which I combined to purchase this Olivia Burton watch with a rose gold face. I love big face watches. I wanted something that I could wear for everyday use, but was still pretty. And voila, black and gold.

My Samsung Galaxy S7 is gold, and I bought this sparkly gold phone case a while ago. When my phone is not in my hand, I like to keep it in my bag, because I tend to feel like I’m addicted to it when I’m holding it but not using it.

What do you keep in your bag? Do you have a colour theme going on?

Mich x

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The little black wrap dress

The wrap dress has been around a lot lately, and I finally got my hands on one. From ASOS no doubt, including the shoes people. You guys already know. I can’t seem to stay away from that site when choosing something to wear. It’s very hard for me. I guess it’s because I trust their products, next day delivery, free returns and all that. And I haven’t yet come across someone else wearing the same dress as me at the same time, so…touch wood.

Anyway onto the outfit. This is what I wore for my sister-in-law’s birthday dinner.

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Wrap dress – ASOS

Heels – ASOS

Earrings – H&M 

I tried to add a little colour with the blue tassel earrings that everyone has also been wearing lately too (I didn’t even know Topshop sold the same earrings until way after I’d bought mine). Don’t know if it worked though because of my long hair in the way.

Does anyone else have the problem of their wrap dress flapping open? It had to be windy that day. Thank God I had cycling shorts on underneath and that I got a lift to the restaurant that day. You’ve got to be extra careful with the peepshow.

These shoes! My new favourites by the way. Got them for my work Christmas party and wore them for four hours straight. It hurt like hell but they were just. so. pretty.

Have a good day all!

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Mich x

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Rock & Rose

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My sister-in-law has great taste and for her birthday, she chose Rock & Rose in Richmond as the restaurant to celebrate it in. It took a while to get to, but it did not disappoint.

First impressions are everything and Rock & Rose is fascinating upon entry. Before you get into the restaurant, it has a cosy outside seating area, which had been reserved for us when the time limit on our table had run out. They had provided cushions on the steel seats and blankets to keep us warm. There was also a fire burning.

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Inside, the decor channels a kitsch and antique mood. We were sat opposite a giant mirror with scratched gold detailing, and the wallpaper in the corridor by the toilets gave me ‘grandma’ vibes, but had a lovely beige chair in the corner, so it was a mixture of the old and new.

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I can’t remember what I had to drink but I know it was good!

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For starters, I had the chilli salt squid with sweet chilli dipping sauce. You guys know how much I love calamari for starters. I really have to start choosing something different, but it’s because I know it won’t let me down.

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For my main, I chose the rib eye steak with roast tomato and rock fries. It was tender, flavoursome and satisfying. Like I said, my sister-in-law really knows how to pick her places. I enjoyed it so much that I would even go back with Julious, preferably when we get a car.

Have you ever been to Rock & Rose?

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Mich x

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