My Dairy-free Birthday Breakfast

The day after my birthday, I planned a day of pampering, relaxation and “me” time. It started with having breakfast solo at The Breakfast Club – one of my favourite breakfast spots. A friend was meant to come with me but cancelled last minute, so I plucked up the courage to go by myself. And I loved it.

My main reason for choosing The Breakfast Club was because I wanted to try its new vegan addition to the menu: the Beauregarde Pancakes. These were gluten free pancakes (a bit annoying because I’m not gluten free) with warm blueberry compote, complete with Oatly cream and maple syrup.

I also ordered bacon, because how can you not have pancakes with bacon, and avocado because I am crushing on this fruit and am obsessed with its health benefits.

To drink, I had the cold pressed green juice – spinach, celery, lemon, apple and ginger. Anything with ginger and apple in it and I am sold.

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I didn’t like the consistency of the pancakes because they were gluten free, making them drier than I am used to. They weren’t too sweet, but the blueberry compote added a natural sweetness.

I love that the cream was Oatly, because that’s the alternative I use on a day-to-day basis.

The breakfast was satisfying and I would definitely order it again.

Mich x

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Gigi Hadid x Maybeline Review

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The limited edition Gigi Hadid x Maybelline West Coast Glow Eyeshadow Palette was released in October 2017, so I’m reviewing this many months late. To be honest, I wouldn’t have known about it at all, if it had not been for my boss. Yes, my male boss haha. He reviews items for Amazon and gets sent all sorts of things, so he let me try this eyeshadow palette.

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At first glance, the colours immediately attracted me. I love the mix of golds, pinks and browns, shimmers and mattes – my fave combos to play around with. I am no beauty guru, but this is my review this in a list of pros and cons.

Pros:

  • The colours are very pigmented. You get a lot of pick-up on your brush.
  • The colours can be used separately and I know that they will work well with my other eyeshadow palettes.

Cons:

  • Due to the amount of pick up, there is a lot of fall out. Make sure to tap off the excess eyeshadow, spray your brush with a setting spray before use, or do your eyeshadow first and clean up with concealer after.
  • This palette comes in two shade ranges – warm and cool. This is the cool one. The colours looked like they would suit my skin tone, but using them was a different story. They were muted and faded into each other, rather than blending well. This was the case even when used with primer.
  • For this reason, I can’t use the colours all together to create a look as is the purpose of the product.
  • The palette doesn’t include a mirror.

I had high hopes, but I was disappointed. It may look better on someone with a lighter skin tone, but it didn’t suit me. I’m happy I didn’t have to spend any money on it, otherwise it would have been a wasted purchase.

What do you think of this palette? Have you used it before? Would you?

Mich x

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Sorry about the issues with lighting in the pictures. For this reason, the accuracy of the image of the palette is warped a little, but this doesn’t take away from the validity of my review. 

 

Birthday Sequins

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Midi Sequin Kimono Dress / Rose Gold Barely There Sandals

This was my official birthday outfit. I planned to celebrate my birthday the day after by having dinner with friends, so I really wanted to look special.

I saw this gorgeous sequin kimono dress on my fave online store and knew that I didn’t want to wear anything else. The problem was that it wasn’t available in my size. Still, I saved it and when it came back in stock, I was over the moon!

I had a few hiccups with it though. It came with an insert, which was tight and restricting. Thankfully,  I went to a tailor who was able to make a new one and sew the neckline further up so that it wasn’t revealing.

I kept the look monochrome with rose gold barely there sandals.

As I said on my Instagram post, everyone should sparkle on their birthday. What do you think? Did this dress scream “birthday girl”?

Mich x

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Ayannas

For my unexpected birthday meal, my hubby took me to Ayannas  – a fine dining Caribbean restaurant in East London.

When I realised that it was Caribbean food, I was disappointed because I eat this type of food regularly. But Ayannas surprised me, starting with the decor. The restaurant had a gorgeous couch and black piano at the entrance.

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For starters, I ordered the peppered prawns, which I forgot to take a picture of, and my hubby ordered the jerk chicken fillet (pictured above). My prawns were cooked to perfection – chewy and soft, but not undercooked. It was definitely peppered, so if you can’t handle spice then it’s best to avoid it.

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This was my main – the jerk chicken on a bed of tomatoes, with rice and peas and fried plantain. My goodness was this good! First of all, the rice and peas was cooked with coconut milk, which is the ONLY way it should be done. Alas, I know people who cook it without. Big no no!

The jerk chicken was delicious; I can still taste it now just thinking about it. It was incredibly flavoursome and a little hot, as jerk seasoning is. The tomatoes were a tangy complement to the chicken – an excellent touch.

I have to praise the plantain. Plantain is one of my favourite foods; I can eat it until I drop. And that’s exactly what I did with these. I was full but I couldn’t let them go to waste.

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This is what my hubby had – the curry goat and rice and peas. Isn’t the presentation something? Who would have thought to serve curry goat in filo pastry? I love the creativity, and my hubby enjoyed it too.

Caribbean food is one of those cuisines that you think is only best enjoyed when homecooked, which is why I was sceptical in the beginning. But Ayannas has proven me wrong, unlike a certain kitchen I won’t name. If you know, you know.

The staff were polite, professional and friendly. They even gave me a celebratory rum cake. It was a shame that I couldn’t eat it because of my dairy allergy, but my hubby ate it for me.

I loved my birthday meal. It’s one of the best ones I’ve had yet. If you like Caribbean food, I recommend Ayannas.

Mich x

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Flowers on Mesh

Sorry for the delay guys. It’s almost a month since my last post. It may be this way for a while because I have to use my hubby’s laptop for the time being, so I’ll try to steal it as often as I can.

At least I managed to get hold of it to give you today’s style post. This is the first of four birthday-related posts – two about what I wore and two about food (you’ll understand) , so stay tuned for those.

I turned 27 on June 24, a Sunday. I wasn’t expecting to do anything that day because I would be spending most of it in church. However, my hubby surprised me by telling me to order a dress from my fave online store because he would be taking me to dinner that evening.

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Floral Embroidered Mesh Dress With Slip / Black Barely There Heeled Sandals

I picked this delicate mesh dress with flower embroidery. There’s so much going on – the neck tie, the elasticated waist that cinched me in comfortably, and the embroidery, of course. Yet, none of this takes away from how simple and beautiful this dress is.

It actually comes as two separates – the slip and the mesh that makes the dress what it is. It’s breathable, which was ideal because it was hot that day (and has been getting hotter ever since, am I right?). I’ve actually worn the slip separately with a white t-shirt underneath, so it’s like getting two dresses for the price of one.

I kept the palette all black with my barely there sandals, which damaged the back of my left foot. Seriously! I had to ask the waitress at the restaurant for a plaster because it cut me deep. It has only scabbed over now. However, don’t panic in case you want to get the shoes. It was my fault because I didn’t secure the fastening tight enough.

I was really feeling myself because I’d gotten my hair done two days before. It was actually a momentous occasion because I haven’t been able to have braids done for the past two years due to the battle I had with eczema. If you’ve been reading my blog, you know about that. You can get clued up here.

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Dinner was lovely, so like I said, stay tuned for where my hubby took me. It was really nice just being alone with him. We had the entire restaurant to ourselves – no he didn’t book the whole thing out haha; there was no one else there. But I’ve said too much already.

Hope you enjoyed today’s post! Have a great Monday.

Mich x

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Virtuous Woman

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Good morning beauties and happy Monday!

“Who can find a virtuous woman? For her worth is far above rubies.”

Isn’t this quote so beautiful? It comes from an incredible book and talks about an amazing woman.

The definition of virtuous is to have or show high moral standards.

We don’t find many women like this nowadays. Some may think it’s “extra” or “boring” to be virtuous, but it is a special trait that many lack.

This verse says that a virtuous woman’s worth is far above rubies, meaning she is valuable, and particularly so, because she is rare. Especially when most are following the crowd and giving in to peer pressure to do things they don’t even want to.

I choose to be true to myself and my beliefs. I have a conscience that won’t allow me to act unlike myself, because I believe in my worth and in who I am. I won’t be forced to do things I don’t want to and I don’t care if that makes me “weird” or outdated” to some.

I’d rather be virtuous than a follower.

What about you?

Mich x

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On Repeat

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Does this outfit look familiar? Remind you of the past two outfits I’ve had on my blog? I told you I’m having a t-shirt and espadrille phase.

Sorry for the repetition, but black and white, t-shirts and espadrilles are my uniform at the moment. You can’t deny the investment I’ve made with these pieces. This is what happens IRL people! I buy clothes to wear over and over again, not to wear just once. Wear it til it’s worn out. 😜

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After dinner with friends on Sunday evening, I took the plunge and asked the hubby to take pictures of me outside of the house. I’ve never done that before (the last two outfit posts were shot in our backyard so that doesn’t count haha), but it was time for a change of scene, time to let go of my irrational worry of people staring at me and time to come out of my comfort zone. I finally overcame my fear.

Royal t-shirt / Culottes (also here and here) / Espadrilles

Mich x

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