Friday, 14 July 2017

TURTLE BAY - NEW MENU REVIEW

I hadn't been to Turtle Bay since the opening, so when I was asked to swing by to taste their new menu I was all too excited. I asked my bestie Sophie to come with me as she's been to Turtle Bay many times, and I knew she'd love to give the new menu a go. I was told that there are now more vegan and vegetarian options which is amazing to hear! Many of my friends are either vegan or veggies, so I will be recommending Turtle Bay to all of them. There's something for everyone, and even the pickiest of eaters can find something they love. As you can probably guess, this post will be photo heavy - The food is so photogenic!
The venue is beautiful. There's Caribbean vibes everywhere, from the colours to the music. It's not often you go to a restaurant and get completely transported to another place. I've been to themed places before, and nowhere quite does it like Turtle Bay.
On arrival we were greeted by the loveliest waitress, Courtney. She was attentive, helpful and made the experience that much better. She helped pick cocktails and recommended side dishes. As soon as we sat down I began reading the menu as I listened to the Reggae music that played in the background. I instantly went to the cocktails (I'm a cocktail girl through and through) and found loads that I fancied. After we ordered our drinks we ordered food. I ordered the Stuffed Pepper Roti for starters followed by the Caribbean Curry Fish with a side dish of Trini Pineapple Chow. Sophie ordered Trini Doubles for starters and for mains she went for the Spinach, Aubergine and Sweet Potato Curry.
Trini Doubles
Stuffed Pepper Roti
 Bay Bramble cocktail
Spinach, Aubergine and Sweet Potato Curry.
Trini Pineapple Chow.
Caribbean Curry Fish

I adore the Stuffed Pepper Roti and I've had it before. It has the right amount of spice and it just tastes beautiful. I was initially going to try something new, but I absolutely love the Stuffed Pepper Roti and knew I couldn't go on without it. Sophie loved her Trini Doubles, which I had a sneaky try of. They were full of flavour and will be something I'll go for next time! I went for the Caribbean Curry Fish for mains as I rarely go for fish so I ushered myself to try something different, and I wasn't disappointed. The dish wasn't 'fishy' which I was slightly cautious of. The fish was soft and full of flavours from the ginger and coconut. The fish absorbed all the flavours around it which tasted beautiful!
I love that Turtle Bay has such a different menu to anywhere I know, and I know I'm going to get on a ride of new and exciting flavours each time I go. One example is the Trini Pineapple Chow. The idea of it being covered in scotch bonnet terrified me, but honestly, combined with the pineapple it just works. The sweetness of the pineapple against the hot scotch bonnet tastes so good! For her mains, Sophie also went for a One Pot, she chose the Spinach, Aubergine and Sweet Potato Curry. She kept going on about how amazing it tasted, so I obviously had to give it a go - and she wasn't lying! I haven't had a bad dish from Turtle Bay and I don't think I ever will.
Dark Chocolate Brownie
Banana and Toffee Cheesecake

For dessert I went for the Banana and Toffee Cheesecake which I had also had before. I can literally taste it now just thinking about it! I'm not a fan of bananas at all, but I can't get enough of this. It was sweet and delicate, and just the right amount of banana. Easily one of the best cheesecakes I've ever tried. Again, I tried a bit of Sophie's dessert. She went for the brownie (Which is also vegan) so it would be silly of me not to give it a go. Any chocolate lovers must give this a go when they come here, it's the yummiest, most chocolatey brownie you'll find.  
Overall, Turtle Bay is a must. If you've been toying with the idea, just go, you won't regret it. And if you're a veggie or a vegan, there's plenty of options for you to delve into! I'm planning on taking my boyfriend here as he's a veggie, and I know he's going to love it. Also, if you're a cocktail lover and wanting a place to stop on your way out to the club, Turtle Bay is the place. Not only is the music and cocktails great, they also have a 2 4 1 happy hour! What's not to love?!

Visit the Turtle Bay website here and have
a look at the menu.
You can also find your nearest Turtle Bay
and book from the website.
Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

SIMPLY SOAPS - ROSE PETAL AND GERANIUM SOAP & ROSA PASSIONATA NOURISHING FACE SERUM*

When I was asked to review some products from Simply Soaps I couldn't wait. Simply Soaps sells natural soaps, skincare and candles. They claim to only sell 100% organic and wholly organic products with no man-made or synthetic ingredients which is amazing. I had no idea what they were going to send out, so it was such a lovely surprise when I opened to the package to see rose scented products! Firstly, how beautiful is this packaging. I love simple and elegant packaging, you can't go wrong. When I saw the face serum I was way too excited. I don't use moisturisers unless they're in an oil or serum form as I feel they work best for my skin.
I used the oil for 2 weeks before this review so I was able to give it a fair trial and notice any differences in my skin. I do a lot of swimming so my skin gets dry easily. I also have very combination skin, with oily nose and forehead and dry patches around my lips and cheeks. I put this on my face before and after a swim, before my makeup and before bed. And I am in love. It absorbs into the skin effortlessly and instantly makes my dry skin soft and silky. It keeps my skin hydrated and most importantly my makeup goes over it beautifully. It also has a delicate rose scent that isn't too overpowering.
The second item I am reviewing is the Rose Petal and Geranium Soap. I go through soap faster than the average person as I love soap. I'm a massive soap hoarder and I've always got two on the go. This was one is heavenly. It leaves my skin feeling soft and refreshed, and the scent is to die for. It leaves my bathroom smelling of roses, and every time I go into the bathroom I can smell it! I adore it!
Overall I love both of these products and I'll be quick to repurchase the serum once I'm finished through it - It's beautiful! If you love rose scented things the soap is also a great buy! The website offer loads of different soaps too so check the rest of the website out! Thanks so much for reading. 

You can get the Rosa Passionata Nourishing
Face serum here,
and the Rose Petal and Geranium Soap here,

*Kindly sent for review.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

£90 GIVEAWAY WITH KISS PRODUCTS


I have been a huge fan of Kiss Products for a very long time now. They have a variety of lashes to choose from, including big bold lashes to barely there naturals, they cater to all people and all occasions. They're also famous for their extensive collection of nails. There's so many different types that you'll bound to find something that you enjoy. I have teamed up with Kiss Products to giveaway £90 (Yep. Nine Zero.) worth of products to a lucky person!
To take part in this competition please head over to my Facebook page here where you can find out how. This is for the UK only and will end on the 31st of May. GOOD LUCK!

Sunday, 7 May 2017

FUNFAIR PHOTO SHOOT WITH PRELOVED KILO - SOPHIE ELLIOTT PHOTOGRAPHY

A couple of weeks ago I teamed up with the talented Sophie for another collaboration. This time it included some beautiful vintage clothes from my favourite vintage pay by the kilo - Preloved Kilo. Check out their Facebook page to make sure you don't miss out on the next event near you! I have a post coming up shortly about their event so stay tuned for that! If you're a lover of vintage, this is the place for you. I love that there are continuous replenishment of the clothes, which means you're going to get a good variety of fashion all day long. The lovely Sophie had the great idea of going to the fair at Chapelfield Gardens, and the photos look amazing! Sophie did an incredible job as always. 
As previously said, all clothes are from Preloved Kilo. If you want to see mine and Sophie's previous collaboration, you can see it here on here blog. I hope you enjoy the photos. Don't forget to check Preloved Kilo and Sophie out! in the links above.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

ELEGANT TOUCH CHROME CRAZY NAILS REVIEW

I've never really been big on fake nails. I've tried a few in the past, but I've never come out the other end wanting to give it another go anytime soon. For some reason these glittery nails caught my eye - I'm a magpie! I don't know what made me decide to pick these up, but I'm so glad I did. Since wearing them, I've had loads of compliments on where I got them from. Because of that, I thought it'd be best to write a post on what I thought of them, the wear time, and where they're from.
I actually picked these up from Savers, a discount shop in the UK, for a bargain price of £2.99. I actually haven't found these there since, but I have directed people that way when they've complimented me on my nails when I've been on the tills at work! Just like most Elegant Touch nails, these come with nail glue, nail stickers and a nail file. You can choose between the glue or the stickers depending on how long you want them on for. I usually file around the ends of the fake nails a touch, just to smooth the plastic down. I make sure my nails are oil free with a swipe of nail varnish remover pads and then I'm good to go. After working out which size nails to use, I dab a little glue on each nails and press way. It's really that simple! They dry pretty much instantly, but too quick that you can't press the nail on in time. I'm not that great at wearing fake nails, and these nails are more on the long side! If you're not into super long nails these may be a little hard to handle, but after a couple of days I was used to them. Despite them being a little too long for me, they're way too pretty for me to not wear them because of that!
These lasted on my nails for 5 days before they began to pop off, but they're easy to reapply if needs be. I didn't do a lot in the 5 days of wear, so if you're a busy bee then maybe bring the glue on the go in case of any naughty nails trying to make their escape. If you can't find them at your local Savers they're worth the £6 that they're on sale for currently on Asos.

These are currently on sale at Asos for £6.00!
You can get them here.
Original price £8.99.
Thanks for reading!


Tuesday, 28 March 2017

BAR & BEYOND NORWICH REVIEW

I was invited down to the opening of Bar & Beyond in Norwich a couple of weeks ago, and I was super excited to see what it looked like. I had heard about the opening for this club for a couple of weeks before, so I was thrilled to be invited down to see what all the fuss was all about! I'm always on the look out for a new place to go out in Norwich, and this place is now on the top of the list!
The inside is pretty cool - It looks arty and industrial at the same time. The striped down interior and interesting features makes this place stand out amongst the other clubs on Prince of Wales. It's quirky, and fun without being pretentious. On arrival the staff were instantly bubbly and approachable, answering any questions we had about their opening. I came to the event with Laura, Laura and Shelley. I'd met them at previous events, but it was really lovely to get to know them in a relaxed environment with tasty drinks! I adored getting to know the girls a little better, and the evening we had at Bar & Beyond is one I'll remember for a while! The great thing about this venue is that you can chill out in the bar area, have a few drinks and a catch up, and then head into the back where the club is for some serious partying.
I absolutely love the bulbs above the window, it was the first thing I was attracted too! I honestly adore the decor and I fell in love as soon as I walked in. As I said previously, the venue is split into two. The first part you walk into is the bar and lounge. The lounge is perfect for grabbing some yummy food and drinking a fruity cocktail while catching up with friends. Once you're done eating and chilling, you can make your way through the the club area where you can have a dance. There's an option for a booth also, so if you're planning on a big night out I'd recommend a booth. There a ground floor and downstairs to the club area, so plenty of room for a boogie! We had a booth for the evening and we were so well looked after! A lovely lady looked after our table and made sure that we were having a great night.
The food on the night was fantastic! We were treated to the large platter which had a bit of everything! It was so yummy and I'll definitely be back again. You can see the full food menu here. The absolute star of the evening had to be the cocktails. I am a cocktail girl through and through, and I wasn't left disappointed. I manage to try a fair few cocktails and ended up going to work the next day feeling a little worse for wear, but it was totally worth it! There's a cocktail for everyone, so if cocktails are your thing (And if there not, there's other options!) then I would recommend Bar & Beyond - The cocktails are to die for. Also if you manage to swing by between 5pm-10pm, there's 50% off drinks - Hurrah!
Overall, if you're looking for a good night, I'd recommend Bar & Beyond. It's about time Norwich had a great place to party, and this didn't let me down! It met all my expectations and I'm so happy that it did. I'm already excited for my next night out here. If you love a drink and a boogie, head down to Bar & Beyond.