Sunday, 30 June 2013

Lil Miss Outgoing: Saturday dates +

For me, Saturday means exploring London and Leicester with my other half (who lives in Leicester).

Three weeks ago, we went for Afternoon tea at the prestigious Harrods! The afternoon tea took place at the Georgian Restaurant, which is located on the fourth floor. 

The service was impeccable! The waiter's explained the different types of tea that could be offered, as well as explaining in detail the sandwiches and desserts we were about to devour! 

We decided to go for the 'Afternoon special' tea which is basically English breakfast tea. Home Baked English scones with strawberry preserves, clotted cream and rose petal jelly were also given. The experience would have been better if the scones were warmed up and strawberries and cream was served!

The sandwiches were delightful - the cream and cucumber sandwich was definitely my favourite! The food was unlimited which was a bonus. I enjoyed the desserts but I was full from eating the sandwiches and scones.

All in all, I enjoyed Afternoon tea at Harrods, but I would rather visit the Ritz or the Dorchester than go back to Harrods! 

Last Saturday, I drove to Leicester, and went to Maiyango restaurant. Maiyago was definitely the best restaurant I've been to - hands down. The service was fantastic - the waiter's were enthusiastic and very helpful. The food and cocktails were heavenly (they even do a parma violent cocktail!)

Maiyango stands out against other restaurant's because the menu changes every month (this gives me even more of a reason to dine there again) and the produce is sourced locally.

The food is off all sorts of cuisine - Indian, Italian, Thai - which makes it suitable for everyone's taste buds! There is also a good choice for vegetarians - which is a plus point for me! Dinner costs £30 a head for three meals (although soup and sorbet were  given in between meals free of charge)

Yesterday, I went to Bicester Village in Oxford. Bicester village is a designer outlet store. If you want great bargains on designer wear - this is the place to go! 

I spotted a pair of Jimmy Choos for £697 - I was super tempted to buy them! The Ralph Lauren store is also very popular - many of the shops have queues outside! I love going here for the day - there's plenty of restaurants (as well as Starbucks and Pret) to keep you occupied! 

If you ever want to go to Bicester Village, the best time to go (if you're driving) is before 10am. There is a car park which gets full up very quickly - and it's virtually impossible to find any spaces after 10am! I went in February when it was snowing and super cold - and again the car park was full! 

I had a great time - next week I'm going to be touring London in an 'amphibious vehicle' - I will definitely be blogging about this!

Have you been to either of these places?

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Lil Miss Healthy: Benefits of Kale +

As I am vegetarian, finding foods with enough iron in them can be challenging. When I heard about the iron content in Kale,  I literally rushed out and bought it! 

Kale has even more iron in beef and more calcium than milk! Kale also contains: vitamin C (good for your immune system and metabolism), vitamin A (this is good for your vision and your skin), vitamin K (good for preventing against certain cancers)  as well as potassium.

I tend to eat a small bowl of raw kale everyday. My mum prefers to boil it, but I believe that eating it raw will preserve the vitamins! You can also add it to smoothies or juices.

I didn't take to the taste of kale at first - I was forcing myself to eat it because of the benefits. After a few weeks, my taste buds became 'acquired' to the taste of kale and now I crave the taste of kale!

What I have noticed since consuming kale everyday:
  • My skin has improved - less breakouts and it seems to glow more :)
  • My energy levels have increased - this is very important as I tend to work long hours, and I need as much energy as possible!

I recommend kale to anyone who wants to improve their skin and overall health! A bag of curly kale only costs £1 at my local Tescos! 
Have you ever tried Kale?

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Lil Miss Organised: Olivia Burton Watch +

After I saw this watch on Amy's blog, I knew I had to purchase it. I love my Michael Kor's watch, but I think it's too flashy for work, so I decided that I wanted to invest in more of a 'simple' watch.

 I have been lusting after this Olivia Burton Big Dial Mink + Rose Gold watch for months! Unfortunately, it was sold out for a long time - but I finally managed to find it from Kiki's boutique for £65 - which I think is very reasonable!

It's a beautiful watch that looks very classy! If I could go back in time, I would probably purchase the watch in the tan leather strap, as the white strap seems to get dirty very quickly!

If you want to buy a classy, rose gold watch and cannot afford to spend too much - go for Olivia Burton!