I’m always wary of ‘opening nights’ as usually they’re not actually as good as the restaurant or bar would be as they were actually operating in my opinion. I’ve been to my fair share of press nights that have been a disappointment where you leave hungry and having only had one watery cocktail. Revolucion De Cuba has completely reincarnated my enthusiasm for press events after their event this week. Pretty damn awesome!
I’ve teamed up with UBER to give you guys a free first ride up to £15! These bad boys are awesome, I use them whenever I’m in London but they’re also available in Birmingham, Bristol, Sheffield, Newcastle, Glasgow, Dublin, Leeds, Merseyside, Edinburgh, Nottingham and Manchester. Simply sign up and use the code ‘FRIDAYGIRL’ for a free ride. Toot toot!
Christmas list writing season is here as well as Christmas shopping time and here’s a few little ideas for the girl you might not know what to buy for! Step away from the shower-gel gift sets and impersonal gift cards – here’s four ideas to get those creative juices flowing.
The Novelty Jumper
A cute jumper is a winter essential, I love this star-print one from Marks & Spencer but there are so many amazing novelty jumpers popping up all over the high street in places such as Topshop and on ASOS.com!
Autumn rolled around and I was feeling like a change! KH Hair is my one-stop shop for all things hair nowadays, since my first trip where they gave me a hair overhaul I’ve kept going back for my trims and this time, my colour. My hairspo for this ‘do was actually Myleene Klass on BBQ Champ if anyone watched that random show on ITV! I already had a dip-dye ombre fade thing going on and this is just a more extreme version with darker roots and lighter ends than I previously had. My hair stylist, Ruth, always nails the colour and the cut, I mean how great is the fade? It doesn’t look stripy or that there’s an obvious change in colour which I love.
OAKS in Nottingham, is an amazing new 90-seater restaurant and bar on Bromley Place serving locally-sourced produce, cocktails and craft ales. They specialise in home-made sausages and burgers with all logs being the natural by-product of sustainable coppicing by the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust.
Another day, another pizza! We love a Sunday evening out for tea and last week we popped along to Revolution in Hockley to sample their Summer Special menu which is a new, fresh and light selection of dishes. This teeny tiny new menu is packed full of flavours from Rome and Naples and has 5 mains and one dessert. Luke and I both played it safe and went for pizzas! I had the Campo De’ Fiori Romana which has courgette, anchovies, mozzarella and ricotta as well as a little bit of pesto, this was really fresh and tasty but I would have definitely liked to have a bit of a tomato base with some more cheese. I know that’s not as ‘light’ as it’s meant to be but that’s personal preference.
Who’s seen those big green and red Coca-Cola ParkLives banners in and around Nottingham and the activities in Victoria Centre recently? They’re seriously hard to miss! Nottingham ParkLives offers hundreds of free activity sessions in local parks, with residents and families encouraged to try their hand at everything from Zumba to Tai Chi. This is amazing for getting people moving that perhaps think that they can’t afford to go to a fancy gym, or wouldn’t use it enough to warrant a membership. It’s also a great opportunity for trying out a new activity such as Yoga or Ultimate Frisbee! Sessions are currently held between 10am and 7pm every day across 20 community parks. All sessions are around an hour long and are led by a trained ‘activity leader’. Families are encouraged to come and try something new and there is no charge for any activities, how wicked is that?
We popped down to the Castle Marina branch of Harvester last weekend for a little Sunday munchies action after I was invited for a review. Here’s what we thought of our meal! This was the first time either of us had eaten at a Harvester so we didn’t really know what to expect. We’d never really had the urge to eat there in the past to be honest as there’s one in Nottingham town centre but as it’s around the same price points as a lot of other eateries, there’s always somewhere else we’ve chosen. Let’s see what we had!
KIKO Cosmetics is brand I’ve been aware of for so long but I’ve never taken the plunge to buy anything from their website because a) you never can be sure of colours/textures etc online and b) their minimum order amount was about £25 which I thought was a bit crazy. BUT then, last month they opened a store in Nottingham’s Victoria Centre and I knew I had to check it out. I picked up a few products that have been on my radar for a while, so here’s my two cents on KIKO as a brand! Let me know if you’ve tried any of these products and what you think too.
When the email popped into my inbox, I might as well have been poised with my IKEA kitchen scissors over my fringe I was that desperate for a haircut! It was pretty awful, I don’t think I realised quite how bad it was until I saw my side by side before and after shots! That fringe though. It was over-grown and dull after years of home-colouring and being lazy about haircuts. KH Hair, previously Keith Hall, saved my little hair’s life. I didn’t go for a drastic change, after my consultation with the lovely Ruth I settled on a subtle ombre fade with a serious trim. I think I had about an inch and a half off and I seriously needed it.