23 September 2014

FIFA15 - A Girls Review / FIFA15 UK Launch Party

It might surprise you to learn that aside from my penchant of fashion and beauty, I'm an avid video gamer and will happily spend as much on software releases as I do on lipstick and shoes. 

It started when I was around 8 and my Dad bought me (him) my (his) first Sega Master System console for Christmas. I remember many happy days playing built-in Alex Kidd in Miracle World and 8-bit Sonic. 

So yesterday Jamie & I were very happy to have been lucky enough to attend the FIFA 15 UK Launch in London hosted by footballing app Sportlobster and video gaming giant EA.

I had the opportunity to play and watch the new FIFA 15 alongside it's cover star Chelsea FC's Eden Hazard and other celebrity guests Olly Murs, Rio & Anton Ferdinand, boxer George Groves, Union Jay, Andros Townsend and Lethal Bizzle (DENCH!) 

I must admit as a Gooner I was mildly disappointed that no Gunners showed up and even searched the smoking area for Jack Wilshere!

...but as we have our Capital One clash tonight I assumed the boys were under Wenger's "no socialising" thumb. 

FIFA, the popular multi format football game/simulator, is released this Friday. You don't have to scroll very far using the FIFA hashtag on Twitter to find jibes about us girlfriends being made redundant come midnight on the 26th! 

So I thought I'd see if I could match up to the boys in the footballing gaming steaks and picked up the control pad for a go myself...

I usually favour platformers like Super Mario and the odd first person shooter like Call of Duty and usually shy away from what I perceive to be games requiring the memory of many button formations played at a fast pace. 

Having played FIFA15 last night I was pleasantly surprised by how quick and easy the controls were to pick up. No crazy button bashing needed here. From the team selection and set up, to kit options, stadiums and even the weather. 

The gameplay itself was actually quite simple to master, contrary to my previous assumption when spectating my boyfriend playing the series in the past. I was impressed that it was also relatively straight forward for me to control an impressive corner from Ozil, find Mertesacker's head and perform the actions required to even score a goal. 

So not just for boys after all.

After a practice game or two I even went on to win as my beloved Arsenal against my boyfriend as our rival Spurs. Here's hoping it's a prediction of things to come for this Saturdays real North London derby huh?!

Celebrity clashes on the night included Tottenham's Chadli against a lucky fan who unfortunately lost 2-1 on the final whistle. 

Olly Murs Vs Hazard was a nail biter, going into penalties at 90 minutes with Hazard scoring the winner saving face against the pop star. 

Even watching the gameplay next gen is so realistic that it was hard not to get carried away, with the crowd cheering on our respective teams just like we would watching Soccer Saturday down the local.

So I know what this girl will be doing on Friday ...joining the queue of lads at Game clutching my very own copy of FIFA 15! 

Are you are gamer? What's your favourite console/game?  

Apologies about picture quality - iPhone pics!

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12 September 2014

Meet Loki & Boo! PetShopBowl.co.uk - Review

Forget the stereotype that postman and our canine friends have a strained relationship, our loyal postie Kamil gets on smashingly with my two rescue Chihuahua's Loki & Boo. 

Particularly when he arrives at our doorstep clutching parcel of goodies addressed personally for them!

PetShopBowl.co.uk is an online pet supplies retailer offering an indispensable service not only for our four legged friends but for us human pet owners too! 

With friendly customer care, an easy to navigate website and a top notch delivery service that moves faster than my Chinchilla Perserphone when she hears her treat tin. Trust me - that's very fast! 

Tails wagging and snouts firmly in the package, Loki & Boo received an array of goodies full of treats* from the online retailer to review paw-sonally for you!

As part of the gruelling task, they wolfed down 5 cartons of Almo Nature, which contains top quality meat and no preservatives or colouring. 

Tucked into a sack of Lily's Kitchen chicken & duck dry food (their personal favourite.) 

Enjoyed some natural fresh breath doggie treats (my personal favourite!) 

Plus a Kong classic durable treat toy which has provided Boo with hours of entertainment, leaving me to watch the GBBO in peace whilst he's been kept occupied. 

Loki & Boo have asked me to let you know that PetShopBowl.co.uk stocks many established brands such as Royal Canine, Bakers & Pedigree as well as organic and natural wet & dry foodstuffs from the likes of Lily's Kitchen and Almo. 

But they're not just stockist of food supplies for dogs! Catering for cats, reptiles, fish and an array of rodents, as well all their equipment needs makes it a handy hub for all your online pet purchases. 

You can also narrow your search for items relevant to you, i.e. pets age, weight, a price point (often lower then supermarkets and other pet supply chains) as well as the handy 'Bottomless Bowl' service: a subscription set to your delivery frequency preferences, around a schedule to suit you that can be cancelled at anytime.

Loki & Boo thoroughly recommend PetShopBowl.co.uk to all their animal friends (and owners!) for an easy, stress free service that's guaranteed to makes posties across the land popular with our four-pawed friends.  
Do you have any pets? What's their names? Loki is named after the Marvel comic character Thor's naughty brother and Boo from the ghost in the Super Mario game series!

As a side note, we were devastated to learn about the Manchester and Cheshire Dog's Home fire caused by a callous arsonist yesterday evening. We have donated and send our love to the innocent dogs effected. You can join Loki, Boo & me and also donate by texting the word 'MDOG57" to 70070 or by visiting the donation page here. Thank you! :)

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29 July 2014

TODAY ONLY! Cheap MAC Lipstick - £5 off at Debenhams!

Just a quick heads up! Apparently today is National Lipstick Day, so errr - Happy National Lipstick day to you!

Anyhoo - this means that the kind folk at Debenhams have slashed their lipstick prices by up to 32%. There's no promotional codes to copy & paste, as it's already discounted on the website for you. 

I've just placed my order for 3 MAC lippys at the price of £10.50 each (Usually £15.50, so a fiver saving!)

You also get a free mystery gift (do, do, do dooo!) and better still if you're a Debenhams Beauty Club card holder you get free standard delivery. 

If you want to be super thrifty, access Debenhams via Quidco and get 3% back on your purchase too.

What MAC shades are you wearing/lusting after at the mo? I just placed an order on my favourite, Creme Cup! 
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23 June 2014

June 2014 Primark Haul - Accessories: Bags, Shoes & Jewels!

I thought I'd split my haul into two this month to avoid a photo heavy post. So, first up it's the turn of the accessories! 

Here's what I've picked up in the Tottenham Court Road Primark flagship in June 2014:

Love these Hologram Stacked Sandals £14.  Super lightweight with a sturdy sole just on the acceptable side of 'clumsy' - perfect casually or versatile enough to dress up for a night out. 

In fact, I liked them that much I bought them in black too £14 - a bit more daytime/office appropriate! 

With new shoes comes the need for a matching bag right? This Iridescent Clutch was just £8. I threw it straight in my basket having seen near identical in Topshop for quadruple that price. 

For lazy dressing days there's nothing a scarf can't fix! Teamed with plain ol' vest or tee it's the perfect 'I've-made-an-effort-but-haven't' combination. 

This Floral Fringed Scarf from Primark's Limited Edition range cost just £6. 

We'll be seeing a lot of Neon this summer, but I'm not so sure I can pull it off in the form of an outfit. 

So a bit of bright accessorising is right up my street. I picked up this Highlighter Yellow Satchel for just £8. It's not too dissimilar to that cult Zara bag. I love the subtle rose gold detailing. 

Sticking with satchels I found this Pastel Pink Shoulder Bag £6 - they have them in baby blue, white & light grey too....tempting at that price!

I love this Hobo Bag from Primark's Limited Edition range. £18. 

It's funny, I ummed and ahhed over purchasing it due to it's 'hefty' price ticket, yet think nothing of spending £40-50 in other stores. 

Has Primark made you a tightwad too?

Given the intricate embellishment I of course decided it was worth every penny. My new festival or boho beach bag perhaps?! 

At £2 & £3 these Rings were thrown into my basket without a second thought. Primark rings are great - they don't discolour quickly nor leave my fingers green on first wear. 

...Which is more than what can be said for some pricier High Street retailers...

The childhood Spice Girl's fan in me squealed when I found these Hologram Double Strap Platforms

Unfortunately the strap rubs a little but I'm hopeful once they're broken in I'll soon be channelling Baby Spice circa 1997! 

I did not need more sandals. These Woven beauties were £4. 

So they came home with me. 

...as did these Peachy Sandals. £6

Finally I picked up these Skater Shoes for just £7. I love the colour which gives a girly edge to a masculine shoe. The popular monochrome Topshop pair sliced my feet to bits. 

These are so much more comfortable & one third of the price to boot!

...So I'm forgiven for getting them in Silver too right!? 

Have you been to Primark lately? Anything catch your eye? Do you like anything I bought?

Remember to follow on Bloglovin or GFC for part 2 coming soon! :)

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15 June 2014

Jamie's Italian - Stratford Westfield: Review

I made a reservation at Jamie's Italian Stratford on the 14th June and as I was about to find out - was also the day of England's first World Cup game. 

Against Italy.

My football passionate fiance (who's also named Jamie) was full of superstition that if we swapped our fish 'n' chips for an Italian cabonara, it would somehow effect 'our boys' performance. 

"They're halfway across the world in Brazil. I'm sure Wayne Rooney doesn't care for our lunchtime plans!" I tried to rationalise. Boy logic huh?!

...I also learned that the prospect of a lunchtime Tiramisu works well in effortlessly changing his mind! 

Jamie's Italian at Stratford's Westfield is situated just outside the shopping centre by John Lewis. 

On entering the restaurant your eyes are immediately drawn to the open plan kitchen area that is visible to diners - adding to it's Southern European charm. 

Amongst the hanging hams ensued well-organised chaos, perhaps reminiscent of an Italian family's busy kitchen with everyone mucking in to prepare our Mediterranean feast. 

Fortunately this bustle didn't translate into the dining area, which makes conversation amongst parties easier whilst still informal. Further affirmed by the free for all approach of the menu's share platters. 

The use of the space was another major positive. I dislike being sat in a busy restaurant (particularly on a table for two) with other diners claustrophobically within arms length. Jamie's Italian Stratford is spread across two floors. Idyllic for piled up shoppers alike, who are accommodated comfortably. Handy when considering the location. 

The decor; high ceilings, wooden floor and grey beams was a touch industrial for my personal tastes but works well within the building it is housed. I did love the huge windows which offer the perfect vantage point to watch the world go by over a glass of prosecco. 

To start we decided a sharer was the best way to sample the selection of the cured meats, cheese and olives on offer. 

This arrived on an impressive wooden plank, simply but effectively held above the table by two tins of tomatoes. As someone with a usual vendetta against olives I found these surprisingly palatable. 

I also distracted my Jamie whilst greedily helping myself to a lionshare of the melt-in-your-mouth meat. 1-nill to me!  

We also ordered a selection of artisan breads mopped up with a balsamic and olive oil dressing. A flavour marriage made in heaven and something I'll definitely try to replicate at home. 

I ummed and arred over my main with many options to chose from - not a bad thing as everyones palate's are accommodated. 

As I'm not a massive pasta lover, I opted for the flash steak. The pounded prosciutto and sage worked beautifully and I especially enjoyed the garlicky salsa - my first time sampling yellow tomatoes! 

I ordered a side of posh chips; cooked with truffle oil with a mild shaving of parmesan. 

I liked the fact sides were separate, making your meal customisable. Possibly a little dangerous for chip lovers without willpower like me, but hey! - I won't tell my gym instructor if you don't!? 

Jamie went for the day's special - a slow cooked lamb and veggie dish, finished with homemade pasta and a side of seasonal greens which he enthusiastically gobbled within minutes.

Had I not eaten at a Jamie's Italian previously I'd be skeptical that staff knew I was there to review but seeing as the attentive service received was no different to my previous visits to the chain, I say it's simply down to the hiring of well trained, personable people. 

We were waited on well, but never stifled. 

Dishes were explained to us without prompt, an aspect I particularly liked as I often feel awkward when asking about unknown dishes or struggle with pronunciation. But this is exactly what we love about Jamie Oliver, his no nonsense layman's approach in making good food accessible to all which evidently resonates within his restaurants.

I highly recommend a visit to the Jamie's Italian Stratford, especially if you're laden with bags and want a break from the hustle and bustle of the noisy shopping complex with its generic food haunts. Or perhaps ending your day at the nearby Queen Elizabeth Park with an Olympic Italian feast.  

...and as for that football result? Perhaps Mr Rooney does care about our lunchtime plans after all!

158 The Street
Stratford City
E20 1EN
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