Hot Spot: Itsu | Chelsea

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I’ve seen Itsu restaurants a gazillion times, for some reason I’ve always just carried on walking and ended up somewhere else to eat. I’m not sure what I thought it would be like or why I have avoided walking inside, pulling up a seat and getting my grub on, it seems like a popular enough place so it can’t be that bad, can it?

My ignorance changed last week, after attending an event with fellow blogger Wande; maybe my belly was rumbling so hard I had no choice but to stop at the first sign of food, maybe the pink banners with Itsu printed in welcoming font lured me in, who knows; but upon having a quick price check -currently on a strict budget this month- and admiring the food going round the conveyor belt, I was sold. I stood outside taking photo’s of the joint like some sort of paparazzi. Blogger rules: photograph everything, everywhere, everyday; every image is a story.

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The location: Istu [dining] 118 Draycott Avenue, Chelsea SW3 3AE

Itsu Chelsea was buzzing, it was a Friday night so there is no surprise there, this meant we had to wait for a table. We were given a pager and told we would be ‘paged’ when our table was ready. I found the pager system pretty strange, like really, this is not a ward on casualty, this is a restaurant no? I would have preferred it if a waitress collected us when our table was ready, its a lot more personable this way. For me, the pager = no service charge/TIP is coming from me!

Due to time – it was about 8:30pm – we decided to eat in the bar where we were asked to wait, our bellies were crying, we wanted to eat and get a start on the journey home as quickly as possible. Our decision left us limited to the option of hot food only but that was fine with us. The chairs were cosy, the room was a lot quieter and we were able to control our spending by ordering directly from a menu rather than getting excited and picking the world off the conveyor, perfect.

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What we ate: Teriyaki Grilled Salmon in a box – £8.95  | Hot Steamed Edamame (shared a plated) – £3.95 | Finca Cerrada Viura (White Wine) – £6.95(250ml)

The pleasant surprise I had when our food arrived, oh my, I was expecting a tiny portion. The box was a decent size, the salmon was placed on top of some beans and rice, looking so juicy my taste-buds were dancing with excitement. The sight of the teriyiaki sauce covering the tender looking fish flesh, the shiny edamame glazed with ginger, garlic and spices, it was all just… Please waitress, hurry and place it on the table already.

I thoroughly enjoyed this meal, the edamame was very ‘morish’ who knew beans could taste so good?! Its so simple yet so tasty. The salmon was as tender as it looked, rice cooked to perfection, no hard bits, nice and fluffy how I like it with the addition of the bean vegetable mix being just right. I left nothing on the plate. The edamame left me considering ordering another portion to take home, however, my budget was set so I stuck to it.

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Likes’s: The atmosphere is fab, you can stay in the buzzing areas of the restaurant or you can opt to sit in a more chilled and quiet zone. The edamame was a favourite and highly recommend it. I loved being able to eat in a luxurious part of Chelsea at a low cost.

Dislikes’s: The pager, it may seem like a new age way of dealing with customers but its way too impersonal and robotic for a restaurant, especially in this part of London where you expect attention to detail in the customer service.

If you’re in Chelsea, the Itsu [dining] restaurant is a nice option to refuel, the food is healthy and they have a calorie counting chart on their website for those watching their figures.

Price range:

Food: From the kitchen – £1.95 – £15.95(for eel) | From the conveyor – £2.99 – £4.99 |

Drinks: Wines – £4.50(glass) – £39.95(bottle) | Cocktails: £7.95 – £9.95 | Champagne: £6.95(glass) – £39.00(bottle) | Soft £2.40 – £3.75

Smooches, love and fabric sugars xxx

Style File: Leather Mistress

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Firstly I ask for your forgiveness on the graininess of these pictures, sometimes outfit shots are difficult to take. Not only do we play a game of cat and mouse with the rain in good ol’ England, we also have to consider sunlight!

Any-who enough of my moaning, I’m pretty sure I care more than you do, so rather than talk a bunch a techy babble about farting around with iso and shutter speed, lets just take a moment to admire my outfit, that is obviously what this post is about.

Leather just has that ‘pow’, that ‘boom’, that oi you, Cat-Woman aint got nothing on me, type of feel to it. I wish I got some better snaps to show you the detail at the back of the dress, its lace and looks so amazing, but alas, its winter, so the likelihood of me prancing around the streets with no jacket on is very slim unless I want to ‘catch death’ (old Jamaican saying).

This is one of my fav jackets, the midlength is perfect for me and I love how its slightly sloughy looking, with the big pockets, but its also fitted and elegant; right up my ally. I know its white but i’m sure Cat-Woman would be totally jealous! Now, where is my Batman?

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Shoes: Nelly, Bag: Prada, Dress: Zara, Coat: Ebay.

Do you like leather?

Smooches, love and fabric sugars xxx

Beauty Favourite: Opi – Casino Royal

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Last Friday, I paired my lippy with OPI’s Casino Royal nail polish, its from the Sky Fall collection, you can bet your fingernails I got my 007 on and strutted around like a Bond girl that night! I was at a boutique launch party which you can read about here.

Some shades just give you life, rich royal purple is that shade for me, its been bringing out my inna vixen from day to night over the past week (more shots with Vixen here). Its great to feel foxy even if the phrase “I woke up like this” is not actually true; who cares? Maybe I didn’t wake up like this but I sure as heck turned out like this and that is the story i’m sticking with.

OPI polishes are a bit hit and miss for me to be honest, there are some I love and some I loath. Well, to be fair to OPI, the word hate only ran up my throat and jumped out my mouth the day I tried an awful white polish they did… but lets not talk about that! For the most part their shades and quality are pretty awesome.

Casino Royal is not new, so you may be pushed to find it in stores, it is certainly available online though through places like Ebay and Amazon. Don’t forget to apply your base and top coat to protect your nails as well as avoid chipping.

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What colour is rocking you world right now?

Smooches, love and fabric sugars xxx

The Box Boutique Popup Concept Store

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You all know I love a good party, especially when champagne is involved, so it is no surprise I jumped at the chance to go check out The Box Boutique‘s new concept popup store in Chelsea. Given the area, I had a feeling the prices of pieces would make me sweat buckets and wonder why i’m not married to a sexy rich banker, instead of working hard so one day I can afford these luxuries…

None the less, I strutted around the store, champagne in hand, vamped lips and a flirty smile, in hopes of seeing some awesomeness. I was not disappointed, The Box Boutique store concept is wicked. Gorgeous shoes, amazing handbags, random items like salt and pepper shakers, all displayed around a stunning room, filled with stunning people.

…Oh, are those strawberry’s? Yes, thanks, I’ll pop one of those in my glass and head upstairs to look at the luxurious furs and admire myself in the massive mirror designed to make anyone and everyone vein.

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The Box Boutique really thought about couples, considering its coming up to Valentines day, taking the time to go the extra mile is fab. You can visit the store with your boyfriend/husband/lover or male version of a ‘mistress’; and for once he won’t complain, he’ll love it! Located on the top floor is a swanky chill out room for the men, its so cosy and rustic, 100% a lads zone, a scene that looks as though it belongs in ‘Made in Chelsea’ – wait, my bad, not only is it made in Chelsea, it is in Chelsea… duh!

I didn’t want to ruin the surprise of the store decor by posting a ton of images to show you what the inside looks like, I’ll let you visit The Box Boutique and have a marvel for yourselves.

Below are a couple of shots of ‘some’ of my fav pieces.

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Designer: Chrissie Morris – Natalie | Cost: £935

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Designer: Vlieger Vandam – Guardian Angel Gun Clutch (here in black) | Cost: £195

Designer: Vlieger Vandam – Guardian Angel knife Clutch (here in black) | Cost: £195

Chrissie Morris - Stasia Red

Designer: Chrissie Morris – Stasia Red |Cost: £545

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Brand: MUA MUA | Available in store

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Designer: Aperlai – The Eye Boot | Cost: £635

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Brand: Marshell – Major White | Available in store

The Box Boutique – Popup Concept Store

Located: 104 Draycott Avenue
Chelsea
SW3 3AE

Open now until August

Permanent branch located: 45 Maddox Street, W1S 2PE

I love a bit of luxury, I find more often than not, investing in quality key and statement pieces saves you money in the long run as they ‘should’ last for years.

Do you own any designer items?

What’s your favourite piece?

Smooches, love and fabric sugars xxx

Hot Spot: Illy Caffé – Regent Street

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Coffee just got better! Illy Caffé, an Italian coffee shop serving a unique blend of espresso coffee and fresh food – food so fresh they bake their own croissants – has opened its doors in London. Illy are internationally renowned with branches in over 140 countries, so it is only fitting they open a store in one of the UK’s most popular shopping and tourist destinations.

The most amazing thing about this “new generation boutique café bar”  is the partnership Illy Caffé have with Samsung, the way Samsung have digitalised the shop is genius; they have merged technology with coffee in a brilliant way, whilst bringing themselves great opportunity for brand awareness. The shop is split over two levels, with the top level displaying two banks of Samsung tablets. Customers can enjoy a cup of premium quality coffee or splendid tea whilst checking the daily news, emails or surfing at their pleasure. There is a massive screen to meet you on entrance, showcasing cool Samsung clips, as well as Illy history and footage of how the coffee is made. The menu’s can be viewed on digitised screens behind the till (conventional paper menus also available), with the upstairs boosting a really cool display of Samsung TV’s showcasing both Samsung and Illy products.

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In true Illy Caffé style, the shop looks amazing, adorned with cool art fixtures including artistic photographs and posters, you can tell a lot of thought and effort was put into the architecture and design. Their main focal point is a chandelier made out of cute little espresso cups, 216 cups in total, all designed by artists over a 20 year period. If you’re into art, this is a café you will love, with the opportunity to purchase and take home your very own pieces from their art collection, available in their on site shopping corner!

This is most certainly a place for the fabulous and stylish, its classy, stunning, bright and relaxing; a must visit when you’re in town. The price is fair for its location and quality, it will be hard to find fault, the food tastes amazing and the coffee is mouth watering. A word of warning… you may become addicted!

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Illy Caffé is open Monday – Sunday 7am – 8pm | Location: 295 Regent Street, London, W1B 2HJ

Smooches, love and fabric sugars xxx

Beauty Favourite: LOreal Miss Manga

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Hey sugars! I’m massive lashes lover, I believe eyebrows and lashes really bring out your face.

When time does not permit the fiddling of false lash glue and tweezers, does that mean we go out bare and naked? Heck no; like our bodies, lashes were made to be dressed. Ok I guess that is not exactly a scientific fact, frankly its not a fact at all, but its my truth and as long as I believe this, its all that matters…

Look at how naked my eye looks with 0 coats of mascara, compared to the sexy fully dressed eye with 3 coats.

I have played around with many mascara’s and most of my favourites tend to come from LO’real, so I was super excited when they dropped Mega Volume Miss Manga! The campaign in itself sold it for me, I’m so into how Manga characters eyes look, after all, I myself am an animated character.

The packaging is cute, my favourite colour is pink so you know its a hit there.

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Miss Manga Mascara comes in 3 colours, Black, Violet and Turquoise, they used a polymer formula to keep your lashes strong, added a flexible wand; very important if you need a brush that can bend, the wand is also built in a dome like shape to allow more product to transfer to your outer lashes than it does to your inner lashes, this is key for the big eyed manga look.

The formula is thick so you do need to go a bit easy to avoid a clumpy looking eye, I like 3 coats but 2 is enough to achieve the look.

Below is how it looks with some eyeshadow for a night out.

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LO’real Miss Manga retails for £8.99 at Boots and other drug stores.

What do you think?

Are you a fan of Manga Characters?

Till my next post…

Smooches, love and fabric sugars xxx

Beauty Shot: The Vixen

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Cap: Monki, Earrings: Thrifted.

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With today being Thursday, I can give ya’ll a throwback can’t i? I took these photo’s last night, so we are throwing it all the way back to about 10 hours ago! Keeping in with the throwback theme, rather than go out and spend money on the latest shit, I decided to play around with makeup I have hoarded in my bedroom. Let’s call them collectibles.

Now before some cosmetic expert writes off my page screaming NO! All products were either neither used before (unopened) or were opened less than a year ago; so no, I am not using outdated gone off makeup on my skin. Can I get an amen?

I call this look ‘The Vixen’ named after the lipstick used and basically because overall, its pretty bold and damn right foxy, grrrr – That was a sexy grrr, I promise you.

Colour is not something I do often when it comes to my eyes but hey, why not use the eyelid space and get creative *wiggles bum* – I like to wiggle my bum a lot so please get used to that and wiggle with me, I assure you its refreshing and a great pick me up. Thank me later…

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1. Sleek Eau La la Liner – Molasses here | 2. Ebay Lashes | 3. Sleek Palette – Bad Girl (colours used Innocence, Gullible and Rebel) here | 4. Sleek Eau La la Liner – Noir here | 5. HD Brows Palette – Vamp here | 6. Miners Matte Effect – Vixen here | 7. Bella Pierre – Lash Building Mascara here | 8. Bare Minerals (original) – Golden Dark here | 9. Sleek Contour Kit – Dark here | 10. Sleek Blush – Suede  here | 11. Mac Studio Finish Concealer – NC50 here

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I may just wear this colour lip for the rest of winter, I’m in love with it!

What has been your fav lippy to wear this winter?

Smooches, love and fabric dolls and gents xxx