Friday, 29 April 2016

FFG Beauty: Brilliant Dry Shampoo for frequent flyers in a pinch

Here's the background story. I'd just come in on a red-eye and I was in Heathrow airport awaiting my connecting flight, to another european country, when I happen to catch my reflection while passing through customs. There's no way to sugarcoat this. My hair looked like I'd been dragged through hedge backwards, twice. My connecting flight was for a meeting that wasn't the sort of arrangement that would condone me looking like a red hot mess. So, I had one hour to kill and an agenda to find something to run through the hair that would save the day. The usual suspects were on offer at Boots, but I wasn't feeling a cheap and cheerful solution. Instead, I went in search of a salon at Heathrow. Again no luck. Just as I was getting ready to visit the lounge loos and throw my hair in a chignon, I spotted a could-be lifesaver. 

In the duty-free section of terminal 5, there was an Aveda pop-up that was advertising a new revolutionary dry shampoo called Shampure. At this point, I'm desperate. So I rush in and just about knock the sales lady over as I reach for the bottle- she was in the middle of showcasing a product for a perspective client and the heavenly scent had me hoping this was the dry shampoo she had in hand. Anyone familiar with the Aveda brand knows the products are sensationally surreal and fragrant. The Aveda Shampure Dry Shampoo was in fact the product being demonstrated, and I swear I would have bought this based no the smell alone. In reality, it worked a treat. 

I spent around £25 (if I remember correctly in duty free) and marched myself off to the bathroom to apply and pray. Oh Aveda, I owe you big style for saving the day. This stuff was genius. I sprayed the powder onto my roots and put my head under the hand dryer on the wall. After flipping the hair back up and running a brush through the former mop, I could have easily fooled myself into thinking I had found a salon for a proper blow dry. And... my hair had the most heavenly smell. In a nutshell, I'm grateful and a true convert. I love this stuff, so naturally had to share. 

If you're in the market for a new dry shampoo with pizazz, not to mention 25 pure flower and plant essences, give this product a go. It's an in-between washes savior.  

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Thursday, 28 April 2016

Baby Blue Jeans


So I've barely taken these jeans off since I got them. Seriously these things have become my absolute go-to. They are the new and improved Tom Girl Jeans from American Eagle which they so kindly sent over to me are probably my current favourite jeans. First things first. Whoa, blue jeans? Lily have you gone mad? Nope just embracing something else for a change. AND I LIKE IT.

I don't think I've worn blue jeans in forever ever, FOREVER EVER. I cant remember buying my last pair and I could easily quote when I bought my last pair of black one's (last week). I think I put myself in a little box where blue jeans felt off brand (gotta keep things on brand 24/7) and not me so I never even looked at them. Not sure why I came to the conclusion that Lily Melrose doesn't do blue jeans but low and behold there I am in blue jeans.

I'd love them in a even lighter wash and even a grey or black too. Pls American Eagle. Make my jean dreams come true!

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Wednesday, 27 April 2016

50 recipes for brunch at home this weekend!

Brunch recipes
Oh, how I love a Bank Holiday weekend. A three day weekend means three opportunities for brunch and in what universe is that a bad thing? Pancakes, french toast, eggs royale or good old fashioned banana bread... I'll take it alll. And, well, on most brunch days it's an "ordering" situation. I DO NOT often take on the "brunch at home" idea, but times they are a' changing'.

I'm what is considered an "adult," at this age, and us adults apparently love to entertain for twelve at home. Yes, this lies in my future. So, I decided to do a little research and a little research turned into a full on development project for some of the best brunch recipes to create at home while entertaining. Fifty sounded like a good round number, because who doesn't like options, right? If you too are entertaining this Bank Holiday weekend, you may find this a rather useful list. Check it out... the whole thing's on Pinterest and they're all pretty easy to follow recipes (or so I'm hoping).

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Outfit du Jour: An ode to Canvas by Lands'End

Shop all items now online at the newly launched Canvas by Lands'End in the UK.

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Tuesday, 26 April 2016

FFG Eats: Chick'n'Sours

You might remember a few weeks ago I posted a 60 second restaurant review about the best fried chicken in London. It was from a little place called Eggbreak, which has developed a cult like following in the past few months. The word is out - Fried Chicken is the new burger here in London. You most certainly didn't hear it here first, but I'm helping in spreading the good word. After doing a little digging at Eggbreak, I discovered the chef behind the amazing chicken in Notting Hill actually had his own restaurant in East London. I think you know what happened next.

Yes, we made the long journey East. Ok, it isn't that long a journey, but for us West Londoners, it feels like a lifetime. But I'll tell ya, it was well worth the journey. We rocked up to Chick'n'Sours - the restaurant in question - on Sunday at noon. I had heard that this was an establishment that is no stranger to long lines of people waiting to get in. I thought, "the earlier, the better." I had also heard that Sundays at Chick'n'Sours meant the ultimate Sunday lunch. This is what they call the "Sunday Fry-Up." Let your imagination run wild. Ever heard of those monumental Thanksgiving moments in the USA where people fry up their turkeys in a deep fat fryer? Well, Chick'n'Sours has brought the concept to the Sunday roast. They take a whole chicken and fry it to perfection and then dress it so it's ready to bite straight into upon arrival at your table. 
Naturally, I've gotten a little ahead of myself here and skipped over everything that comes before the Sunday Chicken Fry-Up. First we had appetizers - a small portion of hot wings with a side of blue cheese. I am not joking when I say I slipped into a mini food coma of happiness with my first bite of the Chick'n'Sours hot wings. These might just be the most beautiful battered wings that have ever passed these lips. They are also my future demise. I can see myself ubering to East London for the sole purpose of purchasing these wings for takeaway - where I will take them home and savor every bite in the comfort of my own home without judgement. 
The hot wings were washed down by a beautiful pina colada milkshake. Yes, please and thank you, I'll have another. Basically a Sunday that should have been spent praying in a church was spent praying at the devilish ways in which a man can turn a chicken into a religious experience. 

390 Kingsland Road
London E8 4AA

Check website for opening hours before making the journey!

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Monday, 25 April 2016

Buying the Trend: 75 off-the-shoulder tops and dresses (cash, cheque and credit)

The world has gone off-the-shoulder crazy over the past 24 months, and, yes, I'm including myself as part of the "world" when it comes to this never dying adoration of a style. I'm pretty sure 8 out of the last ten of my style moments have referenced the trend in some way, shape or form. So, I thought it time to do a roundup for those of you looking to buy into the look. How about 75 different off-the-shoulder tops and dresses for every price point from 9.99 and above? Yeah, this was well worth the research. Although, I must say in researching this trend I have now had to just about take out a second mortgage. Yikes! Enjoy! 

Under 100



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