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21/06/2016

Father's Day | YOUTUBE



As you know, Father's Day was last Sunday and we celebrated by surprising (or ambushing) my Dad in Birmingham for a Sunday roast and a teensy spot of shopping.  It was a wonderful family afternoon spent with some of my favourite people...

If you'd like to check out what we did then hit this link here to be taken to my YouTube channel or click on that embedded video below to watch.  Enjoy!

16/06/2016

Cheap Summer Accessories | FASHION


Weather storms aside, there is no denying Summer is here.  The temperature is soaring, we're all running to the wardrobe to dig out the maxi dresses and light fabrics, and yes, even the ice cream man is back!
With a change of season comes a change of clothes, which can prove super expensive if you're buying things from the high street during peak season.  The shops will still try and be competitively priced but after you've bought the essentials and enough sun cream to stop you turning Sebastian-crab-like it often doesn't leave much change in your pocket for accessories.  I've been the queen of bargain accessories for a while now, I begrudge paying anything over pocket change for sunglasses and costume jewellery so I thought I'd put my shopping skills to the test and dig out some cheap Summer accessories you will love for your capsule wardrobe!


1) What is Summer without a flower crown?  I became a complete convert to putting flowers in my hair last year and embracing the bohemian chicness of it.  These babies are only 99p on eBay and a complete bargain for a short fling with the flowers!
2) Cringe all you like but selfie sticks are an incredibly useful tool - group photos drinking your Pimms on your summer picnic with friends can be a pain when your own reach is the span of your arms and will inevitably cut off someone's face or smile.  Don't take the risk and pop this £1.59 mini extendable selfie stick into your handbag for essential photo taking.
3) The last time I owned a back pack was back in school and it was no where near as chic as this faux leather travel satchel from eBay.  I'm in love with the design and colouring of this bag, back packs are in the height of their fashion cycle and this will look great in tan, dark brown or black.  At £18.14 it's not uber cheap but it's a great price compared to the equivalent in Whistles! 
Make sure you pack your Summer essentials to save you from getting burnt when the sunshine comes out.  My personal favourites are the mini sun tan lotion from Boots (factor 50 for my dedicated skinned other half),  a mini sun care protection stick and the Avene thermal water spray to cool down and keep your skin hydrated.
4) A pair of sunglasses are the ultimate accessory to have in your wardrobe this season.  Now these glasses are a recent find thanks to Sally Sparkel's instagram (which, coincidentally, I'm in love with - do go and check her out!).  Dita Von Teese has been rocking a custom made pair of these recently at a whopping £600 a pair - but you can grab yours for £2.64.  I've ordered a pair in gold frame and dark sense, but the rose gold pair are equally as alluring...
5) When I'm picnic-ing I love to stretch out on a blanket with either a good book to read or a good book to write in.  For the latter I love to have a little exercise book that looks the part as well as being super functional, my favourite at the moment are the sassy quote notebooks from Coconut Lane.  Simple, chic and great quality paper - but also super bendy and easy to bundle up into your basket around your sausage rolls!  Pssst... use code 'callmekim20' for 20% off your order!
6) Shoesies! Flats are my friend, period.  The older I get the more intolerant I get of heels, if I'm walking around a lakeside area or drinking cider in the Sun I need to ensure I have stable feet.  Both of these shoes are from Primark and unfortunately unavailable online, but if you pop along to your local store you can find these at the low cost of £6 each.  
Suitable with shorts, dresses and skirts - these are super versatile and will go with anything in your Summer wardrobe!
7) Not wanting to have too much fuss on my body in the sticky weather, I opt for simple jewellery.  Gold, simple jewellery is everything right now on the circuit and these are a few of my favourites.  The BFF bracelet is cute to wear together or go in with a friend to split the cost - £22 (or £20 with discount), but my favourite right now is the £12.50 rose crystal bangle which is super chic and versatile with any outfit!
8) If you suffer from chubby fingers like myself you'll know how tricky it is to find rings on the high street at a low price, luckily Evans offer stackers online for varying finger sizes.  I wear a size W and the large is a perfect for me! I love these rose gold rhinestone stackers best.
9) I'm personally always out and about in the Summer months, the glorious weather calls for me to be outdoors.  As a result I often find my battery low and begging for power, so I keep a bank in my handbag for super charging.  If you're an EE customer you can pick one up for free in your local branch, if you're not then you can pick one up for £2.42 on eBay here.
10) And of course, what would a Summer accessory wishlist be without a picnic basket?  When I think of Summer this is one of my favourite sunshine Sunday activities, but picnic baskets can put you back a fair whack if you want to pick up a nice one to use.  Now, of course, you can sack off the basket entirely and rough it with sandwich bags... but how about a white whicker case for £18.99 instead?
Perfect for two, this basket comes lined and with cutlery for your perfect little lunch outdoors.  Pick up the bargain before it goes!

Hope you've enjoyed this affordable Summer accessory listing, now go forth and procure some bargains!

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14/06/2016

Foodie Festival and Friends | YOUTUBE



Hello chums! It was a fun packed weekend with friends and food the other weekend!
We hopped off to the Peak District to celebrate our friend Leah and Clare's wedding on Saturday and then on Sunday hit the foodie festival in Birmingham for some all round deliciousness.  
Click here to see for yourself and check out the video or hit play on the embedded video below!  Enjoy!


10/06/2016

Plus Size Fashion, Beauty & Homeware Haul | YOUTUBE



Retail therapy is one of my favourite things to do, I'm not a big splurger in one hit - I like to collect over the month and marvel at the mounting shopping bags in my study.  The pile became large enough to do a  haul video so I stuck the camera on lat one evening and hit that record button, hope you enjoy my calmative shopping haul!

If you would like to check out the video please hit play on the embedded video below or click here to be taken to my channel!





05/06/2016

Rofuto Review, Birmingham | FOOD

Foodies in the Midlands would have no doubt heard about chic new restaurant Rofuto based just a short hop away from Five Ways railway station.  The Japanese eatery is on the top floor of the Park Regis hotel and offers diners a fantastic view from their table whilst offering up delicate dishes from the kitchen.  
I tried desperately to get into the soft launch to try this out but they were fully booked up on their pre-opening week, so I asked to have my name popped down and to get in touch when an opportunity presented itself.  One week later the team invited me along to do write a review of my experience, so off I skipped with notepad in toe to test it out.




So, from the outset we knew we were in for a high class evening when we were escorted into a lift by the team and swiped in to gain access to the penthouse floor.  The decor had a nod to the Japanese origins of the cuisine whilst still being warm and inviting.  We were greeted at the door and escorted to our table, this had a fantastic panoramic view of the area - we spent a while just staring out of the windows with our cocktails just soaking it all in.




We started with two cocktails - a passion fruit, mango and sake mix which tasted crisp, sweet and refreshing, and a mocktail mixed with lychee, coconut and guava which was incredibly fresh.  
Looking at the menu it was quite hard to choose something that would leave us feeling satisfied and without food FOMO (I get this a lot, I have huge food envy) so we asked our waiter to pick 6 dishes of his choice and bring them out to us.  Now, I know this was incredibly dangerous but if you set a budget for the waiter they will do this for you - they see people order every day and know what's good, use their expertise!
Our first two dishes were sushi - a mango and soft crab roll and a salmon and avocado roll.  Both were light and incredibly fresh, it fell apart in your mouth as good sushi should.  The mango complimented the crab well, but the avacado in the salmon roll was slightly overpowering and took away from that fresh fish flavour.  Overall however, a good start.





Next up were the two favourite dishes of the night.  Firstly, Japanese fish and chips - a lightly fried cod fillet, with root vegetable crisps and 'mushy edamame beans', complimented with a passion fruit tartare sauce.  The presentation was on point, simple slate plates and separated pots for each section of the course.  The fish fell apart and was cooked to perfection, the peas were creamy and moorish, the tartare sauce was tart yet sweet.  It was, in every way, beautiful.
The honey roast baby back ribs came presented on an autumnal leaf, still sizzling from the pan.  The taste was sensational and was hands down my favourite fish from the night, the meat fell off the bone and melted into your mouth.  Most importantly, it was a decent portion and not the smaller ones I'm more accustomed to in this type of restaurant - so fellow chubsters, you're onto a winner here.



Moving onto our final two dishes for the night, we were presented with the wild cards the waiter had opted for...  
Sesame and garlic tender lamb.  Let's be clear, I would sell up and move in with this lamb - it was incredible and quite simply the best lamb I have ever put into my mouth.  Cooked to absolute perfection, still pink and marinaded in a sesame and garlic glaze.  It was tender, juicy and I was a little sad when we cleared the plate.
Unfortunately the halibut soup that was served at the same time was not so great, where we had been treated to fresh and light fish for the night the halibut fell short of the standard of the previous five dishes.  It was generally quite dry and lacked in flavour, it was not a favourite.



Finishing the night off with a glass of white wine and a chat, we gazed out onto Birmingham descending into dusk whilst discussing the food.  Overall the restaurant has a great vibe, the food is tremendous and the staff are incredibly inviting.  If you're looking for somewhere a bit special to take a significant other or celebrate an event then come here, but be prepared to pay a little extra.  Our meal of six courses, two cocktails and two glasses of wine would have cost around £120 - whilst we both agreed it was worth the cost, for us this was a 'special treat' restaurant.

If you want to check out Rofuto then click here, I thoroughly recommend a cocktail and sushi for lunch!

*Disclosure - We were invited to Rofuto to review the meal, all opinions are my own and remain honest. 


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