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Buffalo and Rye Review | FOOD

Buffalo and Rye is a kitschy little joint on Bennets Road, pulling inspirations from American culture and with a deep Chicago hip hop vibe it’s an easy eatery with friends on a warm weekday night.  The moment you walk into Buffalo and Rye you are greeted with a warm reception, a cool hipster looking chap with a beard approaches you to take your order and recommend a quirky cocktail or two.  
We took our seats at wooden benches with a 70’s mustard yellow stool and ordered our drinks, a Root Beer for the gentleman and a Mountain Dew Tom Collins for the lady.  James and I took in the ambience whilst we waited for the bar man to return with drinks.

 Onto the mains, B&R’s instagram boasts a burger that I won’t forget so, of course, that’s what I had to get.  I ordered the house cheese burger (priced at £7.50) with a side of parmesan and truffle fries (£3) and a pot of burnt ends to share (£4.50).  James is a very fussy eater, typically staying away from most dairy products and potato based meals (trust me, Sunday dinners are interesting) so when he forewarned the waiter he was going to be making a lot of amendments I was curious to see how the restaurant would cater for it.  We’ve been in restaurants before where we have received bad customer service or flat out refusal to amend an item before,  Buffalo and Rye did neither of these things and simply took the changes with grace.  James ordered a brisket burger, holding the cheese and sauces (priced at £8.50) and chilli fries without any cheese (£5.00).   
Whilst we waited for our meal we took in the surroundings, to simply put it – this place is cool. It’s hipster chic without being pretentious and could easily take it’s place in trendy areas of London such as Soho. The walls are lined with upcycled pallets and tiles, the showcase displays have various comic dolls and retro prints. The light fixtures and furniture have a seventies feel whilst feeling clean and simple.  Over the stereo plays hip hop and rap, giving it that modern feel – it feels cosy whilst being effortlessly on trend.  I could have spent all night drinking Tom Collins and cocktails listening to the music and taking in the ambience.

 Our waiter bought our meal over on trays, a simple sheet of grease proof paper and basic crockery that is common place with restaurants going for that ‘rustic’ feel these days.  Generally well presented but nothing to write home to mom about…  
But what matters is the food and the overall taste.   The first thing I dug into was the parmesan and truffle fries I had been dreaming about since I perused the menu on the car ride over – these babies were the shizz.  They were crisp on the outside whilst fluffy on the inside, the truffle oil was merely a hint whilst the parmesan did the talking.  They were incredible and are on my list for a guilty pleasure snack from this point forward whenever I’m in the city centre.  
The cheeseburger was equally as good, the pattys were thick and juicy on top of a toasted brioche bun.  One thing I hate about burgers at restaurant is how badly they can be put together so when you bite in it will fall apart – this one retained it’s structure and was a delight in my mouth!  Unfortunately this meant the expectations were high for the burnt ends, which didn’t meet what I was hoping.  The smoked barbeque sauce was overpowering and swamped the taste of the delicate brisket, which is a shame when compared to the triumphs of the mains.  
James made sounds akin to a cow in labour whilst eating his food so I’m guessing that’s a good sign he enjoyed his brisket burger!

 Feeling content with our meals we were tempted by the dessert menu, which we never usually order from (I’m a savoury girl through and through) but the Floridian Key Lime Pie called to me… 
I ordered the pie (£4) which came with whipped cream, James ordered a knickerbocker brownie with salted caramel (£4).  The key lie pie didn’t live up to expectations, whilst I could tell this was homemade and not just some generic supermarket pie that the owner had picked up on his way to work, it simply wasn’t that great.  It was slightly burnt on the bottom and wasn’t tart enough for my personal taste.  James on the order hand enjoyed his, the ice cream was creamy and the caramel was rich in flavor… more animal like noises came out of his mouth.
 We finished the night with a late Summer night stroll in Victoria Square to walk off our full bellies before heading home for a night cap.  All in all we really enjoyed Buffalo and Rye, it happens to sit opposite a fantastic pub (The Sun on the Hill) so would be a great eat before heading out for some live music and drinks literally across the road.  We’ll be back for a cheeseburger very soon!

Marrakech Travel Vlog | YOUTUBE

Marrakech has always been on the tourism bucket list with its buzzing city squares, labyrinth of souks in the medina and tasty tanginess, so for my 28th birthday this year I decided that it was finally time to tick it off the list and head to Morocco with my dirhams in toe.  Now, I also wanted a completely chill holiday so we compromised with an all inclusive package at a gorgeous hotel and booked ourselves out for some excursions too!  
I vlogged pieces of the holiday so if you would like to see what I have to share then click here or hit play on that button below! I have many, many photos of our trip so stayed tuned for some Moroccan themed posts on the blog too!


Plus Size Autumn/Winter Pyjamas | FASHION

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I really cannot believe that I have been running this blog for nearly 4 years now! Time has flown.
Over that time, I have written about practically every kind of clothing you can think of, or at least I thought I had. The other day I was checking out some of the autumn/winter collections on my favourite sites, including the women’s pyjamas pages, when it struck me that after 4 years I have never written about nightwear. Clearly, there was a gap on my blog that needed filling, so here is my first PJ post, which is a roundup of what is available for 2016!

Once again, pyjama sets are set to be popular. This style of nightwear makes up the majority of the collections I have reviewed so far.
If you like getting changed for bed early, and snuggling up on the sofa under a blanket to enjoy an evening of box sets this style of jammies is perfect. Should a friend pop round you do not have to rush around putting on some clothes before you can answer the door!

Classic pyjamas
I also like the look of some of the classic pyjama setsNot everyone likes elasticated waists, and some people find putting on PJ tops that have to be pulled over the head difficult. Donning a traditional pyjama top is more like putting on a blouse, which is perfect for anyone with shoulder movement issues.

Mix and match
It is clear that retailers have woken up to the fact that not everyone likes the same thing. This year, many are offering you the chance to mix and match your pyjamas. So, if you want to pair a classic PJ top with baggy, comfortable, leggings, you can easily do so
Using this option is a great way to get the perfect fit. There is no longer any need to put up with wearing a pair of bottoms that are several sizes too big, because it is the only way to get a top half that fits.

From the looks of things, the onesie trend is pretty much over. However, most retailers still have made one or two available, so if you are a diehard fan of this style of nightwear you can still find them.

Alternative pyjamas
Should you be unlucky, and find yourself unable to find any pyjamas you like there is no need to use last year’s. Some of the women’s jumpers I have seen in the shops would actually make great nightwear. For example, long tops can usually be used as short nightdresses as well. It is also worth looking at some of the longer cardigans and considering buying one and using as a dressing gown. 
From the sound of things, this winter is going to be chilly, so a good pair of pyjamas is going to be an essential. Therefore, if you are in the market for new nightwear, my suggestion is that you get out there and snap up the best designs before they are all gone!


Autumn Favourites! | YOUTUBE

As of yesterday, 22nd September 2016, Autumn has officially arrived and we can celebrate with layers, hot chocolates and ankle boots.  I flipping love this time of year, so much so that myself and Emma made an entire video dedicated to our Autumnal favourites.  

Click here to watch the video or hit play on the embedded video below.  Enjoy!

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