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Friday 22 May 2015

This Week The Mice Have Mostly Been...

CONGRATULATIONS not only have we made it to the weekend but a bank holiday weekend....

All we need now is a little sunshine for the fun to commence...lazy days in the park followed by Mr Whippy ice creams, a BBQ and a large Pimms would do very nicely indeed! However I'll equally settle for a rainy day, back to back episodes of Entourage hiding beneath a duvet!!

Before the countdown can officially begin to a three day stretch of bliss, I'll get you up to speed with what the mice have mostly been doing this week...

Daydreaming of basking in the sun, sipping cocktails and snoozing to my heart's content...just seven more days and this will all be reality...YIPEE! Before the relaxation can begin there's the slight inconvenience of unearthing my summer wardrobe and selecting the perfect holiday wardrobe that fits into my hand luggage....! 

On second thoughts all I really need is a handful of killer bikinis and my trusty rip off Levi shorts. 

Shorts sorted, now for finding the perfect bikinis...never an easy task! 

Just like jeans shopping, it's never overly fun. Having hibernated in skinnies and jumpers all winter, my skin reassembles something very close to Casper the friendly ghost, that combined with unflattering store mirrors and lighting equals a total tear-inducing nightmare! I find the only solution is to shop online from the comfort of my cosy sofa, allowing the bronzed beach goddess of a model trick me into purchases and to try my e-haul on in the safe confines of my bedroom!

Shopping problem solved, now all we have to decide is where to purchase from...easy peasy, Kiini of course! 

I have fallen hook line and sinker for this brand - boho chic bikinis, handmade so that every one differs and in amazing vibrant popping colour = the ideal bikini for a super fun summer!  

I 100% need one of these crochet gems in my life, the toughest decision is which colour combo to go for...?!

MUST do at least 1,000 sit ups tonight...

Obsessing over Charlottle Tilbury's Goddess Skin Clay Mask. After just a couple of applications, I'm totally hooked and very excited to start using this in my skincare routine. 

I was sold by the promise of baby skin but the fact I could already feel the difference after one go, totally captured me...I'm now a lifer!

The details...Charlotte grew up in Ibiza and from a young age used to rub the local clay all over with a little almond oil, apparently an ancient Ibizian beauty ritual. Unlike other drying clays, Spanish clay is gentle yet nutrient rich and healing. This has been combined with almond and rosehip oil to moisturise, nourish and prevent ageing with the addition of BioNymph Peptide Complex (getting geeky!) which improves skin elasticity by increasing collagen production.

The result...glowing, bright, even skin with smaller pores that's baby soft to touch!

Check out Charlotte's online video here showing how to apply the product using her Tilbury Tap Pro-Collagen facial massage - apparently it heightens results! She's my new beauty guru, so what Tilbury says goes...

Dying to sample all the amazing new restaurants and bars that seem to be popping up every second in London. If you're lacking some inspiration for weekend plans, panic not I'm here with a helping hand. 

I can't confirm that they'll all blow your socks off, however I've heard great things and have them all firmly on my list of places to check out ASAP! 

Pretty much what it says on the tin, a Dalston eatery that specialises in Chicken and sours (cocktails)...what better combo?! Plus after reading Grace Dent's recent review it made me want to go all the more! 

A brunch which sounds pretty darn good is also served at weekends. The only disappointment for me is a one dessert menu - Weetabix ice cream - not convinced by this one but guess I'll have to try and report back! 

Must try...The Bun - Korean fried chicken with gochujang Mayo, chilli vinegar and slaw. Of course with a side of the beef dripping fries!

Bull In A China Shop 

From the guys behind The Drunken Monkey and just a hop, skip and jump up the street, this time they're trying their hand at Japanese inspired dishes and whisky cocktails. I took a little peek as I walked past last weekend and the interior looks super cool, dingy (but in a hot-right-now way!), laid back with tonnes of character and welcomes both eaters and drinkers - my kind of place!

Must try... Rich Chinese 5-spice marinated and whisky glazed rotisserie chicken

The Ivy Chelsea Garden

The iconic brand has now decided to take over Chelsea with a killer outdoor space. Think snaking wisteria, pretty as a picture roses, trickling water and an orangery...who would say no to a glass of chilled champagne in those surroundings?! Open from brunch to dinner with a focus on leaving a good proportion of tables for walk-ins which should mean getting a seat isn't an impossible feat!

Must try...melting chocolate bombe with milk foam, vanilla ice cream and honeycomb centre with hot salted caramel sauce!!!

And that's your lot! We'll leave you with a cheering thought...

Have a wonderful, wonderful three days off!
The Mice

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