Friday, 11 April 2014

Food, glorious food: Sushi Samba, Flat Iron and Eat17

Man, I love food! So in celebration of some of the delicious meals I've had recently I thought of do a post about where I've been eating and drinking in the last few weeks.

First up was Sushi Samba where my lovely fiancé took me for my birthday in January. The main thing I was thinking was would the food live up to the hype and the jaw dropping view? It definitely did. The food was incredibly fresh, amazingly and inventively flavoured and that view didn't hurt either. While many people would assume from the name that this is a fishy joint and a no-go if sushi isn't your bag I would recommend you go for the duck and the wagyu beef alone. Mark and I fought over the last pieces!

Another old faithful that I go to time and time again is Eat17 in Walthamstow. It's a gorgeous little restaurant tucked away in Walthamstow Village that offers everything from gastro pub dinners to amazing breakfast and brunch. It's always a weekend treat to get brunch at Eat17, and you can't go wrong with the Eggs Benedict or the Full English.

Everyone who is carnivorous and loves a good bit of steak is going gaga for Flat Iron, and I am no exception. While the queues are long and the no booking policy is slightly infuriating the steak is both delicious and cheap, a rare combo! Rare, geddit?! Sorry. But seriously, the bar downstairs is atmospheric, the bartenders are friendly and speedy and the cocktails pack a punch - so much so you start to enjoy the wait for your meat.

Once you've been called to dine and straddled the worlds most uncomfortable stool you will want to order everything. And so you should! The steak is made even more amazing by the fabulous sides, including a personal favourite - creamed spinach - and a new found favourite, baked aubergine 

Have you eaten anywhere delicious recently? Where should I eat next?


By Carina Sullivan

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Afternoon Tea with Reiss: Spring/Summer 2014

When Reiss invited me to view their spring/summer collection and join them for afternoon tea at The Landmark Hotel it was too lovely an offer to turn down.

I'll get to the miniature cakes, finger sandwiches and scones served with mountains of jam and clotted cream later, but first let's talk clothes. I loved the Riviera chic and tropical prints which we're given a grown up make over thanks to khaki green and elegant midnight blue and the mix of bold pops of colour mixed with classic tailoring gave an easy confidence and luxe feel.

Instantly the palest lime 'Hedy' dress caught my eye. From the curved seam under the bust to the dainty cap sleeves this dress screamed vintage and is the ultimate dress for spring. I think I may be purchasing this one...

Not my bag, but gosh how I wish it was, were the amazing trousers suits. Channel Bianca Jagger or Anjelica Huston and be the boss in the boardroom and on the studio 54 dance floor.

And don't forget the swimwear! Palm tree print bikinis and a va-va-voom swimsuit that Rhianna would be proud to call her own were awesome. The red swimsuit looked like you'd need three people to put it on and a license to wear it but wow!

Reiss also treated us to Essie manicures in the season's colours. Every blogger there went for this icy blue shade, myself included, and it's easy to see why.

Thanks for having me Reiss and for my gorgeous 'Minty' clutch bag. Midnight blue and emerald green may now be my new obsession!

What's your favourite piece from Reiss S/S14?


By Carina Sullivan

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Wednesday Wishlist: ASOS PRODUCER High Heels

I'm a bit of a pansy when it comes to high heels, but my-oh-my do I love these ASOS Producer heels. I don't know whether it's the velvety smooth leather-look caramel shade or the slick gold ankle strap, but these heels are doing it for me.

Do you like them too? You can get them here.


By Carina Sullivan

Friday, 21 March 2014

Tarte Cosmetics launches in the UK on QVC

Whether you've heard of the fabulous US cosmetics brand tarte or not, the beauty secret of many make-up artists, bloggers and celebs, like Cate Blanchett and Kate Bosworth, is coming to the UK thanks to QVC. I was invited to a swanky launch event at the chic Sushi Samba bar last week to celebrate tarte launching exclusively in the UK on QVC on 28th March, where we were greeted by showgirls and given a tarte make-over.

The natural and cruelty-free beauty range was created after the founder Maureen Kelly’s trip to the Rainforest where she saw powerful ingredients and how they were used. Every tarte product uses unique, high performance naturals, that deliver strong results which last for 12 hours. The key ingredients used in the products are:
  • Amazonian clay, extracted from the banks of the Amazon River in the heart of Brazil, proven to give skin an overall smooth, nourished and even appearance
  • Maracuja oil, derived from exotic passion fruits instantly quenching dry skin to reveal a healthy, radiant complexion

Powerful ingredients like superfruit and plant extracts, vitamins, minerals, essential oils and other naturally- derived ingredients are delivered in very pretty packages with stunning colours and textures to give a really flawess look.

What really impressed me during my tarte make-over was the gorgeous tarte Amazonian clay full coverage foundation which went on smoothly, gave amazing coverage but didn't feel heavy or cakey on my skin. It also covered minor imperfections without the need for concealer - always handy. I loved the beautifully neutral shades of the blusher and lipstick, making tarte a contender for my wedding day make-up brand of choice!

I'm thinking of doing my own make-up on my wedding day next year, so plan to try out quite a few brands who offer make-up with staying power - so stay tuned. Recommendations or brands I should try out welcome!

tarte is available exclusively at QVC from 28th March 2014. Watch the shows live at 2pm and 6pm or shop at


By Carina Sullivan