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Thursday, 16 June 2016

Cosy Club, Derby

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending a blogger meet in Derby. Organised by the wonderful Monet from Munching with Monet this was the first meet in Derby that hasn't been organised by a brand. I met with a great bunch of local blogger's to brunch at the new Cosy Club.

Slowly but surely Derby is really growing into a foodie haven. There seems to be a real development in hitting all of the trends. Between Byron's and Hide Burger (which I'm yet to get to - damn it being so popular!) the burger trend is ticked. We have Sushi in the form of Yo Shushi! and Ebi Shushi, we have Cuban cuisine covered by Revolution De Cuba, comfort food is more than covered by Turtle Bay and Joe's Kitchen, and now the brunch trend has been added to the checked list.

Set in the beautiful building that once housed The Royal Hotel, the team at Cosy Club have really brought a breathe of fresh air into what was once a practically derelict building.

Derby as a city is shrouded in history which over the years has been plastered over by attempts to modernise, slowly this is being turned in its head and people like Cosy Club are coming in to take it back to it's former glory.

Once we had all arrived and had taken in the beauty of the place it was time for food, and for me there is only one way to do brunch right: A Maple syrup and crispy bacon pancake stack.

The pancakes were beautifully light and fluffy with the bottom most 'cake soaking up the pool of syrup it sat it. The bacon was cooked to perfection and was just salty enough to take the sickly sweet edge off of the syrup.

I could easily have eaten another three. Platefuls that is.

All washed down with a nice Fresh lemonade.

We all sat and chatted for a while. I got chatting with Olivia from Living on a shoestring who live on a boat with her pup and soon to be husband, before we all ended up chatting weddings and blogs. There really is something marvellous about being able to sit and chat blogging with people that blog. Getting down and into the nitty gritty of HTML, SEO and the perils of photography with people who are as interested in it as you is just perfect. We chatted for so long that we ended up being asked to vacate the table by the very lovely staff.

When it came down to the bill we were all pleasantly surprised on how little it came to, mine rang in at a purse pinching £9.30.

It was a wonderful brunch in a beautiful setting with some equally beautiful bloggers. And to be honest, I hope we do it again sometime soon.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Stripes and Monochrome

Isn't this weather just divine?

I don't want to sound presumptious but it feels like we're lining up to have a pretty special summer here in Blighty - something that the majority of us feels hasn't happened in a few years. Here's to a summer packed with al fresco dining, dipping toes in the eternally cold British sea waters and cones of ice cream!

Here's also to new dresses.

A few weeks ago I went on a rare shopping trip in search of a dress for a wedding, and whilst carting armfuls of potential guest dresses around I came across this beauty.

It was love at first sight. And if you know me or follow me on Instagram (if you don't you can find me here!) you'll understand why.

I have a problem. An addiction if you will. Two. Really. I am addicted to stripes and monochrome. Honestly my wardrobe looks like a Mondrian painting, minus the colour. And in the interest of full disclosure this dress is pretty much the dress version of this skirt, minus the pockets.

But, hey, stick to what you know, right?

The dress was a Warehouse find and it is incredibly comfortable. There is a slight issue for me in the bust area in that the ladies get a little squished down. But for someone who has battled with their bossoms for the entirety of ownership this isn't something I mind too much (to be completly honest and borderline TMI I quite like them to be plastered down it keeps them firmly in control and out of the way).

It's not the most bargain-us item I've ever bought but buying it on a discount weekend helped with that (I swear I'm yet to buy anything for its full RRP since graduating from my teens and becoming a tight homeowner - just call me Macklemore).

In attempt to bring some small element of colour into the outfit I paired the dress up with my LYDC bag for its first outing, like an outfit buddy if you will.

This bag has travelled with me to Paris and back, and I have to say it is one of the most practical bags I have ever owned, without it being incredibly school bag-ish. It fits my camera into it, along with my overly large purse (which is usually empty I should add) and everything else you need while out and about.

Together I think they make a great team and have firmly secured a place in my regular summer kicks 'drobe.

Thursday, 26 May 2016

7 Food Experiences in Paris

One of the many things Paris is famed for is how expensive it can be. Eating out is absolutely no exception. When we visited the city for the first time we expected it to be pricey but thought we'd be able to find the odd place that offered good food for a decent price. It wasn't until we read a menu pricing not even a full pint of Guinness at 13 euros that we realised how pricey it was going to be.