Sunday, March 29, 2015

Avalanche Manchester


On Monday, 23 March 2015, lots of bloggers and press were invited to Italian restaurant "Avalanche" located at the heart of Manchester, United Kingdom in order to celebrate the new ownership of the restaurant. Apart from Thai restaurants which I have done a review in the previous posts, here is my very first experience with Italian food in this country.  

Speaking about Italian food, I am a big fan of pasta, ravioli and risotto. There are actually a few Italian restaurant in Manchester such as Isola Bella, San Carlo Bottega etc. Avalanche is one of the restaurants situated in the great location where we can just walk a few minutes from the city center. The great atmosphere and live music at night make Avalanche become the spot for relaxation after work and even special occasion. 

I was pleased with the staff at the restaurant because the service was very good.While, we were waiting for the food, they were constantly approaching us with drinks including champagne, red and white wine. Even though the restaurant was quite packed that night, our food was served quickly. One of my most favourite dishes seemed to be the steak since it was so tender! Surf'n' Turf was good but the chicken was a bit dried. So, I pretty much enjoyed eating T-bone and lamb with its juicy sauce.


Bloggers Evening Menu 


Starters
A trio of bruschetta served with fried rice balls and camembert with a tomato and onion salsa.

Mains
Surf'n'Turf. A mix of fresh meat and fish, Scallops, prawns, lemon sole, chateau, T-bone, lamb and chicken. All served with saute potatoes, Mediterranean vegetables, peppercorn sauce and lemon butter sauce. 

Dessert
A trio Tiramisu, chocolate cake and cheescake. All served with fresh fruit. 

















Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Lipsticks


Truthfully, I don't really wear makeup nor use foundation, primer, blemish or any types of BB products on my face because I prefer to let my skin breath the fresh air. The only product I use is an 'eye-liner' because it is my signature look with pitch dark smokey eyes, though I am trying to getting used to my original face without anything. It looks pale sometimes but I quite like it like that lol. However, apart from eye-liner which I can't live without, lipstick is also another item kept in my tiny makeup bag. Despite the fact that I would rather go out with my bare face, there always be a day that we all have to look glam and spot on. Personally, I think a wide variety of lipsticks can help us look different depending on personal style. So, here are some of my favourite lipsticks that I normally use for each occasion. 


1) For everyday look

Left- Sephora Rouge (made in France)
Right- MAC Lady Danger (made in Canada)

These are the most favourable lipsticks which can complete my look without eye makeup. In terms of quality, I have to admit that I really LOVE Sephora and Mac since their lipsticks always moisturize my lips while the pigments are very lasting. I have tried the soft pink tone but it has never worked out on my face. Hence, these vibrant shades are the perfect vividness for my skin tone, especially on set with the camera...Sadly, there's no Sephora in United Kingdom! 

2) For party


MDMflow 3 Kings (made in London)

This green colour may freak some of you out, but for a person like me, I absolutely love this MDMflow 3 Kings because it is the craziest colour I have ever had. I have a few black lipsticks, so the green one is the newest member of my family :) I actually received this product from Then and Now Shop, an online retailer based in UK. Sometimes, I love to browse online for unique lipsticks because there's no such thing exists in Manchester. So, this website is a great help to me because there are so many quirky colours which I want to try such as blue, purple, orange etc. Also, I quite like the package of MDMflow too, isn't it look like a bullet?! I think whatever in gold and black is chic. 

3) For photo shoot


Left- Black Velvet
Right- Poison Berry

Lime Crime is one of the brands I always spend my money on because its colours are so lovely! Again, the freaky colour like Black Velvet is my all time shiny star since it brings the character out, while boosts up the look to be more grunge. This liquid lipstick will turn to matte texture in about a few seconds, however, watch out for your teeth because it always leaves a stain on them!

Here are some other lipsticks I use. 

Topshop- Ruthless
Topshop- Matte Lip Bullet 

Left (top)- L'oreal Paris 10 Candy & Cherie
Left (bottom)- Style Icons Fashionista Aubergine shade 8
Right (top)- Collection 1 Popping Pink
Right (bottom) - Calvin Klein 31142 Eros 





Thursday, March 19, 2015

Urban Garden Party at Warehouse's Flagship


If you live in London, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Dublin, and Belfast, don't forget to attend "Urban Garden Party" which will be hosted at Warehouse's flagship stores in order to celebrate its Spring/Summer 15 collection. Not only you will be able to experience such amazing event in spectacular stylish backdrop, but the brand will transform the store to be in trendy gardens vibe with limited edition illustrations by Lo Parkin. (Yep- Toni& Guy will also be there to give us the hair styling tips! )

This SS15 focuses on the combinations of modern&urban kind of girl who loves to get in style in every situation. The collection's designed in order to be the perfect match in a wide variety occasions, from classic masculinity tailoring to beautiful hand-embroidery, Warehouse's gotten everything you need for this Summer. 

You can sign up here to receive VIP invitation of the event, as well as, exclusive tokens which can be used for personalised bracelets, goodie bags and special discounts. 

Date

London/Manchester/Liverpool - 28 March 2015
Dublin/Belfast/Leeds - 25 April 2015

Join me at Manchester Arndale on 28th!






Wearing all Warehouse excepted heels from Dr. Martens and bag from Primark

Warehouse SS15 Collection 
 ©Warehouse



Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Peaceful State of Mind



Recently, I have been reading the book called 'Peaceful of Mind' written by a monk and it actually helps me improving my own thinking process to be more systematically and practically in any situations. I think to be calm is what I really need after the maximum level of tension I had been through during the downward occasions. Now, it makes me realize how happy it is to stop thinking and worrying about the things which hasn't happened yet. It stops me from doubting my capabilities in coping with my own work, as well as, future plan. 

I don't know about you but I feel so good about myself since I have stopped myself from becoming overwhelmed by random thoughts. People always ask me if I have ever felt under controlled or being pressured by workload at all? Even once I had to finish three assignments from my Master's programme before running to two events in the same week. My answer always be "No, why should I stress about it?" I used to live under tension but I don't let it kill me that easily. I love keeping myself busy and working 22 hours a day. Call me crazy but it's in my veins. I don't know why should I stress over these things which hasn't occurred yet. Thanks to the 'self-improvement' books I have always read including The Secret, also Chicken Soup by Jack Canfield because these books are the truly treasures I wouldn't even wanna trade with anything else. 

As some of you may know that I'm not into studying (but still taking MA course, don't know if I'm trying to kill myself lol) but I love to experiment in reality. I don't really care about grades because at the end of the day grades are not increasing my income nor making me step into the further position of the company. That's the reason why I choose to focus on 'work' instead of dealing with 10 things at the same time. 

My best advice to you is to "get organize" it really works and always will be. You can't control everything instantaneously because we are all human beings not a robot. Choose whatever necessary to you most and stay focus on that with your best effort. You may have some other tips to stay calm but this is how I treat myself to have the "peaceful state of mind





Faux Leather Pants- ForeverXXI
Bag- Primark
Hat- H&M


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

LFW15 : Mimi Tran


Mimi Tran, another great show I attended during London Fashion Week15 two weeks ago. If any of you guys are a fan of feminine style, this AW15 will be something you might want to have an eye on. 

Mimi Tran is a talented designer who actually have BA in electrical engineer and MBA in International Business Management. When I read her biography on the website, I was like 'wow!' From engineer to fashion industry. I really admire these people who switch from such specialize background to the clothing industry because it is totally different. Actually, I know quite a lot of people who change their careers from academic such as scientist or law to become fashion designer. One of my colleagues studied Law for her Bachelor's degree, however, she has been running her own clothing line nowadays. How amazing is that!? 

I kinda get the vibe of the collection, also the targeted market of the brand because every outfit worn by the models were expressed in a very feminine style. "The Mimi Tran brand empower today's woman by producing apparel in contemporary styles designed to enhance her beauty and celebrate her femininity..." says Mimi Tran.

From casual blue coat to the beautiful exquisite hand-made dresses , I literally love the texture of the collection. Look at those embroideries on the dresses! They are really delicate, aren't they? Even though my style is more into street fashion, the showcase of Mimi Tran still fascinated me in terms of its gimmick in each piece, as well as, the show. 

One of my most favourite which seems to be the highlight of the show was the wedding gown. 











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