Friday, 31 July 2015

Jo Malone- Incense & Cedrat Cologne Intense





As a HUGE Jo Malone fan I was very excited to try out the new Cologne Intense from the very beautiful Jo Malone family.
Incense & Cedrat is the latest scent from the Cologne Intense range, a collection that is defined by rich and rare ingredients.

Jo Malone's Incense & Cedrat was created using Omani Incense, the most precious incense in all the world. The Omani Incense is harvested from the Boswellia sacra tree which, in recent years has become increasingly threatened.
Insteps NaturePrint a pioneering technology which allows scents to be replicated in a laboratory using completely natural ingredients without harming the Boswellia sacra tree or it's environment, clever ey!

In my opinion the Incense & Cedrat fragrance makes a beautiful unisex cologne. I find that it really suits me and I've found myself reaching for it with each and every evening out I have, as it's a truly deep and rich scent, making it the perfect night time scent for me.
However, I can totally imagine this suiting a man just as much; it's woody in all the right ways with the top notes of lemon and pepper from the Elemi which create a real freshness to the scent, with amber, and cedrat giving it a citrus twist, it is simply divine.

And if both the story behind the scent and the scent itself weren't enough for you, then just look at that packaging... Simply stunning!

x M

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

#PickYourPerfectPair












Hat- Topshop (in store similar here), Scarf- ASOS, Top- c/o Hollister (in store similar here & here), Jeans- c/o Hollister, Boots- Topshop (old)
SHOTS BY MILES DRURY

Jeans, oh wonderful, marvellous, splendid jeans!
Well, they are when you find the right fit ey?
The yearly struggle I have finding a cracking pair of high quality and damn right uhhhmazingly fitting jeans is real.
But, whilst on my yearly search, a brand came up trumps... A brand that I did not expect one little bit... Helloooo Hollister.

Yes, you heard it, Hollister. Their jeans have really taken me by surprise with their incredible selection of styles, washes and cuts. I left with around 4 perfect pairs, each true to size, with this little washed black pair with distressed knee's being one of them.
They provide that much coveted spray-on effect that I love oh so dearly, with the length being just right to roll up twice, just the way I like it.

I teamed my awesome ripped denim with a printed smock for a serious boho vibe, finishing it all off with a skinny scarf, fedora and a statement cowboy boot,  am I at Woodstock yet?

Stay tuned for my next look featuring some seriously snazzy flares by Hollister too!

x M


*Post in Collaboration with Hollister but styling words and opinions on these marvellous jeans all my own*

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Istanbul: Where To Eat


Welcome to my second Istanbul installment, a cheeky lil guide of where to eat when you hit up the wonderful city of Istanbul.
We were lucky enough to dine at some seriously beautiful restaurants, but every now and then, you know, because I am Northern after all, it was nice to get a good ole takeaway. So there's a lil bit of everything in this guide, from top notch traditional restaurants to a tummy filler for just 50 cent...





Karakoy Lokantasi:
Situated by the port within the centre of Istanbul, Karakoy Lokantasi was one of the restaurants that came up within EVERYONE's recommendation lists, so naturally we just had to see what all the fuss was about!

Karakoy Lokantasi is a seriously beautiful restaurant, with an extremely traditional yet modern interior, I mean, just look at those tiles #IHaveThisThingWithFloors...& Walls.

The menu boasted an array of traditional Ottoman dishes that were created to be shared- as I've said before, that is my kind of dining: No food envy here folks.
We opted for bread and dips... Of course Tzatziki and Houmous and chose to sample some traditional Ottoman meatballs and some seriously scrummy chilli prawns; simply delicious,

The interior, the food and the ambiance were all to die for and I can totally see why this restaurant comes so highly recommended.





Journey
For my birthday, all I wanted was EGGS! If you know me, you'll know that I've only recently discovered that I actually like eggs (weird, I know) and now I crave them on the regular, so we were determined to scope out an awesome birthday breakfast.

Journey looks like a cafe that has stepped straight out of East London, with it's seriously cool interior: the tiling, furniture, plants and styling, it was the ultimate in Pinterest chic.

The breakfast menu was INSANE and it was rather tricky to decide what to order.
After much deliberation I opted for the mushroom, Camembert, avocado and spinach toastie on rye bread, of course with a side of poached egg, whilst Sedge went for good ole scrambled eggs and bacon, you know, with a side order of halloumi... Caje!

It was utterly delicious with the coffee completely exquisite, the perfect setting for a birthday breakfast.




Burger House
Now, for my birthday dinner, I wasn't quite so particular.
A little bit drunk on delicious cocktails all I wanted was a big juicy burger. And a big juicy burger was what I got, straight from Kadakoy's Burger House.

It's a build your own style burger joint with THE BEST CHIPS IN TOWN, honestly, I could not get over them, even if you're not a meat eater, you MUST check out this place purely for the chips, they were insanely tasty!

The burgers too, were absolutely delicious, with all the toppings you could ever imagine up for grabs.



Cok Cok Thai
After a long day at sea and a pretty dramatic boat journey, we decided to stay local and check out some of the little haunts that littered the area by the hotel.
After, yet again, much deliberation, we decided we were in the mood for Thai so headed to the extremely busy Cok Cok Thai.
We managed to get a lovely table outside and watched the world go by, whilst sipping on some seriously delicious cocktails.

In true Megan and Sedge style we decided to share two mains and chose a good ole Prawn Pad Thai and a Prawn Red Curry, both were seriously fresh, seriously tasty and super spicy, just the way I like it. Absolutely to die for, particularly that Pad Thai!






Munferit

For our final night, Sedge and I chose to visit Munferit, a restaurant that regularly came up on many recommendation lists.
Just a short taxi ride away from our hotel, Munferit is tucked away on a charming Turkish street with a beautiful outdoor setting.
We were greeted by the sweetest of waiters who funnily suggested we tried the cocktail, "Man Boobs" which, was actually seriously delicious (we may or may not have drank 4 each...)
Whilst we perused the menu we nibbled on complimentary toast and pate and had a good ole chin wag as the sun set and the outdoor area slowly became more and more magical.

In yet again typical Megan & Sedge style we opted for a sharing feast of dreams!
Starting with Fried Cheese with Chilli Jam- Simply divine, with the most delicious and refreshing Aubergine, Tomato and Onion Dip, that I was honestly spooning into my mouth!

We then opted for yet more cheese with a Baked dish of Turkish White Cheese with Mushrooms and Truffle Oil, three of my all time favourite foods all combined into one, safe to say I died and when to food coma heaven! And finally a scrummy dish of King Prawns on a bed of chickpea puree with a balsamic glaze... Just as delicious as it sounds!

For the both of us, Munferit provided the best meal of the trip and I would whole heartedly reccomend that you check it out if you are ever in Istanbul. The setting, the staff and the food were simply divine!




The 50¢ Bagel

And finally, the little treasure that is the 50¢ Bagel.
On each corner of every busy street within Istanbul you will find one of these little red trucks, which hold the secret of afternoon snacking.
For just 50¢ you can bag yourself one of these seasame seed bagels, which are delicious both on their own, or with creamed cheese which you can get free of charge.
An absolute god send and perfect for doing Istanbul on the cheap without sacrificing on flavour, I obviously had one every day of our trip... OOPS!



So there we have it, the places we dined whilst in the beautiful city of Istanbul, I can honestly say that each and every place was as delicious as the next, so this is a pretty nifty guide if you ever get the chance to visit.
Really hope you enjoyed it and your mouths are suitably watering... I know mine is.
Next up, a hotel review, stay tuned!

x M

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Latitude Festival: #CATFESTIVALDIARIES




Boots- c/o Cat Footwear
Alt J

Sunglasses- Ray Ban c/o Red Hot Sunglasses, Dress- ASOS
Blossoms





The Charlatans


The Vaccines






Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

So this weekend was one of the best weekend's of my summer so far! I headed to Latitude festival with my little music man Joey, for a weekend of sunshine, sturdy boots, cider and singing.

Although I've shared some snaps from my weekend on both Instagram channels (here & here) I thought I'd go the whole hog with a lil photo diary from what was the best festival experience I'd ever had.

As you can see, the weather was absolutely splendid. It was the ultimate festival weather, and soooo not like rainy old England; super sunny and seriously warm, which meant it was the perfect weather for sitting in the grass, cider in hand and listening to some amazing bands amongst some seriously great company.

We managed to catch sets from the likes of Alt J, Blossoms, Wolf Alice, Drenge, Catfish & The Bottlemen, The Charlatans, The Vaccines, Boom Town Rats, Years & Years, Manic Street Preachers and Noel Gallaghers High Flying Birds. A complete mix of music, which is one of the things I loved oh SO much about Latitude, it really did cater for everyone.
The musical highlights for me were Noel, who ended the most magical of weekends, The Charlatans, The Vaccines and of course Catfish & The Bottlemen.

We had the best weekend and I cannot thank Cat Footwear enough for sending me there in what are, the most snazziest shoes in all the land, the epitome of festival shoes dontcha think? Make sure you stay tuned to see how I styled them up.

x M

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