Monday, 22 May 2017

The Brunch Club - Liverpool

the brunch club liverpool review

I love Sunday brunch. Getting out early enough that town is still pretty much deserted, rocking up to somewhere new, catching up on the week just gone or looking forward to the week ahead. Sundays are slow days and brunch is the perfect weekend treat. I love avoiding the hustle and bustle of town, lazing over a brew and watching the world go by - I also never have any food in the house on a Sunday morning, so there’s an excuse to eat out if ever I needed one! This past weekend we ourselves walking into The Brunch Club, in search of some indulgent, breakfast-y delights. 

Situated on Duke Street, The Brunch Club probably has the biggest windows I’ve seen in town! So much natural light coming in, and once you’re through the door, an epically laid back atmosphere. Home comfort decor mixed with reclaimed church benches and old wooden doors, soft pillows, high tables and couches you could get lost in for days. I feel like everyday would be a Sunday here.

the brunch club liverpool review

The menu has your usual standard fare, full english, a veggie version too, eggs every way you can imagine, bircher, pancakes and more. There really is something to fill every belly coming in. After being seated, you order and pay at the bar - I love this option, especially when dining in bigger groups as it avoids that awkward moment of having to split the bill. 

the brunch club liverpool review

The Mr went for a traditional full english, made with the freshest locally sourced ingredients, and opted for poached eggs (because they never taste as good when we try to DIY them!). His plate was full, including two rounds of buttered granary bread. The black pudding was easily some of the best I’ve tasted around town for a long time and the whole plate gave some of our usual favourite spots to eat in Liverpool a real run for their money. 

the brunch club liverpool review

Keeping it sweet on a Sunday, I went for the packs. Triple stack with blueberries, streaky bacon and maple syrup with a light icing sugar dusting. Thick, fluffy, a touch of crisp on the edges - perfection. The pancakes were so buttery in taste they didn’t need much syrup at all. With an assam tea on the side, it was the perfect combination. Suffice to say, there wasn’t a crumb left on either plate!

Convinced we are, in fact, on the Truman Show, the place was practically deserted when we turned up, just before 10am, and within minutes every table was suddenly full with a queue waiting at the door. Surrounded by serviced apartments, it seems to be a favourite spot for visitors to the city, clearly curing a many morning after the night befores! So I’d highly recommend you get out of bed and get there early if you don’t fancy waiting around. 

Good atmosphere, good food, good times. The Brunch Club will certainly be seeing me again!

What does your perfect Sunday morning look like?

Until next time, 


Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Currently Watching #8

netflix binge ideas

Even though I’ve been making a conscious effort to pick up a book over having a Netflix binge, I still seem to be working my way through some of my favourite shows and starting a few new ones! So let’s have a mooch at what’s been happening on my box!

Versailles Season 2 - I loved the first season of this when it aired on BBC last year and couldn’t wait for it to come back for a second round. Following Louis XIV, the Sun King, the builder of Versailles and the father of court rules, rituals and decorum, season 2 is set to be scandalous and intriguing from start to finish. Watching this show just makes me want to buy all the pretty dresses and take a trip out to France to see the actual Versailles! 

Reign - I have a thing for period dramas set around court life and royalty. I figure I must have been one of Henrys unfortunate wives in a past life or something! Reign follows a young Mary, Queen of Scots and her inevitable rise to power. The costumes in this show are jaw-droppingly phenomenal. It has a very Sophia Copella/Marie Antoinette feel about it, a period piece set to modern day music and everyone speaking English (considering the whole thing is currently set in France). I actually like this approach as it shows just how young, this young queen is. I’m only on season 1, I think theres around 4 seasons available so I’ve got a long way to go to catching up!

RuPaul Season 9 - I have never, ever, ever seen a single episode of Drag Race until now. With everyone I know talking about it, I figured I’d give it a go and see what all the fuss was about - so I started with the latest season, and I’m hooked. The drama, the transformations, the fan-drag-ulous quips and humour. This is my guilty pleasure tv show!

Once Season 6 - With just one  more episode to go for the sixth season, oh my heart, I can’t take it. I have been a huge fan of this show since season 1 and really can’t wait for it to come back for a 7th season next year. I know we’re about to lose some favourite and beloved cast members that have been with us on this journey since the start and my heart just breaks. Though the show won’ be the same without Snow and Charming, I still can’t wait to see where they take it next. The musical episode (how has it took 6 seasons to finally get one?) was easily one of the best episodes the show has done in it’s history! I can’t stop listening to the soundtrack!

Night Shift - If Scrubs and Greys Anatomy had a baby, Night Shift would be it. Never, in all my tv watching days, have I seen a show start, tell and complete so many story lines in a single episode. Just watch the pilot! They must open up about 10 cans of worms and wrap up each one in a neat little bow in 50 minutes. It’s funny, emotional, with quick but believable character development and some cracking story lines. You really have to pay attention to whats going on in the background too as it’s usually always random and hilarious. The Mr says I must like it as I never pick up my phone when watching it! And that really is saying something!

Masterchef Season 10 - I know the show has finished and the winner has been crowned but I’m still only about half way through the season right now! I’ve never watched a season of Masterchef the whole way through but I am loving it! It makes me want to get into our tiny kitchen and get my cook on - I mean it won’t be anything fancier than a spag bol with homemade garlic bread but hey, I’ll attempt a pretty plate and garnish! I’m still not sure who I want to win at this point, but I do wish a few of the contestants would come round and cook for me!

Amazing Hotels - Beyond the Lobby  - Just incase you were running short of unbelievable hotels to stay in on your bucket list, this show has got a few I’m sure you’ll want to add! From Ice Hotels to dining with giraffes, an eco friendly escape in the rainforest and an infinity pool you really have to see to believe - can I just win the lottery now please and spend a week in each? Totally wanderlust wish list worthy!

What have you been watching lately?

Until next time, 

Monday, 15 May 2017

Skincare loves and loathes: Spring 2017

skincare loves and loathes

Sometimes you love it, sometimes you hate it. Instead of doing a bunch of long winded individual reviews, I thought I’d do a quick round up of the skincare I’ve been loving and loathing lately. I’m not trying to be a negative nelly, everyones skin is different! What hasn’t worked for me might turn out to be your holy grail, but I do love getting two sides to the same story. So let’s jump in!

Skincare Loves

skincare loves and loathes

Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser - I use this every morning and have done since early Feb and I just love it. Made with shea butter, it foams up into a beautifully soft and rich lather than removes dirt, grime and dead skin with little to no effort. This was recommended to me after a facial and I’m so glad I gave it a try, my skin feels so silky smooth afterwards. I usually steer clear of rich buttery cleansers because of my oily skin but this works so well with it and doesn’t dry my skin out or cause it to go into hyper-oil drive!

skincare loves and loathes

Clarins Camomile Toner - Another post facial recommendation back in Feb, I’ve been using this twice a day since and have fallen back in love with using toners. I was told to use a damp cotton pad inlace of a dry one when toning and the difference that has made is just ridiculous! It catches any left over dirt, rebalances the pH of my skin and leaves it feels so clean and fresh. My skin doesn’t feel tight or dry at all and it smells just downright lovely too.

skincare loves and loathes

Derma V10 Eye Cream - I got bored with eye cream for some time, but after a telling off from Hayley, I reached for the nearest one and started using it again. I’ve got to admit, my eyes do look brighter since I’ve been using this and it really helps to wake them up in the morning! It’s non greasy and dries quickly leaving no residue behind. It’s a small, quick step in my routine that will (hopefully) keep those crows feet at bay!

Skincare Loathes

skincare loves and loathes

Alphah Liquid Gold - OH the burning! I had such high hopes for this glycolic acid after hearing so many wonderful things but just no. I expected there to be some sort of tingling bordering on burning sensation, as is the nature of willingly putting acid on your face but, oh my. This was less tingling and more molten magma melting off my skin - and that’s not a good look for anyone. I used it exactly as directed, but my skin just burnt from the second it touched it. I’ve not had such a violent reaction to a product in years. My whole face went pink and the burning slowly dulled to a light tingling that last around an hour. I used it for about two weeks, seeing if my skin would adapt to it before I realised there really was no sound reason to keep suffering!

skincare loves and loathes

Ole Henriksen Invigorating Night Treatment - For starters, this stinks. It smells like pure, cheap, chemicals. It has a very sticky consistency that dries a little too quickly making it hard to massage in. It left my skin feeling very tacky for a good while too before I could apply any other products. And after all that, it did nothing. My skin didn’t look or feel any different, but it smelt pretty rank. 

Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation - Sheer trans-for-nothing. Again, it just smelt like chemicals and the cream consistency was very light and watery. It dried quickly and left no residue but, much like the night treatment, did nothing for my skin. This was such a huge disappointment as the Ole Henriksen Truth Serum had been such a flipping amazing product to use!

You win some, you loose some. There’s so much skincare out there now that there’s bound to be things you either don’t like or just don’t agree with you. Unless something is causing me irritation (I’m looking at you Alphah!) then I’ll begrudgingly use it up, waste not want not eh? But suffice to say I won’t be purchasing any of these loathes again!

What skincare products have you been loving and loathing this month?

Until next time, 

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