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This completly versatile, easy to wear, indigo pinafore was a 'your getting disracted Chloe purchase', on the way to find lunch in Sainsburys. Sainsburys have completly upped their game in regards to clothing. They have gone from mumsy to on-trend very quickly and ever since I purchased that scandi-esque jumper last year and swimsuit this year (you can read here and here), I always have a little nosey when I am in Sainsburys at what I can find in their clothing section. 

This pinafore totally caught my eye being the perfect shade of indigo, with vintage buttons down the front and a denim belt to pull that waist in! - I had to have it, never mind how versatile it is! 

There are so many outfit options with this pinafore but for this sunny Saturday in Poundbury, Dorset (yes, I am quite a fan of this little town) I teamed it with a COS breton tee, white Vans and my trusty Mulberry. 

Now that Autumn is approaching (hello chunky knits, scarves and boots) I plan to take this through to the cooler months layering it with knitwear, heeled boots and an aviator jacket. 

Outfit: Pinafore - TU at Sainsbury's // Top - Cos (old) // Necklace - Monica Vinader // Sunglasses - Rayban // Bag - Mulberry // Shoes - Vans. 
The restaurant scene in Bournemouth has yet another string to add to its bow with the French chain, Cote Brasserie opening on Westover road in Bournemouth. From someone who loves a crepe or two, when an invite popped into my inbox inviting me to a tasting dinner at the new Cote Brasserie I had to attend and see what they were all about.

The evening began with an introduction to the restaurant by the area's head chef, who spoke with passion about Cote. He introduced the Cote style of cooking as well as his career with Cote and how he had worked his way up from Sous Chef to Head Chef. It was a lovely introduction to the evening and to the food that we were very keen to try.

On first impressions, the restaurant's interior has been transformed from an old clothing store to a premium restaurant. They have renovated it beautifully with an art deco/Parisian feel flowing throughout even with an accompanying Parisian balcony for those summery evenings (although a hot chocolate on a gray day may be more realistic).

Once the introductions had finished, it was on to the food. The menu has a real variety (plus they have a separate Vegetarian and gluten free menu - brownie points) and for those who thought the French just ate frogs and duck, you are wrong! As I would not go near either of the latter! For a Tuesday evening, I went a bit wild and went for the Charentais Melon with Savoie Ham, the steak for main and the Praline Crêpe for desserts (who could resist). 

The melon and ham were a great choice to start, especially before a steak. It was a light option but enough to give a little taster of the dishes on offer and the melon and ham worked beautifully together. For the main I had the steak which was beautifully cooked and really melted in your mouth, I am not one to have a steak without a peppercorn sauce and this added accompaniment made the main. Dessert was more than a treat for a Tuesday night, however you cannot go wrong with crepes and chocolate - the dream! 

The restaurant is in a brilliant location especially if you are off to the Pavilion for a pre-theatre dinner or for a spot of lunch mid-shopping. There is plenty of seating, as the restaurant has both an upstairs and downstairs, so no battling for seats!

Overall, I was really impressed by my evening at Cote Brasserie, nothing was too much too ask and everything from the service to the food was brilliant. I will definitely be back for some more French foodie delights!

Thank you Cote Brasserie and Liz Lean PR for a wonderful evening.
When Summer does show its face in the UK, the sun cream makes an appearance, especially for red haired species such as myself. Now as someone who has to regularly wear sun cream through the Summer to avoid ending up looking like kind of lobster, I want to know what I am putting on to my skin and to avoid at all costs the nasties that can be found in suncream! 

Green People are a brand that I discovered earlier this year through my sister and they have continued to impress me with their variety of products. Organic & natural sun cream is not naturally something I would think of purchasing, probably due to the fact that I tend to just stick to what I know, purchasing high street brands of sun cream that I know I won't burn with. So I was very interested to trial the Green People products when the sun decided to shine!

My initial thoughts on the Scent Free Sun Lotion were that it has a super light consistency! Considering it is factor 30, I was impressed that it wasn't thick and it didn't take long to rub into the skin. The lotion is also not sticky, so you don't feel like you need a shower the second that you put it on. 

The sun lotion claims to be non-irritating and non-greasy and from someone who has very sensitive skin, I can vouch that I had no problems whatsoever with the product on my skin. It does say that it is scent free, however, I think there is a very subtle sweet scent, but it's the kind of smell that you would associate with summer days having beachy days. The lotion contains Aloe Vera, Green Tea, Edelweiss and is rich in antioxidants to protect delicate skin. I was super intrigued to understand how the sun lotion protects skin whilst being non pore-clogging so Green People's Founder Charlotte Vohtz detailed 'Pores that are blocked by waterproof chemical sun lotions can lead to Prickly Heat so instead of synthetic pore-clogging ingredients Green People use Beeswax and Berry Wax to naturally repel water without blocking sweat glands'.

After a day in the sun, I showered off the sun lotion and applied the Hydrating After Sun Moisturiser to cool and moisturize my skin. It contains Aloe Vera, Calendula and Mint and smells amazing! - super fresh and minty. It definitely moisturised my skin and left it feeling energised. Green People suggest that you can also use this product year round as a soothing moisturiser for when your skin needs that boost!

Where I am beginning to assess the products that I am using on my skin and trying to avoid where possible, chemicals, it makes total sense to start eradicating unnatural sun SPF products and will 100% be using these on any sunny days if the weather decided to up its game! C'mon England it is literally August!

*Thank you to Green People for Kindly gifting me these fab products.  
In June I was invited to the launch event of the new No. 34 restaurant at the recently renovated Orchid hotel in Bournemouth. The hotel has a contemporary and stylish feel and the restaurant is equally as elegant with its copper lighting and retro furnishings.
No.34 offers Michelin Star cooking and boasts a high-quality menu by celebrated Michelin-starred Head Chef Jean Gysemans, famous for his creative use of seasonal and local ingredients

The launch evening began with bespoke No.34 Bellini's on entrance and a delicious array of entrees. Then it was on to dinner which, when I saw the menu I was very excited for. I decided to go for the twice baked cheddar cheese souffle for my starter which was beautifully light and fluffy. I think cheese souffle can sometimes be a bit of a gamble and can be too rich for a starter but this was beautifully cooked.

For my main course I went with the Lamb Navarin which was served with seasonal vegetables and new potatoes and was a lovely summery, fresh dish and one that I would definitely pick again but next time I would maybe have some mash on the side! - you can't beat a bit of mash.

To finish off the meal and for the best course, dessert, I had apple tatin and salted caramel ice cream. This dessert was gorgeous and although I found the tatin texture a little strange it did taste amazing and the salted caramel ice cream made the flavours really pop.

I would definitely recommend No.34 for a dinner out as the food is so fresh and they have a beautifully curated menu that is suited for a wide range of dietary requirements and would be perfect for a celebration or Birthday dinner.  No.34 is definitely on the must-dine Dorset foodie map. 

A few weeks ago I popped up a post featuring this new denim H&M number which I couldn't get enough of. I mentioned that I would pop up a part 2 that featured another styling idea for this denim skirt and my tips on how to get the optimum use out of a staple in your suitcase when you are on your holibobs. 

I have to say I am not one to pack lightly, but I am getting better with time (baby steps). When I am away I still like to have options and I want to feel nice in what I wear by having variety. I find the best thing to do is to take key pieces away such as this denim skirt (or maybe some navy culottes, a neutral midi/mini skirt, linen trousers or cotton dress) and style them up or down depending on the time of day or occasion, so that you can get optimum use out of the same garment. 

Say for instance this denim skirt, in my previous post (click here to read pt.1) I teamed this skirt with a ruffled gingham top, metallic sandals and some gold coin earrings for a day to evening outfit, not only practical for climbing over rocks to get to a beach bar but also super summery and on trend! 

In the below shots I styled the same skirt with this amazing swimsuit for a beach day, (a Kini dupe from Sainsbury's, unfortunately this is sold out now but Topshop have a few similar crochet swim items - I have linked these below) a ASOS linen shirt tied around the waist, my trusty pop pom basket bag from TK MAXX, Birkenstocks, some gold H&M coin earrings and my Ray Ban Clubmaster sunnies. 

I believe the key is all in the accessories and the items that you pair with that staple to make each outfit you wear completely individual and different. A statement pair of earrings or metallic shoes can really make that beach appropriate outfit pop ready for a sangria filled evening! Or a pair of Birkenstocks or white Vans can make a jazzy cotton dress day appropriate for a day trip out. 

This outfit was perfect for a relaxing day on the beach and around the shops especially with the added edition of the linen shirt, as with my sun intolerant skin, I need something to cover my shoulders and protect them from the Spanish sun! #redheadedprobs 

A few weeks ago my sister and I took a little visit to the new The Real Greek in the BH2 complex in Bournemouth for some dinner*. With the weather being its classic British self-pouring down with rain, Greek food was warmly welcomed.

It is great that Bournemouth has upped its game with its restaurant offering as with leaving London I was concerned (it involved food so naturally I was worried) about the lack of variety in foodie places on the south coast. So with The Real Greek being one of my favourite restaurants when I lived in London, when I heard it was coming to Bournemouth it seemed like more than perfect timing. 

If you have not been to The Real Greek before, it is basically Greek tapas where you can order between 3 to 4 mezes per person for a sharing feast! Each of the dishes come served on these spectacular towers.  

To drink my sister and I both went for some fresh juices which were a nice accompaniment to all the food we were going to eat! And for the food we went for the Peloponnese sharer as it had many of the dishes that we were super keen to try, plus a side of the delicious aegan slaw. When the food arrived we didn't quite know where to put it all! This just meant that we had to tuck in quickly so we had space to talk across the table. But I have to say the food is so fresh and tasty and it makes a nice change going out for something a bit different that is also very well priced (our sharer was £32.50 for two). 

Out of all the dishes we tried the lamb kefte was a firm favourite, it had so much flavour and the meat was beautifully cooked, plus this teamed with some houmous and Greek salad was so flavoursome and delicious. 

My other favourite which really surprised me was the Dolmades, as I'm not normally the biggest fan of vine leaves, but I loved the rice that they were stuffed with, which was super light and fluffy!

The only negative about the meal was that I couldn't order any halloumi, as they had run out! But I know that they are known for their amazing halloumi, so maybe it was a very popular day for this! 

We finished off our meal with some luxury ice-cream which was oh so creamy and the perfect end to a fab meal. 

Overall, I would definitely recommend a visit to The Real Greek Bournemouth. The service and food were equally great and the restaurant itself had a really nice atmosphere with very attentive staff who were made sure any questions you had about the dishes were answered.
The restaurant itself looks out over the trees in Bournemouth Gardens and outside there is a terrace where you can eat/drink out on. Inside the restaurant, it has a modern yet Meditteranean feel interior and you can see the Chef's cooking away in the open kitchen, which I always like in a restaurant as it only adds to the ambience.

I will definitely be popping back to The Real Greek for another Greek feast! - Do let me know if you take a visit!

*Thank you to the lovely people at The Real Greek for inviting me to try their lovely new restaurant!