BAO ~ Date Night

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Jake surprised me with tickets to Aladdin the musical a few weeks ago. For anyone that knows me well, will know that I'm a huge Disney fan. You can often find me singing around the house "a whole new worllllddd" much to my husbands dismay.  I had high expectations and the show exceeded them, if your looking for a West End show to go to I would highly recommend Aladdin!

Since the Aladdin musical is set in the Price Edward Theater in Soho, I knew just the place for our pre theater dinner, BAO! This restaurant is almost legendary and famous for it's Vietnamese street styled soft steamed buns full of flavor!  It has been high on our list of places to try in London!

When you arrive be prepared to wait in a queue across the other side of the road, as it's a very popular spot and they don't take reservations. We decided to head there at 5.30pm when the restaurant opens for dinner to try and beat the queue. We arrived to find a small queue already forming outside, lucky for us we only had to wait for 5 minutes before we were seated. Waiting for a table adds to the anticipation of this great little restaurant, however if you want to beat the queue I would recommend doing what we did and heading there around opening time.

After you have braved the queue outside, you are in for a treat! 

As soon as we were seated we could see the deliciousness coming from the kitchen and waited in high anticipation and ordered everything that sounded mouth watering on the menu.

 Each dish that was brought out to us was perfectly presented and packed full of flavor, I like to call it.... Baomazing! The following dishes were my favorites and what I think are must orders. However I don't think you could go wrong at this place, as everything on their menu looks and sounds incredible.

But my top contenders were....

Scallop, yellow Bean Garlic ~ Cooked to absolute perfection!

The Classic Bao ~ Slow braised pork belly, coriander, powdered peanuts. Seriously, the buns are so light and fluffy, and the pork is so full of flavour.

Guinea Fowl Chi Shiang Rice ~ Rice with moist, shredded Guinea fowl pieces and an egg yolk that you break and mix into the rice, absolutely incredible flavours!

Fried Horlicks Ice Cream Bao ~  Bao's take on a ice cream sandwich. The perfect thing you finish off your Bao experience!

We loved our Bao experience and it wont be the last time we visit this place that's for sure!

Picnic in the Lavender Fields!

Monday, 12 September 2016

Looking for a perfect summer adventure in London before the warm sunny season ends?  I've got just the thing!  Grab a friend, pack a picnic and follow me to Mayfield Lavender Farm!

Imagine standing in rows and rows upon fragrant lavender.  It had me feeling like I was in Provence, France, the lavender capital of the world. However, we were actually still in London, less than fifteen miles away from the city!  I couldn’t believe my eyes.  Lavender as far as you could see!  I wish there was a button I could press that would allow you to smell that crisp, sweet, fresh aroma.  It was so intoxicating!

I spent the afternoon with Keara Ellen Photography twirling through the lavender fields. Unfortunately for us it was a typical English summer day as it was quite cloudy, however it was still incredibly warm day and the sun even broke through the clouds later in the afternoon.  It was the perfect excuse to wear my new Floweret Falling Off-shoulder Dress from Chicwish.  If you're looking for the best place to pick up a cute summer frock then look no further than Chicwish, I love their classic and girly style!

If you didn't have time to pack a picnic, there’s a little cafe selling cakes and lavender ice cream!  However I picked up a few of my favorite sweet treats before hand from Marks and Spencer. They also have little shop on site.  They sell bunches of dried lavender, aromatic soaps, and essential oils.  A perfect place to pick up that last minute souvenir before heading home.

A little rosé amongst the lavender....why not!

Grab your favourite picnic partner and be sure to immerse yourself in natures beauty before the summer’s over!  The lavender farm is in full bloom from July until late September.  

Dress // Shoes // Hat // Hair Stylist & MUA - by yours truly
Photos // Keara Ellen Photography  

Look Book ~ Pink Lace

Friday, 26 August 2016

As a blogger I'm always keeping an eye out for pretty backgrounds like this wall.  When I saw this one, I just knew that I had to shoot a 'Look Book' in front of it..... and I just knew the perfect dress for the occasion!  I felt like this wall and dress were made to be photographed together.  The dress is so pretty and also on sale, so be quick before it sells out! 

I have had a major crush on lace these days.  If you are anything like me and looking to add a bit (or even more in my case) of lace into your wardrobe, then look no further than Zara!  I wouldn't mind wearing it everyday.  Lace makes everything more feminine, romantic and elegant.  I love the detail to this dress and the material is so dense and well made.  I'm a sucker for high necklines and especially love the fluttery sleeves.  It's the perfect dress for a fancy night out, cocktails with the girls or even to wear to a wedding!

Photos // Keara Ellen Photography