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Thursday, December 08, 2016

EATING OUT | JAMIE'S ITALIAN LIVERPOOL

EATING OUT | JAMIE'S ITALIAN LIVERPOOL
Thursday, December 08, 2016
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Last weekend I was invited along to Jamie's Italian in Liverpool to taste some delicious food from the Winter menu, so off we went in the car with my brother and his partner, bellies a-rumbling and ready for some tasty food! Jamie's Italian is one of my favourite haunts, and I've been to a few of the restaurants including Manchester, York and London Victoria, and have always really enjoyed the food, so I was really looking forward to tucking in to some more! 
Out of all of the Jamie's restaurants I've visited, this one is probably the most modern of the lot when it comes to the interior and decor. It's right in the middle of the City Centre just behind John Lewis so is the perfect haunt for a spot of lunch or dinner for a break between hitting the shops for all those Christmas presents!

We decided to go with lots of starters and nibbles before our mains rather than save ourselves for pudding as we were so hungry and everything sounding so good! We ordered the Bread Basket, World's Best Olives (SO good!) and one of my favourite things to eat at Jamie's, the Crunchy Italian Nachos, which are basically fried ravioli bites of heaven! These all came with our starters which were the classic Meat Plank for Dan, which was a little feast of cured meats, olives, Italian cheeses and coleslaw, Silky Pate Bruschetta for Ben, which was great but a little difficult to eat as the bread was very crunchy, then myself and my brother Graeme both opted for the new Fantastic Fried Gnocchi which we both agreed was amazing (carbs and cheese - what's not to love?!).
We also had some mini tasters of Tuscan Vegetable soup which were delicious! Myself and my brother are Jamie's Gold Club members, and each month members get a free taster on every visit, and a little treat too which I'll come to later! If you're not a gold club member I'd recommend joining as we've had some brilliant free nibbles and tasters over the past year! You can find all the info you need here. It's all free to join, and you even get a free bottle of Prosecco on your birthday (this was the perfect treat for my birthday meal in London back in September!) and £10 off your bill when you first join!

For the main course, Dan decided on Spicy Sausage Penne which was so good! I got to taste a little myself and it was lovely. It had fennel in the sauce which gave it a subtle aniseed taste, and the pasta was perfectly cooked. If you've ever made 'Jools' Pregnant Pasta' from the Jamie's 30 Minute Meals cook book, then you will love this!

I decided on a lamb dish from the specials menu - it was lamb shank served on oozy polenta with crispy fried onions and a mint gravy. The lamb was amazing and fell straight off the bone, perfectly tender and super tasty, but I probably chose the wrong time to try polenta for the first time. Let's just say it wasn't my favourite thing in the world, but the rest of the dish was delicious!

Ben went for the Silky Penne Carbonara which looked really good. It was topped with smoky pancetta and looked like a big bowl of comforting goodness! I love carbonara and will probably give this one a whirl on my next visit to Jamie's.

Graeme opted for the Oxtail Lasagne which also looked amazing, probably the most appealing looking of all the dishes we had for the main course. There's just something about a piping hot lasagne oozing out of it's baking dish! I'm not as adventurous as Graeme so I didn't try this one - Oxtail scares me a little, I won't lie! - but it smelt incredible and you can see it had a golden crispy topping!
Finally we decided to just stick with the Gold Club treat, mini mince pies which were just enough to finish the meal nicely with something sweet. It's worth mentioning the drinks we had also - we decided to steer clear of alcohol but tried a couple of the mocktails - the Berry Blast and Ginger Mojito are two that I would recommend trying!

All in all a lovely meal, in a restaurant with a fun and busy atmosphere, topped off with great company!

Have you been to Jamie's Italian in Liverpool? What's your favourite item on the menu?

C x


Wednesday, December 07, 2016

A BREAKFAST PASTRY PARTY | #SHAREAMOMENT

A BREAKFAST PASTRY PARTY | #SHAREAMOMENT
Wednesday, December 07, 2016
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If there's an easy way to get to my heart, its with food, and more specifically, breakfast. When I am offered pastries I will of course accept (and probably eat more than necessary) so when I was asked to throw a breakfast party with Brioche Pasquier pastries, well, you've probably guessed my answer! I got together with my sister and her family and we devoured some yummy treats from the range a long with mugs of tea, coffee and hot chocolate - the perfect way to start a busy weekend!
We tried the Croissants, Pain au Chocolat, Pain au Lait and my favourite, the Brioche Loaf, which was delicious lightly toasted with a thin spreading of strawberry jam - yum! (Find the full range here). We also heated the Croissants and the Pain au Chocolat so that they were nice and warm and the chocolate was slightly melted inside. The smaller pastries are actually individually wrapped so the leftovers from the feast have come in very handy over the past few days when I've had some early trains to catch and needed an easy breakfast on the go!

Have you tried Brioche Pasquier pastries before? Which would you love to try the most? Thank you to Brioche Pasquier for giving us some very full and happy tummies on a cold Winter's morning!

C x


Monday, December 05, 2016

WINTER WONDERLAND

WINTER WONDERLAND
Monday, December 05, 2016
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You know it's Winter when the faux fur coat comes out of hiding and I'm in my usual uniform of jeans, chunky knit and ankle boots! On Sunday we headed out to a lovely little Christmas festival held at one of our favourite places and soon to be wedding venue, and blimey was it cold! I donned my Vintage faux fur jacket and pulled on a pair of fabulous new boots from Moda in Pelle.

Faux Fur Jacket - Vintage
Roll Neck Jumper - Missguided
Jeans - Very
Chelsea Boots - Moda in Pelle*
Bag - Primark

The Chelsea boots are so comfy and were the perfect choice for strolls in the gardens and a day on my feet. I love the classic shape and how easy they are to style - they go with practically anything from skinny jeans and an oversized knit like I wore here, to a pretty dress and opaque tights for a relaxed look.
I'm also loving neutral colours right now like the deep cream shade of the cosiest jumper ever, paired with the pale blonde faux fur of my coat, a colour I like as it's a lot different from the dark brown or mink faux fur jackets you tend to see.

What are your favourite outfits to wear on cold Wintery days? 

C x




Sunday, December 04, 2016

FOR HER | THE ULTIMATE CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE 2016

FOR HER | THE ULTIMATE CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE 2016
Sunday, December 04, 2016
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I can't quite believe we're now in December and Christmas posts are sweeping the Blogosphere once again - this year has flown by in the blink of an eye! I thought I'd throw in my two cents and bring you a couple of gift guide posts to offer a helping hand with the Christmas shopping and those relatives and friends that are soooo hard to buy for (there's always one!). Here's my ultimate gift guide for the girls, with something to suit anyone from the beauty guru and fashion mogul to the workaholic or party girl. And if anyone I know is reading this, I'd happily accept any of these gifts myself (wink wink, nudge nudge).


There's a lot right!? Hopefully all these goodies can give you some gift inspo this Christmas. And never fear, the guys edition is on it's way in a couple of days too! Cue oodles of stylish gifts from the world of grooming, technology, fashion and accessories for even the most picky present receiver! 

C x
Saturday, December 03, 2016

LILY & THE LAMPLIGHT | PERFECT PARTYWEAR

LILY & THE LAMPLIGHT | PERFECT PARTYWEAR
Saturday, December 03, 2016
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Long time followers of mine may remember Lily & The Lamplight, as its always been a brand I've worn over the years. If you aren't aware though, its a label that is all completely handmade, with a little nod to all things vintage. In Summer you'll most likely see the brand's website adorned with 70s inspired boho dresses with fluted sleeves and beautiful prints, and in Winter you'll find 60s style mini dresses and tartan checks. This year, Lily & The Lamplight have introduced a 90s inspired line of partywear - think metallic leather minis, sheer sparkly tees, cami slip dress and lots of crushed velvet - just in time for the festive season!

Lily is the brainchild of one on my closest friends, Steph, and I'm so proud to see her brand evolve and go from strength to strength as she introduces new collections and designs. Every fabric is carefully sourced to ensure high quality, and every piece is made by hand in the UK. 
The new partywear collection is, as always with Lily & The Lamplight, a limited edition range. It's perfect for the party girl, and you'll find pieces that will create a fabulously festive look for all those Christmas parties, nights out and celebrations over the coming weeks.


Who What Claire readers are being spoilt with 10% off everything on the whole site! To claim your discount, just enter the code WHOWHATCLAIRE at the checkout and bag yourself a completely unique, handmade item, whilst not only looking amazing but also supporting an independent business, too. Here's a few of my favourites from the range, including some that I'll be purchasing for myself!

1. 'Peggy' Silver Crushed Velvet Shift Dress (here)
2. 'Joy' Gold Glitter Mesh T Shirt (here) and 'Edie' Pink Wool Mini Skirt (here)
3. 'Peggy' Midnight Blue Crushed Velvet Shift Dress (here)
4. 'Edie' Rose Gold Leather Mini Skirt (here)
5. 'Joy' Leopard Print Mesh T Shirt (here)
6. 'Bianca' Crinkle Jersey Culottes (here)
7. 'April' Liquid Silver Cross Back Slip Dress (here)
8. 'Edie' Zebra Print Mini Skirt (here)


Which are your favourite pieces? Have you bought anything from Lily & The Lamplight before? Let me know if you pick anything up from the new range!

C x
Monday, November 28, 2016

MERRY & BRIGHT | DESIGNING MY OWN CHRISTMAS JUMPER

MERRY & BRIGHT | DESIGNING MY OWN CHRISTMAS JUMPER
Monday, November 28, 2016
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It's no secret that I'm absolutely obsessed with Christmas and all things festive, so when I was asked to design my own Christmas jumper the answer was always going to be a yes! Now don't get me wrong, I love a good cheesy festive knit, but I wanted to create something a little more wearable, and, well, dare I say.... 'cool'! Rather than a knit, I opted for a simple grey marl sweatshirt in a pale shade, and slightly oversized for a relaxed fit. I then got to work on Photoshop creating the image that I wanted on the sweater.
Custom-made sweatshirt - Clothes2Order*

I chose a script-style font that would look fun yet soft, and opted for white embroidery rather than a print as I wanted it to have some form of texture to it. I was kinda going for a snowy sort of look with the marl of the fabric, the white text and the soft font, and I think the finished product worked out just how I imagined! 
The production and delivery of my Christmas sweatshirt was super fast - I received it just a few days after ordering which I was super impressed with considering it was embroidered! Clothes2Order can also print on to their products as well as embroider, and they can do everything from T Shirts to accessories! I'm so pleased with how mine turned out, and I love how it isn't so obviously Christmassy, so I can wear it  lots this Winter!

C x

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