Sunday, 2 November 2014

The Dugout, Belushis Bar - London Bridge

The second I walked into this bar a couple of weeks ago, I knew I wanted to blog about it.
Now it won't be everyones cup of tea - especially as most of you will be here for beauty-themed posts - but hear me out, and I'm sure you'll fall in love with it too.
From the outside, Belushi's isn't anything out of the ordinary. It's a decent enough bar where you'd probably have a pint or two with your mates if you lived locally, but I wouldn't say it was somewhere I'd travel to visit. However, what it houses in it's basement is what makes it unique.

At the back of Belushi's, down a flight of big metal stairs, you'll find The Dugout. The ultimate man cave.

The walls are plastered with pictures of sports teams, " brick wall" wallpaper and various road signs and quotes. There are probably 10 or so tv screens showing every kind of sport you could imagine, and lots of tables dotted around so you'll never need to fight for a view of the score.
At one end is the bar - which doesn't have an extensive range of alcohol but definitely has something to suit everyones taste (but it does have some seriously good cider) - and at the other is what they call the "living room".

The living room is an area, partially separated from the rest of the bar, which you can privately hire (I'm sure you can probably just turn up and hire it on a quiet day rather than booking ahead) and use as your own personal chillout area. There are big leather sofas, your own (giant) tv, a mini fridge which you can fill with beer, an xbox, pinball machine and a cupboard full of games to play.
For £10 you can also rent the Beer Pong table, which comes fully equipped with american-style red cups, pingpong balls and 3 massive jugs of beer. Amazing.

It sounds like man-heaven, but I went with my friend Jess and we fell in love with the place too. There were probably as many girls in there as there were guys, and I think it was purely down to the insanely chilled atmosphere and the fact the people in there are all so damn nice.
After a night out on Friday, we wanted to find somewhere to have lunch and where the football was on in the background so I could catch the score every now and again, and we happened to stumble across this place online. I wasn't expecting much of it, but we got there about 12.30pm and lazed around for a full 5 hours - eating, drinking & watching really intense games of Fifa and Beer Pong - before realising the time had flown past and we had places to be, but we could have easily stayed there all night.

Admittedly the food wasn't Michelin star. We both had fish and chips and it was pretty standard, throw-it-all-in-a-fryer type stuff, but wasn't bad or expensive. The menu was basically all "man food" - burgers, bacon.. - nothing over the top fancy, but pretty much exactly what you'd expect if you were just wanting a beer and to watch the football with your mates.

It could do with a bit of a revamp in places - some of the wallpaper is peeling a bit and the sofas were looking quite lived in - but they were all signs of a well loved bar and they had what really mattered - good alcohol, good tv, good staff and a good vibe.
We haven't been there in an evening yet, but I reckon they'd host some good nights and we will definitely be dropping by again some time soon. They are also open late every night - including sundays! - and show lots of late night sports like NFL, etc.

Definitely worth a visit if you're in the area. You can find all their info on their website here, or on their Twitter, @BelushisDugout.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Wednesday Wishlist #6

Wednesday Wishlist #6

There are so many things on my wishlist at the moment that I had a hard time picking them out for a WW post, so I thought I'd just throw together an outfit with a few of the things I've been lusting after the most.
I have actually already purchased the New Look jeans and the Hot Tools curling iron (my bad), but neither of them have arrived yet so I thought I'd add them in!

I'm off to New York (aaaah) in 6 weeks, so will have lots of wishlists coming for the things that I'm going to be getting while I'm out there - but these are a few pieces that I've been looking at to keep myself occupied in the mean time!

Whats on your wishlist this month?

All the love.
Alice x

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

MAC Blushbaby

MAC Blushbaby is a pale dusty rose coloured, sheer tone blush. It looks pretty standard and uninteresting at first glance, but it transfers beautifully on the skin and has been my go-to blush for a couple of months now. 

If you're a pale girl like myself, you will know how frustrating it is trying to find blushers that don't make you look like you've been slapped in the face. This is the perfect solution to that, giving just the right balance between adding a hint of colour and warmth to the complexion, without actually looking like you've got anything on. It's got a slight sheen to it, but nothing glittery or particularly noticeable - just enough to illuminate your face and not make you look too 'flat'. 
The sheer tone formula means the colour pay off isn't too over the top, and you can be fairly heavy handed with it without risk of looking permanently embarrassed or like you've been for a run (which is always a bonus, obviously).

It's pretty difficult to go wrong with, so if you're new to makeup or aren't a massive blush wearer, this might be one for you. It's also a pretty universal colour, so if you're looking for a present for someone and aren't sure what would suit them, I'd say this was a safe bet.

You can pick it up for £18 here.

What are your go to products at the moment?

All the loves.
Alice x

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Autumn Tag 2014

I saw this tag floating around on the blogosphere, so thought I'd jump on the bandwagon! 

Ok we're talking coffee's - what's your favourite seasonal drink from Starbucks/Costa/Cafe Nero etc?
I'm a sucker for anything gingerbread flavoured so Starbucks Gingerbread Latte's are right up my street. And last year I think it was Costa that did a white chocolate hot chocolate, which was amazing, so probably that too.

Accessories - what do you opt for, scarf, boots, gloves?
Definitely boots, big chunky scarves, and occasionally a bobble hat!

Music - what's your favourite music to listen to during Autumn?
I wouldn't say my music tastes change during autumn but there are definitely some artists or songs that I listen to less because they just feel more summery to me, and around October I always redownload Christmas songs so I can get in the spirit (I'm not even ashamed) in the build up to Christmas!  

Perfume - what's your favourite scent for this time of year?
My favourite perfume for this time of year is definitely Chanel Madamoiselle. I've been given a bottle of it for Christmas pretty much every year for the last 8 or 9 years because I just seem to go through so much of it, so it's one that always reminds me of the colder months!

Candles - what scents will you be burning this season?
Anything cinnamon or spiced apple scented goes down well in our house, so most likely something along those lines!  

What do you love most about Autumn?
Autumn fashion, wrapping up warm, the build up to my birthday (december) and christmas, the weather getting a bit colder.. 

Favourite make up look?
Anything with vampy lips. I'm drawn to dark reds/ purples and berry colours all year round but they never seem appropriate to wear! So Autumn is my favourite because I get to use my extensive collection of almost-identical vampy colours... hahaha.

What are you looking forward to most in Autumn?
SO MUCH. Halloween, obvs. And my boyfriend and I are going to New York in the middle of December, so the next couple of months are all going to be preparing/ saving/ gazing longingly on the Sephora website for that! There are also loads of birthdays coming up for close family and friends, so lots of parties to look forward to, and there are a couple of gigs I'm planning on going to also, which should be good! 

I tag anyone that hasn't done it yet! xx