Review | Meatliquor, Oxford Street

All I seem to be doing on my days off this summer is eating but that’s what summer is for, right?

I’m a bit late on the bandwagon with this one but I recently paid a visit to London’s most hip burger joint Meatliquor. Does what it says on the tin really. Meatliquor reminds me of London’s answer to a rock nightclub but aside from it being too loud to hear each other in, it was a pretty cool place.

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We started off the evening by ordering a round of cocktails whilst we waited for a table and I have to say, they were divine.

IMG_6988Once we’d had a gander at the menu, all four of us decided we definitely needed to share some of the deep South inspired sides as starters. We opted for the chilli cheese fries (I can still taste how good they were now) and some bingo wings (essentially spicy chicken wings).

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On to the main event, the burgers. As Meatliquor market themselves as selling ‘the best burgers in London,’ I have to say I was slightly disappointed. Yes, the burgers were good but to be completely honest, they were slightly tasteless in comparison to the sides. If we’d ordered a couple more sides between the four of us, I think that would have made for a better meal.

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The one saving grace of their menu whilst we were chomping on our burgers though were their alcoholic milkshakes. Yes you heard me right, alcoholic milkshakes. I had a maple bourbon – vanilla shake with maple syrup and Bourbon. It is without a doubt the best milkshake I have ever tried and they come in takeaway cups so you can finish one off down the street as you leave!

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The verdict: 3.5 stars. Great for drinks & nibbles, but not quite Britain’s best burger.

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Rambles & Reflections | New Year’s Resolutions

I’ll make this a quick one, as at the time of writing it’s Sunday evening and I still need to paint my nails, eat dinner and prepare for the working week ahead.

As it’s halfway through the year already (what?!?), I thought I’d take a few minutes out of my day to reflect and update you all on how my 2014/15 New Year’s Resolutions have been going.

At the beginning of this year, I set myself three challenges:

1. Get a new job

2. Pass second year with at least a 2:1

3. Make more of an effort to keep in touch with family

I’m proud to let you all know that numbers 1 and 2 have gone swimmingly – I’m currently working at a full time job over summer that pays £7 an hour (score) and I passed second year with a high 2:1 and even a cheeky first in my French law module!

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So, it’s all gone to plan. The only thing that still needs a little bit of work is the whole keeping in touch with family thing. Moving to France in 2 months will probably make this a lot harder but I am determined to use what little free time I have to make sure I don’t become too busy making a living that I forget to make a life.

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Ciao for now!

See you in the next post,

Sascha xo

Review | The Real Greek, Windsor

I spend almost every day of my summer working in Windsor so it is not exactly my first choice location to spend one of my days off. However, that’s exactly what I was dragged into doing last Wednesday and I must admit, boy was I glad.

The Real Greek is located just behind the Theatre Royal and you could easily walk right past it. The inside is decorated like a kitsch little slice of Greece and has a very relaxed feel about it.

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And don’t even get me started on the food. My friend and I chose a few mezze dishes to share, proper Greek style. We couldn’t decide on just 2 or 3, so went all out and ordered Houmous with Greek flatbreads, filo pastry feta parcels, lamb meatballs, chicken skewers and halloumi and chicken wraps. Everything was served on a stack of plates similar to a posh afternoon tea and it all tasted absolutely divine.

IMG_6984Even though we couldn’t finish our mains and ended up taking a doggy bag home, our stomachs are built differently for the consumption of sweets (or so we like to tell ourselves). So we were easily tempted into ordering the Baklava (my personal favourite) and a Greek ice cream pie. Yum.

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The verdict: 5 stars. If you’re ever in Windsor, give this place a try. Beats a cheeky Nando’s any day of the week.

“What a slut time is, she screws everybody.”

I’m finally sitting down to write this post that I’ve been putting off for a while after opening my ‘One Line A Day’ diary  to realise I haven’t written anything in it for 2 weeks.

Last summer I got around to reading a book that everyone was raving about – The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Whilst it is an excellent read and the title of this post is a quote from it, this post actually has nothing to do with it.

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As you might have guessed, this ramble is about time. More particularly, how time is moving far too quickly. I know I’ve mentioned this in a few previous posts but it’s such a prevalent issue in my life currently that I thought it warranted an entire post of it’s own.

Aside from my holiday to Greece (which you will all see a post on once I get my camera fixed!), I haven’t had time to stop and relax since around April. My life has been filled with revision, jury service, starting my full time summer job and year abroad preparation. There simply just aren’t enough hours in the day to catch up with all my old friends, write in my somewhat neglected diary or update this blog regularly (apologies, I’m trying my hardest!).

I think all this dwelling on time has come about from me finally slowing down enough to realise that I’m moving abroad in a matter of months for the year and by the time I come back all my friends will have graduated. I’m filled with excitement but it’s still such a bizzare concept to get my head around.

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Another related thing that’s been playing on my mind recently is the timing of when we meet people. Friends, love interests, colleagues, acquaintance. I’ve never really believed in this idea before but it lately I’ve found it is true that everyone we meet comes into our life at a certain time for a reason. Whether they stay for a few months or our whole lives, everyone has lessons to teach us. It’s true that sometimes timing is crap and there have been instances lately that have made me think that one thing happening at a slightly different time could have had an entirely different outcome but the fact is we don’t get to control time. Ultimately, time controls us.

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As John Green famously put, time screws everyone. We’re always constantly running out of it. I don’t really know how I’ve managed to write 400 words on the concept of time. But I guess with all the things going on in my life lately, I’ve been reminded that time is precious. Make sure you trust the timing of your life, but don’t let it to control you and sure as hell don’t waste it.

We need to talk about sexual assault

Unfortunately today’s topic is not a cheery one and this post involves a lot of writing. It is, however, a topic that needs to be talked about. As some of you may know, I study a law degree. Recent developments in my legal experience have made me aware of just how oblivious the general public are to the prevalence of sexual assault. The experience has inspired me to research and support campaigns in this area, but for now I’m hoping this blog post gets the ball rolling.

Firstly, I have to say that I was shocked by how lightly allegations of sexual assault are treated. Comments such as “it’s not that serious” and “he/she could have done a lot worse are far too common. Sexual assault can obviously affect both male and female victims, but it is undeniable that women are considerably more at risk. It seems that society views a man’s right to a woman’s body as an absolute right rather than the privilege which it should be. Essentially, it needs to be widely understood that any kind of sexual assault is a crime – nothing more, nothing less.

Even more shocking is the fact that people genuinely believe that most allegations of sexual assault are simply “made up.” Yes, there are some sick people who make up all sorts of things about all sorts of people. However, in the majority of cases, it is completely nonsensical for the victim to simply invent stories that lead to extensive emotional trauma and sometimes troubling court proceedings.

Moreover, in my eyes, the UK’s criminal law doesn’t afford enough protection to victims of sexual violence. Unfortunately, ‘innocent until proven guilty’ is an extremely hard presumption to rebut in cases of one person’s word against another. I can’t help but think that this is particularly troubling for victims who are actually brave enough to come forward and give evidence in court.

People are, no doubt, becoming increasingly aware of sexual assault committed within the public eye – particularly on nights out. However, there is one extremely disturbing area that no-one seems to talk about; instances of sexual abuse within the family home. It seems that families are expected to just nip it in the bud and get on with it. More often than not, the adults concerned seem to do little to protect the often underage victims. I’m sorry, but I find it absolutely absurd that no-one seems to have the balls (no pun intended) to discuss such sensitive and prevalent issues.

At the end of the day, the only way we can start to envisage any kind of solution is by having more of an open discussion about the issue. For the sake of the victims of such a personal and emotionally traumatising crime, please take a few minutes from your day to spread awareness and maybe even research the issue a little further.

Lifestyle | Windsor’s Hidden Gems

As I live pretty close to Windsor, I always forget that people actually come and visit for purposes other than to go to Nando’s or take the kids to Legoland. So, without further ado, here’s my pick of the top 5 less well known places in Windsor & Eton that are definitely worth a visit…

1. The Chocolate Theatre Co

This cute little cafe is situated at the bottom of the bridge that connects Windsor & Eton and it is honestly one of the best places I have ever been. Buckets of rich hot chocolate accompanied by scrumptious slices of cake? Yes please.

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2. Pots About U

Whilst this sounds like a bit of a cheesy pick up line, it is actually in fact a pottery painting studio. Having had my 8th birthday party here, it holds a special place in my heart. Unfortunately, I couldn’t dig up or find any photos of the place but it’s cute and can be found down a side street as you walk into Eton. The fun name also means it could be a cute first date idea!

3. Don Beni Italian Restaurant

This beautiful Italian restaurant can be found on Eton high street and serves everything from pizza to pasta to traditional Italian meaty mains. It is extremely romantic and the perfect place to take your other half for a date night!

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4. Al Fassia Morrocan Restaurant

This cute little place can be found at the bottom of Peascod Street in Windsor, through the winding side streets of restaurants. It is truly a hidden gem and one visit here will make you feel like you’re in Marrakech!

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5. Cinnamon Cafe

In the heart of the high street, this is the perfect place to grab a coffee or cake after tiring yourself out with all that heavy duty shopping. Beats Starbucks, and their belgian waffles are to die for.

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Where are your favourite places in Windsor & Eton? Visiting any time soon? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Fashion Friday | Fusion Fashion

So, as I haven’t been out wearing any put together outfits in a while due to my blasted exams, I thought I’d share something a little different with you all today.

Instead of showing you my joggers and oversized tee that have become my library going staples, I thought I’d post about some of my favourite Indian looks I’ve worn over the past couple of years. Enjoy!

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February 2014. Lipstick – MAC’s Rebel. Comment if you’d like me to do a hair tutorial for this look!

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Lipstick – MAC’s Ruby Woo (can you tell I like MAC lipsticks yet?)
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February 2015. Lipstick – MAC’s Girl About Town.

Which look is your favourite? Let me know in the comments below! 

 

 

Photography | Running Recce

Hello lovely readers of this humble slice of the internet,

Today I thought I’d do a bit of different post as I’ve recently started running. I think one of my main motivators to start running was the fact I’m fortunate enough to live right next to the River Thames.

As I am a complete novice to running and in no position to give out tips about how to start or even stick at it, I thought I’d do something I’m a little better at. So, without further ado, enjoy these original photos of my local running route!

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Where is your favourite place to run? Are you into photography? Let me know in the comments below!

Relationships | What to do when meeting your ex’s new boo

In an ideal world, all our ex’s and old flames would be shipped off to a remote island somewhere so we never had to cross paths with them again.

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Remote islands for the win

Unfortunately, we live on Earth.

And sometimes, things don’t always pan out the way we want them to. Sometimes, these exes and past lovers somewhat miraculously become, or indeed stay, part of our friendship group. Now, I’m all for being friends with your exes (oo, controversial – comment if you want me to do a separate post on this!) if you’re both mature and platonic enough to handle it.

Personally, I just don’t see the point in completely throwing away someone who you obviously would have the foundations of a pretty good friendship with. I’m not saying be friends as soon as you have stormed out of each other’s houses and burnt each other’s stuff. But give it time and you might find that you can actually be really good friends.

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Wait until you are past this point to try the friendship thing

Anyway, enough rambling. The point is, if you are friends with your ex or even have mutual friends with him, you’re probably going to run into his new girlfriend at some point.

Possibly just when you are casually hanging with your mates, or perhaps on a night out when both you and her are somewhat intoxicated and then proceed to confess how much you don’t want things to be awkward between you. Despite never even having met before. (Can you tell I’m speaking from experience?)

Although you may feel like telling your new ex’s new boo about how she will definitely get cheated on and you have heels higher than her standards, don’t.

Just be civil. You don’t have to be friends, but you may find that eventually you will be. What I am trying to get at is, there is no point holding grudges against someone you don’t even know yet.

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Words to live by

By all means, occasionally bitch about your ex’s new squeeze to your friends if you feel you need to let off some steam. But do not be mean to her or god forbid, try to get involved in their relationship.

It is just not worth it.

If you are old enough to have been in a relationship, you should be old enough to maturely handle situations where you have to interact with your ex and their new partner. If not, go back to Tinder and start from square one.

What are your thoughts on relationships and being friends with exes? Let me know in the comments below!

Fashion Friday | Spring/Summer Sale Spots

 

Here’s 6 things that caught my eye in the ASOS 70% off sale…

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1.  ASOS Open Circle Hair Crown – £10.00  £3.50

2.  ASOS Quilted Edge to Edge Jacket – £40.00 £12.00

3. New Look Woven Aztec Belted Midi Dress – £22.99 £6.50

4. London Rebel Dot Espadrilles – £16.00 £10.00

5. Glamorous T-Shirt in Mosaic Print – £18.00 £5.00 

6. ASOS Faux Pearl Hair Tikka – £12.00 £3.50

What looks have you been loving lately? Let me know in the comments below!