Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Le Caprice : Restaurant Reveiw

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Le Caprice has welcomed many a famous face through it's doors over the past 34 years, and that very same warm welcome was extended to my Fashion Sept girls, Lois, Beth and I on a sunny Autumn Saturday afternoon.

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With a timeless black and white interior adorned with iconic portraits by David Bailey and evening entertainment in the form a very talented jazz pianist, it is very easy to see why some of their regulars have been coming here for many years. 

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Starters : 
Burrata : heritage tomatoes  & basil 
Salmon & quails eggs
Pickled and raw beetroot salad

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Midway through our meal we took a cocktail break! Where the in house mixologist showed off his skills and created the tastiest Lychee Martini a girl could ask for!

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Main Courses :
Caprice burger with crispy bacon
Caprice burger with Swiss cheese and a fried egg
Bespoke tenderstem broccoli, chilli, capers and spinach dish made especially for Beth's vegan needs

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No room for desert! So we finished our delicious meal with a single shot espresso!

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Tucked neatly down the side of The Ritz London hotel on Arlington Street, Le Caprice is a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of a busy Piccadilly on a Saturday afternoon.

We were booked in for a late lunch date at 2pm, and as I was busy running errands in town all morning, fueled by a single cup of coffee, come 2pm I was just about ready to eat a horse! Luckily for me the portion size at Le Caprice is more than generous - so much so that there was no room for dessert! 

I started with the Burrata (made from mozzarella and cream), heritage tomatoes and basil, oh my giddy aunt it was GOOD! Firstly mozzarella + cream - heck yas! Secondly tangy little tomatoes that pop in your mouth - delish! As starters go this was a massive hit for me!

Once we had finished our starters we headed over to the bar to be suitably impressed by the mixologist, who whipped us up a mid-meal Lychee Martini! Such a fun way to wait for our main course to arrive.

For my main I had ordered a Caprice burger with crispy bacon, medium/well done with a side of fries. It came with a home made relish which was to die for! The dish was pretty substantial, so if you are a dessert lover you may want to opt for something lighter as this is a filler-upper!

Our meal was finished off with coffee and conversation about how stunning the marble and brass bathrooms are! Check out Beth's post to have a glimpse as I didn't manage to get a snap of them.

So if you find yourself on Piccadilly and are looking to get away from the crowds, Le Caprice will be sure to welcome you into their little family for a couple of hours of relaxed restoration, great food and knockout cocktails! 

A great place for lunch with the girls, brunch with the family or an evening with your lover!

Le Caprice Arlington House, Arlington Street, London SW1A 1RJ

Clare Astra

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Joules Design A Welly Competition

Calling all budding designers, doodlers and wellington boot lovers!

 Joules have just launched a competition for you to design some of your very own Joules wellies. 

The winner will see their design put into production (with all proceeds going to CHARITABLY JOULES) as well as winning a luxury Forest Holiday worth £5000!

Whats not to love?

OK so need some inspiration?

Here is my design entry :

What do you think? Can you do a better design? I know you can!!

Competition Details :

Win a luxury break worth 」5,000

3 nights in a golden oak treehouse cabin plus lots more

10 runners-up will each receive a 」250 Joules gift card.

The winning welly design will go on sale at joules.com.

Submit a design and enter the competition here - http://getcreative.joules.com/

Competition closes on 4th December 2015

Also you can enter up to 5 designs!!!

All proceeds from the sale of the limited edition winning welly will be donated to our charity partners via CHARITABLY JOULES.

What are you waiting for? Go go go!!!

Good Luck my darlings - I cant wait to buy your wellington design!!

Clare Astra 

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Take 12

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I Am Wearing :

Camel Coat - c/o Boohoo
Pussy Bow Blouse - c/o NEXT
Black Dungarees - Asos
Snake Skin Heels - NEXT

How cute are my 2 little friends?!

The worlds cutest pugs belong to my neighbour who was just about to take them for a walk when she spotted me shooting my outfit and asked if I would like to have my photograph with them?! 
How could I say no! 
I'm in love!

Also SO excited to tell you that Next has a new 'order by midnight for next day delivery' service! I know my life just got a whole lot easier! 

I cant go without mentioning this camel coat from Boohoo - so warm and cozy I just cant get over what a bargain it is at just £30! The fabric hangs so well and it looks like it cost at least 3 times the price - cant fault this bargain!

Hope you have had a great weekend. 

Much Love

Clare Astra 


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

What I Wore To London Fashion Week Day 03

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I Am Wearing :

Striped Shirt Dress - H&M
Flare Jeans - Dorothy Perkins
Saddle Bag - Dune 
Fringe Ankle Boots - TopShop
Watch - Michael Kors

Another day at London Fashion Week and another great hair day - I miss my LFW hair :-(

This post is ALL about the Dune Delphine bag! If you LOVE the Chloe Marcie saddle bag like me and like me you just cant afford it then the Dune Delphine is the bag for you, at just £59 its a steal!! 

Finding designer looks for less (almost) makes me as happy as my hair in this post! ;-)

Hope you are all well, thank you for reading

Clare Astra 

Sunday, October 11, 2015

A Classic White Shirt

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I Am Wearing 

Oxford Boyfriend Shirt - c/o GANT
Skirt - H&M
Shoes - Primark
Watch - c/o Caravella
Sunglasses - Vintage
Chloe Dupe - Ali Express
Lipstick - Mac All Fired Up

Nothing beats a classic white oxford shirt - except maybe a classic white boyfriend shirt! This GANT shirt is a wardrobe staple that every girl should have. There is no other comfort like a 100% cotton shirt - breathable fabrics are my jam!

Comfort and style (not always in that order) are my main priorities when getting dressed and this shirt has both of those things covered with ease!

If you treat your classic shirt well, it will stay with you for years.

Clare Astra 
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