“I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is, I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat.”
– Rebecca West
The weekend before returning to the US I had managed to whip myself into full-force stars and stripes mode, thus deciding the best way to cure Saturday’s hangover was to take my similarly fragile brunch date to Shoreditch for Dirty Bones‘ New York-style comfort food.
Dirty Bones – all heigh ceilings, casual elegance and cool kid vibes – is brunch goals epitomised. Starting with spiked iced coffees (triple espresso, Courvoisier VSOP cognac, Mozart Dry Chocolate spirit
& cream), we decided to split an order of Avocado “Shoreditch” Crumpets (toasted with umami butter, poached eggs, hollandaise, avocado & garlic guacamole, and Sriracha hot sauce) while we made the intensely difficult choices between brunch mains.
While my date opted for the short rib hash (14 hour slow-cooked pulled short rib finished with caramelised shallots, mustard seeds, potatoes & two sunny side-up eggs) I couldn’t refuse my pervasive Stateside fave: chicken & waffle.
As I no longer eat meat at home, I was hesitant to select chicken – in all its basic glory – as the heart of my meal out but could not have been more pleased with the waffle-topped result. Their free range chicken is 6 hour brined and 6 hour sous-vide cooked for extra tenderness and flavour. So much so I took a under-crust photo for proof, below, between maple syrup-dipped mouthgasms. (Not that our shared just-in-case crispy candied bacon was left behind…)
Stupidly, we planned to share Dirty Bones’ matcha custard french toast for dessert but were convinced otherwise by very full and happy bellies. Bookmarking the dis for my return trip, I settled for a dirty Chai (just the way it should be) while my companion swooned his way through a Butter Baby milkshake – creamy butterscotch, vanilla ice cream, milk, and a shot of Ketel One.
That’s what you call recovery food.
Since first trialling Kat Von D’s Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks in Los Angeles, I have had no reason to look elsewhere for long-lasting lip colour. Homegirl hit a home run with her 28 matte shades (all infused with Vitamin E) and I search for a new favourite every time I’m back in the U.S.
Naturally, Florida’s low-key beauty aesthetic sent me straight for Lolita II – Kat’s brighter version of the chestnut rose original. All in all, it is the perfect SuperNude. And worth an outfit post of its very own.
The Pizza Gods at Firezza embody everything I love about the food industry in London; quality flavour-focused ingredients, convenience, affordability, and good vibes. When I was asked to collaborate and experience their food and drink offerings prior to their new restaurant launch in Dean Street, I could hardly refuse.
The restaurant – which opens to the public April 12th – is the brand’s first fully-fledged restaurant and is set to showcase their “proper” by-the-metre pizza in true Soho style. They’ve even revamped their “Patate (fire-roasted sliced potato with creamy Taleggio cheese, mozzarella, fresh cream & red onion)pizza and offer gluten-free & vegan options to cater to the everyman.
My personal favourites include their hand-stretched and fire-baked Porcini Di Bosco pizza (white pizza with wild porcini mushrooms, fresh field mushrooms, Tartufata/truffle cream, Taleggio, mozzarella, Gran Milano shavings, cream & tarragon), Stone Brewing Craft Beer, and absolutely perfect cannoli (the chocolate chip version is, to be honest, kryptonite).
For the price point (pizzas start at £6), Firezza have done a commendable job not only hunting high and low for the best ingredients available (they fly Buffalo Mozzarella D.O.P. 1300 miles direct from Italy) but striving for a social space to enjoy fuss-free food and drink. I have even created a fist-pumping playlist for their restaurant to help them do so (which you can preview on Spotify here)!
Do your tum a favour and schedule in a Dean Street pizza party excursion with your nearest and dearest.
Infuse My. Colour Wash (Shampoo) from Bespoke Brands
After returning to icier pale tresses and undergoing my first keratin treatment, I was widely advised to ensure all my hair products were sulphate-free. It seemed as long a time as any to start using my latest product of intrigue, Infuse My. Colour’s vegan and sulphate/silicone/paraben-free shampoo.
The new products were launched in five colour-enhancing shades to give customers ethical, clean, and environmentally-friendly hair care which maintains or enhances colour & hair health simultaneously. My chosen shade (Platinum) takes the form of a thin purple rinse which neutralises yellow, maintains brightness of greys & whites, and even adds shine.
For keratin and colour’s sake, I’m a lifelong convert.
The White Company‘s New Beauty Products
I was beyond intrigued to discover The White Company had partnered with DECIEM (“The Abornal Beauty Company”) to expand its already gargantuan inventory into advanced tech skincare, so picked up a few products just before I left for the US. Hoping they would last me the full two months (potentially naively), I am pleased to report the three that I suitcased have met all initial promises.
The first – their multi-purpose Super Serum – is superfine and sinks into skin at the speed of light to moisturise, defend against UV damage, even out skin tone, and generally perfect in skin. In the crazy Floridian humidity, I have been FOTD-ing the serum and Eye Revive under SPF and feeling as confident as I would with a face full of slap. In fact, moreso. The combination – all eye and skin brightening – leaves you with the most radiant, fresh and happy skin.
The trio of faves ends with the Super Balm – a cleanser which transforms from cream to non-greasy oil when rubbed into the skin, dissolving all of the day’s dirt, grime, and – if you’re that way inclined – cosmetics. It is also gentle and effective enough to suit all skin types and, with a sweet lemon scent, a real comfort to cleanse with.
Baby Lips in Cherry Me from Maybelline
What’s a monthly beauty favourites without a lip product, eh? This month, I have fallen for what I assume is the cheapest product in my entire beauty collection – Maybelline’s tinted Baby Lips in Cherry Me. Like their OG cult favourite, the tinted version of Baby Lips moisturises and smoothes as soon as it is applied, albeit this time with a translucent cherry hue. I find it really brightens the face and takes my naturally pink lips to a more neutral, pretty hue. A genuine handbag staple.