A lot of love for F&F and Katy Perry

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Those of you who follow me on Instagram will already be aware of my larger-than-life Saturday night.

In partnership with my lovely friends at F&F, I spent the evening with Katy Perry (and a million fellow Katy Cats) on the final night of her Prismatic tour at London’s 02.

Decked out in the most Katy-worthy white jumpsuit I could find, I booked it from an all-day excursion on Regent Street to witness the extraordinary fitness that is Miss Katy Perry.

It was the best night I have had in a very long time (as you might be able to see from my select few Insta-videos, below!).

What I Wore:
This limited edition tailored bandeau jumpsuit from F&F

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In Review: Jamies Italian, Westfield Stratford

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I had one million misconceptions about Jamie’s Italian before I ever set foot in one.

Celebrity chef? Probably has nothing to do with it. Prices? Obviously +£10 per dish to cover the celebrity status. Chain restaurant? I can’t even.

I am very happy. I was very wrong.

Last weekend, The Manfriend and I rocked up for lunch after a particularly heavy night with Katy Perry (see previous post). Drowning in the warmth of the sun next to the Westfield Stratford branch‘s open terrace – and their at-window-serving hog roast! – I coukd not feel any further from my preconceived idea of ‘bland chain eats’.

After ordering a few non-alcoholic cocktails (I do not believe in hair of the dog), we perused the menu with delight.

There was FOOD. Real, fresh FOOD. Food-I-would-serve-at-a-dinner-party-if-I-was-an-Italian-model-goddess FOOD!

It took no time at all to decide on starters. With a penchant for great ingredients, I thought I’d test the water with a small Bresaola salad (which came with artichokes, rocket, crumbled Colwick cheese, toasted almonds and aged balsamic) while my very hungry Manfriend dove headfirst into a plate of Crab and Avocado bruschetta (mixed with apple, chilli, mint and lemon).

It also took no time to lick the plates clean.

When our mains arrived, we were entranced. Yet, while staring wide-eyed at enormous plates stacked with feather blade flash steak and crispy soft shell crab was entertaining, our appetites eventually got the better of us. His dry aged British beef – after being pounded with prosciutto and sage – sat nestled under a heritage tomato and basil salsa while my own beast, the buttermilk-fried crab, disintegrated by the forkful. If I could recommend one dish and one dish only, the crab would take the cake. The dish’s plate partners (a chilli, fennel and sea lettuce salad with smashed avocado and yuzu lime salsa) were exceptional.

(As photo evidence proves, we ordered Polenta chips with rosemary salt & Parmesan and ‘Posh Chips‘ with truffle oil & Parmesan before realising quite how large our portions would be. We did not finish them. Not for lack of trying.)

Nailing the final buckle in the belt loop, we wrapped things up with a few bites of raspberry and chocolate-rippled pavlova and Amalfi lemon meringue cheesecake.

Oh, how I wish ‘doggy bags’ were a thing in the U.K. That cheesecake could have fed our household for days.

I wouldn’t even be sick of it.

The best part? Three enormous courses – plus mocktails – for two still comes in at under £100. And I would order everything again.

Please accept my apologies, Jamie O. You’ve done this judgemental foodie proud.

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What I Wore – Nice and Easy

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All women have an outfit I would call an ‘I Woke Up Like Dis’ ensemble. Something magical that manages to look lovely, put together, and suggest that you didn’t wake up at 8:55 if you arrive somewhere at 9.

This is that ensemble (sometimes swapping the kicks out for heels). In fact, Ingenue London are kind of notorious for these kind of dresses (fellow curvy fans include Holly Willoughby and Emma Bunton) and they are incredibly soft, to boot.

What I Wore:
Ria tropical dress from Ingenue London
Jasper Conran doctor’s bag (similar here)
Stud buckle wedge trainers by Blonde & Blonde
Thin headband from Scunci

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Free Spotify Playlist – June 2014

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Just one month ago, June was set to be one the most chilled out months of my year (holidays and festivals, huzzah!). Natch, things weren’t going to stay that way. Entrepreneurs and relaxation…oil and water. With 1000 new clients and an entire conference to spearhead over the next 30 days, June has turned into one of the most manic months of my entire life.

Obviously, this month’s free Spotify playlist started its life as a collection of ‘Eye of The Tiger’ club mixes (motivation music of the highest order). I have since come to my senses and compiled a list of wonderful, happy Summertime sounds.

Which I sometimes swap for aforementioned club mixes. Enjoy.

(Need to catch up on last month’s? Click here for May’s free Spotify playlist.)

Click here to listen!

(Download Spotify here. It’s free!)

Track listing:
Bigmouth Strikes Again by The Smiths
Scream (Funk My Life Up) by Paolo Nutini
Dreamboat by Hey Sholay
Power To Change by The Black & White
You Can’t Judge A Book By The Cover by The Strypes
Fancy by Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX
Better Man by Paolo Nutini
C’mon Doll by My Goodness
Them Kids by Sam Roberts Band
Gonna Make My Own Money by Deap Vally
Black Bowl Park by Three Blind Wolves
Waves by Mr. Probz
Relief by Cold War Kids
Troubled So Hard by Paolo Nutini
OK, It’s Alright With Me by Eric Hutchinson
This Is How We Do by Katy Perry