What’s better than pizza? Nothing.

A wise owl once told me “even shit pizza is good pizza”, and I have to say I agree.

Everyone has their favourite pizza chain. We’ve all had that feeling when you’re craving the Italian delicacy, so you lean on branches such as Pizza Express, Dominoes and Papa Johns to satisfying your cravings but often come up short. I adore pizza, but at the minute I’m not loving my options. To me, it has reached the point where all variants of pizzas from one branch taste the same.

I was in need of a new variant of a familiar feeling, I needed intriguing toppings, new wave presentation and less burnt dough. Which is why I decided to pop over to Happy Dough Lucky.

Happy-Dough-Lucky is a pop-up store in the Lacehouse Nottingham, though I’m hoping they’re here for a lot longer. Their journey began when travelling around Italy with nothing but a camera, backpack and a notepad. Their goal was to serve the public real, fresh Neapolitan pizza. So after 17 weeks and 5,700 miles they felt they were ready to deliver, and did they ever.

The food scene is Nottingham is like no other I have experienced, so to say that I had high expectations was an understatement.

Starters

We kicked it off with some dough-balls and chilli fries, cos what kind of meal is it if you don’t load up on carbs to start? Not the kind of meal I want to be a part of!

I really enjoyed the dough balls. They were flavoursome, puffy and soft in the middle, but they didn’t knock Pizza Express’ off the pedestal for me. They do however come a very close second and I will definitely be getting them again!

The chilli fries stole the show for me, just the right amount of spice to leave your palette craving more. I’d still give these a try if you’re not into spice, they’re not too intense but leave a beautiful blend of flavours to dance around on your palette until your highly anticipated main arrives.

Main

I love nothing more than a veggie pizza, even when I ate meat I always opted for mine to be overflowing with veggies, I love a good crunch y’know?

I opted for a goats cheese and beetroot pizza, mainly because I was super intrigued on how the texture of beetroot would work. I’m also full pineapple pizza supporter, so another obscure pizza topping wouldn’t go amiss.

I loved it with the goats cheese, it gave me a sweet with savoury vibe that really hit the spot. I’m also one of those weirdos that enjoys the crust more than the actual pizza itself, and the dough wasn’t overly crispy which earned a big thumbs up from me!

Dessert

I also had the pleasure of trying some Nutella pancakes with a fruity compote. I feel like you can’t really go wrong with pancakes, they are a man-made gift I will forever be thankful for. But what stole the show for me was the Coco Pop ice-cream. Wow. I loved it.

It was what dreams are made of, I could eat a litre tub of that alone. Trying these desserts was such an eye opener for me, I really didn’t think I would enjoy them as much as I did as I’m really not a chocolate pudding person!

So with that being said, I think you should definitely check out Happy Dough Lucky, and not just because they’re #1 in Nottingham for pizza (okay, maybe a little because of that) but because it is an overall great experience, from customer service to beautiful picture-worthy decor. I can’t wait to go back.

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It’s become the most awkward time of the year in many ways…

  • Is it going to snow, AGAIN? 
  • Why is it almost March and I haven’t got my shit together?
  • Where has all this extra weight come from?
  • WTF is Vero?
  • Will Kim Cattrall and Sarah Jessica Parker ever be friends?

Therefore online retail therapy/virtual window shopping is the only solution, obviously.

I have been LOVING River Island recently, and not just because I managed to bag the colour of the season in a beautiful chunky knit for only £17! But because they’re just getting everything so right, aren’t they?

So here’s a few things I am loving right now, perfect for this confusing AF winter.

Dark grey button bell sleeve shift dress  Shop all dresses

I adore the simplicity of this dress

I’ve been trying to steer clear from darker colours and brighten up my wardrobe, but the bell sleeves and adorable tortoise-shell styled buttons are adorable. I’ve seen it in store and the fabric is incredibly soft, and I love any clothing that hangs off me rather than fitted! Perfect   with some tights and knee high boots, and I love the baker boy the model is werkin’ too, MARVELLOUS!

 

Orange tie front loose blouse  Shop all tops

YES. I. AM. ALL. ABOUT. WEARING. ORANGE.

Isn’t the optimum night out outfit jeans and a nice top? I am not about that short dress and heels life…

As I’m a bit self-conscious at the minute about my muffin-top, the tied front is a yes from me. This would look perfect with jeans or tucked into an a-line skirt, I would even rock this under a pair of dungarees. I’m all about a high-neck – especially because I am the coldest person you’ll ever meet (temperature wise) so to me, this blouse just has everything going for it. It comes in other colours too, you should definitely check it out.


Croc block heeled mules
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I am IN LOVE with these yellow mules!

I know the yellow ones might not be for everyone so I’ve shown an example of the black too, but how incredible are they?

The slip on heel is a win for me. My feet always feel like they’re trapped in heels, If you have claustrophobic feet like me then mules will soon become your best pal 2k18. The burst of yellow on these will brighten anyones day that has the fortune to see you struttin’ your stuff. I love that you can wear a sock with mules too, any excuse to show off my fabulous collection, especially the abundance I just received at christmas! (shoutout to ma Frost fam)


Red woven straw stripe fringe slouch bag
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Yes, I want a woven bag in winter

The colours of this bag are gorgeous, the only part I’m not too crazy about is the white attachment on the front. Why is that there? Anyway, the chain design adds a golden detail to the overall warm palette that I am loving! I get vintage vibes from this bag, and it’s an absolute steal for £38! The fringed hem is just adorable, and I really like that only the front panel is woven, giving it that edge. Gotta love ya RI ❤

 

Have you found anything on River Island you’re desperate for atm? Let me know if you have – I love having a snoop at what people are digging in the fashion world!

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I’ve been driving for just over 6 years now, so a pretty long time! I’ve been pretty lucky when it comes to my cars, never failed MOTs, never broken down, never had a car die on me unexpectedly (except my beautiful mini cooper that was rear-ended by a 4×4 on the M1, miss you baby girl) xoxox

This was all until last week.

As many of you know, I started 2018 being freelance, but because of where I live I definitely needed to pick up a part-time job so I’m not out on the streets with the sketchpads. I work at a company called Ohh Deer, I’m sure you stationary lovers have heard of it! It’s based in Loughborough, so I have been needing to rely on my car a lot more, as I used to walk to my old job (BLISS)

So on my way to work, I was toodling along listening to Fleetwood Mac, singing along with my mum on speaker phone (true story, I call her every morning on my way to work) when I heard a bang. It wasn’t incredibly loud, but enough to notice but not think much of.

All of a sudden the side of my car felt really wobbly, I knew something was wrong but I wasn’t really sure what it was. I’d never had tyre trouble before. I pulled over on the side of the road to see that my tyre was shredded – not really what you want at 8am on a Thursday. So I called my mechanic (dad) and he came to the rescue, he bought this little tin of foam called Holts Puncture Repair Kit which I recommend everyone keep in their car – inexpensive and a lifesaver! In this situation the miracle foam didn’t work, so Dad and I had to change my tyre on the side of the road and I took it to the Mr Tyre for a new one. He told me that the tyre was incredibly worn, even though my car had only had it’s MOT in October and had passed!

£66 down + a days pay lost = not a happy tiff

I was incredibly lucky to have not been on the motorway, counting my blessings that it exploded before!

So, that being said, here’s a few things I’d suggest for ultimate car safety:

  • Get your tyres/brakes inspected

It’s incredibly important, and it’s free! I always use Mr Tyre in Leicester, very quick and reliable. I honestly wouldn’t go anywhere else. I now know that having an MOT doesn’t mean your car is covered for the next year, and a lot of the time you can only just pass! This might be common knowledge to everyone else though, oops.

  • Treat yourself to a can of foam

Definitely not luxurious – but necessary. I wouldn’t be without mine now! If you’re stuck this cheap little companion will help you get your car to the closest garage (unless it was completely shredded like mine). My dad swears by them, and he’s driven his van for 2 years before taking it to the garage with this little miracle can… though I definitely wouldn’t suggest it.

  • Learn how to change your tyre

I have never felt so useless that when I realised I do not know how to change a tyre. I was pretty much setting myself up for failure! I would definitely recommend doing some research, watching a video, or even looking at your spare tyre kit because you never know when you’re going to need it.

 

So there you go, not the most exciting post in the world but definitely necessary! I hope you don’t find yourself in the same situation as me, sat on the site of the road looking like a kumquat whilst everyone was driving by.

 

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I was kindly invited by Las Iguanas in Nottingham to check out their interior makeover and try their new menu, I’d been to Las Iguanas before in Leicester, but I was never blown away by the food or the service. I was hoping that Nottingham’s branch would be different, and maybe change my opinion.

As soon as we walked into the restaurant there was an incredible jazzy, fresh vibe, and who doesn’t love a bit of jazz on a Wednesday night?

It was such a clean, cool setting. I can’t wait for the Leicester branch to up their game!

STARTERS 

Bread board

“Sliced ciabatta, jalapeño cornbread & pão de queijo with dunking chipotle butter, olive oil & balsamic”

I am ALL about bread, even if my digestive system isn’t. I loved everything about this starter, the smoky dip, the corn bread, and I’m a sucker for balsamic and oil. The dough balls had a little surprising of cheese which left me wanting more, this starter was the perfect size to share between two people.

“These dough balls are as good, no, better than Pizza Express” – Nat Ling, 2018

Tortilla chips & dips

“Spice-dusted corn chips with roasted tomato salsa, habanero & pepper salsa & green tomatillo & jalapeño salsa”

I was pretty underwhelmed by the tortilla chips I hate to say, mainly because they lacked cheese which to me makes the nachos. After checking over the menu for this review, I realised I accidentally ordered the vegan ones!

I imagine they will taste much better topped with the dairy dream. The dips were lovely, the green one was full of chillis and super spicy, so if you’re into the heat this is for you!

 

 

 

 

 

 


MAIN COURSE

I’m not going to lie – when my plate hit the table I wasn’t overly impressed. Don’t get me wrong, the presentation was top notch but thinking about cauliflower and sweetcorn, I don’t think rich and tasty. Boy, was I wrong. Adding smoked cheese to any vegetable is a good way to go, but I enjoyed this so much that I saved some to take home, just to I could experience the first bite again! This was recommended by the host, and I’m going to find it pretty hard to not order it every single time I go!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


COCKTAILS MASTERCLASS

Caipirinha

We were also kindly given the opportunity to make our own Caipirinha, I can’t believe how easy they are to make!

All you need is Magnifica Cachaça, lime, sugar and a lot of ice! I was unlucky enough to be driving to this event, but I can’t wait to make some at home for my next girls night, insanely delicious and so cheap to make too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Huge thanks again to Las Iguanas for having us, I cant wait to go back and order the quinotto again!

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It’s finally February! January was longer than my ASOS wish list…

I hope you’ve all had a kick-ass year so far!

If you’re with me and feel as though you’ve achieved nex to nothing so far this year then come take a seat next to me, and let me console you on why we shouldn’t be beating ourselves up about it.

Although I recently quit my job to follow a new career path, I’ve been so much more laxed than I thought I would be. To be honest, there’s been a few times I just sit at my computer, and stare a the screen because no one has told me what I should be doing… am I 24 or 14?

I could just hate on myself for not having a full line of my designs on sale, or for not completing my website and having it published, but what would the benefit be? I’m proud of what I have managed to achieve so far (as little as that many be)

  • I’ve designed a new flyer from scratch for a new client
  • Created logos for new companies
  • Had Instagram content approved by eBay (!)
  • Attended an amazing Bumble event thanks to Jess Who Blog and fallen in love with Hot Pod Yoga
  • Earned over 100 likes on my Frillustrations Facebook page
  • I got new photography clients, and I’ve loved taking fashion photos ⭐️
  • I opened up a business account for my company, I have a company number and everything!

So this is just a short post to remind myself that even if I haven’t achieved everything I was expecting to so far this year, that building a company and achieving your dreams isn’t a race… I’ll get there eventually.

 

 

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