25 August 2016

The best burgers in Leeds #NationalBurgerDay

Got dinner plans? It's only right you celebrate a national day appropriately, that would be, get your burger fix from the best.

I've munched my way through quite a few restaurants in Leeds over the past couple of years and with burgers on everyone's minds today, I thought it fitting to round-up the best burgers in Leeds.

In no particular order ~except this first one~ here are the Leeds ultimate burger joints...

Get Baked Presents... The Joint
This is the best burger I have ever tried... Not just in Leeds! The menu is the extreme end of varied with a few gimmicky options on there, but they've nailed the basics, so why not expand? The actual patties that The Joint pumps out are unreal. I'd call it quite the hidden treasure of Leeds - it's just down from the Parkinson Building, a converted church with some unreal grunge decor and all the random touches of brilliance you could ask for.
They're on hold until next month, but you should be queuing at the doors once they're open.

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Patty Smith's
Quite the Leeds heritage, if you're a burger fan in Leeds who hasn't tried them, where have you been? They will no doubt be popping up at the nearest food fair in the city, or beer fuelled event from the local indies, but their mainstay is Belgrave for full time access. So super juicy and with some inspired relishes between the buns. Whatever topping you choose, it will always be peak fresh which is why they get my vote.
Read about it: Battle of the Burger, Leeds
Get your mouth watering: Patty Smiths at Belgrave


Almost Famous
So, they're based in more than just Leeds, but that doesn't stop them getting a worthwhile feature in my Leeds burger line-up. Another outlet that will have more than enough gimmicky options to work through if that's your style, but again, the basis is perfect. My favourite has been the Down & Out (in Beverly Hills) burger of recent, but don't neglect their fries menu - this would 100% feature in a fries round-up on North of London.
Read about it: Famous new menu
Get your mouth watering: Almost Famous, Leeds


The Cattlegrid
Not pictured but a favourite Leeds joint and another awesome burger, The Cattlegrid. The 'grid is famed for their ribs (which as a side note, are unreal and I don't normally care for ribs), but the pulled pork sandwich is amazing. It's mouth wateringly good through every bite. Try with a side of the onion strings and you're in for a delicious night.
Get your mouth watering: Cattlegrid, Leeds

The Fat Hippo
And as a final sign-off, an honorary Leeds burger comes in from Fat Hippo, Newcastle. They've featured at Trinity Kitchen and also won the Leeds leg of Battle of the Burger, surely that sells them enough? I'm hoping they'll be coming this way south in the near future. Possibly one of my favourite burger joints in the country and being based in Newcastle, it holds a special place in my heart.
Read about it: The Fat Hippo, Newcastle and Battle of the Burger, Leeds
Get your mouth watering: The Fat Hippo Underground, Newcastle



There it is, the best ways you should be celebrating National Burger Day in Leeds (or Newcastle) this year. Any more I should be considering for my top picks? If you need me, I'll be delving between the buns somewhere...!

17 August 2016

Peachy Keen - My t-shirt design!

There are a few things in this post which are so very me. Namely, the white v-neck, the boots and the very me phrase of peachy keen. I bring them all rolled up into one outfit post and a very exciting collaboration.



More on the t-shirt in a second... 
Choker set: New Look //Skirt: River Island oldie
 Boots: Boohoo (now on sale on ASOS, you're welcome)

The t-shirt detail is the real key to this whole outfit. Moteefe got in touch suggesting I should get on board the designing train - anyone can create their own tee with them. Completely free reign of what you create (obviously if it's not already out there), with a selection of styles to print on and your own mind as your creative limits. 

The process is really straight forward, I found a font online and created an image, uploaded both to the site and then got started into the quick process of the final design. You can then set your t-shirt for sale, you set the price and - depending on what's set - you have the chance to make some profit off it, too. It's a pretty cool idea and something I would have been even more invested in as a teen. 


So here's my final design, the peachy keen tee, do you love? I'm obsessed - primarily because I am branded with one of my most-used phrases. Plus, it conjures up images of Rizzo in Grease, so what's not to love? 

If you're in the same obsessed boat, you can grab your very own peachy keen tee from Moteefe. A limited edition print by yours truly. There are some other cool designs already on the site as well, or have a whack at creating your own dreamt up print (and definitely share it with me if you do). 

It's peachy keen, jelly bean. 

15 August 2016

An Afternoon Picnic in Leeds

Here's one for your next sunny day agenda - I'm praying that statement might encourage this week's rumoured heat wave to materialise.

Last weekend my boyfriend surprised me with a picnic hamper, stocked with all the essentials for a quick picnic getaway ready for a walk along the Leeds Liverpool canal. We set-off stocked with essential cheeses, meat, baguettes and of course, prosecco - we're doing this right.




Just off the canal is a tiny little park that always seems to be quiet if not completely empty, the perfect picnic set-up, especially with the sun out.

We set ourselves up for the afternoon, settled in to work through our sustenance. Such a simple activity for the day and one I highly recommend. Grab a book or a magazine and your faves and seek out a quiet sun-spot to set yourselves up for the afternoon.


There's this quiet spot hidden away behind the Cardigan Fields retail park on Kirkstall Road - you'd never know it was across the river. A pop-up park has arrived for the summer just by The Light, or I highly recommend Park Place with is a bubble just outside the bustling city centre.

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Seeing as I'm now stocked with my hamper, I anticipate picnic trips frequenting my routine in the future, any spots I should hunt down?

3 August 2016

Too Faced Better Than Sex Review

Honestly, if you said I was only allowed one make-up product in my life, it would hands down be mascara. Get that killer product and it's a serious face changer. I have a few on a shortlist that I need to try in the near future, one of which being the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara that I can tick off, it was a close second behind the Urban Decay Perversion - that one's a killer by the way. So, how does it measure up?


This mascara applies so smoothly, it just lacquers the lashes with an instant lift, just with one coat. I look for thickening primarily, lengthening as a secondary. Honestly, it's not the best thickening formula I've ever used, but it feels so natural on the lashes it's something I can compromise on.

The easy compromise is from the ultimate volume that coats your lashes, paired with such a light formula it means instant flutter in a tube.


With a flutter, I have noticed a print or smear onto the upper eyelid every now and then, but honestly I think this is a curse of any mascara since I'm already hashtag blessed with pretty long lashes.
It comes off just as easy as it goes on - in a good way - I am just in love with the formula. Super light, literally zero clumps and no crispiness even after hours of wear.

The brush is a bubbled shape - I can't report any amazing benefits from the shape, or any detriment, although there is zero product build up so bonus points there.


I picked it up on the back of a hype, it definitely lived up to it. Urban Decay's Perversion is still the top of the pyramid but I'm pretty impressed with the results of Better Than Sex, with such a light formula.

In the UK, try Debenhams - US, you have it a lot easier. You can see what else I picked up on my most recent Sephora trip here.