Wintery June


June in London does not equal cloudless skies and warm temperatures, I have learned. We had the most terrible, almost winter-like weather up until a few days ago, so I made sure to take advantage of every single sunny day and enjoyed the green and not so green spaces the city has on offer. I've been a proper tourist recently, trying to squeeze in as many activities as possible, until I get shoved out of the country thanks to Brexit, teehee. I'm joking now, but this might turn out to be a real deal in a couple of years' time, so here's to living to the fullest while I still can! Life is a funny thing, and you never know when you'll find yourself cleaning toilets for a living back in your home country... Speaking of future jobs and careers, June was the month when my new website was launched! You may or may not know I decided to go freelance a couple of months ago (still not sure if that was the best or the worst decision I've ever made), and what does every freelancer need? A professional looking website, that's what! You can check mine out over here, and while you're at it, tell your friends about it too pretty please?! I don't want the toilet cleaning situation to become a reality for me. Not that there's anything wrong with it, but I think we can all agree I'm not cut out for it. I'd rather to stick to content creating and social media.

Barraka: London's Best Mediterranean Street Food

Barraka: London's Best Mediterranean Street Food

I didn't expect so many of you to love my recent restaurant food review post, but I'm glad you want to see more of, because I'm quite happy to keep the momentum going. Today I'll be talking about Barraka, a fairly new mediterranean street food joint on Artillery Lane, just a short walk away from the Liverpool Street Station. Open only on weekdays, they cater mainly to people who work in the area, but they keep their doors open until 9 pm, giving you plenty of time to drop by for a quick dinner as well.  
Barraka: London's Best Mediterranean Street Food


They have a pretty simple, straight-forward menu, which is super easy to navigate when you're in a hurry. Kudos for that! But don't think this means there isn't enough choice. I can assure you you'll have no problem finding something that suits your taste buds. Unless you can't stand spicy food. They have five main 'meat' options. You can choose between chorizo, chicken schnitzel, ribeye, mediterranean chicken and halloumi served in either a baguette, a laffa wrap or a salad bowl. They prepare the meat in front of you and then ask you for your preferred toppings, which include four different sauces (barraka sauce, tahini, chimichurry, chilli mayo) and freshly cut salads (tomato, cabbage, chilli peppers, chopped salad, gherkins, mixed leaf salad, houmous). 
Barraka: London's Best Mediterranean Street Food




I popped in with my housemate on Thursday, after 3 pm to avoid the lunch crowds, and was kindly welcomed by the lovely guys who work there. We decided to have our lunch inside, as there are some tables and chairs set aside, but all food comes nicely wrapped, so you can also take it with you if you wish so. 
Barraka London Chicken Schnitzel BaguetteI ended up going for the chicken schnitzel baguette and did not regret the choice one bit. The baguette was nice and toasty, the veggies were fresh, and the meat was glorious. The chicken breast strips were coated with sesame seeds, panko breadcrumbs and spices, and reminded me of the chicken schitzels I used to eat back home in Slovenia, minus the spicy twist. I could tell the food was freshly prepared, because there was nothing 'plastic-y' about it, which is the word I like to use for the food from the likes of McDonald's and those tasteless grocery store ready-to-eat meals. 
Barraka London Ribeye BaguetteMy housemate tried out the ribeye baguette and was just as impressed with the freshness of the toppings and the tenderness of the meat. I was offered to try a piece myself, and even though I rarely steer away from white meat, I would be more than happy to demolish Barraka's beef, prepared with salt and pepper only. 
Barraka London Hand Cut Chips with Fresh Chilli

Last but not least, we also had some hand cut chips with fresh chilli to share, which I think was my favourite part of the meal. Not being a huge fan of spicy food, I didn't touch the fresh chilli, as my mouth was already on fire, but I couldn't stay away from the chips. The texture was quite soggy, similar to sweet potatoes', which I didn't expect (or mind) at all, but boy, did it taste amazing! I'm definitely coming back for these. 
Barraka London Street Food




As you can probably tell, the portions were very generous. So much so, I had to skip my dinner, because I was still so full by the time evening rolled around. The prices get a thumbs up from me as well. My chicken schnitzel baguette would cost yo£5.95, the ribeye baguette £8.75 and the chips only £2.25. A great value for the quantity and quality, I think. Don't you agree? What would you order if you visited the restaurant? Let me know by voting below! If you're a Londoner yourself or are visiting London soon, you'll also be happy to hear the vote will get you a 25% discount on your Barraka order. :)

What gets your taste buds going? Vote for your favourite dish to reveal your perk from Barraka. Valid in July 2016 only

Summer Fashion Haul: H&M, River Island & Topshop

Summer Fashion Haul: H&M, River Island & Topshop

I thought you might like to see another haul! I did some shopping at H&M and Topshop recently, as well as received an exciting parcel from River Island. Say what?! They have a brand new plus size range called RI Plus out, and between you and I, I see another River Island haul on the horizon very, very soon... My wallet already hates me. 

DIY Memory Pinboard Planner

DIY Memory Pinboard Planner
I've never been great at DIY. I always loved creating things when I was younger, be it bracelets or Christmas cards, but I'm the first to admit my creations were never up to standard. That's the main reason why I decided to stay away from crafts in my adult life, unless I'm dealing with something that's super easy to do, like spicing up my pinboard, which was my latest mini project. If you fancy copying me, feel free to watch the 'tutorial' below for some guidance.

When Glamour Base & The Last Choice Sheet Masks Review

When Glamour Base & The Last Choice Sheet Masks Review

Dry, dehydrated skin is the bane of my existance. Every time I forget to use my face scrub or apply my night cream, it's a mess. A very dry mess. For me, the best way to deal with it in an instant is to pop on a sheet mask! The ones I've been using and loving recently are from When, a lovely Korean (duh!) brand. I developed a ritual of putting them on before bed for thirty minutes a couple of times a week and my skin has been more than thankful.

If you've never used a sheet mask before, the only thing you need to do is to take it out of the pouch, discard the top and bottom layers and apply the middle one to your face. And then, after half an hour, you toss the mask away and gently massage any leftover essence to your skin. There's absolutely no need to wash your face right after. In fact, you shouldn't do it. 

I find sheet masks perfect for when you're travelling, because they're so convenient and fuss-free to use, and then another aspect I've been especially enjoying recently is their cooling effect. I've been suffering with hayfever this past month and noticed they really help calm my itchy skin down at the end of the day.

The two When masks I've been trying out are called Glamour Base and The Last Choice. Both are infused with intensely hydrating, lightweight serum and other ingredients that are supposed to keep your skin happy, healthy and glowing. I didn't notice any major differences between the two, but they both left my skin super soft, hydrated and dry patch free for at least 24 hours, like promised. I'd never been waking up with such plump skin before! 

Glamour Base promises smooth and firm looking skin, for when you're preparing for your special day and want your makeup to look flawless and last longer, while The Last Choice drenches your skin in moisture, making it perfect for when your skin needs copious amounts of hydration. I'm a fan!

How about you? Have you tried any sheet masks before? 

My Go-to Summer Makeup Look

My Go-to Summer Makeup Look

I haven't filmed a makeup 'tutorial' in quite a while, so I thought I would show you my go-to summer makeup look that I always end up wearing summer after summer. It's super wearable, cuz that's the way I like it, but you can also glam it up by adding a winged eyeliner and some fake lashes. These are my fave. 

Sunday Roast at Gordon Ramsay's Bread Street Kitchen

Sunday Roast at Gordon Ramsay's Bread Street Kitchen

Last weekend my housemates and I treated ourselves to a Sunday lunch at Gordon Ramsay's Bread Street Kitchen. Located right behind St. Paul's, inside the One New Change shopping centre, the restaurant has an industrial yet stylish feel and offers a variety of dishes, from your standard breakfasts to steaks. We booked our table in advance, but the place looked pretty massive and it wasn't super busy either, so I don't think it's necessary to do so.
Sunday Roast at Gordon Ramsay's Bread Street Kitchen
Sunday Roast at Gordon Ramsay's Bread Street Kitchen



We all opted for a traditional Sunday roast (I chose chicken), as recommended by one of my housemates, who had already tried it here before. She said it's the best one she'd ever had, so the expectations were high and so was my appetite, having only eaten strawberries for breakfast, haha.
Sunday Roast at Gordon Ramsay's Bread Street Kitchen
Sunday Roast at Gordon Ramsay's Bread Street Kitchen
We were first served with some bread and butter while waiting for the main, which didn't disappoint. The portion was generous and everything tasted ah-mazing. My plate consisted of a tender half chicken, gravy, honey roasted parsnip, buttered cabbage and Yorkshire pudding, as well as honey roasted carrots and roasted potatoes in a separate dish. The potatoes were especially delicious - very crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Yum! We also got some horseradish to share, but I'm not a huge fan of it myself, so I'm afraid I can't really comment on it. My housemates seemed to enjoy it, though! 
Sunday Roast at Gordon Ramsay's Bread Street Kitchen
Sunday Roast at Gordon Ramsay's Bread Street Kitchen



All in all, I can't say I have any complaints. The only thing I would prefer is for the Yorkshire pudding to be a little less dry and crispy (yup, totally nitpicking over here), but other than that, everything was great, including the service. The chicken Sunday roast cost me £17.50, which is a tad pricey for my budget, but considering the quality and the quantity, totally a-okay for London. Do you guys know of any other restaurants that prepare a scrumptious Sunday roast?
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