Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Dinner at the Hilton Hotel Southampton Review

Hilton Hotel Southampton Review

Hey Everyone! Hope you're all well! Last weekend for date night we went to the Hilton Hotel in Southampton for dinner and I thought I would do a little food review for you all. We bought the dinner through Groupon as they had a deal which was 2 courses for 2 people for £19 which isn't bad at all! The food was quite nice although I personally wouldn't pay full price for the meals :)




When I saw the Groupon deal I was quite excited and my expectations were quite high as it all sounded quite fancy. The Hilton Hotel in Southampton is basically just before you go on the M3 and it has quite a big car park, luckily we didn't have to pay as we were just visiting for dinner but otherwise that would have been a pain XD From what we saw the hotel looked lovely and grand and it was quite big. We arrived a bit earlier so we explored and took a few photos before being seated next to the ginormous bay windows with a garden view :)




As it was two courses each we decided to share a starter and a dessert and get a main each so we could try everything. The food did sound good but it seemed like for every option there was one thing which sounded a bit odd and we weren't sure if it would work or I'm just a massive fusspot :)

For our starter we got the 'Salt and Pepper Squid with Sweet Chilli Sauce' (£6.50) which we both loved and we actually wish that we just ordered a few and that was our meal XD There was a really good layer of batter and a nice sized portion of squid so they weren't being stingy. I'd say it was up there with the nicer ones I've had so I would recommend it :)




For our mains I made a rubbish choice :') Typical haha! There were a lot of fish dishes and I usually play things safe and go for chicken but I thought I would risk it so I got the 'Seared Sea Bream with spiced aubergine, tomatoes and potato crush, kachumber' (£15). It wasn't too bad but it did feel like something was missing from it.. maybe lemon or I don't know.. stronger seasoning or something to counter balance the fish or maybe a better side salad.. I don't know :') So I ate it but I wouldn't recommend it, even though it's the chefs special :) Looking at the menu again I wish I went for the Grilled Sea Bass.. silly me :)
Pardis picked a better choice and he went for the 'Chicken Supreme Burger with grilled bacon, avocado, cream cheese, chicory with skin on fries' (£13) I really liked his chips and he demolished his whole meal pretty quickly :)

Hilton Hotel Southampton Review Burgers Main Meal Chicken


Hilton Hotel Southampton Review Fish Main Meal Sea Bream

Finally for dessert we went for the chocolate tart with Shortcrust (£5.50). We both really enjoyed the dessert although Pardis wasn't too keen on the crust.the tart itself wasn't too sweet but the chocolate was nice and thick and it actually went quite nicely with the icecream. I think the icecream and honecomb was my favourite part about it, it was so yummy! :)

Hilton Hotel Southampton Review Dessert Chocolate Tart Ice cream


So that was my experience of dinner at the Hilton Hotel. It wasn't too bad, it's probably my fault for picking a bad main so I felt like it let the meal down a little bit.. And for £19 for both of us it works out quite well! I would recommend the squid and all of their desserts sounded really nice! Their staff were also really lovely and they were very attentive even when it got busier which I really liked. It was also nice to go somewhere a bit fancier for dinner :)


Sunday, 25 October 2015

Paisley Dress

Paisley Dress Retro 60s Peacocks Style

Hey everyone! Hope you're all well! Today I thought I would share with you this pretty dress that I picked up in Peacocks for £16.20! (with 10% student discount) I've seen these kind of dresses everywhere but I've finally found one that cinches in at the waist :)








Paisley Dress Retro 60s Peacocks Style

The dress is a pretty sheer material and it has a really lovely pattern. The only bit I'm not too keen on is that it has a sort of dipped hem thing going on.. I'd rather it was the same length all the way round but I'm just fussy XD I decided to keep the rest of my outfit simple with black tights and little black heeled booties :)








Paisley Dress Retro 60s Peacocks Style




Dress- Peacocks
Tights- Primark
Shoes- Deichmann
Earrings- Accessorize


Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Halloween Orange Mummy Biscuits

Halloween Mummy Gingerbread men Pinterest Recipe Orange Butter Biscuits Cookies

Hey everyone! Seeing as it's nearing towards Halloween I thought I would do a little baking recipe. I spent days scouring the internet and Pinterest and I even made a pinterest board with ideas but I didn't really fancy any of them. I don't know why but I've been fussy XD I didn't fancy anything with cream cheese and I didn't really want to use artificial colouring etc so I thought I would make a recipe similar to something I've done before but use orange instead of lemon. Also who even makes half of the stuff on Pinterest.. professionals.. how is anyone meant to recreate them! :') I did want to do skeletons but I didn't have anything small enough to pipe the icing so I drizzled it instead and I'm loosely passing them off as mummies haha! :)


Ingredients:


175g butter
75g caster sugar
175g plain flour
75g cornflour
Orange (rind and juice)
Icing sugar

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 4.
  2. Whisk the butter and sugar together. Sift in both flours, add orange zest and mix together with a wooden spoon.
  3. Roll out onto a lightly floured surface and cut out your desired shapes.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden and firm to touch.
  5. Take out of the oven and leave to cool down before moving them or they fall apart (whoopsy!)
  6. Mix icing sugar and orange to make the icing. I did it roughly until I got a consistency I was happy with. 
  7. Decorate your biscuits and enjoy! :)


Halloween Mummy Gingerbread men Pinterest Recipe Orange Butter Biscuits Cookies

Halloween Mummy Gingerbread men Pinterest Recipe Orange Butter Biscuits Cookies


Halloween Mummy Gingerbread men Pinterest Recipe Orange Butter Biscuits Cookies


Halloween Mummy Gingerbread men Pinterest Recipe Orange Butter Biscuits Cookies

So that was my slightly failed attempt at Halloween biscuits haha! They're still really yummy though and so easy to make! Which is why I keep going back to this recipe. Have you made any halloween things? I'd love to see them, they're probably much better than mine haha! :)


Sunday, 18 October 2015

Grey Crepe Coats and Miglio Jewellery*

Grey Crepe Coat Primark Miglio Jewellery Review

Hey everyone! Hope you're all well! I've now finished two whole weeks of my PhD and I'm really enjoying it! I've also settled into my flat and I feel like a proper grown up XD Last week there was a student shopping event in town so I headed along, although it was soooo busy so my friend and I ended up in Primark as it was surprisingly empty and I bought a few goodies, one being this pretty, grey coat. I was also gifted a pretty necklace from Miglio when I went to #BLFW so I thought they would go perfectly together :)



Grey Crepe Coat Primark Miglio Jewellery Review



I really liked this coat when I saw it, it's a really nice... crepe material? So it has a slight texture. As my mum rightly pointed out it doesn't have any lining so it's probably not the warmest and is only for Spring/Autumn but it's still nice and it was only £23! It comes to just above my knee, I do wish it was a tiny bit shorter and I do wish that I was at least a little bit taller but nevermind :') Gives me an excuse to wear heels not that I need one I'm so short haha and I'm currently on the lookout for some plain black heeled boots which would go nicely :)


Grey Crepe Coat Primark Miglio Jewellery Review



To keep with the simple and classic look I borrowed (stole) mum's shirt which is quite old from Dorothy Perkins :') Sorry mum haha! She's a size bigger than me so it's a bit baggier but I thought it looked nice.. Maybe I should buy my own one haha but other peoples stuff are always so much nicer XD I then paired with my trusty H&M jeans and some black heels from Deichmann. When I was looking through the photos I realised that I forgot to put on my watch and bracelet.. forever forgetful haha :)




Grey Crepe Coat Primark Miglio Jewellery Review



A while ago I was gifted this *pendant and necklace (not worn) from Miglio, who are an online jewellers and they have lovely jewellery. The pendant is so cute and I love the little detailing. It came with a leather necklace however I found that it was a bit of an awkward length on me as it was too long but not long enough to be a long necklace :') So I just paired it with a plain black necklace that I already had. I feel like it would also look super cute as a choker but I'm not cool enough to pull it off haha :)





Grey Crepe Coat Primark Miglio Jewellery Review

Grey Crepe Coat Primark Miglio Jewellery Review

Coat- Primark
Shirt- Dorothy Perkins (old)
Jeans- H&M
Heels- Deichmann
*Pendant- Miglio
Pearl Earrings- Links of London
Pink Earrings- Pandora

*Even though this item was gifted to me, all opinions are 100& my own :)