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Son of Steak – Join the Steak revolution

“Steak doesn’t have to be snazzy and expensive. It should be simple. It should be beautiful. And it should taste great, no matter what”

This is what new newly opened steak house in Nottingham believes. I was recently invited to an event at Son of Steak, a relaxed and casual dining style restaurant in the city centre. With an industrial feel, their relaxed style is perfect for my Hubby who loves a great steak but also likes not to feel the need to get overly dressed up to go out. Unfortunately he was unable to join me for the evening, so it was the perfect chance to take my bestie along with me.

Son of Steak

The Drinks

We arrived to be greeted with a Mojito, and a great Mojito it was too. Made with Bacardi and on tap. Son of Steak are proud to be the first place in the UK that sells a ‘Taptail’ so all they have to do is add ice, lime and mint. No waiting around for these tasty cocktails to be made. There is also a full menu of different drinks, wines, beers and spirits, something for everyone.

Son of Steak

For the non alcoholic drinker they have a daily hand-mixed soft drink as part of their unlimited drinks offer. We had a pink lemonade with basil. It was really refreshing and not too sweet. Of course there is a selection of other soft drinks, which are on the refill drinks offer. The lovely FireFly drinks are sold here, plus various hot drinks.

The Food

During the event we were treated to samples of the menu. Starting with with salads, a lovely raw salad with a ginger and pineapple dressing and a delicious avocado and caesar salad.

Son of Steak

Out came a large selection of side dishes. Flat mushrooms, crispy onion loaf, house ‘slaw all from the standard menu. At £2.25 each or on a 3 for 2 offer. On the Gourmet menu there was crushed sweet potato, creamy béchamel spinach, grilled halloumi, mac ‘n’ cheese and roasted veg sprinkled with zatar all £2.80 each.

The mac ‘n’ cheese was a massive hit, with everyone going back for more. I loved the sweet potato and the creamy béchamel spinach. They are something a bit different to the normal side dishes you can get in most restaurants.

My favourite items came out next the BAO Buns, which is fairness I had never seen or heard of before. However, they looked delicious and tasted even better. If you, like me have no idea what a BAO Bun is, well it is a Taiwanese street food. They come filled with crispy vegetables, cucumber, and a choice of chilli, soy and yakiniku sauces all sprinkled with sesame seeds. Not forgetting your choice of filling. We had steak in ours, because it was so thinly cut it was well cooked. I like my steak well done and this perfect for me. I can’t wait to go back with my hubby and enjoy a BAO bun all to myself, I think I would opt for the pulled chicken.

The Steaks

“Forget the the fuss… focus on the flavour”

Son of Steak

The Son of Steak’s iron steaks and chips, started off the selection of steaks we were treated to. The steak was all served medium rare. As I mentioned earlier I don’t eat steak unless it is well done. I know, I know, no chef wants someone like me ordering a great cut of steak and wanting it well done. Anyway, I was told that it was soft juicy and tasted amazing.

Followed by more steak. This time Lomito and Picanta steaks, both 8oz, both cooked in a charcoal oven served with a pinch of salt. Lomito is a cut from the tender part of the rump, while the Picanta comes from the top part of the rump. Again these were served to us medium rare and rare, so I didn’t try any. However the men around the table happily munched their way through a fair amount, so my guess it is it tasted great.

Son of Steak

There was also a selection of burgers and charcoal cooked chicken for us to try as well. The burgers arrived served on sesame buns with a burger sauce, lettuce and tomatoes. Really just a standard burger, they were the least enjoyable item of the night. When you have so many other fabulous things to try, they just didn’t meet the standard of the rest of the food. However, the chicken was succulent, tasty and I would quite happily have eaten more of it.

Son of Steak

The Puddings

Son of Steak have a limited dessert menu. A bottomless fat free frozen vanilla yogurt with various sauces. A chocolate chip cookie and a chocolate chip cookie with freshly pipped chocolate mouse, which we sampled. I have to say it seemed a little odd to me, quite a childish style dessert, however it tasted amazing. A light fluffy, chocolatey mouse, yum! That is all they have, 3 different dessert options. Maybe they could offer some other bits. I mean who doesn’t want a big slice of chocolate fudge cake?

Son of SteakI really enjoyed going to Son of Steak and trying samples of almost everything on the menu. It was a great setting with lovely relaxed feel to the venue. Next time I head into the city, I shall be taking my Hubby for a steak, cooked rare for him and a BOA Bun with pulled chicken for me, along we a couple of tasty mojitos.

*Thank you Son of Steak for inviting me to your event. All thoughts and options are my own*

The Ultimate Accessory Rule Book

There is no doubt that choosing the right accessories can really enhance any outfit on any occasion. But there is also a balance that you can strike between making sure your accessories are noticeable and not overdoing it. Though the individual pieces you select are really down to your own personal style and taste, there are a few simple rules that you can follow that can really give you a helping hand. So, without further ado, here are some of the top rules of accessorising.

Don’t overuse large items

Statement jewellery pieces often look great, particularly when paired with simple outfits which provide a good base. But you should be careful not to overdo it, particularly with larger pieces. A good rule to follow is not to wear or carry more than three big accessories. So, this could include a bold necklace, sizeable watch and large handbag. And you should also aim to match these items with regards to the colour, style and material where possible.

Only match smaller jewellery

Though wearing earring, bracelets, rings etc from the same collection may seem like a simple choice, you could also argue that you are not using all that much imagination. And you also may start to feel like a brand ambassador for that particular company! On the other hand, matching one or two items can provide a nice touch, as long as the items are small in size.

You don’t always have to match handbag and shoes

One rule that you may have heard in the past is the one that states that you have to match your handbag and your shoes at all times. Though this often looks good with more neutral colours, you don’t always have to do it if you are wearing bright shoes. In fact, in this case, it often looks better to carry a handbag in a contrasting light tone.

Decide what you want to be the focus of your outfit

Choosing what the focus of your outfit is often one of two things; either you go for bright clothes or eye-catching accessories. When you are putting together an outfit, try to have in mind exactly what sort of look you are trying to achieve. You may be wearing a simple jeans and t-shirt combo or a little black dress, in which case, the accessories can take the majority of the attention. On the other side of the coin, you may be wearing a colourful summer skirt, so your accessories can be a little more understated so you are not diverting attention away from it.

Think about whether your hand suits large rings

Big, thick rings don’t tend to look good on shorter fingers as they end up taking up far too much space. On the other hand (so to speak), thinner rings can help to visually increase their length so this is worth bearing in mind before buying them. If you are looking for some elegant thin rings then click here. And there is nothing wrong with wearing a few on different fingers.

Stay away from combining dark footwear and pastel tones

If you are wearing an outfit that includes all pastel tones, there is something that doesn’t look quite right about having darker shoes on your feet. Instead, you are better off going with some footwear of a lighter shade that doesn’t contrast with your outfit too much.

Large collar or bulky scarf

The choice should always be between a large collar and a bulky scarf – try to avoid both at the same time. If your coat has a big collar, you could go for a lightweight scarf over your neck that goes underneath your outer layer.

Make sure you have plenty to choose from

The beauty of accessories is that you don’t have to spend vast sums of money building up your collection. And you also don’t need to worry (too much) about all your accessories taking up vast amounts of wardrobe space. It is amazing just how much you can transform an outfit simply by slightly altering the accessories that you add to it.

Keep your accessories in zones

When you are planning out what accessories to wear, try dividing up your body into zones. For example, around the facial area is one zone while the hands and wrists are another separate zone. So, with regards to the face zone, you may just decide to go for a single pair of statement earrings. Looking at the hand and wrist zone, you can just wear some bangles. Ultimately, it is all about not overdoing any of the zones and knowing when one is complete. Embellished clothing such as a shirt with a sequinned neckline can cover off this particular zone so you don’t need to add a necklace to it as well.

Divide your jewellery into categories

Some jewellery is fine to wear all the time regardless of what occasion it is. A wristwatch is a good example of one such item. However, if you are going to work in an office, you don’t want to go with anything that is too distracting or noisy. If your workplace is more conservative, go for simple items like stud earrings and slim bracelets. On the other hand, if you are going to a formal event, this is the time where you can show off your elegance with your more expensive pieces, though you should still stick to one statement piece while downplaying the rest. For a less formal party, pretty much anything goes so this is when you can get really creative. Less is more is a rule that you don’t really have to follow so much with this type of event.

Use the above rules as guidelines that you can follow when you are accessorising any outfit. Of course, they are not set in stone so you can still be free to bend them a little bit if you think something is really working for you.

My love of stationery – National Stationery week 2017

The 24th-31st of April 2017 is National Stationery Week and I wanted to get involved with all the fun. I love stationery simple as that.

Note books

National Stationery Week

My favourite being note books and pens. I have so many lovely notebooks. I keep one in my hand bag, just in case I have an amazing idea while out and about. There is one by the bed, because it was so annoying when I come up with fabulous blog posts in the middle of the night, but I have forgotten by the morning. I love nothing more than popping into a shop and seeing a pretty note book that I just have to have.

Anyway, everyone knows I love note books, but I thought I would share with you my other stationery loves too.

Planner

National Stationery Week

My Kikki K planner, stylish, chic and fun, soft to touch leather and full of everything I could possibly need. Space for my business cards to sit, or other lovely cards I have picked up at various events. Space for my calendar, which is so important for planning everything, my whole life evolves around my calendar. There are contact pages, notes for meetings, extra information, a section for each of the blogs. Note paper and cute little zipped pockets for storing things in.

I love the Kikki K range. There are so many beautiful items that I just want to take home with me. I visited their shop in Covent Gardens a little while ago, I had to restrain my spending that day. One of the things I do like about the range is they do all sorts of extra items to go along with each planner they design. Notebooks (yes please), pens, stickers, accessory packs, journals, gift wrap and cards, so many extras to complete your collection. They even have matching cups and saucers.

I think my love of rose gold and copper colours came from spending hours on their website last summer.

National Stationery Week

I had seen so many videos of people personalising their planners, with stickers, paperclips that had ribbon and feathers attached, little gems, washi tape, keyrings, book marks and various other creative items. When it comes to putting your personal touch to a planner anything goes. I had decided that I wanted to add a large fluffy pom-pom and tassels to mine, sounds awful but I really love it. Searching eBay I found a lush pink one that only cost a couple of pounds. I have found similar for a lot more on the high street. I find myself playing with the fluffy pom-pom during my idea-storming sessions, it seems to act as a stress reliever.

Pens

I also have a little collection of pens from various different places. Often I will pick up a nice pen if we go out for the day. I buy the children a pencil each from the gifts shop of all the places we visit. It’s great for them do some drawing on the way home in the car, plus they see it as a treat. My only problem with pens is I keep loosing them! I’m not sure if it is just me being forgetful or the pens just run away from me and hide in places never to be seen again. My Hubby is so good with his pens, each day he takes 3 pens with him to work. He always returns with the same pens, I have no idea how he does it. Perhaps he doesn’t actually do any thing at work…

National Stationery Week

Personalised Stationery

I love the idea of having personalised stationery, little thank you cards, labels of envelopes, stamps and not forgetting note books, always note books. I have recently found a company Logojoy that offer you a personalised logo creating experience, the perfect way to get your dream logo designed by you onto your stationery. I can’t wait to try this get my hands on my very own range of personalised stationery.

There are so many stationery items I use all of the time, glue dots (high five to the person who came up with those little gems!), washi tape, craft scissors, cute little shaped paper clips, rubbers, list pads. The list is endless. Not forgetting my cute little business cards.

What is your must have stationery items for this years National Stationery Week?

 

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