Making Bagels With Bagleman In Brighton


Disclaimer: Due to Bagelman following me on Instagram-I still have no idea as to why-I pitched to see if I could review their shop. On the day, I was lucky enough to be able to go behind the counter, and see how they make their Bagels. This is what constitutes a PR related post, yet I enjoyed it.

Hello! Good morning-I hope your day is going well so far.

During the first Saturday of March, I was lucky enough to be able to stop by Bagleman, and was taught how to make Bagels with staff members. (Because bloggers just love food!) It was a little bit tricky to navigate my way to the shop in the Lanes, yet I was happy to have done so in the end.

Needless to say, I was very impressed with the sheer size of the menu! Additionally, it was nailed to a wall outside the shop, meaning that anyone passing could have a quick peek. (Albeit I wasn’t surprised at the variety; having visited Downtown Cozies in the US, I just could not wait to see what was in store for me.)

The shop is far bigger inside than I thought it would be, judging from the outside. (Reflecting on this now, I was reminded a little bit of the Tardis, from Doctor Who.) 

Needless to say, it took me a little while to choose what sort of a Bagel I would have liked at the time; in the end though, I chose a plain-ish bagel, with a little bit of a glaze on top, complete with bacon, and ketchup. (It was nine AM-and it was seemingly the most ‘Breakfast-y’ option I could conjure up at a given moment, plus the most imaginative*.)

*As you can see, I do lack imagination early in the mornings-it was early, I needed my fuel!!

I was fascinated to see the preparation.


Simply cut in half, add the toppings, and squeeze together. There are so many options, I really cannot emphasise this enough.

To cook, it took maybe forty seconds-the actual figure alludes me. But behind the counter, there are This ovens-quite small by size-that cook them on the go. There are various different settings, all designed dependent on the combination of Bagels. (And I think that every hungry student should be given one of these things-they are magic!)

 Silver magic! As you can see on the screen, the twenty five seconds has passed, but not for the full summary of the time required. It also looked quite heavy, and something that I would not necessarily be able to handle.


Looks good for a windy day, right? Have you ever been to Bagleman? Leave your comments below-

Lydia

XO

Beauty Blogger Tag (From Chloe-Rose!)


I was conversing with Chloe-Rose, over at What Chloe Wrote. Having read her Beauty Blogger Tag post, and admired it, she encouraged me to answer her set questions. Here goes! (I copied her questions, which aren’t mine, and will be answering them.) And don’t forget to visit her blog-click here to view

What make up product can’t you live without?

Gotta be my Topshop Magic Liner-it truly is magic! I also love it, because as somebody who is very shortsighted, it seems to be designed as to not stab me. Always a bonus!

Favourite hair care product?

Probably T-gel.


Favourite perfume?

See, this is quite a hard question, since I don’t really wear a lot of perfume. I have a Coco Mademoiselle knock-off, though. (Going with the blog name, I liked the smell regardless!) Probably Wonderstruck by Taylor Swift.


Why did you start blogging?

I saw an editorial in Shout Magazine, way back in 2012. Therefore, I simply wanted to join in.


What do you love most about blogging?

The people. Always the people. Whether it’s another blogger, a reader, a PR, publicist, etc, they always make my day-because I love to work with them, and they all leave me lovely comments at times. They are also so kind on Twitter. 


Favourite celebrity style?

Hmmm…I don’t really follow Celebrity style 😂 I prefer my own-or people from history, such as Jacqueline Kennedy. 


Must follow on instagram?

@AnastaciaMusic. I love her red touring jacket.

Lipstick or lipgloss?

Lipstick, always! 


My questions are:

  • Where do you see your blog in five years?
  • Who is your style icon?
  • Top three lip products?
  • What do you love about beauty best of all?
  • Heels or flats?
  • Opinion about Celebrity perfumes?
  • Last impulse buy?
  • Favorite lipstick?


I nominate Kimberly Jessica, Lauren at This Stuff Is Golden, Country Katie UK, New York Cliche, and Calli.

Post to you soon,

Lydia

XO


Emeli Sande Live In Concert; Review. 


Disclaimer: Thank you you very much to Katerina and Rosanna who sent me the press tickets to review this show! (What otherwise follows is my honest opinion…)

What has changed since the release of ‘Our Version Of Events’?

I’m at the O2 Academy in Brixton, waiting to see Emeli Sande. Her support act, Ray Blk, is really good. The crowd joins in to a cover of ‘Say My Name’; latterly, we become more enthusiastic as the night goes on, due to spaces slowly yet surely filling up in the room. I’ve never been here before, but I love the architecture that you can see from the Circle-and what seems to be inclusive of a built in tree. Always one for the greenery!

Firstly, Sande is nearly forty five minutes late….we’re not really given an explanation for this, in spite of the fact that are tickets are seemingly being checked and checked again. Random cheers to up at points, but it’s not her, not just yet.

But she’s back.

Emeli’s voice is ultimately very powerful-at once gospel in harmonising with her background singers, rocky when singing Hurts, and soaring when she sings old classics from Our Version Of Events. 

There isn’t a lot of chatter between songs-and to be honest, I would have hoped for more, really. But there’s cheers when Sande declares “London, you are full of wonder!” when introducing her next song. (It’s in the lyrics.) Her voice seems girlish, but you can see that she’s excited, even exhilarated, to be performing. But it’s on songs that we all know and live which are truly special moments-who’d have ever thought that there’d be an audience sing-a-long in Read All About It? We’re all singing along, enjoying ourselves.

I also had problems with the sound; at points her voice sounded a little mechanical, almost as if the actual transmission of it was not working. (My ‘plus one’ for the evening remarked that it sounded as if she had a sore throat..) There was also far too much bass. To give the show more of an edge, there needed to be more emphasis on percussion-although there was a formidable kit on stage-and her transmission tempered, in order to prevent the mechanical sound. Additionally, there was also a lot of new material, in comparison to older material; I know that this is promoting Long Live The Angels, but there could be more of a balance.

What impressed me most was Emeli’s seemingly positive vibe throughout-in that she encouraged us to be Angels in what is gradually becoming a very dark world. We need more singers and artists like her-the talented, the ones who don’t swear, and who are suitable for all ages. I highly suggest you buy a ticket to see her live.

Long Live The Angels is out now. Click here to buy the album. Or click here to buy tickets to her other concert dates.

Revolution Review. 

 

Disclaimer: this book was sent to me, at my own request, for me to review. What follows constitutes my own opinion. Thank you to Chloe Moss at Carlton Books for sending me this! (I think it also worthwhile to note that I am not a Communist, and do not plan on any revolutionary activities.)

Revolutions are a controversial subject, aren’t they?

There was Mcarthyism, as well as the red scare, meaning that the subject almost could not be publicly addressed. As a form of semi-scaremongering, it was used as an accuse, seemingly. But this book is great for exactly that reason. It ignores the issue of the impact, and analyses whatever Revolution it’s talking about, thus relating it objectively. (For a point of reference, I have yet to finish this book, but I do plan to-eventually.) As somebody who is currently studying history, I find the disdain given to these ideas a little bit illogical, and the fact that they are often taught-as in, passing it down generation to generation-odd, because there is still some contempt. (Rant over, I promise.) But this is why I really admire this book!

Plus, it is beautiful when you pull it out of the casing-almost akin to a newspaper. Just have a look at this:


All the clippings seemingly relate to the contents of the book.

For anyone studying politics, even history, this is such a useful reference guide; virtually any revolution of the last century is covered-some I didn’t even know that existed. (Famous ones are also referred to-Castro and Cuba, for instance.) There’s even photos to illustrate, plus pull out documents-always useful for hands on learning.

My only real feedback is that this book is quite cumbersome; not only for its shape-larger than most books-the depth of details inside means that it is also heavy. (Imagine this at the end of the day: you have all of your textbooks, exercise books, pens, etc. But you have to additionally carry something else; it will get heavy, won’t it?) 

Rate: 10/15

Click here to buy a copy of the book.

Little Known Box Unboxing And Review.

 

Disclaimer: this post contains a PR sample. However, I did request to review this subscription box (it’s March at the time of writing). What follows is my honest opinion. Thank you to Louise at Little Known Box.

Put it this way; at the end of a long day, I love to come home, a find a semi surprise of a package for me-and as love seeing what they contain. (Put it this way; it was a Wednesday, meaning I was in college from 8:30 AM- 6:00PM.) And it’s times like this that I sometimes like to indulge in a little bit of luxury-this was a really tiring day. Let’s have a look inside this Little Known Box.


Little Known Box sells itself as being a luxury beauty subscription box, as well as being without cruelty in their products. Sounds quite ambitious, right? But look at what’s inside! The box is quite clean, sleek, and simple in design-because simplicity is elegant. (Apple fan here!)  The note on top also adds a personal touch-always lovely.

I’m already impressed.


This is what’s inside, and you can see my personal note to the right. There’s a voucher, and a phamlet detailing what’s inside. (I was too curious, and put it aside for later, to dive right in.) But because it’s only just coming into spring at the time of writing, the idea of compiling this box was to be able to have a pampering night in.

What’s inside?

  • Miss Patisserie Bath Melt.


(A relative laughed at ‘melt’.) I’ve never really heard of a ‘Melt’ before-and I’m not a big fan of Lush bath bombs. But let’s see how this goes! (I’m willing to try this-and besides, it smells quite nice.)

  • Friendly Soap.

Hygiene is always a good thing to promote! 😁 And Lavender and Geranium…..hmmmmm..

  • Monuskin recovery Balm.


Sometimes, and I’ll try not to be too graphic, but I sometimes suffer from dry skin. (Anyone reading this who is the same: it’s horrible, right?!) This is a saviour for us! I put some on a semi-sore elbow when I received this-and it really works. Plus it has a lovely cream texture, which is also cooling in texture. (Put it in your handbag-I promise it works!)

  • Witch lash mascara.


Firstly, this is a cruelty free mascara-and you can see this tiny detail on the packaging. But as somebody with glasses, eye make up is often a problem for me-and is quite taxing and tedious to put on. This mascara wand bands, meaning that I can reach any eyelash, and all without stabbing myself in the eye! And although it does clump a little bit, this is quite easily rectified.

  • Mango lip balm.


Because who doesn’t love a new lip product?!

  • Eco care organic facial wipes.


I’ve been looking for some facial wipes that are not clinical in their smell-I just loathe the overwhelming medical smell that envelopes your face. These smell so good! They also don’t sting your skin-they have a soothing feel, even calming. They are lovely when you wake up.

What do you think-would you subscribe to this box? Rate: 14/15

Click here to subscribe. 

Mad Girl By Bryony Gordon: Review.


Now I must admit, there’s not a lot that I know about OCD. Having never experienced it, and having not met anyone who openly says they have the condition, all I really knew was derived from various blog posts. Hence one of the main reasons I wanted to read this memoir. (And I’d also seen some promotional images on Instagram.) Gordon was not somebody whose work I was familiar with-I had not even read her first book, The Wrong Knickers.

What really struck me is how much of a call to arms this book is. (Not in the literal sense!) Mad Girl really makes the case that mental health is just as important as physical health. It additionally notes how it is not necessarily taken as seriously as it should and could be-and that could potentially have quite diabolical consequences.

Following on from this notion, I felt really sorry for Bryony at the time that Gordon recounts in this memoir-trapped in a time that OCD was not as understood as it is today. Yet, what shines through is the real character strength-meaning  that to feel sorry s emus almost wrong; in spite of the self-destructive urges, used as a tool to seemingly blot out the OCD, Gordon has managed to write two books, marry, have a child, become a Columnist. This has clearly been no easy feat. And it shows.

My only real criticism is that I sometimes did not understand the language-what is ‘WLDN’, anyway? (I’m a terrible teenager.)

This book is a teastement as to why we need better mental health care. And I love it for that exact reason.

Rating: 10/15

Click here to buy Mad Girl. 

Maisie-Jane Lanyard Review; I Have Found Something That Will Make Anything Pretty.

Disclaimer: this sample was sent to me to review, at my own request. What follows is my own opinion, and is not advertising.


Whenever I see something pretty online, I’m usually enticed. (Just call me your very own Blogger magpie!) Maisie-Jane lanyards were being reviewed over at Kimberly Jessica, so I knew I just had to get in on the act. As you can see from the photo, it’s so pretty! 

Maisie-Jane is a brand selling lanyards, retailing at about roughly twelve pounds and fifty pence each. There can be multiple charms, single charms, and there’s a variety to choose from; I chose a single Eiffel Tower charm, simply see. because it’s one of my favourite things. (This relates to a pair of earrings I own; to me they are lucky, because lucky things seem to happen when I wear them. Anyway, I digress..)

I like Maisie-Jane because, apart from being pleasing to the eye, is that it of course is a lanyard for any passes; similarly, the hook also can be used to do up your dress. The charm compliments whatever you wear it with, and the clasp is a very malleable and easy to use magnet.

What’s not to love?!

This is what I received in the post:

Quite pretty, right? In a very cutsie, dinky way. Yet, I think that the lanyard is quite sophisticated in taste; rather than being a standard issue lanyard, it draws attention to you in a very subtle way. It also doubles up as a necklace.


This is the lanyard in its entirety. Such a pretty thing! Also, as somebody who can be sensitive to some stimuli-as detailed in a previous post-this lanyard is not at all irritating. It actually has quite a nice feel.

And here you can see my college ID in the lanyard:

(I’ve blurred out my college details, the expiration date, as well as my photo. Because everyone’s ID picture is generally not well regarded, and is often mocked-as is mine. Therefore, I didn’t want to show it to you lot.)

But look at the charm! The fact that this lanyard also doubles up as a necklace is something I really love-going from studying, to any social engagement, etc. All here!

What do you think-would you wear these? 

Click here to buy a lanyard-it’s a worthwhile investment.