My Week #55 – For the many, not the few

*Wedding times *Mezze!

*National Freelancer’s Day *Women who vote

What a week!

First things first, I can’t go without mentioning the election. For the first time in a while I’m actually full of hope. I voted Labour and I have zero regrets. It’s so great to see that so many young people came out and voted – my soon to be sister in law Emma included. She’s 26 and it was her first time voting. So proud! Whoever you voted for, I’m just happy people are coming out to vote. Here’s to the future and let’s hope it’s for the many, not the few.

So, in other news.

I’m off to Blogtacular this weekend!

So excited. Getting the train in a few hours and I need to pack asap. What will I wear? I’ve been wanting to go to Blogtacular for years and I finally bit the bullet and got myself a ticket. I’m looking forward to meeting like minded women, learning loads and getting super inspired. Plus, due to a silly mistake on my behalf, I have all of Sunday to spend in London. I’m going to do a marathon day like I did in 2013 and see loads of stuff.

So there will be more on that next week.

I’m in full on panic mode for wedding DIYs

Completely on it with the flower making now. It’s 35 days to go. Managed to make a whole vase of paper flowers in a week so let’s hope I can keep up the pace. I’m enlisting help and I’m considering taking some tissue paper with me this weekend. Let’s do this!

I went to the Ideal Home Show yesterday with Emma

After voting and popping to Slimming World (half a pound on #dealwithit) Emma and I went to the Ideal Home Show and the Eat & Drink festival. So fun! The Eat & Drink festival especially. I may have come home with 2 bottles of flavoured tequila (honey and coffee in case you were wondering). I smell hen party cocktails! I’ll be doing a full post on the show soon.

Otherwise, it’s just been plate spinning

I’ve been doing a lot of work, a lot of wedding stuff and just trying to stay afloat. So here’s to staying afloat!

How was your week?

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Father’s Day with IWOOT & Mankind #WrapDifferent

Having lots of friends who are boys – IWOOT has always been my haven for easy gift shopping. So when they and men’s grooming brand Mankind invited me to their Father’s Day event last week, I RSVP’d right away.

The event was at Twenty Twenty Two, a ping pong bar on Little Lever St. in a basement. I can’t believe how many times I walked past without knowing this place was here!

IWOOT outside twenty twentytwo

IWOOT Twenty TwentyTwo

The #WrapDifferent event was held in a private room and full to the brim of products perfect for the man in your life. I even managed to find a couple of things for my dad and he is not easy to buy for.

IWOOT toys

This table was full of fun toys which would make anyone jealous. The smallest remote control helicopter, mini ping pong sets and my personal favourite, the BBQ toolbox. It’s portable!

IWOOT BBQ

IWOOT Captin America

IWOOT flower grenade

The range of mens grooming products were mainly new to me but the Mankind team were on hand to explain everything.

IWOOT Mankind

The grooming box below* in particular is an easy gift for any man in your life. It’s a carefully curated box of different branded products. This one includes Bed Head and Man Cave. Topher has been going on about how he wants to get a grooming routine going so I had both information and this set to bring home to him (thanks Mankind for the goody bag!). He was super excited and used everything the first chance he got. His face smells lovely now!

IWOOT tech

After having a mooch at all the products, it was time to take part in some challenges. IWOOT now do clothing so there was a t-shirt design competition and a mug design competition. I always suck at these. My brain just goes blank. I ended up doing a mug design with “My damn covfefe”. Topical.

IWOOT game tables

I had a lot more luck at the wrapping challenge. We had to pick an item to wrap and then do it as fast as we could.

IWOOT wrap challenge

I didn’t think I’d stand a chance at winning but the IWOOT team emailed the winners after and I was one of them. Yay!

IWOOT wrapping

I think my favourite challenge was the “beer” pong. Instead of beer in the cups, there were little slips of paper with prizes on. Most of the time I missed but I managed to walk away with two prizes. Go me!

IWOOT beer pong

And what’s a party without a baby and a pug? Btw – babies and pugs are so hard to simultaneously get a photo of!

IWOOT baby and pug

It was a great evening and we all walked away with such generous goody bags. Topher was jumping around like it was Christmas when I got home. Fiancée points earned.

Thank you so much to both the IWOOT and Mankind teams. You were all lovely and showed us all a great time!

I will leave you with this pug.

IWOOT pug

What are you getting your dad for Father’s Day? Or is someone you know celebrating their first Father’s Day? Are they hard to shop for?

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Foodie Adventures: Bakchich, Dough and Black Milk

Food glorious food! Topher and I have been super lucky recently and have had the opportunity to visit Bakchich, Dough and Black Milk in Manchester. All delicious and all highly recommended. Here’s what we ate.

Bakchich

Bakchich bar

I may be biased being Arab but Middle Eastern food is in my top 5 favourite food regions. So when I heard there was a new Lebanese restaurant in town I knew I had to visit. Especially since they have Diane’s holy grail. Labaneh. I always find explaining labaneh to British people difficult as it’s kinda hard to make strained goats yoghurt sound good but believe me it is. It’s not out of this world but it’s definitely a dip I can’t live without and until now had to get my yearly quota in my 2 week trips to Jordan every year. Not anymore!

So firstly the decor is awesome. I love the bright colours and the Arabic food packaging everywhere. They were even playing Arabic pop music. Love it.

Bakchich interior

Bakchich wall

Bakchich tables

The main feature was definitely the tiles! An Instagrammer’s dream.

Bakchich tiles

So onto the food. We opted for Limon Nana drinks (Lemonade with lime and mint) and a bit of mezze followed by shawarma wraps (chicken for him, lamb for me). The mezze consisted of labaneh (of course!), falafel, halloumi and salad with plenty of arabic bread. First of all the labaneh tasted EXACTLY the same as it does in Jordan. So happy! The falafel was green on the inside as it should be and the halloumi was to die for.

Bakchich mezze

I have to remember though how much I get filled up with mezze so when it came to the shawarma wrap I was so full I had to take it to go. When I did eventually eat it later that day it was delicious. We’ve already been back since and it won’t be the last time.

Bakchich shawarma

Dough

Dough

I’ve only been to Dough once and it was over five years ago so that had to be rectified. I still dream about the lamb and mango pizza I had. Topher and I walk past there all the time and keep saying we should go sometime. So the other weekend we finally went with Claire and Steve before heading to Lucardo.

I love unusual pizza toppings so when I saw they had a falafel pizza, I was intrigued. It definitely lived up to my dreams.  All of the noms.

Dough Falafel Pizza

Topher had the chicken and pesto pizza which I had a taste of and it was very nice. Not as nice as my falafel pizza but still very nice. Topher enjoyed it and it was gone quickly!

Dough pesto pizza

Claire had the red pepper and pesto linguine which she said was tasty but kinda wished there was more of it. Steve had a pepperoni pizza. I’ll leave it up to your imagination what that looked like.

Dough pasta

Dessert was difficult to choose (too many noms!) but Topher and I settled on sharing a cookies and ice cream type dessert, Steve had the same and Claire had a sundae of some kind. I can’t remember the names and the dessert menu is not on the website so sorry about that.

Dough dessert

Dough Sundae

Black Milk

Black Milk interior

After finishing Lucardo and stumbling across Black Milk on Oldham street, we decided to drop in and have what turned out to be a super sweet snack. I’ve seen Black Milk in Affleck’s but didn’t know they had a branch on Oldham Street.

Black Milk bottle

The boys went all out and got freakshakes while Claire and I chose the more sensible option of just a shake for me and a frozen latte for her. I know my limits. For me personally, freakshakes are for photos only – they’re too much for me to finish.

Topher’s was called the Marshmallow Rodeo:

Black Milk rocky road freakshake

And Steve had the Triple Oreo Cheesecake:

Black Milk oreo freakshake

This was my Biscoff & Salted Caramel shake. It was delicious! I couldn’t finish the whole thing but I would definitely be back for another attempt.

Black Milk lotus shake

And now I’m hungry. How about you?

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My Week #54 – And so it begins…

*Pickles in a box *Working at Ziferblat

*IWOOT & Mankind Event *Pancakes at Moose’s

Hello June! And hello madness. From now until our wedding next month (oh my god I can say next month now) it’s just all go with everything. I’ve got blog events including Blogtacular, 3 weddings, our hen and stag parties along with work (got some new clients, yay!) and final bits of wedding planning madness. Just writing that makes me want to take a nap.

But before we dive into June, lets take a quick look at the last week of May

I won two free hours at Ziferblat on Twitter

So excited as I barely win anything. Since I was busy last Friday and today, I decided to take a day on Wednesday and get out of the house to get some work done. It was lovely. I think I’ll do it more often in future as I got a lot more done.

Plus, Ziferblat have started offering more healthier options like salad and veg to go with all the cake that’s around. Phew! As much as I like cake, it’s nice to not have to worry so much about going overboard with the sugar. Yay.

I lost a pound at Slimming World

And it’s a good thing too what with the next few weeks coming up. It’s all about damage control! I’m not too bothered with how much I lose for a bit now as long as it’s not too much on.

Emma is back!

Topher’s sister has been in the Far East for the last 4 months and she got back this morning. She knew her mum was going to pick her up but Topher and I went along too to surprise her. It was lovely seeing her again and we all went to Moose’s for pancakes.

I went to the IWOOT and Mankind event last night

It was really fun and I will be doing a post on it next week.

How was your week?

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Top Picks #49

  1. Bikini, $39.99 & $49.99 – Modcloth*

Modcloth have so much nice swimwear in at the moment. I cannot resist this bikini and I don’t even wear bikinis! The dinosaur skeleton print is awesome and I really like the colour too. I’ve never been a fan of the vintage style high waist bikini bottoms but this one makes me reconsider a little bit.

2. Sandals, £25.99 – New Look

These sandals are so pretty! I love the simplicity of them though I’m not sure if I would enjoy the tan lines!

3. T-shirt, £16.97 – Carolina Magnolia Designs @ Etsy

I felt like I’d hit the jackpot when I stumbled across this Etsy store the other week. So many subtle Disney t-shirts. This one is by far my favourite. Any idea where the saying is from? Unfortunately they only ship within the US but with my parents travelling there all the time, I’m sure I could find a way.

4. Earrings, £8 – Jazzy Menagerie @ Etsy

I’m in love with these earrings! Little paper airplanes!

5. Dress, £75 – Emily and Fin

It’s the stripy dress of dreams! My stripes addiction continues. This dress is just perfect in every way. It even has freaking pockets! Pockets are like gold dust in the womenswear industry.

6. Washi tape dispenser, £25.33 – Mig Ma Ideas @ Etsy

I may have squeaked a little when I saw this. How amazing is this washi tape dispenser? For a washi tape addict such as myself, it’s just perfect. May have to request this for my birthday. And bonus, it would stop Luna from stealing my washi tapes. She loves them just as much as I do but for very different reasons!

7. Brooch, £8.08 – Rock Cakes @ Etsy

I’ve always wanted a little hello brooch and this one is perfect! It comes in different colours and I want them all.

8. Top, £39.50 – Sugarhill Boutique

This top is so kitsch, I love it. It would be perfect with skinny jeans or tucked into a midi skirt.

9. Camera Strap, £33.94 – Janie Lane Studio @ Etsy

I’ve been thinking about getting a pretty camera strap for a while and this one fits the bill. And it has pockets!

10. Coin purse, £8 – Accessorize*

I’m not going to be carrying round my entire purse on our honeymoon so this coin purse is perfect for the essentials.

What’s on your lust list this week?

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