Monday, 19 August 2019

3 Weekends | What I Wore & Did

Long time no post, it seems life has very much got in the way of my little space on the internet and although I had good intentions these images have been patiently waiting in my drafts for months. I decided one free Sunday afternoon to combine them in to one post and then hopefully we can pick up where we left off. Below you can find three food orientated occasions and what I wore.

Organised by date, we start with 3 course dinner at Galvin la Chapelle. Not my first Michelin star restaurant and I certainly hope not my last, I had high expectations for what food was to follow. Situated a stones throw from Liverpool St station you really are in the heart of the city. As given away in the name the converted chapel makes an unusual but beautiful backdrop. The large arched windows, high stone ceilings and circular lightening nod to the history whilst remaining modern with industrial elements.

The staff were incredibly kind to my family and I helping us with dietary requirements and informing us about how the menu is locally sourced fresh from the market in Covent Garden. To start I opted for the asparagus velouté which I loved the theatrics of, there was a performance factor with the pouring of the sauce which just added to the build up. It tasted delicious and was the ideal light way to begin the meal. For the main I had the risotto which included courgette, cheese and truffles. The flavours were so different to anything I've had before and there is nothing better than a meal you already love that is just slightly more elevated. To finish I ended on the strawberry tart which came with a sorbet and meringue topping. I have a sweet tooth so dessert is something I always look forward to and leave space for. I enjoyed the passion fruit purée as an additional flavour addition. We enjoyed the experience so much that we visited Galvin the Athenaeum a few weekends after. 

Moving on to what I wore, I've been living in long flowy dresses this summer and I am undoubtedly a fan of a shirt dress so this number includes two things I wear time and time again. In this neutral ivory tone it is the perfect transitional dress and I'm sure I'll be wearing it in to the autumn months switching the converse for boots. 

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In true Áine style I also love a brunch! I returned home to Northampton for the weekend and I had heard so much about French Affaire which is only a short drive away in Stony Stratford. I met up with one of my friends for a catch up and we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to finally give this a go. 

A french inspired creperie with the options of both sweet and savoury we were truly spoilt for choice. With emerald green velvet sofas and teal seats, marble tables and blush toned table wear it was safe to say I was in my element. I liked the fact they chose a grass/moss effect feature wall differing from the usual floral themes making it more unique and refreshing. There is also an outside terrace if the weather is on your side. As it was earlier in the day and the first thing I was eating I surprisingly made the sensible choice and went savoury. To eat I had the eggs florentine and I throughly enjoyed switching the usual bread offering for a crepe. It was lighter but still filling and tasty. To drink I chose the Absofruitly by recommendation which is a smoothie that includes strawberry, pineapple and kiwi which looks as good as it tastes.

I think we all know how interchangeable the weather can be for the British summer so my outfits are often a mix hoping it will be appropriate whichever way the weather might turn. I purchased these shorts a lot earlier in the year, styling them originally with tights but they also work well with bare legs as shown. I wore this sleeveless sweater which is great for keeping you warm but also allows you to cool down if required. A blazer is my go to jacket option which always smartens the look and this lilac one adds a much needed pop of colour.

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Finally I visited Ladurée in Covent Garden, although I have been in many times before for my macaron top up I've never stayed for breakfast. I was having a get together with my university girls who share my love for macarons so I suggested we meet her and take some treats home to continue our catch up over the weekend. 

The vintage inspired tea room, a cup of tea and a sweet treat is the best way to catch up with friends, wouldn't you agree? I had the french toast with a drizzle of maple syrup which you can never really go wrong with to be honest. They do say start the day as you mean to continue so I think it was expected I wouldn't leave empty handed! I would recommend popping in if you are ever in the area and need a sugar rush.

A classic, chic place like Ladurée requires the equivalent outfit and what matches that more than a crisp longline white shirt, my burberry mac, black skinny jeans and nude pointed boots. 

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Let's hope the wait for the next post isn't as long...



  1. I'm in love with your fashion sense!
    Chloe X

    1. Thank you for always coming back and reading - honestly means the world!


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