Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Clashing Time talks F&F Christmas

I recently took a trip to London and went to the F&F Christmas Press Day at their showroom on Broadstone Place after a very last minute invitation. I spotted that they had something going on when browsing twitter and was lucky enough to get myself an invitation - see, if you don't ask, you don't get! I rocked up to their showroom on a very hot summer's day and was greeted by some lovely ladies from Maverick PR who showed me around the Christmas collection. The clothing rails were full of wintery, glitter filled textured items that created a real sense of Christmassy joy inside me. F&F have cleared decided to cater for all occasions and all types of British weather as they have filled their rails with items for the warmer and colder days of winter. I've got to say that some of my favourite items included the black and gold buckled heels, the furry body warmers and the metallic looking dresses. Although these items might not all necessarily go together, I feel like a selection of the statement pieces from this collection would fit perfectly into my wardrobe and kit me out for the winter season! The collection will be out in October this year so keep an eye out for it in any of the stores near you. In the meantime, take a look at the F&F Website.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Clashing Time talks Itsu Cambridge Launch

There have been so many fantastic places opening in Cambridge recently and we truly are spoilt for choice. When it comes to Japanese food, you can find somewhere on every corner! I often pick up a noodle or rice dish when I'm out and about as they are so much easier then a sit down meal, so all of these new 'food on the go' restaurants are perfect for me. Upon arriving at the new Itsu on Sidney Street I was so pleased to see it so busy and vibrant. There are mirrors everywhere, colours all over the walls and beautiful looking plants in every corner and it makes it feel so inviting. Some very friendly staff invited us all in and asked us if we would like a chicken teriyaki dish or a salmon dish and of course I went for the chicken. Since going travelling I have become a big fan of Asian food and I've got to admit that I am a big fan of chicken teriyaki. I love the freshness of the dish, but also the thick sweet teriyaki sauce that's full of flavour! Within our 'goodie bag' we were also treated to some Metcalfe's popcorn, a yummy juice drink, a menu, chopsticks and a really sweet Cambridge themed present...a bike seat cover. If you're not from Cambridge then you wouldn't know then Cambridge is full of bikes and I feel like Itsu definitely gets some bonus points for providing such a practical gift. 
Although we didn't have any prices available in our goodie bag, I have seen online that the prices are very reasonable. The chicken teriyaki dish is £4.19 and I left feeling very full so it's certainly the perfect meal for lunch. So many people have slated Cambridge recently for it's 'bland' offering and I think they couldn't be more wrong. Every month new and exciting things are happening and Itsu coming to the city is definitely one of those exciting things.

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Clashing Time talks Espresso Library

Hello lovely people! I know, I know...It's been a while. Turns out my new amazing blog schedule is actually not that easy to stick to when you have loads on at work, friends that need to be caught up with, and a load of moving house stress to deal with. To try and cope with the stress of everything, I decided to go and meet my lovely friend Olivia from Crave More Beauty at Espresso Library on East Road in Cambridge. Espresso Library seems to be the 'It' place in Cambridge at the moment. The place you go with your laptop to work, or with a newspaper to relax, or with your friends for a good old chin wag! It's the place you go to...and never get a seat in as it's so popular. It's so lovely to see a cafe in such a non-touristy part of town do so well and as it is just down the road from my offices, I decided it was about time I went in to give it a go myself. Olivia and I were so excited to try some of the food for lunch as all the people around us had some seriously yummy looking dishes being brought to their tables. Get ready for food porn! 
I decided to go for the squash and feta frittata and oh my was so lovely. You can't go wrong with a generous portion of butternut squash, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, feta and a selection of other yummy veg! It came with a lovely side portion of fresh salad and a drizzle of some dressing and I've got to say that I was very unexpectedly full after such a light looking dish. Olivia went for the halloumi and garlic portobello mushroom burger with pesto and salad. Although I'm not a big mushroom fan, I do feel as if I could have been converted by trying this dish as it looked so flavoursome and not at all like your typical mushroom meal. The Espresso Library does have a small menu, but it seems as if they mix things up on a weekly, even daily basis, in order to ensure they are using the best local produce for the time of year. They concentrate on working with local farmers, businesses and individuals to make their cafe as good as it possibly can be....and I think they've done it! If you're in Cambridge then definitely pop over to East Road.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Clashing Time talks Wasabi Cambridge

Last week I met up with a load of lovely blogger ladies for the launch of the new Wasabi store in Cambridge. I love Wasabi for their noodles and always try to pick up a pot at either Embankment or Kings Cross in London after a lovely day trip out. When I found out that Wasabi was opening in Cambridge I was very excited as I have only recently got into Japanese food in the past few years. I used to like quite traditional meals, but when I went to university and in the years since it has all changed. Before the launch I was a sushi virgin, the idea of raw fish did not appeal to me at all. I think that sometimes you have to put yourself out of your comfort zone and try new things and I've got to say that I was pleasantly surprised. I will definitely be up for trying new types of sushi in the future. If you're out and about in Cambridge and want somewhere to go then definitely do give Wasabi a try. The unit is lovely and bright, full of simple, clean, crisp designs that demonstrates Japanese style to a T. The lovely ladies from Wasabi have given us all a £5 voucher to use and it will be perfect for picking up a lunch time snack when I'm in town. Thank you for the invitation Wasabi, it's great to see new businesses coming to Cambridge and doing so well. CTx

Clashing Time talks 3 Minute Makeup

After watching the 3 minute makeup challenge on Helen Anderson's YouTube channel last month, I decided that I would give it a try. I've got to admit, I was quite nervous about putting my bare face on the internet - but really, if I can't share it with you lot, then I can't with anyone! The blogging community sees girls with no makeup on all the time. Whether it's for a makeup tutorial, an honest and heartfelt vlog or even a relaxed holiday trip away, girls are becoming more and more comfortable sharing their no-makeup looks and I think it's great. Whilst doing the challenge I realised that I'm not very good at doing my makeup quickly...I think I looked a complete mess after trying the challenge and I realise now that I need more time to put my face on. Give it a try...I dare ya! CTx

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Clashing Time talks Strada Secret Super

Last week I went to a #SecretSupper club at Strada Cambridge on Trinity Street with Alice from The Middle Sister and we had such a laugh. They have recently decided to re-launch their menu since being taken over and I certainly noticed the difference! They want to concentrate more on working with local farmers and chefs to rejuvenate their menus, and they intend to do it more often in order to use more seasonal fruit and vegetables. We started the evening with a glass of process and samples a variety of amazing mini portions of meals. We got to try tomato garlic pizza bread, ravioli and carbonara, but the best by far was definitely the risotto - something that I don't normally pick when out for dinner! This dish was beautifully flavoured with such a fantastic pea and mint taste, so lovely and light, and definitely the type of dish I will choose in the future. Next we moved onto the epic three course meal that they offer during the week between 12-7 for only £12! I started with a scrummy spring vegetable bruschetta, then moved on to the feather steak and chips (cooked to perfection might I add), and then finished it all off with some delicious mango sorbet. We got talking to the guests around us the whole evening and even got to speak to the manager about the great plans they have for the future. Of course I enjoyed the meal, but what I enjoyed more was the excitement from the manager about the freedom they have been given at the Cambridge branch to experiment and see what works best. It's lovely to see such trust from a national organisation! If you get the chance then please do pop in and try their new menu, and let me know what you think. CTx

Monday, 8 June 2015

Clashing Time talks Claireabellemakes Craft Party

Last weekend I went to the Claireabellemakes Craft Party with some other blogging friends and we had so much fun! It was held at Rhode Island Cafe/Restaurant in Cherry Hinton, Cambridge and the venue couldn't have been any lovelier, I'm definitely going to have to do a review on my blog of it soon. There was such a great group of ladies there, some bloggers and some crafters and it was a really nice mix of people. I was lucky enough to convince Laura and Lisa to come along with me and it was great to see them both so near to me in Cambridge! I have got so into crafting recently, I am obsessed with furniture painting, pin board making...the list goes on. It's safe to say that Pinterest is my new best friend for crafting and DIY ideas. So when Claire mentioned about doing a bloggers meet up that involved crafting, I jumped at the opportunity to be involved. We started by all listening to Claire explaining what we had to do...including the health and safety areas that we had to listen to as there was a hot glue gun around (although I still burnt myself - silly!) and then we were off! She was so helpful the whole way through, stopping and assisting where she could for each and every one of us and I am so proud of Claire for pulling it all off! I really can't wait for her next few events to come, especially as it only cost £20 per person and I got to meet some great new people. Thank you Claire, it was really fantastic doing some crafting together on a Sunday afternoon!

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Clashing Time talks Souksy

A few months ago I went to the Bloggers Love Fashion Week event in London and had a great time socialising and meeting loads of amazing new people from the blogging community. I picked up some incredible goodies from the event and felt so fortunate to have been gifted so much. My favourite item from my goodie bag was definitely this stunning necklace from Souksy London. The lady on the stall for Souksy was so interesting, she had such an inspiring story about working her way up in London for years and then realised she really wanted to have her own company selling beautiful pieces like the one below. I think that's one of the great things about blogging events, you can meet people from different walks of life that you may have never met without this community. Since receiving this necklace I have honestly worn it most weekends, to blogging events, to Big Weekend, my friends birthday...the list goes on. Plus, I always get complimented on it as well! So I just wanted to say a BIG thank you to Souksy London for this statement necklace that will forever be my go-to piece. If you want to check them out, click on the link above.

Friday, 29 May 2015

Clashing Time talks Radio 1's Big Weekend ft Jim Chapman

Last weekend I went to Radio 1's Big Weekend with my beautiful friend Jess from The Brit Abroad and we had the best time ever. I am completely lazy and didn't even apply to get tickets, but Jess being the great person that she is sat for ages on the internet and managed to get us tickets for both days. I know, how lucky am I? We stayed with friends in Norwich and it made life so much easier as we got to drive up in the morning and then got to go to bed nearby rather than driving back to Cambridge. It really made me realise how much I miss Norwich!
I saw some incredible acts like Taylor Swift, David Guetta, Rudimental and then some more chilled out acts like Ben Howard as well. There was such a great atmosphere over the whole weekend and everyone walked around with huge grins on their faces! To top it all off, as you will have seen by my title, I was lucky enough to meet Jim Chapman!! Check out the video to find out more about the amazing weekend with Radio 1...

Clashing Time talks The Positivity Tag

My lovely friend Kat from Laydey Katabella asked me to do The Positivity Tag and I was so pleased to do this! It's so nice to take a moment to appreciate all the positivity out there and I definitely don't think we do this enough.
Some of the questions I really had to think about as you don't often take the time to spin a negative thing into something fun and happy. Most women are stuck in their ways and automatically associate certain body parts with negative thoughts, but it felt so good to force myself to do it! Take a look and let me know what you think...

If you would like to do the tag yourself, the questions are...
1. Name three things in your life that make you feel happy and positive
2. What do you do to try and be more positive?
3.What do you like to do to relax?
4. What is your favourite positive quote?
5. Everybody has a part of their body that they dislike. Say something positive about yours
6. Who are your positive role models?
7. Who should do this tag next?
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