Monday, 3 August 2015

Amazing Italian Tapas at San Carlo Fumo

I've decided I want to start mixing up the posts here on Couture Girl and because lifestyle posts are some of my favourites to read, I decided they'd be a good place to start. I'm often going out for lovely meals with family, friends or my boyfriend, so I thought it'd make sense to start sharing the yummy restaurants I visit here on my blog. I'm currently living in Manchester so if you live here or visit often, you might find this interesting. If not, I hope you still find seeing where I've been and the delicious food I've been eating somewhat interesting.

I recently went to San Carlo Fumo which is a relatively new restaurant in Manchester for a yummy meal with my boyfriend and his parents. Matt and I have actually been before but we didn't really understand the concept the first time around as its not your standard italian restaurant. Fumo is different in the respect they offer italian tapas - smaller dishes that are perfect for sharing. I love this concept as I'm one of those people who always wants to have a selection of things to try rather than one meal. Whenever I go out for food I always end up getting various starters and sides just so I have a few things to pick at but this can be pricey which isn't ideal. However, because the portions are slightly smaller than average at Fumo, the price also reflects this meaning you can have more without breaking the bank.

Before I talk about the food I just have to mention how gorgeous the restaurant itself is. As you can see from my photos, the interior design is beautiful. The ceiling and bar is covered with stunning lights and the tables all have marble surfaces and comfy leather chairs. There's a great atmosphere too - music playing, waiters that can't do enough to help out topped off by the amazing food and drink.

As I'm sure you can see from my photos, the food looked amazing but also tasted amazing too. I wish technology allowed you to taste through a computer screen - can you imagine! To start we decided to get some bread and olives and a sharing platter of calamari and king prawns with dips. The portions were huge and it was more than enough to share between the four of us and it tasted delicious. I only recently started eating calamari as I know how awful it can be when it's overcooked and chewy but this was cooked perfectly - beaut!

For our main, we all decided to pick two dishes we liked the sound of from the menu and then share so there would be something everyone liked but also the opportunity to try new things we wouldn't normally choose ourselves. I chose king prawns in a tomato and chilli sauce and a vegetarian asparagus pasta which were both delicious. We also had sliced fillet steak with garlic, lamb with a herb crust, a pork dish, spaghetti bolognase, scallops and some honey glazed sweet potato chunks. It may sound like a bit of a random mixture but I loved being able to try so many different kinds of food. I don't normally eat lamb or pork but they were both lovely so it was great to step out of my 'chicken and prawns' comfort zone haha!


We washed the meal down with some lovely white wine and amazing cocktails and for dessert we had a sharing plate with lots of mini cakes, strawberries and ice cream. It looked so beautiful! We had a really great night and it was something a bit different to a standard meal which was fun. I'd definitely recommend paying Fumo a visit next time you're in Manchester or if you live here and I'll definitely be going back very soon!

Have you ever visited this restaurant? Do you like the idea of Italian tapas? 

Saturday, 1 August 2015

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I have always been fascinated by online social networking but have only recently branched out further into blogging and vlogging, something I've wanted to try for a number of years. So here I am!

I like to describe myself as 'eclectic' and I guess this is what you'll find with my posts. I write about pretty much anything I have a passion and interest in (which is probably too much but never mind) and hope I can share my thoughts, opinions and general nonsense with you too.

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On my blog I talk about all things beauty, Fashion and Lifestyle related. From finding the perfect Foundation to fab OOTD's and Healthy Recipes, you'll find everything on my blog. 

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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Insta Style #1

Although my blog is mainly focused on beauty, I'm also obsessed with fashion, buying new clothes and putting outfits together. The reason I don't tend to do too many 'ootd' posts on my blog is because I rarely have the time to get outside and take professional photos. I also don't get on well with tripods which can make getting good shots pretty difficult. However, if you follow me on Instagram you'll know that I'm always posting my latest outfit as it doesn't require quite as much planning as a blog post does. With this being said, I thought I'd start sharing my Instagram outfits here on my blog too so I can include links to the things I've been wearing! I'll probably aim to do this every couple of weeks!

So, starting with the top left outfit - both the top and shorts are from In The Style. The shorts are part of Charlotte Crosby's range and come with a matching crop top (here and here) which I also love but I decided to pair it with a different top from In The Style in this photo as I love the combo of a plain top with printed bottoms. The top also has a lace up front so it's very on trend at the moment. You can get that here and for an extra 10% off anything from In The Style, just add 'KAYLEIGH10' at the checkout.

The top right outfit is this stunning floral playsuit from Ashanti Brazil which has fast become my favourite piece of clothing. I love the floral print and the fabric is a really lovely quality and so comfortable! I'm also a big fan of the plunging neckline and while it is a bit risque, it doesn't look too revealing because of the long sleeves. 

Moving on to the bottom left and my new favourite co-ord. This is from LVNDR which is one of my fave sites for affordable clothes. They've only just launched their clothing line recently so there isn't lots of options yet but the pieces they do have are Summer wardrobe staples. This striped co-ord is so perfect and I love how it can be worn day or night. If you didn't already know, LVNDR is owned by my good friend Em from Em Talks so make sure you check the site out!

Finally, the dress in the bottom right photo is available here from Lasula Boutique and it's the perfect little Summer dress. Again, it can be dressed up or down which I love. I'm a big fan of the off-the-shoulder trend that seems to be everywhere at the moment and this baby doll style is really flattering.

Which of these outfits is your fave? Did you enjoy this kind of post? Let me know if you want to see more.

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Toni & Guy Summer Essentials + GIVEAWAY!

You may or may not know that I recently worked with Toni & Guy on their recent Hair Meets Wardrobe campaign where I spent the day shooting with them in London. I was pretty nervous to say the least as it was my first time doing anything like it but I had a lot of fun and it was so great to work with one of my favourite hair brands. Head over to their social media @hair_wardrobe if you want to see the final images - it includes me representing Manchester and covered in Manchester landmarks. Eeep! I've also been trying out lots of Toni & Guy products recently and they've kindly given me some for you guys to win too. So, if you want to win the products in the above image... keep reading! 

The three products up for grabs are all what Toni & Guy refer to as 'Summer essentials' and I'd have to agree as there three products will help you achieve any style this Summer. First up is the Sea Salt Spray which is one of my personal favourite hair products and one I've been using for years. I love applying this to damp hair, scrunching my hair up between my fingers and leaving it to dry naturally. It's the perfect product to take away on holiday when it's too hot to use heat on your hair and it creates the most amazing beachy waves. I love it!

Next up is the 3D Volumiser and this one is for you ladies (myself definitely included) who love big glamorous hair! This will help you achieve that gorgeous bouncy blow dried look with ease which is perfect for all those Summer parties. Simply spray it on from root to tip and blow dry your hair as normal.

Finally we have the 'Cool Defining Cream' which is a great product to use all year round but especially in Summer if you hair is feeling a little dry after exposure to the sun. This lightweight cream will soften and moisturise your hair to create a smooth and polished finish. Simply apply it to towel-dried hair and style as normal.

So if you like the sounds of these three products and want to win them for yourself, here's what you need to do...

- Be following me @k_leexjx on Twitter
- Follow @toniandguyUK & @hair_wardrobe
- Leave a comment below letting me know which of these products you'd most like to try.

For an extra entry, you can tweet 'I just entered @k_leexjx's giveaway with @hair_wardrobe to win 3 Summer @toniandguyUK products! Enter here: ( include link to this post)'

To help me pick a winner, please leave your entry below in this format:

Twitter username:
Product I'd most like to try:
Link to my tweet: (you can remove this if you chose not to tweet)


Monday, 20 July 2015

Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Creme Lipsticks

The perfect red lipstick is a staple in any woman's makeup bag and with the help of Marc Jacob's Beauty and their range of incredible 'Le Marc Lip Creme's'*, you can find the perfect red for you! The collection contains 20 shades of red from bold and bright to deep and dark so there's a shade to suit all skin types, hair colours and most importantly - your personal preferences. 

The lipsticks are described as 'rich, velvety and ultra hydrating' whilst delivering a 'dramatic punch of vivd pigment and endless hours of luxurious wear'. With claims they last up to 10 hours on the lips, it's safe to say I was pretty excited to try them. Each lipstick has been named after iconic women who have inspired Marc throughout his lifetime too which I thought was a cute little touch.

My first impression on receiving seven lipsticks from the range was that the packaging is beautiful. The bullets are a sleek rectangular shape with the Marc Jacobs logo on the lid and a metallic clasp which is strangely satisfactory to open and close. Each lipstick also has the shade and name on the bottom so it's easy to differentiate between them when they're together.

The formula is lovely too - they're really creamy and the pigmentation is just out of this world. I mean all you need to do is take one look at the swatches in this post to see just how vivid the colours are. I wouldn't say they're incredibly moisurising like the description of them claims but they're certainly not drying either. I'd describe the finish as a 'velvet' or 'satin' rather than glossy or matte. I really like this as it means they last a long time without drying my lips. I can't say wether they last the full 10 hours as claimed as I haven't worn any of them for that length of time but they do last well and even if they do start to fade after eating and drinking, topping up my lipstick isn't something that bothers me too much anyway. Especially not when they're this beautiful!

As well as looking great and having a great formula, they're also enriched with ingredients that are good for the lips including powerful peptides, antioxidant-rich seaberry, and natural humectants, including meranti and cocoa butter. Most of those things other than cocoa butter don't mean anything to me but I thought I'd include that anyway just in case you like to know what goes into the products you buy and use.

I'm not going to go through every single shade or this post would go on forever but as you can see from the images, there's every variation of red you could think of. My favourite shades would have to be 'Oh Miley' as it's a really fun shade with a mix of Pink and Orange undertones and I also really like the more vampy shades 'Miss Scarlett' and 'Blow' as I think they'll look great in the Winter months! It's safe to say I've now got a red for every occasion.

L-R: Je T'aime, Oh Miley, Goddess, Core Corra, Miss Scarlett, Rei of Light and Blow

I'm a big fan of these lipsticks and would highly recommend you give them a try - whether you're already a big fan of a red lip and want to expand your collection or you're still looking for that perfect shade, look no further than this collection. They're available to buy here from Sephora!

Which of these Reds is your favourite?