Monday, 25 May 2015

Rawrgirls Review . . . NYL Restaurant & Bar, Liverpool!

Liverpool is buzzing this weekend, with the bank holiday and the arrival of the Three Queens getting everyone excited, so it was with much enthusiasm that I accepted an invitation to have lunch at one of the city's hottest new restaurant and bars, NYL!

Inspired by the food and culture of New York and set within the restored former Royal Insurance Building, NYL offers a mix of delicious modern food prepared by an award winning chef, expertly mixed cocktails, amazing service and a spectacular setting for socialising day and night. 

The building is absolutely beautiful with it's ornate high ceilings and huge windows. The interior, styled out in luxe dark wood panels, chocolate brown leather upholstered seating and decadent lighting, compliments it perfectly. The whole place just screams class.

NYL LIVERPOOL REVIEW
NYL LIVERPOOL REVIEW
NYL LIVERPOOL REVIEW
The lunch menu is currently running at 2 courses for £15, which at this award winning standard is pretty amazing and we were looking forward to tucking in! It was hard to choose from dishes such as Superfood Salad, NYL Chicken Caesar and Cheese Steak, but I chose the wild mushroom and chestnut Ravioli with sweet potato fries and Tim went with the NYL Burger and triple cooked chips. 

My Ravioli (normally £12) was unbelieveable! Drizzled in roasted garlic cream, basil foam and truffle oil, with a smidge of spiced spinach on top. Mushroom ravioli is one of my fave dishes to discover on a menu (along with some form of sausage and mash) and this is the best I've tasted. SO good that I would order this again even if I went back to NYL the next day! 

NYL LIVERPOOL REVIEW
Tim's NYL Burger (normally £13) was the perfect size, 8oz of hand formed beef with smoked streaky bacon and applewood smoked cheese on a salad laden brioche bun and pinned with a pickle! On the side sat two huge onion rings, triple cooked chips and NYL relish. The burger was juicy and full of flavour, and the chips were just amazing, think rectangular roast potatoes - YUM. Tim was quite taken with the NYL relish too, seriously, they should bottle and sell this stuff at the desk!

NYL LIVERPOOL REVIEW
The dessert menu was also insane, ALL the good stuff such as lemon tart, sorbet, creme brulee . . . but Tim chose the Oreo Cheesecake (normally £6) and I went for the Chocolate Blondie (normally £6) even though I had no clue what it was!

Check this bad boy out. I'm not going to lie, this was the truth and I wish I'd gone for it myself! It was literally like eating 2 giant Oreo's, but better, served with bitesize brownies and summer fruits to box everything off with a ribbon bow. I don't think I can think of a more positive way to put that! Just dessert perfection.

NYL LIVERPOOL REVIEW
Mine turned out to be a white chocolate and macadamia nut cake with peanut butter frosting and popping candy, served with ice cream and summer fruits. It was beaut and I ate every bit but I was definitely eyeing up Tim's the entire time. The heart, and eyes and stomach, want what they want I guess!

NYL LIVERPOOL REVIEW

The service was second to none and everyone was such a sweetheart, especially our lovely waitress who I found myself gabbing away to like we'd met a thousand times! I love it when you feel totally at ease even when your surroundings are super impressive and grand. 

I can only imagine how fab the atmosphere is in the night when the drinks are flowing and everyone is having a good time. One for the next Saturday night out in town for sure, especially with Liverpool legend DJ Lee Butler in residence! Plus I've got to get a spot on that mezzanine bar up above to watch the uber glam Scouse gals go by! 

Huge thanks to NYL for having us :) I've already got my finger on arranging a Thursday Steak Night get together with friends, so we'll be back!

J xoxo

Friday, 22 May 2015

Designer Sunglasses at Tesco Opticians!

Summer, summer, summertime (summertime) calls for new stunnerz, and as it's our duty to make sure all our pals are well informed on the best stockists we gave Tesco Opticians designer sunglasses range the once over. Did you know you can earn Tesco Clubcard points on purchases, AND boost your vouchers to save on the price too? Nope, neither did I, but good to know right?! As a Clubcard points addict, if I can buy it from Tezzies then I will, whether that's entertainment, electronics, homeware or clothing!

Here are a few cool examples of styles available right now from the Tesco Opticians webby . . .

Ray-Ban's are an obvious choice, they're just so darn shibby and NEVER date which is a bonus. We love these purple Justin's (£90) for a splash of colour any time of year.

These Kangol's are only £30 and totally on the money for working this season's 70's trend! Think Charlie's Angel denim flares, printed shirt and floppy hat combo - SWOON!

For those of you who love a bit of pin-up style, these zebra print Lipsy's (£30) are perf. Wear with a red pout and headscarf for extra sex kitten appeal!

Finally, Carrera are Gwen Stefani's sunglasses of choice, therefore they are also ours! Gwen rocks Carrera aviators (£80) with effortless denim looks and maxi dress style. We love this retro 80's style, and between us, I think they trump the Ray-Ban's for me ;)

I have to admit that I was pretty impressed with Tesco Opticians, definitely a spot I'll be revisiting. What do you think, see anything you could fall for? :)

J - Every little helps!



Thursday, 21 May 2015

Rawrgirls Review . . . Arran Aromatics!

This week I've been relaxing in style with Arran Aromatics. Founded in 1989, Arran Aromatics has developed into one of Scotland's best loved brands with a worldwide following, and once you try one of their uniquely fragranced products it's easy to see why they are so popular!

I was gifted three products to try; After The Rain Bath & Shower Gel (£12), Feel Good Formulas Lavender & Black Pepper Mineral Muscle Soak (£9) and Perfumer Wild Gorse Candle (£20) - to the bathroom! . . .


The 'After The Rain' fragrance is one of the Arran Aromatics big hitters, inspired by founder Janet's desire to capture the unique fresh scent of her Arran garden after a rainstorm. It's described as an irresistibly fresh fragrance to make you feel awakened, cleansed and rediscovered. It contains essential oils of Lime, Lavandin, Mandarin, Juniper and Cardomom and blends citrus top notes of lemon with rose, musk and precious woods to form the heart and base notes. The gel is also enhance with Pro Vitamin B5 for skin condition. 
Basically, I am a fan. It really is like a summer shower in a bottle, energising but calming all at the same time. It wakes me up in my morning shower and relaxes me in my evening bath, bizarre, but I'm not arguing! I'm also very keen on the pure clear liquid which makes a beaut filter for a good sunset, as you may have seen on our Instagram ;)

Arran Aromatics review

Whilst the bath and shower gel is all mine, the mineral soak is good fun for everyone. Cleansing, healing and exfoliating sea salt packed with essential oils of Lavender and Black Pepper combine to leave skin glowing and toned, with a stress busting fragrance to boot. Tim and I are pretty hooked on this stuff, and we're usually big advocates of the XXL bubble bath, but it feels so good to just lie in a hot bath of clear sweet smelling water and chill out to the scent. Can I also say that it's a bargain at £9, I was expecting this to be at least £15-£20! The packaging is gorge and it would make a bargainous gift for any bath fan!

Arran Aromatics review

Finally, the Wild Gorse luxury scented candle - the perfect accompaniment to bathtime bliss! The scent is warm and sweet with a teeny hint of floral (my dad actually thought it was some sort of vanilla), complimenting the mineral soak perfectly. Each 30cl candle has a burn time of up to 35 hours, and on it's first run I got a bit carried away and let it run for about 5 hours straight, yet it is still perfectly even (no pesky wick valleys) and has hardly reduced. £20 may seem expensive for the size, but this is from the luxury Perfumer Collection range hence the premium price. Arran Aromatics also do the Arran At Home and Essential Collection candle collections where you can pick up a candle of the same size for £10-£12 if these are a bit out of your budget.

Arran Aromatics review

Overall, fine holiday fun, two very enthusiastic thumbs up! 

If you like the sound of these products, why not enter to win a selection of travel products from the Arran Aromatics range on their blog here? The competition ends on Sunday so still plenty of time to get your entry in - race you there!

J xoxo

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Win 1 of 3 £100 Giftcards with the all new George At Asda Bromborough!

So one of my local superstores, Asda Bromborough in The Wirral, has recently had an overhaul of it's George section and I was invited to have a look around! It's really spacious and well set out, making it much easier to spy all the new styles, which is totally what I set out to do . . . 


The Holiday Shop is in full swing with plenty of beach and festival looks to keep us all in sunshine mode this summer! 


For us girls, it's all about the globetrotter inspo this season with my fave look being the Marrakech collection, which basically could've been modelled on Tara's summer wardrobe! Bold patterns in exotic oranges and mysterious blues on lightweight, easy to wear fabrics are easily paired with our staple denim shorts and skinnies for totally #Georgeous weekend wear! This £16 kimono is already a fashion mag darling, and it's obvious why. We'll take two!


Maxi dresses and palazzo style jumpsuits are also in the mix, with these two styles being my standout picks. I'd team both with some gladiator style sandals and a straw hat for a breezy beach bar look.


Beautiful detailing of metallic buttons and sparkling embellishments on two perf Marrakech colour palette examples, this time on cute blouses. Why not bring a bit of summer into the office and wear these with a navy cotton skirt or rolled up chinos?!


And the embellishments don't stop when you get into the shoe dept, check out these flats! They make it easy to rock the jersey basics without spending a fortune on accessories.


Finally, I got lost wandering the swimwear section. Ughhhhh, why am I saving for a wedding and not going on a beach holiday this year?! Everything is so darn cute, and I love how the styles cater for us busty ladies with most pieces, including this this adorable nautical/floral one, hitting up the E/F cups!


If you're local to the store, you have to pop in and have a look. A little bird told me that the new in collections were hitting the shelves as of yesterday so if you're quick you can grab some of these pieces before they sell out!

To celebrate the Bromborough store's new look, George At Asda are generously giving three of you a chance to get a new look too with a £100 giftcard - whoop! Entry is by Rafflecopter and you know the drill by now, blog post comment is mandatory and social media entries are optional to rack up the points . . . GO!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck guys, it's time to get #Georgeous!

J & T xo
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