There is nothing I love more than a leisurely lunch with my friends. I was delighted to be invited to sample food at the new Havana Bank Sq. Located in Bank Square (just out the side of Castle Court), the restaurant boasts an impressive menu consisting of all the classic lunchtime favourites such as sandwiches and burgers but also incorporates amazing Super Foods. This is a welcome addition as many people are gluten free and often are not catered to. The restaurant also does breakfast, dinner and cocktail making workshops. The head chef Julian Davidson is inspired by the exceptional range of great local produce on offer. His philosophy has remained the same over his 25 years in the industry 'keep it local, fresh and simple'.The lunch menu is just the right size and the offering of cocktails were very tempting (One especially called out to me which had chilli vodka in it!). The cocktail menu arrives inside a Cuban cigar box which is a cute touch. The restaurant is beautifully decorated and feels homely but still very classy. Myself and I a friend enjoyed a Friday lunch. I ordered rib-eye and duck fat chips which came accompanied with a pepper cream sauce. The rib-eye was cooked to perfection and the chips were delicious (I always judge a restaurant on its chips). My friend had a burger which she said was the "nicest burger she ever had" and said it was probably the first time she finished a burger in a restaurant! After this, we opted to get 2 desserts and share them. The Best Chocolate Recipe I Know was a a decadent but still light chocolate cake. We also ordered a Coconut Panacotta. I have a bit of a penchant for Panacotta and this one was outstanding. 

The service in Havana Bank Sq was fantastic and I cannot wait to return for dinner. I imagine the atmosphere would be fantastic. The food is such high quality and I think it's very cheap for amount and quality of the food. 

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Thank you to Laura for the lunch!

That Belfast Girl

Recreating Nigella's Vogue Look

If you have been a long term reader of my blog, you'll know I am a huge Nigella fan. In an obsession which started in my early childhood with weekly dates with my Mum to watch Nigella Bites, I now love her more than ever. I was going out for dinner with my friends on Thursday night and felt a bit uninspired for my hair and make-up. My hair is currently very grey and in need of some TLC (more on that next week) so I needed to do something to conceal the greys. I had the Nigella Vogue cover in my room and I lifted it down. Nigella is wearing minimal make-up on her cover but inspired by this fresh look, I dipped into my own make-up collection to recreate the look. I back-combed my hair and bit it in a messy French roll then I prepped my skin with Garnier's Miracle Skin Cream. I then used No7's Stay Perfect foundation and used Wet'n'Wild's Coverall in Light to patch in any blemishes. Coverall is also light enough for under-eye bags unlike many of the other concealer I use. I used MaxFactor's 2000 Calories Mascara in Black/Brown and then I did some SERIOUS eyebrow sculpting. I used a dark brown shade from the HD Brows palette and then set this with Maybelline's Brow Drama in Dark Brown. I also used this same dark brown shade to line along my top lash line for more definition. To sculpt my non-existent cheekbones, I contoured with Benefit's Hoola Bronzer which is the perfect ashy shade and doesn't appear too "orange". I used Marks and Spencer Autograph Blusher in Apricot for my cheeks and a large dusting of Tropics Highlighter from their Sculpting Palette to get the real Nigella glow. I used lip balm on my lips (Blistex is my favourite) to finish off the look.

I really loved this look- this may be my new "go to" hair-style!

That Belfast Girl 

The Skin Miracle

Yesterday I shared an Instagram picture of my skin looking all glowy and lovely. Over the past week I have ditched my foundation and I've well and truly fallen head over heads for a new product. I read a few reviews of Garnier's new Miracle Skin Cream. Yes the bottle says it's "Anti-Ageing" but obviously that was not the selling point for me (being 22 and all that... just like to rub that in for my over 40 readers!). This is essentially a light moisturiser which leaves the tube white and rubs into a skin colour on application. I'm quite medium skin toned and it is the perfect shade for me but I can imagine if you are pale, it wouldn't be the right thing for you. I started wearing it last weekend. Weekend's for me usually equate to very minimal make-up during the day. I LOVE foundation but I know that my skin needs a break every now and then. I thought this product would be the perfect "no make-up" make-up solution but it has not left my face since I bought it! The product blurs any imperfections and adds a little colour and glow to the skin. I apply this as the last step in my skin routine (serum then this) and cover up any blemishes with my Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer and under my eyes I use the Healthy Mix Illuminating Brush Concealer. I think this would look equally as good under a foundation to enhance the coverage of a foundation or to fake the "flawless" appearance of skin. Garnier's Miracle Skin Cream retails for £12.99 in Boots for 50ml which I think is good value. A pea sized amount does the whole face so I can see this tube lasting me about 6 weeks of daily use. 

I've really noticed that my skin appears to be much more radiant, even without this product. I don't know what magical ingredients they have in it, but they are working wonders. A must try for the summer months.

That Belfast Girl 

The lazy girl's dream: Vaseline Spray & Go

I am still on a moisturiser mission. I feel like a let down in many ways as I am the ultimate lazy beauty blogger. I'm so funny about what I put on my face and taking my make-up off but I would much rather have an extra 10 minutes in the shower or bed than moisturise. A male friend of mine recently told me about Vaseline Spray & Go... I think he may have described it as a "revelation". For a man to take any note of a beauty product is a huge thumbs up in my books. I would get very dry legs (TMI I know...) and I really should moisturise everyday but I hate that sticky feeling before you get dressed or into bed. I picked up Vaseline Spray & Go in Pure Oat. This seemed like it would be a really inoffensive smell (another one of my moisturiser pet peeves!). I sprayed this after my shower to see how it would fare. I will be honest that I didn't have high hopes but I was proved very wrong. The moisturiser disperses perfectly with the spray nozzle and all you have to do in a quick rub with your hand to cover your limbs in the product. I was able to get dressed instantly.... definitely a first! Truly a hero product in this lazy girl's eyes!

That Belfast Girl 

My favourite new foundation: No7 Stay Perfect

It is very rare that I find a find a foundation I love. I've been pretty loyal to my Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation for many years with the odd dable in Estee Lauder Double Wear or Collection Lasting Perfection foundation for a heavy night of partying. However, Silk Creme is the most universal foundation I own- perfect for day or night. It gives a flawless base without being too heavy. However, my latest tube was on the verge of running out and I committed myself to trying something new. I am going to New York in May and I will probably buy 2 or 3 tubes when I am there as it works out much cheaper. I had heard a lot of hype about the No7 Stay Perfect foundation. This retails for £14.50 for 30mls. The make-up is water-based and needs a good shake before you use it. When you first apply it (I use a Real Technqiues Buffing Brush), the foundation looks really dewy on the skin but as it sets, it becomes more of a satin finish. 1 coat gives a lovely amount of coverage and it is easily buildable. As usual, I use my Collection Lasting Perfection concealer to touch up any blemishes. I have been so impressed with this foundation and lots of people have commented on my "lovely skin" since I started wearing it! It lasts pretty well during the day- the usual places such as around the nose and mouth would need touched up come tea time.

A great product for anyone looking for dewy, gorgeous skin!

That Belfast Girl 

Spring Mint

Necklace- School Gate Style
Jumper- Heatons
Jeans- Topshop Baxter (rolled up)
Yes, I've stopped wearing all black outfits. I am a changed woman. For the Victoria Square Spring Fashion Tea yesterday, I truly tried to embrace the theme of the day. I felt like my outfit was really comfortable but still stylish and warm for a pretty standard chilly day in Belfast! I teamed white Baxter jeans from Topshop (which I picked up in the sale for £5!) with 2 items which were kindly gifted me to from Heatons. Heatons is a shop which has so many little hidden gems! My mint jumper was a bargain £10 and my shoes were £13, both from Heatons. They are both bang on trend items which didn't cost the earth. I absolutely adore my necklace which is from School Gate Style. Avril has so many amazing statement pieces in her online shop and this necklace in particular makes many a normal outfit look more fab!

I hope you've all had a great weekend,

That Belfast Girl 

Victoria Square Spring Fashion Tea

When the words "tea" "cupcakes" and "fashion" appeared in my email box, I was sold. Belfast's very own Victoria Square shopping centre held a number of fashion teas over the weekend to celebrate all of the new season trends from their numerous stores. The whole event was orchestrated by Victoria Square's personal stylist, Rebecca and MC'ed by the hilarious Stephen and gorgeous Sara from the Citybeat Breakfast Show. I attended the first show which showcased higher end items from stores like Cruise, Hobbs, LK Bennett and Reiss. The trends that came through really strongly were strong prints, lots of white items and classic pieces. This season has witnessed a return to timeless dressing rather than just "on trend"clothing. Enjoy some of my favourite looks from the runway and tune back to tomorrow to see what I wore to the event!

Getting my cupcake into me!
Sara, Rebecca and Stephen open up the show
Jayne models a dress from Cruise
I loved this Vivienne Westwood dress from Cruise

Cute Guess outfit
Amazing white suit on Miss Northern Ireland
I NEED this green skirt from Reiss
An array of Ted Baker goodness!
Thanks a million to Smarts for inviting me down to the event.

That Belfast Girl

House of Fraser Press Day Spring/Summer 2014

I was delighted to be invited to a viewing of some of the new releases to House of Fraser Belfast. As I sipped cocktails and nibbles, I was able to have a nosey around some of the new pieces and trends coming into the store. As suspected, lots of neons and florals with the contrast of some timeless and classic pieces. We enjoyed a look at Jason Shankey's new "Speed Blowdry" which involves 2 girls blow-drying your hair at once! I definitely will be going to House of Fraser for one soon. Enjoy some of my pictures from the evening.
Amazing floral arrangement
Gorgeous Biba pieces
Stunning mix of Spring/Summer pieces
Gorgeous wrap over Biba top
Really want these Dune shoes! 
Gorgeous Pied a Terre Sports Luxe trousers- the softest fabric ever!
More beautiful Pied a Terre items
I fancied these Mary Portas trousers for New York- very comfy and chic!
Lots of gorgeous colours and prints from Mary Portas
This Label Lab t shirt is so simple but the neck detail is stunning!
Episode had some amazing classy pieces- this shirt would last for years!
I loved the tones of the new Farhi by Nicole Farhi range- greys and soft pinks
I have my eye on this Lauren by Ralph Lauren bag
Thanks to Mark Kelly, Brenda Shankey and all from House of Fraser for a lovely evening.

That Belfast Girl