Restaurant Review: The Mayfly, Chilbolton, Hampshire

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FashionFake, UK lifestyle blog, The Mayfly Chilbolton review, Hampshire restaurants
FashionFake, UK lifestyle blog, The Mayfly Chilbolton review, Hampshire restaurants
FashionFake, UK lifestyle blog, The Mayfly Chilbolton review, Hampshire restaurants

The Mayfly in Chilbotlon, near Stockbridge, Hampshire is a nice country upmarket pub with a traditional menu and plenty of drinks to choose from which can be enjoyed in their riverside garden. The traditional decor and the rural location are ideal for an escape from from the city, especially if you're enjoying a long hike around Stockbridge or Chilbolton. Liam and I had our first date at The Mayfly on a nice summers evening and we had the best time enjoying a couple of wines in the sunshine (and the starlight as we stayed there until it closed!) so we finally decided to go and try the food to see if it's as good as we thought. 

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FashionFake, UK lifestyle blog, The Mayfly Chilbolton review, Hampshire restaurants

For a starter, Liam and I both had the squid with squid ink pasta from the specials menu - just had to as we both absolutely love seafood! It was served with peas, sun dried tomatoes, samphire and lemon and the portion was just right for a starter. I enjoyed the squid, it was nice and not rubbery - plus I enjoyed that they put all of the squid in including the little tentacles as they're often my favourite part! The sourness of the lemon and sun dried tomatoes gave the dish exactly what it needed which was a touch of sharpness.

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FashionFake, UK lifestyle blog, The Mayfly Chilbolton review, Hampshire restaurants

For our mains, Liam has the sea bass with pak choi and king prawns from the specials menu and I had the pub burger. The sea bass was melt in your mouth with crispy skin and the prawns were cooked to perfection - so many places overcook prawns and they come out dry, but these were still nice and juicy. My burger was nice, it came well done which is my fault really for not asking if it could be served more to the rare side, but to be honest I'm not quite sure this was the kind of quality meat burger you could have rare. I really enjoyed the vegetable crisps which came with the burger and it was a nice hearty comfort meal.

I think we would come back to The Mayfly for a meal and drinks again, however I have a slight issue with pricing because I feel their prices reflect food which is of great quality, all freshly cooked but I didn't get that feeling from my meal. I'd like to think I can taste the difference between freshly sourced products and something which came out of a freezer. That's not to say the food wasn't good, it was, but I think they should lower their prices to reflect what you're getting. Or, I guess one could argue the prices also reflect the location which is faultless! Whatever the cause is, I'm definitely going to make a trip back to taste the food again and see what my final verdict is.
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Spring 2015 LookBook: Khaki Edit

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what i'm wearing: khaki jumpsuit Primark // shoes Zara (old) // clutch bag* Just Fab // necklace Primark /// dress* StylistPick // shoes Kurt Geiger // bag Chanel // necklace* Lidl // sunglasses New Look /// tshirt H&M // white jeans H&M // shoes Topshop // bag Zara // necklace Zara // sunglasses Primark // watch Michael Kors

Khaki is one of the top trends for SS15 and one which was my least favourite when I first started trend spotting in January. I didn't think khaki was something that I would be investing in, however after seeing some absolute gems on the hughstreet it quickly grew on me and became one of my favourite trends. From head to toe khaki, to a simple t-shirt to update your look this colour is easy to wear and style.

The first look is a bargain tailored jumpsuit I found in Primark which I absolutely love. I think this is what started the khaki obsession - I tried the jumpsuit on and it fitted so well that I just had to have it. It looks great with sandals, heels and is perfect for a day to night look.

My second look is this gorgeous military style dress from StylistPick, a trendy online fashion boutique which I recently discovered. I love the structured collar of the dress and the perfect length. I styled it with heeled boots, but alternatively this would look great with gladiator sandals and a messy bun for a laid-back summer look.

If you want to slowly introduce khaki to your everyday wardrobe, then try a simple piece like a t-shirt which I styled in my third look. This t-shirt from H&M is nice and soft, is very flattering and can be styled with jeans, skirts, shorts - you name it. I love it paired with white jeans for a refreshed summer look.
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Spring 2015 LookBook: Retro T-shirt Edit

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what i'm wearing (left to right): printed t-shirt New Look // denim A line skirt Primark // vintage felt hat // boots Topshop (old) /// flared jeans Zara // felt hat Topshop /// printed A line skirt Zara // boots Shoe Zone // daisy chain headband Primark

When I saw this printed contrast t-shirt in New Look a couple of weeks ago I just had to have it in my staple seventies inspired wardrobe. To me, it screams California cool with sunshine and skateboards along the beach and the possibilities of styling this piece seem endless - I picked out my current favourites for this blog post.

A line skirts are huge this season so pick up a couple of varieties and wear with a contrast t-shirt - the beauty of having a monochrome top is that it goes with any colour or print so you can mix and match skirts/shorts. Add accessories to support your boho style - I love floppy hats and chunky boots. I bought this hat from a vintage shop several years ago and I'm so excited that I can finally wear it in style!

Swap a floppy felt hat for a more structure felt fedora and add flared jeans for a mega cool laid back 70s outfit - these flared jeans were a bargain £7 from the Zara sale but there are plenty of others similar. Primark also have £10 bootcut jeans which look great with this outfit but they're very low cut so for me it's not the most comfortable style as I prefer a little bit of a higher waist on bottoms. Stack rings for a little bling!

I hope this post has inspired you and showed you how a seemingly simple top can bring a lot of life into an outfit - especially when your focus is the boho seventies! It's not all about maxi dresses, but it is about having fun and freedom.
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Spring 2015 LookBook: Boho Chic

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what i'm wearing: denim A line skirt Primark // cropped top New Look // kimono River Island (old) //  boots Topshop // bag* JustFab // earring Topshop 

Going out outfits don't have to be all body con dresses and sequins - although I love dressing up for a night out, I also sometimes just want to be trendy without overdoing it, and this is where an outfit like the one above comes in need.
Inspired by the seasons seventies boho trend I paired a denim A line button down skirt with a printed longline kimono top which to me scream vintage boho glam. To bring the look up to date, I added a simple crop top and tough boots which are my must have night out item.

I love the Topshop earrings - I've been seeing earrings with a statement back a lot more on the high street and these are perfect for dress down and dress up events. They're very subtle but once you notice them, they bring something extra to the fashion party - so if you can, wear your hair up or to the side to show off this must have SS15 accessory.
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Spring 2015 LookBook: Flirty Hippie Style

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FashionFake, UK fashion blog, fashion bloggers
FashionFake, UK fashion blog, fashion bloggers
what i'm wearing: t-shirt New Look // A line pattern skirt Zara // boots* Shoe Zone // daisy headband Primark

Festival season is very quickly creeping up on us and it's time to get your essential item sorted (if you haven't already). Of course a lot of it depends on what kind of festival you are going to - music influences fashion and style heavily, if I'm going to an event with certain genre of music I'll try and shop whilst listening to it and get inspiration from songs.
I think this outfit is pretty versatile in terms of what festival you're going to but I envisage this combo being worn to something like Wireless or Glastonbury - I love the daisy chain which adds a cute hippie-esque vibe to the outfit, and compliments the nod to 70s.

A line skirts are huge this summer and I have stoked up - this is my printed version which I bought in the Zara sale for a bargain £7! I love the colours and pattern of this skirt, it goes perfectly with summer festival style.
I added comfy chunky boots for style and comfort - the last thing you want is blistered feet when you're spending most of the day on your feet dancing! I love these boots from Shoe Zone - they're mega comfortable and look a lot more expensive that they really are - £24.99, so even if they do get damaged during a dancing sesh, it's not going to be too painful to replace them.
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Restaurant Review: Lock Stock & Barrel, Newbury, Berkshire

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Lock Stock & Barrel is a traditional riverside pub set in the heart of Newbury, Berkshire - we stumbled upon it when looking for a place to settle in and have some lunch and a cider in the sunshine. I haven't explored Newbury as much as I should, living only 30 minutes drive away from the town - it strikes me as having quite a few hidden gems in terms of tea rooms and delicious restaurants. 

Lock Stock and Barrel Newbury review, UK food blog
Lock Stock and Barrel Newbury review, UK food blog
Lock Stock and Barrel Newbury review, UK food blog
Lock Stock and Barrel Newbury review, UK food blog

Liam and I sat outside by the river as the weather was absolutely gorgeous and if you live in the UK, you quickly learn to appreciate every bit of warmth and sunshine you can get. We grabbed a Rekorderlig cider and our sunglasses, and indulged in some chit chat whilst browsing through the menu. Lock Stock & Barrel have a selection of nibbles to go with your drink which include olives, breads and oils, antipasti and scotch eggs; delicious starters which include pates, goats cheese salad, rarebit and baked camembert; and mains which include their famous fish and chips, pork belly, burgers, sausages and steak.
The prices are very moderate, with starters averaging at around £6.70 and mains priced around £12/13. I think the pub not only charges for good quality seasonal food, but also for the atmosphere which is incredible as long as the sun is out - it's so nice to enjoy good food and a little drink by the river!

Lock Stock and Barrel Newbury review, UK food blog
Lock Stock and Barrel Newbury review, UK food blog
Lock Stock and Barrel Newbury review, UK food blog
Lock Stock and Barrel Newbury review, UK food blog

We decided to start with a bread basket and some dipping oils - as long as there's good quality oils and freshly baked artisan bread, you can't really go wrong. The bread was very nice - crusty on the outside and soft in the middle, just how I like it! The oils were nice, but not the best I have ever tasted - being lucky enough to have bought some amazing quality extra virgin olive oils from food festivals, I have a certain preference in how I like my oil. The salted butter on the other hand was delicious - that's another favourite of mine, crusty warm bread with salted butter. Mmmmmm....
For the main, we both chose to taste the Lock Stock & Barrel famous fish and chips. The fish batter is made with London Pride beer and the cod is labeled as sustainable so thumbs up there! The main comes with chunky chips, crushed peas and tartare sauce and it certainly didn't disappoint. From the fluffy chips to the soft cod, I throughly enjoyed everything about the main and so did Liam.

We really enjoyed visiting Lock Stock & Barrel and will definitely be back again for some delicious grub by the river! I would have liked there to be a little more variety on the menu, but there is something very special about having a limited, seasonal menu which is made from fresh ingredients. The atmosphere is great for both food and a couple of casual drinks so suits many occasions. I also found out there is a rooftop terrace which can be booked out for special occasions so if you're looking for a venue for a little party or get together space, this would be perfect in the summertime! 
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Spring 2015 LookBook: Denim A Line Skirt From Primark

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what i'm wearing: denim A-line skirt Primark // shirt Zara (old) // shoes Primark // felt fedora hat Topshop // necklace Zara (sale) 

I recently did a mini Primark haul where I picked up my denim A line skirt which lots of you liked on my Instagram, and also these lace up pointed flats which I have seen all over Twitter so naturally just had to have them.
I love this skirt as it is so easy and comfortable to wear - especially when dressed in my beloved boho style. I got this shirt from a friends wardrobe when she was having a clear out quite some time ago, but I still love it as it's mega comfy and falls in line with this seasons boho chic trend.
For a bigger emphasis on the seventies, I added the fedora hat which actually comes in handy when Britains unpredictable weather decides to go from sunny to wet!

I absolutely love the lace up pumps for a bargain £12 from Primark - they're keeping on trend with SS15 shoes and so cheap and cheerful. They also look great, and are comfy - but you've got to wear them out a little. You can also wear them with rolled up jeans which is what I've been doing for a trendy casual look!
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Spring 2015 LookBook: Retro Summer

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what i'm wearing: denim A line skirt Primark // retro style t-shirt New Look // vintage felt hat (similar here) // boots Topshop (old) 

Lots of you have been commenting on my Instagram about this skirt: denim A line perfection from Primark, as a bargain £10!! I saw in in store this week and grabbed it without any second thoughts - there were so many outfits floating around in my head. There have been way too many A line button down skirt released from stores like ASOS, Missguided, boohoo and Topshop - but the beauty of this piece is the ridiculously low price tag. For a tenner, it's almost a crime not to buy this skirt if you're a seventies/fashion fanatic.

I love a simple yet flirty outfit, which is why I love the way this A line skirt looks with a retro style T-shirt. Tuck the top in as the high waisted skirt is very flattering, and it will show off the button detail of the skirt. I paired the skirt with a pair of chunky heeled lace up boots for a flirty twist, but you can also team this look with some Converse All Star for comfy laid back style.
I also decided half way through taking blog photos that I wanted to add a vintage style felt hat and I think it worked! I loved that little bit of extra retro glam it added to the outfit - and the bonus of keeping sunny rays out of my eyes!
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