L’Oréal Paris Femina Women Awards 2013

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Hi Cherubs!
This one is for my lovely Indian chica's!

As the world marks International Women’s month, a month inspiring women and celebrating their achievements,Femina - India’s first and largest read women’s lifestyle magazine, in association with iconic beauty brand - L’Oréal Paris, announces the second edition of L’Oréal Paris Femina Women Awards 2013.

This year, we’re raising a toast to the women who have inspired us all. The most admired and loved women in art, music, education, business, film and various other fields, will be honoured at the L’Oreal Paris - Femina Women Awards.

Travel Spotlight: Historical Town of Warwick, UK

Friday, 1 March 2013

A couple days ago I had to take my car to garage to get the aircon re-gassed in a very pretty and historical town closeby my house called Warwick. After getting the car stuff sorted I thought I would take a walk around. Its crazy that even though this town is only 30 mins from my place I haven't visited it since I was verry small. There is a really beautiful and old castle in Warwick which I visited during a school trip but you know how life just kinda takes over and you neglect the things that are right on your doorstep...yeah that happened.

I knew that the castle was really grand and beautiful but I didn't realise that the town itself was also really stunning. The centre of the town so small and cute! There was a little museum in a lovely old historical building filled with tea houses, restaurants, pubs...and the obligatory Ye Olde Sweet Shop that transports you to a Diagon Alley-esque world lol ...I took a peek inside but somehow I managed to resisted the urge to buy anything.

I did however stop by the only store which sold cosmetics, Superdrug, and picked up two Barry M Nail polishes...one Gelly and one Textured. I have the textured one on now and let me tell you its beaut! Photo coming very soon!!

Soap & Glory Giveaway Winner Annoucement!!

Asian Wedding Exhibition at Leicester City Football Club

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Hi guys! I've missed you! How are you all doing?? My sister will be getting married some time next year so a couple weeks ago myself, mum and sis decided to check out an Asian Wedding Exhibition at Leicester City Football Club organised by Asian Celebrations.

It was my second time attending a wedding fair. I went to one a couple years ago at the Platinum Suites in Leicester with my best friend when she was organising her wedding. This one at Leicester City FC was much larger with more business in attendance. We went there with a pretty open mind just hoping to find out more about the different companies/services in our area (Warwickshire / Coventry / Leicester) and get some idea of pricing. There were lots of people there!! Businesses included different venues around the area, marquee hire, catering companies, mandap hire, decorators, photographers, DJs henna artists, makeup arts, and more! All the stalls were set up so beautifully, there were some stunning displays of mandaps, table settings and room themes, makeup artists were offering free makeovers and everyone was so friendly! The atmosphere was buzzing and we had such a lovely time!

Fashion Spotlight: Golden Globes 2013

Monday, 14 January 2013

The Golden Globes is one of my favourite events during the awards season when it comes to fashion. I would even go as far as to say I prefer it over the Oscars...maybe because it celebrates both film and television. I haven't had a chance to watch any of the actual ceremony yet but here is a little run down of the red carpet couture.

Lea Michele in Elie Saab [source]

1yr Blogiversary & 300 Follower International Giveaway! {Closed}

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Hello beauts!! I hope 2013 is treating you well so far! It still feels so strange for me when I have to write 2013...I feel like I'm getting so old! Only two years more years and we will all be riding Hoverboards! (if you know that reference you are AWESOME!)

Today I'm bringing you a little giveaway and looots of love from me to you...yes I'm looking at you ;-)! It was my 1 year blogiversary last October and somehow I have managed to gain over 300 lovely followers. I actually can't believe it! Cherry Lane has changed alot since I started all those months back, I didn't have a clue about blogging in the beginning. The only blog I read was my friend Rachel's crafty blog called House of Pinheiro. I just started Cherry Lane on a whim when Rach pushed me into it and I can't tell you how glad I am she did. It's opened me up to this huge world of wonderful people and knowledge I never even knew existed!

Glamglow Super-Mud Clearing Treatment Mask Review

Monday, 7 January 2013

I've got a super exciting post today!! I received a sample of Glamglow Super-Mud Face Mask in my goodie bag from #bbloggersxmas event. I've heard alot about Glamglow and seen lots of  rave reviews of the original Glamglow YouthMud mask so when I saw a sample of Glamglow's more premium sister, its Super-Mud Clearing Treatment in my goodie bag I was looking forward to trying it.

#BloggersChrimboBox Swap with Sam from Kawaii Cherry

Thursday, 3 January 2013

When I heard that the lovely Grace from AllThatSlap.com was organising a Christmas Beauty Box swap I couldn't help but jump on board! I love the excitement of mystery beauty boxes! Grace paired everyone up and a couple weeks later I got an email from her saying my swapping buddy is Sam from Kawaii Cherry!! Woohoo!! I'm sensing we were paired because of the cherry connection lol!

After a few email exchanges we got a good idea of eachother's likes and dislikes and also decided on a £15-20 budget. I have to say I had so much fun putting her box together! I actually was putting a few different beauty boxes together at the time for other friends too so had lots of product idea's in my mind!

So this is what Sam sent to me! Woohoo! I love all the gifts! I love citrus scents so the Satsuma Body Shop body butter was right up my street! The Korres lip butter in Quince is so lovely and moisturising, I've been using the heck out of it since I got it! lol My favourite item of all is the beautiful nail polish by Ted Baker. Its such a gorgeous deep navy blue colour, almost black and with a very fine microglitter adding a stunning shimmer and elegance! Its totally my kinda colour, I absolutely love it!!

My first Korean Dining Experience at Assa in China Town, London

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Last month during a weekend in London I met up with some friends for dinner, one of which is a really good friend of mine who moved to the US but was back here on holiday for a week. She asked me if I could organise the restaurant which is always slighting dawning with there are a group of us, many of whom I didn't know very well.
I was a little selfish and decided I really wanted to try Korean. I'd never had it before but recently I've become so fascinated with all things Korean and Japanese all thanks to CrazyPopLock...I'm talking asain skincare, cosmetics, food and general culture. I even came across this really awesome YouTube channel called EatYourKimchi where this super fun and quirky Canadian couple who live in Korea talk about K-Pop and show us around Seoul to all these cool places and restaurants. They are soooo fun to watch and they do this freaking awesome series where they go to a new restaurant each week trying a different type of Korean food and explaining it to us....oh my god...the foooooooddd....soooo drool worthy!!! So after watching all these vids I reeeeally wanted to try Korean food!! After tonnes of research...yeah I know what your thinking...tons really?! yeah I found lots of cool food blogs (check out The London Foodie and The Skinny Bib) and after reading through lots of restaurant reviews I finally decided on this place called Assa in China Town.

There were 7 of us and because we were all new to Korean we picked a bunch of different dishes and all shared between us.

Here come the (slightly blurry) sexy food shots...

No Korean meal would be complete without a bowl of the Korean the staple kimchi (spicy fermented cabbage) ...I wasn't a fan
Mandou which are Korean Fried dumplings (we picked the pork filling) and some picked garnishes
Big kinda hot pot of yummy goodness brough to our table on a mini gas ring! Lots of veggies and tofu in a spicy stew with raw pork belly slices on top which you stir into the stew and cooks at our table.
Pork barbecue...this was my favourite! Spicy but a little sweet..I can't describe it...it was just so damn good!
Soba noodles with veggies
Chicken barbecue...slightly sweeter than the port but still good with a nice kick
Doesnt it look good?! Just based on this one experience, Korean food is definitely very different to Chinese. It is more spicy, I feel like it has more depth of flavour and complexity of ingredients. I absolutely loooved it and I'd serious recommend this restaurant! The restaurant itself and the ambiance is nothing special and not be honest we did find that we were feeling cold inside but the food was really great so this wouldn't stop me from going back...in fact I really can't wait to make another trip there! Also all this food plus a few rice bowls, about 10 alcoholic drinks and complimentary tea in tap came upto just £120 inc service!! Split between the 7 of us that was just £17.14..so cheap for London! It might not look like a lot of food for 7 people but with rice it was a alot...we all were so stuffed we couldn't even finish the hot pot.

It was also my US friend's birthday so I baked this cake for her to celebrate and we ate it in the restaurant for dessert...
On a side note...check out this very random (but beautifully painted) full sized dude who was staring back at me while I did my business lol..,

So if you're in London and fancy some unpretentiousness good asian food check out Assa Korean Restaurant at 23 Romilly Street, China Town near Leicester Square tube station. There is also a branch in St Giles Street in Soho but I went to the China Town one.

Cherry Lane xoxo