Chocolat Heaven.

Last night was date night. I’m snowed under with work right now so it was lovely to take a few hours off to spend with my lovely other half. So I got dolled up and we headed to Roast and Conch, the Hotel Chocolat restaurant. Here’s what I wore:

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Jacket: Topshop (past season)
Silk Slip: Nougat London (past season)
Midi Skirt: Missguided £10
Heels: Vivienne Westwood £180
Necklace: Topshop (past season)
Bag: Primark £10

ail Varnish: Topshop £5

We arrived at the restaurant and sat down for cocktails whilst we waited for a table. The bar area is gorgeous with some skilled cocktail makers!

Since I was at the Hotel Chocolat restaurant, I figured I’d better try a chocolate cocktail… or two!
The first is called Pretty Pink, made with crushed raspberries, cocoa gin, rose and topped off with prosecco and an adorable flower on top! Perfect for the ladies.
The second was a bit of an indulgence but I couldn’t resist. It’s called Chocolat Soother and is absolutely delicious but also rather sickly. I had to share it with my boyfriend but don’t let that put you off. I would definitely recommend it if you have a sweet tooth!
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The low lighting makes for a lovely atmosphere, perfect for date night! The interior is fab, all low hanging lights and exposed ceilings.

We started off with a delicious complimentary soup, it tasted quite earthy and was topped with cocoa beans.

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We both enjoyed sipping it from the tiny cup, a great way to start dinner and it was surprisingly filling.
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The menu was filled with absolutely delicious options, from small taster plates and sides to mains.

There weren’t a million options but each one sounded delicious. 
or our taster plates I went with ‘Plantation Pork’ which was a pork terrine with a St Lucian rum chutney and walnut bread with shaved cornichon (to most people, that’s a gherkin). The flavours worked together amazingly!
Jamie had the ‘Yorkshire Pudding’ which was filled with slow-cooked pulled pork and garlic mash. Oh and it came with chocolate gravy for which I simply can’t put into words! It was more than sensational.


The mains arrived and we were blown away. I had the ‘Roast and Conch Burger’ with added chilli and a twist of cocoa. It wasn’t so spicy that it overpowered the taste, instead it was more of a kick of flavour. I asked for my burger medium-rare (slightly more towards rare is how I like it) and it was cooked to perfection. The burger was steak, confit of onion, aged cheddar and dry cured crispy bacon in a cocoa-pod bun. The attention to detail was insane and you really tasted each individual flavour, so wonderfully balanced! It was served with the best onion rings I have ever eaten and sweet potato ribbons.

Jamie had the Mac and Cheese Pie made from leeks, mushrooms, vintage cheddar and truffle-cocoa oil. The next chocolate twist comes in the pastry… A cocoa nib crust! The relish was to die for and even the salad was tasty!


Sides wise we went with white chocolate mash and more sweet potato ribbons. The ribbons were like crisps, cold and a little crunchy, but the mash stole the show. I’m not normally a huge fan of mashed potato as I find it too stodgy but this was beyond perfection. The white chocolate taste was subtle and the mash itself was so light and creamy; extraordinary stuff!


The evening was perfect. The waiting staff couldn’t do enough for you which I find just as important as the food! Jamie and I couldn’t resist showing off our choices and making each other taste every element, even when we were full to bursting point! Sadly no room for dessert but I made use of the Hotel Chocolat shop 20% voucher for their shop downstairs and picked up some treats for later!

I couldn’t praise this place any more. It really was a perfect date night.

Love Lucinda x


My Birthday Wishlist

My 21st birthday is coming up so I figured I would make a wish list of the things I’ve been crushing on for a while! Here goes:

1.Jones and Jones Rosebud Dress.
I can’t help thinking how perfect this dress would be for my tea party birthday soiree! I love the simple cut of the dress and the textured rose buds. It looks so flattering and I do just love Jones and Jones dresses.

2.Daenerys Targaryen POP! Vinyl Figure.
Daenerys is my absolute number one girl crush (my rabbit is named after her) and I’m so excited for the new season of game of thrones so this HAD to go on my list. It’s adorable and I’m not sure what I’m going to do with it but I do know that I need it…

3.Aspinal Travel Set.
I’m more than in love with this travel set. I have two holidays planned this year and think this would be perfect as I’m a bit dippy and lose things ALL THE TIME! I saw my lovely friend Em from EMTALKS with one and it looks amazing. The personalised embossing touch is just too much fabulousness!

4.Fujifilm Mini 8 Camera.
I love my Polaroid 600 land camera but since they don’t make the film any more, it’s getting harder to find and more expensive as time goes on. The Mini 8 is a perfect modern day polaroid and the cute sheets you can get to print on make them even more adorable!

5.Juju Jellie Shoes.
I have an addiction to pastels and these jellie shoes are just the next powder blue item on my list. Don’t get me started on anything mint green, I want it all! I want to pair these with frilly socks and be happy.

6.Alex Monroe Tsavorite Ring.
My lovely friend Aarti introduced me to this brand recently and I adore just about everything one the website! I did manage to narrow the lust worthy list down to this beautiful 18ct ring. The products are so inspired by nature, you can’t help but fall in love.

7.The Great Gatsby Clutch.
Since book clutch bags came on the scene, I’ve wanted a Gatsby version. I’ve been lusting over a few on Etsy but this one has to be my favourite. Gatsby is one of my absolutely favourite books and of course I have an addiction to handbags so what’s not to love?

8.Smashbox Photo Finish Primer.
I’m not entirely sure how I’ve gone this long without trying this blogger favourite! I always have stocks of benefit ‘Girl meets Pearl’ primer and ‘POREfessional’ but the Smashbox primer is on my to-do list.

9.Kate Spade Cedar Street Maise Bag in Clock Tower.
I love the classic shape and shade of this bag. I also really like embossed logos, they just have a classy feel. Add in the two way straps for multi functionality and there need be no more reason to buy a bag!

10.Michael Kors Selma Bag in Navy. 
I’ve had my eye on this Michael Kors bag for quite some time. Again, a classic colour. I had a few reservations as I’ve seen so many MK bags but it is such a cult bag and I haven’t seen anything I like more.

100 Post Giveaway!

It’s giveaway time once more at The Fashion Fictionary. I can’t believe it’s already been 100 posts! Thanks to all my lovely readers for your support and here’s my way of saying thank you! For this giveaway you can win…


The Real Techniques Core Collection! Makeup brushes are so important to your beauty regime, they help create a flawless base and make application so much smoother! Plus it’s so simple to get involved, just follow the link below to enter! TandCs are in the link to and finally, GOOD LUCK!


Love Lucinda x

Aspinal of London Mothers Day Gift Guide

Mothers day is almost upon us. From breakfast in bed to relaxing spa days, it’s the perfect opportunity to treat the loveliest lady in your life! And it doesn’t have to cost the world. Still panicking about what to buy? I’ve got the perfect Mothers day gift list from one of the classiest British brands, Aspinal of London. And every piece is under £75!

1.Note Pad £45
Dark brown leather has such a luxurious feel and this little memo pad is perfect for jotting down ideas or writing to do lists, ideal for ladies on the go.

2.Glasses Case £45
If your Mum is anything like mine, she’ll be forever forgetting where she’s left her specs! Hopefully a case as pretty as this will help her remember.

3.Coin Purse £45
This sweet coin purse is ideal for loose change, especially if she carry a magical, ‘Mary Poppins’ esque bag where losing something forever is entirely possible!

4.Cosmetic Case £75
Saffiano leather seems to be the in thing at the moment so get your mum trending. I especially love the blush shade accented by the gold embossed logo. Those touches are part of the classic Aspinal branding which I adore.

5.Silk Scarf £69
Silk is such a luxurious material and this silk scarf comes in a variety of colours, perfect for finding one your mum will love.

6.Scented Candles £35
Who doesn’t love scented candles? Especially ones as amazing as these: one is darjeeling tea and rose, one is grapefruit and the other is frangipani and linden blossom. How lovely! A relaxing bath, a good book, a glass of vino and the glow of candle light sounds like a pretty perfect end to Mothers day.

7.Phonebox Keyring £25
What a super cute way to brighten up her keys. Even Aspinal’s keyrings look classy!

8.Compact Mirror £45
This handy compact is perfect for lunch time touch ups! Make sure you mum looks fabulous from morning to evening, plus she can practise for selfies!

So there’s my top 8 gifts for Mothers day. As you can probably tell Aspinal is one of my favourite brands at the moment. Plus there’s a special promotion on till wednesday, you can have initials or a line of text embossed onto any leather product! The perfect way to say ‘I love you mum’.

OOTD Exposé

Lace top: ZARA £20
Dungarees: ZARA £40
Shoes: Primark past season
Trench: Burberry vintage.
Necklace: LVNDR £7

The sun is shining in Leeds and I’m ready for spring! I fell in love with the navy lace ZARA crop, which is a little revealing, but is so fun to style.

Any excuse to wear overalls is a good excuse. They’re comfy and fun and add a laid back element to the slightly racey top and high end trench. I love the contrast of the Burberry print lining and the leopard print shoes.

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Lipstick: Rebel by MAC
Eyes: Naked 3 Palette by Urban Decay

Do you like the outfit? Would you add the items to your SS14 wardrobe? Comment below and let me know!

Love Lucinda x
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The IT Dress

Both Beyonce AND January Jones were spotted in the monochrome Topshop sellout dress. I love seeing celebrities in high street clothing. It shows you don’t have to splash out for style.
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 love the simplicity of the cut and the on trend colour scheme. And since it’s sold out, I’ve found some alternatives:
Lipsy Dress £35
Love the contrasting stripe panels and simple cut!

Karen Millen Dress £135

The splash of colour on the neckline makes this dress stand out.

& Other Stories £69
The structure of this dress is perfect for skimming problem areas and creating that ever desirable silhouette.

Are you dying to get your hands on the Topshop sellout? Which alternative is your fave? Let me know in the comments below!

Love Lucinda x
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Lorde for MAC

As a sunshine person, summer can’t come quick enough. Now I know Lorde will collab with MAC to bring out a signature makeup range… I absolutely can not wait. Rebel is already a staple in my lipstick collection and the collection has to work with Lorde’s signature look!
Expect dramatic lips, bold brows and pale shadows.
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y new MAC Rebel, I’ve been converted! Get Lorde’s look online at when it launches this summer.

Dolce & Gabbana Mosaico Collection.

 absolutely cannot get over the work and effort put into creating these beautiful sunglasses! The entire collection is hand made as a pain staking piece-by-piece jigsaw!
Check the video on Vogue Italia here!
I’m so in love.

Introducing: FRESHlaces.

I was recently invited to an event at Harvey Nichols in Manchester called Fresh Laces. Targeted at ‘sneaker heads’ I wasn’t quite sure what to expect…
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What it turned out to be was a culture event, combining footwear, clothing, live music and DJs, gaming and art! The day kicked off at 11am for press with goodie bags and fizz and opened to the public at 12. There were stalls right across the second floor of Harvey Nics to catch your attention…

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This guy from I want your sole certainly caught my eye!

Elisha Francis
The first stall that really stood out to me was the Elisha Francis Jewellery. Elisha created the brand back in 2009 and has loved working with Harvey Nics. She described her current collection as ‘vintage warrior princess’ which certainly wouldn’t go a miss with Daenerys Targaryen (Game of Thrones). Past collections have a distinct Gatsby/1920s feel which I love.
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lisha also does PR for Fresh Laces events, co-ordinated by her husband Nathan.
Nathan started up Fresh Laces in April last year as an event for sneaker addicts and like minded people. This is their 6th event and the first outside of London. He’s been a trainer collector for over ten years, hoarding them too! The aim of Fresh Laces is to bring the hype around trainers and the lifestyle over from the US.
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Social media plays a huge part in sourcing the brands and allow the Fresh Laces team to pick the best independent brands, with 16 of them at the event.

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From Virginia is run by Ben, who paints and updates basically anything he can get his hands on. He spent the day updating new pieces in front of a crowd. Those Balenciaga trainers were insane… unfortunately I could probably fit both of my feet in just one shoe!

Davo Howard
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With quite the cult following, not to mention over 21,000 instagram fans, Davo’s work is beyond cool. Inspired by footwear and just about everything else, his combination of bright colours and 3D flowers create accessible art for all. Davo feels like his work adds a cool vibe to the event.

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Even his footwear reflects the cool persona!

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This was the first time BENJART had been involved in fresh laces. They’ve hosted other events in London, popping up in places you wouldn’t expect such as high end hotels. The brand was created nearly 7 years ago with just £100, selling to friends and family. As a true indie brand, it just grew from there!

Sole Fresh
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The creator behind sole fresh had nothing but praise for Fresh Laces, calling it the leading sneaker movement in the UK, lead by great people putting in the time and effort to make it a huge success. The current Sole Fresh range was inspired by the Bordeaux trainer (the pattern on the motif is a copy of the Bordeaux sole) and playing on the reference to the Bordeaux wine region of France with the bottle and glass!

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Walking through the store afterwards had me on trainer alert, I couldn’t not notice these Isabel Marant and Jimmy Choo versions!

Goodie Bag
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It’s always lovely to get a goodie bag at events! The lovely Elisha had personalised them all which was super sweet! The bag included: vouchers, a set of ‘fresh laces’, yummy chilli clusters from Harvey Nics and a beautifully wrapped Elisha Fancis rose charm bracelet!

Have you heard of Fresh Laces before? Would you check it out in future? Comment below and let me know!
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Glam Glow; beyond the hype.

When a product is engulfed by masses of bloggers raving about it, I try not to read too much into it. Hyping something up usually leads to disappointment. Unfortunately, Glam Glow Youth Mud was no different.
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The packaging is pretty simple, though the stars make it a little too Hollywood tack. Opening it up to see the words ‘hello sexy’ was pretty amusing. Who doesn’t want to hear that on a regular basis? When I got to the actual pot I realised it was tiny compared to the box it came in. I immediately began to question the cost per use considering a pot this size (15mls) costs £25. The box and instructions hold a lot of promises for reduced blemishes, radiant skin etc.

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The ‘Youth Mud’ is a khaki shade and is more of a paste than anything. In their favour a small amount does go pretty far. I’ve had three uses which has taken just over a third of the tub. They do recommend use twice a week OR just for special occasions so you can make it last if you aren’t using it for everyday life.

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The first photo is my skin after the second use. It was still pretty blemished considering I normally have clean, blemish free skin. I did want to give the product a fair chance, so I tried it again, a full week after my last application. The results after using it twice in a week were not that amazing but I hoped for the best. The mud dried quickly and has a warming, tingly sensation. I do like products that you can feel working and this was no exception.

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I followed the instructions to a T and exfoliated the mask off with warm water, rubbing gently in circular motions. My immediate reaction was impressed by how soft my skin felt. This was short lived. After about five minutes my face began to feel very dry. This wasn’t the first time either. Not long after each use I had needed to coat my face in moisturiser. Not only that, but this time I had a burnt patch on my right cheek. It doesn’t look as defined in the images, but when I looked in the mirror there it was, a big red blotch on the side of my face. I also experienced dry patches of my skin.

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Thankfully I had a travel pot of Nivea on hand!
Now I would like to point out I do have fairly sensitive skin. I avoid cheap products and was always disappointed as a child because I wasn’t allowed Matey bath soak. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you clearly missed out too! But I expected a high end product like this to do wonders for my sensitive skin. Do be careful if you purchase this product and have sensitive skin. I tried a patch test which was fine/As I said it was only the third use that caused the sore.

My skin calmed down after a few days but I don’t think I’ll be trying it again.
Once again I’m let down by a product surrounded in hype.
It just shows how beauty products can be so different for different people.

Have you tried any of the Glam Glow products? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below!
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