Fox & Feather | By Leigh Travers

06 March, 2015

O U T F I T | Denim Days

Denim Jacket: Charity Shop // Jumper: Zara // Hat: ASOS//
Scarf: H&M

These photos were shot a couples of weeks back at Brick Lane with the darling Laura from That's So Yesterday. We popped by Beyond Retro as it's pretty much compulsory now every time we're that way, as well as mooching about Rough Trade  and grabbing a delicious burger and beer from Cafe 1001.

Now although the walls of Brick Lane, the surrounding winding alleyways and every other crevice is splattered with street art this wonderful wall of colour just drew us in! Like typical bloggers we took full advantage of the perfect backdrop for our outfit photos.

I found this long line, vintage, denim jacket for a fiverrrr in a charity shop a few weeks ago. Initially it was going to be a part of a LFW outfit, but it didn't quite make the cut in the end. It's perfect for the denim trend that's dominating this SS15 and luckily it hardly made a dent in my pocket.

This was the first time wearing my culottes from Topshop since I bought them in the autumn. I'm not sure why I've avoided wearing them for so long because they're fan-bloody-tastic! I'm all aboard the culotte bandwagon from now on! These faux leather ones are still available over on the Toppers website here and they're ideal as the weather's getting a little warmer.

What do you think of the denim trend?



04 March, 2015

L I F E S T Y L E | All-In Kitchen

Photo credit: Daily Mail

Now if there's two things I love more than anything it's food and having an unbelievable knack for being thrifty, so I was particularly excited by the idea of the possibility of scoring a three course meal including a cocktail for FREE. The All-In Kitchen is the genius idea of Pokerstars and Jones & Sons as they put your poker face to the test and bring you the you the chance to win your gourmet meal free of charge or at a highly discounted rate.

At the end of your meal you are invited to play a game to determine how much the bill will come to. You play three hands of poker and what you pay for your meal is dependent on how many chips you've managed to score by the end of those three hands.

Now I'm no poker expert myself, but I do love the idea of potentially winning or at least discounting my meal. Unfortunately the pop-up restaurant has finished for the time being, but due to it's overwhelming success it's planning on making a few more pit stops around the country.

I'll certainly be keeping a close eye on the website and crossing my fingers that they'll be re-opening a pop-up in London some day soon.

In the meantime, I'll be training as a poker master by night.


02 March, 2015

E A T I N G | Grand Union, Kennington, London

Grand Union, 111 Kennington Rd, London, SE11 6SF

A few weeks ago after attending the Louche press day in SW11, upon walking back to the train station that undesirable hunger pain struck in our stomachs, so we decided to hurry into the first space that offered some sort of reasonably priced food. That just so happened to be the Grand Union situated just up the road from Lambeth North station.

The promise of a lunch time £6.50 burger and soft drink deal on the chalkboard outside had us running inside instantly. Essentially the Grand Union is a pub with grub, but is more aesthetically pleasing than your local Wetherspoon's. The mismatched, kitsch interior of the Grand Union instantly won me over as did the old, wonky floorboards which had me performing a balancing act on my chair whilst trying to eat a burger. It's safe to say it certainly has a quirky charm about it.

Now, I have to apologise for the photo of the half-eaten burger with a lipstick stain on it. I didn't actually plan to do a write up on this particular joint, but after a couple of bites into my burger which was surprisingly delicious for the price I just knew I had to blog about it. So, I whipped out my camera and snapped my half eaten patty in a bun before devouring the rest of it in record time.

James and I both opted for the bacon cheeseburger, which was an extra £1 or so on top of the £6.50 lunch time deal. Each burger had a double smashed patty inside, which was a bonus for the price point. Although the patties were quite thin, they were absolutely delicious and more importantly were freshly made. This was something I was not expecting from which, upon first glance, seemed like a chain pub establishment from the outside.

It was a pleasant surprise and I thoroughly recommend a visit if you are in the area. The Kennington branch happens to be ridiculously close to the Imperial War Museum and would make a perfect lunch time stop. The £6.50 burger & soft drink deal is only available between 12-3pm, with burgers jumping up to a little more pricey £10 after this time.

You can visit the Grand Union website here.


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