Rogues Cafe! <3

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The new Rogues Cafe has opened in Southampton, next to the Guildhall! It is a fab location and so lush inside!

I went along to a lovely evening that the owners had set up with Southampton Bloggers to try their menu and experience the quirky and cool new restaurant.  Firstly I need to express how friendly and purely passionate the owners are about this fab new opening! It really makes a world of different to a place like this when the owners love what they are doing!

The interior was really cool and a real mix mash vibe, which I love in independent places.

It felt really cosy inside and it made us all feel very relaxed, and they have a dog! Now I am a huge dog person so for me this was a game changer! He was so friendly and extremely well behaved, but it gave the cafe a lovely family feel and became really personal!

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They are so reasonable priced with food, soft drinks and alcohol (and they have 2 for 1 on Fridays on ALL DRINKS!).

 

The food was amazing! One thing they pride themselves on is that all the food is locally sourced!

Everything they brought out was so thought out and simply delicious. It is a perfect place for a light brunch, lunch or dinner with such a varied menu to accommodate the customers.

The menu is even personal, let alone massive! They have made it so different and personal keeping all their notes and details from when they planned what they wanted.

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If I can recommend one place to head to this summer it is 100% Roges Cafe! a lovely place with incredible food and atmosphere, I cannot wait to head back.

 

Grace x

Don’t let things get in your way 

We all have our ups and downs, we all share the moments that make us feel as if we’re the only ones feeling this way. But you are not feeling it alone.

Everyone has baggage and everyone has those days where it feels a little heavier than it did before, it’s normal and there are ways to get passed it.

I understand that everyone has different things going on, and I am not the perfect spoke person but I have found that little things can help me through bad days.


I left university not too long ago and moving home and leaving some amazing people put me in a very weird place, as I think it does for a lot of people.

The situation made me feel things I hadn’t experienced before but I have little tricks that help bring me up. I hope this post can help others who are maybe feeling a little less than themselves lately.

  • Keep Yourself Busy 

I found that I was feeling my worst when I was just working and heading home. I would find myself in my room and end up feeling, to be quite honest like crap. I would sit upstairs watching Netflix, which not only isolated me but began to make me feel very tired and lethargic, which obviously lead me to not exactly liking the way I was.

I think it is the same for a lot of people, when your are alone it is an excuse to start thinking about things and start looking back with a shall we say, a less than positive outlook. I would think about university and look back at what I had, but rather than look back and remember, I was looking back and wishing I was there and not here. This is not the way to look at your memories, you should look back and smile.

I found that as soon as I began planning things, after work or even for the weekend meant I had things to look forward to and get me out of habit. I began to push myself to arrange things and ensure I was enjoying myself. For me, friends make me the happiest, therefore I took that knowledge and put it into practice. I arranged a plan to see my friends who are furthest away to meet in the summer and sort little plans with the friends who are close. I even took up some hobbies and have started helping other people out!

I love drama and I have started helping out some student with student films and modelling for photography and make up students. It’s really different, breaks up my day and I actually really enjoy it!

Find things you enjoy, whether its something as simple as watching TV with your family or heading out to dinner with friends, you’d be surprised the difference it makes!

  • Stop Comparing Yourself To Others! 

I know it is so much easier said than done, and I can say I am always doing this even when I know I shouldn’t!

It is so easy to start looking at other people and wonder why you are not doing as well and it is mainly on social media! I find myself looking at pages of people I know and even that I don’t and have the thought they are doing better than me and maybe I should be doing something different. DON’T.

Nothing is what is seems online and everyone has things going on that you may not see! It is very easy to push your problems onto other things and make yourself feel as if you are not as good as someone else, but they are probably thinking the exact same thing looking at someone else, or even YOU!

Everyone has things they don’t like or feel like they cannot do something, but comparing yourself to others is never going to help. Look at yourself and think what you could do to improve the way you feel, as everyone is different and you shouldn’t try to be something or someone you’re not.

  • Try Not To Second Guess Yourself 

Again, this is something very easy to say and much harder to do, but it can make a huge difference.

I am not saying that you will never second guess your choices because this is human nature! Also of course you will second guess sometimes as not all choices will be good ones but that happens to everyone, we all make mistakes.

What I mean is,  stick with your decisions, if you think its right then go for it. Yes it may come back to bite you in the ass but you will have committed to something and imagine all the time you could save not worrying about what to do next. We all have responsibilities but try and take each day as it comes and the choices you make at that time.

I always worry about how my choices effect people, which isn’t a bad thing but when I start making decisions for others that’s when it goes down hill. Make choices for yourself and if you think its the right thing, then stick with it! Don’t change who you are just because you are worried that people won’t like you, if  they accept you then they will stay by your side.

  • Try The Simple Things 

There are a few little tricks that are so simple but can sometimes really help if you are stuck in a rut!

Simplicity is key here, so these things may seem obvious but they can be really beneficially:

Talk to people! It is so simple and can become really easy. I am one of those people who would much rather keep things to myself, as for some reason I don’t want to be seen as a drama queen or putting my problems on other people, but that is really not the case! I think a lot of people feel this way, but you need to remember that is what friends and family are for! I know if my friend or anyone was feeling like they needed to talk I would want them to come to me, so don’t be afraid and definitely don’t be embarrassed! I think it could surprise you how many people turn around and say they have felt the same way!

Write things down. Now this may sound bizarre but it is a really good way to help with worries. I am the type of person to have the most outrageous worries and the more I think about them the worse my anxiety gets, even if they make absolutely no sense! I found that writing down the worries I had and actually seeing them physically in front of me, I was able to rationalize how silly some of them were. I made a list and read through them, and having the worries on paper made them less intense and I actually ended up laughing at some!

Don’t be ashamed! This is so common for people to keep things to themselves and gets to a point where its a lot harder to do something about it. Luckily I have never gone that far, because I did something about it. I know it is so much easier said than done, and people are all different, but coming to terms with it makes it an easier thing to conquer. When you are able to except it and not be ashamed of the way you and so many people feel, you can begin to make a positive change. I know it is not as simple for some people, but as a starting point it could make an impact on your outlook.

 

The last thing and probably the post important! Is to surround yourself with things that make you happy!

Whether this be friends, family, food anything! The more your place your self in positive situations and surround your self you will begin to draw off this! For me it comes from being around friends and arranging things to do, I am able to bounce off them and enjoy living in the moment!

 

Hope this helps anyone who is feeling a little down! As I said everyone is different but I found these routes really help and got me feeling a little more like myself 🙂

 

BeautyBrown x

Cabana Brazilian street food!  

On Tuesday 21st of February, me alongside the Southampton bloggers were invited to the new Cabana restaurant in Watermark Southampton. Cabana is a twist on Brazilian street food from all over the country, 


It was a really special evening, meeting the owners and the creative team, who really made the night. 

We started with a cocktail master class, where we got the chance to have a go at making a traditional Brazilian cocktail. They first of all showed us how to make the perfect one and then we all had a go to see who was the best mixologist! 




I’ll tell you now, cocktail making is harder than you may think! (Especially the shaking part!) 

I loved that the staff that helped us were so enthusiastic and really gave us an experience! They helped us and laughed and really made it a lot of fun! 

The cocktail was actually really tasty and they were even generous to give the best cocktail a £10 voucher! 

We then moved back over to try some of the amazing food! 


The owners sat down with us to enjoy the food and explained everything that we were eating. They explained where the food was from, what it was and the Brazilian style of food and eating! They were so helpful and informative and it just made the night X100 better! It was so nice to experience food that is authentic and not justify mass produced! They have put so much effort into creating the perfect Brazilian restaurant that really is one of a kind! 

The food was just amazing! I have never been a massive fan of spicy food but in all honesty I loved everything I tried! The food may have been spicy but the flavour was so amazing the spice only added to the great taste! 

I have to say this restaurant has now become one of my favourites, I cannot wait to head back and try even more of the food. They gave us a wonderful golden bag full of some of the sauces to we can make some of the food along with a recipe book! I’m very excited to give it ago myself but I doubt it will be as good as that food I tried! 

I cannot recommend this place more! The thought and effort along with the amazing food could not be more perfect and I would 100% say to check it out! So if you are near any of these fabulous Cabana restaurant go on in and I guarantee you will have just a brilliant night as we did! 

Thank you so much Cabana for a great and memorable evening! 

The Real Greek, Southampton 😍

Tonight I headed to The Real Greek Southampton with the Sotonbloggers! 

The Real Greek is based in the new Watermark in Southampton and I have to say it was INCREDIBLE

I have never had Greek food before as I am, I have to say a picky eater but to get I pushed the boundaries! We got to try such a variety of dishes this evening and I really enjoyed every one, got me wanting to try even more new cuisines!


Before we decided what we wanted to eat we also got to have some of there delicious cocktails! I decided to have a Bellini and it was so tasty! The bar looked really fancy and the options for the cocktails all seemed really nice and were actually set at a really responsible price. 


They were presented so well and came to us super quick! The cocktails we had were so yummy and I could have definitely had more! 

Then we moved onto food and the way it’s done is so good! It is almost presented like tapas, lots of little dishes and it meant we got to try lots of new things! 


They brought out all the dishes in these lovely trays which meant we could share out all the differnt foods and try some of the delicious Greek cuisine. When looking at the size of the dishes, you would only need about 2 or 3 too fill yourself up and at the prices it would be a pretty cheap night! The dishes were about £5 to £6 pound so a couple would be your average price for an entire meal, and they really do fill you up! I was stuffed! 

Now onto the thing I was especially please with this evening and it was the service! If you not only want to try great food but want to receive excellent customer service this is the place to go! 

Our waitress was so attentive really making sure we had everything we needed and were enjoying our food. As we were all pretty new to trying Greek food she gave us some great recommendations and wanted to give us the real Greek food experience!

After our mains the waitress offered some desserts and gave us her recommendations 


We let her choice for us and she brought out the most delicious options! 

My favourite was the chocolate moose cake, it was so rich and chocolatey I was in heaven!! 

She also brought us out a toffee cheesecake, apple and cinnamon pie and a Greek Walnut yogurt. I really liked giving these ago and having the opportunity to try these lush desserts! 

I couldn’t of been happier with the atmosphere, service and the restaurants appearance! If you are looking for brilliant food and service I would highly recommend heading to The Real Greek Southampton! 

Hope you enjoy this read! 🙂 

Taco Bell has come to Southampton!! 😍


Taco Bell has made its way to the UK! At long last! Me along with the Southampton bloggers got to go to the new store to sample there menu and have a fun night! 

Now as a picky eater Mexican food can go one way or another for me so I was really intrigued to sample some foods and see what all the fuss is about!

No I have to say first of all the workers and everyone that helped set up and work the evening were just fab! There was a photo booth running, photographers and food and drink coming out of our ears! Everyone was so happy to help and tell us all we wanted to know about the Taco Bell legacy! 

The photo booth was a great added extra to the evening, excellent fun and a great way to advertise! The Taco hats were a personal favourite of mine…

The most important part! 

THE FOOD! 

Now I love food as so many of us do and I was really interested in sampling the items that have taken America by storm! What is it about these little shells of goodness?!

The food was soooo good! The quesadillas were one of my favourites! There is so much choice for the fillings too! Chicken, beef, tangy, spicy, whatever you want! They kept bringing out more and more samples and every time they got a little bit better! The staff were so friendly and were working their butts off to make sure they delivered the best, which is so tough sometimes! I would know having worked in a restaurant to I have to say bravo to them!! 

I would really recommend heading over to this great chain even for a quick snack or something a bit more substantial! 

Now then… let’s take it up a notch… melted Kit Kat in a taco…

No hear me out because I wasn’t sure at first either! But my gosh they were to die for! 

Such a simple idea but so yummy! Now I like my chocolate and I was not sure about putting that in a soft tortilla but it really worked! The sweet and savoury was amazing together and it was still warm when they brought it out! I didn’t even know they did deserts but I am so happy they did! 

It was a perfect need to a great night!! Make sure you go and check it out because you won’t be sorry when you do!! Taco Bell for the win!!