Ice skating evening at Westfield London

November 27, 2015
ice skating

When Winter arrives, ice rinks start popping up here and there. I was invited to go and try the one over at Westfield London in Shepherd’s Bush (Shey Bu for short) and make a romantic evening out of it, so I dragged Solaris100 along and there we went. Blogger Douchebag Crew is in da house, boy!


I have to say that I was a little apprehensive at first – this was only the second time I had ever been ice skating in my life because although some places will occasionally have ice rinks in Portugal, it’s not something I had ever really had a habit of doing back in the day. Skating has always been rollerskating for me, i.e. with some wheels under my feet. Also, the first time I had ever done ice skating was back in Nottingham and I have to say that I wasn’t too impressed, mainly because the rink was too full and with me not being very experienced, I was too afraid of falling over, of not being able to stop in time and had more experienced people constantly cutting in front of me in high speeds. Not very good for confidence, especially when you imagine yourself falling on your ass and then someone chopping your fingers off with the blades as you’re trying to get up, with blood shooting out of your stumps – I may watch too many horror/ gory films!



Anyway, we got there and got our skates. Putting them on is always a bit of an adventure, because as an inexperienced skater, I’m never too sure if I’m doing things right – you can’t have them too loose, otherwise you risk not having enough stability but you also need to make sure you don’t make them so tight that blood will stop reaching your feet. But after a few trial and error situations, we went in! I was happy to see that it was mostly parents with their children and most people behaved in a civil way. I was dreading having a similar experience to last time but fortunately, there weren’t too many people which I think makes the experience a lot safer and more enjoyable. Also, if there are any accidents or you fall on your bum, there are always what they call “ice marshalls” to hand.




We had a bit of a laugh, took each other’s photos and then had a bit of skating time together around the car on a pedestal in the centre and it was fun.

Due to some hosting issues I will have to look into, I couldn’t make these GIFs larger. What a shame, I think they’re pretty funny – spot the distressed look frame on both of them!


“I’m always this stylish, I just didn’t think anyone was looking!”



Growing up is overrated, anyway… And that’s why you do silly photos on the way out because wall of fairy lights.



As we were getting a little bit peckish (read famished), we made our way to the restaurants outside. As this was supposed to be a nice romantic evening, somehow the usual food court wasn’t appropriate. We ended up picking The Bull, as they had some appetizing Sunday roasts, with different varieties of meat, which were a good change from the usual chicken or beef.


We had duck and partridge roast, along with a generous serving of vegetables, potatoes and gravy, right after some delicious squid rings with parmesan crumbs.

I tried to do some nice photos but at one point people were staring a bit too much… the hard life of a food critic! (I wish). The presentation was interesting – all of the items were laid out on a wooden board, which gave it an extra rustic charm, most appropriate when you are eating game. Although we are in London, sometimes some good old countryside charm doesn’t go amiss. What I liked the most visually were the purple carrots, as we don’t get to see them all that often and along with the rest of the greens, made the whole dish look interesting colourwise.



After we polished off the food there was still room for sharing a small dessert. The chosen one was chocolate fondant with vanilla ice cream.

In the end, we ended up having a glass of prosecco rose’ and it was a very nice way of completing the meal. I had been to The Bull before but only had a light meal and drinks at the time. I was well impressed with the quality and taste of the food, as well as the staff, being really nice and attentive. Certainly a great way to finish a Sunday evening and get ready for a new working week.

Thank you Westfield, for the invite!

Westfield Ice Rink
10 am – 9 pm
19 Nov – 3rd January

Check out Westfield’s page for details on this and other events.

(We were Westfield’s guests however, words and opinions are my own).


Surprise me, please! #wowme32red

November 25, 2015

When you get asked “would you like to receive a surprise in the post?”, what would you say? Probably what I said – yes! I love getting little parcels in the post and even better when someone actually picks a couple of personalised gifts, just for you. That’s what my friends over at Joe Blogs proposed, as part of a campaign with 32 Red. Do you want to see what was in the package? Just take a look after the jump!


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Layering up for the cold weather

November 18, 2015

It’s that time of the year again, when the days get shorter and outfit photos become a nightmare to do. The weather goes cold and suddenly blankets become one of the most appealing items in the household. Days get dark and all I want to do is snuggle up under a nice warm fleecy blanket, with some Netflix and chill. Not what you are thinking, I really mean watching films and not doing anything useful.

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What are you doing for Halloween?

October 30, 2015
PicMonkey Collage

What do you do when you’re kind of useless at makeup? You ask a friend to share her amazing tutorials on your blog, of course. That is what I did and was delighted to hear that Sara from Mermade was happy for me to share her amazing makeup looks here at Hello The Mushroom.

Sara is a very talented makeup artist and master brow sculptor that I remember seeing playing around with makeup since Livejournal times. Sara is inspired by a lot of things that say a lot to me as well: drag queens, Japanese culture, and a lot of other fun and quirky stuff. She has become a specialist and a professional and I feel very proud to be able to share her work with you. If this doesn’t inspire you to look your best on Halloween, I don’t know what will!

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Lifestyle, Style


October 21, 2015

What is specifically tsundoku? this is a word that has recently been creeping up here and there and is described on Wikipedia as:

Tsundoku” (n.) is the constant act of buying books but never reading them. Specifically, it is letting books pile up in one’s room so much that the owner never gets a chance to read all of them. This is done by the owners of the books, not by the booksellers. The origin of “Tsundoku” is a Japanese slang 「積ん読」 “tsun-doku”. 「積ん読」 came from 「積んでおく」 “tsunde-oku” (to pile things up ready for later and leave) and 「読書」 “dokusho” (reading books). 「積んどく」 “tsundoku” is a euphonic change of 「積んでおく」. It is also used to refer to books ready for reading later when they are on a bookshelf.

It’s fascinating how other languages have specific words for certain things that are untranslatable into English, isn’t it?


I am bringing this up as I have to admit that I am one of such people. I buy books at least once a month. I get my paycheck and I feel it burning in my pocket. I have to go and take a look at my Amazon wishlist and make a dent in it! Sometimes just paperback books, other times I go big and order the coffee table size books. The important thing is, I always have books coming in.

It’s not just books, though. There’s also magazines. Thick, glossy, colourful, beautiful magazines. I subscribe to several of them and there is no way I can bring myself to cancel those subscriptions. Even if sometimes they arrive and sit on my table for weeks before I actually have the time and the adequate quietness (mostly in my brain) to be able to disconnect and sit down to look and marvel at the pretty pictures.

The most recent addition to my subscription list has been Vogue. When I was given the choice of three magazines to have from, Vogue had to be on the top of the list. Of course! British Vogue is by far the best of them all – in my opinion, anyway – and for a variety of reasons, starting at the quality of the editorials and ending at the creativity and inventiveness that are so inspiring, that you can find on these pages.

So, bring on the beautiful books and the lovely magazines. I’m getting rid of a lot of clothes and shoes, but the books and the magazines are the one thing that I can really can’t live without, even if they’re sitting patiently on the shelf, waiting for their turn to be read. Because when I do get to open them, it’s always worth the wait.

This blog post has been possible thanks to, who have kindly offered me the subscription to Vogue. Read a little something I wrote a while ago about it on their website. Or, subscribe to Vogue yourself and get a discount!