Saturday, 25 October 2014

The new best burger in London involves gravy... yes, GRAVY

Dip and Flip Burgers
Dip and Flip Burgers

If you had told me this time last year that I'd be sitting in a burger joint in Battersea and dipping my favourite food into a puddle of salty gravy I'd tell you you were mad, absolutely sick in the head. Yet, here I sit, burger in hand, gravy bowl in front of us both. One look at burger, one look at the bowl, and in he goes. Out of gravy bowl, quick dab of excess on the side, and into my mouth for a first bite. Here's the word for the first taste: confusion. I'm one foot in a burger joint, other foot at Thanksgiving dinner. What on earth is going on here?

Introducing a new contender for best burger joint in London... Dip and Flip

Let me take a step back here. As you all know pretty well by now, I'm constantly on the hunt for a good burger and love reporting back to the masses on whether or not said burger is worth trekking across town for. This, dear reader, is worth traveling an hour or more for the experience. I, conveniently, only had to drive about 20 minutes. But, after tasting this delightful Dip and Flip special, I would gladly travel further for the pleasure.

I first heard of Dip and Flip from a fellow burger enthusiast. They mentioned it was something I needed to try. They said no more, just asked that I report back on whether or not I was a fan. Needless to say, a text was sent immediately after finishing the last bite of my massive heart attack on a plate. 

Dip and Flip is in Battersea. It's not in a prominent location and you'd miss it if you weren't looking for it. It's sort of tucked in between a bunch of other restaurants and bars, yet this is the only establishment on the street that is absolutely heaving with people. I knew this was going to be an experience from the minute I saw the queue. Word is spreading...

Dip and Flip Burgers

Within ten minutes we were seated. They do turn over very quickly in Dip and Flip. We ordered a beer each and set into digesting the menu. The rumors were true... burgers and gravy. But you already know that at this point.

There were, however, some rather surprising points on the menu. First of all, the original Dip and Flip burger is actually a burger topped with Roast Beef or Lamb. This is a meaty son-of-a-bitch. In fact, my date for the night finally said he wished he'd just ordered the cheeseburger. It was all a bit much. But if you're a serious meat-lover, this is totally your bag. No matter what you order, however, every single sandwich and burger comes with a side of gravy. Splendid. 

Dip and Flip Burgers
Dip and Flip Burgers

Now, let's talk a bit more about this idea of gravy and burgers. There isn't much I can do to share the experience as I myself was having trouble finding words as it was happening. It's sort of one of those lovely combinations, like chocolate and pretzels, that just works and you have no idea why. Oh to go back and sink my teeth into another right now. Damn this unfair world where too many bad things equals an early visit to the grave!

Dip and Flip, I am a newly obsessed fan and definitely think you might just be a contender for the best burger this beautiful city has ever seen. I can't wait to visit again... I just need a few weeks to clear the arteries first!

Dip and Flip Burgers
Dip and Flip Burgers
Fries Dip and Flip Burgers
Oreo Milkshake Dip and Flip Burgers

For more info visit the Dip and Flip website: http://www.dipandflip.co.uk/menu.html

Alternatively, just get your booty down there to try the burger. Tell em the fashion goose sent you!
Dip and Flip
87 Battersea Rise
London SW11 1HW

Friday, 24 October 2014

Trashed the £45 shampoo for this new £3.99 miracle from the drugstore

Dove Dry Oil Shampoo and Nivea In shower moisturizer

I'm addicted to drug stores. It's a sickness and I know I'm not alone. Plenty of my girlfriends admit to having the same problem. I could spend a whole day in a Walgreens in New York, when visiting, and I've been known to waste hours wandering the aisles of Boots here in the UK. Drugstore discoveries are often the best value finds. I'll find myself starting out with designer products that cost a small fortune and nearly all are eventually replaced with purchases from the most random shelves at drugstores. I'm a product junkie. There you have it. Need I say more?

Now that you know about my sickness, let's put it to good use. Over the past few weeks I've been telling everyone that will listen about four products that have changed my beauty routine for the better and then some. 

Let's start with the hair, as this is a new product line that I simply can't stop shouting about. Dove have recently released their Pure Care Dry Oil products onto the market. At first, I'll admit I was drawn in by the packaging. There's something about gold that is truly fantastic. God, I'm such a sucker. Anywho, I walked away with the Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Shampoo and Conditioner from Boots Pharmacy for a grand total of £5.98. Incredible. I've always been a fan of every product Dove has to offer and am known to try every single item they have on the market, so this isn't entirely out of the blue here. What is unexpected are the results. Never before have I been more impressed with a Dove product. My hair had a beautiful smell that lasted throughout the day. In fact I couldn't stop sniffing my own hair - the scent is intoxicating. I'm pretty sure one of the guys on the tube thought I was a total freak as he watched me not-so-chalantly take a whiff on the way into town. Whoops. 

After finding myself massively impressed with the Dove Dry Oil Shampoo and Conditioner, I decided to up my game and return to purchase the Pure Care Dry Oil / Oil. Yes there's a Macadamia Nut oil that you can buy with the line. The results were stunning. In fact, they were so good I snapped a quick photo after a rough blow dry - this is a blow dry with absolutely no tools, just me, my hands and a dryer. 

Dove Dry Oil Hair

Pretty wicked, right? Now, there is one small downside to the post-shampoo and conditioner oil treatment and I think this is more personal than anything else. My hair is going through a bit of a limp and lifeless phase at the moment and it isn't super thick. So I can only use the oil every other day. If I use it every single day, I get a bit of a build up. While the hair still looks super healthy and shiny, it doesn't have the bounce I so love. 

In short, try Dove Dry Oil. It's out of this world. I'm using the shampoo and conditioner daily and can't see myself turning back. 

Now, onto part two of the discoveries. This is again a two part, same brand, find. In fact, I have to go ahead and admit that I can only take credit for 50% of this discovery. The other half has to go to India Knight. I'm of course referring to the Nivea products. I'll start with India Knight's part in this whole purchase power business. Knight wrote an article for the Sunday Times Style Magazine a few weeks back in which she confesses her undying love for a new discovery - Nivea Soft Moisturizing Cream. She wrote with such passion about this product that I bought it ten minutes after reading her article - marched straight down to my local Boots and stocked up. In a nutshell, makeup artists have been using this cream for years to give their subjects a healthy glow. It can be used as a cream for the face, hands or body and India Knight sold me on the idea that I needed it for everything. So, I now have three pots in my beauty cabinet. I use it for foundation base, for a little added glow on top of foundation and as a general refresher in my handbag for any dry moments. The smell is fantastic and the quality superb. A fantastic find, if you ask me, especially as it's less than a fiver. 

Now, as the Nivea products were on a special offer in the drugstore, I also fell in for the Nivea in-shower moisturizing cream. This is a cream you apply in shower, rinse off and go. Yup, that's it. It will keep your body moisturized, just as normal cream would, for 24 hours, except there's no sticky situation to wait through. I was a bit worried about the toweling off situation but everything worked perfectly- no issues whatsoever and absolutely zero residue on the towel. Hallelujah! 

So that's it for this drugstore discoveries. I'm sure I'll have more for you in coming weeks. But I do love these four new purchases like new born children - they're in my life forever now!  ;) 

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Seven Days of Style: New knitwear to comfy classics

Seven days of style

Well, here we have the last of summer weather style for some time. Here's where I pull a sad face. No more bare legs in London. I say "in London" because I'm of to warmer clients end of next week and hopefully we have a few more "better weather wears" to share with you while there. So without further ado, here's a look at seven days of style featuring everything from Ralph Lauren to a new discover in knitwear that I'm over the moon about. Enjoy!

How to wear Lauren by Ralph Lauren Blanket Coat
All Ralph Lauren: Belt Design Dress,  Blanket Sweater, Soft Ricky Bag 
Asos textile federation shirt style
Textile Federation Shirt from ASOS
Skirt shirt ensemble
Gap V-Neck, River Island Skirt, Whistles Bag (old season)
Vintage letters as style warriors
Urban Outfitters Vintage Sweatshirt Top, Eileen Fisher Denim Shirt, Old Navy Rockstar Jeans, Next Ballet Flats,
MCM Bag
Sweatshirt from Spitalfields Market, Next trousers (old season), LK Bennett Rosamund Bag 
Gap Sweater, Ann Taylor Trousers, Ralph Lauren Mini Ricky Bag
GiulianiMarani Sweater (MY NEW KNITWEAR OBSESSION), Zara Wide Leg trousers, 3.1 Phillip Lim Bag 
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