Thursday, 10 September 2015

Rosie's Diner, Leeds.

On the back of my most recent post, here's another foodie review!

I'm at home, in Leeds, for the week which means catching up with friends and a lot of doing absolutely nothing really! Last night me and my mum went for food with a family friend. Hoping to go for a All-you-can-eat Chinese buffet, we discovered out local buffet had actually been closed down (WHAT), so we decided to go to Rosie's Diner, a couple doors down. Rosie's is quite a popular eatery in Leeds, with its fully decked out 1950's themed restaurant and bar situated right next to a very popular nightclub Control which makes it a common stop for those looking to pre-drink somewhere without having to walk far from the main destination!

I have visited Rosie's once before, and I wasn't that impressed with the food. But in all fairness, the joint had just opened up and were still getting to grips with what worked and what didn't. What I fell in love with was the interior.

Retro booths, padded red leather seating and those metal tables with the rounded edges, complete with a small selection of 1950s pop culture memorabilia adoring the walls and an actual american school bus which acts as the focal point of the whole restaurant but is usually reserved for tables with children. They also have a pool table and jukebox. It all looks very authentic. 

As for the menu, you'd find your typical American favourites - a selection of burgers, steaks and an all day American breakfast. I, having already had a Nandos earlier in the day (whoops) wanted something small to nibble on while my mum chattered away with Tina. So I opted for nachos with the extra option of pulled pork. But small it was not! 

I cannot deny they were so so so yummy, but I ended up leaving half the dish because it was SOOOO large - I'll admit I ordered from the sharers section, dishes designed for sharing, but I still believe that this is too big for two people! I was so stuffed. 

I also ordered a oreo milkshake which came to me in a cute little milk bottle, with a huge pile of whipped cream on top. Went down perfectly after my poor attempt at the nachos, definitely refreshing. 

Verdict: All in all, I wish I handed been to Nandos for lunch! Then maybe I would have been able to finish off my dish. The atmosphere was nice and chilled out, with a range of 50's and 60's tunes playing in keeping with the retro theme and aesthetic. I do feel it was quite highly priced - the milkshake coming in at £4.95. I would go again, for third time, I have yet to test out the desserts!!

Overall rating - ***

leanne x

Friday, 4 September 2015

Dough Kitchen, NQ

A couple of weeks ago my mum came to visit me in Manchester and took me for pizza at Dough Kitchen, somewhere I've been raving about and wanting to go for ages.
Dough Kitchen is an Italian restaurant situated in the Northern Quarter on High Street, and everyone who knows me knows I pretty much live in NQ - its such a bustling, lively area of the city with the coolest bars and restaurants, and the best place for vintage and boutique clothing. It is heaven! 

Dough wasn't short on the choice of pizza, pasta and other 'nibbles'.  But having known already what I came here for, I drove straight into the pizza menu. I was torn between the Sticky BBQ Chicken, Pulled Pork and a feast of a pizza combining two of my favourite foods named the The Breakfast *heart eyes* 
Playing it safe, I went for the Sticky BBQ Chicken (I'm a wuss at trying new things in new places). And my mum went for the Goats Cheese. 
The pizza was about the same diametre as a normal dinner plate - the perfect portion - and all homemade to order on the premise I knew it was going to be a delicious joy. 

I love anything smothered in BBQ sauce
The meal was amazing. I was so full I couldn't even finish the pizza off. I did have a nosey at the dessert menu, but was so stuffed I couldn't concentrate. 

Verdict: YES I WILL BE COMING BACK. I have to take flatmates here, for an alternative to Dominos, one night. Nicely priced for someone with a student budget. Lovely waiting staff and very stylish interior. Overall - so yummy. 

Overall rating: ****

Keep an eye out for some more of my foodie posts. As well as fashion and design, I want to incorporate some of the stuff I do outside uni and things I do in my spare time with family and friends. I may even do some home cooking posts - I've been experimenting with homemade soups recently and so far have made two very successful veg soups. Delish and 'clean' way of using up any vegetables you have lying about that need using up asap!

leanne x

Back from Hiatus!

Hey! So I'm back after a short summer hiatus - it's getting back to that time of early wintery mornings trudging my way to uni after a "break" (does moving house and working count as a summer break? I think not).

 I'll be 100% honest, I cannot wait to go back to uni, to get stuck into my second year head first: researching, drawing, designing, making, styling, the stress! So excited. Second Year is going to be so much more full on than First Year, and this time around I don't have as many personal set backs (tip for freshers - do not go to uni with a boyfriend, just saying), so I'm going into second year with a clean slate ✌

Anyway, as I promised in my last post - that seemed so long ago! - I thought I'd show you all what I've been up to this summer in regards to my summer project assigned to me from my course leaders. The project title is "Generic", and the aim is to extensively research three 'generic' garments, vintage or other wise and document the findings. Sounds simple right? Wrong. First of, attempting to define what a 'generic' garment is was so open to interpretation that I found myself actually Googling the term "generic garments" which brought up various Pinterest boards which I found didn't really help as this was work that already existed. But I took inspiration from these boards and started my own and started scouring Pinterest. If you're interested, this is said "Generic Project" Pinterest board. The collection of images I started to gather acted as a springboard into beginning my project. I looked at Denim jackets first of all - inspired by my own vintage Levi's denim jacket that I live in - but decided that this was way to popular, I feel many people would choose to research a denim jacket. It's too generic! Delving deeper and deeper into Pinterest I stumbled across an image of a Varsity jacket, which eventually snowballed into a lot of images of varsity jackets, as well as military and authority uniforms (if you do observe my board, you'll notice a slight American theme). At this point I had ideas for my three garments and started looking where I could actually purchase them.

Long story short I purchased:

A vintage mint condition American varsity jacket. ♥

And some extra boring (dad) cargo shorts. 
A vintage American security shirt (this has a really cool embroidered patch on the right sleeve)

And so, I began my research. Starting with drawings and illustrations. So far, I only have begun looking at the shorts and the varsity jacket.

If you've been following me on Instagram, you'd have seen my progress with my varsity jacket. Like I said, I have begun research into the shorts too, but I've been focusing a lot on the jacket as its just so beautiful! And it has provided me with a lot to work with. But theres a lot more to come!!

I have loads planned; such as collages, styling shoots, samples, mock ups and even maybe some design work. So stay tuned!

leanne x

Saturday, 20 June 2015

i'm wide awake, i'm not sleeping

Sorry I've abandoned my blog a little bit. But I finished uni for the summer a few weeks ago and I've just been working and relaxing. Last week I got given a summer project to do, which I will explain the details in the next post as it's an exciting one (for someone like me, who loves old people clothes and cutting things up!), that should keep me busy until September. leanne x

Monday, 11 May 2015

a flower in a gun, a bird in flight.

on location around campus shooting my final project outcome! the denim jacket I've had since I was 16, my uncle gave me it as a hand-me-down. it's starting to look worn and even has a huge rip in the back that I've temporarily fixed with safety pins. so punk.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

i've got adam trask on my back

So in love with this skirt. Bought it from Remake Remodel, one of the resident stalls in Afflecks. I definitely ave a thing for pink right now! leanne x

Thursday, 30 April 2015

that joke isn't funny anymore

Student loan means only one thing - spending! I had a nosey on over at and found this lovvveerrrly pink dress from Motelrocks with a tie up back, perfect for the sunny weather. Here I've paired it up with my vintage came jacket and new flatforms both also from Ark (The camo I bought from ark a few summers ago and love cracking it out around this time of year). 
Keep an eye out for more of my ootd posts - I have loads of new stuff I can't wait to style and show you all!