I was recently invited along to a Pan Asian restaurant called Pan Chai, on the ground floor of Harrods. I don't tend to really adventure into Asian food too much but I decided to branch out and give it a try as it was the perfect opportunity to do so. I also haven't been to Harrods since I was a young child so I definitely got lost walking around the 5 different floors as it's absolutely huge! 

I took my mum as my +1 and we eventually found Pan Chai in the food court with other restaurants and was pleasantly surprised to see how different it looked to what I was expecting. It was like a traditional Japanese restaurant. There was one row of bench like seats which followed all the way around the counter area. 

In front of us was a glass panel in which they kept lobsters and fresh fish. It was nice to see that the fish you would be eating was fresh and not frozen.

We were seated to the left side of the bench and had chopsticks and a small jug of soya sauce each for our dishes; with a dish to pour the soya into. Straight away, we was offered drinks and so got a glass of wine and some bottled still water whilst we caught up about how our week was going with work and general life. 

It was explained to us by the manager Kimmy and the male host that we could choose anything we like from the menu. Pan Chai is a Japanese restaurant so a lot of their dishes focus around sushi and fish. Neither of us had ever tried sushi before but I'm always about trying new foods when the opportunity arises. 

We was recommended the tuna and salmon sushi which arrived beautifully presented. It was like art! Made to look like two flowers on a plate; we were in awe of the creativity the chefs had used so I was really sad to dig in and ruin their masterpiece! 

It was going to be a 50/50 situation as I'm not a huge fish lover and this fish was raw. I attempted to try a bit of the tuna (it's the only fish I like but only canned) and I didn't like the texture or the taste. It was a really over powering fish taste (well, duh!) but my taste buds just couldn't hack it. 

However, my mum LOVED it and wolfed down the whole plate of sushi! Being a sushi novice however, she did forget to dip her wasabi into the soya sauce so sat there red faced and puffy eyed for the rest of the night...

Next, our main meals arrived. My mum went for lobster rolls which was a gamble because we have both only had lobster once. These rolls were wrapped in vine like leaves with avocado and sushi rice and were SO yummy! The lobster itself was in the middle in chunks (and is cooked fresh the same day) and was crispy and so tasty. I was really surprised that I liked them!  Again, presentation was perfect as you can see! 

Finally, my meal arrived and looked so scrumptious sitting on my plate. I went for the Chicken Medallion which is chicken in a spicy BBQ sauce with sticky rice and salad; aswell as a few spicy cherry tomatoes and sweet potato fries. 

We both tried it at the same time and it's without a doubt... the spiciest thing I've ever eaten. The man did warn me but I do love spicy food. It was really tasty though and the rice and having three drinks (wine, water and a Diet Coke) meant that it was easy to disguise the spicy taste in my mouth. 

The sauce on the chicken was spicy but it complimented the chicken really well. It's something I would definitely recommend ordering if you ever go to Pan Chai if you love spicy food. 

All in all, we had a fantastic service at Pan Chai. The food was outstanding with a beautiful presentation to accompany. We felt very welcome and extremely looked after from start to finish. I definitely recommend visiting here if you have a fleeting visit to Knightsbridge, love Japanese food AND you happen to be hungry! 

Disclaimer: A meal for 2 was provided in return for an honest review on my blog. All words, opinions and photographs are my own. 



Despite loving beauty and having written about the subject for 5 solid years; I've never actually had a facial or similar treatment before. 

When Clarins got in touch to ask me if I was interested in reviewing their latest invention; I couldn't say no as I was really intrigued! The BeautyBAR is pretty much what it says on the tin. A bar that you can visit for quick treatments such as facials, massages and even makeovers. 

I was invited along to Debenhams at intu Lakeside shopping centre and was booked in for a 5pm slot; for a 30 minute facial.

Upon arriving, I was introduced to Nicole who was going to be my therapist for the treatment. I was told to take a seat and relax whilst she prepped for the treatment. The beauty bar is within Debenhams and is a part of the Clarins makeup counter. However, it is very much secluded in itself and is private so no shoppers will see what's going on! The room is bright, white and very relaxing as they play spa type music which is really soothing and gets you on right frame of mind for a facial. 

Nicole was really comfortable to talk to and we had a talk about my skincare regime and how I look after my skin. I decided to have a facial because I had never had one before, so I was really excited but nervous because my skin is quite sensitive and I know what does and what doesn't work for me. 

Firstly, Nicole had to assess what kind of facial I required exactly. To do this, she touched my face and stroked my skin (as weird as it sounds) and told me my skin is clear and healthy but is quite dehydrated. A transition of seasons and catching the tube twice a day is probably the reason for this! Therefore, Nicole chose the 'SOS Facial' for me which like all the other facials; is charged at just £25.

Nicole used a number of different products during my facial. She started by removing my makeup using the Gentle Foaming Cleanser with Cottonseed (£19.50), which was really gentle to my skin. However, it's not to be used on eye makeup as it can sting! 

The HydraQuench Lotion (£36) and HydraQuench Cream-Mask (£34) were used next and massaged into my face; whilst Nicole turned her hands in all kinds of twisted positions. Nicole also used her hands to press down on my skin and 'push' against it; almost like a suction effect. I've never used any of these hand movements when applying masks to my face so are definitely something I may try out in the future! 

The masque was then cleansed off using hot face mitts and the Camomile Toning Lotion (£24.50) was then applied to get off last of the masque. A sheet of large tissue was then laid on top of my face to soak up the extra toning lotion that hadn't quite absorbed into my face.

 The facial was amazing and my skin has truly never felt so good. I was really worried that my skin would break out due to the introduction of brand new products I had never tried before. However, my skin remained calm and looked bright and youthful like it should do for a 23 year old. 

Since then, I have been using some of the products used in the facial and have really enjoyed using them. My skin is really glowing at the moment and I've even been told how great my skin looks by people at work.  

The facials are so affordable at just £25 per facial. It is recommended to have one every 6-8 weeks to cleanse your skin of impurities. They make great gifts too, especially with Christmas around the corner!

Clarins BeautyBAR's are available in select Debenhams and John Lewis stores. I totally recommend going to have one so do check to see where your nearest BeautyBAR is!

Disclaimer: This post is in collaboration with intu Lakeside shopping centre and Clarins. However, all words, opinions and photographs are my own. 



Last week, I was exclusively invited to an evening event with the babes at Elegant Touch. They often collaborate with different designers and brands; but the one they regularly collaborate with is Henry Holland. 

Henry Holland if you didn't know is a British fashion designer who has his own fashion label called House of Holland. His designs are well known for being quirky, vibrant and full of life. He has now adventured into hair by collaborating with Elegant Touch to bring you House of Holland Hair.He has collaborated with them before by bringing out his own range of different fake nail designs (which I happen to LOVE!) and so he took a risky but admirable step in his new fashion meets beauty career; by bringing out his own hair accessories collection. 

The event was held at a hair salon called The Hare and Bone in Central London and it was all happening in the basement/downstairs of the salon. When we arrived, I was pleasantly surprised to see Henry Holland himself was there mingling with the attendees and talking about his collection. a little fan girl moment for sure!

Champagne and canapés were flowing and it was great to finally meet the girls at Elegant Touch after working with them for a few years. I took my friend and we was given the opportunity to get our hair done by the stylists at the salon using the HH hair accessories. There was some pictures on show that we could choose from so I went for a sleek, high top bun. 

A Tie Me Up hair scrunchie was used to wrap around the bun and some fun pin style hair clips were added on the side. I have short layers in my hair so it wasn't the best style for me to choose but I love the black against my grey hair! 

A giant Instagram frame was floating around for us to take selfies in so of course we couldn't resist one of those! 

The collection itself is extremely risky, flirty and sexy. It's made up of 6 different hair accessories and boasts names such as 'Pin Me Down' for the hair clips and 'Tie Me Up' for the hair scrunchies. Very raunchy and very Henry Holland. Have you also noticed how many likes the insta-frame has above Saucy.

The hair accessories are very 80's inspired as they are huge and look great in up dos that are big and very in your face. My particular favourite is the PVC Tie Me Up hair scrunchie which was used in my hair style on the night. I personally can't imagine wearing the Hold Me Back bunny ears but it is fun and would look super cute with a little dress in the summer! 

Elegant Touch X Henry Holland hair accessories range from xx to £10.95 and are available at and exclusively at Boots stores as of 17th October! 

FYI! I am running a giveaway over on my Twitter for two people to win some of Elegant Touch x Henry Holland hair accessories! Just follow me on Twitter @Ashllyd and RT the tweet below. Giveaway is open until 23/10 and winners will be announced on my Twitter. UK only. 



I tend to purchase the same eyeliner over and over again. However, I recently found myself with a Farfetch voucher so I decided to browse the beauty section and decided to look at brands I have never  tried before. 

By Terry is a brand that I have heard of before but had never looked at. I looked up some reviews on the Ligne Blackstar eyeliner and most people said it's very black and easy to apply. So, it fell into my online shopping basket and the rest was history.

The packaging is pretty simple and sophisticated. The actual product is a silver pen with a felt-tip application. This comes in a purple box which gives it a little more luxury. I was very pleased to see the lid on the liner stays put to prevent it drying out. 

I generally do prefer felt tip eyeliners as I find them much easier to apply compared to liquid eyeliners. The nib on this pen can be used on the pointier end for a thinner line but can be used on its side for a thicker line. 

It is indeed very black but has a semi-gloss finish which I wasn't sure of at first as I have always bought matte eyeliners previously. However, this is something I have got used to and therefore it's become my everyday eyeliner; rather than just one I pick up out of my beauty collection every now and then. 

The RRP price on Farfetch is £26 which is a bit more than I would usually spend for an eyeliner but it has lasted quite some time and is still as black as ever. However, I do think there are some great eyeliner pens on the market which do near enough the same job and are much more purse friendly. Therefore, I probably wouldn't re-purchase this again as it didn't 'wow' me but I have really enjoyed using it.

Disclaimer: Bought with a gift voucher.



What could be better than a slumber party? A blogger slumber party of course. That's exactly what I did on Friday night. 

The event was held at The Collective; which is a co-living space with great concept and thinking behind it. It's located in Willsden Green which is a bit like no man's land in all honesty. The entire area is built up with industrial spaces and warehouses so it was nice to see a brand new and modernised looking living space available for people to rent now. 

I went along with Ella and we was treated to a jam-packed 1950's themed itinerary starting at 5pm but we didn't arrive until around 6pm because I had work. The event kick started with spa and massage treatments from Urban Massage and nail painting by Ruby Manicures which is what we sadly missed out on! 

Upon entering, we signed in and was given our room key as The Collective kindly put us up for the night. The foyer/reception area is beautiful decored and really does have a 1950s/1960s feel to it. 

We decided to head up to our room to get changed. We shared an apartment but we had separate bedrooms. The rooms are very basic but comfortable. If you're working in London, single or a student; the rooms are the perfect size. A very small airplane-style bathroom is included in each bedroom with a shower, sink and toilet. 

We was given goodie bags packed full of beauty goodies and a generous Selfridges voucher which I cannot wait to spend! 

The whole concept is all about easy living and co-living. Co-living is very different from normalised ways of living. It's about the community, coming together and sharing spaces and facilities to create a better lifestyle for everyone. There are different types of rooms you can get but most share a small and basic kitchen and dining area; with your own bedroom and on-suite bathroom. However, of course if you'd rather something for yourself, there are different options you can go for depending on the budget you have for renting. 

It was time to head downstairs to meet the PR's and the other bloggers who were invited. There was about 12 of us in total which was a nice number as it wasn't too overwhelming. They were halfway through a cocktail masterclass with two mixologists from The Vault cocktail bar based in Soho.

The cocktails were all gin based and this one they made for me was delicious! Gin is never a drink I ever order so it was nice to try something out of my norm!

We were then treated to dinner at The Collective restaurant, which we were ALL so excited about because we were all starving! Everyone mostly had amazing looking burgers and chips but I went for chicken skewers with couscous and minted yoghurt; with lots of prosecco. The utter dream. The food was very satisfying and to a high quality and we were all left feeling very stuffed.

Me and Ella then went back to our rooms to freshen up ready for the next treat. We were kindly gifted some pyjamas from Brooks Brothers so we both decided to get changed into them right away. They were comfortable, light and airy... and 'crunchy' as I kept describing them. The perfect pyjamas for having freshly shaven legs! 

After changing, we headed down to floor 5 to the cinema room. We was given popcorn, sweets and yet more prosecco. Grease was the chosen film of the night and it just gave me and Ella unrealistic expectations of men. However, we definitely had a few giggles... more so at Ella dropping her popcorn everywhere as we walked in!

After the film, there was more drinks at the canal-side but me and Ella decided to call it a night and have a good gossip and catch up in our crunchy PJs in bed.  

We was treated to breakfast the morning which I sadly didn't photograph because my camera was packed away in my suitcase and I was also too hungry that the thought didn't cross my mind! Ooops. However, I had avocado and bacon on toast with a glass of fresh OJ and it was simply delightful. 

Thank you so much to The Collective and the PR company for having me and for putting on such a great night. I had so much fun! :) 

Disclaimer: All opinions, words and photographs are my own. 



I am trying to cut fizzy drinks out of my diet completely so when Zeo got in touch to ask me if I would be interested in trying out some of their brand new soft drinks; I was rather excited to give them a whirl!

Zeo unveils the brighter side of soft drinks with a natural, low sugar range of carbonated drinks. The new range has four refreshingly crisp flavours; peach and grapefruit, zesty lime, blood orange and citrus and mixed berry. They contain low sugar content and only have naturally source ingredients and botanicals.

A 275ml bottle only contains 30cals; allowing you to enjoy a highly carbonated drink that is bursting with flavours but without the guilt. My particular favourite was the zesty lime flavour as this wasn't too overpowering and was really refreshing in a glass of ice. It was easy to drink and even though they are carbonated drinks; these were not too 'gassy' or difficult to digest.

These zeo drinks are visually appealing too in their tall glass bottles and the use of bright colours. It makes drinking a low sugar drink much more satisfying. Zeo drinks are perfect for any occasion and are perfect for all year round.

Zeo drinks are available in Tesco stores (UK) at £1.29 for a 275ml bottle. Spiced cola and cloudy lemonade are two new flavours coming soon...

Disclaimer: PR samples but all words, opinions and photographs are my own. 
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