Friday Round Up

Links, loves and Instagrams from the last week.

Birthday week klaxon! We started things off awesome, with the usual trip to the Brum Radio studio, this time with David in tow. We played Mr and Mrs X-Men style, had a round of Top Trumps and generally had a blast. A small fortune was spent in Nostalgia & Comics, before going out for dinner. I ate my body weight in ragu and chocolate brownie, washed down with a bottle of Prosecco. We met up with a couple of friends for some drinks, and honestly, I couldn’t have started my birthday better.

There’ll be a full blog post soon about the photoshoot I had on Sunday, so I’ll just say it was awesome, and I am so excited to share the photos.

The week has been a mix of work, Netflix and reading. Perfect.

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1. Geeky Brummie team picture. 2. Testing Poison Ivy makeup. 3. Poundshop Cosplay Zorro. 4. Kaylee collection!

This week’s links:
James Bond betting suspended after flurry of Tom Hiddleston punts.
Geeky Brummie latest show.
Meet the Mother of Cosplay.
Black Widow movie? Kevin Feige says so!

Currently watching: Love, the Netflix original series. I really liked Gillian Jacobs in Community, and I feel like Britta and her character in Love could be the same person.

Currently reading: The Cuckoo’s Calling. Too early to say if I like it or not yet.

On repeat:

Envy. Going Flexitarian at Marmalade

It’s time for another round of the Seven Deadly Sins with Bitters ‘n’ Twisted and Brumderland. This time around was Envy, at Marmalade. Marmalade is situated in The Rep theatre on Broad Street. Serving up lunch, pre-theatreĀ meals and after show cocktails, Marmalade is a little different to the usual Bitters N Twisted venue.

Marmalade Birmingham After Show Cocktails

Like all the Bitters venues, Marmalade has a signature spirit. Their speciality is Vermouth, a fortified wine spirit used in a lot of classic cocktails. According to those in the know at Marmalade, Vermouth is a due a come-back and follow gin into being the hot spirit of the moment. We kicked things off with a welcome drink using Vermouth; the Bitter The Devil You Know, which also includes spritzer and blueberry syrup.

Most of the cocktail menu, like the whole venue, has a literary spin, with names inspired by famous plays or books. Special cocktails are created to match with whatever show is on at The Rep, so the choice is constantly changing.

Vegetarian dining in Birmingham

The menu has a ‘flexitarian’ theme, catering for meat-eaters, pescatarians, vegetarians and vegans alike, with the same focus and attention put into all the dishes. No second though boring veggie option here! Each of the samples we had were paired with a cocktail. From these stage…things got a little hazy.

Cocktail food pairing

We started with a vegetarian option of Halloumi, fried and coated in sesame seeds. The cheese was paired with La Vie En Rose (gin, creme de casis, dry white wine and peach bitters), which is designed to work with the ‘meatiness’ of the cheese, almost like a red wine. It reminded me of a sweeter port, and the sweetness worked well with the salty cheese. I love halloumi, so this was always going to be a good option with me.

For fish, we had salmonĀ marinated in tequila served with a wasabi dressing, paired with a tequila based cocktail which doesn’t have a name yet. The salmon was delicious, with just the right amount of kick from the wasabi. I can’t say I could taste tequila though. The cocktail was citrusy and refreshing, just right with the fish.

Our meat eaters option was Beef Skewers with Captain Ahab’s Grog (ginger preserve, spiced rum, apricot liqueur, lime, plum bitters and pomegranate juice). The beef was well cooked, but nothing to write home about for me – it was a nice beef skewer with some vegetables, but after the more unusual pairing of flavours from other dishes, I wasn’t as enamoured with this. The Grog, however, was my favourite cocktail of the night. It was fruity and spicy from the combination of ginger and juices, and more than made up for a less thrilling skewer.

The vegan choice was chestnut mushroom and hazelnut pate on toast, served with Midsummer Day Dream (Aperol, limoncello, fresh lemon, raspberry, rose & orange bitters and soda). The pate was converting a lot of meat-eaters in the room, which tells you how tasty it was. The cocktail looked beautiful, served with a wedge of orange, and was full of flavour.

Marmalade is a great stop, whether it’s for pre-theatre or for a cocktails with friends. Check it out and tell them I sent you.


Disclaimer: I was invited along to Marmalade to test out their new menu. All opinions are honest and my own.

Friday Round Up

Links, loves and Instagrams from the last week.

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Casual Rogue

Last Saturdy was Free Comic Book Day, or Nerd Christmas, as I like to think of it. The comics version of Record Store Day, it’s all about rewarding comic fans, drawing in new ones, and getting people into their local comic stores. I went down to Nostalgia and Comics, my comic shop of choice, and got my hands on a good selection of the free titles on offer. I debated for ages about cosplaying, and eventually decided on a compromise and threw together a very last minute, casual version of Rogue. It actually went down a treat and I got stopped a few times for pictures.

We had Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer as a guest on Geeky Brummie. I discovered Mr B when I was living in Bath, so it was so great to get to meet him. He was super nice, which was good, and I really enjoyed getting to talk to him.

Otherwise this week, I’ve mostly been working and cooking. There are worse things to fill your week with…

This week’s links:
11 lessons the X-Men movies can learn from the cartoons.
Next X-Men film set in the 90s.
isten again to Geeky Brummie.

Currently reading: The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell. Slow to get going, but wonderful when it does.

Currently watching: RuPaul season 8. What else?

On repeat:

Friday Round Up

I feel I packed about two weeks of things into one week. I started on Friday with a night at Rofuto, a new sushi restaurant. I talk about it at some length in the vlog, but in a nutshell, the views are incredible, the sushi was amazing, the cocktails were nice, all the rest was fine and it was very expensive. I won’t trip over myself to go back.

As always, I had the best time hanging out the Geeky Brummie team at Brum Radio…a team I’m joining! After kidding about being the cosplay correspondent, the guys invited me to join the team. I am so, so excited and I can’t wait to get going on all the awesome ideas we have.

On Sunday, I saw Captain America: Civil War. No spoilers, but I enjoyed it. I would have liked to see more Black Widow, and I wasn’t overly sold on Spiderman’s suit, but my mum takes best review. Where’s Wolverine?

A full blog post is to come on the latest of Brumderland’s Seven Deadly Sins events, but we’ll just address that it was awesome, and I bloody love bloggers.

Friday Round Up

Sushi and views

This week’s links:
50 most influential foodies.
Best reasons to live in Birmingham.
Fictional relationships that don’t swallow the plot.
Geeky Brummie.

Currently watching: RUPAUL. Yeah, season 8 of Drag Race! I don’t have a favourite queen though. Still. What’s that about?

On repeat:

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WEEKEND! Everyone else as pleased about this as I am? Last weekend was Birmingham Comics Festival, which was absolutely awesome. The festival itself, you can get a pretty good idea of in the vlog, but the after party was just as brilliant. I put the camera down for most of it, but we came second in the geeky quiz and won ourselves a MegaDrive. Retro.

Tuesday was very food themed. M and I made ourselves a Thai feast, of sweet potato and chicken soup and Pad Thai. It was all delicious, if I do say so myself. Thai food is my favourite.

Friday Round Up

1. X-Friends. 2. More pin-up from Red Rogue Photography

This week’s links:
Solving common social media problems.
How to make an outfit look expensive.
Good girls like Gambit.
What it’s like to cosplay for money.

Currently watching: That 70s Show.

Currently reading: I just finished Everyday Sexism, by Laura Bates. Highly recommended reading!

On repeat:


Adulting | Caramel Latte Kiss | Birmingham Lifestyle Blog

Hands up who feels like a real life, proper grown-up all the time. Ok, hands up who feels like they’re playing grown-ups most of the time? Oh, most of you. Excellent, me too. I always thought that adulthood was a magic point where you knew what you were doing and had your life together. The older I get, the more I realise that most of us are just muddling through as best we can and pretending we know what’s going on.

I am an utter failure at adulting. There is never food in my fridge. I have to phone my mum before most important life occasions to be told what to wear. I might live by myself, and have a grown-up job, but the only five a day I get is coffees and being ill on my own is still a terrible experience.

I figure I’m not the only one whose faking their way through being an adult, and that there are probably plenty of us who could benefit from a the tips and tricks I’ve learned to fake it so nobody notices. The Caramel Latte Kiss Guide to Adulting starts here, and will contain all the best tricks I’ve picked up, from dressing for a job interview to recipes you can make when you only own one pan and no decent knives.

Let’s do this.

Friday Round Up

Links, loves and Instagrams from the last week.

Friday Round Up

1. Rogue. 2. Kaylee cosplay. 3. Hipster lunch break. 4. Pinup polka dots.

Being back in an office, at least some of the time, is really suiting me. I’m making friends, learning things and generally having a good time. Turns out I don’t hate offices, I just badly run ones, or ones without the wrong people in. Who knew?

I’ve finally been brave enough to ditch the coat this week, and swap over to the mac. So far, no freezing, which is always nice. Friday night was an excellent catch-up night with some old work friends. It’s lovely to go back sometimes and see everyone. Too much gin was consumed and much catching up was done. I spent part of the weekend with my mum, on our usual routine of food and shopping. We’re nothing if not classy, so our food choice was giant burgers at Ed’s Diner. There’s been a lot of talk this week in Brum about the evils of chains, but honestly, they have their place. A quick, reasonably priced bite between shops is fine. I love the independent scene in Birmingham, and try to choose them where I can, especially for coffee. But it’s just not realistic to do that all the time. What do you think?

The rest of the week has beer terraces, excellent mashed potato, lots of coffee and good times. Perfect.

This week’s links:
How to start a fitness routine you’ll stick to.

Currently reading: Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel.

Currently watching: Masterchef. Always.

Currently listening to:

Friday Round Up

Links and loves from the last week.

Rogue and Gambit cosplay

I really am a fail beyond fail this week. So…turns out working an agency job (first week complete!), bar shifts and still trying to run your own business makes you pretty busy and tired out. And that means you forget all about both weekly vlogging and Project 365. I have to say, I’ve been finding the 365 hard going anyway, so I’m weirdly relieved I’ve crapped out. I will give it another bash, but for now, I’ll be reverting back to the old style round-up with whatever I happened to have photographed. Or, like this week, a random cosplay shot.

As for the weekly vlogging, I have a question for you. Would you like to continue to see them, whatever I may be doing? Or would you prefer one off vlogs from conventions or whatever other adventures I might be having? Let me know!

This week’s links:
Brand comebacks.

Currently reading:
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel. I’ve only just started, but thanks to having a commute again, I’m getting through quite a bit of reading.

Currently watching:
I’m still on Twin Peaks. And perhaps inspired by the fact the film has been announced, I’m back on an Absolutely Fabulous kick on Netflix. And loving it.

Listening to:

Friday Round Up Double Edition: Project 365 Days 78 to 91

Links, loves and the last two weeks of Project 365.

Project 365

Day 78: Present from David. Day 79: Pin-Up Rogue details. Day 80: Gambit and Rogue. Day 81: Behind the scenes. Day 82: Jessica Cosplays prints. Day 83: Cupcake time. Day 84: X-Men meet photos start coming in

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Day 85: Polka dots! Day 86: Sunshine for Good Friday. Day 87: Photoshoot results. Day 88: Photo back from MCM. Day 89: Bright lipstick day. Day 90: Selfie. Day 91: Thrift score.

Bad blogger. I’ve been so tired and not present. Sorry! I have a few new ideas for this little slice of the internet though, so watch this space for new thoughts, ideas and maybe a series or two.

So. MCM Birmingham was two weeks ago now and it was wonderful. We caught up with a lot of great friends, got some good shoots in and saw some excellent costumes. The rest of the week has been very work heavy and I’ve run round like mad and got nothing down. I did find some time to pop into Brum Radio for a chat with Geeky Brummie though. We had a great natter about cosplay, Marvel TV and all things geeky. If you missed the show, you can listen again here.

There’s also been amazing dinner with friends with a giant leg of lamb, spicy salad and an impromptu salsa dancing lesson. Excellent evening.

Currently watching: Bake Off: Creme de la Creme. So far, I don’t like it as much as normal Bake Off, but it is good. Like Masterchef and Bake Off had a baby.

Currently reading: The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. I’m loving parts of it, but some of it is truly awful where the women are concerned. Divided for sure…

Listening to: