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Come to Norwich Cocktail Week!

So, I’m working on an exciting new project at the moment! I spend a quite worrying amount of my time drinking cocktails. I’m an equal opportunities cocktail drinker and I love everything from a long and refreshing mojito, to a short and strong Manhattan, and a lot in between. I live in Norwich, it used […]
April 14, 2014 19
Black Hobbs Dress

The Perfect Little Black Dress

I’ve had an amazing weekend! I hope you did too? It’s not the sort of weekend I expect to come around again, and I feel very lucky to have had such amazing opportunities all in one go. I shan’t be doing the whole weekend in one post today, don’t fear. But I shall be starting […]
April 7, 2014 24
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Pink Hair and British Tapas

For weeks now I’ve had a tube of Raspberry hair dye eyeing me from the bathroom shelf. I bought some Schwarzkopf Raspberry Rebel on an impulse. Then chickened out after dire warnings on Facebook that it would never wash out as promised. Then yesterday morning I woke up thought “Hey, why not!” So by 5pm […]
March 26, 2014 79

Retro Chick Reviews: King of Soho Gin

I’ve mentioned before that I’m not really a gin drinker. I used to avoid gin like the plague, and then I discovered that actually there are some gins I quite like and that not all gins are created equal. With all the botanicals and different recipes used to make them they can be as different […]
January 29, 2014 25
mexican dress

Breakfast in Mexico

It’s rainy, dreary, grey and windy. Welcome to Monday. And Saturday and Sunday for that matter. On Saturday I decided grey and dreary needed perking up and the only was to pretend I was on holiday in Mexico for an hour. I got this dress in September last year, and it only got one outing […]
January 27, 2014 21

Cocktails with Bettie Page

Last night I took my new dress out for cocktails. Ever since I came back from Las Vegas it’s been hung on the back of my bedroom door eyeing me reproachfully. “I don’t care about your coughing and spluttering” it seemed to say, “I’m a lovely dress, you owe me glamour and cocktails”. So last […]
January 24, 2014 18
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Top 10 2013 Advent Calendars

Yes, it’s advent calendar time again! Regular readers might know I do one of these every year in the hope that someone will buy me one of them (often containing huge hints as to which particular one) and every year I don’t get one as they are sold out, or no one I know loves […]
November 15, 2013
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Retro Chick Reviews Hoxton Gin

I’ll start with a disclaimer. I’m not a gin drinker. When I was offered a bottle of Hoxton Gin for the advent calendar giveaway I decided to be cheeky and ask for a bottle for myself as well so I could review it (read: drink gin). The website promises tastes of coconut and grapefruit, and […]
December 7, 2012

Cocktail Hour – Frankie and Bennys New Cocktails

I have very few hard and fast rules in my life. But I think that one of them may well be “Never turn down a free cocktail”. Last week I got an email from Frankie & Benny’s asking me if I wanted to go and try their new revamped cocktail menu. So I said “Oh, […]
October 1, 2012

Land Girls, Beer and Sunshine

One of the things I did over my holiday that warrants a little more attention is a trip to a pub. Pub visits are not normally a note worthy event for me. I am a CAMRA member and I love trying different real ales, so pubs and beer festivals are common haunts for me (and […]
May 23, 2012

Make Mine a Manhattan

Todays post is devoted to my favourite cocktail. The Manhattan. The Manhattan appears to have originated in the mid to late 1800′s, like most cocktails there are largely apocryphal stories about it’s origins. There are references to many similar cocktails about this time, but it is claimed that it was popularised at a banquet held […]
April 25, 2012

Hot Mars Bar Vodka

IT’S SNOWING! Well, it was snowing at the weekend and the newspapers are gleefully reporting weeks of travel chaos and arctic temperatures. When it snows there’s really nothing for it but to hunker down under a blanket with some nice warming booze. I mentioned Hot Mars Bar Vodka over the weekend on Facebook and Twitter […]
February 6, 2012

An Excuse to Throw a Tea Party for Marie Curie

Marie Curie Cancer Care have very helpfully provided you with an excuse to throw a vintage tea party. Isn’t that nice of them? From this Sunday the 12th June, through till 12th July you can register to hold a tea party on the Blooming Great Tea Party website and it’ll all be in aid of […]
June 8, 2011

Any Excuse – Vintage Sweets

Yum, yum, yum…. For my birthday I got a packet of my favourite sweets in the world. I don’t have a big sweet tooth, but these are delicious, so today I’m going to tell you all about them, as if you haven’t tried them you really should. Here’s the last one, seconds before I ate […]
May 17, 2011

Retro Chick Cooks: Cranberry & Mulled Wine Stew

I promised I was going to try and do some recipe and food posts this year, and here we are, my first try! I’m starting off with a recipe that’s actually my very own. I love stews, chillis and casseroles in winter, they’re comforting, warming, and actually pretty healthy being stuffed with as many vegetables […]
January 24, 2011

Have a Happy Halloween!

To ease you into the weekend here’s short video I took of the String Quartet at the Norwich Beer Festival yesterday. I only had my iPhone, so it’s not the most amazing, but keep your eyes peeled for a man balancing a balloon on his nose at about a minute in. It also ends with […]
October 29, 2010