Selfridges – The Advent Calendar is Here

It is always the most anticipated, the most looked forward to Advent Calendar of the season, and the Selfridges Calendar is now available to buy online and in store. Which really is a sign that Christmas is on its way and that I need to get my finger out in planning for both Christmas and a December birthday for my boy.

SELFRIDGES 24 Day Beauty Advent Calendar £120.00 Click to visit Selfridges

As usual the Selfridges Calendar looks beautiful both inside and out. The gorgeously decorated box gives clues as to what you will find inside, adorned with gift boxes with Kiehls, L’Occitaine and YSL. The theme of the calendar, which is called the Loreal Luxe Advent Calendar, is based on two cities, London and Paris. .Inside there is a wonderful selection of 24 must have beauty, cosmetics and fragrance products including Viktor and Rolf, Lancome, Urban Decay and Kiehls.

The Selfridges Calendar is always a sell out, so it is well worth getting yours as soon as possible, giving you a lovely treat to look forward to this December.

For more Advent Calendars from Selfridges, Click here.

 

Reviewed – Izza Pizza In Selfridges Birmingham

 

The best pizza I ever had was in Sardinia. A small, unassuming looking pizzeria created pizzas to order, which were then eaten in the square in the Old Town in Alghero, overlooking the harbour with the sun shining. The locals all flocked there (always a good sign) and the square was filled with extended families all enjoying the early evening sunshine and the delicious sourdough pizzas, stone baked in traditional ovens. I remembered those delicious pizzas well on Sunday, when I went along to Izza Pizza, the newest food outlet in Selfridges in Birmingham, and part of the Lasan Group who are dedicated to creating good food in many different types of cuisine. Izza Pizza creates delicious Italian style street food with fast and efficient service.

We were greeted in a friendly manner and allowed to chose our table. We started by ordering soft drinks and I was recommended a new addition to the menu, a fresh and traditional style lemonade which is not yet on the menu. It was delicious – traditional lemonades can be too sharp and zesty but this had mint and was just sweet enough to avoid those ‘faces’ (you know exactly what I mean.). Hubby enjoyed a selection of olives whilst we perused the menu, I’m not a fan but he assured me they were delicious.

Izza Pizza has a great children’s offering of a six inch Margherita Pizza and Ice Cream for just £5.50. If your little one is brave you can add additional toppings, but the Margherita itself is lovely, with lots of stringy cheese and tomato. From the adults menu I opted for one of the Izza 12 inch remixes, the Tease and Onion(£8.95), whilst Pete, ever a classicist, went for Quattro Stagioni (£10.50). We also ordered sides, two portions of seasoned wedges (£3.50) and a garlic flatbread (also £3.50). We opted for all the food to come out together rather than as a starter and mains.

You can see the pizzas being prepared, and the eye catching golden oven ensures lovely scents are adding to the general temptation of Pizza. The food was very quick to arrive, which was impressive, but if I’m to be honest, it could’ve done with being a tad warmer. That said, the portions were good and hearty, and the flavours rich and tasty. My pizza was very flavoursome, due in no small part to the addition of goats cheese, whilst the Quattro Stagioni was just filled with topping. The sourdough base was excellent, and made it perfect for eating the Italian way – that is ripped and then rolled so you lose non of the toppiings.

The sides, in particular the wedges were excellent. I’m not generally a fan of wedges, often finding them greasy, but these were crisp and tasty, with fluffy potato in the middle, and the creamy chive mayo dip was the perfect accompaniment. The flatbread was frankly amazing, dripping with garlic butter and of a generous portion size too.

I really enjoyed the pizza and frankly couldn’t finish it, it was so generous with the topping that I was full well before finishing. In hindsight, you could share a pizza and sides and that would make a great lunch option. With the friendly and efficient service that is offered, and the added delight of being able to people watch in Selfridges, I would definitely recommend giving Izza Pizza a try very soon.

Izza Pizza

Selfridges Food Hall, Birmingham

Click here for menu and more information.

 

Luc Belaire and Ben Eine Collaboration at Selfridges Birmingham

I love a good collaboration, and when it involves a cool street artist and a French premium wine brand, so much the better. Selfridges  are currently, exclusively offering just this, with a collaboration between Luc Belaire and Ben Eine. Ben has designed a limited edition custom-made backpack as part of a Belaire gift set.

Ben Eine is, without doubt,  one of street-art’s most established names, and his work can be seen throughout London, where his giant, colourful letters and words adorn whole swathes of the city’s shop fronts and walls. He hit headlines when his piece ‘21st Century City’ was given as a gift by David Cameron to Barack Obama on his state visit to the USA in 2010. He has since expanded his craft to the world’s major cities, including New York and Paris.

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Eine brings his signature individual letters in trademark colours and typography to Belaire in the form of a distinctive spay-painted ‘B’ and ‘Belaire’ emblazoned on the front of each backpack in glossy metallic inks, using his bold, aspirational style to further enhance Belaire’s contemporary appeal. Belaire’s iconic “B” – seen on the brand’s limited edition, luminescent bottles – is further elevated by Eine into something even more unique and cool in two colourways, metallic pink in celebration of the brand’s Provencal Rosé Belaire Rosé or metallic gold for the Brut Belaire Gold.

The Luc Belaire x Ben Eine backpack is crafted from soft, stretchy neoprene and features a large main compartment complete with two interior bottle pockets, perfect for carrying Belaire’s iconic black bottles – two of which are included in the gift set – the brand’s signature Rosé, Belaire Rosé and their elegant‘blanc de blancs’ Belaire Gold. I have been lucky enough to have been gifted one of the first bags (I don’t even think they are available online yet) and I have to say they have an undeniably cool feel about them, perfect for students, the office or just using at the weekend. The gold lettering on my bag adds just that touch of bling, and yet they are highly practical too.

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Ben Eine says:  “My work has its roots in urban art and street art, and has developed into a mainstream, contemporary and luxury arena. Luc Belaire as a contemporary, street-luxe brand is a reflection of this, and it has been a pleasure to work with a brand that celebrates creativity and nonconformism in a manner that suits my own sensibilities. I hope to see people wearing my art around London over the Christmas period and fully intend on popping some bubbly in celebration!”
Each Luc Belaire x Ben Eine gift set can be purchased for the price of £60.00 and is available across Selfridges stores (London, Birmingham and Manchester) and internationally online at Selfridges.com.