Get Dirty! Cardiff’s Best Martinis

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.

My first official night out, since I moved to Cardiff, happened last Friday! (thanks, once again, to the Taffy who made it happen)

The night started with a bang thanks to Dirty Martini. You see Dirty Martini knows how to make an impression on a girl, by inviting her (and companion) for a few drinks!

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Dirty Martini, located on Imperial Gate, St Mary Street, is the perfect place for a chic avant-garde evening. Sophisticated yet laid-back, elegant yet not pretentious and filled with hundreds of delicious cocktails. Whether you want to impress a girl on a date or have a fancy girls night out this is the place for you.

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The decor has an elegant and funky vintage flair, with pops of colour and clean lines.

The experience started by making an online booking a few days before our visit, it is easy to do and gives you the peace of mind that you will have a table upon arrival. Once we arrived, we were greeted and taken to our table. The staff was extremely knowledgeable on the martini and cocktail front, which was very handy because we didn’t know much. A short consultation to find out more about our tastes lead to recommendations, which we took without hesitation.

Minutes later our taste buds were delighted.

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The first round of drinks was spot on, and an explosion of flavours, colours and aromas invaded our senses. Our bartender for the night has to be the best bartender I’ve ever had. Not only impeccable service but because he knew and understood the flavours and more importantly our tastes.

The Spring Peach & Hibiscus Martini was a perfect match for me. Slightly sweet, girly and mysterious, this cloudy martini accented by a hibiscus flower is everything a girl can hope for in a glass.

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The Rum Forest Rum was very tropical, and wouldn’t you be if you were made of Ciroc Pineapple vodka and Captain Morgan Spiced Rum? If you want to be transported into a magical tropical island without having to leave the not-so-exotic country of Wales, I do recommend you drink this one.

Between rounds of drinks, our bartender served us water to clean out palates before trying the next cocktail… added points for professionalism.

 

Then things went to girly and spicy to robust and dark with The Bee Hive, an exotic combination of Patron Cafe Tequila and Mezcal that would make my Mayan brothers proud. If you like the sensual tones of coffee, honey and almond, this is your drink.

So, if you are ever in town, and fancy something more than a pint, I strongly recommend you visit Dirty Martini. Hint, hint! Happy Hour 4 pm – 10 pm Monday to Thursday, 9 pm Friday.

Xoxo

Jihane

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Millennial Man Series: Sam’s Natural Handmade in America (PLUS Promo Code)

Continuing in my search for high quality, handcrafted, made in the USA grooming products for men, I proudly add  to my Millennial Man Series Sam’s Natural. Sam’s Natural, as its name suggests, is an American based skin care product company that encompasses everything about the green consumer of today.

I started conversations with Sam’s Natural about a month ago. Their  fresh charisma and authentic style won my heart.

Their packaging is simple, and unsophisticated just like the woodsy millennial man. However, it spills high quality and freshness. Their scents are an ode to nature; some mature scents such as tobacco and cedarwood reminiscent of classic elegance (personally, tobacco reminds me of my grandad sitting in his room among his books, with his tobacco pipe and a cup of hot coffee) And some fresh scents such as peppermint, orange and vanilla come together beautifully to create a woodsy, natural, fresh aromas made specifically for men.

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But, who is Sam?

Sam’s Natural founder, Sam Higginbottom, started the company out of the profound need of something less chemical. And so  in Fall 2012 him and his wife  Kristen, created a whole line of natural skin care dedicated to men.

“AS A TECHNICIAN, I COULDN’T FIND ANY NATURAL PRODUCTS TO GET MY HANDS CLEAN. MOST COMMERCIAL BRANDS ARE MADE WITH PETROLEUM-BASED INGREDIENTS – WHICH WAS WHAT I WAS ATTEMPTING TO WASH OFF MY SKIN TO BEGIN WITH – THAT’S WHEN WE KNEW WE NEEDED TO CREATE OUR OWN  – SAM

I love everything they stand for. Cruelty-free and vegan “Because is the right thing to do” Sam’s natural not only has men skincare needs in mind but adheres to high ethical standards to protect the environment.

For the purposes of this post, Sam’s Natural provided me with some amazingly good products, so let the fun part begin! Let me tell you more about them.

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Although they specialize in men care products, they have recently launched a deodorant for women. This deodorant is made with 100% natural lavender and sage oil, and a sweet and delicate citrus note.I absolutely love it! Au contraire to other natural deodorants, Sam’s Natural Women’s Deodorant runs smoothly and it doesn’t dry your skin. Also, after using for many hours it hasn’t cracked or left any white residue on my clothing.

The Cedar Body Deodorant for men is equally as good, the cedar scent however, is not as strong as the scent of the women’s deodorant. The aroma is quite neutral but woodsy, and it can last for hours*. Just as the women’s deodorant the ones for men are 100% natural and they offer a variety of scents from cedar to oak moss and leather, to classic tobacco, sandalwood, and vetiver.

*note: he didn’t do any strenuous work outdoors or otherwise that required a strong deodorant, nor did he sweat a lot during this trial. The deodorant did hold perfectly under regular indoor/office circumstances. 

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We also tried Sam’s Natural Cocoa Stick and Peppermint Lip Balm. The Cocoa Stick works like magic on dry, damaged skin. I write a lot (as in old school with a pen/pencil on paper) so my index finger is always dry and the skin feels rough on the tips. After using this Cocoa Stick for a week my skin is visibly smooth and soft. I LOVE IT!

OUR COCOA STICK HAS CRAZY MOISTURIZING POWER, WITH NO GREASY AFTER EFFECTS. A LITTLE GOES A LONG WAY TOO, SO NO NEED TO BURN THROUGH THE TUBE.

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The Peppermint Lip Balm: I have tried so many lip balms that are either too dry or too greasy. I don’t know you but I don’t want to feel like I’ve just ate a bag of popcorn every time I use lip balm. Sam’s Natural Peppermint Lip Balm is made with cocoa butter , shea butter and a blend of  natural oils (almond, coconut peppermint and squalale) 100% natural and high-grade ingredients. It is sweet and minty, non-sticky nor grease, and even my 10-year-old loved it. It is also the perfect size to fit in a camping bag when hiking or camping!

Now, let’s talk about your feet. Feet are so often neglected especially by men. The Tea Tree Foot Soak has to be the creation of Gods! It smells super fresh and invigorating and leaves your feet with a tingling sensation. I absolutely adore this product, perfect to relax during the weekend or after a hard day of work. Simply mix a spoonful of the salt (it comes with a little scoop) into warm water and relax. Ahhhh! perfection!

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Now, ladies get ready for this. THIS is where it’s at. You know how us women LOVE candles, right? and how men, not necessarily care for it? You know how bad some “manly” spaces (think man cave or woodshop) can smell? well, here it is, the solution! The Handsome Candle! yes a candle for men (well, you know it’s still for us but it isn’t as girly so they will be more inclined to accept it in their spaces)

OU’LL FIND OUR ASSORTMENT OF MASCULINE SCENTS TO BE A BREATH OF FRESH AIR TO YOUR MANLY DIGS. WE HAND-POUR ALL OF OUR HANDSOME CANDLES INTO A FINE GLOSSY BLACK CERAMIC CONTAINER, WHICH CAN BE REUSED FOR PLANTS OR A CLEVER WAY TO ORGANIZE YOUR WARES. EACH 9-OUNCE CANDLE BURNS STRONG WITH OUR NATURAL HEMP WICKS, GIVING THEM A 45+ HOUR BURN TIME OF SUPREME MANLY AWESOMENESS.

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At first, I have to admit I was a little scared and apprehensive to the thought of  the tobacco scent, however the moment I lit that candle I fell in love (and so did he!) Manly, elegant, classic, this candle does it all.

All of their candle scents sound equal as manly and satisfying ranging from Whiskey to Vanilla Chai – I NEED them all! I mean, he needs them all, right?

If you want to try any of these products or any of the many others I have a promo code for you! 🌱 ENTER promo code JIHANE10 for 10% off a purchase of $30 or more, between now and 4/15/16!

PLUS FREE SHIPPING on orders $25 or more. 
www.samsnatural.com

Hope you get to try them, and if you do, let me know how it goes!

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month!

October is here! and that means cooler temperatures,  football season, pumpkin and spice, a shower of oranges and yellows leaves, and of course Halloween! I love October!

Many people don’t know that October is also Down Syndrome Awareness Month! yes that’s it! it is the month we celebrate all of those great individuals with an Extra Chromosome, which makes them Extra special and Extra loving.

20131007-090914.jpgDown syndrome is a genetic condition in which a person has 47 chromosomes instead of the usual 46. One in every 691 babies in the United States is born with Down syndrome, and there are more than 400,000 people living with Down syndrome in the United States. If you want to know more about Down Syndrome please visit https://www.ndss.org/Down-Syndrome/Down-Syndrome-Facts/

If you are in Houston (and even if you aren’t) here are some things happening in October for Down Syndrome Awareness.

At DSAH – located at 7115 W. Tidwell Bldg. K Suite 106 Houston, TX 77092.        713.682.7237  ext. #201

Oct 15- Gymboree all members 0-7 yrs old are welcome!

Oct 22- Baby massage,  a representative will  show mommies how to massage their babies, and moms can come and drink coffee and talk to other moms.

Oct. 29- Halloween Pumpkin Celebration! Spooktacular or what! opened to ALL ages, visit the  haunted house, carve your own pumpkin and play along with friends and family.

Fridays – from wherever you are around the world, you can join! Snap a pic and share on Instagram or Twitter using #DSAM2013 or share on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/DSAHouston

Oct 4 – BuddyWalk tshirt day, or the wear blue for DS awareness (if you don’t have the BuddyWalk shirt)

Oct 11- BuddyWalk tshirt day- and also do the crazy socks day! Wear you craziest, most colourful socks and share your picture on social media. Make sure to tag the Down Syndrome Association of Houston and use #DSAM2013

Oct 18 – BuddyWalk tshirt day- and also  Bowtie Friday. You know you want to! bow ties are cool! Take a pic, make it a fashion statement at the office or school and share your picture online using #DSAM2013

Oct 25 – BuddyWalk tshirt day- and also show some ExtraLove on this ExtraDay (as in extra chromosome) wear and X or yellow t-shirt day.

Twitter Chats @DSAHouston

Oct 10 – Buddy Walk 101 – what to expect, forms and general information presented by Alejandra Lima, Houston Buddy Walk Director.

Oct 17 – Special Needs Planning information. How to fund a “good quality of life” for your loved one with Down syndrome presented by Rosa Clay from Prudential.

Oct 24 – Speech 101 – what can you do at home to help your loved one with Ds develop their speech presented by Ann P. Fontenot, Speech Language Pathologist.

So lets all raise awareness, lets get rid of the all taboos about Down Syndrome and join the cause. Please participate! You can also tag/mention me on Twitter & Instagram @onixJihane I love to know who participated! Keep tuned for some BuddyWalk talk!

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**All photos provided by DSAH

Lego Photography Contest

Lego Photography Contest

Attention Dear Lego Fans, we want to announce our Valentine’s Lego Photo Contest “SHOW US SOME LOVE”. Post your picture on our wall with #LOVE to enter. It can be any Lego as long as the theme is valentine related. We will open an album to publish all entries as they come in! So the earlier you post the longer your picture is open to votes.

Go to http://www.facebook.com/LegoPhotography (participation via Facebook ONLY)

The picture with the most LIKES wins!
Valid from January 23 – February 13, 2013.
First prize takes it all (two minifigs, fame and glory)
One entry per person
By sharing your picture with us you give us the right to re-post on our Facebook page. No pictures will be used for commercial purposes.
*Picture from Geektastic