The Slug & Lettuce plus the odd one out







Making friends has never been a hard thing for me to do since I was a kid, I attribute this quality to my talkative self and my very smiling and friendly mother. Growing up I thought people who could not make friends where sad and mean (obviously being grown up I now know otherwise) because as humans we cannot survive without having family and friends, that is just the nature of the beast. Exactly a year today I talked about making new friends on this very blog, I would very much like to say I am still friends with most of those people but sadly it was not to be. We changed and evolved, which is to be expected and is welcomed but only if the change is to be a better human being and not someone who is out to destroy other people’s happiness. Since I am not one to focus on bad things I will move on (laughingly), I love making friends and I enjoy that companionship that we humans crave. Since last year I have made new friends and I would like to think the choice of friends I have now are better than before or maybe I am just more observant (probably suspicious) of everyone so not to experience same things again. You remember I mentioned on my 2nd blog how I met my friend M on the bus to work and I discussed how certain life experiences can actually make you crawl back into a shell and remove yourself from the scene of friend making etc. well I have gotten over that and I am making friends every day (obviously not all will be there for life, some God just puts them there to guide you through a certain time of your life and others are for life. Ever since M and I have been friends we talk about everything and if there are issues between us we address them openly, I will give you an example. When I got back from my holiday today I was in one state of tiredness that on day two of being back at work I was not myself, M tells me we met on day two of my return to work but I don’t even recall (that’s how tired I was) and she said I was not myself like I completely blanked her (which I don’t recall still) etc. we didn’t see each other for two more days and I was at home one night when I thought to myself ya’know I have not seen M in a while just as I was about to text her she call me and we talked about my supposed blankness. We obviously discussed it and got to the root cause and we are fine but I like this kind of dialogue not just sitting at home stewing because you miss read the situation etc. open dialogue is the way forward.

Now, last night M and I decided to have our long tradition of going out at least once a month for dinner after work. Last night we went to The Slug & Lettuce restaurant, this was my first time at this restaurant and I loved it. The atmosphere was epic, it was romantic, it was kids free (nothing against kids just no one screaming or throwing a fit) and the décor was a beauty. Walking in we were greeted by a very lovely young man who was ok for us to choose our own sitting. Our waitress was American we had so many chats and wonderful moments, she made our time their absolutely fun and she was very helpful. Me and M don’t need any alcohol or any other incentives in our system to bring the house down and talk as if we don’t see each other every day on the bus. But even then I wanted me a glass of wine which I got, I was a little disappointed with my wine because I requested a sweet young and the waitress suggested one which she claimed was really sweet but our definition of sweet seems to be very different. My definition is more syrup (or diabetes in a bottle) and hers was more bitter lime, other than that everything was great. For the meals I order “Grilled chicken, bacon and avocado Salad” and M had something with lots of chicken (see how much attention I pay to my friends order) you can check out their food menu here. I am really impressed with this restaurant and I am ready to go back soon, if you ever in oxford you can check it I recommend it. Their desserts are just to die for and they are 2 for 1 all day (I secretly jumped up and down like a kid when I read this on the menu), M and I both had Caramel Apple crumble pie – she had hers with custard I had with vanilla ice cream and I did not regret my choice.

The Slug And Lettuce, Oxford
1 Oxford Castle
New Road

Loving my leather @hm #pants and @newlook flats

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For my work outfit which then turned into dinner outfit I wore: H&M leather trousers and H&M loose blouse in baby pink with these mesh looking flats from New Look. To complete this look and the odd one out I worn the loom bands bracelet I made from the loom bands I was sent by I have never made or even worn loom bands before so I was excited to try and make something from loom bands so much that I went onto YouTube and learnt how to do the bracelets without any other machinery (or equipment). I feel like the loom band bracelet added a nice touch to my overall outfit because the colours somehow complimented each other.

Have you ever made loom band bracelets? How are you at making friends?


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  1. Ayana Pitterson
    November 6, 2014 / 3:47 am

    Those yellow flats are the BIZ! I am actually not a dessert person. Never order it and don’t swoon over it. But, I hear it’s a great thing…lol.

    Thrifting Diva

    • November 7, 2014 / 3:16 pm

      Honey you are missing out but that’s ok you can always attack the mains lol

  2. corisbigmouth
    November 2, 2014 / 5:15 am

    Dessssert! Yummy! I want some now! Ps love the shoes!

    • November 7, 2014 / 3:17 pm

      Thanks hun I am a dessert lover too

  3. Jessica
    October 31, 2014 / 4:27 pm

    Dessert is my favorite, I’d rather have that than dinner.

  4. Heather Beckman
    October 30, 2014 / 6:09 pm

    Yesssss more more more dessert haha

  5. October 30, 2014 / 5:35 pm

    Yes yes for dessert. Give it all to me. And then I’ll give all the calories away haha

    • November 1, 2014 / 6:09 am

      hahaha I like that

  6. October 30, 2014 / 5:10 pm

    I am totally down with more dessert, haha! Too bad it would interfere with my strict diet. Sad! 🙁

  7. October 30, 2014 / 2:56 pm

    2 for 1 dessert! So down! I’ve never made loom bracelets myself, but the company I work for has a ton of how-to guides made by our users on them!

    • November 1, 2014 / 6:09 am

      I am so glad I have learnt to make bracelets from loom bands never thought it would happen lol

  8. October 30, 2014 / 1:20 pm

    Kid free night, I look forward to those so much! It is so peaceful and good for your health to take time for adult time every so ofthen! Speaking of kids mine are always coming home with those bracelets from school!

    • November 1, 2014 / 6:08 am

      Its good once in a while to have kids free nights lol though for me its every night as I dont have kids yet

  9. October 30, 2014 / 7:26 am

    I forgot where i read this.. but there was an article about how you lost 1/3 or 2/3 of your friends in your lifetime. some people are just there for the meantime.. and very few are there for the long haul i guess. 🙂

    • November 1, 2014 / 6:07 am

      That is so true and obviously I am learning that now but was hard before I understood that not everyone in your life is meant to stay with you till the end

  10. Ruthy T.
    October 30, 2014 / 6:10 am

    i’m jealous of your “kid free” night 🙂 look amazing and love your outfit details!

  11. Michelle Snow
    October 30, 2014 / 5:49 am

    That is the strangest name for a restaurant I have ever heard of. Cracks my up though. Side note, I like your shoes.

    • November 1, 2014 / 6:06 am

      hahahaha thanks, its strange and beautiful in a way

  12. Erica
    October 30, 2014 / 5:14 am

    A very different name! But looks like a great place!

  13. October 30, 2014 / 3:38 am

    I wish I was able to get out without the kids more. This place looks like a great spot for good environment and good food.

    • November 1, 2014 / 6:06 am

      such good environment and maybe you could go for night out without the kids and just relax lol

  14. Pauline Cabrera
    October 30, 2014 / 3:32 am

    Interesting! Nowt to yawn about eh. Though I was more glued on your shoes.

    • November 1, 2014 / 6:05 am

      hahaha definitely “Nowt the yawn about”

  15. amy
    October 30, 2014 / 3:23 am

    Cute shoes. 🙂

  16. Ashley Taylor
    October 30, 2014 / 3:07 am

    What a sleek looking place.

  17. Karissa Ancell
    October 30, 2014 / 2:31 am

    What an interesting name. It’s a cool looking place though.

  18. Heather
    October 30, 2014 / 1:47 am

    Ha ha ha, love the name! It looks really nice inside and the desserts alone look like they are worth a visit! 😉

    • November 1, 2014 / 6:05 am

      Its absolutely worth the visit and if you in UK they have them all over the country

  19. October 30, 2014 / 12:07 am

    Oh it looks so pretty inside!

  20. October 29, 2014 / 11:24 pm

    Ooo that place sounds fantastic! And I love the name of it!

  21. Camille
    October 29, 2014 / 9:30 pm

    I would never have thought it would be romantic with the name. I’m so glad you enjoyed yourself!

    • November 1, 2014 / 6:04 am

      hahaha when my friend said it to me I wanted to see a place with such a name am glad i did

  22. Jenny Kearney
    October 29, 2014 / 9:07 pm

    I haven’t eaten in a Slug and Lettuce for years, your dish sounds delicious!

    • November 1, 2014 / 5:56 am

      awww thanks and you should probably go check in again lol

    • November 1, 2014 / 5:55 am

      It is and they are so friendly

  23. Nayna Kanabar
    October 29, 2014 / 8:41 pm

    We often eat at the slug and lettuce and love the vegetarian options they offer.

    • November 1, 2014 / 5:55 am

      oh wow that’s so cool to hear that, do you visit the oxford one or one in another town?

  24. October 29, 2014 / 8:17 pm

    Two for One desserts, all day errday. That’s what I like to hear.

    • October 29, 2014 / 8:36 pm

      I know right x

  25. October 29, 2014 / 8:06 pm

    Such a cute and silly name for a restaurant! The dessert menu is calling my name. 😛

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