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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

York, Pizza Express Summer Tour and Summer days


topshop white joni jeans
Before I went to Jamaica I was invited to Pizza Express' Summer Tour and boy, I was excited. I love food, as most of you will know by now, but Pizza Express has always been a favourite lunch-time eatery of mine (apart from when they took my favourite pasta off the menu, but that's a long story for another day). Italian food is my favourite food so I was excited to head down to their restaurant and see what their Summer Tour was all about... Let's eat! 

lavish alice crop top zip backLet's start with the outfit. I wore my favourite new crop-top from Lavish Alice, with my white Topshop Joni jeans, (you do have to wash them all the time, look how baggy and awful mine have gone after only a few wears!!!) my favourite Zara leather jacket (similar here and here), Zara leather bag (similar affordable version on Missguided here) and my beautiful new Birkenstocks.  I went for the black and white look which is probably my favourite look of all, firstly because it looks so clean but also because it's just so easy to do. I love minimal things. My tan is natural, hooray.

lavish alice crop topThe back of the Lavish Alice top has a zip down it so you can wear it open, closed, half open, however you fancy. I've got a gorgeous matching skirt too, look out for that as it'll be featured on my blog soon.

giraffe ring

I couldn't not put my LVNDR giraffe ring on.

Birkenstock Madrid

I was kindly sent these gorgeous Birkenstock's by Cloggs. I always wanted the double strap ones but they're out of stock everywhere at the moment and to be honest, these are just as nice. I did set a few tweets asking about Birkenstocks as I was scared that they'd be too chunky but I absolutely love them, they're just minimal, clean and easy to wear. I did order my standard shoe size but they were far too big so I would suggest ordering a size down if you get some Birkenstocks. They're super comfy too. I absolutely love Cloggs, they sell the most amazing brands and I always find myself lusting over everything on the site.

birken stock madrid

It was time to put them to good use and go for a quick walk around my local little city, York before we headed to the tour...

cupcakes






I always pop into York on weekends, usually with my grandparents. I love it when the food market is on. Even though I live really close to York, me and my boyfriend are thinking of booking a hotel there so that we can have a local get away. 


York looked extra pretty too as it was rearing and ready to go for the Tour De France.



the fudge kitchen york

fudge kitchen york

fudge making york

A quick stop off at my favourite fudge making kitchen...

the old fashioned lemonade company


birkenstocks madridand a stomp to find some freshly squeezed lemonade, it was soon time to head to Leeds for the Pizza Express Summer Tour...

hugo pizza expressOn arrival we were handed the new menus, I nearly cried with happiness when I saw the Hugo 'PizzaExpress' on the menu, prosecco with elderflower, fresh mint and lemon over ice. Probably my dream drink. PizzaExpress are finally getting with the times, they do fancy, instagrammable cocktails - hooray. Naturally I Instagrammed (emshelx) a photograph of it as soon as it arrived. It was delicious and oh-so refreshing, just what you need after on a hot Summer's day.

pizza express summer menu

pizza express hugo drink

the doughballers
A band called 'the Doughballers' played throughout the evening and they were absolutely epic. I need to find out their real names so that I can hire them for my wedding in 10 years time.

It was food time...Olives and tomatoes to start...

pizza express mozarella
With some mozarella, tomatoes and pesto.

italian bruschetta pizza express
bruschetta pizza express

and my holy grail of starters, the bruschetta Pizza Express.

pizza express chicken pasta
Pesto chicken pasta for a main... with extra chillis to transform the dish into a super hot one (the chefs at Pizza Express are always so good, I ask for some weird things and they always do it for me!)

pizza express american hot pizza

pizza express leggera pizza

pizza express american hot

pizza express leggera pizza

I was in health mode with only a week to go until Jamaica so had one of their American Hot pizzas but the healthy less than 500 calories version (I love that Pizza Express have a healthy option), they're half the calories because they're extremely small and not really filling but it's a nice light, guilt-free snack. I  actually wrote my own healthy pizza recipe here, I love thin, home-made pizzas. 






Healthy diet out of the window, we sampled the new desserts. I enjoy that you can just get a mini one with your hot drink if you're too full. I ordered what I thought would be white chocolate but it was more of a nutty, creamy tower, just as nice though.


My favourite, green tea to end the night. Oh, aren't I a party animal. 


All in all the Pizza Express Summer Tour was a way of introducing bloggers to the new Summer menu at Pizza Express. It was a fun and delicious evening where I fell in love with the band, ate my favourite healthy pizza, devoured my long-time-favourite starters and got to catch up over one of their new incredible cocktails with my Mum. I didn't appreciate the manager of the restaurant calling me 'one of them' when he asked if I was a blogger, he exclaimed 'oh you're one of them' in a highly disapproving manner, but I guess some people just don't really understand blogging yet! We better teach them! 

My outfit:




Thanks for having me Pizza Express (and please bring Piccante Pasta back on the menu!) Do you like Pizza Express? Have you heard about their Summer tour/new menu? Have you ever visited York? Do you like my outfit?

Lots of love, Em x

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34 comments:

  1. Awh! I live quite close to York and you've made me want to pay a visit! The food at Pizza Express looks insanely amazing and love the look of the Hugo drink xo

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    1. Aww you must go and have a day there, sometimes the best places are just at the bottom of your road! x

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  2. Love your monochrome outfit <3 Oh and the food looks so yummy *drooling* lol X
    thefashion-junkie

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    1. Thank you lovely! Love monochrome! xxx

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  3. Love the pictures from the fudge kitchen!! So much caramel! Yummy!!!

    Anca @ ancaslifestyle

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    1. SO much fudge! I think they were making a peanut butter fudge, so yummmyyy xxx

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  4. Okay...so now I'm super hungry & craving pizza express! I am a self confessed Pizza Express addict (it doesn't help there is one at the end of my road!) Mmm Romana American Hot with extra olives & garlic bread sounds absolutely delicious now.

    Lovely post, looks like such a fun event! Especially the "Dough Ballers"


    X Emma | www.missemmacharlotte.com

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    1. Haha, forever craving Pizza!!! Me toooo! Oh my gosh, as if you have one at the end of your road?!!? Woah aha! xxx

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  5. York is always such lovely day out! You looked gorgeous I love that outfit!

    Shot From The Street | Fashion Blog

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    1. It's the best! Aw thanks so much! x

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  6. The food just looks insanely good (heart eyes emoji) i'm so ready to eat it now ! It's a shame the manager was a bit rude, not needed really :(
    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography - www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

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  7. Heart eyes emoji at all the food - so so yummy looking ! It's a shame the manager was bit rude, there's no need to be all fussy when someone's promoting you
    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography - www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. It's just so yummmmy! I love Pizza Express but yeh, the manager put me off! The first manager was amazing but the second was awful! x

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  8. Love the monochrome, the back of your top is so nice :)
    The food looks lovely too but I'm surprised the manager acted like that!

    Louise / www.asseenonlouise.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Loveee the back of the top, it's so different and simple though! I know, I was so shocked and offended! xxx

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  9. stunning outfit em! your look great!

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  11. Gorgeous!
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  12. So much colour in that food! You look awesome too, as always.

    Jx - www.feelingstylish.co.uk

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    1. Haha sooo colourful isn't it! Awww thank you, so kind! x

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  13. Love that top!! And I never knew pizza experss had healthy options! Amazing! xx

    fashiontatt.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks so much, it's so cute! Ahhh yes they do!!! xx

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  14. I think I'm going to head to Pizza Express in a few weeks, food looks so yummy xx

    Kate | A British Sparkle

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  15. Those white Joni's look great against your tan, you look lovely :) I love York, it is my favourite city in the UK, you are so lucky to live not too far away :)

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    1. Aw thanks, I love white with a tan! Aww - I live 15 mins down the road, I love it! x

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  16. I love pizza express and I fell in love with York when I visited in June with my husband and friends. It's such a beautiful city with so much to do. My husband and I want to go back for a weekend nearer Christmas time as I'm sure the shopping will be amazing. I can't wait. I blogged about my visit to York too!
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  17. Your hair is getting better and better; so gorgeous babe!

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