Friday Favourites: 7th April 2017

Peace Lily

Amanda Spence, Senior Account Executive

This week I am loving my Peace Lily, which my grandma got me for my birthday last month. I’m a big lover of flowers and indoor plants, and have a few orchids dotted around my room which are due to bloom anytime soon (I’m also a secret poet), so it was a very welcome addition to the collection.

I’m not the only one obsessed by plants at the moment though – my whole family seem to have a thing for indoor plants; my sister recently purchased a Bonsai Tree and let me just say, these are the highest maintenance plant I’ve ever seen, only buy if you can put in the admin!

The actual name for a Peace Lily is ‘Spathiphyllum’, which is Latin for ‘peace and prosperity’, which I think is a lovely vibe to have in my room – and from a practical side of things, the plant doesn’t need much light or water, which is great for me as I regularly forget to tend to my plants.

I love having a collection of greenery and really like that plants can add a bit of tranquil to your living space, so now I just need to decide what to buy next!

Charlotte Tillbury lipstick

Leah Gibbons, PR and Social Assistant

This week, I finally invested in a Charlotte Tilbury lipstick after pining over them for a long time, so it had to be my Friday favourite!

I went for the matte shade ‘Very Victoria’, which is the perfect pink/brown nude. I wanted to go for a colour that I’d get a lot of wear out of but felt like a bit of a change (anyone that knows me knows how many MAC ‘taupe’ lipsticks I’ve gotten through).

I was sceptical at first at to whether I was paying for the name or the quality but I was very pleasantly surprised when the application was still going strong hours later. Also, despite it being a ‘matte’ lipstick, it’s not drying whatsoever, in fact it felt moisturising.

So it’s a 10/10 for my first experience of Charlotte Tilbury makeup – and I may be a little tempted for a makeup bag refresh soon.


Ellen Kelly, Director and Co-Founder

I’ve been using Iconic London’s powder contour palette since Christmas, but felt it deserved a shout out as my Friday favourite this week as it’s become such a staple product in my makeup bag. I’m not sure how I lived without it before!

The palette comes equipped with three powder highlight shades and three contour and shading powders – I like that the shade range allows you to play around with looks, and achieve a natural or dramatic contour, depending on what you prefer. The powders give a soft, matte and easily blendable finish, and can even be used as finishing powder or as eyeshadows.

Iconic London is a cruelty-free brand which adds endless bonus points in my book, too. I’m dying to snap up their much-coveted Illuminator next.


Companio bakery Manchester

Melissa Hassan, Account Executive

Another foodie Friday favourite from me this week, in the form of Companio Bakery, Manchester.

Companio Bakery was created by an artisan baker and is Manchester’s first community-supported bakery – a huge £30,000 was raised to complete the fit-out and equipping of the bakery and I’m glad because, the bread!

Everything is baked fresh using only essential, natural ingredients and the delicious range includes sourdough, rye, cakes and savoury Danishes. This time I got the rye but I’ve previously had the wholewheat and sourdough loaves, and I’ll definitely be back to try the savoury Danish (pizza dough filled with cheddar, roasted red onion, pesto and rocket).

The tiny little bakery is located near the canal on Radium Street in Ancoats (and just around the corner from our office!) and is only open to the public from 12pm – 3pm on Tuesday and Thursday, so I’ll have to wait until next week for that Danish, but I can imagine it will be worth it!

Gaucho Manchester Electro brunch

Jazmin Cabrera, Director and Co-Founder

Following in Melissa’s footsteps, I too am going for a foodie Friday favourite as last Saturday, I went for all you can eat and drink electro brunch at Gaucho and I’ve not stopped thinking about it since!

With a close friend of mine moving down to London today, we thought it only right that we see her off in style and so seven of us went along to Gaucho for music, food and (a lot of) prosecco.

For £45, you get two hours to eat and drink to your heart’s content – the brunch menu has a choice of around ten dishes and you can order as many as you like, as long as you only order one per person at a time. We found the most efficient way to work it was to order as soon as they deliver your previous order to your table (we take our food very seriously), and managed to fit six courses in that way. That’s not as bad as it sounds though – each course is a miniature version of what it would usually be, which we all loved as it allowed us to try more of the menu.

My favourite dishes were definitely the fried provoleta (deep fried cheese) and the steak and eggs. The gaucho benedict also needs a shout out as it was delicious, but having it as my fourth dish was a terrible idea – it was very rich and made me feel quite sick (I soon managed to overcome that to enjoy my banana pancakes with Nutella, though).

The whole experience was fantastic (including our amazing waitress, who just kept topping our glasses up, when strictly we should have finished a drink before we got a new one…) and it was definitely worth the money. I’d definitely go back.

– The Avant PR team

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