Monday, 11 May 2015

Bomber

I have a new obsession... Depop! It is literally one of the best things that has ever happened to me! I can find myself spending (nearly) hours scrolling through looking for my next purchase! If you don't know what Depop is, it is pretty much a cross between Ebay and Instagram. You can upload your unwanted clothes to your profile and people can buy them with one click. Easy...and dangerous! I have been very click-happy with it and find myself purchasing 'bargains' all the time! Most of the things I have bought have been amazing, however there have been a few dodgy items when I have been caught up in the moment which I will have to end up re-selling. Anyway, the reason I am rambling on about Depop is because this outfit is majority Depop-based! I bought the jacket and the jeans from there, and they are two of my new favourite items. I think I paid about £9 for the jeans and £12 for the jacket! 

This is also my first outfit post since having quite a few too many inches off my hair. I am already regretting getting the snip and desperately trying to grow it again. I know it still looks long to most people but it feels super short to me and I can't wait to get it long again! Hopefully a bit of sunshine will make it grow as I am off on holiday on Thursday for 2 long relaxing weeks in Mexico! See you in a couple of weeks with lots of dreamy beach photos! 

 
 
Jacket- H&M (via Depop)
Jeans- River Island (via Depop)
Bralet- Topshop
Boots- Zara

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Hit The Beach


It's officially 1 week today until I go on holiday and I can't blooming wait! However, I am slightly in panic mode now as I realise I am far from equipped for 2 weeks in the hot Mexican sunshine. I haven't been on a beach holiday in 2 years and my holiday wardrobe is somewhat lacking! Clothes and bikinis that I fell in love with a couple of years ago now repulse me and my summer wardrobe is definitely in need of a revamp! I have been spending my evenings online browsing and purchasing holiday 'essentials' with all the money I don't have! Therefore, I thought I would put together a little wishlist of all the things I am purchasing, lusting over and dreaming of buying for my holiday. 

My go-to holiday shop is always ASOS as they have such a wide variety of brands and styles. I could spend hours trawling the site, adding everything to my basket before realising I have no money... I am also loving Monsoon at the moment for beach wear. I have always loved Accessorize for holiday hats, sunglasses and bags and I see it as the ultimate last-minute holiday essentials shop. I always end up buying something form there at the airport before departure. However, I have recently discovered the wonders of Monsoon also and love their brightly coloured bikinis and beach cover ups. I feel like Monson are famous for their kaftans and this year they are better than ever with a wide variety of classic colours and shapes. I am most definitely going to be purchasing the black and white patterned kaftan (which was featured in Hello Fashion magazine this week) to take me from beach to bar, along with the funky perspex rim sunglasses which I am in love with! I also managed to snap up the very last ASOS blue and white stripe shirt before it went out of stock which I am very pleased with! Now I just need to work out which other items from my wishlist I can justify buying...! 

What is your go-to holiday shop? 


From top: Bikini: Monsoon, Playsuit:River Island, Sunglasses: Monsoon, Shirt:ASOS, Kaftan: ASOS, Sandals:Office, Bag: Monsoon, Bikini:Seafolly, Kaftan:Monsoon, Swimsuit:ASOS, Bikini:New Look, Sunglasses:Monsoon, Sandals:Office
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Sunday, 3 May 2015

The Foodie Series #2

Another month, another round up of my favourite restaurants, bars and pop ups. This month’s post is dedicated to my favourite meal: BRUNCH. There's nothing I like more than going out for brunch on a chilled weekend morning and spending an hour or two munching through some yummy food and juices. Whether it's a hangover cure or just a way to while away the weekend, brunch is definitely my favourite meal of the day. 

Here are my top eateries for brunch in London:

1. Trade

Trade is a cool, unassuming cafe near Spitalfields market. You hardly know it is there, unless you know it is there! You could walk past and just think it is a small coffee shop, it's not until you go inside and realise that it stretches back and even has a little garden at the back. The cakes and snacks on display look (and taste) absolutely incredible and I often just pop in for one of their salted caramel brownies on the way past. These are literally little squares of heaven! Think ultra-gooey brownie sandwiched with a layer of sweet salted caramel! My mouth is watering...! Anyway, back to the brunch. They have a decent sized menu containing the traditional brunch items but with a twist. The also make their own pastrami, which is to die for and their pancakes with maple syrup are incredible. 

Price: Approximately £12 per head including juice/drink
Location: 47 Commercial Street, Spitalfields, E1 6BD
Website: http://www.trade-made.co.uk/




2. Andina

Next up is Andina, which is a Peruvian restaurant in Shoreditch. I first went here, not really knowing what to expect as I had never tried Peruvian food before... and I was very pleasantly surprised! Firstly, the juices and coffees here were delicious, I had the green detox one to try to counteract the meal! I went for the 'Full Peruvian' which I would highly recommend! It had all the basic elements of a full English but with a twist. The meat was fried pork and it came with a sort of quinoa, potato hash brown style thing. Red onions added a nice element and the avocado and tomato on crispy bread topped it off perfectly. Ben went for some sort of smoked haddock which he said was delicious, but very small and he was hungry half an hour later... typical boy! I would definitely recommend this if you want your brunch with a South American twist.

Price: Approximately £15 per head including juice/drink
Location: 1 Redchurch Street, Shoreditch, E2 7DJ
Website: http://andinalondon.com/home


3. Hally's

I love this cute little Californian eatery in Parson's Green. A friend of mine told me about this place as she lives next door and always visits for brunch so I thought I better check it out. It is beautifully decorated, giving the feel of a Californian beach hut inside. It has a really laid-back atmosphere full of young couples and ladies who lunch! The food here is really healthy and organic with a wide choice of yummy breakfasts. I went for the pancakes, which were delicious, if slightly on the small size. The motto here seems to be quality over quantity! Again, the juices were yummy, but my absolute favourite had to be the green matcha latte. I am a sucker for matcha and green tea and this one was the best I have ever tasted. Thumbs up all round.

Price: Approximately £20 per head including juice/coffee
Location: 60 New Kings Road, Parsons Green, SW6 4LS
Website: http://www.hallyslondon.com/



4. The Breakfast Club

Finally, I couldn't really do a roundup of brunch places without mentioning The Breakfast Club. This is probably the most well-known breakfast location with restaurants dotted all over London. This place is known for always having a queue outside with people having to wait up to an hour to be served. I was very sceptical about going here as it is so hyped up but it turned out that it definitely lives up to the hype! I went to the Hoxton branch on a Sunday morning at about 11am... probably the worst possible time to go! However, as there was only two of us we managed to skip the queue and only waited about 10 minutes to be seated. Firstly, the decor in here is super cool and quirky and the music was probably the best playlist I have heard (think Prince, Spice Girls and George Michael). Secondly, the food... oh my god! They go all out here! I had the All American Pancakes- pancakes topped with pretty much a full English breakfast, all smothered in maple syrup! Absolute heaven! I really can't fault this place, even though everyone and their dog has been there, it really is worth it and believe the hype!

Price: Approximately £20 per head including juice/drink
Location: 2-4 Rufus Street, N1 6PE
Website: http://www.thebreakfastclubcafes.com



Of course, there would be a fifth- Brew- which I mentioned in my favourites last month (read here) but I can't talk about it again or it would just look like I am obsessed!

So there you have it, a roundup of my favourite Brunch eateries in London. Have you visited any of these? Let me know if you have any recommendations you think I am missing out on!

Monday, 20 April 2015

Fudge and Fudge Urban

I have recently discovered the world of Fudge Haircare... and I like it there! I have only ever tried one Fudge product before, years and years ago when my Mum bought some of their hair wax and I just remember it smelling amazing. Now, I have re-discovered the brand again and have been testing out what they have to offer.

Firstly, I have been using the Fudge Make-A-Mends Shampoo and Conditioner. These are described as a 'protein shake for dry and damaged hair' which I love the sound of! My hair tends to get dry quite quickly at the ends due to excessive heat and straightening so I am always looking for a shampoo and conditioner to target my split ends. I love both of these products as they really do leave you hair feeling silky and smooth after use and smell delicious. I tend to use a 'deep clean' shampoo first to get rid of any grease, and then follow it with this shampoo to make sure it is really clean. I then just use the conditioner on the ends to leave them smooth and nourished. 



I have also been using the Dry Shampoo from Fudge Urban and their Heat Protection Spray. I have always used the Batiste dry shampoo and haven't really known anything different until this beauty came along. The first thing I noticed about it, is that it smells amazing, as if it has been freshly washed. The spray goes on really finely and I found that I had to use quite a lot to get rid of the grease. However, it blends really easily and there's no need to worry about that dreaded talcum powder parting. Overall, I love this dry shampoo and am defintely converted from my Batiste! 

I have also been using the heat protection spray from Fudge Urban. I have only used this a couple of times as I have been using up my Tresemme heat protection spray, but so far, so good. I always feel like I need to use a heat protection spray when drying and straightening my hair and can never straighten it now without spraying first. It forms a nice barrier and I always feel like it is protecting my hair from the heat. It probably does absolutely nothing, but it makes me feel better about putting that much heat on it. I love the smell of this one but it is hard to tell the difference compared to any other heat protection spray in terms of actual results. 

Overall, I love my new Fudge and Fudge Urban products and will definitely be repurchasing when they run out. Have you tried any products from Fudge or Fudge Urban? 

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Easter in The Isle of Wight (again!)

Another Easter, another long weekend spent in the Isle of Wight. This year I went with my mum, dad, brother, sister-in-law, boyfriend and Misha the dog, which was the first time we had all been down together. The goal of the weekend was to just chill out, relax and not really do too much. Which is exactly what we did! We spent our days going on long walks on the beach and in the hills with the dog, as well as yummy pub lunches, baking cakes and exploring the nearby villages. Then we spent our evenings cooking delicious meals, drinking G&T's, playing board games and snuggling by the fire! We of course had to do the obligatory Easter egg hunt... which I won (being a complete chocolate fiend) and then spent the rest of the trip stuffing ourselves silly with chocolate. It really was the perfect getaway and super relaxing, surrounded by all my favourite people. 

 
 
 










Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Bioderma Skincare

Bioderma is literally my all-time favourite skincare brand! I absolutely love everything I have ever tried from them and am a complete covert to their products. The French pharmacy brand is known for its simple formulas and easy to use products which are now a staple in many celebrity and make up artists kits. My favourite products come from the Sensibio range which is designed for sensitive skin. I like to think of my skin as pretty normal with the occasional blemish and occasional dry patch- which is why I went for this range over their other two. They also have the Hydrabio range for dry skin and the Sebium range for oily skin. However, I feel like the Sensibio range suits my skin the best. 

The first product doesn't really need an introduction. I am pretty sure everyone and anyone has heard about the H2O micellar water and most people who have tried it have been converted straight away. I started using this product about a year ago and have not looked back since. I used to use a cleansing milk to remove my make-up and then a eye make up remover cream for my eye make-up. However, this is so much easier and I just sweep the water over my face, eyes and lips to remove all make up in one easy step. I love how simple and quick it is to use and to go from a full face of make up to not a trace in 1 minute. I always cleanse my face with a face wash or cleanser afterwards to make sure all traces of grime and dirt are removed before applying my second favourite Bioderma product... The Sensibio Light Moisturiser. 

The Sensibio Light is such a beautiful, light cream that feels like it is super nourishing but not heavy. I tend to use this moisturiser only in the morning and it is a great base for make up. It doesn't have much scent so you can tell it is good for your skin with no harsh ingredients or added chemicals. I have noticed a real improvement to my skin since using it and it gives just the right amount of moisture to keep your skin hydrated all day long. 

Overall, I am totally in love Bioderma as a brand and love the simplicity of the skincare and how improving your skin is its number one aim. No fancy packaging or exotic smells- it is all about caring for your skin in a simple and dermatological way. 

What are your favourite Bioderma products? 


Wednesday, 1 April 2015

The Foodie Series

I have come to a realisation recently... I am a massive foodie! Nothing fills me with more joy than going out for dinner. I am obsessed with finding cool, new places to try out and I think restaurants should be like countries- there are so many to visit, why would you go to the same place twice? I think a big part of it was moving to London and realising the huge gastronomic opportunities here. You could literally eat out somewhere new every night for 5 years and still not visit all the restaurants you want to visit. From being quite a fussy eater as a child, I will now try anything and I love all different types of food and just want to try as much as possible!

This brings me to the reason of my ramblings. I have decided to set up a new blogger series on my blog: The Foodies Series. Every month I am going to bring you 3 new restaurants/bars/pop ups that I have recently visited and do a mini review on each. I am obsessed with finding new places to go and these are my favourite type of blogs to read... to be honest I wish I could be a food blogger but I just don't have the patience to take loads of professional photos of the food... all I want to do is eat it! 

So, without further ado, let’s begin. To kick off my series I am going to give you my all-time Top 3 restaurant in London.

Now, this was a very hard task and I ummed and ahhhed over which to pick for a while! These are by no means the poshest or most expensive, they are just cool places with great food and a great atmosphere. 

1) Miss Chu

 Miss Chu is a tiny little Vietnamese street food restaurant in Shoreditch. It is actually just opposite where my boyfriend lives which is how I discovered it. The food here is incredible. Truly authentic street food which tastes delicious! It is a tiny place with enough seating for about 20 people and not somewhere to sit for ages and enjoy- it keeps the authenticity of street food- grab some delicious food, enjoy and go. I am an absolute sucker for dim sum and his place definitely provides some of the best I have tasted. I would recommend going for the selection plate of dim sum which is a mixture of all the best things and will certainly fill you up 

Price: Approximately £15 per head including drinks and tip
Location: 91 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7RA

2) Hot Box 

Hot Box is a fairly new restaurant which only opened a couple of months ago in Shoreditch (again). It is the perfect place for a foodie or anyone who appreciates food and meat! The dishes are incredible- looks-wise and taste-wise. The menu is very meat orientated with beautiful slow-cooked meats which fall off the bone and melt in your mouth. Again, they have a sort of selection plate which is amazing to try a few different things and will definitely be a struggle to finish. The service here is second to none- all the staff are super friendly and attentive despite the busy fast-paced nature. We had to wait about 20 minutes for our pudding, which really isn't long, and the manager came over and apologised and said the dessert will be on the house! We didn't even realise it had been that long! Talking of desserts... it was deep fried Oreos...need I say more? 

Price: Approximately £30 per head including drinks and tip
Location: 46-48 Commercial Street, London E1 6LT

3) Brew

 Ahh my beloved Brew! Brew is an all-day and all-night eatery, however I have only ever been for Brunch. It is owned by an Australian guy and this very much comes through in the food, service and atmosphere of the cafĂ©-come-restaurant. It has a really laid-back, chilled out atmosphere with cosy beds next to open-fire pits and heaters and a huge pizza oven as you enter. The food is incredible. I have had the pancakes here which are some of the best I have tasted as well as my favourite- eggs royale. They also have some amazing juices! This is my absolute favourite brunch spot- the perfect ‘Sunday morning with the girl’s’ location or hangover cure. Plus- it is literally a five minute walk from my flat! win win! They also have movie nights where they screen classic movies which is firmly on my list of things to do! 

Price: Approximately £15 per head for brunch including drinks and tip
Location: 162-164 Lower Richmond Road, London, SW15 1LY, UK


So those are my top three eateries of the moment. There are so many more amazing places that I have visited recently so it was very hard to choose just three, but I will be bringing you more recommendations next month. Stay tuned! 

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Rooftop

So my boyfriend lives in a pretty funky place at the end of Brick Lane with the coolest roof terrace and it is now my favourite place to take outfit photos! I had a bright idea one sunny day that we should get on the roof and take some outfit photos... which is where this post came about. The view from the roof is pretty cool, nestled in between high rise office buildings with a spectacular view of The Shard. I just can't wait for sunbathing weather and I will probably be living up there! 

This is a casual outfit that I wore a couple of weekends ago to go to Hawker House Street Feast. If you live in London and you haven’t been, it's a must. Three floors of the most incredible food and drink in an amazing setting with great music, what more could you want? Each floor has 4/5 pop up restaurants and bars serving some absolute gems from enchiladas to pork buns to mussel popcorn to deep friend ice cream... you could literally spend all day and night eating! Anyway, this is the outfit I wore... I bought these trousers in the Topshop sale recently and I love them. I think they are a bit of an acquired taste as I had a few motorcycle references when I wore them, but I love them! This is the perfect spring weekend outfit, with a coat thrown over for the time being until summer has well and truly arrived! 

Top- Forever 21
Trousers- Topshop
Coat- Zara
Boots-Monki
Backpack- Accessorize
Watch- Daniel Wellington

Monday, 16 March 2015

St Tropez Bronzing Mousse

I am a total St Tropez tan convert! I have spent years testing out different tans, trying to find my favourite, but to no avail. Every tan I use either goes streaky, smells funny or just does absolutely nothing. I am pleased to say I have found my 'ONE'. St Tropez is probably the best known and most popular tanning brand out there... and now I know why. I have tried a few tans from the range and my absolute favourite is definitely the Bronzing Mousse.

The mousse is super easy to apply and the beautiful light formula means it can easily be spread all over the body with no dreaded streaks. The guide colour is quite dark but can be washed off after 4-8 hours to reveal a lovely, natural looking tan. I tend to apply mine before bed and wash it off in the morning. I have always done it this way and with other tans I would normally wake up with my white bed sheets completely brown.... however, this tan hardly rubs off at all with just a mild cream colour on my white sheets...! It also dries really quickly- there is no standing around naked waving your arms in your freezing room trying to make it dry. After washing off in the morning- it gives a really natural glow as it is a green based brown instead of orange, so there’s no risk of that obvious fake tan look. The tan tends to fade really evenly and slowly and still looks great up to 4 days later. 

I am by no means a tanoholic and I actually very rarely use fake tan- only if I am going on a night out or a special occasion or I am feeling particularly crappy and feel like I need to make myself look better. I really wish I had the patience and time to tan all the time but it is just so blooming time-consuming. I am naturally very pale and I think I look 100% better and more healthy with a light, natural tan so I try to do it when I can be bothered to make the effort. Therefore, I love the ease and natural colour that the Bronzing Mousse gives. It is so much quicker than using a lotion and it doesn't matter too much if you’re a bit slap dash as it blends so well. I have also tried out the original Bronzing Lotion which I actually fell in love with first. It wasn't until the Bronzing Mousse came along that I realised the grass was even greener and I ditched the lotion. The Instant Tan from St Tropez is also really great. I had been using the Rimmel instant tan for years and years before nights out for a quick, easy fix, but this one tops the other brands once again! It is really quick and easy to apply and smells delicious so there is none of that tell-tale tan smell lingering around! 

All in all, I am a St Tropez super-fan and I now can't imagine my tanning life without them! Have you tried StTropez? Which is your favourite tan?