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!