Thursday, 2 July 2015

Lunch at Cannizaro House, Wimbledon

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As last weekend was my birthday weekend, I decided to treat myself to a rare Friday off from work and booked myself and one of my good friends in for lunch at Cannizaro House in Wimbledon village. Wimbledon is only 15-20 minutes away from where I currently live and is practically my second home. I lived  there (for 11 years), went to school in the area for the majority of my life and I'm always popping into the town center. However June is my favourite time to visit the SW19 postcode as it means one thing, Wimbledon tennis. It reminds me of summer time at school when myself and my friends would leisurely walk down the hill home, and end up in the bustling town full of tourists and tennis balls galore. So I was super excited to see Cannizaro House decked out with all things Wimbledon. My friend and I particularly loved this purple and green flower display in the foyer. 
Whilst enjoying the sun (a little too much, as someone got a bit burnt...) we decided on what to eat and drink. I went for the caprese salad with chips (of course) which is one of my favourite things to eat in the summer as the vine tomatoes just taste so warm and fresh. We decided to really go all out and order a tropical pavolva each for pudding as it was my birthday weekend after all. Following few more hours filled with sun, giggles and chats with what we were planning to do this summer we decided to say good bye and head home. But first, an impromptu photo shoot of course! 

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Sunday, 21 June 2015

My pamper day at The O2 Centre, Finchley Road

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Sometimes being a part time blogger can give you the chance to do some pretty cool things, putting together this post is one of them. A little while ago I was asked if I was interested in going on a pamper day with one of my closest girl friends, so of course I leapt at the chance. The pamper day involved taking a little trip up to a North London's O2 centre in Finchley, somewhere I'd never been before. We were treated to a day full of food from Falafel city, treats from Pizza Express, spa treatments and drinks. I left feeling more relaxed than I'd ever felt before. The beginning of our day started off with taken some time to use the spa facilities before our massage and facial. Spending some time at the gym/spa made me realise how much I missed swimming, and it's something I'd definitely like to try doing more of this summer. Magda (the spa manager) looked after us during our morning there and showed us around the gym. There were a lot of people in the gym for a Saturday morning! 

One of my favourite parts of the day was having my hair done at the Gro salon. My friend and I were asked to try out the new steam treatment, which I absolutely loved and felt the effects of the treatment for weeks after! My hair has never been so soft! The salon itself was absolutely lovely, I loved the warehouse style interior and Seraphina (who styled my hair) was happy to answer all of my barnet related queries! 

And if that wasn't quite enough excitement for one day, my little trip was being photographed to be part of a feature in Absolutely magazine! This is the first time my blog has been featured in a magazine, so I'm so excited to see how it all looks and to see all the photographs from the day in print! I believe the piece will be in the July edition, so for all of you living in London let me know if you spot me!

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The last six were photos taken by Ian Tuttle, our photographer for the day! 
*I wasn't paid to do this blog post however I invited down to review the pamper day by The O2 Center. All opinions on this lovely day out are my own!

Monday, 8 June 2015

What I've been up to: May

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After having a pretty busy weekend here in London it was a little bit tricky to find the time to photograph an outfit post. So instead of not posting (again) I thought I'd do a little round up of what I've been up to in May. As you can probably tell, there was a lot of eating this month and not much else. I've found that by the time the working week has finished, I'm so tired all I want to do is catch up with friends and family over dinner. I ate a lot of Pizza in May and I believe that's exactly the way it should be. I've been obsessed with going to Franco Manca lately, it's a great place to stop off at after work to refuel on some pizza. I reckon it's got to be the best in London, they use a sourdough base which just makes the pizza that much better. May was also the month my love affair with Chelsea was reignited, wandering around the streets of Notting Hill, Sloane Square and Portobello Road in the sun made me feel so grateful to live here. I honestly believe that there really is nowhere better than London in the sun, I say it every year but it truly is the best. Walking your way through the city means you can easily discover your new favourite cafe/bar/shop by worming through the busy streets. I dare you to discover London without using the Tube, it'll be the best day in London you've ever had (just make sure you bring a brolly). Finally, the last photo in the grid is taken from a pretty exciting post I have coming up at the end of the month, so keep an eye out for that...

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

How to style - A khaki skort.

I think I might be in love with skorts. There I've said it, I loved wearing them in the 90s and I love wearing them now, other than my beloved playsuits & dresses I don't think anything will beat them. Don't get me wrong, I think skirts look great, but to be as comfortable as you are in shorts? I don't see how you couldn't love them. What's more is that they're also bang on trend. When I was about 7 or 8 yeas old I had a black linen skort from H&M with a red dragon in the corner (sounds seriously cool, I know) which I wore religiously as I channeled my inner Lisa from Steps. Many years later I've gone back to that look that I loved so much but with a bit more of a 2015 twist and I'm pleased to say I'm no longer obsessed with Steps. 
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Some of you may recognise this outfit from my previous post, where I spent the afternoon at No 11 Pimlico Road, and seeing as it was such a nice day I took the opportunity to take some outfit photos. If you haven't seen my little write up, and I mean little there are a lot of photos, you can do so here, my No.11 Pimlico Road review. I absolutely loved spending the day in Chelsea, I spotted the house of my dreams tucked away from the busy roads and covered in flowers. I finally got to appreciate how lovely London is in the sunshine after sitting indoors and daydreaming about it all week at work and vowed to spend more time in the area. I'd love to know what 90s fashion/beauty trend you're pleased has had comeback! I'm personally pleased that nude/stone lips, denim jackets and tartan skirts are all back!

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