Monday, 27 April 2015

Festival fashion edit.

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Festival fashion can be tricky as you want to be able to feel and look your best but you unfortunately can't bring your whole wardrobe with you. So to help you out I've put together an edit of my favourite pieces available online right now including picks from Misguided, Topshop, Boohoo and a few other retailers. For those of you who are like me and aren't going to a festival this year, I've tried to pick some pieces that you'll be able to wear all summer long. I particularly love the spotty maxi dress and tasseled bag both from Miss Selfridge. I also think the embellished dress from Asos is just so gorgeous and will look amazing with a tan, perfect to wear on summer nights out! I might just add this to my birthday wishlist, (which is in June but I truly believe you can never be too prepared!) P.S For those of you who are unable to see my picks below, you'll need to turn off Google ad blocker as it blocks the widget below!

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

The top 5 places for brunch

I love brunch. There's nothing else to it, so recently I've taken it upon myself to try out as many 'brunches' (is that even a word?) as I can. I've been gathering my friends, family and boyfriend to help me on my quest to find the best places for brunch. Unfortunately for those living outside of London quite a few these places won't be available to you, however if you're ever taking a little trip to the capital, you'll know where to go! I would advise not to read this post if you're feeling particularly hungry because before you know it, you'll have a huge craving for a massive stack of pancakes! 
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For a good place to show off to your friends: Bill's (Wimbledon) & London Grind (London Bridge)
Starting off the list is Bill's, one of my favourite places to eat. I've tried  quite a few things on their breakfast menu and found that their veggie breakfast which is great (the mushrooms are incredible) however I think the granola & yogurt is even better.  It's fairly inexpensive at £4.95 for  fruit skewers, yogurt and granola, and more importantly, it fills you up with out you feeling stuffed. If you don't fancy that then their blueberry and buttermilk pancakes are pretty good too. (P.S They also have branches up & down the country, hurrah!) I visited London Grind last weekend and absolutely loved it, the staff in there were so incredibly helpful and were more than willing to help me with finding the best vegetarian option on the menu. Not to mention the music, if you're a fan of late 1990 to early 2000 hip hop and R 'n' B then you'll love it here. I went for 'The London Grind' but with veggie substitutes and I was so glad I did. It was amazing, I loved the edition of avocado, grilled vine tomatoes and rosemary Focaccia in the breakfast. 

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For the indulgent Sundays: Gail's (Dulwich) & The Breakfast Club (Soho)
I'll admit it, I'm a bit of a savoury fiend. Especially when it comes to crisps, but sometimes there is nothing better than tucking into a stack of pancakes or delving into some french toast. However I've done my research and I can vouch that I've found two of the best indulgent sweet Sunday treats. I was introduced to Gail's by my good friend Liv, who seems to know everything that's cool, as one afternoon we stopped off at the Soho branch for a well deserved tea break. Due to no fault but my own I had no idea that they did brunch until I visited there Dulwich cafe one frosty Sunday morning. As soon as I found out I practically ran inside, whipped off my coat and ordered the french toast and a soothing camomile tea. The toast was pretty impressive, and slightly overwhelming in size, as I'm sure you can tell the portion size was not small! Now, everyone knows The Breakfast Club, it's so popular that on a weekend you can expect to wait for up to 45 minutes for a table at their Soho branch. However the pancakes really are worth the wait, and as it is called The Breakfast Club you can expect a lot more than just pancakes, there is every breakfast item you can ever imagine. I've got my eye on the 'when halloumi met salad wrap'! (See what they did there...)

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For good quality and veggie friendly: Graveney & Meadow (Tooting)
Finally, I bring you to somewhere you may not have heard of as it's not part of a chain or based in a tourist area. Graveney and Meadow is a South West London cafe/bar/restaurant which serves up an excellent brunch. Ranging from peanut butter & jam french toast to the traditional full English, it's no surprise why they decide to serve it all day. I've been here on numerous occasions and I'm still yet to try out the whole brunch menu. However I can confirm that the veggie full English is excellent and is served with unlimited toast which is perfect if you're a bread monster like me! The staff in there are great, one of the waiters asked me if I wanted extra halloumi as I asked for no baked beans, they truly knew the way to my heart... Despite being a great option for vegetarians, it's also fantastic for you meat eaters. In the first photo you might be able to spot my boyfriends french toast, with a mountain of bacon on top, are you drooling yet? Perhaps the perfect stop before after a long day at Tooting Bec Lido?

Monday, 13 April 2015

What I've been up to: Spring 2015

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I simply love Instagram, everyone who knows me in real life can totally vouch for this too. Seeing as I try to upload on there every day, there's a whole other way to see what I get up to other than just waiting for my weekly posts. Just for those of you wondering, these images have been taken from late March to now. So I begin my little Instagram story with this photo of me & one of my gorgeous friends Emily, who I met during my final year a uni. She also has one of the best Instagram accounts I follow as was totally my inspiration when I decided to improve my own! We met up for drinks with another one of our friends, Sophie for a very belated catch up at the Queen of Hoxton, which is just such a great place to go out for drinks. Photobooths, a magical rooftop and mojitos? Yes please! 
As I may have mentioned a few posts ago, I got myself a job as a marketing assistant at Biscuiteers and one of the many perks of the jobs is that we get to tuck into the occasional biscuit, I saw this little bunny one afternoon and had to grab it before it went as it's just too cute! The Peter Rabbit Easter eggs below the image are also by them too! How sweet are they? I think working here is going to give me a bit of a sweet tooth and whilst wondering around Clapham one Saturday afternoon I spotted this huge doughnut by Slice, street bakery. This thing was seriously huge and I probably should have shared it, but being the little piglet I am I ate the whole thing myself. Isn't that what Saturday’s are for? Another thing I’ve been enjoying on my weekends off is tucking into is the vegetarian breakfast from Graveney and Meadow. As a veggie I’m always on the hunt for good food which isn't super spicy, this breakfast ticks all the right boxes and even has a generous slice of halloumi!
Finally, this brings me to my last photo, this was taken on Saturday and is of me and my boyfriend before a wedding. This was my first adult wedding and it made me so excited for all of my friends to start getting engaged and married, although I think I'm going to have to wait a few years! However this hasn't stopped me from making a hen night Pinterest board. To the wedding I wore, a blue off the shoulder dress from ILWF and these black peep toe heels from New Look

I'd love to know what are the best Instagram accounts you follow?

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

George at Asda

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As we have just entered spring and it feels like summer is creeping around the corner, I thought I'd create a bit of a floral themed post to brighten up my blog. I've created this post in collaboration with George at Asda, who kindly let me select a few pieces for my spring wardrobe. I've gone for a look which I think would be perfect for a lovely and warm summery date night. I love going for dinner and drinks by the river in Kingston. I wanted to channel my inner Kelly Brook (I mean who doesn't?) so I popped on these black peep toe heels from New look to tie it all together. I also think these black loafers from Asda give the outfit a more casual twist and therefore a great thing to throw on for a BBQ or picnic with your closest girlfriends. Picnics are one of my favourite things to do as the weather brightens up, see my post all about one of my favourite days whilst living at university for example. I picked out this watch with a rose gold face and grey strap, bound to be a hit with bloggers as is anything with an element of copper/rose gold, another great way to add something to your outfit to make it a little more special. If any of you are interested in buying this dress or any other items from Asda, I would highly recommend popping down to your local shop beforehand, as the sizing is very generous. I’m wearing a 10 in these photos but I could have easily worn a 6 or 8 and some of my other pieces I picked are just far too big, I looked like I was wearing someone else clothes! 

Let me know what you think of this outfit, how would have you worn this dress?