I don't think it is a secret that I am a fan of eating, whether that is at a restaurant or at home. Although I prefer having my food cooked for me, rather than by me. True story. Luckily London is one of those cities where eating out does not have to break the bank, and there are just so many places to choose from. The eggs benedict above are from The Alice House in West Hampstead, and possibly the best eggs benedict I have had this year.
Dinner with friends at Chop Shop by Piccadilly where the meat is tender and the G&T's have cucumber in them. For someone who never drinks a G&T, that thing was delicious! The sausage rolls to start, yes! and the house pork crackling. I could have just eaten that all night.
Another dinner with friends (other friends, of course!) where we went to Electric Diner in Notting Hill. Before this meal we also went to Rum Kitchen for a drink and I discovered that ginger in a drink can be oh so right as long as the drink is called Dark n Stormy. We ordered way too much food at the restaurant and they had a really amazing starter with squid that just killed and for mains I think we ordered 50% of the menu, with a sausage and mac n cheese to share. How full do you think we were after all that?
The husband does not like sushi, so whenever I feel the need (all the time) I have to talk friends into going to dinner to get my fix. We tried out Sticks n Sushi and I really loved that place. Food was good, so so good, and that dessert just made my whole day. Also funny how it is a bit Danish with Danish words and phrases everywhere. Danish sushi? Ok then.
I never really spend much time around Southbank but a little while back we bought some tickets to see a burlesque show at London Wonderground which just happens to be on the Southbank. Now, this is a really really popular area after work so don't go there hungry because the queues are too long to get into a restaurant before you starve to death. But a drink is definitely on the cards, and if you, like us, didn't have time for dinner anywhere else then there are some food trucks around, just stay far far away from the falafel wrap inside London Wonderground. That thing was not edible.
About the burlesque show: I have never seen burlesque and was a bit apprehensive as to what we would experience, but the show we went to is by House of Burlesque and it is fantastic. Yes there is some nudity, but there is more humour than anything and I was totally blown away by the aerial performance (worth the ticket price alone) and the neo burlesque girls. I actually want to go again, it was that good.
There is one things that is very much true in my life and that is if I go to the gym I feel better, eat better, work better, smile more and am generally a lot more productive. So why don't I go every day? Although I love the whole idea of getting up early and going to the gym, it isn't always that easy when the alarm goes off at 7am and I feel like a truck has parked on top of my body and there is no way I am able to move. By 7.30am I can get out of bed, but I doubt I will ever make it to the gym before 8.30am, and the gym is a 5 minute walk away.
I was really good this morning and worked myself out on the treadmill and doing variations of the plank for what felt like hours. And since returning home to the apartment, having a shower and getting dresses, I have gotten a lot of things done, both work related and house related. I really feel very accomplished when the chores are out of the way before 3pm and it's raining outside so I can drink another cup of tea without feeling guilty and dig out the wool socks from my drawer. Summer, right?
I know I have mentioned before that I am very much into the easy DIY project that can be finished in an evening or, if we are generous, a day. There is one ongoing project on our living room floor that is in desperate need of attention, but the motivation is lacking. So instead I decided to crochet a clutch with yarn made from recycled fabric, you know, priorities. It sounded fun to work with a very different material and the jersey yarn is so thick that most projects are finished fast as you get a very big volume in a short period of time. Perfect.
There are no instructions on how to do this except crochet however wide you want your clutch, maybe buy a zip first so you know it will fit? I knew I could get a 20cm zip so just made sure the clutch was bigger than that even though the zip had not been purchased at the start of the DIY. Then crochet until you like how it looks when it is folded in two. Sew the sides together with the leftover yarn. Then hand sew the zip to the top. Done. This can easily be done in one TV filled evening.
Happy Sunday! Really late though, I kinda forgot all about the whole Sunday thing. So much to do after work and all that. But it was a good week, we walked past the American embassy and I am always so fascinated by the eagle on top of the building. That same day we went to afternoon tea at The Dorchester, not a bad start to the week, don't you think? They even had mini ice creams! After tea we had to walk things off a bit, it's those plates full of sandwiches I think, and wandered over to Selfridges where I found the object of my dreams, a gold piggy bank. It went straight back on my Christmas wishlist. And Harry Gordon's bar went straight to the top of my restaurant wish list. Cheers to a great new week!
Another week, another Friday. The days just fly by, or is it just me that thinks it was January about yesterday? I am currently eating a late breakfast consisting if things I probably shouldn't tell you, but I can say this, healthy is not a key word. Sorry body, it's just one of those days. In juts a couple of moments I should get off this chair and make myself presentable for work and go out there and make the most of this day. You should do the same, after you check out these links:
Always love trying something new on the food front and raw chocolate seems like a "healthy" version of something that is hard to give up. So we are all winning. Find some raw choc recipes here
Unconventional wedding ideas. You know, if we do it again any time soon.
Beyonce songs turned into poems? Don't mind if I do.
Being a book lover I really, REALLY, want one of these but the price put me off a bit and now I am wondering if it could possibly be DIY'ed...
Making an inspirational book for yourself, such a great idea! After I finish all those photo albums I'm on it.
Loved this list of apps to check out, some I have already downloaded…
It might be meant for events but I want this at home! The easy way to a gallery wall.
A couple of weeks back now I went to lunch with two ex-colleagues. We are all a bit low on funds but high on our standards so we wanted to find somewhere that we could eat and not be broke after. So we ended up at Prix Fixe in Soho. It's a bargain for lunch and the food is also delicious, so it's a win win really. It was so lovely catching up with two amazing ladies, one which was Lauren who blogs about beauty over here, and spend a weekday afternoon naughtily eating a 2 course lunch and having wine. Life is hard, right? And then we went on a little shopping spree in Superdrug which was made even more fun by Lauren and Millie recommending products. Ahhhhh, lets do it again!
I am very excited to have our wedding featured on Love My Dress today. I read this blog all the time before the wedding and well, sometimes I read it even now, when there is no wedding to plan. The blog is such an inspiration and along with Pinterest it was where I found inspiration for our big day. So I guess you can only imagine how fun it is to be one of the weddings that get to feature there! Not to mention it is one of the biggest wedding blogs in the UK. No big deal... Anyway, if you want to read a bit more about our wedding and see the pictures, head over to Love My Dress.
I think one of my all time favorite craft things is Mod Podge and decoupage. It can be used for so many things, it's easy, fast and fun. There is something really nice about personalizing stuff, like this acrylic drawer that looks a bit boring on its own, but when it gets a photo added to it, it's more my thing to have around the house. The only worry now is that I find it very hard to keep myself out of Muji as I really want to buy loads of acrylic storage and get creative.
So, how to do this thing? You need Mod podge or decoupage glue, anything you want to personalize, like an acrylic drawer from Muji, scissors, sponge applicator for the mod podge and of course a printed picture! I actually printed mine at home on semi- fancy photo paper and that worked well.
Making it is super easy, cut the picture to size, put mod podge on the picture side and place on the bottom of the drawer. I placed my picture on the underside of the drawer as it will get less wear there, but you could probably also just put it inside the drawer if you prefer. Once the picture is glued on, apply a thin layer of mod podge on top of the backside, so the blank side to make sure the edges stay down. The glue will dry clear, so don't worry about it all looking very white in the beginning. Let it dry for 24 hours or more, drying time never hurt anyone, and then you can use your amazing new box for anything you like. Jewelry maybe? Or love notes and cards?
After a wedding and a (very!) short honeymoon we had so many pictures to remember those days by that well, I had to make a photo album. How long have we been married? Almost 3 months. And have I finished the albums? No. While I LOVE the idea of photo albums and it would be amazing to have the pictures printed and ready for me to look at and wistfully think back, making said album takes time. So much time. For the record, all the photos are printed, and I have slowly put things in order and found the correct place for the photos in the albums, but the cutting, gluing, positioning, decorating and writing little notes. That is yet to happen. I now move the albums around the apartment with hope that if they are lying next to my bed I will just go to bed early and sit down to finish them. Or maybe if I put them next to the TV and DVD's I will pick them up next time I watch a movie? Or how about putting them on the dining tables, so I can sit there after dinner one day and just finish what I started? No. It just hasn't happened yet. So here is to a fresh start to the week and possibly getting on with what I have put off for about 3 months. And then come the rest of my DIY projects that are currently on our living room floor (yes, all of them) in little piles. Could we please have more hours in the day? Thanks.