Monday, 15 October 2018

Lifestyle // Fortnightly Round Up #4

Time for another instalment of the Fortnightly Round Up

In the last two weeks I’ve been on more work trips, celebrated Curly’s birthday, had lots of Harry Potter magic, a lot of pampering and finally introduced Andy to my family. Let’s go.

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Curly’s Birthday and Meeting the Parents 

It was Curly’s birthday on the 6th October so of course I went to visit the old bear! I decided it was finally time my parents met Andy so he came as well and no surprises they all bloody loved each other! 

My dad's an absolute legend, so I always love buying him presents. This year I got him some chocolates, the new Cormoran Strike book and - dad classic - some new socks which he was well chuffed with so job well done!

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Curly's Birthday Lunch

The four of us went out for lunch for Curly’s birthday, heading to a lovely Italian near their house. Andy and I shared a mushroom bruschetta topped with a poached egg and parmesan shavings and Rockefeller Rock Oysters with a butter and parsley sauce to start. We then moved on to split a Rack of Lamb with mashed potato and buttered veg and Surf and Turf with lobster tails and fillet steak.

It was all really good, but the lamb was definitely the star of the show - so delicious and perfectly cooked. We were *almost* too full to eat some of Sue’s homemade mocha cake when we got home. Almost. 

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Booked tickets to the Harry Potter Studio Tour - Dark Arts

I’ve been feeling a little bit antsy that I haven’t been to the Harry Potter Studio Tour this year - yes it is necessary to go every year - so I persuaded Andy that visiting for Halloween was essential.

I’ve never been to the Dark Arts event before and I’m beyond excited to see the Great Hall bedecked with pumpkins ready for the Halloween Feast. 

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Work Trip to the University of Kent

Another week another work event! This time I headed down to Canterbury to the University of Kent. Whilst I literally just got off a train, walked down the street and got a bus to campus, I was in awe of how pretty and quaint everywhere looked. I’ll definitely be back for a day trip to explore properly soon.

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Work Content Creation Competition

I work for a large travel company and they recently launched an internal content creation competition. There were four categories - photography, writing, social media and videography - with some great prizes available including a camera, money to spend on flights and even trip to Japan. Fingers crossed! 

Even if I don’t win it was really fun to enter and I submitted a photo essay with pictures from my trip to Iceland and a blog about my volunteering trip to South Africa last year. Will keep you posted.

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Harry Potter Primark Haul

Partly in celebration of booking Dark Arts, partly because I was so damn excited by the new trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (and partly because I’m just so damn cool) I paid a little visit to the Harry Potter section of Primark Tottenham Court Road.

I was actually very restrained - thank you very much - and came out with just this beautiful vintage Hufflepuff scarf (£8) reminiscent of Newt Scamander’s which I will definitely be wearing to the tour in November. I also picked up this Hogwarts mug for £1 in the sale and these cute Hufflepuff cosy socks (£3) which are oh so soft. It would have been rude not to.

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Friday Night Dinner with the Girls - Jalisco in Brixton
More food! The girls and I went out for dinner in Brixton on Friday. They’d not explored Brixton much before so it was nice to show them around my neighbourhood and we had a really nice time catching up.

We headed to my fave Latin American place in Brixton Village - Jalisco. I had the spicy chicken quesadilla which was as good as normal - just the right level of spice, all the cheesy, crispy goodness and extra guac to smother all over it. You wouldn’t guess I’ve got to be in a swimming costume next week would you?!

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Getting Holiday Ready 

Talking of being holiday ready - I’ve been in that slightly frantic pre-holiday mania stage this last week. Not only have I been trying to get everything tied up at work, but I’ve had my nails done, got my brows done and had a haircut. You can’t beat a little pamper! 

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M&S Opticians* 

I was kindly invited down to M&S to try out their new Opticians service. I’ve got a full review coming soon, but I was so impressed with the service I received, it was definitely the most thorough eye test I’ve ever had and their new range of frames is stunning. Thanks guys!

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A bit of a slower paced fortnight than normal, but it's about to be a BIG ONE - as we're finally off to India this fortnight. I still can't quite believe we're really going, but I'm so excited for such an adventure. 


I'll be updating my Instagram while I'm there so check that out to see what we're up to - @emsypickle


Any last minute tips for Jaipur, Delhi or Agra before we go?


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Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Favourites // September 2018

I really enjoyed September - I got to catch up with friends - big shout out to girls weekend at Center Parcs and Curry and Couture pre-India shopping day! I also got closer to having a consistent blogging routine (aiming for every Monday and Friday, with a new Fortnightly Round Up every other Monday!) and I ate a lot of good food. 

Check out what I got up to here and here and keep on reading to see my September beauty, fashion and lifestyle Favourites

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Harry Potter mugs

How adorable are these please? I bought them a while ago from Primark in the sale for just £3 for the set. Wingbargain Levioyeah! 

Luckily Andy is also a HP fan and finds these cute not cringe, and we’ve been enjoying having a hot drink in the evenings with them. A match made in Hogwarts! 

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Yves Saint Laurent - Black Opium

I've been wearing this perfume non stop in September. I've very nearly run out and definitely need to get another bottle, as it's just so beautiful.

It's quite a sexy scent which is gorgeous to wear in the evenings, with hints of vanilla, coffee and a floral twist - I always feel a million dollars when I wear this. 

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Dairy Milk Marvellous Creations Jelly Popping Candy Chocolate

This is the best chocolate ever. Don’t @ me.

I love the mix of textures - from the smooth milk chocolate, crunchy candy shells, chewy jelly nibs and crackling popping candy. It’s so different to any other chocolate, and reminds me of something you would buy at Honeydukes. The Harry Potter obsession continues. 

The only problem I have with this chocolate is that it’s way too easy to eat a lot of in one go! 

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New York T-Shirt 

I saw this on Hannah Gale’s instastories and knew I had to buy it ASAP!

I love New York so much and was so disappointed to miss out on *that* Topshop t-shirt earlier in the year, so I snapped up this ASOS number straight away.

 It was only £12 but is really nice quality and washes really well. It’s also a great length and sits perfectly with skirts and jeans. Can we have a Chicago one next please ASOS?

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Fig Tree Candle - St Eval Candle Company

Hurrah for cosy Autumn evenings! I’m a huge candle fan and they are back out in force in my house after a summer break.

One I’ve particularly been loving recently is this Fig Tree scent by St Eval Candle Company. It’s a beautiful light fruity smell which really does fill a room, and burns nice and evenly too. I can’t wait to light my other scent - White Jasmine - soon too.

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Heathers The Musical

I wrote about my trip to see Heathers The Musical in last week’s Fortnightly Round Up post (so go read more about it there) but what can I say - I’m obsessed!

I actually can’t stop listening to the soundtrack and it’s been my go to belt out in the shower selection. Much to my boyfriend’s enjoyment... There’s some great ticket deals out at moment so if you can, definitely get yourself to see it before it ends in November.

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I’m ready to go full steam ahead into October. This month is set to be mega exciting as I’M OFF TO INDIA!!! I’ve also got my Dad’s birthday to celebrate and I’m taking the plunge and introducing my boyfriend to the parents at long last. Wish me luck!


What were your September faves?


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Saturday, 6 October 2018

Lifestyle // Fortnightly Round Up #3

Can you believe it's October?! I love October - the weather always seems to settle down a bit, there’s usually lots of walks in crunchy leaves, Halloween brings a bit of festivity and you can justifiably start to think about Christmas. Don't @ me.

I rounded off September with lots of fun, including a trip to the theatre, some Harry Potter magic, a few good meals out and Indian clothes shopping. Let's go.

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World Rhino Day

22nd September marked World Rhino Day. I fell in love with these Jurassic creatures when volunteering in South Africa last year when I was lucky enough to see many of the endangered species in the wild as part of the work to conserve and protect them.

Rhinos are sadly hunted for their horns, leaving many brutally and needlessly killed. To help raise awareness a Rhino Trail was set up in London with 21 uniquely decorated statues dotted around the capital and I’m really gutted I didn’t get to see them all before they were taken down to be auctioned off.

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Noble Collection

I’m a huge Harry Potter fan, but had never been to to visit Noble Collection before. Based in Covent Garden, the store stocks amazing replicas and collectables from the films, as well as many other movies including Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Suicide Squad and more.

It's a stunning shop, and there's so much to look at. The staff are so friendly, and are more than happy to let you browse, even if you're not looking to buy, and are really happy to answer any questions you have.

I could have spent all day in there, and I will definitely be heading back soon - it's so relaxing wandering round and checking out all the HP bits. I was very restrained but wanted to empty out my vault at Gringotts to buy EVERYTHING!

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Coffee shop catch up

I headed back to visit my parents the other weekend, and met with my friend Gemma for a quick catch up and coffee on the way. 

It was really lovely to see her and have a good all natter and hear about her news. I had a delicious coconut milk cappuccino at Starbucks, then wandered through the shopping centre before jumping onto the bus back to the parents. 

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Tredwells Roast

I haven’t had a roast in forever so last Sunday Andy and I went to Tredwells - Marcus Waring’s Covent Garden restaurant. I’m going to do a full post about our experience as we loved it so much, so won’t bang on too much about it now, but it was brilliant!

We had 3 courses for £30 which is itself a great deal, but Andy is a chef so we got an additional 40% off with the Code Hospitality App. Bargain! The food was great and we will definitely be coming back again soon. 

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Neon Lion in Trafalgar Square

Andy and I went for a nice walk through Trafalgar Square after our roast at Tredwells to make the most of the nice weather and walk off our delicious lunch.

Excitingly there was a bright neon red lion who had been erected with the famous bronze lion sculptures that call Trafalgar Square home. Part of the London Design Festival, you could speak poetry to the lion and it would then roar words back to you! Rawrsome.

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Trip to University of Birmingham 

I headed up to Birmingham for work, to hold a stand at The University Freshers Fair. Wow, nothing makes you feel old like realising it was 14 years since you started uni! The university campus is beautiful and I felt like I was in Dawson’s Creek - lolz, just for a bit more decade old nostalgia. 

It was a great day and the fact you can get halfway up the country on just a two hour train journey has made me start to write a list of where else I want to explore on a day trip. All suggestions welcome!

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Dirty Bones

I went to Dirty Bones with some work friends for midweek drinks and dinner, which was really nice. I’m lucky to work with some really great people and it was nice to chill together outside the office. Dirty Bones is just round the corner from work and it’s a great place to stop for some classic American deliciousness, and they do cocktail happy hour - what’s not to love?!

I had an Uptown Spritz - Tanqueray Gin, Aperol, Campari, pink grapefruit and ginger ale - and a Spicy Chicken Burger which was super filling and really tasty.

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Heathers the Musical 

Oh my actual god this was AMAZING! My cousin and I decided last minute to make our dinner date a theatre date (we do that a lot!). We nabbed ourselves great seats at the front of the Royal Circle for Heathers The Musical for just £25.

Neither of us had seen the classic 80s high school film, but knew the basic storyline - three popular girls help an unpopular girl glow up, however things take a darker turn and several students end up dead.

It was absolutely brilliant - a very smart dark comedy and the songs were incredible - I cant stop listening to the soundtrack. Carrie Hope Fletcher played the lead and was fantastic - her voice really is insane! I highly recommend checking this out if you can - it’s the perfect feel good laugh for a girls night and is on until mid November. 

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Indian shopping

It’s now only a couple of weeks to go until I head to India for my friend’s wedding. On Saturday we all got together with the bride and groom to go sari shopping. It was a really fun day, we all got kitted out for the Big Day!

My cousin has kindly lent me her sari to wear, but I also bought myself a beautiful hot pink, royal blue and gold lengha aswell. It's a far cry from my usual uniform of black and grey everyday, but I'm very excited for my friends and I to all be wearing the beautiful jewel bright colours we all chose. I'm so excited for India now!

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This post was meant to go up on Monday, but unfortunately I had a migraine on Sunday and then work has been crazy, so soz and that. Normal service will resume next week! I've also got Curly's birthday to celebrate, friend's leaving parties, and my boyfriend is meeting the parents for the first time. Wish me luck!


Where would you suggest going for a UK city break / day trip?


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Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Lifestyle // What I’ve Been Watching Recently

Since moving in with my boyfriend, I have become the biggest couch potato. I hardly ever watched TV before moving to Brixton, but there are now many nights spent snuggled in front of the telly.

I've become addicted to Sky (and particularly MTV) and now wonder why I *haven’t* always been spending £70 a month for ALL THE CHANNELS UNDER THE SUN...! 

I thought I’d do a little run down of the shows I’ve been watching lately.

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Killing Eve - BBC iPlayer 

I’ve become obsessed with this show! Jodie Comer plays assassin Villanelle, who is being tracked by a UK based intelligence team. It’s a dark comedy and Comer is brilliant at making a serial killer funny and likeable, and her repertoire of European accents is amazing! It’s apparently already been commissioned for a second series having done so well in the US. Can. Not. Wait!

Are You The One - MTV, Monday 9pm

If you’re a fan of reality tv you’ll love this. 22 hopeless at love singles live in a luxury villa in Hawaii, having undergone intense personality testing to secretly pair them up with their Perfect Match. They then have 11 weeks to work out who their scientifically proven mate is. If they get it right they collectively win 1 million dollars. If they get it wrong they all leave without money or love. It’s always mega action packed as they inevitably end up falling for people who aren’t their Perfect Match along the way and then have to keep living together either watching their previous beau try and connect with others in the house in a bid to win the dosh, or stick together at the wrath of their housemates who are desperate to get the cash.  

The Bodyguard - BBC iPlayer

Who hasn’t been watching The Bodyguard?! My office hasn’t been as collectively excited for a show since Love Island 2017, and with good reason. A police thriller with plot twists aplenty and no idea who you can trust, it’s been hailed as a UK version of Homeland, and as good as Line of Duty. The sixth and final episode was aired on Sunday but it’s definitely worth a watch on BBC iPlayer...as long as no big mouth at work has already ruined the ending for you!

Ex on the Beach UK - MTV, Wednesday10pm

Now I must admit this is pretty low viewing. Usually featuring some kind of Geordie Shore alumni, this year’s series has Natalee from The Valleys (who no one - either on the show or not - seems to realise is meant to be a “celeb”). A group of hot young things live in a luxury villa in Mexico inflicting all kinds of pain on themselves as they patiently wait for their exes to come on a cause them to have a breakdown in one way or another. It’s not big and it’s not clever, but it’s worth having a look purely for the hilarity this year that is Scarlett. 

Ex on the Beach US - MTV On Demand 

Ex on the Beach US is like EOTBUK on crack. The same premise, though ALL the OGs in the US are reality tv / social media stars, so they’ve all got egos, all got dubious reputations / characters to live up to, and all have run in the same circles - so the crossovers of exes weaves a complicated - and dramatic - web. There’s physical fights, a shack of secrets and they use the phrase “come and stand by your golden pineapple” in a serious way. Why wouldn’t you watch?!

Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero - Discovery History

I wrote about this in my Fortnightly Round Up #2 post but it really does deserve another mention! Executively Produced by Steven Can Do No Wrong Spielberg, it tells the story of the regeneration of Ground Zero after the September 11 attacks. It’s fascinating, and a real must if you’re into architecture, as it chronicals the story and reasoning behind the design of the new One World Trade tower and Oculus that now sit on the site.

Teen Mom UK - MTV,  Wednesday 8pm

I am a huge fan of the Teen Mom franchise but am a total noob to the UK series. It’s not quite as escapist or as glamorous as the US original - going on a date in Blackpool isn’t quite as jazzy as hitting up a Vegas club, but being set in the UK makes their struggle as teen mums all seem more real - watching Shannon resit her GCSEs three years late resonates more than seeing Amber working for her American GED, as it’s more familiar. The girls are all really likeable and it’s nice to watch a reality show where you actually do care about the “characters” - well I do anyway!

Love Island Australia - ITV Hub

I touched upon this in my August Favourites post, but Love Island Australia is everything the UK show used to be and more. The presenter has personality, the narrator is properly funny, it doesn’t all feel totally staged, and there’s drama aplenty. Imagine a recoupling where someone steals another's boyfriend just because they can! The series has finished now both in the UK and Aus, but I’m sure it’ll be kept on the ITV Hub a while longer, so get involved - it’s the perfect viewing for a hungover Saturday! There’s plenty of drama when you google which of the cast are still together now too. The gift that keeps on giving!

Please let me know what else needs to be on my To Watch list. Now that Autumn is here there’s even more excuse to stay in snuggled on the sofa and watching some good series!


Have you been watching any of the above? 


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Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Lifestyle // The Fortnightly Round Up #2

A couple weeks ago I started a new series on my blog - The Fortnightly Round Up - posting every other Monday and chronicling what I’d been up to. (Yes alright, this one is slightly late!)

My first post saw me ride the world’s fastest, longest city based zip wire, go Walking With Dinosaurs and take a trip to Oxford.

I’ve had another good couple of weeks, slightly less activity based than last time, but with plenty more foodie adventures, homeware shopping, pampering and a girls weekend away to Center Parcs. Let’s dive in.

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The Leicester Square Kitchen


Andy and I went for an impromptu lunch at The Leicester Square Kitchen. We’ve been before and love their small plates of Mexican and Peruvian tapas - anyone else all about nibbly sharing feasts?! 

Part of the The Hampshire Hotel, and recently featured on Celebrity Masterchef, The Leicester Square Kitchen is tucked in the corner of Leicester Square, just by the TKTS booth.

They have a nice outside space, separated from the hustle and bustle of the Square with plants, so you can still people watch to your heart’s content, but with a bit of privacy and set back from the tourist mania.

The food comes beautifully presented, is full of flavour and isn’t actually too expensive, especially considering it’s location. Highly recommend! 
We ordered the:
♥ Homemade nachos and guacamole;  
♥ Josper-grilled chorizo soft tacos with guacamole, arbol chilli and spicy lemon salsa; 
♥ Crispy duck and pomegranate ensalada with papaya chilli dressing
♥ Tiger prawn hard tacos with lime and cilantro 
♥ Robata chicken wings with green habenero chilli sauce - my fave! Y U M!

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Sorted out my India tourist visa


I finally got my India visa sorted! Hurrah! It actually was a lot less of a stressful process than we were anticipating, having read all sorts of nightmare blogs and articles about what a lengthy and complicated process it would be, with no guarantee of getting a visa at the end, despite paying out £75.

Whilst the online forms are a little bit tricky to navigate as they’re not written in the best English so are slightly open to interpretation at times, they didn’t take too long to complete. At times we googled to check if we were reading the question the way everyone else was, others we just crossed our fingers and went for it, but we got there in the end!

We uploaded the info, sent off our pictures (which also have annoyingly non-standardised specifics), paid the fee then kept everything crossed waiting for a “visa granted” email. 24 hours later we were all done and dusted, and the countdown to our trip is officially ON! Now to book hotels and internal transfers...

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Senzala Creperie - Brixton Village


Andy often works afternoons and evenings at the weekends so we go out for a lot of brunches together. Living in Brixton is great as it has so many good brunch spots and one place we love to go is Senzala Creperie in The Village. I adore their galette - The Spaniard - which is stuffed full of chorizo, cheese, baby spinach, red onion and topped with a fried egg. ALL THE GOOD THINGS!

They’re always packed with fillings and the galettes and crepes are always perfectly cooked - light and fluffy with crispy edges. They’re such a great brunch as they’re really filling but I never come away feeling like I’ve eaten *too* much and wiped for the rest of the day. 

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Homeware shopping - H&M


I love pottering around and browsing homeware shops. Brixton H&M has a really big homeware section, and I had a lovely afternoon browsing all their cute homey bits. I fell in love with these two teacups and have decided I now want a whole collection of same shaped teacups with different patterns on.

I love the cheetah image - they’re my favourite big cat and hold a special place in my heart after seeing them wild when volunteering on a game reserve in South Africa last year. My favourite was the “Seek Magic Everyday” design - it’s so simple and obviously perfect for a Harry Potter fan.

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Watching Rising: Re-building Ground Zero - 9/11 Documentary series


My boyfriend and I are both huge documentary fans, as well as huge New York lovers, so we’ve watched a lot of 9/11 documentaries in the last couple weeks (obviously tied in with the 17th anniversary of the tragedy).

When Andy and I visited New York in March one of the stand out times from the trip was visiting the 9/11 museum and memorial, and going up the One World Trade Centre tower. Andy told me at the time about Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero - a six part documentary executively produced by Steven Spielberg which focuses on the building of the memorial and new tower, how they chose the design and the building process (I’m a big architecture nerd so this is right up my street)

It’s a really fascinating documentary, and refreshing to watch one based on the aftermath, regrowth and defiance against the terrorists, rather than the attacks themselves. It's definitely one to watch if you are visiting New York any time soon.

One World Trade and the memorial is such a powerful and poignant tribute to the victims, and I learnt so much from the documentary, for example that the new Oculus train station was positioned so that every September 11th at 10:28 (the time the North Tower fell) the concourse is flooded with sunlight, to symbolise light shining through the darkness. 

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Girls weekend at Center Parcs Woburn Forest


Oh you can’t beat a good girls weekend away can you? 11 of us went to Center Parcs Woburn Forest for a weekend of girly fun, plenty of good food and wine and frolicking in the forest! Whilst Center Parcs is expensive, it’s lovely to be tucked away from reality in a land of trees, where no cars are allowed and there’s plenty of activities to keep you entertained.

We went down on the Friday, headed out for dinner that night at the onsite Las Iguanas then home for plenty of wine and reminiscent dancing round the living room to garage music. Lads lads lads. 

On Saturday we spent the day at the Sub Tropical Swimming Paradise, riding the rapids, flumes and lazy river until we were shrivelled like prunes and our belly’s ached with laughter! We also squeezed in bowling, more boozing, a lot more eating and a few rounds of Cards Against Humanity before spending Sunday in the Spa having a full on pamper -perfect. Same time next year girlies?! 

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Getting my nails done 


I always feel so much better when my nails look nice. Before heading to Center Parcs I thought I’d spend my morning off work at the salon getting a fresh set of acrylics done.

I know they’re super bad for your nails, but sadly my natural nails are so thin that they are super sharp like a baby's, no matter how short they are. I suffer from eczema and allergies, meaning my skin is very itchy, and when I do scratch my nails often cut the skin making it super sore and it’s something I get very self conscious of.

By having acrylics, the tips are thick and smooth, so don’t graze my skin if I scratch which is much better for me. I had my nails painted with my favourite go to colour - Go Ginza by Essie which is the perfect blue toned pink. I love them!

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Its pretty much one month to the day that we head to India, so I’m aiming to have my whole trip planned by the time I post my next Fortnightly Round Up on the 1st October. 


We’re going over for a wedding so I'll be doing some Indian outfit shopping with the bridge and groom in the next couple of weeks, and I’m also finally having my Mum visit Brixton to show her my new hood. Tell you all about it next time!


What have you got planned for the next fortnight? 


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Friday, 14 September 2018

Travel // Seven Top Things To Do in Bari, Italy

If you saw my post last week, you will know that I rather excitingly won a weekend away to Bari on the southern coast of Italy with Wizz Air. Literally one of the most exciting things to happen to me!

It was part of a huge PR stunt, which chartered a mystery flight from London Luton Airport to the Unknown, and none of us knew where we were going until we landed. Mega exciting! 

That blog post was mainly focused on the excitement and process of The Trip to The Unknown, so I thought I'd do a follow up post to talk more about the top things to do in Bari.

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Bari is a pretty sleepy little town beautifully quaint with cobbled streets, wide open squares, ornate churches, stretches of sea side promenade and a small sandy beach. You could pretty much experience it all within half a day, or a full day if you want to go and explore inside the churches and the fort.

There are a few shops if that’s your thing (including a Sephora!) and there’s plenty of cafes and restaurants to keep you well satisfied during your trip. The train station in town also easily connects you to some of the famously picturesque towns of Puglia, like Polignano a Mare and Alberobello (and in hindsight I wish we’d gone to explore these too - next time!)

As it was though we were very content spending an extremely leisurely couple of days just wandering, soaking up the sunshine, and spending a lot of time chatting and chilling. 

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Here are the seven top things you have to do when you visit Bari


1) Basilica di San Nicola - this church is simply beautiful inside, has been visited by the Pope, and we witnessed two weddings while we were there - a great insight into Italian culture.

2) Eat all the sweet treats - well you can’t go to Italy without trying the gelato can you? We also ate the biggest and most decadent cannoli I’ve ever had, and Bari is also famous for it's Nutella pizza. Well, it would be rude not to! 

3) Walk the city walls - gorgeous views of the city and the coast from a high vantage, with some beautiful colourful houses. Perfect Instagram opportunities! Check out more of my fave Instagram spots in Bari here.

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4) Try the seafood - being a port town, Bari is famous for its seafood. We had some of the nicest grilled king prawns I’ve ever had (and I’ve had A LOT) at Pizzeria Alleggre, just off the Main Square, Piazza Mercantile. There’s an excellent seafood restaurant on the Square itself too - Black and White - but unfortunately we couldn’t get a table!

5) Look up! Bari has one of the most wonderful collection of window boxes and decorations I’ve ever seen! Flowers, colourful windmills, ornate balconies and even some floating teacups - Bari is as beautiful above the warm toned cobbles as it is at street level.

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6) Go to the beach - Bari’s beach is quite small, but it is there - the sand is golden and the sea is warm. I really wished we’d packed our swimming things as the water was crystal clear and the perfect place to cool down on a hot day. It’s sheltered by bars of rock out to sea, so it’s nice and calm and not too deep - perfect for swimmers of all ages and abilities. We had a nice little paddle in the sea then went for a drink at the beach bar. Dreamy. 

7) Mercantile Nove Cafe - our favourite spot to sit and chill, we came here at least once a day. The staff are friendly, it’s on the corner of the main square so far enough from the tackier places but close enough to still watch the hustle and bustle. Plus the food is EPIC! They also have a sister restaurant next door which also does insanely good paninis to take away.

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Bari really is a beautiful little town, and such a great place for a short break. It's small, easy to wander and has just the right amount of things to fill your days without needing to rush around. We very easily wiled away three days here, and I'd definitely like to return again, and this time use Bari as a base to explore the other coastal towns nearby. 


As I said in my previous post, it was also pretty cheap in town, and Wizz Air fly there for as little as £17pp. The flight is just under 4 hours, so it’s a great place for a weekend away - leaving after work on Friday and being back at your desk on Monday.


Where are your favourite places for a weekend away?

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