Lifestyle // Fortnightly Round Up #3

October 6, 2018

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.


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.


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!


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. 


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. 


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.


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!


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.


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. 


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!


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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I’m Emma – or Emsypickle!


I live in Brixton in London. I eat out far too much, am always planning my next trip and have a borderline unhealthy obsession with Harry Potter.

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