Lifestyle // Fortnightly Round Up #5

November 24, 2018

There’s been a bit of a gap since my last Fortnight Round Up post as I went to India hurrah! We were away for 10 days and I’ll be blogging ALL ABOUT THAT soon – spoiler – it was AMAZING! This post was also due to go up on Monday, but I’ve been having some technical and time issues this week. Le sigh.

Since being back, work has been 100mph but I’ve also spent the last couple weeks catching up with friends, visiting the Harry Potter Studios for the Halloween Dark Arts exhibit, and *may* have booked another holiday. Well it’s the only way to cure the post-holiday blues isn’t it…


Park Walks

I was really surprised with the weather when we got back from India – it’s still not freezing cold, and actually pretty sunny most the time! 

This makes for perfect park walks at the weekend. Our new weekend routine is walking up to Herne Hill, grabbing a coffee at a local cafe – and potentially a tasty treat – then wandering around beautiful Brockwell Park.

It’s a great way to get some excericse, enjoy the beautiful Autumn leaves, and – most importantly – enjoy all the dogs running around. So cute!


Harry Potter Studio Tour – Dark Arts

I’ve been to the Harry Potter Studio Tour quite a few times now, including twice to see the festive Hogwarts in the Snow exhibit – but I hadn’t made it to Dark Arts, their Halloween offering before.

We had a really great evening, including battling a troop of dastardly Death Eaters, and did some damage in the gift shop. I finally bought a chocolate frog! Full post and pics coming soon.


Aqua Kyoto 

We headed to high end sushi restaurant Aqua Kyoto for lunch before getting the train out to Watford for the Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio Tour

It’s one of our favourite restaurants in London and was just as good as always. We had our usual orders of wagyu gyoza and tempura shrimp and scallop rolls, and also tried the tempura soft shell crab and spicy tuna rolls too. We’ll definitely be back soon!


New Glasses

In my last Fortnightly Round Up post I wrote about getting my eyes tested with the new M&S Opticians service

Excitingly my new specs were ready to be collected so I toddled back off to Westfield to pick them up, and I am in love! My full post about the whole service will be up next week. 


Booking Budapest

I’m not going to lie, the post India holiday blues have been B A D since getting back two weeks ago. There’s only one way I know to get over one trip, and that’s to book another, right?! 

We’re heading off to Budapest early December for some Christmas market action and I can’t wait! It’s a city that’s been on my To Travel To List for so long, so I’m really excited to finally get exploring.

Any tips and must sees / dos / eats much appreciated!


Curry and Catch Up with Kiffy 

Last Saturday we headed up to Hitchin to visit our friends for drinks and dinner. We had a good old catch up at their local pub before heading back to theirs for an amazing Thai feast made by Kiffy. It was all absolutely delicious, had just the right amount of spice, and the babe even served the prawn fried rice in pineapples! Get the girl on Come Dine With Me stat. 

We had such a great time hanging out and playing with their beautiful beagle puppy Betty and reminiscing over the fun we had in India. We are very hashtag blessed to have friends like these.


Work Trip to Glasgow

I went up to Glasgow for a couple of nights last week for work to meet with university students to hand out Reeses Peanut Butter Cups and fliers to raise awareness of our Summer Camp USA programme

I absolutely love Glasgow, it’s such a beautiful city and the main University is super Hogwarts-esque! Always a win for me.


Hyper Japan

Another work trip – this time to Japan! Kinda…

I spent the weekend working at Hyper Japan festival which is such a fun event and it’s great to see so many people come together and connect over their shared love for Japanese culture. 

Of course I had to go and check out the Japanese food stands, and whilst I managed to resist these cute snacks, I did have some rather delicious chicken gyoza.


Exploring Soho 

I’m currently working with a brand on some content about the best things to do in London’s Soho

Andy and I had such a fun day exploring and visiting some of the neighbourhoods best hotspots, as well as some hidden gems. The Christmas lights are all up too which were even more stunning than usual this year!

The post will be up in a couple weeks so you can see what we got up to then!


Me Time at Senzala Creperie

I took myself out for a little brunch date at the weekend. A little self love is always good!

I plugged in my new audio book, went for a wander round the shops in Brixton Village (and now have a homeware want List the length of my arm!) then settled myself down at my favourite Senzala Creperie for a couple of cappuccinos, a chorizo and red onion galette, and some blogging time. Perfect.


A busy couple of weeks but lots of fun! It’s looking to be pretty eventful over the next fortnight too. 

I’m seeing Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald at the cinema, seeing some friends I made when volunteering in Africa last year and celebrating Thanksgiving with work.

Are you excited for the new Fantastic Beasts film?!

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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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