Food

Beak St. Byron Burger

Beak Street Bryon Byron Byron Olives Smog Rocket Byron Burger Byron BurgerHaving lived in London for 2 years (I don’t live there anymore) I can’t believe I’ve never been to Byron before! It’s a London based burger chain serving ‘proper hamburgers’ as they say- and I agree! I’ve walked past loads of Byron restaurants before and they’ve always caught my eye as they’re all decorated in a really cool way. Every restaurant I’ve seen is different, which I really like, if you go into most chain restaurants you kind of know what to expect with the interior. The one we went to on Beak Street had a really cool, industrial feel inside.

We ordered some olives to start and Marcus ordered a rather funky looking beverage called Beavertown Smog Rocket. I went for a sparkling water, not quite as interesting! I ordered the Byron Cheeseburger with Emmenthal cheese and oh-my-god it was literally one of the best burgers I’ve ever had!! I ordered it medium-rare and it came basically rare, which I’m not complaining about. On the side we had some courgette fries and onion rings, both also amazing! I love courgette anyway, and courgette fries are a great idea as they don’t fill you up as much as regular chips. I’ll be attempting to recreate these sometime soon. The onion rings were so big, probably the same size as the burger. They defeated us and we left one! They were also some of the best onion rings I’ve ever had, and that means something- I’m a huge onion rings fan.

Byron, I’ll be back!

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Life, Travel

A Birthday at Bill’s

Birthday PresentsBill's Marcus at Bill's Afternoon Tea at Bill's Afternoon TeaStrawberry TartBill's Birthday!Cambridge BikeSo two weeks ago I turned 26 and Marcus and I went to Cambridge for the day to celebrate me getting old and whatnot. We’ve been so busy since we got home from Malta the last few weeks have been a blur, this really doesn’t feel like two weeks ago!

To start the day I had breakfast in my pjs (of course!) and was greeted by a lovely little table of breakfast goodies and my presents from Marcus. Let’s just say a bunch of new make up, a few boxes of chocolate and an iPad later I was a very happy, spoilt girl! After breakfast and presents we headed to Cambridge. I love the drive there as it’s pretty much all down one road which has nice countryside views.

We did a bit of window shopping and then went to Bill’s for afternoon tea which was one of the reasons I’d chosen Cambridge. It’s tucked away down a cute little side street and is way bigger than you think when you get in. Like all the Bill’s it’s decorated in a really homely, eclectic way with all the things you can buy in really beautiful displays. We had the most friendly waiter who told us the story of Bill’s, and said I’d be glad I bought my camera when I saw the afternoon tea, and he wasn’t wrong! He bought out a cake stand with finger sandwiches, little cakes and scones with clotted cream- perfection! I won’t go on and on about how yummy it all was, but trust me, it was good!

After another little wander round the shops and a drive home the day ended in a slightly less classy way, with a McDonald’s drive through. Not going to lie, that was pretty good too!

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Travel

A day in the Old Town

Carousel Antiques ShopOld TownOld TownOld townBikesIce CreamsA couple of weeks ago Marcus and I went down to Hastings to stay with my Dad and Stepmum for the weekend, and on the Saturday morning we took a little trip into the Old Town. I spent many a weekend here as a kid, my Dad used to live just off George Street in the Old Town. After not having been there for a few years it’s changed so much and has become a lot more ’boutiquey’ (in a good way!) with lots of lovely little shops and cafes scattered along the street. It was a lovely warm morning for September so it was really lively, full of people sitting outside cafes and perusing the antique shops.

After our stroll around the Old Town (and up to my Dad’s old house to see how if it was still the same!) we had to finish off the morning with an ice-cream from Dom’s Ice Cream shop. This always used to be my favourite as it was the first place I found that did two tone Mr Whippy, and it was just as good as I remembered! Nothing beats a 99 at the seaside!

p.s. the picture of the carousel wasn’t actually taken in the Old Town, but I just love how cool the dude running it looked!

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Travel

A sunny day in Whitstable

WhitstableWhitstable Beach HutsWhitstableWhitstable Beach Hut Whitstable Mr Whippy Whitstable Whitstable Oysters Whitstable Whitstable ShopAfter flying back from Malta on the Thursday we had a pretty manic day of dress and suit buying on the Friday before a wedding that Saturday. The wedding was down in Sandwich so we booked a little log cabin nearby and went for a long weekend. We found the cabin on airbnb and it was absolutely picture pinterest perfect, but I obviously got a little too relaxed as I forgot to take any photos! Marcus got a few good piccies which are over on his blog.

When the weekend was over and we sadly left our little cabin, we decided to make a pit stop at the seaside town of Whitstable on the way home. I’ve always wanted to go there as it just looks so darn pretty, and it didn’t disappoint. We had a lovely walk along the pebble beach followed by a couple of 99s (when in England…) before heading into the town centre where the most adorable little shops are. Whitstable is renowned for it’s oysters and as we strolled along the harbour there were literally piles of oysters being sold from huts and food stalls there. The fish and chips being sold from the harbour huts smelt amazing, but we’d filled up on bacon sandwiches in the morning and couldn’t eat anything. I’ll definitely be heading back to Whistable with an empty tummy at somepoint in the future!

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Life

It’s the freaking weekend #2

De La Warr PavilionPulled Beef Bun Pyjamas1//CREATING
Marcus & I are down at my Dad and Stepmum’s in Hastings this weekend and we went to an exhibition at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill yesterday where I created this little dude. I shall call him Bob. The exhibition we saw was Ivan Chermayeff: Cut & Paste (today is the last day) it had some really nice graphic work and collages. This collage activity was at the end, probably definitely for kids, but we enjoyed it.

2//EATING
Pulled beef brioche buns. OMG these were tasty! My Dad made these Le Bun inspired beauts after having their pulled beef buns at V Fest. My Stepmum’s been stalking their Facebook page and after realising they weren’t going to be visiting Hastings anytime soon we resorted to creating our own! I’ll definitely be visiting Le Bun if I’m ever in Battersea to see what all the fuss is about…

3//WEARING
My PJs!! What could be better?! A weekend at my Dad’s with his ridiculously amazing DVD collection and log fire means pyjamas are really the only acceptable form of clothing.

Hope everyone’s having lovely weekends!

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Life

A Birthday Wishlist

WishlistMy birthday seems to have come round pretty quickly this year, I can’t believe I turn 26 next Tuesday (feeling old!) Since I’m not a kid anymore I mainly seem to be given money from family to buy whatever I want for my birthday and this year I guess it will mainly be spent on little bits and bobs I need for travelling. I thought it would be fun to put together a little wishlist of some of this things I’d like.

FYI I definitely won’t be getting everything here, but window shopping’s always fun.

1// Eastpak Weaber Backpak Black Both Marcus & I seem to have set our sights on this backpack for travelling. It’s a lot smaler than your typical backpackers backpack, but after living out of a carry-on holdall all Summer I think I can make this work.
2// L’Oreal False Lash Telescopic Mascara I need a new mascara and have never tried this, but after hearing Anna rave about this one multiple times it is definitely on my hitlist.
3// L’Oreal Superliner Lacquer This has to be one of the best liquid eyeliners I’ve ever used.
4// Models Own ‘Bikini’ Nail Polish Neon yellow nails are one of my favourites and this nail polish by Models Own enhances your tan. Uh-mazing. The shade ‘Beach Bag’ is really pretty too.
5// iPad Mini White Clearly a travel essential. How do I now already own an iPad?! Enough said.
6// Longchamp Backpack How cute is this?! Maybe not the most practical backpackers daypack, but it is the prettiest!
7// Nike Free Trainers I love the style of Nike Free Run in this picture, but I think it’s a year or so old now and I can’t find them anywhere! I think they’d be a great travel trainer as they’re so comfy & lightweight, hopefully I can find one of the newer styles I like as much.
8// Canon S120 Black I’ve been eying this camera up for ages now, seems like it would be great for a photography noob like me and it’s a great size for a travel camera.
9// Leuchtturm Neon Notebook I fell in love with these neon notebooks in the Pompidou Centre in Paris and I think it would make the perfect travel journal.

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Food, Health & Fitness

Protein Packed Banana Pancakes

Banana Protein PancakesBanana Protein PancakesWhey Protein PowderBanana Protein Pancakes Banana Protein PancakesA while ago I was contacted by Tom at ProBikeKit asking if there was anything I’d like to try from their website. I perused the running section, but decided to go for some unflavoured whey protein powder as it’s something I’ve been hearing a lot about recently and was super interested to try it out. I went for unflavoured so I’d be able to use it in different recipes, as I prefer the idea of topping up my regular meals with protein rather than adding in protein shakes to my diet. They also do chocolate, strawberry and vanilla.

The first meal I created with the protein powder was a yummy brunch of banana pancakes. I’ve made these pancakes before without protein powder, and you really can’t taste the protein at all in these ones. Even though it’s ‘unflavoured’, I was expecting it to have some sort of taste but it really doesn’t. I actually prefer banana pancakes with the addition of protein powder as it makes them more dense and filling- more like real pancakes! Here’s the super simple recipe…

You’ll need//
1x ripe banana
2x eggs
25g unflavoured whey protein
A little olive/coconut oil for greasing the pan
Toppings!

This makes 4 American style pancakes, enough for one person

1// Use a fork to mash your banana up in a bowl, a few little lumps and bumps are ok!

2// Break your eggs into the bowl and use the fork to whisk these into the mashed banana. And there you have it, a super quick pancake mix!

3// Put a frying pan on a medium heat and lightly grease it with a little oil. You don’t need much, it just stops the pancakes from sticking.

4// When your pan’s had a couple of minutes to heat up use a ladle to pour in about 1/4 of your pancake mix. You should hear a little sizzle as it goes in so you know the pan’s hot enough.

5// Your pancake should take about 2 minutes to cook on the first side, use a fish slice to gently lift the edge and when the underside is done it will come off the pan easily. When it’s ready flip it over and the other side will only take about a minute to cook.

6// Stack your pancakes on a warm plate to keep them hot while the rest cook. When they’re all ready you can go in with the toppings! This time I went for some Greek yoghurt sprinkled with ground cinnamon and a drizzle of honey. Fruit also makes a great topping and grated dark chocolate is lovely, a good way to get your chocolate fix as a little goes a long way!

ENJOY!! I hope you like this recipe, let me know if you try it or have any other good protein powder recipes.

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Travel

I’m coming home…

Beach Day Beach Day Beach Day Beach DaySo I’m currently writing this at 36,000ft up in the air as we’re flying home from Malta. Although the plane doesn’t actually have wifi so I won’t be able to publish this post til later!

I thought I’d share a couple of photos from our last day in Malta *cries* which was, of course, a beach day. The previous day it had actually rained which is unheard of for September in Malta, and this day started off cool and cloudy but the clouds cleared so we went down to the beach for a final swim and to catch the last few rays of sun we’ll see for a while. We finished the day with a takeaway pizza from our favourite pizza place, Vecchia Napoli, and decided we’d try their Nutella pizza. I’m so glad we did, it was amazing- pizza and Nutella, what could be better?! I’m also so glad we waited til the last day to discover it or I’d probably be heading home about 2 stone heavier!

In other news, I’ve also been featured on the Look Fantastic blog as their blogger of the month which is really exciting.

p.s. I actually flew home last Thursday, but having spent the weekend in a log cabin with no wifi I’ve only just gotten round to posting this!

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Beauty

DIY Foot Scrub & Travel Pedi Routine

footscrub footscrub2 footscrub3Today I thought I’d share with you a quick and easy DIY foot scrub I whipped up and my simple travel pedicure routine. You only need two ingredients for the foot scrub which are ground sea salt and coconut oil. Olive oil would work equally as well, I just have some coconut oil in my travel toiletries as it’s effective for so many things, read my post dedicated to it here. You need one heaped teaspoon of salt to one level teaspoon of coconut oil, you can add more if you want to keep it in a little jar to use another time, but a teaspoon of each ingredient makes enough to give both feet a good ol’ scrub.

TRAVEL PEDI ROUTINE

1// Give your feet a quick wash with some warm water which will soften up the skin and the toenails. If you’ve just had a bath or shower, even better!
2// Using the DIY foot scrub give each foot a good massage with it to remove any bits of dead skin. I like to leave this on the feet for a couple of minutes to let the coconut oil work it’s magic and make my tootsies nice and soft. Wash off with warm water and dry your feet.
3// Trim those toenails! I use toenail clippers before going in with a nail file to shape and smooth the nails a little. I never used to think to file my toenails and just used clippers but I find filing gives them a much nicer shape and makes the pedicure look a bit more profesh.
4// Using an orange stick gently push the cuticles back. Again I was always guilty of neglecting my toenails with this, when I wouldn’t think to not do it on my fingernails, but it makes a difference.
5// Prep your toenails for nail polish by wiping them with a cotton pad soaked with nail polish remover. This removes and oils from the scrub making the polish last longer.
6// Go in with the nail polish! I use base coat, 2 coats of colour and a speed dry topcoat. I like a nice bold colour on my toenails. My trusted topcoat is the Revlon Quick Dry one, I always hear people raving about Seche Vite, but I prefer the Revlon one as it dries just as quickly and I find the polish it the bottle takes a lot less time to go gloopy than the Seche Vite. It’s also cheaper and much easier to get hold of, what more could a girl want?!

And there you have it, some pretty little toenails. Now hopefully we’ll get a bit more flip flop weather so you can show them off!

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Trilogy Active Enzyme Cleanser // Review

Trilogy Facewash Trilogy FacewashTrilogy Active Enzyme Cleansing Cream 150ml // £25.50*

Amongst some of the beauty bits I was sent to try out a while ago was this Trilogy cleanser, I’ve been using it for just over a month now and felt it was about time to give it a little write up, I’ve heard before that with skincare it can take around a month to see the effects of new products. This cleansing cream contains lots of natural, active ingredients to polish, brighten, refine, nourish and soothe the skin. Wow, that’s a lot of promises!

I’ve been using this cleanser everyday, once in the morning and twice in the evening (I’m a fan of the ol’ double cleanse!) It’s not a foaming cleanser, and initially I thought it might not be for me as I usually prefer foaming cleansers so I feel like my skin’s getting a really good wash. Don’t let this put you off though as it still leaves skin with that squeaky clean feeling which I love. It’s really gentle too so I use it over my eyes to remove any traces of make up my remover has missed, and it doesn’t cause any irritation.

My skin type is dry/ combination and I find after a day in the sun my skin would feel quite tight and dry, which my previous face wash only seemed to make worse. This cleanser always leaves my skin feeling soft and not at all dry. My skin’s quite sensitive too (I get eczema every now and then) and it’s been absolutely fine for my sensitive skin, which is great. It’s also done a good job of keeping pesky spots at bay, at 25 I’m in that awkward in-between stage where I find anti-age products too rich and often give me spots, but this seems to be a perfect balance.

The only downside of this product for me if the price tag, I think it’s pretty steep for a cleanser although it is a pretty large bottle and does contain lots of natural ingredients. If you have sensitive skin and are looking to treat yourself to a product that won’t aggravate it I’d definitely recommend trying this out.

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