Treat Your Skin – Konjac Sponge Review

During the festive period I really let any kind of skin/beauty regime I had going, slip – the last thing on my mind was making sure I cleansed my face, especially after a few proseccos with the fam.

And while I was neglecting my skin, it was plotting against me in THE worst way – spots, enlarged pores, rough patches – just ewwwww

Luckily for me, I was kindly contacted by the Konjac Sponge Company to o a review on one of their bestselling cloth sponges over the festive period, and I’m glad I accepted, because the Bamboo Charcoal Konjac Angel Cloth Sponge has worked wonders on my skin.

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I don’t know if any of you have heard of Konjac before, but I hadn’t, which is why I immediately researched the brand to see if it would be something I would really use on my skin.

Learning that Konjac is a plant in Asia, free from chemicals and originally used for a plethora of things like medicine, food, dieting and as a beauty product, I knew it would be something I could comfortably incorporate into my daily routine. I was honestly excited to try their sponge for myself.

I was especially happy when I was given the chance to review the Bamboo and Charcoal sponge as Charcoal based products just works for my skin – if I know a product has charcoal in it, I’m more inclined to purchase.

Plus, after reading the qualities of the sponge and what it could potentially offer my skin, I was sold.

Here’s a preview of what it offers:
Naturally antibacterial and antifungal, our Bamboo Charcoal contains activated carbon and minerals which have been used for centuries to absorb toxins, remove excess oils and fight hard to reach bacteria.

This is exactly the product my skin was yearning for.

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The sponge came packaged in the shape of an angel, which was quite cute as the product boasts being able to exfoliate and refine skin, leaving it as if it has been as if it has been kissed by an angel.

After removing it from packaging it felt really hard plasticy feel to it, as if it could snap in half, however, once wet with warm water, it became very soft and took on a weird texture, I’m guessing this due to it being a plant based beauty product.

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Wetting it with just warm water on the first day my skin felt so so smooth, and after continued use, I learned that it could take off a full days makeup completely on its own. At this point I was seeing good results, however, I noticed that after using the sponge my skin would be noticeably oily, although the one large pore that really annoys me had minimised  (does anyone else have that one pore that just looks like a massive pit?)

However, over the last two weeks I’ve been using the sponge with Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser for combination skin and my skin has been the best it’s been for a long time. My pores have minimised, I’ve not broken out *touch wood* and my skin has felt as smooth a baby’s bottom.

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Plus, as Konjac is pH neutral which leaves skin perfectly balanced, I feel that with the help of the cleanser I’ve found the perfect combination.

All in all, I’ve loved using the sponge day to day. It’s easy to use, easy to clean and will last at least another couple of months (they say to change once you see the cloth looking tired)

So, thanks Konjac – you’ve definitely gained a customer in me – Thank You!

Have you used a Konjac Sponge, what do you love about it?

 

Blogmas: The Christmas Tag

And the countdown to Christmas continues…

I still don’t have my Christmas tree up, hence why I feel a little bit un-christmassy, however, I am writing this while digging into mince pies and custard 😋

I haven’t been tagged to do this post, but I do love taking part in them, simply to see other peoples answers so, make sure you read to the end to see if you’re tagged…

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE CHRISTMAS FILMS?
My family loves to curl up in front of a good film, and during Christmas there’s definitely  no exception. Saying that, I’m not a HUGE fan of Christmassy films as I feel you can only watch them during the festive season. But, I do love Home Alone & Santa Clause I always feel nostalgic when I watch them.

HAVE YOU EVER HAD A WHITE CHRISTMAS?
Not that I can remember. The funny thing is, I would say the most Christmassy Christmas I’ve had was actually when I was in Barbados. Everyone goes all out of decorating their houses and in town they have loads of Christmas events. Very bizarre but so nice.

WHERE DO YOU USUALLY SPEND YOUR HOLIDAY?
My family take it in turns to host Christmas, so it’s usually with my whole family at one of our houses.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE CHRISTMAS SONG?
Santa Claus is Coming To Town – very cheesy, but I remember practicing this song for some sort of primary school play.

DO YOU OPEN ANY PRESENTS ON CHRISTMAS EVE?
Always! It’s a very predictable present –  a set of pyjamas, but it’s somewhat a tradition now.

CAN YOU NAME ALL OF SANTA’S REINDEER?
LOL, I’m sure I could once upon a time but not anymore all I remember is Rudolph, prancer and dancer (I’m not even sure if dancer is one 😭 👀)

WHAT HOLIDAY TRADITIONS ARE YOU LOOKING FOR MOST THIS YEAR?
Other than stuffing my  face with food, and catching up with my fam, I’m looking forward to having a Christmas get-together with my friends of about 11 years. It’s been a tradition since we left secondary school.

IS YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE REAL OR FAKE?
We fake it. But it’s never been something that bothered me. They last a long time and are mess-free.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE HOLIDAY FOOD / SWEET OF ALL TIME?
my sister is the baker in the family and she does loads of sweet treats, but I love her Key-lime pie most of all…also her pecan pie. I’m salivating just thinking about it.

BE HONEST: DO YOU LIKE RECEIVING OR GIVING GIFTS BETTER?
If anyone asked me this question five years ago, I would have said I love receiving gifts – I still do – but I do love searching for quirky memorable gifts for people and watching them open it. Puts a smile on my face.

WHAT IS THE BEST GIFT YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED?
I remember receiving an All Starz doll. I remember adding it to my list just days before Christmas but I didn’t think I had a chance of getting it because i was too late. Come Christmas morning I opened an oddly shaped prezzie and it was it. Literally I just screamed with happiness.

WHAT WOULD BE YOUR DREAM PLACE TO VISIT FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON?
Iceland. It looks like a magical place anyway, but if I went with loved ones, I think it would be an amazing experiencing.

ARE YOU A PRO PRESENT WRAPPER OR A PRO FAILURE?
I learnt from the best. Any shape any size, I can wrap it lol. I have been told off though for using too much cellotape.

WHAT MADE YOU REALISE THE TRUTH ABOUT SANTA?
Probably seeing my dad taking a bite out the mince pies I left for Santa lol. I was gutted.

If you want to take part in the tag, I tag you! Leave a link so I can read your answers x

23 Things I’ve Learned In 23 Years

It’s been so, so, soooo long since I last blogged – it’s September already and there’s only 16 weeks until christmas (how crazy is that!)

Although I’ve been away for the majority of August, there has been good reason for it – It was my birthday month and boy did I enjoyyyy… I was insanely spoilt so i’ll be sure to share soon.

But, more recently I’ve been in reflective mood, enjoying the people around me, and the experiences/ lifestyle I’ve been fortunate enough to have, which is why I think actually noting down 23 life lessons – one for every year I’ve been alive – will help me remember what’s actually important in life, and perhaps help younger females out there that come across this post somehow.

23 things I’ve learned in 23 years (in no particular order):

  1. Failure is necessary. I think everyone says this, but no one knows why failure is actually necessary. When I was younger, I was quiet academic, always on the straight and narrow and never really felt any failure or rejection until I finished uni. I searched for nearly a year with many #FAILS in the process but it was so necessary because it made me work harder and really appreciate what I did get.
  2. Scrutiny is necessary. Just like failure, you need to experience scrutiny as well as constrictive criticism to move forward and better yourself.
  3. Learn to live below your means. This point has never been more relevant in my life, especially when things like buying my own house and getting a better car become more of a priority, it’s never been more important to save, even if it’s just a little every month, in order for me invest in things that matter in the grand scheme of things.
  4. Buy experiences, not things. When you work and you can afford to buy things yourself, you soon realise, experiencing things and travelling takes precedent over owning the latest pair of trainers. After all memories last a lifetime.
  5. Avoid trends. As far as I’m concerned trends are a waste of time and money. I have learned to invest in things that I genuinely like.
  6. Not everyone will be there for you. When you go through real tests in your life you realise who’s actually there for you, and who makes time to check up on you. Sometimes it’s a harsh but necessary wake up call on who you need to cut #CutIt
  7. Keep your head up. As a black female, especially over the last year with all the madness happening throughout the world, I’ve learned how important it is to keep my shoulders back and head up, no matter if I’ve got an unusual hairstyle, rocking an au natural face or weird ensemble.
  8. Do what you want. Life is way to short. Don’t worry what other people will think, as long as you’re safe and responsible, live life and do what you want #YOLO (what happened to that yolo)
  9. Speak up! Never shy away from voicing what you actually believe in, no matter how daunting – the feeling of keeping quiet is more disappointing when you look back.
  10. Never accept bad treatment.
  11. Love yourself.
  12. Consistency is key. I think I’ve mentioned this in a previous post before, but being consistent will help you get to where you want to be quicker. Whether it’s in blogging or at the gym – keep at it.
  13. Be a ‘Goal Digger’ – If you been on my insta, I recently posted this quote with a somewhat motivational message. Don’t rely on anyone else to gain success, be a goal digger and get’cho goals!
  14. You are a queen. #MelaninGoddess
  15. Hustle Hard. No one will hand you what you think you deserve, so hustle… HARD!
  16. You can always rely on family. I know this may not be completely true for everyone as every family is different, but I’m sure everyone has at least one person that’s so close they’re practically family whom you can rely on. Having a ride or die is the best.
  17. The world is not fair. Point blank, but what are you doing to make it better?
  18. Look after your relationships. Whether romantic, family or a friendship, look after the relationships that are important to you. Relationships are so fragile and it’s so common that if you get into a romantic relationship, your friendships can take a back seat, but it really doesn’t have to be either or – just be better at time management and care about those close to you.
  19. Parents are always right. A lot of mistakes I’ve made could have all been avoided if only I had listened to my parents. They can be annoying at times, but they are usually right – parent’s intuition and experience is a crazy thing.
  20. Live in the moment. (see no.8)
  21. Keep your circle tight. Not everyone is your friend. There have been so many people that I thought were for me, only to find them bitch about me, take ideas and pass them as their own and everything else, so keep your circle tight.
  22. Keep moving forward. Never become stagnant, no matter how hard life gets, as long as you’re still breathing (Have you seen the Revenant?) you can keep going.
  23. Life’s too short to be unhappy. Stuck in a dead end job? Have a lifelong dream of working for yourself? Want to travel the world? Whatever it is that you think will truly make you happy – do everything in your power to achieve it, even when fear tries to hold you back. You don’t want to look back and regret staying put.

So, there are my pearls of wisdom, hope you enjoyed and make sure to stay tuned for my next post all about my trip to Dubai!

 

Summer Dining at Aubaine

Hello you beauts,

The past week has been absolutely lush in London.

With highs of 34 degrees, I’ve been living it up as much as I can, and hopefully this week will be no different – fingers crossed☀️

When the suns out, I’m up for having a good time, as long as I’ve got some water and a twister ice lolly at the ready I’m good lol! (random side note: what’s your favourite summer ice lolly?)

After spending a lazy day, chilling in the park with my family over the weekend, my boyfriend and I wanted to make the most of the hot weather, so we headed into Wimbledon.

I occasionally take trips into Wimbledon, but, I’ve never really had the chance to explore Wimbledon village, which is why we headed up there in search of some good food!

The boyf and I had a lovely stroll, looking for something that tickled our fancy, bearing in mind we weren’t THAT hungry, after picking and nibbling on picnic food.

We always pass a place called the White Lion, but annoyingly it’s always packed, so we decided to venture a bit further and ended up at a place called Aubaine.

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Aubaine is literally the prettiest restaurant I’ve ever been to – offering fantastically laid-back couture French inspired atmosphere, that was chic and sophisticated.

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“Aubaine is a true blend of cosmopolitan style and French cuisine. Combining the elegance of a Parisian salon with the relaxed ambience of a Provençal bistro Aubaine serves both simplicity and style.
Superb food, urban yet rustic interiors and personable service give Aubaine an air of relaxed sophistication and an aura of chic. Evolving from the quest to find perfect French bread in London Aubaine still holds true to its philosophy of simple luxury: “simplicité c’est beauté”.”

This description literally hits the nail on head. 

When we arrived, bae and I received the best hospitality and customer service (if customer service is as important to you as it is to me, you’ll love Aubaine). We were shown to our seats and then given enough time to talk between us, and decide what we wanted to order.

Due to one too many rum punch’s at the park, we both decided to have a virgin cocktail -their virgin Mojito was so refreshing, just what I needed after a day in the sun!

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Serving french cuisine they had a set menu to commemorate Bastille Day, along with their normal menu. We ordered off their set menu, as it was only £15.50 each, for two courses.

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I’ve always had a sweet tooth, so I got a main with desert, while babe got a starter with main.

We have a rule that we can’t order the same thing – so we get to try more things on the menu lol – anyone else do this? 🙈

He started with beautiful Salmon Rillettes, Asparagus Salad and Crostini which was really nice and light, yet packed full of flavour – nice for a hot day, where you really don’t want to feel heavy or full.

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Soon after he finished, our mains arrived. He went for the Braised Duck Leg whereas I went for the ‘safe’ option of steak, rustic chips and peppercorn sauce – so adventurous, I know!

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I never really know how to order steak as everywhere cooks it slightly different, but I went for medium, as I really didn’t want to see blood on my plate. The texture was perfect and not tough or chewy, but, I did spot a bit of blood🤐🤐 😷.

Nevertheless, all our food was cooked just how we ordered it and all the flavours complemented each other seamlessly.

Next up was desert, my favourite course!

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To be honest, I was very disappointed, as on this menu there were only two options – chocolate eclairs and macarons – two things I wouldn’t normally order, but opted for Macarons – I needed to embrace the French theme after all, and what can I say, of course they were tasty.

Aubaine was a really lovely dining spot, nice for a quick lunch or dinner with your after half, especially as their decor has a lovely romantic air. The set menu was so affordable, but I would definitely go again and order off their normal menu. 

Do you have any summer dining recommendations, I would love to know?

Weekly Rundown #2

Hey y’all,

I’m back for the second week with my weekly rundown. It’s been a busy week for me personally with the blog, with work and in the news, and even as I write this, I’m in the midst of my family celebrating my sisters belated birthday – (she’s really milking this 16th birthday business isn’t she!)

So, without further ado, here’s what’s caught caught my eye in the news (I’m done with Brexit btw):

So, sadly a few days ago the world woke up to the terrible news of Instanbul‘s terror attack. I’m really just speechless, as it’s quite scary how frequently these things are happening, but all we can do is send positivity towards Instanbul at the moment.

On to a lighter topic, last week was the BET awards (I still haven’t watched it 🙈) but I HAVE seen bae’s… ugh I mean, Jesse Williams, amazing, heartfelt speech – Check it out!

If you’ve read my post about my lifestyle changes, you would know I’m all about staying happy and laughing at LEAST 5 times a day – so if you’re like me and love Kevin Hart, you’ll appreciate this, if you havent seen it already. – Kevin Hart & Dwayne Johnson Impersonate Each Other

Lastly, I read a very interesting and quite disturbing article from Broadly, that I thought I’d share with you all – Why cant I consent to sex with my brother?

I hope you all have a great Sunday, and let me know if you’ve found any cool articles for me to add to my reading list too!

rianne me

 

 

The Blogger Summer Hangout

Last Saturday I went to my second bloggers hangout event and this time it was even more special than the last – The Bloggers Hangout were celebrating their 3rd birthday – so as you can imagine I was so excited to see what they had in store for us!

What I love most about these events is meeting bloggers that I talk to on Twitter, it just makes the blogging thing seem a little more real lol.

Anyway, Laura from LauraLivingLife and I headed to the venue held in a small gallery in Charing Cross. We could spot it a mile off… bloggers, nice vibes, plus with the weather being so nice and London Pride taking place, it was definitely looking to be a chilled and friendly atmosphere.

Once we got in we were greeted with so many brands, a little overwhelmed (and flushed) we decided to start from downstairs and work our way up.

The first thing we set our eyes on was food… more specifically sweets!

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Oh Crumbs! offered a range of lovely marshmallows, that I literally wolfed down as I was feeling a bit heady from the night before (why do i do this to myself?)

Next was Pink Parcel. I’ve heard of this brand before, but never really known what it offered, except the obvious (a monthly subscription that comes in time for your monthly period), however, it’s so much more than what it says on the tin… or the parcel 😎

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Pink Parcel gives us ladies a chance to indulge and somewhat enjoy our monthly cycles, with cool treats that they put inside each box. Each parcel contains tea to help with cramps, a sweet treat to indulge in when the cravings come, a range of beauty products and of course pads and tampons.

Pink Parcel, also gave us the chance to make our own personalised box too – check mine out!

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That was it for downstairs, so we made our way all the way up (if you know, you know!)

Regenerate greeted us first and honestly was the brand I was most pleased about coming into contact with.

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When I was younger I was obsessed with my teeth, I just wanted them to be straight and clean, which is why I longed for braces and brushed them 3 times a day (I was such a nerd). Now, I know it probably wasn’t the most sensible thing to do, as too much brushing can wear away enamel, promoting sensitivity, which is something I suffer with now.

Luckily for me Regenerate is a toothpaste that repairs enamel, reversing damaging effects.

Sold in Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, Boots and many more beauty retailers I knew the was a brand I could trust (as well as doing my own research).

Regenerate was kind enough to give us two treats – one Enamel Science Advanced Toothpaste & an Enamel Science Boosting Serum Kit, which should be used one a month.

I’ve only used the toothpaste once so far, so cannot give a in depth review, but I’m pleased with how it left me feeling so far… have you tried these products?

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The venue was boiling and my makeup was literally sliding off my face, so I was parched. Luckily there was a cool drinks brand called Cocktail Mania, serving alcoholic slushies (not that I needed anymore alcohol) – let me tell you their Mango Crazy was lush – check them out, they’re based in Old Kent Road and do everything from slushies to milkshakes, looking to be a great summer hangout spot!

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Mingling in a bit further, I found the cutest store – Sass and Belle. I must be the only person who has never heard of this brand before, but it’s right up my street. They sell ‘the little things in life’ – cups, frames, notebooks..just those little pretty things, you and I could never say no to. Plus they have a store in Clapham Common which is literally 30 mins away – they can add another customer to their fan base!

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The Blogger Hangout Summer event/ 3rd birthday was a blast, and I had a good time with my girl laura even though I was hanging and my feet were burning lol – who told me to wear heels?!

I also had the chance to meet a few super cool chick bloggers so shout out to –@yasminegonzalez & @Sabahscloset  love your blogs girls x

If you went to The Bloggers Hangout, let me know how you found it, and your most favourite brand discovery x

 

Sunday Brunching: Côte Brasserie

This weekend my sister celebrated her 16th birthday (I’m actually getting old 😖 😫). After a busy week for both of us – with her going to her leavers prom and me getting wasted on Friday after a LONG week at work, we decided to be ladies who brunch.

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I’ve always headed to Battersea Rise when I’m on the lookout for cool eateries, no matter if i’m feeling in the mood for American style pancakes, a tasty fry up or want to try something new, I know it’s a foodies safe – haven.

This time we decided on brunch at Côte Brasserie, a cute understated restaurant situated on the corner of Webbs Road.

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Inspired by the brasseries of Paris, Côte Brasserie offers all-day dining, serving authentic French classics as well as British faves made from great quality and fresh ingredients.

With an empty stomach and breakfast on our minds, we arrived just before last orders were taken – 1pm on weekends and 12pm on weekdays.

The interior was very minimalistic and sophisticated, complemented by rich burgundy and grey hues for a light yet moody atmosphere, perfect if you want to escape the outside world for a few hours, and if you’ve got a tender headache and need a calm atmosphere to co-operate lol.

The staff were all very friendly and accommodating, so we got the drinks in…tea! Am I the only one to think that tea always tastes better in a tea pot? I can just never get it right at home.

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The breakfast menu had quite a small selection but covered all the bases, but after scanning the menu I ended up getting an Full English Breakfast – very adventurous, I know – but after such a busy weekend I just needed ALL the food!

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What I loved is that I got to pick what type of eggs I wanted, normally cafes give you the choice between fried and scrambled, but this time I went for poached…ooh lala! My order also came with the option to choose what bread I wanted to be toasted.

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My sister ended up going for the more brunchy and picturesque option of Eggs Royale -which looked amazing. After about a 20 minute wait, our food was served.

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The portions were just right, but, of course we couldn’t go to a brasserie without trying something even remotely french, so we ordered a pain au chocolate and a croissant which were served warm, making them melt in the mouth. No one likes a hard pastry.

Côte Brasserie was the ideal choice for Sunday brunch, especially if you don’t feel like queuing up for The Breakfast Club, which is a more popular choice a few doors away but had a waiting time of 2 hours 😐.

The staff’s attention to detail and overall customer care was 💯 , and the food was not only delicious but also very affordable with our bill coming in at under £30, they also offer a gluten free menu, great if you want to brunch with friends who have different eating requirements.

For me this restaurant was definitely one of the best I’ve been to for breakfast/brunch and an overall great experience, so I would rate it a solid 9/10!

Looking for somewhere to brunch? Try Côte Brasserie.

N.B. – To avoid disappointment, I would advise to book a table in advance as it got quite busy, while we were eating.

See you on my next post x

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Weekly Rundown #1

Hiya lovelies!

So, I’ve been wanting to bring something news related to my blog for longest time now, but, I just didn’t know what to do or how to do it.

After taking to some of my favourite outlets (Stylist’s Emerald Street and Cocos Tea Party) I gained some major inspo and I am proud to now introduce to you – Weekly Rundown – a feature that will be on ze blog every Sunday!

As a blogger with a journo background, I am always reading the news,  finding out the latest whether it’s to do with current affairs, entertainment, music, fashion & beauty or lifestyle, and with this week being so eventful (to say the least) in terms of news, I thought there’s no better time than now to share what I’ve been reading.

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Homes ‘too expensive’ for Help to Buy ISA scheme

Akala: focus on fear of others insults British people’s intelligence

People React to EU Referendum Results: Worrying Signs

Cats getting brain freeze

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The pound drops due to Brexit

EU referendum: Jeremy Corbyn under pressure amid top team revolt

Kanye West Gets Almost No Reactions From Stars Depicted Naked in “Famous” Video

Fire In The Booth – Waka Flocka

Skepta at Glastonbury

Hope you enjoy and please do share your thoughts on the articles featured or any links you think I might like. 

See you on my next post x

 

 

 

10 Things You Should Do This Spring

Hi beautiful people!

Spring is in the air and I’m loving it –  I’m sure I’m not the only one either! The sun has finally come out of hiding – I really hope I haven’t jinxed the weather, the days are becoming longer, flowers are in bloom and I seriously feel like I can live a life after work, because there’s still daylight until about 7:30pm lol … the simple things ey!

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So in celebration of this absolutely lush season, I thought I would share 10 things you can do to make the most of the season.

  1. Spring clean – This may be a bit cliche, but a good ole spring clean can clear you space and therefore clear your mind. It doesn’t just have to be limited to your living space either, it could be your wardrobe or even people around you.
  2. Pick up a new book – I haven’t read a juicy page turner in ages, but when the seasons change I love picking up a new book, to sit in the park or my garden with. It’s also nice to escape from the real world every once in a while too! One of my favourite authors is Chimamanda Adiche – Have you heard of her?
  3. Plan a day trip – The sun’s out so do something/ go somewhere you’ve always wanted to go. I really want to take a trip down to Brighton, can you believe I’ve never been – sacrilege!
  4. Switch up your style – This season is all about new beginnings, so it’s the most ideal time to switch up your style and introduce pieces into your closet that you wouldn’t normally – be adventurous!
  5. Spend a day with people you care about – Put your phones down and step away from wifi. Give the people you love your undivided attention – you won’t regret it!
  6. Do something nice for a stranger – Sometimes it’s nice, just to be nice… so why don’t you pay for the persons Starbucks in the line next to you, or simply give a compliment to a stranger.
  7. Organise brunch with your close friends – It’s so easy to lose contact with friends, especially once you start working or situations change, so spring is a great time to plan a much needed catch up over brunch…remember once friends, always friends and when there’s food involved there’s really nothing to be afraid of
  8. Picnic – Organise a picnic, choose a good park with a decent public toilet nearby and spend the whole day there, maybe get lost in a book (see no.2) My all time favourite parks are Battersea and Wimbledon, what are yours?
  9. Treat yourself or a friend to a present...just because – everyone like a lil surprise so if you see something your bestie will appreciate, pick it up for them, it doesn’t need to be expensive either.
  10. Make it a season to remember! – No matter what you do, fill the spring season with memories to last forever! I would love to do a blogging challenge of blogging everyday of the season, what do you think?

Will you be doing any of these things across the season? Do you have any suggestions for me? Hope this gave you some inspo x

 

Coffee Chronicles: Monmouth Coffee

Hey boo thangs! How’re you all doing? Easter weekend has flown by and now I’m sadly back at work *weeps into tissue*

Normally over Easter I just chill at home and over indulge, but this year I thought I’d take advantage of my time off work to go out and explore London… and as with any trip out, mine always involves – COFFEE!!!

I am a coffee and tea addict. There, I said it lol. I have a cupboard in my kitchen dedicated to all types of teas; chocolate, lemon, liquorice, chai… anything you could think of, and while I do love sipping a nice warm brew in the comfort of my own home, I do love to treat myself to a cheeky Costa or Starbucks, however, sometimes a girl needs a little change, which is why I made my way to Monmouth Coffee – the best coffee in town…or close enough!

My boyfriend and I decided to take a trip to convent garden in search of what has been described as one of the best coffee spots in London (rated 4.5 on Trip Advisor and ranked 11  out of 756 in London)

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As a Londoner, it’s actually ridiculous that I’ve only been to Convent Garden a handful of times,especially as it’s so beautiful and filled with a good mixture of high street and high end shops…

After a peruse around the shops we made our way to Monmouth Coffee which is about a 5 minute walk from Convent Garden square.

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We spotted it instantly as there was a decent line going outside which is definitely a reflection of how good the coffee is.  After a short wait to get a seat, it felt like we escaped the hustle and bustle of London, and entered a little safe haven. The atmosphere was really relaxed inside, we shared a booth with two other ladies and the staff were so friendly.

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I didn’t really know what to order, as they had a minimalistic menu, normally if I go to Starbucks, I order a White Chocolate Mocha or a warming Chai Latte, but it was time to branch out (within reason) so, I opted for a Cafe Au Lait – a very milky option for those that love a creamy blend, and a Latte – for those that love the full power of coffee as well as a velvety creamy taste.

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Talking to the barista about my preferred taste in coffee she recommended these two, and ‘bae’ got a Flat White.

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I am in no way a coffee connoisseur but Monmouth Coffee tastes amazing and it’s super affordable pitstop. It’s really smooth and each drink tastes different, showing how perfectly blended they are. The distinct taste of each coffee is testament to how they source their coffee too, while they also sell coffee (whole and ground) using organic Jersey whole milk from Jeff Bowles in Somerset along with organic whole cane sugar from Assukkar, Costa Rica.

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My boyfriend always makes fun of me and calls me a ‘Starbucks wanker’ but even he appreciated how beautifully blended this coffee was, so, I will definitely recommend this place to all you coffee lovers and re-visit as soon possible.

What coffee shops in and around London do you think I should visit next? x