Sunday, April 07, 2019

Give The Gift of Words | NoteCube

NoteCube is a unique way of showing someone how much they mean to you. Using pictures, memories and sentimental notes, you can give a gift they won't be able to forget.








Remind your special recipient just how much you cherish them with the gift of a NoteCube





At NoteCube HQ, they believe a gift should make someone's day extra special and create that happy feeling that we all love so much. NoteCube is a stylish keepsake box filled with beautiful notes.


Notes are written on the website and once the last note has been submitted, they will print them on the finest Italian card with gold print and an elegant clean finish; tying a precious bow around the notes and putting them in one of their specially made boxes for holding the notes. Your NoteCube is now ready to be enjoyed. I loved how easy this process was and editing the images and text was straightforward. Out of all the gifts I gave, this gift was definitely the one I was most excited to see opened because it was the most sentimental. I was so glad that it went down well and will be treasured for years to come.






The box is made from the highest quality rigid construction and materials for longevity, fastened with magnets to add that extra pop. Navy Blue exterior and interior with a slot designed specifically for holding the notes perfectly!


Disclaimer: This product was gifted. All views and opinions are my own.
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Friday, March 22, 2019

Everything I've Learnt From Mercury Retrograde in Pisces

So far, we have been pretty lucky astrologically and not had a fraction of the disturbance that we had during 2018.


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2018 was a hard year for a lot of people, including myself and you don't have to believe in astrology to have somewhat felt its effects and wonder what the hell was going on.

Much like last year, I find myself wanting to hide in my shell (I'm a Cancer so it comes naturally) until the storm passes. All signs deal with Mercury Retrograde differently and that is something else I have also learnt to understand. Don't know what your sign should do? Check out this article here.

What is Mercury Retrograde?
Three or four times a year, Mercury passes the Earth in its orbit. As it rounds the bend, Mercury slows down and appears to stop and spin backward (retrograde). Of course, it isn't really moving backward, but can be compared to two trains or cars passing each other, this creates the optical illusion that one (Mercury, in this case) is going backward.

I know some of you could be reading this and could completely disregard astrology as a reasoning for the way our lives twist and turn, but hey, it's something I believe very strongly in. So if you are one of those people who want to open their minds to this energy, then perhaps it can help you understand more about why you are the way you are.

What's interesting about this year's retrogrades, is that they all fall in water signs...queue the over-emotional water works. Being a Cancer, I have emotional mess nailed pretty well, so I have some understanding about what to expect from my roller-coaster of emotions.

For someone who is naturally bubbly, engaging with others and willing to push myself goal-wise, a retrograde can have a real impact on my 'persona' or 'personality' during this period of uncertainty. Trying to explain to those around me why I'm ignoring their messages and taking ages to get even the simple tasks done has become an increasingly frustrating thing for me. Why? Because I hate being that person too.

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During previous Mercury Retrogrades I have tried to push against the need to pause and instead keep myself going at the same pace. But inevitably, this works to no avail. I have learnt the hard way that during retrograde, pushing yourself physically and mentally harder will lead to only one thing...a burnout.



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So in short, I have learnt to use retrograde as the time to reflect on past decisions and events and how they have shaped my life. What has it taught you?

As long as all you are doing is reflecting, you'll be fine. But please refrain from making important decisions, signing contracts, buying technology and travelling abroad...oh and going there again with an ex, then it should all be pretty manageable. 


Good luck and see you on the other side!

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Coffee Shops To Work All Day In | Souli Food


I often find it hard to spot the perfect 'work day' coffee shop in a city so saturated with posey pit-stops and touristy tearooms.


The coffee must be just as good as the workspace and the workspace just as good as the WiFi. In fact, I have come to find that the best kind of coffee shops have to offer all of the above and be just right. My Goldilocks theory aside, Souli really is the right blend, with it's central Marylebone location, amazing 100% Fairtrade Arabica bean coffee and cooked food that makes you feel right at home. 

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Located on George Street in the heart of Marylebone Village, Souli is loved for its individual and neighbourly ambience` which is reflected in our product at Souli; just off Marylebone High Street and close to Bakers Street we provide a brief respite from the rush of everyday life

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Oh and the staff are wonderful too, so you can pitch up your tent...or in this case your laptop and work stuff at a table and settle in for a full day's work.


The atmosphere can best be described as your typical London coffee shop with a cool playlist and a lot of friendly chatter. Be prepared though, between 12pm-2pm the place fills up with hungry city-workers, so if you want to get your preferred table, I recommend you come earlier to avoid disappointment.




Souli is definitely going to be my go-to coffee shop when I'm working in London all day.


Why not give it a try and see if it changes the way you work.

17 George St, Marylebone, London W1U 3QN
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Saturday, March 16, 2019

The Ice Cream Parlour | Arundel

The Parlour in Arundel is every Instagrammer's dream. Luckily, this place offers more than just the perfect #SundaeSelfie and actually serves delicious ice cream, pancakes and waffles, among a whole host of other delicious desserts.


The Parlour is the perfect place to hang out, whether you're catching up with friends over a sundae or on a Tinder date and sharing shakes. 

Offering an amazing selection of desserts to enjoy at anytime, their philosophy is always  about enjoying indulgence once in a while.

Pink Sprinkle Cone topped with one scoop of Banoffee ice cream and one scoop of 'Tuna Fish' Bubblegum topped with a pink chocolate flake.


The Parlour also has its own app which is great for checking out the menu, accessing special offers and earning rewards.




These hours are our minimum hours, Many nights we are open later but this is dependent on weather or how busy we are. If it pours down etc we might close early.

TUESDAY TO THURSDAY
12pm until 6pm
FRIDAY & SATURDAY
11am until 10pm
SUNDAYS
12pm until 6pm

CLOSED MONDAYS

LAST ORDERS TO EAT AT THE PARLOUR ARE 30 MINUTES BEFORE CLOSING AFTER THIS WE OFFER TAKEAWAY ONLY.





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You can always check out The Parlour via Facebook or Instagram.


 Tarrant Square, 3, Tarrant St, Arundel BN18 9DE
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Friday, March 08, 2019

How To Style The Printed Mini in Spring | I SAW IT FIRST


Spring is here, right? 

I have been dreaming of warmer weather, bare legs, blue skies and turning the pages of a new release novel at Petworth Park with a cup of coffee in hand.

Spring means we can be a little bit more daring with our outfit choices, even if we do regret them later in the day when a sudden rainstorm hits. Nonetheless, there is nothing I love more than wearing a mini skirt with a knitted jumper. It pairs comfort and warmth with the a more feminine element to the look.



I styled the I Saw It First Snake Print Pleated Skater Mini Skirt with an oversized cream knit and my favourite Spring accessory, the Fuchsia Saddle Bag.







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Saturday, February 23, 2019

Carluccio's | Richmond Reopening




Carluccios Richmond invited me along to the reopening party on Thursday 21st February 2019.

Joining the Carluccios team and a whole host of foodie guests for an evening of complimentary prosecco and aperitivi, I was able to sample some of the amazing dishes that have made it onto Carluccios new menu.

Roll back to 1999 and Carluccio’s had just opened – everyone was talking about the designer interiors, the all-day Italian menu, great coffee and fantastic shop. Twenty years on, at the Richmond restaurant, every detail has been reimagined. The interiors of the restaurant been revamped to suit a new generation, with plush blue velvet chairs and booths, gold hardware, stylish crockery and an updated deli.



The dramatic changes take inspiration from the late Antonio Carluccio’s first restaurant and deli, the acclaimed Neal Street in Covent Garden, and are inspired by his food heritage and today’s dining trends.

The restaurant feels modern and stylish, the new look features cosy corners, open spaces and vibrant colours. The insta-worthy foliage installation, eye-catching art and colourful ceramics are just the start of its fresh look.

For those lucky enough to get to the terrace on a summer's day can enjoy this suntrap, made for people-watching. The bar is equally the perfect pitstop for an espresso or a
refreshing after-work negroni or cold beer.



The Menu:
Standout interiors deserve standout food that fits the vibe. From appetising antipasto to small plates every new dish is mindful of Antonio Carluccio’s motto of MOF MOF (minimum
of fuss, maximum of flavour).



Must-tries are the heritage dishes, taken from the original Neal Street restaurant – Prawns Marinara (with plum tomatoes in a white wine sauce, chilli and fennel); Pappardelle ai Funghi (mixed mushrooms in a white wine and porcini sauce), and Spaghetti Vongole (cuttlefish ink spaghetti white wine, chilli, garlic and parsley).



Other new dishes include Seafood Linguine with prawns, mussels and squid, topped with a whole langoustine and bottarga, whilst on-trend vegan options come in the form of a warm Kale and Almond salad (with spinach, broccoli, mushrooms and semi-dried tomato pesto), chargrilled Cauliflower Steak (with hazelnuts, semi-dried tomato pesto, chilli and cannellini bean purée) and Veganesca Spaghetti (olives, capers, tomato, chilli, raisins and garlic and herb breadcrumbs, hazelnuts, walnuts and pine nuts). The new menu caters to all palettes and dietary requirements.


The Specials:
Take time out for a leisurely brunch (with or without prosecco) with new dishes like Avocado Benedict, Courgette Fritters, fluffy Ricotta Pancakes, and a ‘full vegan’ with borlotti beans, smashed avocado, courgette, portobello mushrooms and tomatoes sitting alongside all the classic egg choices and healthy choices of granola, fruit, porridge, fresh juices and super smoothies.


The Shop:
Something that hasn’t changed is Carluccio’s range of beautifully packaged artisan products sourced from small, family producers all over Italy. From Calabrian sun-dried tomatoes to hand-filled Piedmonte peppers and the finest olive oils, there’s everything from Italian larder essentials to that perfect foodie gift. 


What is new though is the cheese deli featuring a vast array of regional Italian varieties, including many rarely seen in the UK – creamy Piedmontese Carboncino, Sardinian Moliterno al Tartufo, with generous peels of black truffle and the Venetian Ubriaco. The more familiar Mozzarella di Bufala and Parmigiano still feature and can be enjoyed with an Italian wine match, including a great Lambrusco from the deli.




Desserts include Monte Viso, Carluccio’s take on a Baked Alaska and a sweet Poached Pear in a spiced red wine syrup with vanilla mascarpone.

Click here for the full menu.


Carluccio’s, 31-35 Kew Road, Richmond, TW9 2NQ

T: 020 8940 5037

Opening Hours – Monday – Friday 8am – 11pm

Saturday – 9am – 11pm
Sunday 9am – 10:30pm

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