Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Life Lately...

Liberty - Brunch at Balthazar - Lunch at Bob Bob Ricard

Quote along Clueless at Prince Charles Cinema - London Marathon - Cocktails at Wahaca - Shopping in topshop (wearing Zara)

Since moving to London, I've been trying to make the most of all the cool places available on my doorstep and so far I have been having a wonderful time falling in love with this city. Some highlights you ask? 

  • Liberty. I love this store. I walk past it every day and it's just as beautiful outside as it is in.
  • Definitely treat yourself to brunch at Balthazar, it is expensive but so worth it. 
  • The food at Bob Bob Ricard wasn't that amazing and v.expensive, but it's a good experience and I loved the champagne button.
  • I went to see Clueless (As if!) at the Prince Charles Cinema. Hold up! A quote along screening people. It was brilliant. They also have a sing along screening of the Spice Girls movie coming up that has my name all over it. When two become one....
  • The London Marathon was so inspiring and also so emotional. I saw a very old man running it (amazing) who had suffered from a stroke in the past and was raising money for stroke victims (even more amazing) and I just wanted to be his best friend. Everyone who ran - bravo. 
  • Cocktails with my mum and dad and lots of Mexican food. It was my birthday last week, so some of this was bday related including a mid week visit to Wahaca courtesy of my rents. 
  • Shopping! Enough said. 
  • Finally, I went to see Jersey Boys at the Piccadilly theatre and it was so amazing. By far the best musical I have seen and I just wanted to stay and watch it over and over again. A real must see. 
Hope you are all having good weeks, any plans for Easter?

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Review: & Other Stories Makeup

If you haven't popped into & Other Stories then you really should make a trip. It's a shop for the cool cats, full of high-end inspired fashion cuts and a great vibe. For the beauty buffs, there are testers galore and cute sinks where you can wash off all the lipstick swatches (why isn't this everywhere?).

On my latest trip I picked up two eye shadows and a lipstick to test out the beauty range available. First off, I love the packaging. The lipstick especially feels pretty lux, but it's the font and style are right up my street. I plumped for 'Birrus Rust' a gorgeous coppery red shadow, 'Shetland Brown' a dark bronzy brown shadow and 'Sempiternum Brick' a peachy coral lipstick. All totally beautiful, with 'Birrus Rust' being my fav.

Onto the details. The shadows are £7.00 each and lipsticks £12.00 each, so not exactly cheap. I probably wouldn't recommend the lipsticks over other alternatives at that price and the shadows, whilst being gorgeous don't have the best lasting power. I can't deny my love for 'Birrus Rust' tho, so if you want to cast your own verdict I would recommend this particular shade. 

Have you been to & Other Stories? What were your thoughts?

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Surviving your first weeks in London

Image from weheartit

A rundown of some of the stuff people don't tell you when you move to London and how you can make it through those first few weeks!

After work drinks
Nobody in the history of ever has said 'fancy a drink?' and actually meant one drink, fact. After work drinks happen in London Monday-Friday and you basically will get totally hammered. How do you survive this without bailing on the social events? SNACKS. Get yourself an 'after-work-drinks-snack-stash' to keep you going. 

Sweaty tubes
The UK so has the tube system wrong compared to the spacious, air conditioned glory that is in Spain and alike. There are a few things you need to survive, no matter how many stops. First up, music. Load your iPod or spottily account with as many tunes as poss. Also, you need reading material (always grab the free papers). This combo means no awkward eyeballing with the tube weirdos. 

Oyster card, obvs. You don't want to be messing around with tickets. Also, you need a cute oyster card holder, I got mine from paperchase

On top all of this you need a good deodorant because it gets real sweaty on there. I would massively recommend Sure Maximum Protection which is a bit pricier than others, but works way better. 

Expensive lunch
As well as permanently drinking, everyone likes eating too. This can get pretty costly though, so make like some of the people where I work and have Friday as your lunchtime treat day and try to take your own food in or hit the supermarket on all the other days. 

Dead phones
Always have your phone charger or a portable one with you and make sure you keep it well charged. You don't want to get stuck somewhere on your own after the after work drinks with a dead phone. 

I'm sure there is more, but hopefully some fellow new Londoners can relate!

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