Saturday, 30 August 2014

A Crêpe Affaire...

Mum & I took ourselves off to Brixton to visit Sam for dinner and a catch up!


He'd recently got back from America so we wanted to hear all about his travels. 

I fell in love with Brixton village as soon as we walked every bar, cafe & restaurant overflowing with people, spilling out on to the paths. 

Hustle and bustle everywhere, everywhere felt alive. I can imagine it's even better in the day when the shops are open too. 


We went to Senzala for dinner, it's a creperie bar & cafe.


We ordered drinks, (virgin mojito for me!) and Sam filled us in on his amazing trip to the USA. He had many funny stories to tell! 





Honest Burgers in the distance is the place I'd like to go to next, but the wait was over an hour that night! 



Food Arrived and, Oh boy, was it good! I'm not a savoury crêpe person, so obviously the solution to this is to have dessert for dinner! 


Caramelised Goat (V)

Goat cheese, caramelized onions and rocket  

King Prawn Cajun

Cheese, prawns, red peppers and red onions, seasoned with Cajun spices, Tabasco and parsley  

Banoffee

Toffee, banana, whipped cream, Belgian chocolate, toasted almonds   


I opted for the Queen of all sweet crepes, the banoffee one. 

Sweet bananas, crunchy toasted almonds, soft whipped cream, thick toffee and melted belgian chocolate drizzled all over...



A little ashamed to admit I couldn't finish it! I was close though, very close...

(The shame I felt in how many calories it contained wasn't helping me reach the 'clean plate club' either...)


The menu is packed full of different choices, there really is something for everyone!
 Definitely a place to visit if you're in London.




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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

NEW VIDEO // University Emergency Kit!


HELP! It's an emergency! 

The solution to all your problems when living away from home, at university, are all in this box. 

Watch, Tweet, Like, Subscribe, Comment, Make, Do!

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Monday, 25 August 2014

Breton Stripes, Denim Skirt

Hello! I thought I'd take my first leap into the world of fashion blogging today!

I've taken a few babysteps before with this post, but it's fo' real this time. 

I've finally found someone who is a very talented photographer who is happy to help me. She's an absolute star and I can't thank her enough! 

This look is just for a day in the sun, comfy and casual! 













All photos taken by Emma Gottelier.

Stripy Top - Primark
Denim Skirt - Topshop
Sandals - Matalan
Tortoise Shell Sunglasses - Forever 21

I hope you enjoyed my first fashion post, look out for my next one!




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Thursday, 21 August 2014

Live a Little!

I've come to realise it's time to let loose and live a little!

(I do not own this photo. Source: Unknown)

I was always the person who people were shocked to see drinking, swearing or doing something a little bit astray of the 'goody two shoes' image. This was especially the case whilst I was at school and I have to say I got a little sick of it.

I'm a worrier and I over think everything. Recently I've realised that there is no joy or happiness to come from that, in fact it makes me upset, sad, worried and angry. Why can't I just live in the moment and enjoy what's happening rather then worrying what might happen the next day?

I want to start feeling happy in the moment. I want to not worry about getting in a little bit of trouble. I want to laugh more. I want to be more positive. I want to look back at my years as a young adult and think 'wow you had the best time' rather 'why did you sit there worrying so much?'

Don't worry, I'm not off to do loads of drugs, steal from a few shops and start fights with strangers... I will never be that person! By 'trouble' I don't mean with the police or any of that nonsense, I just mean the lighthearted saying that 'rules are made to be broken'.

I am not an unhappy person at all. I'm really happy, but I have these moments where worrying just takes over. I've found it effects me when writing blog posts and even more so filming youtube videos. I film a video, edit it all, uploaded it to youtube, go to post to twitter and suddenly think 'but what if that person who I went to school with, who I haven't spoken to in a year and who lives half way across the country makes a mean comment about it?' Well, I have come to realise (please do excuse my french, but this blog post calls for it!)... 'Who gives a sh*t if they do?!'

Just ignore that fact I've had a little to drink in both of these photographs... but this is the 'me' I want to see more of: I'm happy, I'm laughing, I'm singing my heart out, I'm hugging a plastic fish and I'm loving life, in the moment, with not a care in the world. 



So here's to the new G!

 
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Saturday, 16 August 2014

iPhone Life

Just a few snaps from my phone recently. I've been using my DSLR a hell of a lot more recently, but I still take a few quick shots on my iPhone. 

I suppose this is also a bit of a 'Things That Made Me Happy' post too!


I was walking along with Henry, arms round each other and before I know it the little'un had run up behind us and decided he wanted to join!


Micks having a little clean in the dazzling sun. 


I absolutely loved doing my best friend, Abi's hair. Blow drying is my new favourite thing! (even if it does take me hours... baby steps!)


Fresh peas straight from the garden!


Pimms. Nothing beats it on a summer's evening! 


My current favourite breakfast! A smoothie (made in my new blender.. I am definitely the saddest person ever as I was SO excited about getting a blender...) & Greek yoghurt with honey and strawberries!  



Testing out the new hammock in the garden at Henry's family home. 



Perfect Summer lunches. Picnic food will always make me oh so happy. 


Important life lessons from bro to bro.


Hilarious Sundays with family and friends trying on my mums old wedding dress. It hasn't been taken out of the box once since the day in went in there! 


Happy, happy photos from a happy happy girl. 

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Thursday, 14 August 2014

NEW VIDEO // Tips For Starting University


It's results day! What better day to put my 'Tips For Starting University' video live?! 

Starting Universtiy is a big, big change and can seem rather scary & daunting. 

Hopefully these tips might make things seem a little easier. 

Give it a THUMBS UP if you found it helpful.

SUBSCRIBE to my channel for more University Videos to come in the next few weeks! 

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Wednesday, 13 August 2014

LA Baby!

The house in LA was pretty cool and I was incredibly happy to be in LA, I'd been looking forward to is the whole trip.


Pretty self explanatory right?

We were staying in Santa Monica, right in between of Santa Monica Pier & Venice Beach.

That night, we celebrated my A-level grades with the most amazing sushi at Hama Sushi in Venice Beach. 

We shared Salmon Sashimi and I opted for 'Strawberry Roll' -Shrimp tempura, cucumber and avocado topped snow crab and strawberries. Topped with a sweet sauce and sesame seeds.

After a whole plate of it, it was a little sickly, as I'm definitely someone who likes a little bit of everything, but it was delicious!

Our first full day was spent lazying on the beach, topping up the tan, splashing in the sea and roaming around Venice Beach, all topped off with a BBQ and some champers. (We were really dragging out those A-level result celebrations) 




Venice Beach is crazy. 

It's like Camden on a hell of a lot of drugs.

Crazy people, fantastic artwork, quirky shops, skaters zooming past you and zipping up and down ramps and in and out of bowls, just everything going on. 







The next day we had another beach day, then headed to a view point to see that iconic Hollywood sign.











Our next stop that night was The Grove. I'd seen it on The Hills and been told to go, but I have to stay I was a little bit disappointed with the selection of shops there.

But I didn't let it spoil anything. I picked up the bits I wanted to from Anthropologie and we had a fantastic Greek Dinner in a lovely little restaurant there.  

We headed back to the villa to catch some Zzz's for the big day to follow. 

IT WAS DISNEYLAND DAY! 

I had begged for us to go to an iHop during our trip, so we went to one just around the corner from Disneyland in Anaheim. 

The Red Velvet pancakes were super yummy, but the service wasn't as great as Denny's, I have to say!

Full up on pancakes, teas, coffees and sausages we got on a shuttle headed for Disney! 



Entering a world of yesterday, tomorrow and fantasy sounded perfect to me. 

It's so magical in Disneyland. I'd been to Disneyworld, Florida before, but not the original Disney in LA. 

You just enter this world were fantasy is reality. 

The characters you loved and felt you know as you grew up are roaming around with you. 

I was on the hunt for some Minnie Ears, but I could only find sequinned/glittery ones. I wasn't settling for those, so I ran half way across the park to get the original ones.

Minnie ears on my head and a smile on my face we hopped on to some rides! 







Ethan's Stars Wars obsession being fulfilled!









I felt like a big kid the whole day! 

















The parade passed and we went on ride after ride. Space mountain being a firm favourite, followed by Splash Mountain.






Due to the inane-ness of 'It's a small world' my dad and I decided we had to go on it.

Ethan asked 'Is it fun? and Is it fast?' Both answers being no, so he declined the offer and went off to look for something slightly more thrilling!



The sun started to set and the streets started to fill with excited Disney-goers getting ready for the fireworks. 

Ice cream and cameras in hand (which is actually quite a tricky thing to multi-task may I add...)

The fireworks, the music, the flying Tinkerbell & Dumbo and the beautifully lit castle made me feel quite emotional. 



This is one of my favourite photos from the trip. 

All excited (and feeling slightly sick from a very sickly ice cream choice. Note to self: Don't opt for hot fudge sauce on to next time. Bleurghh.) we decided to go on Space Mountain one last time.

Don't do it kids, just don't do it. 

After a long journey home of feeling very, very sick, It wad bed time!

It was our last full day in America and I spent the morning exhausting my purse strings. 

I discovered Brandy Melville, fell in love with it, spent the last of my money and admired (and still admire) the items I purchased. 

Have a little look at a few things I purchased here in my America Haul

The shopping in Santa Monica is great, every shop you could want is there. So we returned there that evening for even more shopping and the best dinner at Blue Plate Oysterette, near Santa Monica Pier.


Our last day of the holiday, we lunched in Venice Beach, we swam in Santa Monica & we headed to LAX to fly home, first class.


Flying first class was such a luxury and definitely something I could get used to...

11 hours later, we were home! 

It was the best trip, unforgettable, amazing, incredible.

I really hope you enjoyed reading about my adventures!






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