monday favourites

2015, Blogging, Culture, November

good writers give me life. so when i stumble on new bloggers whose lyrical ways have me all **you’re not selling anything (specifically) but here. take my money already**… i just need to share them with you.

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this year i came across a couple of new bloggers who turned me into a stalking fangirl mess. i subscribed, followed on twitter, tweeted and retweeted and i may or may not follow them on instagram too.

ash ambirge rocks my socks because she tells it as it is. point blank. she’s the kind of woman i would sit in a coffee shop with for hours and hours. she runs the middle finger project

reading diana la counte’s posts on our city lights stirred something in me. and although our lives are not the same, she writes in a way that resonates with me.

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writing goddess meg fee recently released the ebook ‘places i stopped on the way home’. a literary feast of 16 beautifully written essays of meg’s dating life. if there was an award for best lifestyle writer of all time she would get my vote in a heartbeat.

i turn to this nigerian/ghanian beauty for my fashion and home inspirations.

my brain has yet to get on the fact that it’s monday. so i shared one of my favourite inspiration videos of 2014 in this morning’s marketing meeting. because sometimes we all need a pep talk:

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life lately according to my iphone + canon 100d

2015, August, Culture

hey, it’s been a minute.

life got a bit non-stop in july (family visiting from the states, i turned 30, went to paris + more) AND it’s not going to stop for a few more weeks (the next free weekend i have is not until 26th september). yikes!

it’s all good things so i can’t complain. too much. 

here are some life lately photos from my iphone and canon 100d.

also let’s just pause a moment to celebrate the 50mm 1.8 lens. as an amateur photographer. wow.

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^^it’s like i’m in paris every other month this year. not that i’m complaining one bit ^^

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^^ this is one of my bff’s ema. she’s hawt. in the #breakmeofapiece kinda way. she’s a yummy mummy, fashion & lifestyle blogger and one of the sweetest humans i know. go see what she’s all about –> elleserabelle.com ^^

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^^ i just need to share with the world these attractive cousins of mine #itsintheblood ^^

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^^ mum and i at my future sister-in-law’s hen party ^^

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^^ and me giving it a go with my photography and photoshop skills. SO much fun! ^^

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^^ the #bf getting real excited about a old school phone box. i mean. that face **insert kissing sounds** {i give you permission to judge the mushiness. but. i. just. can’t. help. it}

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^^ the #bf with his nephew. these two play fight and it scares me a little. but hey, they’re boys ^^

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^^ i’ve been 30 for a little over a month and it’s. fabulous. ^^

30 isn’t old. It’s a young mature.
– Melanie White

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day 5 | a bygone era

2015, Culture, July

let’s go back to 1995.

where giving directions consisted of ‘turn left at the post office, then take the second right after the pub’.

it was the year of toy story, golden eye, casper and jumanji.

these guys…

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UNITED STATES – MAY 09: SISTER, SISTER – Gallery 10/6/93 Tim Reid, Tamera Mowry, Tia Mowry, Jackee Harry (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)

where rockstar queens mariah carey, janet jackson, alanis morissette and whitney houston ruled the musical airwaves.

it was the driest summer ever recoreded in the uk. and i remember the heat as i turned 10 that summer, i had a BBQ and water fight for my birthday.

1% of the uk population, that’s 600, 000 people, now had internet access.

yahoo was born and eBay went live.

the dvd format was introduced.

if my mum wanted to use the house phone i had to turn off the internet first.

and let’s not forget about the spice girls. because.

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day 2 | five favourite youtubers

2015, Blogging, Culture, Inspiration, July

shirley b eniang

shirley is probably my favourite and my go to for make-up and hair tips. she’s got a clean and fresh look. she also inspired my white-on-white obsession (when it comes room décor). she’s got such a great energy and can i add that she’s also gorgeous? #girlcrush right there.

patricia bright

patricia is right up there with shirley. i just love her positive attitude to life! her and her husband are an adorable couple too #relationshipgoals

sonna rele

her voice tho. i stumbled on sonna last year and have been keeping up with her music monday posts. i love watching her journey and look forward to seeing what the future hold for her.

soul pancake

i’ve talked about soul pancake a couple of times. one of the best things on the internet. sight alongside humans of new york, soul pancake brings a sense of peace, love and all things good back to humanity.  i’m not a cat person…but kittens. oh my lanta.

how it should have ended

because we all need to have alternative endings to movies. literally.

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3 courses, 3 days, 3 countries | part II

2015, Culture, Food, June, Travel

happy first day of june. the weeks literally fly by, and i feel especially when

so apparently i started writing this post on june 1st. and 10 days later i’m actually completing it…i promise i wanted to get this up a lot earlier than that but at the moment i seem to posses an inability to post regularly. as in, more than once a month.

and for that i apologise.

to finish my 3 courses, 3 days, 3 countries post i close with brussels.

brussels is beautiful and quaint. and a cobbled streets-kind of charming.

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^^that beautiful, coloured building right there is at grote markt or grand place. it lit up like that at night. i couldn’t believe my eyes. i had this overwhelming feeling that if i twirled i could be a princess.

that’s the only way i can describe what seeing that felt like.

we ate our dinner part of the trip at a sweet pub restaurant called skeivelat. caroline and i opted for the house ribs. and oh my.

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can someone say lip smacking? or finger licking… well there i said it. because that’s what happened.

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and you can’t leave brussles without sampling some kind of chocolate.

you just can’t.

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“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” – Miriam Beard

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3 courses, 3 days, 3 countries | part I

2015, Culture, May, Travel

if you’ve been following my blog for a while you’ll know that one of the items i had on my 30 things before 30 list was to have 3 meals in 3 countries over 3 days.

it happened people. it actually happened.

i kept pinching myself…all the while thinking “is this real life..or just fantasy?”

ha. but yes. yes it was real life.

words can’t really express how i feel when i have the freedom to explore. explore cities that are beautiful to me. and to do that with food that is divine, decadent, delicious.

i was some kind of delirious.

{and apparently i get some kind of poetic when it comes to describing my travel and food experiences}.

london

london you sweet, sweet thing. we didn’t spend a lot of time here. {but that’s ok because i have plenty more london exploration trips planned this year}.

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we stayed near london victoria coach station and my friend caroline, who knew the area pretty well, chose this cute cafe just a 3 mins walk from the coach station entrance on elizabeth street.

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thumbs up from me baker & spice.

we decided to take the megabus. lawd. cheap travel…but goodness gracious i was reminded why i don’t like the general public.  hey ho, we survived.

paris

we arrived early friday evening and headed straight to our accommodation. airbnb of course.

i fell in love with paris after my first trip there last summer. and it didn’t disappoint, even in the rain.

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saturday morning we went on the wego walking tour. i can’t give the tour enough cred. it’s run by french couple paul and paulina. paul is the guide while paulina takes the pictures. firstly they’re a cute couple, second….paul is a fantastic tour guide. he is energetic but mostly incredibly passionate about paris. they both are. just go to trip advisor and look up their tour. you’ll see what i mean.

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actually i’m going to just give you the link. here. go check it out. i can absolutely promise you that you won’t be disappointed.

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^caroline enjoying a yummy crepe^^

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^this was right by the bridge where princess Di died. rather surreal^^

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the tour was 3.5 hours long, which flew by. and after a few eiffel tower photos we headed to le cafe du marche for lunch. le cafe du marche is a cute cafe right around the corner from the eiffel tower.

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we then headed over to another cafe for hot drinks and some kind of dessert. because. paris.

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la terrasse is in the same area as le cafe du marche and perhaps is my new favourite. great views, wonderful service and for me a great location. also their creme brulee is amazing.

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we weren’t leaving paris till sunday morning so it was a great opportunity to explore this beautiful city a little more. we wanted to get some touristy goodies to take back to the uk so we headed over to the sacre coeur in the montmartre area, north paris.

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in the evening we headed back to la terrasse for food.

la terrasse also has the best non-alcoholic cocktails. period.

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you know what i love about the parisian restaurant service? they don’t rush you. we spent at least 3 hours here. a glorious, indulgent 3 hours.

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paris , vous avez un petit morceau de mon coeur.

watch this space for part II.

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london markets ¦ borough & camden

2015, April, Culture, Travel

in all the time i have grown up in the uk and have travelled to london, up until 2 weeks ago, i had never been to camden or borough market {i can hear the gasps}. one of my new year goals this year was to explore more.

because exploring …

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
― H. Jackson Brown Jr., P.S. I Love You

and believe me when i say… there is nothing like camden or borough market. i don’t think the following photos give you the best picure of each market because really, you’ll need to see it for yourself.

we were originally going to go just to camden but my fabulous childhood friend julia mentioned that she had never been to borough market. so we decided to do both in one day!

tip: leave plenty of time to explore if you’re going to do both in one day. we had planned to do so but by the time you drive into london {if that’s what you choose to do}, park the car and get the underground, you’ve used up a lot of time.

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now borough market is more of a farmer’s market.

the smells tho. the wonderous scents wafting through the air like the perfume of a temptress.

so so good.

freshly baked bread, cheese glorious cheese {i love cheese —> take that dairy intolerance}… if i lived closer to london and in my total daydream “i could be the female version of jamie oliver” moment, i would absolutely, most definitely buy my weekly produce from borough market.

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^these vanilla custard doughnuts tho^^

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i was too much in awe to get any more shots. but borough market – i will be back {not in an arnie voice}.

camden market

camden market was something else. endless. and wonderful. and endless. i don’t think we got through all of it. in fact. we didn’t.

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but there was so much to see. so many stalls and so much “i won’t find this anywhere else”.

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the food stores are impressive. they are all of the cooked food type, plus drinks and desserts. i could have stayed there all day just to eat. you all know how much i love food.

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everyone needs to visit the jerk station. just saying.

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freshly made waffles? yes please. made by two suberb french chefs.

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^because one must pose when in camden

london has several other markets. and according to visit london there 12 that absolutely must be seen.

3 down, 9 more to go. check them out here.

here’s to exploring.

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3 courses, 3 countries, 3 days | #comingsoon

2015, April, Blogging, Culture, Food, Travel

it’s 1.18am and i’m still awake. i don’t know whyyyyyy.

anyway.since i am awake…

roughly {and i mean really roughly} two years ago, i had an idea.

it was mostly around the time when i was living in america and was feeling incredibly europe-sick. i missed how easy AND quick it is to get to a different country on this side of the world. as in —> 2 hours and 30mins from london to paris #eurostar

so i thought… 

why not combine my love for food and passion for travelling into one?

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and so the 3 courses, 3 countries, 1 day trip was born.

however. when i moved back home to england last year and i started the planning the trip, i quickly realised that trying to do breakfast, lunch and dinner in 3 countries in one day was going to be a challenge. flights and train times were working against me. i also wanted to make sure i enjoyed and savoured each moment … i mean who wants to rush a meal in paris? #nah

so i decided it would be better to spread it across 3 days. 3 days of glorious food and sight seeing in 3 beautiful cities.

when #wonderlust comes to life.

“Now more than ever do I realize that I will never be content with a sedentary life, that I will always be haunted by thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere.”
Isabelle Eberhardt, The Nomad: The Diaries of Isabelle Eberhardt

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of course i will be blogging about it. so watch this space. and catch it real time on my twitter and instagram feeds.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”
Mark Twain

#lifeisforliving

i’m coining it #3xc

#comingsoon

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life lately | a mash up

2015, April, Culture, Family and Friends, Healthy Living, Inspiration

// i’ve moved house.

and it’s wonderful.

here was my view from my room to the garden last saturday. it’s not all green yet but spring is dancing it’s way into our lives, so soon it will be.

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and i made a little sanctuary #purebliss

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i’m also addicted to white #allwhiteeverything

// change does the soul some good #evenwhenidontwantit
“just when i think i have learned the way to live, life changes.”| hugh prather

// some weeks ago i spent a weekend in london with my bestie alison. it was a fabulous and chill weekend of sightseeing and gluttony. and i’d do it all over again. this red rover boat cruise of the thames is highly recommended. as is going to greenwich market in east london.

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here’s to more exploring.

// while i think i’ve discovered i might be diary and wheat intolerant {major booo}, i discovered some fun alternatives…like courgette {zucchini} pasta. and lemon + kiwi + lemon + mint leaf water —-> and while that technically isn’t an alternative it is SO REFRESHING.

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// my first #wcw was dedicated to gabrielle union

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she’s 42 people. 42 YEARS OLD. i don’t know what she’s been drinking but i need some.

// my friend jo is in new zealand right now and sent me this pic last week. she was sat on this beach. with a cuppa. looking at the stars as the sun set. where was i?

in the office.

i still need to travel more.

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// i was in a car accident in february {insert sad face} but thankfully, apart from a bit of whip lash and back pain, i’m ok.

my car is now fixed — i’m just going to get hurt by my insurance premium next year.

i’d only had it for 4 weeks {cue violins}.

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// on a happy note my 3 meals, 3 countries, 3 days trip is all booked #london #paris #brussels — more on that #comingsoon

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