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Friday, 10 March 2017

Notting Gill Chippy


Is there anything more enjoyable than a good chippy dinner? Salty chips with vinegar, cod with crunchy batter and flaky fish all ready to dipped into a nice dollop of Tommy K. Well it certainly is my idea of heaven, especially as a Friday treat. So I was very delighted to be invited to try the new Notting Gill Chippy, a pop up as part of Notting Hills Kesington Place restaurant. Following its success as a pop up last year they decided to bring it back from February 4th to April 4th for all fish lovers out there to enjoy. The menu consists of some fancier pimped up chip shop items such as Tempura Tiger Prawns, Crispy Squid, and Soft Shell Crab Burger. Whilst this isn't like your regular chippy supper wrapped in greasy news paper, it does still offer simple fish and chips with tartare sauce for all you traditionalists. Here is what we ate.

Soft Shell Crab Burger 

I have never tried soft shell crab before and this was a real treat, coated in this delicious light batter the burger had so much crunch and flavour with an added sweetness from the brioche bun. It was also topped with a delicious salsa and a generous topping of avocado it was incredibly fresh and enjoyable. Although it could have done with a little less salad as it was a little overpacked and I don't think the lettuce added anything particular to the flavour.


Crispy Monkfish Cheeks with Aioli & Fish a Chips with all the trimmings 

Monkfish is one of my favourite types of fish, it is so meaty and tasty but again I have never had monkfish cheeks.  They had a stronger flavour than monkfish tail which I have tried but they had much of the same texture. Fried in a crispy crumb these were like delicious fishy nuggets and were made even better with the garlicky aioli to dip.
Now to the classic, The Fish and Chips. The batter was crispy the fish was tasty and fresh, if I am honest the chips were more crunchy than what I consider a usual chippy style chip but I think that is more of a personal preference and they were still good. We also had a side of mushy peas which had a lovely minty twist and a side of fresh green slaw. It was delightful and salty and vinegary, and went down a treat with a refreshing Aperol Spritz. All in all a thumbs up from me!


What do you think, does the Notting Gill make your London Foodie visit list?
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Thursday, 9 March 2017

A travel guide to Tulum


Tulum is one of the most amazing places I have ever visited, perhaps being on my honeymoon helped it feel that little bit more magical but overall I just can't praise it enough. A small town in the Quintana Roo area of Mexico and us just one hour from Cancun which is where you will find Tulum. Mexico was never really a priority on my list of travel destinations, I always just assumed it was going to be built up, over touristy and resort only, boy, was that a mistake. Mexico is so incredible, there is just so much to do and see. the food is out of this world and the people may just be the friendliest I have ever encountered. Bold statement, I know but seriously they were genuine, kind and friendly people that really left a mark on Dan and I. There is something for everyone to do in Tulum, first of all it is an Instagrammers dream destination, every where you turn there is something beautiful to take a photo of, lush greenery, beautiful beaches and colourful design you are literally spoilt for choice. Today after numerous requests on my Instagram I thought I would share a few of my personal recommendations for things to do when in Tulum.

Where to Stay


Without realising it we actually didn't book to stay directly in Tulum, our hotel Catalonia Royal Tulum was actually based in the area of Xpu-Ha and about a 20 minute bus ride into the town. As it was our honeymoon we opted to go all inclusive, something I personally wouldn't do again, not because it wasn't good quality or a good option of choice, but because it just isn't mine and Dan's kind of thing. We like to explore, try new food and different restaurants and bars and when we were in all inclusive we missed doing that. That said the if it is your kind of thing The Catalonia Royal Tulum was such a beautiful hotel with the most stunning beach front, wonderful staff and perfect beach front. The food was really lovely too, lunch being a particular favourite of mine with fresh paella and tacos made on the beach front!  If you want to stay somewhere directly in Tulum my advise would be to check out the ever affordable Air Bnb or if you after something a little more luxe try some of the local boutique style hotels. Some that came highly recommended:




Hire a bike

The first thing you should know that Tulum town is not where the beach is, if you aren't staying directly on the beach and decide to get a bus in they will drop you off in the Town area not the beach which can be confusing if you don't know in advance. If you want to then get to the beach you can take a 10 minute cab or do what we did which was hire a bike. There are a few bike rental shops on the Tulum shopping strip and they are very reasonably priced, we hired ours for just 400 pesos a day ( £4 in English money) If you get there early you can get a really cute looking vintage bike, but if you arrive after the morning rush you may be left with something a little rickety. For the price you are given the bike and a lock and usually you have to leave a passport or driving licence as a deposit or if you aren't comfortable with leaving that you can leave a cash deposit. Hiring a bike was one of the best things we did on the holiday, there is something so lovely about slow cycling down winding paths, with the refreshing breeze offering a wonderful cool down from the intense Mayan sun. Plus when you cycle you can go at your pace and can hop on and off when you want to get where you want to go along the beach. Places to hire a bike from:




Get a massage

I mean why would you say no to an afternoon massage on the beach? Reasonably priced at as low as $15 for an hour it is a deliciously indulgent way to spend an afternoon. You can find a number of massages on the beach. Or if you after something a little more luxurious you can always book into one of the snazzy hotels on the beach too. One place that I would have loved to have had one was Coqui Coqui a stunning spa and perfumery (which has design to die for ) although do note it is on the higher end price wise. 


Visit a Cenote

Cenotes are naturally formed swimming pools found in many areas of Mexico they vary in size and types. Some are open like this and some are cave like and underground, but what can't be denied is how amazing they are. I mean guys,  this was real life paradise, just look at that water! This particular Cenote is called Casa Cenote and was located just outside of the main Tulum town. There was a small entry fee of I believe 100 pesos and you could pay to hire snorkels or a kayak if you didn't fancy just swimming for an additional amount. We arrived super early in the morning to avoid the rush and hired a couple of sets of snorkels to explore the area, it was so much fun and incredibly clear   making the experience even better. Just across the road from the Cenote was a small beautiful little beach where we enjoyed a delicious lunch of fresh fish tacos and home made margaritas, when in rome aye. Other Cenotes to check out:



Wander and Shop 

After a lot of beach lazing and cocktail drinking Dan and I enjoyed walking along the beach strip exploring all the kitchy shops in Tulum again an intagrammers dream with boho beauty at every turn. The design and the style in Tulum is exquisite and quite honestly exactly how imagine my dream home to be, tropical prints, dark woods, natural tones urgh just perfection. I'll keep it real with you though, some of the stores did sell items at a higher price point but so many of the products were hand crafted and unique you can completely see why. My biggest regret was not buying this amazing bag I spotted in this cute store but hey, ho there is always next time ;) 




Next up I will be sharing all the best things to eat when in Tulum, don't miss it!

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Thursday, 26 January 2017

How to make Life Lovely


Hello everyone, and happy belated New Year to you. Gosh, I can't believe that we are nearly one month into 2017 and this is the first time we are chatting I've missed you all! I thought when planning my content before Christmas that my first post back would be some kind of 2016 round up or a post sharing with you my New Years resolutions, but to be honest, I don't really want to make resolutions this year. Setting un-realistic goals is so 2001 so instead this year I am working on simple, achievable goals and targets. So with that said today I am sharing with you my personal 5 goals to make every day a little bit, more lovely. All the clothing I am wearing in this blog post are from the plus size range 'Papaya' at Matalan who kindly collaborated with me to bring you this post. As you can see, the items are a little more colourful than my go-to but that is exactly what I want for my life this year, more brightness, more colour and more loveliness. So without further ado here are my goals for making my life lovely.

1. Making time for reading 

When on my honeymoon, throughout the day (when not exploring Mexico) Dan and I sat by the pool or at the beach and enjoyed reading our books for a few hours in the sunshine. It was so lovely to have quiet time and to enjoy the peace and I want to make that part of my normal routine, be that over a weekend or reading on my commute to work. I also read some empowering, business books that made me feel ready to take on 2017 and my goal is to include more of these style motivational books into my reading schedule. Girl boss mode is on!

What I am wearing:  Long line Floral Shirt


2. Work/life balance

Last year my work life balance was way off and by the end of the year I was both exhausted and unhappy. Blogging is such an important part of my life but, as you may know I work another full time job, meaning sometimes I can overwhelm myself with too much work and not enough play. This year I am going to work on a better work life balance starting off by finally going part time in my full time job to dedicate more time to my passion with blogging and my writing with Marie Claire. Secondly I I plan on taking time to switch off and learning to understand when enough is enough. Last year I found myself procrastinating a lot and that was because I was simply overworking myself and I was losing all my creativity. Forcing yourself to do work is counterproductive, so this time I am going to call time on myself, step away from my laptop and come back to it when I am in the right frame of mind.

What I am wearing: Ripped Skinny Jeans and Embroidered cold shoulder  


  
3. Positive Vibes, Positive Mind, Positive Life 

This one may seem pretty obvious but, you will be surprised just how much we let negative thoughts get to us and effect our life and those around us. Nearing to the end of the year, everything felt like it was going wrong, and I was in a constant state of sadness and anger and that reflected not just in my work life but in my personal life. When I flew off on my honeymoon, the moment I stepped off the plane, I felt a release of stress and that was because I told my mind, 'Right this is going to be a lovely, special, relaxing break for Dan and I. Our minds are powerful tools and if we surround ourselves with positive people, and particularly positive women we will see a change in ourselves. So, no more listening to Negative Nancie's, or thoughts about self doubt. Good Vibes only for this gal.


Item in image: Slogan T-Shirt


4. Be Bold 

As women we sometimes teach ourselves to shy away, to stay quiet and to not stand out, this is something plus size women in particular do because they have always been told that they are not good enough. Well I say no to all of that. Be bold, be colourful, stand out of the crowd. If you want to wear a dress over a pair of jeans (like I have in this look) do it, if you want to wear head to toe pink - go for it. We only get one life and I think we have to live it as authentically as we can.



5. Find time for yourself 

Last but by no means least, I am going to work on some more 'me time' this ties in with my work life balance tip a lot. Sometimes you need to give yourself some time to enjoy life in order to get those creative juices back flowing. Self care is important, so this year I want to make some more time to enjoy a hot bath with a face mask, spend one weekend of a month enjoying a Netflix binge on the sofa or going to the cinema with my hubs or my friends. Or even something as small as popping out for a walk and grabbing myself a coffee before work, all these small things will help to make my life a little bit more lovely and that my friends, is all I want for 2017.

What I am wearing: Khaki Printed Jacket 


Thank you Matalan who worked with me to bring you this post, I hope you do check out their new pieces they are really lovely! Tell me below what lovely things you want to bring into your life? 

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Tuesday, 20 December 2016

New Year Same Me.


2016 has been a wild year, one that has been full of ups and downs and now that the year is drawing to a close I am ready to end this chapter. Next week Dan and I are heading off on our Honeymoon  to Mexico and I cannot tell you how excited I am to be leaving London to spend two weeks in the sunshine with my boy. In terms of body confidence, I am really suffering right now, and I only say that because I feel comfortable enough to tell you lot. When my favs at Simply Be asked me to choose an outfit for Christmas and New Year for a post, I'll be honest I wasn't feeling myself, at all. Everything I looked at online was amazing but I just didn't feel great. I decided to express my feelings about my body image on Instagram and my gosh was I overwhelmed with the response, over 300 of you wrote kind words to me and I sat crying on the tube home at the overwhelming love from you all. The next day, I headed in store to the Simply Be on Oxford street and found this outfit, the gold skirt really caught my eye, it was so shiny and bright and when I put it on I felt like me again for the first time in a few months. Paired with the gorgeous off the shoulder velvet body and platform heels and I felt ready to take on the world. When I shot my look with my photographer, I spun around in the middle of the street with my skirt making a golden tornado around me and and I laughed for the first time properly in weeks. The lesson here is, there are times in life when you won't feel like yourself, there are times when you wont always love your body and that is okay. Your body is your home but who you are is right inside, so this Christmas, no matter how low you feel, find something that makes you feel special and wear it with pride, spend time with your loved ones and try to appreciate the blessings you have in your life. Yes I have a double chin in this photo, but I also have a huge smile and I will take the chins with the smiles any day and I urge you to to do the same.






WHAT I AM WEARING 


Gold Metallic Skirt - Simply Be (similar here)

Platform Heels - Simply Be 

Leather Jacket - Simply Be

Tortoise Clutch - Simply Be

*This post was in collaboration with Simply Be to share with you their amazing party wear, 



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