I have have never been a big reader. Even as a child, reading was a chore and I envied all of the other kids, who enjoyed spending hours delving into different books.
However with age, I have pushed myself to read more, and more importantly to read books I am genuinely interested in. I am definitely one of those people who is glued to her phone, so taking time to remove myself from screen time is very important.
To start my journey, last Christmas I invested in a kindle! For those who have either long or tedious commutes, I would highly recommend investing in one of these. They are so handy and slip into your handbag, without the bulk of a normal book.
So here are the books I have either read or am reading at the moment and would recommend:
Okay I have a slight fascination with the Holocaust (bizarre I know) but both of these books are a great read and based on true stories. I think I prefer for the former to the latter, in terms of the storyline and the way it is written. It reads a lot more like a novel than ‘The Man Who Broke into Auschwitz.’
So I havnt finished this book just yet, but if you are in the mood for a bit of life inspiration, and self-reflection then this is the book for you. Warning: it says ‘fuck’ a lot! This hilarious and practical book explains how to rid yourself of unwanted obligations, shame and guilt – and give your f**ks to people and things that make you happy instead!
This woman is my new favourite, leading lady! COO of Facebook, Sheryl draws on the realities of women in the workplace and how altough we are making progress, we still have a long way to go! Sherly highlights situations and attitudes in the workplace, that not only do we take for granted, but that we don’t even realise are situations of ineuality. This is an important read for both men and women, so that we can begin the move forwards towards equality! An eye-opening read I would highly recommend!
I love Sophie Kinsella for a light, holiday read! Her books are easy reads with a light storyline. ‘Sleeping Arrangements’ is one of the most recent book of hers I have read, but overall her books are a great go-to for an easy, holiday read!
Because of 3 weeks of travel in March, I have decided to combine my March and April London Restaurant Picks! Looking back there has actually been quite a few new spots I have tried over the last number of weeks! Here are my top picks:
A pasta haven in Leicester Square
Whilst being off sweet things for lent, I have been trying to find a healthy alternative to sweets/cakes and chocolate covered dates are my absolute favourite! Filled with coconut almond butter and sprinkled with sea salt, these treats are to die for!
2. Pit and open the dates half way so they are easy to fill
3. Spoon in almond butter into each date
4. Melt the dark chocolate and using a spoon, pour over each date
5. Sprinkle sea salt over each of the dates whilst the chocolate is still wet
6. Place in fridge for a minimum of 25 minutes so they chocolate cools
Earlier this week I spent a glorious afternoon at one of the Cowshed spas in Primrose Hill.
Their biggest branch in London, the Cowshed spa in Primrose Hill is only a 4 minute walk from Chalk Farm station.
A café and spa in one, the experience is simply delightful. With a range of different services available, there is a treatment for everyone. On this occasion I went for a 60 minute deep tissue massage (price: £110.) I also decided to head there an hour and a half early to try their delicious food and coffee. Each treatment comes with a free tea or coffee, that you can have pre or post treatment depending on what you want. The whole environment is super chilled and zen and the staff are really helpful and nice.
My treatment was amazing and they only use their own Cowshed products which are available to purchase both in the spa and online! Vouchers can also be bought in store or online and are a great gift to give! I would recommend booking as far in advance as possible however as appointments can get booked up very quickly.
So if you’re feeling like pampering yourself or a friend/family member, then I would definitely recommend checking out Cowshed.
GATHERED SLEEVE DRESS
Handy for work with tights and boots or casual with trainers.
New Look is my new favourite place for jewellery so picked up these earrings for less than £4!
As far as I can remember, I don’t think I have ever been to a Portuguese restaurant before in the UK, let alone a Portuguese tapas restaurant. Located at Flat Iron Square, Bar Duoro did not disappoint. Small in size, this place is the perfect spot for a couple or small group, who enjoy great wine and sharing plates.
$$$: It isn’t cheap, but also is not overly expensive – would definitely recommend this place going forward!
I’ll be honest, I rarely eat Indian food, and I don’t remember the last time I was in an Indian restaurant. However, after visiting Gunpowder, my thoughts have completely changed! The food was simply delicious! Indian small plates, with a modern twist, this restaurant is suitable for both meat lovers and vegetarians alike. You can’t book so be prepared to queue/put your name down and wait, particularly in the Spitalfields branch. However, it is all worth the wait.
$$: The food is reasonable priced and not overly expensive.
I have been to MILK several times, as I live in Balham, and yet I don’t think I have really mentioned it in my blog before. This is definitely one of my local favourites, however on weekends be prepared to queue. Due to popularity this place regularly has queues out the door! It’s the perfect spot for coffee, breakfast, lunch or brunch!
Unfortunately I didn’t manage to get pictures when I visited this restaurant, but I will definitely be returning in the future. A Peruvian restaurant, this place also focuses on small plates and is absolutely delicious! Meat and fish focused, the vibe is very causal, encouraging sharing and Peruvian beers. It is also in the super cool spot that is Kingly Court on Carnaby Street.
$$: Mid-range prices
Also in Kingly Court is Good Egg, a cool brunch spot in the heart of central London. (They also have other locations) This place does not take bookings so be prepared to queue, although the venue is big enough that you shouldn’t be waiting too long. The food is delicious and given the name is egg focused, but includes other dishes too! The restaurant serves Jewish-inspired breakfast, brunch, lunch + dinner, plus craft beers, natural wines + cocktails.
$$: Mid-range prices
Flotsam and Jetsam (Wandsworth Common): Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch spot
Les Petits Gourmets (near Warwick Avenue): Gorgeous French restaurant