Brighton

 

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I recently spent a sunny bank holiday Sunday down in the seaside town of Brighton. We decided to get the train down from Clapham Junction as trains are very frequent and it only takes just over an hour door to door. I used trainline.com and would recommend booking as far in advance as you can to get the best deals. When you arrive at the station, the pier is only a 10-12 minute walk straight down the main road.

 

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Lucky Beach Cafe

As I had never been to Brighton before, I was unsure where to go to for breakfast/brunch. I started doing some research and came across the Lucky Beach Café. I would recommend if you are ever looking for a restaurant to look it up on Instagram, as it gives you photos from real people.

 

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Vintage Shops

Luckily, the day before I went to Brighton I happened to get some recommendations for good vintage shops in Brighton.  The North Lanes are the main streets for vintage shopping. The main stores I would recommend are To Be Worn Again, Independent Rag and Dirty Harry and all are significantly cheaper than London vintage shops.

Other shops I went to included JuJu Brighton which has great stuff (not vintage) and Kerrie Berrie Beads & Jewellery. Kerrie Berrie is the cutest little shop where you can create your own pieces of jewellery. There are lots of beautiful options and the jewellery and pieces are really affordable.

 

Food for Friends

This restaurant was another recommendation from a work colleague. Food for Friends is a well known, award-winnign vegetarian restaurant in Brighton that is not to be missed. You can book a table in advance and there is the option to sit inside or outside.

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Other Recommendations

Some other recommendations that I got that for Brighton included The White Rabbit which is a classic pub where all the locals hang out. There is also The Black Lion which has a nice beer garden and Pike & Pine on St James Street.

Eggbreak & Notting Hill

 

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A 3 minute walk from Notting Hill station, Eggbreak is a small egg-focused café on the quiet street of Uxbridge St. I had been recommended this place about two months ago by my boss in work and have been dying to try it ever since!

The food was absolutely delicious and very reasonable. Given that we went early in the morning and during the time of Ramadan, there was no queue, but on a normal weekend expect to queue for at least 20-30 minutes.

 

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Turkish eggs & House granola made with super seeds and 6 nuts with yoghurt, Acai and wild honey

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The famous Portobello Road is only a 12-15 minute walk from Eggbreak if you fancy heading down for some vintage shopping. At the heart of Notting Hill, this road is home to the world’s largest antiques market, with everything from fashion/clothing, food, bric–a-brac and antiques. It is definitely worth the visit!

One particular Vintage shop I would recommend is Goldsmith Vintage. It is also right opposite Electric Diner which is also great for brunch and Electric Cinema which is a luxury, boutique cinema that serves food and wine – perfect for a rainy day.

 

Granger & Co

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Created by the Australia food writer and restauranteur Bill Granger, Granger and Co. is one of my favourite brunch spots in London! Located in Clerkenwell, Notting Hill, King’s Cross and Chelsea (my favourite) the menu doesn’t disappoint with its fresh, healthy ingredients and modern twists on classic dishes. The food is simply delicious!

I love the Chelsea branch – it is right off Sloane Square and is absolutely glorious on a sunny day! Queuing is unfortunately a given at this place, due to its popularity, but it is definitely worth the wait!

 

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Yogurt Cake

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This is one of my all time favourite Spring/Summer cakes to make. I have been baking this cake for years thanks to a friend’s mother’s recipe. I have known this incredible lady for over 20 years and she introduced me to the recipe when I was about 13 or 14 years old…and I have been making it ever since!
The cake is so quick and easy to make and is a great base to add your own personal twist to. It is a real all-in-one recipe, so for those with little baking experience, this is the cake for you!
Light and fresh, this cake is perfect for any Spring or Summer occasion, particularly afternoon tea.
Enjoy
Aimee xx

 

P.S. I love to add poppy seeds or fresh raspberries into this cake mixture to jazz it up, and pair it with a lemon glaze and icing for additional flavour.

 

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups self-raising flour

3/4 cup of caster sugar

3 eggs

1/2 cup of sunflower oil

1/2 cup natural yogurt/buttermilk

 

Method
1. Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Use parchment paper to line the baking tin (9/10 inches) and grease lightly with butter.
2. The method for this cake is really quite simple. Add in the wet ingredients and mix thoroughly. Then add in the dry ingredients until the mixture is smooth and has no lumps.
I sometimes like to add poppy seeds or fresh raspberries in at this point to change up the recipe.
3. Place in the baking tray and cook for 40-50 minutes. To test if the cake is cooked, use a sharp knife and dip it down the centre of the cake. When you remove it, it should be clean. If there is still mixture on it, it needs more cooking.
4. For the icing, simply mix in about 2-3 tablespoons of water into a medium-size bowl of icing sugar, until the mixture is thick and smooth. Spread it onto the cooled cake using a wet knife, and serve. Allow the icing to dry, then serve.
5. For a lemon icing, simply repeat the step above, using fresh lemon juice instead of water.
TIP: Before adding the lemon icing, use a fork to poke holes in the cake. Using a mixture of 3 freshly squeezed lemons and 3-4 tablespoons of caster sugar, poor this over the cake, allowing it to seep into the holes. This creates a lemon glaze across the cake, making it super most and zesty!

Caravan

IMG_6159Jalapeño corn bread, chipotle butter, coriander, lime. Burrata, wild garlic pesto, sherry vinegar. Heritage carrots, smoked paprika yoghurt, hazelnut dukkah, mint.

I absolutely adore this restaurant! In five locations across London (Bankside, Kings Cross, The City, Fitzrovia (coming soon) and Exmouth Market) I would recommend Caravan to anyone who loves and appreciates good food with a less traditional menu.

I have been to both the Bankside and Exmouth Market branches, and both were equally as wonderful an experience. Although I have only ever been to Caravan for dinner, I have also heard great reports about their brunch menu too! It is the perfect spot for a small group, or even just one or two friends, as it has a great atmosphere but doesn’t feel too crowded. They also cater for large groups/special occasions, and can tailor the menu to suit your taste. The food is so delicious and really reasonable given the quality!

Aimee

xxx

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IMG_6160Bulgur and halloumi fritters, aubergine purée, chard, preserved lemon

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March/April Beauty Favourites

 

I have been trying a variety of different beauty products over the past month or two, and have been absolutely loving some of the stuff I have been trying. I decided to compile a list of my favourite products….

 

MAC Viva Glam II

I absolutely adore this nude shade from the Viva Glam range in MAC. The colour has mauve undertones and a satin finish. This lipstick works really well with MAC Boldly Bare lip pencil. (£17.50)

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Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector

It was actually my sister who introduced me to Becca Cosmetics. I had never used any of their products before and ended up trying one of their highlighters. I LOVE this highlighter – it has a really natural finish but is super pigmented at the same time. (£32.00 Cult Beauty)

 

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NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser  SPF 30

I’ll admit, I used to use this product but only recently switched back to it. I hate wearing a lot of make up at work, as I like to give my skin a chance to breathe during the week. This moisturizer is super light weight and smooth and gives a natural, dewy finish. I cannot recommend this product enough to people looking for a more natural look. I used to wear the colour Finland, but as I am wearing more tan in Spring, I went for the slightly darker shade of Alaska. (£30.00)

 

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Dove DermaSpa Summer Revived Med – Dark Lotion

I recently bought this product in Boots, when they had run out of the Garnier tinted moisturizer, and so far I am a big fan! I think both products are equally as good but its a great, affordable alternative to other tanning moisturizers. (£7.79 in Boots)

 

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Benefit Precisely my brow eyebrow pencil

For those who like natural, but fuller eyebrows, then this product is a great option for you! The product comes with both the brow stick and brush so you can shape your brows exactly how you like them. It also comes in a variety of shades, but I would have the Benefit staff try it on you first before you choose the right shade for you. (£20.50)

 

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L’Oréal Elvive Extraordinary Oil

I have started using this oil again in my hair and found it leaves my hair so silky and smooth and keeps it from getting frizzy after blow drying. To use it, I wash my hair as normal and dry with a towel to get the main wet out. From there I take a pea drop size of the oil and massage through my hands and run through my hair. One bottle lasts at least a year so it is definitely worth it! This product is also a great alternative to the Kerastase Elixir Ultime Hair Oil, which is at least double the price. (£9.99 in Boots)

 

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Huda Beauty Warm Brown Obsessions Palette

Once again, I borrowed this product from my sister when I was home recently. I had a heard a lot about the HUDA beauty products but had never actually tried any. The eye shadows are soo pigmented, I was blown away! This palette is also so handy if you are forever doing make up on the (go like I am,) as it is small and compact! (£25.00)

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Nip & Fab Glycolic Scrub Fix

I have said before that I have quite dry skin on my face. I try and make a homemade exfoliator where I can, but if I need something compact or on the go, I have been loving this glycolic exfoliator from Nip & Fab. It’s really gentle on the skin but is great at removing dry/flaky skin. (£9.95)

 

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Spring Haul

During the heatwave 10 days ago, I was inspired to do some Spring/Summer shopping! I realised I needed both casual and work clothes that I could wear when the weather gets warm again in London!

Earlier this week/this weekend I targeted Oxford Street, despite the weather being utterly freezing again! I went to Zara, H&M and Bershka and couldn’t get over the range and value of the Spring/Summer stuff! H&M was great for light, summer dresses you can wear to work and unsurprisingly I wanted to buy every single item in Zara!

Now I just need to wait for the weather to get good again…

 

SPRING HAUL

ZARA PRINTED SATIN DRESS DETAILS 29.99 GBP

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ZARA AUTHENTIC DENIM LOW-RISE JEANS DETAILS 25.99 GBP

 

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ZARA SPLIT SUEDE LOAFERS DETAILS 29.99 GBP

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ZARA EARRINGS WITH CHAIN FRINGING DETAILS 12.99 GBP

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ZARA METALLIC SUNGLASSES WITH COLOURED LENSES DETAILS 15.99 GBP

 

Bershka V-neck shirt £14.99

 

H&M T-shirt with a tie £8.99

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SPRING/SUMMER WORK HAUL

ZARA MIDI DRESS WITH BUTTONSDETAILS 29.99 GBP

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H&M V-neck dress £24.99

H&M Flounce-sleeved dress £14.99/£19.99

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H&M Pointed ballet pumps £12.99

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