Monday, 25 August 2014

Columbia Road Flower Market

Another stressful working week, another weekend mooch in London but this time around Columbia Road Flower Market. It was heaving by the time I arrived around 11am (note to self - get there super early next time) but despite the crowds it still makes my list of favourite places in London.

What did you get up to at the weekend?

Sunday, 17 August 2014


I've mentioned before that I tend to avoid Oxford Street like the plague. I much prefer going to quieter spots like Marylebone High Street, which despite being just around the corner, seems like it is a million miles away and has almost a villagey feel to it.  It has a lovely bookshop with long oak galleries and beautiful skylights called Daunt Books. If like me, you're a bit of a bookshop geek (I don't know what it is about bookshops but there's something that soothes my soul whenever I step into one) and you haven't been, I would definitely recommend paying this place a visit. There aren't any of the big high street chains (Kensington High Street is good if you're looking for shops like Zara and H&M away from Oxford Street) but there are a few of the more high end high street stores like Whistles.  There is also a small farmer's market on a Sunday which makes it the perfect place for a mooch around.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Beauty Favourites

I love reading about other people's favourite beauty products so I thought I'd share a few of my own.

Elasticizer by Philip Kingsley is hands down the best leave in conditioner/hair mask I've ever used. All you need to do is wet your hair, massage this in, pop on the oh-so-attractive shower cap that's supplied (it's a really good look), leave in for 15-20 minutes, rinse and then shampoo as normal. This always leaves my hair looking shiny and soft.

According to Indeed Labs their Hydraluron facial serum is proven to boost moisture levels. I don't know if that's true but I certainly find that my skin instantly looks and feels smoother and more hydrated when I use it.

Max Factor False Lash Effect does what it says on the tin, people have actually asked me if my lashes are real when I've worn it.

I love this foundation for it's light and natural coverage but it seems like it's being discontinued *sob*.  My sadness didn't last long though because I've recently discovered...

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation. It gives good coverage and leaves my skin looking all lovely and glowy.

Just in case you're wondering this post isn't sponsored, I genuinely love these products and am writing about them in the spirit of sharing :)

What are your beauty must haves?

Sunday, 10 August 2014

A little adventure in Cambridge

Work was horribly stressful last week and long hours meant I couldn't escape to the gym at the end of every day which is my usual method of unwinding, so when Friday finally arrived I was actually a bit giddy with happiness. 

I decided to take myself off on a little adventure yesterday, to one of my favourite places, the beautiful city of Cambridge. 

For me there's something quite magical about Cambridge, it feels like there is a secret hiding around every corner.

The stalls on Market Square are lovely to have a stroll around.

I'd love to be able to hire a bike with a wicker basket (which I'd have to fill with flowers of course) for the day. What a dreamy way to explore Cambridge, wheeling through the streets and pinging the bell!

This is my favourite view in the whole city.

Whilst wandering the back streets in search of  lunch I stumbled across this little gem of a cafe.

I love simple menus - makes deciding what to have so much easier!

I ordered a cappuccino and smoked salmon and scrambled eggs on brioche toast. I didn't have room for cake but don't they look amazing?

And there was one little table left outside, it was meant to be! I settled down and it was the perfect spot to watch the world go by.

My cappuccino was almost too pretty to drink. I've added 'learn how to make pretty foam patterns' to my to-do list (which is by far the most interesting  and appealing thing on this list at the moment).

 My scrambled eggs and smoked salmon was delicious and went perfectly with the buttery brioche toast.

I finished lunch with a peppermint tea to sip on whilst I set off to explore a couple of Cambridge's colleges.

The gardens of Pembroke College provided the perfect place to escape the swarming hordes of tourists and find some peace.

Unfortunately Penshurst College wasn't open to visitors but this is a shot from the outside.

There seem to be amazingly talented buskers on every corner of Cambridge.

My little adventure to Cambridge yesterday was the perfect antidote to a somewhat trying week.

Today I went for a morning run so that I could have a guilt free lazy afternoon, drinking lots of tea and flicking through new recipe books- bliss!

I hope you've all had equally lovely weekends :)