Saturday, 28 February 2015
When I was invited along to taste the wares of Soupe du Jour, I was intrigued but not necessarily excited. I mean, soup is soup, right? To me it just brings connotations of grabbing a quick lunch from Sainsbury's when it's reaching the end of the month, or slurping on something bland when I'm sick - it is very rarely something I deem worthy of sharing with the masses. It is an impressive feat then, that after I left Soupe du Jour I was not only stuffed, but was still surprised that it had tasted so good!
Wednesday, 25 February 2015
There's something about Fashion Week that is utterly fascinating. Seeing the street style, the trends on the catwalks and the glamorous front row occupants, I'm hooked on reading the round-ups and pinning my favourite looks to get inspiration for the months to come. I've attended a Fashion Scout show and London Fashion Weekend before, but this season is the first time I've attended full-blown designer shows, and I was SO excited. But oh! What to wear!
Monday, 23 February 2015
It is a sad fact of life that when you hit a certain age, you cannot eat all the cake and not face the consequences. This leaves me in a bit of a predicament. As you can probably tell from the pages of this blog and my Instagram account, I live for food. Sadly, I also hate exercise. It's mainly because I really enjoy sitting down; it's a talent that I have perfected over the years and I am pretty damn good at it.
Saturday, 21 February 2015
Introducing my new pet: Bolan, the T-Rex.
Oh I do adore a statement necklace! My collection of them is really starting to get out of control, covering everything from skulls, crescent moons, chains and beetles, there's always something to make a plain boring top or dress so much more exciting. But none as much as this.
Thursday, 19 February 2015
If you're looking for a culinary taste bud explosion, then Prague maybe isn't the place to go. We certainly didn't eat badly on our trip, but the local cuisines are pretty limited in their offering, consisting predominantly of cuts of pork, sauerkraut and potatoes. We mainly stuck to traditional Czech food where we could and tried most of the expected dishes.
Tuesday, 17 February 2015
Prague is one of those cities, like Paris, where Brits go for a 'long weekend'. Unlike Paris, however, there aren't many people who can tell you what there is to see there. It's known for being picturesque, and I knew before I went that there is a river running through with a famous bridge over it, but that was pretty much it. In the three days I was there, I found out that Prague has an incredibly rich and fascinating history, and the city was truly brought to life for me through the wonderful walking tours we went on.
The architecture is staggering; not from its height, but from the intricate detail everywhere. The famous Astronomical Clock is truly beautiful, though how you tell the time from it is beyond me! Known as the City of 1000 Spires, despite being the second most atheist country in Europe, it's not difficult to see how Walt Disney found inspiration for fairytale constructions like Maleficent's castle. And he's not the only famous person to be in awe of Prague; Kafka lived and worked there, and Mozart loved the people of the city so much that he held the premiere of Don Giovanni at a theatre there, which is now the last place that he played to still be in existence. Prague has also been the foundations for myth and legend, with the story of the Gollum originating from the attic of the Old New Synagogue in the Jewish District.
Our guide Michael met us by the Rudolfinum music hall and pointed out some of the main sites including the Charles Bridge before we caught a tram up the hill to the castle.
The castle grounds is still the home of the Czech president and prime minister, as well as the senate. It is protected around the perimeter by soldiers decked out in uniforms designed by the costume designer for the Oscar winning Amadeus, carrying bayonets, and is perched on the top of a hill overlooking the city and its surroundings. The architecture again was completely stunning and we were shown an incredible example of sgraffito - a type of design where patterns are literally scratched into the brickwork giving a textured appearance that feels like looking at a Magic Eye picture.
On our own time, we wandered down to the Charles Bridge which has huge looming statues on each side, depicting various parts of Czech history or saints and other religious figures. The view from each side is completely gorgeous with towers, winding streets and petite houses by the river that I could've looked at for days (if it wasn't so bloody cold that is). Prague is one of those places where you take hundreds of photos of buildings, just because. It is also incredibly cheap, and perfect for a quick trip away with a flight time from Heathrow of only two hours. Despite the weather, it really is a beautiful city, and I'll definitely be going back to see a little further afield.
Sunday, 15 February 2015
It's no great secret that I am a pretty big Sherlock fan, but even though it's the BBC show that holds my obsession, I am no stranger to the written originals by Arthur Conan Doyle. The books are fascinating, intelligent fiendishly clever and darkly humorous, with the majority of them set in London (not just on Baker Street). This sets the scene perfectly for Best LDN Walks latest walking tour, which started at the Criterion Theatre.
Friday, 13 February 2015
Pink duster coat - Missguided
Black tshirt - Speedway*
Jeans - J Brand
Necklace - To:wn Design
Skater shoes - Asos
Sunday, 8 February 2015
I miss living so close to beautiful Muswell Hill. It's such a picturesque and quaint place to wander around on a sunny Saturday afternoon. The demographic is reflected in the shops: Whistles, Waitrose, Le Crueset; but there is a wider variety of restaurants and cafes on offer.
Friday, 6 February 2015
A few weekends ago, I was sat in Starbucks in Paddington Station waiting for a train to take me and my belated Christmas greetings to my sister's house. I had my earphones in and a book to read and was quite happy minding my own business, until the girl sat opposite me decided to drape herself over the boy sat next to her. She then sat idly stroking his hair while they watched videos on his laptop and he fed her plastic spoonfuls of muesli. Tender? Cute? Reminding us that romance isn't dead?