Eat, Pray, Love

Frid(y)ay is always the best day of the week which is why I chose it as the day that I publish my happy edit. To go alongside this I thought I'd do a focus on some of my favourite things today. So here is a round-up of some of my favourite blog posts from other bloggers in the style of one of my favourite books and films: Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Bennet.


If you haven't heard of Erin Gleeson yet, then you may be familiar with her signature style of recipes. She creates beautifully illustrated step by step visual recipes. For anyone who is a visual person like myself and strains their eyes poring over a more traditionally-wordy recipe book, this is the much easier and more modern way that means you will no longer struggle. Not only are her recipes simple and modern but so is her food. Her recipe book 'Forest Feast' is exactly that, think fairy lights and sitting on stumps of wood in a forest whilst devouring rainbow-coloured earthy salads, baked and stuffed beefy tomatoes, followed by light ricotta chocolate mousse in vintage 20s champagne glasses. She almost convinces you to, like her, trade in your city life and shack up in a little Hansel and Gretel styled cottage in the woods hosting nightly feasts for the locals and creatures. Get lost in her recipes over at www.theforestfeast.com. I would highly recommend a visit to your local market before!



In this day and age taking a few minutes out of your life to focus on yourself can seem pointless, time consuming and unrealistic. We all think of those gym-going, health bunnies who wake up at 5am to meditate, body brush, sip lemon water and squeeze in their HIIT. Don't get me wrong- I would love, love to be one of these people and I do once in a while wake up early and head to a spin class. However, I just find it completely unrealistic to maintain and make such a life and personality change! I just love my time in bed too much.

For the times when I am feeling particularly inspired, I do head over to www.intentblog.com. They have some amazing articles on spirituality and meditation and for me this is enough. I actually downloaded the app Headspace recently on a colleague's recommendation and although it is truly a great app, I personally just couldn't get into it. But, when I stumbled across the below illustration on Intent Blog, I don't know whether it is because as I said above I am a visual person, but I found it super easy to follow. I now try at least three times a week at any time of the day to follow this. It does really provide a few minutes of de-stress and there has been so much research on the health benefits of this time to yourself. I have set the time constraints of what works for me but it really can be done as much or as little as you find useful.

Another article I love on their site: http://intentblog.com/i-am-not-my-work-fear-and-mindfulness-in-entrepreneurship/#more-287085


A study conducted by MyHarmony.com found that by 2031 half of all couples will have met online. This really points to how the channels for meeting someone have changed so rapidly in the last few years. I think that expectations have just become increasingly high, we all want that sickly-candyfloss-sweet love. When you're sitting on the tube watching the cooing couple bobbing along on their morning commute secretly thinking there's no way they are that happy- rest assured they probably met on Tinder and they totally have their problems too... Life isn't like The Holiday and sometimes we do need to put our best foot forward and get out there.

I recently went on a quadruple date and my boyfriend and I were the only ones who had met 'organically'. The other couples are no less happy than we are because of this. My best friend also recently remarked that she wanted to meet a guy naturally and for it all to fall into place, I straight away told her that whether someone is right for you or not has nothing to do with where you meet. I guess that fact is that we need to realise that there should be no stigma to meeting online- technology is something to be utilised and taken advantage of. We have so many opportunities to meet amazing people who may not have happened to be walking past and graciously caught us as we slip over like in movies!

The only thing that we need to be aware of on the internet is that you can be anyone and search for almost anything. My Domaine happens to be one of my favourite websites: it encapsulates interiors, careers and lifestyle in one incredibly informative swoop! They published this article on the traits that we all find the most attractive, and why not use them to our best ability? http://www.mydomaine.com/most-attractive-traits. Why shouldn't we put our best foot forward? After all, confidence is the number one most attractive trait


The Weekly Happy Edit

The 5 happy things showcased in the news this week...

1. Shrek and Smurf: The Rescued Coloured-in Kittens 

These two gorgeous little kittens were rescued by police when investigating a house in Bradford. They are now being cleaned well cared for and well be ready for happy new homes very soon!

2. Paralympian's Stolen Bike Returned

Tim Farr is a British paralympian with a huge personality. So, it is no wonder that when his £5000 specially-made bike was stolen from outside his house, a crowdfunding site for a new one raised nearly £2000. Well, this money will now be donated to charity as his bike has been recovered from a pawn shop after being sold for just £150.

3. Gene Therapy Reduces Sight Loss

Sight-loss is undoubtedly an incredibly difficult disability to deal with. A new and recently proven therapy now represents hope for thousands of those who would otherwise become blind from the rare disorder called 'choroideremia'. A treated patient said of the therapy 'it has opened a new chapter of my life for me when I thought that the book was about to close'. 
- Jonathan Wyatt

4. Mother Reunited with her Kidnapped Son 22 years on

Zou Qixiu was reunited with her son who disappeared from their home in 1994 at the age of four years old. He was abducted my human traffickers and sold to another couple. After recently having his own child he thought about the anguish his mother must have suffered and still be suffering. He got in contact with 'Baby come home' website and tracked down his mother. His parents were illiterate so could only do what they could to track him down which including going door to door. There were huge celebrations on his return.

5. Disney to make Maleficent, Mary Poppins and Jungle Book Sequels (and Cruella)

Any release of a Disney movie is good news to me! Fortunately, we have four to keep us busy. There will be a Marry Poppins sequel starring Emily Blunt, a Jungle Book and Maleficent sequel (starring their original casts including Angelina Jolie) amd to top it all of a brand new 101 Dalmations spin-off called Cruella. They also confirmed further future releases- in 2017, 2018 and 2019 which should be more than enough to keep our thirst for Disney quenched.

Have you had any happy news this week?



What to Wear and Eat on any budget in London

I have to say a thank you and give credit to Sheerluxe.com they were a massive inspiration to me in even starting this blog. My favourite posts I have to say are either the Debit/ Credit posts or the food posts. This gave me the idea to combine the two! So welcome to your complete guide to eating (and wearing) in London:

1. The Minimalist Asian

There is something truly magical about minimalism. Whether it be a plate of perfect raw tuna dotted with micro herbs and dressed in a salty sweet combination of soy and citrus or a crisp white shirt and scraped back hair, it can be the simplest way to create absolute perfection. Japanese or fusion food and fashion for me is the ultimate symbol of this.

Sexy Fish

If you haven't heard of Sexy Fish in 2016 then where on earth have you been hiding? Designed by  Martin Brudnizki Design Studio and boasting Damien Hirst artworks and an impressive list of regular A-list clients, it really is a must go if you have the rather hefty budget. 

Order: Their Shipwrecked cocktail which comes in tiny blue bottle poking our of edible sand. There are notes of pineapple but the overwhelming taste is the alcohol- not a bad thing, ahoy! The Wagyu beef dressed in miso and truffle and of course their signature Sexy Fish roll

Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square W1J 6BR
Phone: 020 3764 2000

Helmut Lang, £305
Wear: Classic minimal elegant with a touch of oriental charm! All in monochrome of course...
AlexanderMcqueen, £1395
GIANVITO ROSSI Suede flats, £430
The Row, £1,630

DKNY, £415

Tokyo Diner

Tokyo Diner may not host the same expensive artwork or the glamorous client but it does boast a certificate of excellence from Tripadvisor and a selection of delicious and authentic noodle soups. Well worth a visit and definitely not to be underestimated!

Order: The Bento box or soup noodles and a glass of traditional plum wine.

2 Newport Pl, London WC2H 7JJPhone:020 7287 8777


From St Xavier, £70
Zara, £29.99
Oasis, £40

Whistles, £180
ASOS, £12.50

2. The Loud Italian

If you've ever been to Italy, you will know exactly what I mean by the loud Italian, it is the lip-smacking hand movements, the nattering of coffee drinking old women and the arguments of flamboyant men on the cobbled streets of Rome. For me, it will always be Sophia Loren who is the epitome of glamorous Italian fashion... 


The Glamorous Cecconi's started in Venice and is now the pinnacle of A-list approved Italian restaurants, with branches in West Hollywood and Miami. Breakfast here is truly delicious and a less costly way to visit.

Order: The vitello tonnato (veal with tuna- nicer than it sounds) and any of the pasta dishes. Copious amounts of Italian coffee compulsory. 

5A Burlington Gardens, London W1S 3EP
Phone: 020 7434 1500

Wear: Dolce and Gabbana print the most gorgeous Italian scenes which are unfortunately difficult to emulate on the high street. So if there was one thing I would splash out on it would definitely be the bralet, 
Gucci, £540


Il Blandford's 

Il Blandford's was named as Kate Hudson's favourite restaurant when she comes to London. Located in Marylebone it is by no means undiscovered. I would particular recommend going for brunch there. I once was seated next to an Italian who said it was the only place in London that made food like his nonna!

Order: the focaccia for breakfast, a smoothie or a pizza.

65 Chiltern St, London W1U 6NH
Phone:020 7486 4117


ZARA, Tasseled bucket bag, £19.99
Mango, Cat-eyes, £17.99
H&M, £39.99

Missguided,  £25

River Island, Yellow print crop top, £8.00

Topshop, £8

3. The Classic French

Stripes and a baguette tucked under their arm or living off espressos and cigarettes are the sterotypical symbols of French women. The women may be fat-free and skinny but French food is most certainly not, dripping in butter or chantilly cream, French food is full-fat and full-flavour. They started the intricate pastry revolution and Cordon Bleu chefs and hold the highest number of those with Michelin stars. Just be careful not to eat too much if you want to recreate Parisian petite chic!

Le Gavroche

Michel Roux Jr. is probably the best known French chef and Le Gavroche is probably the best known French restaurant in London which made this the effortless first choice. If money is no issue, this is without a doubt the must-visit, deservedly holding 2 Michelin stars.

Order: Their perfect cheese souffle and a coffee with petit fours.

43 Upper Brook St, London W1K 7QR
Phone:020 7408 0881


Sam Edelman, £196.20

Thomas Maier, £454


Although a chain restaurant, Cote does not lose the earnest French charm of a traditional brasserie. Their set lunch menu is an absolute steal and the food is consistently delicious. 

Order: The set-menu

Head office: Côte Restaurants Ltd 
Woolverstone House, 61 Berners St, London W1T 3NJ
Phone: 0203 2067940

Vero Moda, £22
Office, £40
Vichy, £25

H&M, £12.99

Warehouse, £39

4. The Modern English

The Ivy

The Ivy was probably one of the first of a certain class of restaurant. It made way for the other star-studded, paparazzi surrounded restaurants such as Nobu and now the likes of Sexy Fish. However, it will always remain the classic original. The food is traditiona;, expensive and generously flavoured.

Order: The Sherperd's pie and baked Alaska

1-5 West St, London WC2H 9NQ
Phone:020 7836 4751

Wear: For me English style is all about being a laid back English rose, think Emma Watson, Kate Winslet, Keira Knightley...

Current/ Elliot, £120
Topshop Unique, £135

Vince, £176

Mulberry, £995

Elizabeth Arden, £22

Alexander Wang, £208


Fish and chips rolled up in yesterday's newspaper with a wooden fork and smothered in malt vinegar will always be my favourite English dish. It represents the traditional English 1 week Summer of happily rosy cheeked children playing in parks with a floppy-flicked Mr Whippy ice-cream.

Order: Fish and chips with a side of mushy peas of course!!

30 Hawley Cres, London NW1 8NP
Phone:020 7267 0440

River Island, £35

ASOS, £35
Seventeen, £6.99
Banana Republic, £59.50

Office, £60
Zara, £25.99

5. The Vegan Hipster

For this I had in mind, you know, one of those cool girls who go to Coachella AND Glastonbury? Their dad is a millionaire, they wear designer boots with hemp and they're probably called Daisy, Ophelia (Fifi) or Beatrice (Bea). The also live a completely vegan lifestyle and go for runs in Regents Park... 


I have to say the food here is truly delicious, inventive and you can even treat yourself to a superfood cocktail. However, it will also be a super-priced cocktail (and meal). 

Order: The tasting platter, coconut water and red velvet cake. 

35 Ixworth Pl, London SW3 3QX
Phone:020 7225 7538

Anna Sui, £555

Chloe, £1395

Chan Luu, £70

Mabu by Maria BK, £140
Surf Spray, £22


It is undeniably difficult to find good quality and reasonably priced vegan 'health' food in London with the growing craze. Vantra provides you with the opportunity to do exactly that.

Order: The salads, Thai curry and mango cheesecake

25-27 Oxford St, London W1D 2DW
Phone:020 7439 8237

Zara, £39.99

Zara, £49.99

Accessorize, £6
Star Mela, £80

Lee Stafford, £7.99