Monday, 19 March 2018

Slug & Lettuce | Vegan

I was recently asked to pop along to the Slug & Lettuce in Brentwood for lunch and to check out their new refurbishment and I was pretty interested to check out their menu and see what vegan options they had on offer. I can't honestly remember the last time I'd been to a Slug & Lettuce prior to this visit, probably back in the day when I used to go out drinking a lot more than I do now! And I guess I have always associated it as being more of a drinking place than somewhere to go to eat. 

Friday, 16 March 2018

The Ordinary Foundation | Vegan & Cruelty Free

I think foundation would have to be the most important makeup product to me and it's one thing I am always on the look out for finding a better version of. It's also the one product I don't mind spending a bit more money on.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

The Loneliness Of Freelancing | Life Stories

One thing that you don't really think about when making the move or decision to become self employed is just how damn lonely it can be. I touched on it before in my 'Why I Became A Blogger' post but to go from working in a really lively office of twenty plus people to just working by myself has been quite a shock to my system, especially as I am someone who thrives on the support and encouragement of others. 


Monday, 12 March 2018

The Barbican Conservatory | Plants

It's no secret how much I love plants lately and it's a new passion and hobby which really does bring me a lot of happiness. One of my favourite things to do at the weekend is to browse plant shops and photograph plants. My current house plant collection is pretty big and I'm trying not to add too many more to it at the moment which is proving difficult! But one thing I have realised is that I don't have to be buying plants to be enjoying them. It can be just as fun to go and look at them without necessarily bringing any home with me! 

Friday, 9 March 2018

Creative Workshops I've Loved Lately | Lifestyle

At the beginning of this year I found myself feeling a little lost with what I wanted to do and what direction I was headed in. It was over the dreaded new year period, and I guess this is something a lot of people feel at that time of year, so I wasn't feeling too hard on myself. However, and as a way to get myself over this, I decided that the best way forward was to put myself out there and try something new. Partly just for the fun of it and partly just to see if it would lead to anything. 


Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Easter Picks 2018 | Vegan

Every year my vegan Easter egg blog posts prove to be so popular and I am hoping this year will be no different. It's been so good to see the choices for vegans just get better and better every year and i'm thinking 2018 is set to be the best year yet! 

Here's my top picks of vegan Easter eggs for 2018...

Hotel Chocolat Dark Chocolate Bunny

I absolutely love the look of this dark chocolate bunny from Hotel Chocolat and they actually have a number of different vegan Easter products this year which is so good to see! I especially love their little Tiddly Dark Chocolate Pot's!

The large Booja Booja eggs are definitely at the more pricer end of the scale at £24.99 each but they look so beautiful and would make a really special treat for someone, or just for yourself! 

Moo Free Orange Easter Egg

The Moo Free eggs are a great budget friendly option this Easter and they're especially a good alternative for children. My personal favourite is their chocolate orange flavour but they also have their 'Bunnycomb' and straight forward chocolate flavours available. 

Divine Dark Chocolate Egg With Crisp Mint

I've never tried this Divine Easter egg before but mint and dark chocolate is a favourite combination for me so this one is at the top of my wish list this year!  

Plamil Milk Chocolate Alternative Mini Half Eggs 

I love the look of this cute bunny and mini eggs by Plamil and it's gold bow really makes it an eye catcher.

Montezuma Dark With Cocoa Nibs Eco Egg

I love that Montezuma have created this eco friendly Easter egg! With absolutely no plastic in sight this egg is perfect for the eco conscious vegan in your life. The packaging is also very cute and Montezuma chocolate is one of the best around.

Tesco Finest Salted Caramel Flavoured Egg

This salted caramel Easter egg from the Tesco Finest range is a real vegan crowd pleaser, particularly as it comes with some of their much loved fondant truffles.   

So Sweet Couture Dairy Free Easter Hen & Eggs In Basket

I absolutely love the look of this hen and eggs basket and I think it may be my favourite out of this whole bunch! I'd also never heard of this range before making it even more exciting. Oh and I should probably also mention that they do a vegan Easter Egg Treasure Box too!

Cocoa Loco Crystalised Ginger Dark Chocolate Easter Egg

Personally I am not the biggest lover of ginger but I had to include this option from Cocoa Loco because it looks beautiful and I know from experience that their vegan chocolate is delicious. 

M&S Made Without Dairy Dark Chocolate Egg

M&S are back again with their Made Without Dairy Dark Chocolate Egg and I have to say that I think they've done so well with their vegan chocolate and I am always picking up their mint and orange chocolate bars when I am in their store.  

It's also worth mentioning that The Vegan Kind Superstore has a great selection of vegan Easter eggs and treats too but if none of that floats your boat you could also melt down your favourite vegan chocolate and make your own Easter eggs like I did in this video!

What's on your Easter wish list!??   


Monday, 5 March 2018

Dough Society | Vegan

Last week I paid a little visit to the Dough Society in East London after hearing so many good things about their famous vegan donuts. I hadn't actually planned to write a review about it but my experience was so good I just had to share with you all! 

Friday, 2 March 2018

Spring Home Touches | Interiors

With Spring fast approaching I have been really excited to change things up at home a little and inject some sunshine into my home. It was great after Christmas to go back to a completely blank canvas again but as the sun has been shining more recently it has really felt as though Spring is in the air and the time has come to brighten things up again. 

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

My Month In Photos | February 2018

It's hard to believe just how slow and long January felt compared to how quickly February has came and gone. To think we are already in March from tomorrow seems crazy. I know it's a short month but still! I think it may have also felt like a bit of a whirlwind for me as it's been a pretty fun and eventful month all in all and a much better month for me than January was. 

Here's all of this months highlights in photos!

Monday, 26 February 2018

A Peek Inside My Bullet Journal | Lifestyle

I can already see that at the end of 2018 I will be saying that my favourite discovery of this year has been the bullet journal. I have been so late in catching onto this trend and deciding to start my own 'BuJo' but I am so happy that I have finally discovered it and I am fully on board and loving the art of creative journalling.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

48 Hours At Soho Farmhouse | Travel

Last week my husband and I enjoyed a two night staycation at Soho Farmhouse which is somewhere I have really wanted to visit for years. We don't usually do much over Valentines but when availability came up to stay there it seemed like the perfect excuse for a little romantic getaway! 

Monday, 19 February 2018

Why I Became A Blogger | Life Stories

It really doesn't seem that long ago that I was slogging away in a full time office job and wishing that life would one day be quite different. I remember laying in bed with my boyfriend (*now husband) and having one of those dreamy sleepy chats where you just imagine what life would be like if you didn't have to get up at the crack of dawn every day to go to do a job that you didn't really like. I never felt as though I had enough time to do anything that I really wanted to do and instead I was stuck in that oh so familiar rat race of simply living for the weekends and then dreading the inevitable return of Monday morning. 

Friday, 16 February 2018

A Tour Of My Home Office | Interiors

One thing I really wanted to do more of in 2018 is interior blog posts and so I thought I would kick things off with a small photo tour around my home office. I posted a photo on Instagram a week or so ago of my workspace and you guys went crazy for it so I thought I would start with a room that I spend a lot of my time in - my home office. 

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Fuller's Kitchen | Vegan | AD

Last week I was invited along to go to try out Fuller's Kitchen new vegan menu at The Gun pub in Docklands London. Fuller's Kitchens can be found within a number of Fuller's pubs and their mission is to create restaurant quality food using only the freshest and finest ingredients, which are more often than not seasonal and locally sourced.

Monday, 12 February 2018

Wearth Store & Giveaway | Vegan & Cruelty Free | AD

Shopping and living more ethically and environmentally friendly has really been a hot topic since the start of 2018 and an important spotlight has been put on some really damaging practices - i.e non recyclable coffee cups and the issue of plastics in our oceans. It's been great to see such meaningful causes placed at the forefront of news stories and it does at last seem like people are starting to take notice.


Wednesday, 7 February 2018

by CHLOE. London Launch Party | Vegan

This week I went to the most hotly anticipated event in my diary - the opening of the London branch of plant based restaurant by CHLOE. in Covent Garden. When the invite for this popped into my inbox I could have screamed with excitement! I'd heard that by CHLOE. was coming to London last year and as soon as I saw pics of all the food I just knew this was a restaurant after my own heart. 

Sadly the last time I went to NYC I wasn't vegan so I didn't get to see or try out the restaurant in the Big Apple so I had no real idea of what to expect. Quite a few people had however commented on Instagram to say that the New York restaurant is amazing and the food is to die for so if anything this just raised my expectations and excitement levels. I couldn't wait to get myself to the party to see what the London restaurant is like! 

There were A LOT of people at this party so it was quite challenging to get a real feel for the interior of the restaurant and take decent photographs but what I did see I loved. Especially this giant pink neon light which you can't miss and I am sure is going to be Instagrammed the life out of! 

Prior to the event I wasn't really sure what to expect and whether it would be a sit down meal or a canapé kind of affair but on arrival we were greeted with servers who were kindly delivering around a whole host of food and drinks to party go-ers. We kicked off the night with a couple of glasses of fizz - it just had to be done! 

Pretty soon we saw lots of miniature dishes making their way out of the kitchen and by this point I was really hungry and so eager to try some of the infamous vegan food I had heard so much about. The first dish we tried was the by CHLOE. take on the traditional British fish & chips. This is a battered tofu which, surprisingly to me, really did taste like fish especially when mixed with the tartar sauce and gorgeous minted mushy peas. 

Next up we managed to get our hands on a mini Mac n'Cheese which was probably one of my favourite dishes of the night. The by CHLOE. Mac n'Cheese is made with a sweet potato and cashew cheese sauce and topped with shiitake bacon and almond palm. It was DELICIOUS. And I'll definitely be ordering this again on my next visit. (*And yeah I'm already planning on going back!). 

Another mini pasta dish we got to try was the Avocado Pesto Pasta which was again equally as impressive and reminded me of how much I actually enjoy avo pasta. The pesto consistency of this dish is achieved by combining avocado with cashew and it's topped with grape tomatoes and almond palm. 

One thing I was most excited to try were the by CHLOE. burgers and when these mini sliders made their way out of the kitchen I almost did a little jump for joy! All the food was going so quick so we had to be on the ball with ensuring we were first in line for a sample, it was quite stressful at times! 

All I can say about this burger is WOW. Wow. WOW. It was probably the best vegan burger I have ever tried. I am amazed by how they achieved this brioche style bun which was just divine. And the burger itself just had all of the flavours I personally love in a good burger - pickles, ketchup, onion and a special sauce which really did make it quite special. The burger I got to try was the Classic Burger which includes a patty made from a combination of tempeh, lentil, chia and walnuts. It was incredible! 

After the joy of the burger tasting we also managed to get our hands on some mini fries which were so cute and very tasty. by CHLOE. also do the option of sweet potato fries which sadly we didn't get to try on the night but they looked as good as you can imagine.  

We ended our tasting extravaganza with some sweet treats in the shape of cupcakes. It's probably worth me mentioning here that on entering the restaurant you will be greeted with a glass cabinet which is brimming with amazing looking cakes and cookies! 

All in all it was a great event and if anything just being there and sampling a small selection of whats on offer has got me even more excited for a return visit. I mean the menu is just bursting with choices, I think I'm going to have to make multiple visits to get through everything I want to try! 

It's also pretty cool that by CHLOE. have made a special selection of British inspired dishes on their London menu including the above mentioned Fish n'Chips, a seitan Shepherd's Pie, Pea n'Ham soup and a Sticky Toffee Pudding. And as if all of that wasn't enough they also make some doggie treats too! 

DJ Sarah Jane Crawford providing the beats! 

Have you been to a by. CHLOE restaurant yet? What did you think?

And who's excited to visit the Covent Garden restaurant!??? 


Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Valentines Beauty Essentials | Vegan & Cruelty Free

With Valentines Day just around the corner I thought I would share with you some of the beauty essentials which help me to feel my best for a date night or a special occasion. I don't know about you but I just love an excuse to embrace seasonal changes with my makeup and beauty regime and Valentines Day provides us with the perfect excuse to bring ourselves back to life again with some bold splashes of red and pink. Nothing screams sexiness and sass more than luscious red lips and nails!

Friday, 2 February 2018

The Ben & Jerry's Non Dairy Scooper Club | Vegan

This week I was lucky enough to be invited along to the Ben & Jerry's Non Dairy 'Scooper Club' at Carousel in London. It really was such a great event and I couldn't wait to share with you all some of the highlights from the night, including all of the food which was just incredible! 

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

My Month In Photos | January 2018

January is always a bit of a strange month for me personally and this January has been no different. If anything it has felt weirder and longer than ever before! (My God are we STILL in January!?!?....) I'd be lying if I didn't mention that I've had a few low points this month wondering what direction my life is headed in, but that's totally normal for the new year right!? Anyway, aside from my emotional blips, this January has in fact been a month of firsts, new experiences and learning new things. I've actually felt myself grow in some ways which has been positive and, looking back, I've managed to squeeze quite a lot in. 

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

The Pip Box Competition | Cruelty Free | AD

I'm very excited to have teamed up with The Pip Box this month to bring you another unboxing and review video of their cruelty free and vegan friendly beauty box, and to also give one of you lucky lot the chance of winning their amazing January 2018 box!

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Wild Food Cafe | Vegan

This week I found myself in Covent Garden and I had some time to kill before heading off to a creative workshop so I decided to make a stop for dinner at the Wild Food Cafe , which has been on my radar for a little while now. 

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Northern Lights Hunting In Tromsø | Travel

After not having any success seeing the Northern Lights in Lapland last year we instantly decided that we would try again this year. I always like to travel to new places rather than going back to the same place again so I soon decided on Norway for our Winter holiday and Tromso as our destination for exploring.


Thursday, 18 January 2018

Ethical Superstore Haul | Vegan & Cruelty Free | AD

The lovely people at the Ethical Superstore got in touch with me recently to collaborate on a review of their store and the service they provide. I was super happy to hear from them because its an online store I have often looked at and used in the past. 

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Oslo | Travel

I’d be lying if I said Oslo has ever been on my travel hit list. It has been somewhere I’ve looked at in the past for a potential city break but then after scouring the ‘Things To Do’ section of Trip Advisor it  has always left me feeling that there wasn’t enough there to see and do to warrant a visit. 

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