Coffee Shops & Cafes You Need To Visit In London

The list of coffee shops/cafes in London is through the roof! There are so many to explore, taste and try, most of which are highly “instagrammable” as well. I can say that I’ve been to only a few of them but I aim to visit more in the near future. Today I will be sharing with you a bunch of cutesy coffee shops/cafes in and around the London area.

Disclaimer: Images that are not mine will be stated below.

Saint Aymes, Connaught St

Saint Aymes is one of the few that I have been to before and it is fair to say that I had a beautiful experience over the summer. The exteriors and interiors were picturesque and gorgeous (great for pictures too). Such a beautiful location for a date or brunch with bae or your mates. I would definitely recommend as I’m sure I will visit there again soon.

Farm Girl Cafe, Notting Hill

The Breakfast Club, Shoreditch

The Grind (London Bridge/Shoreditch)

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Interiors of London Grind (Not my own image)

The London Bridge Grind is such a pretty spot. Located very close to London Bridge station. It’s a calm and casual place to relax and have a cute catch up with your friends or even a cute coffee date. The food was exquisitely good as well! Another great experience and one I would certainly visit again.

Burnt Toast Cafe, Brixton

Burnt Toast is one of the best cafe’s I’ve been to hands down I absolutely love it! The food was so delicious, literally the best French toast I’ve ever had. The lady who served me was amazing and so welcoming! I actually hope she’s there next time I visit because her customer service was on point. It’s set in the heart of Brixton market and only a very short walk from the station! Be sure to check out the market too whilst you’re there.

Find my restaurant review of Burnt Toast Cafe here!

Drunch, Mayfair/Regents Park

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Exterior of Drunch (Not my own image)

Drunch is one place I’ve never been to before. But I’ve heard a lot about and would love to try at some point! I mean who wouldn’t? Look at how picturesque that looks 😍 I know they have a few branches. One of which offers shisha/hookah if you’re up for it!😉 I certainly will be visiting this place at some point and when I do, I shall give you the heads up!

Elan Cafe, Park Lane

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Elan Cafe Interior (Not My Image)

Elan Cafe is another place I’ve heard a lot about, one that I’ve really been itching to go to. As you can see from the picture the setting is beautiful and every bloggers desire. I’m living for the baby pink and blue aesthetics! On my list of most “instagrammable “places to visit this one is for sure one of them.

Peggy Porchen, Belgravia

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Peggy Porchen Exterior (Not my own image)

Peggy Porchen is known for its cute cake and tea dates! A boutique little corner cake shop gives you the option of alfresco dining. I will be visiting this place for sure! I can’t lie, I’m very picky when it comes to cakes as I really cannot stand when they are dry and lack taste. So I’ll definitely be testing this one and giving you the heads up!

Aubaine Selfridges, Marylebone

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Aubaine Selfridges (Not my own image)

Aubaine is a very prestige setting but also very cutesy and “bougie”. I’m all for visually pleasing aesthetics and beautiful scenery and this one just tops it all off for me. It’s like something out of a fantasy, more like a princess tea room. Haha! I would go here for a special occasion of some sort or if I really want to treat myself. But as for a casual setting, meh. I doubt that would be the case unless it happens spontaneously lol.

Euphorium Bakery, St Christopher’s Place

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Exteriors of Euphorium Bakery (Not my own image)

Euphorium is a very unique coffee shop/bakery I haven’t really heard much of. However, from what I have seen on their menu. I am quite impressed. They have a carvery section where they provide a selection of meats. They offer a range of cakes and pastries and special treats! It’s one place that I would certainly visit as I’m very curious about the carvery section.

Well…that brings this post to a successful close and I’m so eager to try all the places I’ve listed and also to hear from you and your experience at these places. If you ever do visit them be sure to let me know and comment on this post with your experience, I would love to hear your thoughts! I really enjoyed creating this post as I personally found it very insightful and I sure hope you did as well.

There will be more like this to come but for now, thank you for reading!

I have a new video on my YouTube channel “Get To Know Me Tag” that is currently up, be sure to check it out, like, comment, subscribe and share! Link here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omoa4LAVfEo

Amsterdam Food Guide

Welcome back to my new blog!

After what felt like a long wait for me to transition and change the layout. I finally made it happen. As some of you may know over the period of no blog posts, I have been keeping consistent with producing content on my social media channels. It actually helped me find myself a bit too. Sometimes, we all need a break and a chance to start at fresh. Over a few months, I found one of my true passions, which is cooking and all things food. I’m a foodie at heart and I never thought it was something I loved so much until I truly discovered, how passionate I was in my element. Which was simply, making a meal or going out to eat and being in awe of the presentation, as a result of wanting to take as many pictures I could to get the best shot.

I knew I loved cooking since university, but I never thought It was something I was passionate about or would even develop. Now I have great big dreams of a career in Food. I recently incorporated videos and created my new YouTube channel based on food and lifestyle videos. So stay tuned guys – Link to my youtube channel

In my last post I promised you guys I would do a Food Guide, so I will be doing just that…

In July, I travelled to Amsterdam to celebrate my 22nd birthday and obviously as the foodie that I am. I visited a few different restaurants and was eager to try out some of the staples I had been seeing on the gram!

WYERS Restaurant – Lunch (Day 1)

On the first day, we arrived just after breakfast and decided to stroll around the town and explore all the different shops, hangouts and place to visit. Whilst doing so we happened to find one of the restaurants, on our list of places to visit, Wyers Restaurant. This was recommended in KikeAj’s vlog (thanks for that sis! lol) I must say the interior design was gorgeous! I could just imagine how beautiful it would look at night for a cute dinner date or special occasion. I managed to take some cute pictures of the terrace that I might insert somewhere here:

Overall what were my thoughts on the food? Well, I wish I didn’t get the hot dog tbh. It was too spicy for me and way too filling. Ideally, I should have got the burger as that looked way more appetising. But I previously heard a lot about Dutch hot dogs and how nice they are so I thought it would exceed my expectations. The worst thing is, I didn’t even finish it either :/ Most times, I prefer to stick to what I know, to be honest, but I was feeling quite adventurous that day.

Rating

Food: 5/10

Service: 7/10

Comfort/Environment: 9/10

MR CHURROS

Churros are dotted around the place in Amsterdam so make sure you try them out. we found a cute place in town where all the big shops like Primark, H&M etc were. If you do go to that part of Amsterdam make sure to look out for this sign in the picture! The CHURROS were amazing!

 

Hard Rock Cafe, Amsterdam – Dinner

The Hard Rock Cafe has always been on my list of places to visit! I have never been to the one in London but I thought why not experience it elsewhere first. So we did. We decided to get the Jumbo Combo Platter. When they said “JUMBO COMBO” they really weren’t lying, because this platter was huge! We were going to get a main and possibly even dessert but this topped it off. The onion rings, chicken wings and strips, were so delicious but its a shame there wasn’t enough of it. The spring rolls and bruschetta weren’t nice in my honest opinion, it tasted very dry and weird flavoured. Not my cup of tea. Everything else was great. The service was amazing, our waitress was so welcoming to the fact that we were tourists, recommending us a few hotspots and top places to visit if only I remember her name. One of the team members also took such an amazing picture of us both which I will insert below =D

Our incredibly huge onion ring stack!

Myself and Benni =D                                     Me being indecisive lol

Rating

Food: 8/10

Service: 8/10

Comfort/Environment: 7/10

Mook Pancakes – Breakfast (Day 2)

Mook Pancakes was a blast of an option for breakfast. As recommend again on social media as one of the hotspots to visit when in Amsterdam. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience. The pancakes were incredibly fluffy and topped off with unlimited maple syrup which is handy when having fluffy pancakes. I went for a mixture of berries on mine as I’m not too keen on bananas at times. The service was very welcoming once again and also very accommodating to my blogger needs haha! To accompany such great tasting pancakes we ordered fruit teas, which we actually thought they were ice teas loool, then realised they were “hot” tea. Which were great tasting too! I must comment on the great music choice they played. A variety of hip-hop, RnB was also very fitting whilst enjoying such a lovely breakfast. My overall experience was lovely and I would definitely visit again!

Rating

Food: 8/10

Service: 8/10

Comfort/Environment: 8/10

Sir Adam Hotel – The Butcher – Lunch

The hotel which we stayed at had a restaurant. Due to us being very full we decided to have a cocktail and chicken wings. I must say they were really good! The cocktails were strong and refreshing! The presentation was lovely too! If you know me well I’m quite particular with the presentation of food. The service was pretty simple as we didn’t order a whole meal.

Rating

Food & Drinks: 8/10

Service: 6/10

Comfort/Environment: 7/10

and that’s all folks!

I’m sure there was plenty more to explore but we didn’t have much time, so this is all we managed to get up to! I hope you enjoyed this post and be sure to comment if you visited or will visit any of these restaurants or if you enjoyed this kind of blog post! =D

Love from, Bose xo

Bold in Blue – Amsterdam Travels

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I can finally say that I’ve celebrated my 22nd birthday and what an eventful week it has been. Took a spontaneous trip to Amsterdam, Netherlands 🇳🇱 for the first time. It was a short break but so worth every minute of it! I was able to come out of my comfort zone, be independent and organise a trip of my own. I have always gone on holiday with my family and never experienced a holiday without them. It was very new to me, having to remember my passport and the responsibility of planning my own trip. But it was an experience I certainly loved to embark on.

This year has been full of ups and downs, but most of all building my confidence and embracing what I love and feel passionate about. I discovered that I love food, I have a passion to keep creating content around it and hopefully to do more travelling and showcase a few places to eat around the world.

This year has made me bold within myself and also the outfits I choose to wear. The outfit I chose for my birthday is a visual representation of my personality, bubbly, outgoing, fun, spontaneous, visually inspired and creative. Have you noticed the primary colour coordination Red, Blue & Yellow! I love it because it complimented my skin so well!

If I haven’t expressed enough, my favourite colour has always been blue and it hasn’t ever changed. This outfit made me feel so confident and completely flattering for my figure. Paring this outfit with a Red lip from sleek makeup was one of the best decisions I made as it tied in so well with the “bold colours” look I was going for.

Ideally I wanted to name this look “Primary Colours” as that is literally what it is. Haha! One of of my favourite looks to date and I won’t at all be surprised If I wear the same outfit again soon.

Outfit Details

Playsuit – Boohoo on ASOS.com – (£25)

Slides/Mules – New Look (£8.99)

Red Lip – Sleep Matte Me (£4.99)

Hair – LeModa Hair Aliexpress (Price depending on lengths)

My whole outfit didn’t cost a whole bomb and wasn’t at all uncomfortable which I’m very happy about as my goal was to just be relaxed and comfortable for this whole trip and my birthday. ASOS has been my go to as of recently for shopping, as I collect points whilst I shop, which calculates up to a voucher after a certain amount of points.

What did I love the most about this outfit?

The way it expresses me as a person, the way I felt free and less restrictive in flowy clothing. How pretty and flattering the frills are around my thighs and the fact that I wore some of the brightest colours I’ve ever worn in my life for my birthday celebration.

What have you learnt from being 21?

I have learnt to live everyday with a positive mindset, have faith in God through all I might face. Never live a dull moment, haha. Take the L’s and move on. Focus on yourself and watch yourself flourish like you’ve never seen before.

What plans do you have for the coming year?

I have plans to do more travelling hopefully if universe permits me! I have plans to create and embark on more opportunities for myself career wise. I really want to network more and potentially work with people on my blog and other platforms.

What would be your most fulfilling goal/reward this year?

Personally, financial stability. Let’s be honest we all need a bit of cash to do what we really want to do. I’m definitely one to really worry about finances, having it all figured out and being able to save up for emergencies. So ultimately I would like to work on increasing streams of income in order to fulfill and achieve everything else I need and plan to do.

I thought it would be great to make this more interactive and feel more like a conversation rather than be blabbing on about my outfit etc, haha. I hope you enjoyed reading and stay tuned for my next Amsterdam post about FOOD! 😀

Feel free to leave anymore questions down below and I’ll answer them Or email me and I’ll answer them in my next post!

Food Recipe – Lemon Drizzle & BBQ Chicken w/ Sweet Potato Mash, Green Smoothie & Pasta Bake

Marinated BBQ & Lemon Chicken

Hey Guys,

As some of you may know from keeping up with my social media channels and instagram. I love to cook and experiment with food. I like to switch up my meals frequently, as I get quite bored of eating the same thing over again. So, I’ve gathered up a few meals that I’ve cooked recently for you to try yourself at the comfort of your own home. They are quite simple meals as I am a very busy girl these days. (Hence why its taken so long to post this). I hope you enjoy this post as it is my first ever food recipe blog! (YAY!)

1. BBQ & Lemon Drizzle Chicken with Sweet Potato Mash

Ingredients:

Chicken Breasts

BBQ Sauce

1 Lemon

Bell peppers (Any colour of choice)

Spinach

Black onion seeds (if you prefer)

All Purpose Seasoning (Dunn’s River)

Garlic

Black Pepper

So here we have a very different meal, where i decided to add a drizzle of lemon to my chicken to give it a little kick. I love the sauce “Lemon & Herb” at Nando’s so I thought why not incorporate my own twist and add a bit of BBQ Sauce. If anyone knows me well, you will know how much I love sauces and I cant stand dry food. So any chance I get I like to incorporate some moisture in. It’s perfect to combine with roasted vegetables, mash potato or rice, depending on the diet you’re going for.

1. Wash chicken breast with lemon and vinegar.

2. Pierce chicken with a knife or fork. (It allows the seasoning to soak into the chicken)

3. Chop the spinach & bell peppers & garlic if its fresh.

4. Put the chicken breasts in a bowl, add a sprinkle (1 or half a teaspoon) of all purpose seasoning and black onion seeds.

5. Sprinkle a dash of garlic granules (if you don’t have fresh garlic)

4. Add chopped peppers and spinach (leave a bit to garnish)

5. Add 1/2 Tablespoons of BBQ sauce & squeeze half a lemon on the chicken.

6. Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Mix the marinade into the chicken in a freezer bag or with CLEAN hands.

7. If you have a few hours to spare, leave to marinade over night or for an hour. Alternatively, pour it into a baking tray with baking paper or foil.

8. Set a timer for 20/30 minutes on a medium heat between 150-190 degrees.

9. Cover with foil for 10 minutes in the oven. (Keep checking every 10 minutes)

10. Remove foil, you should see a bit of chicken stock in the tray. Uncover and leave for the rest of time in oven.

ENJOY!

2. Beef Pasta Bake w/ Spinach and Tomato Toppings

Ingredients

Beef Mince (less fat or normal)

Wholewheat Pasta or Normal Pasta

Mild Cheddar or Mozzarella Cheese

Spinach

Onions

Tomatos

Pasta Sauce of choice (or make your own with blended tomatoes, some seasonings and basil or herbs of choice)

All Purpose Seasoning (Dunn’s River)

Garlic Seasoning or Fresh Garlic

Pasta Bake is an easy on the go meal that lasts such a long time and you can store away for the week or even the month. This one was made super simple actually in a rush, as I just came back from work and needed a bite to eat.

1. Start off by boiling your pasta for 10 minutes, ready to mix when the sauce is done.

2. Start chopping the spinach, onions and tomatoes.

3. Put the mince into a pot to start cooking (I usually don’t add any extra oil as it makes a lot of oil itself, just leave it covered)

If you do want that extra moisture, add olive oil or spray oil (Fry Light).

4. Once the mince is quite brown and it has some moisture add in your onions and let it fry for 5-10 minutes on a medium heat.

5. Then pour in the pasta sauce, mix and cover. Allow to simmer for 5-10 minutes on a high heat.

6. Once the mince and sauce is cooked thoroughly, turn off the hob.

7. Mix the sauce with the pasta.

8. Add some cheese and spinach to the mixture, (MAKING SURE YOU SAVE SOME CHEESE FOR THE TOP)

9. Continue to mix until you can see the cheese melting and all ingredients are mixed accordingly.

7. Pour into a baking tray, sprinkle some cheese and garnish with spinach and tomatoes.

8. Set a timer for 20 minutes on a medium heat and keep checking every 5/10 minutes.

ENJOY!

3. My “Go To” Green Smoothie

Spinach or Kale

Avocado

1 Banana

1 Apple

Less than half a cucumber

Half a Carrot

Celery or Cabbage

Green Maca Powder

Milled Linseed

Almond/Coconut Milk or Natural Yoghurt

(amount of ingredients are based on max. size of blender)

1. CHOP CHOP CHOP

2. Add 1 tablespoon of Maca & Linseed powder.

3. Add some water, almond/coconut milk or natural yoghurt (If you want it extra creamy)

4. BLEND BLEND BLEND

ENJOY!

I hope you caught a little something from this, as I have been meaning to do this for a very long time now and finally got round to it.

Let me know of any recipes you’ve tried or you would recommend I try. As I love to branch out and explore my options!

Feel free to comment below what recipe sounds most appealing to you or if you ended making them.

Would love to hear all about it! 🙂

But for now stay tuned for more content like this to come soon…

Thank you for 4 years, blog anniversary!

Hello Everyone,

Today is something a little different and quite a big deal for me and my blog. I was recently approached by a childhood friend from secondary school, Omamerhi. Who also runs her own blog. She invited me for an interview to be posted on her blog about my blog and how it all started. When she approached me I was actually so surprised, I was very critical of myself and thought “wow I didn’t think my blog was even at that stage yet”. I have been blogging for about 4 years now and it hasn’t been an easy journey, constant doubts, giving up, feeling ashamed of my inconsistency at times. I’m still so critical about everything, there’s so much more I want to do and the quality of content I want to produce. I would like to thank you all in advance for your continuous support of my blog and everything you have contributed to include your comments and feedback (It keeps me motivated and I appreciate it so much!).

I thought this would be a lovely opportunity to let you know about how this journey started and where I feel like It will take me in the coming years…

In honour of my 4th year of blogging I will be inserting the interview below for you to read:

The Interview

Business and Management graduate and founder of www.bosefayodeka.com

1. Why www.bosefayodeka.com? Tell us a little bit about this venture. Was there a specific moment that sparked its creation or was it always buried within you?

Great question. I thought I would introduce myself first, my name is Bose Fayodeka and I currently run a food, fashion and lifestyle blog. I started my blog in my first year of university. Never in my life did I think I’d have a blog or anything of that form. I had two friends, Micah and Lizzie, who shared the same interest in blogging and making YouTube videos. I always knew I liked expressing myself, from a very young age so I thought I’d become a journalist or author when I was really young lol (maybe I will eventually write my own book). Anyway, we all kind of clicked as we had similar interests. Before we knew it, we were doing the first shoot for our blogs in the local field at our university and then I finally launched my blog.

Fun fact: my first ever blog was called www.stylebybose.co.uk which was hosted on Blogger.

2. I can imagine, there were probably times when it was tough juggling your studies and your blog. How did you keep the vision alive?

Yessss! All the time, even at the moment, it’s hard juggling my blog with my full-time job. But I’m so grateful as everything I’ve prayed for is slowly manifesting. I would say that what keeps the vision alive for me, is continuously making new content and seeing all the feedback from it. You just have to make time, if it’s your passion you will make sacrifices for it, even if it’s hard.

I’m so grateful as everything I’ve prayed for is slowly manifesting.

3. What’s next for www.bosefayodeka.com?

Hmm, I have plans to eventually work with restaurants and hotels and incorporate travel posts and diaries into my blog. I just really want to try new cultures, new foods and produce quality content. I would love to collaborate with as many brands as possible that I like and give honest reviews.

4. What THREE tips would you give to students who are still pondering whether to implement that idea or start that new business?

1. I would say just start. I’ve realised with most things, you can continue telling yourself you’re going to start them but you never actually do (sometimes out of fear). My first blog is a prime example, I started it knowing that my layout and template wouldn’t be the best, but then I found a better alternative that worked for me. This brings me to the next tip.

2. ‘Allow the process’ and ‘Believe in yourself’. I know you may hear this a lot but it’s so true. You have to be your biggest cheerleader at times because not everyone is going to be around you to make it happen for you, neither are they responsible for doing so.

3. The last tip is, don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. Doing something for the first time can be really hard so make sure you educate yourself by watching videos, reading blogs, forums and asking people who you know that have already done it. Don’t be shy or ashamed, it shows you want to pursue your dreams and network with other like minded people.

NUGGET OF WISDOM: Be your biggest cheerleader!

5. Where do you see yourself in the next FIVE years?

Oh wow, this question took me by surprise haha because by then I will be 26 years old, that sounds so old, I still feel very young. However, I would imagine myself well established and experienced in my career. Probably have had a few promotions or even working for myself – if I become that good! (By God’s Grace, I will!). I would like my blog to have grown and established to better levels: new layout, greater content and collaborating with brands and even other bloggers who share the same interests. Another important one is for me to give back to those who are less fortunate, or who simply just want to be better their career. I try to incorporate this into my everyday life by responding to people who need help or ask for it.

Omamerhi’s Blog: http://liveinthemoment.co/

Omamerhi’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/omams_/

Outfit Details

Flare Sleeved Top – Primark

Paperbag Flare Trousers – Missy Empire

Ankle Boots – River Island (Alternatively I’d pair with heels instead, on a warmer day)

Velvet Jacket – Debenhams (Julien Macdonald)

 

Thank you for reading & I hope you enjoyed this post, I look forward to the next one.

Accepting My Insecurities …

It’s been a while and long overdue a post. I like to write posts that come to mind instead of thinking too hard on it. I find it comes across more naturally. In today’s post we will be discussing a big insecurity of mine and why I struggle to create content around fashion sometimes.

Ever since I started blogging in 2014, I always thought I would be a successful fashion blogger who slays every outfit she puts on. I used to be so into fashion Inspiration on Pinterest and all that jazz, even tumblr before all these other blogging platforms came out. That’s where it came from. Time went by and I kept blogging about fashion and style on my old blog (stylebybose.blogspot.co.uk) which no longer exists. I started to drift away from it and became very inconsistent. Soon became a idle blog because I wasn’t proud of it. I needed a whole new layout, template, name, vision etc

So, in 2016 I created this new platform and I knew I wanted it to incorporate some sort of fashion and other stuff too. I’ve never really spoken about it but. I’ve always been insecure about my body shape and my bust size. I’ve always looked at myself and thought I’m just “top-heavy, big boobs. Small hips, not in proportion”. It has been a long hard struggle and still is a struggle to understand what suits my body and my shape. It’s one of the things that demotivates me, when it comes down to creating fashion content. It’s strange as most would say… how can you be insecure of something so many people aspire/pay to have. That’s true, but have you noticed how most brands are creating so many styles of clothing that tend to suit women with smaller busts or a smaller upper body.

To be honest these days I just feel like, It’s either my outfit looks way too casual or way too much. Because I struggle to find inspiration or dress according to my shape. Also, the fact that most brands are catering to tiny boobies or below “D” cups makes it so much harder for busty women to even embrace their bodies and all their curves. You’re probably thinking “why don’t you find inspiration from other people like you?” That’s the thing it’s so hard and rare to find. I mean the only people i’ve seen who are similar to my shape is Kezia Eniang & Devin Brugman (even her abs I’m still trying to aim for lol).

I think the point I’m trying to make is that I’m still trying to understand my shape and my style. It’s constantly changing and I’m trying to adjust and see what trends suit me and what don’t. On this occasion, I found this cute yellow off the shoulder number in a boutique in North London called “Miss Bardot” for only £5 and the Paperbag trousers from H&M for around £20 that I absolutely LOVE, because it cinches in my waist. As of recently, I’ve really been drawn to everything yellow as I feel it really compliments my skin tone and makes my outfits look put together on days where I don’t wanna try too much.

There are so many styles and outfits I would like to experiment with but I just know they won’t fit or suit my body shape, for example those cute bralets and cami bodysuits that everyone wears *cries*. However, I’m learning to love and embrace my body as it is, in what I feel most comfortable wearing.

I would love to know your thoughts on this topic and I’m open to new ideas or tips you may have and what you do to find outfits to suit your shape, drop them all in the comments and we can have a discussion! 🙂

Love From,

Bose x

Food Diary – Bill’s, Burnt Toast Cafe & Farm Girl

French Toast with Summer Berries

Bill’s Restaurant

I have been meaning to try out this restaurant for quite a long time and I finally did.
Having decided to treat myself to a good meal with one of my really good friends, I always saw it being mentioned on someones Instagram (Lizzie Loves & Estaregrams) and thought why not give it a shot.
It was so cute and intimate inside, perfect for a date night setting. I visited the branch in London, Victoria which had very beautiful features. It was quite small inside, which I wasn’t really expecting. The bar area was gorgeous, with many plants and rustic elements. I didn’t get to sit at the bar this time around, but maybe when I visit again I’ll let you know how their cocktails turn out. The menu had a range of different types of meals from salads, pasta, vegetarian and vegan options, but I couldn’t resist a buttermilk chicken burger with sweet potato fries. It was unbelievably tasteful and filling! My friend opted for the BBQ ribs and fries, which looked succulent and well marinaded (Need to try it next time)

Rating

Service – 7/10
Food – 8/10
Atmosphere/Venue – 7/10
Prices – One Main meal (approx. £10 -15)

Burnt Toast Cafe, Brixton

Burnt Toast Cafe is one I’ve heard of but never tried. A suggestion from my best friend and was definitely a place I would visit again. I really enjoyed the vibe and the atmosphere from the staff, they were so friendly and welcoming. We decided to sit outside as it was a really nice day to soak in the sun and tuck into a nice meal.

We decided to go for french toast and pancakes, mainly because we didn’t want to choose the usual full monty breakfast. We also heard a lot of reviews about their pancakes which looked delicious (Shoutout to Lydia Dinga’s vlogs). My french toast was so good, bearing in mind, I don’t usually eat French Toast (I was very surprised by how it turned out) The pancakes were amazing best pancakes I’ve tried to date. I have previously been to The Breakfast Club and tried theirs but this one by far topped my expectations! It was definitely worth the try if you visit.

Being the hungry, greedy foodie I am, I decided to have another look at the menu because the previous meal was so good! I wanted to try another meal. So I opted for a BLT sandwich. To say the very least, It was absolutely Bomb! I know its just a sandwich, haha – but it tasted really good garnished with rocket leaves (you would expect lettuce for BLT, which I was kind of confused myself, to be honest) certainly not your usual BLT.

Rating
Food – 9/10
Service – 9/10
Atmosphere/Venue – 7/10 (very cute, but a tad bit small, although it is in a market)
Prices – Under £20 for the two meals!

Farm Girl

The name ‘Farm Girl‘ reminds me of a country-like, cute, rustic setting with a lot of unique features. It definitely did live up to its name. As the queues were so long we were itching to eat, we sat outside in the alleyway entrance section they had. It was a very unusual venue, which made it a tad bit difficult to find. However, it had a lot of vintage elements to it and quirky pieces of furniture and plants, which made it look very summer picturesque.

As I do, I went for pancakes once again but the Apple Pancakes, (something a tad bit different this time). I must say it was nice, but not the best, I’ve tried. It became very dry and savoury after a few bites and lacked flavour. Also, the white toppings are coconut, which I didn’t realise came with it until it was ready.

My friend tried their Acai Bowl which I had a taste of but then again I don’t really like the taste of too many bananas so It wasn’t for me really. I would say the negatives were: the flavouring of the pancakes and there not being a wide selection of choices on their menu.

Rating

Food – 7/10
Service – 8/10
Atmosphere/Venue – 7/10
Prices – Approx. £17-18 for my drink and meal

Thank you for reading, I know its been quite a while since my last post, but a lot has been going on recently. I hope you enjoyed the combination of all the content I have picked up in the last few weeks and I hope to bring some more fashion and food posts very soon!

Let me know in the comments, If you got a chance to visit any of these places and how you found it, or alternatively mention some other’s I should try and review for you!

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Till Next Time…

5 Healthy Ways You Can Boost Your Self-Esteem

A collaborative post with Peter from High Style Life magazine

We have all struggled with self-esteem at some point in life, its just one of those things. But the main thing is learning how to deal with it when it becomes low. Regardless of our appearance, we’re all sensitive and vulnerable and lots of things can get to us. Of course, no one likes to talk about their weaknesses, but rest assured, they’re there. Even the most confident looking person has insecurities and their attitude is often a mere cover up for their lack of self-esteem. The important thing to know is that the amplitude of your insecurities looks quite similar to other people’s as well, and there’s nothing to be ashamed of when it comes to the issue. However, that doesn’t mean we should settle for low self-esteem. There are ways to improve it and recipes for quick fixes, as well as long-term ones, so let’s see what can actually be done about that.

Exercise

Peter: One of the ways to boost your confidence definitely is working out. It doesn’t have to be anything too demanding, Pilates, Zumba or aerobics or if you’re a fan of something else, you can go swimming (Bose: I really enjoy swimming, quite good at it too) or jogging on a regular basis or even start practising a specific sport recreationally. The goal is not to instantly convert yourself into a gorgeous sex symbol, but to feel good about yourself just because you’re doing something that benefits you and the exercises alone are making your body produce happy hormones, so it’s all settled.

Bose: I kind of forcefully stopped working out after leaving university as I wanted a gym that would give me the benefits that I need and be in a convenient reach to my house. I will definitely embark on this one very soon to prep myself for the summer and also just to aim to be fit. A lot of people want that goal body, which is fine depending on your preference but I just feel like you should, first of all, make it a lifestyle habit that you incorporate to stay active. Then once you feel like you’re at the stage to tone up specific areas, work on those main body parts. The way society is pressurised into feeling like a certain body type is ideal, that alone is enough stress to make your self-esteem low. Start smart and exercise for you!

Meet new people

Peter: Perhaps one of the reasons your confidence is in the gutter is the fact that you always spend time with the same group of people. That isn’t necessarily bad, but you should get yourself out there and make friends or something more. Try to act confident and eventually, you’ll believe your act. If you are wondering how to get a guy to notice you, you should know that all you need is to believe that you’re the most attractive person in the room and by doing so, you’ll convince everyone around you as well.

Bose: (I really struggle with this one sometimes, so I definitely need to consider some of these tips from Peter) Although I have improved on my confidence levels over the past years I do have my moments where I feel like ‘today is just not one of those days’ type of moods. But I have found that attending an event and some workshops have really made me get out of my comfort zone and meet like-minded or more experienced people who I can relate to.

 

Don’t compare and despair

Peter: There are people better than us and worse than us in any area, and there always will be. Comparing yourself to other people will bring you nothing but desperation and disappointment. I used to compare myself to the best guy in my class. He was much better than everyone else and regardless of how well I did something, it meant nothing to me since he was still so much better. However, we often don’t see the big picture. The truth was that the only thing he ever did in his life was studying, on the other hand, I was studying German, teaching English while going to school and I also had a social life. The moral of the story is that you should only compare yourself to yourself. See if you did something better than yesterday or a year ago. Keep track of your own progress and don’t obsess over other people.

Bose: We are all guilty of this, often I see myself doing this because of social media and as much as I love it, I have to discipline myself to take as many detoxes’ as possible. Currently taking one as we speak! I also found myself doing this a lot after my break up as I was constantly in my feelings and trying to distract myself from the feeling of hurt. But ended up sabotaging my mind even more. What I found helped me was focusing on myself and things that I wanted to accomplish rather than comparing my progress to others who live a completely different lifestyle to me.

Change your story

Peter: We all have that speech in our head prepared for situations when we fail to do something. I used to tell myself how stupid and incapable I am of doing anything right and when you deliver so much self-hatred in the time of yet another failure, it’s hard to pick yourself up, to say the least. This is why you need to convert that speech into a pep-talk. Think of everything good you’re doing or have done and been proud of your achievements. Focus on many different aspects. Maybe you have a gift for painting, cooking or driving a car. Perhaps you’re very mindful of other people and very altruistic? You can also think about what you do for the environment and whether or not you’re a good citizen.

Do something new

Peter: Whether it’s dying your hair or taking up a new hobby, everything is allowed. Change is good and it’s a great way to boost confidence. A lack of one is often caused by getting stuck in a rut. So, go ahead and leave your comfort zone, you’ll soon discover it’s a great place out there.

Self-love is the key to being confident. However, we find it hard to love ourselves in some situations and we should do our best to try and change that. Once you exit your comfort zone and change your story a bit, you’ll see how life can get a completely different colour and perspective.

In this post I was approached by Peter to collaborate and give you an uplifting post on self-esteem – Peter is a beauty & fashion editor at HighStyleLife magazine, living between the UK and AU. Besides writing he worked as a fashion stylist for many fashion events around Europe. Follow Peter on Twitter for more tips!

Outfit Details:

Shirt – Zara

Paperbag

Trousers – H&M

Jacket – H&M

 

 

Life After University: Internships & Seeking Digital Marketing Career/Role.

Life after university…

Let’s just say it hasn’t been an easy one! As I always wanted to document my journey, this blog post is based on just that. My aim is to help and inspire those of you who are also in the same position, to keep striving and reaching your goals.

My Internship.

As some of you may know if you read my blog posts. I started an internship last year in digital marketing for a very luxury fashion brand. I was extremely excited and ready to get into the field of work even though it was unpaid. I was also applying to many paid jobs at the time but kept on getting rejected/ignored. Meanwhile, I was quite frustrated and bored of not doing much with my time except waking up and feeling very unproductive. Quite fortunately, I was successful at the interview (one of the best interviews I’ve ever had because I felt so comfortable and knew what I was talking about) and decided to take on the opportunity and gain experience in my field.

When I first started I really enjoyed it and some of the colleagues I met along the way. There were many other interns like me in different departments, So I was never alone or feeling left out. Gradually, I got the hang of it and built a routine which I made sure to follow on my days at work. For example checking and updating their social media platforms, responding to emails, etc, the usual. Furthermore, my manager and other colleagues in my department would allocate tasks for me, but they were quite straightforward and didn’t really need too much thought. I always finished my tasks quite quickly so I ended up having a lot of spare time at hand.

Weeks went by and I started to feel unchallenged, Idle and bored. I was always asking for new tasks as I wanted to learn so much more and felt that my capabilities were much more than they expected of me. I felt like I was disturbing my manager as she became really distant and less responsive. It just felt awkward and uncomfortable. Bearing in mind I hate those kinds of situations, especially in the workplace. It got to the point where I didn’t even want to go in, because I knew I wouldn’t be given anything or much to do and I will just be at my desk tapping and sitting in front of the google screen or trying to write a blog post without anyone seeing me do so, haha!

Don’t get me wrong, I know I needed to use my initiative at times and create new ideas myself but as an intern you need support, you need to be taught the things you don’t know and the things they don’t teach you at University. However, this wasn’t really the case in this situation.

I must not forget, for over a month I wasn’t even given an actual desk and computer that was sufficient for the work I was given. Do you remember those exam desks in secondary school? My desk was even a little bit smaller than that with no space to write on, nowhere to store my little bits at work. It was so uncomfortable. Some people wouldn’t mind this, but knowing that you are not the only intern in the company and everyone else has a proper desk and working space/facilities sufficient to them, your thoughts would be…why am I different.

Long story short I really started to hate going into work and dreaded every day, knowing that I wasn’t learning anything much and not even getting paid for the hours I had put in. I decided to hand in my notice within the second month (meant to be 3 months), but to be honest, I really stuck it out for the 2nd month because I was so ready to leave. I knew I wasn’t being challenged and I knew I wasn’t physically being taught anything that I didn’t already know. So I left and it was the happiest decision I’ve made! I felt free no longer confined and working 7 days a week (because I had to work part-time in the weekends to pay bills and travel etc).

Jobless, Broke and Unhappy

So as you can imagine going from working 9 to 5 every day to no job was one of the worst feelings ever. I felt like I was back at square one! Nevertheless, I kept going, applying, getting rejected because I still didn’t have enough experience” at this point I was very frustrated that I took time out of my own week to work, unpaid and to still be unable to get a job. After a while, I stopped applying and started focusing on myself my blog and just bettering myself and the skills I already had. That’s where I started spending more of my time creating and improving my content.

I was randomly searching for marketing courses and came across Digital Grads, a graduate tailored platform that prepares you for a position in the marketing industry. I really enjoyed using my time to complete this course as it made me feel like I was working towards a goal. I was still working part-time during the weekends in retail but dedicated my weekdays solely to myself and personal development. Whilst doing this I barely applied for that many jobs and most of the job interviews that came my way were companies who reached out to me.

These companies looked amazing to work for and had such a good reputation in the industry. I strived for the interviews and really put in the work. One of them involved a presentation, which I’ve never had to do before in an interview but I really wanted this job, so I made sure to put effort into it.

Feedback came through 2 weeks later I was frustrated because they made me wait so long to say, “You were great and we really loved you but you didn’t have enough experience compared to other candidates”. At this point, I was just like why me? I went for another interview for a very successful media agency somewhere I would have loved to work, again. The first interview went well but guess what the feedback was: “we really liked you, but we feel like you would get bored after a while” wow. I’ve never heard of such a thing in life, I think I should at least have an input into whether I’d feel bored or not. They then suggested other roles and made me go through a second interview, oh and I forgot to add, I had to do tests for this specific company. I attended the interview, received feedback a week after poor communication on their end “We just feel you didn’t have much experience to other candidates” Oh My, at this point I was tired of hearing the same thing again after going through probably 20 or so interviews.

The Breakthrough!

One morning I got a call from the course (Digital Grads) I was doing, saying that they have a job opportunity for me and If I’m available for an interview asap. Although I felt very disheartened, upset, extremely not excited or hopeful. I stuck it out and went for the interview. Surprisingly I smashed it, I didn’t even feel up for it that day, I felt so down and hopeless. But I definitely, expressed my potential and what I have done and experienced to get me where I am today, me being totally real, how I grew my own platform out of nothing, how I started a blog 4 years ago and gained a good following but wasn’t proud of or confident in it, deleted it and started all over again.

It paid off. Every. Single. Piece. Of. Struggle. Was for a very. Good reason! I’m now happily working in the field of work that I always dreamed of in the position I never expected to be in as a self-starter. I am so grateful and I really hope this inspires you to keep going” Attaining and achieving your dreams, striving for success, even in the times where you feel like no one understands you or sees your potential. Let me tell you. SOMEONE SURELY WILL, JUST BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!

I know this is a long one but, as always, I hope it inspired, helped and encouraged you to keep going and believing in your situation. Have faith that you will overcome and achieve.

Thank you so much for your support and reading my blog.

Thank you to the team at Digital Grads for continuously, supporting me and encouraging me to keep going till the end! (This is not sponsored content, I just really recommend it to those of you who are looking to go into a digital marketing career, but have no idea how to).

Till next time…

Letting the bad go & the good flourish…

I have to be honest and say that I really enjoy writing about real life experiences, it just feels like I’m able to help and reach out to someone on a more personal level, even though I may not know them personally. I was really just going to make this a Fashion Post/Outfit of the Day (OOTD), but I love expressing myself on this platform and discussing passionately certain situations/experiences I have faced even though it can be hard sometimes.

Relationships…

The Background Story

So where do I start? Last year ended on quite a bad note for me, but also in a way, a positive note, I let go of a very long, hard and serious relationship. One where, yes I’m sure you heard it all before, “I thought this was the one, it’s going to last forever” type of thing. 2 and a half years. Someone who most definitely changed my life, my perspective on everything in general. Although, the relationship wasn’t all bad and there were many good times, ones that I will always cherish. It was definitely a situation where there was a cycle, a pattern of destruction, that I just never came to terms with. I always had hope that it will get better, no matter what anyone said to me. I definitely guarded that relationship with everything I had because I wanted it to get better and spend the rest of my life with this person. Now when I look back, I know that I fell deeply in love… for there is no other word to describe how I felt about him and what I was able to tolerate.

When it was good, our relationship was amazing but damaging and explosive when it was bad. We brought out a whole new side of each other’s personality with the way we argued, maybe if I was the one looking from the outside into my relationship, I would say toxic. But I was always drawn back and fond of the amazing moments that were made during our relationship. We were just young, hadn’t discovered or “found ourselves”.

As a result of all this, my self-esteem, self-confidence, insecurities all found their way of making me feel less of the woman I was. Something just didn’t sit right with me and my conscience. I just knew that I really changed and turned into a different person, everyone knew me as this fun bubbly and energetic person. Especially in my first year of university, I was so confident. Not to say I wasn’t at all the entire relationship, but I could definitely feel that my insecurities heightened. My confidence was gradually decreasing and my self-esteem was poor.

Being the over-thinker and the emotional Cancerian star sign that I am, my emotions were heightened on a massive scale during this relationship. I had never thought of myself to be much of a crier, but during this time, I cried with all my heart when things got too much, I must say, that I too was shocked at just how much one could cry over a man. Often after crying, I’d sit, think and analyse everything. This led to resentment and grudges being held over things we never fully resolved. As you can imagine, feeling this way for a long period of time is not only physically draining but more importantly mentally exhausting. I could never forget the things he did to hurt me. That’s when I knew that this was not ok, I was settling for less than I deserved.

Getting out of this relationship is probably the hardest thing I have ever done. I often doubt my decision to leave and found myself thinking ‘what if I just continued pushing through?’, ‘what if he was eventually going to change?’, ‘maybe I could have fixed him!’ but then i eventually came to terms with the fact that he was never going to change and if he was, it wasn’t going to be for me.

Friendships…

I have to say and give it up to all of my friends for putting up with me during this confusing but difficult period in my life. I have to say everyone tried to tell me and warn me, but I had an attachment to this person. I kept believing and having hope in him. I just saw potential. I appreciated my friends and their advice, but I honestly do believe that you have to be in a place where you are ready to let things go for yourself. You have to make the decision to choose your sanity over the person you claim to love. No one else could ever make that decision for you but yourself. It’s very hard though because everyone who cares for you knows your worth and wants the best for you and to be happy.

But if it’s not your time to let go, you will not do it until you are mental, physically and emotionally ready to do so. There were moments where I couldn’t and didn’t want to tell anyone about anything I was dealing with or going through in that relationship. Distanced myself from people and everyone because I felt embarrassed and ashamed and just knew that the more I vented my feelings about the situation the more I felt like people would judge me for my actions, I know its bad but its true. When people are telling you things and you just don’t want to believe it, you just distance subconsciously.

I and my best friend of 6 years, grew apart for many reasons. She saw everything I had been through and couldn’t understand how I still wanted to stay in the relationship. I now understand how hard it must have been for not only her but everyone who cared for me to see me upset over the issues in the relationship most of the time. It definitely took a toll on some friendships as I found that I couldn’t really confide in my ex as much as I would have liked to. The more arguments the more emotionally distant he would become and so would I. This then led to me confiding and venting to my friends, which isn’t always the best option depending on the type of friends you have but, it gives you another perspective on the relationship from someone on the outside looking in.

As of recent, we re-kindled the friendship and little did we know were both experiencing heartbreak around the same time but due to us not talking we never actually knew. I must say our friendship was tested many times during the relationship, but we always bounced back no matter what.

What I have learnt?

  1. I learnt a lot about relationships with people in general.
  2. I learnt about myself, my personality despite going through it.
  3. It made me value the company I keep, who I let into my space. The people I surround myself with.
  4. It showed me my potential and how I can love when I genuinely have feelings for someone.
  5. It taught me the importance of self-love.
  6. It taught me how I need to work on myself and make myself whole before I choose to let anyone into my life like that again.
  7. It taught me that I want to be independent and stable on my own before I choose to be with someone.
  8. It taught me that I can be an emotional person
  9. It taught me what I want, need and cannot tolerate.
  10. Despite the negatives, I grew and developed, It made me stronger and would not say I regret anything.
  11. It brought me closer to God by trusting in him throughout the process.

This was a very long one but I hope you felt something from reading this and hopefully I am able to reach out to someone going through a similar situation.

Comment below and feel free to discuss with me as I love it when you engage with my posts, also look out for more topics related to this. Coming Soon…