Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Cream Cakes & Cocktails at Mr Fogg's Gin Parlour

For my birthday this year Ellie got me a voucher for cream cakes and cocktails at Mr Fogg's Gin Parlour in Covent Garden and I don't think you could have got me a more perfect present! Gin, a selection of cakes and a beautiful bar that felt like walking into the 1920s... it's literally everything that I love in one place and on Monday afternoon we finally got to go!

First things first, I have to say how accommodating the staff were because, just as Ellie and I had both got on our separate trains into central London, there was an incident which meant that all trains to London Waterloo were delayed and so we ended up being half an hour late - but when I rang to let them know they were so helpful and pushed our booking back thirty minutes which was great! 

When we arrived we had our coats taken before being shown into the Gin Parlour and sat at our table. The Gin Parlour is *beautiful* and it was clear that no attention to detail had been spared to make the room and bar look absolutely incredible. 

Once we'd taken a few seconds to admire how stunning the room was we were swiftly given the cocktail menu, which was a choice of three gin-based cocktails, and they were soon brought to us to enjoy along with our selection of cakes...

Ellie and I were honestly in heaven and, while the cake selection might not look like much from the photo above, they were all delicious and we both noticed how full we were afterwards! My cocktail was called the Critics' Choice and I think it was one of the best cocktails I've ever had and Ellie said that hers was great too!

We had such a lovely time chatting and taking in the atmosphere of the bar. It's quite small as it's the upstairs of Mr Fogg's Tavern but I really liked that - it meant that there weren't many other people there and you could properly appreciate the the space. The service, as I've already said, was impeccable and I just can't say enough good things about it so I wanted to shout about the experience in case anyone is wanting to treat themselves and their friends to something similar in London anytime soon!

Thank you so much Ellie if you're reading this for getting me such a thoughtful birthday present, I loved every minute of it!!

Sunday, 23 April 2017

The 52 Lists Project // Week 16

What a week it's been. I saw Ed Sheeran on his Divide tour on Wednesday with my best friend Lish and it was one of those nights that I don't think I'll ever forget. Ed Sheeran is someone I've admired and loved for years and so to finally see him perform live was just magical - what a talent he is.

Not only that made this week great though - yesterday I booked a holiday with two of the nicest girls to go to LA and Florida in late August and I'm SO EXCITED. I've never been to the US and, while New York will always be top of my list in that regard, both LA and Florida look incredible and I think it's going to be an amazing trip!

So, I know that's nothing to do with today's post but I just had to mention both of those things because wow, I can't stop thinking about them. I hope you're all doing well and now I'll actually get on with today's post...

This week's prompt is: "List your essentials" and I wasn't sure what exactly counted as an essential so I've just gone with the first things that popped into my head when I saw the prompt, so let's go!

  • Chanel Chance Eau Tendre perfume - AKA the pink one. I've worn this perfume for four years or so and I adore it. It's floral and Spring-y and perfect.
  • GHDs - My best friends kindly got me a pair of GHDs for my eighteenth birthday and I don't know how I lived my life before them!
  • Time for breakfast - A bit of a weird one, but having my alone time for breakfast is so important to me. For as long as I can remember (except at uni last year when I was living in catered halls) I've grabbed my breakfast and a cup of green tea, gone back to my room and read blog posts while eating it and drinking the tea. It's a strange ritual, I know, but that time really sets me up for the day and I love it.
  • Time to myself to recharge - In a similar vein, as much as I love spending time with people, after a while of doing that or having a few days in a row of having things on in the evenings I *need* an evening to myself to binge something on Netflix and to just reset.
  • A cup of English Breakfast tea and a good book - These two things can fix almost anything.
  • Black, high-waisted jeans - The amount I wear mine is probably bordering on disgusting but I don't care. They're the best.
  • Podcasts - I don't know how I ever walked places without podcasts. I'm utterly obsessed with listening to them. 
  • Spotify - Making monthly playlists is something I'm really into right now but music has always been a huge part of my life and so Spotify is a definite must-have for me. 
  • Good food - Did I even really need to add this to the list?! I'm sure you already knew how important food is and how happy it makes me so it's safe to say that it's an essential. 

And there you have it! What would you say are essentials in your life?

Sunday, 16 April 2017

The 52 Lists Project // Week 15

Happy Easter one and all, whatever you're doing today! I'm going to have a relaxed day at home with my family and I can't wait!

Today's prompt is: "List your dream trips." Since I did a post last year about the trips that are at the very top of my list (which you can read here if you fancy having a nosey), I thought today I'd just give a simple list of all the places that are on my bucket list to see before I die!

  • All around Italy
  • Slovenia
  • Croatia
  • Greece
  • Amsterdam
  • Japan
  • Canada
  • USA
  • South Africa
  • New Zealand
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

I'm sure there are many more I could add to that list... this girl has a case of wanderlust pretty badly! I guess I'd better start saving and get on it if I want to tick these places off any time in the future! What are the places you'd love to travel to?

Sunday, 9 April 2017

The 52 Lists Project // Week 14

Happy Sunday! I don't know about you but I for one am *loving* this beautiful weather we've had in London over the past few days. It truly feels like spring has sprung and it's been making me so happy.

This week's prompt is very fitting and is: "List the ways you can cleanse your life for spring." 

I love the idea of making a change for a new season and while I don't have a huge list of things on this list, these are the ones that came immediately to my mind when I saw this week's prompt ::

  • Get a new haircut - I had my hair cut on Thursday, which you can see on my Instagram, to just below my shoulders and I love it. It's the shortest I've had it in about eight years and it might be crazy to say so, but this little change has made me so happy and as though I'm really ready for a new season/for good things to happen - I'd really recommend changing things up if you're thinking about it too!
  • Declutter - It's called a 'spring clean' for a reason and there's really no better time to get rid of the things you've been hoarding to make you feel fresh.
  • Buy some new clothes - I've been fed up of my wardrobe for a while and so I'm trying to buy more key pieces that it's lacking, starting with a beautiful jumpsuit I bought the other day. Things like jumpsuits are perfect because they can often be either dressed up or down to work for lots of occasions and adding it to my wardrobe made me feel great.
  • Make some plans for summer - I always feel as though I'm hurtling towards something (in a good way) when I start to make plans for summer and spring is a great time to do it. It feels like finally saying goodbye to winter and I'm waving goodbye very happily right now looking forward to my summer plans!
  • Fill your house with flowers - Again, another great way to say goodbye to winter is to appreciate the blossom on the trees and bring a bunch of daffodils or other pretty flowers home. Flowers brighten up a space immediately and are well worth investing in in my opinion!

Let me know if there's anything you do to change things up for spring/the beginning of a new season - I'd love to have some input!