Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Afternoon Tea at Kettners

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” 
― C.S. Lewis

On Saturday I met up with one of my oldest friends for a long overdue catch up. We decided to treat ourselves to an afternoon tea at Kettners in Soho, one of the places I like to have a glass of champers sometimes.  They have a cocktail/champagne bar on the ground floor and it's a really lovely atmosphere.
We were one of the first parties to arrive for the lunch sitting, so we had our pick of tables in the lovely, calm dining room.  We chose the corner by the window so we could gossip in private.

I went for peppermint tea and we discussed our sandwich requirements with the waiter.  The service was actually very good and attentive and our tower of goodies arrived very quickly.
We had four or five sandwiches each, two scones and a selection of tartlets and treats.  The scones were definitely my favourite, light and covered in cream and jam they were devoured rather sharpish! (Can you spot me?)

My favourite was the millionaires shortcake (with the K on) which was delicious, the passionfruit tart was also delish, but very sharp!  I probably could have eaten a few more sandwiches as I have eyes biggers than my belly, but by the end we both stuffed and decided to walk it off with a stroll through Soho.
Although... I must confess our first stop was Hotel Chocolat! 
It's not a cheap food option, but really nice for a special treat and I'd recommend the venue, it had a great atmosphere.  All in all we had a really lovely, filling afternoon!


Saturday, 21 March 2015

Things I don't understand

Since I'm confounded on a daily basis to the point that I feel like Joey Essex learning to tell the time, I thought I'd share my most bewildering with you in the hope that you'll share my pain.

  1. Choosing salad at a buffet - when carbs exist I cant get on board with this even if it is in Pizza hut and covered in dressing.
  2. Scrunchies being back in fashion -Like really? Is it 1992?
  3. People who get up early at the weekend when we all know weekends exist to lie in
  4. House music; give me SClub7 any day
  5. Boys who live with their parents - I don't care if you're saving for a deposit, do your own washing
  6. The phrase 'nom'.. can't you just say 'yum' like a normal person?
  7. Bad eyebrows; there's no excuse, get yourself down to Benefit pronto and sort it out
  8. Crop tops on adults, it's just scary
  9. People who can refuse a chocolate out of the office treat box... are you magic?
  10. Socks and sandals, not in an ironic Cher from Clueless way but in a Brit's abroad, handkerchief on head kind of way
  11. People who can't queue properly; pushing in is NOT acceptable
  12. Kids with iPhones.. surely no 8 year old has that active a social life?
  13. Lo salt.. There's nothing more to say.
  14. People who are incapable of saying what they mean - spit it out, please
What gets your goat?

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

A new tattoo

“They keep track of time. Sometimes things happen and you feel that you need to mark them down.” 
― Scott O'ConnorUntouchable

I have long been a fan of the tattoo. I have three myself and have to constantly put myself off having another. Sammi from Beauty Crush has the coolest tatts (and I love her dogs too but that's another story) and I wish I was cool enough to pull off a 
half sleeve, but I'm not.  So I stick to small-ish designs, in just black outline and yearn over 
other people's tatts on Pinterest.
My current fave is a finger tattoo, I think they're so cute.. but mine are currently not that visible
and I wonder if I'd come to regret the placement - anyone got one and had any issues? Or am
I just being daft?

However in the last couple of weeks the desire has overtaken my sensibility and I've now chosen
my new tattoo design and thanks to Zoe's recommendation I've chosen the studio too.  I've even 
managed to convince a friend to get one with me and we've finally picked a date to go and get 
inked.  I love neon signs and my design is slightly inspired by that, although it's still going to be a 
black ink tattoo.  I'm not sure I'm brave enough for a coloured design as it'll take longer to do 
and I'm a chicken but maybe one day.

This time I'm going for a horseshoe tattoo which was going to go beneath my bra strap but has 
now been moved up to sideboob area after my sister's exclamation of 'won't it sit right on a fat 
roll?' (you can't choose your family...) I'm slight apprehensive about the tattooist having to look 
at a half naked me while he works, but I'll just reassure myself that they've seen worse...

I am, in my head, designing a larger design for perhaps my 5th and final tattoo which may include some of the below;

Please send me pics of your favourite tattoos, I love the big bright colour designs and anything intestesting and 
*all images from Pinterest

Friday, 13 March 2015

Venice visits

“Italy and London are the only places where I don't feel to exist on sufferance.” 
― E.M. Forster

I've finally booked a trip to Venice!
I have been desperate to go for so long and now I only have to wait a couple more months.

Blogger-verse please send me your top tips, must sees, must eats etc for the most beautiful city I can imagine.
We've found a great deal on a hotel, I already have my Euros (left over from the cruise) and I'm cramming my Italian lessons in so that I can actually perhaps use a phrase or two while I'm there.
We're currently learning how to ask for, and give directions which is giving me no end of trouble but hopefully i'll get to grips with it soon enough.  My accent however leaves something to be desired.  If you want to learn, have a gander at the video below;
We're planning lots of sight seeing, followed by lots of prosecco and pasta.  I definitely fancy a trip in a gondola, seeing as it's so iconic.  I'm looking forward to taking lots of pictures and am hoping for good weather.

If you've been, please let me know your favourite places - I want to make the most of our limited time!


Friday, 6 March 2015

Boy Crazy

If, like me and Cinderella, you occasionally run into some man (or woman) trouble, these posters might just lift your spirits a little... 
Whatever you do, don't let it get you down - get your mates together, put some lashes on, order a glass of prosecco and forget about it (for one night at least!).

And remember....


Sunday, 1 March 2015

Saturday fun in London

On Saturday I had a nice mooch round Westfield and a slow brunch at Bills.  The food was yummy, the service not so hot.
bills restaurant

In the evening I joined a friend to watch the 4Tunes at my favourite cabaret venue The Matcham Room at Hippodrome Casino.  The have live entertainment including artists, comedy and burlesque and a lovely cocktail bar and terrace too.
4tunes group

matcham room

4tunes group

The drinks were flowing and the boys put on a great show. I see now perhaps I should have concentrated on the photo taking not the drinking, but there you go.

I managed to tear myself away in time for the last train, which seemed to take an age. Have you been to the hippodrome? It's so fun and open 24hrs.


Saturday, 28 February 2015

A day in Funchal

My mind dances then wanders, filled with hopes of days and special moments, of sun-filled glades, and sweet madeira wine.

Our favourite stop off on the MSC cruise was Funchal in Madeira. We had breakfast on board then decided to explore.  The weather was glorious, which I wasn't quite dressed for, but we didn't let that stop us.

The town was readying for the Fiesta/Carnival, but we actually didn't see much of it.  It lent the town a nice bustling atmosphere and we had a good stroll (and a bit of a shop).

The seafront has been rebuilt in the last 5 years after terrible rains washed away a lot of land.  Its very open, clean and tourist friendly which made getting about in our limited time quite easy. There's a cable car up to the top of the mountains, but we chickened out of that.

In the evening we went back out, refreshed and re dressed (although it was super windy) and headed out for dinner. We found a cute, traditional restaurant called Pipa.  Our waitress was very friendly and generous and we had shots of liquor, honey biscuits and a good chat before we returned to the boat.

Have you been to Funchal? Did you like it?