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1. A spot of pre travel shopping at Westfield London. 2. I received the most AMAZING package from one of my favorite online stores, Secret Sales, shortly before my flight! Made my day/week/month! 3. My find of the week! This stunning necklace from Zara looks worth way more than just the 20 quid I paid for it and is certain to dress up any outfit. 4. Ready for a long flight with copies of Vogue, Elle & Harper’s Bazaar. 5. One of Lahore PK’s standout private boutiques, La Societe. I had to be dragged away from a gold Stella McCartney bag shortley after this gram was taken! 6. What would an Instagram post be without a selfie? 7. A well needed sugar rush after a long day! If you haven’t tried Cinnabon, you simply haven’t lived. 8. I admit it, I spoilt myself a little at Abu Dhabi Duty Free! My fav buys were a pair of YSL lippes! 9. A bit of Monday morning Inspo! In the words of Frank Ocean, “Work hard in silence, let success be your noise”. 10. Finally, I treated myself to a couple of pairs of Levi’s today. :)

As some of you know, I’m away from lovely London for the next 10 days and internet access has been sporadic over the last few days.. so I thought I’d give you a quick update through the eyes of Instagram! I am back on WiFi as of tomorrow and have a few exciting posts coming your way.. including my first ever give away and a make up tutorial!

Keep your eyes peeled for a super exciting post tomorrow..

Thanks for reading lovelies!

Until the next post..

xox

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The Icing on the Cake..

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Good evening Londonistas..

Not having much of a sweet tooth, I think I have truly let one of London’s finest slip under my radar.. until now! Yesterday, I had a surprise delivery land on my desk.. my recruitment consultant had sent me a gift to congratulate me on my new position! If that wasn’t sweet enough as it is, the delivery was a box of divine treats from Lola’s cupcakes.

I’ve known about Lola’s cupcakes for agggess.. who hasn’t? After all, they are sold in Harrods and Selfridges.. they are the crème de la crème of their kind. I’d never gotten round to trying them before, since I never go out of my way to try anything I think will be excessively sweet.. but boy oh boy was I wrong to judge.

Quite simply.. Mind = BLOWN

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Hand crafted and baked and iced to perfection, you can literally taste the love in these cakes. My favorite out of my selection was the Banana and Caramel and the Red Velvet of course.

I will definitely be going back to Lola’s cupcakes for seconds.. and thirds and fourths and fifths.

Thank you to my amazing consultant, Alicia Martins, for thinking of me and for opening my eyes to Lola’s (I’ll thank you again when I’m 10 stone heavier as a result of my new obsession)!

Feeling hungry Londonistas? Why not try them out for yourself.. you can find your closest store on their site.. or better yet, have them delivered to your door!

http://www.lolas-kitchen.co.uk

Thanks for reading.. Until the next post!

xox

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Breakfast with Lands’ End

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Happy Thursday Londonistas.. & it is a happier Thursday than most indeed, since we have a 4 day long weekend coming up. Gotta love Easter!

To get me kick started into the Easter spirit was the Bloggers Easter Breakfast last week, held by Lands’ End; The Wisconsin based brand that was originally founded in Chicago as a yachting company and has expanded into a global, multi-channel home shopping brand.

Lands’ Ends roots are clearly visible in their preppy, classically American designs. Viewing their SS13 collection over breakfast I was impressed with how they produce a range of great quality pieces at affordable prices and above all, the brand really prides itself on providing great service. It’s the little touches that has built up such a loyal customer base for Lands’ End, with its monogramming service, free custom hemming and ‘100% satisfaction or your money back’ promise.

Check out my photos from the AMAZING breakfast and my picks for Spring from their website.

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The pieces I fell in love with for Spring were..

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Women’s Regular Floral Cropped Stretch Chinos – £44.95 & Women’s Regular Long Sleeve Floral Print Supima Cardigan – £49.95

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Women’s Regular Cropped Trench Coat – £110.00 & Women’s Drifter Cable Crewneck – £39.95

Thank you to Lands’ End for a FABULOUS Easter breakfast!

Thanks for reading Londonistas.. until the next post!

xox

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Meat Me at Midnight..

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Good evening Londonistas! I hope everyone had a spectacular weekend and is not suffering from the Monday blues today..

So, a few days back I got a request from a very special reader and one of my clients to do a few more posts about food since they enjoyed reading about my experience at Burger & Lobster so much. Well, ask and you shall receive. I’ve been meaning to write about this place for a while now, since it happens to be my absolute favorite restaurant in London.

Who doesn’t love Italian food? It is a cuisine that is truly made with love and I have found no better example of this in action than at Osteria Dell’Arte on Clapham Common High Street.

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Osteria is like my second home in Clapham.. Every special occasion over the last couple of years has been spent there; Birthdays, anniversaries.. even my first ever date with the love of my life.. and while he’d like to say it was my charm and wit that got him back out on a second date I think it had something more to do with the mouth watering Papperdelle Alla Salsiccia he ate. The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach after all.

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On this occasion, we walked in on a Saturday evening and as always, the place was buzzing. The quaint little venue is always brimming with a mix of people from a range of backgrounds; Antipodeans treating their stomachs with good quality grub before hitting the favored Aussie/Kiwi hotspot “Infernos” a few doors down to local art students who come to not only enjoy the cuisine but to take in the local art that Osteria takes pride in supporting and promoting to posh ‘Old town’ residents out in big groups catching up over an authentic Italian meal. One of my favorite things about this place is that whether it is your first visit or your 100th, you will always be treated like a family member. In a city where service is often cold and impersonal, the owners and staff at Osteria really take the time and effort to ensure that each one of their customers receives the best possible service. Ushered to our booth in a matter of moments, I scanned over the menu even though I already knew it off by heart..

For my starter I ordered the Bruschetta al
Pomodoro & while I was tempted to go for my usual choice for the main.. Linguine Granchio E Rucola, which is a fresh egg pasta with fresh scottish crab and wild rocket, I instead opted for the Bistecca Di Manzo; a Ribeye Steak with grilled spring onions, watercress and a Bearnaise sauce.

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I must admit, I only really started eating steak just over a year ago. As a former vegetarian, I couldn’t possibly imagine anything worse than a dead, bloody piece of cow slapped on a plate in front of me.. but my wonderful partner in crime cooked me my first ever steak just over a year ago (In all fairness, he had to burn it to a crisp before I agreed to eat it but still) and since then, I have slowly but surely been acquiring the taste for a good piece of meat, becoming more and more adventurous with how I have it cooked. In this instance, I requested for it to be cooked Medium Well.. and it was perfection. Served with grilled spring onions and watercress, there was not a stochy potato or overcooked carrot in sight, letting the meat do all the talking and the understated sides acting solely to enhance the flavors of the rib-eye and the Bearnaise sauce.

When it comes to desert, Osteria has a modest selection but every single one of those options is delectable. My personal favorite (and all time favorite desert) is the creme brulee which is easily in my top five I have ever tasted. After finishing desert, we were offered a complimentary after dinner drink of our choice from a range of Italian spirits.

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Expect to spend around £35 each for a three course meal and a glass of wine, take it up to £40 each if you would prefer to share a bottle.

If you are already a resident of the area, chances are I don’t have to convince you of giving this place a try since you most probably have already been there.. But no matter where in London you reside, if you are looking for an authentic Italian experience where you get exceptional service, atmosphere and most importantly, quality food for your money, you should definitely drop in. It’s rare to find a place that is less focused on promoting themselves and more about promoting a sense of family and community via their food and Osteria Dell’Arte are executing that sentiment with perfection.

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Well, that’s all for tonight Londonistas! Until the next post!

xox

Osteria Dell’Arte
126 Clapham High Street,London
020 7622 0452

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