The Ultimate Holiday Dress

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There's always that favourite dress on holiday that you leave until the very last day, when you're at maximum tanning potential and you're thinking "i'll save the best until last!" 

This particular dress was my "best until last" dress. I was beyond excited to wear it! 

I discovered the brand Dancing Leopard only a couple of weeks before I went to Mauritius, and immediately fell in love with their beautiful vacation inspired clothing. 

The beauty of this dress is that it's one size fits all, which usually puts me off ordering, but what makes this dress different is that it has drawstring around the waist. You simply pull the string around the top of your waist and tie at the back, which subsequently allows the fabric to fall around your figure, revealing the most stunning flowing effect. 

I'm off to Ibiza in exactly 6 weeks, and I've ordered this dress in black (shock horror, another black dress to add to my extensive collection!) I plan to wear it on our last evening. We've made a reservation at a restaurant called Lio, which looks fabulous so I have the feeling this will be the perfect dress for the occasion. 

Check out their entire range available on their website here. Apart from the gorgeous clothing, what makes me love a brand even more is their customer service. After ordering from their website, within an hour it will have been packaged and dispatched. I'm not kidding! They are unbelievably speedy, which is perfect when you want to have the dress of your dreams hanging up in your wardrobe as soon as possible!

Happy shopping!
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Current Favourites

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After a couple of month's silence on my YouTube channel, I'm back! I'm taking you through my current beauty, fashion and random favourites. These include some bits and bobs I got for my birthday, as well as some of the latest fashion pieces in my wardrobe. 

I also chat about a very exciting hair styling revolution...the vibrating straighteners by Jose Eber. Yes, you heard me correct, vibrating straighteners! Who knew? The vibrating effect smooths my hair beautifully. I love them!

Going forward, I will be uploading a lot more frequently so please make sure you're subscribed to my channel (click here to sub) to stay updated! 

I've linked a few of the products I chat about below, but the full list is detailed in the description beneath the video. 

As I mention in my video, I would appreciate if you let me know if there is anything in particular you want me to film or chat about. I'm always looking for ways where I can improve my channel, and I'd love to know your requests and ideas. 

Thanks for watching!

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The Rooftop Cafe

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One of the many perks of working in the City is that you're always a stone's throw from fabulous eateries, some of which are hidden away under your nose and the only way of discovering them is through word of mouth.

My friend at work shares my obsession with rooftop bars and restaurants, so when she discovered The Rooftop Cafe, she shared the secret and gathered our team together to head down there one Friday afternoon.

Hidden on the rooftop of the The Exchange building, it's quietly tucked away from the public and it takes a bit of navigation to actually find it! 

After taking a lift and walking up some narrow winding stairs, we finally reached the top of the building and sat in the blazing sun, admiring the views.

I do love a view! Located just under the Shard, the views are incredible. A little warning, you might feel a bit wobbly when looking up!

The food menu is short but sweet, with only 5 options for starters and 4 for mains. 

We ordered some wine and our food, before soaking up the sun as we waited. 

Asparagus is one of my favourite starters. Not only is it delicious, but it's light enough so I have enough room for my main! 

For this reason, I ordered the asparagus to start which arrived with a fried egg and shavings of parmasan. 

I got serious food envy when my friend's lamb chop arrived. Don't you hate that? When you instantly regret what you've ordered and want that instead! I had to stop myself from grabbing the plate before she began to tuck up! 

My food envy was made even worse when my food arrived. I ordered the venison with quinoa. 

As you can see, it didn't look like the most appealing meal...

And unfortunately, it tasted just as bad as it looked! 

It arrived on the bone, which I didn't expect, and after several attempts of sawing away with my knife, I could only find a few tiny mouthfuls of meat that was completely lacking any flavour.

I soon gave up and looked forward to dessert instead!

My dessert arrived and this time, it tasted just as delicious as it looks!

Salted caramel ice cream with a shot of espresso on the side to either pour over or sip. I don’t enjoy espressos on their own, so decided to pour the warm coffee over my ice cream, creating a delicious mix of hot and cold. Yum!

It’s fair to say that dessert only lasted a couple of seconds!

The Rooftop Cafe is open for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner and their food menu changes on a monthly basis. You can find all the details on their website here

After settling the bill, we moved on to find somewhere else to spend the rest of our evening.

We wandered around Borough Market and stumbled upon a bar serving chocolate and cocktails. Also known as heaven. 

It's called Rabot 1745. A restaurant, bar, café and outdoor terrace that overlooks the hustle and bustle of borough market. Their sibling restaurant opened in 2011 on their 250 year old Rabot Estate cocoa plantation in Saint Lucia, and they hoped to bring the same Caribbean charm to the heart of London.  

If you’re crazy about chocolate, this is the place to come! They serve unique cocoa cocktails in the bar and incorporate cocoa as a spice into their dishes in the restaurant. 

Propping ourselves up at the bar, we ordered a round of cocktails and bought some dark chocolate to take home. 

I ordered a pretty pink, which consisted of cocoa gin, lemon, rosewater, honey and prosecco.

We stayed in the bar until late in the evening, ordering countless cocoa cocktails and slowly making our way through the chocolate we bought earlier that wasn't supposed to be opened so soon! 

Find all details about Rabot 1945 on their website here, including menus and where to find them. 

There is nothing quite like Summer in London. Sun and food followed by chocolate infused cocktails. Definitely a Friday well spent! 
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Weekly Workwear Picks

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Good morning and happy hump day! Wednesday's aren't all that bad. Only 3 full days left until the weekend! 

Until then, I personally find the best cure for mid-week blues is to use my wardrobe to lift my mood. It sounds ridiculous, but if I'm really happy with my outfit, I begin the day with a positive output and I feel my confidence and motivation boost. Surely I can't be the only one who feels this way when wearing a good outfit? 

I love the saying "I have an irrational fear of wasting a good outfit on an insignificant day". This is so me! I used to be a lot worse, and refuse to put on my favourite dress or skirt unless I had an important meeting or drinks in the evening to attend. Now, I wear my favourite pieces whatever day it is, and you should too!

This week, I've found the perfect dress for a hump day. Featured above, the pattern alone on this floral dress make you feel confident whilst strutting around the office. Not to mention those side pockets (I do love a good pocket!) 

You can't beat a good white blouse and black skirt combo. If you have neither in your working wardrobe then you must get shopping immediately! They're a style staple and I've found two above that will never go out of style. The asymmetric skirt gives a quirky, trendy feel to the classic outfit. 

I hope you all have a fabulous rest of your week!


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Dinner at The Wolseley

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It was two years ago in August that my lovely friend Tram moved from London to embark on new adventures in Colombia. We first met 5 years ago when I started my new job and on my first day was seated next to Tram. She quickly became a close friend to me, and I was devastated when 3 years later she announced her impending move to Colombia. Although I was excited for her future, a selfish part of me wanted her to stay right here in London, forever!

We keep in touch regularly but I constantly miss our daily face to face chats about our mutual love of fashion, dogs (we are both what you call 'crazy dog ladies'), blogging and everything in between. Tram is my go to person when I need styling advice due to her bluntness when it comes to telling the truth! I think this has something to do with all the years she spent living in New York. If you want an honest opinion, she is the person to ask, even if it's not the answer you want to hear! I'll always remember returning from Topshop once lunchtime and asking Tram's opinion on a dress I bought that I was unsure of. "I hate it! I'm sorry, but I do!" I think it's safe to say the dress was returned before the end of the day!  Although I still ask her opinion since her move, it's not the same through Whatsapp! 

So, when Tram emailed me a few months ago and said she was visiting London for a couple of days, I quickly booked her in for dinner and a catch up. Tram and I have extremely similar taste, so I left it up to her to choose the venue, and she emailed back saying she had booked The Wolseley. 

Tram was staying at the Mandarin Oriental in Knightsbridge, so as soon as I finished work I headed straight to the hotel to get ready. 

Once we were ready, we took a walk around the hotel and stumbled upon the most gorgeous room where we decided to hold a little impromptu photoshoot. 

Through the launch of Tram's blog, the less is more, she quickly discovered her love of photography and I am constantly in awe of her work. When she told me she wanted to take some photos of me to feature on her blog, I was more than happy to do a little posing, especially when it's in such beautiful surroundings. 

After we were finished snapping and posing, we made our way to The Wolseley. The restaurant is the perfect place for a catch up, with a busy atmosphere yet quiet enough for a proper chit chat.

We were seated in a corner table, before becoming typical bloggers and taking some photos for Instagram before studying the menu. This is what I love about being around a fellow blogger, there is no judgement when you struggle to get the perfect birds-eye table shot! We got there in the end though...

We decided to share a starter, and opted for the Croustade of Quail Eggs covered in Hollandaise sauce. They were cooked to perfection and oozed when cut. 

Quail eggs are my ultimate favourite, and they reminded us both of a restaurant in London we used to visit on our lunch breaks and we would eat them on their own, dipped in pepper! 

For mains, we both ordered the fillet steak with peppercorn sauce, with french fries and creamed spinach on the side.

I'm going to make a bold statement right now. That was the most delicious steak I have ever eaten! I like my steak rare, and it arrived perfectly cooked. 

The crunch of the peppercorn sauce complimented the tenderness of the steak. It was one of those meals that whilst eating, you're thinking of who you can take next time to show them just how amazing it is! 

Fellow steak lovers, get ready for some serious steak porn...

Surprisingly, we still had room for a little something extra before we left, so ordered an ice cream sundae to share.


What I think is special about my friendship with Tram is that no matter how long we go without seeing eachother, each time we meet up we pick up right where we left off. 

It's rare to find true friends in life. Those friends you just know will be in your life for the long haul. So I count myself extremely lucky to call Tram one of those friends. 

After dinner we continued to catch up before calling it a night and heading our separate ways. Although I was sad to say goodbye, I know it won't be long until we're back together again, catching up on everything we've missed. Whether that will be in London again, or possibly Colombia! I've said countless times I will visit Tram in Colombia, so maybe one day that will become reality. Watch this space!

If you don't already, follow Tram's adventures through her photography on Instagram here and check out her blog. Prepare to experience serious wanderlust! 
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