24.07.2017- On the Menu: Chicken Shop, Holborn

Monday, 24 July 2017

As I've posted about a handful of times in the past, when it comes to navigating my lunch break, I'm usually very much a creature of habit. Having said that, however, there are some occasions when it's just as important to break from the norm- turning your back on soggy sandwiches and sub-par salads in search of an altogether more satisfying midday meal. A few weeks ago, with a long day in progress, I made a long overdue debut trip to Chicken Shop, for some much needed comfort food:

Having heard glowing reviews of Chicken Shop from friend after friend, this trip was somewhat spur of the moment, but well and truly worth it. Needless to say that the menu well and truly lived up to the hype, with succulent chicken quarters arriving at the table freshly cooked, and within minutes of being ordered. Sides wise, I plumped for sweet potato fries (classic!) and a bowl of coleslaw- a definite welcome distraction from my usual lunchtime menu! As well as offering delicious, really reasonably priced food, the service was also super speedy- always a bonus when you're up against the clock. I'll definitely be going back! 

Where do you like to visit for a lunchtime treat?

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21.07.2017- Beauty Buys: Lush Fresh Face Masks

Friday, 21 July 2017

As much as I've settled on a solid day to day skincare routine over the last couple of years, it's always nice to shop around and have a look for some new discoveries to supplement those everyday essentials. What with contending with the ups and downs of the summer weather, over the last couple of weeks I've found my skin breaking out a little bit more than usual and in need of a touch of tlc. Luckily, some recent purchases from Lush have well and truly stepped up to the mark:

I've had a couple of these fresh face masks in the past, but after popping into my local branch of Lush a couple of weekends ago, picked up both the Rosy Cheeks and BB Seaweed masks- more for the welcome relief of being able to soothe my face with something cold in thirty degree heat to be honest! Rosy Cheeks is perfect for targeting redness and irritated skin; with ingredients including calamine and rose oil gently soothing and cleansing without being at all abrasive. BB Seaweed is a real one stop shop for feeling fresh faced, with seaweed and aloe vera gently exfoliating- the perfect treat at the end of a long week!
Have you discovered any new summer skincare staples?

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19.07.2017- Day Tripping: Exploring Regent's Park

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

In an effort to explore some corners of London which I'm yet to visit, over the last year or so I've been heading away from my usual well beaten track, seeking out those places which I've yet to encounter in the capital. It' always really refreshing to do something different, and I always tend to forget just how many hidden treasures London is home to. Much like my trip to Kenwood House last autumn, a few weeks ago I ventured north of the river to take in the spectacular surroundings of Regent's Park:

First and foremost, exploring somewhere on foot on one of the hottest days of the year isn't the wisest of ideas, but on a sticky June Saturday the shaded surroundings of the park were very welcome! I've whizzed through the area on my way to London Zoo once or twice before, but on this occasion it was lovely to have the luxury of a little bit more time to take in the peace and tranquility of such lovely surroundings. Needless to say that I fell head over heels in love with the bounty of blooms on display, and the rose garden alone is worth spending an afternoon exploring. I'll definitely be back!

Have you visited anywhere new recently?

(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.)
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