7 April 2014
I don't get to do nearly as much travelling as I would like (the expenses of living in London!), but that doesn't stop me from regularly holiday hunting online. I spotted a bargain weekend break to Brussels, mentioned it in passing to Simon and before I could say 'waffles' we'd booked it! We got the Eurostar there on Saturday morning and spent nearly two whole days there before catching the train back on Sunday evening. I love the convenience of the Eurostar, it's a much more relaxing experience than flying.
As we only had limited time in Brussels, we decided to pack in as much as we could. Of course our main priorities would be beer, waffles and frites! Simon queued for the best part of an hour to sample the best frites in Brussels and although they were worth it, we were both dismayed that we couldn't finish our enormous portions. Classic eyes bigger than belly situation!
Aside from eating and drinking, we paid a visit to the comic book museum (which is in a beautiful old department store), explored a flea market, admired Manneken Pis (and then witnessed a group of drunk women stealing his outfit), went to the largest market in Europe and spent a lot of time in the beautiful Grand Place.
Two days doesn't sound like long, but we actually managed to do everything we wanted to and more. We're so lucky to have Europe this close to us and it's lovely to take a short break every now and then (especially when you can find a really good deal!).
Have you been to Belgium? I'm eager to visit Bruges now.
11 March 2014
|Dress - Topshop|
I hope everyone had a lovely weekend? I know we're well and truly into another week now, but I thought I'd share a few photos from my weekend. I dragged Simon back with me to Chichester (he's been a very busy bee with work lately) and we stayed at my mum's for a couple of days. Walking the dog in the countryside is such a nice change of pace from London sometimes. I probably didn't choose the most practical of outfits for the woods, but I had to make the most of the sunshine!
On Saturday night we went to the cinema to see The Grand Budapest Hotel. We all really enjoyed it and Simon actually wants to see it at the cinema again. I've only seen Moonrise Kingdom and Fantastic Mr Fox before, so I want to watch a few more Wes Anderson films now. If you're unsure whether to go, I would recommend watching it!
28 February 2014
In the living room I've filled the fireplace with logs and fairy lights - unfortunately we can't use the chimney, but I love how cosy it looks in the evening anyway. We've started filling the bookcases with books in order of colour, but it's quite time consuming and we've still got a large number of books left to sort out. All the toys are Simon's, he's not willing to let them out of his sight!
The Up print was a lovely gift from one of Simon's pals. We're both big fans of Pixar so it's in pride of place at the moment. I spend most of my time in the living room and it's no coincidence that it's my favourite room of the flat.
I'm very lucky that our kitchen has plenty of storage, so I can use the shelves for display purposes. At the moment I have some of my favourite baking equipment on show as well as two coloured Kilner jars I picked up in TK Maxx last week. Simon's not a fan, but I think they're really pretty!
The bedroom is on the large side so it's hard to make it feel cosy (not that I'm complaining!). I've wanted an old steamer trunk for years and I was so chuffed when my parents bought me a brown one for my birthday in October - at the moment it sits at the end of our bed. However, the one photographed is another one. My upstairs neighbours have just moved out and they were getting rid of loads of furniture. I couldn't believe my eyes when I spotted this black trunk amongst their stuff and they said I could keep it. So now I have two! I'm yet to figure out where to put the black one, but I'm sure I'll find the perfect place for it.
What's your favourite part of your home?
24 February 2014
My skin's being a nightmare at the moment so I decided to get the bareMinerals foundation in the hope that minerals won't irritate it any more (so far so good) and then we wandered round the Paperchase on Tottenham Court Road. Have you been in there? It's enormous! Obviously, tackling Oxford Street on a Saturday is exhausting so we had to stop for some lunch in a surprisingly quiet Pret. I love the pain au raisins in there, I think they must coat them in sugar or something.
The top photos are taken outside the Rosewood Hotel and Holborn Delicatessen after we had to pop to Chancery Lane to visit the Argos there (nope, life doesn't get much more glamorous than that!).
In the evening we had tickets to see Pixar in concert at the Royal Albert Hall so we got the tube to Kensington. After we picked up our tickets we had some more food with a couple of friends at Le Comptoir. I only had frozen yogurt as I was still pretty full from lunch but everyone seemed to enjoy what they had ordered. I also had a fresh lemonade that tasted a lot like what I would imagine fabric conditioner to taste like...
Going to the Royal Albert Hall is always a bit of a treat and the performance was amazing. And we got ice cream in the interval of course!
Have you been to any shows lately?
20 February 2014
I really want to learn to make the perfect chocolate chip cookies so these were my first attempt. I found a recipe on pinterest and they were just okay. They were tasty, but they were missing that wow factor I'm looking for. I love the M&S fresh bakery cookies and they definitely didn't match up to them. Next time I'm going to give this recipe a go.
I'd never been to itsu before Saturday which is a bit silly because I'm crazy about sushi. I really liked it and their froyo definitely satisfied my sweet tooth afterwards - who am I to turn down hot caramel sauce?! We had a browse round Fortnum and Mason afterwards and spent some time discussing what we think The Queen eats...
I can't remember the name of the burgers Christina and I went for at GBK (we got the same) but it was a lot spicier than anticipated. Fortunately I had an oreo milkshake on hand to help it go down. We had a two burgers for £10 voucher so it was really good value.
I don't have too much planned for this weekend so it should be fairly relaxed, I'm looking forward to it.
Do you have a favourite place to go eat?