Category Archives: London

A photo every hour – Monday 12th October


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I’ve never hated Mondays. I always thought Tuesday the worst day, less enthusiasm for the beginning of a new week but so long until the weekend! I wanted to try and do this photo every hour on a work day, so here is an average weekday. Monday style.

Above: 8am: I woke up and my server had decided to revert this blog back to 4 days previous – had to save everything from the cache in a panic. I also woke up on top of a dead spider. Still, it was quite bright and I can never wake up and be sad when I look at this Moomin poster.
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9am: Walking to work, which is near Old Street. I work in a tech company as an online Community Manager.
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10.30am: First cup of tea of the day and some breakfast. Gluten free fruit bread with honey and a banana. I never eat at home as 1. I am not a morning person and 2. my stomach doesn’t wake up and I feel sick in the mornings so can’t face eating until later on.
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12.30pm: A trip on my lunch break to Waitrose to grab some groceries for dinner. Also got a piece of roast chicken for my lunch.
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Interview with The WHITEPEPPER



The WHITEPEPPER interviewed me for their blog feature ‘Customer Of The Month’ which was lovely of them as I adore their clothes – and wear at least one piece a week! Also they have the best sample sales – and lots of them. Winner.

Where do you get style inspiration from?
I’ve always been pretty into the aesthetic of the 60’s mod girls, and the kinderwhore look from the early 90’s – like Kat Bjelland and Courtney Love. Though as I’ve gotten older I’ve become more simplistic with what I wear and try to stick with things that I know suit me. I usually try and look a bit like a smart girl in a uniform. Maybe with a touch of scruffy though!

You can read the rest on their blog here.

And check out their new Autumn collection – it’s pretty fun!

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A photo every hour – Saturday 26th September


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I always liked the idea of a photo every hour, it makes for a more realistic photo diary. It also means you have to think consciously about what you’re going to frame for that hour. I like the honesty it shows, a real insight into someones actual day to day life, be it fun, boring or mundane reality. It’s also actually quite hard, and I probably didn’t do it strictly every hour on the dot…  As my first one, I know some of the photos are not that exciting/great. But I think it’s good practise and hopefully I can improve as I do more of these!

Here is my first photo diary of a Saturday…

11am: my new favourite breakfast. Granola that doesn’t have bloody wheat flakes in it. I’ve cut out gluten again as my IBS has been crappy and i’m going to be put on a strict ‘fodmap’ diet soon by a dietician.

Ingredients: Jordans simply granola (it’s oats, which don’t contain gluten. Though sometimes people who are extremely sensitive to gluten cannot eat oats because they are made in factories with wheat a lot of the time! But for me, they’re ok) / Real greek yogurt – I like FAGE as it’s proper greek. Not ‘greek style’. / Blueberries and raspberries. So good!
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12pm: Walking through Dalston to go to Andy & Eliza’s new house. Spotted a Metal Gear Solid fan. Strong hoody.lamby
12.30pm: LAMBY. Eliza’s toy from baby days!
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What I wore today – English summer rain


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Jacket: Forever 21 – Shirt: Zara – Trousers: Topshop – Bag: c/o Radley – Boots: Zara – Watch: Marc Jacobs

June is my favourite month for clothing because it’s the time of year where you can dress lightly, but it’s not too hot so you don’t have to bare all your flesh to the world!

At the moment I am pretty obsessed with these cigarette trousers from Topshop. I’ve got two pairs of them in different floral patterns already… They’re defo the type of item you either love or hate. Even if you don’t like the pattern, they are SO comfy!

The bag was kindly sent to me by Radley. I love this, it goes with loads of things and is very simple but a little bit different. It looks like a mini hat box (just me?)! I’m the kind of person who carries around a lot with me, but this does fit a couple of necessary items in for a day or night out. Anything smaller I wouldn’t cope! I overfilled it on my birthday (26! Woo, not!), got hideously drunk and lost my make up after I forgot to zip it up. I’ve not tried to put too much in it since :’). Radley do have lots of nice leather bags at the moment, I’ve been eying up the simple backpacks.

The shirt and boots are from Zara, the shirt is really baggy but very thin and light for summer – I love the collar on it. The boots have seen better days and I’ve worn them to death but can’t find any similar to replace them with :( Please give me a heads up if you have?!

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My top 10 tips for renting in London


Renting in the capital is a nightmare. Firstly, it’s horrendously overpriced which means most people in their twenties have a lot of restrictions on what they can actually afford. Secondly, estate agents have a terrible reputation and from my experience I would say that reputation is more than well deserved. Those two things combined can make the whole situation way more stressful than it really should be.

As I’ve rented in London for around 7 years now, I’ve definitely learned some tips and tricks to ease the pain, slightly. I’m moving again in a few weeks so I thought I’m probably able to give some fairly decent advice for anyone thinking of moving house in the capital. Also I’d say I’m quite good at this house stuff, maybe because I’m a pro internet stalker… ha.

Here are some things I’ve learned for anybody thinking of renting in London:

1. The internet is your best friend

Don’t bother going into physical estate agents. It will be a waste of time. If you know some agencies in the area you wish to live in, send them an email and ask to be put on a waiting list for any new properties that fit your criteria. Sometimes they will email you properties before they go up on their website or in their office.

The sites I would recommend for flat hunting are: Zoopla, Gumtree, Nestoria, Rightmove, Moveflat. Be prepared to spend half your life on them, if you see properties as soon as they go live, you’ve got a better chance. You can now set up alerts on Rightmove too, which is probably the most depressing thing ever.

2. Location – the more you know, the more chance you’ve got

Know the postcodes, streets or areas you would like to live in. The more you know about an area, the easier it is to search for. You will get more relevant properties if you do this rather than just searching the borough eg. Hackney, Islington etc. Searching  E9 5EN for example, you’d have properties near that street, it just narrows down your search which is time saving.

Also research the area and check if there are any specific housing estates that rent too. A lot of the time they do not advertise, it’s a matter of finding out if they exist and then contacting them. That’s how we found our new place.

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Horniman Museum London


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The Horniman Museum in Forest Hill is a treasure trove of taxidermy, natural history and Wes Anderson style colour schemes! I love the baby pink they use everywhere, against the type – it’s perfect. It’s also an amazing place to sit and draw, it’s not super busy in there (I think it’s a bit of a London secret) and it’s got super good lighting. You’ll also find large gardens outside the building, a conservatory and a mini farm there – which is so nice in the sun. Great for an afternoon picnic after exploring the inside of the museum!

If this is your kinda thing then it’s well worth a visit and not as far from central as it seems. You can hop on the Overground from Shoreditch or Dalston, which takes around 20 minutes.
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Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew London – Trees, flowers and plants galore!


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A couple of weeks back me and my flatmate headed over to Kew Gardens for a fun day out with some plants! I used to live near Kew but never ever went (always the way, isn’t it?). When I heard there is more than one conservatory (ahem, the Barbican conservatory is my favourite place in London EVER), giant lily pads and a tree top walk I had to go…
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Brasserie Zédel London – Pre Matilda at the theatre!


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On Saturday it was the celebration of that fateful day me and my boyfriend went on our first date to the Red Lion pub in Hoxton and had 4 pints of beer and the weirdest sausage pizza ever. Three years on Saturday I forced him to ride the 242 back to Homerton with me so that I didn’t get murdered on the way home to my flat which was pretty grim. AWWW AIN’T THAT NICE. We are still together and stuff!
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Anyyyyyway, Henry planned a ‘surprise’ for me, and I hate surprises because I hate secrets being kept from me, but obviously everyone does like surprises deep down. On Saturday it was my decision as to what to eat so I picked Brasserie Zédel.
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