CELEBRATING SHAKESPEARE WITH A SONNET WITH VIKING *

CELEBRATING SHAKESPEARE WITH A SONNET WITH VIKING *

He is one of the most celebrated poets, actors and playwrights in English history. His works are rich and diverse and they are something I spent hours studying in school, they have spawned television adaptations as well as comedy sitcoms, and I now live in the city that homes his theatre. The Globe. Yes, I am talking about William Shakespeare who still to this day continues to be one of the most important and influential literary figures of the English language. Today I celebrate what we assume is his birthday with my…

TIPS AND TRICKS TO A PROPER SNOOZE WITH SLEEP WELL *

TIPS AND TRICKS TO A PROPER SNOOZE WITH SLEEP WELL *

I am a person who has always suffered from trouble sleep – whether it be restless nights or difficulty drifting off. I feel I’ve forgotten what it’s like to run on fully charged and my body has just caved in and has learnt how to function on about 6 hours a night! This often plays with my mood and the people around me end up with either a hyper sensitive and grumpy Lola or a high energy one powering through exhaustion. I must admit however after using my S Plus to…

A SLICE OF THE DEEP SOUTH IN THE LAKES WITH PAPPYS TEXAS BBQ *

A SLICE OF THE DEEP SOUTH IN THE LAKES WITH PAPPYS TEXAS BBQ *

Nestled somewhere in between the glistening vast lakes and sweeping views of the countryside lies a little taste of the deep south. Pappy’s Texas BBQ at Orrest Head Bar is just one of their tasty pop up locations where you can get a slice of the smokehouse goodness.  Set in the newly opened Orrest Head Bar, painted in moody dark colours, with natural furnishings and trendy filament lights to create a cosy and warm atmosphere that suits its rustic surroundings.  All complimented with acoustic live music to provide sift subtle…

MAKING MOTHER’S DAY PERSONAL WITH STAMPIN UP *

MAKING MOTHER’S DAY PERSONAL WITH STAMPIN UP *

As a child I can’t ever remember my mum forking out for a card. It was the perfect opportunity to keep us busy and quiet whilst creating something a bit more personal. Yeah things got messy and I had paint and glitter in my hair for weeks but it didn’t matter as there was just something more special about a home-made card.  Years later I still enjoy finding glitter everywhere. Joking, but I do enjoy sitting down with my craft box and zenning out and getting a bit artsy. With…

FINE DINING AT DUCK AND WAFFLE

FINE DINING AT DUCK AND WAFFLE

In the heart of London’s trendiest districts stands the tallest 24 hour restaurants, that boasts the most beautiful panoramic views of the city. It also serves up some pretty god dam delicious foods too. Yep, Duck and Waffle – it may sound like an unusual combination but don’t knock it till you tried it folks.  This was my third time visiting this skyline diner and each time it hasn’t failed to impress my taste buds.   Celebrating the birthdays of my two favourite people, my little cousins – totally not…

SALTED CARAMEL CUPCAKES WITH POPCORN SHED *

SALTED CARAMEL CUPCAKES WITH POPCORN SHED *

A few weeks back you would have watched me make the most delicious cupcakes inspired by Popcorn Shed’s gourmet flavours. Yes, those salted caramel popcorn cakes that made you want to lick you screen! I love being in the kitchen and find baking really therapeutic and calming so it doesn’t take much for me to get the whisk out. One thing I used to love was my nana’s fairy cakes but instead of butter icing I thought I could make them far more indulgent by filling them with sticky salted…

6 LESSONS YOU’LL LEARN WHILST WANDERLUSTING

6 LESSONS YOU’LL LEARN WHILST WANDERLUSTING

There’s a reason why travelling has become so popular with the younger generation. Seeing the world and escaping from the perhaps mundane routines of everyday life teaches lessons unlike no other. So, as I prepare to spend my summer travelling I searched to see what lessons I may learn whilst off wanderlusting.  A surge in young, budding travellers has resulted in much cheaper travel options, and a rise in popularity of flight comparison apps means it’s easier than ever to get to your destination at a very low-cost. This is…

TOP TIPS TO SAVE MONEY IN 2019

TOP TIPS TO SAVE MONEY IN 2019

It’s a quarter way into the year and after Christmas bank accounts are looking a little bare… anyone else know that feeling? Last year I manage to discover some successful ways to save money. Who wants in?! I mean lets just be honest everything is getting pricier and it seems so much harder to squirrel money away. Those trips away, fancy meals and new gadgets always seemed out of reach.  It was said last year by The Sunday Times, that a woman with two children will have to earn on average…

A NIGHT IN THE NORTHERN QUARTER *

A NIGHT IN THE NORTHERN QUARTER *

Manchester holds a truly special place in my heart. I experienced it as a young student and then as a mature adult. I have seen many shades of this vibrant city. There are many memories dotted about diners, drinking spots and dance floors. There is one part of Manchester that I could always rely on to show me the best time. The Northern Quarter. A bustling neighbourhood full of boho bars, trendy restaurants and independent record shops. However, all over this cosmopolitan city you will find buzzy restaurants, unique bars,…

THE PERFECT HANGOVER CURE – FAUNA AND FLORA

THE PERFECT HANGOVER CURE – FAUNA AND FLORA

As you may know, recently I ventured back to Lisbon for a couple of days. The occasion wasn’t pleasant, the weather was poor but it was perfect for a bit more exploring and eating. Down the bustling backstreets of the city, along a street filled with quaint restaurants and cafes was a brunch spot I’ve been dying to try! Fauna and Flora. Last time I flew over, every time I even attempted to dine there, it was an impossibility – queues out the door and not a spare seat in…