My birthday treats

I celebrated my 22nd birthday early last month and received some really lovely presents, so I thought I’d share and recommend a few of my favourites:

 

Good Karma Elephant Cord Bracelet, Daisy London

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This beautiful bracelet was a gift from my boyfriend and definitely one of my favourites this year. The elephant symbolises strength, honour and stability and is intended to remind you that life’s precious moments should always be remembered. It’s simple and delicate and I love it. Thanks Hal!

 

Ottolenghi Hamper

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This fab little hamper contains several of my favourite treats including raspberry sprinkled dark chocolate, a bottle of tomato ketchup and a delicious jar of apricot and passionfruit jam, all of which I can’t wait to open. It also contains an ‘earth and zest spice collection’ which provides four different spices to elevate a simple dish, including lemon salt, sumac, za’atar and urfa chilli flakes. I can’t wait to incorporate them into some delicious new recipes – keep your eyes peeled on my blog!

 

Mulberry silk pillowcase, Tenn Well

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This might sound strange, but my silk pillowcase is my new favourite thing. I occasionally go through phases of not sleeping very well, but this pillowcase has changed that for good. It’s so lovely to snuggle up to at night and feels like I’m sleeping on a cloud. Plus, aside from promoting a good night’s sleep, silk pillowcases help to prevent damaged hair and wrinkles as they doesn’t pull on your skin or hair like cotton ones do. I’m a complete convert!

 

Brunch at Darwin Brasserie, Sky Garden

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I used a little of my birthday money to book this in for my boyfriend and I during our short stay in London to celebrate my birthday. The food was absolutely incredible – I had eggs royale and Hal had a full English – but the views were even better. We had a table by the window and looked out on both the gardens below and the beautifully sunny London skyline. I would definitely recommend a visit, especially considering entry to the Sky Garden itself is free. And the coffee? Immense.

 

The Loved One, Evelyn Waugh

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This adorable little vintage book was given to me by a friend I met at uni. She and I both love reading and effectively have a little book club going (we drink coffee and read books at home, then share our thoughts via whatsapp) so I was really pleased to receive this in the post on the morning of my birthday. This little gem is from Bookishly, a shop with a twist on notonthehighstreet. Basically, you choose your book category, be it single vintage classics, a monthly book subscription, a book and coffee subscription etc. and then they send you a surprise book in the post. Both my friend and I had no idea what I would receive, so I was super happy to unwrap a vintage, orange, Penguin classic.

 

Passionate Nutrition, Jennifer Adler

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Absolutely everyone should read this book. And I mean everyone. It is the most refreshing, uplifting and honest way of approaching food, written in a semi-biographical manner by the author. Adler’s upbringing was far from perfect – I actually teared up a little reading about her troubled and frankly horrifying past – but her attitude to food is one we should all aim adopt to live happier and healthier lives. I really recommend you give this book a read.

 

Metal S light, Spitalfields Market

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So this was a present to myself – that counts right? My boyfriend and I spent the weekend in London and stumbled upon Spitalfields Market quite by chance as we walked up from the river through the city. We ended up spending hours there looking at all the food, clothes and other weird and wonderful stalls and I bought this gorgeous light for my desk. I love the rustic look of it and the light from the bulbs isn’t too harsh, so it’s perfect as a little mood lighting in the evenings before I go to bed. I love it.

 

The cushion in the featured image is from the super cool hotel lounge at the Hub hotel in St James’ Park, Westminster. I highly recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a short stopover in the city. The rooms boast a 40-inch smart TV, touch screen control pads in the headboard and an app to adjust the light and temperature within the room and the staff were absolutely brilliant. We’ll be back for sure.

 

Samantha x

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