Lifestyle: Banish the holiday blues

August is the month of holidays. The English summer disappoints us once again and we jet off for some sunshine before the winter kicks in (which is suddenly much closer than we realised). We have a jolly old time, eat and drink whatever we fancy, soak up the sun(burn) and head home feeling refreshed and…

Meet Sarah

THIS WEEK’S STRANGER:  Sarah, yoga instructor The story behind the stranger: I was at Balance Festival last Sunday and, seeing as I got there early enough, I decided to go to the group meditation class. I’ve experimented with meditation in the past and often use the Headspace app which features a straight-talking man named Andy who…

What I learnt at the HBC summit

On the Saturday of the Easter weekend I went to the HBC (Health Bloggers Community) summit at The Hoxton hotel in Shoreditch. The day was filled with fitness and meditation classes; social media, marketing and photography workshops; panel discussions with the likes of Pixie Turner, The Angry Chef and Alice Liveing; and a whole load…

LENT – I did it!

Lent is over! 40 days and 40 nights of cocoa cravings and no chocolate deserts ends with a chocolate brownie for breakfast, followed by two days of Easter eggs, profiteroles and chocolate hot cross buns. Yummy! Once I get going, Lent is never as hard as I think it’s going to be. The first few…

Smile with a stranger

THIS WEEK’S STRANGER: Toby, from Shelter The story behind the stranger: I was wondering through Covent Garden for work a few months back, taking photos of all the West End ad campaigns we had running at the time. It was freezing and I was picturing my scarf that I’d accidentally left on my bed that morning…

Meet Matthew

THIS WEEK’S STRANGER: Matthew, Barista at Pret Kings Cross Station The story behind the stranger: I was heading home after an evening in London and was craving a chamomile tea for the train journey. Pret have now stopped selling chamomile tea (I took this news pretty hard) so I was at a loss of what to…

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 This beautiful bracelet was a gift from my boyfriend and definitely one of my favourites this year. The elephant symbolises strength,…

LENT – I give up chocolate!

Yes, you read that right, I will be giving up chocolate for 40 days and 40 nights… eek! I’ve always given up something for lent. (Last year it was coffee… I’m never doing that again!) I’m not religious and I never have been, but I honour the tradition for two reasons. The first is that…

Meet Vincent

THIS WEEK’S STRANGER: Vincent, an Addison Lee taxi driver The story behind the stranger: myself and some colleagues at work donated to Wrap Up London this year, bringing in old or unwanted winter coats to be given out to the homeless, refugees and women and children fleeing domestic abuse. I took several bags, full of…

Food photography – props and my advice

One of the hardest things about starting my own blog was the food photography side of things. I had no experience or training whatsoever and barely even took photos with my phone, so I hadn’t really considered just how difficult this would be. Every article I ever read about starting your own blog began by emphasising…

Meet Sofia

THIS WEEK’S STRANGER: Sofia The story behind the stranger: This story is the best one yet. I hopped onto the tube at Covent Garden station just as the doors were closing and pretty much bumped into Sofia. When I looked up to apologise I realised we were wearing the same scarf. I told her she…