Monday, 26 June 2017

My Plan For My Visit Back Home.

With just two sleeps until I fly back to London, I thought I'd tell you all about my plans for when I'm back home! I'm flying back this Wednesday evening after work (with Emirates, I finally got my Silver membership back so am ecstatic for the extra baggage allowance!), and am SO excited to see my family and friends and be able to wander the streets of London and look up at the beautiful buildings and eat all of my favourite foods!


Friday, 23 June 2017

15 Photos That Will Make You Want to Visit Budapest.

Budapest is still one of my favourite countries that I've visited. I went there with no expectations, I knew nothing about the country, and it was a bit of a spontaneous trip with my friend Bella after we won flights in a competition. We read a Lonely Planet guide on the flight there, and when we arrived we were shocked by how both of us fell in love with the city. If you've read my Budapest posts you may have already seen some of these photos, but I hope they'll inspire you to nudge Budapest to the very top of your travel bucket list!

15 Reasons to Visit Budapest in Hungary


Monday, 19 June 2017

My Health and Fitness Journey - 2017 Edition.

Back in February when my mum was visiting, I bought a set of scales, and promptly had a melt down as soon as I stepped on them. I knew the news wasn't going to be good because half my wardrobe no longer fitted me, my face was constantly bloated, and I just felt as though everything was a bit out of control. Over the past few months I've been trying really hard to sort my body out and get back to my old 'happy' weight of 65kg from the 2013/2014 days, so thought I would share my journey with you all. This is gonna be a long one, so grab a cuppa and get comfy!

Back in 2013 when I had a reasonably flat stomach...


Friday, 16 June 2017

Comfort Food Dining at Blacksmith Cafe, Sydney.

Blacksmith Cafe is easily one of my favourite cafes in Sydney. Located in Surry Hills right opposite Prince Alfred Park and Central Station, it's also super close to my office so great to pop in for takeaway or dine in. They serve proper comfort food perfect for these freezing cold winter months, and the cafe itself is super on-trend, with an industrial vibe - think rustic woods, copper and brass, but with softer touches like hanging plants everywhere to break up the harsh metals and wood. The food is just incredible, so I had to tell you guys about it!

Blacksmith Cafe Surry Hills Sydney

I don't tend to take my camera to work with me, so you'll have to put up with phone pics (soz). When Jasiminne was in town she was leaving early Friday evening, so we met for lunch and I *knew* she would adore Blacksmith just as much as I do. 

Jasiminne chose The Big Blacksmith, which consists of eggs, bacon, grilled chorizo, mushrooms, tomato, baked beans, hash brown, and sourdough toast. Oh my days it was a total feast, and I defo got a bit of food envy (who wouldn't)! 

I chose a delicious concoction of hash browns with a pea smash, two poached eggs, watercress, and hollandaise sauce. It was INCREDIBLE. So incredible you guys!!! The flavours were out of this world and the entire dish just tasted so delish. 

Their all-day breakfast (until 2:30pm) is my fave thing because it means you can have brunch dishes even at lunchtime. Is it just me who thinks all-day breakfasts are the best!? Pretty sure it's most people's fave thing!

After brunch/lunch there's a variety of delish cakes, muffins, cookies etc to choose from to take back to the office for an afternoon snack! I'm on a no sugar month this month, but as soon as it ends on 28th June I'm going straight to Blacksmith to get one of their amaze muffins! 

Whether you live in Sydney or are just visiting, Blacksmith is one of my top cafe recommendations. It's just one of those 'must visit' cafes that really provides the very best Australian cafe experience - especially in the cooler months when you need some comfort food! 

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Monday, 12 June 2017

11 Photos That Will Make You Want to Visit Vivid Sydney.

Vivid Sydney is an annual two-week festival of light in Sydney, and with it being my first Vivid, I was keen to check out what it had to offer and report back to you all! Vivid is always held in May/June at the beginning of Winter in Sydney, and is something the residents look forward to. The whole atmosphere in the city has really been reminding me of Christmas-time in London!

There are lights everywhere, there are stalls of food serving warm-winter foods like bratwurst, burgers, and mulled wine, and there are crowds of families and friends chatting excitedly. I've been living in Sydney for seven months, and I've literally never seen so many smiling people before.


Friday, 9 June 2017

Dinner With a View at Aqua, Hong Kong.

Aqua in Hong Kong is the original flagship Aqua from the well-known restaurant group made famous in the UK from Aqua Nueva and Aqua Shard in London. The penthouse restaurant has sweeping views over Hong Kong Island and Victoria Harbour. Located at One Peking, it's a truly incredible restaurant serving spectacular Italian and Japanese food.


Monday, 5 June 2017

Luxury in 48 Hours: Hong Kong.

The last time I was in Hong Kong I was seventeen - nine years ago. I spent four days there with my family, and we explored the city and did all the touristy things. The one thing we didn't do was visit the Tian Tan Buddha. At the time it was on my 'want to see' list, but my parents weren't fussed about it and they felt we didn't have enough time to fit it into our jam-packed itinerary. So this time, despite just one day in Hong Kong, I made it my mission to finally see the Tian Tan Buddha on Lantau Island.

Jasiminne and I managed to conquer Hong Kong just like we did New York City. We packed in Lantau Island, Victoria Peak, the Star Ferry, and three epic meals! And now, at the ripe old age of twenty six, I even managed a Hong Kong night out too!


Friday, 2 June 2017

Dining at Felix at The Peninsula, Hong Kong.

With just 48 Hours in Hong Kong, Jasiminne and I were determined to explore the city's fine dining scene and really experience some of the luxurious dining options the city has to offer. Although we were staying at the stylish and contemporary W Hong Kong, we still wanted to experience a little bit of The Peninsula, Hong Kong's oldest and most famous hotel. We did this by dining at their restaurant, Felix.

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