27.2.14

BIANCO43

Bianco43
Bianco43
Bianco43
Bianco43
Bianco43
Bianco43

Last Friday my friend Amy took me out for a slap up 3 course meal at Bianco43. She's a bit of a special one our Amy, she writes brilliantly, has super ideas and asks the most thoughtful questions and I LOVE getting to go out for dinner with her. We got to go here because she was writing a review for a London website and we completely over indulged - we had a pizza with DOUBLE CREAM on for christ's sake! The food was fine, nothing really that special if I'm honest and I did find two things very strange; the first one being that I got a cocktail served in a goldfish bowl and the second one being that they didn't bring any bread with the ham and cheese platter that already cost eleven quid?! Not that I needed more bread that day after toast for breakfast, a panini for lunch and then a pizza for tea but still, I'm from the north - we make sandwiches out of everything! Oh, and another thing, they served rocket with everything, every single dish had rocket on, isn't that weird?!
The best bit about the meal however, was the sorbet, which was absolutely delicious. They hollowed out a walnut, lime and a frozen strawberry and filled each with its own flavoured sorbet. So good and just what you need when you're drunk as hell.

24.2.14

SATURDAY NIGHT DATE

Rosa's
Rosa's
Rosa's

Usually our Saturday nights involve a takeaway and plenty of TV watching but we got ourselves out the house this weekend and went to Rosa's just off Carnaby Street. The food is so delicious but the service was oh so cold! It's definitely one of my favourites in Central London though so I guess you have to take the bad with the really good. And I got to sit opposite this handsome chappy so it that certainly made up for it.

19.2.14

CONFESSION TIME

Ok, I have a confession: I've been a bad blogger. I'm hanging my head in shame.

I love this blog of mine and I love talking to everyone through comments/twitter/email/in real life but I have been completely neglecting this side of it recently and its making me feel sad and horrible. I'm not going to give a list of excuses (but I really could and they would all be true, honest!), instead I'm just going to be better.
A few weeks ago the lovely lovely Helena nominated me for a Liebster award (a brilliant award that aims to spread the word about bloggers all over the place so you find new ones and we all learn a bit more about each other) and then a few days later Anna nominated and then because I've been really slow and not getting round to doing either of those, Amy nominated me too and now I really don't know what to do about it. I really loved reading everyones answers for their questions and it's such a lovely way of getting to know more about bloggers, especially those ones who only take photos of pizza, ahem...

So, I had a brain wave. I'm going take a few of questions from each person and answer those. Sorry Helena, Anna and Amy, thank you so much for nominating me, I hope you don't mind too much that I'm messing with the system?!

Rome

1. Where do you see yourself in 50 years?
More then likely I'll be crying over the lack of pizza I'm eating because I don't have a pension to fund fun things like this - or any teeth left. But ideally I'd be living in the countryside with a little studio out back so I can busy my days in there.

2. What does a normal day in your life look like?
I guess this is all dependant on a few factors...if its the weekend then its breakfast at home and a visit to somewhere in London, eat quite a bit, edit some photos, look on Pinterest/Instagram one too many times and always wish that Ant and Dec's Saturday night takeaway was on (this Saturday guys!!)
If I'm at work then it can be anything from thinking of crafty ideas for tween girls to make, making those crafts, photographing those crafts, looking for pictures, doing a fair bit of admin too to balance the fun out and always wishing it was lunch time.

3. What do you feel is your true identity? ie what do you think you're really suppose to do in life, what is your dream/true talent?
Yikes, this is a hard one. I think it changes quite a lot but I guess because I keep coming back to photography and now its such a major part of my job and my life outside of my job - and I don't hate it at all, then I guess photographing things. Exactly what I want to photograph for the rest of my life, I'm not sure yet but I'm still figuring it out and taking those next steps.

4. What food could you never give up?
I was going to say pizza but I think I need to be a bit more rational about this.... I think bread. I'm such a bready, I have it all the time and I love it. I also love potatoes in any form (especially chips). Basically I am one big carb.

Flowers

5. What has been the most unexpected change in your life?
Going back to photography, maybe? When I left uni I was so over it, it completely killed my passion for it and taking photographs of things I didn't really want to but still write a 1000 word analysis on was just the WORST. THING. EVER. I told myself that I wanted to work in pictures and with photographers but not take the photos and 4 years later that has definitely all changed.

6. What makes you laugh?
Steven.

7. If you could change the name of your blog - what would you call it?
Ohhh this question! I think its so funny when you meet up with a bunch of bloggers and you all have to say your blog name out loud and everyone is so embarrassed and says it really quietly under their breath (realistically, I think its just me that does this), but I can't think of another name I'd like so I'll stick with it. Also, Best Coast are amazing and The Only Place (the song) makes me feel SO happy

8. What is your favourite mug?
The teal one Steven bought me for my 23rd birthday, its the perfect size and colour!

9. Dream job?
To be a photographer. One where magazines and websites ring up and they're like 'heyyyy, could you just go to Paris for a few days and eat some nice food and walk around and take some great pictures and do a little write up too?'
I can dream.

Brooklyn Bowl

So here are my nominations:

Becca
Catherine
Zoe
Annie
Kate

Questions are;

1. What is your favourite thing to do on a weekend?
2. What would your last meal be?
3. If you could try one job out for the day, what would you do?
4. If you could learn one skill and be super amazing at it, what would it be?
5. What would your super power be?
6. If you could live in any city where would you live?
7. What is your happiest moment?
8. What is your guilty food? - the one where you're too embarrassed to admit to anyone that that is really what you ate last night

I'm looking forward to reading your answers!

17.2.14

PIZZA AT THE GOWLETT

Pizza, The Gowlett
Pizza, The Gowlett

Pizza, The Gowlett
Pizza, The Gowlett

This weekend was another relaxing one, I felt guilty for most of Sunday because the sun was shining so bright but all we wanted to do was catch up on some TV programmes and eat the Toblerone Steven got in for Valentines day. We did leave the house on Saturday though, for pizza, obviously. It was a friends birthday so we headed to The Gowlett for drinks and food which I'd definitely recommend visiting - the base is for thin and crispy lovers though (and they do a spelt one if that floats your boat) and they're not that cheap but are nice and big so it makes up for it. It had a really great atmosphere too, one of those good old fashion knees up kind of pubs, the best kind!

Hope you had a good weekend too!

14.2.14

NORMAN'S COACH & HORSES

Coach and Horses
Coach and Horses
Coach and Horses
Coach and Horses
Coach and Horses
Coach and Horses
Norman's Coach and Horses is London's first vegetarian pub, we've been meaning to try it for so long but for some reason never made our way inside. Positioned right in the heart of Soho, its a funny little place, granted we didn't go upstairs as the downstairs was so empty (we felt too bad leaving the bar staff) but I've heard good things about it. Steven had the tofush and chips which is tofu wrapped in seaweed served with chips and minted peas and I had the veggie burger. The burger was a bit crumbly and made such a mess, like, to the point where it went everywhere, I mean everywhere, I even found some in my bag when I got home but it was very tasty and Steven really enjoyed his meal too. We went with a couple of vegan friends and they loved it, so happy faces from the meat eater, vegetarian and vegans, must be a winner!

12.2.14

A WANDER AROUND THE CITY

The City, London
The City, London
The City, London
The City, London
The City, London
The City, London
The City, London
The City, London

A grey and windy wander around The City. New and old buildings living side by side, also possibly the quietest place in London on a Sunday.

10.2.14

TULIPS & BREAKFAST

Tulips
Tulips
Polo 24
Polo 24
Polo 24
Polo 24
Polo 24
Polo 24
Polo 24

I took the time this weekend to mainly catch up on some sleep and generally just take a breather, which I definitely needed. Last week at work was a busy one and I have a feeling this week will be too, which is good but it just gets a little too much by Friday afternoon.
The tulips above were bought for a photo shoot at work but we didn't end up using them so they are brightening up our living room just nicely, I definitely need to buy more vases - a glass just doesn't have the same feel about it, does it?
We went to Polo Bar yesterday for a late brunch, all British ingredients and that bacon was so good! We were too stuffed to try one of those tasty looking doughnuts but we'll be definitely back soon, the breakfast was delicious.

Hope you had a good weekend too!

5.2.14

MY CAMERA BAG

Camera bag
Camera bag
Camera bag
Camera bag
Camera bag
Camera bag

I've had my camera bag for about 18 months now and it has done me well, actually I should say it is STILL doing me well. I'm not in the market to get another I just wanted to share with you what I use as I remember when I was looking for one and feeling a little overwhelmed and frustrated by the options. 
I knew I wanted a bag that didn't really look like it had a camera in but I really couldn't afford one of those nice Jo Totes ones (or other brands) as they are obviously all from America (it seems us Brits aren't that fussed about our camera bags?!) with a horrible price tag and an eye watering import fee or whatever it is they charge you for. I then thought about buying an ugly camera bag, the sort that every 50 year old man with the most expensive kit owns because I knew they would be reliable and do the job BUT then I had the problem of it being super ugly and very obviously a camera bag, not to mention how expensive they are!
So I settled half way. I bought an insert from Billingham - you can get loads of different (and much cheaper) ones on Ebay but I chose the Billingham one as I wanted it right then and I had read some good things about their stuff. I then went to Topshop armed with my insert and put it in each bag I liked and luckily, the one I really wanted fit perfectly (I'm pretty sure they will fit in most satchels though, probably isn't much of a coincidence...). 
I have to say though, having a nice camera bag doesn't make it any less of pain carrying around, it's still heavy as hell and really awkward but you are carrying around all your worldly items (phone/keys/purse etc) and a camera and more then likely a spare lens, so expect a wonky shoulder for the rest of your life! 

3.2.14

FLOWERS FOR SOME GOOD NEWS

Flowers
Flowers
Breakfast
flowers

I'm feeling a little spring in my step as we start off this week as last week I found out I was to be taken on a permanent contract at work starting straight away, isn't it nice to have some good news every once in a while?! I feel like after working pretty flipping hard this past year, its paid off in the best way it could have. 
Steven brought me home some flowers when I told him which look so cheery in our living room, I'm not sure what they're called but he said the florist said something beginning with an A but he couldn't remember. It doesn't matter though, they're just so nice to look at. 
We had a relatively quiet weekend with dinner with his work mates on Friday and then with his sister on Saturday and all finished off with Blook club on Sunday with plenty of eating, snoozing and TV watching in between.

Hope you had a good weekend too! 
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