Friday, 23 January 2015

Three Things I Love About London

Like most people, I'm a big fan of my home town. I live here, I work here, I went to university here and a lot of my friends are here, but there's so much more to it than that. Here are just three things that I love about London Town:

1. It's SO BIG

I've lived in London all my life and there's no way I've seen anywhere near all of it. Not only that, but London is a city of change and there are constantly new buildings, restaurants, bars and galleries popping up everywhere. 

Of course, some people don't like big. Some people are overwhelmed by big, which is understandable, but as enormous as London is it also has the magical power to envelop you in the little boroughs and communities within it. 

Insider tip: While the tube is an awesome way of getting from A to B, it can be easy to want to pack in EVERYTHING while you're here and you end up spending half the day travelling. Focus on one area of town (e.g. South Bank, Shoreditch, Islington etc) to make the most of your time.

Zoom Zoom

2. You can travel the world without getting on an aeroplane

It sounds like a such a cliche every time someone mentions 'diversity', but until I moved away from London for a short time I didn't realise how diverse it really was and how very lucky I was to have so many cultures and communities on my door step.

The best part? THE FOOD, obv. Afternoon tea? Okay. Lebanese? About a million. Best Indian food in the country? OF COURSE. Award winning Jewish delis? Round the corner. Cereal cafe? Well, it is 7pm, but okay. Honestly, there is quite literally every kind of cuisine you could possibly want. 

Come hungry. Leave full.

Afternoon tea at The Ampersand
London Brewer's Market, Spitalfields

Some of my favourites places to munch: 

The Dovetail: A little Belgian pub, tucked away in Clerkenwell. A huge selection of beers and amazing traditional food.
Chamisse: Lebanese food on Grays Inn Road, near Kings Cross station. Great value and the food is delicious.
Bodeans BBQ: Bodeans is an American style smoke house with sites all over town. The food is meaty and smokey and delish. One down side: you can't book for groups that have fewer than 8 people so you might need to prepare for a bit of a queue.
Greenwich market: Ugh the street food in this place! Honestly, I want to eat from every stall. It's also right next to The Cutty Sark and, if you like a beer, The Old Brewery is just next door. 

3. You don't have to be rich to make the most of it

Okay, if you're anything like me you're not going to buying a 3 bed in Kensington any time soon. And of course we have Selfridges and Harrods and The Ritz and LOTS of places that require a few pounds to enjoy. However, there is so much available for very little money or none at all.

For a start we have some of the best museums and galleries in the world- and they're free to enter. You could spend days wandering around The British Museum and STILL not see all of it. Oh, and you can't be a tourist in London without visiting The Natural History Museum! I'm still amazed by the building, let alone the life size model of a blue whale

Disobedient Objects at the V&A

Lesser known places to visit: 

Museum of London: The Museum of London is tucked away near Barbican tube station. It's free to get in, and there a lots of cool permanent displays showcasing the history of London (I love the mammoth tusks).
Barbican Centre: Okay this isn't really 'lesser known', but I love the Barbican Centre. They always have great exhibitions on and they also have a conservatory, full of tropical plants. It's a little haven in the centre of a bustling city.
The Crypt Gallery: In the crypt of St Pancras church, just across the road from Kings Cross station, is a secret gallery/exhibition space that I love to go to. I can't lie, it's very hit and miss, but I have seen some wonderful exhibitions there and it has an atmosphere you won't find anywhere else. 

This post is an entry to Accor's #3cities competition. You can read more here!

Sunday, 18 January 2015

OOTD: Boohoo Plus Tartan Bomber Jacket

I'm not sure why, but since getting back to work in the New Year my body has decided to mutiny. At the moment every part of me aches, my nose is red from rubbing it with tissues and my ability to smell and taste has been removed. Of course it's just a head cold, but I'm acting as though I'm in the last stages of life. Although I didn't feel like leaving the house at all, I knew a bit of fresh air (however icy it may be) would clear my lungs and head a little, so off we popped for a short stroll and some food. 

However ill I feel I still find it difficult to go out without throwing on some slap and looking acceptable (unless it's just down the shops).That said, I still wanted comfort, so I threw on my trusty Dotty Ps dress and my Boohoo bomber. 

I love my Boohoo Plus bomber jacket that I picked up in the sale (you can't drag me out of the nineties). It's really soft and a good length for me (i.e. above my arse). If you were thinking of picking one up I'd say to go for your usual size or even a size down if you're in between as there's plenty of stretch to it. 

My glasses are another thing I throw on when I'm sick- can't be dealing with my contact lenses!

Bomber Jacket: Boohoo Plus
Dress: Dorothy Perkins (old, similar here)
Snake necklace: eBay

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

OOTD: Sporty Sundays

After Saturday's shenanigans I was in dressing gown mode, but unfortunately I'd promised to go out for Sunday lunch with the famalam and my day in bed was not to be. I toyed with the idea of heading out in my pajamas, but finally settled on a tshirt/skirt combo. The skirt is super stretchy around the waist so it was comfortable enough for maximum food stuffing. AND OH, HOW I STUFFED.

Look at that pale face!

Can I just have a moment to talk about this cardi and how much I love it? I got it from Topsy Curvy when modelling at Style XL last summer and it's been a staple ever since. In fact, the only bad thing I have to say about it is that sometimes I get caught on door handles...

Tshirt: Primark
Necklace: New Look
Cardigan: Topsy Curvy
Skirt: Boohoo Plus (no longer avail)
Trainers: Aldo

Sunday, 11 January 2015

OOTD: Metallic Militia

Saturday was a good day. Mr FD is a lover of urban typography (yes, that's a thing), so off we went to search for the hidden treasures of Soho and take a few outfit shots for good measure.

I'm in love with this bag from Wallis. It's my new favourite thing; all shiny and metallic and great for both clutch and shoulder action. I have the purple version, but it also comes in red and gold which are equally beautiful. It seems to be sold out everywhere now, but I know you fashionistas are a resourceful bunch and it might pop up on eBay somewhere should you have the urge. 

Other than that I decided to keep it quite simple with a skirt and crop top. I really love this top; it goes with so many different outfits.This time I decided to tie it up at the front to get that small waist/billowy skirt look. And oh, how this skirt did billow. In fact, I think half of Soho got a good look at my arse on Saturday. 

Once the light had faded we went out for a few beers and some metal (well, I was wearing the leather and boots after all), which turned into Mr FD putting Accept's back catalogue on the jukebox and a LOT of beer. Needless to say I am suffering today. 

Skirt: Peacocks (similar here)
Jacket: Henry Holland (old!)
Bag: Wallis W Collection
Gold chain: River Island

Sunday, 4 January 2015

OOTD: A Leopard Never Changes Her Spots

I love these leopard print pumps. Admittedly I already have leopard print pumps, but you can never have too many wardrobe staples, can you? No, no you can't. Anyway, when I saw the 50% off sign in Aldo obviously I dived straight in and tried on 15 pairs of shoes, eventually emerging with only these.

They're pretty comfy so I thought I'd wear them in to town for a day of wandering. We decided to stroll around Whitechapel and ended up heading down Brick Lane. Thank goodness I didn't have any cash on me because the markets were in full swing and the jewellery there was banging (actually scrap that, I'm going back to get it next week).

I couldn't bear to take my jacket off with the icy winds blowing so took a quick shot of the dress when I got back in (excuse the mess, we'll definitely put up all those pictures one day...)

This swing dress is from Yours clothing. It's a good dress to throw over your head when you're in a rush and it's easy to dress up or down. This is the only thing I've ever bought and kept from Yours; I know it's popular and I'm all for more plus size shops opening on the high street,'s just not my style. Here's hoping for more gems like this in future!

Dress: Yours
Trainers: Aldo
Earrings: House of Fraser (similar here)
Jacket: Henry Holland (old)
Fringe Bag: H&M