So you’ve booked your flights to whatever slice of paradise is on your bucket list, packed your bags and headed out for some well-deserved R&R. You might be one blurry, off-centre picture away from dumping your boo for his lack of photography skills. Or maybe […]
Phuket is a beautiful island, with gorgeous beaches, a crazy nightlife and everything in between to make for an entertaining trip. For this reason millions of tourists flock there each year, and the locals take full advantage. So what can you do to navigate the madness and avoid getting ripped off? Here are a couple of tips:
1. Get a SIM card
You can get one easily at the airport for less than £10. It comes with minutes, a fair bit of data and a bunch of additional perks. This works out a lot cheaper (and more convenient) than roaming your international phone.
2. Rent a scooter
If you’re staying at a resort and plan on spending most of your trip there then this probably isn’t as relevant for you. But if you’re a solo traveller or a couple and plan to explore the island (flitting from the Old Town to Patong, to Karon and other beaches like I did) you’ll find the taxi costs add up. Taxis were my single biggest expense while I was there – probably because I wouldn’t sit my a** down in one place but that’s not the point. A scooter costs £6-8 to rent per day compared to a taxi, which is at least double that for a single trip from Patong to the Old Town.
3. Negotiate prices – especially for taxis
Linked to the point above, if you take taxis around you’ll definitely find that the price you’re charged greatly depends on how much the driver thinks they extract from you. As a rule I’d probably say never accept the first price. You can almost always know at least 20% off it to get to the more appropriate number. Happy bidding!
4. Prepare to cover up if you’re visiting the Big Buddha
The same applies to any other religious sites. As a sign of respect, dress conservatively if you plan on visiting these sites. You can cover bare shoulders with a scarf or wrap a sarong around your waist if your skirt or shorts are above the knee. At the Big Buddha, they have people going round with large wraps which you can use for free to cover up while you’re there.
5. Keep your wits about you on Bangla Road
There are all sorts of weird and wonderful things to see (and do) on Bangla Road (probably more weird than wonderful lol – I’ll get into it in my next post). This probably is more applicable to the guys, but you will find groups of stunning women around, and may be shocked to find out they are actually “ladyboys”. Hey, to each their own, but all I will say is maybe try to find out what the “situation” is sooner rather than later – unless you’d rather be surprised… 😂
Do you have any other tips for surviving Phuket? Share the wisdom in the comments below…
Hi guys, I know it’s been a hot minute since my last post. Let’s just say life has been craaaazy: working stupid hours, moving to Hong Kong, a whole new city, and still trying to live my best life! I’m writing this from my cute little apartment in Wan Chai on Hong Kong Island. I’ve been out here now for two weeks and I’m OBSESSED with this place. It’s so dynamic and vivid: the colours, the sounds…and in fact let’s not even start on the food!
Giving that since moving to Hong Kong I’ve been out here trying to do like, everything, I’m going to break this up into a series of smaller posts which I’ll put up over the course of the next week or so…
Part 1 – Leaving Home
Moving to Hong Kong – What to Pack??
I legit packed not one, not two, but three massive suitcases stuffed full of summer dresses, tea bags, giant tubs of conditioner and everything in between! You see, I had done bits and pieces of research but didn’t have any idea what exactly I’d be able to find here in HK…
- The clothes: While I’m not (quite) an “orobo“, I’m definitely not a size zero and I’m quite tall so I didn’t want to have to buy stuff and end up looking like I wore my younger sister’s clothes! Plus I wasn’t sure about the prices. I might be living my best life but that doesn’t involve rocking Gucci t-shirts and the like. “Abeg, my money never reach” lol
– In Reality: They have all the damn shops in HK, and regular clothes are really affordable. I’ve already done a fair bit of shopping *hides face*
- The shoes: FYI, I have big-ass feet! It’s not even fair. My ladies with big feet will feel my pain. For that reason, I don’t just show up willy-nilly to a country without at least like five pairs of shoes. For this three month stint I brought 12 pairs. (Before you judge me think about it – work shoes, sandals, casual shoes, trainers, heels, wedges. That’s legit.) People had told me to bring some that could withstand the rain as it’s currently typhoon season.
– In Reality: As luck would have it, the rain has completely ruined one of my two pairs of work shoes and the other pair is on its way out. So I had the not-so-fun task of finding shoes for my flappers. After a bit of research I found Vickie Shoes quite near my office. I popped over during my lunch break and ordered a two pairs to be custom-made. I’ll let you guys know the outcome in a couple of weeks when they’re ready.
- The food: Now I’m sure you know by now that I looooove my food! I really don’t play when it comes to my noms, and leaving home for so long it did cross my mind that I might miss a few of my go-to treats (mostly nutella and bacon). I was quite good though, and the only thing I specifically packed was my extra-large box of PG Tips. I’m that person that always packs tea bags when I travel!
In Reality – Of course on my first day I had to find me some bacon! However, after paying like £7 for a single pack at City Super, I had to humble myself lol! As for the nutella – it’s okay, I’ll manage for now. Especially seeing as I’m trying to not to be an orobo. The price of groceries in this city is no joke, especially if you’re trying to find “western” stuff! Thankfully I managed to find a cheaper supermarket for the more generic things. Deliveroo and my list of amazing restaurant recommendations have been my best friends as cooking is not really an option here.
- The hair products: I brought all my sh*t!
In Reality – In fact, I’m not even trying to get into this with you guys. Let’s just say I made the right decision and I’m thankful I can do my own hair, but there’s legit the possibility that I might come back bald lmao. I think I might need to update this section later because it’s only been a week so I have not found the black salons and shops. I’m pretty certain there aren’t any/many, but let me do some research before I speak on it properly. I do wish I brought some damn relaxer though!
This is the first time I’ve properly worked in another country. I mean, I did a stint in Copenhagen and Stockholm in my last job but consulting was different because you were always going home at the end of the week. Being in a new city and working full time means there’s just not enough time to explore in the same way as a holiday. Regardless, I managed to squeeze in a couple of fun activities including a cooking class, a hike (up what felt like a vertical hill), and a barbecue at the beach!
I’ll tell you all about it in my next post but in the meanwhile, follow me on Instagram to see my Hong Kong adventures in real time. In case you missed it, week one highlights and week two highlights are on my Instagram Stories.
Please give me recommendations of things to do/see or places to eat! 😀
Mykonos Day 2: Boat Tour After two days spent on the beach and exploring Mykonos, we were keen to make the most of our last day on the island. What better to do than a boat tour? It would be a full day of touring, […]
Mykonos Day 2: Exploring the Island So you’ve read all about the first day of our Mykonos adventures (if not, read it here). After getting home at 6am – and wolfing down a gyros before going to bed, no less – we didn’t get up […]
Mykonos Day 1: Super Paradise
Mykonos, a charming Greek island sprawled across rocky hills, where better to catch some sun and sea?
I landed at noon on Saturday, the two-hour time difference belying the fact that I had left home for the airport at the ungodly hour of 3.45am that morning. But as the plane touched down in the brilliant sunshine I went from sleepy to excited to spend the weekend with my friend Amaka, celebrating her 30th birthday!
Quite ignorantly, I expected to land and get an uber from the airport – not a chance! First of all, there are no Ubers on the island. Also, there aren’t many taxis so prices can run really high. I had been told to expect to pay at least €30 for the 10 min drive. The Nigerian in me managed to haggle a ride for €15 from one of the taxi/tour companies in the airport.
Fast forward to the apartment – a warm welcome from Danae, our host at Casa Nostra, followed by a joyful reunion with Amaka and the crew. We then headed straight out to the beach for some lunch.
We decided on Super Paradise as the girls had already been to some of of the other beaches. (Great name right? Note there’s also Paradise Beach! Super Paradise apparently is better for parties/clubbing).
We grabbed a quick bite to eat and settled down in front of the waves.
We stayed out in the sun, and in no time had made friends with the guys running a watersports centre and took turns riding in the speedboat. (This seems to be a thing I do on Greek Islands – probably because I love going out on the boats! 🙈)
There’s something so great about being out on the open water. It’s healing and humbling all in one and was exactly what I needed. Of course there’s all that Zen stuff, but Amaka and I also needed a childlike moment. We took a turn on the water sofa (what’s the official name for those things??) and were dragged behind the boat – bouncing around, giggling manically and clinging on for dear life. It’s a must do if you get the chance – so much fun!
Evening in Little Venice
Later that night we headed out to the old town. The maze of white washed streets, buzzing with activity is divine. It feels like you’re in a movie!
First, dinner at Aglio e Olio. This is a gorgeous Italian restaurant with chic rustic decor and soft acoustic music adding to the ambience. Definitely one to try if you’re out there, especially if it’s a “bae-cation”. It has all the vibes and the food is exquisite!
After dinner we strolled around to find the perfect place to close out Amaka’s birthday. We eventually ended up at Semeli, a small but packed bar with great music. It was a fantastic night – I’m talking dancing on the bar, turning up to everything from Rihanna to Afrobeats and an obscene number of tequila shots (hence why I have no pictures, at least none I’m willing to share haha. We didn’t get home till about 6am!
Of course most of Sunday was a write off, but we still went out to explore Mykonos island…
Till next time,
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If you’re looking for a great city break, Rome is a great option. Beautiful architecture, rich culture and delicious food – what more could you want!
There was just too much to see (and eat) so I decided to do two separate posts. In this post I’ll be sharing some of the most beautiful spots in Rome (as recommended by a few of my Italian friends) and separately I’ll share some great restaurants in a foodie’s guide to Rome.
So let’s get into it, looking for some gorgeous places to visit in Rome?
From this romantic spot you can get a fantastic view of Rome! It’s also not too far from Vatican city. I recommend seeing it during the daytime and walking further to see Fontana d’Acqua Paola.
Open it in Google Maps here.
Now how could I put a list together and not include the Vatican? It’s a full-on day out and to do it “properly”, ideally give yourself enough time to explore and perhaps book a tour to save you from the crazy queues. There’s just so much to see!
If of course this sounds way too touristy for you, you can always pop into the main square, take a couple of pictures and keep it moving! #aintnoshameinyourgame
Open it in Google Maps here.
Giardino Degli Aranci
This orange garden is great for a late afternoon stroll and also has a great view of the city. You can catch an absolutely beautiful sunset so time it right and thank me later…
Open it in Google Maps here.
On the west bank of the river, the narrow streets of Trastevere have a magical atmosphere. Cool little cafes and bars line the streets and the area is especially great for nightlife. It’s not far from the Giardino Degli Aranci either.
Open it in Google Maps here.
There was no way I could put this list together without including the Colosseum. Probably the most famous monument in Rome, you absolutely need to brave the crowds and at least get a peek of the historic ruins.
For a different take, why not head there in the early evening to see it beautifully lit against the night sky – plus it’s quieter and cooler at that time!
Open it in Google Maps here.
Have you been to any of these, what did you think? And if you haven’t been to Rome yet, are you planning a trip soon? Let me know in the comments below!
I haven’t spent much time in Brixton but my friend Lauren is constantly raving about it, so when she suggested brunch at Canova Hall, I jumped at the opportunity. The first thing you notice when you walk into Canova Hall is how (surprisingly) big the […]
After what felt like the rainiest weekend in Marrakech, my friends and I had made the absolute best of the trip so far, but I for one was very pleased to see the sun come out on my birthday! We checked out of our Riad and headed […]
Hope you guys had a great weekend! Mine was busy with netball, aerial Silks, a bachelorette (that I’m still recovering from) and a trip to Wakanda! On that note, if you haven’t seen Black Panther yet, don’t even speak to me because “what is you doing, honey?” It’s EPIC!
The Seyi Bag by Joko Edu
I had the pleasure of shooting with the amazing photographer Sewa Folie. Giving all sorts of vibes with The Seyi bag by Joko Edu taking centre stage.
If you don’t know Joko Edu, you need to know! A Nigerian designer based in Lagos , her fabulous bags come in many different colours and styles but the Seyi is my absolute favourite. They are available off the shelf or can be personalised to your taste.
If you’re not in Lagos don’t despair, she delivers internationally. I had mine made over Christmas and shipped to me all within a couple of weeks.
Interested in getting one? Drop her a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or let me know and I’ll put you in touch. At prices ranging from about £60 to £160, you can spoil yourself/mum/sister/friend/girlfriend without breaking the bank.
You can thank me later 😁
Marrakech has been on my bucket list for ages now, so for my birthday this year I was determined to make it out there. With three friends I booked flights for a long weekend away, but as luck would have it the weather was not on […]
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Hi Lovelies! I know it’s been a minute since I posted. The last few weeks have been a whirlwind with my birthday, trip to Morocco, work and the highlight – my close friend’s baby shower! Knowing that she’s having a baby boy we chose blue as the theme.
I paired this frill-layered top with a pair of high-waisted trousers for a sleek, sophisticated look and a touch of fun girlishness. Scroll down for details!
By now you must know I love my girlie catch ups over brunch. I was super excited to catch up with my friend Bambo after so long and where better than Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings? We had heard great things about B&H Buildings: Instagram-worthy décor, […]
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Hi Lovelies, hope you’ve all had a great week! I’m counting down to Christmas like no man’s business. It’s been ridiculously cold in London in the past couple of weeks so I’ve been dreaming of the perfect winter getaway. Here are a few of my top places for a bit of winter sun.
1. Los Gigantes, Tenerife
I visited Tenerife earlier this year and absolutely loved it! (In case you missed it, check out my post about 5 Amazing Things To Do In Tenerife). I drove to a few small towns but one I didn’t manage to get to was Los Gigantes, on the West coast of Tenerife. A picturesque little resort town, Los Gigantes is known for its scenic and dramatic cliffs. That coupled with December temperatures of up to 25°C and I’m completely sold!
If you’re after a quiet break and some sunshine, Los Gigantes is the place to be. Los Guios is the main beach, and with stunning black sands you won’t want to be anywhere else. Sites like Travel Gems have some great all-inclusive deals to Los Gigantes .
You’ll find me on the beach sipping a mai tai!
- London to Los Gigantes (Tenerife South) estimated flight time: 4h30
- Average December temperature: 19.5°C
2. Marrakech, Morocco
Marrakech, a city known for its souks, beautifully-tiled riads and delicious mint tea, can be an escape into a different world! While December temperatures may not be soaring, the weather is mild enough to warrant a cheeky trip. Around the Medina especially, the temperature remains fairly warm, and a light jacket should be enough for the cooler evening temperatures.
Marrakech has been on my list for a long time, and the selling point for me is the prospect of visiting during the off-season when there are fewer tourists and the temperatures aren’t too high. So if you are looking to be transported into another world, Marrakech is the place for you.
- London to Marrakech estimated flight time: 3h35
- Average December temperature: 14°C
3. Cape Town, South Africa
If you’re feeling particularly flush, why not go somewhere further afield like Cape Town? South African seasons are somewhat opposite to ours here in the UK so our winter is their summer – perfect! What better way to taunt your coworkers than to send epic beach pics and selfies from the top of table mountain while they shiver in their cubicles dreading the journey home in the cold and rain? Did someone say petty? 😀
Plus you get to swap Christmas dinner for a braai! Eish brah, sounds good to me!
- London to Cape Town estimated flight time: 11h35
- Average December temperature: 23°C
So here’s where I need your help guys… I want to plan a trip away in the next few weeks, which one of these should I go to?? Let me know in the comments below!
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Hi Lovelies! If you follow me on Instagram you’ll see that I have been obsessing over the autumn weather and recently shared this outfit on my feed. I wear a lot of black, especially in the winter, but occasionally I’m partial to a pop of colour. Yellow is not just for the summer, I love a bit of mustard all year round!
I paired this mustard cardigan with mom jeans, over-the-knee boots and a statement jacket. Perfect for a cheeky walk in the park.
(Of course that’s a blatant lie, who tf goes for a walk in those heels?! – More like a cheeky drive to the park, followed by 15-20 minutes of prancing about, then heading to brunch haha!)
Thanks for reading! What colours are you loving this autumn? Let me know in the comments below…
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Happy hump day people! Hope you’re having a good week. For me, it’s my last week before I go back to work so I’m mentally preparing for having more structure to my days. But in the meanwhile I’m slowly getting back to my normal (read: fabulous) self! 😀
I met up with my old friend Majiri of kuicare.com for a catch up over brunch. And where best to meet than the amazing Delisserie in St. John’s Wood. They have a few branches in North West London.
Delisserie is pretty high on my list of brunch spots in London because their food is delicious, portions are big and prices are low. What more could you want?
We started with savoury dishes. Maj had eggs royale and I opted for fried eggs and smoked salmon on delicious “cholla” bread. I’d definitely recommend the bread!
Next we had the American Pancakes Deluxe to share and guys, let me just say you need to try them. Served with strawberries and bananas plus a side of maple syrup and whipped cream. Pure bliss! The pancakes are perfectly fluffy and the portion is perfect for two as “dessert” (don’t judge me!)
We left very well fed and in great spirits!
And of course a mini photo shoot ensued…
Have you been to Delisserie, what did you think? Let me know in the comments below.
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As you might know, I was out in New York a few weeks ago and will be doing a whole series on some great spots out there. This week’s post will be the first in the New York series and is a guest post by Summer Salut at DoYouSalut.com. Summer hails from New York and will be sharing one of the city’s hidden gems. Look out for more from her as we’ll be doing a London/New York collab soon! You can follow her (@doyousalut) on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
Gantry Plaza State Park: A Hidden Gem in NYC
New York City has a lot of great things to do and see. Most of the time when people come to NYC they visit Times Square, Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, etc. These places are nice but sometimes can be overcrowded. We have plenty of hidden gems in NYC that are just as amazing as the other iconic spots. One of my favorite places is Gantry Plaza State Park.
Gantry Plaza is located in the Long Island City (LIC) neighborhood of Queens. This area is becoming the new Manhattan. It has sky-rise buildings and great places to eat and drink. Gantry Plaza State Park is a beautiful space along the East River which has a little something for everyone.
The park is broken up into different “sections”. At one end there is a playground, turf-field, beach volleyball court, and dog park. In that section you can find young families playing, happy laughing children, and fitness enthusiasts working out. Next to the beach volleyball court is the NYC Ferry, which takes you to various locations throughout NYC.
If you are into old school reggae music, Caribbean vibes, and a nice cool beverage, then LIC Landing and COFFEED shop is the place to go! Located next to the ferry and beach volleyball court this café/coffee shop hybrid is a great place to chill, relax and enjoy the view.
The other end of Gantry Plaza State Park is the “hangout” section. Here you’ll find lovers cuddling on the lounge benches or friends picnicking on the grass. This area has a very chill vibe as well.
All the things mentioned earlier are great but what makes Gantry Plaza amazing is the unique breathtaking views of the Manhattan Skyline. At one end of the park you can see the Freedom Tower playing peek-a-boo between the other buildings. The Empire State Building and Chrysler buildings can also be seen. They too can look like they are hiding depending where in the park you are located.
These views are nice during the day but the best time to go is during sunset and at night. Imagine seeing the Manhattan buildings from away light up the sky. The second best thing about the park is that all of this is FREE! Yup! There isn’t a fee to get into the park. All of the sections I mentioned aren’t official sections; they are just the flow that seems to happen. People usually mingle and do their own thing.
To get to Gantry Plaza State Park (if you are coming from Manhattan) take the 7 train from Times Square and get off at Vernon Blvd Station, get out of the station at the Vernon Blvd & 50th Street exit. From there you walk a couple of blocks towards the water and viola! – you are ready for a getaway from the madness that is Manhattan!
I hope whenever you visit NYC (even if its winter) that you visit Gantry Plaza State Park and enjoy a little piece of the Queens paradise.
Lou: I hope you guys enjoyed this post. I visited my friends who live in this area and we walked through part of the park. Believe me, it’s absolutely gorgeous! Have any of you guys been to Gantry Park? Let me know in the comments below. And NYC folk, let me know what other must-see spots there are in your city 🙂
Oh Lisbon! What a beautiful city. I booked a trip there on a spur of the moment. I had taken time off work and was determined to squeeze in a quick trip before travelling to Nigeria for my friend’s wedding. Monday morning I was up […]
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The past couple of months have been crazy! I really needed some time to clear my head, so what did I do? – I booked a solo trip…or three 😀
A lot of my friends thought I was crazy but I promise you it was the best thing I could have done! Here are…
Three Reasons Why You Should Travel Solo
1. You can do what you want, when you want
We’ve all been there. Trudging along behind your friends/partner/family as you are dragged along to some boring activity you have absolutely no interest in doing. But you do it anyway because you’re a grown-up and compromise is part of that, (or you’d just rather not get into an argument right now).
Or maybe you’re the one doing the dragging – trying to enjoy your museum trip/hike up a mountain/gallery exhibition but having to deal with this uninterested party that insists on dragging their feet, rolling their eyes and sighing intermittently.
Now what if I told you that you never have to deal with that again?! (for as long as you like, that is)
Guess what the solution is: “riding solo, riding solo, riding solo-solooooo” *Jason Derulo voice* (am I the only person that sings his name? “Ja-son De-rulooo” – anyway, back to the point)
With solo travel, your itinerary is completely at your discretion; you can do what you like, whenever you feel like it!
2. You learn more about yourself
Now this is an interesting one, and to me probably the most important. Travelling alone often gives you precious time for self-reflection. Usually, the mere presence of another person means quiet-time is rare. You are either doing something, planning something or talking about something. Especially when you share a room with someone, sometimes you could go several days with barely a few minutes to yourself.
A trip by yourself gives you more time for self-reflection but in addition, self-reliance. Just having to figure everything out for yourself activates that feeling of independence. I’m sure we’ve all been there, happily let someone else figure out the way to the airport, sign the car rental documents, speak to the travel insurance company, the list goes on! It’s not to say you’ll automatically have everything figured out but at least you’ll be taking action, asking for help when needed. For a lot of people, this will be completely different experience.
3. You improve your social skills
Exploring a new country or city by yourself forces you to polish up on your conversational skills so you can make new friends on the road – especially important for an introvert like me! For me personally, it helps me control my RBF a bit better (RBF = resting bitch face – ha!) I have acute RBF (lol) especially being a Londoner, it protects me from awkward convos and creepy guys on trains trying to hit on me. However, being approachable is key to striking up conversations with locals or other tourists when you’re somewhere new. You can learn all sorts of fascinating things from people who know a location better than you. Plus you’ll need to ask nicely if you want someone to step in as a photographer for fabulous photoshoot for the ‘Gram 😀
At very worst you’ll learn to switch your RBF on and off as needed!
In summary, travelling solo can be an amazing experience that pushes you outside your comfort zone. Is it something you have done before? If not, would you try it? Let me know in the comments below and in the meanwhile, check out my YouTube video on the same topic.
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Hey Lovelies, hope you’ve had a great week. I myself have had a fantastic one! I’m currently sitting in an air-conditioned room in Nigeria – thoroughly pampered and completely relaxed. In case you were wondering, no, I have not become a fully-fledged lady of leisure (sadly). I did however take a few weeks off work to travel, recuperate and clear my head – and boy, is it working 🙂
So a few of my London loves have been quite upset with me after my last post about the Ahhh-mazing steak in Lisbon. It seems while you guys are happy to know about my delicious foodie adventures, I actually just make you hungry haha! So to make it up to those of you that have no plans to fly all the way to Lisbon for steak (even though I say yolo, just do it ha!) here’s an amazing place in London that you can try this weekend for brunch instead. See how I timed it so perfectly with the weekend? You’re welcome 😀
Right, brunch at Villandry – perfect summer vibes! They serve a 3-course brunch for £25 and if you feel like living the baby-girl (or indeed baby-boy) life, you can add “unlimited” Prosecco for an additional £15. I met up with my friend Gops – we always do brunch because we’re about that life haha! (Did you see the post about our brunch at Where the Pancakes Are?) We planned this one quite last minute but the staff at Villandry accommodated us easily.
To start with, we ordered tea/coffee as part of the three-course menu. This was served with our choice of pastry – pain au chocolat all the way! We nibbled on these while we waited for the mains, although I was already sort of full 🙈
The main event was the bacon and avocado sandwich for me. A soft burger bun, piled with bacon, a tonne of avocado and a duck egg. I was determined to smash it. Gops went for the eggs royale, classic choice.
After all my declarations, victory was elusive and I found myself at the mercy of the delicious burger. There was no way in hell I could finish it haha! Plus there was still dessert – but we all know that goes into a different part of the stomach right?
Dessert was a selection of small dishes, my favourite, the mini-macaroon.
Defeated, but well-fed and in great spirits, we wondered out into the sunshine. Of course, I couldn’t resist the chance for a photo-op.
And there you have it, no-fuss deliciousness, brunch at Villandry is an obvious win. Check out their website here.
My rating: 8/10
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Hey guys, are you as stoked about the bank holiday as I am?! Nothing like some sunshine and a break from work 😀
This time a couple of weekends ago I was getting ready to head to the One Africa Music Fest, which was EPIC by the way! It was another sunny day (shock, horror – I know!) and I was determined to look stylish but stay cool – now who would have thought that would be possible wearing black? But hey, when you’re as dedicated to the cause as I am (and by “the cause” I mean wearing black haha), you find a way to make it work.
This off-shoulder midi dress was perfect for the occasion, dressy enough but also simple and elegant. I paired it with some coral heels – a nod to the (fleeting) spring/summer vibe – and a classic handbag.
I’m a big fan of dresses, as you’ll soon learn, mainly because I don’t have much time to think about what pieces to put together. A dress can be slipped on and you’re out of the door in minutes (that is me on weekday mornings for work haha)…And a black dress, well even better because you have tons of flexibility around accesories.
This dress was from asos – it often sems to be out in stock in black, but keep checking back, it is sooooo worth it. It took a couple of months to catch mine at one of the moments when it was in stock.
Shoes are from New Look – I have them in about four colours! *hides face* They are usually £20 but currently on sale at less than half price so better get em quick!
Black is definitely the staple in my wardrobe, although I am slowly venturing out into spring hues. What colour do you tend to wear most? Let me know in the comments below. And as always, if you like this post please “like it” below or join the conversation 😀
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A gym date – no I’m not joking. Last week I was invited out on a date. I was expecting dinner or a show, that sort of thing, but instead he said to me, “I’ll pick you up at 7pm and I’m bringing you workout gear”. Wtf?!
We headed to Frame, a fitness studio in Shoreditch, where he had booked us in for a Boxfit class with Lisanne Van Sonsbeek (check out her website here). The vibe of the studio was very “Shoreditch” – lots of character with exposed brick walls, a colourfully-painted ceiling and cool-looking merchandise displayed on the wall.
I quickly got changed and we headed in to kick fat’s butt!
There were about eight other people in the class – who all looked considerably fitter than either of us and A LOT more comfortable (naturally I didn’t take any pics during the actual class)
What followed was 45 minutes of intense burn! Squats, punch combos (at the mirror rather than each other), ab work, lunges, BURPEES! …I legitimately thought I was going to die – my life was flashing before my eyes and all that. Don’t let me put you off though, I’m a bit of a weakling. I tend to avoid gyms like the plague, and much prefer more “fun-based” workouts like dance classes, team sports and the like.
Lisanne had me sweating “like a Christmas goat” – as my dad would say. But as soon as the class ended the endorphins hit me and I felt great! (Or maybe my body was just glad the ordeal was over 😂). I took a few cheeky pics as always, stayed for a chat with Lisanne and the rest of the staff – who were all absolutely lovely!
…then headed out to find some food…
Flat Iron was nearby and steak sounded like a great idea right about then! We started with a well-earned bottle of wine while we waited for our table, then proceeded to devour the most delicious steak dinner.
The first time I went to Flat Iron (click here to see that post) I was a little underwhelmed and rated it about 7/10. However, I am now a BELIEVER! I don’t know whether it was the workout that had our appetites raging, but it was one of the most delicious meals I have had in a while! So delicious that I have had to update my previous rating to 8.5/10 😀
(Only not a 9 because I found the portions a little too small, I could have eaten twice!)
So my dear readers, if you are invited on a gym date do not despair (or punch the messenger 😉). It may be tough, but it will be worth it…especially if you get a damn good steak out of it!
Till next time,
P.S. In the meanwhile, what is your favourite post-workout meal? Let me know in the comments below…
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On Saturday morning I woke up at 7.30am thinking of food. And I’m not talking pancakes or bacon or any of the other usual suspects; I mean full on okro soup, grilled chicken, efo (spinach soup) and coconut chicken curry. What else was there to do but get up and make it? 😁
I made all of the above but today will share the recipe for the curry because so many people on my Snapchat messaged about it while I was cooking that I figured I just had to share!
So here we go, super-quick super easy coconut chicken curry…
- Prep time: 25 mins
- Cooking time: 20 mins
- Serves: 5 people
- Calories per serving: 340
What you’ll need
- Chicken – 500g or about 10 drumsticks
- Olive oil (or preferred cooking oil) – 1/4 cup
- Red onions – 1/2 an onion, chopped
- Coconut milk – 1/2 cup
- Peanut butter – 1 tablespoon
- Scotch bonnets – 1, chopped
- Curry powder – 1 tablespoon
- Garlic – 1/2 teaspoon, chopped
- Tomato puree – 1 teaspoon
- Salt – 1/4 teaspoon
- Ginger – 1/2 teaspoon, chopped
- First things first you need to clean and boil your chicken. I’ve counted this as prep time because if like a lot of people (or Africans, I should say) you tend to boil you chicken in bulk then this step won’t apply. You’ll need the chicken and resulting stock for this dish. Boil it for about 15-20 mins and check occasionally to make sure it doesn’t burn
- Heat up some oil in a deep pan/wok and lightly fry your chopped onions
- Add the chicken first to brown the outsides. Be sure to turn over regularly to avoid it burning. Once brown, remove from the pan and set aside
- Add the coconut milk to the onions and oil, then add peanut butter and stir till it’s a smooth consistency. The peanut butter might seem like a strange addition but it gives the sauce a delicious nuttiness
- Add in curry powder, scotch bonnet, chicken stock and tomato puree
- Bring to the boil, stirring consistently and then add the chicken back in
- Finally depending on how much chicken stock you use, you may want to thicken it with some flour [Lazy chef tip – I was lazy and just poured the flour straight in but ideally you should mix it with warm water before adding in to avoid lumps]
In fact here’s a quick clip from my Snapchat showing you exactly how I did it…
Try it out and let me know what you think. How do you make your coconut curry?
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Happy Easter lovely people! Hope you’re all having a great bank holiday weekend.
Last weekend I met up with my friend Sope to celebrate her birthday with brunch at Counter, right opposite Vauxhall station. They serve a bottomless brunch at the weekend so she booked a table for all 20 or so of us. For £28 you get two hours of bottomless prosecco and get to order two courses from the menu (although some dishes – lobster royale for example – are not included in the deal).
If you live in London you’ll know that the weather last weekend was the best we’ve had this year so far…it was sooooooo nice! So of course I was quick to pull out a backless maxi dress for the occasion. The birthday girl on the other hand refused to compromise her fashionista status and wore an off shoulder wrap sweater with wide-leg pants. @StyleNecessity for the win! More details on these two looks here.
Now let’s get down to the nitty-gritty – you guys know about African time right? For those who don’t:
African time [noun] – A disease that plagues numerous people, particularly us Nigerians, where we show up late for just about everything! 😂😂 Example – Sope invited Lou to her birthday brunch at 2pm, however as Lou was running on African time she showed up at 3.30pm
In summary, almost everyone was late haha! Admittedly I had a netball match beforehand and had told Sope what time to expect me. But by the time I got there, there were still quite a few people who hadn’t arrived yet. I think this completely threw the restaurant staff, as they had to keep taking individual orders. Plus the table was only available for a certain amount of time (a point they regularly reminded us about).
To start I ordered the banana split, sounds crazy right? It didn’t come in a tall glass but rather was a deconstructed version. Tbh all I saw when I looked at the menu was nutella and I was sold. It had a banana, yoghurt, granola, peanut butter, chocolate sauce and of course NUTELLA. It was delicious!
As a main, I really wanted a burger but for some reason was still in a breakfast-y mood (at 3.30pm – don’t ask), so I got the eggs royale. Now, eggs royale are pretty standard order. Yes, occasionally a place may not have the best salmon and that can be off-putting. In this case the salmon was fine, as were the eggs and Hollandaise sauce. The muffin, however, was stale and tough. I was so disappointed because how can you go wrong with something so basic?? I put it down to our different arrival times throwing the kitchen off their timing, but hmmmmm… 👀👀
Verdict – Based on this and the service in general, I don’t think I would go back to this restaurant anytime soon. I’d still say it’s worth trying out, but maybe not in a group bigger than four, and maybe not with anyone that runs on African time!
My rating – 5.5/10
Have you been here before, what did you think? Let me know in the comments below, or hit “like” 🙂
Date night ideas in London: Read all about our dining experience at Coppa Club in Tower Bridge. A great place for a romantic date with its outdoor seating area and stunning views of Tower Bridge and The Shard…
Last summer I got to witness the union of two of the loveliest, bubbliest, most fun people I know, my friends Nono and DK. Tbh as soon as DK proposed I said to Nono “let me know when and where in the world it’ll be and I’ll be there!” There was no way I was going to miss this wedding.
Funny enough I had only met Nono a couple of years ago when I worked in consulting. It was the end of November/early December so prime Christmas party season. I got dolled up and headed to my group Christmas party (or “Winter party” if we’re being politically correct haha). I jumped on the train and I saw this girl wearing the most FABULOUS shoes I had ever seen – I chuckled to myself that she was probably going to a Christmas party of her own.
A couple of stops later, another girl gets on the train and greets her – they’re obviously friends. Then new girl turns her head and it’s someone in my team at work – what are the odds? I say this because I NEVER see people I know on the train; most of my friends live on the other side of the city from me. Anyway, that introduction was the start of a beautiful friendship (and lots of brunches of course!)
Fast forward to August 2016 and I was packing my bags to head to South Africa for their wedding.
I landed in Cape Town on a sunny albeit slightly chilly day. The drive to the Hilton in the city centre brought back memories of previous visits for me – visiting my cousin while she studied out there, then on the last trip going with the whole family for her graduation…good times!
At the hotel, I got settled in and prepared for what I hoped would be an epic trip. It took a lot of planning because I didn’t have very much time, especially as I was a bridesmaid I wanted to be at Nono’s beck and call if she needed. Still I managed to visit the V&A Waterfront (more than a few times 😀 ), played laser tag with the wedding party, met up with old friends, and even managed to squeeze in a salsa class with my friend Nicole!
The actual wedding would be held in Stellenbosch, about an hour’s drive from CT (boy did I spend a lot of money on Ubers *hides face*). The cab took us to our accommodation, a group of luxury villas at Spanish Farm and just wow…the place was phenomenal! (Honestly, click the link to check out their site.)
I’m really kicking myself now because I didn’t get many pictures of the actual villa, but believe me when I say it was EVERYTHING. Floor to ceiling windows, under-floor heating, a fireplace, bedrooms overlooking the mountains with a front row view of the sunrise in the morning *sigh*
As for the wedding itself…there literally are no words. It was such a beautiful ceremony and the love that overflowed was palpable. I was truly honoured to have shared a part in this day.
Recording a video message for the couple as part of the wedding video…
And then time for the reception. DK gave the most loving speech to his new bride, the whole room was emotional…
The morning after came too soon and we all had to head home, the newlyweds came round to say goodbye to all their guests. Clearly the groom woke up in a great mood!
I was off to the airport – but of course the trip wouldn’t be complete without a quick stop in Johannesburg.
Airport adventures: photobombed by a keen model 😀
And of course airport shopping
Read about my stay in Jo’Burg here…
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Last weekend my friend and I took a quick “road trip” to Canterbury. I use quotation marks because a drive of less than two hours can hardly be called a road trip lol.
We bundled ourselves in the car on Friday evening and headed to Tudor Park, a Marriott hotel and country club in Maidstone. We were determined to get some R&R and a head-start for the Saturday morning drive to Canterbury. Our arrival time was just after 9pm, so we checked in and headed straight to dinner at The Drawing Room. (In case you missed it check out the Canterbury post here.) Dinner was fabulous and more than enough to cause a healthy food coma so we slept very well!
The next morning we were able to see a bit more of the hotel and let me just say, it was gorgeous. We got a full English breakfast in the dining room overlooking part of the golf course. At £15 per person, I think it was quite pricey for bog standard food but I guess we were paying for the location too.