Tuesday, 30 July 2013


I know it’s a cliché to describe a place as ‘a hidden gem’ but in the case of Caipirinha, it’s really true! Nobody would have expected that halfway down sleepy Archway Road you’d find a Brazilian club more fun than anything you’d find in Central London. Live performances, friendly staff, £4.00 Jagerbombs and a dance floor where people actually dance make Caipirinha the only place I want want to go post pub these days.

Caipirinha, 177 Archway Road
N6 5BL

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Summer Holidays

Ah Italia, you are still as bella as can be. I love heading to my second home in southern Italy. The people, the weather and the gorgeous food stay perfectly the same and it’s a joy to  visit my family and holiday there every year. If you want to read more about my favourite destination, check out my review over at White Stuff.

The place is ridiculously like a Dolce and Gabbana campaign location, so I decided to dress in keeping. Hope you like my snaps! 

Headscarf and shades by asos.com and bikini by Freya

Spaghetti Vongole, my fave!

The girls at pizza night!

Pizza night gets going

Art attack!

A trip to Palinuro

Capri outfit (dress is old Primark, sandals are new asos.com)

Beach outfit!

Harvey and Argo play

Just another lemon tree

Casa Bianca

Aperol Spritzes all round!

The chilli plant which inspired my work (!)

Swimsuit by White Stuff

Mmm fishy

Me and Mama


San Marco harbour

Yes, another Aperol Spritz and nails to match 

I did Mum's hair

Going home ;(

My fave Zara heels didn't see much action (they will in Ibiza!)

Innocent Inspires: How to Be Your Own Boss

On Wednesday, I finally got my chance to visit the famous Fruit Towers, home of Innocent. Greeted with Innocent Orange juice and tasty, healthy nibbles, we were invited inside to learn the finer points of entrepreneurship. As someone with a few business ideas in mind and one under my belt (Moiself) I was keen to pick up some tips from some of the most successful business owners in the biz. 

Charismatic Innocent founder Richard Reed acted as MC and gave the opening talk too. This man inspires like no other, with clear energy, enthusiasm and passion which cannot be faked (“does he have a girlfriend?” whispered a girl in front of me). Richard told us there were five key ingredients to a successful business:

1. Have a mission
2. It’s the people, stupid
3. Start small, but do start
4. Don’t let perfection be the enemy of doing something good
5. Make it the way you want it to be

He was followed by Sophie Cornish and Holly Tucker from Not on the High Street, Bec Astley-Clarke of Astley Clarke jewellery, Jeremy Gilley from Peace One Day, Eben Upton from Raspberry Pi and Ceviche founder Martin Morales. 

We had a break in the middle, sampling some seriously tasty fare from the Scandinavian Kitchen.

An incredible set of entrepreneurs who each gave inspiring talks and excellent advice. You can watch the talk here soon. My notes are pretty random, just some golden nuggets you couldn't pay for.

My notes

Recruitment: people with the yes gene
Get rid of people who don't deliver
I’d rather have a hole than an asshole (recruitment-wise)
Start small but do start
Don't let perfection be the enemy of doing something good
Don't stop 
Make it the way you want it to be 
We want to leave things better than we find them
Remain open
21st September is Peace One Day 
Will must be stronger than skill
Make a film, storytelling is everything 
Never underestimate the emotional part.

Final pieces of advice:

Hire my wife!  - Raspberry pi
Good PR - Astley Clarke
Not having enough money can be a good thing - Not on the High Street
Social media  is key - Ceviche 
Make sure you make something that people actually want - Steve Jobs –Richard Reed

I left feeling like I could take on the world and that starting my own business really could happen one day. A wonderful, inspiring evening with free smoothies and yummy snacks - what more could a girl want? 

Becky spots Fruit Towers!

Excellent advice in the girls' loo


Mmm Scandi Kitchen meatballs

Inspirational bunch

He's married, sorry girl-in-front-of-me!

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Dublin and Dublin and Dublin

Why is Dublin the biggest city in the world? Because it keeps Dublin and Dublin and Dublin. Sigh. All (bad) joking aside, although Dublin might not actually be the biggest city in the world, it is certainly one of the best in my opinion. It has all the good bits of London with the sea nearby to boot! Main shopping venue Grafton Street boasts Brown Thomas, a smaller, easier to navigate Selfridges. Floral, spacious Stephen's Green is much like Regent's Park and their M&S has a rooftop restaurant. What more could you need? Oh yes, absolutely shedloads of irony, delicious Guinness. The Guinness Storehouse is definitely worth a visit, even with a killer hangover.

I was over in Dublin last weekend and stayed at the O'Callaghan Hotel. A stone's throw away from Grafton Street, shopaholics rejoice! Smart and comfortable, the staff are warm and welcoming and the breakfast is tasty; exactly what I want from any hotel.

If you haven't been to Dublin yet, go! It's amazing.

The top(shop) of Grafton Street


Hermes balloon!

Fallon & Byrne do delicious groceries -  they have a restaurant too

Love their graphics!

My current favourite Irishman...

...and Cockney


Even Lobsters like Guinness

And tortoises

Because it's delicious