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
Thursday, 25 July 2013
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!
Spaghetti Vongole, my fave!
The girls at pizza night!
Pizza night gets going
A trip to Palinuro
Capri outfit (dress is old Primark, sandals are new asos.com)
Harvey and Argo play
Just another lemon tree
Aperol Spritzes all round!
The chilli plant which inspired my work (!)
Swimsuit by White Stuff
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!)
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.
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
Make it the way you want it to be
We want to leave things better than we find them
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
He's married, sorry girl-in-front-of-me!
Tuesday, 9 July 2013
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
Fallon & Byrne do delicious groceries - they have a restaurant too
Love their graphics!
My current favourite Irishman...
Even Lobsters like Guinness
Because it's delicious