Oh Margate, I sparkly-pink-heart-emoji you. Your cute little vintage shops, shiny new modern art museum and of course, Dreamland makes me feel just like that; being in a dream, a makebelieve land that I quite happily won’t wake up from. Now I know, I’m totally jumping on the London to Margate band wagon (well let’s say hour and a half long train) what with Betty Magazine, TimeOut and Stylist all hailing it as the new weekend getaway destination in good old Blighty. But stereotyping and cynicism aside, it genuinely is a great place to visit for everyone, offering up everything from blue sea to blue sky.
As for my outfit, I couldn’t resist wearing this flirty a-line dress from ASOS in the hope that colourful Margate would come forward with some strong backdrops (it did!) the bag had to be done, it’s the seaside, Love! And these slip-on mules cemented a retro vibe. Stay tuned for a super sweet Dreamland outfit!
Dirty Bones is a burger and ribs shaped gem in the middle of swanky Kensington. Not that it isn’t swanky itself. The retro lamps, tiled tables and gaming machines juxtaposed with palms creates a modern yet fun feel. Food wise, yes it’s American style and yes there are burgers but the atmosphere of the restaurant means you may as well be eating scallops.
We went for the salt and pepper squid to start and then opted for the beef short rib which was filling, dripped off the bone and tasty as. Obviously I had to go for The Burger too (the rules) but I’d vote to check out the other western specialities instead if you’re not bov’ed about burgers. One thing I implore you to do though is leave room for desert. Its imperitive that you order the peanut butter cookie cup/dream in a Kilner jar. Just bloomin’ do it.
And if Kensington is too far to travel then good news, they’re opening a new branch in Kingly Court in September!
If you haven’t heard about YEAH! Burger yet then you will soon. The Kings Cross pub residency pop up has just doubled its juicy, meaty output and set up shop at Strongroom bar in Shoreditch. The place is well worth a hang out anyway with it’s cute hidden courtyard and art feel.
Don’t worry, I’ve tried the beef and chicken burgers and I can announce that they’re both excellent. As are the cheesy chips with cheese evenly distributed throughout the bowl (which any cc fan will appreciate is highly important.) There’s also word of a scotch egg burger running on the menu for 4 days longer whereby the brioche bun is replaced by half a scotch egg. Can it get any better?! No.
Chilango in Camden is a quick lunchtime fix that makes you feel like you’ve splashed out in a restaurant. One of those hybrid sorts of fast food places that does filling, hot food and nice places to sit. The best thing about this Mexican? Other than the cheeky lunchtime frozen Margheritas, the decor wins by 100 points. Kitsch retro TVs and colourful piñata? I’m in!
Fill up on a Burrito or tasty tacos and be back to work 10 mins later. Not in Camden? Check out their 8 other London locations.
I’ve said it before and well, it looks like I’m saying it again but I am never enough of a tourist. Come on Lucy, London has so much to offer! Luckily, on the very rare occasion that I found myself in St James’s Park, it turned out to be a damn good one. The sun was out in full force (quite a scarce sighting these days) and the flowers were going all in with with the rainbow theme. I tried to fit in with my floral embroidered top and don’t think I did too bad a job!
We walked around and marvelled at the variety of ducks – there was one with a quiff, man! We even stumbled up on The Changing of the Guards. Now, seeing as I’ve NEVER seen the bloomin’ guards ever move and have talked about needing to go and see it for years, I was pretty chuffed to work out that all the hustle and bustle and drum hitting was actually that very thing! Any other Londoners have it high up on their list?!
Have you heard that #TheBloggersMarket is back? oh yes! It’s bigger and better than before and we just can’t wait to open the doors to your smiling faces! If you’ve not heard about it before, it’s essentially 6 hours of shopping the wardrobes and lives of us 5 fashion lifestyle bloggers; Carrie, Dunya, Kristabel, Olivia and I. There are also other fun things to do and it’s a great excuse to meet up with your galpals, come say hi and hang out! I’ll be selling loads of different bits and bobs from ASOS to Antipodium with sizes from 8-12 and shoe sizes 7 & 8 but if you fall out of that bracket, there are plenty of other sizes from the other girls!
2 Weeks to go!
So what’s new since our first January edition? Well, there’s no doubt that it was amazing if we do say so ourselves (we couldn’t believe that there were blog posts written about it before we even got home!) but this time we tweaked things a little. We’ll be running a ‘Tweet to Eat’ shop full of tasty treats from Krispy Kreme (there’s talk of being able to win a years worth of doughnuts too) and sustenance from Yo!Sushi so you can get your sugar levels back up after rifling through the rails. Grab a bottle of Appletiser (my absolute fave), and like take a look around our stalls, try things on and then pay at the respective Bloggers’ stand. Easy!
BTW, if you’re feeling peckish, The Hoxton Hotel‘s own restaurant Hubbard and Bell is excellent or pop downstairs to Chicken Shop. Otherwise, you’re just a short walk to Soho or Covent Garden. If you’re looking for a cashpoint, there’s one at Sainsbury’s, 100m before you get to the Hotel. Please not that this year, the space we’re in is a little smaller so we do apologise in advance if you will need to queue a little at the door.
If you read my last post you will have seen that some of my fave blogging gals and I went off on a Jolly to the beautiful secret island of Osea off the Essex Coast. As promised, this time I’m showing you a little more of the amazing Captains House where we all stayed! Think of it as a boarding school for Bloggers where we all chatted together about everything from all the nuances of Blogging to exercise routines and some serious over-sharing once we got into our Next PJs!
After a morning of exploring we tucked into afternoon tea and chats on the terrace. It was just the most wonderful place to hang out with such successful and hard working ladies. All the girls were so supportive, insightful and inspiring that we basically decided we were staying to form our own Blogging house. Bye!
Once the evening came it was time to get on our gladrags and settle down to a delicious meal but it wasn’t long before we were rudely interrupted by a crazed Policeman running through the room! Don’t worry, it was only a case of murder mystery and despite the wine and the good food distracting us, we didn’t do too badly at working our whodunit! A few glasses later and we all snuggled up on the sofas, put on some sassy seventies tunes and gossiped until we could no longer. Right. I’m staying!