24.08.2016- What I Wore Today #274

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

British summers, such as they are, always tend to be fleeting affairs, so when the sun does make an appearance it usually results in a frantic race to delve into your warm weather wardrobe and make the most of a spell without showers. Whilst my summer staples tend to sit safely in a drawer until I need pack my suitcase for a trip to the beach, over the last few weeks I've made the most of intermittent opportunities to give them a long overdue spell in the sunshine (especially as it's likely to be a little while before I'll be needing them again!)

Shirt- French Connection 
Shorts- Zara 
Bag- Zara 
Sunglasses- Zara

You can't really go wrong with staple denim shorts, can you? Although it's taken me a little while to find the perfect pair, these ones from Zara have become a go-to for me for when the weather warms up, and the slightly more relaxed fit makes them the perfect casual option. This shirt from French Connection is another brilliant basic, and the ideal piece to reach for when the temperatures climb as it's so light and easy to wear. Plus, it'll be great to layer under some of my thicker knits when the inevitable chill starts...

What are your summer essentials?

(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.)

22.08.2016- Why I Love the Olympics

Monday, 22 August 2016

 'The important thing in life is not victory but combat; it is not to have vanquished but to have fought well.'
Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the International Olympic Committee

 After a 2016 which had, until a few weeks ago, been largely punctuated by negative headlines, scaremongering, political musical chairs and some of the scariest rhetoric I think I've heard in my lifetime, there's no doubt that we were all in dire need of something to be cheerful about. Thank goodness, then, for the Olympics- and more specifically the incredible achievements of Team GB. After the unforgettable scenes of London 2012, I'm sure I'm not the only one who thought that the accomplishments of the team at a home games couldn't be surpassed. Without a home advantage could we still hold our own?

(Whisper it)- of course we could.

There's no doubt that London 2012 will forever loom large in out collective consciousnesses as the most spectacular bookend to an outstanding summer. That incredible Opening Ceremony, where Shakespeare sat alongside Song 2 and sheer spectacle combined with storytelling to paint a poignant picture of a green and pleasant land with a self depreciating sense of humour and lion heart enough ready to welcome the world. Performances which more than lived up to expectations, and images which became as iconic as those five burnished Olympic rings skimming the sky high above Statford, forged by fire, grit, determination and hard work.

Now more than ever before we live in an age of instant gratification, where all too often a measure of success is intangible, fleeting- and something which is largely superficial in nature, based purely on constructed appearance. At the start of the summer you could scarcely watch the news without reports of division, resignation, self serving and enough machinations to make Game of Thrones look like a game of Scrabble. Far better they settle all of that infighting with a sprint over 100 metres and be done with it. 

Watching the incredible achievements of Team GB over the last 16 days has been more than inspirational, and has served as a much needed reminder of the rewards of commitment , team work and not putting limits on what you can accomplish. Not giving up when you're 3-2 down in a penalty shoot out for the Hockey Gold Medal. Breaking World Records over and over again just because you can. Coming back from illness, injury and adversity to achieve something which once seemed completely impossible. Powering your way to the finish line after falling over during your race. Reaching out your hand to help  your brother, as well as your brothers (and sisters) in arms. What better life lessons are there than these?

In short, thank you Team GB for once again giving us something to be proud of. #BringontheGreat (and bring on the Paralympics!)

Have you enjoyed the 2016 Olympics?

(Image credit: Team GB.)

19.08.2016- On the Menu: The Barbary, Covent Garden

Friday, 19 August 2016

Seeking out new food horizons has become something of a favourite pursuit of mine over the last year or so, and being able to explore some of London's newest dining destinations is an adventure in and of itself. Regular readers (and anyone who knows me IRL!) will happily tell you that I live to eat, so the opportunity to sample an abundance of different dishes is one which I'll never refuse. One such chance arose last weekend, as Hannah, Lily, Sophie and I made a beeline for The Barbary prior to a trip to the theatre: 

With a menu which takes its inspiration from the heritage dishes of The Barbary Coast, marrying Mediterreanean influences and seasonal ingredients, this small but perfectly formed restaurant offers a dining experience unlike any other. The intimate space and kitchen bar sees diners witness the cooking processes behind the dishes firsthand, adding an element of theatre to the experience which is well and truly matched by the perfectly constructed menu. Comprised of small plates designed to be shared, each dish is full of flavour without being too overpowering, and each mouthful is something to be truly savoured. Of the selection which we ordered, standout offerings included the glazed beetroot, Jaffa style cauliflower and Pata Negra neck- a signature dish which I have no doubt I'll be returning to sample time and time again. For dessert, I opted for the much hyped Hashcake- pistachio perfection and the perfect sweet treat with which to celebrate the weekend in style. 

Have you discovered any new foodie favourites recently? 

(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.)
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