Flowers and the Checked Shirt

Early Saturday morning just after the rain.

It’s one of those weekends where I have everything and nothing to do, nothing I would want to do, but many things I have been avoiding. I need to leave the house; no I must leave the house…… weekly flower shop it is.

Today I wore: Topshop Ponte High-Waist Jeggings, The Pink Coat Jonathan Saunders for DebenhamsASOS Check Shirt , Office Leather Chelsea Boots, Accessorize Tan Leather Bag and Daniel Wellington Watch.

Flowers and Checks

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Dishoom Bombay Café, Kings Cross

Indian restaurant in the heart of London.

It’s late December post-Christmas and just happens to be my birthday, after working a full day in the office I made the short journey down the Euston road to Dishoom King’s Cross, located at the newly developed Stable Street. The restaurant was slightly tucked, meaning very easy to get lost which some of the attendee’s to this special dinner found.

It was my birthday, yet it wasn’t actually my birthday dinner, I was invited to celebrate with my friend Carina. Who by coincidence has the exact same date of birth as me, down to the year making us “twins from another mother”, as we like to refer to ourselves.

I was a little nervous about attending, as I knew the fellow birthday girl but I wasn’t familiar with the other attendee’s. As part of my New Year’s resolution I have decided to say YES more frequently so when Carina extended her kind invitation to me I immediately said yes, and then fretted about it after. I knew this would be a great test of my introvert nature and opportunity to exercise my New Year resolve (more about my New Year resolution coming soon to the blog). Anyway I have completely digressed, let me get back to the topic in hand …. Dishoom!

Dishoom

I had been planning to visit the restaurant for some time, since it opened late 2014, however was put-off by talks of 2 hour queues just to get to the bar. However on this occasion we had pre-booked and were seated upon arrival.

We were a large group, so instead of ordering separately, a number of different dishes were selected to create our very own custom buffet, including my highlights of Garlic and Cheese Naan bread, Chicken Tikka and my surprise favourite of the night Okra Fries (who knew such a thing existed).

The venue and décor were impressive, think 19th century Bombay colliding with this historic former railway shed and you start to get a flavour of what I’m talking about. The restaurant literally oozes history, from the tiled floors to the dark wood table tops. I was also surprised by the size of the venue, you will find a basement lounge, ground floor restaurant and mezzanine level bar all under the one roof.

Dishoom

I will return again, this time to sample the breakfast menu.

www.dishoom.com

Paisley Print Midi Dress

Paisley Midi Dress

This dress was a recent online purchase from Dotty P aka Dorothy Perkins. I wanted something midi length, long sleeve and suitable for work. I was pleasantly surprised when my purchase arrived, as we all know online shopping is a gamble at the best of times, but this dress ticked all the boxes. It was a relatively mild winter morning so I threw on the forever faithful biker jacket. Accessorized with my multi chain Topshop necklace, Timex digital watch and mixed things up with gold and silver jewellery.

Dorothy Perkins midi-dress, Jaxon hat, Topshop ankle boots, Timex Watch

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Mosob Eritrean Restaurant NW London

Just off the Harrow road, minutes from Westbourne Park station, you will find London’s best Eritrean restaurant Mosob. Though my experience of Eritrean restaurants is limited, I would agree with those who have visited before me. I dined with an eclectic mix of friends and we partook in range of sharing platters representative of this east African country.

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Brunch time at Jackson Rye

Brunch, I’m not really sure I know exactly what it means but any excuse to eat good food and hang-out with my friends. So on this sunny afternoon we make our way to London Soho to visit Jackson Rye restaurant. American style pancakes, accompanied by Southern fried chicken.

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Return of the Rude Boy

This summer I visited an exciting exhibition Return of the Rude. Somerset house was the location, showcasing portraits and actual set-pieces, including a replica barber shop. The show was cool personified and though I hate to use this word, I was suffocating in wall to wall “coolness”. Think sharply dressed men, influences of 50’s/ 60’s and 70’s fashion intertwining with urban street-style of today.

Created and curated by Dean Chalkley and Harris Elliott

Return of the Rude Boy

Return of the Rude Boy

Return of the Rude Boy

Return of the Rude Boy

Return of the Rude Boy

Return of the Rude Boy

Return of the Rude Boy

Return of the Rude Boy

Return of the Rude Boy

Return of the Rude Boy

Return of the Rude Boy

Return of the Rude Boy

Return of the Rude Boy

Return of the Rude Boy