Sunday, 17 March 2019

Instagram Guide to: Southampton

Sunday, 17 March 2019

Instagram Guide to: Southampton



Hey Guys,

So this weekend, the universe answered my pleas, and I was blessed with a night away from London! I was kindly invited by room2 Southampton, to stay in one of their gorgeous rooms. I took this as an opportunity to make the most of my visit with some blog posts, YouTube videos and collaborations. 

I had never been to Southampton before, nor did I know much about it, but after a few hours of google-searches, instagram geotag stalking and looking through the blog posts, I had a list of places to go and things to see that would satisfy my desire to explore, as well as my Instagram feed!



Southampton is the gorgeous port city of Hampshire, in the south of England. A 1.5 hour train ride or 2 hour coach journey from London will take you into the heart of Southampton for around £30. Famous for it's aviation heritage and being the departure point of the Titanic in 1912, Southampton has a rich history with lots to explore. What's more, Southampton is home to a large university, meaning the city is populated by lots of young people. It is for this reason I believe Southampton is home to so many wonderful bars, cafes and cool spaces that cater to the modern, aesthetic-seeking generation!
I hope this post inspires you to get up close and personal with the wonderful city that is Southampton!



Instagram Guide to: Southampton



room2 Southampton
1 Queen's Terrace, Southampton SO14 3BP


Room 2 is a gorgeous hotel. You can read more about it and view more images in this blog post. I love the decor of the public spaces, as well as the bedrooms themselves. Each nook brings a new photo backdrop, making it the perfect place for an indoor insta-sesh!


Harbar on 6th
5 Maritime Walk, Southampton SO14 3QT


I discovered Harbar on 6th after I stumbled across their instagram page. According to our Uber driver, this place is extremely popular! We asked if we would be able to take some pictures on the balcony terrace, and despite the windy conditions, the staff kindly allowed us to. We paid the price though, as the nearby yachts swayed towards us! But it was so worth it for these fab pictures on a rare sunny spring day in the UK.


Boat Docks
Maritime Walk, Southampton, SO14 3QS


The boat docks are located just below Harbar on 6th. You can take a walk around the water and stop for a quick snap as you feel like it. Unfortunately you're unable to get up close and personal with the yachts, but I think we did pretty well at getting this close! I also loved the glass apartment blocks in the same area. The sunlight was gorgeous in the middle of the day.


olive. Bar 
3 - 4 Vernon Walk, Southampton SO15 2EJ


The olive. bar needs no introduction - I mean, just look at her! This hidden gem is set amongst a few other bars on vernon walk. Don't let the graffiti and tiny alleyways put you off, this location is screams sophistication and has been touched by the hand on an interior god! 
I LOVE the colours in here. From the seating areas to the toilets, you are sure to get a great picture in olive. bar!



Andrews Park (East Park)
Above Bar St, Southampton SO14 7DW


We stumbled across this location right at the end of our trip. We had an hour to kill before our train, so made the most of it and had a mini photoshoot - outfit changes and all! The lamp posts, the benches, the roses, the bandstand and the wooden archway; this location is a gorgeous oasis in the middle of a great city.


I hope you enjoyed this mini Instagram tour of Southampton! I'm sure there are loads more locations to be found, but this is what we managed in 24 hours! Have you ever been to Southampton or any of these places?

Eb x

Images by Justina and Grace

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Thursday, 14 March 2019

Hotel Guide: room2 Southampton

Thursday, 14 March 2019

Hotel Guide: room2 Southampton


Hotel Guide: room2 Southampton


I was recently invited to experience a stay at the lovely room2 in Southampton. I was delighted at the prospect of escaping busy London for a night and head down to Southampton with a spring in my step! 

This is my honest experience of a gifted stay at room2. 

Room2 is located just opposite Queens Park and within walking distance of the national express bus station, Southampton Central train station and the main shopping centre and high street. In fact, Southampton is, generally, a very “walkable” place, which is very important to a non-driver like me! Otherwise, the Uber fares seem to be reasonable from what I saw, and the local bus routes are thorough. 


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Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Mother's Day with Moonpig

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Mother's Day with Moonpig


 Hi Guys,

Last Sunday, I had the pleasure of taking my mum along to her first ever blogging event with Moonpig! Not only was this her first foray into the world of blogger's and brand events, but it was my first time celebrating with Moonpig! The day was split into four components: Flower arranging, photo booth personalised Mother's Day cards, Afternoon tea and Cocktail making...


Flower Arranging


I'm sure I wasn't the only one who didn't realise Moonpig delivered flowers! Well, they do, and I was able to have a closer look at their wonderful arrangements at Sunday's event. They come in a couple of forms; the classic "letter box bouquet" that comes flat packed and you get to play "florist" and piece together your arrangement (which I personally enjoy). Or, you can order a big box bouquet that comes in a largish, but light box, pre-assembled, that just needs trimming and watering. The floral arrangements range in price from £18-£50 and can be ordered alone or packaged with thoughtful gifts such as wine, cards and chocolate! I have been the grateful recipient of floral deliveries in the past. they are so wonderful and special to receive. I always feel like I'm in a movie when I'm gifted flowers!


The afternoon tea was, as you can imagine, delightful! Last year, for Mother's Day, I treated my mum to a lovely afternoon tea in a hotel over-looking the Thames. It seems the theme has been continued this year when Moonpig put on this fantastic spread. I love that Moonpig offer a wonderful range of "letter box" gift packages (including an afternoon tea one) that fit right through the letter box- so if your recipient isn't home, you haven't accidentally gifted them a trip to the post office!


The Photo Booth portion of the day was super fun! I'm not sure my mum would approve of me posting the silly images of us dressed up with props and costumes, so head over to my YouTube channel to see us messing about in the dress-up box! I am looking forward to seeing the personalised card we created when it arrives!

Thank you to Moonpig for hosting such a lovely event and happy mother's day to all you wonderful mum's out there!

Eb x


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Sunday, 17 February 2019

Pan-Asian Dining with Toomai Square

Sunday, 17 February 2019

Pan-Asian Dining with Toomai Square


Hey Guys,

Last week, I was invited down to sample the Pan-Asian delights of Toomai Square. Set just a stone's throw away from the beautiful Greenwich town centre in South East London, Toomai Square is the local delight that has quickly become a favourite of mine.



This newly founded restaurant is surrounded by floor to ceiling windows, with the seating being  elegant and open-plan. I loved the modern bar, with it's art deco feel and had no problem finding a drink I liked on the bar menu...


The Lassi Pina Colada was undoubtedly one of the best Pina Colada's I have ever had! I loved the unique lassi spin on the traditional PC and it was super creamy and delicious, like a dessert! My date, Grace, went for a Flowering Jasmine Tea, which tasted great and looked even greater! How cool is that flower!


Thirst sufficiently quenched, it was time for some starters! I LOVE starters. When a restaurant has a great selection of starters, I have been known to order soley from that section! Toomai has an incredible selection, which meant we settled on three:

Tempura prawn - Batter fried prawns served with soya dip

Toomai dim sum - Delicious hand made steamed dumpling of choice (veg ,chicken , prawn ) served with herbs sauce

Thai Calamari - Calamari toasted in garlic & coriander sauce

My favourite of the three has to be the calamari. Calamari is a staple starter in my book. I will almost always go for it when it is on offer! The difference being the stunning ginger sauce that Toomai prepare their's in. It really set it apart and quicjly became my new favourite! The tempura was a close second - extremely fresh, with a crunchy shell and soft, juicy prawn. These starters not only taste incredible, but they are extremely well priced (between £4.55-£5.99)



After such wonderful starters, we couldn't wait to get our hands on the main courses. I didn't think the first few dishes could be topped - boy was I wrong! We ordered the Lamb shank massaman from the "Chef's Specials" portion of the extensive menu alongside the Prawn Pad Thai from the "Noodles". We also ordered a side of Egg Fried Rice to go with the lamb.


Lamb shank massaman - Coconut milk braised lamb in a mild home made curry with potatoes & nuts , garnished with almond flacks and pickled onions

Pad Thai - The famous stir fried rice noodle with egg, beans sprouts, tamarind sauce served with grained peanut on the side
Egg fried rice

The lamb... the lamb... how can I describe the lamb...

INCREDIBLE!!

I love coconut-based curries, but this one topped all of my experiences so far! Not only did the large, tender piece of lamb fall off the bone, but it sat in a pool of flavoursome curry with potatoes and spices. I would highly recommend going for this dish!
The Pad Thai was a great contrast to the hearty curry. It was fresh and tasty, cooked to perfection. I also feel that Toomai undersell their egg fried rice on the menu. It is not an ordinary plain egg fried rice that you would come to expect. It is packed full of flavour and herbs, standing superior to all the take-aways I've had so far! 




Finally, as if we hadn't eaten enough, we couldn't say no to a cheeky dessert! I must say, in comparison to the starters and main courses, the dessert selection fell a little short. But this was probably due the expectations set by previous courses. 
We went for a selection of coconut ice-cream (served in a coconut shell) vanilla ice-cream and strawberry. All flavours were extremely creamy and made a sweet ending to a perfect meal. 


I hope you're not too hungry after reading this! I am sat here, typing away at 9pm, wishing I had eaten my dinner before starting to write. My mouth is salivating just thinking about eating this meal again! 

If you do make a trip to Toomai square, make sure you tag them in your social media posts and let me know what you ordered and if you liked it!

Eb x
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Thursday, 14 February 2019

14 Important Steps to Self-Love

Thursday, 14 February 2019

14 Important Steps to Self-Love



Hey Guys,
With Valentines Day fast approaching, I wanted to write a post about the most important love you will ever encounter. It is the most powerful form of love and can ultimately be the root of a person's happiness. I am, of course, talking about self-love!
The journey to self-love is almost always a tough one. We are our own worst enemies and can often be more harm to ourselves than good. But with little baby-steps, I'm sure it can be easy to achieve with lots of practice!
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Wednesday, 16 January 2019

10 Things to Make You Happier in 2019

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

10 Things to Make You Happier in 2019


Hey Guys,

As January comes to a close, I am thinking about ways I can make the most out of the coming months and guarantee success in 2019. Living in the UK, the winter days are short and grey, my vitamin D intake is at an all time low and I have struggled to feel productive. That being said, I love making lists, as I find they help me get stuff done; so I decided to share my personal list of "want-to-achieve" goals, in the hopes it may inspire some of you!

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Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Relationship Status: Taken!

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Relationship Status: Taken!


Hey Guys,

I wanted to write this post as a sort of ‘update’ to my love life. I have written a few times in the past about dating, relationships and being single. In the end, I think it has always boiled down to just wanting to be happy...
...And I am! 

I recently entered into a relationship with a wonderful man, director, comedian, writer, actor, son, brother and now, boyfriend! This is my first relationship in 6 years and it has been an interesting journey, to say the least. I won’t bore (or sicken) you to death by describing just how beautiful he is, inside and out, but I do want to talk about where I am at now and how I feel about my future as a taken gal! 
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Tuesday, 4 December 2018

The Ultimate Spa Experience in the Czech Republic

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

The Ultimate Spa Experience in the Czech Republic


Hey Guys,

Today's post is extremely special. I was kindly invited by Boho Travels on a press trip to the Czech town of Karlovy Vary (also known as Carlsbad). Karlovy Vary is just a couple of hours west of Prague (where we landed) and just one hour ahead of London. We were picked up by a shuttle bus and whisked off into the Czech countryside to the beautiful spa town...
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Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Ma Petite Jamaica, Camden

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Ma Petite Jamaica, Camden



Hey Guys,

Last week I was treated to a wonderful meal, courtesy of Ma Petite Jamaica, a Caribbean-themed diner in the heart of Camden Town. I left the grey of London behind, in order to step inside the colourful, lively world of Ma Petite Jamaica...


Although we booked for 4pm, to avoid the evening rush, we still managed to arrive just in time to catch the last half an hour of a lively group party happening just a table away. There was music and joy filling the room, that gave me the idea that this would be a great place for a birthday celebration (not so much for the surrounding guests). Nethertheless, we didn't let the revellers stop us, and decided to order some drinks and starters...


We went for a plate of the BBQ Spare Ribs (£7.00) and a plate of 5 Jerk Wings (£9.50). They were generously portioned and absolutely delicious. 
There was no holding back when it came to the sauce - plenty of it and extremely tasty! I would say these two dishes were very similar, except the chicken wings were just a touch more spicy.

Jerk Wings
BBQ Spare Ribs
Two starters down and we were ready for our main courses! We ordered the Curried goat with rice n peas and fried plantain (£11.50) and the Brown stew chicken, basmati rice and coleslaw (£10.50). Both dishes came wonderfully presented and I was excited to dig in!
The brown stew was extremely tasty and moorish. I think the sauce was very similar to that used for the chicken wing starter, however, it tasted great and went well with the coleslaw and basmati rice. 
Unfortunately, although the curried goat tasted great, the dish was full of tiny, hard bones, which I have never experienced when eating curried goat before. This made it a little difficult to eat. Despite this, I still enjoyed the meal and loved the plantain. 

Curried Goat with rice n peas and plantain


Brown stew chicken, basmati rice and coleslaw

I loved my visit to Ma Petite Jamaica. As a Jamaican person myself, its great to see more commercial Caribbean restaurants popping up in London. I loved the warm, lively atmosphere of the space and would come back again to try something different from the menu!

Have you had Caribbean food before? What did you love most?

Eb x


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Friday, 16 November 2018

Harry Potter Studio Tour, London

Friday, 16 November 2018

Harry Potter Studio Tour, London



Hey Guys,

This time last week, my inner Harry Potter-fangirl was screaming with happiness as her dreams were made a reality; I finally got to go to the Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio tour in London! 
Experience-day gifting specialists, Buy a Gift, were kind enough to gift me one of their "Smart Boxes". Smart Boxes are basically a way of gifting someone a selection of experience days that the recipient can choose from. It was within the "Ultimate Time Together" Smart Box that I found the Harry Potter Studio Tour and Lunch experience and I couldn't say no!
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Saturday, 27 October 2018

Feeling Like a Failure Whilst Succeeding...?

Saturday, 27 October 2018

Feeling Like a Failure Whilst Succeeding...?

Hey Guys,

I recently attended the launch of Pandora's brand new "Reflexions" range. They were kind enough to send me one of the beautiful mesh bracelets in silver. I styled it up for this blog post, whilst being inspired by the theme of 'reflection'...
As I sit here, at my computer, many topics I could reflect on spring to mind. However, one theme in particular seems to be jumping out at me. It is the feeling that I am failing, whilst technically succeeding.

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Friday, 19 October 2018

Autumn Styling with M&S

Friday, 19 October 2018

Autumn Styling with M&S


This is a sponsored blog post in collaboration with M&S Fashion.

This week, I was invited by the team at M&S Fashion, to head to the Kings Road branch and have a go a styling some outfits for Autumn! I loved wizzing around the store, supermarket sweep style, grabbing the items that most stood out to me. 
Trolly in hand, I managed to pick up quite a few bits, which ended in two fab outfits perfect for the colder months! 

Have a look at what I picked up and how I styled them up...

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There are two types of people in this world, the ones who grab clothes and pay without trying them on and the ones who have to make sure everything looks great before purchasing! I am most definitely in the latter category! 

Outfit One


This skirt just spoke to me. Seriously, it said "buy me, buy me" so I did! I loved the fit, the colour, the length. I feel like it can be dressed up with boots or dressed down with some trainers. I love it! 

I decided to pair with a black roll neck for the cooler autumn weather, and I would probably wear some little cycling shorts underneath. However, I think this could totally work for summer too with a great white t-shirt!




Outfit Two


Outfit two came together very naturally. I love the cool-grey colour palette. I'm getting very Scandinavian vibes! The trousers are my favourite part of this outfit. The quality of the fabric is wonderful and I loved the pattern a lot! 

The grey coat comes in at a pricey £149, however, M&S coats are well known for being extremely good quality and if you stick with a timeless style, you've got a brand new winter wardrobe addition for life!





Now for the million-dollar question, which outfit team are you on? One or Two? Let me know in the comments!

Also, feel free to check out my Instagram Stories "M&S" highlight, where you can catch lot's of fun videos and pictures from the behind the scenes of this blog post!

Eb x

Images by Kitti Wells


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Tuesday, 25 September 2018

"Instagrammable" Things to See and Do in Covent Garden

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

"Instagrammable" Things to See and Do in Covent Garden


Hey Guys,

Last weekend I decided to make the most of the final summery days in London and head to one of my favourite places - Covent Garden! My love for this beautiful area began aged 12 when I used to take dance and drama classes every Sunday at Pineapple Studios on Langley Street. Then at age 18 I got my first ever job at the flagship Build a Bear store which used to sit nestled next to the Disney Store in the main square (both have since shut down- boo!) So I am no stranger to this corner of London, but it is an area that pulls me back again and again. 

Covent Garden is a place to suit every season. Come Spring and Summer, the entire piazza is covered in floral arrangements, street performers pop up on every corner and the sun's rays cuts through the square, creating beautiful golden hours. Autumn/Winter brings the most magical christmas displays with shoppers and tourists flocking to enjoy the annual giant christmas tree, the rows and rows of fairy lights and gorgeous window displays. If you are visiting London, I would highly recommend you add Covent Garden to your itinerary. I would leave between half a day to a whole day to explore. This blog post will take you on a mini Instagram-tour of the cutest spots Covent Garden has to offer. The spending money for my trip was kindly gifted by Hotels.com, but all views are my own. 

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Sunday, 19 August 2018

Love at First Sight?

Sunday, 19 August 2018

Love at First Sight?


 Hey Guys,

It has been a while since I last wrote about relationships or dating. Namely, because my love life has been a walking disaster for the past few years. I have officially been single for just over five years, so I am no stranger to the dating game. I have been through a good few experiences; from online dating, to dating guys from work. None of which (for various reasons) have been fruitful...obviously. In this post I want to talk about where I am at now, how my mentality has changed when approaching dating and how I recently discovered that all the cliché advice single people get told, may have some truth to it.
Before we get started, I want to mention zappme, a brand new dating app to hit the market! They are kindly sponsoring this post so keep reading to find out more about them!


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Monday, 13 August 2018

Chocolate Afternoon Tea at May Fair Kitchen

Monday, 13 August 2018

Chocolate Afternoon Tea at May Fair Kitchen


Hey Guys,

Happy Afternoon Tea Week!

Can you believe I have gone 26 years on this planet without realising Afternoon Tea Week existed? Afternoon Tea, for me, is a special occasion, associated with birthdays, mother's days, spa days and boujee days ;)

I teamed up with Buy a Gift for this blog post as they sent me off to the gorgeous May Fair Kitchen in London to enjoy the incredible "Charbonnel et Walker Chocolate Afternoon Tea for Two"...



Charbonnel et Walker Chocolate Afternoon Tea for Two

Featuring:
Selection of sandwiches
Chocolate scones
Flourless chocolate and orange cake
Doughnuts with chocolate sauce
Tiramisu with chocolate shavings
Charbonnel et Walker truffles
A range of coffees and loose leaf tea

We were even able to mix and match with the finger sandwiches to create our perfect selection! The chef also prepared some special vegetarian savoury treats for my guest.



I don't know about you, but my favourite element of an Afternoon Tea are the sweet treats! May Fair Kitchen do not hold back when it comes to all the lovely chocolate inspired treats! From the delicious truffles to the donuts with dipping sauce, this was a highly indulgent experience. Look how satisfying...


Thank you so much to Buy a Gift for this amazing treat! From the wonderful service, friendly staff and incredible latte's, we had an amazing afternoon at Mair Fair Kitchen and I can't wait to revisit.



If you've gotten this far, you're probably craving some chocolatey treats of your own! Well Buy a Gift are currently running a promotion to celebrate Afternoon Tea Week:

Use code TEAWEEK for 20% off Afternoon Teas.
Valid from Mon 13th August 2018 to Sun 19th August 2018 (midnight).

Treat yourself or a loved one to a delicious experience that will leave you floating off on a chocolate flavoured cloud!

Eb x


Images of Eboni by Rum Freeman

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