Afternoon Tea at Cobbles Tea Room, Rye


Hi Guys,

Today's post is a little bit of a throwback to last summer, which saw me and my friends travelling across the south of England, visiting the most 'Instagrammable' locations. There were many fantastic places that we were able to see, including this beautifully quaint tea room, down a cobbled street of Rye, Kent.

Secret 'Instagrammable' Rooftop in Florence


Hey Guys,

Today marks about a year since my last big batch of travelling. After an amazing trip to Italy and then North America, I truly miss getting out and about in the world (I have been plotting and scheming my next adventure though!)
Whilst in Florence, I decided to make it my mission to find the location that had taken my breath away on Instagram time and time again. Various big fashion bloggers had done some of their best posing and pouting on a rooftop in front of the gorgeous Duomo. I found it near impossible to locate the exact rooftop. Google searches had left me high and dry and I was close to accepting that perhaps this blogger bucket list item would be left unticked...
However, as fate would have it, a couple of weeks before I was due in Florence, a male blogger, by the name of Benjarmin, happened to post that he was on that exact rooftop! A few messages later, and the location directions were mine!

My Curly Hair Care


Hey Guys,

I recently visited Just Cuts in Wandsworth for their salon opening. I thought it would be wise to disclose that they kindly sponsored some social posts from me, however, this post in not sponsored and all views are my own. 

Hello Spring!


Hello Spring!

I thought I would do a blog post to commemorate the start of this new season! With the clocks going forward over the past weekend, many people were upset at losing an hour of sleep. For me, that one hour sacrifice came with the knowledge that I would be gaining longer evenings and better lighting in my apartment, so I am here for it! 
I most definitely felt the affects of the winter on my mental health and well-being for the first time ever. I'm not sure if that is because I am more aware and connected with my mental health or if it's because I had truly never been affected before. Either way, it is a good thing to take note of in order for me to be more prepared for next year. However, for now, I am just looking ahead to sunnier days, a bit of travelling, more fashion content and longer days...

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Celebrating 3 Years of EBONI + IVORY!


It feels like only yesterday that I was writing my “Celebrating 2 Years of EBONI + IVORY” blog post, fresh from an Italian adventure, looking forward to another year in this business we call blogging. Well, here we are again. I made it through another year! *confetti canon* 
From my first press trip abroad, to working on a huge project with Kia, travelling across North America and rekindling an old romance, 2018 will certainly be a hard one to top! I have loved sharing my past year of adventures online, so here are is a roundup of my favs:

Spa Day and Afternoon Tea at Hilton Ageas Bowl



Hi Guys,

Whilst in Southampton recently, I had the pleasure of spending the afternoon at Eforea Spa, located within the Hilton Ageas Bowl Hotel. They kindly treated myself and my friend Grace to a spa day afternoon tea. 
We were lucky with the gorgeous, sunny weather. We really enjoyed soaking in the rays on the deck of the outside jacuzzi. Unfortunately the facilities themselves were extremely busy and we didn't actually manage to spend much time in the spa area at all or get an pictures, however it all looked wonderful and I would love to re-visit on a quieter day. (For reference, we arrived at approximately 11.30am on a Monday)

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


Room2 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


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. 

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

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!