Hey guyssss. So before I had my office space I was working in so many different cafes/hotels and I wanted to share some of my favourite places with you. Sometimes working from home just doesn't cut it. I find that I get so inspired when I go outside and work at a nice place. If you don't work from home- these are still some cool places to check out in London! Oh btw they're all in East London for some reason? Not sure how that happened... 

CLERKENWELL GRIND

My favourite Grind has to be the Clerkenwell Grind. The decor is everything. They do great coffee, juices and brunch. I just like the vibe here, they're always playing loud music that isn't too distracting. The only downside is that there are no plug sockets so go with a full charge! 






HOXTON HOTEL

I feel like everyone in East London comes here to work. It's always packed so get there early to get a good sofa seat by the fireplace! It kind of feels like an office cos everyone else there is either working or having meetings. They have a cute lounge space at the back which is nice if you're going with other people.




ATTENDANT 

If Hoxton Hotel is full just cross the street to Attendant. A trendy little cafe full of plants and both avocado toast and Nutella toast on the menu. Perfect. 






APRÉS FOOD CO. 

I discovered this place randomly when I was in the area. The shop sign says 'Make friends with food' so I was like OK, saw the cakes in the window and dived right in. They have USB/plug sockets above every seat which is so handy and I think every place needs to jump on this. Everything is healthy and refined sugar-free. The chocolate brownies are life-changing. Seriously. They're so good I had an Uber pick some up to take to a friends house. The decor is super cute - it's the perfect place for a laptop date.





PALM VAULTS

Probably the most hyped place on Instagram RN but with good reason. If you're veggie/healthy/vegan/pink obsessed and you haven't been here yet - you're missing out! They have always have amazing cakes, smoothies and brunch. Also, the decor is cool af. 






If you guys know of any cool places let me know! 

S x



CUTE PLACES TO WORK FROM IN LONDON

21 May 2017


Ahh Lisbon. Such a cute, sunny city. I'm writing this as it pours down with rain here in London. I need the sun back in my life. It's crazy how the majority of places I want to visit in the world is now influenced by Instagram. I noticed so many people on my feed in Lisbon recently and it looked like such a cool city. I'd already been to Algarve and loved it so I knew I'd love Lisbon too. So many people gave me tips on where to go before I left and as always I did a lot of research so here is my city guide for Lisbon...

EAT

Zero Zero Pizzeria

Rua da Escola Politécnica 32,
 1250-102 Lisboa, Portugal

If you love pizza (who doesn't?) then you need to eat here. This place was right near our hotel so it was the first place we tried out and it was so good we went back...twice. The pizza is just so authentic and I know we probably should've been trying more Portuguese food but we just couldn't help it. I'm yet to find pizza this good in London. 


Heim Café
Rua Santos-O-Velho, 
2 e 4, 1200-109 Lisboa, Portugal

We came to this cute little cafe for breakfast. They had a mixture of healthy and not so healthy brunch options so it's perfect for everyone. I went for the Green Brunch which came with avocado toast, 2 fried eggs, salad, granola yoghurt pot, fruit salad and an orange juice. All for 8 euros. So good for when you can't decide on what to have - just get a bit of everything! My sister went for the waffles which were also mouth-wateringly good. 




 Pasteis des Belem
R. Belém 84-92,
 1300-085 Lisboa, Portugal

It's super touristy but if you're a fan of the Portuguese tarts you need to get a box from here as it was the original bakery from the 1800s. There's always a queue outside but it goes pretty fast. I'm literally obsessed with these little custards tarts now. 



Cafe Nicolau 
R. São Nicolau 15,
 1100-026 Lisboa, Portugal

I found this place on Instagram and it looked like such a cool LA style healthy cafe. Get there early for a seat outside. I had the acai bowl here and it was so filling and tasted amazinggg. Don't worry - they also do english breakfasts and pancakes ;)




STAY

Casa Oliver Boutique Hotel
Praça do Príncipe Real 25,
 1250-096 Lisboa, Portugal

I love finding boutique hotels with character and cute details. This place was decorated to perfection. I requested the room with 3 terrace windows and it was such a nice, spacious room. The room looked so grand with it's deep red velvet curtains, chandelier and high ceilings. Rustic wooden floors with mid-century furniture. 

The hotel was located in Principe Real which is about a 10-15 walk to main stations (Rossio + Rato). Just to warn you - Lisbon is built on a hill so be prepared for some seriously steep uphill walking. The area itself is up and coming with restaurants and boutiques but not somewhere I'd recommend going - unless you're going to the pizzeria of course. 







DO

Quinta de Regaleira - Sintra

Sintra is somewhere you just have to visit when you're in Lisbon. Dedicate a whole day to it if you can. We took the train there (1 hour journey) and used the hop on hop off buses to get around. It's a HUGE place so make sure you research and decide where you want to go beforehand. We took the bus right up to the very top of the mountain to see the castle (insane views) and then hiked our way through the forest down to Quinta de Regaleira. There's a beautiful waterfall, caves and so many exotic plants - it's literally heaven if you're a nature gal. Tip: Wear comfortable shoes/trainers. I made the mistake of wearing sliders and was dying from the 5 hour trek.





Cascais Beach

Sometimes you need a break from all the exploring so we spent a half day at Cacais Beach. It was an hour train journey away from our hotel, just underneath Sintra. It's a small, sandy beach and wasn't packed at all. Take a towel or sunbathe on the beds. There's also a really nice cove - great spot for taking photos. And yes, that is me wearing head to toe black on the beach in 26 degrees heat. 



Jardim Botanico - Belem

Belem is one of the top touristy places to go as the monastery is there as well as the famous pastry shop. We didn't get a chance to go inside the monastery as you need a good couple of hours but it looks beautiful from photos I've seen. We decided to go to the botanical gardens because plants are life. It was 2€ entry and we loved it. It literally felt like I was on an exotic island. The palm trees as you come in are amazing - so instagrammable. There were also so many different types of birds, peacocks and cats - crazy cat lazy alert. 




   Belem is also where you will find the PINK MCDONALDS OMG. My sister spotted it and I got way too excited. I'd seen pictures on pinterest but didn't think it actually existed! No one else really seemed to care but me haha. Most of the buildings in Lisbon are pink. Probably why it's such a trendy city RN.


Memmo Alfama
Tv. Merceeiras 27,
1100-348 Lisboa, Portugal

For those that want a bit of nightlife, Alfama is a good area for bars. Memmo is a group of hotels in Lisbon with really cool terraces and amazing views over Lisbon. 


Basically, you need to go to Lisbon. We stayed there for 3 and a half days and I think one more day would've been perfect to really see everything as there's so much to do! The whole city is so picturesque from the pretty buildings to the narrow streets and greenery. Hope this helped any of you that are thinking to go!

S x


LISBON CITY GUIDE

1 May 2017


I often get asked about my haircare routine and what I use to style my hair so I wanted to share the products I've been using that have totally changed my hair game.


I'm a big fan of using oils in my hair so I knew I had to try this product out. I started using it in December and have already noticed a big difference. As the ends of my hair have been bleached they tend to be a lot drier and brittle than the rest of my hair. I use a couple drops of Gisou on the mid length to ends of my towel-dried hair and let it air dry naturally. It dries silky smooth with little to no frizz, and it looks as if I've blow dried my hair! Once I've styled my hair with a curling iron I'll add a couple more drops to the ends for extra shine. I love how weightless the formula is and it smells amazing too! I honestly have to stop myself from touching my hair so much as it's so soft! 

Honey, being the main ingredient straight from the Mirsalehi family bee garden, contains several amino acids, minerals and vitamins to help repair damaged hair and stimulate growth. It's fast become my essential hair product, I've used it almost everyday and there's still so much left in the bottle. The packaging aesthetic is beautiful; a glass bottle with gold detail presented in a pink floral box with a mini book that goes into more detail about the family bee garden and the inspiration behind the product. If all of that hasn't sold you already, the oil is created by Negin Mirsalehi - the ultimate hair goddess. They have also released a propolis heat protection spray that I definitely need to get my hands on! 




My hair may look thick as there's a lot of it but it is actually quite fine, meaning it doesn't last longer than 2 days before it's time to wash it again. Let's be honest, no one has time for that. I needed a dry shampoo that would be give me that extra day of clean looking and feeling hair. I finally tried the OUAI dry shampoo after years of using drugstore types and immediately fell in love. It leaves your hair feeling as though you've just washed it and with no grey/white powdery residue. It doesn't feel heavy or chalky at all. I also love using it before styling my hair to add volume and texture to my roots. It's honestly the best dry shampoo I've used yet. It's paraben free and leaves a subtle fresh scent to your locks. Perfect for using on sweaty hair after a workout too! The brand OUAI is created by Jen Atkin, the hair genius so you know you can't go wrong! I can't wait to try the new dry shampoo foam they've just released. 

OUAI Wave Spray

As most of you will know, I love curling and waving my hair. Some days I like really curly hair and some days I'm in the mood for a relaxed tousled wave. I spritz the wave spray in my styled hair from the mid length down and scrunch it to create messier texture. It doesn't leave your hair sticky or crunchy - it doesn't even feel like you have any product in your hair but it does definitely add volume and a fresh summery scent. Sometimes I even use it as a hair perfume for the times where my hair has soaked up a nasty food smell - we've all been there. If your hair is naturally wavy, use the Gisou oil on damp hair for it to dry silky smooth and add the wave spray for that 'just walked out of the ocean' beachy hair texture. I can't wait to use this on holiday! 




S x

HAIR PRODUCTS YOU NEED IN YOUR LIFE

5 February 2017


Working from home is becoming more and more popular now (thanks to the internet) and there are a lot of pros and cons to it. I've been working from home for just under a year so I wanted to share some tips with you that I've learnt along the way..

MAKE A SPACE

For too long I was working without an actual designated work space. I would work from my bed, the sofa in the living room (I still do this sometimes) and not actually have a desk/work area. This is so important for separating your personal life from your work life. I found that as soon as I had an office area, I was so much more organised, productive and motivated. You don't even need to have a separate room, just a corner in your room to start off with will make all the difference. 

MAKE A WORK SCHEDULE

This is so important if you want to make sure you get your work done efficiently. I've only just implemented a schedule recently, but before I would start late and work through the night because I wasn't managing my time properly. I decided to make a rota spreadsheet starting my work day at 8am so that I could get everything done and still have time for myself in the evenings. Every Sunday I check the calendar to plan my week and each morning I write a list of tasks that need to be done that day. It just means I don't wake up feeling unorganised and not knowing where to start.

TAKE BREAKS

Sometimes I get so into what I'm doing and forget to take a lunch break or I'll make something quick and eat it whilst working. I try to take a 30 minute lunch break after I've finished a task so that it's out of the way. Put your phone and emails away and watch an episode of your favourite TV show or anything to take your mind off work. Don't ever feel guilty about taking a break either! Let your brain recharge and you'll notice how much more productive you are. 

DONT WEAR YOUR PYJAMAS ALL DAY

The best part of working from home is being in comfy clothes all day. Wearing pyjamas can be fun every now and then but I find that it can make me feel sluggish and lazy. Invest in some cosy loungewear or wear your gym clothes - anything that separates workmode from sleepmode.  

GET RID OF DISTRACTIONS

There are a lot of distractions when working from home, whether it's doing the washing or being on social media for too long - it's all too easy to get too carried away. If your job revolves around social media like mine then it can be a lot more challenging to keep away from scrolling on Twitter and constantly refreshing Snapchat. Try switching off all notifications or keep your phone in another room for the time you don't need it. Personally, I need some kind of background noise when I'm working so I listen to a motivating playlist or work from a local coffee shop every now and then.

MAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF

It's so easy to get caught up in your work - especially if it's your own business, and sometimes you don't know when to stop. Give yourself at least one day off a week and schedule in holiday dates, like you would with a normal job. Being self employed can get lonely so it's important to be around your friends and family when you can. Make time for Netflix and Chill (literally chill). Surround yourself with people that inspire you. Work to live, don't live to work.

I hope these tips helped any of you badass girlbosses that work from home! 

S x




WORKING FROM HOME TIPS #1

22 January 2017



My main resolution for this year is self-care. This could be anything from regular pedi's, facial treatments to a good skincare routine, so I wanted to share some of the products that I've been loving so far.

If I'm honest, skincare hasn't always been a priority to me until recently. Some nights I would just use wipes to remove my make-up and I hardly ever used moisturiser - SO bad I know.

I was on the hunt for a good cleanser and I remembered using a Omorovicza cleansing balm sample last year and loved how gentle but effective it was. I now use the Foaming Cleanser and Thermal Cleansing Balm for a double cleanse in the evenings.

The foaming cleanser leaves your face feeling smooth and clean without stripping it from it's natural oils and leaving your skin dry. It's perfect for removing every bit of make-up (even Estee Lauder Double Wear!). Afterwards, I use the cleansing balm, made form Hungarian Moor mud which comes with a cute mini spatula to scoop out the balm and also a mini face towel to wash it off with. This honestly makes your skin feel like you've just had a spa facial as it leaves a silky-smooth layer of moisture on your face. I've been using the cleansers for over a month now and can see a difference in the texture of my skin and it's definitely a lot more radiant than before.

Let me know if any of you have tried any Omorovicza products - the BB cream is on my list!

S x







SKINCARE: OMOROVICZA CLEANSERS

15 January 2017



I feel like I should explain why I stopped posting regularly on social media lately. There are a few reasons and I won't go into all of them as I like some things to stay private. Sorry in advance for the essay.

2016: The year of realising stuff

30 November 2016



We took a lot of videos whilst we were in Santorini so we thought we'd put all the clips together and make a short video! Hope you guys enjoy it :)

S x



SANTORINI VLOG 2016

19 November 2016

West East Suites | Santorini

31 October 2016














Let's start off with the interior. I mean look at it. Have you ever seen a salon so instagrammable? I love the Beverly Hills hotels vibes mixed with Tom Dixon, rose gold and marble details. The bar is stocked with cute pink coffee mugs and cocktail glasses for those mermaid martinis!

If any of you saw my balayage at Taylor Taylor post then you will know that it was Samantha Cusick who slayed my hair and now she has her very own salon in Notting Hill - serious #girlboss.

I went in last week as my hair needed a refresh and I wanted to go slightly darker and more ash toned. Samantha worked her magic (with Olaplex of course) and I was left with ash bronde wavy locks. I'm not usually a fan of how other salons style my hair as it's always too bouncy and old fashioned (no shade) but I LOVED the way Adam styled my hair with straighteners.

If you're looking for a new hair colourist/stylist I would definitely recommend the balayage queen Samantha Cusick. The whole experience at the SCL salon is amazing!

S x

http://www.samanthacusicklondon.com/








BALAYAGE AT SAMANTHA CUSICK LONDON

23 September 2016

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