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Travels: South Africa

24 Mar

Yes people, I’ve been away on my jollies for the last few weeks. I had the pleasure of visiting Johannesburg, South Africa and Zanzibar, Tanzania.

Here’s a little photobomb of what I got up to in Joburg:

intercontinental sandton poolThe Lush Rooftop Pool at the Intercontinental Hotel, Sandton

casalinga weddingMy cousin’s beautiful red and white wedding at Casalinga Joburg

wedding outfitShameless selfie of What I Wore to the Wedding (taken in the Venue’s ladies room!):

Topshop White Blazer

American Apparel Coral Lace and Chiffon Dress

Gold Topshop Sandal Heels

Pearls (from a charity shop)

cub

Hanging out with a little Lion at the Lion Park.

scarface lionwhite lion

Do these two remind anyone else of Mufasa and Scar from the Lion King?!

giraffe

Also discovered how large a giraffe actually is!

My Lion Park outfit consisted of:

Neutral t-shirt: Monki

Khaki shorts: River Island

Little tan bag: Primark

Tan ballet pumps: Dune

Beige Cardigan: H&M

Ombre Tortoiseshell Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters

It was a very short trip to South Africa (just the weekend – sad face) and I’d love to go back and visit Cape Town as I’ve heard it’s absolutely spectacular. My family and I jetted to Zanzibar next and you’ll be finding out all about that in my next post so stay tuned!

Have you ever been up close with big cats? I was pretty petrified! Haha.

Has anyone had any memorable trips to Africa? It’s pretty different to our very own LDN to say the least.

LDNshopaholic xxx

How to: Make a Cheesecake

12 Dec

I recently made my very first cheesecake and as it was such a success I felt the need to share it with you all. It’s from the book Cake Magic by Kate Shirazi and I purchased this from TK Maxx – I highly recommend you checking out their recipe book section as there are some serious bargains to be had (this was £5.99! RRP £14.99).

You’ll need:

100g unsalted butter (melted)

100g chocolate digestives crushed

100g ginger biscuits crushed

900g cream cheese

175g caster sugar

4 large free range eggs (beaten)

150g raspberries (frozen or fresh)

Instructions:

Pre-heat the oven to 160 degrees celsius. Grease and line a 20cm cake tin and wrap it in kitchen foil.

Pour the melted butter over the biscuit crumbs and stir to make a sandy mixture. Tip into the tin, press down with the back of a spoon and pop the tin in the fridge to firm it up.

Beat the cream cheese and caster sugar then add the eggs (I did this gradually). Distribute the mistureon top of the biscuit base, then pop the raspberries on top and push them down slightly until you feel they are equally distributed throughout the cake.

Put the tin in a roasting tin (or another dish – I used a glass one) and pour enough water to come halfway up the cake tin. Bake for about 45 minutes or until the cheesecake has set but still has a good wobble in the middle ( 1-2 hours in my oven!).

Take the tin out of the bain marie and leave to cool. (I left mine to cool outside for couple of hours but would recommend cooling it overnight).

TA DA! All done. It does seem quite complicated but it was really very simple to make (and cost effective too!). And boy was it scrummy, even if it still was a little warm in the middle!

What’s your favourite cake recipe? I do love a bit of baking and would love to try some new recipes.

Let me know your thoughts on my inclusion of lifestyle posts, as you may be seeing more of them in the future.

LDNshopaholic xxx

Event: Night at the Museum

31 Oct

So on Friday night I had the pleasure of attending Lates at Natural History Museum. With no idea what to expect, I took the boyfriend along to see what it was all about. Firstly, we stopped off for dinner at the amazing Crémerie Crêperie which appears to be my favourite South Kensington eatery!

Then we hit the museum which is all ceremoniously lit up (not sure whether this is for Halloween or Christmas?):

Inside the famous Diplodocus Central hall was buzzing – there’s a bar and live music throughout the event:

We had a good old browse around the birds section and saw a whole lot of fossils too! Slightly more dated and a bit creepier was the insect area…. not for the faint hearted! And of course there’s the renowned Dinosaur gallery which really is quite incredible:

These sections of the museum were fairly quiet, but their current exhibition Wildlife Photographer of the Year was totally sold out. I’d definitely recommend it, there are some really impressive photos taken by both professionals and joe average (I’m going to try and enter next year!). Here are just a few of my favourites:

Also in attendance was The Campsite, a pop up creative arts area outside the museum with Campervans, caravans and tents. Here you can watch a Wildlife movie in Lionel the white Campervan or tell a Natural History related story in the Archivist van. (Popping up until November 2nd!).

What I Wore (ever so casual):

Grey Woolly Jumper – H&M

Leather Jacket –  Zara

Jeans – Topshop

Tartan Scarf – Car Boot Sale

Red Bobble Hat – Primark

Maroon Converse (not hi tops!) – Office

Grey Textured Shoulder Bag – All Saints

The next Lates at the Natural History Museum (and last of the series) will be taking place on 30th November. If you are looking for an unusual place to go on a date or after work drinks with colleagues/friends, this is ideal! It’s also open throughout the week for a more traditional museum visit, and my favourite festive ice rink opens there on Friday!

Have you been to any good exhibitions lately? I’m a bit of a geek when it comes to museums and galleries, and love them nearly as much as shopping!

LDNshopaholic xxx

Event: Seven Dials Covent Garden Shopping Evening

25 Apr

It’s been a while since I featured an event but this is not one to miss! On Thursday 26th April (tomorrow!), Seven Dials and sister destination St Martin’s Courtyard will be hosting an exclusive shopping evening where participating stores will be offering 20% off between 5-9pm… yes 20% off! Eeee!

Stores involved offering 20% off include American Apparel, Bare Escentuals, Banana Republic, Barbour, Coco De Mer, Cos, Diesel, Fred Perry, Jaeger London, Kiehl’s, Office, Orion London, Orla Kiely, Neal’s Yard Remedies, Poste Mistress, Shu Uemura, Tatty Devine, Twenty8Twelve, Urban Outfitters and Wolsey plus many more. The impressive list of participating stores can be found here.

AND…. As part of Seven Dials’ new partnership with MasterCard’s Priceless London, the first 200 shoppers to spend over £100 on their MasterCard card will receive a free luxury goodie bag to be collected on the night. AND… there’s a pop-up bar in St Martin’s Courtyard serving complimentary drinks for shoppers, and on top of that… 100 shoppers selected at random will be presented with a golden ticket entitling them to a gift worth £5 to £150 from participating stores. Oh this all sounds like so much fun!

How does one get this discount you ask? All you have to do is download a ‘Seven Dials and St Martin’s Courtyard Shopping Voucher’ here, print it out and take it along with a list of participating stores and venues.

Let me know what you do with your 20% off… I’d definitely recommend Pix Bar, which I went to last night, a brilliant concept… help yourself to little plates of tapas whilst drinking amazing wine or delicious classic cocktails

LDNshopaholic xxx

p.s. you can find the boring (but important) Terms and Conditions here!

Trendwatch: Shopper-holic

1 Nov

Is it just me or has the shopper taken over the fashion scene? I’m a big bag lover and find the shopper (also sometimes called the ‘tote’) ever so functional whilst being stylish too. At the higher end is the Louis Vuitton Everfull (£500 upwards)… such a timeless piece:

Then we have the classic Longchamp which is casual yet fashion conscious and comes in at a more affordable price (£75 upwards)

The High Street has it’s own range of shopper style bags which I’m loving:

Top Row (L-R) River Island Snake Print Shopper (£45), Mango Knot Handle Shopper (£30) and ASOS Suede And Leather Pocket Shopper (£85)

Bottom Row (L-R) ASOS Leather 70s Shopper (£60), Whistles Dorina Tote Bag (£295), ASOS Colour Block Shopper (£20)

Topshop also has a great range to mention but a few (click on the image for a larger, clearer photo):

The Topshop leather Brogue shoppers are made of the softest leather whilst the Felt are very practical and hardwearing. The shoppers really do make excellent book bags which would be a great excuse for students wanting some retail therapy!

What’s your tote of choice? I’m so torn trying to decide which one to buy, any opinions would be greatly appreciated!

LDNshopaholic xxx

A Style all her Own

24 Jul

I was deeply saddened to hear the news of Amy Winehouse’s death. Such a loss of life and talent. She had a unique voice and an equally unique sense of style.

Almost unrecognisable in the early days. The hoop earrings, red lips and eyeliner flicks became part of her permanent look:

My favourite Amy outfit – at The Brits in 2007. What a dress (yes, it’s Preen!), and although slim I think her figure looks fabulous. I’m loving the quirky red accessories to match her lippie.

Amy pioneered the head scarf look which has become much more mainstream in previous years. I know I’ll think of Amy whenever I put a headscarf on…

I also love the gold necklace/belt here combined with the quirky polka dot braces. Her white vest top and on show bra-strap also became part of her staple look. I know her look isn’t for everyone, but I personally love her confidence in the way she dressed. She wasn’t bothered about what people said about her, she was just her.

Although she was a provocative dresser, it seemed obvious to me that she dressed for herself and no-one else.

Even as a curvier girl she wasn’t afraid to show off her figure (LOVE the dress – so sexy!):

And who can forget THAT hair:

Her oversized black beehive was a style statement and a half. It was became synonymous with her, and created an unforgettable, caricature-like, image.

R.I.P. Amy… you will live on through your timeless music.