So, my first Sunday Summary of 2016! And, erm, it’s not a very good one because I haven’t really done much this week haha! But there won’t be a Sunday Summary next week (10th January) because I’ll be travelling back from San Diego, so I wanted to check in.

Disney On Ice

This was basically the highlight of my week – Disney On Ice at The O2 with my lovely friend SJ.

Before the show we ate from the bargain £12.95 2 course menu at Busaba Eathai which I really enjoyed – I’ve never been to a Busaba Eathai before, which is surprising as I love thai food and they’re everywhere.

I hadn’t been sure what to expect from the show but I really enjoyed it! It was really cute and featured performances from Toy Story, The Little Mermaid, Frozen and Cars, as well as appearances by Minnie, Mickey, Donald and a few others.

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Quite predictably, my favourite were The Little Mermaid and Frozen!

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The amount of merch on offer was crazy! Nothing seemed really branded ‘Disney On Ice’, it was more toys focused around the Disney characters featured in the show.

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SJ did treat me to this awesome Ariel cup filled with the most difficult to eat slush ever though!

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The slush cups came in a choice of Ariel, Frozen (Ana one side, Elsa the other) and Olaf. I loved how the Olaf one looked a bit like you’re eating his brain!

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I’m definitely going to be taking my niece when the show comes back to London in Spring for their Silver Anniversary Celebration at Wembley Arena! You can book tickets here.

New Years Eve

Now, you might be surprised to hear (since people generally are!) that I did ABSOLUTELY NOTHING on New Years Eve. Both myself and my dog, Moose, are scared of fireworks so I spent the evening in bed watching movies and getting doggy cuddles. I also had a bottle of bourbon. It was actully pretty perfect.

Here’s a New Years Eve selfie, for you, haha!

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How awesome is my Grill Em All tshirt though? Which reminds me, I still need to write a review post about that place. Because it was AWESOME.

Veganuary

So with January 1st came Veganuary. I did a big post about this on the day so I won’t babble on about it again. Basically, I’m going vegan for a month. Check back on 1st February to see how it went!

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Well, that’s all from me for a bit – my next summary post will be on Sunday 17th January.

L xx

All photos my own.

Yes, I know, I skipped a week! But it’s been a bit of a busy fortnight so I’ve been a bit slack on my blogging – I’ve had my birthday, a trip to Paris, Christmas… But the main reason I’ve been a bit quiet is that I’ve focused on a few job interviews I’ve had (and yes, they went well!). So here are a few things I got up to over the last fortnight…

Le Bun Brunch at The Zetter

To be honest, it’s a small miracle that I haven’t yet posted about Le Bun since, in my humble opinion, they’re the most exciting thing on the London food scene (okay, I may have given them a little mention in my post about National Burger Day, but trust me, they deserve a post all of their own!).

I make a point of visiting Le Bun at their every venture, and I was extra specially excited to visit their residency at The Zetter in Clerkenwell for brunch, to try their Bloody Mary with cheeseburger garnish after I saw pictures of it on social media. So on Sunday 13th myself and a date went for an early brunch (followed by some drinks at the new Brewdog nearby). It did not disappoint.

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I ate so much – after starting with the Bloody Mary, I had their delicious Truffles & Waffles (I’ve eaten a mini version of this before, it’s one of my favourite street food dishes – so I couldn’t resist a full sized version!). I also ‘shared’ (by shared I mean I ordered it ‘to share’ but ate it myself) an avocado benedict.

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If you get a chance to try Le Bun do it! They currently have a burger van at Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park until January 4th.

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes and The Bronx at Brooklyn Bowl

This is actually the first gig I’ve been to at Brooklyn Bowl (inside the O2 in Greenwich) and it’s now one of my favourite venues! We had a meal in their diner pre-gig, which was a bit of a waste of time as they also catered the VIP area for the show, so I really had my fill of their (delicious) French bread pizza.

Anyway, it was a really great evening – I’m a big fan of Frank Carter and his various ventures (except Pure Love, they really weren’t my thing) and this was my first time seeing him with The Rattlesnakes.

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And The Bronx are one of my favourite live acts. It was also great to catch up with a couple of old friends.

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Winter Wonderland

Every year I visit Winter Wonderland on the Friday afternoon before Christmas, it’s been a tradition for as long as I can remember.

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I was actually really pleased to see that Winter Wonderland was a little less commercial than the past couple of years – it started to get a lot of stands for larger brands to just give out non Christmassy samples and promotions. This year it seemed to have a bit more of a German Christmas market feel again, although there were still a lot of fairground rides.

Look how pretty Hyde Park looks…

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The Bavarian Village is predictably my favourite bit – I’m not sure why there was a giant with a bird there this year? Given my heritage, if it’s a Bavarian thing I really should know, so if anyone can enlighten me…?

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I actually popped back to Winter Wonderland on the Saturday too, with Luisa (Eat Sleep Luisa Repeat) where she purchased (without me knowing at the time) some beautiful red rose lights for my Christmas gift. We ate pretzels and drank cider before heading back to hers to exchange gifts with the other (non-blogger) member of our friendship trio, Georgia.

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Yelp’s Festive Afternoon Tea at Ma’ Plucker

Before meeting Luisa to go to Winter Wonderland on Saturday 19th, I went along to Ma’Plucker in Soho to have a festive afternoon tea with the guys from Yelp. I’ve really got into Yelping lately – it’s so much more than just a review site. I strongly recommend checking out their events, as they have some really cool stuff on – like this afternoon tea, which was complimentary.

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I had such a great time and will be giving a full review shortly, but you can have a little preview on the Yelp site if you’re interested! If you’re on Yelp, or want to join, feel free to add me as a friend – you can find my profile here.

The Glam Clam

It was a busy Saturday! In the evening I was fortunate to have been a guest of Design My Night for an evening at The Glam Clam – a pop up jazz club and drag cabaret in Tufnell Park, with a dinner menu by Gizzi Erskine. It was pretty special and you can read more about it here.glamclam

Birthday Lunch at BoxPark

Sunday 20th December was my 28th birthday. As it’s so close to Christmas I never do anything for my birthday – this year I just had a quiet lunch at BoxPark in Shoreditch. We had a couple of vegetarians/vegans with us, so the layout of BoxPark made it really easy to keep everyone happy!

I had a festive pizza from Voodoo Rays,  with pigs in blankets on!

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Paris

Obviously, I’ll post about my three day mini holiday to Paris seperately, but for now just know I went, okay!

How awesome is this Disney toy tree at St Pancras…?

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Christmas

Christmas is a tricky time of year for me, as I have pretty much no family, and this year I’m single at Christmas. But, for the second year in a row, I volunteered on Christmas Day for the Rotary Club, serving Christmas dinner to the elderly at Battersea Evolution.

You won’t see any haul posts from me – I don’t really have anyone to give me gifts, although, as I mentioned above, myself, Luisa and Georgia did exchange them this year. It’s cool though, believe it or not I’m not a very materialistic person, and I find volunteering at Christmas really rewarding.

So that’s my life lately, sorry it was such a long post, but it was a fortnights worth! I’m sorry I haven’t updated the blog much recently – I mentioned earlier that I had a couple of job interviews. Well, I was successful in both, and have been offered a new opportunity by my current employer, so I’ve been focusing my thoughts on making the correct career choice. I think I’m finally almost at a decision!

I hope my readers have had a lovely festive period (yes, I know, it isn’t quite over yet!) and I will be making more of an effort to blog regularly for 2016, I promise! I already have some cool things lined up, including a January trip to San Diego so watch this space!

L xx

All photos my own.

I don’t have a lot to say this week really, as I was away for work in Birmingham for a few days, which annoyingly meant I missed out on some really cool events!  That’s adult life though, I guess…

Yes, another tattoo…

Yeah, I know, I’ve had a few recently! I tend to do that – go for ages without getting any, then a load in one go. There were the Friday 13th ones, and the rose on my calf (that still isn’t healing well) – and this one is a Disney inspired rose and snow globe by Paula Castle at Nevermore Tattoo in Daventry.

This is my second tattoo by Paula, and I love it so much, it turned out even nicer than I imagined it! It’s on the back of my thigh, and fits really nicely just below the bottom of my koi side piece. I want to fill that thigh up with random thngs I love, and I’m already in talks with Paula about another addition early next year.

Paula is one of my favourite tattooists – she’s so talented and her ideas are so fresh and original. If you want someone who will think outside the box, she’s perfect. And being outside London her rates are really reasonable. She’s also a lovely, lovely person.

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La Roche Posay Christmas Party

La Roche Posay are a brand who looks after their bloggers – they have gatherings throughout the year and they’re always so fun. This one was held in the basement bar of Carousel in Mayfair – I’m a big fan of this venue and they host some awesome pop ups.

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Not only was it a lovely party with great canapes and free flowing cocktails, it was also the launch of a couple of new La Roche Posay products – the Effaclar BB Blur and the Hydraphase Intense Serum, both of which we were kindly gifted, along with one of my favourites of their products, Serozinc.

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La Roche Posay has been a favourite of mine for a long time, their products are one of few that actually seem to keep my skin at bay. And I’m a big fan of BB creams, as I tend to favour a natural look, so I’m excited to give Effaclar BB Blur a go! I went for shade fair/light but it’s also available in light/medium.

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Big Blogging Christmas Party

On Saturday I attended this event arranged by Souers De Luxe at Finch’s in Moorgate with Luisa Christie (Eat Sleep Luisa Repeat), Lauren (Saharasplash), Chan (Like Cupcake Chan) and Lily.

Loads of brands had stands, including Lash Perfect who I’m a big fan of (thanks for the lashes!), Blogosphere magazine, and Miglio Jewellery (who gifted us some lovely earrings) amongst others. There was also a pretty decent goody bag.

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I was also gifted this super cute illustration of me on a keyring from Aloha Lola Cards!

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So that’s it for this week, but I have a way more exciting week coming up next…

L xx

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Last week I started a little round up of my life post series, it seemed to go down pretty well so I’m going to keep it going, at least for a bit!

This week was a pretty good week, I had a couple of cool blogger events, met some awesome new people and caught up with good friends I hadn’t seen for a while.

An evening with Frank & Jack Daniels

You know by now that I like a bit of JD, right? So obviously I had a fantastic time at an event celebrating 100 years of Sinatra, featuring a showing of the original Oceans 11 movie, some Blackjack and free flowing Whisky Sours and Sinatra Century whisky. More about this on the blog soon.

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SuperDry party with Idris Elba

Well, this one was a bit of a let down – but at least I had some good company, including my blogger friend Lauren of Saharasplash.

If you aren’t aware, Idris launched a range of mens clothing with Superdry this week, and we went along to the launch party. Idris made a brief appearance with a bunch of male models on arrival, but afterward was nowhere to be seen. There were complimentary Asahi beers and terrible cocktails but the venue (the Superdry store on Regent Street) was overcrowded and it just wasn’t fun.

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Thanksgiving Dinner

We went straight from Superdry to Thanksgiving Dinner at The Breakfast Club, so Thursday evening got a lot better! Good food, great company, and worth of its own post so watch this space.

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The Independent Label Market

I was up way too early for a Saturday morning to be first in line at the Exit Records stand at the Independent Label Market at Old Spitalfields Market. My Californian friend Davis is a vinyl collector, so I was sent to haggle for rare test presses – I think I did pretty well, leaving with £173 worth of vinyl!

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Expressing my inner Barista with Nespresso & Currys PC World

Now I’m not the biggest coffee drinker, so I wasn’t sure how this one would turn out, but I had such a good time at this Joe Blogs organised event at The Fable in Farringdon. The Johnny Walker and Kraken cocktails were obviously the highlight! But I did also learn a little about coffee…

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Bring Me The Horizon

Every time BMTH are playing in or around London I think it’s pretty safe to say I’ll be there, and this time I trekked all the way to Alexandra Palace in Muswell Hill to see my favourite band. As usual, they didn’t disappoint.

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So that’s my week in a few paragraphs! Anyone get up to anything good?

L xx

All photos my own.

I’ve been thinking about doing a little round up of my week type post for a while – it’s a chance to mention things that may not warrant their own post, and give my readers a little look into my (not overly exciting) life.

No better time to start than the present, so here goes!

A couple more tattoos…

Remember me mentioning a little ice cream I was going to get on Friday 13th but didn’t? Well I went back to Laura Gascoyne at Never Say Die in Croydon on Tuesday and had it as a little gap filler to the side of my right breast. It’s super cute. Sorry for the blurry pic!

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I adore Laura – she’s an apprentice but she does a fantastic job and she’s so creative. We came up with some cool ideas for a new piece for me in the New Year, I’m excited!

And on Wednesday I went back to Haunted in Holloway for my first tattoo on my lower legs – a bleeding rose done by Math on the back of my right calf. I love it, but it hurt like a bitch at first (although I managed to nap half way through so it can’t have been that bad!). I’m going back again soon to have a matching one done on my left calf.

My calf is taking its sweet time to heal, so isn’t exactly photogenic just yet – so instead have a pic of the sketch of the idea, courtesy of Math.

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Picture by Math/EvenMoreBlack

The Owls Are Not What They Seem

As a Twin Peaks fan, I couldn’t pass up the chance to go to this immersive dinner performance and pop up bar in Farringdon. You can read all about it here.

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Sonos event

On Saturday I attended a preview event for the new Sonos PLAY:5 speakers at the Sonos Studios in Shoreditch, in conjunction with Joe Blogs. I’ll write more about the event soon – it was very hands on, involving a fun, silly speaker building workshop. And I also discovered their cafe which I loved!

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Dinerama

You know I love my food, right? Well street food is my favourite and there’s no better way for me to spend an evening than eating, drinking and catching up with friends at one of Londons many street food arenas. As a prequel to Luisa from Eat Sleep Luisa Repeat‘s birthday celebrations, a few of us went to Dinerama in Shoreditch.

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This was my first visit to Dinerama since they added the roof for Winter – I was surprised how warm and cosy it is inside! More about Dinerama soon – not just yet though, I still have a few things I need to try first!

So those were the highlights of my week! I’d love to hear if anyone got up to anything good?

L xx

All photos my own unless otherwise stated.