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Restaurants for Summer: Blues Restaurant and Bar

Friday, 23 June 2017



There is something quite wonderful about the sun being out isn't there? It brings about more smiles, laughter and adventures to places never been tried or long forgotten. Whenever the sun shines, you will always see people flocking to their nearest park, pool or beach, but that's probably the least thing on my mind. For me, the sun being out, means a chance to visit restaurants and indulge in the thing I love the most...food!

Eating out in the summer time is an experience like no other, whether it's enjoying an ice cold glass of white as you stare through open windows or licking your fingers clean of spice as you perch on an outside table, food during the summer is a great way to make use of those long, hot days.Recently with this warmer weather, I have been visiting and re-visiting lots of old and new restaurants and I thought I would start sharing a little bit more about where I've ventured to, for the people who love food just as much as me!

So today is the start of a new set of posts I'll be sharing on the blog in the next couple of months, which will showcase fun restaurant suggestions for you to visit this summer along with a series of mouth watering food photos to tempt you with!

Blues Restaurant and Bar...

Perched atop the hill of Harrow, Blues Restaurant and bar has been somewhere I have wanted to visit for such a long time. I have spent the past year driving past it's blue, glassy, exterior; morning, noon and night on my way home for work and I have yearning to go there ever since. I finally had the chance to go last Friday with my best friend and we had a catch up over spanish tapas, good cocktails and an old, rustic interior which was just perfect!


We visited during late afternoon, which was great as the restaurant was empty and gave me the opportunity to really take in the space and interiors of the restaurant.



It's interior has a shabby chic look about it, with hints of vintage charm. With it's red leather and terracotta colour scheme and chalkboard menu, this restaurant is one of those small hidden gems you don't hear a lot about, but you must visit.

The restaurant is set amongst a trail of quaint restaurants, cafes and bars in the hills of Harrow. It's about a 20 minute walk and 5-10 minute bus journey from Harrow on the hill station so it's easily accessible. Also being in the hills of Harrow, it's close to some of the prettiest side streets/inner city villages I've ever seen, so i would urge you to definitely give to give this place a try for summer, you'll love it.



Moving on to the food, which arguably was the thing that I loved most about this place! The restaurant is known for it's Spanish cuisine, particularly their tapas, so of course, my friend and I had to have a sample of their tapas dishes.


For the tapas, they have both a meat and vegetarian list of tapas and as I'm not that big a fan of the red meats that were on the meat menu, we decided that we would have a mixture of the two. We had a mixture of chicken, prawns, peppers and mushrooms and tortilla chips and guacamole. Each bowl was equally as delicious as the other and it was all so filling, it was hard to finish it all.

The restaurant also has a bar which is equipped with every type of alcohol you could ask for. I went for a mojito as it was the perfect, refreshing, pairing to the tapas and the blaring heat outside.



All in all I have to say, I have found a new love for small, cute restaurants such as this one. Blues Restaurant and bar gave me a little slice of Spanish life last Friday afternoon and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is in the area of Harrow and fancies a quick yet flavourful bite to eat.

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A Fresh Start This Summer

Monday, 19 June 2017


For some reason, the new year has never actually been a time when I felt it appropriate to turn over a new leaf. I've always seen the summertime as a chance to start anew by refreshing my goals, starting new projects and evaluating my life progress so far. I don't know, I think it goes back to summer holidays at school,  I would always see the ending of the school year a chance to reflect on where I've gone wrong and how I can improve that for next year. And as I grew older, I guess that mentality never really left me

We are now entering the beginnings of summer and with that I feel this overwhelming need to wipe a blank slate and start anew again.


Last summer was a challenging one for me, I had to deal with an immediate family member suffer with a horrid illness, have my heart broken by a guy, I thought was the one and suffered through a period of isolation I thought I would never return from.

And now this summer I want to erase all the memories of last year's bad one and create a lot more room for some brand new ones. The world has been a scary, upsetting and trauma-filled place in the last few months and I am hoping that with the summer, and this new influx on sunshine, we can get a glimmer of hope, reform and a little bit more humanity from the people of the human race.



I don't know about you guys, but I have been craving, praying, and crossing all of my fingers in the hope that we would have a good summer this year and by the looks of things, it certainly looks like that is the case. The weather in the last couple of weeks has been glorious and has meant that I can finally start to whip out the old summer clothes again (of which I have very few!) and start strutting around the streets of London in search of good food, pretty buildings and umpteen photo opportunities.

These photos were taken in a beautiful, little, side street in Harrow and it always amazes me how many hidden gems there are in London just waiting to be found. On this one street alone, there were about 5 different photogenic locations in which I could've taken photos and I can't wait to go back to take some more photographs and share them with you.


The top was sent over from America from my aunt for my mom, but she found it to be a little bit too tight, so it was handed over to me, which I was secretly happy about as I had been planning to borrow (steal) it from her wardrobe anyway.

It's got an elasticated, peplum style waist, which creates such a great illusion of a smaller waist and wider hips (which is perfect for me as I have very small hips!) It has a multicoloured print and wide straps, which I love because I feel like thin straps always make my shoulders look wider than they are.

The trousers are an elasticated, pin stripe material and are the most comfortable things ever. I did roll them up a little at the ankles as it looks a lot better when worn with flatter shoes. The shoes are from Primark, which I featured in my most recent Primark haul. They aren't the most durable as I've only worn them three times and they are already starting to crease. However, they have a beautiful gold buckle detail that works well for summer looks and they are very comfortable (which is a plus for a primark shoe). This whole look is a little bit different to what I usually wear, but I kind of like the laidback vibe of it.


As always thank you guys so much for reading. I wish you all a happy summer and hopefully your own chance at a fresh start.

What are your plans for the summer? Do you like this outfit?

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Authentic Beauty in Blogging

Monday, 29 May 2017

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Authenticity in the blogging industry. A statement so layered, it may as well be an inception movie. Am I authentic and transparent enough? A question I often find myself asking the inner conscience when that little critter called self-doubt starts to creep into my overdrive of a mind. A question I often know the answer to, but so often form a biased conclusion based on what new "thing" I see on social media every day.

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What does authenticity mean to you? For me, authenticity is transparency. It is a person finding common ground between being comfortable within themselves, without being arrogant. It is knowing who you are and not being afraid to be that person. It is also knowing who you are, but not always having the courage to shout this out loud from the rooftops. Authenticity is seeing the beauty within you. Authenticity is being yourself in every sense of the word. Speaking your truth - speaking a truth and creating a world so uniquely your own - ain't nobody can thrive in it but you.

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I often find myself stuck in this never-ending game of self-doubt and this forces me to question my abilities and inner construct. I am who I am and there's absolutely nothing I can do to change that.

And unfortunately as hard as I try, I'll never be able to complete a rubik's cube in record breaking time. As hard as I might hope, I'll never be as good at Maths as I want to be. And as much as I wish I was, I'll JUST never be Becky with the good hair. And you know what, that's ok, because in being able to recognise that is what makes me authentic. Recognising my subjective beauty and accepting it. And although, I may not have those things, it's important for me not to forget what I am good at. Life is all about celebrating your achievements and the things you are good at. I feel as humans, we often limit the blowing of our own trumpet for fear of sounding like an arrogant tool. But recognising and celebrating the fact that you can stuff 20 marshmallows into your mouth or can read the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in 2 days (oh yeah I did that!) is definitely something to write home about. Recognising what makes us who we are, can only ever benefit you in the long run, it is better for our wellbeing, health and happiness and in turn our authentic beauty.

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I've seen far too many people lie about things on their Instagram or write about stuff on their blog, that they have no interest whatsoever in - and for what? For a few extra likes or chance to be in the same company of those in the big leagues.

Now don't get me wrong, I see things posted on instagram and yes I do take inspiration from them, there are some bloody creative people out there and they are forever inspiring and motivating me to push my creative boundaries. However in saying this... I am always myself.  Because I honestly don't know how to be anyone else. And trust me I've tried it before. I've tried the glitz and I've tried the glam. The pretty dresses, the long hair and the short skirts. I tried it all, in the hope that it would make me appear prettier, more worthy and in my warped, twisted mind, more authentically "Girl-ish". What EVEN is authentically girlish anyway? Who even defines the standards of beauty and feminity? Nobody but yourself, that's who. Beauty is subjective, it's what you make it and that I guess - (not to sound corny) is the beauty of it all.

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I curate, create and carry out my blog and socials how I see fit. I could so very easily start posting photos of my avocado on toast or unicorn flavoured frappes (I think that's what it is now), but I don't, because it's just not me and to share something like that - would be to lie to the readership (no matter how big or small) I have worked so hard to achieve. I do not envy or critique the people who do this, by all means, post as many photos of your avo or unicorn themed things as you see fit, just ensure that you are doing it for you, for your authenticity and not for the social media blank space of the world.

Whatever you do on social media, remember to do it for yourself - because in the face of it all, when and if social media ever becomes a black hole filled space. Ask yourself this? What will you have left? A curated photo that got you a load of likes and comments reading #goals & #beaut, but is in no way a reflection of yourself? Or will you have a sense of pride that you were able to learn more about yourself and grow as a person in an authentic and original way?

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OUTFIT DETAILS
SHIRT - H&M | TROUSERS - H&M | SHOES - BODEN (FROM LOVE CLOTH'S STAND AT THE BLOGGERS MARKET) | HAT - H&M | SUNGLASSES - ASOS
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I wrote this post in no way to lecture anybody about who they should and shouldn't be. In all honesty, it was more of a way to act as a reminder to myself. I often doubt myself and fall privy to peer pressure and influences of this beautiful and sometimes "perfect" world and will often find myself wondering 'Am I enough?' Writing a post like this helps me to remember that 'yeah...I am enough', it helps to keep me grounded and remember what it means to be authentic and to be myself. It reminds me that I am worthy and that although I often disbelieve it - am beautiful.

And if that means flipping a fedora atop my head and parading around like I've been plucked straight out of the 1920's prohibition era then so bloody well be it...that's authenticity for ya!

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As always, thank you guys so much for reading. I hope you enjoyed this post!

What does 'beauty' & 'authenticity' mean to you? Do you like this outfit?

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Dear Manchester...

Wednesday, 24 May 2017


Manchester. The cousin to my beloved Sheffield.  A place so often compared to being the London of the North. The city that never sleeps. But you were and are so much more than that. You are a place of new birth, philosophy and most importantly art. You are the blank canvas for those who are looking to start anew. And you are a saviour to those who find themselves in a deep, dark despair of pain and need a way out. Beautiful Manchester, You have been wounded. You have been hurt and you have been attacked. My heart aches for your wounds and the pain you are experiencing right now, for such a beautiful city does not deserve such an ugly, ill treatment.

Last night as you breathed ever so peacefully. As you slept beneath the ever peaceful, dark, velvety blanket of sky, you were awoken in fear. You became alive. The sound of sirens, horns and rush of your children in their attempt to save, awoken your spirits.

The grime and filth of the earth mutated to form an explosion. One of destruction that covered each and every corner of your body. The pain you must've felt as the cold, metallic tang of the nails pierced your soft and supple skin. The despair your children must've felt as those left behind clambered to find safety and equally - a chance to save you. A chance to protect further hurt from coming to your off spring. And a chance to do what was good when all that could be seen was a sea of bad and wrongdoings.

And yet, in the aftermath of this event, your light continues to glow. You continue to hustle and bustle and parade on like nothing even happened. You continue to hold hands with those that you know and those that you don't. You continue to keep calm and carry on. Manchester - you stand united, because I guess...it's all that you know to do. Perhaps all that you know how to do is to be that radiating light to the dark that people so desperately need. To offer that shoulder of comfort to those who are in need. To be present. To be kind. To be something that your attacker was not...a human. Your strength is commendable and one of strong valour, something that will play as inspiration to all of your brother and sister countries of the UK.

A city so full of life, can only remain full of life. A person so full of destruction will only ever destruct, and therefore they will never win. They will never be able to destruct your beautiful face. They will never be able to take your laughter. And they will never be able to take the life that you are filled with.

My thoughts are with all of those affected by the Manchester arena attack. The wounded, the witnesses, the helpers, the family, friends and loved ones. But most importantly my thoughts are with you Manchester, may you remain strong and may you never change, your bravery over the last couple of days has been immeasurable and an inspiration to all.

Love from,

Heather Xx

Blossoming Gifts Rainbow Lilies & an End of Spring Giveaway

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I don't know about you guys, but nothing symbolises spring more for me than the blooming re-birth of mother nature. The beautiful blossom that sprouts on tress across the country, sprouts of white and yellow daisies spotted across fields of green and of course great, bright blooming bouquets of spring flowers! So of course, when I was asked by Blossoming gifts to review a floral bouquet, I jumped at the chance.

I introduce to you these rainbow lilies.

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The lilies arrived in bud, and although not yet bloomed, the rainbow colours of the stalks and outer leaves could still be seen and they looked beautiful. If they looked so pretty in bud, I couldn't wait to see what they looked like once fully bloomed!

I trimmed the stems and removed all leaves which would fall below the water level (as instructed by blossoming gifts instruction leaflet), placed them in water and then added the included food supplement to my vase of water.

It took about 3-4 days for the lilies to fully bloom and for me to see the full effect of the rainbow colours. However once they finally did, I was in absolute awe, never had I seen such a beautiful array of flowers. I will admit, lilies aren't my favourite flowers, I'm more a hydrangea fan, but when these buds sprouted to show off their multicoloured petals, I had no choice but to fall in love with them.

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I have a very simple, monochrome toned room of grey and cream and the different colours from each lily really helped to brighten up my space and in turn brighten up my mood - particularly on days when the I-don't-want-to-go-to-work vibe was oh so real!

The flowers lasted for a little over a week (9 days) before the petals started to wither and crisp and the pollen started to fall, which was great as it meant that they could brighten up my room for a little while longer!

I really don't have anything bad to say about Blossoming gifts or these rainbow lilies, their delivery was prompt, the lilies were handled carefully and they lasted a long time, I could not recommend them highly enough. And if lilies aren't your thing they have other rainbow bouquets and flower arrangements which are equally as beautiful. 
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Blossoming gifts, being the babes that they are have so kindly provided me with a discount code for my lovely readers, entitling you to 33% off all flowers (EXCEPT for the 'flowers by post' range) just use the code: BGIFTS33 to get beautiful and affordable flowers to inject some spring into your home.

And if that wasn't enough, Blossoming Gifts are also giving one of you lovely people a chance to win your very own bouquet, valid up to £35.00, all you have to do is complete the rafflecopter below and cross your fingers extra tight for good luck! Please note: By providing your email address in the rafflecopter below, you are giving permission for Blossoming Gifts to have your details.

Terms & Conditions:
  • This giveaway will run for one week only. Starting 25/05/17 and ending 02/06/17
  • The winner will be randomly selected and contacted either via email or twitter.
  • You will have 48 hours to respond to the message and claim your prize, if you fail to do so, a new winner will be randomly selected once again.
As always, thank you guys so much for reading and stopping by!


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What do you think of the rainbow lilies? Have you ever heard of Blossoming Gifts?

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