unicorn dress
A small introduction to my two new favourite things caused such a stir on Instagram Stories that I truly couldn’t snap these shots or write these words fast enough!

This is your official introduction to a spectacular (and sustainable!) custom printed clothing brand and a gadget that turns your smartphone photos into retro-styled prints.

First off, Doc Cotton. The brand offers 100% cotton clothing made from scratch and digital printed to feature the patterns/colours you love, with no nasty dyes. They support local and up-and-coming talent by allowing users to feature their prints, or upload their own, on a selection of shirts, skirts, and dresses.

Naturally, I opted for my own bespoke illustrated of unicorns, rainbows & stars with gold buttons and white threading. The online upload (and print sizing) were incredibly easy to figure out and one week later, my favourite (and only completely unique) item of clothing arrived!

On the same time as the KiiPix, actually.

Essentially, KiiPix is a pocket-sized printer which unfolds into a mini vintage photo booth. You place your phone above the lens with your desired photo placed on the frame, hit the shutter, and wind a small dial to pop-out a Polaroid (or FujiFilm Instax mini, in my case).

It’s completely wireless, lightweight, and offers a great option for creating physical mementos after the memories happen.

What I Wore:
The Doc Cotton dress, detailed above, tied with a vintage rope belt
Julian Hakes Mojito heels


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baby blues
Last week I was beyond fortunate to take a bit of tim off work so I could show one of my beloved American babes around my hometown for the first time. I was such a breath of fresh air – I haven’t really taken the time to look at London through bright eyes since I was, well, a baby with bright eyes.

We spent days eating everything we wanted, walking everywhere our heels could handle, and dressing up purely for thrills. Hence this jazzy little number in a heatwave.

No regrets.

What I Wore:
Brocade off the shoulder skater dress from ASOS
Two band mules from Next
Mint blue leather cross body handbag from Smith & Canova

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freelance journalist london
Well ‘ello, loved ones. It’s been quite some time since I’ve just sat down in front of this battered old MacBook to chat you through general life happenings and your ‘where TF are you’ e-mails certainly suggest one is overdue!

As some of you know, I have been Lois Lane-ing my way through London’s biggest and best newsrooms behind the scenes of Blogland and the freelance grind has been busier than ever over the past couple of months.

We’re talking features on the misconceptions of Type 1 diabetes (followed by a highly requested ‘day in the life’), the damning effects of bisexual erasure, the hidden horrors of birth control, and much more.

Want me to cover something in your favourite paper, magazine, or website? I’m always a DM away (@lelalondon across all social media)!

heliot steakhouse london
Two years ago, I found the holy grail – the actual best steak in London.

Yet, thanks to a demanding schedule, I haven’t had time to return to the Hippodrome’s Heliot Steak House since. It is a bit of a culinary tragedy.

The restaurant, named after infamous 1900s lion-loving performer Claire Heliot, is famed for its prime USDA offering but offers a diverse menu as stimulating as the casino which props it up.

That very menu’s new additions (pan-fried champagne salmon, grilled halloumi with orange, et al) seemed the perfect excuse to reserve my long-awaited return.

While the steaks are simply too good to skip, I decided to be an open-minded little food writer and start with some seafood to share. Unsurprisingly, both the theatrically-smoked tuna tartare (bathed in a delectable ponzu sauce & bonito flakes with a somewhat innocuous liquid cucumber sphere) and grilled octopus (perfectly balanced with charcoal mayonnaise & crayfish) were fantastic.

When the plates were cleared, I began to worry that my Surf & Turf would underwhelm me after two years away.

A wildly futile thought, it turns out, as my medley of rare USDA fillet, scallops, and prawns was perfect. At an insane £22, the S&T beats out every other steak at its price point – and double – in London.

Not that I didn’t steal a bite or five of The Mr’s rare rib-eye and lobster tail dipped in dry aged sauce. Or more than a forkful of his satueed field mushrooms. You don’t pass opportunities like that up.

To finish things off we almost literally jumped into a bowl of sugar with a visual spectacle Heliot have dubbed ‘Fairy Land’. The dessert is a bizarre treasure trove of chocolate coffee, raspberry lollipops, liquid gold with Baileys, and more. I didn’t get it, but I didn’t care. I have yet to find a different steak to take Heliot’s crown.

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how to set table
It’s no secret I take a lot of pleasure in food blogging my way around the world. I find joy in every little part of it – the unpredictable street stalls, the over-egged white tablecloth service, everything. For me, the experience is as vital as the food.

When we moved into our beautiful stone-walled home, I got incredibly excited to make the dining area something of an experience. To decorate a hella-investment of a reclaimed wood table in rectangular slate mats and a gorgeous arrangement of stainless steel cutlery (from my beloved Robert Welch, natch).

(In related news, I’ve been scouring this new site for affordable art and have to give it a shoutout – they have a delicious selection from emerging artists!)

Now, strap yourself in for some OCD realness:

How to set a table:

Dinner plates should sit in the centre of the place setting. Place your cutlery on the table in the order of use, starting from the outside and working inwards with each course.

Forks should be set to the left of the plate, with knives placed to the right, blade edges facing inwards. Soup spoons should be placed on the right of the knives.

Place the dessert fork and dessert spoon above the plate with the fork prongs facing right and the spoon bowl facing left.

Side plates always go on the left of the dinner plate.

Glassware should be set above and to the right of the dinner plate and should include a red wine glass, a white wine glass and a water glass.

Naturally, do as little or lot with what you have available – even beautiful basics will forgive the rest (and get you a tonne of compliments from dinner guests)!

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