shiny curly hair
Emma Hardie Midas Touch Revitalising Eye Serum
If you can read the product name without bursting into ‘Goldmember’ by Beyonce, you’re a far superior human than I. REGARDLESS! This eye serum is a tried and true holy grail product that will not be leaving my beauty bag for years to come. While its consistency is quite thick on application, the formula sinks in to smooth fine lines, fade dark circles, reduce puffiness and boost cellular renewal.

It is absolutely jam-packed with the best ingredients for its cause, too; glycofilm (a barrier which protects against environmental damage), hyaluronic acid (for intense hydration), aloe vera (soothing tired eyes), and a slew of elasticity boosters (Omegas 3, 6 & 9, Inca Inchi and Raspberry Seed Oil).

There is so much skin-saving goodness I’ve even been using it on spots that catch too much sun for instant recovery.

Hair Botox at Margaux Salon
Don’t worry, babe – we’re talking needle-free beauty with surgical results. With natural products.

It seems all a bit unlikely, I know, but if any salon was to make it a reality it would be Margaux. The Finsbury Park salon launched with a definitively pure approach to beauty – no nasties, no complexities, and no smoke and mirrors.

They have built a slew of happy cut and colour customers since opening but I knew the real test of their abilities would have to be through more than skills and products. It would have to be through their ‘Hair Botox’ treatment.

Priced by hair length, the ‘botox’ uses natural acids, healing agents and powerful antioxidants to restructure damaged hair.

And it bloody works. After two hours luxuriating under masks in the Parisian-style hideaway, my stressed-out Summer curls have a shine (and remarkably repaired split ends) like never before! When I left the salon my hair was so reflective I thought it might blind an unsuspecting passerby.

Two weeks later, the initial glass hair effect is long gone but the general quality of my hair has sustained. I am enjoying a shine and bounce in unstyled hair (in the photo above) typically achieved only by professionals.

Beauty & Go Skin Shot Supplements
Anyone who’s ever flipped open a women’s magazine knows that collagen in king. When the protein is working in our favour, skin is stronger, firmer and smoother. Until now, however, most proper collagen products (read: not just the word on some packaging) have been invasive and expensive.

Skin Shot brought something entirely new to the table; a drinkable bioactive supplement that delivers. Its unique blend of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals nourish skin from the inside out and have proven results in clinical trials. The so-called ‘ginger’ taste is strange and much sweeter than expected but easy to knock back before brushing your teeth in the morning, keeping the benefits in mind.

In a thirty day trial, even women between 45 and 65 years old found a 50% increase in firmness, 23% increase in viscoelasticity, 7% increase in brightness, and a whopping 8.5% decrease in wrinkle count. With a decade or two on many of our sides, imagine the long-term results.


It sounds like the start of a terrible pun; two chefs walk into a shipping container and – spoiler alert – walk out with the best small plates I’ve had all year.

Alas, it’s the non-pun Smoke & Salt have made a reality. The micro-sized shipping container restaurant is the culinary chief of its POP Brixton neighbours, serving seasonal British small plates with an emphasis on smoking, curing and preserving.

From the arrival of their Old Post Office Bakery sourdough and smoky whipped butter I knew I wanted to try more than their absurdly affordable seven-course tasting menu (most gluttonous sentence ever?), so opted for a few suggestions from the owners and settled in for a treat.

Negroni Blanco in hand, I set into the roe deer tartare (with smoked gooseberries, rapeseed, and sorrels) to start, followed by a plate of tomatoes, smoked ricotta, whey, and toasted buckwheat.

Both dishes were undeniable unusual, yet phenomenally balanced. And the perfect amount for two people to share.

We moved on to new potatoes with beef heart (heightened with chimichurri and gorgonzola),
chalkstream trout (dressed with the most intensely delicious raspberry/chipotle concoction), chicken schnitzel (underwhelming compared to the other dishes, yet better than others I’ve had and a last-minute substitute for their typical veal schnitzel), and thick grilled chorizo (paired with aubergine and an exquisite burnt lemon mostada).

As the sun set, I watched an eager queue build up for late dinner reservations and smiled to myself. It has been quite some time since I’ve felt this excited to see what a new kid on the block does next.

Smoke & Salt is what London’s foodie underbelly is all about.

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smoke and salt london pop brixton
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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 mulesΒ from Next
Mint blue leather cross body handbagΒ from Smith & Canova

baby blues
baby blues
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spitalfields market london
Old Spitalfields Market really finds itself up against it. On one hand, you have neighbouring destinations of dreams for tourists and locals (Shoreditch, Boxpark, Old Street, et al). On the other hand, you have neighbouring destinations of dreams that mean you’re bypassed altogether.

What do you do to draw them in?

You get all the best hipster-loved culinary joints in London under one roof at The Kitchens – the market’s dynamic and developing street food hall curated by Nuno Mendes.

It’s a crowd-captivating concept in and of itself. One only heightened by the arrival of Summer’s seasonal wave of new traders.

The historic Victorian market now plays host to a phenomenal range of traders including High Mood Food – a health food concept with a unique focus on fermentation. Co-founder and chef Joey O’Hare makes the most insane, flavour-packed salads (and living dressings) which all prioritise gut health.

I genuinely had such a mind-blowing working lunch with them recently that I went back to pick something up for a dinner date. At the same time, I got so distracted by the signature shengjianbao (aka soup dumplings) from Dumpling Shack that I was temporarily diverted.

I mean, the Shack’s creators have spent three years perfecting their Shanghai-inspired dumpling recipes with regular immersive travel. It couldn’t be avoided.

My future trips (and yours!) will surely include Mazi Mas’ persian menu, Good Mood Matcha’s iced watermelon take on the frothy drink, Pleasant Lady Trading’s succulent Jian Bings, and the Insta-worthy Taiwanese treats from Wheelcake Island (for pancakes filled with everything from adzuki bean to Oreos).

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spitalfields market london
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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)!