In Review – Pizza Union, London

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Unlike most carb-eating humans, I am not a pizza person. The Manfriend, however? The Pizza Person. Since we started dating, my pizza intake (or pizza topping intake, rather) has increased by over 1000%.

All is fair in love and war, right?

Last week, to feed his pizza penchant and my own obsession with trialling new restaurants, we made a stop at Pizza Union in Spitalfields.

The draw was simple: instead of monstrous, doughy, greasy circles, Pizza Union do superfast twelve-inch artisan pizzas. All of which are priced at only £3.95-£6.50 (with a gluten-free pizza base costing only £1 more).

After perusing the menu and delighting in their implementation of the American pager system (I belong to the school of thought which believes waiters only belong in fine dining establishments), we settled in with some nibbles and waiting a few short minutes to be invited – via vibration – to collect our orders at the counter.

For myself? The Stagioni (tomato sauce, mozzarella, cotto ham, pepperoni, mushrooms, artichoke, black olives). And for The Pizza Person? Calabria (tomato sauce, mozzarella, mascarpone, n’duja sausage, rocket).

It took one bite of a swapped slice to get major food envy. While the Stagioni featured some lovely ingredients, it took no time for me to write mental love poems to the Calabria. The sweetness of the mascarpone against the fire of n’duja was beyond perfect; a pizza hater’s pizza, if there ever was one.

To wrap things up, we shared ‘dessert’ in the form of a warm dough ring filled with Nutella and mascarpone. The ‘Dolce’, though simple in concept, was metaphorical crack for mascarpone addicts and a gloriously sweet treat to share.

A pizza joint I’d visit alone? It must be good.

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What I Wore – The Tiny Red Telephone Box

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Once upon a month ago, I was chatting to the folk at HTC about the release of the HTC One M8 (you’ll see the red version in my paws, above). While we all know I’m something of a nerdypants, this was actually more of a fashion chat than a tech talk.

In collaboration with one of the industry’s leading fashion illustrators, Jacqueline Bissett, HTC just launched the first ever illustrated look book for a smartphone, placing their flagship device in the limelight.

I was asked if I’d like to be included in the project and have Jacqueline illustrate me with the scarlet smartphone.

Have me illustrated at the creative hands which curated the illustrations of Givenchy, Swarovski, Harrods and more? I didn’t need to be asked twice.

The result is below, digitally, though the full illustration has been hung as the focal point in my hallway. While the illustration is altogether more glamorous than the tired remains of Post-Fashion Week Lela, I think it only proves the accessory magic of a beautiful smartphone. Like a red lip, a red phone is the wearable cherry on top.

(And when all your energy has been spent running around the country in your get-out-of-jail-free-card*…that’s an essential.)

What I Wore:
(in illustration)
My #1 Autumn/Winter pick – the Simone Rocha tulle embroidered dress
(in real life)
* The get-out-of-jail-free-card (the perfect Winter coat) from Superdry – the spoils from their Fashion’s Night Out celebration!
Sargossa heels

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Interior Design: A Bathroom of Tactile Textures

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After being asked to create a Pinterest board of my inspirations by C.P. Hart, I had a look through their trend report from Cersaie – the world’s largest bathroom and tile trade fair – and found it refreshing to find that they had pulled ‘tactile textures‘ out as a theme – it is everything I love about interior design.

Tactile textures, as a design genre, has to do with textured finishes on a natural palette – often incorporating rustic or tribal patterns (my favourite example of which is probably The Wheatsheaf, which I found on their trade site). Texturally, I think it is very easy to go overboard; clashing one too many prints, mixing heavy and light textures that don’t compliment each other, or utilizing colour in a way that distracts from the textures themselves. This is why a clean palette is the key component in making texture work.

Focusing on the sense of touch, my project-dedicated Pinterest board has now become a dream compilation of interior features and inspirations. Want to take a look? Simply click here and lust with me!

(In the meantime, you will find me attempting to take baths in C.P. Hart’s showrooms…shh.)

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In Review: The Optimum 9400 Blender & Froothie

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The green smoothie obsession is real, my friends.

Though I’ve bought (and blogged about) a lot of juices, smoothies, and detoxes in the past, it has taken me a while to decide on the blender I would bring into my own home. This is mostly down to a few twenty-dollar ‘smoothie makers’ I bought and bailed on as a teenager.

Thankfully, blender technology has progressed past the days of ‘smoosh it or you’ll break it’. Blenders have become a thing.

The best of which I can assure you is the Optimum 9400 blender.

I ummed and ahhed between cult favourites, raw food blogger favourites and infomercial favourites for months before landing on The Optimum 9400 (I got mine at Froothie because they have a 30-day money back guarantee). 30-plus days later? I am a happiest smoothie maker there could be.

Unlike its more mainstream competitors, The Optimum 9400 is commercial-grade (completely stainless steel vs ‘personal-grade’ mild steel), durable, speedy (44,000 rpm), strong, spacious (read: margarita party), and incredibly versatile.

As well as being BPA free.

In my opinion, it’s the Holy Grail of Blenders. I have made almond butter, flour and milk all in less than 10 minutes. I have grated cheese, chopped onions, and grinded coffee with it. I have kneaded bread dough, whipped cream, and juiced into oblivion – all as well as making my daily green smoothie.

However many thumbs I can get my hands on…I give it that many thumbs up.

Click below for my circulation-boosting smoothie recipe!

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