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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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The never-ending stream of ‘National’ days and weeks that PRs seem to throw around the Twittersphere has me wildly disconnected. A little petulant, truth be told. I refuse to eat burgers on National Burger Day. I refuse to relax on National Relaxation Day. I may even go as far as supergluing my mouth shut on National Smile Day.

The exception was always going to be National Afternoon Tea Week. The one I’m currently clotted cream-ing our way through. I take afternoon tea unnecessarily seriously.

With a friend was in town and on the hunt for her first taste of British teatime, I had to go heritage. Home House‘s English Country Garden Afternoon Tea heritage.

The jaw-droppingly beautiful member’s club and hotel shook their afternoon tea menu up to incorporate country garden themes right on time. We booked in, skipped up Robert Adam’s opulent staircase, and settled in to their neo-classical Drawing Room with a glass of MoΓ«t & Chandon for the quintessential afternoon tea.

Simply heightening the traditional, we started with a sandwich selection of roast beef & horseradish on onion bread, smoked salmon & cream cheese on granary, cucumber & cream cheese on white, and cressed-up wholegrain egg mayo on white.

The fresh scones – with plenty of clotted cream and jam – were next, riding on a Darjeeling sea that led to spectacular dessert plates. While I rarely take more than a bite of teatime’s sweet treats, the mini Pimms trifle, Eton Mess meringue sphere, cherry & chocolate dacquoise, honey & thyme mousse sable, violet & blackberry open macaron, and raspberry & rose tartlet vanished within minutes.

If you’re looking for a traditional tea that won’t disappoint, I couldn’t think of a better spot to settle in for the afternoon.


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I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about a weekend in so-called ‘Shoreditch by the Sea’ before visiting Margate. My research seemed promising (beach, food, amusements, et al) but I had yet to hear many people say much of anything about Kent’s north coast.

The trip was, affectionately, a gamble in a heat wave. One that offered just enough intel to help you do your own introductory trip in the best way.

What to do in Margate

The seafront
The primary draw of Margate is the ability to be on the beach within a single hour and a half train journey from London. And it doesn’t disappoint. Margate’s seaside has golden sand, warm water, and a refreshing lack of ‘sea and be seen’ behaviour you get outside of British beaches.

Compared to destinations like Brighton or northern Cornwall, there were also significantly fewer people than expected for genuinely hot weather meaning both the beach and its surrounding restaurants felt more relaxed and accessible.

Dreamland
Dreamland is a funfair on steroids. The amusement park has been on a rough ride of its own since launching over 100 years ago (administration, multiple closures, and more) but has since been re-imagined to perfection. With new owners and investment, Dreamland now hosts new rides, live music, street food, film clubs, a roller disco, and more.

You can even purchase ‘twilight tickets’ which give you access from 5 to 9pm Thursdays to Sundays which, with alcoholic slushies in hand, offers an unforgettable night out.

It is also undeniably Instagram-friendly with neon lights, giant rainbow racing slides, and delightfully colourfil landscapes.

Turner Contemporary
Though the contemporary art museum is less than ten years old, many people thank it for the resurgence of tourism and development across Margate at large. I didn’t have the time to make it inside but admission is free and it sits right on the edge of the seaside, making it an ideal pitstop for a day in Margate.

Where to eat in Margate

There are quite a few well-reviewed spots along the seafront, so we made sure to beeline for two of the best – Peter’s Fish Factory and Cinque Ports. The fish factory is exactly what you’d expect from a chippy with a line around the block; fresh produce, friendly service, and a wide variety of finely-fried fishies.

Cinque Ports offered something a little more refined, without being pretentious. Their focus is on elevated pub food, sourcing everything seasonally and locally. Though I initially sat down for a recovery plan of fried pickles and Bloody Marys, everything that came out to our table of six was phenomenal. Double corn fritter burgers to smashed avo on toast.

Where to shop in Margate

Though the small town hosts a handful of high street favourites, Margate’s real shopping destinations are its Shoreditch-synonymising vintage stores. Pink-walled Peony Vintage and its surrounding shops on King Street hold some of the most unique French vintage I’ve seen in years, but there seems to be a little vintage space worth exploring around most corners. Even RG Scott’s Furniture Mart offers an Aladdin’s Cave of restored and vintage finds.

Want to plan your own trip? Enjoy Margate has the goods!



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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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