I’m officially on the ’70s bandwagon. Though my feminine and vintage-inspired wardrobe rarely lends itself to the stereotypical fringing and bohemia of the decade, my penchant for both platforms and dresses means I can find myself looking like an extra from That 70s Show without much effort at all.
I found myself quickly fascinated by the GoPro Hero4 Session. As soon as it arrived from Currys, I ripped the box open faster than a sugar-souped child at Christmas.
The promise was infectious; as a travel blogger, the fact that the Session is waterproof, 50% smaller and 40% lighter than other HERO4 models made it an ideal contender for 2016’s favourite travel companion.
Though the adorably tiny HD camera was delivered the same day I left for my most recent trip to Edinburgh, I didn’t realise the Session needed a micro SD card before being able to film so swapped my test run for the holiday-tinted moments in my following week around London.
As you’ll see from my accompanying vlog (above!), the Session came with me for dinner at L’eto, a night out, lots of travelling on the Underground, an excursion to Winter Wonderland, a stumble into the Santa bike race, The Play That Goes Wrong, the London Transport Museum, and general festivities around Central London.
The verdict? Mostly wonderful. The camera quality is unparalleled – especially for its size – but the lack of display means there is very little control over the shot you’re getting.
As a visually-compulsive control freak, the GoPro Hero4 Session will never become by lead filming device but would make a fantastic gift for scenic travellers, athletes, and anyone wanting to capture moments without drawing attention to themselves. It has Southeast Asia written all over it.
“All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.”
– T. E. Lawrence
When “The Blondes of Eastwick” (as we were so affectionately dubbed in Edinburgh) get together for dinner, we have quite the considered gastro experience. Though we are all adventurous foodies, we have to cater to the gluten-free (Ellie), a discerning Italian (Chiara), and a generally health-conscious glutton (do I even need to say?).
My instinctive choice for our most recent dinner date was L’eto on Brompton Road and – having only breakfasted and brunched with L’eto before – it ended up being the perfect option.
The L’Eto dinner menu varies in each location but features a consistent selection of fresh, flavourful dishes to cater to virtually any palate. For starters, we trialled everything from truffled soups to salads with the standout dish being the impossibly creamy Buratta with sweet cherry tomatoes and Tuscan olive oil. The real personal highlight, however, was the seabass ravioli in a creamy lobster bisque with prawns and cherry tomatoes.
Even with a sumptuous gluten-free gnocchi staring me down from across the table, my spellbound fork had no room for any dish but my own.
To wrap, we all made our first trip to L’eto’s famous wall of cakes and settled on the gluten-free chocolate fudge cake, honey cake, and apple pie after an unreasonable amount of deliberation.
Waistlines, be warned: one bite and you’ll be shoving cake dates into your schedule like they’re going out of style.
Want more from our evening?
Check out Ellie’s video here & Chiara’s video here!
This year, I have had a number of friends come to me for advice on festive style etiquette and general ‘what to wear’ consultation for the Christmas period. Unlike the uniform of party sparkles and ugly Christmas jumpers, Christmas Day is a chic free-for-all.
Using Lyst (one of my favourite discovery tools and ways to outfit plan), I have put three unique Christmas Day looks together to inspire you; an alternative take on candy cane cuteness, gold-wrapped presents, and Winter-hued casualwear.