the life goddess
If another Londoner told me I could a enjoy full day out eating, drinking and being pampered for 50% off – literally everywhere I went – I would think they had lost their mind. But I have to take that risk. Because that is what I’m about to tell you.

I downloaded The Entertainer app after hearing a few foodie-focused rave reviews. Essentially, the app is a hub of “buy one get one free” deals across some of the city’s best food, drink, health, fitness, and beauty retailers. Time to give your super swanky social life (or lack thereof) a super affordable overhaul…

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the cornwall eden project
After a jaunt in St Ives with The Boy, I hopped on a short train to St Austell to spend the succeeding three days on a wonderfully nature-led retreat at The Cornwall.

From the world’s largest indoor rainforest to the world’s tastiest fudge to a chance encounter with the world’s greatest (Tom Jones), I couldn’t imagine having a better time than I did…

the cornwall eden project
the cornwall eden project

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Tea Breaks

For the truly British… Tea Shirt:
A young and tea-passionate couple launched this adorable tea company in hopes of sharing a worldly and unique selection of teas with the masses. Each bag of tea is dressed in a different ‘shirt’ to mimic its content’s origins, individuality and – as far as my experience has shown – their very special taste.

The products feel very special and come from a clear, considered selection process that make the entire tea-drinking cliche as wonderful as ever.

For treat day every day… Chocolate and Love:
Another power couple creation and another forever favourite, Chocolate and Love are a family-owned chocolate company (duh) who currently boast seven different bars comprised of more cocoa and less sugar than most chocolate on the market. With naturally high antioxidant levels and no gluten or GMO, they almost feel like a health food (all but two of Chocolate and Love’s products are even dairy free!). The packaging is also so pretty I’ve been wrapping a few bars up in twine and giving them as little dinner party gifts.

Subscription Boxes

For the French wine connoisseur… Le Petit Ballon:
Very few subscription boxes win me over, but Le Petit Ballon had me at bonjour. Each month, the French-born company delivers two carefully selected bottles of wine to your door (matched to your profile by Jean-Michel Deluc, former Sommelier Chef at The Ritz, no less) along with a copy of The Gazette (a waffle-free wine magazine) and the opportunity to get at least 20% off the rest of their entire range. Le Petit Ballon introduced me to my new favourite “haute couture” vintage, ChΓ’teau de Jau’s JauJau 1er 2012 (it tastes like spiced velvet).

For entertaining snacks from the Far East… Chimasu:
When I lived in Thailand I was addicted to Pocky (little straws of creamy sweets) and have found nothing comparable in the UK to beat cravings. Enter Chimasu – a a monthly selection of unique – and often adorable – snacks from across the Far East. Each item is stickered with a loose English translation but the real fun is found in blind taste-testing with friends and families. From wasabi Kit-Kats to tiny matcha-filled yogurt cones, each item is an adventure.

Healthy Swaps

For kicking your latte habit… Vivid Matcha:
Speaking of matcha, I am addicted to the stuff. More specifically, Vivid’s new unsweetened matcha drinks. Every health junkie’s favourite high-grade green tea leaf may be the best way to get L-theanine (an amino acid which keeps the mind calm, relaxed and alert) but I rarely find myself with the time to grind it down for a latte. These next-to-no-calorie natural drinks are the cleanest, tastiest way to keep your mind alert next to the hiring of a personal barista. Expensive lattes, be gone.

For a healthier alternative to takeaway… Benugo:
With so many delivery options now available to Londoners, it is just as easy to eat naughty as it is to eat nice. Thankfully, one of my favourite healthy chains – Benugo – has introduced online delivery alonside their brand new Summer menu; we’re talking salmon & avocado salads, goats cheese & fire-roasted pepper bloomers, fresh strawberries & cream pots, watermelon agua frescas, and more. As helpful for Summer picnics as it is for evenings you can’t be bothered to turn the oven on.

pick your life

Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have – life itself.”
Walter Anderson

st ives cornwall
It has been almost two years since I was last in Cornwall and – having done very little exploration during my first visit – I have been especially eager to return.

Booking a week of co-Boy, co-Boy’s family and solo travel across Cornwall, the most logical starting step was a trip to St Ives. I cannot even type St Ives without getting this bloody nursery rhyme stuck in my head (thanks, primary school). It has been a wanton destination for over twenty years…

St Ives is a seaside town, civil parish and port in Cornwall, England. The town lies north of Penzance and west of Camborne on the coast of the Celtic Sea. In former times it was commercially dependent on fishing.
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