superdrug haul
My Superdrug addiction is no joke. Be it for a curious lipstick stock up or bits and bobs to help with my ever-expanding fitness goals, I seem to wield my Beautycard as often as my actual bank card.

Recently, I decided to celebrate the Health and Beautycards 5th birthday by spending an accumulation of points, taking advantage of their limited time specials, and exploring all things #TeamMe (they’ve launched an Olympian-led campaign to inspire everyone’s personal health and fitness goals).

The below list, though expansive, has my gold star Lela London seal of approval.

Products featured:
Vitamin E dual phase cleansing oil – Eye makeup removal’s BFF
Freedom ProStudio priming water – Primer and post-makeup highlighter. Amazing.
B Refreshed essence lotion – Smells like fruity ginger heaven and makes skin super soft after-cleansing.
Johnson’s gentle eye makeup remover pads – Not as thorough as the dual-phase but perfect for lazy evenings.
Cherry & Macadamia body scrub – Cheap, cheerful, and the perfect holiday scent.
I love lemon meringue bath and shower cremePhilosophy for a quarter of the price.
Rapid Pedi electonic foot file – Quite simply the best I’ve tried.
30 Solalt Enhanced sun lotion – I go through stacks of SPF in the Summer and this is one of few that are both moisturising but water-resistant!
Pineapple deluxe skipping rope – A traveller’s best fitness friend.

The make-up:
GOSH Foundation drops in 002 Ivory; (y’all know I love them)
Revolution Iconic Pro Palette – An incredible dupe for the Lorac Pro 2 palette (unavailable in the UK) and so easy to blend.
GOSH 9 Shades Shadow collection in To Enjoy In New York – If green eyes could only use one palette…
GOSH Mineral powder brush and GOSH Mineral Powder in 002 – Naturally matte perfection skin in two simple products (perfect for the gym bag).
L’oreal lasting drama gel eye liner in Black (+ brush) – I have been meaning to try this out forever and love how smooth it is.
Freedom eyebrow pomade in Taupe – I would only use this for a night out as it takes a little more work than pencils, but it is a fantastic dupe for Anastasia Beverly Hills’ pomades.
MUA eyebrow pencil in Blonde – Perfect brows in seconds.
Double Extension waterproof mascara – False lashes without the hassle. Makes an insane different.
MUA intense colour lipliner in Caramel Nougat and GOSH lipstick in Nougat – My everyday nude lip dream. The latter of which smells like chocolate. See them at work in my Instagram, below!
Revolution liptstick in Looking Ahead (dupe for MAC’s Twig lipstick) and Depraved (true purple).
MUA lipstick in 1 (a rich blue-red), 13 (a beautiful true red) and Vintage Rouge (for lips straight out of Old Hollywood.)

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electra cruiser 1
I’m not sure quite how sensible it is to break your brand new bicycle in with an all-day event, but the Tweed Run seemed altogether too perfect for myself and my new Electra to deny it.

Since 2009, The Tweed Run has grown from a guerilla event to one of the city’s most loved and quirky annual celebrations. A celebration of tweed, cycling, and all jauntiness in between. A celebration that calls for the vintage-style beauty of Electra’s Super Deluxe 3i Cruiser (can you tell I’m obsessed?).

After getting my suffragette on, I arrived at the Bourne and Hollingsworth Buildings to a time-travelled scene beyond imagination: penny farthings, vintage fashion, and red lipstick as far as the eye could see. I can only hope the photos give you a taste of the magic.

What I Rode:
The Electra Super Deluxe 3i Cruiser in Aqua/Cream from Electra

What I Wore:
Monochrome check jumpsuit
Nude ballerina flats (similar here)
Votes for Women sash (because, duh)

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m restaurant london
After a wave of multiple foodgasms over M Restaurant’s brunch during my recent London staycation, I made a point to return to trial the restaurant’s night-time offerings.

Having already been wowed by the venue and its faultless service, my critique was focused on their expansive ‘world food’ menu (read: an unusual mix of Australian, Japanese, and everything in between). Because a menu that spans from bone marrow garnishings to Tim Tam desserts concerned me.

Without reason, of course. Every millisecond of the dinner was orchestrated to gluttonous perfection.

Beginning our evening at the bar, Victoria Street’s most secret-wielding mixologist created a carefully complex and science lab-worthy cocktail blending smoke, rum, and secrets. Literally. Homeboy will not part with his belt of unlabelled ingredients for anything.

It was, hands down, the best cocktail I’ve had in years. But that was only the beginning.

Taking to our dinner booth, I started experiencing an overwhelming sense of menu FOMO so was pleased to receive a spoon of kangaroo tartare (mixed with mushrooms, nasturtium and egg yolk) from the kitchen. One less inevitably great dish to choose between.

We ended up beginning with salmon sashimi (served with caviar, cucumbers & capers) and buttermilk fried chicken (a “posh KFC” – as our waitress described it – served with pickles, bread & ‘Firecracker’ sauce) before moving on to a beast of a main: the USDA prime T-bone from Kansas’ Creekstone Farms.

I am actually enviable of my former self.

We ordered it beneath black truffle (shaved fresh at the table), medium-rare, and paired with the world’s most delicious whole red cabbage & chips.

We opted to pair each course with its most appropriate grape – the best of which was the Alpasion 2012 Malbec which has potentially ruined all Alpasionless steaks for life.

Rounding an incredible evening off with their moreish white chocolate ice cream (a magical combination of olive oil sponge, meringue, lemon & cucumber) and an off-the-menu gourmet cheese board, M Restaurant secured itself as my go-to occasion restaurant.

smoke cocktail
m restaurant london
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lanzarote day two 3
There are work trips and there are werk trips. The following three day adventure in Lanzarote with Thomas Cook Airlines – a blogger trip alongside a pack of fellow talented digital types – proved to be the latter in no time at all.

Within three days, strangers became friends, standing on top of an active volcano became a reality, and my misconceptions of Lanzarote (as a ‘party destination’) became a distant thought.

But you’ll have to keep reading to find out why…

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light and free
I’ve had a bit of a fitness epiphany.

After rediscovering my love for yoga in Puerto Vallarta, I returning to London with a real ‘do or die’ muscular yearning that resulted in me spending the last month sweating myself silly at Fierce Grace.

The “FG” brand has a well-deserved reputation for itself as the home of London’s sassiest hot yoga studios. From my very first session, I felt an equal, endorphin-heavy rush of self-importance and selflessness. Fierce Grace is not a ‘get fit’ programme. It’s a ‘get fierce’ programme. Every session leaves you stronger, more flexible, and – perhaps most importantly – more self-aware with a variety of classes lasting between 50 and 90 minutes (The Deep Core, 75 minutes of floor-based alignment and body-opening, takes my personal cake) for all skill levels: beginners to seasoned yogis.

It all came to a significant realisation when I was invited to celebrate the launch of Danone’s new Light & Free range last week. Though I was excited to try the brand’s new 0% added sugar and 0% fat Greek-style yogurts, spending a morning rebounding and trampolining had me feeling entirely fierce – even surrounded by beautiful fitness models and HD camera lenses.

My whole approach to my body has changed. Rather than being fitness-crazed and comparison-friendly, I found myself fueling up on high-protein, low-calorie Light & Free’s and rebound myself into a sweat with complete confidence, lightness, and – dare I say it – freedom.

That is an epiphany worth having.

light and free
light and free