Eye Surgery Hiatus

eye surgery
In the land of Lela, crazy things have popped up unexpectedly.

Like, bleeding in my eyes.

Long story short, a blend of stress and blood issues (yay, anemia and diabetes!) has meant I woke up a few mornings back with no vision in my right eye. After being checked out at the hospital for a few hours, I have undergone the first session of two eye surgeries that will hopefully end next Monday and fix the damaged blood vessels.

No sympathies needed, I just want to keep everyone up to date as the blogs will be few and far between in this time period – the sight I do have is very blurry from the surgeries.

(After which you will have some AMAZING updates as my ‘friend’/sister is leaving America for the first time and visiting me for two weeks of adventures!)

For now, sunglasses and besos…

xo,
Lela

What I Wore – Festival (No Mud, Please)

festival outfit
Zalando is one of those websites I always end up shopping from should I dare open one of their e-mails or linked tweets. Though the products are in the 1000s, a bit of smart searching always lands you a sale deal; one (or two) too good to leave unbasketed.

In this case, it was their festival guide that did the persuading. A girl can never have too many white tees, skinny jeans or shiny boots, AMIRITE?

What I Wore:
Bibi Lou boots in silver (no longer available)
Schiesser Revival vest in white
Just Female black skinny jeans
Mini neon pink leather satchel (handmade)

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In Review: Drunch, London

drunch london
Due to its uber-Central location, I must have sped past Drunch hundreds of times before stopping in for a bite to eat.

‘A bite’ which transformed into ‘a feast’, natch.

The compact lounge turned out to be the ideal Central space for informal lunches and brunches; sensing this, I roped my hungriest male friend in for a catch-up between midweek meetings.

Settling into a booth, the first thing that struck me was the versatility of the menu and – having one of those all too common breakfastless mornings – how much I wanted try try a bit of everything.

With a fresh and handmade feel to their varied options, I ended up sampling Cecilia’s Detox & Cleanse smoothie (a sublime mix of green apple, pear, kiwi, ginger, lemon, avocado, mint, parsley and curly kale) while tucking into a small plate of crispy squid with seasonal szechuan peppers, garlic mayo, sweet chilli and spring onions. On a similar seafood wavelength, my lunch date chose the butterfly tiger prawns in a mild garlic and butter sauce alongside his banana, date and coconut milk smoothie.

A strange mix? Perhaps – yet this is the kind of menu that begs you to sample far and wide. This became blatqntly obvious by the waiter’s bemused reaction to our mains…

…post smoothies and seafood, we ordered breakfast food and burgers.

Specifically, the sweetly simplistic and flavourful Drunch Cheeseburger (served medium with salad and french fries) and Scrambled Eggs & Smoked Salmon because no respectable human can refuse a fluffy plate of fresh muffins,crème fraîche scramble, salmon and chives.

With my next meeting approaching, I decided to wrap things up with a signature latte (mad props for being the first place to incorporate an animal into their latte art) before being persuaded – by my gluten free brownie-stalking companion – that my day wouldn’t be quite as amazing if I left without trying the RIP Diet Cheesecake.

For a tombstone, it is rather dreamy.

And for Drunch’s unassuming reputation and demeanour, the lunch far exceeded my expectations. After all, anywhere that allows me to order like a mad glutton gets my vote.

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Free Spotify Playlist – August 2014

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For this month’s free Spotify playlist, I put the breaks on before I filled the entire list with Sheryl Crow’s greatest hits…

Something about summer and Sheryl, am I right?

Instead, I have popped a few old school jams with some of my most modern favourites. These are the choons you should be waking up to, listening to on your way to work, and playing for your friends before you paint the town red. Or whatever colour makes me not sound like an eighty year old.

(Need to catch up on last month’s? Click here for July’s free Spotify playlist.)

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Track listing:
Harlem by New Politics
Doo Wop (That Thing) by Lauryn Hill
Kangaroo Court by Capital Cities
All I Wanna Do by Sheryl Crow
Play With Fire by Vance Joy
Farrah Fawcett Hair by Capital Cities
Groove Me by Maximum Balloon and Theophilus London
Out Tonight from the RENT Soundtrack
Wildfire by Sybtrkt
San Francisco by The Mowgli’s
Pumpin Blood by NONONO
Trojans by Atlas Genius
Breezeblocks by alt-J
Soak Up The Sun by Sheryl Crow
Ways To Go by Grouplove
I Lived by OneRepublic
Cheers (Drink To That) by Rihanna