Sunday brunch is not complete without a delicious Bloody Mary to satisfy the taste buds. The Brown Dog pub in Barnes stirs up the best Bloody Mary I’ve had this year. Find The Brown Dog in Barnes at 28 Cross Street, Barnes SW13 0AP.
For my big sister’s 31st birthday lunch the whole family (plus Cassie our lovely staffy) decided to feast at The Brown Dog in Barnes. Cassie made friends with the pub dog under our table, while we all tucked in to lovely pints of Guinness, pies, seabass, chocolate cake…the works! It’s a cosy gastro pub with wonderful staff and a spacious beer garden. The perfect way to spend a Sunday.
Mother’s Ruin Gin Palace in Walthamstow is one to visit when you fancy a glass of something delish.
I had a plum brandy, which tasted like – what I imagine – fairies drink. It was delicately sweet, with just the right amount of fruitiness. What also made me fall in love with it was the colour – a very gentle plum pink. Divine!
Next door to Mother’s Ruin Gin Palace in Walthamstow is God’s Own Junkyard.
God’s Own Junkyard is a great place to spend a Sunday afternoon browsing. There is now a cafe called The Rolling Scones at the back of it too, so you can refuel once taking in all the fab light art. God’s Own Junkyard is filled with vintage neon signs and art. Chris Bracey’s family still produces neon art.
Visit what we call “Tiny House” on Wood Street in Wathamstow
I dont actually know if it’s someones house or a lock-up or what, however it’s a small scale “Tiny House” which is awesome for a spur of the moment photo, comme ça…
The emperor of attention to detail, Markus Lupfer did not disappoint when it came to venue, props and decoration at his spring / summer 2016 collection show at London Fashion Week. Inspired by a Mexican desert, Lupfer filled the room with lone standing flowers. Simple, yet hugely effective. The collection was compiled of beautiful shift dresses, bomber jackets and stunning separates; with dominant monochrome colour-ways. Floral designs on the textiles complimented the room’s temporary design. I throughly enjoyed the lucha libre – mexican wrestlers embellished on the clothes. There is always something unusual in Markus Lupfer’s collections that makes me smile.
There is no surprise that this is the most beautiful pattern cutting I’ve seen at London Fashion Week 2016 so far, as J. JS Lee worked as a senior pattern cutter for 7 years prior to launching her own label. Jackie Lee’s SS16 collection was a true delight to observe and a beautiful way to start London Fashion Week 2016. As a “blogger” I enjoy writing more about style than what’s hot, and true to my word J . JS Lee’s 2016 Spring Summer collection was immensely stylish. High-fashion drapery, free-flowing textiles and beautiful cuts complimented dresses, pinafores and contemporary feminine light-weight suits. The colour palette was candy striped pastels and then bold contrasting monochrome with an echoing theme of beautiful printed birds; creating the ethos of “the bird’s flight to freedom”. This collection was timeless and filled with rejuvenated energy. This collection is absolutely my favourite so far.
Susnyara’s SS16 collection “Kardia” blew me away at New York Fashion Week. The collection itself is a romantic palette of pastel shades with a whisper of bronze. Unpredictable cuts and stunning drapery lends the feminine collection a hint of delightful chaos. Just enough to understand the inspiration of urban streets and modern day street fashion that play as ingredients behind these dreamy designs. Nina Susnjara designs with the contemporary woman’s figure in mind, making her collection wearable but at the same incredibly special.
Frozen vegetables are a must for anyone who doesn’t have the patience or time to prepare and make delicious home cooked meals daily. I make soup every day for lunch and it takes me about 15 mins. This soup is deliciously flavoursome and full of nutrients. The almonds create a creamy taste and the sumac adds a touch of sweetness. Eat it at lunch or dinner with a hot portion of garlic bread.
First of all heat a frying pan with two tablespoons of olive oil. Add the chopped red onion and fry till soft. Once soft, add the four chopped garlic cloves and the sumac.
Put the frozen vegetables all in one saucepan and boil on a high heat for 6 minutes.
Once the frozen vegetables have boiled put them on the side to cool. Add the almonds to the garlic and fried onions and continue to fry till the onions are crispy.
Once the veg have cooled put them in your Nutribullet or smoothie maker, add half the onion mixture and one cup of the water used to boil the frozen vegetables in, blend till roughly smooth. Put the soup in to a saucepan and add salt and black pepper to your taste. I like lots of black pepper!
Stir till hot, ladle in to a bowl and sprinkle the remaining onion mixture on the top. Serve with buttery toast or garlic bread.
The Marbella Club is somewhere my family has been visiting since the 1960s. With a spa, an 18-hole golf course (designed by Dave Thomas), tennis, gym, beautiful beach views and sumptuous lunches on offer it’s a fantastic place to visit during the day. I personally enjoy lunching at the “Garden Pool” restaurant during the day. Then walking down to the sun loungers on the beach. I have memories of being about five years old, wrapped in one of the turquoise Marbella Club towels and eating ice cream by the pool. When I have children I hope to bring them here, I am sure they will adore it as much as I do.
Beach or bar?
The perfect lunch view at the “Garden Pool”
In the evening there’s live jazz and drinks in the gardens, as well as a divine dinner menu coordinated by chef Juan Gálvez. Evening drinks can be enjoyed in the outside bar area with the jazz band or round the side of the hotel, amongst the peaceful garden of greenery and white washed walls. I recommend a refreshing Grey Goose and soda, with fresh lime served separately. They always serve it just how I like it.
The Marbella Club is the perfect place to enjoy an evening drink
This beautiful little eatery is the perfect way to start your day. So, I did so every day that I was in Marbella. It is located by the pool of the Puente Romano with the option to order drinks to sun loungers or sit down to a delicious organic lunch or breakfast. I tried nearly everything on Rachel’s Organic Food menu from the delicious coconut ice cream, the red Sangria, the banana & strawberry topped breakfast bowl and of course their tasty coffees – americano, espresso, iced coffee and café con leche with honey. Attached to the eatery is a sweet little boutique selling everything from kitchenalia to children’s toys and clothing. I fell in love with a lot of pieces for the home.