Monday, 12 October 2015

Chronicles of a Hairy Girl


Tuesday, 22 September 2015

The Good Life Eatery

It’s where you get your fix of some seriously healthy food and fashion inspiration. I mean, the ladies at Sloane Square know how to nail style! And if you are lucky, you might even spot celebrities! Whilst we were eating, Millie Macintosh was casually "hanging out" at The Good Life Eatery. 

This café style eatery is tiny! There are only a handful of tables and if you happen to land up at a busy time, (I m guessing lunch-time & weekends) you will end up waiting in a rather dramatic queue. Good Life has been creating ripples in the clean eating and raw food world for a while now. And why not? It is one of the first of its kind, has a massive social media fan base and loyalty of many popular British bloggers & celebrities!

I mentally kicked myself for not visiting Good Life earlier. We went there on a quiet Tuesday evening and luckily found a table. Within half an hour though, all tables (there are about 4) were full and even Millie Mackintosh could not get a proper table, she sat (waiting) on one of those side facing tables with high stools!! Really!

A meal for two with a main and drink is roughly about £35 which in my opinion is not bad at all for central London. Their staff is genuinely friendly and the vibe is effortless and easy.

Left 'Lean Machine' Bowl | Right 'Goodness' Bowl

I ordered the 'Choc Norris' smoothie along with 'goodness bowl' whilst Andy ordered 'Ninja Turtle' and a 'Lean Machine' warm bowl with cauliflower rice and chicken meatballs. 

Not going to lie, I took my time finishing 'Choc Norris' over a long slow walk around the neighbourhood. And I enjoyed every bit. 

The 'Goodness' bowl is made up of quinoa tabbouleh, asian salad, zucchini fettuccine, sweet potato & quinoa falafel, 1/2 a seeded avocado, avocado butter & seeded crackers.

'Choc Norris' (love this name) is made with raw cacao, almond milk, almond hazelnut butter, avocado, cacao nibs, maca powder & banana.

'Ninja Turtle' is made with kale, spinach, coriander, avocado, cucumber, ginger, vanilla, spirulina, almond milk, coconut water & chia seeds.

Left 'Ninja Turtle' | Right 'Choc Norris' 

The food was fresh, delicious and surprisingly filling; don't be fooled by these pictures or portion sizes! We ate at 6 pm and went to bed about 6 hours later. During and at the end of these 6 hours, we did not feel hungry at all! 

Have you been to The Good Life Eatery? What are your thoughts? 

The Goodlife Eatery
59 Sloane Ave, London SW3 3DH
020 7052 9388 

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Planet Organic & Outfit of the Day

A Mix of Raw Pad Thai, Greek & Protein Packed (Quinoa) Salad

If you are ever around Liverpool Street Station and fancy a quiet (ish) spot with a bonus of healthy (ish) foods, try Planet Organic at Devonshire Square. The store extends to a swell café, complete with a quaint courtyard outdoor seating. My friend Kanchan and I landed at Planet Organic post work at about 6 pm and there was no food left except for some salads and pies :(

On the menu they offer a selection of hot & cold beverages that include organic alcoholic drinks, juices and smoothies. In addition to a huge salad bar, they also do hot foods such as pies, quiches, sausage rolls and pasties. Furthermore, they also throw in a few daily "specials" such as beef lasagne, sausages & gravy, Mediterranean chicken etc.

Both of us cannot wait to go back there around lunchtime for a hearty albeit healthy meal. Now I won't be surprised if it gets extremely busy and loud at that time of the day considering there are a lot of offices around Devonshire Square. But thats okay! We'll do anything for good food ;)

Anyhow, we had a lush time catching up over salad, organic cider and gin & tonic.  I  highly recommend Planet Organic for the following reasons-
  • It is a good break from traditional pubs & cafes.
  • If the "Great British Weather" allows, you can sit outside, enjoy a drink or two and unwind with friends after wrapping up work. 
  • It's not noisy at all compared to pubs & bars; lets face it pubs can get really loud. This basically implies that you can have real conversations and won't end up with a sore throat because of constant screaming  & shouting, trying to beat the noise & chatter.
  • You can eat healthy & organic food!
  • You can do a bit of grocery as well as skincare shopping from the store. Drink, eat, socialise & shop all under one roof. Genius!

And now lets take a quick look at what I wore that day! Jumping on board with the whole 70s vibe, I really enjoyed wearing flares after so so long! I've kept the rest of my look extremely simple and basic so that my flared denims could make a strong statement whilst being the focal point of this outfit.

What do you think about the flared denims trend? Yay or Nay?

Flares- Miss Sixty at TK Maxx
Top- Sarojini Nagar (Export Surplus Market, New Delhi, India)
Jacket- Qushi at TK Maxx
Bag- Manifatture Campane at Tk Maxx
Boots – New Look

Planet Organic
10 Devonshire Square, London EC2M 4AE
020 7220 9060

Are you from London or have lived in London at some point in your life? What places would you recommend? I'd love to hear from you. xx

Images by Kanchan Dora

Saturday, 15 August 2015

10 Telltale Signs That You Are A True Skincare Junkie

If you can relate to the following, congratulations you are officially obsessed with skincare! Honest, wholesome & fabulous skincare! (for the most part) 

1. You follow Caroline Hirons’s blog religiously. If you ever end up not cleansing properly (night or day) and literally visualize Caroline Hirons pointing that finger at you, you are in the game baby! I am completely obsessed with her and in addition to gaining invaluable knowledge through her blog; I thoroughly enjoy her witty sense of humour and no-nonsense approach of posts.

2. You hate mineral oil with a vengeance. Every skincare junkie knows that there are far better skin loving, plant based oils out there. Cheap & nasty mineral oil has no real benefits. So if you are paying the price, don’t just settle for mineral oil, demand for more and get a better product. And you have learnt this the hard way! (Angry face emoji)

3. Oils & balms are your favourite type of cleansers. Skincare as we have known traditionally has changed massively. And for the best. Gone are the days when you settled for a foaming facial cleanser. You know that stuff is no good. Cleansing oils/balms do the job beautifully whilst keeping your skin happy and healthy.

4. You only use flannels to cleanse! Face wipes? Toxic! Yuck! Cotton pads, naah! Every junkie knows that you don’t splash water onto your face after massaging the product into your face; you wipe your face with a hot, wet face cloth instead! On a side note, just how satisfying is that feeling of wiping your face with a hot cloth?

5. While cleansing oils, balms, moisturisers, SPF, toners & eye creams are vital to a great skincare routine, every beauty junkie knows where to invest the big bucks in the skincare game and that is serums! But you still end up spending a lot on everything anyway! Alarmingly, your stash of skincare products galore is scattered everywhere and you are constantly looking for storage ideas! Muji & Ikea are amongst your favourite stores. 

6.  Your birthday, Christmas or any other wish-list is ready and full of skincare products. Handbags and diamonds can wait! Who wants the Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil, I know I do!!

7.  You actually look forward to cleansing every single day, twice a day so much so that cleansing is more fun than putting on makeup. Lets face it you are obsessed.

8.  You treat food and fitness as an integral part of skincare. True skincare junkies are mindful of the sugar they consume and are usually non-smokers. They also try and stay away from alcohol as much as possible whilst drinking water like it’s going out of fashion.

9. The first and last thing (in a day) you do is watch beauty & skincare videos on YouTube. I plead guilty.

10. You love Space NK and you love spending your time perusing the aisles of Space NK! Online and off. Do I need to explain this any further?

I could write endlessly but for the sake of this post and not losing your interest, I limited myself to the 10 most relevant points. Feel free to add anything that you think is more relevant and I may have missed, I would love to hear from you! 

So, are you a skincare junkie? xx


Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Sanctuary Spa BB Cream

I was looking for an everyday BB cream for summer time and did a little excited mental flip when I saw this. Sanctuary Spa do some fabulous products and their BB cream shall be simply awesome were the exact thoughts running through my head as I put this gorgeous green package into my basket. I think this product was launched way back in 2012, got slightly mixed reviews and rightly so.

It comes in two different shades 'light to medium' and 'medium to dark' and is rather misleading. To be honest, the 'light to medium' shade works perfectly for me but is not very suitable for very light or very fair skin. As you can see in the swatch above, it is more of a medium shade. The 'medium to dark' shade is even darker! Furthermore, if you have a very pale complexion and cool undertones, this is not the cream for you as both shades seem to have a warm undertone. 

I really like the white tube it comes in. The only downside of this packaging is that it gets really dirty if kept in a makeup bag with other products.

The smell is really pleasant, almost citrusy and very fresh, certainly not overwhelming or overpowering. I think that is because it contains fruit oil. It also contains sweet almond oil and grape seed oil which are common skin care ingredients.

Thanks to its sheer coverage and SPF 15, this makes an ideal summer, daytime product as well as a perfect holiday bb cream.

Now about the coverage; this gives very sheer, almost no coverage at all. It adds a little moisture back into your skin and slightly colour corrects it. Kinda like your skin but better...

Before- Cleansed face with moisturizer

After- One squirt of Sanctuary Spa BB Cream in 'light to medium'

As you can see in the pictures above, this bb cream gives a very sheer cover and ever so slightly. 

If you are really fair or have a very light complexion and you also love good coverage this product is not for you. Even if you build this up, you will only achieve a sheer to medium sort of coverage. You could however use this as a primer before you apply foundation as it contains silica. 

This works for me because I am not a big fan of too much coverage. I aim for my face to look like it definitely has something going on but not a lot. I like to work this into my skin with my fingers; I feel that it blends better that way. You can also use a brush instead if you prefer that.

I use a generous amount of this product after I have moisturised my face thoroughly. I don't use it instead of my moisturiser. And I top it with concealer under my eyes and around my nose. I finally set it all in place with powder. The finish is definitely dewy and makes your skin look radiant & healthy. I think this is because it contains glycerin. I do need a touch up or two with powder especially  around my nose and t-zone but please bear in mind that the last month has been humid and I used this in New Delhi, India and Port Pollensa, Mallorca. (very humid indeed)

Will I repurchase this? Yes, unless I find something more exciting!

Price- £15 at  or 

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