Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Holiday Gift Guide: For The Londoner

So, today for the third instalment of my holiday gift guide series (click here to read my guide For The Total Bookworm, and click here to read my guide For Him) I want to focus on some gifts that I'm sure that we'd all love, but are a little bit city specific for all you Londoners out there who read my blog. I know I'm no longer really one of you, but about 20% of you do live in the city. A little bit of number crunching for you there. Shall we get onto the presents? I totally want all of these, by the way. 
Holiday Gift Guide for The Londoner 2014
J.Crew Gift Card | Whistle & Bango Postcode Bangles: £69 | Dr. Lipp Nipple Balm For Lips: £11.50 | J.Crew Fair Isle Socks: £12.50 / $12.50 | Hotel Chocolat 6 Christmas Mess Truffles: £3.95 | J.Crew Cashmere Gloves: £68 / $68 | Liberty London Little Marlborough Print Small Tote Bag: £295 | Kate Spade 'Break The Ice' Insulated Tumbler: £19.95 / $18 | Sugar Paper Los Angeles 6 Thank You Cards: £19.95 / $20

Monday, 24 November 2014

4 Really Great Red Wines Under £10

So, this Spring when I posted my 4 Really Great White Wines Under £10 I promised you a post featuring some of my favourite everyday red wines sometime soon. Okay, it has taken me until November, but as we're all drinking reds with our dinner now, I think maybe the timing is actually perfect? This time around I've teamed up with the lovely people at Waitrose Cellar for their expertise introducing me to some new wines to mix in with my existing favourites. Stay tuned, as I'm going to try and get a Sparkling edition of this post online before New Year. (Maybe because I'm writing my deadline to myself here, I'll actually be able to keep it?!)
4 Really Great Red Wines Under £10

Friday, 21 November 2014

Weekly Love: Week 141

I know I'm probably one of the last people to the party, but if you happen to have not have read Gone Girl yet, and you have not seen the film and therefore don't know how it ends, I urge you to pick up a copy. I picked up a paperback copy in Sainsbury's last month with the intention to read it on the train, but in all honestly it was one of the best, and most surprising books I've read since leaving school over three years ago now. It is beautifully crafted with suspense and unexpected twists and turns, you'd be doing yourself a disservice if you did not at least try a few chapters. But I promise you you won't *just* be able to read a few chapters! 
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1. Luxurious orange blossom Sunday afternoon bath time with my Jo Malone Orange Blossom Candle and Philosophy's (sadly discontinued) Orange Blossom bubble bath. | 2. The first little preview from my Christmas Kitchen, look out for all the recipes I have planned both here and in my columns, starting December 1st! | 3. Burgers and local Whitstable Bay lager at The Shakespeare in Canterbury. | 4. Every year Mummy and I buy two decorations together for our family Christmas tree. Tuesday saw us making our selections in Selfridges. | 5. Chorizo, onions and spinach from the bottom of my fridge, fried up with some eggs and about to be dumped on toast by way of an impromptu lunch. | 6. Monty the penguin's relatives being totally adorable in the John Lewis windows on Oxford Street.

Homemade Chorizo Baked Beans
Just a short one this week, but before I sign off I just want to share with you a great breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner dish from my 'Student Suppers' column for Wozedu: Homemade Chorizo Baked Beans on Toast. You probably already have most of the ingredients in your cupboard anyway, and it will help fill any holes in your meal planning in the coming week!

What have you been enjoying this week, and what do you have planned for the weekend? I'm splitting my time between London and Canterbury this weekend, lots planned in the weeks getting even busier leading up to Christmas!

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Places To Eat In London: 108 Brasserie, Marylebone

Marylebone High Street is one of my favourite places in London. It is one of the few places in the city that still has that proper 'high street' feel (only Richmond also springs to mind), and is the home to some of my favourite shops and date night bars. Yesterday my Mummy and I were invited along to sample the lunch menu at the newly refurbished 108 Brasserie on Marylebone Lane, so we sandwiched it between cookbook browsing in Daunt Books and cookware gawking in the new Divermenti store, and a trip to the Selfridges Shoe Hall.
Roasted Yorkshire Moor Pheasant at 108 Brasserie, Marylebone

Friday, 14 November 2014

Holiday Gift Guide: For Him

I'm glad so many of you enjoyed my gift guide for The Total Bookworm. For the second instalment of this years gift guides I've decided to try something new and do a guide for all of the men in our lives. I'm terrible at buying gifts for guys, but through the practice of putting together mens gift guides for the blog I'm actually getting better! So, below I hope you'll find some slick and stylish gifts for the guys you need to shop for. Stay tuned for my guides for The Londoner and the Total Foodie (my favourite!)
For Him 2014
It's Written In The Stars Set of 3 Handkerchiefs: £24 / $40 | Hotel Chocolat Sloe Gin Truffles: £3.75 |  J.Crew Navy & Root Red Mens Pyjama Set: £95 / $95 | Don't Drink & Ride Hip Flask: £16 / $24 | Ralph Lauren Classic Lux Merino Wool Gloves: £75 / $55 | Gentlemans Hardware Shoe Shine Kit: £15 | Mulberry Leather Washbag: £295 

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Cookbook Corner: Homemade Decadence by Joy Wilson + Brown Sugar Cream-Cheese Ice Cream & Chocolate Coated Potato Chips

When I moved into my apartment in Los Angeles in September 2012 one of the first things I did was set up an American Amazon account and order myself The Joy The Baker Cookbook by way of a housewarming gift. I think it was actually the first cookbook I ever purchased for myself, perfect for my first grown up apartment. It has become one of my favourite baking books, crammed with recipes I turn to whenever I fancy something sweet like her Giant Cinnamon Rolls with Buttermilk Glaze (the first enriched dough I ever made, and by hand no less!), Lemon-Thyme Sugar Cookies or my absolute favourite Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Homemade Decadence by Joy Wilson Book Review