FAQ's


What camera do you use? Your photos are always really good, how do I get them like that? 

I shoot with a Nikon D5300 with a 18-55mm lens and a iPhone 5s for all of my photos. On the computer I edit them either in iPhoto (if not much work needs doing on them) or Adobe Photoshop CC. On my phone I edit all of my photos in Afterlight as standard then tweak them a little with other actions within Instagram. I do also have Litely which I use occasionally for editing. If you're looking at older blog posts, I've used a Nikon D60 (again with a 18-55mm lens), an iPhone 4s and an iPhone 5.


Who takes the photos on your blog? 

With a few rare exceptions, all the photos I am not in are taken by me. I always credit the people who take the photo of me below the picture, unless they're shots from my own camera where they were probably taken by a close friend or family member.


Do you blog full time?

When I finished university in the Spring of 2014 I started blogging and working as a freelance journalist full time. I had a really amazing year, got to go on some fantastic trips and met some fantastic people. Throughout university all of the work experience and internships I completed were in politics, so it was only natural that as I had a very flexible work schedule that I volunteer to work on the May 2015 election campaign. Working with such a great team every day I realised that while I loved my work, I also loved working as part of a team in a different environment. I now work part time for an MP based in that same office, still also writing my blog and working as a freelance journalist part time.


What university did you study at, and what did you study? 

I have a degree in English Literature from the University of London, and I spent a year as an English major (and unofficial Classics minor) at the University of California, Los Angeles.


Do you have any professional training as a chef?

I have never trained in a professional kitchen or done a fully course at a culinary school. I'm a home cook, mostly self taught through cookbooks and online tutorials, but I have attended courses at London City Hospitality College, Waitrose Cookery School and The Underground Cookery School in a few odd things like knife skills and patisserie. Also through the blog I've been lucky enough to spend time in kitchens with some incredibly skilled chefs who I've also picked up a thing or two along the way!


Is there anything you don't eat, or you're allergic to? 

While I have not been diagnosed by a doctor, eating cheese made with cows milk in anything more than small quantities makes me sick, so I try to avoid it. Other than that, the only thing I won't eat under any circumstances are peanuts. Otherwise, I'll try anything. Put any Japanese or Korean food in front of me (very low on any dairy and not as heavy on the peanuts as Chinese cuisine) and I'll try everything without even asking what it is.


Where do you live, and where are you from? 

I live in the Kentish Countryside near Canterbury. This is where I was born and I grew up. I'm also backwards and forwards to London pretty much all the time. My parents try to spend a week every month at our home in Northern France, and if I am available around work commitments to go with them I always do. Between September 2012 and June 2013 I lived in Los Angeles, California. While I live in neither city, I identify both as a Londoner and an Angeleno.


Where are your favourite places in London?

For food, when I don't want much fuss with friends I go to The Diner or Dishoom (the Shoreditch branch), which I also use for meetings. Otherwise, I do like to always try somewhere new! For popping in for cake or pastries, I'm a massive fan of Ottolenghi's in Notting Hill and The Primrose Bakery, Primrose Hill branch. My favourite bar is Circus in Covent Garden, but only really in the Winter. In the Summer I like to sit outside of whatever East London space has space on their terrace or rooftop. In my mind the best brunch in the city is at Beagle in Hoxton, just under the Overground Station; have the dippy eggs and pancakes. They also do great Summer cocktails. Since moving back from Los Angeles I'm obsessed with cold pressed juice, and in my mind the best can be found at the Canyon Juicery, inside the Joseph Store on Westbourne Grove in Notting Hill. I usually do my food shopping at Borough Market and Daylesford Organic, also on Westbourne Grove. I'm not really fussy about where I shop, but my favourite department store is Selfridges.


Where are your favourite places in Los Angeles?

Food wise, my favourite brunch can be found at The Tasting Kitchen on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice. I usually stop off at Local 1205 down the street beforehand to pick up one of their amazing mason jars of fresh pressed juice. However, I'm also a fan of the Pressed Juicery and Blueprint Cleanse. My favourite lunch spot is Toast in West Hollywood, and the carrot cake at Joan's On Third down the street is to die for. While in England I don't really 'do' takeaway (or takeout as the Americans call it!) but in LA I can't get enough of TLT in Westwood Village. I adore their Steak Fries! This post details my favourite shopping haunts, and otherwise nothing beats walking along the edge of the ocean from Venice Beach to Santa Monica Pier on a beautiful sunny day! I also spend a lot of time at the Los Angeles County Museum Of Art.


I'm looking to go on holiday to Los Angeles. Where is the best place to stay as a tourist?

Venice Beach or Santa Monica. The 'hubs' of Los Angeles where you can really do stuff, eat out etc. are Downtown, West Hollywood, Venice and Santa Monica, but as LA is a driving city and as a tourist you may not have a car, Santa Monica and Venice are neighbourhoods that have the most walkability as far as getting to shops, restaurants, local hang outs and the beach. And if you're looking to use public transport to see the rest of the city (I don't recommend using the LA buses, though!) they also have the best connections. I always use Uber to get around the city now, though, and with the app the world really is your Oyster! (If you don't have the app yet, use the promo code lt8pc when you sign up for your first ride free!)


Do you miss living in Los Angeles?

I miss my life in Los Angeles every single day, but given the choice to move back full time tomorrow I'd choose to stay put, because England is home. However, I don't know what the future holds so this may change. I do know though at the moment my life is in England, so are my friends and family, and I want to work on growing my business here. The only other country I could see myself living full time is France, and that is a stretch. I miss walking the beach, I miss brunch on Abbot Kinney, shopping at The Grove, I miss the beautiful UCLA campus, I miss the weather. I miss Pressed Juice, I miss shopping at Trader Joe's, I miss Sprinkles Ice Cream, I miss the palm trees, I miss Santa Monica Pier and I miss Westwood Farmers Market on Broxton Avenue. There is always going to be a part of me that feels that LA is 'home' because the 10 months I spent living there was quite a long time; it took less time for me to call London home. I will always be going back to Los Angeles because while I know I am living full time in the right place for me, not going back is not an option. LAX will always be both a very happy and very sad place for me, because it means that I'm either arriving in or leaving one of the cities I miss the most in the world.


You spend a lot of time in France, can you speak French?

I can speak okay French, but I can follow and read French so much better. I am useless at writing it. I tend to warm up after I've been there a while, and I refuse to speak French in England or America unless I have to because of it. I am useless at languages, but in my view as long as I know enough to eat, shop and know what to do if my house was on fire, I'm fine! 


I was wondering where you got your blog layout from or if you designed it? Any tips?

I designed both my blog layouts myself, the elements in Photoshop working off of the blogger template. I don't pretend to be a web designer (anything past basic HTML and CSS code gives me a bit of a headache!) However, my nav bar at the top and the drop down menus were coded by Little White Whale Design Studio.


What programme do you use to make your collages and put text on your images?

I use my copy of Photoshop CS4, but I know not everyone can afford it, so I recommend using something like PicMonkey or The Gimp, both of which are free and very easy to use. Also, Adobe have now started a great service so you can subscribe to photoshop monthly, it costs $19.99 a month.


What app do you use for cooking on your iPad?

If the stuff is from actual recipe books, I like them to stay in the physical books, so while I read some books about food in the Kindle app (I'm obsessed with Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential) all the food I do off of my iPad are recipes I've found online. I adore Evernote Food. Essentially, I have a browser plug in on my laptop, like the Pinterest plug in where when I'm on a recipe on someones blog or site I want to save, I can hit it, edit things like the title and add tags to it for easy browsing, then the recipe will be added to my Evernote account. Then inside my Evernote Food app on my iPad all my recipes appear with the top image and the name in a long list. It is free to use up to a certain point, but I pay a small subscription as I have simply hundreds of recipes stored in there.


You seem to be eat out all the time and do loads of cooking and baking; how do you manage to not be as big as a house? Do you have a special gym or exercise routine  or do you just eat like a rabbit the rest of the time?

Anyone who follows me on Instagram will know that I do eat that much and bake that much every day, all the time. I would be absolutely useless at dieting, I just adore food too much and don't see why I should have to deprive myself of any of it. That being said I naturally do not like the taste of fatty and most fried foods. I can't stand ready meals and most fast food turns my stomach. When I'm eating sugary cakes, unless I'm eating out I bake all of my own instead of buying biscuits  so instead of processed sugars and additives it is all natural brown sugar and French instead of added fat butter I use in my baking. I will also almost go for the fresh fruit that is available and in the Summer time when we grow our own at home I eat tomatoes like (and instead of) sweets. I also don't cook myself that much meat, and I can't stand most cheeses. Basically I eat whatever I want, but my tastes are naturally inclined in a healthier direction. As for exercise, I think if you added up all the time in my life I've spent in a gym I would have not even lost a week. When I'm in the city (London or Los Angeles) I prefer to walk as much as I can so public transport is not eating my money, which naturally keeps weight off. I also enjoy long walks when I'm in the countryside in either England or France every afternoon with my mother, and most weekends when it was sunny in Los Angeles I did the two mile walk through the ocean spray from Venice Boardwalk to Santa Monica Pier. The only non natural exercise I do is when I'm at my parents house and I'm driving everywhere rather than walking, I do enjoy swimming about 20 minutes of lengths everyday in the Pilgrims Nook Holiday Cottages swimming pool. I wrote more about all of this in my post 'How I Am Not The Size Of A House: My Food & Eating Philosophy'.