Everything you want..

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter long weekend? Mine flew by so quickly – I will share some pictures of my time in the Cotswolds soon. It was great to get out of London and spend some quality time in the country side with some of my favourite people. However I did eat way too much – I can’t look at another chocolate easter egg for, well, quite some time! Only a three day working week for me this week because on Thursday night I am flying home to the Netherlands to see my family and to celebrate the annual Kings day festivities in Amsterdam (see previous years photos here and here).

But for now, it’s Hump Day once again so here a little midweek inspiration!

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“Everything you want is on the other side of fear”
Jack Canfield (Chicken Soup for the Soul)

Isn’t it funny how so many of us are afraid to step outside of our comfort zones – even if it holds us back from achieving our dreams and reaching our goals in all areas including career, relationships and travel! What’s on the other side of fear? Growth, success, happiness, self-confidence, empowerment, love, more opportunities, freedom and much more.

Think of everything you could be missing out on in life because you’re scared. They say “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone!” and I totally agree with that. I know it’s easier said than done, but maybe sometimes we just need to tell ourselves to forget our fears and be courageous, because it may be scary but if we don’t try, we’ll never know! Happy Hump Day :)


  
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Breakfast at the Wolseley

When it comes to breakfast places; breakfast at The Wolseley is definitely a London institution. “Breakfast is everything. The beginning, the first thing. It is the mouthful that is the commitment to a new day, a continuing life,” as written by A. A. Gill in his book ‘Breakfast at The Wolseley’.

Ever since moving to London it was one of those bucket-list-experiences that I just had to do at some point.  I can’t believe it took me almost 4 years to tick it off. Useless I know!

The Wolseley is an all day café-restaurant located on Piccadilly next to the Ritz hotel. Starting at 7am on the dot from Monday to Friday (and from a gentler 8am at the weekend), breakfast at the Wolseley is served from an extensive menu. The Wolseley actually manages to turn 350 covers in a day and you can see how when you experience their smooth and speedy service (without making you feel like you need to eat and leave asap, as some places can be).

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On weekdays breakfast at the Wolseley seems to be the place for advertising execs, media types and business folk conducting their early morning meetings over coffee and delicious pastries. To get a table it is definitely necessary to book in advance, so when my best friends birthday was coming up and seeing are both pretty swamped at work, we decided to have a pre-work celebration with breakfast at The Wolseley! Our booking was for 7.30am and when we arrived the place was already buzzing with people. The interior and feeling is one of a Vienna grand cafe that feels posh but without being over-pretentious.

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I had been out for dinner the night before (where I’d consumed a few too many  wines – whoops) which meant I had a bit of a hangover, so the first thing I craved was coffee and a freshly baked pain au chocolate! It went down a treat. Oh and my friends’ boyfriend knows his coffees and confirmed to me recently that, to him, the cappuccino at the Wolseley is one of the best around! And that says something ;)

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I told the waiter it was my friends birthday so had asked them to surprise her with a candle on her pastry (which they couldn’t do unfortunately) but they did provide a lovely marzipan birthday plaque!

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When it came to ordering breakfast it was a pretty tough decision because I’d read so many good things. The breakfast menu offers everything from bircher müesli, fruit and porridge to bacon & fried egg rolls, fish cakes and croques monsier to a traditional full English fried breakfast. However my hangover seemed to be craving a sweet & salty fix that morning, so when I spotted the french toast with bacon, I was sold!

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The birthday girl had the ‘potato rösti with avocado, tomato and a hen’s egg’ and her boyfriend went for their much-raved-about-signature dish the ‘Eggs Benedict’.

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The french toast was one of the best I’ve had in years! Some people think bacon with french toast is a strange combination but trust me once you’ve tried it you won’t go back, it’s delicious and the perfect sweet and salty combination. The bacon was super crispy and I demolished this breakfast. The service was very friendly and efficient and I can see why The Wolseley such an institution in London. It was a great way to start our Friday morning. We both went to work full and happy! I will definitely be back for breakfast and can’t wait to try their afternoon tea which is also meant to be divine.

The Wolseley
160 Piccadilly London W1J 9EB
www.thewolseley.com

Note; it’s definitely worth making a booking ahead of time for breakfast at The Wolseley!


  
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Jacava Red Velvet NOTD

In Spring Jacava released a range of new shades to their 2014 collection. I got sent a sample of the shade ‘Red Velvet’ to try. Jacava Red Velvet is a beautiful deep burgundy gloss with a rich, red velvety undertone.  It’s a little vampy but still classic making it perfect for every day and every season. The shade came out a bit lighter in the photos, in true life it’s a bit deeper in colour.

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This was two coats (applied in a  bit of a rush) and the application is lovely – smooth and no streaks or uneven areas. This dries well, looks glossy and shiny, and lasts well.  I love this kind of deep red shade! Do you?

Jacava polishes can be bought online at Jacava.com and at Amazon UK.


  
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Just bloom!

This week is just flying by! I’m feeling rather stressed at work at the moment so am very much looking forward to my Easter long weekend escape to the Cotswolds this Friday with a group of friends. We’ve rented a cottage for three nights in a small town near Oxford and will spend our days relaxing, going for walks, playing games and cooking and eating lots of food (especially CHOCOLATE!) Bring it on. For now just some quick mid-week motivation even though it’s technically past mid-week already as it is a only a four day week, wooohooo!

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Love this quote! Happy Hump Day :)
Have you got fun Easter plans that you’re looking forward to?


  
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Easter Hot Cross Bun Pudding Recipe

Looking for a great pudding recipe for an Easter feast this weekend? Well, look no further! This Easter Hot Cross Bun Pudding recipe is super easy and super delicious. It’s a great way to use up leftover or slightly stale Hot Cross Buns to have as a dessert on Easter Sunday or any time over the Easter holiday. To transform your generic hot cross bun into a warming treat check out the recipe below.

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Easter Hot Cross Bun Pudding Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 6 Hot cross buns
  • Butter (spreadable)
  • 4 Eggs
  • 30g Sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence or vanilla paste
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 350ml of (double) cream
  • 350ml of milk
  • Chunks of chocolate (optional)

Method:

Preheat your oven to 180C and butter an ovenproof dish. Slice the hot cross buns in halves and butter each side. Then arrange them in a dish just big enough to fit your six hot cross buns. If the sound of more chocolate appeals to you (and trust me you won’t regret doing this step!) then now add some chocolate chunks in and around the buns.

In a bowl whisk together the eggs, cream, milk, sugar, vanilla essence and cinnamon. Pour the mixture over and around your buns and squish them down a bit in the liquid to help them soak up all the creamy goodness. You can let it soak for about 30 minutes or just pop it straight into them oven. Bake for about 30-40 minutes or until puffy and dark rich brown.

Serve hot straight from the oven with a scoop of ice cream and enjoy!

Original recipe by Liberty London Girl

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I had this dessert on the weekend at The Chameleon Social Club Easter Feast and it was incredibly moorish! I just couldn’t stop scooping up more of the custardy filling combined with the melted chocolate chunks, nom nom. My friend Emily kindly gave me the recipe so I am now making it for my friends this Easter as we’re escaping to the Cotswolds for a few days.

Do you think you will make this Hot Cross Bun Pudding this weekend or do you already have a winning Easter pudding recipe lined up?


  
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