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Be a bit more Dutch with HEMA!

Dutch retail institution HEMA launched their 7th UK store on Monday and I was there to help them celebrate and talk to people about what makes HEMA so great. I realise that many of you may have never heard of HEMA, so let me start by telling you a bit more about them.

To me, HEMA is one of the most iconic Dutch brands out there and I grew up with it living in the Netherlands. They have actually been around since 1926 and are celebrating their 90th anniversary this year, which is quite something don’t you think? HEMA is known for its high quality, expert designs and affordable prices for everyday essentials – and I love the concept that they design & make all of their all their products (which range from beauty, food, stationery, kids and homeware) in Amsterdam. People often describe HEMA as the Dutch IKEA or Tiger Tiger but I think the quality and range available in products for items like clothing, beauty, home and food is so much better than either of those brands.

Like I said, I’ve known HEMA all my life growing up in the Netherlands. So when they were launching their new London Euston Station store and asked me to be an expert on the night on all things food for this event I couldn’t be more excited. I was asked to select and display products that I have a personal connection with and which bring the dutch foodie traditions to life. Didn’t my table look full of incredible treats? So let me tell you guys also a bit more about my #HEMAhacks and knowledge on how to eat like the Dutch.

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Spinach Salad with Strawberries, Avocado, Blue Cheese and a Poppyseed Dressing

It’s summer, which means BBQ season so it’s vital to have a winning salad recipe in your repertoire. This Spinach Salad with Strawberries, Avocado, Blue Cheese and a Poppyseed Dressing is one of my summer-go-to salads to bring to a party or to serve as a simple but tasty side salad with some meat. You can throw it together in minutes and the mix of the sweet strawberries with the blue cheese and the refreshing dressing is a match made in heaven. Quick tip; if you’re taking this to a BBQ or party – just keep the dressing in a cup or container and pour it over the salad just before serving so the spinach doesn’t go all soggy!

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Perfect little summer dress 

I shared this picture of my new favourite summer dress on Instagram yesterday and you all seemed to like it so I thought I’d put it on the blog with details on where to get it! I found this perfect little summer dress on ASOS and they have it in a normal and tall version. Personally I always go for the Tall option on ASOS because I find their dresses super short. I mean I am not even that tall (1.74cm) but I like a dress to cover, well my bum haha.

This floral tea dress has a fun red ‘ditsy’ print; and I just love the ruffle sleeves and it has an (oeh la la) open tie back. Oh and did I mention it’s on sale for only £22! But one quick tip; I had to use some double sided tape to actually stick the ruffle sleeves to my shoulders, otherwise there’s a big chance over overexposing yourself. All the links to buy are below :)

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Mazi London

Mazi has been one of my favourite spots in Notting Hill for quite some time now so it’s terrible really that I haven’t even featured it on here! I recently visited this lovely greek restaurant again when my parents were in town so took some quick snap shots of our dinner to show you. Mazi has been around since 2012 and is located in one of the cutest areas in Notting Hill, tucked away behind Notting Hill Gate in Hillgate Village; where the streets are filled with cute little colourful houses. An instagramers dream let me tell you ;)

However, Mazi isn’t your traditional greek restaurant because they say they take inspiration from the traditional greek table but reinvent them with a modern twist. I fell in love with this hidden gem years ago and have been back many times since. Every dish is delicious, the interior and vibe has a lovely relaxed cosy feel (and they have an amazing back courtyard in summer where you can eat al fresco!) and the service is always friendly and efficient. 

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