Monthly Archives: October 2011

Weekend Brunches – Formosina

Most people that know me, know that one of my favourite things to do in the weekend is going for brunch! I just love having a relaxing morning and then meeting friends between 11am-12.30pm (depending on what I’ve been up to the night before hehe) for lots of cups of tea and delicious food. When it comes to brunch food I am a big fan of poached eggs with mushrooms or smoked salmon but then again I also can’t resist a creamy honey banana porridge or fresh bread smothered with chocolate spread :)

In London I am always exploring new places for brunch and thought I might start sharing my favourite brunch hounds on the blog, I hope you like it!

This weekend me and a friend met up at my house in Notting Hill and walked over to neighbouring Maida Vale for brunch. We decided to try out the swanky looking eatery called ‘Formosina’.

This lovely little Maida Vale restaurant opened about 6 month’s ago and is owned and styled by Jacqui B, who also owns the interior design shop ‘Jacqui B’ down the road from the restaurant. I just love the funky interior of Formosina. It has a very high girly Kitsch factor due to the crystal chandeliers, white tables but most of all the awesome art work!

All the art work in Formosina is by the artist Maximillian Wiedemann. I seriously want one of those VOGUE canvasses for my house but doubt they are in my price range…

Food wise the menu had various breakfast and lunch options but me and my friend both craved porridge so we ordered that. It was served perfectly hot, thick, creamy and topped with fresh fruit and honey. It was absolutely delicious and filled our tummies in preparation for our morning walk along Regent’s canal to Regents Park. I will definitely come back to Formosina again to see what the rest of their food is like. I think this restaurant would also be a great venue for a fun girly evening dinner because the cocktails on the menu looked yum!

18 Formosa Street, London W9 2
Area: Maida Vale

Happy Hump Day

I am so sorry that I have been missing in action for a while. Life just seems to be a little hectic at the moment! I was in the South of France last weekend with some friends and hardly had a chance to unpack because I am off again with work tonight for the next two days. We are going to the Peak District (which is a National Park in northern England) for a team building challenge event; doing activities like sailing, gliding and horse riding! Should be great fun, just hope it won’t be too freezing. I have packed many many layers and winter woollies so fingers crossed I don’t turn into a popsicle ;)

Beside being a busy bee, another reason I haven’t had much time to post on the blog is because I haven’t had internet at my flat since I moved house at the end of September. It’s always a bit of a hassle when you move places to sort out providers for internet and stuff like that but it should finally all be installed and ready by this weekend! Wooohooo :)

So for the moment just a quick hump day post & I promise to be back with more regular posts again next week!

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Hehe ;) Happy Hump Day! xoxo Roz

First days of autumn OOTD

After enjoying an amazing Indian summer here in London, autumn has now officially started. This was my OOTD last Saturday which really felt like the first official days of autumn.

OOTD autumn days
Jeans: ZARA Basics Skinny’s // Top: ASOS Deep V Cuff Top in White (available online here) // Vest: Grey Woolen Knit by United Colors of Benetton // Necklace: Coin necklace by Decjuba  // Shoes: Black flat buckle boots as seen here. And to brave the slightly colder temperature outside I added my green parka that I got last autumn from H&M (as seen here). OOTD autumn days2

This jacket is the perfect cover-up for this time of the year plus it has a hidden hood which is great for those un-expected moments when you get caught out in the rain! I have started to packed away some of my summer clothes and geting the autumn & winter wardrobe ready, have you? xoxo

Celebrate Chocolate Week the guilt free way!

It’s officially National Chocolate Week this week, hoorah! However, do we ever actually need an excuse to indulge in chocolate? Anyways instead of tempting you with lots of amazing chocolaty things I will tell you about a delicious guilt free treat you can spoil yourself with this week, or any other week for that matter…. :)

Treat yourself to a “Hot Chocolate Face Mask“!
HotChocMask When a sample of this mask arrived at my desk earlier this week, my friend the Bright Blonde was keen as (cocoa) beans to pamper herself with a bit of hot chocolate fun! This is her little review…
HotChocMask2 ”Well it is exactly what it says on the pack! It’s hot, its chocolate and it orange :)

It’s gorgeous to apply, it smells delicious and it’s difficult not to lick it. So much so that I did have a little lick and I would say that people should refrain from licking it. It doesn’t taste as good as it smells or looks. I luckily applied it with a ‘chocolate orange’ to hand and nibbled on that whilst I had the mask on. It’s messy but it’s really rather decadent.”HotChocMask3 The self heating (yes it’s an actual HOT chocolate mask) cleanses dirt and oils from deep within pores and will leave your skin feeling soft and refreshed. 

As you can see she was well and truly in chocolate heaven :)

All products by Montagne Jeunesse are are suitable for vegetarians and they always prefer to use natural ingredients. The hot chocolate mask (£1.09) and complete range of their luscious skin treats can be found in all major retailers including Asda, Boots, Claires, Morrison, Sainsburys, Superdrug, Tesco or online via their website.

PS: for a great giggle read the Bright Blonde’s latest blog post about the joys of online dating; it had me in tears of laughter :)