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Hey all! Sorry for the recent radio silence, life has just been a bit busy. Every night I would have plans to work on the blog but I’d either end up working late or plans would change and I’d be out with friends instead. Hey I am not complaining, life has been good but I also hate getting behind on my blog. Even though blogging is just a hobby for me, I like to keep it up to date and I have SO many posts sitting there in ‘draft’ mode that I just want to finish! Anyway I have just come back from 4 days in France for a long bank holiday weekend with friends. I had the most amazing time and my first day back at work yesterday was a bit of a struggle to catch up with the backlog of loads of emails. So I can’t believe it is actually wednesday already! Here some photos of my life recently via Instagram….
While out shopping at ZARA I ended up picking up a new winter scarf. I felt so guilty because it was a lovely sunny day outside, but I just fell in love with its softness & the mix plaid/herringbone print that I just had to get it (link) // One of my favourite go-to healthy dinners; Beef Broccoli with cauliflower rice. Recipe to follow! // Snack attack but guilt free; Kale Chips! Have you ever made these before? // Out for a Sunday morning walk around Kensington Park Gardens. Quite cool to think sometimes that Kate & William’s (and now also royal baby George) London house is just around the corner from my place!
Recent outfit selfie. I love mixing corporate vs hipster styles in the form of a pink pencil skirt with a light denim shirt // More belated birthday love, one of my best friends from NZ sent me a huge bunch of beautiful flowers! She also enclosed the most gorgeous quote with the roses “A single rose can be my garden; a single friend, my world.” It made my day!! // The new Balmain Eau D’Ivoire fragrance. Am really enjoying this soft summery french fruity Eau de Toilette at the moment (link).
// An orange jeans day – it’s so fun rocking a bit of colour! Necklace by Samantha Wills; as seen here.
Festival Hair by the great stylists from Brooks & Brooks at the Batiste stand at the VM Louder Lounge at V Festival. More photos from that epic fun adventure to follow and I also have a great little video tutorial post lined up to show you how to create this slightly different looking braid // Throwback thursday pic on Instagram. This is me and my brother and sister – can you guess which one is me? // Summer in the city. Water fountains and check chairs in Kings Cross during a lunchtime break // Rooftop cocktails at Radio Bar at the ME Hotel in London. How pretty is that drink? Oh and it tasted pretty damn delicious too :)
Stunning sunset over London from the rooftop bar. Am trying to make the most of the last summer weather because it’s almost September meaning autumn is not far away…// Cool wall art at the apartment my friends were renting in Biarritz, France // Most of my holiday in France was spent drinking wine and sangria and eating the best pintxo’s. My favourite bar in Biarritz was definitely Bar Jean! (link) // Me and my friend out for a few wines, feeling happy and relaxed on holiday.
The daily breakfast shop….when in France it just has to be croissants, yum!!! // Fun beach side walks with friends in Biarritz. The weather this weekend was a bit changeable; not the hot sunny weather I’d hoped for but we had a mix of sun and clouds with the occasional rain but overall I didn’t really care because we still had a the best time // Fun times with al fresco pre dinner drinks on the street at Le Comptoir Du Foie Gras which is one of the most popular tapas bars in Biarritz (link). After drinks we went for dinner at Baleak restaurant which I’d also recommend if you are ever in Biarritz // Oh and of course no holiday is complete without a jumping shot!! My friends laugh but I am becoming quite the jumping shot queen ;) For more photos of my holiday and to see general picture updates, follow me on Instagram @dutchessroz
So as you can see, life has been busy but this summer has been amazing and I have to say I am truly loving life! “I have found that if you love life, life will love you back!!”
So go out there and love life!
Happy Hump Day :)
Last weekend I officially entered the last year of my 20′s. Yep….it was my birthday and I turned 29, eeeeek!! Now I love throwing a good party so to celebrate I wanted to host a dinner for a big group of my friends and for everyone all dressed up for the occasion. Hey, it’s my party right so can I make the rules ;)
After some research to find the right place I found a lovely venue to host my dinner at in Notting Hill being First Floor Restaurant on Portobello Road. I booked out the whole restaurant on the (ahhh you guessed it) First Floor, chose a set menu for my guests to enjoy and agreed we’d have the room (including bar) exclusively until 1am. The room has a lovely elegant feel to it with big windows, flowers and candles everywhere which made it the perfect venue for the Dutchess 29th Birthday Soiree.
It was great getting all dressed up and having so many of my friends there, looking super glamorous, to celebrate my birthday with me was very special. I really am one lucky girl to have such wonderful people in my life. I will do a separate blog post on my makeup look for that night but here some photos I took during the evening. I recently got a Fuji Instax 210 polaroid camera and was very excited to use it for the first time at the party. Polaroids are SO much fun……”Shake it like a polaroid picture!!”
Some quick photos before leaving the house to head to dinner!
PS: to upload these pictures I actually took photos of the final polaroids with my iPhone, uploaded them onto my PC and then inserted them into a polaroid frames (similar ones you can download here) on Photoshop. The Fuji Instax 210 takes wide instant photos and even though it’s not the easiest for sharing online or via social media, the fun of having only 1x shot at a good picture and getting it right there in your hand as a photo straight away is super cool. I can’t wait to use the polaroid camera more often going forward.
Thank you to all my lovely friends who came to my dinner because I had a wonderful evening. Bring on next year’s party I say. The big THREE ZERO, eeeeek! But for now I am looking forward to see what the last year in my 20′s will bring me, I’m excited :)
Another week has flown by. Summer is going way too quickly for my liking! Here are some recent Instagram pictures to see what I’ve been up to. For more photos you can follow me @dutchessroz on Instagram.
Recent outfit of the day; boyfriend jeans and converse sneakers. Love this kind of relaxed casual look // Healthy week dinner; Thai Beef Salad. Want me to share this recipe on the blog? // Flower delivery from a friend at my work for my birthday. Never ever get flowers so that was a wonderful surprise to kick start my birthday weekend // Stipes & statement necklace selfie shot.
To celebrate my birthday at work I made brownies! Raspberry & chocolate brownies and they went down a treat with my new colleagues! Recipe to follow on the blog // Saturday morning run around Hyde Park with some girlfriends. We did 9.5km, BOOM, and then refuelled for a massive brunch at Granger & Co. This place is one of my favourite places for brunch in Notting Hill but the line is always so ridiculously long. Luckily because it was only 10.30am by the time we finished our run, the wait wasn’t too long. Tip for this place, come early! Read my previous review about it here // Saturday night was my official birthday party. I hosted a dinner at First Floor Restaurant on Portobello Road for a big group of friends and told them all to dress up in black tie. Hey any excuse to dress up right? This was my look for the night // I took lots of fun polaroid photos at my party which I will share on the blog later! Everyone looked so great and I had the best evening :)
Hangover birthday brunch the next day at Pizza East Portobello! However bcause it was already 2pm by the time we actually made it down there it was more lunch and we couldn’t resist eating PIZZA! These delicious Salami and Aubergine pizzas were demolished in minutes. // After lunch I met up with friends to have some more birthday celebrations at my local pub (The Westbourne). Ciders, sunshine and good company made for a lovely birthday afternoon. How funny when two of my girlfriends showed up in the same dress! I actually think four of my friends own this Topshop dress – if you like it you can get it here; link // On Tuesday a friend of mine took me for a belated birthday dinner out. He asked me, Roz where do you want to go? Well when it’s your birthday the sky is the limit right so I thought….THE SHARD! This super tall building makes for a pretty awesome dinner venue // Dinner was at Oblix (review to follow) and this was the view overlooking London that evening. Not bad, not bad at all!
Recent outfit of the day wearing my new ZARA statement necklace (link) that I got as a birthday present from a friend. Loving the white/blue bling combination and I teamed it with jeans, silver ballet flats, a simple white tee and a navy blazer (this one) // On a friends recommendation I went to see Swan Lake Reloaded the other night at the London Coliseum. It’s basically Tchaikovsky meets Street Dance! The music and dancing was incredible. I definitely recommend checking it out while they are in London or touring around Europe! Check out this video to see what I mean! // The world’s greatest pick up bar? Haha received this bar of chocolate in the mail from one of my good friends from New Zealand this week as a birthday present. Made me giggle. I am definitely one of those girls that would have eaten it all the night before though ;) // Preview of some new arm candy I got for my birthday. How gorgeous is this gold and blue bracelet?
Another week has flown by! I actually can’t believe it is August already today. Eight months of 2013 have been and gone, wowzers. Anyway here some pictures from my life recently via Instragam. For more photos you can follow me on Instagram here (link).
Ottolenghi takeaway dinner in Kensington Park Gardens. A lovely evening in the sun catching up with my best friend who’s been away with work for ages – had missed her lots! // Night time bike rides through Kensington. I love discovering gorgeous little mews around the city // Ottolenghi treat – Peanut Butter S’Mores. OMG so good // Another summers saturday spent partying away on a rooftop, this time at DAYZED.
Recent dinner; Zucchini pasta with prawns, chilli, tomatoes and spinach. So healthy and so delicious. Watch this space for the recipe ;) // Quick FOTD selfie before heading off to work. Red lips just always make me feel a little glam. I’m wearing MAC So Chaud; review and more pictures here // Recent outfit of the day; white, orange and leopard print combo. And loving my new Regina Pierallini gold studded cuff (link) // Got this Ottolenghi granola the other day and have been addicted to it ever since! This was my Saturday breakfast to fuel up for a run. Granola, greek yoghurt and fresh berries. Yummmmm….
Saturday was LoveBrunch time once again. Kensington Rooftop garden, sunshine, wine, music and good tunes = good times // Me and a friend in our blue outfits. My dress is by ZARA. Oh and don’t my mirrored sunnies match the outfit perfectly? Haha // After LoveBrunch we headed to a friends house party in Notting Hill // It started raining later that night but we didn’t let the rain ruin our night, we had an umbrella party outside instead :)
Sunday’s outfit of the day before heading out to lunch. Denim striped dress by Dorothy Perkins. Big fan of stripes & red shoes combination // Sunday’s lunch was pretty special because the bestie took me out for a posh meal at The Ledbury // It was to celebrate my birthday, which is this weekend but because she’s not in London then we did it a week early. The food was absolutely incredible; review on the blog to follow. This was my surprise birthday dessert. I’m one lucky girl with such wonderful friends in my life // Quick selfie; orange silk top by REISS and new blue clover earrings by Regina Pierallini but will blog more about that later! xoxo
It’s been quite a busy summer. All this amazing weather we’ve been having has meant a lot of good times out in London! Here are some pictures of my life lately through Instagram!
Leaving dinner with my old boss at OXO Tower along the Thames. The food was delicious and it was a hot summers night so we sat on the terrace and enjoyed the gorgeous view over the Thames // Me wearing my new sports jersey (as seen here) for a fun drinking sports day in the park with friends // Rocking out in double denim at the Killers concert // The Killers absolutely KILLING it at Wembley Stadium.
Street entertainment at the Rivington Street Festival in Shoreditch // Another leaving dinner with colleagues, this time at one of my favourites in Farringon; Caravan at Exmouth Market. The small plates there are so good; my favourite that night was the spinach pancakes, yum! // Girls night out at Burger & Lobster in Soho. You can’t beat £20 for grilled lobster with fries, check this place out for sure! // Me with one of my besties – the Girl from Clapham. Check out her funny blog here. This lady is going to write a bestselling book one day I am sure!
Pizza East Portobello for brunch. Aka the best avocado & chilli on toast in town! // Always love the colourful doors around Notting Hill, spotted this lovely turquoise one when out for a weekend run // Drinks with friends at The Westbourne, on a hot and sunny day this place is always buzzing. So lucky this is my local // Swooning and singing along with Michael Buble at the O2. He was so funny and very impressive to see live in concert!
Home in the Netherlands for a family weekend. Me and my brother // Lovely lunch by the canal in the town of Garnwerd in Groningen which is all the way in the north of the Netherlands // Sunday I spent cycling around the pretty countryside with my mum and dad in the sunshine // Jumping shot fail haha ;) It was great to see my family again!
Another girls night out – Pisco Sour cocktails to start the night of with a BANG // Dinner at Ceviche which serves delicious Peruvian food, right in the middle of Soho. Of course I love the ceviche there but also these chorizo & octopus skewers are amazing! // Me and friend at the BOX after dinner. I’m wearing my new orange/red ZARA dress that I picked up in the sale recently (as seen here) // Orange & Pink! Me and a friend looking rather identical on our night out haha!
Chilling out and cooling down at the Serpentine in Hyde Park on a hot summers Saturday // Some stripe love – got this dress via eBay recently, it’s an old one from ZARA but loved it and felt I had to have it // Running home from work along Regents Canal, am trying to do this about 2-3 times a week at the moment. It’s the most amazing way to finish a busy day! // Sunset on Portobello Road on Sunday night in Notting Hill. I love my hood :)
I was thinking of making this kind of post a more regular feature on the blog.
Tell me do you like seeing my life through Instagram pictures?