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I had my parents visiting me in London this weekend so here are a few pictures from my Instagram to show you what we got up to! They arrived Saturday morning so of course, the first thing I had to do was cook them brunch at ‘cafe Roz’ at my new home.
My home-cooked Shakshuka brunch for mum & dad. I love this spiced tomato egg dish and it’s very easy. Watch this space for the recipe // Going for a big walk exploring (and getting a little lost) in Hampstead Heath // Kenwood House in Hampstead Heath // Enjoying some tea and cakes at the cafe at Kenwood House in the park before walking back home.
Ready for dinner out in Notting Hill, wearing striped top from Oasis (now on sale -link!) with leather pencil skirt from ZARA // Beautiful decor and lighting at the Dock Kitchen // The Dock Kitchen by Stevie Parle is a great restaurant overlooking the Grand Union Canal in Ladbroke Grove, West London. The food was delicious and we had a lovely evening. Review and more photos to follow!
I’d heard about a Sunday’s Farmers Market in Queens Park (which is just around the corner from my house) so this weekend I decided to explore it with my parents. Like father, like daughter; we both share a of love food so all the fresh produce and market stalls was a treat and great way to start the day! Mum and dad had coffee with fresh croissants for breakfast and I couldn’t resist a slightly naughtier breakfast roll with egg and a venison sausage from the Picks Organic Farm stall. Nom nom :) The Queens Park Farmers Market is on every Sunday from 10am – 2pm. More information HERE.
On Sunday the annual famous Boat Race was on between Cambridge and Oxford. Seeing my mum is a keen rower she was rather excited to check out this race on the Thames // We headed out to Putney, stocked up on some freshly popped popcorn and drinks and secured our spot along the river to cheer on the rowers. The weather was quite windy and a bit rainy but it was great fun to see the all the excitement and many people celebrating such a big event.
After being outside for most of the afternoon we could do with some warming up, so the best way to do this was to going to a cosy pub for a Sunday Roast! We went to one of my favourite pubs in Notting Hill/Kensington which is the Windsor Castle. Their roast is always top-notch and their sticky toffee pudding…..YUM! // On Monday, I unfortunately had to go to work but mum & dad continued to explore around London and checked out the National Gallery to see the Veronese exhibition – which they said was beautiful // We reunited again in the evening for dinner at Ottolenghi in Islington. Me & dad are both a little bit Ottolenghi obsessed so it was amazing to go to his flagship restaurant in London for dinner together. Of course a full (picture heavy) review filled with plenty of foodporn to follow!
What a great family & food filled weekend!
Mid September already….where has the time gone?! To see what I have been up to recently, here some photos of my life lately via Instagram (follow me @dutchessroz).
Quick morning pre-work FOTD selfie wearing an old favourite bright matte pink lipstick (NARS Carthage) // This photo was taken on a stunning warm saturday morning biking across Battersea Bridge only 2 weeks ago. Such a contrast to the weather outside now, rain and cold temperatures..brrrr summer seems officially over! // Breakfast in Clapham at Scoffers Kitchen with my SW London girls. Hadn’t been to this cafe before but very cute inside and the potato hash-brown I got with my eggs was delicious // Shopping on Portobello Road in Notting Hill can be quite a hectic experience but you end up finding some great little bargains. My friends got some very cute dresses for only £15 and I bought two lovely new scarfs for only £10. One of them featured in this recent outfit post (LINK).
Getting my much needed highlights fix! Isn’t it funny how you think your hair is ok but you think I should get it done soon, and then just one morning you wake up and it all of a sudden is a matter of emergency to get it done – it’s not like it changed overnight but that’s how it feels sometimes to me haha // Dinner with some friends at The Shed in Notting Hill. Had been meaning to try this place for a while and really enjoyed it. Review to follow on the blog // Friends & bracelet buddies! I got her the blue studded bracelet in NYC last summer and when we were out for breakfast we realised we were both wearing it! // Me and a friend taking part in a Graffiti art workshop in Notting Hill on a Sunday afternoon. It was so much fun to learn something new and to get our creative juices flowing :)
Another quick pre-work FOTD selfie rocking a new statement necklace that I got from a friend for my birthday. Love the blue, gold and black combination // Weekend outfit of the day. I was refusing to admit it was no longer summer by rocking a denim mini skirt with no tights! Looking back now it was probably the last time I was able to pull that this year // A funny Photo Booth photo from my day-job’s summer party. The theme was flower power and most people had made a great effort to dress up so it was a very fun night! // Loving my new H&M red one shoulder red dress. Makeup tutorial and outfit details HERE.
‘Stealing’ the bartenders geek glasses during a fun night out at Bodo’s Schloss in Kensington on girls night out // Dinner at the brand new restaurant Marianne by UK MasterChef finalist Marianne Lumb. We had a fabulous night in this very intimate restaurant and I loved how we could she her at work in the kitchen during our meal. Review to follow soon! // After dinner we headed to LouLou’s in Mayfair where Rosie from The Londoner introduced me to lychee martinis…YUM! // With fellow lovely bloggers Rosie and Tania dancing into the wee hours of the morning at LouLou’s.
Breakfast at local favourite Lowry & Baker! It’s such a cute little cafe that has perfected the art of serving poached eggs. Read an old post about this Notting Hill cafe here // Quick instagram selfie before heading out to dinner for a friends birthday last week. Will do a tutorial on this look on the blog soon. Also love this statement necklace from ZARA. I borrowed it off a friend for a few days and am now desperate to get my hands on it! // This weekend it was such typical London autumn rainy weather and to me autumn = tartan! Am a bit obsessed with tartan at the moment I think; I picked up this tartan checked tube skirt from Topshop the other day, what do you think? I LOVE IT // Adore these charm necklaces by Anna Lou of London that I came across at a London Fashion Week event the other day! Might need to get myself one of these….
And OK as much as I am sad that summer is over I have to admit that sometimes I love nothing more than just snuggling up in bed on a rainy day to watch movies and chill out. That’s pretty much what I did all weekend and it was so peaceful, and I love the sound of the rain against my window, it gives me peace of mind! Guess what, it turns out there is a name for this…..
Are you a Pluviophile too?
Happy Hump Day! x
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 :)
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