Category Archives: Lifestyle

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Alexander McQueen’s Savage Beauty 

Hello everyone. Sorry for the quietness on the blog over the last few weeks! Life has been busy and I’ve just not had the energy or time to focus on the blog. Also the weird thing is that my blog used to be a huge creative outlet for me after I’d come home from my corporate job. But the trust is now that my job is a so much more ‘me’ I feel I get home and don’t as much have the drive to blog. I weirdly feel guilty about this but then I also want to continue to do this as a hobby and not feel it should be a task. Hope you guys can understand. I still update my instagram pretty regularly so if you want to see more of what I am up to then make sure you follow me at @dutchessroz.

Anyway, last night I went to Alexander McQueen’s Savage Beauty exhibition at the V&A and it was so incredible I just wanted to share some sneaky pics. Savage Beauty, is a homage to the late Alexander McQueen and it definitely wasn’t like any other fashion exhibition I’ve ever seen. It was dark and beautiful at the same time and left me feeling amazed and inspired. Not only was he obviously very talented and this garments were beautiful tailored and detailed (gosh the detail..) but I also really I loved seeing a lot of sculptured accessories like shoes, hats and body pieces which made the exhibition a real visual treat.

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Eggvocado Recipe

Eggvocado you might ask?! Well, eggvocado is something I’ve seen floating around the internet and have been keen to try for myself.  Turns out, it makes for a delicious, healthy and different breakfast or brunch dish. Eggvocado is pretty much what it sounds like; an egg + avocado but the basics of it is that you bake the egg inside a slightly hollowed out avocado. Clever huh? So, I made this little treat of a breakfast for Father’s Day the other weekend and it sure was a hit! 

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Wild Food Cafe in Neal’s Yard, Covent Garden

Healthy food lovers; listen up! I recently discovered a gem of a health foodie spot that you need to visit. The Wild Food Cafe is tucked away in the colourful courtyard that is Neal’s Yard. I love that place, it’s such a hidden little treat in buzzing Sevendials. For a not so healthy spot there go to Homeslice (review here), it’s pretty bombdiggity! Anyway, back to the Wild Food Cafe. Now this is a raw-centric, vegan and vegetarian hot spot using local and fresh organic ingredients.

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Getting Beach Ready with Bootcamp Pilates

The last month for me has been about getting healthy! Summer is not far away now so I thought I better kick myself into shape so I feel healthy and good. After indulging a bit too much this winter I definitely was feeling a little bit more ‘padded’ than usual… So time to fix it & embrace the 80/20 diet again by healthy eating, limiting alcohol to weekends only and getting myself into a fitness routine!

I have always liked doing the occasional reformer pilates classes to tone up so when one of my friends mentioned she does the Bootcamp Pilates Beach Body package every year, I thought I’d join her to get my bikini ready. The package includes 16 classes to use in six weeks which means you have to do about 3 classes a week to ensure you get the best results.

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Healthy Homemade Peanut Butter Granola

When it comes to breakfast and the weather getting warmer again in London, I just can’t help craving Granola all the time! And I like my granola fresh and homemade because the store bought ones are full of added sugars and preservatives that are really unnecessary. My usual go-to granola recipe is this Honey Nut Granola which is deliciously crunchy, nutty and healthy – but I was in the mood for something new recently. Now, it’s no secret that I am totally obsessed with anything containing peanut butter so I thought why not mix my cravings for granola and peanut butter together to create a healthy homemade Peanut Butter Granola! 

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Le Relais de Venise L’Entrecote in London

Steak lovers; this little post is one for you! I recently went for dinner at Le Relais de Venise L’Entrecote in Marylebone. This London branch of the Paris steak institution ‘Le Relais de Venise’ is pretty much a replication of the famous 1959 Paris eatery. Think very simple French brasserie decor, mirrors on the walls, white table cloths and pretty french waitresses wearing maid-like outfits. Really the place itself is nothing special. Also when it comes to the menu, it’s pretty simple because there is no menu! All they offer is a set menu which start with a green salad with mustard vinaigrette topped with walnuts, followed by steak and frites priced at £24pp.

So why do people queue up (they don’t take reservations) to get a table in this restaurant most night? Well, because of the simplicity and because the one thing they do, they do incredibly well. I think it’s by far one of the best steak restaurants in London. The entrecote beef (cook to your taste; blue, rare, medium or well done) is given to you in two servings with crispy perfection french fries and comes with their secret sauce. That sauce, oh dear that sauce. I have no idea what’s in it (and they won’t reveal it as it’s a family secret) but it’s like a creamy mustard herb-like sauce and it’s absolutely delicious. 

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We all have two lives..

Happy Hump Day everyone! Just a quick midweek motivational message from me today. I love this quote “We all have two lives. The second one starts when we realise we only have one!” Rachel from Nourish talks a lot on her blog (check it out!) about ‘inspiring the doers in this world to dream big, scheme, and take the steps everyday to design the kind of life they want to live’.  So I thought I’d share her 5 ways to ditch the life plan + start living.

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