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I recently got the new iPhone 6! Now, as much as I love my fancy new phone, and all of its 56GB storage glory – I did discover that the iPhone 6 is one slippery little bugger. Because of the way it’s shaped I just can’t seem to get a proper grip on it, which means it’s constantly slipping out of my hands. Not ideal so realised I’d better get myself a new iPhone case, pronto!
I designed this little beauty all by myself on Casetify! It’s pretty simple, you can do it on their website or download their snazzy App (click HERE to download). Casetify can then connect with your Instagram, Facebook and iPhone to upload any photos you want to create an awesome photo collage for your phone case. I’d used Casetify (previously called Castagram) in the past – as seen here – to create some Instagram iPhone cases using my favourite photos and quotes. I love my new Photo Collage iPhone 6 case, because this way I have my favourite people and memories in my back pocket all the time, plus it protects my phone and makes it less prone for me to drop it at the same time! Winner :)
They also have some great pre-designed cases already if you’re not feeling that creatively inclined. These are some of my favourite designs from their collections!
Do you spot one you love? I might just have to get that liquid gold & mint crystal case (link) – it’s just too pretty! If you are keen to design your own collage case or like one of their designs, then you’ll be happy to know that Casetify has given me (and my lovely readers) a generous 15% off any purchase using the promo code: rozfifteen. It is valid until February 11, 2015 and they offer FREE worldwide shipping! Happy designing & shopping everyone :)
All you healthy food junkies out there; pay attention! If you haven’t heard of the Good Life Eatery yet, it’s about time you had. Located on Sloane Avenue in West London, it’s one of London’s hottest health-food cafés and its first free-standing cold-pressed juice bar. Owners Yasmine Larizadeh and Shirin Kouros, both raised in the States, spotted a gap in the London market for a deliciously healthy food café and decided to set up shop. And I am sure glad they did.
Because the Good Life Eatery is very small, seating 25 people max, it means that you are likely going to have to wait to secure yourself a table at this healthy hotspot. When I got there a few weeks ago for brunch with friends, I got lucky and managed to secure myself a table after about a 15 minute wait. The cafe menu is scribbled onto blackboards behind the counter. I always get a little envious when I see those, if only I had such cool and neat writing! Anyway let’s move on, so not only does everything on the menu sound delicious, it’s also healthy and won’t affect your diet or waistline! Well, as long as you can ignore the (healthified) cakes right by the entrance that is ;)
For brunch we ordered the Zucchini Fettuchini; which is pretty much a superfood salad containing raw courgette noodles, almond pesto, edamame, broccoli, herbs, sundried tomatoes and goats cheese, the So-Fresh and So-Clean (Poached Eggs, Red and White Quinoa, Kale, Sweet Potato, Omega Seeds and Spinach Cashew Cream) and I went for the Skinny Benedict w/ wheat free Chia Bread.
The food was delicious, fresh, super healthy and filling! I loved my skinny Benedict. I usually never get Eggs Benedict because I don’t actually like Hollandaise sauce (I know, I am weird like that) but the skinny twist on this classic dish at the Good Life Eatery is that the benedict sauce is made from yoghurt and saffron and it was yum! I can’t wait to come back to try some other winners on their menu for lunch or dinner like the Goodness Bowl, Avocado on Toast or the Egg White Frittata.
The only negative comment I have to mention about this cafe is that I wish that they offered table service. Basically to order your food or drinks you have to line up at the counter (and that line can get pretty long) and I find that can distract from a nice catch up with friends because you’re all going up individually to order food. I think if they had table service people would get served quicker and this would also help with the wait of getting a table. Food for thought perhaps for their second location – which a little birdie told me may be on the cards this year! Fingers crossed it’s somewhere near me.
To finish brunch with something sweet we picked up some of their treat bowls. There’s the Sport Bites which contain apricots, raw almonds, hemp seeds and coconut oil & my new obsession; their Peanut Butter Cups made from organic peanut butter, spelt, cocoa and non-hydrogenated sunflower spread. These little healthy versions of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups have been on my mind ever since I had them, they were sooooo good. I am exploring Pinterest at the moment to find the perfect recipe so I can try to recreate them at home. Watch this space!
Have you been to the Good Life Eatery yet?
Hello. I hope you’re all having a good week? On Sunday afternoon when I was catching up with some friends we ended up talking about happiness and the importance of living for the moment. I think it being January (meaning new year & fresh start and all that) sparked it off. My friend said that he was only going focus on the here and now this year, and trying not to plan too far ahead. Do what makes you happy now, do what feels good now and don’t worry too much about the long term plan or outcome. You will probably be a lot happier that way and things will just fall into place as they are meant to. I think he had a good point!
“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” - Martin Luther King.
This quote is a great reminder for me because I can be a bit of a perfectionist, and I tend to try to get everything fairly well planned, especially before starting something new. So maybe I need to keep telling myself that I don’t always have to know what’s coming after the next step. Maybe it’s about about having faith, believing in yourself and taking things step by step, learning from my experiences and trusting that the big picture will manifest eventually. I can still have goals, but the road to the goal has to be kept open for whatever shows up on the way there and not to be afraid of the future or failure. The journey should be half the fun right? Happy Hump Day everyone!
Just before Christmas I got invited by the people at Uncover to join them at Hubbard & Bell in Holborn for a delicious brunch, and to find out all about their exciting London dining app. Now you all know I love a bit of brunch and discovering new cool places so this was a pretty easy decision to make. Hubbard & Bell is a great new all-day-restaurant inside the The Hoxton Holborn Hotel. Hubbard & Bell has a gorgeous open kitchen serving grilled meats, seafood and small plates, and of course a wide choice of breakfast dishes and a weekend brunch menu. The cafe/restaurant design is modern and welcoming, I especially loved those big metal lamp shades!
Uncover hosted the brunch with a group of other lovely bloggers so we started off by drinking coffee (while exploring the menu) and bonded over our joint love of restaurants and food. Plus it’s great going out with other bloggers, you never feel silly for pulling out your DSLR at any opportunity ;)
For brunch I ordered the Avocado on sourdough with egg and pistachio! And because I may have had a bit of a (christmas party) hangover I also treated myself to side of bacon, nom nom! Now that’s what you call decent serving of bacon, don’t you agree?
Some other delicious brunch dishes ordered at our table were the Sourdough Pancakes with pineapple and brown butter, the Country Omelette with cheddar, spinach & shiitake and the Hubbard & Bell full English! All equally as tasty – you can check out their full menu’s here.
While we gobbled up our yummy brunch dishes, we of course also chatted about the Uncover app. London has so many amazing restaurants to choose from, but sometimes getting a table at a London hotspot isn’t all that easy. Now that’s where Uncover will come in handy as it is a new restaurant app that enables London foodies to seamlessly discover and book the most desirable restaurants at the last minute! The app allows you to search for restaurants near you or select an area, and it then taps directly into the restaurants’ booking systems so it only will display the places that actually have availability for you that day or evening. This eliminates the annoying process of trying to go through various restaurant booking systems and finding out they actually have no tables available.
There are already more than 150 restaurants on the app’s books with more being added every week. Some examples of the hotspots you can book on the app are Texture, Nobu, Wild Honey, Gymkhana, Arbutus, Michel Roux Jr’s Le Gavroche, Hawksmoor, Foxlow and Tramshed. People cancel hard-to-get reservations all the time and so the real beauty of Uncover is that it gives its users a quick and easy way to see when this happens and getting that table instead.
I love the concept of this app and definitely will be using it to get my last minute bookings in London going forward. And don’t worry, me and fellow foodie bloggers (Tara from Get The Skinny // Angela from The Awkward Blog // Suze from The Luxury Columnist and Fiona from London Unattached) gave the people from Uncover plenty of recommendations of fab London restaurants they should be adding to the App! The Uncover app is available to download for free at the App Store now – go check it out.
Brunch with Uncover was a real treat; delicious food at a fab new brunch spot and I got to meet some wonderful new people! Definitely check out Hubbard & Bell when you’re next in the Holborn area.
Hubbard and Bell at the Hoxton Hotel Holborn
199-206 High Holborn
London, WC1V 7BD
Phone: 020 7661 303
Smoked salmon, avocado, and eggs are some of my favorite things. Naturally it made perfect sense to put these delicious pieces together to create a healthy breakfast! To kick-start the new year the best way possible, I have decided that in January I am going to be super healthy, which means zero alcohol, limited carbs and plenty of exercise.
Usually my go-to breakfast is porridge (I am addicted to the stuff) but in January I am trying to limit my carb intake during the weekdays, so I was trying to come up with fast but delicious low carb breakfast options. And this great tasting Salmon and Avocado Omelette has been one of my favorite new ways to start the day. It’s full of nutritious foods that really fill you up and get you going!
Healthy Salmon and Avocado Omelette
- Good non-stick pan
- 2 eggs
- Smoked salmon (2 slices)
- A quarter of an avocado (sliced)
Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat and spray with a thin layer of cooking spray or olive oil // Break the 2 eggs together in a small bowl and whisk with a fork until mixed and slightly fluffy // Pour the egg mixture into the pan and swirl the pan so the eggs cover the bottom of the pan // As the egg begins to set, begin to pull the cooked egg back from the edges of the pan and tilt the pan so any excess egg mixture runs into the open spaces. Repeat! This makes for a fluffier omelette! // When your egg omelette is ready, season with salt & pepper and slide onto a plate // Now it’s time to add the goodies; place the salmon slices on the egg and top with avocado slices in the middle. Fold and garnish with some rocket or spinach if you fancy an extra boost of greens. Serve and enjoy!
Super simple and oh so delicious. Hello, fresh and healthy omelette, I like you, a lot! Here’s to a healthy January. What healthy recipes are you loving at the moment?