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Tuesday, 31 March 2015

The Boho Playsuit

A few outfit photos that we took on the beautiful streets of Florence. This playsuit is one of the comfiest things I own and I love the boho details with the flare sleeves and drawstring neckline. The only downside with playsuits is when you have to go to the toilet and you realise you have to get half naked :). The things we have to do for fashion. Can`t wait for summer to come to actually be able to wear this without tights and boots.
On another note, I`m heading over to Berlin this weekend for Easter! If you have any travel tips of things to do & see let me know. This will be my first time in Berlin so I`m keen to explore as much as possible even though it looks like it`s going to be freezing cold.
 
Playsuit: Mango
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Monday, 30 March 2015

Florence Travel Photo Diary

Just came back from a wonderful weekend in Florence and these are a few photos from my trip. We had a bit of bad luck getting there as we were meant to fly on Friday afternoon but due to airport strikes in Italy our flight got cancelled till Saturday morning. I was mainly upset for missing a dinner and a breakfast as I heard so much about the food in Florence I was eager to get there to start eating! And as you can imagine the first thing we did when we landed is to head to a restaurant for lunch. Forget about check-in first, leaving our bags, showering, nope, our priority was to make sure we get in time for lunch. I`m fortunate that my boyfriend loves Italian food as much as I do otherwise I don`t know what I`ll do! :)
But even if you`re not so much of a foodie, Florence has a lot to offer. The architecture is beautiful, the shopping is amazing, and the city is quite small which means you can easily get around just by walking. We didn`t get to explore the Tuscan countryside unfortunately due to lack of time but I`m definitely looking forward to go back and maybe do a road trip.
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Sunday, 29 March 2015

Sir Charles Napier: Michelin Star Lunch in Oxfordshire

The boy and I wanted to escape the craziness of London for a change so we decided to head for Sunday lunch somewhere in the beautiful English countryside. Sir Charles Napier is a very cozy, and yes a bit posh, gastropub in a beautiful area of Oxfordshire surrounded by green hills with only a few houses around. The only way to get there is by following a very narrow road by car but once you get there it`s definitely worth the drive and the views are amazing.
The food was lovely although the portions were quite small and definitely more on the pricey side even for a one Michelin Star restaurant. I recommend going for all 3 courses otherwise you probably won`t feel full by the end of the meal.
We started off with rabbit ravioli which was beautiful and one of the best raviolis I`ve had. Very delicate with beautiful flavours, I could have had 5 more of these. A must to try if you`re going there!
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Onto the mains, the boy had the chicken which was very tender and beautifully cooked. We were pleasantly surprised by this as ordering chicken in a restaurant can sometimes be a bit disappointing.
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My main was fish with morels,  artichokes, and white beans. All the ingredients complemented each other really well and I pretty much cleaned the plate in 2 minutes. :)
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The desserts were my favourites of the whole meal, really one of the best desserts I`ve had since coming back from Australia. We got two of them to share: banana parfait with pecan praline, rum and raisins (out of this world delicious!), and the salted caramel with chocolate and peanut terrine which was beautiful as well. It took me a lot of control to wait to take pictures before diving right into them.
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If you`re looking for a gourmet getaway not too far from London I definitely recommend you give a try to this wonderful pub.

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Monday, 16 March 2015

The Stylish Sydney Travel Guide

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Where to stay:
  • For funky boutiques: 1888 Hotel, QT Hotel
  • For classic luxury: Shangri La Sydney, Four Seasons Sydney
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Source: QT Hotel 
Where to eat:
  • Berta is where we had the most amazing meal in Sydney. You can read my review of Berta here
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  • Al Tavolo near Bondi for some lovely Italian
  • Gelato Messina is one of the best gelaterias in Sydney
  • The Spice Room in CBD for Indian
  • Lunch with a view at Icebergs in Bondi
  • For some fine dining head to Est., Quay or Tetsuya
  • For a wonderful setting head to Chiswick 
  • Delicious breakfast & coffee at Hemingway`s at Manly beach
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Things to do:

There are A LOT of things to do in Sydney and it`s one of the reasons why I love this city so much. Here are a few of my key picks:
  • Enjoy Sydney`s wonderful beaches such as Bondi, Manly, Balmoral, Coogee 

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  • For some morning exercise take the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk for beautiful views and then stop for a swim
  • Enjoy the amazing seafood Australia has to offer at Sydney fish market
  • Take a road trip outside Sydney to Blue Mountains for a relaxing getaway
  • Visit two of Sydney`s most iconic attractions: the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour
  • Check out the neighbourhoods of Surry Hills, Newtown, Paddington for shopping and restaurants
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  • Enjoy one of Sydney`s wonderful markets such as Paddington markets, The Rocks foodie markets, Glebe markets, Bondi markets
  • Take a surf lesson 
  • Admire the cute koalas at Taronga Zoo
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Sunday, 15 March 2015

Traditional Japanese Pub in London: Kirazu

Kirazu has officially now become my favourite Japanese restaurant in London. Located in Soho, the venue is very small with just a few seats at the counter and window and one communal table. It`s very easy to miss it as it`s so tiny but if you do find it you`ll feel like you just discovered one of London`s great foodie secrets. The concept of the restaurant is very different from the flashy Japanese restaurants that tend to dominate London and the menu specialises in Japanese small dishes which reminded me so much of the pubs I`ve seen in Tokyo that get filled after work hours with Japanese business men eating, drinking and smoking. The staff doesn`t speak much English, the prices are affordable and the cooking has a homely feel all of which take me back to the great foodie experiences I`ve had in Japan. My only fear is that this concept might be a few years too early for London and that people aren`t really used to this style of Japanese cooking, but I really hope this place will stay strong and not close down.
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We started off with some beautiful sashimi and sushi. Everything was of very good quality and very reasonably priced.
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The aubergine miso is one of my favourite dishes to order and this one didn`t disappoint. 
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The jellyfish salad is a must if you ever go here. We order this every time we go to Kirazu.
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Another of my favourites: octopus balls. Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, really lovely.
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We finished off with some cold soba noodles with prawn tempura. Really enjoyed the tempura as it wasn`t too heavy.
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What`s your favourite Japanese restaurant?

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Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Preppy

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After all the summery outfits from Australia I`ve been posting, this is the first wintery outfit in a really long time. Hopefully now that spring is here we will soon be saying good bye to coats on this side of the world as well. We took these photos in a small village in Oxfordshire near the Chilterns where we had at a local pub one of the best Sunday lunches ever. That whole area is so dreamy, it felt so relaxing escaping London and admiring the quietness and prettiness of that place. Life in London moves so fast that you almost never stop to admire the beauty around you.
  As you might be able to tell I`m in a massive need of a holiday :). I`m excited to be heading over next week to Florence where my plan is eating. For bank holiday we`ll also be going to Berlin which I`m excited to see and of course eat some more. Since Australia we took a bit of a break from travelling but now I`m ready to get straight back into it. 
Shirt: River Island
Boyfriend coat: Pull & Bear, similar here
Black skinny jeans: Asos 
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