I haven’t been to London in a long while, so what better way to spend the day than in a cute little restaurant (which also made me entirely wary of the way I conducted myself hehe) with waffles and tea!
The Ivy City Garden is an adorable, albeit stunning, venue and for anyone who needs a fitting place to treat their loved ones or catch up with a longtime pal, this was one of the best ways to do so.
The art here was just phenomenal! Although, art itself is such an abstract form of visual representation for anything and it does leave a classy, timeless effect on anyone who witnesses it.
The staff were absolutely lovely and hospitable and I look forward to venturing to all the other Ivy restaurants (may have to create an archive of all my special visits), do enjoy the photos below x
See you soon 🙂
At Christmas I visited the Shard (late, late I know!) but it was absolutely mesmerizing. For any tourists who would like to visit London, it is one of the first places I would recommend visiting (I will leave a link below to the official website for anyone who would like to pre-book tickets). I visited at night and the view was stunning although I have also visited during the day where the view is equally as impressive.
You can see everything within a very, very large range. On one side is the River Thames and the famous Tower Bridge and as you turn, the charming suburban streets stand quietly next to the bustling city. London’s landmarks are stunning and I would recommend visiting them at some point…
Hope you are all well. I recently made a rocky road which I have previously made for Easter and based it on this recipe. I obviously took away the crème and mini eggs but apart from that, everything else is the same.
I am a massive fan of baking and especially treats that can be done in less than 30 minutes, so this is a perfect recipe for those days you do not have time to go all out and bake a cake but still want to satisfy your sweet tooth. So follow the recipe and be on your way to a scrumptious rocky road perfect for all occasions!
150g unsalted butter
250g dark chocolate, chopped
150g milk chocolate, chopped
4 tbsp. Golden syrup.
180g mini marshmallows
150g digestive biscuits, crushed into chunks
150g white chocolate, chopped
Melt your unsalted butter over a relatively low heat, when it is half melted add in your dark and milk chocolate and golden syrup & melt over a low heat. Be careful with this as you do not want your chocolate to burn and separate. Once your chocolate is fully melted,mix in your crushed digestive biscuits (bigger chunks are better), and mini marshmallows until the mixture is well coated. Leave aside to cool for 10 minutes.
Line a 20cm x 20cm baking tin and press your mixture into it firmly. Melt your white chocolate and drizzle over the rocky road mixture. Leave in the fridge for a couple of hours until it sets completely. However, I would recommend taking your rocky road out of the fridge about half an hour before eating because it tastes much, much better when at room temperature.
I hope you enjoyed this simple but delicious recipe – like the post and comment if you tried it at home!
*photos are not mine*
Today I am going to be writing a book review after such positive comments on my previous one asking for more:) This time, however, I will be reviewing Harry Potter & The Cursed Child which left me speechless (it was so good)!
There are three authors of this book: JK Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne and there are 2 parts to the book which are sold together I think? I purchased it with both parts for £10 (half-price) – it actually retails for £20. I am obsessed, so I couldn’t wait to grab a copy of this book! Sidenote: This book review will not be very detailed because I do not want to give away any SPOILERS.
What’s it about?
‘It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry Of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes darkness comes from unexpected places. ‘ – Author’s words not mine haha.
Why Read It?
A beautifully written sequel to the previous seven Harry Potter books even though it is set 19 years later. The formidable trio are grown-up and married off with children and the story focusses on Albus (Harry + Ginny’s son) and his unlikely friendship that brings along mishaps that could be fateful to the wizarding world if held in the wrong hands. It is written in the format of a script which could put some people off although I had no issues with it. The three authors have creates a book of adventure and it’s so gripping, I read it in one sitting!
“Perfection is beyond the reach of humankind, beyond the reach of magic. In every shining moment of happiness is that drop of poison: the knowledge that pain will come again. Be honest to those you love, show your pain. To suffer is as human as to breathe.” – Albus Dumbledore. Everyone’s favourite wizard makes a comeback (in his portrait anyways) and enlightens Harry with his words of wisdom when Harry is having difficulty with parenthood and connecting with his youngest son.
I would recommend you read this book because there are some shocking surprises and things you would not expect to find out whilst also being a great way to catch up on the wizarding world after 19 years!
If you decide to read this book, please do comment down below or like the post and I will definitely be posting more book reviews.
Nothing is more important than what you take on holiday with you (as I learnt from my holiday this year) Read my go-to list below for some in-flight travel essentials!
- First things first, you need a suitable carry-on bag because as well as your suit
cases you are going to need things for the flight. I chose this Accessorize Owl Print Top Handle Backpack (long name or what!) which cost £20 but of course you can choose your own bag to suit your own needs. I must admit, rucksacks are easy because it’s nice to have free hands & know your valuables are safe whilst trekking through the airport finding your way to the gate.
- Passport, lets be honest – you’re not going anywhere without your passport & although it may seem trivial, so many people forget their passport and miss their flight due to this.
- A small purse for toiletries etc., I have a Zoella Tutti Frutti Beauty Pouch which cost £6 and is available in Superdrug. I love this because it is literally the perfect size; it’s not too big but not too small and is extremely helpful for toiletries like toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant etc.
- Earphones/Headphones are a big thing for me because I love listening to music (ensure your phone is on airplane mode though) and I just have the Apple Earpods that come with the iPhones.
- Whilst I am not listening to music, I am most definitely reading a book and I read Harry Potter & The Cursed Child which retails for £20 but it’s soooo good (I finished it in one 3 hour flight!).
- I can’t stress to you enough how UNHYGENIC a plane is – this is why I bring antibacterial hand gel with me everytime I go on a plane;)
- Although sunglasses may be used (for me anyway) when I get off the plane in another country I do not really need them when I travel back to England because, let’s face it, English weather is so miserable. Either way I pack a pair of sunglasses, in this case, my River Island Gold Tone Black Round Sunglasses which cost £14.
- I am a very self-conscious person and will always worry about how my breath smells; especially on a plane when I’m in such close contact with everyone around me. Therefore I like to have a pack of chewing gum with me ( Extra Spearmint ).
- As well as having nice breath, I want to smell nice when on a flight so I will take deodorant ( Dove Beauty Finish Roll-On ) and a small perfume with me.
- Finally, and I think everyone needs this, is a neck pillow and I have a Samsonite 2 in 1 neck pillow which is extremely helpful because I can change the shape of the pillow dependant on the comfort I want. They are extremely comfortable and I cannot imagine myself travelling without one.
That’s all my travel essentials I can think of, I’d like to wish any of you who are going on holiday a safe flight & amazing holiday! To those of you that aren’t, have a fabulous summer and check back Sunday for a new post;).
Welcome to my blog!!
I have wanted to start a blog for a while now and there are many things in life that inspire me; books, travel, photography and therefore I decided to write everything down in my little ‘diary’. I will not be posting very often but check in every couple of weeks you may be surprised.