“Nobody said it was easy, no one ever said it will be this hard, I’m going back to the start” (The Scientist, Coldplay).
As we think about our 100 Happy Days Challenge and rewind back over those days, these lyrics seem entirely apt. Oh how we laughed at the thought it could be difficult to find a happy moment every day. Oh how we scoffed at the 71% of people who have failed to complete the challenge. Oh how wrong we were. It was hard, a real challenge – there were just days when work had been busy, it was bucketing down outside and you’re heating up leftovers in front of a bad TV movie…no matter how hard you try there just isn’t a moment that makes you feel particularly happy!
But hey, we did it, and for the last 100 days we have snapped a moment that made us happy! 100 days ago we were just back from a holiday, summer was here and we were enjoying the long days. Roll forward to now and autumn is well and truly upon us; the days are shorter and the weather’s wetter. But that’s not to say we haven’t had a good time. We’ve been to two weddings, and to the theatre twice. Booked two holidays, and went on one. We’ve been to restaurants in North, South, East and West London; some were Michelin starred, some just dirty take-away. We celebrated a year of not smoking and we treated ourselves to some new jewellery. One of us swapped glasses for contact lenses and the other got new frames. And we watched a lot of TV. But what did we learn? We learnt that our life may not be as exciting as some of our social media posts have lead our followers to believe, but do you know what? Life is pretty good and it’s nice to take some time out to not only reflect, but appreciate that. It’s something we don’t do often enough but are going to try and do more of in future! Maybe we’ll even go for another 100 days!?!?
Anyway, here’s a very brief video of our 100 happy days, summoned up in 1.5 minutes.
Everyone loves a cupcake, but who would decline the chance to sample different mini cupcakes without feeling ‘calorie’ guilty? We do! And that, in a nutshell, is why Elldrew have become fans of mini cupcakes (oh, and they look cute too).
Turning to one of our favourite cupcakes books for inspiration, the Hummingbird Bakery’s Cake Days when we need ideas for some delicious desserts to end a meal with friends and family. Recently, we chose a selection from the “Hot Drink” range, settling on a menu of Earl Grey, Espresso and Hot Chocolate mini cupcakes. Having experimented with various recipes in the past, we are always amazed how many mini cupcakes one can get from a single mixture, but this time we needed to stretch ourselves, and our batter, to not only cater for around 25 people, but we needed to make sure we delivered quality as well as quantity. Read more for recipe instructions.
We have a dear Argentinian friend who has never dragged us to an Argentine restaurant so, after visiting La Patagonia, we have come to the conclusion that she has wanted to keep this delicious cuisine to herself!
We naturally are huge fans of Argentine Malbec wines, and had heard that the steak is some of the best in the world, so during an Autumn downpour that saw us held-up under the shelter of a local tube station awning till it eased, we made a dash through the doors of La Patagonia and straight away were greeted by the welcoming aromas of the restaurant, and of course the friendly smiles of the staff.
So our first visit to Chotto Matte was a love/hate relationship. Yes, you will mingle with the hip, the trendy and of course the glamorous at this London Soho restaurant, and you will eat superb food – Chotto Matte combines the best of Japanese and Peruvian cuisine – but at a price (and we don’t just mean the bill).
Looking for a delicious schnitzel & spritz this weekend in central London? We recommend you head to Boopshi’s for the great taste of Austrian cuisine. A trendy little restaurant with a fantastic vibe serving delicious cocktails, schnitzels, sausages and of course traditional sides. Perfect for a catch-up with friends or just to satisfy your carnivore cravings, lunch or dinner.
After spotting this little beauty on a few wrists recently we had to corner the wearer and ask them for the details! The Fiji Friendship Bracelet by Monica Vinader comes in a range of metals, each with adjustable coloured cords, with prices starting from £99. A British jewellery brand that celebrates individuality and offers beautiful designs across bracelets, earrings, necklaces, pendants and rings…all you need to decide is whether to purchase a gift for yourself or that someone special? Just another thing to add to our wishlist. Thankfully Christmas is nearly here.
We do love to look out for our monthly hotel and destination eshots from the likes of Tablet and Mr & Mrs Smith…we are always interested to find our next hotel getaway ideas either locally or abroad. One of the latest offerings is the boutique B&B hotel The Reading Rooms in Margate.
With the summer season soon ending there is still time to head down to the London Wonderground, at Southbank Centre, to catch some fantastic live performances and cabaret acts inside the amazing 1920s Paradiso Spiegeltent. The Spiegeltent was originally built in Belgium in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, these circular, mirrored tents are wonderfully atmospheric and authentic.
A programme packed with circus, cabaret and family entertainment, you can soak up the carnival atmosphere or just people watch under a canopy of man-made and mother natures fairy lights. Gorge on hot dogs, burgers and fairy floss, enjoy a drink on the the revolving carousel bar – it’s an experience in itself and we bet you will need a few minutes to get your land legs (but please do drink responsibly) – or take a ride on the 60-metre high ‘Star Flyer‘ for unrivalled views over London’s rooftops (if you can bear to keep your eyes open).
Hurry, it must end soon but it is a perfect end to a great London summer!
Sometimes you just got to smile (or laugh) when you receive a random email about something so obscure, even from one of your favourite designer brands!
Gucci Equestrian range, it’s worth a look, even just to see how the other half live…we would be so intrigued to know how successful this collection is. I guess even if you have a spare £5,000 for the saddle, the horse probably comes with a hefty price tag? We do however think the riding whip, at just £165, is a bit of a bargain – if we only had a use for it!