I love Sundays. If you're visiting London, here's what I'd recommend doing on your Sunday: 
  • Brunch! We started our day off brunching at Clerkenwell Grind. We ordered a dish of their sweet potato harissa cakes with poached eggs and their pancakes with coconut whip, accompanied with a latte and a filtered coffee – all delicious. 
  • Grab an iced coffee to keep yourself cool as you walk.
  • We visited Columbia Road Flower Market, purchase a few if you're staying in London for a while, if not, visit anyway, all the flowers are so beautiful and the vibe is so relaxing.
  • Pop down to Redchurch Street – visit stores such as A.P.C., Modern Society, Labour and Wait, and Aesop.
  • Continue the shopping at Shoreditch BOXPARK. My favourite stores are Astrid and Miyu, AOC Edit, Papersmiths, Decorum and Wandering Minds. 
  • Heck, grab an icecream at Soft Serve Society whilst you're there. I'd recommend asking what their flavour of the week is, if it doesn't tickle your fancy, get their classic matcha and vanilla cone, and I like to add a toasted marshmellow. Or if avaliable, get their black coconut icecream! 
  • You'll find yourself at Brick Lane, visit the food markets and vintage stores, and if you have space in your stomach, grab a bite to eat. Hot dogs are great there. And if not, shop to work up an appetite. 
  • And no East London trip is complete without visiting Old Spitalfields Market, shop, eat and just chill. Grab a doughnut from Crosstown for tomorrow morning (as a midnight snack, no judgment), my fave is their classic glaze – nom!

For more outfit details and photos, check out my previous post here; and my previous Sunday post is linked here. To get the Google Maps directions of this trip, find it here

Photography by Joshua Theobald and myself

Saturday, 24 June 2017 Columbia Rd, London, E2 7RG

Flowers and Brunch

The Attendant has been on my to-go list for too long, and finally, on Monday, my friend and I retreated there in between our (hot, humid, and sweaty) Oxford Street shopping trip. 

Definitely one of London's quirkiest cafes, located in Fitzrovia, close by Oxford Street. It's a small, restored Victorian public toilet, but don't worry it's all clean! They serve breakfast/brunch and lunch daily, with really good coffee. We ordered their smashed avocado on toast with a poached egg and their dulce de leche french toast, and it was pretty clear from eating it why it's part of their 'hall of fame' menu, highly recommended. The dishes were beautifully presented, and the flavours complimented each other so well. I loved the beetroot hummus with the avocado toast, I'll definitely be making some soon! 

Verdict – go! They serve good coffee and food, without breaking the bank. And a bonus is their branch in Fitzrovia, is different and quirky in comparison to the other London cafes on the scene. If you're not near by, have some brunch at their other branches in Shoreditch and Clerkenwell. And they serve good coffee and food! 

Wednesday, 21 June 2017 27A Foley St, London, W1W 6DY

The Attendant


I have such a love-hate relationship with British summer, probably like most British people:
Pros – British summer time, longer days, blue skies (i.e. happier British people), BBQs, peonies, hydrangeas, picnics, berries.
Cons – humidity, sweatiness, lack of AC/fans anywhere, hayfever, body odour on the tube.. and the list could go on. 

I think the biggest issue I have with summer is I don't know how to dress my body type for the summer like I've mentioned in previous posts. But I think I've found a universal flattering outfit combination – a ribbed crop top underneath stringy tops, dresses, and playsuits, paired with some trainers. These VEJA ones are my favourite, so comfortable for long walks. It enables you to remain cool despite the hot weather, be comfy, and look not too overdressed.

Photography by Joshua Theobald

Monday, 19 June 2017 Columbia Rd Flower Market, London, E1


Christy from The Lazy Foodie kindly invited me as her plus-one to the Taste of London, located in Regent's Park. For more details on the event, do check out her recent blog post here. These are my top picks from the Taste of London:

  • Jose Pizarro's squid ink croquettes (photographed by Christy) the exterior was crunchy with a creamy, flavourful filling! And I'm very much hoping they offer this dish in their stores, but I need more of it in my life ASAP.
  • Pierre Hermes macarons and ice cream was lovely! We sampled them all because we just couldn't decide. My favourites were their salted butter caramel; passion fruit, rhubarb and strawberry, and their meadowsweet and Corsican honey macarons. The pistachio icecream was so creamy and as you can imagine, we hit a major sugar rush thereafter!
  • Les 110 de Taillevent's #TasteTheWorld dish of duck foie gras mi-cuit with beetroot jelly and eel, which was so delicious. It was presented beautifully, we were both in awe. It was so decadent and rich!
  • Jude's Icecream new flavour: black coconut was amazing – creamy and flavourful, with hints of coconut but not too sickly. The perfect ice cream combo.
  • Pirate's Grog invited Christy to sample some of their cocktails, and they kindly let us sample all their rums too. Their 13 Year Aged Rum has won several awards, and is perfect for those who like drinking their spirits straight since it has such a bold flavour. My favourite was their Five Year Aged Honduran Rum which was made the perfect raspberry daiquiri. Christy enjoyed their espresso rumtini, which was on tap, mixed with their Coffee Rum.

Photos by myself and Christy (credit)

Friday, 16 June 2017 Regent's Park, London, NW1

Taste of London

Splattered all across Instagram is the beautifully decorated Grind branch in Clerkenwell. Major interior design goals – marbles tables paired with pink and navy velvet chairs and brass detailing; it definitely makes an Instagrammable location. 

We both ordered their smashed avocado with poached eggs on a sourdough toast (£8), which was delicious but to be honest, nothing beats the avocado toast at Mae and Harvey. We also ordered the green smoothie (£5) which consisted of spinach, banana, coffee, almond milk and cocoa nibs; and their amber smoothie (£5) a blend of almond milk, agave, vanilla and natural yogurt. The amber smoothie was my favourite, and I'll definitely be recreating it at home.

It's the perfect location to catch up with friends – good food, good company and a nice atmosphere. We ended up chatting for hours, without being pestered by staff. If anyone wants to go again, I'm totally up for it! – I need to try those pancakes... and their cocktails...

Monday, 12 June 2017 2-4 Old St, London EC1V 9AA

Clerkenwell Grind


A few outfit photos from my time in Rome in October 2016. 

The result of Brexit really encouraged me to travel more across Europe, since soon, we might not be able to visit European countries as freely as we can now. This (academic) year, I had so much urgency to travel, or as they call it – wanderlust.

So during my second year of university, I traveled to Berlin, Rome, Prague, Paris, and Copenhagen. And my next stop is to Athens in a few weeks for a few days. People always ask me how do I travel so much despite being a student. Yes, finding time and money is difficult so here are my tips and advice on how to travel despite being a university student:

  • Budget – it isn't pretty but instead of eating in EAT, Pret, Leon every day, start meal prepping and bringing in lunches and your own coffee. Set a limit on how much you want to spend a week, and how many times you should go out socially. If you love shopping, I'd recommend waiting for sales or when student discount doubles (i.e. ASOS and Topshop will occasionally have 20% off; you can use your student discount on top of Urban Outfitters sale items)
  • Time management – let's be honest, you aren't going to spend all of reading week, catching up on books and articles and completing your formative essays. I always try to book a city break in the beginning of each holiday (i.e. October and February reading weeks, Christmas and Easter break) And during the holiday break, dabble in university work in the evenings, at the airport or on your flight and know that you'll probably have to squeeze more work in when you get back. 
  • Be strategic – book your holidays early of course, but also remember when school half terms are and book before or after those dates. Example: we finish two weeks before school Christmas break begins, book a break then.
  • Find deals – sign up to Travel Zoo and other similar sites for really cheap and affordable deals. Use your UNIDAYS student discount on Hotels.com, book through Skyscanner, and always use an incognito window so there's no lurking cookies or history of your searches.
  • Hostel or hotel? – I hate hostels, I've done it, and I'm not a fan. I'm a person who enjoys her surroundings and likes things a particular way (i.e. I hate red and floral bedding) if you're the same, I'd recommend using Airbnb (use my link for £30 off your first trip) or using Booking.com or Hotels.com. If you listen to my advice about being strategic when you go on holiday, you'll find that hotels reduce their prices immensely because it's an off-peak season. 

Do you have any tips or advice on traveling as a student? If so comment them down below, I'd love to know! 

Saturday, 10 June 2017 Rome, Italy


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