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 Time for a much needed change . . .

In most houses the TV is the focal point of the living room however seeing as my living space isn’t particularly large I don’t really want a huge monstrosity dominating the space. Whatever happens a much needed change is needed. I’m thinking about something a little bit more streamlined, sleek and above all something quality. As you know there are a variety of brands to pick and choose from and everyone has their preferences however I tend to go for the one that offers me the best value for money alongside great quality. With new technology hitting the streets every day it is hard to keep up with ‘the times’ so I checked out some Panasonic 4K TV’s not only are they stylish but also affordable and come in a range of different sizes which gives me a hard task. Which one do I choose – if you have any recommendations they would be much appreciated!

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Recently I was lucky enough to get a Bose mini speaker and Alexa which I am completely in love with so hopefully if I do get my original choice of TV (in the link above) I will be able to connect all my devices and have a seamless service – I live in hope here. Of course there are other things that I would love to do with regards to overhauling my space but for now it is really the little things that are making the difference. Things such as nice bedsheets, cushions, lighting, plants and other such little trinkets just to make those dark days a little lighter.

What are the little things that make your day better in your living space?

*This post was kindly sponsored by Panasonic

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Things have been a little hit on the blog for quite a while now and there are many reasons for this – the main reason is that my full-time job seems to have taken over my life a little and home has proven slightly difficult also. At the start of the year when things were a lot bleaker my bestie and I made a promise to each other that we would both make this year a fabulous one (a pact made after watching the Ab Fab movie!).

Whilst keeping to our pact we also had to remember that neither of us are millionaires so we had to find different ways of making ourselves feel fab without breaking the bank. This is where my list comes in – a selection of things to do on a budget and if possible that are entirely FREE.

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My top 5 free things to do in London when you are wanting to feel fabulous are

  • Walk along the London South Bank – you can stop off at Gabriel’s Wharf and feel like you are on a mini break away if you don’t find something else to do as there is ALWAYS something going on along this beautiful stretch.
  • Visit St Paul’s Cathedral for a mass or choir practice – you will hear some of the most beautiful voices out there and quite possibly get quite emotional.
  • Visit the Tate Modern – this can be done whilst on your walk along the South Bank (double whammy!). There are so many free things to see and it is a great space to just walk and clear your head.
  • People watch at London Paddington station and whilst you are there check out the pop-up photography exhibition by Dave Burt from @London (It’s the last day folks – see if whilst you still can because it is AMAZING).
  • See the peacocks at Kyoto Gardens in Holland Park – this one is still on my list and I am so excited!

London Heathrow Express are currently celebrating a massive milestone – after opening their doors to the public in 1998 to this day the express has carried 100 million passengers. Seriously, that is such an achievement and as a Londoner an honour to know that we offer such a great service for all to access whether you are leaving/coming home or just visiting this wonderful place the London Heathrow Express is there for you.

Linked in with one of my favourite and free past times of people watching I managed to catch the pop-up exhibition at London Paddington and I must say it was lovely to watch. Funnily enough it reminded me of the film ‘Love Actually’ at the end – but maybe that is just me! I really do wish it was on for longer so I could go back again! I know it is double doing but sometimes it is nice to see things like this twice.

Check out this AMAZING video!

Have you seen it? If not, will you have time to pop in today because I would love to know what you think…

*This post has been sponsored by London Heathrow Express – thank you very much for working with me.

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Mastering Matcha with T2 Tea Kingston

Becoming a Matcha master isn’t something that I can see happening any time soon but with help from the lovely Nick at T2 Tea Kingston I am but one step closer to this goal of mine (that and being able to Chai Wallah!). A group of us headed to T2 Tea Kingston on Saturday and oh my life it was fun, we were taught how to make Matcha the ‘right way’ without ending up with something that resembled poorly filtered pond water (most of my attempts!) and I even got some handy hints for my Matcha pancakes which seem to be popping up on my Insta a lot these days. So onto mastering Matcha!

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Matcha is a stone-ground Japanese style green tea and all the Matcha used by T2 is a certified organic ceremonial grade. Matcha Green Tea is much more than a drink it is part of a traditional Japanese culture that has been in place for centuries. The ceremony is one of not only great style but the epitome of grace and elegance as those that take part have the opportunity to bond with their most inner self and experience heightened mindfulness whilst focusing on the here and now.

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Many of us are used to loose leaf green tea which can be tasty in its own right. Matcha is a different level all together – it is a superior grade of tea that is packed with antioxidants that boost your metabolism whilst providing a fast and effective detox. One cup of Matcha is the equivalent of around 10 cups of green tea when you are thinking about antioxidant properties. The importance of brew temperature is also something to take into careful consideration. When you make a cuppa, the initial instinct is to boil the kettle and pour – Am I Right?!

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Well, according to my sources (T2 Obvs!) you should be using 80° water as this not only locks in the flavour but keeps all the goodness from your choice of tea. With regards to Matcha this is particularly important as you would be wasting all that potential goodness by just not having a little patience.

With that in mind let’s get down to business, then shall we?!
To make a decent bowl of Matcha you will need . . .

1 x Bowl

1 x Matcha Whisk

1 x Matcha Scoop

1 x Pot of Matcha powder

200ml Water heated to 80°

A whole lotta’ love

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Put 2 heaped scoops of Matcha with 200ml water (80°c) into the Matcha bowl and whisk in an M shape which should break up any lumps. Continue to whisk the mixture until a light foam appears on the top. Stir in a lot of love and drink as you wish!

Effortless right!
So, my question to you is . . .
Now you know how to make it right are you going to try it?

I know after making the effort to take a little extra time to get the water the right temperature and using my beloved Matcha whisk I am loving my Matcha even more than before. Next on my list is perfecting my Matcha pancakes, although they taste good I want them a little greener – I have had some tips so I will be trying them out ASAP! Keep your eyes on my Insta!

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For four days The Old Truman Brewery just off Brick Lane played host to The London Coffee Festival 2017. The golden opportunity for coffee connoisseurs and neophytes alike to indulge in that delicious brown nectar we all know and some of us love ‘COFFEE’ was upon us. Even if you coffee is not your thing there were a plethora of other treats on offer. The sheer volume was quite overwhelming let alone the amount of visitors that the festival attracted. With over 30,000 people attending this year ‘coffee’ was definitely the most popular hashtag of the day/weekend – that alongside #LondonCoffeeFestival #LCF17 #LoveCoffee.

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From Roasting to Latte Art the creme de la creme of the coffee world were there front and centre with some truly spectacular demonstrations and workshops that were available for all to see and get involved. Sadly I was only able to see the action on the big screen they had available for those that could not get a piece of the action up close and personal (hence the lack of pictures!).

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On entering the festival I was given a wristband, goody bag and map and sent off to enjoy the festivities at my leisure. The smell was to die for and something that I really did enjoy, the heat from all of the machines however is something that I was not at all prepared for (please guys get some ventilation for next time!). Although I am no barista I have a varied interest in coffee and appreciate the bean so it was very interesting to see not only the many different types of coffee but the ways it can be brewed. I have always been a coffee with milk and two sugars kinda girl but since visiting this phenomenal place my tastes have changed quite a bit. Out of the many stalls that I visited there were a couple that really stuck with me not only for the taste of the coffee but also the people and activities available.

Festival Favourites

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HER Coffee

This particular brand really surprised me as I have never been a fan of cold brew coffee – just something about it that I couldn’t entirely get my head around. These guys however have me sold on the idea, so much so that I walked away with their largest available bottle of the stuff and a week later already need to get myself a refill!

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Union Coffee

Coffee matching, grinding, tasting and general appreciation of coffee were on the menu in the Union Coffee corner of the room. Whilst I was there I attempted to match the coffees and came oh so close but still one step too far from actually solving the mystery that is coffee. All of them of course tasted absolutely divine.

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Baileys

This stand really doesn’t need an explanation now does it?! I mean Bailey’s! Ok so they had Baileys Iced Latte & Mocha cans but also cocktails on offer. The one thing that really got me were the ice lollies! Not only because of the insane temperature inside but BAILEYS ICE CREAM! Serious noms right there!

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Hotel Chocolat

For those of you that aren’t really into coffee Hotel Chocolat introduced Teaolat to the festival and oh my life was it an exhibition within itself. I have never seen so much chocolate in one place in my life! There was a TOWER of chocolate, seriously guys a TOWER that was bigger than most very tall individuals.

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Overall, I managed to inhale about 10 shots of coffee, before moving onto the secret garden to purchase one of the most delicious and aesthetically pleasing cocktails I have seen in a long time. If you haven’t been to a London Coffee Festival before my advice to you would be

  • Get a ticket (early bird if possible)
  • Get down there quite early
  • Make yourself a timetable for the activities going on
  • With your timetable prep yourself to get up front for the activities for a good view
  • Don’t drive so you can enjoy yourself
  • Go with a friend – it can get incredibly lonely even if you do meet awesome people
  • Keeping that timetable in mind plan out what you want to photograph with your camera, get your pics then use your phone for the rest so you don’t miss too much.

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Massive thanks to the lovelies at Hope & Glory PR for the ticket – all opinions are my own.
Here’s to next year peeps!

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The saying goes – When life gives you lemons you . . . – fill that in at your leisure but whilst I am making ‘lemonade’ (not in the Beyonce sense of the word!) I was also surrounding by one of the most beautiful collections of Cacti and Succulents that I have come across in a very long time. Even though myself and the bestie had other designs on our day life steered us in the direction of the beautiful Petersham Nurseries. As we stepped across the threshold I whispered to myself ‘we are not in Kansas anymore Toto!’. From head to toe with length and depth it was beautiful both visually and sensually and I was excited to see what the rest had to offer.

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With that in mind I will definitely be going back on a day that they are actually fully open for business as it would be wrong of me to judge when things are not running at full steam ahead. Mark my words Petersham Nurseries I will be back to see you in all of your glory and I have no doubt that it will be absolutely SPECTACULAR. And before I leave I will check your lovely website to double check that I am coming on a day when food is available! Petersham Nurseries, Petersham, Richmond, London, Surrey, Flowers, Plants, Succulents, Cacti, Cactus, Bedding Plants, Nurseries, Garden, Gardening, Summer, Hydrangea, Wellington Boots, Wellies, Blooms, Bunches, Beautiful, Beauty, Blogger, Life, Lifestyle, Blog A Book Etc, Fay

Have you eaten at Petersham Nurseries?
If so what did you think and what should I have when I go back?!

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