Selfridges Summer Beauty Box

I must not buy more beauty boxes, I must not buy more beauty boxes. Oh, look! There’s a new Selfridges Summer Beauty Box… Maybe I’ll treat myself to one. Oops.

When I purchased my last box, I swore to myself that I’d never go back, but you know me… I’m a fickle so and so, and I have a feeling we often have this conversation! I simply can’t resist a good deal and clearly need more products in my life, when I literally have no more space to put things. This girl needs help.

Having restrained myself for a whole month (I’ve got another fab box to tell you about soon), I decided to purchase the Selfridges Summer Box, which I picked up from the store on Saturday. It’s a pretty hefty package, and for a change, I’m likely to use every single one of the products. I’m particularly excited to try out the Zoeva Crease Brush, The First Aid Beauty Mist, and the Illamasqua Sketch Stick, which I received in the colour Fly.

It’s not quite such a good deal as the one back in 2012, which came in at £15 for £140 worth of products, but still, at £35 for £159 worth of products, it’s pretty good. These things usually sell out fast, so grab yours now if you want one.

Selfridges Summer Beuaty Box

Selfridges Beuaty Box

The Selfridges Summer Beauty Box Includes:

  • Aesop Rind Body Balm 50ml
  • Tangle Teezer Original
  • Zoeva Luxe Crease Brush
  • Beauty Blender 1x Micro Mini & Liquid Cleanser
  • Eyeko Alexa Eyeliner
  • Illamasqua Sketch Stick or Stila Lip Glaze
  • First Aid Beauty Vitamin Hydrating Mist 59ml
  • Clarins Eau des Jardins Smoothing Body Cream
  • Philip Kingsley Swimcap
  • Dermalogica Protection 50 Sport SPF50
  • Alphabet Bags cosmetics bag

Until next time x

Breast Cancer Care – Pink Ribbonwalk

If you follow me on one of the many social media platforms, you’ll know by now that last I have had my final Herceptin injection and that all of my hospital visits have now come to an end. If you haven’t heard the news, then clearly you need to up your social media game. Anyway, hurrah for final injections!

You don’t know how relieved I am that I can finally move on and never have to hang out in hospital waiting rooms again. If I’m honest, I feel like  a bit of an anomaly – It seems that a lot of the blogs and comments that I read  from other younger Cancer patients, seem to portray a struggle to move on after treatment, but (oddly?) I feel completely healthy – It’s almost as though it never happened.  I’m sure there must be other people like me. Please tell me there are. I really wouldn’t want anyone to find it a struggle to move on.

The way I see it is that if we worry about cancer coming back, then it has won. If I think about it daily, then it has won again. It’s just not going to happen. I’m going to live my life, and if it does come back, then I’ll win it all over again. There is plenty for me to be getting on with and cancer isn’t one of them.

Speaking of getting on with things… I recently did the unthinkable and walked ten miles for Breast Cancer Care. I know ten miles may not seem like a long way to a lot of people, but this is coming from a bit of a lazy slug, who struggles to keep active because I’m drawn to sitting in front of my laptop and working. Things are slowly changing, and on a whim a while back I signed both myself and Alex up to do the Pink Ribbonwalk. He loved it… in the end!

Anyway, thanks to family and friends, I managed to raise £384.77 and even though we were a little sore from trying to complete it as quickly as possible, we came away happy that we’d done it. I’m sure it took us a little longer than necessary because of all the pictures we were taking in the first part of the walk, but what kind of blogger would I be if I didn’t do that, eh? ;)

Pink Ribbon Walk

London Tower Bridge London

Alex & Zoe

City Hall

The show must go on

Until next time x

 

Babaji – Turkish Food in the Heart of Soho

Since finishing chemo last year, eating a strictly vegan diet has fallen a little into the wayside. I’ve tried, believe me, I’ve tried, but it seems that I’m destined to live more of an 85/15 (vegan/vegetarian) lifestyle. This has totally and utterly got to do with the fact that Alex and I love to eat out, and it’s places like Babaji, which make it all the more enjoyable to do so.

Babaji (Baba-juh) is a Turkish restaurant in the heart of Soho brought to you by Alan Yau, who specialises in both fast food and high end, having been associated with, or created restaurants such as Wagamama, Hakkasan, Yauatcha and many more. This guy knows his food and with a Turkish wife, it’s no surprise that he ventured into this area.

Babaji doesn’t take bookings for reservations of under eight people, but being more of a fast food restaurant, this didn’t seem to matter on Sunday when we visited. The staff did mention that we’d caught them on a quiet evening, which is always nice. I have since heard that you can often find yourself queuing for a table – a good sign, but I’m always pretty happy to be shown to mine on demand. Patience is a virtue…  alas, not one of mine. I imagine the wait is never too long though because the service was pretty swift.

At the moment, one of my favourite ways to eat is to have a selection of pretty much everything on the menu and Babaji is the perfect place to do this. Alex and I ordered a lot. Probably too much, but no one was watching, so we just went for it! I’ve never had Turkish food before (or at least I don’t remember it if I have), so I have nothing to compare it to, but I can tell you that everything we ate was delicious. The staff were attentive, but not overly so, and it was a really relaxed atmosphere for an early dinner in the heart of Soho. They offer good fast food for an affordable price (including meat dishes, but with plenty of vegetarian options), in an area that can be tricky to find just that. I’d definitely pop in for more.

This watermelon juice was delicious. Unfortunately, it wasn’t mine.

Watermelon Lemonade

Really nice hummus. I’m not going to say it’s the best I’ve ever had, but it certainly went down well.

Babaji Homemade Humus

This Caramelised Onion and Walnut Pide was pretty tasty. If I’m being picky, I would have to say that I’d have liked it a little more crispy, but I’d happily order it again.

Caramelised Onions & Walnut Pide Babaji

Samphire with red pepper and sun blushed tomatoes with garlic – Strangely, we had never eaten samphire before and loved it so much that we bought a big batch that evening, to cook at home.

Samphire, Red pepper, Sunblushed Tomato

A little bit of everything, including a Beetroot Salad with vine tomatoes, pomegranate and a lemon and honey dressing. 

Babaji

Alex can never resist baklava and he loved this homemade pistachio baklava with vanilla ice cream. I tested it out (for research purposes) and can concur that it was pretty darn good.

Babaji Homemade Pistachio Balklava

Alex finished off his meal with a Turkish coffee and being a novice to the Turkish dining scene, failed to realise that you shouldn’t drink the sludge at the bottom. It wasn’t good – The look on his face told me that. Perhaps something the waitress should have mentioned when she served it to him. You live and learn!

Turkish Coffee

Babaji , Istanbul Pide Salonu – 53 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 6LB

Babaji Soho

Until next time x

This post is in collaboration with CitizenMag.

 

15 brilliant places in London – Epping Forest

In an attempt to get out and about more often, I have decided I’m going to work my way through the Time Out London list of ‘15 brilliant places in London you probably didn’t know existed’. Number one on my hit-list being Epping Forest. Alex just loves it when I come up with these ideas (he doesn’t).

When the article popped up in my Facebook feed on Sunday morning, I got dressed and asked my chauffeur to pack his day bag (snacks), along with the little dog, into the car and off we went. The novelty of a short road trip soon wore off when we hit the good old London traffic, which extended the journey by about fifty minutes. Don’t worry; we managed to battle on through, and when we arrived it was time to de-stress and take in the countryside vibes. Er, well, that was when we managed to find the track away from the surrounding roads which were heaving with tons of Sunday day trippers and motorbike squads.

Two hours on, after Betsy the Chihuahua had finished shouting at all of the horses and any other dog that passed us by – I think I had managed to decompress just a little ready to return home. Alas, we didn’t see any of the peacocks, snakes or hundreds of species of flowers that Time Out promised. I presume we saw ancient oak trees… We saw trees anyway.

Sometimes I guess it pays to do a little planning. I’ll make sure we do that for our next brilliant ‘London’ adventure.

Epping forest you were lovely, but so is the park at the bottom of my road… and that has trees too.

I’ll probably give you another chance though ;)

Epping Forest

 

Betsy The Chihuahua

Epping Forest Day Trip

Got a bit tangled… Besty clearly wasn’t fussed.

Dog lead tangled in tree

Hanging around for the perfect Instagram shot…

Epping forest walk

He went with this one...

Day Trip to Epping

I went with this one

Epping Forest Day out

 

Until next time x

 

High Street and Designer Handbags to lust over

Handbags are not usually my thing and there are two reasons for this. 1) I can’t afford the bags I’m generally drawn to, so I tend not to look, and 2) I don’t really leave the house enough to warrant having more than a few (or maybe a few more than a few) of them. Don’t get me wrong, I could certainly write a blog post covering my collection, but I still wouldn’t say that they’ve been something that my bank balance should fear. Recently however,  I have found myself lusting after more than my usual share. This is bad… Very bad indeed.

Whilst browsing online over the past week or so, a few high street and designer bags have caught my eye. I probably won’t be buying any of them, but a girl can dream, can’t she? How nice are the Mimi Berry bags?!… and that Cara Delevingne bag is something else. How much?! *sobs*

Did I mention that this is bad?

High Street and Designer Handbag lusts

One… LOEWE – Puzzle small leather bag – Style it up with jeans and a leather jacket.

Two… Mulberry – Cara Delevingne BagNever gonna happen… *More sobbing*

Three… All Saints – Pearl Mini Hobo Bag“Minimalist and chic”

Four… Mimi – Eric – I’ll take one in every colour.

Five…  Banana Republic –  Italian Vachetta Bucket Bag – Caught my eye, but then I saw the reviews….

 

How many handbags have you got in your collection?

Until next time x