Sunday, 12 October 2014

To My Younger Self

British mail box

This post took a lot of thought and although some people may not like the topic this post surrounds, but I thought I'd be a bit personal for this one.

I write about food a lot (as well as craft and some other things I love to write about on this blog), and I love food, but when I was younger my relationship with food was somewhat different.

Dear 17-year-old me,

I would ask you how you are, but I know that you probably wouldn't be happy with that. I'd know how you would be. So I won't ask.

I'm writing to tell you that things get better. Life gets better, and your relationship with food will improve. Right now I know that you dislike eating out right now. Your anxiety makes things difficult. This makes things difficult to socialise - you often turn down going to birthday meals because of it, and if you do go out, you usually stick with garlic bread and drinks whilst everyone else tucks into their food. It makes you sad and actually makes your anxiety worse because you think that everyone is watching you eat.

I want to tell you that most of them would not have been watching you eat, and to enjoy the food and the moments surrounding the food. Of course, I cannot force you to do this, and this behaviour will continue for years. But let me tell you - even though it does continue, things get better. You actually start to be able to eat in front of people. And yes, I mean a proper meal. It's great. You get to write about the food you eat and share the delight in what you love. Because for whoever else is reading this - she doesn't have an eating disorder, she just cannot eat well in front of others.

Younger self; there are other people who are reading this who would be astonished at how your relationship with food was well over a decade ago. They know of a woman who enjoys her food (a little too much sometimes, but we'll ignore that - she's working on it!), eats out with friends and even strangers would you believe?!

There are other things I could tell you about, what I could cover in this letter, but I won't. I don't want to spoil things. 

But like I said, it gets better. And you are loved.


NB: This post was written in conjunction with Legal and General, who are asking what you would say to your younger self?

Friday, 15 August 2014

HEMA Haul!

When I was in Amsterdam a while back, I managed to visit HEMA a few times and loved it. My friend Tizz had mentioned over the years how much she loves it, and I was a little jealous that the Dutch had it, but we didn't.

Image: Retail Week

But this month all changed. HEMA came to the UK They opened up a shop at Victoria, in London, plus two additional shops in Kingston and Bromley, which are in outer London.I'd joke and say that us sending Primark over the Rotterdam was the deal breaker!

Anyhow, those of you who know me, know that I love stationery. I haven't shared anything too crafty on my blog recently, so I thought I'd share with you what I'd bought at HEMA - a haul, if you will. I will more than likely use this stuff for letter writing and in my planner (I'd say filofax, but mine's from Paperchase), rather than with card making and scrapbooking, but you can do with it what you wish!

My favourite part of HEMA stores (Image: Household Design)

Apologies for the lack of pricing, but for some silly reason I mislaid the receipt!

There isn't a HEMA UK site at the moment, but I've read that there will soon be one where you can peruse and purchase products.

On with the haul...

I love stamps, and could not resist this pair of self inking stamps, which I think are ideal for decorating letters:

HEMA self inking stamps

I also picked up some cute transfers - had to grab 2 sheets, just in case, y'know?!

HEMA transfers

Of course, no stationery haul is complete without stickers!

First off, I picked up these two sheet sets:

HEMA haul sticker sheets

I also picked up this cute roll in a box:

HEMA sticker roll

And also a roll of sticky labels:

HEMA sticky labels

I also picked up a packet of my favourite sweets from there - buttered waffle boiled sweets. I would have taken a photo, but I accidentally ate them all! Oops.

Have you been to any of the new HEMA shops? I'm hoping they will follow TIGER and make the move down to Brighton!

Monday, 28 July 2014

The Week That Was: 20th -26th July 2014

It was been super hot and sunny here in Brighton and Hove this week, and it looks as though it will continue for a while, getting rainy tomorrow and a little cooler towards the end of the week.

I've been spending most lunches this week either on the beach or chilling in Palmeira Square, which is close to where I work. How have you been enjoying the hot weather? Or do you not enjoy it at all?

This is my week!
Last Sunday I went to see Andrew WK at The Haunt in Brighton. It was hot, sweaty and exciting! It was going to be my first proper solo gig going, but I bumped into my friend Will, who was shooting the gig. You can head over and see his photos here at RMP Magazine, but make sure you come back to see what the rest of my week was like!

Monday I worked and chilled at lunch and after work!

Tuesday was pretty much the same!

Wednesday I went to Street Diner at lunch and then ate my delicious lunch (a Cilantro Dave salad box from Olly Dawson) under a tree in Palmeira Square with Sarah, who makes super pretty jewellery which you can buy from her shop, MoonTide Jewellery.

On Wednesday and Thursday I usually go to zumba, but it was too hot and I didn't want to knacker my body. I suffer from a number of health issues, so just being able to exercise is a great achievement for me. When it's hot, I can't push myself though!

I discovered Bob's Burgers on Thursday... where have I been and why didn't I watch it before?! Love it.

Friday was work and a chilled one in the evening. I watched some great stuff and ate this adorable white chocolate Westie from Creighton's Chocolaterie, which was sent to me by Lucky Dip Club! By the way, I have been loving the boxes so far and cannot wait to get to work Monday to see my Pet Parade box, eep!

Saturday was a scorcher! I did a food shop (thrilling) and watched some movies on Netflix.

It wasn't an exciting week, but there's a reason, since it was sweltering... and this was my lunchtime view most days:

I'm really looking forward to August (can you believe it's going to be August incredibly soon?!) as there's lots of fun lined up. Cake parties, two hen parties, a tattoo, two weddings, and more! I'm bloody excited.

Oh, and come back here sometime in the week, there's gonna be something super cool and foodie to read about, plus some other awesome content!

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Brighton Burgers – Coggings & Co, Seven Dials

Coggings & Co burger review Brighton

Source: Tripadvisor

I've been wanting to head to Coggings & Co for a while, so when one of my friends moved to a new flat, right on Seven Dials, it had to happen! I'd been chatting to the guys from there for ages on Twitter, and the opportunity to try delicious local burgers with my friends was something I had to do. So thanks for moving Kate!!

I actually blame Coggings for making me want to try more burgers in Brighton to see if any of them live up to their standards. Yes, I do think it's going to be a tough act to follow. Sorry, other burger places in Brighton! You may remember that I visited The New Club in September and loved their burgers. Now they have lost their crown and Coggings & Co are going to rule for a while, I'm sure.

belvoir elderflower hipster jar glass

When you arrive at Coggings & Co you get table water. Now, this might seem like a small thing to some, but I'm always ordering jugs of tap water for the table, so this saved me a bit of effort! Plus, the water comes in cute bottles... yeah, I'm shallow!

I was eyeing up the menu for a while before I even booked the table, and I went for the brisket burger. Come on, how could I say no to brisket?! The burger I chose comprised of the following: 6oz beef, brisket & chipotle chilli, guacamole, sour cream and salad. The burgers also come with chips, which can be either cooked in beef dripping or vegetable oil – you can guess what I went for! The beef dripping made the chips so tasty and perfectly crispy, fluffy in the middle and all of that goodness.

burger and chips Coggings Brighton

Anyway, my opinion on the burger. Can you imagine the most melt in the mouth goodness? Add BBQ deliciousness and guacamole and of course succulent beef. Oh my. Words actually fail me in finding the words to describe it.

Coggings & Co Brighton review

And what followed was just as heavenly – or dare I say it, even more so! I really didn't think I could manage a desert. I knew before I went there that I would be full. But living up to human nature (and my ridiculously sweet tooth), I needed some diversification. When we arrived at Coggings & Co, we saw on the specials board the following: doughnuts filled with black cherry curd, with dark chocolate dipping sauce. Oh my. And when they arrived – even more oh my. My mouth was so happy.

And at the end of the meal? Our purses were happy too. For less than £25 each we'd just enjoyed one of the best meals we'd had all year. I'm not ashamed to say that either, because I know it's true!

So other burger places in Brighton? Bring it on! This Brighton burger bitch is ready for you! Let's see if you can steal the crown from Coggings & Co – I dare you to try!!


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