Christmas: Our favourite Christmas Jumpers of 2018

Last year we had such fun writing our post of all the Christmas Jumpers we loved so we thought we would do it again!

For the Harry Potter Lover – this jumper from Boohoo is amazing! It has such a quirky slogan and we love it!

For the person who loves a tipple – This is a very fashion forward Christmas jumper, it’s not crazy patterned but has a jokes slogan. You may not want to wear to the office Christmas party, but to the girlie Christmas meal, its perfect! Thanks Missguided! We also love this one from New Look, it looks very cosy too!

For the classy one – For that person who loves to wear black on black on black, this jumper from ASOS may be the perfect one for them! We love the slogan and it ensures you will still look stylish over the festive season!

For the pregnant one – There are just SO many fun jumpers out there for those who are preggers over the Christmas period. We love the ‘Best Present Ever’ slogan on this jumper from ASOS

For the Gin Lover – Oh Come Let us Adore Gin, what a fabulous slogan this is on this jumper from New Look.

For the FRIENDS lover – we all have that one friend who knows all the quotes, famous lines and sayings from Friends, so this jumper from New Look will suit them perfectly!

For the dog lover – How cute is this jumper with a sausage dog on it from Next. We love that it’s a ‘traditional’ Christmas jumper style with the added touch of a sausage dog!! If you prefer Dalmatians then Asda have the perfect jumper for you instead!

We had so much fun scouting the internet to find the perfect jumper for you to wear on Friday – if there are any other epic ones you want to share with us leave the links in the comments below!!

How often do you wash your hair?

We are two of the laziest people ever when it comes to washing our hair! It is such a chore for us and we literally can’t think of anything worse! We keep our hair for as LONG as possible and sometimes it is almost a competition between us LOL! (We are so sad).

There are so many benefits though for not washing your hair that often including some of the following:

Your hair isn’t as dry which is a massive bonus especially if you anything like us and put quite a bit of heat on your hair (we just love our GHD’s!) We do like to straighten our hair and obviously this is known to dry your hair out!

Annie’s curls are more prominent which I LOVE! I love it when my curls are less frizzy. It means I can be lazy and just wake up and not do anything with my hair.

Hair colour lasts longer (which is great as highlights are SO expensive). We always notice our hair colour is much brighter at the beginning and the more we wash it the darker it becomes!

Less expensive so you don’t have to buy shampoo and conditioner as often, which will help you save a few pennies especially if you like to splash out on a good shampoo and conditioner.

Prevents hair loss which we most definitely do not want, but hey if we do start get hair loss as we get older we will just get a hair transplant! Not sure why people are ashamed to admit it, we would happily get one!

So the next time you think you desperately have to wash your hair because you haven’t in the past 12 hours, ask yourself the question do I really need to wash it?

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Panini Durini Milan Coffee Shop

We came across Panini Durini on Instagram before we visited Milan. The coffee cups they use caught our eye and we knew straight away that we would have to visit (anything for that Instagram shot right?).

We walked into the city on our first day and headed straight to the Duomo di Milano There were so many pigeons flying around (people hand out bird feed) that we left pretty swiftly as Rach has a fear of birds! We decided it was time for a morning coffee, we googled mapped Panini Durini (what would we do without google maps) and we realised it was just a 5 minute walk from the Duomo di Milano so we headed there!

It was such a cute coffee shop and the coffee was SO cheap! We actually couldn’t believe our ears when we heard the price of our coffees, they were just 2 euros 60! WOW we wouldnt even be able to get one coffee for that price in the U.K!

We didn’t actually realise that Panini Durini was a chain, we kept coming across them throughout Milan and since coming back we have done a bit of research! There are a total of 18 coffee shops in Milano, we didn’t see them all but once we had spotted a couple we kept seeing them!

Panini Durini reminded us of Gails, it is a chain but is isn’t nearly as big as some of the other high street chains.

They sell Panini’s of course, which looked absolutely delicious, we didnt try them as it was the morning and we hadn’t long had breakfast!

Rach went for a cappuccino with Soya Milk which cost 1 euro 50 and Annie had an Americano which was just 1 euro 10 cent! Remember if you order a ‘cafe’ in Italy you will be given an espresso!

We asked the lady behind the counter for one of each of the cups as we wanted to photograph both of them LOL! We loved the one that said ‘I drink good coffee’! The tropical cup was also really pretty so we had to get a shot of both of them of course!

We sat outside as it was a lovely fresh November morning, but there was also plenty of seating inside.

If you visit Milian we would definitely recommend you visit Panini Durini, the coffee is cheap and the taste is absolutely delicious… what more could you want?

Transport From Milan Airport to the City

We arrived in Milan Malpensa Airport at around 11pm on Friday evening, we had planned to get an Uber from the airport to our hotel in the city centre like we do in most cities we visit! We opened our Uber app and put in our hotels destination in and we were so shocked to see that it was going to cost us 120 euros! Our hotel was only 27 miles away from the Airport and we couldn’t believe it was going to be that expensive.

I had a look on google and saw that there was a 90 euro flat rate from Malpensa Airport into the City Centre so knew there would be no point in getting a taxi from the taxi rink as well. We knew there must be other ways of getting to our hotel, but it was late so we were worried this would be out only option!

We decided to take a gamble and once we had got through passport control we headed to the train station. We looked the station destinations and realised that we could hop on the train and get into the city centre for just 13 euros per person bargain! You use the red line from Milano Malpensa to Milano Cadorna, its an express train!

From the Station Milano Cadorna it was going to cost us just 12 euros in an Uber to get to our final destination. So this worked out to be just 38 Euros as opposed to 120!

It actually cost us even less as we realised we didn’t have to go into the city centre we could get off a couple of stop beforehand!

We had planned to do the same journey on our return to the airport but we spoke to the staff at our hotel and they advised us to get the Airport express bus to the Malpensa as it was quick and only cost 8 euros. Rach used her excellent maps skills and we walked 10 minutes to the bus stop and hopped on the bus.

We are so glad we decided to not just get an Uber due to convenience and instead save ourselves a bit of money for more food and drink during our trip! In future we will definitely be doing a little bit more research so we can be much more prepared!

No1 Lounge Gatwick Airport

Airport lounges are simply the best way to start your holiday! If you have never visited an airport lounge before your holiday for whatever reason then hopefully after reading this post you may just change your mind. For the past couple of years we have been converted! We almost always book the airport lounge unless we have a ridiculously early flight or we are rushing from work and just don’t have the time.

No1 Lounges are open daily from 4am to 10pm costing £32 online and £40 on the door. We think this is a great value and we would definitely spend a similar amount on food and drink (less of it) if we were in the departure lounges.

You can use the lounge three hours prior to your flight time which we made sure we made the most of. We arrived at the airport extra early as we don’t like feeling stressed or rushed. No1 Lounges gives you access to premium security as well which is a nice little bonus, once we have made our way through security at a nice leisurely pace we then make our way to the lounge where we were able to relax for the next few hours.

The No1 lounge has a fully tended bar offering a wide selection of beverages including sparkling wine, bottled beers and spirits. We both enjoyed a glass or two or prosecco before moving onto the red wine which was a delicious Malbec!

There are also plenty of soft drinks, fizzy drinks can be enjoyed from a self serve machine or there are is flavoured water and iced tea too.

No1 Lounges have a fresh seasonal menu, you are able to help yourself to the self-service food selection.

Breakfast is served before 11AM they offer Bacon Rolls, Beans on Toast, Toasts and preserves and baked vegetables which are all made to order. On the self-serve there is porridge, croissants, Greek yoghurt, cereals and fruit salad.

We arrived at the lounge after 11AM so there was a selection of meals to choose from including, macaroni cheese, soup, lentil Shepard’s pie and much more.

On the self-serve counter there were a selection of bar snacks including cakes, nuts, soup and salad- so much choice!

On arrival we both opted for a glass of prosecco and then scooped the bar snacks from the jar into cute little dishes whilst we did some blog admin on our laptops.

Rach went for the macaroni cheese and bean sausage stew with a side of salad! It was really tasty especially the macaroni cheese as it had mustard in the mix! We did say that it would have been nice to have had a Caesar dressing instead of just balsamic! Annie had the macaroni as well but also tried to lentil shepherds pie which was really flavoursome! We both also shared a bowl of new potatoes that were cooked to perfection and sprinkled in sea salt!

We finished our meal with a selection of desserts! The carrot cake was absolutely delicious and so moist we were really impressed! If we hadn’t of eaten so much before hand we definitely would have gone back for me! There was also a selection of fresh fruit as well!

The lounge also has Runway Views, which we loved! We sat watching the plans wondering where each of them were flying to! We love doing this, we have a fascination with planes, does anyone else use the app when they are out and about to look at where are plane is travelling to?

There is also unlimited Wi-Fi, which was great as we both had a bit of work to do! Rach also managed to upload our YouTube video winning! They also have a selection of magazines on offer- Mens Fitness was our magazine of choice as they didn’t have women’s health!

The toilets are lovely and have L’Occitaine soap which smells divine- we love a good smelling soap!

The dress code is smart casual so make sure you don’t turn up in leggings and trainers as they could turn you away, if you want to be comfortable on your flight just change in the toilets before you leave.

So the next time you are going on holiday or for a weekend away make sure you book the lounge and if it’s Gatwick then it has to be No1 lounge!

Moving House Is Expensive

Oh my gosh moving house can be so stressful and to top it off really EXPENSIVE! There are so many hidden costs that we came across that completely emptied our bank accounts! Below are some of our top tips that will help you when you move:

Save save save- always try and save a little bit of money each month as you never know when you might need it! Even just saving £20 a month can help! Why not get a money tin and fill it up with any lose change you have! After a night out of you have any money left in your purse you could always pop that in!

Free Activities/ Eating Out- do you find yourself spending a lot of money going out or eating out at restaurants? Why don’t you cut down on eating out/takeaways if this is something you do on a regular basis! You will be so surprised how much you manage to save. Another great way to save money is by making a pack lunch for work!

Borrow from family- If you have family that can lend you money then that is a great bonus. You can pay them back over time once you are settled and in your new place. Obviously we realise not everyone is fortunate enough to be able to do this.

Work over time (if you can)- If you work at a job that offers overtime then why not pick up a couple of extra shifts! Obviously don’t work yourself too hard, but a few extra hours will definitely help.

Get your previous deposit back- if you have moved out of rented accommodation then make sure you get your deposit back! Pay for professional cleaners as well (we love Fantastic Services) they are so fab! Land lords can be hard work and some of them will try and not give you your deposit back if they are not happy with the place.

Last resort- There are obviously other ways you can borrow money, which we obviously don’t recommend you doing all of the time, but if you need some extra cash that you know you can pay back within a month then why not have a look at cash lady.

Good luck with the move, it will be worth it when you are in your beautiful new home!

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La Prosciutteria Milan Review

We came across La Prosciutteria on Instagram before our trip to Milan and put it at the top of our list of places to visit during our stay. The photos of their boards looked absolutely incredible!

La Prosciutteria has two locations in Milan. We visited La Prosciutteria Milano Navigli which was located in the canal district. We had actually planned on visiting the other location which is located close to the Arco Della Pace.

We visited La Prosciutteria at lunch time, the venue was buzzing and it was full of customers ordering either a board or a sandwich! We love it when you arrive at a bar and the atmosphere is alive, it sure is a good sign!

We looked at the menu and knew straight away that we would be ordering their Gourmet Board which was priced at only 30 Euros. That may seem expensive for a cheese/meat board but trust us it was massive and only 15 euros per person!

The boards had lots of different special meats, cheeses, crostini, bread and much more! We managed to eat everything on the board and trust us when we say we were stuffed!

We are so glad we visited for lunch as our original plan was to visit and have as our starter before dinner- don’t think we would have fitted dinner in!

We also ordered a glass of red wine to enjoy with our board and we couldn’t believe a glass of wine costed just 2.50 euros! What an absolute bargain, we could have sat drinking it all afternoon it was so delicious.

It was raining during our visit but we still opted to sit outside as it was sheltered. It was November but it was actually very mild out so we were not cold in the slightest.

If we could recommend just one place to visit in Milan we would 100% say La Prosciutteria!

Why we want to do more yoga

We have only recently discovered yoga to be honest, despite many people encouraging us to try it. We have now dabbled a little bit and have been to a couple of classes, and it’s safe to say we have been missing out!

With the stressful busy life and of course that chaotic season known as Christmas coming up we want to start doing more and more yoga. There are so many classes around London that we will have to give a go helping us to feel zen!

My mum (Annie) does yoga all the time and absolutely loves it. She always says it’s down to the teacher and the atmosphere!

We did actually attend a yoga festival in the summer as well and we were gifted an amazing yoga mat that we have got to put to good use!

Here are some reasons below as to why yoga is beneficial:
– yoga perfects your posture
– yoga improves your flexibility
– yoga drops your blood pressure
– yoga helps you focus
– yoga improves your balance
– yoga gives you peace of mind
– yoga decreases stress
– yoga promotes better sleep quality

We are going to aim to do one yoga class a week, and if we can’t do a home yoga session using the HoMedics Back Stretching Mat. Check out the below video, its making us feel super chilled just watching it!

Are you going to join our yoga challenge? Let us know in the comments below!

Tips for Renting in London

I have recently moved to Wimbledon from Clapham Common so though I would share some tips on looking for a new property to rent and how to go about it and how to have the best time!

1) Register your interest with as many Estate Agents as possible.
2) Have a checklist ready of the things you want eg 4 double bedrooms, outdoor space, close to tube
3) Be open to explore new places, but don’t let the estate agent waste your time by taking you to lots of properties that don’t match your requirements or budget.
4) Always ask as many questions as possible, its better to have all the answers
5) Don’t feel obliged to take the first property you see, shop around and don’t feel pressurised into taking a property. We had so many estate agents tell us that they havn’t had a 4 bed come on the market for 6 months and that we wouldn’t find anywhere.
6) Remember to factor in bills to the price, you will not just be paying rent, if you are lucky get bills included. Don’t forget about council tax too!
7) Always offer below the asking price, the landlord may not accept it but never straight away offer the price they want. More than ever you will manage to get the property cheaper then the asking price
8) Some landlords will want you to rent for a longer time period, however others will only want you to sign for 6 months. Make sure you know what you want and what the landlord wants too. You don’t want to be tied in for longer than you want!
9) Some landlords will request certain things from you in order to agree to rent their property to you. Our landlord requires us to have a cleaner once a month. Therefore we use Fantastic Services They are your one stop shop for all home services. If you use our referral code twobrits you get £10 off your first order as well – winning!
10) Once you move in, make a list of the things you need to buy furniture wise and then do a group shop to Ikea. Its super fun and then you can all bond over building the furniture when it arrives, also it only costs £25 if you head to the home delivery counter after your shop and they will deliver to your property.
11) Cooking as a group is wayyy cheaper. If you are lucky to live with great people then cook all together and save lots of pennies doing so!

Happy Renting, and if you’re still not convinced, check out our post on reasons why you need to move to London!

Plate Restaurant Review

Plate restaurant is located in the M by Montcalm hotel which is located just a 5 minute walk from Old Street in London. The hotel opened in 2015 and the restaurant opened last May and is absolutely gorgeous.


Plate is located on 2 floors, the ground floor is a bakery during the day and cocktail bar at night. It has comfy seats located by the windows, perfect for watching the world go by. The smell of coffee and fresh pastries hits you as you walk into the restaurant which is divine. The bakery also supplies Black Coffee (a well known coffee chain in London) with their pastries!


The main restaurant is on the mezzanine above the bakery/bar. The restaurant is spacious with floor to ceiling windows and amazing plants making it an Instagram dream. There are also lots of plants which add to the green house botanical vibe! Look at us cuties posing in front of this cute blossom tree!


The staff here are so lovely and we had the nicest waitress who was very attentive and proud to work at Plate. She always made sure we were happy with the food we had ordered which was really nice of her.

The food and beverage manager Frederick also come over to introduce himself. He gave us a bit of background on the company and their vision for the future. He also told us about their ribs night… more on that later!

The brunch menu is large and there is so much choice. In order to have bottomless prosecco for £15 you have to order 2 courses off the brunch menu, no trouble for us!!!

We decided to start with something sweet and a little lighter, these dishes were much more breakfast like. Rachel went for the ‘Pears & Cream’ which was Grilled poached pear, ricotta cheese, granola, grapes and honey this was absolutely delicious! There were so many delicious flavours we would definitely recommend!

Annie went for the berries and yoghurt which was a mixed berry compote, Greek yogurt, granola and honey! This was so delicious and the berry compote was the perfect blend of sweet and sour! We have to mention the bowls they used as well as we absolutely loved them, they reminded us of shells!

For the next course annie opted for the sourdough with scrambled eggs and smoked salmon. Quite often when we go for brunch they are not very generous with the salmon but here at Plate they are very generous which is fab! The plate was piled high with both scrambled egg and amazing quality smoked salmon, can I eat it all over again please!?

Rach went for the macaroni cheese which was simple but incredibly tasty and very filling! I loved the basil they had added to the mix it added tons of flavour! Would definitely recommend this dish and the portion size was huge, so big in fact it almost defeated me!

For dessert we decided to share the French toast (we were already SO FULL). This was amazing it was light fluffy and tasted kind of like brioche with a croissant texture it was the perfect way to end a delicious meal! It was served with Banana caramel, maple creme Fraiche and candied pecans.

Unlike most bottomless brunches the waitress left the bottle of prosecco by our side in an ice bucket. We loved this as it meant we could top our glasses up when we wanted to, although she was so attentive we often didn’t need to. We were offered another bottle as well which was nice but we literally couldn’t fit anything else in, we were stuffed!

No issues on the toilet front they were clean tidy! They also had elemis hand wash and hand cream which we love the smell of!

As we mentioned before Plate also offer a bottomless steak and chips on a Friday from 6-7pm for £15 and a bottomless ribs and wings on a Thursday for just £10 which runs from 6-7:30pm so you have an hour and a half to eat as much as you want.

It would be a great place to work from, which Rach took note of as she works from home! The WIFI was good as well which is a bonus and means you wouldn’t have to hotspot!

The hotel looked so beautiful we would love to stay here, maybe one day hey?