Pingle The App

Pingle is an app that helps people to do more things together- in real life! Yes, you did hear us right in real life and not on the Internet! Pingle works with locals and gives you inspiration for things to do in your area.

Pingle keeps you updated on what’s going on in your local area, their main goal is to get people off their phone and out into the real-world meeting new people!

Pingle uses #’s where you can use the tags as a way of describing who you are and what you like to do. That way Pingle can find more people like yourself and suggest personalised activities that you might like to take part in.

Is there a restaurant you have been wanting to try for a while but don’t have anyone to go with? Or Is there a gym class that you are too scared to go alone? If you have an idea of your own, then why not download Pingle and invite others along.

Pingle is easy to download, simply go onto your app store and install it, oh and you want to know the best thing? It’s totally free! Once the app is installed you can set up an account using your mobile number or Facebook Account.

We know exactly what Pingle we would do, it would be a morning run around the city. Running in the morning before work is the perfect way to start your day and it’s even better when you can run with a group of like minded people! The run would be a 5 mile run and would happen each week on a Wednesday morning at 7am! Oh and it would have to end with a coffee at the end of course! We would arrange with a local coffee shop a bag drop off scheme and in return people would buy a coffee post run (if they wanted to)!

We are already getting so excited about our Pingle idea that we are going to have to create it as soon as possible! We love the idea of bringing like minded individuals together!

Fairtrade Fortnight

Fairtrade fortnight takes places each year for 2 weeks of the year, this year it is the 25th February to the 10th March. Thousands of individuals and companies across the U.K. come together to celebrate the individuals who grow our food. These individuals often live in some of the poorest countries in the world.

This year Fairtrade fortnight is focusing on people, but in particular women. The women who grow the cocoa in chocolate we love and eat almost every single day.

A cocoa farmer earns around 74p a day, but actually they need around £1.86 to achieve a living income. This is why Fairtrade are campaigning for a living income to become a reality. Living income isn’t a luxury is it a human right, it means these ladies would have enough money to feed their families, buy medicine when they need it and send their kids to school.

So you might be wondering how you can help? Well you can: sign a petition, host an event, fundraise for Fairtrade, share on social media making sure you #shedeserves.

We believe Fairtrade fortnight is so important and that is why we are getting involved. Not only are we here to spread awareness about #shedeserves but we also want to share with you so many other incredible Fairtrade brands.

Gusto Organic

Gusto Organic was one of the first natural energy drinks to hit the world market in the late 80’s. In 2017 Gusto Organic drinks were voted number 1 ethical cola in the UK. There are several flavours available including; Real Cola, Naturally Slim Cola, Lemon Energy, Real Cherry Cola, Fiery Ginger with Chipotle and Sicilian Blood Orange. You can find Gusto Organic Drinks in over 10 different countries from Holland to Japan and they are in over 200 UK stockists.

These went down an absolute treat when I handed them out to my cousins post Brighton half marathon! Our favourite flavour was the Sicilian Blood Orange it was soooo delicious!

Seed & Bean

Seed & Bean was founded in 2005, the owners wanted to create an ethical range of confectionery goods. They wanted to create flavours that you would rarely find in other chocolate bars and now sell over 20 flavours.

Seed and Bean are a Fairtrade, ethical and organic chocolate bar company. They sell dark, white and milk chocolate so they definitely cater for all chocolate lovers! You can find Seed & Bean at Wholefoods, Planet Organic, WHSmith, Amazon, John Lewis Food Hall and many more places.

We loved the chocolate bars were were sent to Sample, all but one were dark chocolate (our favourite). We are coffee lovers so the espresso flavour was definitely one of our favourite it was so tasty and we couldn’t stop eating it. We also love anything orange flavoured so we knew we would love the mandarin and ginger flavoured one as well. If we are honest we loved all of them, some more than others but that is always the way!

T2 Tea

T2 adhere to the utmost standards of ethical trade, and are set to be classified as B-Corp by the end of this year – very exciting! The tea that they currently stock that has a Fair Trade Certification is their English Breakfast Tea and their Turmeric Ginger Ninja.

We loved using the cute little tea pot to brew our teas and the english breakfast went down a treat, but then again who doesn’t love an english breakfast tea! The tumeric ginger tea is perfect for the winter and to fight those colds off, but certainly is an acquired taste!

Bird & Wild

Bird and Wild is on a mission to help protect migrating birds, support the RSPB and sell great tasting Fairtrade organic coffee- what an amazing company! The coffee is naturally grown under the rainforest canopy which is a haven for birds. Bird & Wild coffees are Fairtrade Certified, they ensure that producers in developing countries are paid a fair price for their work. They are also organic which means that no pesticides are added to the coffee whilst it is growing which is helping to support wildlife.

We tried the espresso blend and oh my gosh it was incredible. We have been so used to drinking instant coffee or cafetiere coffee that just doesn’t wow us or have a powerful flavour. This was was labelled strong and it certainly was, and that is just how we like our coffee. We believe there has to be some flavour to wake us up in the morning and this certainly hit the nail on the head. After sampling this we will sure be buying it, you can purchase on Ocado and also Amazon.

Karma Cola

Karma Cola believe that what you drink should not only taste good but should also be good to the land, good to the people who grow the ingredients and as good to the customer who drinks it.

Karma Cola found out that the world drinks more than a million colas a minute but none of the money went back to the people who originally discovered the stuff! So Karma cola decided to create a drink that does just that and we think that is pretty dam cool!

We have tried karma Cola previously and absolutely love it. It’s great to see lots of restaurants selling karma cola, I actually enjoyed One after my Brighton half marathon as served it in the Vegan Restaurant I was in! Karma Cola tastes just like a Coca Cola sweet, it is delicious and takes us right back to our childhood.

MIA Chocolate

MIA is an incredible chocolate brand that we have been loving for quite some time now. The name MIA stands for Made In Africa; everything the company produces is sourced and made in Africa. In addition the company believes in making delicious, unique and premium food fairly.

Each and every product that is made by MIA is entirely crafted by communities in Africa. They want to create more jobs on a continent where a single income can support an entire family.

We have written a post all about Mia chocolate before and it’s great to know that it is also Fairtrade. We love their chocolate, its great to nibble on and also to bake with. Here of their chocolate and here you can read all about when we ate in the cutest pub that use Mia chocolate in their desserts.

Abelha

Although Abelha is not Fairtrade we couldn’t not mention them in this post. They are doing some incredible things and truly do believe in providing jobs and paying fair wages to their suppliers in the villages.

Abelha Organic Cachaça was created from such a simple idea: they wanted to use the best possible all-natural ingredients and the most traditional artisan methods of production at source.  The cane used is grown 100% organically in the beautiful protected national park of Chapada Diamantina in Bahia, Northern Brazil, where the high, dry climate and sandy soils yield excellent cane for making Cachaça.

 

The team at Abelha believe that quality and soul come from doing as much as possible in the traditional way, by hand and in small batches. You can get the Albelha Cachaça Silver which is rested for a few months in an open steel tank which allows for some of the unwanted compounds to evaporate. Albelha Cachaça Gold is aged for 3 years in wooden barrels!

Flipside Restaurant Review

Flipside is a 100% plant based restaurant that offers a wide selection of food from healthy salads to meat like burgers. Flipside freshly prepares the sandwiches and salad bowls every morning meaning customers can just grab & go.

Flipside is located just a 5-10 minute walk from Farringdon station, so it’s really convenient if you live or work in the city. They are also a cashless restaurant making them super speedy, you can use the self service iPads or you can go to the counter to place your order.

We arrived at Flipside at around 6pm on a Friday evening. We always try and arrive quite early in the hope that the restaurant will be empty. We were in luck which meant we could take our photos without anyone else in the background. We are glad we did arrive early because by the time we were finished Flipside was starting to fill up.

There is a lot to choose from on the menu we were so stuck on what to order. We have never tried meat like burgers before so we knew straight away that we had to order a couple of those! We went for the Flipside Quarter Pounder and Beyond Burger, the burgers were served with chips which were cooked to perfection, we loved them!

We absolutely loved the burgers they were so delicious and if we didn’t know they were plant based we probably wouldn’t have been able to guess.

We also ordered a couple of the Super Bowls to try, we ordered the Naked Cali which consisted of lots of rice, beans, salsa and tortilla chips it was really delicious and definitely one of their healthier options. We also ordered the Red & Greens which was so delicious we especially liked the chargrilled broccoli and skillet Brussels they were so tasty.

We definitely had a feast this evening, everything looked so good we couldn’t not try. We also ordered the nachos which were amazing and so tasty. The vegan cheese on top was really tasty and again we wouldn’t have known these were plant based, they were also very generous with the portion size. We would 100% recommend ordering the nachos when you visit as you won’t be disappointed.

For sides we were really intrigued by the sticky & crisply rashers so we knew we had to order those. I absolutely loved them, they didn’t taste like bacon at all like we thought maybe they would but they were really delicious! They had a different texture to bacon as well as they were quite chewy- definitely worth a try though.

We really loved that all of the drinks in the fridge were totally plastic free and 100% plant based. We both opted for a small bottle of Prosecco each (it was Friday after all).

We really enjoyed how convenient Flipside is, if you want a glass of water you can just help yourself, which is great if like us you drink a lot of water at dinner.

There was a small selection of cakes and cookies at the till points. We had our eye on the sticky toffee pudding that we had spotted on the menu but sadly that didn’t have any, not that we needed anymore to eat anyway!

The staff were so friendly at Flipside and welcomed us with open arms. If you are looking to enjoy a plant based feast then Flipside is the restaurant for you, we will definitely be returning soon.

Fitbit vs Apple Watch – A Fitness Smartwatch Standoff

The wearable tech market in the US is expected to almost double within the next three years and we can imagine the UK are not much further behind. Two of the most popular brands are Apple and Fitbit but which is the better option for your lifestyle? Apple has dominated the smartwatch market, but Fitbit popularised wearable fitness tracking.

We are both Fitbit wearers and do not own an Apple Watch but we do know lots of people that do. We love our Fitbits and have had several different ones over the years and each of them have served us well. But if you are undecided about which is more suitable maybe think about it this way; Fitbit is fitness focused with the add-on of smart technology, the Apple Watch is all about smart technology with the add-on of fitness tracking. Still undecided? Here is our comparison of the two leaders in the fitness smartwatch arena.

Compatibility
Fitbit devices work with both Android and iPhone, but their iPhone functionality is limited.

As you can probably guess, the Apple Watch only really works with iPhone. It can function without one but is extremely limited.

Design
Both feature a square watch face and offer a variety of bands; Apple’s range is much larger though there are plenty of third-party bands and accessories available for Fitbit devices at places like Mobile Mob. Regarding screen size, the Fitbit Versa comes with a 34mm display and a 300 x 300 pixel resolution.

This is slightly smaller than the 38mm Apple Watch 3 with a resolution of 272 x 340. The 42mm version of Apple’s series 3 watch has a 312 x 390 resolution. The Fitbit Ionic is 36mm with a 348 x 250 pixel resolution. The new Apple Watch 4 comes in both 40mm (394 x 324 pixels) and 44mm (448 x 368 pixels) sizes. 

GPS Tracking
Both the Apple Watch (versions 2, 3 and 4) and the Fitbit Ionic have built-in GPS while the Fitbit Versa needs to connect with your smartphone for GPS functionality. 

Fitness Tracking
The Apple Watch and Fitbit measure steps, distance and calories burned. Both show you how many minutes you’ve been active and track your progress over time, storing some historical data.

Fitbit models include every day and active fitness as well as sports and performance fitness such as running, biking, strength and cardio workouts.

One key difference in fitness tracking is that Apple limits goal setting to calorie burn. Fitbit goes further allowing you to set yourself specific goals for Calories Burned, Active Minutes, Steps, your Hourly Activity Goal, Distance, and Floors Climbed.

Heart-rate monitor
The Apple Watch tracks your heart rate with a wrist-based electrocardiogram (ECG). This goes beyond just your heart rate, also following your heart’s electrical signals and their activity-based variations.

Fitbit’s continuous heart-rate tracking is an impressive feature used to provide fitness guidance, monitoring your sleep and guided breathing sessions.

Sleep monitoring
The Apple Watch has no built-in sleep monitoring, but third-party sleep monitoring apps are available. However, with the limits of Apple’s battery life but it’s likely you will need to charge your watch during the day to use them.

Fitbit has built-in sleep monitoring and can examine your different sleep stages in much greater detail than Apple’s third-party app. Fitbit estimates sleep stages through a combination of heart-rate patterns and movement building a record of your night’s sleep.

Battery life
The multi-use functionality of the Apple Watch results in poorer battery life than its competitors. According to Apple, 18 hours of active and passive use is possible, but nightly charges will be required unless you only use the most basic of functions.

Both take close to two hours to recharge but at around five days, Fitbit devices last longer between charges. Regular GPS use will result in a considerable drop in battery life for both. With GPS turned on the Apple Watch fades by five hours, compared to 10 hours by the Fitbit Ionic. 

Water resistance
The latest Apple Watch Series is waterproof up to 50 metres, but deep-water activities are not recommended. 

Fitbits are also safe in the water at 50m as well as being rain, sweat and splash proof. Fitbits swim-proof ability is a nice feature, and they even include some basic features to track swimming.

Other functions
The Apple Watch allows you to make and receive calls, with the availability of Siri for hands-free calling. The Fitbit cannot make and receive calls. 

The Apple Watch has an impressive 16GB of storage, and other applications include Apple Maps, Calendar and Weather. Fitbit storage is only 2.5GB and its applications are almost solely focused on fitness.

Price
This is the bottom line for most customers. The latest version of the Apple Watch (Series 4) starts at $399 and goes up to $1,499. The most expensive Fitbit is the Ionic which starts at $269, so even the costliest Fitbit comes in cheaper than the least expensive Apple Watch (Series 3 at $279).

If you are looking for a less expensive, fitness-focused smartwatch, then Fitbit is for you. But if you want a more general smartwatch with increased functionality, then Apple is a more suitable choice.

We hope you enjoyed reading our review!

Maison Talbooth Breakfast

Breakfast as you well know if our favourite meal of the day! We always get so excited for a hotel breakfast, it’s always such a treat. We are definitely those people who think going to sleep is just a countdown to breakfast.

The breakfast at Maison Talbooth was from 7:00-9:30am, we were so busy taking photos that we lost track of time and almost missed it that would have been a disaster.

Breakfast is served in The Garden which is located just off of the main lounge. The Garden Room has beautiful views of the garden, we were super lucky with the weather it was cold and so frosty.

We ordered a couple of pots of coffee which were fabulous and really warmed us up after being outside in the freezing cold all morning!

To start with we tried some of Maison Talbooth in-house granola and muesli and we can report that is was delicious, There was a mixture of dried fruit and lots of chopped nuts which gave it so much flavour. We would 100% buy it from the shops!

Rach tried the mini yoghurt and fruit compote that was served in a mini jar and had a sprinkling of granola on top. This was also delicious and the perfect start to our feast.

There was a selection of fresh pastries, croissants and bread, which we did of course try (I mean you kind of have to when you are writing a review right?) In fact we didn’t just try the fresh bread we basically finished it off Whoops!

There was a menu to choose hot food from with so so much choice that we found it really hard to pick!

Annie opted for the smoked salmon and scrambled eggs which was so delicious! They were so generous and I actually couldn’t finish it… shocker!

Rach was an annoying customer, but the lovely staff did not mind at all! As Rach doesn’t like eggs she went for the chilli avocado on toast with smoked salmon, it would so tasty I would definitely recommend!

As you can probably already tell we absolutely LOVED the breakfast at Maison Talbooth. Oh and we must mention that if you don’t fancy heading down to the garden room for breakfast you can it served to your room!

Low Alcohol & Zero Alcohol Beer Guide

January was the month where so many people gave up alcohol and took on dry January after indulging a lot over the Christmas period.

Well the longest month of the year is now over and many of you may be going back to alcohol BUT if you have enjoyed those hangover free weekends then we suggest you read on.

We have been trying lots of low alcohol and non alcoholic beers and we thought we would share them with you. Some of them really remind us of the shandy’s we used to drink when we were younger on a Sunday afternoon with our roast dinner. These beers are also perfect if you are designated driver, you can enjoy the taste of these delicious beers without feeling the effects.

Mikkeller

Mikkeller was set up in Copenhagen in 2006 by Maths and physics teacher Mikkel Borg Bjergsø, this award-winning, nomadic beer brand has released over 800 beers since it launched and they are now available in 40 countries worldwide.

We tried a selection of their alcoholic beers over the Christmas period which you can read all about here, so we were excited to try their low alcohol beers.

Mikkeller Energibajer

Style: Wheat beer

ABV:  0.0%

Description: This beer has lots of citrus notes with a malt backbone, ultra refreshing, lvely aromas of tropical fruit on the nose combined with a lightly acidic backbone and a refreshing finish!

Available: www.drydrinker.com

Mikkeller Drink’in Berliner

Style: Berliner Weisse

ABV: 2.7%

Description: A fruity and tart Berliner weisse – Drink’in Berliner has tropical notes, a nice acidic backbone and a light malty body. The palate is both fresh with the perfect amount of dryness.

Available: www.drydrinker.com

Mikkeller Weird Weather

Style: Low alcohol New England IPA

ABV: 0.3%

Description: Mikkeller Weird Weather 0.3% is a hazy New England style IPA for those who need a beer without the alcohol.  The Danish craft beer company is crazy excited to introduce this new brew to the world.

Available: www.drydrinker.com

Krombacher

Krombacher beers have been produced exclusively in the small town of Krombach, nestling in the beautiful Siegerland Hills of Westfalia, central Germany since 1803, adhering to the German Beer Purity Law of 1516 (Reinheitsgebot). 

Krombacher is a beer company we are very familiar with, we have previously created a recipe that we thought went really well with a cold Krombacher Pils which you can read about here. We were excited to see if the Kromacher low alcohol beer tasted very different to their alcoholic range. 

Krombacher Low Alcohol

Style: Low Alc Lager

ABV: 0.5%

Description: The leading low alcohol beer in Germany, this quality lager offers all the classic characteristics of Krombacher’s famous Pilsener but with the alcohol.  This beer is clean, crisp and full of flavour.

Available: www.drydrinker.com

About Stiegl

The Stiegl brewery grew out of what was a popular beer-making guesthouse called the ‘Bräuhaus an der Gstätten’.  It was first mentioned in written records on the 16th June 1492 and was located in Salzburg, Austria.  

Over the past 500 plus years, the brewery has seen everything from immense joy and celebrations to fires, war, and economic turmoil but throughout, it has remained, playing a huge part in the city and country’s culture and history.  Even Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart guzzled a few Stiegl beers in 18th century. 

Most famously known for its multi award-winning Stiegl Goldbräu beer, which launched in the UK in 2007, Stiegl utilises a wealth of brewing experience combined with some of the most high-tech brewing equipment, processes and procedures in Europe whilst benefiting from the finest Austrian raw materials – often cultivated in the brewery’s own fields.

Stiegl Freibier

Style: Lager

ABV: 0.5%

Description: Appreciated in its homeland for its full-bodied, well balanced taste, Austrian Saphir hops provide aromatics to this unfiltered, ultra-refreshing non-alcoholic lager. 

Available: www.drydrinker.com

Stiegl Grapefruit Radler

Style: Radler

ABV: 2%

Description: this naturally cloudy and zesty, thirst-quencher uses real grapefruit juice alongside Stiegl’s famous Goldbräu beer for the ultimate, refreshing ORIGINAL Radler. 

Available: www.drydrinker.com

So the next time you are tempted by an alcoholic beverage but you know you shouldn’t for whatever reason, then make sure you reach out for one of these!

A Jazz Apple a Day

Apples have to be one of our favourite fruits of all time, every morning before we leave the house we grab one out the fridge and yes we do believe they have to be kept in the fridge but we wont get into the debate!

We love having an apple ready and available to eat whenever we get slightly peckish! Did anyone else’s mum tell them to ‘have an apple’ if they moaned about being hungry? Gosh how that has stuck with us!

We went away to Colchester for the weekend and we always make sure we throw a couple of Jazz apples in our bag to keep us going when we get peckish!

We are actually quite fussy with our apples, they have to be super crunchy and full of flavour, we cannot stand a soft furry apple YUK! That is where Jazz apples are so good, they can be out of the fridge all day and still have a delicious crunch to them.

Jazz Apples originally from New Zealand and are actually the result of a natural breeding process between the Royal Gala and Braeburn apple! Jazz apples are grown in sun drenched orchards in New Zealand but they are also grown in the UK, Europe, USA, Chile, South Africa and Australia.

Look our for their distinctive bright blue label in the supermarkets when you are browsing the apples. Jazz apples can be found in Aldi, Asda, Tesco, M&S, Sainsburys, Waitrose, Ocado, Morrisons, Lidl, Coop & Booths.

We found ours in Sainsbury’s and we purchased a pack of 4! They didn’t last long hehe we need to re stock the next time we visit the shops!

So the next time you go to the shops branch out a little bit and try the Jazz Apple! We cannot recommend it enough and we have got our friends and family loving them as well.

Health Trends for 2019

Health and fitness has of course continued to be a trend throughout 2018! We love it it’s part of our job so it’s great that we get to promote this to others!

There has of course been a huge increase in people wanting to live healthy lifestyles and 2019 is set to be no different; in fact we have been chatting to Qlu Health and they are predicting that wellness trends will continue to rise in 2019 and we completely agree with them!

First of all before we get into the 2019 health trends we thought we would tell you a little bit more about Qlu Health. They are new DNA fitness and health testing company based in London. They have such a great missions statement which you can read below:

Qlu Health is on a mission to improve the health of people around the world through the power of genetics.

We have been reading some of the stats on the Qlu Health website and they really are quite eye opening! Did you know that 30% of the global population are overweight or obese, 42% of all cancer cases are preventable and 5% of people

on genetically appropriate diets lose 5.3% more weight than those who are not!

Qlu Health 2019 Health Predictions

See below just a few of the trends that Qlu Health have predicted! To read all of their predictions you can read their full blog post here.

Meal prep

This isn’t just a pretty Instagram trend! Prepping healthy and sustainable meals in advance will ensure that you’re eating a balanced diet day in, day out, and will save time thanks to your productivity and money in the long run thanks to less waste. Keep in even more on trend by incorporating new and unusual ingredients – see below for some examples of these.

Sleep Optimisation

In 2019, the quality of your sleep rather than quantity should be priority. Research into sleep habits has shown the importance of the hormones cortisol and melatonin, how they work in rhythm and balance to optimise your sleep. People will learn more about how balancing these hormones plays a big role in sleep and understanding your own personal Circadian Rhythm,meaning sleep quality and thus overall health will increase. Here are the top ways to improve your sleep:

Reduce screen time before bed.

Block blue light from your bedroom.

Use a sleep tracker to learn how your individual body works.

Reset your internal body clock by going to bed earlier – 9.30pm is recommended – and keeping a routine, even on weekends.

Going dry

There has been a huge decrease in alcohol consumption in the UK over the past 10 or so years. In fact, Generation Z has been said to have the lowest rates of alcohol consumption, and around 10.6million people in the UK said that they do not drink alcohol at all in 2016.

As people realise the short and long term impact alcohol has on their bodies, particularly on their fitness levels, mental health and diet, going “dry” will be taken up by even more of the population.

Intuitive health

Eating intuitively to get back to basics is set to spike in 2019. Intuitive eating explores understanding what your individual body needs –this might be through trial and error, feeling out what your body reacts best to, or through nutrition DNA or food sensitivity testing.

This post is a collaborative partnership with information provided in a press release

Chelsea Creperie

We have FINALLY visited the Chelsea Creperie! It might have taken us two attempts because we were being ditzy and went to the wrong place last time lol! That’s the last time I (Annie) does the directions, think Rach can take on that role from now on she does a far better job.

We visited the Creperie on a Tuesday afternoon at 3pm, making sure we missed the lunch time rush. The creperie is located just a 15 minute walk from both Fulham Broadway and South Kennsington Station.

Upon arrival the waiter asked us if we would like to try one of their rainbow lattes and of course we said we would. When they arrived they were green and orange on top!

We sat in a little booth that was full of Nutella cushions, very cute! And it was the perfect spot for us to get some work done and also have a good old catch up!

We both looked at the menu and there were so many options to choose from! In the end I went for a Nutella crepe (of course) with raspberries and salted caramel ice cream! It was so delicious and the crepe was perfectly cooked.

Rach went for the Amazing Apple it was served on a cute heart plate and was your typical crepe! It was a parcel that was stuffed with delicious cooked apples, salted caramel sauce and a serving of salted caramel icing (Rach swapped this as the menu said it was vanilla) it was sooo delicious and the apples were just incredible!

There were also lots of savoury crepres in the menu which also sounded delicious and had we not already had lunch we probably would have opted for one of them (you know we love the share).

They also had a number of waffles to try and had it not of been a creperie we definitely would have tried a waffle as we LOVE them!

All in all Chelsea Creperie was super cute and the food was delicious! If you are in the area and fancy a crepe then we would definitely recommend!

2018 Reflection

So I decided to scroll right back on our Instagram to the 1st of January, to help me remember exactly what we had got up to this past year. It was super cute reminiscing on our year and remembering exactly what we have been getting up to over the past year. What we did notice was a hell of a lot of brunch spots and restaurants were visited this past year, so much so that we now have an entire section on our blog dedicated to this.

Lots and lots of active wear has been photographed and we even decided it was time to purchase our fourth tripod, this time we went for the biggest henchest tripod we could find, thank you John Lewis! So far so good we have not had any mishaps with this tripod and we have even got our self a cool new ‘clicker’ so we don’t have to keep pressing the self-timer button!

January and February seem like they were very quiet months in the world of the Two Brits, Rach did have a flat warming party in February for her old flat which turned out to be an incredibly MESSY night to say the least. We do remember it being ridiculously cold and the beast from the east hit the UK! Needless to say we still thought it would be a great idea to strip down to our sports bras to take countless amounts of photos.

March it was Annie’s birthday and she turned the grand age of 26 (wow how are we already 26 years old). We visited Dalloway Terrace for Annie’s slightly more sophisticated brunch (more on that in a bit). We had wanted to visit Dalloway Terrace for such a long time and it was just the most perfect morning and the food was so delicious! A boozy brunch also took place at Six Storeys where about 20 of us downed copious amounts espresso martinis that none of us can ever drink again, it’s safe to say we didn’t sleep much that evening!

April was Rachel’s Birthday was in April, we had a delicious picnic on Clapham Common and then continued the party at Rachel’s Flat (so many memories were made at that flat it will be missed).  For her birthday day out we visited Darwin Brasserie at the top of the Sky Gardens, it’s safe to say that EVERYTHING went wrong and it was actually very laughable (hear more about that in our vlog).

Annie also ran her first ever marathon on the 6th April, it was the Manchester Marathon and I absolutely loved it.  I will 100% be running another marathon, not sure if it will be 2019 or 2020 but it will be done! If anyone is thinking about running a marathon then DO IT!

May we hopped on a plane and landed in Edinburgh, it was honestly one of the best weekends we have had. We visited lots of brunch places and hiked Arthurs Seat. The sun was shining and we spent our final day/evening at Dundas Castle Estate. We were staying at their Glampotel and it was just so much fun and the perfect way to end our trip.

June was another trip to Scotland, neither of us had ever visited Scotland before this year and it just so happened we ended up visiting twice in 2018. We stayed in 2 beautiful hotels in Glasgow and we were treated like absolute princesses. We had 2 spa treatments each over the weekend and it’s safe to safe we returned feeling very Zen!

July was the month of the world cup! We were actually at a blog event when England were playing Columbia, we assumed the restaurant would have a screen up but they didn’t, so when we heard it was a penalty shootout we were all manically on our phones trying to get a connection! We ended up watching it from facetime lol!

August was when Rach Travelled Canada with her boyfriend in August and had the most AMAZING time! If anyone is thinking about visiting Canada then you must go the views are insane and it is just an all-round amazing place!

September was when Annie ran the Thames Path Challenge which was a 50KM run, it was hard to say the least and I have never felt so exhausted in all my life. I would 100% do this run again though as it was so much fun and a completely different experience to any road run I have done.

October was a big month for us, Rach got a new job that she is absolutely loving, our blog turned 3 years old and on the same day we hit 10K on Instagram which is a milestone we have been wanting to get to for SO SO long! Rach also moved from Clapham to Wimbledon and moved into a beautiful four bedroom house with three amazing girls.

November included a trip to Milan, we kick started our weekend away in style as we were lucky enough to be invited to review the No1 Lounge at Gatwick Airport. We ate lots of great food and drank lots of wine and it was such a lovely weekend.

December was a great month as per usual Annie got offered a new job in December which is very exciting and I cannot wait to start in January! Rach visited Paris with her boyfriend and went to Disneyland Paris which was super cute.

WOW what a year we have had, one of the reasons we love social media, our blog and vlogging is because we can look back and reminisce on all the amazing things we have been able to do this year. Thank you so much to all the lovely brands and PR Agencies we have worked with this year it has been great!

Bring on 2019, we are so excited to see what you have in store!