The Parlour Brunch Review

Canary Wharf isn’t usually a part of town we visit, especially at the weekends as it is known for being a bit of a ghost town at the weekends! The other weekend however, I had somewhere to be in Canary Wharf so decided to look for somewhere to have brunch afterwards.

The Parlour was our brunch spot of choice, it is located in the Park Pavilion on Canada Square which is just a 5 minutes’ walk from the station. The Parlous is a Drake and Morgan restaurant and from what we can tell it seems that they offer a standard brunch menu across all of their restaurants/bars.

The menu was fab and very reasonable as well, I booked a table to be on the safe side but upon arrival it was clear to see they had plenty of seating available. We were asked if we wanted to sit outside in there lovely alfresco terrace but there was a slight chill in the air so we opted to sit inside. The alfresco terrace had its own bar outside which is ideal especially on a hot summer’s day. By the time we left The Parlour the outside terrace was full as the sun had decided to come out to play!

I ordered the Poached eggs with Avocado & Chilli on Sourdough Toast but instead of poached eggs I opted for scrambled eggs. The dish was served but they had have forgotten I had asked for scrambled eggs as poached eggs were served. I decided to leave it instead of letting them know about the mix up- very British of me but it was still super delicious with the poached eggs.

The crushed avocado was absolutely delicious and the chilli flakes gave it a little kick. I tried to poached eggs and unfortunately they were freezing cold, so I had to send them back but when they returned they were piping hot.

My friend enjoyed the Eggs Royale which looked delicious and she said it was very tasty. They served a generous portion of smoked salmon as well which is also a good thing! You can order the Eggs Royale as a half portion for £4.50 or a full portion of £8.95.

We love the décor or The Parlour it was very millennial and there is gold EVERYWHERE! There were a selection of seats to choose from you could either sit on stalls or comfy arm chairs, we obviously went for the comfy arm chairs. We also noticed there were booths available with round tables for groups which looked super cosy.

The toilets were fancy as well and clean which is definitely a massive plus in our eyes, as you know we often judge a place by how clean the toilets are, we can’t be the only ones that do this.  They had a huge jar of sweets (wrapped of course otherwise that would be gross!)

We noticed when we were on the website that you could have your wedding reception at The Parlour, we actually think this would be a great wedding venue. There are a number of different packages available so if you are getting married and haven’t yet decided on a venue go and take a look!

We would definitely return to The Parlour the food was delicious and the drinks we saw being served looked incredible. My friend has visited on a Friday after work before and said the atmosphere is great so maybe we will have to swing if we are in the area for a couple of  cocktails!

Skimmed Milk Activewear Review

Skimmed Milk was founded in 2017 and ultimately there aim is to provide premium fitness and athletics wear that can be worn across a range of exercise classes including yoga, Pilates, spinning (which we have tried and tested ourselves and they pass with flying colours) and whatever else crops up on your schedule!

Skimmed Milk had the idea of putting together a collection of Sports Bras and Leggings in fresh interchangeable colours (one of our favourite thing about the brand), which would always go with whatever you grabbed on the way out the door ensuring that your style is always on point- we can confirm that they have met this vision!

We completely fell in love with Skimmed Milk active wear the moment we set eyes on it. Who wouldn’t though it is truly stunning and so pretty! We love the pastel colours and we have been living in our set throughout the summer and this will definitely continue into winter anything to brighten up our wardrobe during the colder months!

We are writing this review at just about the right time though as they have just released new colours for autumn, they are so bright and colourful and just so beaut!

They have: French Blue, Tango Red, Teal, Violet and citrus! We love the Tango red and Citrus- they are beautiful!

The sets come in sizes five sizes (XS, S, M, L & XL). We went for the XS which is a size 6-8, but you can check out the size guide on the website. We always find that sports clothes tend to come up a little bigger so we always opt for the smallest size otherwise we find the leggings can be baggy.

The leggings cost £45 and the sports bra costs £35 but the pastel set is now in the sale so you can get the bra for £17.50 and the leggings for just £24.50 BARGAIN!

The sets in the sale come in four colours:

Bubblegum- baby blue

Blueberry-lilac

Strawberry- pastel pink

Mint- Mint green

They material is incredibly soft and feels really nice on the skin. We are quite fussy when it comes to active wear as we love comfort over anything. This ticks all of the boxes, and are high waisted as well which is a massive plus for us.

The sets arrived in the cutest packaging- a cardboard milk carton which was of course pink! We think the packaging is an important part of the customer’s journey and something we always remember. It shows the company has pride in the products they sell and have really thought about each step of the customer’s journey and to us probably one of the most important aspects.

Rachel has the Strawberry (pink) set it is such a pretty pink and Annie has the Blueberry (lilac) set which is absolutely adorable. We usually love to be matching but with these sets it really didn’t matter in as they complement each other so well.

We mainly wear our sets when we attend spinning classes, go for long walks, attend the occasional yoga class or if we are just going for a Saturday morning brunch, because who doesn’t brunch in there active wear?

Skimmed Milk also sell S’well Water bottles which are absolutely stunning and come in the most beautiful patterns we ever did see. Annie loves the Blue Granite bottle and Rach has her eye on the Blanc Crocodile one.

Head on over to the website now and get your set, trust us you won’t regret the decision!

SOLE Insole Review

We were lucky to be sent the Active Footbeds from SOLE Insoles to trial and test (we were sent them a couple of months back) and ever since we have been testing them out. We wanted to make sure we really believed in the product before posting a review about them.

Last month I visited the country of La Palma, and I knew I would want to go running. Unfortunately I didn’t have enough room in my suitcase to fit both my walking trainers and my running trainers so I decided to pack my walking trainers as they are super comfy and try out my new SOLE insoles.

I absolutely loved them, they made my runs super comfortable and gave me the extra support I needed with my walking trainers. I was worried that it was going to feel weird running with insoles in my trainers but it was the complete opposite it felt amazing.

So what are SOLE insoles we hear you asking? Good question! SOLE have created custom food beds and footwear that are innovative and adaptable products providing you with cushioning and support. They adapt to your body giving you the support you need (amazing huh).

People live with pain every single day and it can restrict every day activities (not always ideal)! Imagine if you didn’t have to live with that pain every single day that would be amazing right? Well that is exactly what SOLE set out to achieve.

SOLE insoles support your feet no matter what you activity levels are you will benefit from the personalised support and cushioning. Not only did I use the my SOLE insoles for running I also used them when we were hiking up the mountains in La Palma as they gave my feet the extra supported they needed. I am incredibly lucky and do not get any pain when I run or walk but that doesn’t mean my feet don’t need all the love and comfort they can get.

SOLE’s award-winning footbeds are the most effective over-the-counter orthotic insoles on the market and we cannot rave about them enough. Since returning from holiday we have been using our SOLE insoles all the time. I have a few other holidays booked in the next few weeks and you guessed it my insoles will be coming with me!

SOLE products are renowned for being long lasting and their customers are very satisfied with the products. SOLE footbeds have a 9- day guarantee, if you don’t love your insoles for any reason all you have to do is contact the customer service team for a full refund.

Lifestyle Choices Which Can Impact Your Fitness

Everyone cares about their body, and if they don’t then they should! How our body is functioning on inside is far more important that what it looks like on the outside! Of course you can work hard at the gym to help improve your overall health, but there might actually be some parts of your lifestyle that are impacting your bodily health and fitness.

SLEEP
Sleep is one of the most important parts for not only your physical health but your mental health as well. Not having enough sleep night after night isn’t a healthy way to live and there is only so much coffee that is gonna help! Digestion, growth, and even weight loss are just a handful of the areas which a lack of sleep can damage. Try putting your phone down before you go to bed to help you get little bit more sleep.

STRESS
No one wants to be stressed and there are some things in life that can cause a little bit of stress, maybe it’s your job or your finances. You might not think it at the time but the cause of stress is something you can have control of! Recognise what is making life hard and make changes where possible!

HYDRATION
Everyone knows how important it is to stay hydrated! Try and drink water throughout the day and only having fizzy drinks and fruit juices in between.

DIET
Your diet is also another important factor to ensuring you live a healthy lifestyle. There are so many tried and tested diets out there which yes some have proven to be successful, but we believe in eating a well balanced diet instead of going on a diet. If you are regularly going to the gym make sure you fuel yourself with the correct type of foods to ensure you have a fabulous workout!

There are a lot of substances which are becoming a normal part of human life, nowadays. Coffee, nicotine, and loads of other chemicals are used to make life feel just a little bit better, and this often isn’t too big of a problem (we love coffee). If you know anyone that has unfortunately moved onto harder substances they remember you can always speak to professions like people at https://www.rehabclinic.org.uk/

It can be very easy to set yourself back when you’re trying to improve your fitness. This part of life can be hard- remember not to deprive yourself of things you like because this will only result in bad habits resurfacing, enjoy things in moderation.

Tips for Getting Fit When You’re Not in the Mood

Everyone knows that exercise is healthy, and that staying physically active and in-shape is a lot better than the alternative of sitting around on the sofa all day and snacking on junk food (although this is great fun as well)!

People debate about the right kind of diet, and the best form of exercise to take, but in reality any form is exercise is good exercise and you should do what you enjoy and not just because it is a new ‘trend’.

Your exercise of choice may involve daily trips to the gym to weight train, or long walks in the countryside maybe even somewhere abroad in the mountains like walking in Andorra.

So, what should you do when you’re just not in the mood for exercising at all? Firstly think about whether or not you have worked out a lot and maybe you just need a rest day! Or maybe the weather is lush outside and you want to spend your time outside having a couple of drinks after work! All of this is okay and you don’t have to be 100% on it the entire time. If this is something that is happening more frequently though then take a read of our tips below to help you get back on track!

Increase your energy levels
If you hate the idea of exercise and you just can’t motivate yourself to train because you are too tired. This may be due to your energy levels make sure you are getting enough sleep and furling your body with the right type of food! This should help you feel more energised and want to exercise, oh and doing the below will allow you to get the most out of a workout.

While everyone has an off day here or there (we are only human), your basic relationship with exercise should be positive. You should want to move your body! .

Begin small and work your way up as you feel ready for it
Sometimes, we feel completely unmotivated to train, because we go too hard and reach out limits and then basically cannot walk for a couple of days LOL we have all been there. Go at your own pace and even adapt certain exercises for your ability.

Exercise will soon become part of your routine and a habit, start with exercises you are comfortable with and then begin to introduce new moves and exercises into your workout.

Focus on workouts that leave you feeling satisfied by the end, not ruined
It’s become fashionable these days to train until our souls want to escape our bodies! We love feeling satisfied with our workout by the end of it but it is also important not too push yourself to the absolute limit where you end up feeling worse than when you started.

When you push yourself too hard in training, you cause your body more stress than is good for it, and you condition yourself to see exercise as a nightmare.

Timeout More Review

We have recently signed up to Timeout More which is a perks card that gives us things for free, sounds amazing right? We are absolutely loving all the perks so far and since signing up we always make sure we check Timeout More before booking a restaurant to see if we can pick up a perk!

Timeout More costs £29.99 for 12 months which is £2.50 a month which we think is 100% worth it and like they say that is less than a coffee! It’s definitely worth it if you are like us and enjoy eating out which we all know can be expensive in London.

There are so many perks available including: Que jump, free cocktails, secret dishes, menu upgrades, free starters and sides and the best thing of all is that you can use the offers when you want even in peak times.

It is really quick and easy to purchase the card all you need to do is sign up online, they will send you an activation code to your email and you are ready to go!

You can browse the offers available at the Time Out More browse page, each venue has its own listings page with details of the offers they have including any terms and conditions they have.

We visited The Real Greek this week and of course we made sure we checked Timeout More prior to booking a table to see if we were able to claim any perks and luckily we were!

We were both able to order a drink for free which was a bonus we went for a prosecco as we were not feeling the beer! The waiter was a little unsure as to what the Timeout More card was but he spoke to his manager and it was fine!

When you are ready to use the offer all you have to do is click the ‘Use Now’ button which will generate a unique offer code. This code will expire after 10 minutes if not used but don’t panic you can always create a new code by just clicking ‘Use Now’ again. Show your code to a member of the team and it really is as simple as that.

There was a £10 minimum spend per person that you had to spend before getting the free drink but we were there for dinner so this wasn’t a problem!

There are hundreds of restaurants that each offer a different perk including: Pizza Pilgrims, Frano Manca, The Real Greek, Where the Pancakes Are, Cote Brasserie, Tortilla, The Modern Pantry, Nonna’s Gelato, Palm Vaults and so many more! You can search by location, venue, cuisine, offer and price point.

If you spot a perk that you want to use but not right away then simply use the ‘Save for later’ button and a copy of the offer will be saved under ‘saved offers’ which is found under the ‘my accounts’ section of the website.

We cannot wait to start using our Timeout More perks card whenever we are out and about in London and we suggest you get yourself one as well!

Staying Healthy And Fit During Your Summer Travels

More and more of us are getting ready for our summer holidays wooohooo! From short-haul to Europe (Annie is off to Spain and Rhodes), to longer haul (Rachel is off to Canada)! Regardless of where you are going you have probably already thought about packing It’s definitely something you either love or hate!

Does anyone else find that whenever they stop and finally rest they get ill? We always do and it totally sucks! Although in summer there are fewer bugs around to catch, you can still get ill in summer, especially in a new country where you’re trying new foods or have a body clock that is all over the place. So here are some of the best ways that you can stay well on your travels this summer.

Hydrate

This is going to be one of the most important points for your summer travels. Temperatures are hotting up, and you’ll be losing a lot of water through sweat when you’re away.

If you decide to go on a boat trip or spend time by the sea you are likely to not feel as hot, as the breeze will cool you. But you will still be losing water. So you need to be drinking at least two liters of water a day, if not more. It can be tricky in some countries to do so, as you can’t drink the tap water. So stock up at local supermarkets with some bottled water. A cost-efficient way of doing it is taking your own reusable water bottle, and then fill it up each day from a large bottle of water bought from a store. Plus, places like hotel gyms have bottled water that you can decant and fill up your own bottle with.

Avoid Jet Lag

If you have jet lag, then it means that you can be sleeping at unusual hours, not getting enough sleep, or just generally feeling unwell. While this is more common when flying long-haul, it can happen any time. One of the best pieces of advice to avoid jet lag is to try to get on the new country’s time, as soon as you get on the plane. If you’re going to be landing somewhere and it will be daytime, then you need to sleep as much as you can on the plane, so that you can stay awake when you get there.

Exercise

Some holidays are going to be pretty active ones (think hiking trips or city breaks). So you’re less likely to need to exercise formally on those kinds of trip. But going off to the beach for two weeks means that you may decide to keep active by going for a run or visiting the hotel gym. We sometimes like to research gyms in the local area as well. It’s not that you have to exercise when on holiday and don’t think you do we just like to it helps us keep sane and also means we can enjoy one of two more cocktails than normal.

Watch What You Eat

This actually doesn’t have anything to do with calorie intake or anything like that, but more about how the foods are prepared and if they will be good for you. Even something like a salad, that has been washed in tap water, can make you sick. So you need to check things like that. It can also be a good idea to avoid certain things on street food carts, especially if you can’t check how it has been prepared. You want to reduce the chance of you getting sick from something you’ve eaten, and avoid getting anything like Delhi-Belly.

Sunscreen

It can be easy to forget about sunscreen and go wild by the pool in the hopes of getting a tan. And while the long-term effects of sun damage aren’t going to have an impact immediately, there are some side-effects that will. You can get sore, cracked, or broken skin, as well as something like sunstroke. That can leave you feeling nauseous, lethargic, high temperature, and in a lot of pain. So it really is simple; wear sunscreen, and keep applying it often.

Relax

Taking some time out when you’re on holiday can be just what you need to unwind and relax. And while you’re taking a break from some of the stressors of every day and your normal routine, holidays can still feel a little full on. So look for ways to help you to be more mindful. This could be meditation, writing in a journal, doing some exercise like yoga, or taking yourself off for a spa treatment. Time out gives you time to de-stress and to relax.

Have you got any tried and tested tips that help you to stay healthy on your travels this summer? It would be great to hear what you think.

A Solo Travel Guide to Florida Keys

Traveling by yourself can be invigorating, exciting and a little bit scary! We have wanted to visit the America again for quite some time and the Florida Keys are definitely one of the things that is close to the top of our list of places we want to visit.

We have heard there is plenty of things to do in Florida Keys when travelling solo! Just always make sure that you have your wits about you and you have put a few safety precautions in place (including where you are going to stay!) and you’ll love it! Who wouldn’t it looks like paradise!

Staying Safe

One of the biggest concerns about girls/women traveling alone is obviously safety. In addition to the usual obstacles women face!The Florida Keys also have the added issues of wildlife and weather (although this is a risk for anyone not just women)!

In particular, you’ll need to be careful when you’re swimming in the ocean, as there are two kinds of fish that can cause you problems. The barracuda has sharp edges that are known to cause cuts and gashes if you get too close. Even worse is the man-of-war jellyfish (we are terrified of jellyfish)! These can give you a painful sting. To avoid these mishaps, swim only in marked areas, such as public beaches. Additionally, make sure there’s a lifeguard nearby in case you need a little assistance getting out of the water.

Weather can also be a concern, especially during hurricane season. This occurs yearly between June 1 to November 30, so we would definitely try to schedule our trip outside of this time. Since there’s only one way off the islands we have read that traffic can get crazy if there’s an evacuation, so it’s probably better to avoid the area entirely if there are any looming threats.

Items to Pack

The Keys are hot and humid, so you’ll need to pack items to accommodate this. Make sure you have a variety of clothes for the different activities you chose to participate in! We will definitely be packing our sun cream as well! A top tip about packing would be to roll your clothes instead of folding them, it saves so much space!

Where to Stay

The Florida Keys aren’t just a single island; they are made up of dozens of small and large areas where you can stay (we would probably move around a bit so we could experience all areas) Some of the main destinations include Key West, the Lower Keys, Marathon, Islamorada, and Key Largo. Any of these locations look like a good place for a relaxing vacation.

However, if you want to be close to the action, then you might want to consider booking Key Largo hotels using Hotel Planner. It’s just an hour drive from the airport on the mainland and gives you access to two state parks, a marine sanctuary, a national park, and more.

What to Do

Snorkeling, swimming, boating, and diving abound freely throughout the Keys, and all of these activities sound incredible. In Key West, we would like to visit the Hellings House Museum, which is also the home of the Key West Woman’s Club. Check out the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo, or catch a show at the Theater of the Sea in Islamorada.

There’s no reason to stress out about your solo trip to the Florida Keys. Just use these tips to plan your journey, and you’ll create lasting memories you’ll never forget! 🙂

Cocotte Rotisserie Review

Cocotte Rotisserie is a French farm to the table chicken rotisserie. They serve healthy and delicious homemade dishes from fresh. There are currently two restaurants the first one to open was the Notting Hill branch and recently they have just opened the Hoxton branch.

We visited Cocotte Rotisserie on a sunny Thursday evening. It was the perfect way to spend the evening catching up over delicious food and drink.

When we arrived at 7 o’clock it was very quiet but by the time we had left the place was full and there was such a nice atmosphere. As it was a mild evening we opted to sit outside (we prefer taking photos outside the lightening is always much better)! We sat in the little courtyard which was situated at the front of the restaurant. There was a heater as well which took the edge off and it was perfect.

Hoxton Square is lovely, despite being in quirky Shoreditch you feel like you’re in a different world. The architecture is so different around the square, a mixture of old and new around a leafy square.

The staff were so attentive and very friendly they served us tap water whilst we looked at the menu. We instantly took a fancy to the spritzers which all sounded amazing and cost £9. In the end Annie went for The Cocotte which was Belsazar rose, fresh grapefruit, sparkling wine and slim tonic water it was really refreshing! Rach opted for The Collins which was raspberries, belsazar rose, lime and sparking wine it was so tasty and was served with a strawberry on the side. The drinks came in large wine glasses with ice cubes and were very refreshing! We could have had quite a few!

We were very hungry so went straight for main but for starter there was a cheese plate, veggie basket and chicken wings.

As usual we opted to share so we could try a lot of the menu. We shared a whole chicken which was priced at £23 if you opt for a half chicken it is £13. The chicken at Cocotte is marinated for 24 hours and slow cooked on a low heat to ensure maximum flavour! We also order 2 sauces the first one being truffle mayo and the second was bbq. We were also given a pot of chicken gravy.

For sides we went for the ratatouille, truffle mac and cheese and the Nini’s salad and we decided to add feta to the salad as we both love it and noticed it was an option under the ‘pimp my salad’ section.

The food came nice and quick and we definitely opted for the perfect amount (in fact a whole chicken was probably a little too much)! There was so much chicken and it was so flavoursome, so much so that you didn’t necessarily need the dipping sauces!

The sides were amazing, the salad was incredible, so flavoursome and the dressing complimented the green beans and broccoli perfectly. The mac and cheese was so creamy and moreish. The ratatouille wasn’t with tomato as traditional ratatouille would be but it was still yummy!

For dessert we were torn but in the end went for the lemon tart and what we thought would be ice cream. However the ice cream was actually called mochi on the menu so we assumed it was just ice cream but it wasn’t! Since visiting we have done a bit of research and found out it is in fact a Japanese confection! Anyway this was the best surprise, it’s hard to describe but it was basically ice cream covered in some sort of jelly and they were shaped like balls, as the picture below shows.

You were able to pick 3 flavours for £6 so we decided to go for chocolate, strawberry cheesecake and green tea. These balls literally tasted as they were described and left us wanting more! We will definitely be returning to try the rest of the flavours!

The lemon tart was also a thing of beauty 👌🏼the lemon zesty flavours were delicious and they were incredible generous with the lemon filling and it was baked in a sweet pastry shell.

We loved the interior of the restaurant the white wooden tables made for the perfect Instagram shot YES! Inside the restaurant there was foliage draped down the walls which was super cute and very stylish.

We loved the gold, white and dark green colour theme they have chosen, again it is very stylish and trendy! I mean we are just a sucker for anything gold or marbled!

We loved the wallpaper in the toilets it was flamingo and sooo funky! There is just something about a good and pink bathroom we love!

All in all we had the best evening and would 100% recommend Cocotte Rotisserie! It perfect for catching up with friends or going on a date. We will definitely be retuning!

The Locals

The local’s café is a healthy eating inspired café located in Grosvenor Waterside, Chelsea. It is a 12 minute Walk away from Sloane Station and a 15 minute walk to Victoria Station. The Locals serves breakfast until 5pm every day because they believe whenever you start your day you have to start it with a proper one. They have a separate brunch menu for the weekend.

The Locals café is slightly hidden and out of the way which we didn’t realise before visiting, this actually worked in our favour as it meant there wasn’t a ton of people waiting to have brunch. We were a little worried if we wouldn’t get a table as you are not able to reserve at the locals instead they work on a walk in basis. We arrived at about 10:45 and had no problem getting a table, the café was still buzzing and had a good atmosphere it just wasn’t overcrowded which was fab.

We ordered our drinks first, I went for an almond milk flat white and my sister had a ginger shot as she was suffering with a bit of a cold. The flat white was delicious with the perfect coffee to milk ratio, the Ginger shot was hella spicy and I only tried a tiny bit. The staff were really polite and helpful and didn’t mind waiting for us to decide what to order.

The waiter recommended the Matcha pancakes (£10.50) and suggested we got them if we had room for dessert, we didn’t this time but after seeing them we are definitely going to have to return to try them. The Gluten Free Granola in a jar also looked really delicious.

I ordered the Free Range Scrambled Eggs with a side of Smoked Salmon (£4.50) on sourdough toast which was so tasty. You could choose between 2 (£7) or 3 eggs (£9) and I went for the 2 eggs which I am glad I did as the portion was huge, they were also really generous with the smoked salmon as well.

My sister chose the Skinny Eggs Florentine (£10.50) which consisted of homemade skinny hollandaise with wilted spinach that was served on top of a brioche bun. The presentation of the brunch was really spectacular and reminded us of an erupting volcano.

We fell in love with the crockery at The Locals Cafe, we love an Instagrammable mug and plate and they certainly were here so we were snapping away making sure we got some good content. Seriously though how annoying is it when you go somewhere for brunch and the crockery is just so plane and boring! Only us?  They also provided us with a jug of water on the table which had a cute label on saying the Locals.

We loved the décor of The Locals, there was a plant feature wall in the middle of the café that was really pretty and it made us feel like we were sat in a green house.

We noticed there were quite a meetings happening in the café (on a Saturday morning) and there were also lots of individuals working away on their laptops.

We will definitely be visiting The Locals again, the food was great and so was the price tag! All round a great spot for brunch!