Skating at Somerset House

18 November 2019

 

Outfit - Top: M&S {here, cheaper version here}, Skirt: Reiss {on sale here}

Every year me and my friends organize a festive day of ice skating in London at some point in November, it gets us in the mood for the holiday season and really marks the start of the countdown to Christmas in my mind. This year was no different, however we did switch up the location, so I wanted to fill you all in on our experience. 



For the past few years, we've gone to the skating rink outside the Natural History Museum {you can read about that here} and whilst it's beautiful, this year we fancied a change so we headed over to Skate at Somerset House. Our tickets cost us £17 each for one skating session, which may sound quite pricey {isn't everything in London?!} but all of the major ice skating rinks in London are priced pretty much the same - there's only about 50p difference between them all. You can purchase extras with your ticket such as a Fornum & Mason lunch, but we decided to skip this as we were already spending enough on the tickets themselves. 


The rink is located right as you walk into the grounds of Somerset House, directly beneath the big 'Skate' sign and infront of the Fortnum & Mason tree, which is decorated in massive gold baubles and Fornums hampers - so cute! 

Before you get your skates, you have to check your bag which is something they don't have at the Natural History Museum and is so useful if your entire group is skating...no trying to balance and hold a bag at the same time! However they do let you take your phones in with you for photos, so fear not! The skate session lasted 45 mins which was plenty of time for us, and any longer we would have struggled to keep going as the ice had gotten too gritty to continue skating. It did get busier towards the end of our session though, so I'd say if you want the rink more to yourself, get there at the beginning of the session and book an early slot. 


We went in the middle of the day on a Saturday so of course it was busy, but you can also go throughout the week to beat the crowds, or you can go at night for Skate Lates where they have DJ's, bars and a little more entertainment...that's next on my list! 

xo Becky 

Autumn Fashion Picks

28 October 2019


Autumn is one of my favourite times of the year {apart from the build up to Christmas, of course!}...I love those cold crisp days where the sun is still shining and the colours have turned that lovely colour of golden. But what I really love is Autumn fashion...cosy knits, the hunt for the perfect coat and all of the faux fur and boots! Today I wanted to round up some of my favourites for the season, including some of the bit's I've been purchasing - happy shopping! x

Knitwear

Coats

Boots




A Night at the Ned, London

18 September 2019


Following my little staycation at The Artist's Residence in London, I told myself I really must do it again...so I did! Last week I was fortunate enough to stay in The Ned in London for a night which was just too dreamy not to share. 

The Ned is one of my favourite places to go for dinner and drinks anyway, so to get to stay the night was just the ultimate dream come true. As it's a private members club {and I don't have a membership} I often don't get to see most of the hotel including it's amazing roof bar and vault bar, however, if you're staying in one of the larger rooms you get access to these areas which I was just so excited about.


Three Days in Toronto

24 July 2019


As I sit writing this blog post we're currently in the middle of a heatwave here in the UK...I've set up shop in a shady spot in my garden with an ice lolly so for now I'm loving this weather {not so much when trying to sleep or commute!}. All of the heat got me reminiscing on my recent travels and I realised that I'd never shared most of my trip, only the few days we spent in Nashville which you can read about here.


How To Spend 2 Days in Nashville

3 July 2019


If you follow me on Instagram {if you don't - it's @beckyderby} then you'll have seen that I recently took a little trip to Nashville, or music city as it's affectionately known. As a big lover of country music, Nashville has been on my bucket list for quite some time and it did not disappoint. It's such a cool city, and unlike anywhere else I've ever visited, and it's also a city I'd definitely visit again - so not a one hit wonder.


Simple Chocolate Chunk Cookies

27 May 2019


There's nothing better than taking a break with a cup of tea and a warm, gooey cookie, and that's exactly what I've been spending my bank holiday doing...It's been a little while since I've been baking, and even longer since I've shared a recipe on here, so today I thought I'd jump back online {and into the kitchen} to share my super simple chocolate chunk cookie recipe. Without further ado...


A Night at the Artists Residence, London

16 May 2019


It's not often that I find myself staying in hotels in London, seeing as it's my home city and there never seems much point when I could just hop on the tube home...but I recently had the pleasure of staying at The Artists Residence in Pimlico and let me tell you, it was the dream little staycation.


Brilliant Blossoms with Jo Malone

29 March 2019


If you follow me on Instagram, then I'm sure you've seen that earlier this week I attended the launch of the newest Jo Malone collection, Brilliant Blossoms. Being invited to this event was a dream come true for me, so I wanted to document the day on this blog before I forget any of the details! And of course, I took so many photos of their stunning installations that I just had to share them!


My Spring Skincare Routine

22 March 2019


Ahh spring, the season of new beginnings...otherwise known as my yearly excuse to chuck out half of my clothes, completely redecorate and of course, switch up my skincare for the new season now we're finally out of the depths of winter.


Where Have I Been?

17 March 2019


As always with this blog, Ive been terrible at keeping to a regular posting schedule...which is completely okay, I never want to put pressure on myself to post and turn this into something that I never wanted it to be - a second job. However, I wanted to give you all a little update on where I've been and what I've been up to as it's rather exciting! 

For the past few months now I've been working to develop my very own scented candle brand - Nest Candle Co. It's been something I've wanted to do for years but my other time commitments {university, moving to a new city, new jobs} have always left me putting it to the back of my mind, but this year I wanted to stop putting things off and jump in head first. 


It's been quite a long process testing scents, working out which wax would work the best and burn the cleanest, working on packaging, branding, shipping, etc but we're SO close to being able to launch now {we're hoping for mid-April!} that I wanted to share a few snaps of what I've created and some of the scents we've picked. 


So without further ado, here are the scents which will form the core collection and our Summer collection...

The core collection

Vanille - A french vanilla scent which smells just like sweet vanilla ice cream. 
Fireside - A smokey, woody scent reminiscent of a crackling wood fire on a cold evening. 
Bouquet - A true floral scent with layers of peony and rose. 
Sleepy - Lavender and Camomile to send you off into the land of nod. 
Fairydust - A powdered floral scent perfect for those with a feminine aesthetic. 


The summer collection

Soleil - A warm tropical scent with hints of coconut and citrus fruit. 
Maison de Plage - Blue agava flower blended with notes of cacao and grapefruit. 

I will be posting updates when I next have them with where you can buy the candles and when we will be launching, but I hope you're all equally as excited as I am for this little project of mine! 

xo Becky 


Beating the January Blues at Emilia's Crafted Pasta

5 February 2019


A few weekends ago now, I was invited along to Emilias Crafted Pasta in St Katherine's Dock to try out their menu for myself. I wasn't really intending on writing a blog post on my visit, but the food was so incredible that I just had to share, as I'd hate for you to miss out! 

Located just by Tower Hill {so perfect for a touristy stroll to walk off your dinner!}, Emilias Crafted Pasta has a waterfront view over the docks, which I imagine is so pretty in summer...not so much on a dreary January afternoon! 

The restaurant is small and cosy, and all of the food is handmade in the restaurant, giving it that cosy 'homely' feel. As we were testing the menu, we decided to really test the menu {and the size of our stomachs}, going for a few sharing plates to start, mains, and of course...pudding!

For starters, we shared some cured meats, burrata and a rocket salad with lemon and parmesan and I can confirm it was all divine. After we finished our starters we were raving about the food for a good ten minutes before we'd even thought about how good our mains were about to be. Needless to say, the mains didn't disappoint and it was one of the best carbonara's I've eaten in London so far {and I've had my fair share!}.

Thinking we couldn't fit much more in, we decided to share a pudding and went for a brownie and ice cream. The brownie was gooey in the middle and lovely and crisp on the outside - just as a brownie should be. In fact, it was so good that we were all cursing ourselves for choosing to share.


I was blown over by just how good the food was at Emilia's Crafted Pasta. The small cosy vibes were perfect for our Sunday get-together and we all left promising to return, which isn't always the case with restaurants that we've heard of through Instagram. If you find yourself in Tower Hill {or near their new location in Aldgate}, definitely pop in for a bite to eat and a glass of wine - you won't regret it!

xo Becky 

*post contains gifted items

A Small Charlotte Tilbury Haul

26 January 2019


Can you believe that up until now, I've never tried Charlotte Tilbury Makeup?! I've been makeup obsessed for years, and you really can't miss her pretty palettes and lipsticks scattered all over Instagram...but up until recently, there wasn't anything that really caught my eye, that was different enough to something I already owned which would justify the price. Enter the Pillow Talk palette...Eyeshadow palettes are my weakness, so when I saw that this palette was back in stock online, I couldn't resist popping it into my basket {along with a few other spur of the moment purchases!}

Weekly Roundup #2

25 January 2019


Well, well well...So far my 'weekly roundup' series has lasted a grand total of one week - honestly I can't say I'm surprised 😂. However, I'm back and trying again, so lets see how long it lasts this time.


Skinny Raspberry & Dark Chocolate Muffins

7 January 2019


When I posted my Skinny Banana Nut Muffins recipe last week, I had so many lovely comments and messages on Instagram from people saying that they couldn't wait to try them, that today I thought it was about time I got back into the kitchen and shared another of my favourite skinny muffin recipes. Today's creation was these skinny raspberry and dark chocolate muffins - fruity, sweet and perfect with a cup of tea in the afternoon! 

This recipe will make 8 large muffins {there's no skimping on portion size in this house!}, and each muffin will be 2 SmartPoints if you're following the Weight Watchers plan like I am. However, because the fruit is quite chunky in these muffins, they won't last as long as the banana nut muffins - so be sure to share them with your friends and family, or eat them quickly yourself!


Ingredients

50g Coconut Flour 
25g Porridge Oats 
1 teaspoon Baking Powder 
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract 
5 eggs {separated} 
5 tablespoons Silverspoon Granulated Sweetener 
40g Dark Chocolate Chips 
½ packet raspberries {based on a medium size packet, but this can be adapted to how fruity you want the muffins to be!}



How to make: 

1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees, and line a muffin tray with 8 cases. 
2. Sift your flour and baking powder into a bowl. 
3. Mix in your oats, vanilla extract, sweetener and egg yolks. 
4. Whisk your egg whites until they are stiff {you should be able to turn the bowl upside down!} 
5. Gently fold the egg whites into the mixture, one spoonful at a time. 
6. Fold in the raspberries and chocolate chips. 
7. Spoon into baking cases and pop into the oven for 25 mins. 
8. Once they're out of the oven, leave them to cool and enjoy! 



I hope you liked this recipe, and if you'd like to see me share more of my baking {or general cooking} recipes on this blog, then I'd love to hear from you in the comments below! I'd also love to know which sweet treats you'd like to see a healthy version of...I'm always looking for inspiration for my next bake! 

xo Becky 

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Weekly Roundup #1

6 January 2019


Hello and welcome to my first 'weekly roundup'...In an effort to keep myself blogging regularly throughout 2019 and to share my everyday loves {those things that I love, that don't quite need an entire blog post dedicated to them}, I'll be posting a weekly roundup every Sunday of the year {hopefully!}. In these posts, I'll be sharing what I've been up to that week, some bits that I've loved and what I've been buying...I hope you enjoy! 

With this being the first week of the new year, it's fair to say life has been a bit all over the place. On the 1st I travelled back to London, and with not starting work again until Friday, I couldn't seem to shake that 'crimbo limbo' feeling {I hate that word}. However I did manage to get my act together a little and join the gym. I know what you're all thinking...it's just a 'new year, new me' fad and I won't stick to it {you're probably all right}, but this time I want to give it a proper go. I feel like I've done the hard work of losing weight, so now it's time to tone up and also just get myself back into a regular routine. Unfortunately the first week of the year was ruined a little as I managed to get tonsillitis and the flu at the same time so I've not managed to make it to the gym just yet, but there's always next week!

I've also spent my days off work planning blog posts for this month, and also taking some photos while I had the privilege of daylight hours to myself. I'm determined to find my place in the blogging world again this year, and getting ahead and planning should hopefully help with this. 

All in all, it's been a slow start to the year, which was very much needed after the chaos of Christmas and travelling around. I returned to work this week too, so really I've just been focussing on getting everything back on track - ready to smash 2019. 

Links I've Loved:
What I've Been Buying:

This week I've been treating myself in the boxing day sales {after saying I wasn't going to shop - oops}. There were a few things I needed to get, trainers and a new sports bra being the main necessary purchase as mine were both so worn out. I also placed quite a large order from Anthropologie, as there were a few bits I'd had my eye on for quite some time, and I can never resist an anthropologie sale! I also picked up a new faux fur coat from Warehouse after seeing it on Jodie Melissa and a few new pieces of knitwear to see me through the winter. 

Read of The Week:

This week I've had my head stuck into Eat Drink Nap by Soho House. I love a good novel, but I'm also a bit obsessed with coffee table books and this one is a great one. I was given this one for Christmas and I've not put it down since. If you love home decor, entertaining or cooking, this one is for you. It has some of their famous recipes, goes into the inspiration behind each of their venues and some tips on how to decorate your home, host a party, make the perfect cocktail and so on! Essentially, it's a guide on how to bring a little bit of Soho House into your own home {and the mac and cheese recipe looks divine!}.

Recipe of The Week:

One recipe I've been loving this week are these Chunky Halloumi Chips by Nadiya Hussein. I'm a big lover of anything halloumi, and I've tried countless halloumi recipes but this is by far the best. We made these when we had some friends over for dinner over Christmas and they went down a treat. The dressing adds a little bit of a twist, and a more exotic kick to the recipe - perfect for impressing friends or just for a family lunch!

xo Becky 

Skinny Banana Nut Chocolate Muffins

3 January 2019


It seems I've been a little rubbish with posting these skinny baking recipes as of late, after promising new ones time and time again! The truth is, all I've been baking recently are these banana chocolate chip muffins and I thought I'd already posted the recipe...oops. But I'm back, and sharing my favourite skinny bakes muffin recipe with you all today - I hope you enjoy!


Ingredients {for 12 muffins}:

2 ripe bananas {the browner the better for this recipe!} 
100g plain flour 
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon nutmeg
4 fresh eggs 
6 tablespoons granulated sweetener {I use this one from silver spoon}
25g macadamia nuts {chopped finely - best to use a food processor for this}
20g chocolate chips 

Method:

1. In one bowl, mash the banana and sugar together with a fork {or a potato masher if you're lazy like me}. 
2. Add in the four eggs and whisk together. 
3. In a separate bowl, add in your flour, baking soda, baking powder  and chopped macadamia nuts and mix thoroughly. 
4. Fold the wet ingredients into your dry ingredients and combine until you have a smooth mixture. 
5. Add in your chocolate chips and stir the mixture until they're evenly distributed. 
6. Pour the mixture evenly into muffin cases - silicone ones work best for skinny recipes as they tend to stick to paper cases!
7. Pop into the oven at 180 degrees for about 20 -25 mins or until they're cooked all the way through. 
8. Enjoy!



If you're following Weight Watchers then these will set you back two points per muffin, which I don't think is bad at all for a little mid-morning snack with a cup of tea! I hope you liked this recipe and please let me know if you try it for yourself or have any improvements! 

xo Becky

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Photo Diary: A Countryside Christmas

2 January 2019


Before I jump into today's post, I want to wish you all a very happy new year! Can you believe we're in 2019 already?! I had originally planned to share today's post on New Year's Day but unfortunately the flu completely took over and I wasn't able to do much but complain from the comfort of my bed for the past few days - so here we are, a few days late! Old habits die hard...

Todays post will just be a quick one, but I wanted to share some snaps from my Christmas at home in Hereford. It was lovely to go home, see the whole family, and of course get lots of puppy and cat cuddles in! 



I spent a lot of time with Teddy, our Yorkshire Terrier, and he loved his Christmas jumper that I got him - what a cutie!



We also went on lots of walks, the dogs go on a big walk every day, but my participation was mainly a feeble attempt at walking off the truck loads of cheese I was consuming on a daily basis. 


I also spent a lot of time admiring our Christmas tree with a Bailey's in hand and the fire blazing - bliss!


xo Becky

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