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Bunting, Milkshakes & Bookshops – Snapshots of London

London Bunting Camden Lock

A little jaunt to London last month took us to see Blur live in Hyde Park and to hang out in Camden for the day. We stayed in an AirBnB in Little Venice, across the road from a beautiful canal lined with gorgeous boats and florals. I’d quite fancy staying in a canal boat sometime.

We had gourmet pizzas at Fire & Stone in Covent Garden, I chose the Melbourne with brie and butternut squash – YUM!
Camden Market was out in full force with a foods market, bunting and kooky handmade goods alongside the second hand records and vintage clothes. I discovered a tiny book shop in the market that I’ve never seen before, selling special edition books with beautiful and kooky covers. I’d love to get some for when we find a new home.

As usual we got breakfast and milkshakes at Inhabition, also known as the Lost Elephant Cafe. I highly recommend the Mexican Mocha milkshake! We finished the day with a refreshing drink at The World’s End just by Camden tube station, I was disappointed at their lack of fruit beers, but it’s a breath of fresh air to walk off the packed streets of Camden high street into the quiet, laid back atmosphere of this pub!

London Inhabition Cafe

London Milkshake

London Book Shop in Camden

London Stable Market Camden

London Camden

London Record Shop Camden Market

London Stables Market Camden

London The World's End Camden

London Camden Tube Station

Loves x xx

 

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Leeds Eats: Red’s True Barbecue, Headingley

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Red's Sauces
I’ve been to Red’s True Barbecue in Leeds a handful of times already and always thought there was something I just didn’t get. The entire town folk of Leeds are crazy about that place and I always thought it ranged from a bit dry (pulled chicken sandwich) to yeah, it’s alright (nachos!). However I do give them credit for the amazing South Carolina BBQ sauce and the Pit Beans, which I could eat a bucket of. Amen indeed.

The Leeds restaurant was always so freaking busy that by the time you got a table you were pretty pissed, emotional or boozily… or both. We always meant to try the one in Headingley when it opened, but life gets in the way and we never managed it, despite it only being a 20 minute walk away.

Red's Restaurant Artwork

Red's True BBQ
It was but the gift of meat that eventually dragged us in the doors of Red’s True Barbecue, Headingley when Boyfriend got a gift card for his birthday and boy are we thankful for that gift! I don’t know whether it’s because the dust has settled or whether this branch is just less popular and quieter or whether Headingley have some kind of super human chef, but it was delicious. The service was great, we got seated right away and the decor was just so.

Red's True Barbecue Headingley

Boyfriend’s brother had told me about the chicken waffle burger and so I took the plunge, with a side of jalapeno and cheese sausage that we got to share; all deeply recommended, even if it did put me off waffles for a week or so! So much food! The combination of sweet with the sticky chicken was just perfect, especially when you drizzled on the amazing South Carolina BBQ sauce!

All washed down with a Savannah cider in a frosted glass, those extra touches are what I love about a place. I was disappointed they were out of stock of their tequila infused cider, so next time I’ll be getting that bad boy! Oh, there will so be a next time!

Chicken Waffle Burger
Loves x xx

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Simply Be Catwalk Contender Leeds

Simply Be Catwalk Contender Leeds

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to be a local blogger judge at the Simply Be Catwalk Contender Leeds. Simply Be have partnered up with Milk Model Management to find their next Curve Model and they’ve been inviting lovely ladies of the public to put themselves forward… or in some cases, have been dragged along by their friends! ;)

It was lovely to spend the day with Anna, the MD of Milk Model Management and the Simply Be crew. It was crazy hot in the White Rose Centre, where the competition was being held so we indulged in some lovely fresh fruit smoothies and pretending we were in an exotic country on holiday.

Simply Be are searching the UK for someone to be their next model, The casting at White Rose shopping centre in Leeds Yorkshire UK. Pictured Joanne Gillard has her picture taken at the castingImage c/o Simply Be

As a judge it was my job to pick out ladies walking by who I thought would make great models. We had a height restriction and entrants had to be a size 12+, but apart from that I was looking for wonderful women who were happy and confident with their bodies and those who were just gorgeous and had great style. I really enjoyed spending a day telling lovely ladies how beautiful they were, you just don’t get that opportunity enough!

Simply Be are searching the UK for someone to be their next model, The casting at White Rose shopping centre in Leeds Yorkshire UK. Pictured Angel Africa has her picture taken at the castingImage c/o Simply Be

Simply Be are searching the UK for someone to be their next model, The casting at White Rose shopping centre in Leeds Yorkshire UK. Pictured Ashleigh has her picture taken at the castingImage c/o Simply Be

At the end of our casting session, myself and the panel sat down and chatted about who our favourites were and then I compiled my top three entries from the day to put forward into the next round of the competition. How exciting! I chose Joanne, Angel and Ashleigh, pictured above. Joanne and Angel definitely had a flair for modelling and were really natural in front of the camera, while Ashleigh needed a bit more convincing to enter the competition. I’m so glad she did though because she immediately became one of the favourites to win! All three ladies have fantastic smiles which is my favourite thing about them! I wish them the best of luck in the competition!!

Loves x xx

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