Oh Porto!

October 20, 2019 0

In February, I took another solo trip, this time to sunny Porto in Portugal. A vibrant historical city famous for being the home of port wine. As long time readers may know, I currently work as a trainee solicitor. February marked the end of one of my 6 month seats (or rotations, basically a period…

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Achieve a summer glow with DCL Skincare

July 30, 2018 0

I am back with another skincare post and this time the spotlight is on Dermatologic Cosmetic Laboratories Skincare or DCL. Having tried two of their most highly-rated products, I have been blown away by the brand and think they’re the perfect summer glow products. I first came across DCL on Catherine Hiron’s blog earlier this…

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My Solo Trip to Malta

February 25, 2018 6

After completing an intense 6 month post-graduate diploma at law school, I needed some alone time to de-stress and recalibrate. The island of Malta was my destination of choice… I previously had some solo travel experience having moved to Italy alone in 2014 for my year abroad. This was, however, the first time I had…

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2017: L is for Lesson

December 24, 2017 0

As 2017 draws to a close, I thought I’d do a round up of some of the lessons I’ve learned this year, along with a few outfits for the festive season too featuring clothing site Tobi! Work smart Back in August I enrolled on the LPC (Legal Practice Course – a postgraduate diploma which is…

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Beauty Cocoon Box: Calling all beauty lovers!

November 10, 2017 0

Beauty Cocoon Box is an exciting monthly subscription service offering affordable beauty boxes worldwide Beauty Cocoon Box first caught my eye after I followed their social media pages to find a refreshing array of women of colour and lots of niche black-owned beauty brands. The philosophy and positive energy of the brand is infectious and…

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Fenty Beauty: My First Impressions

September 12, 2017 1

I have never been as excited for a makeup launch as I have for Rihanna’s FENTY BEAUTY. Over 2 years in the making, Fenty Beauty was “made to inspire” for women of all colour, all around the world.    Update (December 2017): After further use of the Fenty Beauty foundation I found that it did…

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The White Company x DECIEM: Advanced-Skincare

July 4, 2017 0

Last month, I attended the launch event of The White Company’s foray into skincare, in collaboration with skincare powerhouse DECIEM… It being a homeware brand, when I heard that The White Company was venturing into skincare I was intrigued to find out more – even more so when I realised it was an offering in…

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Review: Rosa’s Thai Café

May 21, 2017 0

Rosa’s Thai Café, a small chain of Thai restaurants born out of London’s east end, offers authentic Thai food served with love. One sunny Saturday, myself and two girlfriends decided to go for dinner at Rosa’s Thai in Angel. Having previously been to the Soho branch and talking about it non-stop since, it was time…

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Self-Care: Coping with Depression & Anxiety

May 14, 2017 0

As we come to the end of Mental Health Awareness Week, here are some of my tips and mechanisms for self-care & mental wellbeing… My “official” diagnosis for anxiety and depression came a little over a year ago but I had been dealing with the two conditions long before this, for much of my university…

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