Posts Tagged ‘London’

The Chocolate Museum

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During the Easter Break I googled chocolate related things, as you do, to find that London had its very own Chocolate Museum in Brixton. Their drop-in workshops were immediately added to my bucket list.

For £9.50 per child or £12 per adult, you could also take part in a drop-in workshop. What exactly happens at this workshop you ask? Well, you’re not alone as their website doesn’t clear things up. http://www.thechocolatemuseum.co.uk/dropin-workshops

Expect to make chocolate truffles and lollipops (as you can see from the photos I was evidently born to be a chocolatier). You too can bring home delicious creations if you haven’t eaten half the ingredients (which I would say was the highlight of the day).

 

If these series of snaps stolen from my Snapchat story haven’t explained anything, let’s take it from the top. Now to clear things up, you’re not actually making chocolate, you’re more chocolate shaping them.

On the day you’ll be given a set of instructions and asked whether you want white/milk truffle and white/milk chocolate. Rolling the truffle into balls, expect to then coat them in melted chocolate of your choice. You are also given a selection of things such as flakes, 100s &1000s and sprinkles to jazz up your creations (some at an additional cost). The remaining melted chocolate can then become a giant lollipop!

Is it worth the money and the time?

  1. It’s a fun experience to take the kids to or an interesting activity to do with a friend.
  2. I ate most of my ingredients, the chocolate tastes really nice, whatever you end up making tastes really good.
  3. Although the website says a session is 30mins long, we ended up being there for 1hour and 30mins. (Tip: they have upstairs and downstairs seating, don’t sit downstairs where no one can see you.)
  4. You get to wrap your creations, this can be a really nice personal gift for someone.

Would I do it again? Maybe if the sessions were actually 30minutes then yes. I must say their chocolate tasted pretty damn good.

 

This is Halloween, this is Halloween Pumpkins scream in the dead of night.

Boys and girls of every age,
Wouldn’t you like to see something strange…

Well… it’s not really strange, just a pumpkin I carved with a medical scalpel.
Moving on, this is Halloween! Or it was, according to my Nightmare before Christmas lyrics.

So another Halloween has passed, and this year like every other year, I wanted to carve a pumpkin. So 2 days before Halloween I went out and got myself a pumpkin. As this was the first pumpkin I’ve ever carved, me being me, I wanted to do something out of the ordinary. It was clearly a spur of a moment decision with no prior planning considering I had no carving tools what so ever. So hey, I thought “Let’s improvise!”.

Below you can see the fruits of my labour. A design of a tattoo I found on google, adjusted so the appropriate holes could be removed without the whole thing falling apart.

I hope you like it; hopefully it may inspire you next year. I know I definitely want to try this again next Halloween.

Tools: Medical scalpel. Time: Under 2 hours.

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My favourite Beauty picks

I’m not a beauty blogger, neither am I a make up artist, make up specialist or anything to do with sales in the industry. I’m just an ordinary make up loving human being / consumer.

From time to time I get a lot of family and friends asking me what products I use or would recommend etc. Who else would you trust than someone with no ulterior motive. Here’s a list of some of my favourite products or what I would say ‘must haves‘. I don’t use all of them daily, I like to mix it up with some other things not listed. But I really would recommend all of these items.

In no particular order:

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Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation £29.50

As a woman of colour it can sometimes be VERY difficult to actually find my foundation shade. Makeup artists say I’m a sun kissed tan/beige with a yellow tint etc When you finally find your shade, sometimes the foundation is too cakey, not enough coverage or there’s always something wrong. I’ve been using Estee Lauder’s double wear foundation for the last few months and I actually love it (Converted my whole family.) My shade : Cashew

I sometimes switch between Benefit’s Hello Oxygen Flawless Wow in Toasted Beige. It gives a nice coverage and overall dewey look. The problem I experience is during the day when I touch paper or anything off white, my foundation seems to go on it. White clothes, my laptop, phone, you name it I’ve probably got traces of foundation on it. It happens no matter how many times I wash my hands (conclusion: I must touch my face a lot). But with double wear, as it says on the bottle, it stays in place. Foundation stains are really a thing of the past.

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Clinique – Kohl Shaper for eyes £15.00

Sometimes you really want a Jet Black eyeliner, because ‘Black’ really isn’t black on half the eyeliners out there in the market. It’s really a dark Grey. The beauty of the Kohl Shaper for eyes is the colour and intensity, it’s also great for a smokey eye look. But my favourite part is the sharpener in the lid. I know some other brands have started doing this, but this eyeliner performs all round. You can even sharpen your other liners, so handy!

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Beethoven’s Ninth

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So I went to see Beethoven’s Ninth at the Royal Festival Hall which was incredible. I got pretty good seats ( £60 pp) straight centre. Just as they announced no photography I took this sneaky picture for instagram.

I’m in love with classical music, and frequently go to the RFH and Royal Albert Hall. Sometimes you can get really good ticket deals, or you can cheaper tickets if you sit further back.  July 17th is the beginning of the Proms, ( if you’re never been you should go at least once! Even the cheap tickets are worth it.)

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Skylines at Sky Garden

Sky Garden, a public indoor garden located on one of London’s largest Skyscrapers is available to visit for FREE. All you have to do is book your tickets HERE. Located at 20 Fenchurch Street (Aka the “Walkie Talkie”) or as some people call it, ‘the building that melts things’. Sky Garden allows you to have a 360 degree view of London.

(Photograph above taken from the Evening Standard. )

Some opinions floating around on the internet describe the experience as being in a large  cage. I personally didn’t feel this way, but the grid line architecture does tend to limit capturing large sections of London’s skyline in one photograph.

The garden is located on the 35th Floor of the building, and yes you do have to go through a small security check. But it’s simply put your bag on a conveyor belt and walk through a scanner, some websites have exaggerated it to be some tedious airport security check.

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Closest stations: Monument ,Bank, Tower Hill, Fenchurch Street, Cannon Street.

The Garden incorporates Fenchurch Seafood Bar & Grill, Darwin Brasserie and Sky Pod Bar. My honest opinion is a meal is not worth having here, but a couple of drinks is a yes.

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