Close to Highbury & Islington station, this cute little pan-asian restaurant is in one of my favourite areas of London. Nestled close to the boutique coffee chops around the main roundabout, and the numerous new openings on St. Pauls Road, the area is one to watch. Relatively small, there’s only about 30 covers (to memory) in the Islington branch of Tootoomoo. The interior, decorated in reds and blues, with striped cushions and blue padded booths, wooden chairs and bright and colourful tiled tables, it radiated its eastern influence. The open front, breezy during the longer late summer evenings, meant you didn’t mind too much that you weren’t sat outside making the most of the English summer – which I know a the moment seems like…

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Ok, I know what you’re thinking. Summer is over. Well and truly. The main tells being the fact that it’s always cloudy, seriously cold (is it me or have we suddenly had to get our winter coats out) and it rains. ALL. THE. TIME. But a couple weeks ago it was different. Everyone was talking about a late Indian summer (let’s not go into how wrong they were!), and this is when I got to go to the coolest type of party – a pool party! Yes you read that right. I was one of the lucky people to get picked to attend the Fitness First Summer Pool Party! And it was just as cool as it sounds. After a quick tour of the gym…

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Porridge is that breakfast I eat whatever the day and weather. Even on a hot day you’ll find me tucking into it (I do let it cool first as not to make myself hot and get sweaty after). A satisfying and filling bowl of oats gets me through most of the morning without getting hungry. I shake it up when I fancy something a little different to the usual comforting peanut butter and banana combo, switching up the toppings, cooking different fruit into it, and using different milk at times. This recipe is from one of those times. A morning I wanted my good old porridge but craved new and inventive. With strawberries to use up, a strawberry and almond porridge was on the menu.…

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A couple of weeks ago now I jumped on a National Express coach down to Bath to see Char,¬† my best friend from uni. Overdue a huge catch up, I was heading down a little earlier than the other girls so we could have some time together before the wedding planning resumed full steam ahead – she’s getting married next March. With an afternoon to explore, we headed for lunch before letting the inner explorer out and heading to explore the Botanical Gardens. The gardens were beautiful. Very peaceful and quiet. There were times we felt like if we stepped over the bridge or up the stairs we’d stumble across the secret garden. A magical place undisturbed by others. Still chatting the whole way round,…

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Do we ever grow up? Really? I’m 26. Twenty six! And yet I don’t feel grown up. I feel like I did at 20/21 at uni but just with more life experience. More knowledge of how to deal with problems, tricky situations and difficult people. More experience in my career, living on my own and being independent, and how to budget. More confidence in travelling and navigating cities, networking and in my abilities. But I don’t feel older. Mariah who blogs over at It’s Mariah Jean¬†made me start thinking about all the things I still do, even as an adult. Those little things you think grown ups wouldn’t do, like still counting on your fingers. It made me giggle thinking about them so I had…

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