Carousel with Dune

This is unusually speedy of me to get a post up but apparently the combination of the full moon and Venus being in retrograde means we aren't able to sleep for the next few days, which could explain my late night blogging session (I'm as sceptical as you…). Today/Yesterday I went to a lovely lunch with some blogger friends and Dune at Carousel on Blandford Street in London and it was too good to not blog...

jacket, Topshop / sandals, Atterley (sold out but similar here in the sale) / jeans, J Brand (budget option here) / bag, L.K.Bennett / sunglasses, Marc by Marc Jacobs

I wore some of my favourite basics including my new Topshop jacket (which Erica helped me track down earlier this week), my faithful L.K Bennett tote which is used for 6 days out of every 7 and my Atterley sandals which I forgot I owned and found over the weekend (and now live in). They've sold out but upon trying to hunt them down for you I just found these ones in their sale for £19 which are just as nice, if not better. The jeans are J Brand, I've had them for a long, long time and I love the fit but if you're just after the colour then these ASOS ones are superb. Oh and the sunglasses are Marc by Marc Jacobs, my first attempt at coloured sunglasses - and won't be the last!

jewellery: bracelets; astley clarke, halcyon days and tiffany & co / rings; daisy knights, astley clarke and and other stories / nail polish; cheeky 

My new found obsession with gathering "rings and things" is going pretty well at the moment if I may say so myself. I've blogged a lot about my Astley Clarke bits over the last few weeks, but I probably should mention the red one on the left as I found it in a box from my house move the other day and am so, so happy as thought it was lost! I found the black bangle from Halycon Days at the same time which was a double win! Other new additions include the simple gold rings I picked up at And Other Stories this week for £15, and a new solid rose gold one from Astley Clarke (better to look here at it as it doesn't show up in the picture as it's super delicate).

jacket, Topshop / sandals, Atterley (sold out but similar here in the sale) / jeans, J Brand (budget option here) / bag, L.K.Bennett / sunglasses, Marc by Marc Jacobs

I managed to rope Naomi into taking some pictures before we turned up to lunch (benefit of blogger friends, it's never weird to spend 15 minutes posing on the street in the middle of the day). Now most importantly, over to the food…

I had never been to Carousel before, I don't spend enough time in Marylebone (where the restaurant is) and when I do I tend to go to Relais de Venise (a French restaurant that you can't book, and only does steak and chips - my parents used to take us when we were little). It's changed massively over the last few years, every corner has a cool coffee shop or diner now… Enough about other places, because Carousel deserves a round of applause for it's grub. I mean who else can make courgettes look this interesting, or produce a platter of steak that looks that good?

For a grand finale, we had this dessert (below). Parsley and mint cake (stick with me, it's good) with strawberry and rhubarb sorbet and lemon ganache (what is ganache? anyone? other than tasty…). It was unreal… Anneli, Naomi and I tried to do the whole "we don't eat puddings" thing and then this rocked up and we pretty much licked it clean… Amazing. 

Thank you so much to Lesley-Ann and Holly at Dune for a super afternoon, and visit Carousel's website here for reservations and info.


Outfit: Mint Velvet Maxi

One of the nicest things about our staycation at Limewood a couple of weeks ago was simply being outside. Obviously you can do this in London but there is something about the countryside that makes it a hell of lot better. Letting the dog off the lead (he made friend's with Lily's dog, Rudy) and watching him bound about without a care (or a car) in the world is one of my favourite pastimes, especially if you can do while drinking ice cold gin and tonics..!

I laughed when I saw these photos because they completely emulate how I felt at the time; "I just want to sit down and relax, stop being a blogger and enjoy this." In truth, I bl**dy hate having my photo taken. I really, really do. I've got a bit better at it as I completely accept that I need to do it, and sometimes as a blogger you just have to bite your lip and try and enjoy it… I'm still working on not looking completely miserable, apologies for the resting b*tch face.

I spotted this dress on a Mint Velvet newsletter and immediately set about buying it. I love dresses like this; they take absolutely no effort and hide a multitude of sins (perfect given we ate 8 courses that evening). You can dress them up or down and the print goes with everything. I used to have an amazing navy silk one that I annoyingly lost in a house move and I'd been keeping an eye out for a replacement ever since. I also got the trousers in the same print (here) - they're both perfect to wear when travelling as they're both just so damn comfortable.

The sunglasses are new from Marc by Marc Jacobs, I've been wearing them far too much as I have a really attractive white line on my nose from them. Not that I care because I absolutely love them - they're a totally different shape to my usual choices too. The jacket is Anneli's (benefit of holidaying with a blogger = they bring far too many clothes with them, and nice ones) from River Island here. I felt like everyone had a khaki jacket except for me so last week I went to Topshop and bought my own, here - they're so useful in this tricky weather we've been having.

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Food: Tanya's

top, urban outfitters / bracelets, Astley Clarke / sunglasses, Polaroid Eyewear

When you have a blog you spend endless amounts of time looking for something new. New brands, new clothes, new shoot locations, new places to go… Getting caught up in it all I often forget to include the places I go to all the time. So on Saturday as I do most weekends, I had lunch with the girls at Tanya's in Chelsea (South Kensington to be precise) and decided to blog about it. Given as though it's my favourite cafe-cum-restaurant at the moment it seems only right it should get a post...

Of course it was Anneli who introduced me to the place; it's a raw food restaurant. Essentially this means "super healthy" but if you're after the formal (Wikipedia) definition: Depending on the exact philosophy or type of lifestyle and results desired, raw food diets may include a selection of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, eggs, fish, meat and dairy products. It may also include simply processed foods such as various types of sprouted seeds, cheese, and fermented foods such as yogurtskefirkombucha or sauerkraut, but generally not foods that have been pasteurizedhomogenized, or produced with the use of synthetic pesticideschemical fertilizers, industrial solvents or chemical food additives.  So there you go! It's not for everyone (I took my Dad who was horrified to discover that meat isn't raw) but I absolutely love it. For me it's a perfect Saturday lunch concept as you can eat a huge amount of food without the huge amount of guilt afterwards!

It didn't take much to persuade us to break the "raw deal" a little bit and break open a bottle of prosecco; we were having lunch to celebrate Louise's London anniversary. Not sure where time flies but she went to live in Australia for a year before backpacking around the world before making the capital her home. Georgie and I picked her up on holiday five-ish years ago in Ibiza and we've been friends ever since. 

I'm sure it's true of every group of friends in their twenties thirties, but it really had been too long since we'd all met up. Even though we all live within a mile of each other there seemed to be so much news. Between the new jobs, new adventures, new boys, new sunglasses (in my case, Polaroid), new adventures and new fake tanning disasters we nattered our way through main courses (superfood salads, nachos, tacos and thai noodles) before the main event...

… Cake! Yep, raw food doesnt mean you can't have chocolate. You can just have awesome tasting chocolate. These beautiful culinary delights are chocolate praline cake, chocolate orange nut cake and lemon cheesecake. If you're wondering how its done, check out Tanya's blog and follow the principle of her Strawberry Cheesecake recipe (and check out the ice cream that broke the internet recipe too).

top, urban outfitters / bracelets, Astley Clarke / sunglasses, Polaroid Eyewear

So, if anyone fancies giving the concept of Raw food a go we recommend heading over to Tanya's. We were at her Ixworth Place cafe, but she also has a new set up in Ride Republic in Parsons Green which does all of her juices, coffees, snacks and cakes. Make sure you have the chocolate praline cake. Insane. Find out more here.