Rush Hair, Hackney

Since moving to east London earlier this year, I hadn’t really found anywhere local to get my hair done.

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So when the team at Rush Hackney got in touch to see if I’d come along for a cut, treatment and blowdry, I was really excited. I’ve been really neglecting my hair, and especially after a week in Italy it was in need of some TLC.

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Rush Hackney is located on Amhurst Road, and is super convenient to get to, just a short walk from Hackney Central.

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It’s only been around for a month or so now, and I’d popped in on their first week, but they seem to have a solid set up – the staff were all so friendly, welcoming, funny and charming, and really made me feel comfortable and taken care of.

 

Getting your hair cut by a new person is always a nerve-wracking experience, but my consultation was thorough, and I felt like my stylist new exactly what I wanted, and what treatment my hair needed, particularly as it gets quite dry on the ends.

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I went for a long bob, with some beachy waves put in. I have really thick hair, and stylists usually tend to try and cut layers in, which I didn’t really want – but my stylist really listened to what I wanted.

 

I was absolutely thrilled with the final cut, and the style – my hair is quite heavy, so curls tend to drop fairly quickly, but she tonged my hair really well and it lasted through the night.

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The proof of a good cut is always once you’ve taken it out on the road – and even several weeks later I’m getting compliments on it, which has been fantastic.

I would seriously recommend popping in – there’s a really cute courtyard too!

5 Amhurst Road, Hackney, London, E8 1LL

Have you been to Rush Hackney? What were your thoughts? Be sure to comment below, or let me know on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram!

 

Sake No Hana, Mayfair

I feel like I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop with this one.

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Yeah, it’s really pretty, and yes, maybe I’m biased because as a Japanese person, I think any attempt at fusion should be done incredibly well or not at all – but I just don’t get it.

I was so prepared to fall in love with Sake no Hana. It’s constantly on my Instagram feed, and everyone is always talking about it, but I found my experience really didn’t live up to the hype.

The last time I felt this way was when Avatar came out – for weeks, all you could hear about was how great it was – and when I finally went to go see it, I felt totally duped. Wasn’t that just blue Pocahontas? In 3D?

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While the service was impeccable, I found the rice on the sushi to be hard and somewhat stale, despite being beautifully presented.

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I went for the vegetarian main, which is an old favourite of mine – agedashi tofu, or deep-fried tofu, which was nice, but nothing to write home about. My dinner date opted for a chicken dish which was rather fatty, and somewhat clumsily put together.

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While I’m not a big fan of dessert at the best of times, I was really disappointed in this one – a coconut ice-cream and pineapple cheesecake. I really wished they had used some more traditional ingredients and flavours, but that’s just my personal preference.

All in all, I was slightly let down by my experience – but what are your thoughts? Be sure to comment below, or let me know on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram

In Rude Health

Before my little trip to Italy, I’d spent most of my time snacking on my haul I’d been given as part of In Rude Health week.

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The folks behind Rude Health had put on an entire week of fun and healthy activities, like paddleboarding and brunch, a gong bath, and a naked bike ride.

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I was lucky enough to go along to the make your own cosmetics masterclass, which was hosted in partnership with Made in Hackney at the Rude Health Cafe.

Using their products, we made a few face and body scrubs, which tasted as good as they felt afterwards – almond face scrub was a particular favourite of mine.

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Since the event I’ve become addicted to their almond milk, which is seriously delicious – and all the food was great, so I’ll definitely be heading back to the cafe soon!

I also dragged a friend with me to their neon boxing event – the class, which was run by The Boxx Method, featured neon paint, great music, and an amazing way to spend a Friday night (sans the hangover the next day).

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I had a fantastic Rude Health week, and can’t wait for the next one!

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#Empty – The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

Forget Wimbledon – the Summer Exhibition at the RA IS what British summertime is all about.

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I was lucky enough to be invited to their instagrammer’s empty event, which was one of the most magical mornings I’ve had in London – wandering around a completely empty exhibition was absolutely breathtaking.

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Every year I am blown away, and this year was no different.

Everything at the Summer Exhibition represents the art being made today. For those who don’t know the history behind the summer exhibition, almost 250 years ago, the RA’s founding members agreed to hold an annual exhibition open to all artists to help finance the training of young artists.

My favourite thing about the exhibition is how much it varies – you’ll find the household names amongst the lesser known and up-and-comers.

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It’s on until the 20th of August, and I really wouldn’t miss it – you can find out more here.

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Have you been this year? Comment below, or let me know on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram!

Italy in June

I’ve just gotten back from my lovely week off, which I spent in beautiful Italy.

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We flew into Pisa, and spent the first few days going on long walks around our villa and swimming by the pool in a villa in Umbria. There was so much delicious produce, and being away from the hustle and bustle of city life was unbelievably good.

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We rented a car and drove around the region – the first place we went to was Assisi, which was one of the highlights of my trip.

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Another amazing day was out by Lake Trasimeno – where we went for a dip after going up the Rocca di Passignano for the views first. There was excellent coffee there, too.

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I also found Lucca completely charming – the Torre Guinigi in particular, with all the plants on the top and for the views.

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We spent our last and final day in Pisa, and had to of course pop by to see the tower, but it was so overrun with tourists that I was super glad to have left it until then as it was quite a hectic experience!

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Before I went on my little adventure, the team at Holiday Gems tasked me the challenge of getting as many holiday essentials for £50. I ended up being so busy in the lead up to my holiday that I had to make do with what was already in my wardrobe, but in hindsight I think the items I found most essential this holiday were:

  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent (I was absolutely eaten alive!)
  • A good book (Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez is my go-to holiday read)

They’ve got a few helpful tips on their Facebook page too – and they’ve got some serious deals for Pisa too.

What are your holiday essentials? Comment below, or let me know on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram!