Events, treatments, activities all get featured here, in the lifestyle section.

Will to Win, Hyde Park

As we slide into September, I’m still trying to cling onto those summer days – I’m not quite ready for Autumn just yet!

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Earlier this year I was invited to spend the afternoon at Will to Win in Hyde Park. I feel like it’s always so easy to stay in your own little bubble in London, so it was lovely to spend some time in Hyde Park, where I haven’t really been since I moved back to the UK.

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The Will to Win centre in Hyde Park has so many facilities, most of which are open year-round – on our trip, we did some lawn bowling, as well as have a go on the 9-hole putting course (which I’m terrible at). Most people head down for the tennis, as they have two mini tennis courts and six hard courts, set in an absolutely stunning location, with a view of The Shard, too!

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Even if golf or tennis isn’t really your thing, the cafe has a great selection of cheeses and some Sipsmith cocktails, too – I was particularly taken with the London Cup (which tastes just like Pimm’s). I also really liked the G&T ice cream, too, which was really unusual.

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It was such a wonderful way to spend the afternoon – get yourself down there before the summer finally ends!

Have you ever played tennis in Hyde Park? Be sure to comment below, or let me know on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram!

Summer Swimwear

As someone who seriously loves her food, I can’t say I look forward to bathing suit season all that much… until this year.

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This year, I decided that I could either stress myself out worrying about how I looked, or what others thought of me, or I could just… not. Accept my un-photoshopped, ultimately healthy body and just have a great time, ignoring gross societal pressure (I’m looking at you, Protein World) to be a ‘better’ version of myself.

The team behind George at Asda also did some research into global swimwear trends, and found that most women globally (like me) find advertising of swimwear misrepresents the average female. It really does.

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Because ultimately, what I really want from a swimsuit is for it to be practical – and if it looks cute, that’s a bonus too.

Which is why I’m boycotting bikinis – getting the right size for both top and bottom is a pain in the backside, and the fact that they usually cost more, despite being less material, irritates the hell out of me.

Luckily, the lovely team at George sent me over a few adorable one pieces, which are all super cute – and very flattering, too.

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What about you? How have you approached swimwear season this year? Be sure to comment belowor let me know on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram!

Under the Same Sun, South London Gallery

I recently spent the perfect day out in London.

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It was nothing extravagant, and it didn’t cost any money, but was just my ideal day out – filled with long walks, and ambling around in parts of the capital I don’t usually frequent.

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Like all perfect days, it started off with egg and soldiers at La Dinette (they do fantastic coffee), before heading down south.

I hadn’t ever been to the South London Gallery before, but I really loved the space.

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I was there to see Under The Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today. I really loved the pieces – a diverse mixture of mediums and styles. I was also lucky enough to run into Natasha (from Graphique Fantastique) and made an appearance on her YouTube channel. Go check it out, as she’s great (and be sure to subscribe!)

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The show is on until the 4th of September, and is free – I definitely recommend you check it out!

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Have you been to any must-see exhibitions recently? Be sure to comment belowor let me know on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram!

At the Movies

I’ve been feeling fairly drained the past couple of weeks – work has been really busy, and with all of the horrible news at the moment I’ve been trying to steer clear of the internet, and social media in general! That will all be changing though, as from this weekend I’ll officially be on holiday – hurrah!

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Working a full-time job, as well as attending blogger events most evenings can really take it out of you. I’ve been trying to unwind a little more, and clear my head, which is why I was super excited that HMV got in touch and sent me over a little pamper pack – it was just what I needed.

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A quiet night in with cocktails, a face mask and The Breakfast Club really hit the spot!

I also managed to score tickets to the UK premiere of The Neon Demon, the latest film from Nicolas Winding Refn (Director of Drive and Only God Forgives).

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If you’ve seen any of his films before, you’ll know that they are very atmospheric – and stunningly shot. Every scene was so beautiful, and despite mixed reviews I loved the film, especially as it focused a lot more on female relationships compared to his previous work.

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I’ve never been to a film premiere before, and it was really interesting to hear from Winding Refn directly about the film – and Elle Fanning’s dress was amazing, too. It was also my first time at Picturehouse Central, which is a whole lot nicer than the Odeon in Leicester Square (although my favourite cinema is still the Prince Charles!)

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Have you seen any good movies recently? What’s your favourite? Be sure to comment belowor let me know on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram!

FujiFilm X70 Camera

When I first started blogging, I would lug my massive DSLR to events. It would be really annoying, because it was doing some serious damage to my handbags – and as a food blogger, a larger camera would be really intrusive, especially at restaurants.

So I invested in the Sony RX100 II, and it was one of the best things I did for my blog – it’s compact, but with all the features I loved in an DSLR, as well as WiFi, and loads of other features, too.

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When the folks at John Lewis asked if I’d like to check out the FujiFilm XA2, I couldn’t resist – I’d heard some amazing things from friends, and was really tempted by many of the features.

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For its compact size, the X70 is a powerful camera – it’s simple to use, and the picture quality is incredible. I’ve enjoyed using for food blogging, especially – close up shots of dishes work really well with this camera.

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Some people might find the lack of viewfinder to be a drawback, but I quite like the large touchscreen, which gives you a lot more detail.

I also love the WiFi capability, which makes sending shots to Instagram so easy – it’s all controlled through the FujiFilm app, and is a lot more user-friendly than my Sony in that respect. Perfect for food blogging on the go!

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My favourite type of photo to take with the X70 is a selfie. The touch screen flips over, so you can see exactly what you’re taking, which makes it also perfect for vlogging (if I ever take the plunge, that is!)

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The quality is so great, and there’s no more guesswork involved – meaning that there will probably be a lot more photos of me in my posts moving forward (sorry guys).

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All in all, I am super thrilled with it, and haven’t found fault with it so far, with the exception of cases – I am way too accident-prone to trust myself with such a beautiful camera without it in a case, and they are all fairly pricey.

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Other than that, I adore it, and would definitely recommend it as an alternative to a fullsized DSLR, especially for food blogging.

Have you tried the X70? What are your thoughts? Be sure to comment belowor let me know on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram!