On a grey Saturday morning in July, myself and Natsumi, headed down to the Angel branch of The Breakfast Club (a chain of little yellow cafés dotted around London inspired by the film). It is tucked away on The Camden Passage, a pretty little pedestrian only street away from the hustle and bustle of Islington. Though we did have to queue a little outside, it was worth the wait - popularity at any eating place means good food. And with cheeky slogans on the café's various blackboards, we were kept entertained. 


Once inside, we were ushered on the sofa benches at the back, meaning we were sat in a great spot for people watching/watching other people's food (I know I can't be the only one that keeps an eye out for what other people have ordered?). Either way, we were sat alongside a collage wall, made in homage to the cult classic film and as a token to the laid back, family feel of the business. Given the fact we were waiting outside for a while, the service was quick and to drink we ordered a pitcher of freshly squeezed orange juice (and as it is £3.50 a glass, I would really recommend getting a pitcher). The Breakfast Club also serve special morning cocktails, which from where I was sitting, looked delicious - so next time I go (because there will be a next time) I think I'll be ordering myself one.


Brightly decorated in yellow and orange, the cafe seems to resemble a little spot of sunshine and we didn't have to wait long for our food either....

I ordered The Full Monty, which included bacon, sausage, baked beans, black pudding, home-style fried potatoes, grilled tomato, mushrooms, toasted multigrain bloomer and I chose to have my eggs poached (how do you like your eggs in the morning?). Natsumi opted for The All American Pancakes which came with sausage, streaky bacon, home-style fried potatoes, maple syrup and she chose scrambled eggs. Both of these dishes came to a tenner, and I'm thinking that this may have been the best £10 I have ever spent. For the rest of the day we still felt full from our traditional breakfasts! I definitely recommend visiting any one of their London branches, I think I will be trying out Hoxton or the newly opened one by London Bridge.


Has anyone else been to The Breakfast Club? Where's your favourite place for a spot of brunch?

Charlotte x

Saturday Brunching at The Breakfast Club in Angel

16 August 2014


On a grey Saturday morning in July, myself and Natsumi, headed down to the Angel branch of The Breakfast Club (a chain of little yellow cafés dotted around London inspired by the film). It is tucked away on The Camden Passage, a pretty little pedestrian only street away from the hustle and bustle of Islington. Though we did have to queue a little outside, it was worth the wait - popularity at any eating place means good food. And with cheeky slogans on the café's various blackboards, we were kept entertained. 


Once inside, we were ushered on the sofa benches at the back, meaning we were sat in a great spot for people watching/watching other people's food (I know I can't be the only one that keeps an eye out for what other people have ordered?). Either way, we were sat alongside a collage wall, made in homage to the cult classic film and as a token to the laid back, family feel of the business. Given the fact we were waiting outside for a while, the service was quick and to drink we ordered a pitcher of freshly squeezed orange juice (and as it is £3.50 a glass, I would really recommend getting a pitcher). The Breakfast Club also serve special morning cocktails, which from where I was sitting, looked delicious - so next time I go (because there will be a next time) I think I'll be ordering myself one.


Brightly decorated in yellow and orange, the cafe seems to resemble a little spot of sunshine and we didn't have to wait long for our food either....

I ordered The Full Monty, which included bacon, sausage, baked beans, black pudding, home-style fried potatoes, grilled tomato, mushrooms, toasted multigrain bloomer and I chose to have my eggs poached (how do you like your eggs in the morning?). Natsumi opted for The All American Pancakes which came with sausage, streaky bacon, home-style fried potatoes, maple syrup and she chose scrambled eggs. Both of these dishes came to a tenner, and I'm thinking that this may have been the best £10 I have ever spent. For the rest of the day we still felt full from our traditional breakfasts! I definitely recommend visiting any one of their London branches, I think I will be trying out Hoxton or the newly opened one by London Bridge.


Has anyone else been to The Breakfast Club? Where's your favourite place for a spot of brunch?

Charlotte x

I had been wanting to try Lush's Tea Tree Water for a while but didn't get round to buying it until late June. Since then, I have found myself reaching for this handy spray twice daily, and now I'm in need of a refill. 

Tea tree seems to have endless skin benefits as it is antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiseptic, meaning that it will keep spot-causing bacteria at bay. This particular formula also contains grapefruit and juniperberry extract, which leaves skin feeling squeaky-clean and refreshed instantly. These ingredients are also anti-inflammatory, and therefore help to reduce the appearance of redness on the skin, whether that be due to spots or a pinky complexion. Having seen a massive improvement in my skin's condition after using this product, I really would recommend it to others and say that it is worth the little buzz it's creating on the beauty blogophere. 

However, the formula isn't the only aspect of this product that is floating my boat - I also love the packaging. Having the water as a spray, means that you can directly spritz the formula onto your face, before swiping cotton wool over it to remove any remaining traces of cleanser or make-up, or just leave the water to soak in. The second method proved to be a saviour when I was away at T in the Park, and was a hit amongst my friends in the tent, since face-washing facilities are quite minimal at festivals. 

Toning is generally a step that is easy to forget about and leave out of skincare routines, but as it can help tighten pores, cleanse the face further, target blemishes and even gently exfoliate skin, toner should definitely find a place in everyone's bathroom cabinet. Having oily and spot prone skin, this has helped sweep away excess oil and reduced the appearance of my blemishes and red areas, and this is why it is currently my favourite skincare product. 

Has anyone else tried this toner? And do you think toning is worth your time? 

New Beauty Favourite: Lush's Tea Tree Water

9 August 2014


I had been wanting to try Lush's Tea Tree Water for a while but didn't get round to buying it until late June. Since then, I have found myself reaching for this handy spray twice daily, and now I'm in need of a refill. 

Tea tree seems to have endless skin benefits as it is antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiseptic, meaning that it will keep spot-causing bacteria at bay. This particular formula also contains grapefruit and juniperberry extract, which leaves skin feeling squeaky-clean and refreshed instantly. These ingredients are also anti-inflammatory, and therefore help to reduce the appearance of redness on the skin, whether that be due to spots or a pinky complexion. Having seen a massive improvement in my skin's condition after using this product, I really would recommend it to others and say that it is worth the little buzz it's creating on the beauty blogophere. 

However, the formula isn't the only aspect of this product that is floating my boat - I also love the packaging. Having the water as a spray, means that you can directly spritz the formula onto your face, before swiping cotton wool over it to remove any remaining traces of cleanser or make-up, or just leave the water to soak in. The second method proved to be a saviour when I was away at T in the Park, and was a hit amongst my friends in the tent, since face-washing facilities are quite minimal at festivals. 

Toning is generally a step that is easy to forget about and leave out of skincare routines, but as it can help tighten pores, cleanse the face further, target blemishes and even gently exfoliate skin, toner should definitely find a place in everyone's bathroom cabinet. Having oily and spot prone skin, this has helped sweep away excess oil and reduced the appearance of my blemishes and red areas, and this is why it is currently my favourite skincare product. 

Has anyone else tried this toner? And do you think toning is worth your time? 


To celebrate their 150th birthday, John Lewis have opened up a roof garden on top of their Oxford Street store. Kitted out with deck chairs, fake grass, plants and a tee-pee - all you need is good weather to make this the perfect shopping/lunch break in central London. John Lewis have collaborated with Joe and the Juice, who have opened up a pop-up store up there and are offering a selection of their usual menu. The garden and café will be open until the 31st of August, so I'd strongly recommend visiting before it closes!

I'm lucky enough to be interning really close to Oxford Circus, so a couple of weeks ago in my lunch-break, Katya (who you may recognise from my Sushisamba blog post) and I headed up the six floors for a quick sandwich and juice. Luckily, the sun was shining, which meant the garden looked extra pretty that day.

Juice: Hangover Heaven
To eat I opted for Joe's Club sandwich (made up of chicken, tomato and avocado) and Katya went for the Avocado sandwich (which was filled with avocado, mozzarella and tomato). The bread used for the sandwiches was brown, toasted and tasty - sorry for not taking a picture of it, turns out I was too hungry to stop and think about this post before gobbling it down (oops). But I did manage to take a picture of the freshly pressed juice called Hangover Heaven that both of us went for, which is a blend of apple, elderflower and mint. I really recommend this delicious blend even if you haven't been drinking the night before!

Back to the venue, along the front edge of the garden, expect lovely views of the city. It seemed like a real treat to escape the hustle and bustle of the busy shopping street below, which looked funny from that high up. It's not often that you get to see the rooftops of London, so I'd thought I'd share the rare, tranquil view on here.

Though it was a really short lunchtime visit, it was a lovely place for a bite to eat and a catch up. I'll definitely be heading back before the summer is over and the garden closes!

Has anyone else visited this roof garden? Or are there any other Joe and the Juice fans out there?

Lunch at Joe and the Juice's Summer Pop-up on Oxford Street

3 August 2014 The John Lewis Partnership, 278-306 Oxford Street, Marylebone, London W1C 1DX, UK


To celebrate their 150th birthday, John Lewis have opened up a roof garden on top of their Oxford Street store. Kitted out with deck chairs, fake grass, plants and a tee-pee - all you need is good weather to make this the perfect shopping/lunch break in central London. John Lewis have collaborated with Joe and the Juice, who have opened up a pop-up store up there and are offering a selection of their usual menu. The garden and café will be open until the 31st of August, so I'd strongly recommend visiting before it closes!

I'm lucky enough to be interning really close to Oxford Circus, so a couple of weeks ago in my lunch-break, Katya (who you may recognise from my Sushisamba blog post) and I headed up the six floors for a quick sandwich and juice. Luckily, the sun was shining, which meant the garden looked extra pretty that day.

Juice: Hangover Heaven
To eat I opted for Joe's Club sandwich (made up of chicken, tomato and avocado) and Katya went for the Avocado sandwich (which was filled with avocado, mozzarella and tomato). The bread used for the sandwiches was brown, toasted and tasty - sorry for not taking a picture of it, turns out I was too hungry to stop and think about this post before gobbling it down (oops). But I did manage to take a picture of the freshly pressed juice called Hangover Heaven that both of us went for, which is a blend of apple, elderflower and mint. I really recommend this delicious blend even if you haven't been drinking the night before!

Back to the venue, along the front edge of the garden, expect lovely views of the city. It seemed like a real treat to escape the hustle and bustle of the busy shopping street below, which looked funny from that high up. It's not often that you get to see the rooftops of London, so I'd thought I'd share the rare, tranquil view on here.

Though it was a really short lunchtime visit, it was a lovely place for a bite to eat and a catch up. I'll definitely be heading back before the summer is over and the garden closes!

Has anyone else visited this roof garden? Or are there any other Joe and the Juice fans out there?

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