Saturday, 27 August 2016

Shopping for Back To School or Back to Work - Freeport Braintree is the place to be

Now I am far from going back to school, my Chartered Marketing Course last year nearly killed me but as I have been asked by some of you lovely lot I have partnered with Freeport Braintree to show you what to get to go back to school, refresh your wardrobe for work or update your blogger office.
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I fell in love with Freeport Braintree in March last year and you can read all about it on another blog post her Freeport Braintree: Discounts, Yes Please... But basically it is a designer outlet village in Essex which is only an hour away from London. Freeport Braintree is full of bargains with over 85 stores to hunt in and they have everything for any occasion especially if you are heading back to school or updating your work wardrobe with clothing, backpacks, stationary and more! So I have compiled my favourite picks below and I have also created a VLOG of my day and haul. 

Clarks
Clarks is a must for any back to school shopping trip and oh my how the shoes have changed and I may have to even say on trend I wanted to buy some of the brogues but they just didn’t suit my skinny little feet.

M&S
M&S is another one that has a bit of everything and the deals are incredible with clothing and accessories for work and back to school 70% off even if you don’t usually pop in, it definitely deserves a drop in at Freeport Braintree.

The Works
I didn’t visit this store last time and I have no idea why!!! Books and stationary galore oh and if you are a budding artist there are loads of discounted products and  getting into the spirt of GBBO there are loads of Great British Bake Off cookery books – ready for tonight.

Kurt Geiger
If you are a Kurt Geiger addict get yourself here now the prices are ridiculously cheap and there are so many perfect shoes for school and work for over 50% off £35, yes please!

Samsonite
Not only is there a crazy large range of backpacks, Adam broke my weekend luggage and the ones from Samsonite are just so pretty. If you are looking for ultra-cheap though this is not the shop for you as they still quite pricey even with a hefty discount.

Chapelle
So you don’t need loads of jewellery but I do think it’s essential to have a pretty watch and it’s good for time keeping obviously. If I had to choose I would go for a Radley beauty!

Radley
Speaking of Radley did you know they did stationary?! I didn’t and I was pleasantly surprised with how beautiful the diaries and notebooks were you can also get umbrellas for only £10 reduced from £22 and new season backpacks.

French Connection
Now I am not a fan of French Connection, well I was until they raised their prices and the sales became rubbish with a measly 10% off the price tag BUT here at Freeport it’s like the old French Connection is back with a bang with dresses at £35 and stunning smart clothing that would be perfect for work or 6th form.

So they are just a few of my favourites but there is lots more featured on my VLOG:
The fact Freeport Braintree is a lovely relaxed atmosphere that’s outside you can literally spend the whole day here and meander through the streets it what sells it for me and of course the crazy prices – I will be back!!

As you will be there for the entire day make sure you pop to Pizza Express for lunch I had the most delicious meal of dough balls (gluten free ones available now) the leggera pandana pizza and from there summer menu a passionfruit lemonade which was delicious.
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This post is in collaboration with Freeport Braintree but all thoughts and love of shopping is all me
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Thursday, 25 August 2016

7 Frustrations When you don't own a car

With a house move on the horizon, one of the most exciting aspects of moving a little out of London is the fact I might be able to finally get a car! Maybe a Fiat 500 or a Peugeot 108 or a Ferrari, who knows or maybe I will be so poor that I can barely afford a train ticket. This impending move has got me thinking about the frustrations of not having easy access to a car and the fact I physically can’t justify getting a car living in London because ‘I just want to pop to Sainsbury’s’ is not a good sales technique to Bae. So here is a little rant of my top 7 frustrations and how you can solve them:

1.     Popping out takes over an hour
If you want to see a friend who is a 10 minute car ride it ends up taking over an hour because A. Southern Trains in one word are crap and getting anywhere in London even down the road takes an hour. I literally do not understand the maths.
2.     Family
Now you probably know my immediate family live in America but I barely get to see my grandparents' or Adams parents and this is because time is always an issue. Sometimes you find out you have a free Sunday but you can’t just pop to Bournemouth for Sunday roast as it would take half the day but with a car I could just jump in and go.
3.     Cost
The cost of the trains is getting ridiculous and the time. It is true time is money and if so I am owed £123234234! Yes a car may initially cost money and yes it may be busy on some routes but with the school holidays at the moment it would be such a breeze.
4.     Shopping
Do you ever go to Sainsbury’s buy way more than fits into two bags because one Chocolate bar turns into a mini sweet shop, then realise how on earth do I get home, I only have two hands?! Even a simple trip to the vets is a logistical nightmare without a car.
5.     Uber
I admit Uber USED to be my best friend but I got too cocky it had saved my credit card oh wait I mean Adams credit card and the bill at the end of the month from Adam was getting ridiculous!
6.     Parking
In London there is no parking so even if I had a car I am not sure where I would even put it, even with a permit I may have to park an hour away especially as loads of commuters park down all of our roads.
7.     Friends with Cars
Now this is the most frustrating point... when all of your friends have cars and they are sitting in their driveway for most of the time and will they give you a lift so you can get your shopping NO!

There is a solution though and you don’t need to hire a random car, you can utilise that annoying friend who is living the car dream as Cuvva is an hourly car insurance app with over 30,000 users reaping the benefits. Cuvva even links up with Facebook to see which of your friends cars are available so its super user friendly and takes about 10 seconds to get an on-demand car from a friend down the road and be driving to the supermarket or to your grandparents' in no time. Don’t worry, your friends can ask for a few pennies in exchange if they wish.
  
Have you used Cuvva yet? Save £5 the first time you get Cuvva’d with the code Time2Gossip1

This post is in collaboration with Cuvva but my frustrations with not having a car are all too real.
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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Mini Mexican

Hola mis amigos! I have a tasty blog post for you today, I swear my blog and social media feeds are just focused on food at the moment but as its one of my favourite things, I don’t care.

So you may already know my love for Mexican food and Old El Paso to assist making tasty yet easy to make Mexican recipes, you can see my Cino de Mayo feast. Anyway last week Old El Paso launched a brand new product and it’s a mini version of the tasty Stand‘N’ Stuff tortillas and a whole-wheat version of the larger ones. To launch them in style Old El Paso set up a mini cantina, pop-up restaurant on Southbank so you may have spotted a bright yellow and pink hut.
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When I arrived I had not seen the advert yet so was not sure what to expect and it was so cute, when we walked in I was greeted by mini Danny Trejo (the advert which had me in hysterics BTW is all about Danny Trejo and his mini me.) Inside the hut was an Instagram dream in all bright colours and all the furniture was small keeping in with the mini theme including the staff, who were adorable telling us their back stories of how they were 92 with loads of kids which was a bit of a giggle.
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We drank non-alcoholic cocktails and of course ate miniStand ‘N’ Stuff tortillas which are just as tasty as the original with Old El Paso Guacamole, Sour Cream and Salsa and topped it with cheese from a mini cheese grater with chicken and beef - these were super tasty and having mini ones are great there is no mess and I am already thinking these would be such fun bite-sized canapés or for kids to make themselves as you can make a few different ones with new flavours.
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After the truly tasty meal we ventured outside to listen to the mini mariachi band and dance around with Mexican inspired props for some fun Instagram pics and a good old boomerang.
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This post is in collaboration with Old El Paso but all opinions and love of Mexican food is all ME.
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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Restaurant Review: Brother Marcus, Balham

Calling all London foodies, I have a tasty place for you today and it is so close to where I live so it comes with an added bonus, for me anyway. Say HELLO to Brother Marcus the new brunch place to rival Milk in Balham. Milk has stolen my poached egg heart for the past 12 months BUT now Brother Marcus has landed I may not bother with the 20 minute queue. Although don’t be fooled Brother Marcus is just as popular with people streaming in and out the door all the time.

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If we take it back a notch the story behind Brother Marcus is quite inspiring for a dreamer entrepreneur like me. The concept was born from three school friends: Alex Large, Arthur Campbell and Tasos Gaitanos looking to bring good quality ingredients and fabulous coffee to you lovely lot. From getting the keys to their new abode they opened three days later (not sure how this is possible). They were also on a limited budget to turn the venue around and actually made quite a lot of everything you see inside – it is my dream to build a successful business and it’s great to see you don’t need £13434534 and years to get it done right!

As you enter the space there is a relaxed atmosphere with a quirky school vibe with plants gracing every wall, along with the outside space this maybe why it is coined ‘Balham’s Garden Café’.

Coffee is truly King here at Brother Marcus with the funky logo in a coffee cup and the first things you get asked, which you can also get if you have to wait…I am pretty sure you can pop in for a takeaway one as well. As I am not so much of a coffee lover I took my friends words that is was a good cup of coffee and decided to be typically me and choose a drink with a kick of chili to it. I even think the food did but that may just be the drink lingering but it was bloody tasty. The portions were also huge which is great because some of these new hipster places try to be Michelin  star and no one wants a leaf and quails egg for brunch! I am usually a salmon kind of brunch gal but decided to venture to a fritter and my god I am glad I did, it was avo heaven and the poached egg was cooked to perfection, it will be hard for me to choose something new after this.

What I had…

To Drink: Mango, Cayenne Pepper, Apple & Ginger Smoothie

To Eat: The Step Sister: Courgette, Beets & Feta Fritter, Avocado, Spinach and a Poached Egg.

If you are an early riser or stayed out a little too late the night before, it’s okay because Brother Marcus is open from 8am-3pm to cater for all your brunchin’ needs.

You can also get Marcus’ take on a Full English and the Sister Special, avo on toast with spinach, bacon and poached eggs. I was really full but I also have heard great things about the Sugar Daddy, French toast covered in berries, maple syrup & mascarpone….ooo just writing this makes me regret not trying one!

There is also some salad options sounding ultra-healthy and sandwiches if brunch ain’t your thing. You can also pop down for dinner which has a fusion theme going on with Loaded Buns such as: ‘Shroom of Doom’ A garlic and thyme Portobello Mushroom with grilled goats cheese, rocket with a honey mustard dressing topped with parmesan crisps for £8. Oh and the cocktails sounds divine. You can have access to this deliciousness from 6pm – 11pm so I will be definitely be heading back if you are still not sold there is a little eye candy as well with the waiters, so you really don’t have any excuses not to go!

Cost: All in all my brunch cost £12.50 which is a bit of bargain.
Address: 9 Chestnut Grove, SW12 8JA
Nearest Train / Tube: Balham
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