Sunday, 2 July 2017


Sunday 2nd July 2017

Okay, so it's been about 5 months since my last blog post. It's been a really busy year for me, 2017 has thrown so many challenges my way and I've charged back at them with courage and confidence. I can't wait to see what the rest of the year brings!

I've been wondering what to do for a blog post and as I sat in bed reading (CR: Cogheart by Peter Dunzil), I realised I could do a post on all the new lipstick I own. I've always loved lipstick but I've never found a brand I really like wearing, or one that's worth wearing. Following advice from one of my friends I took to MAC to see if they're really as good as everyone says they are. Let me tell you; yes they are. At £16.50 per lipstick, you can't go wrong; over the last 3 months I've gone from having none to 8, and I've still got over 60 shades in my favourites on my MAC account. 

Okay, so here they are:

Créme In Your CoffeeCreamy mid-tone pink brown (Cremesheen).

I wore this last night and it's darker than the one I usually wear (Velvet Teddy) but I still think it could be appropriate and professional enough to wear for work. I don't usually like shiny lipstick, but I couldn't resist this colour!

DivaIntense reddish-burgundy (Matte).

This is really similar to Studded Kiss and quite a bold colour. I think it's perfect for autumn and winter, but maybe it's too dark for a summer's eve.

FauxMuted mauve-pink (Satin). 

I bought this because I didn't own a pink lipstick. Before I bought this I used to wear browns and nudes, but change isn't always a bad thing and I really like how this colour looks. I sometimes wear this to work and it gives me a bit of glamour!

Ruby Woo, Very matte vivid blue-red (Matte).

A girl can never go wrong with a red lipstick. I absolutely adore this colour, and if I could I would wear it every day. It goes with every outfit I own and I feel bold and fierce whenever I wear it!

Studded Kiss, Dark oxblood red (Matte).

I got this one before I bought Diva and I like the similarity between the two. This one is more red whereas Diva is more burgundy. Still, it's definitely an autumn/winter colour and I've got some brilliant outfits ready for September 1st to rock with this shade!

Velvet Teddy, Deep-tone beige (Matte).

The perfect every day shade. You cannot go wrong this this colour as it is so natural and goes with everything. Sometimes I can't even tell I'm wearing it, but it just gives my lips that little bit of colour.

Verve, Muted brownish-plum (Satin).

I wasn't too sure about this colour at first. I really like plum colour lipstick but I wasn't sure how well it would go with brown, however I really like it and I like the satin look.

Whirl, Dirty Rose (Matte).

Really similar to Verve but perfect for those who prefer matte finishes. It's also similar to Crème in Your Coffee as it's bold enough for a night out but you could also wear it for work if you fancy something a little bit different. 

I can't wait to keep adding to my MAC collection. I've tried lots of brands of lipstick and I've never found anything that compares to MAC. They last for hours, and the range of colours is fantastic. I'll always recommend MAC lipstick, and also remember it's always worth going to any MAC counter and talking to one of their experts - I've never had a bad experience at a MAC counter!

Do you have a favourite colour? Let me know!

Zj x

Sunday, 12 February 2017

London Adventures

Sunday 12th February

This blog post is all about London or, more specifically, the best places to go in London. Too often I've seen people go to London and only visit the typical tourist places, however, there are lots of other places that are well worth a visit. This isn't to say that the tourist places aren't good fun or interesting to visit (I've included them in this list), but if you're stuck for places to go, then there are plenty of places on this list just waiting for you!

Notting Hill

Portobello Road Market, Notting Hill. 

Nearest tube station: Notting Hill Gate.
A street market in Portobello Road, full of antiques, jewellery, books, and much more. 


Evans and Peel Detective Agency, Kensington. 
Nearest tube station: Earl’s Court.
Check it out for yourselves: Quirky restaurant in Kensington with the theme of solving cases. Put on your deerstalker and enter the Detective Agency. 

Natural History Musuem, Cromwell Road. 
Nearest tube station: South Kensington
Home to dinosaurs, mammals, fossils, and human biology, this museum set in an impressive building is well worth a visit.

Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road. 
Nearest tube station: South Kensington
The Victoria and Albert Museum, opened in 1857, is the world's largest museum of decorative arts and design, housing a permanent collection of over 4.5 million objects.

Science Musuem, Exhibition Road.
Nearest tube station: South Kensington
Release your inner science geek by visiting this wonderful museum. Full of interesting objects and interactive games, you won't be disappointed by this. 

Hyde Park, Kensington.
Nearest tube station: Hyde Park Corner, Knightsbridge, or Marble Arch. 
A beautiful park that includes the Princess Diana memorial. It is used throughout the year for concerts, and during the winter it is home to Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, which is well worth a visit. 


Westminster Abbey, Westminster.
Nearest tube station: Westminster.

It is one of the United Kingdom's most notable religious buildings and the traditional place of coronation and burial site for English and, later, British monarchs. There are also many famous people who are buried there: Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Charles Dickens, and Geoffrey Chaucer.

Banqueting House, Whitehall. 
Nearest tube stations: Westminster and Embankment.
The Banqueting House, Whitehall, is the grandest and best known survivor of the architectural genre of banqueting house and the only remaining component of the Palace of Whitehall, which was the creation of Henry VIII.
Admission prices from £4.50 - £6.00

Buckingham Palace, The Mall.
Nearest tube station: St James' Park.
The home to Queen Elizabeth II, the Queen of England. Open for visits, and there is St James' park next to the Palace.
Admission prices from £13-£23.

(Other places to visit around Westminster and Southbank - Big Ben, Wellington Arch, and the London Eye). 


Daunt Books, Marylebone. 
Nearest tube station: Baker Street.
An Edwardian bookshop that sells mostly travel books, but also has sections for general literature. 

Sherlock Holmes Museum, Baker Street. 
Nearest tube station: Baker Street.
Why not visit the actual 221B Baker Street? I mean, you can visit the one from the BBC series (Speedy's Sandwich bar can be located N Gower Street, close to Euston Square Station). 
Admission price from £10 - £15.

Madame Tussauds, Marylebone. 
Nearest tube station: Baker Street.
Want to get up close and personal with your favourite actors, singers, and characters? Madame Tussauds is a must when you're in London.
Admission prices from £29. 


Camden town, market, and lock, Camden. 
Nearest tube station: Camden.
Over 1000 shops and stalls selling fashion, music, art and food next to Camden Lock.

Primrose Hill, Regent's Park.
Nearest tube station: Camden Town.
Take a walk through Regent's Park and head to Primrose Hill. The view of London from the top of the hill is spectacular.

Primrose Bakery, Primrose Hill. 
Nearest tube station: Camden Town.
My favourite bakery in London. There are two more (Covent Garden and Kensington), but this is my favourite one. They offer different cupcakes depending on the day, and the staff are really lovely and friendly. And it's only a short walk by the canal to get to Camden Lock.

The School of Life, St King’s Cross. 

Nearest tube station: Russell Square Station.
The School of Life is both a You Tube channel and a real-life school (for adults) devoted to emotional education. Take yourself to a class and learn all about developing emotional intelligence.

City of London

Two Temple Place, Embankment. 
Nearest tube station, Blackfriars. 
On 28 October 2011, Two Temple Place opened as a public gallery. 

Bea’s of Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury.
Nearest tube station: St Paul's.
The perfect place for afternoon tea in the City.

St Paul’s Cathedral, St Paul’s. 
Nearest tube station: St Paul’s.
One of the most iconic buildings in London and well worth a visit. Admission prices from £8-18.

One New Change Roof Terrace, St Paul’s. 

Nearest tube station is St Paul’s. 
One New Change is a shopping centre with a roof terrace that gives you a glorious, personal view of St Paul's and across the river to the London Eye.

Tower Bridge Exhibition, Tower Bridge. 
Nearest tube station: Monument.
This glass walkway over Tower Bridge gives you a view of the bridge below as well as the city on either side of the bridge. The ticket price also covers a trip to the Victorian Engine Rooms. 

Sky Garden, Sky Garden Walk. 
Nearest tube station: Monument.
It's free to go to the Sky Garden but it's also worth booking in advance. Located in the 'Walkie Talkie' building, it's a great place to sit, drink, eat, and chat. 

St-Dunstan-In-The-East, Dunstan Hill. 

Nearest tube stations: Monument and Tower Hill.
The Church of St Dunstan was originally built around 1100 and is a Grade I listed building. 

Jack the Ripper Musuem, Cable Street. 
Nearest tube station: Tower Hill.
This museum has an in depth examination of the case of the mysterious Jack the Ripper and his victims. Admission prices from £10.


Columbia Road Flower Market, Bethnal Green. 
Nearest tube stations: Hoxton and Shoreditch High Street.
A street full of stalls selling flowers - what more could you want if you're green fingered and one with nature? If you go near the end of the day, sellers usually have discounts on their flowers! 

Dennis Severs House, Folgate Street. 
Nearest tube station: Shoreditch High Street.
The House is both a breathtaking and an intimate portrait of the lives of a family of Huguenot silk-weavers from 1724 to the dawn of the 20th Century.
Admission prices from £15.

Geffrye Musuem, Shoreditch. 
Nearest tube station: Hoxton.
Collections comprise furniture, textiles, paintings and objects displayed in a series of period rooms from 1600 to the present day.


The Prospect of Whitby, St Katherine’s and Wapping. 
Nearest tube stations: Wapping & Shadwell. 
Oldest riverside pub dating back to 1520. A notorious haunt for smugglers, pirates, and thieves. The pub is near to where Execution Dock used to be (Wapping Old Stairs). A replica hangman's noose was placed outside the pub in honour of "Hanging" Judge Jeffreys. 


The Fan Museum, Greenwich. 
Nearest tube station: Cutty Sark (DLR)
A museum celebrating the art of fan making as well as it's history. There is also an orangery that offers delightful afternoon tea.

Queen’s House, Greenwich. 
Nearest tube station, Cutty Sark (DLR)
Queen's House is a former royal residence built between 1616–1635 in Greenwich, then a few miles down-river from London and now a district of the city.

National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. 
Nearest tube station: Cutty Sark (DLR). 
The largest maritime museum in the world.


Horniman’s Museum and Gardens, Forest Hill. 
Nearest tube station: Forest Hill.
This museum specialises in anthropology, natural history and musical instruments. There's also an aquarium and gardens for you to visit. 

Crystal Palace Park, Crystal Palace. 

Nearest tube station: Crystal Palace.
Crystal Palace Park is a Victorian pleasure ground, used for cultural and sporting events.
Don’t forget to look out for the dinosaurs!

Outskirts of London:

Chiswick House, Chiswick. 
Nearest station: Chiswick.
Chiswick House is a Palladian villa in Burlington Lane, Chiswick, west London. Arguably the finest remaining example of Neo-Palladian architecture in London, the house was designed by Lord Burlington, and completed in 1729. Admission prices from £4 - £17.40 (family tickets available)

Petersham Nurseries, Richmond. 

Nearest tube station: Richmond.
A glasshouse restaurant and nursery of plants.

Hampton Court Palace, Hampton. 

Nearest tube station: Hampton Court.
A royal palace in Hampton. Admission price from £9.10

Strawberry Hill House, Twickenham. 
Nearest tube station is Strawberry Hill.
Strawberry Hill House is the Gothic Revival villa that was built in Twickenham, London by Horace Walpole from 1749. 
Admission prices from £5.40 - £13.50. 

Syon Park and House, Brentford.
Nearest station: Isleworth
Syon House, and its 200-acre park, Syon Park, is in west London, historically within the parish of Isleworth, in the county of Middlesex. It belongs to the Duke of Northumberland and is now his family's London residence

Painshill Park, Cobham.
(No nearest station).
18th-century landscaped garden with follies, grottoes, waterwheel and vineyard, plus tearoom. Admisson prices from £4.50 - £27 (family tickets available).

Morden Hall Park, Morden. 
Nearest tube station: Morden.
Morden Hall Park is a National Trust park located on the banks of the River Wandle in Morden, south London. It covers over 50 hundred arces of parkland with the River Wandle meandering through it spanned by numerous foot bridges.

Darwin Down House, Orpington. 
Nearest station: Orpington.
Down House is the former home of the English naturalist Charles Darwin and his family. It was in this house and garden that Darwin worked on his theories of evolution by natural selection which he had conceived in London before moving to Down. Admission prices from: £6.70 - £28.90 (family tickets available).

(All photos on this blog post were found on Google images). 

Any other places you can think of that aren't on this list?
Let me know in the comments!