The exploration of London continues, now that it’s been a year that I’ve moved here. A year already! This one time, I headed down to Hackney with my friend Didrik for a lecture at The Last Tuesday Society. We ended up going for dinner at a Brazilian restaurant I didn’t know and is now one of my favourites. It’s called Raizes, it’s located in Hackney Road and worth a visit for feijoada and rodizio. After dinner I realised there was a lot of graffiti in the area, a lot of it cat related. Heaven!
One of the things I finally managed to do this month was to finally go and see the Savage Beauty exhibition, showcasing the genius and talent that was Alexander McQueen. There are no words to describe it, after all, that is the purpose of going there and seeing it for yourself. Although I don’t like every single of his collections, there are some that are absolutely breathtaking. His vision was precise and peculiar, his inspirations varied but translated into his own personal voice. Again, this is another reminder that looking at Fashion and clothes from a mere utilitarian perspective is a fairly limited way of seeing it. These are clothes that are not there to be worn but admired as pieces of art. The exhibition closes its doors at the end of July (the 2nd of August to be more precise) so it might be a little bit late to urge everyone to go there but let me end this by stating that once again (the David Bowie exhibition was another good example of this) the V&A did an excellent job. Bravo!
What else have I been up to? Quite a bit as you may have noticed if you follow me on Instagram or Twitter… Find a few more varied nuggets after the jump!
You may remember that I am part of the Access All ASOS blogger programme. Lately it’s been a bit quiet on that front for me but there was something that I knew I had to be part of – the Secret Santa! Basically they gave us a discount code and sent us the details for one of our fellow bloggers, so we could send them a little treat. I didn’t know the blogger I was given, but I hope she liked the little treats I picked for her.
As for my own… well: these are the amazing goodies I got – from someone who realised how much I love cats! It was a lovely surprise and it brought a few smiles to my face. Thank you ASOS and my lovely Secret Santa!
Pepper. Aaah pepper. I love pepper, it is one of those things that I always have in my cupboard at home, as it can literally spice up any old boring food. I put it on everything from salads, to soups and tomato juice. And of course, nothing beats freshly ground pepper, right?
Why am I talking about all of this? Because Ozeri has kindly sent me the Savore Soft Touch Electric Pepper Mill and Grinder for a review. So here it goes:
Pros: Its shape is ergonomic and has a non slip texture to it, that will avoid ruining it by dropping it in your soup or stew.
It also comes in a good decent size without being too bulky, which is ideal if you don’t have a lot of storage in your kitchen.
Has two grinding options fine and coarse, which you can use as required, depending on what dish you are seasoning.
I like the fact that I can easily grind my spices without much effort – due to the amount of computer usage I have hand pain frequently and strain is always best avoided.
The design looks elegant and it wouldn’t look bad if you put it on the table, unlike the manual pepper mills you get from the supermarket.
Cons: requires 6 AA batteries. That’s quite a lot of batteries. However, as the appliance is small they might last for a while. I’ll have to see how long they last.
Have you tried any electric pepper mill before?
As some of you may remember, I’ve been trying to change my lifestyle for some time, which culminated with acquiring a pair of running shoes a while ago. (Shocking, I know!) I have gone running a few times but noticed that some of the clothes I have been wearing wasn’t particularly adequate or that comfortable to do sports in. As I’ve never been very sporty, I never really bothered to look too much into it, besides a few pairs of seamless socks and the trainers. Recently I discovered the real need for a sports bra, because boobage. Yeah, I suppose that running while holding your boobs in place is not a good look, not to mention practical.
This is where SportsShoes.com come in. I was offered £90 credit to try the service and the prices on it are so good, I got myself a full kit: socks, compression leggings, gloves, sports bra, shorts and a long sleeve top, all from Nike. I have shown this to a few people that take running a lot more seriously and they agreed the promotions on the site are good and worth checking.
So, now that I have the full kit there really is no excuse to not go running. The garments are so comfortable, I might start wearing them on other occasions too – maybe when I decide to go all health goth!
Not that I would want to turn this into a fitness or dieting blog but the fact is that I’m not happy with my body and the way it’s been functioning. When I lived in Lisbon 3 and a half years ago I walked everywhere. Walking was not only necessary to get to places but also a pleasure. I lived in a very central area so walking around was something I did often, to meet with friends, go shopping, etc. I also walked home from the office every day, and that equated to at least 2 miles. I also went dancing almost every weekend, which can be a workout in itself. I ate well and didn’t really have to deprive myself of anything.
Then I moved to England. I was told by a few friends that I would most likely gain weight and at the time I didn’t believe them. Nonsense! I thought. Well, turns out that they were right. Not only I gained weight (about 1 stone of it) but most importantly I lost any semblance of fitness I had and trust me, it wasn’t a lot. I don’t think my diet has changed all that much – chips and chocolates are everywhere in this country but I rarely touch them as I’m not that fussed. What changed was that I stopped walking.
I live in a small rural town and to be honest, there isn’t much to see. By the time I leave work at 5 the only places that are open are the pubs, the 24 hour supermarket and not much else. There are nice countryside trails to explore but to do it you have to drive there. As you know, I don’t own a car and I wouldn’t do it on my own or after dark anyway. So as you see, not a lot of places to walk around (not to mention that the cold here is a real bitch during most of the year!). Walking was once an enjoyable experience and now it’s just boring.
So I am now trying to lose weight (don’t tell me that I am not fat, I know I am not, I just want to lose what I gained and feel myself again) and get back into feeling fitter and more energetic. I don’t appreciate that when I finally spend a day walking somewhere, all I want to do is fall asleep and it takes me a day to recover.
Recently I felt so much stress I felt like running to release it but decided against it due to not having the proper footwear (unbelievable, right?). You see, I had a bad experience running with the wrong shoes a few years ago – my knees were hurting for 2 weeks and that’s not good as once the knees go you’re screwed for the rest of your life. It was a real shame as going out running along the river with Caroline was extremely enjoyable!
Last week I decided to not buy another pair of heels and invest in a decent pair of running shoes. I went to the local Sports Direct shop (one of the few shops that stays open after 5) and bought myself these Adidas Kanadia babies. I love them and I’m going to try running once again. Wish me luck!