Life Lately | 27th April 2017

Hello blog world! Life lately has been moving pretty fast and I can’t believe that we’re already rolling in to May! The last life update I did was all about wedding planning and whilst that is still very much the case, I have been doing a few other exciting things I thought I’d share with you.

Wedding: Wedding planning is definitely in full swing – 3.5 months until the special day and I can’t wait. All of the invitations are sent and we’re on to picking out the food, cake, and decorations (the fun stuff!) I am going to do a full on post about our wedding invitations and save the dates after the wedding, but below is a little sneak peek of how they turned out 🙂

Dining Out: I have been out to eat at some amazing restaurants the last month, including Bōkan, the new sky-high restaurant, bar and terrace in Canary Wharf with stunning views across London, Chakra, an intimate Indian restaurant in Kensington with beautifully presented dishes and Vinoteca – my go to wine-bar/restaurant with various locations across London.

Dining In: I have been trying to cook a little bit more at home the last few weeks. I have been craving all the salmon lately and earlier this week I cooked a delicious soy-glazed salmon that is super easy to make. Recipe here!

Drinking: The Vallechiusa 2015 wine from Tuscany is the best wine I have had in a really long time. You can find it at Enoteca Pomaio, a fabulous Tuscan restaurant in the heart of Brick Lane. This wine is made on the owner’s vineyard back in Tuscany and you can only find it at this restaurant in London- well worth the trip to Brick Lane. You can take a few bottles home for £22 a pop. #Bargain

Exhibiting: Over Easter, Ciaran and I visited the Hockney exhibit at the Tate Britain and I thought it was brilliant. I love his vivid artwork and it was really interesting to see how his style evolved over the decades. If you haven’t seen it yet, I can’t recommend it enough. It’s on until the end of May and you can buy your tickets ahead of time here.

Wearing: I’ve got a thing for yellow this season and I am obsessed with this darling yellow top I bought from Zara a few weeks ago! It’s light weight, bright and the perfect addition to your summer wardrobe.

Watching: We have been binge watching a lot of different shows lately. There have been a few Bank Holidays Weekends and I can’t even tell you how awesome it’s been to lounge in my PJ’s, watch a few new shows and just chill out. We just finished The Thirteen Reasons Why on Netflix. I wouldn’t say it was an enjoyable show to watch by any means, but it was a really deep and emotional show that delves into a lot of important issues that I don’t think are talked about enough. I found it really gripping and highly recommend watching it. Some other light hearted shows we’ve been watching are The Mick, Empire, Master Chef Junior and Last Man on Earth all on Fox, Girl Boss on Netflix and Top Chef on Bravo (my personal favourite).

Listening: A lot of jazz and trying to decide on our wedding song. I have been listening to a lot of Spotify’s “First Dance” playlists that have a lot of classics that I love. One of my favourite playlists is below:

Loving: Last weekend, we attended our best friend’s wedding in Surrey and it was absolutely beautiful. It was such a special day and couldn’t have been more perfect for them. It was amazing to see two of our best friends get married and heartwarming to see how happy they both are. I loved celebrating with them both. Congratulations to Ollie and Gracie!

Expating: We are super busy getting ready to renew my Visa, which is a little bit stressful. It’s a lot of hard work getting all of the paperwork and documents together for it. It is crazy to think we were going through this process almost three years ago and we’re back at it again already. I am planning to do a post about the Visa Process after the wedding, as its quite complicated and a really process. If you’re going through the process now and have any questions at all – feel free to drop me a line and I’ll do my best to answer your questions. Another resource I have found extremely helpful is the Expatforum.com. We have had SO many questions answered on there  and it has been an invaluable resource for us.

Recommending: There are so many awesome events coming up in London, but one that I would recommend booking right now would be VINTwind’s “This is English” four-course wine-led dining experience in Stepney City Farm. English Wine Week is coming up at the end of May and it’s always hugely celebrated each year! English wine has come such a long way over the past ten years and there are some remarkable, award-winning, home-grown wines that should be celebrated!

You may remember when I went to Neil Deacon’s Champanois event with my sister at the beginning of March, which was fantastic. If you love great wine, lovely food and meeting new people – go ahead and book a seat to this special dinner. The food is inspired by the different wines served throughout the night when it’s normally the other way around.

On the evening, you will try four glasses of English wine, both still and sparkling alongside four expertly designed dishes and you’ll get to chat with Neil, as little or as much as you’d like about the wines. These events are perfect for wine lovers of any level and are really laid back. It’s the perfect, unpretentious intro to wine.  I met some really lovely people at the last event I went to and we had a blast. You can read more and pick up tickets to the next one here coming up on the 27th May. It’s the ideal way to celebrate English Wine Week!

Wishing you all a great rest of the week! x