BARGAIN OF THE MONTH: FUJIFILM INSTAX MINI 7
One rainy lunch break, I decided to hit up the charity shops on Goodge Street. Much to my disappointment, I couldn't find anything worth buying, until I checked the glass cabinet at the till... there it was, this cute lil Instax. I was fortunate that the staff member had some batteries and even more fortunate that it fully functioned! At £6.99, it had to be mine. I'm going to pick up some film very soon; *touch wood* it shoots well!
GOING CRAY FOR BOUCLE
After having very little luck in the most recent wave of (seemingly never-ending) summer sales, I decided to try my luck at nabbing a sweet deal in the further reductions. Well, my luck was once again in – I scored not one, but two, L.K. Bennett boucle jackets. This semi-plaid one and a baby blue and cream one – I had been admiring them for months. Such classic and chic additions to my wardrobe; I'm very pleased.
I SCREAM... YOU SCREAM...
Well, yes, technically it's gelato, but I don't know a good rhyme for that. It has come to be a custom that if it's sunny while I'm Cambridge, I must visit Jack's. All the gelato is made in house with natural ingredients and subtle yet full daily-changing flavours (yes, that's oxymoronic but it is the case) think Rose and Cardamom, Honeycomb and Mint Stracciatella. Delicious.
THE ULTIMATE CAMBRIDGIAN PASTIME
A group of us hired a punt from Scudamore's for a (rather difficult) self-punt trip towards to Granchester. We didn't quite make it there, but it made for a fun and relaxing trip - despite the uber keen canoe-goers and kayakers. C'mon, it's summer. Relax!
THE PENNY DROP LONDON
One morning in early July, something compelled me to tweak my route to the office and I am so thankful that I did. TPD is tucked away on the corner of Tottenham St. – it's the sister coffee shop of its Australian counter-part, whose name (because I'm sure you're wondering) is derived from it being situated below the Australian tax office. Neat! Great coffee, cool vibe and lovely staff. Wonderful.
COURIER AND THE ESCAPIST; MAGS OF THE MONTH
One afternoon, on my way to deliver documents, I discovered how close the famed Wardour News was to my office. The following lunchtime, I donned my umbrella on a mission to pick up something interesting form magazine heaven. It did not disappoint. A new discovery, Courier, which covers modern businesses/start ups has inspired me to consider my business idea a bit more seriously and dedicate more time to it. Commute reading is sorted.
WCAN'S SUMMER PARTY
Hosted at the gorgeous Sanderson on Berners Street, which is super conveniently about a minute's walk (or about five minutes in my stilettos), I attended a social gathering for like-minded intellectual, focussed, wonderful Black and Afro-Caribbean women who work in the City. I met many inspiring women over drinks in the beautiful courtyard. It was my first WCAN event and definitely not my last.
TOMBO POKÉ & MATCHA BAR
At the time of writing, Tombo, Fitzrovia, (their other branches are in Soho and S. Kensington) has only been open for a few days, but it's already a firm favourite of mine. A rival to nearby Ahi Poké, Tombo offers oh-so-trendy poké bowls (rice salad bowls with raw fish or steamed chicken) but has a second, more unique, offering: Matcha. You can purchase drinks, cakes, ice cream, tea and even doughnuts that all feature the delightfully green, and apparently very healthy, powder. Perfect for summer, I'm curious how it'll fare throughout Autumn and Winter. But for now, it's poké season and I'm poké-ing it up!
COLEVILLE PLACE, FITZROVIA
My favourite little street in W1. Every lunchtime (when it's not raining) I walk through this tiny mew to get to a little benched park/garden area, where I eat my lunch. It's a nice escape from nearby Charlotte and Goodge Street.