Tuesday, 15 April 2014

The Anthologist, a pixie review

There's not much I love more than discovering places to go for dinner after work with my friends in London.

One of my favourites just so happens to work 4 tube stops from my work, so we really enjoy getting a spot to eat somewhere in between the City and Tottenham Court Road.
Louisa had been to another branch of The Anthologist before, but not this one in Bank.

First thing I noticed was The Anthologist's branding! The butterfly theme that is printed on the glass doors and makes the website look all pretty is a winner with me.
It's gorgeous inside too. I love the mix of plates that run across the counter where we sat.
I ordered the special of scallops (my fave), creamy mash, kale and red pepper with a balsamic dressing. It was delicious. Couldn't fault it. And even better was the fact that we could see our food being made in the kitchen area right in front of us, so there was no doubt how fresh it was.

Louisa had the superfood flatbread, which I can also say was delicious (and filling, ergo I hoovered up her leftovers).
Our gin cocktails were also amazing. And contained a lot of yummy fruit.

If you're looking for something different in London - somewhere to enjoy a reasonably priced meal in a cool, sophisticated atmosphere with good service, I couldn't recommend The Anthologist enough. The menu is so varied and the cocktails are superb, and very generous. Perfect for after work catch-ups or a good meal before hitting the bars of the City.
After dinner, we trotted over to Be At One for some more gin. Because we like gin. Isn't she pretty?

Ellie | x

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Free champagne...

A guy I've been dating on and off (mostly off) for a while... (side note, would it interest anyone to hear about my dating experiences? Extra honest and open stylee?). Anyway yes, the guy in question, G man we'll call him, he gave me some champagne. He'd been given it for free, but still. The thought was there.

This weekend, it was my sisters 21st birthday party, and I brought along said champagne. It was a
good one. I mean, I like all bubbly white/pink alcoholic liquid, but this was particularly good. I drank quite a bit of it, but I also had a good pasta meal beforehand, and drank water all through the night. I went to bed at 3am, and I woke feeling not too bad.

I've not been feeling myself this last week. But a weekend with my sister, impromptu cuddles, and plenty of sleep, and I think I'm back to feeling myself. Normal service can resume again.

If only free champagne could happen every weekend.

Ellie | x

Sunday, 6 April 2014

A beautiful wedding in Dorset

Just over a week ago my beautiful friend got married in the New Forest. She's one of my 10 girls, and if you're a regular reader you'll know that we've already have a few weddings amongst us.

I love weddings, and this one was beautiful. However I find it hard to find the words to describe these amazing days. I posted on Tash's and then Nikki's weddings last year, and I hard to let the photos do most of the talking.

I think I'll do the same thing for Bex.

It was an absolutely beautiful day, and Bex looked stunning. I cried my eyes out (I always do).

Ellie | x

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Mothers Day and Gazette, a pixie review

This woman is my mother and I think she's absolutely ace. I didn't get soppy in any way on social media on Sunday, except to say I think she's the best, because I'm a bit rubbish at knowing what to say in these situations. My friends? I'm fine, give me 3 sheets of A4 and I will bang on for hours about all the ways in which they make my life complete. But I guess my mum is such a solid fixture in my life that I have never really needed to get it down on paper.

But she is ace, and she deserves to know it. She's brought up my sister and I, both difficult girls in our ways, pretty brilliantly. She doesn't give herself any credit for it. She's taught me so much, and so many words of wisdom from her still go round and round in my head today. She's the best person to talk to about any situation, as she'll listen and talk it through for as many hours as you need to feel OK about it again. She's had a fantastic career, and has just started up something new, along with her networking. She's so great with people. I miss living with her and getting the best hugs in all the world.

To celebrate her, we met up as a family on Sunday at a lovely French restaurant in Balham, Gazette. I hadn't meant to review it, so I didn't take any fantastic photos, but after eating the best starter and main I'd had in a while, I just had to.

The fact that you can draw on the tables in chalk excited my sister and I way too much. And my mum, as it happens. 

I had the garlic snails to start, and couldn't get over how cute the presentation was. Plus, they were yummy as.

For main, I had the bavette steak with shallot sauce. It came with gorgeous potato chips (my mum
had the same, there weren't 2 portions just for me) and we shared a side of green beans, which were flavoured with garlic butter. I was in food heaven, I tell you. I'm craving this meal all over the place.

If you like a French brasserie, Gazette is the place you need to go.

What did you do on Mother's Day?

Ellie | x

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

From the interwebz

I don't know what's happened this week, but I seem to have a million things to do all the tine. I'm running early to work, home to the gym, or out and about doing goodness knows what... the only time I ever rest is in bed.

I have still been doing a lot of internet browsing (obviously). Here's some interesting things I've been found, and have been saving to share with you...

My parents cat, with bread on her face. 

Lix's campaign to fund her time in London. Go check it out, this girl is talented!

This makes me so nostalgic - 00's girls problems

A look at where it's still illegal to be gay

Details of my little sisters charity hitch hike to Croatia (there's still time to donate if you can)

Some inspiring quotes, by women, for women's history month

Some more inspiring quotes, this time from female writers, because who doens't love Stylist?!

8 maps to change your view on Africa

Meg's gorgeous letter to her future someone

What's in your browsing history?

Ellie | x

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Bloggers Dorset Weekender | day two

This was the Sunday of our little Dorset adventure, and fresh faced from a great sleep and amazing pancake breakfast, we set off on a nice walk.

Alice and I decided to mountaineer over the stile. 
The others weren't so keen, and made their way through the gate instead.

You can't really see from this photo, but this hill was seriously steep. We were trying to make it up to the Cerne Giant, carved into the side of the ill, but this was at the time when the weather was doing crazy things and the wind was strong enough to knock us over.

Worth it for the views though.
I had to sit and perch on the side, because I couldn't make it any further. None of us could really. Hannah came and joined me. We were the last to brave the totter back down, and opted to bum shuffle it rather than try and stand up. We ended up with very muddy bums.

Safely back down, we played a very fun game of poo sticks. I felt like I was 3 again!
And here it is, the giant in all it's glory. With a very large you know what. We all got a little bit giddy.

Arriving home, we found the lovely Bess had nearly finished preparing a truly amazing roast for us. Ham with a ginger ale glaze, roasties potatoes and all the veg you could shake a stick at, topped off my this massive yorkshire pudding. I have never felt so full.
In the afternoon, most of the girls had to get back home. After waving them all off, Jenny, Alice, Bess and I spent the rest of the afternoon in front of A Knight's Tale with the remainder of the popcorn and snickers flapjacks, sipping on mint tea. It was bliss.

And that was the end of our fabulous weekend! Here's a reminder of the gorgeous girls I shared it with:
Hannah from Hannah Bee, Bess from Thoroughly English, Alice from The Cup and Saucer, Jenny from Sunny Sweet Pea, Becca from The Southerner, Ibbs from The Lobster and Me, Cheryl from Invest In Your Chest (and the new Dorothy and Alice), and Freya from Norse | Star.

They have some great blogs, so definitely go check them all out!

Ellie | x