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Summer time in London: Coppa Club

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First of all apologies for the quality of these photos. They were taken on an iPhone at golden hour, but the light was so beautiful and it was such a lovely evening I wanted to share them anyway. Life is not always perfect so why should photos be, right?

Sometimes you just have to live in the moment and make the most of it and this was totally impromptu evening and that’s probably what made it even better. I was invited by couple of friends to join them for few drinks after work at Coppa Club by Tower Bridge (there’s more of them) and because I love this place (I reviewed it in winter here) I couldn’t say no. It was a perfect London evening with the weather nice enough but not too hot and I must say evenings like these make me fall in love with this city more and more. I mean the view of Tower Bridge at sunset just takes my breath away.

Coppa Club is such a great place to meet up with people. It’s got a great vibe, very relaxed atmosphere and is not too pricey (that’s something to say in London) and they always do something cool outside that’s not only totally instagrammable but a must do when you’re in London. In the winter they did these cool igloos that were so popular you had to book months in advance (see them here) and I must say I am loving these tropical vibes this summer. You actually feel like you’re on a vacation. I mean imagine I wasn’t drinking wine but a colourful cocktail with a little umbrella and you would almost think I was at some far flung destination. But to remind you where you are, you have these amazing views of iconic London landmarks.

If you’re in London or are visiting this this summer I definitely recommend you to have drinks at Coppa Club (they do delicious food too). And no this is NOT a sponsored post. I just really enjoy this place and have a great time every time I go.

I wore a dress from last year from Current Air which is this cool LA brand. I really like their stuff. I love the fact that this dress has long sleeves (London often gets chilly in evenings) but it’s still breezy and super comfortable. I wore it in the winter with OTK boots, therefore it’s versatile too. I keep saying it but I like to get a lot of wear out of my clothes.

And my ASOS flats have been on constant repeat. They’re so pretty and comfortable you can literally wear them all day and feel fine. Lot of people have been asking me about them and commenting on them on my Instagram so here’s a link for you so you can all have them.

Have you been to Coppa club? Are you planning to go?

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Adela

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Birthday Afternoon Tea at the Ritz

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Yesterday (Monday) I turned 37. And what a better way to celebrate than afternoon tea at the Ritz?

Last year I went to Paris for 3 days just before my birthday and I went for a tea and cake at The Ritz there because I am a huge fan of Coco Chanel and if it was good enough for her it is good enough for me. It had undergone a huge refurbishment and I wanted to visit it and it did not disappoint. This year my friend suggested to go the Ritz in London so I could compare the two and I thought it was a brilliant idea. I love Afternoon Teas (I’m preparing a blog post about some of my favourite ones) and so we decided to book it for my birthday and maybe even make it a new tradition.

Call me silly but one of the things about Afternoon teas and birthdays is a perfect excuse to dress up and of course buy new outfit. I had been deciding between few dresses and found this one last minute on ASOS on ordered it literally couple of days before my actual birthday. It fitted perfectly and I loved it so that was my outfit sorted. When I was younger I remember the weather used to be much warmer around my birthday and it usually already felt like Spring which hasn’t been the case lately and especially this year so I wasn’t sure if wearing a sleeveless dress was the best idea but the sun came out and it was very warm at The Ritz so I was glad I decided to go for it and I felt really nice in it.

I thought because we went on a Monday it wouldn’t be very busy but that was a mistake. It was very busy and if you’re planning on going I would recommend you booking well in advance. We booked it at the beginning of January. But despite it being busy there was a nice atmosphere. There was a pianist playing some lovely music and it was buzzing but  pleasant. At one point the pianist started playing Happy Birthday song and few waiters came out with little cakes with candles and I got one along with some other people. I though that was really nice touch although I was probably blushing. Especially when everyone started clapping but fortunately like I said I wasn’t the only birthday girl there.

The food was tasty. On the top tier we had few deserts and I of course tried the pink one which was with raspberries and was delicious and then I had lots of sandwiches. My favourite was with salmon. When we ate them all they brought more and after they brought the scones and jam and cream. The scones were fresh and warm and although I am not a big fan of scones I did have one. It was yummy. In the end they brought an extra dessert and it was a selection of either chocolate mousse cake (so delicious) and apple pie and surprisingly I went for that one (I’m more of a chocolate person) but I did not regret my decision. It was the best apple pie I had ever tasted. And of course I tried the chocolate mousse cake from my friend.

Everything tasted very nice and we had a glass of champagne too and I went for rose infused tea and a bit of my friend’s coffee. It’s funny because I’m not really into sandwiches and cakes but I love Afternoon teas. I think it’s the whole tradition and the fine China and the atmosphere about Afternoon teas I love. I’ve already tried few in London and I definitely recommend the one at The Ritz. The place itself is amazing (lot of pink which I did not expect), the toilets are amazing (I’d happily just hang out int there – it looks beautiful, they have chaise lounge there, bottled water and magazines – what more to ask for?) and despite being busy the staff were attentive and I loved the live music.

Overall I had a nice experience and a lovely birthday. I went with two friends and afterwards we had few more drinks in a nearby bar and although I was a bit apprehensive about turning 37 it couldn’t have started better and I’m excited about what the year is going to bring.

Have you been to the Ritz? Did you like it?

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Adela

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How I dropped a dress size without dieting

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Skirt ASOS, blouse Zara similar, shoes Chanel, bag Dolce and Gabbana

I’m not here to talk about some miracle solution or a quick fix but I did drop a dress size and lost about 7kg not by dieting by changing my overall eating habits and while I had to make some sacrifices I can still eat a lot and never go hungry. And I will share with you my story.

I was always fairly healthy eater. I love fruit and veg, I’m not a big fan of heavy meals and prefer lighter options and I don’t really overeat, but my weakness is and always have been cheese and I used to eat a lot of bread (not because I loved it but because it’s an easy option).

My friend had been telling me for ages about Madeline Shaw books and how she loved the recipes and she felt better eating those delicious meals so I decided to give it a go. I purchased two of Shaw’s books – Ready, steady, glow and Get the glow. Little did I know all of the recipes were gluten and dairy free. So even though I still ate a lot I made two drastic changes – no cheese and milk and bread and pasta.

I switched to drinking black coffee which surprisingly wasn’t that difficult and now I can’t imagine coffee any other way. Cheese was the hardest to give up, but she allows you to have goat’s cheese and halloumi (which is my new obsession) because neither of them contains cow’s milk (it’s lactose from cow’s milk that is bad for you). So that wasn’t actually that bad and I never loved bread so that was easy not to have. I started making her recipes which really are delicious and usually easy to make (I’m not the best of cooks..) and could actually tell a difference in how I felt. What was only originally meant to be a week’s detox has developed into a complete lifestyle change and although I’m not as strict as I have been for first three months, I stick to it about 80 percent of the time because I really do feel better when I eat that way.

The weight loss has been kind of unexpected. It wasn’t why I started it in the first place, but it’s obviously welcome. I feel the best I have felt in a long time and I generally have more energy. Sometimes I slip and eat more naughty food but I can feel the difference and it’s generally easy to go back to my healthy habits. I can really tell when I’m eating good food and when not. I am not a coeliac (allergic to gluten) but maybe I am intolerant as I always used to be bloated and felt sluggish and that has mostly gone and I just genuinely feel better eating this way.

I know there has been a bit of a trend to go gluten free and I don’t thing it’s for everyone, but to be honest for me it was more about giving wheat (which is not the best for anyone..) that has made the biggest difference and of course lactose. I have been reading a lot about it and lactose is actually quite bad for most people and when I do have some (like I said I have my treats nowadays..) I can feel like heavy it is in my stomach. So then I’m happy to go back to being good because it feels better and therefore it’s not difficult to keep these habits. I have my days when I indulge but not very often.

So what I eat in a typical day?

For breakfast I usually have gluten free porridge or musli (I like to make it with water – don’t ask me why), but you can use coconut milk or almond milk (they are both delicious alternatives) I always add cinnamon and some seeds and then vary the toppings like berries or almond butter or whatever else I fancy.

For lunch I will often have rice, quinoa or buckwheat with chicken or fish or roasted vegetables with sweet potatoes. I try to use some of Madeline Shaw’s recipes – the lunches I tend to make the most from her books. After lunch I usually have coffee and a little treat. I love these “healthy cakes” as I call them which are gluten, dairy, wheat and refined sugar free but actually taste amazing. They are a bit pricey but I’d rather get that than a chocolate bar and you know they’re made from good ingredients. There’s a lot of them out there these days and you can get them in healthy shops and many other places.

I need to eat regularly (I’m hungry all the time) so I snack on fruit, nuts or oatcakes.

For dinner it’s usually salad with halloumi, fish or other protein. Dinner is where I am strictest. I have big breakfast and lunch but try to control myself in the evenings. Saying that, when I go out for dinner I often go for steak or burger (and try to resist the fries and bun). But I believe in everything in moderations so sometimes I’ll have the fries and sometimes I will even have pizza!

As I said at the beginning I was strict for about 3 months (that’s when the weight loss happened) but I’ve kept the weight down since even with my healthy cakes and occasional naughty treats. It’s been over a year now and I really do feel better and get compliments all the time how I look better so that always helps 🙂

I hope this was helpful to you. If you’re thinking about making some eating changes I do think these are healthy attainable habits and I would recommend you to get the books as they changed my life and hopefully they will change yours too. If you do so let me know I would love to hear about your experience.

On a quick not I would like to say that we’re very lucky here in London because there is many places with healthy meal options if you want to eat out. This post was show at the Dalloway Terrace where I had a delicious quinoa salad and they had lot of other yummy options too, I also like Elan cafe (they have a great selection of gluten free cakes), but that place get very busy and Farm girl has a lot of great options too. But this is just a few out of many. What are your favourite places for healthy food?

In this post from about year and a half ago you can see the difference in my appearance I think. What do you think?

Have you tried gluten or wheat free diet? Do you consume dairy? How do you feel?

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Adela

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The Ned

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Did you know there are eight restaurants in The Ned? If you don’t believe me, check here. And not only for this reason The Ned has quickly become my favourite place to hang out. These shots were taken in the Millie’s lounge over a delicious breakfast, but I’ve also had yummy brunch in the Malibu kitchen and and a great lunch at Zobler’s. And drinks in the bars several times.

The is just something about the Ned. I’ve been won over since the first time I came in. They have a live music most nights and it just has a very nice atmosphere. Often the music is jazz which I didn’t think I was a fan of but when it’s played at the Ned I can’t get enough. I can’t explain it but everything just seems right in there. It reminds me of New York (a place I keep meaning to visit in the near future again – it’s been too long) and I just think you can’t have a bad time at the Ned. And even the ladies room look amazing! we shot these photos there.

The building is beautiful from inside and out and I love the high ceilings. The decor varies throughout the place and you can truly find your perfect spot. And let’s get back to the fact that there is such a selection of places to eat. No matter what you fancy, you can find it in there.

THIS IS NOT A SPONSORED POST. I just genuinely love the place. Have you been yet?

And now about the outfit. How I would describe the Ned is that despite feeling very classy, it’s got a relaxed atmosphere and you can dress up or down.

This time I chose smart casual look with jeans and a cosy jumper (it was shot on a very cold day) but dressed it up with nice heels and my favourite Chanel bag. The beauty of Chanel is that it can dress up any outfit and even if you’re dressed quite casually, it just elevates the look. The best investment piece and definitely favourite piece in my wardrobe.

What’s your favourte piece in your wardrobe?

Jumper: Theory, belt Gucci, jeans J Brand, shoes Manolo Blahnik, bag Chanel, earrings Baublebar, A pendant necklace APM Monaco

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Adela

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How to love yourself and be happy

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I’m not here to boast about my wonderful life (because we all have our ups and downs) but I feel the happiest I have in a very long time and I think it’s partially due to my way of thinking but also working on my happiness. So I want to share few tips with you. I believe in positive thinking and if you haven’t watched The Secret yet, you should!

As cliche as it sounds, I really believe happiness is a state of mind. Life is what you make it and if you’re just waiting for life to happen or give you what you think you deserve than you’re destined to fail. Think hard about what makes you happy and then go after it. Chase your dreams.

For me, things that make me happy are spending time with my friends and family, travelling, reading, going to exhibitions, exploring and doing new things. I’ve been really trying to do more of those this year and keeping myself busy. At the beginning of the year I decided I want to travel more (see the top destinations on my list here) and I’ve already booked two trips. And you can say yes but this costs money and I don’t have money etc.. It doesn’t have to be expensive! There are so many deals and offers around.

But maybe you’re not into travelling. There’s lot of things I enjoy that don’t cost anything. Like visiting museums. I must say we are very lucky in London because many museums and galleries are for free. I try not to take it for granted but make the most of it while I can. It’s so inspiring and there’s nothing better to do on a rainy day (we get a share few) than getting lost in the world of the Old Masters or Impressionists. Only recently I went to the National Gallery for the millionth time and came away feeling inspired. I usually share my visits on my instastories so if you’re into these things and are not following me on Instagram yet, what are you waiting for?

And if you’re feeling down and/or lazy and don’t want to leave the house? Listen to music, watch a movie or read a book! I recommend the Nutcracker soundtrack any time of the year. It always puts a smile on my face! And when it comes to a movie, I have watched Bridget Jones Baby more time than I can admit. It never ceases to cheer me up. Books – I have a few on the go. What I’m loving right now is Good night stories for rebel girls – 100 tales of extraordinary women. It’s so inspiring! I’m also a subscriber of Harper’s Bazaar and Porter magazines and really enjoy reading both. They have some great articles and feature dreamy fashion and editorials.

What are some things that make you happy?

I must admit the toughest thing for me is self love. It is very very important and as I’m approaching my 37th birthday I must admit I’ve become better at it but not a master. I definitely feel better in my skin and I’ve learnt to accept myself for who I am. I like the person I am but of course see things on my body that I don’t like. Us women we are often too harsh on ourselves and very critical. We concentrate on the things we don’t like rather than the things we like. And I’m trying every day to change that.

I changed the way I eat about this time last year and lost some weight and actually like the size I am. I just really want to tone up but find it hard to find time for exercise. I try to do yoga once or twice a week and walk as much as I can, but other than that I don’t exercise. And I realise how important it is. Healthy eating has made a huge difference for me ( I am good about 80% of the time and if I fancy pizza I will have pizza!) and maybe one day I’ll share a post about the changes I’ve made and what food I gave up but I’m actually eating loads, just good stuff and I feel much better. I think all these little things make a big difference on our wellbeing and happiness.

And when none of the above helps when I’m feeling down? I’m a big believer in treating yourself. And you don’t have to spend a fortune to do that. My favourite little treats are lipsticks, fresh flowers, books or a coffee and cake somewhere nice.

And may I recommend you a new coffee place I’ve just discovered in London? It’s called Saint Aymes coffee at 59 Connaught street where all these photos were taken. It’s very pretty and everything tastes delicious. But go quick before it gets busy because it’s super instagrammable and I’m expecting it to get crazy soon.

What’s your secret to happiness and self love?

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Adela

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Places: Coppa Club

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Jumper (sold out) similar, skirt, boots Nicholas Kirkwood (old), bag Gucci, sunglasses Chanel

Hello lovely readers, I’m sorry about the long absence again, things have been quite hectic recently but I’m raring to go and have a lot of content prepared so hopefully you will enjoy reading it as much as I have been enjoying writing it.

One of the things I always wanted to write about on my blog is things to do and places to visit. I think as an expat in London I possibly appreciate it more what’s on offer than born and bred Londoners who sometimes take it all for granted. That is not to criticise them in any way, it’s just that if you’ve lived somewhere all your life maybe you see it differently.

But I love exploring new places, discovering hidden gems and making the most of what London has to offer.

Last Friday I went to see the Balenciaga exhibition at the V&A museum which I really enjoyed and would definitely recommend and after that we went for lunch at one of Coppa Club branches. I had noticed it recently when I was in the area (one of my favorite parts of London) and the Igloos outside had just been set up and I had made a mental note to visit soon. So Friday was the perfect opportunity and it turned out to be the perfect weather for it too.

First a word of warning though. These igloos are super popular and fully booked until end of January (at the time of my phone call) but they keep a couple for walk ins and you may get lucky (as we did). I booked a table inside anyway just in case and to be honest the interior is very nice and despite the place being very busy it had a nice atmosphere. The staff was very friendly and come on can you think of better views? Tower bridge is just a stone throw away and you’re right by the river so the location really couldn’t have been better.

You get chairs with furry throws that are very cosy and it feels very nice inside. It’s a bit small and for a tall person like me I’m glad I sat where I sat but that’s just a little thing. The best thing is the prices are very reasonable. We all had a sirloin steak which was around £25 (standard for London) and it was probably the most expensive thing on the menu. The food wasn’t exceptional but good enough.

Overall I really enjoyed it and will definitely go back. The igloos are there only for winter and they do a nice terrace in the summer so that’s on my list for next year. They also have other branches and I am actually visiting the one in St. Paul’s churchyard tomorrow so I will let you know how that one was.

As for my outfit, I dressed up a bit on the lower part but kept it casual with my cosy jumper. See all the links above.

Have you been to Coppa club? What did you think?

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Adela

 

 

 

 

 

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Exploring British countryside

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Dress Zimmermann, shoes ASOSbag via Amazon, sunglasses Chanel

Two weeks ago, after I came back from visiting my family in Czech republic it happened to be a really lovely weather on Sunday and my friend and I made the most of it by visiting the great British countryside and I loved every minute.

She suggested a trip to a little village called Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire and a close by Ashridge estate with a beautiful manor house and its beautiful gardens and  massive fields full of bluebells. We had such a lovely day and I came back smiling and even the fact that I was going back to work the next day after two weeks couldn’t spoil it.

We first drove through the village which is really cute old style typical English. So photogenic! Then we went to the bluebell fields and walked for couple of hours just enjoying the beautiful nature and clean air and being away from London. It was perfect timing for the bluebells and it was so beautiful. There were spots where it was just purple/blue.

After that we walked over to the Ashridge estate and wanted to have a peak in the house but it’s actually a business school and it’s not open to public except for some days in August when it’s school holidays. We are planning a visit then because from what we’ve seen it seems amazing. Definitely on my to-do list for the summer.

Then we drove back to Berkhamsted and walked some more along the canal, enjoying the weather and pretty scenery and ended up in a lovely pub (The Boat) having a drink and some dinner. I couldn’t have asked for better end to my holiday.

But you can count on me to wear the most inappropriate outfit. When we decide to go I was trying to decide which were my most sensible shoes for walk in the fields and I decided to go for these espadrilles. They are very comfortable, but don’t have a proper rubber sole and as the grass was a bit wet they soaked through a bit. So lesson learnt – don’t wear espadrilles.

I decided it’s time for me to get some cute plimsolls/trainers as I want to do more exploring. I love my pretty girly shoes but I have to be sensible here. I have few trips planned actually. I really want to see more of Britain and will post more about it. I’m even thinking about regular series about this so stay tuned. But for now if you’re looking for something to do this Bank Holiday weekend I would definitely recommend both Berkhamsted and Ashridge Estate.

What are some of your favourite places in Britain?

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Adela