Hove Place Bistro Pub & Gardens

IMG_9581I was definitely not expecting to find this little gem on a side street off Church Road. Yes, the first time I went to Hove Place was totally by chance and I definitely don’t regret it!  I’ve been there more times now and to say it’s amazing is an understatement.

Before I go over why I think it’s so good I want to apologise for the low quality pictures but it was quite dark and my camera has gone funny lately (if anyone is a Canon pro and can help me with aperture – contact me!).

So, back to Hove Place. This pub actually doesn’t feel like a pub at all and has an amazing bistro feel. The music is also very pleasant and the staff is extremely friendly.

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About stress: are we working too hard?

tumblr_mfsvpxR8DE1s0dqi6o1_500_largeWe’ve all heard the word stress and we’ve all felt it, some more often than others. However, it has become more and more normal to see people putting in extra work hours, skipping lunch and drinking way too much caffeine.

I am no exception. Stress and I are good friends and lately we’ve been hanging out a lot. I often work late and worry about work during the weekend but I ask: when did we start accepting that putting all this pressure on ourselves is OK?

I mean, we all know that stress is a negative thing. No one wants to be stressed but in spite of this, we work ourselves to exhaustion.

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Sunday Pleasures: Healthy Carrot Muffins

12540543_10153437116652198_4239283496825013182_nA few days ago I saw this amazing carrot muffin recipe and I decided I had to try it. These muffins taste incredibly good even though they have no sugar in them (just a little bit sprinkled on top)! They’re made with carrots and honey and you can easily eat 4 in a row (not that I did that…).

I used regular wholemeal flower as opposed to white wholemeal flower and honey as opposed to maple syrup so the muffins turned out a lot browner than the ones in Cookie & Kate. They still tasted really good though so whichever you try, you will love it! This recipe takes 15mins to prepare and about 30mins to cook.

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7 lessons we should learn from Mindy Kaling

mindy-kaling-680x440I think it’s about time I speak about another woman I admire. It’s been a while since I did that, right?

So, why Mindy? First, she has a way of inspiring people to look at life with humour. I mean, who doesn’t love her? She is hilarious! And second, she is full of lessons that will inspire anyone.

I have to admit I have only just started watching “The Mindy Project” properly. I know, embarrassing. The truth is I’d watched a few episodes here and there and always found it great but only a few months ago did I actually decide to download it (legally, of course).

Obviously, I am now obsessed.

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Saturday wanderings in Devil’s Dyke

IMG_7068We’ve been really wanting to enjoy every last bit of sunshine as winter is just around the corner. It seems like Autumn is almost in full force (still no leaves covering the pavements, but the temperatures have fallen and autumn jackets are definitely out) and from there it’s a slippery slope to winter.

To enjoy what could be our last few weeks of proper sunshine, we went to Devil’s Dyke in the South Downs. I have to stay I was amazed at all the stunning views. And that smell! You know, that fresh nature smell that you don’t get in the city – gorgeous.

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A late picnic in Stanmer Park

picnic in the parkWhen you think of a picnic you probably think of going sometime around lunchtime and spending a nice day out in the sun, am I right? Well not Kimberly and I. We decided to go for a picnic after work (which for us means 5pm). It sounded like a great idea at the time but we completely forgot to consider that it is not summer anymore which means a) it’s getting dark much earlier and b) the temperatures drop c.o.n.s.i.d.e.r.a.b.l.y in the evenings.

The good thing is that when we’re together we manage to transform any situation into an awesome experience. Any sane person would have gotten up and left. Again, not us. We had so much fun and laughed our hats off with the situation! Give up and go home? never!

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Why I love Brighton

brightonAbout 4 years ago I moved to Brighton to do my Masters at Sussex University. Fast forward almost two years and I’m still here, working and living by the sea. There have been times when I’ve thought Brighton is too small and I needed to explore somewhere new but the truth is Brighton has a special little place in my heart. I don’t plan on staying here forever but when I leave I’m going to miss it – and this is why:

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A bit of sewing

sewinbrightonToday a friend and I had a lovely afternoon in a sewing workshop. We’d been wanting to start sewing classes for a while and had been looking at different sewing schools in our area. Pinterest has actually inspired us to want to do a lot of DIY and I’m so glad we decided to go to a workshop at Sew in Brighton! This sewing school started in 2008 and holds about 10-15 classes and workshops every week – their classes include “Learn to use a sewing machine”, “Lampshade making workshop”, “Make your own dress” among many others. So whether you’re a beginner or an experienced sewer, there will be a class for you if you’re interested!

The workshop we went to today was called “Learn to make a bag” and the teacher was lovely – extremely helpful and cheerful. It was a beginner’s course that included learning how to use a sewing machine, making a bag out of a fabric of your choice and taking the bag home with you! Oh – there is also tea and coffee for everyone (who doesn’t love that??). The workshop costs £55 but we actually found a deal in Groupon and managed to do it for £25.

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