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Hello! I hope you all are well and safe during these uncertain and scary times. I’ve been home and abiding to the lockdown rules for over a week now, since my retail workplace closed last weekend and from when the UK officially went into lockdown.

Whilst we’re looking after our physical health, staying in to minimise the risk of spreading and contracting Coronavirus (COVID-19), it is also…

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5 Tips For Being More Confident Taking Picture…

5 Tips For Being More Confident Taking Pictures

Often times when I’m taking pictures with friends, they’ll comment that I look really confident and ask how I don’t worry about other people around me. Being completely honest, confidence when shooting is still something that I struggle with at times! If I catch someone looking over at me or it looks like they’re talking about me I’ll just feel anxiety wave over me and want to stop.

BUT creating…

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Hey! Hope you all had a Merry Christmas and the best time this festive period! This is one of my favourite times of the year; I love spending time with all my loved ones. Before the new year I wanted to reminisce a little bit on Christmas and the exciting lead up to it.

Ruxley Manor

My boyfriend and I have made it a little Christmas tradition to go to Ruxley Manor Garden Centre; it’s one of his favourite places to go at Christmas and it’s becoming mine too to begin the Christmas period. The Christmas decor is such an inspiration for my future home when I have a Christmas tree in all rooms!

In the centre there’s a Santa’s Grotto and Reindeers and an ice skating rink which we didn’t attempt to go on because I constantly fall. (Literally like Bambi on ice!) I found a cute little cabin to take some pictures in and I normally feel confident taking pictures in public but I spotted a guy who pointed at me to his friends and laughed. In the moment I wanted to stop but after some reassurance and remembering that I don’t care about other people’s opinions and I went back to take more pictures!

Winter Wonderland

Every Christmas it is a must to make a trip to Hyde Park Winter Wonderland – Even Rihanna went this year! This year we got tickets to the Magical Ice Kingdom and saw the Charles Dickens ‘A Christmas Carol’ ice sculptures; which was so worth getting tickets for even though it was so cold in there.

After multiple attempts at trying to win a Pokemon soft toy at the fairground games, we settled with the little soft toys we won previously and went on the rides. I don’t like heights so rollercoasters and me don’t go well together but I did go on one ride that wasn’t high just so fast. At first I was fooled and believed it was a nice slow ride and then there was a loud countdown and before I knew it I had to protect my lashes flying away!

Covent Garden

One of fave spots in London at Christmas, and honestly one of my go to places all year round. This year there were pop ups in the area, Glossier Store and Tiffany & Co. that definitely made it worth while to visit. At Christmas London is truly beautiful with all the lights and is also super close to Regent Street and Oxford Street to check out those lights too. I’d also recommend going to the Maddox Gallery, just off Regent Street, to see the decorations there it’s always so amazing.

Christmas Day

The day we’ve all been waiting for! I love spending time with my family and being the eldest of my siblings I love watching my brother and sister enjoy the day and their gifts. The gifts aren’t my favourite thing of the day, in my family we actually leave it until very late in the day to open our gifts. My favourite time of the day (apart from food thats just an obvious choice!) is game time – the chosen game this year was charades and it’s taken very seriously in our house. We played various rounds on Disney characters, Top 90’s Songs and Movies. Then the day ended with the annual watching of Eastenders (having no idea whats going on), a Marvel film and FaceTiming my boyfriend – perfect ending to the day!

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What are your favourite Christmas traditions? I’d love to hear about them!

Have a Blessed and Happy New Year!

Thank you for reading this post and following my blog this year!

Antonia xoxo

All Things Festive – Christmas Review

Hey! Hope you all had a Merry Christmas and the best time this festive period! This is one of my favourite times of the year; I love spending time with all my loved ones.

Secret Santa Gift Ideas

Secret Santa Gift Ideas

Merry Christmas! Hope you are enjoying the Christmas period, spreading love and cheer! I know I’ve struggled a little bit this year in terms of what to get people and have just asked people straight up what they actually want for Christmas (no surprises here!). So doing a Secret Santa at work has been quite hard because for obvious reasons I can’t ask the person what they want. If you’re like me…

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Hey! I was recently in Leeds to visit one of my closest friends, Aimee (my gorgeous bestie, my sister) for her belated birthday celebrations and as a treat I picked for us to go to Tattu. As I’m not from this city, I did search for a nice instagrammable restaurant to go to in Leeds and found Tattu, a modern Chinese restaurant.

When we arrived we were offered the opportunity sit at the bar until we were ready to go into the restaurant. The staff were so lovely; the waiter that we had was so understanding and patient with us when we were trying to comprehend what the food on the menu was. Here’s a link to the Menu.

We started our meal by sharing a Dim Sum, we ordered the Lobster and Prawn toast with Sweet and Sour Chilli sauce. I knew that Dim Sum meant ‘small plate’ but when it came I was shocked only seeing 4 balls of the toast, thinking that it wasn’t going to be enough for us to share. However I was pleasantly surprised at how filling and delicious it was. For our mains, I ordered the large plate of Balsamic Teriyaki Salmon with a Ginger and Cucumber Salad and Aimee ordered the Chicken Curry Clay Pot. To finish off the meal, we ordered the Asian Pear Sticky Toffee Pudding and the Dragon Egg Nest. The Dragon Egg Nest was a beautifully dished dessert and the flavours of the Mango, Pineapple and Lime worked so well together. I’d most definitely come back to this restaurant just for this dish!

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In terms of pricing, our meal in total cost £80 and the two cocktails were £20. The food was most certainly worth the price, I’ve had meals in London cost way more and the quality is not even comparable. The Dim Sum dishes and desserts are around £8-10 each, the large dishes roughly £16-30 with the Japanese Black Wagyu Ribeye steak being the anomaly pricing at £80!

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Felt like a Barbie doll in this light pink dress from Oh Polly! I know it’s getting a little cold out but it will not stop me from getting out my little dresses! Let me know what you think about this bright colour, I’m thinking of bringing more pink into my wardrobe.

Dress: Here | Heels: Gucci

Thank you for reading!

Antonia

xoxo

Tattu, Leeds – Restaurant Review

Hey! I was recently in Leeds to visit one of my closest friends, Aimee (my gorgeous bestie, my sister) for her belated birthday celebrations and as a treat I picked for us to go to Tattu.

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