The pursuit of...London commuting

So....I am back in the world of commuting via tubes and trains.  
After years of sitting on the eternal carparks of the dreaded M25 or A406 I was so happy to give

The pursuit of...'Me Time'

I was tagged by the lovely Liv who has a fantastic beauty and lifestyle blog called FashStyleLiv, to complete the 'Me Time' tag.
Thank you Liv! I haven't done one of these 'tags' before but this one is good, as it gives you more of a personal insight into the person behind the blog and a chance to get to know them better. To see FashStyleLiv's one, click here.

So here goes...10 questions about how I like to spend my very precious 'Me Time'!

1. What do you like to watch or read during Me Time?

When it comes to TV, I've never really been into soaps...if I had to choose one to watch it would be Corrie- even though I'm a Londoner I can't stand Eastenders, the acting is sooo bad! 
What I really like to watch or catch up on are dramas like The Good Wife, Scandal, Real Housewives (my favourites are Atlanta, New York and Beverley Hills) and thanks to Netflix, I loooove Breaking Bad and Orange is the New Black.

If I really have lots of time on my hands and I'm having the perfect 'me time' day then it would have to be old fashioned musicals or black and white movies on the box, I'm talking Fred Astaire, Judy Garland, Audrey Hepburn etc.

To read, rather than fiction, these days I love an inspiring auto-biography or health and nutrition book.

2. What do you wear during Me Time?

If you saw what I wear during my me time you probably would be shocked. I will be totally honest here by saying that it is not pretty!! It is all about comfort, so it is bra off (like most of us ladies at home!) and literally just a jumper and leggings (sometimes they're even clean..!)...My nickname from my family used to be "cinders"-because just like Cinderella I'm in rags at home but dressed like I'm going to the ball as soon as I go out!! (as long as I'm home by midnight ;)...)

3. What are your favourite Me Time Beauty Products?

If time is not a factor, I love to relax in the bath and I recently got a gorgeous product from 'Lush' as a birthday present called 'Sunnyside'. It has a lovely citrusy smell and turns my bath water bright gold with a gorgeous shimmer. A very decadent way to relax!

When it's time to really relax and tune out I like to use my Neal's Yard remedies to roll which I always keep on my bedside table. I rub the blend of natural organic oils behind my ears and temples and it really helps me to unwind and relax.

4. What's your current favourite Nail Polish?

If I can, I will always go for a Shellac or OPI Gel manicure as I really can't deal with chips and smudges. I love a high shine finish for as long as I can and gel manicures are my favourite for the perfect finish.
If I can't get to the salon then I like Avon's Gel Finish Polishes which aspire to give you the same finish as a real gel manicure. The pigment in the colours are very superior and I do find that they last just that bit longer than 'normal' polish.
For me the colours I will always go for first are reds. Bright reds, dark reds...I love the polished, groomed look it gives and will always go with any outfit.
In the summer I like pastel nude colours.

5. What do you eat or drink during Me Time?

Oh dear....confession time! I am a big savoury person and would quite happily get through a big bag of crisps in front of the TV! :/ Yep, it's always crisps, very rarely chocolate unless I'm hormonal and for drinks, anyone who knows me will tell you I'm a tea junkie!! 
I love a good cup of tea! That satisfying feeling when you take your first sip.....ooooh! Heaven!

6. What's your current favourite candle?

I've never really been into candles until very recently. During winter months I love the festive spiced cinnamon styles as they really make my house feel cosy, but other than than I quite like fresh clean scents.
I do not have any big name brand candles (although I'm open to gifts...!). I love the aesthetic look of grouping lots of candles in a fireplace. 

7. Do you ever have outdoor Me Time?

I love long walks. I've always said that I'm not a big runner but I could walk for miles! 
It's true what they say a walk really does clear the cobwebs and I often find that I can clear my mind and feel refreshed once I've had a little me time outdoors. 
I have also really got into gardening and have found that I have a real knack for it! My aim is to eventually have a beautiful rose garden.

8. Would you ever go and watch a film alone?

I would but I can't say I have. 
When I was an air stewardess there was a lot of things that I used to do alone just because I wanted to go out and explore whichever city I was in without relying on people to come with me.  It made me so independent and even now I would think nothing of going into a restaurant and eating alone - something that I know some people would feel under confident doing.  I have been to the theatre alone though. I went to see a matinee show of something in London (can't even remember what it was now) and it was a perfectly fine experience-it probably helped that the theatre was half empty!!

9.  Favourite online shop?

I love NET-A-PORTER. I often browse their website and love how sleekly it's put together - for me it feels just like I am in a luxury store.
Amazon would be next favourite as you can find just about anything on there and I also like any website that has a rating and review system for their products.  It always helps me to make an informed decision before I potentially get my fingers burnt!

10.  Anything to add? What else do you do during Me Time?

I love reading other blogs! I spend a bit of time on Bloglovin keeping up to date with the blogs that I follow and discovering new ones. I always check in with Instagram and Facebook too. 
Again if I have lots of time on my hands I love to bake. A nice ginger cake or carrot cupcake is my favourite. 
But really if I'm honest, snuggling up on the sofa with my blanket is my all time favourite me time activity!!

Well, that's it -  I hope you enjoyed finding out a little bit more about me! Would love to hear more about you so consider yourself tagged too!

Love, Ivy George x 

The pursuit of...A celebratory dinner

On friday I went out to dinner in London's Canary Wharf to a restaurant called Plateau.
Oh my goodness, it was such an amazing dining experience!  The location of docklands is always a favourite for me - the skyline, the exclusivity, the electric buzz that is always in the air when it springs to life at night....

Plateau is situated on the 4th floor of Canada Place and we were sat in the main restaurant by the window which gives stunning panoramic views over Canary Wharf - the view was even more special as the ice-rink is still present in the square and it was all lit up with fairy lights...It really felt like I was in New York or Shanghai - simply stunning (see below):

But it is not just about the views - the restaurant itself is also fabulous.  The front part is the bar and grill where the vibe is a little less formal and relaxed.
The main restaurant where we had our reservation is elegant and visually breathtaking - it also has a private dining room and an outdoor terrace which would be perfect to come back for in the summer.

As always on a Thursday or Friday evening in the city, the restaurant was very busy but the staff were super professional, attentive, friendly and engaging and made our visit even more special.

I was here to celebrate my new job and it was the perfect celebratory meal - I will definitely be going back to Plateau again.

What I ate:

Starter: House cured Scottish Salmon. heritage beetroot, Dorset crab, Oyster emulsion

Main: Suffolk Lamb canon, spiced shoulder, saffron cous cous

Dessert: Lemon cheesecake, rhubarb jelly, poached rhubarb

To find out more about Plateau see here.

Love, Ivy George x

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