Peggy Porschen

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Last weekend I made my way to London's prettiest cake shop, Peggy Porschen!  I had a date with my girlfriend to indulge in cake and a few hours chit chat.  It's not hard to miss with it's signature pink exterior.  This is the perfect setting for bloggers, fashion and food addicts!

 Once inside you can find an array of layered cakes, freshly baked cupcakes, a lovely blend of teas and a range of other hot drinks.  Pastel colours are the bespoke cakes brand signature and everything in there is cute and feminine.
 
 
Peggy Porschen itself is Instagram heaven!  If not for the cute little pink plates, then definitely for the flower frame for that perfect selfie!
 

We found a seat outside and heated up our fingers with our hot drinks.  The cakes on offer were gorgeous.  I ended up with a wonderful strawberry and champagne cupcake which was almost too pretty to eat!
 

My girlfriend tried vanilla salted cameral which was just as delicious!  


 
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Of course, once you've tried Peggy's cupcakes you will be hooked and will have to go back time and again…which I am totally OK about!


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J&J's English Road Trip: London to Devon

Thursday, 12 January 2017

This year we decided that we wanted to spend New Year's eve in a cosy English cottage in the country side.  We must be getting old!  We decided over-crowded restaurants, bars and sky-high taxi fares just weren't for us this year.  Instead, good company followed by some wine and food in front of a cosy fire place…sounded like perfection!
 
A road trip from London to Devon offers the perfect opportunity to sample the best that the English countryside has to offer.  It's no secret that we love road trips because it gives you more flexibility to stop and explore the sights.  We picked up our rental car early in the morning and got our road trip essentials together for the journey including our karaoke tunes and our favourite treats. 
 
About two hours out of London we stopped to see Stonehenge.  Being one of the most recognisable attractions in the world, it is also one of the world's greatest mysteries!  We arrived just as they were opening so we pretty much had the place to ourselves for a while before the crowds started to arrive.  It was amazing walking up to these monolithic structures with nobody around but the early morning mist.




We weren't the only ones enjoying the view.  It was so lovely seeing sheep in the countryside.  It reminded me so much of home in New Zealand.

There is something magical about standing in front of these magnificent stones and realising how many people have made the same trip over thousands of years.  Stonehenge is a bucket list visit!  


Back on the road, you start to notice the roads start to get smaller and more rural the more south through Wiltshire you go.  You start to see cute tiny towns along the way.  It was so tempting to stop at each one to look around and snap some photos.



We had to pull over when we saw this gorgeous little pink English pub which was perfect to use as camouflage.  

 
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We finally arrived at our destination!  Devon provides the perfect base to explore the immediate area.  We stayed at The Coach House Hotel & Restaurant tucked away nicely in the middle of the Devon country side but just a five minute drive from “bustling” Tavistock.  We could enjoy the best of both worlds!  We would highly recommend a stay at the Coach House.  The owners are so lovely and we were made to feel extremely welcome and nothing was too much trouble.


 Of course it didn't take us long to make friends!  I would like to introduce you to Taylor.  He likes puddles, mud and sticks!  The owners of the Coach House kindly let us take Taylor for a walk through the countryside.

 
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After all that fresh country air we filled up the bath and relaxed before meeting up with our friends to see in the New Year!  I left the camera at home and we headed down to the local pub.  Our evening was filled with champagne, a great deal of cocktails and beer, food and cosy fire places!  It had me feeling like we were in the movie, The Holiday!


The next day we cured our sore heads by heading down to another cute 16th century traditional English pub called the Elephants Nest Inn.  This pub has the most lovely atmosphere and rustic feel.  As soon as you walk through the door you get that feeling, a bit like coming home. The menu was full of tempting dishes with lots of local food on offer.  Really hearty food and not too expensive.
 
It was such a fantastic way to see in the New Year.  It truly doesn't matter where you are, but who you're with that makes New Year's special.  Wishing you all a very happy New Year with all the blessings of love, joy, warmth and laugher…

The best of 2016 ~ Happy New Year!

Wednesday, 4 January 2017


Happy New Years everybody!! I'm a bit late sharing the best of 2016 as we spent a few days away on a lovely little break from the world. 2016 was another big year for J&J! Last year I did a round up of 2015 which I enjoyed doing so much that I thought I would do the same again for this year!
We have got plenty of plans for 2017 that we can't wait to share with you all. But first, I thought I’d start the year with a quick look at some of my favourite parts of 2016. It was packed full of travel, experiences and of course food. Here are some of the highlights!

JANUARY

New York, New York! I've dreamt about visiting the big apple ever since I was a little girl. It was everything I dreamed it would be from yellow cabs, towering skyscrapers, hot dog stands, steam coming up from the subway and bright city lights in a place that never sleeps. I shared our trip in two parts which you can see here Part 1 and Part 2



FEBRUARY

We finally got it together to book tickets to the Sky Garden. A must do for anyone in London.
 It is offers 360 degree panoramic views across the city of London. The best part is that it's absolutely free to visit all you have to do is book timed tickets on their website. You can read the full post here



MARCH

 Girls Brunch date at Urban Coterie on the 17th floor of the M by Montcalm Hotel. It is the ultimate location for girls brunch, not only for the views but also because of the three course menu which includes bottomless mimosas!!!  This is fine dining without the high price tag while enjoying the beautiful views over London! What more could a girl ask for? See the full post here.


APRIL

Sweden was an out of this world ultimate bucket list experience. Of course our main reason for visiting Sweden was for the dog sledding! We are both dog lovers and loved this experience. You can see our full Sweden trip here and also our dog sledding experience here. Then there's also this amazing 'Look Book' that we shot just before the sun was setting, photographers call it the "golden hour" here.


MAY

 Bluebell collaboration with Keara Ellen Photography. The bluebells bloom once a year at the end of April, early May, so we had to time this shoot just right not to miss them!  As soon as we walked into the woods we were in bluebell heaven! Check out the full post here.


JUNE & JULY

 Our amazing trip to Croatia was everything I dreamed it would be. We spent a week lapping up the Mediterranean sun, swimming in beautiful blue glistening waters, exploring quaint little towns with cute cobblestone alleyways, topped off with fresh seafood and gelato! I shared our trip in 6 parts ~  Part 1 ~ Dubrovnik, Part 2 ~ Split, Part 3 ~ Sunburst Sailing,  Part 4 ~ Zadar & Pag Island, Part 5 ~ Plitvice Lakes National Park, Part 6 ~ Zagreb


AUGUST

Our London anniversary shoot. This time I wanted to show off this amazing city that we call home. London is so beautiful and has so many iconic landmarks. It was so good to be reunited with our friend and photographer Candy Capco. You can see the full post here.



SEPTEMBER

 Picnic in the lavender fields! Imagine standing in rows and rows upon fragrant lavender.  It had me feeling like I was in Provence, France, the lavender capital of the world. However, we were actually still in London, less than fifteen miles away from the city. See the full post here.



OCTOBER

Double birthday celebrations at Luton Hoo! This year we did a weekend getaway for a bit of pampering and a romantic break. The best bit was this year I also got to celebrate this special day with one of my BFF's Nikita.  Read the full birthday celebrations at Luton Hoo here. Also Jake spoilt me and took me for High tea at The Ritz which you can read about here.


NOVEMBER

I'm very lucky to have meet some amazing talented people through this blog, Maxeen Kim Photography being one of them. We shot a couple 'Look Books' this year. This one being one of my favourites. You can see the full post here.



DECEMBER

Of course I had to choose this amazing styled shoot we did at the Asylum to finish off our incredible year. Shot by Nadia Meli you can see the full post here.


And there we go! A fun packed year. We can't wait to try and fit in even more in 2017! After a lovely few days away in the English countryside I’m rested and ready for another exciting New Year.

 I can't wait to share another one with you! x