January 18, 2018

7 Instagram Perfect Brunch and Coffee Spots in London

7 Instagram Perfect Brunch and Coffee Spots in London

Bijuleni - 7 Instagram Perfect Brunch and Coffee Spots in London - Peggy Porschen Cakes - cafe latte

Bijuleni - 7 Instagram Perfect Brunch and Coffee Spots in London - Peggy Porschen Cakes - cafe latte


Call me basic but this is a dream. Instagrammable brunch spots and coffee shops in London. It goes beyond Instagram though. It is about sitting in a beautiful space enjoying your coffee, dessert or brunch. It is also about the whole experience. Essentially, I traveled to London for the food, and all the Instagram worthy spots which were endless. London is a hub of Instagram inspiration that will leave you wanting to explore more and more. I definitely did not have time to explore all the brunch spots in London I wanted, but I wanted to share with you 7 Instagram Perfect Brunch and Coffee Spots in London that I went to this past Fall. Here they are:

1. Hally's 

Bijuleni - 7 Instagram Perfect Brunch and Coffee Spots in London - Hally's

Bijuleni - 7 Instagram Perfect Brunch and Coffee Spots in London - Hally's
Image by Privatediningrooms
Bijuleni - 7 Instagram Perfect Brunch and Coffee Spots in London - Hally's

Bijuleni - 7 Instagram Perfect Brunch and Coffee Spots in London - Hally's - Beet Root Latte

Another neighborhood favourite that screams Instagram. Hally's is a California inspired food cuisine in Parsons Green that serves smoothies, home made baked goods, and tons of healthy eats. Even though we sat on the patio because it was a beautiful sunny day, the indoor decor has a relaxed beach house vibe which I loved. The perfect spot for a late bite and of course for that Instagram perfect shot.

Must Try | Beet latte, Crispy avocado fries, Corn fritters with crispy bacon, avocado, poached egg & creme fraiche
Location | 60 New Kings Road, London

2. Palm Vaults

Bijuleni - 7 Instagram Perfect Brunch and Coffee Spots in London - Palm Vaults

Bijuleni - 7 Instagram Perfect Brunch and Coffee Spots in London -Palm Vaults

Bijuleni - 7 Instagram Perfect Brunch and Coffee Spots in London -Palm Vaults

If Barbie opened up a cafe in Miami, this is what it would look like. I discovered Palm Vaults though Instagram and this vegan brunch/coffee  spot even though it is really far from central London, it is definitely worth the trip. A little piece of ethereal heaven with lush hanging green plants and faint elements of pink shades, and did I mention they have drinks of all colours of the rainbow? From the pink lattes to the smashed avocado sprinkled with flower petals, to the delicious smoothie bowls, this place is the best Instagrammable spot in London.

Must Try | Avocado Toast, Purple Rain Tonic Latte
Don't Go if |  You don't like beautiful places
Location |  411 Mare St, London 

3. Peggy Porschen Cakes

Bijuleni - 7 Instagram Perfect Brunch and Coffee Spots in London - Peggy Porschen Cakes

Bijuleni - 7 Instagram Perfect Brunch and Coffee Spots in London - Peggy Porschen Cakes

Bijuleni - 7 Instagram Perfect Brunch and Coffee Spots in London - Peggy Porschen Cakes

Bijuleni - 7 Instagram Perfect Brunch and Coffee Spots in London - Peggy Porschen Cakes

Peggy Porschen in Belgravia is one of the dreamiest coffee shops I have ever been too. You want to be submerged in pink? Pink walls. Pink cupcakes. Pink coffee cups. Pink flowers. Pink chairs. Everything is pink! Peggy Porschen is the number one coffee stop for tourists and local Instagrammers as well. Everything is just so pretty here and the dessert is just as good. I actually came here twice once with Kam, and once with my lovely blogger friend Eva and her cute pup cavalier, Amelia.  A little tip? Visit either early in the morning when the shop opens up or late in the day when the shop is about to close if you want to find a table to sit outside and you do not want the shop to be overcrowded. Those are the least busy times.

Must Try | Everthing!   
Don't Go if | You hate pink and don't like people taking pictures. 
Location |  116 Ebury St, Belgravia

5. Biscuiteers 

7 Instagram Perfect Brunch and Coffee Spots in London - Biscuttiers

7 Instagram Perfect Brunch and Coffee Spots in London - Biscutteers

7 Instagram Perfect Brunch and Coffee Spots in London - Biscutteers

7 Instagram Perfect Brunch and Coffee Spots in London - Biscutteers

7 Instagram Perfect Brunch and Coffee Spots in London - Biscutteers

Remember my post about RBC Avion and the infamous coffee shop I was trying to find in Notting Hill? This is it!  The one and only Biscuiteers. This is such a magical place not just for kids, but adults as well. The shop is out of a storybook. Even though this is a luxury biscuit boutique they do offer other desserts as well like macarons and some other delicious cakes. Their range of hand iced biscuits is out of this world. I feel like macarons and cupcakes seem so ordinary compared to the biscuits that Biscuiteers serves to its guests. These biscuits are so glamorous and beautiful you really do not want to eat them. Loved all the collections. Kamiran and I had some macarons, cappuccinos and we grabbed some biscuits to go.

Must Try | Obviously their biscuitts
Don't Go if |  You don't like biscuitts.
Location |  194 Kensington Park Rd, London

6. Daisy Green Collection - Timmy Green 

7 Instagram Perfect Brunch and Coffee Spots in London - Timmy Green

7 Instagram Perfect Brunch and Coffee Spots in London

7 Instagram Perfect Brunch and Coffee Spots in London

7 Instagram Perfect Brunch and Coffee Spots in London

During our travels in London I realized that Londoners love their Aussie inspired food. The Daisy Green Collection has a variety of restaurants under their chain like Timmy Green, Daisy Green, Peggy Jean and Beany Green all based on an Australian cuisine.We headed to the Timmy Green which is located at Westminster just before heading to V&A museum. Also, conveniently close to Buckingham Palace. This Daisy Green collection location is gorgeous. They serve bottomless brunches, delicious avocado on charcoal bread (YES Charcoal!) and finger licking lunches. Also, cutest coffee cups, and marble table tops. An instagrammer's dream location for food photography.

Must try | Broccoli and Corn Fritters, Steak and Eggs
Location | 11 Buckingham Palace Road, London
Takes Reservations | Yes

Farm Girl Cafe

I was expecting this rose table... (image by @theblondmacaron)
Got this instead... I mean...

Farm Girl is the Instagram hotspot in Notting Hill, situated in a cute alley on Portobello Road. Another Australian cafe that focuses on healthy eating to satisfy your traveler's hunger. I was a bit disappointed with Farm Girl. I still do recommend it because I feel if you go to Notting Hill you have to go to Farm Girl. So here's why I was disappointed: The pink tables you may have seen in photos on your Instagram feed are actually located in the courtyard of Farm Girl and there is only 4 of them. When we got to Farm Girl all pink tables were available, but it was raining. I will do many things to get the shot, but eating in the the rain is not one of them.  So we sat inside. The restaurant is dark, with terrible yellow lighting and the tables are what I call horror in flesh. A weird brownish retro shade. Although we loved the food, I was crying on the inside. This was my worst nightmare. Instagram lied! I just wanted my pink table. lol #firstworldproblems

Must try | Rose lattes and raspberry pancakes.
Location | 59A Portobello Rd, Notting Hill
Takes Reservations | No

7. Muriel's Kitchen

7 Instagram Perfect Brunch and Coffee Spots in London - Muriel's Kitchen

7 Instagram Perfect Brunch and Coffee Spots in London - Muriel's Kitchen

7 Instagram Perfect Brunch and Coffee Spots in London - Muriel's Kitchen
I randomly discovered Muriel's kitchen while I was exploring Kam's neighborhood in London. I had a peak inside the restaurant and I instantly knew we had to come back for brunch. Healthy, comfort eats, beautiful mosaic floors, delicious freshly squeezed orange juice and yummy cakes; Muriel's kitchen is here to make you happy. I have heard the line ups are pretty long on weekends so make a reservation. 

Must try | Fresh Orange Juice (simple yet so refreshing), Free Range Chicken Sandwich
Location | 1-3 Pelham Street, London
Takes Reservations | Yes


Perfectly served smash Avocado toast, yummy pancakes, warm beet lattes and spaces that will please your aesthetic visions during your travels; London is a hub of sensational cafes. Excellent quality of food and aesthetically pleasing. There are many more restaurants I want to share with you, but I feel this a good start to your  London cafe hop. 

Any cafes in London you love? Which one of these is your fave? 
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January 16, 2018

How To Dress Like a French Girl

Bijuleni | How To Dress Like a French Girl  - Hat,  SheIN longline blazer, Vintage Chanel Handbag, Nine West maroon flats, Silver Jeans skinny jeans and Zara pink sweater.

Bijuleni - Vintage Chanel handbag

Who doesn't love a little Parisian flare when they are walking down the street? French girls are known for their effortless chic style. Basic styles yet nothing turns heads like a French girl's wardrobe. Sharing below my list of 5 essential wardrobe pieces you need to curate your perfect French girl outfit ensemble. 
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January 12, 2018

The Benefits of Clean Eating and What I Learned






I wanted to give you an update and talk a little more in detail about my clean eating and the benefits that I have seen so far in my lifestyle. 

What I Eat

My 1 week of working with a nutritionist was very eye opening. I paid attention to every little detail of how my body was reacting to the dietary changes. Tracy creates meal plans that are based on a whole food diet. The diet includes lots of vegetables, fruits, plus healthy proteins and fats. It also means cutting back on refined grains, additives, preservatives, unhealthy fats and large amounts of sugar and salt which I was eating a lot of. Although the meals are very healthy, they are in fact very tasty. I also love that I am trying foods I would not necessarily think to make, like butternut-squash soup or a kale edamame tuna salad. It is been very rewarding to try new flavours and foods that do not negatively affect my health. Tracy is also amazing with taking directions about the meals, so if there is a dish that I felt is just not for my taste buds I just let her know and then she eliminates the food item from my meal plans or finds a substitution. 

My skin

The first couple of days my skin went through a drastic change and I saw a difference right away. My skin developed a different glow and it seemed smoother than usual as well. I kind of plateaued after that, but my skin is still clearer than usual and I look less tired. I also decided to stick to my skincare regime every night before I go to bed. For me it was important to make changes in not just the way Ieat, but also in my lifestyle in general. I think looking and feeling fabulous goes beyond the food you eat.

My Weight

The past 10 years my life went through many unexpected changes which led my weight to be my living roller coaster. When my life was my so called normal I was an average of 123 pounds. Flash forward to 2017, my weight reached 135 pounds. This is my experience and the way I felt about my body and in no way I am body shaming anyone that is this weight. This is the heaviest I have ever been, and I just didn’t feel like me anymore. Aside from all the health issues, gaining this weight took a toll on different aspects of my life. I want to clarify that I did not hire a nutritionist to lose weight. My main focus is to improve my health and have a balanced gluten free diet. I wanted to be able to eat food without being constantly in pain. So far I have lost 5 pounds by eating healthier foods, eliminating gluten (as much as I can) and eating more consistently throughout the day. My goal is to gradually go back to my weight of 123 pounds, but I want to do it as slowly as possible.

My Overall Health

This comes as no surprise to me, but most of my symptoms are gone. I have not had any sharp stomach pains since I started eating the meal plans that Tracy creates for me, I am also not bloated all the time, and my overall health has improved drastically. I am still not where I want to be, and my hives still do surface, but only when I slip up and eat something that has gluten in it. Even though working with a nutritionist is amazing, I also need to be committed to the meal plans and not let myself slip up and be tempted by eating foods that are not in my meal plan. Like that gluten cookie... 

The Challenges I Face With Clean Eating

Clean eating is the best gift you will ever give yourself, but some days are really hard. Clean eating has really challenged me as a person to stay committed and persevere through temptation. I was doing such a great job sticking to the clean eating meal plans Tracy was giving me, but then it happened. I made eye contact with Mrs. Fields and I ended up eating so many milk chocolate cookies. You are bound to cheat once or twice. Do not feel too guilty about it. It is part of the clean eating process and the journey to be smarter about what you eat. There is a solution though to satisfy all of your sugar cravings. After my breakdown at Mrs Fields I had a chat with Tracy and expressed my need to include some snacks that substitute my unhealthy sugar cravings, so now she always adds yummy, healthy snacks. There is always a way around clean eating to satisfy all of your cravings in a healthy manner. 


Don't forget to read my post about Getting My Body Back on Track with Clean Eating

My Nutritionist CONTACT INFORMATION

Email: tracylynnhoule@icloud.com

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January 10, 2018

Survival Starter Kit to Being a Blogger


I remember that cold day in December 2014, when I purchased my website domain and I tackled the art of blogging. I had no idea what I was doing. I spent hours and hours googling tips about being a blogger and how to set up coding for my site. Some helpful tips, some not. Looking back, at my first year of blogging, I wish I had done some of these steps right away. So, for those of you that are aspiring bloggers, here is my Survival Starter Kit to Being a Blogger for the newbies out there.

Survival Starter Kit to Being a Blogger

  1. The name of your blog is important. Choose wisely.
  2. Define your brand; colour scheme, fonts, logo, blog layout etc. What is the vibe of your brand?
  3. Hire a professional designer to design your website. There are also tons of templates on Etsy you can choose from to ensure your site looks polished.
  4. Think about your blog categories; style, lifestyle, recipes... What will it be?
  5. Make blogger friends. No one will understand your struggles better.
  6. Blogger friends will also help you stay motivated and provide you with useful tips.
  7. Visuals are everything; Invest in a good quality camera or hire a photographer.
  8. Purchase a photoshop program. Turn photos from blah to fab.
  9. Stick to a few social media platforms. Don't over extend yourself.
  10. Be consistent with posting on both your blog and social media.
  11. Engage with your audience on Instagram, but don’t be on your phone 24/7. Life balance.
  12. Invest in automatic scheduling where possible. I use Buffer and Tailwind a lot. 
  13. Create folders on your phone with photo categories for posting on IG for rapid retrieval.
  14. Create a media kit and think about your rates right away.
  15. Evaluate and update your rates at the end of each quarter depending on analytics.
  16. Create an invoice template.
  17. Organize your emails into folders and sub-folders right away.
  18. Start a contact list.
  19. Keep spreadsheets of all your collaborations.
  20. Focus on building relationships with PR companies.
  21. The fact that a brand is reaching out to you automatically means they love your brand. 
  22. If you reach out to a brand for a collaboration, follow up if you haven’t heard back from them within a week.
  23. Don’t take it personally if a brand does not want to collaborate.
  24. Don't let brands take advantage of you.
  25. You can and should negotiate your compensation and expectations of campaigns.
  26. It is ok to say no to collaborations, and you should say no where you feel the fit is not right. 
  27. Don't ever post about a product you don’t like or would never use.
  28. Read through influencer agreements carefully.
  29. Find your niche: Who are your followers? What do they like?
  30. If it takes you longer than an hour to write a blog post then there is a problem. Time yourself.
  31. Dedicate 3-4 hours on the weekend and write next week's blog posts.
  32. Create a yearly strategy. What is your aim each year?Each month?
  33. Breathe. Have fun. Be yourself.

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January 8, 2018

How To Choose Your First Designer Handbag

Bijuleni | How to Choose Your First Designer Handbag - GG Marmont medium matelassé shoulder bag

Bijuleni | How to Choose Your First Designer Handbag - GG Marmont medium matelassé shoulder bag

Bijuleni | How to Choose Your First Designer Handbag - GG Marmont medium matelassé shoulder bag

Bijuleni | How to Choose Your First Designer Handbag - GG Marmont medium matelassé shoulder bag

Bijuleni | How to Choose Your First Designer Handbag - GG Marmont medium matelassé shoulder bag

Bijuleni | How to Choose Your First Designer Handbag - GG Marmont medium matelassé shoulder bag

Bijuleni | How to Choose Your First Designer Handbag - GG Marmont medium matelassé shoulder bag

Who doesn't love treating themselves on a luxury designer handbag? This is definitely not an impulse buy item, or a purchase you will just grab while you are on the go. At least not for me. Before you take the big step and spend thousands of dollars on a purse you will either grow tired of or a designer handbag that will not give you the timeless value  you are looking for, I recommend you consider the following before splurging on your first designer handbag.  

Set a Budget

This is the most important step in deciding which designer handbag you will purchase. There are so many different ranges of designer handbags out there. You can spend from $800 up to $10K+ so sticking to your budget is key. My personal opinion is that for your first designer handbag you want to stick to the lower tier of pricing. Dropping $4K on your first designer handbag to be quite frank sucks. Even if you have the savings for it,  letting go of money, especially for a handbag never gets easy. It will sting a little less if you ease yourself into it. 

 Pick The brand

Setting your budget and the brand you choose go hand in hand. Some designer brands are more expensive than other ones, so automatically some designer brands will not fall under your budget. For example, if your budget is $2K, you are not going to be looking at Hermes. If you do your research you will get a feel of what brands are within your budget and which are not. 

 Choose The Design 

Think carefully about the style of handbag you want and choose wisely. My tip is to choose a handbag that fits your lifestyle. If you are always on the go, travel a lot and want a bag that does not weigh a ton, you would probably go for a cross-body. Don't purchase a handbag just because it is pretty. Think if it is a practical handbag that coincides with your personal style. For example, when I chose to purchase the GG Marmont medium matelassé shoulder bag it was because I love big handbags where I can put my entire life in. A mini crossbody does not fit into my everyday lifestyle.

Will the Bag Be a Classic?

When you are choosing the design, you may also want to consider investing in a handbag that will withstand the pass of time, and will remain a classic for years. Do not buy a  luxury designer handbag because it is in trend or the design is too gimmicky for your personal style. Considering how much designer handbags cost, you want the first designer handbag you invest in to be a classic piece. When I purchased my GG Marmont medium matelassé shoulder bag, no one I knew had it. Now, it seems the GG Marmont handbags are in every blogger's designer handbag shelf. EVERYONE has it. When demand for a bag is high that means it may pass into the classic category. Usually if a handbag is still in high demand after 3-4 seasons since its launch it means it will be a classic handbag. 

Pick a Colour

Another important thing to consider when purchasing your first designer handbag is the colour. Pick a colour that suits your wardrobe and you will be able to match with your wardrobe. Also, think of the practicality of the colour. For example, if you wear jeans often, you may want to stay away from handbags that are white or beige because your jeans will rub off on your purse. I wear jeans quite often and some of the colour has rubbed off on my GG Marmont. Imagine my purse was white. Oh the horror. Also, ask yourself do you want to choose a colour that is a classic or a bag with a colour that will be your statement piece? When I chose my GG Marmont in the bubblegum colour, I wanted it to be a statement piece. I just loved the colour so much, so I wasn't thinking if it will be a classic or not. 

Think about Re-sale Value

Shocker, but you may eventually get tired of your designer handbag. If your designer handbag splurge does not end up being an item you want to have for the rest of your life, you want to ensure that when you purchase it, it will be an item that will have a great re-sale value. Some brands have a better re-sale value than others. For example, the top leading brands in re-sale value are Louis Vuitton (especially the Neverful), Chanel, Goyard, Birkin. They always seem to hold their retail value. After some research, I found that Dior and Fendi have the worst resale retention value. Although, I do think that this also depends on the design of the handbag. 


Photography: Laura Clarke Photography

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