chicama

chicama

If you like what you see in this post, be quick about it - you can eat it all with 50% off the food bill like we did, if you can snag a table by 31st July! 

On a hot summer's day (finally! only took until the depths of July, well done London), is there anything better than a glass of rosΓ© and sharing fresh and flavourful dishes with friends? Chicama is the definition of a perfect summertime hangout, with its airy interiors and light, colourful menu. We had the doors thrown open and it was glorious.

As the soft launch preview menu is a little smaller than their regular one, and we were four hungry people, we managed to order the entire menu except for one dish. I'm not sure I've ever managed that before!

this month :: june 2016

this month :: june 2016

After missing last month's instalment of the Happy List series, I felt like it was time to switch it up a bit. I'm no longer sticking to the actual "list" layout, but the general idea isn't all that different - I just wanted to have a freer way to take stock of the months that go by. Let's see if this works?

For me, June was a great month for me work-wise and it went by in the blink of an eye. Although I've been the happiest I've ever been on the work front since around Easter, the last few weeks have been even better. Alongside a few personal events that went well, I've enjoyed (nearly) every minute of my job(s) in general and I've felt so fortunate to love what I do, and to also learn so much from it on a daily basis. My workload eases during the summertime, and although having some more time to myself is a definite bonus, I'm actually a little sad about it!

camargue :: pink flamingo heaven

camargue :: pink flamingo heaven

I apologise in advance if this post takes an age to load, as it's ridiculously photo heavy - but I'm pretty confident that you'll think it's worth it. 

Camargue is a unique and fascinating region mostly made up of marshlands and lakes, and famous for their pink flamingos, horses and bulls, and red rice. Since it's only an hour's drive away from Aix-en-Provence, we took a day trip to Camargue and Arles with my father-in-law. Both him and E had been there multiple times before, but it was my first visit and I'm so glad we went - it was entirely different to anywhere else I've been in France or elsewhere, and we had a gorgeous day exploring this area in the South of France.

my daily face

my daily face

From politics to preening - isn't that why "lifestyle" blogs are so great? Because it basically allows you to jump from one topic to the next without even a hint of a transition? 

Today, it's all about make up. I'm sure I've mentioned before that I'm a fan of make up, and was a complete hoarder of every lipstick and dried up concealers that I ever possessed, before I did my huge de-cluttering. I just find it to be a lot of fun - not that I do anything particularly crazy with it, I'm quite prudish with make up, actually - and it's never been a chore for me. I find it relaxing (unless I'm in a big rush, which is more often the case than I'd like to admit) and quite enjoyable!

i've never voted.

i've never voted.

So Brexit happened. I don't think I really need to share my personal opinions on this matter, do I? I would only echo the 161,141,241 people who felt the same way I did. Except that I wasn't one of the 161,141,241, because I'm not a UK citizen.

I've been eligible to vote for 10 years now, and yet I've never cast a vote in my life. This fact fills me with a sense of guilt and helplessness, but I'm not sure how I could do things differently.