Brunch anyone?

Instagram’s most photogenic café

Last weekend, in between the rush of London Fashion week, I decided to finally give one of the most Instagramable cafes a visit…Elan Café! Filled to the brim with decor that would excite even the likes of Oscar Wilde. The aesthetics are truly amazing and begin to entice you as soon as your eyes fall on the storefront.

Elan Café gives you all the pleasures of being inside a gorgeous flower shop… and if you’re a fellow hay-fever sufferer like me; minus the sneezing!

So what I really wanted to know was, is this café worth all the Instagram hype? My honest answer is both yes and no.

Yes?

  1. You receive amazing service from the waiters. They are kind, quick to take your order and helpful. My friend’s dessert was accidentally taken away before she had even finished eating, once we made the waiters aware of this they kindly replaced the dessert in full – this was not even requested by us.
  2. The food comes in a good sizeable portions and is absolutely tasty and so well presented! I ordered the Nutella Hot Chocolate and Poached egg/avocado toast and Oreo cheesecake. One word: amazing.
  3. Most obviously the decor and design of the café! In the words of another bruncher: “Girl, you know we all came here for the photos!” So from the famous flower wall, hanging flowers, neon writing and even the floor. It really is pleasing to the eye.

Hmmm so the negatives…

No?

  1. The queue to get in took around 30 minutes. This however is understandable of course, being such a popular restaurant as it is currently.
  2. Feeling rushed – Shortly after we had finished and paid for our meal, a lady in a suit who worked at the café gave us no warning that it was time for us to start moving from the table. She simply brought over new customers whilst we were still seated and told us that it was time for us to go. Not impressed at all.
  3. A sense of importance – we noticed that a few people were being moved around the café from their tables to another so that other perhaps more ‘important’ visitors could get better seating.

Other than those points…I can’t really complain. My recommendations would be to visit in the weekday as it is a lot quieter during those times. Anyways…happy brunching!

Sarah x

Photo credit: First photo @elancafe (Instagram)

The rest are my own.

Hello February!

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I really cannot believe that just the other day I was wrapping Christmas presents, and now we’re already in Feb! I am over the moon that finally January is over. I don’t know about you but January is my least favorite month in the year.

Whether you’re mourning the end of Christmas festivities or the impact Christmas has had on your bank account, (lol, if that ain’t me!) or the month where we go back to reality and begin our 365 journey.

For me, February is the start of the new year. January is basically just a trial/easing into the year period….The equivalent of warming up before a gym sesh!

February is month which brings more excitement for me. There’s pancake day;  the day you can eat your body weight in fluffy goodness and also the perfect way to get together with friends or family and flip a few’.  Tip: Don’t be an overdoer and try too hard, or pancakes might themselves stuck on a wall or on the floor…Not everyone agrees with the second rule.

And of course…the month of lurrrrve. Whether it be Galentines or a Valentines, it’s definetly something to look forward to. I dont’t know about you, but it’s a perfect excuse for me to binge watch the ever so relatable Bridget Jones’s Diary and scoff down a few choccies. Oh, and can’t forget the Prosecco!

In all seriousness though, February is a month for me which brings positivity. As the days are beginning to get lighter, the weather begins to get a bit better and we are just that one step closer to Summer! Which of course means sun, fun and the lead up amazing events such as festivals/concerts, or whatever you’re interested in.

And with that…This is my way of saying Happy New Year (never too late), as for me, the year has now officially begun now that my batteries are all charged up!

 

Love Sarah x

 

photo credit: @northernplanner

New Year New Skin!

One of my goals for this year is to put my skincare to the forefront of my priorities…I mean skincare has always been one of my biggest interests but lately, that interest has been somewhat neglected…

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So when I had the chance to review and experience a PRP Plasma Blood Facial, also known as the famous Kardashian ‘Vampire Facial’ at the the Chaelis Clinic in Northampton, just know that I jumped at this amazing opportunity!

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The Chaelis Clinic is located in a quiet and picturesque village of Lowick which is local to Northampton.

So… if you’re looking for a beautifully decorated clinic which offers both privacy and discretion, this is the perfect place for you!

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Owned by the amazing Lesley Spencer, who’s reception area displays an array of impressive degrees and certifications…you already know that immediately upon arrival, you are definitely in good hands! Lesley Spencer’s welcoming and bubbly character was just what I needed to be reassured about my treatment.

Needles + Sarah was 100% not a sentence I could put together confidently…yet Lesley completely eased my nerves and reassured me that the treatment would be painless and would be done in little to no time.

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Let me tell you guys, the treatment is nothing to how it was portrayed on Keeping Up With The Kardashians! That was a major dramatization; no way as gory as that at all. Lesley discussed the treatment in full, explaining the benefits, how the treatment would be done and also detailed aftercare.

My treatment, The PRP Platelet Rich Plasma Blood Facial, which consists of using platelets from your blood (my arm in this case). These platelets when separated, release healthy collagen and elastin fibres when re-introduced into the face/body. My treatment was then finalized with a hyaluronic acid shower which was completely painless and only felt like a warm tingling sensation over my face. My treatment lasted around 30 minutes but felt a lot quicker with someone so skilled and experienced as Lesley.

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What I loved about my treatment:

Was that the results were instant, I could see the glow and how plump my face looked straightaway! My favourite outcome would have to be that since having this treatment done over a week ago, my under eyes have never looked so fresh and rejuvenated. This is one of the areas that I am most sensitive about, so to see a lasting improvement like this has made my January!

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Lesley recommends having these treatments once every other six weeks for long lasting and noticeable results.

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The Chaelis Clinic offer a range of treatments to suit all needs, have a look on their website for more information, prices and to book a consultation:

www.chaelis.co.uk

Read more about my treatment here: PRP Facial

I will be creating a Youtube Vlog on this, so keep your eyes out for that! – Youtube: Sarah Diallo

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This review was created on behalf of Luxuria Lifestyle Magazine – reviews are my honest and personal opinion.

Christmas Cheer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year. 2017 is coming to an end, and I just want to take the time to say thank you to all my readers for your support and…well, for just reading! I started this blog over a year ago and the support and response I have received is amazing. 
 THANK YOU!
 
Sarah x

 

Mustard Vibes

                             Musta’ been the vibes…


Wait a minute…hold the phone! I am smiling as I write this because I cannot get over how perfect this PVC Missguided skirt is!! From the fit to the shine, Missguided, you really nailed it with this one. I completed my look with my LOTD frill sleeve top and perspex Jewel heels from EGO. I was worried about how this combination would work, pairing such a dramatic top with PVC seemed to be a risk, but a risk I am definitely proud of!

Top: LOTD
Skirt: PVC skirt
Heels: EGO. (Out of stock)