Tip, Travel

    Welcome to London – 14 tips on how to survive being a tourist in London

    I often get questions from friends outside London about things they should know before visiting the big smoke. Its difficult because I forget myself after being here for so long, so I thought I would compile a list over my personal best tips. Easy for me to look back on, and easy for you! This one is for you London newbies out there as well as you well-travelled globetrotters. Maybe you’ll learn something new!

    1. Crossing the road– They drive on the wrong side of the road on this island, which is fine unless you wanna get run over. But if you don’t, just look down at a crossing and it will say “<- LOOK LEFT or LOOK RIGHT ->”. (with an arrow in case you struggle with your left and rights)
    2. Pronunciation– Learn how to pronounce the places you’re going  – it’s Leicester Square, pronounced Lester Square.  If in doubt, Google it.
    3. Tipping– Tipping isnt mandatory in the UK but sometimes in London, specially at fancy restaurants or if you have a large party the final bill will often include a service charge. If it does you don’t need to add tip. If it doesn’t, leave some where between 10-12%. So remember, check for service charge on your food bill
    4. Citymapper– Before you come to London download the app Citymapper. I dont know anybody in London who doesn’t have this installed on their phone. It shows your the quickest routes to get from A to B. But it also shows you lots of alternative routes, prices, how long the different routes will take and which of them are rain safe! Remember everything in London takes a lot more time than you think so Citymapper could save you lots of time.
    5. Currency– You have your pence (referred to as ‘p’) and pound (referred to as ‘quid’).  There are 1-pence, 2-pence, 5-pence, 10-pence, 20-pence, 50-pence, 1-pound and 2-pound coins. £5 notes, £10 notes, £20 notes and £50 notes. I’m not sure if there is higher than £50 notes… I’ve never seen any!
    6. Oyster card– Get yourself an Oyster card –  You can order a visitor oyster but it must be ordered ahead of time. It has a daily cap of £6.40, which is cheaper then the regular pay-as-you-go oyster cap. You top it up with credit as you use it and when you use public transport you tap it on the yellow reader. If you’re staying for 7 days, I recommend getting a 7-day travel card. It could save you money in the long run and time not having to constantly top it up. Remember to return your oyster when you leave, and get £5 back!
    7. The Tube– On the underground escalators – STAND ON THE RIGHT,
      walk on the left. Now repeat this to yourself several times.
    8. Stand in line– Don’t mess with the English queue system. No cuts!
    9. Weather– Bring cloths for all types of weather. Prepare to layer, London weather is very unpredictable and it can be boiling one day, freezing the next.
    10. Take the bus– Avoid the tube during rush hours, which are during 6am-9am and 4pm-7pm. You can use your oyster on the bus but you only need to tap the yellow reader when you get on the bus. I really recommend taking the bus over the tube. It’s a wonderful way to experience the city, especially if you are able to get the front seat on the top floor.
    11. Exchange– Apparently the best rate is at the post office if you need to change your currency
    1. Cabs –I know they look fun and fancy but avoid jumping into black cabs, they cost a fortune, and prices go up during rush hour + most of them is cash only. Use UBER instead, it’s an app for your phone, which lets you pay with card or with PayPal. You can use the code m1g1h for £10 off your first ride!
    2. Learn the Lingo – To avoid confusion learn some of the lingo.
      Chips = Fries
      Crisps = Chips
      Pants = Underwear
      Restroom = toilet

    You’re welcome

    1. Outlets/plug sockets – trying to charge your electrical device but nothing is happening? English outlets have switches next to them. Flip the switch and off you go.


    Fashion, Tip


    I love February! Its my birthday month, it’s the bf and mine’s anniversary, there is pancake day, valentines day, the Superbowl and did I mention its my birthday? I have a thing for birthdays. Basically every weekend this month is packed. Which is so exciting!

    Just as I was uploading these images I realised that I am again posting an outfit in fluffy pink sweater… maybe I have thing for those too… This button down denim skirt though was a whole £7 on ASOS! Talk about bargain! You can find it here (there are still some sizes left!) It’s taken almost a week but I have finally stopped itching after getting an allergic reaction to some bug bites. You can still see the dark swelling next to my eyes though. Hope they aren’t planning on staying around for long.

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    Fitness, Food, Tip

    Best ever tomato soup

    Happy Sunday! I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend. 🙂 Did you get up to anything fun? I spent Saturday in the sunshine walking through central London and Hyde park. Unfortunately today it’s pissing down with rain, so I started my Sunday with a gym session and tomato soup. Home made that is! It’s possibly the best tomato soup I have ever tried, and health wise it’s a lot better for you than the stuff you get in a can.


    This recipe gives 5 servings at roughly 103 kcal per cup.


    2 Cans crushed tomatoes

    1/2 box tomato passatta

    3/4 cups Celery, chopped

    3/4 cup Carrots, chopped

    1/2 cup White onion, chopped fine

    2 cups Chicken broth

    1 cup Almond milk, or skim milk (or milk of choice – I used unsweetened Almond Milk)

    2 tsp Dried oregano (you can reduce this amount if your crushed tomatoes are already seasoned)

    2 tsp Dried basil (you can reduce this amount if your crushed tomatoes are already seasoned)

    1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated


    Place everything (except for the milk, dried spices, and parmesan cheese) in a large pot and cook on med high 30 min covered, then turn heat down to low and cook an additional 15 minutes, or until veggies are tender and soup is thickened up to your liking.

    Turn heat off, I like my soup on the less chunky side so I use a hand mixer to smooth it out and while soup is still hot, add milk, parmesan cheese, and dried spices. Stir to combine everything, and serve warm!

    Happy Eating 🙂 <3


    Hey Anon!

    In light of yesterdays post, I thought I would take this opportunity to thank you all for taking a moment to read a post that took some time to write and came right from the heart. I also wanna thanks Anon X for taking the time not only to read that one post (out of like 20) but also decided that after reading that one post that he/her knew me well enough to leave a pretty nasty, childish and completely unnecessary comment. You are everything that is wrong with todays society view on beauty standards. You are a waste of perfectly good air. I’ve chosen not to display the comment (so stop logging onto my blog to see if I have), as I dont wanna spread that kind of negativity in the world. I like good karma. Yours however is a different story. Anyway thanks to you my viewing count hit a record of over 200 yesterday. So cheers buddy!

    So Anon X – if you haven’t guessed it, this post is to you. Here is an outfit of me wearing a bodycon dress. I might not be ‘kurvy’ or have washboard stomach but I can wear whatever the hell I want, you dont have to comment if you dont like it. F your beauty standards.


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    Coat from Primark, Dress from H&M, Jewellery from H&M-Bjork-Jane Konig




    Waddabout us?

    Lately I’ve had so many thoughts running around my head. About me, about my body, about fashion, about what suits me and particularly what doesn’t and there is something I need to get off my chest.. Its one of the reasons I found fashion blogging (back in 2007) difficult and its kinda sad that 9 years later, nothing really has changed.

    I don’t know about you, but I feel that according to both the fashion world and the blogging world there is only two types of acceptable body types. Skinny or curvy. I mean yes(!),finally curvy girls are embraced as a body type. Don’t get me wrong, that is fucking awesome, but what about the women that fall in between…like realistically most women do. There is probably millions of fashion and lifestyle bloggers out there, but somehow the only ones I ever seem to come across either fall into the category skinny or curvy. How are these women supposed to portray a realistic view and fashion inspiration to women who don’t fit either of those categories? I mean, what about the women that don’t have bouncy boobs and an ass you can lean a Maritini glass on? Neither do they have a flat stomach, skinny arms or a thigh gap! Remember the dad body? Welcome the mom body, just without the baby. What happened to embracing the female and male body for what it is, and not how its shaped? Just because curvy is an acceptable term now doesn’t mean we should stop campaigning for an all around healthier body image in media. I know so many women who spend hours at the gym, eat healthy but dont necessarily have a size 8 body and you know what? That’s totally ok, because you can still be healthy and have a winter duvet around you all year long. Even if they are a size 8 they still have body parts that jiggle when they walk down the street and its not a curve to put it that way!

    I posted my first outfit post this week, and you know what I found really difficult about it? Finding inspiration. Not on what to wear, but how to wear it. Which is probably why I have been struggling to post anything since. I mean, do I really wanna be ‘that’ blogger? Everywhere on Pinterest, Lookbook and Bloglovin all I could find was either slim girls or curvy girls. The irony of it all is that when I used to fall more into the curvy girl category that wasn’t really a thing. It wasn’t until I stopped blogging that ‘Curvy’ as a body size became widely acceptable. Lets face it people, any woman who is stuck in the in between knows that neither slim nor curvy will work. Tucking your t-shirt into your jeans? Out of the question. BodyCon dress without some serious hold-in underneath? Out of the question. Don’t even get me started on high waist jeans!! It’s exhausting dressing a body that isn’t one or the other. Like realistically, Khloe Kardashian was NOT fat. She wasn’t super curvy either. She had an in between body. Amy Schumer? NOT fat. She is also an in between body. I find this situation so frustrating. I just want to be able to log on to Pinterest and find fashion inspiration that I can actually use. Not something I have to starve myself for to get anything remotely close too achieving. I’m over it, and I’m here to do something about it… watch this space!2016-01-24 16.55.48x2

    Fitness, Food, Misc

    Sugar free cinnamon rolls

    You know when you wake up one morning and you’re covered in bug bites? Which then turns into an allergic reaction, which then results into you looking like Quasimodo? No? Well I do. Im currently covered in anti itch cream, and popping antihistamines like its going out of fashion.  So in attempt to make me feel better (before my arms got so swollen I couldn’t move) I decided to whip up a batch of sugar free cinnamon rolls! If you have been reading my blog, you know that on January 1st I gave up refined sugar for 100 days. Cinnamon rolls is one of my biggest weaknesses. I love the combo of cinnamon and sugar. Makes me drool just thinking about! But alas, as they contain lots of sugar, they are off my menu for a while. I kept seeing recipes on Pinterest which are sugar free, gluten free, vegan friendly, paleo diet friendly etc ect but they just seem way too complicated. You can then image my delight when I came across this recipe that is so close to the original but contains NO sugar!! Hurray! Thank you Shundara!

    They didnt last very long as you can imagine – so here is a quick snap from my phone before they disappeared


    Now dont panic – I know this recipe has sugar in it, but as Shundara mentions on her website in the original recipe, the yeast will actually eat the sugar, making the end result sugar free.

    Sugar Free Cinnamon Roll Dough Recipe:

    3 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

    ¾ cup almond milk ( I used sweetened)

    ½ cup butter

    One packet yeast (25gr)

    3 tbsps. granulated sugar

    ½ teaspoon salt

    1 egg

    ¼ cup water

    Sugar Free Cinnamon Roll Filling Recipe:

    1.5 cups sugar sub (I used a mixture of stevia and sucrose)

    ¾ cup butter, softened (I used whipped butter)

    1tbsps. ground cinnamon

    Sugar Free Cinnamon Roll Directions: Heat the milk in a small saucepan until it bubbles, remove from heat. Add butter and stir until melted. Let cool until lukewarm. In a large bowl, combine 2 ¼ cup flour, yeast, sugar and salt and mix well. To the dry ingredients use a mixer and add water, egg and the milk mixture slowly and beat well. Add the remaining flour, ½ cup at a time, stirring well after each addition. When the dough is pulled together, place onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth, about 5 minutes. Cover the dough with a damp cloth and let rest for 30 minutes to an hour (this will ensure that the yeast has ate all the sugar, and also allowing the dough to rise in the process). Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, mix together sugar sub, cinnamon, softened butter. Roll out dough into a rectangle (any size will do). Spread dough with sugar sub mixture. Roll up dough and pinch seam to seal. Cut into 12 equal size rolls and place in a well-greased cut side up. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until browned. Let cool and serve!

    Happy eating! I know I am!




    Sun kisses and beach wishes

    Between you and me, Im in desperate need of a holiday. Like Im over this cold weather now. It either needs to snow or it needs to just leaaaave. Im longing for lazy days on the beach with the sun kissing my skin. I dont care where, as long as its a beach and warm. I’ve been day dreaming away so much that I dont understand where time has gone. I tend to update instagram a lot more than my blog and with other content.


    You can follow me on instagram with Msgonzalez88 ❤


    Fitness, Tip

    Whats new January?

    Happy Monday beauties! How was your weekend? I spent yesterday cleaning the house. I wish I was joking when I said the oven took 2.5 hours to scrub clean. 2.5 hours. My arms are aching! So glad today is cardio day and not arm day! I got up at 6am to start my new workout routine, which involves 2 morning workouts a week. I’m trying to teach myself to get up early every day, its just a great way to start the day. Who am I kidding, it’s torture getting up 6am.  Anyway for those interested this is my weekly workout schedule

    Monday –  Morning cardio & spinning
    Tuesday – Rest day
    Wednesday – Training with Kate
    Thursday – Morning cardio & intervals and weights
    Friday – Rest day
    Sat – Intervals followed by weights or Body pump
    Sunday – Steady cardio of 45 to 60 minutes

    There you have it! I can still switch around my rest days, like this week my rest day might be on Thursday instead of Friday. It’s important to make sure your schedule isn’t too rigid, life happens. Fit your fitness around it.  Have you set a new workout routine for the new year? Its so important to switch up, as your body gets used to the same movements. If you’re struggling for ideas for home workouts, you can check out this post here. I’m interested in knowing, what motivates you? 🙂 <3


    Fashion, Tip

    Giant Marshmallow

    ITS ALMOST THE WEEEKEND!!! Im so excited! Im also really excited about this being my first fashion post! (its  a little scary!) I dont know about you but January is really slugging along. It doesn’t help that  our washing machine broke this week. On the other hand, it did give me a great excuse to go shopping.. not that I needed one! I got my entire outfit for £40, a bargain if you ask me. I still cant decide if this sweater makes me look like a giant marshmallow though.. If youre wondering my jeans are from H&M, and my fluffy jumper is from ASOS. (There are some links at the bottom of the post – you’re welcome) Im spending my weekend with friends and cleaning the house. Im not so excited about the last one… What are you weekend plans?

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    You can buy my  bag here, jeans here, sunnies here and scarf here


    Cant stop laughing

    My friend Caroline posted this on her blog a few days ago and I just have to share it. Its so funny. You should read her blog btw 🙂 You can find it here 


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