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The Curtain | with booking.com


Now we all know I love a staycation, I love the idea of being able to chill out and and have a mini vacay without the hassle of trains, planes or transfers. I love it because by choosing to holiday in my own city, I get to discover more of it. Areas I wouldn't usually go to and neighbourhoods I haven't yet discovered.
Last weekend thanks to the gang at Booking.com I was lucky enough to go to 'The Curtain.' The new hotel, restaurant, music venue and members club that recently opened in Shoreditch. Now of course I wouldn't be a Londoner if I wasn't familiar with the Shoreditch scene but The Curtain is certainly becoming the latest go-to place in East London so natuarally I had to check it out for myself. 
Known for it's creativity, The Curtain fits in perfectly with it's surroundings. The hotel boasts of 120 guest rooms, a roof top pool, 24 - hour gym, treatment rooms, co-working space, members club, ballroom, screening room and the famous Harlem expat Red Rooster restaurant.
Booking.com made this unique experience possible and I could not recommend it enough, so be sure to experience it for yourself!
If you've never used the booking.com website before it couldn't be easier. Available in 40 languages it offers over 1,300,000 hotels and accommodations across the world in over 227 countries so you're spoilt for choice!

I checked in on arrival and was given the key card to my room along with a gin and tonic to enhance my arrival....I mean?! 
I was so excited as I'd been given a cheeky upgrade (GET INNNNN) and so I got to stay in one of the hotels Shoreditch Suites. A large, light filled suite with amazing warehouse style windows and exposed brick. A separate living space with beautiful chesterfield chairs and a freestanding bath. It really was so stunning!
The bath was amazing, we all know I have a thing for bubble baths and this one did not disappoint, I hopped in as soon as I'd finsihed unpacking and laid back with a glass of bubbles, looked out over the whole of Shoreditch and caught up with the latest episode of Love Island on the over head TV..... bliss!
The bed was a King size and was so comfy, a great nights sleep was had by both me and my gal pal Yasmin who joined me for the weekend. The bathroom was pure blogger goals, all marble and just so so pretty. Also huge bonus points for the underfloor heating and the shower/steam room.
The room really was so beautiful and I felt like a real life princess strutting around the suite enjoying room service and popping the prosecco!



 As a self confessed foodie, a big part of any stopover for me is the food. This yet another area that The Curtain really does excel at. Whether it be the breakfast buffet in the morning over looking the rooftop lido or the room service, every morsel of food that entered my mouth was perfection.
Of course the stand out was the Red Rooster restaurant. From the acclaimed New York chef and restauranter Marcus Samuelsson the renowned Harlem hotspot comes to Shoreditch! 
This was for sure a highlight of the visit for both me and Yasmin, we literally tried the majority of the menu. 
Stand outs where the salmon, the corn bread, the cocktails (we had a fair few) and the chicken and waffles - which is the best chicken I've ever tasted... no joke.
The whole restaurant and bar was buzzing with atmosphere. Live music gives it that extra special something and the genuinely amazing staff who got all the guests talking to each other made the night one to remember. Perfect for a date, a girls night out, even a party - the restaurant has it's own private dining area available. Be sure to book well in advance, the waiting list is a long one but it's well worth it.





The Curtain is for sure one of the most excitng and biggest hotel launches in London at the moment. For travel, for food and for pure luxury it's definitely the place to go!
If you're thinking of booking your own stay be sure to comment below any questions and I'll do my best to answer. I hope you enjoyed this post and hopefully you'll get to explore The Curtain and have a foodie feast at Red Rooster yourselves very soon.

K x
*This post was kindly sponsered by Booking.com*

My Fitness Challenge with ARLA Protein | Part #1

For as long as I can remember, fitness has been a part of my life. Be it baby yoga with my mum, swimming lessons at school or dance class with my friends. I was brought up with exercise being part of my every day routine. The funny thing is, I never really realised it. 
I used to hate P.E at school, the only time I enjoyed it was when we did gymnastics (I had great balance and a really flexible back so I enjoyed flipping about...) It wasn't because I was bad at the other sports, I was actually asked to join the athletics team for hurdles at one point. The real reason I hated it was because I found it boring.
After school however at least three times per week, I'd go to dance class. Around three hours each night doing a mix of ballet, tap, jazz etc. I loved it and of course back then it was my main form of exercise but for me it was simply fun, creative and somewhere I could express myself. 25 years later (yes, I attended my first dance class aged two) I'm still dancing, taking class twice a week and loving it just as much as I did as a child.
As an adult though, I've found myself needing to increase the amount of exercise I do in order to keep my mind and body healthy but my teen attitude towards it hasn't changed, I still find 'normal' exercise boring. Where as some people prefer to spend 30 minutes on their own smashing it on the treadmill - and each to their own - I just find that mind numbingly boring! I much prefer group exercise, classes and being motivated by other peoples energy. That's why when the team at Arla Protein got in touch regarding their three month blogger fitness challenge with Our Parks I jumped at the chance.
OurParks is a fitness initiative that allows you to take part in a variety of group classes from yoga to boot camp for FREE! 
Yep, they cost nothing – zero, zip, zilch, nada – hence the OurParks slogan: ‘Turn Up, Tone Up. Get Fit For Free.
The sessions are all led by fully qualified and insured instructors and take place in local parks. That's right this summer *prays for sunshine* I'll be getting fit in the great outdoors! It was the outdoor element that really captured my interest. I've done pilate's, I've done legs bums and tums but it's always been crammed into a sweaty studio. With OurParks classes can range from an intimate number of three to a crazy session with 50. It's so nice to be outside, to be with others and to genuinely enjoy the surroundings and trust me when you're in the middle of one of Born's (the founder and CEO of OurParks) 'Burner' sessions the beauty of the greenery is about the only thing keeping you going!
It's been one month since I started the challenge. I've done a mix of group classes, mainly outdoor yoga on Sunday mornings and boot camp on Saturday afternoons. Alongside this I've also been having one to one personal training sessions with Born Barikor himself. Now I won't lie during my first session with Born I went through moments of thinking I was about to throw up, moments of wanting to shout at him and moments of pure bliss seeing what I'd achieved during the session. Born is so so lovely and made me feel comfortable straight away, although in no way did that mean he was gonna take it easy on me! He had me do a cardio HIIT session, boxing moves and even (to my utter dismay) run! 
We spoke during the session about my goals during the three month challenge. I explained that for me I wanted to split it into three.
  1. MIND - WELL BEING
  2. BODY - STAMINA
  3. SPIRIT - PROGRESS
I'm not interested in taking before and after pictures and I never weigh myself. To me exercise is so much more than that. After telling him my plan we figured out different ways in which I could track my progress. This month I've been doing a lot of the outdoor yoga classes, really getting in tune with my body, this has then gone on to help with the rest of my training. I want not only my body to be healthy but my mind to be healthy too. The sessions, which last an hour long and are held just down the road from me in the beautiful Clissold park have been my saving grace the last few weeks. After such a horrible time in the world it's been good to just zone out for 6o minutes and centre myself and my thoughts. I've found already after just four weeks my mind and well being along with my flexibility and balance have improved greatly.
 After each training session I want to make sure to keep the balance going. I always get so hungry after workouts and I'm the worst for snacking just to subside the hunger. I'm happy to say however that I've swapped the snacks for some yummy Arla Protein products, which not only taste great but also help to tone my body and keep my muscles in shape.
Arla deliver healthy, great tasting dairy products that are all based on natural goodness. I've been busy trying all the shakes and yoghurts they have to offer, slowly trying to whittle them down to my favourites. This one is the Protein Greens yoghurt - mango, kale and lime flavour and it is SO GOOD! I love citrus flavours and this one really hits the spot after a sweaty workout. Thick, delicious and fat free *yay* it's such an easy way to get my everyday protein fix without any fuss. I've found the yoghurts in particular to be a great, natural way to nourish my body after exercise in one quick, portable pot. I'm so excited to see how I progress during the rest of this challenge and I'll be sure to keep you updated but I have to say - so far so good!

 K x
Photography by - Zoe Griffin
*This post was kindly sponsored by Arla Protein*

Summer Lovin' with SimplyBE

We have been so fortunate with the weather these last couple of weeks, yes there's been the odd down pour here and there but on the whole I'd say the sun has been shining pretty much constantly.
Now although I'm a winter baby and a self confessed winter lover, even I can't deny the impact sunshine has on my mood and general outlook. I mentioned it on an instagram post I shared recently (you can follow me here) just how much postitive energy I've had lately and it feels great!
When my mood is better, my work is better. 
I have so many ideas whizzing around my head that I can't wait to share with you all! I have what I hope to be, some great content for you guys coming up. A whole mix of fashion, travel, beauty and pretty much everything else you can think of in between. AND... although I've not yet mentioned it on here yet, my brand new Youtube channel is now up and running too!
Jacket - H&M, Jumpsuit c/o - SimplyBe, Bag c/o - SimplyBe, Shoes - & Other Stories,
Glasses - Glasses Direct, Necklace - H&M, Bracelets - Daniella Draper, Monica Vinader, Vintage
Photography - Zoe Griffin
I don't know if it's just the weather but my life just seems to be in a good place and on the right track at the minute and trust me it has taken a LONG time for me to be able to say that.
So thank you Mr Sunshine, whether you're partly or soley responsible for that shift - I'm chuffed! Another reason why I'm loving the rays is the return of my summer wardrobe *Hurrah*
I have loved getting my summer favourites back out as well as adding to my ever growing collection. This get up here is my current sunshine go to. It's easy to throw on, has some serious boho chic vibes and the print is a right beaut!
I had been looking for a floral jumpsuit that complimented my figure for ages and was so happy when I found this one on the SimplyBe website. Their clothes are both affordable and good quality and they stock some really wearable pieces for pretty much every occasion.
Teamed with a classic denim jacket, a pair of my signature specs and a chunky heel - we are good to go.... or so I thought. A last minute browse bought this faux suede tassel bag to my attention and I just knew it was meant to be, so on it went and BINGO! The perfect summers day outfit.

K x
*This post was sponsored my SimplyBe, but all opinions and love of the sunshine are my own*