Peggy Porschen |Cake Parlour | London

When I was in London recently I decided to make a quick trip to the hugely instagrammable Peggy Porschen on Ebury Street in Belgravia. I’ve gotten used to using the City Mapper app while in New York the last few times and so I decided to use it in London to see if I could justify nipping in before I caught a train to Margate to see my besties. 

The app is so so useful and has a “Get me somewhere” button where it uses GPS to tell you the quickest options to get to where you want to be which might include a few methods i.e walking, train, tube then walking etc. It told me to get on the tube at Oxford Circus (I was on Oxford Street) and to get off a couple of stops away at Victoria Tube Station and then it would be a 6 minute walk. So of course I decided to go. What the heart (belly) wants! Sorry white jeans, I’ll try to squeeze into you next year! I really like this app as it makes everything so easy to understand. Sometimes you think someone telling you to go to a specific station and get the tube or train to another specific station is simple, until you get there and you’re like, shit what tube or train actually goes there? 

That’s why I loved this app as it tells you specifically what line to get on and how many stops & minutes it is etc, and then once you get off you can use GPS to direct you on foot. It also has a stats page where it encourages you to make good choices, telling you how many calories you’ve burned, how many trees you’ve saved and how much money you’ve saved! Anyway, I liked the app, I got there, and it looked like this…

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The place is just picture perfect. So so cute! If you’re a fan of things like this I’d really recommend making some time to go on your next trip to London as it’s really not out of the way. One of the things I did regret though was not being there with a friend. It seems like the ideal place to sit outside, get some cute pots of tea and cake or mini bottles of Moët, put on your sunglasses and soak up the girlyness in all it’s glory! If you’re lucky enough to have one, I’d probably take one of those friends that’s good at taking insta pics (you know the ones…like from a meme, the will get down on the ground to get a good angle – tell you to lift your chin so you only have one – know your good side without asking kind of friend) because you will not feel embarrassed instagraming until your heart is content here! In fact…you can’t help it! 

So about the cakes…they did disappoint! Although they didn’t look like this by the time I got to Margate! I think I must have been gleefully swinging my arms about at the thought of seeing my best friends (we all live quite a distance from one another, including Rachel who was coming all the way from Dubai!) and so they got a little bashed! I didn’t notice initially but the fruity one on the right hand side actually had a heart filled with a juicy filling that you squeezed into/onto the cake yourself! They were all delicious, the Oreo one had an Oreo at the base, and the salted caramel had a mountain of gooey caramel in the centre! TOO GOOD. They were about £3/4 each but worth it. Hey, if they are good enough for Stella McCartneys wedding they are good enough for me. 


Here’s a few other London suggestions for your sweet tooth 

  • Maitre Choux – giving the eclair some luxe! 
  • Biscuiteers – literally biscuits for every occasion! 
  • Crumbs and Doilies – fun variety of cupcakes just off Carnaby Street!
  • Lily Vanilli – one for the vegans and gluten free lovers among you, and right beside Columbia Road Flower Market! 

Love Ellen xxx

    Tantrum Doughnuts | Glasgow

    This week I made a visit to Tantrum Doughnuts in the West End, just a hop skip and jump away from Kelvingrove Art Museum. One of the things I’ve always appreciated about this place is it’s branding. It’s just ultra cool! 

    The shop is really nice and intimate with just a couple of bar areas with stools. I really love that sign above with the branding printed on a pistachio and hibiscus doughnut. FYI I’ve discovered that I really enjoy saying “hibiscus”. I didn’t actually realise that the kitchen where they make all the produce is just a couple of doors down from the shop. Again, like the shop it’s got a really cool exterior where you can even see the staff at work inside. 

    As soon as we entered the shop the staff were really welcoming and friendly while we were trying to decide on flavours. There was a good variety of options, but we decided to go for Creme Brûlée, Pistachio and hibiscus, Jam, Hazlenut chocolate, French toast glaze & candied bacon, and Double Blueberry with white chocolate. We decided not to get any of the coffee’s shakes or sundaes, but they looked tempting!

    As you can see, they all look delicious! The presentation is immaculate and they taste lovely. My favourites were probably  blueberry and white chocolate, and hibiscus and pistachio. I do however think that sometimes I just prefer the classic no frills version of things rather than the ‘gourmet’ jazzed up version. Although I can definitely appreciate Tantrum’s spin on it, I don’t think it’ll be a regular purchase for me. Maybe I need to broaden my horizons but I’ve never tasted a better doughnut than the warm and sugary ones I used to get from a van at Wishaw Market when I would visit my Gran at the weekend! (Insert link incase the westenders don’t know where the buzzing metropolis of Wishaw is). I also thought just over £2.00 was expensive for one doughnut, especially if you were buying a few to share with friends or take to a special occasion. But I do get that they are hand made and small batch with a lot of love and attention to detail put into them. Overall, I think it’s a great shop and I really admire what they are doing and how well they are doing it! I’d still definitely recommend this place to people who want some cool, tasty and interesting Doughnuts! 

    Ellen x

    Mamafubu | Pan Asian | Glasgow 

    Last week I popped along to Mamafubu on Glassford street for some “Pan Asian” goodness! It’s really central, just around the corner from Polo Lounge and Ingram Street. 

    Now this blog post isn’t filled with super impressive foodie photos because frankly I’d just woken up from nightshift and a block of extremely busy shifts and I was absolutely starving so the photos are a bit rushed! But the food was really tasty and I’d definitely go back, so I thought it was worth a share on here as I’ve been neglecting to document my foodie adventures since I started this thing. And I love seeing inspiration online for where to eat out! 

    My first impressions were good, it’s a nice relaxed space with tables beside the window, a bar area to sit at with stools, and an elevated area which is where we were sitting. The staff that we met were all Asian men and so so friendly. Good service just makes you like a place instantly don’t you think? 

    The menu had a really good extensive variety of options! We opted for a few classics to share between us that perhaps aren’t the most ‘instagrammable’ but tasted delicious! 

    Breast of chicken fried rice 

    Chicken Dumplings

    Garlic Pac Choi

    Salt and Chilli Chips 

    Beef Yakitori skewers

    So there we go. They were all delicious! No fancy ‘concepts’ or presentation. Just good food!

    They do a great value lunch deal, bento box’ and takeaway option that I’m sure is really popular with the locals. They’ve also opened a sister restaurant called Kowloon Bar & Kitchen in the Southside that’s now on my list!

    Here’s me wondering if I’m pregnant or if it’s just the salt and chilli chips…

    Yep just the chips. 


    Ellen x

    International Day of the Midwife | 10 Reasons Why I Love My Job 

    May 5th is an internationally recognised day for highlighting the work of midwives all over the world. Although I’ve always thought May the 4th (be with you) would have been more appropriate! For me, today is the perfect opportunity to reflect a bit about how I got to become a part of this amazing group of people and to talk a little bit about some of my favourite things about being a midwife! 

    When I was at school I didn’t really know what I wanted to do, which of course resulted in me going to University to study Politics and French, as you do! There were a few over opinionated people in my politics module (understatement) but on the whole it was fine and I was really enjoying the buzz of university life! So the way I felt when I met my flatmates mum who was a community midwife really came as a surprise to me! This might sound stupid but at the time of looking up university prospectuses and researching careers, I kind of forgot that midwives were ‘a thing’. There was no One Born Every Minute or Call the Midwife on TV to remind me. I pretty much missed out the health sector because I didn’t think facing sickness and sadness every day was what i wanted. As soon as Lynsey’s mum left that night, I stayed up late researching what a midwife does and it was a real eureka moment. So much so that I quit my degree a few days later and applied to midwifery right away. Midwifery is a hard degree to get in to, with limited Universities only taking about 20 applicants a year at the time, so I was so so thankful and relieved that I was successful. What’s weird is that soon after, my flat mate Lynsey also quit her degree (in Dietetics) to follow in her mums footsteps and is now a midwife too!!

    Now that I’m over 4 years in, I can’t imagine doing anything else! It really is such a special job. Don’t get me wrong, there’s a lot to it and it’s not all sunshine, but on a day like today I’ve listed 10 of my favourite things about being a midwife!

    10 things I love about being a Midwife:

    1. We help empower women and get to see how incredibly strong and courageous they are on a weekly basis! It really is so inspiring and the admiration I have for them can’t be described! #girlpower

    2. It’s amazing how fast we can build rapport with people. It’s a relationship built on trust and support and if we have the opportunity we can really get to know people which is one of my favourite things about the job! It’s certainly not always like this but sometimes by the time the baby is born you’ve learned their deepest fears and insecurities, their strengths, how they met, seen photos of the wedding and nursery decor, heard details of their loft conversion and know their dogs middle name. I love that! It makes it all the more special when you get to see the precise moment that they become a family. 

    3. Midwives make the best tea’s! And by teas I don’t mean a cup of tea, I mean a Michelin star spread/buffet. It’s like a full scale military operation/obstetric emergency drill enlisted for when it’s someone’s retirement, birthday, baby shower etc. A list goes up of who is bringing what and there’s always enough to feed the entire East End of Glasgow. I tend to bagzie things like crisps and dip because we can’t all be Mary Berry!

    4. People that you meet outside of work will tell you their full labour story including leaking nipples and incontinence. It’s not that I enjoy that, but I just find it endearing that they automatically trust you enough to want to tell you ‘their story’ within minutes of meeting you at a friends BBQ. 

    5. We don’t just ‘deliver babies’!! We do so so SO much more, and make so many autonomous decisions with a huge amount of responsibility. #ifyouknowyouknow

    6. We get to appreciate how precious life is. The ability to conceive, grow, birth and parent a baby is not something we take for granted.

    7.  We work as a team, wether it’s making the 6am nightshift tea and toast or running up the corridor to help your colleague whose patient is haemorrhaging. From doctors, auxiliaries, porters, ODP’s, sonographers, physio’s, social workers and loads more, it’s nice to be a part of a wider team where everyone brings something to the table. It just wouldn’t work without them all!

    8. We get to see how amazing the human body is. It is honestly mind blowing. Granted it doesn’t always do what we want it to but it really is an incredible thing. And even when it doesn’t do what we want it to, it’s amazing how over the years through science and research we have learned how to treat and manage some things. 

    9. The thank you’s. It always amazes me when you get women who endure the struggles of childbirth and within seconds of the baby being out they tell you that they “couldn’t have done it without you!”. Are you kidding? You’ve just pushed a baby out of your vagina – you’re an absolute champ and as we always say “you done it all yourself”. The thank you’s really do mean so much to us at every stage that we see you in pregnancy, labour and after. Midwifery can be a highly stressful career and occasionally all it takes is one thank you to stop you from collapsing in a heap and getting a job at Asda.

     10. I love how people tend to think midwives are all wee old dears with really softly spoken voices who love rainbows and knitting! There’s something about Glasgow midwives anyway that makes them some of the funniest, assertive, kindest and quick witted people I know! You know those people that are just so good at telling a story too? One of a kind!

    I quickly wanted to mention the book below that was given to me years ago by an inspirational health visitor in Castlemilk called Rhonda. It takes a lot of confidence and fearlessness to become a midwife and she built me up when I was lacking it as a student. I’m always so thankful for influences like her, especially now being a mentor myself. 

    “Remember we can do anything we put our mind to!”

    And on that matter I’d love to say a massive thank you to a few business savvy friends of mine that have been SO generous to donate amazing raffle prizes for charity to help celebrate International Day of the Midwife at the University of West of Scotland!

    – Chris Lessani at BRGR

    – Luan and Luli from Bread Meats Bread

    – Harri at Forty Clothing

    – Chloe at Mud Urban Flowers

    and the one and only Lisa Donati

    Thanks for reading and Happy International Day of the Midwife!

    Ellen x

    Mud Urban Flowers | Glasgow| Q&A

    Recently, the beautiful Chloe from Mud Urban Flowers kindly sent me such an Instagram worthy bunch of flowers that I thought I’d bring you here to discuss just how much this new Glasgow brand have nailed it! 

    Before we begin I should mention that this post features a crisp and classic but nightmare to iron blouse from H&M. I totally love this little number despite my boyfriend slagging me by saying I looked like a Victorian! Apparently DJ’s know so much about fashion now and between 1837-1901…🤔

    (And yes I did just have to google when the Victorian period was)

    Mud Urban Flowers are a new online Glasgow brand that are making gifting bouquets appealing for us millenials! Signature cardboard tote and cool logo? Tick! Stunning fresh flowers? Tick! Order online with free delivery? Tick! Currently delivering Monday to Friday 11am-5pm to G1, G2, G3, G4, G5, G11, G12, G13, G14, G20 and G61. They come in 2 different sizes, little for £19 and luxe for £39. The little is featured in my photos and is the perfect size, but I’d definitely get the luxe for a special occasion! You don’t even need to think about what looks good as each day they have one daily design that is seasonal, on trend and ready to go! You can also set up a flower subscription for weekly, fortnightly or monthly! I really love seeing small Glasgow business’ get it so right, so I was intrigued as to who was behind it! Cue a Q & A with Chloe and Nick the faces behind the brand!

    Q: So who are Chloe and Nick and what did you both do before Mud?

    A: Chloe graduated in 2014 with a degree in English and History (oh this is embarrassing…please teach me about the Victorian times haha! E) before working around the world with leading floral designers including Holly Heider Chapple. Her cousin, Nick graduated with a degree in Marketing and French, Nick worked for 6 years in the London financial district before retraining as a florist. Since 2003, his company Mood Flowers designs luxury weddings and events throughout Scotland and beyond. In addition, he trains new and established florists helping them to improve their business and technical skills at Flower School Glasgow

    Q: How did the company and branding come about?

    A: After realising we had complimentary skill sets, we decided we wanted to establish a new brand which reinvented flower delivery for the millennial consumer. Using Nick’s floristry knowledge and experience with Chloe’s eye for design and social media savvy, the duo have created a brand fit for 2017. 
    For the branding, we designed a prototype cardboard tote and had it manufactured here in the U.K. and we worked closely with a graphic design company to bring the contemporary logo to life. 

    Q: Did you always see yourselves doing this/being part of this industry? What did you do before?

    A: Nick: “Becoming a florist was a complete case of serendipity for me. I met a girl (my now wife) who wanted to become a florist. After 6 years in the corporate world, I realised working in the 9-5 rat race wasn’t for me and followed her from finance to flowers. I have never looked back.”
    Chloe: “I’ve always wanted to establish my own business, but I wasn’t sure in which field. With a love of flowers and a few years experience in the industry, I realised there was an opportunity in the market place to modernise the way people order and send flowers.


    Q: What’s your favourite flower? Is there a flower you hate?

    A: Nick: “I like green cymbidium orchids and any colour of french tulip. There’s some flowers I don’t like, but I’m happy to design with any flowers that my customers like.” 
    Chloe: “I love burgundy scabiosa and white sweet peas, actually all colours of sweet peas! I really don’t mind any flowers, even the traditional one’s can be restyled. Flowers are like fashion, they come and go. We used lemon dianthus/ carnations in a Mud bouquet recently, and it was one of the most popular bouquets we’ve created.” 

    Q: What’s been the most memorable Mud moment so far?

    A: “Our best moment was when we placed our branded sticker on our custom cardboard tote – bringing our design, invention and floral creation together for the first time.”

    Q: What’s Mud’s plans for the future?

    A: “We want to continue building up our customer base in Glasgow, bring on franchisees throughout the U.K. and continue to develop and sell other packaging solutions to florists and wholesalers worldwide.”

    Q: Have you celebrated your new venture yet?! If not, how do you plan to?

    A: “We haven’t had time yet, as Glasgow has embraced Mud so quickly! However, we were teaching at Chapel Designers London last week and visited the Covent Garden Flower Market at it’s a new location for further inspiration. Also treating ourselves to a mandatory glass of champers!”

    I’ve been keeping up to date with their week in London and it’s got Pinterest all over it! So so talented!! Will definitely be ordering more Mud bouquets in the future. Check out their Instagram for all the latest. 

    Ellen xxx

    Giraffe Shirt | $14.00

    So a few months ago I ordered a shirt for $14.00 from SheIn, a website that I’ve never heard of that just happened to pop up on my screen one day. Maybe I’ve been liking photos of giraffes recently on IG, who knows? I do have a slight giraffe crush! 

    A few years ago I travelled to Tanzania to volunteer as a Midwife and while I was there I was lucky enough to go to the Serengeti on safari and see giraffes in all their natural beauty. They were honestly mesmerising, the sheer height of them and pattern on their coat was incredible! 

    So when this shirt popped up I did think that the site looked a bit dodgy as I’ve never heard of SheIn before…but hey $14.00 what have I got to lose?! Has anyone else heard of them? It’s probably a well known budget American brand that I’ve just never come across?! 

    Anyway, it rrived quite quickly. I was expecting it to be like one of those memes where people order things from amazon or eBay and they arrive looking nothing like the photo! But when it came I was pleasantly surprised. It’s not amazing quality, and will probably shrink when I wash it, but I do love it!! You can’t order a specific size either, it’s just one size fits all (which again made me think it was going to come and be tiny or massive) but it fits nicely… I’d say it fits a 6-10, and I’m unsure if it would button well if you’ve got a big bust! 

    Trying my best to get giraffe themed clothing into Spring/Summer 17! 

    Ellen x

    Borders Bakeshop | Crunchie Collision Box

    Hands up if you love honeycomb?! Honeycomb treats are my absolute favourite and so when it was the theme of one of Borders Bakeshop’s goodie boxes I jumped at the chance to try them! And I probably need to start jumping more often after the calories I’ve consumed! 



    Honeycomb Biscuit Slices

    An Oreo and chocolate biscuit base with crushed honeycomb, topped with white chocolate and Crunchie chunks. I thought my honeycomb dreams couldn’t have got any better until they invited Oreo to the party. They tasted amazing and I loved the white chocolate topping. I’m glad they came in smaller slices though because they were filling.

    Crunchie Rocky Road

    Crunchie chunks, milk chocolate, rice crispies, honeycomb matchsticks, marshmallows and homemade honeycomb. Now we’re talking. I kid you not these were UNREAL. I could have had a box of these alone they were that incredible! They were more of a rocky road/rice crispy type thing and definitely my favourite, so so good! 

    Honeycomb Marshmallows

    Vanilla marshmallow with honeycomb chips swirled throughout, dipped in dark chocolate with more honeycomb chips on top. I don’t overly love marshmallows but these were so nice and added a lighter variety to the box.

    Honeycomb Brownie

    A rich chocolate brownie with chocolate frosting, topped with a Crunchie rock, chocolate covered honeycomb pieces and honeycomb chips! Just like any brownie these were rich but not as rich as I was expecting which was good. All the honeycomb just makes it amazing, especially the Crunchie Rock on top! 

    I’ll 100% order another box in the future, they were so tasty and I much prefer supporting small business’! I’d probably buy them as a gift for a foodie friend or to take to an event. They do different weekly flavours of these gourmet goodie boxes that you can order via PayPal/Instagram. I’ve got my eye on the Biscoff Brilliance and the Oreo Overload! 

    Thanks Borders Bakeshop!

    Ellen X 

    Scottish Mug | Lisa Donati

    When your postie judges you because of the packaging…

    It’s safe to say I’m in love with my new belter of a mug from Lisa Donati, so much so I bought 2! You need to check out her website full of amazing mugs, cards and more based around Scottish humour! She’s been in the media this month in particular because of her new mug about Scottish MP Mhairi Black who supposedly mouthed “you talk shite hen” in Parliament!
    There’s so many hilarious items for sale, and some great Mother’s Day gifts too…if your maws that type of gal of course!

    I was brought up in Germany in an army base and ended up having an English accent that took a while to fade out when I moved to Scotland not long before High School. Now it’s Scottish but it’s not that thick so I feel I can’t get away with saying some Scottish/Glaswegian phrases even though I love them!

     My boyfriend is from the Gorbals and we moved here a few years ago. Soon after, I was on a night out and ended up in Oko for food (I always need food), when a couple of people starting chatting to me. One asked where I was from and I said that I’d just moved to the New Gorbals (because that’s what people had been calling it!!!!). I’ll never make that mistake again haha. I well and truly got the absolute piss ripped out of me! Haha

    “Ohh you live in the Newwww Gorbals dooo youuu?”

    So now I just say straight up Gorbals like a little wannabe Glaswegian  ✌🏻


    Ellen x

    The Larder | Bearsden 

    So I was invited along to The Larder today, and along with my friend Chloe we were treated to a taste of their new menu! 

    #tastethelarder was the first ‘blog thing’ that I’ve managed to go to and I’m glad I went. Although I’m a chatty and usually confident person, sometimes I can feel so weirdly nervous just before going to new social situations but then when I’m there it’s always totally fine and not stressful in the slightest. But I’m glad I had a slightly hungover Chlo-dawg by my side for what turned out to be a really chilled and delicious Sunday lunch! Watching her having to pull off a 3 million point turn to get the car out of a ridiculous parking space was worth leaving the house for alone! 

    Although The Larder is slightly tucked away in Bearsden, it’s really not far from the city centre! We missed the old firm traffic and got there within 15/20 minutes. The restaurant is really nicely decorated with these beautiful brass exposed bulbs with bright wiring. 

    The lovely Kimberley Ritchie greeted us as we arrived and she was so lovely that my awkward social anxiety moment disappeared. Kimberley is otherwise known as the scottish_pr_mum who founded the super cool Scottish Mothers Collective and has a new and exciting PR company called Flat White Communications to boot. We both commented on how she looked insane! Me and Chloe barely had the energy to brush our hair that morning while the mum of 2 was winning at life and looking amazing doing it. Briony from glasgow_food was on form too, just so friendly and her amazing instagram account always makes me hungry! 
    So let’s eat…

    I had the Sunday roast with chicken which was really tasty. The chicken was so juicy, and having a really refined palate myself means that of course the pigs in blankets were ideal. Swear down, never trust anyone that doesn’t like pigs in blankets. Also never trust anyone who calls them “sausages wrapped in bacon”. They are clearly maniacs.

    Chloe made a rookie mistake by picking the fajitas as her fragile state meant her construction abilities were poor. We all know it takes skill and a steady hand to build while assessing important factors like the right guac to chicken ratio. Nonetheless she really enjoyed them and they went down a treat!

    We also ordered a portion of these tasty chilli Parmesan fries because we love all the carbs. 

    Thanks so much to The Larder for inviting me a long for a delicious meal. The desserts look amazing so they are next on my hit list. Id definitely recommend going here for a family lunch as it was really relaxed and family orientated with an impressive variety on the kids menu. Speaking of kids, we got a goodie bag with cake and prosecco! 

    Ellen x

    Los Angeles | California 

    Check out some of our LA highlights by watching our wee video.

    My top 5 LA tips:

    1. Hire a car! The place is huge!!! For the first few days we didn’t have the car yet and it was so hard to get around.

    2. Universal Studios – get the Front of the Line Pass. It’s a fair bit more money if I can remember correctly but it’s soooo worth it to not be stuck in the queues! On one ride it was absolutely insane how big the normal queue was in comparison to the front of the line pass que!

    3. Research to see if there are any TV show filmings you’d like to see and apply for them early. Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Late Late Show with James Corden and loads more all film in LA with live audiences. We managed to get free tickets for Conan and it was sooo much fun! I’d never watched his show before but it was hilarious and despite my best efforts I got dragged up onto the stage as part of the warm up to do a dance off! I honestly could have died, but won a free t-shirt and avoided cardiac arrest so it’s not all bad.

    4. Head to The Grove one night for some shopping and dinner! It’s a lovely outdoor shopping centre with restaurants and a cinema. It’s right beside the farmers market which is worthwhile going to. I love markets, it’s cute and has lots of little stalls. The celebs are known to hang out at The Grove, which must be true as we bumped into Bob Odenkirk who plays Saul Goodman in Breaking Bad. James almost peed himself but managed to refrain and got a photo with him instead! 

    5. Don’t attempt to hike up to the Hollywood Sign during a heat wave…you won’t make it!!