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KuPP Oxford review

KuPP Oxford is a beautiful new Nordic-inspired dining venue atop the top floor of John Lewis, Oxford in the new and shiny (and very much improved) Westgate Shopping centre. You can also access it via a lift just to the left of the John Lewis store entrance.

KuPP Oxford is bright and bold, with an edgy design and a gorgeous rooftop location. It has a quirky nature-meets-industrial feel, with revealed copper pipes, cosy faux fur lined or floral print seating, tree trunk features, potted plants and roped lighting decorating the interior.

The optional outdoor seating presents the perfect summertime dining opportunity. Alas, on the final day of January, we were much better off in the warm interior of this beautiful restaurant.

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So, what did I think of KuPP Oxford?

The restaurant offers Scandinavian cuisine morning, noon and night with a healthy and wholesome menu embellished with classic Nordic dishes and incredible cocktails infused with a variety of homemade syrups.

We were lucky enough to sample a variety of different starters, their famed smörgĂ„sbords and indulgent mini deserts – order the cheesecake. I repeat, order the cheesecake! 

What I love about KuPP is that it encourages you to share and try new and interesting foods you may not otherwise have thought to. The smörgÄsbords are simply so much fun, with a variety of nibbles to drag you in.

As someone who is far too fussy with food, it really made me step out of my comfort zone, as I sampled an array of chicken and vegetarian dishes. The vÀsterbotten cheese and pickled vegetables are simply to die for.

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KuPP is perfect at any time of the day, be it breakfast, a simple coffee stop, brunch, evening meals or a quick cocktail. They even have a store onsite where you can purchase their delicious coffee, jams and even some Nordic home decor!

Everything on their menu is fresh and bursting with flavour. It is truly refreshing and you can see the chefs, bartenders and waiters whizzing about hard at work perfecting the dishes and experience.

I will be returning to KuPP within the next week for brunch with my mother –  I am fighting between the smoothie bowl and pancakes currently.

I am sure I will have many more visits in the near future. It is simple, if you are looking for incredible dining in the heart of Oxford, look no further than the oh so welcoming KuPP!

Have you been to KuPP Oxford yet? How about visiting the Westgate Oxford for a spot of shopping?

Stephanie xox

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Fruiteatox Daytox Lemon Tea and Sleeptox Orange Tea 14 Days review

Fruiteatox review

I had to delay my Fruiteatox review due to coming down with the flu recently – 100 per cent would not recommend to anyone ever.

It was slightly ironic considering how low my immune system was and having a little pick me up would have really sorted me out. Saying this, I am on the mend and have now completed my fourteen day Fruiteatox course.

When it comes to tea detoxes, they can be pretty hard to gauge their effectiveness. However, I like the fundamental idea behind Fruiteatox, they embrace their teas as part of a healthier lifestyle – a fruity cup in the morning and one every other night.

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So, what did I think of the Fruiteatox morning and evening teas?

Their detox plan includes a cup of Daytox lemon tea followed by Sleeptox orange tea in the evening. All ingredients are naturally sourced, gluten free and vegan-friendly, the teas are said to support weight loss, promote radiant skin and boost your metabolism as part of a healthy and active lifestyle.

The morning brew to be drank each day consists of lemon grass, ginseng, ginger root, yerba mate, liquorice root, tie kuan yin oolong, fennel seeds and lemon peel. All these natural ingredients working together to boost you throughout the day.

The evening brew which is taken every other night consists of calming ingredients known to encourage sleep, including chamomile, valarian root, hawthorn leaves, lavender, orange peel, orange oil and senna. The inclusion of senna allows for healthier bowel movements, cleansing your system and reducing bloating.

Fruiteatox Daytox Lemon Tea and Sleeptox Orange Tea

When it comes to the taste of the teas, they are very natural tasting with a mild fruity aftertaste. I suppose I am just used to the faddy highstreet blends full of flavour and colour.

When it came to results, I was pleasantly surprised by their outcomes. I did feel better and brighter, be it as part of getting myself into a routine or due to the natural additions in each cup.

I would definitely recommend Fruiteatox for those looking to embrace a healthier lifestyle, they even include online and downloadable healthy eating plans as part of their programme.

If you are interested in giving the 14 day course a go, please find the link to the Fruiteatox shop and tea selection here. There is a 28 day option for those truly commited health fanatics.

For 20 per cent off, please use code Steph20 at the checkout!

Have you tried Fruiteatox teas? Do you like the idea of a tea detox?

Stephanie xox

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Lunch at the cafe, Farm Girl Cafe review, London

Farm Girl cafe review

I have wanted to go to the Farm Girl for quite some time, drawn in by their colourful lattes, vibrant salads and quirky decor dotting across my Instagram feed – they also have a resident bulldog, just one more reason to go really.

Located on Portobello Road in Notting Hill, it made for a nice brisk walk from the nearby tube station. Visiting on a busy Saturday afternoon, we had to wait some time (in the rain) before managing to secure a seat inside.

Do be warned, if you come at the weekend, you may have to wait for up to an hour to be seated. However, it is worth it!

I was taken aback by the bright decor and wonderfully polite staff amidst the hustle and bustle of the cafe, the music was great and the staff attentive.

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So, what did I think of the Farm Girl cafe?

The cafĂ© offers a large room with plush and cosy furnishings inside, as well as a quaint outside seating area – ideal for those food snaps in natural light when the heavens are not open.

The walls inside feature contrasting green square tiling and plush seating which gives off a fabulous natural and earthy vibe. You could really sit there for hours during the week sipping away.

I chose their rose latte, a beautiful flavoured drink garnished with real rose petals. My partner opted for a vibrant blue butterfly matcha latte, taking us back to Japan as we discussed the possibility of a third trip.

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Farm Girl offers a healthy and wholesome menu, with breakfast and lunch covered. Think acai embellished fruit bowls, buckwheat pancakes, salads with all the colours of the rainbow, gargantuan sandwiches, eggs-just-the-way-you-like on toast and a variety of homemade soups to name a few items – oh, and the super colourful lattes.

In regards to dining, I opted for a sweet treat, the raspberry croissant. My partner, a chicken sandwich, brimming with guacamole and spiced yoghurt on sourdough bread. If I was feeling a little more peckish, the Açai Bowl would have has my name on it. Maybe next time eh?

Overall, the Farm Girl cafe experience was lovely – the perfect pit-stop before exploring the delights of Portobello Market nearby. The afternoon date proved a little costlier than your standard chain cafĂ©s, a hot drink and cake for two will set you back about ÂŁ15.

Have you been to the Farm Girl Café? Which coloured latte tempts you?

Stephanie xox

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Dugastabox UK Novemeber 2017 box review | The LDN Gal

Degustabox UK review

Degustabox has been on the scene for quite some time now and is growing in popularity – and for good reason. 

Many people are put off by monthly subscription food boxes, due to the lack of variety and cost. Degustabox is different, it is an affordable box filled with a variety of full-sized products that actively encourages you to get creative and try new things, with “new flavours each month.”

For someone like me, it is a godsend as I have no choice but to step out of my comfort zone. The beauty of Degustabox is that each monthly box is different! Just take a peek at what I received in my last three boxes:

November 2017 box

Weetabix Additions (apple and raisin), Propercorn sweet popcorn, Kallo organic stock pot (chicken), Taylors of Harrogate ground coffee (cacao superior Colombia), Dalston’s fizzy apple soda, ALO aloe vera drink, Planters fruity chocolate crunch, Cadbury Picnic Bites,  Filippo Berio pesto, Filippo Berio crostini, Rio Mare tuna,  The English Provender Co.’s caramelised red onion chutney, Ryvita multigrain rye cakes and The Jelly Bean Factory super sours.

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December 2017 box

Planters Planters Peanuts Nut-Rition, Popchips galactic puffs, Taking The Pea snacks, Sleep Well vanilla milk drink, Marry Berry’s lemon and mustard seed vinaigrette, Coldpress valencian orange juice, Candy Kittens sour watermelon gourmet sweets, Robinsons fruit creations, Willie’s Cacao Black Pearls chocolate (dark sea salt caramel), Ryvita multigrain rye cakes (lightly salted), San Miguel 0.0% and Lift Matcha instant green tea.

January 2018 box

Clipper everyday organic tea sample, Robinsons fruit cordial, LighterLife Fast Ready to Drink shakes, Explore Cuisine edamame and mung bean fettuccine, Latin America Kitchen Colombian crunchy chicken corn coating, Latin America chipotle mayo topping, Hershey’s cookies and cream snack pack, Mahtay Yerba Mate sparkling tea, Pulsin vanilla whey protein powder, Pulsin vanilla choc chip protein booster bar, Jordans juicy red berry frusli bars, Wild Planet albacore wild tuna steaks, Miso Tasty spicy ramen noodle kit and Mallow & Marsh bar.

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So, what did I think of the Degustabox monthly subcription?

I was very pleased with my latest January box, it had a super healthy ‘New Year, new me’ theme and the varied items made for interesting snacks and dinners. I have to admit, I was not a big fan of the Mahtay Yerba Mate sparkling tea and the Pulsin vanilla choc chip protein booster bar – this did not put me off mind, the rest of the box was delicious. 

As you can see from the above months, Degustabox covers breakfast, additions for lunch or dinner, snacking, condiments, sweet treats, quirky drinks and other household essentials. They also include lots of handy tips and recipes to really brighten up your mealtimes.

Each box contains 10 to 15 surprise products, with many being new to the market. Please note, I may have some additional items in my review boxes.

The Degustabox subscription is £12.99 monthly. However, if you use code 80O4C, you will receive an exclusive one time discount of £7, making your first box only £5.99! Handy eh? You can get your box here.

What do you think of Degustabox? What would you like to see in a monthly food box?

Stephanie xox

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Quit Smoking by Vaping with Flavour Boss

Flavour Boss UK review

It is almost January, 2018 and time for all those New Year resolutions to come swarming in – how about this year we stick to a few? 

When it comes to your health, you certainly do not need New Years Day to kick you into action. Let’s face it, smoking is a tough habit to quit, but the benefits it can have to your lifestyle can be pretty dramatic.

Not only will you feel better, look better and be less anxious and on edge, but your health will truly thank you for it.

The switch is tough though, so why not wean yourself off with vaping? Initially, you can still have  liquids containing nicotine and slowly but surely make your way down to liquids without a trace of it.

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So, what did I think of the Flavour Boss UK?

Flavour Boss UK offers an astounding collection of hardware, kits, liquids and accessories. They have hardware to suit all, whether you are looking for an affordable day-to-day vape or something a little fancier.

I tried out the Aspire PockeX and Rx Gen 3 Kit models and neither failed to impress. The Aspire PockeX offers ease of use, simple funcionality and lasting charging, proving itself great on the go and ideal for beginners.

The Rx Gen 3 Kit is a fantastic model also, although more complex with batteries and a weightier body. It offers a fully adjustable experience with a control panel, allowing you to choose the temperature and strength of the vape with an output of 300w.

Flavour Boss also provide any accessories you may need, including bottles, syringes, colouring, wires and cutters to make your experience carefree.

What makes Flavour Boss a little bit special is their own collection of Boss Shots, their exclusive brand of one-shot concentrate liquids that allows you to mix up unique flavours.

I was lucky enough to sample a mix, and let me tell you, it is an impressive selection that works! Having such a variety of flavours certainly keeps things interesting – the sweeter ones really aid with any food cravings too!

Flavour Boss UK vape liquids review

The issue with smoking is the addiction to nicotine and the motion of raising your hand to your mouth to smoke. Once you switch and wean yourself slowly off the nicotine, you will thank yourself for it in the long run.

Switching to vaping is a far healthier alternative to smoking and may just mean you quit the habit all together. It is time to stick to that New Years resolution!

What do you think of Flavour Boss UK? Would you switch to vaping?

Stephanie xox

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Stemuderm: A complete overview of this highly effective anti-aging serum

While wrinkles, loose skin and other signs of aging are usually associated with the elderly, these particular problems may become present at a much younger age if a person does not attend to their skin through the inclusion of effective skincare products and protecting their skin against common exposures that cause age-related symptoms to appear earlier than they should appear.

The first step to preventing and, of course, treating premature aging is to act the moment these symptoms start to appear, but people do not always realize they are experiencing premature aging before they notice those fine lines and saggy skin in the mirror.

About Face Skin Care advises that common signs of premature aging include sun spots at an early age, spots appearing on the chest and the neck, itchy and dry skin, changes to the shape of eyes and wrinkles that start to form along the cheeks. When the jawline becomes loose, it is also a sign of premature aging.

Once these signs are noticed, a person should start to implement more effective protective measurements in their daily skincare regimen and ensure they include a series of anti-aging products in their skincare arsenal to ensure these problems does not become more severe.

Today, we want to talk about Stemuderm, a professional-strength anti-aging product from Solvaderm, developed to assist with providing individuals who would like to protect their skin against premature aging and treat signs that are already present through a dermatologically-formulated product.

About Stemuderm

Stemuderm is a skincare serum that is promoted as an anti-wrinkle treatment cream, but the product does much more than simply reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. While this is the primary purpose of the product’s formula, the dermatologists behind this product have also includes certain ingredients with the aim of increasing the natural levels of both collagen and elastin found within the user’s skin. Since these are essential for firm skin, the use of Stemuderm will increase skin firmness gradually; thus leading to skin that is less saggy and loose.

Who makes Stemuderm?

Stemuderm is manufactured by Solvaderm, a brand in the skincare industry that only specializes in top quality products that work. They stay clear of any ingredients that have not gone through extensive scientific research and only utilizes ingredients that have not only been proven to effectively contribute to healthier skin, but also proven not to be harmful to the skin of the user. Stemuderm is one of Solvaderm’s top selling products, but certainly isn’t the only product produced by this brand. Stemuderm is also often combined with some other products also produced by Solvaderm to improve the results the customer is able to experience.

What are the advantages of Stemuderm?

Thousands of people are turning to Stemuderm to help them reduce the appearance of age-related problems, such as fine lines and wrinkles, age spots and more. Let’s take a look at the many benefits that these people are able to enjoy from using Stemuderm on a daily basis:

·Stemuderm is a cost-effective alternative to more expensive anti-aging treatments currently available on the market.
·Stemuderm can be used as a preventative and protective measure by individuals in their twenties or thirties. For those in their forties or older can use the product as an effective way to reduce the appearance of age-related problems they have already started to experience.
·A list of clinical research studies that have been used by the dermatologists who formulated Stemuderm can be found on the product page of Stemuderm. These studies offer an interested person proof of how effective each Stemuderm ingredient found in the it’s formula is in reversing the signs of aging and protecting against additional signs of aging.

Is Stemuderm safe to use?

Considering the safety of any product that a person is about to use, be the product natural or pharmaceutical, is very important. A product that can cause side-effects may lead to potentially harmful or even dangerous complications. Thus, there is a common concern about the safety of Stemuderm amongst individuals who are interested in buying this particular anti-wrinkle cream.

Firstly, all the ingredients that the dermatologists of Solvaderm have included in Stemuderm’s formula have gone through scientific studies. During these studies, the scientists did not only study the particular ingredients, but also monitored the effects that the ingredients had on participants in clinical trials. Here, the scientists deem the ingredients that causes a significant amount of side-effects unsafe and these are not used by Solvaderm’s dermatologists.

For these reasons, Stemuderm is considered a safe products to be used by the general population who are experiencing issues with their skin, such as signs of premature aging, dry areas on the skin or acne breakouts.

While deemed safe to use, users should be aware of potential ingredients that may experience an allergic reaction to. A complete list of ingredients can be found on the Stemuderm product page. Potential users who do have allergies should look at this list and see if there are any ingredients they are allergic to.

How much does Stemuderm cost?

It is important to consider the price of a product like Stemuderm prior to buying the particular product in question as products that are based on scientific research often charges quite a large amount of money for their products. Fortunately, Stemuderm delivers a professional-strength formula at a price that many customers can afford. A bottle of Stemuderm costs $79.99 – each bottle contains 50ml of the advanced anti-aging serum.

Where can I buy Stemuderm?

Even though Solvaderm is a local brand that is produced within the United States, the product can be purchased by individuals from other parts of the world as well. A concern amongst many interested individuals is the fact that it might be difficult to find the best location to purchase Stemuderm from.

Customers residing within the United States can purchase Stemuderm directly from Solvaderm’s online store. The store can be accessed by going to solvaderm. com – here, the customer can navigate to the Stemuderm product page and use the “add to cart” button to buy the product. Customers can choose to opt for the free ground shipping option or pay extra to have the product delivered to them faster.

For those who reside in other countries, Solvaderm’s official website can still be utilized in some instances. There are also many dermatologists who use the products produced by Solvaderm to help their customers reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, and to help them get rid of other particular skin disorders that Solvaderm’s products can treat. Customers in countries other than the United States can contact local dermatologists to find out if there are any who utilizes Solvaderm’s products.

Conclusion

Stemuderm offers an advanced formula that targets all problems that people experience when they start to notice the signs of aging. These signs may include dry skin, the formation of wrinkles, skin that starts to sag and, of course, age spots. The product does not pose any risks to the skin and has not been associated with any harmful side-effects; thus offering an effective method for the general population trying to prevent premature aging or trying to get rid of the signs of aging they are already suffering from.

 

What do you think of the Stemuderm? What anti-aging serum do you use as part of your skincare regime?

Stephanie xox

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