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London’s hottest French restaurant – Sardine, N1

the Antidote to... substandard eating out

Already the subject of rave reviews, it’s a joy to discover new arrival on the restaurant block, Sardine, housed in the Parasol Unit art gallery off City Road. French food has been in the doldrums in recent years, but Alex Jackson – the Stevie Parle protégé behind the charcoal and wood-fired grill – is making…

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Liz Earle Botanical Essence No.9 Eau de Parfum, 50ml – £49
Renowned for her skincare ranges, Liz Earle has added to them with this lovely scent, her first foray into the fragrance arena. And how. The eau de parfum opens with juicy top notes of blackcurrant bud, complemented by crisp bergamot and vibrant red ginger. Beyond, a heart of velvety rich osmanthus is offset by the exoticism of damask rose and smooth patchouli created around a base of woody oakmoss and Haitian vetiver, all enveloped within the warmth of vanilla.
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Liz Earle Botanical Essence No.9 Eau de Parfum, 50ml – £49 Renowned for her skincare ranges,…

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Mindful Chef, from £6 per meal
Healthy dinners don’t have to be a massive faff. We were super-impressed with the Mindful Chef’s DIY meals. They source the finest organic ingredients from their farms in Devon and deliver enough for up to four nights a week. Dishes include Coconut & Paprika Pork Stroganoff and Sweet potato falafel with harissa chicken and bulgur wheat. They are absolutely delicious, creative, convenient and affordable (especially if it's dinner for one). Tick tick tick! #organicdinners #convenience #realfoodreallives #mindfulchef @mindfulchefuk

Mindful Chef, from £6 per meal Healthy dinners don’t have to be a massive faff. We…

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Elemental Herbology Facial Glow, £40
This radiance peel is a fast worker. In just four minutes it will gently but effectively smooth away dull, flaky and congested skin using a clever combo of enzymes, vitamins and AHAs like papaya, orange peel, tangerine and non-abrasive jojoba beads that gently exfoliate even sensitive skin. It’s also brimming with antioxidant vitamin C. As if that wasn’t enough, it also unplugs pores and gives skin a jolly good pep-up. You’ll love it.

Elemental Herbology Facial Glow, £40 This radiance peel is a fast worker. In just four minutes…

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@olijustedogtrainer and look at 'em now...

@olijustedogtrainer and look at ’em now…

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Simple pleasures (nice plate helps). Jacket spuds beans 'n cheese. Take that Instaglammers! You can keep your quinoa, tonight, for we are digging the old school way. #realfood #affordable #lowmaintenance #notnutritionallyneurotic #dissingdisorderedeating

Simple pleasures (nice plate helps). Jacket spuds beans ‘n cheese. Take that Instaglammers! You can keep…

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Taking going to the bar to a whole new level! A brilliant Barre class to 90's pop at TheBullsHead this morning in the Jazz room with Hannah (pictured here 🙆) another fab @snapthevine fitness class (by buttocks haven't worked so hard in ages 😳) Local, fun, curated, community orientated fitness firming bums, tums and friendships all at the same time. Love their mix of affordable, accessible but top notch classes and experts. Keep it up ladies your locals are loving it! #newfitness #newmovement #communityspirit #inittogether #ontrend

Taking going to the bar to a whole new level! A brilliant Barre class to 90’s…

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If you have a dog(s), you need a skilled trainer. Simple. When you know who, of course. We have @olijustedogtrainer and can't recommend him enough. A problem with our Frenchies legging across Richmond Park solved with one session with Oli, a kind of keep them on their toes by being unpredictable when out training technique. They get very interested in what the heck you're going to do next, which direction you might dart off in next, that they stick to you. When they see something else of interest and roam you stick to your guns keeping your back to them (sneaky peaks and safety first obviously) and they soon will be back at your side! Thanks Oli! We are working hard at it! Fun in the park, look like crazies we do!!! #dogparents #training #bring'emupgood #frenchbulldogs

If you have a dog(s), you need a skilled trainer. Simple. When you know who, of…

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Monday shmunday... Bunking off. Putting love and life before work and strife today... #anniversary #surprise #whiskmeaway #24hours #childcare #dogcare #carefree @andyfriedlander ❤️👰🏼👦🏻❤️

Monday shmunday… Bunking off. Putting love and life before work and strife today… #anniversary #surprise #whiskmeaway…

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New section on the menu, Most Instagrammable Dishes: avocado on toast (actually anything breakfasty with avocado); vegan things; random flowery garnishes; thrice fried chips in a tin cup with parchment paper. Oh and coffee- any type as long as it has latte arty finishings. #foodfadsofinstsgram

New section on the menu, Most Instagrammable Dishes: avocado on toast (actually anything breakfasty with avocado);…

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'Hey there! Would you please mind your microbeads' says our friend the fish here and all his friends... Microbeads – the tiny plastic particles found in some face washes, exfoliators, shampoo, toothpastes and mascara – are polluting the world’s oceans and threatening the delicate marine eco system, with many fish eating them instead of plankton. 
A single shower can result in 100,000 plastic particles entering rivers and oceans as they are too small to be filtered out by water treatment plants; once in the sea, they are too small and numerous to remove. Yet exfoliation can just as easily be achieved through natural alternatives, such as apricot shells, jojoba beans and pumice. Pressure is being put on governments worldwide to ban the use of microbeads. In the meantime, seek out brands such as Green People, which doesn’t use them.  #mindyourmicrobeads #conciousbeauty #informedbeauty #thisistheantidote #GreenPeople

‘Hey there! Would you please mind your microbeads’ says our friend the fish here and all…

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Just because... #liquid chocolate @williamcurley1 you did good @andyfriedlander can I call you Willy Wonka? 😏

Just because… #liquid chocolate @williamcurley1 you did good @andyfriedlander can I call you Willy Wonka? 😏

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Today's mood. It's hot. Lie naked on a cold floor. #frenchbulldog #Ruben #chilled

Today’s mood. It’s hot. Lie naked on a cold floor. #frenchbulldog #Ruben #chilled

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