I believe in the importance of culture and of new experiences. When I travel to new places, I’m passionate about exploring their individuality and look forward to finding unfamiliar restaurants and taking in details of streets I’ve never seen before. To me, the thought of visiting somewhere new only to spend my time in a chain restaurant eating off of a menu I already know from home just reeks of wasted opportunity.
In the age of Instagram, it’s all too easy to be enticed by the apparent popularity of something or somewhere. The same book, beauty product or pretty pink cupcake shop can only pop up on our feeds so many times before we just have to get involved and find out for ourselves what all the fuss is about. From my own experience, I’ve learnt to research said Insta-trend before diving straight in. The place may serve up inarguably adorable French Bulldog latte art but it might also take half an hour for that art to get to your table, and it will be floating atop a health-conscious chai.. yes Farm Girl I’m looking at you. Now don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against Farm Girl, but the point that I’m trying to make is don’t judge a book by its cover. When the most photogenic coffee I’ve ever seen began appearing all over my feed, OF COURSE I wanted my own opportunity to post that shit all over my socials and watch the likes roll effortlessly in! But after a little snoop through their menu and a few reviews about slow service, I realised that it definitely wasn’t for me.. I’m more of a vanilla latte with cream on top! than a coconut or soya milk? girl. There is absolutely nothing wrong with being either of those people, but I can guarantee that there are multiple vanilla latte with cream on top! girls who went and bought a coffee they couldn’t drink because they wanted in, and life is too short to try and drink something that tastes like grass just because you’ve spent £4.00 on it for a picture. SO here are five Insta-trends that I jumped on and the low down on whether they’re worth the hype.
A couple of weeks ago I shared the most photogenic ice cream I’ve ever eaten via Instagram, and my caption sums it up. We queued for a little over ten minutes, after which we stood around the corner in the sun and were asked by the lady who was in front of us ‘was it worth the queue then?’. We had a little conversation and agreed that although it makes a great photo, the actual ice cream was shockingly average, in fact, it wasn’t even Mr Whippy standard as it didn’t really taste like much. I’d give it five stars for aesthetics but only two or three for taste, if you’re not in it for the picture then you’d be better off saving yourself £3 and grabbing a McFlurry.
The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving A F*ck
Do you even have an Instagram account if you didn’t grab this book just to feature it in a flatlay? There are so many Instagram users who claim to love this book, so maybe I’m just more of a natural self-help guru than I give myself credit for because Sarah Knight told me absolutely nothing new and I certainly didn’t find this helpful. In fact, the only thing she taught me not to give a f*ck about was this f*cking book. She also WAY overused the f word to the point where I read it so many times that I started physically rolling my eyes.
Eleanor Elephant is Completely Fine is another Instagram hype and I’d recommend using the money that you saved by not buying into the above (if it’s not already too late) and buying this instead. After wasting my precious time reading The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck, there was no way that I was buying into another Instagram literary recommendation, but I borrowed my Mums copy and actually loved it so much that I featured it in my June Highlights.
I’m so sorry (but not really) for yet another blog reference to my Cult Beauty Haul; its the last one, promise. The Pixi Glow Tonic is one of the goodie bag products which I couldn’t wait to try, but which I was sceptical about because of all of the Insta-hype. I’m so happy to report back that my faith in Insta-beauty recommendations has been restored because this product is well worth its hype. An instant favourite, this tonic is so refreshing and leaves my skin with the healthy glow that it promises. A beauty product that does what it says it will? Hallelujah.
On the ‘gram, The Ivy, Chelsea Garden is not best known for its impeccable service or delicious food, but for its striking floral entrance. Though in my opinion it should be recognised for all of the above. We visited mid-morning, and although a £40-£50 price range for breakfast is certainly on the expensive side, it’s like I said to Jamie; ‘you’re in Chelsea now darling, what did you expect?’. The Ivy has exceptionally attentive staff and a great menu. I tend to avoid ordering pancakes because I find that they rarely taste fresh, but I felt as though The Ivy might actually be able to deliver, and I was right. Ladies and gentleman, this one is worth the hype.
If my very many hints are ignored and my next birthday cake isn’t from Peggy’s then there are going to be tantrums let me tell you (only kidding.. kinda). Peggy’s is 100% worth its hype and the only downside is actually the swarms of people lined up to take photos outside of it, despite not eating there (I guess we’ve all done it in some way or another). The first time I visited with my friend, I had a slice of cake, and although the cupcake I enjoyed on my most recent trip was delicious and super photogenic, I’d definitely recommend a slice instead. My mouth is actually watering as I write about it so I’m going to have to wrap it up, but the cake at Peggy Porchen’s is without a doubt, the best cake I’ve ever eaten. If you get the chance to visit then grab it with both hands, and you can thank me later when your mouth isn’t so full of cake.