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Oi, Fatty!

(Apologies for the sweary blog)

I recently read the article that went viral about a guy basically making a girl feel like SHIT because he thought she was too fat, too fat to fancy and he actually told her that. I know exactly how she feels and it really got me thinking.

If you know me at all I’m pretty curvy, I do go to the gym regularly but I also really enjoy my food. I’m one of those people who works out so that I can eat and drink everything I like (well, in moderation). Problem is, as you get older your metabolism slows down and as a single 33 year old I really wish I had the body I had when I was 27. But that isn’t fucking happening now is it.

I’ve put on a few pounds recently and living in a city like London, and especially working in Shoreditch where beautiful food is available in abundance, it can be tough on the waistline. At home I generally eat healthy eating chicken, salmon, veg etc but I do indulge in the odd mac ‘n’ cheese ready meal and enjoy my carbs.

Asians can be the worst

Comments do get me down though, like when people say ‘oh, you’ve put on a few pounds recently.’ Also Asians can be the worst like when they say ‘hey jaadi (jaadi means fat girl in Gujarati) even if it is said in jest, well, it can be quite upsetting. I recently joined up at a new gym and I have decided to try some different classes like kick-boxing (fantastic for anger-release!) in an effort to shed the pounds and eating extra-healthy but sometimes you got to face it when you know as hard as you try sometimes you’re just not going to lose the weight you want to instantly. I’m not unhealthy, I rarely order take out – I’m just fucking curvy! It does get me down and I do wish I had a smaller waist, smaller boobs, a perkier ass, skinnier thighs etc etc – BUT I BLOODY LOVE FOOD!

And then we come to boys!

When I read said article it really made me think. I know so many guys who openly wouldn’t date a ‘bigger’ girl and that is fucking ridiculous! A woman’s personality is not going to change but the way they look will, and here is a revelation – dude, yours will too! More and more men are becoming pickier because let’s face it – there are more single women than men. It’s like my friend Bina says, it is like a candy store for men.

Anyway, people before body shaming someone or judging them on the way their bodies look just think about how it is going to make you, a member of your family or how it would make a friend feel.

 

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Working moms have more successful daughters and more caring sons, Harvard Business School study says

Priya Mulji:

Now, I don’t have any children (yet) but when I do i’ll be working and this re-inforces that fact that having a career will do wonders for my childrens lives!

Originally posted on Quartz:

The guilt many working mothers confess to may be real, but it’s looking less and less warranted.

According to a working paper (pdf) published June 19 by the Harvard Business School, daughters of working mothers are more likely to be employed, hold supervisory positions, and earn more money than the daughters of women who don’t work outside the home. The researchers also found a statistically significant effect on the sons of working women, who are likely to spend more time caring for family members and doing household chores than are the sons of stay-at-home mothers.

Analyzing data from two dozen countries, the researchers concluded that the daughters of employed mothers are 4.5% more likely to be employed themselves than are the daughters of stay-at-home mothers. While this number may seem small, it is statistically significant at the 99% level, meaning there is less than a 1% chance that such a result is due to…

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7 Reasons Why Dil Dhadakne Do Rocked!

I recently saw the movie Dil Dhadakne Do directed by Zoya Akhtar who has previously directed a personal favourite Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. The movie stars Anil Kapoor, Shafali Shah, Priyanka Chopra, Farhan Akhtar, Ranveer Singh and Anushka Sharma.  I’m not going to go into the story too much but here are my 7 top reasons why I loved it!

  1. It promotes girl-power

Priyanka Chopra who starts her own business without any help from her rich father or husband. She looks like a boss and acts like a boss. She isn’t scared to walk away from a relationship where she doesn’t love her husband. Also when Farhan Akhtar stands up for PC at the time when PC’s husband is kind of putting her down is a fantastic way to promote men empowering women (only my darling Farhan could’ve done this). 

Fearless Farah runs away from home to pursue her dreams; this isn’t easy to do and it’s fantastic to see Bollywood promoting such strong female characters.

Dil Dhadakne Do

Dil Dhadakne Do


  1. Pluto

The movie is narrated through the eyes of the family dog Pluto who is voiced by a surprise mega star. It’s weird how such a simple thing bought a totally different element to what could have turned out to be a typical Bollywood fare.

Dil Dhadakne Do Pluto

Dil Dhadakne Do Pluto

  1. It’s a normal family

From the outside they look like the perfect family. A husband and wife that love each other and are celebrating 30 years of marriage, the son who is destined to take over the family business and the daughter who is successful and has married an equally successful man but the world is awaiting a grandchild. On the inside though they all have their issues, just like a normal family. The daughter has issues with her husband, the dad has had an affair but the mum has stayed with the dad due to ‘what society will say’ and the son doesn’t want to pursue the family business but instead wants to be a pilot and has fallen in love with someone from a different religion. It happens in many families and it’s good to see that normality portrayed in Bollywood.

Dil Dhadakne Do

Dil Dhadakne Do

  1. It’s bloody funny

The comic timing between Priyanka and Ranveer, the one-liners and the climax all add up to make it a fantastic dramedy. Of course the fact that the dialogues are written by the brilliant writer Farhan Akhtar are definitely contributing factor

  1. There aren’t too many songs

Back in the day Indian films had way too many songs. The fact this only has a couple of well-placed songs’ which go with the movies story is great and lets you concentrate on the movie.

  1. It’s not over-dramatic

Everything has been done with subtlety and class. From the scenes in Turkey and Greece, to the background music. From the costumes to the acting. Nothing has been over-done and everyone can relate to it whether you’re Indian or not.

Dil Dhadakne Do

Dil Dhadakne Do

7. Farhan Akhtar

Obviously, I can’t write something which involves Farhan Akhtar without speaking about Farhan. From the dialogues he’s written which are sometimes funny, sometimes sad and sometimes thought-provoking. His presence is felt and the fact as i’ve mentioned earlier that he promotes girl-power. All of his movies take Bollywood forward and I can’t wait to see what he does next! 

So there you have it. My 7 reasons why Dil Dhadakne Do rocked and why I loved it! What did you think of the movie?

***Pictures sourced from Dil Dhadakne Do Facebook & Twitter page***

World Gin Day

Jones logo

I love a bit of gin and as i’ve gotten older i’ve started to enjoy it even more, especially a gin cocktail or a gin and tonic with cucumber. Yum yum!

I recently heard about a (currently unofficial) world record breaking attempt by one of my favourite London restaurants. Langley’s No.8 Gin will be partnering with bars, restaurants and pubs globally at 7pm GMT to raise a glass to Great British Gin on the official Word Gin Day, 13th June 2015. Langley’s No.8 is pleased to announce that The Jones Family Project is their official partner for London, the spiritual home of gin.

Jones family project world gin day

Jones family project world gin day

If you want to start your World Gin Day off early don’t fear as throughout the day you’ll be able to purchase exclusively priced Langley’s No.8 G&Ts and Negronis at the Shoreditch restaurant & bar. All good gin drinkers should be rewarded for their excellent taste so every gin drink ordered throughout the day will come with a raffle ticket giving you the chance to win exclusive prizes.

Negroni Jones Family Project World Gin Day

Negroni Jones Family Project World Gin Day

Not enough to just drink your gin? Even the chefs have caught gin-fever with their Langley’s No.8 & Orange Semifreddo with orange and crushed meringue dessert.

Jones family project langleys-no-8 gin orange semifreddo

Jones family project langleys-no-8 gin orange semifreddo

The main event takes place at 7pm GMT with the hashtag, #GinOClock when The Jones Family Project will be linked

up with countries across the world including; Holland, USA, Canada, Poland, Italy and even the Cayman Islands raising their glasses to British Gin with a complimentary Langley’s G&T for any raffle ticket holders making World Gin Day a truly global event and proving that although a ‘free lunch’ doesn’t exist, a free gin certainly does.

Amit Joshi, co-founder of The Jones Family Project, explains why they are the only place to be for World Gin Day; “There’ll be a brilliant atmosphere at our bar all day, it’s a great opportunity to showcase all of the fantastic gin brands there are on the market. We worked with Langley’s No.8 on a two month ‘Dine in a Distillery’ pop-up in our restaurant last year and ever since it’s been a customer favourite and remains top of our G&T menu today, so we’re delighted to be working with Langley’s No.8 on World Gin Day”.

Jones family project world gin day

Jones family project world gin day

You can also look out for free events on Gin throughout June on Facebook and Twitter. For all of these events you’ll receive un-matchable prizes and sometimes even free Langley’s No.8 G&Ts.

If you are not able to visit a bar you can join in at home by taking a picture of yourself with a G&T in hand and tweet it with #GinOClock to have the chance of winning one of many social media only competitions including a ‘one off’ gin tasting on a yacht.

The Jones Family Project is based at: 78 Great Eastern Street, London EC2A 3JL

Nearest Tube: Old Street

The Jones Family Project is an independently owned adaptable modern steak restaurant and cocktail bar in Shoreditch. Open from breakfast to midnight it’s perfect for both work and play. The ethos of the founders is simple; they’re out to ensure everyone that steps through the door enjoys sumptuous food and drink in a warm and accommodating atmosphere. The interior is slick, clean cut and effortlessly stylish, with a whole host of versatile areas including two regularly changing Pop-Ups, that are perfect for staging private functions of all shapes and sizes.

With power sockets under all its ground floor bar tables and free wifi, during the day this Shoreditch retreat is an ideal location for those looking to quickly catch up with some tasks without actually heading to the office. At night the back bar swivels around to show a large array of gins, vodkas and other spirits to enjoy with delicious bar snacks. Downstairs is a restaurant which focuses on steak, dry-aged for a minimum of 28 days and cooked on their Josper oven, and a sophisticated New York style bar which opens at 6pm where in addition to the The Jones Family Project’s extensive and innovative cocktail list, you will find 28 wines by the glass.

The Jones Family Project, 78 Great Eastern Street, London EC2A 3JL.

www.jonesfamilyproject.co.uk / 020 7739 1740 / reservations@jonesfamilyproject.co.uk

Twitter @JonesShoreditch / Instagram @JonesShoreditch

You can also read my review here

Bar opening times:

Monday – Friday: 11am – 11.30pm

Saturday: 10am – 11.30pm

Sunday: 11am – 6pm

Restaurant opening times:

Monday – Friday: Noon – midnight

Saturday: Noon – midnight

Sunday: 11.00am – 6.00pm

 

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Owl House Day Spa

Twitter – https://twitter.com/owlhousespa

Website – http://www.owlhousedayspa.co.uk/

I love a good spa day! Who doesn’t? Rest, relaxation and bliss… it was exactly what my friend Caroline and I needed recently and I believe we as girls should regularly indulge in such behaviour!

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Uncover Dining & Opera Tavern

Whether it’s a small local establishment to a fine dining restaurant I love eating out. It is one of my favourite things to do but I do get disappointed when I really fancy going somewhere nice and can’t get a table.

I recently came a great new app called Uncover Dining which lets you book last minute tables at awesome places in London on the day. So it’s great when you’re out and about or if you have a last minute date. It lets you book at cute little places and also Michelin starred restaurants.

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25 Things Women Won’t Admit They Want

What women want

What women want

Women (and men) get insecure and want certain things from their partners. Sometimes we can’t admit it but we do. I do and I know friends of mine do, I mean I hate straightening my hair so I don’t want a guy to make me straighten my hair.

So I compiled a list of things that women might be embarrassed to admit sometimes that we really do want, we’ll never admit these things but we know it’s true so men take note!

  1. Tell me I look good even when I don’t

It takes more effort for a woman to look good than a guy. A guy will get up and look hot, a woman, not as much (well, unless you look like Mila Kunis who could wear a bag and still look great) so when we’re slobbing in a jumper, leggings, wearing our glasses; tell us that we look good even if we need to brush our hair.

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My love for Deepika Padukone

If anyone knows me they will know, well, I wasn’t the biggest fan of Indian film actress Deepika Padukone – she’s pretty but I didn’t think she would make the statement she has of late. However over the past couple of months has has completely changed for the better.

We all face tough times, we pretend to be strong but no-one knows what is going on inside of us. Whether it is work stress, heartbreak or health issues we all have to put on a brave face and embrace the world with a smile but when you’re in the public eye as much as an A-List celebrity like Deepika Padukone is, but you’re just crying from the inside, speaking out about that is hard. Recently Deepika did just that and spoke about how she faced depression and that all she wanted to do was stay in bed and cry.

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Dhaba Lane – review

Dhaba Lane

Dhaba Lane

Website – http://www.dhabalane.com/ Twitter – https://twitter.com/DhabaLane Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/DhabaLane

Dhaba is a name for roadside café’s in India and Pakistan which serve hearty and wholesome, often Punjabi, food. They’re a truck-drivers preferred choice of stop off and I was headed to a London equivalent of a Dhaba.

It’d been a little while since I was invited to check out the newly-opened Dhaba Lane situated on Leonard Street in trendy Shoreditch. I was invited by co-founder Upma Arora to sample their lunchtime delights for some healthy Indian cuisine. It was a sunny Tuesday and I’d been in town for some meetings so decided to pop and visit Dhaba Lane. The establishment is tucked away underground on Leonard Street, about a 7 minute walk from Old Street station but also accessible from Shoreditch High Street and Liverpool Street stations. Keep an eye out for the brightly-coloured Dhaba Lane sign outside.

Dhaba Lane

Dhaba Lane

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Interview with Trishna Bharadia

The peoples strictly has recently won the hearts of the UK and I was lucky enough to have the chance to speak to one of the stars of the show Trishna. Trishna personally won my heart when I watched the show and it was touching to see such a sweet message from her family. Read my chat with her below:

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