The Indian Tiffin Room

Last week I met with Lima of Fashionicide to do a shoot. Afterwards we decided to get dinner somewhere nearby and settled on The Indian Tiffin Room just next to HOME.

The menu here is Indian street food, and the decor is very cool. We also sat on a table next to Sunita from Corrie!
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I ordered a chicken biryani, I loved the presentation of it and the taste but I would have liked a slightly larger portion! I could have eaten more after I’d finished quite easily (but then I do have a big appetite).
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The Indian Tiffin Room is a good place to go mid-week. It was still nice and busy – but not so much that we couldn’t find a table. Although the portion size was a little small for me, the meal itself was really good. In fact writing this is making me hungry!

Women Leading – Sarah de Warren

YAY MORE AMAZING WOMEN! This is one of those posts where I bang on again about how much I love the internet and social media. I can’t even remember how I found Sarah de Warren, I just know it was on Instagram or Twitter. I got a good vibe off her, listened to some of her music and thought she was pretty cool.

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Since I’m the ‘polite pest’ kind of social media follower, she eventually noticed me and followed me back on Insta and Twitter, and we’d interact occasionally.

Then in May I moved to Manchester with no idea that she actually lived here, and on Saturday I finally saw her live at Oxjam and got to meet her. Oh life.

I am, as always, really pleased to share this interview with you and I love how thoughtful and intentional Sarah’s answers are, just like her music! You can follow Sarah’s journey here and here.


How long have you been making music for?

I have been writing for 9 years now, but I was playing piano and singing for much longer before then. Almost my whole life. At 13 I discovered that I could write songs and I was totally absorbed. It became my evolving project, for life.

Tell us about one memorable gig from the last year.

A festival in the Lakes called Kendal Calling! It was amazing. I played with my producer and we have actually just launched our new duo called XTALK. Festivals are my favourite shows.

What advice would you give to other young women thinking about making music?

You have to accept that you will be treated differently, so be prepared, and although you should totally be yourself, try pushing some boundaries and evolve into a confident artist as soon as you have your vision. Then you will inspire men and women with your work. As a woman, I honour the emotional connection I can make with people, without even having met them. I know this is different from person to person, but I know a lot of ladies are wired up the same – my music is not for me or my ego, it belongs to everyone.
In the early days, people see you at gigs and you will look out of place among the sea of male musicians. Don’t feel self-conscious, let it empower you. Show them you are at home on that stage.
What do you think is the best way to introduce more discipline into one’s life?
Taking up new habits in order to drop old habits. As soon as you break your pattern by starting something new, other habits tend to fall out of place pretty quickly. Your body and brain learn that they are not stuck, things can change at any moment.
Also, just set aside some time every day to think. It sounds cliche, but with so many distractions around us we often forget to nurture our philosophical side. Think about your life, what you want and how to get it. I like doing this on the train. You will start to realise what you can lose, in order to gain more important things.
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The Monsal Trail, Peak District

On Sunday I cycled the Monsal Trail, which weirdly I’d never heard of before.

The Monsal Trail is an eight mile railway track that has been converted into a nice flat path, running through the Peaks between Buxton and Bakewell. Although, it doesn’t actually start at Buxton, it starts a few miles away from Buxton – so don’t turn up to Buxton with bikes expecting a short trundle to the start of the track like we almost did!

It was a lovely way to spend a Sunday, and didn’t take that long to cycle to Bakewell and back either – probably around two and a half hours in total.

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As I eventually realised at the end of the day, the tunnels are named according to the sights that are nearby, so it’s worth stopping at the tunnels! Above and below is the Headstone viaduct, which leads you into a tunnel called Headstone Tunnel (see?). It was quite a steep climb, but worth it for the view, so I’d definitely recommend stopping off here.
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We initially got the impression that Buxton was ‘alright’ (i.e. a bit rubbish), but thankfully our taxi driver recommended a place callde Buxton Tap House, which turned out to be a great little pub with a vast menu of craft beers and ales.
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We spent a few more hours drinking and eating falafel before catching a train back to Manchester. A great day! I will definitely be doing the Monsal Trail again, only I might invest in some padded leggings because sitting down was quite painful the following day.

Some Things I Learnt Recently Pt 4

It’s a been a while since I last published one of these hasn’t it?

Follow the links to read part one, part two and part three, welcome to part four!

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No matter where you are or how good you are, there will always be someone who doesn’t like you. It isn’t the end of world and it actually hardly matters at all in the grand scheme of things.

To get what you want, you have to fight your corner. And I mean fight. If you don’t speak up for yourself you’ll be pushed back by someone else speaking up for themselves.

Novelty always wears off no matter how far you go. I’ve been to London so many times these past few weeks that nothing about it feels grand or intimidating anymore. It still feels exciting – and so does Manchester, but not intimidating. The ‘new’ novelty has gone.

There are more than two sides to every story. Since working for a PR agency I’ve been starting to understand how important choosing your words is. I recently saw two newspapers report on the exact same thing in completely opposite ways. The key lesson here I think is if you’re not hearing something straight – and I mean straight – from the horse’s mouth don’t let yourself believe it 100%.

Attitude is everything. My attitude decides my day, it’s as simple as that.

Women Leading – Beverley

Beverley is a travel and lifestyle blogger who I’ve been reading for years, probably since I started blogging myself back in 2011. I’ve always loved how pure her writing is – like you’re reading her diary over her shoulder (in a totally none creepy way, obvs).

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Beverley recently relocated to Leeds from London in a bid to trust her gut. She’s a blogger who I’ve seen grow and develop into a quietly confident, kick-ass woman – who, by the way, writes an exceptional newsletter.


What has been the best thing to come from your blog?

Can I cheat with this one? There’s actually been two amazing things that have come from my blog. Firstly, my career. When I moved back to the UK in 2013, after three years in Australia and New Zealand, my blog helped me get my job. I’d studied media and marketing at university, so I already had the knowledge needed for a PR role, but running a relatively successful blog gave me the extra edge. I understood the media landscape from a publishing point of view *and* a PR point of view and, three years later, I’m now a PR Manager with experience in online and traditional PR.
I’ve also made a lot of friendships through blogging, and a lot of those blogging friendships, most of which started on Twitter, have turned into actual, IRL friendships. I still have lots of non-blogging friends, but I’d definitely have fewer amazing women in my life if I hadn’t started my blog!
What advice would you give to your 18 year old self?
It gets better. I think that’s what I’d say. It gets better and you won’t always feel like such an outsider. You will find your tribe. Don’t worry if the people you’re surrounded by aren’t on your wavelength, you’ll eventually find the one who are. Make an effort with the people who matter, make less of an effort with people who don’t. It’s not your job to make people like you. And, also, you’re enough.
What were you looking forward to most about relocating to Leeds?
Renting my own flat instead of a room. I’ve lived on my own before, in my final year at Leeds uni, but since then I’ve travelled and lived in shared flats and it got to a point where I really needed my own space. I loved living in London, loved where my flat was in Shoreditch, and I have no regrets about moving there when I got back from New Zealand, but it was time for a change. I have my own place now, and in a way it feels like things I didn’t believe I could accomplish in London are a bit more feasible here. In the distant future I’d love to set up a small business or write a book and, for reasons that I can’t quite explain, that seems less scary and overwhelming in Leeds than it did in London.
What do you think is the best way to introduce more discipline into one’s life?
I’m an all or nothing kind of person in that, for the most part, I can only give 100% of myself to one thing at any given time, and it applies to almost every aspect of my life. I’m either running regularly or not at all, blogging regularly or not at all, eating well or eating terribly. On paper it looks like a really great way to be disciplined; concentrate on one thing at a time and do it well. But life doesn’t work like that. After a while, I realised that if I wanted to find any kind of balance in my life I needed to create some kind of order and, honestly, the only way I can do that is with a physical planner. I think a planner you can actually write things down in is a really great way to introduce a bit more discipline into your life. All your tasks, your notes, and appointments are in the same place, and physically writing down what you want to accomplish makes the goal seem a little more concrete in your mind. I tried online planners for a while but, for me, the physical act of writing a plan makes a world of difference.
Beverley Pack Your Passport on Brick Lane, London