Blogging Event- Yikes kitchen launch

On Thursday 11th January I had the pleasure of being invited to the official launch of Yikes Kitchen. On arrival, my sister and I were met with drinks and sat down at a table with some lovely bloggers. The menu had been sent to me beforehand so it is safe to say that I was bursting with excitement to try the food.

Before I begin I would like to give you a bit of background knowledge surrounding Yikes Kitchen. Yikes is dedicated to providing the best quality food at a very affordable price. Their aim is to provide quality chef-made meals to your dinner table.

The idea to deliver quality, hearty dinners to your door is absolute genius and has not been done properly in North London. This unique vision can only do well as there is a huge gap in the market for delicious, quality take-aways. When I think of getting a take-away, which seems like every other day.  The choices are always the same … pizza, Chinese or Indian however, with the carefully selected menu by Yikes Kitchen and food cooked by a professional chef, this will definitely be the new craze for take-away and I cannot wait to see it flourish.

So let’s get onto the tasters menu…

  • Bruschetta with crispy Halloumi– who doesn’t love Bruschetta? It was the perfect starter and extremely delicious. I loved the fact that it was topped with halloumi it was a lovely touch to a gorgeous starter.

 

  • Sweetcorn soup– I’ve never had or heard of sweetcorn soup so I was very eager to try it and I am so glad I did. It was unreal! The sweetcorn was not overpowering and the consistency of the soup was perfect. It was filling and is a perfect starter for a cold winter night.
  • Jerk chicken burger– The jerk burger was absolutely exquisite and I am ordering it as soon as Yikes Kitchen delivery is live! The chicken was soft and tender and the plantain was a tasty extra in the burger. I would recommend this to everyone and anyone.
  • Lamb Kotfe and Couscous– I must admit I am not a big lover of lamb but I really enjoyed this dish. This would be perfect for anyone who is trying to eat healthy but doesn’t have the time to cook. I thoroughly enjoyed this meal and would order it again.
  • Bruised short ribs of beef with creamy mash– By far my favourite dish of the night. I was blown away! I wish I had two helpings because it was divine. The beef was soft and succulent. The mash was creamy and accompanied the beef so well and I can’t even begin to describe how mouth-watering the gravy was (sorry mum, it was better than yours).
  • Hazelnut chocolate tart and Eton mess- Both were the perfect treat to finish off an amazing taster menu. I cannot fault the desert in any way, it was delightful and I will most certainly be ordering both again.

 

Overall, I was extremely impressed and so stuffed with food that I literally could not move. It was an amazing night and an honor to meet the chefs. The launch was extremely well organised, with 5 star food and a goodie bag was provided at the end (it doesn’t really get much better than that does it).

Yikes kitchen has officially launched today! From Thursday 18th January and Friday 19th January there is 50% off all orders eat in and take away. Please try the amazing food for yourself if my post hasn’t persuaded you enough. I will link their website and menu for you to have a little browse and order. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on their full menu.

Bon appetit.

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Fashion post- Becoming a brand promoter

Hi Lovelies,

I hope you are all having a great day! I am mixing things up a little bit today because I am doing my first fashion post… nervous. On Instagram I have been lucky enough to work with some amazing clothing companies which I will be writing about in this post.

Without sounding like the vainest girl in the world, I have always loved taking pictures (mostly of myself) in different outfits and at different places. Luckily for me, I have the best sister in the world who puts up with me constantly saying “Jessssss will you take a picture of me”. Everyday is new outfit and picture day and this is how it all kind of started. I am now a brand promoter for quite a few online brands which I absolutely love. I am nowhere near where I want to be but I am hoping that with a lot of hard work and dedication I can get there. I will be linking some of my favourite outfits and websites below, please also give me a follow on Instagram at demi_enchanted.x

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If you have any questions please feel free to contact me demi_j@hotmail.co.uk.

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Healthy mind, Healthy life

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I never really understood what it meant to have a ‘healthy mind’. It wasn’t until I read Jen Sincero’s book called ‘How to be a bad ass’ that I realised how many negative thoughts I had floating around in my head. Think of your mind as a mini you. I always imagined my mini me to be like the Lizzie McGuire cartoon (who looked like me of course) and boy is she a bi**h. Not only did she make me second guess every decision I’ve have made, but she is also a procrastinator.

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Some of you might be thinking ‘what is this girl talking about’ but take some time out today to really think about your thoughts. How many thoughts are positive? Are you constantly worrying or thinking about the future. Do you want to do something but the little voice inside your head makes you think otherwise? That is your mini me and she/he is working against you.

It’s taken me a while to shake her off and don’t get me wrong, I still have some unhelpful thoughts but I have managed to change my mindset for the better. We only have one life and we need to make the most of it. Always remember that anything is possible! 30 years ago the internet didn’t even exist, yet here I am sitting in a cool cafe blogging about personal development and well being.

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By having a good, positive mindset you will be able to overcome anything that life throws at you. So next time your mini me decides to show up give them a little flick and carry on with the rest of your day. Be as positive as possible and focus on what makes you happy.

 

 

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Birthday Brat

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So it was my birthday on Friday the 13th October (spooky). To be honest the only scaring/annoying thing that happened was my WiFi has stopped working and the light bulb in my room went out. So, I am another year older and wiser. I always get really nostalgic around my birthday, I usually end up crying and stuffing my face with cake while egging myself on “YOU CAN DO IT BRUCE”.

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But this year I feel different. I’m motivated to make some much needed changes and get my life together, woohoo go me! Birthdays give you a fresh start, it allows you to let go of the past year and look toward’s the future. I am hoping that this time next year, I will have made some necessary changes. Yesterday I was speaking to my friend Nicki and we were saying how much we wish that the wisdom that we had now, we had when we were 18 years old. But I guess life doesn’t work like that.

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Always see your birthday as a new start, another year older and another year wiser. Write a letter to yourself for your next birthday and include all of your goals and dreams. Include all of your feelings, happy and sad. Then seal it up in an envelope and keep it somewhere safe so that you can open it on your next birthday. Not only will this act as motivation for you to reach all of your goals but it will also be nice to see how far you have come. See it as a little present to yourself.

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what’s the lesson you live by?

 

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This is a pretty good question because as a 25-year-old woman I would say that I most definitely haven’t got my life together just yet. I am known for drinking way too many cocktails and moaning that I should have won the lottery by now. However, last year February I had to learn the hardest lesson of all; family is everything. Don’t get me wrong, I always knew family was important but as a teen/young woman you take them for granted.

My 18-year-old brother died suddenly in February 2016 and I must admit I still don’t believe it to this day. I never thought in a million years that I would need to worry about my little brother dying. It’s one of those things you hear about but you think it will never happen to you. You hit a state of shock, a brick wall. For the first six months, I walked around like a zombie. I became so angry that the world just carried on living whilst my entire world had collapsed. Dealing with grief and trying to offer support to my mum and sister is incredibly difficult. This tragedy will haunt us forever and every day I am smacked in the face with different emotions. The loss of someone is never easy and the pain DOES NOT go away.

The only lesson I can learn from this is to treasure everyone and everything because you never know when you will have your last moment with them. I know life gets in the way and mundane things such as work, arguments etc stops us from remembering what is important, but we must snap out of it. Doing well for yourself, getting that promotion, buying your dream car and living the life of luxury will mean nothing if you don’t have your loved ones around you. Without making this post too depressing, I want to use my story as a reminder for us all to be so grateful for all the good things in life. Say I love you every day, spend more time with your family and always do the things that make you happy.

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I had to learn the hard way that is life is so tough, we will all have good and bad days. There will be times when you want to give up but don’t! life is so precious so embrace it and have as much fun as possible. This experience has shaped me into a completely different person. I am grateful, fearless and want to make my brother very proud. There will be a time when everyone will go through the pain of losing someone they love but just know you are not alone. Life is short and we only get one chance at it so if you are currently unhappy with your current situation, shake up your entire life. Go after your dream job, get a horse, make a family or move to Hawaii. Do all the things that scare you as this will make life worthwhile. One last thing before I go, always be grateful and never take anyone or anything for granted.

 

My do’s and don’t for the week;

  • DO go on a major shopping spree on payday and live off beans on toast for the rest of the month.
  • DON’T stalk your ex on Instagram, it will ruin your entire week!
  • DO buy glamour magazine every month just to read Dawn O’ porters column.
  • DON’T compare yourselves to others, you are a badass.
  • DO snooze your alarm, stay in bed longer and blame TFL for the reason why you’re late.
  • DON’T eat that whole packet of biscuits, you will regret it when you finally make it to the gym.

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Ibiza baby

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I must admit I am not a London girl at all. I belong in a hot country, no more than 10 minutes away from the beach. My main life goal is to make this a reality, but for now I am more than happy to jet off at every given possibility. Lucky for me, I have the best sister in the world and she agreed to go to Ibiza with me. Don’t worry Jess,if you are reading this you will be rewarded greatly.

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I’ve been to Ibiza so many times that when I arrive it feels like home. There is no better feeling than familiarity when you step foot in another country. I planned the whole trip from start to finish. Our long weekend turned into a whirlwind, with a lot of drink and the mother of all hangovers, but it has been one of my best holidays to date.

Here are a few of the highlights;

  • Elrow at Amnesia- so crazy but so happy we finally went!
  • Ocean beach club … obviously.
  • Pizza hut- best pizza ever.
  • Our hotel- They had given us two rooms because our air con broke.
  • Falling over, apparently this is my thing now.
  • Watching a film in the rave, honestly who comes up with this stuff.

On our last day we planned to have a nice chilled, sophisticated day but things don’t always go to plan.  We were so hungover we spent the whole day hiding from the sun, running toilet to be sick and stuffing our face with burger king.

Ibiza I can’t wait to see you again next year.

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Girl boss

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Hey guys, I thought I would put up a bit of midweek motivation because who doesn’t need to reminded that they are boss every now and again. I get it, day to day life can be so boring and we forget all the things we have accomplished or plan to accomplish.

If there is something you want, go out and get it before someone else does. But don’t go all extreme and do awful stuff and say, “Well Demi Enchanted told me to go after what I want, so that’s why I robbed a bank”. What I mean by this is, be determined. Have in mind what you want. Be it a new job, or a boyfriend that you truly love or going on 8 holidays a year. Time to channel your inner girl boss.

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One of my inspirations and also my favourite books is #girl boss by Sophia Amorous. She created an online business called ‘Nasty Gal’ from scratch and now look at her, she is the ultimate girl boss. I could honestly talk about this book all day but I don’t want to spoil it, so go out and get it!

Stop with the excuses “I’ll start on Monday” because everything you want is out there waiting for you, so go get it!

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