Heroine In Heels is a top 10 London lifestyle blog aimed at the modern day woman. Covering things to do in London, restaurant reviews, hotels as well as where to go in the world when you want to escape London

Heroine In Heels is a top 10 London lifestyle blog aimed at the modern day woman. Covering things to do in London, restaurant reviews, hotels as well as where to go in the world when you want to escape London

The BAFTAs have always been the pride of Britain. A glamorous occasion, recognizing the best in the arts and entertainment industry. Many see them as the guide as to what direction the Oscar's will take. 

You might watch it on TV, you might even brave the cold and stand at the barriers to the red carpet, but something that a foodie like me has always wondered, is what do they eat at the dinner? With all those Hollywood darlings present, do they eat normal food? Do they have to make some vegan, gluten free, sugar free cuisine? Well last week I was invited to the pre-BAFTAs dinner tasting at the Grosvenor House hotel on Park Lane to see what would be served this year.

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about my future. Last year I hit 25, and I suddenly felt the weight of adulthood. I feel that by 25 your supposed to have a rough game plan. Sure, not have everything in place, but at least have a plan. I’m trying to work hard now to set myself up for the future, but it feels very much like an uphill battle at the moment, and often wake up with that “Oh here we go again feeling”. Not really the best way to start the day, eh?

This blog is usually filled with lots of lovely things about London. I talk about my weekly life living in the Capital and what I get up to and recommend. However if you heard me speak in real life, you’d find something a little off. I’m not actually a Londoner, but a proud Northerner. From a small town called Warrington, near Manchester to be precise.

I don’t often go back up North, however I still have friends up there so usually for someone’s birthday it calls for us all to travel from every corner of Britain back to Manchester. Which is exactly why I found myself in the Northern capital.

Ever heard of Dry January? Yeah it’s probably been shoved in your face pretty much since the moment the fireworks finished at New Year. But personally, I say hell no to that. I’d much rather have a drink that I really love than just fill up on “Mocktails”. Now I get Dry January from a budget point of view, let’s be honest after Christmas and New year, we are all feeling the squeeze, which is why I actually I said this year my resolution was to start learning skills myself. In this case, making those cocktails that I love, at home, so instead of spending £10 on a cocktail in a bar, I can get 10 times the amount of drinks at home.

Berlin; a city that is currently in the news, but for devastating reasons. A friend of mine once told me that we shouldn't let one off incidents stop us visiting amazing places, as then the terrorists win. In the past I have cancelled a trip to Egypt as I became worried about terrorism, however after visiting Berlin, it made me realise how right he was. Berlin is a city of such historical significance and liveliness today that it deserves to not fall to terrorism, so hopefully I can convince you that Berlin is worth booking a trip to this year, as even though I spent a very short 24 hours there, I got such a great vibe, that it's on my recommended list. 

Christmas and New Year are the times we are most likely to splash out on some new party pieces. A new dress here, a killer pair of stilettos there. Thing is though, post the holiday season, often these items never see the light of day again. As how often are you really going to put on a red sequin dress with plunging neckline?

This leads me to often not be able to justify spending money on new items if I think they won’t see a decent ROI, however, if I can wear them again and again and again, then I can justify spending that bit extra on something that’s bit more special.

Ah Brunch, that special meal where it's equally acceptable to have pancakes, fries and prosecco all at the same time. But what about an Italian brunch? Would it still be the odd amalgamation that makes brunch so special? Well there was only one real way to find out and that was to head to the Italian restaurant Merchant in Mayfair to find out. 

Oh and did I tell you it was £20 for three courses? Bet that sweetens the deal.

The Christmas break was so nice. I decided to not blog for the entire period and I don't feel and ounce of guilt. It was so lovely to just fully switch off and for once not worry about photos and words and all the other social media stuff. Ah lovely. But it's 2017 now and I'm back to it. 

2016 was a funny old year, for many, many different reasons. So here's hoping and working hard to make sure that 2017 is a kick ass year. But I've found that in order to move forward, some home truths have to be realised and accepted. So here are the 12 harsh truths I learned in 2016 and will learn from in 2017.