The Best Breakfast in London? The Cereal Killer Cafe

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day…


and luckily for us, you can now get it any time of the day at 139 Brick Lane, thanks to the dudes behind The Cereal Killer Cafe.

Bearing that in mind, The Husband and I decided to go all topsy turvy one Friday night and go for breakfast for dinner for Date Night….

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The Review: January 2015

One of my New Year’s Resolutions for 2015 was to start a new series, (that I’m calling ‘The Review’), chronicling what I think is hot, or not, (as the case may be) each month.

I don’t intend to extol myself as an expert, but I do enjoy a chat around the watercooler, waxing lyrical about the latest ‘whatever it may be’ that has caught my fancy at any given time (who doesn’t enjoy doing that) and I would like to extend that conversation on here.

I’m a big fan of other bloggers and vloggers who do ‘Monthly Favourites’ (usually the Beauty community, see here and here), I also enjoy ‘Haul’ posts and ‘Empties’ reviews, (I’m quite the shopping voyeur it would seem).

But I’m not sure I can bring myself to bore you, and embarrass me by doing Haul posts, listing all my purchases each month, mainly because:

a) I am a shopaholic and it will get embarrassing

b) I’m not into showing off (I’m quite shy really)

c) Although I enjoy watching them, I’m not really sure what added value you can get from them, without having tried the product/service and thus not being able to give an informed view on it

And, let’s face it, most importantly…

d) The Husband might see (and my ‘oh….this old thing’ cover story will be blown)

However, I am keen to share my view with you on things I’ve used, abused, loved and loathed each month, whether it be a beauty product, TV show, snack, shoe or whatever.

As I say though, this will just be my unabashed opinion, it will be totally unbiased and honest (PR samples will, as ever, be marked with a *) and hopefully it will be an enjoyable read, if not useful!

So… lets kick off with January…

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Recipe: The Best Christmas Breakfast… Chocolate Orange Croissants

What do you get if you cross a Terry’s Chocolate Orange and a beautiful, buttery, flakey French croissant?



A chocolate orange croissant!


It is seriously heavenly.

I didn’t think it was possible to improve on a pain au chocolat, but apparently you can!



It’s perfect for Christmas day!

(or any day for that matter).

And yes, it is so good, capital letters are needed.



When I was a little girl, my family and I started a very important Christmas tradition…

Chocolate for breakfast on Christmas day.

Every year, without fail, there would be a Terry’s Chocolate Orange in the foot of my stocking.

And every year, without fail, we would be tucking into it whilst opening presents…

Some years, even before the sun was up!

This year, I wanted to see what I could do with a Chocolate Orange, to make it slightly more grown up (now that I’ve hit the big 3.0), ready for our festive feast.

So, I combined two of my very favourite breakfast items, to make THE.MOST.AMAZING.THING.EVER.

Not only is it THE.MOST.AMAZING.THING.EVER, it is also super simple and speedy to make.

As you can imagine, the R&D on this was a tough job, but hey, someone’s got to do it!

After fettling with the ratios, it is now as perfect as perfect can be, so as my christmas present to you, here is the recipe…

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Recipe: Christmas Candy Cane Vodka…

It’s Christmassssssssss!

Well, almost.

It’s just three more sleeps until Santa Claus is Coming To Town..!

So that means it’s time to write that last card, wrap the last present and hunker down with family, friends and a giant tin of Quality Street ready for the festive season.

Onesies are optional.



Over the next few days I’m going to be sharing with you what makes my (blonde) reality super festive, with two of my foolproof Christmas recipes to help you to Step into Christmas.

Starting today with my recipe for Candy Cane Vodka.

As In The Bleak Mid Winter, frosty guests will moan…

‘Cuz baby it’s cold outside…

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The Best of the Rest Part 1: The best Bloggers and Vloggers who have helped keep me sane…


So as you know by now, over the last year I have been poorly, properly poorly and after a while, there is really only so much daytime telly ‘One’ can watch.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love Jeremy, Phil, Holly, David, Ben and Bradley as much as the next gal…

(Kyle, Schofield, Willoughby, Dickinson, Shephard and Walsh to the rest of you….after 9 months I’m on first name terms, natch)

….But seriously, 9 months, day in, day out can really be a little much.

So, prior to recovering, which luckily I am doing, I turned all new media and went on the hunt for some blogs to read and vlogs to watch…

And there really are

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Ta Da!

Welcome to the new look, all singing, all dancing My Blonde Reality!

To celebrate our 1 year anniversary we had a makeover…

I was planning on revealing our new look in the New Year, but I love it so much I just couldn’t wait… so here goes…

Ta Da!

What do you think?

Do you like?

Let us know in the comments below…

P.S: I need to give a big THANK YOU (literally) to the lovely Kate from 17th Avenue Designs for all her hard work, design genius and incredible patience in dealing with me, perfectionism and all! She totally rocks. Highly recommend.

P.P.S: As ever, we can also be found on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram… you can find us on there by clicking on the little black buttons below…

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P.P.P.P.S: Finally, a big thank you to you, for reading my ramblings, it really does mean the world to me to know that people are enjoying a little look into my crazy life.

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FIRST LOOK FASHION: House of Fraser SS15 Fashion Press Preview

I wouldn’t normally follow a fashion post with another fashion post here on My Blonde Reality, I do like to mix it up a bit, so I hope you’ll forgive me, but I received an invitation which put such a spring in my step that I just had to share it with you…


As Love Unlimited sang…. “It May Be Winter Outside, But In My Heart It’s Spring…”

…And indeed it was very much all about Spring at House of Fraser HQ where I was treated to a special sneak peek of their Spring/Summer 2015 collections on their press preview day…

…And of course, I just had to take you with me for a little spring fling…


Don’t click to read more if you don’t want to be subjected to the most beautiful, must have clothing items for 2015.

Don’t say you’ve not been warned.

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Fashion to Fall for: Autumn Lookbook 2014

I need no excuse to shop, I really don’t, The Husband will attest to that, but a change in the weather is as good of an excuse as any…

So, if you are like me and enjoy a sneaky splurge for no real reason, other than to pep up a soggy afternoon, then here are my top picks for Autumn 2014…

Race you to the check out.




2014-09-28_20-39-231. Next Belted Cardigan, £45 // 2. Zara Croc City Bag With Chain, £109 // 3. Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner, £3.99 // 4. Dorothy Perkins Eden Mid Vintage Wash Jeggins, £22 // 5. Nars Geraldine Lipstick, £19.50 // Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Hot Pepper Lipstick, £8.99 // 6. ASOS Large Disc Hoop Earrings, £8.00 // 7. Zara Quilted Leather City Bag, £79.99 // 8. Topshop Control Over The Knee Boots, £125

In look one I’m aiming for casual elegance.

This wrap cardi from Next is GORGE. I have it in black and dark green and I’m pretty sure its also available in grey, red and navy. Its deliciously soft, warm despite being a fairly fine gauge knit. I love it, hence why I have it in two colours (and potentially more). I have been wearing it with either nothing underneath (and done up tightly) or with a little silky cami.

The jeans are a great staple. I love the Eden range from Dorothy Perkins, a great fit in a great range of colours.

The bags here from Zara are my latest guilty pleasure purchases. The quality, especially of the black bag is out of this world for the price. Highly recommend both of them.

The boots bring a different twist to the look, yes, they are a tiny bit pretty woman, hence why I’d be careful what I wear them with, but either way, I just love them.

Pair all this with a nice red (matt) lip and you’re ready for anything.

2014-10-28_16-27-21 1. Zara Two Tone Poncho, £29 // 2. Nars  Honolulu Honey Lipstick, £19.50 // 3. Saint Laurent Monogramme Sac Université Leather Shoulder Bag, £1,325 // 4. Topshop Riped Jamie Jeans, £45 // 5. H&M Sleeveless Scuba Top, £29 // 6. Topshop Textured High Neck Tunic, £34 // 7. J Crew Resin Medallion, £150 // 8. COS Merino Wool Jumper, £55 // 9. Ugg Classic Tall Boots, £190 // 10. Tory Burch Riva Flats, £190

Look two is similar to look one, but in a softer colour pallet.

I love warm neutrals, they are very lux and give off an expensive air of elegance, despite not breaking the bank.

The wrap/cape/poncho from Zara is to die for. Totally of the moment and totally chic. Pair with a simple, yet well made knitted top and you are away. Think ladies who lunch, or an outdoor trip up Bond St.

I went higher end with the bag for this look as this Saint Laurent is a timeless classic which will take you from now, right through to spring, summer and beyond. I always find that by pairing a higher end bag with a high street look usually ends up making everything look higher end, despite it possibly coming from Primark!

I don’t own the jeans yet, but I aim to very soon. Wardrobe, watch this space.

For the die hard fash pack amongst you, you may be thinking UGGS, has she lost the plot? Fashion sacrilege.  Well no, I’ve not. My name is Jennie and I love my Uggs.


1. Wallis Leather Pencil Skirt, £95 // 2. Isabel Marant Shearling Jacket, £2,220  // 3. Topshop Satin Swing Top, £32 // 4. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow £49 // 5. Whistles  Ania Open Toe Boot, £165 // 6. Topshop U-Neck Tanktop £10 // 7. Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss Colour and Shine Lipgloss, £26 // 8. Joseph  V Neck Drop Hem Jumper, £195 // 9. Organica Large Hooped Earrings, £275 // 10. Zara High Heel Strappy Boot, £49

In look three I wanted to embrace the leather trend which has been around for a while now. I’m a huge Wallis fan, especially their W collection. They have some really great pieces, lots of casual shirts as well as great classic, yet fashion forward skirts like this one. Great price, great quality and again, a timeless piece which you can wear many ways.

Here I’ve tried to focus on a lux day wear, possibly in the office, with a great shoeboot, or out for afterwork drinks by swapping to a strappy sandal.

The Chanel lipgloss here is also a great buy. It’s fairly new (last month I think), isn’t cheap but one click and you’re away. It lasts most of the day, even when eating and drinking and is really comfortable to wear. I wish I could buy the whole range, but I won’t. I’ll be sensible. For now.

I should also say a word here on the Charlotte Tilbury Pallete. This is heavenly. It finds my cheekbones without a GPS. Everyone needs this. Everyone.

2014-10-28_16-41-171. New Look Cameo Rose Faux Fur Gillet, £29 // 2. M2Malletier Clutch Bag, £915 // 3. Jimmy Choo Youth Boots, £595 // 4. Banana Republic  Luxe Leather Bracelet, £20 // 5. Topshop Fringe Trim Aztec Skirt, £40 // 6. TheBalm Mary-Lou Manzier Highlighter Powder, £16 // 7. By Terry Baume De Rose Lipstain, £35 // 8. Zara Oversized Sweater, £12 // 9. Victoria Beckham Leather Shoulder Bag, £1,895 // 10. River Island Fedora Hat, £22

In look four I was aiming for fun.

I’m loving the trend for the new mini skirts that are currently out. Nice texture, heavy weight fabric work to give this skirt more gravitas and substance than a normal mini skirt. IMO makes you look less naked.

Pair with a great pair of Wolford opaque tights and these cute boots, a jumper and a gilet and you’re on the way to being a cool cat.

The other stand out for me here is the The Balm Mary-Lou Manzier highlighter. A powder highlighter with minimal glitter it just helps you look lit from within. A huge favourite of the beauty YouTubers. Well worth £16 of anyones hard earned pennies.


1. Boohoo Bethan Wet Look Leggins, £8 // 2. Philip Lim Pashili Bag, £675 // 3. H&M Knitted Snood, £3 // 4. New Look Check Meowt Tee-Shirt, £7.99 // 5. Topshop Gem Cat Ears, £7 // 6. Topshop Black Faceted Collar, £20 // 7. Aldo Oneriwien Boots, £80 // 8. Topshop Moon and Stars Earrings, £7 // 9. Oasis Textured Foil Vest, £28 // 10. Steve Madden Lilianne Boots, £96 // 11. H&M Knitted Hat, £3 // 12. New Look Check Shirt, £19 // 13. Aldo Allie Boots, £120

In the final look, look five, I just loved this t-shirt and wanted to build a look round it.

I love the grunge element to the leggings but paired with a high end handbag.

I ADORE the Philip Lim Pashili bag, its similar to the Celine Trapeze bag and although expensive, its not silly expensive like Celine.

And who doesn’t needs a pair of cut cat ears?

Were you tempted? I bet you were…

Do let me know in the comments section below what you’ll be wearing this Fall.


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The Five Restaurant Food Crawl….London


I’m a bit like Oscar…

(Wilde at heart)

I can resist anything but temptation

And temptation it was when I received an invitation that I just couldn’t resist.

What do you say when an invitation thuds into your inbox inviting you to a five restaurant food crawl?

You say hell to the yeah…

Lucky for you, that’s just what I did…

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