Author: WJ London

Cutter & Squidge on Brewer Street has been chosen by Eaten, The Food Rating App, as the best latte in Soho!

Cutter and Squidge and Eaten are giving Londoners the chance to try a latte coffee for free between 10am-1pm on Monday, 28th January 2019!

Terms & Conditions:
1. Offer is valid from 10am to 1pm on Monday, January 28th 2019 at Cutter & Squidge, 20 Brewer St, Soho, London W1F 0SJ
2. Offer is limited to one regular latte coffee per customer (oat milk available)
3. To receive your free coffee, follow @cutterandsquidge on instagram, download the Eaten App, and show your unique in-app barcode to the staff in store
4. This offer cannot be exchanged for cash, credit or any other product, in part or in full and is valid for a single transaction only

Travelling is something so many of us dream of, but so few get the chance. Whether it’s financial concerns, it’s not the “right time” or you’re worried about the effect it might have on your career or relationship commitments. For those thinking about travelling solo, it’s usually a safety concern. I mean, how safe is it really to travel the world alone?

Well, you’ll be pleased to hear that with a little research, planning and common sense, you can safely travel the world solo without running into too much trouble. Something your parents will probably be glad to hear. Here we’ve put together some of the simplest solo travel safety tips.

Get your insurance sorted – now!

Ok, so we have to talk about the importance of travel insurance – are you covered? You’d be amazed at how many travellers run the huge risk of travelling without it, and then pay the price (literally) when things inevitably go wrong. Travel insurance will cover you for trip cancellation, flight problems, lost luggage and lost/damaged luggage. Your travel medical insurance will help you with medical assistance, illness, broken bones, access to medical teams, transportation to hospital and even repatriation. You might not need it, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Walk with confidence

Your nose buried deep in a map, looking around for street signs, scratching your head and wringing your hands in a panic are all tell tale signs that you don’t belong, you’re lost and you’re vulnerable. Making you the perfect target for scams, cons and even theft. If you’re visiting the Eiffel Tower then a wandering tourist is to be expected, but if the busy streets of Cairo? No. If you get lost simply head into the nearest café or bar and ask for help, walk with purpose.

Carry the business card or your hostel/hotel

This one is great if you’re not overly confident with the language yet or the signal or battery on your smartphone has let you down. Showing the business card to a local or even a taxi driver means they know you need help trying to get back to our accommodation.

Take a break

Travelling is incredible and immersing yourself in a new culture and vibe is a once in a lifetime opportunity. But it’s also exhausting and you sometimes you need to give yourself a time out. Becoming overwhelmed whilst travelling is common, so take a day to chill at your accommodation, head to a cooking class, or even take a guided tour of the cities best tourist spots.

Blend in

Try to avoid flashing your wealth or looking distinctly foreign. If the country you’re visiting is conservative then they might have dress codes you need to adhere to – so do a little research. Be respectful and polite. Things like buying a local paper will help you look more like you belong and it’s a great ice breaker too!

Blue Monday has been and gone but let's face it, we're still here in January, it's still pretty chilly, Christmas is a distant memory and any sign of spring is a fair way off.

All that chilly gloom needn't be an excuse for misery though. We're thinking of coining a new day, thoughtful Tuesdays, as we all know that doing something for others cheers you up and cheers them up in turn why not do something night for someone today, or this week even?

Why not send something nice to a loved one or a friend this week?  Brighten their day up with a bunch of flowers that's totally out of the blue. Always does the job!

Alternatively, make those dinner dates you never got around to before Christmas. I know it's all been a bit of an over-indulge since December but that's no excuse to hibernate.

Make a gym date, a vegan dinner date or a brisk walk in the park date with people you've not seen in a while.

Another way to brighten your feel good this January is to have a clear out. Get rid of all those clothes you never wear and drop them at the charity shop. Let them do some good for someone else rather than languish at the bottom of your wardrobe for another year!

All in all the best and surest way to cheer up both yourself and others at the start of 2019 is to get active and get giving out the 'nice'. Whether it's flowers, homemade cupcakes or a friendly phone call, it doesn't take much but it makes a whole lot of difference.

 

How savvy are you when it comes to your credit? Are you a figures whizz, confidently sailing the high seas of The Bank of Englands Base rate or are you a little unsure and fearful of loans and all that money stuff? During these tumultuous times with Brexit alongside looming interest rate hikes, it’s probably a good idea to have a little read up on the fact and more important figures if you’re not familiar with how all this may affect you.

It’s always good to be in the know, especially when it comes to your finances and I’ve found a little test that can help you out. Sunny Loans have brought out a ‘Do you know your finances’ Quizz and I’ve just managed to get 5/7 on it so I suppose I’m not doing too badly. I’ll be honest though, a few were good guesses as I am terrible at maths!

It’s really important to have an idea of how credit works and how it can both positively and adversely affect your life. I still have no idea why this is not taught in schools. If you have a mortgage, for example, a small increase in interest of just a few points of a per cent can make quite a large difference on monthly and yearly outgoings.

Similarly, if you take out a loan and intend to pay it back quickly you still potentially pay an awful lot just for the months you have it out, depending on both the APR and whether there are early repayment fees (watch out for these, they are a right pain!).

After we all borrowed a bit too much before the last crash borrowing is creeping up again and that’s fine so long as it’s managed correctly and you don’t borrow beyond your means!

Remember, sometimes it may be better to save for an item, buying it once you have all the money, rather than buying it first with credit and actually paying much more for it later. I don’t know about you but I hate it when the monthly payments mount up, ravaging your bank balance before you even start the month! I feel we often have it the wrong way around these days and can be too impatient to get what we want. Remember, every item you get will be eclipsed by the need for the next soon enough so let a couple go and your bank balance will thank you for it.

Give the quiz it a go now and see how clued up you are. If you need to have a little brush up on money matters each question you get wrong comes with an explainer so if you don’t already know, you’ll learn. And if you know it all already well then, you can be smug.

Adaptive, progressive and ever-changing are three words that sum up the capital nicely. And nothing reflects its all-embracing nature than the fashion of its dwellers.

Whether it’s the sleek suits of Kings Road or the indie look of Camden, its distinct character runs through the outfits of all who call it home.

Thanks to its style versatility, curating the perfect wardrobe for this fast-paced city couldn’t be easier. All you need is the right style guide. That’s where we come in.

Peruse our tips and you’ll achieve the London look in no time.

Remember That Comfort Is Key

Long gone are the days when fashion refused to include comfort. These days, most style experts and leading fashionistas alike are quick to highlight the value of clothes that look and feel good. Similarly, when it comes to what we wear, practicality is key.

With this in mind, remember items and accessories that are necessary for all situations, like waterproof jackets and watches.

When it comes to securing chic and reliability in the latter, for example, look to brands like Henry London, and you could curate a city-centric wardrobe that guarantees comfort, functionality and charm.

Identify Your Favourite Type of London Style

Yes, there isn’t just one kind of “London Look”. In fact, there are several. That’s why its worth exploring the different kinds to identify which one suits you best.

To ensure that you choose the right style, consider aspects like the principal items – such as jackets and shoe wear – and the intended effect of each movement.

East End Hipsters, Sleek Sloaneys and Just-Out-Of-Town Bloggers are apparently all leaders in the London fashion scene. But what do these terms actually mean? Research is paramount for understanding current trends in the capital and to starting off your wardrobe on the right foot.

Don’t Just Follow the Crowd

The capital is special to you for subjective reasons - so why not create a wardrobe that reflects your personal connection to it?

Once you’ve roamed its fashion trends, use your selected few for inspiration when developing your own unique London look. To pinpoint what exactly draws you to this vibrant place, why not produce a mood board on what it means to you?

What’s more, sporting clothes and accessories that are bespoke to your personality could enhance your enjoyment of the capital even further, meaning a happier life spent there.

So, when it comes to curating your wardrobe, don’t just stick to one specific movement or style – design your own.

Creating your ideal wardrobe for the capital needn’t be difficult. And with our guide, you can curate a set of outfits that illustrate what made you fall in love with the city in the first place. So, what’s to stop you from making your own distinct London look?