Welcome to summer at Daisybutter, kids! Things admittedly look exactly the same but I’ve just spent the best part of 2 hours loosely planning out my content for the next month or so and it’s looking good, if I may say so myself. The summer solstice has historically been one of my favourite days of the entire year: I spent mine on a long walk around the lake, pyjama clad, with my sister and pup. Bliss. And, yes, very stylish. How did you spend your summer solstice this year?

This week has been a mixed bag as I’ve spent almost every evening out in London which definitely challenged my travel anxiety. Thankfully, it was a completely panic attack-free week!(!!) I wrote this week about how I’m not actually that busy and it’s more than okay. Yes, I’m fully booked and spending as much time as I can on furthering the blog – more on that soon! – but I’m not busy and I’m living my best life. Mornings are devoted to wellness and setting my day up properly (a good breakfast, oat milk coffee, the gym and admin), afternoons are spent at my desk, and evenings are spent leisurely. I love it.

Celebrating the opening of Ceru in Soho, London

On Tuesday, my sister and I headed to Ceru London to celebrate the opening of their new Soho branch. Offering a Levantine menu designed to take you a journey of senses, the restaurant prides itself on a menu formed of vibrant, healthy but indulgent sharing plates with flavours from the Middle East. We were treated to delicious cocktails to start, and then our choice of dishes. And there were plenty of veggie options, which is always a winner! I’ll be sharing a full review soon, but we had an incredible time eating ALL THE FOOD.

Hi, I’m Michelle and I’m addicted to Gudetama Tap

I feel like I’ve been exceptionally absent on social media this week, not least because I’m ever so slightly addicted to Gudetama Tap. Yep – the infamous lazy egg from Sanrio has its’ own game! It’s one of those collector games where you cook recipes and collect eggs, voices and more. So simple and yet so bloomin’ addictive. If you’re in the market for a new phone distraction, then let this be it.

Roti King with Hannah and Sophie

As Sophie is heading to Malaysia next year, Hannah and I decided to introduce her to Malay cuisine at one of my favourite London haunts – Roti King. This tiny underground restaurant has made waves in the city and it’s not hard to see why. Authentic dishes piled high on equally authentic serving plates (a.k.a. mismatched, plastic and not of the ‘grammable style) paired with friendly and fast service always has Londoners queuing down the street for a quick bite. I was first introduced to Roti King around 2 years ago by a friend of mine and it even has Papa Daisy’s stamp of approval (he’s from Malaysia!).

We ordered their Roti Canai (extortionately expensive at an eye-watering £5 when I pay 20p for the same amount in Ipoh!!), two portions of Roti Cheese, Sea Spiced Aubergine for me, Beef in Ginger and Spring Onion for the girls, and a portion of Kangkung Belacan (morning glory, a.k.a. my favourite vegetable dish for dinner), which came to around £14 each! Delish. I’d totally recommend a visit when you’re next in London and/or the Euston area.

Address: 40 Doric Way, Euston, London, UK.

Taylor Swift reputation Stadium Tour

IT WAS TAYLOR DAY! After months and months of waiting, Natasha, Millie, Ling and I went to see Taylor Swift on her reputation Tour at Wembley Stadium on Friday night. As expected, she was absolutely incredible and I’m currently nursing a sore throat from my incessant screaming-singing hybrid that I excelled at. I missed her 1989 Tour as I was in Hong Kong and couldn’t get any time off to fly back to London, so I had a small crying sesh when I finally got to hear ‘Style’ and ‘Blank Space’ live at long last.

It was also pretty special to see our T.S. squad grow again – Tash and I went to her Fearless and Speak Now concerts together, then were joined by Ling for Red and now we’re up in numbers again with Millie for reputation! Taylor Swift live is ridiculously fun, therapeutic (her first five albums saw me through several rollercoasters and heartbreaks) and inspiring. Plus, Charli XCX, Camila Cabello and Niall Horan joined her for the opening night!

Pre-holiday PSA

This time next week, Harvey and I will be in Spain! We’re jetting off for 5 days in the sun (one spent in the city!) and can’t wait to relax and spend some time together. I dithered about continuing to publish fresh posts on Daisybutter, but I’ve decided to take the week off entirely and return with inspiration anew, sun-kissed imagery and just take my foot off the pedal for a little bit. So, there’ll be no new posts between the 30th June and 8th July , and I’ll be back on the 9th. Instead, you’ll be able to see snippets from our travels over on Instagram! If you’re not already, follow me at @winyeemichelle to see new posts on the grid and in my Stories.

Links I’ve Loved

  • Charlotte shared a post full of the things she’s done that’s helped to improve her blog. And we all appreciate some advisory reading once in a while around these parts!
  • One of the highlights from this week has got to be getting a mini tour into Alex’s (from The Frugality) new ensuite bathroom. She has such an incredible eye for design, and on a budget too.
  • If you’ve felt similarly horrified by the events that are taking place at the US border, then this post on A Cup of Jo is for you. Joanna shares some practical ‘how’s’ for how to do your part and help separated families.
  • With just 5 days until we fly, this holiday beauty packing list on Byrdie has been bookmarked ready for my packing endeavours.
  • IGTV is the platform on everybody’s minds at the moment. refinery29 have created a quick introduction to it all, in case you’re not up to date.
  • Ghenet’s photo diary of her recent travels in Cagliari are just stunning!
  • I’m currently in the throes of a love affair with Jaye’s blog at the moment, not least for this inspiring article where she opens up about therapy and how it’s really changing her life.
  • Lastly, there’s a new update on A Color Story, the photo-editing app from A Beautiful Mess. I use this to process about 50% of my Instagram photos and can’t wait to play around with the newest effects pack!

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