#FoodandDrink | Machiya, Panton Street, London

Note to self. You really shouldn’t go shopping or out to eat when you’re starving as it means you’re order the entire menu and don’t leave any ample space for dessert. (I guess you live and you learn!). However, once you venture into the Japanese eatery Machiya; you will understand just why I wanted to eat it all.

Machiya is named after townhouses that once defined the Kyoto cityscape. It is a restaurant and a bar combined and is the perfect setting for day or night dining.

I headed down to Machiya along with In-spire LS Magazine’s Creative Director Katie Ryan to sample what they had to offer and was left completely satisfied with what the eatery had to offer.

In terms of the building itself; Machiya is very compact and you can’t help but feel cramped as it is a popular food spot and is always filled with people. This evening was no exception. We were led to our seats which was situated midway in the building and were packed quite tightly to the seats on either side. However, it was easy to forget this once we had a look at our menu.

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#Lifestyle | 5 Useful Tips For Learning To Drive

Being able to drive is much more than just being able to get from A to B quickly and being dry when you get there. Having the ability to drive gives you a level of freedom you may not have experienced before. As exciting as that prospect is, many people find the prospect of learning to drive extremely daunting.

If you are going to be starting your driving lessons in the near future, then these 5 tips will get you well set up on the road to becoming a confident driver and are an excellent place to start you journey to independence.

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#BeINspired | How To Increase Your Inspiration and Motivation Up To The Skies

You don’t need me to tell you that life is full of distractions. Whether you’re at home, at work or even socialising with family and friends, we’re constantly bombarded with advertisements, messages and forms of communications. That’s not even including the presence of smartphones, computers and social media.

Many of us complain about the issues we face when it comes to productivity, and hard it is to stay inspired and motivated, even if we’re doing the things we love. For many of us, the sofa is far too enticing. However, in most cases, it’s not about working harder, it’s about working smarter.

Today, I’m going to talking about everything you need to know about boosting your inspiration, enhancing your motivation and taking your productivity to the edges of space.

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#FoodandDrink | ‘Thai Square – You’ve Got to Dine Here’

On a cold February Tuesday night, I headed down to Thai Square in Islington to do a review. After a long day I was ready to tuck into some good food and Thai Square did not disappoint. I’ve been to Thailand a couple of times and enjoy the country, food and culture, so when I was offered the opportunity to review Thai Square I was not going to turn it down. As my sister has recently embarked on her vegetarian journey, I thought it would be great to bring her along and get her take on the vegetarian offerings.

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#InspireLSParenting | Knowing Your Pregnant Using Homemade Materials

While there are a lot of things that could affect the receipt of periods in women, it is important to check if the reason for this is pregnancy. Many people rely on going to the hospital to check their pregnancy status, but some of them find it weird and therefore are not able to have their status checked. Good news is that there are a number of methods one could use to check their pregnancy status at home, using homemade remedies. Here are few of the homemade materials you could use to check your pregnant status at home.

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#InspireLSRelationships | 12 Tips for a Successful First Date this Valentine’s

First dates are nerve-wracking enough without the added pressure of the first date being on Valentine’s Day. However, quite often Valentine’s Day gives an incentive for one person to ask another out, so it is actually quite common. On Valentine’s Day you will be surrounded by amorous couples, and will be walking past Valentine’s displays wherever you look. Social media will be full of loved up couples showing how they have celebrated the day together; it is hard not to let the build-up that the media creates add to your apprehension.

We’ve got some tips to make sure you are cool and confident so that you can actually enjoy your first date:

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#InspireLSEntertainment | Ruth & The Dark Lady of the Sonnets

Pegasus Opera Company Presents the UK Premiere of two (one act) operas

RUTH & THE DARK LADY OF THE SONNETS

Composed and conducted by Philip Hagemann, directed by Eduardo Barreto

Pegasus Opera Company presents an opera double bill showcasing women in lead roles, Ruth and The Dark Lady of the Sonnets. There will be four performances starting Wednesday 28 February – Friday 2 March, 7.30pm and Sunday 4 March, 2.30pm at the Actors Church (St Paul’s), Covent Garden, Bedford Street, London WC2E 9ED. Continue Reading

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#MusicMatters | Oumou Sangaré | St Germain Remix

Just what I needed to hear after a long and hectic week! The infectious beats of Oumou Sangaré will have you moving in your seat. I for one couldn’t stop moving once I pressed play and let the music take over. I can imagine hearing this song on the move; I even had visions of me working out to it and may have to do just that. I’m addicted to it; and after a few plays, I’m hoping you will be too! 

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