My kinda box set

Paul A Young Chocolates Sky Box Set

Last Friday night, I high-fived the beginning of the weekend, kissed the week goodbye and settled into the sofa with my remote control and one of the best box sets I’ve ever had the pleasure of viewing…

Paul A. Young’s Ultimate Chocolate Box Set.

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Feasts & friends al fresco
Come and join our table…

Jacob's Creek Our Table

Word on the street is that it’s Summertime here in London. I’ve not been that convinced, but last weekend the sun came out, my tomatoes started coming out to say hello and I toasted each al fresco meal with LM,  friends and a glass (or two) of some of my favourite Jacob’s Creek wines.

(And if you would like to win three bottles of Jacob’s Creek wine yourself,  just see the bottom of this post!)

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Spellbound by Benjamin Clementine
at Somerset House

Somerset House

I’m very new to the world of Benjamin Clementine. I’ve caught snippets of his music here and there and have been aware of him gaining space in the musical landscape, while not having ever had the opportunity to see him perform.

This all changed on Saturday night, when I was invited to Somerset House by American Express, to see the Mercury Prize winner himself, transfixing the crowds with his dazzling vocals, complete with a string section from the Gods…

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Château de Stylist

Stylist Chateau - This French Life

A few days ago, I along with several wonder women, found myself trundling along in a sparkling air conditioned coach through the beautiful Loire Valley, watching *those* last two episodes of Sex and The City, eating French sandwiches, drinking French water and admiring the French scenery en route to our home for the next few days – Chateau de Jalesnes… which was even more stunning than we could have ever imagined…

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The Jungle Book Afternoon Tea

Jungle Book Afternoon Tea

Often when I go to a fancy dress party a lot of people don’t make a concerted effort. There might be a random wig, a bit of hairspray and maybe some tinted glasses… but then there is always that one person who embraces the theme and goes ALL OUT with amazing props and inspirational creativity that puts all the other revellers to shame… and that, dear reader, is exactly what the Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces, London has gone and done with their Jungle Book themed afternoon tea.

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Homeware… and then some.

Sainsbury's

Last week all my Christmases came early. Literally.

Christmas previews are in full swing up and down the land and amidst them all was Sainsbury’s, complete with mince pies, glazed ham, baubles and much Xmas cheer…

I won’t be popping up pictures of Christmas trees and sparkles, don’t worry. But what I did want to share with you was their Autumn Winter home and lifestyle ranges, which really took me by surprise… I LOVED it.

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Friends, Fish & Flamingos
at Babylon, Kensington Roof Gardens

 

Babylon Kensington Roof Gardens

Enough of this grizzly weather – it’s Summer over at Babylon. And there are flamingos too. So ditch the umbrella, head over to Kensington and hop in the magic lift, which will whizz you up 100ft to the magnificent hidden gardens, where cocktails are flowing and seafood tastes as though it was caught in the ocean just 5 minutes earlier…

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A day at the races – my first time at Ascot!

Chaps and Dames

Ever since I saw Eliza Doolittle scream in the most unladylike fashion on my grandparents’ television, “COME ON DOVER!!” I have wanted to go to Ascot.

I was very lucky to attend Ascot a few days ago as the guest of Great British Racing. The excitement was palpable. Which was followed quickly by panic – I need a HAT! And, what am I going to do with my hair?

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Blowing away the cobwebs
at The Gallivant, Camber Sands

Camber Sands

My blog has always been a place for the loveliest of lovely things. I created it with the view of providing a hub of gorgeousness and a little corner of wonder… and so I endeavour to only ever write about things that make me truly happy.

My blog has never been a place for negativity (personal or otherwise), crossness or politics. And it will continue to be this way, however it feels that since last Friday, there has been an enormous Brexit-shaped elephant in my blogging chambers… so I want to address it briefly and simply say, I voted to stay.

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Berlin Brünch has arrived
at German Gymnasium

German Gymnasium

I have never taken a trip to Berlin (I REALLY want to go) but even though I’ve never been, the whispers of the legend of their famous brunch has travelled over the seas and is something I’ve always longed to indulge in… (not the main reason I want to go to Berlin, but yes, it’s up there).

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A meal made of memories
with Jacob’s Creek

Jacob's Creek Our Table event at Wimbledon with Novak Djokovic Thursday 23rd June 2016.

Jacob’s Creek Our Table event at Wimbledon with Novak Djokovic Thursday 23rd June 2016.

There are certain things in life that for me, conjure up strong memories and feelings of nostalgia, that come upon me so unexpectedly that I am taken by surprise…

And one of the most powerful triggers for me, is food. The smells and the tastes of some of the simplest things can suddenly catapult me back to a specific moment years ago, that I thought I had clean forgotten…

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The Shed, Notting Hill

The Shed Notting Hill

I’d been meaning to go to The Shed for ages, ever since one of my friends visited and then didn’t stop talking about it… for a long time, actually. I think she still is.

I knew it was going to be special and I knew that it was going to be delicious… but what I wasn’t prepared for was how fun and barnyard-chic it was inside and how absolutely beautiful and PRETTY every dish was…

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Feast@Fitzrovia
27th June – 3rd July 2016

Feast of Fitzrovia

Feast@Fitzrovia is back and this time it’s bigger than ever! Once again, the all-star cast of restaurants, chefs, cafés, bistros and bars are coming together to celebrate an array of international culinary delights. From Monday 27 June – Sunday 3 July, we Londoners will be treated to one of the most diverse offerings of gourmet menus alongside a jam-packed schedule of events that are sure to ignite appetites around the capital…

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– Take me back to Anguilla –
An island of warmth, colour & love

Anguilla

It’s taken me a little while to write this post about Anguilla, as I had SO MANY PHOTOS to wade through. Every time we turned another corner, I took reams of snaps… which has made my job very tricky! So please forgive the enormous amount of photos in this post and I hope that they go some way in transporting you to this very special Caribbean island, where time is measured in coconuts, smiles are wider than the ocean and everyone says good morning as though they have known you for a hundred years…

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“I work from laptop”
10 London cafés to work from

Charlotte Street Hotel

As a blogger, I find that there is often the assumption that I spend most of my time working from home.  But the truth is, when it’s time to hit the emails (always) catch up on some research or write a few blog posts, I find I’m far more likely to head to one of my favourite London cafes to settle in for the day, rather than sit by myself at home, with the fridge and all its naughtiness calling me…

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