Lunch at Coppa Club, Market Place

Coppa Club

Last week I met my cousin Rosie for a quick al fresco lunch in between meetings. As we were both around Oxford Circus on that day, we headed to one of Market Place’s newest arrivals and took full advantage of the glorious weather, settling ourselves outside at Coppa Club.

Continue Reading…

Covent Garden’s
Ultimate Street Food Market

Poppy Loves Covent Garden

Last week, Miranda and I sauntered on down to Covent Garden to witness and indulge in the ‘Ultimate Street Food Market’.

Both of us adore street food. And love markets. And we also have a real passion for excellent food and wonderful London restaurants…  What we hadn’t banked on was all of these things colliding in an delicious foodie explosion right in the heart of Covent Garden, on King Street, on a Thursday night. This is all part of #CGAfterHours, taking part very Wednesday – Saturday in July.

Continue Reading…

Find your ‘Game Face’ with
The Business Makeup Artist

Natalie James Business Makeup Artist

I love makeup. I love the way it looks, I love the packaging, the colours, the smells and textures… and I love all the grand London beauty halls, packed with aspirational beauty brands whose shelves are filled with tiny containers of bright, pastel, shimmery and sparkly powders and creams…

Continue Reading…

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.

Continue Reading…

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!)

Continue Reading…

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…

Continue Reading…

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…

Continue Reading…

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.

Continue Reading…

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.

Continue Reading…

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…

Continue Reading…

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?

Continue Reading…

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.

Continue Reading…

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).

Continue Reading…

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…

Continue Reading…

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…

Continue Reading…