Monthly Archives: March 2015

– Bert & May –
Reclaimed & Handmade Tiles
in the heart of East London

Bert and May Tiles

Image from yeshen.uk

Does these tiles look familiar to you? It’s no wonder, as the brilliant Bert & May  have wiggled themselves well and truly into the forefront of the British Design industry and their stunning reclaimed and handmade tiles have been snapped up and splashed all over many a popular haunt… think Cowshed Spa, Selfridges, The Conran Shop and Jamie’s Italian, to name but a few…

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Welcome Moba!
London’s first Asian/French Boulangerie

Moba Boulangerie

Last week I popped into the launch of London’s first ever (and it’s not often I can say that) Asian/French fusion Boulangerie on Goodge Street. And you should all know right now, that it’s really rather excellent.

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Win the complete Baileys Women’s
Prize for Fiction Longlist
(That’s 20 books – so clear a shelf…)

Baileys Women's Fiction Prize Longlist 2015

 

On the 10th March this year, after wading through and reading 165 fabulous novels,  the judging panel for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction announced their chosen longlist for 2015, which represent the best of international fiction written by women between 1st April 2014 and 31st March 2015.  All the books are listed at the bottom of this post and the good news is, I’m giving the entire collection away! That’s 20 books. That’s a lorra reading.

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Afternoon Tea at Grosvenor House
Park Lane, Mayfair

Afternoon Tea at Grosvenor House, London

Finding an afternoon tea in London is not difficult. But finding one that’s just that bit more special, say, in a 5 star hotel which has been awarded ‘The Tea Guild Special Award of Excellence’, with the prettiest of pretty petit fours, a never-ending plethora of sandwiches and freshly baked scones with enough fresh jam and Devonshire clotted cream to make you weep with happiness… well that could be a bit harder….

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Spotlight on My Sidebar:
March Advertisers

Baby Kale, Smoked Chicken and Duck Salad

Baby Kale, Smoked Chicken and Duck Salad – www.mirandasnotebook.com

It’s such a treat for me each month to be able to share with you the wonderful blogs that have been linked here on Poppy Loves. Here is my round up of my favourite posts from the lovely ladies in my sidebar this month…

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Spring it on its way to London!

Spring is on its way to London

See? Look! It’s true – Spring is most definitely on its way to London and I have been capturing elements of it as I travel about the city… there’s no bigger giveaway than beautiful flowers sprouting out of window boxes, blossom exploding out of trees and of course the sun peeking through the cracks in the clouds and landing on your face…. It’s a sign of warm  and colourful things to come and I wanted to share a few of them with you…

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– Tredwell’s for Supper –
Marcus Wareing serves up finger licking
lip smackings in Covent Garden

Tredwell's - Marcus Wareing's newest restaurant in Covent Garden

I don’t think I have ever begun a post with such a large piece of meat at the helm of it. But I couldn’t not whack it up there because just LOOK at it. And it you can believe it, it tasted even better than it looks. And that seems to be the running theme at Tredwell’s – everything looks amazing, but it tastes even better.

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– Encantada Ocean Cottages –
a slice of paradise in Esterillos,
Costa Rica

Poppy Loves in Costa Rica

It already feels like a very long time away, but just ten days ago I returned from a magical  holiday in Costa Rica. I will be writing more about my travels over the coming days, but I wanted to begin by introducing you to Encantada Ocean Cottages in Esterillos, which is where we stayed towards the end of our trip…

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Ruuby Ruuby Ruuby Ruuby!
London’s Beauty Concierge App

Ruuby App - Poppy Loves

Have you ever been in desperate need of a manicure and so found yourself spending hours on the phone trawling through your manicure hotlist to try and get an appointment… and then finally accepting the only available manicure window on the other side of town, which will take you an hour to get to and you’ll probably smudge your nails on the tube home anyway?

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Habitat and Birchbox:
It’s a love-in

Habita and Birchbox Collaboration

You know I love Birchbox (beauty subscription box pucker-up gurus) And you KNOW I love Habitat (British, exceptional and affordable design for the home).. so when I received the invitation to dine with them both, to celebrate their collaboration, I was VERY excited. Even more excited than when I receive my Birchboxes through the post… or when I’m standing in front of Habitat’s walls of glorious kitchenware…ahhhhh… serving patters…. *Dribbles*

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Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson:
Two magicians of light

Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson

I don’t get up at the crack of dawn for just anyone. Not even if there are pastries, brekky treats and fresh coffee… (actually, I might – especially if there is some kind of almond croissant situation going on.)

But a special collaboration between two artists of beauty and light – nothing could stop me.

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I Love Anthropologie
(but not as much as I love my mum)

Anthropologie

Hello! I’m back! I’m back from Costa Rica! It was such a magical and wonderful holiday and I look forward to telling you all about it over the coming days… and thank you for all your tweets, messages and comments while I was away – they were so lovely to receive and meant a great deal. Thank you!

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