Monthly Archives: May 2015

– Poppy Loves Book Club –
‘Sisters of Treason’ by Elizabeth Fremantle
(And Elizabeth will be joining us!)

Sisters of Treason by Elizabeth Fremantle

NEXT DATE: Wednesday 24th June 2015, 7:30pm, UK time
OUR NEXT BOOK: Sisters of Treason, by Elizabeth Fremantle, published by Penguin Random House, 2015

Poppy Loves Book Club sees women all around the world reading the same book at the same time, and then coming together online to discuss it on the last Wednesday of every month – often with the author too!

There are two things you need to do do join Poppy Loves Book Club and both are FREE!

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Samsung’s Gorgeous New Curved Monitor

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You know I love my laptop. You know it because it is permanently attached to me. It’s in my bag, under my arm, on my café table next to my latte and is never very far away… unless I’m in the sea. Really, really far out.

But even though I love my laptop, my back and neck have very different ideas. Both these bits of my body often end up scrunched up when I’m working away… and I don’t even notice. I don’t notice because I’m still (fairly) young, but I know that these things are going to catch up with me and I certainly DO NOT want to be a scrunched up old lassy.

So getting this Samsung curved monitor is definitely one of the most sensible things I’ve done in a long while… all of a sudden, I’m looking up! Hello happy long neck.

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Burlington Arcade Pop Up
Afternoon Tea

Lauren Perrier afternoon tea with Cuisson

I do love a pop up, but this pop up might just be the pinnacle of all pop ups. Pop up Mecca.

Champagne Laurent-Perrier have teamed up with luxury gastronomy company Cuisson to create an unforgettable afternoon tea experience at Piccadilly’s Burlington Arcade in association with Wedgwood. There is  so much about that sentence that I love… and I haven’t even mentioned the fact that the tea is created by Hideko Kawa – former Head Pastry Chef at Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck….

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Simple Scandi Style

COTTON USA Christy Towels

I do love the simplicity of Scandi styling and I love even more that I can bring a piece of this style into the haven that is my bathroom. I can shut myself away, laze in a long bath… listen to The Archers (This obsession started in Costa Rica – I’d downloaded the omnibus to listen to on the plane and now I’m hooked. But who is this Richard bloke that’s just turned up?) and then coddle myself in some of the softest and fluffiest towels you’ll ever behold.

In fact, if it was a crime to be soft and fluffy – this lot would have been banged up for life. Along with all the cute kittens in the world. Oh.

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– ila Spa –
100% Natural, 100% Luxury

ila spa products

The words ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ seem to get touted all over the place and one can never be sure exactly which bits of the product the label is referring to…

Rest assured that ila spa products are all made in the Cotswolds and are completely and utterly organic… In fact, they are ‘beyond organic’ as they believe in embracing the utmost ethical integrity. And what’s more, the products are super duper luxy too.

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An Exquisite Supper Club in Battersea

Scallop in a shell

Pan fried scallops, cauliflower puree, hazelnut and caper dressing

“You are what you eat – so don’t be fast, cheap, easy or fake.” This is the mantra of Little Miss Hattie Mauleverer-Jones, founder and ‘chief of everything’ at Top Hat Catering – a once small but now mighty catering company, who have created wondrous, luxury, mouth-watering menus for everyone, from high end fashion brands like Jimmy Choo (not me) and Prime Ministers like David Cameron (not me) to Poppy. (Me.)

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to one of Hattie’s delectable new Supper Clubs, which are held in her snazzy Top Hat kitchen in the heart of Battersea…

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Melba at The Savoy

Eclairs at Melba - The Savoy

Éclairs are the new black. Or something. I haven’t ever seen anything quite like it… a beautiful long counter packed to the hilt with glossy, exquisite, immaculately designed éclairs.. all of which will make you paw at the counter’s glass like a child… and all of which you will want to eat. I know this because I did.

Melba at The Savoy is the new gourmet take-away counter on the Strand… and it is out of this world.

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– Pescheria Mattiucci –
A Fish Boutique off Portobello Road

Oysters on ice at Pescheria Mattiucci

Fresh Prestige oysters from France and Carlingford oysters from Belfast

On Blenheim Crescent, just off Portobello Road, sits Pescheria Mattiucci – a ‘fish boutique’ serving delicious fish and seafood, tasting as fresh as if the boat had sailed down Ladbroke Grove itself…

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West Thirty Six

West Thirty Six

One of West Thirty Six’s specialities is their prime cuts of organic, Hereford beef, aged in house…

I love Golborne Road. I love it for its artisanal personality, its market, its people and its custard tarts. And now I love it even more for its newest addition,  West Thirty Six.

A grand old beautiful townhouse, featuring spectacular rooms and terraces, a range of lounge areas and which has two lovely outdoor spaces with an open grill and bar over four floors. FOUR. They serve brunch, lunch, dinner and wonderful seasonal cocktails… and as soon as we arrived, we knew were in for a treat.

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Crosstown Doughnuts

Crosstown Doughnuts

Matcha Tea Doughnut, Creme Brûlée Doughnut – filled with vanilla custard

Last week, Crosstown Doughnuts opened their newest doors on Broadwick Street in Soho, and have pretty much sold out every day ever since.

If you’re not already familiar with them, Crosstown Doughnuts are a London gourmet artisan doughnut brand, who hand-make their hybrid sourdough & fresh bakers yeast  doughnuts every night, so they’re ready and waiting for you, gleaming in their glazes, just in time for your breakfast. And your late morning doughnut run. And afternoon tea. And dinner. (Don’t judge me.)

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Detoxing at The Lifehouse Spa
(and win a two night Juice Cleanse for 2!)

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I have such good intentions when it comes to eating well and treating my body kindly. I fully mean to not eat ice cream for breakfast and to go for lots of runs in the mornings… but it just doesn’t seem to pan out that way.

And it’s not that I can’t do it, or that I’m avoiding it – I just forget. I forget to exercise. I forget to eat healthily. And I forget to not eat ice cream for breakfast. So, when the Lifehouse Spa invited me to try out their detox wellness break, whereby I would have to stick to their schedule and menu… and not have the opportunity to eat ice cream for breakfast, I jumped at the chance.

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