Monthly Archives: June 2016

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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I made me a Terrarium!

London Terrariums

I am rather enjoying getting into this growing lark. I’ve got tomatoes sprouting on my balcony, mint flourishing in my kitchen, mould in my bathroom and a few days ago I was lucky enough to take part in a workshop with London Terrariums… which saw me coming home with my very own bottled garden, just like what them Victorians did all those moons ago…

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My Summer Lights Party for Macmillan

Macmillan Summer Lights Party

Macmillan Cancer Support is one of those charities that seems like it knows you personally. It’s like a friend, your gang, your rock and is now synonymous with coffee mornings, the coming together of friends and lashings (yes I said lashings and yes I read a lot of Enid Blighton) of cake.

When I found a lump in my breast, the whole world stopped. Thankfully, my journey didn’t continue past the biopsy and mammogram, but for so many others, the story is very different.

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Things to see in London this month

Off The Kings Road

Off The Kings Road

Some dates for your diary, my friends – open the month to June and plot these theatrical charms in, before July sneaks up on us…

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A very floral afternoon tea
with a side of Scrabble

St James Hotel and Club

There’s something about old fashioned board games that I absolutely love. We used to have stacks of them as a child and we spent a lot of time as a family, moving little boots and hats around Monopoly boards, searching for Professor Plum and trying desperately to Get Home before anyone else managed it…

So, to combine this wonderful pastime and another of my absolute favourite things to do – indulge in an afternoon tea – is in my mind, pure genius. St. James’s Hotel & Club in St James’s has partnered with the UK’s leading toy store, Hamleys to create their Board Game Afternoon Tea – ‘It’s all in the Game‘.

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Once upon a time…

Best friends

When I was 8 years old, I felt very different to how I do now.

I didn’t understand how to fit in. Everyone else seemed to make friends easily, know the dance moves to songs I’d never heard of, knew how to wear a scrunchie without looking like a member of Fraggle Rock… and I just wanted to read books, build dens and sit in a treehouse.

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