Let's Go To The Beach!
Everyone has their happy place and ours is the beach. Last summer we rented a house on the beach for two weeks and invited loads of people to enjoy the sunshine with us. It was pure bliss, so Aslan and I decided to go back in November for some r&r after my book tour was finished. It was something both of us were looking forward to, so when the time finally came to pack our bags we were ecstatic. Speaking of packing bags, we didn’t bring much. Just some loungewear and I didn’t bring a single makeup product. Bliss!
The best part of our beach vacations is that we can bring our beautiful Greyhound Reggie! Unfortunately our holidays are usually spent without him because he can’t go on airplanes or drive too far, but since Camber Sands is about a 2 hour drive Reggie can happily rest in the back seat of the car. Dog lovers will understand that being without your dog is tough, so to be able to organise a holiday around dog walks and afternoon naps together is ideal. ZzzZz.
Reggie is keeping his eyes peeled for rabbits.
There’s nothing quite like waking up and going for a morning walk on the sand. It makes for a nice change compared to the sirens, smog and noise London greets us with. You don’t always need to get on a plane and travel around the world to have a lovely holiday. Sometimes the best memories can be made near home.
The kind of happiness we get from seeing Reggie run around like crazy is unexplainable. It’s the kind of happiness that radiates through your entire body and keeps you buzzing all day long.
I’m learning the importance of switching off. We are all so obsessed with technology and the digital world that it’s actually quite difficult to break the habit. For the first 2 days at the beach house Aslan and I always struggle to get back in touch with “reality”. It has become strange for us to leave our iPhones in a different room all day long and I see that as something I want to change. These digital detox holidays are crucial for us and I’ll be making sure to do more of it in 2017.
Where is your happy place?
To celebrate the launch of my brand new book Bloom: Navigating Life and Style I gathered all of my friends to come hang out at Libreria Bookshop in East London. It was the perfect venue because there were loads of beautiful books around us, it has a great atmosphere and a pretty cool mirrored ceiling. I’d definitely recommend checking it out if you’re ever in the area!
Anyway, I’ve been a bit of a recluse for the past year while I wrote Bloom, so it was great to see some of my friends I haven’t had a chance to catch up with for awhile. It has been such an unexplainable feeling to be so supported by my friends and family throughout this process. I can’t begin to describe how grateful I am for everyone’s support and positive feedback. Much love to anyone who has taken time out of their day to say something wonderful about Bloom.
SO WHAT IS BLOOM ABOUT?
Bloom is about growing into yourself and working out who you are – which can be really hard at times. I've looked back at all of the events, people and things in my life that have influenced and inspired me and have made me who I am today.I'm not a flawless human (nobody is) and I wanted to write something that showed highs as well as lows in my life, and how you can use that rollercoaster to help you form the life you want. I hope that my book will inspire other people to think about their Bloom stories and who they are, to not be so hard on themselves, to celebrate the good and to not be defined or limited by the bad – and to look into the future, take control of their path and make things happen.
Tea & Crumpets
When did I become British?
A few weeks ago, Aslan and I headed out one Sunday morning for a delicious snack. He was mortified when I told him that I’d never tried a crumpet before, so he was rather excited to see what I thought. Good and Proper Tea Co. has such a huge selection of different types of tea that it’s honestly difficult to choose just one. They also have these super cool tea making machines (the technical term) that were mesmerising to watch.
The space is decorated so beautifully and we spent most of our time wondering how they made it look so good! They have loads of wooden panelling, gorgeous brick and this really cool peg board style wall with various plants hanging from it. Don’t even get me started on how much I love the lights in this place!
In the end I stayed boring and went for earl grey, but it was the best damn cup of earl grey I’ve ever had! If you’re around Clerkenwell, I highly recommend checking this place out! We’ll definitely be back to get our fill of tea and crumpets.
Crumpet verdict: frickin’ delicious.
Two Nights at Limewood Hotel
A Reviving Break
The other week, Aslan and I decided to carve out some relaxation time. Both of us needed to escape from the city, but we didn’t really want to get on a plane and travel too far away. I was having daydreams of sitting in a hot tub all day, which is where Lime Wood Hotel came in. I’ve had so many recommendations from friends about this place, so we decided to pack our bags for a weekend getaway.
This is the first spa hotel I’ve ever stayed in and I now understand the attraction. All you do is eat, sleep, go in the sauna and repeat. I also got a full body massage which was glorious!
The hotel is set in the heart of the New Forest National Park which is filled with wild ponies! We took a leisurely stroll one afternoon and saw a lot of wildlife. Luckily the hotel provided wellies because it was really muddy out there.
Our room was so spacious and it really felt like our own personal getaway. There was a huge bathtub, a balcony overlooking the forest and we even had a fireplace in our room which Aslan proudly stoked.
If you’re a Londoner in need of luxurious relaxation, this is most definitely the place!
A Parisian Affair
Two Days in Paris
Last week I was lucky enough to travel to Paris with Lancôme to see the reveal of some new products. Paris is one of my favourite cities in the entire world and no matter how many times I go, I think it will always feel magical. Besides playing with makeup, I also did some cheeky shopping and ate loads of food!
The hotel we stayed in was genuinely one of the best hotels I’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting. It was called Les Bains (translating to The Baths) and it was decorated perfectly. From the patterned carpet in the hallway to the marble headboard I was simply in awe. I would definitely recommend it!
The entire trip was so glamorous and I didn’t want it to end! Make sure you watch both videos below to see way more stuff from the trip!
Thank you Lancôme!
New York Shopping Highlights
Clothes + Food
In God We TrustGod We Trust was probably my favourite store I visited in New York. It was a tiny little boutique, but I loved everything! They had jewellery, wonderful sweaters and casual accessories like scarves and hats. They also put my purchases in that cool tote, which excited me.
Concrete + Water was a mixture of men’s and women’s fashion which gave Aslan something to do as well. Not only did they astound me with their gorgeous sunglasses offerings, but they had cool home stuff too. The staff were super friendly and they even had a shop dog. Woof!
Mmmm chocolate. Do yourself a favour and allow your nostrils to inhale the glorious chocolate aroma in Mast Brothers.
If you’re going to be shopping all day, you’re going to need a sugar boost! Make sure you try a gigantic Dough Donuts! Nothing more needs to be said.
New York, New York!
The big apple!
New York is such a wonderful city and I feel like this was the first time I really got to experience it properly. We spent a week leisurely perusing the shops, having glorious brunches and taking in the sights. I feel like I really got a sense of how awesome New Yorkers really are!
Both of us couldn’t stop dreaming of living in New York one day because it really is the city that never sleeps! Speaking of sleeping, we stayed at Sixty Soho which had the perfect location and was walking distance to everything we could have wanted. Big thumbs up from us!
Atlantis, The Palm Hotel | Dubai
A slice of paradise.
View from the balcony.
I had been feeling like I needed to recharge my batteries for months, so when I got the chance to visit the Atlantis Hotel in Dubai I jumped at the chance! The Atlantis was the first hotel to be built on the island in 2008 and remains one of the most frequented hotels in Dubai. There are almost 1600 rooms in this place-it is HUGE!
Cool sculpture in the hotel lobby.
That sweet, sweet feeling of sand in between your toes. I felt like a little kid again running towards the water! After loads of swimming, I made myself comfortable on one of the beach chairs-bliss! Fresh watermelon juice, fruit and loads of ice-cream…what more do you want!?
I spent loads of time on the beach reading my book, listening to the waves and feeling the warm breeze on my face. Of course I still needed to be responsible and wear sunscreen! I also brought along my Coconut Salt body lotion for some extra beachy vibes.
I kept my makeup quite minimal and used the Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow as a base product alongside my Chantecaille Just Skin Tinted Moisturiser. For a pop of colour, I went with the Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick in the shade Tulip.
More Dubai posts coming soon!
Atlantis, The Palm.
Town Hall Hotel-Corner Room
Say hello to your new hotspot!
From the grand staircase as soon as you enter the building, do the dimly lit corridors, the Town Hall Hotel has ‘film set’ written all over it. I instantly found my imagination running wild as I imagined what stories the building had to tell. Eventually my stomach started growling and we made our way to the first floor restaurant, known as Corner Room.
The food was equally as delicious as it was beautiful. I tried things I had never had before-like frozen pesto! I highly recommend going with a few friends and spending a leisurely afternoon wandering around the stunning surroundings. They even have a hotel Greyhound!
Falling for you
Although I have been so many times over the years, whenever I return to Niagara Falls, it always takes my breath away. It’s such a beautiful view around this time of year and it’s not as busy as it can be during the summer months.