LISBON CITY GUIDE

It feels like forever ago that we touched down in Lisbon, but I’m finally getting around to making a little city guide! I can’t recommend this city enough and I’m dying to go back to Portugal to see the other beautiful sights. We went on a short 3 day city break but managed to squeeze a lot of activities (and food) in. Even though we were always on the go, we still felt incredibly relaxed and that’s what city breaks are all about!

As soon as we got closer to the city centre I couldn’t take my eyes away from looking out the window! There is just so much to see in Lisbon from the tiny cobblestone streets to the brightly coloured buildings. I was also quite mesmerised by the tram system in Lisbon although Aslan made us walk up every.single.hill. Bring some comfortable shoes because the uphill walking is no joke. My thighs were BURNING the entire time!

SWEETS

HERE'S WHAT I WORE:

  • The Sleeper Pink Linen Robe

  • Rufier 'Happy' Gold Chain Charm Bracelet

  • Byredo 'Unnamed' Eau De Parfum

  • Monica Vinader Diamond Hoop Ring

  • Le Cruset Stoneware Espresso Mug

Custard Tarts
Of course a trip to Lisbon wouldn’t be complete without eating as many ‘Pastel de Nata’ (custard tarts) as possible! We hit the jackpot by going to the best place (in our opinion) first and nothing else seemed to compare! Manteigaria just happened to be close to our air bnb and lets just say it was one of our most frequented places. If I close my eyes I can almost taste the gooey custard and crunchy pastry. Top it off with a bit of sugar and cinnamon and it’s like a little bite of heaven! The most famous place to get one of these delicious desserts is called Pasteis de Belém, which is much more authentic feeling. I would say it’s definitely worth visiting, but Manteigaria is still my favourite! If you’re after a variety of pastries then I highly recommend Pastelaria Alcoa which was a great place to stop and get a coffee and a pastry (or 3).

Landeau
Chocolate lovers pay attention! We were repeatedly told that we couldn’t leave Lisbon without trying the world’s best chocolate cake at Landeau (located inside LX Factory)! I did wonder how good it could be but after one choclately bite I was also convinced that it was some of the best tasting chocolate cake I have ever had! I wish I had photographic evidence but we ate it so quickly we didn’t even think of taking a photo. That’s when you know something is gooooood.

LUNCH & DINNER

Nicolau Lisboa
If you’re looking for a quick lunch break definitely check out Nicolau Lisboa. It was great to be able to sit outside and they had a variety of healthy and slightly unhealthy stuff. I tried their soup of the day and it was delicious!

O Prego da Peixaria
O Prego da Peixaria
was a great place to eat if you’re after a traditional Portugese sandwich with a modern spin on it. We went here for dinner one evening and it was really tasty!

Pistola y Corazon
I can safely say that I had the best Mexican food of my life at Pistola y Corazon in Lisbon, which I know doesn’t seem to make much sense but it’s true. Every single thing we ordered was interesting and delicious. If we discovered it on the first night I can guarantee we would have been back for every dinner that followed. It was a cool atmosphere with all different types of people and age groups which made it feel really comfortable. I’d go back to Lisbon JUST to eat here! Big love to Charlotte for the recommendation!

SIGHTS

Santa Justa Lift
We happened to walk past the Santa Justa Lift which is a gigantic elevator in Lisbon and a major tourist attraction. There was a huge queue to enter so we didn’t get a chance to go up it, but honestly it was pretty cool just to look at it from street view.

Belém Tower
Before heading to the Monastery we went to the Belém Tower. I didn’t realise this at the time but it’s actually a UNESCO heritage site so it’s definitely worth checking out if you have the time.

Jerónimos Monastery 
We really enjoyed walking around the monastery and although it was pretty busy it still felt calm inside the walls. The stone carvings were very impressive and I’d highly recommend it!

WHAT I WORE:

  • Rag & Bone Vintage Striped Tee

  • Mango Belted Trousers

  • Céline Trio Bag

  • Céline 'Erin' Sunglasses

  • Stan Smith Sneakers

WHAT ASLAN WORE:

  • Reigning Champ Cotton Sweatshirt

  • Nudie Jeans 'Lean Dean' Slim Fit Jeans

  • Ray Ban Round-Frame Sunglasses

  • New Balance M1400CSP Sneakers

  • Peak Design Everyday Backpack

Technically not in Lisbon, but I just had to mention our day trip to Sintra. It’s about an hour outside of the city and completely worth the trek!

Quinta da Regaleira

My favourite part of the trip by far was when we visited Quinta da Regaleira. There is definitely some magic in the air because this place doesn’t feel quite like anywhere else I’ve ever been. It almost feels like a set in a fairy tale and it was just such a beautiful place to spend the afternoon. If you want a place to clear your mind, feel free and get a sense of that childlike wonder back in your life then you need to go to this place.

Besides having absolutely stunning plants and flowers it had waterfalls and a really cool pond that you could walk across. Beware! Three people fell into the pond within ten minutes of each other!  It’s a peculiar, inspiring and in a spectacular adventure! One of my favourite places I’ve ever been. Definitely worth the 45-ish minute trip to Sintra!

MY OUTFIT:

  • Mango Decorative Bows Trench

  • M.I.H Frayed Hem High Rise Jeans

  • Crap Eyewear 'Joy Bridage' Sunglasses

  • Gaia's Ark Bag

  • Vince Textured Leather Slides

Praia da Ursa
After our magical visit to Quinta da Regeleira we took a drive to Praia da Ursa which is essentially a ‘secret’ cove. It’s a bit of a tricky place to access but if you’re up to the challenge the view will certainly pay you back. Apparently clothing is optional on this beach and it’s a favourite among nudists because it’s so secluded. Even I caught a bit of the nudist bug and flashed Aslan because there was literally NO ONE around! Aslan was shocked to say the least because I’m normally such a prude but you only live once right!?

Pena Palace
Since we had a bit more time left in Sintra we decided to go to Pena Palace which is a pretty hyped tourist attraction. I’m not sure if we were just tired or what, but this place just didn’t do it for me! It was also a really cold and foggy afternoon so we didn’t get much of a view. Lots of people seem to love it though so don’t take our word for it! It’s a famous castle with multi-coloured paint and a very strange interior design.

Café Saudade
After walking around all day in Sintra you’re going to be STARVING! We’d highly recommend grabbing a bite to eat at Café Saudade. We had a cute table right by the window which was great for people watching! Actually it was more like dog watching because there was a gorgeous Golden Retriever sleeping on the balcony across the street! Anyway, I had a delicious panini and I cannot describe to you how delicious the apple pie was. The waitress said they were somewhat famous for their apple pie and when I took that first bite I was on board. Try it!

SHOPPING

To be honest we didn’t do too much shopping in Lisbon! We were more focused on seeing the sights and eating delicious food, but there were some gems that stood out to us. Lisbon has all of the high street sort of shops so if you wanted to pop into H&M etc. that’s readily available.

SHOP MY LOOK:

  • Acne Studios Leather Jacket

  • Acne Studios Long-Line Cardigan

  • Common Projects Sneakers

  • Mansur Gavriel Leather Bucket Bag

  • (Similar) Topshop Ripped Jamie Jeans

Luvaria Ulisses 
I had researched some shops in Lisbon before our trip and this was the one place I knew I needed to go. Luvaria Ulisses is a tiny little hole-in-the-wall shop that specialises in making gloves. It was founded in 1925 and they’ve been making gloves ever since! It was actually really neat because the woman in the store took one look at my hands and knew what size I’d be. She brought out a box with the gloves I chose and expertly fit them to my hand. It was like a second skin and now I know where the phrase “it fits like a glove” came from. I bought two pair that day! It was such a special experience.

A Vida Portuguesa 
This store was recommended to us countless times and I totally see why! They sell a variety of soaps, blankets, sardines of course and much more! This is a great place to go if you want to get some Portugese souvenirs that aren’t magnets/keychains. They also have a huge selection of food which I would have went crazy for if I had more space in my luggage.

LX Factory
LX Factory is quite a unique place filled with restaurants, cafés, galleries and shops.

Under the Cover
Sadly I didn’t get a chance to go to this bookstore while in Lisbon, but I’ve been following them on Instagram for ages! If you’re a bookworm and happen to be in Lisbon check out this store on my behalf!

Pop the Bubble
If you like stationery and other cute things you must check out this store! Adorable phone cases, pens and so much more! You can also shop online via their website. 

All in all we had a fantastic time in Portugal. It’s definitely up there as one of my all-time favourite city breaks and like I said I really want to go back and do some exploring. Please do watch the 3 videos we made from the trip and let us know what you thought!

If you have any recommendations on where to go leave a comment down below!Have you ever been to Lisbon? What places do you recommend?

Big love to Aslan for taking all of these glorious photos. Follow him on Instagram! 

BEHIND THE SCENES WITH CHANEL

A couple of weeks back, I was lucky enough to be asked by Chanel (yes, THE Chanel), to attend a once in a lifetime trip to Paris with two of my blogger baes, Amelia and Victoria. Chanel invited us along on an adventure to check out their stunning Beauty Boutique and take us on the most amazing tour around Coco Chanel’s apartment (OMG!!) I also had the chance to get my makeup done by one of the Chanel makeup artists (she does Kirsten Stewart’s makeup *fangirls*) who made me look like a totally different human with a daring dark pink look which I adored! (You can check out the finished results here!)

While sitting here writing this post, I’ve realised that I’m actually lost for words when it comes to trying to sum up just how amazing Coco Chanel’s apartment really is. Walking up the beautiful spiral stairs and through the front door into the apartment was one of the most surreal moments of my life! I really tried to imagine her walking through the space and entertaining inside. Every room was the epitome of chic; every corner adorned with the most beautiful and ornate gold accessories. Amelia, Victoria and I were pretty much speechless throughout the entire tour, we were just desperate to try and take as much in as we could and store it in our memory banks for the rest of our lives!

Although I found it hard to contain my excitement throughout the entire tour, arguably my favourite part of the experience was getting to immerse myself into Coco’s office space. What I loved about this room is that it was filled with tonnes of beautiful deep red toned books which reflected an iconic shade of Chanel lipstick that she created. I also discovered that Coco was a fellow Leo which was represented by the beautiful gold lions in almost every room. I’m making it my personal mission to leo-ify my house (what a Leo thing to do!). It was incredible to see such an intimate insight into one of the world’s most notorious designers in history!

As you might have guessed from my collection, Chanel is one of my favourite beauty brands. Personally, nothing makes me feel quite as special as finishing off makeup look with a slick of Chanel lipstick. My favourite shade is ‘Boy’ which is a nude that makes me feel like a million dollars and I’m confident that I’m not the only makeup lover that feels this way. There’s something about the Chanel collection that feels so luxurious, as if it should be saved for special occasions to add to that extra special feeling even more.

I’m a huge fangirl of anything Chanel but lately I’ve been super into the new Rouge Coco Glosses, which we were introduced to on the trip. I’m such a ‘gloss’ kinda girl, but only if they’re non-sticky! I can assure you that these glosses are going to be an all-time favourite for me. They feel like a silky, moisturising balm and they come in the most gorgeous shades. 714 ‘Caresse’ is my ultimate though, it’s a beautiful terracotta nude shade which is right up my street. I’m also a massive fan of the Le Rouge Crayon de Couleurs which are a collection of easy-to-apply lip crayons that come in THE most gorgeous selection of shades ever!

Of course I’m a fan of pretty much everything from the Chanel makeup collection and as a self-confessed hoarder of fragrances, the classic Chanel perfumes are some of my most treasured in my stash. The infamous No 5 L’eau is of course one of my go-to’s thanks to its fresh, floral scent which sums up everything I look for in a fragrance. It’s a lot younger than the original and definitely more wearable for me.

You might also have heard me mention the Chanel Blue Serum once or twice and that’s because it has been a permanent fixture in my skincare collection for quite some time. As someone who suffers with dry, sensitive skin, the soothing and hydrating properties of the Blue Serum make this stuff my skin’s saviour. I religiously apply a pea sized amount of this serum to my skin every morning and night after cleansing.

I hope you enjoyed reading all about my amazing trip to Paris with Chanel, as well as learning a little more about my favourite Chanel makeup and skincare products. Huge thanks to the wonderful team and Chanel for bringing me along on this adventure and making so many special memories!

  • Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss

  • Chanel Coco Rouge Lipstick

  • Chanel Le Rouge Crayon De Couleur

  • Chanel No5

  • Chanel Poudre Universelle Compacte

  • Chanel No22

  • Chanel Les 4 Ombres

  • Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel

  • Chanel Blue Serum

  • Chanel Coco Code

HERE’S WHAT I WORE:

  • Ganni Cherry Bomb Tee

  • Ganni Pinstripe Pants

  • Common Projects Sneakers

  • M.I.H Frayed Jeans

  • Lucy Williams x Missoma Necklace

Last week I was lucky enough to hop on a flight to Italy with Fresh to learn more about where they source the very special Umbrian Clay they use in their skincare products. We were also the first people to see the limited edition new collaboration with Rometti Ceramics. As someone who already uses the Umbrian Clay Mask at least once a week I was especially curious to learn more about the development of the products as well as how Fresh discovered this very special clay. Lev and Alina are the founders of Fresh and were also the hosts of the trip, which was very special because we could learn directly from them and ask them any questions we had. Lev and Alina are some of the most generous and genuinely great people to be around, so it was great to spend time with them in such a beautiful setting.

On the first day we headed to Asissi, Italy where we went on a guided tour of the Basilica of Saint Francis of Asissi. After that we headed to the Nun Spa and Museum which was such a treat! We had a few hours to spend in the hot tub and sauna before having a glorious facial using Fresh products. I was very relaxed!

On day two we were taken to the quarry where the Umbrian clay is sourced and we also got to see inside the factory that turns the clay from dirt onto the ground to a useable ingredient for skincare. I especially love that the factory uses only water from the creek beside the factory when producing the final product.

Umbrian Clay has been the basis of therapeutic treatments for centuries and is one of the earliest known cosmetic ingredients. Umbria was home to the ancient Etruscans and first Romans, and the discovery of white clay tablets inside the 6th century BC tombs of the Etruscans suggests that the clay possessed mystical meaning for this ancient civilization.

If you’ve never tried the Fresh Umbrian Clay products before I honestly can’t recommend them enough. I have very dry skin, so using clay masks is usually a bit of a no-no for me…until I discovered Umbrian Clay. It has a high-mineral content that works to help balance, purify, and clarify the complexion. I didn’t realise this, but Lev told us that they did loads of research about different types of clay and this was the only one that doesn’t completely dry out the skin and leave it feeling desperate for moisture. It’s suitable for all skin types and is genuinely my favourite clay mask I’ve ever used. Other ingredients in the mask include Sandalwood oil which is known for its astringent properties and helps to calm the skin, Chamomile flower and lavender water are notable for their soothing properties and Olive leaf extract helps to promote suppleness and is known to protect against free radicals.

I was also introduced to the Umbrian Clay Treatment Bar which is 100% clay and is great to use on the face as well as the body. I’ve started using this in the shower and I think it’s great.

On the last and final day in Italy we were taken to Rometti Ceramics to finally see the collaboration with Fresh. They teamed up to create a little ‘house’ for the Umbrian Clay mask and we learned about the entire process of making this beautiful and bespoke jar. Rometti was founded in 1927 where local artists create handmade objects using clay pulled from a local quarry that dates back to Roman times. Rometti’s limited-edition design for Fresh features an Etruscan figure in homage to the clay’s origins. This woman, chosen to represent beauty, is updated with a modern silhouette and set against a bold geometric pattern. And while Rometti is usually known for stark colours, the packaging features a soft, earthy palette inspired by the Umbrian landscape.

 

Vic and I excited to go truffle hunting!

Huge thank you to Fresh for bringing me along on this dream trip! I had such a fantastic time (despite losing my voice) and made memories that will last a lifetime!

The Limited-Edition Umbrian Clay Purifying Mask (£52) is available now at Fresh boutiques, Harrods and fresh.com/uk.

Check out the rest of the Fresh Umbrian Clay range here. 

WATCH MY VLOG FROM THIS TRIP!

  • Fresh Umbrian Clay Face Exfoliant

  • Fresh Umbrian Clay Purifying Mask

  • Fresh Limited Edition Umbrian Clay Purifying Mask

  • Fresh Umbrian Clay Purifying Treat

  • Fresh Umbrian Clay Oil-Free Lotion

BEST LONDON BEAUTY TREATMENTS

I think that most of you will agree with me when I say that January can leave us all feeling a bit ‘bleugh’. The holidays are over, the weather is miserable (at least it is in London) and I’ve eaten way too much junk food for my insides to handle. I don’t know about you, but when this time of year rolls around I feel like my body just craves some attention. Giving my bod some TLC usually means treating myself to something that makes me feel a little bit more human again. Whether it’s a slick of paint on my nails or an extra bit of oomph in my hair, sometimes all it takes is a little bit of ‘me time’ to get me feeling ready to take on the coming year. With this in mind I decided to film a video and write this blog post all about my favourite beauty treatments in London. I wanted to share the places that I hit up whenever I need to put a little pep in my step, the places that help to make me feel at my best. I highly recommend each and every one of the places that I’m about to mention so definitely check them out if you’re in need of a treat. If London isn’t on your doorstep, don’t fret! Many of the spas and clinics that I’ve featured have branches all over the world, but if they don’t then perhaps this post will inspire you to check out somewhere closer to home. Stay tuned to the end of the post to watch the video that I filmed with my friend George Muncey! Here goes…

Cowshed

Cowshed is most definitely one of my favourite places to hit up whenever I’m feeling like I need some ‘me time’. Cowshed have loads of branches all across London (as well as several locations within the Soho Houses of the world) but the Primrose Hill spa is arguably the most beautiful in my eyes, I just love that place! Cowshed offer tonnes of different treatments including facials, massages, waxing and brow tints to name but a few, but I think that my favourite thing to get at Cowshed is a manicure and pedicure. Plus, the fact that they have TVs playing endless episodes of Friends while you get your nails done may have something to do with my unashamed favouritism! All of the products that they use in the spa are hand made by cowshed which is super cool, I particularly adore the spearmint hand scrub that they use, that stuff smells good enough to eat! There’s also a cute little cafe inside every Cowshed location and I’ve heard that their coffee is absolutely delicious so make sure you ask for one while you’re getting your nails done.

Check out the Cowshed website and find a spa near you.

DryBy

Blow Drys are one of my favourite things to treat myself to. There’s something about stepping out of the salon with fresh, bouncy hair that makes me feel like I could take on the world! Anyone else feel the same? DryBy is my go to whenever my hair needs that extra oomph. Every time I visit I always leave feeling super relaxed and refreshed, the interior is super cool and calm and there’s just an atmosphere about this place that I adore. One of my favourite things about DryBy is that choosing a style to go for is super easy. Every time you visit you get given a book full of loads of different blow dry styles so you can just pick exactly what you want and they’ll work their magic on your hair. I usually choose the ‘London’ style which has more of an edgy vibe with lots of messy curls and heaps of texture. Love it!

Give DryBy a go if you want to feel super sassy.

The House of Elemis

Whenever I need some zen in my life I make it my mission to hit up the House of Elemis. To put it simply, this place is magical and whenever I visit the spa I feel like I’m a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of London. Each and every one of the treatments at the House of Elemis are absolutely wonderful, but by far my favourite thing to get when I’m there is a full body massage. The massage itself is nothing short of incredible, but what makes it super duper special is the fact that during the massage you lay on a bed of quartz and amber! It’s hard to describe exactly what laying on that bed feels like, but believe me when I say that it feels AMAZING. The amber and quarts is heated so it envelopes your body in a wonderful warmth and makes you feel like the definition of zen. This treatment is super unique so I urge you to give it a go and try it for yourself. Whenever I leave the House of Elemis I feel like a whole new woman and that’s what makes this spa a winner in my book.

Have a look at the House of Elemis treatments and see what tickles your fancy.

Blink Brow Bar

I don’t feel human unless my eyebrows are on fleek and Blink Brow Bar is my go to place whenever they need a spot of TLC. My favourite branch is in Notting Hill, but you can also find these guys in Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and John Lewis to name a few. Although my favourite thing to get at Blink Brow Bar is a brow shape they also offer loads of other treatments including eyebrow and eyelash tints and eyelash extensions. You name it, they do it! This place is my brow saviour.

Give Blink Brow Bar a whirl for on fleek eyebrows.

Sarah Chapman Clinic

The Sarah Chapman Clinic has everything that my face needs, this place is literally the best! In my opinion, Sarah Chapman does the best facial in London and I truly believe that because you can actually SEE the results as soon as you leave the clinic. Whenever I visit this place I always step out of the door with the most gorgeous looking glow. Not only that but my skin feels INCREDIBLE. Everything that they do to your face during the treatment is so hi-tech and unique that it makes the whole experience really fun and interesting, I always come out of the clinic feeling like I’ve actually learned something about my skin that I didn’t know before. Make sure you check out this place because I guarantee that you won’t be disappointed! Just make sure you book well in advance so that you don’t miss out, this place is almost always fully booked! Guess I’m not the only one that thinks the clinic is amazing!

Check out the facial of all facials!

Beach Bums

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.

Huge thank you to Floom for sending out their lovely flowers to some of my friends. They are the coolest flower company ever (seriously go check out their Instagram).

www.floom.com

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.