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The Prosecco Moments

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I am a firm believer in celebrations. I’m not necessarily talking about birthdays, holidays, and the societal Hallmark ‘moments’, but – instead – the little celebrations.

The Prosecco moments.

Prosecco is the perfect midway point between a glass of wine with dinner and a champagne shower. A tipple which, in my mind, one should always have on standby. (Or, y’know, a case on standby – I blame Waitrose Cellar’s ridiculous deals on Prosecco).

After a month of eye surgeries, travel mishaps, delayed invoices, and an exorbitant amount of little niggles, the aforementioned case came was a constant reminder to celebrate. Celebrate new business deals, restaurant-quality homemade meals, shopping steals, et al.

In fact, discovering the Valdo Oro Puro Prosecco Superiore Valdobbiadene was reason to celebrate enough…

…time to order another case.

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In Review: Fashion Week Cocktails at One Aldwych, London

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As my Instagram followers will already know, I spent the majority of Fashion Week drinking my meals.

(Smoothies, too. I swear.)

Thankfully, The Lobby Bar at One Aldwych was ready and waiting when I decided to take an altogether naughtier refuel break.

In celebration of New York, London, Paris, and Milan’s Fashion Weeks, the beloved hotel teamed up with Tanqueray Gin to create four bespoke (and fashion-designer-inspired) cocktails.

For New York? Think Calvin Klein. Served in a chilled coupette glass, a bitter blend of Tanqueray No. 10, rhubarb liqueur, Martini Bianco, fresh pomegranate seeds and lemon bitters make up the ‘New York, New York‘.

For London? Think Alice Temperley. A mix of Tanqueray London Dry, rose liqueur, homemade jasmine syrup and lemon juice, topped with bergamot foam. The ‘English Rose‘is floral, delicate, and served in a chilled Martini glass.

For Milan? Think Moschino. For the cat glass alone, it became an instant favourite. ‘La Dolce Vita‘ featured Tanqueray London Dry, Martini Rosato, homemade wild berry syrup, cranberry juice, Sauvignon Blanc and mango mousse, topped with Champagne. As glamorous as cocktails get.

For Paris? Think Karl Lagerfeld. The ‘Blanc et Noir‘ swims in a Chanel-esque black glass; the contents a lemongrass foam-topped blend of Tanqueray London Dry, lemon juice, Chartreuse, elderflower cordial and citrus bitters.

You have until October 2nd and until your £13s run out.

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In Review: Yauatcha, London (Revisited)

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I seem to have made an accidental habit of going on a gargantuan food splurge at Yauatcha at the tail end of every Fashion Week.

Only this time, my fashion celebrations coincided with Yauatcha’s 10th birthday celebration.

Throughout September, the Michelin-starred dim sum teahouse have been releasing weekly off-menu celebrations centered around the restaurant’s four points of excellence; the Chinese kitchen, teahouse, patisserie, and cocktails. They began with Executive Head Chef Tong Chee Hwee’s secret Dim Sum Platter, moved onto Senior Bar Manager Eder Neto’s Eight Butterflies green tea (which – while combining cranberry, rose petal and chrysanthemum – quickly became my dream tea), then featured Executive Pastry Chef Graham Hornigold’s secret Pumpkin Caramel (soy caramel puffed rice with roasted pumpkin choux bun filled with pumpkin, vanilla cream and pumpkin compote, with a spiced crunch topping).

Sneaky peak? Starting tomorrow, the final week will introduce an off-menu glass of Bollinger Rosé Champagne served with two miniature jugs of mixers and a micro-cocktail class by the waiter (you can thank Head Wine Buyer Christine Parkinson for this brainwave).

Secrets aside…the meal itself far surpassed my prior experience. Stellar as it was.

For this visit, The Manfriend and I chose to chow at the mercy of our waiter. With a simple request to trial the plates so sublime they could convert a vegetarian, we were presented with a bounty of diverse dim sum delights.

A cacophonous delivery of Chinese delicacy and innovation; lobster dumplings with tobiko caviar, buttery venison puffs, prawn and beancurd Cheung Fun (a drool-inducing revelation), and more. Followed by a hand-carved quarter of Crispy Aromatic Duck with all traditional trimmings, the selection made up a spectacular feast for two.

By this time, we were splitting at the spine, thus decided to accompany our off-menu tea with four handpicked (and rather exemplary) macarons.

If I ever regain my appetite, I shall plan to do it all again.

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The One New Change Pampering Spree

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The second I walked through the glass-cased shell of One New Change, I knew I had left it too late. While I was well aware of its status as the only shopping centre of its size in the City of London, I had no idea how beautiful it was from the inside (and, as you can see from the photos, the very tippy-top).

The day before London Fashion Week SS15 reared its chaotic head, I scheduled a few hours out of my 60+ hour week for a few treats and trials.

First stop? Strip for some ‘fun’ (ahem) with their famous So Berry lycon wax. While waxing may not be every woman’s idea of a pampering sesh, Strip’s sensitive vanilla extract-packed wax is a treat for any Brazilian-having babe. The staff – who are extremely welcoming and professional – are also second to none.

For a more traditional treat, I then pranced around the corner to Hershesons and Dermalogica for a luxurious blow dry and facial. That special duo of pampering that turns your brain into a happy mush of rainbows and sunshine.

There is something hyper magical about One New Change.

Less than two hours after walking into One New Change, I left my final ‘appointment’ feeling as though I had exited a Pretty-O-Meter. My sensitive skin – which flares fire-red when I am under any sort of stress – was calm, hydrated, and picture-perfect enough to take me straight through to a makeup-free champagne lunch at Searcy’s.

I kid you not.

While an indulgent lunch of caviar, champagne, salad and sandwiches would call for a vampy red lip (at the very least), the results of my morning store visits left me feeling hyper-confident and happy.

After soaking it all in (bubbles included), The Manfriend and I decided to work off our lunch by strolling around the eager city lunch-breakers, super-coiffed shoppers, and ended the excursion with a rooftop wander through the fog as the city buzzed below.

One New Change is home to 60+ high-street stores & restaurants and is open 7 days week, making it the perfect place to socialise, and pick up your fashion and beauty must-haves.

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In Review: The Old Crown Pub, London

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I have never made a particular effort to do pub reviews because 1) pubs – bar gastropubs – serve notoriously awful ‘food’ and 2) no-one in their right mind takes an SLR to drunkytown.

Natch, an exhausted end-of-day pit stop at The Old Crown Public House tossed the rules out of the proverbial window (the pub has some rather lovely floor-to-ceiling windowed doors that I wouldn’t dare to throw a rule at).

Situated between Tottenham Court Road and Holborn, the little pub was full of surprises; piña coladas (a traditional pub must, AMIRITE?), helpful and chirpy waiters, and some positively perfect pub food.

To refuel, The Manfriend and I decided to attack the ‘Colonel Can Do One’ burger (butterfly chicken breast, American cheese, fried crispy onions with sweet chilli sauce), a pulled pork-loaded ‘posh dog’ encased in a fresh baguette, and spicy chicken wings with homemade chilli sauce. The verdict? Delightful, simple, moreish meals that are heavy on the taste and light on the wallet.

It is a thumbs up from this Michelin-obsessed woman.

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