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With a day between trips to Athens and Slovenia (followed by less than 24 hours to prepare for over a month in America), I had what felt like a never-ending list of meetings, admin, and miscellaneous “things to get done” in Central London.

If that isn’t an excuse for a staycation, I’m not sure what is.

Though I had a lot to check off the list, I wanted to make the most of my favourite city in the world before I abandoned it and ibis London Euston St Pancras offered the perfect solution. The hotel is right around the corner from Euston and a few minutes walk from St Pancras, making it an ideal spot to not only get the most out of the capital but arrange super-fast airport transfers.

It is also etremely affordable for its location. Frill-free (as the ibis brand and price tag dictates) but surprisingly chic and spacious.

Between meetings, I used my room (read: puffy cloud of a bed) to get as an office, caught up with one of my favourite people in the bar over coffee and nibbles, and even had a photo shoot in the hotel’s adjacent park!

Coinciding with the discovery of Splento, I have experienced high demand for updated headshots so decided to use the hotel’s historic location to my advantage and hire a photographer.

I had little clue what to expect but was completely blown away by the experience and results (some of which you see here). As someone who prefers to be behind a camera instead of in front of it, headshots aren’t all that appealing an idea. My experience, however, was with an incredibly friendly and talented photographer (who has shot for TIME and National Geographic) that immediately put me at ease. We discussed my expectations & desired results, strolled through the surrounding area for two hours, shot constantly, and parted ways with a thousand and one shots to chose from. I could not recommend Splento enough (party photography, events, portraits – you name it, they do it!).

When ‘to do’ was ‘to done’, I returned to the hotel to for a dinner that would prepare me for a very exciting evening ahead…but more on that later…

The aforementioned consisted of two glasses of Elevado Malbec Merlot, a gigantic charcuterie platter (cured pork loin, dorset coppa, smoked mutton, dried beef, olives and toasted bread) for my dinner date, tuna carpaccio (with infused lemon oil, rocket, & sprinkling of hard Italian cheese) for myself, and bites of each other’s paneer saag masala (a beautifully spiced curry with spinach, coriander & garlic naan) and pan-fried trout (on top of a salad with shredded beetroot, cucumber, and more of that delicious infused lemon oil) for our mains.

Before we knew it, it was time to leave for Camden’s Apple Music Festival takeover of The Roundhouse as ibis’ theatre partnership left us with tickets to see Bastille! The night was as bizarre and wonderful as one could imagine; we were sat next to a toe-tapping Ed Miliband, Bastille were better live than any artist I’ve seen this year, and Craig David even popped out to perform with them for a few songs. It was the cherry on top of an already phenomenal day.

Having confirmed a 4am check-out with the hotel, I was also especially pleased to find the team had prepared us takeaway breakfast bags for our departure so we didn’t have to miss out on their celebrated breakfast faire.

The room, staff, food – hell, the entire stay – was truly great.

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Before boarding the train to Boardmasters (England’s closest-to-Coachella idea of a surf and music festival on the Cornish coast) I hadn’t thought much about what I would be doing. In fact, having recently spent some time getting to know Cornwall, I thought it would all be a piece of clotted cream cake.

It wasn’t. By the end, I was entertained, delighted, horrified, surprised, and severely unshowered all the same. For your viewing pleasure, I now present…

Click here to watch my Boardmasters Festival Vlog!

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jose cuervo citadel festival 1
As you will have seen on Snapchat, I spent my Sunday somewhat omnipresent in Tequila Town and bringing you the best of Citadel Festival in partnership with Jose Cuervo.

You could call it work, but it seems unfair to label sunshine, street food, music and frozen margaritas as such.

Though this one-day festival is only in its second year, its packs the punch of an old school festi-fave; everything is experiential. The day began with a manic leap towards The Cheese Truck (which you know I love) before immersing myself in the adoartion of Sigur Ros, Beardyman, Battles, Tinariwen, Calexico, and my long-term girlcrush of girlcrushes, Lianne La Havas.

Every between-stage moment was spent in Tequila Town (natch) dancing to Latin-tinted megamixes with strangers and cooling down with Cuervo cocktails en masse. In fact, I only think I left the temporary Town to secure myself some Popdogs nourishment.

What I Wore:
White bardot top from ASOS (similar here)
Black shorts from Acne
Silver sandals from Boohoo
Lana sunglasses from Tom Ford
Mint blue leather handbag from Smith & Canova

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the cornwall eden project
After a jaunt in St Ives with The Boy, I hopped on a short train to St Austell to spend the succeeding three days on a wonderfully nature-led retreat at The Cornwall.

From the world’s largest indoor rainforest to the world’s tastiest fudge to a chance encounter with the world’s greatest (Tom Jones), I couldn’t imagine having a better time than I did…

the cornwall eden project
the cornwall eden project

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aladdin inspired outfits
Nothing like launching a new blog feature with a Disney tribute, eh?

As so many of you send me fashion-related questions, I thought I would dedicate a weekly post – Wardrobe Wednesday – to my most current style inspirations and fashion finds.

Having recently got my hands on some last minute tickets to see the brand-spanking-new musical version of Aladdin through BoxOffice, I have been throwing a lot of Arabian Nights-looking ensembles together.

The opportunity to watch something I played to death (I literally broke the VHS) come to life on the West End came with slight hesitation, initially. With roles made iconic by the heroic likes of Robin Williams and songs so engrained in my mind I could karaoke them without looking at the screen (and have), the musical had a lot to live up to. Thankfully, it was magnificent; a set-change-a-minute spectacle of music, dance, and humour that won the entire audience – old and young.

Though I was delighted to discover a beauty from my old theatre school playing Princess Jasmine, the real casting delight was the Genie – Brodway transfer Trevor Dion Michaels – and his incredibly charasmatic rendition of ‘Friend Like Me’.

I would tell you more but I wouldn’t dare ruin that Disney magic. Go see it. As soon as you can. And dress like a Princess and/or a Magic Lamp in the time being.

First look (inspired by Princess Jasmine’s mint green ensemble):
Mint green heels from Abcense
Mint green dress from Dorothy Perkins
Scaled triangle earrings from Eddie Borgo

Second look (genie lamp realness):
Crepe dress from Gold Case
Gold heels from Alice + Olivia
Rose gold circle bracelet from The Real Real