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Under normal circumstances you couldn’t pay me to spend a weekend night in the centre of town but I decided to dip my toe in the tourist-filled water after hearing rave reviews of the Rah Rah Room‘s Revue in Piccadilly Circus.

I love burlesque, you see, and Rah Rah’s newly launched Friday and Saturday night show promised burlesque, plus song, dance, comedy, and physical spectaculars galore. Led by a compere beyond compare, the cast of performers included some of La Soiree‘s best (I live for Asher Treleaven), comedic geniuses EastEnd Cabaret, and burlesque performers both weird and wonderful.

Having reserved a stage-side table with some of my favourite ladies, the show felt as thought it was being held in my living room – aerial acts and all. I was genuinely a bit heartbroken when the lights went up.

(But, thankfully, Rah Rah opens up as a club after the show and you know how I feel about a good dance…)

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ghd straighteners
For the last four years I have used ghd‘s Air hair dryer to combat my fro-prone curls at least twice a week. Naturally, I recoil when faced with a less-than-Air hairdryer during my frequent travels.

When ghd offered me a remedy in the limited-edition ghd marine allure straightener, I would have been crazy to refuse.

Since receiving the straightener, I have taken it on every trip with me and have had consistent blow dry-reminiscent locks with no compromise on space! In my carry-on I simply roll my clothes inside and around my hat of the moment (this lattice cut-out floppy hat is now on sale, you lucky thing!) and nestle the straightener in heat-proof case on top.

“But what if something creases?” No worry – the ghd is the niftiest iron…hair and clothes-wise.

Even the hat even doubles-up as a beauty product; whether I am sunbathing or citysweeping, I pile my ghd-ed waves on top of my head under my hat. This protects my hair from sun damage and keeps the smooth body impossibly voluminous for evening excursions!

If ghfmorning to evening before and afters are anything to go by…

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colour run london
It’s time to dust off your trainers and get your sweatbands ready. I have teamed up with Skittles to offer five winners and their friends the chance to take part in the original, happiest and most colourful fun run in the world, The Color Run, on Sunday September 4th in London!

On top of being showered by all the colours of the rainbow, the lucky winners will also receive a bright Skittles hoodie!

For your chance to win this awesome prize, just subscribe to me on YouTube (where I’ll be posting my Color Run adventure!) and tell me which Skittle flavour is your favourite (and why!) in the comments below this post!

A photo posted by Lela London (@lelalondon) on

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liberty cheesesteak london
I may not be ‘West Philadelphia born and raised’ like the Fresh Prince, but my yet-to-be-throned American half appreciates an authentic Philly cheesesteak as emphatically as a local.

My British half, as you know, leaves me living in London with very little “real” Americana cuisine to choose from. Let alone cheesesteaks.

At least it did before Liberty Cheesesteak Company. The food truck – based in Spitalfields Market – was founded by Philly expat JP after he realised his home city’s iconic sandwiches were nowhere to be replicated in London Town.

Cheeseteak-wise, they don’t get better; their “Wiz” is a secret blend of real cheese peppered with a secret 0.1% natural flavour mix and both their bread (Italian-style hoagies) & rib-eye beef are locally sourced. To order like a Philadelphian, you simply name you size (whole or half), cheese (Wiz, Provolone or American) and onion preference (“wit” if you do, “witout” if you don’t) in one fell swoop…

Whole Wiz Wit, or bust.

The cheesesteaks are Liberty’s obvious calling card, but it is worth noting that their wiz fries, root beer/cream soda floats, and desserts don’t fall short of their eponymous offerings (there are also veg and gluten-free options for those who need them).

It’s a slice of home comfort…American or not.

* If you have little time to get down to the truck, you can also order your goods via Deliveroo (and this link gets you £10 off your first order)!

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