There is no greater pleasure than making a house a home. Though I have yet to buy my ‘forever home’, I really lucked out in my newest London abode: high ceilings, great light, and a neutral colour palette.
For the items I had collected over the years, it was a perfect canvas but a canvas larger than anticipated. Naturally, I went on a bit of a furniture binge.
One of the most exciting new additions was a gorgeous vintage-inspired sofa. The Moray – from DFS – is curvy, oatmeal-coloured, and acts as a perfect focal point for all the smaller gold and cream accents in the living room.
Though I had quite a few pieces from Made in my arsenal already, the discovery of their social network (Unboxed) increased my wishlist tenfold. A gorgeous sideboard later, the room was complete (I have since uploaded everything to Unboxed, obvs).
Click through to see all the finer details; bar cart, superhero and London-themed gallery wall, et al!
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Norwich was not on the bucket list this year. Australia? Italy? Totes. The Eastern edge of England? Not so much.
As fate would have it, I befriended a lovely journalist from Norwich and – by the fierce power of words – found myself excited to explore the city.
Less than a month later, I hopped on a Greater Anglia from Liverpool Street to Norwich and First Class-ed my way towards medieval adventure (travel tip: First Class is almost empty on the weekends and therefore much cheaper!).
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I adore Hakkasan Hanway Place; though it is in the crevices of Oxford Street’s most tourist-free side streets, it is a cavernous example of the gastro group’s style and culinary expertise.
They recently launched the ‘Ling Ling’ menu – inspired by the Eastern izakaya concept – which was designed to help guests explore limited edition Cantonese dishes and a dance-fueling signature cocktail, the Ling Ling Collins (izakaya style).
With my gorgeous friend at my side, we descended away from the sun and into Hakkasan’s underground den to give Ling Ling its fair shot.
Each guest is able to choose a Seafood, Meat & Seafood or Vegetarian menu and we went for the latter two to experience as much as we could. Over three hours, we nibbled on everything from dim sum (scallop shumai, har gau, and Chinese chive dumplings) to sesame and rose petal macarons.
The highlights of each menu were the spicy prawns with lily bulb and almond (a spectacularly seasoned seafood special) and the stir-fried black pepper vegetarian ‘chicken’ with sugar snap peas (so unbelievably moreish and chicken-like I swapped the rest of my jasmine tea-smoked organic pork ribs with my friend to finish the plate). The entire vegetarian menu was incredible, in fact; with dishes like salt and pepper homemade pumpkin tofu and baby broccoli and preserved olive with crispy seaweed & pine nut you would find it impossible to experience Meat FOMO.
The menu is only available until August 31st, so I urge you to place it in your Summer schedule post haste.
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This has been a very exciting week. Though I can’t divulge all the details just yet, I’ve been invited to embark on an amazing collaboration with an even more amazing designer and, naturally, have gone absolutely mental in preparation.
Without giving too much away, I can let you know that I’ve been burning my eyes out researching dresses. And thus trying not to buy dresses. It all started when I found Vashi’s iconic wedding dress infographic (I’ve included a small clip from it below but encourage you to peruse the full thing – it’s fascinating!). Wedding dresses are most women’s most extravagant sartorial purchase of their life which makes them an excellent source of design inspiration. Elizabeth Taylor’s many wedding dresses, alone!
Of course, I also went down the ‘cutesy structured dress’ route I so often fall prey to. You can shop those babies below.
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Blue jacquare dress from Opening Ceremony
Black strappy backless dress from Romwe
Pencil cage dress from Mary Katrantzou
Pink crepe dress from Valentino
White wrap dress from Goodnight Macaroon
Hello, beloved readers. Brunch addict here again. This time…a little spicier.
I am an unapologetic creature of habit almost every weekend; come 11am, the craving for avocado and eggs hits and I flitter across the city to try one of my most recent brunch recommendations.
Occasionally, I break the mould and come out on top. This is what happened at Busaba Eathai.
Busaba recently launched brunch at their Shoreditch and newly refurbished Kingston Riverside sites (available from 10am to 3pm) and my lust for both thai food and indulgent brunches Spidey-sensed a potential win.
As you know, if it is on this blog it is most certainly a win. After ordering two Koh Samuis (made with coconut, carrot, and orange juice), my hungry companion and I ordered up a storm; coconut multi-grain porridge (served with sliced banana, ginger-spiced pineapple and chilli), baked eggs with spicy minced beef (a spicy melange of minced beef, red chilli, garlic, mushroom, cherry tomato, and eggs served with char-grilled toast), and Pad Thai with coconut rice (because I couldn’t help but suggesting it to my companion, Busaba Virgin).
Surrounded by what I assume is the the sole collection of palm trees in Shoreditch, I could not imagine a better place to spend a spicy Saturday or Sunday. Especially for recovery purposes (ahem).
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