boohoo christmas dress
Most December evenings riding the tube feels like something of a Christmas party on tracks. The women line seats in glitzed-up garms while men stand overhead in shiny shoes they forgot hurt until a few hooches in.

I bloody love it.

As part of Boohoo’s Christmas campaign, I’ve made an effort to be as sparkly as possible for the 24 days people will raise their eyebrows less. And their party dresses have been the catalyst of dreams.

What I Wore:
This glitter-threaded v-neck skater number (but honestly, all their party dresses are next level)
My trusty Sargossa nude heels

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win christmas presents
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas (sing it with me, now!) and my festive spirit is wild as ever. Naturally, I am giving you the chance to win all your Christmas presents. Whether you decide to share them between family, friends and colleagues or keep them all for yourself, one lucky reader is going to win over £200 worth of presents from Boots!

To enter, simply follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter widget, below! All you need is an Instagram account to take part and the more photos you comment on each day, the more entries you earn!

The Christmas gifts include: Soap & Glory Box of DeLights, No7 Glamorous Nudes Eye Palette, Rosie’s Pantry Stoneware Measuring Cups, Jamie Oliver Cake Tin, Benefit Hello San FrancisGlow! Highlighter Kit, Monty Bojangles Taste Adventures Truffles box, No7 Illuminated Makeup Mirror, Smashbox Drawn In Decked Out Lash and Liner Set, THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE Master Falls, GLAMGLOW Thirstymud Gift Set, StylPro Makeup Brush Cleaner and Dryer, and the Ted Baker Pretty Little Things Mini Trio Gift.

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how to make sushi
After four hours of OCD disquietude, my naive ‘how to make sushi’ Google sinkhole resulted in force-feeding my frustrated and starving eighteen-year-old self a bowl of hard rice, unripe avocado and inconceivably expensive Ahi.

It foreshadowed a decade of failed sushi attempts.

I took sushi for granted from my very first mouthful of maki; the demanding rice recipe process, the art of the roll, the balance of flavours. Sushi is, unequivocally, an art. Then Hashi Cooking changed everything.

Owner and teacher Reiko Hashimoto is not only the first Japanese chef to teach sushi in the UK but has been doing so for 17 years in London. If anyone could turn my incompetence around, it would be her.

With desperately low expectations for myself, I headed to The Club at The Ivy for one final attempt at successful wok and rolling.

For the afternoon, Reiko was joined by Oliver Hilton Johnson (sake educator and director of Tengu sake) and 19 other sushi chefs in the making.

To make a long story short, I can genuinely make sushi now. I know the tips. I know the tricks. I know the tactics and I understand them in a way my previously fruitless Googles couldn’t teach me. I can inside out roll, create beautiful omelette nigiri and sake pair my creations to perfection.

I even left with enough sushi to gift a friend for his birthday.

If you have ever considered a crack at the fine art, Hashi may be just what you’ve been looking for.


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thigh high boots
If you’ve paid a shred of attention to these outfit posts over the years you’d know that bare legs are as much part of my style as retro-inspired dresses. In fact, I’ve earned a reputation for making my friends and colleagues second hand frozen from my lack of legwear as the temperatures drop.

The best solution for all involved? Some truly glorious thigh high boots.

What I Wore:
Sienna snake stiletto pointed over the knee boots
Megan McKenna button-embellished longline blazer dress in Wine

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w london perception bar
I have treated W London‘s Library and Room 913 as a makeshift members club for over five years. I frequently danced myself into the next day under its titanic disco ball, made my way through a myriad of martinis while people-watching over Leicester Square, and nestled into back rooms for private film screenings with loved ones.

But I had never consumed more than an olive on any visit.

In all fairness, hotel restaurants typically hold little clout when I’m looking for somewhere to eat. Especially in Central London. With every cuisine conceivable available within a five minute walk, the W had little chance to enter my laundry list of must-eat adventures.

Then they decided to get all gastronomic on me.

This month, the W unveiled their face-lifted bar (now called The Perception) alongside a new dining series set to introduce emerging chefs to gourmands both local and en voyage.

The series has launched with the delicious genius of Magnus Reid (owner of C.R.E.A.M and Legs – the latter of which gained a Bib Gourmand after just four months of business). Magnus has long debunked any misconceptions that culinary success requires qualifications – having none – as one of the most unconventional and exciting chefs in the city. And his residence at The Perception only further proves it.

The sharing-friendly menu is a twisted Mediterranean-European triumph. It pairs burrata with chilli jam and fried garlic (addictive), celeriac carpaccio with buckwheat and gremolata (trust me on this one), and mussels with nduja and fennel (some of the best I’ve had anywhere in Europe).

In my presence, the pasta (see: pappardelle with crab, chilli & breadcrumbs and tagliatelle with sausage/fennel ragu & parmesan) has also been multi-Italian approved and the dessert (the chocolate pot with mint granita, in particular) turned a dessert-hater on his head.

If my Granada Gunpowder (Woodford Reserve, Campari, Disaronno, Carpano Antica Formula, Angostura Bitters) idée fixe wasn’t reason enough to return, this luxury dining experience at a Hackney price tag sealed the deal. I can’t wait to see who Team W London decide to champion next.

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