Travel Blog: The Hard Rock Hotel, Ibiza



The Vengaboys were my first and only experience of Ibiza. From an early age I’ve considered Ibiza to be the holiday destination for hardcore party people, and I’m about as hardcore as a Wellington boot. where

This punk-punctuated promo video of smiling faces, live music, dreamy spas, and food that could make a woman lick a computer screen (we all watch videos in different ways, eh?) may have just changed my mind.

Fresh off a holiday in Mallorca, the Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza got in touch to see if I would be interested in helping them promote their first European Hard Rock Hotel. As timing goes, they couldn’t have done much better; I managed to have an amazing and rather charming time on an island famed for ‘Sun, Sex, and Suspicious Parents’ (shout out to Magaluf). The Hard Rock Ibiza was bound to be more than all-nighters, bargain shots, and dancing with strangers, too.

The Hard Rock Hotel is luxury Ibiza and – as the name suggests – a base fit for a rockstar vacation. Situated beachside of the Playa d’en Bossa, the hotel has welcomed the likes of UB40, Robin Thicke, and legendary DJ duo to entertain the hotel’s patrons, with appearances from Icona Pop, Jason Derulo, Ellie Goulding, Snoop Dogg, Kylie Minogue, and Placebo scheduled throughout the summer.

If anything was ever going to get me to Ibiza, this hotel was it.

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Interior Design: Habitat Recycled

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Another day, another peek into the ongoing labour of love that is ‘Casa de Lela London’. Today provides your first look into my closet-slash-office and this beautiful set of two ‘Cohen’ oval recycled magazine storage baskets from Habitat.

Though I had no idea how I wanted to decorate my closet/office (cloffice? I really need to think up a word for it!) when I found these eco-friendly interior gems, I knew I wanted them to house the useless bits and bobs that so easily get scattered around bathrooms and vanity areas. Thank goodness I’m not doing things monochrome, eh?

They’re handmade, lightweight, and have turned into one of the focal pieces of the room. (Wait until you see more!)

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Free Spotify Playlist – July 2014

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I think most people become musically moody over summer. In my experience, a little sunshine can turn a kohl-rimmed rock babe on to the one hit wonders of the Top 40, and make lyrical aficionados swoon over an eight-minute stretch of drum and bass.

I am not unaffected by these mood swings (As I’m sure it will become clear from this month’s free Spotify playlist). One minute, I’m ‘Feet In The Sand Girl’ (accompanied by Gavin DeGraw) ans the next, I’m pretending I can out-drink and out-tan everyone around me (Ace of Base, natch). It may not have a ‘theme’, but July’s Spotify playlist will put a smile on your face one way or another.

…and, yes, I’ve hidden the Saved By The Bell cast in this month’s Spotify ‘cover art’. Hashtag #NoRegrets.

(Need to catch up on last month’s? Click here for June’s free Spotify playlist.)

Click here to listen!

(Download Spotify here. It’s free!)

Track listing:
Follow Through (Live) by Gavin Degraw
Right Hand On My Heart by The Whigs
Four Days Straight by Scattered Trees
Cheap Kicks by Noisettes
Stolen Dance by Milky Chance
Don’t You (Forget About Me) by Simple Minds
Wings by Birdy
Hit ‘Em Up Style (Oops!) by Blu Cantrell
Please Ask for Help by Telekinesis
Hand In My Pocket by Alanis Morissette
Stay High – Habits Remix by Tove Lo and Hippie Sabotage
Give It Away by Red Hot Chili Peppers
Pills N Potions by Nicki Minaj
Cassy O’ by George Ezra
Bitch by Meredith Brooks
All That She Wants by Ace of Base
Take It Back by Ed Sheeran

Interior Design: Next Home

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Next Home has been the sole interior design obsession that has spanned 20-plus years, for me. Considering it is a ‘high street’ store and megabrand, the taste and quality of everything they offer is simply unmatched.

As I started to decorate our new home, I ordered their golden amber fragranced candle and Poetry candelabra to build my gold, white, and black living room around (I later ended up purchasing a rather snazzy bed and mattress from them, which you’ll see soon!).

The candelabra is ‘shabby chic’ personified and the talking piece of the room, so far. Even without candles, it looks rich and worn in a way that completely justifies the £30 price tag.

The candle, unfortunately, arrived with the gold casing smashed. An issue that may have deserved a refund, yet the scent was so immediately intoxicating I chose to save everyone the trouble and simply fashion a new casing with aluminium foil to place in my silver-accented dressing room and office. With seductive notes of sandalwood and amber, this is truly a scent to beat all scents (‘Yankee’? ‘Malone’? Eat your heart out).

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In Review: SmileStylist Teeth Whitening, Manchester

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I’ve been on a bit of a ‘teeth kick’. After adding oil pulling to my standard dental hygiene regime over the past few months, I decided to kick things up a notch and undergo a round of teeth whitening at SmileStylist in Manchester.

Part One of the ‘Enlighten’ process (the longer-lasting friend of the ‘Zoom!’ process, which is available for instant whitening) was incredibly easy; simply lie down in a chair, fit a gummy mould around your teeth to make a frame for your whitening trays, then say goodbye until your trays return a week or so later.

Part Two is where I ran into some trouble. Excited by the promise of pearly whites in under a fortnight (two weeks of use can take you up to an impressive 16 shades lighter), I brushed my teeth and shoved the trays in while climbing into bed.

It was painful. Less than a minute later, I had to take the trays out and rinse my mouth.

Naturally, I searched for an answer. Was it a poor mix with the aloe vera mouthwash I use? Was it the oil pulling I had done in the morning? Did I put too much whitening gel into each tooth compartment (they warn you against this)?

The following night, I tried again. A less vigorous brush. No mouthwash. No food four hours prior to bedtime. No morning oil pull. The very littlest amount of gel for each tooth compartment.

It stung, but nowhere near as much as the previous evening, and I take the blame. I have a fairly natural and organic dental hygiene regime that I should have (could have, would have) cleared with SmileStylist in the initial meeting, as an irritation from something much stronger was bound to be an irritant.

While my results may not come in two weeks, using the trays every couple of days is enough to justify the Enlighten programme – it is very easy, very affordable, and very quick to whiten (even if you have hippie beauty freak teeth, ahem!)

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