In the beauty department of the romance week I went all red. I usually like to keep lips all natural, but when I tried on this blood red lip colour by Kevyn Aucoin I absolutely had to wear it. It’s a perfect red to match any hair colour and it feels completely weightless – a great red to complement any evening outfit. Co-starring:
Celebrating Valentine’s day doesn’t have to be all about flowers and dinner, but since I can never say no to dim sum, I ended up in Mayfair’s Hakkasan. For me, the decor and the atmosphere is just as important as the food. So, unsurprisingly, I spent more time admiring the superbly designed cloakroom ticket than I did the menu…
My design-obsessive eccentricities aside, Hakkasan is the place for atmosphere (every detail is thought out, from flower arrangements, the beautiful cutout wooden screens and sparkle lighting to the gorgeous matching dresses worn by the hostesses), and of course an expertly put-together fusion menu. If you after a quieter night, try the Hakkasan in Hanway Place, or for a really busy and lively atmosphere go for the Mayfair branch. And if you want to be surprised by a delicious fusion tasting menu, Hakkasan’s sister – HKK – is a must.
It’s been appallingly long since I posted. There was Christmas, then there were exams and then something to do with the 8000 or so photos I took over Christmas that needed to be edited (all to be up on the blog soon).
In the meantime, with V day on the way, I decided to do a bit of a his and hers post, featuring a book of men’s watches (a little present form the Patek store) and on my side the gorgeous and fragrant hyothynths and quirky art prints straight from Central Saint Martins.
Pastels aren’t just for spring; they work great with fluffy winter jumpers and glittering white snow. So for a touch of simple elegance I have been matching these baby colours to all my winter wear this season.
I have recently taken a turn for the healthy, going to the gym, eating better. And a big part of what makes it bearable is the amazing array of great-tasting juice mixes I get to drink to keep my vitamin and energy levels up.
This one is an apple and celery drink (2/3 apple, 1/3 celery, or you can do equal parts each). It tastes surprisingly quite sweet.
Apart from my mild obsession with orchids (see the green cymbidium orchid picture above), I also love having plants all around the house. I love simple bold flavours in my food and use fresh herbs like rosemary (above) when I cook. Fresh herbs not only add a nice touch of green to your kitchen save but also ensure that you know exactly how the stuff you are eating is grown and where it comes from.
I love presents as much as the next girl. Which is why I am always excited to discover what is in the new Space NK beauty edit goodie bag. They do these bags filled to the brim with their latest and greatest products in travel sized form, worth between £150-£200. These give-aways run about every 3 months, and are entirely responsible for why an entire draw in my bedroom is overflowing with moisturiser.
Like any self respecting beauty magpie, I love getting my hands on as many decent sized samples of the latest miracle products. Samples lasting more than a week, give you the opportunity to really test drive the product and put it through its paces during the day at the office, on a night out, going from day to night, taking in some sun, in the cold, wind or rain. You get the picture. I am demanding. I am a very active person and really expect my beauty products to perform. So every 3 months or so I run towards my nearest Space NK with much anticipation to see if the latest N.Dulge beauty picks are up to the task.
Oh, and in case you didn’t know, Space NK does a fantastic loyalty scheme, which really saves the day when doing last minute Christmas shopping.
And almost forgot, a couple of the bigger tubs of beauty gold didn’t come in the goodie bag.
I know we just wrapped up autumn, and it’s almost Christmas, but the weather ryas been incredibly good (by English standards). The leaves only finished falling last week and it was only yesterday that I pulled out my winter coat from the deep dark corners of the wardrobe for the first time this year. So I though I might as well share with you a few of my autumn reads which have been keeping me company and residing by my bedside: namely the beautifully designed Harrods mags.
I took a trip around Singapore’s concrete jungle to explore some stunning modern architecture and breathtaking views. Here are some pictures from the day, but by far my favourite experience was going to the top of the Pinnacle, walking along the sky walks, looking out over the whole city, the sea and the docks and watching a thunderstorm.