Mayfair basement gem

I have to say the thrill of the chase to get a coveted booking at this attractive restaurant in Mayfair was the draw here. One always wants what one cannot easily have! Finally, after timing my phone call to perfection, I landed a booking, albeit in the height of summer in a deep, dark basement. [...]

Summer in the city

The Ivy has long been on my list of places to go, but the formula 1 pace of new exciting restaurants in London have thwarted me. The Ivy has had a glamorous make over and opened 2 new branches, one in well-heeled Chelsea and another in Covent Garden. I happened to be having a day [...]

Alan Yau has the midas touch for eastern cuisine in London, Hakkasan, Busaba Eathai, HKK, to name a few. The Duck and Rice, a Chinese gastropub in Soho central has hit the mark yet again. This is a 2 floor temple of chinese takeaway classics but done to perfection. The ground floor is a shiny [...]

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For some reason, I have lost the fashion shopping bug and acquired the home decorations shopping bug (might be related to moving house!!). I have a few home furnishing tips. Best sales are high street favourite Heals, Habitat, Zara Home/ kids (particularly good for children’s duvet sets). Selfridges and Liberty often have some unique quirky [...]

Sales are ending

January 23, 2014 No Comments

Last minute further reductions are upon us. Net a porter 80% off clearance, harvey nics finishes this wkd, liberty only has a few bits (although just purchased a classic black roland mouret galaxy dress for 80%off). Matches are 50-70% off but they often do an extra 20% in due course. Far fetch has the last [...]

Coolest ankle boots

December 3, 2013 No Comments

Coolest ankle boots

Having a bit of an obsession with Jil Sander’s buckle ankle boots.  Perfect with skinnies, fab toughener-upper with dresses and a subtle, cool eye-catcher whatever the outfit. And the block heel means comfort and a bit of oomph!  At 756 euros though – ouch…  I’m going to wait for the sales (3-4 weeks to go!) [...]

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1. Porto sani village- Greek resort with marina, kids clubs, extra touches (e.g. champagne on arrival, supervised kids table at breakfast, nobu like restaurant in Marina, unbeatable service), kids pool etc 2. Westin Costa Navarino – Greek modern but classy resort with own aqua park (posh centre parks like), amazing restaurants with varied cuisine, fab [...]

Winter escape

February 18, 2014 No Comments

Are you bored of the rain and the gales and lack of vitamin D? Me too. Options with kids include Centre parcs,although you cannot escape all those elements, there is a sort of rewarding feeling in a biology field trip sort of way! Note get one of the nicer woodland lodges, v spacious and contemporary. [...]

Bargains for kids

December 3, 2013 No Comments

Zulily.co.uk is a fab bargain site with all sorts of gear for kids and expectant mums. Subscribe and you’ll get email alerts to their daily discounts on kids’ wear (ranging from very cute to practical rain/snow gear from well-known brands to the more exclusive), top quality toys, nursery stuff, those expensive Gruffalo merchandised gear, sought-after Trunkies, [...]

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