Sale Shopping: Buy your winter coat now!

posted on: Tuesday, 17 January 2017

This is not a warning... we are code red here, people, when it comes to stocking up on winter coats. Pretty soon retailers around the world will be throwing out bikinis and sundresses. Because that makes sense in the dead of winter, right? It absolutely doesn't, but it's the way this crazy retail world works. Winter clothes aren't actually sold in winter anymore. This is good and bad. Good as you get a great deal on a winter coat just as the weather requires one and bad because if you don't stock up on warm clothes now you won't have another chance until next season! Here's your lucky dozen of some of the top picks online at the moment. Happy shopping and keep warm!

Style Edit: 14 tops to buy now and wear throughout 2017!

posted on: Thursday, 12 January 2017

Is it just me or has anyone else noticed that Marks & Spencer is delivering in a seriously epic way these days? Just before Christmas I popped in to pick up a few bits and bobs for presents for family members back home and have to go ahead and confess my sins: I bought more for myself. I walked away with four new tops to add to the wardrobe and left coveting at least a half a dozen more. And what I loved the most was the fact that these pieces are season-less. They are the types of tops that can be worn as layers in the winter and on their own in the summer. And yes, there is one top that's quite simply summer but it couldn't be left. I was on the fashion battlefield and pledged not to leave one style statement behind! 

Dalloway Terrace: London's most Instagrammed restaurant?

posted on: Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Oh, I do feel for the restaurant owners of the world these days. Long gone are the days when it was enough to serve piping hot, good tasting food to hungry customers. Oh no. Now, on top of serving outstanding food with beautiful presentations, one most also be responsible for providing an Instagram friendly environment. Food isn't just food anymore, it's a pretty picture. Always. And I play as much a part in feeding this phenomenon as the girl sitting next to me taking champagne fueled selfies with her fondue. Restaurant owners need to think of lighting (golden is death), table settings (marble tables win every time) and even backdrops for photos (anything leafy hits the spot). For London's Dalloway Terrace, it seems every single element of an Instagram photo was taken into consideration when designing this brilliant escape in the middle of the city. Dalloway Terrace's winter wonderland, in particular, is a work of pure Instagrammable genius which has, in turn, given this restaurant the title of one of the most Instagrammed in London. Everyone wants a brunch, lunch or dinner on the terrace, and tables are not the easiest to come by these days because of it. 

Champagne & Handbags at dawn: A day on the Queen Elizabeth with Cunard

posted on: Tuesday, 10 January 2017

I just have to come clean and apologise first and foremost as I was feeling ever so guilty on the first day back at work, after Christmas. My first day back at "work" was anything but normal, but did kick off the year on quite the high note. I was boarding the oh so glamorous, and famous, Cunard's Queen Elizabeth Cruise Ship to experience a series of new leisure activities available on board for those about to set sail. The ship was in port in Southampton, picking up its latest round of guests and preparing for an epic sail around the world. Just imagine! Well, I suppose there's no need to imagine, as I captured the whole thing here for you.