Monday, 22 September 2014

Checking out of reality and into The Connaught, London


Sometimes in life there are moments when you need to check out of reality. I think we're all familiar with the ones I'm talking about - when life throws you a curveball you weren't expecting and you're left feeling as if you are floating, suspended above the mess and unable to change anything about it? I had such an experience on Friday. I threw my hands in the air and said, "that's it, I'm outta here." And so I did what any rational person would do - I checked into The Connaught in London for a staycation of epic luxuriousness. 

Ok, ok, I know that is not normal behavior by any means, but I am blessed with some pretty amazing people in my life that step in when life looks pretty bleak. Actually, "blessed" doesn't even cover it. I'm not sure what I have done to deserve this particular person in my life, who made all of this happen in the blink of an eye, but it truly turned what looked to be a permanent frown right upside down in an instant. 

On Saturday night, I walked into The Connaught, as I had done many times before, and stopped in the middle of the foyer to find my feet for a moment. I am usually in The Connaught for tea or drinks with clients (or testing out Helene Darroze's latest menu), but this was my first time checking in for a night in one of London's most highly regarded establishments. 

Somehow I had never noticed the scent of The Connaught before. I asked the receptionist what it was like to work in a heavenly scented hallway and she seemed perplexed by my romantic view of the whole establishment. It was only just beginning. 

I was lead to the Connaught Suite on the second floor of The Connaught and told I had a wonderful view of Roland Mouret's shop from my living room. Someone was made aware of my day job. Truth be told, I only opened the window to look across the street once. I was so taken with the opulent surroundings in the room that I spent most of my stay examining every nook and cranny within. 

Here are a few sentences that ran through my head while expiring: "Holy heck, what have I done to deserve this in life?"; "Do you think they'd rent this space to me for a few years in exchange for daily social media updates?"; "I bet Julia Roberts takes this suite while in London."; "Heated floors in the bathroom, I'm never leaving."; "Wonder if they'll notice if I try to walk out the front door with this mattress under my arm - it's heaven!"

Let's just say my brain became a bit scrambled. Even now I'm finding it difficult to find the words to describe this experience. I wasn't staying with the view of writing a piece on the beautiful suite, but in the end I felt it was criminal not to share. As you can see by the images below, even something as simple as a Club Sandwich was made to look like it was fit for Her Majesty The Queen. 

And yes, I did check out eventually. I did think for a while there may be some kicking and screaming involved, but thought better of it as I'd like to be able to step foot in this "home away from home" once again someday. 


The Connaught Suite
The Connaught Suite
The Connaught Suite
The Connaught Suite
The Connaught Suite
Bathroom at The Connaught
Bathroom at The Connaught
Burberry at The Connaught
The Connaught
Fruit at The Connaught
Champagne at The Connaught
Breakfast at The Connaught
Breakfast at The Connaught

Outfit du Jour: You must own this Topshop shearling vest

outfit du jour

Currently Obsessed: Cecily London's Silvania's Bird & Feather Golden Necklace

Cecily London gold necklace

I'm one of those people who obsess over new additions to the wardrobe. When I say obsess, I quite honestly mean I don't take it off for weeks, months, sometimes years. I have three bracelets on my wrist, all given to me by the most important people in my life, that haven't seen a day of rest in over four years. That's just to drive the point home that when I love something, I love completely. 

Which brings me to my latest obsession. Have you guys heard of the brand Cecily London? They are a smaller brand that produces a variety of simple pieces of jewelry. Actually, it feels wrong to call their pieces simple. They are simple in nature, but beautifully complex in detail. My current obsession is with the Cecily London Silvania necklace, which is the perfect midsized length and features two beautiful pendants, a hummingbird and quill. I have worn this piece on the beach in Maine, on the red carpet in London and to countless lunches, breakfasts and dinners. In short, it's my new staple. I can't pinpoint why, but it feels like a piece that will always be dear to my heart. 

This is definitely a brand that should be on your radar, for yourself or for gifting loved ones in your life. Check them out {http://www.cecilylondon.com/}

Cecily London gold necklace
Cecily London box

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