29.1.16

A LEATHER WORKSHOP W/ KUKU

Weekday nights can be hard! One brain channel follows on from education, that Monday to Friday is a school night or in this case work night and you should do your 'homework' and get an early night. My more prominent brain channel keeps telling me what I know so well that we should make every day significant and memorable and that we only live once so why not and go wild over a leather purse making class hey?

So on a Tuesday night my main man and myself joined Luxury bag designer KUKU for an evening of wine, leather and late night sewing I can officially say I have a new found respect for designers and hand made products. I could only take a couple of hours sewing what is now my amazing little leather purse, so I couldn't imagine doing that all day everyday. I went home feeling exhausted, frustrated and in a lot of pain but after getting over my self pitty, I walked away a proud women owning my personalised luxury coin and card holder, working that clean line, monochrome look! 

It was a great to meet such wonderful people from all walks of life, sipping on a glass of red, whilst attempting to hand sew through leather - try it, it's hard! So huge thank you to KUKU and to the Hoxton at the new Holborn hotel for a skill infused workshop and one thing ticked of my list of things to do this year. 




9.1.16

SELFRIDGES | FOREST ON THE ROOF

What better way to send off Christmas than with a final bit of overindulgence, immersing myself in my last chalet style dining experience of 2015. As we welcome in the new year it's heads down for me to reign back in that diet and level of fitness I once had. I like to start the year all refreshed and revitalised, a few words that you will probably be hating right now. I'll be kicking back with lots of movies, box sets and catching up with Serial, the podcast everyone has been raving on about, while I cut out my daemons called Alcohol and Sugar.

So far it has been a great start, 5 days back at work with 3 litres of water a day, no sugar, no drinking and some major clean eating going on with help from 2 of my colleague who have decided to jump on the bandwagon and sign up to the body coach. Ok so the 'lean' talk can get slightly monotonous, but I am grateful  have people to keep me on track and grounded, so I'm not riding solo as a I wean back off SUGARRRR!

So back to my last and one of my favourite meals of 2015, I took a second trip back up to Forest on the Roof at Selfridge's making my way through all those sales shoppers, frantically buying anything and everything. It felt like that scene in mean girls, you know the one where Cady visualises the school canteen as a bunch of animals at the zoo?...yeah that one! I had to stop my eye gaze over the MAC counter, stop my hands from picking up that Moschino Mirror phone case as 1, I don't have an iPhone and 2, becuase it was only £10, an absolute bargain!

After making it up the fancy lift and in the serenity of the forest and chic chalet style with a slight breeze from the wind outside, it was like heaven! I am a sucker for rooftops of any kind or style in any and every country I visit - it's a given. Topped with my meal of the day, breakfast! A stilton cheese fondue followed by Poached eggs and a  smashed avocado crumpet. I mean, I could have sat there for hours eating a load more  and just taking it all in, but unfortunately I was all cheesed out and physically needed to walk before I just burst. The aesthetic on this day was so unusual with such a chill to the air and beaming sun, it was hard to imagine we were in the middle of London let alone in Selfridges. If you haven’t already been, it is severely picture worthy with amazing food! Go take a look!

7.1.16

SLEEPOVER | AT THE HOXTON


I am very grateful for my job being based in one of the best areas of London. Shoreditch/Old Street and the whole of East London is pretty much a constant change of excitingness. New bars, pop up shops and an unlimited supply of culinary experiences in unexpected streets of Shoreditch.

Working in Shoreditch and spending my weekends there too can be amazing to really get to know the best places in the area and visit all the restaurants and bars I didn’t get the chance to in the week. But It can be a nightmare to get home from and to travel back to the ghettos of North London for 45mins, so when given the opportunity to visit  my fave The Hoxton Hotel and cosy up in one of the Hotxon concept rooms, how could I say no!

In the style of an urban country cottage, the room was painted a fiery red with a combination of vintage 70’s furnishing and futuristic raw metal. A cylinder glass tube for a shower in the centre of the room, an infinity bed  dressed with a quilted picnic throw, a vintage luggage trunk for a cupboard how I could I dare to leave this dream?? Room service, a wide screen tv, endless teas and coffees and to top it all off I had Christmas Movies on repeat. In my element! 

Oh and let's not forget me sporting my new fancy Skagen watch; my first and only Black Friday purchase of the year. I have had my eyes on this for two years now, trying to avoid all Larsson & Jennings and Daniel Wellington watches, so my wrist feels bloody good and finally complete to have those sleek lines, thin straps and a face so beautiful. I have never really been a watch person aside from my vintage Casios (now selling on my Depop: sklbuys) and now I am obsessed! My eyes are set on all watches out there...8)