The Hanging Gardens of Bali

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You know those trips that are so ridiculously perfect you struggle to put them into words? Well my recent trip to Bali was one of those. Family and friends keep asking me how it was and all I can muster is ‘oh it was pretty good’ – while inside my brain struggles with appropriate collections of adjectives that won’t sound made up or utterly ludicrous. It was out of this world. Quite literally hanging in the midst of a valley…

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Vogue 100 at the Manchester Art Gallery

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Just a very quick post to let you know, if you don’t already, that there is a spectacular exhibition on at the Manchester Art Gallery. Vogue 100: A Century of Style has been organised by the National Portrait Gallery in collaboration with British Vogue as part of the magazine’s centenary celebrations The exhibition brings together vintage prints from the early twentieth century, the most stunning photographs from renowned fashion shoots, unpublished work and original magazines. It’s an absolute must visit. There is…

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Takk Manchester

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It has finally stopped raining! Strolling out for a relaxed Sunday brunch has become a bit of a treat again. The past few days in Manchester have been glorious! Clear blue skies, beer gardens full to the rafters, wandering the streets in dresses, sandals and jean shorts. Proper summertime stuff. I can’t tell you how good it feels. Just the excuse I needed to don my new floaty maxi from Zara – I am obsessed with it. It is so floaty and flattering.…

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Granger & Co, Notting Hill

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On my last trip to London I made a beeline for a Granger & Co brunch. They don’t take reservations so we arrived early and queued around the block. Let me tell you, it was worth it. The cafe/restaurant itself is absolutely perfect; light, airy and crammed with the most polished looking human beings I have ever laid eyes on.  We kicked off with iced coffee and hot chocolate.  Followed by a spectacular array of breakfast food.  Eggs, avo and crispy bacon for…

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The spa at The Midland

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The spa at The Midland is a truly incredible place to pass a Monday. It’s just had a 1.5 million pound renovation, and it is heavenly. I love a good spa and this place really does go above and beyond. The finish and attention to detail is quite spectacular.  The pièce de résistance has to be the hanging nap pods. I brought my good friend Mol along with me to put the spa through it’s paces. We spent the morning swimming and snoozing…

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London Adventures

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Mol and I decided we were due a little last minute trip to London. She needed a break from her dissertation and you know me, I want to eat! We arrived  at about lunchtime and went straight to our hotel, The Rookery. It’s a leisurely two minute stroll from Farrindgon Tube station, nestled in an unassuming corner of Clerkenwell. We were greeted like old friends by the staff and swept to our room. The rooms are absolutely stunning with heavy oak carved beds, thick braided curtains, wood-panelling…

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W Retreat Koh Samui

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The frantic, fast pace of Bangkok had left me craving a bit of blue. A blue so bright it would even get Heisenberg a little excited. After a short flight I’d found my fix. Ladies and Gents, may I welcome you to the W retreat of Koh Samui. Standing and taking in this view felt like a bit of a dream come true. A stay at this particular resort has been on my bucket list for as long as I can…

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