14 July 2018

Purple Crystal

I've always had a soft spot for coloured crystal and glass, and have a few vases, jugs and votives in calming blues and greens.  The latest addition to my collection is this ribbed posy vase from Dartington Crystal in a pretty amethyst purple shade.

Dartington Crystal purple vase - UK style & interiors blog

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12 July 2018

Balance


Love this quote from the author of Yoga Girl, Rachel Brathen
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2 July 2018

Hollywood Flawless Filter

The makeup product you didn't know you needed: Charlotte Tilbury's Hollywood Flawless Filter.

Emma Louise Layla with Charlotte Tilbury at the Hollywood Flawless Filter launch - luxury beauty blog

Charlotte Tilbury, makeup maestro and recent MBE, launched a brand new product category this spring, at a gorgeous event at The Arts Club I was lucky enough to attend, and I've been using it every day since.  The Hollywood Flawless Filter is a customisable complexion booster, face primer and highlighter all-in-one, available in 7 shades.  Inspired by perfecting social media filters, the peachy cream leaves your skin glowy, dewy and radiant, and I'm obsessed.  Dubbed "J Lo glow in a bottle", you can wear it by itself, underneath, over or mixed with foundation, and as a highlighter - I wear mine (in shade 2) over foundation, under blusher and bronzer, and it really does give skin a soft-focus finish.  Have you tried it yet?


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28 June 2018

Monet & Architecture

The impressionist artist Claude Monet (1840-1926) is best known for his brilliant landscape paintings of the French countryside and coastline, and peaceful scenes from his Giverny garden - including the stunning waterlilies series - but there's an excellent landmark exhibition at the National Gallery focusing on his work featuring architecture as a way to add structure to his art.

View of Bordighera (1884) by Claude Monet - UK culture blog

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23 June 2018

Chelsea Flower Show

There's no better way to celebrate the start of the British summer than visiting the Chelsea Flower Show.  I spent a lovely afternoon there with my mama, followed by wandering through the pretty Chelsea in Bloom streets at dusk, and dinner at The Ivy Chelsea Garden.

Emma Louise Layla at The Ivy Chelsea Garden during Chelsea in Bloom - London lifestyle blog

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22 June 2018

Dive in

Jerry Hall Norman Parkinson 1975 - UK style blog
Jerry Hall, shot by Norman Parkinson in 1975
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14 June 2018

Polo in the Park

Last weekend, I spent a lovely sunny day at Polo in the Park, catching up with a friend, sipping champagne, eating Patty & Bun burgers, and watching hot men on horses.  The perfect Sunday afternoon!

Emma Louise Layla at Polo in the Park, 2018 - London lifestyle blog

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7 June 2018

10 Astley Clarke Sale Picks

British fine jewellery brand Astley Clarke has just launched its summer sale featuring lots of beautiful pieces: delicate stacking rings, grown up friendship bracelets, diamond studs and statement necklaces...  Here are my ten favourites - what do you have your eye on?

Astley Clarke Pink Tourmaline Rising Sun Pendant - British luxury jewellery - UK style blog
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3 June 2018

Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica Lodge, Peru

I'm outdoors-y, but also a bit of a scaredy cat when it comes to insects and spiders (in fact, my friends would laugh at "bit of") - however, the Peruvian Amazon is one of the world's most biologically diverse regions and we couldn't go to Peru and not go to the Amazon, so I tried not to think about tarantulas, added another couple of internal flights to our itinerary and travelled to the gateway to the jungle, Puerto Maldonado.  After a short car journey from the teeny tiny airport and a 45 minute speedboat trip down the huge, glassy Madre de Dios river, we pulled up to the luxury eco lodge Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica, which we called home for two days.

Treetop canopy at the Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica Lodge, Peru - travel & lifestyle blog

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31 May 2018

Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Filters

The latest addition to my ever-growing Charlotte Tilbury collection is six very exciting products from the new limited edition beauty filters range.

Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Filters Palettes - luxury beauty blog

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20 May 2018

Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award

Earlier this month, I had the absolute pleasure of joining a room of inspiring women at the annual Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Awards in the beautiful Claridge's ballroom.

Emma Louise Layla at the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year Awards 2018 - London lifestyle blog

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17 May 2018

Oscar de la Renta Bella Blanca

The new fragrance from Oscar de la Renta is a beautiful, grown up floral concoction called Bella Blanca.

Oscar de la Renta Bella Blanca eau de parfum fragrance - UK beauty blog

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9 May 2018

Black & White & Blue

Since returning from Japan exactly one month ago today, I've been so happy to be back in sunny London - I normally get a mean case of the post-holiday blues, but this gorgeous weather's made it so much easier. Here’s to spring temperatures, light evenings, and months of bare legs and going coat-free!

Emma Louise Layla in Boohoo star print dress and blue thigh high boots - London style blogger

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4 May 2018

Tambo del Inka & The Sacred Valley

The seventh stop on our jam-packed Peru trip followed two days at Machu Picchu - we left Aguas Calientes and hopped on a glass-roofed vistadome train for two hours of panoramic views of cloudy forests and beautiful mountain scenery, and arrived at the village of Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley.

Swimming pool at Tambo Del Inka, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Valle Sagrado, Peru - travel blog

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2 May 2018

Oh, Anja

This golden, summery editorial featuring Polish super Anja Rubik, shot by Lachlan Bailey and styled by Geraldine Saglio for the April issue of Vogue Paris has me dreaming of my next holiday.  Get thee to a beach...

Anja Rubik editorial by Lachlan Bailey for Vogue Paris, April 2018 - UK style blog

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26 April 2018

Devonshire Club

Let me introduce you to your new favourite brunch place...

The Devonshire Club, Liverpool Street, London - UK lifestyle blog

ThDevonshire Club is a stylish new members' club in the heart of the city, spread over five floors across two Grade II-listed buildings in Devonshire Square, just two minutes from Liverpool Street.  It's a beautifully-designed space with co-working offices upstairs, 68 smart hotel rooms and suites, three bars, a library, a restaurant and a gorgeous brasserie overlooking a private garden.  Designed by London-based interior design group March and White, the sophisticated decor has a retro feel, with chic mid-century furniture, red leather booths, patterned upholstery, wingback armchairs, gold lamps, antique mirror panels, and a glossy marble seafood counter.

Free-flowing champagne brunch at the Devonshire Club - London restaurant blog

The menu features modern British and European dishes with fresh shellfish available from the seafood bar.  At the weekends, relaxed bottomless brunches are available with free-flowing bloody Marys, prosecco or champagne - we opted for the latter for an oh-so indulgent Saturday afternoon - alongside classic brunch dishes like eggs, omelettes, bircher muesli, French toast, fresh fruit and full monty English breakfasts.

The Devonshire Club, Liverpool Street - London restaurant blog

We ordered the small but perfectly formed eggs royale: smoked salmon and perfectly poached eggs sat on a toasted English muffin and drizzled with a light Hollandaise sauce and chopped chives.  The second savoury dish we shared was a grander affair: an at-table trolley service is available on Saturdays and Sundays - our waiter wheeled a polished silver trolley to our table and sliced tender, perfectly-cooked beef short rib in front of us, served with a pot of truffle macaroni cheese as a side.  Very naughty, but very tasty.  We finished by sharing a bowl of seasonal berries and grapes with natural yoghurt and honey, and one more glass of fizz for the road...  Great food, Instagrammable interiors, friendly service and a relaxed ambience - get yourself to Liverpool Street, pronto.

Devonshire Club, 4 & 5 Devonshire Square, London EC2M 4YD

Weekend brunch at the Devonshire Club - London restaurant blog

Eggs royale for Saturday brunch at the Devonshire Club - London restaurant blog

The Devonshire Club private members club & restaurant, London - UK lifestyle blog

Champagne brunch at the Devonshire Club - London restaurant blog

The Devonshire Club restaurant, City of London - UK lifestyle blog

Beef for lunch at The Devonshire Club private member's club in the City of London - UK lifestyle blog

Fresh flowers at the Devonshire Club - London restaurant blog

Beef for Saturday brunch at the Devonshire Club - London restaurant blog

Brunch at The Devonshire Club, City of London - UK lifestyle blog

Fresh fruit for dessert at The Devonshire Club - London lifestyle blog

The Devonshire Club, City of London - UK lifestyle blog
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23 April 2018

8 Oasis Dresses You Need Right Now

I haven't been into Oasis in ages, but after browsing the new collection online I added no less than 8 gorgeous dresses to my basket.  Warning: if you don't like polka dots and ditsy floral prints, feminine ruffles and pretty lace, or flattering wrap dresses and tea dresses, look away now.

Oasis Mid Blue Long Lace Tea Dress - UK style blog
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1 April 2018

Okayama Sakura Carnival

I have had the best first 36 hours in Japan.  Admittedly, the late night packing, 11.5 hour flight and 7 hours' sleep across two nights was pretty monstrous - but when we arrived, we fired up on coffee and walked for an absolutely ludicrous 28,000 jetlagged, increasingly weary steps, because: when in Rome.  I've wanted to go to Japan forever, but Japan during cherry blossom season?  You march on through that jetlag...


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30 March 2018

Cherry Blossom

Cherry blossom season, Mount Fuji, Japan - UK travel blog
Today, we're heading to Japan for 16 days of city-hopping, cherry blossom, and eating as much sushi as humanly possible, and I. AM. SO. EXCITED. Follow our trip on my Instagram, and see you in a few weeks!
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29 March 2018

Caudalie Skincare

I've been trying some very exciting products lately, from French skincare brand Caudalie.  If any of these seven hero products take your fancy, they'll be available on Latest in Beauty next week, so you can try them too for a fraction of the price.

Caudalie skincare - UK beauty blog

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23 March 2018

PF Chang's Asian Table

Leicester Square is a funny part of London - there are plenty of nice places in Covent Garden and Soho, but in between is a bit of a touristy no man's land - however, I was pleasantly surprised to discover new restaurant P.F. Chang's Asian Table last week.

Sushi at PF Chang's restaurant in Leicester Square, London - UK lifestyle blog

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20 March 2018

Narciso Rodriguez Fleur Musc

To celebrate National Fragrance Day, which falls on 21 March each year, I'm giving away a bottle of my new favourite perfume over on my Twitter: the Fleur Musc eau de parfum by Narciso Rodriguez.

Narciso Rodriguez Fleur Musc eau de parfum fragrance - UK beauty blog

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17 March 2018

Victorian Giants

Victorian Giants, the new exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, celebrates the birth of art photography in the Victorian era, featuring the works of four groundbreaking artists: Julia Margaret Cameron, Lewis Carroll, Clementina Hawarden, and Oscar Rejlander.

Isabella Grace Maude, 5 Princes Gardens by Clementina Hawarden - Victorian Giants exhibition, National Portrait Gallery, London
Isabella Grace Maude, 5 Princes Gardens by Clementina Hawarden

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12 March 2018

Your Lip Service

I recently received an oh so exciting delivery: the new royalty-inspired lip kit from my favourite makeup brand, Charlotte Tilbury.  At Your Lip Service is a trio of three beautiful lipsticks fit for a Queen...

Charlotte Tilbury Your Lip Service lipstick trio - UK beauty blog

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3 March 2018

Brasserie Warszawska, Warsaw

I visited Poland for work a few months ago and discovered SO many great restaurants, including Brasserie Warszawska, which serves and the best pierogis in Warsaw.

Pierogis at Brasserie Waszawska, Poland - lifestyle & restaurant blog

I came out of a Chopin recital on my second (freezing cold) night there, and stepped inside the warm restaurant with its low golden lighting and traditional banquettes, sitting down at a cosy red leather booth with a glass of champagne.  The decor is smart with black and white floor tiles, yellow walls lined with mirror panels and illustrations in neat frames, high ceilings with those quintessential brasserie fans, classic white tablecloths and a giant vase of fresh flowers on the zinc bar.

Brasserie Waszawska, Poland - lifestyle & restaurant blog

The Michelin Guide restaurant serves classic Polish cuisine alongside modern European dishes, using local ingredients and meat from its own butcher shop.  To start, I had a traditional sour soup with homemade white sausage, quail’s egg and marjoram with sweet onion - it was clearer and herbier than other sour soups I’d tried, but still delicious.  Next, I had an incredible Jerusalem artichoke dish served with truffle mayonnaise and sunflower pesto.  For the third dish, I had the best pierogis I’ve ever had: they weren’t oily or too buttery, tough and overcooked or slimy and undercooked. They were just right, served with thinly-sliced truffle, crispy bacon, an onion consommé and sprinkled with finely chopped chives.  Worth the trip alone.

Brasserie Warszawska review, Poland - lifestyle & restaurant blog

Next, I had a creamy fois gras parfait with apple and apricot chutney, served with a glass of fruity Piemonte Mature Madeira wine, followed by sea bass with bouillabaisse sauce, mussels, chopped courgette and crispy croutons.  For dessert, I had a crisp chocolate sphere which cracked open to reveal white chocolate and passionfruit to finish a beautiful six course dinner.  Fellow foodies, this is a must when visiting the Polish capital!

Brasserie Warszawska, Górnośląska 24, 00-484 Warszawa, Poland

Soup at Brasserie Waszawska, Poland - lifestyle & restaurant blog

Brasserie Waszawska, Warsaw Poland - lifestyle & restaurant blog

Pudding at Brasserie Waszawska, Poland - lifestyle & restaurant blog

Flowers at Brasserie Waszawska, Poland - lifestyle & restaurant blog

Madeira wine at Brasserie Waszawska, Poland - lifestyle & restaurant blog

Brasserie Waszawska bar, Poland - lifestyle & restaurant blog

Dessert at Brasserie Waszawska, Poland - lifestyle & restaurant blog

Brasserie Warszawska review, Poland - lifestyle & restaurant blog
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1 March 2018

Machu Picchu

I have wanted to go to Machu Picchu for as long as I can remember.  It's been very high up my (very long) bucket list, for a very long time, so when we were in Peru last May, there was only one place I wanted to be when I turned 30.

Travel Bucket List - Emma Louise Layla at Machu Picchu - lifestyle & travel blog

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