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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