21 November 2017

Ella Canta

Back in September, we went to the opening weekend of Ella Canta (Spanish for ‘she sings’), the new modern Mexican restaurant in the Intercontinental Park Lane, for a wonderful Sunday lunch.  The internationally-acclaimed chef Martha Ortiz has brought her celebrated gastronomy from Mexico City's award-winning Dulce Patria to London with a creative take on authentic, signature dishes.  It was the best Mexican food I've had in the UK.

Interiors at Ella Canta at Park Lane Intercontinental, London - UK lifestyle blog


17 November 2017

L'Occitane Haircare

I'm a big fan of L'Occitane, from their fragrance and makeup to body products and gift sets. The French brand hails from Provence (which I also have a soft spot for) and has been making natural beauty products inspired by the south of France since 1976. The latest addition to their product range is natural haircare made with essential oils and plant-derived amino acids, which I was keen to try...

L'Occitane Repairing Shampoo & Conditioner haircare - British beauty blog


14 November 2017


I didn't celebrate Halloween this year.  I normally jump at the chance to dress up or cover my face in eyeliner, but instead I wore all black (a lace dress, witchy patent leather boots and dark eye makeup - I made a bit of an effort) and headed to the Coliseum to see the English National Opera's production of Aida.

English National Opera's Aida production, Autumn 2017 - London culture blog

Set in Ancient Egypt, Giuseppe Verdi's four act opera was first performed at the Khedivial Opera House in Cairo in 1871, and features the most dramatic themes: betrayal, love, duty, and war.  Aida tells the tale of an Ethiopian princess held captive in Egypt who's in love with an Egyptian General.  He's chosen to lead a war against Ethiopia, and the heroine is torn between her love for her homeland and the man she loves.  The Olivier Award-winning director Phelim McDermott's grand staging is visually strong and distinctive, with dramatic lighting and theatrical (almost distractingly eccentric) costumes, and incredible singers: American soprano Latonia Moore as Aida and the powerful Welsh tenor Gwyn Hughes Jones as Radamès were flawless.  The award-winning Chorus and Orchestra, led by Keri-Lynn Wilson - a female conductor, hoorah! - were also fantastic.

This wasn't my favourite opera, but it was a striking production and thoroughly enjoyable evening nonetheless.  Do you have a favourite opera?

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10 November 2017

Friday's ffffound: glitter lips

Now Halloween's been and gone, it's time to turn up the sparkle... #partyseason


6 November 2017

Soigné Nails

I'm currently trying out some nail varnishes from Soigné, a luxury French brand which creates sophisticated polishes with eco credentials: the products are vegan-friendly, made from up to 85% natural ingredients, with a 5 Free formula, no nasty chemicals and no animal testing.  I'd tried their deep red Betteraves Rouges from the Latest in Beauty x Beauty and the Beast box before, and was curious about their new highly reflective limited edition mirror polish, Le Miroir...

Luxury French nail polishes from Soigne Nails - UK beauty blog

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