30 December 2017

Michael Kors Wonderlust

Christmas is over, New Year's Eve is tomorrow, and thoughts turn to 2018 and an exciting year of exploration and discovery.  We're going skiing in January and in the middle of planning our big trip to Japan in spring, and I'm so excited for both.  Fittingly, my current favourite fragrance is Michael Kors Wonderlust Sensual Essence - it suits my wanderlust mood, but it's an usual choice for the middle of cold winter, as it's a warm, fruity floriental.  Opening with fresh pear, sour cherry, pink pepper and orange blossom, with a jasmine and peony heart, and cosy amber base notes which linger on the skin, this gorgeous floral eau de parfum makes me dream of warmer climes...

Michael Kors Wonderlust Sensual Essence eau de parfum fragrance - UK beauty blog copy


26 December 2017

Cusco, Peru

After a few days being by Lake Titicaca and exploring the city of Puno and its surrounding areas, we hopped on a long coach ride to Cusco in central Peru, stopping off at a few sites along the way: Pucará, where the famous bulls are from, La Raya valley at the highest point of our trip (4,338 metres), the Temple of Wiracocha complex, and the beautiful, golden Apóstol de Andahuaylillas, built by Jesuits in the 16th century, and called the Sistine Chapel of America.  Cusco was my favourite city in Peru, and we changed our plans a little to spend more time there: here's what we got up to in four days.

Emma Louise Layla in Cusco, Peru - lifestyle & travel blog


22 December 2017

Ellington Hotel, Berlin

Earlier this month, my boyfriend and I went to Berlin for a long weekend of Christmas markets. We had a great time until we discovered that our return flight was cancelled due to the snow at Heathrow...  It was all rather stressful and the earliest flight back was 48 hours later, but every cloud has a silver lining: we had two extra days in one of my favourite cities!  Our home for our extended break was Ellington Hotel, which I visited for a lovely lunch at Restaurant Duke in March.

Bar at Ellington Hotel, Berlin - travel & lifestyle blog


14 December 2017

Christmas Party

It was our office Christmas party last night, which kicked off with blow drys at Duck & Dry by Oxford Circus (which may be the most Instagrammable hair salon in London), dinner at Polpo Ape & Bird, and drinks and dancing at Bunga Bunga in Covent Garden.  I wore a metallic bardot dress from Topshop because party season calls for sparkles, super comfortable black over the knee boots from Public Desire, statement earrings, and my usual silver jewellery.  What a fun night!  Have you had yours yet?

Emma Louise Layla at Duck & Dry, Oxford Circus - London style & beauty blog


8 December 2017

Cologne Christmas Markets

I'm going to Berlin today for a long weekend and realised I never shared the photos from our lovely festive few days in Cologne last year...  No one does the Christmas markets like they do in Germany.

Cologne Christmas market - UK travel & lifestyle blog


Friday's ffffound: Anja Rubik

Anja Rubik Christmas fashion editorial - UK style blog
Anja Rubik and her adorable dog in a gorgeous Christmas editorial

2 December 2017

La Soirée hits the West End

Roll up, roll up ladies and gentlemen - La Soirée is back in town!  The multi-award-winning cabaret company has hit the west end for the first time, taking up residency at the newly-renovated Aldwych Theatre for the coming two months.  I went to the press night earlier this week and my friend and I left with massive smiles on our faces: the dazzling circus acts include trapeze, puppetry, acrobats, hula hoops, the gravity-defying Russian cradle and everything in between.

La Soiree show at the Aldwych Theatre - London lifestyle blog

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