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


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


22 June 2018

Dive in

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

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


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

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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