9 March 2019

The Boden Catalogue

I only have a few pieces from Boden hanging in my wardrobe - cropped cashmere cardigans and this silver leather backpack being two favourites - but I always love flicking through their colourful, wanderlust-inspiring catalogues, featuring pretty prints, bright colours and happy models photographed in picturesque locations across Europe.  These are the SS19 pieces from the pages with the turned down corners I might treat myself to this spring...

Boden blue floral printed Kyra Silk Midi Dress - UK style blog

Kyra Silk Midi Dress
this 100% silk chiffon dress with blouson sleeves and a waist-cinching tie is the perfect go-to for summer weddings and garden parties


26 February 2019

Nobelhart & Schmutzig, Berlin

This is not a restaurant review.

Nobelhart & Schmutzig Michelin star restaurant in Berlin - luxury travel & foodie blog


5 February 2019

Spring Charm

Ah, February.  We've come out the other side of a pretty damn long January to brighter mornings, later sunsets, snow drops, and the early beginnings of spring and all its wonderful flowers.  To me, a house is not a home without houseplants and flowers, and it's one of my little indulgences to always have fresh flowers every week, because #plantsgivemepower. 

Roses Carnations Veronica Asters Lisianthus Trachelium Ruscus Eucalyptus leaves bouquet - British lifestyle blogger


23 January 2019

ENB's Swan Lake

Do more of what you love: and if that’s going to the ballet by yourself to see Swan Lake for the 87th time, so be it.  Earlier this month, I attended the opening night of English National Ballet's Swan Lake at the London Coliseum.  I love going to the ballet at Christmas each year, but looking forward to one of my favourite ballets in January is a rather lovely tradition too...

English National Ballet's Swan Lake at the London Coliseum, January 2019 - UK culture & lifestyle blog


15 January 2019

Val Thorens

Am I the tardiest travel blogger in the world?  I may just be.  Because, as I write from the Alps in the middle of our skiing holiday, I'm not sharing photos from today, or even from earlier this week, but from last year's ski trip.  The problem with blogging just for the fun of it, as opposed to content arranged with brands, is that there's no real urgency: one year on, the mountains are still there.  So, please forgive my tardiness as I share snaps from last January, about our third time in my favourite ski resort: Val Thorens.

Emma Louise Layla, skiing in Les Trois Vallees, France - travel & lifestyle blog


9 January 2019

Hotel Koh-I Nor, Val Thorens

Last January we headed back to Les Trois Vallées for eight days in the largest ski resort (and one of my favourites places) in the world.  We were last there in 2016 and stayed in Val Thorens again, this time at the luxurious Hotel Koh-I Nor.

Emma Louise Layla at Le Diamont Noir, Hotel Koh-I Nor in Val Thorens, Les Trois Vallees - luxury travel blog
wearing Sandro Pearl Embellished Peplum Sweater


5 January 2019

Berlin Christmas Markets

And just like that, it's all over.  As the time has come to pack away the decorations for another year, I'm reminiscing about our trip to Berlin for the Christmas markets last winter.  We were in an Uber on the way to Tegel airport when the driver checked which terminal our flight would be going from, and informed us that it was in fact cancelled due to the snow at Heathrow, despite the British Airways app saying otherwise.  Hours on the phone to BA and a long queue at the airport later, we were rebooked on the earliest available flight and our three day weekend became five days.  Stressful at the time, but rather nice having an extra 48 hours in one of my favourite cities.

Emma Louise Layla at the Hackesche Höfe in Berlin at Christmas - travel & lifestyle blog

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