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Fashion, Hotels, Travel

#MoroccoInStyle: Casablanca

#MoroccoInStyle: Casablanca

Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all of the world? She walks into mine. There couldn’t have been a more fitting welcome to the city of Casablanca than the famous quote from the classic movie lit up in neon in the lobby bar of the Sofitel Tour Blanche when we arrived on the second leg of our #MoroccoInStyle trip (see part 1 here). The journey brought us from Mazagan Beach Resort to the city, where we were […]

May 1, 2013 × 3 comments

Hotels, Travel

#MoroccoInStyle: Mazagan Beach Resort

#MoroccoInStyle: Mazagan Beach Resort

Just days after returning from my trip to Marakkech, I was on my way back to Morocco on a work trip, as the Moroccan tourism board had invited me and 6 other bloggers to discover Casablanca and Rabat with them. Royal Air Maroc whisked us away to Casablanca on a Sunday eve (we even had our own welcome sign at the airport – a first!) and we arrived late at night at our first stop of our busy schedule. Mazagan is […]

April 19, 2013 × 6 comments

Hotels, Travel

Taj

Hotel Review: Taj Palace, Marrakech

I spent a couple of days with my family in sunny Marrakech over the Christmas break (see my other Marrakech post here) and got to stay in the most beautiful hotel I’ve ever set foot in, the brand new Taj Palace Marrakech. The hotel is set over a grand 55 acres in the Palmeraie area of Marrakech with the snowy Atlas mountains in the background, and perfectly fuses Moroccan and Indian styles together in the ultimate luxurious setting. It’s taken […]

January 11, 2013 × 3 comments

Hotels, London, Travel

The Hoxton Hotel, London

The Hoxton Hotel, London

Over the past couple of years, I think I’ve come to know the Hoxton Hotel quite well: I’ve gone to a number of events and dinners in its meeting rooms. I’ve spent many late nights having drinks in the lobby bar. I’ve had brunch/lunch/dinner in the Grill. I’ve sent dozens of Belgian friends looking for a fun, trendy and affordable hotel in the Hoxton’s direction – my point being, although I knew the Hoxton pretty well, I never had the […]

November 20, 2012 × 7 comments

Food, Hotels, London

Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea at The Sanderson

Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea at The Sanderson

If you’re looking for something original and fun to do with friends or (girl)friends when you’re in London, look no further than The Sanderson’s Mad Hatter’s Tea. This is not just an ordinary afternoon tea – nope, this is a slightly whacky Alice in Wonderland inspired afternoon tea! Rainbow coloured sandwiches, magic blueberry lollipops, traditional scones and a delicious cocktail or glass of bubbly are just a few of the exciting treats part of this finger-licking adventure. I was lucky […]

October 3, 2012 × 7 comments

Food, Hotels, London

Sanderson Hotel, London

Sanderson Hotel, London

The Room: Philippe Starck weightsObligatory bathroom mirror self-portrait Agua Spa Mad Hatter’s Tea Party Sanderson Sessions & Dinner at SukaSaint Lou Lou at the Sanderson Sessions Right after the craziness of London Fashion Week, I was invited to visit the infamous Sanderson hotel for a little staycation: a relaxing treatment at the gorgeous Agua Spa, a Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea, dinner and a gig at Suka restaurant and lush, giant bed to collapse in was exactly what the doctor ordered. […]

October 1, 2012 × 6 comments

Food, Hotels

Restaurant Review: Trullo

Restaurant Review: Trullo

There’s Italian, and then there’s Italian. Trullo is most definitely the latter. Trullo is a discreet Italian restaurant a mere stone’s throw away from the busy Highbury and Islington junction in North London. Opened in 2010 by Tim Siadatan, a graduate from Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen, it has quietly captured the heart of locals and foodies alike. Being an Islington girl myself, I jumped at the opportunity to review the restaurant. If Trullo is modest outside, it is equally unassuming on […]

July 17, 2012 × 11 comments

Food, Hotels

Suda Thai Mango Masterclass

Suda Thai Mango Masterclass

Did you know June was Mango Month? Nope, me neither, but apparently now is when they’re at their best. In the UK (or anywhere else in Europe for that matter) mango is still quite an exotic fruit we don’t quite know how to cut/eat/use in recipes. Since I started dating an Aussie and traveling there, I’ve learned the difference between a ripe and unripe mango, the proper way to slice and eat them. He told me the Aussies even have […]

June 1, 2012 × 2 comments

Fashion, Hotels, Travel

Hotel Review: Le General, Paris

Hotel Review: Le General, Paris

When in Paris with Farfetch a few weeks ago, we stayed in Hotel Le General, a lovely little boutique hotel in the heart of Le Marais. Behind the unassuming classic French exterior is a bright and cosy lobby with a great bar/breakfast room. The bowls full of sweeties left on the bar was a great treat, if not a little too tempting… My room overlooked a quiet little courtyard, which made it hard to believe we were in central Paris. […]

May 28, 2012 × 4 comments

Food, Hotels

Alex Loves Chambord!

Alex Loves Chambord!

I love Chambord. Whenever I see the beautiful bottle anywhere, I get such fond memories of my first few seasons at London Fashion Week, where we’d always get a glass of champagne with Chambord before each show (oh, how times have changed!). So when they approached me to do a little video with them for their Facebook page, I of course jumped at the opportunity. Talking about fashion whilst sipping one of my favourite drinks? Yes, please! I even *almost* […]

March 14, 2012 × 2 comments

Art, Design & Music, Fashion, Hotels

Hotel Missoni Edinburgh

Hotel Missoni Edinburgh

Last weekend I headed up to Edinburgh for the first time, to explore, relax, shop and visit. When looking for which hotel to stay in, the choice was pretty obvious: Edinburgh is home to the first Hotel Missoni, which opened in 2009. I’ve never stayed in a “fashion hotel” before, so I was intrigued to see just how much of the brand’s signature style would be incorporated in the hotel. The answer? It’s like taking a walk inside Creative Director […]

March 14, 2012 × 7 comments

Hotels, Personal Favourites

Hotel Review: One Aldwych

Hotel Review: One Aldwych

Last weekend I was invited by the lovely folks at One Aldwych to come stay in their gorgeous Central London hotel and experience their Moët Movies night in. One Aldwych is a five-star hotel based in the heart of Covent Garden, a stone’s throw away from the theatres and hustle and bustle of the Piazza, but also, and more importantly, Somerset House – in my dreams, this is where I’d stay during London Fashion Week! It’s part of The Leading […]

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February 7, 2012 × 6 comments