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14 Jun 2017

THE ART OF FRANCE

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Who doesn’t love a bit of  ‘oooh la la’?? 

I certainly made the most of my basic French when I visited the beautiful Loire Valley for Flush magazine.

See the full feature here

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Heading to The Loire Valley with my history head on, I wasn’t quite sure what delights I was letting myself in for. At a hop skip and short (90 mins) train ride from Paris, the pretty village of Amboise was worth the trek. Winding country roads, and chateaux a plenty, the village is probably best known for its Chateaux du Clos Luce, where Leonardo da Vinci spent his final years, but there are lots of other things to explore for a long weekend too, particularly if you are an outdoorsy sort, or like wine! Both of which appeal to me.

Everyone has heard of the Mona Lisa, but how much do you really know about the man behind her? With A-level art to back me up, I thought I might be teacher’s pet on the art- history part of the tour, but as Leonardo would say, there is always more to learn. In addition to his painting skills, Leonardo was a restless genius in many fields, excelling in whatever he set his mind to.

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He was invited to move in to the King’s estate in Amboise by King Francis I, as he was a great believer in Leonardo da Vinci’s talent. Giving him the title of “Premier Painter, Engineer and Architect of the King” he had a special, if ambiguous friendship with the Italian; Granting him full access to the Château of Cloux, (later known as Clos Luce) which was on the grounds and located only a few meters away from his own castle at Château d’Amboise. It is not known whether they were having a love affair, or whether King Francis just accepted his genius mind. Even with all the diaries and log books from the time, da Vinci’s sex life remains private.

Now open to the public, his home has been fully restored and furnished in the 16th-century style. The final years of his life at Château du Clos Lucé, were seemingly happy times, and he worked on several projects for King Francis, along with two of his trustworthy students. At the time, da Vinci was christened with the moniker “Renaissance Man” along with his contemporary Michelangelo, who was a sculptor, painter, architect and poet. A term which was befitting of both, working on the principle that man is the centre of the universe and has no limits. Knowledge is there to be consumed, questioned and embraced and every man should develop their own capacities for enrichment as fully as possible- which is completely

 

09 Mar 2017

Whiskey in the city at Jackson & Rye

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When I was invited to pop along to a whisky tasting on a Wednesday night, I nearly sobbed! I love whiskey, but too much on a school night could end in disaster! 

However, the fine folk at Jackson & Rye have launched a Flight Night taster sesh on Wednesdays, to give the thirsty public a taster of their fine bourbons, and very fine they are! Read my feature in full for Flush here

26 Oct 2016

GO TO BUDAPEST

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I have just returned from an action packed long weekend of fun, fashion, film and jazz at the ‘CAFe’ Festival in Budapest.

Read my travel feature for Flush magazine here:

Travel: Get into the Swing of Budapest

20 Oct 2016

MERCEDES BENZ CENTRAL EUROPE FASHION WEEK

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Budapest might look like a pretty, historical city on the outside. But dig a bit further and you will find a very cool underground scene, including the newly established Mercedes Benz fashion week. It might only be for a weekend, but it’s early days, but talented, and experimental mens and womenswear designers showcasing in the Atrium on the Danube River, means it might make ripples in the international scene yet!

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I was actually in Budapest for the CAFe (Contemporary Arts Festival) which is a two week showcase of cultural events across the city, and it was great to see another side of Budapest, and eat some of the most delicious pumpkin soup known to man! My taxi driver didn’t know where the pumpkins were sourced, but they were award winning, in my humble opinion!

It also meant that I could try out my new winter booties from Fit Flop. Super comfy, and ultra toasty with their sheepskin lining, they coped with the chilly temperatures perfectly! And were the perfect pairing after my rather ambitious outdoor swim at the Gelert pool and spa!

Watch this space for a full review for Flush magazine….

27 Sep 2016

PETER LINDBERGH AT THE KUNSTHAL, ROTTERDAM

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Imagine Father Christmas, complete with white beard and little round specs, but instead of the red onesie and little helpers, envisage a smiley, rosy cheeked gent in a baseball cap, surrounded by leggy blonde models and you might be somewhere close to the larger than life character and celebrated photographer Peter Lindbergh.

A Different Vision of Fashion Photography: Peter Lindbergh – Kunsthal, Rotterdam

Check out my feature on the Peter Lindbergh exhibition in Rotterdam, on FlushtheFashion now…

05 Sep 2016

FESTIVAL NO 6

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So I went to Wales and took my wellies (thankfully)

I have never had so much fun in the rain!

Festival No 6 in Port Merion in delightfully picturesque North Wales was almost a no-no but I am very pleased I braved the six hour journey, and washout weather forecast for the four days of fun. I could have probably managed five, but work commitments got the better of me.. Watch this space for a full review for Flush magazine, and some serious green eyes envy at my piccies- if you can look beyond the mudfest, you could almost believe you were in Italy.

Hot Chip, Johnny Vegas, Welsh Male Voice Choir and some seriously tasty food. What more do you need at a festival?

 

 

 

23 Jun 2016

Turkish Delights in Southern Turkey

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Turkey is not just for beach lovers 

I was lucky enough to go on a press trip to experience the true Turkish delights a couple of weeks ago.. Read how I go on in my feature for Flush magazine here:

 

Travel: Turkey for the Culture Vultures

 

22 Apr 2016

The Nadler Victoria. A hotel fit for a Queen!

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Home from home in a central London hotel.

And it’s only a stones throw from Buckingham Palace! It goes to show you don’t need a restaurant when your room has a mini kitchen and Nespresso machine, and there are first class restaurants on your doorstep.

This is the new wave of  luxury boutique hotels which is mightly convenient….

Read all about my stay for Flush magazine here:

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05 Apr 2016

Two shoots and a hotel review!

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What a week!!!

Two shoots, two accepted pitches and the cover shoot for 55Pages! Woweee.

 

It was great to mix up my shoots- just what’s needed to keep me on my toes! First was a commercial for The Cartoon Network, so I was buying, begging and customising! And the second shoot was an ten page menswear shoot with a modern military theme. Juggling seems to suit me!

And this was mashed up with a hotel review for the Nadler in Victoria for Flush magazine..Coming soon…And about a zillion press days!

Oh and  check out my first feature on Unmissable. I do get about!

Bananas and Beaches in Borneo

22 Mar 2016

The best caviar this side of Sochi

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It’s tough being asked to sample new restaurants, honest!

But this one in Soho, underneath Ronnie Scotts, was just the right shade of dark and seductive to entince me in. With the promise of Russian Street food, I didn’t really know what to expect, but the nibbles were very easy to digest, and like Arnie, ‘I’ll be back’!

Read my review for Flush magazine here:

www.flushthefashion.com/food

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