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16 Nov 2017

FOUNTAINHEAD RETREAT- just what the doctor ordered

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This is what happened when I went for a break on my own.. 

It was paradise on earth! Actually at the Fountainhead Retreat in Andalusia..

Read my article for Flush magazine here:

 

22 Sep 2017

A HOTEL FIT FOR A FASHIONISTA

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HOME FROM HOME IN TOWER HILL

New client, new hotel!

Check out my review of the fabulous and very fashion friendly hotel, Motel One in Tower Hill London, which I did for Movie Comps here:

Motel One, London – Home from Home in Tower Hill

20 Jul 2017

THERE’S MORE THAN MAMA MIA IN SKIATHOS GREECE

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I love Greece. Fact! 

It’s got everything I need for the perfect, peaceful break- sea, sun, sand, sardines, surf.. and a blaring Mama Mia soundtrack!!! 

Although don’t let that put you off. 

If you like beaches, sunsets, amazing food and massages, I would highly recommend the Skiathos Princess resort.. it’s the perfect base for a Robinson Crusoe adventure and learning how to paddle board. 

Read what I got up to here- when I went on my five star adventure for The Bespoke Black Book…

http://www.thebespokeblackbook.com/skiathos/

 

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

Loire Valley_FlushMagazine

 

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

 

02 May 2017

TAKE TIME OUT TO TRAVEL, IT’S GOOD FOR YOU!

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TRAVEL WRITING and a bit of photography

So far (ignoring the freelancer’s nemesis bank holidays), the last month has been pretty hectic even in my diary! Not that I am complaining… Two press trips and research for designer Michiko Koshino, whilst putting together the latest issue of 55Pages. If anyone can do it, I can. 

First up was the most amazing place I have ever visited so far- the tropical island of Nevis in the Caribbean- and as I haven’t visited any others (yet), this has certainly set the precedent, and taking photographs of the sunsets (and sunrises) has got me well hooked! 

This was closely followed by a trip to Tunisia, which is relaxing in a different way. Watch this space for a spa review. Famous for their thalassa treatments, I was an eager guinea pig to find out more.. and ended up haggling for a bird cage in the medina..

What with press days, interviewing Clean Eating Food Guru Stacie Stewart and juggling research for Michiko, I really feel like I could do with a holiday..Erm, not that press trips are holidays at all. (Obvs).

10 Feb 2017

LHOUETTE ‘POST URBAN GLAMOUR’ art for the twenty first century

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POST URBAN GLAMOUR AT 45 PARK LANE

Street art is no longer the bane of the city councillor’s life- forever being bleached off walls, only to return like annoying funghi.

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The transient nature of the fast paced lives we are leading, and the popular culture references that litter our lives, are steadily being transformed into works of art. 

The latest collection by artist Lhouette is case in point. Taking some of society’s most recognisable symbols and popular culture creations, he has worked them into beautifully juxtaposed artworks. 

The boy from Luton works figurines from his youth, including Officer Dibble, Top Cat and Luke Skywalker into a pastiche of commentary on urban life. 

With large and smaller scale assets to his collection, you can see the current exhibition at London’s premiere art hotel, 45 Park Lane. Enjoy the atmosphere, and a cocktail, and if you are considering building up your own treasures of contemporary art, all pieces are available to buy in limited edition until March 26th. 

For more, see www.lhouette.com

And the Post Urban Glamour range can be viewed here: www.dorchestercollection.com

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11 Nov 2016

THE VINEYARD- A HOTEL FOR WINE LOVERS

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Check out what I got up to at the very aptly named ‘The Vineyard’ Hotel in Berkshire. Cue there was wine involved… And a spa!

The Vineyard Hotel in Newbury

22 Sep 2016

Happy memories at Hartwell House Hotel

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Hartwell House is fit for a Queen

Live like a Queen, and take a well-deserved break at King Louis XVIII’s, 17th century British base- Hartwell House.

Now is the perfect time for a weekend break in the UK. Even if the weather is a tad temperamental, it is always a treat to jump in the car and head out of town for some R & R.

Hartwell House is the ideal place to visit for some peace and tranquillity; It is also steeped in history, and only a one-hour drive from London, situated in the market town of Aylesbury; This makes it perfect for fidgets/shopaholics, as you can fill your boots at the curio shops in the quaint town or hit bargain hunter’s paradise Bicester Village which is a 25-minute drive away….

Read my full review for Stylenest here

15 Aug 2016

SUMMERTIME IN THE SWISS ALPS

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If you are looking for an active break, Switzerland should well and truly be on your radar for the summer.

With it’s rolling mountains (still capped with snow), and incredible lakes, it has lots to offer the explorer, bike enthusiast, hiker and wannabe paddle boarder;

There is also plenty of apres-sport available. Along with some serious shopping.

Read more on my travel feature for Stylenest here.

04 Aug 2016

HARTWELL HOUSE HOTEL AND SPA

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I won’t lie to you, I always enjoy a spa trip

So when I got asked to go and sample the Jacobean mansion that is known in the biz as Hartwell House, I was very excited indeed!

A mere hour away from London, I had no shortage of friends with cars who made themselves available on the Monday night of my visit. I plumped for my bessie Chris and we headed north, stopping only once for a wee stop! So it must have been very close indeed.

I was booked in for a facial, but alas we were running late, so I had a 23rd hour change of plan and went for an invigorating full body massage instead.  In my head, this made sense as then I could finish off my indulgence in the pool, jacuzzi and steam room! Result.

Dinner was a grandiose affair, so I’m glad we brought our glad rags! And even though I ate enough calories to fill me up for 48 hours, I sampled the full English brekkie the next day too. Yum.

Come with a friend, and make a friend for life. After all, what happens in a hot tub in Aylesbury stays there….

Keep your peepers on Stylenest for my full review.