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14 Jan 2018

AS GWEN SAYS, I’M JUST A GIRL…IN DUBAI

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RENAISSANCE DOWNTOWN HOTEL DUBAI. WHAT A LAUNCH PARTY!

After a loooooong over night stopover flight and a suitcase change, I transformed myself from a Canadian snow baby into a rock chick (albeit a very tired one) to hit the all singing, all dancing launch- with Gwen Stefani, of the stunning five star, Renaissance Downtown Hotel in Dubai. 

Thankfully day one involved nothing more than relaxing by the rooftop pool, and then I embraced the culture! 

Read my review for Flush magazine here:

I’m Just a Girl (in Dubai)

11 Jan 2018

WINTER IS WHISTLER IS LOTS OF FUN

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WHEN I WENT TO WHISTLER, I ENJOYED A LOT MORE THAN THE FILM FESTIVAL

Not being a boarder (yet) I soaked up the arts and culture and best open air snow spa I have ever been to.

Read  what I got up to for Flush magazine here: 

 

Film, Fondue & Fun in Whistler 2017

13 Dec 2017

TRAVEL, FASHION AND A MAGAZINE LATER…

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CANADA, DUBAI AND THAILAND AND ISSUE 13 OF 55PAGES

November flew by in a whirl! I have spent the last five weeks pulling together all the copy and shooting fashion for 55Pages, as well as styling the campaign imagery for luxe jewellery brand Dower & Hall and dressing the Welsh footie team in their new kit for Adidas.. my feet haven’t touched the ground!

Oh and I also managed to squeeze in a couple of press trips to the Whistler Film Festival in Canada, and the star studded Renaissance Downtown Hotel opening party (with Gwen Stefani natch!) in Dubai, and a three night whirlwind visit to the latest hotel in the stable- RenPatt in Thailand. 

Not that I am complaining! Variety is the spice, and I have come back with a corking winter tan! 

Thirteen different countries this year.. I wonder what 2018 has in store!

 

Check out my shoot for 55Pages with my fabulous fashion hubbie Christopher Sims here:

 

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