Monday, 28 July 2014

Drinks For Hot Days

It's been a hot few weeks and if you're getting bored of your usual refreshments here are a few ideas to make things a bit more fun and that are perfect for summer entertaining. 

Pop strawberries in to your ice cube tray for these summery additions to your drink.   

Top tip:  To get super clear ice to show up the fruit use boiled water!



Lots of ice, lemonade, with a sprig of lavender...bliss!


Add fresh sprigs of mint in to ice cube trays...


Or pomegranate...
 
 

Ice lollies over Prosecco....



 
Let us know how you get on. 






Friday, 25 July 2014

Fashion Friday: Summer Green

We are in for another hot weekend and this outfit is perfect for evening cocktails.

It's a combination of sale and new season which includes my favourite designer Malene Birger, a snippet of Vivienne Westwood's new collection, a bargain sale bag from Whistles and some classic comfy 'wear with anything' shoes from Carvela.    

Malene Birger Earrings | £39
Malene Birger Trousers | £94
Vivienne Westwood Top | £190
Whistles Clutch | £75
Carvela at John Lewis Shoes | £59
What will you be wearing this weekend?

Thursday, 24 July 2014

The Mirror Affect

I'm a bit of a mirror junky, I love them in every room, in fact I have them in every room in my home, even my kitchen!  Now this addiction is not at all in a vain sense, but instead, in a styling sense. 

The main pro's of popping a mirror on the wall are:


1.  They make the space look bigger

2.  You can buy so many fabulous styles, so they are more like a thing of beauty than a functional accessory.

Here are a few of my favourite ways to accessorise a room with mirrors.

A fabulous triple mirror threat in this bathroom...


A mirrored wall in this bathroom crates the illusion of ample space and reflects the light.


 I love, love, love mirrored furniture and this piece is gorgeous...


No dressing table would be complete without a mirror.  This one is so elegant.


This simple shaped mirror creates the feeling of space.


This mirrored bed is just fabulous!


Do you love mirror?

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

We Recommend: Bazaar Velvet, Luxury Rugs





I have recently been blown away by the pure gorgeousness of Bazaar Velvet's rug collection, you are literally spoilt for choice!  But here are some of my favourite looks...


But if you want something a little more daring than my choices, then Bazaar Velvet have just launched a new 'Street Art' rug collection.  Not only are they made from the best natural materials, (Himalayan wool, with elements of Chinese silk), but the graffiti element will add a pop of urban chic to any room in your home.





Each rug has an underlying grittiness, but tied together with fabulous luxury. 


These plainer styles are an easier transition in to your home, but would still make a wonderful statement piece.  Just team with minimal accessories and plain walls...



Sunday, 20 July 2014

Fashion Saviour: Breton Stripes

Breton stripes are a true fashion classic and look so fresh season-upon-season.  This week I'm pairing mine with the Jamie Ripped White Jeans from Topshop (albeit the maternity version!), these fab espadrilles that I picked up in the sale, and the stylish 'goes with absolutely everything' leather necklace from Butterfly Lane.

TOP | £38.95 BRETON
NECKLACE | £35 BUTTERFLY LANE
JEANS | £42 TOPSHOP
SHOES | £75 KURT GEIGER
BAG | £1.995 ANYA HINDMARCH



I'm a massive Anya Hindmarch fan and have been collecting her bags for years.  I think 'The Vaughan' is such a great style and is definitely on my wish list.  It comes in a multitude of colours for the new season too, including a gorgeous two tone style.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Travel: Byblos Bootcamp, St Tropez

I love St Tropez, the shopping, the boats, the glamour!  So you could imagine my excitement when I heard about the new luxury bootcamp being held at Hotel Byblos.  


So you can now head to St Tropez to flex your muscles not only your purse strings as Hotel Byblos has launched a new bootcamp, called Rebuilding, where you can rejuvenate in blissful and luxurious surroundings.  Participants are served a healthy breakfast by the pool followed by a walk through the glorious Presqu'ile, followed by a non-alcoholic lunch, a recovery session at the Sisley Spa (oh la la)...
 

Sisley Spa

....a one hour of one-to-one coaching, then a dinner at the Rivea by Alain Ducasse restaurant. 

 
This definitely sounds like my kind of bootcamp, you just need to decide on how long to stay! 

Plus the package includes access to the heated outdoor swimming pool and hammam.  Summertime healthly bliss, kindly served up by Hotel Byblos!  I'm booking a spot now...

For all enquiries visit the Hotel Byblos website here. 










Saturday, 12 July 2014

A Quick & Easy Summer Scallop Salad


This summery Thai style salad is so easy to make and tastes full of fresh flavours.  

To Serve Four:

Ingredients:

Scallops - I usually allow four per person
Half a cucumber
Half a red onion
2 Oranges
1 Lime
Fish sauce
1 chilli

A hand full of mint leaves

Method:

1.  Simply sear up enough scallops for 4 people until you get a nice crust on the outside of them without overcooking the inside.

2.  Set the scallops aside while cutting up half an English cucumber into matchsticks, slicing up thinly 1/2 a medium red onion (or 2 medium shallots), and sectioning 2 oranges.

3.  Toss everything together in a bowl. Add some lime juice and fish sauce to taste. Throw in some chopped up chilies and cilantro or mint leaves.  Done!


Let me know how you get on.