Wednesday, 29 October 2014

A Night Of Magic

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Do you have one of those friends who you may not have spoken too in years but when you finally meet, it’s like no time has passed?

I’ve really come to appreciate the power of friendship lately. Not just those who flit n and out of your life, but those who you can call up when the shit hits the fan, or just go for a girl drink with to chat about your new found love for Made in Chelsea.

Becky is that. Technically we’ve known each other 5 years as we lived next door to each other on campus in first year of university, however it wasn’t properly till 4th year when we actually lived together that we became friends.

For the past year I’ve been down here in London and she’s been up north and so we lost touch a bit. Yet low and behold here she is, down in London for good for a kick ass job with Cadburys. Chocolate heaven no?

After 1 year apart, we had so much to catch up on, and so we headed to the W hotel in Leicester square for some cocktails and catch ups.

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Catching a lift up to the Wyld bar, you instantly step into a glitz lounge.

I think it was definitely pencil skirt worthy- I told you I was a little bit obsessed. My latest buy comes from River Island of all places and it’s a little bit naughty- its PVC. Ooh err *wink*

My necklace is new from Topshop too. Sadly my Zara caution clutch and my favourite shoes in the world are no longer for sale, but for more crazy crazy designs, check out Kandee.

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While pretty glam and a little show off-y (err hello disco ball tower), The Wyld bar is quite relaxed. With huge sprawling sofas to recline on, with little coffee tables to stow a cocktail or two, it makes the perfect relaxed night for chatting away with friends. 

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Getting in the first round of drinks, we opted both for the Bubble-gum. A sugary muddle of strawberry’s and marshmallows.

Not having seen each other for so long, Becky didn’t fully understand the world of blogging, so it was great to explain and yet also nice not feel that pressure sometimes you get from people who think bloggers are a strange breed. You know the judgemental eyes, as if to say, what are you?

Yet free meals could wait its turn, let’s talk about free chocolate! Ok not really free, but Becky has just started working in sales for Cadburys with her own fleet of shops to manage. You know that feeling when a friend does really well for themselves? Well I couldn’t be more proud of Becky. Out of my other housemates, she worked the hardest, applying for graduate jobs and attending interviews. Finally her hard work has paid off.

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We vaguely became aware of someone coming over to our table. Cards in hand and a strange miniature brief case.

He introduced himself as Oliver B, a magician with some serious credentials behind him. Having entertained the likes of One Direction, Ed Sheeran and the whole of The Brit Awards, we were intrigued. He started with the usual name of the card which still fails to amaze me. Yet when the card started to fly, that’s when we were hooked.

I know magic isn’t real, and there has to be some kind of backstage work going on, but I still fall in love with the fantasy for that one moment, things are not as they seem. 

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We tried to get back to our lazy cocktail chats, yet we were too giddy after that to bother chatting about trivial things like what TV we were hooked on. We were hooked on magic instead.

So off we went in hunt of Oliver B.

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Grabbing him by the lifts, like a couple of fan girls we asked him to do some more magic. This time upping his game. And of course, he rose to the magical challenge.

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Turns out we needed have been so fan girl with him as he actually works every Tuesday at The Wyld Bar, wowing drinkers all night.

Unlike the mysterious Dynamo (who happens to be his friend by the way) he was as friendly as could be. Randomly I even got a book recommendation of him which I've since bought. Stranger meetings have occurred.

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Of course, cards are OK, but I had to go ask him to make something fly. Well I mean Harry Potter was a magician of sorts, and he could make things fly!

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OK, fair play to you Sir.

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So magic may be an illusion, but isn't that half the magic of it. Being swept up in something other than plain, visible reality, for one moment?

With this in mind, Becky and I left the poor man alone as we stepped away into the night, with a sense of magic in us. 

I'd definitely go check him out at The Wyld Bar next time you need a girls catch up. Forget traditional cocktails now, I want mine with added magic from now on.

W Hotel
10 Wardour Street,

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Monday, 27 October 2014

Crocker's Folly Media Dinner

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Every so often, there is something that gets the media excited. A new restaurant that offers something a little different, causing the media to assemble together. A little like the Avengers- only a bit less cool. Sorry Media. 

Tonight, the call was from Crocker's Folly. Crocker's Folly is a Grade II building in St John's Wood that was built in 1898. Legend goes that Frank Crocker built the pub to serve the new terminus of The Great Central Railway, but when it was actually built it was over half a mile away at Marylebone Station, leading to his ruin and eventual suicide.

Left unattended for years, its finally had a revival and out flocked the masses to celebrate. 

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The interior is stunning. With originally marble walls, grand roaring fireplaces and ornate, mesmerising chandeliers. It is simple beautiful inside. Certainty no railway pub I've ever visited.

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While we waited to be seated at our table, we talked shop, food and of course made use of the fully stocked bar. 

It also gives me a little chance to talk clothes with you. 

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My love for pencil skirts rages on, with this ASOS number sadly no longer in stock. However we have to talk heels of course. You don't tend to get yellow heels too much, however they really do cause people to stop and stare. Kandee shoes have sold out of these with the black spikes, but you can get them in all yellow with yellow spikes still.

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Soon we were called to our designated seats to let the really magic happen. The food.

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To start with I had wild mushroom gnocchi with leeks and goats cream foam. I've actually been eating a quite a bit of gnocchi at home on my days not at events, as I usually get in late from work, I just want something quick and easy.

This however was a different league. It was fluffy and light, and gave non of that stodgy feeling you can get after the packet stuff. The leeks were fried which gave great texture, but it had to be the sauce. Goat cream is just so good. So naughty, but so worth it. .

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After chatting to my fellow dinner opposite me, I got a quick snap of his octopus and spelt starter as it just looked so beauitful.

Turned out he was the food editor of the Financial Times. No pressure then.

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After a short break, it was onto mains. For me it had to be pork belly. Pork belly can be done terribly, but thankfully this was one of the best. Sliced through like butter, it had the rich and flavoursome fat without that horrible grisly texture. While it doesn't come with any 'carbs' trust me, this is rich and filling enough. The flavour stands on its own very well.

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The fabulous, but intimate room was filled with the sound of journalists comparing notes on the taste of the wine, and swapping pieces of steak for pork belly.

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But of course, the room fell usually silent when the puddings were served. Chocolate tends to have that effect on people, no?

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Turns out food journalists really do take their food seriously, and before I knew it, it was 11:30pm. Still, there is always time for more food talk and the swapping of opinions on what really happened to Mr Crocker. Was he pushed? Did he trip? Or something more elaborate with hostile forces and the railway?

Either way, there was unanimous opinion on the food and setting of Crocker's Folly. It is a triumph and a welcome return to St Johns Wood.

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Smiles guaranteed.

Book now online here: Booking Form

Crocker's Folly
23–24 Aberdeen Place,
St John's Wood,
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Thursday, 23 October 2014

Myla's 15th Birthday Party

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"Lingerie is one of the most important pieces of your wardrobe. You can have a wardrobe malfunction if you don't choose the right thing to wear underneath"
Adriana Lima
And who knows better about the importance of lingerie than a Victoria's Angel?

On Tuesday it was Myla's 15th Birthday party and so in celebration they were throwing a bit of a party. Drinks, cake, music, it's like any other birthday party really- except maybe a bit sexier. So much sexier. 

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Heading in we sipped on cocktails and champagne. Mine had to be Johnnie Walker. I've got a love affair going on right now with them. Seriously, girls, this ones for you. Mix with lime and elderflower and its a sweet, sweet cocktail. 

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All around us, mingling in and out were lingerie glad beauties. We got a sneak peak at Myla's Spring 15 collection which was draped on the models. If you fall in love with it, it's on sale in January. 

Myla are know for their exquisite detailing and touches of luxury, and I can only go and say I think they have excelled themselves here, It was just perfect.

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The designers themselves. Round of applause for the ladies! 

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This ones mine! I'm just in love.

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After I'd enough time eye balling the models, I mean lingerie, it was time to get dressed ready for spring.

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Do I make a good hippy love child?

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Flowers securely pinned in, it was time to get this party started! Hit it Laura Whitmore!

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Sorry can I just say, wow to these two?! I'm practically intimidated by how frigging gorgeous they are. Some people get all the genes.

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Of course no party would be complete without a photobooth.

Except this ones a little bit special. How would you fancy winning a photo shoot with only award winning master photographer Rankin? Err hell yes! I could give those models a run for my money then!

Well my friends, the photo booth is travelling around London's bars, with it currently in Steam and Rye. Hop in, take some KK worthy selfies and upload to Instagram with the #goldcelebration

Well you got to be in it to win it, so here's mine.

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Of course I was right royally out done by the models.

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Clearly they didn't want me to join in.

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We danced, and drank like it was our best friends birthday. It would be rude not to show the birthday girl a good time after all.

Late, I stepped outside for my taxi, a hoard of paparazzi outside waiting to pounce- only for them to sign and put their cameras away. Shot down eh! Well I know some men who won't shoot me down later. Mr Ben & Jerrys. Take that Papz. 
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