Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé 50th Birthday Party

Monday, 30 April 2018

“There comes a time in every woman’s life when the only thing that helps is a glass of champagne.” –Bette Davis
I feel like I would get on well with Bette Davis. 

There is definitely something about champagne that just makes everything a little bit better. Wether its to aid a celebration, or to help pick yourself up after a bad day, us women (and men too, to be fair) are in love with a glass of champagne. 

Over the years, I've drank my fair amount of champagne- I know, I know, a tough job eh- and I've tired many, many brands, but there is one that stands out head and shoulders above the rest, and that is Laurent-Perrier. 

Laurent-Perrier is a brand I was properly introduced to about 3 years ago, and it really is exceptional. Founded in 1812, it is still a family run champagne house, and I can truly say this as I've been lucky enough to work with them on many occasions, that they really are dedicated to their art. 

Laurent-Perrier have many varieties including brut, ultra brut and vintages, but there is one very special one that is my absolute favourite; Cuvée Rosé, and I was very excited to help celebrate it's 50th birthday last week. 

Cuvée Rosé is as the name suggest, a Rosé variety and so the party was a truly pink affair, and how beautiful does it look! 

Held at the Rumpus Room in the Mondrian hotel, the decorations were amazing. I couldn't stop taking photos!

And here is the birthday girl, the delicious Cuvée Rosé. 

If you haven't tried it yet, you have to. It's sweet, refreshing yet crisp and well, extremely drinkable. 

As well as Cuvée Rosé flowing, there was another champagne treat; Cuvée Rosé filled Doughnut Time, doughnuts! I had heard such good things about these doughnuts with apparently queues round the block when they first opened in London yet I hadn't actually tried one until that night. 

Oh boy, I'm not over exaggerating when I say they are fantastic. I deeply regret giving away my second one to my boyfriend...

Black Bodysuit (Similar) // Wrap Bow Skirt (Gold Sold Out, Black Here) // Bow Heels Here

Cheers old girl. You look half your age!

Overlooking London, Rumpus Room is such a great bar. Again, I’d never been, but I’m going to head back for some Saturday drinks as I can imagine the terrace being fantastic in the summer.

As the night wore on, the drinks flowed, the music grew louder and the real party started. 

I’d love to say I was the first to get up and dance, but I found the popcorn machine in the corner, and well, you know me, that’s where my priorities lie. 

Also can we talk about champagne and popcorn? What a great combination. I really think cinemas are missing a trick here, can you imagine, it would be movie heaven. 

Sadly before the clocks turned midnight I too had to leave. Not for a magic spell but simply for a train as I had work the next day. Oh what a fairytale. 

Laurent-Perrier continues to be my favourite champagne and I honestly can’t see anything knocking it off the top spot anytime soon. 

So raise a glass to Cuvée Rose and celebrate its 50th birthday- not that you need an excuse to have a glass, do you? 

Why you should visit Holland (and not just Amsterdam)

Friday, 20 April 2018

When people think of Holland, they probably immediately think of Amsterdam. I can’t blame them, it’s actually one of my favourite places, and I’ve been making a yearly pilgrimage for the last 4 years. However, even though I claimed to be in love with the Dutch life, I had never ventured outside of the city before, so with the intention of making amends I travelled to the west coast and explored the surrounding areas.

A Home From Home Stay At The Arch Hotel, London

Sunday, 15 April 2018

If you live in London, some people might ask why are you staying over in a hotel. There are many reasons, but one of those is that when you've been in a relationship for a long time, it can be nice to have a staycation date night to break up the routine. 

Me and my boyfriend Dan have been together over 4 and a half years and have lived together for 4 of those. We are very much in the routine of things, and own furniture and a car jointly, which is all lovely and grown-up, but we definitely need to mix it up from time to time.

So I chose The Arch hotel in, you guessed it, Marble Arch for our date night staycation. Described as a home from home, it's a gorgeous small boutique hotel in a classic white west London townhouse. It's been open for only 8 years but is already a fixed favourite in the area. With 82 bedrooms and a few little lounges and dens for guests, it's very much a relaxed and welcoming vibe. 

Each bedroom has a unique design, but one that is homely and warm. The owners wife is an interior designer, so each room is carefully decorated by her.

My room though had the best design if I do say so myself. A mix of teals and bright oranges, it certainly drew the eye. But it was the wallpaper that I fell in love with. 

Just look at it. It's blooming gorgeous! 

Our beautiful room had the hugest bed, it must be a super king and it was oh so comfy I can tell you. Enough so that I basically passed out on it after dinner as soon as I lay on it! 

Also which I didn't take a photo of which I wish I had was the lamp in the corner. It was a Paul Smith X Anglepoise lamp which made me very happy as me and Dan have two of the collection in our house, so it was nice to see someone else with them. Good taste I say. 

I was also really keen to try the onsite restaurant, Hunter 486, as I'd heard good things about it from friends beforehand. 

Once again the design features stood out. The bar area is beautiful, with a centrepiece lighting feature and gorgeous high chairs. I was sneakily making notes for my own house.

Hunter 486 is a laid back brasserie style with an open kitchen so you can watch the chefs prepare the classic but interesting menu.

Both me and Dan opted for burrata with chargrilled vegetables and pesto. If you haven't had burrata you haven't lived. It really is heaven. It's the creamiest cheese you'll ever eat. 

Whilst we waited for our mains, we ordered a round of drinks. Dan had a mojito with a lychee twist and I opted for a cherry and passionfruit cocktail. Both were so refreshing, I might have drank mine in no time at all.

I'd probably say both of us are quite big meat eaters, and so it was a burger and a steak at our table. I can’t cook steak at home, as I can just never get it right. It’s either way undercooked but not in a good way or it’s overdone and tough. So whenever I think somewheres going to do a good steak, I always go for that. And yes, The Arch did meet that.

I probably didn’t need a dessert but Dan convinced me we should share one. Well I don’t need that much convincing. 

This is probably only about the third photo of us in existence. 

In the morning it was breakfast in bed. A full English, a basket of pastries and a large pot of coffee.

Sadly we couldn’t stay forever as we had to get back and be grownups- we had a series of house viewings that afternoon, which is quite exciting although it’s pretty stressful, going from house to house and thinking you’ll never find “the one”. Maybe I’ll just move into The Arch instead? 

Would you buy your clothes from Amazon?

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Amazon, the internet giant is probably an integral part of your life. Who can imagine life before it? I have Amazon Prime TV, I buy hard drives, toilet roll and random gifts from it. I use Kindle and now buy all my books in electronic format now. I have Alexa, although my use of it really leaves it at just a talking clock, but there is no denying Amazon is a big part of my life when you look at it.

But one thing most people probably don't buy is their clothing from there. And I mean fashionable clothing, not just the random list minute hiking socks you need because your boyfriend decided to do a weekend in the hills.

Bow Tie Blouse Here

I have to admit, my initial perception of Amazon and clothing was that its probably dodgy market stall-esque clothing. You know, the knock off Chinese quality types. However Amazon have launched their own in-house brand called Find, to eliminate this.

Amazon Find is set up like any other high street online store. It's a much nicer interface that your typical Amazon search which makes it a better experience browsing, and does take away some of the worries of cheap clothing.

The price point is a mix really. They aren't Primark bargain pricing, but aren't expensive either. I'd probably say maybe a New Look type price point?

The only odd thing is that the prices often are different with different sizes which is quite annoying. A size 8 can be £15 and a size 10 can be £26. I don’t really understand that and I do think if they want to really be competitive with your ASOS types then they need to remove that and have consistent pricing. 

High Neck Stripe Blouse Here

The quality varies, but so does the price point of these, so you can get an idea I'd say from that. I got a mesh skirt of £7 but to be honest it really does look, well, like a £7 mesh skirt... Yet the blouses I have are of good material, the shirt is nice and stiff and has a good, flattering shape to it. The leather shoes are really nice actually, although as they are real leather they were more expensive at £50 but you'd pay that and more at Topshop. Again, I’d say it’s in line with New Look for quality. 

Leather Court Shoes Here

Shop my looks above.

Credit: Rebecca Carpenter 

Ruffle Sleeve Top Here

So all in all, what are my thoughts? I do like Amazon find. There’s some great pieces to be find and some real gems, although there are also some not so great looking items too, but then you have that with all shops to be honest. 

I’m hoping as they expand that they add in more refining options, such as filter by style and length of dresses etc. As wading through every dress is a bit tidious. Amazon Find  is still in early stages though, but it’s definitely a new shop I’d recommend for some good items that good prices. 

Gifted items included

Lets Talk About Why Its Not OK to Use Bloggers Images Without Permission

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Do you ever write down something, like a title of a post, and think, should I really need to explain this? Well this title is one of those moments.

Should I really need to say to people, hey, it’s not ok to take someone else property and use it for your own personal gain? Because that is what you are doing if you take a bloggers (or any other creative/ photographer/ Instagrammer etc) photos.

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