April can be a bit of a mixed bag weather-wise in the UK but luckily there were plenty of fantastic moments to take my mind off the arctic temperatures! With trips to Andalucia in Spain and the Golden Circle in Iceland, my luxury April adventures were something really special. I was delighted to be named one of Vuelio’s top 3 UK luxury travel blogs – they’re the world’s largest media database and experts at engaging with influencers.
I was fortunate to attend a preview of Chaplin’s World, the brand new museum in Switzerland in the iconic star’s former home. Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild on the French Riviera also has a very homely feel to it and is well worth a visit. For a relaxing day out, you can’t beat lunch at Chelsea icon, Daphne’s, followed by a visit to the Botticelli at the V&A exhibition. It’s one of the hottest tickets in town! I also loved the Painting the Modern Garden exhibition at the Royal Academy, with some spectacular works from famous and lesser known artists.
I met up with the very fun Chloe at the equally fun showcase of American Tourister‘s new luggage collection at the Getty Images Gallery. If you haven’t been, it’s well worth a visit – the current exhibition, Poolside, is dedicated to the work of American photographer Slim Aarons and a very fitting backdrop for American Tourister’s new range. Their products are durable but surprisingly affordable and include some very quirky Star Wars suitcases!
I met up with a bevy of digital influencers at Duke of York Square, starting with a tour of Taschen bookshop and finishing with a delicious dinner at Manicomio.
I’ve also just been to a fantastic SEO workshop run by Tamar, and lastly, it’s always a pleasure to meet up with Angie and we exchanged travel tips over lunch recently at Villandry in St James.
In an effort to get on top form for the Summer, I tried out a new supergreens powder, VITL Greens, delivered direct to your door. Launched by well-known supplement brand VITL, it contains 16 nutrient dense superfoods including kale, goji berries, spirulina and flaxseed. When you consider that 70% of adults don’t meet the 5-a-day recommended intake of fruit and vegetables, it’s a great way to top up your diet. I found it quite tasty and you can also mix it into a juice or add to meals. It gives a real boost to energy levels and the immune system and I also noticed a significant improvement in my usually flaky nails. It’s also said to improve hair and skin condition with continued use. They offer a free 6 day trial so you’ve got nothing to lose by giving it a go.
I don’t know about you, but my hair tends to be a bit on the dry side, so I was excited to hear about celebrity hairdresser Richard Ward’s Chelsea Collection. With clients including Kate Middleton and the cast of Made in Chelsea, he’s an expert not just in cutting and colouring but also in improving hair condition. I particularly liked their anti-ageing argan elixir which gave a very sleek finish. Another handy product is the anti-ageing 10 in 1 multi-tasking styling spritz. It’s great for plumping up your locks in between styling sessions.
As for Duck & Dry, I’ve been meaning to try out their blow dry bar for a while, it’s one of the best in London. Now you can recreate their blow dry at home with an innovative product line crafted in Somerset from natural ingredients such as honey, shea butter and coconut oil. I prefer paraben and sulphate free toiletries so this is music to my ears! Their Blow Dry in a Bottle volume spray was really easy to use and combined with their Instant TLC leave-in conditioner, my hair was looking healthier and shiny in next to no time.
My last hair life-saver is a root retouch palette from The Hair Experts, convenient for travelling and available exclusively at Boots.
This month was jam-packed with travel, starting with a relaxing staycation at the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square, checking out both its bars! Then it was off to Andalucia in Spain on a leisurely road trip. We started with the iconic Alhambra, Granada and continued to Jaen, Ubeda, Carmona, Cordoba and Seville. We took part in a DSLR photography class there that gave us some great pointers on improving our action and night shots.
It’s always fun going away with friends and family, so I rounded up 10 best worldwide destinations for group getaways. Finally, we had a real gastronomic adventure exploring Iceland’s Golden Circle with Hotel Ranga. It’s one country that you don’t want to miss!
WINING AND DINING
We had a real seafood feast at One-O-One Knightsbridge, and travelled around the world in a day at Mr Fogg’s Tavern. I enjoyed a playful afternoon tea at the St James’s Hotel and Club and a very entertaining evening at 1001 Nights at Buddha-Bar London. I indulged in some full moon cocktails and star gazing at GŎNG Shangri-La London, as well as a champagne afternoon tea at the cosy Kensington Hotel. Yet that’s not the end of my foodie adventures in April – I’ll be writing about a healthy dinner at Hally’s in Parsons Green, supper in Shepherd’s Market and this delicious lunch at THIRTY SIX by Nigel Mendham at Dukes London.
COMING SOON IN MAY
I’m heading to Paris, a city that I know well having lived there. Its resilience and hidden gems never cease to surprise me. Later in the month, I’ll return to France and to the iconic Film Festival in Cannes, where I’ll be reporting from the red carpet – can’t wait! We’ll also get some rest and relaxation in the picturesque county of Somerset at Ston Easton Park. First though, I’m celebrating my birthday in the Algarve at a wellness retreat and bootcamp.
How was your April? Are you in full holiday planning mode?