This month has literally flown by, I’ve been lucky to experience some amazing places and to meet some truly interesting people along the way – I’m sharing my luxury September moments and hope that your month was equally special.
I’m a big fan of Julien Marinetti’s quirky artworks, so was delighted to meet him with Robert Bartoux at Galeries Bartoux in Mayfair. You may have seen his giant bronze bulldogs, pandas or ducks outside the Dorchester in London though he’s well known worldwide.
It’s not every day that you get to see parts of Buckingham Palace that are closed to the general public, so I was thrilled to be invited by Red Carpet, the luxury travel and hospitality company, to a private tour of the State Apartments arranged by the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts.
September was a busy month style wise, as I attended some really fun events. I was invited to take the Ultimo Style Challenge at House of Fraser Oxford Street to select an outfit that would work well with their stylish new underwear collection.
Cashmere is such a godsend in the cooler months, and I loved styling up London W11’s new collection. I’ve been trialling English Mineral Makeup‘s natural products, and been delighted with the results. Finally, I had a great blowdry from PRIV, who provide beauty and wellness services at home or at your office, so convenient!
It was third time lucky for me as my champagne hot air balloon flight finally went ahead – they’re very dependent on the weather and this time the conditions were perfect. Earlier in the month, I reveled in the eccentric atmosphere at boutique hotel Batty Langley’s in Spitalfields, and had an amazing weekend in Woburn. One of my highlights was my trip to Bali as media partner of the Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards. The people are lovely, the food is delicious and the sunsets are incredible. Read my Beginner’s Guide to Bali here.
I’ve just returned from the Amalfi Coast for a friend’s wedding and stayed in two amazing places, La Torre della Limonaia private villa and Monastero Santa Rosa. We also loved our lunch at Belmond Caruso in Ravello, it’s such a picturesque spot.
This month I’ve enjoyed reading Carmen’s luxury blog post on the best hotels in Fort Lauderdale, it brought back fond memories of my honeymoon in Florida. In Bali, the exchange rate means that you may be carrying around millions of Indonese rupiah so I found the Two Monkeys article on 14 currencies that make you an instant millionaire very interesting. Emily’s blog post on how to spend 48 hours in Oxford is a handy guide to the city whilst Kasha made me vow to return to Sintra with her list of three fairytale spots that you must visit.
WINING AND DINING
I had a wonderful time at a Laurent-Perrier and sushi paired meal at Koi Kensington, and an equally fabulous evening at Gallery Mess, finding out all about Duke of York Square’s upcoming activities. The tapas at Camino Bankside were a tasty treat, and continuing with my quirky themed month, experienced an epic chef’s table tasting menu at Crocker’s Folly. I also loved the Indian feast at stylish Bombay Brasserie in South Kensington.
We were treated to a wonderful view of the yachts at Tom’s Kitchen in St Katharine’s Docks, the food was delicious too.
Finally, I checked out Rhubarb’s new tasting room at their South West London headquarters, it’s a really funky space and a great place to try out their culinary offering if you’re planning an event.
COMING SOON IN OCTOBER
I’ll be posting a lot about Bali, where we stayed in the stunning Kayumanis Private Villas and Alila Ubud, and there were so many fantastic places to eat and drink. Expect to see plenty of photos from my stay in the Amalfi Coast, it’s a seriously photogenic place! Finally, we are heading to the Highlands of Scotland in a bid to spot the Loch Ness Monster – not really, we’ll be visiting luxury lodge, Eagle Brae. Having said that, I’ll still keep my eye out for Nessie 😉
What did you get up to in September, I’d love to know? Are you looking forward to Autumn?