May is one of my favourite months, and with a birthday at the beginning it seemed like the perfect opportunity to get some travelling in! With trips to the Algarve, Paris, Cannes and Somerset, I couldn’t have asked for better luxury May adventures…
What better way to celebrate the arrival of Spring than with a blooming lovely tour of Chelsea Flower Show. I was particularly taken with the hand-sewn poppies and the floral cut-out of the Queen’s head.
I enjoyed an evening with fellow influencers on the Good Ship Benefit, hosted by Macy’s, the famous United States’ department store. The great news is that it’s open to the public, check out their website for further details about the Upper Deck restaurant, afternoon tea, the Brow Lounge and more.
I had a great time at the Cointreau Creative Crew UK Grant Scheme Award Ceremony, hosted by Maison Cointreau and iconic French supermodel Laetitia Casta at Liberty London. There was a fascinating theatrical performance and several creatives were awarded bursaries for their work.
This month I tried out two fantastic beauty treatments – a medical pedicure by Margaret Dabbs and a tailored facial by Ada Ooi. I’ve also been testing a rather unique beauty product – Bio-Energy Snail Secretion Serum by Bio Essence Skincare. It comes from Singapore, where women generally spend more on skincare than makeup, believing that beauty starts with great skin. This snail serum promises to stimulate skin renewal and improve the texture of the skin. I’ve certainly found it very hydrating and my skin looks more rested when I wake up so will see how I get on with continual use. It’s available from Janiro in the UK, in case you’d like to give it a go.
What with all the trips abroad, I was in need of good sunscreen and Medik8 Physical Sunscreen was just the ticket. Protecting skin from UVA and UVB exposure, it’s rich in natural antioxidants like thiotaine that helps to prevent damage caused by UV radiation. I like the fact that it doesn’t contain any chemical sunscreen and it was quickly absorbed by my skin with no white residue. I’m prone to redness so looking forward to testing another product of theirs, Red Alert Serum. Its key ingredients, teprenone and organic sage extract, calm redness and flare-ups.
Later in the month, I popped into Lalique’s boutique on Conduit Street for the launch of their S/S 2016 jewellery collection. They have a long standing association with art deco and their new costume jewellery range is strongly influenced by this era.
We celebrated my birthday in style with a fantastic wellness break at EPIC SANA in the Algarve in Portugal, followed hot on its heels by a weekend at the Hotel Westminster in Paris.
Later in the month, we returned to France for the first ever S.Pellegrino Taste Experience at the Cannes Film Festival. Walking the red carpet was really special, though meeting so many fellow creatives and influencers and creatives was equally memorable.
Closer to home, I enjoyed an exclusive behind the scenes tour of Heathrow and we’ve just returned from a Bank Holiday getaway to Ston Easton Park in Somerset. There’s so much to do nearby – Wells is a lovely cathedral town, Bath is a short distance and Wookey Hole Caves are great fun.
WINING AND DINING
I’ve even travelled around the world whilst staying in London this month, with a delicious Asian inspired lunch at Parc Chinois showcasing luxurious hotels the Chedi Andermatt and the Chedi Muscat…
…then on to Japan for an Omakase tasting menu at Tokimeite London with the lovely Angie. She has just come back from an amazing trip to Japan and the Philippines – I’m looking forward to reading all about it! For a taste of California in London, look no further than Hally’s in Fulham, it’s a charming café with a regular supper club. Talking of supper clubs, I took an amazing Edible Vacation at Christabel’s…
COMING SOON IN JUNE
I’m heading to Hampshire and Hamburg, and I’ve got a staycation at the luxurious Landmark hotel planned. Who doesn’t love surprises – well, Accor have a mystery stay lined up for me, can’t wait to find out where it is!
How was your month of May, I’d love to hear what you got up to!