My Luxury November Moments


November is traditionally a rather cold, dark month but I’ve been fortunate to have some wonderful luxury moments to brighten the days up. I was delighted to be named one of the top 10 luxury blogs by Vuelio, the company behind the world’s largest media database and experts in media analysis, and I had some great luxury November moments.

CULTURE VULTURE
You should definitely check out the Ai Wei Wei Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts if you get the chance before it closes. 1,319 Kickstarter backers  contributed £123,000 to bring his installation, Tree, to their courtyard.

Ai Wei Wei exhibition Royal Academy
Did you know that Christian Dior is the only couture house to have launched its fashion and fragrance ranges on the same day? I went to a fascinating talk by Dior’s UK Ambassador of Fragrance (now that sounds like a fun job!) at private members’ club Home House, showcasing their Collection Privée perfumes.

Dior Collection Privee Home House
This month I’ve really enjoyed leafing through (pardon the pun) Great Gardens of London. Written by Victoria Summerley, with stunning photographs by Hugo Rittson Thomas and Marianne Majerus, it delves into London’s most interesting garden spaces, many which are rarely or never open to the public. It makes the perfect coffee table gift for anyone green fingered or like me, who wishes they were!

Great Gardens of London
SOCIAL BUTTERFLY
We had a great time at the launch of Maison Remy Martin’s townhouse in Soho – set over four floors, this pop up private members’ club welcomed celebrities such as Jeremy Renner and yours truly ;-). Sadly we had to leave before he arrived, but the venue was stunning and it played host to some really interesting masterclasses throughout November.

La Maison Remy Martin SohoSandeman Port celebrated their 225th anniversary in style at The Don restaurant. George Sandeman, 7th Generation of Sandeman presented a new collection, whilst we enjoyed paired vintage port and canapés.

Sandemans Port at the DonSTYLE FILE
I had such fun designing my own belt, who knew a service like that even existed! Flowers are a brilliant way to brighten up someone’s day and with the innovative service from Dutch experts Bloomon you can give or receive a different bouquet fortnightly or monthly. I have to say that they’re the nicest bunch of flowers that I have ever seen, each flower is different, with contrasting heights and foliage. Follow me on Instagram for a chance to win a bouquet later this month.

Bloomon flower delivery London
I trialled two great skin treatments that I’ll be writing about soon, the CACI Ultra Non-Surgical “facelift” where electrical impulses lift and tone the facial muscles, and one with the founder of award winning luxury skincare brand, Face Matters at Fenwicks in Bond Street. For a new take on personalized skincare, KITA Serums are most definitely worth checking out.With my face looked after, it was time to get my hair into shape thanks to Brooks and Brooks, three times winner of London Hairdresser of the Year.

Brooks and Brooks London hairdresser
I’ll be writing soon about my fantastic hair styling class with Ricky at the Corinthia London’s Daniel Galvin’s expert, at the Corinthia Hotel London with Laurent-Perrier champagne.

TRAVEL TALES
We recently  visited the Scottish Highlands staying in an amazing log cabin and trying out dog sledding. Another place that we loved is Herculaneum in Italy, a great alternative to Pompeii. We also spent a luxurious weekend in a private villa in Devon, and visited Burley Manor in the New Forest which is due to open its doors imminently, and is going to be a very hot property! I’ll be blogging about it and the wild horses in Burley village soon.

WINING AND DINING
For relaxed all day dining, Aubaine takes some beating, while Yasmeen is the place to go if you’re craving Lebanese cuisine – and if you haven’t yet tried it, you should! I had a wonderful lunch at The Ivy West Street, as well as in the revamped bar grill of Le Pont de la Tour, and I’ll be posting about Hotel Café Royal, Zaika and Maze Grill Royal Hospital Road soon.

68 and Boston is a funky new venue on Greek Street in Soho, where the bar tenders are in white tuxedos and carve whole blocks of ice to keep your cocktail cool! Denise, aka The Wine Sleuth has been tasked with sourcing their wines and all bottles of wine are priced at £20. They even have champagne at that price occasionally.

68 and Boston Greek Street
Lastly, what better way to spend a dark Winter day then with a chocolate indulgence afternoon tea?

COMING SOON IN DECEMBER
As I write this, I’m lucky to be revisting Monaco and Cannes for ILTM. We’ve hired a car to see more of the area – the roads are very scenic and the sunsets in Monaco were incredible. After Christmas, we’ll be fitting in a short break in the garden of England, Kent.
What are your December plans? Have you started your festive shopping yet?

Monaco Sunset

  • Angie SilverSpoon

    Thanks for mentioning me hon! It was such a fun lunch at The Ivy. I’m going to have to pop down and see Denise’s bar!
    Lots of love,
    Angie
    SilverSpoon London

    • My pleasure Angie, and hope your week is going well. It was the first time that I had met Denise, she’s done a great job with the wines for 68 and Boston

  • I would love to want to wine and dine hehe looks amazing

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  • That bar sounds amazing! What a great month you’ve had 🙂 Looking forward to hearing all about Monaco and Cannes!

    Lauren xx | The Lifestyle Diaries

    • Thanks Lauren, the weather here is amazing, was sitting outside without a coat this lunchtime – hope you’re having a great week

  • You had such a great November- wishing the same for you this month!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

    • And the same for you Ashley, with a lovely festive season ahead!

  • Ambassador of Fragrance?! How fab! Who even knew such jobs existed?! Thanks for the tip about the Lebanese restaurant – it’s one of my favourite cuisines and I haven’t tried Yasmeen so must remember it next time I’m craving it!

    • I’ve come across some really interesting job titles today – Director of Inspiration was one and Brand Agitator was another 😉 Hope you enjoy Yasmeen if you go

  • Looks like you had a very nice luxurious November, staying in the Scottish highlands, learning about Dior perfume… Have fun in Monaco!

    • It was a fantastic month with just the right amount of travel thrown in, greetings from Monaco – gorgeous weather! Hope you have a brilliant December

  • Beauty Follower

    Have a wonderful new month 🙂

    http://beautyfollower.blogspot.gr/

    • You too, it’s certainly started with a blast and I hope that yours has too

  • Looks like you had a fabulous month! Your hair looks so pretty. Ambassador of fragrance definitely sounds like a fun job.

    http://www.elabellaworld.com

  • Lauren @BonVoyageLauren

    What a great month! And congrats!

    Happy travels 🙂

  • I can’t wait to see your Monaco post. I’ll be visiting in Jan and I’m super excited about it!

    http://www.LUXESSED.com

    • You’ll have a great time Anouk, and I hope that the weather is as nice for you as it was for us

  • Congratulations on the Vuelio ranking! Ai Wei Wei is on my list to see too before I head off to India next week for the rest of the month 🙂 xx

    • You’ll have a great time at the Ai Wei Wei exhibition, and looking forward to hearing about your Indian adventures!

  • What a lovely November you’d had and with some of my favourite things too (Leather Oud from Dior Collection Privee is my new obsession, and who doesn’t love Ai Wei Wei?)! x

    Jasiminne: Posh, Broke, & Bored

    • Leather Oud was such a distinctive fragrance, I can see why you like it

  • Paola

    Such a fab month darling!!!!!
    Kisses, Paola.

    Expressyourself

    My Facebook

    • Yours looked pretty busy too, Paola! Have a great December

  • Jealous that you’re off to Monaco! I love that city so much.

    Shame I was in Bomo for The Don, but I’m sure we’ll have time to catch up soon. Hopefully bump into you in Maison Remy Martin? 🙂

    Honey x The Girl Next Shore

    • Hi Honey, yes we must catch up soon – will be in touch when I’m back!

  • Sam K Francis

    Ohh looks like its been a fabulous month, love how out and about you are 🙂

    crossinglemons.com

    • I never seem to stop! Hope you had a brilliant November too Sam

  • Noemi

    Aw, that looks like a very fun & upbeat month!! 😀

  • Such a busy month! I love these monthly round-ups, hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in Cannes. Can’t wait to read about your trip and all the restaurants you tried out!

    Ash | Liakada

    • Yes it was great, we did a tour round some picturesque villages yesterday – lovely to meet you

  • Summer

    Loving all your photos♥

    summerdaisy.net

  • Seems you had a fabulous month in November, Suze. I did a little traveling myself in November, but nothing as luxurious and fancy as you, spoiled little girl!

  • November has been great to you! You captured some lovely moments there. Wishing the same for December.

    xoxo – Style.. A Pastiche

    • And for you too, Chaicy – I hope that you have a lovely festive season

  • I really like the sounds of the Dior event, I am such a fan of their products especially the scents and makeup 🙂

    The sunset captured in the last photograph is beautiful.

    Glad you had a wonderful November!

    Here’s to a positive December!

    Laura http://www.shehearts.net x x

  • Danielle

    Congratulations! Your life seems so exciting, always visiting beautiful places and enjoying delicious food. Those facial treatments seem fantastic! I’m looking forward to your post about them.

    Danielle
    http://www.spring2spring.com

  • Catherine Lux

    Thanks for the mention Suze! It was so great to see you and have a good catch up! It looks like you’ve had such a fab month, I really need to go and see that RA exhibition!

    C x | Lux Life