My Luxury February Adventures at Home and Abroad

This month is special because it’s a Leap Year meaning we got an extra day in the month and woman could propose to men. With this in mind, I rounded up 10 of the best places to propose in London. It has also been pretty hectic for me with lots of fun activities going on although I was battling a cold.

There are some really great London art events at the moment including Vogue 100 at the National Portrait Gallery. We also visited historic Hampton Court Palace, and were surprised to see so many “living exhibits”, actors who really bring the story of the palace to life.

Hampton Court Palace visit
One of my recent beauty discoveries is Skinade™, a drink designed to boost collagen levels and hydration. Working on the basis that the best skincare starts from within and created by top UK scientists, it contains essential micronutrients and high-grade collagen. The drink itself has a pleasant peachy taste with no artificial colouring or flavours and less than 35 calories. One of the things that I liked best about it was its packaging in two different sizes, bottles for everyday use and a smaller sachet version perfect for travelling. I used it throughout my recent trip to Switzerland and can already see an improvement in my skin with increased radiance and smoothness. It’s also said to reduce wrinkles and fine lines, whilst also strengthening hair and nails.

Skinade review
Later in the month, I enjoyed a brilliant British Blow Dry at Edward James, an award winning salon in Putney, and attended a fun launch of the new Jaguar Pace fragrance at the London Edition. If you’re like me, you eat more in the colder months so it was time to up my exercise to compensate! The Library in Notting Hill is probably the nicest gym that I’ve ever come across – what with all the books and unique decor, it hardly feels like one. Stay tuned for my upcoming review.

The Library Gym Notting Hill
We recently headed to Switzerland and stunning Lugano in Swiss Italy was our first port of call to see family. We had a wonderful stay at Hotel Splendide Royal in Lugano, as well as in Lucerne and Zurich. Closer to home, I took a stroll around Spitalfields market and shared details of our visit to Monaco’s only micro brewery, as well as the magnificent Monastero Santa Rosa hotel located in a former convent on the Amalfi Coast. Cyprus is a country with a fascinating history and I wrote about my impressions of Cyprus past and present, with suggestions of what to see and do there. Finally, Jess from Used York City came up with some brilliant insider tips for New York whilst over on her site, I shared my London city guide.

For Valentine’s Day, as we were struck down with colds, we didn’t get to a restaurant however we did savour these cute Pierre Marcolini heart shaped chocolates.

Pierre Marcolini chocolates
Earlier in the month, I attended the lauch of the World’s best young chef competition. It’s a great initiative and fingers crossed for another British winner this year! And last night I enjoyed a brilliant cookery demonstration by Daniel Galmiche, head chef of renowned hotel The Vineyard in Berkshire. Guinea fowl, truffle, leeks and pancetta is a winning combination.

Daniel Galmiche menu
Follow our adventures as we head to Kitzbühelthe world’s best ski area as voted by ‘’. We’ll even be trying out Segway in the snow ;-). We’ll also be visiting Switzerland again but this time, the French speaking town of Montreux, famed for its lake and jazz festival. Last but not least we’ll explore one of Britain’s most important ornamental gardens, Compton Acres in Dorset.

How was your February? Do you have a Spring in your step?

  • Rasa Virviciute

    Wow that’s a fantastic view!

  • Looking forward to reading about the hotel in Lugano!

    Ash | Liakada

  • I have a spring in my step and a twinkle in my eye from all of those lovely blossoms beginning to peep! I can’t wait for your Swiss posts!

  • Another great post, lady- that first shot is SO stunning!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  • I’m looking forward to reading about your adventures in Switzerland!

    • Switzerland was brilliant, Angie, and great to visit Luzern where we got engaged again

  • Sounds like an amazing month for you, so many great moments you’ve shared. Enjoy your trip to Montreux, sounds like a fun place! I love jazz festivals!

    • I like jazz too although the festival won’t sadly be on whilst we are there but am going to the new Charlie Chaplin museum!

  • alice

    Great pics, love this!!

    Alice Cerea,

  • Oh wow – that first picture!!! What a great February you have had!

    • Well I was a bit run down still in Switzerland but I can think of worse places to recover! Hope you had a good month too Holly

  • So nice that you are going to visit Switzerland again this month! I have never been there in winter but I imagine that it must look like a postcard with all the snow.

  • I love live exhibits, it really brings the whole time period to life and makes the experience that much more fun! I love “beauty” water, I’ve never tried Skinade, I’ve tried something similar and love it. It was explained to me that a lot of the creams and skin care products aren’t really doing all what they claim to because our pores aren’t large enough to absorb the products, so infused waters are actually better! Oh, and how pretty and delicious do those heart shaped candies look! Thanks so much for sharing and I hope you’re having a lovely week so far!



    • Yes the live exhibits at Hampton Court were brilliant, they did a few dramatic scenes and you really felt like you had stepped back in time!

  • Pierre Marcolini – love love love!!

  • Looks like you had a busy but an amazing month and March will also be a good one! Heart shaped chocolates are tempting!

    Ela BellaWorld

  • I wanna be you when I grow up, all those beautiful places and good food. I believe you had so much fun!

    • Ha ha, it’s not all glam – I travel even when sick but I can’t complain really

  • That heart candy looks so good, it looks like you had a great month

  • Looks like you have had a great time! That chocolate looks amazing!!

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  • Ohhmmyy you got the most amazing adventure last month
    Looking forward for more luxurious trip,

    Have a great day!

    • You too Zarrah, and I’m looking forward to reading your pregnancy updates – you’re looking well

  • I have to say, staying in and eating Pierre Marcolini heart shaped chocolates sounds like my idea of a perfect Valentine’s date! Sometimes, it’s the little pleasures that are the loveliest 🙂

    • I think it’s all I could have coped with that day and to be honest Valentine’s Day itself can be a bit overrated

  • The Pierre Marcolini heart-shaped chocolates look delicious 🙂 I’m so looking forward to seeing your post on Compton Acres as it’s undoubtedly one of my favourite UK destinations during the summertime. They’ve actually just received an award for being the ‘Best Small Tourist Attraction’ in the SW!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

    • Yes I read that about Compton Acres, I do like how you’re so into visiting interesting places Gabrielle. I’ve been to Compton Acres before but quite a few years ago

  • What great adventures. Those heart shaped chocolates look so lovely. I’ll be back in the UK for work, but I am hoping to squeeze in time to visit the Vogue 100 and a few friends/fam, hopefully.
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    • Ooh you definitely should visit Vogue 100, Madison. I didn’t realize you were coming back to the UK!

      • Only back for work travel though, but I like to squeeze in as much fun as possible. 🙂 xo

  • Sounds like you had some amazing adventures…looking forward to seeing your March trips!

  • Looks like it has been an eventful February for you! I really enjoyed the post about Swiss Italy. How cool you attended the launch of World’s best young chef competition! That mush have been so interesting! Looking forward to seeing your story about Kitzbühel!

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    • Funnily enough I’ll have visited Swiss Italy, Swiss Germany and Swiss France by the end of March – actually that’s given me an idea for a post about the differences 😉 I can’t wait for Kitzbuhel though my skiing isn’t exactly up to scratch. Have a great March, Stanislava

  • You’ve had a busy month! Lugano (we read your post) looks like such a pretty place. Those heart-shaped chocolates for Valentine’s hopefully sweetened the day (even though you were battling a cold – sorry…).

    • Ah thank you, the chocolates helped cheer me up. March is going to be even busier with two overseas trips, I hope you both have a good one!

  • Such a fun month! That young chef competition sounds cool! I am drooling over those heart shared chocolates! They look amazing!


    • The young chef competition was fun to attend and such a great idea! The chocs were lovely

  • Love that art, and those Valentine’s chocolates? Are you kidding me? Wow!

  • Ellie Adams

    So many amazing travel posts, I still absolutely love Jess’ NYC post, one of my faves this month!


  • Looks like a fabulous February, definitely going to look into Skinade! 🙂

  • Great moth. The skinned sounds like a great product. I will be looking more into that for sure. Gemma x

    • Yes Skinade seems very effective, I’m still trialling it but it does seem to be helping my skin

  • That stinks that both of you were sick on Valentine’s Day but at least those Pierre Marcolini heart shaped cookies look amazing! Sounds like February was a wonderful month!!

    • It certainly had some great moments Courtney and March is going to be even better now that Spring is on its way, hope yours was good too

  • Corinne C

    Lovely places! They should have made the leap year a bank holiday though because I had to work.

    Corinne x

  • Those living exhibits look great. The concept is very interesting and appealing, like taking a peek into a time long gone!

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