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Saturday, 23 May 2015

Chelsea in Bloom 2015 - Fairytales.


Over the past week Chelsea has been awash with colour and beautiful flowers as the stores surrounding Sloane Square and Duke of York square have been competing to win Chelsea in Bloom. Organized to coincide with the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the theme for this year's 10th Anniversary Chelsea in Bloom event was 'Fairytales', with each shop displaying works of flower art inspired by childhood fairy tales.

Catherine Lux - Lux Life - Chelsea in Bloom 2015
Photo from Jasiminne.


On sunny Thursday evening I invited Jasiminne to join me down at Duke of York Square for a Mad Hatter's Tea Party with the lovely Mina and Angie. We soaked up the sunshine and marveled at how pretty the Pimms garden was. Nestled right in the centre of the square, everything was Alice in Wonderland themed - from the waitresses outfits to the Pimms bar. 

Chelsea in Bloom 2015 Mad Hatters Tea Party

Chelsea in Bloom 2015 Mad Hatters Tea Party Pimms

Chelsea in Bloom

Chelsea in Bloom 2015 Mad Hatters Tea Party

Mad Hatters Tea Party Pimms Teapot Chelsea in Bloom 2015

Chelsea in Bloom 2015 Mad Hatters Tea Party




We then headed over to Monica Vinader where Sasha from Liberty London Girl was hosting a fabulous shopping event. I bumped into a couple of friends there and we had a good catch up, while Jasiminne found a shared love for all things Malaysia with Sasha. We cooed over Sasha's gorgeous little dachshund #LovelyLettice, and sipped on champagne. 

Chelsea in Bloom Monica Vinader

Chelsea in Bloom Monica Vinader

Sasha Wilkins Liberty London Girl at Chelsea in Bloom
Photo by Jasiminne

Chelsea in Bloom Monica Vinader

Chelsea in Bloom Monica Vinader

Chelsea in Bloom Monica Vinader

Chelsea in Bloom Monica Vinader

Jasiminne and I decided to leave everyone to it and go for dinner at Polpo, however sadly due to the crowds leaving the flower show, there was a 25minute wait! On our way to the next restaurant we discovered the Mary Quant and Liz Earle flower displays...


Outfit - Dress: Warehouse, Handbag: Anya Hindmarch, Sunnies: H&M.




We tried every other restaurant in the area and all of them were the same long wait, so we decided to part ways and head home, but not before snapping some last minute photographs of the gorgeous Pop-Up Champagne Bar from The Botanist on Sloane Square.

The Botanist Chelsea in Bloom 2015


The Botanist Sloane Square Chelsea in Bloom 2015

The Botanist Chelsea in Bloom 2015 Sloane Square

Sloane Square Chelsea in Bloom 2015

Unfortunately we didn't get to see a lot of the displays because the Rickshaws stopped at 6:30pm and we didn't fancy walking all over Chelsea, but usually there's a Rickshaw running throughout the day that takes visitors around the area for free.

Sadly I've been really busy the past coupla days so haven't had a chance to get this up sooner (one of the downsides of working full time while running a blog!), and the Chelsea in Bloom displays are being taken down tomorrow, but you should definitely pop along next year and take a look! There's such a wonderful atmosphere in the squares and around the area, everything is buzzing and looking oh so pretty. Just make sure you book a table at a restaurant so you don't end up eating McDonalds chips on the train home ;) 

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Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Childerley Hall Siesta Fiesta Food Festival.


Last weekend a group of friends and I made the journey up to Cambridge for a food festival. Our friend Caspar is one of the co-founder's of the Siesta Fiesta food festival at Childerley Hall. It's an annual event that was launched last year, so this year a few of us went up to support him and the others. Naturally we're a little biased, but it was a really fun afternoon with some really delicious food!

Childerley Hall Siesta Fiesta Food Festival Fired Up Pizza


We started with food and drink in the gardens before going on a tour of the grounds of the house. Oli, Caspar, and I all opted for pizza (Oli bought three pizzas for himself...Caspar and I just had one each), while Lotte went for a burger. The burger looked insanely good, but the pizzas were definitely the right choice. I had pepperoni with peppers and rocket, and the base was just perfect; really thin and crispy and freshly made in the pizza oven right in front of us.

Childerley Hall Siesta Fiesta Food Festival Fired Up Pizza

Childerley Hall Siesta Fiesta Food Festival burger truck


Childerley Hall Siesta Fiesta Food Festival

Childerley Hall Siesta Fiesta Food Festival burger



As we were all driving we had the 'virgin' cocktail, which was a very fruity concoction that was perfect for washing down all the food!

Childerley Hall Siesta Fiesta Food Festival cocktails

Childerley Hall Siesta Fiesta Food Festival cocktail

We then went on a tour around the gorgeous grounds. The gardens are just beautiful, I adored the wildflowers and how they weren't perfectly manicured lawns but full of long grasses and pretty flowers. It was like a secret garden, with hidden nooks and corners for playing hide and seek, and a lake with a little island in the middle (we all crossed the bridge and found that the five of us had to squish on together...it's quite little).

Childerley Hall Food Festival

Childerley Hall Cambridgeshire
Childerley Hall gardens cambridgeshire

Childerley Hall gardens cambridge

There was also a chapel were a wine tasting masterclass was going on, and out the front of the main house was a stunning 1972 Ferrari Dino!

Childerley Hall Food Festival Cambridge


Ferrari Dino Childerley Hall Food Festival Cambridge


Ferrari Dino at Childerley Hall Food Festival Cambridge

It was getting quite chilly at this point as sadly the sun had disappeared, so we decided it was time for dessert. I was a bit of a greedy pig and had Churros with banoffee sauce and two Green Apple & Gin sorbets. I mean, sorbet is healthy right? So really it doesn't even count?

Childerley Hall Food Festival Cambridge Churros

Childerley Hall Food Festival Cambridge Jacks Gelato

Childerley Hall Food Festival Jacks Gelato Apple and Gin Sorbet

The Green Apple & Gin sorbet was probably the best sorbet I've ever had. It was just delicious! After a short tour around the farm and a visit to the calves, I decided to head home. It was a chilly Sunday evening and I had work the next day, and was very tired from a busy week, so I left the others to enjoy the after-party without a repeat of that time Caspar had to look after me when drunk *ahem*.

Childerley Hall Siesta Fiesta Food Festival Cambridge

Childerley Hall Siesta Fiesta Food Festival Cambridge

Childerley Hall Siesta Fiesta Food Festival Cambridge


Childerley Hall Siesta Fiesta Food Festival Cambridge




We all had a really lovely afternoon, and I can't recommend Childerley Hall's Siesta Fiesta enough if you want a country food festival set amongst a beautiful backdrop with excellent local food and drink! They even had a Cuban band playing! It was such a lovely change from the generic London food festivals with the same old street food vendors. We will definitely be back next year!

Friday, 15 May 2015

Grey Goose VX Launch Party.


Last night I attended the ultra exclusive launch party of VX, a new vodka with a hint of cognac by French vodka brand Grey Goose. It was a rather stylish affair in the Rumpus Room of The Mondrian on Southbank. Clean Bandit played a live set (video at the bottom!), and then they also performed with Rae Morris (which sadly I didn't film)!

Grey Goose VX Launch party at The Mondrian London


I took Edd and Toni along with me, and then we also bumped into Clerkenwell Boy! It was so lovely to catch up with them all again! We spent the evening sipping various concoctions of delicious cocktails, munching on the most incredible canapes and mini opera cakes, and then naturally we had to have a taste of the Grey Goose VX. I must say it was pretty good vodka! They recommend you drink it 'on the rocks', but it's far too strong for me so I think I'd have to have it in a cocktail.

Grey Goose VX Launch party at The Mondrian London

Catherine Lux at Grey Goose VX Launch party at The Mondrian London

Grey Goose VX Launch party at The Mondrian London

Rae Morris at Grey Goose VX Launch party at The Mondrian London

Clean Bandit at Grey Goose VX Launch party at The Mondrian London

Grey Goose VX Launch party at The Mondrian Rumpus Room London

Grey Goose VX Launch party London
Grey Goose VX Launch party at The Mondrian London

Grey Goose VX Launch party at The Mondrian London
Grey Goose VX Launch party London

Grey Goose VX Launch party at The Mondrian London Southbank

Fashion bloggers at Grey Goose VX Launch party at The Mondrian London
A huge thank you to Grey Goose for inviting me to celebrate the launch of VX, we had such a brilliant night and we met some really interesting people, including Nik from Ada + Nik! Such a lovely guy and really passionate about the fashion industry. I also got to meet my childhood/teenage celeb crush - Charlie from Busted. Score! 



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