Monday, 25 July 2016

Shotgun BBQ, Soho.


Nestled inbetween the tourist-traps of Regent and Carnaby Streets, is a little slice of America. I love my American BBQ food, I love nothing more than ribs, brisket, and cornbread. And Shotgun BBQ from the people behind The Lockhart near my office in Marylebone, delivered some of the best pork belly and brisket I've ever had outside of the USA.

It came recommended from the lovely Colleen, and as she's a Kansas City native, I trusted her opinion and persuaded Jasiminne it would be a great idea to plan our upcoming NYC trip there, whilst feasting on yummy BBQ food before my operation two days later and soft-food diet for 10 days after that.



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Saturday, 23 July 2016

Top 7 Products to Use on Coloured And Bleached Hair.


For 24 years I was a hair dye virgin. I refused to use any kind of colour or bleach on my hair, the closest I had ever come to 'colouring' my hair was using Sun-In once (which is shit, fyi). But I've been talking about doing it for years, and my hairdresser Daniel (who I've been friends with since we were 13) has also been tryna persuade me to do it for years. So back on NYE, I did it. My hair is now highlighted with colour, bleach and toner. And since then I've re-done it every 6-8 weeks (including an amazing colour session at Nicky Clarke!), which has meant I've been testing out a lot of products to keep it shiny and healthy, and now feel comfortable recommending my favourites.



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Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Luxury in 24 Hours: Milan, Italy.


I am so excited to tell you all about my recent trip to Milan! It was so wonderful just being back in Italy with the incredible food and oh-so-stylish men. This blog post is the first in a little mini-series I'm doing called 'Luxury In', designed to tell you how to have a luxury weekend away to maximize your holiday days, if like me, you only have a limited amount each year due to work. I feel like it's so easy to write listicles with a list of things to see and do, but this series will really show you and explain exactly what we did and in what order we did things to see as much as possible in a short amount of time.

The first in the series is 24 Hours in Milan, then in August I'll bring you 24 Hours in Geneva, and 48 Hours in Marrakech (because it's a little further away than the others ;)). So, what can you do exactly with just 24 hours in Milan?



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Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Lingual Tonsils: Cryotherapy vs Tonsillectomy.


So I wasn't going to post anything about my operation on my lingual tonsils because, well, it doesn't really fit with the 'brand' of Lux Life. But then I remembered why I started this blog and how it's about my life. I have to remind myself of this sometimes, and forget about the fancy branding aspect of it. I was going to post a blog post today about my recent trip to Milan, but I've been feeling so awful since my operation that I just can't really concentrate enough to do a good job on telling you all about Milan (it's gonna be a huge and very lengthy -but awesome - post), so thought I'd get all my thoughts and feelings on my operation down instead.




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Monday, 18 July 2016

An Authentic Italian Lunch at il Salumaio, Milano.


I was really unprepared when it came to Milan, and didn't do a whole lot of research before going. If you remember my blog post about my 25th birthday, well, Adam came to the rescue again. Milan is one of his favourite cities, so he pretty much gave Jasiminne and I a full itinerary, and said we had to go for lunch at Il Salumaio di Montenapoleone. So after checking into our hotel, Palazzo Parigi, and freshening up, we headed over to Il Salumaio for the most delicious Italian lunch!

Cheesecake at Il Salumaio di Montenapoleone Milano Restaurant


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Saturday, 16 July 2016

Palazzo Parigi Hotel, Milano.


Milan is known for being the ultimate city for luxury and fashion, and with just 24 hours in Milano, Jasiminne and I were lucky enough to be staying in one of the most luxurious hotels in the city, right in the heart of the fashion district. Palazzo Parigi Milano is beautiful and classic, but with a certain grandness about it, with marble everywhere and the feeling that you should be swishing around in a ball gown. 



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Thursday, 14 July 2016

Polo Bar at the Westbury Hotel, Mayfair.


Now that all of my Antigua posts are out of the way, things are sort of returning to normal on Lux Life for a little while. There will be more foodie and lifestyle posts over the next month or so, with a couple of short escapes intertwined. A few weeks ago my best friend Emma and I went to check out the Polo Bar at the Westbury Hotel. I often walk past it, and I often park right opposite when I go on a night out. Well, they invited me to go and check it out, so I finally visited and discovered just how incredible the cocktails are...



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Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Fine British Cuisine at Picture, Marylebone.


Picture in Marylebone is located on New Cavendish Street, where The Joint used to be (*sob*),  and is the sister restaurant to the famous Picture resturant just down the road in Fitzrovia. It's predominantly British food, with a European twang, and it was pretty sensational. I wasn't actually going to blog this, but it ended up being too good to not tell you all about it! It was a relaxing evening with friends, and I tend not to blog most of the dinners I have with friends, just because I like to keep some things private and personal and off the blog, so I'm afraid you'll have to forgive me; I didn't take my camera, which means you'll have to put up with phone photos. 



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Sunday, 10 July 2016

The Importance of Sun Protection.


All my life I've suffered from getting sun burnt, I have pretty fair skin and used to have bright blonde hair as a kid. But I never really took the risks of sun exposure seriously until it effected my family. So today I just want to talk to you a little bit about sun protection, and why it's so important to cover up and use that sunscreen, and get your skin and moles checked every so often.


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Tuesday, 5 July 2016

A Helicopter Tour of Montserrat's Lost City.


Ever since I was a kid I've heard about Montserrat and the huge volcanic eruption that destroyed the main city of Plymouth, burying it under layers of rock, pyroclastic flows, and ash. Montserrat used to be your typical Caribbean island, popular with tourists due to it's proximity to Antigua, and the fact it's an overseas territory of the UK, meaning no visas needed for British citizens! The  Soufriere Hills volcano was inactive, and the main city of Plymouth had been built on historical lava deposits that were hundreds of years old. And then after hundreds of years of inactivity, the volcano awoke, and destroyed everything in it's path...




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