01 May 2020

Meet my first Talking Travels and other stuff guest….

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Destination photographer Natalie J Watts AKA Natalie J Weddings.

So, along with the rest of the world, I have been trying to remain positive during lockdown and have been exploring different avenues for my creative output as I haven’t been able to enjoy my usual jetset lifestyle (the garden and dog walking in the park don’t count!)

Podcasts have been part of my life for a while, and I love listening to people chat- it’s like eavesdropping but much more targeted!

So, as I like to chat (and to keep myself motivated), I got a mini podcast kit from Shure and got busy learning how the wibbly wobbly world of the Pod works. Actually, with this kit, it was remarkably easy! The very dinky microphone plugs into your smart phone, which slots perfectly into the table top tripod, so you can self-record video or do voiceovers of scenery at the press of one button. As the footage the saves into your iPhone photos, the conversion to a podcast is easy peasy!

My long term intention is to interview guests on my travels face to face, but for the moment, I have guests lined up for recorded isolation chats.

Listen to my maiden voyage with Natalie, and let me know what you think!

Talking Travels and other stuff

06 Apr 2020

ADVENTURES IN OMAN

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Arabian delights don’t come more exotic than Oman.

With endless deserts, sand dunes, mountains and mosques, as soon as you embark from the plane, you enter a Disney fantasy world.

The perfect destination for adventurers, sun-worshippers and food-lovers. It’s the opposite in just about everything to its neighbour Dubai.

Read my review for Luxury lifestyle Mag here

05 Mar 2020

HOW YOU CAN BUY SHARES IN A BANKSY

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There are art lovers, and art investors, but not many people can do both. However, thanks to the owner of the HOFA Gallery in Mayfair, investors can buy shares in selected artwork from the “XXI” collection, and part-own a slice of history.

This revolutionary scheme is the first of its kind in the UK, and is offering some very intriguing pieces of art. So if you have a spare $500, why not get in touch with A R T C E L S at HOFA.

For the full feature, check out more on the Bespoke Black Book here

05 Mar 2020

A TASTE OF ITALY IN KNIGHTSBRIDGE

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I headed to Maia in Knightsbridge to sample their (aherm) cocktails and rather delicious menu. It was a tough gig (not).

With a comprehensive drinks list, I whiled away some time perusing the offerings, and opted for the intriguing Balsamic Martini, which was refreshing to say the least! Other classics were available, but I??thought the tartness of the vinegar would kick start my taste buds, and it certainly did!

Read my thoughts for Bespoke Black Book here

24 Feb 2020

LISBON IS ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA

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Whether you are a first time visitor, or have been to Lisbon before, the contrast of old and new is spectacular. With the imposing S?o Jorge Castle with its Baroque design and dramatic carved spires dominating the skyline, there is plenty to inspire, and although the city is accessible by foot, be warned, the hills are steep!

My trip seems ages away- hopefully I will be back soon!

Read my review for Stylenest here

Whether you are a first time visitor, or have been to Lisbon before, the contrast of old and new is spectacular. With the imposing S?o Jorge Castle with its Baroque design and dramatic carved spires dominating the skylin
Living Art in Lisbon
Lisbon tram
24 Feb 2020

MY FAVE AW20 TRENDS FROM LONDON FASHION WEEK

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LONDON FASHION WEEK has just left the building, and the Autumn-Winter trends for 2020 couldn’t have been more timely! Not that I am wishing my life away, but I could certainly wrap myself up in several of the key pieces right now! Roll on spring….

In the meantime, check out my report for IntoView magazine, and see if any of the collections get you excited…

Fashion is cyclical- trends are recycled and it’s hard to come up with something that is completely new. That is, unless you are deliberately re-jigging something old and transforming it with a new lease of life.

https://intoviewmagazine.com/london-fashion-weeks-key-trends-for-aw20-by-sara-darling/

Ashley Williams
24 Feb 2020

MASCULINITY THROUGH THE LENS AT THE BARBICAN

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The theory behind the show is that men are more than their parts. In a world where men are seemingly less liberated, with TV showing peacocking males with hairless, chiseled bodies on Love Island and ‘reality TV’, the truth is, men throughout history have been portrayed in many different forms.?

Read my review for Flush magazine. There’s lots to look at, so make sure you have a free afternoon!

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See the exhibition at the Barbican until 17th May

Buy tickets here https://www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2020/event/masculinities-liberation-through-photography

21 Jan 2020

WELLNESS IN ST LUCIA

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You don’t have to go halfway around the world to release your happiness endorphins….

but if wellbeing and finding elusive inner peace is on your agenda, Saint Lucia offers a natural tonic and provides the perfect option for those who want to mentally re-charge and zen out.

Read my review on the idyllic Marigot Bay Resort for Citizen Femme here

16 Jan 2020

VEGAN BITES IN COVENT GARDEN

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It’s Veganuary, but I am one step ahead of the game, as I went to sample the plant based delights from ‘By Chloe’ in London just before Christmas. Admittedly my halo didn’t last over the holidays, but I would most definitely pop back- if just for the spicy cauli balls!

Read my review for Bespoke Black Book here

27 Nov 2019

A Beginners Guide to Bangkok

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I love Bangkok, and it gets better every time I visit! But if you have never soaked up the hustle and bustle of the Thai capital, my beginners guide is a must read…

So if you’re looking for shopping a spa break or tasty Thai food, check out my top tips. I highly recommend the bike tour too!

Read my feature for Kensington & Chelsea Review here.

27 Nov 2019

HEAD TO MADRID FOR THE MENINAS

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November has been a busy month for Madrid. Not only is the bustling city gearing up for Christmas, it has also hosted it’s annual open air art exhibition, based on Diego Velázquez iconic painting, Las Meninas.

With artists designing eighty, 1.8-metre-tall figures, which have been commissioned to form an open air gallery around the city, locals and visitors have been exploring many of the national landmarks and hidden treasures to track them down.

Read more on SoEdited here ?

27 Nov 2019

ED SKREIN FOR SCHON! MAGAZINE

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I went a bit wobbly when I interviewed actor Ed Skrein for Schon! magazine. I can’t even imagine how excited the stylist was (!!!) But obviously I remained professional, and got the goss on his latest projects.

We could have chatted all day, but alas I wasn’t allowed, so read my feature for Schon! AW issue here…

Ed Skrein -Schon
27 Nov 2019

WINTER LIGHTS FESTIVAL

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I was lucky enough to visit the Winter Lights Festival in Portland, Oregon earlier this year, and wowee! It was impressive.

It’s no wonder that the fifth anniversary in 2020 is getting bigger and better, with even more artists, installations and immersive events taking place around the self confessed “Weird” city.

If that’s what makes it weird, that’s why I like it!

Read my report for SoEdited here

21 Oct 2019

SHOE TRENDS FOR 2020

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When I was asked to go to Italy and do a shoe review, I thought my all my dreams had come true! After all, shoes and pizza are two of my favourite things…

But I remained completely professional and soaked up the shopping, consumer and style trends from WGSN like an extremely dry sponge… and saw some mighty fine shoes to boot!

Read my report for Fused magazine here

21 Oct 2019

SINGER SONGWRITER MALA RODRIGUEZ MAKES A HOMECOMING TRIP TO MADRID

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I was lucky enough to attend Mala Rodriguez’s homecoming tour in association with ALOFT hotels in Madrid.

Cool city, fab hotel, amazing art and a night to remember…I also got to meet contemporary artist Mister Piro at his studio. Madrid rocks!

Read my review for Flush magazine here.

Mister Piro
16 Aug 2019

BAGAN FOR BEGINNERS

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MYANMAR’S ANCIENT CAPITAL AWARDED UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE STATUS

Join an organised luxury tour to see the best of this ancient temple town which has just been awarded UNESCO World Heritage recognition.

From temples to working villages, the town which has been battered earthquakes over the centuries, but still retains the most Buddhist temples in the East. Currently there are more than 400 pagodas, stupas and temples, which make enviable viewing at sunset, or from a hot air balloon

Read more on SoEdited here

http://www.soedited.com/soslashbulltravel/beautiful-bagan

16 Aug 2019

MADRID’S ART WEEKEND

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Madrid is a beautiful place to visit at any time of year, but if you fancy a weekend away in September, you could do worse than coincide with the APERTURA MADRID GALLERY WEEKEND.

The annual event takes place from 12-15th September, and the whole city gets involved.

Stay at the arty five star VP Plaza Design Hotel and you will be in the middle of all the action.

Read my preview for SoEdited here

10 Jul 2019

I DREAM OF A KING: ONE MAN SHOW

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Although you may know Martin Luther King as a pioneer and civil rights revolutionary, this one man play explores his flaws.

Written and performed by Christopher Tajah. Directed by Bernie C.Byrnes, this show is mesmerising, thought-provoking and heart-wrenching. A must see for anyone who enjoys being wowed.

Read my full review for BespokeBlackBook here.

10 Jul 2019

HEAD TO THE UPPER 5TH FOR A MANHATTAN STYLE SUNSET

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UPPER 5TH AT THE COURTHOUSE

Enjoy a Manhattan with a side of a stunning view and nibbles, courtesy of The Upper 5th on the rooftop of East London’s funkiest terrace at the Courthouse Hotel.

READ MY REVIEW FOR FLUSH MAGAZINE HERE
30 Jun 2019

SAY CHEESE

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IF ANYONE KNOWS ME, THEY KNOW I LOVE CHEESE!

So a three night trip to the Cheese Valley of Holland was right up my street. Coupled with some long walks and cycling I hasten to add!

Read my feature for Flush magazine here

Flush magazine: It’s good in Gouda
13 Jun 2019

SINGAPORE IS CELEBRATING

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HEAD TO FINSBURY SQUARE FOR A TASTE OF SINGAPORE

http://www.soedited.com/soslashbulltravel/a-taste-of-singapore-in-london

08 Jun 2019

A FACE MASK THAT WORKS, TRY (AND) IMAGINE!

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FACE MASKS DO FUNNY THINGS TO FOLK

Some run a mile because of fear of spot eruption, and some come out in cold sweats remembering a flaky skin incident… However, I urge you to try the IMAGINE range.

Organic, easy to use, and kind to the skin. You even look like a mermaid when you’re wearing it!

Read my review here

08 Jun 2019

WOODSTOCK IN PICTURES

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2019 IS FIFTY YEARS SINCE THE SUMMER OF 69’s ICONIC LOVEFEST ‘WOODSTOCK’

The latest book to celebrate the sensation that was the epitome of the swinging sixties, will be released in August.

A no holds barred, access all areas insight into what really went on at the iconic mud bath festival on a dairy farm in Bethel, New York.

Compiled by the festival’s founder, Michael Lang you can pre-order it from REEL ART PRESS now.

Read my full review here

02 Jun 2019

GO COCONUTS ON THE COCONUT COAST IN THE CARIBBEAN

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Yes, the Caribbean is famous for its endless white sands, delicious food and crystal clear ocean, but it’s where you lay your head which is the icing on the cake.

Read my review of the latest addition to the island, the luxury Bahia Principe Ambar, for LuxNomade here.

LUXURY BAHIA PRINCIPE AMBAR RESORT
02 Jun 2019

IT’S OK TO GET SWEATY

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WITH SWEAT & SOUND

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Sweat & Sound

FINDING NIRVANA WITH SWEAT AND SOUND
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Sometimes you find a yoga class that’s so good you don’t want to tell anyone else about it…. However I fell so madly in love with the Sweat & Sound experience, I simply have to tell everyone!

Find out more on SoEdited here

29 May 2019

CIAO VENICE! AND YOUR LUXURY HOTELS

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I must admit it wasn’t hard to write about the stunning, exclusive Excelsior Hotel Venice!

Check out more about their Michelin Stars, award winning menu for SoEdited here

Excelsior Hotel Venice
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