Time Machine


BRAVE NEW WORLD: APPROACHING MY '30S 
WITH A NEW SKINCARE ROUTINE (FOR UNDER £45)
July 10, 2016

Time Machine

BRAVE NEW WORLD: APPROACHING MY '30S  WITH A NEW SKINCARE ROUTINE (FOR UNDER £45)

15 Things to Know about Visiting Barcelona in Summer


¡Hola from the other side! πŸ™‹πŸ»  You may have seen from last week's Spanish shenanigans on Snapchat that Barcelona was the straw that broke this camel's back. Yep, this photography snob (you know, the one who bought a wifi-enabled DSLR because she refuses to Instagram any pictures taken on a smartphone) finally shook off her prejudice - "Isn't that the web-a-ma-thingy for sending noodz?" - and got down with the kids, probably by way of pre-30th birthday existential crisis. Anyway, apparently I took to the app like a duck to water because all my Canon 6D has to show from five days in Barcelona is 19 publishable photos, yet my Snapchat feed was a constant flow of comical voiceovers and regrettable singing, questionable use of the dog filter, and highly inappropriate skin shots punctuated by the occasional πŸŒžπŸ’ƒπŸ»πŸ·πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Έ .
July 08, 2016

15 Things to Know about Visiting Barcelona in Summer

¡ Hola from the other side! πŸ™‹πŸ»  You may have seen from last week's Spanish shenanigans on Snapchat that Barcelona was t...

The Sacrifices We Make

The price of immigration and settling in the UK, inspired by this month's Travel Blogger linkup: Home Away From Home.


THE PRICE OF LOVE: I'M GROUNDED IN GREAT BRITAIN FOR HALF A YEAR πŸ˜±
A TRAVELLING BLOGGER'S WINGS CLIPPED, FOR HER HOME AWAY FROM HOME
INSPIRED BY THIS MONTH'S TRAVEL BLOGGER LINKUP • OPENING PHOTO BY FRESH AND FEARLESS
July 06, 2016

The Sacrifices We Make

THE PRICE OF LOVE: I'M GROUNDED IN GREAT BRITAIN FOR HALF A YEAR πŸ˜± A TRAVELLING BLOGGER'S WINGS CLIPPED, FOR HER H...

My God, what have EU done?! 5 Thoughts on Brexit



WHAT DOES BREXIT MEAN FOR THIS PRO-EU LONDONER, 

IMMIGRANT, AND TRAVELLING BLOGGER?

June 26, 2016

My God, what have EU done?! 5 Thoughts on Brexit

WHAT DOES BREXIT MEAN FOR THIS PRO-EU  LONDONER,  IMMIGRANT, AND TRAVELLING BLOGGER?

Ciao Milano! How To Do Milan in 24 Hours


Stay at Palazzo Parigi, dine beside the Duomo of Milan at ObicΓ  Mozzarella Bar and Terrazza Aperol, shop for Valentino and at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, take in art & culture at Fondazione Prada, eat at Il Salumaio and Bar Luce, then party at Bar Martini by Dolce & Gabbana AND Cavalli Club.
Ciao, darling! Have you got a minute, or rather 1400 minutes to spare in Milan? Si? Molto bene! With the summer sun shining upon us, 'tis the season for European city breaks: be it a Baltic tour of Riga-Helsinki-Tallinn or London-Paris-Rome or Amsterdam-Berlin-Lisbon; pick n' mix, make it your own. Take advantage of the continent's proximity (and homogenous currency) yet incredibly diverse culture by embarking on what I call the 'Euro Express' - the perfect 'short but sweet' holidays for the eager beaver on a time-budget. I've written Brussels Express and Edinburgh Express city guides, and now it's time for How To Do Milan in 24 Hours
Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines...
PHOTOGRAPHY & WORDS BY JASIMINNE YIP. ALL PHOTOS OF ME BY CATHERINE LUX. ADDITIONAL PHOTO CREDITS: 2 & 3, 4, 29 & 30,  35 & 36


June 22, 2016

Ciao Milano! How To Do Milan in 24 Hours

Ciao , darling! Have you got a minute, or rather 1400 minutes to spare in Milan? Si ? Molto bene ! With the summer sun shining upon us...

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2016


A date in Mayfair, London: The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2016 Blogger's Evening, dinner and drinks at The Wolseley and Sake No Hana.


A BLOCKBUSTER DATE NIGHT IN MAYFAIR THAT STARTED AT 

Call me the Alexander Petrovsky of date night. And before any of you shake your fists at me with cries of Team Aidan! or Team Big! (Team Berger? No? Darn right, he was a real wet towel), hear this Sex And The City-binge-watching-sister out. So maybe I'm neither composing 'Ick!'-inducing love songs on my grand piano* nor waltzing in couture** at the local Maccy D's, but if you want me to show you a good time you gotta get your art on (and get to grips with chopsticks - you'll see why in a bit). And as far as London art exhibitions go, it doesn't get bigger than the annual Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. Every year, this world-class institution of art hosts its legendary open-submission summer show, with an eye-watering exhibit of over a thousand works within the Palladian-mansion walls of Burlington House. Because either you go big or you go home. Jack Berger, I'm talking to you...
#RASUMMER

 *but I did compose a painting for my intended...
**although I was wearing Valentino, does that count?

June 19, 2016

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2016

A BLOCKBUSTER DATE NIGHT IN MAYFAIR THAT STARTED AT  THE  ROYAL ACADEMY SUMMER EXHIBITION 2016 Call me the Alexander Pe...

Ciao, Milano! Fondazione Prada, Milan




THE (ART) HOUSE THAT MIU MIU BUILT: THE NEW MILAN VENUE OF FONDAZIONE PRADA

June 15, 2016

Ciao, Milano! Fondazione Prada, Milan

THE (ART) HOUSE THAT MIU MIU BUILT:  THE NEW MILAN VENUE OF FONDAZIONE PRADA

Gastrovino & Bar8, Chelsea

Gastrovino & Bar8: the latest culinary adventure by Italian spirits expert Giuseppe Gallo and the Made in Italy group comes to King's Road, Chelsea, offering affordable seasonal menus of authentic Italian food by chef Andrea Pesenti and a selection of 20 Italian wines and 8 unique cocktails. 
THE BEST OF IL BEL PAESE 'THE BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY' AT
June 06, 2016

Gastrovino & Bar8, Chelsea

  THE BEST OF  IL BEL PAESE  'THE BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY' AT GASTROVINO & BAR8    •    257 KINGS ROAD SW3 5EL

10 Surprising Things I Learnt About Russia

10 Surprising Things I Learned About Russia from my trip to Moscow and Saint Petersburg

CULTURAL LEARNINGS OF RUSSIA FOR MAKE BENEFIT GLORIOUS BLOG OF POSH, BROKE, & BORED
*wow, a Borat and The Hobbit reference in one heading - I'm on fire.
June 03, 2016

10 Surprising Things I Learnt About Russia

CULTURAL LEARNINGS OF RUSSIA FOR MAKE BENEFIT GLORIOUS BLOG OF POSH, BROKE, & BORED *wow, a Borat and The Hobbit re...

35 New Cavendish Street, Marylebone


Democratised dining at 35 New Cavendish Street, a Marylebone private members club with a new menu where everything is £20 and under.
A MARYLEBONE MEMBERS CLUB WITH A MENU UNDER £20
The Cavendish at 35 New Cavendish Street, Fitzrovia

Despite the average champagne socialist's assertions that the antiquated class system (caste system?) is still very much the oppressor of those who dare to dream, the truth is that we live in a world where social mobility is the wind beneath the wings of the bold and the busty (have you forgotten that display at Grand National? Yes, I'm also trying to). Luxury has become increasingly democratic, as exemplified by head chef Douglas Santi's new 'everything £20 or under' menu, launched yesterday at refined Fitzrovia establishment 35 New Cavendish Street.
June 01, 2016

35 New Cavendish Street, Marylebone

A MARYLEBONE MEMBERS CLUB WITH A MENU UNDER £20 The Cavendish  at 35 New Cavendish Street, Fitzrovia Despite the average ch...

Myki Sand Bar - Archer Street, Soho


THE LAUNCH OF  MYKI SAND BAR AT ARCHER STREET, SOHO
May 26, 2016

Myki Sand Bar - Archer Street, Soho

Arty Amsterdam: 5 Must-See Museums

What To See in Amsterdam : Five Museums you Can't Miss including Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum, Museum Van Loon, Venustempel Sex Museum, and Red Light Secrets: Museum of Prostitution.
SWOOP IN ON THESE FIVE AMSTERDAM MUSEUMS YOU CAN'T MISS

The four things you must do in Amsterdam is to tiptoe through the tulips at Keukenhof, check in at the uber-hip new W Hotel, enjoy these unexpected and luxurious culinary experiences, and of course soak in the best of Dutch art, design, and culture. From classic to contemporary to downright raunchy, here is my pick of the 5 Must See Museums in Amsterdam. You can easily, like I did, cover all of these in two days. Entry to some of these museums are free or discounted with the I Amsterdam City Card which also offers free unlimited public transport - but with a city this scenic, why not explore on foot?
May 08, 2016

Arty Amsterdam: 5 Must-See Museums

SWOOP IN ON THESE  FIVE  AMSTERDAM MUSEUMS YOU CAN'T MISS The four things you must do in Amsterdam is to tiptoe through the ...