As a London based lifestyle blogger, I get to see and experience many new things in the city. This could be a new restaurant opening, a new homewares or fashion collection launch, workshops and fun campaigns.
I thought it would be fun to share my curated selection with you. So here goes:
1. Pretty choux pastries and floral walls.
To start off, I’d like to announce that Maitre Choux, London’s most delectable choux pastry shop has now opened a new store in the King’s road.
On Wednesday evening, I attended their launch party and was greeted with a tempting tower of colourful pastries and champagne. I thought I’d show you my favourite, the Paris Brest eclair made of nougatine, praline, hazelnut and whipped cream.
Not only are the pastries tasty and beautiful, but now, there are gorgeous floral walls for selfies.
2. ASOS’ new Homewares brand ASOS Supply. Hot off the press show last night, I’ve photographed a few of my favourite pieces from asos‘ new homewares collection, ASOS Supply.
Being such a popular and fashion forward brand, it was about time asos launched a homewares collection, and it did not disappoint.
The collection is perfect for university rooms and first time buyers / renters. However, despite me not being any of the latter, I’m still coveting it.
ASOS supply consist of 3 trends : Global traveller, Eclectic Luxe and Cool minimal.
Global Traveller ( image above) is inspired by natural materials and bright colour pops. Eclectic Luxe offer a mix of products and fabrics, such as recycled glassware, retro inspired statement pieces and animal prints, whilst Cool minimal uses clean lines and brushstroke patterns on products. Check out these pretty cushions with the Evil eyes.
I am a fan of the evil eye, and even blogged about it in my workspace not so long ago. The blue and pink evil eye print comes in a duvet cover too. There’s even a rattan evil eye mirror. How beautiful are these ceramics, part of the Eclectic Luxe trend. Animal print is still going strong, especially leopard print. These are throws and towels. ASOS’ new homewares collection will be available from February 4th 2019. I’m pretty sure the whole collection is going to be super popular, so grab it before it goes.
That’s what happened to me last weekend, as I was invited to one of The London Refinery‘s candle making workshops. It was so fun to disengage from the hustle and bustle of city life, and relax for 2 hours mixing essential oils to make candles.
Lucy, the founder of The London Refinery is an excellent teacher, and I came out feeling very inspired.
You can get your own scented candle making kits to make at home too.
4. Fun London ad campaign. Talking about creativity, I’m absolutely loving Marsh and Parson, one of London’s top estate agents’ current campaign on matching people to property.
I love the personas they have created to match properties.
Above, is a couple embracing the 1980s style. Here’s the Memphis style room that I created to match their 1980s persona. and what do you say to this Brexit reference? I think it’s so clever and it certainly grabs attention.
5. Nostalgic dining in London. I had a wonderful experience at one of London’s established dining institutions, that is Simpson’s in the Strand.
Under the culinary direction of Master Cook Adrian Martin, we got to try dishes reinterpreted from the restaurant’s archive dating back to 1913.
This is the reception area. Love the traditional English look, with its deep red leather sofa set against the blue pigmented panelled walls.
This is the dining room.
We had Baked Manx queen scallops for starters.
Beef carved from silver domed trolleys.
And delicious sticky toffee pudding.
The food and ambience was amazing. Definitely something to try if you are visiting London.
( AD: All experiences were invitations to review.)