Laura Oakes is a new designer that Debenhams has just introduced to their /Editions SS15 homewares collection. Laura can usually be found in Rye, in her shop filled with up-cycled vintage furniture, covered in colourful patterned fabric. The collection is decorated in ‘digital decoupage’ patterns and is inspired by flora, fauna, travelling or even a dream.
I am happy to have attended this event as otherwise I might have missed Laura Oakes‘ work, which is so up my street. The decoupage, bold colours and patterns are striking and the general anachronistic romantic imagery that they evoked in me was an absolute treat to my aesthetic sensibilities.
Since the weather decided to go cold and wet, my hair tends to turn into a frizz ball (from now on to be referred to as The Frizz) that I desperately try to tame. I have put together a list of some of the affordable products I have tried so far, in my quest for long, healthy looking hair. (My hair is dyed frequently so keep this in mind as it means it needs extra TLC).
This is the first post on the My Week of Beauty series – a week I am devoting to beauty – reviews, ideas and experiences.
I don’t get that many opportunities to do spa treatments (read instead ‘spare cash’). The last time I had a deep tissue massage I felt like I had been beaten up afterwards and since I don’t go to gyms, I also miss out on my favourite things, the sauna and the steam room. No wonder spas have been popular since forever and the Romans were huge fans, it’s one of the best things you can treat yourself with. A few months ago I was gifted a voucher for a free treatment at the Chuan Spa in London and no one had to ask me to go twice. I had been meaning to book it for a while and I’m glad I did it for the 19th of January, the day that is considered the most depressing day of the year.
Recently I went to the theatre and defied gravity… I mean, saw what is considered the best musical of the decade – Wicked!
My lovely friend Sarah (a children’s book author, also blogging at Creating With Kohla) came down from Grantham and we then embarked on what would be my first London musical experience. The play was great, the singing top notch and we even got to meet two of the main stars. You don’t believe me? Read on to find out!
Last Sunday my friend Iain was visiting from Grantham so we went to Hoi Polloi, the restaurant at the Ace Hotel in Shoreditch for brunch. It was the best idea ever. I’d been there before but not on a Sunday, and what makes Sundays so special? You get to listen to a string quartet play live while you eat your food and what fun it is! They played modern pop songs by Rhianna as well as The Love Cats by The Cure, among others. It was funny and very pleasant.
And the food? We had eggs benedict with bacon on a muffin and they were yummy. The sauce was light but creamy, the eggs had a good consistency and everything tasted fresh. As for drinks, after the customary cup of tea we ended up ordering a jug of bloody mary, that was absolutely delicious. It was a regular bloody mary but with some (or maybe a lot, depending on how sensitive you are to spicy flavours) kick to it. It has to be the jalapeno! The bloody mary isn’t that strong, so unlike the picture, you don’t leave the restaurant seeing double.
We didn’t book a table and it wasn’t necessary as we were given a table straight away but if you want to make sure you have a seat, you may want to head on to their website to make a reservation.
Have you been to the Ace yet? What other places would you recommend for brunch in London?