16 October 2017

Hallmark Hotel London Chigwell Prince Regent review

A couple of weekends ago I had the pleasure of staying at one of the very many Hallmark Hotels in the UK. The one I stayed at was in Chigwell, Prince Regent. The entrance into the hotel grounds is very spacious and ideal for grand events such as weddings and large parties. Upon arrival we were warmly welcomed by the reception staff who booked us in and confirmed our reservation for afternoon tea which I was really looking forward to. The hotel has recently been renovated and I noticed this just by walking to my room. The room was much larger than I had anticipated and exceptionally contemporary compared to the overall Georgian style of the hotel. The decor was sultry and sophisticated with an absolutely gorgeously styled glamorous bathroom. I have to say it had one of the most comfiest beds I have ever slept in, but I generally do like the feel and comfort of hotel beds. After dropping our bags we went downstairs to the brasserie-styled restaurant which features an adjacent bar and lounge to enjoy our afternoon tea and yes, it was definitely tasty. I've had quite a few afternoon teas in various locations but this one, in particular had the best sandwiches. 

One of its best features has to be the stunning historical architecture and beautiful landscape gardens which is very popular for outdoor weddings.

Overall, it was a lovely hotel and very family friendly. The afternoon tea and full English breakfast was very delicious and the superior double room we stayed it was stylishly comfy and definitely to my taste.


12 October 2017

Dominique Ansel’s Blossoming Hot Chocolate

The Blossoming Hot Chocolate first started in Dominique Ansel’s Tokyo shop and quickly went viral and soon debuted at his New York and London bakeries. With the start of autumn and chillier weather here in London the Blossoming Hot Chocolate is back at Dominique Ansel Bakery London for the season. The Blossoming Hot Chocolate features a marshmallow flower that blossoms inside a cup of our homemade chef’s hot chocolate. The marshmallow is surrounded by a thin layer of white chocolate so when it’s placed into the hot chocolate the white chocolate melts causing the flower to “bloom,” revealing a chocolate bonbon surprise inside. 

 Blossoming Hot Chocolate
Pricing: £5.40 eat-in only


4 October 2017

Styling menswear for autumn

We're now finally in autumn and putting away our summer clothes to make space for our autumn wear. There are still many items of clothing that you can wear into the colder months such as chinos. Chinos make a wonderfully stylish summer look but they also look great worn in autumn. The way you can 'pull off' an autumn chino look is by sticking to darker colours, such as black and denim and leaving the whites and tanned colours solely for summer. Another great reason to add a pair into your winter wardrobe is because they are super versatile as they can be worn with trainers, shoes or boots. My favourite look is a casual one, when chinos are paired with trainers as can be seen with these from Jacamo. Black, casual but smart, these make a great transition from summer to autumn. More colours and clothing which you can mix and match to these chinos can be found at Jacamo!


24 September 2017

Weekend Favourites: {autumnal blush}

Every year I look forward to autumn, primarily because I can start wintering up my wardrobe with cute accessories. This autumn I've opted for pinky nudes instead of my usual monochrome style. I love POWDER's winter range. It's full of the prettiest accessories, from bobble hats, to the cutest suede gloves and the softest scarves. I love the quality of these pieces and the details are beautiful, with my favourite being the little pink bows on my pink and grey suede gloves. For matching children accessories take a look at my other blog post here! Are you looking forward to autumn and winter and what are your favourite accessories?!



23 September 2017

The Studio Lounger from Darlings of Chelsea

Darlings, Darlings of Chelsea have a new sofa range called The Studio Range. It features the most beautiful Lumio Teal lounger sofa, along with a wide collection of other fabrics and colours, if Teal isn't to your style. The button detailing along with a style and shape inspired from 1960's design make this collection exciting and super luxurious. Not only do the different fabrics come in a range of colours but there is also a range of leg colours to complement the style of your room. The main features of this new design is its clean lines, stylish curved arms and sumptuous cushioned back and sides that are finished with button detailing. The side cushions also offer underestimated but essential comfort. What I like about this contemporary design is that the sofa comes on raised legs, which is perfect for creating an illusion of space and is ideal for smaller living rooms. This sofa is definitely on trend this A/W and would make a beautiful statement piece in any home. 


16 September 2017

My favourite Winter accesories

My winter wardrobe is finally coming together and my latest pieces are some gorgeous accessories from POWDER. They specialise in hats, scarves and gloves and the quality is outstanding. I find it so adorable being able to match fashion accessories with my toddler, as they also have a kids range. POWDER's beautiful collections make the perfect gift and their packaging is amazing and so pretty. The fabrics are super soft and come in a wide variety of colours and styles. Sofia and I are definitely ready for these cold London days with our cute soft pink accessories!


14 September 2017

Style your home with Brabantia

Being a busy mum of three children and balancing blogging alongside family life can be quite tiring at times. This is why for me it's essential to have the most practical accessories at home that thrive in quality and style to make my work and life balance easier. Brabantia makes life at home a pleasant experience. Their famous ironing boards are sturdy and therefore I feel safe and secure ironing clothes. It takes half the time ironing a shirt and I don't have to iron as slowly as I would do on a less secure ironing board. Stylish accessories in the home are important as it adds character and charm. Brabantia have a wide selection of beautiful products in many different styles, prints and colours. What is particularly attractive is that you can match your kitchen or bathroom bin to your decor, as can be seen in my kitchen, in the photo below! More about the newIcon Pedal Bin can be seen here! My Mandala ironing board is the perfect size for the items of clothing I usually iron. It is slightly wider than any of my previous ironing boards, making ironing easier and less time consuming. For more about the Mandala board or to check out other stunning styles click here!


12 September 2017

Sweetpea and Willow Blogger Event

I attended the Summer of Sweetpea blogger and press event which was abundant with design influencers. It was held on such a beautiful sunny day, with a gorgeous blue sky. Upon arrival I couldn't help notice the beautiful decor of balloons and flower arrangements created by the lovely women at Stems and Bows. Inside, the showroom lit up with super glamorous pieces of furniture, which were beautifully styled. Sweetpea and Willow has one of the prettiest and most glamorous showrooms I have been to. It was styled beautifully and the pieces on show were delightful, from the most stunning bespoke pieces such as headboards and sofas to the finest interior pieces. The showroom portrays a glamorous pick and mix of pieces to suit most tastes. Outside, there was delicious food on site provided by Dough & Deer, who served up stone baked pizza including a yummy chocolate filled one. The London Prosecco Co' were also there topping up everyone's glasses with sparkling cocktails.

Sweetpea and Willow's show room is London based and you can check out there website here!

Such a stylish Moroccan themed interior.

Making your dressing table look beautiful makes such a difference to the overall look and feel of your bedroom. Decorate it with pretty things!
This mini bar I spotted in the showroom is just perfect. I love the ceramic pineapple!
 Tropical inspired interior. I absolutely love this little space, it's a glamorous mix of green, gorgeous colours and a touch of gold.

Images taken by me.

3 September 2017

BPerfect 10 Second Tan

I've been self-tanning for years and get excited every time a new product comes out. Recently, I discovered the 10 Second Tan by Perfect Cosmetics and I love it! It doesn't have that strong self-tan smell and it doesn't streak. Most self tanners last five days on average and this lasted almost two weeks, and yes I did shower every day! When dry and developed, it wasn't orange at all and looked like a natural tan.

The 10 Second Tan is a liquid non-streak formula that is easy to apply via a spray bottle. It's quick drying, long lasting and is lightly scented with soft notes of coconut. 

It's available to buy online at BPerfect Cosmetics

This look was created using products gifted from BPerfect Cosmetics.

22 August 2017

Live Parisian with Darphin

Parisian skincare and beauty products have always shun bright in my eyes. From perfumes, to fantastic foundations and ultimate facial moisturisers. So I was utterly excited when I was asked to review Darphin's skincare range. The range I was sent includes an Aromatic Cleansing Balm with Rosewood which is a cleansing balm that helps remove impurities and makeup from the skin when applied to the face and mixed with a little water. The balm feels very luxurious and I use it every other day to remove my makeup as it also works as a facial.

The key benefits are:

  • Entraps impurities with balm texture 
  • Cleanses skin and removes makeup 
  • Purifies skin thanks to the benefits of sage essential oil 
  • Nourishes skin 
The Hydraskin Intensive Moisturising Serum is also a lovely product, it is light and refreshing upon application and works well underneath your facial moisturiser. 

The key benefits are: 
  • Immediately hydrates skin 
  • Infuses the cells with water 
  • Relieves skin from feeling tight

One of my favourite products is the Revitalising Oil For Face, Body & Hair. I use this primarily on my hair after drying it as it leaves it so soft and impeccably shiny. It's one of the best oils I have ever used in my hair. Perfect for both blondes and brunettes.

The key benefits are:
  • Reveals in one step a nourished, revitalised glowing skin  
  • Restores the body to sublime smoothness 
  • Helps strengthen hair to reduce breakage

I absolutely love the Hydraskin Light Gel Cream, I've used it only at nighttime so far and it leaves my skin feeling very hydrated and beautifully fresh when I wake up. Along with the Revitalising Oil For Face, Body & Hair, this is one of my favourite products.

The key benefits are:
  • Helps maintain hydration day after day 
  • More luminous complexion glowing with health 
Chamomile Aromatic Care smells incredible, this is a luxurious oil which I use when I want to feel pampered. It helps calm my skin and reduces redness.

The key benefits are:
  • Calms, soothes and visibly relieves redness; 
  • Helps diminish the appearance of irritations and blotchiness 

I'm starting off the week with Darphin ðŸŒ¿ and you can too! Use code "liveparisian" to get 15% off any purchase on their website! 

This look was created using products gifted as part of the Preen.Me VIP programme together with Darphin.

8 August 2017

Prada Marfa Bedroom

Prada Marfa wall art looks glamorous, stylish and on trend in most rooms. I especially like this take on it, featured on a bedroom wall above the bed. It compliments the colour scheme of the room and of the accessories. The sheets are from beach house, the round pillow case is from Designby and the gorgeous basket is from Ã…hlens.

{Images via: damernasvarld}

7 August 2017

Hi my lovelies! I've been nominated for an Amara IBAs blog award! I'm super excited and would love if you can vote for me! :) Click here to vote!


3 July 2017

How to Style this year´s Swimwear

Swimwear is a summer staple, especially if you are planning on getting away for a week and taking a break in the sun. Everyone wants to look their best in their holiday photos. Therefore, you need to put together a stylish beach or poolside outfit. To help you to find the perfect swimwear for your summer holidays, I have put together a few styling tips which are easy to implement.

2017 swimwear styles
Let’s start with the swimwear itself then move onto the accessories. It is always worth checking out the latest styles. If something catches your eye, and it fits you well when you try it on, go for it. Being able to rock the latest look always feels good.
However, if on the other hand, you try them on and do not feel 100% comfortable, it is better to buy something else. It is important that you feel confident when you are on the beach.
Fortunately, this year there is a lot of choice, so it is not hard to stay on trend. The majority of swimwear designers have opted to take their inspiration from the 80s. That means string bikinis and high-leg one pieces.

A stylish hat
Large floppy hats are a great way to make a statement, as well as protect yourself from the sun. They look great with most styles of swimwear, especially when you pair them with the right sunglasses. This year’s aviator style glasses look especially good when worn with a big floppy style hat.

Beach and poolside jewellery 
If you want an even more glamorous look, wearing a statement necklace and some nice bracelets will do the trick. This year there is plenty of choice, so it is not hard to find something that blends in nicely. A good approach is to opt for something that is similar in colour to your one-piece or bikini.

Swimwear cover ups
It is always nice to be able to slip something on over your swimming costume when you go for lunch, or fancy taking a break from the pool to spend an hour shopping. There are still plenty of sarongs in the shops, but this year it is cover up dresses that are proving to be the most popular. Crochet style cover ups are especially feminine and glamorous.
These lightweight dresses are loosely cut, so they are extremely comfortable to wear. Because the majority of them are mid thigh length they are perfect for wearing with jeans, or a skirt, in the evening. You will also get a lot of use out of them when you get home, so it is worth spending a little extra and buying one made from a luxury fabric, like lace.

The right footwear 
Last, but by no means least, is the right footwear. Flip flops are convenient and affordable, but sandals can look even better. They are a great way to finish off your beach look. When it comes to footwear, satin is the big trend for 2017.
Unfortunately, that does not really work for the beach! Although, you could get away with wearing a pair if you are planning to stay poolside and were very careful to keep them dry. For the beach, a pair of nice strappy leather sandals is a good option. Provided you choose wisely, you will be able to wear them in the evenings as well, with a nice dress.


27 June 2017

Get the perfect wash with AEG

During Grand Designs Live I was introduced to AEG's new laundry range. Being a fashion blogger and a mum I know how important and time consuming it is getting the clothes washed, ironed and looking great. The new laundry collection features the 6000, 7000, 8000 and 9000 Series washing machines and tumble dryers, which has been specifically created to act as a protector of fabrics, defender of colours and guardian of fibres. Upon seeing the collection at Grand Designs Live, I was immediately taken in by how exceptional the design was. Each model within the range offers an impressive list of features and sustainable solutions such as the 9000 Series featuring SoftWater Technology that purifies and softens water before it enters the drum. Not only does this leave your clothes super soft and reduces fabric abrasion but it also keeps your machine in a healthy condition. The best thing about these machines is the fact that you can get 60°c cleaning performance at only 30°c. The 9000 and 8000 series also featureÖKOMix technology, which mixes the detergent and fabric softener with water before it's released into the drum. This ensures complete coverage over each item of clothing and top conditioning. 

How to know which Dry Clean Only clothes you can wash at home and more tips.

Not only is the design exceptional and really glamourous, but AEG aims to extend the life of clothing and the ability to be able to wash and preserve even the most delicate fabrics such as cashmere wool and silk fabrics during the washing and drying process.

Chris George, Head of UK and Ireland Marketing at Electrolux, comments

“Trust is a major issue when it comes to fabric care. In fact, most people rarely use more than three programmes and 40% still hand wash their clothes in fear their appliances will fade, shrink or ruin their favourite clothes. AEG has simplified the laundry process with easy to use functions designed to help people feel confident, even when washing their most precious outfits, and this is something we’re really proud of.”

AEG’s new Laundry Series promises innovative, contemporary and stylish design, technical advancement and superior quality at every level. Also, each machine is Woolmark accredited for extra reassurance you can wash and dry your wool garments safely.

I'm so excited by AEG's new laundry range as it's every fashionista and mums dream. Exceptional cleaning, carer of fabrics wish a gorgeous design! Whichever washing machine you choose, you can be sure that your clothes will be cared for better with the new Laundry Series from AEG.


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