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!


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