31 May 2015

A Little Bit of London

A big red bus can only mean one thing right?!

If you follow my Instagram account, you will be well informed by now that I made a little a trip to London last weekend.   Prepare yourself for a bit of a long rambly post (you might want to grab a cup of tea or coffee at this point - coffee if you're a little on the tired side!)

Now don't get me wrong, I love living in Cardiff but sometimes you can get a little tired of the same old scenery and let's face it, it doesn't have quite the variety of shops and eating places that London has! 

As it happens, shopping was not high on the agenda for this trip...shock horror! However, that's not to say that none was done and there was a whole lotta browsing going on!

Travelling in the car to London from Cardiff only takes only a few hours and we always stay in the Hilton Double Tree in Chelsea Harbour - nothing fancy, but really functional and good quality and in a great location for Kings Road and a little further afield, my favourite part of London. 

I decided whilst rummaging around in my wardrobe last weekend that it was time that the stupidly priced Rag and Bone hat got some use since it was purchased in New York last year.   Here I am looking a bit 'smug bitch' in it - that wasn't intended! 

On the first afternoon I wanted to take a little trip to Liberty.  I love the oldy-feel of this department store and the quirkiness of the set up inside (the wooden lifts in particular) and it's definitely my favourite London department store (although Selfridges bag hall wins hands down!)  

The centre of the shop has a stairwell and the fabric display above this was pretty impressive (a lot better than my crappy iPhone photo really could show you to be honest!) 

I love the Liberty print fabrics and had my eye on some of their special edition trainers initially, however, I talked myself out of them whilst I was here since I wouldn't wear them enough.  Pat on the back for me! :) 

I also spent a considerable amount of time in London swooning after Valentino Rockstuds and have decided that another 'flats' purchase will be made soon.  Possibly in black. 

One of the main purposes of going to Liberty was to have a little look in the perfume department, since I know they stock Bryedo perfume.  I was a little underwhelmed by the sales assistant here though (to say the least) and got very confused when smelling them because everything seemed to smell the same on initial application! I walked away from the counter feeling very unsure and disappointed! :(


Selfridges happened and the Bryedo sales assistant here was considerably more helpful and..... a purchase was made! More about this in a future post though...

After spotting Vogue House, grabbing some sushi on the go, mooching around some shops on New Bond Street and spending almost half an hour at the Charlotte Tilbury counter and not buying anything (I can't talk about this!) we then tubed it back to the hotel to get ready for dinner.

Now as you can see, I'm not the kinda gal who packs lightly.  For just two days - this is the amount of make up I took (and don't even get me started on clothes!) 

For those interested the 'covering all eventualities' make up kit it goes like this....

  • Selection of brushes
  • Beauty Blender
  • Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation
  • Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Powder in 'Candlelight' Highlighter
  • Eyelash curlers
  • Nars Creamy Concealer
  • Tom Ford Bronzer
  • Nars Audacious lipstick in 'Fanny' (hmm, I cringe every time I write this!)
  • Jo Malone Nectarine Blossom and Honey Perfume
  • Bourjois Une Seconde Mascara
  • MAC 'Shy Girl' Lipstick
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light
  • Lorac Eye Primer
  • MAC Amber Times Nine Palette
  • Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara
  • Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage
  • Make Up For Ever Extravagant Smoky Lash Mascara
  • Hourglass Luminous Flush blusher
  • Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder
  • Rimmel 'East End Snob' Lip Liner
  • Nyx Butter Gloss in Creme Brûlée
  • Marc Jacobs Daisy Rollerball
  • Charlotte Tilbury Penelope Pink Lipstick
  • Marc Jacobs Eyeliner
  • Soap and Glory Brow Pencil
  • Nars Laguna Bronzer

I'd booked 'Toms Kitchen' for Sunday evening, somewhere not too stuffy with simple but good food.  I'd heard great things about the Truffle Mac n'Cheese here and boy were those people right! I'm going to try and recreate this at home (how hard can it be she says?!) I'll let you know how that goes! The burger was also very tasty.  Loved it here and would definitely recommend it to anyone visiting London, there are apparently a few different locations across the capital should you happen to be in a different part of London. 

Bank Holiday Monday arrived and I'd booked a great little place called 'Boma' for breakfast on Wandsworth Bridge Road (SW6) I've been following them on Instagram for some time and the food always looked fantastic.  It didn't disappoint! I had the sweet potato and chorizo baked egg with avocado on toast - to say it was amazing wouldn't even do it justice.  The service here was great too and I also got a little bit star struck when I realised Josh from Made In Chelsea was sat next to us (even though I'm not actually a huge fan of his and he annoys me a little bit in the show - sorry Josh! haha) 

After breakfast we headed up to Kings Road and browsed around some of the shops, it's one of my absolute favourite places to be in London, some great little shops and boutiques and generally just has a nice sort of vibe about it. 

Whilst traipsing up Kings Road I did a bit of what I like to call 'house-lusting' just look at this street, I could definitely be quite at home here! 

After Kings Road we walked up to Harvey Nichols and feeling a bit tired had a coffee and a juice at their fifth floor cafe.  I also had a little nose around the food hall here and picked up some banana and honey peanut butter, which I've since tried and tested spread thickly on toast and it is divine! 

Quite randomly, I found myself in Kate Spade on the way back.  Having purchased the 'odds and ends' plate for my dressing table I was intrigued to have a little look in the shop to see what else they had.  I'm not really a fan of their leather goods, I'm not sure why - I've never really thought of myself as a 'Kate Spade' person.  However I did quite like a few things whilst browsing around and after I've finished writing this I might have a little browse on the website (I lied, I've just looked and I've noticed some more plates that they didn't have in the shop! clicks..buys...oops!)

Last of all we walked along the Chelsea Embankment all the way back to the hotel where I took lots of pictures and admired the buildings! 

So that was my little weekend break in London, congratulations if you've made it this far!

Does anyone else have any UK based mini-break recommendations? I'm all ears! :)

Hope you've all had fantastic weekends and I'll be back soon with a perfume review for you!


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