Tuesday, 28 February 2017


We travelled to Paris on a 5am train to the hidden silver workshop of Hermes and Puiforcat. The manufacturers had  invited us to see how the silverware is created, and the meet the artisans who craft these beautiful objects. 

Once one understands the time and craftsmanship that goes into making luxury goods (from handbags, cars and watches etc.) one understands why it must cost so much. It takes around 10 years to train to be a silversmith, and the love of their craft translates into the pieces.

We were given our tour by Hermes' top Silversmith - a friendly and passionate Frenchman that didn't speak any English, called Arnold. 

We were greeted by tea, coffee and fruits in a workshop. The walls were covered in tools and equipment that have been specially made by the silversmiths for the Puiforcat silverware. They have been using tools like these for hundreds of years with little changes. 

These silversmiths make all the tools and products by hand. They curve the silver by beating it with hammers, using heat, fire, polishers and acid until it is smooth and mirror-perfect. They engrave the metals using microscopes and free hand drawing. It’s a time consuming but magical process. 

We were lucky with the timing of our visit. The artisans had just completed the silver coffee and tea service in the photos below. This design was first created for Emperor Joseph I the King of Germany - only 10 have been made since its first production in 1759.

This set took a year and half to complete and retails for approximately 500,000 Euros!

The latest collection - Puiforcat Orfevre-Sommelier, is a collection of wine glasses and decanters that were designed by Puiforcat, London based designer Michael Anasassiades and 'World's Best Sommelier 2004' Enrico Bernardo.

We visited Enrico Bernardo's Michelin star Parisian restaurant, IL VINO for a meal paired with wines selected by the sommelier using the new collection.


Truffle something or other


Citrus sorbet

Then full of food we travelled back to London on the 4 pm train, un merveilleux mercredi! 

Tuesday, 14 February 2017


I did a course at the Inchbald School of Design, a specialist Interior Design school. It was the best learning experience I've had. The lecturer was so passionate and informed about the history of interiors and architecture. 

Since then I have been on a path that I hope will eventually lead to designing and decorating properties. 

One of the most fun parts of creating a space is making the mood board. 

Here are a few of the interiors and designers that are currently on my inspiration radar.

India Mahdavi 

Epic Epic Epic. Top of my list as my favourite public space designer.

India Madahvi is the reigning queen of colour "It's the best way to bring sunshine into a space," says the Paris-based interior designer. "Sunshine is happiness, and my work is about happiness."
- Architectural Digest, Sept. 2016.

Don’t be afraid of keeping the same colour throughout your scheme. Use the furniture as art and accent pieces to create pops of interest. You can't go wrong being brave! 

Ashley Stark

Stark is the creative director at Stark Carpets, if you haven’t been on her Instagram yet you have to check it out @ashleystark

India Hicks

English aristocrat and Princess Diana’s flower girl grows up to be blonde boho model goddess, moves to Bahamas with her beautiful family and designs my dream beach house and my dream beach life. All of that.

Greg Natale

Australian elegance. I love the Australian aesthetic - beachy and wild but with a sophisticated edge. I have a fantasy image of Australia - as this first world cosmopolitan haven, but everyone is always outdoors or at the beach tanning and working out, and everyone has naturally ombre hair, and dresses in my dream summer wardrobe and eats Acai bowls. I like this fantasy. 

Greg Natale knows how to mix patterns but with all the class.

Black, white and baby blue can be masculine, feminine and utterly refined. Gold accents are always a good idea.

Ann Hodges

Jamaica’s most recognised contemporary architect and interior designer. Her creations make me feel nostalgic for home and childhood memories. Lots of lazer cut details in wood and big windows to let in the Caribbean light. Dreamy. 

Keep it Simple. 
White painted walls and wood goes a long way if you have a lot of natural light . Traditional wood work can be updated using colour and carvings. Mix  soft furnishings with natural materials like wicker or sea shells. Note the accent wall made of photographs - different sizes and shapes but the black frames give unity. 

It's all about using light, colour and comfort to create a space that people enjoy being in and want to come back to.

Let me know any designers, Instagram/Pintrest pages or artists that inspire you in the comments below!

x o x o 

Monday, 6 February 2017

BODYISM, LONDON - Be Kind to yourself

Any fitness class that starts with a shot has to be a good time, right?

'Bodyism Warrior' is the signature class at James Duigan's Notting Hill members-only wellness studio - Bodyism. Before each class you are given a delicious 'Berry Blast' shot filled with acai, green tea and amino acids to rev up your metabolism, boost energy and help burn fat.

I  was invited to take a complimentary class at the studio after stopping by the 'Clean & Lean' cafe a few weeks ago.

Bodyism is famous for whipping super bodies into shape like Rosie Huntington-Whitely, David Gandy, Pippa Middleton and the forever iconic Elle Macpherson.

The lights in the studios are designed to provide additional Vitamin D and the air is specially purified and oxygenated for maximum wellness effect.

photo above from my gym twin @vivalevee 

Best guy, standing gaurd

We were greeted by a lovely girl (and that dog above) who gave us a tour of the facilities and explained membership options. She explained that the focus of the club is 'optimal health', and made sure to let me know it's exclusive and members-only. Membership includes a welcome pack, classes (depending on which membership tier you purchase) and discounts at the cafe and beauty treatment centre. Membership begins at £110 per month for the basic package up to £30,000 per year (yes, you read that right)

The signature class is about an hour long - it's fusion of yoga stretching, High Intensity Interval Training for fat loss (like high knees and even crawling around on all fours like an animal, that part was really funny) and Pilates for toning.

During the class it felt like we weren't working that hard. I wasn't panting or sweating like the classes at the other boutique gyms I've been to. But today, I can definitely feel it! Sneaky and effective.

After the class I treated myself to a gluten free, diary free, refined sugar free (fun free) yet somehow still delicious chocolate chip 'Life Changing Cookie' and a 'Body Brilliance' Smoothie - tag line: the Supermodels secret weapon (I'm a sucker for marketing)

We were encouraged to try the signature 'Bulletproof coffee' - shot of espresso, organic butter and coconut oil, but I wasn't feeling for any caffeine. Maybe I will try make it at home.

Sticker from Anya Hindmarch

Then we went to have a very late lunch at Granger & Co.which is only a few minutes walk away. Westbourne Grove is one of my favourite parts of London!

Photo above from google.com/images

Scrambled eggs and sourdough toast (with yummy melted butter)


The experience was Amazing. I love the mantra - be kind to yourself and taking wellness as an experience and a lifestyle. 

Maybe one day when I have enough spare time and cash I'll take the membership... but for now the smoothies, and cookies will be just fine.

x o x o