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#GiffGaffSnaps Instagraming London

I love London and I love walking so when Giff Gaff & Best LDN Walks invited me to join their #GiffGaffSnaps photo walk, I pulled on my walking wedges.  The two-hour Instagram tour takes in London’s most hashtagged locations so you can #selfie in landmark style. We were also joined by Phil Hibberd, who taught the UK’s very first mobile phone photography course, sharing tips on smartphone … Continue reading #GiffGaffSnaps Instagraming London

Afternoon tea, Laura Ashley The Manor Hotel

Lady Who Afternoon Teas At Laura Ashley The Manor Hotel

I adore London but sometimes she can be so manically frantic, a sojourn to a country retreat is required. The brilliant thing about London is that escaping the madness can be a mere hop away. With perfect timing, I was invited to afternoon tea at Laura Ashley The Manor Hotel, a new hotel on the outskirts of London – 20 minutes on the train from Kings … Continue reading Lady Who Afternoon Teas At Laura Ashley The Manor Hotel

London: Far from the madding Oxford Street crowds: John Lewis Roof Garden

You could discover something new in London every single day. Yesterday I discovered that there is a roof garden on the top floor of John Lewis on Oxford Street.  It’s so peaceful up there far from the madding Oxford Street crowds. The garden has been designed by Tony Woods, RHS Young Garden Designer of the Year 2013, whose winning design was based on achieving tranquility … Continue reading London: Far from the madding Oxford Street crowds: John Lewis Roof Garden

Travel Tip: Olive & June nail salon, Beverly Hills 90210 – the best nail place ever

Whenever I travel I always head to the nearest drugstore on an expedition to discover what exciting new beauty bounty I can score. Secondly whenever I have time I like getting my nails done somewhere locals go. And so on a recent trip to Los Angeles, several recommendations lead me to discovering the best nail salon ever – Olive & June.  The salon is located … Continue reading Travel Tip: Olive & June nail salon, Beverly Hills 90210 – the best nail place ever

Sunday Lunch, The Garden Restaurant at Orsett Hall

I recently shared my spa experience at Kukana Spa at Orsett Hall, a luxury hotel in Thurrock, Essex. The second part of my treat was Sunday lunch in the  Garden Restaurant, at Orsett Hall. The Garden restaurant offers far more than standard hotel fare and operates as a stand alone setting. The chef, Robert Pearce, was crowned Essex Chef of the Year 2013 and the restaurant Fine Dining … Continue reading Sunday Lunch, The Garden Restaurant at Orsett Hall

Travel: Spa-ahing At Kukana Spa at Orsett Hall

My sister has recently become an Essex girl. For my birthday she decided to treat me to a spa visit in her neck of the woods. And so I found myself in the swanky surroundings of Kukana Spa at Orsett Hall, in the middle of the scenic Essex countryside. Kukana Spa is located in the basement of Orsett Hall, a modern four-star hotel set on acres of … Continue reading Travel: Spa-ahing At Kukana Spa at Orsett Hall

Happy New Year

THANK YOU! TOP 10 POSTS OF 2013

I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who reads Wonderlusting. I truly appreciate every view, like and comment! Here’s a run down of the Top 10 Most Read Posts of 2013: First Impressions: Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Makeup Collection at Selfridges Vaishaly Cleansing Balm Review – post traumatic cleanser disorder! Well Hello! The Mentalist Simon Baker is Face of New Givenchy Fragrance Beauty News: Iman … Continue reading THANK YOU! TOP 10 POSTS OF 2013

Travel Tip: Fine Dining At The Tides, Barbados

I recently went to Barbados for the first time (yes I know I’m a very lucky girl!)  and thought I would share a few travel tips. Barbados is pretty much picture postcard every which way you look. The sea really is that turquoise blue colour, no filter required. The Caribbean paradise island, though technically not in the Caribbean – have a look at a map it’s … Continue reading Travel Tip: Fine Dining At The Tides, Barbados