Mads About Town

Luxury Rentals: A Glimpse at Villas.com’s London Property

Cheval Three Quays Villas.com

It takes something rather spectacular to halt my loquaciousness in full flow. I talk to my detriment – job interviews, theatre visits, a rather memorable trip to see Titanic in the 90s: all ruined by my unerring flow of speech. Standing on the balcony of the Cheval Three Quays apartment Read more →

Gastronomy in Greece: Costa Navarino Review

Costa Navarino Review

As published here on The Arbutarian. At Costa Navarino, smell informs the time of day. In the morning the gentle breeze carries the scent of the cinnamon that dusts the breakfast pastries. Walking back to my room, the herb gardens and flowers flanking the paths offer snippets of the plants indigenous to the Read more →

Review: Dermalogica’s New BioSurface Peel Treatment

Dermalogica BioSurface Peel Review

Quite frankly, the idea of taking myself for another post-summer peel this year was not very appealing. The one I had last year was intense and I didn’t want my skin to blister/peel/look generally revolting for days on end again (or fancy the pain during; that fizzing haunts me), despite Read more →

The Edit: 7 Recent Reads

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Though I’ve always been a voracious reader, I tend to go through phases where I simply can’t get enough of the written word. I’ve been in one of these reading spells for the last couple of months and have really enjoyed the below books. If you’re looking for inspiration for Read more →

Review: Sophia Kupse aka ‘The Muscle Whisperer’

Sophia Kupse Review

Sophia Kupse is pushing her thumbs into the area directly left of my right shoulder blade. This is the part of my back that continually gives me difficulty – when I’m under pressure, it is the first place in my body to register discomfort. The grip she has is firm Read more →

Pubs, Greece and the Countryside: I’ve Been…

The Crooked Billet Pub Oxfordshire

Reminiscing… With Kylie. Yes, the Kylie show wheeled back into town in its newest incarnation: the Kiss Me Once tour. With Kylie the formula is this: Dolce & Gabbana outfits, a smattering of new songs, a hefty dollop of nostalgia in the form of old songs and a lot of Read more →

Review: Sisley Facial at Liberty London

Sisley Essential Facial at Liberty London Review

While I’ve been babbling on about Budapest here in the blogosphere I’ve continued to dizzy myself in running around London and beyond in order to amass a wealth of new recommendations. My abundance of shopping, restaurant and travel notes will have to wait, however; I want to kick the new Read more →

Budapest Travelogue: Day Seven – Baths, Wandering & A VLOG

Andrassy Avenue Budapest

Two things occurred to me upon waking on my final day in Budapest: first, how very much I’d seen and second, how very much I still had to see. As it was abundantly clear I wouldn’t be able to tick everything off my list, I prioritised the famous thermal baths Read more →

Budapest Travelogue: Day Six – Ruins & Courtyard Bars

Budapest Street

My skin always decides to stage a little protest when I’ve been on a city break for a few days. Whether the result of a nightly glass of wine or just the rigours of travel, by day six in Budapest I couldn’t ignore the nascent spots that threatened to explode Read more →

Budapest Travelogue: Day Five – Hotels, Sloth and Dancing

Breakfast at The Corinthia Budapest

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL GRESHAM PALACE: City breaks always entail a lot of toing and froing, don’t they? Without really knowing the layout of a city I tend to meander around, using the hotel as a base to drop things off/pick things up before embarking on the next expedition. It is Read more →