Mads About Town

PHOTO DIARY: Budapest

Budapest

Yes, this is my third visit to Budapest in a year. And what of it?! I see no reason to abstain; the city still has me in its thrall. In fact, now that I’m back in London I fully intend on finding another excuse to visit in the next few Read more →

REVIEW: Gazelli At Home Facial

Gazelli At Home Facial Review

I recently bought a house. In the long-term, I know that this is a move of the most advantageous variety and that, to borrow the most hackneyed expression when discussing the ‘housing ladder’, getting a foot on a rung is a feat in itself. In the short-term, however, it means Read more →

REVIEW: Alexandra Soveral Facial at The Mondrian London

Alexandra Soveral Facial Mondrian London

Alexandra Soveral’s been on my list of uber Facialists I want to see for yonks. Her skincare philosophy: use organic, seasonal products to harness the power of nature applied with energy to encourage blood flow, drain toxins and render skin bouncier and more contoured, which is essentially all my favourite Read more →

A Customised Diet Plan: Paget & Coles Review

Paget & Coles Nutritional Therapy Review

I’m unapologetically critical of diets. The very word itself, though etymologically derived from the Greek diaita (meaning to eat a healthy, varied diet with a view to longterm good health) makes me shudder; it usually denotes the oddest eating practices that wreak havoc on the body. I say this from Read more →

REVIEW: Hotel Xenia, Kensington

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Prior to visiting Hotel Xenia I was quite frankly a little incredulous when I heard that there was some exceptional Italian food being served up in a hotel restaurant down the quieter end of Cromwell Road. Hotel restaurants are on the whole rather the weaker army on the culinary battlefield Read more →

PHOTO DIARY: Austria & Schloss Fuschl

Salzburg

At the end of last year I celebrated the pretty big milestone of turning 30. While I don’t balk at advancing age (I have started to really enjoy the increasing confidence and diminishing tolerance for BS from others that accompanies each new year), I still felt that the start of Read more →

New Year, New Hair

Michael Lendon Aveda Institut Review

I believe wholeheartedly that new hair can inspire a new attitude. Break ups with boys sent me from brunette to platinum blonde to redhead in order to draw a line in the sand. Once married, new jobs or seasons that required a new me improved me would get the same Read more →

The (Unexpected) Power of a Vision Board

Vision Board

Early in 2014, I sat in a room full of beauty editors and bloggers in the St. Martin’s Lane Hotel and listened to the co-founder of Radical Skincare Liz Edlich talk about the power of a vision board. The slogan plastered on the projector behind Liz read: ‘be the radical Read more →

VENICE: Photo Diary Day Three

Venice in the rain

Navigating Venice in the rain is a tricky affair. With water everywhere, my overriding memory of our final day in the city was mostly of trying to avoid becoming soggy messes – ducking into coffee shops, a church and hotel in the attempt. The city surprised me on this day: Read more →

VENICE: Photo Diary Day Two

Cafe Florian Venice

As our second day in Venice was also my sister’s birthday, we decided to go down the tourist route – a gondola ride, tea with a backdrop of sunset and the sound of violinists playing at Caffe Florian in St. Mark’s Square, a drink in the Gritti Palace Hotel and Read more →