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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 →

VENICE: Photo Diary Day One

St Mark's Square Venice

The lure of Venice proved too hard to resist when my sister found yet another brilliant deal on Expedia (as you may remember from this post, she is often in pursuit of such golden bargains to Italy). So here we are once again in the city that’s quickly rivalling London Read more →

5 Best: Groom & Shop

Liberty London

I’ll admit it in writing: I am perpetually running five minutes late. Add dodgy transport, and five can easily become fifteen minutes. Add buying last minute presents for hosts/hostesses and the desire to turn up to events looking presentable and my poor friends on occasion wait for quite some time*. Read more →

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 →