From the launch of Net a Porter I have surfed their website on a weekly basis (although only shopped once, a brown Burberry leather belt that was on sale around 5 years ago). I must also admit to spending a lot of time on The Outnet, that also belongs to the Net a Porter family, and only recently I have discovered Mr Porter. It's sleek and fun and full of stuff for the men, which of course doesn't stop me! Yesterday I found these charming cufflinks from Paul Smith that I intend to give to someone, anyone, of the male parts of my family. I also enjoyed Mr Porters intervju with Jason Sudekis. Worth a read.
If I was going to be in NYC in the nearest future I would be sure to read Tiffany's Valentine's guide that has been created specifically for this valentine's day. There are pictures of real couples and a great city guide focused on romance, click here to access it.
There is something amazing about Sticky Toffee pudding, it might be the sticky consistency, the toffee flavour or the feeling I get when I eat it. Yes, that would be guilt. The thing is, it's such a sugar bomb that you stay high for days. But it is also worth it. Every time.
I recently learned that the recipe calls for dates, which put it at the back end of my "to make" recipe list, also because it seems like a bit of a long process to actually make it. But fear not, it is, as I said, at the end of the list. I will get to it eventually. Until then here is a recipe from James Martin (I love everything BBC puts on its' food websites) and pictures from the last time I had a sticky toffee pudding, 2 days ago. That makes it twice in one week.
So next time you see it on a menu, order it!
It's a bit late to be announcing that Karl has launched a new collection, because that happened on the 25th (yes, that was my birthday). However, it is worth mentioning because it's a pretty cool collection and I just love Karl Lagerfeld in general. The collection was only launched on Net A Porter (notice the change in logo for the launch) and has had a lot of digital exposure, Karl is a man of the new technological age!
I would like to be able to tell you where I went yesterday but when a bar is behind an apartment door in Soho in between a Barclays cash machine and a gelato place, with no obvious signs, things get a bit complicated. It might have been called Trishas or something similar, but my friends referred to it as Dungeon, so let's go with that name.
The weirdes place I have been to in a long time, it's basically an old apartment that is now a bar. The old garden has been turned into a place to smoke, the bathrooms are in a hallway and there is a tiny bar where they serve pretty average wine. Still, it's fun. And don't worry, it's definitely legit, they have a doorman that regulated the crowd. It's also some sort of a members only place where you have to sign a book and pay a pound to get in.
If you want to go, it's on Greek Street in between a Barclays cash machine and a gelato place. Good luck.
How sweet, little Lanvin dolls, they are all on my wishlist! A definite collector item, almost a bit of a must is it not?
I am currently sitting in a pretty spectacular room at the 45 Park Lane Hotel, after a good breakfast at Cut, Wolfgang Puck's first London hub. This hotel is fantastic, fairly small but so fresh and new. I could hardly work out the light system in the room, but who doesn't love a bit of a challenge! Yesterday I had a really long bath, pretty standard, but if I had been in the mood I could have ordered any of the hotels specialized tea baths. This place is just too fun. And there is an in-room yoga mat. I don't need anything else.
Yesterday was my birthday! And now I have passed the mid twenties mark, God what is next... I spent my birthday at work, then a fantastic dinner at my favourite pub, The Clifton. This pub is in St Johns Wood/Kilburn and it's my new fave. They have a fantastic steak Monday, well worth the travel if you don't live close by. Just saying.
Oh I LOVE macaroons, specifically the ones from Ladurée. There is something about the wrapping, the colours and the flavours. The stores have this sweet smell and it's full of fantastic things and soon even more fun stuff will be available. Yes, they are launching a makeup line. I am beyond excited! Too bad the stuff is so cute I won't be able to use it in fear of ruining the design. It's available in Japan in the end of January and us Europeans have to wait until fall.
Source: Luxury Insider
As I mentioned last week I have signed up to run a 10K marathon in July. Although I keep on asking myself "WHY???", the damage is done and it's time to just get on with it. I must admit I have never been a runner and I have never wanted to be one. But with my current training program I am already feeling like I'm improving. Impressive! So what am I doing in the gym? Well, a lot of running. Intervals is the way to improve which I am finding out now. It does feel like I am going to collapse every time I try to run Intervals, but if it doesn't kill me it only makes me stronger. Or something like that.
And what exactly is my current gym program? Here goes:
Treadmill: 6 minute warm up (incline 4), take it down to incline 1 and run 2 minutes at 10.5, then walk 2 minutes at 6.0. Repeat 3 times.
Step machine: 15 minutes of intervals (choose a pre set program on the machine) at level 6
Treadmill: Same warm up as day 1, Run 2km at 8.5
Step machine: same as day 1
Day 3: Run outside 2-3km
There is a bit of weight training involved, especially to build leg muscles for the running, but the most importent part is of course to actually run.
I'm Christine and I currently live in London with my husband where I do my best to go to as many restaurants as possible, bake, DIY and occasionally let my hair down and go to a museum. x