Life Lately – October Roundup

Happy Halloween! I can’t believe October is already over. This month flew by so quick and it was a super busy one! We visited some awesome restaurants, caught up with good friends and I had two successful launch parties at work. It was pretty non-stop but very fulfilling. I’m hoping that life starts to slow down a bit more in November and I am really looking forward to our trip to New York to visit family for Thanksgiving. I thought I’d share all that I’ve been up to lately with you.

At the beginning of October, we launched Vinoteca City, a fantastic wine bar, restaurant and shop that specialises in amazing off-piste wines from off-the-beaten-track vineyards from around the world and delicious food. It opened in the new Bloomberg Arcade just outside Cannon Street. The restaurant couldn’t be more beautiful, with a gorgeous wrap around bar, a lovely wine shop, perfect for grabbing a cool bottle on the way home from work, and an awesome mezzanine private dining room that plays host to tastings and parties – I know where I want my birthday next year ;). Anyways, the launch party was a great success and we had nearly 200 guests and press attend. The wine was flowing and the bar snacks were delicious. It’s always nice to see a launch party come to fruition after all the hard work. Nobody quite sees all that goes on behind the scenes for large-scale events like this and it feels great to see all the guests happy and having a great time. 

For the Vinoteca City soft launch, they were offering 50% off food and I wanted to bring Ciaran along to see it! We headed there on a Sunday for the roast – which is pretty incredible. The beef is cooked to perfection, tender and rare and it comes with all the trimmings – a huge Yorkshire pudding, seasonal veggies and large crispy potatoes. On Sunday evenings, they have live jazz from 6pm onwards – I can’t think of anything cosier as the temps drop than drinking red wine, eating a hearty roast and listening to live jazz. I had some friends around my flat one Friday night for a really chilled out one – which was so needed for us all after a few intense work weeks. We drank quite a few lovely bottles of wine, snacked on charcuterie and cheese and caught up on life. It was really nice to just hangout and catch up.

The next day, my friend Claire and I headed to Mommi for brunch, a Japanese/Peruvian restaurant up the road from my flat in Clapham. The food there is lovely and they have an awesome boozy brunch deal – 3 courses + unlimited bubbles for £32.50 per person! The music is really lively in there and it’s perfect for a big group of friends. Later that night, we met up with our friends Mark & Hollie for dinner at Mac & Wild in the City – which has some of the most delicious venison chateaubriand in the world. It’s hands down, one of my favourite dishes in London, I highly recommend!I have been wanting to do a few more baking/cooking classes post-wedding, as anybody who knows me, knows I am terrible at both! I can bake a few things really well, i.e. pumpkin bread and cookies, but other than that, I’m pretty rubbish. I went to a really fun Eclair Masterclass at PAUL, more to come later this week, but I had a blast. Even though my eclairs didn’t look as pretty as PAUL’s do, it was still really fun to learn how to make my own from scratch!

The second big launch party at work was Cinnamon Kitchen Oxford, Vivek Singh’s first venture outside of London. It truly does take a village, and we put so much effort into ensuring it went off without a hitch and it certainly did! The launch party took place last week, and we had several dons from Oxford University there, along with many of the athletic clubs, local businesses, and all the top Oxford press. The restaurant itself is gorgeous, with marble flooring and walls, gold accents, a beautiful bar area and an awesome rooftop terrace that is secluded with lush botanicals and flowers. It’s going to be fantastic in the summertime out there! The food, as with all of Vivek’s restaurants, is divine. They had a great jazz band playing, champagne flowing and modern-Indian canapés circulating. It was so much fun and it’s always nice to hear so many guests’ wonderful feedback. Two launch parties down, and I couldn’t have been happier. I’m lucky to work on such a great team – we work really hard but have so much fun together too.

It’s safe to say I was pretty exhausted by the end of the month! Last Friday, I came home from work, collapsed on the couch and was asleep by 9pm. I didn’t wake up the next day until about 11am and admittedly did nothing all day but binge watch Stranger Things 2. Sometimes you need to just relax though and have a super lazy day after being on the go for weeks on end.

It was a pretty crazy and hectic October, but a good one at that. I am so looking forward to November and seeing my family in two weeks time for Thanksgiving. We’re headed to NYC on the 17th, followed by a short trip to bask in the sunshine and relax by the ocean in Palm Beach, Florida before heading back to London just before the Christmas madness hits.

How was your October? What did you get up to? I hope you had a fabulous month! x

Life Update

Hello blog world! It’s been a while. I have been putting things on pause for a little while to focus on WEDDING PLANNING! When we started planning our wedding last Easter, I didn’t realise how much work goes into organising the most special day of your life. Between work and coming home to design invitations, pick out flowers, think about menus and and working out logistics, it is hard to find any more time in the day to write. It has been a lot of hard work and dedication, but I am so happy with everything up to this point and especially with our our invitations turned out. We designed them ourselves (soon to be revealed on the blog along with how we did it) and it was 100% worth it in the end. Now that we have got through some of the more stressful aspects of planning, it’s on to the fun stuff – picking out food, decorations and favours and thankfully I will have more time now to share it all with you. I have learned tons about wedding planning and will be sharing more on here! More to come next week…

Enjoy your weekends x

Lately | 22.05.17

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Another week has flown by and I can’t believe it’s almost June. This past week was a bit more relaxed than usual. I met my friend Ayushi from the Foodie Diaries for a fantastic Hawaiian dinner at Black Roe, the new Poke restaurant in Mayfair and Ciaran and I had a BBQ feast at Shotgun in Soho this past Friday. For work, I took a few snaps of a couple new gin cocktails that will be launching at Mr Fogg’s Tavern in Covent Garden for World Gin Day on 11th June – each are infused with Butterfly Blue Pea Flowers to give them a gorgeous purple/pink hue (they taste great too!).

Other than indulging and trying out some new restaurants, we’ve been thinking a lot about our wedding and have officially decided on a date, which we’re both really excited about! I’ve been going through my older sister’s beautiful wedding photos to get some inspiration for our own. Exciting times ahead!

What have you been up to this week? Wishing you a wonderful and peaceful Sunday! x

Lately | 15.05.17

Happy Sunday! Today, I am lazing around my flat after one of the busiest weeks I’ve had in a long time. It was jam-packed with events but was a great week nonetheless! This is what I’ve been up to lately:

Eating: 

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I have become slightly addicted to Halloumi as of lately and can’t seem to get enough of it. Ciaran made this delicious Mediterranean-inspired salad with arugula (rocket), roasted peppers, tomatoes tossed in mixed herbs and olive oil, toasted pine nuts, and grilled halloumi drizzled with a bit of balsamic and lemon juice. So simple to make and absolutely delicious.

Events: 

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The new Humble Grape on Fleet Street is officially open and the PR company I work for headed up the launch. It was a brilliant event and the space is incredible. Humble Grape specialises in seeking out fantastic wines from relatively unknown vineyards from all over the world. We learned all about the origins of several different wines and the stories behind them are just as interesting as the wines themselves. It was great to know the history behind what we were drinking. Head here for a wine tasting or a date – you won’t be disappointed.

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We celebrated the Official Top Gun Day with 1980s-club Maggie’s at a private screening of the cult classic at the Cineworld on the Fulham Road. Everybody was gifted fighter pilot jumpsuits and aviators to rock during the film. We grabbed some Bacardi drinks and popcorn and sang along to Highway to the Danger Zone. Afterwards, we all headed to Maggie’s down the road and the Top Gun madness ensued. If you love the ’80s, definitely check out Maggie’s for a really fun night out – it’s one of the most fun clubs in London.

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On Friday, we headed over to the shiny new Kiehl’s shop on the King’s Road for the new store launch. Barts, the hidden speakeasy-style bar located in Chelsea, created Kiehl’s-inspired cocktails for the occasion and it was the ideal way to toast to the weekend. We all got skin consultations and had a look at all of the products. I bought a few new fabulous skin care products too that I’ll be sharing soon.

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On Saturday evening, we headed over to Cahoots’ 1st birthday aboard historic warship, HMS Belfast for a night of dazzling cocktails and swing. Everybody came dressed to impress in their 1940s-vintage best and it truly felt as if we had been transported back in time to post-war Britain. The ship itself is spectacular, with stunning views of The Shard, the Walkie Talkie building, the Gherkin and Tower Bridge. After enjoying champagne and 1940s-inspired rations, we headed below deck for live music and swing dancing. It was definitely a shindig not soon to be forgotten!

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Excited for: 

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My mom and sister have officially booked their tickets to come to London for the first time and I cannot wait. They are coming at the end of August and it’s one of the best birthday gifts I could ever ask for. I can’t wait to show them all around London and take them to some of my favourite spots. If you have any suggestions for where to take them, please let me know!

Planning: 

Next week, I am going to Black Roe, the new Poke restaurant with a few friends and having drinks at Mr Fogg’s Residence’s Botanical Terrace in Mayfair. It’s an ideal spot for drinks on a sunny day. I highly recommend checking it out!

Have a great rest of the weekend and thanks for reading x