So Long 2017

2017 has been the best year of my life and I am so sad to see it come to an end! It’s going to be really hard to top but I am looking forward to all of the amazing adventures we’ve got planned in 2018. 2017 was super special and incredibly eventful – we had the most magical wedding followed by an insane honeymoon in the Maldives, I got to see my family and all of my friends from the US not once, but twice, and I have had a blast with all of my London gal pals and friends throughout the year. This year has basically been a really phenomenal non-stop party and we’re ending it on a high note this evening with dinner and a party with all of our friends. As we ring in 2018, I thought I’d say so long to 2017 with a recap of all the highlights and share with you what I am most exited for in the new year.

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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. 

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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

Highlights from March

I can’t believe that April is already here. It feels like just yesterday we were celebrating New Year’s and looking forward to moving into our new flat. We were hoping that time would slow down more in 2016, but it’s flying. That’s okay though because time does fly when you’re having fun. March was a great month, so I thought I’d share a little bit of what I got up to…

Restaurant Scene: 

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We headed Southwest for dinner to try out Meza, a quaint Lebanese restaurant with incredible and affordable dishes. They had some of the best humous I’ve had along with these delicious grilled halloumi and pita starters.

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Ciaran and I enjoyed date night at Mamalan in Clapham, a really cute restaurant that serves up authentic and homemade Beijing dumplings. I highly recommend it to anybody living or visiting Southwest London and looking for a delicious twist on Chinese food.

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We had a late lunch at Brasserie Zedel in Piccadilly for Mother’s Day and I loved the duck breast with cherry sauce! A must-try on the menu. Brasserie Zedel is a great restaurant to bring family or friend visiting from out of town after a day of touring Central London.

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SHOT is the latest clean-eating restaurant concept that recently launched in St. Paul’s. I wish healthy eating always tasted this good. SHOT specialises in an array of healthy dishes, smoothies, cold press juices and best of all, healthy chocolate bars that taste better than the real deal..

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Fuelling my sweet tooth even more, I met my good friend Julia for tea and cake at La Patisserie Des Reves in South Kensington. This little cafe is charming and filled with lovely French delicacies. Oh, and all of the pink decor had me even more enamoured with it.

London Life: 

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Birthday drinks at Soho’s underground sensation Cahoots for my fellow Jayhawker’s birthday celebrations! For those of you who don’t know, Cahoots is a 1940s-inspired underground tube station with an authentic vintage train carriage, late-night jazz and dazzling cocktails. I highly recommend booking a table and heading there with friends from out of town or fellow Londoners who have never been. It’s a must-go in London.

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I had the pleasure of getting to know some of the University of Kansas International Career students who were over in London on their annual trip. I did the same program when I was in school and it was great to hear about their hopes and dreams for the future and offer some advice about what it’s like to live abroad. Rock Chalk!

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Lauren and I indulged in the newly launched Theatrical Tipsy Tea at Mr Fogg’s Tavern. Featuring an array of gin-infused teapots and champagne cocktails alongside delectable sweets and treats served upstairs in Aunt Gertrude’s beautifully decorated Salon. There is also a magician, who was truly mind blowing and a fancy dress box filled with wigs, costumes, and masks to dress up as your favourite theatrical character. To tea or not to tea, that is no longer the question!

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We spent a relaxing (and chocolate-filled) Easter Weekend on the Isle of Wight, complete with Duck Races, long hikes all over the island, amazing Italian food and of course, plenty of champagne and wine.

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The Duck Race is a long standing Easter tradition on the IOW, where you buy a rubber duck with a number on it and whoever’s duck makes it to the bottom of the creek first, wins a chocolate Easter egg. Corny? Yes, but it’s all in good fun. I ended up winning in my first race and go figure, the rest of the family did too in a few of the other races.

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This trip to the Isle of Wight was extra special because we finally found our wedding venue. Osborne House was Queen Victoria and Albert’s summer retreat. I fell in love with the architecture, gorgeous gardens and dramatic interiors. I couldn’t be more excited. More details to come!

Expat Talk: 

For any American expats out there, be sure to register to vote in the next US Presidential Election! This year’s election is going to be pivotal for not only the US, but the world. All you have to do is fill out the paperwork for an Absentee Ballot by visiting the Vote from Abroad website.

March was a fabulous and eventful month and April is shaping up to be the same! I’m looking forward to warmer weather, trying out a few new restaurants and working more on decorating our flat. What were some of your March highlights?

Thanks for reading! x