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Luxury Staycation in London | Duke’s Hotel Mayfair

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A staycation is something I hardly ever get to do, can’t remember when last I had one…

If you remember this post How to transition your bedroom from summer to winter & Luxury Bedroom with Juliette’s Interiors, it was a challenge from Juliette’s Interior to design my dream luxury bedroom using some of their products. As it happened, they liked my post and I won the competition.

To cut the story short, they organized an overnight stay for 2, including breakfast at the Duke’s Hotel in Mayfair. I slotted in a suitable date and I dragged my husband along with me.

Duke's Hotel Mayfair

Duke’s Hotel Mayfair

A boutique hotel tucked right in the heart of Mayfair. A walking distance from Green Park and Piccadilly Circus so location is perfect if you want to get about and see a bit of London.

Promptly checked in at 2pm, set for a chilled time at the hotel and a little wander around London later in the day.

They do an amazing bottomless brunch from 12-4pm on Saturdays and Sundays, considering I was there on a Saturday, this is something I would have loved to experience, but, sadly I missed out on it as we only finally got to settle in just after 3ish. An hour will be way too short to have tea, sit back and take it all in. Maybe some other time perhaps. 

The room

Very cosy and comfortable, perfect for an overnight stay. Just think you are on a business trip or stop over and you want somewhere very descent to rest for the night. Or perhaps just in need of a staycation like myself. I must say, I fell in love with the marble bathroom.

Breakfast

Something I look forward to every time I stay in a hotel, it’s usually the highlight of my experience. If it’s good, then everything is perfect and I can say I’ve had an amazing time.

We went for breakfast pretty early as my husband had lots to do the next day. The breakfast room (GBR) is absolute perfection and the service we had was great. So, for breakfast, I had a delightful Smoked salmon, scrambled egg brioche and it was phenomenal. It was nicely washed down with a beetroot, apple, ginger and carrot juice which wasn’t half as bad either. I regret not having enough time to experience the bottomless brunch even more after the amazing breakfast :(.

Also, they do afternoon tea which I presume would be good too, judging by their breakfast. Definitely on my ‘to do list’ with my girls sometime.

Here is a short room tour video…

But all thanks to Juliette’s Interior for choosing me as the winner of their challenge and for organizing the staycation at Duke’s Hotel.

One Night In Paris

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One night in Paris! Guys, I can not tell you how much I needed to get away. Even if only for one day…and I did just that. Coincidentally, I was in Paris same time 3 years ago with my other half, you can read about that trip in this Travel Diary. This time, I went with my friend. I think city breaks are perfect for friends. I haven’t been outside of the UK in almost 3 years, so YES, here’s to the first trip of many this year – so help me God.  

So, we left for Paris early Saturday morning, had no rest, did stuff, went to bed at 4 am. With 4 hours of sleep, we were up and about again on Sunday. Got on the train back to London at 7 pm on Sunday. Didn’t get back home until 12am. I’ve been a like a zombie all week, I’m running on fumes.

We stayed at the friendliest boutique hotel and I couldn’t recommend it more. The staff were probably the only people that were friendly in the entire city…I don’t know why, but I find it very weird and hard to believe that someone who works in public service in a city full of tourists only speaks one language – French – and is not willing to help if you can’t speak french. I’ve only experienced this in Paris.

I’m not a ‘city break’ kinda girl…I don’t particularly find Paris as highly rated as people say. Though I do like cafe hoping and eating out.

I thought it would be unfair to make such conclusion about Paris after my first visit 3 years ago, but I’m still waiting to be persuaded after the second visit.

I want to fall in love with Paris. Genuinely, I do. I may have another excuse to go back this year for Paris Fashion Week, so I’ll see what opportunities come my way…
Wearing:

T-shirt, Etre Cecile; a french brand that I thought would be fitting for my trip. I paired it with a simple pair of skinny jeans. By the way, I have been living in these jeans. They fit so perfectly, they have enough stretch so they mould unto you without feeling squeezy. I took my Louboutin So Kate with me because I wanted to take this shot in front of the Eiffel. Of course, they also worked nicely with this look.

The red accent/accessories weren’t planned, but it worked perfectly. I’ve linked the entire look in my shop.

Shot at the Louvre Museum.

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A Few Things I Didn’t Share in ’16

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Peace out 2016. Here’s my last post for the year, just wanted to get a few things I didn’t share in ’16 off my chest.

As you know, we bloggers like to share, either a little or a lot. We get that urge or feel the need to share every life event with anyone who is willing to listen. Instagram check, Snapchat check, YouTube and of course the next social platform we don’t even know of yet. I sometimes go back to my old tweets and wonder ‘what the heck was on about?’ why o why did I decide to share such an irrelevant information with anyone….?!

Four years of blogging and I haven’t quite mastered the art of sharing, you know, like a proper blogger. If I was to rate myself in the blogging world of sharing, I’ll be a 4/10.
I move on quickly from the things that are sometimes share-worthy or maybe there’s just not much to share…Why would anyone want to know I turned 30 this year or what I did for my 30th? Whilst many bloggers share their “new-in” on the same day they got them, I share mine like a month after. I’m so leaving this attitude in 2016. A better and improved me in ’17.

Ok, so a few things that I should have genuinely shared fell off the radar, like details from Fashion Week SS17, my collaboration with Jaeger and more recently Dorothy Perkins (these were more focused on Instagram though)…not forgetting the very fab blogger event with Farfetch back in July. If you are following me on Instagram, you would have seen the super gorgeous MSGM ruffle sleeved sweater I got from Farfetch. I hardly buy branded clothes, so it’s pretty special to me. I honestly can’t go into details of every blogging highlight from 2016, there’s a lot to say, but not meant for typing. Again, if you are flowing me on my social media platforms, you would have seen them as and when.

I’m tempted to go in details from Fashion Week SS17. It unplanned, I was unprepared, but potentially the most eventful till date. I’ll spare you guys all the details in this post. I did lots of instant sharing across my social platforms, from Instagram stories to tweets. This was my fifth season attending LFW, amongst the shows I was able to see, I was a virgin to 2 main shows, Jasper Conran and Julien MacDonald, and so chuffed to have had seated tickets to the both of them.

Here’s my main and favourite look for LFW SS17. I recycled this red tux I bought back in ’14 for my work Xmas party. Hadn’t worn it since then, so why not eh?

2016Wearing: Tuxedo & Sandals – ASOS, Earrings – H&M, Fascinator – Lindex

red-tuxedo-trousersI also mentioned the fab collaboration with Jaeger on the launch of their new store on Marylebone Highstreet. The pictures from the shoot are too good not to share on the blog. One of my favourite shoots this year. Shot by Moeeztali.

 

Moving on to more personal bits from 2016,

I spent the last quarter of 2016 studying for my professional accounting exam. Things slowed down a lot on all blogging activities because of this. I’m still struggling to get my blogging mojo back. I ticked off most of my pre 30 goals including buying my first property, having a career I’m comfortable in and super proud of, buying my first car, and most importantly, being in a happy relationship. My side hustle didn’t perform too badly either. I decided to monetize the blog this year and I’ve had some really great opportunities. Made me realise the potentials and worth of my little blog. I’m thankful to God.

I’m a new year enthusiast. It symbolises a new chapter. The perfect time to set new goals and so much more.

For my own sanity, high on top of my ‘must do’ list in 2017 is to travel more. I’m open to every option, from press trips or personal breaks. The past couple of years has been more about working hard and trying to achieve set goals. Now I’m all about letting my hair down a lot more.

I think this is the most I’ve written all year! A very spontaneous post as well. I hope you guys have enjoyed it. Go find me on Instagram and Twitter for regular updates. I’ll be back on the blog in 2017 with hopefully more exciting stuff!

Love love love!

Cottons Caribbean Restaurant and Rhum Shack In Notting Hill

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Cottons Caribbean Restaurant and Rum Shack launched its new flagship restaurant in Notting Hill. With the convenience of the new location, I could finally experience the renowned restaurant at it’s finest.So, off to Cottons it was, with my friend L…

Cottons Caribbean Restaurant the Bar

Cottons pride itself as the only bar stocking the largest collection of rum in the UK, with over 300 varieties available.The restaurant brings the exotic vibes of the Caribbean to Notting Hill in true tiki style.

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Now we are talking huh? I was shown some of the fanciest and rather impressive rum bottles ever. Since I was in rum heaven, it wouldn’t be right not to give a rum a go, right? I decided to keep it minimal and opted for any spicy number – I was being polite.

I shared a tour of the interior on snapchat {astylediary_1}, I was most taken by the hand painting on the wall opposite the bar, I couldn’t stop going on about it on snapchat. I’ve never been to the Caribbean, but the hand painted floor-to-ceiling wall depicting a vibrant, tropical jungle scene, which gave the merry Caribbean feel that I had always imagined. I’ll let my pictures do the talking…Cottons Caribbean Restaurant.Art Cottons Caribbean Restaurant

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On to the crux of the matter, the food. The food was good, it satisfied my soul. The presentation was perfect – I say this because in my opinion, like most Nigerian meals, there is sometimes a lot going on, making everything come together to look A* could be a challenge. I think they nailed it, all our dishes looked ravishing.

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Off the A La Carte menu, we started off with Barbecue glazed pork belly with rum & molasses, pickled vegetables and Honey & guava glazed Corn fed chicken Chow, infused with spiced rum. Main course – Cottons Signature Fish & Seafood Platter – I kinda thought, Caribbean and sea, can’t go wrong, didn’t go wrong. Scallops, Clams, King Prawns, Squid, Monkfish tails and lobster with plantain.

The Meat Platter. Jerk marinated & grilled Pork ribs, Lamb chop, Chicken pieces and herb crusted salt beef with plantain, accompanied with a side dish. In my belly now!

So, If you are one for spice and all that’s nice, a visit to any Caribbean/African restaurant calls for Fried Plantain, my absolute favourite. Most people are familiar with the Jerks, but I will definitely go back for some dishes I’ve never tried. The Pan roasted guava glazed Duck breast with spring vegetable terrine, yam croquettes & ginger carrot puree sounds mighty good, as well as the Spiced coconut Bouillabaisse with clams, squid, crab and red mullet, annatto potatoes & scotch bonnet rouille…and perhaps everything from the starter menu.Cottons Caribbean Restaurant. Desert

Our meals were washed down with refreshing cocktails, while I’m not one for cocktails, I tried 3 different recommended cocktails 2 of which I liked. Under the Coconut Tree & My Fair Lady.

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The overall experience was really excellent, the waitress that served us was full of enthusiasm. After learning we were first timer’s, she guided us through, giving personal recommendations et al, she knew what she was talking about so well. On discussing rums, I told her my preferences, she said to me, “I will surprise you”, and I must say, her choice was perfect. Also, the manager understood the true meaning of hospitality, she engaged in a conversation after our meal, recommended a few other dishes to try off the menu and the expectations from the new location.

The original Cottons opened in Camden over 30 years’ ago and is still thriving, while the Street Food extraordinaire Boxpark Cottons in Shoreditch launched over three years ago. Cottons Notting Hill will be the couture sister to the brand offering a more refined experience, but still keeping the colourful vibe and authentic Caribbean flavours.

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**In collaboration with Cottons Caribbean Restaurant. All views are my honest opinion. All images are my own.