June saw me bouncing off one emotion to another: from post-#Brexit and home identity blues to an overpouring love for my grandmother who is the strongest woman I know; from the adrenaline of hitting work targets and getting a new tattoo to utter disbelief about how some people can just be so apathetic towards things that matter.
And this bloody weather is not helping at all. Overall, June has left me like the weather: confused.
Did you know that somewhere in Hyde Park is a really decent place to play tennis, play lawn bowling, do some putting and just chill with some drinks? Will2Win, who run 25% of Greater London’s tennis courts, have recently launched an umbrella bar at their Hyde Park club. It’s actually open to the public and you can spend some time there doing all sorts of activities whilst sippin’ on gin and juice 😉
Also, Summer Sounds at Sky Garden is finally here. In a nutshell, enjoy live music whilst having booze and nibs with your buddies. And check out the magnificent view whilst you’re at it!
Food this month has been quite good, with a mixture of cheap and cheery to fine and fancy.
Highlights include an awesome lunch at Brasserie Gustave, an artsy dinner at Fera at Claridge’s, repeat visits at C&R Cafe in Chinatown and Rosa’s in Carnaby, surprisingly good pork belly in Cay Tre, a decent Korean barbie at Koba.
I also made a rare appearance in the kitchen, making a really good batch of my go-to pasta dish of spaghetti in white wine garlic butter sauce with prawns and asparagus. I picked the wrong wine (Gerwurtzraminer instead of Chardonnay) but it turned out really damn great.
Gin has become my go-to tipple these days, and the Sipsmith range is delicious. The London Cup is a decent alternative to Pimms and I can’t wait til the sun comes out so we can pair it with decent grilled meat. I’ve also been told that the distillery tour is a must for cocktail lovers. One to put on the list!
The Fumoir Bar has a very potent martini game which channels old school Claridge’s just the way I like it. It’s not for the faint hearted and is very, very, very potent. I like.
I finally got to try Freud on Shaftesbury Avenue. The underground bar itself strangely reminded me of night time in continental Europe. It’s unpretentious but the extensive cocktail list is good fun.
Last month, I’ve discovered a new love for Nyx lipsticks so I went on to purchase the soft matte lip cream in Cannes (gorgeous!), the intense butter gloss in Chocolate Crepe, and the liquid suede in Vintage. I promise I’ll do a proper swatch soon!
I’ve also discovered the mascara of Summer. Whilst I really like how Charlotte Tilbury’s Legendary Lashes can be versatile in terms of lash shaping, I find that it can smudge a little bit. One day, after walking along King’s Road, I saw MAC’s display of their new Waterproof In Extreme Dimension Mascara. Lemme tell you ladies, this is an absolute steal of a beauty product. Not only did it give my lashes extreme volume, it also stayed put 1) under the swelting sun and 2) all day.
#2. and it felt so good.
This month was defo a month filled with love from girl friends. Sistas are really doin’ it for themselves!!!
Finally managed to have some face-to-face time with my gorgeous bestie A. I can’t believe I’ve not seen her since our tete-a-tete at Sketch!
I love these two.
A pleasant surprise, mis chicas.
She makes work so much easier!
I am utterly devastated by the sudden accidental death of Anton Yelchin. He was such a talented boy, and Like Crazy is one of my favourite films of all time as it spoke of the truths of LDRs, something I am quite familiar with. If you haven’t seen it yet, go get yourselves a copy.
I’ve also started watching People vs OJ Simpson : American Crime Story. It starts slow at first but it gets interesting once the court case starts. I thought David Schwimmer (aka Ross from Friends) was an odd pick as Rob Kardashian (and I couldn’t get past Ross in this case) but John Travolta as Bob Shapiro and Cuba Gooding Jr as OJ were quite remarkable.
Let's get old together Let's be unhappy forever Cause there's no one else in this world That I'd rather be unhappy with Let's be exposed and unprotected Let's see one another when we're weak Let's go our separate ways in the night Like two moths But know that you're flying home to me.
This month I really enjoyed reading:
Lisa’s personal response on Brexit.
Angie’s experience with a geisha.
Emma’s reasons to have a girly weekend in Budapest.
Vicky’s review of Satri House in Luang Prabang.
Erin’s Summer beauty favourites.
Aftab’s trip to Cirencester.
Suze’s recommendations for Reykjavik.
How was your June?
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New reader here! I love all your food posts. It makes me feel like I’m vicariously in London too. 🙂
I watched People vs OJ Simpson a few months ago and it was quite disconcerting at first to see David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian. It will take a while for people to unsee him as Ross Geller. Hehe!
Thanks Rose! But I agree, I’m still not over it. Although he has that sad, sorry, sulky face most of the time hahaha!
I love that you got a tattoo of your blog!! Thanks for mentioning me hon!
Haha, I can’t change it now to anything! Lol!
Ahh thanks for the mention, Honey, you absolute babe! We definitely have to catch up over dinner soon!
Yes, let’s do it! =) I loved that post.
Love love the tattoo Honey! I miss your posts!
Awww Shell, I miss yours! Thanks! x
THAT TATTOO!!!!!! Way to go!!! That is amazing!! I can’t get over it. Just too, too ridiculously cool. Also, I SO want to try C&R in Chinatown after you blogged about it!
Haha! Thank you, Jaime! Let’s make a date of it! =)
Wowowow you got your blog tattooed! That’s awesome! Also, what is that first food photo, I can’t work it out?! Pluys, totally agree with you on the gin front – yes! I tried a pink pepper gin the other day and it was delicious (just £40 a bottle to buy – boo!) Alice xx
Hi Alice! It’s from Brasserie Gustave, a ballotine of foie gras, quail, hazelnuts and a bit of raisins. 🙂
That pink pepper gin sounds interesting! x
OMG YOUR TATTOO!! I love love LOVE it! So awesome!
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