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&WHAT | DREAMING OF NEW YORK CITY.

New York City. The concrete jungle, what dreams are made of.

One of my favourite cities in the world, as soon as you get off the plane it feels like you’re home. The people are incredible, so welcoming and inspiring – always working towards something – a project, dream, goal, anything really. The city never sleeps no matter what night of the week or where you are, adventure follows you.

Over the past three years, work has taken me to NYC for two weeks at a time. Attending both AW and SS fashion week. A whirlwind each time, with new places to discover. Each time I leave I know I will be back, just because it feels like home.

NYC in the summer and winter are equally as amazing. Haven’t been back yet this year and am seriously craving a trip. Miss the energy and excitement.

Cheers to next time NYC. Promise you I will be back soon!

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&WHAT | HVARING THE BEST TIME.

Hands down one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. Hvar is the land of dreams and super yachts. Where you Carpe Diem all night and experience the joyous tanning effects of carrot oil all day.

When going to Hvar there are literally only two place you need to know about. Carpe Diem or Hula Hula. Beach all day, dance all night – then repeat.

Went with my cousin/ BFF Bianca who finally came to visit me on this side of the pond after six years. Took her a while but so happy she finally did. Rather than stay in London and visit the typical tourist spots, we chased the sunshine and decided on Croatia.

Bee and I spent the day at a local beach on the first day then Hula Hula the next. Hula Hula during the day it is divine with a beach bed right on the rocks by the water. Every now and again you get the waves crashing on you which makes for a refreshing break. The whole island is pretty much an Instagrammer’s dream.

The seafood in Hvar as you can imagine was divine. We stuffed our faces with a mix of the fresh pizza available from the markets, ice cream all day everyday and when we were feeling like treating ourselves – all the sea creatures you could ask for. Fresh shrimps dripping in garlic butter, mussels in cream sauce and grilled squid. Drool.

Hvar by day is stunning. The sun doesn’t stop shining and you can’t help but bask in it while suitably covered in carrot oil. Hvar by night is just as amazing for all the opposite reasons. The music doesn’t stop and the pretty much everyone in the town is out in one of two places – Carpe Diem or Hula Hula, and the vibes are unreal.

Mind you, beware of the rough seas when you get on the private boat from the Carpe Diem club when it shuts at 2AM to Carpe Diem island at night until 6AM. There was a storm on our last night and the boat *nearly* capsized. For someone who always plans out the worst case scenarios, I was already thinking how long it would take to swim back to the island, if there were lifeboats on board and how quickly search and rescue would be at the scene.

In the famous words of Hula Hula Bar (also stolen from Drake) ‘ Live Today. Plan Tomorrow and Party Tonight.’ Captures the Hvar vibes.

The most perfect place for a summer getaway. We ‘missed’ our flight on Tuesday night which can only tell you how much we loved it. Could genuinely spend the whole summer there. Hvar liked us too – so much that the streets matched our outfits on the last day. As if it didn’t want us to say goodbye.

Photo evidence below. To the most beautiful place, with one of the most beautiful people, you made Summer 2017.

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&WHAT | DESIGN MUSEUM.

The new Design Museum is now open in London and it’s pretty excellent.

Designed by John Pawson in the 1960s Commonwealth Institute Building, the museum is stunning and very instagram-able. The main exhibit follows the design process from the designer and user through to the maker.

Various design breakthroughs and key influencers are captured across these exhibits with quite relevant examples. Even CityMapper – the BEST app to download and get your way around London – was featured. Charles and Ray Eames were another highlight, along with a short film about Telsa’s approach to design and how it is revolutionising the way people think about autonomous cars and see the feasibility of these in their daily lives.

One of my favourite quotes from the exhibit is from a pioneer in design, both in manufacturing and resources, Henry Ford.

“Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.” – Henry Ford 

The design museum has it’s in house exhibit as well as Fear and Love & the Beazley Designs of the Year installations.

  So much inspiration and imagination housed in there. Take a walk through Holland Park and spot the peacocks on your way to the museum. Yes they have those just hanging out in London.

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&what | Paris.

It’s been a while since I’ve visited my favourite city.

Breakfasts are just that much more beautiful when sitting inside hidden Parisienne gardens that you stumble upon, after visitng the Picasso museum. Happy hours are just that much happier when sitting in the Jardin de Tuileries with two bottles of red, some camembert, a fresh baguette, your brother and his girlfriend who came to visit.

So many lovely memories, Paris is always a good idea. Think it’s time to book a ticket.

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&what | JARDIN MARJORELLE.

‘Je trouve dans le jardin Majorelle une source inépuisable d’inspiration et j’ai souvent rêvé à ses couleurs qui sont uniques’ – Yves Saint Laurent

This place was pure magic. Never in my life have I seen so many colours and different varieties of plants beautifully arranged together in one impeccable garden. It was incredible to see one of the places that inspired one of the most iconic designers of our time and one of the greatest in fashion history. Inspiration can be found everywhere, and in this garden, Yves Saint Laurent found his.

Bit of a history lesson here, but Yves Saint Laurent discovered the garden in 1966. With the threat of the garden being demolished and replaced by a hotel, YSL bought the garden and its land in 1980. He lived in a house on the garden (the blue one) and dedicated his time to make the garden the most beautiful place on earth. Think YSL deserves an applause as it was the most beautiful garden I have certainly seen…

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&what | DESERT VIBES.

Scored a new Snapchat badge for snapping a temperature above 35°C. WHAT.

Welcome to Morocco. A place where it’s hotter than hell, there are beetles and desert wolves just hanging around,

Summer 2016, prime time to visit Africa. First time on this continent and another country to cross off the list. Landed in the gorgeous city and within two minutes I managed to rack up £45 in data expenses. Snapchatting would cease until Wi-fi was found.

Fast forward through the passport line (something I wish we could have done) and into the souks where we searched thirty minutes for our riad. A gem once we found it but needless to say street signs aren’t a priority for the Moroccans. Darmouassine welcomes us with open arms, the MOST delicious mint tea and a selection of Moroccan treats.

Settled into what was pretty much the honeymoon suit, it was time to explore.

First stop: Jardin Marjorelle. Come with us here!

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&what | MAMAN.

Meet Maman.

The cutest French cafe there ever was, taking over NYC, Toronto and next stop: the world.

Aside from this place being absolute magic, the ladies behind this are even more incredible. Candice Kaye the talented designer behind the oh-so Instagrammable print on the cups. Elisa, the brains behind the whole Maman operation.

Two women following their dreams and crushing life. Next time you’re in NYC or Toronto, visit Maman. Pick yourself up one of their delicious pastires and Matcha lattes or stay a little while and sample their French-inspired home cooking.

-&what x

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&what | THE WILDERNESS.

Canada Day Canoe Trip

Oh Canada. Our home and native land.

True patriot love for this place. I mean how could you not?

I was lucky enough to be home this summer for my best friend’s wedding (more on that here). My birthday and Canada Day have always been the highlight of the summer and this year I spent it in none other than the Canadian Wilderness.

We drove to Mont Tremblant, Quebec for a long weekend of cottage life and escaping the city. Its the most relaxing thing being out of the chaos and in touch with nature.

We went on day long hikes through the woods to see incredible views, had bonfires, roasted marshmallows and went on a 5-hour canoe trip. Slightly longer than expected and a serious workout for the arm muscles but worth it in the end.

It’s the last weekend of the summer, time to say goodbye to cottage life and hello to cosy winter nights by the fireside. At least Mont Tremblant is amazing for snowboarding too, we’ll be back in December.

-&what x

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&what | HOUSE OF HACKNEY.

House of Hackney.

Just off Shoreditch High Street, I’ve walked past this place hundreds of times, meaning to pop my head in but usually in a rush. Probably a good thing as once I stepped inside I didn’t resurface for an hour, lost in the luxury.

The gorgeous prints, fabrics, details, cacti and pineapples (yes, everywhere!) would furnish the house of my dreams. Literally planned out the furnishings for every room of my future London home within the walls of House of Hackney.

Bought myself a little souvenir from my new London muse. Definitely has &what’s seal of approval.

-&what x 

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