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Winter Wonderland.

Winter Wonderland.

Woke up on Christmas morning to a full on white christmas, we’re talking 15cm+ of snow.

What does one do? Head out into the cold to play in the snow. Went to the local park and pond by our house. Neighbours were shovelling the pond to skate and play hockey on the ice whilst listening to Christmas music. So magical and so very Canadian.

Snow place like home. It’s been the happiest of times over these holidays.

Hat: Artizia | Sunglasses: Le Specs x Adam Selman – The Last Lolita | Christmas Jumper: Asos 

-&what x

Toronto, Canada | @andwhatstyle

Toronto, Canada | @andwhatstyle

Toronto, Canada | @andwhatstyle

Toronto, Canada | @andwhatstyle

Toronto, Canada | @andwhatstyle

Toronto, Canada | @andwhatstyle

Toronto, Canada | @andwhatstyle


It’s been a week since we got back from Berlin and I’m not going to lie, each day I spend a good chunk (really, about 20 minutes) plotting out what life would be like if I lived there. Some cities you have a magnetic attraction to – Berlin being one of those for me.

Day 2 in Berlin started off slightly rough for us. Having got in at about 5AM post a (the first) failed attempt to get into Berghain we weren’t at our freshest. Hence why the Day 2 list is significantly shorter.

SEE: Spruth Magers Gallery

Oranienburger Straße 18, 10178 Berlin, http://www.spruethmagers.com/home

Our first stop post-filling up on cheeseburgers at SH was the Sprüth Magers Gallery. I have to thank Insta for this one as I got into an Insta Blackhole literally creeping on people that lived in Berlin. As you can see from the photos, I struck Insta GOLD when we found this gallery. Forever – Barbara Kruger was a stunning exhibition.

The room was covered in plastic vinyl quotes from people like Karl Marx that reflect the nature of truth, power, belief and doubt that embody contemporary society. Kruger’s style combines language with mass media, criticising consumerism, desire, political will and the hidden mechanics of power.  This exhibit marks three decades since Kruger’s first solo exhibit in Cologne.

There was another exhibit called Dream Journal by Jon Rafman which was incredible as well. I prefer contemporary art, however this was pure fantasy. Rafman brought to life his visions of dreams in a computerised film that was watched while laying on what was designed to feel like a human. It was shaped like a person and covered in a mix of plastic and styrofoam to give it an interesting texture. The chairs also vibrated to the film (full 4D experience) which provided some mild comfort during the hangover.

Sprüth Magers, Berlin 2017 | @andwhatstyle

Sprüth Magers, Berlin 2017 | @andwhatstyle

CLIMB: Walk up the 400 steps to the viewing point at the Berlin Cathedral. 

Am Lustgarten, 10178 Berlin, www.berlinerdom.de

After our stop at Spruth Magers we walked about 20 minutes over to the Berlin Cathedral. It was 3:30PM and the sun was nearly set – how depressing – it was also raining and freezing cold – confirming this probably isn’t the best time of year to visit if weather is your concern.

We spent about two hours in the Cathedral. I absolutely love these spaces and make sure to go inside the main Cathedral in ever city I visit. Just think about how old these structures are and how much money and labour were required to build these – it is insane. We walked all the way up about 500 steps to get to the look out point. Kira++ app in hand, the view and pictures were incredible.

Cathedral, Berlin 2017 | @andwhatstyle

HANG: The Michelberger Hotel (Bar + Restaurant)

Warschauer Str. 39-40, Berlin, 10243, http://michelbergerhotel.com/en/

Post – gallery and cathedral we walked to another crowdsourced recommendation – The Michelberger Hotel. GO GO GO. Felt very much like the Ace Hotel.

The Michelberger hotel had a great DJ, drinks and very interesting people. The kind where you want to know who they are, what they do and pretty much every detail of their lives in Berlin. NOTE: This may or may not be to replicate their lives in a couple years time.

We had dinner at the restaurant inside the Michelberger hotel which was incredible. You have to cross the back patio area into the neighbouring building to find both the restaurant and bathrooms. I got the lobster gnocchi and C had the lamb. Our server was actually someone that C knew from her uni days in the UK – SMALL WORLD. That was some synchronicity and the universe at work.

On our way to the Michelberger hotel we walked the whole length of the East Side Gallery – there will be more on that soon!

Michelberger Hotel, Berlin 2017 | @andwhatstyle

Michelberger Hotel, Berlin 2017 | @andwhatstyle

Day 2 verdict: Berlin can do no wrong. I love Berlin. Ich Bin Ein Berliner (I am a Berliner – JFK). 

-&what x



Guttentag. Touchdown in Berlin.

I’ve been to the city three times before – once for work, once for a work party and the last time just for party reasons.

Absolutely loved the city, the people, the history, it’s no wonder why I came back for a fourth time – even staying an extra day to make the opening of the Christmas markets.

Every time I travel to a city I like to crowdsource where I go. The best recommendations are from friends. Being here for five days, we have a lot of time to check every place out.

Our first day was packed with the hit list.


We’re staying at Soho House Berlin which is absolutely stunning. In the Tiny room which surprisingly isn’t so tiny. Every little detail is accounted for – they even have little treats in a silver tin inside the cupboard (obviously only a Cookie Monster like me would find those).

The feels and approach to life is very different here. While having a drink in the bar before we ventured out, a lady from London said –‘Everyone from London talks about what house they want to buy, people from Berlin talk about what party they are going to.’ Pretty much sums it up.

Soho House Berlin | @andwhatstyle

Soho House Berlin | @andwhatstyle


THE STORE (http://www.thestores.com/berlin/)

This is Soho House’s first concept store. Its aimed to be a mix of art, furniture, food and people. Effectively a Store that is also a social space. Filled with unique designer pieces from Balenciaga, Vetements as well as scents, candles and everything a perfect coffee table would need.

Soho House Berlin | @andwhatstyle

VOO STORE (https://www.instagram.com/voostore/) 

One of Caitlin’s Insta recommendations. This place has been transplanted from Shoreditch to Kreuzberg, Berlin. Coffee shop in store, hipster central, this place is the perfect stop  for the gram. Also the closet if you can afford high end unique items. Had my eye on an Acne Shearling Coat and APC wool coat – to die for.

VooStore, Berlin | @andwhatstyle

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Spent the last week in Portugal chasing the last bit of summer and watching one of our best university friends tie the knot (a FULL wedding post – saris and all will be up soon).

Sunday was our last day in the 30C heat so naturally, we headed straight for the beach. The beach is my happy place, soaking up all that Vitamin D, basking in the sun and enjoying the art of doing nothing – something I never normally do.

Cascais, Portugal is a gorgeous town by the Sea. We stayed in an Air BnB close to Gunchino Beach. It was a massive three bedroom apartment with views right onto the ocean. A massive change from our Lisbon Air BnB with ceilings so low we had to pull a quasimodo and hunch our (my) backs to walk around.

Saturday afternoon ahead of the wedding festivities we went to the beach to get our tan on and let me tell you – tanning was not in the cards. It was FREEZING. Perfect for watching surfers though. The beach was in a little enclave by rocks, with some massive waves. The Billabong World Champion surf competition had just ended the day before – if only we had made it ONE day earlier.

Sunday, post-wedding hangover we decided to go to Praia do Tamariz, less waves more sunshine. Picked up a paddle and balls from the local shop – ready for match day and working off those custard tarts.

It’s weekends like this that I live for.

Six years ago we were pulling all nighters in the Cardiff Unviersity, Bute Library. Who would have thought six years later we would be sitting on a beach sipping Sagres in Cascais after one of our friends got married. 💖  More days like this please.

-&what x



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!







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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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.


Parisienne Breakfast

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‘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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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!



Morocco, Riad, travel, adventure, london travel

Mint tea and adventure planning.

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