As we approach the last days of summer with rain forecast for the rest of the week, I’m thinking back to my recent visit to The Monogrammed Linen Shop on Walton Street. Tucked away behind this beautiful store is a pretty garden that’s a little corner of gorgeousness in Chelsea.
But as much as I’ll be sorry to see the summer months go for another year, I have to admit I do love the cosy feeling of autumn and winter. Curling up under the duvet and my head sinking into the pillow has got to be one of the best feelings in the world. It’s also so cute to see Little Man rolling around on the bed which he enjoys infinitely more than his cot.
Taking a look around The Monogrammed Linen Shop and being introduced to Yves Delorme’s latest bed linen range, bedtime suddenly felt luxurious again. The beautiful designs which are the result of Yves Delorme’s Artistic Director Laurence Rouet’s wonderful work as well as the standard of linen oozes quality when you touch and see what’s in store.
Here are also a few snapshots of some of the cushions I fell in love with.
Something beautiful and fun for the little ones.
A beautiful gift.
I couldn’t resist.
They’re beautiful aren’t they? So all there’s left for this hardworking mummy to say is roll on long winter nights and any excuse to stay in bed!
The Monogrammed Linen Shop, 168-170 Walton St, London SW3 2JL
I don’t know about you but I find that living and working in London can sometimes require the need for a sanctuary, especially if time is an issue and heading out of town isn’t an immediate option. There are some places I like to go, such as to the gym for a long swim or for a walk around my favourite museum, the V&A. But most times, there’s nothing like a long soak in the bath with my favourite aroma burning and some self-pampering products to hand.
That is why I was so pleased to have been introduced to the Branche d’Olive range. When I opened the soap tray, which was sent to me to review, I inhaled the various scents of luxury in a box. And I immediately understood why I could find Branche d’Olive at Fortnum & Mason and Liberty, as well as throughout Raymond Blanc’s Michelin- starred hotel: Le Manoir aux Quat’Saison.
The trademark fragrance, Garrigue is a refreshing combination of citrus, bergamot and lavender that remains the brand’s bestseller whilst I also like the idea of the lavender diffuser which would be perfect for the bedroom, to help me fall asleep at night.
But there are other aromas to choose from, depending on your taste and need. And there are other products, such as lotions and other types of soap in the Branche d’Olive fragrance range.
So if you are looking to treat your bathroom or bedroom to delicious scents and pampering products, sourced straight from local Provencale producers, I suggest you give Branche d’Olive a try. They would make for great gifts too.
For more information on Branche d’Olive’s gorgeous products, see their website here.
1. Grey Goose Winter Ball in aid of the Elton John AIDS Foundation on Saturday 10th November at Battersea Power Station.
The party theme will be 1950s Cote D’Azur and a specially designed Grey Goose cocktail reflecting this time and place will greet guests on arrival. Michelin-starred head chef at The Connaught, Helene Darroze, will also be curating a Mediterranean-inspired three course menu whilst three bespoke portable cocktail bars will be auctioned that night. More information and tickets.
2. Interior Design Masterclass on 24th November at The Saatchi Gallery. If you’re looking for inspiration and/or a bit of help with redesigning a room in your house or flat, this could be the class for you. From 1pm – 4.30pm, it costs £60. More information.
3. ‘High Profiles’ exhitibiton at The Sloane Club on 5th and 6th November. This exhibition which will showcase 35 sculptures of the great and the good aims to raise money for the Renton Foundation, a charity initiative, set up by Mencap to offer leisure opportunities for people with learning disabilities.
Details: The Sloane Club, 52 Lower Sloane Street, SW1W 8BS. Monday 5th November, 6pm – 9pm; Tuesday 6th November, 6pm – 9pm.
4. Do you know about Deuxième or its sister shop Deuxième Too, both on New King’s Road? They are both dress agencies which sell designer clothes, shoes, bags and accessories that are all nearly-new, second-hand or vintage. Well they’re having a Christmas styling event on 20th November from 7pm to 9pm, which you might be interested in. More information and tickets.
5. Dukebox’s Carn-Evil ends on Saturday 3rd November with DJ Rich Stone, so there’s still time to head down for some wicked fun which will be going on until 3.30am.
If you follow my tweets then you may have seen that since switching over to an iPhone 4S I’ve been harping on about the relatively short battery life compared to what I was used to. I guess it doesn’t help that I’m on Twitter and Facebook all the time, for work and for play. But isn’t that the point of a smartphone?
Anyway, my moaning has calmed down because I received a Mophie iPhone Juice Pack – ‘Plus’, to be specific – for Christmas and it has transformed my relationship with my iPhone. I’m not carefully restricting my online activity anymore; concerned that I won’t have enough battery power to last me the day. Instead, I confidently check my emails, tweets, and so on.
So what is this juice pack? Simply put, it’s hard shell case which contains special powers – or perhaps some sort of battery charger. When you charge your phone, you do so via the juice pack. The case itself plugs into your phone via the socket which you use for your USB cable. And when you use your phone, you use it as you would do normally.
But when your battery power is running dangerously low, you flip a switch on the case and it starts charging your battery wherever you are. It’s genius! It’s like carrying two batteries around at one time and the switch allows you to flip between the two. I’ve already lent the case to the bf when his iPhone battery had run out of juice and we were out and about.
The case I received for my pressie pink (of course) and to protect the screen, I was also given a Belkin MatteScreen Overlay. There are three overlays in a pack so you can replace them when they’re scratched.
If you’re constantly on your iPhone then Mophie’s juice pack is definitely the way to go, she says now very content.
ps. Since uploading this post, a King’s Road Rocks! Facebook fan has just commented that she’s picked up a Mophie Juice Pack Plus from O2 on King’s Road. So, bonus, you can pick one up locally! x