After trying The Botanist’s new bar menu last night, I popped into The Sloane Club to take a look at the High Profiles exhibition, which aims to raise funds for the Renton Foundation.

The Renton Foundation is a charity initiative set up by Mencap to offer leisure opportunities for people with learning disabilities.

Caroline Stanley, a trustee of the Renton Foundation and the daughter of its founder Lord Renton, is showcasing 35 bas-relief portrait profiles of many known faces – including Renton Foundation’s Patron Norma Major and Earl Cadogan.

When Lord Renton died at the age of 98 in 2007, he was the longest serving Parliamentarian ever. But it was the impact of his daughter Davina, who had Rett’s syndrome (a neurological disorder), that sparked a long devotion to the cause of those with learning disabilities.

The exhibition which is shared with three other artists: David Welsh, Hugh Dunford Wood and Rod Friend, is only running for two days and so ends today: 6th November 2012.

If you are interested in popping along too, the exhibition will be open from 6pm – 9pm at The Sloane Club, 52 Lower Sloane Street, Chelsea, London, SW1W 8BS.

More information on the Renton Foundation.

Lobsters seem to be quite fashionable at the moment and there are plenty of good set menu deals around, with accompanying sides of fries and salad on offer or fries and a cocktail as another bargain option.

Last night I visited 86 bar and restaurant to try their Lobster Tuesday and whilst this relatively new night may seem like it’s jumping in on the trend, what I had discovered was a focus on good solid ingredients. No rush customers in and out but more let’s sit back and really enjoy this.

Lobster Tuesday’s menu consists of three options: £20 for Lobster & Chips; £20 for Steak & Chips; or £30 for Surf ‘N’ Turf. There is also a reasonably priced starter on the menu as well as a couple of dessert choices.

So the bf and I started off with the charcuterie board whilst we sipped our cocktails.

On Lobster Tuesday, there is also a two for one cocktail menu which means the night can continue flowing after the meal has finished.

I had the Grey Goose Le Fizz.

Whilst the bf had the rum based Dark and Stormy.

For mains, I picked the Lobster dish: a whole lobster and with two wonderfully meaty claws!

And the bf went for the Surf ‘N’ Turf which was quite impressive, especially given the quality of the steak.

The Scotch Sirloin was cooked exactly how the bf had wanted it. I had a taste and it was deliciously succulent.

The chips were also a pleasant surprise because of their seasoning. It was possible to savour each one rather than chow down.

We enjoyed a bottle of Pinot Grigio with our meal and for dessert, we both went for the Espresso Brûlée with an amaretto biscotti.

It had been quite a while since we ate upstairs at 86 and the layout has changed somewhat. There weren’t the tables around the railings like last time so there’s a less cluttered feel, which suits the dining experience very well. And given that I have always loved 86’s Georgian building, I completely welcome Lobster Tuesday into the Chelsea fold.

Like I said, it’s really just a case of sit back and enjoy. x

For more information.

Last week I popped into a Dermalogica event at Solaria beauty and tanning salon along the King’s Road. This place has been here for years and I don’t know how many times I’ve walked past it without taking much notice.

Located right by Royal Avenue, or to be specific McD’s, Solaria can be easily missed because you have to step through the door and climb a flight of stairs before you can see what it has to offer.

From the outside, it is also easy to assume that Solaria is only a tanning salon but it obviously isn’t – as I discovered.

At the event, I had my face scrutinised by this wonderful gadget that pointed out which areas needed more SPF protection, were dry or greasy.

The therapist carried out a face mapping exercise on me and recommended a few products. This was helpful because normally with Dermalogica, I buy the skin prep scrub but for my skin type the therapist suggested that I give the multivitamin thermafoliant a try.

I did and I absolutely love it! My skin looks so radiant every time I use it that I feel like I need to contain myself and hold back from using it everyday. I am supposed to use it once or twice a week. I’m going to go for twice. 😉

I also bought a large Derma Clay Cleanser. As Salma Hayek has said, her beauty secret is to make sure her skin is clean at night – like really clean. And this cleanser does the job for me. It suits my skin perfectly.

Over the years my relationship with Dermalogica has been hit and miss, simply because it’s not always easy to buy. I got tired of stepping into salons and asking for products, which they didn’t have – even though the boxes were in the window.

But now, I have somewhere to go on the King’s Road and I am very excited about this!

Another reason why Solaria must have skipped my radar is because I’m not really a tanning salon kinda girl. But I know quite a few of my readers are and if you are, this place seems worth checking out.

The tanning beds look high tech and are apparently big enough to wave your arms around in. If you prefer spray tans, Solaria offers them too. In fact, this place definitely seems like Chelsea’s best kept tanning secret and I guess that’s why some of Chelsea’s more recognisable residents come here.

Eyebrow threading at Strip Wax Bar.

Loving the new spin studio at my gym!

I also love my new eyelash extensions by Boudoir Lashes!

Tommy’s Margarita at 86.

The Wellesley Hotel opens in Hyde Park later this year. The building used to be the legendary jazz club Pizza on the Park – and its jazz legacy is set to continue with this stunning art deco boutique hotel, which will also be a massive draw for cigar fans. Watch out!

Street art in Clerkenwell.

Saturday morning cupcakes from Storm in a Cupcake, Chelsea’s latest cupcake shop.

The John Williams’ 80th Birthday Concert was amazing. The concert kicked off with Superman’s theme tune and ended with Stars Wars. In between, there was a string of Williams’ classics. Schindler’s List was hauntingly beautiful whilst E.T., magical.

Last night, I returned to Barbarella after the launch party, for dinner. The food was fantastic and the atmosphere was yet again buzzing, so there was no way we were leaving after the food. We stayed and danced the night away instead!

And right now, Sleepless In Seattle is on in the background. Love!

A couple of weeks ago I popped into Ross X Bute on the King’s Road to meet its new creative director Madeleine Press. Formerly known as Anonymous, this Chelsea boutique seems to be heading in an exciting direction under Press’s guidance.

Here are just a few of my favourite picks from her current collection …

Madeleine is very hands on with her creations and the store even has its own workshop/studio downstairs. Ross X Bute’s team includes a pattern cutter and seamstress: attention to detail as well as a boutique service is very much at the heart of their work.

So to give you a chance to get to know Madeleine properly, I asked her a few questions …

CG: What is your vision for Ross X Bute?

MP: My husband is the MD of ROSS X BUTE and he asked me to come in and consult on the AW12 collection. The chance then came to become partners in the business, which we saw as a wonderful opportunity – the wonderful heritage of the brand and the Bute Family combine to make for a very potent story. Many brands invent this kind of backstory, but ROSS X BUTE has it naturally, which is rare. I just want to make beautiful, wearable clothes that people find essential.

CG: Who are your creative inspirations?

MP: I don’t really have a favourite designer, clothing or accessory brand – these things change and evolve all the time. I am inspired by everyday things – if you open your eyes a little wider and look closely you can find inspiration in everything.

CG: What are your three essential items when going on holiday?

MP: My family, my Havianas and Lancaster Oil Free suntan lotion.

CG: What is your favourite item of clothing in your wardrobe and why?

MP: I have many wardrobe favourites. I have an obsession with knitwear and coats and am in need of a bigger space to store my clothes. My favourite item is my Madeleine Press hand knit drape cardigan.

CG: The King’s Road is constantly evolving. What would you like to bring to its identity?

MP: In the 60s and 70s the King’s Road had a great edge – it was the centre of world, changing fashion movements. The King’s Road is known worldwide, it still has that vibe, and the lower part where our store is has a huge opportunity to reinvent that creative energy. The more quality, independent stores that move into the area the more it will grow into a really exciting district. I’d like ROSS X BUTE to be a vital part of that.

*Madeleine is also currently Consulting Creative Director of the leading domestic Japanese brand, Anayi, part of the Sazaby Group. Madeleine has worked as a Creative Director in the Japanese market for the last 20 years, starting with fashion powerhouse Onward Kashiyama designing the BLV147 range. The Japanese fashion market is renowned as the most competitive and challenging in the world, with a legendary attention to detail and design.*

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