So the longest month of the year is over – or so it felt like it. And now it’s time to get on with 2013, forget about Dry January (if you bothered) and look forward to this being the last month of winter (officially). To help you along, here are my top 5 don’t miss tips for February 2013:

1. It’s the Super Bowl on Sunday and most of us are probably talking about Beyoncé’s much anticipated performance rather than the game. Either way, if you are planning on having a Super Bowl party then consider heading down to Bodean’s BBQ to pick up their marinated meat which are vat packed and therefore easy to cook. Here are the instructions to give you an idea.

Bodean's BBQ Window

Unfortunately Bodean’s Super Bowl party has sold out so this would be the next best thing if you do love their tasty ribs. And if you haven’t tried them yet, here’s my review from the other night.

2. Paris concept store, The Space, is coming to Austique on the King’s Road for one week only over London Fashion Week, from 14th until 21st February 2013.

The Space is a creative hub which hosts emerging Parisian designers, cutting edge fashion labels and international artists and like Austique stocks labels such as Zimmermann, Austique, Cheek Frills and Madeleine Thompson. They will also be showcasing a selection of SS13 collections, which include Parker, Camilla & Marc and lifestyle brands such as Twins for Peace, Claus Porto and Nina Peter.

Austique

3. Donna Ida’s current sale is ending on Monday 4th February 2013 with a serious bang! That is to say, 75% off with an extra 20% off. Just make sure you enter SPECIAL20 at the checkout.

Click here to find out which items are in the clearance sale.

Donna Ida Clearance Sale

4. Whatever you do, don’t miss the ‘Debbie Harry Queen of Punk: Portraits by Brian Aris’ exhibition at Proud Chelsea. It ends on 17th February 2013 and you can read my review as well as watch a couple of Blondie music videos here.

Debbie Harry

5. Don’t Miss The Hollywood Arms’ February movie calendar. With free entry and free popcorn, the films include: The Tourist, The Other Boleyn Girl, When Harry Met Sally and Greenburg. The Hollywood Arms are also introducing a monthly film club which kicks off on 11th February at 7.30pm with Senna.

Hollywood Arms

If you haven’t been upstairs at The Hollywood Arms, here is a photo of the room. It’s a great venue and you can order food as well as drinks there.

Hollywood Arms - Pub

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

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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!

If you follow me on Twitter, you would have seen that yesterday I was on my bike for most of the day. I was out and about at 8am, cycling to Richmond Park where I trained for my London to Brighton cycle ride which is taking place next week – and later in the afternoon, I cycled through Kensington Gardens, along Notting Hill and through Holland Park. I couldn’t get enough of my bike. The weather was just too gorgeous!

But this also meant that my body was craving carbs by early evening and I felt like having a large pizza, preferably al fresco because of the lovely evening. The first al fresco Italian that springs to mind is normally Made In Italy on the King’s Road. But there is another Made In Italy in Chelsea, located on Hollywood Road which has a back garden – and that’s where I headed to.

We sat outside where I ordered a glass of Prosecco and the bf ordered a beer.

As for the pizza, I ordered a Fra Rosario with mozzarella, tomato sauce, roasted potatoes (told you I needed carbs!), sausage, onion, capers and rosemary whilst the bf ordered a Porcini e Speck: ham and mushroom.

And we had it all! Though, I did give my crust away.

I love this corner of the world. In fact, Hollywood Road is easily one of my favourite streets in Chelsea where you also have The Hollywood Arms, Brinkley’s and now The Chelsea Day Spa!

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