Monday, 30 April 2012

Fluffernutter Fairy Cakes

We came across 'Fluffernutters' whilst in NYC, they're basically PB & J - without the J and added Fluff. We fell in love and couldn't wait to attempt a Fluffernutter Fairy Cake recipe.
The patriotic theme was inspired by welcoming home our V.I.P, who is also a peanut butter lover, along with the upcoming Diamond Jubilee celebrations...

One spoon for the recipe, one spoon for us...

Our Fluffernutters...

How to make your own Fluffernutter's - Find the full recipe here

Saturday, 28 April 2012

Cocktails & Popcorn - The Gilbert Scott

Stepping through the revolving door to Gilbert Scott is like stepping back in time, to a glamourous era of decadence and sophistication. Each table is served their signature smoked pepper and butter popcorn by the appropriately dressed waiting staff - in their brass sleeve garters, white shirts & braces. The atmosphere was only heightened by the grandeur of the Gothic elements, such as the striking bell chandeliers - we half expected to spot Chuck Bass ordering a scotch! 
We worked our way through the cocktail menu, 2 buckets of popcorn and a portion of thick-cut chips - that definitely ranked highly on our best chip list! Because of it's popularity and limited seating be prepared to wait, so grab a menu and make your hardest decision of the evening - which cocktail to have first...

The Parisian

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Strawberry Sister's Strawberry Nails

Our nail pens were looking a little lonely so we dusted them off and attempted a strawberry manicure, whilst daydreaming of summer, Pimm's & sunshine - sorry April, but we're so over being cold & wet...

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Mad Hatter's Tea Party

During our stay at Morgan's, the name of their sister hotel, the Sanderson, kept cropping up - especially in reference to the Alice in Wonderland inspired 'Mad Hatter's Tea Party' - so with our growing addiction to afternoon tea & the promise of a cocktail (or 3!) we couldn't resist the invitation to 'tumble down the rabbit hole'

Appry N' Jazz - so tasty it only managed to survive for a few minutes!

'Eat Me' chocolate heart, filled with a strawberry & cream mousse, 'Drink Me' passion fruit & coconut potion & the White Rabbit's "I'm late, I'm late for a very important date!" chocolate clock

Like The Drift, the hotel's buzzing 'Long Bar' has a range of Skinny cocktails inspired by London Fashion week - so you can sip guilt free while perched on a quirky eye stool & discuss how you're going to smuggle the lovely lips sofa home to your living room...

'Ap-Pear' & 'Sweet Thing'

Wearing: Top - Urban Outfitters, Waistcoat - Forever 21

Wearing: Top - Henry Holland, Shorts - Forever 21

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Vogue Festival

The Fashion Bible's first ever festival, held at Kensington's Royal Geographical Society was packed full of stylish fashionistas and enough beauty products to satisfy even the biggest of make-up junkies...

Diane Von Furstenberg's inspiring talk - "Most fairy tales end with the girl marrying the prince, mine began that way"

Her iconic 1974  wrap dress

 I was lucky enough to have my hair done by the influential hair colourist Josh Wood & make-up by one of the world's most sought-after make-up artists, Mary Greenwell.



Fashion Question Time with British designers Holly Fulton, Henry Holland, Roksanda Ilincic, Christopher Kane, Mary Katrantzou & Nicholas Kirkwood


Vogue Brownies

There was also the chance to play dress up in the amazing Chanel closet before posing for a mocked-up Vogue cover which was shot by one of the magazine's contributing photographers.

The 'Armani Eyes Bar' taught you how to achieve the perfect smoky eye while the 'Red My Lips' consultation saw experts choose the shade of red lipstick to best suit your skin tone.


Vogue Cafe

The 'Love, Peace & Fashion' Festival t-shirts designed by Mulberry 

After working up an appetite, we finished our afternoon at nearby Harrods with lunch at 'The Tea Room'

Salmon en croute
 Roast Pork Sandwich

It was a day that truly made you feel like a celebrity and in awe to be in the presence of so many talented and highly respected names in the fashion world - we'll definitely be back next year!

Saturday, 21 April 2012

The Making of Harry Potter

From the moment you walk through the entrance to the sound of the famous Harry Potter theme tune, you know you've arrived somewhere special. The Potter magic oozes from every painstakingly detailed prop & echoes from the studio walls...
After an introductory film that stirs up enough excitement to bring die hard fans to the verge of tears, (us included!) the tour begins at the iconic doors of Hogwarts where you are ushered into the Great Hall. 
From here you are left to happily wander through the enchanted sets - the Gryffindor dormitory, Dumbledore's office, Hagrid's Hut and the Ministry of Magic. The impressive open air backlot is home to the very realistic 4 Privet Drive, as well as various photo opportunities in some of the films bewitched transportation.
Highlights definitely had to be guzzling the highly addictive Butterbeer - which tasted like caramel creme soda - and the chance to fly a Nimbus 2000 or the Weasley's car in the green screen room. The audio tour, an ipod loaded with extra footage and narrated by Tom Felton, really gives an insight into what it was like to be on set.

It wouldn't be an authentic train journey to Hogwarts without Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans - that we stocked up on in Dylan's Candy Bar!

The Gryffindor common room

Potion class

Diagon Alley

The tour ends with the breath-taking scale model of Hogwarts castle that was brought to life and assembled over 8 weeks...

We couldn't resist digging out some old t-shirts hoping for Harry Potter chic but possibly look a little more Harry Potter geek!

"The stories we love best do live in us forever, so whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home" - J.K Rowling
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