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When you don’t happen to live next to the ocean or a fragrant meadow you can still have a home that encapsulates the spirit of summer. Simply invest in a good quality fragranced candle that will last you for the entire season.

DIPTYQUE BAIES – If you like the idea of blackcurrant leaves and rose.

JO MALONE LIME BASIL & MANDARIN – If you like citrus.

LE FEU DE L’EAU AFRICAN BASIL – If you like citrus and herbs.

DIANA VREELAND OUTRAGEOUSLY VIBRANT – If you like roses with a twist.

BYREDO TREE HOUSE – If you like the smell of hay.

DIPTYQUE FIGUIER – If you like fig.

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London is so much fun that it doesn’t really matter where you stay. There is so much to see that visitors will no doubt only need somewhere to rest their head at night. However, there is an amazing selection of hotels in the capital – something for every taste. I’ve put together a list of my personal favourites that are either a little quirky or offer something truly special.

 

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BLAKES HOTEL Is in the heart of Chelsea, away from the hustle and bustle and tourist traps of central London this is still definitely a hot location. The decor is exotic and rich with rooms so decadent they resemble a movie set.

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SHANGRI LA AT THE SHARD This isn’t my favourite decor. But the views of London from anywhere in this hotel are unbeatable and luxury is guaranteed.

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SHOREDITCH HOUSE The rooms are cute but tiny. Access to Shoreditch House (part of the Soho House group) makes it all worth while as you have access to the rooftop pool and a selection of bars and restaurants. Plus it’s located in super cool East London.

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ACE HOTEL SHOREDITCH Located in the heart of the area on Shoreditch Highstreet you won’t be dissapointed by the vibe of this place. It’s a super cool hangout with a great restaurant and bar plus the rooms are really nice. Perfect if you are looking to head out on an alternative East London weekender.

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HAM YARD HOTEL The list wouldn’t be complete without somewhere in Soho. The location is super central and this part of the city carries so much soul. Ham Yard Hotel has it all, from a rooftop bar and fine dining restaurant to a library for afternoon tea.

 

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Whilst I appreciate what I have there are still so many things I want in life. These days I’m less into partying and more into staying at home, either to have friends over for dinner and drinks or to veg out on the sofa with a good book or a nice movie. My ideal home is an aesthetically pleasing sanctuary, containing all my favourite home comforts. With this in mind I’ve put together a wish list of things I want for my home.

The Food Processor. Who doesn’t love food? My weekends are all about the food and I like to try out new recipe’s that are sometimes healthy and sometimes not. My dream Magimix food processor would make the prep so much easier, and fun.

The Television. A large and sleek TV that looks like a picture frame would compliment my Netflix account nicely. The Ultra HD TV Panasonic was tuned by filmmakers, if it’s good enough for them then it’s definitely on my wish list.

The Art. Yayoi Kusama is one of my favourite Artists. I’m not sure if I will ever own an original piece but Artsy are selling a limited edition screen print. At £14,500 this is still out of my price range but I can still dream, right?!

The Candle. The smell of a good quality scented candle makes all the difference to a home and candle light creates such a cozy atmosphere. This one by Cire Trudon is way out of the ordinary.

The Sofa. This bad boy from MADE.COM is large enough to lay down on and looks super cool to boot. Santa pleeeeeease.

The Blanket. Snuggling up on the sofa wouldn’t be complete without a nice soft blanket. This one from Hermès would be the ultimate luxury.

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I decided to stop at six items but believe me, the list could go on and on. If you have any items you think I could add to the list then leave a comment or tweet me.

 

 

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This September my dog Ralphy will turn 6 and somehow I love him even more as each year passes. He’s cheeky, funny and super cute whilst sharing his endless supply of love – he’s my safe place. He was just three months old when I got him in London, this was a bit of a nightmare as he’d bark and howl – even when I stepped out to empty the rubbish. Like most Londoners I lived in a flat and as you can image my neighbors didn’t appreciate the sound of him barking anytime I needed to leave him alone. When my boyfriend and I planned to move to his native Germany and set up our company there was zero doubt as to whether Ralphy would come or not. Traveling from the UK to Germany became quite the journey as we took the overnight ferry from Norfolk to Holland and then drove for 10 hours to our new home in Baden-Wurttemburg. When the ferry company told us we could see his kennel via CCTV from the TV in our cabin I didn’t realise everyone else could too. He spent most of the time barking and the next morning as we were lining up at passport control an American girl said to her parents ‘look there’s the dog we saw on TV last night’. His current home in Germany suits him perfectly as he has more than enough space to run and do what dogs do and with the help of family he’s never alone. To celebrate the special bond between humans and dog’s I’ve researched 5 benefits to owning a pooch from this Huffington Post article.

1 We become more outdoorsy. Going for walks is mandatory when owning a dog. I soon made the most of London’s beautiful parks (especially Hyde Park) and Sunday’s on the sofa have become Sunday’s spent walking in the forest. With this comes the health benefits of exercise and fresh air.

2 Just Looking At Your Dog Will Make You Feel Happier. I can definitely attest to this one as my heart swells when I see my dog. A study in Japan found that one’s level of oxytocin (the neurohormone that elicits feelings of happiness) raised intensely after interacting with their dogs.

3 Dogs Calm Us Down In Stressful Situations. Studies have shown that during a ‘stress test’ our stress levels reduce significantly when a dog is in the room.

4 They Help Us Recover Psychologically From A Crisis. Dogs have been proven to help the recovery process of soldiers going through post-traumatic stress disorder.

5 One Study Found That Owning A Dog Could Make You More Attractive To Potential Love Matches. I’ve been in my current relationship for almost 5 years and I brought my dog on the first date which I’m sure helped break the ice. According to a study conducted by Dog’s Trust, the United Kingdom’s largest dog welfare charity, when they surveyed 700 people, 60 percent said that owning a dog can make people more attractive, while 85 percent think people are more approachable when they are with a dog.

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In today’s post I’ve opened up my gym kit to show you my tried and tested essentials that are both stylish and practical.

I recently started back at the gym after a very long break and it feels great to be training again. I’m not one of those people to put on weight when I don’t work out, it actually has the opposite effect and I end up looking skinny which leaves me feeling unhappy with myself. I’ve been jogging for a while which is great but I see the best results when I combine the cardio with weight training. A couple of gym sessions per week with some jogging outdoors make the perfect combination for my body and mind.

1 ONLY & SON’S T-SHIRT & SHORTS. The t-shirts are slightly longer in the body which is perfect as they don’t rise up when I’m stretching or using a foam roller. The shorts are also great as they have a draw string waist and zipper pockets. Zipper pockets are an essential for me when I’m jogging as I always take my i phone and this prevents it falling out and getting smashed.

2 DR JACKSON’S 01 SKIN DAY CREAM*. This is a great all-natural brand which means the moisturiser is lightweight, it allows my skin to breathe whilst providing SPF 20.

3 SUSANNE KAUFMANN DEODORANT STICK*. I only use all-natural deodorants because ingredients such as aluminum which are found in regular deodorants can be harmful. Their aren’t many effective all-natural versions but this one is excellent plus is smells great and it comes as a stick rather than a spray.

3 ASICS Trainers and perfect for running as they provide good support and the quality is always good. This is definitely my go-to workout brand.

4 SALT. EYEWEAR*. These sunglasses are from their latest collection and whilst they look cool they are also great for jogging when the sun is out. These frames are super lightweight yet hold firmly in place.

5 LOUIS VUITTON KEEPALL BANDOULIERE 45. I’ve had this bag for around 4 years and it’s hardly worn even though I’ve used it so much. I often take it on weekends away, especially if I’m flying with just hand luggage. It also makes a great gym bag as it fit’s everything I need. Definitely worth the money.

* Whilst I received these products as samples I’ve only featured them as they are an actual part of my gym kit.