penhaligons fragrance review

I’m a little late getting around to this post as I went for fragrance profiling at Penhaligons in December. I remember rushing to my appointment at the store on Burlington Arcade. It was half snowing half raining on a Monday as I made my way from Green Park station. The week before was a particularly busy one and I’d given little thought to what fragrance profiling entails.

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I’m on a fashion frenzy at the moment. I can’t stop thinking about outfits and I’m blaming it on this blog! Whilst I’m evolving my sense of style I’m still conscious of waste and the importance of investment pieces vs throw away fashion. As a blogger there can be a pressure to constantly wear something new. With that in mind I’m trying to rework individual pieces to create different looks without always buying something new – unless I decide it’s a worthy addition. Cultivating your own sense of style is a confidence booster but a passion for fashion can leave you with piles of clothes that have hardly been worn. In today’s post I’m taking this three piece outfit and explaining the place each item has in my wardrobe.

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I’m going away next week so I wanted to show you the skincare products I will be taking with me. Kiehl’s surprised me with a wash bag with some products recently and I plan to make good use of it. Clear bags like this are great if you are traveling with hand luggage as you don’t need to bother with the clear bags they give you at the airport. I tend to take the minimum when traveling unless I’m going to the beach so no masks, exfoliators or any of that nonsense. It’s usually cleanser, moisturiser, serum, SPF, deodorant and shampoo. View Post





Do you remember the episode from Sex & The City where Carrie went to stay with Aiden at his lodge in the forest? What she imagined would be a romantic weekend at a rustic yet chic country house turned out to be a little to rustic and secluded for her liking. She didn’t last the weekend before rushing back to the city, heading to the nearest Starbucks followed by a martini at a rooftop bar.

In some ways this is how I felt when I relocated from Central London to the German countryside. I embraced the fresh air, dense forests and breathtaking landscapes but come Saturday night I craved dinner for 6 at Bistrotheque followed by never ending drinks at Shoreditch House. Recently I discovered a little slice of London in South Germany. I say that because this restaurant is so unique and vibrant that when I enter I feel as if I’m somewhere else. Before the owner Ellen transformed it into a restaurant the location of Wacholder was originally a house. The varying rooms have been decked out with tree branches and huge lanterns constructed out of white water colour paper which creates a cozy and whimsical vibe. Outdoors is a secluded garden which leads down to the river with a large red rowing boat and the occasional passing swan. During the summer there is the option to take the boat and head down the river for a quiet picnic. Much like Ellen, the food is a wild mix of flavors with lot’s of personality. It’s generally healthy with great quality wholesome ingredients and a menu that evolves daily. The combination of flavors and overall presentation reflect the restaurants quirky decor. As you’d expect this place is constantly booked. Recently I took some friends who were visiting from London and they felt like they were in Shoreditch. I found this funny as we definitely were not which becomes apparent as soon as we left and found ourselves in a sleepy German village. I plan to go back when the weather turns cooler and see how this small piece of magic transforms with the seasons.

Photography by Christian Roman for Lookin Good Feelin Fine.