My ‘desert island’ products

The London Lassie lists the latest products everyone should know about…

Lately I have came across so many great cosmetics. There is so much choice on the market so when I find something I love I have to tell everyone about it. Read on for my must-have’s…

 

The Facial Treatment: 

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Alpha-H Liquid Gold (£31.30), http://www.beautybay.com/skincare/alphah/g/liquidgold/

To put it bluntly, this is acid for your face. But don’t be put off. Apply to face and neck once a week at night time and awake to glowing, smooth skin.

The Toothpaste:

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Janina (£11.25), http://www.boots.com/en/Janina-ultrawhite-extra-strength-toothpaste_1104596/?cm_mmc=pla-_-google-_-PLAs-_-PLAs+-+All+Products

The best whitening toothpaste I have EVER used. It’s pricey for a toothpaste but trust me, your teeth will change colour.

The Facial Oil:

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Cowshed Rasperry Seed Antioxidant Oil (£36.00), http://www.cowshedonline.com/index.php/catalog/product/view/id/133/s/raspberry-seed-anti-oxidant-oil-30-ml/?gclid=CjkKEQjwqsCcBRDt7_Gts5a91YYBEiQAm-wYEc5F_edDEXPwrCoKVtIriOek3P_h-gaZquiNYQioxfbw_wcB

I apply this day and night to hydrate my skin and fight London pollution. It makes your skin super dewy and smells amazing.

The Highlighter:

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Benefit Watt’s Up! Highlighter (£24.50), http://www.feelunique.com/p/Benefit-Watts-Up-Soft-Focus-Highlighter-for-Face-9-4g?utm_source=GoogleBaseUK&utm_medium=gen&option=29897&utm_source=google-shopping&utm_medium=cpc&utm_content=Benefit&utm_campaign=Google%20Shopping

Apply along the tops of cheek bones, brow bone, length of your nose and on your cupid’s bow for glowing skin.

The Gradual Tan:

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FAMOUS DAVE’S GRADUAL 10 Self Tan Lotion/Tan Extender (£17.99), http://www.lookfantastic.com/famous-dave-s-gradual-10-self-tan-lotion/tan-extender-250ml/10804346.html

It’s rare to find a tan that looks good and does good. This bronzing wonder is full of oils and antioxidants to treat your skin as well as making your browner. The best thing is it’s literally streak proof, no matter how badly I apply, I have never EVER seen a streak.

Go beautify yourselves ladies!

Lx

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Flesh and Buns

This Covent Garden centre of yumminess is a must-go!

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With it’s never-ending plague of tourists, Soho has always been a ‘no go’ for a fun night out. However, with top secret and hip cocktail bars and eateries such as BYOC and La Bodegra Negra offering a hideaway from jabbering theatre go-ers Soho is once again a pretty darn cool place to go. 

My new fave for food? Flesh and Buns on Earlham Street.

Grub – 9/10

The speciality is quite literally what it says on the tin. Flesh (I recommend the piglet belly or duck breast) and Japanese soft buns. It’s messy, but god does it taste good! For desert opt for the open fire with green tea chocoate, marshmallows and biscuits.

Booze – 10/10

Good price. Got tipsy. What else can you ask for?

Dolla’ – 7/10

For 3 (small) courses and (plenty) alcohol it was around £40 p.p. Not bad for central.

Perv Factor – 4.5/10

There was a slightly less than dashing overweight asian man opposite eating Korean wings with his hands. The meat juice seeping down his arms really added to his aesthetic.

 Banter – 9/10

No-one seems to be in a rush and is definitely there to ‘make a night of it’. If you spot someone over 40 there, I’ll give you a tenner.

Bathrooms are complete with Japanese pornographic cartoons which gives you a giggle.

LL rating: 

9/10

The Golden Robes…

The London Lassie selects the best dressed from last night’s Golden Globes…

Laura Carmichael in Viktor & Rolf:

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Michele Dockery in Oscar De La Renta:

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Reese Witherspoon in Calvin Klein: Reese-Witherspoon-3016602

GOLDEN GLOBES 2014 WINNERS LIST

 Top prize: Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years A Slave

BEST DRAMA
12 Years A Slave

BEST MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
American Hustle

BEST DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE
Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Amy Adams, American Hustle

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
Frozen

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
The Great Beauty

BEST SCREENPLAY – MOTION PICTURE
Her – Spike Jonze

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE – MOTION PICTURE

Alex Ebert, All Is Lost

BEST ORIGINAL SONG – MOTION PICTURE
U2 Ordinary Love, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
Breaking Bad

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
Robin Wright, House Of Cards

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Amy Poehler, Parks & Recreation

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Andy Samberg, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

BEST MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Behind The Candelabra

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Jacqueline Bisset, Dancing on the Edge

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
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The secret to looking like Cara…

…from A-List stylist to the stars and the Victoria Secret Angels, Teddy Charles!

British Vogue cover, January 2014

If you haven’t heard of Cara Delevingne you’re from another Universe, let alone another planet. The internationally renowned model is known just as much for her ability to party as her ability to work a Burberry Prorsum runway and is never out of the press whether it be in a DKNY advertisement or pictures of her watching basketball with Rihanna. The IT-girl is simply unstoppable at the moment with a bubbling acting career through the likes of up-coming movie, The Face of an Angel and Karl Lagerfeld’s Fendi film and she has also just had her second British Vogue cover shoot within ten months.

One thing that shines on the January 2014 cover, is her amazing beach waves. Despite looking relaxed and effortless, this is often the hardest hair trend to achieve. Curls either fall flat, look too poodle-esque, or too much salt spray results in a matted birds nest! 

I spoke with Teddy Charles, the stylist behind many supermodels such as Gisele, Karlie Kloss, Rosie Huntington-Whitely, Jourdan Dunn and of course Cara, about how to get perfect Delevingne waves. Teddy has worked with Cara on numerous projects including the DKNY campaigns and says: “Cara is really fun – she makes everyone laugh on shoot! Her hair is in great condition too.” Want to know a HUGE secret? “I always put extensions in Cara’s hair when I style it”, says Teddy. Ah-ha! Finally the explanation to her lengthy locks. But, what about those gorgeous loose waves? Read on…

A-List stylist, Teddy Charles

A-List stylist, Teddy Charles

How to get Cara’s waves [Warning: may lead to intense strutting]:

Step 1: Wash hair with shampoo and use a tiny bit of conditioner at the tips. If hair is too moisturised it will fall flat. Rinse hair with cold water for extra shine! 

Step 2: Blast hair upside down until almost dry. Then, use a medium round bristle brush to create height and volume. Scrunch hair whilst drying to achieve gorgeous Cara-like waves!

Step 3: Spray dry shampoo at the roots for body and spritz the lengths of your hair with a little salt water for bouncing model-like tresses…

You’re welcome ladies!

Sheer Brilliance

Cheeky chic skirts are the next big thing.

Is it that time of year already? Just as we’ve folded our bikinis back in our drawers, the dust is being shaken off our faux fur. Thereafter, like a big slap in the sun kissed face next season’s collections cascade down the runway to remind us that we are now in the chilly season. Damn.

We have a wee while to wait, and to be fair great winter trends such as punk and dark florals to covet, but it doesn’t hurt to dream about next season.

The biggest SS14 trend has to be sheer skirts. Not for the faint-hearted, these jupes designed by the likes of Burberry Prorsum, Gucci, Fendi, Mulberry and Sass & Bide (just to name a few) don’t leave much to the imagination. Nevertheless, they give your legs a soft covering like a complimentary instagram filter! LOVE.

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Burberry Prorsum

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Peter Pilotto

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Mulberry

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Christopher Kane

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Antipodium

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Fendi

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Giambattista Valli

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Sass & Bide

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A Scottish Staycation

Who needs Barbados and Berlin when you can have Britain?

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Are you sitting comfortably? Then let our geography test begin.

  1. What is the capital of Italy?
  2. Which city is more Northern, New York or Miami?

Too easy?

How about what city is more southern Chester, or Liverpool?

If you got it, well done, you know the UK better than I do.

We are in the age of travel. As soon as kids reach the end of their school days they run for Peru or make to Thailand. Do they go to the remote outer Hebrides or explore Exeter? Hell no.

I was recently chatting with someone from Thailand about how beautiful Scotland is. It turned out they knew more about my homeland than I do. To risk further embarrassment, I convinced my parents to take me for a relaxing and educational staycation up north. So, after a fun-filled, alcohol fuelled week in Marbella with my friends (safe to say, uneducational), I made my way up the The Crinan Hotel nestled beside the Sound of Jura and Crinan canal.

If a bit of serenity is what you’re after, the Argyll and Bute area in which Crinan resides in is perfect. The Sound of Jura may translate to ‘Sound of Disappointment’ but time spent here will be far from that. Being a Londoner, I’ve gotten used to the hustle and bustle so it was a real change to witness silence, tumbling mountains, crystal clear lochs and of course lack of WiFi…

The Crinan Hotel (loved by the likes of Princess Anne) is owned by an art loving couple and boasts an art gallery and bar on its top floor complete with breathtaking views. There’s also a piano there which has been played by many famous guests such as Andrew Lloyd Webber. The hotel has two restaurants which specialise in seafood and it’s safe to say I put on a good few pounds the days I spent here. The decor is by no means modern but homely and comfortable with sofas you literally sink into. The Crinan canal was handmade hundreds of years ago as a travel alternative to the dangerous Mull of Kintyre. It’s crazy to think men did that with their bare hands. 

A car is a necessity if you want to explore nearby attractions such as Inverarray Castle, the Lock Fyne restaurant, Isle of Seil and Easdale and Glencoe – the haunting location of the Campbell’s massacre of the MacDonald clan.

Read on for some snaps of my trip and the best places to spend a Scottish staycation!

Did you go on a staycation this year?

Fresh seafood at the Loch Fyne restaurant

Fresh seafood at the Loch Fyne restaurant

The view from the Crinan Hotel

The view from the Crinan Hotel

The view from my bedroom

The view from my bedroom

Tiny caravan with no running water of electricity where eccentric artist, Fraser McIver lives. He washes in the canal every day! Brrr...

Tiny caravan with no running water of electricity where eccentric artist, Fraser McIver lives. He washes in the canal every day! Brrr…

Crinan canal

Crinan canal

To get to Easdale island you ring a bell and a little boat comes to collect you!

To get to Easdale island you ring a bell and a little boat comes to collect you!

Me playing the piano as played by regular guest, Andrew Lloyd Weber

Me playing the piano as played by regular guest, Andrew Lloyd Weber

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Glencoe

Glencoe

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Seil Island

Seil Island

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Fresh scallops at the Crinan Hotel restaurant

Fresh scallops at the Crinan Hotel restaurant

Dad and I sipping some bubbly on the top floor on the Crinan Hotel

Dad and I sipping some bubbly on the top floor on the Crinan Hotel

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Crinan

The trip to Easdale

The trip to Easdale

Inverarray Castle

Inverarray Castle

Top Scottish destinations:

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  • Gleneagles Hotel
    If you haven’t heard of this hotel you’ve been hiding under a rock. Most people think this is only good for Argyll sweater wearing golfers. No way! Gleneagles owns an impressive spa – go relax! Also, legend has it John Cleese got the idea for Fawlty Towers whilst staying here…
    http://www.gleneagles.com/?gclid=CIPw5MW80rkCFTLMtAoddjQAWQ

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  • Cameron House Hotel, Loch Lomond
    Okay I admit it, I haven’t actually stayed here, I went in for the loo on the way home (I do comfort breaks in style). Nevertheless, I did look around and it is STUNNING. The hotel even has it’s own private seaplane for stylish loch trips!
    http://www.devere-hotels.co.uk/hotel-lodges/locations/cameron-house.html
  • 4Stobo Catle, Peebles
    This is the best spa I’ve ever been to. It’s in an old spooky castle and is surrounded by rolling Scottish hills. Top recco!
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Clueless Clobber

The London Lassie gets ready to embrace nineties Beverly Hills ‘Betty’ and ‘Baldwin’ness…

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The new season collections are in and this season it’s super easy to match up and choose key pieces. “As if!” you say? Lets just say everyone is going to be Clueless – but in a good way!

Most twenty-something girls fondly remember the movie Clueless from E number fuelled, boy bantering, truth and dare playing sleepovers which led us to constantly mouth ‘Whatever!’ and ‘As if!’. However, watch this film now and discover its hidden jokes we didn’t get aged 10 and its fashions BANG ON with the autumn 2013 collections. When in style doubt, this year, think Cher, Dionne and Tai to channel some nostalgic chic.
Top Clueless inspired trends this season:

The Nose ring:

Dionne Davenport, 1995

Dionne Davenport, 1995

Todd Lynn, AW 2013

Todd Lynn, AW 2013

The Knitted Crop:

Cher Horowitz, 1995

Cher Horowitz, 1995

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Topshop Unique, AW 2013

Plaid:

Dee and Cher, 1995

Dee and Cher, 1995

Tai, 1995

Tai, 1995

Cher Horowitz, 1995

Cher Horowitz, 1995

Fay, AW 2013

Fay, AW 2013

Fay, AW 2013

Fay, AW 2013

Versace, AW 2013

Versace, AW 2013

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ASOS, £28.00

Feathers:

Cher Horowitz, 1995

Cher Horowitz, 1995

Amber, 1995

Amber, 1995

Ralph Rucci, AW 2013

Ralph Rucci, AW 2013

Dries Van Noten, AW 2013

Dries Van Noten, AW 2013

Topshop, £130.00

Topshop, £130.00

Chunky Alicebands:

Cher Horowitz, 1995

Cher Horowitz, 1995

Nina Ricci, AW 2013

Nina Ricci, AW 2013

New Look, £4.99

New Look, £4.99

Simple Vest Dresses:

Cher Horowitz, 1995

Cher Horowitz, 1995

Rihanna is the ACTUAL Calvin Klein '90s dress in scarlet at the GQ 'Men of the Year' party a few months back!

Rihanna in the ACTUAL Calvin Klein ’90s dress in scarlet at the GQ ‘Men of the Year’ party a few months back!

PVC:

Dee, 1995

Dee, 1995

Dee, 1995

Dee, 1995

Topshop Unique, AW 2013

Topshop Unique, AW 2013

Antipodium, AW 2013

Antipodium, AW 2013

Versace, AW 2013

Versace, AW 2013

ASOS, £18.00

ASOS, £18.00

Read below for some hilarious Clueless quotes. How many can you remember?

Cher’s Dad: Cher what the hell is that?
Cher: A dress.
Cher’s Dad: Says who?
Cher: Calvin Klein!

Murray: Your man Christian is a cake boy!
Cher and Dionne: (together) A what?
Murray: He’s a disco-dancing, Oscar Wilde-reading, Streisand ticket-holding friend of Dorothy, know what I’m saying?

Amber: Was I the only one listening? I thought it reeked.
Cher: No, I believe that’s your designer imposter perfume.

Christian: Do you like Billie Holiday?
Cher: I love him.

Cher: If it’s a concussion, you have to keep her conscious, okay? Ask her questions.
Elton: What’s seven times seven?
Cher: Stuff she knows!

Cher: Where’s my white collarless shirt from Fred Segal. It’s my most capable looking outfit!

Cher’s Dad: Where are you?
Cher: I’m just having a snack at my girlfriend’s.
Cher’s Dad: Where, in Kuwait?
Cher: Is that in the valley?

Cher: Isn’t my house classic? The columns date all the way back to 1972.

Cher: I want to do something for humanity.
Josh: How about sterilization?

Cher: Do you prefer fashion victim or ensembly challenged?

Cher: He does dress better than I do, what would I bring to the relationship?

Josh: (watching news about the Bosnian conflict) You look confused.
Cher: Well, uh, I thought they declared peace in the Middle East.

Heather: It’s just like Hamlet said, “To thine own self be true.”
Cher: Hamlet didn’t say that.
Heather: I think I remember Hamlet accurately.
Cher: Well, I remember Mel Gibson accurately, and he didn’t say that. That Polonius guy did.

Tai: Do you think she’s pretty?
Cher: No, she’s a full-on Monet.
Tai: What’s a monet?
Cher: It’s like a painting, see? From far away, it’s OK, but up close, it’s a big old mess.

Cher: (in regards to losing her virginity) You see how picky I am about my shoes and they only go on my feet.

Cher: I was surfing the crimson wave. I had to haul ass to the ladies’.

Mel: Do you know what time it is?
Cher: A watch doesn’t really go with this outfit, daddy.

Mel: You mean to tell me that you argued your way from a C+ to an A-?
Cher: Totally based on my powers of persuasion, you proud?
Mel: Honey, I couldn’t be happier than if they were based on real grades.

Mel: You drink?
Christian: No, thanks. I’m cool.
Mel: I’m not offering. I’m asking you if you drink. You think I offer alcohol to teenage drivers taking my daughter out?
Christian: Hey man, the protective vibe. I dig.

Tai: Why should I listen to you, anyway? You’re a virgin who can’t drive.

Amber: Ms. Stoeger, my plastic surgeon doesn’t want me doing any activity where balls fly at my nose.
Dionne: Well, there goes your social life.

Tai: I could really use some sort of herbal refreshment.
Dionne: Oh, well we do lunch in ten minutes. We don’t have any tea, but we have Coke and stuff.
Tai: No shit. You guys got Coke here?
Dionne: Well, yeah.
Cher: Yeah, this is America.

Cher: Daddy, did you ever have a problem you couldn’t argue your way out of?
Dad: Tell me the problem and we’ll figure out how to argue out of it.

Cher: So like, right now for example. The Haitians need to come to America. But some people are all, “What about the strain on our resources?” Well it’s like when I had this garden party for my father’s birthday, right? I put R.S.V.P. ’cause it was a sit-down dinner. But some people came that like did not R.S.V.P. I was like totally buggin’. I had to haul ass to the kitchen, redistribute the food, and squish in extra place settings. But by the end of the day it was, like, the more the merrier.And so if the government could just get to the kitchen, rearrange some things, we could certainly party with the Haitians. And in conclusion may I please remind you it does not say R.S.V.P. on the Statue of Liberty. Thank you very much.

Cher: would you call me selfish?
Dionne: no, not to your face.

Round the twist

The London Lassie gets ready to embrace twirled tresses…

Caught in a summer shower last weekend my straight, sleek hair was devilishly transformed into a mop of frizz. Nevertheless, despite thinking I looked like a novelty dish washing brush, I got loads of compliments (and a few free drinks).

Summer was all about sleek locks and the slicked back look, but with more rain to come our way this autumn it seems designers have prepared us for this twist of fate as kinky manes are set to cause a storm!

One of the best hair looks from the AW13 catwalks has to be that of the Just Cavalli show. Roberto Cavalli coveted deep, defined crimps and waves. To get this look, plait damp hair and leave to dry. Then unravel twisted tresses. Easy!

Just Cavalli AW13

Just Cavalli AW13

Bin those straighteners and your umbrella. Real women have curves after all!

See below for more curled looks to embrace next season:

Derek Lam AW13

Derek Lam AW13

L'Wren Scott AW13

L’Wren Scott AW13

Marc by Marc Jacobs AW13

Marc by Marc Jacobs AW13

Giles AW13

Giles AW13

Junya Watanabe AW13

Junya Watanabe AW13

Rodarte AW13

Rodarte AW13

For curlspiration straight from an expert follow Ouidad on instagram:

http://instagram.com/ouidad.

I was lucky enough to meet the Queen of Curls and Co-Creator of the Sunsilk curl ranges in New York this year and she is a genius!

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Gand is Grand

The London Lassie takes a trip to Belgium…

My ambition has always been to visit every country in the world and I suppose I have been to a lot of places atypical of the British ‘Packed it. Booked it. F***ed off’ – Russia, Finland, Mauritious, Hong Kong, Haiti, Australia…. Nevertheless I barely go off the beaten track. Did I befriend Aborigine women with sagging chests in the outback? No, I drank cocktails overlooking Sydney harbour. Did I explore some remote snowy Russian village? No, I went clubbing in a chic Moscow nightclub. Did I follow the Inca trail? No, I lay on the beach and drank Pina Coladas.

It’s not that I don’t have an interest in places off the beaten track. I just like the finer things in life and to be honest, I just haven’t got round to visiting these places yet. If you only have 5 days in Russia you’re obviously not going to skip Mosco and St. Petersburg right? However, I have started to realise that when you go off route, you discover so much more.

I recently went to Brussels to visit some friends I met in Sydney for a weekend of calorific cuisine (Pain au Chocolat and Moules Frites), crazy nights out, sunshine, amazing architecture and liquid gold beer.

On my first day my friends decided to show me another city. Antwerp – city of style? Bruges – picturesque and thrown into the mainstream thanks to Colin Farrell? Nope. Gand. I hadn’t heard of it either but I’m so glad I went!

Gand is Belgium’s answer to Venice. Mirror-like, rustic canals vein through its quaint side streets. The banks are filled with a contrast of modern apartments with balconies, adorned with Acne-wearing hipsters and antique like crumbling restaurants serving fine wine and Moules Frites.

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From left: Virginie, me, Sylvie and Maite. Mywhite lace skirt is from Topshop and is my new summer wardrobe staple.

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Restaurants serving calorific delights line the edges of vein-like, rustic canals.

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Moules Frites with white wine and garlic – yum!

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It seemed funny at the time to keep our lobster bibs on…

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Couldn’t resist snapping this cute loved-up couple!

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There was a music festival in Gand that day and the stages were set over the canals on bridges. When we got a boat trip (for 6 euro each!) we sailed under these ear busting stages and it was like having our own private gigs! The addition of sunshine, shopping in Gands selection of alternative boutiques, a gut-busting lunch by the river and a Hoegaarden beer made it the perfect day.

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Gand is only a 40 minute drive from Brussels, which is only 2 hours on the Eurostar from London.

Get to gorgeous Gand!