So I’m hoping to make ‘Friday Favourites’ a weekly series, rounding up all the things that I have enjoyed over that week. One of the best things about living in London is the wealth of things to do; there is always a fashionable new restaurant cropping up, an exhibition launch or a new flagship store opening its shiny new doors. While I’m guilty of not taking advantage of all the wonderful things London has to offer, part of my new year’s resolutions is to make more effort to get out and about and discover new favourite places as well as wonderful products.
1) The Ivy Chelsea Garden
After hearing a lot of hype about the hottest new eatery in town, I was keen to pay a visit to the Ivy Chelsea Garden. Located just half an hour from my flat, it seemed like the perfect Sunday spot for an afternoon cocktail and catch up with a friend followed by a leisurely stroll down the Kings Road (I obviously headed straight to Space NK).
Not knowing what to expect, first impressions were strong – the café is a smart looking establishment with bold green canopy’s and gallant Victorian bay windows. It’s not surprising that it is a Grade II listed building which dates back to 1722, when it was a licensed public house.
The staff were lovely and we were lucky enough to get a table straight away (usually this place gets pretty busy, especially on weekends so it’s worth booking). We offered a table inside as it was a particularly cold winter’s day but I’m eager to go back and sit in the garden seats which look beautiful.
The menu prices are really reasonable – not what you’d necessarily expect from a Chelsea based restaurant. As we only had drinks, I’m eager to go back and sample the food so I can provide a full review.
Address: 197 King’s Rd, London SW3 5EQ
2) Kings Road Boutique: Collier Bristow
I have my friend to thank for this new discovery – Collier Bristow is a lovely little boutique based on the Kings Road, Chelsea. After our tipple at the Ivy, we were quickly drawn in by the intricately made designs of beautiful dresses and as a result, the store has fast become a firm favourite. Their website states that they have something to offer everyone and I would agree, while the unique dresses were the main draw, the boutique also featured capsule collections with wardrobe staples such as denim and cosy sweaters. All the pieces are one of a kind so you really feel like you are getting something special and unique. If you are ever in the area I would highly recommend you popping in and taking a look for yourself.
3.) Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation
Having totally forgotten about this foundation, I rediscovered it in my make-up draw this week and have been really loving the coverage it gives. You only need a very small amount of this as a little goes a long way. It completely evens out your skin tone so no need to go back in with a concealer. I’m using the colour ‘pure beige’ which is a tad too dark at the moment but I’m enjoying having a slightly darker tan on my face. This is also a really good one when your skin is playing up a bit and you want to use something you know will cover any blemishes, whatever their size. Comes highly recommended if you are after stay-in –place makeup.
4) Kerastase Nutri Thermique Masque
This stuff is a real treat for the hair, it’s an intensely nourishing masque that leaves the hair feeling soft, shiny and full of life, it also really brings out the colour. I’ve tried lots of other high-end hair brands as well as a variety of Kerestase products but I always end up going back to this and it never disappoints. If you can only afford one good high-end product for your hair, use high-street shampoo and then finish the routine with this. Benefits of this product for the hair, according to the brand are intense nutrition, softness and styling ease. I’d say this masque is especially good if you bleach your hair like me as bleaching leaves it dry damaged and brittle while using this product addresses all those problems.