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The Philippines

So…You know how you’re always in love with places you’ve never been and don’t think you’ll ever get to? The Philippines was one of those dreamlands for me… And now, here I am, freshly returned from the most mesmerizing place I have ever experienced. Check out the video as well!


Packed with all the excitement in the world, my bestie and I boarded the flight to Manila where we spent one night at one of the nicest hostels: Zen Hostel Haven Backpackers. Totally recommend it, especially if travelling alone!! While many people can’t see past the business of the city, we’ve discovered some parts of Manila that were extremely beautiful, Puerta Real Gardens and the whole Intramuros area.


While Manila is a good stop, our real adventure started when we landed in the beautiful Coron Island. As the Coron town is a boat ride away from the island, we booked the Ultimate Tour and island hopped a whole day. The first sights took my breath away, as I have never seen such dazzling views before. We’ve seen Kayangan Lake, The Twin Lagoons, Siete Pecados, Malwawey Reef & Coral Garden and much more! And of course, the lunch was the yummiest ever.


Next island stop…El Nido, Palawan. As we thought Coron was Paradise, we had no words to describe the beautiful preserved islands, clear water lagoons and white sand beaches that we’ve discovered around El Nido. We’ve done two island hopping tours in El Nido, and the best spots were Small Lagoon, 7 Commando Beach and Matinloc Shrine. Along with the views, we tried some of the best drinks I’ve ever had, Buko Rhum (basically rum in coconut) and Mango Mojito…Safe to say we now understand why everyone was talking about the Philippine rum…


Our last destination was Nacpan Beach where we enjoyed more pristine beaches and crystal clear water and the most important thing…we saw one of the most divine sunset.


Even though we have experienced only a tiny bit of The Philippines, this escapade was by far one of the best trips. Here are some of the best moments!



Portobello Road Market

Today I want to share one of my preferred places with you: Portobello Road Market. It is one of the largest markets in the world and it has food, fashion and numerous antiques and collectibles.





It is open every day, however Fridays and Saturdays are the best! Starting with fruits, vegetables and amazing food, further down the road you can find amazing vintage clothes, new fashion, antiques and the most breathtaking accessories.  The best way to end the day is at one of the local cafés and patisseries!



My favourite bit of the market is the corner with military equipment. Geoffrey Walsh sells World War I and World War II items such as medals, badges and even used gun cartridges. It’s an insightful stroll in time and I never get tired of exploring it!





One tip though: the earlier, the better! On the busiest days with most of the stalls, the crowd can be pretty tiring and overwhelming.

Market opening times

09:00 – 18:00 Monday To Wednesday

09:00 – 13:00 Thursday

09:00 – 19:00 Friday and Saturday

Hope you’ll check it out!

With love,


The French braid

My talented friend, Tonia, always takes the time to upgrade my look. So we decided to share with you how to make a French braid bun.

I. Make a French braid

II. Roll the braid up like a cinnamon bun

III. Secure it with pins and fluff it up

And here are three tips she was lovely enough to share:

I. Begin from the crown of your head rather than from your forehead.

When we were talking about the hairstyle, Tonia recommended that we start the braid at the crown of my head rather than from my hairline since I was looking for a more elegant look. My hair has some layers and this meant a sleeker look from all angles.

II. Flatten and pull back strongly your hair for a sleek finish.

In order to get the put together look, Tonia had to ensure all the strands of hair were aligned towards the braid and I did not have flyaways so she brushed the strands in with her fingers and pulled hard enough to obtain a tight braid.

III. Plump it up or keep it small.

I wanted to keep it small and elegant especially since it was a rather windy day so Tonia rolled the braid into a small and sturdy bun which she pinned in place. To cover some bobby pins, she fluffed up the edges of the braid over them. You can take this further to have the bun size to your taste.

Luckily enough, she did most of the job. Check out the video!

And some bloopers, we had a blast filming it!

With love,


Afternoon Tea at Leonard Hotel

Enjoying an Afternoon Tea is a long-standing British tradition and a perfect way of replacing a coffee date with a tea one. One thing I have always said since I moved here is that you cannot properly experience London without the ‘Afternoon Tea’. Having some friends over for the weekend, of course it was a must!



Our choice this time was Leonard Hotel which is centrally located in Marble Arch. The hotel is as British as it can get, with a classy, elegant and specious restaurant. The ‘Afternoon Tea’ is available from 1:00 to 7:00pm everyday.



We had the traditional ‘Afternoon Tea’ that is delicious and generous. We started with freshly made finger sandwiches with cucumber and dill, smoked salmon, egg mayonnaise with cress, ham and mustard. The warm scones with clotted cream and gem followed. We finished with a selection of cakes, brownie and carrot cake, without being able to try the cupcake as we were too full. All this yummy things were accompanied by a tea that felt bottomless and was perfect.



What else?

The traditional ‘Afternoon Tea’ was £19.50 per person. However, another option is available for those who want step things up a bit. The ‘Royal Afternoon Tea’ comes with a glass of bubbly, three-tier cake stand, mini desserts, finger sandwiches, tea and coffee. It costs £32.00 per person and it’s appropriate for a bigger celebration.   

The staff

The staff is courteous, nice and checks quite frequently is everything is all right. Although any allergies or preferences need to be communicated before the day of the reservation, we were able to switch some of the sandwiches on the spot which was were nice and appreciated.

Smoking Area

At the Leonard Hotel, they have the cutest outside smoking area. It is small but a wonderful alternative to smoking in the street.


I strongly recommend Leonard Hotel for having a perfect ‘Afternoon Tea’ experience. 

With love, 


#MarchAgainstRacism in London

Today, 18th March, thousands of people united in the fight against racism, Islamophobia, Anti-Semitism and in support of refugee and migrant rights. The critical moment to take a stand against all the injustice has come. It started at noon in Portland Place and peacefully marched to Parliament Square.


In face of injustice, there are no age gaps and no division between classes. Toddlers, youngsters, adults, they were all present today, showing support against the growing racism.

The march was organised by the UK campaign group Stand Up to Racism, was supported by TUC, Unison, UNITE, NUT and many more and is part of a series of demonstrations taking place across Europe.

Just like in every year since 2012, speakers took the stage today and inspired the public. Speakers included: Shami Chakrabarti – Shadow Attorney General, David Lammy MP, Catherine West MP, Clare Moseley, Maz Saleem and many others.

Some of the messages on the banners were: Refugees & Migrants Welcome No to the Muslim Ban No to Racism, Islamophobia and anti-Semitism Stand up to Trump Black Lives Matter Defend Free Movement •





With love,


Eat and party in Milan

Moving on from the touristic part of the trip, it is my pleasure to share the best places to eat, drink and party in Milan.

I. Mag Café

“Where a cocktail isn’t just a drink, but an art.”

On one of the Navigli canals you can find the most original and yummy cocktails. Mag Café is an amazing antique spot where you can find great food, original drinks and meet new people. Until 5:30pm, you can enjoy a good coffee, a light lunch, plenty of plain drinks and it all comes with a beautiful view of the river. As the sun sets, it slowly turns into a bar.  We had a blast on our night out, as we sat at the wooden bar mesmerised by the art of making of the cocktails and enjoying the music.

II. Dahlia Lab

If you are looking for a cozy place to have lunch and enjoy some fresh and tasty sandwiches, you don’t have to look further than Dahlia Lab. Situated near Bocconi University, it has some great comfort food, very friendly service and the best overall atmosphere. It is a wide-spread restaurant with three eating areas. You can choose to sit completely indoors, on the covered patio with fans and coolers or outdoors.  Depending on the weather, they have live music on Saturday nights and I would definitely recommend it!

III. Volt Club

After having a great dinner and some pre-drinks, Volt Club is the perfect place to dance and let loose. With hip hop nights on Thursdays, electric ones on Fridays and Saturdays, Volt is one of the best contemporary dance music clubs in Milan. It has an international feel and awesome underground vibes. The best this is the DJ booth located in the middle of the dance floor in a cage, yes a CAGE. Dancing in the cage made our night, as the entrance is selective and you have more room to show your moves. Volt should be on your party list for sure!

IV. Le Trottoir

“A new site that wants to take up the legacy of human and artistic identity.”

If big parties are not really what you want, Le Trottoir is a meeting place for intellectuals and artists in the heart of the Piazza XXIV Maggio. It offers concerts and quality live music every night with both national and international artist. The vibes of the place are priceless, with a small dance floor, not very expensive drinks and outdoor seating area. 

Feel free to share your opinion below, hope you enjoyed it!

With love, 


Tourist in Milan: four stops

On my 20th birthday I found myself happier than ever when my best friend surprised me with tickets to Milan. It was an amazing experience and I have been dying to share it with you guys.

So to kick things off like a proper tourist, here are four things that are absolutely must-see touristic stops in Milan.

I. Piazza del Duomo


Piazza del Duomo was the first thing I saw. Breathtaking both during the day and the night, the main attraction of the square is the Milan Cathedral, the Duomo. The imposing church was built along six centuries and is one of the biggest in the world.

Once I took in the view, I was immerse in the milanese vibe. People coming and going, groups chatting joyfully and smiling faces were everywhere. The moment reached perfection when three artists started performing. The piazza is overwhelmed by art, may it be architecture, street performances or fashion.

II. The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

The streets of Milan then lead us to The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. As one of the world’s oldest shopping malls, it is an important spot for meetings, shopping and dinning. Inside can be found haute couture shops such as Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Armani and exquisite restaurants such as Ristorante Galleria and Savini.

From an architectural point of view, the gallery is definitely a touristic attraction. It is a double arcade that connects the Piazza del Duomo to the Piazza della Scala and has a marvellous iron-and-glass roof.

III. Navigli District

Italy - Milan Canal Sunset

The area that I loved most was the romantic district of Navigli. It is perfect for both night and day strolls along the river. During the day, in between shopping and visiting the numerous art galleries, you can enjoy a yummy gelato or an espresso in one of the hidden italian cafés.

Luckily, we caught the superb vintage fair that is organised only on the last Sunday of each month. Vintages stalls with books, antiques and art were lined along the banks of the Navigli and the surrounding streets. It was heaven as I am in love with vintage clothing and jewellery.

IV. Sforza Castle

The Sforza Castle was a defence castle located in the extension of the Duomo. The moats for its defence were designed by the talented Leonardo da Vinci. Nowadays, the imposing town castle is the home of several museums and art collections. It is definitely worth checking it out.

Hope this got you booking your own trip to Milan! 

With love, 


Scoop, a MUST-SEE

Scoop, a contemporary womenswear and accessories trade show, returned to its home this year bigger than ever before. Based in the exquisite Saatchi Gallery, the show hosted over 250 international contemporary designers, introducing new talents and showcasing collections from Nobis, Woden and many more.

Being a jewellery fanatic, I suddenly found myself in heaven. Not to bore you with too many details, here are most elegant yet electric brands:


Their ‘wearable earth collection’ consists of beautifully crafted, one-of-a-kind, piece. The used minerals are breathtaking and handpicked mostly from Brazil and Uruguay. Polished and finished in the heart of London, I strongly recommend checking out their products.


Founded by two Spanish sisters, Sansoeurs jewels have unique shapes that express power and elegance. If you are looking for classy piercings, bold necklaces or diamond earrings, this is as far as you need to go!


Because coloured gemstone jewellers are ageless, XTRA-STAR was hard to miss. Using beautiful coloured materials and contemporary designs, their collections are the embodiment of the modern woman: elegant, strong and beautiful. As they like to say, “Every woman is worth the gem!”

Hand in hand with fashion is food, and Scoop made sure we had the best experience! We enjoyed the shows while savouring a glass of bubbly and some delicious canapés.


I strongly recommend attending the next show: 16-18 July 2017 at Saatchi Gallery, London

Feel free to share your opinion below, hope you enjoyed it!

With love, 



Having trouble finding what to do on a night out with your friends, family or a date? Live music is the answer. London has some of the best live music venues in the world with a vibrant atmosphere, incredible talent and amazing food.



Located in the heart of Farringdon, it is a non-stop live music venue. One of the best things about it is that the repertoire is decided by the audience and played by two greatly talented pianists and accompanying musicians.

Every Tuesday there is an open mic night that aims to discover talent and celebrate diversity. Additionally, selected drinks are only £4 and a full rack of ribs and sides just £10. Wednesdays, any bottle of wine is just £19. Great opportunity to try a vast variety of worldwide wines at an affordable price while enjoying your favourite song live. Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Happy Hour offers are available from 5PM to 7PM with £5 cocktails and £10 house wines bottles. Best place to enjoy amazing food, drinks and live music.

Opening hours:

Mon / Sun: 7PM-1 AM

Address:  Entrance on Ray St. 113-117 Farringdon Road, Farringdon, London, EC1R 3BX


The Spice of Life offers a diverse range of music events. The venue has plenty of room and an outdoor drinking space. It is perfect for after work drinks, chats and nights out, while enjoying the acts of new up and coming artists.

Every Monday night there is an Open Mic Night, while Wednesdays on lunchtime there are sessions featuring a wide range of jazz styles with the best of traditional, swing and mainstream bands and musicians. Coming nightfall, Wednesday and Thursday nights feature some of the finest national and international jazz acts. They aim to provide the new talent with a platform to develop. Thus, they are showcasing bands of many genres. On every first Sunday of the month, the atmosphere changes with the best unsigned country soul artists in London.

Opening hours:

Mon / Sat: 11 AM – 11 PM

Sunday: 12 PM – 10.30PM

Address: 6 Moor St, Soho, London W1D 5NA


Apple and Pears is one of the best live music venues in east London, with a lounge bar and a late-night basement bar. It is a neighbourhood cocktail bar, perfect for enjoying time with your friends, meeting new people and tasting some carefully crafted drinks. Additionally, you can sneak into the cutest garden area without worrying about catching a cold as it is heated. They offer a programme of live music events and acoustic sessions during the week and DJ nights at the weekends.

Opening hours:

Tue / Wed / Thu: 5 PM – 12 AM

Friday: 5 PM – 1 AM

Saturday: 6 PM – 1 AM

Address: 26 Osborn Street, London E1 6TD


The Half Moon is one of London’s longest running live music venues, with live events seven days a week, both during lunchtime and evening. It is a traditional lively pub with great bands and performances, freshly prepared food and an impressive range of beer featuring locally brewed favourites, English ales and continental classics. Many artists have performed and recorded here, such as Rolling Stones, U2 and many others. It’s definitely worth checking it out.

Opening hours:

Mon / Tue / Wed / Thu: 11 AM – 11 PM

Fri / Sat: 11 AM – 1 AM

Sunday: 12 PM – 11 PM

Address: 93 Lower Richmond Rd, Putney, London SW15 1EU

V. The Vortex Jazz Club

The Vortex Jazz Club is a pleasantly small and unpretentious venue, with a diverse range of jazz from traditional to contemporary and commercial. The food is delicious, the drinks reasonably priced and the staff very pleasant.

Opening hours:

Mon / Sun: 8 PM – 12 AM

The Vortex Downstairs, is the Vortex’s second performance space. However it is open only from Wednesday to Sunday. On Sundays, sessions are featuring the best jazz musicians, on Saturdays there is soulful jazz, reggae and rocksteady, while on Fridays are late night gigs.

Opening hours:

Wed / Thu: 6 PM – 11 PM

Fri / Sat: 6 PM – 2 AM

Sunday: 6 PM – 11 PM

Address: 11 Gillett Square, London, N16 8AZ

Please let me know if this helped with your dilemma and don’t shy away from sharing your experience!

With love,