Dining At: Beach Blanket Babylon

Beach Blanket Babylon

Did you happen to see the pink fluff and sheer chiffon REDValentino tastic shoot I posted a few weeks ago? If so, then you may well remember that our location was Beach Blanket Babylon in Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill. As I said probably fifteen different times within that piece, Beach Blanket is a place I have a deep and long running love for. I had my 21st birthday dinner there as well as my graduation dinner. I’ve indulged in one five too many cocktails sitting on the flower strewn terrace more times than I can remember (quelle surprise) and can’t so much as hear anyone mention its name without feeling the need to inform them of all of the above; a habit that is boring, unnecessary and probably doest present me in the best light as a human worth hanging out with… But can you blame me? I mean, look at it…

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McArthurGlen Summer Moments

McArthurGlen Summer Moments

Summer is officially here, mes amies! Or at least, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. A spate of super sunny days over the past few weeks got my fellow Londoners and I into a state of total over excitement; whipping our knits off, al fresco drinking all over the show, strolling around smiling and sometimes even deigning to make small talk with people we don’t know on public transport… I know, right! The arrival of warm weather makes us all not only very happy but also totally deluded, somehow believing that it will remain that way for more than a day while being fully aware that it won’t. After all, this is British summer time we’re talking about. For every hour of gloriously balmy barbecue weather there will inevitably be at least five more of grey skies and rain. But whatever foolish, forced hopefulness might consume us when the mercury occasionally rises, deep down we know it won’t last. Therefore no amount downpours, hail storms or lawns/festivals/pavements/parks turned mud slides will stop us from determinedly getting our garden party glad rags on the second the sun makes its first brief cameo appearance, as anyone who’s ever eaten damp, charcoaled sausages while shivering in a sodden floral chiffon number will attest. With this in mind, I teamed up with McArthurGlen Designer Outlets in Cheshire Oaks to concoct a few summer soiree ready ensembles that you can bet your best Pimms recipe will be worn come rain or shine because they are that damn good… And in fact not totally impractical either!

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Beach Blanket Babylon

Beach Blanket Babylon, Ella Catliff, La Petite Anglaise, REDValentino

Not a day goes by that I don’t feel incredibly, incredibly lucky to be doing what I do for a living. The blogging industry is a very new one. One that has in fact only exploded during the almost six (six!?) years since I started La Petite Anglaise. It’s also one that is constantly changing, super fast paced and highly saturated, not to mention competitive. Recently I’ve been thinking about how I can create content that I feel truly happy with and proud of, and more importantly you enjoy especially given how many other fantastic blogs you could spend your no doubt limited time reading. What I really love doing is styling shoots in inspiring locations, using the most amazing clothes and beauty products I can get my hands on to ultimately create something that I feel excited by and think (slash hope) you do to. So, moving forward La Petite Anglaise will be taking a slightly more streamlined approach in terms of what it features in order to focus on concocting the most in depth, beautifully shot, styled and produced posts my wonderful collaborators and I can manage. It only seemed right that I make my first attempt at this by shooting at one of my all time favourite restaurants, Beach Blanket Babylon, featuring heart meltingly lovely pieces by REDValentino and more…

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