Wow, I feel like I just turned around and the whole year has gone by! It’s almost September and yes, it is almost time to put away the summer clothes and get the wool, fur, velvet and well, anything warm out of the closet.

But I couldn’t resist a little end of summer soirée in my favourite place in the world, Notting Hill!

This beautiful lace overlay pastel blue dress is from Topshop, I couldn’t believe it as I haven’t been in there for two years! The shoes are from Chanel

I feel a little sad the summers over but I think it’s always important to make a list to keep you going in winter. My beat the winter blues list goes something like this…

1, Buy a winter coat followed by shoes, a diva notebook and pen (back to school stylee!)

2, Bake! I love healthy food so I like to make cakes without any wheat, dairy, sugar or naughtiness.

3, Dog Walking. I adore my sweet dog Dorothy, pictured here. She always instinctively knows my emotions and often acts like a cat, curled in a ball in my lap. I take her pretty much everywhere, even jobs!

4, Take stock of the year. I always have a things to do list that I look at throughout the year to see what’s happening and what I need to improve on. I may post the list here at the end of the year and I always write things that are challenging that I’ll have to go out of my comfort zone for. Some of my ideas came true, some of them I am still working on… And one big one that I have my fingers and toes crossed for which I will wait just a little longer and then the answer will be revealed (I can barely contain myself!)

5, Get creative. In the summer we’re so busy soaking up the sun (or chasing it) we forget our hobbies and in the winter it’s time to hibernate and make things, create things and get back to our darling hobbies.

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Photos by Robert Noble of The Rebels Rulebook blog

I know, I know the summer is almost over, but we have a little bit of sunshine left and I’ll be damned if I’m putting away my shades just yet!
One of my main hobbies is reading (yes, I know I’m a granny) and so I felt it appropriate to include my favourite summer reads which have been keeping me company all season long.

I will also do a winter one too but we don’t need to think about any of that boring tittle-tattle yet!

Enjoy the rest of the summer, the weather has been delicious here in England.
Bisous xxx

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The World According to Joan by Joan Collins

This book has a special place in my heart just for the pure one-liners! Joan tells it like it is but in the most elegant chic way of course. Her colourful career has seen her hit Hollywood and have a lasting effect, so her book of knowledgable, fun and sometimes quite frivolous tips will keep you entertained for hours. Viva La Joan!

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Bad Girls Go Everywhere by Helen Gurley Brown

I have every single Helen Gurley Brown ever made and her words are the holy grail of divaness. Her first book Sex and the Single Girl tells one how to work it as you climb the career ladder (in heels naturally). But this book is a little later. She is married, settled, with a very successful career, yet her chapters still provide a wealth of information on fashion, dealing with perverts to dealing and how to get exactly the job you want. Naturally, I follow her rules step-by-step.

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Amour and Amour, Amour and encore by Marie Claire Ville-Franche

This book is rather saucy I have to say! If you love Paris, naughtiness, showgirls with an air of mystique- get stuck in! I was actually reading this book last year, and it’s one that you can reread over and over again. Warning: May give you frequent bouts of hot flushes with all the boudoir scenes (oh la la!)

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A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle

This book is a great encyclopaedia of spirituality and looking beyond what the ego believes you are. We all have this constant train of thoughts which if we listen to can destroy us! It’s important to realise we’re just a speck filling our lives with various things, people, products, ideas- all to satisfy what? This book will tell you what! It talks about giving, trust, belief and going beyond the consciousness. Although it’s not a self-help book this book has helped me in every way lately!

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In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume

This book is set in the 1950s (my favourite era!) and follows the aftermath of three plane crashes, based on real life events. These happened in New Jersey in Blumes hometown when three planes crashed within the space of three months. A great journey of what a community was like in America in the 50’s.

Hello kittens!

This week I had the pleasure of reviewing the Grace Belgravia Spa for The Lady Magazine. You can view the direct link here: http://www.lady.co.uk/blogs/young-ladies/entry/introducing-grace-belgravia-health-and-happiness-under-one-roof

Or view my adventures below.

Have a beautiful week! Bisous xxx

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As a fan of spas, products and basically anything beauty, I’ve often been told if I use this product or try that treatment my whole life will be transformed- if only there really was a miracle in a bottle! I also feel that it takes more than a lotion to have complete wellbeing and love to look for holistic alternatives.

So when I heard about Grace Belgravia, a women’s only spa that combines beauty, health and fitness I decided to see what their unique approach was and if it differed from other spas.

From the outside, it looks like a secret door, all shiny and black and I had no idea what lay inside. Imagine my delight when I discovered an 11’000 foot grade-two listed building with original artwork and the highest ceilings known to mankind (no wonder Daylesford based their headquarters there).

The staff are less stuffy and pro friendly which instantly put me at ease and my kind assistant even waited patiently whilst I stopped to gawp at all the décor! Indeed it is bright, classic and spacious giving the whole spa a relaxing, homely and healthy feeling about it.

As I had been sick last year I decided to book a consultation with a nutritionist. She immediately checked my diet and gave me some cleansing food advice along with further information about vitamin intake, directing an exact combination for my body type.

She also informed me of the spas other treatments. They basically do everything a girl could ever dream of! Vitamin infusions, massage, facials, dance lessons, Pilates, hydrotherapy, lasers and a menu free from gluten, diary and sugar- which I soon found out tastes like heaven!

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At Grace Belgravia their mantra is highly concentrated on ‘beauty from the inside’ so they also offer GP services, emotional wellbeing and acupuncture with the club’s intention to combine these in a sanctuary of quality.

I decided to have a full body massage as my busy week was coming to a close and I could feel weekend leisure mode coming on. As I entered the nicest smelling room and lay down amid fluffy towels all I could do was will myself not to fall asleep, it was irresistibly relaxing!

After my massage (which I just about managed to stay awake for) I tried the grilled peach and asparagus salad which I then washed down with a smoothie, a protein banana number infused with raw cacao that made me ready to face the day with gusto! Grace Belgravia, you have changed my mind about spas, I will be back!

Summer is the perfect place for scents, moments, endless sunny days and relaxing outside. The breeze filtering through the trees and light early mornings makes me feel so nostalgic, remembering times gone by, playing outside and being in the country air. And now I am a Londoner! Although I still adore the countryside and visit whenever I can- so I jumped at the chance to see the gorgeous Mayfield Lavender Farm in Surrey for fun and frolics. I’m wearing my new Maison Fifi Chachnil negligee which I simply adore! I highly recommend it for the beauty whilst the smell of 25 acres of Lavender will take your breathe away!

I also made a short film (coming soon) and posted below a natural photo where I am laughing as it started to rain…

Have a beautiful summer wherever you are xxx

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P.S Here’s the last photo of the day when it started to rain, making my curly hair go crazy! No filter, no light balancing, just pure and simple happiness… (oh, and a bit of a double chin;)pink

We’re having a heatwave… A tropical heatwave! In the famous words of Marilyn Monroe London has become increasingly hot lately… Which of course is a perfect chance to revel in summer divaness!

It’s time to put the top down and feel the breeze, relax in the shade and  keep the sunglasses on.

Here is one of my favourite summer outfits of 2016 so far, a simple LBD with designer accessories and a vintage headscarf.

Hope you are having a beautiful summer wherever you are,

Bisous xxx

PS Check out the fabulous lady I met at The In and Out Club in St. James Square. She informed me that my walking was fabulous but remember to keep knees together at all times! I adored her, she was sweet, eccentric and that colour blue is amazing on her! Photos below xxx

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Outfit Details

Dress French Connection

Shades Rayban

Floral Shoes Marks & Spencers (fave shop in the whole world!)

Bracelet Tiffanies

Headscarf Portobello Market