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Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Advice From Two TwentySomethings | NYC - LDN


I first stumbled across Amanda’s blog Advice From A Twenty Something a little over a year ago. I immediately connected with Amanda’s musings on life as a young woman, and the smart guidance Amanda shares on topics ranging from personal style, careers and interiors. We struck up an e-mail friendship and finally met in person in NYC when Ols and I were over a few weeks ago. It was SO nice to get to know each other better over coffee, and I can’t wait till one of us is again in the others’ city. 
Hiding from a rainy day in NYC!

Amanda and I share many similarities - age, blogging, ambitions . . . a love of great knitwear . . . ! But we also have had very different paths en route to getting where we are today. With this in mind, Amanda and I decided to interview one another on the lessons we have learnt so far as a Twenty Somethings. Here you can see Amanda’s answers to my interview with her, and you can head over the Amanda’s blog to see mine!

I hope you enjoy!

What's In My Hand Luggage | Survival Kit For Long Haul Travel

 
Hey guys! Happy new week! I'm dedicating this one to all of our news from NYC! We've finally caught up on sleep/work backlog, and I am SO excited to share our highlights and travelling tips from our time away. (OK, I have some fun things for back home too!)

As any one who travels with budget and short haul airlines will know, it’s often easier and cheaper to fly short distances with hand luggage only. In recent years, as I've mostly been travelling in Europe, I’ve become pretty adept at packing my life into a small wheely suit case. It's practical, but I miss having the luxury of packing things I actually want for a flight. When it came to packing for New York, with the joy of both hand and hold luggage, I couldn't wait to assemble my perfect long haul carryall. 

Here are the items which kept me snug, happy, and organised for our NY flight . . .  
Scarf: Becksondergaard Pre SS15. Love This & This | Leopard Print Pouch: Becksondergaard Pre SS15 Love. Love This Chic Option. | Patterned Note Book: Paperchase | Long Necklace With Stone: Feather & Stone | Lip Balm: Burts Bees | Face Spray: Pai Lotus Flower & Orange Blossom BioAffinity Skin Tonic (sold as part of travel set) | Face Moisturiser: Elemis Hydra-day Cream | Hand Moisturiser: La Roche-Posay Hand Repair Cream | Tablet: Apple iPad Mini | Socks: Pantherella c/o

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Red, Black & Glitter | H&M Christmas

Sasha Pivovarova & Joan Smalls in H&M's Christmas campaign

Controversy is often caused around the following: the date we are allowed to discuss Christmas. People, let's get this straight . . . The Elgin Avenue is a Christmas safe zone! As far as I am concerned, all is fair game past November 1st. 

November 1st?! Fellow festive lovers, we are just as keen as you to get this glitter ball rolling . . . !  

Nothing gets me in the Christmas mood more than perusing stores, their Christmas offerings and their accompanying festive campaigns. H&M comes up trumps time and time again with its glowing, sparkly, super-model-starring campaigns, and all the good Christmas vibes (and shopping lusts!) that accompany them.

I for one am totally on board with the red, black and glitter styling in H&M's Christmas campaign this season. That tuxedo, the perfect drop earrings, the ultimate red errrythang . . . !  And yes I would happily takes tips from supermodels Sasha Pivovarova and Joan smalls on wrapping those perfect presents. 

You can check out the full H&M Christmas collection here

What's caught your eye? 

Have an awesome (merry!) day all!

Love, 

MB x 

This post was created in collaboration with H&M. Thank you for supporting The Elgin Avenue's sponsors! 

Friday, 21 November 2014

Christmas Fare | Tredwell's London

Ciao bellissimas! Happy Friday! 

I am particularly looking forward to this weekend as this week has totally been one of those. I've really struggled to shake a bout of post-holiday fogginess, and I can't wait to get away this weekend (we're going to the beach!) and regroup. 

Despite the foggy brain, this week has been peppered with lovely events. Yesterday my blogging agency WaR Network laid on a feast for our WaR family at Tredwell's restaurant on Upper St Martin's Lane. Given that as bloggers we generally work alone, it was so nice to have a proper Christmas party! We were treated to the most delicious food, and I got to catch up with some of my favourite blogging friends.
Opened earlier this year, Tredwell's is the third London restaurant of Michelin starred chef Marcus Wareing. Marcus so kindly took the time to talk to us all at the lunch yesterday, and him and I got in to conversation about the striking custom made clock the restaurant boasts. Marcus explained that he had wanted to design a wall with knives lodged in and the handles showing, but that for health and safety reasons (naturally) his design team had advised that they create a piece of artwork using knives instead. The result is brilliant - a photo opportunity favourite amongst the lunch's attendees yesterday!
For those of you that love a menu snoop, here's what we ate: 

Down the apples & pears (delicious vodka infused cocktails)

Harissa-glazed aubergine, peanuts, coriander, chilli
Chricken liver mousse, bacon jam, toast
Pulled  pork belly, ginger & apple slider

Sea bass, carrot, lentils, crispy shallots
Lamb chops, minted bean chutney, 
Gnocchi, cauliflower, sprouts, hazelnuts & Berkswell cheese
Sweet potato chips, BBQ mayo
Kale slaw

Salted caramel ice cream
Warm ginger cake, caramel, cream

Such was the lovely leisurely pace of our lunch, I had to dash before dessert to a meeting. Boo! And yes my heart broke to have missed the salted caramel ice cream. 
If you too are in an industry where you largely work alone, I highly suggest getting together with people in the same field and instigating a Christmas party! Not only is it lovely to celebrate the season, but it is a great way to network, and get to know new friends. 

Tredwell's is definitely being added to my list of preferred central London eateries. The location of Tredwell's is great, food and drinks are yum, and despite yesterday being catered for, I've done the research, and the pricing is good too!

Do you have your Christmas party coming up? Are you looking forward to it?!

Have an awesome weekend guys! 

Love, 

MB x 

P.S. I am in this week's LOOK magazine in a special shoot with New Look! You can pick up a copy until Monday - it's one of my favourite shoots to date!
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