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Chicago

A couple of weeks ago I went up to Chicago for the weekend. I stayed at the Public Hotel, which had dreamy all white interiors and was located just a short walk from the water. As you might expect, the weather in Chicago this time of the year is absolutely freezing. As a result I wrapped a scarf around my face enough times to cover just about everything but my eyes - a trick I highly recommend. 

Wearing: Jigsaw coat, Muriee scarf, Mykita sunglasses, Gap bag, boot and jeans. 

Jennifer Inglis
Jennifer Inglis
En Soie, Zurich

When you wander into En Soie you enter a magical little trove of treasures. The store is packed full of treats and is a bonafide Zurich gem. Since 1894 they've been producing handmade items, all designed in their atelier which is situated just up a cobblestoned road next to the store. 

If you pop into the shop you'll find racks of quirky clothes, a wall covered in scarves, cosmetic pouches, table wear, shoes, jewelry and pretty much anything else you could desire. At the moment it's decked out in full on Christmas cheer - with a tree and a table laid out as if guests should be arriving any moment for a feast. The staff are super friendly and you might even spot the resident dog lurking about if you're lucky. 

My favourite part though is a little secret situated at the back. The first few times I visited I didn't even notice it was there. There's a small staircase right next to the fitting rooms that goes down into a cellar. There you'll find a tiny little alcove filled from floor to ceiling with hand painted pottery. They've got everything you could need - checked dog bowls, plates, egg cups, massive vases and even adorable little ornaments shaped like sheep.

If you're ever in Zurich make sure to stop by En Soie, it's a must see in the city. Bypass the cheesy tourist shops and instead buy something special in here, you're sure to love it for years.

En Soie is located at Strehlgasse 26, Zurich 8001.

Portugal
Lisbon
Lisbon

Recently, I headed over to Portugal for a little holiday. It was my first time in the country and I had absolutely no idea what to expect.

Our first stop was Lisbon where we stayed at the Heritage Avenida Liberdade Hotel. It's located right in the center of town on a street lined with lots of luxury shops (perfect for browsing on a lazy afternoon). On one of our days there I came down with a nasty stomach bug so spent the day in bed. Thankfully the hotel had a big selection of TV channels (including TLC - yey) and so I got to watch my ultimate favourite guilty pleasure show. Lisbon was a pretty great city to explore. Everything was super cheap (hello beer for €1.50). The food was really good - we had loads of fish and way too many pastel de nata (you've got to try it if you're ever in Portugal).

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Monument-Lisbon
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Tram-Art-Lisbon
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Buildings-Exterior
Sardines-in-Lisbon
Sardines-in-Lisbon
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Outer-building-and-sign
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Lisbon-souveniers
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Lisbon-tram-and-old-buildings
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View-from-the-Heritage-Hotel-Lisbon
Heritage-Hotel
Heritage-Hotel

On one day we took a short train ride to the nearby town of Belem. While there we visited the Berardo Museum - a modern art museum filled with a seriously impressive collection. It's an absolute must see as, not only does it house some of the world's best artists, it's virtually empty and free. The best bit though is that there's a mist water feature outside which you can run through. Absolutely perfect and essential in the scorching Portuguese heat. While there we also stopped by the Jeronimos Monastery. Belem is right on the coast so if you get tired of sightseeing just snatch up some food and enjoy it in the park where you can soak up the beautiful views (that's what we did).

Belem
Belem
Belem-Cathedral
Belem-Cathedral
Sea-in-Belem
Sea-in-Belem
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Paul-&-Joe-Sister-top

I wore a Paul & Joe Sister top covered in tiny blue lips, Acne jeans, Havaianas and Mykita sunglasses.

Onyria Marinha Hotel
Onyria Marinha Hotel
Pool
Pool

Our next stop was Cascais - a little beachside town located about 20 miles away from Lisbon. I'd definitely recommend it if you're looking to get away from the city and you want to spend a little time sticking your toes in the sand. We stayed at the super chic Onyria Marinha Hotel. It has a minimalist design aesthetic and all feels very zen. Unfortunately the pool was so enticing (it was salt water) that I had little motivation to leave the resort and go explore the town. When we did though I was intrigued by all the beautiful tiles on buildings that were verging on falling apart.

Onyria Marinha Hotel room
Onyria Marinha Hotel room
Cascais
Cascais
Tiles and door in Cascais
Tiles and door in Cascais
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Feet
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Tiles2
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Street-Art
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Tiles3

Overall I really enjoyed my time in Portugal. It has a very laid back atmosphere. You can get everywhere by taxi (the most you'll pay is €6 to get across town) which makes navigating easy and stress free. The food is delicious and the people are friendly. It's perfect if you're looking for a low cost getaway. It feels a bit foreign and exotic but is still really close by (if you're in Europe). If you haven't been yet, I'd definitely recommend it.

Nolita
Outside-the-Nolitan-Hotel
Outside-the-Nolitan-Hotel

Why, hello there. Remember me? No, no, I didn't die. But thanks for all your e-mails and tweets asking me if I did. It's been a long time since we last spoke and I suppose I owe you a bit of an explanation for where I've been. Well, I went to America for quite a long time and only just recently got home. I did pack my laptop and had every intention of interacting with the world but when my eyes locked on those of my three little nieces and nephew I swore to not do any work and instead hurled myself down a rather dodgy slip-and-slide (you know, as you do). Can you blame me though? Rejecting the online world for an entire month is an amazing feat.

Anyway, let's rewind exactly one month to when I touched down in New York City.

I took a taxi from JFK to Manhattan, all the while fearing for my life, and landed in the lobby of the über cool Nolitan Hotel. After checking in, I was asked if I'd like a glass of champagne - to which I replied, 'YESSSS.' So there I was: squeezed onto the balcony of my hotel room overlooking a busy street, sipping on champagne and taking in the deafening (but glorious) sound of New York City traffic. Perfection.

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Inside-and-outside-the-Nolitan-Hotel

I crawled onto the bed after exploring the wonders of the balcony and discovered that the sheets were the most indescribably soft things my skin had ever encountered. Honestly, they were amazing. I think the fibers were laced with cotton candy. That night we ventured around the corner to a little restaurant called Bread, as recommended by the hotel staff. It was delicious. Granted, my husband's eggplant parmigiana was way better than the meatballs I had... but still, it was well worth the visit.

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Nolitan-Hotel-Bathroom
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The next morning we were feeling ambitious and full of life so decided to head down the street to 24 Hour Fitness where we engaged in a little early morning workout. On the way back, we stopped by The Butcher's Daughter for a little detoxifying juice. Much to my shock the little baby set me back $10 but, I've got to say, it was the best juice of my life.

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The-Butchers-Daughter

Afterwards we headed out in search of food. I was craving eggs royale and after much wandering we finally stumbled into Cafe Select. It wasn't until we had already been seated that we noticed the bircher muesli on the menu and the Zurich themed posters on the wall... how, on earth, had we managed to come all the way from Switzerland and wind up in a Swiss themed restaurant on our first morning in New York? Oh well. The food was good and we enjoyed hissing over the hilarious exaggerated accents of the people at the table next to us. Post-breakfast we borrowed some bikes from the hotel (yes, they lend out bikes - so good) and we headed towards the Brooklyn Bridge. Through Chinatown we went and I promise I only screeched from fear of death once. It was an incredibly long and sweaty endeavour but the ride was, without a doubt, my favourite part of the entire trip to the city. If you're ever in town, man-up and ride a bike around. Just beware of impending traffic. There is obviously a lot of it.

We spent the rest of the afternoon wandering around Little Italy. I've only been to New York a handful of times but I've got to say this was my favourite area of the city I've ever stayed in. There are loads of awesome shops and restaurants to explore. The best part is that it doesn't feel too touristy at all and amazingly it isn't that crowded. Also, if you happen to be in the area and need a sugar rush you can always pop into the Little Cupcake Bakeshop on Prince Street for some yummy treats...

Little-Italy
Little-Italy

A massive thank you to the Nolitan Hotel for having us for a few days while we were in town. xx

Apsleys

Usually when I go to London I stay in the same place (Covent Garden) and eat at the same place (Byron). So, I thought maybe it was about time that I branch out a bit and try something different. You know, maybe venture east and take on the London Overground (I always thought it was the black hole of death but it turns out it's not so bad). This new adventure brought me to Dalston where I rested my head at the Avo Hotel. This unpretentious little gem was established in 2011, before which it was a post office, and is spread out over three floors. The rooms are compact and offer everything you could need, including dreamy views over the city's most iconic buildings. The best bit though has got to be the rainfall shower - I never wanted to step out of it.  The walls are decked out in photographs by local artists and you can borrow DVD's for the hotel's ample collection. Most boutique hotels come with a hefty price tag but this isn't so with the Avo Hotel. Rooms start at just £79, so if you're looking for a well priced place to stay in London... well, look no further.

While in town I had the absolute joy of trying out Apsleys, a Heinz Beck restaurant that boasts its own Michelin Star. It's located at the grand Lanesborough Hotel in Knightsbridge and was well worth the trek across town. We had a (wait for it) seven course menu with wine for each chosen by the sommelier. To say we rolled out would be an understatement. You'd expect, with so many courses, for each to be tiny but this wasn't the case at all. Go to Apsleys and order the Carbonara Fagotelli, it will literally blow your mind. Each little piece of pasta is filled with a liquid concoction that oozes out as soon as you bite into it. When you receive it the waiter warms you against cutting each piece open with your knife because the contents will spill out. Instead, pop it into your mouth as one piece and enjoy as it bursts open. So delicious. I would go back simply for that single course alone, although all the others were delicious as well.

Apsleys restaurant, London, Heinz Beck, Michelin Star restaurant
Apsleys restaurant, London, Heinz Beck, Michelin Star restaurant
Apsleys restaurant, London, Heinz Beck, Michelin Star restaurant
Apsleys restaurant, London, Heinz Beck, Michelin Star restaurant
Apsleys restaurant, London, Heinz Beck, Michelin Star restaurant
Apsleys restaurant, London, Heinz Beck, Michelin Star restaurant
Nice, France
Nice, Palais de Justice, Architecture, France
Nice, Palais de Justice, Architecture, France
Nice, flower market
Nice, flower market
Nice, postcards, France, market
Nice, postcards, France, market
Nice, sausage, market
Nice, sausage, market
Nice, flowers, flower market
Nice, flowers, flower market
Nice, market, strawberry, strawberries
Nice, market, strawberry, strawberries
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Nice
Nice
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When I was in France I spent one day in Nice. The old town is beautiful with loads of winding little roads to explore. In the morning we hung out at the market - there were tons of flowers plus lots of food and paintings. One of my favourite parts of the city was seeing all the clothes hanging outside people's windows to dry.

France
Eiffel Tower at sunset
Eiffel Tower at sunset

There's nothing I love more than being swept off to a far away city...

Errr, I say that from my sofa where I've spent the last four days sitting on my tush nibbling on random bits of chocolate bunnies and staring at a TV. Did anyone else fall for the wonderfulness that is where me keys? Please, tell me I'm not alone. The most exciting thing I'd planned for this long holiday weekend was painting my nails and I haven't even managed to get that done. I promise, I'm not always quite this useless. The weather went all wintery a couple of day ago and I had no choice but to throw myself head-first into hibernation mode as soon as snow starting falling.

A couple of weeks ago I went to Paris to help celebrate the 20th anniversary of Disneyland Paris. As a total Disney nut I naturally jumped at the opportunity. Vienna International Hotels were the most wonderful hosts and I was super excited to go because my husband got to come along for the ride and Shini also came from London. We all stayed at the Dream Castle Hotel and, when we weren't spinning around on the teacups, saw a cabaret show, watched the Eiffel Tower glitter at midnight and spent a morning at Chateau Fontainebleau jumping on Marie Antoinette's bed (just kidding.. it was roped off). We got in earlier than anyone else and before lunch I managed to sneak in a run, a swim and spent half an hour in the sauna.

Dream Castle Hotel
Dream Castle Hotel
Yummm... breakfast.
Yummm... breakfast.
Just walking along...
Just walking along...
Palace of Fontainebleau
Palace of Fontainebleau

At Chateau Fontainebleau I just about keeled over - incredible beauty burst out of every bit of the building. The rooms were the epitome of anti-minimalism. Decadence and lavish embellishment were in mighty abundance... my white walls look grossly inadequate now.

Chateau Fontainebleau
Chateau Fontainebleau
Tag team
Tag team
Chillen at the chateau in a leather hat...
Chillen at the chateau in a leather hat...
Peering in...
Peering in...
Pretty pretty
Pretty pretty
Overwhelming details...
Overwhelming details...
Angel with a hammer...
Angel with a hammer...
Hazy garden.
Hazy garden.
Kiss kiss
Kiss kiss
What you looking at?
What you looking at?

This outfit is basically what I've been wearing non-stop recently. It has all my favorite things: Patouf jumper, 7 for all Mankind jeans, Mykita sunglasses, white Converse, Muriee cashmere scarf and Shini's leather hat (that I snuck out of her suitcase). Although leather baseball hats are currently all the rage, I'd just like to say that are actually really stupid. If it's hot the last thing you want to wear is a black freaking leather hat... when I stood in the sun my head was boiling. England, this trend was made for you.

I've never been that drawn to France but after this trip I'm aching to go back, even if it's just to visit L'ATMO again for lunch...

L'ATMO restaurant
L'ATMO restaurant
A very fishy lunch...
A very fishy lunch...
Pink glasses and espresso
Pink glasses and espresso
L'ATMO
L'ATMO

Massive thank you to Sabine and Vienna International Hotels for inviting me on the best press trip ever.

p.s. view more photos over on Facebook.

Disneyland, Paris
Disney castle

Cover me in bubble wrap and stick me in a box... I want to be shipped back to Disney.

Some people like to launch into a philosophical discussion at the mere mention of Disney's descent onto Europe. Would France have been a better place had Mickey and his theme park stuck to the sunny shores of the US? Personally, I'd rather wear Minnie Mouse ears, eat pink food and ride on the teacups all day long than worry about those things. I literally could have stayed in that sunny park forever.

Micky Mouse
Micky Mouse
Tickets
Tickets
Rides
Rides
In line...
In line...
Shini's dress hunt.
Shini's dress hunt.
Donuts
Donuts
 Riyka top

Riyka top

The teacups...
The teacups...
Shini spinning
Disneyland Paris
Disneyland Paris
Parade
Parade
Ah, to be in a Disney parade...
Ah, to be in a Disney parade...
Cotton candy
Cotton candy
Minnie Mouse ears
Minnie Mouse ears

Thanks again to Vienna International Hotels for inviting me on the best press trip ever.

p.s. I wore a Riyka top, 7 for all Mankind jeans, Moxham taba bracelet and Converse... perfect for running between rides with Shini.

Teacup Postcard
Teacups
Teacups

I will never get too old for the teacups or for Disney. On my first day of Kindergarten I insisted on wearing a Minnie Mouse costume to school, complete with matching ears. For some reason my parents thought this behavior was permissible. I'm glad they did.

Massive thank you to Vienna International Hotels for inviting me along to Paris to help celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Disneyland Paris.

Shini wears: floral top from Zara. I'm wearing: Riyka sweatshirt and Moxham taba bracelet.

Pilatus, Switzerland
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alps
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element-3

This weekend I ran off to Lucern and spent half an hour in a cable car going up to Pilatus. I'm not normally phased by heights but it felt a little unnatural being up that high. Standing on the edge looking down, with nothing but a rickety old wooden railing standing between me and and a 7,000ft drop, was enough to get my legs shaking and my tummy feeling a little queasy. It was gorgeous but I was pretty happy when we made it back down in one piece. The headline of 'Swiss cable car plummets to death' was definitely reeling in my mind at one point...

Wearing: Element Wella jacket c/o Element, Retro Super Future Lucia sunglasses, M&S jumper, YSL arty ring, True Religion Joey jeans and converse.