PARADISE

PARADISE

Beach, endless beach, sunshine and warm sea… There is a place like that far, far away in south-east Asia where western “civilization” hasn’t caught on yet, where instead of crowds of semi drunk westerners, clubs, and sky reaching towers of glitzy but impersonal hotels there are only two or three bungalow resorts, fishing villages andContinue Reading

A POSTCARD FROM STRASBOURG

A POSTCARD FROM STRASBOURG

“Let me know if I’m going to work on Monday”-joked my sister when I told her I had bought a lottery ticket (there was a rollover). “Daj mi znac czy mam isc w poniedzialek do pracy” – zazartowala moja siostra kiedy poinformowalam ja, ze kupilam los na loterie (byla kumulacja).  “If I won”- I said-I’dContinue Reading

HELLO FROM STRASBOURG

HELLO FROM STRASBOURG

A quick hello from Strasbourg where The French and I went on a workshop. That is to say, he works and I shop. I’ve been exploring Strasbourg on foot, getting lost in narrow, cobbled streets of historic city centre and relaxing with a book and a glass of Riesling in an enormous bathtub in ourContinue Reading

KORZKIEW CASTLE –   MY FAVOURITE BOUTIQUE HOTEL

KORZKIEW CASTLE – MY FAVOURITE BOUTIQUE HOTEL

Just outside Krakow can be found a beautiful and mystical land of mists, ravines and strange rock formations and medieval castles built on hilltops. Hidden among the hills and gullies, on top of a small mount and surrounded by the woodlands of its park stands Korzkiew Castle. It’s situated within the buffer zone of theContinue Reading

POPPING TO WIELOPOLKA VINEYARD

POPPING TO WIELOPOLKA VINEYARD

It’s a great job to be a herald of good news and this time I can be one too, and announce that not only do people make wine in Poland, they make fabulous wine in Poland! And that makes me really happy. I almost lost hope that one day I would be able to tryContinue Reading

POP IN TO RIDGEVIEW FOR A GLASS OF BUBBLY

POP IN TO RIDGEVIEW FOR A GLASS OF BUBBLY

Sometimes little dreams do come true… at least one of mine did last week, when I finally had an opportunity to visit Ridgeview Winery – one of the best producers of ‘British champagne’. I had wanted to visit Ridgeview for years, ever since I first tried their Bloomsbury NV. The winery and its surrounding vineyardsContinue Reading

CHANEL MADEMOISELLE – MY REMINISCENCE OF NORTH AFRICA

CHANEL MADEMOISELLE – MY REMINISCENCE OF NORTH AFRICA

Some time ago (here) I told you that I’m a woman of one perfume, faithful to one brand for many years. And that was true – almost. Because I’m actually a women of two perfumes: the everyday one, Tom Ford White Patchouli, which I told you about before  (here), and the travel one – Chanel Mademoiselle,Continue Reading

ESCAPE TO THE FRENCH COUNTRYSIDE

ESCAPE TO THE FRENCH COUNTRYSIDE

As I write this post, the rain has stopped for a moment. It has been raining solidly in London for the past month, you know, that usual sort of rain when the heavens open and it pours for hours. Welcome to summer chez Britannia. Now I know why the Brits always travel to sunny cornersContinue Reading

BEAUTIFULL WROCLAW

BEAUTIFULL WROCLAW

Stepping out of the plane in London last Monday night I experienced a bit of thermal shock. Barely three hours earlier I was in Poland, bathed in glorious sunshine and relishing a temperature of 30°C. I know for many of you Poland and Eastern Europe generally is associated with terrible cold – everyone has heardContinue Reading

WE NEED TO TALK

WE NEED TO TALK

I’ve lost my shopping mojo and it’s not a joke. With Summer technically just around the corner (someone please asks Summer to stop running on Parisian time), I still have a small issue of appropriate wardrobe to sort out. Normally, I would plan my seasonal wardrobe like a military operation with emphasis on planning andContinue Reading

BRIXTON MARKET

BRIXTON MARKET

Entering the Happy Dumpling in Brixton market we had no idea what to expect, other than it seemed to be a popular place. But in Brixton Village, this is not unusual. Brixton Village is ruthless – good food or else. Until recently no-one would have believed that London has the best food in Europe andContinue Reading

CANARY WHARF – “A CROSS BETEEN CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL AND THE SET OF ALIENS”

CANARY WHARF – “A CROSS BETEEN CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL AND THE SET OF ALIENS”

Last week Ana and I decided plan our editorial calendar for the next couple of months. One of the first entries on the list was an interview with Iuliana from the Face Gym – which will come online on Friday. The question was where? When we found out that the easiest place for Iuliana toContinue Reading

BRIGHTON IN WINTER

BRIGHTON IN WINTER

Once upon a time there was an eccentric prince called George (later King George IV of Britain) who fell in love with travellers’ tales of the riches and beauty of India. He was a passionate collector of oriental art and dreamed about having a maharaja’s palace in England. True to his vision and deaf toContinue Reading

HOLIDAY IN MIAMI

HOLIDAY IN MIAMI

With Art Basel going on in Miami at the moment I thought I would share with you my Miami trip. I’m not pretending to be there now! Sigh…I would love to be, thought. There have been gale winds in London this past week and the temperature has definitely taken a nose dive. Who wouldn’t wantContinue Reading

PARIS – WE STAND UNITED

PARIS – WE STAND UNITED

If those behind Paris attacks last night thought that they would bring Paris to its knees, they are utterly deluded. We will not be terrorised. France has always stood for values that make this world a better place. Noting will change that. I’m heartbroken to see my adopted home in mourning. But France will carryContinue Reading

PARIS FASHION WEEK- BACKSTAGE EXCLUSIVE, THE BEST OF COLLECTIONS- THE WORKS

PARIS FASHION WEEK- BACKSTAGE EXCLUSIVE, THE BEST OF COLLECTIONS- THE WORKS

Didn’t I promise you a good doze of glitz and glamour? Here it is coming at ya like…a well, Paris Fashion Week. Last week Chanel spectacular show marked the end of the month of madness and now everything is back to normal. Well, almost because we still have clothes to discuss, haven’t we? I toldContinue Reading

MEZCAL –THE BEST MEXICAN TEQUILA THERE IS

MEZCAL –THE BEST MEXICAN TEQUILA THERE IS

After arriving in Mexico, one of the first things you will be exposed to, beside the sun, noise and colour, will be Tequila. It’s the absolutely favourite drink there, served anywhere and everywhere and it’s of fabulous quality. You can get a superb margarita pretty much anywhere you go – it’s their national cocktail andContinue Reading

MY PARIS FASHION WEEK DIARY

MY PARIS FASHION WEEK DIARY

When invitations to Paris Fashion Week landed on my doorstep I couldn’t be more excited. Paris! The shows! Yes, I’m that girl who watches Fashion TV on the loop, judge me if you want 🙂 Of course, I said yes- how could I not?  I mean, we’ve blogging for a year, and “part time” atContinue Reading

HOME SWEET HOME…

HOME SWEET HOME…

Ha! I never thought I’d ever say those words or that I would miss my home while still on holiday but here I am saying it: “Home at last!” I love to travel, it is one of the biggest passions of my life, but I have never left my home for longer than ten daysContinue Reading

PARISIAN CAFE OF ILLUSIONS

PARISIAN CAFE OF ILLUSIONS

Paris Fashion Week started today and I can’t be more excited for all that glitz and glamour to come. Paris! The beauty of this city tugs at my heart’s strings every time. As much as I love London and it’s super cool vibe Paris has a special place in my heart. I keep telling TheContinue Reading

SAINT ÉMILION GRAND CRU 2012

SAINT ÉMILION GRAND CRU 2012

We get off on a tiny, empty train station and for a moment the whole scene feels surreal, as if we are plunged in the middle of Bruno Schulz story. The station is empty, there is nothing and no one around us- just vineyards going as far as the curve of the horizon. Where isContinue Reading

EN BRETAGNE

EN BRETAGNE

Our first weekend away The French and I spent on the coast of western Brittany. It was the end of April and a little town we stayed a night was not yet open for the season. We slept in a house on the edge of a cliff overlooking a moody sea. We ate mussels andContinue Reading

BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S, PARIS

BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S, PARIS

“ I read your blog and I couldn’t resist- it was a comment left on our Instagram page by one of the Tiffany crew- did your wish come true?” Back in December I wrote a post called “Dear Santa” where I talked about planning to buy a Tiffany bracelet as a celebration of a dreamContinue Reading

PARIS, LE MARAIS

PARIS, LE MARAIS

In every city there will be inevitably an area or two where I will want to return time and again, to live and breath the atmosphere of the place. In Paris one of these places in Le Marais, historical Jewish quarters, now similar in atmosphere to London’s Soho. W kazdym miejscu zawsze znajde dzielnice lubContinue Reading

IN HONOUR OF TUNISIA AND ITS WONDERFUL PEOPLE

IN HONOUR OF TUNISIA AND ITS WONDERFUL PEOPLE

This post was supposed to be about something else altogether: the gorgeous summer, wine and garden parties celebrating the Wimbledon tennis tournament with strawberries and champagne. However recent events in Tunisia, a country I have visited and have come to love very much, made me change the subject and write this short post in honourContinue Reading

ESCAPING FROM LONDON

ESCAPING FROM LONDON

Each of us has a special place where we like to escape from our day to day life, even if it’s just for a couple of days. We associate that place with peace and comfort, a place we like to go to relax and rest. For me one of those places is Lewes in EastContinue Reading

GREEN, GREEN HOLLAND!

GREEN, GREEN HOLLAND!

Two weeks ago I told you that I was off to visit my brother in Holland for 5 days, and that I was so excited about the trip that I couldn’t think about anything else. For many years I had wanted to visit the Netherlands, famous for its beauty and liberalism, where people are lovely,Continue Reading

MY CARIBBEAN HIDEAWAY

MY CARIBBEAN HIDEAWAY

On the weekend I was looking through my collection of photos when I realised that I haven’t yet shared with you my Carribean trip. Have you ever heard of Guadeloupe? I must say I haven’t until I met The French for whom this little butterfly like shaped island is almost a second home. When heContinue Reading

TENERIFE – A LAND MADE BY FIRE

TENERIFE – A LAND MADE BY FIRE

My husband and I went to Tenerife mid-March and spent eight fabulous days there. This beautiful island, situated off the north west coast of Africa, has so much to offer.  Despite the common view, it’s not just the ocean, always sunny beaches and holiday resorts worth coming for, but the most striking landscapes I’ve everContinue Reading

MY PARIS

MY PARIS

Every summer we decamp to Paris for a few weeks and I’m hoping this year we’ll do the same. As always we will rent a flat in a houssmannian building, a place with high cellings and parquet floors where my Parisian fantasy will play out. You may wonder why on Earth would I want toContinue Reading

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