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The post where we fly to Peru…

April 22, 2016 LLG Plays & Stays

Standing in front of one of the beautiful doors at the Museo Larco in Lima. Just under a week ago last Thursday evening my sister and I took a late night tube to Heathrow, bedded down in the space-age Yotel in Terminal 4, got up at 7am, flew to Paris, crossed a terminal at Charles de […]






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Travel: Hotel review at Belmond El Encanto, Santa Barbara, California

April 12, 2016 LLG Plays & Stays

The West Coast is one of my happy places. Whether I’m staying with friends, in a tent, up a tree in Big Sur (yes, I have done that), in my car, a hostel in Santa Monica, or a luxe hotel in Bel Air, when I am there, there is nowhere else I would rather be. […]






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Hotel Review: The Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, Santa Monica, Los Angeles

March 2, 2016 LLG Plays & Stays

Before I first visited Los Angeles many years ago, I imagined a huge urban sprawl, connected by gridlocked streets and traffic choked concrete freeways. Sure, there are parts of Greater LA that live up to that mental picture, but it’s not the whole story. There’s a lot of natural beauty too, from the canyons of the […]






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Paris: Celebrating Diptyque Eau de Sens in Style

January 28, 2016 LLG Plays & Stays

A new Diptyque scent is always something to look forward to: I like most of them (particularly the divine Ombre Dans L’Eau, with its Bulgarian rose and blackcurrant leaf notes) but am always drawn towards citrus notes in my scent, something which hasn’t been prominent in the collection previously. So the news that the new scent, Eau […]






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London Hotel: The Berkeley Hotel’s Girls’ Night In (or heaven in a hotel room)

January 27, 2016 Hotels

When you travel as much as I do, or have a demanding job – or both, making time to see your friends isn’t always simple. There are crazy schedules to align, children and dogs to consider, and work and husbands and boyfriends and all of the things that demand our attention and time. So, sometimes […]






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New Year’s Eve 2015: The Cart Lodge in East Sussex

January 10, 2016 LLG Plays & Stays

Thailand – East Sussex: not much difference there. Oh apart from the rain and the mud and and the gales and the woolly sweaters…Although, as it turned out, this was a lovely second option. After my Thailand trip was cancelled, I cast around urgently for a place to go in England instead. Because of the […]






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Christmas 2015: Food, Family & Dog walks…

January 7, 2016 LLG Plays & Stays

I took a different approach to Christmas this year. I had planned to bugger off to Thailand again (last year’s trip was so glorious), but work conspired against me, and I had to cancel at the last minute. So I had to think again, and this time I decided that the way forward was to […]






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Travel: Visiting The Blue Lagoon, Iceland (& what to take & wear)

November 27, 2015 LLG Plays & Stays

It really is blue, properly, quite disconcertingly blue. And quite, quite wonderful.






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Iceland: For God’s Sake, Don’t Call Them Ponies

November 24, 2015 American Shops

These very small horses are not ponies. Horses-not-ponies are a sensitive subject in Iceland, as I discovered on Ayla’s and my epic trip earlier this year. Sadly for me, I grew up around ponies, and I now know that apparently my mouth is hardwired to shout LOOK! PONIES! when I see beautiful small horses. Like […]






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Travel: New York, September 2015

September 17, 2015 LLG Fashion

I’m here in New York on a dual mission: talking about my cookbook Friends, Food, Family, (which came out in the US on 01 September), to anyone who’ll listen, and to attend some of the shows and presentations at New York Fashion Week. (Above: at the Polo Ralph Lauren presentation on Friday afternoon.)






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