A VIP-DAY WITH CHINAWHITE LONDON AT THE HENLEY ROYAL REGATTA

This is your sign to Book a Boat ride excursion this Summer in Henley on Thames

Chinawhite Henley

Legendary Party Chinawhite Returns to the Henley for 2023, bringing Great Food, Bars and Entertainment with International Headline DJ’s to the Royal Regatta 

 Just recently, we attended a fun day out to catch all the live action of the annual prestigious rowing event on the riverbanks of Henley on Thames for Henley Royal Regatta. Have you been before, would love to hear about your experiences of attending the Regatta and did you enjoy it and which part did you love the most?

HOW TO SPEND THE DAY AT HENLEY

(Gifted Experience) This year’s Regatta for me was quite a special occasion I’ll never forget just because I was invited as a VIP guest by renowned nightclub brand Chinawhite London to host me for the day. I just couldn’t say no and it was a fantastic opportunity to kick start my summer in style for sporting events. Who doesn’t love to get all dressed up for race days.

Chinawhite Henley

 So, my day begins waking up bright and early just because there were disruptions with trains that morning which is common over the summer period on strike days. I found this quite annoying, but you just get on with it and plan your day and travel itinerary. Also, plus the added stress of traveling to and from home to your destination so always leave extra time to plan your journey. 

Chinawhite Henley

Welcome to Henley on Thames in Oxfordshire 

So after I set off from home to Henley on Thames by train, 2.5 hours later I arrive at Henley Station to meet friends and could not wait for all the excitement and celebrations to begin.

Chinawhite Henley

Chinawhite Henley

Chinawhite Henley

I think the best time to arrive in Henley is 12 midday at least then you can relax and have a spot of lunch by the river before enjoying the rest of your day. After an enjoyable lunch and drinks at The Angel on the bridge pub we had booked a boat ride as a group with boat charter company One Atlantek to arrange pick up and drop off at our enclosure for Chinawhite Henley. 

Chinawhite Henley

Chinawhite Henley


Experience local Regatta Traditions Aboard a Boat to get closer to all the Elite Rowing Action with your own private charter


For me, the private boat charter ride was the best part as you really felt included in all the traditional aspects of the Regatta amongst local residents and visitors.

Chinawhite Henley

My friends and I rather enjoyed watching all the live action of the races from afar on the other side of the river as we sipped champagne from our flutes to watch the day go by passing the official Stewards Enclosure’s race start line. 

I highly recommend booking a boat ride just because it’s very stylish to arrive in style to your enclosure this way, plus the added bonus not having to walk from Henley Bridge all the way down the riverbank is at least a good 25 mins.

The Only Way to Travel in Style during the Regatta is by Boat 

Chinawhite Henley

So once you are done with your boat ride excursion it’s almost time to head into your pre-booked private enclosure at Henley Royal Regatta. As soon as our boat dropped us off at the Chinawhite Henley Enclosure at Temple Island it was time to check in at the Press VIP Area. Then, immediately greeted by our friendly hostess and waiter who took us to our table in the secluded VIP area tent. There’s was not much of a wait at all to get inside and to our astonishment we found out the nightclub had offered us a very generous bar tab to our surprise was even better, plus food tokens to enjoy our day. We were extremely well looked after by their staff and the service was second to none and really impressed with this years venue.

Chinawhite Henley

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Our VIP Chinawhite Experience

Inside our VIP tent we were treated to entertainment such as dance performances with snakes omg and excellent table service which included bottles of Moet Champagne and drink mixers much to our delight. Even though the weather was slightly overcast with clouds, we did enjoy the few spells of sunshine throughout the day. But, most importantly I was there to create some social media video content of my experience, so we took some lovely pictures outside with a view overlooking the river behind in our regatta attire. From this point the races had started to wind down and it was time to nibble on some dinner from the food kiosk in our enclosure, so went with a burger and curly fries for my main meal.

Chinawhite Henley

Chinawhite Henley

After dinner it was time to hit the dance floor and do a bit more exploring and mingling with the crowd for the after party in the main nightclub marquee. The vibe was high octane glamour, minimal white interiors with drapes which transported you to Ibiza, St Tropez or Mykonos for a summer of fun. The energy in the nightclub was very lively as we danced to TOP 40 tunes by Chinawhite’s Resident Special Guest DJ’s as the main headliner to close Henley in style.

We also, did a bit of Celeb spotting as we noticed there were a few A-lister’s to a mixture of Reality TV stars attending as VIP’s for the event. The VIP Tent was handy when we wanted to take a break from the nightclub and just relax on our table for the evening over some quiet drinks for a moment of peace. Overall, my experience of the Chinawhite Henley enclosure has always been a pleasant experience even on previous visits other years I’ve attended and would highly recommend booking this enclosure at Henley Royal Regatta. If you love headline DJ Artist performances in an intimate and sophisticated setting then this is your sign to think about booking this enclosure for next years Regatta, just because it’s epic.

Not forgetting there’s a curfew in Henley, as most enclosure venue shut around 12:00 past midnight. But, I almost make sure I leave slightly earlier before then to catch a train to London via Reading as you don’t want to get stuck. Perhaps stay overnight is an option to consider just in case you miss the last train.

Eventually when our evening ended it was time to head home. We arranged another pick up from our boat charter guys who gave us a lift back to the Angel on the bridge pub moorings which is a short walking distance from Henley station. It was such a relief getting a lift back in the boat as I was so tired from a long day, but it was all totally worth it and can’t wait to come back again next year. So stay tuned for me Henley content on our socials so you can follow along with us. Oh, wait I think we are back again next week for Henley Festival, and I heard it’s a Black Tie only event very decadent and discerning, so I’ll see you soon shortly.

Which social event are you most looking forward to for the summer season?

Chinawhite Henley

Here Are My Top Things to do at Henley Royal Regatta to join in the fun! next time you’re here…

1.Watch the Rowing from the Stewards or Regatta Enclosure for the best views of all the racing action throughout the day

2.Have a wander along the river banks to explore the various bars, pop up food stalls and there’s even an amusement funfair attraction believe it or not

3.Enjoy a glass of Champagne at the Moët & Chandon bar at Henley Royal Regatta

4.Book a private boat charter with boat companies, I highly recommend using these guys @one_atlantek epic ride 

5. Hop on the Henley Royal Regatta Ferry to get access between your enclosures for a short distance only and you will still enjoy the views on a sunny day, and yes it’s completely free only for Badge holders of the Official Henley Royal Regatta enclosures.
6. Find an Exclusive After Party Venue close to Temple Island @chinawhitehenley to Celebrate in Style in elegant surroundings with friends once the races are over. I really love it here and the entertainment and hospitality is always excellent especially with their special guest headline DJ’s and VIP attendees.
5. Wander into Henley Town just a stones through away over the Bridge where you Will find various pubs such as the Angel right next to the river or perhaps Wetherspoons Hotel & Bar whichhas the most amazing beer garden with top 40 chart music and buzzing with lively Regatta Spirit for those that want a low key celebration. We went along to both venues this weekend while exploring the town.
6. Visit the Regatta Gift Shops and purchase gifts and souvenirs for love ones.
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Editorial Disclaimer: PR Invite as Gifted Experience. This Media Visit was kindly gifted by Chinawhite Nightclub London and I am under no obligation to post about a brand whether or not I choose to do so. How I choose to work with brands on any collaboration whatsoever is always down to personal choice and preference if I feel it’s a good fit for my content and audience so I can always give my honest feedback.

MAKE MORNING ROUTINES MORE EFFORTLESS WITH THE GILLETTE LABS EXFOLIATING RAZOR

The latest drop from Gillette Labs will make your day more effortless

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Introducing the new award-winning and worlds first exfoliating razor from Gillette Labs has become a stapple in my morning grooming routine these past few weeks.

Its by far the best and most effortless shave I’ve had in a long while to reminisce my first ever shave back in the day.

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Easier, faster and more effortless than ever before, Gillette’s newest blade combines skincare and shaving in one to make grooming as easy as possible. The precise and close shave means I have more time to get on with my day and ensure I always look my best.

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Did you know, it’s exfoliating bar clears the skin before the blades, for an effortless shave in one stroke?

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Editorial Disclaimer: PR Product Gifted. This product is a press sample kindly gifted by the Brand Gillette UK and I am under no obligation to post about a brand whether or not I choose to do so. How I choose to work with brands on any collaboration whatsoever is always down to personal choice and preference if I feel it’s a good fit for my content and audience so I can always give my honest feedback.

CITY GUIDE: EXPERIENCE TUSCANY FROM PISA TO PRATO & “FIRENZE” | ART HOTEL MUSEO – REVIEW

WHERE TO STAY IN TUSCANY DURING PITTI IMMAGINE UOMO 97 AND THINGS TO EXPLORE

 TUSCANY – TOSCANA

Discover the path from Fashion to Wine in Tuscany’s wineries, vineyards and Prato The Textile City.

First day in Italy today, “Ciao—Buongiorno” from me and Jenny after two hours sleep getting straight off of a plane to see the picturesque leaning tower of Pisa was very cool indeed. As a matter of fact it’s known as one of the seven wonders of the medieval world believe it or not, but it’s true. I’m so glad to be here and have the opportunity to see it during my press trip to Europe before exploring Prato then onto Milan for Men’s Fashion Week.

The sky was lit up bright blue and felt like spring time rather than winter season. It was about 12 degrees when we got there so we’re able to sit outside with our pasta and pizza and enjoy taking in the atmosphere. We had the most wonderful lunch. Pasta and wine made in the town we visited was authentically Italian just the way I like it.

Since being in Italy over the long weekend I literally consumed my body weight in carbs being mostly pasta and wine, it was so delicious as everything here in Italy is very freshly prepared.

I was so happy to be in comfy clothes this day as we had just left the Pisa airport and still had our suit cases on us both with hand luggage but we managed it fine. The restaurant was called Ristorante Pizzeria Duomo. They did gluten free pasta! which Jenny my friend couldn’t believe as she was so overwhelmed by it and food options. When they make it in Italy it’s just sooo much better.

A litre of wine was only €8. Such a good price … especially if you’re wanting a rather chilled relaxing afternoon lunch to watch the people go by. After all that traveling – it was so worth it having some time to ourselves. The staff were really kind and accommodating I really recommend this place if you’re ever going to visit Pisa for a day trip excursion on route to Florence via Prato.

 

 

THE BEST HOTELS IN TUSCANY

 
ART HOTEL MUSEO

During Day one of our press trip – from Pisa to Prato we stayed at @art_hotel_museo. The whole hotel was so elegant with character and contemporary themed just like an art gallery housed on each level.

It had a different theme on each floor. It had the Art room. We literally took loads of pictures! I loved this place so much I definitely want to come back in summer and try out their outdoor swimming pool as it’s closed during the winter months.  I can’t recommend this enough! If you’re going to Prato Italy via Florence for Pitti Uomo then definitely book this hotel  – you won’t be disappointed. Not forgetting it’s fantastic location is great too for a day trip to 15 minutes by train to “Firenze” which is Florence in Italian just so you know.

Art Hotel Museo Prato, Italy

 

4th Floor Lift Lobby – ART HOTEL MUSEO

 

This wonderful  4 Star hotel located 1.6 miles from the centre of Prato feel more like a 5 Star hotel as it boast luxury facilities including an outdoor swimming pool, classic to deluxe room suites and wellness spa with excellent customer service at Art Hotel Museo. Standard Hotel Rates apply – per night for 1 person only staying in a Classic Room Only Rate is 81 Euro’s and Rate with Breakfast Included 85.50 Euro’s.

 

 

The elegantly presented hotel suites with contemporary interiors have unique art work hanging in each room which are very spacious clean with minimal details.

Extra’s include a fully stocked mini bar, a dresser with flat screen television and oh wait the best part the walk in wardrobe closet every fashionista’s goal even more storage space to keep clothes and prep outfits so it feels more like home made all the difference.

 

 

The modern sleek bathroom as shower room, bathtub combi, bede with well equipped mod cons was up to the highest standards one would expect from a 4 Star Hotel unrivaled to other hotels I’ve stayed in before felt very luxurious indeed. With free WiFi access, the elegant rooms feature air conditioning and most have a flat-screen TV. Their bathrooms are complete with a hairdryer and toiletries.

 


Things to try and Experience


PITTI IMMAGINE UOMO

“Prato is a must see hidden gem 15 minutes from Firenze and convenient for Pitti Uomo Florence Fashion Week the home of classic Menswear, Celebrating fine craftsmanship and art of tailoring. This event is held twice a year in January and June.

THE PRATO TEXTILE MUSEUM

Apart from the Art, Culture, and Gastronomy Prato is also renowned for the Textile Museum & Lazzerini library are dedicated to both historic & contemporary textiles in a 19th-century mill. It’s a well known fact that Museo de Tessuto is one of the well recognised European Institutions dedicated to studying, preserving and promotion of ancient, historical and contemporary textiles housing an archive of textiles from Italy, Europe and the rest of world. It’s definitely well worth the visit if you want to find out more about the European routes of Industrial heritage and the intricate part it played in the history of Prato and its significance in the worlds textile industry.

 

 

So, just how beautiful are the side streets of Italy that I was just so overwhelmed by it’s charm. This photo was taken by my friend Jenny in the street where we dined for lunch at one of the Italian Trattoria’s – known as typical Italian Restaurants. We were just a stone’s throw away from the Leaning Tower of Pisa it was well worth the visit on route to our Hotel in Prato near Florence which was spontaneous on the day. I’m so glad we had the chance to make the most of our first day in Italy doing a bit of sightseeing while we can in the short space of time.

We dined for lunch at one of the Italian Trattoria’s – known as Restaurants Italy.

 

 

 

 

DESIGNER LABELS & SHOPPING

GIGLI SHOPPING MALL

For those who enjoy a spot of shopping the Gigli Shopping Mall Prato’s largest shopping mall is a 10 minutes taxi journey away from high street to designer labels Zara, H&M to Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein and more.

You will find here a wide mix of retail stores and eateries in a bustling shopping complex with whimsical accents on Via San Quirico, 165, 50013 Campi Bisenzio FI, Italy

Myself and Jenny just couldn’t help ourselves as we were both tempted by the January Sales and to shop for statement staples to match our outfits ready for Milan Fashion Week.

It’s very near Prato and Florence, great if you’re looking to find good quality stores with good prices in Tuscany, this is the place to be.

DISCOVER A TASTE OF CULTURE THROUGH CUISINE

 

OPERA’ ARTE & RESTUARANT – ART HOTEL MUSEO

One of the best things about staying in a hotel in the country you’re visiting is to sample their local food and wine which means more pasta and wine for me to try out and taste. The restaurant’s wide choice of wine selection on display showcases a library bookcase is every wine sommeliers dream with all the Chianti to satisfy discerning clientele just for you keen avid wine lovers.

Art Hotel Museo The maître d‘ hôtel head waiter, were so accommodating to us it made our stay very special indeed and look forward to return soon. I forgot to tell them that Jenny was gluten free before arriving and straight away they were able to serve Jenny hot Gluten Free bread  & pasta in Italian ‘Sensi Glutine’ . I also had a selection of salmon, seafood, liver and pizza known as pinsa from Roma cooked differently.

Salmon and salt cod in many ways
Salmone e baccala in piu maniere

 

Squid stuffed with pawn, vegatable brunoise and side or of shellifish
Calamaro ripieno di gambero, brunoise di verdure e contorno di molluschi

Tortello of Val Bisenzio with wild boar ragu
Tortella della Val del Bisenzio al ragu di cinghiale

I loved this as I don’t eat fresh shellfish on a regular basis so this was lovely treat for me and so healthy too. For a taste of authentic Tuscan cuisine I recommend the Pasta Dish with a twist Tortello of Val Bisenzio with wild boar ragu goes down well with a glass of Chianti red. Their wine taste so exquisite and this was made in the region we were staying in Tuscany.

An extensive breakfast buffet is available every morning serving an array of fresh fruit, cold cut meats, fresh pastry’s, cereal and more.

A variety of cold and hot beverages from fresh juices to tea and italian coffee too is a great to way to get your mornings off to a good start each day.The Art Restaurant serves authentic Tuscan specialities, along with classic Italian recipes from the Menu beginning with Starters, Pasta, Rice to Main Courses to side dishes. Room Service orders from the food menu option is also available from 4 Euro’s. After dinner why not head over to The American bar is the ideal place for a cocktail or local liqueur which my favourites are Aperol Spritz or Campari and relax on the comfy sofa’s or at the bar to unwind in the evenings. We wanted the full Italian experience as it was great to visit other part’s of Italy during our Press Trip over the 4 day weekend before heading to Milan.

 

Guests can enjoy free access to a partner well-equipped fitness centre, set 100 yards away. Staff are available 24 hours a day and can recommend sights and restaurants nearby.

HOW TO GET THERE

Flying into Tuscany: main airports in Pisa and Florence. Tuscany has two international airports, the Galileo Galilei International Airport in Pisa and Firenze-Peretola Airport in Florence serves both Europe including connecting international destinations.

From the U.K Pisa is easily accessed by a short haul flight journey duration of 2 hour and 5 minutes from London Stanstead with Ryanair and cost approximately £ 123.98 Return which is fantastic value. You can always rely on Ryanair for competitive price and great customer service with a warm welcome from it’s friendly staff who are always very helpful.

Airport Transfer’s from Pisa Airport into the City Centre I would suggest taking a Taxi outside the Airport as it’s the easier option than taking public transport and cost approx 20 Euro’s. Mainland Treno train services from Pisa Centrale Stazione are available and run hourly via Firenze Santa Maria to Prato Centrale Stazione or direct services run throughout intervals daily depending on the train schedules timetable.

For more information and booking enquiries on Flights to Pisa & Hotel Reservations including the Hotel Restaurant at Art Hotel Museo Prato Italy, please visit

 

ART HOTEL MUSEO

Viale della Republica 289

59100, Prato Italy

+39 0574/578888

www.arthotel-museo.it

[email protected]

+39 0574/5787

 

Standard Hotel Rates apply so please Inquire with the Hotel’s Reservations Team prior to making a Booking

– Rates Per Night for 1 person each Staying in a Classic Room.

Room Only Rate is 81 Euro’s and Rate with Breakfast Included 85.50 Euro’s.

 

OPERA ARTE & RESTAURANT

www.opera-arte.restaurant

[email protected]

+39 0574/578888

 

RYANAIR AIRLINES

www.ryanair.com

 

Follow along and Connect on Social Media

 

Instagram @art_hotel_museo

 

Instagram @ryanair #ryanairstories

 

Disclosure: #AD A huge thank you to Art Hotel Museo for hosting me and for providing a wonderful, stay in Prato. As always, all opinions are my own and I will never promote something I don’t personally use and believe in, regardless of who foots the bill. Also I would like to Thank ryanair.com for sponsoring my return flights itinerary between Pisa, Milan and London during Camera Moda Milano Men’s Fashion Week and to both companies for making this trip possible.  Please note prices quoted in this article will be subject to change by the companies mentioned e.g. ryanair.com and Art Hotel Museo.

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FLORENCE & PRATO STYLE DIARY – WHAT I PACKED FOR A TWO DAY CITY BREAK with ART HOTEL MUSEO

WHAT I WORE: STREET STYLE FIRENZE 'PITTI IMMAGINE UOMO 97'

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Credits: Tailored Double Breasted Pea coat Made with Italian Fabric; Abecrombie & Fitch, White cotton Long Sleeve Tee; Boohoo Man, Skinny Jeans; Forever 21 Men, Derby shoes; H&M MAN, Sunglasses from a Selection at PRADA Milano

During the first day of our press trip my outfit for day one consisted being dressed in all monochrome which is usually my signature style day to day. In true Florentine style in homage to Pitti Uomo 97 I opted for a statement tailored winter coat made from the finest Italian fabric.

I felt I blended right in doing street style pictures to capture the moment being in Firenze. I needed to feel super comfy but still smart casual as most of the day was being spent on planes, buses, trains and taxis. But, just imagine lugging round a suitcase and my weekend bag between destinations.  Honestly Italy is so full of culture, history and the local people are so warm and welcoming here for which I am so grateful.

Outfit dilema’s – I realised when I got there for the first time in my life I had under packed even though it was a short trip. Who’d have thought my blogger peers who are reading this will laugh at this. I’m known for bringing ten times the amount I need. I didn’t have a proper outfits planned for my daytime wears so I put this together last minute. I wanted something smart casual and slightly formal for evening dinner with of course a hint of classic oxford button down shirt from Polo Ralph Lauren paired with a All Saint’s Crew Neck Sweater.

All Photo Credits: Jenny Pickets Styling

I hadn’t packed enough clothes, so off Jen and I go on a little fashionista shopping trip to Gigli Shopping Mall down the road from our Hotel in a 10 minute taxi journey. I wore my comfy shoes again because I knew we would be walking around a lot! I opted for a faux suede Derby, Gibson bucks shoe by H & M which is a classic favourite.

From Pisa to Prato – here I’m wearing brands from the high street to designer which I also paired some skinny jeans and shoes with the outfit too. The first two photos are taken in Firenze Florence.

Art Hotel Museo in Prato – Such a beautiful place and I can’t thank them enough for putting us up here a couple of nights for the first part of our trip to experience local food, culture, wine and cuisine in Tuscany was a very unforgettable stay we loved it here very much.

Entrance to ART HOTEL MUSEO in Prato Italy – Street Style Italia Pitti Immagine Uomo 97

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Editorial Disclosure: #AD A huge special thanks to Art Hotel Museo Italy for kindly sponsoring our stay and for the amazing hospitality in Prato – this was a paid partnership collaboration with the hotel brand. Also I would like to Thank ryanair.com for sponsoring my return flights itinerary between Pisa, Milan and London during Camera Moda Milano Men’s Fashion Week and to both companies for making this trip possible.  All Opinions Expressed will be my own and prices quoted in this article will be subject to change by the companies mentioned e.g. ryanair.com and Art Hotel Museo.

SWIZZELS SWEETS CELEBRATES NEW VEGAN RANGE WITH SPOOKTACULAR HALLOWEEN CAMPAIGN

BE SCARED OR PREPARED THIS HALLOWEEN WITH ALL THE CLASSIC FAVOURITES

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As you maybe aware it’s almost time for Halloween as the first thing that comes to mind is ‘what’s you’re favourite scary movie’ or in this case it’s food and snack ideas to eat while celebrating All Hallow’s Eve the day of the dead in many different cultures around the world.


Be Scared or Prepared this Halloween with Swizzels

Halloween falls on the 31st of October where both kids and adults of all ages will partake in the fun activities such as Trick or Treating, wearing sometimes silly but amusing costumes and attending friends Halloween Parties. Some of my most fond memories growing up were eating sweets and staying up late on Halloween watching cult Horror Genre Classics such as The Halloween Movie Franchise, Friday 13th to Nightmare on Elm Street if you fancied staying in to celebrate with fun food bits and take out delivery food.

But, whether you choose to stay in or not don’t forget to have some snacks at hand to last you til the end of the movie or the Halloween party for those of you that are Celebrating the end of this month. Halloween party food often consist of fun sweet treats and other Halloween themed food but I wanted to re-kindle what was the most popular sweets I reminisce from my childhood growing up before pic’n mix. In fact some of my most favourite sweets were often found in glass jars of my local news agent. In case you’re wondering my choice would be Swizzels from their drumstick lolly’s to refreshers and who could forget the love hearts are still an absolute British classic that’s been around since 1929.

Swizzels Sweets

Swizzels Sweets

Swizzels Sweets

With reference to the un-dead when ghouls and ghost come back to earth on Halloween, my love for Swizzel sweets will never die, because these taste just sooo good especially at parties when I attended recently the Swizzel’s Halloween Campaign Party launching their new vegan sweets range as well as all my classic favourites. I just have to tell you all about the event and how it actually went during the celebration where the crowd from bloggers, influencers to the press all came down to enjoy the inspired spooktacular pumpkin syrup cocktails and sin and tonic drinks all served with scrumptious canapés during the fun evening.

Swizzels Sweets

Swizzel’s Halloween Campaign Party launching their new vegan sweets range as well as all my classic favourites.

The best part of the entertainment were live zombie actor’s in character lurking in the dark which made cool photo ops for social media and insta stories GIFs.

It just had to be done. One more thing, it get’s even better as there was even a Tarot Card reader present who could tell the future, to a coffin full of sweets with a tomb stone which fogged up with smoke using dry ice using water which was pretty cool special affects to add to the ambience of the party. Wow!!!!what a great idea!, anyway I think I’ll have to try that one at home next time. Oh and the best part to end the night was being gifted lot’s of sweets by the Swizzel’s team based in Manchester I had the best time celebrating with you guys in preparation for my Halloween. I’ve just been down my local supermarket where you can fully stock up on Swizzel Sweets this Halloween Night!!! so don’t forget yours in case you want to share with your little monsters at home ha ha.

Swizzels Sweets

To find out more about the Swizzel Sweet’s please visit

#scaredorprepared

Swizzels.com/Halloween

Instagram @swizzels_sweets

Disclosure: Many Thanks to Swizzel Sweets for inviting me to attend their #Scaredorprepared Halloween Campaign Launch party in London and for gifting me with product. All opinions will be my own as I only promote things with I’m a fan of to give my honest opinion and feedback on products I choose to review.

A CITY GUIDE TO MILAN: STYLE AND CULTURE THROUGH CUISINE IN EUROPE’S LEADING FASHION CAPITAL

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Milan City Breaks

Not forgetting AC and Inter Milan Football Clubs for all you avid sports fans out there. For those intrigued about discovering Milan, if you like Paris then you came to the right place for sought after luxury designer shopping and high end restaurants take your fancy

Ciao Milano.

The city’s historical landmarks the Gothic Duomo di Milano cathedral testify to centuries of art and culture including Leonardo da vinci’s mural ‘the last supper’ housed in the Santa Maria delle Grazie convent pays homage to the grandeur of Italian Renaissance.

THE BEST HOTELS IN MILAN

NYX HOTEL MILAN

This stylish new concept and contemporary hotel in the heart of Milan’s city centre is every fashionista’s dream as it’s very close to all the main attractions and just a stone’s throw away from the shopping Mecca of via Corso Buenos Aires and Central Station area of Eateries, bars and bustling nightlife.  Metro station access Republica, Centrale and Porto Venezia are all within walking distance from the hotel.

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THINGS TO TRY AND EXPERIENCE

Milan City Guide

DUOMO DI MILANO CATHEDRAL

The historic Landmark Duomo di Milano is one of Milan’s most treasured gems being the most grandest Cathedrals in the world that you will ever encounter with its Gothic architecture is quite impressive in all it’s all awe and beauty. I really do think it’s worth visiting and you can gain access to the inside of the building by buying a ticket pass for a couple of hours at a price of 3-4 Euro’s. Tickets can be purchased by the issuing tourist ticket office nearby which is not alot as you get to admire the art work of the cathedrals stained glass windows and visit the Crypt in the lower levels of the building. Separate passes for lift access to the roof is also available at a extra cost too for great views over the city.

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Top image: Stain Glassed Window. This image Rooftop of Milan’s Cathedral

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PORTO GENOVA

Just imagine the streets aligned with an array of your favourite restaurants and bars to cater to all cuisines both local and international taste this would be where it’s at. It’s like a mini Amsterdam situated along the canal as you watch the day go by. But just remember restaurants close at 3pm and re-open at 7pm to bear this in mind compared to what you’re used to elsewhere in the world. But you must try The Apitervo bars and restaurants who offer a complimentary drink and a food buffet offered at various places along the canal and rather enjoyed taking a stroll along the canal and worth exploring day or night.

MILAN FASHION WEEK

Arriving in Milan for Men’s Fashion Week over the summer I just did not know what to expect as it was my first hand experience of visiting the city while doing a bit of sightseeing in between the shows. Already I just knew there was so much I wanted to see and experience during the next few days before returning home to London. Just out of curiosity I was so keen to compare how the Italian’s do fashion week over here in Milan compared to us Brit’s in London. It really took me by surprise how good it actually turned out – no words. Camera Moda the equivalent of the British Fashion Council organise the bi-annual Fashion Week Schedule which require accreditation for both Press and Photographer’s if you happen to get approval is a great way to take in shows and atmosphere during the duration of Milan Fashion Week. But, if you’re not one of the lucky few who can secure an invitation you can still hang around outside the shows and do some street style spotting of fashion influencers on the scene and participate as a blog photographer.

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Edith Marcel Spring Summer 2020 Menswear / Womenswear Show at Camera Moda #MFW

DISCOVER A TASTE OF CULTURE THROUGH CUISINE

OSTERIA MAMMA ROSA

The first thing which comes to mind when you think about living the Italian way of life is culture through cuisine and only the finest authentic food can be found at this Top Milanese Restaurant Osteria Mamma Rosa just off the trendy Corso Buenos Airies. My favourite signature dish here has to be the Sea Bass prepared the Liguria way served with potatoes’  as an alternative to the Grilled Seabass which is also delightfully sumptuous. On arrival prosecco is served before dinner as a gesture of good will and the atmosphere is very friendly and welcoming at this family run restaurant in the heart of Milan.

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Ligurian way Sea Bass Fillet with violet potatoes, olives, and “pinoli” pine nuts

GELATO ICECREAM

In Italy there are so much choice when it comes to desert especially the selection of Gelato Icecream you can find in various icecream palours dotted around the city such as this place I found ‘Vechi’. The mango sorbet and strawberry with a bit of chocolate was the best way to cool off during a hot summers day in the city while sight seeing in Milan.

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APEROL SPRITZ

The signature drink when you come to Italy had to be my favorite always the Aperol Spritz that really reminds of summer and it’s so refreshing with its blend of Aperol liqueur, Prosecco and Soda Water combination is my go to drink during Milan Fashion Week.

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DESIGNER FASHION LABELS & SHOPPING

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GALLERIA EMANUELE VITTORIO II

The Galleria Emanuele Vittorio II is Milan’s premiere shopping destination that houses all under one roof the world’s most exclusive designer label boutiques from Prada, GUCCI to Chanel and more. Inside this elegant four storey arcade you’ll find high end restaurants if you want to experience authentic Italian cuisine and luxury cafes to unwind after an afternoon of shopping. It’s also a short stroll just outside of the Duomo di Milano piazza which connects  with Teatro alla Scala if you want to admire and catch a glimpse of Milanese renaissance in all its splendor.

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CORSO BUENOS AIRES

The Corso Buenos Aires the equivalent of London’s Oxford Street you’ll find everything from high street brands, independent small boutiques to designer labels and shop till your heart’s content if you wish. Compared to the shopping streets of London it’s less overcrowded and a bit more laid back so you can shop with ease.

VIA MONTENAPOLEONE MILAN’S DESIGNER SHOPPING STREET

When you come to Milan I highly recommend checking out the Montenapoleone District for its luxury fashion boutiques serving the well heeled and discerning clientele. If you’re after the latest styles from the international catwalks you will find it here from big name luxury fashion houses such as Prada, Gucci, Dolce & Gabanna, Missoni, Versace and many more. This neighborhood is rich in history showcasing fine craftsmanship based on tradition to luxury fashion where money talks in this town.  Once a upon a time the street was home to aristocrats and the choice of wealthy families who resided here to open ateliers, boutiques and jewelers.

HOW TO GET THERE

Milan has two Airports Malpensa and Linate that serve both Europe as well as connecting International destinations worldwide. The airport with the closest proximity to the City is Linate which is 20 mins a Taxi to the city center and Malpensa 45 mins drive away.

From the U.K Milan is easily accessed by a short haul flight journey duration of 1 hour and 30 minutes from London Gatwick Airport with EasyJet and cost approximately £ 89 return which is fantastic value. You can always rely on EasyJet for competitive price and great customer service with a warm welcome from it’s friendly staff who are always very helpful.

I really recommend booking the extra add-ons when booking your flight through EasyJet such as extra leg room and speedy boarding as it makes all the difference so you can travel with ease and not need to worry about being in held up so you spend less time at the Airport.

Airport Transfer’s from Linate into the City Centre I would suggest taking a Taxi outside the Airport as it’s the easier option than taking public transport and cost approx 20 – 30 Euro’s or there’s the option of using an UBER which is available in Milan too if you prefer using this service is present in many countries worldwide.

For more information and booking inquiries on Flights to Milan Linate or Malpensa please visit EasyJet Airline

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Disclosure: #AD I would like to Thank EasyJet.com for sponsoring my Travel during Camera Moda Milano Men’s Fashion Week and making this trip possible. All Opinions Expressed will be my own and prices quoted in this article will be subject to change by the companies mentioned e.g. EasyJet