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KIMCHI TASTING EVENING AT LE CORDON BLEU LONDON & ASSOCIATION WITH MAISON MES AMIS

Super Food, Korean Kimchi – Reinvented as an Amazing British Dish

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In the post-pandemic world today, there is currently a global interest in super foods that boost the immune system such as fermented foods that help to nurture the gut.

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On Tuesday 5th October, Le Cordon Bleu hosted the UK’s first Kimchi Cook-Off event in association with Mes Amis The French Cultural organisation.  The event saw 10 finalists battle it out to be crowned Kimchi Champion – judged by Culinary Arts Director at Le Cordon Bleu, Emil Minev.

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Master Chef Emil Minev of Le Cordon Bleu London

Recently I was kindly invited to attend the exciting launch of the UK’s first Kimchi Cook-Off competition which took place at Le Cordon Bleu London this week. It was such an honor to go inside the World’s Most Famous Elite Culinary Arts School which has international locations all over the globe from London Paris to New York.

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JONGGA is Korea’s No. 1 Kimchi producer

Did you know? Kimchi is Korea’s most iconic dish and I have to admit spicy food has always been top of my list as a culinary favourite ever since I can remember growing up.


Le Cordon Bleu in Partnership with Maison Mes Amis host Kimchi Cook-0ff Competition


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For the Cook-Off Entrants created a recipe and submitted before the 25th September, ready for judging by non other than Le Cordon Bleu’s Culinary Arts Director and Master Chef, Emil Minev.

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the main sponsor of the Kimchi Cook-off, JONGGA

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Recipes with Kimchi were -re-created as amazing British Dishes by the amateur Chefs which was exciting to witness as I’m a huge fan of Oriental Culinary Dishes. Who isn’t a foodie at heart and sometimes I prefer to stay in and whip up my own culinary take out favourites in the kitchen at home.

Before the day concluded, The top 10 recipes were selected and lucky participants invited to the cook-off event to cook in person for the judges. If you watch Master Chef, then this will inspire you to have a go yourself and create your own recipes too. The winners were awarded £3,000.00, second place £2,000.00 and third place £1,000.00 with all participants being offered gifts sets worth £400.00.

I had a really pleasant evening and got to go inside one of the most iconic culinary schools in the World and when do you get an opportunity like this to experience culture through cuisine by aspiring Master Chefs. And the best part after the cook-off I got to meet the chefs, enjoy a cocktail and of course sample some Kimchi at Le Cordon Bleu’s restaurant CORD.

Are you familiar with Korean Cuisine and have you tried Kimchi before? JONGGA, the main sponsor of the Kimchi Cook-off, also donated scholarship funds and gifts to local volunteer organisations to help those from underprivileged backgrounds who are being hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic.

If you would like to find out more about Le Cordon Bleu London’s World-class culinary arts, wine, nutrition and management courses, with over 125 years of education experience please visit lcbl.eu

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COCCHI 1891 TRADITIONAL WINE-BASED APERITIFS TO TRY THIS LONDON COCKTAIL WEEK – DID SOMEONE SAY NEGRONI

If it’s a classic vermouth you’re searching for, look no further than Cocchi 1891! It’s the answer to all your classic cocktail conundrums

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Italian Culture is steeped in food, arts, architecture, family and…Aperitivo! Try Americano Cocchi or Rosa and Enjoy!

Cocchi produces since 1891 “Superb Vermouths Torino for Manhattan and Martini cocktails”

Known all over the world for the tradition and historicity of production, Vermouth di Torino is an aromatized wine born in the 18th century at the foot of the Alps and appreciated by the Royal Court of the Savoy.

Giulio Cocchi had the great idea of establishing authorized retailers where people could taste his products: sparkling winese, Barolo Chinato, Aperitivo Americano and a few distinct Vermouths. In 1913 there were seven Cocchi tasting Bars in Piermonte that soon became twelve.

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The latest release by Cocchi 1891 Miniatures Range

Vermouth Cocktail Recipe

Vermouth Amaro Cocchi has been created according to the original recipe by Giulio Cocchi where Artemisia was enriched with rhubarb, qassia wood, chiretta and a double fusion of cinchona. The addition of Barolo Chinato to the base wine gives delicately red nuances and a further soft and complex note – totally Cocchi style.

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Cocchi since 1891: “ Labor omnia vincit”, work conquers all

Over the years Cocchi have witnessed the evolution of the Vermouth di Torino processing techniques where the new ones have joined the old ones. At present their coexistence continues today to preserve and enhance the traditional production.

Produced according to Guilio Cocchi original recipe, Cochi Americano is recognised in Asti as the aperitif par excellence – a real piece of history of the town. On it’s label the original futurist rooster designed in the 30’s and representing his aperitif function “it awakes the appetite” as well as on of the symbols of the town of Asti.

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Vermouth di Torino is known throughout the world for the tradition and history of its production. Its name is inextricably linked to Piedmont and Turin, where in the 1880s a real aristocracy of vermuttieri developed thanks to which, to different degrees and ways, the popularity of Turin Vermouth became international, reaching a great worldwide resonance. It’s a rare “evening vermouth” called Dopo Teatro on the wake of Piedmonts tradition to drink a small cup of cool vermouth with lemon zest in the evening, perhaps after watching a performance in one of the historic theatres of the Savoy capital.

Vermouth di Torino is a collective heritage of Piedmontese people. The Savoy dynasty, kings of Piedmont, was it’s first great promoter and since the end of XVIII century played a relevant role in the success of vermouth, generating flourishing industry which soon made Piedmont the veritable Kingdom of Vermouth.

 

 

Asti, where it all began. Today in Asti – the place where Giulio Cocchi 1891 was founded – it is a celebration: San Secondo, patron saint of the city, is celebrated

 

 

Cocchi Americano is an aromatized wine created in 1891 by Giulio Cocchi and since then produced without interruption according to the original recipe. The name Americano is both due to the alcohol made bitter amaricato by the addition of herbs and spices and to the American habbit of drinking vermouth with ice and soda. I just found out that Vermouth is best served with cheese which is divine when paired together during Aperitivo.

A toast to the summer, Un brindisi all’estate

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Born in Piedmont in the last century, Barolo Chinato soon spread thanks to its refined taste, well balanced between bitter and sweet, and especially for the leading effect on the market of its name “ Barolo”, that immediately positioned it among the noblest products compared to various other types of alcoholic drinks based on cinchona. Spices, together with other aromatized wine, are at the heart of the Cocchi products. It is known a botanical library is used to collect the many herbs and spices to craft the original signature formulas by Giulio Cocchi

During its history, Cocchi has produced some variants to its Aperitivo Americano. The most recent is Cocchi Rosa produced with a based of red wines of Piedmont to which herbs and spices extracts are added in particular gentian, cinchona, citrus zest and rose petals. Cocchi vermouths aromatized and sparkling wines are known all over the world: in Asti, the Cocchi Bar in Piazza Alfieri is a reference point for the city for over a century. Cocchi’s products and brand were spreading worldwide yet at the beginning of the XX century were exported to London, New York, Sydney, Colonial Africa and Venezuela.

Since 1978, Giulio Cocchi is owned and operated by the Bava Family, themselves highly renowned wine producers in Moferrato and Langhe. Today the winery still maintains its artisan character and follows the original recipes, formulated by Giulio Cocchi in 1891, to craft the distinctive wines that have made the Cocchi a cult name. Among the results of the last 30 years, defense of Barolo Chinato from forgetfulness and the re-launch of Vermouth di Torino since 2011 has been the driving force for the rebirth of the top of the range Vermouth di Torino on the international scene.

 

 

 

 

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52 WAYS TO FOLD YOUR POCKET SQUARE BY TRENDHIM

FOR THOSE WHO PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO DETAIL

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What good is a statement pocket square if it doesn’t make a statement? Get ready to fold?

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NEED A SARTORIAL STYLE FIX?

Here’s 52 Ways to Fold Your Pocket Square’ by Trendhim the Danish online Menswear Retailer debuts their brand-new style bible for the latest release of their book. 

“Here’s a trick to making the most popular items in your wardrobe look fresh, even when they are the same ones from last year – Accessories.”

Get to grips with Top Tips and Rules for Folding the Pocket Square so feel free to improvise with your own fold.

Are you looking to upgrade your sartorial ‘know how’ make this book your Ultimate Menswear Guide that every debonair man about town needs to refine his style with quintessential flair.

If you’re outfit is a statement…think of pocket squares as punctuation. The right one takes you from ‘I look good? to I feel great. It’s all about the details.”

How to Fold a Pocket Square

Let’s forget all the tricky stuff!! Here are my quick and easy pocket square folds on the go to get you through all occasions from date night, sporting season to formal attire wear.

How To Fold A Pocket Square

If you’re looking for a few good starter folds to get acquainted with I suggest The Presidential or The Classic One Point.”

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ARE YOU READY  TO FOLD

Really up for the challenge? Try folding The Rose or 4 Angled Peaks for that polished debonair man about town look. Or if you’re looking to go a bit more casual but still want to fold the pocket square in seconds, there’s the puff. 

So When Did We Start Folding Pocket Sqaures

A bit of history of Fashion 101 for you and facts: The Trend of Folding and tucking in a gorgeous piece of fabric the Pocket Square we know today! into one’s jacket took off in the 1920s and fell out of style in the 1960s. Interestingly enough a resurgence in pocket square popularity made a comeback in the 90s when Actors on highly rated TV SHOWS started sporting the look again.

Want More Styling Tips? 

You can check out the book in detail and definitely one you should keep on your coffee table if you happen to fancy looking up style inspiration. I highly recommend this book by Trendhim for all Menswear Style Aficionados out there looking for some new Sartorial inspiration on Saville Row to suit up and look sharp.

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The latest book release by Trendhim

Just remember even the smallest detail can make you stand out. A statement-making piece that doesn’t need to scream for attention – it’s style is enough to start a conversation. Dress your pocket square up or down its your story to tell. First impressions count, make yours matter.

Everybody’s got a story. TRENDHIM are here to help tell yours. Follow them for Men’s style, latest products and all the stuff in between. Discover a lovely range of Jewellery and Accessories to suit Men designed in Denmark which you can SHOP just here > trnd.hm/shopIG

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7 DAILY MOVEMENTS TO SET YOUR BODY FREE ‘STRETCH’ BY MOVEMENT COACH ROGER FRAMPTON – BOOK REVIEW

Confused about Posture, Flexibility Techniques to Resolving Pain? Mobility Coach Roger Frampton Author of his Brand-New Book STRETCH recommends, just 7 minutes per day of simple stretching can undo a lifetime of damage caused by sitting.

How are you getting ready for World Wellness Weekend? Have you established your new Physical Activity Routine in 2021 yet? Look at the recommendations from the World Health Organisation to make sure you are active enough. Moderate Physical Activity includes yoga, walking, dancing, housework, gardening,..Intense ones includes activities such as running, aerobic, cycling, basketball, football, tennis and more…

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WORLD WELLNESS WEEKEND 18th & 19th SEPTEMBER 2021

The countdown is on for World Wellness Weekend 18th and  19th September 2021. Together we can inspire millions of people with wellness tips. It’s you’re chance to promote vitality, serenity, immunity and solidarity.19th.

“It’s about making real and authentic well-being accessible to all. Wellness means different things to many people”

I’ve recently discovered a new book ‘STRETCH By Roger Frampton where flexibility and mobility are the keys to our long-term movement.

Stretch gives you unique insights into the seven principal movements which can be done either at intervals throughout the days or all at once depending on your lifestyle perfect for those who work remotely from home too. His book also includes a programme and a full breakdown of how to implement the movements including progressions and regressions based on your current level of flexibility and how to scale as your flexibility improves.

“For the first time EVER, a Book has made History about Stretching is top of the Fitness charts!”

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Finally…people are starting to recognise that tightness in the body literally pulls your body into rounded posture, is the root cause of too much pain in the body and leads to all kinds of mobility issues as we age.

Following Roger’s key exercises starting from as little as 7 minutes per day we can get such tremendous benefit from incorporating our daily stretches…And the great news. We can reverse so much of the damage already done and I’m willing to give this a go and so should you.

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The book highlights some of those common problem areas that lead to pain in the body including, IT back, hip flexors, neck & shoulder blades and is written for those who are currently experiencing pain, sat hunched over a desk all day or just want to feel the plus benefits of some regular good old-fashioned stretching”

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PLAN YOUR WORK OUT SCHEDULE

Depending on your schedule it has programs within Roger’s book ranging from 7 minutes per day and up to 1 hour training schedules for those wanting something more advanced. 

Set Goals for Daily Regular Movement Exercise

Set yourself a goal and allocated a time each day to improve your overall movement and form a solid habit of regular movement.

The Benefits of Stretching and Yoga

On the subject of stretching the beginnings of Yoga were invented by the Indus-Sarasvati civilisation in Northern India over 5,000 years ago. In 2019 the Yoga Market size reached 88Bn and the year on Year growth is expected at 12 percent. But, what made yoga become so popular and on trend?

Studies show on top of helping with physical pains such as back pains, and improve functions such as the ability to move or walk, by increasing your balance and flexibility as Movement Coach Roger Frampton leads as great example. Did you know, Yoga could increase sleep efficiency and time quality. In studies of diabetes, daily yoga decreased blood glucose levels, heart rate, systolic and diastolic blood pressure, and oxidative stress markers. Increased energy and decreased stress were observed among diabetic groups.

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World Wellness Weekend Is an exciting opportunity to champion wellness in your daily routine, and to inspire your family, friends, colleagues and local communities to participate. Together let’s champion, wellbeing, hope and enthusiasm for world wellness weekend and beyond.

The goal of World Wellness Weekend is to inspire and empower others to make healthier choices and enjoy an active lifestyle with friends and family. Due to the current health situation around the world reminds us how important it is to have a strong immune system.

Among the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations, SDG 3 is Good Health and Wellbeing for All. In partnership with the United Nations Global Sustainability Index Institute, world wellness weekend encourages, venues, groups, associations. Federations, visitors, bureaus, Mayors and Governors to organise free, fun and creative, free, fun and creative wellness activities on the 3rd weekend of September, just before the Equinox, when daytime and night are equal, as a symbol for work life harmony.

Let’s be pro-active and responsible in these times of uncertainty. Let’s choose a wellness challenge to be accountable to. Let’s be active at home. Here’s a look at the five pillars of Wellness which are to increase vitality, serenity, immunity, creativity, and solidarity in your life. Let people know what you do to keep healthy a mind and a healthy body.

In case you did not know what new activity to try this weekend, we hope that you now do! STRETCH offers the bare minimum to do, to keep our bodies free from pain and moving well.  Just a recap, with programmes starting from 7 minutes up to 1 hour. You can choose what fits best into your lifestyle. STRETCH! The Seven Essential Movements To Set Your Body Free is OUT NOW!.

Roger Frampton Movement Coach, Author of The Flexible Body & STRETHCH, TED Talk- 4 Million views on YouTube

p.s. If you don’t have a copy of Roger’s bestselling book, we highly recommend you pick up a copy of this brilliant, entertaining and accessible guide to fitness at home. Have a wonderful and active week!

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CELEBRATE SCOTTISH HERITAGE WITH TALONMORE NATURAL NON-ALCOHOLIC SPIRITS WITHOUT LIMITATIONS

Get a taste for the outdoors with Talonmore Drinks distinctive and fiery ginger punch brewed with plant based ingredients, to ensure flavour is at the forefront!

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Let your tastebuds explore Scotland’s heritage where Talonmore’s birthplace of Cramond has a longstanding history with evidence of Mesolithic, Bronze age, and Roman settlements.

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BREWED INSTEAD OF DISTILLED
Unlike other non alcoholic spirits, Talonmore is brewed instead of distilled – ensuring Talonmore is a great tasting drink and 0% ABV.

“Is your spirit without limitations like Talonmore? Expect the fiery taste, like the pleasant burn of alcohol – but free of sacrifice”

Talonmore has been designed to replicate the experience of drinking a dark spirit such as whisky, rum or cognac but without the headaches. Creating non-alcoholic beverages from rooted and plant based ingredients to replicate spirit strength drinks with signature fiery flavour. No alcohol, no compromises.

Without the need of ethanol to carry the flavour or distillation to produce, Talonmore is complex, well balanced non-alcoholic spirit and full of flavour. It doesn’t bite but it’s still got a unique kick about it ready to start your weekend leaving you feeling liberated to tackle any adventure.

“0% ABV, 100% Unique. The dark spirit experience, with none of the morning after compromise”

 

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Talonmore’s non-alcoholic spirit is all about getting reacquainted with the elements, created for adventurous drinkers and crafted from natural ingredients. Adopting the philosophy of natural elements ensures that flavour is always at the forefront of every sip, with superfoods such as ginger that have recognised health benefits and healing properties. This is complemented with hawthorn berry, cactus juice and assam tea for a unique and well balanced blend.

Whatever your view, the sun sets better with a non alcoholic drink and unrivalled taste. Be inspired by the versatility of Edinburgh’s historic charm, natural surroundings and unique festival spirit. They say a drink without equal is always worth a shot don’t you think. What’s fascinating about this beverage is that its a full bodied, unique blend of complex fiery flavours where plant based infusion and Scottish passion goes into every bottle of Talonmore.

 

 

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Experience hearty hints of ginger with an impressive citrus punch, Talonmore Drinks makes for an ideal partner to ice and a slice of lime – a strong spirit but without the alcohol”

 

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MADE IN SCOTLAND
It’s the first Scottish non-alcoholic spirit that’s brewed instead of being distilled and maximise flavour and mouthfeel. Experience taste that delivers in every drop. 

Fancy it as part of a Cocktail or Stand alone Drink

I discovered that Talonmore was created to perform equally well as part of a cocktail mixer or as a standalone drink. I quite like mine with a splash of cranberry juice for an energising and refreshing beverage. Personally, I think it’s best serve cold, over ice, with a twist of lime just perfect every time. A non-alcoholic drink isn’t half a drink – and there’s nothing missing from Talonmore’s naturally non-alcoholic spirit.

Best Served

I recommend serving Talonmore drinks over crushed ice with a sharp twist of lime that lives up to its name that alcohol free doesn’t have to mean soft at all. Although Talonmore is alcohol-free, but certainly not flavour free. Fiery, full-bodied, sometimes less really is more. Notably, you will discover on the rocks or not, the secret recipe is without equal sourced through a formula of rooted and plant based ingredients to ensure flavour is at the forefront. Keep your taste buds captive with a brewed, alcohol free jolt of Talonmore by making it into a long drink with your favourite mixer or just as it comes neat or with ice. Great news that some lockdown restrictions are easing and we can begin to socialise again. Take this opportunity to enjoy Talonmore outside with friends in the sunshine and make the most of it.

It’s good to know I have options to relax and recharge with Talonmore now that I’ve tried it’s all you could want in a non-alcoholic ginger infused spirit with all the thrill and flavour you’d expect to wind down and disconnect for the weekend. You will be astonished to find out it’s main ingredients is Ginger, but it’s what gives Talonmore its distinctive taste. Think of it as combining the strength of a spirit, but with none of the harsh after effects without sapping your reserves of strength.

Speaking of London Cocktail Week, we have almost officially reached cocktail season and I can’t get enough of Talonmore’s alcohol free take on a Espresso Martini. Success in versatility, Talonmore has been created to replicate the experience of drinking a dark spirit. However, this does not mean we cant explore other ways to enjoy Talonmore. You’ll love the Espresso Moretini, a twist on the traditional espresso martini combines a complex combination of fiery ginger and espresso coffee. This brings out the flavours of chai and chocolate orange, ideal for an afternoon pick-me-up. You will find this also works well with cold bru coffee for a slightly smaller caffeine kick and easier to get more foam this way.

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The homeplace of Cramond coupled with the prominence and strength of the eagle inspired the brands unique name and brand identity created by it’s founder and Managing Director 23 year old Lewis Kennedy a recent Graduate from Dundee University with a First Class Honours Degree in Product Design. There are many symbols of power in the branding to visualise the intense fiery nature of Talonmore Non-Alcoholic Spirit. The Eagle became the main flagship icon inspired by a local landmark called Eagle Rock is where it took it’s name from. It is known, thousands of years ago, a Roman soldier engraved an eagle into the side of a large boulder. The symbolism of the eagle and the messages it conveys resonated with its founder and after many iterations, Talonmore was born.

With Talonmore you can ensure to have a great time and wake up feeling refreshed in the morning ready to explore another productive day. Cheers to the end of summer with social gatherings hopefully not too far away, Talonmore neat is the perfect serve for those who are driving or looking to monitor calorie intake. Of course, Talonmore has around half the amount of calories than an average gin or whisky.

Start the week in peak condition! Get a real taste of the outdoors, and why not enjoy a drop of Talonmore to celebrate the journey. I would love to hear from you! What kind of setting are you excited to try Talonmore in? Do you think it would be best to enjoy at home, in a favourite trendy bar / restaurant or out and about? I hope you’re excited to try Talonmore, wherever you choose to drink it.

 

 

 

Editorial Disclaimer: PR Product Gifted. This product is a press sample kindly gifted by the brand 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 alway 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.

STOW-AWAY APART HOTEL | LUXURY LONDON SUSTAINABLE STAYCATION

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Traveling to London? Need to stay central? This eco-friendly, luxury apart hotel is located just 5 minutes walk from Waterloo Station

There’s nothing more satisfying than checking into a hotel for a holiday or mini staycation as it’s been a long while since I took an actual vacation. Just last week I headed to the Stow-Away Hotel in South Bank for that well needed staycation one evening. I’ve only managed to get away rarely this year due to the current global pandemic, so welcomed the chance to just get away and make the most of this opportunity to travel. The thrill and excitement of packing a bag once more seemed very appealing to me so I decided to jump on a train to the London Eco Luxury Hotel.

THE CULTURAL DISTRICT OF SOUTHBANK 

(Gifted Press Stay) The hotel is location in London South Banks cultural district, built in 2018 on Lower Marsh Street in the dynamic cultural borough of Southwark. Southbank has seen creativity come alive from frequent fairs and witnessed historical events such as the hotels original land lot being bombed in WWII has been home to world class arts venues The Southbank Centre to BFI film theatre and National Theatre.

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Furthermore, explore the riverside walkway for a scenic stroll and discover the restaurants, bars and historic pubs beside the River Thames. Inside the property there are just 26 rooms which they have a cosy welcoming and elegant style studio apartment repurposed and recycled from shipping containers. Each space is creatively ambitious by innovative design with stylish luxury touches adopting a sustainable approach to living.

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Time for that staycation? Stay at the eco friendly studio apartments located in the heart of London’s cultural district Southbank.

The interiors reflect a private residence to support the surrounding land, environment and ecosystem in the area that deliver space efficient rooms in a stylish and eco-friendly way. Every guest room, you will discover solid classic herringbone flooring, marble tiled bathroom, walls clad with finely graded plywood, ergonomic kitchenette design, crisp fresh linens, towels, blackout blind, supersize king-size bed for ample space to sleep one way and face another way watching TV, all combined in a contemporary cream beige, light grey, dark mahogany accents.

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Eco Friendly Hotels London

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As you enter your room you feel the vibe exudes a decadence of luxury, functionality without compromising valuable space. Let’s not forget the hotels fully equipped serviced studio apartments to complimentary luxury toiletries from Molton Brown London specifically chosen due to their large refillable and recyclable bottles. At present, its exciting to see some of the larger hotel chains now going this way to up-cycle and support sustainable efforts.

Eco Friendly Hotels London

Eco Friendly Hotels London


Eco-Luxury, Sustainable functionality without compromising valuable space


Did you know at Stow-Away they have a heat recovery system that recycles the excess heat from the air conditioning system into hot water to help reduce overall energy consumption. It’s good to know that you can sleep comfortably with the aircon on knowing the excess heat is put towards your shower in the morning too.

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I was immediately impressed upon arrival to the property with a friendly customer service team on standby and their keyless entry using a Digital App on your smartphone with ease.

I’d say the check-in process was seemingly easy to set up as your room number and booking details were issued by email before arrival and no waiting around which was ideal.

Contactless check-in upon Arrival for Peace of Mind

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Using the App just open up the key screen by holding it up to the reader on the main front entrance or hotel room door to gain secure access. I stayed in room 203 on the 2nd Floor reachable by the main set of stairs or lift access to all floors. Prices for a Maximum of 2 persons sharing in the Apartments start from £98.10 per night.

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Get keyless entry using a Digital App on your smartphone with ease.

I really loved the extremely comfy bed with ultra Hypnos mattresses – the Award winning makers of bespoke, handcrafted and sustainably-made beds & mattresses approved by the HRH the Queen. In hindsight the overall design aesthetics of the room sizes and layout during my stay were effortlessly sleek and contemporay.

Eco Friendly Hotels London

Eco Friendly Hotels London

But the main highlight of this room had to be the fully equipped kitchen for all your culinary needs as a home away from home. As this stay was personal to me to switch off and relax, I did just that by taking a rain shower and pamper myself with Molton Brown toiletries before bed in the walk in marble tiled bathroom. But, most importantly I wanted to comment how clean the apartment was especially at present where this is essential more than ever before.

I’ve never felt so re-assured with contactless check in, mask, relaxed social distancing rules in ground floor restaurant and bar ‘Unwind’ Pop Up at the Hotel to a spotless Apartment with fresh remote for Smart TV. Rest-assured a lot of careful thought has gone into implementing a solid covid action plan on their website to ensure all guest feel confident they are always protected. It’s so good to be back in hotels again whether you need to stay a for the night, a week, or longer duration, this contemporary eco hotel offers everything you could want to make your stay a pleasant one. I’ve already recommended Stow-Away Hotel to friends and family as a space to work and a space to relax for those interested in booking a Business trip to London? The eco Apartment studios are centrally located in London, which offer sufficient space to work, relax and enjoy.

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A SUSTAINABLE SUMMER STAYCATION AT HOME WITH TROPILEX

Give yourself a little Holiday because Mind and Body deserve a little vacation sometimes…

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This summer I told myself if I don’t go anywhere for vacation due to travel restrictions amidst the pandemic the idea of relaxing at home isn’t something I had considered until now. With that said, a summer staycation at home has been the most sensible option this year but don’t let that spoil your fun because there are ways to make the most of your open space including the back garden too.

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When it came to choosing the ultimate summer accessory to transform the vibe of my back garden I was momentarily inspired by the idea of hammocking to transport me to the beach and just watch a lazy afternoon go by. I can’t think of anything more pleasant than lying in a hammock to re-create those summer memories and great feeling of being on holiday. Somewhere exotic or shores closer to home to watch the sunset go down. Which is your favourite British Beach?

At least this summer I can save on the air miles and adopt a more sustainable approach to travelling less which seems like somewhat a great idea than previously intended. So, I thought instead of missing out on a vacation why not bring the beach culture to me and set up with a hammock in my back garden sounds like the ideal summer situation.

After all, summer is all about re-living memories and making some new ones. I’m always up for being spontaneous and trying something new especially if its good fun like hammocking the act of setting up and subsequently chilling in a hammock with a view.

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Tired of winter already? Get some summer vibes today with a nice siesta in a Tropilex hammock. Vice versa, why always hammock outdoors when you can hammock indoors as well. You can get comfy in a hammock during the cold wintery days too. The best feeling is that satisfaction when you put your feet up after a long day…

Did you know Tropilex is a proud member of  1% for the planet. As a member of 1% For The Planet, Tropilex donates a minimum 1% of yearly sales to support environmental non-profit organisations which is a great cause to make a difference for a greener planet. Their hammocks and hanging chairs are woven and repelled by traditional hammock weavers in Columbia and India which is unique by local artisans.

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A suggestion for today during a sunny day would be go offline: less scrolling, indulge in more relaxing and enjoy is the most productive thing you can do this summer. Just – Be Free. Be Happy! Good Vibes Only.

Wanna hang-out in a hammock with all your friends? Tropilex has supper big family sized hammocks! Which one is your favourite? I recommend the Travel Hammock Majolia range made from super light but strong fabric your perfect travel companion at the beach and beyond. The hammocks are made to handle even a rain shower where the polyester yarns ensure that the cotton does not get too stretched too much. Ideal for British weather too given the unpredictable change in forecast rain or shine.

The beautiful wooden standard wood in other ranges would look great in every garden home made with 1005 FSC certified pinewood. They even deliver their products CO2-neutral.

Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air with Tropilex and make it a summer to remember.

Cheers to the weekend!

 

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FATHER’S DAY GIFT GUIDE IDEAS 2021

With Father’s Day coming up this Sunday (20th June), it’s the perfect chance to let your old man sit back and relax, and what better way than with a cold, refreshing beer… or maybe even something a little stronger.

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We can all agree Father’s are special to us. That is why when you are searching for ideal gifts for Dad you should give him something unique. They’ve taught us to ride a bike, drive a car and have encouraged us to be the best we can be in life, but also been that late night taxi service.

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GET BRAND-NEW SPRING STYLES IN YOUR CLOSET WITH JUST A FEW CLICKS

GET TO KNOW THREAD FOR MEN YOUR ONLINE PERSONAL STYLIST - LET THE APP DO THE REST GENT'S

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For those who are unfamiliar with Thread for Men the online British Retailer was founded during 2012 in London. Thread has an innovative way of providing discerning men the opportunity to purchase new clothes by matching users with virtual stylist who can offer a personal shopping experience through the website and iOS App.

So, how does the technology work? In layman’s terms it is style cleverly decoded simply at your fingertips in just a few clicks away. Thread uses a combination of machine learning and Artificial Intelligence to give your personal stylist a hint as to what you are looking for and get acquainted with the site’s users.

I’ve never used the Thread Styling App before and from what I’ve seen so far, I’m really impressed their online store is home to my favourite leading Brands I’d love to covet. But, most of all I do praise the fact the platforms algorithm knows my personal style so well. Come to think of it, it is just like having your own personal shopper on your arm to guide you on a shopping spree down the high street. Just for you guys at home curious about jumping on the band wagon to find out what the digital shopping experience is really like it is simply easy as signing up to get the best outfit ideas tailored to you.

With spring season upon us I have taken the online shopping approach versus the traditional way of shopping in store. Now, let’s start by setting up a new Thread account with the objective to discover the latest spring style staples trending now as new additions to my closet.

Here we go, Let’s try it together and come shopping with me….

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HOW TO SET UP YOUR ONLINE PERSONAL STYLIST

Start by Downloading the Thread App or head over to the website Thread.com

Sign up and register for a new account and you will be asked to provide some details about yourself including stats and clothing size measurements, what’s currently in your closet and how much you are looking to spend budget wise. It even has an option that highlights fit concerns regarding body shape which will come in handy. For one, I’m very slim or sometimes in between sizes is good to know, the more info the better.

On the next stage I was prompted to select some key looks that define my personal style from a few Instagram style grids – so this is where the algorithm gets triggered and begins to work hard so you don’t have to.

Upon gathering this information, you will then be allocated a virtual stylist, mine was called Toby who provides you helpful suggestions on what clothes for you to purchase.

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DOWNLOAD STYLE EDIT’S BY YOUR PERSONAL STYLIST

Thread Stylist will search up what you’re looking to get and come up with a Style Edit of complete outfits to single items which is great don’t you think. Thread App’s AI technology relies solely on it’s algorithm to style looks that’s uniquely personal to site users preference by going the extra mile to find what you need.

Once I knew what I was looking for in terms of which looks appealed to me, I started to like both a mixture of traditional versus contemporary style staples that I could easily wear day in day out. For instance, I think having a great jacket or coat paired with minimal trainers can create versatile looks as I like to mix and match by switching things up a bit.

At this point it was helpful to let my Stylist Toby know this beforehand using the Apps technology. Within an hour I got an email of my 1st Style Edit download from the suggested items – the end result was definitely up my street.

Once your Stylist has decided on Spring Jacket Styles for you to wear, let the clever algorithm work its wonders to seek and find the best style options to suit and budget proving technology is worthwhile for even the discerning cash time poor consumer looking to shop with ease online.

I highly recommend anyone to use the platform especially style savvy Gent’s who are not quite sure what they’re looking for. If you’re seeking a unique shopping experience that’s time efficient Thread utilises a combination of both AI and curation to ensure your digital shopping is effortless every time.

I’d say AI technology has its perks when it comes to online shopping because a computer never forgets, and all your data is stored in your Thread account for next time. For instance, compared to the human mind sometimes it tends to forget specific details about an individual unless reminded again.

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In the Ideas Tab, this is the fun part where the AI Technology takes over to style curated looks for you based on personal preference and data stored about customers.

The Ideas Tab is a great self-help style guide for men where you have the option to like and dislike ideas that your Stylist provided you as well as suggest areas to improve on, if not quite right first-time round. I have to say my Stylist recommendations from Toby were spot on in ‘How to Style Up Casual looks’ as I’ve been looking for the perfect pair of Black Chelsea Boots to dress up my tonal outfit for casually meeting friends on weekends.

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I personally think AI technology has its advantages when shopping online which ensures you get the best out of the algorithm when using the platform to make purchases. Overall, the simple process from signup stage as ‘New Customer’, to searching for what I was ideally looking for, with help from ‘Toby’ my virtual Stylist, to buying my items and having it delivered within 24 hours ­­­– just superb. I could not be happier as the customer service was second to none.

In my view Thread caters to all your shopping needs one would expect from a premium online personal shopping experience for style savvy men who want to dress to impress with the added bonus of a free service. It’s definitely a great service for those that seek on trend advice and opinions on Men’s Style downloaded digitally with no fuss. It’s time efficient shopping in just a few clicks.

New Thread users will receive 20 percent off their first shop on orders over £75 upon signing up on the website or App.

As the world we live in has now changed, the option of online shopping and using an App makes life easier and gives the 21st Century Gent a unique shopping experience that’s unforgettable. Want more style inspiration to add as new additions to your spring seasons closet? You can Shop via my Affiliate link and click to visit Thread here.

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HOW TO GET A GOOD NIGHT’S REST DURING LOCKDOWN | TIPS FOR GETTING TO SLEEP NATURALLY

THE PUKKA HERBS BEST SELLING NIGHT TIME TEA NEW SLEEP WITH EASE PROGRAMME BIGGEST EVER CAMPAIGN #SLEEPWITHPUKKA

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Just recently, I wanted to share with you that Pukka are about to launch one of their biggest ever campaigns: Sleep with Ease. That’s right, to finish off the year they are focusing on sleep so when the brand approached me to be part of their campaign I was delighted to help promote Pukka’s best-selling NIGHT TIME tea and NEW ‘Sleep with Ease’ Programme to my readers. In return as part of the campaign they sent me a Pukka kit including their tea, a downloadable sleep diary with exclusive sleep tips for me to try out. It will be interesting to see how this compares to my usual caffeinated tea bags and if my sleep pattern is much improved at the end of the trial.

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This campaign could not have come at a better time now that the clocks have gone back and I do especially love to drink tea during the colder winter months wouldn’t you agree is quite comforting early mornings, mid afternoon at work to evenings even before bed. The one thing I have learned over the course of the lockdown is to make sure Health & Well-being is you’re main priority as looking after yourself is number 1. One thing’s for sure is that my mornings have never felt so refreshed after a good night’s restful sleep which has not happened in a long while since the beginning of the 2nd lockdown. Lately its been the norm in covid times to feel stressed or experience anxiety as we realise the world has changed the way we live where health and well being impacts our daily lives including the way you feel both on the inside and out.

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All it takes is a change in mind set by making the slightest changes to habits such as caffeine intake is vital for living a healthier lifestyle. From my positive experience of trying out Pukka Herbs Herbal Tea Organic range it’s really made a vast improvement in the last few days. Even better its all natural. So over the duration of a week, I managed to record my sleep pattern to see how I can achieve a much needed good night’s rest of at least an average of 8 hours sleep per night.

Since using Pukka Herbs teabags all this week, I’ve noticed a dramatic improvement to energy levels and feeling more alert. Walking up in the morning with ease and less stress with not much of a headache like before using my conventional ordinary caffeinated tea bags. I really appreciate those moments of feeling refreshed in the mornings when you wake up, but unfortunately for most of us it’s sometimes not possible during the pandemic. Even though we’re in a lockdown for me especially I have found it very stressful and at times often difficult to maintain a good nights restful sleep.

Watch my Review on my YouTube Channel for more info and what’s great about the product too. So here’s how I got on with my Pukka Sleep Diary. Read it just here

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how to sleep better at night naturally

how to sleep better at night naturally

how to sleep better at night naturally

Disclaimer: #AD this posted contains Gifted items kindly provided by Pukka Herbs Organic Team Company. All views and opinions expressed here are my own and I do not promote products I would not otherwise use myself so the feedback I give is also honest and factual.