Thursday, August 28, 2014

The London Dungeon

As Summer turns to Autumn, I can't help but be dragged along with it. I love the Fall - it's my favorite time of year and though Spring is often thought of as a time blooming with promise, for me this happens every year as the weather chills and the calendar starts to fill up. I love Autumn events and all the holidays leading right up to Christmas. One of my favorites is Halloween, so naturally as the seasons change, I start to dig into murder mysteries and all things spooky. We're talking Pretty Little Liars on iTunes, Charmed on Netflix, scary movies at the cinema and of course, spooky trips to some of London's darkest attractions.
One of my favorites is The London Dungeon. I have been before, but since moving to its South Bank location, it's had a bit of a makeover. It seemed like a good time to revisit this old haunt (pun intended) and I was pleasantly surprised by the changes - it just keeps getting better! Visiting the dungeon is like taking a trip back in time to a London of years past when Jack the Ripper roamed the streets and safety was an unaffordable luxury for most. Old British characters are introduced little by little as guests descend further and further into the darkness including Sweeney Todd & Mrs. Lovett, Guy Fawkes, a cruel torturer, a tough judge, Jack the Ripper and more. It's creepy for sure, but lots of fun. On top of brilliant storytelling and realistic 360° sets, there are also rides and experiences that make the London Dungeon one of the greatest thrills in our fair city. It's quite funny too, it should be said and while spooky, it's certainly not too much for the faint of heart or the kiddos. The naughty jokes will fly right over their heads and the scary bits are few and far between. My favorite parts of my visit to the London Dungeon were two rides. The Drop Dead ride is super fun - it simulates a mass hanging by hurling visitors up and down at speed. New to me is the Tyrant Boat Ride, a water ride that's fun and funny with a few twists to get your heart rate up. 

It takes about 1 1/2 hours to go through the whole attraction, but I would suggest allowing a little more time than that as there may be a queue to get in. I strongly suggest booking tickets in advance to reduce waiting times as much as possible since the attraction is very popular and there may be a wait for entry and/or ticket collection. Tickets range in price from £15.95 to £25.20 and are discounted for online bookings. Children under 4 years old go free. There are photos taken during the visit which can be purchased for an additional charge at the end of the trip as well as a gift shop. Conveniently located walking distance from Waterloo Station, the attraction is easily accessible by train or tube. The London Dungeon is great anytime, but I'd definitely recommend it as something fun to do around Halloween!

An Evening in Roma

An Evening in Roma

I recently held the first dinner party we've had since moving to London with more than just a couple of guests and I found myself getting really into it. I served Italian food, so naturally it seemed appropriate to go whole hog, right on down to the music. I love to create a whole atmosphere to go with a dinner and this playlist worked out perfectly… Why not put push play, boil up some spaghetti and open your favorite bottle of Barolo tonight? When in Rome…

While you're at it, check out the other Pink Julep playlists available and if you have any special requests, just leave a comment below! 

Daily Style August 28, 2014 - Surf's Up!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Bakewell Soap Co. After Exercise Deep Muscle Relief Rub

Deep Muscle Relief Rub ℅ Bakewell Soap Co.
If you're hitting the gym pretty hard these days, there's no doubt you're sporting some sore muscles to go with your toned physique. Luckily the fabulous folks at The Bakewell Soap Co. have you covered with their After Exercise Deep Muscle Relief Rub

This little tub packs a powerful punch of muscle relief. Cooling, calming and soothing, After Exercise is just what I needed after a hard workout at the gym. It has a smooth texture, perfect for massaging tired, sore, cramped up muscles and it doesn't have an overwhelming scent as so many muscle rubs do. I've experienced immediate relief and comfort while using this product, which helps make a repeat performance seem doable. What's better? It's free from paragons, SLS, artificial colors and synthetics. After Exercise Deep Muscle Rub is £8.95 and available online from The Bakewell Soap Co.

How do you soothe your tired muscles after a sweat sesh at the gym? 

Aromatherapy Associates Natural Exfoliating Scrub

Polishing Natural Exfoliating Scrub ℅ Aromatherapy Associates
I've never had much luck with body scrubs. They're either too course, too perfumey or too oily. The oily ones make a mess of the tub and sometimes make it slippery, resulting in my freshly exfoliated self slipping and sliding all over the place - not cool. That said, I have been in desperate need of a good scrub lately and I decided to go to a brand that has been reliable for amazing bath & body products in the past. I'm a big fan of Aromatherapy Associates Polishing Natural Exfoliating Scrub. It smells incredible and feels great on the skin. It's not too oily, but provides plenty of moisture. Truly a luxury, I can't say enough about this incredible product.

Like any other body scrub, just grab a dollop of Aromatherapy Associates Polishing Scrub and apply it in circular motions on the area you'd like to concentrate on. Don't plan on skimping… I started with my feet and elbows every time I tried this product, but managed to have scrubbed my whole body before I was finished. It's slightly addictive and about the closest thing to a spa trip you could experience in your own tub. The scrub contains sea salt, coffee and grapefruit, all of which contribute to leaving skin revived and revitalized and with a good moisturizing afterwards, it's perfect for relaxing before a good night's sleep!

The Aromatherapy Associates Polishing Natural Exfoliating Scrub is £37 and available via Aromatherapy Associates or Feel Unique. Don't bat an eye at the price tag - you deserve to treat yourself to this little indulgence and while I'm thinking about it… It's never too early to start stocking up on gifts for Christmas and Autumn birthdays - this is actually the perfect present for busy friends who deserve a little luxury!

Daily Style August 27, 2014 - Paisley Princess

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Best Dressed at the Emmy's

This year's Emmy Awards served up the least boring red carpet looks I've seen in a while… Perhaps it's the return of midriffs or maybe the bold ladies in red… (Trend alert for Autumn!) I don't know, but hands down, Julia Roberts was my pick for best dressed in this short, studded confection by Elie Saab. 

Here are a few other looks I loved from the Emmy Awards red carpet this year…  

Claire Danes in Givenchy

January Jones in Prabal Gurung

Julia Louis-Dreyfus in custom Carolina Herrera

Lizzy Caplan in Donna Karan Atelier

Sarah Hyland in Christian Siriano

Taylor Schilling in Zuhair Murad

Who were your favorite stars from this year's Emmy Awards red carpet? 

Daily Style August 26, 2014 - Brownie Points