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Friday, 31 July 2015

Dinner with Leonard

When a life sized tweed camel named Leonard stands proudly outside the Michelin starred restaurant, you get the feeling that this evening is going to delight you in ways that you never knew would be possible. And that's exactly what happened when Charlie and I dined at Leonards restaurant within Le Grand Bellevue in Gstaad.

Helmed by Chef Urs Gschwend, who earned a Michelin star at the hotel's restaurant, the menu consists of bistro style modern and contemporary dishes, which are Swiss twists on international favourites. Easily the most sought after menu in Gstaad, possibly even in the whole of Switzerland, Charlie and I eagerly anticipated our first Michelin Star dining experience outside of the UK.

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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Alpine Adventure

Nightwear by Marks & Spencer

On Saturday morning, we rose bright and early, enjoying a peaceful cup of coffee in our (ridiculously comfortable) bed before making our way down for breakfast. Sitting outside, enjoying the fresh mountain air, Charlie and I enjoyed a bowl of home made berry Bircher Muesli, followed by a made-to-order plate of American pancakes, complete with crispy bacon and maple syrup. Charlie's Eggs Florentine did incur some slight food envy, but our day's activities meant that I had no remorse for clocking up the calories at breakfast time!

We took a taxi to the small nearby town of Launen, before embarking on the scenic walk to the majestic lake of Launensee. Every corner we turned revealed another postcard perfect vista. Against a crisp blue sky, the peaks of the surrounding Alps were sprinkled with just a hint of snow, dominating the landscape. Wild flowers were everywhere, and traditional Swiss chalets dotted across the fields. Charlie and I abandoned Google Maps (sorry, we're city folk!) and followed the trail signs pointing us in the right direction towards the lakes.

After almost two hours of wandering across fields, over waterfalls and through small towns, we came across the opening that we had been aiming for, and it took us no time at all to decide that the lake looked far too inviting not to jump in. I wore my Peter Pilotto swimming costume, and changed into my Superdry dress after drying off in the sun.

We spent the remainder of the afternoon in Gstaad, the Swiss ski resort in the heart of the Bernese Oberland that is quite unlike any other ski town. In place of dowdy knitwear shops and Intersport, there's a Louis Vuitton, Hublot and Prada. With the likes of Madonna, George Clooney and Valentino frequenting the resort, the place is a magnet for the super rich, and it's not hard to see why.

Back at Le Grand Bellevue, there was no time to change before our dinner reservation at Le Petite Chalet.  The charming log cabin located on the edge of the grounds of the Bellevue, it exclusively seats just 20 diners. Even in the middle of Summer, we instantly fell for the Swiss charm of the chalet, with it's log fire, Edelweiss printed table linens, and rustic pots and pans hanging from the walls. Serving the traditional Swiss dish of cheese fondue (we chose Vacherin & Gruyere, but there's also goat's cheese or truffle fondue on the menu) as well as the regional dish of raclette; firm cows milk cheese which is melted and then you scrape off and enjoy the delicious melted top layer.

The fondues were prepared before our eyes, and both the fondue and raclette were set up on our table, so that Charlie and I could perfect our bread and meat dunking, setting each other forfeits for any food that fell into the molten cheese.

We headed back to our room for an early night, ready for another day of Swiss adventures tomorrow.

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Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Switzerland in Style

It had never really occurred to me to visit Switzerland in the Summer time. With memories of Winter wonderlands as I visited Swiss towns during ski trips when I was younger, I knew little about what the postcard-perfect country would have to offer during the warmer months.
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Monday, 27 July 2015

Summer in the City

This is probably one of my most worn outfits on the blog to date. My go-to Summer work outfit, with just the finer details changing up from day to day.

It's clean, effortless, chic, and also very professional, and the best part? Each piece is less than £50 from Dorothy Perkins. The retailer has been my one-stop-shop for Summer work wear over the past few months, with cute office friendly classics and chic Summer staples a-plenty.
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Friday, 24 July 2015

The Denim Day Dress

This week, I discovered a wardrobe staple that I never even knew I needed, and now I don't know how I lived without it. 

It's this classic, belted denim day dress from Miss Selfridge, and I can tell you already that this is one which will be making a regular appearance in my daily #OOTDs. Not only does it embody that effortless everyday look that you want to wear every. single. day (not even exaggerating) but it can be dressed up with heeled sandals, or given a more relaxed day time feel with sandals, like I chose for this debut look.

As for the accessories, my new obsession are these Celine sunglasses which I snapped up from Smart Buy Glasses - every girl needs a pair of oversized, classic style sunglasses and this pair will be a style classic for years to come. They have a gorgeous subtle tortoiseshell finish and the subtle Celine detailing that every fashionista recognises!

The final detail for this outfit is my new favourite Estee Lauder lipstick which I raved about in yesterdays post - it's my new go-to shade for Summer and can guarantee that this won't be it's only appearance on the blog!

This outfit is one that i'll be sporting on a more than regular basis, for work, for play, and everything in between. Get all the details below!
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