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May Memories: Monthly Round Up

Life Lately: I can’t believe how quickly this year has gone and that we were celebrating our first wedding anniversary in Rome this month; it’s been a really great year!

Summer is beginning to kick in, and with the weather getting warmer, I’m starting to forgo my usual black tights and leave the coat at home too! With summer coming we’re also welcoming a slew of weddings and christening giving Mr S and I the opportunity to see lots of friends who we don’t often see.

In terms of blogging I’ve been guest posting all over the internet this month (I like to get about a bit…) you can read about my top sushi restaurants on Lauren’s blog, see my picks for Soho on Miho’s and check out Sarah’s blog to see some places in London that are special to me. The lovely Karen from Jewish Wedding blog, Smashing the Glass also asked me visit the Herve Leger wedding dress preview of her behalf, which was great fun.

I was also proud to have my first piece published on global lifestyle and culture hub, Culture Trip. Check out their website to read about my top five Peruvian restaurants in London.

I was interviewed by two other bloggers, one as a sponsor on Little Miss Katy and another on Hayley’s blog Love Puffin, describing my unadventurous adventures.

A really exciting moment for me was being including in The Observer with a whole page interview on my top choices for places to go in SW1. Here it is again if you didn’t see it.

It was so exciting to see myself in print!

Restaurants of the Month: I visited some incredible restaurants this month and I really enjoyed the celebration of Sakura at one of my favourite restaurants Sake No Hana. Other highlights were lunch at the The Ivy Chelsea Market with Kelly and trying the healthy set menu at Coya with Felicia (who’s review you can read here).

Here’s some #dessertporn from those meals:

Events: May was rather more eventful than April and I loved seeing Catherine, Mina and Jasiminne at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party for Chelsea in Bloom. I popped back the next day to take some pics of the gorgeous displays decorating the shop fronts around Sloane Square and Duke of York Square.

I was a tourist in my own city and enjoyed two luxury walking tours both of which were in my home postcode of SW1. The Macarons and Mews Tour and the Crafting London Tour allowed me to learn more about my local area as well as the history of a few luxury producers.

One of the highlights of the month was the very brilliant London Bloggers’ Picnic organised by Aftab of Fresh and Fearless. Think thirty bloggers (and Mr S), a huge haul of cupcakes, cheesecake and prosecco and lots of of happy faces. It was an incredibly well-organised event with goodie bags, prizes and gifts and it was lovely to see so many bloggers that I already knew as well as meet some new faces.

Travels: I wrote so many posts about South Africa that I was still finishing them off in May! Check out my stay at Singita Lembombo and my first and second Safari there. I also stayed at Singita Boulders and it was the best hotel that I’ve ever stayed in and included some more wonderful animal spotting.

I had a great British Bank Holiday in Bath staying at the Royal Crescent hotel which included food, wine, more food and rain…all the usual ingredients to a standard BH.

And of course I had a glorious three days in sunny Rome staying at the Hotel Eden and a dinner at Aroma. There will be lots more posts on that next month.

Also coming up in June, I was very excited to be asked on a press trip, it’s rather special so I’ll keep a surprise for now!

Blog Love: 

This month feeding my food envy were Honey, who visited one of London’s most photogenic restaurants Bob Bob Ricard, and Andrea who showed her readers incredible pizzas at Homeslice. Emily and Zoe wrote carnivorous posts on the meaty marvel that is the new Maze Grill in Chelsea. While Sophie’s #foodporn came in the form of amazing-looking Oreo Cupcakes.

Feeding my wanderlust were Kelly and her luxe weekend in Marrakech, staying at one of my dream hotels, Mamounia. Suze had an idyllic and relaxing weekend in Jersey while Polly had a gorgeous romantic getaway in Oman.

I love Jaime’s sensitive and self-reflexive posts about blogging; one on not having a blogging niche and the other about revealing too much of your personal life when blogging.

For fab food envy check out Miho’s Instagram…if only we all had a husband who could make perfect macarons?

That’s it for a marvellous May and rather fittingly, this was my 300th blog post! As usual lots to look forward to it June, at least three blogger meet ups, my surprise trip, Taste of London and so much food in the capital.

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