chasing sunrises

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beating intermittently grey London

photo assistance SHY DESAI in collaboration with FAIRFAX & FAVOR
location DOWNTOWN KISSIMMEE, FLORIDA

Hello from Florida! If you’ve been following along on any of the social feeds, you probably found little glimpses of my childhood. A place considered the “happiest place on earth” can easily be dubbed into the “most boring place on earth.” Since I was going to be spending a good amount of time here before heading back to properly enjoy summer in London and throw myself in some travel (read: project deadlines), I thought why not make the most of it. The continual sunshine is something that I don’t really get to enjoy in intermittently grey London.

I headed out one morning to Downtown Kissimmee, where I used to trek in my youth for weekly piano lessons and subsequent scolding from my very Italian teacher for having fingernails that grew too fast. The intense humidity was something I easily looked past unfortunately. Surprisingly I found myself ensconced under the pungent sunlight.
 

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#highmaintenance

If I’m honest, it’s difficult to remember the last time I wore a floral-linenesque summer dress with boots. Didn’t seem practical for the Florida summer, but I wanted to go the festival route. Not that you would ever really find me at one #highmaintenance. My site archives and a few dodgy search terms on the internet might land you some understanding that I err on the side of simple. Though with the height of music festivals (I did watch We Are Your Friends to do a bit of research), combining winter, spring and summer staples seemed appropriate. Cue my Fairfax & Favor boots.

Little did I know that London has a huge influence on my wardrobe choice until I arrived. Easily reaching for my black Topshop trousers and a white tee, I wanted to forgo the choices from the cute dresses I had hanging in my childhood room’s wardrobe. So I decided to grab this dress from the back of that wardrobe, stick on my pair of Athena boots that I conveniently had in my suitcase, roll around on the bed battling jet lag/“styling” my hair and call that my festival look.
 

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what I wore

When you’re trying to apply your London style to this summer weather whilst playing with re-adaptations of your former wardrobe, the solution is coming up with a festival look. See how I strung together every single styling thought going through my head?

Makeup, styled hair and accessories is entirely impermissible, really-it’s just too damn humid yet fits that festival flair we’re aiming for.

dress MONSOON boots C/O FAIRFAX & FAVOR sunnies C/O BODEN jewelry C/O J. LAUREN
nails BRYNN c/o ZOYA lips AMAZING GRACE c/o CHARLOTTE TILBURY
 

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a birthday note

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thank you

There’s always that moment when I wake up on each birthday, that feeling of expectation, hope and discomfort all in one. Each year I place the 17th of May on a pedestal in hopes for the very best.

Each year is exceptional, the warmth and love that pours in keeps me tingling inside that inevitably paints a smile on my face.

To my dearest family, friends, clients, colleagues, partners and sponsors— you shook my world. This silence brought by contented tears is seldom and what a blessing it is to know each and every one of you. Many thanks for all the birthday wishes and a special warm thank you to my family for making this year unforgettable. Love and kisses, S.

dress by NAVEN
 

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dickens coffee & tea room

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sweet offerings

It was only recently did I notice that a lot of my blog friends were new or soon-to-be mommies. There’s that compassion for family that brings us together, and as you know from following c&é, I’m extremely close to my own. The thought of motherhood scares me as I’m still in the climbing phase of self-growth. That’s not to say that in the future, I hope to have my very own offsprings.

My mother has instilled the very best she could in me. Providing me with opportunities that she was limited from, helping me overcome the obstacles that she knew I’d meet, a protective bubble that didn’t dare to hold me back from a single thing. I honestly feel (a bit sappy writing thing, but) blessed to have such a prominent woman standing right behind me with just a subtle push of encouragement. To be fair, I don’t think my words today are doing justice…

It was natural that I wanted to treat my mom for {American} mother’s day and her birthday. We have this mother-daughter tradition to do afternoon tea wherever we travel together. The last one we did was in Edinburgh, and it was a beautiful experience. I was a bit skeptical about visiting a local tea room, until I was told by a few that it was a sweet, little place.
 

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and on that day…

The door was wide open, exceptionally inviting, and the moment I walked in it was as if I was in the English countryside. Each table with its mismatched crockery and a few gilded details. There were teapots and sugar cubes and lots of mismatched florals.

The three-tiers of absolutely perfection came out and though we knew we should have started with the sandwiches, we cheekily went for the mini-homemade pastries. As my mom contemplated her next move, I made a dive for the scones and generously applied cream and jam, sharing one-half with her {in the end she joyfully had 3 halves}.

We washed down the last bits of our three-tiers with earl grey with notes of jasmine {and extra dollop of milk for me, please} and then made our way back home whilst reminiscing about our afternoon in Edinburgh…
 

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3801 W Lake Mary Blvd #171
Lake Mary, Florida 32746
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sweet potato power salad

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strangers as friends

Yesterday, I flew from London to home in Orlando, Florida. I’m here for a bit of work and play. Firstly, I have to sort out a few business related things #paperwork. Secondly, I have to clear out my room because I am officially completely moved out of my parents’. Tomorrow is when I embark on cleaning out my room and I know it’s going to be full of so many memories. I probably won’t be able to cope.

On the flight over I sat close to an older man. I could see his computer screen in the distant, which included elaborate charts and graphs. I didn’t really understand them and should be snooping either. I’m a bit restless on long-haul flights and need to walk around every so often. As everyone around me snoozed, he was working {as was I}. Our eyes met a few times and soon I struck up a conversation.
 

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a piece of me…

He was a maths professor teaching at Imperial. He was visiting his 94 year old cousin in Atlanta and was going down to Ft. Meyers a few days later to visit his niece. He doesn’t have siblings nor a wife, so this was his closest family. He was excited to get out of London for a bit, but already had too many obligations at home to keep him completely emancipated during the holiday. I think he was left handed {as am I}.

We ended up talking for the last fourth of the flight. I told him how I was visiting my parents and brother, meeting the new family kitty. Shared my passions in history, travel and fashion. We gossiped about one of the air hostess who was shamelessly flirting with a married passenger as we nibbled on some cheese and sipped on orange juice.

On the ride home with my brother, he asked if I sat close to anyone interesting. I enthusiastically told him about my conversations, but realized I never knew his name. Looking back, I {always a chatty cathy} usually develop a bond with my travel neighbor, I become so engulfed and know so much about their life—except the essentials. It’s like I confide with a stranger, open up about things my closest friends may not necessarily know and then we say goodbye and a piece of me will remain with them forever…
 

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this recipe

Nothing to do with the narrative above. It’s just something I’ve been thinking about over and over again. Sweet potato and beetroot combination is something that is fit for autumn, but my days recently have been long and a bit nebulous. I won’t know if I’m coming home at 8pm or 12am and am looking for ways to keep myself healthy and sustained. It’s that perfect combination of sweet and salty, nutty and earthy. And don’t throw away the beetroot stems, just sauté them with lemon and rosemary. PS – I also added some sunflower seeds to the mix because I needed to do a bit of pantry tidying.
 

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3 places to eat in london

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eat, drink and be merry

If you follow me on snapchat (ID: chevronseclairs), you will find that among all the rubble of strategy sheets, late night work sessions, random dance party break outs and lots of questionably seductive selfies, I like to indulge. Between #tipsysnaps and live selfies of me eating my food, you’ll know that I’m one for a good time. Since days are quite intense with a start-up, I try to treat myself every now and then. What I love about living in London is that you will never exhaust your list of places to go eat, hang and drink. Locals and tourists alike will visit the same institutions and pop-ups are always coming about. So I thought I would make a regular feature here of sharing some places I like to eat in London and around the world (as I have a few months of exciting travel coming up)!
 

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Breakfast at The Orangery

I got off the tube at Notting Hill and started to make my way towards the Kensington Palace Gardens. If you’re not familiar, think gorgeous Victorian like houses and lots and lots of green! Walking down embassy row reminded me of the days I lived in DC, and just at the end the gates open up to the most majestic part of the park. There are swans in the lake in the distant and even in the grey gloom were topiaries perfectly trimmed and aligned. Entering the space opens up to any blogger’s dream (read: white walls, intricate details, pops of greenery). I joined 6 other girls for an early weekday brekkie and it was a nice change of pace from the normal wakeup-gym-desk routine.

We ordered everything off the menu and shared plates. If I went back I would naturally go for the waffles again with caramelized apples and dollop of ice cream on top. I mean it’s calcium, right? The hollandaise on the eggs had a beautiful hint of orange zest that tickled the back of my buds. Be sure to ask for your latte to be extra hot so it doesn’t get cold as you busy yourself taking shameless amounts of instagrams.
 
Kensington Palace
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London, W8 4PX
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Hubbard & Bell’s Sunday Feast

There are three times I like to indulge: after a few long days of travel, post-apocalyptic influenza and #hungover. Hubbard and Bell seems to be one of those “healthy” indulgent options. Packed with the highest quality food, the coolest vibes and lots of options. Not your standard Sunday Feast with wagyu beef, fresh cuts of avocado and oysters to go around.

The restaurant is nestled in the back of The Hoxton hotel in Holborn. It’s cool, chic and the vibes are always suave. I hit the bloody mary menu hard after gulping down a guilt-less green juice to balance things out. This place, naturally, makes for good Instagram content too, so I’ve got you covered there if you’re too concerned. It’s every Sunday, endless eats, and sometime you will spot a famous person or two! (Pro tip: save room for dessert[s].)

199-206 High Holborn
London, WC1V 7BW
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Refinery Bar’s Reef, Beef & Bubbles

It’s no joke that living and enjoying a life in London is rough on the wallet. I’ll go anywhere between spending £10 a week to blowing £100 in a matter of 5 minutes. When it comes to good and quality food in the city, you do have to search high and low for it to fit the bank. Recently, I discovered Refinery Bar at Regents Place. An off the beaten path gem, but totally worth it. I like to find places that have a strong ambiance, so it wasn’t surprising that I fell in love with this place. Lots of cozy seating in the warehouse-like restaurant. A girlfriend and I started our epic Saturday night here.

Every Saturday Refinery Bar has a special offer starting at 5pm. £20 for surf and turf accompanied by bubbles. Hard to miss and let’s reiterate that it’s always a great start to an epic Saturday night.

5 Brock Street
Regents Place
London NW1 3FG
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