gin tasting with mr. fogg’s

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an afternoon for two

Saturday afternoon, the sun was out, tourists flourishing and it felt like autumn was officially here. Sofiya and I hadn’t really gotten to hang out just the two of us in a while, so a little tipple and a bit of play was something we were looking forward to. We made it out to Covent Garden to Mr. Fogg’s Tavern, a proper cozy pub that hosted hunting from the ceilings making it extra inviting, extra casual and perfect for an afternoon. We were greeted up to the Gin Parlour that was nestled atop the tavern. It was a warm space perfecting for lounging, gossiping and overlooked a busy street with its double-glazed windows. We were in for a gin tasting and an afternoon tea.

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c&é was a guest of Mr. Fogg’s, but all opinions are my own.
 

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how to taste gin like a pro

– Cleanse your palette and nose. This can be done by simply smelling some coffee beans and avoiding eating anything strong in flavors like garlic and spices.
– A stemmed copita glass works the best when it comes to tasting. It allows the gin to aerate and the thin layer of the glass enables the aromas to percolate up so you’re able to explore the various notes.
– Make sure the gin is at room temperature and avoid adding any garnish or ice when tasting it. A proper raw gin, at 21-23 Celsius, will make it easier for you to see and smell the gin.
– Spin the gin gently in the coppita for a minute. This will allow the aromas to release and then gently bring the glass up to your nose and take a very gentle sniff.
– Your initial reaction should answer if the gin is sharp? Fresh? Sweet? Spicy?
– Once your nose has gotten a reaction to the gin, it’s time to taste! Hold the gin on your tongue for a moment. Once you note what you taste then move it around your mouth. Does the flavor alter a bit? Then swallow and note if there are new flavors or after tastes?

 

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what I wore

jacket c/o BODEN sweater COS dress ANTHROPOLOGIE heels c/o BODEN purse TED BAKER
lipstick AMAZING GRACE BY CHARLOTTE TILBURY

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In the heart of central London, Mr. Fogg’s Tavern and Gin Parlour hosts a G+Tea every Saturday. Very similar to a high tea, each session include a gin tasting sampling a few from their selection of 300. With quality libations come good food and a selection of Victorian sweets and savories will not disappoint. It’s a grand, exciting and enjoyable affair for anyone. You can book your Gin safari here! Or follow them on Instagram or Facebook.
 

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the girls by emma cline

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cult following

I went to a grade school that was filled with girls who all had the same length blond hair, blue eyes and the longest legs you ever did see that paired so well with their equally long, naturally sculpted torsos. It was a bit of bizarre to enter the school, holding my little brother’s hand, with a completely different background and look. Though no where near what Cline explained in her novel, but the perspective of coming into a new school where the girls had the same intentions, interests, mannerisms was a bit bizarre to me as they were all triggered and prompted by usually the same thing.

Cue in the second chapter of Cline’s novel, a story about a cult of girls and a one man’s ability to control them. Set in the late 1960’s of a Californian commune, a group of girls are victim to a man who so conveniently reminds you of Charles Manson. His ability to dictate the mental and physical actions of the girls lead them to commit a murder.

character seesawing

Though the male characters play a major role in the development of the plot, it’s actually the psychological perspective of the girls’ interactions that make for the novel almost impossible to put down. Their shifting natures the dynamics of the Cult leader’s periphery challenges and thickens the plot.

It’s scary to think that cults like this existed and actually exist today. We see charismatic sociopaths on the streets of any village, town or city-questioning their moral ambiguity. It makes you think that all people are complicated, but who is going to take it to a capacity that is deemed dangerous? It reminds me of what my mother has to say that in the time of difficulty, anyone can just tick the wrong way and go down a path without the proper guidance.
 

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the want, the need

Desire is a drug that takes control of us without even noticing. We’re constantly seeking attention, wanting something new the replace the old, the need never ends. “So much of desire, at that age, was a willful act,” she writes. “Trying hard to slur the rough, disappointing edges of boys into the shape of someone we could love.” A family divorce left the main character lusting for attention, “I was so attuned to attention,” she remembers. “I dressed to provoke love, tugging my neckline lower, settling a wistful stare on my face whenever I went out in public that implied many deep and promising thoughts, should anybody happen to glance over.”

The static movement of time going from current day to the past of Evie, the main character, was an enticing glimpse of the development and the subsequent repercussions on human behavior. A very fascinating and suspenseful thriller that you will not be able to put down.
 

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finding balance

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you’re the only one

If you ask anyone I know from family members, former classmates and colleagues, my relentless work ethic is something that might be admirable though borderline dangerous. There have been many sleepless nights in my life that I’m not too proud of. I’ve pushed myself to the extreme, which has negatively impacted my health and the integrity of my work. It was only about 8 months ago did I made a vow to incorporate new habits into my life that eases me into a more balanced lifestyle.

Before we dive in, I think it’s important to define what it means to live a ‘balanced’ life as everyone’s circumstances and priorities are different. With that said, as your life evolves over time, be sure to continue to change your definition. In December, I realized that my life was becoming a lot more stable than what it was in the past. I wasn’t moving from state-to-state or to a different country as often, my work load was consistent, my days were scheduled by myself too—I was in full control. So for me, achieving a ‘balanced life’ meant to be able to walk away from my work and focus on things that made me happy and enhanced my well-being…
 

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disconnect

We are all victim to our mobile devices and it’s easy to get drawn into the Facebook shenanigans, but it’s very important to switch off your tech devices. Consider the process of being able to switch everything off as part of the meditative process. I try to practice this 3 nights a week where I switch everything off at 9pm and focus on things like reading or just spending time with my flatmates or friends.

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say no

When I moved to London I was a serial “yes” sayer. I would agree to everything and even double book myself on purpose and try to make both events. The reason I would do this was to keep myself from missing home and after being idle so long, I wanted to go out and do something fun in my new city! This was exhausting and I found myself doing more things for others than myself.

your health

This is a bit easier for me to do since I’ve yet to have a family of my own, but looking after my own health has been a blessing. I got severely sick back in March from overworking myself. That was the first time that I had intentionally made myself sick and it scared me. Since then, I take time to eat without working and sleep more than just a few hours a night coupled with a healthy diet and a fun fitness regimen, it has done wonders. You can find my fitness routines on Snapchat ID: chevronseclairs.
 

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solo time

I mention the importance of solo time so much and almost in every lifestyle post. It’s true, a bit of alone time helps reduce stress/anxiety, encourage creativity, and gives you time to meditate, read, write, sketch and engage your hobbies. Stopping all the thoughts in your head is the best gift you can give yourself, trust me. I’ve been loving my escapes to the countryside and took this one to Wiltshire’s luxury hotel, Bishopstrow Hotel for the very reason to get alone time.

support

Spending quality time with friends and family, date night with the significant other, and evenings with the girlfriends are all something I try to prioritize as much as possible. Especially because my business goes through cycles of long periods of a hectic schedule and short periods of ease. Along with that, with life changes and experiences bring all sorts of people in and out of your life. Living in DC, New York City and now London, I’ve met some very interesting people. This sounds ruthless, but I continue to edit my life and relationships and tend to get rid of unsupportive people, whiners, people with poor attitudes and people who can’t provide anything meaningful to my life. Those people, in turn, will bring you down and suck your soul dry.
 

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treat yourself

With each paycheck I usually split it three ways to spend on everyday necessities, to put into my savings, and a travel bank. Treating yourself is the ultimate form of “balance” in my book and a nice holiday every once in a while is incredibly therapeutic.

chevrons & éclairs was a guest at Bishopstrow Hotel, but all opinions are my own.
 

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a weekend in Amsterdam

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cycles, canals, completely swept away

There’s always that odd feeling in my stomach when I leave London. That mix of “I’m missing something” and “I’m not sure I can afford the time to take this trip.” It was when we arrived to the city, did the heavens part of their grey skies and open up a sun that never left our side that I knew it was time to let my city-stressed shoulders relax. It was a quick trip, one that is perfect for a European city break or even a layover. So get your passports ready for a stamp from the Netherlands…!

what I wore

shirt dress c/o BODEN shoes SUPERGA purse c/o BODEN sunglasses c/o BODEN earrings c/o J.LAUREN
leggings LULULEMON collarless shirt c/o BODEN flats CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA
 

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day one

Our flight arrived mid-morning and by the time we had sorted all our things it was early afternoon. We checked into the brand new and absolutely gorgeous Hotel V Fizeaustraat. The lobby greeted us with warm smiles and the service unparalleled. The space was a combination of industrial elements and human-sized terrariums that allowed for organic and comforting vibes.

We freshened up and made our way to Museumplein. After perusing Van Gogh Museum we decided to grab a coffee and sit on the greens of Vondelpark and people watch. I was traveling with a girlfriend, which meant lots of gossiping and sharing trade secrets.
 

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day one, continued…

After the afternoon sun was replaced with a slow setting sunset, we casually strolled around the area and walked over to Moeder’s for dinner. Moeder’s had a very comforting vibe like you were at your mum’s house in the kitchen just waiting for her to bring over a large pot of warmth and goodness. We absolutely loved the Suddervlees, the soft meat just subtly spiced with whole cloves served alongside potatoes and apple sweetened red cabbage. And at the very end, we decided to share the trip dessert with sugary pancakes, a dutch whipped yoghurt parfait and speculaas ice cream.
 

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day two

We started with an incredible 2-course breakfast with Hotel V and bottomless Bocca coffee {a must when you visit Amsterdam}. We ventured out to Keizersgracht and took in all the views from each bridge above the canals and walked towards to the Bloemenmarkt, the flower market. Filled with little tulip bulbs and quite an inventory sunflowers and lavender. We weren’t too hungry, but craved a cheeky treat and thus came Van Steple right in our path. The indulgent double chocolate cookies were warm, soft, chewy and everything you would imagine. And then walked along the shopping district before we hopped on a canal cruise to take us through Prinsengracht and Jordaan—easily my favorite neighborhoods to Amsterdam as they are the most picturesque and historical with its quaint cafes and homes.
 

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We headed to Lotti’s Diner for dinner—and just like any Soho House establishment, we entered into this cozy sanctuary. Seated in a wooden oasis that was naturally lit by a skylight, the plush velvet cushions and lots of casual glances at the people surrounding us—it’s what we needed after a long day of touristing. We ordered the grilled octopus and tuna tartare to start, which was a humble brag for the beautiful sea bass and steak that followed after. The show stopper were the cocktails though, just rightfully blended with the freshest ingredients allowing you to taste each layer of what our sips entailed.
 

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day three

After our last breakfast with Hotel V Fizeaustraat, we headed straight to De Wellen and decided to do a bit of shopping at Nunc, Wind Amsterdam, Søstrene Grenes and Bonbon Boutique. They all had little bits for yourself and the home with just a touch of Dutch flair! In De Wellen, we spent the rest of the time people watching on bridges, grabbing drinks and perusing the little shops for souvenirs before heading to the airport.

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A very special thanks to Hotel V, Soho House’s Lotti’s, and Moeder’s for making this collaboration possible!
 

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three office uniforms

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the outfit equation

in collaboration with Boden special thanks to Leena Zahra

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but life has been a bit on the hectic side lately. With fashion month starting very, very shortly, the team has been putting together proposals, implementing the execution phase of projects and trying to meet deadlines. Mornings are earlier and evenings push well passed the evening sun. With mental and physical exhaustion in peak, my alarm snooze button has been getting quite the workout. And with mornings where my HIIT routines are replaced with rushing to get to the office, I thought I would share 3 fail-safe outfit equations with you that get me through hectic, last-minute mornings.

The ‘outfit equation’ is a sartorial representation of a standard outfit expressed through a formulae and results in an impossibly chic outfit. Confused? Let’s get started…
 

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shift dress + heels + all-day purse = day to night

I think this is my favorite combination and I tend to wear it when I have early morning meetings and then dinners that go into the evenings. I prefer a more cotton blend dress because it’s breathable and more comfortable against my skin. Cotton tends to hold it’s shape a lot better than other materials too, so you won’t have the problem of looking worn down by the end of the day. Pair the dress with a comfortable heel and a purse that is big enough for all your things and small enough to not look like you’re lugging around a suitcase!

dress c/o BODEN heels c/o BODEN purse c/o BODEN sunglasses c/o BODEN

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textured pencil skirt + bold cashmere jumper = exciting classics

A pencil skirt outfit has the high risk of looking plain, especially in workwear. I prefer to go for a textured material along the lines of tweed. This adds some dimension to color and can help hide problem areas too! Pair with a bright hued cashmere jumper for a luxe look and the bold color will help you bring color to a 9-to-5 setting. Since pencil skirts can be a bit limiting, I like to pair them with a kitten heel for a little extra comfort.

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bold tailored trousers + shirt + statement heel = the conservative client

My job requires me to meet all types of people from distinct backgrounds. With some of my more conservative clients, I prefer to wear tailored trousers. Go for something in a dark, powerful color like burgundy and pair it with a shirt. Instead of a standard collared shirt, I went for a collarless shirt with a subtle bib detail for a more feminine look. Top off the outfit with a statement heel that brings it all ‘chic-fully’ together.

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