solo citybreak to ston easton

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alone alas

It wasn’t until that Monday morning did I realize I needed this trip back to the countryside, but this time on my own. Pressure has been building up in every corner as we’ve been taking up multiple high risk projects. I needed a place to get away from everyone and everything just for a night. I needed 8-hours of uninterrupted sleep, a bubble bath, a bit of pampering, someone to cook for me and no one to bother me. Just me, a novel and fluffy robe.

The train ride over to Bath Spa was not a new thing for me as I was just there few months before for a little city break to explore the gorgeous Roman ruins. It was that 30 minute drive outside of Bath that was very new. As my Uber ventured out, small buildings and houses were replaced with pastures and sheep. My mobile data started to lose grip of civilization and pretty soon I was entering a stone road towards a grand building. As we entered a charming chocolate cocker spaniel greeted me at the reception and soon I was taken up to my room.
 

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the sanctuary

Upon entering, it was just what I would have imagined with the silk tassel trimmed four-poster bed, velvet cushions and views of greens and pastures. First things first, I decided to look for wifi to connect to the other side of the world. When my devices were unable to properly connect, I knew I was going to have to take full advantage of this time off. I didn’t complain, just closed my eyes and exhaled. Once I made the room completely mine, I decided to change my shoes and made my way downstairs to get a map of the beautiful gardens and trails that surrounded Ston Easton.

I walked out the door, took a left and started following a trail. I had zero plans, only a slight understanding as to where I was going and the disbelief that I was completely free from all that was going on in London. The air smelt of… “nature.” The dewy grass and the pungent smell of soils and dirt. In the distance, you can hear the water trickling from the River Norr. My walked lined of wildflowers much like the ones I saw in the bouquet in my room. The winding trails landed me in the gardens of Ston Easton that lined with green houses. From vegetables and fruits to flourishing herbs, I grabbed a little tomato that pitied for a bit of attention and it was the freshest, most juicy one I’ve had.
 

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the wild flowers

The floral maze with sporadic sunshine trickling through the leaves and petals just opposite of the greenhouses coughed me up in front of the entrance of Ston Easton. I made my way back up the room, washed up and lounged in my room with a cup of tea just before it was time for dinner.

Dinner was as what you would imagine. Starting with a glass of champagne, we went from course-after-course seamlessly. Starting with the bleu cheese panna cotta that accompanied purees and jellies that played the game of texture much too well. Followed by the local lamb cooked to perfection, and finally a bavarois for dessert that tickled the flavors of espresso, chocolate and strawberries. Ending with a glass of port, I headed up to my room for a little soak and then off to bed.
 

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the sorrel restaurant

Providing to non-residents and guests of the estate, the restaurant is set just on the edges of its own gardens. The Georgian oak-paneled restaurant holds a few private dining rooms to cater to you and a plus one or even a party of more than a few. Head Chef Martin Baker creates gastronomic magic in the kitchen with subtly modernizing traditional dishes.

To book a table in our restaurant, please call +44 (0)1761 241631 or email reception@stoneaston.co.uk.
 

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ideal mornings

Waking up the next morning was a real treat. Between the cracks of the shutters, sunshine was poking through eager to get my attention. And when I woke, 8 hours later, I had the view of country cows grazing on the front lawns of the estate with rolling hills in the background and not a single cloud in the sky. What a gorgeous view for a city girl like myself. I drank a cup of coffee by the window and then got ready for breakfast, a bit of morning work, some magazine perusing and then an exceptional afternoon tea. At the end, I was ready to leave though sad to leave the sanctuary that is Ston Easton. And just like that it was a place of the past and something to look forward to for a future stay…
 

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moments of summer

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I needed this.

It’s been a while since I’ve given you a proper update on things going on my life, huh? Many of you keep up with me via snapchat and you’re able to get a good glimpse into my days {and nights #DesaiAfterDark}. To be completely honest, summer has been such a whirlwind. Earlier this season I was in Florida visiting my family and getting some work things sorted. Coming back I had a series of major deadlines I need to get through and then came the expansion of the business, revisiting goals, and blueprinting our plans for the future. Since then I’ve decided I need to stop working on the weekends because it was having a toll on my well-being. Things were under control and I couldn’t do anything more. So weekends that were usually spent sitting at my desk were replaced with days in the park sipping pimms and evenings out with my friends dancing all night. I’m truly embracing life.
 

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sunday-ing in style

There have been leisurely Sunday mornings with some gentle tunes in the background whilst eating breakfast in bed and flipping through the latest issue of Vogue. I’ve found myself seeking inspiration in ways that are not Pinterest to fully understand recent themes and trends. Sunday’s have also been for taking long, long walks and ending in a bodega for an early dinner. UberEats have become a late night treat with their treats from Snog (salted caramel, strawberries and gluten free brownies, please)!

coffee dates

You may have noticed on Instagram that I’ve been hopping from one car to another meeting with readers, friends or just taking a newspaper with me. I’ve built quite an arsenal of favorite cafes to visit and to name a few: Monocle Cafe for the iced latte, Palm Vaults for the velvet pink latte and Fink’s Salt & Sweet for the sweet treats and Insta-content.
 

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beauty things

My summer routines are always very simple. Tinted moisturizers and multiple layers of mascara with a touch of bronzer on the cheek, that’s about it. Here are a few things I’ve been loving lately:

ThisWorks perfect legs skin miracle is great to add just a tad of color to your legs whilst pampering them with all the lovely ingredients in it. Yes, brown girls also have #PaleLegProblems. My legs look incredibly healthy and lightly shimmery.

Avéne Cleanance is something I was forced to get because my daily Avéne cleanser was sold out, but I think this was a happy accident. Never have I ever washed my face and I can actually see the dirt in the water! It doesn’t strip your face of all the healthy oils and can remove all dirt and makeup pretty easily in one wash.

I’ve been adding a drop or two of sweet orange essential oil to my moisturizer in the morning and it has done wonders with brightening my face. People have actually noticed a difference after just doing it for 1 week.

Benefit is a brand that I’m completely a virgin to. I needed to pick up concealer and decided to go for the bo•ing concealer, which is “industrial strength” and the girl meets pearl liquid highlighter and I am completely in LOVE. Nothing feels cake-y and a little goes a long way for both products. I just add the highlighter to the top of my cheekbones and sometimes add a bit in my foundation for a dewey look for an alfresco dinner.

CocoWhite was actually sent over to me to try out. I wasn’t really sure how I felt about swishing around coconut oil in my mouth for 15 minutes a day. After a close examination of my teeth, I noticed that my teeth were becoming way too acclimatized to the British tea culture. I decided to try it out and saw a significant difference in just two days! The coconut oil comes in different flavors and the mint version was quite refreshing.

Zoya sent over a few lipsticks. After wearing their darker hues all through winter, I was hesitant to try out the brighter colors because I like to go with my natural palette. Both of Zoya’s Mellie and Candy have been in rotation this summer though. The pinks are pungent, matte and very moisturizing! I actually got quite a few compliments on my lips on snapchat too #WinkyFace. I love wearing it when I don’t want to wear much of eye makeup.

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So, tell me, what’s going on with you this summer? Done anything exciting or discover anything new?

secret life

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exposing secrets through sartorial selection

styling & direction CHEVRONS & ÉCLAIRS in collaboration with J.LAUREN
assistance from MONICA PADAM and HEATHER FOLLAS

I had high hopes for this blog post. One that included a floral piece juxtaposed with the more modern jewels you see here. J.Lauren pieces with hints of turquoise and rose gold against something in white and edged up with blue floral hues, and a bit of off the shoulder action. I decided to workout my arms and back so the bare top provided something appealing to look at since caloric consumption has been rather high these days with night outs and ticking off one restaurant after another on my gastronomic bucket list.

Going through rack after rack in various shops on Oxford Street and then to Regents Street, trying one dress after another, I found that florals weren’t really working for me anymore. People, I think I’m growing out the stage that are cute floral dresses that I so absolutely loved once upon a time. They were for the conservative, prepped nails, tea-sipping, pinky out type of women in my mind. I know I talk about my style evolution a lot lately, but I feel as if I’ve become a loose cannon as of recently. Taking risks {some stories I dare not share here} and enjoying the late summer weekend nights among the dance floors of various private members’ clubs, my friends ever so accurately decided to label any and all of our plans with #DesaiAfterDark. The work hard and play hard mantra has definitely been executed to the max.

With that said, I decided to go for something “more daring” to match this party girl spirit that has recently {re}ignited. The off the shoulder, light blue hued, gentle silhouette is something that plays on the romantic theme of what we’re used to seeing on the pages of c&é. Look a little further, it’s a jumpsuit, in shorts form. There you have it, ladies and a few gentlemen, bringing out this secret life that I share only on snapchat and expressing it through my wardrobe choice.*

*Shorts have never been worn on this blog. Go through the posts, I dare you.
 

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jumpsuit dress ZARA flats c/o BODEN necklaces & earrings c/o J.LAUREN nail polish LEIA c/o ZOYA NAIL POLISH
lipstick AMAZING GRACE c/o CHARLOTTE TILBURY

red lentil daal

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indian wife status

I’m at the age where every Indian-Persian-Arab parent becomes noticeably worried about my marital status and the potentiality of having a “life partner.” It’s difficult when the best years of your life coincide with these daunting looks and questions. I’m in my prime, running a business, living in one of the most incredible city in the world-there needs to be something they can deduce from that? No.

Anyways, the reason why I bring this up is because my cooking skills tend to feed the fact that I would make for an amazing housewife {no pun intended}. My parents almost monopolize on that single fact about me when speaking to others in the community. And though my parents are not too fussed about me changing my Facebook status from “baller” to “married,” it does seem that the family pressures extend to them too.

I’m sharing this rant, albeit rather limited, because I know posting this recipe will bring on the flocks of aunties who have eligible sons. In reality, I wanted to share this recipe because I tend to make it every few weeks. It’s wholesome, healthy and a very simple one-pot meal. Recently, I started using the Perfectly Pure Extra Virgin coconut oil instead of vegetable oil because I hear it is the best to cook with since coconut oil can withstand really high heat. This helps prevent your curries and daals from forming an oily base, if that makes any sense? The flavor is mild and won’t drastically change your dish except making it more healthy.
 

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luxury escape to Rushton Hall

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see a new land…

We got on a train from St. Pancras International, a little secluded area of the station that wasn’t bustling like the other parts-just perched in one corner with a sweet cafe by its side. We grabbed a baguette and green juice for the ride over and by the time lunch was consumed, we were in Kettering. Whenever I get off at any station in the UK, I get worried that I’ve entered a horror film as everything is so… dare I say creepy?

Alas, we got a taxi and made our way to the Rushton Hall-a mere 15 minute drive away from the concrete and city exhaust. On the drive over highway paved roads, building scenes were replaced with lush greens, the noise of horses galloping and a small village that seemed misplaced in time. The gates opened and we drove up to a magnificent building and it was as if it was waiting there just for us.

Greeted by the bellman and subsequently helped to the Duke’s room, we had a little corner of the mansion to ourselves. Solely ours with a 4-poster bed and clawfoot bathtub. There was light coming from every window that entertained scenes of greenery and nothing else. It was like we were all alone, no one else, and that’s just what we needed.
 

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Rushton Hall

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engaged with luxury

Through hallways with red carpets and corners adorned with paintings, we made our way to the spa. My toes were excited to hit the bottom of a pool and then relax in the outdoor jacuzzi that was encased with gardens and birds’ singing. It was a sanctuary.

After an afternoon spent reading in a nook of our room, I got ready with the afternoon sun and right with the sun had set the golden drape unleashed a whole new feeling and atmosphere that surrounded Rushton Hall and its gardens. With a champagne in hand we decided it was time to make our way to the great hall that inspired many Charles Dickens’ stories. Who knew the dining experience in Kettering offered such an innovative flavor combinations, we were completely spoilt. Course-after-course then some petit fours accompanied with a glass of cheeky port, it was all too good to be true.
 

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In reality…

The best was yet to come. We headed back to the Duke’s room. I kicked off my heels and transitioned into my robe quite easily and made way to the bath. The room was perfumed with roses and a slight musk as the hot bath was close to ready. I felt as if, for once, there was nothing in the world that I needed to think or worry about. Closed eyes, fingers flirting with the water, steam strolling up my nose, it’s what bliss felt like…

Special thanks to Rushton Hall for the stay and Chef Adrian Coulthard for the dinner. As always, all views and narratives are my own. To book your luxury countryside escape in Kettering, be sure to visit Rushton Hall.
 

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what I wore

swimsuit BOOHOO via ASOS skirt H&M top c/o BODEN scarf c/o ASPINAL OF LONDON shoes SUPERGA purse c/o BODEN trench H&M sunglasses c/o BODEN nails HANNA c/o ZOYA lips AMAZING GRACE c/o CHARLOTTE TILBURY earrings c/o J.LAUREN
 

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