a staycation in Mayfair

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Since a lot of you enjoyed my East London staycation, I thought I would share another one! Not sure if you’ve noticed on Instagram or Stories, but I tend to hang out in Mayfair quite a bit and that is only because of work really and sometimes play too. For those of you who don’t know, Mayfair is in the West End of London sitting on the east edge of Hyde Park. Quite an affluent area where you find a lot of London’s oldest private members’ clubs and Michelin star restaurants. It was once a place where British aristocracy resided, but with its decline much of the residential bit has become rather commercial.

With that said, I haven’t been able to enjoy Mayfair outside of nightclubs and work, so my mummy and I decided to pack our bags on her last few days in London and head out there for a gorgeous, luxurious staycation!

what I wore

blouse H&M skirt ANN TAYLOR flats ASOS sunnies KATE SPADE purse c/o BODEN
 

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friday • 2pm • check-into 9 Hertford Street

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Right off the tube at Green Park and onto a very busy street, I think my mom was a bit overwhelmed by all the city chaos-all inevitable of course. We headed towards Hertford street. Just a few blocks away from the station, but the secluded silent street had all of a sudden become so wonderfully residential. Cafes just down the street, a grocery store few minutes walk and then a big beautiful door entrance and we were in a lobby adorned with beautiful artwork and the faintest sunlight trickling in.

Aude sorted us out in our flat at 9 Hertford Street, yes flat and not a room. It was a one bedroom, spacious enough to house a small family. Wide halls, a lovely kitchen and a sweet little dining area. It was going to be perfect for our little retreat. We could enjoy the city, but also enjoy each other’s company and catch up too!
 

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friday • 4pm • spa at Elemis

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After lots of travel, my skin and body has been taking a toll. As most of you know, I absolutely adore Elemis products {this is NOT a sponsored statement} and use their marine cream EVERY night. The spa is wonderful and their facials are the only one that don’t make my skin flare up the slightest.

My mom is not the type of person who spoils herself and so it only seemed right to give her a bit of a nudge for indulgence. I booked a 30 minute facial and a 30 minute massage for both of us, which is exactly what we both needed.
 

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friday • 6pm • Shepherds Market Wine House

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Fresh faced and all, whilst walking back to 9 Hertford Street, we stumbled upon the cutest little wine bar. Shepherds Market is one of my favorite little spaces in Mayfair. It’s cute, comfortable and includes some adorable cafes and restaurants. Quite humble compared to what Mayfair is known for, which are the tricked out Rolls Royce and new age aristocracy.

The owners are extremely passionate about their wines and pairings, so let them do the deed and you just let them know what you like and dislike. Our pickings were perfect and since we were just slightly peckish {with some wonderful dinner plans} we went for the small charcuterie board and a glass of wine before heading back to get ready for our dinner.
 

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friday • 8pm • peyote

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Mayfair is full of fine dining options! It’s definitely the place I take clients after signing something or to celebrate my birthday even. Peyote is all that glam, plus more. Off on a street you wouldn’t expect, it’s nestled in a little corner. On the outside it seems like a standard column and a navy facade. And through the fogged windowed doors, you walk into a gorgeous luxe modern Mexican restaurant! Notorious and notable tequila displayed, a cheeky sign to accompany and the artwork and lamps that married the ambiance and atmosphere-it is cozy and thrilling all at once!

We ordered margaritas naturally and immediately asked for the guacamole. The drinks flowed {asked for the peyote margarita} and the party mood was set. Each small plate came in one after the other and we couldn’t help but feel so impressed by the aromatics and flavor abundance in each bite. But what hit it all were the ingredients available. London lacks its ability to provide unique and fresh ingredients from tropical places, but peyote and cactus and blood orange were ingredients used all over the menu.

And of course the dessert was the most exciting and enticing. Between the tres leches and the churros it was a draw, but the experience of the entire meal stole the show.
 

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saturday • 1pm • afternoon tea at Flemings Mayfair

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After a good sleep, a morning walk, and a light breakfast-we headed towards Flemings Mayfair. Closer to the busy streets, but still tucked away enough to give you that exclusive and secluded feeling, we entered The Drawing Room. The colors were just so gorgeous in teal, grey and white. There were gold accents and I couldn’t help falling in love with the lush sofas and the wall art.

We were ready for afternoon tea. From tea sandwiches to pastries to scones we inched our way through the different tiers. Everything was delicate, simple and lush. From the best egg and cress sandwich I ever did have to a meringue that had subtle berry flavors. It is intimate, but you still feel involved with the greater part of the room. Mayfair can be intimidating, but you get the service and glam without the overawe.
 

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saturday • 4pm • window shopping

Mayfair is known for some of the world’s leading fashion houses’ boutiques and shops. If you’re looking for jewelry, watches and perfume – go to Burlington Arcade. Want to just do a bit of window shopping of couture dresses? Then walk down Mont Street that leads into Audley Street.

My favorite place to go in all of London for some designer love and the latest trends that just hit the catwalks is Dover Street Market. Comme des Garcons designer Rei Kawakubo’s 6-story space combines the edgy energy of London’s indoor markets with its concrete floors, tills housed in corrugated-iron shacks and Portapotty dressing rooms. It’s a proper consumer experience that can’t be missed even if you’re just wanting to take a cheeky browse.
 

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saturday • 6pm • film at Curzon

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And after a bit of a peruse through the shops, we headed to the Curzon in Mayfair. I think this place is a bit of a gem in the area because I don’t see many people there since Mayfair is quite commercialized or the party-goers usually roam those West End streets.

The Curzon is a cinema that shows some of the world’s leading house art, independent films and documentaries. I actually have a membership, which allows me to see a certain amount per year with added benefits {read: wine}!
 

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saturday night in • 8pm • 9 Hertford Street

Finally, after a long and indulgent day, we made our way home to 9 Hertford Street after an early evening film. I love that there’s a little kitchen with all the amenities in the flat, which makes grabbing a few things from the shop on our way home that much more easy when you want to cook something together.

Like anyone, our go to cheat-day meal is pasta and we went for a small helping of it since afternoon tea was still on our minds.

sunday • 12pm • check out 9 Hertford Street

The next day, we got up to a lovely sunrise overlooking Mayfair’s finest streets. Enjoyed a cuppa or two on the terrace, had a little nibble of a breakfast and some additional snacks before making our way down to check-out and heading to the airport to drop off my mom.

Quite the humble, yet luxurious experience it all was and the perfect way to send off my mom back to America.
 

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paris for a mother-daughter getaway

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time for a visit

My mom and I grew up with an incredibly strong bond. “When Supal was born I wanted to give her every opportunity the world had to offer. She should see no boundaries and not limits. I wanted her to be one thing… and that was unstoppable.”

Growing up my mother was a proper mother to me. One that held very high expectations, never let me quit, encouraged {and sometimes forced} me to do things that I never thought I would cherish one day. As I grew older, our relationship of mother-daughter became more of a friendship. She was, and still is, the first person I go to when I need advice or have a problem. The relationship evolved organically as trust, honesty and love was instilled in existing structures. And to this day, I don’t know what I would do if I couldn’t FaceTime her regularly.

It had been one year since I had seen my mother in the flesh and I was itching to get some quality time with her. At that point, I hadn’t made plans to go to America-and so my parents thought it was time one of them bought a ticket to visit me across the pond. With eyes full of tears right now, it is really hard to live so far from them-but their love reaches me through every barrier that comes between us.

And like any child that has been give the world plus more, I wanted to treat her to a trip she will never EVER forget. she had been to London a few times now {not since I moved here}, so it seemed fitting to take a European city-break like the locals do. So we went to Paris.
 

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I didn’t want to rush Paris, so I decided to book it for 5 days, which is way more than what you need to explore the city. But I wanted to be able to take time to sit down and sip on coffee whilst people watching and take extra long sleep-ins. So 5 days, 4 nights it was. We first stayed in Hotel Bourg Tibourg in Le Marais, which was perfect as it was in the heart of it all, but quiet enough to get some good rest and not be too bothered. The latter portion of our trip we stayed at Hotel Sacha in Montmartre. There are lots of boutiques and cafes surrounding the hotel and it was super close to Sacre Coeur and the Parisian views from above.

“I want to experience the Paris that you love.”

When I heard the words above, I knew I needed to take her to some of the places I frequent to and do the things that I love best. We stopped at almost every boulangerie that came in our path and grabbed a baguette. I know where every Laduree macaron can be found in the world and we happily snacked on those. We took a nap under the shade of a tree in the Tuileries and gossiped in the Luxembourg gardens. Shopping was just a whole other experience we got to do together too.
 

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what we carried

both of us carried purses from Coach
THE ROGUE BAGBROOKLYN CARRYALL 28
 

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some of the new place

You can find suggestions and tips from my previous Paris trips of places I went to: here is the first time I went and I shared my whole weekend itinerary and what I wore the entire weekend. The second post I shared were some places I go to often if I need a bit of a pamper in Paris. And since I was in this city for the first time with my mom, I wanted to make sure we discovered places together too. They are, after all, the ultimate memory when I visit again and again.

We grabbed a coffee at The Sprezzatura with my friend, Ylenia of @ineffabledaze one afternoon in Le Marais. Surrounding it were so many sweet boutiques and instagrammable doors! And the interiors, much like the coffee, did not disappoint.

One of the warmer days we were in Paris, and a particularly sunny one, we decided a lunch of ice cream was totally necessary. With a fast queue running out the door we knew Scaramouche was the place to get it. Utterly creamy, thick and subtly flavored-we ended up helping ourselves to double scoops on a cone each!

My mom and I packed a picnic for the train to Paris from London. Though it only takes a little over 2 hours, we ended up indulging on some of our favorite British delights. Lots of cheeky treats were had and so we were craving some vegetables. Luckily, Le Marais is full of gastro-experiences, so we headed to Miznon for dinner. Order the falafel plate, trust me. There are a few falafel places in that little corner, but this one has the freshest ingredients and the best pita bread!

I try out a new brasserie whenever I’m in town. Last time it was Cafe de Flore and this time I headed to Le Deux Magots in St. Germaine! Just across the street from the former, you get a proper Parisian experience.
 

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what I wore

dress c/o ANTHROPOLOGIE purse c/o ANTHROPOLOGIE flats ASOS sunnies c/o BODEN
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some of the regulars

There were many streets and corners and bridges and views that I took my mom. “This street is my favorite because there are some cute balconies here.” “It’s just a little bit more and the view will be worth it! I promise!” Those spots will be reserved for those of you who visit me, but to share some of my normally frequented places…

We went to Grand Coeur and Cafe de l’homme for a meal. Go for the seasonal menu and the amazing French frites. The steak tartare is one of my favorites at Cafe de l’homme-and don’t forget to ask for a window seat if you can. Alternatively, you can go just for a coffee if you’d like! It’s perfect for an afternoon as it overlooks the Eiffel Tower.

The lines into the museums were overwhelming! The Lourve in particular was a nightmare as it was the height of the tourist season. We ended up going to Musee D’Orsay and by our surprise the queue wasn’t all that bad. I really wanted to see my homies, Monet and Degas.
 

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what I wore

striped top PETIT BATEU blazer c/o JOULES jeans c/o JOULES sunnies RAY-BAN c/o SUNGLASS SHOP purse c/o COACH lipstick AMAZING GRACE by CHARLOTTE TILBURY
 

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what I wore

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PS – Happy birthday, Mummy!
 

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a productive commute

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making life impactful

My friend, Natasha, recently made a major decision for her career. She decided to take on a job that was pretty much on the other side of London {and technically not really in London}. This may not seem a big deal to most of you, but when you don’t have a car the commute from one side of the city to the other becomes quite the trek. Outside of having to wake up at ridiculous o’clock to get to work on time, she was worried about the time she would be “wasting” everyday during the commute.

Though I never had to sacrifice multiple hours for a commute, I’ve had commutes of different lengths and sometimes they are lot longer because I tend to travel outside the city or country quite regularly. Since I see commutes as blackholes of time, I decided it’s best to try to make them productive.

Recently, I’ve had quite the load on my plate. Lots of work travel coming up and before that are a series of deadlines and trying to designing a new project with Ryan who is my main man for all things web design London. And since it’s World Stationary Day tomorrow, I thought I would share some office tips on how to make your commute an efficient and productive one with Nest!
 

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what I wore

button-down JCREW jeans TOPSHOP jacket H&M shoes c/o BODEN purse c/o COACH

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listen to podcasts

One of my recently obsessions has been podcasts! I listen to anything from the news to stories and editorials. My favorite news source has been The Daily by The New York Times, which has been an incredible 20 minute analysis of the most pressing events going on in the world and at home. Along with that, I’ve been listening to This American Life that features journalistic non-fiction stories or events, Behind the Brilliance for some work inspiration and guidance and Missing Richard Simmons, which covers the disappearance of the fitness guru.
 

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create a to-do list/work flow

So usually my tasks have a list of to-do’s below it, so I usually create a to do list for blog related things and for any personal admin I need to take care of. I LOVE scheduling my life, if you can’t tell, and organizing my life and day gives me life quite literally! I prefer to use the apps todoist to get my shopping list and daily to-do’s in order and the coach.me app to keep up with my long term goals.

read

Recently, I’ve been staying up pretty late working on client projects and sorting out blog collaborations, but I hope to get back into the routine of reading again. I did pick up a few new novels recently and decided to ditch the clutch and carry a bigger bag so I can read a few pages on the way to dinner or a meeting. You can find a review of my recent reads via the literary lust posts.
 

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language learning

When I was working in DC, I had to speak Arabic to a certain degree of fluency. There were new vocabulary I was introducing myself to on a weekly basis {close to 500 words a week}. My commute would be only 20 minutes on the train, but I took a bus that would take 50 minutes and spent that time learning those vocabulary words. I used traditional flashcards, but I have some former colleagues who use Duolingo today.

exercise

London has Santander bikes that you can use around the city, which I’m too afraid to use. Since I live so central, I usually just walk to meetings. Most of the time, it’s faster to walk somewhere than to take an uber, bus or the tube. And since I’m a big fan of multitasking, I usually spend this time walking to my meeting listening to podcasts or audiobooks.
 

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hotel bourg tibourg

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getaway in time

I think every European adventure starts with the same little story of finding my way from the airport or train station to the hotel via shanty streets and underground tunnels. There is also always that awkward exchange of eye contact or even a smile with a stranger you’re sharing the handrail with. This time around, my mum had joined me, so all I did was take pictures as she got more and more excited to jump on a train that was surely there to take us to the middle of the city. The city that she has only pictured and seen through all the visual moments I shared with her on previous trips to Paris.

We inched closer and closer to Le Marais, the area of Paris that boasts creativity, beauty and streets lined with cafes and corner restaurants run by families. The windows invite you into galleries or speciality shops and with the casual “bonsoir” you’re part of the community.

And the moment we came out of the station at Hotel du Ville, we were greeted by Rue du Rivoli, which I know truly well from my previous trip in Paris. The only issue was that Le Marais isn’t an area I know all too well, but I was excited to explore. We grabbed our bags and walked past cafes with people parked outside with their champagnes and aperols taking in the very warm Sunday sunny weather. Down the street, around the corner, there was a little sign that tipped us off that Hotel Bourg Tibourg is the very place we reached. The doorman’s swift greet and reaction to open the door was just the initial steps towards walking into a time capsule.
 

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“It’s a small space. I thought it would be
interesting to show that small can become grand.”

-Jacques Garcia

Walking in through the foyer and into the lobby, where all the noise had completely dissolved from the buzzing streets, we came upon an ornate room that begged us to explore. And soon after check-in we were in our rooms where we sat as two pearl earrings encased in a jewelry box. Each piece, material and pattern so meticulously chosen pulling off ultimate luxury.

My snap-happy fingers were excited to capture each angle of the room, and though humble in size, it brought a rather significant impression. A balcony with typical Parisian rooftop views, Costes beauty products, fringed lamp shades, large deep bathtubs and mosaic and black granite-it was all so charming and felt like I was in the depths of a literary and filmic action in 1920s Paris and only made possible by Jacques Garcia.
 

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enchantment in the heart of the city

We headed downstairs before catching the evening sun near the Seine and decided to take a little break from it all. We came upon an oasis around the corner from the lobby. Initially invited by the sounds of a water fountain, a few lights and lots of plants. There was a table and a few chairs that gathered around a vase of gorgeous pale pink roses, my favorite as you may know. It felt secluded and just the thing to see when you’re caught up in the evolving, energetic and vibrant world right outside the main doors. It was the perfect place to enjoy a glass of champagne as we commence our trip.

We spent the first morning lying in and woken up naturally by the spring’s sun tickling the rooftops as it inched closer to us. Ordered room service, drank coffee on the balcony, ate croissants in bed and enjoyed the berries as we casually got ready to explore each and every corner we can grasp. Luckily, everything was just steps away from the doors of Hotel Bourg Tibourg that we didn’t have to meander far and could just saunter from one location to the next as we finally neared the Eiffel Tower.
 

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Hotel Bourg Tibourg

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Our stay for the second night was topped off with breakfast in the nook downstairs. We made our way to the basement and to our utter surprise we saw a gorgeous Viollet Le Duc chandelier that sat so ornate among the confines of a wall that were adorned with carpets and accompanied with leisurely chairs and tables all ready to be served with pastries, juices and more.

It was difficult leaving Hotel Bourg Tibourg, the majestic ambiance that captivates you at your very first breath makes it an extraordinary experience and one that you will never be able to fully forget.
 

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the rhythm of Parisian life

I remember when I first started traveling on my own I had really adventurous and outrageous thoughts on where I would travel to. As I got older, started a desk-job in DC and was bounced into reality-I quickly realized I wouldn’t really have very much time to take these exceptional trips. So I started to daydream as to where I wanted to go for mini-breaks. Europe was on my mind. And since I was older, with a slightly more refined taste and the outbreak of macarons in the capital meant I had Paris on my bucket list.

And then my obsession with Paris grew as I watched Gossip Girl, read Fitzgerald, took an interest in baking thanks to Julia Childs, it just went on and on until I was conceptualizing what I thought Paris would be like and I fell in love with it…

I moved to London several years later without the intention of being here. And though I knew that Paris was so easy to escape to, I struggled hard to get away because I was trying to piece together my new life. As time went on and the more I settled in, I had finally took the plunge and bought a ticket to Paris with a friend in town-to visit for the weekend. We had a very lovely time, as I explained joyously through my first Paris post and it was definitely not the last time I visited.

Since then, I’ve been lucky enough to visit Paris with more friends, for a getaway and some work-it has become essentially another home to me. I get lost in the little streets and find my way around following the trail of the Seine or the smell of a near boulangerie. And every single time, I always tend to stick within the same neighborhoods and frequent my regular places. This time, however, I decided to get out of the very center of the city and stay in Montmartre for a couple of nights.
 

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Hotel Sacha

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We checked in and it was like walking onto a stage! The ambiance that mimics the artistic surroundings of Pigalle and Montmartre, Hotel Sacha was a energetic hotel that kept the Parisian experience alive.

From the office and to our room, the vibrant colors guided us to a suite that overlooked a quaint street. Where commercialism met daily life. We got comfortable, made a cup of coffee, and relaxed a bit.

Soon after that, itching to explore the rest of the hotel, we made our way downstairs for a champagne reception and had a chat with other guests and the friendly hotel staff. It was a lovely environment, one that felt not too formal and yet not too relaxed. The immersion felt necessary to get the proper experience of being in Paris after all. Conversation and champagne equally flowed until the evening sun came out and the flowered patio housed shadows. It came to an end, but it made our hotel experience unique and memorable.

And every morning was the same experience. Instead of champagne, croissants and cheese and meats were available and don’t forget the endless warm baguettes coming through too!
 

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{hotel sacha} via chevrons & éclairs