Styling My Looks with Magnum Double Ice Cream

Dare to Go Double

Summer is my favourite season of all in London. As the sun comes out, London transforms into a beautiful city where people seem to be happier and where so many exciting new events seem to be taking place. I also think London becomes even more magical when people are eating ice cream and personally, hearing the tune from the ice cream van always makes my heart skip a beat.

I truly believe there is something mystic about ice creams. No matter how bad or awful a day you are having, ice creams have the ability to lift your spirits up and make your day 100% better. So I was beyond excited to hear about Magnum’s launch of two new flavours for the summer, the Magnum Double range. The exciting new flavours come in Double Raspberry and Double Coconut. I have been trying both ice creams from the Magnum Double range since their launch and have come up with style looks to compliment the two flavours.

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Double Raspberry

Magnum’s Double Raspberry is a smooth raspberry ice cream dipped in chocolatey coating, luscious raspberry sauce and Magnum Classic chocolate. It is a divine and indulgent summer treat!

The Double Raspberry is quite punchy with a very luscious raspberry sauce so I think this flavour is perfect for when you are in need of a pick me up to continue through the day. My Double Raspberry look is styled with my favourite boyfriend jeans and a pastel pink blouse, which compliments the colour of the ice cream. I think this look is casual yet chic – perfect for lounging around in your flat or running errands around town.

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Double Coconut

The Double Coconut, which is a velvety smooth coconut ice cream dipped in chocolatey coating and a layer of luscious chocolate sauce, covered in cracking Magnum chocolate. Talk about mouth-watering deliciousness!

I think the Double Coconut has a softer flavour with a very rich, yet smooth coconut ice cream and so my look for this flavour is a girly white lace dress ensemble.

I would love to hear your thoughts on my looks and which flavour you prefer! I love both flavours, but I think the Double Coconut is my preference as the coconut reminds me of tropical getaways and blissful summer days.

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Magnum x Moschino

I’m sure you’ve heard already, but Magnum has also been working with Jeremy Scott and Moschino to release a special edition bag capsule Magnum x Moschino. I’ve been wearing the pink bag all around town as it is such a fun and whimsical addition to my wardrobe!

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My Mad Hatter’s Tea Party at the Sanderson Hotel

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

at the Sanderson Hotel

After a year-long project to relaunch my website, being able to celebrate this personal achievement (and my birthday!) with my closest blogger/digital influencer friends at the Sanderson Hotel was the icing on the cake for 2016.

Charles Dodgson’s Alice in Wonderland was a staple bedside read for little Mariko and has always had a special place in my heart.  I have so many fond memories of dreaming about Alice’s magical adventures and wishing someday that I could meet the Mad Hatter himself. So being able to celebrate my website relaunch at the Sanderson Hotel over afternoon tea designed as a tribute to Dodgson’s enchanting tale was such an exciting opportunity and a fantastic honour.

As we all assembled in Sanderson’s iconic courtyard garden, adorned with lush floating plants and living walls, it truly felt like we were tumbling down the rabbit hole.  The splendor continued as we were seated to a table decorated with vintage books hiding menus, teapots designed with kings and queens and porcelain plates decorated with birdcages, ticking clocks and carousels – we had been transported to the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.

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The party came to life as we feasted on savoury sandwiches (including my favourite, Goat Cheese Croque-Monsieur) followed by a spectacular display of cakes and sweets.  The never-ending choice of mouthwatering delights were all designed to inspire our imagination.  The star attractions were the intricate sweets such as the red velvet Ladybird Cakes, the coffee-flavoured Pocket-Watch Macaroons, magical Marshmallow Mushrooms and the Queen of Hearts Oreo Cookie Soldiers.  For a moment, these treats really made us feel like we were dining with the Mad Hatter.

A tea party is not complete without tea and I have to say Sanderson’s selection of teas were all a delight for our senses.  We sipped on 5 tailor made teas, all inspired by characters from Dodgson’s story.  “Alice”, for example, is a China Black Tea infused with hints of blackcurrant, vanilla, caramel, citrus, bergamot, blue cornflowers and blue mallow flowers.

 

Sanderson Hotel Mad Hatter's Tea Party

Sanderson Hotel Mad Hatter's Tea Party

 

I always think attention to detail is the key to achieving something great and special.  I have been to a few afternoon teas around London, but the Sanderson’s Mad Hatter’s Tea Party was in a league of its own.  From the table decorations to the three-tiered selection of sweets, the tea party was a magnificent triumph, with every single detail thought through by the talented team at Sanderson Hotel.

It was truly a beautiful ceremony and an ode to Alice in Wonderland.

Sanderson Hotel Mad Hatter's Tea Party

 A huge thank you to the Sanderson Hotel for making our dreams come true,

to Gemporia for spoiling us with beautiful jewellery and

to Becky Ringer for making this day possible.

Spritz Your Summer with Gallo Family Vineyard Spritz

GALLO FAMILY VINEYARDS SPRITZ

Spritz Your Summer | Gallo Family Vineyards Facebook

Summer time in London is simply glorious. As the sun illuminates every corner of the city and as Londoners congregate around outside spaces, London transforms into a shimmery oasis. Being able to share my love of London’s summer with my family and loved ones is such a special experience so I was over the moon when I found out that my sister, Momo, was going to be visiting me for a couple of weeks. We have been doing all of my favourite summer pastimes like eating alfresco, sipping ice coffee at cafes while people watching and going on shopping sprees (of course!). The highlight of Momo’s visit for me has to be our little picnic by Regent’s canal with Mr Pugington. It was a beautiful summer’s day in London so I couldn’t think of a better way to spend the afternoon than by bunking down by the canal and watching the cute canal boats and swans cruising back and forth in the water.

A true summer picnic cannot be complete without some drinks and nibbles. So I wanted to share with you my new favourite summer drink. Gallo Family Vineyards have launched a range of Spritz which are the perfect summer picnic drink. Spritz which comes in two variants, Raspberry & Lime and Pineapple & Passionfruit, are a new taste sensation bursting with vibrant fruity notes. We decided to have the Raspberry & Lime Spritz with ice and some fresh fruits for a truly sun-drenched taste. Sipping a glass of these delicious spritz on the canal was such a great way for my sister, Mr Pugington and I to enjoy our summer afternoon.

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Gallo Family Vineyards Spritz

Raspberry & Lime | The Gallo White Grenache Rosé has been gently spritzed and blended with natural flavours of juicy raspberry and zesty lime.

Pineapple & Passionfruit | The Gallo Pinot Grigio has been gently spritzed and blended with natural flavours of luscious pineapple and juicy passionfruit.

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Post sponsored by Gallo Family Vineyards.

Photographed at the Regent’s Canal by Haggerston Bridge.

Photography and editing| Mariko Kuo.  Art direction + layout | Mariko Kuo.