Food & Drink

  • Firstly, I apologise for the fact that we lapsed in the blog department in the last months but the good news is, we're back and I want to kick off with a trip we did recently to Essaouria, Morocco.

    Essaouria Streets

    Marrakech, as we know, has been at the forefront of many people’s bucket list over the past few years. It’s perfect for a mini break. Not too long a flight and you arrive in what is culturally a very different world. On my first visit I likened it to going on to huge film set. I was blown away by the colour, the people, the food, the architecture, the noise, the atmosphere, the diversity…

    We wanted to shoot 2019 Spring Summer Collection somewhere a little raw, colourful, atmospheric and most importantly we needed strong chance of good light/sunshine. Morocco in early March ticked all the boxes and we chose the coastal city (small city) of Essaouria, 2 and half hours north of Marrakech.

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    Formally known as Mogador, the name means “The Picture”  in Arabic and it is a painters dream. Lots of vibrant colours everywhere.... bright blues, whites, pinks and oranges. The Port surrounded by sand stone walls contrasting with the colourful fishing boats.

    Along the port are masses of little outdoor restaurants. Important to note, none serve alcohol and they are all fighting for business so be prepared to be bombarded however, when you do make your choice it’s very calm. I would guess all are the same standard and same price.

    We stayed in Riad Malaika. The host was charming and the staff so helpful HOWEVER, the chef was off the scale. A 24 year old girl who was so passionate about cooking that from young age watched You Tube videos of really high end French chefs and is totally self taught. I rarely have eaten so well. We were all blown away.

    Check out their website for more details and arrange a stay! : http://riad-essaouira-malaika.com/home-3/

    Follow them on Instagram: @riad.malaika

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    There are many Riads in Essaouria and I would strongly recommend staying in a Riad as opposed to a hotel. Instagram is brilliant for research. We shot in one of the loveliest I have ever seen - 5 columns. Owned and restored by an English couple.

    5columnsessouria

    Check out their website for more: http://www.5-columns.com

    Follow them on Instagram! @5.columns

    In short, Essaouria is well worth a visit. I might even suggest a 2 stop trip. Marrakesh and Essaouria. Hire a car but BEWARE of very corrupt traffic police. Stick to speed and signs. They do not take credit cards - say no more!!!

    ENJOY AND IF YOU DO DECIDED TO VISIT PLEASE REACH OUT FOR ANY TIPS WE MIGHT HAVE.

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  • The Constants – Back in Stock

    Autumn is upon is. Sad always to say good-bye to Summer. Summer, to me, says freedom – no school, very little routine, very little time keeping, ice cold Rose, salads and sun kissed faces...

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  • The Constants - Back in Stock

    I'm sure for your all, it has been a busy busy week. End of the summer holidays, uniforms, kids back to school and for many welcome back to routine...

    Where has this year gone - I know a cliche, but REALLY!!!!! The brand is almost a year old and what a ride its been - challenging at times but so inspiring and very rewarding.

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  • Special Feature: Our Summer Luxury Featherlight Cashmere Collection

    Why have I included a cashmere offering within our summer collection? Well, the answer is simply because for me cashmere is the ultimate luxury in knitwear and is totally non seasonal - I wear as much cashmere in the Summer as  in Winter. The only thing that is different is the weight of the cashmere.

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  • Special Feature: Lent Challenge

    My lent challenge is almost over!

    I cheated a little. I had a few glasses of wine...!!

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  • Special Feature

    I have never "celebrated" Lent and have always been a little in awe of those who have, SO, I have taken the decision to try the Lent challenge – NO SUGAR!

    Please note, I have tried a few diets/regimes in the past and have failed within about 2 days.

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  • The little things that make life perfect...

    Gorgeous flowers, inspiring travel, the perfect scarf and good food – here are a few of my favourite things!

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  • I make no secret of it – I LOVE FOOD!

    My love of food covers a vast spectrum; from freshly baked bread served with buckets of butter and jam to Spaghetti Carbonara on to Haute Cuisine.

    My love of bread started when I was a small child growing up in Ireland. My mother was one of 13!! Twice a week we would visit my grandparents. Their house was always brimming with family and at any given time there could be up to 20 people around the table. Granny’s food was all homemade, including bread, butter, cheeses and cakes. I was never happier than when I was served her home-made wheaten or soda bread, fresh from the oven, with butter and raspberry jam. Traditional Irish breads are the best, but very difficult to get hold of in the UK. If visiting Ireland you really must eat as much bread as possible – forget carb watching!

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