London Happenings

Monday, 20 April 2015


Every time I go back to London, my experience of the city seems to get better and better, probably because now having lived away for two years, I enjoy the city with fresh eyes and can appreciate, as well as take full advantage of the city. Here are a few of the things I got up to during my week: 

+ I purchased a few spring wardrobe updates from COS, including these tees. It's by far my favourite brand for well-designed basics and wardrobe essentials. 
+ I breakfasted at new Spitalfields restaurant Blixen which is guaranteed to become a summer hotspot, with its outside terrace. Try the smoked trout, pouched eggs and avocado and I went with Clerkenwell Boy - following him on Instagram for London culinary goings on is a must. 
+ I went to Hackney based shoe brand Miista's pop-up shop launch in Shoreditch with the talented designer Brooke Roberts and walked away with these beautiful powder blue sandals, which I'm sure will be making many an appearance over the summer. 
+ I enjoyed breakfast at the delicious Honey and Co with my friend Ruth from Vintage Books - go for the fig toast! 
+ Tried and tested tasty cocktails at new Shoreditch bar Joyeux Bordel, which opened just last week on Curtain Road - part of the Experimental Cocktail Group crew.
+ Ate pizzas from my favourite London pizza restaurant Franca Manca

Manila: Commune Café

Tuesday, 14 April 2015


Commune Café is tucked between sky-rise apartment and office buildings, on the corner of a street in Makati. It looks a little out of place, but acts as a welcome haven for a coffee, breakfast or as a stop to wile away a few hours. We tried our first Filipino breakfast here - pork torcino with rice and a fried egg, which was surprisingly delicious. For someone who is used to cereal and fruit in the morning it sounded a little too much like dinner for my liking, but more fool me for not having tried it earlier. The coffee was also good, as was the cookie cupcake with salted caramel ice-cream. Now if someone can just tell me where I can get my hands on those green coffee mugs and saucers that would be great. Anyone? 

Commune Cafe
Liberty Plaza,
102 H.V. Dela Costa Street,Salcedo Village, Makati City





Manila

Tuesday, 7 April 2015


I'm finally getting the rest of my Philippines posts up, so expect to see a flurry in the following weeks. Next up is Manila. The Philippines' capital is one of the most exciting cities I've visited in a long time - it's hot, tropical, noisy, colourful and sprawling. It's also a city in flux, expansion and growth, and is currently undergoing a lot of construction. But it's so filled with life and energy that I almost didn't want to leave. The contrast can at times be a little shocking and eye-opening, with colourful, makeshift shanty town homes positioned next to skyscrapers, or just across the road. One of my favourite things were the jeepneys - the elongated jeeps, used as public transport, which are each more colourful than the next, and unique to the city. Parts of the city admittedly felt very American, especially the area of Makati, where we stayed, and there are malls everywhere. The main cluster of hotels are in Makati so it is a little more touristy, but it's a great place to base yourself when exploring the city. Below were a few of my favourite places:

Address book: 
Wildflour cafe + Bakery - great for brunch/lunch
CO/OP - concept design store and cafe, great for lunch and dinner 
Commune - great for coffee and breakfast (post coming soon) 
Yardstick Coffee - great for coffee
Your Local - restaurant, great for dinner 
Intramuros - Manila's old town 


Notes from the Weekend

Monday, 30 March 2015


I finally kicked my chest infection after taking a round of antibiotics, so was a happy to get out and about again in Paris and looking at what I got up to below, I think I made the most of it!

+ Friday eve I dined at Le Potager du Marais (a good choice for any vegetarians/vegans visiting Paris!)  It was one of the best vegetarian meals I've had.
+ Saturday I guzzled pancakes at the Rose Bakery, wandered around le Marais buying candles at Muji, an umbrella at Uniqlo and a glass mug at Merci
+ Saturday eve we dined with friends at Marylou in the 10th. A lovely little (and reasonably-priced) bistro serving small plates. 3/4 is enough sharing between two. Followed by drinks at Le Rosie in the 18th.
+ Sunday we roamed around the market at Bastille on rue Richard Lenoir - open until 3pm, shopping for fruit, veg and the bunch of tulips featured on the mantlepiece.
+ Sunday afternoon I met friends for afternoon tea at the newly refurbished Pavillion des Canaux

Spring Essential: Le Tote

Friday, 27 March 2015


Nothing updates a wardrobe for spring like a new tote, and this stone blue number from J.Crew is just the ticket for me. It's big enough to hold all my daily essentials, including my laptop, this fun cork notebook I picked up while in Manila whilst in the Philippines, as well as this month's must-read - the new Cereal magazine, complete with a fresh redesign. I love the colour and funnily enough already have a small clutch and silk top from COS in the same shade, which didn't even cross my mind when choosing it. Something subconsciously must have drawn me to it!

What will you be updating your wardrobe with this spring? 


Banaue to Batad

Friday, 20 March 2015



After touching down in Manila we gave ourselves one night to recover from jet-lag, before taking a 10hour overnight bus ride (for our sins) that took us to Banaue. We arrived at 7am the next morning tired and freezing cold - bumpy bus rides are no more conducive to sleeping than trying to fall asleep standing up, and the air con on buses in the Philippines is so strong that no amount of layers keeps the cold air from creeping in. Luckily our driver was there on arrival to greet us and take us in a tricycle to Sanafe Lodge, where we slept for a few hours before setting out to explore the rice terraces in Banaue. After a ride on the roof of a jeepney (by far one of the best ways to travel in my opinion), racing around the tiny mountain roads, hanging on for dear life, we reached the rice terraces of Hungduan, which provide a lovely afternoon trekking around the terraces with a break to bathe in a hot spring, followed by a refreshing (read freezing) river in between.


Batad was another experience altogether. After the 45minute trek down to the Hillside Inn, where we stopped to refuel with a tea, we then began the walk to Tappiya falls, which involved a steep climb down, a walk along the rice terraces walls, another steep climb, followed by a tough downhill trek that played havoc on my knees. Finally we were rewarded with the waterfall - a 70m drop that thundered into a large pool below. The water was ice cold, so all I could do was dip my toes in while the others jumped right in. But it was a good break before hiking the steep steps back up the terraces and down again. This is not a trek for the faint hearted, we finished sweating and panting, but happy to have fulfilled the exercise quota for the week!  


At Home With Haleigh Walsworth

Monday, 16 February 2015


What inspired you to start Making Magique? 
I was following a few blogs in 2009 (there were a lot less back then) and I was enjoying the content so much, I decided to try my own hand at it and started photographing and writing.

What else do you do? 
I have also been blogging for Lancôme on their USA site since the beginning of 2014 and I have a column called Paris Rendez-Vous. Once a week I photograph and write articles about culture, fashion, beauty and more in Paris for the US market. It’s a fun project and I've always been a huge fan of the brand, so it’s truly a pleasure working with them. I also create photos and videos for another beauty brand in the US, as well as for their digital channels. I write and photograph outside of the digital realm too, including a book for Penguin by Angela Niles that will come out this autumn, and a guide book to Paris called The Hunt: Paris that will be released by Gatehouse this spring. Now that those are done I’m working on a book of short stories accompanied by my own photographs.

What words of advice do you have for someone wanting to forge their own career path?
I’ve been freelancing and blogging for four years now and I don’t have it all figured out yet, but I would like to think I’ve learned something. Give yourself time to blossom - sometimes things happen fast, but other things take years to bloom. Also don’t lose energy comparing yourself to others, instead spend it on trying to do your best work and being more proactive. Treasure your clients and find a finesse to managing their expectations, while still going out of your way to keep them happy. Also don’t do jobs that pay you less than what you are worth, unless you absolutely have to, it's never worth it in the end. Be original, be authentic, and strive to create real value for the people that you work for, whether it's a client or customer. Put other people forward for work you think they are suited for and you will find the favour is often returned later down the line. Be frugal and stay optimistic in the slow times, ride the wave with grace in the busy times and be thankful for the work you have. Promote yourself, but never shamelessly. Work hard, wait, stay positive, get work, work harder, be thankful, repeat.

And now onto your apartment - how long have you lived there and how did you find it? 
Four years! Time flies. It feels like I moved in yesterday. There's no multiple listing service in Paris, so I found mine the only way one can if they want to buy a flat in Paris. First identify the neighbourhoods you want to live in, and then basically spend all day walking around to individual real estate agencies looking at the listings and leaving your information about what you're looking for. Then hopefully you can start doing visits - I found my apartment fairly quickly, but I had studied the market a lot and knew what I could and wasn’t going to get. Know what you can live without in and what you can’t. And when you you do find something you like, do not hesitate as places get snapped up immediately! 

What were the biggest decorating challenges? 
In Paris, space is always a challenge and the biggest was my kitchen. The sink and some of the appliances are less than the standard width - I had to go back 12 centimetres or so, otherwise the kitchen wouldn't have fit. Second was my front door. It’s too small to get most furniture through, so I had to be really clever. That’s actually why I don’t have a proper couch. The only ones that would fit through the door were the ones from IKEA, as they assembled inside. But they are often so generic, so finally I opted for a daybed, which is actually awesome because it’s a great place to stretch out on whilst watching a movie on my laptop and it can actually sit a lot of people on it!

How would you describe your interior style? 
Quirky, modern, French.

Favourite piece(s) of furniture/treasures? 
My favourite piece of furniture is my Louis XV demi corbeille bed. I always wanted one, but they are so pricey, I wasn’t sure I could swing it. But I found one I quite liked on ebay for 200€. I just wish you could see it better in my tiny bedroom! I also love the mirror over my fire place. It was also a good buy and I think it adds so much to the main room. 

Favourite places/shops to buy for your home? 
I love the Porte de Vanves flea market and of course the Marché Saint Ouen or Clignancourt as it's also called for all things vintage and antique. For new furniture with lots of different styles, I really like Maison du Monde. You can find some lovely affordable pieces that look great when mixed with older pieces. Of course I always mix in a bit of IKEA here and there when it's practical. My favorite home shops in Paris are Fleux' in the 4th and Maison Aimable in the 11th.

Interiors/style that have inspired you? 
I love little rococo details. Erin Fetherston’s old apartment in Paris was really an inspiration as well and Bijou Boheme’s kitchen inspired the countertops in mine.

Favourite sources for inspiration?
I use Pinterest for interiors inspiration. Obviously most of those comes from magazines, including old issues of Domino. Oddly, I also really like Atlanta Homes magazine and always find great stuff in there. Also my mom’s design and decor which she posts about on her blog is always a place I go for inspiration for the small decor details and how to repurpose all sorts of objects around the house for beautiful little corners.

Favourite three social media mavens?
The scandinavian gals have definitely stolen my heart! Elsa Billgren is my number one there. On Instagram I love GypsyOne even though her style is much edgier than mine, I love the way she curates her life as a photographer. Then for all things beauty I love LisaEldridge and her youtube videos.

Favourite three lifestyle blogs? 
Park & Cube because Shini is an amazing visual designer of all things, Hjartesmil because Mariel’s pictures feel so authentic and lived in, and Natalie Joos’ Tales OfEndearment, because she has some great stories that make me laugh and she always takes dreamy trips.

Last good book you read? 
Where I Was From by Joan Didion.

What’s in your magazine pile? 
So It Goes mag is the only magazine I’m into right now. Other than that National Geographic, because it reminds me of being a kid still and being so excited to read them each month. The only fashion magazines around my house are there just for photo props for shoots I do. I really hate fashion magazines. I used to read Lula and still love the imagery, but I got a bit turned off by their exclusive It Girl club vibe and did away with all of them and my subscription. I tried to still love them because they were sooooo pretty but in the end I just didn’t identify with it. I love books but magazines are not really my thing!

What’s in your fridge? 
Tangerines, tangerines, and more tangerines. My Bkr waterbottle, and lots of gourmet mustards of different varieties.

Evening drink of choice? 
Tom Collins, preferably at Le Fumoir.

Tea or coffee? 
Coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon.

Handbag essentials? 
Fully charged iPhone and headphones (I’m always listening to music when I am out), at least one lipstick, a nail file (because it drives me insane when my nails snag on things), at least three credit cards (because I have a fear of them not working for some reason, so need at least two backups), and that’s it! I like to travel light.

What do you do to relax? 
In all seriousness, I dance alone a lot in my apartment! It’s kind of like a work out and a stress reliever. I walk a lot, like maybe at least an hour a day. It is my favorite activity and where I have all of my ideas. I watch a lot of Vice videos in my free time too, and also embarrassingly am really into those weird ASMR videos on youtube. I listen to at least one a day.



Get the look:
1. Brigitte Bardot: The Life, The Legend, The Movies
2. Glass Mug from Merci
3. Louis Chair from Maison du Monde
4. Fluffy white cushion
5. RENS sheepskin rug from Ikea
6. Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant film camera in pink
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