Tuesday, July 30, 2013

La Suite West




After an amazing weekend in London seeing The Rolling Stones a couple of weeks ago I wanted to share with you where we stayed. Since I rely on hotel reviews when I go stay somewhere I knew I had to write about this fabulous find.

We stayed in La Suite West, a minimalist, modern hotel designed by British designer Anouska Hempel.  The hotel takes inspiration from an Eastern aesthetic, with it's limited colour pallet, clean, sharp lines and dark corridors and rooms the hotel feels tranquil and chic. The fact that Jimmy Hendrix stayed in the old Hyde Park Towers Hotel for a while in the 60's in which time he wrote 'Stone Free' make the hotel that little bit cooler.

The location is fab for a London visit, it was brilliant for us as it was only a short walk from Hyde Park. Bayswater tube station is literally 30 seconds away, I actually walked past the hotel thinking it was further away! 
We stayed in an Inverness suite, which consisted of a small dining/kitchenette area, sofa, 4 poster bed and an impressive marble, under floor heated bathroom, it also looked out on to Inverness terrace and it's beautiful row of townhouses. 
The room was a great size for a weekend in London, enough room to move around or dance to some Rolling Stones songs on the ipod dock and comfy enough to relax on the sofa or the incredibly plush bed. I'd include photographs, but in all honesty what you see in the Hotel's own photos is what you get, which is definitely something that doesn't happen often when seeing a hotel in the flesh! We ordered wine on two occasions and I have to say, both times room service was the quickest I've ever experienced. The same went for when I requested an ironing board and milk from housekeeping, which was a nice pleasant change, in my experience room service is usually a lengthy wait!

I'm a self-confessed hotel snob, I like to stay somewhere beautiful, luxurious and clean, it's a guilty pleasure of mine and I often scour the internet for hours if not days looking to book somewhere. La Suite West was perfect, I loved every minute of my stay, and a particular plus was the complimentary chocolates on arrival, they were so incredibly tasty, I'd love to know where they came from!
If you're ever looking for somewhere new to stay in London I'd definitely recommend you to check this hotel out!

Friday, February 15, 2013

NEXT Home Luxury Candle






I recently made an amazing discovery, Next Home candles! They smell beautiful, fill the whole room and last hours and all for £9. I usually stick to Jo Malone and Yankee Candles and I find them to be the best candles that I've tried, so when i started to burn the Next London candle I was pleasantly surprised.   They're all named after major cities (Paris, London, Milan, New York) and come with a range of other products like a parfume and reed diffusers.

London has top notes of lychee and citrus, a heart of peony and rose and a base of musk and cedarwood. The next ones on my list to try at Milan and New York!

Have you tried these?

Sunday, February 10, 2013

NYFW backstage beauty



More red at Kenneth Cole! The added depth of this is beautiful and really brings a velvety texture. I feel like I’m on red lip watch! Photo credit MAC cosmetics.

Find more fashion week trends and make-up posts at victoriaholdstockmua.tumblr.com

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Tumblr & Facebook



 I've just recently set up a tumblr for more frequent posts on make-up, my work, tips and tricks and product reviews. It's a fresh start as I've had this blog for a few years now and it's mainly neglected, I appreciate every single one of my followers and hate to be so sporadic with my posts here, so if you've enjoyed this blog and love make-up please follow my mua blog here

While you're at it, my mua facebook page is here if you'd like to check out some of my previous and current work.