Cotswolds Spa Weekend: Barnsley House

Barnsley House

Located at the beautiful Cotswolds, Barnsley House is a beautiful Victorian Building surrounded by green in the countryside. Landscaped green gardens and the beautiful lounge rooms made me fall in love with the place at the first sight.

Sometimes we work too hard, become too tired and we all need to get away for the weekend. When I am super stressed I always find the countryside relaxing, calm and quiet, and spa treatments healing. Working as a full time influencer for years is different to a 9-5 job, because you don’t really have free time. I love what I do and I would love to keep doing it for many more years, but sometimes I feel like my work and life balance is unequal and I work way too much in a short time. Sometimes all we need is a weekend getaway.

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Barnsley House has many unique beautiful rooms, within beautiful gardens that makes you feel like you live on the countryside. Waking up to the green scenery and the songs of birds around, it instantly made me feel relaxed and comfortable in the beautiful surroundings. It was a mixture of traditional country charm and comfort with modern and scandinavian interior design and beautiful architecture.

My personal favourite was the spa and the lounge room before the spa. It was cold, rain and thunder outside and I felt so peaceful in that room surrounded by the glass walls. It felt very “hygge” in Barnsley House, which is the Danish word for cosy. I love the Scandinavian design culture because it is beautiful, clean and simplistic yet gives you that cosy homey feeling with blankets around a fireplace, or a hot cup of tea in a cold rainy day. It was theraputic. I opted for an aromatheraphy treatment for my shoulder that’s been aching since 3 weeks now. I felt much lighter and less stressed afterwards when I was holding a cup of mint tea in the lounge room.


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Either you’re looking for a romantic spa getaway for 2 people or a family weekend away, Barnsley House is now amongst my favourite Cotswolds Hotels. Barnsley House Hotel: http://www.barnsleyhouse.com

Hope you enjoy a visit as much as I did!

Lots of love,

N

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Mews of Mayfair Restaurant

Date Night

After a long week of work, Mews of Mayfair was the perfect choice for a cute date night to celebrate our new home. Centrally located on Mayfair near all the large luxury shops such as Chanel and Dior, just near Oxford Street, we decided to go for a relaxing dinner. I dined at Mews of Mayfair before and the menu was exquisite, but this time they also had free champagne on set menus which was amazing. The big move is finally completed and we started the process of building all our furniture, as the new house is unfurnished and bit by bit we are building it ourselves. We completed 2 rooms already and we were looking forward to a relaxing date night! Book A Table has a lot of offers going on as usual, and we went for a delicious menu at Mews of Mayfair with free champagne – the new house is worth celebrating for!

Mews of Mayfair is in a hidden courtyard, located within two 18th century stable houses – feels like you are in a historical movie! They have indoor and outdoor setting – although my favourite is the beautiful courtyard, with the cold weather inside could be a much more convenient choice. I also previously heard that they have great oven baked pizza – will return another time for that.

Interior of Mews of Mayfair

Interior of Mews of Mayfair

Exterior of Mews of Mayfair

Exterior of Mews of Mayfair

Menu And Food Quality

We were amazed by how varied and incredible the food offered on the menu was. When we booked the restaurant we also had free champagne with the online booking menu, we were so ready to celebrate our new home! I’ve been at Mews of Mayfair and already knew my favourite dish: Truffle Mac and Cheese! It’s the best thing in this world after chocolate! Rayer wanted to try something a little different and he went for the delicious pork belly dish, and of course I stole a little bit from him!

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 My meal choice: 

Truffle mac and cheese (the best!)

Rayer’s meal choice:

Pork belly and garniture dish

The menu at Mews of Mayfair was one of the most delicious meals I’ve had in a while, and I really enjoyed the ambiance and the positive attitude of the staff as well. They first welcomed us with a smile and presented olives and bread when we said we were so hungry, followed by the delicious menu! They helped to explain some of the dishes at the menu, and I chose the all time favourite truffle mac and cheese which is an incredibly delicious meal. It was very tasty and filling! I cannot wait to visit again.

 

If you would like to have a look at the list of all restaurant that offer free champagne with a menu who has some incredible set menu deals ladies and gentleman, I would recommend having a look on the website to find your perfect restaurant and dinner date, and you can book my favourite, Mews of Mayfair Restaurant here

 

With love,

 

N x

Tenerife: Royal Hideaway Corales Beach - Nurce Erben

Tenerife Vacation

Have you ever visited Tenerife? I’ve never known that a city could be so beautiful, and a place could be so peaceful. We visited the Royal Hideaway Corales Beach Hotel over last weekend, and it was a holiday to remember for a lifetime. Welcome to Paradise. We came with a direct plane ride from London Gatwick Airport, which was 4.5 hours. I thought Tenerife was a Spanish Island (it is), and in my head it should be a short 2 hour flight. Did you know it is at the same geographical area as Africa? Which explained the incredible weather in the middle of October! It was so hot that we actually tanned for 3 days, and my nose is still red from the sun haha! When I came back to England, it was around 5 degrees and the weather change was a big shock as well. Tenerife made us feel like it’s summer again!

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World Class Cuisine

The food was spectacular, Royal Hideaway’s chefs come from Michelin Star Restaurants and they prepare fresh and absolutely delicious food infront of the guests! We had a different specific cuisine every night, I am now back to London and still craving the incredible food from the luxurious kitchen. We ate so much in 3 days that we were in a food coma in the entire next week! From starter to desert, Royal Hideaway Corales Beach Hotel’s cuisine deserves 10/10.

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Spectacular Views

Have you ever thought of what paradise looks like? Recently I’ve been thinking that it looks like the rooftop pool view from the hotel. We just sat by the sunset and kept looking at the endless beautiful sky, and how many colours it could combine to create such a beautiful colour palette. I think if some artists have been in Tenerife before, they would draw spectacular view photos. After a long month of hard work this is the vacation we deserve, as I felt a long weekend there literally calmed my body and soul, Tenerife is a far but heavenly corner of the world, and I can’t wait to visit again.

I absolutely recommend a beautiful weekend getaway, you can find more information here: https://www.barcelo.com/en-us/royal-hideaway/hotels/spain/canary-islands/tenerife/royal-hideaway-corales-beach/

Lots of love,

N

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London Restaurant Festival - Nurce Erben

Momo

A Cosy Friday Night Dining

For a cosy Friday Night dining, Momo’s in Heddon Street was the perfect choice. Conveniently located on Heddon Street, just near Oxford Street, me and my partner Rayer decided to go for a lovely dinner. Recently we have been working a lot and soon we are moving houses as many of you know – a lot of packing to do! We needed a date night to enjoy ourselves. Between 1-31 October (my birthday month!), London Restaurant Festival is going on, which means we could book some of the best restaurants in London including Michelin starred ones for a great value!  We researched online to see several restaurant menus, and  found the delicious set menus of Momo’s Restaurant during London Restaurant Festival (and of course I ate so much delicious food – I’m in a food coma next day!)

Momo’s Restaurant is originally from North Africa and has a delicious mix of both North African and Mediterranean cuisines. I’ve been a big fan of their food, and especially the fresh mint tea they serve at the end of the dinner – it’s bottomless! The restaurant’s decoration is very exotic and elegant, and the staff is so lively, they were singing and dancing while bringing a cake for one of the customer’s birthday.  I loved the ambiance!

Exterior of Momo’s Restaurant

Exterior of Momo’s Restaurant

Beautiful Interiors of the Restaurant

Beautiful Interiors of the Restaurant

Menu and Food Quality

We were amazed by how rich and delicious the food offered on the menu was. During the London Restaurant Festival, you can choose from the 2 or 3 course set menus, for the good value price of 33 or 39 Pounds. Of course me and Rayer went for the 3 course including a starter, main and desert. It’s been a challenging choice as everything on the menu was delightful, and I wanted to try everything as I could see the tables next to us ordered several dishes, and the food looked and smelled incredible! I was between the sea bream and the couscous with lamb, but it looked so incredible on our neighbor table, I knew that was the dish I wanted to go for. After consideration, we decided to choose the dishes below: 

Starter: Quail Pastilla

Crispy pastry with chicken, cinnamon, muscat grapes

Main: Momo Couscous

Chicken kofta, lamb chop, merguez

Dessert: Pastries

Traditional Maghrebine Pastries

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Starter: Quail Pastilla

Main:    Momo Couscous

Main: Momo Couscous

Dessert:    Maghrebine Pastries

Dessert: Maghrebine Pastries

 London Restaurant Festival has some incredible set menu deals ladies and gentleman, I would recommend having a look on the website to find your perfect restaurant and dinner date: https://www.bookatable.co.uk/london-restaurant-festival and you can book my favourite, Momo Restaurant here: https://www.bookatable.co.uk/momo-oxford-circus-regent-street-london 

 

With love,

 

Nurce x


Calcot Manor: Spa Getaway

CALCOT MANOR: SPA GETAWAY

Calcot Spa
Calcot

The Ultimate Spa Getaway

London Fashion Week 2019 was incredible, but we shouldn’t forget how tiring it could be. There were times were my first meal of the day was at 9PM. It becomes very tiring to run around between clashing shows, while it’s an amazing experience as always, it could become exhausting as well. So we booked a relaxing spa trip afterwards in the Calcot Spa Hotel.

Post Fashion Week Glow

As soon as we entered, it was one of the most relaxing places I’ve ever seen, and the most peaceful I’ve ever felt. It is in the large and green area of Cotswalds, and feels like a large, very large secret garden. We took long walks in the surrounding park, and enjoyed a beautiful spa experience both indoors and outdoors, followed by my newly found love: Elemis Spa at the Calcot.

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Calcot

Cosy Rooms

Our room Cambridge felt like we were in a movie set from Robin Hood, the entrance was private and surrounded by a perfect little secret garden. The room was cosy with flowers and tea, and comfortable furnishings. After our visits I was telling all my friends that is how I wanted to furnish my room, as the energy - Chi - in the room was so positive that you slept like a baby and woke up with the post-spa glow. After running around in LFW and going to 8 shows in one day (that crazy Saturday), it was the first decent sleep I got. My favourite little corner to spend time in was the conservatory restaurant, which is a spacious conservatory, decorated in pastel colours and surrounded by beautiful flowers. The food was spectacular as well!

Calcot Manor was the ultimate spa getaway for people who want to get away from the busy city life for a lovely weekend. I am ready for Paris Fashion Week now!

If you would like to check out the gorgeous spa hotel an hour and half away from London, click here.

With love,

N

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Travel Bags in Tuscany

Everyone stopped and looked at us when taking this photo, they said it was super cool!

Everyone stopped and looked at us when taking this photo, they said it was super cool!

Here is a photo of him looking super cool with the American Tourister luggage. How does he always look so cool?

Here is a photo of him looking super cool with the American Tourister luggage. How does he always look so cool?

My Luggage Choice

As you guys know, I finally went on holiday to Tuscany for a couple of days with my boyfriend Rayer, it's been so long since my injury and everything going on so I was so ready for a holiday. We stayed in the beautiful Tuscany and we loved it so much we extended it to 5 days. I knew this was going to happen so I packed a lot of clothes to make sure I can take all the best photos and I needed a safe, comfortable and flexible travel companion for this mission. After trying many luggage brands in the past (trust me ladies, it's not easy to find the right travel companion!) I decided American Tourister's Soundbox range was amongst my favourites, after all who wouldn’t want to use Ronaldo’s luggage? I saw his advert where he is on top of a luggage going through the security check and I thought it was hilarious, so decided to try the ideal medium size (77cm) American Tourister myself. 

 

The colour choice was refreshing as most of my luggages are darker or lighter colours as I am a very classic person. But this time I decided to go bigger and bolder, and I was very happy with the decision. As I shopped more and more I needed the extra space, and instead of buying another luggage as I usually had to do, this luggage can actually extend with extra zipper pockets which I thought was very comfortable for a shopping lover as myself! I had about 20 outfits in (oops haha!) and still had space for all my shopping, shoes, accessories and so much more! Obviously my boyfriend (being a boy) took a much smaller luggage and then regretted it. He then tried to steal mine haha! Boys!! Have a look at his photo below looking super cute with the colorful luggage.

 

 

I love it when a bag has a soul, compact, fashionable, elegant and timeless, but also comfortable with it's super soft leather and flexible, not a harsh leather as many of the high street bags may have. I was quite happy with the overall look and comfort of my new Lipault bag. Also - it might look small but don't be fooled, this beauty fits in my phone, sunglasses, keys, wallet, accessories and even more. I was surprised to see so much space - and very pleased with what I saw. I have a lot of designer handbags which barely fit most of my belongings, and Lipault was very spacious even though it is a shoulder bag and is very cute and compact. As most of you know tea time is my favourite time, and my bag was by my side everyday when I went for the elegant and classy tea room of our Villa in Tuscany as portrayed in the photo above. You can also check my Instagram page for the upcoming photos on how I styled my Lipault bag with various different outfits, coming soon ladies and gentleman!

Breakfast time is my favourite time of the day. Can never start my day without a lovely cup of coffee! And A LOT of honey!

Breakfast time is my favourite time of the day. Can never start my day without a lovely cup of coffee! And A LOT of honey!

My Handbag Choice

I am quite selective when it comes to my handbag selection, as I have a handbag wardrobe and I would never buy or add something to it to make it busy just because I think handbags and girls have a special collection. You either love them or you don't - I don't think there is a middle where you think "uhm, maybe, I might wear this once in this occasion..." That's just me. When I saw this gorgeous Plume Elegance bag from Lipault I knew it was a beautiful addition to my wardrobe. 

I took my Lipault bag to many locations with me as I loved it so much. Look at how cute and elegant it looks in photos as well!

I took my Lipault bag to many locations with me as I loved it so much. Look at how cute and elegant it looks in photos as well!

New posts from my Tuscany holiday coming soon!

Lots of Love,

London Fashion Story

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Vienna: A Winter's Tale

4 Days In Vienna: A Magical Winter's Tale

Vienna

The Vienna Opera

Staatsoper, the famous Opera in Vienna. If you ever visit Vienna, absolutely visit the Opera because it is a masterpiece on it's own. The atmosphere, the stage and the musical ambiance of the place is magical. We were lucky enough to watch Johann Strauss' romantic comedy opera: Arabella. It was one of the best operas I have ever seen, absolutely recommended. 

The Christmas Market

Me and my travel buddy Irem were in Vienna just around Christmas time, and the city was full of life and lights! Christmas markets were everywhere and they were perfect to buy cute gifts for our friends and families. Our favourite was the Christmas Market outside the Schonnbrunn Castle of Princess Sissi. In this photo I am holding the classic nutcracker I bought as a gift for my mother and it makes me smile like a child!

 

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Vienna

Cafe Central

Cafe Central is one of Vienna's oldest and most traditional heritage cafes. Sigmund Freud, Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler once were amongst the cafe's famous customers. It is both a historical, and a very local restaurant. The menu is incredible, our favourites were the brunch menu and of course the schnitzel haha!

 

Albertina Museum

Albertina Museum is perfectly located in the city center, and we went to visit the Italian painter Rafael's exhibition. It was incredible and unmissable, and a lot of pieces were brought to the museum from Vatican in Rome. This painting was my favourite especially. I absolutely recommend a visit as it is not a massive, but a very valuable museum providing a cultured visit. 

 

 

Vienna