A Visit to Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok

The glittering Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) on the grounds of the Grand Palace in Bangkok is considered the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand and is a must-see for the stunning architecture, craftsmanship, and layers of historical and spiritual significance. Artisans of Leisure arranges expert-led private tours of the complex, which dates from the founding of the capital in 1782. The palace …

5 books to take on holiday – Autumn 2018 Edition

I love finding new books to read – and believe it or not, I have not converted to Kindle. I know half the world has, but I love real books and more often than not, I just leave them behind when I travel, so others can enjoy the book too. I have been asked countless times what I am reading – and before you get excited, I like simple beach reads most times. Easy, not too complex – the equivalent of a rom com. Here are …

5 (not so obvious) things you need to pack for your next trip

When I prepare for each trip, there are items that ALWAYS ALWAYS come with me, no matter what type of trip it is – a nice short haul trip to Seville or a nice long hop to Miami, they always come with me. Here are the 5 things you need to pack for your next trip (in my opinion!) An Amazon Fire 10 HD tablet Costs from £/$/€ 149 from Amazon I have always only had Apple tablets but the truth…

10 espadrilles perfect for your next trip

Espadrilles have really come a long way – being Portuguese and with a family obsessed with Spain, I must confess I have been wearing them my whole life (and so has Mr. O, as espadrilles have always been the beachwear choice the men in my family have deemed as appropriate!). This Summer, they have really made a comeback, and it it came quite a few options in terms of styles – making it appropriate as day and evening wear (in some cases). Here is my selection of 10 espadrilles perfect for your next trip: Castaner…

Black Friday sales actually worth the name

I am almost tired of all the emails coming to my inbox about Black Friday Sales. But some really are quite decent, so I am providing a little list of websites worth visiting, if you fancy a bit of shopping. I am breaking them down by category, so it is a little easier. Please note that some links will only work from Friday onwards. Beauty Aromatherapy Associates – is offering 50% off some of their top selling items. Charlotte Tilbury – has 20% off a large selection of items Molton Brown – …

10 Christmas stocking fillers for luxury lovers

Something that cheers me up each year is to find the perfect gift for friends and family – and I must confess I am very organised – I get most of my shopping done in September (which is a bit ridiculous, but it is 100% true). However, I like having …

5 of the best luxury passport holders

A few years ago, having a passport holder really seemed strange – but judging by what I see on immigration queues around the world, we have all converted. Here are 5 of the best luxury passport holders for men and women. The classic by Montblanc Costs £117 from Selfridges A little je ne sais quois by Dunhill Costs £165 from Matches Another classic reinvented by Smythson Costs £125 from Smythson A pop of colour from Burberry Costs £180 from Burberry Get into island…

Black tote bags – 5 options for the ultimate travel handbag

A black tote bag is one that no luxury traveller can do without. Large, spacious and easy to open and access all your items – it is one of the staples of my ‘travel outfit’. Why is it so important? It goes with everything. It can fit all your electronics (namely a laptop, very easily), phones, cables, magazines, wallets and the lot. And your passport. And some token airport purchases. I have been ‘expanding&#…

5 gadgets to take on your next trip

Technology changes so quickly, which means that every now and then there are some great products hitting the market. Below, you can find 5 gadgets to take on your next trip, all bought, tried and tested by myself. Jackery power banks / portable chargers Without a doubt, the best portable chargers we …

5 gadgets to take on your next trip – 2016 Edition

Technology changes so quickly, which means that every now and then there are some great products hitting the market. Below, you can find 5 gadgets to take on your next trip, all bought, tried and tested by myself. Jackery power banks / portable chargers Without a doubt, the best portable chargers we have…

10 Premium Gins to try on World Gin Day #WorldGinDay

June 11th marks a very important day in my calendar – it is World Gin Day. To be honest, I did not know that this day existed until last week, but I promise you one thing – this could be my favourite ‘World Something’ Day ever. Gin, as you may well know, is my spirit of choice. I …

My favourite Winter Sale picks

After the most depressing week of the year, i.e. the very first one, there were only two things that made me smile: booking some trips and indulge in some excellent online shopping. Here are my favourite Winter Sale picks: Aromatherapy Associates Aromatherapy Associates is one of my go-to brands for skin care and body care, so to speak. Their products very rarely go on sale, except for their Christmas specials, which you can now get for 50% off for a very limited time. My picks were the Bath…

Mrs. O’s Top 10 Christmas gifts for luxury lovers

It is that time of the year! But to be very honest with you, I am all done with my Christmas shopping for the year, so I feel free and ready to shop for some more things, but most probably, for yours truly. So what are this year’s top 10 Christmas gifts for luxury lovers, I hear you ask? To be honest, I have compiled 9 things that I have bought myself (or Mr. O) over the …

Five reasons Brighton’s lured us back…

With its brazen artwork and graffiti’d sea-view rooms, Artist Residence Brighton has made us come over all unnecessary – well it is the original dirty-weekend destination, after all. So here are five reasons why this is the time for a stay in Brighton again. Sunnies, knotted hankies and a cheeky sense of humour at the ready, we’re all going on a retro British beach break…  ITS ART IS IN THE RIGHT PLACE Brighton’s art scene is as bawdy as a seaside postcard, with a knowing…