During the festive season the Big Smoke turns from dull skies and industrial skyscrapers into a truly inspirational winter wonderland. There is nowhere in the world that can capture the spirit of Christmas quite like London with its majestic hotels, twinkling fairy lights, cozy pubs spilling...

Big Smoke Oh wow, I really love Butter London nail lacquers. I only have two BLs in my stash, but they are outstanding both in color and staying power. The first one is Big Smoke, a vibrant, metallic deep teal with such amazing brilliance. It is such an edgy, funky, but quite classy color....

Aside from iconic landmarks like Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, and Piccadilly Circus, when most people think of London, they imagine certain items and figures that are ubiquitous in The Big Smoke: red cabinet-like phone booths, the uniformed sentries guarding Windsor Castle and the Tower of...

>> Next year, I'll be embarking on a project that will take me properly beyond the M25, outside of London to go and find fashion scenes, local designers and creators that choose not to base themselves in the big smoke. The rot has set in apparently. Over the summer, a slew ofarticles...

Not long now until I'm back in London so I'm wearing all the spring/summer pieces I can before I have to throw the layers back on in The Big Smoke. I have to say I love doing these roundups, instead of more individual style posts these days, as it's a good chance to look back and see just how...

For years, I've had New Yorkers staying with me as I've moved around the Big Smoke and they've always been so confused as to why we couldn't get the idea of food delivery just right. How difficult can it be to have someone deliver a piping hot meal to your house? Well, for a long time it...

Last Saturday we all got to spend time together in the big smoke and enjoyed a festive weekend in Chelsea, staying with one of my favourites, Cheval Residences. We often go for the self-catering option when it comes to going away with Holly – it just affords a little more freedom in...

The Big Smoke Burger spot in Tahlia Street is a bit hidden in the construction that is going on in Riyadh's busiest street. Good thing, its sign and colors of yellow and black are so vivid you'll easily see it. If not, it's just across the Al Hilal boutique and beside Criollo. The staff are...

A casual look for a trip back to the big smoke So literally a few days after we came back from our short family break in London the little man and I were off again, on the fast train back to the big smoke. This time however we had company in the form of the lovely and creative blogger Fritha...

>> It pains me to say as a Londoner, who boastfully praises the city for world class vintage shopping, going to Tokyo and happing upon countless vintage stores that could easily trump the Big Smoke on selection, diversity, merchandising and even pricing is a painful affair. Sometimes I'll be...

 

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