Hello first blog post of 2018! I took some time off at the start of January to ease into the New Year, and life has been crazy busy ever since. However, I'm getting back into routine and feel refreshed from the festive break, although it feels like a lifetime ago now! 

January is one of my least favourite months, you walk around the shops to the sight of all of the Christmas presents and decorations now redundant with bright red sale stickers plastered over them, it's cold, you're skint and the day just seem to get greyer and greyer. Joyous. However, this January was brightened up when the lovely Katy dropped into my inbox with an invitation to a couples staycation at St Martins Lane

It was just what Charlie and I needed, and without any hesitation I eagerly replied with a big fat yes. I've always wanted to stay at St Martins Lane, and it gave us a great excuse to pack our bags and gallivant around London for a couple of days. 

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The hotel is located bang in the centre of Covent Garden, so in terms of location you really can't get much better than this. The hotel reception, designed by Phillippe Starck, is very striking. I had previously visited back in my fashion interning days and I hadn't forgotten how beautiful it is. Stylish, minimalist yet playful, the giant chess pieces give off some major Alice in Wonderland vibes!

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The room didn't fail to impress either, spacious, light and airy, I loved the contemporary vibe and the bed is what I can only describe as a giant marshmallow! I love a huge bed, and we both had an excellent nights sleep. Oh and can we talk about the LEOPARD PRINT CARPET. How cool! I was also a big fan of the amenities, Malin & Goetz are a favourite of mine, these little touches make all the difference in my opinion.

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The bar is super cool and super sleek, I felt like I should be in Sex and the City or something. I've never been to a bar like this so it was a fun experience, plus the cocktails were insanely good. We stayed for a couple of hours before retreating back to our giant marshmallow bed with a Chipotle takeaway from across the road and Bridesmaids which happened to be on TV. The perfect relaxed evening!

In the morning, we joined a group of other lovely bloggers and their boyfriends for a delicious bottomless brunch at Asia de Cuba. The vegan Pad Thai was out of this world, and the best I've ever had so I'd highly recommend it. It was lovely to meet some familiar faces from Instagram, and finally meet Katy, whom I followed online for probably around 4-5 years now! Katy's blog was one of the first blogs I discovered back in the day and she's just as lovely as I'd imagined. 

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Thank you Katy and St Martins Lane Hotel for an amazing stay!

*Our stay at St Martins Lane was complimentary however opinions are all my own