The Shore Currently: Oh my, October!

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I love October, not only as it’s my birthday month, but also because it’s such a nice time of the year. It’s that time where Summer falls in love with Autumn and they make good weather babies.

img_9229On a personal note, October 2016 had been a month of mindfulness – it reminded me of how everything is temporary and how much we take for granted. My grandmother from my Dad’s side of the family passed away a few days ago and though our relationship had been rather difficult the past few years, my heart’s broken. That said, I don’t want to be upset all over. Because I’ve learned from her to stand up each time you fall until you reach your goal, or find what you’re looking for. She’s in a better place now, I know.

GO

dsc01117-2Paris is a city j’adored for as long as I remember. I’ve romanced with the idea of living there but my French is just as good as your restaurant menu. Going there again for my birthday weekend was such a big highlight for the month!

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img_9142-2Seeing the sights again – the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Notre Dame, the museums, Montmartre and Sacre Cœur… *sigh*. I’ve said how I felt about the city in this post on Instagram But to sum it up… Paris really is a good idea. Always!

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OHHHH… But the big one was spotting Karl Lagerfeld! I don’t usually get starstruck but when I spotted his pony from miles away I squealed. And it kills me because I was too busy catching my jaw from dropping I forgot to take a photo! He must’ve been checking out the Chanel flagship at Rue Cambon and overseeing the new store at Rue Saint-Honore. Legend!

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I also had an amazing staycation at The Bloomsbury Hotel during Halloween weekend. The amazing bath was all I needed to relax through fright night shenanigans.

EAT

dsc00887-2I had three reservations for my birthday: Greenhouse, Alyn Williams at The Westbury and Ormer. In the end, I’ve opted for Shaun Rankin’s new Mayfair outpost on the basis of the turbot, which Rosie said was her top dish of the year. It was lovely and I’ll write about it soon.

dsc00919-2Finally got to try Septime in Paris which is tres tres bien and tres tres cool! The menu changes daily and features modern French cuisine.

dsc01144dsc01020-2img_9085-2I’ve also had pretty fantastic meals at Chez Monsieur in Madeleine, Le Bon Saint Pourçain in Saint-Germain-des-Pres, and Cafe RUC near the Louvre.

dsc01025-2And you know any Parisienne trip ain’t complete without a chocolatey brekky at Angelina.

Back in London, I’ve had a fair share of scrumptious meals, too.

dsc01289-2Made some Uzbek dumplings with Binny and Aftab at Samarkand. They definitely didn’t look amazing and I almost chopped a finger and a nail off, but it was great seeing those two and other bloggers as well!

img_8732-2I still haven’t been to Dominique Ansell’s London opening around the corner! However, treats from the Harrod’s bakery have definitely become a Sunday staple. If you’re ever around and see me scoffing donuts, cronuts, and patisserie, come say hi.

img_9125-2Speaking of Harrod’s, that lobster popcorn from Mango Tree is still in my head.

img_9372-2I went back to Guan’s Nyonya Supperclub with Angela, Sheepa and friends. It was definitely better second time around!

img_9406-2Had a great brunch catch up at The Dalloway Terrace with MG (which is also amazing for arvo tea).

img_9308-2I was pretty impressed by Asadal’s Korean barbecue offering and actually like it heaps better than their newer sister, SuperStar BBQ.

img_9247-2I’ve also managed to try Chick ‘n’ Sours in Seven Dials to check whether they really have the best fried chicken in town. The full verdict on the blog soon.

DRINK

img_8991-2dsc00991-2dsc00858-2Birthday month brought forth a heap of champagne and cocktails from Hotel Costes, Le Deux Magots, Mercato Metropolitano, the new Manetta’s Bar at Flemings, Berners Tavern, and post-workweek drinks with the crew. For some strange reason, I’ve recently developed a liking to margaritas – and I don’t even like tequila.

img_8734I’m still searching for a new cocktail bar hangout spot since Lab closed but I have to admit, the bar at Berners Tavern is slowly becoming a favourite.

LOVE

dsc01258Loved seeing J and P for lunch whilst they stayed in London! Always happy to see people from the Philippines whenever they visit the UK!

img_8791-2Had a great night out with the work crew to celebrate three birthdays and we ended up having cocktails and a good boogie. I missed dancing the night away, but the highlight was ending up in a hotel with my girls.

dsc01508-2So remember when I had this done in June? I accompanied my friend T who got her first to holdher hand. In the end, I ended up adding a little paper plane to my side ink. Originally wanted a sailboat but couldn’t find a design I wanted. Excuse the dryness of my skin here, my tat was on the heal and I had not moisturised it when this photo was taken.

BEAUTY

dsc01512-2I’m totally enjoying the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish powder which keeps my skin matte all day. My red lip classic has been replaced all month by Anastasia Liquid Lipstick in Dusty Rose, a pretty pink that’s not shocking. I’ve also been using the Anastasia Concealer which is brilliant because it acts as a highlighter too, which means less gunk on my face.

WATCH


I’ve been getting way into Netflix these days. Bloodline is bloody good and I can’t believe they’re canning it after Season 3. I hated the original slasher films but Scream has been my brainless watch: bad acting + bad script = good enough guilty pleasure.

img_8666My Cineworld Unlimited Card does wonders! I’ve been watching unlimited films from free to £5 in the theatres and discounts on popcorn.


I remember gushing excitement a few years back when I found out Benedict Cumberbatch was playing Doctor Strange on the silverscreen. I have now seen the film and enjoyed it loads.

On another note, Gone Girl was kinda “MEH”, and The Girl With All The Gifts was some sort of dystopian “Huh?!”

LISTEN
Can I help you along? 
Sun in the room, curtains too soon 
The day is coming closer 
The dream slipping through me will fade 
Inching slowly from slumber 
And I love you a lot whatever you want, wherever you are
CLICK

Aftab’s Champagne Tour with Champagne Bureau
Amanda’s WEDDING posts!
Angie’s Kenya posts, particularly this one on Giraffe Manor
Binny’s Mexican food market tour
Catherine’s Lux Life update
Emma’s perfect birthday
Jaime’s Expat Talk on Friends Leaving
Jasimmine’s Summertime Sadness
Maggie’s Monaco Tips
Nano’s 10 Best Cafes in Tokyo (that do not serve Japanese food)

I hope you had a great month as well, folks. And whatever you do, don’t forget to celebrate life each day.

FOR MAMANG

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12 Comments

  1. 5th November 2016 / 3:04 pm

    Your October has just been dreamy!!!! x

    • Honey de Gracia
      5th November 2016 / 6:46 pm

      Haha thanks hun. I can’t believe you’re moving to York!

  2. Rose
    5th November 2016 / 3:27 pm

    Were you alone when you went to Paris? How were you able to take pretty shots of yourself? 🙂

    • Honey de Gracia
      5th November 2016 / 6:42 pm

      No, my friends D and S came and they’re very good with shutter speed =)

  3. 5th November 2016 / 6:36 pm

    Your October looked fabulous! Jam packed with lovely restaurants i’m adding to my bucket list 🙂

    • Honey de Gracia
      5th November 2016 / 6:46 pm

      November’s looking packed with restaurants too! 😉

  4. 6th November 2016 / 4:39 pm

    What a fab October – can’t believe you actually saw Karl Lagerfeld too!! That is an incredible celeb spot!
    Lauren xx
    Elle Bloggs

    • Honey de Gracia
      7th November 2016 / 12:06 am

      It was defo my favourite celeb spot to date! He was actually more friendly to “the masses” than I thought he’d be!

  5. 6th November 2016 / 10:19 pm

    Sorry to hear about your grandmother lovely. Paris looked amazing, what a fab foodie month for your birthday. Thank you for sharing my post 🙂 Shall we get a date in the diary? Haven’t seen you in ages.

    • Honey de Gracia
      7th November 2016 / 12:04 am

      Thanks love. And yes let’s put a date in the diary! x

  6. 8th November 2016 / 3:21 pm

    Can’t wait to read your thoughts on Ormer, really hope it was as good as when I went!!

    Rosie xx

    • Honey de Gracia
      10th November 2016 / 6:35 pm

      I promise to write it soon! haha!

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