KATE SPADE NEW YORK 182 regent street, W1 our shiny new shop. it’s a sophisticated two-story wonderland filled with a little bit of everything we love most—dazzling dresses, kids, tabletop settings, furniture, perfumes, dainty flats (and a few surprises, too). essentially, everything you need to live colorfully.
AIN’T NOTHING BUT…BLUES BAR 20 kingly street, W1 there’s something in the music at this neighborhood blues bar—and the intimate atmosphere, which reminds us of the late night sets at smalls in nyc. in both places, we easily “forget” what time it is.
SKETCH 9 conduit street, W1 ongoing artist collaborations, dreamy interiors (case in point: the all pale pink velvet dining room) and don’t-talk-i’m-eating-deliciousness food.
FORTNUM & MASON 181 piccadilly, W1 we dream of having their tea and cakes again almost as soon as we’ve left the building. (back home, only the carlyle hotel has that same effect on us.)
DANIEL HERSHESON 45 conduit street, W1 every day’s a good hair day with these mood-altering blowouts. we have them on speed dial right next to manhattan’s drybar.
TRIYOGA kingly court, W1 yoga, pilates, treatments and wishing we could namaste-all-day.
THE WOLSELEY 160 piccadilly, W1 our favorite spot in town for a proper dinner (martinis included) with a side of people watching. it’s our sant ambroeus away from home.
SHOTGUN 26 kingly street a craving for fish and chips in new york sends us to a quaint little place called a salt & battery. likewise, when in london, we sometimes want real-deal, extra-napkins-place american barbecue (with divine banana pudding for dessert). and for that we beeline here.
BOB BOB RICARD 1 upper james street, W1 every table has a “press for champagne” button. need we go on?
CRUMBS & DOILIES 1 kingly street, W1 new (scrumptious) cupcake flavors daily means it’s worth poppy by every day. like magnolia bakery in new york, it always happens to be a “convenient” stop.
THE LONDON LIBRARY 14 st james’s square, W1 the complimentary weekday evening tours are not to be missed—exploring the world’s largest independent lending library is as cinematic an experience as a fall afternoon at the 5th avenue branch of the new york public library.
PHILLIPS 30 berkeley square, W1 the new york city outpost is a favorite of ours for bidding and browsing alike, and london’s branch is just as brilliant.
ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS burlington house, piccadilly, W1 it’s london’s MET: a gorgeous place to get lost while taking in classics and contemporary pieces alike.
PETER HARRINGTON 43 dover street, W1 previous vintage books (think first edition dickens and super-rare shakespeare) charmingly tucked away in a gallery-like shop. it’s like a miniature, highly-specialized version of the strand bookstore in the big apple.
WILD AT HEART AT LIBERTY great marlborough street the most indulgent florist around. we often call proprietor nikki nibbles when we need an opulently chic floral statement.
cupcake wars au where Link is a contest on cupcake wars and Allen is the guest judge and they're flirting the whole time
Oh!!! This idea is so sweet and pure! I love it!
I’m not very familiar with Cupcake Wars, so this might not be true to the show, but I’m imagining Allen being enthusiastic about trying every kind of cupcake. Because of this, it’s difficult to actually impress him. Link takes on the challenge of making a cupcake Allen has never eaten before, something with a unique presentation and flavor. He winds up winning the entire competition, but he’s most proud of the fact that he impressed Allen Walker, the cupcake guru.
Over the course of the competition, many viewers notice Link and Allen flirting, generating buzz online. Tokusa is Link’s sous-chef and a social media addict, so he instantly realizes what’s going on and plays matchmaker. It’s exhausting. Why, you ask? Well…
Link and Allen are both painfully shy without the format of the show to give them something to talk about. In the end, Link winds up breaking the ice in an unexpected way. He bakes a TON of cupcakes when he’s stressed (which is often), and he can never eat them all, so one morning he delivers the extras to Allen. The ecstatic look on Allen’s face leads to daily cupcake deliveries, which leads to daily conversation, which finally leads to dates.
Why is no one ever flirting with bitty in the comics? He's adorable. I request kindly bitty getting flirted with at some point (maybe at his bakery?) and jack getting all jealous and possessive-ish. We never seen jack do jealous over anything. We just see jack being sad that he hasnt achieved what he thought he would have by now.
Here’s what I think: I think we never see Bitty, precious Bitty, the sunshine of SMH and all around probably the best classmate to have if you forget to bring food one day, getting flirted with is because the comics are from Bitty’s perspective.
Bitty is very attuned to others emotions and he cares deeply about how others are feeling. But there’s one feeling that I think he never registers (or never lets himself register): when others find him attractive. I don’t want to get angsty on this because I could talk about this for hours, but I really don’t think Bitty grew up in a very gay-friendly environment.
THAT BEING SAID: Please consider Awkward Jack flirting with Bitty and Jack learning that everyone with eyes will try to flirt with his boyfriend and that being jealous over it will only end in a distinct lack of pies for him.
Jack walks into Peaches, the coziest bakery in all of Rhode Island, freshly showered from practice and all too ready to pull his boyfriend into a nice warm hug. He can hear Bitty’s happy voice behind the counter so he waves at little Rita who is halfway through her daily cupcake and weaves his way through tables to get to the main counter of the bakery.
“This pie is the sweetest thing here, I’m sure you’ll love it!” Bitty grins as he slides a pie into a box and ties it up with a ribbon.
“Oh, I doubt it’s the sweetest thing here.” the man at the counter replies, almost too soft for Jack to hear it.
Jack takes a step back.
He has been dating Bitty for a few years now and he’s learned a few very important things:
Nine ways to go maxi with the mud—and get skinstant results.
The Egyptians invented it. The Chinese made it healthy. The Romans turned it creamy. We’ve been messing with facial masks since we first slathered them on, and modern times are no different. (Microwave, anyone?) Below, we list our favorite insights this side of the millennium—and the masks we love for their instant magic. Got one we didn’t mention? Just want to show off your handiwork with le mud? Post a mask selfie to the Beauty Board! Cleopatra would be proud. MELISSA LANE
Go the distance. TIP: After you remove a sheet mask, massage the extra serum into your skin for even more hydration. TRY: DR JART+ PORE MINIMALIST BLACK CHARCOAL SHEET MASK WHY: Once you remove the fast-acting charcoal-infused cloth, you’ll find loads of spearmint extract and arginine reporting for a second shift.
Cool it. TIP: To minimize visible puffiness, chill your calming mask in the fridge first. TRY: FRESH ROSE FACE MASK WHY: This rosewater gel, brimming with real rose petals, lends itself well to refrigeration—and its soothing effect is the perfect quick fix for puffy skin.
Multimask. TIP: Want to slow signs of aging while you get a glow? There’s no reason not to get it all from one mask. TRY: REN GLYCOL LACTIC RADIANCE RENEWAL MASK WHY: This exfoliator is powered with natural fruit acids and papaya enzymes that rapidly boost radiance—and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Bad things come to those who wait (too long). TIP: Don’t wait for a clay mask to completely dry before wiping it off. By the time it’s dry and flaky, it will start to draw moisture from your skin, which can cause irritation. TRY: GLAMGLOW YOUTHMUD TINGLEXFOLIATE TREATMENT WHY: We love this resurfacing clay mask: It leaves skin glowing and supports natural collagen—all in a matter of minutes.
Get more bang for your beauty buck. TIP: Get the gunk out of your skin with a detox mask before applying your serum: It will help it sink in deeper and work more effectively. TRY: GLAMGLOW POWERMUD DUALCLEANSE TREATMENT WHY: Powerful conditioning, purifying, and detoxing in a snap—not to mention a sensual mud-to-oil format that feels like a vacation.
Get it on the go. TIP: Counter travel stress with an invisible moisture mask before you board or an hour before touchdown. TRY: FRESH BLACK TEA INSTANT PERFECTING MASK WHY: It goes on clear, smells wonderful, and not only swiftly steeps your skin in hydration, but infuses it with advanced antioxidants from kombucha as well.
Elevate. TIP: Paired with your regular skin care, masks are like frosting: They don’t replace the cupcake (your daily beauty routine)—they just make it better. TRY: ALGENIST ALGAE BRIGHTENING MASK WHY: If seaweed hasn’t made it into your routine yet, try this breakthrough combination of micro and macro algae. Known for its regenerative properties, it provides a speedy dose of brightening anytime you need it.
Sponges are for cleaning. TIP: While oil can help remove a clay mask, a cellulose sponge can also do a bang-up job. TRY: BOSCIA KONJAC CLEANSING SPONGE WHY: Naturally deep-cleansing, this pH-balanced sponge is gentle enough to be used on the delicate undereye area.
I saw this text post and i had to think of you so i have to link this through maybe you can make it incredible in a tiny fic; "Thranduil has a cute shop with cupcakes while Bard is an tattoo artist in the studio next to the cupcake shop. Bard the Tattoer comes to buy a cupcake every day and after fair amount of blushing, incoherent talk and cupcakes he takes Thranduil out on a date. A few years after their marriage, he admits that he doesn’t even like cupcakes."
Orange Vanilla Bean Cupcakes with Pistachio Buttercream
These vanilla bean cupcakes get a sweet and flavorful twist from fresh orange, while the creamy buttercream is studded with crunchy pistachios. It’s a winning combination that will steal the show at your next party or potluck.
TIME TO TABLE: 15 minutes prep, 20 minutes baking, and 10 minutes cooling.
Cupcakes 1 cup unsalted butter, softened ½ cup sugar 2 eggs 1 tablespoon milk 1 vanilla bean Zest of 3 Paramount Citrus oranges 1 tablespoon Paramount Citrus orange juice 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder ¼ teaspoon salt
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Place 6 cupcake liners in a cupcake tin.
2. To make the cupcakes, place the 1 cup of butter and sugar in the bowl of a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Turn to medium and cream for 30 seconds. Turn to medium-high and cream 30 more seconds.
3. Mix in the eggs and milk on low and gently scrape the sides of the bowl as needed.
4. Split the vanilla bean and scrape out half of the paste. Reserve the other half for the frosting. Add the vanilla bean paste to the cupcake batter.
5. Add the orange zest and orange juice. Mix on low until all ingredients are combined.
6. In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder and salt. Turn the mixer to low and slowly add the dry ingredients. Mix just until combined.
7. Divide the batter evenly between the 6 cupcake liners.
8. Bake the cupcakes, for 18 to 20 minutes, until the centers are firm and the edges are slightly browned. Let cool for 10 minutes.
9. To prepare the frosting, add the 4 tablespoons of softened butter and powder sugar to the bowl of a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.
10. Mix on low. Add the milk and the remaining vanilla bean paste.
11. Turn the mixer to medium-high and mix until the frosting is light and spreadable, about 1 minute. Stir in the pistachios.
12. Frost each cupcake with an equal amount of the buttercream before serving.