1. Lucie Loves… Tech

    #Blogged | Unboxing and first impressions of Samsung’s WW9000 eco-bubble washing machine.

    I’d never awaited the delivery of a domestic appliance as eagerly as I did this washing machine.

    Perhaps it was my inner tech geek and the fact that this new machine has more cons than the majority of people’s family cars. Or maybe it was because I was about to test-drive my very first smart kitchen appliance, in the hope that it would make my parents life a hell of a lot easier.

    I should give this some context by explaining a bit about JMG and I: having worked for one of the biggest technology companies for the last ten years, he loves technology. And as a bi-product of our relationship and our joint love of design, we have both embraced tech into our lives and helped introduce our parents and extended families to its timesaving and revolutionary ways.

    We once went with a storage company simply because you could operate the secure lock system with a fingerprint scanner… as opposed to just a key. They were also very well priced and had a great reputation, but you see what I’m trying to get at. If there is a tech-fuelled option or a more traditional approach, we will choose tech 85% of the time.

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  2. Lucie Loves… France

    #Blogged | Learning how to cook boeuf en croute at the Madame Gautier La Technique cookery school

    I just adore France: the food, wine, language, fashion, and the culture… I could go on and on…

    JMG and I like to cook-but don’t do it nearly as often as we should. We have a fairly small kitchen and a hectic lifestyle. Oh! And we love to eat out…

    We decided to do something about it by spending a few hours at Madame Gautier’s place. We were invited by Three to celebrate the launch of Feel At Home in France and La Technique, as it is known, is the French cookery school in London where we would both learn how to make boeuf en croute, aka beef wellington.

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  3.  Lucie Loves… Coffee

    #Blogged | Saturday morning at The Laundry E8 in London Fields

    JMG and I love finding new places to enjoy coffee in London. A few weeks ago we discovered The Laundry E8: a canteen, bar and event space in London fields.

    On entering you are greeted by a rather minimalist, industrial-looking interior, lots of space, high ceilings and a beautiful polished concrete floor, which spans the length of the building.

    It boasts a well-stocked bar and generous seating area – inside and out. Tables are rustic-looking; made from reclaimed railway sleepers, and surrounded by elegant French wooden bistro chairs. Modern pendant lights with exposed filament bulbs hang at intervals from the exposed ceiling.

    Vintage wooden letterpress trays - an interesting alternative to art work – are mounted on the wall, butted against each other, like something you’d see in the Marianne North gallery at Kew Gardens, to complete the look.

    The interior design is impressive and considered. As is the open-kitchen and fact that they serve Allpress coffee. This place has fantastic natural light, which pours in from each end of the building from large factory windows. JMG were discussing how nice this would be as one HUGE open plan home. Can we move in please?

    We only had time for coffee during our first visit, but we will definitely be back again with friends to sample the delicious-looking food. A new east London brunch spot is born!

    thelaundrye8.com/canteen-bar

    Fact: Did you know…

    The Laundry also has a basement that can be hired and used as a location space for music videos or fashion photography shoots. And the likes of Cheryl Cole, London Grammar, Secret Cinema and many more have shot here.

    JMG wears: Baiders snap-back cap, AnyForty x Add Fuel for Calm t-shirt, H&M black skinny jeans and red Nike Air Pegasus ’89 trainers.

    Photography © Lucie Kerley