Created on Saturday, 07 July 2012 Written by Arlette

Spontaneous, free spirit - that is how I am feeling. I'm like a bird. (Nelly Furtaldo song love it).

Grab opportunities as they come by keeing an open mind.

Booked a trip to Brazil on Friday and flew out on Monday with no hotels booked. Smart move - not quite with Rio+20 summit. Rio was full unless you have £1,000 per room a night.

Finally, we managed to secure a place in Leblon which is a hip neighbourhood and the one you would probably like to live in if you are there. A residential, pretty neighbourhood with lovely restaurants and bars and interior shops.

On our stay at Rio, we explored the various neighbourhoods of Leblon, Ipanema, Copocabana, Jardim Botanica and Santa Theresa by making it our mission to eat at a lot of the recommended places by locals. Time Out helped too...

Leblon - Sushi Leblon was always busy, Zucca - highly rated, I'm not sure about the staff given the ladies recommendation for hip drinks afterwards... we left Leblon to head to jardin Botanica and it was deserted!... Zucca was ok - nothing wowie, Q bar was buzzy, a few other bars on the street were cool - I forget the names now. Cafe Hum was a favourite for coffee and cake as well as Tacho Capixaba a favourite haunt for locals. We ordered really badly - order the taster breakfast sharing for two, mango,breads, coffees and juice. Why I ordered cake again!

Jardim Botanica - I have no clue of the name of the places - dead on a monday night apart from the two Brazilian pilots who tried their best to charm us... well that was an amusing evening, nothing more to be said on that front. It was like meeting Tom on Top Gun... the lines etc.. hilarious. We visited the gardens on our last day - lovely. Fountain of the Muses with Cristo Redentor in the distance.brasil

Santa Theresa - very cool feel, hilly, cobbled streets, fab tapas places, locals all hanging out - chance to try the fried cod balls and empanadas with fish. Bar do Gomes was very cool. Tried the Bohemian brazilian beer - rather pleasant.

On we went to try Rio Scenarium in Lapa where immediately after sitting down with one drink, the Brazilians approached us... got to give it to the Brazilian guys they are confident and don't give up. We were not having any of it. The buzz and music was excellent, ther persistence of the Brazilians annoying so swiftly we left... they would not give up.

Ipanema - loved Ipanema Resto (Joana Angelica Street) for lunch - the vibe for dinner was buzzing too. Great spot for salads. Try the pudding too.. mini nutella.
Walking back to the hotel, we passed by Cafeina another cool coffee spot. Seriously buzzed out after the morning coffee. I LOVE the coffee here... in Brazil.smiley

Oh, I must say also we dropped in to Granado store in Centro. It is undergoing a huge resurgence in popularity. The productsd are all about the syle of the bygone era. They are branching out over Brazil and I rather liked the Ylang Ylang products and the Brazil nut body cream - Castanha do Brasil. I saw a lady buy ten tubs so thought it must be good. I bought one. (Granado, Rua Primerio de Marco, 16 Centro). I smothered the body cream on and felt very ill in the evening. I forgot you apply sparingly. I smelt like a Brazil nut for a day or two... .. slightly strong, over powering... knocked myself out! The headache. Ha

... Rio....brasil2

... Love, Energy, Creativity - it all comes together beautifully.

The sun is shining and on we go... happy days.


Created on Thursday, 26 April 2012 Written by Arlette

As of this week, Arlette Lee is delighted to be at GIFTLAB, as well as in COUTURELAB.

It is miserable weather - April showers... but it looks set for a glorious May. I keep hearing a rubbish April makes way for a beautiful May and hot summer. Fingers crossed.

GIFTLAB launched this week and COUTURELAB are now open in their…

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Created on Monday, 12 March 2012 Written by Arlette


MAKEUP JUNKIES hosted an amazing evening with the theme 'New Year,  New You' at BECCA, Pelham Street, Chelsea.  June Kellly,  Director of MAKEUP JUNKIES invited Emma Hardie to demonstrate her 'Amazing Face' skin system, Arlette Lee to introduce the Ruana collection along with makeovers by the MAKEUP Junkies & BECCA ladies.

The lucky guests also walked home with fabulous goodie bags…


2012 - Year of the Dragon

Created on Thursday, 29 December 2011 Written by Arlette
2012 - Year of the Dragon

2012 is the year of the Dragon.

I for one am looking forward to what the year 2012 brings.

So far the year again has been a challenge. The last few years have been a big challenege. I never realised how all time consuming seeing a passion come through would be and how there would be highs and lows. This…

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Katie Piper Foundation Ball - 1 September 2011

Created on Thursday, 01 September 2011 Written by Arlette
Katie Piper Foundation Ball - 1 September 2011

An evening at the Savoy hosted by Simon Cowell in aid of the Katie Piper Foundation.  Organised by Amanda Turner

The Katie Piper Foundation aims to progress extended rehabilatition and scar management for burns survivors, to campaign  for consistent clinical care,and to develop a support network for people living with  burns and disfigurement.

I was delighted to be asked to…

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Created on Saturday, 20 August 2011 Written by Arlette

I do LOVE Liberty.

Today, I went to the British Open Call - Talent. It was a really good experience. Very positive feedback.

I got there at 6.20am, 8th in line... the 6-7 in front brought their entourage.. classic.

I was fortunate enough to meet some lovely energetic people.. so 3.5 hours standing whizzed by.

Second person in…

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Sucre - Hotels

Created on Monday, 30 May 2011 Written by Arlette
Sucre - Hotels

Hostal Posada - slap bang next to the Plaza, superb location, very quiet and the rooms are lovely, colonial, wooden beams, clean and spacious. Some of the rooms are bigger than others... I kept swapping rooms.

The breakfast was ok, I got bored after one week, no variety.

The restaurant though has fantastic daily menus for all…

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Good Bye

Created on Thursday, 26 May 2011 Written by Arlette

I'm leaving Bolivia - two and half weeks has been enough to realise the idea is not going to work here... maybe in…

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