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February 2014 pictures

2 Mar
Roast dinner at the Cutty Sark Tavern

Roast dinner at the Cutty Sark Tavern

Valentine's Day dinner in

Valentine’s Day dinner in

Me and the Who's Jack team at LFW

Me and the Who’s Jack team at LFW

At the Jasper Garvida LFW after-party

At the Jasper Garvida LFW after-party

Orla Kiely LFW AW14 show

Orla Kiely LFW AW14 show

Weekend break in York

Weekend break in York

Staying in Hotel du Vin, York

Staying in Hotel du Vin, York

The Shambles

The Shambles

Lunch at The Good Life Eatery, Sloane Avenue

Lunch at The Good Life Eatery, Sloane Avenue

Poached eggs, kale, sweet potato, quinoa and almond pesto bowl

Poached eggs, kale, sweet potato, quinoa and almond pesto bowl

Sunday roast dinner at The Cutty Sark TavernI have written about this fantastic roast at The Cutty Sark Tavern in Greenwich in my Best Restaurants in London post so I was delighted to go again at the start of Feb. You can find the pub just a short walk along the river from the Old Naval Colleges – last time I also stumbled across a really cute cake workshop venue called Fair Cake nearby! It is best to book this place in advance or otherwise turn up when doors open at 12pm on Sunday as there is usually a queue. I had the roast chicken with beetroot, roast potatoes, swede mash, pigs in blankets and gravy which was so tasty and well cooked – heaven!  

 Valentine’s DayAh, the old V day. Some love it, some hate it. I think it is a fun excuse to do something whether you are in a relationship or not, even if it is just something like the cinema! This year I was full of a horrible cold so the boyf and I stayed in and cooked steak with salad and chips. Unfortunately the champagne in the photo stayed unopened as I couldn’t breathe to appreciate it!

 London Fashion WeekI spent the weekend at London Fashion Week writing for Who’s Jack magazine and one of my favourite shows was definitely the Orla Kiely AW14 collection – the ‘raining cats and dogs’ idea was so cute. I also got the chance to attend the Jasper Garvida after-party at Movida thanks to Felicities PR!

Weekend in York: The boyfriend and I had been given a hotel voucher for Hotel Du Vin as part of our Christmas present so we decided to use it on a weekend in York. The hotel was really stylish and we were lucky enough to get the Suite at the top which was completely fabulous! It included a big, squishy king-sized bed, a roll-top bath, a chaise-lounge and a long walk in-shower, as well as touches like a Bose sound system and proper coffee machine. It was probably as big as our flat in London! York itself was lovely – you can read more about my time in York here

Lunch at The Good Life EateryI took a friend from Manchester here after seeing it pop up on Tanya Burr’s blog and I’m so glad I did! Though it was super small and squished, the food was incredible and all completely healthy. We both went for poached eggs on quinoa, kale and sweet potato with an almond pesto and I can definitely recommend it. Plus, if you go on a weekend you can walk it off around the cute little Sloane Square market and perhaps pick up some malteser fudge, as we may very well have done…

What did you get up to this February?

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AW14 Catwalk Trends

19 Feb

So, another London Fashion Week season is drawing to a close and we have seen so many fabulous catwalk looks and trends! I was really lucky to go to some great shows, including the Orla Kiely AW14 show and Hema Kaul AW14 catwalk – you can read all about my day at LFW here.
I have tried to pick out some of the recurring trends below (all images taken from the official LFW website) – what do you think?

Camel Coats

PPQ, Daks, Jasper Conran

PPQ – Daks – Jasper Conran

Rich Burgundy Berry Colours

Daks - Jean Pierre Braganza - Simone Rocha

Daks – Jean Pierre Braganza – Simone Rocha

Metallic Jackets

Todd Lynn - Daks - Zoe Jordan

Todd Lynn – Daks – Zoe Jordan

Floor-Length White

Eudon Choi - Felder Felder - J. JS Lee

Eudon Choi – Felder Felder – J. JS Lee

Checks

Meadham Kirchhoff - Eudon Choi - J. JS Lee

Meadham Kirchhoff – Eudon Choi – J. JS Lee

Fur Coats

Topshop Unique - Eudon Choi - Tom Ford

Topshop Unique – Eudon Choi – Tom Ford

Velvet

Simone Rocha - Tom Ford - Meadham Kirchhoff

Simone Rocha – Tom Ford – Meadham Kirchhoff

Geometric

Roksanda Ilincic - Christopher Kane - David Homa

Roksanda Ilincic – Christopher Kane – David Koma

Blue Hues

Osman - Topshop Unique - Roksanda Ilincic

Osman – Topshop Unique – Roksanda Ilincic

LFW AW14: Hema Kaul

16 Feb

Hema Kaul’s AW14 showcase was a masterclass in 1950s vintage glamour with a modern twist.

Held in the beautiful hall at the Vauxhall Fashion Scout venue, the grand backdrop was completely fitting for the elegant, glamorous items that took to the catwalk. These included striking floor-length dresses, feminine tailored trousers, peplum tops and satin skirts, with velvet and the designer’s signature embroidery adding an intricately updated twist. Some of the stand-out items were the classy oyster and nude outfits that came first, such as the champagne coloured V-neck peplum top embroidered with lace and matched with a fitted satin pencil skirt. The midnight blue two piece was also gorgeous, featuring a velvet peplum top with detailed sleeves set against silky trousers and glamorous heels. Finally, the striking scarlet floor-length gown drew a gasp from the audience as the full skirt was set against a detailed, intricately embroidered top, looking like something that could easily be seen on the red carpet.

Hair and make-up also embraced the vintage glamour feel, as models all walked out with full, rich red lips and groomed, waved hair pulled back. It is safe to say that Hema Kaul’s AW14 effervescent showcase transported the audience back to 1950s glamour, celebrating the female form whilst also giving it a modern edge.

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LFW AW14: Orla Kiely

16 Feb
It wasn’t only raining cats and dogs on the cobbles of Somerset House yesterday but also at the ever creative Orla Kiely AW14 showcase. 
I am always excited to see what format the contemporary Irish designer will take for her showcase – one of my personal favourites was the jazz club creation for her AW12 collection – and this showcase certainly didn’t disappoint! As guests entered the space inside the old Central Saint Martin’s Building, they were greeted with a projection of the iconic Orla Kiely floral print cast over an outdoor bench and lamppost in the middle of the room. Hot tea and coffee in branded Orla Kiely mugs were passed around by staff which was a warming – and very welcome! – touch, before the lights dimmed and the show began. Suddenly, the floral projection turned into rain and puddles and models came out to a soundtrack of rain, miaowing cats and barking dogs (cuter than it sounds)!

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Cats and dogs were very much the motif-du-jou for Kiely’s AW14 collection, whether it was the large black cat outline on a preppy roll-neck jumper or the small whimsical cat prints dotted all over the patent belted trench coats. Amidst these patterns were Kiely’s notorious retro floral prints as well as navy, green, pink and browns on pleated skirts, preppy jumpers and 60s style dresses. The outfits were layered with vintage-style fur coats or cute swing pea coats and teamed with chunky clog/brogue style shoes, gorgeous velvet collars, cute printed umbrellas and vintage-style satchel handbags, making this a wonderfully stylish homage to retro fashion. Hair and make-up were kept fresh and simple, with gently backcombed hair swept into a low side pony and dewy skin with coral cheeks. 

The Orla Kiely AW14 show was as creative and unique as ever, with cute retro preppy styles teamed with the designer’s whimsical prints making it a welcome departure from the miserable weather outside (even if it was still raining cats and dogs inside). Another thumbs up from me!

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LFW AW14 Day 2

16 Feb

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The cobbles at Somerset House are getting filled with fashionistas, Proper Corn and Vita Coco water as another season of London Fashion Week starts again! I am down for the weekend covering shows for Who’s Jack magazine; yesterday I got to see the fabulous Orla Kiely AW14 show (read my review here) and plenty at Vauxhall Fashion Scout including Xiao Li (review here), Kiev Fashion Days (review here) and Hema Kaul (review here).

February is always a hard month to dress fashionably for in London and especially so this season with the gale-force winds and storms! I decided to go for a monochrome checked trench coat which I actually got years ago from the Clothes Show in Birmingham, a bright yellow mini skirt c/o Motel Rocks, a white shirt from Missguided and a black top from H&M. This is me with the rest of the Who’s Jack girls:

Who's Jack team

Corin – Kathryn – me – Camilla

LFW street style

At the Felicities event at ME Hotel

During a break between shows, a couple of us went to visit the Felicities designer event at the rooftop bar of the 5* ME Hotel (see pic above). The ME Hotel is absolutely gorgeous and so chic – I can’t wait for the summer when it is warm enough to drink outside on the rooftop bar! Thanks to Felicities PR for having us.

After a stop off at Itsu, the girls and I went to the Jasper Garvida after-party at Movida, Oxford Circus. We were kindly treated to free drinks – thanks again to Felicities for organising a fabulous evening!

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LFW SS14: Day 2

14 Sep
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Jameela Jamil and Laura Whitmore sitting FROW

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Jameela Jamil

Jameela Jamil

Day 2 at LFW was just as hectic as yesterday but I managed to pop along to the Lug von Siga showcase (very cool, read about it here) as well as squeeze myself into the incredibly popular Jasper Conran show! Whilst in the JC show I spotted TV presenters Laura Whitmore and Jameela Jamil sitting FROW and looking lovely.

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I was lucky enough to get a spot at the Toni & Guy Blow Dry Bar in the media lounge and was super happy with my wash/trim/blowdry – shout out to Dex who  gave me lovely big bouncy curls (and only one jab in the nose with a comb)!

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Boohoo were there to save the day as they handed out cute little waterproof ponchos outside Somerset House! 

LFW SS14: Lug Von Siga – Day 2

14 Sep

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It might seem odd to match the words fierce and sophisticated or tribal and futuristic but this is precisely what Turkish designer Lug Von Siga managed to achieve with her exciting SS14 showcase at the Freemasons Hall this lunchtime.

What was most striking about the show was Von Siga’s ability to create outfits that were both strikingly edgy and yet simultaneously polished; sleek monochrome dresses and fitted, bodycon mini skirts had an edge to them with bold recurring tribal print motifs, layers of fringing or sexy side cut outs. Amongst the monochrome shone gold and bronze metallic pieces paired with contrasting luxe or patent textures and more fringing, creating futuristic, multi layered and fashion forward outfits. All looks came with fabulous monochrome ankle strap heeled sandals, a trend which has been popular this year and looks set to stay for next season.

Hair was similarly sleek yet strong, with a style that can only be described as futuristic-meets-tribal-meets-ninja. Polished, glossy locks were pulled tightly back in tight t-partings and then in high black wound ponytails. Make-up matched this sharp futuristic look with high-shine smokey eyes and cheekbones.

Lug von Siga’s SS14 collection is an incredibly sophisticated and polished collection with fierce elements of tribal, metallic and fringing creating really unique and distinctive pieces that I can’t wait to see again.