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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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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 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.

LFW SS14: Day 1

14 Sep

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It had to be one of the most miserably drizzly days ever but it didn’t dampen my spirits for the first day of LFW SS14!

As fashionistas took once more to the cobbles of Somerset House, I got to see some fab shows including Bora Aksu, J. Js Lee and Yeashin.

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Jacket - New Look, Dress - Motel, Bag - Mulberry

Jacket – New Look, Dress – Motel, Bag – Mulberry

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I wore a fabulous blue vintage-inspired dress that was kindly gifted to me by Motel. It was a little short but a great smock/60s style! (By the way, Motel are currently offering 20% off for students!)

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New Look‘s Refuel Lounge at the Waldorf Hotel really was great – there were plenty of comfy sofas, squishy cushions and iPads for guests to use, as well as yummy healthy food/smoothies from Crussh, Popchips (so tasty), a photobooth, Elemis pamper sessions, eye treatments, a makeover booth and a selection of New Look’s latest collection to rummage through. Thanks for having me New Look!

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Birchbox were around outside Somerset House giving away free little boxes which came with Propercorn, a trail bar and some little beauty samples too. 

I’m back for Day 2 and hoping to get more street style and celeb snaps so watch this space! 

LFW SS14: Bora Aksu

13 Sep

I am always a big fan of the Bora Aksu shows and this season was no different. To mark his 10th year anniversary at London Fashion Week, Aksu felt it the perfect time to celebrate his Turkish roots with a collection that embraced his diverse culture and it certainly paid off.

References to Aksu’s old days on the Aegean coast came through strongly with plenty of summery, breezy coastal designs and beaming sunshine yellow colours. Vibrant blue tile prints appeared on skirts and tops, there were sheer chiffon overlays, crochet trimmings, tassles, vivid magenta pinks and hot whites which all added to the holiday vibe. Get me on a plane now!

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What do you think of Bora Aksu’s latest collection?

LFW SS14: J. JS Lee

13 Sep
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5The J.Js Lee SS14 showcase was an exciting, diverse and incredibly wearible collection. As guests escaped the London drizzle and took their places in the bustling BFC arena, the Korean designer treated the audience to a catwalk  bursting with colour popping brights, sophisticated sports luxe styles, modern gingham and chic, sleek minimalistic outfits.  
 
Lee has previously voiced her desire to create outfits that look ‘sharp’ yet in a feminine way and the show started off in this spirit with tailored, modest rose pink dresses and tops that wouldn’t look out of place in the office. The candy pink then gave way to monochrome and an edgier, leather look; short leather skirts and fitted black leather pencil dresses were teamed against white collars, cotton and blocked monochrome shirts for a tougher and younger look that still remained sophisticated. Dashes of sports luxe were thrown in the mix, with white airtex jackets and even a white 80s style shell suit making an appearance, before gingham took over. From shirts to macs, schoolgirl-inspired navy gingham prints were everywhere and were toughened up with block lines of pink or patent hi-shine textures, making it more fashion-forward. The  show ended with a variety of aquamarine teal outfits, featuring checks, racer backs and sheer fabrics that once again incorporated the sports luxe vibe whilst still being office appropriate.
 
 Hair and make up was kept quite simple throughout with sleek side parted ponytails and clear skin, though this was juxtaposed against bright pops of cerise lipstick, epitomising Lee’s signature functional-yet-fashionable style.
The J.Js Lee SS14 collection was one of the most practical, diverse and fun to have come out of the first day of London Fashion Week and I would go so far as to say that it is probably one of my favourite LFW shows!