Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Nicole Scherzinger: Airport Chic

Love Love Love this laidback aiport outfit by Nicole Scherzinger. Ladies take heed. She is effortless, groomed, cool and comfortable all in one.

I especially love how she has dressed down her lace mini-dress by teaming it with glasses and a leather jacket. People will tell you not to mix Autumn and Summer pieces, but as you can see Nicole has and is working it.

One of my fave new sunglasses brands is called Illesteva and can be found HERE. My fave model is the Leonard.

Touch down: Nicole looked effortlessly stunning when she arrived at Heathrow on Monday

utralise: She picked a very co-ordinated outfit as she jetted in to promote her latest single Wet

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Illesteva

Leonard half-frame acetate sunglasses

I love: The Raw Denim Bar & Kasil Jeans

We all know that you can judge a woman's fashion-cred by her denim and so please don't assume that your RocknRepublic and Seven for Mankind jeans are gonna cut it. Jeans are what we live in on a daily basis and as a wardrobe staple, some thought is required when choosing the right pair.

 
I loath jean-shopping. I find it stressful simply because I'm bamboozled by the sheer variety of shapes, cuts and brands. Plus when confronted with too much choice I tend to buckle and walk away empty-handed. So I've always dreamed of a denim purveyor to furnish me with well-edited and bang-on-trend pieces to alleviate the stress of the seasonal jean shop.


Drum-Roll Please.... Enter, The Raw Denim Bar.

Founded by Wendy Montgomery, the Raw Denim Bar stocks the most fashionable and under the radar brands of the moment, including my new favourites: Rich & Skinny  and Kasil. So I decided to sample their offering and the lovely ladies at TRDB sent me four magnificent pairs, which I will be reviewing over the next week.

You can either visit them on their website or their Notting Hill showroom.



Kasil Minx Uptown Ultra-Skinny Jean £160

These jeans are my fave, they are a deep blue with a waxy finish to the denim. They feel amazing on because they are the sort of jeans that FIT LIKE A GLOVE- which is important if like me, you like a tight seamless fit.

With Kasil it's all about the cut, there are no unnecessary logos or tacky details. Plain, simple, effortlessly cool.


Moreover they have a medium rise, so you don't get a builders bum when your bending over and they also really pull you whilst at the same time being obscenely comfortable. I could really wear them all day because not only do they look amazing, they feel like you've put on your comfiest leggings and wandered out of the house.
 
Will 100% be buying Kasil in the future.
 
Check out the jeans here.






Jeans: Kasil
Top: RM by Roland Mouret
Shoes: YSL
Hat: H&M
Bag: Christian Dior

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Picasso in the House.

We all have moments when we are painfully, hopelessly, bored and I'm no different. It's at moments like this when I whip out my paintbrush and get to work.

Obviously (and this is evident) I am not an artist, but that's not to say I don't find splogging paint on a canvas quite fun.

So here are my neon miniatures- they may suck, but I had fun making them :)





Monday, 29 August 2011

Tess Van Ghert: Beautiful Baubles

So yesterday I had the pleasure of previewing the new Tantra collection by Tess Van Ghert, along with a few other pieces. I was hugely excited because TVG is one of the coolest up-coming jewellery brands around and each piece is painstakingly made by hand with semi-precious stones.

I will let the photos do the talking because frankly the designs speak for themselves. When I was in Monaco this summer everyone seemed to have something from TVG and all the gorgeous ladies around the pool were decked out in her stuff. Turns out that both bags and jewellery are amongst the best sellers of MCMarket, Monaco and of course when you see the pieces in the flesh, it is hardly surprising.



Love me? I will always be in your heart.... Hate me? I will always be in your head. Either way I win














The September Issue 2011: My pick of the best Covers






Sunday, 28 August 2011

Twinkle Toes

I don't wear flats all that much, but here are my fave. They are by Anniel and were bought in Fenwick, Bond St. They are multi-colour glitter and really sparkle in the sunlight. Unfortunately you can't get the brand anywhere else, but well worth a trip to Fenwick if they still stock them. xxx




Bank Holiday Weekend (Yipee!)


The bank holidays finally arrived and so the BH weekend was spent in perfect idleness, wandering through London streets, eating cupcakes, catching up with my ladies and cowering under doorways for cover when the rain came pelting down- photos taken before I was drenched in the downpour.

In other news, found my Chanel Willy Wonka glasses that I'd thought I'd lost so they are making an appearance below.

p.s. If you like my blog, like it on facebook or bloglovin. Don't be shy, the more readers I have, the more posts there'll be :)
  




Saturday, 27 August 2011

Review: Dinner at Il Baretto

So we spent the day debating where to have dinner and settled on Il Baretto, a cool Italian restaurant in Marylebone owned by the same people who own Zuma, Roka and La Petite Maison.



So obviously expectations were high- and no one's more than mine, since Italian food is always tricky with me.

My SLR let me down on this occasion because some reason in the pictures the dishes look like a dog's dinner- but believe me when I tell you it tasted pretty darn good. The calamari were cooked to perfection and crucially sans grease, the parmigiana was rich and creamy and the pasta was neither too soft or too al dente. 

Best of all, the food totally met my expectations in that I think Italian food should taste like it's been cooked at home in the family kitchen and il Baretto did not disappoint in this regard. But if your thinking of coming here for a quiet dinner and deep conversation, forget it, the place is so loud I could barely hear myself think. But overall, good food, jovial atmosphere but not somewhere if you want a relaxed chill.

6.5/10




Friday, 26 August 2011

Thoughts on the debut issue of Garage, Dasha Zhukova's new magazine

Here are the three covers for Dasha Zhukova's new magazine, 'Garage'. The magazine launches during LFW and the covers feature the work of prominent artists, including Damien Hirst who tattooed a model with a rather provocatively placed tattoo, which was then shot by Hedi Slimane.

I'm not sure how I feel about the covers. I like the fact that the design is bold and sends a sufficiently clear message that the product is something unique, individual, uncommoditised and slightly unattainable.

However, beyond that, the purpose of the Damien Hirst cover is glaringly obvious. An underwhelming attempt to sell copies by  passing off a controversial, slightly risque image as "art".

Fine, Hirst may be one of Britain's greatest contemporary artists. And if you don't agree I'm sure you can concede that he (along with Tracey Emin) is definitely the most high profile.

However, I cannot help my disappointment when respected artists ride the wave of the "shock factor" to success. I look at this and think "sure, it's gonna sell well" but I feel there is something inauthentic and disingenuous in a piece of art that was created to attack the sensibilities- not to make you think. Because to me, art without thought is meaningless.

Would love to know what people think.

p.s. For any one who is going to raise the "it's a feminist statement" line, save it.

Oh, and having just written all of that in my lunch break, I realise that the purpose of the shot was precisely to increase press coverage by provoking reactions from the likes of me. Mission accomplished.

Damien Hirst x Hedi Slimane



Richard PrinceDinos Chapman x Nick Knight

God I want this! Victoria Beckham Embellished stretch-crepe gown

Victoria has designed this show stopping gown that has already sold out on Net-A-Porter. I'm intrigued by the embellishment around the neck, as it's not very VB as she is more sombre and minamalist, but it works. The dress is going on my 'It's not gonna happen' lust-list.
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Don't Hold Your Breath

Love the song and the lyrics which are all too appropriate right now. Thank u Nicole :)

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Blake Lively for Glamour, July 2011

I know I missed this train, but here are some still of Blake Lively looking unbelievebly hot in Glamour's July issue. Enjoy! xxx

Blake Lively Glamour Magazine July 2011 Issue






Wednesday, 24 August 2011

When you are old

Love literature, pretty much any kind; novels; poetry; plays, will read anything- especially if it's American. I have always liked Yeats and Robert Frost, so here's a good 'un from Willy.


It's quite a simple nostalgic poem, mourning the passing of one's youth when the past is far enough to seem like a dream of someone else's life. The narrator takes the subject back to a time when they were admired for their beauty and grace. However their true self was loved by someone who saw beyond their exterior. An obvious theme in the poem is the transcendent nature of our existence because of course just like her beauty, her love is now gone "his face amid a crowd of stars". Sad yet beautiful.  







When You Are Old
by William Butler Yeats

When you are old and grey and full of sleep,
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;

How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true,
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face;

And bending down beside the glowing bars,
Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled
And paced upon the mountains overhead
And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.






Sit back down where you belong, in the corner of my bar with your high heels on

Crazy, amazing, talented lyrical genius. I am loving the country tone of Lady Gaga's latest tune.


Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Wish I was here: Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai, Thailand

You can never go wrong with a Four Seasons resort, especially in the Far East. I adore Asia and the beautiful tranquility you get away from the hustle and bustle of the main cities.


On my destination wish list is the Four Seasons Resort in the Mae Rim Valley. The resort is nestled amongst acres of lush vegetation and each villa is four stories and resembles a Burmese Temple.





An absolutely gorgeous place to get away from it all. Take lots of books, an ipad, a few bikinis and spend 10 days being pampered and chilling in the luxurious wilderness. Exactly my kind of holiday.


Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai > Lower infinity pool for adults > Welcome to Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai.

Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai > Gardens/landscaping

You'll never be perfect, but you should still try.

Everyone has something about themselves that they like, hopefully it's more than one thing. But everyone has something.


For me it's my hair. Not to brag, but it's long, shiny, healthy and completely mine.  Because of its length, on first meet, people assume I have extensions but I smugly let them yank a few strands and see for themselves





Good Hair Regime


1. Wash every day.


They say it strips you hair and scalp of oils and nutrients etc. I say that's rubbish. I can't stand hair that's not freshly washed and I also think its better for your hair and scalp to use a good quality shampoo daily followed by massaging in a good conditioner and mask.


2. Apply a mask, EVERY DAY


This is one of the most important things you can do for your hair. I am constantly buying new products to try and amongst my favourites are anything by Fredrick Fekkai and Phillip Kingsley is pretty good too.


Kerastase is lauded by many, but I don't see a particular improvement when using it. If you ask me there masks are over-rated although their leave-in range is pretty good.


3. Trim the ends once a week.


Once a week I will go through the ends of my hair with a pair of scissors. It keeps the ends fresh and my hair seems to grow super fast afterwards.


4. Always apply a glossing, smoothing and nourishing leave in conditioner after washing.




It may seem like a lot of work, but we shower, brush our teeth and wash our faces everyday. So if you ask me, the same should apply to your tresses.