Captivated By You Sleepover

Thanks to the lovelies at Penguin and Premier I was given the opportunity to enjoy a night of luxury and pure indulgence at The Ampersand Hotel in South Kensington. From Champagne and Strawberries to a bath filled with sensually fragrant bath salts the mood was set and the time was definitely right to delve into the deep dark lives of Eva & Gideon Cross once again. This event if you have not already figured out was for the launch of Sylvia Day’s next chapter of the Gideon & Eva whirlwind. The hashtag for the night was #CaptivatedByYouSleepover.

Myself and Catherine had a great girly night in whilst reading the awesome book.

 Here are a few pictures to show you how the night went!

FYI: I did not take my big camera with me and there are couple of blurry shots as I had my little camera with no flash – whoops!
Handy blogger tip: TAKE YOUR CAMERA WITH YOU EVERYWHERE AND IF YOU HAVE A COMPACT GET A FLASH!

My review of the book is up now – CHECK IT OUT.

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Beautiful bulbs on show for all to see.

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Check out the awesome room and the bed was oh so comfortable.

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What a lovely bunch of goodies to walk into after a long day at work!

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Reading for a bath with a glass of bubbly and the book.

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Not before a cheesy pic with my bestie (Catherine)

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Despite the blurriness you can still see the crisp, modern bathroom that we had the pleasure of using.
Between the two of us we managed to work the bath taps and run a nice ‘warm’ bath!

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These delightful smelling bath salts were part of the goody bag we had waiting for us on the bed on arrival.
Unfortunately neither of us managed to open them until the next morning when it was too late.
However on arriving home after work the next day they provided me with paramount relaxation.

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All ready to snuggle up and read for the rest of the evening.

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What girls night in at a luxurious hotel would be complete without Room Service and another bottle of bubbly.

Catherine got an awesome picture that really captured the fun we had that night – check it out.

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So as you can see we had an amazing night in thanks to the lovelies at Penguin and Premier. Also great thanks to the staff at The Ampersand Hotel in South Kensington.

Check out my review HERE and you will be able to grab a copy of the book from one of the links.

Halloween Chic

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With Halloween just around the corner ladies and gents I am sure there are plenty out there ready to ham it up in their latest trick or treat/fancy dress get up. If there is a party invite then I will definitely be one of them, however there is always room for a little chic for a night out on the town on this ghostly night. In an effort to glam up and bring sexy back (oh dear – sorry JT!) I have put together a couple of things that I reckon would look great for a glam night out for Halloween. Of course I have tried to stick to Black and Orange not only because a lovely burnt orange is always nice for Autumn but obviously it is the colour of a PUMPKIN!

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What are your favourite items for this time of year?

The Classic Car Boot Sale

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Yes ladies and gents it is that time of year again. What time of year – Classic Car Boot Time. No I’m not crazy and yes the weather is a bit crap but the Vintage crowd did good. From Boots & Braces to Craft Beer and Kitchenware we had a great day. Not having embraced the vintage look before I thought I would give it a try but compared to the beauts walking around I did not hold a candle. The women and the men left me in awe of their style and presence.

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Before I went in I set myself a challenge to find three favourite stalls and actually buy something from one of them. This task I clearly did not think through very well as I wanted almost everything that I touched and took a lot less money with me than actually needed. However the bits I did pick up were fantastic and I actually managed to pick three from all of the fantastic stalls there on the Saturday. I have posted my top three throughout this post as putting them one after another would be too easy of course. Just remember if you were there you may have different favourites and I would love to hear about them so please leave a comment and share your wonderful finds :D.

STALL ONE

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This stall I cannot for the life of me remember if it had a name however I remember when I walked in the entrance it was on the right and quite close to the front. The owner was fantastic and her husband and daughter arrived as we were mid conversation. It was like talking to old friends and her sense of humour was off the hook. Not only did she have a great selection of hats but her fabrics should be envied. She will be setting up a website very soon so when I get some more details I will let you all know.

If there is anyone that knows her name or the name of her stall please do holla!

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As we reluctantly left the my first favourite there were a number of amazing items dotted about as you can see. Taking me back to my childhood and beyond these amazing displays really were something to catch your attention.

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This guy was having the time of his life whizzing around and weaving through the passers-by. Onlookers were smiling and so was he. I’m sure he felt like a kid again – awesome right!

STALL TWO

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Once again a stall with no name – which is almost as much of a shame as me not taking a picture of the most amazing shearling jacket they had for sale. Sadly at £80 the darling item was out of my price range for the day but I am sure it found a loving home – if not next time I hope it will be mine! One thing I do remember about this gorgeous stall was a very well dressed woman trying on an outrageously gorgeous cowboy jacket that I just would never have the courage to wear. It looked amazing on her of course and I do hope she bought it. This stall also had a small selection of bags and slightly bigger belt collection. Once again if the name is out there in the ether do pop it in a comment!

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As we carried on through these two lovely lads stood out from the crowd with their beaming smiles and twinkling grotto of home delights. From Tala baking utensils to brightly coloured glass ashtrays the selection was to die for. And check out the guys outfits – they were retro heaven. Not only were their items great but so were they – as we dove into the vintage Selfridges bag hidden beneath for wrapping and a bag the conversation flowed as did the cash. I did pass over my twitter details but cannot for the life of me remember their stall name. Once again (I know you must be sick of it by now!) leave a comment with any details that you can fill in. If it helps these lovelies were the first stall on the left once you enter.

STALL THREE

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The two beautiful ladies on the bottom left – mother and daughter team Alice & Linda run Classic Vault which is a collection of glorious vintage pieces both clothes and accessories. They also run the Bows & Braces Vintage Fair which is packed to the hilt with a mammoth amount of sensational stalls for you to peruse at your leisure – check out the site for the next date and location. Now, with a Trilby in mind and of course some braces this was definitely the right stall to stumble upon and I will not hesitate to say it is in my top three of the fair. As it started to rain the hat went straight on (Alice had to actually prise it out of my hands to get the tag off whilst I took shelter under her stall!). I will post about my purchases soon.

Thank you for kitting me out ladies and I hope to see you again soon. 

As you can imagine there were many other stalls and bits and bobs on show so check out some of what was on offer. I am looking forward to seeing the many other photos out there of this awesome day and look forward to the next event. Fingers tightly crossed the weather will be better and hopefully it will return to the South Bank!

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The picture below is one of my favourites as it shows some of the people that we met on the day and just how fabulous they look – we also got a cheeky outfit shot in at the bottom right! The outfits worn overall were stunning and the effort that went into them is astounding. Next year I think I need to up my game! How cool is the guy on the left and with such a cheeky grin with a wink after I clicked! Shame I couldn’t catch it!

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If you made it to the Boot Sale I do hope you enjoyed it as much as I did and if you were unable to get there hopefully you will be able to make it to the next one. Vintage hosts a number of different events and the next one coming up is . . .

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Details of this event are yet to be released but keep your eyes and ears open for information as it will be an amazing night for sure.

Vintage presents . . .

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Vintage Presents . . . Once again it is time for The Classic Car Boot Sale hosted by Vintage. On Saturday 20th to Sunday 21st at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Stratford you can see a marvellous selection of vintage fashion, accessories and home-wares on display in some of the most beautiful vehicles around. Alongside the beautiful beamers you will be able to enjoy munchies from some of London’s finest street food vendors.

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Last year was fabulous and with this years venue I am sure it will be bigger and better. Check out some of the pictures I took and get excited like I am for the shenanigans that will be happening this year.

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Event Info

Dates: 20th & 21st September

Time: 10am – 6pm

Location: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford (Next to the London Aquatics Centre & The Stadium)

Cost: £5 before 11am (£4 thereafter)

How to get there

Classic Car Boot Sale Map

Nearest Tube

 Stratford – Turn left out of the station and into Westfield Shopping Centre. In the centre go up one level and exit to ‘The Street’. Follow the signage for ‘Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park’, then follow the signs for The Classic Car Boot Sale.

Stratford International Station is served by

Docklands Light Railway (DLR)

Jubilee and Central line

National Rail services operated by Greater Anglia and c2c

Southeastern High Speed 1 services

London Overground services

19 minutes by tube from Oxford Circus to Stratford Station

44 minutes by cycle from Oxford Circus to Stratford Station

1 hour 31 minutes by bus from Oxford Circus to Stratford Station

2 hours 18 minutes to walk from Oxford Circus to Stratford Station

Other Ways

13 minutes to walk from Hackney Wick to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

3 minutes to cycle from Hackney Wick to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

If you need any other information on getting there please click HERE

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