With 2015 fastly approaching the time has come to make the decision of what to wear. Have you chosen what you will be wearing to see the New Year in?
A couple of weeks ago Catherine and I were invited to the offices of Premier for a HBO gift wrapping masterclass. As I LOVE anything to do with Game of Thrones (geeky I know!) I jumped at the chance to see an expert at work wrapping a present that I would be ecstatic to receive as a gift (did the subliminal messaging work there guys?!). And yes that is a condom in the above picture! The TV series of Girls is quite raunchy in places but playful with it and the wrapping above perfectly portrays such characteristics. Personally I wanted the pouch for a clutch bag but sadly that isn’t possible.
Arona Khan is an international gift wrapping expert known for her scintillating methods that will make you want to actually preserve your wrapping paper this year rather than just ripping it off to get to your present. From Game of Thrones to a bottle of wine this lovely lady has a whole host of handy tips for us mere mortals of the wrapping world to jazz up our run of the mill gifts and make our recipients awestruck at our new and wonderful techniques. A big bow here and a little bauble there and poof the job is done!
Check out a couple of videos made by the lovelies at Premier for the afternoon session we attended.
How much do you want to snuggle under that lovely piece of fur.
As I have already (badly) wrapped my gifts next year will be the time that I test out this wonderful technique unless of course I bust my new moves for someones birthday – we shall see!
True Detective is a show that I have yet to watch, however that does not stop me loving this nifty idea of wrapping and all from scratch – Handmade wrapping right!
Arona has been kind enough to put together her five top gift wrapping tips that should see you through any tricky wrapping situation that comes your way. Just remember tips for life not just for Christmas!
The one thing I always have an issue with is making bows as like most I do not possess the power to grow tentacles in order to wrap well. Arona of course had a solution that consisted of making many loops and a small twist. Check out her webpage for some handy hints but for the process in motion check out this picture of Arona showing me how its done.
Since passing the legal drinking age many years ago a present that seems much appreciated by myself and friends is a lovely bottle of alcohol (I would say wine but that isn’t always the case!). Wrapping said present is always an issue as it is not an easy shape to navigate. Of course Arona was on hand for such troublesome wrapping.
Not being hungry at the time I did not indulge in a mince-pie but Catherine was happy with hers so they must have been very tasty.
How awesome is the finished product – a little tip that Arona gave was to put tissue paper inside the cellophane so the actual contents isn’t obvious to the recipient.
A couple of weeks ago myself and Catherine headed out to the Debenhams Spring/Summer collection launch and my, my we saw some gorgeous garments. Lots of pictures were taken and we also made some great contacts. This day was not only Fashion but Home also so this post is part one of two. Check out some of the great pieces that will be available early next year.
Check out the intricate detail and up close it is even more beautiful than what you can see in the picture.
Such understated beauty for a night out on the town.
How wonderful is this pattern – it can be dressed up and down for day and night although if the weather stays cold in the spring months a thick scarf and coat might be needed as the fabric is quite thin.
This Kimono is one of my two favourite bits from the show – sadly the picture of the dress I like the best did not come out well so this is number one for this post! How wonderful is this set – just imagine the shoes that can be worn with it.
Nightwear & Sleepwear
Both of these Kimono gowns were so delicate to touch and would feel fantastic on over a slip or sexy nightgown. My favourite of the two is the first as it can be matched up with a lot more.
The colours are spectacular as are the designs.
Do you have a favourite?
So last week the man in my life took me to Winter Wonderland (at my request of course!) and after trundling around in the cold for what seemed like forever and a day we indulged in Glühwein and penguin tossing. That may sound weird to some but it really was fun and I ended up walking away with a minion. Lucky me right! Check out some of the pictures from the event – it was incredibly romantic and very enjoyable. We even got a picture of us both together (You can see it on my instagram if you are a follower!).
This seems to be the welcome sign – however we found it at the back of the park!
We both love a minion so I couldn’t resist snapping this!
Both being coffee fiends we decided to caffeinate ourselves early on in the night.
Sadly this stall really was lacking both customer services and decently made coffee.
Oh how I yearn for my cafetiere at home!
Not being a great lover on Marzipan I did not purchase any of this delicious looking over priced confectionery.
Once again couldn’t resist taking a picture.
A fairground of many colours and sizes was made available for all to enjoy (at a price of course!)
Tokens were available on every corner so you really could not miss out.
Looking back I wish I went on the bumper cars – when I was a youngster they were always my favourite!
What was your favourite fairground ride?
Getting into the festive spirit a bit more this big guy was on display for all to see and pose with.
This looked just beautiful and everyone coming in looked impressed.
Did you go in if you were there?
On our travels we came across this game of wack a penguin – although it looks like it is called Flipping’ Penguins!
It was a lot of fun as the object of the game was to hit the little blue weight thing and propel a penguin onto one of the moving icicles.
After a few goes I managed to get a penguin onto the main centre ice patch and cheers were had.
Of course I was more interested in my prize – A MINION (Finally!)
Let the minion adventures begin!
Isn’t this stall just gorgeous. The Colicci brand oozes style and class – check it out HERE
We really should have got the delicious looking Churros from the Colicci stall but at the time we just weren’t hungry. Such a shame as these were quite greasy but the novelty factor lasted a little while.
Phil (our minion buddy!) seemed to enjoy them!
How beautiful are these decorations – so christmassy obviously!
Once again Phil is partaking in the fun and some delicious Mulled Wine.
As mentioned before we managed to get a picture of us both!
Luckily there were no photo bombers behind us
(Phil was terrible to the people in front of us who had their picture taken – bad minion!)
On our way out I couldn’t resist taking a picture of this beautiful arch as a goodbye to such a wonderful evening.
What a lovely date night right!!
From 60’s Monochrome to Luminous Blooms the Coast Spring/Summer 2015 collection is truly inspiring. Not only does it make me wish away the cold weather and days of needing a scarf and wooly hat with cute matching mittens but it makes me want to wear the fabulous garments IN the cold weather and find an equally fabulous coat to cover up.
With femininity at the forefront of this collection the intricate lace designs and delicate embellishments showcase key trends for the new season. Let us not forget the bursts of colour alongside the strict monochrome designs just to add a bit of order to the flirtatious feel of the dramatic yet nostalgic compilation.
Check out my photos from the day and judge for yourself
Just sensational and that is just the looks – when you get a feel of the fabrics on offer you will go crazy.
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.
Beautiful bulbs on show for all to see.
Check out the awesome room and the bed was oh so comfortable.
What a lovely bunch of goodies to walk into after a long day at work!
Reading for a bath with a glass of bubbly and the book.
Not before a cheesy pic with my bestie (Catherine)
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!
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.
All ready to snuggle up and read for the rest of the evening.
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.
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.
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!
What are your favourite items for this time of year?
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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 . . .
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 . . . 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.
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.
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
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
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
Every year on the last Bank Holiday weekend of the year in August Notting Hill carnival comes to town. It is an event like no other that brings folks from all around the world to a beautiful part of London that seems to get desecrated beyond belief but with love and fun for music, food, dance, friendship and a whole host of other activities. Everyone seems to have fun to the point where the strong-arm of the law get involved and have a little dance amongst the revellers. It is most definitely a sight that makes sore eyes and for sore eyes.
Luckily for me Carnival weekend tends to fall around the time of my birthday so if I am lucky enough I will book time off work for a double and sometimes quadruple whammy of fun and frolics. This year was one of those quadruple years. The celebrations started on Thursday and carried through until Tuesday morning.
Bosses birthday drinks with work
More drinks with various people
Dinner and drinks with the girls – end of the night = carnage!
SW4 with two best friends
By the time Tuesday morning arrived not only did I end up with a taxi home but I do not remember a lot of carnival as apparently according to my escort and good friend of mine I had such a good time that he had to carry me home. All I can say for that is that there was a lot of rum! Tired and hungover I carried my wet clothes (Carnival Monday was a wash out) with me in the taxi and my friends track suit that he kindly lent me I staggered from the car to my front door in search of the shower and a cup of tea. Shivering slightly I topped up on Vit C as the feeling of a cold were creeping in.
Wednesday morning – I couldn’t eat or breath properly and was shivering like a crazy person. Flu. Or so I thought. By the time Thursday came I was a quivering mess and needed a doctor but being a nurse decided to sweat it out for the night. Nope my body needed the doctor so to the doctor it went where I came out with a prescription for antibiotics and strict orders of bed rest.