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Packing for Paris!

July 26, 2016

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 Lois and I are heading off to Paris on Friday – can you hear our squeals of excitement? When we were packing for the trip, deciding what to take and the best looks to suit Paris, we thought it would be fun to create a packing video. You get the chance to see a sneaky peek at what we are up to. Well we have both been incredibly spoilt working with some amazing brands on this adventure and I really can’t wait to share with you all that we have in store. Alongside our packing video, I thought it would be fun to share with you some of my recent illustrations. Here is one with my outfit choices, the another has picks by Lolo, including a few fabulous ASOS and Superdry stunners. Now, lets just take a moment to gaze on and appreciate these suitcase beauties from Radley, so chic and completely stylish. Lolo and I will look ever so glam as we travel to Paris with our fab luggage.

Let me tell you how much ASOS have taken the pressure out of dressing for Paris. Not only are there so many great styles to choose from; I was also able to create key outfits by dipping in and out of different trends – all without breaking the bank. This satin bomber jacket is divine, I am smitten with the detailed embroidery and so looking forward to wearing it. I also picked up this pair of mock snake skin ankle booties and not to forget… my latest crush black zippy leather jacket, you saw it here first😉 I’m counting the sleeps until our Parisian adventures… au revoir for now!

https://youtu.be/cGMYanj3nTc

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Summer Goth

July 22, 2016

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You know how it is, a new purchase, well I was so excited to wear my new leather jacket,  loving my look …..on what ended up being one of the hottest days of the year – major practicality fail! So I was warm, I still stand by this choice as it really makes my outfit.  In my head this look is ‘summer Goth’, but in reality I feel it’s more of an 80’s / 90’s clash up. I’ve styled this 90’s-esque dress and tied the bandana as a choker the leather jacket gives it a real retro vibe, don’t get me wrong, I totally dig it, after all I did put it together. Maybe next time I rock this look it’ll be in cooler weather! 

Britain is all of a sudden experiencing summer,  we have gone from  rain and clouds to soaring temperatures and we are all enjoying a mini heat wave.  I’m honestly not complaining, but travelling on the London Tube is horrific AND  I can’t wear this jacket! Ok, busted,  I am complaining but only a teeny bit. 

I am excited and looking forward to my trip to Paris, Lois and I travel next week.  Boy has that come around fast!  I have lots of new outfits waiting to share with you (this jacket was one of them, but I just couldn’t wait, I’m naughty I know!). I’ve had so much fun planning  outfits for our trip, even though it has meant buying new clothes but not getting to wear them for weeks.  But it’s not long now until I will be seen strutting my stuff in Paris and sharing my snazzy new garms with an even snazzier Parisian backdrop!

Au revoir!

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Dress & Bag – Vintage
Shoes & Bandanna – Topshop
SunglassesUrban Outfitters
Leather Jacket c/o ASOS
Star & moon Ring c/o Boohoo
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Photos – Shooting Dave

Little Nan’s Afternoon Tea

July 19, 2016

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Teddy Bears Picnic –

Sutton House in Hackney was beautifully restored by the National Trust and is a popular tourist attraction in the East End of London. It’s the perfect location for a Teddy Bears Picnic, so over the weekend my good friend Josie and I were treated to an afternoon tea there.  Sutton House is one of East London’s oldest properties, a prominent Grade II listed Tudor house, previously the residence of an advisor to King Henry VIII, no less.

Back to the present day, our afternoon tea was hosted by Little Nan’s . Now let me give you the low down on this multi award winning team ‘Little Nan’s’, it is a travelling cocktail bar that takes up residencies in the most interesting spaces and venues in London – they are also found under the bright lights of New York City too. They have just come on board to serve teapot cocktails and afternoon tea at Sutton House, perhaps best known for their Dalston Rio Bar and Peckham Tropical Bar.

The Little Nan’s team has won a host of awards from the likes of Time Out and The Culture Trip and are thrilled to bring their (slightly toned down) quirky kitsch to the history-steeped National Trust property- Sutton House. 

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We enjoyed a retro high tea and yummy cocktails from the best teapot ever- I mean, just look at it! Theres a momma goose with her baby gosling tucked under her wing…. actually, on closer inspection it looks like her baby gosling is being sick. Its horrific, kitsch and great – all at the same time! 

Our first choice of cocktail was ‘I love Boney M’ … and well, who doesn’t? Of course one tea cup cocktail is never enough, so we tried a second. Sampling a pretty number called the ‘Duke of Bermondsey” which combines the flavours of Earl Grey and Gin. It was right up my street, Earl Grey tea is my favourite brew and I just love Gin. Both cocktails were delightfully tasty and rather boozy! Tristan from Little Nan created these cocktails and many more, I will definitely be visiting another one of his pop up bars very soon.

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Drinkies were accompanied by our afternoon tea. I have to admit to being impressed with the choices on offer. It was created by The Hill Station Cafe. I personally avoid eating gluten, which makes it tricky to find decent alternatives that taste good. We really lucked out and were spoilt rotten by The Hill Station Cafe, we were quickly munching away on home baked scones AND home made jam, accompanied of course with lashings of thick cream. There was a pretty array of diminutive cakes and pastries, including Victoria sponge, Carrot cake and a nice selection of sandwiches and wraps – all gluten free!

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Dress c/o Boohoo 
Bag c/o ASOS
Sunglasses – Urban Outfitters
Turquoise Ring – H&M IMG_7594IMG_7596IMG_7601IMG_7604

 What a lovely way to spend the day, chatting with a good friend, both of us slightly tipsy and contentedly munching on a yummy afternoon tea.
 
How was your weekend?
 
 

Rip Her to Shreads

July 16, 2016

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Howdy!

I’ve had such a busy couple of weekends, what with BST festival, seeing Beyonce, LoveBox and squeezing in afternoon tea…. I’ve found it hard to get all my content sorted. Thankfully this weekend is a quiet one, which is very much needed. I aim to plan my outfits ready for Paris, I can’t believe just how quickly it has come around. Just incase you haven’t heard, Lois and I are heading to Pairs to shoot some campaigns. We’re both very excited and can’t wait to share it all with just with you… make sure to follow our joint adventures on Twitter and Instargam😉

As I’ve been planning what to pack for Paris (more coming on this soon!). I’ve picked up a couple of sale bargains, mainly from Topshop. Now I’m not usually one for sale shopping, but when I spotted the two items I have been stalking, (well lusting after tbh) for the last couple of months – in the sale, and in my size, I knew fate had a hand in it and I quickly scooped them up and headed to the tills!

First up, let me introduce you to this jacket, I love the variety of colours, Aztec print and texture, you could say I have a lot of love for it. It’s a collarless little boxy shape, great for layering over pretty dresses or dressed down with skinny jeans and a simple white tee, just like I have done here. Later on I swapped the sandals for red heels and off I trotted to see Beyonce at Wemberly. Have you taken advantage of the sales this summer? Go on, treat yourself.

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What I’m wearing –
Jacket, Jeans & Sandals – Topshop
T-shirt – Oasis
Sunglasses – Urban Outfitters
Bag – Vintage
Turquoise Ring – H&M

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Photos – Shooting Dave

Pretty In Pink

July 10, 2016

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I’ve had this pale pink dress for a number of years now and although I may not wear it very often, I do love to dust it off and give it an outing. I think it’s pretty clear to say that I am a fan of wearing a midi length dress or skirt, something about this length makes me feel ultra-feminine and pretty.
 Lets just give these shoes and socks combo a little love. This pair of pale pink glove style shoes are from New Look and such a bargain at only £19.99. It’s the perfect price to test out a granny style of shoe. The mid height heel is just perfect for me and I will be snapping up more glove style shoes to add to my collection. They are versatile too, I think they will look adorable with skinny jeans!
For this look I went ‘full granny’ and teamed sparkly little ankle socks with a mid height heel. To finish off the look I added a satin bomber jacket and grabbed my favorite bag of the moment, yes you guessed the cute patched number from Zara. I built this outfit up, starting with a trusty well loved dress, to my new favourite, completing the look with shoes, new accessories and jacket.

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What I’m wearing –
Socks & Dress (old) – Topshop
Sunglasses – H&M
Bomber Jacket – Oasis
Shoes c/o New Look
Bag – Zara

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Photos – Shooting Dave

An evening with Royal China

July 8, 2016


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Lois and I were invited to dine at the Royal China restaurant in Bayswater. We headed there after working up quite an appetite taking outfit photographs in Hyde Park. 
 
We were greeted by warm and friendly staff, we made our way trough the dining room and were seated at the centre of the restaurant, which was surprisingly jam packed on a Thursday afternoon – it’s always a good sign that great food is in store!
 
We were browsing the menu and placed our drinks order. The selection of different dishes they have on offer makes it so hard to choose, so in the end we both opted for two main courses each – greedy I know! Lois and I just couldn’t narrow it down and thought it would be fun to taste each other’s favourite dishes. I went with sweet and sour chicken, an old favourite and takes me back to my teenage years, getting a cheeky Chinese takeaway’s on a Friday evening with my momma, such good memories! My second choice was chicken with broccoli and vegetables, which is my go to choice when ever I have a takeaway. Wow! How times have changed from the retro ever so sweet, to a more sophisticated tangy sweet and sour!
 
Lois was in the mood for lemon chicken (I had a taste and let me tell you, it was crispy and good!) she also chose a portion of shredded beef, accompanied with shared bowls of crispy noodles and egg fried rice. It was all flavoursome and truly delicious.

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It was good to catch up, unwind and munch together, service was great and we had plenty of time to gossip about our week, mine hectic but satisfying, each of us had achieved in different ways.  It was great fun  planning our Paris trip.  I must say it was great to slow things down and indulge in fresh and tasty food whilst soaking up the great ambience.
 

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We  had such a ‘fun and filling’ evening, I would highly recommend popping over to Bayswater for a visit to the Royal China, it would suit a date night, after work or pre cinema trip for anyone looking for amazingly fresh and authentic Chines food, warm and friendly staff and a great atmospheric restaurant.
 Food, friendship and future planning, what more could you want?
 

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Thank you Royal China for a wonderful evening.

Photos by Lois and myself.

 

Postcards From Scotland

July 4, 2016

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Well I’m back in London and the trip to Scotland has long passed and I have lots of pretty pictures that don’t belong to a specific category of images but they are pretty none the less.  So here you are, I’ve popped them all together in one post. I feel it’s a great way to show you all the aspects of our trip. 
 
I’ve included a couple snaps of Clare and myself in the grounds of the graceful Ardlamont House, a few more close-ups of the  property and an array of day trips including our waterfall hike and visit to Glasgow.  Join me as I  re-live a recent holiday in beautiful Scotland at the ever so grand Ardlamont House, I am sad this is my last post from our trip, the holiday is over.
 
I have some  exciting new posts and outfits shots I can’t wait to show you.  We’ve been busy capturing new looks since coming  back home to London, but for now, let’s rejoice in the beautiful Scottish highlands and that divine weather we briefly enjoyed.  Wish it was like that back here in London now!

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Happy 4th July to any American readers!

Photos – Shooting Dave

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