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!
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!
Photos – Shooting Dave
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.
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.
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!
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.
Photos – Shooting Dave
Photos – Shooting Dave
Thank you Royal China for a wonderful evening.
Photos by Lois and myself.
Happy 4th July to any American readers!
Photos – Shooting Dave