We teamed up with the lovelies over at Cambridge satchel co, Lois and I headed to their flagship store in Covent Garden to pick out our arm candy for Fashion Week.
I had my eye on the cloud bag but wasn’t 100% set on colour but as soon as I saw it in the new Spring summer shade of Terracotta, I knew this beauty would be mine, I also picked it in new to this season the grain effect leather.
Lois had her eye on the backpack design but wasn’t sure of colour or size, after some trying on and a good chat about the different styles she picked the adorable small portrait also in terracotta.
Now we had picked our bags it was time for fun to begin with embossing, I opted for gold to match my bags hardware, maybe I played it safe but I’m so pleased with how it came out! As Lois is more daring than I, she opted for this fabulous shade of blue, which contrasts perfectly with the terrocaotta base of the bag.
I just wanted to say a huge thank you to Cambridge Satchel for our beautiful new arm candy!
Photos by Lois & Amy
I think spring has finally sprung, I am bare legged wandering around the common at times I thought this day would never arrive. I know that’s a tad dramatic but we kept getting teasers of nice weather then a week of bloody cold weather again, it’s like winter wouldn’t end! Thankfully I can see the sunlight at the end of the tunnel, also I’m counting down the days till I go on holiday to Florida.
Then it’ll be pure sunshine (and maybe the odd thunder storm, florida is know for that in May). If you have any recommendations for Florida and Disneyworld? I’d love to hear them! I’m a tad excited, can you tell? I’ve been planning my holiday wardrobe for ages now and I can’t wait to share it with you! I think this little floral skirt and white trainers will be joining me on vacation. I can’t wait to get some sun on my pale legs!
Photos – Shooting Dave
I’m a fan of a good patch bag and this new beaut is from the on point Missco Girl. I couldn’t wait to show it off, so for our first outing together, I opted for a monochromatic look.
Now I’m a girl who rarely dresses so casually, but you can see, I’m loving this new pair of ripped jeans, they are a recent purchase and I feel great when I wear them. Getting dressed seems so effortless and yet I look like I’ve gone to a lot of bother, if you get my drift? I searched for the right top to work with the ensemble – and importantly didn’t detract from this Missco Girl patch bag. I pulled out this cute cotton number, which is sadly the Cinderella of my wardrobe and doesn’t get worn often enough. It was the perfect piece for the overall look I had in mind. Now that I’ve found this top again, I will show it some love and pack it in the suitcase for my holiday, yup, not long now, I’m looking forward to hitting Florida, USA in May. (So very excited!)
I was almost ready to head out, but something was missing, so to complete the look I folded a neckerchief and tied it choker style, it really compliments the monochrome vibe. This simple touch is one of my favourite ways to accessorise, especially in spring and summer. I think it is seen at it’s best when worn with a subtle clashing print, nothing too harsh though. My outfit was complete, I just had time to pop some essentials in my new patch bag before meeting up for a casual lunch date with friends.
I must admit to being pleasantly surprised by this clever compact looking bag, it is so deceptively roomy, which is good news as I can carry more of my stuff than looks possible. Along with my make up bag, keys, nail file, purse and other bits and bobs I had stashed in there, I then threw in my sunnies, perfect for strolling in the spring sunshine AND a pair of reading glasses, necessary to check out the delicious lunch menu. I checked my lippy and viewed the outfit, happy with the results, off I trotted feeling sassy and looking forward to a good natter with friends, where I know my fab bag will be a talking point..
If like me, you love your handbags, then do head over the Missco Girl website and check out their great range of bags you will find plenty of choice, with something to suit your mood and wardrobe . Plus you will see how my girl Lolo has styled up a cute little red bag too! Enjoy.
Photos – Shooting Dave
I’m excited to share with you what we wore on day two of fashion week, funnily enough, Lois and I went for a casual vibe without planning it, opting for baggy jeans and comfy tops.
I wore this floral frilly number from Topshop and teamed it up with a pair of uber-cute little socks for a double floral combo. I call this blouse my Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen blouse, due to the floaty sleeves not to dissimilar to renaissance inspired shirts he is famous for. I think it’s fair to say my overall look is girly- with a tom-boy edge.
Lois likes a grungy 90’s inspired look, donning baggy jeans and a layered top. It really suits her. We were really pleased that we chose to wear casual chic for day two of LFW, as it was quite hectic dashing from one event and onto the next. These easy wear wardrobes made dashing around the city from shows to events absolutely no hassle, whilst also looking stylish.
Not only were we unexpectedly synced with our wardrobes, we twinned up sporting our divine Cambridge Satchel bags too, they are to die for! I love that we both chose this seasons on point terracotta colour, Lois picked out the Backpack and I have the Cloud bag. Both embossed with our names and so bloody cute. I felt ready to go, dressed perfectly for the shows and had everything I needed on the move in my Cambridge satchel. Sassy! 😍
For all the details on what Lois is wearing head over to her site.
What I’m wearing –
DKNY Sunglasses c/o Sunglass Shop
Cloud Bag c/o Cambridge Satchel Co.
Leather Jacket c/o ASOS
Blouse – Topshop
Socks – Miss Selfridge
Jeans – New Look via ASOS
Trainers – Vans
Beret – Accessorize
Photos by Lois & Amy
Whilst blogging LFW, Lois and I were invited to review the amazing Black & Blue restaurant under the arches at Waterloo (a girl has to eat!) It’s now on my hit list of favourite eateries, I have to be honest, this food heaven, famed for their steaks for over 25 years is new discovery for me. I was surprised to find their menu offered so much variety, much more than steak, there was fish, chicken, prawns, ribs, burgers and vegetarian options too, we were very much spoilt for choice As I write this post, I wish I was back at Black & Blue, cutlery in hand, glass of vino, ready to tuck in to that memorable meal. I will have to settle instead for the humble tuna salad I prepared for supper.*insert rolling eyes emoji here*.
It’s a welcoming restaraunt, bright and modern decor and attentive service. Whilst perusing the menu, I ordered a glass of Pinot Grigio, Black & Blue have an exclusive agreement with Ellis of Richmond and offer a superb quality wine list at reasonable prices. Lois was in the mood for something different and chose her favourite tipple – Baileys on ice.
It was easy to relax at our table, there was a friendly vibe and attentive staff. So menus at the ready and drinks in hand we chatted away happily, debating on the deal breaker. You know the one, it’s always a tough decision when eating out with friends – starter or pudding? So, scissors, paper, stone later – we opted for starters.
It proved to be an excellent choice as my satay chicken skewers were moist and packed with flavour, it’s a dish I love when cooked well, but I rarely seen on a menu these days. Lois opted for a poached egg on a bed of asparagus spears, smothered with Hollandaise sauce and Parmesan shavings. The food not only looked incredible, it was incredible; we took the snaps and demolished the lot in matter of minutes…. I guess taking photos works up quite the appetite.
Now, I was never a much of a red meat eater and it’s only in the last few years I’ve become a convert to steak Some may say I’m picky, but I’m just not happy if meat is bloody, I can’t face rare meat. Lois, on the other hand loves her steak served as pink and tender as possible, we are complete opposites.
I’ve also come to realise that there’s an etiquette to ordering steak in a restaraunt, there are so many choices of cut, cooking style and then a sauce or naked? As a novice, my lack of knowledge hinders my confidence. I like to request my steak served well done, but I have felt embarrassed in the past when a snooty waiter questions my choice…well done?….and I mean really well done!
On this occasion, as we were eating in the best steak joint in town, I was brave and asked for my steak to be cooked as I like it, plus our lovely waiter didn’t make any remarks about my wimpish blood phobia and helpfully talked us through the many different cuts and choices on offer. All of which are traditionally hung and aged for 28 days to ensure we enjoy the perfect steak.
We both decided on a fillet cut, mine came with a buttery garlic glaze whilst Lois chose a fragrant peppercorn sauce, accompanied by plenty of crispy chips and this huge portion of mixed leaves with Emmental cheese and loads of walnuts, (my personal fave), but Lois isn’t a huge fan, so I happily munched through the whole salad bowl. I was a happy and very full bunny! The steak was melt in your mouth perfection. What more can I say?
We had such a wonderful and relaxing lunch date, with great service and equally good food. Sufficed and stuffed to the brim, it was soon time to dash back to the madness of fashion week. Thank you to the wonderful staff at The Black & Blue restaurant, Waterloo Arches for looking after us so well. From a newbie to convert, I highly recommend that you treat yourself soon and find your local restaraunt, visit the website here.
Black & Blue
1 Mepham Street,
Photos by Lois & Amy
During LFW we attended the Make-Up Plus event and had an absolute blast! It was fun hanging out in the Lights of Soho Bar, it’s quite quirky, well worth a visit, and right up my street, /after all, I am a woman who appreciates a neon sign!) It was the perfect venue for networking, we caught up with lots of fashion friends and then squeezed in a spot of pampering when Lolo and I were persuaded to have our hair and make up done. Feeling pretty, were ready to rock LFW.
It was great to learn more about the Make-Up Plus app, such a fun way to test out different make up looks -and the app is free to download… what’s not to love? All you do is take a selfie using the app, then apply the filters to test out the various looks. So for example, if like me, you only wear red lipstick, well this is a great way to test out whether a hot pink shade could suit you. What’s cooler still, if you like the make up you’ve tested in your selfie, you will soon be able to click and make a purchase. It couldn’t be simpler, what a great way to buy the products used. Curious? Lois and I tell you a bit more about the Make-Up Plus app in our LFW Day One video, check it out here.
Now, just take a look at all these gorgeous Clinique products, I seriously wish this was my own make up collection. Our look was created by talented Emily, using the dreamy Clinique range. I’ve actually invested in the foundation she chose for me as it offers great coverage and the ideal shade (I’ll do a beauty post with all the details on this soon!).
The delightful Ian from Revlon Professional tackled our barnets’. He used a large curling wand to create soft tasseled curls in Lolo’s hair, before turning his attention to taming my natural curls; we then had cute braids woven in for good measure. It’s safe to say that after our pampering, we were ready to take on anything the fashion world had to throw at us… and we felt as sassy AF 😉
Photos by Lois and Amy.
London Fashion Week was a busy affair, hectic in parts, so we set up base in the sumptuous, centrally located Dorsett Hotel, situated in the heart of Sheperds Bush. This made it so easy to access ‘all areas fashion’. The. Hotel was handy for us to hop on the nearby Central Line tube to get to shows and events, then back to the hotel for a pit stop, lunch and out again for round two without any fuss.
I appreciate the attention to detail consistent of The Dorsett Hotel team, theres an elegant yet modern Japanese vibe that flows throughout the building. The interior decor is soothing yet stylish; it truly calms the senses, espousing tranquility. The Dorsett Hotel was the perfect choice for us, enjoying the ambience for drinks, before heading to our room for a restful night.
As we settled into our room, we were unpacking (and bouncing on the beds) when there was a knock at the door, we were greeted by a friendly member of staff, delivering this beautiful tray of fresh fruit, bottled water and chocolate brownies for us. What a welcome, The Dorsett sure knows how to make a gal feel special!
Our stunning room oozes wow factor, with daylight streaming through vast, magnificent windows; quite an unexpected bonus and perfect for gazing out on the busy London life of Shepherds Bush. As you can see, we have a bathroom to die for, let’s just acknowledge the double basin, the beauty of this bathroom gives me love, I mean… we each had our own basin. I’m telling you, this is living the dream right here!
We enjoyed the best nights sleep in comfy beds, seriously important after a busy day at LFW. After being on my feet all day, I was ready for bed and slept well. I was so cosy, I really didn’t want to get out of bed the next morning.
No hotel stay is complete without breakfast in bed, am I right? We opted for classic fruit salad, cereal, toast and croissants, washed own with a nice cuppa. Now let me tell you, The Dorsett granola was deliciously yummy, actuality all the food was! Full to the brim, we headed out, rested, restored and ready to take on day two of LFW..
58 Shepherds Bush Green,
Thank you to the Dorsett Hotel for a wonderful stay, we really enjoyed ourselves.
Photos by Lois and Amy