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
I must say, I bloody loved this look and felt sassy as hell in it. I think it’s a combination of things that goes into creating sassiness; let’s break it down, I think this embroidered jumper is everything, I adore the colours within the embroidery and those sleeve, just look at those sleeves! I must admit, I’m not usually one for wearing a maxi dress, I find they swamp me and make my hips look large, but I think I have now found the exception to the rule, due mainly to the large split down the front of this number, the little flash of leg also helps to break up the print.
If you have followed my blog for a while you’ll know about my current love of ankle socks, so when I spotted this pair of fishnet ankle socks, yep you guessed it, they had to be mine! I popped on a pair of Vans, (purely for comfort), I was digging how they looked and boy was I happy I opted for them. I am so glad I wore them for LFW, it made running between shows, shoots and lunch dates pure ease.
Lets all take a moment to ogle over my new arm candy, this Cambridge Satchel, Cloud bag is beyond dreamy. It even has my nickname Mimi embossed onto it *insert heart eyes emoji* I’m so in love. I picked the cloud design in the new seasons shade of terracotta and a new grain textured leather. I opted for gold coloured embossing to match bags guilt hard wear. Lois and I choose little stars to accompany our nicknames. We didn’t plan it but I love how we’ve ended up with the same colour bags, making us like twins. The cloud and colour palette offers a modern twist on a traditional, classic satchel look.
Jumper & Dress – Zara
Cloud Bag c/o Cambridge Satchel Co.
Trainers – Vans Socks – Topshop
DKNY 4109 Sunglasses c/o Sunglass Shop
Photos by Lolo
On a busy first day of London Fashion Week, Lois and I stopped by the beautiful CERU in South Kensington for a deliciously fresh and incredibly tasty lunch date. It was the perfect pit stop in between the hustle and bustle of fashion shows. We had quite the feast and opted for a tapas style lunch, sharing delicious small plates. I highly recommend the Crisp Apple, Mint & Pomegranate Salad. You will see the dishes we chose below. I also recommend the chicken shish and rose scented lamb skewers (we shared half each) and they were so good! The menu is gluten free (except the breads). It’s suitable for vegetarians, vegans, meat eaters and pescetarians too, there’s plenty on the menu for everyone.
Let me tell you a little more about Ceru with a note from the founder Barry Hilton:
“I have lost track of how many days and nights I have spent eating and drinking my way around the various countries that form the Levant. Encouraged by Levent Kayapehlivan who I met in a backstreet café near the Galata Bridge in Istanbul, I was inspired to create a flavour journey that provides an insight into the rich food heritage of the region. The menu at CERU uses authentic ingredients and cooking methods, but without the need to faithfully recreate well known dishes. It has been great fun — I hope you enjoy eating it, as much as I did creating it”.
What we had –
Homemade Lemonades, Apple, Cucumber & Mint
Rose Scented Kebab Skewers
Chicken Shish Taouk
Fried Halloumi & Grilled Red Peppers
Roasted Aubergine with Chermoula
Spiced Warm Cauliflower & Walnut Salad
Crisp Apple, Mint & Pomegranate Salad
Dark Chocolate Mousse with Sour cherries & pistachio
The restaurants interior perfectly represents it’s Levant roots (The countries that form the Levant border the furthest eastern coastal shores of the Mediterranean and can loosely be described as the crossroads of Western Asia, Eastern Mediterranean, Northeast Africa and Northwest Arabia).
The interiors decoation is carefully curated with touches from the Levant woven through the tiles, fabrics creating layering of textures. The glasses are delicate, the colourful crockery and serving dishes are all sourced from the Eastern Mediterranean.
This may sound odd but you must see the bathroom, it is simply beautiful. I’ve included a snap of the sinks and the flooring – truly breathtaking and I highly recommend taking your phone in with you for a mirror selfie when paying a visit.
I will visit CERU again and take a group of friends too. It’s a place that you could never tire of.
7-9 Bute Street,
Thank you Ceru for having us, it was the perfect lunching spot between fashion shows.
photos by Lois and Amy
On the menu today- a whistle stop heads up introduction to our LFW experience, with many more blogs to come.
First stop on day 1 of our LFW experience was a beauty event, Lois and I visited the very trendy Lights of Soho Make-up Plus. It was a great start to the day, getting us ‘fashion week ready’ with a pamper treatment. There’s nothing quite like having your make-up done and hair styled to make a girl feel fabulous. We looked perfect for our day of dashing about London town, with no need to pit stop for a touch up. This is just a taster, I will be telling you all about our time hanging out at the Make-up Plus event in more detail later.
Next stop, we pitched up at the stylish Dorsett Hotel in Shepherds Bush, London. Half of LFW seemed to have the same idea, it was the place to be seen. It’s the perfect hotel choice for both business and leisure. It was comfy and stylish, giving us a base to work from and also relax. Those who read my blog know how I like the fusion of modern architecture and retro design; the Dorset was originally a Grade II listed building, which overlooks Shepherds Bush Green, now tastefully redeveloped, retaining the historic facade. The hotel has 2 restaurants, Jin (金) bar and a spa. Our room was lush and we were welcomed by this beautiful fresh fruit feast!
We wouldn’t be fashion bloggers without documenting what we wore! We popped out to South Kensington, using the beautiful properties as our backdrop. Whilst in the vicinity, we had a superb lunch date at CERU a Levant styled restaurant. I can’t wait to share with y’all all about this gem, our food was amazing! More on this very soon 😉
What Lois is wearing-
Coat – Monki
Jumper – Coach
Bag – Anya Hindmarch
Shoes – Gucci
Miu Miu Sunglasses c/o Sunglasses Shop
Jeans & Shirt – Zara
What I’m wearing-
Leather Jacket c/o ASOS
Jumper & Dress – Zara
Cloud Bag c/o Cambridge Satchel Co.
Trainers – Vans
Socks – Topshop
DKNY 4109 Sunglasses c/o Sunglass Shop
No matter how manic our schedule, there’s always time to stop for a cute doggy snap. We met this adorable little fella whilst snapping our outfit pictures. He was so cute and immediately rolled over to have his belly rubbed. Coco would have loved him (and truth be told) I would have happily taken him home!
This lovely magical moment happened at the close of The Paul Costelloe show. After receiving a huge cheer from the crowd Paul stepped forward and danced with one of the models, it was such a wonderful moment to witness.
Show over, cameras in hand, Lois and I hotfooted it over to The Turkish Embassy, the interior building is beautiful. We were here to see the Zeyna Kartal show. I have to admit to being entranced by the darling shades featured here, particularly dusty pink hues and big at the moment, emerald green. The textures added something extra, particularly the tiered lace dresses. I must say I loved the dusky pinks, oh so dreamy! It was all very eye catching and memorable.
Weary from our shenanigans, we headed back to our base at the stylish Dorsett Hotel for drinks and delicious dinner; full and satisfied, we were so ready for the comfy bed awaiting us! You get pretty beat running around, catching everything that’s happening at London Fashion Week. So much to see on a busy day in fashion, it was great having a central hotel to nip back to, it saved us so much travel time, not having to trek back to zone 3 on the tube after a long day.
Watch out for more from our adventures at LFW.
Photos by Lois & Amy
It’s a whole week since my 30th birthday and I was planning to get this birthday outfit post up sooner but I’ve been a busy Amy, working on some really fun projects! I can’t wait to share them with you soon… ok you’ve been so good…here is a little hint…… I’ve only been hanging out at London Fashion Week.
More about that soon, I promise, but for now, I guess I had better tell you all about this birthday look. I was fortunate enough to receive as Christmas and birthday gifts some ASOS vouchers, so I got online and ordered a couple bits and bobs.
I chose this cute cropped jumper, it’s a great shade of grey with fab embroidery. I also chose a pair of ripped mom jeans. I guess they’re re not my usual thing, but I’ve been hankering for a pair of cool jeans for a while now, I thought to myself “it’s worth a shot, lets try them out?” I’m so glad I did because I love them, even though I am in between sizes – the smaller pair were that little bit too tight and these are a little baggy on my legs and waist- however they fit perfectly over my huge hips. It’s so hard finding well fitting jeans when you are a curvy Miss like me!
I have noticed a bit of a change in my taste lately, perhaps it turning 30, who knows? I’m exploring two very recent obsessions, the first is layering grey on grey, I’m really diggin’ creating outfits with this effect, you should try it! My other fascination is a great feeling for metallic accessories, made easier thanks to my dear friend Allen, as he gifted me these booties in silver! I’m sure you’ll agree, it would have been rude not to take them for a test run straight away. I did and I can confirm to you right here and now that I bloody love them.
To complete the look, I’m wearing another birthday present, this adorable and delicate Amethyst ring from Pandora. Amethyst is my birthstone, it’s also my favourite colour stone and it works so well with my engagement ring. It’s a nice reminder of my bestie Clare, as it was a great present from her. I received some lovely gifts and cards and had great fun celebrating. It was a smashing birthday, thank you for all your lovely wishes.
Don’t forget to stay tuned for all my LFW posts, now to get down to editing!
Just before Christmas, with the year drawing to an end and the big lead up to the festivities, we all start to feel the strain of being very busy. I decided it was the perfect time for a treat. I headed to The Well – an urban spa in Clerkenwell, Farringdon Lane for a spot of much needed R&R with my bestie Lolo.
The suburb of Clerkenwell takes its name from The Clerks’ Well, an actual well located in Farringdon Lane. It dates back to the Middle Ages, a time when Parish Clerks across London gathered to perform in annual Mystery Plays, each one based on various biblical themes. Part of the original well has survived modernisation and remains visible today, now incorporated into Well Court, which is set to become the new hub of Clerkenwell.
So we took ourselves off to the wonderful urban spa, aptly named The Well, at Clerkenwell, London. What an amazing place, embodying all the characteristics of a community well. The Well Urban Spa is sympathetically designed, an entrancing space that you can see is dedicated to relaxation, inspiration and your rejuvenation. I’m sure I would reap the benefits of a regular indulgence; wellbeing is their core theme.
Before I tell you about our treatments, I want to relay to you just how exquisitely beautiful this space was! The peace inducing tranquil sage-green decor is based on the principle that green is a soothing colour on the human eye. After all, it is the colour of nature, and The Well continues this nature theme with birch-wood accents and stone pebbles. Don’t think it’s all subdued, oh no, the tranquility is enriched by decadent textiles, oozing vibrant shades woven through the “Clerkenwell” fabric prints. This design collaboration is with an exciting textile designer – Charlotte Frances London. I adore the pink armchair, it pleases me, as a favourite home decor colour combo is pink and green. The textures have a Scandi feel to them and the furniture placement is spot on. In truth, I wish I could recreate this little spa in my home, its beyond dreamy and I wish my photographs could do it more justice.
Enough of decor, on to our treatments. So after a consultation with our therapists we both decided to go for the Bamford De-Stress treatment. It’s a massage designed to leave you feeling energised and revived ..and boy did we! Here is a little excerpt from their brochure about our treatment :
BAMFORD DE-STRESS MASSAGE
Tension is a killer, in more ways than one, but the Bamford De-Stress Massage at The Well is designed to ease your worried mind. This targeted massage de-stresses the body from head to toe, starting with a soothing footbath. The gentle, rhythmic massage that follows combines Shiatsu, Meridian and Swedish techniques to encourage lymph flow, sweeping toxins away. Reflexology and leg massage then nurture the positive flow of energy throughout the body, restoring vitality. A powerful detox treatment, this relaxing massage is the ideal antidote to a hectic lifestyle.
Due to a busy schedule, commuting and tension, my muscles knot up, especially around my shoulders and neck. The lovely spa therapist tailored my massage to work on these specific problem areas. She identified that I even had a tension built up in my hands and forearms, I guess its due to physical handling of mannequins and fashion garments at work and my blog typing. After our massages, Lois and I headed upstairs for a glass of bubbly and then onto the pub for a swift Diet Coke and a natter, we were so blissfully relaxed and in a lovely daze like state.
I want to say a massive thank you to The Well Spa for having us and making us feel so relaxed and ready for the 2017, we know where you are and we shall return!