Thursday, 17 December 2009

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it SNOW!


I L.O.V.E. snow, buuuuuuuut not when it affects me going to work (or out of my house in general), what I can and can't wear (I live in ballet pumps, and some people say this isn't practical in snow), or if I get cold, wet, ill or in one case in Germany when my hair literally froze (crispy hair is not a good look and damages hair cuticles).

But snow does have excellent pros too; snowmen, snowball fights, wrapping up in approximately 9 layers of clothing, getting rosy cheeks, when you're older you can play in the snow all day without your mum telling you to come in and stop sledging before you get pneumonia (unless she finds out what you've been doing on facebook - busted!).

Work/schools/shops and pretty much everything closes so it's freedom for everyone with all the streets being eerily quiet (remember Oxford Street this year, ghost town!), it makes even the most grotesque places look like a pretty winter wonderland (it can make Great Yarmouth look magical!), but most of all it's FUN!
 
But if your still weighing up the pros and con of all the snow coming our way, just think of all the fun layering you can now do, especially if you do it with Etsy. Etsy is the site for home-made goods (you can buy and sell) and I'm in love with all the cosy knitwear from Yokoo (made and modelled by her). A knitted bow will keep my head warm, right?

Or maybe this gorgeous grey scarf from warehouse which is plaited and bobbled with a chunky knit - looks like the perfect thing to wrap up in. Love the colour too.

Also try this gor-ge-ous Paul Smith Mohair cardigan that just screams 'put me on, and snuggle up!' so you can either play outside or curl up on the sofa. Available at paulsmith.co.uk.

Leather leggings from Helmut Lang at net-a-porter will keep you warm, stylish, and they're water proof! Win! Bring on the snowball fight!
And if we really must wear 'sensible' footwear, I'm not doing it unless I'm wearing these Vivienne Westwood Anglomania patent ankle boots from asos. They make wellies look good! Love the buttons and there's loads of style and colours to choose from!

Ok snow, bring it on!!!
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Saturday, 12 December 2009

Wildfox Couture: Best. Barbie. Ever!






I did this post on my work blog (selfserviceuk.wordpress.com) and it's too good for words, so I had to post it on here as well! BEST WILDFOX LOOKBOOK EVER!!!!! The S/S 10 collection will hit shops in January, I will of course keep you posted! To view the entire genius lookbook that is Wildfox Barbie - Summer 2010 click here. And if you really can't wait for some Wildfox-y goodness, shop the current collection here.

Cx

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Let's get Physical


I've also had a obsession with the whole 'sports luxe' look, which has always taken me by surprise as it's not really my personal style, but it's always a trend I'm drawn to in street style, catwalk, graphics, images, photos and my own clothes designs. So what is my fascination? I know I'm not alone with my obsession, as the sports luxe style rears it head almost every other season. But just take the image above, this girl looks so adorable and fresh with her hoody and PVC combo, mixed with the delicacy of the crochet - loves it! How can you not?

The image above is one of my fave photos, well, ever! It inspired a whole collection I designed at uni years ago, and I still love everything about it! Colour, graphics, textures and the fact it says FAKER obviously!



I designed and made this outfit years ago (modelled by my beautiful friend Maya) please excuse the pattern cutting, but just thought it shows how deep my sports luxe obsession goes, but still don't know if I'm ready to wear it myself! I'll just stick to being obsessed with it for now. Although...if I had the outfit below, from Alexander Wang, I may have to try it out!

Cx

Friday, 4 December 2009

Champagne and Cupcakes at Flemings = happiness!


Champagne and cupcakes got your attention? Yep, they got mine too! Which is why I was so happy to be invited to the grand unveiling of The Front Room on Wednesday night at one of London's best kept secrets - Flemings Mayfair. The Hotel is tucked away on Half Moon Street, a short skip and a jump away from Green Park Tube Station and has recently had a complete and utter facelift (think Demi transformation, not Dannii botox! It's a serious overhaul!).


On my way to the Hotel with my bff Tori, I noticed the above write up in Stylist magazine declaring it the new place to go for Champagne and Cupcakes (and tea) in London when you want to get away from it all, or just spoil yourself rotten! The Front Room will exclusively serve you Primrose Hill Bakery cupcakes, Dammann tea and Perrier-Jouet Brut Champagne until you curl up for a nap on one of the very comfy and stylish sofas! It's a gorgeous addition to the growing trend for boutique tea and cupcakes rooms that are popping up all over the city.


It was also a great chance to meet two very lovely girls from Domestic Sluttery, Gail and Alex and have an indepth talk about icing and cupcakes - it's serious stuff! I would recommend a trip to The Front Rooms when they open in mid January, the perfect way to treat yourself after the holidays! The staff are lovely, the hotel is gorgeous, it feels very luxurious, and all the cupcakes you can handle - heaven!!!

Add a trip to your Christmas wish-list and click here to book

Cx


Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Zombies attack at Company Magazine Reader Event at Kanaloa!


Last week I had a fab-u-lous time at the Company Reader Event at Kanaloa. Kanaloa, for anyone that isn't an avid Metro reader, is the hottest new bar part owned by Girls Alouds Sarah Harding and the brains behind Mahiki, Nick House and Piers Adam. It's a gorgeous little Polynesian tiki bar that is themed down to the hawaiin shirt wearing bartenders! No, seriously!

Company threw a brilliant party at the new hotspot, with OPI goody bags, manicures by City Point Spa, cocktails (lethal BTW!), cupcakes, and so-good-wish-i-was-eating-one-now canapes (my mouth is watering just thinking about the salt and pepper squid!!!).

Kanaloa and Company are both all about the ladies (sorry boys!) and it was lovely to sip our cocktails and read Company in such pretty surroundings listening to 80s handbag anthems (the tunes were brilliant btw-try not to dance!) I would definitely recommend a Company Readers event, or even just a trip to Kanaloa (If you go, try a Zombie Cocktail...but don't have more than 2!)

I sadly haven't got any photos of my own of the super girly-tastic night, so I stole some from company.co.uk!

Make sure you're following Company on twitter - seriously addictive tweets!

THANKS COMPANY! Cx

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Sunday, 22 November 2009

Plastiscines - Parisian Pop Perfection!

I completely and utterly have a pop crush on Plastiscines. The life size Bratz Dolls look fantastic, sound even better, and are proving to be the 'new' Lady Gaga when it comes to the soundtracks for drama series about loaded and beautiful Americans (you know, Gossip Girl, The Hills, The City, 90210, Privileged, etc...)
"Four super-extra-hot french girls with fat, chunky riffs and brilliant new wave pop tunes, they are literally too perfect to be true." - NME
The gorgeous foursome from Paris are signed to Nylon Records, and have already been hailed as 'perfect', both for their songs AND their look. They have that effortless young and beautiful French thing going on, and that's why they've already had a cameo in Gossip Girl! (See video below)


Songs like 'Bitch' and 'Barcelona' will get well and truly stuck in your head, and soon you'll be wanting to dress like a slutty and/or bitchy, young, dumb and beautiful débutante in no time!!!


The reason the girls translate so well to the aforementioned American teen dramas, is that they proclaim they're from the Parisian movement 'Les bébés rockers'; translation: spoilt brat rocker offspring. But who cares, they're great! Katty (lead singer) is seen in Gossip girl (above) wearing a black Topshop dress (what else!?)

So who else really wants that carebear oversized tee??? Oh and that sequin parka...jealous, moi?
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Friday, 20 November 2009

The Notorious Beyonce Paige and her Video Phone


Ok, so everyone's heard the hype about Miss B and Lady Gaga and new video for 'video phone', but I'm not so fussed about the gaga cameo (gaga looks like a little lost lamb and wears one outfit the whole video - wtf??? she's only as good as the c-r-azy outfits she struts in!) but what I love love love is Beyonce and her betty paige hair-do, bra and big ol' pants! The video has me reaching for the scissors (to cut in a fringe), a toy gun and some great undies - I'll let these pics do the talking!


Click here to watch the vid courtesy of MTV

B looks spot on, think we will see that look translated all over Old Street! But where oh where are we going to find a boy with a camera for a head???


What do you think of Gaga in the vid (couldn't even bring myself to put up images with her in)? Gaga-great (said like Tony the Tiger) or Gaga-blah (said however you like, sweet cheeks!)

Cx

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Rihanna is R Rated at Nokia Launch, London


I was a very lucky girl and got tickets to go and see THE d-i-v-a  of the moment, Rihanna, at a top secret London gig for Nokia last night. Nokia were launching their 'comes with music' phone, the Nokia X6 and Rihanna was launching her new album Rated R, so they teamed up and created a gig that was streamed live to Rihanna fans all over the world (a music first!). I'm not wasn't the biggest Rihanna fan, and was surprised how much I loved it!


The gig was held at Brixton Academy in London and had a star studded celeb turn out, with Beyonce, Emma Bunton, Jamelia, Keisha Buchanan, Chipmunk, Adele, and Tinchy Stryder all gracing the VVIP area (yep, VIP wasn't good enough!).


But the celebs didn't stay locked up in their VVIP enclosure, 2 of them made a surprise appearance on stage with Riri herself! Jay-Z and Young Jeezy joined her on the TV set themed stage, where they performed new track 'Hard' with Jeezy. The crowd went mental when Jay-Z joined her for the huge hit 'Run This Town' (it was pretty darn good!).


It was a great gig, and Rihanna proved that she's not just a singer, fashionista and icon, but is also leading the way in social media and music.


The whole night was fantastic and I had a great time with fellow bloggers Marian, Reena and Miggy (thanks again for the ticket Marian!) Here's hoping more artists follow in Rihanna's social footsteps!

Cx

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Get Party Perfect Hair with Bob Boutique!


I can't be the only person with hairdresser fear, can I? all it takes is one really bad haircut (*cough* burlingtons) to scar you for life and have the fear that all hairdressers are on a mission to turn your fabulous locks into chewed up straw that would leave scarecrows looking for a hat (*cough* burlingtons)! A few weeks ago, I told you about my haircut at Bob, and I think the a-maz-ing staff at Bob have cured me of my phobia!

Bob is a group of hair salons with a difference. The distinct boutique salons in London (Bob Green in Clapham and Bob Blue in Fulham) are stylish, comfortable and slick and most impressive of all, offer modern, creative and expert hair styling using L'Oreal products, in a friendly and relaxed environment (something so many hair salons lack!)

I heart Bob! I really was impressed with the service I got during my appointment with Creative Director, Ashley Emmanuel (pictured above). I get nervy with people cutting my hair, so was really relived that he was friendly, chatty and most of all listened to what I wanted done (listen up hairdressers out there that think trim means waist length to bowl cut!) Ashley offered expert advice and suggested I go a dark red shade for Christmas party time (haven't been brave enough yet, what do you think I should do???) Overall I had a great afternoon, felt fab and my hair was super glossy and had me sashaying down St Johns Hill!

I also have a fantastic offer for you all to get your hair prepped for Christmas parties, your next night out or just for the hell of it! Bob will give you £100 to spend over your next 10 visits - that means £10 of each of your next 10 haircuts/colours! So what are you waiting for, I promise your hair will thank you!

To book an appointment, call 020 7223 1741 or say hi to the very lovely Ola on Twitter

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