Autumn Winter 2014, bags in a deep dark red colour are everywhere. I love this colour for a bag, whether it’s called oxblood, burgundy or dark red! It is a sophisticated, smart and versatile shade that can easily be incorporated into your working wardrobe.
How to style Burgundy, Oxblood or Dark Red?
There are different ways to work with dark red. Hopefully the following styling examples I have put together will give you some ideas.
If you didn’t make it to London to see the fantastic Henri Matisse art exhibition or the Jean-Paul Gaultier Fashion exhibit but New York is more convenient. You are in luck because they are both heading your way in October!
Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty – The V&A (14th March – 19th July 2015) – This is a must see exhibition. I loved it when I was lucky enough to see it NYC. I may even see it again whilst it is in London! I’m so pleased it has made it across to London where it belongs!!
Avoid patent leather as the top layer has a coating that prevents the natural breathable quality of leather.
Don’t wear shoes that are tight to start with – the heat can make feet swell up and then your shoes will be very tight!
Always try on summer shoes in the middle of the afternoon – your feet will be at their hottest and when you make the purchase you can be sure they will fit your feet when they are at there hottest.
If you can bare it then a small pop sock or pair of tights could help with feet becoming too sweaty and slipping in the shoes.
How to make sure your feet are sandal and summer shoe ready:
Use a pumice stone around your heels to get rid of dry and hard skin
Moisturise your feet and pop on some cotton socks before bed
Give your feet a nice soak – this will soften the skin and sooth them after a long day. Pop in a couple of drops of some tea tree oil and this will get rid of any potential infection on your feet – sweaty feet are a breeding ground for infections
Trim your toe-nails and polish them in a lovely summer colour
If you have an evening spare or more to the point – make sure you have an evening free.
Not far from the London’s city banking area is the Barbican. A huge grey sprawling range of buildings holds a great mix of gems inside.
At the moment it holds a huge amazing exhibition of Jean Paul Gaultier’s beautiful, striking, clever and witty fashion. Open Sunday – weds 10am-6pm, Thurs-Sat 10am-9pm. (perfect for a bank holiday – open 12pm-8pm!)
The exhibit’s layout and displays reflect his personality and design asethetics. The mannequins have projected faces onto them – sometimes they sing or just blink! You even get Jean Paul Gaultier welcoming you to the exhibit!
It was so great to see it in real life. His works have been in so many different films, programmes and magazines. The wall of screens reminds you of some of the film moments.
It was so nice to see some of my favorite dresses on display. They were even better than when I’ve seen them in magazines. The detail and couture work is amazing; all the beads, sequins and detailed cuts.
Wear your best pointy bra or sailor t-shirt and head to the JPG bar. Polish off the evening with a lovely cocktail. The cocktails have all been given names on the JPG theme. I loved the lamps and I think I might do some DIY and create one or two at home! Makes for a nice Thursday or Friday night after work drink – open 5.30pm-10pm (sat-wed 5.30-9pm)
The exhibition finishes 25th August 2014 and might just quench your fashion thirst until the McQueen exhibit roles into town until next year!
Summer is edging closer and Spring keeps raising it’s pretty face with blooms and blossom and the occasional warm spell. Is your wardrobe feeling a little tired and in need of something that makes you feel in the Spring Summer spirit? I’ve been putting away the large knitwear pieces in my wardrobe and getting out the spring summer pieces. But what I think I actually need is a fresh colour. A bright colour that complements your skin tone in an easy to wear shape can update a wardrobe with ease.
So for me, I’m of course going with one of my own collection pieces; the Eloise dress from my Riviera Collection – this is an easy shape to wear as well as style in a variety of ways for different occasions.
I’ve had a look around and other brands are doing some bright colours for Spring Summer too. I’ve picked out some bright dresses in some lovely easy to wear shapes:
If you can’t bare to go all bright but want to freshen up your wardrobe try adding a bold print into the mix:
Where can I go for my pancake fill? As always, I have food on the brain!
Every year I think… “mmm I will make pancakes for breakfast” and every year I forget. This year I’m thinking I won’t have time with so much going on in the business. So I’ve done a little research into places to go. (Note to self it’s Shrove Tuesday on 4th March!!)
If I’m near Richmond Upon Thames then I could do pancakes in a traditional French styley: http://www.chez-lindsay.co.uk/les_galettes.html
In Covent Garden The Delauney’s brunch menu range offers pancakes with fillings such as blueberries and creme fresh or plum and cinnamon compote.
Apparently – Clerkenwell is becoming or has become THE breakfast destination. If you have the time to visit The Modern Pantry between 8am and 11am on pancake day and you could try this delicious sounding pancake…
Raspberry & ricotta pancakes, berry & liquorice compote, crème fraiche. This interestingly states please allow 20 minutes…
Who can wait that long for a pancake!!!?
Breakfast somewhere fancy? How about CUT at 45 Park Lane? They have buttermilk pancakes on their menu with whipped maple butter and seasonal berries with the option to add sausage or streaky bacon!
Have you tried The Cookbook Cafe? There website offers starter breakfast brunch menu which includes all these goodies:
Waffles and pancakes with maple syrup, chocolate sauce, berry compote or clotted cream, omelettes and poached eggs to order.
If that wasn’t enough the drinks are endless!!: Cremant, Bellinis, Sparkling Cremant, water, tea and coffee!!
If you are near Liverpool street and you want to go more American styley how about trying The Breakfast Club.
Put some thought into Valentines Day 2014 – show your love
Why do we need to be forced into being romantic once a year?
I think it’s because sometimes it takes a little nudging to remember to be romantic!
It’s nice to receive jewellery or roses or other lovey dovey things. But sometimes it’s the simple things or the things you don’t normally do for the other person that are the best or most appreciated. For instance; making them breakfast or baking them a cake.
I love these stencils by Sophia Victoria Joy on Not On The Highstreet. You can personalise them too. Maybe pick ‘Be Mine’ to woo a man with a coffee addiction or ‘Love you’ on a breakfast coffee for your partner.
Perhaps you could make the bed for your partner and sneak in a pillow case like this from Karin Akesson:
Or maybe you know she likes a bath but never has time for one. Make it a relaxing evening; run the bath, pop open a bottle of champagne, some gorgeous candles scattered around the room and a luxurious soft towel warming on the radiator.