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A special Christmas Trip With Family or Friends

It’s nice to do things with friends and family at this time of year. You may not have time for any big event or get away i.e. like me your diary is soooooo full up till Christmas. If you can squeeze an extra special trip around Christmas time it’s well worth the effort. We are coming closer and closer to Christmas now but sometimes the last minute plans are the best! Personally, I think I’m going to arrange stuff for the days after Christmas.

London

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The ice skating rink at Somerset House, London for Christmas 2014. Image courtesy of the Somerset House website

Make a day of it in London. I love having a wander around London and looking at all the Christmas lights and decorations. Go to some of the big stores to see their festive window displays. Head to Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park – free entry. Open from 10am to 10pm (from 21st November 2014 – 4th January 2014).

Then grab some skates for ice skating at Somerset House (11th December 2014 – 11th January 2015) or just sit in the Fortnum’s Lodge with a large glass of bubbly and feel smug that your not falling over on an icy sheet!

After some serious window shopping stay in the west end for a mulled wine at a pub, (try Pontefracte Castle on Wigmore street)  for a warming end to the day.

Paris
I always fancy heading to a Christmasy market abroad. But how about doing something different and heading to Paris for a Christmas outing?

Chrismas Tree, Galleries Lafayette, Paris

Head to Paris to see the amazing Christmas Tree at the Galeries Lafayette.

Go ice skating at the Grand Palais des Glaces, see the lights at the Champs-Elysees and the Christmas tree at Galeries Lafayette (with of course a bit of shopping!).

NYC

For a long weekend away, you can’t beat New York New York, especially at Christmas time. I love the hussle and bussle on the streets in NYC and they really know how to make it feel Christmasy. Go shopping and meet Santa on the 8th floor at Macys Santaland. The Mommy Poppins gives a great breakdown of the what’s, where’s, when and who’s of Santaland  (buy tickets in advance).

See the Christmas tree and go ice skating and then do a bit more shopping at the Rockefeller Centre!

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The magnificent tree at the Rockerfeller Centre, NYC that you need to go and see in person. Picture courtesy of the Rockerfeller Centre website

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New shoooeeees? Because everyday is a shoe day!

Tomorrow if you are thinking “mmm I’d like to head somewhere different for Sunday breakfast plus I need some new shoes and I want some flowers”; you need to be heading to Columbia Road.

Peponita has popped up this week at 95 Columbia Road. Tomorrow is your last day to go in, try on and grab yourself some new shoes.

Ladies, these are shoes you can walk, work and dance in!

If you can’t make it to Columbia Road – why not book an appointment to try on at their Highgate studio in North London. Because I have annoyingly shaped feet – I think trying on is essential with shoes!

These are some pics of their lovely pop up at Columbia Road. Doesn’t it look fab!

More shoes!

How about some lace ups?

Peponita

Love the hanging cages with shoes inside

A-Frame

Need new shoes? YES Always!

Shoes

How about some T-Bar shoes?

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Columbia Road pop up shop


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Take a look inside (if you’re not in London!)

If you are in London this week you should definitely pop into our pop up shop In Space. Products and brands you won’t find elsewhere from four companies that normally trade online.

For those of you not able to make it – here’s a couple of pics of the space:

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In Space

We are looking forward to Sunday’s flower market, which is the best day of the week to experience the buzz of Columbia Road.
If you’d like to come into the store during a quieter time then today or tomorrow is perfect. We are open till 7pm so come by after work!

Bruno + Bean

Kerry O’Brine Womens Wear

The Indian Bicycle Shop

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No time to stop yet!

Things have gone a bit crazy here in the studio. Hopefully Friday I will find some time to do a massive clear up.

No sooner had I got back from the Pop Up Piccadilly shop, it was full on with this Thursdays evening event! The silk jersey fabric arrived back from the brilliant Insley & Nash print and dye studio, dyed in a fabulous fresh crunchy apple green shade. Quickly made myself a dress out of the silk jersey to wear tomorrow evening!

If you’ve ever organised an event, it takes a lot of hard work and persistence! Anyway, it is just around the corner now and everything has been falling into place. One last push and we will be ready.

If anybody is still interested in coming tomorrow evening to the Colourful Evening in Bloomsbury London there are a couple of tickets still available. You will need to get in there soon as the ticket sales close at 4pm.

Pictures will be taken and I will do a blog post after I’ve had a rest!!

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Women’s London Networking Evening in Colour!

You may or may not know that I run a clothing company. So the big company announcement today is that I have launched the tickets for our September event!

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The evening is for women from a whole range of industries and professions to come together in London and enjoy an evening of networking and personal consultations.

The theme of the evening is colour which is such a broad and interesting topic. The colours you wear effect the way that people perceive you, it can affect your mood and it can make you look amazing or drab.

Around that them of colour we have selected different areas for the evening:

  • Makeup: Focusing on eyeshadow colour
  • Hosiery Finding the best natural colour match for your skin
  • Hair: what is the best hair colour for you
  • Image: What is one colour that looks amazing on you
  • Clothes: Allowing you to select exactly the colour you want for your dress

The brands included in the event are:

Makeup WORKS: A British makeup brand who have been making inroads on the makeup market. They are targeted at mature skin; the colours and shades are great and in particular the products are matte. Makeup WORKS will be providing 10 minute slots to discuss eyeshade colours and if you want, they can try it out on you.

FALKE: A premium hosiery brand. Leading the way in hosiery they have a new exciting range called Perfect Skin Colours. A consultant will be at our event with samples in hand to guide you through choosing the right skin colour for your legs.

FOUR: Leading hair colourists voted ‘Best for Colour’ by the Tatler hair guide 2013 will be providing 10 minute consultations. If you’re unsure about your hair colour or you need some advice then this is for you.

Inside Out Image: What colour would be best for you to wear to work? What colours suit your skin tone? Joanna Gaudoin from Inside Out Image will be starting the evening off by introducing us to the world of colour and then will be providing one to one mini consultations.

and then there is my company: Kerry O’Brine Womens Wear: We design and produce clothing in my UK studio. The silk Line is our main collection and this provides women the chance to choose exactly what they want: choose your style from our six dresses, choose your colour and choose your sleeve length.

I’ll be launching our new colour dye to order service some new colours for Autumn Winter and some other things too! For now, that’s all I will say about this because you’ll have to come to the launch to find out more!!

The Academy: The venue is equally exciting as the line-up! We have the whole of the ground floor in The Academy in Bloomsbury, London for the evening of 12th September. If it’s a lovely sunny evening you’ll be able to network outside in the courtyard or have a drink in the conservatory! The 4* hotel has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Enjoy the evening with complimentary drinks available on arrival and canapes included in the ticket price. I always insist on food…. who can network after work on an empty stomach? Not me!!

All the women involved are supportive and friendly individuals. We love to network and support other women running their own business, working their way up the career ladder and getting the balance between a high flying career and home life.

If you are based in and around London and you are interested and a woman then please join us.

COLOUR-EVENING

Feed back is always welcomed. Do you know of a great location to hold another event? What brand would you like to get advice from? Is there a topic that you would like to learn more about at an event?


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Having too much fashion fun!!

We are having so much fun we have decided to open the pop up boutique till 7pm tomorrow (thurs 7th). Come on by for browsing and bubbly after work. It’s lovely to meet people face to face… So much more personal than online!
Also with clothing you can touch the fabrics which are absolutely delishious, as one lady said today “I’ve never touched anything so soft, that coat feels amazing”. You can’t get everything online and by coming in you’ll get a chance to try on and see the colours in person!

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inside the london fashion pop up


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Fashion pop up

A quick note from me today. We set up the pop up boutique on Monday which went quite smoothly!
Then straight into a private preview evening which was really enjoyable and then yesterday we opened up! At the moment I’m putting pictures onto Facebook so check them out there to keep up to date.

So far it is going really well. Love the Clerkenwell location and if you’re working nearby, please do pop in. Farringdon station is nearest and there are lots of great coffee and food places around here that I will be exploring!!
Looking like a london boutique took a lot of time and effort, if only people knew what went on behind the scenes!!!

Must get Day two started……

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