Monday, 19 September 2011

Street Style

Many's the time I've gone up to a perfect stranger on the street to inquire where her lustworthy shoes are from, but never before have I asked someone if I could take a photo of her look. 

But standing outside Harrods one morning waiting for it to open, I couldn't not ask. I just loved this lady's look from top to toe.  Admittedly, it was the shoes that drew my attention at first (it was ever thus!) but her whole ensemble was just so stylish yet so effortless that I just had to! 

And wouldn't you know it.... She works in fashion! 

Shoes: Lanvin
Bag: Balenciaga
Jacket: Chanel
Top: Vanessa Bruno
Fashion week bag:  Mary Katranzou A/W 2011

Prêt à Portea at the Berkeley

Given that we are in the middle of London Fashion Week, it seemed only fitting to take tea at The Berkeley Hotel and partake of their highly acclaimed Prêt à Portea.  

So, with a group of like minded girls, we descended en masse for an afternoon of designer tea blends, chi-chi sandwiches and mountains of cakes and biscuits. But not just any cakes and biscuits. Oh no. 

Each little cake, biscuit and delicacy is a replica of or inspired by a famous designer label's key piece from the current collection. So, the bikini biscuit is Miu Miu, the structured handbag is a Victoria Beckham design and the striped little cake is inspired by a Roger Vivier zebra print shoe. All just so darling! 

Teas were fabulous blends such as Vanilla, Pear & Caramel (my favourite) and the Berkeley blend. Sandwiches included tuna, cucumber and cream cheese (how English) and smoked salmon. Savouries were an amazing array of canapés including quinoa in a mini-artichoke cup, asian marinated beef and a very delicious lobster in a sushi roll. 

The stars of the show were undeniably the sweet treats. A melon juice amuse bouche with a chilli kick as it went down was very popular. The marzipan fruit figures drew gasps as did the  bikini and dress biscuits and the Beckham bag. It was almost a shame to eat it..... But we managed to, all the same!  

The refills just kept on coming till we were all fit to burst, but just in case we hadn't really eaten our fill, we each took home a little doggy bag to munch on later. 

A lovely way to spend a couple of hours with friends, and a definite must-do for small celebrations with close friends. 

Thursday, 1 September 2011

My Style... in Monaco

Monte Carlo... A living, breathing catwalk!

Long overdue - but here is a small selection of the outfits I wore for the fabulous wedding last month in Monaco.  There are more, but I didn't want this to look like it's my holiday album!  (Those of you on Twitter will have seen them - and the missing ones too -  so if you're not into repetition, then look away now!)

TopShop dress, Louboutin shoes

Issa dress, BV Clutch, Brian Atwood shoes (under the table!)

Missoni playsuit, Louboutin sandals

Alice + Olivia dress, BV clutch, Louboutin shoes

Young Fabulous and Brok playsuit, DVF flip-flops

Rachel Gilbert dress, BV clutch, Philippe Auibert bracelet, YSL Tributes

Missoni dress, HTC belt, Louboutin sandals, Primark hat,