Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Jana Reinhardt Jewellery

Whilst sat on the tube on my way to work reading Stylist Magazine, I spotted a beautiful fox shaped ring. When I looked closer, I saw that my former Silversmith teacher, Jana Reinhardt, designed it.

Jana was a fantastic teacher and had a real eye for detail; I would bring in photographs of the jewellery that I had long-coveted but couldn’t afford to buy and she would tell me the best way to go about making it. 

This Stylist piece drew me to Jana’s website and I’ve been really impressed with her stylised and wildlife inspired designs.  Each piece is fun and has a sense of personality, which I think is a great attribute in jewellery design. I’ve already placed the featured pieces on my wish list. 

Saturday, 28 July 2012

T-Shirt and Tails Wish List - Superga

At the top of my wish list right now are a pair of Superga trainers. 
They are the perfect addition to any summer outfit, and if Alexa Chung is a brand advocate then that's good enough for me.

The Superga Classic 2750 style reminds me of the summer's spent in Italy where all my cousins (along with everyone else in Milan) would be wearing the quintessential Italian brand. Now I just need to decide what colour to choose...

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Street Feast London

Last Friday night, my boyfriend and I decided to check out the Street Feast London food market down the road in Dalston. Street Feast London is a one-stop gathering for many of London’s most coveted food stalls in a car park off Kingsland Road, and it certainly didn’t disappoint.

There were around 15 stalls all serving a variety of delicious food from jerk chicken to dim sum, and West Indian grilled fish to spare ribs. We decided to share our portions so that we could try more of the goods on offer. We sampled the much-hyped Big Apple hot dog, lamb jalfrezi Bangra Burger and a slice of the Home Slice zucchini and asparagus pizza. All of which were delicious, so much so that we are returning with a group of friends tomorrow night.

The great thing about Street Feast London was the atmosphere surrounding the place. There’s a great bar, organised by the Camden Brewery, and the place was packed full of people enjoying a gourmet Friday evening.  The list of vendors is on a rotating list so you should see something different each Friday of the summer. Although, be warned that the place gets packed by 7.30/8pm but don’t let that put you off. 

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Penhaligon's Scent Profiling

Penhaligon’s scent profiling is often referenced as one of the best free things to do in London. After attending myself, I can say that this statement is entirely correct and would emphatically recommend to all. 

Penhaligon’s Islington store is an enchanting Aladdin’s cave full of dark wood fixtures, beautiful fragrance bottles (little changed from William Penhaligon’s original designs) and helpful staff to help you guide you through the myriad of different aromas.

The profiling started with Penhaligon’s signature scents and what struck me was the breadth of the range, distinction and associated history of each of the products. For example, the first perfume ‘Hammam Boutquet’, created in 1872, was inspired by the aromatic Turkish baths once situated next door to the shop on Jermyn Street. 

My favourite of the signature smells were those with distinct floral and masculine undertones (and I was reliably informed that women purchasing masculine aromas, for their own use, is extremely common).

In all, I tried eight scents - each profiled to fit with my taste and lifestyle. While this was fanstastic, unfortunately I fell in love with all eight…and ended up walking out of Penhaligon’s with not one perfume…but three (Malabah, LP and Douro). 

Friday, 20 July 2012

Wilton's Music Hall

Wilton’s Music Hall has been near the top of my bucket list for over a year now, and last week I managed to venture down with friends to discover it for the first time. My first thoughts on arrival were: why hadn’t I been before?
We went to Wilton’s for a drink at the Mahogany Bar, which was completely welcoming and relaxing, even on a Friday night. The décor was shabby chic (bare brickwork and stripped wood), a little rough around the edges, and this certainly added to the charm. The drink prices were incredibly reasonable – anywhere where a G&T is £3.50 gets my vote.
Next time it would be great to see a production or concert. Monday nights are always free live music nights, and there are many fantastic concerts and productions being put on. For instance Gatz was hosted here recently and I wish that I had attended (however, the prospect of an eight-hour-marathon play for someone who can barely sit still through a two-hour production made me nervous). The main concert hall is undergoing restoration at the moment but is reopening at the end of the year. I can’t wait to see London’s oldest music hall in action!

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Alexander McQueen A/W 2012 Collection

I love these futuristic and fantastical designs from the latest Alexander McQueen collection. They are as awe-inspiring and imaginative as we've learnt to expect from Sarah Burton. Not only are the designs beautifully breath-taking but the shots looks phenomenal!

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Sunday in Regents Park

In between the torrential downpours on Sunday (note that there were many), I braved the elements and ventured to Regents Park with my boyf and friend in tow. Now, I've been to Regents Park and Primrose Hill Park several times before but always managed to find a spot ten metres from the entrance, and so have never fully explored it. I often hear people talk about how it is one of their favourite places in London so I thought that it was about time that I found out why!

We met in Primrose Hill and, with my friend acting as tour guide, walked through the entrance by London Zoo and meandered through the park. We naturally stopped off to refuel at The Garden Cafe on the way past. In fact, we were aiming for the Secret Garden which was unfortunately closed and headed instead to the rose garden (below) which was incredibly beautiful. Apparently the Secret Garden really is quite a secret according to the park team and well worth a visit. This is on my list for my next visit!

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Carven Summer 2013

Carven have created my favourite fashion ad campaign for the summer. The ad features 12 models wearing the structured yet easy-to-wear summer 2013 collection. The designs are varied, consisting of a range of colours, prints and styles within the collection. My personal favourite pieces are the red stilettos (far right), the navy blazer (centre) and the print skirt suit (third from right). 

The ad design is simple, with the models standing and sitting in a stark room which is contrasted by the bright wild flowers in the background. The foliage really brings out the colours in the designs. I love the recent trend that we're seeing where brands are starting to show many looks in one ad campaign. This way we can get a better idea of what the collection has to offer, rather than seeing one element of it. A great example of this are the recent Tommy Hilfiger ad campaigns (below).  

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

LA Science Review

This summer I have a new must-have haircare product: LA Science. I’ve long since wanted bouncing, voluminous Brazilian-style hair à la Adriana Lima, Gisele Bündchen and Eva Mendes (yes, I realise she’s Cuban but she has incredible hair). 

Officially, the LA Science shampoo and serum were developed as hair loss remedies and so it aims to strengthen and nourish from the root and encourage re-growth which simultaneously works fantastically well for producing beautifully healthy and thick hair. I’ve been using it for the past three weeks and I’ve noticed a huge difference – it’s not going to leave me bathroom this summer! 



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