Saturday, 18 February 2012

Chanel Olympics

LOVE this ad campaign for Chanel SS12. It portrays an incredibly serene atmosphere and it is SO beautifully shot by Karl Lagerfeld. Goes along with an acrobatic theme for an Olympic Year. I feel I want to be where they are.

Have a look at the making of it here







Wearing it Today

As London Fashion Week is now well under way, I thought I would show you an insight into one of my favourite bloggers / stylists - Laura Fantacci of Wearing it Today (WIT), who is great at updating live as the week goes on - follow her on Twitter (@WITblog) to check out her gorgeous outfits, a sneak peak into the shows and her fave bits at LFW.

Laura's the contributing fashion editor of Red Magazine and possible one of my biggest style inspirations, I love almost everything she wears and follow her blog daily. Here are a few of my favourite outfits she's been sporting recently:









Follow her blog: www.wearingittoday.co.uk

Follow her on Twitter: @WITblog

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

My Best Coffee Shops in London

I have admittedly been rubbish at blogging since I moved to London. What was a daily habit when I was in Paris quickly became a complete non event since August last year. However, I now have a weeks holiday, and amongst other things I wanted to sort out my blog and get posting again.


As I am surrounded by shoes day in, day out, I have decided to diversify my blog moving away from just shoes, posting about all things that have inspired me or that I love.

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I am a bittt of a coffee addict, shakes by 10.30 if I haven't had my daily hit, pounding headache by 12 if I still haven't had my fix... none of which are good signs, I admit. I think I blame living in Paris. Before moving out to the French capital milky coffees used to suffice, but whilst living out there I became very used to just having 'un cafe', which was what we call an espresso.... maybe not a good thing in hindsight. 1e from the local boulangerie and all really amazing. 

Since returning I've found it hard to find good coffee shops.. out of the big chains Nero and Costa would be my faves, but still don't match the quality you found on every street corner in Paris. 

I have been searching high and wide, and the two I have found so far would be up there with some of the best cups I have ever had... both of which happen to be within a 10 minute walking distance from my office.


Gone are the days of milky coffee, in are the days of an Americano with a dash of skinny milk... sometimes with an extra shot...

MONMOUTH


27 Monmouth Street                  2 Park Street                    34 Maltby Street
Covent Garden                          The Borough                     Bermondsey

London WC2H 9EU                      London SE1 9AB              London SE1 3PA
                     
I've only been to the Borough Market one, and in short it is completely amazing, on a Thurs / Fri / Sat when Borough Market is on, it is completely packed with a queue out the door. You can choose your coffee bean - where abouts in the world it's come from, the kind of strength you like, the size etc. The smell comes out the door, and if you're a coffee fanatic like me, you will love it. The whole organic and fair trade vibe has filtered not just through the coffee but into the shop, where there's high stools sitting around a bar by the windows or a large wooden table in the middle of the shop which everyone sits around. If you choose to have a tartine with it, there's just pats of butter and lots of open jam pots scattered about the table, no pre packaged individual portions creating tonnes of waste. Definitely go if you're in the area.


http://www.monmouthcoffee.co.uk/


BERMONDSEY STREET COFFEE


163 Bermondsey Street, 
Southwark, 
London SE1 3UW

Another complete favourite, located on Bermondsey Street opposite the White Cube Gallery. I came here lots with a friend when he was working at the White Cube, and every time we seemed to come out with lots of coffee jitters - it really is very strong coffee but it is really amazing. There are loads of huge leather sofas which you just sink into. Whether you want a 'Chav Coffee' (instant), a 'Fat Wife' (flat white) or an 'Earl Gay' (Earl Grey), they have it all and it really is seriously good. I now come here for lots of lunch hours and another friend and I always think that if we were to ever have a coffee shop, we would want it to be just like this. 


Monday, 13 February 2012

Lana the Pin Up?

Lana Del Rey has to be one of my favourite singers of the moment. Late in blogging about this - maybe, but her article in the most recent edition of Vogue got me thinking about her as more of an artist than just a singer. I tend to get hooked on a song and play it over and over and get sick of. Yet Lana's Born to Die is one I've overplayed but not yet remotely bored of.

Born Lizzy Grant, and raised just outside NYC, she moved into the city aged 18 and whilst getting swept up in alcohol and drugs, she's now T-Total aged just 25 and hasn't had a drink for 7 years. She's a You-Tube sensation who was discovered last Summer and since has won an incredible record deal, sung for a Dior party in Bejing, has had her single 'Video Games' as the soundtrack for Christopher Kane's SS12 show, and has sung at the Mulberry Party at Chateau Marmont, LA.

I think she's unbelievably sexy - she has an air of 1940s pin up girl. Her lips and cheeks, whether they've been pumped (according to Lagerfeld) or not (according to her...) just aid to her look. There's something sublime and sultry about her. Her on her look? "Gangsta Nancy Sinatra..."... "Lolita got lost in the hood"...  and "I live in Monaco but don't fuck with me". Fair say and I can see them all - maybe 1940s pin up is too soft then, or just a happy medium between Lizzy Grant and Lana Del Rey..?

As Lizzy 'thin lips' Grant...


Lana the 1940s Gal...


Lana Del Rey For March's Vogue....




Now whattabout that lip job?

And on writing another record..."oh i don't think i will write another... What would I say? I feel like everything I wanted to say, I've said already".... so relish on this one, cos at the moment it doesn't look as though there'll be another.


Pictures and quotes: Vogue UK March Edition 2012

AH Lost & Found

Anya Hindmarch is renowned for her quirky take on all things British, whether it is an old British doctor's bag as inspiration for the Bruton, Edie Campbell as her model or a dis-used Tube station as her show room for SS12... see here for the mini video.

This season's camouflaged ad campaign has to be one of my favourites she has ever done. The inspiration of the idea being 'Lost & Found' which is reflected with the bags being completely camouflaged and surrounded by typically British products, such as a Lyle's Golden Syrup can. The intensity of all shades (vibrant green for the Apple, or the creams and browns for the Bruton), reflect a very simplistic idea yet conceives an incredibly eye catching campaign.

For the Apple, shop here

For the Bruton, shop here