Monday, 22 June 2015

30th Birthday, 54 Style


I blame my namesake Bianca (Jagger) for my fascination with all things Studio 54. Along with Bianca, the club was awash with the most exciting, daring, glamorous celebrities of the time including Grace Jones and Jerry Hall.


When my original venue choice cancelled with only days to go, Max from Southern Joe’s in Kentish Town stepped up in the nick of time. I’d been to Southern Joes a couple of times before – the fried chicken and waffle is AMAZING, as is the entire dessert menu. I knew that they had a bar downstairs, Jailbird, but I hadn’t been before. Typically leaving everything to chance, I turned up on the evening of my birthday without knowing what to expect. Fortunately, the venue was great, the staff were friendly and helpful, they let me play my own seventies tracks and everyone ended up having an amazing time. Oh, and did I mention there's an amazing £5 cocktail menu? I’d recommend it as a venue for anyone. I think the proof is in the pictures!



















Saturday, 20 June 2015

Meat People for Brunch


I love a good weekend brunch and am always on the lookout for a new place to meet up with friends, gossip and gobble. I hadn’t been to Meat People before; it’s on Essex Road, a short walk down from Angel station in London. The venue has a really distinctive look; all dark wood and ochre seating. It still has its original 1930s fixtures which gives it a really cool retro feel. 


The food is really good and more than reasonable for London. It was really tough to decide what to have because everything on the menu looks absolutely amazing – I was torn between the rib eye and eggs and the smoked salmon, poached egg and potato rosti. I ended up going for the steak which was absolutely delicious, really tender and tasty. We had chips and a fresh side salad with slices of courgette and carrot. I couldn’t resist the carrot and ginger cake and the man loved his lemon drizzle, both came with a lovely scented cream on the side. Great food aside, service was flawless and friendly throughout so I’ll definitely be going back – it was lovely and peaceful for a Saturday but we did eat early and it’s possible that work hasn’t got out yet – oops.

Meat People, 4-6 Essex Road, London N1 8LN 
020 7359 5361


















Friday, 19 June 2015

Birthday Pampering

When I told my friend I was going to work on my 30th birthday, she was outraged. “But what will I do,” I said, “Everyone I know is at work anyway.” She told me to go to the spa and get a blowdry, so I did exactly that. I tracked the spa day down on Wahanda – it’s in North Finchley, a place called ‘The Fairmont Spa.’ It was a great deal – steam room, Jacuzzi, massage, facial, mani and pedi for just £75.

The blowdry was lovely – I went to the Vintage Cosmetics Company pop-up and requested big birthday waves. Mae did my hair beautifully, exactly how I wanted it. I loved the vintage styling of the salon – the flowery wallpaper was incredible, as were the retro hairdryers. It’s in a great location, nice and central, perfect for anyone needed a pick-me-up for a big meeting or after work drinks. It would be great for anyone, really. Anybody who appreciates speedy service in gorgeous surroundings. I’ll definitely go back.


Make an appointment: 166 High Holborn, 02037943880




Pretty mirrors


Lovely products to buy


Lush lampshades


Vintage styling


Before


Mae works her brushes


After


Amazing wallpaper


Cute!


I want it all on my bedside table

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Watch this Space


Okay, I’ll admit it: I’m in a complete watch rut. After chopping and changing between various chunky Baby-Gs and funky Swatches in my younger years, a while ago I invested in a gorgeous tortoiseshell Michael Kors number with a chocolaty pearlised face and discreet ‘diamonds.’ I’m a brunette so it goes with everything I wear. It also has a strong whiff of leopard print about it, which I tend to enjoy. As a result of this, I have not felt the need to chop and change between timepieces. Until now.

When I first saw Abbott Lyon watches, I got so excited! They are so sleek and polished-looking. They also, in my opinion, look far more expensive than their starting RRP pricetag of £119 would suggest.

Abbott Lyon is a British brand and the company prides themselves on simple, handcrafted, stylish watches. They’ve become something of a favourite with British celebs, especially the Made in Chelsea set.

So I’m definitely getting one but which to go for? I love the Hermes-like orange and white combo of this one but then this one’s candy pink strap is great for the summer. Maybe I’ll get two – it’s nearly my birthday after all. Which will you choose?


Have a browse at www.abbottlyon.com



Love how classic this one looks


This would go with everything


And this is so summery and fun!

Friday, 22 May 2015

Clerkenwell Design Week 2015


Every year Clerkenwell is transformed into a humming hive of design. I was invited for a tour of the major sites and enjoyed seeing some of the clever furniture, interesting fabrics and bold installations. I could waffle on for ages about angles and post-modernism (sigh) for a while, or I could just show you some pretty pictures. Here you go:



I loved this cool installation, 'Glaze' by Cousins & Cousins in partnership with Gx glass. It was inspired by Venetian Murano glass




So pretty and colourful!


There were several sites around Clerkenwell that you could go and see - bit like a design-y treasure hunt of joy



Cool



Monotype put on an outdoor exhibition which "celebrated the way type design permeates and enhances our world." It looked really interesting... 


...And you can use the first letter of your name as your profile pic - yay!


This was where that was



Love this bear by Jimbobart




Drippy


Triangles - nice




Want if I ever own a house


Ditto



Loves me a bit of macrame



Wish I was allowed more cushions in my house - they get in the way, apparently 


I'm not allowed to draw on the walls either




Cute


Sponsored by Renault so there were cars there


This light was amazing


If you want your house to look like a circus


Or if you want your house to look like a garden from the inside



so colourful! Nice one Johnson's tiles


Things like this surrounded Clerkenwell, kind of like a Roman city


Such gorgeous folders and press info


Got such a thing about palms at the moment


Talking about perspex brains, probably


Find out more about Clerkenwell Design Week here: www.clerkenwelldesignweek.com