Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Noir Mood



If his crappy excuse for 'summer' is getting you down, I suggest a swift trip to the Howard Griffin Gallery in Shoreditch. They will be showing work by Thierry Noir until 31st December, 2016. Noir was the first person to paint the Berlin wall.

Go and get yourself some colour therapy, then maybe a holiday. 

189 Shoreditch High Street
London E1 6HU






Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Redemption at Last



Vegan, sugar-free, wheat-free, alcohol free? Surely Shoreditch-based restaurant Redemption must also be fun-free? Nearing breaking point on my diet wagon, I decided to give them the benefit of the doubt and headed there for a mid-week dinner with a similarly well-intentioned friend. 

I was very pleasantly surprised - my alcohol-free cocktail was really fresh and delicious, as was my veggie sushi. The Bliss Balls were very tasty too. It's perfect for the times when you're desperately trying to be 'good' without being a hermit. After all it's no good being all thin and clean-eating when there's nobody else around!

Pop in and experience it for yourself - your body will thank you for it.

Redemption Shoreditch
320 Old Street
EC1V 9DR 
















Friday, 3 June 2016

Summer Styling: the 70's


I recently had a shag.

Not THAT, smutty, I had a haircut, 'the shag'.

I love it - it makes me feel all Freja Beha Ericsson and 70's and that. But there is a problem: my clothes don't match my image anymore, they're not retro enough. I think these pieces by New Look, Paige and Monki will help.




New Look jacket in my signature leopard




My new Paige top with a Kit Heath necklace from yonks ago


The full outfit - the jeans are also by Paige, bell-bottoms, let's bring them back for their unbeatable hip-balancing qualities alone.


My new fave Monki sandals, you need a good, solid heel with any kind of flare.




I think this Monki is so convincing, great for piercing commitment-phobes like me!









Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Copenhagen City Break



When I told friends I was off to Copenhagen for a mini break, the recommendations for restaurants, activities and places to stay came flying in. As it turned out, Copenhagen is popular for very good reasons – and it’s an easy city to fall in love with – clean streets, gorgeous, friendly people and healthy transport (over half the population ride bikes to get to work).

I’ve been to Stockholm before, so felt fairly prepared, but yes, this wonderfulness comes with a fairly hefty price tag, and although flights and accommodation were more than reasonable, what I class as ‘fun activities’ such as dining out and drinking were much pricier than London, so we ended up spending quite a bit. I don’t regret it at all though, because we had an absolutely incredible time and got a tantalizing taste of how great Scandi life can be.


Here’s a city guide to help you with your Copenhagen trip.




A STYLISH GUIDE TO COPENHAGEN


THINGS TO DO

Before you do anything else, buy yourself some booze at the airport. But not too much of it. We made this unnecessarily expensive mistake.

Get bikes! It’s really the only way to travel. We got ours from Copenhagen Tourist Info in the main train station. They were cheaper than the city ones.

Tivoli Gardens was amazing – an incredibly stylish amusement park where you can easily stay the whole day. The gift shop was excellent, the rides included a nice variety of high up and blood-curling and calm relaxation.

Hang out by Copenhagen Harbour. You can also swim there if it’s not too cold – so nice. Havnefronten Islands Brygge T23713189

Visit Christiania, the city’s hippie hang-out. I didn’t enjoy it at night (sure it was fine, but it felt dodge) but during the day it was really fun – live music and a full gathering of the city’s hot young things.

Go shopping in Prag, an awesome haven of vintage, reasonably-priced clothes and accessories. I got some excellent parrot and chandelier earrings. It was hard for the boyf to drag me out.

Louisiana, an art gallery about an hour and a half out of town is meant to be incredible but we ran out of time! Next time.


PLACES TO STAY

We stayed in Frederiksberg– posh, suburban and quiet, without being too far from the action. We stayed in this AirBnB – such a lovely flat, thanks Julie! It was right next to a Lidl so we stocked up for cheap breakfasts and snacks.

These places all came recommended by friends but were fully booked when we wanted them:



My mates Lynne and Neil stayed in this AirBnB and loved it. 



FOOD

Radio – a fabulous restaurant run by a chef who used to work at NOMA. You choose from a narrow selection of dishes. Each one was more exceptional than the last - you really can’t go wrong. Try not to stare at the waiter

Pate Pate – gorgeous food in the trendy Fiskebaren area. Get oysters and the Burrata if it’s still on the menu

Hansens Gamle Familiehave – nice traditional food, hearty fare with a home-cooked vibe

Granola – we didn’t make it here, sadly, but it comes highly recommended by everyone who’s been

Kadeau – another recommendation we sadly didn’t have time for – a 20-course tasting menu dinner


DRINKS AND GOING OUT

Salon 39 – exceptional cocktails. I had one that was basically a very adult icecream and another, which was like a lemony, biscuit-coated dream…

Kødbyens Fiskebar – trendy fun, big tyre tables, great cocktails

Tivoli Gardens is open until midnight and it’s so pretty. There are bars inside. They have fireworks which you can see outside of the gates too.




Sunny Tivoli Gardens


An amazing fairytale journey through the world of Hans Cristian Andersen


Loved this light


Even the bar was gorgeous


Giraffes coming out of mirrors - what more could you need?


Liked this guy


Caught the fireworks!


Amazing food in Radio


More amazing food in Radio


Great bikes


My new fave shop


Chilling on Copenhagen Harbour in my BHS cossie, vintage jewellery and Ray Bans. 






Friday, 22 April 2016

Diamond Dust - A Girl's Best Friend




label.m is constantly innovating and releasing new ways to keep our hair looking its shiny best. And what are really, really shiny? Diamonds! Their new Diamond Dust range has an exclusive Micro-Diamond complex; with real black diamonds and white diamonds, pearl dust, champagne and white rose petal oil. Luxe. It makes my hair feel so smooth and I really love the smell, it reminds me a little of one of my favourite perfumes – Narciso Rodriguez Essence. It’s free from sulphates and parabens too. Just one gripe: the formula is so thick and rich that it can be quite hard to get out of the bottle. I squeeze tightly and persevere for the luxurious shower experience that follows.

I was kind of surprised to see a body lotion in the range – I thought the brand only did haircare and I had to read the tube a few times before eventually confirming that yes, it’s definitely for my bod and not my locks. Saying that, it’s all I can do to remember my pants when I go to the gym in the morning, so I have actually used a teeny bit of the body lotion instead of hair serum before. It makes your hair look really shiny because of the tiny flecks of shimmer.

At the moment, you get a free Jean-Pierre Braganza tote bag when you buy three label.m products.

Get your Diamond Dust products here.


Tuesday, 5 April 2016

‘Me Day’ with Headmasters



I love getting my hair done - a quick refresh has the power to make you feel like a better, bouncier, shinier version of yourself. Unfortunately, a trip to the hairdressers can also feel like bad news for your bank account. UK franchise ‘Headmasters’ recognises the importance of ‘quality, luxury and affordable hairdressing.  Their dedication to ‘confidence-boosting hair’ has won my loyalty for my past three haircuts.

Post-holiday, my sun-bleached locks could do with a treat. Headmasters offers a ‘Me Day’ offer where you can get a wash, cut, half-head of highlights (or balayage) and blowdry for the not-so-princely sum of £89.  

I chose the Soho branch for my appointment.

Kieran had cut my hair there before (excellently) but wasn’t available, so I had Siân, their Colour Expert. After too many hours spent on Pinterest, I had deduced that I wanted a choppy long(ish) bob with enhanced blonde bits. We collaborated on some ideas before settling on the perfect hair plan.

Siân delivered on every level, whipping my locks into a wonderfully undone, natural-looking style. The team in Soho is great fun, and the hours sped by as we laughed and chatted together.

Great cut, lovely colour and happy vibes without too much expense – what more could you ask for? They really are Headmasters.


Headmasters Soho, 13 Poland St, London W1F 8QB
0345 459 7733





When you opt for 'Balayage', the colour is painted on by hand...


...freestyle colour


The effect is sun-bleached and natural


The back


I was happy with the results!