Monday, 30 September 2013

Blind Bee Launch

A jazzy, sophisticated new series of events, ‘Blind Bee’, have just launched at ‘Eight Members Club’ in Bank. Despite being tucked behind notorious ‘meat market’ Abacus, I can safely affirm that proximity is the only thing the two venues share. 

‘Social and secret drinking pleasures’ are yours for the taking at this unique hidden den. I sampled the Club’s new signature cocktails, tasty food (hot dogs by the Big Apple Hot Dogs were amazing) and a live performance by Grace Rodson and her cabaret jazz trio. My foot tapped, my leg tapped, and suddenly I was dancing! It’s easy to get caught up in the music and glamorous ambience. 

The ‘Blind Bee’ events will play host to live performers taking to the Eight Bank stage, with a collective range of entertainment on every week night. 
Eight Members Club, Bank
1 Change Alley, Bank London EC3V 3ND

Anyone for a game?

The launch party was packed full of sophisticates (and me!)

Wonderful entertainment from Grace Rodson


Cool portraits of Olympians (I wanted them all, especially this one)

Friday, 27 September 2013

Ibiza Nights; Make-up Special

A former Ibiza virgin, it didn’t take me long to realise that when it came to Ibiza beauty, more was most definitely more. “Is it too early for glitter?” Was a question I raised but once, to a raucous cry in the negative from the girls I was holidaying with. Oh, we weren’t fussy, using glitter from every brand going. We shared, we plastered, we celebrated shine. Stand out product of the holiday had to be my Skin Art Glitter Tattoo set. It was a rare day that someone went without at least a small constellation on their body. There was a lot of Mac too – will go into greater detail on another post! 

Becky models spine stars!

Face stars and a red lip courtesy of Mac Russian Red

Diamante and silver stars

But then, it's always quite dark so add some neon shades to give your look impact!

Glitter-encrusted girls! I loved this look. 

Monday, 23 September 2013

London Fashion Week: TONI&GUY at Somerset House

Another season, another amazing haircut at my beloved TONI&GUY. This time, I had a hankering for my old friend; the fringe. Hairstylist Liz, who had come down from TONI&GUY Manchester was more than happy to make my hair wishes come true. Armed with a selection of delectable styles (Freja Beha Erichsen was one of my inspirations) I requested a blunt, sixties style cut and Liz suggested layers throughout. She used label.m products (the organic range) each one smelling more delicious than the last.  I particularly liked the Moisturising Lemongrass Shampoo and Protein Spray. She blowdried my refreshed locks and roughed everything up with Resurrection Dust (one of my most-used products as you can tell from this post!) mousse and hairspray. Another great styling session with my favourite hair brand!

The inspiration!


Give good fringe

Not looking ideal!

Speed drying! (I felt a bit model-ly at this point)

Liz and I do a selfie

Lovely new hair!

Saturday, 21 September 2013

London Fashion Week: Ashish

A self-confessed fashion magpie, I always like Ashish’s shows the best. Sponsored by Coca-Cola, this was one of the best yet. Oversized vests were emblazoned with the brand’s logo and the models carried sequin-covered versions of supermarket carrier bags. No instantly-recognisable brand was left un-pimped! Male and female models shone their way down the catwalk in loose silhouettes. There were stripes, a nice smattering of animal print and rainbow shades featured. Shredded denim got a coating of sequins, making for an interesting contrast between luxury and distressed denim. 

In other news, I loved the hair; clip-in extensions were sprayed with horizontal stripes and messily inserted between lightly backcombed lengths. Hair stenciling looks set to become a trend with the leopard-printed lengths and now these stripes featuring. Outlandish Chloe Norgaard hair colouring was rife too. Celeb FROW-er Paloma Faith looked radiant in her glimmering Ashish gown. Ellie Goulding attended. 

Paloma Faith

Ellie Goulding

Paloma takes a glamorous stroll

His 'n' hers sparkle

Friday, 20 September 2013

London Fashion Week: Holly Fulton

Holly Fulton’s show was incredible, like a pastel-infused, floaty feminine haze. If it were a perfume, it would be Gucci Flora. If it were a scent it would be parma violet and if it were a sound it would be the sea crashing against Californian shores. 
I think my notes say it all: 
Big earrings/eighties hair/High waistbands/Ladylike/Inverse chignon/Embroidery/Embroidered varsity style tops in silk/Silk bombers -Mary berry, these ones are for you /Oversized fan bags/Lurex /La /Big hats/ Camel/Boxy shapes/Pyjamas/Sparkle/ Floaty skirts/Print on print/Coral, baby blue, Lilac/Shirts.

I wore my Tu at Sainsburys coat!

The invitation

Paparazzi scrum around Paloma Faith!


Big hats are back!

Holly and a model do a circuit

Beautiful printed column

Monday, 16 September 2013

TONI&GUY 50th Festival, Sunday September 8th

“We are the first ever hair brand to host a music festival!” TONI&GUY Global Creative Director, Sacha Mascolo-Tarbuck announced from the huge catwalk, in the centre of the enormous tent in the middle of Knebworth.  I always thought the TONI&GUY 50th anniversary would be something special, but I had no idea of the scale.

Over 4000 staff, partners  and friends from across the globe were led in to the arena by a the Heavy Cavalry and Cambrai Band and guests were welcomed with a live DJ set by designer Giles Deacon before the company awards started the evenings proceedings.

There were pamper zones courtesy of L’Oreal, Essie, Shu Uemura and GHD’s airstream bus. Understandably, the label.m Pamper Lounge was popular, offering drinks and the opportunity to have your hair sprayed pink with the brand’s amazing new product: Powder Pink Spray (RRP £9.95 150ml). The current catwalk trend for technicolour locks has been championed by models such as Charlotte Free and Chloe Norgaard and I couldn’t wait to have lovely pink lengths. I was surprised at how well it worked on my mid-brown hair and will definitely be introducing it into my everyday routine! Why not have pink hair on a weekday? It would certainly cheer up a boring Monday.

The festival line-up was kept secret until the last minute but included Beardyman, Iggy Azalea, Labyrinth and Tinchy Stryder. An awards ceremony and fashion show (recreating iconic looks from each decade of TONI&GUY) preceded the music and it was great to see so much enthusiasm for a brand. Toni and Guy hairdressers from all over the world attended, along with press and bloggers in their droves.

There were even fairground rides, and later on in the evening I plucked up the (Dutch) courage to go on the big wheel!

Understandably proud, Sacha Mascolo-Tarbuck, says: 

“50 years is an impressive achievement for any brand and I am particularly proud to say that it is through my father’s hard work and dedication to every salon that we are still here today. After spending almost a year trying to create an event worthy to mark such an auspicious occasion, my aim was to include every single member of staff from across the globe to come together and celebrate something unique.  This festival was all about paying respect to what has been but also looking firmly forward to the next 50 years and what they will bring.”


Pink hair!

I hang with Giles


Iggy Azalea

Fashionable guests!

Catwalk invasion!