31 May 2012

Brit Chic | Pandora Clutch by Charlotte Olympia

Celebrate the year of 'Brit Chic' this Jubilee weekend with this fabulous 'Pandora' perspex clutch by Charlotte Olympia. This London 2012 bag is the perfect accessory for your summer celebrations and is exclusive to
NetaPorter.com priced at £595.00

London 2012 Pandora clutch exclusive to Net a Porter.com  £595.00
Cute Union Jack spider clasp

Postcard insert
Very Royal inserts
Bag with 3 inserts

Covered: Delta Goodrem Vogue Australia July 2012

23 May 2012

Chic Eats | The Berkeley Pret a Portea 'Royal Collection'

The Berkeley is yet another London Hotel celebrating the Diamond Jubilee with their Royal Collection themed afternoon Pret a Portea. They celebrate the Diamond Jubliee with a collection of iconic Royal crowns, hat and fascinators that are too pretty to eat. Prêt-à-Portea is designed to add a creative twist to the classic elements of the traditional English afternoon tea with cakes and pastries resembling the latest catwalk designs for the style conscious. However, from 29th May to 9th June 2012, biscuits, fancies and choux buns have been transformed to resemble the most memorable hats worn by the Royal Family to mark The Queen’s 60th anniversary on the throne.

‘Prêt-à-Portea – The Royal Collection’ will be served in The Caramel Room at The Berkeley from 1-6pm from 29th May to 9th June 2012, £39 per person.(£49 including a glass of Laurent Perrier champagne, or alternatively for the fashion conscious, £55 per person including a glass of couture champagne).

The Berkeley
The Berkeley

22 May 2012

Spree or Splurge | Armour Rings

I have a huge crush on gold, hinged armour rings at the moment, my favourite being Repossi's 'Berbere' link ring, however the £4,050.00 price tag is a little eyewatering. The next best thing is this hinged ring by ASOS for the bargain price of £12.00. I know the ASOS ring is no heirloom piece but as a short term fashion accessory I would say this ticks all the boxes.

Repossi Berbere Ring £4,050.00 www.netaporter.com
ASOS hinged ring £12.00  www.asos.com

18 May 2012

Asprey Diamond Jubilee Afternoon Tea at The Langham, London

To celebrate 60 years as Monarch The Langham Hotel, London is serving a special Asprey Diamond Jubilee afternoon tea in Palm Court.This is one of the prettiest I have seen with its brown, cream and purple Asprey colour palette. This Afternoon Tea is available during the Diamond Jubilee weekend from 1st to 5th June 2012. Reservations are essential.

The Langham

Aspreys Diamond Jubilee Afternoon Tea is priced at £49.00, you can choose from our range of teas with the assistance of our tea sommelier including the exclusive Uber Tea selection.
Speciality sandwiches including
• Parmesan with celery and cream cheese
• Smoked duck with foie gras and blackcurrant
• Asparagus with Wiltshire ham, Gruyère and chives
• Cornish crab with cucumber and shiso
• Smoked Scottish salmon mousse with caviar
Selection of scones from our Palm Court bakery
• Bedford scone
• Raisins
• Chocolate and marinated orange
Served with Devonshire clotted cream and strawberry preserve
Our über selection of pastries and cakes are inspired by Aspreys most recent jewellery
• Praline truffle
• Pina colada macaroon with Malibu
• Blueberry and bilberry battenburg
• Purple jasmine with apricot
• Blackcurrant and white chocolate mousse
Bijoux Afternoon Tea served with a glass of £62.00
Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV or Laurent Perrier Brut Reserve NV
Über Bijoux Afternoon Tea for two £122.00
Served with a half bottle of Laurent-Perrier Brut Reserve NV

Here is a link to a rather amusing piece on Tea Etiquette and what one should and should not do during this decadent ritual.


16 May 2012

One to Watch | Ellery

Ellery Pre Fall 2012
As an avid reader of Vogue & Harper's Bazaar Australia I like to keep my finger on the pulse of established and up and coming Australian designers. One I have been closely watching now for many seasons is Kym Ellery and her eponymous label Ellery.

Hailing from Perth, Western Australia, Kym Ellery completed a fashion design course in Perth, Ellery then  made her way over to London, where she attended Central Saint Martins. It was here that she completed a summer school course in fashion illustration and sketchbook design. Her brand was until recently only available to purchase in Australia and online at non UK websites (so with that comes huge shipping costs & taxes) until Avenue 32 picked up the label. Ellery is now sold on www.avenue32.com giving you a chance to purchase the collection right here in the UK.

I am loving her Pre-Fall 2012 collection (some of it pictured here) using muted tones of gold, black, bone, ivory and grey accentuated with curvaceous peplums and waist cinching belts.

ELLERY’s fast tracking from the one to watch to the one everybody wants.

Images: Ellery
Avenue 32 Ellery Storefront

14 May 2012

Style Crush: Carolyn Bessette Kennedy

Carolyn Bessette Kennedy was one of my first style icons. At age 16 I would dissect images of her in Vogue magazine and want to emulate her style albeit on a tight high street budget back then. Carolyn was beautiful, chic, stylish and a poster girl for 90's minimalist luxury fashion favouring Prada and Calvin Klein for whom she worked as a publicist for the brand. She made the simple white shirt look feminine, the beanie hat stylish and cargo pants chic. She was never overdone, favouring simple luxe basics such as camel coats, cashmere sweaters, and dark blue denims with her trusted Hermes Birkin.  If she had been alive today I am sure the Internet would be awash with images of her still looking as stylish as she was back then. Below are some of her outfits that were captured on camera.

11 May 2012

Vidal Sassoon 1928 - 2012

The world has lost the greatest hair stylist ever.... Vidal Sassoon's asymmetric hair cuts and razor sharp bob's of the 60's were the looks that drove me to learn hair styling as a career in my late teens, I even rocked many of these hair styles myself over the years. For many young women he will be best know for his hair product range, but Sassoon was the pioneer of the hair dressing world and one who will never be forgotten.

Images: Vidal Sassoon

Covered: Nicole Kidman Harpers Bazaar Australia June/July 2012

9 May 2012

Window Shopping | Milan

I have just returned from a wonderful three day break in the glorious city of Milan with my partner. Here in the UK it is utterly miserable, every day we have rain, wind and very little sun, so it made a welcome change to get away for a few days. Days in Milan were spent wandering the streets, browsing the architecture, window shopping and of course eating pizza, pasta, cafe gelato and drinking delicious red wine and coffee while watching the stylish world go by.

A visit to Milan would not be complete without a little bit of shopping of which I will post my new buys later. In the meantime here are some of the photos of the city in all its spring glory.

The Duomo, Milan

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele
Styleesa in Piazza del Duomo, wearing: Sunglasses by Prada, Top by Celine, Pants by Whistles,
Bag by Celine, Shoes by Louboutin, Gold Cuff by Celine
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele
A beautiful flower arrangement in our hotel
Polished plaster & ceramic chandelier in our hotel
Prada boutique in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele
Prada boutique in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele
The details from Prada window..loving this necklace.

Prada lipstick shoes...so 50's
Coral & lemon at Prada
Louis Vuitton boutique in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele
Louis Vuitton in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele
Prada monochrome floor
The original Prada store in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele
Lust have: Louis Vuitton laser cut dress
Louis Vuitton laser cut leather dress
 Milan Street scene...see the blue sky.

Giorgio Armani Courtyard
All Images: Styleesa