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Nails: Dior at Harrods

4 Apr

Hello Shopaholics!

Those of you who read Vogue’s Beauty Page may have noticed their article on The Illustrated Nail. I had to share this as I thought the haute couture designs were clever yet classic (quite unusual when it comes to nail art which is generally cute or clashy!).

Nail Artist, Sophie Harris-Greenslade, who goes by the name of “The Illustrated Nail” has created the designs from Raf Simons’ Dior Spring/Summer 2013 collection.

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I absolutely love the simplicity of the designs which keeps them chic and stylish yet recognisable.

The cost of the appointment is redeemable against the purchase of two Dior products – so you can get your freshly polished fingers on some Dior goodies whether it’s fashion or beauty!

Appointments with Sophie herself are available every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Dior at Harrods until April 14. Call 0207 754 0444 to book.

I’ll be making myself an appointment for this chic manicure:

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What’s your favourite nail and outfit combination?

Do let me know if you get yourself an Illustrated Nail manicure by dropping me a comment below, maybe I’ll see you there!

LDNshopaholic xxx

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Launch: Margiela at H&M

20 Nov

Last week I stopped by the launch of Margiela at H&M at their Flagship Store on Regent Street.

It was a rather busy event, and they had a queue outside which formed the night before. Entry to purchase Margiela was via coloured wrist bands distributed in the queue.

Inside the store, the display felt like a museum exhibit, only adding to the limited appeal of these items.

In store my personal favourites included a quirky puff sleeve shirt, black jersey dress and suede jacket, but as I’m saving for a Winter Sun holiday, I stayed controlled and simply admired all these beauties. (May be popping back this week to see if there’s anything left and then using the “it’s meant to be” line to convince myself to purchase!

I’d definitely recommend checking out the website, not only for the flawless design experience but also the comfort of browsing in a calmer demeanor than the average Regent Street shopper!

I also enjoyed the “Who bought What” post on The Guardian Fashion Blog from Launch Day.

What’s your favourite piece from the collection? Have you bought any Margiela goodies?

LDNshopaholic xxx

Trendwatch: The Umbrella

24 Apr

Following on from my April showers OOTD, it seems only right to dedicate a post to Umbrellas!

I’ve realised my Primark dark grey brolly just doesn’t make me feel any better about the miserable weather we’re having. However, if I owned the Moschino Cheap and Chic Spots Olivia Umbrella for example… (surely a bargain at seventy five of our Great British Pounds) I’d want any excuse to whip it out!

Or for a cheaper but no less spotty alternative… I could go with the Topshop Clear Spot Frill Umbrella (£15)… what do you think?

Some other brollies I’m absolutely loving….

Fulton Double Canopy Walker Floral Umbrella (£25) – what a lovely surprise on the inside of this quite standard looking black brolly!

Fulton Vintage Butterfly Micro Slim Umbrella (was £18 now £10) – perfect for the handbag and a bargain too!

Cath Kidston Shooting Stars Tiny Umbrella (was £20 now £15) – loving the classic Kidston print

What are your thoughts on the perfect umbrella for these Spring showers? Do you like the prints or the classic black walker? I’d love to know.

LDNshopaholic xxx

OOTD – April Showers

19 Apr


 

White Blouse: Primark

Red Jumper: H&M

Kristen High Waisted Jeans – Topshop

Fur Detail Jacket: Motel

Tillie Bag: Mulberry

Brown Riding Style Boots: Lotus Hallmark

Nails: Rimmel Lycra Pro in 391 Celebrity Bash

What a strange week of weather we’ve had with our April Showers. You look out of the window and it’s a beautiful, bright, sunny morning, thirty minutes later you step outside and pouring with rain! The solution? Stick on a nice big coat, a pair of puddle protecting boots and always carry an umbrella!

What’s your rainy day item of choice?

LDNshopaholic xxx

The Versace Countdown

16 Nov

So the Versace for H&M collection is less than 12 hours away… I couldn’t help but notice the guys from H&M putting the final touches in the Regent Street window over the last couple of days:

                          

I couldn’t help but stop and stare, the collection is so striking and luxurious.

My favourite piece from the collection has to be this Leather Necklace (£35) as it’s so unique yet wearable (and affordable!):

There’s the Print Jacket (£69.99) which is calling to the eccentric part of me:

Wow am I loving the hair and make up for this collection… it slightly makes me want to go bleach blonde!

Versace have also taken on the LBD very sucessfully, firstly the babydoll (£79.99) which is H&M-esque:

And the Gold Button Dress (£79.99):

If you just want a hint of Versace you could buy the Print Scarf for a bargainous £24.99:

Last I heard there were 16 people in the queue on Regent Street! I’ll be up at 9am attempting to get on to the website trying to get some of these lovelies.

What pieces from the collection will you be buying?

LDNshopaholic xxx

H&M with a Dragon Tattoo

8 Nov

I’ve pretty much spent my entire life looking for the perfect leather jacket but, alas, never quite found the right one…

I feel all my problems may be solved by H&M’s partnering with the new Girl with the Dragon Tattoo film. For those of you who haven’t yet read Stieg Larsson’s Millenium Trilogy prepare to be faced with the most sensational heroine literature has ever seen.

The Gothic Lisbeth Salander dons leather in all shapes and forms, favours big black boots and probably doesn’t own a bra.

I am dying to see this edgy collection and hope it truly reflects Salander’s angst and fearlessness.

Here’s a sneak preview:

Trish Summerville designed the 30 piece collection and said: “Salander’s look is very real and very lived in, with pieces that her character has worn for a long time, like her jackets that act as her armour to shield her from the world. I wanted the collection to have the essence and strength of Salander, with a fashion edge, and I’m pleased with the result.”

The collection will hit the Colette store in Paris on November 28th and H&M stores on December 14th… I think I need to get my ticket to Paris sorted!

LDNshopaholic xxx

Trendwatch: Shopper-holic

1 Nov

Is it just me or has the shopper taken over the fashion scene? I’m a big bag lover and find the shopper (also sometimes called the ‘tote’) ever so functional whilst being stylish too. At the higher end is the Louis Vuitton Everfull (£500 upwards)… such a timeless piece:

Then we have the classic Longchamp which is casual yet fashion conscious and comes in at a more affordable price (£75 upwards)

The High Street has it’s own range of shopper style bags which I’m loving:

Top Row (L-R) River Island Snake Print Shopper (£45), Mango Knot Handle Shopper (£30) and ASOS Suede And Leather Pocket Shopper (£85)

Bottom Row (L-R) ASOS Leather 70s Shopper (£60), Whistles Dorina Tote Bag (£295), ASOS Colour Block Shopper (£20)

Topshop also has a great range to mention but a few (click on the image for a larger, clearer photo):

The Topshop leather Brogue shoppers are made of the softest leather whilst the Felt are very practical and hardwearing. The shoppers really do make excellent book bags which would be a great excuse for students wanting some retail therapy!

What’s your tote of choice? I’m so torn trying to decide which one to buy, any opinions would be greatly appreciated!

LDNshopaholic xxx

Cream Tea

16 Jul

Scone |skōn; skän|- noun

A small unsweetened or lightly sweetened biscuitlike cake made from flour, fat, and milk and sometimes having added fruit.

ORIGIN early 16th cent. (originally Scots): perhaps from Middle Dutch schoon(broot) ‘fine (bread).’

So today’s post is slightly different from my usual topics… one of my favourite things in the entire world is tea and scones and as my tea drinking buddy – Shoshana, was visiting from New York (where there’s no scones or Twinings!), we decided to make some scones ourselves.

The whole process, was so fun/easy/tasty that I thought I’d share it with you. We used Nigella’s recipe from How to be a Domestic Goddess.

Evil Eye Ring (£6) from Urban Outfitters and Love Ring (£4) from Accessorize

Ingredients:

500g plain flour

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda

4 and 1/2 teaspoons of cream of tartar

50g cold unsalted butter, diced

25g Trex, in teaspooned lumps

300ml milk

1 large egg – beaten for egg wash

6 and 1/2cm crinkle edged round cutter

1 baking tray – lightly greased

Pre-heat the oven to 220C/gas mark 7

Sift the flour, salt, bicarb and cream of tartar into a large bowl. Rub in the fats until it goes like damp sand. Then add the milk, mix briefly – briefly being the operative word – and turn out onto a floured surface. Knead lightly to form a dough.

Nail Polish by Rimmel Lycra Pro in 500 Peppermint – featured in my previous blog post Nailed It

Roll out to about 3cm thickness, dip the cutter into some flour, then stamp out about 12 scones. You get about 15 in all from this, but need to re-roll for the last few.

Place on a baking tray very close together, then brush the tops with the egg-wash. Put in the oven, cook for 10 minutes or until risen and golden.

Eat freshly baked, still warm from the oven, with clotted cream (we had Rodda’s) and jam (we chose Bonne Maman strawberry conserve). Serve with tea (my personal favourite is Twinings English Breakfast) and enjoy with a friend.

Whilst writing this blog post I discovered you can sign up to the Twinings website and become a ‘tea tester’.  They will send a tea monthly to try and test – does anyone else share my excitement?! Fellow tea lovers – check it out!

I feel this is a suitable time to mention the Limited Edition Temperley for Twinings scarf which I am lusting after:

It’s incredibly beautiful and inspired by the Earl Grey blend (my second favourite!). There were only 1000 made, so to get your hands on one, order here.

I can’t help but include the mood board which I think is equally inspiring:

I hope you enjoy the scones as much as we did!

LDNshopaholic xxx

p.s. Twinings haven’t asked me to write this or given me any freebies to convince me, I literally love the tea and scarf that much!!

Screaming Mimi’s!

15 Jun

As promised I’m continuing to document my New York vintage shopping experience. This time it’s the FABULOUS Screaming Mimi’s which can also be found on the Lower East Side.

I couldn’t help but love this place from the moment I walked in. I mean who doesn’t love being greeted by shoes?

And I can’t help but mention the signed Manolo Blahniks they have on their site for $1800! Their selection of jewellery is amazing, and all colour coordinated:

There is pretty much everything you could ever want from a vintage store, from organisation by era, a great selection of designer pieces and even the odd top hat ($75):

I also loved the simple but effective decor in store, it’s actually pretty massive, and a real treasure trove:

Being the magpie I am, I couldn’t help but spot this sparkly suit (I think it was around $80), I would’ve snapped it up if I could think of the right occasion!

And I also found this gorgeous YSL scarf which was in superb condition ($150):

Kind of wish I’d bought it!!! But I was being very controlled.

As you can probably tell I loved this place. It also might have helped that I’d just eaten a yummy crepe and thus was in a really good mood, but I honestly thought the selection here was brilliant and the pricing was pretty reasonable. Also, the quality of most garments was excellent. I didn’t feel pressured by any of the staff, who offered help and were generally smiley. I’d definitely recommend you stopping by this place if you’re in New York, and do let me know if you buy anything!

Vintage on the Lower East Side

13 Jun

I’m a bit of a vintage junkie so I did my best to find vintage haunts in New York. My first stop was the Lower East Side, walking distance from where I was staying (how convenient!).

I set my sights on Edith Machinist, I’d read and heard a lot about it and couldn’t wait to get my mitts on the some vintage goodies.

Walking down the stairs everything looked so well organised, I felt I was in a boutique rather than a vintage store:

There was a particularly brilliant selection of shoes, bags and belts. However, I missed the ‘rummage’ and the joy at finding something at the bottom of the $1 basket. The boutique-ness of it meant the prices were inflated (in my opinion) and I kind of felt like the sales people were watching my every move, and I felt a little pressured to buy something.

I tried on a few pairs of boots but luckily (for my bank balance) didn’t find anything in my size. I totally fell in love with these bad boys though!

To be fair, they were selling rather a lot of vintage designer which might have been why the prices were a bit more than I’m used to. I really liked this Jean Paul Gaultier dress, but just couldn’t justify the $180 price tag:


I’d say if you’re looking for a particular vintage piece, or have a lust for designer vintage this would be a great place to go. It’s also a good place to go for design/styling inspiration. But if you’re more of a jumble sale veteran/bargain hunter this isn’t the place for you.

Take at least $100 if not $200 (£60-100), if you’re on the hunt for something here… it could be well worth it if you find a vintage Dior dress or Chanel sunglasses.

There’ll be more vintage from the Lower East Side coming tomorrow fellow shopaholics! xxx