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Prêt à Portea: The Berkeley Hotel

3 May

I was lucky enough to go for Afternoon Tea at The Berkeley Hotel this week! I felt absolutely spoiled even though we went for the Tea, Sandwiches and Scones option they gave us each a Prêt à Portea Goodie Bag!

tea pot and pret a porte a

jam

scones

chocolatesIt was absolutely delicious and I’d love to go back for the full Prêt à Portea; cakes inspired by the latest trends:

Image taken from The Berkeley Hotel Website

Image taken from The Berkeley Hotel Website

How amazing are they?! I got the green handbag in my goodie bag which I thought was too good to eat! Haha.

I’m a bit of a sucker for a good afternoon tea as most of you know, so let me know where your favourites and I’d love to try them myself.

Have a great Bank Holiday weekend 🙂

LDNshopaholic xxx

Event: 20% off Carnaby Street

21 Nov

Yes people it’s the return of the Carnaby 20% off shopping party!!! 

As you may remember I went a bit mental at this last year and pretty much bought the entirety of MAC. There’s LOADS going on this year and these are the stand out best bits for me!

Dr Martens are opening their flagship store with a live band, drinks and complimentary customisation – I’ll be wearing my Docs on the night!!

Youtube’s new fashion channel FASHTAG will launch their new Ganton Street studio on the night and invite shoppers to drop by for the chance to feature in their shows – for anyone who has never featured in a YouTube vid, this is your time to tick it off the bucket list

Head to the Book Exchange in Kingly Court to hear AW12 trend talks from Grazia magazines editor-at-large Angela Buttolph – books, Grazia, trends, what’s not to love.

Vote for your favourite runway look at Cheap Monday to win a complete A/W 12 outfit – PRIZES!

My favourite shop of the moment: Monki, will be giving away free Monki bags, magazines and temporary tattoos.

Our shopping night Style Spotters will be out on the hunt for the coolest Carnaby customers to appear in an Instagram shoot with a free Illamasqua rock chic makeover and Carnaby styling session – Did someone say Illamasqua rock chic makeover??? PICK ME!

And if you have a man with a moustache: In the Newburgh Quarter, Movember pop up barber shop will have a live DJ, comic performances and a Barbershop Quartet. 

To read more on the event, click here.

To register for the discount, click here or in person at 46 Carnaby Street.

Are you planning to attend the event? Give me a tweet on @LDNshopaholic if so, I’d love to meet some of you there.

Carnaby love,

LDNshopaholic xxx

How to: Glamour Waves

9 Nov

I was lucky enough to be invited to the multi-award winning Brooks and Brooks salon for a little pampering session this week and thought I’d share the fabulous evening I had with you all with a how to blog post.

The Salon is on the lovely Sicilian Avenue (nearest tube Holborn), which had such beautiful Christmas lights!

I got to choose from a selection of on trend hair looks including vintage undo, sexy blowout, mussy relaxed updo and beachy waves:

I decided to try something a little bit different and chose the “glamour waves” look as I’ve never had anything like that before…. AND I’d never seen a curling tong like this one either….!

Sophia, my technician, and I had lots of giggles about this… and step one was to spray my roots with Batiste for brown hair for a bit of volume and then blow dry to really smooth out the length of my hair:

Then Sophia wrapped my hair around the tongs in sections and pinned it all up to cool (to prevent the curls from dropping)

Then she unpinned all my curls and I had some amazing ringlets!

I quite liked this girly look, but to make it all a bit sophisticated, she brushed the curls out and with her hairdressers magic made it look like this:

Outfit

Black Velvet Dress (worn as skirt): Primark

Black long sleeve top: ASOS

Studded Tiger Print Cardigan: Topshop

Spike Necklace: Primark

GameBoy iPhone Case: Play.com

I told Sophia that I usually curl my hair with my GHD’s and she said if I curled it all in the same direction and then brushed it out, it would create a similar look. Something I’ll definitely be trying out.

There were some seriously cute face cookies with amazing hairdos too!

I had such a fabulous time at Brooks & Brooks that I booked in to get my natural hair colour spiced up! I’m very excited about this, let me know if you have any suggestions about what kind of look you think I should go for.

Where do you get your hair done? What’s your favourite hair trend for Autumn/Winter 2012? I’d love to know,

LDNshopaholic xxx

Event: Night at the Museum

31 Oct

So on Friday night I had the pleasure of attending Lates at Natural History Museum. With no idea what to expect, I took the boyfriend along to see what it was all about. Firstly, we stopped off for dinner at the amazing Crémerie Crêperie which appears to be my favourite South Kensington eatery!

Then we hit the museum which is all ceremoniously lit up (not sure whether this is for Halloween or Christmas?):

Inside the famous Diplodocus Central hall was buzzing – there’s a bar and live music throughout the event:

We had a good old browse around the birds section and saw a whole lot of fossils too! Slightly more dated and a bit creepier was the insect area…. not for the faint hearted! And of course there’s the renowned Dinosaur gallery which really is quite incredible:

These sections of the museum were fairly quiet, but their current exhibition Wildlife Photographer of the Year was totally sold out. I’d definitely recommend it, there are some really impressive photos taken by both professionals and joe average (I’m going to try and enter next year!). Here are just a few of my favourites:

Also in attendance was The Campsite, a pop up creative arts area outside the museum with Campervans, caravans and tents. Here you can watch a Wildlife movie in Lionel the white Campervan or tell a Natural History related story in the Archivist van. (Popping up until November 2nd!).

What I Wore (ever so casual):

Grey Woolly Jumper – H&M

Leather Jacket –  Zara

Jeans – Topshop

Tartan Scarf – Car Boot Sale

Red Bobble Hat – Primark

Maroon Converse (not hi tops!) – Office

Grey Textured Shoulder Bag – All Saints

The next Lates at the Natural History Museum (and last of the series) will be taking place on 30th November. If you are looking for an unusual place to go on a date or after work drinks with colleagues/friends, this is ideal! It’s also open throughout the week for a more traditional museum visit, and my favourite festive ice rink opens there on Friday!

Have you been to any good exhibitions lately? I’m a bit of a geek when it comes to museums and galleries, and love them nearly as much as shopping!

LDNshopaholic xxx

Event: Seven Dials Covent Garden Shopping Evening

25 Apr

It’s been a while since I featured an event but this is not one to miss! On Thursday 26th April (tomorrow!), Seven Dials and sister destination St Martin’s Courtyard will be hosting an exclusive shopping evening where participating stores will be offering 20% off between 5-9pm… yes 20% off! Eeee!

Stores involved offering 20% off include American Apparel, Bare Escentuals, Banana Republic, Barbour, Coco De Mer, Cos, Diesel, Fred Perry, Jaeger London, Kiehl’s, Office, Orion London, Orla Kiely, Neal’s Yard Remedies, Poste Mistress, Shu Uemura, Tatty Devine, Twenty8Twelve, Urban Outfitters and Wolsey plus many more. The impressive list of participating stores can be found here.

AND…. As part of Seven Dials’ new partnership with MasterCard’s Priceless London, the first 200 shoppers to spend over £100 on their MasterCard card will receive a free luxury goodie bag to be collected on the night. AND… there’s a pop-up bar in St Martin’s Courtyard serving complimentary drinks for shoppers, and on top of that… 100 shoppers selected at random will be presented with a golden ticket entitling them to a gift worth £5 to £150 from participating stores. Oh this all sounds like so much fun!

How does one get this discount you ask? All you have to do is download a ‘Seven Dials and St Martin’s Courtyard Shopping Voucher’ here, print it out and take it along with a list of participating stores and venues.

Let me know what you do with your 20% off… I’d definitely recommend Pix Bar, which I went to last night, a brilliant concept… help yourself to little plates of tapas whilst drinking amazing wine or delicious classic cocktails

LDNshopaholic xxx

p.s. you can find the boring (but important) Terms and Conditions here!

Event: Pure Spirit

13 Aug

(Continued from Event: Pure London)

So when I felt I’d seen enough of the main Pure show, I hopped on an awesome Routemaster bus toward Pure Spirit at Earls Court 2:

Pure Spirit had a range of brands aimed at a younger audience than Pure at Olympia so I was in my element and as soon as I walked in I came across, one of my favourite boutique brands, Mina:

Then I came across the amazing And Mary. Gorgeous pieces include an animal charm bracelet, umbrella necklace, owl earrings and mouse necklace:

The bunny ring was so cute along with the teacup earrings and macaroon studs:

I then had the pleasure of meeting designer Georgia Nash who creates beautiful unique clothing and accessories. I love the on trend turbans, along with the pearl headpieces which would be great to wear to a wedding:

The fabulous cardigans at Miss Jolie caught my eye straightaway:

And the cupcake related gifts at Cubic were rather lovable:

I then headed to the Spirit catwalk and here are a few of my favourite looks:

(Neutral detail dress by Glamorous and orange shift by Rinascimento)

My absolute favourite look of the day was by Yumi with this fairlisle inspired outfit (although it doesn’t look very Spring/Summer to me!):

Halfway through the fashion show, we were entertained by up and coming band The Scarletz:

They were dressed in Vero Moda, Only and Vila and I was actually rather pleasantly surprised by their superb vocals and on stage chemistry.

Finally we saw Forever Unique‘s new collection and I LOVED it, however I’m not sure how wearable it actually is:

I had really enjoyable day at Pure London and discovered so many brands/companies that I’d never previously encountered, so thanks Pure!

I’d really recommend visiting the event which next runs 12-14 February 2012. Not only do you get to meet the people behind the labels but also get to see catwalk shows and be talked through trend predictions by real experts.

See you there in Feb!

LDNshopaholic xxx

Jacques Open House

25 Jul

A quick post to let you know that Jacques Townhouse has opened it’s doors to everyone! Complimentary entry and open until Thursday, pop down for either 5.30pm or 7.30pm to be treated to the wonders of the Townhouse:

Once inside, you get treated to Jacques:

Manicures:

Makeovers:


Have your photo taken looking fabulous after visiting the ‘Wardrobe of Wonders’… A-maz-ing or what?!

Decorate cupcakes:

And generally have a whole lot of fun!! Take a few friends along and have a girly night getting dressed up and spoiling yourselves!

You can find the Townhouse at: Chandos House, 2 Queen Anne Street, London W1G 9LQ

I’d love to hear all about your visit, hopefully I’ll be heading down later in the week!

LDNshopaholic xxx

(Photos courtesy of Jacques)