February 2013 archive

Colour Me Neon..

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Hey all!

So firstly, let me just apologize for the huuugggee gap since my last post. Working at The Apartment kept me hella busy combined with a fever of 102 and a resilient flu that insisted on hanging around throughout the duration of Fashion Week.  This season was a lot more intense than the last.. since the venture itself has expanded significantly since 6 months ago, so did the brands involved and consequently, the intensity of the work involved in running something like this. It was amazing though and I could not be happier for Abimarvel with all the success she has achieved and will undoubtedly continue to achieve in seasons to come. Check out the coverage Grazia did on the week here.

After a day of rest yesterday, today I caught up with a bucket load of incredibly unglamorous chores such as tidying up my room, wardrobe and laundry.. (Amazing, I know!). I threw together a simple ensemble which I thought ended up looking quite cool.IMG_9766-2IMG_9770-3 IMG_9772-2IMG_9765-1IMG_9767-1IMG_9771-1IMG_9790-1IMG_9789-2 IMG_9793-1IMG_9792-1 IMG_9787-1IMG_9791-1IMG_9766-1

Neon Yellow Jumper, c/o Forever 21, Black Peplum Dress (worn under), Topshop, Nike Trainers, Bought in Vegas, Watch, c/o Breo, Jewellery, c/o Claire’s Accessories

I was completely decked out in stuff I was given at The Apartment today.. The pull over is by Forever21 and I love the pleather detail along the arms. One of the most talked about things last week was the standard of jewelry provided by Claire’s. Every two seconds you would hear the words “I can’t believe this is Claire’s!!”. I absolutely loved the collection of spiked bracelets they had. I bought the trainers at a Nike Outlet late last year in Las Vegas.. I’ve worn them for actual running maybe once and instead wear them on a casual basis since I ADORE the unique colour combination. It perhaps wasn’t the most practical choice today since it was absolutely FREEZING.. I need to think this Fashion over Function business through next time.

I’ll leave it at that for tonight Londonistas.. since I need to go get ready for a cross dressing poker party now (Don’t ask)..

Until the next post!

xox

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Starry Eyed

IMG_3178-1Good evening Londonistas.. Hope you are all having an amazing weekend. I, on the other hand, have been unable to leave my bed today since I’ve come down with a ghastly cold and have completely lost my voice. Here’s to hoping I get it back before LFW begins! Despite feeling like death warmed up, I did promise myself that leading up to LFW I would blog everyday.. So I’m just doing a little style post based on what I wore a few days back.

WARNING: NOT FOR THE FAINT HEARTED

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Purple Galaxy Leggings, BlackMilk Clothing – £48.98, White Skull Lita, Jeffery Campbell – £150, Studded Denim Crop Jacket, Topshop Outlet – £15, Galaxy Cross Top, New Look – £14.99

I absolutely ADORE BlackMilk clothing, every single time I have worn my purple galaxy leggings out I get a million questions as to where I got them from and how amazing they look. The Australian based brand don’t just have their amazing prints to boast about, all items are made in the country with locally sourced material. Not only that, the image printed on these bad boys is an actual image from NASA. BlackMilk is less of a brand and more of a cult – with devoted fans referring to themselves as sharkies. If you like making a statement with what you wear, have been living under a rock for the last couple of years and aren’t familiar with the brand as yet.. get clicking, you won’t regret it.

I normally team my leggings with an over sized black top, something similar to BlackMilk’s Judge 2.0 and plain black boots since the leggings make quite the statement by themselves.. but hey, I was feeling a little outlandish the other way so decide to go a bit OTT. The denim jacket I found in a Topshop outlet store down from 45 to 15, how could I say no? I often get asked about the Outlet store or if it’s any good so watch out for my post on it after Fashion Week.

Until the next post Londonistas!

xox

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This is how we (lobster) roll..

Burger & Lobster is a place that has been on my “To do” list since the day it opened but for one reason or another, whenever I planned to go there it just didn’t happen.. So when a friend called me up to say he was popping down from Paris for the day and wanted to have lunch, I knew this was where I was going to take him. Obviously considering the small chain has been open since late 2011, I’m a bit late in getting there but thought I’d share my experience none the less.

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When you walk in you immediately get the vibe that you are stepping into a Soho trend spot – Exposed bricks and bulbs, red leather booths, crowded bar and a loud and jaunty atmosphere from a mix of clientele; the creative advertising types, the west end suited slickers, trendy Soho kids and even a few celebs in the mix (I was sat in a booth next to Joey & Sam from The Only Way is Essex – OK, Z List Celebs.. but still!)

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Arriving at 2.00 PM on a weekday I wasn’t expecting to have to stand outside in a queue with an approx. 90 minute wait as most would have to do on a weekend, but the place was still completely packed. Always a great sign. We were told we would have to wait around 25 minutes so I headed to the bar to order my friends some drinks until a table became available. Walking up to the bar I was dreading getting served since I had to squeeze into a small spot and was wondering how I would possibly get noticed in such a crowd when literally, as soon as my hand touched the bar, one of the bartenders placed a serviette in front of me, asked me how I was and what I would like to order. They have a variety of beers that are well priced and an impressive cocktail list at about £10 each. After ordering two Asahi’s and a Diet Coke, I got a polite tap on the shoulder to let me know our table was ready. Pretty sure we only waited 8 minutes! Amazing.

There’s no menu at Burger & Lobster, just various chalkboards with drawings of burgers and (you guessed it..) lobsters! Our server came over and talked us through the 3 choices.. A beef burger, a steamed/grilled lobster or a lobster roll.. all served with fries and salad and an optional garlic butter with the lobster choices. Having heard so much about it from friends I was already set on the Lobster Roll. My friends seemed unconvinced but decided to go for the same. The food came out not long after but I suppose that is the benefit of having such a minimalist menu! When our platters we set down in front of us, all three of us could not help but to go “Wow”. IMG_3188

The lobster is served in a toasted brioche like roll, an optional garlic butter, a mound of slinky fries and a small salad. You will not go hungry here!

Each item costs £20. Now, even for Soho, £20 does seem quite steep for a burger and fries. Having spoken to a few people, they say considering how big the portion is and how delicious it is makes up for it is. The lobster dishes seem like more bang for your buck. I can vouch for how absolutely delicious it was.. tender and the garlic butter complimented it perfectly. The fries were well cooked and the salad was a refreshing addition to the platter.

Expect to pay around £25 – £30 (incl. service charge) per head if you are drinking beer or soft drinks and skipping dessert, stick in an additional £15-20 if you’re drinking cocktails. The service is impeccable, the staff are friendly and helpful and the food.. is just.. Fabulous. Book in advance if there are 6 or more of you.. otherwise get there early to avoid queuing for hours!

One other note: Avoid going there if you are on a first date or in the early stages of a romance. As my friend so eloquently put it – “There was a mix of so many people in there; rich, posh, average joe’s.. but when you can’t figure out how to eat your lobster roll without making a mess.. we are all the same.”

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Definitely will be going back there very soon.

Thanks for reading Londonistas!

xox

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(Mc)Queen of Hearts

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Hello.. My name is Shay and I’m addicted to Skulls.

Right, so I’m going to come clean.. In my late teens I was, along with the rest of my generation, a Myspace kid (There, I said it!). I had the backcombed hair with the tacky extensions, enough eyeliner around my eyes to put a raccoon to shame, H&M’s skull, heart and crossbones jumpers, skinny jeans and of course, the 56,7564 Myspace friends I had never met to validate my authenticity as a ‘Scenester’. While I’m glad that I came to my senses and left most of those things behind, the one thing I never lost was my love for Skulls. A few weeks ago, I was gifted this gorgeous Alexander McQueen scarf that I have wanted FOREVER and yesterday I decided to take it out for a little spin.

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Alexander McQueen Skull Print Scarf c/o Abimarvel (Buy here!), Black ribbed vest, Miss Selfridge – £12.99 (Old), Acid washed ankle grazer jeans, Topshop Outlet (Old), Studded Leather Jacket, TK MAXX- £35 (Similar here!), Black Microfiber Wedges, Office (Sale) – £10, Tribal cuff & rings, purchased on travels. Skull ring, borrowed.

Yes you read right.. Those shoes cost me a staggering.. £10!! They were in the Office sale down from £70. The studded jacket was my favorite item in my wardrobe all of last season.. You can still find studded leather jackets in almost every high street store but ones that don’t look tacky are hard to come by. I fell in love with this one when I spotted it in my local TK Maxx and am frequently asked where I got it from.

This wasn’t an outfit for a special occasion or anything, just what I was wearing when I was hanging out with a friend.. So we decided to take some photo’s!

Until the next vanity post! Thanks for reading Londonistas!

xox

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