Last week I was invited out to Stockholm for eBay’s autumn/winter advertising shoot. Yeah, I was surprised at first too… eBay do advertising shoots? From the pages of Vogue to the walls of...Read More →
Massive thank you to Rachel for inviting me out and Daniel for being the ultimate chef.
Sunset on the balcony in a hybrid skirt-top-dress… mustard pleats worn with a leather-front/grey-jersey-backed top felt perfectly transitional. I really need to find a black leather jacket to replace this more summery jersey biker style one that I’ve been wearing to death. It’s looking rather ragged and has definitely seen better days. Anyone have any suggestions on where to find one? I’m thinking buttery soft, slightly cropped, fitted… and at a price that wont break the bank.
Wearing: American Apparel large leather clutch, Madewell jacket, Topshop ambush boots (not pictured) and top/skirt stolen from Shini’s closet.
Next Thursday night Vogue Fashion’s Night Out is hitting London. I’m sure you already know all about the madness that takes place as shops are taken over by crates of champagne and DJs. It all sounds more like a massive party than a shopping experience – and I like it. If you make it out be sure to pop into the Box Boutique on Maddox Street where Matthew Zorpas will be hanging out. When I visited the shop I couldn’t stop swooning over all the amazing shoes and body jewelry. Just be careful not to slurp down too many drinks before heading over – it could get dangerous.
‘A little bit of luxury in a rough part of London. A little bit of rough in a luxurious London.’
The Rough Luxe Hotel, situated near St Pancras station, is an absolute gem. Not only are the rooms immaculate and enchanting, the overall experience will make you question how you think about hotels. It’s a B&B by all counts but leaves you feeling as though you’ve visited the home of a far-flung family friend, rather than a luxury hotel in central London.
Each of the ten rooms, in this Grade II listed building, are entirely unique in design. The site was renovated in 2008 by Rabih Hage, layers of wallpaper and paint were partially stripped away leaving behind a mosaic created from the historic remains of contrasting textures and fabrics. While the hotel doesn’t boast a large selection of amenities (you wont find a spa, gym or even television in your room) it does deliver exceedingly well on other accounts – notably, hospitality.
After arriving, I inadvertently launched a defense on how the hotel ought to create a Twitter account to the manager, Leo Rabelo. He aptly nodded and seemed interested, though not too overwhelmingly keen. The next morning I woke to find a tweet from the newly established @stayroughluxe stating that I’d have to try the homemade baba ghanoush later that day. I tottered downstairs to congratulate Leo on his newly found place in the world of social media and found myself captivated by the breakfast. Freshly squeezed juice, croissants, delicious bread, jams, eggs, porridge, and really good coffee… I could have stayed in that garden all day. Needless to say, the temptation of Lebanese food was too good to resist so later that afternoon I returned with Laurel to take Leo up on his offer. Countless hours later and we were still all sitting in the garden drinking wine and discussing the deep complexities of life (and Leo’s dog’s website). The best part? This wasn’t any sort of special treatment. All the guests I saw were making themselves at home – a few girls were even up late making noodles in the kitchen.
Rough Luxe Hotel is located at 1 Birkenhead Street, London. Rooms start at £177
So, ummm, what are you doing on September 14th? Oh, no plans, huh?
If you’re based in London then you should definitely pop down for Charlie May’s womenswear presentation. Everyone is welcome and all you need to do is RSVP to INFO@CHARLIE-MAY.CO.UK if you’d like to attend. You probably already know of Charlie from her crazy inspirational blog, Girl a la Mode. She designed some kick-butt modified Doc Martens that I wore to last LFW and a couple of months ago I showed a peek into her studio and the designs she has been creating. I’ll be at her presentation all day – sipping drinks and drooling over all the beautiful items. I’d love to see you there!