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The Sarenza What’s Hot party

22 May
Last week, I was fortunate to be invited to Sarenza‘s launch party for their new What’s Hot section in Paris with Jen from A Little Bird Told Me and Tor from Fab Frocks. The section highlights the hottest shoes from their mind-blowing selection of shoes, a great idea for a site with over 300 brands online. The section is only available on the French site at the moment, hence the party in Paris, but it’s coming to the UK site soon. The party was amazing, it was set in a huge gallery in the Marais district and had photographers, shoes from the What’s Hot section, hotdogs and delicious cocktails. The girls and I had such a fun time spotting gorgeous shoes, here are some of my favourites. 

Fire shoes. Disclaimer: Not actual fire

Fashionista’s favourite refreshment – Vitamin Water

Jen & I
Jen, me & Tor

Sarenza High Heel Race 2011

6 Dec
Phew….I’ve finally had a chance to recover from the weekend, and what a hectic weekend it was. As you may know, I was in Paris this weekend. What you may not know is that I was on a patriotic mission to represent the UK in Sarenza’s annual high heel race as part of the Fab Frocks on Foot team with fellow bloggers Tor from Fab Frocks and Amy from Wolf Whistle.
So what exactly is the Sarenza high heel race?? Well, Sarenza is a huge, huge shoe company in France and every year they hold an annual high heel relay race. If you’re lucky enough and quick enough to make it through the several heats, you will attend the grand final and be in with a chance of winning 3,000 of shoes! This year, 12 UK teams were battling 12 French teams, as you can imagine rivalry was high.  To build on the rivalry, teams from each country were given a fancy dress theme. The theme for the UK was ‘English Eccentrics’ so we went for Alice in Wonderland. I must have written about the book and film a thousand times and the Natalia Vioidanova editorial in Vogue is one of my favourites of all time, so it seemed like a no brainer. I decided to go as Alice, Tor dressed as the white rabbit, Amy went as the Mad Hatter and my plus one – the gorgeous Mariana from Sketchbook Mag – was our very own Cheshire Cat.

The event took place at the Piscine Molitor, as the name suggests it was an old swimming pool! We were told this was an incredibly cool location in Paris and I can understand why, it’s very industrial as pretty much everything is concrete but it’s covered in some amazing graffiti making it very contemporary and urban. The UK ladies didn’t really know what to expect but the French ladies took the competition extremely seriously – shoes were ducktaped on, warm ups were taking place and tactics were being discussed. There were so many journalists and press at the event, we soon realised that the high heel race actually makes national press in France! Before the anticipation starts building, we didn’t win. But I think we have a pretty good shot at the fancy dress prize which I think is more meaningful anyway?! I think we’re lucky to have gotten out of there relatively unscathed; there were lots of accidents including tumbles, falls and broken heels!

For the rest of the weekend we were free to do as we pleased so Mariana and I visited the Champs Elysees, the Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre. Thank you for a wonderful weekend, Sarenza! Huge thanks to Melissa and Camille from We Are Social for looking after us and making sure we were fed and watered.

Coat – vintage, shirt – H&M, leggings – eBay, boots – New Look, headband – H&M

Paris, Je T’aime

10 Mar

A couple of weeks ago, I received some return Eurostar tickets from the lovely folk at WeAreSocial. It literally made my year, I love love love Paris! I grabbed one of my best girlfriends, hopped on the Eurostar and started planning a fabulous weekend! We stayed in the Opera Diamond hotel which was just beautiful. It is definitely ‘my’ hotel whenever I’m in Paris. Every corner is beautifully decorated, the location is amazing and the staff are beyond wonderful. We actually had to tear ourselves away from the comfy bed with a padded headboard, black bathroom and champagne bottle.




We met up with the absolutely fabulous 
Mireille Nagourney, founder and fashion director of online boutique Je Ne Sais Quoi. I had been talking to her for a while on Twitter and when she read that I was coming to Paris she invited me to the studio to meet her. She is so, so lovely! They were in the middle of shooting some new clothing and accessories for the site, and she kindly took time out to talk to me about selecting brands for her site, style vs. fashion and fashion week.


Mireille is an advocate of timeless, classic style over fashion. She’s not one to jump on the bandwagon of the latest IT bag or killer heel by the designer du jour. Instead, you will find niche,  luxe brands which are hard to find on Je Ne Sais Quoi. She is one of only two stockists which sell Catherine Michiels in Paris, and one of a handful of stockists of Heimstone worldwide. I spotted this amazing Heimstone belt on the shoot and instantly fell in love! It was really heavy but the quality and workmanship was beautiful. 


Dress – Miss Selfridge, Belt – Heimstone @ JNSQ



After leaving the studio, we took a walk along Rue du Fabourg Saint-Honore, one of my favourite streets for obvious reasons. I absolutely love window displays, they are so inspiring. 




That evening, we headed to VIP club, Mireille described it as one of the best clubs in Paris and very jet-set. We had an absolutely amazing time so thank you for the recommendation! 

Dress – Miss Selfridge. I shop there a lot!



One of the highlights was finally climbing the Eiffel Tower. Like any tourist, I absolutely love it but I have never gone right up to the top. The weather was horrible but the views were still impressive. 



Although this trip is only just over and still fresh in my mind, I’m absolutely dying to go back. I think Paris has stolen my heart. 

Paris – New Years Eve 2009-2010

2 Jan
Happy new year, darlings!
I hope all of you had a fantastic NYE and saw in the new decade in style. I had an absolutely amazing New Year’s Eve in Paris, it was absolutely unforgettable! It was snowing, not really heavily, but how special is that?! The road trip was epic, over 500 miles in 2 days, but way worth it. This is the furthest I’ve roadtripped so I wasn’t sure what to wear but I knew comfort was paramount! I wore something similar to what I would wear on a flight, a comfy dress and leggings with thick socks. It’s an unbeatable travel combination!
Dress – Blue Inc
We decided to head to the Champs Elysees for midnight, it was like a massive street party the atmosphere was crazy! It’s by far the chicest way to see in the new year, and I thought it was very appropriate to be wearing new clothes from head to toe. It was so unbelievably cold though. I did wear a coat, but could have done with scarf, gloves and thermals!
Top – Topshop, Belt – Primark, Skirt – River Island, Boots – New Look
The next day, we took in the sites of Paris. For me, that meant heading to Chanel on Rue Cambon and then onto Colette while keeping an eye out for Karl Lagerfeld’s yellow Hummer!! I didn’t spot him, but there’s always next time 😉 After seeing Coco Before Chanel, I’ve been a bit obsessed by Chanel and I’ve been dying to see the Rue Cambon store. Unfortunately all the shops were closed but I took loads of pictures of the gorgeous window display.

Cape – ASOS

 
 

 

While we were in Paris, it was snowing very lightly. However, on the way to Calais, the snow started coming down pretty hard. So hard that we were in standstill traffic for what seemed like forever…well long enough to create a, well it’s not quite a snowman but that’s what I’ll call it!I That was the perfect end to my mini adventure, I hadn’t played in the snow for years!

My Dream Day in Paris

6 Dec

Sometimes…just sometimes…dreaming in fashion isn’t quite enough. When it’s frosty, cold and I’m stressed, I dream in holidays. That’s not to say the two can’t be combined, Paris is known as one of the chicest cities in the world and it certainly didn’t disappoint when I visited earlier this year with the lovely ladies at Wearesocial. They have invited me to take part in a competition with Le Noveau Paris to win an amazing weekend in Paris, I just need to describe what I would do in Paris with €1000 to spend. So…what would I do in my second favourite fashion city with enough disposable income for a pretty good time?!

First thing’s first, I would check into a fabulous hotel. I generally don’t spend much of my holidays in the hotel, but it’s always nice to know you have somewhere decadent to have a quick power nap before heading out again. Paris has plenty of super luxe hotels to choose from, but for me there is only one; the Plaza Athénée…better known as ‘Carrie’s hotel in Paris’. Ever since I saw it in the last couple of episodes of SATC, it’s stuck in my mind as one of the most beautiful hotels I have ever seen and somewhere that I must visit, one day.


I would loiter around Avenue Montaigne and Rue de Faubourg St. Honore, watching elegant Parisian woman indulge in some retail therapy. They are renowned for being impossibly chic, so I’m sure I could pick up a tip or two about being a bit more polished! I would definitely head over to Laduree to indulge on a macaroon or 10, while doing some more people watching.


My inevitable sugar rush will almost certainly put me in the mood for window shopping. Paris is home to some ridiculously cool, iconic boutiques: Colette, Surface to Air and L’Eclaireur.


Of course, no fashion trip to Paris would be complete without a visit to Chanel on Rue Cambon. The almost legendary building houses a Chanel store, haute couture dressing room, the workshop and Coco Chanel’s apartment. It’s such a beautiful building, here’s a video from Vogue TV inside….

I’m sure a fair amount of time would be spent looking out for Karl Lagerfeld’s yellow hummer, if I saw it I would probably throw myself at him!

On a more affordable note, I would visit some of the markets and rummage around for some bargains. Marche aux Puces de Clignancourt is one of the largest markets in Europe, it’s actually made up of 15-20 smaller markets and has over 2,000 stalls! For something a little more less crowded, I would head to Marche aux Puces de Vanves for some vintage clothes and costume jewellery.


Last time I was in Paris, I had a whistle stop visit of the Madeleine Vionnet exhibition at Les Arts Decoratifs. The visit was cut short (champagne tasting…) but it is most definitely worth a second visit. The museum has a new exhibit starting next year, Histoire ideale de la mode contemporaire 1971-2008, which looks at the evolution of fashion.


I think I will be all fashioned out by then, if that’s even possible. My ideal evening would be spent at The Crazy Horse or the Moulin Rouge. I’m sure the Dior Institut spa, situated in the hotel, will be put to good use after that action packed day!!


Of course, if I went during Paris Fashion Week it would be a different story. I would beg/borrow/barter my way into Balenciaga/Galliano/Dior/Chanel/McQueen shows…or at least hang out in the Jardin des Tuileries!

Vogue Paris October 2009

5 Oct

Vogue Paris is all about the supermodels in October 2009. I’ve got to say, there were some surprising choices and some conspicuous absences. I felt that the cover was a bit bland and safe, but the editorials were, on the whole, sublime. There was much debate on TFS, with a lot of people slating Kate Moss for being boring, safe and old. I’ve found that Kate has become a bit ‘same-y’ recently, and certain other models produced some far superior images. What do you think?

Eniko by Cedric Buchet

Eva by Hedi Slimane


Claudia by Alasdir McLellan

Kate Moss by Inez van Lamsveerde and Vinod Matadin

Kristen Mc Menamy by David Sims

Yasmin lebon by Alasdair McLellan

Lara Stone by Steven Klein

* Image Source TFS

Win a little break to Paris!!

22 Aug


The fantastic team who whisked myself and some fellow bloggers to Paris have given me 2 Eurostar tickets to giveaway! How exciting, this is my first giveaway ever and what a fabulous prize! Ok so you want to know how to enter, right? Just answer the following question, either by commenting on this post or writing you own blogpost. And the question is…

“What would you do on your little break to Paris, if money were no object?”

My answer would involve champagne, a helicopter ride over Paris, beaucoup de shopping and a private tour of the Eiffel Tower at sunset, but I’m sure you have much better ideas so get thinking! The competition ends on 2nd September, with the overall winner announced on the 9th September.

*source Intelligent Travel