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July 6, 2015

Audrey Hepburn : Portraits Of An Icon

Don’t miss this amazing photographic exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. The exhibition illustrates the life of actress and fashion icon Audrey Hepburn. There are more than 70 images on display with the portraits depicting her life from her early years as a chorus girl in the West End to her philanthropic work in later life. There are prints from well-known photographers Richard Avedon, Cecil Beaton, Terry O’Neill, Norman Parkinson and Irving Penn as well as many magazine covers and film stills. Tickets start from £7.50 for adults and the exhibition runs from 2nd July – 18th October 2015.

Find it at the National Portrait Gallery, St. Martin’s Place, London WC2H 0HE. More information visit www.npg.org.uk.

Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn photographed wearing Givenchy by Norman Parkinson, 1955 © Norman Parkinson Ltd/Courtesy Norman Parkinson Archive

Kettner’s Lights Out Party

On the 17th July, Kettner’s in Soho is throwing a Lights Out! party. For one night only, Kettner’s will be transformed to wartime London after dark. It starts off with a wartime-inspired menu, served with a contemporary fine dining twist. There will be swing dance classes, performances, cabaret, showgirls and live music inspired by 40s dance halls. Dressing up is not compulsory but is strongly encouraged. Tickets are priced from £25 per person for general party admission and £65 for home front menu and party.

Find it at Kettner’s Soho, 29 Romilly Street, Soho, London, W1D 5HP. For more information visit www.kettners.com/lights-out.

Kettners Lights Out Party

Bulmers #LiveColourful Bar

This July sees Bulmers opening the world’s first ever black and white bar. The pop-up bar is decked out in all black and white, stripped of all colour and the only colour will be the Bulmers, which are launching the new Blood Orange flavour, yum! Entry is by ticket, available from www.biletto.com. Entrants may redeem 2 bottles of Bulmers in exchange for 2 tokens supplied on entry. Bulmers say come brightly dressed and prepare to #LiveColourful.

Find it at 3a Leonard Street, London EC2A 4QS, open 6.30pm-11pm, Thursday 9th July – 10th July.

Bulmers Blood Orange Bar

Amy’s Kitchen Presents: A Handcrafted Summer

Running in July & August at E5 Bakehouse in Hackney, Amy’s Kitchen presents a series of summer events. The events are a healthy supper club with a twist – with each featuring a delicious vegetarian Amy’s Kitchen meal, followed by a workshop with one of their four creative partners; boutique florists Grace and Thorn, horticultural mixologist Lottie Muir of Midnight Apothecary, ceramic artist Charlotte Mei and natural beauty expert Amanda Cook of Trill Farm/ Neal’s Yard.

Tickets are £10 and can be bought on Eventbrite.

Amy's KItchen

Carnaby Street Eat

This one day food festival in the heart of Central London will see Carnaby being transformed with food and drinks stalls from 30 of the areas best restaurants, bars and cafes. There will be live cooking demos on Broadwick Street from cooking duo The Happy Pear as well as £5 dishes on offer, live music and entertainment, al fresco dining and the best thing – traffic free. The festival is this Saturday 11th July from 12-7pm.

Find it at Carnaby Street, London @CarnabyLondon.

Carnaby Street Eat Festival

Hyperdusk at Atomica Gallery

British artist Ruben Ireland’s highly anticipated international debut solo exhibition Hyperdusk, takes place at Atomica Gallery in Soho. Hyperdusk features brand new work by Ruben and is the first time the mixed media digital artist is offering original one-off pieces for salePortraits rendered in monochromatic pigments stand in stunning contrast to bare backgrounds; Ireland’s work speaks through its simplicity, creating impact through minimalistic compositions created with a few, selectively-chosen details. The gallery exhibition runs until 11th July.

 Find it at Atomica Gallery, 7 Greens Court, London, W1F 0HQ. More info www.atomicagallery.com.

Atomica Gallery Hyperdusk

Beauty, Hair, Videos

Sleek Wet Look Hair Tutorial

July 5, 2015

For ages I have been trying to master the wet look hairstyle. My problem was I could achieve the look but then it wouldn’t stay in place. That was until now and I discovered the secret ingredient to make that happen!

So in this video I show you how to get the wet look hair style and have it stay in place all night long. Find out my secret ingredient and watch the video below.

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Fashion, Objects Of My Affection

Beach Accessories

July 4, 2015

Heidi klein are known for their beautiful swimwear, but this summer it is their beach accessories that have totally caught my eye. The range has everything you will need for a beach getaway, including fedora hats, canvas wedges, jewellery, perfect sized beach bags as well as the most amazing bamboo clutch. I’ve put together a few of my favourites from this summers collection.

Heidi Klein Beach Accessories

1. Matta Dupatta Scarf £169 – This scarf is perfect for the slightly cooler evenings or days when it gets a bit windier. I love the colour of this scarf and the lightweight fabric, it’s made from a silk and cotton blend, is hand dyed and has cute little tassels all around the four sides.

2. Grace Bay Medium Raffia Bag £270 – I love a beach bag that you can just throw everything in and not worry and this is one of them. The beautiful bamboo handles set off the raffia tote, with a suede tassel. I love how it’s ideal for the beach but totally acceptable for carrying around a city vacation too.

3.  Carlisle Bay Fedora Hat £135 – When the sun is shining you definitely need a hat. This fedora has the ‘Panama Hat’ feel and is a great way to stay stylish and protect your head from the hot heat.

4.  Leather Rope Bracelet £38 – heidi klein’s collection of summer jewellery is so pretty and perfect to go with your beach attire. I love this leather rope bracelet with gold fastening.  The fastening is nickel free so ideal for those with sensitive skin plus its both sea and chlorine resistant so you can wear it whilst swimming.

5. Montego Bay Canvas Wedge Shoe £130 – Wedges are a summer essential and this pair is great for both beach and/or a city break. I love the canvas on them as it’s nice and light and can let your feet breath, plus a wedge is much easier to walk in than heels and gives a nice look for a summer dress.

6. Bamboo Clutch £160 – Could this clutch be anymore amazing? Made from natural bamboo it has that perfect beach feel for holidays and is something a little different for an evening clutch. I can imagine this in the Bahamas or somewhere similar.

7. Coconut Beach Candle £36 – This is my favourite candle, probably ever! I love the smell of it so much and it’s so lovely for a summer fragrance. Your room will fill with the smell of coconut, jasmine, marine and vanilla, it’s just bliss. Sit back and daydream of beaches to come.

Now if you are in need of some holiday inspiration to take these away to, then check out my vacation inspiration Pinterest board. Surely it will have you daydreaming of beaches to come in no time!

Follow Paula Holmes’s board Vacation Inspiration on Pinterest.


Wimbledon 2015

July 3, 2015

Every summer I genuinely love watching Wimbledon. I have been a few times before and every single year when I’m not there I’m wishing I had a ticket. This year however I got one! My friend Michelle had been lucky in the ticket ballot and very lucky indeed, with the fact we got centre court tickets. I was reading the order of play on email just before Memphis started and got very excited indeed when I saw we would be seeing Andy Murray and Roger Federer in one day.

The LDN Diaries at Wimbledon

For Wimbledon you get off at Southfields station, which is just a few stops before actual Wimbledon station. The tube station had been decked out in green lawn colours and the Wimbledon purple. Amongst the crowds we headed down the street about a 15 minute walk to the grounds. It was baking hot on Tuesday as you may have gathered so we were eager to get some drinks and food once we got in. At the gates you have your bag checked from security and I think you are allowed your own drink and food as we saw plenty of people with picnic baskets, all set for their day.

Wimbledon order of play board

Once in the grounds we had a wander round and checked out the order of play. A few centre court pictures later we stopped off for some food. There are so many places to eat including cafes serving sandwiches, fish and chips, salads and burgers as well as the main restaurant, The Wingfield, which I think you need a reservation for.

Wimbledon cafes

Wimbledon order of Play

The Wingfield restaurant Wimbledon

Centre Court Wimbledon

The LDN Diaries at Centre Court Wimbledon

Once in court we missed the ladies game, which was over before we knew it and then it was time for Federer. I was really glad our seats were quite high up in the end as we were nicely hidden in the shade. Pimms in hand we were ready for Federer. He absolutely smashed his game and beat his opponent hands down in three easy straight sets.

After Federer we couldn’t resist getting ourselves some strawberries and cream and mini Lanson champagnes. The bottles of course were decked out in tennis attire too.

Wimbledon Lanson champagne

Strawberries & Cream Wimbledon

Lanson champagne

Murray was on next, who kept us guessing throughout the game, but finally came through and won his game.

Andy Murray playing at Wimbledon

The games went really quickly, I guess because of the good weather so they put on another game on centre court. It was then time to visit the shop and stock up on some souvenirs as well as have a little lie down on Henman/Murray Hill. Afterwards we then headed off for dinner in South Kensington after a wonderful day of tennis and perfect weather.

Henman Murray Hill Wimbledon

Until next year Wimbledon…

Wimbledon 2015

Events, Lifestyle, Theatre

Memphis The Musical

July 2, 2015

Not often do you get to see a show on the West End that ends in a standing ovation and well that’s just what happened on Monday night when I went to see Memphis at the Shaftesbury Theatre. The Tony award-winning show is now on in the West End which if you weren’t walking down with your eyes closed at the tube stations the past few week, you may have already just seen that. The show stars Beverley Knight as club singer Felicia Farrell and Killian Donnelly as aspiring radio DJ Huey Calhoun. On Monday however Beverley wasn’t playing the part and so we saw Rachel John who was simply amazing in the role and so it didn’t make a difference at all!

Memphis Musical London Review

The story of the show is inspired by true events from the 1950’s underground musical rock and roll scene in Memphis, Tennessee, when colour and race was at the forefront. The story then follows the love story between hopeful DJ and TV presenter Huey Calhoun and singer Felicia Farrell, as their love of music and each other tries to conquer all.

We had some great seats right in the stalls so could really see all the action. The sets were well put together and each act very clearly thought out. I always think it’s hard to get into the songs if you don’t know them, but this musical is just not like that. You will find yourself singing along pretty much straight away. The songs of course have a 1950’s rock and roll vibe as well as gospel elements. One of my favourite parts was played by Claire Machin as Gladys, Huey’s mom. She was just brilliant and really stole the show with her dance routine, I won’t say too much.

Memphis musical london review

I found the acting to be spot on and the accents very convincing. Killian nailed this role and so it will be interesting to see how Matt Cardle performs when he takes over on July 6th. I loved the dancing, the singing, the acting, just in all a great musical. Well worth it to go and see!

You can book tickets now at memphisthemusical.com.

Beauty, Make-Up

Tried & Tested – BB Creams

July 1, 2015

BB Creams have been out for a few years now and with the arrival of the CC Cream and the DD Cream, they are still a firm favourite amongst many beauty lovers.

So what is a BB Cream?

In short BB stands for beauty balms or blemish balms. They were originally developed to protect skin and provide coverage over laser treatments. The cream however became a success in Asia and they loved it for the natural coverage it gave compared to foundation. Myself I always thought it was a bit of a glorified tinted moisturiser, however a real BB cream can provide many benefits to the skin, including hydration, cover imperfections, improve dullness and also provide coverage from UV rays with SPF.

What is a BB Cream

I decided to test out a few that include SPF as I swear by BB and CC Cream in Summer. It is just so much lighter to wear on the face and really makes it look so smoothed out. Sometimes I find foundation can stick to the skin and look a bit gross after a hot summers day.

balance me’s BB Cream has SPF 25 which is great for the summer months. The colour was great as it is designed to adjust to any skin tone. It’s also 99% natural so the good it is doing on your face, you can imagine is just brilliant. The only one with this is I would have liked a little more coverage on any imperfections.

Vichy BB Cream is ideal if you want a high SPF like 50 to protect your face. For me I wasn’t so keen on the colour of the product and found it a bit orange, being the natural tan shade, although I think it only comes in one shade. It did however give good coverage and a lovely glow to it. A great one for holiday with the SPF but once I had tried the others I’d say this one was probably my least favourite of the three.

BB Creams

L to R balance me BB Natural Perfection with SPF 25, Vichy Ideal Soleil ‘Tinted Velvety Cream’ with SPF 50,  and KIKO Sunproof BB Cream with SPF 30.

KIKO’s BB Cream says it offers a foundation treatment and a natural effect. I found this one to have good coverage and great that it has a high SPF. The colour light, which is the lightest was quite a tanned colour, so if you are very pale it might be too dark. It stayed on well however and gave skin a lovely smooth look.

Out of these three my favourite was definitely the balance me for its colour and overall look. I was pretty surprised at the difference in colours between the three light shades. I still absolutely love my favourite Ginvera BB Cream however and not sure I’d ever be able to replace it.

Have you tried a BB Cream before?