Fashion, Style Guide

SS15 Trends – Denim

March 11, 2015

Alongside the seventies, denim is one of the major trends for SS15. So not just a pair of jeans, although the flared the better, I’m talking denim dresses, skirts, dungarees, shorts, jackets and trousers, yep trousers that aren’t jeans but are denim, highly confusing. On the catwalks designers had incorporated denim into their looks, take for instance the cut-out denim dresses at Gucci and also the military styled denim. At Burberry they focused on the denim jacket and made them short and cropped with detachable warmers and coloured panels. Whereas Roberto Cavalli went for a more relaxed feel with cut-off denim shorts and ripped tees.

SS15 Denim trend Catwalk Gucci Roberto Cavalli Burberry

You may have also seen Alexa Chung embracing the trend when she recently designed her own line of clothes for AG Denim. The shirt dress and A-line skirt sold out straight away, however I have found a good version from Esprit below. For me bootcut denims bring back memories when I was a teenager, I used to live in them. Someone had to stop me from going into Miss Sixty, they were my perfect jeans! Now I think you’d have to pay me to get out my skinnies, I love following fashion trends but at the same time I want to feel comfortable in what I’m wearing so I think it is one I’ll probably miss this time. I definitely am loving the shirt dresses and picked up a fab one recently from Forever 21 which you may have seen in my latest haul video and I am currently working on a little DIY project of my own on an old denim jacket.

Here are some of my top picks of denim pieces for Spring/Summer 2015.

SS15 Trends Denim

L to R New Look Dungarees £25 | Alexa Chung for AG Ruffled Dress £185 | ENFANTS RICHE DEPRIMES Distressed Denim Jacket £375 | Esprit A-line Denim Skirt £39 | Christopher Kane Lace Shorts £1,100 | J Brand Jeans £190

What denim pieces have you spotted on your shopping travels?

Events, Fashion, Lifestyle

Adidas Supercolour Takes Over OFFSPRING

March 10, 2015

The latest adidas Originals Supercolour trainers are in conjunction with Pharrell Williams and boy do they come in some funky colours. In fact they come in pretty much any colour you can think of. There will be 50 different colourways in the Supercolour Superstar collection and other than the adidas store in Fouberts Place offering the whole 50, OFFSPRING stores will also be offering all 50 colours.

adidas supercolor

OFFSPRING stores in London and Manchester will be decked out with only the adidas supercolours in a 3-day takeover starting on Friday 27th March. The OFFSPRING store in Commercial Street, East London will be taken over by the trainers inside and out but will also have interactive elements for the customers. There will be a Supercolour video wall telling the story of the collection, a photo mapping wall and a selfie station where you will be able to share your selfie GIF on social media.

I’m not sure which colour I’d go for, what about you?

adidas supercolour trainers

THE FULL ADIDAS ORIGINALS SUPERCOLORS COLLECTION WILL BE AVAILABLE  FROM FRIDAY 27TH MARCH – SUNDAY 29TH MARCH AT:

OFFSPRING Commercial Street

OFFSPRING Neal Street

OFFSPRING Camden

OFFSPRING Selfridges, London

OFFSPRING Selfridges, Manchester

If you cannot make it to the one of the stores, then of course they will be online at www.offspring.co.uk

Afternoon Tea, Food

Fortnum & Mason Afternoon Tea

March 9, 2015

If you haven’t gathered by now from reading my blog, having afternoon tea in London is one of my favourite things to do. I still have a list of places I would like to visit but one on the list is Fortnum & Mason and thanks to the lovely people at Zomato I was able to tick this off my list last Friday. My dad had come to London to visit me for a few days and so he was the perfect tea partner. Everytime he visits London he always likes to go Fortnum & Mason so I thought it would be the ideal way to treat him.

Fortnum & Mason Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea takes place in the Diamond Jubilee Salon on the fourth floor, as you walk in the pianist plays on the piano and you definitely feel like you have gone back in time slightly. We were taken to our seats after a short wait in reception, I was able to check my coat and then get a head start on browsing the menu. The Diamond Jubilee Salon is a lovely area to enjoy afternoon tea. It has big windows that let in so much light and if you have a window seat you can look out onto Piccadilly.

Fortnum & Mason Diamond Jubilee Salon

Fortnum & Mason Diamond Jubilee Salon

Fortnum & Mason tea china

My favourite part of the afternoon tea apart from the food was the china, it was just so lovely! I loved the traditional Fortnum & Mason turquoise coloured teacups and teapots. We both decided to have the standard afternoon tea, but at Fortnum’s there are three options.  A high-tea which starts with more of a main meal and also a savoury tea, where you can opt for all savoury options. I of course love cake so it was an obvious choice for me to stick to the traditional afternoon tea.

Fortnum & Mason teacup

The tea selection is fantastic, there are plenty classic blends to choose from including more flavoured teas, which are my favourite. Then also the choice of herbal tea and coffee options too if tea isn’t your thing. I chose the black tea with strawberry and my dad started off with the Queen Anne Blend to then later alter to the Royal Blend which was slightly stronger. They were happy for you to try teas out and if you didn’t like what you chose, then it was really simple to switch. I was however really happy with the strawberry black tea, it just had the right amount of fruity flavour without being too sweet.

Fortnum & Mason Afternoon tea

After our tea the food arrived so quickly, I was really impressed as normally you have to wait quite a bit while they prepare it. There was a selection of finger sandwiches which included; cucumber and mint butter, coronation chicken, rare breed hen egg with mustard cress, Fortnum’s smoked salmon with lemon dill butter and also a rare roast beef with gherkin and caper dressing. I’m not a salmon fan so my dad was loving eating all those ones, whereas my favourite was the rare beef it was delicious.

Fortnum & mason sandwiches

The scones were lovely, although I must admit not piping hot. I really love a hot scone when the butter melts on it. They were slightly smaller which I do like as it saves much more room for the cakes. They came with two jams, blueberry and strawberry and a big pot of clotted cream.

Scones at Fortnum and Mason afternoon tea

Fortnums Jam

Clotted cream

Scones at Fortnums

Fortnum & mason afternoon tea

Onto the cakes, these were a selection that I can’t truly remember what each was. The snowball looking one was a biscuit type base and had a marshmallow top and cherry type filling, it really was very tasty. Then there was the pink iced eclair filled with cream, a chocolate/coffee tart – I am not a fan of coffee so gave this one a miss and a macaroon which was really, really nice and then the last one with two spikes of chocolate coming from it, it was filled with cream and I think lemon, but don’t hold me to that! We were offered plenty more cakes or sandwiches when the plate was empty which is definitely a bonus.

Afternoon tea Fortnum & Mason

A few more cups of tea later I was so full and couldn’t quite manage the trolley full of extra cakes. These looked amazing and so the waiter kindly offered if I wanted to take some home, which was met with a resounding yes and so I took home a piece of the spiced apple cake, which was wrapped in a beautiful ribboned doggy bag.

Fortnum & Mason Afternoon Tea Trolley Cakes

We both had a fabulous afternoon tea at Fortnum & Mason, the tea and food was perfect, the setting lovely and we even had a celebrity spot of Joanna Lumley joining us in the Diamond Jubilee.

Afternoon Tea at Fortnum’s is priced at £40 per person with a classic blend tea or £44 per person with a single estate tea. For more info or to book visit Zomato.

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Fashion, Videos

Forever 21 Spring Haul

March 8, 2015

I’ve been buying quite a bit lately when shopping, I think after London Fashion Week I felt like I needed a major wardrobe overhaul. The weather is slowly starting to change too, which sets me in a bit of a panic as I think I have nothing to wear when clearly I do!

Recently I went to Forever 21 and had a bit of a haul. Forever 21 is so huge, I never know where to start, so I just take a whole load of clothes to the changing room for a try-on session. Specifically I’ve been looking for activewear as I am joining the gym – OMG! So if you want to see what I bought then you can in my new video below!

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Mens Lifestyle

The Real Shaving Co Review

March 6, 2015

You may have heard of me, I’m Danny and I feature on here from time to time, mainly in food reviews with Paula. Well now I am going to be starting my own section, funnily enough it’s the men’s section. Today I am beginning this off with a review of The Real Shaving Co products. For us men we pretty much just want to know if the product is any good, so I aim to bring you honest reviews of the products and/or experiences I try.

The Real Shaving Co have a numbered three-step product range for us guys. The first is ‘Prepare’ which is an exfoliating daily facial scrub, the second is ‘Shave’ a traditional shave cream and lastly ‘Maintain’, which is a multi-task balm. I have never been a person who enjoys the thought of shaving, it’s not a short process and as I am dark-haired and have quick growth I have to shave more regularly than most. However once I start shaving it just becomes routine and it is one of the few occasions I probably do not think about too much else and actually concentrate on the task in hand. I have to shave three to four times per week so picking a quality but fair priced range of products is really important.

The Real Shaving Co Review

My grooming routine consists of washing my face with warm water, applying a very good exfoliator (up to twice a week), shaving with a transparent gel so I can see what I am actually shaving (or how much I am shaving off my beard) and finishing off with an aftershave balm / moisturiser. Maybe adding a toner in there too, depending how I am feeling. I started off with the The Real Shaving Co Exfoliating Scrub £4.99. It was actually not bad, slightly grainer than my usual product and I found it helped to remove the dead skin easily.

The Real Shaving Co Exfoliator Review

The next phase is the ‘shave’. I actually really liked The Real Shaving Co Shaving Gel £3.99, it is transparent, easy to shave with and actually smells nice and with a new razor left a smooth face. It was also easily removed with a face cloth, some gels can take some shifting and this one was not like that. It is probably the best product out of the three comparing to other ranges and existing products I have tried.

The Real Shaving Co Gel Review

The last phase is the ‘maintain’ which was The Real Shaving Co Super 8 Balm £4.99. I always use a sensitive aftershave balm or a dedicated moisturise, as I often get razor burn and having sensitive skin I can suffer for sometime after shaving. Again like the shave gel I really did like the aftershave balm, it really helped to reduce my shave burn and actively cooled down my face. Especially my lower neck area where I have always suffered, especially with ingrowing hairs.

Maintain The Real Shaving Co Review

Out of the three products I would definitely reuse the shave gel and aftershave balm. If you use King Of Shaves shaving gel it is very similar quality and could easily replace. The exfoliator was not as good as the product I currently use (Nip + Man) but I would recommend the shave gel and aftershave balm to anyone who suffers with shaving as I do. Overall I really liked the The Real Shaving Co products and I would say they are definitely worth checking out if you are looking for an affordable shave range.

The Real Shaving Co products are available from Boots.com.

Events, Fashion, Lifestyle

Dior and I

March 5, 2015

Last night I attended the press screening of the new film from Dior, Dior and I. The film documents fashion designer Raf Simons as he starts his first season at Dior. Directed by Frédéric Tcheng Dior and I focuses on those critical eight weeks that marked Raf Simons debut at the House. Its takes you on a journey of the Parisian fashion house, showing behind-the-scenes footage of the ateliers at work to the production of Raf’s first haute couture show for Dior in the Spring of 2012. There is laughter, hard work and a few tears along the way from Raf himself. It provides a real insight into his creative process and is must-see for any fashion fan.

Dior and I Raf Simons

The film was first screened in 2014 at the Tribeca Film festival and finally hits cinemas this month in the UK on March 27th. Take a peek at the trailer below and for more info visit www.diorandimovie.com.