Prêt-à-Portea: The Dior couture collection

Back in early March, I went to the Christian Dior:Designer of Dreams exhibition at the V&A museum (you can check my blog post about it here). So when I discovered that The Berkeley hotel in London were hosting a special Prêt-à-Portea that was inspired by the exhibition I just had to go and complete the set!

The venue

The Berkeley hotel is based in the heart of Knightsbridge and is the ultimate luxury venue. They are well known for their legendary afternoon tea experiences too. They have 2 collections per year that are inspired by the world of fashion to reflect the latest catwalk trends, colours and designs. Previous collections have seen them teaming up with other designer brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Moschino and Manolo Blahnik.

This special collection focuses on the iconic designs of Christian Dior, transformed into beautifully decorated biscuits and miniature cakes. Each piece is inspired from Diors’s fashion history which I absolutely love!

The afternoon tea is held in the Collins room which is a really peaceful space, decorated in soft lilacs, silvers, marble and mirrors. There is also a garden room section which has a lovely light feel with the surrounding windows.

A high tea to remember..

We arrived at the hotel feeling excited about the afternoon ahead. From the moment we arrived, the service was fabulous. We were shown to our seating area and our server started off explaining to us the idea around the collection, as well as information about what we could expect from our tea experience. We started off with drinks and there are so many varieties of tea that you can choose, from a selection of different white, green, yellow, black, tisane, and oolong tea options.

The savoury selection..

First to be presented to the table was a plate of beautifully cut finger sandwiches, each with individual flavours, fillings and breads. Alongside this, there was a selection of beautiful canapes. They almost looked too good to eat! I loved the presentation of these and it was fun to try all of the different options.

The sweet selection..

But let’s be honest, we all know the best part of a high tea is the sweet section! Following the savoury section, out came the stunning three tiered display of the Christian Dior sweet treats. Christian Dior cakes – isn’t this just every fashionistas dream combination?!

On the top tier we had a rose pink Miss Dior perfume bottle shaped cake. This was lychee and raspberry flavour and was topped with a gorgeous silver bow. Also on the top tier were 2 iced biscuits – a single J’adior slingback heel and the iconic bar jacket. I have been lusting after these heels for a while now and am thinking that I have to add them to my collection! Well they do say things come in threes after all…

On the middle tier, we had a pavlova and raspberry jam cake that was inspired by a dress design. We also had the Junon gown fromage blanc and cassis jelly encased with scallops of white chocolate and it was sprinkled with edible glitter. They were like little works of art – just stunning!

The bottom tier had the classic Lady Dior handbag which was so delicious. It was red chocolate sponge inside with an iced outer casing and it looked just like the real thing! Also on this lower tier was a pretty little coconut marshmallow cake which was decorated with a white sugar bow.

Overall verdict..

I love spending an afternoon having a high tea and this is one of my favourite experiences. I have wanted to try the Berkeley afternoon tea for a long time as always love to see the latest fashion inspired collection that they come up with. Their collections always look so fabulous and so being able to attend this special Dior inspired one, after visiting the exhibition was like the cherry on the cake..see what I did there 😉

Jokes aside, it was such a lovely afternoon and I highly recommend it. I’m never a huge fan of the sandwiches but these were nice and not so much that you couldn’t then enjoy the sweets section which you can sometimes find with afternoon teas. The sweet selection was just perfect and I enjoyed every item from this selection.

If you want to make a reservation for the Dior Prêt-à-Portea collection, head over to the Berkeley hotel website here 

Prices start from £60 per person.

What would Carrie Bradshaw be wearing in 2019?

Carrie Bradshaw was my original style icon and Sex in the City is one of my all time favourite series. I’ve had the box set for years and I will still get it out and watch old episodes on a chilled out Sunday.

Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha each had their own individual sense of style but Carrie was the real fashionista of the show. Granted, she didn’t always get it right, but it was the fun and bold approach that she had with styling that I really loved! I couldn’t help but wonder, what she would be wearing in the year 2019?

It was always so exciting to see what latest outfits she was wearing on each episode. It would be hard to imagine her wearing the head to toe beige trend of the moment and she wouldn’t be seen dead in a pair of chunky Balenciaga trainers, but I could definitely see her in a tie dye sweater, cycling shorts and a sassy pair of heels!

You can read my recent Tie Dye trend report here if you would like some inspiration on this latest look for SS19!

SATC can still make me laugh out loud and it was such a ground breaking show of it’s time. It taught us as many things from friendships to relationships and how things were changing with the rise of the modern woman in society. It was also, of course, renowned for fashion. They made us covet things that we didn’t even know we needed. It made us all dream of having a shoe closet like Carrie Bradshaw and a beautifully furnished apartment like Charlotte. Who could ever forget that famous scene where Samantha is desperate to get her hands on an Hermes Birkin handbag and was told it would be a 5 year wait!

The show also pushed forward designer brands into huge stardom such as Jimmy Choo and Manolo Blahnik and made women across the globe rushing out to buy the latest designs.

Since the show was on in the late 90s to the noughties, its funny to see certain brands and fashion styles that have actually come back around again. Fendi baguettes and Dior saddle bags were a staple fashion piece back then and these exact styles are now having a resurgence in 2019. I had a monogrammed Dior saddle bag when they first came out as I fell in love with the one that Carrie was wearing in the episode when she first met Aiden in his furniture store. I had that bag for years and wore it literally to death. They were around the £400 price point back then but today they are around £2000!

Here are some of the looks from Spring Summer 2019 that I think Carrie would definitely be wearing whilst strutting around the streets of Manhattan.

Isabel Marant asymmetric, ruffle printed dress – £875Netaporter

Dior houndstooth slingback heels – £720Christian Dior

Adriana Degreas shell bra top – £425 Netaporter

“It’s a Baguette”

Fendi Purple Sequin Baguette – £2790Fendi

Prada Tie Dye Shorts – £790 – Netaporter

Burberry Dalmatian print skirt – £850Burberry

Sophia Webster Chiara Sandal – £450Sophia Webster

Alexander McQueen knitted lace dress – £4860Alexander McQueen

Image: Vogue

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Goddiva: Pretty occasion dresses and the new Vicky Patterson collection

If you are looking for a fabulous sequin dress for an event or a special occasion then you need to head over to Goddiva.co.uk You will be completely spoilt for choice! There is a wide selection from pretty short styles, to sparkly or embellished designs, right through to full length ball gowns.

The perfect party dress  

I wore a Goddiva sequin and chiffon dress at an event recently (as pictured) and I have to say that I was so impressed with the quality. Their dresses are at a slightly higher price point than some online retailers, but the quality definitely warrants the pricing. There’s nothing worse than buying something just because its cheaper, to then find out that its see-through or the quality is poor. Goddiva dresses are beautifully made and the attention to detail is instantly noticeable.

This dress jumped out at me immediately and I was so excited to receive it through the post! It’s decorated with champagne coloured sequins which are in a gorgeous ombre shading effect. It’s a fitted style with a zip up the back so I recommend going up a size. The skirt section is pleated and moves beautifully when walking or dancing. I also really like the length of this style – it’s just the perfect length for an event and would be a great choice for a wedding or special occasion where you want to feel elegant.

The new Vicky Patterson collaboration

Vicky Patterson is Goddiva’s latest celebrity ambassador and has recently launched her new collection with them.

Vicky’s debut occasion dresses range with the brand has a theme of Fluorescence, which is the perfect fit for the strong 2019 neon trend that is so popular right now. There is a style to suit everyone also which I really like. There are flirty, floaty dresses, structured body con designs, chic jumpsuits and some really stunning full length silhouettes in this range.

The extensive collection showcases a stunning zesty bright palette in cerise, lime, flame orange, cobalt blue, nude, black and navy. In classic Goddiva style, the dresses all have gorgeous details such as back bows, pretty embellished buckles and elegant side splits.

The Goddiva Collection by Vicky Pattison is available at www.goddiva.co.uk now and prices start at £45 to £95.

Sophia Webster SS19 collection preview party

Last week I attended a really exciting event that I cannot wait to share with you all! Sophia Webster transformed their Chelsea store to showcase their newly upcoming SS19 collection and I went along to view it.

About Sophia Webster..

Sophia Webster is by far one of my favourite luxury shoe designers. Her collections are always so much fun, girlie and are always different to anything else you will find in the stores. Her shoes are bold, make a statement and really stand out from the crowd which I love! You will instantly recognise her signature styles such as the butterfly range and the sparkly candy heels. The brand has branched out over the last 6 years and now offer handbags, children’s footwear and bridal options in their collection. They also collaborated with sports brand Puma with a fabulous sneaker range in that classic Sophia Webster style.

A shoe addicts dream store..

There are 2 Sophia Webster boutiques in London. One in Mount Street and the other in Chelsea’s Sloane Avenue which is where I went to for the launch party. Both are absolutely beautiful and such a treat to shop in. I highly recommend visiting them if you are ever in London. As I walked into the store, I was surrounded by glossy white illuminated shelving, a pretty blush pink carpet, pink marble effect walls, velvet seating and of course a fabulous neon pink sign in the shape of a butterfly. For the event there was a little bar area where I sipped prosecco and had a little lemon macaron. So chic!

Towards the back of the store was another little seating area with a gorgeous flamingo chandelier hanging above. This was the start of a carpeted stairway which led down to the lower level. On the night, there were nail bars where you could have a complimentary manicure too! There was also more elegant seating downstairs with glass coffee table lined with fashion books as well as gold glass cabinets displaying more gorgeous heels.

I especially love the stiletto heel hangers on the walls which held some of their gorgeous clutch bags and leather accessories. This is such a fab idea.

The new SS19 collection..

The best part of the evening though, of course, was viewing the shoes. Rows and rows of stunning heels, boots and flats in an array of colours and textures. I love the attention to detail of every piece and how creative they all are. I am a huge fan of the butterfly range and this will continue into the new season but with brand new updated designs. Some of the butterflies were stitched with colourful threads and looked amazing.

Another gorgeous range featured Perspex straps that were decorated with chunky circular gems which I think is one of my favourite styles from the new collection. There were also styles which had pretty flat tied bows. These were on a sock boot, a stiletto and a pointed toe mule style.

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There is a really fun, 70s inspired range which has rainbow coloured panels straps which will be great on a night out and for party season!

I also adore the crystal heel range. This has carried over from previous seasons but has been updated for SS19 with new colour options. The heel on this new design has an ombre effect with the shades of the crystals that cover it and it’s such a stunning look!

There were some amazing boots in the range as well as heels. I particularly liked a pair of black suede ankle boots which have a block heel, covered with silver and white chunky crystals and stones. The sparkle on these is incredible!

I had such a lovely evening meeting other shoe obsessed ladies such as myself and I could have walked out of the store with one of every design as I literally love them all. Sophia Webster has done it again! A fabulous collection and I cannot wait for these new styles to hit the stores.

View the Sophia Webster collection on their website HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

How to de-clutter your wardrobe for the new Winter season

Now that we are officially in Autumn/Winter and the weather is getting colder, it’s the perfect time to de-clutter your wardrobe! Not all of us are blessed with a dressing room or rows and rows of wardrobe space. Some of us even have to share wardrobe space with our partner. So a good tip to manage the space that you have affectively is to do a seasonal clear out. Here are my top tips on how to do this.

Get started

Ok lets get going girl! You are going to feel so organised when this has been sorted. First things first, get everything out of the wardrobe and group it into sections. All knitwear into one pile, all jeans into another etc – this will make it easier to see everything that you have to go through.

Evaluate what you have

You need to be ruthless and really look at each piece with a level head. Ask yourself if you still love each item and if you will wear it again. Anything you’re not sure about, try it on. Does it still fit? If it doesn’t, there is no point hanging on to it. Does it still look as good as new or are the threads getting loose or starting to bobble? If it is, you know the drill – move it into the pile of things to be removed.

Have a look at your accessories too when making the decisions on whether to keep or remove each item. You might get inspired for a fresh new way to accessorise an outfit.

Any items that are going to be too warm or too cold to wear in the current season but you want to keep it, put these into storage bags, neatly folding everything. You can get these out next season and see if you still want to keep them or not.

If anything still has the tags on it (we are all guilty of this) then it’s likely you don’t really want the item anymore. Keep the tags on as this always helps when selling clothes online.

Organise

Now that you have decided what you are going to keep, its time to put them back into the wardrobe. A good tip is to either group the items in categories, so all of the tops together, sweaters all together etc. Alternatively hang up the clothes grouped together in outfits. This is a good idea if you have to wake up early for work and don’t want to have to think too much about what to wear – the hard work has already been done for you!
Another good tip is to hang all of your clothes with the hangers facing the same way. When you have worn something, hang it back up with the hanger facing the opposite way. This will really show you what items you have been wearing. If something is still unworn for a long period of time, ask yourself if you really still need it. It’s said that we only wear 20% of our clothes which is such a crazy figure compared to what most of us have in our wardrobe!

image: Pinterest

Keep, Sell & Donate

Work out from the pile that you don’t want, which items you can potentially sell and make some money back on. There are lots of places you can sell items, such as Ebay, Depop and Facebook local selling pages. Price them fairly – no one is going to pay full price for second hand clothes, even if they are unworn. Also, make sure anything you sell is in a decent condition and isn’t stained.
Anything else can be donated to local charity shops or to friends. Perhaps you could even organise a clothes swapping party where everyone takes a couple of items that they no longer want and you can get the chance to swap with others!

Make a list of what you need to buy

This is my favourite part! As you have now organised everything that you want to keep you can start planning new items to buy that you will need for the season. Do you need more basics to pair together the pieces you have?
Do you need a new pair of boots to replace the old ones that you removed? Write a list of the bits you can see you need and then you can get shopping!
I hope you enjoyed reading my tips on how to organise and de-clutter your wardrobe. I would love to see a photo of your wardrobe spaces and how fab they are now looking!

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