Tuesday, 31 July 2012

SecretSales.com Photo Shoot

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When visiting London last week, the timing coincided very well for a meeting with the Secret Sales team. I have enjoyed over the last few weeks being able to introduce you to some of their amazing sales from such brands as Marc Jacobs, Fiorelli and Silvio Tossi. So it was with great pleasure that I made my way over to Beach Blanket Babylon in Notting Hill, conveniently only a five minute walk from where I was staying. I immediately fell in love with my glamorous surroundings whilst choosing my favourite pieces from a range of accessories to be feautured in upcoming sales on the SecretSales.com site. I chose Tom Ford sunglasses, Valentino scarves and Liv Oliver jewellery. Although the scarf sale has now finished, the others are available to buy, with an extra 25% discount when purchasing today.

These are my 'behind the scenes' photographs from the shoot but you can head over to the Secret Sales blog to check out the final photographs and a little interview right here.

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Special thanks to Nastasia, Alison, Simon and Kirsten from Secret Sales. 
And Beach Blanket Babylon for the amazing venue.

Monday, 30 July 2012

Savings

One person I am not is a saver. This is very unfortunate as I really would like to be. I admire greatly those people who easily save "for a rainy day" or build a "little nest egg". One such person is my mother, she gains great pleasure in watching her nest egg grow. Me, I take after grandmother Betty on my dad's side. Shoes stacked under the bed, clothes with the tags still on. All carefully hidden away from my grandfather John. And although I may not be quite so bad as I concede to disliking waste of any kind, at the same time I do enjoy spending my pennies, and the more luxurious the goods, the better. When the banks try to tempt me into taking out one of their credit cards "in case of emergency", I quickly decline. Every day, week and month I have an emergency of some kind - the perfect handbag that is currently on sale, a gorgeous dress with only one left in my size or the most amazing pair of shoes that I absolutely must have to wear for that night out. So no, credit cards are not safe with me.


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Lately though, I have an aim in mind. I have a rather special birthday looming next year and I would like to make it memorable. And while my tastes may change between this year and next, I know one thing and that is I need to get saving to to be able to achieve some of my dreams. I've made a small wishlist you can see in the collage above - somehow if it is visual I believe it will make the savings process a little easier. What about you - are you a saver or a spender? Do you believe in saving up for big luxurious purchases? Do you find it easy to save money, or like me, find it very very challenging? 

Friday, 27 July 2012

Birthday Girl

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Today is my birthday and as well as taking the last week off work to spend time doing the things I like to do, I spent today doing more things I like to do. A family day was split into two parts. This morning I visited one of my most favourite museums in the North East of England, Bowes Museum, to photograph a fantastic fashion exhibition (more of this in a later post) - long time readers may remember a birthday a couple of years ago also spent here. I love old buildings and this has to be one of the most stunning backdrops for a photo-shoot.

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I wore my 1950's vintage birthday dress, a peppermint jacket from Zara, Chanel flats and my newest and still most favourite handbag from Pollini. After a few days of dull and rainy weather in the North East of England, today the sun decided to shine. And while not as hot as the London weather I have experienced this week, the almost spring-like weather worked perfectly for this outfit I had in mind to wear today.

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After the morning spent at Bowes Museum and a walk around the market town of Barnard Castle where it is situated, it was then a drive on to small boutique hotel Solberge Hall Hotel in North Yorkshire where I had booked a Champagne Afternoon Tea for the family via a voucher I had from Groupon. Many, many afternoon teas have been featured on here and it remains one of my favourite past-times, it seems such a traditionally English thing to do. We started with a glass of champagne and finger sandwiches which then followed with a pot of good English Twinings Early Grey tea to go along with scones with cream & jam and some delightful cakes to finish off with. It has been a perfectly relaxing birthday.

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1950's Vintage Dress via Bohemian Bisoux Vintage at Etsy ~ Zara Peppermint Jacket ~ Pollini Handbag via Spartoo ~ Chanel Flat Shoes ~ Laura Lee Rose Gold 'P' Pendant ~ Zoe & Morgan and Vintage Rings ~ Chanel Pirate Nail Enamel~ Tom Ford Cherry Lush Lipstick (photos of me by dad)

Thursday, 26 July 2012

London Through Instagram

After spending a glorious few days in a very, very hot London, I am now back to the gloomy North East where it is currently cloudy and raining. So let us take a look back at some pictures taken through my iPhone...

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1. Train 'snacks'. 2. Breakfast drinks, orange juice and non-alcoholic mojito. 3. I ♥ London postcard. 4. A glass of prosecco. 5. French fries. 6, 7, 8, 9. Art in the Tate Modern.

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1. Cafe in the Tate Modern. 2. The view out of the window of the Tate Modern. 3. St Paul's Cathedral. 4. A refreshing Lemon San Pellegrino in Kew Gardens. 5. Picture-perfect Kew Gardens. 6,7. Giant macaron & latte from Paul's Bakery. 8. Stone Roses Photography exhibition in Bayswater. 9. Through the mirror in Beach Blanket Babylon.

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1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Stunning interior design and a refreshing lime & soda drink in Beach Blanket Babylon. 6. Olympic tube art by Tracey Emin. 7. Onigiri snack for the train home. 8. King's Cross Station. 9. Goodbye London, waiting for my train home.

Instagram name: pink_bow
Instagram filter: early bird


Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Blogs I Love

While I spend a few days away in sunny London town (am I completely crazy planning a trip the week before the Olympics?), I have a couple of scheduled posts for you. And is there anything better to leave for your perusal than another three of my favourite blogs...

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First up is Norwegian blog Sitrende. Stunning, stunning photography. And even though I can't read a word of it, somehow I don't need to as the photographs just speak for themselves. I'm currently enjoying their photo diary from a trip to New York. Absolutely dreamy.

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Next I have another Swedish blog (the Swedes seem to do blogging very very well, as many of my favourites are from Swedish culture), We can fly, come on let's try. I think what I like most about this blog and gives it an edge over many others, is the title given to each post. Some recent examples, "Dawn, from old English 'to become day', is the time that marks the beginning of the twilight before sunrise"and "Rain is liquid water in the form of droplets that have condensed from atmospheric water vapour and then precipitated - that is, become heavy enough to fall under gravity". This blog has interesting photographs and a great style.

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And finally, a British blog, named Junkaholique. I'm not quite sure where to start with this one, as there is too many good things to write here. Written by Artemis Russell, I can spend a lot of spare moments browsing the archive, as it inspires me greatly. I find it a very calming read, completely fulfilling my own need for obtaining a slower pace of life. Completely individual, there is so much creativity here. Whether it be in the two tiny garden sheds nestled in the garden, (one for both Artemis and her husband); designing jewellery for their London and Tokyo shops, Rust; insights into their family life with a new baby along the way; thrifting, collecting and restoring 'junk' for online shop The Bucket Tree. And finally documenting their many weekend camping trips, making it all look rather glamorous whilst exploring the beautiful English countryside.

(All photographs belong to their rightful owners above, taken from each website). 

Sunday, 22 July 2012

The Best Meal of the Day

I make it no secret that I believe breakfast to be the very best meal of the day, especially at weekends when there is more time to linger. Here are some of my favourite breakfasts I have enjoyed over the last year or so...

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Eggs Royale, eaten at Patisserie Valerie in Covent Garden, London

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A fruit bar serving a selection of different melon at Cameron House Hotel in Loch Lomond, Scotland

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A flat white coffee consumed in a street cafe in Paris

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Fruit toast at home, bought from ever-faithful M&S

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Pure, unadulterated, freshly-pressed orange juice

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A selection of mini pastries bought at a local supermarket, presented on a vintage plate at home

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A kilner jar filled with berries, granola, Greek yoghurt, flaked almonds, desiccated coconut and honey

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A full English veggie breakfast

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A huge waffle served with maple syrup at Hotel du Vin Hotel in Edinburgh

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A hotel breakfast - fruit, home-made granola, fruit yoghurt, a glass of orange juice and a latte

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Smoothies, served in mini milk bottles with retro pink and white striped straws

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Fruit, nuts and seeds

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A fruit bowl made at home, comprising an orange, piece of watermelon, strawberries and pomegranate seeds

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A selection of fruit yoghurts in cute packaging

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Smoked salmon and scrambled eggs on toast with a side serving of strawberries and cream

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Mini jars of jam (I love anything mini!)

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And finally, not forgetting the latte coffee