Jimmy Choo Candy bag

When the invitation to celebrate the opening of the new Jimmy Choo Townhouse arrived, I must admit I had a quick look around to see if it was really me the invitation was meant for. An invitation to London Fashion Week to see one of the world’s most prestigious, luxury brands, Jimmy Choo seemed almost too good to be true. And to top it off it was on my birthday.

After one of the most exhausting weeks I can remember, most of which was spent under a roller painting ceilings and sanding down doors, I had never felt so unglamorous. A touch of the London sparkle was exactly what was in order.

One extreme to another…

The morning of my birthday was spent travelling the countryside picking up a second-hand fridge and seeing that the carpenter had arrived at the shop to hang the new door. A quick tidy up of the shop – removing dust sheets and clearing out the decorating materials, I made it home with about half an hour to spare.

Feeling so underprepared seemed to work though. I hadn’t contemplated what I was going to wear so with just a few minutes to think about it I pulled together my black coated skinnies (possibly one of the best buys ever), a plain white tee and my Anya Hindmarch metallic cross body bag. Threw my hair in a messy bun (no time for a blow dry) and slapped on some Lady Danger lipstick by Mac (the best birthday present!) and I was ready to go. Amazing how some bright lips can transform an outfit in one fell swoop.

Jimmy Choo Choo townhouse

Taking it to the next level…

As if I wasn’t feeling lucky enough to be going to London Fashion Week, to top it off I had a car courtesy of Addison Lee cabs collect me from the station and take me to my destination on New Bond Street. And this was it!

Jimmy Choo Choo townhouse

Any last minute outfit and make up checks taken care of! The last time I was in London I was lucky to enough to have a car provided too and I can’t say how brilliant the service is. Texts to let you know how long they are going to be, the driver’s name and the registration of the car collecting you. A professional driver – all of whom have been really friendly. The perfect pick up.

The Choo Townhouse…

The New Bond Street Jimmy Choo store has been expanded and renovated to reveal the most gorgeous, luxurious store you can imagine. It’s gorgeous and sumptuous but comfortable and intimate. At the centre of the building is a stunning marble staircase that winds through the building connecting the three floors.

Jimmy Choo Choo Townhouse

I was in awe. The building was beautiful, the shoes were stunning and I was surrounded by some of my blogging idols. At this point I wasn’t quite sure where to put myself!

Jimmy Choo Choo townhouseI soon found the champagne, shoe shaped biscuits and booked myself in for a manicure.

Jimmy Choo Choo townhouse Jimmy Choo Choo townhouse

I took a tour round the store, chatted with blogging companions and closely examined each and every fabulous pair of shoes from the Choo 24:7 collection on the lower ground floor, to the newly launched CHOO.08 on the first floor, that has it’s own dedicated room. The room is slightly darker to give a more edgy feel to reflect the urban mood of this collection. There’s also a VIP that focusses on bridal, evening and red carpet styles on the first floor.

Downstairs there is a dedicated room to the recently launched Made to Order service – choose from the signature styles then from the myriad of different fabrics and colours. Where would you start?

Jimmy Choo Choo townhouse

To celebrate the new store, the Jimmy Choo Creative Director, Sandra Choi has designed a limited edition Candy bag. The acrylic clutch has been printed with an image of quintessentially British red phone box to reinforce the brand’s London roots. And it’s gorgeous.

Jimmy Choo candy bagJimmy Choo Choo Townhouse

After a gorgeous Nars manicure I said my thank yous and farewells and made my way round the corner to Sketch for a birthday cocktail. A perfect Birthday – thank you Jimmy Choo and thank you London.

This week it’s been back to the manual labour of setting up shop but the exciting news is that we’re looking at opening next week! You can follow what we’re up to on Twitter and Instagram.

L x

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My Pollyanna style diary

Last Thursday was a really exciting day for me, a last minute trip to London to the Donna Ida store in Belgravia…details on that little adventure coming up later this week. This is what I wore.

This outfit combines two of my wardrobe staples, my favourite summer tote, statement jewels and oversized shirt. I’d never put all these pieces together before so it was nice to feel like I was almost wearing something new.

My Pollyanna style diary

My leopard pumps and (pretend!) leather skinnies are fundamental to my wardrobe; wardrobe heroes, staples…call them what you will, I couldn’t be without them. There’s nothing more satisfying than wearing the same things over again but re-working for a completely different look.

My Pollyanna style diary

It was a warm sunny day though so pairing with the light weight, man-style shirt (regular shirt from H&M in two sizes larger than I would normally take) made the outfit light and breezy. I love the contrast of the loose cotton with skinny leathers too.

To pull it all together I wore the H&M statement necklace and gave my Smythson chameleon tote it’s first outing of the season.

Sunglasses, Chanel. Similar here/ Necklace, H&M / Shirt, H&M / Bag, Smythson (unfortunately not available in orange this year) / Skinny jeans, Oasis. Simliar here. / Shoes, Jimmy Choo

Enjoy the sunshine and have a good week!
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From designer investments to high street bargains, here is a guide to party wardrobe staples for the festive season.

The Black Strappy Sandal…

Party shoes£££ Jimmy Choo Ivette Black Patent Leather Strappy Sandals, £495 / ££ LK Bennett, Elodie Suede and Patent Leather Strappy Sandal, £195 / £ Dune Hydro Heeled Sandals, £65

The Black Clutch…

Black clutch bags
£££ Valentino Va Va Voom leather shoulder bag, Net-a-Porter £1,140 / ££ L.K. Bennett, Bo Crinkled Patent Leather Shoulder Bag, £245 / £ New Look, Black Stud Metal Plate Clutch £15.99

The Statement Earrings…Party earrings
£££ Anton Heunis, Art Deco Crystal Drop earrings, Monnier Freres, £140 / ££ Muzo Mimesis earrings, Anthropologie, £44 / £ Green Statement earrings, Next, £12.50

What are your wardrobe staples?
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The My Pollyanna Boutique

Although I’m trying desperately hard to reinvent my existing wardrobe, there are still things that I’m dreaming about at the moment.[new_line]
[new_line]This is my October Wish List…[new_line]
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I spotted these a couple of years ago in the Jimmy Choo 24:7 Icons range. I love the fact they’re not too clumpy or fussy and have some classic Choo details.[new_line]
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An absolute classic. One that I will be lusting after for years.[new_line]
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Wishlist
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I’m definitely going to look for a plaid shirt to wear with skinnies and flats this season. Ever since I spotted this one on Matches Fashion I can’t stop thinking about it. I love the fact it’s oversized and with pink hues it’s also a nod to another one of this season’s trends. The collar studs just add that extra bit of detail.[new_line]
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Recommended to me by make-up artist Lisa Hancox, I can’t wait to get my hands on one these. Described as beautiful, quick and comfortable they sound right up my street.[new_line]
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Charlotte Olympia Red Velvet ‘Kitty Slipper Flats
Another classic. I keep visualising myself in these with dark denim and simple white shirt or camel cashmere jumper. Let the shoes do the talking.[new_line]

[new_line]What’s on your wish list?

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It is a certain somebody’s (mine – just in case you hadn’t guessed!) birthday this weekend and I am going OUT! Yes, really OUT. Friends, dinner, cocktails…I haven’t been out for a while so I am super excited. With the planning taken care of, the inevitable question of “What will I wear???” soon rears it’s ugly head.

As I stare at my ‘going out’ clothes hoping something will just spring into my arms, I realise I am rather lacking in this department (I can sense JT shaking his head in despair as I write this!). I have some great staples – jeans and shoes. But I needed a top.

Cue the peplum top from F&F at Tesco.

Tesco peplum top
Tesco peplum top

After the success of the orange dress, I ordered this top online from F&F. When it arrived I was yet again astounded by the quality and fit. This is my first trip down the peplum top route, but I think I have been missing out. Love it. So flattering and I love the leather trim detail bringing a little bit of AW13. The best bit – it was £20.

Tesco peplum top

Tesco peplum top

I’ve teamed it with my favourite Paige Denim ripped jeans, Jimmy Choo heels and Anya Hindmarch clutch.

It’s perfect for dinner with friends, parties or a special date. You can buy this top online. It is also available in dark red and also in camel.

What will you be wearing on your next night out?
Photos by Penny Tompkins Photography (Twitter: @PT_Photographer).

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