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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Having spent three sticky days in London at the beginning of the week, it has been glorious to have had the rest of the week with my feet firmly cemented to the ground back home. It’s been a veritable luxury to be back to family life and trawling backwards and forwards to the post office to post my ebay wares. Though I love the bright lights and glamour of the city there is little so comforting as basking in the countryside sunshine in floaty dresses and denim cut-offs.

It was fun to play dress up though and have an excuse to put together some outfits I don’t usually get to wear, something suitable for meeting those fashion folk. Between a couple of meetings I found this amazing black wall and couldn’t resist playing fashion blogger.

STYLE OBJECTIVE: Effortless trend.

Understated is all well and good but sometimes I want to put it out there (see the neon skirt!) and say actually I am confident enough to wear this. Being careful of-course to look like I have made no effort whatsoever. As a result, my outfit for Tuesday consisted of coated black jeans (Oasis), a floaty grey marl tank (Whistles), nude wedges (Jimmy Choo) and some gold statement jewellery (J.Crew).

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All of these items are core wardrobe staples that I’ve had for a very long time but here are some similar alternatives.

// sunglasses  // tank  // coated jeans  //

My girls are on school holidays now and I am determined to take control this time. Embracing the lack of routine and all round anarchy instead of resisting. So far so good and with just over a week before we head to the Channel Islands for three weeks…well in fact as I write this, we only have one way tickets who knows it could be longer…I’m feeling positive.

Oh the pressure of holiday packing…wish me luck and have a great weekend!

L x

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I’m on my third day of London day tripping today and as I get to dress in a way that is slightly different to my usual get-up I thought I’d diarise.

Day One, Busted Knees + Kimono

Everything here is old, which I love. I love to bring things out from the depths of the wardrobe and put them together and still feel up-to-date. The sign of a good buy too…Busted knees + kimono

From the top down…

Topshop kimono – I love this one from New Look and this one from ASOS.

Silk cami, from Winter Kate – lacey one here from Jigsaw in same dusky hue.

Old, battered and beloved Jbrand skinnies with busted knees through sheer love. Here’s some already done for you from H&M with frayed hems – love.

Sandals (equally as battered and loved), by Tory Burch. These are similar but take a look at the Tory Burch website anyway…it’s amazing stuff!

Be back later in the week,

L x

 

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MiH Jeans

March turned out to be a really busy month but so exciting in so many ways and just as I thought life was resuming to normal, in dropped an invitation to MiH Jeans AW14 Press Day. This meant a trip to the MiH Jeans HQ to preview their Autumn Winter 2014 collection.

If you’ve read any of my early posts, you’ll know I am a huge fan of premium denim and MiH are one of my favourite brands. To have this opportunity was a huge pleasure and personal highlight of my blogging journey. Not to mention being in the same room as the founder Chloe, I needed to pinch myself on several occasions.

MiH are one of the original British premium denim brands. Chloe’s father, Tony Lonsdale, dubbed the ‘Blue Jean King’ lead the denim revolution in the 1970’s by being the first to import US denim to the UK and selling it and the MiH Jeans in his legendary Jean Machine stores.

MiH Jeans

Once the logistics of the family were sorted in the morning I made my way on the train to London, in my leopard heels. Which in itself was a novelty, if a little challenging at times. Here’s my blog post last week on what I wore.

The offices in Shepherd’s Bush were stunning. An old Victorian school house with enormous windows and grand high ceilings. It was a beautiful light space and the perfect setting to show case the collection. After a coffee and introductions to the team at MiH, SJ showed me around piece by piece.

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Starting with the pre-collection which I believe will be released really soon and moving on to the body-con jeans – incredible!

MiH Jeans

Beautiful, luxurious fabrics for everyday wear, I spent most of the time creating my AW wardrobe. SJ suggested these coats…

MiH wool coat

Instead of black, this leather biker is a lovely ‘Forest Green’. Black is a really draining colour for me so this little find had me going back twice to try it on, just to be sure…!

MiH leather jacket

I’m taking the wool one and the leather one and the winter maxi, the navy velvet jacket, the mohair jumpers, the softness denim shirt, the silk shirt…yep, that should be Autumn Winter sorted.

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Last week I was privileged and lucky enough to be invited by Amanda at The Online Stylist blog to the Red Magazine Gap event in London. Let’s face it, I was excited. I love London, I love Red Magazine and I love Gap. What she didn’t tell me was that I was going to be inhaled into a London fashion bubble for 24 hours. The trip completely surpassed all my expectations and the sunny Spring weather even got us sipping our first glass of rose of the season. Here’s what we got up to…Tower Bridge

First stop was the Baukjen HQ to touch and feel the new Summer collection – I wanted it all. Just beautiful (see yesterday’s blog post for more Baukjen summer gorgeousness).

Baukjen Summer Collection

We then headed over to The Tower Hotel to drop our bags and have a quick change for the evening event. The Tower Hotel was lovely. We had a room on the 5th (executive no less) floor with The White Company toiletries and a Nespresso machine. We were happy. After admiring the view over Tower Bridge and a quick change, it was time for food and a little Regent Street style shopping.

Our room at The Tower Hotel, LondonThe Tower Hotel room

We hit J.Crew, then lipstick shopping in Liberty to pick up the perfect Spring colour from Laura Mercier (feature coming soon, it’s lovely!). Pit-stop at Hix bar in Selfridges for Porn Star Martinis before heading to the Gap store for the Red Magazine event.

Spring cashmere in J.Crew, Regent StreetJCrew

Spring leather at J.CrewJCrew leather bag shelf

Laura Fantacci was every bit as stylish in the flesh as she is on her Wearing It Today blog and on her advice I even tried the elusive boyfriend jeans but sadly I just don’t think the boyfriend style and me are going to hit it off. It was lovely to bump into Frances from School Run Style and Esther from Style & Conversation too.Red Magazine Gap event

After gossip, gin and dinner at Hush with Helen from The It Guide, Lucy from The Luxe Life, Kate from I am not a Celebrity and Jenny we crashed and burned back at the hotel in our super comfy beds. Rising early we head for breakfast where I opt for a freshly made omelette.The Tower breakfast

Despite the sore feet and with coffees in hand we hop on over to Donna Ida in Belgravia on Friday morning to sample their latest Spring collection. Outfit post coming very soon with my new I am the Ida Girl Mabel jeans in Pebble Beach.

Donna Ida Spring CollectionDonna Ida BelgraviaDonna Ida Belgravia

So after an immense 24 hours we step back onto the train. With the headiness over, we spend the homeward journey recalling anecdotes about our time in London as well as the inevitable blogging chat.

A huge thank you to Amanda, Suzi at Baukjen and Claire at Donna Ida. What a fabulous fashion time I had.

Our stay at the hotel was courtesy of The Tower Hotel.

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For my sins…and I must have been really bad…I am taking part (I say taking part because as far as I see it, I’m not competing!) in the Virgin London Triathlon in just over a weeks’ time. I am dreading it. I’m under prepared and certainly under peak fitness. BUT my challenge is to attempt to overcome this through mental strength. I’ve been doing alot of this lately; trying to master mental strength and confidence to overcome inner insecurities. Ooh this feels a bit personal – but there again isn’t this what this is all about?!

So I’m writing this as a pre-cursor to the event in order to look back and see if I could do it. I also hope I can evoke a little inspiration for you to do something out of your comfort zone and just believe that you can do it.

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YOU’RE ALREADY IN PAIN. YOU ALREADY HURT.
GET A REWARD FROM IT.
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Until the summer of 2012, the most physical exercise I had done was a few hours a week in PE lessons, some 18 years previous. Last summer I then started using exercise as a way of keeping mentally strong too.

After four years of being at home bringing up two children, I was beginning to lose a sense of self-worth and loss of identity. The commitment, dedication and physical (as well as mental) strength really surprised me. I realised that if I truly want to achieve something, I had to keep jolly well working at it. But after a year or so I also realised that this also represented how I needed to approach the rest of my life.

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I. Can. Do. This…

In a recent training session, all I wanted to do was stop. Give up. Puke in the bushes and just go home and sleep. But then the person I was training with gave me this mantra – “I. Can. Do. This.”. To finish the run (a further 2km) I blocked everything else out of my head and said this over and over and over again. It truly got me round to the finish. I felt physically drained at the end but the feeling of accomplishment and achievement was amazing.

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Since then, I have applied this mantra to so many smaller things in my life. To block out the bad voices that talk me out of going out of my comfort zone or talk me into having that extra chocolate. I just imagine that feeling I will have when I’ve achieved it.

So, we’ll see. Will my mental strength be enough to get me through?

I have done a lot of going out of my comfort zone recently…this blog being a huge one…so I would really love to know what you do to achieve your goals and move yourself out of your comfort zone.

Laura x

I can do this…I can do this…I can do this…I can do this…

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