The Linda Farrow Sample Sale is perfectly timed ahead of the British summer (or for your holidays abroad if you’re less optimistic). The sale includes shades from the Queen of Sunglasses herself, Linda Farrow, as well as other hot names such as Alexander Wang, Charlotte Olympia, Oscar de la Renta, The Row, Matthew Williamson and Dries Van Noten. Students get an additional 20% off with a valid NUS or ID card. What are you waiting for?
Linda Farrow sunglasses sample sale
5 – 8 June 2013, 11am – 8pm
51 Calthorpe Street, WC1X 0HH
Destination Skin kindly invited me to try out their DermaQuest Signature Stem Cell Facial on Saturday at their Maddox Street address. Perhaps it was hearing about my plight of getting my skin ‘summer ready’ or simply that they saw they my skin could do with some rejuvenation (I assume it was the latter).
Lately, my skin has been looking dehydrated after one too many nights out and sun damage is catching up with me after spending many a childhood summer in Italy. The Stem Cell Facial was the perfect antidote to restore my skin and give it a healthy glow.
First, the friendly and informative Michelle exfoliated my skin to remove dead skin cells and then performed a face massage to activate the serums to improve circulation. This left my skin feeling plump and refreshed. The key here is the active enzyme, Pepsin, which helps to rejuvenate and repair the skin.
Finally, a face mask was applied to firm and tone the skin. It was left on for 15 minutes until hard and I was left in a trance like state in the dark until the mask was ready to be removed. It was blissfully relaxing.
Despite suffering from a long week at work, lack of sleep and a hangover the facial had instant results. My skin looked plump and firm, and restored a healthy glow. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is looking for a facial with instant effects, it genuinely does give you a glowing complexion straight afterwards and I am still getting comments about my healthy skin five days afterwards.
Forget the release of the much anticipated release of Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, the Cannes Film Festival, the news of J. Crew’s first UK store and Beyoncé’s rumoured pregnancy, this week belongs to something else…Pinterest are launching in the UK!
At T-Shirt and Tails, I’ve had the pleasure of working alongside the Pinterest team on their exclusive UK launch. This has involved some not so secret pinning as part of their Pin It Forward UK campaign.
The Pin It Forward UK campaign is an announcement to all UK Pinterest fiends that there is now a dedicated UK Pinterest for all your needs, wants and desires. The launch will be seamless and completely unrecognisable should you go on the social media channel. However, through geotagging and IP addresses, Pinterest will see that you are pinning from the UK and will provide you with UK-specific content.
In true Pinterest form, they have reached out to select bloggers to form an altruistic campaign entitled Pin It Forward UK. This provides bloggers with the opportunity to reach out to their readers to share the announcement and also to reach out to fellow influencers in a ‘Pay It Forward’ initiative. I’d personally like to take the opportunity to Pay It Forward to Bridey Rae and her fantastic Pinboards.
Also, stay tuned to T-Shirt and Tails Pinterest page to see all my latest Pinboards, including my latest road trip holiday inspiration and the Scandivanian design pinboard for my new home. If you’re not already on Pinterest then register here.
Roll up, roll up! BitchingandJunkfood have a sample sale on Saturday 25 May with prices starting from £5.00. You can find it at: Arch 379, Geffrye Street, E2 8HZ. Cash and cards accepted.
For three months my boyfriend and I have been waiting patiently for responses to surveys, solicitor enquiries and sofa swatches, as we look set to purchase our first home together. I’ve viewed my role in the process of having the ‘vision’ and have given myself the responsibility, and lofty title, of soft furnishings connoisseur.
Basically, what this means is that whilst my boyfriend has been on the phone to the mortgage brokers, I’ve been building interior design pinboards on Pinterest. My current obsession is with Scandinavian design and I am desperately trying to channel Scandi chic with distressed wood, minimalist design, utilitarianism and light colour palettes. Above is one of my boards in action.
Keira Knightly is no stranger of being directed by Karl Lagerfeld for the iconic French fashion house Chanel. This time Keira steps in to the life and soul of the brand by playing its creator, Coco Chanel. The short film entitled ‘Once Upon a Time…’ includes a plethora of fashion’s finest from Stella Tennant to Lindsey Wixon and Lagerfeld’s model of the moment Baptiste Giabiconi. The film celebrates the brands 100 year anniversary of the opening of the first Chanel boutique.
Pick Me Up returns to Somerset House for the fourth time, and packs together some of the most exciting and up-and-coming graphic art talent internationally. The arts festival showcases the workshops of illustrators, graphic novelists, cartoonists and graphic designers, and is the perfect place to pick up eye-catching affordable art with a distinct sense of humour.
I attended the press view on Thursday, which had such an incredible atmosphere and was full of artistic enthusiasm. There were many workshops with bespoke spaces producing art works on the night, which offered visitors the chance to meet-and-greet the artists and watch them in action.
The catering deserves a solid mention and we can all thank Fernandez & Wells for the delicious Tempranillo and tapas that the vast majority over-indulged on. My only criticism would be that despite the fantastic talent on hand and buzz surrounding the exhibition, the format has remained the same for four years now. Next year it would be great to see an innovative and exciting change to match the talent on hand.
On my way in to work this week I spied this piece of street art above a local cash point. It really made me laugh and it’s such an obvious and idiotic play with words. It’s a great addition to the north London landscape as it manages to brighten up quite a dowdy and grey residential area. Looking forward to the next instalment!
The Workshop Coffee Co. has long been on my must-visit list for brunch and recently I took the opportunity to visit with friends. We arrived at midday on Saturday and despite Clerkenwell being completely deserted on the weekend, it had a snaking queue out of the door.
After a 20 minute wait we were seated on a large communal table on the ground floor and were made to feel instantly welcome. The café is full of chunky wooden tables and is spacious and light, full of industrial exposed brick and low hanging lights. New York loft meets Scandi minimalism.
The whole of the brunch menu was extremely well executed and I could have eaten everything off the list. After receiving several recommendations for the baked organic eggs (roast peppers, chorizo, saffron, feta and tomato ragu) I opted for that, and I wasn’t disappointed.
The dish was absolutely delicious, truly the best that I’ve ever tasted; the ragu had been slow cooked and was rich and flavoursome, and the chorizo added a beautifully spiced depth of flavour. The coffee, which is roasted in-house, was one of the best I’ve had in London.
I can genuinely rate this as the best brunch I’ve eaten in London and am desperate for the opportunity to return and eat my way through the menu. I’ve recently just found out that there are extended opening hours in the evenings until 10pm and I’m looking forward to making the most of this.
Don’t you just love my new leather tortoise purse by Daniella Georgiou? I’ve had it sat in pride of place on my coffee table all week so my friends can admire it when they visit.
I love the purse’s bold simplicity and its sense of humour. I can’t wait to see what the former London College of Fashion student and Alexander McQueen designer has in store (quite literally) for us!