SATURDAY TREATS

Umai Saturdays at Sake No Hana, 23 St James Street, Mayfair.

The sushi chefs hard at work at the counter, my favourite kind of people watching

The weekend is often the best time to catch up with friends, after a busy week who better to unwind with that your inner circle? I find the best catch ups are spent trying a new brunch spot, and pushing your food comfort zones. London is constantly cropping up with new restaurants and new menus; so discovering Umai Saturdays at Sake No Hana, one crisp, bright, sunny Saturday afternoon last weekend was a treat indeed. 

It’s traditional in Japan to enjoy many dishes throughout one meal. This five course treat was started with the most delicious little bowl of sesame spinach (the only ‘salad’ I ever want to eat again!) and sparkling sake, which was a revelation to me. It’s light and sweet and almost the opposite of it’s counterpart. A delicate ‘Suzuko Usuzukuri’ sea bass sashimi followed, then the large plate of insanely delicious little sushis came out, accompanied with traditional still Sake. I had to be careful to not stock up too much as I knew what was to come!

The star of the show was the Umai (translation: Delicious) Sukiyaki with candy floss. Yup. Rib-eye beef with tofu, mushrooms and vegetables came to be cooked at the table in a cast iron pot. Whilst a delicate cloud of candy floss was carried over and placed on top or the sizzling beef. A hot sauce was poured over the top of the floss to turn the spun sugar into a sticky sauce to accompany our main. MIND BLOWN AT THIS POINT. It was a little sobering to see how much sugar went into this dish, but Hey! I said this was a treat, after all…

Then, as if not satisfied enough, out came dessert. What felt like a more classic Japanese dessert was the Sesame creme with Yuzu sorbet and blackberry meringue, accompanied by what clearly every brit wants to see for a dessert a Miso apple Tarte Tatin, so many gooey light pastry layers it was serious heaven. The light in this room is seriously too good, we could have easily sat people watching all afternoon. And we pretty much did. There’s no need to rush off, this Japanese five course sensation is to reflect their love of long, delicious meals.

Thanks Sake No Hana for having us!


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CHECKPOINT CHARLIE



Last week after a pretty insane feast at Sake No Hana, in St James (full post to come later on over the weekend) wearing a uniform of sorts… except for the skirt which was a brave decision on my part. The knowledge of a cab ride and sitting in a warm cosy Mayfair restaurant made me throw caution to the wind on that one. So excited for summer to come already, it’s been snowing in London this week and I can’t leave the house without a thousand layers on. This is me dreaming of what I’ll be wearing in two months time, shall we say?

Photos by India

JANUARY FITNESS BOOST


Sunday
Flywheel – a seriously knackering class but leaves you on cloud nine for the rest of the day.
(Especially good if you need to sweat out the weekends discrepancies)

Wearing: Gap Fit mesh bomber jacket, marble sports bra, mesh insert leggings, marble sports bag


Tuesday
Cardio relays – Burpies, dips, bench presses, kettlebell, running, rowing etc.
(Mix these up from session to session, pick 4-6 and repeat for 45 mins)

Wearing: Gap Fit mesh bomber jacket, ribbed pullover, 3/4 length leggings, low impact sports bra


Thursday
Plug in your favourite tunes and get out there!
I run in my local park, and I love watching the seasons slowly changing before my eyes.

Wearing: Gap Fit all weather track jacket, breathable tee, track pant


Saturday
Waking up after a week of intense workouts can leave you feeling like you’ve been run over by a bus sometimes.
A yoga session such as Hot Pod yoga leaves you feeling energised, so check em out.



It was mid way through last year when I started to get into fitness in a big way. I was really feeling the stress of running my own fashion label and I felt I needed to get out and run it off a few times a week. This strange new passion for fitness grew into something that fast overtook the need for shopping and cake binging (Hey – I work above a cafe and it’s hard to work past those little delicacies every day!). It has become something which now feels super positive. I’m feeling good about my body and my energy for work and spare time, which is awesome.

If you’ve seen my instagram the last week, you’ll most likely have guessed I’ve teamed up with Gap to try out their new fitness range; joining their January campaign #BeGapFit. I was amazed having not heard about it before; the whole first floor of Gap’s flagship on Oxford Street is dedicated to the line. Everything from running to yoga; they’ve got it covered. I love that it’s not overly branded. A little more minimalistic you could say. I find it a pain having to take a separate outfit to the gym when I cycle on a Sunday so having a bomber jacket like the mesh or khaki ones above are perfect to work out in and go out brunching or flower marketing afterwards. It feels great to work out in, the fit is bang on perfection. It’s fully replaced my old kit. Mainly the leggings which are thicker and make me feel great whether I’m running cycling or stretching. 

In collaboration with Gap for #BeGapFit.
Gap are giving one lucky customer a chance to win a GapFit outfit this weekend, head on over to their twitter page
 to join.

 

STOWAWAY



The last Christmas lunch in London, celebrating the holidays ahead with #blycore before India and I snook off to shoot a lil something before the two week hiatus. Recent casual cravings have left me yearning for oversized linen shirts and split knee trousers, borrowing something from the boys etc. In fact I took a look at myself and the boyfriend today and realised we are both in white shirts, tailored trousers, trainers etc; but who came up with this look first I don’t recall. This is coming from the man who asks me to take selfies for him and who calls my homely tinsel ‘ratchet’. Follow me on twitter for more absurd of-the-moment boyfriend words of the day to come no doubt..

Focusing on the accessories is much more my thing of late. So many beautiful things to focus on, from so many designers I love. I’ve had my eye on this Kara stowaway for so long, the decisions between a stowaway and a backpack was very difficult, but I am obsessed. As well as Larsson & Jennings who are doing so well, hello new Soho store! Obsessed with this Saxon watch that I’m living in, currently coveting the all rose gold watch exclusive to Net-a-Porter. 

Photos by India


 

RUFFLED



Simplicity is always the best policy, especially when the tops have so much to say.

I recently discovered young up and coming designer JH.Zane and got the chance to play around with a few of his pieces in my studio last week. What started as one photo, quickly turned into a whole photo shoot. Summer needs to hurry up so I can actually wear this out on the street! 

 

CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE


So I’m a bit late for this but I’ve been seeing so many amazing inspirational gift guides around this year and I felt it was about time I gave my two scents. I’m a huge online shopper so all of these items should be deliverable just in time for Christmas, phew! I’m sure my Mum could have done with this a month back, but I’m fashionably late as usual.. 


I’m so obsessed with interiors these days, as I’m sure you’ll agree, it’s about the full package (and not just the full wardrobe). Many of these pieces are on my lust-list or I already own. The gold dripped mug is my favourite coffee mug (that perfect thin china) and the Phillips Juicer was a gift for my birthday last year, no day goes by without me using it, it is the best thing. The Hay Spoon Grips, so random, I know but are perfect for clipping and spooning espresso or sugar packets. The beetle bowl is so heavily on my wish list you cannot believe, I must photograph it at Andrews office every time I’m there. 


Some of my can’t-live-withouts here and perfect for little extras under the tree. The Clarisonic was a present to myself last year (haa) and it’s part of my daily skin routine; along with the Jurlique skin lotion. I recently got the new Herbal Recovery Range and am obsessed with this little number. For my birthday this year a friend gave me the Chanel moisturiser trio and it has been a serious life saver for traveling, available in stores only. Attimo has been my favourite evening fragrance for years, along with Stella McCartney’s signature fragrance for day. And, finally, the Laura Mercier Brow palette, introduced to me by a make up artist and now I couldn’t imagine using anything else.


For the more expensive gifts especially for her.. I doubt there are a huge number of boyfriends reading this, so girls, these can easily fall into the gifts for yourself category, ok? Even though I live mostly in trainers I like to dress up when I eventually leave the studio, these Jimmy Choo’s have been heavily on my mind along with this Adam Lippes skirt of perfection. It’s all about the perfect tomboy-to-lady proportions.

Can we also talk about this perfect fray sweater? To be worn with a Charlie May mesh circle skirt and Gazelles I say. So many amazing knits out there, I’ve had my eye on this Moda Operandi guy for a while, followed by the perfectly minimal lines of the Protagonist stocked by the Line. Everything on their site could have easily been added to these lists, so much goodness. 

COSYING UP FOR THE WEEKEND



As I’m cosying up for the weekend, recovering from our work Christmas party on Thursday night and generally hiding from the cold, I feel myself dreaming of this recent press from Creem mag. Take me to the Devon beaches wrapped in cosy knits! Check out the editorial; so much winter inspo, it’s unreal. 

You all know how I feel about this chalk duo, so excited to be working on Autumn/winter again, lots more knits and textured leathers to come from Charlie May in February.

Photos by Creem Mag. Styled by Basma Khalifa, Photographed by Christopher Fenner, Hair by Terri Capon and Make Up by Kenny Leung.

UNCOVERING POP UP TALENT


Anna Maga Visconti trapped salt pendants to be worn front and back

Minimalist cuts from Icelandic label Tiaber

Mini gold accents from Tina Lilienthal

Black beauty from Katie Darlington with gold closure detailing seen here

It’s not often I find myself in the Fulham end of town but London is full of so many great pop ups right now that it’s worth travelling to find the good stuff, especially goodies ahead of the festive period and especially when they’re young designers just emerging on fashions radar.  

A V A N T – S H O P was created by Stephanie Johnson, originally started as a creative agency to help young talents branch out into the London scene. Building a brand is a difficult task, with universities often not providing enough help outside of the creative fundamentals, you either learn on the job or are lucky enough to find help from agencies such as Stephanies’. Now they’re helping brands further on the sales side with this three month pop up, just two steps from Fulham Broadway underground.

One of the brands that stuck out for me was Hellen Van Rees, using an interesting mix of materials; mostly self created, such as silicone bonded silks, giving a heavy unexpected latex feeling, and ‘Rugging’ – a process of bonding together strands of heavy cotton and pulled apart materials. These two fabrics come together in the amazing white and almost purple pleated and rugged skirt you see above. Then you have Tiaber, another brand who’s cut and minimal aesthetic stood out for me. That beautiful stand up collar with concealed button placket followed by a bubbled top that was almost bubble wrap in fabric form.

For the accessories I immediately recognised modern scandi-cool Italian brand, Ross & Brown, seen on favourite Vanessa of The Haute Pursuit. They have every kind of textured frame imaginable, even denim covered frames, to match your double denim jacket and jean combo no doubt.. I instantly fell in love with Anna Maga Visconti; using fine gold and silver to encase salt particles in triangles and circles (the salt is apparently to be worn for good luck).

A V A N T – S H O P will be open until the end of January with womenswear, menswear and accessories, so make sure you pop by to uncover all the amazing young talent they have there

In collaboration with A V A N T – S H O P 

1ST DEC


Wearing: Thomas Tait coat, Charlie May x Eleven Everything knit, Charlie May split knee trousers, Joseph shirt, Céline boots.

The year’s gone by so fast, and here we are, the first of December! There’s such a feeling of holiday in the air already, Christmas trees lining the streets of Columbia Road yesterday for the weekly flower market, Maria blaring out on every available radio.. And here I am wrapped up to the nines in what I’ve practically been living in the last few months.

This knit from my AW14 collection (now currently on sale only until tonight!) has been a saviour when it comes to the cold. It’s actually the best thing I own! Added with the perfect thick wool coat and pony hair boots. – The only thing left to get cold are my knees, fashion over function etc!

Photos by Matthew

NAILED IT

Wearing: ‘Just Nothing‘ Nail polish from Christian Louboutin, ring by Jessie Harris, chain by Eyland.

Just before I left on holiday I went into Christian Louboutin on Mount Street to try out their new beauty range. I’ve been hearing a lot about the nail polish, in particular the insane shape of the bottle, inspired by the highest heel ever created by the brand. Due to a particularly stressful nail biting week I went for a plain nude colour – ‘Just Nothing‘. I’m obsessed with the almost matte finish and how perfectly polished the manicure looks.

Of course they have a limited edition polish out for Christmas called the Rouge Louboutin starlight. With hand placed Strass crystals there are only 1000 in production so get them before they’re gone :)

Manicure by Christian Louboutin

 



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