Friday, 28 February 2014

Blue Jumpsuit

For romance day this year Gordon and I booked ourselves into Aberdeen's Malmaison for the "Malentines" package. I realise I'm a bit behind here but better late than never! When I saw this blue In love with fashion jumpsuit on Pearls and Poodles it was love at first sight. I ordered it as soon as pay day came around and a night of food and cocktails with my other half was the perfect excuse to wear it.

Cobalt is fast becoming my favourite colour and slowly, but surely taking over my wardrobe. It's such an easy colour to wear and accessorize. I ended up teaming the jumpsuit with sparkly heels, a gold (Lulu Guinness imitation) clutch and those amazing YSL earrings that I picked up on ebay after spying them over on VIPxo! It's unusual for me to wear anything strapless but the top is fairly structured and supportive so I didn't feel in danger of any wardrobe malfunctions! The cobalt version is actually on sale for £25 at Topshop right now!

Our package included chocolate dipped strawberries on arrival, the nights stay, a 4 course dinner, a cocktail each and our breakfast the morning after. Not bad for £250. The meal was delicious - I had a haddock soup, followed by chicken liver parfait, a gorgeous steak for main course and then an amazing melt in the middle chocolate pudding with mint choc chip ice-cream. We ventured into town for a couple of drinks but ended our night back in the stylish hotel bar with a couple of cocktails. The perfect Valentines weekend if you ask me.

Did you do/wear anything special for Valentines this year?

Christy xx

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore!

If you'd ask me what the highlight of my trip to London was, the Isabella Blow exhibition at Somerset House would win by a mile. Isabella was an eccentric fashion editor and icon, famed for her discovery of the late Alexander McQueen and milliner Philip Treacy, among others. Despite her story being tainted by tragedy, (Blow's brother died when he was 2, she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, ovarian cancer and battled depression, attempting suicide a number of times before eventually taking her own life in 2007) she led an exciting and colourful life which is celebrated by the Fashion Galore exhibition.

"The Head of Isabella Blow" by Tim Noble & Sue Webster - a sculpture of taxidermy animals such as birds and rats, which form a silhouette of Isabella on the wall.

There was an abundance of Philip Treacy designs on display throughout - I'm noting the swarovski crystal detailed veil for wedding inspo! You can also see the lobster hat (long before Lady Gaga, just sayin'), the "Blow" design, the incredibly detailed castle (based on Blow's family home) as well as the floral headpiece that Isabella wore on her wedding day.

Can you imagine how many hours went into creating that castle?! It wasn't all hats and clothes though, the exhibition covers her career and life as well as her wardrobe. We learn about her discovery of McQueen early on and can watch his AW 96 show as well as previously unseen interviews with the woman herself. There are areas dedicated to her upbringing, her love of the countryside and the models she mentored. The more personal parts of the display are by far my favourite - I loved learning how she would wear odd shoes and always write with pink ink. 

You don't have to be a huge fashion industry fan to appreciate this exhibition, there's something for everyone but you can't help but admire the recreated outfits. The way they're pulled together to tell her tale and the fact that they've even included the frayed and damaged items from her collection makes it all the more personal and true to character.

The final part of the exhibition shows the SS08 collaboration between McQueen and Treacy, which the pair dedicated to Isabella after her death. It's surprisingly emotional and something you have to experience for yourself. I only wish I'd been able to take more photos. There's so much more to "Fashion Galore" than I can even begin to tell you, so if you're in London head down to Somerset House before the exhibition closes next Sunday!

Christy xx

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Flesh & Buns

Friday night was theatre night for us on our trip to London. We were going to see Once at the Pheonix, so naturally we needed some sort of pre-theatre dinner! We had heard good things about Flesh & Buns on Earlham Street, handily located in between Covent Garden and Shaftesbury Avenue.

Mine was the lychee and pomegranate martini - any drink with lychee in it gets a yes from me! After much deliberation we ended up ordering a couple of small dishes to start, the edamame and tempura pumpkin, both of which were delicious! Although you'd think I didn't like them the way I kept pinging the beans into the air... oops. I wasn't sure what to expect from the pumpkin but it was sweet with a light crispy coating and a fresh citrus-y dip.

For our mains we had... flesh and buns, duh. Our waitress recommended 2 buns each and 1 "flesh" between 2. However, seeing as Laura is vegetarian and fish wasn't floating my boat, we completely ignored her and ordered the crispy piglet belly as well as the salmon teriyaki.

The buns were light and fluffy, although a bit messy when they fell apart in my hands. I am no master of chop sticks either so I'm pretty sure I was wearing more food than I'd eaten, but hey I still enjoyed it! The piglet belly tasted amazing - the crispy outside had the perfect crunch and the meat in the middle fell apart in my mouth - but it was just far too much for me. Should of listened to the waitress. Especially when I had my sights set on dessert.

Luckily I had saved that extra space in my belly for this - the star of the show! S'mores were our first choice of dessert and man were we not disappointed. A big stone pit of fire was brought to our table along with the marshmallows, biscuits and green tea chocolate. We melted the marshmallows over the flames before sandwiching them between the biscuits. The chocolate melts and mixes through the mallow, oozing out the sides and all over my chin.


And, never one to miss out on a good thing, we also ordered the Kinako donuts. The black sugar custard was (probably) sent from heaven and the pastry was crispy and not the soft doughyness I'd expected, but it worked.

If you're ever around Covent Garden at dinner time I can't recommend Flesh & Buns enough! Tasty and fun. It was possibly one of the messiest meals I've ever eaten but every part of it was spot on. The fact that we saw David Mitchell on our way out was just the icing on the cake! ;)

Have you ever been?

Christy xx

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Yet Another Weekend... in London

Last weekend I easy jetted my way down to the UK capital with one of my favourite people - my sister. My main reason for wanting to go at this time of year was to catch the Isabella Blow exhibition at Somerset House before it ends in March, hence the reason we avoided fashion week/weekend as I imagine the display is currently mobbed with budding fashionistas.

Somerset House

Both of us have already done the main touristy things in London which meant we were able to take time to wonder and appreciate the city. We admired the new year decorations in China town, got lost in Covent Garden and strolled through some of my favourite neighbourhoods. I love the perfectly painted white houses of the Chelsea/Kensington area.

We even managed to see a couple of  shows over the weekend. Laura had booked Once in advance and I'm so glad she did. I'd never heard of it before but was intrigued when she told me how the set's bar serves as an actual bar to the audience during the interval. I had no idea what to expect but the cast, the music and the humour kept me hooked throughout. On the Sunday night we got last minute tickets to Thriller! Live - if you're a fan of Michael Jackson's music then you have to see this. The dancers and lookalikes were amazing!

And of course my favourite thing to do, particularly in London, is eat. I swear I actually just eat my way around the city. Some of the restaurants I'd been to last time - BumpkinTom's KitchenThe Breakfast Club and Bill's! - but some were new to me. Flesh & Buns was a particular highlight, but more on that later!

The Breakfast Club, Spitalfields

What are your favourite things to do in London?

Christy xx

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Back to Black

The past few Sundays have been spent finding new places to walk our pooch and explore. This week we jumped in the car and headed to Pitfour Lake. February is finally here, and if anything it's colder than January, but at least we got a bit of sunshine to brighten up our Sunday stroll.

I ordered this quilted jacket from the Zara sale the other day and was amazed by the super quick delivery! It just seemed like the perfect casual yet stylish jacket for days like these - it's also available in khaki. I kept the whole outfit casual and black with leather-look trousers, a H&M jumper, my trusty old Hunter wellies and a Made in Dagenham-inspired beehive.

Zara jacket // H&M jumper // Primark trousers // Hunter wellies // Marc by Marc Jacobs sunnies

We walked around the whole lake and took a bajillion pictures of boats, jettys, trees and swans. Lots and lots of swans...

It's a beautiful setting and I look forward to spending more time here when the temperature goes up a bit!

Christy xx
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