New York is spoilt for choice with every type of restaurant a city full of 8 million people can dream of, but the 21 club is legendary by name, nature and it’s long lasting appeal.
Starting as a naughty speakeasy in the Prohibition era complete with invisible doors and secret tunnels for bottles of champagne to drop into people’s laps (glug!) it was promptly turned into a lavish restaurant which catered for all the stars including Marilyn, Humphrey, Ava and Frank.
Popular with young and old, presidents and city workers the 21 club runs ravage with tales of days gone by.
The club boasts a succulent cocktail list that if supped at the long oak bar is perfect as a magic movie moment whilst the ceiling is covered with extravagant toys (one donated by J.F Kennedy too!)
Outside there is a selection of jockeys in their finest bright colours of which I was informed by the manager are ‘priceless,’ and enjoying my post-shoot Manhattan at the bar afterwards, I felt that moment too was as priceless as a New York moment could be…
The allure of Coney Island has always been a hotspot of entertainment from the early century to the latter day with a particular popular time in the 40’s, 50’s or 60’s. There is the yearly Miss Coney Island parade, the infamous hotdog eating competition and it is listed as The National Register of Historic Places.
I had a delicious time on the beach wearing my Fifi Chachnil pink play suit with matching bra as well as wandering along the promenade with some Nathan’s fries (bad puppy I know!) It was a beautiful sunny day so I had difficulties keeping my eyes open in the glare of the sun but I can’t complain as it was so beautiful!
I also love the way Coney Island has a goldenesque magic to it with its bright rides and streaming banners but you also get the feeling that she knows a faded secret or too- and behind the glitter and glamour there is something far more deeper than we will ever know…
I had an absolute blast this week at The Chelsea Hotel in New York with my darling girlfriends and the help of designer Fifi Chachnil. I have watched so many documentaries on the infamous hotel so was excited to have my own Chelsea experience and feel the electricity stirring through the corridors! Many a writer, artist, musician, model, photographer and actor have stayed or lived at the 23rd Street residence including Marilyn Monroe, Andy Warhol, Janis Joplin, Leonard Cohen, Dylan Thomas and Edie Sedgewick.
I got to meet and document the wonderful photographer Tony Notarberadino who has been shooting his surroundings for the last twenty two years (more on that soon!) We were quite naughty girls and even had our own rendezvous on the roof! I also found out the many changes The Chelsea is currently going through, bitter sweet but still beautiful in every way…
P.S Here is my gorgeous friend Allex and baby Raphael…( I think I need to do a whole new post on them), they are two truly beautiful human beings and lucky to call her my friend…
Maguy De Chadirac is a Parisian designer who creates the most exquisite loungewear a girl could ever see! Gorgeous on the outside and the inside, Maguy worked in Paris for Haute Couture houses such as Christian Dior, Alexander McQueen and Valentino.
Wearing her beautiful pieces one can’t help but be instantly transported into a golden era reminiscent of a seductive vintage Hollywood movie. And besides… glamour never takes a holiday!
“I never say never and always say always.”
“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done at all in this world.”
“I think we only live through our dreams and our imagination.”
“A woman’s dress should be like a barbed-wire fence: serving its purpose without obstructing the view.”
See the full collection at
What can be more delightful than visiting the historic Kensington Palace? With the aid of Alexander McQueen I had my own Princess Diaries moment at the delicious W8 location.
After all a princess is never late, everyone else is simply early…
‘I’m the heir apparent to the heir presumptive…’
Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon
‘The important thing is not what they think of me but what I think of them.’
Princess Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg
‘Everyone needs to be valued. Everyone has the potential to give something back.’
Princess Kate, Duchess of Cambridge
‘Humility comes from understanding that the obstacles in front of you are not going to go away.’
Princess Sarah, Duchess of York
‘Only do what your heart tells you.’