It’s a little bit busy over at ABK Hq at the moment and there are most certainly not enough hours in the day! But I will be sharing some great news with you soon (I know, I know I’ve been saying that for ages but literally its all systems a-go-go now 😉
So I couldn’t resist to have a little treat and visit the Rosewood Hotel for afternoon tea with my new Hermes scarf. I particularly love the prints of Hermes, very Parisian, very ladylike and always with the most colourful patterns- heaven!
After recently reading that before Audrey Hepburn was an actress, whilst working in cabaret clubs in Piccadilly, she had only one fine possession to her name- a silk scarf which she could aptly tie 17 ways!
I couldn’t manage quite as many but I did give three a go…. Here are my favourites that work perfect for this January weather…
The Classic Audrey
Taken from the diva herself, she used to wear her scarf in this way often. Works great if you have pincurls setting underneath or its windy. Some people call it granny, I call it tres tres chic!
This is a classic nautical look with a dash of Sloane, a simple V shape at the back by doubling up the scarf and knotted at the front, perfect if your wearing a plain top as I am and need a dash of vibrancy.
Tie Side Glamour
This is super easy and can be worn with a coat for a day or night look. Just tie and go!
Hello 2017…! What a beautiful start to the year it has been. Things have been overly busy as I am preparing for a new project which will be revealed soon. So I was delighted to slip into something more comfortable and be invited to try out Maguy De Chadiracs new collection which involves a lot of black silk, maribou and cocktail pyjamas- who was I to say no?!
Aptly my choice of location was The Ritz to lounge in her hand beaded cocktail trousers with their lavish decorations complimented by tea and champagne (they go so well together as well as a slab of cinnamon shortbread!)
Maguy de Chadirac is a French born designer based in London, she graduated from the school of the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne.
Following her Couture degree, Maguy worked in Paris for Haute Couture Houses such as John Galliano for Christian Dior, Alexander McQueen and Valentino. The textile and embroidery experience she gained in these houses proved invaluable.
She also has a new pop up shop above Tallulahs Lingerie in Islington where she is launching her new full collection- do check it out, Maguy is an absolute dream!
Well hello there and may I say, Happy New Year!
2016 was for many an odd year, and for me some super highs, amazing projects and also some struggles and challenges. I used to sometimes see these as negatives but now I see them as ‘messages.’ Along the way instead of hanging on to anything I simply let it go and see it as it was- a simple message. But the last year has been quite wonderful so it was definitely a positive. View Post
It’s that time of year when the shops are busy and a break is well overdue. There’s the frantic rush to get all the Christmas shopping done and not to forget anyone! But what if you don’t have much time, feel stressed on how your going to buy it and want to add that traditional home touch to your gifts? Well, there are other ways to show your love for Christmas and they can be often free, traditional and vintage inspired. Here are my top five…
1: Make a photo book of memories for your loved one and put in their favourite hollywood vintage icons, personal places you’ve been together or fun nights out together.
2: Bake a cake – but a traditional recipe! E.g Victoria Sponge, scones or something equally as naughty but delicious. That home baked recipe is always a magical touch.
3: Give something from your wardrobe that your friend has always admired. A brooch, piece of costume jewellery or a scarf is always lovely. From ancient wisdom to the more modern day Deepak Chopra always quoted that the more we give, the more we receive. And it also gives you a feel good factor for giving away things that you know are more suited to friends.
4: Craft an accessory in their favourite colour. Be it knitting or sewing a cushion with some spare fabric. The thought that goes in it will be admired by all!
5: Take them to a free event in your city or town. Meetup.com or many instagram groups such as ‘Pop up London’ offer free events, nights out and interesting launches from book clubs to psychology talks, there is something for everyone.
Have a beautiful Christmas whereever you are
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By Avant Photography
Chocolate by Hotel Chocolat
Recently I had the pleasure of modeling for Glamorous Hats new collection by Valeria. The creations are stunning, jaw dropping works of art using the finest Swarovski, taxidermy, precious stones and sumptious fabrics. When you put them on they make you walk, stand and act differently- this is the Glamorous Hats effect!
All of Valeria’s hats are lovingly hand-made in her Atelier in East London, using only materials of the highest quality or by restoring great condition vintage pieces, paying greatest attention to detail and execution. She is strongly influenced by both historical and contemporary styles and loves the craft of traditional millinery. She designs, steams, blocks, pleats, sews, shapes, constructs, dyes and paints with a passion. Her hats combine stylish trims and dramatic shapes to create sensational designs that are seductive and sophisticated. Valeria’s hats are sought after by A-list celebrity stylists and have been worn to Ascot, Buckingham Palace, weddings and on stage to name a few occasions.
To view more of her work: