Monday, April 30, 2012

World Photo London Exhibition at Somerset House

On Saturday, I checked out the World Photo London Exhibition at Somerset House and it was fantastic! We saw several different photo exhibitions, the most exciting being the Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition, where the winning photos of several categories such as fashion, current events, contemporary issues, nature, etc. are displayed. Rather than seeing one big themed exhibition, I loved this event particularly for its variety which helps photography newcomers discover what types of photos they might enjoy most from a large selection of genres.

World Photo London is on at Somerset House until May 20, 2012 and the tickets are £7.50 each, available at the door. Click here for opening times. I highly recommend checking out World Photo London for anyone who enjoys photography or for something fun and affordable to do on a day out in London!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Film Review: Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

I just saw Salmon Fishing in the Yemen starring Emily Blunt & Ewan McGregor and it's the best film I've seen in at least a few months, if not longer. It's funny, interesting, charming and incredibly uplifting. I absolutely loved it!

The story centres around Blunt, an investment manager who gets in touch with McGregor, a government fisheries scientist with regards to a project for a Sheikh in Yemen. McGregor laughs her proposal off as ridiculous until it becomes apparent that the project could not only save his job, but the reputation of the United Kingdom as a nation. As the project moves along, it becomes clear that though they are completely different in every way, they have more in common than they could've ever imagined.

Normally, Ewan McGregor isn't my favourite, but he is fantastic in this film - super endearing and very funny. In my opinion, this is his best performance to date.

Emily Blunt is also great in the film and as usual, she is absolutely stunning! She goes from wearing classic British workwear to evening gowns to dressing for desert excavation and she looks gorgeous every time. I couldn't help but noticing how fabulous the knit pieces were that she wore in the film. The classic British style of a cardigan or sweater worn over a cute print dress with cashmere tights and riding boots or a Liberty print button-down shirt with a pencil skirt was spot on in the film and the clothes were beautiful.

I really loved the theme of faith and trust - believing in something enough to make it happen, even if you have no proof that it could work.

And the chemistry between all of the actors in the film was apparent - the casting is amazing, particularly Kristin Scott Thomas who plays the Prime Minister's Press Officer - she's brilliant.

I highly recommend Salmon Fishing in the Yemen not only for it's beautiful story and funny moments - it's also a visually beautiful film. Treat yourself to a popcorn, Diet Coke and don't forget your tissues - I wouldn't call this a tear jerker, but it definitely tugs at the heartstrings. If you've seen it already, I'd love to hear if you liked it as much as I did, so leave me a comment and tell me what you thought.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Fabulous Fedoras by Kangol

I love all the cute straw fedoras I've been seeing lately - they are perfect for keeping the summer sun off your face while looking tres chic at the same time! For anyone attending a music festival this summer, a chic straw hat is essential!

These fabulous fedoras by Kangol are too cute! Which one is your favourite?

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Vintage-inspired Florals by Tara Starlet

Tropical prints and florals are super trendy right now and they don't get any cuter that these pieces by vintage-inspired fashion line Tara Starlet. I love the 1940's look of these halters & crops with shorts - they remind me of the fabulous costumes Rachel McAdams wore on the beach in The Notebook. What's even better about these pieces is that they're so versatile. Mix and match the prints for an adventurous look, wear the shorts with a plain white tee or rock the halter top under a blazer with some jeans for a night out.

My favourite is the blue print. Which one do you love most?

Monday, April 23, 2012

A Visit to Windsor & Eton

On Saturday, I decided to do the touristy thing and visit Windsor Castle since I'd heard raves about it from so many people. From Putney Train Station, it only takes about 30 minutes on the train, so it's the perfect day trip destination.

Windsor is a lovely little town and truthfully, it looks like the enormous castle was airlifted from somewhere else and plopped right down into the middle of this picturesque little village.

We took the train to Windsor/Eton Riverside, which is close enough and it's no problem at all finding the castle, however for a shorter walk, there is the Windsor Central Station, which is a little bit closer.

There's quite a bit of walking required when touring the castle so if you choose to visit, make sure to wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Also, it's lovely walking around the village and through Eton as well so if you visit, make sure to allow a good few hours to enjoy all this area has to offer.


The Royal Shopping Centre is great! There are all sorts of shops and there's a busy high street as well.

We caught the tail end of a classic Punch & Judy show - it was quite funny!

When we made our way back to the train station, we noticed the hubbub around the river and decided to do some more exploring - that's when we found Eton, home of the famous Eton College for Boys.


You may remember famous Eton graduates such as Prince William and the fictional Bridget Jones hottie Mark Darcy.

Eton is massive! I couldn't believe how big it is and the photos aren't doing it justice at all. Pictured above is the library. We had a great time exploring the area.

Currently at Windsor Castle there is a photo exhibition celebrating the Diamond Jubilee and it's definitely worth checking out. Otherwise, the castle wasn't really my favourite as far as tourist attractions go, but the villages of Windsor & Eton were fabulous and I would definitely go back for shopping, events or even a night out.


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Peak Spa at The Jumeirah Carlton Towers Hotel

I received a Wahanda gift voucher a few months ago, good to use at any spa they partner with. Having had cocktails at the Gilt Lounge in the Jumeirah Carlton Towers in Knightsbridge at Christmas, I was keen to go back and check out the Peak Spa there since I'd heard such great things about it.

I opted for the standard 1 hour Pevonia facial and it was divine! I arrived early to take advantage of the steam room, which was great! I've been to quite a few steam rooms in the past and the one at Peak is the best I've been to as it's flooded with calming blue lights and there's a minty menthol quality to the steam, making it a bit easier to take. I was highly impressed that the spa offered disposable knickers for those who don't feel comfortable being completely nude along with the standard towels, slippers and robe. 

Located on the 9th floor, the facility offers spectacular views of London as well as a relaxing reception area where guests can enjoy a healthy buffet. The service was spectacular as was the experience. I highly recommend the Peak Spa at the Jumeirah Carlton Towers.

If you have a favourite spa, let me know! I am always looking for a recommendation for a full day's beauty!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Style Picks: Oxford Blues & Cambridge Brights

The Oxford Cambridge Boat Race is today! Here are some great Spring pieces inspired by the blues of Britain's two most prestigious universities! 

So which hue is your favourite? Oxford blues or Cambridge Brights?
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Friday, April 6, 2012

Film Review: We Need to Talk About Kevin

As one might expect with a Tilda Swinton film, We Need to Talk About Kevin starts out very slow. It's borderline boring, but there's something about it - like a car accident - that keeps you looking because from the beginning, you know something is going to happen.

Also starring John C. Reilly and Ezra Miller, We Need to Talk About Kevin is the story of a mother who can't relate to her child, to the point where he absolutely hates and tortures her. The end result is disturbing at best. It asks the question: Will you love your child no matter what? It's moving, horrific and very thought-provoking. I highly recommend this film, but be warned... It's not a happy one. Bring a tissue!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

One Outfit Two Ways

Featuring argyle tights by Trina Turk for Hue (purchased in 2009 at Fred Segal)

It's freezing in London today and so dark & gloomy I can't bear to look at my springy clothes so I'm giving into it and wearing grey.

I took the same tank, skirt and tights, but changed my shoes and cardigan to give it a different look. Which is your favourite?


Film Review: Friends With Benefits

Looking for a great date night rental or something to watch while soothing your hormones with a pint of Ben & Jerry's? Then look no further... Friends With Benefits is the film for you!

This is the classic boy meets girl, boy becomes friends with girl, boy and girl do the horizontal mambo, boy and girl get awkward and stop being friends type story, but there's a twist... It's actually really funny and very touching. Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis are both hilarious and very charming. With a supporting cast that includes Patricia Clarkson, Jenna Elfman, Richard Jenkins and Woody Harrelson, Friends With Benefits isn't some silly romcom that will make your boyfriend (or in my case, husband) wish he was dead - it's a film you'll both enjoy and it will take you from laughter to weepies back to giggles in less than 60!

Friends With Benefits is the best friends become lovers romantic comedy I've seen in a while. I'd even go so far as to say it's this generation's When Harry Met Sally. I can't wait to add this one to my DVD shelf so I can watch it over and over again!


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Film Review: Gimme Shelter

In 2008, I had the amazing pleasure of meeting documentary film legend Albert Maysles at a work function. I'm embarrassed to say that at the time, I'd never seen any of his films.

Last night I watched Gimme Shelter, a documentary directed by Albert Maysles, his brother David Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin that follows the Rolling Stones during the infamous Altamont Free Concert, during which 4 people died, 4 babies were born and a man was stabbed to death after pulling out a gun.

This is a great film, especially for music lovers and those who appreciate 20th Century American pop culture. Besides all the drama surrounding the incidents at the concert, this film offers viewers a glimpse into the hippy lifestyle of the 60's alongside the ups and downs of being a massive rockstar. With live performances of The Rolling Stones, Jefferson Airplane, The Flying Burrito Brothers and an absolutely gorgeous Tina Turner, Gimme Shelter is a music lover's dream and educational for all of us that were merely a glimmer in our mother's eye in 1969. I highly recommend this film, but be warned, due to the nudity and violence, it's probably not a suitable choice for children.

I love a good rockumentary so if you have any recommendations, please leave a comment and let me know!


Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Aussie Fashion Show Event at The Future Gallery

On Saturday I attended a rather fabulous fashion show event put on by Aussie. I loved Aussie hair products when I was a little girl, but honestly I haven't used them now for years. The event was lots of fun and well put together!

I had never been to The Future Gallery in Covent Garden before, but it's a fabulous venue!

The event was held in celebration of the bigger bottles now available at Aussie.

The spread included cupcakes from my favourite London bakery, Sweet Couture.

The fashion show featured fabulous hair looks with cute clothing trends by Evil Twin and Minkpink for Spring and Summer. Also featured was the lovely Reena Rai, a Twitter pal of mine who writes Fashion Daydreams in the final look.

I absolutely loved the hair looks in this fashion show and I plan on replicating as many of them as I'm capable of!

What is your favourite hairstyle for summer?
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