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20 Sep 2017

Surfers. In Switzerland??

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Read what I got up to when I went to Switzerland for Flush magazine here:

Travel: Swiss chocolate, surfers and sunbathing in central Switzerland

 

13 Sep 2017

Bye Bye NYFW..

No Comments fashion, lifestyle, my words, news, review, sara darling

FASHION MONTH

September is the month of fashion weeks, where the four biggies show their SS18 collections. I have just returned from New York, where the fashpack were out in force, along with lots of celebrity spectators, and some of America’s biggest models, so it was great to hang out with the international crowd, and catch up with my fabulous Publisher- Heather Falconer from Spindle magazine, who upped sticks and moved Stateside last year.

My main pick ups were boho (Anna Sui), colourful, fun sequins (Libertine) and satin cowgirls (Calvin Klein), so it’s going to be fun to see what the London crew come up with.

With major players like Calvin Klein, Tom Ford and Alexander Wang showing in some pretty unusual venues across NYC, we have some stiff competition.. although Tommy Hilfiger is coming to London- contrary? Just excitable.

Two more sleeps until LFW- can’t wait!

03 Sep 2017

SOHO SPEAKS: WORTH A LISTEN

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GET DOWN WITH SOHO’S HOTTEST HERO BRANDS AND INDIE FASHION TALENT

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If you need any more excitement after London Fashion Week, you can get involved with Carnaby Street’s favourite fashionistas in a new series of events entitled ‘Soho Speaks’ taking place every Thursday from 21st September until the end of October. 

With plenty of hero stores around Soho, it has always been a hotbed of creativity, so there is no excuse to miss out on a close encounter with the talent behind the brands who have chosen central London as their base. 

Soho Speaks kicks off with WAH Nails founder, Sharmadean Reid, and if you have ever looked at anybody’s mani in envy, this is probably the girl who inspired it! Starting out in East London, WAH Nails is now prettying up the nails of west-end girls, along with a huge celeb following…are you one of the 444K followers on Instagram??Sound like fun? If you’re in town on Thursdays, book in and get inspired!

PROGRAMME

Thursday 21 September – WAH Nails, Sharmadean Reid talking inspirational Soho
Thursday 28 September – BLEACH London founders on make up and hair trends

Thursday 5 October – OTHER/ Shop founders on independent brands and Soho
Thursday 12 October – Mark Powell in Conversation with Holly Roberts from GQ

Thursday 19 October – Footpatrol x ASICS retrospective and BTS with the team 

Get your free tickets here

#SohoSpeaks 

31 Aug 2017

THE LITTLE BOOK OF BLACK FOR FANS OF THE DARK SIDE

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THE LITTLE BOOK OF BLACK

is a book which is little, and full of beautiful black things. Particularly art, and popular culture. Compiled by art critic, author and journalist Faye Dowling, I was impressed, and not depressed at all!

I reviewed it for 55Factory. Check it out here

 

26 Jun 2017

ONE MONTH TO GO UNTIL CROATIAAAAAAAAA

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SUMMER IS HERE, AND SO ARE THE FESTIVALS….

If you are looking for something a little bit different, head to the sunny climes of Tisno in Croatia for Soundwave

It’s got Roy Ayres, Laura Mvulva, The Pharcyde. Booooom. 

Read more here: 

http://www.55factory.net/55travels-blog/soundwave-croatia-the-best-place-for-summer-music

30 May 2017

PINK FLOYD AT THE V&A

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Anybody with a cool mum, dad or older sibling will no doubt have some Pink Floyd records in their collection. Known as a band which influenced past generations, they were most known for their psychedelic approach to pop in the sixties and seventies, when music, dancing and experimentation were wild n trippy! Which was later credited to Syd Barrett, as the other members never re-gained the coolness after he left!

For the first time, London’s V&A Museum, has dedicated a retrospective show to celebrate the band in all their glory. Entitled ‘Their Mortal Remains”, the show provides a complete audio and visual journey through the unique and extraordinary lives of the original band members, to the where they are today.

Starting out as a four piece- Syd Barrett, Nick Mason, Richard Wright and Roger Waters pioneered experimental pop, which was like no other. Popular with the masses, the original songs were social expressions of discontent and flicked their finger up to authority. Fuelled by experimental drug taking, the band were poster boys for the excesses that came with the fame (although they were middle class credible musicians!) However it wasn’t long until Syd Barrett dramatically quit, after experiencing one high too many in 1968….

Replaced by guitarist David Gilmour, the band then took on a much more sensible musical outlook, moving away from fickle pop songs, to longer ballads which wallowed in darkness and melancholy. The infamous album, ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ was released in 1973, and still sells 7,000 copies per week, which is an indication of how influential is still is all over the world.

As you make your way down a darkened corridor illuminated by a holographic representation of the pyramid prism from Dark Side of the Moon, you can hear the song via the supplied Bluetooth headphones which bring the static installations to life. 

With the music becoming more musical, the great minds behind the band were still working in overdrive, and the exhibition incorporates the bonkers inflatable flying pigs and sheep from ‘Animals’ and sketches done by political illustrator Gerald Scarfe, designer of the infamous album ‘The Wall’. You can even have a go at remixing their classic tracks. 

A totally immersive experience, this will inspire any fan or think they know it all! You get to hear some of the most astonishing music and iconic imagery of the rock era. Even if you are a second generation conformer, this exhibition is a no holds barred exploration of how a band lives, loves and makes music together- plus all the ugly bits! 

Make sure you leave time for the highlight of the show when the band reunited for 2005’s ‘Live 8’ concert in Hyde Park, and you can lose yourself in the surround sound and image room listening to the extended version of “Comfortably Numb”.

Bands today could take note of making music for the masses, but there will never be another Pink Floyd! 

Buy tickets here

22 May 2017

Au revoir the Loire Valley, hello British Summer Time

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Superdry

Superdry for the Supercool kids, and the Loire Valley for the grown ups….

If anyone has never visited the beautiful Loire Valley in France yet, I can highly recommend it. Just having returned from a whistlestop three nighter, I wish it had been longer, and don’t get me started on the one extra night I tagged on in Paris. Too much to do, too little time!!! Full travel feature coming soon.

In the meantime, it’s high time we had some sunshine, and I love this campaign for Superdry #thenightisyoung .. I’m not as young as I used to be (who is?!) but I am still young at heart, and this makes me all reminiscent for my heady days which turned into nights which turned into days. 

Read more here 

And shop the collection here

17 May 2017

SIRENS OF TITAN: SWEET SURRENDER

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SOUND OF THE SUMMER

When I like a band, I really like a band! And Sirens of Titan is a band I have fallen for big stylee.. Check out my review on 55Factory of their latest track Sweet Surrender. The video rocks too! 

http://www.55factory.net/55platforms/sweet-surrender-sound-of-the-summer

17 May 2017

FOODIE DELIGHT HITS UNSUSPECTING SOUTH KENSINGTON

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CERU IS THE PLACE TO KNOW FOR FOOD FUSION

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For a taste of the Med mixed with a touch of Arabia, and all the best bits of Turkey, Persia, Egypt and Greece, head to the latest addition to the Foodie Circuit, Ceru, in South Kensington. 

 

Slow cooked, freshly prepared dishes have been rounded into a well flavoured menu of sharing dishes, inspired by the Levant; The owner’s approach to bring the sunshine and spices to experimental customers who love good food and wine, seems to have found the perfect home in Bute Street.

 

An understated exterior, leads to a warm and buzzy interior, complete with candles, booths and mosaics which transport you faraway from Central London.  

Super friendly and knowledgeable staff are happy to help with the small but perfectly formed menu, and offer choices and suggestions for any allergies or dietary requirements. They also know a thing or two about the cocktail and wine menu, and I struck lucky with my ‘Too Hot to Handle’ concoction. A mixture of Famous Grouse, Disaronno, Chilli, Lemon, Sugar, Egg white, it could have gone either way with the chilli, but it tickled my pre-dinner taste buds, and got me excited for more!

 

Ordering a selection of food for sharing is the done thing in Ceru, and the waitress brought the mezze dishes as and when, which was meant there was always something on the go, and something to look forward to! I recommend eight dishes for two people, and definitely try and squeeze in the Chef’s special desert…

 

Depending if you prefer meat or vegetables, (there are plenty of options for veggies/vegans) I would recommend the roast pumpkin and cauliflower salad, (melt in the mouth) lamb kebabs, roast beetroot and fennel salad, crisp apple, mint and pomegranate salad, beef kofta, courgette fritters, fadi dip and flatbreads… And if that sounds like a lot, it is ample! But going to Ceru is a treat after all. AND they serve the delicious Lebanese wine Ksara, which complemented everything!

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Spending hours chatting and making ourselves at home, it was great to end the night with the chocolate surprise. A mousse topped with crumbled pistachios (and a cherry hidden inside).

Yum.

Perfect for couples, catch ups, small groups or mums. They even do an express lunch and afternoon tea. Not sure how this works Levant style, but I’m very keen to give it a try!

See the menu here and check it out for yourself 

 
 
Ceru, 7-9 Bute St, Kensington, London SW7 3EY
 

 

 

09 Mar 2017

Whiskey in the city at Jackson & Rye

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When I was invited to pop along to a whisky tasting on a Wednesday night, I nearly sobbed! I love whiskey, but too much on a school night could end in disaster! 

However, the fine folk at Jackson & Rye have launched a Flight Night taster sesh on Wednesdays, to give the thirsty public a taster of their fine bourbons, and very fine they are! Read my feature in full for Flush here