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
 

 

 

02 May 2017

TAKE TIME OUT TO TRAVEL, IT’S GOOD FOR YOU!

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TRAVEL WRITING and a bit of photography

So far (ignoring the freelancer’s nemesis bank holidays), the last month has been pretty hectic even in my diary! Not that I am complaining… Two press trips and research for designer Michiko Koshino, whilst putting together the latest issue of 55Pages. If anyone can do it, I can. 

First up was the most amazing place I have ever visited so far- the tropical island of Nevis in the Caribbean- and as I haven’t visited any others (yet), this has certainly set the precedent, and taking photographs of the sunsets (and sunrises) has got me well hooked! 

This was closely followed by a trip to Tunisia, which is relaxing in a different way. Watch this space for a spa review. Famous for their thalassa treatments, I was an eager guinea pig to find out more.. and ended up haggling for a bird cage in the medina..

What with press days, interviewing Clean Eating Food Guru Stacie Stewart and juggling research for Michiko, I really feel like I could do with a holiday..Erm, not that press trips are holidays at all. (Obvs).

18 Apr 2017

CARIBBEAN DREAM

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SWIMMING THE CHANNEL IN THE CARIBBEAN

It’s tough when I get asked to review luxury spas and hotels in hot countries.

Well actually it’s not that tough, but batting off the snide comments from my non-journo friends, claiming that I don’t do a real job is the tricky bit…But I battle on! 

So when I was invited to visit Nevis in the Caribbean, it was an adventure I couldn’t refuse to miss! And it was my first commission for Slink magazine- out now in the Spring 17 issue. It wasn’t all about drinking rum and The Four Seasons, promise…

 

I even had a go at swimming the channel between Nevis and St Kitts. All in the name of investigative journalism…

Read my feature here

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04 Apr 2017

Danny Cipriani interviewed by me for Schon! Magazine

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Danny Cipriani: Sharp Dressed Man for Schon! Magazine print issue number 32

I love doing interviews- it must be something to do with my naturally inquisitive nature… So when I get to interview celebs for Schon! Magazine I know they will always have someone interesting in mind….

Danny Cipriani was a very intriguing character.. Not just a rugby player (thank goodness- that’s not my specialist subject),but a fashion lover, and a real life lover. Not mine, I hasten to add!!! Read the full feature here, and check him out in some very extreme fashion.

 

09 Mar 2017

My first published article on The Bespoke Black Book

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The Bespoke Black Book is a fabulous little gig

Filled with luxury insights, I was delighted when the Editor asked me to write something for her; And since fashion week there has been no stopping me! 

Read my first article on the luxury trends I fell in love with here and if you’re feeling generous, my birthday is in November if you would like to start saving…!!! 

More coming soon.

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

01 Mar 2017

Balenciaga :Shaping Fashion at London’s V&A

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This summer’s blockbuster exhibition at the V & A museum will be a well timed 100 years retrospective, which was founded by of Spanish fashion designer Cristóbal Balenciaga, whose groundbreaking designs changed fashion forever. 

Showcasing pieces that you might recognise, but not realise were Balenciaga, such as the tulip skirt, shift dress, raglan sleeve and and boxy shoulders, he was noted by his contemporaries as being a genius, and setting the rules for 20th century high fashion.

Christian Dior called him “conductor to the haute couture’s orchestra”, and the ‘Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion’ show is a homage to much of his seen and unseen work. Allowing visitors to closely explore the complicated craftsmanship and attention to detail that went into his creations, and radically, the V & A have x-rayed one of his gowns to expose the underlying workmanship that keeps it in shape.

Balenciaga shaped fashion in the mid 20th century, like no other, and his influence has filtered through to designs today- with JW Andersen, Simone Rocha and Erdem as noticeable devotees. Interestingly, now Balenciaga is under the art direction of experimental nous of Demna Gvasalia, (from Vetements) and the house is gaining a new cult following for it’s creative and forward thinking designs. 

The exhibition will showcase over 100 designs and drawings, alongside photographs of the some of the world’s most famous women who he dressed and is a must see for anyone who has a love of fashion. 

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion will be on show at the V&A, London May 27th 2017–February 18th 2018

More details here

22 Feb 2017

London Fashion Week AW17

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LFW : My Fashion Editor’s Picks

London is a stylish city, there is no doubt about it, and it is always a pleasure to be one of the lucky ones to get to see the collections on the catwalks and earmark the trends for press. 

There is never one trend to come out of the shows, there is always something for everyone, and if I had to pick my faves, they would include 

Tartan

Embrace your prim and proper side, as seen at Mulberry and Preen, you don’t need to be a librarian, to enjoy this trend. In fact, let that hair down and embrace what else you can get up to in an office! 

Cowgirls

Double denim has always been a credible choice for the fashpack, and AW will see embellished denim, fringed shirts and oversized leather. And if you shop at House of Holland, all you need is a mule!

 

Cartoons for girls

Boys have been enjoying the cartoon character embellishments for the past few seasons, but with SpongeBob Squarepants celebrating his 15th birthday, Nickelodeon snapped up some of the hottest designers for a collaboration- check out Peter Jensen and Bobby Abley for their take. With Mary Katrantzou utilising Disney’s Fantasia, an House of Holland working Woody the Woodpecker on to the back of some rather fetching denim jackets.

The hills are alive with the sound of peasants

If you are over the bell sleeve, fear not, the new sleeve is all about the peasant! And why you’re at it, why not add some serious lacing and a pair of very impractical shoes, and you can channel your inner milkmaid. 

It’ll be all bright on the night

Fyodor Golan opened Fashion Week with a selection of ice l0lly hued catsuits, apparently inspired by the Powerpuff Girls and the humble Post It note! And if you are a glass half full kind of woman, you will probably already be in the queue for the in yer face colour blocking at Roksanda and Ryan Lo. You might want to tone the make up down. Or perhaps you might not! 

 

 

13 Feb 2017

MULTIPLE MANIACS THE MOVIE. NOT FOR THE FAINT-HEARTED

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BLOOD, GUTS, GORE AND GLORY IN MULTIPLE MANIACS

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With John Waters movies, you know you should expect the expect the unexpected and quite often the unimaginable. If not the depraved and  certainly bad taste. In fact, the winning combination of Waters and Divine ensures that they probably wanted to out-filth each other!

The remastered release of his cult film Multiple Maniacs, stars his muse Divine, and is a personal portrait into their relationship (if nothing else!) Written, directed, edited, shot and produced solely by Waters, ensured that the disturbing content didn’t meet any paying public’s eye until it was released in 1970. And even then it was a mission to get it to anything other than strip club theatres!

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Setting the scene in the opener of the film, is a naked Lady Divine, bitching away at her long suffering partner, David; Before claiming the limelight and starring in the aptly named spectacle ‘The Cavalcade of Perversions’, showcasing the filthy and unimaginable. Seemingly a normal act, as a finale to every show, Divine comes in and robs the patrons at gunpoint, however after this show, she tires of just mugging them, and decides to murder them instead

Drag Queen Divine is simply divine, in adopting a bolshy over sexed, larger than life role, and you can see elements of this in her prostitute daughter’s character, Cookie- with whom she seeks refuge in the city, when she is on the run. 

Daily life continues, but revenge is on the cards when Lady D is tipped off that her boyfriend David is seeing one of the performers. Setting out with no holds barred, her colossal character is intercepted by two glue-sniffers, and she is floored and raped. Whilst contemplating these surreal events, a young boy in the shape of the Infant of Prague appears and leads her to the steps of a church. Unsure but intrigued, Lady D heads inside only to be seduced by an attractive young woman, and experiences anal sex involving a string of rosary beads. 

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This new twist is a added bonus to Divine’s mission. Now declaring herself lesbian, she is adamant to get revenge on her puny boyfriend. With more twists and turns, and religious flashbacks, the two couples meet again at Cookie’s apartment, where they are intent on murder. And those who like blood and guts will not be disappointed! With an exhausting and seemingly never ending monologue, Divine is joined by a lobster, and is completely unrepentant, cackling “you’re a maniac now Divine”. 

A film which doesn’t warrant a finale, Waters makes sure Divine stretches it out as long as possible, running through the streets of  Baltimore, insane, bloody, and wearing a mink coat, trying to kill anyone she can get at to the soundtrack of “God Bless America”. 

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For laughs, squirms and an insight to a drug addled mind, this remastered version is definitely worth a watch. Waters distributed the movie 46 years ago and now Maniacs is on general release with Janus Films and the Criterion Collection.

Book your tickets for a cinema near you. Opening this weekend.