Sunday, 11 November 2018

Spotting "Freedom", Roberto Cavalli's NEW Luxury Yacht

Hello lovelies!

Long time no speak! I'm feeling super-inspired to write once again and I'm back with a bit of a throwback post today, all about my quest to find Roberto Cavalli's yacht.  This is the story of finding 'Freedom'.  Enjoy!

My obsession with Roberto Cavalli's yacht...

Okay, so I've never really been that interested in boats.  Like cars, I like them, I can tell a great one from a not so great one and I'm aware that the amazing ones are only owned by the super, super rich, but I've seen so many now on my visits to the South of France that I almost feel like they're part of the scenery.  To me, Cannes would be a strange place if the yachts weren't there; it'd be like someone telling me that they'd knocked down the Carlton (I mean not that I've stayed there, but you know, it makes Cannes, well...Cannes!).  But my obsession with Cavalli's boat started long before I'd ever even visited Cannes, or seen a super yacht for that matter.  Yes, this is the story of a girl from the North East of England becoming a boat obsessive.  And it all started with Vogue...

Vogue you say?  What has that got to do with Roberto Cavalli's boat?

Back in 2013, I read an article in Vogue magazine all about fashion features director Sarah Harris becoming a Cavalli girl for a week.  The story was all about her having to step out of her comfort zone and her minimalistic wardrobe, to take on the glamour and flamboyance that is the Cavalli world.  Staying with the family on 'RC' the Cavalli yacht, I poured over the pages to find out all about her Cavalli red-carpet adventure.  The words stayed with me, as I imagined the Cavalli world as she described it, and more importantly, the grandeur of that boat.  You see, RC isn't just any old boat; it's iridescent and changes colour depending on the heat of the sun, transforming it from pink to gold and  a variety of shades in between.  It's interiors are typical of Cavalli; leopard print, a serpent-themed spiral staircase, Cavalli-branded everything.  I wanted to see it with my own eyes and hoped that one day I would.

RC-Roberto Cavalli's beautiful yacht (Image credit here)

Fast-forward to 2015 and my first trip to Cannes...

So, by 2015 I'd sort of forgotten about RC and my quest to spot the yacht (well I wasn't likely to see it in the North Sea was I?!).  Until my Mister and I booked our first holiday to Cannes and I saw the yachts docked in Cannes, Antibes, Saint-Tropez and Monaco.  I excitedly searched every port for the pink boat, seeing many almosts or it could bes, but never the real deal.  By our fourth visit to Cannes this year (by this point our favourite holiday destination),  I'd almost given up looking.  I'd heard of Cavalli visiting Cannes at the time of the Film Festival in May, but I'd resigned myself to the fact that the likelihood of me catching a glimpse of fashion royalty at the back-end of August was pretty slim. Maybe these days he preferred to dock in the Italian Riviera.  Little did I know that in 2018, things were about to change...

Spotting "Freedom", Roberto Cavalli's NEW Luxury Yacht...

My Mister and I, Cannes 2018

So it's 2018 and I'm deep into another amazing holiday in Cannes and the South of France.  We've had amazing food, climbed the beautiful mountain up to Èze town, relaxed on beautiful beaches and have even started to catch a tan!  On this day in question after a lovely morning on the beach, we decided to head back to the hotel for a change of clothes, and a visit to the most amazing ice-cream parlour near Cannes-La Bocca.  I'm eyeing up a boat that is docked not far from Cannes old town.  It's black and sophisticated, but from a distance seems to have the most garish interior.  I think nothing of it and go about my business until my Mister utters the following words..." do realise that's Cavalli's boat?".  I'm sorry babe, I thought you just said you'd seen Cavalli's boat...WTF??!!!  Sure enough, the black boat with the flamboyant interior is none other than Cavalli's!!!!  And I don't have my phone with me!  Or a camera!!!

Please tell me you got a photo girl???!!!  It's THE boat!

Queue a frantic dash back to the hotel, for that clothes change and more importantly a phone.  What if it had floated away on the Med before I got back?!  I couldn't bear it!  Rushing back to the dock, my heart raced!  Had I just seen the boat I'd been chasing for 5 years?!

YES I HAD!!!!  Up close it was amazing too!  Leopard print is garish, but somehow in the world of Cavalli interior design, it just works.  As you can see from the shots above, Cavalli was in fact on the boat (EEEK FASHION ROYALTY!)  and as I subtly tried to take a photo without bothering him, my Mister was less subtle and just went for it (after all, everyone else was, right?!)

So, you might be thinking at this point that I'm a bit of a loser and I suppose I am!  But to me, seeing a piece of the Cavalli world up close is the perfect fangirl moment, he's one of the fashion legends!  A complete innovator, the world of fashion could've been completely different without him.  Sorry Mr Cavalli for being a bit snap happy but if you ever read this, I just want you to know that by docking in Cannes you made my world for that one day!  So thanks!

It turns out that 'RC' is long gone and 'Freedom' is Roberto Cavalli's new luxury yacht.  It was about to be debuted at the Cannes-Monaco yacht festival, so we even got to see it before it's official unveiling!!!  So that's why I couldn't spot the yacht; I'd been looking for the wrong bloody boat!!  'Freedom' however, was definitely worth the wait!

Dream big guys...

So my closing message is this; remember to dream big because good things come to those who wait!  5 years in the making, I finally got to spot 'Freedom' and it's a memory that my Mister and I will share forever!  Sometimes when you stop looking for things, they appear right under your nose!!

And yes...our ice-creams were EPIC!

Until next time lovelies,




Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Burberry: Kingdom SS'19 by Ricardo Tisci...

Hello lovelies!

Kingdom SS'19 by Ricardo Tisci

Image credit: taken from Harper's Bazaar Singapore (here)

September 17th, 2018, the Monday of the Spring/Summer shows at London Fashion Week and the one that I've been waiting for, Ricardo Tisci's new vision for Burberry was finally revealed.  During the build up to the show, we'd been given some tasters.  First there was the new branding and logo, which sent mixed messages about the direction that the house might take.  Was this to be a complete departure from Burberry's heritage?

Image credit here

When I first saw it I wasn't sure, but I could imagine it looking beautiful in the lining of a bag, or as a silk scarf.  Then there was the launch of #theBseries and a first peek into Tisci's new look Burberry; pieces launched on Instagram that could bought for a short space of time before, during and just after the runway show.  This was really cleverly done, as the looks were quite cool and street, yet the show for the majority was a stark contrast to this.

Image credit: Burberry instagram

During the build up I was apprehensive.  I'd heard so many great things about Ricardo Tisci and how he transformed Givenchy, but I was worried that with a complete break from the past, Burberry just wouldn't feel like Burberry anymore.  The brand has always been about history and heritage and although it's always been quite forward thinking (the first to adopt see now, buy now under Bailey), it's always managed to preserve it's iconic history whilst still being quite fresh.  To imagine a world without the Burberry trench, or the iconic check was a little daunting.  However, I need not have worried, because it seems that Tisci completely understands the beauty in Burberry's history too.

Kingdom, SS'19, almost carries on from where Christopher Bailey left off in celebrating eclecticism and everything that encompasses Britishness.  

"...This Show is a celebration of the cultures, traditions and the codes of this historic fashion house and of the eclecticism that makes up the beautifully diverse United Kingdom"-Ricardo Tisci

The first part of the show focused on refined dressing, showcasing some of the amazing tailoring that the house is best known and loved for.  The Womenswear was particularly exquisite; the new logo was delicately patterned onto silk head scarves, wrapped around the neatly coiffed hair of the models and the iconic trench coat colour greatly influenced the colour palette throughout.  The nova check was subtly reimagined too, and floated along the runway on silk shirts and blouses.  Think Céline and Hermès, elegant Parisian chic; business dress never looked so glamourous.  I particularly loved the bags that featured the new logo as a gold clasp (who'd have thought I'd have been so easily converted!)

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Bag goals! (Image credit here)

The menswear that followed was pretty formal too, and although it wasn't groundbreaking, it was certainly chic.  There were some rather unusual accessories, such as an umbrella on a chain belt which looked a little out of place at least in this section but nevertheless, although a little underwhelming in the shadow of the beautiful womenswear, it certainly worked.

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Then, as if out of nowhere, there was a punk revolution.  In homage to some of the best fashion moments in British history and possibly a tip of the hat to Vivienne Westwood who is set to collaborate with Tisci on a small collection later in the year, the show dynamic completely changed.  Think trench coats with bondage-style straps, flat beetle-crusher style shoes and zips and leather, this was a more daring edge to Burberry, and weirdly it worked!  Inspiration taken from an eclectic and diverse London, Tisci showed his love for our beautiful capital city by making his show mirror its diversity of styles and trends.  And there was still some amazing and elegant tailoring to be seen in this part of the show too; music to my ears!

Image credit here

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The verdict...

For a debut collection, Tisci ticked all of the boxes with Kingdom.  By creating excitement in the build up and then by sending an array of styles down the runway, he's certainly shown what he's capable of as a designer and that the future is certainly bright for Burberry.  Womenswear was the outright winner for me, the detail in each piece was truly exceptional and I can't wait to see them in the flesh when they hit our stores early next year (now that Tisci has traded Bailey's 'see now, buy now' for the more traditional seasonal fashion model).  Here's to some more amazing collections in the future...I better start saving!!

Thanks for reading,

Until next time,

Kay xx


(Disclaimer: I do not own the rights to any of these images, they are credited to their owners)


Friday, 14 September 2018

Great Exhibition of the North 2018

The things I loved most about Great Exhibition of the North, 2018...

What was it?

Great Exhibition of the North ran from 22nd June-9th September 2018 across Newcastle and Gateshead.  Museums and creative spaces took part, allowing people to visit special pop-up exhibitions, live performances, artwork and displays of innovation for free, right across the summer!  There was even an app where you could track down everything you wanted to visit and create a trail that linked each thing together on a map.

What did you visit? my blog is fashion orientated, I tried to visit with that (and you lovely people!) in mind.  There were loads of things to see, and after a hectic summer of working, there was no way I'd have ever have found the time to visit them all!  So I started off with fashion, but spotted some other bits and pieces on my travels that I thought I'd share.  Although GET North was spread right across Newcastle and Gateshead, my coverage here is just from the Great North Museum, the Discovery Museum and of intu Eldon Square, as these were the places that housed everything I was interested in seeing. about you show us some fashion...

Okay, without further ado, let's start with some Vivienne Westwood!

'Pirate' at the Great North Museum

From the 'Pirate' collection of AW '81, this ensemble by Vivienne Westwood and Malcom McLaren was top of my list for the pieces that I most wanted to see at GET North.  On loan from the V & A, this outfit was part of the first collection that the pair took to the catwalk and was inspired by portrait paintings from the 17th and 18th century and gave an early glimpse of what was to come from the 'New Romantic' era of music and fashion in the eighties.

Unbeknownst to me, the museum also had some other Vivienne Westwood pieces that I was particularly excited about!

In 2014 (and more recently redesigned in 2018), Vivienne Westwood was commissioned to design uniforms for Virgin Atlantic staff and cabin crew.  These stunning and impeccably tailored uniforms were also on display at the Great North Museum, and I just stumbled across them as I had no idea that they were there!  I'm so in love with the red skirt-suit; I'd love a job where I got to look that stylish every day!

The Little Black Graphene Dress, intu Eldon Square...

This dress was on display beside the food court in Eldon Square and is both fashion forward and technologically advanced!  Graphene, is a material that was discovered by scientists in Manchester and has since won a Nobel Prize!  It is highly conductive (it conducts electricity better than anything else currently know to humankind) and is a million times thinner than human hair and two hundred times stronger than steel.  This is the first dress ever to be created from Graphene and is packed with LED lights which change colour every time its wearer breathes!  The dress is stunning and gives a great insight to how Graphene could be used in the fashion industry in the future.

What else did you see at the Great North Museum?

Lots of things! Although I went with specific pieces in mind, I was pleasantly surprised with what the Great North Museum had to offer.  Here are some of the other bits and pieces that caught my eye:

Damien Hirst: The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living

This Damien Hirst installation was created in 1991 (although this is not the original 1991 shark! If you want to learn more about this piece you can do so here-it's so interesting!).  A piece made to provoke thoughts about life, death and the feeling of immortality that comes from being alive, it's super impressive.  To see a creature that was once capable of killing in such close proximity is quite eerie and unusual, but at the same time, I did feel a little sorry for it knowing that it was killed for the sake of an artistic message!

John Lennon's Piano

My dad is the biggest John Lennon fan, so for all I love the Beatles, I took this photo more for him than me.  Although Lennon owned lots of pianos, this one is said to have been his favourite and the last one he ever played before he was assassinated.  Can you believe that some of the greatest Lennon songs that we've come to know and love could have been created on these very keys?  Mind is blown!


I only vaguely remember Pob as it was released the year I was born, but for children of the early eighties, this one's for you!  

Postman Pat and Brian Cox?!

I don't really understand the relevance of this unusual pairing (or why Pat is an astronaut?) but there's certainly an astronomical vibe going on with these two!  I loved Postman Pat when I was little so it was nice to see him looking all futuristic in the Great North Museum!

Which leads nicely on to this...Helen Sharman's spacesuit!

Helen Sharman was the first British woman to visit the Mir space station in 1991.  She was also Britain's first astronaut!  She's super interesting; she applied to an advert that she heard whilst listening to her car radio which said, 'astronaut wanted: no previous experience necessary' and the rest as they say, is history!

And here's to another amazing woman, Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill...

My favourite sporting woman of all time, I love Jessica Ennis-Hill, and I loved watching her take gold at the 2012 London Olympics, so I was really pleased to see her hurdling spikes at the Great North Museum.  She's an inspiration and such a worth winner!  It was pretty cool to see the Olympic and Paralympic torches too!

So...anything good at The Discovery Museum?

I'm glad you asked!  We went to the Discovery Museum specifically to see Stephenson's Rocket.  It was pretty much the star attraction of GET North I'd say, as it was constantly referenced in the news and publicity for the event.  Although I'm not massively interested in trains, it's an impressive piece of north-east history.  It was built in 1829 and was a great example of innovation for many steam locomotives which would be built thereafter. 

My favourite part of the exhibition at The Discovery Museum was the virtual reality video journey of the Rocket.  I'd never tried a VR headset before, but they are so impressive!  You totally get sucked in to the VR world; the technology is amazing!  You can see in the photo of my Mister below how it works; he was wearing the headset so whichever way he looked in his virtual world, I could see what he was looking at on the computer screen!  When I had my turn, I found it fun but very disorientating!

And I couldn't resist this cute photo of the Rocket Snow dog as I was on my way out; what a cutie!

And that's a wrap!

I was so impressed with Get North and the variety of interesting pieces on offer right across Newcastle and Gateshead!  I'm so pleased I got to see the Vivienne Westwood pieces and the Graphene dress, they were so amazing and you guys know how much I love my fashion.  I'd hoped to post this before the exhibition finished, but as always, time ran away with me, but I hope you all enjoy it just the same and if you missed it, it's a way to see the exhibits for yourselves (through my eyes at least!).

Thanks so much for reading,

Kay xx

Sunday, 26 August 2018

Dior Backstage Pro @ Jesmond Dene House...

Oui, monsieur! Je m'appelle Kayleigh et j'adore Dior!

Hello lovelies!  At the end of July I attended a lovely event at Jesmond Dene House with my best girl Krissi and wanted to share it with you!  You may remember that a couple of years ago, I attended a Dior Backstage Pros event which was so much fun (read about it here), that I decided to go to it again!

A similar format to the first event, we were treated to a glass of fizz on arrival and then lead into the Great Hall, to find our tables and check out some amazing Dior goodies before a makeup demonstration and a yummy afternoon tea.

Unfortunately, International makeup artist Jamie Coombes was unavailable for this event, so a great MUA from Manchester (who's name I've totally forgotten-sorry!) filled his shoes.  Demonstrating some great new products, including Airflash spray on foundation and the highly acclaimed Pump 'n' Volume mascara, the MUA built up a full face of makeup, from skincare through to a spritz of perfume to finish the look.  The Dior Couture perfumes are absolutely amazing, so it was really great to have the opportunity to try some out and to learn a little bit more about them.  I was lucky enough to sample lots of the scents at a Dior perfume exhibition in France last year (which you can read more about here) and they smell delicious!

Krissi was in love with the Oud scent, but my favourite was Colle Noir, as I love a floral scent.  I was intrigued by the Airflash (spray-on) foundation too, but I'm not sure how I'd apply it without it going EVERYWHERE!  Once the demonstration was over, it was time for our afternoon tea.  I love afternoon tea at JDH and I'm pleased to say that once again it didn't disappoint!

We started with hot smoked salmon sandwiches on white bread, cucumber, chive and cream cheese on wholemeal bread, spring onion and goat's cheese quiches and a sage and onion sausage roll.  I really enjoyed all of the savouries but I have to say that the quiche was hands down my favourite; it was delicious!

The scones were little ones; a fruit, plain and cheese one each, however I had to sacrifice my plain one in favour of saving room for cake!  The scones were warm, but I was a little disappointed with my fruit one as it only had one currant in it!

As always with a JDH afternoon tea-the cakes were spectacular.  I started with the little glass, which was a mango and passion fruit panna cotta sundae.  I loved how rich and fruity it was; a great little palette-cleanser after the savouries.  Next up was the little pink sphere on the biscuit base, a rhubarb and custard tart which was super creamy and melted in the mouth.  I finished with the white chocolate and blueberry macaron (you know I love a macaron!) and it was utterly magnificent! Crunchy to bite and chewy in the middle, it was just as a macaron should be and the flavours married together beautifully.  It did leave me with a bit of a blue tongue though...

Krissi and I really enjoyed our afternoon tea.  We paid £36 per person for the event, but with afternoon tea on it's own being £25, it really was great value for money.  If you plan to stay on for drinks however, be aware that the bar is pricey, as you'd expect from a good hotel-a round will set you back almost £20 if you're drinking wine, fizz or gin!

The verdict...

I had a really great time at Jesmond Dene House and I especially loved that I got to spend time with one of my favourite people (and that my lovely friend Lisa-another of my fave people was there too!)  I was slightly disappointed that Jamie Coombes wasn't in attendance, as this was one of the main reasons we booked; he was amazing at the first event and although the make-up artist and Dior ladies were great, the event just wasn't the same without him.  I also thought that the pressure to purchase something was a little off-putting this time, although I did enjoy learning about the new products.  The afternoon tea was the highlight of the event and never disappoints, so I'd always recommend JDH for that; it's always a lovely afternoon.  Finally, the goody bag was a little disappointing too-it contained a few perfume samples, but as it was advertised as part of the event I thought it would have been a little more special (at the first event it was full to the brim with samples!).  

Until next time,

Kay xx

Afternoon tea at JDH can be booked here.  If you're interested in finding out more about the Dior Couture range, visit Fenwick in Newcastle to book your appointment, or a Fenwick near you to find out more.  This event was not gifted to me; I purchased a ticket for it and was not asked to write this review.  All opinions are my own.

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