Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Chanel at Paris Fashion Week, and the new No 5 campaign...

Hello lovelies!

I was going to write a post all about my London Fashion Week SS'15 favourites (I particularly loved the Burberry show this time around, filled with vibrant colours!) but then once again I was bowled over by Chanel at Paris Fashion Week!  After being inside part of the Grand Palais this summer, it's amazing to see how Mr Lagerfeld makes such great use of the space.  This season's show, named 'Boulevard Chanel', saw KL create an entire street, house frontage and all, inside of the Palais.  The show was all about female power and culminated in a feminist-style march, with Cara et al holding placards and chanting through megaphones!  The Chanel show is always a great spectacle, but does the event detract from the clothes?  I would tend to disagree.  After watching the show video only once, when I visualise the march inside my head my memory is awash with the famous boucle fabric teamed with an array of exuberant and summery colours.  You can watch the show here:

The march of feminism taken from 'www.standard.co.uk'
My favourite looks from this season are as follows (all images taken from Chanel.com):


Look 1
Look 3
Look 10-Just the jacket, I think its gorgeous!
Look 33-the detailing is exquisite!
Look 39-love the style and symmetry
Look 44
Look 55-60s retro chic at its best!
Look 85


My particular love of this show was the power suits, it's an 80s thing I'm sure but they looked so fresh on the runway!  And I always love the diversity of Karl Lagefeld's collections, so unique but so very Chanel.

Not only have I been spoiled with an amazing runway show, but I'm also IN LOVE (nope not exaggerating either!) with the new No 5 campaign featuring Gisele and directed by Baz Luhrmann of 'Moulin Rouge' and 'Romeo and Juliet' fame.  If you haven't seen it yet, please watch it here  #theonethatiwant.  The video is so sleek and elegant, and I dare you not to love the cover of the 'Grease' song by the same name, sang by upcoming new star Lo-Fang.  Utterly mesmerising!

Image taken from 'www.dailymail.co.uk' and copyright of Chanel

Which looks were your favourites from the show?
xxx

Saturday, 18 October 2014

My Little Box Part 2: Diane von Furstenberg

Hello lovelies!

You may remember that I recently ended my Birchbox subscription in favour of 'My Little Box' direct from Paris.  If you missed my first post you can catch up on it here.  Well, my second instalment of the series arrived on Wednesday and I couldn't wait to blog about it!! I'd heard a few whispers that the box was going to be linked with a designer, but I was so amazed to discover that it was going to be Diane Von Furstenberg, I nearly hugged the postman when he finally brought it!!

So...I was dying to know what was inside, and again I have to say that this month's box does not disappoint!! I love absolutely everything once again!




As you can see from the photos, I received the most gorgeous DVF scarf.  I am such a scarf hoarder and have absolutely loads, but this one is so pretty I can't wait to team it with my Burberry trench!  Also, the little pair of lips is actually a cute little DVF pin, 'A Kiss from Diane', which again I think will look stunning pined to any trench or blazer.  I also received a copy of 'My Little World' magazine which this month is jam packed with articles all about DVF and even has an interview with Diane herself.  For the 'My little beauty' section, I got Micellar water (I go through buckets of the stuff!), a gorgeous L'Occitane Vanilla hand cream and some Kerastase anti-humidity hairspray, perfect for this time of year! And if that wasn't enough, there's also 20% off DVF online, 20% off Kerastase and a free gift from L'Occitane when you spend £20 online! Phew, so many goodies crammed into one tiny place!


I can't wait to use all of my goodies and all that's left to say is roll on next month!!

Have you checked out 'My Little Box' yet?

xxx

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Event: Love Niche London

Hello lovelies!

A few weeks ago I was kindly invited to the launch of a brand new shopping experience in Newcastle.  Love Niche London was set up by Nisha, who has a wealth of experience in the fashion industry (and is very nice too!) and is a fashion boutique that aims to dress you for that very special occasion, mixing high-street flair with a designer feel.  Unfortunately, I was late to arrive at the event due to work commitments, so when I got there it was already in full swing.  The boutique itself is absolutely stunning!  Imagine Carrie Bradshaw's walk-in wardrobe in the first Sex and the City movie and you'd be coming close to realising how beautiful it really is.








As well as all of the gorgeous delights on show, there were also cocktails and juices for us to sample, gorgeous fruit skewers, popcorn and sweets.

As you can probably see, I started by taking lots of photos of the boutique, then finally got to speak to Nisha who told me that everyone was putting together an outfit, then her team would pick the most stylish one and the blogger that chose it would get to keep it.  Feeling a little flustered at being an hour behind everyone else I got straight to it!  Now if there's one thing I know it's clothes, and I relish this sort of a challenge...think trolley dash in a fashion boutique!  I was quite proud of what I put together in the short amount of time I had, even though I didn't win!  The most hilarious part was that I had rocked up to the event in my Converse so had to borrow a pair of heels from Nisha which were a size too big and very high!  I was walking around the event feeling less sassy and more like Shaggy from Scooby Doo!!


We had some photos taken individually and as a group, and some fun with silly messages on chalkboards, then before I knew it, I was getting changed ready to head back home.


 Danni and Chloe having fun with the props!
 Lovely Princess' Lisa...
...and Danni!

Group shot courtesy of Chloe!

Before we left, Nisha gave us all a gorgeous magnetic bracelet and a goodie bag with the most beautiful smelling wax candle melts inside as a thank you for our attendance.  It was such a fun event, and I want to wish Nisha every success with her business.  Her clothes are gorgeous, the selection is great and the price range is purse friendly too.  You can check out the Love Nice London website here.


Thanks Nisha for the invite!

xxx

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

A short post: What I bought in Paris...


Hey!  I was going to attempt a video haul of the things I bought in Paris, but as I haven't a clue how to edit video I decided to use a good old-fashioned photo!  I didn't go mad shopping in Paris, but here's a little look at what I bought!  You can read all about my Chanel purchases here in my previous post.  I bought a French Vogue just to see what it was like (plus I thought it was quite cool!), and my little golden Eiffel Tower cost me 1 E 50 (about £1) from a little shop in Montmartre, much cheaper than it would've been nearer the Tower!  I absolutely loved the Grand Palais, so the two postcards are images of that (I bought them when I was there from the gift shop).  The little gold coin also has an image on it of the Grand Palais.  The Laduree bag had my macaroons in that I bought from the little shop on Rue Royale (read about it here!).  They were absolutely delicious and really worth the money, even though they were around 16 E!!  The image of Vogue with the lady in the hat was a purchase I made from a street seller along the banks of the River Seine.  I'm going to frame it once I decorate our bedroom.  I thought it was really chic and only cost about 4 E!  Finally, I bought myself the Grandiose mascara from Lancome in the airport.  I looked at it in Sephora, but I'm glad I waited as it was slightly cheaper. I absolutely love it, and love how easy it is to apply with the shape of the wand!  I would really recommend it!

xxx

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Paris Day 6-Visiting Chanel

Hello lovelies!

I'm so sorry for the blogging hiatus, I've had so much on with work!  Today I've finally gotten round to blogging again and can tell you all about my final day in Paris, thus bringing my Paris series to an end (sob!). Day 6 was the day I was most excited about in many ways, as it was the day I finally got to visit the Mothership that is Chanel at Rue Cambon.  Those of you that have been reading my blog for a while will know how much I absolutely love Chanel and I've longed to visit the famous Rue Cambon store ever since watching the film 'Coco Chanel'.  More on that later though...

The weather was pretty awful on our last day in Paris, so we decided to use the full day to shop (I say shop, it was mostly window shopping and stroking designer clothes that I couldn't afford).  Paris has two absolutely humongous department stores, Printemps and La Galeries Lafayette so we started our day having a browse around them and buying some last minute souvenirs.  Printemps was my favourite of the two (although LGL is much prettier!). It has an enormous beauty hall and twenty-seven floors of fashion, homewares and  accessories split over three buildings .  I loved strolling around and looking at the designer clothes, but I have to confess after wandering around its many acres the whole experience does become a little overwhelming after a while!  The photo below is the view of the Eiffel Tower and the street below from the Printemps roof terrace (just before the rain really took its hold!).  Because we were shopping, I left my camera in the hotel so our photos in this post are mostly from the iPhone, but you get the idea :).
After probably too much browsing and a bite to eat at Pizza Hut (we're so British!!).  We decided to make our way to Chanel (eeek!).  Due to our exchange rate it's really expensive to shop in Paris but before I'd  even left Newcastle Airport, I knew that I definitely wanted a present from 31 Rue Cambon!!  Shopping in Chanel is an experience like no other.  I'd read mixed reviews before and during our holiday about the store so I was a little apprehensive about visiting but I have to say my experience was amazing from start to finish so if it's okay with you I'm going to share the whole story! So here goes:

On arrival the door is opened for you, leading you into the world of Chanel goodness.  There are staff everywhere, but in Chanel you must wait to be served.  I knew what I wanted, so headed straight to the cosmetics counter and was served straight away by a really lovely saleslady.  She asked me what I wanted and presented me with sizes and prices so I could make the right choice.  I went for a bottle of Coco Mademoiselle (50ml) and some of the absolutely amazing Chanel CC cream, which she tested on my hand to check the shade.  After I had decided, I opted for them both to be gift wrapped (because I knew they'd be wrapped amazingly well!) and they were presented to me in Chanel branded paper, finished with ribbons and the famous white Camille flower.  I was then asked to jot down my details as Chanel 'like to know where all of their customers are in the world'...if it was sales patter I totally bought it!  The lady then gave me some free samples, 'Le Lift' which she told me I should give to my Mam as my skin was far too young for it (thanks!) and a sample of the iconic No 5.  She also complemented me on the ring I was wearing which she thought looked 'very Chanel', which made me beam from ear to ear as I'm sure I only paid about £3 for it from H 'n' M!  I was then led into a small booth (imagine a hotel reception) and looked after by another lady who took my payment.  My receipt was presented to me in a little Chanel card also branded with the Camille flower.  I then went back into the store to get a closer look at the clothes and accessories my bank balance dares to only let me dream about!  It was amazing to be able to touch a Chanel jacket, I know that may sound materialistic but I love the clothes and the history so much!  Finally, I found the iconic glass staircase that Gabrielle used to sit at the top of when debuting her collections in the store.  I didn't realise at the time that I would've been allowed to photograph the staircase, I was too afraid to ask, but here's a photo I found to give you an idea of what it looks like:

Image taken from http://citygirldiariesec1.blogspot.co.uk/2011_10_01_archive.html
Obviously I had to get my photo taken outside of the iconic store, but as my Mister isn't the best photographer in the world, my eyes are closed!! Never mind, I was still there and it's so amazing to say I've been.  If I ever have enough money to buy a Chanel bag I'll definitely be going back to Rue Cambon to get it...the service was amazing!


Since returning home, I was emailed this short film all about Chanel in Paris and realised without really planning to do everything, I had managed to take the Chanel tour whilst I was there!  You can watch it here.


I was really excited to discover that Karl Lagerfeld still works in the headquarters above the Rue Cambon store, and that he may have even been there putting the finishing touches to his new collection whilst I was downstairs buying my goodies.  Who knows?!

My tour of all the Chanel hot spots!

So...I guess that concludes my Paris journey.  I had such an amazing holiday, thanks so much for reading.  Paris will always have my heart, I hope one day I'll get to visit again...here's hoping!

xxx

(My collage was edited with PicMonkey.com.  The Chanel video was taken from YouTube via Chanel.com, I do not own it)