NET-A-PORTER ROUND UP

Each week (day) I seem to find myself grazing through the Net-a-porter website building outfits in my head of the pieces I want the most.  I thought I'd share this weeks with you in case anyone was feeling generous.  I know it's still cold in England, hence the sweatshirt and leather jacket combo, but all those layers on top means you can balance out the bottom...with shorts.  I'm sorry but these De La Renta's were too cute not to include, plus the colour brightens up these grey days!

BRIAN LICHTENBERG

HomiĆ©s cotton-blend jersey sweatshirt 

£95


KENNETH JAY LANE

Agate and gold-plated and spike necklace

£265

OSCAR DE LA RENTA

High-rise silk-faille shorts

£500

SAINT LAURENT

Leather biker jacket

£2,970

VALENTINO

Studded leather and PVC sandals

£770

ELLE SPAIN 2013

How major is this editorial from Elle Spain?  Beautiful woman in stunning surrounding and gorgeous swimwear.  No words here, the images speak for themselves!










CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 2013

The Cannes Film Festival is one of the most exciting events when it comes to red carpet glamour.  The festival not only revolves around the films, but the spectacle of ballgowns and DECADENCE brought to the French Riviera each year.  This year promised to be a show like no other with screening of the hugely anticipated film of the year The Great Gatsby as well as Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring.  Here are my favourite looks from the festival.

Joan Smalls in Emilio Pucci

Cheryl Cole in Zuhair Muhrad

Douzten Kroes in Atelier Versace

Emma Watson in Chanel Couture

Jessica Biel in Marchesa

Jennifer Lawrence in Dior

VIETNAMESE SPRING ROLLS

I love Vietnamese street food and find myself craving it all too often.  Instead of going out every time I feel like eating it, I decided to make my favourite Vietnamese dish, the spring rolls, at home for dinner.  This dish is easy once you have mastered the art of wrapping and depending on your filling, is super quick which is perfect for a light after work dinner.  I like to dip mine into a hot peanut sauce which gives the rolls an added kick as they have a clean and fresh flavour.

Ingredients:
Rice paper sheets
1/4 cucumber sliced
1 cup lettuce
1 pack raw prawns
1 cup mushrooms
1 tsp chilli
1 clove crushed garlic
1 tsp olive oil

Dipping Sauce:
3 tsp peanut butter
1 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp seasame oil
1 tsp mirin
1 tsp sriracha

Recipe:
In a pan cook the prawns in the olive oil adding the garlic, chilli and mushrooms until cooked.  Put aside.
Place a sheet of rice paper in a bowl of warm water until pliable and gelatinous.  Lay on a wooden board.
Lay the sliced cucumber and lettuce leaves on the edge of the rice paper and fold over.
Lay the prawn and mushroom mix on the rice paper and fold over.
Fold in the sides (like you would a burrito) and continue to roll until complete.
Mix all the dipping sauce ingredients together in a small bowl.



























SELFRIDGES SILENCE ROOM

Working on Oxford Street in London means that all day, every day I'm surrounded by the crazy throng of commuters, workers and tourists that pound the pavements to either get to work or shop their socks off.  With Selfridges a two minute walk from my office, there is huge temptation to 'pop in and have a browse' almost everyday.  A couple of weeks ago on one of my rare (many) lunchtime trips there, I stumbled across The Silence Room.  When Selfridges first opened there was A Silence Room for shoppers to "retire from the whirl of bargains and the build up of energy".  This room has been re-introduced an is honestly a haven amongst the chaos of the busy London streets and shops.  You have to remove your shoes and leave your phone at the entrance (there are lockers) and walk along the darkened corridors until you reach the opening of the 'ultra lounge'.  This glorious room is filled with golden light and bed-like cushioned seating for you to sit, lie back, close your eyes and spend a few minutes enjoying the sound of silence.









MET GALA 2013

I woke up on Monday beaming from ear to ear.  Not because it was a bank holiday for us here in the UK but because it was the most exciting day of the fashion calendar.  THE MET GALA.  This years theme was Punk Couture which left me slightly worried as some of our favourite fashion stars are most definitely not punk.  As expected, quite a few people didn't match the brief *cough Anna Wintour* to quote Ms Streep 'florals, for spring? Groundbreaking'.  However, others hit the nail right on the head and there was one clear reigning queen of Punk Couture who we would expect no less from.  Take a bow Sarah Jessica Parker. *Side note, Madonna & Kim Kardashian after your Met Gala CRIMES you should never be allowed there again thanks bye.

Punk Couture at it's finest

THAT head piece


Anne's new platinum locks...WIN

Nicole killing it in a Topshop dress & ice queen hair

Cara in Burberry

Anja in Anthony Vaccarello

Best accessories goes to Jaime's head piece...

...And Sienna's stud fest