16 December 2013

Chotto Matte Review


Although Food and restaurant reviews have recently been a rarity on the blog, I think its only fair that I begin sharing my London eatery journey's with you and give you the heads up on the best (and down right disappointing) venues on London's popular food scene.
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14 December 2013

CP Interviews Valentina Nuzzi of FedoraMi











Whereas some people (and bloggers) have a speciality for shoes, bags, jewellery and clothes, my interests and obsessions have never been placed with one type of item. Instead I have a love for innovative, beautiful and interesting fashionable pieces across apparel and accessories. However, I particularly have a keen eye for great design. So when I came across the FedoraMi accessories brand I have to delve beyond the website and go straight to the designer, Valentina Nuzzi to find out all about the FedoraMi brand and who the FedoraMi woman is.




What is the history behind the FedoraMi brand?

If I had a dream, as a young girl, it was to be able to let beautiful things to last forever. Beautiful flowers, people, moments… impossible.

Growing up and after attending and completing my college degree in International Economy, I turned back toward my dream, and realised that with the right people, I could create items that could live in the heart and the hands of many people for years to come. This is how the FedoraMi project started. 

What makes this collection so special?

The FedoraMi collection is so special because it is a concoction of many special abilities that give birth to something truly unique; luxurious materials, innovative yet nostalgic ideas and Italian artisans who put all their traditional skills into their work.

Who or what inspires your designs?

The beauty, the elegance, the class of unknown ladies of the past,who slide through their lives with light grace and self assessment.

Who would you be most surprised to see wearing FedoraMi bag? 
Angela Merkel or Wonder Woman

Who is the typical FedoraMi woman? Please describe her.
Well, in my opinion, the Fedora woman is opulent, open minded towards brands, unrewarding of big names tattooed all over, modern but with a sweet tooth for vintage, quality and novelties.

What has been your career highlight so far?
My highlights were when the first bag produced, the first celebrity, Amber le Bon wearing my bag, seeing a lady on the street wearing my bag on her arm and people asking me who was the brand behind the bag I too had on my own arm.

Tell us which bag would a new customer to FedoraMi wear to;



The Office: The Valora 





 The Party Bag: Glitter Teodora  



The Festival: V bag

Which FedoraMi bag is your personal favourite?

The Valora (above) for sure! It was my first bag inspired by my grandmother.

Does FedoraMi release a new collection of handbags and accessories seasonally? What is the direction & future for the brand?

Until now FedoraMi was a seasonal collection but is soon to change although I strongly think that FedoraMi bags do not conform to any season.

Your favourite place in the world is…?

Can I say two? Rome and Los Angeles.

What is your favourite social media app and why?

I love Instagram for the images, that's why even Pinterest has it's own importance in the FedoraMi world.

    
Follow FedoraMi on Instagram here

Finish the sentence 'I never leave home without….'

My blackberry, the pictures of my two dogs & my beloved Nikita Sunglasses by Tom Ford.



 


FedoraMi was founded in 2011 as a union of creativity, entrepreneurial spirit and love of original shapes and quality materials. The aim is to create an object of desire for any occasion that is unique and recognizable to the vast world of current serial production.

FedoraMi offers the possibility to customize your own bag, choosing from dozens of different colors and materials. Each piece requires more than a month of work; the result is a perfect balance between functionality, timeless elegance and originality.

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07 December 2013

A Sweet Fragrance - La Tentation de Nina


I love introducing you, my lovely readers to news of new collaborations, brands and gifts to shop. Unfortunately, I am now going to unveil to you the new La Tentation de Nina fragrance, which is not available until Spring 2014 but I will advise you to have this item firmly placed on your wish lists (see mine here) for the La Tentation de Nina's release early next year.  
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05 December 2013

#SeeTheSigns



Earlier this week, (Monday 2nd December 2013], I was invited and attended Avon’s Shine Light and Speak Out event held in the glamourous setting of London's Somerset House to address and whole heartedly support a particularly unglamorous yet completely realistic subject; Avon's campaign against domestic violence and to mark the mid-way point of ’16 Days of Activism’, a global human rights based movement against gender violence. The information at the event which saw domestic violence survivor and singer-songwriter Jamelia perform her hit 'Thank You' really opened my eyes to not only the suffering of domestic violence which affects so much of our society but to also address the lack of funding and support for domestic violence victims which arent just women, but children and family units on a whole.

Working alongside charity partners Women’s Aid and Refuge, Avon and Jamelia are determined to shine a light on the issue of domestic violence, educate more people on how to #SeeTheSigns and encourage more people to speak out and talk about this taboo subject. Together, they hope to change the shocking statistic that one in four women encounters some form of domestic abuse in their lives, whether it is physical, sexual, psychological or economic abuse and at its most extreme, it kills up to two women every week in the UK.

I was shocked to learn that through a recent Avon Cosmetics research an overwhelming 40% of women know someone who has experienced domestic violence ‘for a fact’, but whats worse, is that a terrifying 33% of women still would not know where or how to seek support. 

Avon, its partners and myself included are calling on you, the public to act now to wipe out these worrying statistics and pledge support of the cause by sharing the twitter handle #SeeTheSigns 
and to speak out if you know someone is suffering at the hands of a partner.
If you want to know more, support the cause via Twitter with the hashtag #SeeTheSigns please visit www.refuge.org.uk or www.womensaid.org.uk and share this post with your friends, family, colleagues and network. 
#SeeTheSigns and act now!
If you are experiencing domestic violence and you are in immediate danger call 999; or call the Freephone 24 hour National Domestic Violence Helpline, run by Refuge and Women’s Aid, 0808 2000 247.  
Remember you are not alone and there is support available.
CP xo
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29 November 2013

Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's




"Practically every industry heavyweight makes an appearance...
Goes beyond the typical flurry of runway feathers and examines the big business of stilletoes, peplums and gowns" -Vanity Fair


Sartorial superheroes Iris Apfel and Linda Fargo




Joan Rivers & Miss Piggy









Whilst travelling from New York City to London in for NYFW in October (just passed) I flicked through the in-flight selection of movies and considering I had just spent the evening at Bergdorf Goodman for the Town & Country's Men's Made To Measure event, I thought it would be great to brush up on the rich history of the department store, famed for its exclusive designer collections, relationships amongst luxury worldwide and of course, though iconic window displays. 


Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's, a documentary by Matthew Miele allows you to go behind the scenes of Bergdorf Goodman, the luxury shopping destination of the stars whilst entertaining you with interviews from the best in the fashion business including Marc Jacobs, Giorgio Armani, Manolo Blahnik, Dolce & Gabbana, Joan Rivers, Karl Lagerfeld, Vera Wang as well as the store's dedicated staff. My impression after watching the documentary right through to the end credits is that Bergdorf Goodman is one fascinating place! Of course we have the UK version which is Selfridges but the class found in Bergdorf Goodman is just simply out of this world! 
If you say you love fashion, this is a must see!




Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's is released in the UK on Friday 6th December 2013 and on DVD here.

Yours truly,
CP xo




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06 November 2013

Denim Thursday with Paige Denim







For all you fashionistas and denim lovers aka #Denimistas treat yourself to the next best thing in denimology! Get down to Harrods' new denim floor on the evening of 
Thursday 7th November 2013 to help Paige Denim's founder, Paige Adams-Geller celebrate her exclusively new black jean with gold hardware. Not only will the new jean be available exclusively to you, but buy tapping into this new cult product you also qualify for a complimentary engraving service to personalise your one in a million jeans as well as getting a goody bag and hot chocolate to hop on the tube with. 

Does it really get any better? We love you Paige denim & Harrods! 

I'm totally a #Denimistas aren't you?

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25 October 2013

Customised Timberlands

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Did you hear how Timberland are celebrating their 40th Anniversary?
The much-loved and stylishly rich heritage, are celebrating in truly artistic style.

This weekend, Timberland and their AW13 '1973' boots, dubbed ‘Best Then, Better Now’ are hosting a special workshop at the Westfield White City store where Brighton based artist, Tim Cockburn will be on hand to exclusively customise your boots & an in-store mural.

That is if you buy a pair of boots on the day. You really should, as whats more, Timberland will even throw in a limited edition Timberland t-shirt or bag designed by Tim Cockburn himself.




Visit the store today & tomorrow:
Timberland, Westfield London, Ariel Way, London W12 7GF
Friday 25 October: 10am – 10pm
Saturday 26 October: 9am – 9pm 
Catch me there!
CP xo
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24 October 2013

Party with Patrón this Halloween







When planning a party, any party, the least you'd expect or wish, is for it to be epic. That's why when I plan any life altering events, I always look to Patrón first for inspiration. 

This year, the luxury liquor brand is hosting its own fun-filled Patrón Halloween party where one can expect an epic evening of entertainment, devilishly good cocktails and fancy dress all to be held at private members club Beat London but fear not my friends, Patrón has also opened the party to consumers too!





Indulge in darkness and your let your wild side be shown at the Patrón Halloween party!

With a line up curated by YOYO DJ Leo Greenslade, guests will be treated to mad tunes spun by fellow YOYO DJ Smutlee  & Drums of Death, a Live PA by South Shields siren, Lulu James plus a killer 'Special Guest'.

Costumes are encouraged, the crazier the better with Patrón-shaped prizes for those that make the spooky looking bartenders shake in their boots or roar with laughter. And of course, there’ll be a photobooth of fun to capture the living dead in all their gruesomeness. 

Does that sound like fun to you? Get your tickets here now for £25!


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23 October 2013

NEW Rihanna ❤ M∙A∙C HOLIDAY






WOW!, It's officially, Rihanna's last collaboration with M·A·C! I can't believe it was so short lived!


To celebrate Rihanna's run of make up features and collaboration with the brand,  RIRI ❤ M∙A∙C HOLIDAY presents the return of RiRi Woo along with two new lipsticks; Pleasure Bomb & Bad Gal RiRi and also features a beautiful matching red nail polish, liquid eye liner, shadow, bronzing powder and the double ended 217 blending brush and 239 eye shading brush.

This Limited Edition will be in store at Selfridges to preview on 5th December 2013 then available nationwide from 12th December at all M∙A∙C locations.




Did you buy into Rihanna's MAC Collection?

What are your thoughts on the quality and pigment of the shades?

Share your views with me below. I'd love to know your thoughts.

CP xo





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21 October 2013

16 October 2013

Chantelle Bras Bloggers Party

Earlier this year, I was recently treated to the most relaxing bra fitting I've had in years, by Chantelle Fit Expert Sandra Dyke, at the exclusive Chantelle Bloggers Party, hosted in the brand's central London showroom.

Although I had been aware of Chantelle's position within the lingerie market and the brand's extensive history dating back to corsettry, I had never once wore or better still tried on a Chantelle Bra - I was definitely missing out!

Chantelle Paris are simply divine and a huge hit amongst European consumers due to the varied and sustainable fits each bra provides. 

I fell in love with invisible C Chic Sexy Spacer Bra, C Paris & the Haussman shapes which include a t-shirt, push up & strapless version, along with its tuxedo detail features.

Check out their AW13 collection here

If you'd like to test a Chantelle product yourself, find your closest store here or shop online here.
I cannot stress the importance of a 'real' bra, one that makes you feel whole, unstoppable and literally at one with your body. Try Chantelle Bras!

Take a look at my Vine video of the event below

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14 October 2013

EXCLUSIVE - NET A PORTER x GLOSSYBOX



Don't you love exciting news first thing on a Monday?
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13 October 2013

27 September 2013

The Blogger Friendly Guide to NYC

A Blogger Friendly Guide to NYC


I had such a great time in New York, partially due to my hectic NYFW schedule and also due to having great friends and family in the city, who are only happy to take me out and see what the city has in store and the 'places to be'!

So if you ever decide on travelling to NYC, take a look at my guide to the City's best stores for shopping, hotels, places to eat, drink and get yourself pampered from head to toe!

SHOP

Womens





A Second Chance
The most amazing hub for pre-owned premium fashion brands. 
On arrival, I saw Chanel flats, Louboutin heels and stacks on stacks of vintage Hermès and Louis Vuitton suitcases. Check out their stocks online too!
WARNING: You will want it all but it's still expensive!

Mens


       


BEAUTY

Salon Ziba


Impressions by Theresa
Try the Dominican Blow Dry...AMAZING!




New York Nails & Spa
A beautiful salon with lovely staff (ask for Laurie) and loads of services. Not the cheapest place to get your beauty needs treated but definitely one of the nicest in terms of convenience.

EAT



Sugarcane
You cannot visit Sugarcane and not try the Sorrel Margarita, its deliciously strong!




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