NEW OBSESSION

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Well, it’s tricky when you’re tempted to open a newsletter that just happened to pop-up in your inbox a few seconds ago (fresh new items available)! So, that was my big mistake today. I almost never look at them but it was fate, I opened the & Other Stories one, advertising pearly items and then it was too late. I started browsing and immediately fell in love with this pearl bracelet, but just a few pictures below there it was… the choker! #LoveAtFirstSight After deciding to add that particular item to my wishlist I went along and clicked in ‘new-in,’ you know, just to see what’s up. #ColossalMistake Fell irreparably in love with this chunky knit (which I don’t know how, has to be mine at some point) and being that I’m broke right this second and unable to click on the ‘add to bag’ icon, thought the least I could do was feature it on the blog. That way it will be a little closer to me…  (Oh-oh, starting to detect some kind of weird problem here).

GEEK CHIC

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Pictures by: Pau

Finally, outfit pictures! A kind soul that comes in the shape of my new work colleague, spent a few minutes taking some pictures for me (really, reaaaally, I cannot thank her enough). Well, ecstatic as I am, I wanted for a couple of days now to feature this lovely tee, which was offered to me (along with some other pretty stuff) by  Blondedge. Let me tell you more about them. They are a new UK store which takes ‘la crème’ of Primark’s highstreet offering plus a treasure trove of vintage directed to the uber-confident, digital aged, fast-paced girls (thank you guys for including me). Their mission is to provide the pick of the bunch online, giving everyone unrivalled access to the most up-to-date, curated fashion pieces. And as you can see but my super cool T-shirt, they have pretty fabulous pieces. So, I’m not going to hold you here any longer and will just let you go and discover it for youselves. Enjoy lovelies!

T-shirt: Blondedge, Jacket: Pull & Bear, Skirt: Dries Van Noten, Mules: Alexander Wang, Bag: Saint Laurent

SUNDAY DETAILS

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Just a pretty (or at least I think so) picture displaying some of my favourite little things and my newest ‘baby’! Yes, I’ve switched to being an Apple person, and I’m very happy with it. Just need to learn how to go around the new system, but I’ll be fine I guess.

Well, I actually have to give you people some results and that’s my Wishlet bracelets giveaway winner, so here it goes… (drum roll please)! The winner is: Karin S.! Thank you all for joining, and have a great start of the week!

GOOD BYE GREAT OSCAR

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As soon as I heard the news I felt compelled to write at least a quick post. I’m very saddened to hear that Oscar De La Renta lost his battle with cancer yesterday, a horrid disease that he fought bravely for several years. (Guess in a way he did win those years come to think of it, at least I’d rather see it that way). Anyway, he was a great designer, and the fashion world has suffered a major loss, but he now rests in peace. My heart is with his family. I had the pleasure to meet Mr. De La Renta when I had the even bigger pleasure of supervising the works of his store in Madrid. I met his (step) daughter Eliza as well, so I feel for her and her family, she was rather sweet and I can actually imagine what she’s going through. Well, I’m out of words now… leaving you with one of this master of couture quotes:

“Never, ever confuse what happens on a runway with fashion. A runway is spectacle. It’s only fashion when a woman puts it on. Being well dressed hasn’t much to do with having good clothes. It’s a question of good balance and good common sense.”

NEW IN!

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Got to apologise for the poor picture, but there was no way I could make this gorgeous (trust me, when worn it is fabulous) jumper look good by itself on a photograph. Plus, we all know I’m no photographer (maybe it’s time to think about some lessons on that)! But anyway, I couldn’t well wait for weather to get cooler to share my joy over this finding with you. I was a little bummed about not being able to purchase the Acne super long sweatshirt at the time, but this very affordable H&M knit made my day. Fine, it’s not an equal, sartorially speaking, but hey, it’s a very nice runner up! In love with it…

Jumper: H&M

THE HOUSE OF PERONI IS BACK!

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As always I’m happy to announce the return of The House of Peroni. So here’s the 411 on this season’s events!

Discover the new inspiration from Rome at The House of Peroni in October

The House of Peroni returns in October to celebrate the culturally diverse hub of Rome that inspired the creation of Peroni Nastro Azzurro. A new generation of Italian creative talent from the worlds of food, drink, design and film will bring modern Rome to central London for the entire month of October. Guests are invited to explore the four floors of the transformed townhouse showcasing specially-commissioned artworks by Italian designers, artists and architects.

All are welcome to experience the three uniquely styled House bars and sip Mixologist Federico Riezzo’s latest creations. Enjoy innovative dishes from culinary collective Bottega Wapping that pay tribute to every aspect of Rome, with typical regional fare including slow-roasted rabbit, encrusted Roman lamb, Roman pecorino cheese and Amatriciana-style pasta.

Federico Riezzo’s drinks menu is a tribute to the Rome he knows and loves; from the ancient emperors and Roman rituals to ingredients sourced from the surrounding areas. On the first floor, you can savour drinks inspired by film such as ‘La Dolce Vista’: a refreshing, sparkling drink combining Peroni Nastro Azzurro with orange and grapefruit flavours and prosecco. On the second floor there are nods to both Roman ingredients with the ‘Veni Vidi Visci’, a zesty blend of Peroni Nastro Azzurro with spearmint and lemon, as well as the city’s history with the fiery Nerone.

Guests will be able to explore the Orange Gardens – an immersive installation inspired by the city’s famous gardens – or take a seat in Il Caffè, which brings the authentic Italian espresso bar to London. From digital mural installations to beautifully reimagined facades from Rome, The House will allow guests to rediscover the Eternal City.

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All Roads Lead to Rome

Throughout the month of October there will be a weekly schedule of events for guests to book tickets for which will include:

Pasta Fresca: In this masterclass the team from Burro e Salvia, Shoreditch’s first pastificio, will teach participants how to make two types of fresh pasta – ‘A La Gricia’ and ‘Amatriciana’ – which are both a mainstay in traditional Roman Trattorias and reveal the simple, honest principles that embody a world of good taste. Making fresh pasta is all about the process, small rituals and slowing down: making things instead of buying them ready-made, enjoying a meal at home with family and friends. Participants will get to sample one of Italy’s best exports as well as being able to take their very own freshly made pasta home.

Profumo di Roma: Guests will be taken on a journey to Rome through scent and sound and learn about perfume’s Italian origins, including the use of certain scents as remedies for ailments in ancient Rome. At the end of the session, each participant will walk away with their very own “Salve of Rome”; a solid perfume based on each guest’s chosen unique blend of smells. In partnership with Odette Toilette: experts in experimental scent events.

Film Feast: Guests’ senses will be enhanced as they taste their way through Oscar & BAFTA winning film, The Great Beauty, with an innovative menu designed by The House chefs, Bottega Wapping. Film Feast is a multisensory experience pairing the sounds and sights of cinema with the tastes and smells of a menu created exclusively for the film.

Roman Royalty: Head wreaths and flower garlands were worn in Rome as symbols of victory, glory and intelligence. Guests attending this masterclass will be taught by boutique florists, Rebel Rebel, how to make their own unique and elaborate floral headdresses using authentic Italian autumnal flowers and herbs found in Rome.

Tied In Style: Fashion-forward tailors Diderot, will host an exclusive workshop at The House of Peroni which will offer guests the chance to select from amongst the latest Italian fabrics to create their very own, one-of-a-kind, bowtie. The ties are created from the finest Italian materials from the current colours and fabric trends in Italy.

Mercato Romano: Enjoy premium Italian street food as vendors including Gurmetti, Tongue ‘n Cheek and Belpassi Bros showcase exclusive menus that capture the popular new food trends from Rome. Authentic dishes with a twist will be available in a laid-back Italian setting on the terrace or in The House where Italian DJs will be playing.

The Art of Chocolate: During October in Perugia (north of Rome), the city pays homage to their most loved sweet with a festival. Flown in directly from Rome, third generation artisans of iconic chocolate brand, SAID, will teach guests about “the food of the Gods” and will work alongside them to create their very own chocolate which guests can take home.

The House of Peroni has taken up residence at 64 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Holborn, WC2A 3JX for the entire month of October. Reservations for the restaurant and tickets for the events are bookable via The House of Peroni website www.thehouseofperoni.com

THE WISHLET GIVEAWAY!

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While I’m still figuring out how to handle outfit pictures, I’ve got something fabulous to share with you. Some days ago I received an email from a lovely lady, offering me a couple of this fantastic bracelets. She was so kind as to send me more than just a couple, so I’m paying her generosity forward, and giving two of these (the ones you see above) to one lucky winner. To sum it up, this IS a giveaway! Here’s the deal… You do not need to follow me if you don’t want to, but I would kindly ask you to at least step in and see what The Wishlet is all about, because it is more than just pretty bracelets. Do read the fine print. I would however, like if you’d follow them on Facebook and Instagram (@thewishlet) and when you’ve done this, just leave me a comment below with your email and name, so I can reach you if you happen to win these. The giveaway is open worldwide! Everyone deserves a chance, right?

The winner will be announced on Sunday the 26th of October. Ps. More international giveaways on: osvojito.com

Special thanks to Irene, and good luck lovelies!

#COSMOPOLITANCHIC FOR A DAY

DAYTIME

Skirt: French Connection, Shirt: Rika, Sweatshirt: Ostwald Helgason, Bangle: Reed Krakoff, Flats: Nicholas Kirkwood, Bag: Christian Louboutin

If I were so lucky as to be in Vegas and spending time at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas resort (at least for one day) this would be my wardrobe of choice. I definitely think that less is more and of course packing light is always a good idea, especially if you have the opportunity to go shopping! (You know, leave some space on your suitcase for that)! With that in mind, I would only pack one fabulous piece (the skirt) to play with day and night. During the day, I would of course love to explore the hotel and then have lunch at the Comme Ça restaurant (it sounds très chic), so I’d pair a sequined skirt with a basic shirt and fun sweatshirt. Flats would be a requirement to tone down the skirt a bit too.

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Blazer: Stella McCartney, Earrings: V Jewellery, Belt: Alexander McQueen, T-shirt: Frame Denim, Slingbacks: Miu Miu

Later in the evening, all I would have to do to spend a lovely night at The Chandelier bar would be to change all the fun elements and go a bit more classy. Flats would be replaced by heels (was there any doubt about that), since the skirt already speaks for itself, I’d keep the bling to a minimum by adding some gorgeous, yet small earrings. The finishing touch, a belted blazer. Keeping it trendy, but perfect for night life!

SEPTEMBER RECAP

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As you know, I’ve been so busy with work (as usual), fashion week and taking street style pictures, that I’ve neglected to take pics of my own outfits. Which is probably best, since I do not want to bore anyone by being, me, me, me, always just me! Anyway, another huge factor, is the fact that as I told you, my dear friend and photographer left and now I cameraman-less (if that can even be a word). This week will be quite the same I fear, although I think next one I will be able to convince someone to take pictures (pretty please)!!!

Well lovelies, not going to trouble you with my pains and worries, but rather leave you with at least four outfits which I actually like a lot, and don’t feel I’ve styled wrong. (I think). Pd. can you guess which is my ‘good side’?

THE WORK JUMPSUIT

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Was wondering when I would get to wear this fabulous jumpsuit I bought way back, when it was still brazing hot! Well, the moment has arrived and to be honest I will be able to wear much of my wardrobe now that temperatures are starting to cool down. So excited! There are even days when I wake up now, and don’t know what to choose, I’m seriously overwhelmed… I do dote on winter clothing! Anyway, can’t write too much today, and I’m guessing you won’t be reading much anyway either, so that’s it for now… have a lovely Friday and don’t forget to have loads of fun!

Jumpsuit and jumper: Zara, Trainers: Adidas Stan Smith, Bag: Little Liffner, Shades: Marni, Earring: Ryan Storer