Saturday, 31 October 2009

Phoebe's alternative Halloween @ Bistrotheque

Much fun was had by all last night at Phoebe Arnold's belated Birthday soiree. Phoebe's actual Birthday was last weekend but she was away in Rio with Katie Grand who was styling Fashion Rocks. Happy Birthday darling girl.

DJ Nathan Gregory Wilkins, Ponystep's Richard Mortimer and lovely Jeanna Ridout from FM Models

Stylist Jean Marc Masala and Mulberry's Jeremy Worthington Oades

Nicholas Espeche and Abena Robinson from Agent Provocateur. Abena's catsuit was stunning and the spiders in her hair are from The Magic Shop

Artist Dunstan James, studying at The Royal Academy

I had a good chat with New York Model's Duncan Ord

Ali May, Director of Dirty Cheap Creative

Loulou Dudman looking fabulous

Super stylish Illustrator Yehrin Tong and Jody Hudson Powell

Phoebe Arnold and Neil Macey

Disco Bloodbath's Damon Martin

Bistrotheque owner Pablo Flack and Nathan Gregory Wilkins

Yours truly

Photographer Giles Price

Phoebe's amazing YSL shoes

Pablo Flack and Phoebe Arnold

My Giles shoes from AW06. I'm about 6' 4" in them...

Yet more shoes... Nathan's Margiela boots and dog tooth check lurex Comme des Garcons socks. My elderly camera hasn't caught it but they actually sparkle. Very jazzy!

Phoebe's Birthday cake

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Friday, 30 October 2009

Waiting for the Mac

Two of my favourite people... The very lovely Hazel Robinson (Giles and Mulberry) and Keith Warren (Loewe). Waiting for Fleetwood Mac to come on at the O2. Sent from Mrs R's Blackberry Wireless.

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Happy Halloween

I love this ethereal Harpers Bazaar shoot with the brilliant Tim Burton. Tim Burton's Tricks and Treats, photographed by Tim Walker. The model is Malgosia Bela from Next.

More of Malgosia Bela

Malgosia Bela by Sølve Sundsbø for Chanel

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Thursday, 29 October 2009

Kelly's new puppy

How unbelievably cute is Kelly Osbourne's new puppy Sid?

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Buy Giles Deacon's Threads

The limited edition fashion fairytale, Threads by Sophia Bennett features a fab front cover illustrated by Giles. Sales of this intelligent and well written novel kindly donate £1 per copy to Save The Children. Not available in the shops until next week, you can snap one up at Amazon for the bargain price of £6.54 by clicking on the title of this post.

Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Just Juice

One of the healthier presents The Actor bought me is my Oscar Juicer. I use it all the time. I believe the amount of vegetable juice I have consumed (I used to go to the juice bar a lot) has stopped the years of smoking/parties/late nights taking it's toll on my 40 year old skin.

It's by far the easiest juicer on the market to clean, (a definite selling point for me). There's only one part that you need to take care with - you brush it with the toothbrush type implement provided. The rest you just run under the tap. It does everything, even wheatgrass. Far superior to the centrifugal juicers that spin round and heat things up, this is a proper cold press juicer that masticates the produce and retains the maximum amount of vitamins.

I'm told that if you eat a pile of fruit and veg, by the time it's gone through your stomach and been digested you will only get around 30% of the goodness. If you juice using one of these and drink within ten minutes you get 90%. A simple way to get your 5 (or more) a day.

Today I'm having fennel, celery, apple, papaya, cucumber, lime and ginger.

It really is amazing for your skin.

My favourite recipe is:

2 fennel bulbs
1 head of celery
2 apples - green or pink are better than red
4 whole kale leaves
1 lime
1 knob ginger

This makes two pints and is much more delicious than it sounds.  I used to use spinach until I read you can overdo the iron and kale or cavalo nero is more nutricious.

If I'm attempting a detox (most of the time) I add a tablespoon of Clean Greens Powder, Pukka do the best one at Fresh & Wild. This has all sorts of organic bio nutrients in, spirulina, wheatgrass, kale sprouts, sea plants, seed sprouts and other digestive goodies. A measure of this is equivalent to 10 portions of organic vegetables. You can get this in capsule form if you can't stomach drinking it.

Get yourself one here and save £50.

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Beatrice Boyle paintings

Supersonic Masonique

On our way home from Paris went to Terminus Nord, opposite Gare du Nour with four of our friends and had some amazing french onion soup and lots of vin rouge. I could have sworn we were on the 6.45pm train... It turned out we were booked on the 6.15pm, oops. So we'd already missed our Eurostar. The Actor was not amused. He was really looking forward to his dinner at Supersonic Masonique that evening. €150 (pissed off face) and two new tickets later we were on the next train.

On arrival in London we wheeled our cases into the loos at St Pancras (Oh, the glamour) for a quick change. I must have put on weight during our stay in Paris as I couldn't zip up my Gina python boots to the top. I'd have to style it out, it would be dark by the time we turned up anyway.

Supersonic Masonique is the brainchild of the super talented Bistrotheque boys, Pablo Flack and David Waddington. After the huge success of Flash and The Reindeer this is their latest pop-up restaurant. As part of the first London Restaurant Festival, Bistrotheque created a 50 seater, 3 night only dining experience at ANdAZ Hotel's Grade I Listed Masonic Temple, normally closed to the public.

The Actor and I arrived in Liverpool Street at the Andaz hotel and walked up the marble staircase to the temple. We were blown away by the room and the amazing atmosphere.

Bistrotheque Head Chef, the gorgeous Tom Collins

Hosted by Grand Master Jonny Woo
Cocktails & Truffle Popcorn From our brothers at the Ketel 1 Lodge
Sushi & Frozen Cognac From our French brothers at the Remy Martin Lodge
Taco Belle With kind thanks to our brothers at Partida Lodge, Tequila, Mexico
Seafarer Pizza As suggested by our brothers at Ruinart Lodge, Champagne
Kentucky Fried Quail As recommended by our Southern brothers in the Four Roses Lodge
The Big Mason From the Bistrotheque Lodge, Bethnal Green
Gin Slush Puppies
Cheese Toastie Suggested by the Ardbeg lodge
Hot Apple Pie & Ice Cream From the Chegworth brethern
Pink Champagne Candy Floss
The Supersonic Masonic Supper Club is proud to be working with: Ketel One, Ruinart Champagne, Ardbeg Whisky, Remy Martin, Four Roses Bourbon, Partida Tequila, and Bulldog Gin

The inspired menu was a fun take on fast food. Each course was served with a different glass or shot. We drank Martini's, Vodka, Champagne, red wine, Gin, Ardberg Whisky, Remy Martin, Bourbon and Tequila. Phew! What a list!

The nine courses began with some wonderful truffle popcorn and a flute of Champagne. This was followed by The Seafarer Pizza with a ceviche of fish and seafood, served with ice cold Remy Martin. The Taco Belle was accompanied by a shot of Tequila. The moorish Kentucky Fried Quail came in a bucket with fries and a special barbeque sauce laced with bourbon for an extra kick. Like we needed one... Everyone was getting a bit giddy already!

Kentucky Fried Quail served in a bucket with barbeque sauce

The Big Mason was a delicious gourmet beefburger served in a bun with foie gras and wild mushrooms, so good lots of people had seconds. I loved the gorgeously rich toasted cheese sandwich served with a shot of whisky. Gin slush puppies cleansed our palates and then onto pink champagne candy floss with a strawberry hidden in the centre. The hot apple pie and ice cream looked just like McDonalds but was far superior. The Actor had two. His excuse was he is 6 foot 4 and requires more food than everyone else.

It was a great turn out - Giles Deacon, Grace Cobb from Wonderland Magazine, Jo-Ann Furniss, Editor in Chief of Arena Homme Plus, uber PR Mandi Lennard, Fashion East's Lulu Kennedy, designer Roksanda Ilincic, Hazel Robinson, Marc Morgan from Grazia, Gallerist Pablo Leon de la Barra, writers Paul Flynn, Charlie Porter and Jake Arnott. I had a scream with the gorgeous Jeremy Lee, Head Chef at the excellent Blue Print Cafe.

We'd all consumed so much alcohol, everyone was extremely jolly. Jonny Woo was hilariously brilliant as The Grand Master. He whipped the crowd into a frenzy of foot stamping and table banging. I cried with laughter when he ran along the middle table with his trousers down, revealing leopard skin pants and knocking drinks and candles flying.

Later Jonny changed into full drag (photos to follow) and the temple was cleared. The Actor, Jeremy, David Waddington (dressed in a Louis Vuitton cloak that would be perfect for Halloween), and I stayed for a while and sang some show tunes before joining friends in a suite upstairs where there was drinking and (some particularly impressive) dancing... You know you you are!!...

A fabulous and very memorable night was had by all.

Monday, 26 October 2009

Paris Continued

Drinking in a street cafe after the show with Hazel Robinson, Phoebe Arnold, Kate Linden, Marc Morgan, Sid Bryan, Annie Wilshaw, Jo and Dani. Annie is taking a picture of one of the Giles invitations, each person was given a different blow-up dinosaur! On the canopy is The Actor's pink pterodactyl which he was very attached to. He dragged it around for the rest of the evening til it burst.

We stayed in a lovely little hotel in St. Germain. We took over the whole place. I had such a great time in Paris but as the pound is so weak it was really expensive to eat and drink. €28 for two gin and tonics, €65 for two Croque Madame's, two miniscule glasses of house red and two espressos... I'll be staying in for the rest of the month!

The next evening seven of our group went to Le Dome in Boulevard Montparnasse, just along from La Coupole. A gorgeous art deco restaurant serving the best seafood and fish I have eaten in a long time. Nicky Bradbury organised it and they gave us a lovely private room. The Maitre D helped us order so we could try plenty of dishes. We shared a huge seafood platter, mussels in a light curry sauce, sea anenome, marinated and cooked in garlic and butter, which we all agreed was amazing, sole meuniere, monkfish, langoustine risotto and lots of excellent white wine. This was followed by the largest millefeuille I've ever seen. Le Dome is definitely worth a visit.

On our last day The Actor and I went to the Musee D'Orsay. The cheapest thing in Paris at €8. What an absolutely lovely place and it never seemed crowded even though it was a Saturday, plenty of space to see all the art and sculpture. The restaurant serves a marvelous tea.

The chandelier room was breathtaking.

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Genius Giles

A very overdue post from 8th October.

The Actor and I went to support our friend Giles in his Paris debut. London's loss was Paris's gain.

I loved the colours and mixtures of fabrics in neon, pastel and metallics. Gorgeous silk spider print sheath dresses and edgy but frothy prom dresses. Must have accessories - The cute dinosaur bags in shiny metallic leather, big "Scooby" sunglasses in pink for Cutler and Gross, gold and neon bulldog clips (The Actor got one - don't know where he's going to wear it!) and spangly scorpions and spiders to wear in your hair, as a brooch or a bracelet. Much as I adore last seasons six inch Louboutin stilettoes I was relieved to see kitten heels. Thanks Giles, I won't have to take a taxi everywhere next summer.

Natasha Poly @ Women

Dree Hemingway @ Elite

Bregje Heinen @ Women

Dorothea Barth Jorgensen @ Elite

Alla Kostromicheva @ Women

Rianne Ten Haken @ Women

Magdalena Frackowiak @ Elite

Natasha Poly @ Women

Anna Selzneva @ Silent

Patricia van der Vliet @ Elite

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