Showing posts with label Giles. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Giles. Show all posts

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

My week

I was very glad that everything seems to have calmed down in London today and I can ride my bicycle again.   I'm absolutely loving my new found freedom and I've been going all over the place.  The first day I rode it I didn't even like a car going past me!  I'm fine now although I'm steering clear of main roads, bendy buses and car doors opening!   I never took my driving test and haven't had a bike for twenty five years so it's brilliant having a form of transport at last.  I can't believe it's taken me this long to get one.  I can't even think of the money I spent on cabs...

I've been eating at my friend Elaine's restaurant A Little of What You Fancy SO much.  It's brilliant because you can go for breakfast, lunch or dinner and the menu changes every day.  The food is so fresh and delicious, I can't make anything as good.  It's more economical for me to buy soup, salad or one of Elaine's specials than shop and cook for myself.  

I've been finishing a work project so I've been a bit quiet and haven't been out that much.  Here's some of my week in pictures.  It's mostly eating!

David Waddington riding my bike, Phoebe Arnold and Giles leaving Elaine's restaurant after a long lunch.

Getting supplies

Drinks in Giles' garden.  David took this - he could have got one of us all smiling.  I have no idea why Giles is balancing on a milking stool on the grass

I've been working out new routes on my bicycle.  Here's De Beauvoir Square which is at the top of my street.  I thought it looked rather lovely in the afternoon sun with it's Victorian gothic houses

Take out from Elaine's - Lots of leaves and fresh herbs - I wish I knew what they all were - rocket, basil, amarynth, the best olives ever, vine tomatoes, caper berries, feta cheese and baby capers.  There's tons hidden under there.

I was having my breakfast in the garden when I spotted this little chap - I think he's adopted me as he's been back every day since - this was pre-lawn mowing.  Look at at the state of it!

The next day there were more showers followed by a double rainbow over my back garden

Take out from Elaine's again - the same but with roasted peppers and tomato.  I also had red pepper and chilli soup - amazing.

The Actor and I had our Sunday lunch at guess where?  A Little of What You Fancy.  He loves it.  It's too handy being up the road.  Plus we bump into loads of our friends.

I had a Bloody Mary (of course) and The Actor had a real ale, brewed in London Bridge.  We shared a ham hock terrine with cornichons, capers and caper berries.  He wanted another one but I stopped him as I knew he'd want pudding too.

Then we shared the rump steak with pak choi, chilli, spring onion and tamari dressing - so much lighter than a Sunday roast on a hot day

And roast chicken with puy lentils and chorizo with rocket - both fabulous.

I've been laying off the chocolate a bit recently (only so I don't frighten everyone on the beach) so this was a real treat - under all that vanilla cream and fruit is Elaine's flourless chocolate cake which is divine.

Then I was house bound because of the trouble and my lunch was cancelled.  Boo.  Of course I was glued to the news and didn't get much done.

Luckily it was a nice day but I looked grumpily at my bike sitting in the hall every time I passed it

It makes me happy see more flowers on my Magnolia Grandiflora tree

Isn't it beautiful?

Back to Elaine's today to have breakfast with my friends Pablo Flack and Hazel Robinson

I had the scrambled eggs with bacon, vine tomatoes with fresh basil and mushrooms - that's olive oil in the background in case you're wondering.  It was a perfect breakfast.

Pablo and Hazel both had the scrambled eggs with kippers.  I pinched a bit and they were lovely.

Here's me riding my bicycle out of the restaurant earlier.  I've been challenging myself to wear really bright colours - apart from today - and always a silly pair of sunglasses.  I'm hoping motorists will think I'm a) stupid and b) have no road sense - It's working as they're giving me a very wide berth.  Perfect!

I'm off to try and catch up on my blog reading.  Have a great evening xxx

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Giles collaborates with Nine West. And meet Eek

Photography by Sølve Sundsbø
Giles in the latest issue of LOVE magazine sporting an Eek manicure

Last night I went to the press launch for a collaboration with Giles and Nine West.  Named "Shoelaborations" the latest tech-based capsule collection by Giles will be in stores in the Autumn.

Fred Allard, Nine West Creative Director, said, "Giles Deacon is a design visionary who has a unique aesthetic and whimsical irreverence that has shaped fashion today.  Together, we are creating a collection that explores technology-infused fashion with Giles' famous character, Eek, incorporated into the designs in unexpected ways."

This is Eek, a michievious mouse like character that Giles came up with a while back

Eek appeared on this shift dress from Giles AW06 collection

Eek appeared again in sequins for AW08

Nail queen Sophy Robson came up with the Eek manicure for the AW11 collection. Here's the lovely Ana Beatriz Barros modelling for Giles

Sophy Eek manicure.  Lots of people are asking for it

Eek features in Giles' jewellery collection along with Gizmo

Giles likes a cartoon eye

The launch was at the St Martin's Lane Hotel in Covent Garden

I love Philippe Stark's hotels and I've had a few mad nights in here and loads in The Sanderson.  When St Martin's Lane first opened, a group of us carried on after a party as my friend had a suite.  The next day my friend Hazel ordered one portion of scrambled eggs on toast "off menu" and it was £45!  I'll always remember that.  Note to self, never order room service "off menu".

They were showing the shoes in Bungalow 8, the members nightclub downstairs.  It was rather a good setting for the shoes, if not for my photography.  My friend recently went to Snoop Dogg's album launch at a strip club, Snoop gave a press conference sitting on a gold throne surrounded by pole dancers.

The girls from Nine West were lovely, they'd been there since 9am.  I arrived at 6.45pm.  It finished a 7pm and I just missed Giles who'd zipped off on his bike ten minutes previously.  He texted me but I missed it.  I still haven't got my iPhone fixed, I'm currently using a Nokia which I dropped so it's sellotaped together like an old grandad's pair of glasses.  Classy!

I had a glass of Champagne

Some grilled halloumi and chicken satay

Giles has designed a small capsule collection of shoes to take you "from breakfast time to bedtime" all at high street prices.  I keep banging on about the fact that none of my shoes are comfortable enough to wear all day and this could be the solution.  I've never known Giles design a sensible shoe before.

Bernadette pumps

Bernadette pumps in black cowskin

Layla in black suede with leather straps

Polly in black suede with leather straps

There's also a laptop case and an Eek USB on a chain

Here's a selection of Nine West's new collection for AW11, there's lots in the brochure that I really like

As always I'm drawn to something shiny

I love these

These changed colour when you stroked them

The clutches are good and the fur is faux

We were given goodie bags containing an Eek canvas and leather tote bag.

I went for a cup of tea with my friend Frances on the way home.  She took a couple of snaps of me.  I rarely post outfit pics because I can't seem to take them of myself.  I need to sort that out.  I was late and hadn't washed my hair.  I tried to smother it in dry shampoo but I just looked grey as it was too far gone, hence the turban.

So these are for two of my dearest blogging friends who are always asking me to post pictures instead of dressing Tallulah up - Sacramento and Sarah, these are for you.

I'm wearing
Sequin turban headband by Ophelie from the V&A £55
Marabou shoulder piece by Jasper Conran from Ebay £20
Black and silver star jacket by Ghost from Ebay £22
Silk vest by Joseph from Ebay £8
Faux sapphire and diamond panther bracelet from Ebay £15
Blouson trousers with buttoned ankles - very old Margiela
Sequin wedge ankle boots from Office Sale £25

I was supposed to be going to the launch of Lily Allen and Sarah Owen's new collection for Lucy in Disguise at Harvey Nichols tonight but I'm too late to go now which is a shame.

I'll have to go and see it very soon.  Hope you have a great night girls xxx

I have to finish some work then I'll stay in and be a couch potato instead.  And watch The Apprentice on Sky+.  I hope you have a lovely evening whatever you do xxx