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Summer in the South of France Wish Lyst

My first big trip of the summer season is to Aix-en-Provence via Eurostar in July, so I’ve been looking at street style in the South of France for inspiration.  It’s the perfect excuse to update my summer wardrobe and add a little je ne sais quoi.

Summer fashion in Aix is chic and breezy with a touch of bobo cool since it’s a popular university town.  To look the part in the South of France, I compiled a wish Lyst inspired by French brands and Riviera style.

Lyst is a fantastic online shopping tool that I use to plan outfits, create bespoke wish Lysts and discover new brands.  It’s particularly helpful before travelling so you can get organised and buy any last-minute pieces to enhance your capsule wardrobe without trawling around the shops in a panic.

If you’re stuck for ideas on what to wear for a country wedding, a week of sun in Ibiza or skiing in Chamonix, Lyst regularly features edits by the likes of Moda Operandi, Mary Katrantzou and Rebecca Minkoff to get you inspired.

One of my favourite features is the handy email alert to notify you when an item in your Lyst has gone on sale.  It means never missing out on a must-have piece and scoring a good bargain.

Do you plan your outfits on Lyst?  What would you add to your wish Lyst for this summer?

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Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts

Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse for a bit of a splurge, whether it’s a gift for your significant other or simply a treat for yourself.

While I like to spend the most romantic day of the year getting slushy over a decadent meal and movie at home, I’m a sucker for a spot of Valentine’s kitsch with as many red hearts as possible.  If you’re still looking out for ideas, here are some luxurious gifts to share the love…

Olivia Von Halle Alba Mizuki printed silk-satin pyjama set, £295, Net-a-Porter
Charlotte Tilbury limited edition K.I.S.S.I.N.G lip trio, £29, Harvey Nichols
Sophie Hulme mini envelope cross-body bag, £375, Matches Fashion
Kate Spade skinny bow bangle, £65, Selfridges
Pierre Hermé bonbons chocolat coeur, €30, Pierre Hermé
House of Hackney Palmeral set of three A5 flexi notebooks, £14, House of Hackney
Bella Freud Loving candle, £38, Liberty

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Chloé Debuts at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London

It’s rare that I write about hotel packages, but Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London’s partnership with French fashion maison Chloé is just too fabulous not to share.

I can’t resist a luxury fashion and hotel collaboration when it’s done well and the Chloé Debuts package is a cut above the rest.  In celebration of London Fashion Week, hotel guests can own the Drew handbag ahead of the shows and enjoy a limited edition Chloé afternoon tea at The Rosebery with Chloé champagne cocktails.

The package also includes one night’s accommodation for two in an elegant Knightsbridge Turret Suite, à la carte breakfast for two, personalised service at Chloé on Sloane Street to receive the Chloé Drew bag, plus a bottle of Chloé Love Story perfume.

As someone who owns almost every Chloé fragrance, I’m interested to see if the special champagne cocktails will be inspired by notes in the fragances (a current cocktail trend in London) or the colours and shapes of the new collections.  Either way, they’re sure to be refined and feminine, befitting their exquisite surroundings in The Rosebery.

In addition to the hotel package, there will be a mannequin showcasing the fashion collection in the Lobby, plus two vetrines displaying the Drew bag in a number of colours and patterns.

Drew is a delicate, modern saddlebag with round, sculpted lines, sumptuous leather, a knotted fob chain and horseshoe pivots – available in three sizes.  Who could resist?

Do you love hotel and fashion brand partnerships?  Which is your favourite fashion-inspired afternoon tea at a luxury hotel?

The Chloé Debuts accommodation package starts from £1,568 and is valid from 12th February to 9th March.  For more information and booking, visit: 

Accessories, Beauty, Fashion, Shopping

Lucy Choi & Philips Beauty UK Lumea Heels

This week, I attended the unveiling of Lucy Choi’s stunning new Lumea Heels in the plush Drawing Room at Ham Yard.

Designed in partnership with Philips Lumea, there’s something rather special about the Lumea Heels.  Not only are they unbelievably gorgeous, but only 30 pairs have been made!

As you may or may not know, Lucy Choi is the niece of the legendary Jimmy Choo and sister of Sandra Choi (Creative Director at Jimmy Choo) and she has certainly shares the family’s natural flair for shoe design.  By contrast to Jimmy Choo’s high octane glamour, Lucy Choi’s shoes are classic and chic with interesting design details and a refreshingly modest price point.

Lucy shared with us that comfort is paramount and drew on her own past experience of having to carry both heels and trainers to work (a footwear double life that we’re all probably familiar with).  Having been the Managing Director at French Sole for over 10 years, she knows a thing or two about comfortable, luxurious shoes.

So, where does Philips Lumea come in?  Philips Beauty UK commissioned Lucy to design a pair of heels based on social media responses to what makes the perfect shoe.  Women were asked a series of questions on Facebook and Twitter such as the ideal heel height, style, fabric and colour, and boy did they answer well.  Check out these beauts…

Having conducted a poll this year among 2000 women in the UK, Philips discovered that almost 90% of women agree that silky smooth legs and a pair of high heels are one of the small things that can improve their confidence.  It’s definitely something I can relate to, especially for those glam occasions when you need to look and feel your best.

Denise van Outen, who is launching the campaign, says: “Having silky smooth legs, even if they are covered up, does give me a sense of control and confidence, so I always find it’s worth fitting it in so that I don’t get caught out unprepared.  Using the Philips Lumea means my skin stays smoother for longer so I don’t need to worry.”

I will be trialling the Philips Lumea Precision Plus over the next few months and look forward to seeing the results.  Lumea Precision Plus is a cordless hair removal solution that uses Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology to prevent hair growth.  Philips states that both legs can be treated in just 15 minutes and studies have shown that hair can be reduced by 80% in four bi-weekly treatments.

Visit the Philips Beauty UK Facebook page for a chance to win a pair of the money-can’t-buy Lucy Choi Lumea Heels.

Have you tried the Philips Lumea?  What gives you that little boost of confidence?

Accessories, Designers, Fashion, London, Shopping, Stores

Mulberry: Made with love in England

Last week, I made a trip to Harrods to take a peek at Mulberry’s gorgeous window, as part of the store’s ‘Made with Love’ campaign.

Featuring bespoke illustrations by British artist Harry Malt, the window takes shoppers on a whimsical journey from London to deepest Somerset – Mulberry’s rural homeland.

Mulberry’s ‘Made with Love in England’ window celebrates the leather brand’s heritage with illustrations of its two Somerset factories – The Rookery and The Willows.  Even with high global demand, more than half of all Mulberry bags are created by over 700 artisans in Somerset.

To spread the love even further, Mulberry has also launched a new permanent monogramming service at the Lower Group Floor boutique in Harrods.  Not only can you personalise your Mulberry bag or purse with your initials, but it can be jazzed up with British icon symbols such as a telephone box, London bus, a London taxi cab or a post box.

I was kindly given a beautiful credit card holder in the softest red natural leather with my initials monogrammed on the back.  It’s such a lovely, personal touch to add to an already stunning Mulberry accessory and makes a thoughtful gift.

I also had the opportunity to have my Mulberry gift bag illustrated by the talented Harry Malt.  Referencing my (and Mulberry’s) love of chic pooches, he created an adorable Chérie City pup sporting a double-C collar.

The Mulberry Monogramming service is available now at Harrods.  For more information, visit:

Photos by Mulberry and Chérie City

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Friendship with Monica Vinader

My jewellery collection is one of the most treasured things that I own and each piece tells a story.  Whether a piece of jewellery was given to me by a friend, picked up on my travels or worn on a special occasion, it remains dear to me.

One of my favourite jewellery designers Monica Vinader recently extended the hand of friendship with a very special gift.  I was sent a beautiful Bali Friendship Bracelet with Chérie City thoughtfully engraved.

The bracelet features a hammered oval in 18ct Gold Plated Vermeil on Sterling Silver with an adjustable cord.  The luxurious plaited cord is a deep red for ‘luck’ and can be easily adjusted, so it’s sure to fit however you wear it.

I have already worn my bracelet around town and it’s quite a conversation starter, as everyone wants to know the story behind the engraving.

I sometimes style it up with a few slim bracelets or my Liberty scarf watch, but mostly I like to make it the main feature on my wrist and pair it with my favourite Zoe & Morgan peacock necklace, Jade Jagger arrow necklace, Pilgrim blue flower necklace (a gift from my friend while we were at uni) or my Hermès x Liberty scarf.

Monica Vinader bracelets look fabulous stacked up, so I’m keen to add to my collection with the stunning Baja, Fiji and Esencia bracelets.  I also love that the pieces are mostly named after fabulous, exotic destinations, almost as if they are encouraging you to travel and see the world.

A Monica Vinader friendship bracelet is the perfect gift for a friend (or a personal treat) and a grown-up way to renew vows of friendship with your closest girlfriends.  Best of all, the engraving service via the website is free on all engravable pieces and you can select a font or really customise it by uploading your own handwriting or doodle.

For more information and to buy online, visit:

All photos by Chérie City

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Anndra Neen for The Beverly Hills Hotel

Anndra Neen, winners of the Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize 2011, have created a limited edition collection of jewellery inspired by The Beverly Hills Hotel.

Since presenting their pieces at The Beverly Hills Hotel in 2011, Phoebe and Annette Stephens’ label has become known for its intricate metalwork and is stocked at over 40 stores worldwide.

Their accessories are a firm favourite among fashion editors and have been worn by Michelle Obama, Jessica Alba, Drew Barrymore, Nicole Richie and Anna Paquin.

Their line for The Beverly Hills Hotel is inspired by the hotel’s iconic design elements, from its dreamy shades of pink to the signature banana leaves found on the wallpaper and landscaped gardens across the property.

The striking hand-made necklace, choker and ring feature rose quartz, alpaca and brass materials.

Anndra Neen’s collection for The Beverly Hills Hotel is priced from £185.19 to £389.53 and is available to buy at the hotel’s Logo Shop and online.

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Last-minute Mother’s Day Gifts

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching, so keep it simple with something special that she is sure to love.  Here are a few gift ideas for what to buy your rockstar mum…

China Blue Love Cushion, £72, Jan Constantine
Fable Red Tree Accent Plate, £7, Royal Doulton
Bobbi Brown Lip Color in Rose Berry, £19, Selfridges
Smythson Superstar Textured Red Leather Notebook, £45, Net-a-Porter
AERIN Fragrance Coffret, £70, Estee Lauder
Pomegranate 18ct Gold Vermeil Cupcake Chalcedony Stacking Ring, £45, John Lewis
All My Løv Gift Box assortment of 24 tea bags, £15.90, Løv Organic

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Chopard at The Dorchester

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, as they say, but surely they’re even better if they come straight from The Dorchester.

While the younger generation of luxury and design hotels are adding florists, bookshops and concept gift stores to their public areas, The Dorchester keeps it old school with an elegant new store by Chopard.

‘Chopard at The Dorchester’ is the very first high-end jewellery boutique in the UK by the Swiss jewellery and watches house.  Designed by Thierry Despont (The Dorchester, 45 Park Lane and Harry Winston), it is an intimate, refined space that offers an exclusive selection of pieces from Chopard’s Haute Joaillerie collection.

The interiors remind me of an ornate jewellery box with its plush red velvet furnishings, wood panelling and gold engraved logos.

Chopard co-president and artistic director Caroline Scheufele said: “The Dorchester is a timeless, magical place – the backdrop to a sequence of spectacular moments and home to the world’s most stylish travellers.  ‘Chopard at The Dorchester’ will be a globally renowned destination where jewellery lovers and connoisseurs will be invited to discover Chopard’s designs in the most elegant of settings.”

Parties who wish to browse privately can request a personal viewing outside of standard opening hours.  With the BAFTAs and Valentine’s Day coming up, ‘Chopard at The Dorchester’ is sure bring some extra sparkle to London.

For more information, visit:

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Christmas Gift Guide 2013: Accessories

Accessories make perfect Christmas gifts, whether it’s a cosy faux fur snood, a piece of designer jewellery or a fabulous handbag.  Hermès bangles are collectible classics while this season’s KENZO bags are unbelievably cool and covetable.  Of course, no one can resist a butter-soft Mulberry leather purse and the new bright red colour is particularly festive.

Here are some more ideas for amazing accessories this Christmas…


KENZO Lightning Dix-Huit Leather Satchel, £540, Selfridges
Anton Heunis Spike Opulent Necklace, £239, Cadenzza
Lux Velvet Ear Muffs, £12, Topshop
Colliers de Chiens Enamel Bracelet, £310, Hermès
Shinola ‘The Birdy 34mm’ Watch, €525, Colette
Tree French Purse in Bright Red Shiny Goat, £275, Mulberry
Lily and Lionel for Mr & Mrs Smith See You In Santorini Scarf, £100, Mr & Mrs Smith
Faux Fur Snood, £25, Oliver Bonas
Quilted Gloves, £49 Hobbs

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BRIKA x The Coveteur at Paramount Hotel, New York

The holidays are a thrilling time to shop in New York with buzzing stores, festive window displays and winter markets.

For a truly unique shopping experience, luxury lifestyle website The Coveteur has teamed up with modern craft online boutique BRIKA to host a holiday gifting shop at The Free & The Brave Pop-Up Shop at the Paramount Hotel.

Founded by three Toronto creatives – designer Erin Kleinberg, stylist Stephanie Mark and photographer Jake Rosenberg – The Coveteur takes an insider’s look inside the closets of stylish celebrities, designers and fashion influencers such as Amber Valletta, Sophia Webster, Pamela Love, Pharrell Williams and the Mulleavy sisters.

Also formed in Toronto by Kena Paranjape and Jen Lee Koss is BRIKA, an online retail site with a carefully-selected range of well-crafted goods by authentic makers, artisans and designers.  

Located in the heart of Times Square, the BRIKA x The Coveteur holiday gifting shop features six curated closets with pieces by BRIKA makers alongside luxury products by established and up-and-coming New York designers.

Styled by The Coveteur, the closets are divided into shoppable gift guides for Him, Her, the Home, the Foodie and the Little Ones. Celebrity astrologer (and mum of Sophomore’s Chrissie Miller) Susan Miller also has her own Zodiac Closet, tailoring holiday gifts to match each star sign.

Shoppers can expect to find fabulous gifts from makers such as Otte, Juma, Journelle, Blueprint Cleanse, La Petite Caravane and Babiators.  There’s even the chance to pick up a tin or two of Karlie’s Kookies, a collaboration between Momofuku Milk Bar and supermodel Karlie Kloss with a portion of proceeds donated to FEED.

The closets are also shoppable online and gifts are delivered to the customer’s home.

BRIKA x The Coveteur is filled with cool gifts for friends and family, plus you might be tempted to treat yourself to something new.  Ending a successful shopping trip with coffee and cake at Paramount Hotel’s Corso Coffee is an added bonus.

The Brika x The Coveteur Pop Up Shop runs until 6th January at The Free & The Brave Pop-Up Shop at the Paramount Hotel, New York. 

All images © Jake Rosenberg for The Coveteur

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Shopping In Hong Kong

My recent trip to Hong Kong was all about the food, with more dim sum than I ever thought I could devour, however there was a small window in the itinerary for a spot of shopping.

Hong Kong is a shopper’s paradise with everything from local, inexpensive Chinese markets and outlet stores to slick concept malls and designer flagship stores that can’t be found in the UK.

K11 Art Mall (Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon)

The world’s first art shopping mall in Tsim Sha Tsui is one of Kowloon’s coolest spots and the perfect place to find unique pieces and gifts.  K11 works with the Hong Kong art community to showcase emerging and international artists with regular exhibitions and events.  I saw some quirky, unusual artworks during my visit, including a Mona Lisa portrait made entirely of toast.

K11 Design Store features lifestyle and design products while K11 Select hosts individual designer concession stores such as Daydream Nation, Shiny Beetle and kapok TOOLS.

Fashion stores at K11 tend to be fun, young brands including Dr. Martens, Kipling, Y-3, Fiorucci, Paul & Joe Beauté and Melvita.

TIKKA (Sheung Wan, Hong Kong)

After an uphill trek in the blistering heat, I was delighted to stumble across TIKKA on hip Gough Street in Sheung Wan, just a few doors down from agnès b. cafe l.p.g.  Doris Qiu’s two-floor boutique stocks international designers such as Loeffler Randall, Daydream Nation, American Retro, Minna Parikka and Monserrat de Lucca, alongside her own label Doris Q.

TIKKA’s offering is well-edited and the clothes and accessories are so eye-catching that it’s difficult to leave empty handed.  There is a good range of affordable and investment pieces and the store has a young, edgy vibe.

Harbour City (Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon)

Harbour City in Kowloon is one of Hong Kong’s largest and most impressive shopping destinations, made up of three malls with over 450 shops, around 50 restaurants, three hotels and two cinemas.

Every luxury fashion brand worth its salt has a store at Harbour City, including Balenciaga, Alexander Wang, Chloe, Bottega Veneta, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Hermès.  However, it’s not only about high end, as you can also find more affordable stores such as Jack Wills, Hoss Intropia, Levi’s, Muji and Superdry.

Harbour City is also great for dining with stylish Chinese restaurants such as the two Michelin star yè shanghai and House of Jasmine, plus luxurious sweet treats at Pierre Hermé Paris, Ladurée and Jean-Paul Hévin.  Be sure to take an afternoon tea pitstop at C’est La B. and relax over a pot of fine tea and a selection of exquisite, creative cakes.

IFC Mall (Central, Hong Kong)

The International Finance Centre Mall is a bright, extensive mall on the waterfront of Hong Kong’s bustling Central district.  It’s ever so slightly less dazzling than Harbour City, but offers more interesting niche brands such as Tsumori Chisato, Repetto, Pomellato, Kate Spade New York, Atsuyo Tayama and Santa Maria Novella.

It’s also worth dining at IFC Mall, as there are some great eateries such as agnès b. LE PAIN GRILLÉ, Le Salon de Thé de Joël Robuchon, St. Betty and Petite Amanda patisserie.

Horizon Plaza (Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong)

After visiting The 8th Estate Winery on Ap Lei Chau (a small island just off Aberdeen), our tour guide Frank took us on a mini detour that he knew us girls would appreciate.  Horizon Plaza is a discount outlet mega-store with 28th floors of designer and premium high street clothing and homeware shopping.

Brands with their own outlet stores at Horizon Plaza include Yves Saint Laurent, Ralph Lauren, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Shanghai Tang, Joyce and Hugo Boss.

Entering the Lane Crawford outlet shop is like going to fashion heaven, it really is that good.  Many of the pieces are past season, but it’s fun to pick up a bargain and spot key collection pieces such as a Christopher Kane aqua gel-filled PVC clutch or the Meadham Kirchhoff sparkle pom pom platforms.

Designer gems that caught my eye were a bright yellow Proenza Schouler PS1 bag, Tabitha Simmons heels, Marni sandals, a Stella McCartney silk tuxedo jacket and a whole rail of Carven delights.  There are plenty of wardrobe staples and classics to be found, but those with a fearless sense of style will be in their element at Horizon Plaza.

We had less than half an hour at Horizon Plaza (and literally had to be torn away), but on a return trip to Hong Kong, I would schedule at least half a day to explore it from top to bottom.  You can even have a quick bite there at the delighted furniture store Tree with its stylish in-store cafe, or an indulgent cupcake from Sift Patisserie.

Causeway Bay is like the Oxford Circus of Hong Kong with everything from four floors of Asian youth fashion brands at the colourful Island Beverly to entry-level designer labels such as Zadig & Voltaire, Vivienne Westwood, Stefanel and Vivienne Tam at Fashion Walk.  Times Square is home to a large Lane Crawford store and over 230 store in the mall, which connects conveniently to the Causeway Bay MTR station.

For more shopping ideas in Hong Kong, visit:

All photos by Chérie City