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Trend: Men’s Watches

One of my sartorial goals in life has always been to invest in a really good watch, the kind that gets passed down through the family.  Unsurprisingly, this inspiration came while ‘watching the clock’ at Zurich airport, Switzerland being the spiritual home of the timepiece and all.

The thing is, like sneakers and cashmere sweaters, I tend to prefer men’s styles, as I like a bolder, more striking look.  And I’m not alone – Victoria Beckham, Jennifer Aniston, Sofia Vergara and blogger Disneyrollergirl are all fans of the oversized, boyfriend-style watch.

Here are some stylish men’s watches from The Watch Gallery that are on my wish list…

I love that on The Watch Gallery you can find everything from affordable fashion watches by brands like Meistersinger and Junghans, through to the most luxurious timepieces by Chanel, Cartier and Breguet.

Given the chance, I would complete my watch wardrobe with a sporty Shinola Runwell or Burberry City with rose gold during the day and an elegant Frederique Constant Slimline or Uniform Wares C35 for evenings and special occasions.  No more scrambling in my bag to check the time on my mobile phone, that’s just not chic.

Do you like wearing men’s watches?  Which high end men’s watch would be on your top pick?

This post is written in collaboration with The Watch Gallery 

Accessories, Designers, Fashion, Shopping

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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Designers, Fashion, London Fashion Week

Mulberry A/W 15-16, London Fashion Week

One of my favourite parts of London Fashion Week is seeing what Mulberry has in store for next season.

I headed over to the gorgeous Mulberry HQ in Kensington to see the Autumn/Winter 2015-16 presentation and was impressed as ever.

The British heritage brand’s love affair with old English houses continues, as the collection is inspired by the elegance of Georgian interiors.  London’s Sir John Soane’s Museum is also a reference point for the womenswear checked patterns, woven jacquard and the attractive filigree motif  that adorns many of the pieces.

Texture is key for A/W 15-16 and it doesn’t get more luxurious than Mulberry’s cosy outerwear.  There’s a highly covetable cape and a number of coats and jackets in sumptuous shearling, mohair, alpaca, bouclé tweed and even haircalf.  One of the alpaca pieces was actually thrashed with thistles 20 times to get the desired effect.

Dresses are demure and romantic, cut on the bias to give them a fluid silhouette.  I love the long sleeves and low-cut backs to subtly show a bit of flesh.  You can imagine Keira Knightley wearing the black silk dress with filigree pattern for elegantly lounging around the country pile.

One of the most striking looks is a casual-luxe pyjama set, styled with a delicate silk twill scarf with electric blue or hot pink fringing.  A favourite of mine is the Dixter coat and matching dress with the filigree pattern lasered onto rose petal pink wool.

While some of the collection has quite a grown-up, feminine feel, there’s a sporty butter-soft light grey leather cagool with matching skirt that I can see Mulberry girl Cara Delevingne wearing.

And what about the bags?  Next season’s ‘it bag’ is the Jamie, a zippy little bucket bag that’s perfect for nights out and swinging from your arm.

Then there’s the Roxette, a streamlined new adaptation of the classic Roxanne bag (gone are the rivets, buckles and belts).  The fabrics have had an upgrade too with sugar pink shearling, grey croc effect leather and luxurious haircalf.

I’m a big fan of Mulberry shoes and was wowed by the chunky stacked heels with adorable leather tassels and a cool ombre effect.  I wouldn’t say no to the perfect zip-up black ankle boots either!

Mulberry A/W 15-16 is a beautiful, sophisticated collection that stays true to the brands roots while having a bit of fun with the accessories.  I’m looking forward to seeing what direction new creative director Johnny Coca (formerly of Céline) will take when he designs his first collection for the brand in July this year.

To see the full collection, visit:

Photos by Chérie City



Accessories, Designers, Fashion, Shopping, Stores

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

Accessories, Designers, Fashion, Hotels, Hotels - Luxury, London, London Fashion Week, Restaurants, Shopping

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?

Fashion, London, London Fashion Week, Shopping, Stores

Jimmy Choo Townhouse London

During London Fashion Week, I was treated to a sneak peek of the very first Jimmy Choo Townhouse on Mayfair’s New Bond Street ahead of its launch.

Designed by David Collins Studio, the glamorous three-floor boutique houses the whole world of Jimmy Choo.  Inspired by an haute couture atelier, the townhouse comprises a plush VIP room, Champagne Bar, Made to Order service, personal shopping and a room dedicated to the new CHOO.08° collection.

It’s a sleek wonderland of covetable heels, beautifully-crafted handbags and colourful small leather goods.  There’s also a fab fragrance and sunglasses station on the ground floor, if you’re after a small pay-day treat.

The chic interiors combine soft hues with shimmering textures in a luxurious palette of satin gold, rosa egeo pink marble and mink velvets.

The elegant marble staircase, glass chandeliers and oyster stone and mother of pearl chevron floor complete the look.  It’s impossible to leave without wanting to move in.

At the event, we were spoiled with glossy manicures courtesy of NARS and dainty bites from the new Jimmy Choo Prêt-à-Portea, exclusively served in the Caramel Room at The Berkeley in Knightsbridge.  How adorable is the red Jimmy Choo victoria sponge bag!

In celebration of the new townhouse and the brand’s London roots, Jimmy Choo has created a limited edition of its signature Candy bag, printed with a quintessentially British red postbox.

Creative Director Sandra Choi said: “If anything represents the strength of English heritage the red telephone box does – despite being almost redundant in today’s technology driven world, it has become a much loved landmark and it reminds me of our London home whenever I see it”.

Here are some of the gorgeous Autumn/Winter delights to discover at the Jimmy Choo Townhouse (I have my eye on a gold envelope clutch)…

For more information, visit:

Photos by Chérie City & Jimmy Choo

books, Fashion, France, Paris

How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are

Ever wondered the secrets behind the life and style of Parisian women?  Their cultural DNA has been decoded by a number of books, but none do it as well as How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are.

It’s a light-hearted guide to adding a little je ne sais quois to the everyday and approaching life’s questions with ‘what would a Parisian do’?

The book is written by four successful, bohemian-cool Parisians that make you wish you were in their gang.  Audrey Diwan is a scriptwriter and film director as well as editor-at-large for Stylist magazine, while Sophie Mas is a producer with her own film company.

Author Anne Berest wrote a biography of Francoise Sagan this year and writes for television, cinema and theatre.  Then there’s model Caroline de Maigret, the epitome of Parisian cool who is not only an ambassador for Chanel and muse to Lancome, but also studied literature at the Sorbonne.

Anyone who has known a Parisian woman will attest to how awe-inspiring, captivating and stubborn they can be.  My Parisian friend Coralie has always intrigued me – she just seems to instinctively know how to live well and make it look effortless, whether it’s the right beauty regime, a chic accessory or being worldly and opinionated. I recognised so much of her in this book.

Every aspect of the Parisian mystique is uncovered in the book, from fashion and beauty to dating, sex and parenthood.

On the fashion side, we learn the essentials of a Parisian’s wardrobe, their distaste for flashy logos, that the colour navy is always chic and the virtues of a signature item that makes you feel great (as long as it’s not Uggs).

Similarly, Parisian beauty is all about au naturel (or at leasting creating the illusion), so go easy on the make-up, don’t bother blow-drying your hair and save the surgery until your forties – even then moderation is key.  Oh, and “always be fuckable: when standing in line at the bakery on a Sunday morning, buying champagne in the middle of the night or even picking the kids up from school.  You never know.”

Of course, it’s more than just a style guide – there are witty anecdotes and essays on the contradictions and snobbery of Parisian women and how they interact with men, women and the city.  There’s the internal anguish over what to eat on a date at Cafe de Flore, making every kiss cinematic and how to make him think you have a lover.

The book also takes a tongue-in-cheek approach to culture, sharing the books that line a Parisienne’s bookshelf (whether she’s actually read them or not), the feminist icons they connect with and the curious art of speaking politics with the mouth and sex with the eyes.

‘Without her girls gang, the Parisienne is incomplete’, but she also values the simple pleasures of being alone, doing exactly what she wants with stolen moments – a true flâneuse.

The book is also peppered with some useful recipes, iconic films to transport you to Paris and little black book addresses (we all agree upon Hotel Amour for a night out).

The illustrations alone are enough to make you want to move to Paris, with photos of the authors and their impossibly cool Parisian friends including Sonia Sieff, Alix Thomsen, Jeanne Damas, Mathilde Warnier and Caroline’s husband Yarol Poupaud, alongside exclusive prints by So-Me.

How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are is witty, beautifully-written book and a reminder of why we can’t help falling in love with all things Parisian.

How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are is available from 4th September (published by Ebury Press, priced £16.99). 

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

Cherie Soleil, Fashion, Hotels, Hotels - Luxury

Jonathan Saunders for Thomson

British fashion designer Jonathan Saunders moves into stylish travel, collaborating with Thomson on his first hotel design project, including a range of beach accessories.

Known for his graphic prints and block colours, Jonathan Saunders was commissioned to design a bespoke pool area for the new five star Thomson Sensatori Resort Jamaica.

The Amber pool and beach area has been accessorised and named exclusively by Jonathan Saunders.  It encourages stylish relaxation with Bali beds, cushions and loungers in calming turquoise, yellow and blue.

Jonathan Saunders said: “For the pool and beach area, this was my first interior design project and I drew on my experience of studying design, fashion and textiles to create a relaxing area for guests to make their holiday unique and help them unwind in the sun”.

To celebrate the launch of Thomson Sensatori Resort Jamaica, Saunders has also designed a limited edition range of cool and colourful beachwear, inspired by the vibrant colours and spirit of Jamaica.  The collection of sarongs and beach bags are available in four colour palettes and perfectly complement each other.

The eye-catching beach bags are inspired by the graphic print of a Jonathan Saunders dress that the Duchess of Cambridge wore on the Jubilee Tour.

The large, slouchy canvas totes are printed with the chic design and are big enough to fit in poolside essentials such as a towel, sun cream, sunglasses, flip flops and a good book.

There is also a bag designed for men in grey, blue and white with a long strap and short handles.

Guests checking in to Thomson Sensatori Resort Jamaica will receive some of the beach accessories as a gift to make their stay even more stylish.

For those who can’t make it to the Caribbean this summer, a limited number of products will also be available to purchase in selected Thomson stores across the UK with all proceeds going to the NSPCC.

For more information, visit:

Accessories, Designers, Fashion

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

Accessories, Designers, Fashion, USA

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.