Victoria Beckham x Nails Inc

nails inc exclusive vvb victoria beckhamThe much awaited VVB collaboration between Nails Inc and Victoria Beckham has finally launched, exclusively on the brand’s website and it has all the makings of a must-have beauty product!

Based on the Victoria, Victoria Beckham SS15 line, the luxury capsule collection comes in two shades; Bamboo, a pink bone coloured shade and Judo, a rich statement red, both in a limited edition glass bottle designed by Posh herself. The polishes perfectly reflect Victoria Beckham’s fashion line with colour block designs and a matte texture, each bottle has been made with the finest Venetian glass and hand frosted to reveal the polish on either side.

Worried it’s all about the packaging? Well, it seems even the polish has stepped up in quality with a brand new technology which combines bamboo extract for healthy nails and a stretch-to-fit formula allowing polish to glide on smoothly for a flawless finish. Each polish costs £25 or you can buy the set for £45 which all come in a beautiful gift box!

The VVB Victoria Beckham x Nails Inc Collection launches today online and in stores from February 2015.nails inc exclusive vvb victoria beckhamnails inc exclusive vvb victoria beckham

Vintage Shopping on Portobello Road

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Wow, until last week, I hadn’t been back to Portobello Road since my first year at university so it was really exciting to head back to Notting Hill and take in the beautiful coloured houses and vintage boutiques… Since I was mostly looking forward to taking in the scenery and getting a little shopping done, I decided to avoid the crazy Saturday market crowds and I can confirm that on a fall Thursday morning, it’s a very different atmosphere.

There were still a few stalls out, mostly selling jewellery and winter accessories, but it was actually great fun just browsing the quaint little boutiques selling anything from retro preppy clothing to antique sports equipment and very cool home furnishings.

Obviously, a refreshment stop at the orginial Hummingbird Bakery was a must and they even had a delicious selection of limited flavours for Christmas, more about those on my previous post. The street art in and around Portobello Road is very entertaining and makes for some perfect photos (I didn’t realise at the time that I had a cartoon man holding a gun to my back in my photo below!) and the pretty coloured houses, whilst quite unexpected in central London, are really charming and add an exotic feel to the city!

For more information on market opening times, check out the Portobello Road website but even if you can’t make the market it’s still definitely worth strolling through Notting Hill for the environment itself.

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Ice Skating at Somerset House

Somerset House Ice SkatingSomerset House Ice SkatingSomerset House Ice SkatingWhen spending time in London during the lead up to Christmas, there are a few moments which everyone has to experience… and one of these is ice-skating and mulled wine at Somerset House. The windows at Selfridges and Harrods have to be seen, Christmas cupcakes from the Hummingbird Bakery are not to be missed but the beautiful ice-rink with the backdrop of Somerset House is one of my favourite winter moments!

Last week, I was lucky to have shared the experience with my beautiful mummy and Parisian boyfriend (he was absolutely loving all the British festivities!) and despite the fact that none of us actually made it out onto the ice, we had such a great time just taking in the merry atmosphere, drinking mulled wine and browsing all the tempting treats at the Christmas Arcade.

This year, the Somerset House Rink is hosted by Fortnum & Mason which means the après-skate shopping and entertainment are exceptionally good! There’s champagne and cream tea in the Fortnum’s Lodge, cocktails and fondues in the Skate Lounge and late-night shopping with a limited edition range of items available on-site only!

Book tickets online at Somerset House or find out more on the website. 

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Christmas at the Hummingbird Bakery in London

Humming bird bakery London Humming bird bakery London 3Humming bird bakery London 7This week in London was incredible! I know it’s only just November but the festive atmosphere in the city was so much fun and despite having felt slightly repulsed upon first hearing Jingle Bells playing in M&S so early on, I have to say I actually kind of miss it now I’m back in Paris.

I found myself immediately drawn to all things Christmas including pretty beauty gift sets in Selfridges, ridiculous reindeer jumpers at Old Spitalfield Market and mulled wine at Somerset House but no festive treat was quite so pleasing as the adorable cupcakes from my favourite Hummingbird Bakery on Portobello Road!

To start off the holiday season in style, the super popular American-style Hummingbird Bakery has created a selection of special edition cupcakes in three festive flavours, Candy Cane, Gingerbread and Christmas Spice… I’m still dreaming of the sweet, wintery taste, when are they going to open up in Paris?

You can find the delicious sweet treats in each of the 5 London branches and you can even order your own box of mini cupcakes or delicious Christmas cakes online now!

Visit the Hummingbird Bakery at Spitalfields, Soho, Richmond, South Kensington and Notting Hill or online.

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Alex Monroe Halloween Trunk Show

Alex Monroe Halloween trunk showIt’s that time of month again, the Alex Monroe Trunk Show, when the stunning jewellery brand releases its gorgeous one-off pieces during a much awaited online event. As if we weren’t already tempted by the designer’s teeny tiny delicate jewellery and adorably British charms, the trunk show offers an even more limited selection of highly coveted pieces and each item is totally unique!

Taking place each month, you just need to register to the newsletter or follow their social media pages to be sure you don’t miss the date as all the details are sent out the night before. Once the date is set, be sure you’re super quick to the site as I’m really not exaggerating when I say these treasures are sold out within the hour (that’s coming from someone who arrived 45 minutes late to this month’s occasion only to find I’d missed out on the adorable Jackie O’Lantern necklace above)!

To celebrate the Halloween festivities, the October trunk show theme is around all things spooky with a collection which resembles the most elegant of horror stories; ghost ships, creepy crawlies and poisoned fruit, even the classic Alex Monroe bee has been given a gothic twist!

Check out the full selection on the Alex Monroe website and don’t forget to sign up to the newsletter for details of the next event… the brand’s annual Twelve Days of Christmas Trunk Show will be coming up soon… Christmas and one-off jewellery pieces? Now there’s a combination that can’t be beaten!

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C’est le retour du fameux Alex Monroe Trunk Show, le moment quand cette magnifique marque de bijoux lance sa collection de pièces uniques lors d’un événement en ligne très attendu. Si vous ne connaissez pas encore la marque, Alex Monroe est le créateur de bjoux so British dont Sienna Miller, Elle Mcpherson et Emma Watson sont déjà très fan. Avec une sélection de bijoux très délicats et des petits charms adorables, le Trunk Show propose chaque mois un choix encore plus limité de pièces très convoitées et chaque bijou est totalement unique!

Pour être sûr de ne pas rater cette occasion, il vous suffit de vous inscrire à la newsletter ou suivre les pages social média de la marque car tous les détails sont annoncés quelques heures avant le lancement sur la boutique en ligne. Petit astuce, il faut être rapide car je n’exagère pas du tout quand je dis que ces petits trésors sont vendus dans l’heure qui suit l’ouverture (ceci de quelqu’un qui est arrivé avec 45 minutes de retard pour le Trunk Show aujourd’hui et qui a raté l’adorable collier Jackie O’Lantern ci-dessus) !

Pour fêter le mois d’Halloween, le thème d’octobre était bien sur autour de toutes choses effrayantes avec une collection qui ressemblait à la plus élégante des histoires d’horreur ; vaisseau fantôme, petites bestioles et fruits empoisonnés, même l’abeille classique du créateur a reçu une touche gothique !

Découvrez des maintenant la collection en exclusivité sur le site Alex Monroe et n’oubliez pas de vous inscrire à la newsletter pour les détails de la prochaine Trunk Show… La collection, les Douze Jours de Noël, est à venir très prochainement… impossible de battre un mélange Noël et petits bijoux uniques !

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