Monday, 9 November 2015

H&M X BALMAIN Looks4Less

For those of you who missed out on the amazing collection here are a few Looks4Less so that you don't feel completely left out......

H&M X BALMAIN Sequin-embroidered dress € 159

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 ASOS Girl in Mind Plunge Dress In Iridescent Sequins €51.47

BALMAIN x H&M. Fitted single-breasted tuxedo  € 159
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Mango Black Velvet Blazer  99

BALMAIN x H&M Suede thigh boots € 249

Steve Madden 'Gorgeous' Over the Knee Boot €117


Thursday, 23 July 2015

Parisian Escape - Hotel Les Jardins de la Villa

I have only GLOWING things to say about this stylish boutique hotel.  It's very discreet and quiet, a little oasis in the city. The design is very parisian chic, with lots of fashion details here and there.

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From the moment we walked in the door and were greeted by the cheerful and extremely helpful front desk, to the very clean and well maintained common areas and rooms, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

Hotel is well situated near to Palais des Congrès in a small street. It was located on a quiet street but near to the metro, a large shopping mall and lots of cafes, restaurants and a large hotel that had a jazz bar. Porte Maillot is the nearest metro station and is easy to access through M1 (the same line as the Champs-Élysées), perfect for shopping. It is also easily accessible from all Paris airports. This hotel is perfectly located for either sightseeing or shopping in the city.

Winter Garden


Spacious bathroom with nice toiletry products.The bathroom was lined in tiles which looked like they were made of leather and it was fitted with a rain forest shower, loved it... The room itself was larger than I expected. The room also had a comfortable bed/pillows and black out curtains which were all perfect for a good night’s sleep. 

For us it was the small touches that really made our stay. The turn down service is a lovely thing to come back to after a long day out exploring the city and we were pleasantly surprised by the Jeff de Bruges pralines left on our pillows. The nespresso coffee machine (free to use) in the room was another lovely addition. We also enjoyed listening to the shuffle music function on the TV as we got ready in the mornings. As if it couldn't get any better our beautiful room also had a sizable parisian balcony!

Lounge/Hotel Facilities
The lounge/breakfast area is beautifully decorated and very clean. There is a computer in the lounge area for the use of travelers to check flights etc. The honesty bar makes you feel as though you are relaxing in your own home. They also have a lovely little garden at the rear. This hotel also offers a gym, sauna and steam room which is very rare for a city centre hotel. The beautiful design and the overall atmosphere helps you rewind and disconnect after a busy day in bustling Paris. 

Fitness Centre

Honesty Bar

Lounge/Breakfast Area

If you are looking for personalised service in a fabulous setting look no further that this magnificent hotel. Staff were so friendly and helpful, nothing was any trouble for them, and their English is excellent. The reception staff are friendly and warm plus the decor and intricacies of this place are phenomenal.

Perfect Paris boutique hotel! I have only great things to say about this cute and well designed, well cared for, and perfectly staffed boutique property. We would stay here again in a heart beat!

To book your stay visit the hotel's website :

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Dior Mise En Dior Tribal Double-Pearl Earrings Look4Less

Originally introduced for pre-fall 2013 Mise en Dior earrings continue to be a hot trend! The small pearl rests on the ear while the largest peeps out subtly from behind the lobe. Wear them with your hair pulled back and a swipe of your favourite red lipstick. To be honest, I'm not sure if I love or hate them. 
There is something about them that when they are on they look incredibility elegant even though you wouldn't expect it. The Dior Tribal earrings cost €290 but expect to be put on a waiting list.

If you’re just as undecided or simply can’t afford to spend almost €300 for a pair of faux pearl earrings, here’s a wonderful alternative from Nasty Gal. The earrings below look almost identical to the Dior originals but cost a fraction of the price at €14.


Friday, 27 February 2015

The History of the Chanel 2.55 bag

Worn on the arms of the rich and famous, the Chanel 2.55 is one of the most iconic designer bags in the world. It is one of the most timeless accessories a lady could ever own. The Chanel 2.55 is the epitome of pure luxury and is one of the few designer bags in the world that is recognisable by the general public. Because of the Chanel 2.55's popularity it inspired many fakes or imitations. However Coco Chanel did not get angry over this but instead took it as flattery “I would shed tears the day no one copied me.”

The Chanel 2.55 bag gets its name from its launch date, February 1955. In 1955 the bag didn't look the same as it is today. The bag that many of us think of today is the bag that Karl Lagerfeld redesigned in the 1980's. The bags feature the same shape however the chain and clasps differ. The original Chanel 2.55 featured a rectangular lock, called the Mademoiselle lock (because Coco Chanel never married). The new Chanel 2.55 features the now legendary CC lock. Karl Lagerfeld also changed the chain in the 80's by adding leather that is threaded through the chain. The original bag also had a secret pocket behind the flap where it is rumoured Chanel kept her love letters from her lover, the Nazi spy Hans Günter von Dincklage. In 2005 Karl Lagerfeld reissued the original 2.55 bag from 1955 to commemorate the bag's 50th anniversary.
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The original Chanel 2.55

A 1980's Chanel 2.55

The Chanel 2.55 bag is inspired by Chanel's time spent in an orphanage. The red/brown colour of the interior of the bag is the same colour as the uniform Chanel would have worn. Chanel's interested in horse racing also influenced the bag. The signature quilted leather is inspired by the jackets worn by the jockeys.

The Chanel 2.55 bag was one of the most revolutionary bags of its time due to the introduction of a chain strap, enabling women to carry their purse on their arm instead of in their hand  Coco Chanel was tired of carrying her own handbag and often losing bags at theatres, fashion shows and events. So she added the long chain strap. The double chain is another playful nod to her life in the orphanage. The caretakers would dangle keys from similar chains for the children to play with.

The Chanel 2.55 bag still remains today the it bag that it was in 1955. It has been worn by everyone from Grace Kelly to Olivia Palermo. The Chanel 2.55 is now more than a handbag, it is an Icon.

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