After a busy morning getting pampered, I was ready to go out and celebrate my birthday.

I picked to wear a Archive by Alexa Chung black velvet dress, black pumps, polka dot tights, vintage Swarovski necklace and earrings. I finished my look with a Shrimps black faux fur clutch.

My boyfriend was dressed in a black double breasted suit, teamed with a vintage Daniel Wellington watch and tan Dr. Marten shoes. Very dapper!

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We celebrated at Cahoots, a 1940s themed bar in an old air raid shelter disguised as a tube station, tucked away just off Carnaby Street.

You enter by descending a staircase, which looks like one of the old wooden escalators that used to lead down to the tube – marked “to the trains”.

Enter through the ticket hall and you’ll instantly find yourself in an intimate, buzzy cocktail den containing a replica 1940s tube carriage complete with vintage adverts visible on the exposed brick wall through the windows.

I loved every aspect of this quirky place. Fun, different and very charming. I cannot recommend this place enough.

A big thank you to my boyfriend for organising such a special evening!

Lidia

‘A bad day in New York is still better then a good day anywhere else.’

It’s been over a month since my last blog post as I haven’t been able to put into words all the chaos thats been going through my head. 

With a few days away from work, I have been able to have some time to myself doing things I don’t always get the chance to do and enjoying spending time with loved ones.

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So far today I’ve been busy arranging my Christmas flowers, enjoying a home cooked meal and exchanging gifts. I am now sitting here with a cup of tea and reading New York: Through a Fashion Eye by Megan Hess a illustrated guide to one of the world’s most-loved fashion cities, showing you the hottest places to eat, sleep and play.

There is mention of many thrift shops where you can find great vintage pieces and various boutique hotels and restaurants to have a spot of afternoon tea, all added to my to do list ready for my next visit to the city that never sleeps. 

It’s a definite read for any girl who’s heart belongs to New York. 

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!

Lidia

As I’m drinking my hot chocolate on this cloudy Monday morning I enjoy thinking of the great weekend I’ve just had with my family.

On Friday I attended the Victoria and Albert Museum with my mum to see the Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear exhibition. The exhibition explores the intimate relationship between underwear and fashion and its role in moulding the body to a fashionable ideal, with cut, fit, fabric and decoration revealing issues of gender, sex and morality.


Saturday me and my sister went on a shopping spree on Oxford Street. We enjoyed picking up pieces for our winter wardrobes in Topshop and finding great vintage in Beyond Retro. We finished the day buying cupcakes in Crumbs & Doilies

I finished the weekend by having a home cooked meal on Sunday at my auntie and uncles house with my cousins, my sisters, mum and dad.

‘The love of a family is life’s greatest blessing.’

Lidia

What a lovely weekend spent at Stylist Live a four day event put on by Stylist magazine. 

Your welcomed into the event by a complimentary glass of Chambord champagne and a free tote bag. There are many pop-up beauty bars and various stalls selling different types of food, accessories and clothes. 

One of the things I couldn’t resist and had to buy was a bag by Play Purse. The Play Purse collections are based on the original beaded toy purses from the 1970’s. 



I attended two talks over the weekend the first one was ‘How to turn your love of fashion into a successful blog’ with Susie Lau (Style Bubble) and Shirley Eniang (Shirley’s Wardrobe) which I found so inspiring. I am a huge fan of Susie and to hear all her tips and tricks on how to run a blog was so interesting. 

The second talk was ‘How to dress like a fashion director’ with Stylist magazine’s fashion director Alex Fullerton.  I really enjoyed listening to Alex talk about her wardrobe key pieces and give ideas on how to always look stylish but never overdone. 

I had a great day weekend filled with fashion and champagne. I’m already looking forward to next years event!

Hope your having a stylish Sunday, 

Lidia

After a busy few days working at various shows over London Fashion Week, I’ve spent any free hours I have catching up on reading.

I have started reading A Vintage Wedding by Katie FfordThe book is about Beth, Lindy and Rachel who live in a small Cotswold country town and are looking for new beginnings. So they set up in business, organising stylish and perfectly affordable vintage weddings. What none of them know is that their own romances lie waiting, just around the corner.

So far I am really enjoying the book. I love that there is so many main characters all with different personailties, yet I can relate to them all.

It also makes me want to pack up my busy life in London and spend some time in the Cotswolds.

‘Once in awhile right in the middle of ordinary life, love gives us a fairytale.’ 

Lidia