Thursday, 31 August 2017

The Louvre Vs Dior

From Paris, With Love

Hello loves, and welcome back! I am so excited to write this post because it all revolves around my 4 day trip to Paris and what I experienced during my short time there. A new series called 'From Paris,With Love' will consist of a 3 part series which will contain reviews that I would personally recommend, if you was to travel to Paris too. If you missed my last series click here and here and keep yourself updated!

Now to start things off, Paris has always been a dream city for me to travel to and I knew that I wanted to immerse myself in the city culture and of course, dress up to the nines! Since it was my first time in the city, I decided I wanted to be the typical tourist that visits The Mona Lisa, capture those annoying pictures that tourists take by the Louvre Pyramid (I'm sure you know it!) and witness the architectural beauty of The Eiffel Tower in person. You name it, I wanted to do everything and see everything!

The Louvre vs Dior

Day 2 of my holiday was dedicated to The Louvre and guys, I woke up early, my outfit was ironed and ready, breakfast...well to be honest I didn't even have breakfast. It was either breakfast or sacrifice my makeup application. Makeup won, but I digress. After being too lazy to understand the metro the night before, Uber was a God send and brought my mum and I to our destination at a speedy pace of 10 minutes. However, that didn't matter because at 11:00 am we were welcomed to a que that spiraled into infinity, we didn't even see the beginning nor the end to this appalling sight of a que. Furthermore, out of nowhere, my belly began to rumble in the most embarrassing way and that was when I believed that my day was over. (Hunger can be the worst enemy)

As we hurried out of the main square of the Louvre, trying to open our hungry eyes to any sight of food, (*coughs*) affordable food of course, my mum and I were greeted by the sweet sight of a MacDonald's sign, almost waiting for us to make our arrival. All I can remember is speed walking for my life and in my head, my stomach was screaming out 'FOOD, FOOD, FOOD!' as if it was angry at me. It was unfortunate. Long story short, my mum and I ordered our signature Big Mac Meals and we sat in pleasurable silence, taking in each heavenly bite for our renewal. After our meal, we were ready to face the que in all its glory. However, just as we were about to head back to the direction we came from, my 'Fashionista Senses' allowed me to notice a Christian Dior exhibition across the road and I was squealing like an innocent child had just seen Santa! All of a sudden the force of the universe began to redirect my feet and I made a spontaneous decision to forget the Louvre and follow Dior and honey! I did not regret it.


Stepping into the exhibition was like stepping into my own idea of heaven, a building filled with art and inspiration. It was expressed in so many ways, in the music, the aroma and even in the clothes themselves. Everything complimented each other and it really showcased Christian Dior's life and his timeless work. As a fashion enthusiast, It was an honour to witness his work in person and to step inside an environment purposely created to travel to Dior's magical interpretation of Parisian Couture. It was a day that I'll treasure forever. 

Rating (10/10)The Christian Dior Exhibition is opened to the public till the 7th of January 2018, so if you're interested, you have plenty of time to book your tickets from now! If you're a fashion enthusiast, a lover of art and Parisian couture, then this exhibition is for you. I had such an amazing experience, I left feeling so fulfilled and inspired to continue with building my own empire just like Dior did. 

Forgive me for the lack of pictures, I was far too overwhelmed by the beautiful environment that I was in to think about my camera. However, I hope you appreciate the pictures I did capture. Until the next entry x (*bisous) 

"Happiness is the secret to all beauty"- Christian Dior


The Dior Garden...

Fashion Around The World...

Outfit Spec:
Off-shoulder- Zara
Jeans- Zara
Shoes- Zara


Wednesday, 16 August 2017

A Midsummer Night's Dream


Hi loves, and welcome to the next diary entry of my new series 'A Summer In London', whereby I document my summer experience and review the best places that you should be. If you missed my first post to the new series, click here and find out about the best rooftop bar in Kings Cross but if you're up to date, carry on reading and find out more about my Midsummer Night's Dream...In Kensington.

One thing that I love the most, is spending an entire day where I am immersed in a place that is beautifully picturesque and of course, food has to be involved. Therefore, I was quick to jump on google and look up the most exciting places that represented my tastes and what I like to do. After hours of researching, and hunting down reviews from ordinary people such as myself, Kyoto Gardens and afternoon tea at The Number Sixteen Hotel became the plan and it was time to inform my girls!

Kyoto Gardens 

In the heart of Holland Park, Kensington, lies a secret, harmonious and holistic Japanese inspired garden, complete with a waterfall display, pristine flower arrangements and a peacock...yes, a peacock. The garden was stunning and you truly felt like you was somewhere magical and everyone present really respected that aspect of the garden. Moreover, I gained great ideas on what I would include in my own magnificent garden in my future chateaux *laughs*

Rating: 6.5/10
Although the Kyoto Garden was a stunning place to be in, it is quite small so you will not spend a great amount of time there. However, the picturesque setting is truly bliss and it really captures the essence of a traditional Japanese garden that you will not see anywhere else in London. Moreover, it is a great place for photo-shoots and it's definitely a garden to visit when you are in Kensington.

The Number Sixteen Hotel

After we spent our time saying our "ooh's" and "ahh's" as we admired the serene setting of the garden and took the opportunity to have a mini photo-shoot, we then shot off for some tea at an exquisite and intimate hotel called, The Number Sixteen. Keeping with the theme of nature, The Number Sixteen was a great place to have tea, cool down and chat among ourselves as we lounged in a garden that even God would approve. 

To some, afternoon tea could be considered to be quite expensive for what you are getting. However, if you're a girl like me who watches period dramas and has desired to have afternoon tea just like the wealthy upper class did, then you will thoroughly enjoy this experience. Once you start, you cannot stop! My friends and I had an array of fresh cakes, scones and sandwiches with our desired hot drinks and wine as we chatted away until the sun went down and that's when our 'Midsummer Night's Dream' was in full effect! 

Rating: 9/10

The Number Sixteen Hotel is a perfect place for an intimate setting for afternoon tea, with it's magnificent garden, It honestly felt like I was in a Shakespearean play (hence why the title is called, A Midsummer Night's Dream!). Although, the setting is superb, it is quite expensive for the portion you are getting. However, the service is wonderful and the staff truly welcome you with open arms and a great big smile, so you tend to forget the amount you are paying for because they are just so damn nice! *laughs*

Outfit Tips
For these exciting day to evening plans wear anything that is floral, flowy and fashionable! you are going to be surrounded by nature, the sun will be glowing in your favour and most importantly, you will have such amazing pictures to look back on. Funnily enough, when I explained the plans to my friends, they understood exactly what the outfits should be, therefore, we complimented each other and the environment that we was in perfectly. 

Style Picks:
-Anything floral 1, 2, 3
- A classic 90's inspired slip dress 1, 2, 3
-Pleated midi skirt 1, 2, 3
-Floral Kimono's (Very much on trend) 1, 2, 3
-Culottes 1, 2, 3
-Statement clutch/Small handbag 1, 2, 3

Until the next entry x


Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Silk and Lace

A Summer in London 

The Diary

When your calendar is overflowing with so many exciting plans and getaways, it would be a crime not to document a season filled with laughter, food and of course, great outfits. Personally, Summer is a chance for me to reunite with loved ones, create amazing adventures and form memories that would last a lifetime. Throughout this summer, I will be documenting my summer adventure, and form a mini diary entry of everything I've seen, tried and experienced, in the hopes to inspire you guys to try something new this summer.

  1. Rooftop Bar: The Lighterman (Kings Cross, London)

To kick things off, there's nothing better than catching up with loved ones at a plush rooftop bar where you're blessed by the views, the cocktails, and a great, relaxed vibe and this is what I did with my girls for our annul gossip session. laughs* 
In the day, The Lighterman, is perfect for after-work drinks and in the evening, it's a pristine place for a cute date as you watch the sun go down and talk among yourselves under the moonlight. All in all, it's a great affordable place for a loving catch up session and most importantly, the service is fantastic.

Rooftop Outfit Tips

For this daytime outing, looking cute and casually dressed up is essential! why? because you want to make sure you compliment the environment you're in and it's a great way to feel good about yourself. A stylish crossover bag, for those who hate carrying the world on their arm is a great item for exploring the area and for those who want a bit of height but still want to be comfortable, a pair of mules will be your best-friend. I opted for a preppy, 'Girl Next Door' type of look by wearing blush pink accessories, a midi skirt and a lace bralet, moreover, to balance it out, I wore all black to regain my signature 'edge' back.

Rating :10/10
The lighterman is 5 minutes away from the station, a great area to explore and have an evening stroll and most importantly, it is just a stunning place to take pictures honey! Heck, I did just that *laughs*

Editorial: The Lighterman

Outfit Spec:
Bralette: Zara (Similar)
Kimono: Zara
Skirt: Zara (Similar)
Mules: Zara
Crossover Bag: Zara (On sale!)

(Yes, I'm a Zara addict. Sue me.)

Until the next entry x

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