Watching Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s was like falling in love with fashion all over again. Like being that young girl who draped bedsheets around her, attempting to ‘work it’ for her mirrors like the Moss’ and Turlingtons she idolized. It reminded me of the whimsy, beauty, imagination and dedication that often gets sidelined in the focus of making something for yourself in the fashion industry.
The documentary is magical.
As something of a love letter to Bergdorf’s, the movie taps an inimitable cast (Mary-Kate Olsen, Ashley Olsen, Candice Bergen, Nicole Richie, Joan Rivers, Tom Ford, Georgina Chapman, Rachel Zoe, Marc Jacobs, Giorgio Armani, Karl Lagerfeld, Vera Wang, Isaac Mizrahi, Iris Apfel, and more) to share their personal experiences of the store as well as sharing the secrets of fantastical stories of Bergdorf’s lifespan. The inner workings and artistic fantasy of the visual merchandising department alone? Mindblowing.
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As I have been working with M&S quite a bit this year, I have become something of an unofficial spokesperson for everything they sell (from gluten-free Percy Pigs to flowers, I kid you not). When I came home to receive a little Merry Christmas/thank you package from the M&S Team this week, the deal was pretty much sealed: I am an M&S superfan.
After committing to share the contents with my nearest and dearest for a cosy night in, I wiggled into my new pyjamas and popped Elf in (because what else do you watch in the month of December?) before the couches were overtaken by food, drink, and Christmas cheer. Supplementing Crunchy Mint Choc Twigs (I truly hope these are only available for Christmas – I fell in love and my waistline is scared) with some more M&S nibbles, we did mini-facials with Formula’s Advanced Illumin-ATP Radiance Day Cream (it’s a lot like Clarins’ infamous flash balm – but better – and half the price) and painted ourselves silly with an Eyeshadow Palette and lipstick from Lola until Buddy The Elf saved Christmas.
Thank you for the love, M&S!
While I have oohed and ahhed over the magic that is the Bulgari Hotel before, each visit to their Hotel & Residences seems to cast a honeymoon phase love spell on me.
Over London Fashion Week, I took a lunchtime break to experience ‘La Dolce Domenica‘ – Bulgari’s indulgent Sunday brunch experience – for some stylish weekend solace. Nestled in the chicer-than-chic Il Bar lounge area, the spread itself features fresh fruits, smoothies and juices, artisan breads and pastries, Italian cheeses and hams, decadent desserts, and a ‘hot food’ menu (order the eggs!) to order your brunchtime favourites from.
Though it costs an occasion-worthy £58 per person, the addition of a cocktail and private 3pm film screening in their state-of-the-art cinema (popcorned and all) makes it fabulous value for money.
For reservations, call + 44 (0)20 7151 1025.
Most people I know love Wes Anderson‘s films, but few have gone to Fika-esque lengths to celebrate that love. Quite literally turning their restaurant into a Wes Anderson shrine, the Swedish bar and kitchen recently launched a three month pop-up in Fika with an Anderson-inspired new menu, drinks list and – believe it or not – interior.
For pop-up predeliciton, they have lined the walls with Max Fischer’s signature tie and glasses combo from Rushmore, Ben Stiller’s tracksuit from The Royal Tenenbaums, as well as original artwork by illustrator Danijela Dobric.
When we popped along to sample the menu, The Manfriend and I were welcomed with two appropriately named cocktails; The Life Aquatic (dill vodka, elderflower and bitters, topped with lemonade and seperated into a glass and goldfish bag) and The Inventory (Cognac, chilli caramel, Absolut vanilla and cotton candy), which lets you play beaker-mixing cocktail chemist.
From their menu (which, ingeniously, is on a map of New Penzance) we sampled Darjeeling Gravad Lax (home cured salmon with darjeeling jelly), Foxy Doughnuts (homemade doughnuts with chicken liver pâté and apple and beetroot puree) and Tenenbaum’s Dinner (beef sliders with goats cheese, applewood cheddar, and brie) – my personal highlight.
Whether you feel like the long long sister of Margot Tenenbaum or not (ahem), you have to pay Fika’s pop up a visit.
The Camden Night Market is back and better than ever. Relaunched and running every Thursday until August 29th, Camden’s summer nights are now packed with activities; the most enticing of which is probably their new Sailor Jerry-sponsored Cocktail Trail.
The cocktail trail essentially begins at their pop-up Boat Bar in the West Yard of Camden Lock and allows you to travel through the market to enjoy four massive cocktails for £20. The folks at Mighty Fine Choc & Fudge have created the glorious ‘Monkey Mule‘ (Monkey Shoulder Scotch Whisky mixed with Martini Rosso, marachino and chocolate bitters topped with chocolate-dipped bacon), Chin Chin Labs has come up with ‘The Vanilla Fling’ (creamy vanilla nitro ice cream with cucumber essence and Hendrick’s Gin), and Cafe Chula have concocted a Tia Maria Espresso Martini.
When it came time to taste Honest Burger‘s cocktail – ‘Sailor Jerry Lemonade Buck‘ (Sailor Jerry rum mixed with Honest’s homemade lemonade, topped with soda water) – the Manfriend and I could not say no to a little slice of burger heaven. Rosemary fries, people. Their menu is my kryptonite.
As well as ping pong competitions from Pongathon, live bands, and a bevy of the usual food stalls, each Thursday night wraps up with an outdoor film screening from the Backyard Cinema crew. It’s all beanbags, deck chairs, and to-your-seat drinks. Upcoming films include Die Hard (8th), Made of Stone (the Shane Meadows documentary – 15th), Evil Dead 2 (22nd), and Human Traffic (29th). Purchase your tickets here!