alexander mcqueen afternoon tea
It was deja vu all over again.

Booked in for The Kensington Hotel’s ‘Fashion Forward’ Alexander McQueen afternoon tea on intrigued designer fandom alone, I got goosebumps as soon as Google Maps landed me at the hotel’s doorsteps.

This was the place I fell in love with afternoon tea.

It was many years ago. It was the scone quality I still base all scones on. It was the name of a hotel I hadn’t yet trained myself to make notes on.

My favourite afternoon tea and my favourite designer in one collaborative package? Intrigue turned into hysterical excitement faster than I could stutter “You will never believe this…” to my bemused guest.

Taken through the wonderfully familiar and decadent rooms of The Kensington, we were seated in the tea’s dedicated chambers and poured a pot of fresh mint tea and glass of bubbly in succession.

I’m not going to hold back, kids. This was the best afternoon tea of my life.

In addition to a selection of fresh, crustless finger sandwiches, the specialist savouries took over a tier of their own: a moreish Dorset crab and artichoke cocktail,
a surprisingly light foie gras cornet with mango, and a gold quails eggs with celery salt and mustard cress.

But the McQueen-esque innovation didn’t stop at savouries. After taking a little longer than acceptable to swoon over the homemade scones (perfect – just as I remembered), we licked our clotted creams dry and moved to the top tier.

This section was heaving with carefully considered sweets; buttermilk pannacotta with raspberry, a marzipan sable, a raspberry & red pepper macaron, a cherry Genoese skull clutch, and the big kahuna – a red velvet & rose water cake inspired by McQueen’s A/W 2008 collaboration with Philip Treacy. Edible butterflies and all.

There is no way I’m losing track of this hotel again.

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alexander mcqueen afternoon tea
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oxblood fashion
Oxbloodthe colour – has received the fashion industry’s stamp of approval for Autumn/Winter 2012 and, like all good trends, it seems to have started with the Duchess of Cambridge. With Princess Charlene of Monaco showing up to Akris’ Paris Fashion Week show last week in an oxblood sheath, it seems other royal ladies are quickly falling in line. Catherine (ah, let’s just call her Kate Middleton) was most recently spotted in an oxblood-coloured suit by Paule Ka.

Thankfully, you don’t need to rock a title to rock the trend. The trick to wearing the colour is working with rich, heavy fabrics and keeping clear of strong purple tones that will shift the tone into the ‘burgundy’ category.

Get The Look:
Guess Handbags Gerri box satchel
Alexander McQueen leather iPad 2 case
Topshop ribbed pleated skirt
Dune asymmetrical point court
Glint Wisteria earrings
Prancer croc riding boots
Topshop sport bra
Opening Ceremony babydoll coat

prints fashion week
In the fashion world, Spring offers the perfect opportunity to bite the bullet, be brave with your colour choices, and inspire the weather to follow your lead. This Spring is certainly no different: the floral print trend dominated 90 percent of the Spring/Summer 2012 runways. Numerous designers – including Diane Von Furstenberg and Mary Katrantzou – have been flooding the catwalks with various eye popping prints, from pretty paisley and checks to the more abstract and unique.

mcqueen prints

Alexander McQueen dress from matchesfashion.com
For the classic Spring look, a safe bet can always be placed on a floral print. That being said, it doesn’t have to be all daisies and pastels. By choosing something a little different, like the McQueen (above), you can add a little unexpected sophistication to your ensemble. If you decide to opt for something a little more abstract and playful, like the Mary Katrantzou dresses (below), you have a very haute way to add drama (and a Tyra-approved level of fierceness) to any occasion.

Mary Katrantzou Prints

Collection of Mary Katrantzou dresses from matchesfashion.com
With the sun almost shining, it is the perfect time to introduce a little something special beyond your fifty shades of grey. The perfect way to wear this trend is to not be afraid and wear it head to toe. Get feminine, get whimsical, and mix and match your prints to make a bold statement!

magnum westfield kelly brook
Last night I headed East (!) to Westfield Stratford to celebrate the launch of Magnum’s new pop-up shop alongside model and TV presenter Kelly Brook.

Launching today, the Magnum London store at Westfield Stratford City will be open for seven weeks and give guests the options to create your own Magnum. If you’re daring, test the delicious marshmallow, salt, and popping candy concoction on white chocolate (don’t worry, there are plenty of “normal” flavours)! Visitors can also indulge in cocktails, desserts, and test out Magnum’s “Pleasure Pod”.

The Pleasure Pod – seen below – is the world’s first bio-responsive food installation and has been designed by neuroscientists for the past six months. The sensory environment uses skin tension, facial expression, deglutition (aka swallowing) and heartbeat data to capture your unique responses to the intense pleasure hit we receive when chowing down on a Magnum Infinity. I suggest you pop down and try it yourself, as there are stunningly unique visual animations projecting throughout your experience!

Kelly Brook – Get The Look:
YSL Tribute leather sandals
Alexander McQueen flared wool-felt dress
Alexander McQueen leather waist belt
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magnum westfield
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motilo competition

While I love hosting competitions for you guys (and have one coming up very soon), I also love to share great competitions that you may not have stumbled across already! One I am currently pining to win is the Motilo competition: you have a chance to win a £2000 shopping spree towards any items at the Motilo Shop!

That is essentially a free designer wardrobe. A very well-curated designer wardrobe. Alexander McQueen, Peter Pilotto, Givenchy, Jonathan Saunders, Marni…if I don’t win it, I definitely want one of my readers to!

In order to enter, all you have to do is follow @Motilo and @MrsMotilo on Twitter (and you can find more info here)!

The competition closes on the 13th of August, 2012. Good luck, mi amors!