The London Mal
Last weekend was kicked off with a rather debaucherous night at the Comedy Store and Piccadilly Institute. Don’t get me wrong – this isn’t the Lela London norm. In fact, that weekend is going to fill my quota for weeks and weeks to come. But hey, it was my BIRTHDAY! I realised as I get closer and closer to osteoporosis, it is s only fair to follow rather exhausting nights out with pure luxury, which is why – on Sunday – I spent the night at The London Mal.

Located in Clerkenwell (note: handy for those looking for 2012 Olympics hotels!), The London Mal (aka Malmaison London) is tucked away near the famous Smithfield Market with great links to transport. Don’t be fooled into expecting that would make it a hectic hotel stay. Surprisingly, the location seems to completely vanish from your mind when greeted with a Veuve Clicquot champagne bar in the laid back reception area. Low-lit, stylish, and chicly serene – the Mal is flawlessly designed treasure.

After the quickest check-in I have ever been through (their staff are the epitome of welcoming), I flew upstairs for an afternoon of solace. The rooms are simply gorgeous; beds large enough for five people, closet space to suit a fashion week visitor, luxurious toiletries – for the bath and shower – that you are encouraged to take away, refreshments galore, and…well….did I mention the bed?!

Check out my photo tour and review of their amazing brasserie, below!
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Hi, I’m Joanna, a guest blogger for Design Shuffle, an online portal for all things interior design. I spend my days collecting the most beautiful rooms and sharing them with readers of blogs like this one. Thanks to Lela for letting me share with you today! Hope they inspire some fashion and decorating ideas.

Fashion trends tend to lead interior design trends, making the two connected in a very special way. For instance, we see a brilliant hue on the runway and shortly thereafter it starts popping up in home furnishings or on the walls of the fashion and design forward. Here are four runway looks and rooms that remind us how interchangeable fashion and interior trends can be. Please enjoy!

Runway Look
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heart pool

For about one week, The Manfriend and I have been living in what finally feels like a permanent residence. To recap, in the past 365 days I have moved from a bedroom rental, to Manfriend’s bedroom rental, to a few hotels, to an entire floor of a Thailand apartment building, to Manfriend’s mom’s house, to a flat above the great British high street. 365 days. Now, we’ve found our way into having our names legally attached to a house.

A cozy house, a “home“, with our own, separate offices and a room for our babies (WHO COME HOME FROM QUARANTINE IN NINE DAYS!!). As it is a rental, we can’t jam any (new) holes into the wall, paint, or knock any walls out, but we are beyond ready to invest in some great pieces to decorate.

As my organisation techniques are spurred by visual aides, I have created a mini “Interior Design” photo bomb to share some of my ideas and inspiration with you, thus far. Manfriend and I have quite similar aesthetic attitudes (which is a blessing, let’s be real); clean lines, shots of colour in neutral tones, lots of texture, quirky pieces of furniture, and non-traditional art. We’ve also agreed that it’s about time we invest in some luxury bedroom furniture.

…it’s going to be an extraordinarily fun creative process, I think. One with some very tight purse strings, and a lot of innovation to be called upon!

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Christmas List

Christmas List

Every November since I was about seven years old, I have created an elaborate Christmas wish list. To be honest, it is probably one of my favourite ‘Christmas activities’, even if I don’t get a single item off of it!

What is on your list this year?

1. Mazal Diamond / Micro-Set Diamond Circle Ring in 18k Gold
2. Agent Provocateur / Classic Corset
3. M&Co / Tan leather jacket
4. LN-CC / Maison Martin Margiela 22 Ruched Trunk Boots
5. MyTights / The best tights in the world
6. Urban Outfitters / Fujifilm Instax Wide 210 Camera & Film Set
7. Urban Outfitters / Two-Shelf Jewellery Box
8. Urban Outfitters / Deer Collage Canvas
9. Liberty London / Taschen Fashion 2012 Desk Diary
10. Selfridges / Apple iPad 2 with Wi-Fi + 3G 32GB white
11. Selfridges / Clarisonic Mia Sonic Skin Cleansing System
12. Selfridges / Mulberry Taylor oversized satchel matte in Deer Brown (or a bright colour!)
13. Selfridges / Laqa & Co nail polish pen in Birthday Suit
14. A kickass lens that works with the Canon 550D and lets me take photos like this / Not pictured.
15. A donation to someone who really needs it / Not pictured.