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When visiting the city of London, a certain area of the city is the site to many different casinos. The area, known as Mayfair, has understandably led these casinos to be collectively named the “Mayfairs”. Many of the casinos found here are rather historic given their roots and location. In fact, the architectural candy that some of them provide is a sight within itself (helpful really, since all of the casinos in this area have exclusive memberships which require application in order to play their casino games).

Aspinall’s is one of the most popular casinos found in this area. Many who visit here sense a colonial vibe due to the style of décor in which it is decorated. The gaming is spread out over four floors which can be accessed by a beautiful spiral staircase. In comparison to the other Mayfair casinos, Aspinall’s membership guidelines are much less stringent. As expected, dress code is smart (which means no casual clothing permitted) and the casino is open 24 hours each day. Aspinall’s also offers a bar and restaurant which conveniently serves lunch and dinner for gamblers and gambling dabblers alike.

The second casino I often find discussed in the area is Crockford’s. Since its opening in 1828, the club has proclaimed itself to be the world’s oldest private gaming club. While the casino is older, it lacks some of the charm that Aspinall’s can provide. A favourite among friends who play pokies, blackjack and roulette, Maxim’s is another well-known casino within Mayfair’s circumference. While it is a bit further than the other casinos – who are grouped within close proximity – it definitely is one to visit. The casino’s historical structure was constructed in 1862 and, like Aspinall’s, Maxim’s also has a more lenient policy for membership. Generally, it will only take a day for your application to be approved.

Which London casinos have you visited?

Olympic Fashion

The Olympic Uniforms: 2012

My beautiful home city of London is playing host to the Olympic Games this year (news for those living under a rock) and the city is full of sports lovers from all over the world. Despite the whole sports thing, it seems like the beauty and fashion industries have made a point to get involved, as well. Though I have never watched The Games before, even I found myself excited and live-tweeting through the entire Opening Ceremony. I must have type-vomited over 50 tweets; not a topic left unturned – naughty MP comments, Mr Bean, Opening Ceremony fashion…

I have to say, each country’s uniforms were a riot all on their own. This year, the looks ranged from preppy to pretty, boring to controversial. The biggest fuzz was made about the US Team uniform: white trousers and skirts with a navy blue blazer designed by Ralph Lauren. Minimalist, patriotic, and a bit of a snooze. Though the Ivy League-looking ensemble didn’t tick the style boxes, the big controversy was actually down the the fact that these patriotic uniforms were “Made in China”.

When it came to my home country, the Opening Ceremony outfits for Team GB were a little bit “Jimmy Saville” (long live the high shine shell suit). The saving grace came from Stella McCartney’s competitive uniforms and Next’s  formal wear. A noticeable departure from gold lamé, the formal wear is a dapper blend of navy professionalism and flight attendant chic. After all, as an Olympian there is nothing better than throwing on a watch from Panterai and being able to have a “Flight Captain” costume party outfit for years to come. Bang for your Olympic buck!

Fashion done right

The motherland of fashion, France, did everything right with their uniforms. White shirts and trousers, deep navy blazers, and red shoes (they completed the tricolour). In true Parisian style, they worked with something very elegant, simple and stylish. You would never expect that these understated ensembles were designed by Adidas. Not to say they abandoned their sartorial empire – on the other hand, the incredible french label Hermès is responsible for the nation’s equestrian outfits. You simply can’t top that! Once again, I am taking a look at to complete the look (with an Audemars Piguet, sweetie darling). Something about sportswear and shiny timepieces…

While Italy also added a designer touch to their uniform – sup, Armani – there is only one country that qualifies to take the cake in the Fashion Olympics. That country is Cook Islands. With their floral headbands (a la Lana del Rey) and Jonathan Saunders-inspired batik prints, these guys are obviously going for the sartorial gold.

What has been your favourite style moment of London 2012, so far?