28 November 2012

Colour Inspiration: {pots of paint}

When it comes to choosing paint, my personal favourites are eco friendly paints which lack the dangerous VOC emissions contained in ordinary paint brands. Pots of Paint contain 100% natural ingredients such as such as beeswax, milk casein and linseed oil.

“Brain-child of Edward Bulmer, high-profile Architectural Historian and advocate of green living, the Pots of Paint colour range was inspired by his restoration work in historic houses. The walls of this kitchen, painted in ‘Laylock’, demonstrate perfectly the versatility of Bulmer’s paints, coupling elegant, traditional paint with a clean, modern setting. The dusky, powdery tones of the paint are the perfect foil for the classic cool of the kitchen design.

"The revival of natural colour."

Pots of Paint have created a range of 50 colours using natural plant and mineral pigments.

{images via: Pots of Paint}


23 November 2012

One Fine Stay: {lovely london}

Ok, so the ‘summer’ in Great Britain was probably the rainiest ever. But what with everything going on- the Jubilee, the Olympics, the Paralympics and tons of other great events - who really cared anyway? It was a brilliant summer, regardless of the weather. And now that the hordes of spectators have left town there is a little more breathing space to enjoy the sights and sounds of the city again. And, what with autumn in full force, there is nothing better than taking a stroll through one of the many parks the city has to offer. Or perhaps go for a shopping spree along Oxford Street, do a little sightseeing, or maybe even see a concert. For visitors to the city, things can also become a bit overwhelming, especially when it comes to one of the most important choices; selecting the right hotel.

To mix it up even more you’ve got onefinestay now, London’s first ‘unhotel’. The idea behind the idea is that you stay in somebody else’s place while they are out of town, while still be able to enjoy the perks of a five star hotel. Apart from the fluffy towels and fresh linens, you are also given an iPhone to use during your stay. Want to feel like a real Londoner? Then the iPhone is filled up with recommendations from the home owners about things to do in the area, from- the cosy coffee shops and the tiny vintage store around the corner, to the fancy Italian restaurant with the best pasta in town. As such, onefinestay offers a boutique alternative to the usual 
hum-drum of a hotel.

The company is based in London, but has a newly opened office in New York as well. The apartments vary widely, from quirky one-bedroom flats to large mansions with impressive chandeliers. However, there is one thing they all have in common: when you stay there, you get the chance to live like a real local...

Albert Terrace - a beautiful house situated in North London.

Queen’s Gate Mews- You want to walk the same floor that Madonna used for Yoga? Well, go right ahead.


20 November 2012

Campari Calendar 2013 ~ {penelope cruz}

If there is one calendar that surely stands out for 2013 it has to be the Campari calendar featuring Penelope Cruz. Beautifully shot by Kristian Schuller, Penelope Cruz fashionably showcases beautiful designs by Marchesa, Monique Lhuillier, Zac Posen, Alaia and Emilio Pucci. I find the theme being around superstition as highly creative and wonderfully alluring.

{images via: vogue}

7 November 2012

Beauty Inspiration: {animalier signature collection ~ dolce & gabbana}

Nudes, browns and reds are a must have in any autumn/winter lip palette. They provide a sophisticated finish to any look, whether it be to compliment the smokey eye or for a statement lip or a neutral finish. Dolce & Gabbana ~ Animalier Signature Collection embraces this ultra glam and sophisticated look. I find that through the use of makeup one should beautifully enhance their apparel/outfit to create an allover completeness of the look they are trying to achieve and convey. This particular collection is fully glamorous and works beautifully with evening wear and the leopard print.

{images via: swide}

6 November 2012

Interior Inspiration: {andaz amsterdam prinsengracht ~ marcel wanders}

Hotel Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht by Hyatt, is situated in the historic centre of Amsterdam. Its exuberant open spaces and vibrant decor provide a style that is not only visually pleasing but atmospherically refreshing. This boutique style hotel exudes Dutch history and culture whilst providing its visitor with an artistically inspiring experience. From the magnificent lighting to the exquisite furniture, architect and designer Marcel Wanders, superbly mastered this interior.


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