31 December 2014

Fleur de Londres goes to Paris (DS World Event)

A couple of weekends ago I was delighted when I was invited to a DS World event in Paris where I was able to test-drive and experience the Citroen DS 3 and DS 4 car models. We arrived on a Friday night and after a quick bag drop-off at the fabulous La Maison Champs Elysees hotel, we went for a lovely meal at a Parisian restaurant. The ambience was somewhat beautifully surreal, the Parisian air that night was truly magical. After our meal we walked to the Eiffel Tower which seems to increase in size every time I see it. I've always been very fond of Parisian architecture and it was quite beautiful to revisit Paris after many years.

The following morning after a splendid breakfast with the crew, Gavin from Petrol Blog, Gabriel from PUSH IT magazine, Pete from Flush Magazine and the lovely Charlotte we headed to DS World, Paris showroom. I was given a tour of the showroom and had a feel of the great materials that DS have chosen to work with for their cars. We then went on what felt like a 'Fast and Furious' tour of Paris and it's outskirts. It was a beautiful drive, very smooth and the scenery was magnificent.

After a two hour drive we went to the delicious LeNotre for hot chocolate and the most tantalising macaroons I've ever eaten. I was then given a tour of the new Scented Garden which has been created in Versailles, along with a tour of the magnificently designed Guerlain perfumery boutique.

Our day finished off with a delicious lunch at LeNotre where I was able to meet other wonderful people along with many international and fabulous bloggers. I also had the opportunity to speak with Arnaud Ribald, Vice-President DS Global Sales and Marketing which was extremely engaging and quite inspiring.

A thorough post highlighting my experience of the DS 3 and DS 4 cars will be added soon, so keep posted!

 The stunning La Maison Champs Elysees hotel

The beautifully designed DS 3

Paris does have some very pretty Christmas displays. 

The beautiful Guerlain boutique perfumery in Versailles. 

La Maison Champs Elysees hotel interior.

The DS 4

The delicious macaroons in LeNotre

Parisian architecture.


Amara Interior Blog Awards

A huge highlight of 2014 was being shortlisted for the Amara Interior Blog Awards. From hundreds of blogs Fleur de Londres was shortlisted into the top 5 Fashion Inspired Blogs. It was a beautiful event compered by the lovely Vanessa Brady OBE, the founder of The Society of British and International Design, set in a spectacular location, at the Rosewood Hotel in London. It was wonderful to be surrounded by the blogging community and such talented people.

With blogger friends Mia Fleur, Arianna Trapani from Ariannas Daily and Carole King from Dear Designer.


28 November 2014

Designers Inbetween Documentary

Designers Inbetween is a documentary that explores the entrepreneurial opportunities in Hong Kong, the world’s third largest financial centre and uncovering the challenges faced when building a start-up company. It shows the real startup life, where the risk, hard work, and pressure challenges founders everyday. My brother Jonathan and Oliver are two design students who met up on a university degree exchange programme in Hong Kong. During their time in Hong Kong they were inspired to weave together interviews from a range of start up companies to seasoned professionals who discussed how they built their company and their lives as an entrepreneur in Hong Kong. 
Designers Inbetween has created an inspiring vision to educate designers and entrepreneurs on the ins and outs, ups and downs, successes and failures of starting and building a company. The documentary also uncovers how the industry in Hong Kong contrasts from the West and the rest of Asia. Exploring exciting untold stories of what it is like for a Westerner to do business with factory owners in China. Business deals are built around lunch and written on napkins rather than lawyers and contracts.
Jonathan and Oliver have travelled through Hong Kong and mainland China, exploring factories and work spaces of those who are living their dream. They have captured over 40 incredible interviews which consist of a great group of influential and inspiring people. 
As two young students all they have invested all they have in producing this documentary, setting up interviews and travelling. They have set up a Kickstarter page where we are able to contribute towards making this documentary premier. There is one week left and £5000 still needs to be made so that the documentary can be finished. If you would like to contribute please click here.

Planning the next steps of the documentary with Rocky and James from Entendre Studios.

Katarina and Anna from Boris Design Studio.

"An authentic journey of passionate designers and innovators who turn their dream into a Startup in Hong Kong." - Designers Inbetween

Interviewing Josh Wright, the CoFounder of Catalyst!


19 November 2014

Get Party Ready with MAC Cosmetics Winter 2014 Collection

One thing I love about this season and the weeks coming up to Christmas are the makeup collections  on offer in most department and beauty stores. When it comes to makeup I prefer buying individual pieces throughout the year. My fav lipsticks are M·A·C lipsticks and have been for many years. They have a new winter holiday collection out which i'm swooning over. Romantic and glamorously rich, each collection is infused with dazzling colours and are made up of beautiful palettes. Glitters and golds, pinks and reds, there's hues to suit every glamorous woman. I have so much respect for brands who collaborate with charities and donate to good causes and a percentage of the sale of the VIVA GLAM lipstick and lipgloss go towards helping women, men and children everywhere affected by HIV/AIDS. Strike an air of sophistication this season with these fabulous collections.

{images via: maccosmetics}

7 November 2014

Interior Inspiration: {storage solutions & walk in wardrobes}

Autumn has provided me with the best excuse to declutter, rearrange my bedroom space and buy a few lovely winter knits and accessories. This is a beautiful season to redesign and give your room a perfect makeover. Autumn is a transitional season which makes it a perfect time to make these same changes to your living space, for me that's my bedroom. There are many different ways to add space to your room, walk in closets are a favourite of mine as they provide a glamorous personal retreat to your own stylish hideaway.

Walk in wardrobes are a very contemporary space to have within the home because they are super versatile and can stylishly store many things from clothing to shoes and accessories. Walk in wardrobes also declutter your bedroom as the space made for fitting a wardrobe or a chest of drawers is now available and provides the room with a great air flow. The storage gets transitioned to another space providing privacy and a retreat to a place of pure deluxe.

It were only celebrities and those in the fashion and design industry which incorporated a separate storage space for apparel from their bedroom but this is becoming a highly desirable trait with many houses now being designed with this function in mind.

The space below provides a glamorous and classy space for most homes but would look particularly fabulous in a bachelors apartment. The clean lines and open space incorporated with a beautiful leather fabric finish oozes with style.

Croco Leather Luxury Closet

The Boutique Closet

Another favourite of mine is sliding door wardrobes. They can beautifully enhance space within a room.  It provides a clean and sophisticated ambience which is versatile and looks fabulous in small spaces such as a loft room, as seen below.

Influenced by asian and oriental decor, sliding door wardrobes provide a good air flow within a room and highlights an atmosphere of zen and tranquility, perfect for any bedroom. The design and decor of a room can easily be moderated with these wardrobes as they are quite neutral in design and have so many hidden functional features such as an abundant storage space which is magically hidden behind beautiful doors.

Loft Room Sliding Wardrobe

 Modern Walk In Wardrobe
Images courtesy of Urban Wardrobes 

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29 October 2014

Get gold and glamorous!

I haven't done a beauty post in a while but with so many autumn and winter events coming up it's necessary right? The thing I love most about autumn is that we can start wearing the red lip and the smokey eye, together. It's a look that has always been glamorously stylish and can be toned down during the day with winter jumpers or dressed up for a stunning evening look.

During autumn and winter, the best colour to compliment both the winged liner and red lips is gold. Shimmery golds look elegantly fabulous with winged liner and smokey eyes and as christmas is approaching there are many eyeshadow palettes with golden tones available in many beauty and department stores. My favourite eyeshadow palettes are from Urban Decay, they are long lasting and super durable. Below is some inspiration for your next evening out. Get gold and get glamorous! 

Natalia xo


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