The blog is moving to…..

meandhat Brrrr…. It’s officially cold in London and time to get snuggled up in your warmest clothes.

Luckily I found this extremely cozy beanie from Topshop last week, which stylishly acknowledges the festive season without being gaudy. meandhairpulling detailshairMy navy/black leather jacket is from Sandro and is so thick no wind can get in- making it the perfect beginning of winter staplevillageeastdetailsIt’s shameful to admit but I haven’t seen my brothers since I got engaged so last weekend we remedied that at Village East. My brother warned me that he would be feeling very hungover so I chose a place that serves brunch until 4 p.m. on a weekend. tableoffoodI wish I could say hugely positive things about Village East but the experience overall was lacklustre. We got two different excuses about why brunch could not be served. One was about a faulty machine and the other about a messy prepping station, neither made complete sense, but it was clear we were not to be served the following: bacon, sausages, mushrooms or black pudding. It left us with a lunch menu, plain eggs or a campfire breakfast, which we all ordered. beansandeggs beanscloseuoOur campfire breakfast had been described as beans, pork shoulder and eggs. We all expected it be dominantly meaty but instead it was a plate of undercooked beans with a few bits of pork.bloodymaryOn the plus side they serve a strong Bloody Mary and a “great pint” according to Mister C. So maybe it’s the perfect place to stop by if you are feeling thirsty as they have a separate bar area for drop-ins. barvillageeastBut to leave things on a positive note I have some big news to share with you all, the blog is moving for 2 months. Can you guess where? reveal“Start spreading the news……”reavealmyjumper“The blog is leaving today…… “( actually January but then it wouldn’t fit in with the song lyrics)mekneesup“I want to be a part of it…” That’s right, kick up those heels and start dancing with me because we are off to New York, New York!NYcornerI will be posting all things food, culture, fashion and awesome from my home away from home until March 2015. I cannot tell you how excited I am to blog from a city that epitomises all the things I covet- style, frivolity, ambition and luxury. 

And hey, as Frank Sinatra sang, “If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere”…..



Girl Meets Dress, Meets Cinderella Moment

I had a Cinderella moment recently. Three days before a black tie event I needed a dress, so I scrambled online looking for a rental. Yes, a rental!

Girl Meets Dress is the modern day godmother who rescues you in a fashion crisis. They have a London warehouse that you can visit, where a personal stylist will help you find a dress based on your figure and needs. Because I needed a dress so close to the weekend there was not as much offer but the last dress I tried on was the clear winner. meindressGMD'sdressatGMD Trying it on in storeGMDofficeThis is the Girl Meets Dress office. It comes with a little seating nook, which is perfect if you want to bring girlfriends along to play your fashion judges like you’re on Project Runway. GMD1Before I went to the ball I got my hair and make-up done at the new Blow store in Canary Wharf. Blow does everything for you- nails, face, hair and they even sell beauty products that are hard to find anywhere else in the UK. I’m usually very modest but I have to say they did a magical job- from the curls to the fake eyelashes, I was completely transformed while still looking like me. GMD5Ladies we all know that random women usually don’t stop other women on the street to compliment their clothing but in that dress I had strangers telling me all evening that I looked gorgeous. I seriously felt like Cinderella with a very handsome Ralph Lauren clad Prince Charming by my side.GMD2backThe dinner flew by but all I wanted to do was dance and twirl in my dress outside.This evening was particularly important as it was the first time  I was introduced to Mister C’s work colleagues as his fiancee. You have no idea the pride it gave me hearing him say it to anyone who would listen, This is Christiana, my fiancee….. Bless. 

Like Cinderella as the clock struck 1 we left the party but while we were waiting for our driver, a tuk tuk cyclist offered us a free ride around the block. It might not have been a gold-plated pumpkin but it sure made the Cinderella fairy tale seem even more of a reality.tuktuk