Archive for January, 2008

The Emilio Pucci Beach Towel

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

emilio-pucci-orhidea-print-beach-towel.jpgAccessories are a key part in the overall beach chic look so it’s important to accessorize well.

So, you’ve got the bikini, the sun cream, the beach bag and the shades now you need the towel. Emilio Pucci just happens to have created an ultra chic Orchidea Print Beach Towel which is ‘so’ St Tropez. The multi coloured towel has a block colour boarder and is plain white on the underside. Wear an electric blue bikini like the Diane Van Furstenberg love know bikini I mentioned in the previous blog or go for other colours shown on the towel to match and compliment.

Get your Emilio Pucci towel now at Net-A-Porter for £140.

Umbaba Night Club

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

My email account is constantly being bombarded with emails about ‘hot London clubs’ so for a friends Birthday we decided to check out Umbaba, an African inspired venue that has often been written about.

Pleasantly surprising, the venue is more spacious than some of the other ‘elite’ nightclubs I’ve experienced in London. The décor throughout the venue in keeps with the African theme and creates a light airy and relaxed vibe in the club. Music ranges from funky house to RnB Located off Carnaby Street in London the club is in the heart of the west end. There is an extensive cocktail menu but as you would expect the drinks are pricey. Single spirits and mixers cost around £9 but for a luxurious night out are worth it.

Visit Umbaba at 15-21 Ganton Street, London, W1 or go to the website to see the venue for yourself.

Bikini’s Are Back

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

Diane Von Furstenberg Love Knot BikiniNothing gets me in the mood for summer more, than seeing the swim wear option on my favourite clothing websites.

The January holiday sales are in motion and all I can think about is what bikini shall I invest in this year (a new bikini is an annual shopping ritual). I headed to Net-A-Porter for its fantastic line up of swimwear this season and I am impressed and in love. This Diane Von Furstenberg bikini has caught my eye. Turquoise is a great colour to go for when showing of that tan and the cute love knot details are a lovely top off. The bikini has a self tie top – excellent for comfort and the bottoms have skinny sides which can be quite flattering.

Get your Diane Von Furstenberg Love Knot Bikini at Net-A-Porter, priced at £118.

New York’s Most Expensive Hotel Room

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

four-seasons-ty-warner-suite.jpgLocated on the 52nd floor of the Four Seasons, the lavish, Ty Warner Penthouse has been completed. What do you get? Four main rooms including a living room, library, master bedroom and spa (which can be converted to a second bedroom upon request) Floor-to-ceiling bay windows unveiling a 360 degree view of the city including Central Park and the Skyline. A state of the art bathroom, with LCD screen television and a chromatherapy feature in the bath tub which can change the colour of the water. Oh and the glamorous unlimited use of a chauffeur driven Rolls Royce, with a 24 hour a day personal assistant to cater to your every need and the full range of spa treatments.

So what’s the damage? $30,000 per night.

Find the Ty Warner Penthouse suite at The Four Seasons Hotel on 57 East 57th Street, New York. To make a reservation call (00 800) 6488-6488 or visit the website.

A Fourth Bridge For The Grand Canal – Venice

Sunday, January 13th, 2008

grand-canal-fourth-bridge-venice.jpgThe highly anticipated fourth bridge of the Grand Canal in Venice has caused much controversy and hit many problems along its way of creation, but now it’s due for completion this year.

The work of art, designed by Catalan architect Santiago Calatrava will be the first bridge to be added in decades and it’s said ‘officials believe the bridge is necessary because of the increasing number of activities which will be held in Roma Square’ according to the BBC. The new bridge will connect the Piazzale Roma the city’s bus station to Santa Lucia the city’s train station.

Another architectural masterpiece and great reason to visit the city of Venice, Italy. Visit the BBC for more information.

The Gansevoort South – Miami

Sunday, January 13th, 2008

gansevoort-south.jpgFollowing the success of the über-chic Gansevoort hotel in New York, the Gansevoort is headed for the south of North America, Miami to be precise.

The new hotel, Gansevoort South, is opening for 2008 and will be accepting reservations from the 15th of February. Combining its unique features like its 24,000 square foot roof top with a 110 foot pool with surrounding palm tree’s, a bar and lounge and spectacular views of the city of Miami and South Beach. There’s even a 50 foot long glass fish tank in the lobby containing 27 types of fish and sharks. Enjoy, colourful and spacious rooms with high tech features and amenities, including luxury shopping, a gym and spa.

The Gansevoort South can be found at 2377 Collins Ave. Miami, South Beach Florida 33139, for more information visit Gansevoort South. Doubles start around $395 per night.

The Four Seasons – Koh Samui

Sunday, January 13th, 2008

four-seasons-koh-samui.jpgSet against the backdrop of beautiful blue skies, turquoise seas and golden sunsets the Four Seasons resort in Koh Samui, Thailand is a paradise.

Tucked away on the hillside resort on the Gulf of Siam, you can stay in your own villa with coconut grove and tropical garden surroundings. To top it all off you can sun yourself on The Four Seasons very own private beach. Beach villas offer spectacular and unobstructed views of the Gulf and surrounding islands and come with outdoor wooden decking and seating area. To add to the tranquillity of it all you can enjoy eating by the beach or hillcrest and pamper yourself at the spa.

Enjoy yourself, exploring the beautiful island and the gorgeous scenic views in Koh Samui. Villas cost around £710 per night, to view available accommodation at The Four Season in Koh Samui and for reservations visit The Four Seasons website.

Shipp’s Tearooms

Sunday, January 13th, 2008

Fancy a lunch date in style? Try the Shipp’s Tearooms in South East London. Sure its far to travel for a cup of tea and a cake for those not local but the décor makes it one special place.

With an extensive list of the finest teas including Earl Grey, East Teas and teas from the Organic Herb Trading Company accompanied by delectable cakes the Shipp’s Tearoom makes for a friendly meet up spot. Amongst the available food and drink you can also purchase china, teapots and tablecloths.

Visit the Shipp’s Tearooms at 4 Park Street, London, SE1 9AB, telephone: 020 7407 2692. The Tearoom is closed on Monday and Tuesdays but open Wednesday to Friday 9.30 am-5.30pm, Saturday’s 10am- 6pm and Sunday mid-day – 5.30pm. Visit The Shipp’s Tearooms website for more information.

Liberty’s Champagne & Oyster Bar

Sunday, January 13th, 2008

Not content with the fantastic shopping Liberty has to offer? Why not take a break in the Champagne and Oyster bar on the lower ground floor.

With sleek and modern décor the champagne and oyster bar provides a chic and enjoyable spot to relax inbetween or after a hard days shopping or even a lunch break or an after work eaterie. Enjoy delectable seafood, salad or soup complimented with fine champagne. From king prawns to English or Irish oysters there is a wide selection of divine seas foods to choose from.

Visit the Champagne and Oyster bar at the Liberty department store, London and visit the website to view the menu and prices.

L’Hôtel – Paris

Friday, January 11th, 2008

L’Hôtel Paris LogoLooking for somewhere chic and stylish to sleep when visiting Paris, renowned for being the most romantic capital of the world?

Check in to the L’Hôtel, the theatrical, ultra chic hotel has been host to many a star including Johnny Depp and is reportedly where the famous Oscar Wilde spent his last days. After a much anticipated makeover from Jacques Garcia, the quirky, quant hotel oozes sophistication. Facilities include a private swimming pool for two and the much publicised restaurant and bar. The boudoirs are beautiful with the choice of staying in the Apartment, the Grande room, the Chic room or the Bijoux and Mignon.

Visit the website, www.l-hotel.com to see it for yourself and enquire into prices.