Valentino – Master of Couture Exhibition

On Valentine’s Day we got tickets to see the Valentino – Master of Couture Exhibition at Somerset House.  It was simply beautiful, well structured and insightful into a world I know very little about. Aside from the standard – ‘ooh, ahh pretty dresses’ that it evoked, it showed the incredible artistry and skill involved in the making of these stunning pieces. Photos weren’t technically allowed inside the exhibition, but I managed to snap a few with my iPhone from behind my programme… So if they aren’t perfect, I apologise!

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One of my favourite dresses from the exhibition – S/S 1998 White taffeta hand-painted evening gown. (Above)

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One that was highlighted several times throughout the exhibition – Designed in 1955, released in 1990. White rebrode lace evening town with pink degrade chiffon drape detailing. A tribute to Mexican Actress Maria Felix. (Above)Image

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 Throughout the catwalk all the seats are reserved for famous actresses/iconic figures that have worn Valentino. Spotted one for a lovely friend… (Above)

ImageAt the end there was a film discussing Valentino the man & the brand over the years with interviews from his colleagues, closest friends and the man himself.

Even if you haven’t a clue about fashion you’ll love the glamour & artistry on show from start to finish. You can book tickets at http://www.somersethouse.org.uk/visual-arts/valentino Open : 29th November 2012 – 3rd March 2013. Enjoy! xoxo

February 1st… You know what that means…

February 1st if often met with great sigh’s of relief that at last we are free of January’s dull days spent waiting for pay-day & attempting to stick at all those well meaning new year’s resolutions. But it also means one thing is approaching… Valentines Day. Whether you are newly loved up, in a long-term relationship or looking for that person to sweep you off your feet this February 14th, we are all feeling more than a little stressed over this glorified Hallmark holiday!

If you are in a state of panic & frantically googling ‘Top 10 Things to Do on Valentine’s Day in London’ then here’s a little restaurant recommendation that might help you start to feel a little less stressed about the dreaded day!

Last year we decided to go to the beautiful and romantic Bob Bob Ricard in Soho. They serve ‘a luxury English and Russian menu to its eclectic clientele’, says the website. And it certainly does. You sit in these gorgeous booths surrounded by gold plated…well, everything! The service is incredible & the menu is to die for. After being greeted at our table by, one of the Bob’s and given a Rhubarb G&T on the house (Tweeting where you are isn’t always a bad idea!) we were set up for a beautiful evening of great food & lovely company. And hey, any place with a ‘Press for Champagne’ button, is alright by me!

You can find out more about Bob Bob Ricard at http://www.bobbobricard.com & you can follow them on Twitter @BobBobRicard

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This year, i’m hoping for a quiet night in with some beautiful food & just enjoying each others company. And maybe a lovely hand-tied bouquet wouldn’t go a miss… xoxo

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