29 January 2016

BLACK FEDORA

What's black and white and red all over?  Why, it's today's outfit!  You can't go wrong with colourful accessories paired with simple black and white and this is one of my favourite outfits at the moment...

Emma Louise Layla in black Barbour fedora hat - London fashion blogger

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FRIDAY'S FFFFOUND: WATERCOLOUR BALLOONS

Pink watercolour balloon print - London design blog
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25 January 2016

LE CORSAIRE

In 2013 English National Ballet became the first British company to perform the complete work of Le Corsaire, which they revisited this January at The Coliseum.  The classic 19th-century, three act ballet is inspired by Lord Byron's 1814 poem The Corsair and is an orientalist fantasy created in Imperial Russia telling the thrilling, swashbuckling tale of dashing pirates, shipwrecks, opium-fuelled dreams and slave harem girls.

Le Corsaire by the English National Ballet, London Coliseum, January 2016 - theatre and culture blog

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22 January 2016

PASTELS FOR SPRING

"Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking." Miranda Priestly sneered in The Devil Wears Prada, but around this time of year there's good reason to be drawn to all things light, feminine and uplifting when you're wrapped in layers battling freezing temperatures.

Spring pastels - Tatler Hong Kong fashion editorial

I'm more of a dark colours than soft pastels girl, but that's not to say I don't love editorials like this in the December 2015 issue of Tatler Hong Kong, shot on a beach in the Hamptons by Lara Jade, styled by Connie Berg and featuring model Stina Olsson.

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20 January 2016

GLEN OAKS, BIG SUR

One of my favourite places I stayed last year was in our very own log cabin at Glen Oaks, by the Big Sur river in California.  It was the perfect rural retreat: peaceful, romantic and idyllic, and we have to go back...

Glen Oaks log cabin hotel, Big Sur California - luxury travel blog

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19 January 2016

FRESH KICKS

You know when you've worn something to death but you're just not ready to chuck it out?  I've had my Nike Dunk Hi wedges for three years.  They're still in OK condition as I try to keep them box fresh as possible but they're categorically off-white now.  Wedge trainers might have been around for several years, but I couldn't care less if they go out of style.  Maybe it's my age, but comfortable shoes are the best shoes.  And I do sports so have lots of sportswear, white goes with everything and I like mixing high with low, wearing dresses with sports luxe touches.  This is my justification for these DKNY quilted leather trainers, down from £185 to £58 on THE OUTNET.

DKNY Cleo quilted leather sneakers - sports luxe fashion
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8 January 2016

FRIDAY'S FFFFOUND: VAL THORENS

Vintage winter sports skiing poster - sports d'hiver print
Tonight we're travelling to Val Thorens for a week of skiing in the
three valleys and lots of fondues. À bientôt!
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7 January 2016

CASHMERE AND SUNGLASSES

On New Year's Day I reached for comfort and sunglasses for a walk around Hampstead. After a respectable dinner party at a friend's house for New Year's Eve I wasn't expecting to wake up mid-morning feeling groggy but these things happen. I hope you had a fun NYE too!

Cashmere and sunglasses - London fashion blogger Emma Louise Layla

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6 January 2016

THE NUTCRACKER

Christmas isn't Christmas without the Nutcracker.  Last month I went to see the English National Ballet's production of the classic festive ballet and it was magical.  After my last day in the office for ten days, I met my mum for a quick pre-theatre dinner and made our way to the Coliseum, passed the Christmas tree made of 500 pointe shoes and took our seats with a glass of Champagne. I've seen the Nutcracker six times - the ENB's production of Tchaikovsky's classic three times - and going (especially with my mama) is my favourite festive tradition.

English National Ballet's Nutcracker at the Coliseum - London theatre blog

It opens with ice skaters on a frozen lake, a Christmas Eve party and children excitedly opening presents before Clara (performed by Lead Principal and ENB Artistic Director Tamara Rojo) discovers a magical world. As the clock strikes midnight we meet her dashing soldier, the Mouse King and his army of mice, glittering snowflakes in the land of snow and dancers from all over the world.  The English National Ballet Philharmonic orchestra bring Tchaikovsky's glorious music to life, with choreography by Wayne Eagling and stage design and costumes by Peter Farmer. It's the last week to see it before next winter.

Nutcracker, 16 Dec 2015 – 10 Jan 2016
London Coliseum, St Martin's Lane WC2N 4ES
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2 January 2016

SMITHS SALON

Last month I visited the lovely guys at the independent boutique hair salon Smiths in Soho for a much-needed haircut.  Following three decades as a celebrated stylist, Vincent Smith opened his elegant Soho salon - there's one in Clapham too - in 1997. Today the friendly, passionate team of award-winning stylists work across glossy magazines, brand campaigns and catwalk styling.

Smiths hair salon, Soho - London beauty blog

I had a colour consultation before and decided with Jamie on a cool-ish dark brown - Schwarzkopf Igora Royal Dark Brown at the roots and Gloss and Tone Dark Brown for the rest - mixed with Redken Diamond Oil (which smells gorgeous) for a super shiny finish. After shampooing and conditioning with Kerastase products, Bartek got rid of all my split ends and cut about two inches off  the length. He added some long layers to remove some of the weight from the ends and used Redken Frizz Dismiss Smooth Force Spray as a finishing product. My hair feels glossy and healthy and I left very happy with the results - if you're looking for a great central salon, Smiths comes recommended.

Smiths Salon, 57 Poland St, London W1F 7NW
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