Famous at Ibis – glamour on a budget

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When you think Ibis hotel, luxury does not necessarily come to mind, but who said you cannot be stylish and glamourous on a budget?

Ibis has teamed up with stylist to the stars Alex Longmore to prove just that. I was lucky enoug to witness first hand how a great location, modern decor, comfort and great service do inject some glamour into everyday life.

ibis_blackfriars_roomI stayed at the Ibis London Blackfriars for a day of fashion and style. The Ibis Blackfriars is minutes walking from Southwark and Waterloo, walking distance to Southbank and super easy access to all tourist attractions. Very handy and pocket friendly.

The decor is contemporary and clean; rooms are simple but very well equipped, with comfort at their centre. Service was friendly and attentive, always with a smile.

ibis_blackfriars_receptionAlex talked about trends for the coming season, all high street and pocket friendly Рand I must say I have already adopted a bomber jacket, from New Look, at an affordable £26).

After talking fashion, we were treated to a fab lunch at the hotel’s Fogg’s restaurant, which has delicious, filling and super affordable lunch and dinner options.

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After lunch, we were taken to explore the Vogue 100 exhibition at the British Library. Alex took us through the Vogue 100 years of fabulous photography, dousing her extensive knowledge of fashion, style and celebrities over us.

After that, we had some free time to explore the city, which I passed, as London is home, and shopping, which I welcomed, as I was eaget to put the Alex’s style tips into practice!

I had a friend’s birthday that evening and returned to spend the night at my comfy bed at the Ibis. Of course I had a Sweet Bed by Ibis, which offers extra comfort.

When I woke up, I was treated to an amazing breakfast – they even have guacamole, fruit or green smoothies, and the most delicious black rice and coconut rice pudding, healthy options alongside your traditional continental and cooked breakfast items such as bacon, eggs, pastries, and much more.

Even better, breakfast was available until midday (continental; cooked items available until 10).

ibis_blackfriars_loungeWith my tummy full, I returned to my room to do a bit of blogging and opted for a late check-out for extra relaxation.

After my experience, I did feel a little bit #FamousAtIbis! ūüôā

The hotel is perfect for a night out in town, families, short breaks, business… it does cater for all needs with its great location, facilities and prices. Daily rates at the Ibis London Blackfriars (3*) start from ¬£91!

Thank you so much Ibis for having me and looking after me so well and Alex for all the knowledge (it was great seeing you again!)

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I was invited to take part in this experience by Ibis, but opinions are my own.

V&A steps up the game with the Shoes: Pleasure and Pain exhibition (Summer 15)

Caroline  Groves Parakeet shoes, 1959

Caroline Groves Parakeet shoes, 1959

For their recently announced exhibition opening on summer 2015 on shoes, the V&A museum in London is going down a route many women all around the world and across times know so well: pleasure and pain.

Shoes: Pleasure and Pain opens on 03 June 2015 and goes until January 2016 displaying extreme and fabulous footwear on which we can feast our eyes.

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The little (Chanel) black jacket

In the photo exhibition which took place at the Saatchi Gallery in London, everything revolves around the classic Chanel black jacket, created in the 50’s. Karl Lagerfeld photographed several personalities and celebrities, wearing the jacket in a creative and individual way and cementing the garment’s versatility and longevity.
Amongst the many I like, my favourite picture has to be Tilda Swinton’s with her exotic¬†androgynous¬†beauty. The picture is strong, with simple lines. Elegant.
The book on which the exhibition was based, “The Little Black Jacket: CHANEL’s classic revisited by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld”, contains 109 picture of friends of the House, including Anna Wintour, Sarah Jessica Parker and Yoko Ono. Luckily, I made it there in the nick of time, as the exhibition closed on the 04/11, but I hear it is still to take place in some cities around the globe. Find out more here:¬†http://thelittleblackjacket.chanel.com/
And I will let the picture speak for themselves!

McQueen’s Savage Beauty in London

McQueen red feathered dressThe news that the Alexander McQueen’s Savage Beauty might be coming to London¬†excites me hugely – and fulfils a void created when I first found out that the ¬†late British designer’s exhibition was going to take place in New York.

I wasn’t at all surprised by its success at the Met and was quite disappointed I couldn’t see it ¬†– I wrote about it before it opened, and had to content myself by looking at their stunning pictures on a Vogue gallery.

At the moment, the design house is investigating venues in London Р I do hope they find one soon. I am certainly willing to queue,  and quite likely to do  so, seeing that it attracted 661, 509 people during its duration in the Met.

I simply cannot wait!