Favourite Brunch Spots in London

Dishoom

You’ve probably been to Dishoom for dinner, but have you been for breakfast?

As a big fan of naan(and everything Indian), just a thought that it’s on their brunch menu in combination with bacon and egg made me want to go. But they are also sausage naan, Bombay omelette and lots of chai.

Dishoom is the place that I highly recommend for everything,not just breakfast, because their menu is just fantastic.

Dishoom is located in Shoreditch, Kings Cross, Covent Garden and

Various Locations,  London

 

Dishoom-Kings-Cross-1024x1024

Dishoom-Decor-1024x1024My-De-Beauvoir-Diaries-Breakfast-at-Dishoom-4-

 

Milk

Known as the cutest brunch place in Balham thanks to its charming interior , handcrafted British furniture, free trendy magazines and wifi, and a buzzing atmosphere, located right on Hildreth Street Market.

MILK (formerly known as M1lk) has got breakfast and brunch covered, serving up an ever-changing menu of delicious combinations like marshmallow buckwheat pancakes with plums or edible flower petals that they sprinkled on top. Milk is best known for great eggs menu and the best vegetarian brunch.

18-20 Bedford Hill, London, SW12 9RG

milk-cafe-london-balham-coffee-brunch-breakfast-pancakes-convict-interior-design-interior-620x620milk-cafe-london-balham-coffee-brunch-breakfast-pancakes-convict-interior-design-pink-tablemilk-cafe-london-balham-coffee-brunch-breakfast-pancakes-convict-interior-design-bowlmilk-cafe-london-balham-coffee-brunch-breakfast-pancakes-convict-interior-design-lunch

Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings

If nothing you have to visit this place only because of beautiful decor. Airy location in Clerkenwell with flower upholstery would make Pinterest worth interior. More important thing is they can do amazing food. Eggs benedict , the hollandaise potato hash or just English breakfast, you can’t choose wrong

42 Northampton Rd, London EC1R 0HU

BH-Buidings-GreenhouseBourne-and-hollingsowrth-brunch--1024x1024Bourne-and-hollingsworth-buildings--1024x1024

 

Farm Girl

Hidden in a white brick courtyard at the end of Portabello road, Farm Girl cafe is easier to miss than find. Make sure you don’t get lost in a sea of tourists photographing colourful houses and come in to discover this green-tiled heaven.

Rose, Farm girl herself, Stacey, the front of the house and barista Stuart are all from Australia so the service is relaxed and charming in a warm and welcoming environment.

Food is holistic and healthy with fresh, nutritionally nurturing ingredients from porridge and pancakes to chicken sandwich and steak and chips which is served after 11.

Of course, you will need some drink and latte  is always a good choice. For the brave ones, here you can try some unusual types of latte like Rose or Lavander.

59A Portobello Rd, London W11 3DB

Farm-Girl-Notting-Hill-1a-1024x682Farm-Girl-Notting-Hill-6-682x1024Farm-Girl-Notting-Hill-8-1024x682Farm-Girl-Notting-Hill-13-1024x682

Pachamama

Peruvian breakfast? You probably never thought that that kind of thing exist but it’s her, hidden in Marylebone. Place is open for almost 2 years and the dishes on the seasonally-changing menu are designed to share, featuring sea food, vegaetables and grilled meat. But probably the best part of the menu are gluten free, sweet potatoe waffles with sweet and savoury toppings. The are the best looking waffles you’ll ever see. They are changing toppings but it’s always delicious, no matter what is on.

18 Thayer St, London W1U 3JY

Pachamama-839x1024Pachamama-brunch-waffles-2-1024x1024Pachamama-Brunch-LOTI

 

 

New Brand Majorelle

 

tuulavintage
@tuulavintage

 

 

American fashion market is expanding every day with new brands and one of them is Majorelle, newly launched brand of Revolve creative director Rachel Zeilic. Until recently Revolve was only selling other brands clothes but they decided to have a go in making their own collections. Majorelle is their 9th collection and it can be found on revolve.com.

 

 

patriciamanfield
@patriciamanfield

 

 

rumineely
@rumineely

 

Judging by the first photographs clothes will be popular amongst trendsetters on Instagram and it’s already been seen on many bloggers such as Dani Song, Gala Gonzales, Chiara Ferragni, Tuula Vintage, Patricia  Manfield which are as well Rachel’s close friends.

With fluttery co-ords, party tops and printed romantic dresses, this collection is every LA girl dream. The whole range is available here

 

camilacoehlo
@camilacoehlo
songdani
@songdani
galagonzalez
@galagonzales

 

 

majorelle
@camilacoehlo
chiaraferragni-1
@chiaraferragni

 

 

Coach x Disney Collaboration

17fa0736-hr300

For all Disney fans, good news – a new, so far the best collaboration!
Fashion brand Coach and Disney have teamed up to create a new collection of handbags, small leather goods, shoes and clothing inspired by the famous Disney character.
Although Minnie Mouse was the most frequent subject of special cooperation in recent years, this time starring role has Mickey Mouse. We are talking about leather cross-body bags and backpacks  in a range of colors with the mouse ears, embellishments and embroidery cartoon Mickey himself, as well as the leather jackets shackled with Mickey’s silhouette, T-shirts with his image and black leather Mickey dolls.

 

The cooperation is part of a limited edition series of projects prepared for the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the brand Coach which are all gathered around American pop culture. What could be more “classic American” than Mickey Mouse?

Creative director Stuart Vevers explained how the collaboration came to be in statement,
“I’ve always seen Mickey as a playful rebel at heart and a timeless symbol of joy and creativity. That spirit reinforces the new youthful perspective we are bringing to luxury at Coach. Mickey Mouse is one of my earliest memories of American pop – his nostalgic charm, cheekiness, individuality and inherent cool make for the ultimate American icon.”

 

While the line is already available at the store in SoHo,New York and at Colette in Paris, the collection can be purchased on 17 June in all Coach stores and coach.com. Until then, see the lookbook in the gallery.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

Summer Blockbusters

Long awaited summer is just around the corner and as much as I’m waiting sunbathing, beach and lazy days I’m also impatient to see all the movies hitting the cinemas .The  period between May and August is very important for big production companies because this is the time when most of the blockbusters coming out and when the wins and losses have been count.

The real list is very long and there are all types of genres for every movie lover but here are my favourite which you can’t miss it!

1. Suicide Squad

maxresdefault

After pretty bad reviews of Batman vs.Superman, all eyes are on Suicide Squad which present something completely different. This time,supervillains are the one saving the world after they have been called by the secret government organisation.  Cast list sounds promising with Viola Davis, Will Smith(Deadshot), Margot Robbie(Harley Quinn) and scary good Jared Leto as Joker. Official release date is 5 August and until then have a look at the trailer.

 

 

1sequel

2. Independence Day: Resurgence

1457463344117.jpg

This it the movie I’m really looking forward because I’ve been waiting for it for the last 20 years! I still remember the excitement when we  rewatching it every summer since I was 10.

This time, there is no Will Smith as Captain Hiller and according to the trailer he’s dead  but one old cast member  coming back is Jeff Goldblum as David Levinson. Liam Hemsworth is joining Jeff in a “Save the World” mission because two decades after the first Independence Day invasion, Earth is faced with a new extra-Solar threat. The last 5-minutes trailer is basically revealing the whole plot so if you are planning to enjoy the movie don’t watch it. The release date is 23 June.

 

3.Jason Bourne

maxresdefaultdcc

It’s been 9 years since the last movie about secret CIA agent Jason Bourne was in cinemas. The fourth movie, Bourne Legacy, was released in 2011 but without main star Matt Damon. Now, Matt Damon is finally back as Jason Bourne what makes this movie probably the most expected action movie. Also ,the fact that Tommy Lee Jones and Alicia Vikander joined the team helps a lot. The film is set several years after the events of the Bourne Ultimatum, and now when Bourne know who he is,he will try to uncover the truth about his past. The movie is hitting cinemas on 27th of July.

Trailer

4. Finding Dory

dory-list

I’m sure everyone saw Finding Nemo and loved friendly but forgetful blue tang fish Dory so now after more than a decade, Finding Nemo gets a sequel with Dory as the main character and Ellen Degeneres as Dory. Since publishing official trailer gained over 22 million views which made Finding Dory the most expected family movie this year. Premier is on 17th of July.

Trailer

5. Now You See Me 2

f7985dd83e7a4c6acc26441e2a94c2b5

A major hit from 2011 has earned more than 300 million $ so it has been decided straightaway that there will be a sequel. The plot is set one year after original one with the addition of Arthur Tressler’s (Michael Caine) son, Walter (Daniel Radcliffe), who will  cause the Four Horseman lots  of problems.  Walter is on the mission to bring The Four Horman to justice after his father lost his money and been sent to jail. The cast remains the same except Isla Fisher is replaced by Lizzy Caplan.Michel Kain, Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Free, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Jesse Eisenberg are certainly the reasons I’ll be first one in cinema.

Trailer

 

6. Star Trek Beyond

Star-Trek-Beyond-Poster-India-Release

After Star Trek(2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness(2013), and my favourite  J.J. Abrams as a director I was  a  little bit suspicious about new Star Trek Beyond . But after I saw the trailer I changed my mind. Justin Lin, director of Fast and Furious, was in charge and it looks like he made action-packed,energetic movie. It looks like the Enterprise encounters a major asteroid field. The ship is badly damaged, and the crew ( Kirk, Spock, Uhura, Bones, Scotty, etc.) seems scattered to various points and like that they meet the mysterious  new enemy.   Old cast is still on so we will see Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto, John Cho…and the biggest addition is Idris Elba who you can’t recognise from the trailer but he’s the monster villain. The movie is out on 22 July and until then check the trailer.

 

7. The Legend of Tarzan

The-Legend-of-Tarzan-official-wallpaper

I don’t know the exact number of Tarzan movies I saw. We all know the story: Me Tarzan, you Jane, monkeys, jungle, baddies…This time, probably the biggest reason for the hype is the cast. Margot Robbie,  Alexander Skarsgard, Samuel L.Jackson and Christopher Waltz are the reason to expect this movie. Plot first takes us to London where Tarzan, acclimated to his new life in London, is called back to his former home in the jungle to investigate the activities at a mining encampment. After that there is just a lot of jungle and monkey action, Jane is captured as usual and needs saving… If you want to know the rest head to the cinema from 8 July.

Trailer

 

 

Denim Spring/Summer Guide

7316b8ab5cbdc2c033eae77291af9579

1. Dungarees 

I can’t resist a good pair of jeans and almost every outfit features at least one item of clothing made from denim. Lately, I have been wearing lots of dark blue and black denim but with spring finally here I’m pulling out good old white jeans, light blue and distressed.

My ultimate destination for the pair of jeans is Zara because they have just the right fit for me. Other denim garments I’m buying mostly from ASOS and Topshop.

Denim is probably only fabric that is trendy every season even though shapes are changing. Important thing is to find shape that flatters your body and fits in with your current style.

 

Have a look at denim trends you need to shop this season

Flared-Jeans-Spring-2016   d1c427d787639b21c88116664be9ea71

2.Flares                                                             3. Cropped Jeans

Boden-Denim-Skirt  47ccc2b731b006effa4c6894ebfd73cb

4. Pencil Skirt                                               5. Embroidery

Levis-Jeans-Spring-2016-Denim-1  a9597112449500e22bca782dffb8ca46

6. Classic Levi’s                                           7. Midi Dress

1631a789bb66277b976881fce075c6dc  e81b235c5918aaaa2a78695846675ef7

8. Pinafore                                                         9. White Jeans

Friday Favourites

Favourite Bakery

One day while walking to Covent Garden, somehow I end up in front of bakery Fabrique. I walked in and from that moment I’m a regular visitor. Not just that they have sourdough bread, freshly baked in Hoxton every day but they sell probably the best cinnamon buns ever!

Fabrique was founded by David and Charlotta Zetterstrom in Stockholm in 2007 and numbers of bakeries have been rising as fast as the dough. There are now 13 Fabrique’s in Stockholm and already three in London. The aim is that you can go into any Fabrique bakery and the cinnamon buns will taste just the same.

So if you want to try original Swedish cinnamon buns head over to one of their bakeries in Hoxton, Coven Garden or Notting Hill.

IMG_3716

Favourite Outfit

I’m thrilled that 70s’ clothes are back! I guess I’m lucky enough to be one of those who can wear flares without looking short or chubby. Flares are the best with wedges, platforms or anything with heel bigger that 8cm.This one are from Zara as well as the shirt (last season) and bag(sold out).

IMG_0132

Favourite Trend

The off-the-shoulder top is no longer a trend, it’s a wardrobe essential. The top is flirty, flattering, and there is no reason why everyone shouldn’t wear it. The off-the-shoulder design can be found in tops or in dresses, making it endlessly versatile and extremely popular.  This season very popular are those ones in pastel colours, bell-sleeved, frilled and embroidered. Here are my high street favourites 

 

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Favourite Book

I’m so into Girl on The Train type of books, where you think you know something but you actually don’t know anything, with a plot full of twists and turns so when I started reading Rachel Abbot’s Sleep Tight I knew that I need to buy all the books she ever wrote. Unfortunately, I started from the middle as this book is #3 with the main character DC Tom Douglas.  This book contains everything that a good psychological thriller should; there is a great puzzle to be solved and uncertainty about which characters can be believed and it’s a proper page turner.  Short description: Olivia Brookes calls the police to report that her husband and children are missing, but this isn’t the first tragedy that Olivia has experienced…

Now, two years later, Detective Chief Inspector Tom Douglas is called in to investigate this family again, but this time, it’s Olivia who has disappeared. All the evidence suggests that she was here, in the family home, that morning. But her car is in the garage, and her purse is in her handbag – on the kitchen table. The police want to issue a national appeal, but for some reason,every single picture of this family has been removed from albums, from phones, from computers.

And then they find the blood…

20808520

 

Favourite Beauty

Just until recently only face product I used was baby face cream. But long, cold and windy London winters made a damage to my face. It became red on certain places and dry so I decide to try something. I discovered  L’Oreal Nude Magique Anti-Redness CC Cream which works with your natural tone to help neutralise the appearance of redness.
Smart Pigment Capsules in a feather-light green hydrator transform into foundation on contact with the skin and in that way giving my all the things that I need in just one bottle. It also has SPF 20!
 See the magic for yourself!
10152963

 

 

Aleksandra Dojcinovic, The Name Behind LeiLou

Growing up in a country which is unknown for design, in a family where no one was interested in fashion, she managed to start up a fashion label at the age of 26 and become a well-known designer both inside and outside of Croatia.

12191528_1015975285091446_2650416292631067601_nAleksandra with her new collection Spring/Summer 2016

With the honour of opening the 20th Zagreb Fashion Week, this 34-year-old fashion designer proved once again that she is the most popular designer among Croatian women. The Zagreb Fair Centre, a complex of exhibition pavilions, was packed with numerous celebrities, mostly women, who came to see the new collection for Spring Summer 2016. The new range radiates romanticism with floral patterns, lace and small bows which add femininity distinctive to LeiLou silhouette.

As well as attending Zagreb Fashion week every season, Aleksandra’s elegant and feminine dresses and gowns are regularly featured in editorials of Croatian fashion magazines such as Story, Cosmopolitan and Elle and worn by Croatian and international  celebrities, singers and actresses all over the world. But it’s not just in Croatia where she is applauded. She presented her clothes in many countries including Great Britain, Turkey, Germany and United States. The label was landed in 2007 after a successful trip to Chicago and a fashion show at the luxe hotel Drake. Until then she was just Aleksandra Dojcinovic but for the people of the United States, her Croatian surname was really hard to pronounce, so LeiLou by Alex was born. Without degree in design, mainly self-taught, she mastered dressmaking, but what makes her special is the fact that her dresses are multifunctional, you can wear them at least three ways and most of them as a skirt. Even though she uses fine materials she has managed to make her dresses affordable to every working woman by combining them with less expensive materials.

All of Aleksandras’s dresses have a unique story and they are named after the women in her life, her clients and friends.

Because of the close relationship she has with her clients she was happy to work from her small, quiet atelier for many years until 2012 when she decided it’s time for her first shop in the very centre of the Croatian capital Zagreb. However, the biggest move happened in September 2013 when she expanded her business across the border and opened an international shop in a prestigious district of Stuttgart, Killesberg.

In June 2014, Aleksandra opened her third shop in a town on the Dalmatian coast called Split, and since then her business has grown massively and today LeiLou is officially the best-selling Croatian fashion brand selling in 12 different countries.

But where did it all begin?

“Fashion was my biggest interest from an early age, my mum can confirm that. And I was a big dreamer. I remember we were learning a song in the choir that says ‘you will know that you are grown up when you stop dreaming.’ I told my mum that day that I don’t want to go to choir anymore because they are teaching us stupid things, I will never stop dreaming. During the Art classes at the elementary school, other children were drawing their pets or friends but I was drawing dresses. Those were my first designer steps I think.

Somehow, I knew from the beginning that I will make dresses when I grow up and I was never dreaming about things that girls usually are dream of, like becoming teachers.Things got serious in my teenage years. I was attending Textile Technology High School and for my school project we were supposed to make a shirt so I made one but my teacher was not happy and the shirt didn’t look like the way she imagined it so I got an F.

That didn’t discourage me so I decided to put that shirt on the same night when I went out with my friends and I sold it! And not just that, the girl who bought it thought that this shirt was from a new Calvin Klein collection she saw somewhere when she was travelling abroad. The same night I even managed to sell the skirt I was wearing to her friend. So even though the teacher wasn’t happy about it those girls gave me an A+. I suppose that at that moment I realised that I could make a good business of it. I kept making things during high school and I was selling them to my friends and their mothers. I have to say that even though, neither of my parents were interested in fashion they were really supportive all the way. By the age of 18 I had so many orders that I employed my own tailor to help me with sewing. At 21 I founded my own company and I was designing costumes and uniforms for different companies, sporting events, presentations, events and promotions because back then event business was blooming so I could live very well from that. So I love to say that I’ve been in this business since my childhood.”

leilou--becks-1_840_472

Q: Who or what inspires you?

A: Successful women are my biggest inspiration and by that I don’t mean just businesswomen. For example, one of my inspirations are my friends who successfully balance between their families and jobs, but my other inspiration can also be some random positive and cheerful girl that enters my shop to get a new LeiLou dress. On the other hand, I got inspiration on my trips where I can see so many different street styles and trends. I’m not immune to trends, but I’m trying to dose them, in business and private life.

Q: What do you think, can the Croatian fashion scene compete with World’s fashion scene?

A: In terms of talent it certainly can, but talent on its own is not enough and it will take many more years before Croatian design becomes competitive on world’s market.

On the other hand, the situation in the Croatian fashion today is much better than before, and it’s better organised. Fashion week has helped a lot. It opened a window to the world to those who love to design.

Q: Whose design you love to wear the most?

A: My own (laughing). I have many favourite designers like Kenzo and Christopher Kane

and Gianvito Rossi for shoes, but I created LeiLou on my personal vision of how the fashion should look . Fortunately, my desires coincided with those of our clients and that is why our story is so successful and lasting. I’m happy because dresses that come out of  our workshop defy trends. They are simple in cut but striking in design and made for every woman, with or without curves.

Q: How would you describe your personal style?

A: Because I’m a very simple person, I would say the same for my style. I don’t change my style much. I wear only what makes me feel good. I choose my daily clothes when I get up in the morning, depending on my current mood. I often wear dresses of all lengths and cuts. I don’t wear jeans, never! It’s not that I don’t like them, it’s just I don’t like them on me. Also, I love platforms but I can’t really wear them because I’m almost 190cm tall which makes it hard.

Q: What are your plans for future?

A: There are lots of plans, but neither of them  are too big. I have a great team of associates with whom I can synchronise desire and opportunities and make some realistic goals that we can try to achieve together. We managed to place our brand in the Istanbul market very well and now we need to maintain continuity and try to progress further. In this business it is important to never fall behind the others, especially not behind famous designers because today our clients know what is trendy and we have to be ready to offer them that in  our own way but  we also need to remember that this is a small country so we need to adapt everything to that as well. I’m happy. We are achieving this and in the future I’m planning to improve that even more.

Alice+Olivia

Fashion designer, New York native, Ashtanga yoga enthusiast, wife, and mother Stacey Bendet founded alice + olivia in 2002 with a quest to create the perfect pair of pants.

Bendet’s showed her first designs to a crowd of fashion industry insiders and celebrities at the Russian Tea Room that year, a “just pants” collection introducing the label’s signature low-rise, slim-fitting “Staceypants” in bright colors and funky patterns.

Today Stacey managed to expand alice + olivia into a full lifestyle brand to include evening wear, career, footwear and accessories, in addition to the a+o signature collection — all clear expressions of her love of vintage and all things feminine.

Started at New York’s Barneys, now is sold in over fifty countries.

On Tuesday, she presented her new collection for Autumn Winter 16/17. Even though 70’s continued to be big theme this year Stacey always has a dash of that era in her collections but this time, everything was about 70’s.

Some of the looks were punk-inspired  like black and white stripe suit but the rest was just made for the trip to the disco -embossed green leather skirt, an embroidered flare-sleeve coat. Another highlight was a long-sleeve geometric-print gown inspired by Frank Stella.

My favourite look was long floral dress paired with short, patched denim jacket.

Vogue 100: A Century of Style

Untitled-11One hundred years long fashion story written by respectable journalist and captured by lenses of renowned photographers is now displayed at National Portrait Gallery in London.

British Vogue was launched in 1916 in response to the First World War which prevented the delivery of the original magazine from America to Europe. From the very beginning, the magazine has achieved huge success in the past hundred years has established itself as one of the most influential fashion publications in the world.

IMG_3624

The exhibition includes more than two hundred and eighty photographs drawn from the rich archives and some private collections.

British Vogue editor, Alexandra Shulman made a statement regarding the exhibition:

‘I am incredibly proud of this collection of exceptional photography and of the whole concept of the exhibition, which shows the breadth and depth of the work commissioned by the magazine as well as Vogue’s involvement in the creation of that work

…The National Portrait Gallery is a wonderful place for this show, which mixes portraiture and contemporaneous artistic style in the same way as much of the Gallery’s own collection. Anybody interested in photography, fashion, fame and magazines will find this an unmissable experience.’

The exhibition is set backwards  so that visitors do return to the past, first introduced to  the best works of modern masters such as David Bailey, Mario Testino and Tim Walker up to the legendary photographer Cecil Beaton last Millenium, Lee Miller and Horst P. Horst.

312138FE00000578-3444354-Christy_Turlington_Patrick_Demarchelie_December_1987_In_the_mid_-m-108_1455299874269
Christy Turlington – Patrick Demarchelie, December 1987
311809B200000578-3443426-image-a-58_1455239391743
Claudia Schiffer in Paris by Herb Ritts, 1989
VOGUE_100_Anne_Gunning_in_Jaipur_by_Norman_Parkinson_INT_list
Anne Gunning in Jaipur by Norman Parkinson, 1956
1946-Feb---The-Second-Age-of-Beauty-is-Glamour-by-Cecil-Beaton-b
Cecil Beaton’s ‘The Second Age of Beauty’

Everyone is Wearing: Bomber Jacket

 

jakne-bomber1.jpg.pagespeed.ce.-kVPklGAJQ

 

Her majesty leather jacket will have to be satisfied with second place this spring because now it’s all about the bomber.

Originally bomber jackets were made for pilots during the World War I because planes didn’t have a cabin so pilots needed something comfortable and resistant to wind and cold.

Leslie Leroy Irvin, the man who founded the company for design and manufacture of parachutes and an avid fan of flying, knew about pilots needs for a functional garment so he came up with the first bomber jacket lined with warm fur.

From 70’s different subcultures embraced this trend and as the hip hop music gained popularity bomber slowly became part of  the mainstream culture.

Today on the market there are bomber jackets with prices over £10,000 which says enough about the new identity of once military clothing item.

 

ecef48be677e81e594271e56d483919f
Gucci SS16

 

 

Almost everyone presented some sort of bomber jacket in their Spring Summer 16 collections: Gucci offers a green model embellished with golden and silver thread, McQueen proposed satin one in a color of Bazooka chewing gum, Chloe welcomes the spring with  green bomber jacket decorated with embroidered tiger while Stella McCartney chose girly motifs like flowers and pink horses.

High street also loves this trend so in Zara you will be able to find it in several models, from monochrome to those with flowers and at H&M you will find retro ones decorated with sequins.

Here are some of my favourites