&WHAT | B&H BUILDINGS.

Saturday: best enjoyed with a bottomless bellini and life long friends.

This weekend Evrydiki made the trip over from Athens to come say hi to Davina and I. The three of us went to Cardiff University for our Masters Degrees together, some five years ago now. It’s crazy to think how quickly time passes, yet every time we see each other it’s like no time has passed at all.

To celebrate our reunion occasion we booked in for brunch at Bourne and Hollingsworth Buildings. A secret garden hideaway in the heart of Clerkenwell. A decor so cozy, fresh and inspiring all the same. This was the perfect place to spend our Saturday, planning weddings, bachelorettes and just life in general.

These girls are crushing life, its the best feeling when your ladies are doing incredibly well. We’ve all grown up so much since uni days but its lovely to know through it all somethings never change.

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&WHAT | LIFE DRAWING.

Glass of red in hand – piece of charcoal in the other. Doing our best to channel Picasso vibes.

Bella’s Bits & Bobs put on an evening of life drawing. Sitting on cozy couches, for two hours we drew the female form. Only a second timer to classes like this Bella asked us why do artists love life drawing? Because the human body is the most beautiful of course.

Apparently artists tend to draw what they see whilst molding this into what they think the body should appear. Clearly wishing I could have a bit more Kimmy K or Emily Ratajkowski in my life based on these drawings.

Taking some time to get in touch with our creative sides was equal parts inspiring and hilarious. Bella’s Bits & Bobs brings these classed straight to your living room. Can’t recommend this enough.

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&what | WANT.

LOCATION: NYC, Spring Studios, backstage at the Jason Wu SS17 show.

SPOTTED:  Saint Laurent Classic Sac de Jour bag in Lipstick Red Leather.

One word for this dream bag, WANT. If its good enough for Taylor, its good enough for…well you know.

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&what | London Fresh.

It’s officially a new season in the city. The wind is crisp, the leaves are turning bright red and yellow, the temperature is dropping and change is in the air.

Walks through Primrose Hill, past the Natural History Museum and on my way to work are just that much prettier with the leaves sprinkled all over the ground. It is ‘fall’…literally.

This is my favourite season and London really has got this Autumn on point. Not long until all of the Christmas decorations are up, the lights are on and you won’t be able to avoid the festive feels. Hands down the most wonderful time of the year.

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London Fall

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&what | JARDIN MARJORELLE.

‘Je trouve dans le jardin Majorelle une source inépuisable d’inspiration et j’ai souvent rêvé à ses couleurs qui sont uniques’ – Yves Saint Laurent

This place was pure magic. Never in my life have I seen so many colours and different varieties of plants beautifully arranged together in one impeccable garden. It was incredible to see one of the places that inspired one of the most iconic designers of our time and one of the greatest in fashion history. Inspiration can be found everywhere, and in this garden, Yves Saint Laurent found his.

Bit of a history lesson here, but Yves Saint Laurent discovered the garden in 1966. With the threat of the garden being demolished and replaced by a hotel, YSL bought the garden and its land in 1980. He lived in a house on the garden (the blue one) and dedicated his time to make the garden the most beautiful place on earth. Think YSL deserves an applause as it was the most beautiful garden I have certainly seen…

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&what | DESERT VIBES.

Scored a new Snapchat badge for snapping a temperature above 35°C. WHAT.

Welcome to Morocco. A place where it’s hotter than hell, there are beetles and desert wolves just hanging around,

Summer 2016, prime time to visit Africa. First time on this continent and another country to cross off the list. Landed in the gorgeous city and within two minutes I managed to rack up £45 in data expenses. Snapchatting would cease until Wi-fi was found.

Fast forward through the passport line (something I wish we could have done) and into the souks where we searched thirty minutes for our riad. A gem once we found it but needless to say street signs aren’t a priority for the Moroccans. Darmouassine welcomes us with open arms, the MOST delicious mint tea and a selection of Moroccan treats.

Settled into what was pretty much the honeymoon suit, it was time to explore.

First stop: Jardin Marjorelle. Come with us here!

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Mint tea and adventure planning.

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&what | The Shelfie.

I like to surround myself with pretty things. Not just any pretty things, the ones that I have collected over time, with special memories behind each.

Living in London, space is a luxury. However, there is enough space for this shelf. And here, I present to you my #shelfie.

Dipped into some DIY activity for this beaut. Went to the hardware store, picked up some paint to refresh a simple cork board, got a box of nails and voila!

So many memories here. My favourite illustrator – Garance Dore, a hand painted watercolour note from the talented Candice Kaye, Picasso, a few too many photobooth pics, Ganesha statue for prosperity, Buddah for wisdom, Elon Musk because he is epic, Grace because she is elegantly amazing, Jo Malone to always smell like roses (or Mimosa and Cardamom), Alexander McQueen’s Savage Beauty and my camera – right there, ready to go.

A little space that’s all mine.

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&what | MAMAN.

Meet Maman.

The cutest French cafe there ever was, taking over NYC, Toronto and next stop: the world.

Aside from this place being absolute magic, the ladies behind this are even more incredible. Candice Kaye the talented designer behind the oh-so Instagrammable print on the cups. Elisa, the brains behind the whole Maman operation.

Two women following their dreams and crushing life. Next time you’re in NYC or Toronto, visit Maman. Pick yourself up one of their delicious pastires and Matcha lattes or stay a little while and sample their French-inspired home cooking.

-&what x

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Matcha Latte at Maman NYC

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Delicious Chicken Caesar Salad at Maman NYC

&what | FINERY

Meet the women of: FINERY.

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Last week I went to an interesting chat about everything and anything FINERY. Caren Downie, Brand Director and Emma Farrow, Head of Design are the two minds behind the online fashion brand determined to put the excitement back into shopping.

These inspirational women and co-founders, Caren Downie and Emma Farrow, gave an inside look at the development of the FINERY brand and what business practices they have implemented to get them to where they are today.

Both women behind FINERY had extensive experience in the fashion industry working at TopShop and ASOS. Identifying a hole in the market based on their intuition and experience in the high street market, they wanted to develop a brand that was unique and refreshed the industry. That was still affordable for women but provided pieces and designs that weren’t carbon copies of everything else in high street shops.

They developed a selection of pieces to create a small capsule collection, with their core favourite pieces within this, selected by what they thought women would wear.

With FINERY being still very much a young brand, the team had worked closely with press and media to get the word out. Their approach was to create engaging experiences for media that would leave them wanting more.

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&what | FOUNDATION LOUIS VUITTON.

A Frank Gehry masterpiece in the middle of Paris.

First stop on our Paris list was the Fondation Louis Vuitton. This architectural wonder is absolutely stunning. The feeling you get when you look at the vast intricacy of the building is like no other and truly makes you appreciate the power of design at any scale.

We arrived bright and early on a gloomy day in Paris only to get there when it was closed. Never been one to plan ahead, really would have come in handy on days like this. Nonetheless we saw this wonder from the exterior and were able to walk around the gardens before heading off to lunch at Deriere.

Next time you are in Paris, definitely visit the Fondation. Book tickets in advance and get a table at the restaurant there.

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