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Michelle Keegan’s SS16 range for Lipsy London is finally here!

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Last Thursday celebrated the launch of British actress Michelle Keegan’s Lipsy range.

Seen frequently in fashion magazines; her departure from Coronation Street not only meant the end of well-loved character Tina McIntyre but also marked the beginning of a budding career in the fashion industry.

I was lucky enough to attend the event and made my way past the crowd of photographers waiting for Michelle to arrive and stepped inside the beautiful Rosewood Hotel.

The set up was absolutely stunning in a large hall lit up with candles with a centre piece dripping in flowers and bite-size desserts.

Drinks were offered upon arrival and I was free to roam the hall viewing samples of Michelle’s designs.

Lipsy’s aesthetic is sexy, young and accentuates the curves, true to their word, it is no surprise they chose to collaborate with the Michelle who is no stranger to the red carpet.

They were my go-to brand during my freshman years at university, for every invited party and also throughout my serial dating days for that perfect ‘night out’ dress, the type that we never seem to stock in our wardrobes on the night we need it most.

So being familiar with the brand, I was expecting to see an array of dresses. I was pleasantly surprised however, to learn that Michelle has created a range of faux fur coats, intentionally designed to look glam enough to pair with your favourite dress under the cold British whether.

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Lipsy’s new fragrance ‘Caged Dream’ made lovely looking ornaments around the table, a sweet little novelty item for the bedroom whether the bottle is half full or entirely empty.

While I was admiring the floral, sweet smell of ‘Caged Dream’ I got chatting to Steve Mallett from Curtis PLC, the man behind the packaging and design of Lipsy’s new fragrance. Here is a snap of us both at the event.

 

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For the event I wore a lace Lipsy top from Michelle Keegan’s AW15 range paired with Marc by Marc Jacobs leather pants. I was able to catch Michelle for a quick chat who told me that she almost wore the same thing!

Michelle was lovely and seemed excited to celebrate the launch and hear everyone’s thoughts of her new collection.

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Michelle Keegan and Labels and London blogger Cheryl Chan

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Others who attended included Made in Chelsea stars Stephanie Pratt, Louise Thompson and Ashley James.

Their outfits photographed below courtesy of Justin Goff and Andy Barnes.

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Here are my three favourite looks from Michelle’s range. Click on your favourite to browse Lipsy’s website or drop us a comment below to let us know your thoughts of the collection.

 

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Last Thursday I attended Casamigos Influential Bloggers Evening.

Those of you who are fans of George Clooney and Cindy Crawford will be familiar with the Casamigos brand as they recently celebrated the launch of her new book ‘Becoming’ and Casamigos Tequila at The Beaumont Hotel in London, but those of you who are not familiar with this tequila, it’s 3 founders are George Clooney, Rande Gerber and Mike Meldman.

George, Rande and Mike all shared a common love for tequila and tasted over 700 different tequilas with the intent of creating the perfect tequila to privately drink themselves between friends and family. 5 years on and they are now able to share it with the public and to this day is still the only drink that Clooney will drink; straight and always on the rocks.

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It was a fun-filled evening of tequila tasting held at Peyote restaurant who paired it with several delicious Mexican servings.

We were offered two bespoke cocktails upon arrival; the Casamigos Margarita and the Casamigos Sour.

I opted for Casamigos Sour which tasted wonderfully like candy fused with a high quality whisky and a citrusy kick.

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Following this, we tried the three expressions from light to dark, Casamigos Blanco, The Reposado and The Anjeo.

If you like your drink crisp with a sweet hint of citrus then you would definitely enjoy The Blanco.

The most popular drink on the table for us bloggers was The Reposado which is aged for 7 months giving you an oaky taste with a silky texture and smooth finish making it the easiest of the 3 to enjoy.

My personal favourite however, was the Anjeo the darkest of the three, this one is aged for 14 months and smells wonderfully similar to dark chocolate. A sip of the Anjeo and you could taste a hint of caramel fused with vanilla notes.

Unlike most tequila’s this tequila is made from 100% agave (only the best for George Clooney), so you won’t get that burning sensation.

The 3 founders intended to create a tequila so pure that you wouldn’t need to mask over the taste with salt and lime, true to their word they did just that.

I was slightly apprehensive about whether or not I’d be able to make my 9am PR meeting the next day to discuss my blog, having had a cocktail and 3 glasses of tequila on a school night. To my surprise I woke up with zero hang over, must be down to the quality of tequila!

 

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I brought my boyfriend along to the event who absolutely loved it and wants to have a collection at home, so that’s my christmas shopping made easier!

If you’re on the look out for christmas gift ideas check out their website here www.CasamigosTequila.com or if you’d like to try a glass yourself then head down to PeyoteRestaurant.com and try the grilled cactus while you’re there.

Casamigos is also available online at:-

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Christmas gift sets will be available this weekend at Harvey Nichols and Selfridges.

 

Whoever got flats to trend; our feet are thankful.

For the longest time heels were practically the uniform for those working in the fashion industry, from shop floor through to the PR boardroom and our poor little toes need a truly deserved horizontal break. Might I also add that juggling multiple trays of coffee for the office in heels is a skill that deserves as much applause as a unicyclist on a tightrope. 

Nope, working in fashion is not as glamorous as you may well think. It’s not sitting behind your desk with admiring your pretty little Giuseppe Zanotti feet; it’s running for the tube in heels, walking stylists through the showroom while your soles burn and attending press appointments on the other side of town. 

But the troops, the real troops, are those poor fashion interns lugging samples across from one end of the city to the other, going through boxes of band aid as rapidly an Editor goes through cups of coffee. This post is dedicated to you guys! 

Here are my 5 flats for every occasion…

The Office flats

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The Evening flats

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The Holiday flats

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Chanel Espadrilles 

The Weekend flats

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New Balance Sneakers from ASOS

The Coachella flats

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Valentino fringe flats from Matchesfashion.com

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Images courtesy of: Matchesfashion.com, 9to5chic, Pinterest, Net-a-porter and theyallhateus

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This week I had that warm, joyful Friday feeling. On a Thursday [yep it’s a real anti-climax]. So I thought, ‘well, why wait until Friday?’ the beauty of living in London is that the city never sleeps and if you walk into any establishment on a weekday, it won’t take long to realise there’s no such thing as a ‘school night’ around here. However, sensible Susie, mindful of the fact that I had work the next day, booked a 6:45pm table to make sure I had plenty of time to enjoy myself without missing my monotonous, dull 10 o clock ‘cleanse and get in my pyjamas’ routine.

 

The reserved table was at a newly refurbished restaurant named Quaglino’s. A real hidden gem situated in Mayfair just around the corner of The Ritz. Don’t be fooled by the understated appearance on the outside; the interior has a genuine ‘wow factor’ and screams style and glamour in every way.  It was far from empty and quiet at 6:45pm, the restaurant had a great aura about it with a great atmosphere full of movers and shakers and the music and lighting set the perfect ambiance that’s charming enough to save an awkward date. Lucky for me I was in the company of James and after 5 years and countless dates we’ve somehow mastered it and managed to get past that ‘awkward date’ phase.

I had the Cauliflower veloute truffle to start

and each mouthful was heaven. We both had the chicken supreme, sauteed chestnut mushrooms and truffle vinaigrette main which neither of us had difficulty polishing off. The highlight and most interesting part of the meal was the Moscato d’Asti Contero, Piemonte, Italy 2013 dessert wine which was all kinds of pleasant. By appearance and smell it looked like any other wine which sends your senses bewildered the moment you take a sip. Words won’t do it justice and I can only describe it as a powerful and fresh burst grapes and candy flavoured sherbet with an after taste of Turkish delight. The only thought that came to my mind was the ‘3 course meal bubblegum’ in Charlie and the Chocolate factory. That experience alone is worth giving Quaglino’s a visit.

So we finished our meal at 8:30pm, just in time to make it back for the 10 o clock ‘pajama and cleanse’ I had planned. Of course, that went out the window at around 8:32pm when a friendly hostess informed us that a performer would be singing from 9pm followed by a DJ until 01:00am. I’m a real home bird and I’m usually first to call it a night but they had made the surroundings so comfortable that I truly didn’t want to go anywhere. The place had such a good vibe that it felt like I’d be leaving a party early. So, we moved upstairs towards the stylish bar and got an even better view of the entire place, the restaurant is beautiful with a ‘Great Gatsby’ 1930’s feel and enough areas within the place to maneuver around and sit to keep you entertained all night, whether you’re looking for a quiet corner to chat or a private booth area to host a group party.

Unfortunately, we didn’t stay long enough for the DJ to come out and the tables to be pushed back to transform into a dance floor as my sensible side told me I had to be up for 6:30am the following day but we both agreed that we would come back with our friends and family to see the evening through until the end of the night.

If you are thinking of visiting for food and live entertainment they do have a late night set menu offer from 10pm onwards for 3 courses and a cocktail for £30 to take you into the late hours of the evening. Head to www.quaglinos-restaurant.co.uk/offers/late-night-set-menu for more information.

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– Labels and London

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On Friday night James and I visited Angler Restaurant on Liverpool Street. A seafood Michelin-starred restaurant right around the corner of Moorgate tube station. It’s located on the seventh floor perched above South Place with astonishing views overlooking London. During the day it’s full of business men and women having their corporate meetings but in the evening it’s a place with great food and an even better ambience.

– Labels and London