EAT // Halloween at Crumbs & Doilies, Soho

Saturday, 31 October 2015

Happy Halloween! I've been thinking a lot recently about how funny it is that our culture has a whole day dedicated to caricaturing the unnatural, unexplained and undead, which are all things that might otherwise scare us. But if you can't laugh at your fears, what can you do? As a graduate in my early twenties I'm a little over dressing up and having a really big night out, like we did at university. This Halloween for me (and many others who are "not doing very well with this whole being a proper adult thing") will probably consist of inhaling the fun-sized Mars bars intended for trick or treaters that I knew would never even show up in the first place, whilst watching the movie Hocus Pocus with my cat.

I still really like Halloween though. But what can you do when you're too old for it and don't have any younger siblings you can use as an excuse to act like a big kid for a day? Well, yesterday I popped into Crumbs & Doilies at Kingly Court (just off Carnaby Street in Soho, London) for my afternoon coffee break to find these adorable little halloween themed cupcakes. I'd definitely consider myself advocate of the miniature pudding - particularly in restaurants where I'm too full for dessert but craving something sweet, or at coffee shop where I'm eyeing up the patisseries, knowing I couldn't manage a whole piece of cake by myself.

I had my latte with these two little mini cupcakes: Pumpkin Spice and Lemon Meringue Pie Die. I really loved the Pumpkin Spice one (with the little bat) the most. The Lemon Meringue was nice, but perhaps a little to sickly for me, and I feel like I was mostly tempted by how adorable the little meringue ghost topping looked. If you find yourself in Soho, I would definitely recommend popping into this lovely little cupcake shop for the cutest coffee break ever!

What are your plans for Halloween this year? I'd love to hear them in the comments below.

STYLE // Milan Fashion Week S/S 16

Monday, 26 October 2015

I've been super naughty lately, by not keeping up with my blog posts, which has left me very behind with my fashion week series. Not to worry, because it's still a very long time to go until Spring/Summer season, right? The truth is I've been a very busy girl, trying to find my feet with other things. I'm glad to be getting back to writing now though, since it means I'm starting to settle into a new routine. But enough about me for now - Let's talk about what went down at Milan Fashion Week just gone!

Gucci took a cartoonish "more is more" approach to the ever dominant 1970s trend: Clashing prints, floaty oversized pussybow necklines, knitted berets and big glasses took kitsch feminine geek chic to another level. Jeremy Scott took us to the Moschino carwash, with high-vis skirt suits and caution tape couture, while Prada presented us with a vision of vertical stripes in leathers, suedes and organzas. Here were three of my favourite shows from the week...

Arthur Arbesser (pictured above) showed an array of particularly youthful looks with a cool and casual sportswear edge. Fun prints included refreshingly kitsch 1970s-esque bright wallpaper florals and painterly white cats. Forest green, red, navy and off white made for a bold colour palette. There's something a bit Margot Tenenbaum about a couple of the outfits, such as the blue polo shirt and mini combo and the knitted striped shift dress (both pictured). Each look was worn with either pointed courts or trainers paired with white pop socks, which certainly emphasised the young, playful femininity of the collection. My favourite look is between the cat printed worker jacket/tailored trouser co-ord, and the knitted flower top and tie-side skirt combo - Though I'd just love to wear so many of the outfits from this collection!

Emporio Armani's latest ready-to-wear offering for Spring/Summer 16 actually inspired me to purchase a gorgeous little orange scarf from Topshop (click here for the link). I've always been fond as neckerchiefs as an offbeat, underrated accessory and I'm glad to see them on the catwalk. I just absolutely love this collection because it's beautifully feminine without being too over-the-top girly. The casual silhouettes and loose tailoring look great in soft greys and sunset hues. Orange and pink are definitely two key colours going hand-in-hand for Spring/Summer '16, which I'm very happy about because I had a definite strong feeling about it back in April this year (or perhaps I consulted my crystal ball, who knows). I'd wear a lot of these looks, especially with pointed flats as suggested. This definitely is my kind of power dressing.

Dolce & Gabbana presented us with a love letter to Italy, featuring garments adorned with the words "Italia is love" and other postcard-esque motifs. (They also showed us another way of wearing our silk scarves for S/S 16!). While the focus was definitely on "Bella Italia", we also got the sense that this next season's D&G girl had been away on her travels too: Bright kimono style dresses, and a sleeveless shift dripping in pom-poms and round mirrors were bringing in influences from other cultures too. Of course with all of those bold colours, busy prints and opulent gold details, this was everything we're always going to be expecting from a Dolce & Gabbana show. However, I personally felt that - despite most of the collection being much of the same as always - the most key look was the poppy and daisy print pyjama-like trouser and shirt combo.