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Sail away with me

I am in love with this outfit from the Chanel Resort 2010 collection. OK, I’m gaga over all the outfits, but this one really made me swoon. Just check out those lace-up, monochromatic, peep-toe boots. That’s three trends, in one shoe! Mr Lagerfeld, women all over heart you very much.

Chanel's 2010 Resort collection

Beaut! Chanel's 2010 Resort collection

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Get Nouvelle Vague nails

Peter Phillips – Chanel’s genius creative director of cosmetics – has a new colour to share with the world. Actually, he has three new colours to share, but the fashion world is cooing over one in particular: Nouvelle Vague.

Chanel nail varnish

Chanel's hot new numbers: Novelle Vague, Mistral and Riviera

Andy ‘Pop Art’ Warhol has had his paint pots raided by Phillips and what has emerged are three eye-popping colours: aqua, peach (Mistral) and rose (Riviera). The aqua is particularly striking and it’ll also be a limited edition like it’s former paint pot, Jade. Not only that but Nouvelle Vague formed part of Chanel’s latest runway collection where it matched, enhanced and added a polished veneer to all outfits on the runway.

Chanel’s three new shades from the Summer 2010 collection hit counters in May. Start steadying yourself for the rush ahead.

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At the moment, I’m sitting in one of the most beautiful settings imaginable. I have the waves crashing onto rocks in front of me while I sit chilling in a very chic lounge bar. It’s a little windy outside and there’s a splattering of rain, but nothing can bring me down right now. Corsica is stunning.

Last week Thursday I left London for France. So far, I’ve spent two days in Paris, five days in Nice and yesterday, I arrived in Corsica. So now you know why I haven’t been blogging for a while. But I promise, I’ll share my spoils with you… Starting immediately.

First up, while sauntering along the Champs Elysees in Paris I headed into the Nike store only to find the coolest pair of treads that form part of Nike’s hot new ladies footwear range. Nike have created their own gladiators and basically, I want a pair.

They cost and come in black and white.

Nike gladiators

Nike gladiators

And because I knew you’d want to take closer look…

White Nike gladiators

White Nike gladiators

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Yesterday I decided to get lost. More specifically, I decided to get lost in Notting Hill. So, I did.

Portobello Road, Notting Hill

Portobello Road, Notting Hill

I jumped off the tube at Notting Hill Gate and then made my way down to Portobello Road and the infamous antiques market where you can get trinkets with all the brass bells and whistles that you could ever wish for. I’m not a massive fan of antiques, but the quirk and nostalgic nature of it all leaves you with a little giddy feeling that somehow, you just can’t shake for the rest of the day.

But there were loads of other places that caught my eye. Like Appletree Boutique which has the prettiest, most floaty chiffon dresses I have ever seen. They’ve got a crazy sale (50% off) going on at the moment and it took all the control I could muster up not to swipe away. Just a little further down from Appletree is Fussy Nation – home to oddball bits and bobs like cupcake-flavoured lip balm where you can get your fix in peanut butter, double chocolate and cinnabon.

Cupcake lip balm

Cupcake lip balm... Told you so!

Or if you’re having a rockstar moment, grab a gold-studded black leather clutch. And of course, le boyfriend would be terribly sad if you didn’t get him anything so swipe a Sherlock Holmes action figure and get some brownie points in the process. Staying with laugh-out-loud buys, Octopus has the cutest hair clips, brooches and alice bands I have ever seen. The bright plastic pandas, scottish terriers, wide-eyed anime girls and fried eggs brought out the pop-art lover in me. I love!

My last stop in Portobello road was at Jack Wills. Girls, if you’ve looking for slim-fitting, straight-cut vintage school blazers to wear to the Cambridge vs Oxford race next weekend, hot foot down to Notting Hill. They’ve got them in royal blue with white pin-stripes and pink with lilac pin-stripes. Stunning.

Jack Wills

Jack Wills

Before your journey veers you away from Portobello road check out the Electric Cinema Theatre – the oldest purpose built cinema in the UK. It opened its doors for the first time to the public in 1911, survived the war and celebrates the world that was with regular vintage screenings. It’s a definite must-see.

Electric Cinema

Electric Cinema

When your tummy starts to grumble, head to Westbourne Grove road and sample the wares at Daylesford Organic. It’s a little pricey but the salads are fresh, the bread is baked to perfection and the selection of take-away sandwiches will have you reaching for your magic 8 ball. For those on a bit of a budget, take a short walk to Ledbury Road and take a seat at the communal table at Ottolenghi. The spread of mouth-watering grilled fish, salads, bakes and pastries will tempt you to want to eat all day. I had aubergine, tomato and goats cheese bake (£4.50) and then as I was paying, a little buttermilk scone with orange and currants called out my name. I couldn’t say ‘No.’

Notting Hill has all the old-school charm of a pocket watch. Between the monument-sized Victorian houses and high-street boutiques there’s a modern sensibility about it that makes it feel familiar and homely. So next time you have a free afternoon, skip the hussle and bustle of Soho and head to Notting Hill instead. And leave your watch at home.

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‘E’ is for Erin

Erin O' Connor

Erin O' Connor

Guess who I spotted yesterday jumping on the Victoria line at Vauxhall station… Erin ‘O Connor! Looking ever so fabulous – I was so gobsmacked I didn’t pay any attention to what she was wearing. Sorry peeps!

But, because it was my first bit of celeb spotting in London, I just had to share it with all of you.

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Alexa’s shoes

As of yesterday, I started following Alexa Chung on Twitter hoping that she would have some regular fashion gems to share with me. But alas, I soon discovered that she’s not much of tweeter despite having 119 010 followers waiting for her to share fabulous moments of her life with them.

But it wasn’t all in vain. I did discover a pair of instantly adoring shoes by Miu Miu that she posted a pic of in February.

“Congrats Miu Miu, you’ve made the perfect shoe. :)” – @alexa_chung on 24 Feb 2010.

Miu Miu shoes

Alexa Chung's Miu Miu shoes

Oh the things I would do to have a pair of Miu Miu shoes….

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Alice in wonderland

Mia Wasikowska stars as 'Alice'

Alice and her crew are taking over London. First off, the much-anticipated, can-only-be-fabulous movie by Disney and the kooky Tim Burton hits screens on Friday… And then, the mad-hatters take over.

Head to Beach Blanket Babylon in Shoreditch on 6 March for quirk deluxe at their Mad Hatter’s Ball or join Selfridges in Oxford St and celebrate Alice and the Walrus with their decadent window displays and Mad Hatter’s tea party in the Wonderoom.

For a more cultured approach to all the magic and fantasy the rabbit hole holds, jump on the tube and scoot on over to Euston Rd where Edward Wakeling gives a talk about the photography of Lewis Carroll.

There’s loads happening and TimeOut London has done a fabulous job documenting it all. For more deets on parties, tea drinking and theatre events, check out their site here.

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