Ladies and gentlemen, it’s that time of the year again, I’m seeing orange, no I’m not talking about those overly tanned girls who’s skin looks like a 10 years old Louis Vuitton bag, I’m talking about the exciting Hermes sample sale in London from 14th of June to 15th of June. It will start at 8:30am and end at 7pm on the 14th then start at 10am and end at 6pm on the 15th with up to 80% off the original price. Now, location, location, location, The Music Room, 26 Molton Lane in London. Get your triple strong Espresso ready, it’s early birds get all the goodies!
It’s official, it is announced that this year a record of 150,000 condoms are to be handed out to the Olympians in the Olympic Village. Let’s do a little math here, there will be about 10,000 athletes attending this year’s game, so it works out about 15 condoms per athlete which means it’s 15 condoms for each male and female, that’s 30 condoms per pair. The condoms come in different colours, I can’t confirm if they are in different flavors as well to suit different countries’ taste buzz ( it makes sense though).
According to the English newspaper, Daily Mail, the athletes sexual appetite have been soaring over the years. There was only 8,500 condoms made available in 1988’s game. It jumped to 50,000 for Barcelona in 1992. The number leapt to 70,000 in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, the official originally ordered 50,000 condoms for the game but they had to order 20,000 more after the initial 50,000 ran out. This year’s condom numbers has topped all previous games, the Olympic Village will be a hot and steamy place for the next a few weeks for sure.
I wonder which country will win the gold medal in this game? To win this game, it requires good looks, good libido, good physique and good stamina. GO SWEDEN! 🙂
Have you noticed, the black one is the longest, talking about unfair competition…
Right now, in a galaxy not so far far away, the earth to be precise. On Camden Passage in London to be even more precise, there lies “Issy’s Milky Way’, a 50s retro style coffee shop. Once you step inside of the shop, you will be convinced that you’ve traveled back in time, back to the 50s. Well, I never had the pleasure of being born in the 50s but I always imagined this is how a 50s coffee shop would look like, just like Issy’s Milky Way. There is Elvis memorabilia displaying on the walls and shelfs; there is a retro jukebox standing at one corner then a black and white TV hanging up at another corner, TV plays all 50s TV programmes. Even the waitress and the waiter are dressed in retro styled clothing, completed with a retro style hair for the waitress and an Elvis style shiny, oiled up hair do for the waiter, they really thought about every single detail. All the cakes they sell are home-made, they are not just pleasing for your eyes, they sure will please your tummy as well. I’ve decided that next time I go there, I should dress up in 50s style, like one of the extras from Mad Men. Otherwise, I’m running the risk of feeling like Marty McFly in ‘Back to the Future’, traveled back in time but wearing the wrong clothes . Seriously, next time if you travel back in time and want to blend in, you should really think about what to wear, it’s all in the details.
Calm down, people. No, I haven’t adopted by aliens and this is not the inside of their spaceship (sorry to disappoint you). Believe it or not, this is the bathroom of Sketch in London. I do wonder if Lady Gaga drew her inspiration for her ‘Born This Way’ music video from here though. It’s a bar/ restaurant/ tea room/ art gallery, sometimes doubles as fashion catwalk venue as well, so multi-talented place! There are five rooms in Sketch, each room is decorated with a different theme. The food here is quite sketchy, I think you come here for the bathroom experience rather than what you can eat. The cocktails taste quite reasonable but the price is far from reasonable. Ka-ching, ka-ching!
I have to admit that I didn’t discover Anthropologie by myself, it was a good friend of mine who introduced me to this wonderful shop, I still made me feel like Columus who just discovered America. As far as I know, Anthropologie is an America chain of retail shops with a twist. They sell not only women’s clothes and accessories, they also sell home furnishings, unique objects and decorative items and gifts. There are two shops in London, one is on Regent Street and the other one is on the posh King’s Road. Both of the shops are decorated with home like design with tables, chairs and even beds spreading on the shop floors, the best of all, all the decorations are up for sale.There is a three floor high plant wall in the Regent Street shop that has 200 different types of living plants growing on the wall and the plants are watered from the rain water collected on the roof, they’ve truly brought the outdoor inside.
Every time I go to the shop, I always go mad like a little girl in a candy shop, so much wonderful things need to buy but so little money to spend. Shall I spend my money on the colourful gemstone necklace or shall I go for the owl storage jar? Decisions, decisions…
To me, Anthropologie is not just a shop, it’s also a sanctuary. It feels like the shop has this special magical power that can block out all the noise from outside, makes you always at peace and calm. You can sit on the sofa by the wall plant as long as you want, no one will ask you to move. I even tried to lie in the iron tree branch bed for a nap, the staff didn’t have any objection but it didn’t go down very well with the shoppers, I think they didn’t like my snoring.
The changing room is decorated with big mirrors and a giant day-bed with lots of cushions. They even write your name on the changing room door you are in so I thought I should take the opportunity to come up with the longest first name I can think of and see how the staff would react. ‘What’s your name?’ the changing room staff asked. ‘My name is Lydiakalanirowealeekundemondisha.’ ‘Oh, what a unique and wonderful name you have. ‘ she said politely, ‘Lydiakalanirowealeekundemondisha, here you go.’ I was so amazed that she wrote down the whole complete name on the door with no difficulty at all. I really wanted to ask her if she won the Spelling Bee Championship when she was a little.
Usually, there is a sales corner on the bottom floor of the shop, you can always pick up interesting things with hugely reduced price. Once, I bought a completed knitted wool clock that it’s knitted by grannies in Scotland and another time, I bought chef’s measuring cups in the shape of goose. What a weird but wonderful world I’m living in!
A couple of weeks ago, my sister-in-law came down to London for a Swedish ‘royal’ visit. Her Royal Highness requested to try a traditional English and Chinese afternoon tea, not at the same time of course. Her wish is my command. My husband and I took her the newly opened W hotel for an English afternoon tea. The hotel has a rock n roll music theme with mirrored disco balls hanging from the ceiling acting as chandeliers. There is a floor to ceiling shelf in the bar with rock n roll star plates displaying on the shelf. It was English afternoon tea for sure but certainly not traditional. The music theme continues, each plate of the cake stand looks like an old black record disc. All the food was very experimental, I felt like a little lab mouse when I was eating it. The meringues were shaped in a mouth shape with a tongue sticking out which represent the logo of Rolling Stone (my first guess was the little ghost Casper from ‘Casper the Friendly Ghost’ but Rolling Stone makes so much more sense). There was chicken sandwich made from chocolate flavoured bread and purple coloured cake that I couldn’t work out what flavour it is, tasted good though. The damage it’s about £22 per person which it’s quite reasonable for a place like this in London.
The next day, we went Royal China near Baker Street for a Chinese afternoon tea. If you’re in London and want the best Chinese afternoon tea, Royal China should be your first choice, the place is like the ‘Holy Grail’ of all Chinese afternoon teas in London. They don’t take any bookings so we had to take our chances. The restaurant opens from 11:30am, we got there around 12:30, there was already a long queue in front of us, they have a numbered system for the queue. They hand out numbers then computer will call the number when there is a table available. After 20 minutes wait and my belly drummed like a rock n roll band, we finally got seated. I ordered crispy duck, BBQ pork buns, egg tarts, Chinese dumplings, chung fun, crispy squid, spring rolls and one of the must dish for a traditional Chinese afternoon tea, the pickled chicken feet. Well, the sister-in-law did say she wanted it to be traditional, didn’t she? I was just following the order. I have to give her 10 points for wanting to try the chicken feet and another 10 points for picking it up, put it close to her mouth even though it was a mile away from her mouth. I’ve even got a photo to approve it. My husband was like any annoying big brother would do, trying so hard to convince her to put it in her mouth. The poor sister-in-law, she looked like she was going to throw up all the food she’s just eaten, plus the food from yesterday. I had to rescue her, took the foot from her hand. Baby steps every time, maybe next time she will touch the foot with her lips or maybe next time I should order jelly fish, maybe she will like that.
The other day, I was waiting for my friend in front of Leicester Square station, a man approached me with an awkward look on his face and said ‘excuse me, where did you get your dress?’ ( I felt so flattered, I was flying so high, someone likes my dress, even though it’s a guy, a bit weird but still) Then I looked behind him, I understood why he asked me the question. His girlfriend was standing behind him, looking at us, she’s pushing him with her invisible hand. She really trained him well. ‘Oh, it’s from Peter Jensen who’s a Danish designer but based in London.’ I said proudly. ‘Do you think I will be able to buy it in one of the souvenir shops around here?’ He asked. I replied ‘No, I don’t think so.’ Ok, I just smashed 100 metres back on the ground with my brain splattered everywhere. How dare you even suggest this beautifully designed, pure silk, made in England dress is hanging next to ‘my boyfriend went to London and all I got it’s this t-shirt’ cheap t-shirts? I thought to myself. ‘We are tourists and will be leaving soon, my girlfriend really loves the dress, would you considering to sell it to us for £50?’ He asked. ‘Ok, he’s gone to far’, I thought, ‘£50 for the dress? Forget about me, it’s an insult for Peter Jensen.’ ‘No.’ I said firmly. ‘How about £60? this is our last offer.’ He said. ‘I’m not a walking Ebay,’ I said, ‘so please stop with your buy it now offers.’ If he wasn’t tall and big, looked like Arnold Schwarzenegger 2.0, I would punched him in the face!
After the whole dress drama, I feel the need of spreading the words about designer Peter Jensen to the mass. Peter Jensen first burst onto fashion scene with his menswear collection in 1999. The following year, he unveiled his womenswear collection. Since then, Peter Jensen has been a permanent fixture for each season at London Fashion Week. Peter Jensen’s label logo is a fun, cute bunny and he uses it frequently in his design. You can always expect humors and cool prints from his clothes, from marching Royal Guards to Palm Springs houses, you should always expect the unexpected from Peter Jensen.
I’m a proud owner of two Peter Jensen dresses. One is the Royal Guards dress and the other one is people with umbrellas. Both of them remind me of London. I bought the Royal Guards dress from ASOS.com and the people with umbrellas dress from farfetched.com.
Peter Jensen’s s/s 2012 collection is inspired by music, headgear and make-up. You can purchase his new collection from asos.com, Dover Street Market in London, b Store in London, Opening Ceremony in New York. In fact, you can find all the stockists on Peter Jensen’s official website. I practically love the Palm Springs houses print silk dress from this year’s collection.
High profile devotees of his aesthetic now include stars from the worlds of music, film and fashion, such as Kirsten Dunst, Tavi, Julia Freaks, Rhianna, The Zutons’ Abi Harding, Joanna Newsom and Martha Wainwright , not to mention Rachel Bilson, Lindsay Lohan, Dakota Fanning and Maggie Gyllenhaal.
Now the words are out, put your running shoes on and please form an orderly queue, Peter Jensen will be a sell out!
Orange coloured alert! Orange coloured alert, all fashionistas! Black Friday is no longer black, it should be orange. Hermes is going to have a sample sale event in London on Friday, 13/01/2012 from 8:30am to 7:00pm then on Saturday, 14/01/2012 from 10am to 6pm. The sale is for their womens and mens ready-to-wear and shoes with up to 60% discount. Hermes doesn’t do any seasonal sales ever so this sample sale is very rare, once in a blue moon really, so set your alarm clock, practise your elbowing skill, this is one sample sale you do not want to miss! Please send me a message if you would like to attend the event, I will reply with the event’s address. See you there!