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Happy Halloween!

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Happy Halloween!


After months of planning it was finally time for us to attend the BEST Halloween party ever!

Myself, Blondie and the Boy headed over to our friends Jaine’s to get ready and look amazing, have a few drinks, watch some Rocky Horror Picture Show, have a mini photo shoot and cover Jaine’s flat in glitter before heading to the The Grand Hall for the absinthe-doused soirée – The Belle Epoque Party.

I managed to get a few photos off the Boy but he took 100’s so can’t wait to see them! It’s very handy having a photographer for a bf sometimes!

What we didn’t know was that The Tassle Club where hosting a Supper Club before the main event started! We met one of the lovely ladies from the Tassle Club and will most definitely keeping an eye out for their future events!

The venue was AMAZING. It was the perfect setting and everyone was dressed up to the nines! The aerial acts, live music and the DJ all added to the best night!

Hopefully there will be more photos to come but for now check out this video of one of the acts the Boy took…!

Hope the rest of you had a fabulous Halloween!

14 Days and counting

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14 Days and counting

I’m getting SO excited about Halloween now! I’ve pretty much got all my bits and pieces for my outfit now… I bought this FAB corset from Corsets-UK who if you like them on Facebook they keep you updated on their corset of the day sale which is where I found my corset! So with packaging I got this £53 for £30 BARGIN!

I found the lacy mask from accessorise which is really cute but has the masquerade feel I wanted without having to pay LOADS for it (another bargain at £6!!)

I found a silky ruffle skirt lurking in my wardrobe (left over from a vampire look a couple of years ago!) and 2 metres of black and silver organza which I plan on layering and tying round my waist but leaving it over at the front!? I need to work out how to construct that!

And loads of artificial vines and roses that I spray painted black and silver…

The silver isn’t too loud which is good as I want them to look all dead and dark. I think I’m going to work out where all these go once I’ve got the rest of my outfit together!?

Looking at all of this I think I’m going a bit Gothic Poison Ivy atm but it might all change this time next week!

I’ve also got to sort the Boy’s cape out at some point…

So much to do to look fabulous. Hows everyone else’s Halloween costumes going?

The countdown begins… 24 days until The Belle Epoque Party Halloween special

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The countdown begins… 24 days until The Belle Epoque Party Halloween special

I love Halloween!

For me there is no better time of the year (xmas comes a close second… maybe if there was more fancy dress…?).

I’m a massive fan of dressing up at all times but Halloween means being covered in fake blood and looking as scary as poss without too many funny looks!? But this year I will be swapping the fake blood for glitter and heading to the Belle Epoque Party! I don’t think I could be more excited!!!

I have been wanting to go ever since I went to one of their sister parties (the Blitz party). It sounds right up my street…

Get ready to be transported to the sin filled alleys of 19th century Paris for La Belle Époque. Celebrate bohemian style and applaud debauched elegance at this unique new event that promises to indulge the artistic side of partying.

La Belle Époque allows you to re-live the absinthe fuelled hedonism of 19th century Paris with the people who brought you Blitz Party and Prohibition.

Lie back in one of many velvet lined alcoves and watch aerial and trapeze artists perform over your head as you sip on La Belle Époque’s Absinthe inspired cocktails. Watch the showgirls perform French dance hall classics and immerse yourself in a sound that could only have emerged from the streets of Paris’ red light district.

With tickets at only £20 I jumped at the chance to do something different for Halloween! Lucky for me Blondie, the Boy and my work girlys are more that happy to come with me!

Only a month to pull together a fabulous costume eeek! The Dress Code:

Ladies drape yourself in feathers & squeeze into a breath-taking corset, Gentlemen embrace your devilish side with dashing masks, coat-tails & top hats!

So as the Boy is over in Germany we spent last weekend sorting out his Halloween costume! We hit Camden HARD. Came away with black highway boots, a white pirate like shirt with billowy sleeved and a lace up front and a black cane! All we need now is this red devil mask to come back in stock and I volunteered myself (I don’t know how) to make a cape (thinking crushed velvet!?) and he will be quite a fetching Devil! I do love that he lets me dress him up!

Now my outfit is a little bit more tricky. I’m thinking burlesque woodland creature!? Lots of emerald greens and reds.  I’m using these images as my inspiration…

My shopping list as it stands is a killer corset and meters and meters of tulle to make a skirt like above! Hopefully not too difficult a task!? I’ll do an update of the final thing when (if) I finish it!

What is everyone else doing for Halloween? Hope your all dressing up and up to no good! Just avoid the Mean Girls slut rule…

“Halloween is the one night a year when girls can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it.”

And remember you can never have too much fake blood!!!

Beautiful drawings…

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I’ve just seen that my FAVOURITE fashion illustrator David Downton has been appointed Claridge’s first ever artist-in-residence

David told us “Glamour and an effortless assurance are the hallmarks of Claridge’s. I am excited and honoured to be the first ever artist in residence at high fashion’s home from home.”

Our own General Manager, Thomas Kochs, said: “Over the years, some of our most iconic guests have been captured on camera and we feel David’s drawings will add another dimension to the already established archives of Claridge’s. David Downton has been a long time friend of the hotel and we have admired his work for many years. It is a pleasure to share David’s talent with our guests!”

We welcome David and look forward to showcasing his drawings at Claridge’s

 

I feel in love with Downton when I discovered his 2004 portrait of Linda Evangelista and have been keeping a eye out for his work since then! He pop’s up everywhere including the V&A with their Golden age of Couture exhibition!

And he’s even drawn the burlesque queen herself – Ms Dita Von Teese

Looks like a trip to Claridge’s is in order now… not that I ever need a excuse to dress up!