Monday, 26 August 2013

Style : Carlton Drew

East Coast style in LA : Carlton Drew

 I discovered Carlton Drew on Instagram (@carltondrew) and eventually, on a recent trip to Los Angeles I was able to visit the shop itself. Carlton Drew brings East Coast style with a modern edge to Los Angeles - my kind of shop.

 Naturally, I had on my best modern prep outfit... Louis Vuitton Success brogues in Navy Canvas / Leather mix, Embroidered Anchor Shorts by Bank Fashions, Striped shirt by Vivienne Westwood, Shades by Tom Ford.

 Carlton Drew had posted on Instagram some days earlier the new line of 'Lemon & Line' cord bracelets he had just received - naturally I made a beeline straight for these

 I also picked up a couple of tees from 'Declaration' and some shirts from 'Shades of Grey by Micah Cohen'  (With Carlton Drew very kindly throwing in a freebie - thanks!)

 Carlton Drew is a very well curated shop with a great selection East Coast preppy style product, located at 8016 Melrose Avenue, just up from Fred Segal - it's a great location in a very up and coming area.

Carlton Drew,
8016 Melrose Avenue,
Los Angeles,
CA 90046
(323) 782 - 1434

Website : Carlton Drew

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Style : Outfits

Outfit shots


 Chris' Outfit

 Pastel sheen colour block shirt - 'Bl├Ąck' at McQ, Stockholm
 Pale denim skinny jeans - 'Zumo' at Fittz, Prague
 Slip on brogues in Cognac - 'Melrose Loafer' by Louis Vuitton
 Leather / Stainless Steel H belt - Hermes
 Orange 'Clic Clac' enamel bracelet - Hermes 
 Leather and 18ct white gold love bangle - Cartier
 Tortoiseshell sunglasses - TF236 'Olivier' by Tom Ford

 Paul's outfit

 Grey marl jersey with woven collar polo - 'Josef Sloboda' at Fittz, Prague
 Skinny jeans - 'Max Le Light' by Acne
 Jacquard satin slippers - 'Spotlight' by Louis Vuitton
 Leather / Enamel H belt - Hermes
 Brown tortoiseshell sunglasses - TF197 'Leopold' by Tom Ford

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Attend : Armani / Deli

Armani/Deli @ Armani/Hotel, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai, UAE

 I had a fantastic lunch at Armani/Deli when I was in Dubai recently. Ever since the world's first Armani/Hotel opened here in 2010, I've wanted to visit and see what all the hype was about.

Armani/Deli is situated in the lower floors of the hotel, at the base of the Burj Khalifa (The world's tallest building at 829.8m) The interior is as slick and stylish as you would expect from Armani, a black and cream minimal place.

The menu was traditionally Italian with a modern twist - we both had our 'go to' signature dishes - 'Spaghetti Lobster', and 'Black Truffle Pappardelle' - needless to say they were absolutely delicious.

Armani/Deli is, naturally, set out like a deli, with a large seating area. The seated section has beautiful calm views over the Dubai fountains along to The Address hotel. The deli section features freshly prepared dishes, cold cuts, deserts, and a bar / coffee counter.

 We had a great lunch here, it was a cool place to chill, away from the hustle and bustle of Downtown Dubai - The service was immaculate and the prices surprisingly reasonable.
 I'd now love to visit some of the other food and beverage outlets in the Armani/Hotel, maybe next time I'm in Dubai!

Armani/Deli - Website
Burj Khalifa - Website

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Style : Outfits

Outfit shots

 A new feature on this blog - I'm going to start posting some more outfit shots. Hope you enjoy. 

 Paul's Outfit

 Green Deco Pattern Blazer : Reiss
 Cotton jersey polo with silk collar : Alexander McQueen
 Black skinny jeans : 'Max Cash' by Acne
 Black patent leather slippers with ponyskin moustache :  'Watson' by Christian Louboutin
 Green polka dot pocket square : Tom Ford
 Black Sunglasses : TF97 'Arnaud' by Tom Ford

 Chris' Outfit

 Cobolt Blue Blazer : Reiss
 Blue pinstripe shirt with rounded collar and collar bar : Reiss
 Blue twill cotton trousers : Reiss
 Navy perforated suede slippers : 'Spotlight' by Louis Vuitton
 Black and Grey geometric pocket square : Tom Ford
 Black sunglasses : TF236 'Olivier' by Tom Ford

Monday, 29 July 2013

Hallway Interior : Modern French Vintage

Hallway Style

 Following on from decorating my bathroom (see Bathroom Interior), I've moved onto the hallway and I've just finished. Again, I've kept the style calm, fresh and quirky - my 'Modern French Vintage' style.

 I also posted some shots on my Instagram account : @opulentscrawls

Padded Linen White Wallpaper: Koziel @ Rockett St George
Bespoke Mirror: Joby Woodhouse
Antelope Heads: SIA
'Wey' Frame: Habitat
Vintage Vogue covers: Broadway Market
Large Vase & Orchids: Habitat
Horseshoe: Trekehners Can Jump
Owl Bookends: Laura Ashley
Pearced Book (on Shelf): Pearced Book Blog / Amazon

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Attend : Woburn Coffee House

Woburn Coffee House, 21 Market Place, Woburn.

 Bank holiday weekend calls for a day out in the countryside : we visited historic Woburn, a perfect Georgian village. We were visiting to take afternoon tea at Woburn Coffee House.

 Situated in a 400 year old house on Market Place, Karen and her team have created a beautifully fresh boutique coffee house: a modern traditional interior, combining mix match crockery, and a beautiful walled garden to sip Pimms in the summer months.

 We were presented with an amazing 5 tier platter of finger sandwiches, scones, slices of cake, brandy snaps, Mille-Feuille and beautifully crafted cream profiteroles in the shape of swans.
 Whatever you can't manage can be taken home in a goody box...

Woburn Coffee Shop features a tranquil walled garden, opened up in Summer months for afternoon tea and Pimms.

 Woburn itself is a quintessentially British village - dating back to Saxon times. It's even been listed in The Sunday Times as one of the 'best places to live in Britain'
 The village has lots of cool antique shops, restaurants, gift shops, a farmers market and great scenery - all this, and only an hour from central London...

Woburn Coffee House
21 Market Place,

Reservations : 01525 290050
Web : Woburn Coffee House 
Web : Woburn Village 

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Attend : 'Fish & Chips', Prague

Fish and Chips, 21 Dlouha Street, Prague

 After a long weekend break in Prague, I stumbled upon a restaurant that was a pure case of right time, right place - there was nothing I fancied more on that Sunday afternoon than a good old English Fish & Chips.

 Quintessentially British in design, a rarity in the gothic architecture of Prague, this simple, stylish and modern Fish & Chip shop was both a 'take away' and a sit down restaurant.
 The simple design was paired with a simple menu, made modern with the additional serving of mini bottles of Veuve Clicquot.  

 The cod was perfect in beer batter, the chips were just the right 'chippy' chips - Gourmet Fish & Chips! The interiors had quirky takes on all things traditionally fish and chips - newspaper wallpaper, red phone boxes, soho writing and quirky 'Save Water - Drink Champagne' slogans.

 The dining area was reminiscent of London tube tiles with 60's pop art and an opulent glass chandelier centre piece. The swinging glass doors opened directly onto the street, ready for some people watching...

 Fish and Chips,
 21 Dlouha Stret, Prague
 Facebook page : Fish and Chips

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