California Dreaming

As far as ‘Busman’s holidays’ go, my recent sojourn to LA served up a pretty balanced combination of work and pleasure.

For those who know me and in true ‘Nadia style’ I made sure that I maximised every minute of my 10 days, as well as every opportunity I had to enjoy the blue skies.

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Having spent the first part in Downtown LA showing our Nadia Minkoff London collection at the California Market Centre I spent the latter part visiting vineyards, driving along the coast, exploring desolate beaches, collecting moonstones ( for real) and finally back to LA for some much needed retail therapy.

My chosen ‘companion’ on this journey? The Richmond midi tote in yellow and I am happy to say it didn’t disappoint.

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Going to let the photos do the talking as they are SO good. A big thank you to Director of Photography Dennis Madden for these beautiful captures.

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My travel lowdown:

I flew out from London Gatwick  to LAX  with Norwegian Air on the brand new Dreamliner, can’t recommend enough! Return trip with luggage and x 2 meals from as little as £500

Stayed at the  Millenium Biltmore Hotel, in downtown LA. This hotel has seen more glamorous days the lobby is grand but alas the rooms are in need updating, still the location is great. Rooms start at  £150 per night.

Don’t leave downtown LA without trying Pitchoun Bakery, the raspberry croissants are as tasty as they are beautiful! You will be spoilt for choice

For some of the best handmade noodles you will ever try and an impressive selection of beers to boot visit Peking Tavern

Mexican with a twist at B.S.Taqueria, so bloody good, take me back today!

The Landsby boutique Hotel in Solvang, Scaandi interiors to die for, wanted to move in. Double rooms start at US$350 per night

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Fireside Inn on Moonstone Beach, if you are after spectacular ocean views, moonstone collecting and sea lion viewing, this is the perfect location… complete with your very own in room  fire place , Doubles start at US$ 200 per night

Rock n Fish restaurant, Manhattan Beach LA, for some regional food and super fresh fish dishes, beautifully served in this gorgeous seaside corner of LA

The Griffith Observatory, immerse yourself in La La Land, watch the stars, the Hollywood Hills, the view of LA, have a dance if you want!

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For the love of Blogging

 

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Despite my efforts and good intentions to keep you up to date with our comings and goings in the run up to Christmas I seem to be falling seriously behind schedule… but I am attempting to ensure I catch up by the time Christmas is here , so not long now.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all the lovely Bloggers who attended the Bloggers Love event earlier this month and spared the time to chat to us and even better, to Blog about us!

Blogging is a ‘common’ practice nowadays, so much so that perhaps those of us who read Bloggs take it for granted.  What might not be so obvious to us readers is the time and effort invested by Bloggers to research, photograph, interview, write, edit, publish and ultimately entertain and inform. One of the best things for me as a designer who interacts with Bloggers regularly is the immense enthusiasm and dedication they posses.. and I have yet to come across a Blogger who is not that way inclined. It’s great building a relationship with a Blogger, each one has a unique handwriting, a different eye, a different perspective and it’s always nice to see their take on our designs.

Here are the all vital links and some great weekend reading for you from the Bloggers Love Hub event… maybe even some good shopping ideas for Xmas.

http://justinependrill.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/bloggers-love-hub-event-monday-24th.html

 

http://beautifulladdictions.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/bloggers-love-hub-day-4.html

 

http://priyaodette.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/bloggers-love-hub-part-2.html

 

http://the-shelley-diaries.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/bloggers-love-hub.html

 

http://courtypeach.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/bloggers-love-hub-event.html

 

http://thefashionantlers.com/2014/12/01/bloggers-love-hub-take-two/

 

http://www.rebeccacoco.co.uk/2014/12/bloggers-love-hub-day-4.html

 

http://strandonbeauty.com/2014/11/28/bloggers-love-hub-kanaloa/

 

http://afshanesque.co.uk/bloggers-love-hub-event/

 

http://www.thatgirlbehindhermask.com/2014/11/bloggers-love-hub-at-kanaloa.html

 

http://onelittlevice.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/the-bloggers-love-hub-review.html

Win a St Johns Wood leather tote bag and wallet… yes please!!

 

Well, it’s almost Christmas.. we have a new look website, and it’s raining cats and dogs here in England.. oh dear… we think it’s time for a ‘pick me up’. So we are offering one very luck person the chance to win our new season St Johns Wood leather tote bag and matching wallet ( worth £214.00!!!) The competition is open to anyone, anywhere so have a go, it could well be you. To find out all about it just hope over to our FB wall Nadia Minkoff London  or simply follow this link ( and I hope it links, we’ve had too many ‘link’ problems this week ) http://bit.ly/SorPNZ  Good luck!!

Check this out! TATLER selling from an icecream van!

If you were in Covent Garden London this Tuesday I hope you managed to see this!

What a fantastic idea – selling TATLER from an ice cream van. It was a special promo with Mulberry and shoppers were given free ice cream and a Mulberry Tote when they purchased a copy of the magazine. Very innovative – big thumbs up from us!

PS: have you seen the cover photo on TATLER’s facebook page? Warning: very cute!

Behind the scenes at the NM shoot

I could not have wished for a better day for our summer 2012 campaign shoot last week. It really was ideal. It had rained days before and my choice of an outdoor location was looking likely to be a very bad idea. BUT it all changed and on the morning of the shoot Mother Nature was on our side. It was a beautiful day – with sun and clouds – ideal for a shoot.

We were located at Panshanger Airport and we were able to use the most amazing aircraft as a backdrop.

I can’t give too many details away but you do not need to wait too long to see the end results. We will be launching the new campaign later this month. But in the meantime here are some behind the scenes shots.

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