Make it a London Christmas / Part 2

I have found concluding 2018 difficult, it’s been a tough year in general ,most certainly for the High Street and for anyone who works in fashion. I wish I could say I am ending it on a high and feeling optimistic for 2019, hard as I try I am not. But I most certainly don’t want to end it on a low and I am certainly hopeful that 2019 will surprise me for the better.

I will let London, my source of inspiration,do the talking for me. Captured by photographer Dennis Madden over the festive period and right up to date 31/12/18, New Years Eve.

From Trafalgar square, to China Town

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The all new Coal Drops Yard in Kings Cross, and the iconic Royal Albert Hall

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From towering Christmas trees in Euston, to ho ho ho in Soho, and some much needed Angels in Regent Street

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Spectacular skies over Waterlow Park in Highgate

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And last, but most certainly not least, my very own Waterloo sunset

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Wishing you all health, happiness and good fortune in 2019

x Nadia

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RE BALANCE…. INNER PEACE IN EL PUERTO

Bag: The brewer holdall as my on-board luggage and The Hoxton bag for my daily use

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Flight: London to Gibraltar, approx. 3 hours.  I had an unsettling early morning flight having been sat next to an extremely drunk and rather intimidating group, out on their stag do. Adieu Monarch, can’t say I will miss you.

Gibraltar to Cadiz: approx. 1hr 40 mins by car

Stayed at: El Puerto, 10km outside Cadiz

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Ate breakfast at: Bar Vicente, owned by 3 generations of the same family, next door to the local market so the perfect spot for people watching. Had a traditional breakfast of Pan con tomate with coffee and freshly squeezed orange juice for only 4 Euros. Could sit there every day.

Ate Tapas at: Bar Apolo, recently renovated, delicious freshly cooked food and great value. Be sure to try the local cuttlefish Choco

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Visited:  Cadiz, ferry crossing to Cadiz from El Puerto takes 25 minutes and costs 2.65 Euros one way. The central market sells fish like you have never seen, but go early as they close early. Have to confess I struggled with the sharks

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Street food– plenty of choice surrounding the market, I settled for La Taperia de Lula, don’t miss it! They certainly know how to cook the most delicious regional dishes including Arroz Negro– rice with squid ink.

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Swam at: Las Redes, the best and longest stretch of beach, perfect for swimming and walking but very full at the weekends.

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Excursion: Sanlucar de Barrameda. All that you would expect from a traditional, white Spanish Village: sun washed central square, bars, cafe’s and ice cream parlours. Some lovely historic sites here as well.

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Drink: sherry out of the cask at Bodegas Obregon and why not have a small tapas whilst your at it

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Buy: Tejas ( Tile biscuits) flat , handmade almond biscuits to die for from Cien Palacios- it’s all they do and they come in beautiful tins.  A fan from the market if you really want a piece of Spain to take back home.

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Take advantage of our 50% discount offer 22-10 to 29-10-17 bu ising code:

hoxtoncream17 at the checkout. (Free UK p&p, whilst stock lasts)

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So where do you want your tea served? The Hallway? The Parlour or possibly the toilet?

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After a challenging couple of months, I finally got to fully relax this past weekend. Sunday brought with it London spring sunshine, glorious! I headed straight out to my winter battered garden, time to clear up, discover what survived the cold winter and get the garden ready for planting new arrivals.

But the real, REAL treat was Afternoon Tea at Edith’s House. I guess in some ways this newest arrival to North London’s Crouch End is simply bonkers but in fact it is absolutely perfect.

Step in through the front door, back in time, into your Auntie or grandma’s  house, kitsch galore, melamine furniture in abundance, lace, wallpaper and bygone knick-knacks.

SO WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO HAVE YOUR TEA SERVED?

The dining room or the parlour?

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Sat on the bed in the bedroom or perhaps in the hallway?

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No tables left? How about the toilet then?

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Décor aside (and that was pretty good) the scones are top notch, hot, fresh ,tasty, different and the tea and coffee are Superb ( I opted for the Cinnamon scone, yum!)

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Last but not least, the house pooch Roux, trying to convince you to share some of your food…

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One thing I know for sure is that I’m most definitely coming back!

Time to get creative with Liberty London

I’ve had a long an enjoyable history with Liberty London and taking part in their ‘get creative’ event last week felt like coming full circle.

Whilst doing my BA in fashion, I landed a weekend job at Liberty London, which had been my favourite London store from a young age, I had always dreamt of working there.

When I set up my accessory business, Liberty was a prime target for me and I did in fact get listed and sold my creations in both Liberty London as well as the other Liberty stores which were dotted up and down the UK. It was a great outlet and one I was very proud of.  During the 1996 recession Liberty closed its nationwide stores , scaled down its London foothold concentrating on it’s renowned London Tudor façade store on the corner of Regent St and Great Marlborough street, ensuring it was still a prime destination for those visiting London and purveyors of fine taste.

When the buying team at Liberty contacted me recently to see if I would be interested helping out with their new ‘flowers of Liberty’ accessories range, I was of course delighted- some old flames never die I guess, I  certainly still love that store with a passion.

On Friday October 4th, together with my two assistants Sawako and Sheena, we set out to ‘get creative’ on the shop floor. The idea being that for that afternoon, we would accessories any bracelet or necklace purchased from the range with a variety of Nadia Minkoff London charms and we were fortunate enough to be sponsored by  Swarovski Elements with beautiful beads and pearls.

Much enjoyed by both parties, being the lucky ladies who got to personalise their charm trinkets and us- who enjoyed the direct contact, feedback and the beauty of the store- it was joyous afternoon and we look forward to doing it again, in the very near future.

Some photos we took on the afternoon to follow, you can also check out what Liberty made of it all in The Liberty Blog

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CATWALK , CATWALK

Anyone who told you that the fashion business is a treadmill that you daren’t step off once you got on, knew what they were saying and trust me, they were not exaggerating.

Fashion designers seem to ‘live’ a year ahead of the general public, when it’s summer we are busy showing next year’s winter collection. And during the winter, it’s next summer for us.

The pinnacle of the season for those of us lucky enough is a catwalk during fashion week, our 10 minutes of glory, which can often make or break a season. Months of preparation condensed into some 10-20 minutes of baring our all in front of guests and press and whatever stress goes on behind the scenes- upfront it’s a sea of calm.

Happy to say my collaboration with London designer Nico Didonna continues to evolve, as does our friendship. In fact I can honestly say that this friendship and trust is what makes it bearable, exciting and ultimately successful. For the past 3 seasons we showed together at London Fashion Week but this season Nico was invited to present his new Winter 2015 collection in New York & Philadelphia and we joined the ride.

I could say a lot about the clothing and the accessories, too much in fact but I think it’s fair to say that the emphasis was on glamour, curves and sparkles….Hollywood in a nutshell!

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Fitted long Jersey dress with thigh high slit by Nico Didonna,  teamed up with our crescent statement earrings available from Wolf & Badger 

 

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Wool trousers and draped jersey top by  Nico Didonna, teamed up with our statement crescent earrings available from Wolf & badger 


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Draped evening dress by Nico Didonna teamed up with our Hex Earrings 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Statement statement, draped evening dresses by Nico Didonna  with our catwalk exclusive Swarovski crystal statement necklaces

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Draped jersy shift dress and tailored jacket, by Nico Didonna, teamed up with our Belgravia clutch bag 

Dana’s Blog: Final Day

Hey everyone! Today is my last day, sadly. I’ve had the best time here and couldn’t have asked for nicer people to work with. They even got me cupcakes!

 

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Today I sent over the trade press release, and then worked on sending the website people exactly what it is we want to change. I’m really excited about all the minor changes that have been made while I’ve been here and I can’t wait to see them all when they’re done.

 

I really want to thank you all for reading, I hope you’ve enjoyed keeping up with the company and have also learned a little bit about what goes on behind the scenes.

 

Finally, Nadia, thank you so much for absolutely everything. You made me feel welcome the second I started and I’ve learned so much from you. Hopefully I wasn’t too much of an inconvenience!

 

Have a good weekend everyone! 

 

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