It had been a long week and I needed a bit of retail therapy.
I couldn’t resist and brought most of Monsoon.
1. The Linen Dress
An off-shoulder neckline and waist belt work their subtle magic in balancing the proportions of the striped linen dress. Here, Monsoon have elevated this summer-perfect midi with jute wedges and a chic suede clutch for those sun-drenched social occasions – simply swap to sandals and a beach bag for holiday time.
2. The Hanky-Hem Skirt
Linear prints are perfect for mixing bold colours into your holiday wardrobe: cue the hanky-hem maxi skirt. This billowy cut creates a relaxed effect that lends itself to layering over your favourite bikini, and with these strong shades, a light cotton top makes for the perfect neutraliser.
3. The Off-Shoulder Top
Striped pieces offer a smooth segue into the rainbow trend – the coolest way to colour this season’s looks. An off-shoulder top unveils a chic peek of skin (it’s no wonder the silhouette is still going strong as a summer favourite) and a pom-pom bag brings a texture twist to the pattern. Monsoon have downplayed them with denim shorts and metallic sliders, the staples of your warm-weather wardrobe.
4. The Wide-Leg Trousers
Take stripes in your stride with a wide-leg trouser, the ultimate office-to-off-duty piece. Paired with a timeless white shirt, this design has maximum impact while at the same time feeling totally effortless. Complement the cropped length with shimmering sandals.
I have been so excited that the Ocean’s franchise is back, with a brand-new heist and an ALL-FEMALE A-list cast.
I grabbed my sweet/salted popcorn, a DElICIOUS
Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) – Danny’s estranged sister – is out of jail and already plotting a major heist.
The location? The New York Met Gala, fashion’s most celebrated event.
The target? Daphne Kluger, and her $150,000,000 necklace.
Debbie can’t pull it off alone. She’ll need to bring together a team of criminal masterminds to have a chance of pulling off the heist of the century, with the world’s eyes watching the event as it unfolds. Ocean’s 8 is the latest in the much loved franchise, which includes Ocean’s Eleven, Twelve, and Thirteen, with starring roles including Hollywood’s biggest names.
Sandra Bullock (Gravity) leads the cast as Debbie Ocean, with Cate Blanchett (Carol) as Lou, Anne Hathaway (Interstellar) as Daphne, Mindy Kaling (This Is the End) as Amita, Sarah Paulson (12 Years A Slave) as Tammy, Awkwafina (Bad Neighbours 2) as Constance, Rihanna (Valerian) as Nine Ball, and Helena Bonham Carter (Alice Through the Looking Glass) as Rose.
Countless celebrity cameos have already been confirmed, making Ocean’s 8 one of the most anticipated blockbusters of the year so far.
Book tickets in advance to catch the hottest heist in Hollywood, and come back for more details as we have them!
Watch the full trailer here.
By Manisa Kuinkel
After a long day at work, I ventured into St Georges to do some holiday shopping and decided to meet my hubby at Bru Coffee & Gelato for coffee, a quick bite to eat…and yes I admit…a treat! I had not been to Bru before as I am not one to go coffee shops often but decided to do something different.
The cafe is no ordinary one as I soon discovered. The design of the place is eye-catching, vintage / retro and being quite eclectic with my tastes plus an 80’s child, I loved it! There was a typewriter, books hanging from above plus each table had a cassette tape menu holder. Furthermore, there was a pretty display of lighting everywhere plus framed art and vintage paintings. I liked the fun setting.
There was a homely feel to the venue with a choice of sofas, chairs or booths to use. I like the sofas, you can just relax in them anytime whilst sipping a hot drink. I spotted some individuals tapping away on their laptops whilst others sat talking and eating. There was also a group of people chatting away after they had finished their jewellery club (Bru hosts these).
As the atmosphere bustled, the staff worked hard whilst being friendly and efficient as a trail of customers came in all evening. Nothing was too much trouble for them.
Even the menu is quirky and fun. Drinks on offer include a wide variety of coffees and ‘Not Coffee’ choices which consisted of tempting alternatives such as Chai Latte, Indulgent Hot Chocolate and Kiddichoc. There were also Loose Leaf Teas such as the classics and Bru Roobios Speciality Blends (such as Buddha’s Blend, Fresh Mint and Fresh Lemon and Ginger) and Mojito Blends. As it is now nearly Summer – fingers crossed we do actually get a decent summer this year – Bru is offering a Mango Lychee Refresher!
There were also food on offer like sandwiches, wraps and paninis so would make an ideal lunch time place to visit. And now for another exciting part about the food…at Bru you can choose from a variety of ice creams including Virgin Mojito and Bubbly Gum flavours, waffles with a range of tasty toppings and cakes such as Choc Cake and Custard. Bru really is a place to indulge in delicious desserts.
In an informal, relaxed setting, I loved the food and yummy coffees we had. The desserts looked enticing and were so moreish. My hubby who does not usually have sweet foods, enjoyed his waffles topped with oreo and chocolate.
Bru is a great place to meet up in, have a lovely treat and go home feeling satisfied. People of all ages can visit Bru to have a treat and catch up with family / friends, celebrate a birthday or when taking a break after doing some shopping for instance. I can see myself slumping into a sofa and have a cup of loose leaf tea after a little spree one day before travelling home. The cafe is also a great place for people to visit to have a ice cream on a sunny day or after watching a movie. As a new cafe fan, I will certainly go back soon when I want to treat myself and have a coffee…and maybe a cheeky cake!
It’s time for some ‘me’ time, I’m about to feel pampered and relaxed with a nice cup of coffee and a head massage, bliss. There’s no better place to take some well deserved time out than at St. Salon here at St Georges. It’s a Friday evening and I’ve arrived for my 5:30pm appointment, perfect for someone like me who works 9am – 5pm.
Greeted with a smile. I was already looking forward to my wash, cut and blowdry. The lovely stylist, Madga, sat me down and asked how I liked my hair and how I usually have it cut; she also offered her opinion, which I always welcome as she certainly knows more about hair than I do.
Feeling relaxed and rather spoilt already, it’s time for my wash. I think anyone will agree that the best part of visiting the hairdressers is getting your hair washed, I could fall asleep. Diana kindly explained that my hair would benefit from a treatment. I can almost guarantee this is the best £30 you will ever spend, what a difference it makes!
Once my cut was complete, just as I’d asked for, I opted for my hair to be straightened, but your stylist will happily curl it or if you prefer a bouncy blow dry that won’t be a hassle at all. An hour later and tada, my hair is transformed. I feel great, well and truly pampered, so great that I have already booked my next appointment for 6 weeks time.
Book your appointment now – http://www.stsalonharrow.co.uk